Bindery creates global digital campaign for OnePlus

1+ We all have multiple lives. One that pays the rent. The other for the soul. In a new global social & digital campaign created by NYC-based Bindery, mobile tech company OnePlus is showcasing the talents of real people who embody the “heart and hustle” ethos of the brand. OnePlus is known for challenging the … Continue reading “Bindery creates global digital campaign for OnePlus”

WB renames ‘Harley Quinn’ film to boost box office

1+ That was fast. Although box office tracking for Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) initially came in at $50 million domestically before Thursday’s early preview numbers were finalized, the film only grossed $33.2 million over the previous weekend. These numbers give Birds of Prey the lowest opening weekend gross for any DC Extended Universe film, … Continue reading “WB renames ‘Harley Quinn’ film to boost box office”

Framestore appoints Sinha as head of Mumbai studio

1+ Akhauri P. Sinha has been appointed by Framestore as the head of its new, purpose-built Mumbai studio. Akhauri joins from Method, where he was Managing Director of the studio’s Indian operations. He will report directly to Framestore’s Global Managing Director, Film, Fiona Walkinshaw, and will be responsible for setting up Framestore’s newest office, a state-of-the-art … Continue reading “Framestore appoints Sinha as head of Mumbai studio”

David Lynch interrogates monkey in new Netflix short

2+ “Jack, you know anything about birds?” And so begins David Lynch’s 74th birthday present to his fans – an absurd, surreal and pretty hilarious short film, titled, What did Jack Do? The film’s logline is fairly simple – “A detective interrogates a monkey suspected of murder.” Right. Well, it is Lynch. Lynch has been … Continue reading “David Lynch interrogates monkey in new Netflix short”

Ziegelman Brothers get greenlight from Seed&Spark

2+ You’ve heard of the Russo Brothers. Probably also the Coen Brothers and Sklar Brothers. Of course there are the Duplass Brothers and Duffer Brothers. And there were the Wachowskis, before they transitioned to sisters. But have you heard of the Ziegelman Brothers? The twin filmmakers are hoping that you will very soon with their … Continue reading “Ziegelman Brothers get greenlight from Seed&Spark”

WB sets release dates for ‘Flash,’ ‘Matrix’ & ‘Shazam 2’

3+ We finally have a release date for The Flash. Maybe this time with IT and IT: Chapter 2’s Andrés Muschietti at the helm, the long-delayed film about the Scarlet Speedster will actually happen. WB also set release dates for The Matrix 4, Shazam 2 and a slew of other films. According to Deadline, The … Continue reading “WB sets release dates for ‘Flash,’ ‘Matrix’ & ‘Shazam 2’”

Bindery creates bomb-ass campaign for Bombas

3+ Film & content studio Bindery is behind a new, pun-filled campaign for sock company Bombas starring Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino. The broadcast and digital/social effort touts the DTC brand’s super comfortable Merino Wool socks – just in time for football season and colder weather. In the :30 spot directed by Jeff Chan, … Continue reading “Bindery creates bomb-ass campaign for Bombas”

Leslie Jones to depart ‘SNL’ after 5 seasons

1+ Was it only five seasons? It feels like Leslie Jones has been a standout part of Saturday Night Live for more than five seasons. The comedienne, who just appeared live at Chicago’s Vic Theater, announced she is leaving Saturday Night Live before the sketch show begins its 45th season. This according to the Associated … Continue reading “Leslie Jones to depart ‘SNL’ after 5 seasons”

Brian Eno honored with his own asteroid

3+ The stellar music legend’s place in outer space has been secured by an honorary celestial rock On Monday June 24, the Starmus Festival added scientific credibility to a belief that music fans have held for generations: Brian Eno is a star. The fifth edition of the annual global celebration, held in Zürich this year, … Continue reading “Brian Eno honored with his own asteroid”

