Friday, May 16, 2008

Phil Donahue arrival at the Landmark Theatre for Chicago premiere of, Body of War

Phil Donahue attended the Landmark Theatre for the sold out Chicago premiere of,
"Body of War. "

No red carpet arrival and allegedly he took a cab from a tv station after an interview.Marlo ended up taking the limo and arriving first. I did not see her but that is what someone had mentioned.
But anyway,Phil is still quite popular and this movie is getting alot of deserved attention and a 'Sold Out" sign was posted early on.. Fans were lingering in the theater lobby to catch a glimpse,old friends stopping by for handshakes and hugs with Phil.I photographed his 'Going Away" party in the early 1980s and he still pretty much looks the same.
That's Mary Ann Childers in the above photo. She's a former anchor at WBBM-TV channel 2 news who also caught the film and stopped to say hi to her old friend.

About the film:

Body of War is an intimate and transformational feature documentary about the true face of war today. Meet Tomas Young, 25 years old, paralyzed from a bullet to his spine - wounded after serving in Iraq for less than a week.

Body of War is Tomas' coming home story as he evolves into a new person, coming to terms with his disability and finding his own unique and passionate voice against the war. The film is produced and directed by Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro, and features two original songs by Eddie Vedder. Body of War is a naked and honest portrayal of what it's like inside the body, heart and soul of this extraordinary and heroic young man.

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Monday, May 12, 2008

Actor/Comedian Chris Farley remembered by family and friends at Borders Booksigning in Chicago

Awww...You could feel the love all thru Borders Books on Michigan Avenue as the late Chris Farley's brother Tom Farley jr discussed his new book, "The Chris Farley Show: A Biography in Three Acts." Tom brought along four close friends of Chris
and they shared stories of growing up with him and adventures in his adult life and sadness that he tried to stay sober but just did not win the battle in the end.
His friends on stage at the dais included:
Paul McDevitt, Tim Henry(friend)Ted Dondanville (friend and Chris Farley's assistant) Father Matt Foley

I photographed Chris Farley several times in the 1990s. He was always very nice and alot of fun to work with. His comedy-very physical and a photo op with him was always very animated and unpredictable..

The last time I got the call to cover Chris came from a news service that called on a cold December night. I lived in his neighborhood and they had just heard something had happened and an ambulance was dispatched there. Hurry! Get photos. By the time I got in a cab,it sounded like a paparazzi shoot which I don't do..But by the time I arrived,news crews,tv cameras were surrounding the John Hancock building and he was later brought out on a stretcher. My intuition knew he passed away and it was a very sad moment and an assignment that I wish I would have turned down.

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