Fast & Furious (PG-13) ★★★

Off Road Racing Thrill Ride

Vin Diesel is back in the fourth installment of the series and this is by far the best of the lot. The muscle cars are way cool, the chicks are … Read more

Adventureland (R) ★★★☆

Ah…Yes, the 80’s

Adventureland is a romantic comedy with a summer setting of 1987 centering on a college grad’s experience working at a local amusement park named none other than: Adventureland.  The story is written … Read more

I Love You, Man (R) ★★★

Bromance’ in LA

This ‘laugh out loud’ comedy stars two of the funniest guys who are becoming the new ‘go to’ comedy actors in Hollywood. Paul Rudd and Jason Segel are on the cover … Read more

Coraline (PG) ★★☆

A Kid’s Worst Nightmare

The film is an animated fantasy story based on the children’s novel by Neil Gaiman and directed by Henry Selick (The Night Before Christmas) and (James and the Giant Peach). It’s … Read more

Confessions of a Shopaholic (PG) ★★★☆

Everything Designer Can Ruin Everything!

A thoroughly enjoyable, fun, uplifting, fashion show of a film with an adorable talented actress at the center–Isla Fisher. The film is based on the popular book of … Read more

Gran Torino (R) ★★★☆

Social Injustice Played Out Eastwood Style

Clint Eastwood’s latest film centers on a myriad of social issues and sends a message of conflict resolution as a means to an end. The film also shows us … Read more

Taken (PG-13) ★☆

This Film Should Be Rated R

Liam Neeson’s latest film is an extremely violent, implausible story that should not be seen by anyone under the age of 17. Parents beware as this movie portrays girls … Read more

The Wrestler (R) ★★★☆

The Real Mickey Rourke

Pro wrestler Randy “The Ram” Robinson (Mickey Rourke) was at the top of the heap 20 years earlier; a headliner, a show stopper, a money-maker in the ‘not so … Read more

John Hamburg Interview Writer and Director of “I Love You, Man”

“My mind just works in a comedic way”…

It’s not surprising that John Hamburg is soon to become a name associated with the likes of Judd Apatow and Greg Mottola both comedy writers that direct … Read more

Jane Lynch Interview

Jane Lynch: A Rising StarRole Models, 40 Year Old Virgin, A Mighty Wind

If you are a fan of the hysterical mockumentary Christopher Guest movies (Waiting for Guffman 1996, or Best in Show 2000) you’d … Read more

Madison Davenport Interview

Meet Madison Davenport Co-Star in Recent American Girl Film

Sarah’s Backstage Pass caught up with the talented child star Madison Davenport as she was on a press junket promoting the film “Kitt Kittredge: An American … Read more

Neil Burger Interview – Director of “The Lucky Ones”

Sarah’s Backstage Pass was granted an interview with director Neil Burger while he was here in Chicago promoting his new film “The Lucky Ones.” A graduate of Yale University and director of the acclaimed film … Read more

Marc Fienberg – Director & Writer of the film “Play the Game”

Marc Fienberg photo by Sarah Adamson

Backstage Notes:

Marc Fienberg is a really cool guy to meet in person. He’s smart, witty and down to earth. During our interview in Chicago on Michigan Ave., police … Read more

Joan Cusack Interview

Roundtable Interview Ritz Carlton Hotel Chicago June 17, 2008

Joan was on a press junket for the movie Kit Kittredge: An American Girl movie. Joan portrays Miss Bond a nutty mobile librarian and a Kittredge … Read more

Chris O’Donnell Interview

Roundtable Interview Ritz Carlton Hotel Chicago June 17, 2008

Chris was on a press junket for the movie Kit Kittredge: An American Girl. Chris portrays Kit’s father, Mr. Kittredge in the film. Chris discusses his … Read more

Abigail Breslin Interview

Roundtable Interview Ritz Carlton Hotel Chicago June 17, 2008

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Tim Gunn Interview

I was granted an interview with Tim before a Liz Claiborne Fashion Show in which he was the emcee. Tim’s official title is CCE Chief Creative Officer of Liz Claiborne Inc. TV Shows “Project Runway” … Read more

On the set of “Public Enemies” starring Johnny Depp

If you happened to walk onto the film set of “Public Enemies” you’d find menu items at Bob Elfemans Diner written as American Cheese Sandwich 20¢ and Fried Ham Sandwich 50¢. This was one of … Read more

Karen Allen Exclusive Interview

Karen was in Woodridge, Illinois with other cast members of the movie “Animal House” for a reunion and a special screening of the movie at the acclaimed Hollywood Theater. Owner Ted Bulthaup granted me an … Read more