Chicago’s Harry Lennix hints at Martian Manhunter role

0 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. … Continue reading “Chicago’s Harry Lennix hints at Martian Manhunter role”

CRC names Dave Dakich as new General Manager

4+ Versatile industry vet becomes the third GM in the studio’s storied 44-year history Chicago Recording Company has named Dave Dakich as its new General Manager. A veteran of the Chicago independent music scene, Dakich spent four years as CRC’s Director of Business Development before becoming the third General Manager in the company’s 44-year history. … Continue reading “CRC names Dave Dakich as new General Manager”

Dakich & Steele and the story of “Chicago Bleeds Blues”

5+ The opening track punches into a stomping drumbeat that lays the foundation for a triumphant guitar melody. In early 2018, Chicago musicians Dave Dakich and David Steele got together with the intention of making music for film and commercial productions. Two months and three recording session later, they had completed a full-length album that … Continue reading “Dakich & Steele and the story of “Chicago Bleeds Blues””

Chicago’s wonder women talk about “Wonder Woman”

Does it take a “gal” (see what I did there?) to save the much-maligned and divisive DCEU?

After the critical floggings of Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, it would seem 4th time is the charm as Wonder Woman is a massive critical success.

Coming in at a 94% fresh tomato rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the Amazonian Princess looks bound for a commercial success as well.

Ziegelman’s “Geek Lounge” serves up nerds and laughs

Filmmaker Larry Ziegelman’s new webseries, Geek Lounge, dramatizes the interaction of six friends who hang out in a bar that caters to lifelong Trekkies, obsessive Harry Potter fans, meticulous comic book historians and everything else that belongs within the provenance of nerdism.

“I like to describe it as Cheers meets Silicon Valley,” explains Ziegelman, the writer and director who created seven of the ten episodes and worked with cast member Madelyn Murphy on the rest.

A surprising twist to Ziegelman’s debut music video

Director Larry Ziegelman wreaks horror from heartache in his first music video for “Stung,” a song about lost love from Brooklyn artist Ivan Rubenstein-Gillis’ 2016 album, “Lion.”

Introducing a surprise twist at the end, he puts a creepy shudder into the lush narrative without missing a beat.

Ziegleman met Rubenstein-Gillis through a mutual Chicago friend, who funded the “fairly tight” budget. The director’s dilemma was selecting exactly which one of Rubinstein-Gillis’ songs to use.

“Batman vs. Superman?” Ad execs weigh in on the victor

As you undoubtedly know, “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” one of 2016’s most anticipated films – produced for a stunning $410 million — opens globally at theaters today.

Chicago is no stranger to the DC Universe, having first doubled as Gotham, in 2005’s “Batman Begins” and 2008’s “The Dark Knight,” and then morphing into Metropolis in 2013’s “Man of Steel.”

“Batman vs. Superman” prepro starts in Pontiac studios

At a reported budget of a jaw-dropping $250 million, “Batman vs. Superman” will unquestionably be the biggest movie ever shot in Michigan (and yes, we’re jealous)! The budget alone is equivalent to about a year’s gross income from film that Michigan enjoyed for about three years, before the current governor drastically curtailed the state’s film incentives. 

June 18 first Superman movie extras casting call

An extras casting call, starting Saturday, June 18, is out loud and clear for Warner Bros. new Superman movie, Man of Steel, that starts shooting in the western suburbs and Chicago Aug. 22 for a reported 10 weeks.  

Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen, Dawn of the Dead) is the director and playing Clark Kent/Superman is English heartthrob Henry Cavill (The Tudors).  Kevin Costner and Diane Lane play young Clark’s parents. 

Superman flies into Chicago to film here this summer

“SUPERMAN: MAN OF STEEL” lands in Chicago in early summer for a reported 12 weeks of prep and 12 weeks of filming.  The  Warner Bros. blockbuster-budgeted adventure/fantasy stars handsome, young Brit star Henry Cavill  (“The Tudors”) as the Caped Crusader and feisty Amy Adams (“The Fighter”) as smart, tough, warm ambitious and adoring Lois Lane.

WME packaging 11Eleven’s remake of “Doberman Gang”

WME is packaging two of the several projects that local producer Darren Reagan is developing through his 11Eleven Entertainment.

The agency is onboard for Reagan and “Dog Whisperer” Cesar Millan’s remake of the “Doberman Gang” film series, and a cable series based on Cynthia Buchanan’s 1972 novel “Maiden.”  WME represents Millan for entertainment projects.

LeMay’s feature doc “Desert Bayou” delves into Katrina’s human psyche in tale of two families

When Hurricane Katrina rocked New Orleans in 2005, filmmaker Alex LeMay became fixated on the soul behind the ruin.

Seizing on a short item he read in The New York Times, and wanting to stir thought-provoking reflection, LeMay produced feature length documentary “Desert Bayou,” that will premiere during the week of Katrina’s second anniversary.

Distributed by Echelon, “Desert Bayou” opens Aug. 24 at well-known Quad Theatre in New York, followed by a nationwide release a week later. LeMay said it will hit Chicago in September.

“Steel City,” only Illinois feature at Sundance, plays IFP?an interview with director Brian Jun

The only Illinois-shot feature at the Sundance Film Festival this year was 26-year-old Brian Jun’s gritty family drama “Steel City,” shot in his native Alton.

“Steel City” stars John Heard (“Prison Break”), America Ferrera (“Real Women Have Curves”), and Steppenwolf company member Laurie Metcalf (“Roseanne”).

Heard had starred in Jun’s short “Researching Raymond Burke” at the Fox Searchlab, after his earlier short “Jimmy Brown” screened at the Los Angeles Shorts Film Festival.

Soft launch successful for Go Locations’ green operation

Since their soft launch three months ago, Go Locations Services and Go Rentals has serviced Shameless, The Playboy Club, Man of Steel, and more than 50 commercials in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and South Carolina. They have shoots scheduled locally this winter as well as in Florida and Michigan.