The Columbia Chronicle

‘Watchmen’ director fan of original

By David Orlikoff

March 16, 2009

From an inauspicious start in commercials, director Zack Snyder has climbed the ladder to direct some of Hollywood's biggest blockbusters. Love or hate it, 300's specific graphical style has become a cultural phenomenon. The hype surrounding Snyder's newest film is more than 20 years in the making, as he turns what many call the best graphic novel of all time into Watchmen, the movie.The Chronicle spoke with Snyder about ...

Beatles tribute sans wigs

By Evan Minsker

March 16, 2009

Beatles tribute bands can sometimes get really hokey. It's not very respectful to The Beatles as artists to wear wigs and matching suits and act like the characters in Help! or A Hard Day's Night.  There's the drummer with the big nose, the left-handed bass player with the moon face and puppy-dog eyes, the cute and quiet guitarist and the guy wearing glasses. It's vaudeville.But the members of The Fab Faux, a Beatles ban...

VIDEO: The Chronicle talks with stars, director of ‘I Love You Man’

By Cristina Aguirre

March 13, 2009

Paul Rudd and Jason Segel love each other-a lot, man. The two actors who have risen to the top out of Judd Apatow fame star in I Love You Man, to be released March 20. Rudd and Segel engage in some "bromance" in the film, and director John Hamburg accomplishes the task of directing the two amidst their romantic comedy relationship.The Chronicle participated in a roundtable discussion with Rudd, Segel and Hamburg. Watch the video ...

Website revives art of coupon

By Evan Minsker

March 9, 2009

Local entrepreneur Andrew Mason thought he had a great thing going with his new website, Groupon (Groupon.ThePoint.com). The site offers daily discounts for Chicago-based restaurants, stores and events. But his project seems to have backfired on him."It's supposed to make me rich, this company, because I run it and stuff, but I think it's making me broke because I buy all our merchandise," Mason said.Since its launch in la...

U2 experimental on new album

By Evan Minsker

March 9, 2009

In the past decade, the role of the music critic has almost been unnecessary when it came to the latest U2 album. Since 2000, their music hasn't really differed at all, and everybody knew their new release would be a huge hit.Just by glancing at the track list, U2's latest album, No Line on the Horizon, looked as typically epic as U2 ever is. I mean, come on, the album ends with a song called "Cedars of Lebanon." I wasn't expe...

Saving the environment one beer at a time

By Bertha Serrano

March 9, 2009

Even on a cold Monday night, the corner of Morgan and 18th Streets are crowded with patrons. What used to be a Curves gym is now a new bar in Pilsen.The owners of Simone's, 960 W. 18th St., opened their doors to the Near South Side neighborhood on Feb. 12 with a different mindset when it comes to the environment and decor of the place. By decorating with used materials instead of new, the bar hopes to become members of the ...

Columbia dancers go on tour

By Megan Ferringer

March 9, 2009

When the lights dimmed in the NIU Convocation Center, shrieks were heard from left to right as the blinding lights from flashing cameras pointed toward the stage. Artists T.I. Ludacris were to begin their performance within minutes, and Columbia student Alyssa Johnson found herself in the spotlight, standing before a sold-out crowd of 10,000 fans.Johnson, a freshman journalism major, and two other Columbia students were ab...

Local play makes world premiere

By Bertha Serrano

March 9, 2009

A couple of years ago, Obdulia Delgado was driving home from work by Fullerton Avenue in Bucktown. When she came across the underpass by the Kennedy Expressway, she saw a stain on the wall that mirrored the image of the Virgin Mary.By the next morning, the media knew all about it, and worshippers had placed candles and flowers at the site of, what seemed to be, a miracle.A week later, playwright Tanya Saracho went to  th...

Hacking Chicago

By Evan Minsker

March 9, 2009

While twenty people sat around with their laptops and coffee, Sacha De'Angeli stood up to propose a crucial decree for the group."The rule I'd like to propose comes from Bill & Ted," he said. "Be excellent to each other."The motion was voted on and seconded. From then on, the organized group of Chicago hackers would have to "be excellent to each other." After the meeting was adjourned, the hackers scattered and began ind...

Shopping cart debauchery

By Megan Ferringer

March 2, 2009

Alaska's own Iditarod is about to see an urbanized transformation-huskies will be replaced by men donning red caps and powder blue suits for team Zissou, sleighs exchanged for rickety shopping carts and the rugged, snowy terrain swapped with Wicker Park's bustling sidewalks.This is Chicago's annual Chiditarod, and on March 7, the debauchery and mayhem will return for its fourth consecutive year.With participating teams rangi...

Perry’s latest installment weak

By David Orlikoff

March 2, 2009

Tyler Perry has made quite a name for himself with his plays, books, movies and syndicated TV show. His multimedia approach to entertainment, alongside some collaboration with Oprah, demonstrates his will to capture the hearts and minds of his audience. He has turned himself into a brand, as evidenced by the full title of his newest feature film, Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail.It is unfortunate that Perry doesn't have more to ...

Author travels through time with book-turned-movie

By Jim Wittmann

March 2, 2009

Columbia Book and Paper Arts professor Audrey Niffenegger’s 2004 novel, The Time Traveler’s Wife, is being produced into a motion picture.The set release date has not been announced, but the film is in post-production with New Line Cinema and Plan B Productions.Niffenegger’s story, set in Chicago, revolves around time travel. Although the setting takes place in Chicago, the movie was shot in Toronto, Canada.The novel to...

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