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April 2008 Blog Archive

April 30, 2008

Hillary Clinton vs. a coffemaker!

Marcus Leshock here. Let me tell you, I really can't get enough of this political season, especially if it keeps giving us videos like this one! It's crazy to think about this - when was the last time an elected official like Hillary Clinton made herself a cup of coffee, let alone operated a cappucino machine in a gas station? Awesome!

This reminded me of that old piece of video from 1992 with then President Bush looking amazed at how a common grocery store scanner worked. I actually found a crummy version of that clip on YouTube. Check it out after the jump....

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Kokomo Joe invades "metromix TV"...

Ever wonder what it's like on a "metromix on CLTV" on location shoot? You never know what's going to happen. But the one thing I've learned? Just roll with it. Here's a little clip of a man who approached us when we were putting together last fall's movie special. Since then nearly 8,000 people have viewed this clip on YouTube. So Kokomo Joe, wherever you are, you're a star in cyberspace!

American Idol Recap: Top Five!

What's up folks, Marcus Leshock here! Fresh from a week OUT of America, it was fun to get back into town and watch Neil Diamond give the best 5 singers in the country a lesson in weirdness. My weekly recaps are back and (hopefully) better than ever! Who will get kicked off tonight? Here's my Top Five Recap....

Because nothing is more fun than taking a walk down memory lane, be sure to check out my past recaps in the Chicagolive.com American Idol archive....here.

And don't forget our friends over at the RedEye either! Brian Moore's "Vital Idol" blog is definitely worth checking out. Recaps, commentary and predictions with RedEye attitude can be found at redeyechicago.com/vitalidol.

April 29, 2008

Make It Work(Out)!

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If you want to shake your tush to any of the spots you saw on our "Best Of" Workouts...

Beach Yoga
YogaNow offers al fresco classes every Monday starting June 2nd. So next time you downward dog, do it in the sand!

Kangoo
Bounce your way to a better body at Crunch Gym with Kangoo. It's the exercise that has everyone jumping...

CrossFit
Push yourself to the max with CrossFit. Download daily routines for FREE or visit Windy City CrossFit for face-to-face motivation.

The Actors Gymnasium
Don't let the funny noses fool you... the circus arts are a serious workout. The Actors Gymnasium in Evanston has workshops for all ages and levels.

Dance Dance Party Party
Dance like no one's watching every Wednesday and Sunday at Dance Dance Party Party. Sorry gents, it's ladies ONLY!

April 28, 2008

Whiskypedia

Hey Metromix Fans!

Stephanie, Metromix TV's Executive Producer here. Just wanted to let you all know we're back with fresh shows starting Tuesday. You'll REALLY want to tune in tomorrow because we'll be showing clips from Metromix in Scotland!

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Marcus, camerman Marty & myself were all over the UK, shooting a 1/2 hour program on how some of the great scotch companies like Glenmorangie & Ardbeg produce their whisky. The special airs June 7th & 8th, but if you tune in tomorrow, be the first to see the highlights!

Cheers!

April 24, 2008

Sexiest Woman Alive is a “Fox”

The sexiest woman of 2008 is engaged to “90210” alum, Brian Austin Green. Can you guess who?

(Click on the link for the answer and a Top 10 list)

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Can't Stop Listenin': Lil' Wayne's Lollipop

We can't get this song out of our head this week. Apparently you are having a hard time stopping the Lollipop as well. It's #1 on the Billboard hot 100 this week.

April 22, 2008

Top Album Covers Of All Time

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We ran down a list of the Top Five album covers of all time on the show. If you missed it, find it in the video section on the right, then click here for the rest of the Top Ten. Let the debate begin..

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Spring and Summer ’08 Style Tips

Ladies, springtime is finally here and summer’s just a few months away, which means it’s time to revamp your look from head to toe.

On tonight’s episode, we taught you how to tweak your make-up regimen so you can put on your best face during the warm weather months (if you missed it, make sure to click on the video player on the right of the screen for another look) and below, we’re showing you how to shop the season’s hottest swim and footwear trends. Plus, Jackie takes us inside Gen Art's Shop CHIcago to explore the city's emerging designers.

