My real life superhero Stan Lee passes at 95

Then I discovered my first “Spider-man” comic. Here was someone I could relate to. Stan Lee will always be remembered for creating iconic Marvel superheroes Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, The X-Men and of course my beloved Avengers. He died today and I think a little bit of myself passed away with him. Here’s why. I … Continue reading “My real life superhero Stan Lee passes at 95”

Gossip: Is the “Man of Steel” flying to the small screen?

Stand down, Henry Cavill? Up, up and away, Tyler Hoechlin? Could be if Fandomwire.com is to be believed. According to the site, since Warner Bros has put the Superman’s big screen adventures on the back burner (not to mention cutting ties with Henry Cavill), there is now a possibility that he could be heading back … Continue reading “Gossip: Is the “Man of Steel” flying to the small screen?”

‘BlacKkKlansman’ DP Irvin teams with Panavision for ’70s feel

Director Spike Lee, Cinematographer Chayse Irvin turn to Panavision to achieve a gritty ‘70s look   This past weekend marked the one-year anniversary of the tragedy in Charlottesville, Virginia. Hundreds of torch-wielding white supremacists gathered on the campus of the University of Virginia, chanting “Jews will not replace us!” and “Blood and Soil.” The following … Continue reading “‘BlacKkKlansman’ DP Irvin teams with Panavision for ’70s feel”

Barber Warren gets animalistic for online watch purchases

The Atlanta-based shop uses strong animal portraits to demonstrate smarter watch buying for client Crown & Caliber Ahem, at one point or another, we’ve all maybe felt like an ass for purchasing something online that didn’t turn out to be all that. This feeling is especially true when buying luxury items. Not that I ever … Continue reading “Barber Warren gets animalistic for online watch purchases”

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

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

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

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 were … Continue reading ““Black Panther,” “Stranger Things” dominate MTV Movie & TV Award noms”

The Campus’ Rachel Bryant has passed her “Scream” test

Even drenched in blood — and I do mean buckets of blood, like a Carrie amount of blood — there are still undeniable things that stand out about actress, writer and producer Rachel Amanda Bryant. First, are her friendly but driven deep blue eyes that apparently sometimes turn green depending on her mood. Second, is … Continue reading “The Campus’ Rachel Bryant has passed her “Scream” test”

Hires and exits in Chicago agencies and posthouses

SCC names new CEO in reorganization Cubs’ AOR Schafer Condon Carter shuffled their leadership team into new roles effective this month. According to an agency memo from co-founder, Tim Condon, the changes are attributed to the company’s growth. “SCC has come of age. And while we’re still a feisty, scrappy group — and always will be … Continue reading “Hires and exits in Chicago agencies and posthouses”

Burnett and Samsung’s cure for “Low Battery Anxiety”

I’ve been in this situation way too many times. I’m streaming Netflix on my phone streaming Spotify and suddenly my once inviting Green Lantern-green battery icon changes color into a vile Satanic red. I sweat trying to finish up my hike and song or search desperately in the dark for my power cord. Then wham! … Continue reading “Burnett and Samsung’s cure for “Low Battery Anxiety””

Utopic collecting for Puerto Rico

The results of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico have been devastating to say the least. And the response of the current administration to the island, which is home to 3.4 million Americans, has been ridiculously lax as well. Tuesday, the Trump administration even denied a request from several members of Congress to waive shipping restrictions … Continue reading “Utopic collecting for Puerto Rico”

Dustin Kaufman leads Cutters’ expansion into KC

Longtime Chicago post house Cutters Studios announced the promotion of Dustin Kaufman to the position of editor, and the immediate launch of a new satellite studio in Kansas City, which Kaufman will lead.

“Dustin is extremely creative and visionary, but he is also one of the most driven, determined, hard-working individuals I have ever had the pleasure of working with,” Cutters partner and editor Matt Walsh shared. “He cannot help but create amazing things, no matter what circumstances surround him. He is also extremely fast, and hungry.”

HBO picks up “Brown Girls” series set in Chicago

There is a bridge in Trenton NJ, that boldly says, “What Trenton Makes, The World Takes.” The same could be said for Chicago when it comes to entertainment.

Brown Girls, a web series made by Chicago-based writer Fatimah Asghar and director Samantha Bailey, has been picked up by HBO. The show, an untitled version of Brown Girls, will be produced by 3Arts and MXN Entertainment.

Multi-talented Jin’s comedy sitcom premieres Jan. 22

THE FIRST SEASON of “Chop Chop TV Show,” a comedy sitcom with a realty show feel, created and produced by Meiling Jin of Studio Meiling Productions in the South Loop, is now seen on Comcast, Xfinity, Wow and RCN broadcast systems Ch. 25 at 11 p.m. through March 9.

The series of 13 22-minute episodes, explores two Asian Millennials, Jin and DePaul student Ivy Li, navigating love, careers and the complexities of life in Chicago.

Swanberg’s “Easy” one of 3 new TV series filming here

If 2016 was considered a great year for the Chicago media and entertainment business, 2017 is starting to shape up as even greater. It could even be the year when the Chicago market eases into $1 billion revenue from film status.

Thanks to Dick Wolf / NBC Universal and to Fox TV, six primetime TV series currently film here at Cinespace Studios, with three new TV series expected to start production in early February.