Academy considers canceling 2021 Oscars

1+ While the 93rd Oscars are not supposed to happen until February 28th, 2021, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is taking into consideration that the show may have to cancelled altogether. According to Variety, multiple anonymous sources, say that while there are no concrete plans in place, the option is under serious consideration. … Continue reading “Academy considers canceling 2021 Oscars”

Universal gives ‘Candyman’ the hook until September

1+ Due to the global health crisis at hand, most U.S. theaters are expected to remain closed through most of the summer, Universal Pictures, which has already pushed the latest entries in the F9 and the Minions franchises back to 2021, has decided to push back their upcoming Candyman sequel/reboot from June 12 to September 25. The decision comes just … Continue reading “Universal gives ‘Candyman’ the hook until September”

Sony pushes ‘Ghostbusters,’ ‘Morbius,’ to 2021

2+ It was inevitable in the wake of the current coronavirus pandemic. And with chatter about theaters not re-opening until July, it only makes sense that Sony Pictures would push three of its upcoming tentpole releases into 2021. Originally scheduled for July 30, Spider-Man spinoff Morbius, the Living Vampire will now bow on March 19, 2021. Ghostbusters: Afterlife is moving from … Continue reading “Sony pushes ‘Ghostbusters,’ ‘Morbius,’ to 2021”

Zack Snyder hosts ‘Batman v Superman’ watch party

1+ Zack Snyder’ s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice wasn’t everyone’s kind of cape. Personally, I found a lot to like about it, but saw its many problems. That said, the Ultimate Edition is a far superior film. It’s a shame Warner Bros didn’t release this version where Clark/Superman (Henry Cavill my Superman) actually speaks. … Continue reading “Zack Snyder hosts ‘Batman v Superman’ watch party”

Could ‘Wonder Woman 84’ end up premiering on VOD?

2+ Perhaps only Wonder Woman’s golden lasso of truth wrapped around Warner Bros execs can get us the real truth here, but according to The Wrap, the studio is possibly having discussions as to whether or not the sequel to 2018’s Wonder Woman should premiere immediately on Digital/streaming platforms and skip a theatrical release altogether. With theater … Continue reading “Could ‘Wonder Woman 84’ end up premiering on VOD?”

Warner Bros releases ‘WW 1984’ motion poster

2+ Coronavirus will apparently not stop Princess Diana. While other studios such as Disney, Paramount and now Universal are pushing back their tentpole films, Warner Bros is still speeding ahead toward its June 5th opening for Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman 1984 aka WW 1984. If Marvel’s Black Widow does not get pushed from its May … Continue reading “Warner Bros releases ‘WW 1984’ motion poster”

Gwendolyn Osborne, a true Wonder Woman

2+ 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. Talk about a … Continue reading “Gwendolyn Osborne, a true Wonder Woman”

‘Birds of Prey’ soars with fun suffers from man-bashing

2+ If you’re a “toxic, privileged white male with no sense of humor” do not see the recently retitled, Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey. If you happen to be all the above, but possess a sense of humor and love DC Comics, and in particular, Harley Quinn, then you will have a blast at this … Continue reading “‘Birds of Prey’ soars with fun suffers from man-bashing”

Five reasons ‘Birds of Prey’ didn’t soar at box office

3+ Despite resting at an extremely respectable 80% on Rotten Tomatoes, Warner Bros Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) opened well below its expected 50 million projections. The R-rated girl-gang film came in almost $20 million lower earning $33.2 million. According to Comic Book Movie, this is the worst start … Continue reading “Five reasons ‘Birds of Prey’ didn’t soar at box office”

2019 in Review: The Biggest Stories of the Year

4+ It seems like just yesterday that we were reporting on Jussie Smollett’s alleged attack in Chicago. Actually, it was 300 or so days ago. The Empire celebrity was one of the many stories Reel 360 and our sister publication Reel Chicago covered in 2019. And there was much to cover. Reel 360 expanded from … Continue reading “2019 in Review: The Biggest Stories of the Year”

