‘Lovecraft Country’ cast talks family atmosphere

1+ This year’s web-based San Diego Comic-Con featured a panel for HBO’s new series Lovecraft Country, from industry giants JJ Abrams and Jordan Peele, among others. H. P. Lovecraft, whose work inspired the surreal horror aspects of the show, was a prolific writer of unsettling pulp fiction in the early 1900’s.  The show, based on … Continue reading “‘Lovecraft Country’ cast talks family atmosphere”

Oscar winner Paul Hirsch at Music Box

4+ Editor of ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Carrie,’ and ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ joins James Hughes for Q&A following a special screening of ‘Planes, Trains & Automobiles’ To celebrate the release of his new memoir — A Long Time Ago in a Cutting Room Far, Far Away: My Fifty Years Editing Hollywood Hits—Star Wars, Carrie, Ferris Bueller’s … Continue reading “Oscar winner Paul Hirsch at Music Box”

And the title of ‘Star Wars Episode IX’ is…

2+ The Rise of Skywalker. Hyperdrive on that for a minute, Jedis. After almost 40 years, director JJ Abrams and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy have announced the title of Episode IX to an adoring and excited Star Wars crowd comprised of Jedi and Sith lovers on the first day of the weekend-long Star Wars Celebration … Continue reading “And the title of ‘Star Wars Episode IX’ is…”

Will Chicago be first city to see ‘Star Wars’ trailer?

4+ Lucasfilm announced “Episode IX” director JJ Abrams and Producer Kathleen Kennedy will appear on a panel at Chicago convention next month. Keep your light sabers cautiously at half mast. According to ComicBookMovie.com, there will indeed be a Star Wars: Episode IX panel during the 2019 Star Wars Celebration at McCormick Place next month. The … Continue reading “Will Chicago be first city to see ‘Star Wars’ trailer?”

Cinespace adds new Chicago facility

7+ Each of the 31 stages on the 1.5 million sq.-ft. original campus are booked, so the studio had to expand. “It’s a good problem to have,” says President Alex Pissios.   Chicago Cinespace Film Studios expanded its West Side campus by arranging to purchase a former steel factory at 3355 W. 31st St. last … Continue reading “Cinespace adds new Chicago facility”

FCB, Shatner ask Amazon to boldly go to Chicago

7+ Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is a “Trekkie.” Who knew? And he’s a rabid fanboy at that, having gone as far as to make a cameo as an alien Starfleet officer in the JJ Abrams-helmed Paramount film, Star Trek Beyond. Soooo what’s a city to do when they are among the 20 finalist cities trying … Continue reading “FCB, Shatner ask Amazon to boldly go to Chicago”

Found in Chicago—”Lost” creator Jeffrey Lieber who shares experiences with screenwriters Oct. 2

Evanston native Jeffrey Lieber, the creator of the extraordinary TV hit “Lost,” was fired by ABC after he wrote the pilot for “Lost’s” original series.

He’s never been to Hawaii where many of the episodes are shot. Doesn’t know cast or crew. Still, he receives a royalty check and credit?but only after fighting ABC for recognition.

The undisputed creator and writer of “Family Practice,” Lieber is here during the casting and filming of the one-hour pilot for Lifetime.