Bill Murray’s brother, Caddyshack inspiration has died

1+ Ed Murray, Bill Murray’s oldest brother and the inspiration for the film Caddyshack has died. Ed, the oldest of the Murray boys, was born in Evanston, Illinois, to Lucille, a mail-room clerk, and Edward Joseph Murray II, a lumber salesman. The family lived in Wilmette, Illinois. Murray and his eight siblings were raised in an Irish-Catholic family. Murray’s paternal … Continue reading “Bill Murray’s brother, Caddyshack inspiration has died”

Bill Murray on Kimmel is simply entertainment at its best

4+ Bill Murray never lets us down. I mean literally, you cannot feel down when Bill is on his game, and last week on Jimmy Kimmel, dressed in a true fashion statement, straw hat and bright coral blazer, with what I’d guess to be an Alpaca or Pomeranian in his pocket, he did not disappoint. … Continue reading “Bill Murray on Kimmel is simply entertainment at its best”

Bill Murray, Guy Fieri have Nacho Average Showdown

2+ In this kitchen, weighing in at god-knows-what, are Bill Murray and son Homer. In the other kitchen, weighing in at probably way more are Chef Guy Fieri and his son Hunter. Let’s… get… ready…. to…. build…. some…. nachoooooooooos. Welcome to the Nacho Average Showdown The comedian/actor and the Food Network personality and host, will … Continue reading “Bill Murray, Guy Fieri have Nacho Average Showdown”

Bill Murray, Jens Jensen, One Show in the news

8+ ”The Bill Murray Experience” arrives on VOD platforms Dec. 19 The Bill Murray Experience documents the efforts of a recently unengaged and temporarily uninspired actress / filmmaker, Sadie Katz, as she attempts to procure “a magical chance encounter with her favorite actor and life guru, Bill Murray,” according to the film’s synopsis.   Featuring … Continue reading “Bill Murray, Jens Jensen, One Show in the news”

Murray Bros. Caddyshack Charity Golf Tournament

4+ The 20th annual Murray Bros. Caddyshack Charity Golf Tournament returns to the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine, Florida on April 30 and May 1, 2020. Thanks to the commitment of Murray Brothers, the annual golf outing has evolved into one of the most talked-about charity golf tournaments in the country. The … Continue reading “Murray Bros. Caddyshack Charity Golf Tournament”

Iconic Second City acquired by New York-based ZMC

0 This is no laughing matter. New York-based private equity firm ZMC announced today that it has acquired The Second City, the world’s premier brand in improvisation and sketch-based comedy entertainment and education. Founded in Chicago in 1959, The Second City is an iconic brand that has become the most influential and prolific comedy empire in the … Continue reading “Iconic Second City acquired by New York-based ZMC”

Chicago agency Highdive soars again in Super Bowl

1+ Congratulations to Highdive for once again landing atop of USA Today’s Admeter. The agency’s two 60-second Super Bowl LV spots for Quicken’s Rocket Mortgage were ranked number one and two. In 2020, Highdive scored the number one spot with Jeep. The spot featured a recreation of the hit romcom, Groundhog Day, and brought back … Continue reading “Chicago agency Highdive soars again in Super Bowl”

Jeep to air one spot during Super Bowl

0 Keeping their effort under wraps, Jeep announced it will debut one commercial during this Sunday’s (February 7, 2021) Big Game telecast. The spot will air in the second half of the game. Last year, the brand along with creative agency partner and Ad Age Small Agency of the Year Highdive, created the unforgettable, Emmy-nominated … Continue reading “Jeep to air one spot during Super Bowl”

Steeves and Cutters on the making of before/during/after

3+ While many people dream of assembling a Who’s Who list of premier talents to help them tell their personal story on the big screen, highly accomplished actor turned screenwriter and producer Finnerty Steeves (Orange is the New Black) has brilliantly brought this widely cherished dream to Technicolor reality with Steeves’ independent dramedy feature, before/during/after. On the … Continue reading “Steeves and Cutters on the making of before/during/after”

Think you know everything about Groundhog Day?

5+ Every February 2 on Groundhog Day, North Americans wait with bated breath to discover if there will be six more weeks of winter or if there will be an early spring as foretold by Punxsutawney Phil when he emerges from his “den.” Since 1887 the large terrestrial rodent (as well as his predecessors) has … Continue reading “Think you know everything about Groundhog Day?”

