Black Adam electrifies Hall H with trailer

Let’s call it a case of quality over quantity. While Marvel… marveled audiences in Hall H with a slew of announcements and trailers for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, Warner Bros, New Line Cinemas and DC were much more subdued. But what they did show was amazing! As the lights dimmed, … Continue reading “Black Adam electrifies Hall H with trailer”

Godfather of Black Cinema, Melvin Van Peebles, passes away at age 89

Daytime Emmy Award Winner, actor, filmmaker, playwright, novelist, composer, and Godfather of Black cinema, Melvin Van Peebles has passed away at age 89 at his home in Manhattan.  His death was confirmed by his son, Mario Van Peebles, who said in a statement: “Dad knew that Black images matter. If a picture is worth a … Continue reading “Godfather of Black Cinema, Melvin Van Peebles, passes away at age 89”

Space Jam blocks Black Widow from #1 spot

Both of the top two box-office winners this week were also released for home viewing. Space Jam: A New Legacy opened this weekend and knocked Black Widow right out of the top spot and it was also released to subscribers of HBOMax for no additional cost. This week’s #2, Black Widow was also released on … Continue reading “Space Jam blocks Black Widow from #1 spot”

Doritos: New initiative will give $50K to 7 Black Creators

Black voices and stories are too often unheard. In its 2020 #AmplifyBlackVoices work, Doritos recognized this and is now launching Solid Black, a new multi-platform initiative backed by action and funding designed to bolster the voices of Black innovators and creators and provide them with resources to continue driving change. In total, Doritos will invest … Continue reading “Doritos: New initiative will give $50K to 7 Black Creators”

Will the next Superman be Black?

Well, why not? Hollywood Reporter writer Borys Kit is reporting that Warner Bros. is developing a new Superman movie with J.J. Abrams on board as producer via his Bad Robot label.  Black Panther comic writer Ta-Nehisi Coates is penning the script. “There is a new, powerful and moving Superman story yet to be told. We couldn’t be more … Continue reading “Will the next Superman be Black?”

American Black Film Fest announces HBO Finalists

HBO announced their selection of finalists who will compete in ABFF’s (The American Black Film Festival) 23rd annual HBO Short Film Competition. The festival will be hosted on from August 21-30, with more than 100,000 virtual attendees from around the globe anticipated to attend. Continuing with the festival’s tradition, the ABFF Online Edition will include the … Continue reading “American Black Film Fest announces HBO Finalists”

Disney pushes ‘Mulan’ to July 24, ‘Black Widow’ to Nov. 6

Following the announcement in March that several titles would be delayed due to the global health crisis, The Walt Disney Studios today announced updates to its upcoming release schedule. Disney’s Mulan is now slated to open on July 24, 2020, with Disney’s Jungle Cruise moving to July 30, 2021; while Marvel Studios’ Black Widow will arrive in theaters on November 6, … Continue reading “Disney pushes ‘Mulan’ to July 24, ‘Black Widow’ to Nov. 6”

Geoffrey Edwards, making Black History all year long

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 wonderful personalities with us. Think of Creative Director … Continue reading “Geoffrey Edwards, making Black History all year long”

The Reel Black List: Hilliard Guess, Writer/Producer/Director

(Editor’s Note: Last year on Reel Chicago, we launched a celebration of Black Chicago talent in advertising, film, TV and music called “The Reel Black List.” This year, we have decided to expand the popular feature nationwide in Reel 360.) LA-based Hilliard Guess is a talented writer, producer, director and podcaster. He currently writes on … Continue reading “The Reel Black List: Hilliard Guess, Writer/Producer/Director”

Everything, Top Gun, Menu nominated for WGA Screenplay Awards

Coming on the heels of yesterday’s Oscar nominations, the Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) and Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in screenwriting during 2022. Everything Everywhere All at Once, Top Gun: Maverick, Women Talking and The Fabelmans are among the films nominated in the film categories for … Continue reading “Everything, Top Gun, Menu nominated for WGA Screenplay Awards”

