A place for “Dinner Party” set at Taste of Chicago

A SPECIAL CELEBRITY FLAVOR has been added to Taste of Chicago festivities Thursday, July 10. By special invitation from the city, Elysabeth A

Paramount and two indies receive $1.7 mm MFO rebates

A Hollywood blockbuster and two modestly budgeted indie features spending an expected total of $56,641,718 filming throughout Michigan, have been approved by the Michigan Film Office to receive cash rebates of $13.7 million.

Magnanimous’ new Studio One stage ideal for indies

When Magnanimous Media HD video camera rentals moved from a small Bridgeport storefront to a large East Pilsen space last September, the company downsized its former 1,000-sq. ft. rental stage to a more in-demand 750-sq. ft. spac

No replacement planned for DGA exec director’s post

DON’T EXPECT THE DGA to fill the executive director’s position in the Chicago office anytime soon – if at all.  The L

Detroit to welcome the AICP Show after 12 year absence

Detroit is the first stop for the 23rd annual AICP Show on its 10-city awards tour, following its June 12 premiere at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

Nearing’s period mystery premieres at Black Harvest


Networking-pitch event a huge success with 200 guests

The turnout for last Thursday’s first “Chicago Film & TV Industry Networking Event and Pitches” was “a ridiculously amazing turnout and so great for this city,” says Kristyn Jo Benedyk, chair of DePaul’s screenwriting progra

Casting director means to widen local talent calls

Last weekend, 24 of the most important and influential talent agents and casting directors — from places like Dreamworks, Comedy Central, Fox, ABC and CBS and famous talent agencies — came here for a showcase of Chicago’s comedic and diver

4 stars to the George Lucas Museum for choosing us

The Force is with us! It’s a triumph that the George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art elected to settle in Chicago instead of Lucas’ native San Francisco, where he founded Lucas Film in 1971, or

Second City classes to aid improvisers with film work

Classes starting June 23 at the Second City Training Center will include a new program on TV, film and digital to give improv actors a place to hone their on-screen skills in Chicago.

Grant directing feature drama for Two 9 Productions

JULIAN GRANT (Sweet Leaf) wrote and is directing

Billy Zane heads cast for indie comedy’s fall shoot

Billy Zane (Titanic) has signed on to the already strong cast of Duane Edward’s indie comedy Supreme Ruler, planned to shoot here this fall. A Chicago native and current r

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