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Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo

by TCS

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Here comes the biggest pop culture show to the Chicagoland area!

C2E2, or more formally known as the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, began in 2010 and has grown by leaps and bounds each and every year. So what exactly is this event? This event celebrates comic book creators, artists, writers, shop owners, and fans in general all under one roof at the McCormick Place located at 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, Illinois. Here, anyone can buy any type of collectible ranging from comic books, vintage toys, movie posters, statues, etc… Basically, anything you can think of relating to the entertainment world, you have a good chance of getting it here.

C2E2 not only celebrates the world of comic books, but also movies. The past years, stars such as Chris Helmsworth (Thor), Adam West (Batman TV fame), and various members of the Walking Dead cast have come to meet the fans and get an opportunity to take photos with them as well. This year’s list is quite impressive with a wide range of guests including Chandler Riggs of The Walking Dead, Hulk Hogan (wrestling legend), Jaime Murray of Defiance, Kristian Nairn and Natanlia Tena of Game of Thrones, Ernie Hudson of “Ghostbusters”, Tony Todd of “Candyman”, and Berwyn’s very own Svengoolie! Autographs and photos have separate fees depending on the actor so best to check once you arrive at the show.

Also at the show will be panels and information sessions that the fans can sit in on and listen to various topics ranging from how to build your first video game, costuming in the Star Wars galaxy, and even a live filming of tv shows such as American Ghost Hunter. The Toy Hunter from A&E had a booth at the show last year. And there will be many die hard fans who will be dressed in full costume as their favorite hero or heroine. A plethora of things to see and do all weekend long!

So when does the craziness begin? Here are the times:
Show Floor Hours
• Friday, April 25, 2014 – 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
(Open To Everyone)
• Saturday, April 26, 2014 – 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
• Sunday, April 27, 2014 – 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tickets start at $35 for Friday only and go up to $70 for a full weekend of entertainment. Don’t forget to check the website for the latest updates and developments.

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May Movie Preview: Spider-Man, Godzilla and X-Men OH MY!!!

by Leo Guerrero

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This May normally marks the beginning of the summer movie season, but it seems that the shift may be on to spread it earlier (just check out how Captain America 2 is doing). So what makes this May any different?

It could possibly be the biggest month of all time in terms of box office receipts. So the Marvel movie craze seems to be reaching higher and higher and May will no doubt be any different.

May 2nd starts with The Amazing Spider-man 2. The story synopsis goes like this: A corporation creates super-powered beings and sends them against our web-spinning hero. So what makes him special? Spider-Man is one of those heroes who appeals to a wide audience because as he tries to beat his enemy, we discover his flaws and witness his strengths during the course of his battles.

May 16th brings about the biggest (literally) movie character. A classic retelling of the 1954 monster movie which reintroduces Godzilla to a modern audience. Monsters rise to destroy the earth and only Godzilla can try to stop them. Since his first appearance, Godzilla has been in a number of films where he fights aliens, monsters, and even robot versions of himself all to save the earth from destruction.

May 23rd ushers in X-Men: Days of Future Past which is based on the comic book story of the same name. The story goes like this: The present day government would like to control the growing mutant population by using robot sentries called Sentinels. However, the Sentinels become so good at what they do that they become self-aware and start to curb all people who have any mutant abilities whether those abilities are shown or possible in future generations. A band of X-Men then decide to go back in time to prevent the Sentinels from taking over the world.

May 30th is Maleficent which is the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty”. Angelina Jolie looks amazing as the classic villain.

So there you have it. One jam packed month full of movies which will appeal to those young and old.

What movie(s) you do you want to see?

“Captain America: Winter Soldier” Kicking the Shield out of America

by leo guerrero

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A lot of hype is making it’s way with the release of Marvel’s latest movie, Captain America 2: Winter Soldier. I’ve noticed that not many Facebook peeps have been revealing the ending or what happens in the movie. I’ll be focusing my review on the plot.

Here is the story: we find our hero, Captain America (played by Chris Evans), in the middle of an ops to save hostages trapped on a boat. So he, along with the Black Widow (played by Scarlett Johansson) get the hostages while we discover that the Widow has another mission: to retrieve the computer files from the boat. Those files make their way to Nick Fury (played by Samuel Jackson) who discovers that he can’t read them since they are locked. Nick then goes to an old political friend (played by Robert Redford) and asks that a hot, political platform involving launching airships to safeguard America be stalled while he starts to investigate how to view the files.