Spring and Summer Shoe Trends

(More Style Tips and Video after the Jump)

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April 21, 2008

Just a Little Lip Service

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Jessica Simpson shared a sugary sweet kiss with boyfriend Tony Romo at his 28th b-day bash over the weekend. It's good to see her letting loose and having fun with cake. I just wonder if Papa Joe Simpson saw this...

April 18, 2008

CNN Anchor Gives Birth to Baby Boy

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One of my favorite faces on the morning news just became a mother for the second time. American Morning co-host Kiran Chetry gave birth to son, Christopher, late last night. The 33-year-old anchor already has a 2-year-old daughter with husband and CW weatherman, Chris Knowles. Congrats to the couple!


April 17, 2008

Here they are: Chicago's Best Steakhouses!

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After an exhaustive process of discussing and sampling the best steakhouses in Chicagoland, we rounded down our list to 4 great places. We asked you all to chime in on the blog, you did, and we have a Viewer's Choice. After the jump, you'll find the list of my favorite three places, and your pick. So get at it and remember to always eat responsibly!.......

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Pogo's New Music

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This week's new releases are at the same time kooky, Pixie, and airy...click for more!

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April 16, 2008

Idol Recap Top 7

Marcus recaps the Top 7 performances on American Idol. Would singing Mariah Carrey tunes be a real "Heartbreaker?" Or would it make a "Hero" out of somebody? More bad word association and maybe a few laughs in Marcus's recap!

The Ashlee/Pete Baby Saga Continues!

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I don’t mean to beat a dead horse over its head, but the celeb rags are still going crazy over Ashlee Simpson’s supposed pregnancy! First Us Weekly came out with the story--citing an unnamed source--then OK! followed suit, and now People says the rock duo is expecting and will be getting hitched in May. Do you think Ashlee’s really pregnant or is this just another publicity stunt?

April 15, 2008

Jefferson Park Recap!

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On tonight’s Neighborhood Tour, we paid tribute to two Polish spots and one local institution in Jefferson Park. Read the details below:

1. Dinner at Smak-Tak!

It’s unlikely that you’ll be talking smack about the food at this place because everything on the menu’s homemade and delicious. They serve pierogies, potato pancakes and soft blintzes stuffed with sweet cheese. Yum!
http://www.smaktak.com/

(Read more about Jefferson Park after the jump...)

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Newton Faulkner sings "Bohemian Rhapsody"...

I've never heard Newton Faulkner before, but after watching this video, consider me a new fan. This is one of YouTube's "Most Watched" today. It's Faulkner singing a one-man rendition of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody," and its phenomenal.

Better yet, Newton's going to be playing Schuba's this Friday and Saturday night sponsered by 93 WXRT radio. For more on the show and ticket information, click here.

Winehouse Has Kid!

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Well sort of. She's holding a baby here and pounding a shot. I'm pretty sure it's not wheatgrass either.

Does anyone have an idea for a funny caption? Post yours after the jump.

Photo: Bauer-Griffin

A Cougar in Chicago?

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Marcus Leshock here. I don't know about you, but I just can't get enough of this Cougar in Chicago story! I mean, a real Cougar loose on the North Side of Chicago? How does that happen? Was it looking to take in a Cubs game? Maybe it was attracted to the wondrous aroma of Hot Doug's delicious encased meats? Fortunately, the cat was killed by Chicago Police before it did harm to any local residents. But sadly, we'll never be able to ask the Great Beast what it was looking for. After the jump I have compiled some great moments in Cougar history. Enjoy!

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April 14, 2008

Did Pete Get Ashlee Preggers?

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USMagazine.com is reporting that Ashlee Simpson’s pregnant! The Simpson/Wentz camp is vehemently denying the rumors, but I have to say, Us Weekly is usually right about these things, so it’ll be very interesting to see what unfolds during the next few days.

Lupe Fiasco to retire?

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What is with these successful rappers and early retirement? Word is the AARP is sick of printing out all of these new membership cards! But seriously, MTV News is reporting that Lupe is ready to hang up the mic for good. He tells MTV that his next album will probably be his last. Or I guess he's "85% sure" it will be. It's weird, but I think I remember somebody else breaking this news a long time ago. Hmmmmm.

