Quarantine buds Sadoun, Levy in holiday lockdown

Consider them the the French Felix and Oscar. It is once again the season of Publicis Wishes. But this year, its team will need more than wishes to take on 2021.  Leave it to Publicis Groupe leaders Arthur Sadoun and Maurice Levy, sporting their best COVID bellies, to create a sitcom style four-day Christmas special. … Continue reading “Quarantine buds Sadoun, Levy in holiday lockdown”

Trump breaks quarantine leaves Walter Reed for photo

President Trump, surprising everyone around him, left Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Sunday afternoon for a photo op. This amid his battle with the coronavirus. Wearing a mask, the commander-in-chief, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, waved to supporters from the backseat of a dark SUV, shortly after tweeting a video in which he promised … Continue reading “Trump breaks quarantine leaves Walter Reed for photo”

Gatorade’s new effort wants to make quarantine count

Gatorade has launched its latest ad campaign with TBWA\Chiat\Day, made entirely during quarantine and with athletes who are training at home, in mind. In keeping with the realities athletes are facing right now, the creative primarily shows athletes in individual, rather than team environments. The campaign – named Nothing Beats Gatorade – also reinforces the … Continue reading “Gatorade’s new effort wants to make quarantine count”

FCB is looking for creatives in quarantine

Need new creative? Who you gonna call? FCB seems to have the answer for this as the agency has set out to engage creatives across the United States in quarantine looking for work through a freelance-type program. Named after the agency’s mantra, “Never Finished,” the agency says, the program is “open to anyone who has the equipment … Continue reading “FCB is looking for creatives in quarantine”

Zac Stuart-Pontier’s short film for quarantined kids

New York-based Greencard Pictures has released Better Together, a 3:00-minute short film designed to put a smile on the faces of quarantined families and kids of all ages. Directed by Zac Stuart-Pontier (The Jinx, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Catfish), the short combines live action scenes of deserted New York City streets with animation and an original … Continue reading “Zac Stuart-Pontier’s short film for quarantined kids”

Gabriel Caste’s Are You Awake? to premiere at Santa Barbara Film Fest

Cuban American filmmaker Gabriel Caste’s latest short film Are You Awake? will have its world premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The psychological thriller will premiere as part of the Fear & The Truths We Avoid Shorts Block scheduled for Friday, February 10th at 10 a.m. and Monday, February 13th at 7:20 p.m., with a filmmakers’ Q&A following each day’s screening.  … Continue reading “Gabriel Caste’s Are You Awake? to premiere at Santa Barbara Film Fest”

Ben Quinn directs anthem for Venice Beach Football

Few things in life draw the passion that football inspires from all walks of life, a theme that resonates through Ben Quinn’s new film for Venice Beach Football Club (VBFC), and made in partnership with legendary Italian bootmaker Pantofola D’Oro. The project was truly a family affair, co-directed by Quinn and his fourteen-year-old son Billy, … Continue reading “Ben Quinn directs anthem for Venice Beach Football”

Gravitas Ventures acquires worldwide rights to A Beautiful Curse

Gravitas Ventures and Myriad Pictures, have acquired worldwide distribution rights to A Beautiful Curse. Written and directed by Martin Garde Abildgaard, produced by Les Producers’ Rikke Katborg and Francois Chilot, and edited by Marco Perez of Union, the film has become a festival darling since its world premiere at the 31st Cinequest Film Festival (California, … Continue reading “Gravitas Ventures acquires worldwide rights to A Beautiful Curse”

‘A Beautiful Curse’ to have European premiere at Paris International Film Fest

With its inclusion in the lineup of 2022’s Paris International Film Festival, A Beautiful Curse is coming to Europe. Since its world premiere at California’s Cinequest 2021, where it won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Genre Film, “A Beautiful Curse” has been invited to more than fifteen festivals across the US, garnering a slew … Continue reading “‘A Beautiful Curse’ to have European premiere at Paris International Film Fest”

2021 in Review: The best ad campaigns

So, here we are at the end of another year. In 2021, we experienced more freedom from the pandemic during the spring and summer as cases lowered, but here we are, back in a kind of partial quarantine as the omicron variant spreads. While many businesses asked their teams to return to the office, advertising … Continue reading “2021 in Review: The best ad campaigns”