‘Wonder Woman 84’ trailer drops and it’s wonderful

3+ Appearing before thousands of devoted Wonder Woman fans and cosplayers at Brazil’s CCXP, actress Gal Gadot, who plays the titular character, and director Patty Jenkins introduced the first trailer to Warner Bros. upcoming Wonder Woman 1984. And it was full of wonder. After fielding a slew of questions from around the world, Jenkins and … Continue reading “‘Wonder Woman 84’ trailer drops and it’s wonderful”

mcgarrybowen, United go full force for ‘Star Wars’

1+ Brands are now coming out in full force (see what I did there?) for their cross-promotions with the film that could possibly outgross this year’s Avengers: Endgame. Yes, we’re talking Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and United is all in with their tie-“fighter”-in. Last week, we reported on United’s new Star Wars branded … Continue reading “mcgarrybowen, United go full force for ‘Star Wars’”

Cinematographer Guild to screen awards at Logan

1+ The International Cinematographers Guild (ICG, IATSE Local 600) presents the 2019 Annual Emerging Cinematographer Awards (ECA) spotlighting promising cinematographers and providing crucial exposure needed to succeed in the motion picture industry. Now in its 23rd year, the Emerging Cinematographers Awards are the only awards in the industry that specifically celebrates the work of up-and-coming … Continue reading “Cinematographer Guild to screen awards at Logan”

‘Phoenix’ goes up in flames, ‘Pets’ not much better

3+ Call it “sequel-itis.” Call it mediocre moviemaking. Call it ambivalence because of moving to Disney/Marvel. Whatever the reason, the final film in the 20th Century Fox X-Men (or ‘Fox-Men’) universe ended with a whimper as Dark Phoenix landed at the weekend box office with a resounding THUD. Consider this. Although Dark Phoenix was sold … Continue reading “‘Phoenix’ goes up in flames, ‘Pets’ not much better”

First look at Gal Gadot in ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ costume

2+ Hera! Following recent images of Diana and Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), actress Gal Gadot has shared our first official look at Diana fully suited-up as Wonder Woman for the upcoming sequel Wonder Woman 1984. The stunning shot gives us a glimpse of the updated costume Diana will don for the film, and although there … Continue reading “First look at Gal Gadot in ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ costume”

Fiji vows to raise $100K for AFI female directors

6+ Despite Patty Jenkins directing one of the highest grossing films of 2017, Wonder Woman, or Dee Rees getting huge buzz for her debut film, Mudbound, or Greta Gerwig having the highest reviewed film of 2017 in Lady Bird, not one of them were nominated for a Golden Globe. Only Gerwig was nominated for a … Continue reading “Fiji vows to raise $100K for AFI female directors”

Chicagocentric “Big Sick” wins Critics Choice Award

6+ Chicago once again proved that the city possesses a great wealth of talent as comedian and actor Kumail Nanjiani and wife, writer Emily V. Gordon, took home Best Comedy for their addictive interracial romantic comedy, The Big Sick, at the 233rd Annual Critics Choice Awards in Los Angeles. The awards are bestowed annually by … Continue reading “Chicagocentric “Big Sick” wins Critics Choice Award”

Reel LA: Doner, Deutsch, PGA, WGA in the news

8+ Doner LA feasts on Del Monte Doner LA is starting off its 2018 pretty much the same way it ended its 2017 – with a win. The shop has now been named lead agency for California-based Del Monte Foods, one of the nation’s largest producers, distributors and marketers of premium quality, branded food products, … Continue reading “Reel LA: Doner, Deutsch, PGA, WGA in the news”

Chicago’s wonder women talk about “Wonder Woman”

Does it take a “gal” (see what I did there?) to save the much-maligned and divisive DCEU?

After the critical floggings of Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, it would seem 4th time is the charm as Wonder Woman is a massive critical success.

Coming in at a 94% fresh tomato rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the Amazonian Princess looks bound for a commercial success as well.

Music video auteur Allie Avital signs with SMUGGLER

3+ SMUGGLER has announced the signing of New-York born Allie Avital. Avital’s work has a reputation for being both visually arresting and conceptually bold and original. She is an ambitious and exciting film maker that the company believes will bring a clear voice and an assured and definite talent to their roster. SMUGGLER has always … Continue reading “Music video auteur Allie Avital signs with SMUGGLER”