Today, I’m Brave’s 100Roofs project exceeds goal

This is great news. Today, I’m Brave, the global nonprofit that inspires bravery around the world, announced that its 100Roofs Project with a mission to rebuild 100 roofs for 100 families in Puerto Rico, exceeded its goal, completing 116 roofs and counting. The roofs were rebuilt in Morovis and Orocovis, municipalities in Puerto Rico that … Continue reading “Today, I’m Brave’s 100Roofs project exceeds goal”

Netflix productions mull leaving Georgia

A Variety report says that Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos will consider pulling the streaming giant’s massive film and television production from Georgia if the state moves forward with the controversial abortion ban. On May 7, Governor Brian Kemp signed a a heartbeat bill that would essentially make abortion illegal if a fetal heartbeat … Continue reading “Netflix productions mull leaving Georgia”

Production companies react to new Georgia abortion law

Add Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions, JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions and the producers of the indie horror film Along Came the Devil 2, to the growing list of production companies that are taking action to oppose the new anti-abortion “heartbeat bill” signed into law this week in Georgia. This previous Tuesday, Georgia’s Republican Governor Brian … Continue reading “Production companies react to new Georgia abortion law”

Today I’m Brave holds 100Roofs gala for Puerto Rico

Rosie Perez and Ramon Rodriguez kickstarted project to rebuild roofs for Puerto Ricans whose homes were destroyed by Hurricanes Irma and Maria Los Angeles-based nonprofit Today I’m Brave held its 100Roofs Fundraising Gala on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at the Conga Room at LA Live. The Gala, hosted by actors/activists Ramon Rodriguez and Rosie Perez, … Continue reading “Today I’m Brave holds 100Roofs gala for Puerto Rico”

Global Green’s annual pre-Oscar celebration

It wasn’t a red carpet event. Try a green carpet. But what else would you expect since Global Green, a national environmental organization headquartered in Southern California, was throwing their 15th annual Pre-Oscar gala fundraiser? And I got to meet astronaut Buzz Aldrin. In a rocket suit. Goal complete. The organization hosted its 15th annual … Continue reading “Global Green’s annual pre-Oscar celebration”

Reel Women: Brenda Robinson, Attorney & Philanthropist

Brenda Robinson is an entertainment attorney and Chicago native who currently serves as Director of Business Development for the Los Angeles law firm Greenberg Glusker LLP. Brenda’s prior law practice focused on intellectual property and entertainment matters on behalf of clients in the music, film and television industries. Throughout her career, Brenda has provided counsel … Continue reading “Reel Women: Brenda Robinson, Attorney & Philanthropist”

DP Carlson’s “Joe Frank: Somewhere Out There”

In many ways, filmmaker DP Carlson has been working on Joe Frank: Somewhere Out There — a 2018 documentary about one of the greatest radio storytellers in the history of American media — since the 1980s. “The Sunday night ritual was to hang out and listen to Joe Frank’s show with my fellow droogies in … Continue reading “DP Carlson’s “Joe Frank: Somewhere Out There””

The hilarious idiocy of “Bobby Roberts”

The Bobby Roberts Project is a comedy series about a quest for fame undertaken by the title character, Bobby Roberts, who happens to be the (fictitious) son of actor Eric Roberts. Bobby hopes to gain celebrity by completing a biopic about George Washington, but a lack of funding, a wealth of inexperience, a delusional ego, … Continue reading “The hilarious idiocy of “Bobby Roberts””

Erv Dahl “nails” Rodney Dangerfield in new Lampoon film

Chicago performer Erv Dahl plays Rodney Dangerfield in the recently released Netflix movie, A Futile and Stupid Gesture, about the rise and fall of National Lampoon magazine. In addition to recreating the facial twitches and hand gestures that helped bring fame to the man who gets no respect, Dahl “nails Rodney Dangerfield’s voice,” according to … Continue reading “Erv Dahl “nails” Rodney Dangerfield in new Lampoon film”

Rhyan LaMarr’s journey to “Canal Street”

On his way to becoming one of the hottest young filmmakers in America, Rhyan LaMarr has proven just about every self-motivational cliché in the book. He was raised by divorced parents who struggled in two separate households, went to a high school where almost nobody looked like him, buried more friends then he cares to … Continue reading “Rhyan LaMarr’s journey to “Canal Street””

Review of “I, Tonya”

Just nominated for three Academy Awards this morning (Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Editing) I, Tonya is not made to satisfy anyone hoping to find an ironclad explanation for the events surrounding the 1994 attack on Nancy Kerrigan. The film opens with the following disclaimer: “Based on irony-free, wildly contradictory, and totally true … Continue reading “Review of “I, Tonya””

CAFM brings the “action” to Carbon Arc holiday bash

There are a lot of reasons to join the Chicago Acting in Film Meetup group’s annual signature celebration — aka the “Holiday Hurrah” — on Monday Dec. 11 at the Carbon Arc Bar & Board in Lincoln Square. Besides serving hors d’oeuvres and offering an hourlong drink ticket followed by music and dancing, the event … Continue reading “CAFM brings the “action” to Carbon Arc holiday bash”

WYCC sold for over $100 million less than its worth

The sale of Chicago’s second public TV station may have cost the city college system $130 million, according to the results of a six-month investigation contained in this article. Calculated in terms of potential income, the loss was just one of many negative factors that continue to affect Chicago as a result of the Federal … Continue reading “WYCC sold for over $100 million less than its worth”

Chicago creative community to aid hurricane victims

Seeking to comfort victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, independent agency Schafer Condon Carter and several trade organizations yesterday launched Chicago Creative Relief, an industry-wide effort to raise $500,000 for affected areas in the US and Caribbean. The program intends to channel the generosity of Chicago’s creative community through a secure online portal that enables … Continue reading “Chicago creative community to aid hurricane victims”

SAG-AFTRA, AMPTP reach tentative agreement

Looks as if actors and actresses belonging to SAG-AFTRA will continue to talk and not walk as, according to Deadline, the union has reached a tentative agreement with AMPTP (Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers).

SAG-AFTRA’s current contract expired June 30 at midnight PT and had been extended each of the past three nights. If a deal hadn’t been reached, union leaders had vowed to ask their members for strike authorization.

Radha Mitchell toplines “The World Without You”

Chicago-based SB Productions announces Radha Mitchell (Silent Hill, London has Fallen), last seen in the faith-based film, The Shack, alongside Sam Worthington and Octavia Spencer, will star and executive produce, The World Without You, based on Joshua Henkin’s best-selling novel of the same name.

The film represents the directorial debut of established actor Damon Shalit, who was the writer and producer of African Gothic and A-List.

Bauer’s “Mad Scientists” YouTube series a zany romp

Chicago-based screenwriter and actor, Harry Bauer, has just launched his zany four-part webseries, “Mad Scientists Consortium” on YouTube.

Each 5-7 minute webisode takes a semi-dark and comical look at five Chicago-based mad scientists hell bent on world domination, or in their case, starting with Illinois, Wisconsin and parts of Minnesota.

The story emanates from the idea that there is a place for everybody and sometimes you have to force your way in.

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.