Regal Cinemas to close indefinitely

After the sobering news that MGM and EON have pushed back actor Daniel Craig’s hotly anticipated No Time to Die to April, 2021, Cineworld, the UK’s largest theater chain and parent of the United States Regal Cinemas, has announced that Regal will be closing indefinitely. According to Variety, the company’s theaters in The UK, Ireland and The … Continue reading “Regal Cinemas to close indefinitely”

U.S. Regal Cinemas to reopen August 21

In response to the recent changes in the upcoming theatrical release schedule, Cineworld, parent company of Regal, today announced that its theatres will begin to reopen U.S. locations on Friday, August 21. Theaters originally shut down nationwide in March due to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, opening in the U.S. on Thursday, September 3, will … Continue reading “U.S. Regal Cinemas to reopen August 21”

Regal to sell popcorn half-price for National Popcorn Day

This Sunday, January 19, is National Popcorn Day. Moviegoers will flock to see 1917, Parasite, Star Wars and more this weekend. Now, they are invited to celebrate the special day with an exclusive half-price offer on classic, buttery popcorn at all Regal Theatres. “Popcorn and movies have been the perfect pairing for decades. We are excited to … Continue reading “Regal to sell popcorn half-price for National Popcorn Day”

Queen Elizabeth II in film and TV

Queen Elizabeth II is not only the longest reigning monarch of any British monarch in history, she also has an impressive catalog of credits on her own IMDb and has been mentioned and featured as a character in countless TV and movie projects. The Queen has 8 credits as an “additional crew” for providing her … Continue reading “Queen Elizabeth II in film and TV”

DirecTV launches streaming service with the GOATbusters

DIRECTV has launch its GOATbusters national ad campaign featuring baseball legends Alex Rodriguez, David Ortiz, Ken Griffey Jr. and Randy Johnson, highlighting the company’s streaming product, DIRECTV STREAM. Created and developed by TBWA\Chiat\Day Los Angeles, the foursome comes together to combat supernatural forces and other would-be foes through the 2022 MLB season, just like the … Continue reading “DirecTV launches streaming service with the GOATbusters”

Disturbing film unveils devastation caused by animal agriculture

To cap off its over yearlong festival run, the gripping docudrama feature Mercy, written and directed by UK-based actress Wendy Morgan, has been named an official selection of the 12th edition of the Awareness Film Festival, scheduled from October 21 to 31, 2021 at the Regal Cinemas in downtown Los Angeles.  Organized by the non-profit Heal One World, the annual … Continue reading “Disturbing film unveils devastation caused by animal agriculture”

No Sudden Move: How Hugh Hefner influenced its style

If cars racing into space or LeBron James taking on Elmer Fudd in basketball ain’t your thing, this weekend there is now Steven Soderbergh’s No Sudden Move to consider. Set in 1954 Detroit, the Warner Bros. film centers on a group of small-time criminals who are hired to steal what they think is a simple … Continue reading “No Sudden Move: How Hugh Hefner influenced its style”

Life of Brian: Top 10 video game ads of the century

Let’s face it, a lot of video game ads are pretty cringe. However, there are some ads that have stood out from the rest. Ads for games usually fall into two categories: statements on the gamers/who plays games promoting inclusivity or portray the game itself in an interesting or fun way. The gamer audiences are … Continue reading “Life of Brian: Top 10 video game ads of the century”

Arclight set to close permanently in CA and IL

To say you are just watching a movie at the famous ArcLight Cinerama Dome is an understatement and almost an insult to cinephiles. From the ushers introducing the film to being immersed into a 70mm film due to its majestic curved screen, a trip to the dome was an experience. The Dome is where I … Continue reading “Arclight set to close permanently in CA and IL”

What will become of the movies and theaters post Covid?

A bold catchphrase circulated the online world amidst the Covid 19 pandemic initial lockdown: “artists are second responders.” With deep respect to our first responders and frontline workers saving lives, the average citizen did their part by staying home isolated with no contact to the outside world. What we thought would be a few months … Continue reading “What will become of the movies and theaters post Covid?”

AFI Fest features 53% female, 39% BIPOC directed films

The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today the films that will play in the World Cinema, New Auteurs, Documentary, Cinema’s Legacy, Short Film Competition, Meet the Press Film Festival at AFI FEST and the AFI Conservatory Showcase sections at AFI FEST 2020 presented by Audi, completing this year’s festival’s program. The complete AFI FEST program … Continue reading “AFI Fest features 53% female, 39% BIPOC directed films”

Prepare for the Death & Rebirth of Hollywood

Editor’s Note: This is a reprint of a blog that first appeared on It is reprinted with Richard Jane’s permission. Production, exhibition, and good old fashion power are all being violently uprooted in tinsel town and where we land twelve months from now is going to look very different from the last twenty years. … Continue reading “Prepare for the Death & Rebirth of Hollywood”

RadicalMedia’s Mills directs Grammys promo ‘Underdog’

Only 2% of popular music is produced by women. Two percent. That’s terrible. RadicalMedia’s director Mollie Mills teamed with TBWA\Chiat\Day LA to create Underdog, a promo spot for The Grammys. This video highlights an all female choir performing Underdog by Alicia Keys. The choir is made up of women of all ages, colors and body types. … Continue reading “RadicalMedia’s Mills directs Grammys promo ‘Underdog’”

Stars turn out for AFI Awards Luncheon|Gallery

Awards season officially kicked off in stellar style on January 3, as the American Film Institute (AFI) celebrated the 2019 AFI Awards honorees at an invite-only luncheon in Beverly Hills. Unique in its celebration of the film and television arts’ collaborative nature, AFI Awards – now in its 20th year – is the only national program … Continue reading “Stars turn out for AFI Awards Luncheon|Gallery”

‘Booksmart’s’ Wilde signs with Anonymous Content

Filmmaker and actress Olivia Wilde has signed to production and management company Anonymous Content for worldwide commercial and music video representation. Named one of Variety’s 10 Directors to Watch, Wilde recently made her feature-film directorial debut with the uproarious comedy Booksmart, which is one of the best-reviewed films of the year with 97% “Fresh” on … Continue reading “‘Booksmart’s’ Wilde signs with Anonymous Content”

Olivia Wilde & Coca-Cola name ‘Choose Happy’ winner

Student Filmmakers Shayain Lakhani and Devon Solwold from Savannah College of Art & Design win National Film Contest Booksmart director, actress, activist and celebrity ambassador for Coca-Cola Regal Films program Olivia Wilde, announced via social media, the 2019 winners for the student film program. “Once again we have an amazing group of finalists and wonderful … Continue reading “Olivia Wilde & Coca-Cola name ‘Choose Happy’ winner”

Bauer’s “Mad Scientists” YouTube series a zany romp

Chicago-based screenwriter and actor, Harry Bauer, has just launched his zany four-part webseries, “Mad Scientists Consortium” on YouTube.

Each 5-7 minute webisode takes a semi-dark and comical look at five Chicago-based mad scientists hell bent on world domination, or in their case, starting with Illinois, Wisconsin and parts of Minnesota.

The story emanates from the idea that there is a place for everybody and sometimes you have to force your way in.

Barrelhouse Music’s unique Pilsen recording studio

When composer / producer / engineer Joe Hurt and his partner, singer/songwriter Grant DeNapoli, decided to open their Barrelhouse Music recording studio last year, rather than going downtown they opted for an address in the heart of Pilsen.

Their unique, two-story, 2,000-sq. ft. studio at 1711 S. Halsted, with 1,000-sq. ft. on each floor, “makes you feel like you’re walking into a light and bright studio in Venice, California, instead of Chicago,” says Hurt.