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.

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’”

Move over Taco Tuesday… here comes WEGGSDAY!

3+ Much like Taco Tuesday, WEGGSDAY embraces the popularity of marrying a day of the week with a popular food. A two-minute original music video, titled “Wednesday Is Officially WEGGSDAY!,” has been created to hilariously introduce the concept. The animated video also highlights the versatility of eggs, reminding consumers that eggs are an incredible meal … Continue reading “Move over Taco Tuesday… here comes WEGGSDAY!”

DCASE announces ‘Millennium Park at Home’

1+ Millennium Park at Home begins Memorial Day weekend with House Music, Gospel Music and Blues Music concerts to launch the new online series of music, arts and recreation programming. Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) announced new virtual events for everyone missing Millennium Park’s renowned cultural programming. The new online … Continue reading “DCASE announces ‘Millennium Park at Home’”

Chicago Stunt Community punches COVID-19 in face

5+ Right now, social distancing due to the horrendous coronavirus COVID-19 global pandemic, is now the norm. But the Chicago Stunt community is finding ways to still be creative while keeping a safe distance. Inspired by stuntman Aaron Toney, (Avengers: Infinity War/End Game and Black Panther), to create a “worldwide fight,” local stuntman Shawn Bernal … Continue reading “Chicago Stunt Community punches COVID-19 in face”

‘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”

Sundance picks 12 Filmmakers for Screenwriters Intensive

3+ Twelve screenwriters have been selected to participate in Sundance Institute’s eighth annual Screenwriters Intensive in Los Angeles, to take place March 4-5, 2020. One of the students selected is Chicagoan, Jason Park. The Intensive, a two-day workshop for select emerging writers and writer/directors from underrepresented communities, focuses on the development of first fiction features. … Continue reading “Sundance picks 12 Filmmakers for Screenwriters Intensive”

‘Moving Parts’ to premiere at Siskel Center in January

6+ The Gene Siskel Film Center will screen the Chicago premiere of the award-winning film, Moving Parts, on January 3rd, 6th, and 7th. Sponsored by IFP Chicago, Moving Parts is a narrative feature written and directed by Emilie Upczak. Filmed in the Caribbean and finished in Chicago, it tells the story of Zhenzhen, a Chinese … Continue reading “‘Moving Parts’ to premiere at Siskel Center in January”

Picture North debuts new Special Olympics PSA

6+ Director Martin Rodahl and Picture North continue their decade-long relationship with Special Olympics Illinois with their 2019 fundraising PSA Listen to the Mustn’ts. Weaving together small glimpses of an athlete’s life from infant to champion and incorporating a Shel Silverstein poem by the same title, the PSA provides a lens into the doubts people … Continue reading “Picture North debuts new Special Olympics PSA”

One Club launches forum addressing gender equality

5+ Wendy Clark, Susan Credle, Ari Weiss among speakers for Right The Ratio Summit aimed at ‘decision makers with authority to advance workplace equality’ In line with the pillar of its mission to promote gender equality in advertising and design, The One Club for Creativity has launched its first annual Right The Ratio Summit, set … Continue reading “One Club launches forum addressing gender equality”

iComfort is the place to be in new spot by Leo Burnett

5+ Serta’s iconic sheep mascot takes a whimsical trip from sticky sepia to cool blue Leo Burnett offers consumers a journey to a better place in a new commercial for the iComfort by Serta Mattress. An iComfort Story about Cooler Sleep opens with a woman and a sheep in a heat wave. It is 7:30 … Continue reading “iComfort is the place to be in new spot by Leo Burnett”

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’”

2019 Emerging Cinematographers Awards

3+ The International Cinematographers Guild (ICG, IATSE Local 600) presents the 2019 Annual Emerging Cinematographer Awards (ECA) spotlighting promising cinematographers and providing crucial exposure needed to succeed in the motion picture industry. Now in its 23rd year, the Emerging Cinematographers Awards are the only awards in the industry that specifically celebrates the work of up-and-coming … Continue reading “2019 Emerging Cinematographers Awards”

The voice of America’s overlooked healthcare population

4+ Picture North helps nonprofit managed care org Community Health Choice build a new platform for its members to speak Director Jake Zalutsky and Production and Editorial company Picture North have released their latest campaign for client Community Health Choice through Texas-based agency Langrand. For the underserved population of Texas, Community Health Choice has been … Continue reading “The voice of America’s overlooked healthcare population”

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”