Morgan Spurlock is lovin' the McDonald's ball pit!

Marcus Leshock here. This is an extra (disgusting) goodie from my interview with "Super Size Me" director Morgan Spurlock which airs on tonight's "metromix." I always enjoyed the ball pit as a kid. Maybe I'd be a doctor or something had I avoided it.

Morgan's new film "Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden" opens this Friday, April 18th.

"Austin Powers 4" is happening?!

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No, baby! Saw this one on AintItCoolNews. Apparently Mike Myers and director Jay Roach have OK'd a script for yet another Austin Powers sequel. I thought this franchise tired out at 2, let alone 3 movies. But a 4th film? Let's hope they don't recycle the same old jokes - for the 4th time!

An article on boston.com is reporting that both Myers and Roach will soon meet with the potential new Powers-Girl soon. Keep reading after the jump to see who it could be....

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Wear a helmet, kiddies!

So it's almost warm and I'm sure a lot of you will be hopping on your bikes shortly. With that in mind, thought you should take a ganders at this...

Happy Monday!

April 11, 2008

Pete Wentz Pops the Question

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Pre-teens across the nation are fighting tears of bittersweet happiness now that their prince, Pete Wentz, is officially off the market.


(Read more after the jump)

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April 10, 2008

Leftovers: The James Hotel

We featured Phil Vettel's review of Sixteen inside the Trump Tower, to share some love, here's the story we did on JBar & David Burke's inside the James Hotel. It's this weeks Leftovers.

April 9, 2008

Pogo's New Music 04.09.08

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Quite an eventful week for new music. 90's alterna-rockers return with their first new record in six years, and the godfather of Goth makes yet another mark. Click for more!

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American Idol Recap: Top 8!

What's up Idol freaks? Marcus Leshock here. Before you head to your Super-Bowl-like "Idol Gives Back" party, check out my recap of last night's performances by the Top 8! Funny that even though this was probably one of the lamer shows of the season, I'm still able to put together a 5 minute recap. Shows something about my sanity I guess. Enjoy!

April 8, 2008

Hollywood Comes to Aurora!

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Johnny Depp fans, it’s time to jump in your cars and make the trek out to the 'burbs because heartthrob Johnny Depp is in Aurora working on his latest project, “Public Enemies.” The megastar signed autographs for adoring fans late last night.

Watch him on tonight's program!

Breaking Down the Lollapalooza Lineup

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In case you missed our analysis of the 2008 Lollapalooza lineup on the show, you'll find it in the video section to your right. Or, for a more complete synopsis, click and read on!

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April 7, 2008

John C. Reilly sits down with Marcus!

"Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story" drops on DVD tomorrow. If you haven't seen it, I thought it was one of the funnier films of 2007. It's definitely worth a look. I was given a few minutes to sit down and sit with the legend himself, Mr. John C. Reilly, before his concert appearance at the Cubby Bear in Wrigleyville. Here's the uncut interview:

Lollapalooza 2008 Lineup Announced

Despite a leak from "industry sources" last Friday, this morning the official, and complete, Lollapalooza lineup was released. Click here to see the full list.

Pogo's hitting the streets to hear what you have to say about the 2008 artist roster, live tonight!

April 6, 2008

Charlton Heston Dead

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Academy Award winner Charlton Heston died last night at the age of 84. He was best known for his roles in Ben-Hur, El Cid, Planet of the Apes & The Ten Commandments.

A family spokesperson said they would not comment on the cause of death at this time. But back in 2002 Heston did reveal he had Alzheimer like symptoms.

In addition to being an actor, Heston was very active in the National Rifle Association & received the Presidential Medal of Honor in 2003.

Some of our favorite clips of Charlton after the jump...

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April 4, 2008

New R.E.M. Music

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Athens, GA's longtime stalwarts have returned with new music...and the audience seems to be split between those who are interested, and those who could care less. Click for more:

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Music: Madonna & JT's '4 Minutes'

Madonna dropped her new video yesterday. Its the first single off her new album Hard Candy, which is due in stores April 24. What we don't get is if you're out of time, how do you have 4 minutes to save the world?

Nevertheless its catchy and ridiculous at the same time. Enjoy.

