Viola Davis narrates Leo Burnett’s first work for BOA

1+ Created by Leo Burnett in partnership with Groupe Connect—Leo Burnett’s first work for Bank of America—this spot is a lesson in how creative decisions can work in service of the message it imparts. The spot shows familiar sights throughout American households and neighborhoods, as the sound of string instruments swells behind a powerful statement. … Continue reading “Viola Davis narrates Leo Burnett’s first work for BOA”

“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” trailer shows 1920s Chicago

0 Netflix released the first trailer for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” showing the lush period setting of 1920s Chicago “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” is Chad Boseman’s final performance, and adapted screenplay by Pulitzer Prize winner, August Wilson. The film is set on the backdrop of Chicago, in 1927. It touches upon race, art, religion and the exposed … Continue reading ““Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” trailer shows 1920s Chicago”

Chadwick Boseman’s final film, ‘Ma Rainey’ delayed

0 Netflix has halted the release of the new Chicago-set drama, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom starring Chadwick Boseman due to the shocking and devastating news of his death. The star was 43, and lost his 4-year battle to colon cancer.  A virtual preview of first-seen clips from the film was scheduled for Monday, as well as … Continue reading “Chadwick Boseman’s final film, ‘Ma Rainey’ delayed”

Leo Burnett and the United Nations agree to ‘Do Nothing’

2+ Leo Burnett Chicago’s newest pro bono work for the United Nations 12th Global Goal centres around responsible consumption and production, and how the best way to accomplish this is by doing nothing. The campaign showcases comedians David Cross, Gilbert Gottfried, Bridget Everett and more as they urge the audience to do their part in … Continue reading “Leo Burnett and the United Nations agree to ‘Do Nothing’”

Country Time’s ‘Littlest Bailout’ for kid’s lemonade stands

2+ To help the smallest of small businesses, kids’ lemonade stands, Country Time is launching the Littlest Bailout Relief Fund, a fund to send stimulus checks to kids who had to close their lemonade stands due to COVID-19. It’s summer and that means lemonade season, but this summer things are looking a bit dry. Lemonade stands across … Continue reading “Country Time’s ‘Littlest Bailout’ for kid’s lemonade stands”

Millennium Park Summer Film Series 2019

5+ From “Black Panther” to “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” Chicago’s outdoor movie schedule offers something for everyone The 2019 Millennium Park outdoor movie schedule is diverse and awesome. Taking place every Tuesday night from June 4 through August 20, it opens with Black Panther, finishes on My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and offers Moonlight, … Continue reading “Millennium Park Summer Film Series 2019”

Stars pack Chicago Film Fest screening of ‘Widows’

6+ Academy Award-winners Viola Davis and Steve McQueen led a celebrity cavalcade that buzzed throughout the AMC River East lobby   A number of stars from the big-budget action movie, Widows, lit up a red carpet celebration before the film’s screening for the Chicago International Film Festival at AMC River East on Saturday night. Academy … Continue reading “Stars pack Chicago Film Fest screening of ‘Widows’”

Chicago Int’l Film Fest releases 54th annual lineup

5+ Big-budget premieres, exquisite docs, thoughtful shorts, special events, and a deep well of unsung gems create the “stunning variety” of this year’s program The Chicago International Film Festival announced the majority the films screening over its 54th annual run at the AMC Theaters earlier today. Culling from more than 6,000 submissions — the highest … Continue reading “Chicago Int’l Film Fest releases 54th annual lineup”

Macy nabs Emmy nom for Chi-based “Shameless”

2+ Aside from Macy and “Roseanne’s” Laurie Metcalf, Chicago connections went ignored: nothing for “The Chi,” “Empire,” and Dick Wolf’s “Chicago” series   Frank Gallagher is the worst father on TV, but for Two-time Emmy winner William H. Macy, the shiftless dad is pure gold. The talented actor scored his fifth Emmy nomination for his … Continue reading “Macy nabs Emmy nom for Chi-based “Shameless””

‘Copter to capture aerials here for sci-fi thriller

THIS FRIDAY NIGHT late and very early Saturday morning, a crew will be shooting aerials and plate shots in Chicago for DC Comics’ sci-fi thriller “Suicide Squad.” Helicopters will be flying low over the Chicago River, from Michigan Ave. to Lake St. and downtown, the Chicago Film Office reports. 

eBay’s $20-$30mm digital, media business to Digitas

Digitas’ Chicago office has been given eBay’s estimated $20 to $30 million business, after the online retailer heard creative pitches from East and West Coast agencies last fall.

Digitas, a Publicis Groupe company, will handle only digital creative and media.   

After several rounds of presentations, a trio of finalists — Organic, Swirl and Digitas — competed in the finals, executives familiar with the matter said.