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  • A screen's-eye view of Chicago

    Chicago has been involved in filmmaking since the technology's very beginnings in the early 1900s, when some of the world's first movie studios operated here. From those early days, when neighborhood kids would sneak onto the Selig Polyscope Co. lot at Western Avenue and Irving Park Road — many old Selig Westerns include children curiously peeking out from the bushes during shootouts — Chicago has permeated the movies shot here. The iconic Chicago blockbusters of the 1980s, including "The Blues Brothers," "Risky Business" and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" along with more recent hits like "The Dark Knight," are imbued with Chicago's presence. Chicago's distinctive look is an integral part of their narrative landscape. And yet the city, much like the mercurial lake which it sits upon, never seems to appear the same way twice. Other, lesser known productions have harnessed Chicago's chameleon-like qualities and showcased areas not normally seen in the more mainstream Hollywood films shot here. Here's a roundup of a few underappreciated movies filmed in the city. 
  • Weekend Movie Pick: Hal Ashby's lost gem 'The Landlord'

    Larry Karaszewski has a day job that keeps him busy, having written (with his writing partner Scott Alexander) a host of movie delights, including "Ed Wood" and "The People vs. Larry Flynt," as well as the upcoming "Percy Jackson and...

    Walter Mirisch, his memoir and memories

    Walter Mirisch, his memoir and memories
    Oscar-winning producer Walter Mirisch has lived the American dream. He grew up in a poor immigrant family, and despite suffering hardships during the Great Depression, he found his way to Harvard. He later went on to a storied career producing some of the...

    Robert Ginty dies at 60; action-film star also directed for TV, led Irish theater center

    Robert Ginty dies at 60; action-film star also directed for TV, led Irish theater center
    Robert Ginty, a versatile actor who starred in the 1980 film "The Exterminator" and built a varied career as a producer, director and actor in film, television and the stage, has died. He was 60. Ginty died Monday at his home in Los Angeles, said Michael...

    Thursday's TV Highlights: 'Private Practice' returns for a new season.

    Click here to download TV listings for the week of Sept. 27 - Oct. 3 in PDF format This week's TV Movies LIFE OR DEATH: Pete (Tim Daly, left) rushes Violet (Amy Brenneman) to the hospital where Addison (Kate Walsh)...