Music Box Blog - Entries by Buck LePard
by Buck LePard Monday, October 3rd, 2011, 2:06pm
by Buck LePard Monday, October 3rd, 2011, 1:15pm
The Music Box is offering discount tickets for Second City Training Center’s students to Wednesday’s screening of Wet Hot American Summer!
by Buck LePard Monday, May 16th, 2011, 12:47pm
From May 15 through June 30, our friends at the Gene Siskel Film Center presents Charlie Chaplin, a series of twelve programs of feature films, featurettes, and shorts covering the prime period of the legendary comedian’s career from 1918 to 1958. All films are being shown in recently struck 35mm prints authorized by the Chaplin estate and released by Janus Films.
by Buck LePard Wednesday, May 11th, 2011, 4:06pm
Bill Cunningham New York director Richard Press and producer Phillip Gefter visit the Music Box on Friday, May 20th!
by Buck LePard Wednesday, May 11th, 2011, 3:26pm
Before Meek’s Cutoff opens at the Music Box on Friday, May 13th, check out this interview with the filmmakers.
by Buck LePard Wednesday, May 11th, 2011, 2:14pm
The Music Box Theatre presents the 1927 film with live theatre organ accompaniment.
by Buck LePard Wednesday, April 27th, 2011, 4:33pm
On Thursday June 9th and Sunday June 12th, the Music Box presents the Broadway performance of the Oscar Wilde classic.
by Buck LePard Wednesday, April 13th, 2011, 5:55pm
Sound Opinions at the Movies is proud to present the Opening Night Film of the 3rd Annual Chicago International Movies & Music Festival: the World Premiere of FIX: The Ministry Movie at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Thursday evening, April 14 at 7:30pm.
by Buck LePard Wednesday, April 13th, 2011, 3:07pm
Chicago, the cinematic event of 2011 is almost here. And now there’s free beer to go along with it, too.
On April 20th, New Cult Canon returns to Music Box with a gloriously demented double bill of Death Wish 3 and Freaked, featuring special guest Alex Winter. Best known as Bill from Bill And Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Winter took an early bit part as one of the “creeps” who terrorize an urban neighborhood in Death Wish 3, but he enjoyed slightly more creative input on 1993’s Freaked, which he co-wrote and co-directed (with Tom Stern, one of his partners on MTV’s sketch comedy Idiot Box) and in which he also stars as our guide through a mutant freak farm.
by Buck LePard Tuesday, April 12th, 2011, 5:18pm
“My eyes are open, but I can’t see anything,” says Uncle Boonmee, a Thai man about to pass away near the jungles he loves. “Or are they closed?”
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, the 2010 Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or winning film is a moving, surreal treatment of a man preparing to relinquish his body and find peace in the ghost world. Uncle Boonmee (Thanapat Saisaymar) suffers from kidney failure and has chosen to spend his last days in his home near the jungle. Accompanied by his loved ones and an immigrant he hired to provide medical care, he spends much of his day prostrate in bed or lamenting that he cannot eat the foods he once loved. When he is up and about, he visits and jokes with workers who cultivate fruit near the home. He encourages his friends to taste the special honey from his hives, and we see the last glimpses of a spirited man.
by Buck LePard Tuesday, April 12th, 2011, 4:28pm
Three years ago, Josh Chicoine and Ilko Davidov were two guys sitting at a bar talking about possibilities. Today, they are the co-founders of the Chicago International Movies & Music Festival, a four-day event now in its third incarnation that highlights the intersection of film and music.
Film festivals always have included music documentaries and musicals, but CIMMFest goes further by focusing only on films with music at their center, including concert films, animation, music videos, documentaries and feature films, along with related live performances, art exhibits and panel discussions.
by Buck LePard Tuesday, April 12th, 2011, 3:34pm
Legendary stars, fascinating presentations, panel discussions, live music and special exhibits are just a few of the exciting experiences on tap for Club TCM, the central gathering spot for the 2011 TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood. Located in the Blossom Room at the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, the site of the very first Academy Awards® ceremony, Club TCM will be open throughout the festival, giving passholders a place to relax, meet new friends and mingle with special guests. Among those scheduled to appear are Mickey Rooney, Debbie Reynolds, Leslie Caron, Marni Nixon, Marge Champion, Debbie Allen, Peter Guber, Brett Ratner and graphic artist Michael Schwab, as well as TCM host Robert Osborne and weekend-daytime host Ben Mankiewicz.
by Buck LePard Monday, April 11th, 2011, 5:22pm
Chicagoan Michael Rooker, who starred in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, is currently featured in the audacious new Super.
by Buck LePard Monday, April 11th, 2011, 4:57pm
What would movies and music be without each other? There are specific songs that inspire entire scenes, and films that inspire entire songs. The Chicago International Movies & Music Festival smashes the two mediums together into one magnificent weekend of shows, screenings, and discussions about how both arts influence each other.
by Buck LePard Friday, April 8th, 2011, 3:20pm
Music Box Films handled all U.S. theatrical and home entertainment distribution for “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” “The Girl Who Played With Fire” and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest,” based on the omnipresent Stieg Larsson best-sellers, collectively known as “the Millennium trilogy.” Before that Schopf, Music Box Films managing director Ed Arentz and Music Box Films and Theatre marketing and programming head Brian Andreotti scored with the less-heralded thriller “Tell No One.” A word-of-mouth phenomenon and critical success, it became the highest-grossing foreign-language film of 2008 and put Schopf and associates on the international film distribution map.
by Buck LePard Sunday, April 3rd, 2011, 3:50pm
NEW YORK — The term “icon’’ gets tossed around far too wantonly these days, whether it’s washed-up pop stars turned TV talent-show judges or overhyped starlets beloved by fashion magazine editors. But if any actress can be genuinely bestowed the label without eliciting stifled laughter, it’s that grand dame of French cinema, Catherine Deneuve, whose new film “Potiche,’’ a charmingly kitsch comedy by Gallic director François Ozon, opens in Boston-area theaters on Friday.
by Buck LePard Wednesday, March 30th, 2011, 4:10pm
What mom couldn’t use a girl’s night out from time to time? Better yet, a girl’s night out that supports other women AND benefits important non-profit and charitable organizations in our community?
My new friend Jackie Dorris of Stroller Strides (more on my new-found love for Stroller Strides next week) told me about a great upcoming event called LUNAFEST Chicago 2011. I wanted to share more about this event with you (because really it is a no-brainer – you enjoy a fun night out with friends and all the money raised supports worthy causes).
by Buck LePard Friday, March 25th, 2011, 3:58pm
Jane Powell, a bona-fide MGM triple threat at a time when MGM had quite a few of various shapes and sizes, went to school with, among others, Elizabeth Taylor. But the young MGM contract players did not go to school the way you or I went to school. During the 1940s they attended the studio’s so-called “Little Red Schoolhouse,” where school-aged performers — pre- and mid-teens — took three hours’ worth of the basics in between lessons or their latest film commitments.
by Buck LePard Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011, 5:29pm
Mary Shelley’s infamous monster is alive and well in Nick Dear’s acclaimed new stage adaptation set to be screened worldwide. It’s the latest installment of National Theatre Live, a series of high definition filmed performances released theatrically, courtesy of Britain’s National Theatre.
by Buck LePard Monday, March 21st, 2011, 4:15pm
Catch Bill Cunningham New York at the Music Box Theatre, opening May 20!