THE REEL THING: News & Notes

KARTEMQUIN’S 1994 CLASSIC “Hoop Dreams” was among the 25 movies chosen from among 1,000 for the National Film Registry’s compilation of films since 1933 being preserved by the Library of Congress.

Librarian of Congress James Billington, who made the selections, said the films chosen are not necessarily the “best American films ? but they are films that continue to have cultural, historical or aesthetic significance

BROADCAST JOURNALIST PHIL PONCE joins Loyola’s Dept. of Communications as a journalism professor in January. University president Fr. Michael Garanzini led deans, professors and alums in welcoming Ponce to the teaching staff at Rubloff Auditorium.

Ponce, a working journalist for 25 years and presently anchor of Ch. 11’s “Chicago tonight,” is the first major network broadcast personality to join the school’s Communications Program.

ACTOR NATHAN LANE paid a rare compliment to Chicago actor Marc Grapey at a recent New York performance of “The Odd Couple.” Lane informed the audience that Grapey had played two of the poker buddies in three days while also making his Broadway debut. Lane then brought Grapey onstage for an individual call.

“It was a total surprise, totally generous and spontaneous gesture I’ll never forget,” said the flabbergasted actor. When not performing in theatre, Grapey is a voiceover talent of Voices Unlimited.

STARTING THE NEW YEAR OFF WITH BANG. Leo Burnett won the $100 million Washington Mutual account… Michael Folino joins DDB this month as chief creative officer. He assumes the Chicago duties previously held by Bob Scarpelli.

ACTOR MICHAEL CLARKE DUNCAN (“The Green Mile,” “Daredevil,” and upcoming “School for Scoundrels”) will be honored at the DuSable Museum’s annual “Night of 100 Stars” gala Feb. 18.

JOHN CONDON will step up in March from group CD to Leo Burnett’s chief creative officer, heading a 200-person creative staff. Condon had been been with the agency since 1986. He succeeds Cheryl Berman, who will continue as U.S. chairman.

NEW AT EURO RSCG: Art director Paul Chiemmongkoltip joined from Draft/Chicago

OPTIMUS’ TOM DUFF and Cutters’ Tim McGuire were elected to AICE’s national board of directors. New national president is Lisa Hinman, president of San Francisco-based Phoenix Edit.Effects.Design.

$2 MILLION FROM THE MICHIGAN FILM INITIATIVE will fund programs aimed at promoting filmmaking in Michigan. They are an independent study of Michigan’s status within the film industry, promoting Michigan as a film location and job training for crew members

The Michigan Film Office, long led by Janet Lockwood will administer the programs. High on her agenda are marketing the new incentives package working its way through the state legislature and to improve and make the Web site more user-friendly. Lockwood, who usually works only with the help of paid interns, plans to hire a second full-time employee.

BRUCE WILLIS WHO PLAYS AN AD EXEC in the psychological thriller, “The Perfect Stranger,” hung out with Kirshenbaum Bond & Partners learning the industry’s ropes and lingo.

After spending a bit of time at the agency, Willis, humorously,commented to Richard Kirshenbaum and Jon Bond, “Wow, this business seems more cutthroat than Hollywood.” You got it Bruce. Comments Adrants, which reported the time: Hollywood is for wussies. Madison Avenue is for tough guys.

THANKS TO AICP, New York could gain a tax credit for commercials next year, adding to its candy box of incentives. AICP lobbied state legislators during the year and the legislators could vote on it during its next session opening in January.