‘Fargo’ creator and stars talk about new season

1+ Reel Chicago reports back after attending the FX Networks TCA Press Day where Fargo Creator and cast revealed details about the upcoming new season and how they were able to complete principal photography during COVID. Anticipation has been building for FX’s Fargo, which despite the recent COVID-19 challenges, just wrapped its principal photography in … Continue reading “‘Fargo’ creator and stars talk about new season”

FX announces Fargo Season Four Cast

3+ FX has set the extraordinary ensemble cast that will star with Chris Rock in the fourth installment of the Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning limited series Fargo. Peabody, Golden Globe® and Emmy® Award winning Executive Producer Noah Hawley (creator/showrunner/writer/director) and his production company 26 Keys will lead the creative team for the latest all-new … Continue reading “FX announces Fargo Season Four Cast”

FX sets September premiere date for ‘Fargo’

4+ The novel coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating affect on film and TV production this year. But recovery is slowly beginning. Last week, Reel 360 reported on a few CW Network shows (The Flash, Riverdale, Superman and Lois) returning to production late last month and Marvel’s Falcon and Winter Soldier, along with Loki and … Continue reading “FX sets September premiere date for ‘Fargo’”

‘Fargo’ on hiatus,’Candyman’ wraps amid COVID-19 crisis

3+ Coronavirus, COVID-19, is hitting the media and entertainment industries hard.  With local, state and federal shutdowns occurring across the United States and theater chains closing, larger cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Chicago, all thriving entertainment hubs, are being impacted hardest as many in those communities – from actors to crew … Continue reading “‘Fargo’ on hiatus,’Candyman’ wraps amid COVID-19 crisis”

Leuer makes jump from corporate America to film his first feature, a dark comedy a la “Fargo”

Paul Leuer of Printer’s Row Pictures is nearing picture lock on his debut feature “Eden Court,” the dark comedy he shot last summer at local sites including the Schaumburg Flyers’ Alexian Field.

Leuer said he planned a preview screening around the New Year, and aimed to complete post-production by March.

Murphy Guyer adapted the script from his own 1982 play. Oak Park Native Thomas Lennon (“Reno 911,” “The Godfather of Green Bay,”) stars as a baseball groundskeeper whose on-field career was cut short by an injury, desperately looking for a way to start his life over.

Radio host McNeil fired after ‘Degrading’ tweet

1+ Chicago-area radio host Dan McNeil was fired by the station’s owner, Entercom, after a “degrading and humiliating” tweet about ESPN reporter Maria Taylor. On Monday, Taylor was working as the sideline reporter for ESPN’s Monday Night Football game between the New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers, when McNeil compared Taylor’s outfit to a porn … Continue reading “Radio host McNeil fired after ‘Degrading’ tweet”

The Chi will return to Cinespace for Season 4

2+ SHOWTIME has picked up THE CHI for a fourth season. Filmed at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, created and executive produced by Emmy winner Lena Waithe and executive produced by Academy Award, Emmy and Golden Globe winner Common. Season three of THE CHI was up double-digits across platforms over last season and doubled its audience on streaming platforms. Season three cast included … Continue reading “The Chi will return to Cinespace for Season 4”

Court TV to cover trials of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery

2+ Court TV to cover trials involving George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Robert Durst, R. Kelly & more in months ahead. Court TV, the only multi-platform network devoted to live, gavel-to-gavel coverage, in-depth legal reporting and expert analysis of the nation’s most important and compelling trials, today at the 2020 summer press tour unveiled the cases … Continue reading “Court TV to cover trials of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery”

HMUA PAX designs hair and makeup disposable kits

2+ HMUA PAX, a women-owned company, has designed Pro Pax to assist hair and makeup artists with disposable/single use kits containing essential tools for pros. There’s nothing better than three amazing, intelligent women putting their heads together to solve the world’s problems, one day at a time.   That’s exactly what Donna Waxstein (Line Producer), Maureen … Continue reading “HMUA PAX designs hair and makeup disposable kits”

Chicago’s Vairrun Strickland joins cast of ‘Lost Resort’