As Fury leaves the building and drives away, he gets ambushed and barely survives the attack. Battered and beaten, he makes his way to Cap’s apartment and let’s him know that SHIELD, the Government agency that runs security for the country, has been compromised. He gives Cap the files and tells him to trust nobody. As the story unfolds further, we discover how a secret assassin by the name of Winter Soldier, is involved with a more secretive organization called HYDRA. HYDRA, we learn, has been slowly controlling the government’s intelligence community over the years and their grand plan is about to become a reality.

So having gone over what the movie is about, the movie does a good job of interweaving the Marvel-based characters into real world scenarios. It will appeal to a wider audience such as kids who are looking for an action-based movie as well as adults who enjoy having many plot twists to keep them guessing. The powers that be at Marvel have a grand scheme up their sleeves of how to tie in all their movies while having individual ones such as this that are self contained, and stand on their own. The “summer” blockbusters seem to be spreading out more so during the year and Captain America 2 takes us on a wild ride! A must see!

Latino Film Festival Opening Night Film: Tango Glories (Fermin)

by leo guerrero

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This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Latino Film Fest in Chicago. I had been seeing and reading about the vast array of movies that were going to make their way to our fair city. So having missed my Aunt’s birthday, I wanted to give her a unique present.

What could be better than going to the opening movie of the Latino Film Fest! (Happy Birthday, Tia Martha!) The movie showing was sold out with a buzz in the air normally given to red carpet premieres. The honorable Mayor Emanuel even gave opening remarks.

The movie presented was titled “Tango Glories (Fermín) / Fermín, Glorias del Tango”, and this was, in a word, Marvelous! The movie works it’s magic as we learn the story of an older tango dancer by the name of Fermin who has made many mistakes during his lifetime and now lives in a psychiatric ward constantly thinking back to his younger days of dancing Tango. As we see Fermin recollecting, the audience discovers how he was married and had a son, yet never found the time to spend with him. He had a close friend by the name of Centipede, who is also a magnificent tango dancer, and also had a way with women. The two eventually try to win the heart of the same woman with Fermin ultimately framing Centipede in the hopes of winning her.

Moving to the present, the audience is introduced to Fermin’s psychiatric doctor, Ezequiel, who instantly becomes engrossed in the ways of the tango as he listens to Fermin talk about it during their sessions. Eva, Fermin’s granddaughter, is a very exceptional tango dancer who cares for her grandfather yet is constantly told by doctor after doctor that nothing can be done to cure him. Until Ezequiel enters the picture. Ezequiel becomes not only committed to helping Fermin, but gets obsessed with the entire way of life of the dancers of tango. He learns how confident and passionate they are, yet how each have made mistakes in life, so much so that the tango has become their release in dealing with their problems.

Those movie goers who are seeking a film that respects family values, with some comedic timings and dramatic undertones thrown in all while witnessing what it takes to become a respected dancer of Tango will not be disappointed. This movie has set a high bar for the entire run of the Latino Film Fest showings and is a great kickoff.

All about the HTC One (M8)

by Alberto

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How is everyone doing out there today. Today’s posts is all about the HTC One (M8). You might be saying to yourself right now hasn’t HTC already released that phone, technically it does feature the HTC One but this one is the HTC One (M8). This phone is unlike anyone that we have seen before.

The design is a uni-body metal design, no curves. It has the HTC Duo Camera it captures more light and more depth for your high quality photos and 2 front facing speakers that give your more better sound to listen to your music and see videos on the go. It features a Qualcomm Snap Dragon 801, 2.3 GHz Quad core processor also a 5 inch screen with a gorilla screen that makes in invincible against falls and anything that you want to put your phone through. Memory wise it has 2GB of RAM and 32 GB of memory on the phone. You can also add a micro-sd card and the most memory that you can add is 128 GB unfortunately that does not come on the phone and you have to go out and buy the memory yourself. The OS is the latest for Android it is 4.4 KitKat with HTC Sense 6.0

You might be asking for a device like this how much is the price? Well AT&T is currently offering this phone for $199.99 with a 2 year contract. If you are not willing to commit for 2 years they can offer your a monthly plan which are as follows. The HTC One (M8) is available for $24.62 with AT&T Next 18 or $32 with AT&T Next 12. It is available for you right now. If you are interested in getting one for yourself. Go to your local AT&T store or check out the phone online on the AT&T site. Or better yet check out the video showing off the phone on the AT&T Mobile Minute.

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