Jordan Peele’s Candyman shakes up the critics on opening day

The past year has been a chaotic one for movies as the Covid-19 pandemic has forced countless films to either move to VOD, release in a hybrid manner in theaters and VOD, or delay their release dates. Jordan Peele’s horror sequel Candyman was delayed several times until its eventual release on August 27, 2021 exclusively … Continue reading “Jordan Peele’s Candyman shakes up the critics on opening day”

Chicago actors join cast of Jordan Peele’s ‘Candyman’

Abundance of Windy City talent to appear in latest film by blockbuster director and Metro Goldwyn Mayer With principal photography underway in Chicago on Candyman, from Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures (MGM) and Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld’s Monkeypaw Productions, director Nia DaCosta has cast several local performers in key supporting roles. The film’s previously announced … Continue reading “Chicago actors join cast of Jordan Peele’s ‘Candyman’”

Watch trailer for Peele and Abrams’ ‘Lovecraft Country’

HBO’s new drama series, Lovecraft Country, which had a large portion filmed at Cinespace Studios debuts this August. The series, based on the 2016 novel by Matt Ruff of the same name, follows Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors) as he joins up with his friend Letitia (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) and his Uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) to embark … Continue reading “Watch trailer for Peele and Abrams’ ‘Lovecraft Country’”

Peele on why he chose Nia DaCosta for ‘Candyman’

When Universal and MGM announced the remake of Candyman, the 80s classic horror icon, many assumed (including our resident Geek at sister outlet Reel 360) that Jordan Peele (Get Out, Us) would be directing. As it turned out Peele was signed on to produce under his Monkeypaw production company and he chose up-and-coming African American … Continue reading “Peele on why he chose Nia DaCosta for ‘Candyman’”

Peele and Abrams bring new HBO series to Cinespace

Jordan Peele and J.J. Abrams are bringing their new HBO series to Cinespace Chicago Film Studios. Titled Lovecraft Country, the series is based on Matt Ruff’s 2016 novel of the same name. According to IMDb, the story is about “a young African-American (who) travels across the U.S. in the 1950s in search of his missing … Continue reading “Peele and Abrams bring new HBO series to Cinespace”

Shining Girls thriller starring Elisabeth Moss premieres April 29

Filmed in Chicago last summer, the mind-bending psychological thriller, Shining Girls, premieres on Apple+ this Friday, April 29. Based on the best-selling novel by Lauren Beukes, Shining Girls stars Elisabeth Moss as Kirby Mazrachi, a Chicago Sun-Times archivist who is recovering from a brutal attack six years prior, that left her in a constantly shifting … Continue reading “Shining Girls thriller starring Elisabeth Moss premieres April 29”

FACETS celebrates Halfway to Halloween with a weekend of horror flicks

In celebration of Halfway to Halloween, the halfway point to all things scary, FACETS has selected five films for audiences to satisfy their craving for spooky cinema on the big screen.  Screening at FACETS (1517 W Fullerton Ave) April 28-May 1, 2022, Halfway to Halloween features Rusty Cundieff’s Tales from the Hood (April 28), a double feature of David Cronenberg’s Videodrome and Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Pulse (April 29), … Continue reading “FACETS celebrates Halfway to Halloween with a weekend of horror flicks”

RBL celebrates: Sheila R. Brown Executive Director of CineCares

Editor’s Note: The Reel Black List is our annual spotlight of brothers and sisters in the worlds of advertising, film, TV, music, radio and media who are making a difference through their contributions and creativity on a daily basis. Today we celebrate Sheila R. Brown. Sheila R. Brown is the Executive Director of the CineCares Division of … Continue reading “RBL celebrates: Sheila R. Brown Executive Director of CineCares”

CANDYMAN: inside Chicago’s Cabrini-Green urban legend

Filmed in Chicago, Oscar winner Jordan Peele unleashes a fresh take on Chicago’s Cabrini-Green blood-chilling urban legend: Candyman.  Filmmaker Nia DaCosta (Little Woods, next year’s The Marvels) directs this contemporary incarnation of the cult classic.    CANDYMAN – in Theaters Only August 27 For as long as residents can remember, the housing projects of Chicago’s Cabrini-Green neighborhood were terrorized … Continue reading “CANDYMAN: inside Chicago’s Cabrini-Green urban legend”

