69th Emmy Awards: Full List of Nominations

The nominations were announced for the 69th Emmy Awards were announced today by the Television Academy.  Anna Chlumsky and Shemar Moore joined Television Academy Chairman and CEO Hayma Washington in the announcement. The 69th Emmy Awards will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, Sunday, September 17 (8:00-11:00 PM ET/5:00-8:00 PM PT) on CBS.  Stephen Colbert will serve as host. The 69th Emmy Awards is produced by White Cherry Entertainment. Glenn Weiss and…

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FIRST LOOK: Darkest Hour

Focus Features has released the first photo and trailer for Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour.  The World War 2 thriller stars Gary Oldman as British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Directed by Joe Wright from a screenplay by Anthony McCarten, the film stars Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James, Stephen Dillane, Ronald Pickup, and Ben Mendelsohn. Synopsis: A thrilling and inspiring true story begins on the eve of World War II as, within days of becoming…

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Jordan Hope Miller talks documentary series Their Hope: An Untold Narrative of Trans Experience

Transgender musican and filmmaker Jordan Hope Miller recently spoke to Solzy at the Movies about his upcoming documentary series, Their Hope: An Untold Narrative of Trans Experience.  You can donate to the project on Indiegogo. Thank you for joining Solzy at the Movies today. How are things treating you? Jordan Hope Miller: Things are treating me very well. I am in the process of taking a leap of faith and pursuing something that has been calling…

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2017 Telluride Film Festival poster designed by Chicago’s Lance Rutter

The poster for the 2017 Telluride Film Festival was released today and it is designed by Chicago’s Lance Rutter. Rutter has spent over thirty years in graphic design in Chicago and teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. “I don’t think it’s possible to overstate how thrilled I was to be asked to create a poster for the 44th edition of the Telluride Film Festival,” said Rutter. “So many really wonderful artists…

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Chicago filmmaker Nicholas De Fina talks LeSeurdmin

Chicago filmmaker Nicholas De Fina recently spoke with Solzy at the Movies about his award-winning animated feature LeSeurdmin. Thank you for joining Solzy at the Movies today. How are things treating you? Nicholas De Fina:  Well enough, and yourself? I’m doing well, thanks.  Your animated feature, LeSeurdmin, is currently playing the festival circuit and recently took home awards for Best Feature and Director at the 2017 Houston Comedy Film Festival and has been selected for…

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I’m not just a Film Critic, I’m an Aspiring Filmmaker

I don’t just write about TV and Film. I’ve been working on a screenplay for what I expect will be produced as an ultra low budget feature film. Earlier this year, I took Online Writing for TV/Film through The Second City Training Center in Chicago–much thanks to an anonymous donor who sent me a $500 gift card. Going into the class, I knew that I had wanted to develop a feature film synopsis.  However,I finished…

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The Bold Type impresses on Freeform in a post-Pretty Little Liars world

The Bold Type impressed with a bang when the dramedy aired its two hour premiere on Tuesday night. Created by Sarah Watson, the Freeform series stars Katie Stevens, Aisha Dee, Meghann Fahy, Sam Page, Matt Ward, and Melora Hardin.  Watson executive produces along side David Bernad, Joanna Coles and Ruben Fleischer while Holly Whidden serves as a co-executive producer. A highly anticipated series from Universal Television and The District, The Bold Type is based on…

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Disney’s Aladdin Problem

Walt Disney Pictures has an Aladdin problem as they have been unable to find a male lead to play Aladdin in their live-action film. Guy Ritchie is directing the movie and the studio has searched for months to find a male lead.  In addition to the unknown actors, the search has included known actors such as Riz Ahmed and Dev Patel.  Newcomers include Achraf Koutet, Mena Massoud and George Kosturos. Their problem is that they…

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HBO to air Steven Spielberg documentary in October

HBO announced that Spielberg will air on October 7, 2017. Directed and produced by Susan Lacy, the feature-length documentary will feature interviews with Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams, Christian Bale, Drew Barrymore, Cate Blanchett, Francis Ford Coppola, Daniel Craig, Daniel Day-Lewis, Brian de Palma, Laura Dern, Leonardo DiCaprio, Richard Dreyfuss, Ralph Fiennes, Harrison Ford, David Geffen, Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman, Holly Hunter, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Ben Kingsley, Kathleen Kennedy, George Lucas, Liam Neeson, Martin Scorsese, Oprah Winfrey…

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A Ghost Story is A Unique Movie-Going Experience

David Lowery’s A Ghost Story is a unique movie-going experience that will haunt you long after the credits finish rolling. The movie closed out the Chicago Critics Film Festival this past May with a nearly sold out crowd in attendance. Reuniting his Ain’t Them Bodies Saints co-stars, Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara, writer-director Lowery returned to Sundance this year with a film that could only be made as such.  A story of this nature could…

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