Six-time Grammy winner Dr. John dies at 77

3+ He had the look of a pimp. And the soul of a funky, voodoo high priest. Legendary New Orleans-based musician Dr. John, also known as “The Night Tripper,” died at the age of 77, his family announced in a tweet. He died of a heart attack early on Thursday morning. “Towards the break of … Continue reading “Six-time Grammy winner Dr. John dies at 77”

‘Incredibles 2’ ‘Spider-Verse’ among Annie noms

1+ It’s that time of year in Hollywood, where the awards nominations are being released. It’s like “December Delirium.” The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announced nominations December 3rd for its 46th Annual Annie Awards™ recognizing the year’s best in the field of animation. This year’s Best Animated Feature nominations include: Early Man (Aardman Animations), … Continue reading “‘Incredibles 2’ ‘Spider-Verse’ among Annie noms”

Warner Bros. reportedly loves ‘The Batman’ script

2+ This is good news for The Batman fans. Maybe. It’s no secret that Warners Bros. has had a hard time getting the DCEU (DC Extended Universe) off the ground. What started promisingly with 2013’s Man of Steel has skydived into a veritable mess… save for 2017’s Wonder Woman. That mess was exacerbated two weeks … Continue reading “Warner Bros. reportedly loves ‘The Batman’ script”

73 FCB offices play Slotomania around the world

4+ There are 1,440 minutes in the day. And if you’re Slotomania, a mobile Las Vegas-style slot game, there is a valid reason to play at any moment in the day. Now how do you pull a campaign as ambitious as this off? If you’re FCB Happiness, located in London and Brussels you call on … Continue reading “73 FCB offices play Slotomania around the world”

Cutters-edited ‘Princess Cyd’ wins at Chi Film Fest

5+ The 53rd Chicago International Film Festival announced its winners Friday night and one of the films awarded was a Cutters Studios post project by writer / director Stephen Cone called Princess Cyd. The film was given “The Chicago Award.” A Chicago-based filmmaker, Cone is best known for 2015’s Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party, which was … Continue reading “Cutters-edited ‘Princess Cyd’ wins at Chi Film Fest”

“Table Read,” BBDO, DDB, Gitersonke in the news

A 30-SECOND CUBS SPOT, “Fly the W,” created by Chicago Cubs’ agency Schafer Carter Condon (SCC) featuring the narration of injured Cubs catcher Kyle Schwarber, was designed to get fans excited about the Cubs’ National Division Series playoffs starting Oct. 7.

And it did it ever! — the spot was a hit waaaay out of the park, beyond anyone’s expectations, by garnering an amazing two million-plus views since it was posted on Facebook a scant two weeks ago.

The flag “is the fabric that brings an entire nation together,” Schwarber says.  “It says to the world, we will never lose faith … and maybe this October, if we fly it high enough, and loud enough and proud enough, well, you get the idea.”

Was SCC’s CD Ron Sone, who created the spot with CD Michael Dorich, surprised at the overwhelming reaction? “No, just at the speed it caught on,” he says. And those  two million hits were only from a Facebook posting, although the spot also appears on other social media outlets.

Chicago team wins “Next Great Animated Series”

Odd Machine executive producer Alec Pinkston, director Gregory Hinchman and director Peter Stepnoski’s animated short, Senataur, took top honors in “The Next Great Animated Series” contest sponsored by Tongal and Project Greenlight.

The three-and-a-half-minute comedy trailer about a space alien centaur who forces his way into the American legislative branch is a no-holds-barred, graphic commentary on the nation’s sociopolitical landscape.

WTTW0516

0 NATHYN MASTERS’ guerilla style apocalyptic thriller “4th Beast: Mask of the Antichrist” has been picked up for DVD release by York Entertainment of Sherman Oaks, Calif. Masters’ Timecode Mechanics produced the DV feature last winter. Masters is in development on his followup, the martial arts pic “Silvergun Samurai,” for production next year. He’s writing … Continue reading “WTTW0516”