THE REEL THING: News & Notes

“PRISON BREAK” has broken through the ratings so strongly that Fox TV has given the go-ahead for nine more episodes for a total of 22. The producers are no less thrilled than all the locals benefiting from the business.

Break” is the first TV creation of producer Paul Scheuring, a feature screenwriter. He’s an executive producer on the show along with Brett Ratner, Matt Olmstead, Dawn Parouse, Marty Adelstein , and Neal Moritz.

By the way, Canada’s Global Television is promoting “Prison Break” by hiring women to walk around outside football games wearing “Prison Break” T-shirts and flat-scree TVs on top of their heads.

DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES to make it in showbiz? TNT comes to the Chicago Theatre Oct. 11 for the second annual “Dramatic Auditions,” a nationwide search for the most talented aspiring actors in America.

The winner will receive $50,000, an apartment in Los Angeles and use of a car for 12 months, acting lessons and a publicist. Auditions begin at 9 a.m.

Last year’s winner, chosen from more than 3,000 hopefuls, was Chicago’s own Nick Mathis. Could you be next? See:

SUSAN SARANDON will introduce “Elizabetown, the Oct. 6 opening night film of the 41st Chicago International Film Festival. Nicholas Cage, who stars in “The Weather Man,” that filmed here last year, closes the fest Oct. 20. Call 312/332-FILM for info.

A MOVE IS IN STORE for Avenue Edit. After 20 years at 625 N. Michigan, the post house will relocate to 440 N. Michigan Ave.

THE DEAD SPOTS SOCIETY, presented by Voices Unlimited, convenes Oct. 6 to mourn those great commercials that never made it to air. A selection of unceremoniously killed masterpieces will be recreated by Voices Unlimited talent at Bosco Productions, 6-9 p.m. Refreshments, of course.

MARY CARBINE, leaves her post on Oct. 7 as director of the Wisconsin Film Festival for opportunities in the private sector in Madison. She’s been festival director for six years.

FILM WISCONSIN, meanwhile, raised $3,000 at its recent Madison fund-raising event to fund its growth as a private sector replacement for the recently axed Wisconsin Film Office. Spearheaded by filmmaker Scott Robbe, Film Wisconsin calls itself “an exciting new initiative to nurture and sustain Wisconsin’s film and media industry, speaking for it in the global marketplace, and providing information, resources and technical assistance.”

STUDIOMEDIA RECORDING in Evanston has added ISDN digital phone patch capabilities and a Telos Zephyr box, “and we are also registered with ED Net,” reports studio manager Mike Stuckmyer. Call 847/864-4460 for more information.

AN EVENING WITH JEFF GARLIN Oct. 6 will benefit Gilda’s Club at Park West. The native Chicagoan, Second City alum and star of HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” will tell stories exploring his personal foibles and expose his innermost thoughts for all to hear. For tickets, $50-$125, call 312/464-9900, ext. 35.

LUCKY WINNERS of ARU’s iPod Shuffle Give-away are Emily Towe, DDB, Bill Fannin, St. John & Partners, Debbie Heagy, Element 79, Susan Mews, Noble BBDS, Keith Kinney, Storandt Pann Margolis, Ron Coil of Coil Counts Ford & Cheney and Shirley Portee of Burrell Communications.

CLINT EASTWOOD brings his “Flags of our Fathers,” about the WWII soldiers who raised the flag at Iwo Jimo, to Chicago for eight days in late October, coming from Iceland where it’s now filming. Alas, that’s the only feature, or part thereof, on the horizon. Fortunately, Fox TV’s “Prison Break” series has more than picked up the slack.

NEXT YEAR, HOWEVER, a new movie from George Tillman and Bob Teitel will shoot in Chicago, probably in late winter. A spinoff of “Roll Bounce,” it will feature Mike Epps and Charlie Murphy, the garbage collectors in “Roll Bounce.”

THE FOUNDATION post house expanded into a full, 6,000-sq. ft. floor with seven editing rooms at 200 E. Ohio, from 2,800-sq. ft. and four editing rooms in the same building. Owned by ace editor James Lipetzky and his wife, Samantha Hart The Foundation employs 10.

EURO RSCG IS COMING BACK TO LIFE with new client DirectBuy of Merrillville, a $35 million account.

RESOLUTION DIGITAL STUDIOS holds “Whatever Skin You’re In” Oct. 14 for directors, agencies, filmmakers, event planners or whatever it is you do. Guests will tour the complex, see the newest equipment, meet the staff and enjoy refreshments 5-9 p.m. RSVP to

JWT MOVED TO THE APPAREL MART and left floors 21-28 vacant at 900 N. Michigan, where it had been an original tenant since the early ’80s. Instead of seeking another tenant, the building owner will convert those floors into condos. Prices will range from $1.3 to $4.6 million.

A NEW VENUE for AICP’s “Art and Technique of the Television Commercial” on Nov. 17 is the Museum of Contemporary Art. Screening 6:30 p.m., followed by a reception. Tickets, $85.

TEST PATTERNS is the name of animatics guru Fred Berkover’s new company. It operates within Post Effects enabling Berkover to draw on PE’s special effects expertise. During his 20 years of helming Daily Planet, Berkover pioneered the art of test spots, still going strong among agencies as a proven creative tool.

CALL MARIA KLUCHENEK at 312/933-3582 about ReelChicago advertising. Kluchenek is a knowledgable sales professional with experience in all phases of film production. Ask about new ad sizes and placement.

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