Fargo has been picked up for Season 5

Fargo fans should be thrilled to hear that Noah Hawley’s Emmy-winning anthology series is officially returning for a fifth season. FX announced during their presentation at the Television Critics Association’s virtual winter press tour that the network has ordered a fifth season of the series inspired by the Coen Brothers’ 1996 cult classic film.  We … Continue reading “Fargo has been picked up for Season 5”

Fargo showrunner hints fifth season may be the last

In a recent interview with Vanity Fair regarding his upcoming Alien TV series, Fargo creator, showrunner, and director (of 4 episodes) Noah Hawley dropped some information about his plans for the FX series Fargo. While no official word has been announced by FX, he hinted that IF there was a 5th season, it would likely … Continue reading “Fargo showrunner hints fifth season may be the last”

‘Fargo’ creator and stars talk about new season

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 Chicago. … Continue reading “‘Fargo’ creator and stars talk about new season”

FX announces Fargo Season Four Cast

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 “true … Continue reading “FX announces Fargo Season Four Cast”

FX sets September premiere date for ‘Fargo’

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 Hawkeye … Continue reading “FX sets September premiere date for ‘Fargo’”

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

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.

Justified’s Timothy Olyphant joins HBO Max series Full Circle

Timothy Olyphant, who recently wrapped on the filming of the limited series Justified: City Primeval in Chicago, has headed to New York to begin filming the HBO Max limited series Full Circle, from director Steven Soderbergh and writer Ed Solomon for HBO Max. Filming has begun Soderbergh will direct all six episodes of the mystery … Continue reading “Justified’s Timothy Olyphant joins HBO Max series Full Circle”

Reel Women: Casting Director, Jennifer Rudnicke Paskal Rudnicke Casting

Editor’s Note: They are leaders. They are inspirational. They are mentors. They are visionaries. They are, quite frankly, badasses. They are our 2022 REEL WOMEN. During Women’s History Month, you will be able to meet these incredible personalities in Advertising, Entertainment, Media and Production. Women like Jennifer Rudnicke are making “Herstory.” Jennifer Rudnicke started her casting career as the assistant to … Continue reading “Reel Women: Casting Director, Jennifer Rudnicke Paskal Rudnicke Casting”

Chicagoan Margaret Lebron chosen for ViacomCBS Writers Mentoring Program

ViacomCBS announced the seven writers selected to participate in the ViacomCBS Writers Mentoring Program for 2021-2022. Currently in its 18th year and helmed by the ViacomCBS Office of Global Inclusion, the program provides mentorships, access and opportunity for writers. The eight-month mentoring program pairs writers with ViacomCBS executive mentors, who help them develop a new piece … Continue reading “Chicagoan Margaret Lebron chosen for ViacomCBS Writers Mentoring Program”

Macaulay Culkin living life to its fullest

Macaulay Culkin is trending, but not for hilarious social media shenanigans, or his latest project, but for his appearance at the Gucci Love Parade in Los Angeles last week. The star studded parade also included celebrities such as Jared Leto, Lizzo, Salma Hayek, Billie Eilish, James Corden, Miley Cyrus and Gwyneth Paltrow, just to name … Continue reading “Macaulay Culkin living life to its fullest”

Phillipa Soo joins Elisabeth Moss in cast of The Shining Girls

Grammy Award winner and Emmy nominee Phillipa Soo has joined the cast of Apple TV Plus’ Shining Girls, a metaphysical thriller based on the 2013 novel by Lauren Beukes.  Soo will be starring as the intelligent and sure-footed Jin-Sook, who does research at the Adler planetarium, Soo joins previously announced cast members Elisabeth Moss, Wagner … Continue reading “Phillipa Soo joins Elisabeth Moss in cast of The Shining Girls”

2021 Chicago beach season kicks off this weekend

22 beaches have officially opened for the 2021 season. The return of beach season is another step forward with Open Chicago, Mayor Lightfoot‘s initiative to safely and fully reopen the city. This marks the first time Chicago beaches have opened for public use since September 2, 2019, due to COVID-19 health and safety precautions. The 2021 beach … Continue reading “2021 Chicago beach season kicks off this weekend”

Handmaid Tale’s Moss to shoot new series in Chicago

Cameras are set to roll next month on the new Apple series The Shining Girls starring Emmy Award winner Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men, The Invisble Man), for its streaming service. Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way is set to produce. Described by Los Angeles-based MRC Entertainment as “a metaphysical thriller,” and not to be confused with the … Continue reading “Handmaid Tale’s Moss to shoot new series in Chicago”

Chicago-based films fare well in Oscar noms

Actor-producer Priyanka Chopra Jonas and singer, songwriter and actor Nick Jonas announced the 93rd Oscars nominations today (March 15), live from London, via a global live stream on Oscar.com, Oscars.org, the Academy’s digital platforms, an international satellite feed and broadcast media. Films that are either based in Chicago, or featured Chicago talent, fared very well when the nominations settled. In this very … Continue reading “Chicago-based films fare well in Oscar noms”

How Chicago ranks in the Happiest Cities in the U.S.

