Director Sydney Lumet‘s 1973 undercover police drama Serpico earned Al Pacino his second Oscar nomination for Best Actor. While it was another in a long-running streak of Oscar nominations for Pacino that resulted in no wins until 1992’s Scent of a Woman, Serpico‘s other Oscar nomination was for Best Adapted Screenplay for screenwriters Waldo Salt (Midnight Cowboy, The Day of the Locust) and Norman Wexler (Saturday Night Fever, Staying Alive). Although Serpico proved to be the last Oscar-worthy project of Wexler’s, Waldo Salt had a much longer, and much darker story in Hollywood screenwriting history.
Waldo Salt was born on October 18, 1914 and grew up in Chicago an accomplished academic. He was so accomplished, in fact, that he graduated from Stanford University at the same time his friends were graduating from high school. Shortly thereafter, Salt was in Hollywood working as a screenwriter for MGM. There he worked on and assisted with various writing projects, but his first solo writing adaptation was with a 1937 film called The Bride Wore Red. The next year, Salt joined the American Communist Party, putting himself on the radar for the House Un-American Activities Committee during the Red Scare/McCarthy era 12 years later. Continue reading →
Today we’re highlighting a scene from the 1994 Stephen King drama The Shawshank Redemption. Written and directed by Frank Darabont (The Green Mile, The Walking Dead) from King’s short story, the film follows former banker-turned-felon Andy Dufresne (portrayed by Oscar-winner Tim Robbins), who is sent to Shawshank prison for the murder of his wife. During his stay he befriends fellow inmate Ellis ‘Red’ Redding, who helps Dufrense navigate the harsh realities of prison life, and who likewise is touched by Dufrense’s ability to remember life beyond tall prison walls. The film received 7 Academy Award nominations, and although it lost out on every win, has gone down in history as an iconic cinematic masterpiece. Continue reading →
Chicago has continued it’s upward trend in 2015 whether we’re talking Kanye West, Chance The Rapper or some of the fresher talent like Hurt Everybody, Saba, Mick Jenkins and Alex Wiley. One of the hardest trios in Chicago’s (national underground) hip hop scene keeps coming with heat at every turn. Made up of producer/MCs Supa Bwe, Carl and producer Mulatto, Hurt Everybody progresses with each new release setting a new precedence for the rest of the scene. Their most recent project 2K47 features some of the city’s most prominent up and comers in Mick Jenkins, Alex Wiley, Saba, Logan with a special appearance from the Chi-town legend Twista. A very well rounded project with everything from high energy club bangers to contemplative and rhythmic ballads, 2K47 has something for all hip hop lovers to enjoy. Peep the mixtape below and make sure to keep an eye out for more from Hurt Everybody.
The Cool Kids seem to be wasting no time releasing records after the announcement that they are back together. About an hour ago they took to Twitter to release 2 more new songs (Chop & Computer School), one of which features The HBK Gang. You can definitely hear that ol’Cool Kids style under Chuck Inglish’s production, peep the records below and stay tuned for more from The Cool Kids as they mark their return.
Location: 2105 S State Street, Chicago When: Saturday, January 11th @ 9PM
Mick Jenkins is preparing to release his new project “The Water(s)” with a headlining show at Chicago’s Reggie’s Rock Club. Mick will be joined by Saba, Dally Auston & Noname Gypsy among others, this one’s definitely a Chicago affair. The doors will be 18+ and tickets are only $7 in advance ($10 @ door), if you’re in Chicago tonight; you should definitely make this apart of your plans. Click the link below for tickets.
Location: 111 5th Street N, Minneapolis When: Friday, January 10th @ 7PM
Minnesota’s own, DJ SideReal will be headlining Mill City Nights this Friday. He’ll be joined on stage by Kids Like Us, Lenerd & Karizma for what should be a pretty dope show. Dude’s only 18 himself so 16+ is pretty appropriate for the event, tickets are $10 and word around town is free Chipotle will be available. If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, hit up Mill City Nights for some good Minnesota music.
We know this video’s old but it recently passed the 5,000 mark and it’s one of Sab and the Pivot Gang’s best. Directed by Jay Caves of Heart of The City, the video takes on a strange feel with masked men (Lincolns) being seen throughout and the city shots are reminiscent of the sherm trip in Training Day. The Pivot Gang is one of Chicago’s emerging crews so make sure to keep you’re eyes open for more.