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”

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”

Tom Burrell inducted into the One Club Hall of Fame

Iconic advertising pioneer, Tom Burrell, whose illustrious career transformed both the way people of color were portrayed in marketing communications, as well as their roles within the industry itself, will be inducted into The One Club Creative Hall of Fame on September 18.

Burrell joins Susan Hoffman, David Lubars, Rebeca Méndez and Diane Cook-Tench as honorees.

Disney announces pre-orders for Soul vinyl album

1+ Walt Disney Records announces the pre-orders for Disney and Pixar‘s Soul Original Score vinyl album and Music From and Inspired by Soul vinyl album. The digital Soul Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and both vinyl albums are set for release on Dec. 18. Disney and Pixar’s “Soul” will be available exclusively on Disney+ (where Disney+ is available) beginning Dec. 25, 2020.  “Soul” is set in two … Continue reading “Disney announces pre-orders for Soul vinyl album”

Pepsi celebrates Notorious B.I.G with new freestyle song

1+ Given the Reel 360 team’s love for old school Hip Hop, it will be hard to top this new glorious spot from Pepsi this week. In celebration of iconic artist Christopher Wallace’s (aka the Notorious B.I.G) induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the brand has released a bouncin’ new commercial using … Continue reading “Pepsi celebrates Notorious B.I.G with new freestyle song”

Public Enemy drops ‘Fight the Power 2020’ remix

2+ Here we go again. Public Enemy‘s Fight The Power is one of the most important, exciting and truthful anthems of all time. Since first introduced in Spike Lee’s brilliant and hyperkinetic opening to the 1989 classic Do The Right Thing, it has become protest song that has resonated with audiences seeking change. In the … Continue reading “Public Enemy drops ‘Fight the Power 2020’ remix”

Two men indicted in killing of Jam Master Jay

1+ Finally. According to the New York Post and CNN, Federal prosecutors are set to announce charges against two men in the murder of Jam Master Jay, the pioneering DJ of Run-DMC who was killed in 2002. The iconic entertainer, born Jason Mizell, was fatally shot at a recording studio in the Queens neighborhood of Jamaica, … Continue reading “Two men indicted in killing of Jam Master Jay”

Little Richard dead at 87

1+ One of the founding fathers of rock and roll has left us. Little Richard, whose real name was Richard Wayne Penniman, has passed away. He was 87. His son, Danny Penniman, confirmed the death to Rolling Stone. A cause of death remains unknown. Little Richard was known for his flashyperforming style, which would eventually influence James … Continue reading “Little Richard dead at 87”

‘Elvis: Seen/Unseen’ comes to Wellmont Theater

3+ Yesterday was Elvis Presley’s 85th birthday. If you are in the New York/New Jersey area in late January you can celebrate the “King of Rock and Roll’s” life and music with an amazing up-close and personal experience at the Wellmont Theater. Presley will be shown in exquisite footage set to his music in “Elvis: Seen/Unseen … Continue reading “‘Elvis: Seen/Unseen’ comes to Wellmont Theater”

Reel 360’s Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

2+ Happy Hanukkah! And we are just around the corner from Christmas and Kwanza, so it’s that time of the year to offer up the Reel 360 / Reel Chicago Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide. To make your last minute holiday gift buying just a l’il bit easier, we’ve compiled an extensive list – and believe … Continue reading “Reel 360’s Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide”

Guitar God, Eddie Van Halen succumbs to throat cancer

1+ He shredded a guitar like no other. Now legendary guitarist and co-founder of 80’s rock band Van Halen, Eddie Van Halen, has passed after a long battle with throat cancer. He was 65. Van Halen’s son, Wolfgang, confirmed the sad news  on Tuesday in a somber tweet. “I can’t believe I’m having to write this, … Continue reading “Guitar God, Eddie Van Halen succumbs to throat cancer”

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”

Bruce B. Gordon, CEO, Filmmaker, Voice Actor

3+ Editor’s Note: “The Reel Black List” is our annual spotlight of brothers and sisters in the worlds of advertising, film, TV, music, radio and media who are making a difference through their contributions and creativity. For the next 29 days, you will be able to celebrate these various personalities with us. Bruce B. Gordon … Continue reading “Bruce B. Gordon, CEO, Filmmaker, Voice Actor”

Burson-Marsteller founder dies at 98

3+ Harold Burson, once a 14-cents-per-column-inch stringer for a Memphis newspaper, who reported the Nuremberg Trial for the Army radio network in Europe and whose one-man consultancy became by 1983 the world’s largest public relations firm, died on January 10, 2020. He was 98. Burson played a leading role in transforming the practice of public … Continue reading “Burson-Marsteller founder dies at 98”

Ric Ocasek, lead singer of The Cars, dies at 75

2+ He was known for his mop of black hair and black sunglasses. And now the music world is mourning the loss of The Cars lead singer and co-founder, Ric Ocasek. He was 75. A spokesman for the New York Police Department told CNN they received a call on Sunday around 4 p.m. “for an … Continue reading “Ric Ocasek, lead singer of The Cars, dies at 75”

Six-time Grammy winner Dr. John dies at 77

3+ He had the look of a pimp. And the soul of a funky, voodoo high priest. Legendary New Orleans-based musician Dr. John, also known as “The Night Tripper,” died at the age of 77, his family announced in a tweet. He died of a heart attack early on Thursday morning. “Towards the break of … Continue reading “Six-time Grammy winner Dr. John dies at 77”