BTW: Madonna turns 50 later this year. She still looks good.

April 3, 2008

Aigre Doux Recipes

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If you're wondering how the sweet & savory chefs @ Aigre Doux do their thing, we have answer.

The delicious details after the jump.

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Leftovers: Top Taco Spots

We featured Chicago Tribune food critic Phil Vettel's review of Fuego in Arlington Heights on this weeks Let's Eat.
We know the northwest suburb can be a hike for some of you, so here's a couple other spots to check out for some killer tacos. It's this weeks leftovers.

Which Presidential Candidate Loves Watching “The Hills?”

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Apparently, I’m not the only one who’s obsessed with “The Hills.” A presidential hopeful recently shared their fondness for the MTV reality show on Time.com. No joke! Can you guess who?

The quote: “I’m honored to have Heidi’s [Montag] support and want to assure her that I never miss an episode of ‘The Hills,’ especially since the new season started.”

(Find out who said this after the jump… )

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April 2, 2008

Check out the Reality Bytes Documentary Film Festival this weekend!

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Marcus Leshock here. I'll be an honorary judge at this year's Reality Bytes Student Documentary Film Festival, put on by my alma mater - the Department of Communication at Northern Illinois University. The fest features 17 films, all under 30 minutes in length, free of charge! Topics include everything from the homeless in DeKalb county, to Roller Derby leagues, and the photographers at the Times-Picayune newspaper in New Orleans who photographed the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. A full list of all the movies, including dates and times of screenings, after the jump....

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Call Out - Chicago's Best Steakhouse!

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Calling all steak lovers! Metromix is on the search for Chicago's best chop house. We're gathering all your input now, so if you want YOUR favorite to be featured this April, comment below. Tell us which restaurant you love the best and why.

Shop CHICago!

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If something at Shop CHICago caught your eye, here are links to the designers we featured...

NAZLY VILLAMIZAR (Miami)
Funky, colorful, geometric handbags...
www.nazlyv.com

LARA MILLER (Chicago)
Versatile, eco-friendly fashion...
www.laramiller.net

NATALIA VILLAFANA (Trinidad)
Comfortable, colorful style from the Islands...
www.nataliavillafana.com

DOLLYBIRD (Chicago)
Jewelry made from all-natural elements...
www.dollybirddesign.com

New(ish) Kids Reunite!

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In January we reported New Kids on the Block may be reuniting. Well, wonder no more. It's true. We just received word from PMK-HBH that, "After more than a decade, the platinum-selling group that sparked a worldwide phenomenon, NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK has reunited for a new album and world tour."

This is their first group photo in 15 years.

That's alls we know. When a Chicago date gets set, we'll be sure to let you know.

American Idol's David Cook rushed to the hospital!

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TMZ has the scoop on this. Apparently rocker and Idol-favorite David Cook hasn't been feeling well lately, and after yesterday's show, Fox medics said his blood pressure was too high and he was experiencing heart palpatations. They rushed him to the hospital! More details and a link to the story after the jump....

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American Idol Recap: Top Nine!

Howdy, y'all! Marcus Leshock here to break down your American Idol Top 9 performances last night. Would Dolly Parton night be an ENORMOUS success? Here's is my video recap I put together for chicagolive.com. Enjoy!

April 1, 2008

Midway Neighborhood Tour

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If you need a closer look at the spots we hit up on this week's Neighborhood Tour...just click!

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Win George Michael Tickets!

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George Michael is coming to the states for the first time in 17 years. Tickets as you may have guessed are at a premium some of them are going for over $400 bucks.

Well we scored a couple tickets and they can be yours, all you need to do is enter on the contest form on the right side of the page.

Watch the show on Friday to see if you won.

Details on Oliver Stone's George W. Bush film "W!"

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abcnews.com received an early copy of Oliver Stone's script for his Bush biopic now in production. The article on their site (which can be found here) offers plenty of spoilers, but if you want to be suprised, expect to see a W with a LOT of Daddy issues. As expected, the movie is pretty critical of Bush's rush to war with Iraq, and his days as a heavy-drinking party guy. It's slated for release in 2009 but could be rushed in time for this election season.

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