Harry Lennix confirms he’s Martian Manhunter

Acclaimed actor Harry Lennix (The Matrix, Man of Steel) may have been born in Chicago, but soon the 56-year-old star, star of television’s hit series Blacklist will be from Mars – as Martian Manhunter in HBO Max’s upcoming Zack Snyder’s Justice League. The veteran stage and screen actor confirmed that his appearance will reveal that … Continue reading “Harry Lennix confirms he’s Martian Manhunter”

Chicago’s Harry Lennix hints at Martian Manhunter role

Last week, Warner Bros made big headlines by announcing the release of Zack Snyder’s version of Justice League. In 2016, Snyder stepped away from the production and was replaced by Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron director Joss Whedon, who supervised several rewrites and reshoots to the film that saw many elements cut out. One … Continue reading “Chicago’s Harry Lennix hints at Martian Manhunter role”

Chicago stars Lennix and Hall film feature trailer

HARRY LENNIX, one of the stars of ABC’s “Commander-in-Chief,” and Irma P. Hall filmed a trailer for the proposed feature, “Lemon Tea,” that producers Rita Lewis and Felicia Middlebrooks plan to produce this year. Katherine Nero directed scenes from the story written by Marcia L. Sinclair.

The story is about an African American girl who is ashamed of her dark skin until she learns that beauty shines from within.

Lennix talks about politics, film, theatre and the one Hollywood super star he truly hates

While his “Ray” colleagues wait to see if the movie wins Best Picture and Jamie Foxx is acclaimed best actor, Harry J. Lennix is hanging out on the North Shore.

The native Chicagoan and “Ray” co-star is taking a break from his busy movie career to star in Northlight Theatre’s riveting production of Thomas Gibbons’ drama “Permanent Collection” through March 6.

Transcending his everyday self and disappearing into roles is something that Lennix has been doing on stage since his days at Northwestern University in the early 1980s.

‘City & State’ a CIFF tribute to local indie cinema

Harry Lennix shows up as a controversial comic a la Richard Pryor at his wife’s (Tatum O’Neill) Chicago night club, in Mr. Sophistication, one of nine features and six shorts in the “City & State” section of the 48th Chicago International Film Festival’s spotlight on our vibrant indie cinema scene.

“City & State” films, by local filmmakers and shot in Chicago and the state, screen throughout the Oct. 11-25 festival at AMC River East theatres.

A day of tributes to Chicago actor Irma P. Hall
and the dedication of an honorary street sign

Irma P. Hall Day June 4 brought out some 200 fans of the actress in celebration of her birthday and honorary street dedication at 95th and Halsted.

Entertainment attorney Randy Crumpton chaired the event (honoring the actress was his idea) and Sun-Times columnist Stella Foster was the witty MC.

Among the 10 speakers paying tribute were SAG/AFTRA’s Eileen Willenborg; Harrise Davidson, Hall’s long time manager; actor Harry Lennix; CFO director Rich Moskal; comedian/actor Carl Wright; singer-actress Mary Randl, who moved back to Chicago from L.A.

Independent Filmmaker Day on Zoom November 18-19

Rubenstein Business Law and Ornstein Schuler State Film Tax Credits present Independent Filmmaker Day, held Live via Zoom on November 18th & 19th, 2020. IFD helps independent creators from around the world develop new projects, connect within the industry, and champion collaborative and impactful storytelling at all stages.  At each event, you will hear from acclaimed industry experts … Continue reading “Independent Filmmaker Day on Zoom November 18-19”

Michael Shannon responds to Snyder’s ‘Justice League’

Back in 2013, Chicago fave actor, Michael Shannon, played General Zod in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel. While the Chicago-shot film was divisive, it still grossed in the neighborhood of $600 million. And no one has ever criticized Shannon’s portrayal of the Kryptonian general. Shannon, always the professional, has never had a bad word to … Continue reading “Michael Shannon responds to Snyder’s ‘Justice League’”

Nia DaCosta posts origin story for ‘Candyman’

Director Nia DaCosta has taken to Twitter to share a new promo for her Candyman reboot. The horror film was originally scheduled to be released on June 12, but has been pushed to September 25. DaCosta has shared an original short film teaser detailing his origins. The twist – the short retells Candyman’s origin utilizing paper puppets … Continue reading “Nia DaCosta posts origin story for ‘Candyman’”

Behind the scenes of the Chicago-made ‘Conrad’ series

Jennifer A. Goodman and Ryan Atkins traveled separate journeys before finding one another and partnering up to create Conrad, a highly anticipated Crime Drama television show that recently finished filming in Chicago. Conrad tells the story of Kate Conrad, a rookie police detective in a male-dominated environment who fights to prove the innocence of her … Continue reading “Behind the scenes of the Chicago-made ‘Conrad’ series”

Reese Witherspoon helps build female film careers

The Oscar-winning actress has teamed up with Fresh Films and AT&T to create a summer filmmaking lab for teen females   Though women make up 50% of moviegoers, they represent only 17% of creators in Hollywood, outnumbered by men in most roles within film and TV production, from writing and cinematography to production and editing … Continue reading “Reese Witherspoon helps build female film careers”

Fresh Films releases “Alternate Universe”

More than a year after premiering at a White House educational event in Washington D.C., Augustana College-based Fresh Films has released its second feature, Alternate Universe: A Rescue Mission. Starring former Chicago actresses (and now, LA residents) Stephanie Barron and Anna Benuzzi, along with veteran actor Steve Guttenberg (3 Men and a Baby, Cocoon, Police … Continue reading “Fresh Films releases “Alternate Universe””

Long forgotten Christmas song cheers local composers

When most people think about holiday songs, the usual suspects come to mind — “White Christmas,” “Silver Bells” and “Let it Snow.” Grammy and Emmy-winning composer Paul David Wilson, however, sings a different tune.

Wilson’s tune, “Funky, Funky Christmas, is a little-known track he composed with musician Charles “Chuck” Colbert, Jr., a founding member of the ‘70s soul band Rufus and member of American Breed.

Ex-agency ECD Moore to direct for Dictionary Films

CUTTERS’ DICTIONARY FILMS division this week added Jon Moore, a former agency ECD/art director to its current directorial roster of six.  He was with Leo Burnett for more than 20 years before  joining mcgarrybowen, with Ned Crosley, as its first creative team when the agency opened here in 2009.

“Production was my favorite part of working on the agency side,” Moore says. “I thought, why not make the leap and put my art direction skills, literally in motion.”