It’s the end of the road for HBO’s Lovecraft Country

It’s the end of the road for the characters of HBO’s Lovecraft Country. The horror drama series will not be receiving a second season order, HBO told Deadline. “We will not be moving forward with a second season of Lovecraft Country,” HBO said in their statement. “We are grateful for the dedication and artistry of … Continue reading “It’s the end of the road for HBO’s Lovecraft Country”

Think you know everything about Groundhog Day?

Every February 2 on Groundhog Day, North Americans wait with bated breath to discover if there will be six more weeks of winter or if there will be an early spring as foretold by Punxsutawney Phil when he emerges from his “den.” Since 1887 the large terrestrial rodent (as well as his predecessors) has been … Continue reading “Think you know everything about Groundhog Day?”

‘Candyman’ pushed to 2021 summer release

Say Candyman five times…in 2021. After numerous delays, Universal and MGM’s reboot of the supernatural slasher film is scheduled to hit theaters on Aug. 27, 2021. Jordan Peele wrote Candyman, which was directed by Nia DaCosta. Like many films slated for this year, the film had to postpone its debut numerous times during the coronavirus … Continue reading “‘Candyman’ pushed to 2021 summer release”

‘Candyman’ pushed to 2021, Nia DaCosta explains why

With Tenet’s muted box office and Warner Bros‘ decision to move Wonder Woman 1984 to December 25, other studios are beginning to take note. Universal has decided to push the Jordan Peele-produced, Nia DaCosta-helmed reboot of Candyman to an undisclosed date in 2021. Many fans were hoping the Chicago-produced film would find its way to … Continue reading “‘Candyman’ pushed to 2021, Nia DaCosta explains why”

Lovecraft gets the unimaginable from Framestore

Behind the Scenes: Lovecraft Country calls on the visionaries of Framestore to bring to life all the creatures and mythos that would need to be realized. When the team adapting Matt Ruff’s Lovecraft Country for television started to take stock of all the creatures and mythos from the works of Lovecraft that would need to … Continue reading “Lovecraft gets the unimaginable from Framestore”

New images from Chicago-shot film, ‘Candyman’

Yesterday, London-based magazine, Total Film, unveiled a couple of creepy Candyman covers yesterday, and the movie mag has now shared a trio of new promo stills for the upcoming horror remake. The images, from the Jordan Peele-produced, Nia DaCosta-helmed horror film which was shot last year in Chicago, feature Watchmen and Aquaman star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as protagonist Anthony McCoy. Anthony is an … Continue reading “New images from Chicago-shot film, ‘Candyman’”

What reviews say about ‘Lovecraft Country’

The wait is over. Lovecraft Country, which was filmed at Cinespace Studios, premiered Sunday night on HBO to 760,000 viewers, the best since Watchmen. Based on the novel of the same name by Matt Ruff, the ten-episode series follows Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors) as he journeys with his childhood friend Letitia (Jurnee Smollett) and his uncle … Continue reading “What reviews say about ‘Lovecraft Country’”

Meet ‘Lovecraft Country’s’ showrunner Misha Green

HBO’s Lovecraft Country, which was filmed at Cinespace Studios, debuts on August 16. Based on the novel of the same name by Matt Ruff, the ten-episode series follows Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors) as he journeys with his childhood friend Letitia (Jurnee Smollett) and his uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) on a road trip from Chicago across … Continue reading “Meet ‘Lovecraft Country’s’ showrunner Misha Green”

LOVECRAFT COUNTRY: Upcoming Episodes

From showrunner and executive producer Misha Green, HBO’s new drama series LOVECRAFT COUNTRY debuts SUNDAY, AUGUST 16 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO and will be available to stream on HBO Max. Based on thenovel of the same name by Matt Ruff, the ten-episode series follows Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors) as he journeys with his childhood … Continue reading “LOVECRAFT COUNTRY: Upcoming Episodes”