You may not realize that where you live may also determine how happy you are. Location plays a hand in how bright or gloomy our days are. For years, researchers have studied the science of happiness and found that its key ingredients include a positive mental state, healthy body, strong social connections, job satisfaction and … Continue reading “How Chicago ranks in the Happiest Cities in the U.S.”

Radio host McNeil fired after ‘Degrading’ tweet

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 star. … Continue reading “Radio host McNeil fired after ‘Degrading’ tweet”

The Chi will return to Cinespace for Season 4

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 Ntare … Continue reading “The Chi will return to Cinespace for Season 4”

Court TV to cover trials of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery

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 and … Continue reading “Court TV to cover trials of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery”

HMUA PAX designs hair and makeup disposable kits

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 Burke … Continue reading “HMUA PAX designs hair and makeup disposable kits”

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

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 tropical … Continue reading “Chicago’s Vairrun Strickland joins cast of ‘Lost Resort’”

Chicago Stunt Community punches COVID-19 in face

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 (Batman … Continue reading “Chicago Stunt Community punches COVID-19 in face”

Grubhub sets up fund for drivers and restaurants

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 of … Continue reading “Grubhub sets up fund for drivers and restaurants”

At Cinespace and beyond. Who’s working today.

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 secondary … Continue reading “At Cinespace and beyond. Who’s working today.”

Sundance picks 12 Filmmakers for Screenwriters Intensive

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. Fellows … Continue reading “Sundance picks 12 Filmmakers for Screenwriters Intensive”

Illinois production scores another record-breaking year

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 local … Continue reading “Illinois production scores another record-breaking year”

CineCares’ Mirkopoulos Internship cohort keeps it going

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, and … Continue reading “CineCares’ Mirkopoulos Internship cohort keeps it going”

IL Film Office strives to increase minority presence

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 the … Continue reading “IL Film Office strives to increase minority presence”

‘South Side’ renewed for 10-episode season two

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 Side … Continue reading “‘South Side’ renewed for 10-episode season two”

New Fox drama series to film at Cinespace

“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, adding … Continue reading “New Fox drama series to film at Cinespace”

Cinespace announces 2019 production lineup

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 campuses. … Continue reading “Cinespace announces 2019 production lineup”

Costello’s ‘Dreamwisher’ to make Chicago debut

Writer / director Colin Costello brings ‘Twilight Zone’ inspired short film to the third annual Windy City International Film Fest Dreamwisher, an award-winning 8-minute film from writer/director Colin Costello, will have its Chicago premiere at the Windy City International Film Festival next month. The internationally-acclaimed short was produced by Eric Handler for his Positively Positive … Continue reading “Costello’s ‘Dreamwisher’ to make Chicago debut”

9th Chicago Comedy Film Festival, April 5-7

With nearly three-dozen films for about $12 apiece, the program offers top-notch viewing for comedy lovers The Chicago Comedy Film Festival has released an all-star lineup for its 9th annual run, April 5th – 7th, at Columbia College Chicago. Fred Armisen, Mel Brooks, Angela Kinsey, Patton Oswalt, Kevin Pollack, Jaleel White, and Fred Willard are … Continue reading “9th Chicago Comedy Film Festival, April 5-7”

Ewan McGregor, Backyard, Whitehouse industry moves

Ewan McGregor joins RSA as commercial director RSA Films president Jules Daly announced Monday that “The Force” is now with RSA as former Obi-Wan Kenobi, Ewan McGregor, has joined the Ridley Scott-owned company. The acclaimed film, theatre and TV actor, who won a Golden Globe this year for Best Actor in FX’s Fargo, joined for … Continue reading “Ewan McGregor, Backyard, Whitehouse industry moves”

Global Green’s annual pre-Oscar celebration

It wasn’t a red carpet event. Try a green carpet. But what else would you expect since Global Green, a national environmental organization headquartered in Southern California, was throwing their 15th annual Pre-Oscar gala fundraiser? And I got to meet astronaut Buzz Aldrin. In a rocket suit. Goal complete. The organization hosted its 15th annual … Continue reading “Global Green’s annual pre-Oscar celebration”

Chicagoans shine at Golden Globes

Chicago-born Frances McDormand, Highland Park’s Rachel Brosnahan and Oprah Winfrey stood out in a sea of black dresses which symbolized the #Metoo #Timesup movements by women in Hollywood during the 75th Golden Globes. McDormand was named “Best Actress in a Drama” for her portrayal of a woman who demands justice in the excellent Three Billboards … Continue reading “Chicagoans shine at Golden Globes”

DePaul starts indie film company to make movies while training students

DePaul University has put its resources behind “a motion picture company first and a classroom second” by launching a bona fide indie production company with the dual goal of providing students with hands-on practical experience and producing viable films for exhibition.

A mixture of DePaul students, faculty and professionals are currently shooting a 30-minute indie film, “Last Call,” under the banner of Bluelight Productions. Oscar-winning sound editor David E.