Chris Rock to host ‘SNL’ season premiere

1+ Chris Rock will take the stage in Studio 8H as host of Saturday Night Live’s 46th season premiere on Oct. 3.  This will mark Rock’s third appearance as host. Rock became a cast member of the popular sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live in 1990. He and other new cast members Chris Farley, Adam Sandler, Rob … Continue reading “Chris Rock to host ‘SNL’ season premiere”

Battery creates campaign for Chris Rock Netflix show

9+ Thank you, Battery and Netflix, I wanted to get my girlfriend a rock for Valentine’s Day and you have now made that possible. LA-based Battery has created a nifty new global campaign for Netflix to promote Chris Rock’s stand-up comedy special, Tamborine, that debuts on the streaming giant on Valentine’s Day.   The spot … Continue reading “Battery creates campaign for Chris Rock Netflix show”

‘SNL’ ratings skyrocket for season 46!

1+ Fans tuned in massively for Saturday’s 46th season premiere of Saturday Night Live, generating the show’s most-watched season debut in four years. The launch of season 46 was hosted by Chris Rock with musical guest Megan Thee Stallion, the show averaged a 1.68 rating and 7.765 million viewers overall, making it the most-watched season … Continue reading “‘SNL’ ratings skyrocket for season 46!”

Female Voices Rock goes virtual for film conference

3+ The mission of the great organization, Female Voices Rock, has always been to inspire change in the film and Television industry by giving the spotlight to women— talented filmmakers whose unique stories are systemically obscured from traditional theater distribution. Based in New York, their creative board has been working hard on new ideas to … Continue reading “Female Voices Rock goes virtual for film conference”

Whitney, Doobies among Rock & Roll HOF inductees

2+ Whitney Houston, The Notorious B.I.G. and Depeche Mode are among the new inductees to The 35th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by Klipsch Audio. The Ceremony, which takes place May 2 at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland, will be broadcast live for the first time on HBO on May … Continue reading “Whitney, Doobies among Rock & Roll HOF inductees”

Ode to Elton John in new Christmas ad for John Lewis

3+ The John Lewis holiday spot rewinds Elton John’s life to his childhood using 5 different actors to portray the singer The story, by creative agency adam&eveDDB, begins in present day and works backwards chronologically through Elton John’s life, right until the moment he received the special gift of his grandmother’s piano that changed his … Continue reading “Ode to Elton John in new Christmas ad for John Lewis”

Bon Jovi headlines 2018 “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony” on HBO

2+ Bon Jovi, The Cars, Nina Simone, The Moody Blues, Dire Straits and Sister Rosetta Tharpe are the inductees in the exclusive HBO special 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, debuting Saturday, May 5 (8:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT). A star-studded array of guests and presenters appeared, including May J. Blige, Jerry Cantrell, Felicia … Continue reading “Bon Jovi headlines 2018 “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony” on HBO”

Chrissy Teigen leads new McD’s dollar menu campaign

8+ Reel Chicago is loving the new McDonald’s work. Chrissy Teigen toplines a hilarious new national introduction of McDonald’s new $1 $2 $3 Menu led by AOR We Are Unlimited in close partnership with retail agency The Marketing Store, PR agency Golin, packaging and logo agency Boxer and multicultural agencies Burrell, Alma and IW Agency. … Continue reading “Chrissy Teigen leads new McD’s dollar menu campaign”

Jim Carrey shines as Joe Biden on ‘SNL’

1+ LIVE from New York is Saturday Night Live… 30 days from the most important election of our time. SNL returned to a somewhat normal form in its Season 46 premiere, back in Studio in New York City with an audience (made up of first responders in masks) and host Chris Rock. The venerated sketch … Continue reading “Jim Carrey shines as Joe Biden on ‘SNL’”

HBO Max to debut ‘The Witches’ remake

1+ Halloween came early! Robert Zemeckis’ remake of The Witches starring Anne Hathaway is landing its debut on HBO Max. The Witches is based on Roald Dahl’s children’s novel about a young boy who, while staying with his grandmother at a hotel, happens upon a gathering of witches led by the Grand High Witch (Hathaway). … Continue reading “HBO Max to debut ‘The Witches’ remake”

