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February 24, 2014
Harold Ramis and Annie Potts on 'Ghostbusters' set
"There's a pride in what I do that other people share because I'm local, which in L.A. is meaningless; no one's local," Ramis said upon the launch of the first movie he directed after his move, the 1999 mobster-in-therapy comedy "Analyze This," another hit. "It's a good thing. I feel like I represent the city in a certain way."Harold Ramis, your influence on modern comedy cannot be overestimated. Rest in peace.
Ramis, a longtime North Shore resident, was surrounded by family when he died at 12:53 a.m. from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that involves swelling of the blood vessels, his wife Erica Mann Ramis said. He was 69.
Ramis' serious health struggles began in May 2010 with an infection that led to complications related to the autoimmune disease, his wife said. Ramis had to relearn to walk but suffered a relapse of the vasculitis in late 2011, said Laurel Ward, vice president of development at Ramis' Ocean Pictures production company.
Ramis leaves behind a formidable body of work, with writing credits on such enduring comedies as "National Lampoon's Animal House" (which upon its 1978 release catapulted the film career of John Belushi, with whom Ramis acted at Second City), "Stripes" (1981) and "Ghostbusters" (in which Ramis also co-starred) plus such directing efforts as "Caddyshack" (1980), "National Lampoon's Vacation" (1983), "Groundhog Day" and "Analyze This." - [Chicago Tribune]
January 21, 2014
The National @ Lollapalooza 2013 (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)
The National have announced more North American dates in support of 2013's excellent Trouble Will Find Me. Their spring run will tag Chicago for a two-night stand at The Chicago Theatre on April 15 & 16 with tourmates Daughter. Tickets for both nights go on sale this Friday (1/24) at 10AM CST. All dates are listed at the bottom of this post.
The band's 2013 rockumentary, Mistaken For Strangers, will also be hitting theaters this spring. It began as a 2010 tour doc. filmed by crewmember Tom Berninger (brother of frontman Matt Berninger), but ends up exploring the relationship between brothers who are at very different points in their lives. It'll make its theatrical premiere in Los Angeles in late-March.
All National dates, a trailer for Mistaken For Strangers, and a couple of videos lie after the jump...
January 9, 2014
This Friday (1/10) at Lincoln Hall, local filmmaker Chris Hefner will be holding a pair of screenings for his second feature film The Poisoner. It's looking to be a rather interesting film, heavy on black and white noir visuals and a slightly macabre story. The Kafka-esque plot focuses on a married couple where the wife is contractually obligated to slowly poison her husband during their life together. The Poisoner will show at 7PM and 10PM, and both screenings will be preceded by a live musical performance from Daniel Knox, the film's composer, as well as an introduction by Hefner. Advance tickets are still available.
Check out a trailer for the film after the jump...
June 25, 2013
Last summer, Detroit protopunk outfit Death were given the documentary treatment by Mark Covino and Jeff Howlett. Their film, A Band Called Death, then screened at SXSW 2013, where the group also performed at a BrooklynVegan day party. A Band Called Death has since seen a digital release and will make its way to select movie theaters across the United States on Friday, June 28. In Chicago, that means you'll be able to catch the film at the Music Box. The theater currently have three-screenings listed - June 28 at 4PM, June 29 at 8PM, and July 2 at 9:45PM - and maybe more will be added soon. Advance tickets are on sale now.
In celebration of the film's limited release, we're also giving away a Death t-shirt. It's modeled after the ones the band made in the '70s, and you can see a picture of the updated version at the bottom of this post.
All screening dates, a trailer for the film, contest details, and a picture of the t-shirt are below...
May 28, 2013
If We Shout Loud Enough follows Baltimore DIY greats Double Dagger as they complete their farewell tour and final album. The film was released alongside that final album, 333, by longtime label Thrill Jockey Records. If We Shout Loud Enough will be making its Chicago premiere at Galerie F on June 12. The screening will be followed by performances from Doug McCombs, Pearls, and Small Sur, and advance tickets are on-sale now.
Double Dagger played their final Chicago show at Treasure Town (RIP) on October 15 of 2011. You can check out some footage from that performance (courtesy of our friends at Gonzo Chicago), an official film trailer, and a list of all upcoming screenings below...
April 24, 2013
The xx @ Congress Theater, October 2012 (more by Zach Pollack)
The xx are beginning to announce some fall U.S. tour dates. They'll be touring throughout North America this summer with Hundred Waters and Grizzly Bear, and then will return stateside in September. The band's initial run of dates includes a performance at the massive Aragon Ballroom on September 26. Tickets for the Chicago show go on sale this Saturday (4/27) at 10AM CST.
Today, they've shared a new song, called "Together," which will appear on the Jay Z-helmed soundtrack for the film adaptation of The Great Gatsby. Take a listen to the new song and check out their full North American tour schedule below...
April 12, 2013
Bill Callahan @ BCoPA in 2011 (more by John Yingling)
Bill Callahan has announced that he'll be embarking on his first U.S. tour since the summer of 2011 next month. That tour features support from Flat Foot, and includes a performance at the Garfield Park Conservatory on May 6. Advance tickets for the Chicago show are on sale now. If you can't wait that long to get your Bill Callahan fix, Apocalypse: A Bill Callahan Tour Film will be making its Chicago debut when it screens at The Society for the Arts next Friday, April 19. The film is "a collection of live performances and a glimpse of the road from Bill Callahan's American leg of the 2011 Apocalypse tour." Advance tickets for the screening are also on sale now.
All Bill Callahan dates and a couple of clips from the tour documentary are below...
April 4, 2013
Roger Ebert loved movies.Legendary film critic Roger Ebert passed away today (Thursday, April 4) at 70-years-old after a long battle with cancer.
Except for those he hated.
For a film with a daring director, a talented cast, a captivating plot or, ideally, all three, there could be no better advocate than Roger Ebert, who passionately celebrated and promoted excellence in film while deflating the awful, the derivative, or the merely mediocre with an observant eye, a sharp wit and a depth of knowledge that delighted his millions of readers and viewers.
"No good film is too long," he once wrote, a sentiment he felt strongly enough about to have engraved on pens. "No bad movie is short enough." [Chicago Sun-Times]
March 5, 2013
Rodriguez @ Bowery Ballroom, December 2011 (more by Ryan Barkan)
As seen on BrooklynVegan, Searching for Sugar Man subject Rodríguez is set to embark on a huge international tour later this month. That tour, which includes performances at Coachella, Primavera Sound, Glastonbury, and more, has been expanded to include a show at the Arie Crown Theater on May 17. Tickets for the Chicago show on sale this Friday (3/8) at noon CST.
All Rodriguez dates are listed below...
February 27, 2013
Nick Offerman in Somebody Up There Likes Me
Nick Offerman, who was just recently interviewed by BrooklynVegan's Klaus Kinski, stars in a new film called Somebody Up There Likes Me. Offerman also produced the film, which "is a quirky comedy about the charmed life of one Max Youngman (Keith Poulson), who appears to be blessed with a dry sense of irony, accidental good fortune, and eternal youth. Over a period of three plus decades, Max, his best friend Sal (Nick Offerman) and his second wife Lyla (Jess Weixler) stumble through infidelities, divorce, therapy, and poverty in a breezy series of surreal jumps forward in time."
Somebody Up There Likes Me opens at The Music Box Theatre on Friday, March 8th, and runs through at least Thursday, March 14th. Offerman will be present for two screenings on Saturday, March 9, and advance tickets are on sale now. Additional screenings (without Offerman in attendance) will be announced.
Check out a trailer for Somebody Up There Likes Me below...