Walt Disney Pictures has come a long way from making full-length animated features like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, and Peter Pan. In the 21st century, the company has reinvented itself with live-action blockbusters like Pirates of the Caribbean, state-of-the-art computer animated films like Cars and Frozen, and adaptations of children’s literary classics like Roald Dahl’s The BFG and Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time (out in theaters this March). In recent years, Disney has expanded into more lucrative markets like comic book blockbusters (ie. Marvel comics) and, of course, the Star Wars franchise. The latest Star Wars entry, The Last Jedi, hit the $1 billion mark in worldwide box office sales barely three weeks after its US theatrical release. With a plethora of material to work with, and plenty of money coming in, one would think Disney is far passed its tipping point, but that might not be the case at all. Continue reading →
A new documentary titled De Palma is seeing release this week from directors Jake Paltrow (The Good Night, Boardwalk Empire) and Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale, Greenberg). The film is a chronicle of the life and work of acclaimed director Brian De Palma, whose major body of work has spanned from the 1970s to the present with films like Carrie (1976), a Stephen King novel, Scarface (1983) with Al Pacino (The Godfather, Scent of a Woman) and Michelle Pfeiffer (The Fabulous Baker Boys, Batman Returns), and The Untouchables (1987) with Kevin Costner (Waterworld, Dances with Wolves), Robert De Niro (Goodfellas, Casino), and Sean Connery (Diamonds are Forever, The Hunt for Red October). Despite all of the acclaim and success earned by these films, De Palma is one of the many artists who has never been recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Untouchables saw Sean Connery win his first Oscar in 1988, Continue reading →
With Star Wars: The Force Awakens opening in theaters nationwide tomorrow, you can expect movie theaters to be jam-packed this weekend with old and new generation fans alike. There are, however, a number of smaller, independent projects coming out this weekend that we like to take the time to shine the spotlight on. The first is a new war drama titled Son of Saul (originally Saul fia) from writer/director Laszlo Nemes (The Counterpart, The Gentlemen Takes His Leave), which received excellent recognition at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Taking place in the Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz, in 1944, the film follows a prisoner who attempts to find redemption by saving a boy he adopts as his son from the furnaces of the camp that he has been forced to subject many of his own people to. Starring in the film are actors Geza Rohrig, Levente Molnar (Morgen, Our Big Time), Urs Rechn (Eight Miles High, The King’s Surrender), and Todd Charmont (The Last of the Mohicans, Strangers). Continue reading →
Event: Southport Art & Music Fest Date/Time: July 18th 10am-10pm and July 19th 10am-9pm Location: Southport and Waveland Avenue
The Southport Art & Music Festival will be taking place this weekend. Featuring artists from all around Chicago, the festival displays works in the areas of photography, sculpture, glass, jewelry, oil and acrylic painting, watercolor, wood, and many other art forms. The festival will also play host to several music acts that cover music from the 60s to the present day (a full list of appearing acts is forthcoming). A suggested donation of $5 is recommended upon admittance, so if you are around Wrigleyville this weekend, are a fan of the arts, or want a reason to get outside this weekend, be sure to check this one out! More information is available at the link below:
British designer, Thomas Heatherwick, has designed a brand new public park to be built in Manhattan’s west side. The $130 million project is said to be funded by Diller-Von Fustenberg family. Pier55 is set to be a New York City’s hot spot for theater, dance, music, and arts. As of now, the new pier is set to start building sometime early in 2016. Although a floating park seems a bit unnecessary, it will allow for more artists to perform in these new scenic theaters.
Actor/director James Franco has had a behind-the-scenes documentary of the long-running comedy series Saturday Night Live ready for release for several years now, and according to a recent tweet by the director, the film is about to be released by Netflix competitor HULU. The film was part of Franco’s graduate work while he was attending New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and was even played for audiences at the SXSW festival in 2010, but then saw a transfer of ownership and has been held for release ever since. Now, however, HULU will be releasing the documentary film (titled Saturday Night) this Friday (September 26th), although I’m not positive as to whether or not you’ll be able to watch it if you’re not a HULU subscriber. The documentary itself follows the cast and crew of SNL as they prepare for a December 2008 episode that was hosted by John Malkovich. If you already have HULU Plus then you should be able to watch it with no problem; if you don’t then you may be shit-outta-luck for now!
When: Open Weekends. Aug. 17th to Sep 29 and Labor Day 9am to 7pm
This weekend the Minnesota Renaissance Festival will begin. The festival began in1971 and now has an annual attendance of 300,000 people! Every weekend there are themed weekends, and yes you are expected to dress Renaissance style if you already didn’t know. This weekends theme is the Italian Carnivale, which includes: a Longbow Competition, Bocce Ball, Spaghetti Eating Competition, and many other activities. Make sure to check out their website for more, because there is a lot going on. Next weekend is the Royal Ale fest, which includes free beer tastings. Also, stay tuned for Oktoberfest; that is usually the highlight of the festival. Oh, and don’t forget to get a TURKEY LEG!
Live Armored Jousting
7 Themed Weekends
16 stages of live entertainment
250 Artisan Booths
Food, Drink and more
Dogs are allowed
For a list of themed weekends and other info, make sure to visit:
Last week Chicago Spitter Show You Suck released this dope track paying homage to the classic video game Street Fighter. Entitled “Super Street Fighter 4” the track is littered with references to various characters, namely Ryu who Show says is his favorite player. Show will be performing live this Sunday at the Milwaukee Avenue Art Festival so make sure to get down there and support dope Chicago Hip Hop. Check out the track below: