Christian Meoli, Camilla Jackson talk Arena Cinelounge

From the moment you enter Hollywood’s Arena Cinelounge,  you can tell you’ve transported yourself to a haven for cinephiles created by cinephiles. From its stellar, state-of-the-art screening room with luxurious reclining seats to its artisan popcorn, there is little left to the imagination as to why Arena Cinelounge IS the premier arthouse not just in … Continue reading “Christian Meoli, Camilla Jackson talk Arena Cinelounge”

Lizzo, Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X lead Grammy noms

Lizzo, Billie Eilish, and Lil Nas X leading the pack of nominees for the 2020 Grammy Awards. Eight, six and six respectively. The nominations were live-streamed and read on CBS This Morning. Bebe Rexha, returning host Alicia Keys, Gayle King, Recording Academy President and CEO Deborah Dugan, and Chair of the Board of Trustees Harvey … Continue reading “Lizzo, Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X lead Grammy noms”

Tisha Campbell, Tichina Arnold host ‘Soul Train Awards’

BET Networks has announced the hosts and nominees for the 2019 Soul Train Awards across 12 different categories. The annual celebration recognizes the best in Soul, R&B and Hip-Hop from both established industry legends and the next generation of promising artists.     Taking place on November 17, 2019 at the Orleans Arena in Las … Continue reading “Tisha Campbell, Tichina Arnold host ‘Soul Train Awards’”

Cinematographer Guild to screen awards at Logan

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 cinematographers, … Continue reading “Cinematographer Guild to screen awards at Logan”

‘Two Popes,’ Pakula tribute round out AFI galas

Today, the American Film Institute announced the two Gala titles that complete the Gala line-up at AFI FEST 2019 presented by Audi. Netflix’s The Two Popes starring Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce will screen on Monday, November 18 and Amazon Studios‘ The Aeronauts starring Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne will screen on Tuesday, November 19. … Continue reading “‘Two Popes,’ Pakula tribute round out AFI galas”

Rokkan creates rockin’ Caddy campaign w/ Russos

How does one launch a hot new, crew-ready, 3-row Cadillac XT6 SUV? If you’re New York-based creative agency, Rokkan, you turn to Marvel’s Avengers. In this case, the real heroes of the MCU, director and brother team, The Russo Brothers. Signed by creative branded production company Bullitt for commercials, the power-house directors used their visionary … Continue reading “Rokkan creates rockin’ Caddy campaign w/ Russos”

James, Crawford & Schwarzenegger team up for Ladder

Boulder, Colorado-based Human Design has created an integrated media campaign for Ladder. What is Ladder you ask? The Reel 360 team sure did. Founded by LeBron James, Cindy Crawford, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lindsey Vonn, Ladder, “empowers you to reach your lifestyle goals by providing support and guidance from world class advisors and experts.” Their solutions … Continue reading “James, Crawford & Schwarzenegger team up for Ladder”

Oscars 2018: Colin Costello’s winning picks

Awards season, which Reel Chicago has been covering all along, finally comes to its climax with the broadcast of the 90th Academy Awards on Sunday night. Amid the glamour, the Jimmy Kimmel jokes, the expected #metoo and #TimesUP speeches, and the sleep-inducing running time, there will be awards given out. Twenty-four, to be specific. After … Continue reading “Oscars 2018: Colin Costello’s winning picks”

YMCA dives back into the community with new campaign from Droga5

I love the Y. When I used to live in Barrington IL, most mornings — except the god-awful ones that started at 80 below — began with a 5:30 AM trip to the YMCA, which was right down the street from my house. My daughter Max, was on the Y’s gymnastics team all through elementary … Continue reading “YMCA dives back into the community with new campaign from Droga5”

Burrell and the new Toyota Camry ‘Strut’ for pizza

Although the Toyota Camry has traditionally been perceived as a “vanilla” kind of ride, the 2018 model’s bold look inspired a striking multi-channel campaign from several agencies, including Burrell Communications Group.

Titled, Strut, it highlights emotions as consumers become compelled to drive the new Toyota Camry for all the “wrong” reasons.

Burrell “flips the script” on new campaign for Toyota

Face it, when you can point to the classic One Show Books as the reason you got into advertising, you can pretty much predict what’s going to happen in most spots.

If I haven’t just fast-forwarded by and actually stop to look, most of the time out of sheer horror, I can usually predict what line the person in the spot is going to say next.

Don’t worry advertising, I can do this for movies as well.

Barrelhouse Music’s unique Pilsen recording studio

When composer / producer / engineer Joe Hurt and his partner, singer/songwriter Grant DeNapoli, decided to open their Barrelhouse Music recording studio last year, rather than going downtown they opted for an address in the heart of Pilsen.

Their unique, two-story, 2,000-sq. ft. studio at 1711 S. Halsted, with 1,000-sq. ft. on each floor, “makes you feel like you’re walking into a light and bright studio in Venice, California, instead of Chicago,” says Hurt.