Florence Pugh, Lulu Wang, John David Washington among Academy invites

1+ The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 819 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.  The 2020 class is 45% women, 36% underrepresented ethnic/racial communities, and 49% international from 68 countries.  There are 75 Oscar® nominees, including 15 winners, … Continue reading “Florence Pugh, Lulu Wang, John David Washington among Academy invites”

Fallon works out with John Cena for Michelob ULTRA

1+ With the Super Bowl coming fast and furious this weekend most brands, some have taken a pause due to Kobe Bryant’s tragic death, are rolling out their teasers and spots to showcase the $5.6 million they have paid for a :30-second slot. Now Michelob ULTRA and agency FCB New York are presenting theirs featuring … Continue reading “Fallon works out with John Cena for Michelob ULTRA”

Kia unleashes most powerful midsize sedan in live stream

1+ Kia Motors America today is kicking off a multi-channel marketing campaign in support of the all-new 2021 K5. True to Kia Motors America (KMA) “Give It Everything” philosophy, the wide-reaching, real-time “K5 Live,” effort will reset expectations by placing Kia’s most powerful mid-size sedan in situations previously untouched in this traditionally conservative category.   The … Continue reading “Kia unleashes most powerful midsize sedan in live stream”

‘Dark Knight,’ ‘American Pickle,’ coming to HBO Max

1+ Christopher Nolan’s brilliant The Dark Knight, which was arguably a game-changer for superhero films when it was released in 2008, is now finding a new home on streamer HBO Max. From blockbuster films to star-studded new original series, there’s plenty of content to enjoy this August on HBO Max. Max Originals debuting in the … Continue reading “‘Dark Knight,’ ‘American Pickle,’ coming to HBO Max”

AGC Studios casts Jonas, Fishburne in ‘Blacksmith’

1+ Golden Globe and Grammy nominated actor, singer, and songwriter Nick Jonas (Jumanji franchise, Midway) and Academy Award nominee Laurence Fishburne (Matrix franchise, John Wick franchise, Man of Steel, Mission: Impossible III) have signed on to The Blacksmith, which Stuart Ford’s AGC Studios will finance and produce. Pierre Morel (Taken) will direct the action thriller, … Continue reading “AGC Studios casts Jonas, Fishburne in ‘Blacksmith’”

Framestore appoints Sinha as head of Mumbai studio

1+ Akhauri P. Sinha has been appointed by Framestore as the head of its new, purpose-built Mumbai studio. Akhauri joins from Method, where he was Managing Director of the studio’s Indian operations. He will report directly to Framestore’s Global Managing Director, Film, Fiona Walkinshaw, and will be responsible for setting up Framestore’s newest office, a state-of-the-art … Continue reading “Framestore appoints Sinha as head of Mumbai studio”

WB sets release dates for ‘Flash,’ ‘Matrix’ & ‘Shazam 2’

3+ We finally have a release date for The Flash. Maybe this time with IT and IT: Chapter 2’s Andrés Muschietti at the helm, the long-delayed film about the Scarlet Speedster will actually happen. WB also set release dates for The Matrix 4, Shazam 2 and a slew of other films. According to Deadline, The … Continue reading “WB sets release dates for ‘Flash,’ ‘Matrix’ & ‘Shazam 2’”

‘Matrix’ casts two more for upcoming production

1+ Warner Bros‘ The Matrix revival is gearing up for production, presumably in Chicago, for early next year. Thus the final cast members are being added. Last night, Comic Book Movie News reported that Mindhunter and Frozen II star Jonathan Groff had signed on in an undisclosed role. Now Deadline reports that Toby Onwumere will reunite with Sense8 co-creator Lana Wachowski … Continue reading “‘Matrix’ casts two more for upcoming production”