‘Lovecraft Country’ cast talks family atmosphere

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 Matt … Continue reading “‘Lovecraft Country’ cast talks family atmosphere”

HBO debuts ‘Lovecraft Country’ filmed at Cinespace

Filmed at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, HBO’s new drama series from J.J. Abrams, Jordan Peele and showrunner/executive producer Misha Green, LOVECRAFT COUNTRY debuts Sunday, August 16 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO and will be available to stream on HBO Max. Based on the novel of the same name by Matt Ruff, the ten-episode series follows … Continue reading “HBO debuts ‘Lovecraft Country’ filmed at Cinespace”

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’”

‘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”

Ramone Hulet, creative producer

Chicago-based producer Ramone Hulet joins the 2020 edition of Reel Chicago Black List, an annual celebration of African-American creativity published during Black History Month. The Reel Chicago Black List includes Global Mixx founder Mary Datcher, McDonald’s US Marketing Director Lizette Williams, and filmmaker Rhyan LaMarr. To view the archives, click here. Ramone Hulet is a … Continue reading “Ramone Hulet, creative producer”

Oscar winner Matthew A. Cherry to speak at Macy’s

Macy’s on State Street will celebrate Black History Month with a screening of the Academy Award-winning short film Hair Love followed by a thoughtful discussion with the film’s writer and director, Chicago native Matthew A. Cherry. The event takes place on February 20 at 6 p.m., Macy’s Narcissus Room, 111 North State St. Hair Love, … Continue reading “Oscar winner Matthew A. Cherry to speak at Macy’s”

Reel Black List: Troy Pryor, producer, actor, speaker

Troy Pryor is the inaugural honoree for the 2020 Reel Chicago Black List, an annual celebration of African-American creativity published during Black History Month. Troy Osborne Pryor is an award-winning producer, actor, and speaker from Chicago. He is a Chicago Scholars 35 Under 35, Black Enterprise TCX Fellow, and ADColor nominated Innovator of the Year. … Continue reading “Reel Black List: Troy Pryor, producer, actor, speaker”

The biggest stories of 2019

The City of Chicago reigned supreme in 2019. Advertising agencies blended social justice with clever branding. Content creators reinforced Chicago’s reputation for inclusivity. Film studios entertained the nation while helping the local neighborhoods. And a handful of friends said goodbye. Below is a list of Reel Chicago’s top articles for 2019, separated by category and … Continue reading “The biggest stories of 2019”

Behind the scenes with Zack Schor

Former Chicagoan talks about his upcoming role on Amazon’s ‘Hunters,’ starring Al Pacino Actor Zack Schor lost 35 pounds, learned to speak Polish, and worked in a “sobering” recreation of historical brutality while performing his role as a young Meyer Offerman in the 2020 Amazon Prime series, Hunters. Impressive, indeed, but that’s only half the … Continue reading “Behind the scenes with Zack Schor”

Black List: Kyra Kyles, writer, creator, public speaker, entrepreneur

Chicago native, Northwestern grad held top editorial roles at EBONY and JET while co-piloting Myth Lab Entertainment, and fighting for media diversity   Kyra Kyles is a multi-platform senior-level media executive, a public speaker on issues of diversity and representation, and an award-winning writer.   Journalist Kyra, former EBONY Editor in Chief / Senior Vice … Continue reading “Black List: Kyra Kyles, writer, creator, public speaker, entrepreneur”

“BlacKkKlansman” DP shoots with Panavision for 70s feel

Director Spike Lee and Cinematographer Chase Irvin added a gritty ‘70s look to the blockbuster based on a startling chapter of American history with gear from Panavision   Last weekend marked the one-year anniversary of the tragedy in Charlottesville, Virginia. Hundreds of torch-wielding white supremacists gathered on the campus of the University of Virginia, chanting … Continue reading ““BlacKkKlansman” DP shoots with Panavision for 70s feel”

