Lee Daniels’ “Empire” launches Chicago pilot season

Chicago’s pilot season starts off with some of the biggest names in the entertainment business scheduled to shoot here. Fox Television has greenlighted “Empire,” a drama from “The Butler’s” team of executive producer/director Lee Daniels and writer Danny Strong.

“Empire” will headquarter at Cinespace and shoot for 12-13 days in mid-to-late March.

FX announces Fargo Season Four Cast

3+ FX has set the extraordinary ensemble cast that will star with Chris Rock in the fourth installment of the Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning limited series Fargo. Peabody, Golden Globe® and Emmy® Award winning Executive Producer Noah Hawley (creator/showrunner/writer/director) and his production company 26 Keys will lead the creative team for the latest all-new … Continue reading “FX announces Fargo Season Four Cast”

Chicago filmmaker Kris Rey talks about her 4th feature

1+ Chicago filmmaker, Kris Rey talks with Reel Chicago about the making of her newly released indie feature “I Used to Go Here” opening today at the Music Box. It’s always fun watching a film and seeing local Chicago names, faces, and locations being showcased.  Couple that with the talented female filmmaker, Kris Rey who is … Continue reading “Chicago filmmaker Kris Rey talks about her 4th feature”

Chicago-made ‘I Used to Go Here’ has drive-in premiere

2+ The Chicago premiere of the critically acclaimed, bittersweet comedy I Used To Go Here, featuring in-person Q&As with Chicago-based writer/director Kris Rey, will take place on Wednesday, July 29 (two screenings) at ChiTown Movies Drive-In Theater.  The event is co-presented by two of the city’s most-respected cinematic institutions—Elevated Films and Music Box Theatre—and audience members can … Continue reading “Chicago-made ‘I Used to Go Here’ has drive-in premiere”

HBO debuts ‘Lovecraft Country’ filmed at Cinespace

2+ Filmed at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, HBO’s new drama series from J.J. Abrams, Jordan Peele and showrunner/executive producer Misha Green, LOVECRAFT COUNTRY debuts Sunday, August 16 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO and will be available to stream on HBO Max. Based on the novel of the same name by Matt Ruff, the ten-episode series … Continue reading “HBO debuts ‘Lovecraft Country’ filmed at Cinespace”

Nia DaCosta posts origin story for ‘Candyman’

2+ Director Nia DaCosta has taken to Twitter to share a new promo for her Candyman reboot. The horror film was originally scheduled to be released on June 12, but has been pushed to September 25. DaCosta has shared an original short film teaser detailing his origins. The twist – the short retells Candyman’s origin utilizing paper … Continue reading “Nia DaCosta posts origin story for ‘Candyman’”

Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss on returning to ‘Matrix’

2+ While the three original films – The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions – seemed to conclude the series – Neo and Trinity do die – there has been speculation that the world would return someday. That someday began last August when Warner Bros. officially announced that a fourth Matrix would happen. … Continue reading “Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss on returning to ‘Matrix’”

Alex Pissios talks future of Chicago production

8+ Nowhere can the pandemic’s financial impact be felt more than in the city’s once thriving production industry. Shows such as Empire, the Dick Wolf “Chicago” shows, Shameless and commercials positioned Chicago as the midwest hub for networks and studios. Once productions were forced to shutter, everyone from actors to craft services suddenly found themselves … Continue reading “Alex Pissios talks future of Chicago production”

Behind the Scenes: DP Tommy Maddox-Upshaw

3+ Megan Donnelly of AbelCine recently had the opportunity to sit down for a conversation with DP Tommy Maddox-Upshaw to discuss his career, his inspirations, and his most recent work with the Sony VENICE on Season 6 of FOX’s Empire, and two seasons of FX’s SnowFall. They discussed his approach to shooting Empire with the Sony VENICE camera and how he … Continue reading “Behind the Scenes: DP Tommy Maddox-Upshaw”

Bochian details fundraising plans for Seth Rogen Charity

2+ Actress, author and philanthropist Ina Bochian, knows how to pull a team together for a good cause. This year, to help Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller’s not-for-profit charity raise donations, Bochian has enlisted Dr. Irene Yaymadjian, founder of Hillside Wellness Center, The Defunked Band members Danny Jay and Eric Johnson, and Facebook community Bricklayers, … Continue reading “Bochian details fundraising plans for Seth Rogen Charity”

‘The Last Dance:’ Jordan, Rodman and Electra

3+ When the Chicago Bulls acquired Dennis Rodman from the San Antonio Spurs for 7-foot center Will Purdue before the 1995 season, it transformed the frontcourt of an already uber-talented Michael Jordan squad into something akin to basketball’s version of The Beatles. Games on the road were as if the Harlem Globetrotters, Ringling Bros., Cirque … Continue reading “‘The Last Dance:’ Jordan, Rodman and Electra”

‘Chicago Fire’ ‘Med’ season finales #1 and #2 in ratings

3+ NBC’s Chicago Fire and Chicago Med led the network in total viewers. The shows ended their season ranking #1-2, respectively. The season-concluding Chicago P.D. captured the show’s most-watched episode. The Masked Singer, Survivor  and ABC’s comedies all lost out the season closer of Chicago Med (1.1 rating in 18-49, 9.3 million viewers overall from … Continue reading “‘Chicago Fire’ ‘Med’ season finales #1 and #2 in ratings”

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”

Peele on why he chose Nia DaCosta for ‘Candyman’

1+ When Universal and MGM announced the remake of Candyman, the 80s classic horror icon, many assumed (including our resident Geek at sister outlet Reel 360) that Jordan Peele (Get Out, Us) would be directing. As it turned out Peele was signed on to produce under his Monkeypaw production company and he chose up-and-coming African … Continue reading “Peele on why he chose Nia DaCosta for ‘Candyman’”

Behind the Scenes: ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ DP, Dan Mindel

3+ Behind the Scenes: Honoring the visual tradition of the first eight films, Dan Mindel, ASC, BSC, SASC reteams with Panavision to conclude the Star Wars saga with Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker In February 2019, director J.J. Abrams called “Cut!” for the last time during principal photography of the ninth chapter of the long-running Star Wars saga. Star … Continue reading “Behind the Scenes: ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ DP, Dan Mindel”

REEL WOMEN: Megan Donnelly, Training Mgr, AbelCine

5+ Editor’s Note: They are leaders. They are inspirational. They are mentors. They are visionaries. They are, quite frankly, badasses. They are our 2020 Reel Women During Women’s History Month, you will be able to meet these incredible personalities in Advertising, Entertainment, Media and Production. Get ready. Megan Donnelly is the Technical and Educational Development … Continue reading “REEL WOMEN: Megan Donnelly, Training Mgr, AbelCine”

Media Archives pays tribute to Director Stuart Gordon

1+ Stuart Gordon has died. In most of the obituaries you will read, he will be largely (and justifiably) remembered for his film work. He came out of the gate with a classic in Re-Animator (1985), which was the first of many features he made for Charles Band’s Empire Pictures (rebranded as Full Moon Entertainment).  If none … Continue reading “Media Archives pays tribute to Director Stuart Gordon”

New Coronavirus case on Chicago production set

5+ An NBC staff member whose name we cannot release has tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus and is currently in Chicago undergoing treatment. The staff member, who was in a department that effected all three Dick Wolf Chicago shows, is from California and has been in Chicago since the Christmas hiatus. He is said … Continue reading “New Coronavirus case on Chicago production set”