Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Joliet native/comedic actor Andy Dick takes on the persona of the Mad Hatter for his jazz dance performance to Lady Gaga's "Poker Face."
We've got a quasi-local representative on Dancing with the Stars this season, and wouldn't you know, it's the guy being called "whacko" and "demented." Those kinds of adjectives might be an insult elsewhere, but on Dancing with the Stars, they're golden, and Joliet native/comedic actor Andy Dick seemed delighted to hear it Monday night. Garnering 37 points from the judges for his and dance partner Sharna Burgess' jazz/Alice in Wonderland-inspired routine to Lady Gaga's Poker Face puts him about in the middle of the pack — a marked improvement over his second-to-last debut last week. (To vote for Andy Dick, Tweet #TeamAndy, Vote: Call 800-868-3411 or text "VOTE" to 3411.) His willingness to bring comedy to his routine this week — portraying…
Geneva resident/model/talk-show host/columnist Jenny McCarthy says thanks to former beau and former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher "for being Chicago’s Hulk."
Geneva's most-famous resident made her usual splash in her Sun-Times column a couple days ago when she gave some spirited well-wishes to her former beau Brian Urlacher. Writing in her Sun-Times Splash column, Jenny McCarthy said goodbye and good luck to Brian following the news that Urlacher and the Bears couldn't come to a contract agreement and the all-pro linebacker would be taking his talent to the free-agent market. McCarthy said an earlier Urlacher quote about Chicago fans was taken out of context, because everywhere she went with Brian last summer (ah, those halcyon days), "he stopped and signed every autograph and took pictures with fans." When Urlacher's career is over and he's in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, McCarthy predicted…
Friday, March 15, 2013
Jenny talks about wardrobe malfunctions and gives a shout-out to Geneva on the "Rachael Ray Show."
We've been wondering for a long time whether Jenny McCarthy was putting down roots in Geneva, and proof positive came March 8 on the Rachael Ray Show. Jenny talked about The Jenny McCarthy Show on VH1 and wardrobe malfunctions she's had at the Vanity Fair party after the Oscars and in her first appearance in a WWE event, but then the talk turned to her move to back to the Chicago area, and her son, Evan. Rachael asked about shopping and food in Chicago, and that's when "Geneva news" popped out like a happy wardrobe malfunction. "I live in Geneva, which is like a little historical district," she said. "So there’s no big stores. All the stores are inside of houses—little old houses, so I buy everything from there. It’s great." It is, indeed…
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Closely watch these clips from the new Superman movie shot around Kane and Kendall County in 2011 and look for some local filming locations.
A release date of next summer may be months away, but producers of the Superman Man of Steel film shot around Kane and Kendall County in the summer of 2011 have released another trailer hyping the film. Remember Russell Crowe's visit to the Batavia library? Ah, those were the good old days. Now you can take a glimpse and the movie as well as the local scenery that made the visit possible. In this 2:33 minute clip you may see a couple local spots used for the filming and nearly all of the star-studded cast who were also seen in the area, including Kevin Costner, Russell Crowe, Henry Cavill and Amy Adams. Click here to view on your mobile device. According to film site IMDb.com, the estimated budget for the movie is $225 million. It is set…
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Savvy Patch readers spot the famed actor all over the place, and his visit sounds like it did have to do with family.
As usual, the Patch commenters and Facebook friends responded to our questions and had far more to report on Alec Baldwin's recent visit. From the various reported celebrity sightings, the actor was all over the place, from Sounds Like Music and Geneva Running Outfitters to the Blue Goose and Wok 'N Fire. Yes, the very man who plays Santa Claus in Rise of the Guardians was ho-ho-ho-ing around the Tri-Cities for the Thanksgiving holiday. And at the same time our family was watching Rock of Ages "On Demand," the actor who played legendary rock club owner Dennis Dupree might have been damanding the fine ice cream at Kimmer's.
Friday, November 23, 2012
Reliable sources say Actor Alec Baldwin has been spending the last few days in sleepy, enchanting Geneva, IL.