2021 in Review: The biggest stories of Reel 360

Some of the words which come to mind when describing 2021 include frustrating, maddening, wow (in a bad sense), terrifying, astounding, and wow again in a very good sense. When we left 2020 our outlook was hopeful. We knew this would be the year that we became vaccinated against an insidious Coronavirus disease that had … Continue reading “2021 in Review: The biggest stories of Reel 360”

Our top 21 horror films of the 21st century

On September 11, 2001, we were all witnesses to what will go down in our lifetime as the most horrific event caught on video, film and audio. Of course, I’m talking 19 terrorists, who hijacked four airplanes and crashed them into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennyslvania. Real horror. Throughout … Continue reading “Our top 21 horror films of the 21st century”

Rumor: IATSE and AMPTP close to striking a deal

With a strike looming at 12:01 a.m. Monday, it seems the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) and Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) are making “very good progress” on a new labor agreement, which would avoid one of the biggest strikes in Hollywood history. Variety first reported, and then TheWrap on Saturday … Continue reading “Rumor: IATSE and AMPTP close to striking a deal”

Here are all the deets for DC FanDome

If you’re a DC Fan, and I am, there’s only one thing that you will be doing this weekend and that is attending the online event of the year – DC FanDome. Having launched last year during quarantine, it is like a Comic-Con specifically for DC fanboys and fangirls, promising trailers, news and first-look previews … Continue reading “Here are all the deets for DC FanDome”

Filmmaker Ryan Patch and Author Carina Green launch “City of Ghosts” podcast

Brigette Lundy-Paine, breakout star of Netflix’s Atypical and United Artists’ Bill and Ted Face the Music will star as the lead in City of Ghosts, a supernatural neo-noir fiction podcast set in New York City.  Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani, star of AppleTV+’s upcoming sci-fi series Invasion, also will play a pivotal role in the supernatural audio drama. City of Ghosts’ first two episodes … Continue reading “Filmmaker Ryan Patch and Author Carina Green launch “City of Ghosts” podcast”

A chat with HollyShorts Co-Founder/Co-Director Daniel Sol

As we all know, last year was a bitch. We had a pandemic. We had quarantine. We had a pandemic. We had quarantine. Again. Mask on. Mask off. It was terrible. It was especially depressing if you’re a fan of independent films, which I am, and an even bigger fan of amazing film festivals that … Continue reading “A chat with HollyShorts Co-Founder/Co-Director Daniel Sol”

Emmys: Ratings rise from previous pandemic year

Good news for CBS, and Paramount+. The 73rd annual Emmys saw its viewership rise to 7.4 million, according to Nielsen’s preliminary numbers. Over the past decade, major award shows have seen a steady decline in audience, but last year’s ceremonies saw an even steeper decline due to the pandemic and quarantine. The 72nd Emmys only … Continue reading “Emmys: Ratings rise from previous pandemic year”

Paris Hilton is “Hot” in the Netflix kitchen

That’s hot’ takes on a whole new meaning when Paris Hilton enters the kitchen on Aug. 4 for her new Netflix series Cooking With Paris. Based on her YouTube video of the same name, the six-episode first season sees Hilton tackle everything from vegan McDonald’s fries to cannoli alongside special guests like Kim Kardashian West, Demi Lovato, … Continue reading “Paris Hilton is “Hot” in the Netflix kitchen”

AICP: Zillow’s Journey wins Best in Show

Ben Kwok, Visual Effects Supervisor at Blacksmith, won the Best in Show at the AICP Post Awards premiere, held virtually this week. Kwok won for his masterful compositing and Flame work on “The Journey” for Zillow, in which a young girl is accompanied on frightening and fanciful travels to her new home by a pair … Continue reading “AICP: Zillow’s Journey wins Best in Show”

Allianz premieres short film on Olympians, mental health and emotional support dogs

Allianz, Worldwide Insurance Partner of the Olympic & Paralympic Movements, celebrated Olympic Day by launching global programs designed to provide more confidence and mental health support to members of the Olympic and Paralympic Family. Currently, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be held under unprecedented conditions and tight quarantine rules to prevent the spread of COVID-19 … Continue reading “Allianz premieres short film on Olympians, mental health and emotional support dogs”