‘Cold War’ takes top honors in Cinematographers Awards

3+ Lukasz Zal, cinematographer for Cold War, scored an upset victory Saturday night at the American Society of Cinematographers Awards by beating out Roma director and cinematographer Alfonso Cuarón, who could have become the first person to win DGA and ASC Awards. That will have to happen some other time for Cuarón. Cinematography’s biggest night … Continue reading “‘Cold War’ takes top honors in Cinematographers Awards”

Jussie Smollett performs at emotional L.A. concert Saturday

4+ “I fought the f–k back.” Only four days after Empire star, Jussie Smollett was allegedly attacked by what sources close to him have called MAGA Supporters, the actor/singer appeared in concert on stage at Los Angeles famed Troubadour on Saturday. Taking the stage, Smollett told the audience, “I’m not fully healed yet but I’m … Continue reading “Jussie Smollett performs at emotional L.A. concert Saturday”

‘Favourite’ and ‘Roma’ lead 91st Oscar noms

3+ Nominations for the 91st Academy Awards were announced at dawn Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick) and Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish) unveiled the list of nominees in the 24 Oscar categories starting at 8:20 a.m. ET/5:20 a.m. PT. This year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences nominated eight movies out of a possible … Continue reading “‘Favourite’ and ‘Roma’ lead 91st Oscar noms”

‘Period. End of Sentence’ wins AFI 2018 Audience Award

1+ The AFI Presented by Audi has ended, but our reporting on the hugely successful event has not. The REEL360 team is happy to report that a short film we are a fan of Rayka Zehtabchi’s documentary, Period. End of Sentence, won the Audience award for Best Short Film. The shocking and inspirational film tells … Continue reading “‘Period. End of Sentence’ wins AFI 2018 Audience Award”

Michael B. Jordan tapped to direct Bacardi digital short

1+ Bacardí rum has unveiled The Angel’s Share, a digital short film co-directed by actor and filmmaker Creed and Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan – marking the first digital ad spot for the brand’s new premium collection, which launched earlier this year. As part of its continued efforts towards the premiumization of the rum … Continue reading “Michael B. Jordan tapped to direct Bacardi digital short”

Disney Streaming to assemble some ‘Avengers’ for TV

3+ Step aside DC Streaming service. The REEL360 team may have to subscribe to Disney Streaming first now. According to Variety, Disney is assembling some of The Avengers as the company preps to launch its upcoming streaming service. Apparently, the Mouse is in early development on an ambitious plan for a number of limited series … Continue reading “Disney Streaming to assemble some ‘Avengers’ for TV”

Netflix & HBO set pace at 70th Primetime Emmys, but…

2+ The Fonz won. Heeeeeeeey. Last night, The 70th Emmy Awards kicked off with Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson noting that this year’s nominees were the most diverse in the history of the Emmys — then launching into a pointed tongue-in-cheek song-and-dance number with Ricky Martin, Andy Samberg, Sterling K. Brown, Kristen Bell, Tituss Burgess, … Continue reading “Netflix & HBO set pace at 70th Primetime Emmys, but…”

Craig Zadan, prolific stage, TV & film producer, has died

1+ Producer of movie musicals “Chicago” and “Hairspray” and co-producer of NBC’s  “The Sound of Music Live!” dies of complications following surgery Craig Zadan, one of film and TV’s most prolific producers of musicals, has died at the age of 69. Zadan’s death was announced Tuesday by NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt, who called Zadan “my … Continue reading “Craig Zadan, prolific stage, TV & film producer, has died”

‘BlacKkKlansman’ DP Irvin teams with Panavision for ’70s feel

4+ Director Spike Lee, Cinematographer Chayse Irvin turn to Panavision to achieve a gritty ‘70s look   This past weekend marked the one-year anniversary of the tragedy in Charlottesville, Virginia. Hundreds of torch-wielding white supremacists gathered on the campus of the University of Virginia, chanting “Jews will not replace us!” and “Blood and Soil.” The … Continue reading “‘BlacKkKlansman’ DP Irvin teams with Panavision for ’70s feel”