This just in: Alec Baldwin has spent the last few days in Geneva. He's been spotted at Egg Harbor, Anytime Fitness and The Herrington Inn & Spa, according to sources. We can only wonder whether he stayed in the same Herrington Inn suite as Brian Urlacher and Jenny McCarthy, or whether he stayed overnight at all. Is there a Baldwin family tie in these parts? Was the Thanksgiving holiday the reason for his visit? Or is there some Chicago-area enterprise that brought him to our fair city? Were there any other Alec Baldwin sightings in the past few days? Let us know in the comments field. Apparently, Alec Baldwin gets around these here United States. Here are just a few Patch articles where he's been spotted out and about.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Actress Joan Taylor, one of Geneva's claims to fame, dies of natural causes on March 4 in Santa Monica, CA.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Alert Geneva Patch reader Sonny Miller e-mailed with the sad news that Joan Taylor has died. She was born Rose Marie Emma in Geneva on Aug. 18, 1929, and according to Sonny, she did attend Geneva High School. The Variety Staff on www.voy.com describes her as "Rose Freeman, an actress under the name Joan Taylor who later managed the Hawaii Five-O property created by her husband, writer-producer Leonard Freeman." Variety says she "died of natural causes in Santa Monica on Sunday, March 4," at the age of 82. Under the name Joan Taylor, she starred in such science fiction films as Earth vs. the Flying Saucers and 20 Million Miles to Earth and Westerns including Rose Marie, Apache Woman and War Paint. But for a lot of us who grew up in the …
Thursday, February 23, 2012
The answer is "nah." Windy City Live mentions that the Academy Award nominee lived in Geneva from 1968 to 1973, but sadly, it ain't so.
Holy smokes! Brad Pitt lived in Geneva? Inquiring minds wanted to know whether it was true after Windy City Live said on its 9 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, show that the Academy Award nominee for best actor lived in sleepy, enchanting, Geneva, IL, from 1968 to 1972. That did seem plausible, based on Pitt's bio. According to Wikipedia and IMDb.com, Pitt was born in 1963, the son of Jane Etta and William Alvin Pitt, a truck company owner. He was born in Shawnee, OK, but Wikipedia says, "the family soon moved to Springfield, MO, where he lived together with his younger siblings, Doug (born 1966) and Julie Neal (born 1969). Pitt attended Kickapoo High School, where he was a member of the basketball, golf, tennis, wrestling and swimming teams." I …
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Good old No. 71 of Da Bears says it's time to stay tough, stay well and "Play 60!"
More than 500 people including children, adults, die-hard Bears fans, and even a few hospital patients and personnel gathered at the Delnor 351 Building Tuesday night for the chance to meet Israel Idonije, No. 71, of the Chicago Bears. Idonije was there to remind people of the health benefits of staying active. Idonije was excited to be there and especially encouraging to all of the kids who came up to him with footballs for him to sign. "Stay tough," he said to a first-grader wearing a large Bears jersey. "Stay tough, keep up the hard work! We need people like you. Don't give up!" Delnor Hospital has a close relationship with the Bears and also supports the NFL program, "Play 60." "Play 60" is a national youth health and fitness campaign…
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
It's a star-studded five-star dinner arranged by movie director Ramin Bahrani at the conclusion of shooting in DeKalb.
Move over, St. Charles and Batavia, Geneva has its share of celebrity visitors, too! Sure, the Batavia library got a visit from Russell Crowe back in August. And St. Charles gets its share of celebrity from the Munger Road movie and the frequent star visitors to the Arcada or Pheasant Run, including Hollywood hunk Hugh Jackman and "Mr. Warmth" Don Rickles. But Geneva might have hit the mother lode Tuesday night. Extremely reliable Patch sources report that a bevy of Hollywood stars were at Geneva's four-diamond Atwater's restaurant celebrating the completion of shooting in the DeKalb and Sycamore area of a movie that has yet to be titled—or at least as far as we could find in a quick Internet search. Dennis Quaid, Heather Graham, Zac Efron…