Warner Bros releases final ‘Birds of Prey’ trailer

This is a surprise. Typically, studios do not release trailers on Thursday or they at least give 24 hours warning. Neither is the case with Warner Bros final trailer for  Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). Apparently, the trailer has been attached to the upcoming Kristin Stewart thriller, Underwater, which … Continue reading “Warner Bros releases final ‘Birds of Prey’ trailer”

James Corden is a “fat pussy” & other Ricky Gervais jokes

Last night, “Awards Season” kicked off in Beverly Hills with the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards. As is the case in recent years, the host was bigger news than the winners. Controversial host, Ricky Gervais, returned for a fifth and what he claims to be, “his last time,” as host of the ceremony. Standing before … Continue reading “James Corden is a “fat pussy” & other Ricky Gervais jokes”

2019 in Review: The Biggest Stories of the Year

It seems like just yesterday that we were reporting on Jussie Smollett’s alleged attack in Chicago. Actually, it was 300 or so days ago. The Empire celebrity was one of the many stories Reel 360 and our sister publication Reel Chicago covered in 2019. And there was much to cover. Reel 360 expanded from mainly … Continue reading “2019 in Review: The Biggest Stories of the Year”

Heartland Int’l Film Fest announces winners

The Heartland International Film Festival announced the filmmaker award winners for the film festival’s 28th edition during an Awards Brunch on Saturday, October 19. The Grand Prize for Best Narrative Feature (and a cash prize of $15,000) went to Bora Kim’s House of Hummingbird, with one of the film’s stars, Seung-Yun Lee on hand to … Continue reading “Heartland Int’l Film Fest announces winners”

‘Les Misérables’ to open Colcoa French Film Festival

Michael friggin’ Mann. I was less than 20 feet away from one of my directing idols (Manhunter, Heat, Collateral) as he addressed the guests of the The Franco-American Cultural Fund reception for the program announcement of the 23rd annual Colcoa French Film Festival. If you have been living on another planet, Colcoa is considered the … Continue reading “‘Les Misérables’ to open Colcoa French Film Festival”

‘Easy Rider’ Peter Fonda dies at 79

Captain America has died. Peter Fonda, the two-time, Oscar-nominated star, who was best known for the iconic ’60s film Easy Rider, has died of lung cancer. His publicist, Melody Korenbrot, confirmed to The Wrap. He was 79. His family gave a statement to People Magazine, telling the publication that the brother of actress and activist, … Continue reading “‘Easy Rider’ Peter Fonda dies at 79”

Panavision congratulates Academy Gold intern grads

Panavision, which has supported the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences diversity and inclusion program, sent out congratulations to the graduates of the Gold Internship Program. The Academy Gold Program is a multi-tiered educational and experiential initiative designed to enhance and extend an industry-wide diversity internship enhancement program under the Academy brand. The initiative … Continue reading “Panavision congratulates Academy Gold intern grads”

‘Blade Runner’ and ‘Hitcher’ star Rutger Hauer dies

This one hurts. Rutger Hauer, best known for his villainous turn as Roy Batty in Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic Blade Runner, has left us. He was 75. According to his his non-profit website Starfish Association, Hauer, “passed away peacefully in his Dutch home.” Hauer’s managers, as well as his agent Steve Kenis, also confirmed his … Continue reading “‘Blade Runner’ and ‘Hitcher’ star Rutger Hauer dies”

Alice in Chains releases sci-fi webseries ‘Black Antenna’

Seattle rock band Alice in Chains has released the first two episodes of Black Antenna, a dark sci-fi thriller set against the backdrop of the band’s Grammy-nominated album, “Rainier Fog.” The webseries tells the story of Alpha (played by Green Book actor Paul Sloan) and his 21-year-old daughter, Beta (Viktoriya Dov), who drive their beat-up … Continue reading “Alice in Chains releases sci-fi webseries ‘Black Antenna’”

‘Eighth Grade’ & ‘Forgive Me’ shock at WGA Awards

Thank you, Writers Guild. You had to go and make the Oscar predictions even more confusing. Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade, the story of a thirteen-year-old girl who endures the awkward tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through middle school – beat out the likes of Vice, Roma and heavily favored … Continue reading “‘Eighth Grade’ & ‘Forgive Me’ shock at WGA Awards”

Academy sparks outrage after cutting four categories

This may be talked about more than the “whoops” moment two years ago at the Academy Awards when La La Land was announced as Best Picture and it was really Moonlight. Whoops. In another “What were they thinking?” move – the first coming when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences toyed with a … Continue reading “Academy sparks outrage after cutting four categories”

‘Cold War’ takes top honors in Cinematographers Awards

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 of … Continue reading “‘Cold War’ takes top honors in Cinematographers Awards”

Cuarón’s ‘Roma’ takes top honors at 71st DGA awards

The winners of the Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement Awards for 2018 were announced last Saturday during the 71st Annual DGA Awards. Alfonso Cuarón won the DGA’s Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for Roma. The filmmaker beat out Bradley Cooper for A Star Is Born, Spike Lee for BlacKkKlansman, Adam … Continue reading “Cuarón’s ‘Roma’ takes top honors at 71st DGA awards”

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

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 ten … Continue reading “‘Favourite’ and ‘Roma’ lead 91st Oscar noms”

‘Green Book’ wins top prize at PGA awards

The Producers Guild Awards, which tees up possible winners for the Oscar Best Picture category, announced their awards which were held on January 19. Peter Farrelly’s dramedy, Green Book, which stars Viggo Mortenson and Mahershala Ali, took home the Daryl F. Zanuck Award for Theatrical Motion Pictures which, excluding the recent back-to-back discrepancies with The … Continue reading “‘Green Book’ wins top prize at PGA awards”

The 3% Conference rises in Chicago

Expert speakers, engaging activities, and sensational presentations helped to guide 1,300 industry attendees onto the same important long-term group project   Besides being informative, last month’s 3% Conference at Navy Pier was enlightening, collaborative, optimistic, intense, cosmopolitan, introspective, touching, intimate, raunchy, and hilarious. And that was just during the final few hours of the two-day … Continue reading “The 3% Conference rises in Chicago”

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

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, RuPaul … Continue reading “Netflix & HBO set pace at 70th Primetime Emmys, but…”

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

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 client … Continue reading “Wolfgang L.A., Jimmy Kimmel & other West Coast news”

SAG Awards, PGA Awards, Midnight Oil, Halo in the news

SAG Awards tee up “Three Billboards” for Oscar run Sunday night, the SAG Awards made it very clear that Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a frontrunner for the Oscars. Chicago-born Frances McDormand was named Female Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture. In the film, McDormand portrays Mildred Hayes, a distraught mother … Continue reading “SAG Awards, PGA Awards, Midnight Oil, Halo in the news”