Bill Murray’s brother, Caddyshack inspiration has died

0 Ed Murray, Bill Murray’s oldest brother and the inspiration for the film Caddyshack has died. Ed, the oldest of the Murray boys, was born in Evanston, Illinois, to Lucille, a mail-room clerk, and Edward Joseph Murray II, a lumber salesman. The family lived in Wilmette, Illinois. Murray and his eight siblings were raised in an Irish-Catholic family. Murray’s paternal … Continue reading “Bill Murray’s brother, Caddyshack inspiration has died”

Bill Murray on Kimmel is simply entertainment at its best

4+ Bill Murray never lets us down. I mean literally, you cannot feel down when Bill is on his game, and last week on Jimmy Kimmel, dressed in a true fashion statement, straw hat and bright coral blazer, with what I’d guess to be an Alpaca or Pomeranian in his pocket, he did not disappoint. … Continue reading “Bill Murray on Kimmel is simply entertainment at its best”

Bill Murray, Guy Fieri have Nacho Average Showdown

2+ In this kitchen, weighing in at god-knows-what, are Bill Murray and son Homer. In the other kitchen, weighing in at probably way more are Chef Guy Fieri and his son Hunter. Let’s… get… ready…. to…. build…. some…. nachoooooooooos. Welcome to the Nacho Average Showdown The comedian/actor and the Food Network personality and host, will … Continue reading “Bill Murray, Guy Fieri have Nacho Average Showdown”

Bill Murray, Jens Jensen, One Show in the news

8+ ”The Bill Murray Experience” arrives on VOD platforms Dec. 19 The Bill Murray Experience documents the efforts of a recently unengaged and temporarily uninspired actress / filmmaker, Sadie Katz, as she attempts to procure “a magical chance encounter with her favorite actor and life guru, Bill Murray,” according to the film’s synopsis.   Featuring … Continue reading “Bill Murray, Jens Jensen, One Show in the news”

Murray Bros. Caddyshack Charity Golf Tournament

4+ The 20th annual Murray Bros. Caddyshack Charity Golf Tournament returns to the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine, Florida on April 30 and May 1, 2020. Thanks to the commitment of Murray Brothers, the annual golf outing has evolved into one of the most talked-about charity golf tournaments in the country. The … Continue reading “Murray Bros. Caddyshack Charity Golf Tournament”

2020 in Review: Top Chicago advertising campaigns

2+ It’s hard to remember back in February 2020, when the Kansas City Chiefs bested the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV and Parasite was winning Best Picture, no one was talking about COVID, the election and Black Lives Matter. We had no idea we were only a few weeks and months away from … Continue reading “2020 in Review: Top Chicago advertising campaigns”

2020 in Review: Reel Chicago’s Biggest Stories

1+ What a year, huh? 2020, which felt like a decade, will undoubtedly go down in history as one of the worst years ever. And who will argue? Certainly not the staff at Reel Chicago. This year, COVID forced productions to shut down. Then start back up. Then shut back down. Then start back up. … Continue reading “2020 in Review: Reel Chicago’s Biggest Stories”

Best of the Midwest goes to ‘Like a Girl’ from Leo Burnett

0 Best of the Midwest voted on by attendees as iconic ads are highlighted in benefit event for Chicago, Detroit and Minneapolis food banks. The hors d’oeuvres were whatever you had on hand, the tinkling of cocktail glasses was done from afar and the applause was a bit muted, but that didn’t stop the Midwest … Continue reading “Best of the Midwest goes to ‘Like a Girl’ from Leo Burnett”

Chicago P.D., The Chi, Director & Producer dies

3+ David Rodriguez, a director and producer for series such as TNT’s Animal Kingdom, Showtime’s The Chi and Starz’s Power, has died. He was 50. Rodriguez died on Oct. 29 from complications from a stroke. He is known for his work as a director, producer, and writer in a myriad of film and television shows. … Continue reading “Chicago P.D., The Chi, Director & Producer dies”

‘Miss Information’ provides misinformation

2+ The new web series Miss Information created by Ashton Swinford and directed by Nick Moore, launches weeks before the presidential election as it seeks to entertain and educate viewers on the bias, fake news, and bots that litter social media. The 5-episode web series is hosted by Miss Information, a former beauty pageant queen … Continue reading “‘Miss Information’ provides misinformation”