Tonight: Feeding America Comedy Fest on NBC

1+ Kenan Thompson, Billy Crystal, Tiffany Haddish and Byron Allen will serve as co-hosts for the two-hour comedy special Feeding America Comedy Festival on Sunday, May 10 from 7-9 p.m. ET/PT and 6-8p.m. CST on NBC. In addition, the telecast – from Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios and Funny Or Die – has added Michael Che, … Continue reading “Tonight: Feeding America Comedy Fest on NBC”

A solve for the film crisis – bring back the double feature

2+ When I was a kid, my dad took me to see The Towering Inferno. It would be the first of ten times I would see it in the movie theater and countless times at home. My wife only knows the film as an annoying poster that hangs on our walls. But for me, it … Continue reading “A solve for the film crisis – bring back the double feature”

2020 Academy Awards ratings anything but gold

1+ Whether it was the lack of host or a lack of female director nominations or a lack of diversity in general (except for the presenters and performers) ABC’s telecast of the Academy Awards reached its smallest audience ever of 23.6 million viewers. The Nielsen company said Sunday night’s audience was down 20 percent from … Continue reading “2020 Academy Awards ratings anything but gold”

From ‘Parasite’ to Pitt, the complete 2020 Oscar winners

3+ Parasite, Bong Joon Ho’s (who also won Best Director) twisted tale that was at the top of Reel 360’s Best Films of 2019, won top honors last night at the 92nd Academy Awards, becoming the first Foreign Language film to win the newly named International Feature Film Category and Best Picture. It was the … Continue reading “From ‘Parasite’ to Pitt, the complete 2020 Oscar winners”

REVOLT TV announces short film contest

1+ Two days ago, Revolt TV (Sean Combs’ streaming network) and Audience Awards announced a call for short film submissions for “Hip Hop Halloween,” a special themed episode of “Short & Fresh,” REVOLT’s monthly anthology series featuring dope short films from rising filmmakers. The “Hip Hop Halloween” episode will debut on the network and Revolt’s … Continue reading “REVOLT TV announces short film contest”

Presenting the 2019 – 2020 Fall TV Preview

1+ Now that we have bid farewell to The Big Bang Theory, we can now look forward to the 2019-2020 TV season. Last week was a long, entertaining presentation of upfronts where the networks paraded out the stars of returning and new shows to advertisers. Lots of questions do arise. Will Fox still deliver quality … Continue reading “Presenting the 2019 – 2020 Fall TV Preview”

Steve Carell is stressed Santa in Xfinity’s holiday film

0 This year, working from home has become the new norm, and the ability to stay connected virtually has allowed people to pull off new and inventive ways of achieving what was previously unimaginable. That is the ingenuity taking center stage in the Xfinity 2020 holiday campaign created by advertising agency Goodby Silverstein & Partners … Continue reading “Steve Carell is stressed Santa in Xfinity’s holiday film”

Our top 15 Thanksgiving movies

3+ Thanksgiving has many traditions in not only food dishes, but also entertainment. And in a time where we are in the middle of a pandemic, we can use some entertainment. Some people enjoy watching endless hours of football, while others take the time to listen to Arlo Guthrie’s “Alice’s Restaurant” in its entirety. I, … Continue reading “Our top 15 Thanksgiving movies”

Grammy Awards announce 2020 nominees

1+ The 63rd Grammy Awards are right around the corner, airing (earlier than usual) Sunday, Jan. 31, on CBS, but the nominations are here now. After 40 years, Ken Ehrlich, the show’s producer has retired, and Ben Winston (known for his work on James Corden’s late-night show and Carpool Karaoke) will helm the awards production. … Continue reading “Grammy Awards announce 2020 nominees”

Merry MAXmas ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ debuts on HBO

2+ Wow. Today, Warner Bros. Pictures announced that its highly anticipated superhero tentpole film Wonder Woman 1984 will be released simultaneously in theaters and on the HBO Max streaming platform in the U.S. on December 25, while debuting theatrically in international markets a week earlier starting on December 16.  The film will be available for a month on HBO Max in … Continue reading “Merry MAXmas ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ debuts on HBO”