Jensen Ackles is going undercover for the LAPD as the lead of a new drama series from Chicago Fire’s Derek Haas

Supernatural star Jensen Ackles is teaming up with Chicago P.D. creative Derek Haas for an intense new drama called Countdown. Amazon MGM Studios is doubling down on its working relationship with Jensen Ackles after bringing the Supernatural alum aboard the hit television series The Boys for a new episodic drama, Countdown. The project hails from … Read more

The Red Carpets of the 2024 Chicago Critics Film Festival | Festivals & Awards

On the red carpet outside the Music Box Theatre, Adlon—whose acclaimed FX series “Better Things,” which followed a single mother raising three daughters in Los Angeles, frequently drew inspiration from her own life—reflected on working with Glazer and Jon Rabinowitz, who co-wrote “Babes,” while ensuring her own voice as a filmmaker shone through on the … Read more

The 2024 Chicago Palestine Film Festival Highlights | Festivals & Awards

Barghouti’s family, longing for him, speak as though he will find release. The more profound point here, present in all the films of this Festival, is that as they watch the Occupiers seize their towns, their homes, and their bodies, the Palestinians cannot help but persist. His resistance, whether from a rooftop speech or torture in … Read more

Chicago Critics Film Festival Announces Full 2024 Lineup with Sing Sing, Ghostlight, Babes, I Saw the TV Glow, More | Festivals & Awards

SING SING Director: Greg Kwedar | 105 mins Divine G (Colman Domingo), imprisoned at Sing Sing for a crime he didn’t commit, finds purpose by acting in a theatre group alongside other men who are incarcerated, including wary newcomer (Clarence Maclin), in this stirring true story of resilience, humanity, and the transformative power of art, … Read more

Welcome to Chicago, Michał Oleszczyk!

I was delighted to attend the event at the Music Box in Chicago this week promoting the new book, Black Caesars and Foxy Cleopatras: A History of Blaxploitation Cinema, by our former Film Critic Odie Henderson, who is now the head critic at The Boston Globe. Odie is one of the people who never fails to make me laugh out loud at … Read more

Groundhog Day Cast to Reunite in Chicago for Harold Ramis’s 10-Year Celebration of Life | Chaz’s Journal

Chicago Harry, the live groundhog, will emerge from his tree stump to reveal if he sees his shadow, meaning 6 more weeks of winter is expected, while Chicago Alderman Brendan Reilly will close out the ceremony by reading a City of Chicago proclamation declaring it Harold Ramis Day in Chicago. Harry Caray’s Tavern will transform … Read more

Killers of the Flower Moon Named Best Picture by the Chicago Film Critics Association | Festivals & Awards

The full list of winners is below: BEST PICTURE: “Killers of the Flower Moon”BEST DIRECTOR: Christopher Nolan, “Oppenheimer”BEST ACTOR: Paul Giamatti, “The Holdovers”BEST ACTRESS: Emma Stone, “Poor Things”BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Charles Melton, “May December”BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Da’Vine Joy Randolph, “The Holdovers”BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: “May December” by Samy BurchBEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: “Killers of the Flower Moon” … Read more

Make a Contribution to the Greater Chicago Food Depository in Honor of GivingTuesday | Chaz’s Journal

On a day like this one, I ask myself what is one of the most loving acts we can do for each other, and the answer (perhaps because I am from a big family) is to feed another. I hope you will also consider making a donation here or by sending a check payable to Greater Chicago Food Depository to … Read more

Chicago Style: Andrew Davis on the Making of The Fugitive, Stony Island, and More | Interviews

Your previous film was “Under Siege,” the Steven Seagal action epic that was a big hit for Warner Brothers in the fall of 1992. Had you already agreed to make “The Fugitive” before that one came out, or did the offer come afterward? At the premiere of “Under Siege,” Arnold Kopelson, who was one of … Read more