What’s up doc? WTVP to air new Bugs Bunny special

2+ Transcendence Broadcasting and PBS station WTVP/Peoria are taking a hard look at that “wascally wabbit.” On With The Show!, a look at the cultural impact of Bugs Bunny during the last 80 years will air this fall and next spring. “We’re very excited to be moving forward with WTVP Remote and pleased that we … Continue reading “What’s up doc? WTVP to air new Bugs Bunny special”

Diving into Highdive and their Emmy nomination

2+ Daring to break the traditional agency mold, Highdive is producing exciting work that pushes the envelope in new ways. Most recently, the Ad Age Small Agency of the Year partnered with Jeep to create a Super Bowl spot celebrating the 90’s classic Groundhog Day, starring Bill Murray. The commercial resonated with audiences as it … Continue reading “Diving into Highdive and their Emmy nomination”

Players Workshop offering free virtual classes

1+ Players Workshop, the original school of improvisation in Chicago established in 1970, is offering free virtual workshops to teachers and furloughed or laid off workers to help them overcome some of the work challenges from the pandemic. Teachers will learn improvisation exercises they can use to engage and focus their students in virtual classrooms. Those looking for work will learn how to … Continue reading “Players Workshop offering free virtual classes”

ALG to represent John Belushi and Blues Brothers’ estate

2+ ALG Brands has been tapped to represent the estate of John Belushi and the Blues Brothers for licensing and legacy opportunities. Announced by ALG COO Scott Austin, the branding firm will manage Mr. Belushi’s personality rights and will oversee the evolution of the Blues Brothers’ iconic intellectual property via brand collaborations, media projects, experiential … Continue reading “ALG to represent John Belushi and Blues Brothers’ estate”

Behind the scenes of the Jeep ‘Groundhog Day’ spot

8+ Chicago-based Highdive Advertising reinvigorated an existential pop sensation through Groundhog Day, a commercial that became a classic before it even premiered during yesterday’s Super Bowl. In a fast-forward recreation of the identically-named 1993 film, the 60-second spot stars Bill Murray as Phil Connors, a weatherman caught in a kink of the space-time continuum. In … Continue reading “Behind the scenes of the Jeep ‘Groundhog Day’ spot”

The venerable Players Workshop is reborn

3+ Chicago institution that helped train Bill Murray, Bonnie Hunt, David Mamet, Amy Sedaris reopens “for people from all walks of life” after 15-year break Players Workshop, the original Chicago school of improvisation founded in 1970, is reopening its doors just in time for a 50th anniversary celebration next year. New owner Jeff Rogers, actor, … Continue reading “The venerable Players Workshop is reborn”

‘Loopers: The Caddie’s Long Walk’ premiere

2+ Members of the Evans Scholars Foundation join hundreds of viewers for the golf-centric film’s Windy City debut More than 200 supporters of the Evans Scholars Foundation visited AMC River East in downtown Chicago on Thursday, May 30, for the Chicago premiere of Loopers: The Caddie’s Long Walk. Hailed as the most thorough feature-length documentary … Continue reading “‘Loopers: The Caddie’s Long Walk’ premiere”

Cinepocalypse fest from June 21 – 28 at Music Box

4+ A cornucopia of classic genre screenings, premieres, and events to take place at Chicago’s iconic Music Box Theatre.     From June 21st through June 28th, a cornucopia of genre screenings and events will take place at the Music Box Theatre for its second annual Cinepocalypse. The film festival grinds together a gory cocktail … Continue reading “Cinepocalypse fest from June 21 – 28 at Music Box”

Millennium Park Summer Film Series

4+ Beginning June 5th, the Millennium Park Summer Film series will enhance the Tuesday night screenings that have become one of Chicago’s most beloved outdoor traditions. According to a press release issued by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), the movies will be “programmed in collaboration with a local independent film … Continue reading “Millennium Park Summer Film Series”

Erv Dahl “nails” Rodney Dangerfield in new Lampoon film

6+ Chicago performer Erv Dahl plays Rodney Dangerfield in the recently released Netflix movie, A Futile and Stupid Gesture, about the rise and fall of National Lampoon magazine. In addition to recreating the facial twitches and hand gestures that helped bring fame to the man who gets no respect, Dahl “nails Rodney Dangerfield’s voice,” according … Continue reading “Erv Dahl “nails” Rodney Dangerfield in new Lampoon film”