'MasterChef' auditions coming to Chicago, 'House Hunters' hits Lou Malnati's, Common cast in indie film

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If you’re a great cook and wouldn’t mind getting screamed at by a guy who looks like a Scottish Nick Nolte, the casting directors of Fox’s “MasterChef” want to talk to you.

The Gordon Ramsay-hosted reality show will hold a casting call for amateur cooks at Le Cordon Bleu from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Applicants must pre-register at www.masterchefcasting.com and bring the downloaded application with them to the casting call, along with a dish they’ve prepared for the judges, a photo of that dish and a photo of themselves.

“MasterChef” – not to be confused with Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters,” Ramsay’s other shows, “Hell’s Kitchen” and “Kitchen Nightmares,” and the 500 other cooking competitions on TV – features amateur cooks taking part in various cooking challenges. According to Wikipedia, five of the 18 contestants on season two of “MasterChef” were from Illinois.

What's on TV: Thursday’s episode of HGTV’s “House Hunters” revolves around an engaged couple in search of a home in downtown Chicago. According to Lou Malnati’s Facebook page, the pizzeria’s North Wells Street location makes a cameo in the episode. … Jeremy Piven will appear on "The View" and "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" Wednesday to promote his film "I Melt With You." ... Common, Lupe Fiasco and Rick Ross will perform the hip-hop classic “The Message” along with the song’s original rappers, Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel and Scorpio, at the “Grammy Nominations Concert Live” special airing on CBS Wednesday.

Speaking of Common: Deadline is reporting that Common will appear in an independent crime film with Michael Chiklis and Forest Whitaker. The movie will revolve around "a hostage situation that has gone terribly wrong."

Heads up: “All I Want is You” singer Miguel will perform at The Shrine December 8. ...The Cubs' Ryan Dempster will host a benefit for the Ryan and Jenny Dempster Family Foundation at D’Agostinos Pizza and Pub in Wrigleyville January 12.

On the record: “When I do a second special, it'll be in Chicago.” – Comedian and Chicago native Hannibal Buress talks to the Tribune about his first Comedy Central special, which he will tape in New York in December.

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