New low for ‘Solo’ as new ‘Star Wars’ film crashes

The numbers for Solo: A Star Wars Story were well… not force-worthy. The film is now projected to make $29.3 million this weekend, a 64 percent drop from its $84.7 million launch. The REEL360 team can hear Chewie crying. This amount would push the 10-day total for “Solo” up to $148.9 million, according to comScore, … Continue reading “New low for ‘Solo’ as new ‘Star Wars’ film crashes”

Weekend BO: So lo can you go? New ‘Star Wars’ film tanks

Is Star Wars fatigue starting to set in? Or, like the REEL360 Team, were audiences not that interested in seeing Solo: A Star Wars Story? According to comScore, the three-day opening estimates are currently sitting at $84.7 million, well below the $108.4 million Revenge of the Sith made in its first weekend. It’s also 46% … Continue reading “Weekend BO: So lo can you go? New ‘Star Wars’ film tanks”

Classic battle: “Empire Strikes Back” v “Infinity War”

(Editor’s Note: This is a repost from LA Screenwriter.) (Minor spoilers ahead.) I finally got the chance to see Avengers: Infinity War on Mother’s Day – it was part of my gift from my husband. Go see a movie while I watch the baby. (If you’re a parent, you get what an amazing gift that … Continue reading “Classic battle: “Empire Strikes Back” v “Infinity War””

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”

Saturday AM, Phenomenon, MOR, MelodyGun, Adolescent

Saturday Morning brings on new partner Saturday Morning, the fantastic initiative launched in the summer of 2016 by black creative leaders Keith Cartwright, Geoff Edwards, Jayanta Jenkins and Jimmy Smith is expanding its team with the arrival of new partner lead Deja Cox. “As we grow, we will continue to add talented and dedicated leaders … Continue reading “Saturday AM, Phenomenon, MOR, MelodyGun, Adolescent”

“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”

Laura Dern stars in HBO Films “THE TALE”, debuting May 26

(Los Angeles — 40 April 2018) The Tale chronicles one woman’s powerful investigation into her own childhood memories, as she is forced to reexamine her first sexual experience – and the stories we tell ourselves in order to survive. Debuting SATURDAY, MAY 26 at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT), the HBO Films presentation is written and directed … Continue reading “Laura Dern stars in HBO Films “THE TALE”, debuting May 26″

“Infinity War” sets new weekend B.O. record & more

In Disney/Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War, intergalatic despot Thanos, otherwise known as the “Mad Titan,” hurls a moon at Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man. The same can be said about Disney and Marvel as the behemoth event, also known as a film, did the same to the weekend box office. The epic story, ten years in … Continue reading ““Infinity War” sets new weekend B.O. record & more”

Lexus, Black Panther team up for Super Bowl LII

Step aside Audi, there’s a new luxury ride in Marvel films. And it’s the vehicle of Kings. Or one King to be exact – T’Challa from the upcoming Disney/Marvel film, Black Panther. Lexus, which has had a TV relationship with Marvel’s Agents of Shield for the past 5 seasons, has unleashed a 60-second extended digital … Continue reading “Lexus, Black Panther team up for Super Bowl LII”

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”

The 49th Annual NAACP Image Awards

Last night, the non-televised portion of The 49th Annual NAACP Image Awards took place here in Pasadena. The celebration of outstanding work by African Americans in film, TV, music, and literature inspired the likes of Mary J. Blige (Mudbound), Morgan Freeman, Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick), and Kareem Abdul Jabbar to attend. While ten winners … Continue reading “The 49th Annual NAACP Image Awards”

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

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, following … Continue reading “Reel LA: Doner, Deutsch, PGA, WGA in the news”

Traveling Picture Show, David&Goliath, Story, Cary Ruby

Traveling Picture Show volunteers at food bank It’s a holiday tradition for Reel Chicago to cover the good things that Windy City ad agencies and production companies are doing for the community, like Scott Marvel’s annual Give a Shirt drive to help the homeless. But, what’s happening on the west coast? After contemplating all that … Continue reading “Traveling Picture Show, David&Goliath, Story, Cary Ruby”

Al Capone set to descend upon Chicago and the world

Just when Chicago thought we had gotten rid of infamous gangster Al Capone, we get pulled back in. Milo Gibson, son of Mel Gibson, is set to reprise the role made famous by Robert DeNiro in The Untouchables and Rod Steiger in Al Capone as he battles for control of 1920s Chicago’s criminal underworld as … Continue reading “Al Capone set to descend upon Chicago and the world”

AFI Closes with tribute to Aaron Sorkin

The 50th annual American Film Institute Festival came to a resounding close last Thursday night with a moving tribute at The Chinese Theater for writer/director Aaron Sorkin and his new (and directorial debut) film, Molly’s Game. AFI programming director, Jacqueline Lyanga, kicked off the tribute with a moving speech. “As Sorkin embarks on this next … Continue reading “AFI Closes with tribute to Aaron Sorkin”

“Outrageous rollbacks” reignite SAG-AFTRA strike threat

Just when we thought we all could breathe again after the WGA and the studios and networks came to terms on a new contract, The Wrap, Variety and Hollywood Reporter all report that talks have broken down over a new three-year contract between SAG-AFTRA and the AMTMP. SAG-AFTRA’s current master contract for film and primetime TV expires June 30. The union has about 160,000 members.

The journey to “Advertising Woman of the Year”

No doubt, Laurel Flatt earned the “Advertising Woman of the Year” title that the Chicago Advertising Federation bestowed upon her last week.

Since becoming president of Chicago’s McGarryBowen two years ago, she has helped the mid-sized agency get a spot on the Chicago Tribune’s “Best Places to Work” list and receive recognition as Advertising Age’s “Comeback Agency of the Year.”

Flatt credits many people for the success.