Everything, All Quiet, Banshees lead Oscar noms

And let the Oscar race begin. Oscar-winning actor-producer Riz Ahmed and actor Allison Williams (M3gan, Get Out, Girls) announced the 95th Oscars nominations today (January 24), live from the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater via a global live stream on, and the Academy’s digital platforms, an international satellite feed and broadcast media. Ahmed and Williams announced the … Continue reading “Everything, All Quiet, Banshees lead Oscar noms”

Avatar, Pinocchio, Rings of Power lead VES noms

The Visual Effects Society (VES), the industry’s professional global honorary society, announced the nominees for the 21st Annual VES Awards. The prestigious yearly celebration recognizes outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation in features, animation, television, commercials and video games and the VFX Supervisors, VFX Producers and hands-on Artists who bring this work to life. Avatar: … Continue reading “Avatar, Pinocchio, Rings of Power lead VES noms”

Disney+ unveils action-packed Mandalorian trailer

March 1 can’t get here fast enough. Tonight, during the NFC Wild Card playoff game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Tom Brady-led (will he retire after this season?) Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Lucasfilm dropped the first trailer for The Mandalorian season three trailer. The Lucasfilm teaser, which featured exciting new scenes, also introduced a few of the … Continue reading “Disney+ unveils action-packed Mandalorian trailer”

MLK weekend earns over $100 million at the box office

The good news is, box office sales were over $100 million this past weekend, the bad news is, we are still not reaching pre-covid numbers in theaters. 2018-2020 grossed between $130-$197 million, with lower ticket prices during MLK weekend.  The winners this past weekend were Avatar: The Way of Water (Disney) the #1 movie at … Continue reading “MLK weekend earns over $100 million at the box office”

Critics Choice Awards announce winners

We now have a fairly good idea about who will be in the running for the Oscars when the nominations are announced on January 24. Last night, the Critics Choice Association (CCA) announced the winners of the 28th annual Critics Choice Awards LIVE on The CW. Hosted by Chelsea Handler, the star-studded gala was held … Continue reading “Critics Choice Awards announce winners”

Fabelmans, Abbott, White Lotus among Golden Globe winners

Hosted by comedian Jerrod “I’m here ’cause I’m Black,” Carmichael, The Golden Globes returned to NBC and Peacock last night. Amid the designer gowns, created for the red carpet experience, and Carmichael’s jokes, many of which didn’t land, ABC’s Abbott Elementary and HBO’s The White Lotus were winners in TV while The Banshees of Inisherin … Continue reading “Fabelmans, Abbott, White Lotus among Golden Globe winners”

The Bear, Andor, The Batman among SAG noms

Nominees for the 29th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards honoring outstanding individual, cast and ensemble performances for the past year were announced this morning by Ashley Park (Emily in Paris) and Haley Lu Richardson (The White Lotus) via Instagram Live. Among the TV nominees are Bob Odenkirk for Better Call Saul, Adam Scott for Severance, Jeremy Allen White who just won … Continue reading “The Bear, Andor, The Batman among SAG noms”

Avatar, Top Gun, Babylon among ADG noms

The Art Directors Guild (ADG, IATSE Local 800) has announced nominations for the 27th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards in 14 categories including theatrical motion pictures, television, commercials, music videos, and animation features. The ADG divides live-action features into three categories. All Quiet on the Western Front, Babylon, Elvis, The Fabelmans and White Noise were nominated in the period … Continue reading “Avatar, Top Gun, Babylon among ADG noms”

2022 in Review: The 10 best films of the year

2022 was a contradiction of sorts when it comes to film. The box office, for the most part, underperformed. While films such as The Batman, Top Gun: Maverick, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and Avatar: The Way of Water did very well, there was a slew of very good movies which didn’t. For every Jurassic World … Continue reading “2022 in Review: The 10 best films of the year”

Chicago Film Critics Association announces 2022 nominees

The Chicago Film Critics Association announced nominees for their top film honors of 2022; winners will be announced at the organization’s annual awards ceremony to be held in Chicago on Wednesday, December 14. Leading with a new record of 12 total nominations (over 2021 record-holder WEST SIDE STORY) is EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE; other … Continue reading “Chicago Film Critics Association announces 2022 nominees”