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

5+ 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 … Continue reading “Chicago actors join cast of Jordan Peele’s ‘Candyman’”

Watch trailer for Peele and Abrams’ ‘Lovecraft Country’

2+ 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 … Continue reading “Watch trailer for Peele and Abrams’ ‘Lovecraft Country’”

Peele on why he chose Nia DaCosta for ‘Candyman’

1+ 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 … Continue reading “Peele on why he chose Nia DaCosta for ‘Candyman’”

Peele and Abrams bring new HBO series to Cinespace

5+ 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 … Continue reading “Peele and Abrams bring new HBO series to Cinespace”

LOVECRAFT COUNTRY: Upcoming Episodes

1+ 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 … Continue reading “LOVECRAFT COUNTRY: Upcoming Episodes”

‘Lovecraft Country’ cast talks family atmosphere

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

HBO debuts ‘Lovecraft Country’ filmed at Cinespace

2+ 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 … Continue reading “HBO debuts ‘Lovecraft Country’ filmed at Cinespace”

Nia DaCosta posts origin story for ‘Candyman’

2+ 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 … Continue reading “Nia DaCosta posts origin story for ‘Candyman’”

‘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”

Ramone Hulet, creative producer

8+ 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 … Continue reading “Ramone Hulet, creative producer”

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

2+ 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 … Continue reading “Oscar winner Matthew A. Cherry to speak at Macy’s”

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

7+ 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 … Continue reading “Reel Black List: Troy Pryor, producer, actor, speaker”

The biggest stories of 2019

7+ 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 … Continue reading “The biggest stories of 2019”

Behind the scenes with Zack Schor

7+ 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 … Continue reading “Behind the scenes with Zack Schor”

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

5+ 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 … Continue reading “Black List: Kyra Kyles, writer, creator, public speaker, entrepreneur”

“BlacKkKlansman” DP shoots with Panavision for 70s feel

4+ 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, … Continue reading ““BlacKkKlansman” DP shoots with Panavision for 70s feel”

Cinespace adds new Chicago facility

7+ Each of the 31 stages on the 1.5 million sq.-ft. original campus are booked, so the studio had to expand. “It’s a good problem to have,” says President Alex Pissios.   Chicago Cinespace Film Studios expanded its West Side campus by arranging to purchase a former steel factory at 3355 W. 31st St. last … Continue reading “Cinespace adds new Chicago facility”

Actor Puja Mohindra on web series and creating work

3+ “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, … Continue reading “Actor Puja Mohindra on web series and creating work”

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”

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

11+ 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 … Continue reading “Karabas, “Real Prayers,” “Make Out Party,” and more”