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New to On Demand and DVD: Once Upon a Time … In Hollywood

Storytelling is essential to every film. For director Quentin Tarantino, storytelling goes far beyond words on a page, and that is on display in the film Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood. Tarantino has garnered a reputation in Hollywood for creating original content amid a flurry of sequels and reboots. And in his original content, there is definitely a very distinct look, feel and sound as Tarantino harkens back to filmmaking of old. In Once Upon a Time, Tarantino goes back to 1969. Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) is an actor known for his roles as a bad guy. Dalton […]

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New to On Demand and DVD: Hustlers

When the markets were booming, business was good for everyone involved with Wall Street. The good times even trickled down to the clubs where dancers were able to live the high life. But the money machine eventually stopped, and what was simply business veered into something else, as shown in the film Hustlers. Destiny (Constance Wu), searching for a way to pay the bills, quickly lands a job as a dancer. As the new girl, she finds herself treading water in the every-woman-for-herself field as every male club employee takes a share of her nightly earnings. Destiny is quickly drawn […]

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New to On Demand and DVD: IT Chapter Two

Life has progressed for the members of the Losers Club. It has been 27 years since they battled Pennywise in the small town of Derry. Things are happening around the town yet again, and a return home is in store in the film IT Chapter Two. The Losers Club has grown up and most have left their Derry hometown but Mike (Isaiah Mustafa) has not, and as he sees disturbing events unfolding around him, he gets in contact with the group and almost all of them start a pilgrimage back to a place they have tried to forget. Mike recalls […]

Comedy

Showtime’s Refreshingly Different ‘Work In Progress’ Has Its Origins in the World of Improv

This month, Showtime is introducing a fascinatingly diverse Sunday evening lineup of programming. It’s headed by the return of The L Word in a sequel series. That series will lead into a new comedy called Work in Progress that is not only refreshingly different in terms of the types of characters regularly portrayed on television, but also in its engaging and hilarious format. That format is inspired largely by the previous work of the show’s star/co-creator/cowriter/co-showrunner Abby McEnany, who has been a longtime staple of Chicago’s improv scene. Together, she and Tim Mason, another Windy City improv-er, have fashioned a […]

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On Demand DVD New Releases Dec. 8-14

On Demand DVD New Releases Dec. 8-14 Once Upon a Time … In Hollywood In 1969 Los Angeles, everything is changing, and television star Rick Dalton and his stunt double Cliff Booth will have to find their way around the industry they hardly recognize anymore. Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie (R, 2:41) Make It A Movie Night! Director Quentin Tarantino is all kinds of cool — the film’s visuals, music and style are all worth checking out. 12/10 It Chapter 2 Continue the story 27 years after the Losers Club encountered Pennywise. Although they have grown up, they are […]

Family

A Very Brady Renovation: Holiday Edition TV’s Favorite Family Reunites For Some Holiday Magic & Memories

Nothing is more special than coming home for the holidays and celebrating with family and friends. And for TV fans, being transported back to the Brady family home and reuniting with the beloved cast once again, it’s simply the ultimate treat. Food Network’s Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond and HGTV’s Hidden Potential host Jasmine Roth team up with the Brady Bunch kids to whip up ’70s-inspired food and decor, along with meaningful recollections, in the holiday special A Very Brady Renovation: Holiday Edition. Thrilled over the success of September’s four-part series A Very Brady Renovation, Roth walked us through some of […]

Family

Ellen’s Greatest Night Of Giveaways – The Most Feel-Good Event Of The Year

Hopefully you all know by now that Ellen DeGeneres is one of the most generous, kindhearted, amazing people in show business. She deliberately leads by example, believing that in a world where there is so much negativity, it’s important to lift people up. “People are more alike than they are different and if we show each other compassion, the world can be a better place,” she says. “Plus, I think the kindness you put out into the world comes back to you like a boomerang, and there’s no fear of it hitting you in the face.” When Ellen came to […]

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On Demand DVD New Releases Dec. 2-8

On Demand DVD New Releases Dec. 2-8 The Goldfinch A young boy in New York is taken in by a wealthy family after his mother is killed in a bombing at an art museum. Ansel Elgort, Nicole Kidman, Jeffrey Wright (R, 2:29) 12/3 Ready or Not A young bride’s wedding night takes a terrible turn as she finds herself at the center of her new in-laws’ terrifyingly real game of hide-and-seek. Samara Weaving, Adam Brody, Mark O’Brien (R, 1:35) 12/3 Bennett’s War When a young soldier with the Army Motorcycle Unit discovers that his dad may lose the family farm, […]