From handmaids to Jesus, the Emmys announce noms

2+ Al Pacino’s haunting portrayal of Joe Paterno was snubbed. SNL’s Keenan Thompson and Aidy Bryant were nominated for Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress, respectively. Although David Lynch’s 18-episode Twin Peaks was nominated for 9 Emmy’s, the series was largely ignored in major categories. Netflix dethroned HBO as most nominated network. Jesus. He … Continue reading “From handmaids to Jesus, the Emmys announce noms”

Cinespace Film Studios acquires new Chicago facility

2+ Each of the 31 stages on the 1.5 million sq.-ft. original campus are booked, so the studio had to expand. “It’s a good problem to have,” says President Alex Pissios.   Chicago Cinespace Film Studios expanded its West Side campus by arranging to purchase a former steel factory at 3355 W. 31st St. last … Continue reading “Cinespace Film Studios acquires new Chicago facility”

DDB network claims a pride of Lions at Cannes

3+ The concepts for “Exclusive the Rainbow” and “Trolling is Ugly” are worth the praise alone, but the executions are also exceptional.   So far this week, DDB and its specialty units have claimed a massive haul of awards at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity. With Exclusive the Rainbow for Skittles and Trolling Is … Continue reading “DDB network claims a pride of Lions at Cannes”

Makers of Ambien tell Roseanne, ‘Oh no you didn’t!’

2+ Fallout from the Roseanne Barr kerfuffle continue. After a thoughtless, racist tweet on Memorial Day about former President Obama aide Valerie Jarrett, “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj,” Barr’s rebooted hit TV series Roseanne was canceled by ABC/Diseny, talent agency ICM dropped her, Paramount pulled all reruns of the original … Continue reading “Makers of Ambien tell Roseanne, ‘Oh no you didn’t!’”

Kids sell cars in Kia Motors Summer Sales campaign

2+ National Campaign Includes Seven Broadcast Spots and a Jimmy Kimmel Live! Segment Kia Motors America is taking a straightforward approach to the automotive Summer Sales season with a national integrated marketing campaign that states the obvious reason why consumers should consider Kia. Simply put, because Kia is “America’s Best Value.” But is it the … Continue reading “Kids sell cars in Kia Motors Summer Sales campaign”

Roseanne’s racist tweet leads to cancellation

3+ Looks like Roseanne and the Connors are leaving the fictional town of Lanford, Illinois. Again. It’s been quite the whirlwind 3 months for actress/comedienne Roseanne Barr. The revival of her sitcom Roseanne debuted to huge ratings on ABC, waking networks up to the idea that there is a conservative audience thirsty for entertainment. But … Continue reading “Roseanne’s racist tweet leads to cancellation”

Oscars 2018: Colin Costello’s winning picks

6+ 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. … Continue reading “Oscars 2018: Colin Costello’s winning picks”

Women dominate latest wave of industry activity

7+ Stacie Boney is new president of Hanson Dodge Women’s History Month starts off with big news: former Energy BBDO executive Stacie Boney has been named by Milwaukee-based Hanson Dodge as its first female president. Boney succeeds Tim Dodge, who is said to be staying with the integrated marketing agency as CEO. She came to … Continue reading “Women dominate latest wave of industry activity”

Wolfgang L.A., Jimmy Kimmel & other West Coast news

7+ TRUECar & Panda Express name Wolfgang of Los Angeles AOR Consider Venice Beach-based Wolfgang of L.A. on a roll. Since winning Halo Top in January, the agency/consultancy, formed by former David&Goliath execs, Mike Geiger, Seema Miller and Colin Jeffrey has added two more wins in the form of TRUECar and Panda Express to its … Continue reading “Wolfgang L.A., Jimmy Kimmel & other West Coast news”

Erv Dahl “nails” Rodney Dangerfield in new Lampoon film

6+ 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 … Continue reading “Erv Dahl “nails” Rodney Dangerfield in new Lampoon film”

Fay Ferguson, Urban Grind, The Avengers, Apple

6+ CAF honors Burrell’s Fay Ferguson Burrell Communications tweeted that The Chicago Advertising Federation (CAF) named agency Co-CEO, Fay Ferguson, as the 2017 Silver Medal Award winner. Ferguson is the 22nd professional to receive the prestigious award. Nominated for her outstanding service in the advertising industry both locally and abroad, Fay is among an elite … Continue reading “Fay Ferguson, Urban Grind, The Avengers, Apple”