A solve for the film crisis – bring back the double feature

When I was a kid, my dad took me to see The Towering Inferno. It would be the first of ten times I would see it in the movie theater and countless times at home. My wife only knows the film as an annoying poster that hangs on our walls. But for me, it was … Continue reading “A solve for the film crisis – bring back the double feature”

‘Black Widow’ pushes release date, ‘MI:7’ resumes

Count Black Widow as the latest major tentpole film to push back its release date. According to Variety, the first and last solo outing for Scarlett Johansson’s Fallen Avenger will be rescheduled for a later date. This is not surprising given the seriousness of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic engulfing the world. The Disney/Marvel Studios film was … Continue reading “‘Black Widow’ pushes release date, ‘MI:7’ resumes”

Universal to begin streaming current films Friday

With the global production shutdowns of such major films as The Batman, The Matrix 4, Mission Impossible combined with the closure of movie theaters due to the spread of the COVID-19 , Universal Pictures has decided to make its current theatrical releases available on Home Video earlier than planned. The studio has announced that The Invisible … Continue reading “Universal to begin streaming current films Friday”

Warner Bros puts ‘The Batman’ on “2-week hiatus”

Even The Batman with all of his gadgets, doesn’t have anything in his utility belt to stop the havoc of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). It’s been confirmed today that Warner Bros. has decided to stop production on the Matt Reeves’ film. “Warner Bros. Pictures feature production of The Batman will be on a two-week hiatus starting today,” reads … Continue reading “Warner Bros puts ‘The Batman’ on “2-week hiatus””

Droga5 breaks new campaign for Harley-Davidson

True American icon, Harley-Davidson came to Droga5 in February 2019 with the ambition to build the next generation of riders around the world by expanding the brand into new spaces and accessing new customers.  The brand is currently entering new global markets and product segments, like LiveWire, at a rate like never before. And doing … Continue reading “Droga5 breaks new campaign for Harley-Davidson”

Chicago officially ranked Second City for filmmakers

When it comes to filmmaking, there is no shame in coming in number two. MovieMaker Magazine has officially ranked Chicago as the second best city to live and film in. What makes the Windy City, which is cold and snowy most of the year, the second best? First, according to MM, the city helped Illinois … Continue reading “Chicago officially ranked Second City for filmmakers”

Warner Bros embraces AI to greenlight future films

We are one step closer to Skynet or in Warner Bros’ case, The Matrix. You know it’s their property and all. Despite coming in a distant second to the juggernaut known as Disney, Warner Bros does not want another Justice League on its hands. Or The Kitchen. Or Shaft. Or Godzilla: King of the Monsters. … Continue reading “Warner Bros embraces AI to greenlight future films”

Marvel TV loses powers, folded into Marvel Studios

When it’s all said and done, Marvel Television, the small-screen division run by Jeph Loeb, felt the snap of Kevin Feige’s powerful fingers. No Infinity Glove needed. The division is reportedly, according to multiple outlets, shutting down. For some time, the speculation among industry insiders was that the unit was moving toward irrelevancy, given Kevin … Continue reading “Marvel TV loses powers, folded into Marvel Studios”

Joel Silver reportedly exits Silver Pictures

According to The WrapThe Wrap, producer Joel Silver has resigned from Silver Pictures, the production outfit he established in 1980. Since being established in 1980, the company became synonymous with iconic action franchises such as Lethal Weapon, Die Hard, The Matrix, Sherlock Holmes along with The Book of Eli, The Nice Guys and RockNRolla. ALSO … Continue reading “Joel Silver reportedly exits Silver Pictures”

Trailer Park appoints Moggs as Senior VP, Development Director

Trailer Park, the full-service creative agency specializing in content creation, entertainment marketing and 360-degree campaigns, recently announced the appointment of Howard Moggs as Senior Vice President, Development Director. Moggs will be responsible for generating long-term relationships with new partners, building out Trailer Park’s business with both entertainment and brand clients. Moggs brings a proven track … Continue reading “Trailer Park appoints Moggs as Senior VP, Development Director”

Chicago novelist Sakey turns his best-seller into a script

Best-selling author Marcus Sakey compounded the challenge of going from book to film long before he agreed to adapt his latest novel, Afterlife, into a screenplay for Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagination Entertainment.

“My goal is entertainment for smart people,” says the Chicago-based writer. “Stuff that’s compelling and well flushed out and feels real.”

Netflix cancels “Sense8”

That’s all for “The Clusters.” Netflix has canceled drama SENSE8 after two seasons.

The diverse series was created and directed by Chicagoans Lilly and Lana Wachowski (The Matrix, Speed Racer, Jupiter Rising) and filmed in Chicago and at numerous locations around the country and internationally.

“After 23 episodes, 16 cities and 13 countries, the story of the SENSE8 cluster is coming to an end,” said Cindy Holland, VP of Netflix original content.

Escape Pod Promotes Leah Hattendorf to SVP

Independent agency The Escape Pod announced today that it has promoted Leah Hattendorf to Senior Vice President, Director of Strategy. In her new role, Leah will continue to lead The Escape Pod’s Research and Strategy group, in addition to spearheading new business efforts and building out additional revenue streams for the agency.