New ‘Joker’ film will not screen in Aurora

1+ There is growing angst and concern about Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix’s dark take on the iconic Batman villain Joker. If you remember on July 20, 2012, a nightmare happened in a theater in Aurora, Colorado. Right before Chris Nolan’s The Dark Knight screened, James Eagan Holmes, dressed in tactical clothing, set off tear … Continue reading “New ‘Joker’ film will not screen in Aurora”

Holy S***Balls! “Deadpool 2” soundtrack is out

5+ Sony Music has released the official soundtrack to the highly-anticipated Deadpool 2. The score from award-winning composer Tyler Bates (John Wick, Guardians of the Galaxy, Watchmen) is now available digitally to stream and download. Fans can now hear the first-ever “parental guidance” tagged score album and look forward to explicit numbers such as “Holy … Continue reading “Holy S***Balls! “Deadpool 2” soundtrack is out”

Truly Hard Seltzer brings the flavor in new campaign

1+ It’s impossible to hate on a spot that includes a Soul Train line. Truly Hard Seltzer has dropped a brand new campaign, calling on drinkers to be their original and flavorful selves and never letting anyone stand in their way. Dubbed “Live Truly,” the two spots deliver color, life and energy to hard seltzer … Continue reading “Truly Hard Seltzer brings the flavor in new campaign”

‘Westworld’ returns for S3 on March 15

1+ The Emmy® winning drama series Westworld returns for its eight-episode third season Sunday, March 15 (9:00-10:10 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. A dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the birth of a new form of life on Earth, the show was created for television by Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy, who are … Continue reading “‘Westworld’ returns for S3 on March 15”

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”

Reel 360’s last-minute gift guide of must-haves

3+ Christmas, Hanukkah and Chrismakkah are literally around the corner. Hanukkah starts Saturday the 21st and we know when St. Nick is trespassing via our chimneys with the perfect gift. To make your last minute holiday gift buying just a l’il bit easier before the oohs and aahs from that creative director or director who’s … Continue reading “Reel 360’s last-minute gift guide of must-haves”

2019 Kia Sorento takes world’s shortest test drive

1+ The Reel 360 Team didn’t see this coming. In the newest spot for Kia Motors America, from creative agency David & Goliath, the agency asks us to ponder the question, “How many features of the 2019 Sorento can you showcase in just over 300 feet?” Their answer lies in the latest spot, directed by … Continue reading “2019 Kia Sorento takes world’s shortest test drive”

Old Spice heroically saves the day with swagger

4+ If you watched any sports or Marvel movies this weekend, chances are you got to see the very funny Old Spice ads. ‘Never Let a Friend Lose His Swagger’ by Wieden+Kennedy Portland, shines a hilarious light on lonely guys, making the series Reel Ad of the Week. Apparently, Old Spice commissioned a study uncovering … Continue reading “Old Spice heroically saves the day with swagger”

Kaepernick is face of Nike’s ‘Just do It’ 30th anniversary campaign

2+ Well, I suddenly feel like buying a new pair of Nike shoes. Darren Rovell of ESPN first reported that Nike had selected former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick as the face of its “Just Do It” campaign, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Using the headline, “Believe in something, even if it means … Continue reading “Kaepernick is face of Nike’s ‘Just do It’ 30th anniversary campaign”

Powerful PSA campaign pushes legislators to pass new gun laws

1+ The Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund announced on May 16 that the not-for-profit organization had released three TV spots urging state lawmakers to pass gun violence prevention legislation this session. Lawmakers are considering legislation that would strengthen Minnesota’s gun laws after polling from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune showed 9 in 10 Minnesotans support requiring … Continue reading “Powerful PSA campaign pushes legislators to pass new gun laws”

“Black Panther,” “Stranger Things” dominate MTV Movie & TV Award noms

1+ Wakanda! It’s official, Black Panther is king. At least for now. As the Marvel epic begins its awards run (it will get nominated for Best Picture in 2019 heard it here first), there is no better place to start than the fun and always spontaneous MTV Movie and TV Awards. Noms for this year … Continue reading ““Black Panther,” “Stranger Things” dominate MTV Movie & TV Award noms”