Michael Shannon responds to Snyder’s ‘Justice League’

3+ 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 … Continue reading “Michael Shannon responds to Snyder’s ‘Justice League’”

Michael Shannon set to star in Jim Sikora’s feature

ACTOR MICHAEL SHANNON’S manager Byron Wetzel has optioned Jim Sikora’s script for I’ll Die Tomorrow as a star vehicle for the Boardwalk Empire villain, Oscar nominee and sometime Chicagoan. 

Last summer at the Viaduct Theatre, Sikora shot a trailer for the film, set in the ‘90s punk scene, with actor Shannon fronting a band that included members of Pegboy. 

Actors Shannon and Bassett honorees

Now in its 21st year, the DePaul Theatre School Awards for Excellence in the Arts will be presented to actors Michael Shannon and Angela Bassett and director and alum Dennis Dugan April 28 at the Four Seasons Hotel.

The Awards are the major benefactor of the Theatre School Scholarship Fund, which funded 28% of the 163 scholarships dispensed in 2008.

Saban Films releases trailer for ‘Echo Boomers’

1+ The trailer for Echo Boomers, the crime drama feature starring Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (Knives Out, Nocturnal Animals, The Shape of Water) and Patrick Schwarzenegger (Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse) has been released.  The story follows a crime ring breaking into the homes of Chicago’s most wealthy and destroying what they don’t steal. … Continue reading “Saban Films releases trailer for ‘Echo Boomers’”

‘Echo Boomers’ picked up by Saban Films

2+ The Chicago Feature Echo Boomers has found its home with Saban Films. The company has acquired the North American distribution rights to Seth Savoy’s directorial debut before the opening of the Toronto film market. The term “echo boomer” stands synonymous with millennial. Disillusioned by a world where economic odds seem stacked against them, the … Continue reading “‘Echo Boomers’ picked up by Saban Films”

Cubs and White Sox read for CPL ‘Live From the Library’

0 Chicago Public Library announced that the upcoming group of celebrity readers for the popular “Live From the Library” program will celebrate the beginning of Major League Baseball. “Live From the Library” which features a combination of librarians, authors, celebrities, and notable Chicagoans, will highlight notable representatives of the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox … Continue reading “Cubs and White Sox read for CPL ‘Live From the Library’”

Chicago area celebs join CPL’s “Live From the Library”

1+ Chicago Public Library announced this week’s group of celebrity readers for the Live From the Library program, featuring a combination of librarians, authors, celebrities, and notable Chicagoans, reading stories to children and families daily at 10 a.m. CST. Actor Joe Mantegna (7/13), actress Denise Richards (7/14), and Inside Edition Chief Investigative Reporter Lisa Guerrero (7/15) will be the latest Chicago … Continue reading “Chicago area celebs join CPL’s “Live From the Library””

Lil Rel brings big laughs to NBC’s ‘Small Fortune’

3+ NBC has named Chicago comedian, actor, writer and producer Lil Rel Howery as host of the new game show, Small Fortune. Howery, who will also serve as executive producer, joins the pint-sized series that will offer contestants the opportunity to amass large sums of money on the smallest of scales. “I’m really excited to host … Continue reading “Lil Rel brings big laughs to NBC’s ‘Small Fortune’”

‘Echo Boomers’ wraps in Chicago, moves to post

3+ You may not be as familiar with the term from which Echo Boomers gets its title as you are with “generation Y,” or the all too ubiquitous “millennials.” As the children of Baby Boomers, our lives have echoed out from theirs.   It’s no secret our generation gets a lot of grief, and it stands … Continue reading “‘Echo Boomers’ wraps in Chicago, moves to post”

On the red carpet: ‘Knives Out’

6+ Director Rian Johnson and actor Michael Shannon describe how they helped make one of the year’s most entertaining films   Every member of the press covering the Chicago premiere of Knives Out loved the film. They praised it with all kinds of genuine enthusiasm and not one hint of persuasion. In light of the … Continue reading “On the red carpet: ‘Knives Out’”

Architecture, racecars, and the Blues

2+ The ChiFilmFest 2019 program offers moviegoers art, thrills, and the music that inspired Buddy Guy The Chicago International Film Festival announced an ambitious schedule for its 55th annual run during a press event yesterday morning at AMC Theatres River East. Hosted by Artistic Director Mimi Plauché and programmers Anthony Kaufman, Alissa Simon, and Sam … Continue reading “Architecture, racecars, and the Blues”

ChiFilmFest unveils Gala & Special Presentations programs

3+ “Knives Out” starring Daniel Craig among first round of films announced for 55th run, October 16-27 Mimi Plauché, Artistic Director of the Chicago International Film Festival, today announced titles selected for the Galas and Special Presentations programs for the 55th edition of the Festival. Offering movie lovers a first look at the year’s most … Continue reading “ChiFilmFest unveils Gala & Special Presentations programs”

Inside the Music Box’s 90th Anniversary Video

6+ The 12-minute film showcases one of the theatre’s greatest resources, its audience   Filmmaker Curtis Matzke shot a lot of interviews while helping to make the Music Box Theatre’s 90th Anniversary tribute video, and in doing so he captured one of the greatest things about the place: its audience. Since opening nearly a hundred … Continue reading “Inside the Music Box’s 90th Anniversary Video”

Chicago Int’l Film Fest releases 54th annual lineup

5+ Big-budget premieres, exquisite docs, thoughtful shorts, special events, and a deep well of unsung gems create the “stunning variety” of this year’s program The Chicago International Film Festival announced the majority the films screening over its 54th annual run at the AMC Theaters earlier today. Culling from more than 6,000 submissions — the highest … Continue reading “Chicago Int’l Film Fest releases 54th annual lineup”

WGA Awards, Guillermo del Toro, weekend box office

10+ “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 … Continue reading “WGA Awards, Guillermo del Toro, weekend box office”

Behind the scenes of “Pottersville”

7+ Director Seth Henrikson and writer Dan Meyer transformed an introspective remark by actor Michael Shannon into a holiday film that began streaming December 15 on Netflix. Pottersville is the story of a mild-mannered storekeeper named Maynard who gets mistaken for Sasquatch while drunkenly raging through the streets of a quaint but struggling New England … Continue reading “Behind the scenes of “Pottersville””