Actor Puja Mohindra on web series and creating work

“No matter what people’s age, ethnicity, sexuality, race is … create your own work so that you can have the opportunity to do things that you love.”   Chicago’s Puja Mohindra writes and directs her own role in the popular web series, Geeta’s Guide to Moving On. In her semi-autobiographical comedy, Mohindra plays Geeta, the … Continue reading “Actor Puja Mohindra on web series and creating work”

Millennium Park Summer Film Series

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 festival … Continue reading “Millennium Park Summer Film Series”

Karabas, “Real Prayers,” “Make Out Party,” and more

RSA Films promotes Chris Karabas to executive producer Before the promotion, Chris Karabas was the Midwest representative for RSA Films. In his new role, Karabas is expected to utilize RSA Films’ resources to branch out into multiplatform storytelling – especially social media. Previously, Karabas worked for Shafer Antelis Music in the early 90s, was a … Continue reading “Karabas, “Real Prayers,” “Make Out Party,” and more”

Oscars 2018: Colin Costello’s winning picks

Awards season, which Reel Chicago has been covering all along, finally comes to its climax with the broadcast of the 90th Academy Awards on Sunday night. Amid the glamour, the Jimmy Kimmel jokes, the expected #metoo and #TimesUP speeches, and the sleep-inducing running time, there will be awards given out. Twenty-four, to be specific. After … Continue reading “Oscars 2018: Colin Costello’s winning picks”

WGA Awards, Guillermo del Toro, weekend box office

“Get Out” and “Call Me By Your Name” win at WGA Awards “I’m your host Patton Oswalt or as Guillermo del Toro puts it, ‘The Shape of Pudding,’” said the comedian as he opened up his third year of hosting The 70th Annual Writers Guild Awards which took place simultaneously in Los Angeles at the … Continue reading “WGA Awards, Guillermo del Toro, weekend box office”

Angelina Jolie, DGA Awards, Box Office, SNL in the news

  Angelina Jolie wins at Annie’s The Vince Lombardi trophy wasn’t the only award handed out this weekend. In Los Angeles, The Directors Guild of America and The Annie Awards honored their own for excellence in directing in film and television and animation, respectively Angelina Jolie wore a silver gown and brought two of her … Continue reading “Angelina Jolie, DGA Awards, Box Office, SNL in the news”

The 49th Annual NAACP Image Awards

Last night, the non-televised portion of The 49th Annual NAACP Image Awards took place here in Pasadena. The celebration of outstanding work by African Americans in film, TV, music, and literature inspired the likes of Mary J. Blige (Mudbound), Morgan Freeman, Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick), and Kareem Abdul Jabbar to attend. While ten winners … Continue reading “The 49th Annual NAACP Image Awards”

Reel LA: Doner, Deutsch, PGA, WGA in the news

Doner LA feasts on Del Monte Doner LA is starting off its 2018 pretty much the same way it ended its 2017 – with a win. The shop has now been named lead agency for California-based Del Monte Foods, one of the nation’s largest producers, distributors and marketers of premium quality, branded food products, following … Continue reading “Reel LA: Doner, Deutsch, PGA, WGA in the news”

Directors Steve Conry & Christian Schultz find the heart of Electric Forest

Directors Steve Conry and Christian Schultz recently released this heart felt documentary that celebrates the 10 year anniversary of world famous music festival, Electric Forest. Steve Conroy is on the Seed Media Arts director’s roster. Electric Forest is co-produced by Madison House Presents and Insomniac Events who gave Conry and Schultz carte blanche to document … Continue reading “Directors Steve Conry & Christian Schultz find the heart of Electric Forest”

Production scene

“It’s great to be working on something more meaningful than vegetable peelers,” said Angle Park producer Martin Baumgaertner about the job that sent them throughout Chicago taping beautiful exteriors of improved neighborhoods.

The seven, 2-minute videos they produced highlighted the neighborhood improvements made by the seven winners of the Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards, held Feb. 6 at the Hyatt Regency.