2020 in Review: Top Chicago advertising campaigns

2+ It’s hard to remember back in February 2020, when the Kansas City Chiefs bested the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV and Parasite was winning Best Picture, no one was talking about COVID, the election and Black Lives Matter. We had no idea we were only a few weeks and months away from … Continue reading “2020 in Review: Top Chicago advertising campaigns”

2020 in Review: Reel Chicago’s Biggest Stories

1+ What a year, huh? 2020, which felt like a decade, will undoubtedly go down in history as one of the worst years ever. And who will argue? Certainly not the staff at Reel Chicago. This year, COVID forced productions to shut down. Then start back up. Then shut back down. Then start back up. … Continue reading “2020 in Review: Reel Chicago’s Biggest Stories”

Best of the Midwest goes to ‘Like a Girl’ from Leo Burnett

0 Best of the Midwest voted on by attendees as iconic ads are highlighted in benefit event for Chicago, Detroit and Minneapolis food banks. The hors d’oeuvres were whatever you had on hand, the tinkling of cocktail glasses was done from afar and the applause was a bit muted, but that didn’t stop the Midwest … Continue reading “Best of the Midwest goes to ‘Like a Girl’ from Leo Burnett”

Chicago P.D., The Chi, Director & Producer dies

3+ David Rodriguez, a director and producer for series such as TNT’s Animal Kingdom, Showtime’s The Chi and Starz’s Power, has died. He was 50. Rodriguez died on Oct. 29 from complications from a stroke. He is known for his work as a director, producer, and writer in a myriad of film and television shows. … Continue reading “Chicago P.D., The Chi, Director & Producer dies”

‘Miss Information’ provides misinformation

2+ The new web series Miss Information created by Ashton Swinford and directed by Nick Moore, launches weeks before the presidential election as it seeks to entertain and educate viewers on the bias, fake news, and bots that litter social media. The 5-episode web series is hosted by Miss Information, a former beauty pageant queen … Continue reading “‘Miss Information’ provides misinformation”

What’s up doc? WTVP to air new Bugs Bunny special

2+ Transcendence Broadcasting and PBS station WTVP/Peoria are taking a hard look at that “wascally wabbit.” On With The Show!, a look at the cultural impact of Bugs Bunny during the last 80 years will air this fall and next spring. “We’re very excited to be moving forward with WTVP Remote and pleased that we … Continue reading “What’s up doc? WTVP to air new Bugs Bunny special”

Diving into Highdive and their Emmy nomination

2+ Daring to break the traditional agency mold, Highdive is producing exciting work that pushes the envelope in new ways. Most recently, the Ad Age Small Agency of the Year partnered with Jeep to create a Super Bowl spot celebrating the 90’s classic Groundhog Day, starring Bill Murray. The commercial resonated with audiences as it … Continue reading “Diving into Highdive and their Emmy nomination”

Players Workshop offering free virtual classes

1+ Players Workshop, the original school of improvisation in Chicago established in 1970, is offering free virtual workshops to teachers and furloughed or laid off workers to help them overcome some of the work challenges from the pandemic. Teachers will learn improvisation exercises they can use to engage and focus their students in virtual classrooms. Those looking for work will learn how to … Continue reading “Players Workshop offering free virtual classes”

ALG to represent John Belushi and Blues Brothers’ estate

2+ ALG Brands has been tapped to represent the estate of John Belushi and the Blues Brothers for licensing and legacy opportunities. Announced by ALG COO Scott Austin, the branding firm will manage Mr. Belushi’s personality rights and will oversee the evolution of the Blues Brothers’ iconic intellectual property via brand collaborations, media projects, experiential … Continue reading “ALG to represent John Belushi and Blues Brothers’ estate”

Behind the scenes of the Jeep ‘Groundhog Day’ spot

8+ Chicago-based Highdive Advertising reinvigorated an existential pop sensation through Groundhog Day, a commercial that became a classic before it even premiered during yesterday’s Super Bowl. In a fast-forward recreation of the identically-named 1993 film, the 60-second spot stars Bill Murray as Phil Connors, a weatherman caught in a kink of the space-time continuum. In … Continue reading “Behind the scenes of the Jeep ‘Groundhog Day’ spot”