1+ Chicago native Vairrun Strickland hopes to have a life-changing mental and physical breakthrough as he joins the Lost Resort cast on the latest season of the TBS television reality series. The program follows nine strangers at their breaking points to an exotic wellness retreat where they embark on a voyage of self-discovery against a … Continue reading “Chicago’s Vairrun Strickland joins cast of ‘Lost Resort’”

Chicago Stunt Community punches COVID-19 in face

5+ Right now, social distancing due to the horrendous coronavirus COVID-19 global pandemic, is now the norm. But the Chicago Stunt community is finding ways to still be creative while keeping a safe distance. Inspired by stuntman Aaron Toney, (Avengers: Infinity War/End Game and Black Panther), to create a “worldwide fight,” local stuntman Shawn Bernal … Continue reading “Chicago Stunt Community punches COVID-19 in face”

Grubhub sets up fund for drivers and restaurants

1+ Social distancing is now the new norm. And with restaurants and bars having seating areas closed and overcrowded supermarkets out of stock in major cities across the United States including LA, Chicago and New York, take out and food delivery is norm as well. Chicago-based Grubhub has now announced a collaboration with the mayors … Continue reading “Grubhub sets up fund for drivers and restaurants”

At Cinespace and beyond. Who’s working today.

5+ Over the past week it’s safe to say that the Illinois film community is doing their best to ensure that their employees are safe during this unfortunate time. In light of worldwide health concerns about the impact from the COVID-19 virus, many have postponed production until further notice. Starting Monday, Cinespace will close the … Continue reading “At Cinespace and beyond. Who’s working today.”

Sundance picks 12 Filmmakers for Screenwriters Intensive

3+ Twelve screenwriters have been selected to participate in Sundance Institute’s eighth annual Screenwriters Intensive in Los Angeles, to take place March 4-5, 2020. One of the students selected is Chicagoan, Jason Park. The Intensive, a two-day workshop for select emerging writers and writer/directors from underrepresented communities, focuses on the development of first fiction features. … Continue reading “Sundance picks 12 Filmmakers for Screenwriters Intensive”

Illinois production scores another record-breaking year

6+ A quintet of leaders gathered to announce another record-breaking year of film, television, and media production in Illinois this morning at Kennedy-King College’s 6,000 square foot sound stage in Englewood. According to the Illinois Film Office, the industry helped add nearly $560 million to the economy last year. Manifesting itself in job creation and … Continue reading “Illinois production scores another record-breaking year”

CineCares’ Mirkopoulos Internship cohort keeps it going

5+ A cohort of young professionals assured industry leaders that the future of Chicago production is in good hands at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios on Monday afternoon. Highlighting the Wrap Party for the Mirkopoulos Internship Program, each member of the group had just finished working as temporary crew on Chicago Fire / PD / Med, … Continue reading “CineCares’ Mirkopoulos Internship cohort keeps it going”

IL Film Office strives to increase minority presence

9+ The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) plans to invest $500,000 through the Illinois Film Office Workforce Training Program to enable more women and minorities to access job opportunities within the film industry. As the industry grows, more minority groups are moving toward film production as a career, making up 49% of … Continue reading “IL Film Office strives to increase minority presence”

‘South Side’ renewed for 10-episode season two

3+ Comedy Central orders another round of the show about “joy, ambition, and silliness” in the Englewood community   According to a story published today in Hollywood Reporter, the critically acclaimed Comedy Central series South Side has been renewed for another season. Created by Windy City natives Diallo Riddle, Bashir Salahuddin, and Sultan Salahuddin, South … Continue reading “‘South Side’ renewed for 10-episode season two”

New Fox drama series to film at Cinespace

5+ “neXt” — a modern-day series about technology run amok — will start shooting in Chicago this Fall Cinespace Chicago Film Studios announced today that Fox’s new American drama series, neXt, will film at its West Side campus this fall. The studio announces the news less than 24 hours after unveiling its 2019 production schedule, … Continue reading “New Fox drama series to film at Cinespace”

Cinespace announces 2019 production lineup

5+ The largest film studio in the Midwest prepares for a busy season of hit shows with 13 new interns Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, based on the west side of Chicago, and currently the second-largest film studio in the country, welcomes back many popular series and announces several new television shows now filming at its … Continue reading “Cinespace announces 2019 production lineup”