‘Copter to capture aerials for sci-fi thriller

suicide squadTHIS FRIDAY NIGHT late and very early Saturday morning, a crew  will be shooting aerials and plate shots in Chicago for DC Comics’  sci-fi thriller “Suicide Squad.” Helicopters will be flying low  over the Chicago River, from Michigan Ave. to Lake St. and downtown,  the Chicago Film Office reports. 

The special visual effects  scenes do not signal the Warner Bros. blockbuster will be coming to  Chicago.   It has been filming in Toronto since April and will wrap  there in September.

Directed by David Ayer,  its huge cast includes Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Ben Affleck, Jared Leto and Viola Davis.   The story is about a secret government agency that recruits improved  super villains to executive dangerous black ops missions in exchange  .


FEATURE PRODUCER GIGI PRITZGER will receive a special industry  tribute from Cinema Chicago and the 51st Chicago International Film Festival Oct. 22, during the festival. 

Chicago native Pritzger  is the producer of such noted films as Jon Stewart’s directorial debut “Rosewater,” the Oscar-nominated  “Rabbit Hole,” “The Way Way Back,” “Drive,” starring Ryan Gosling and “Ender’s Game.”


A BIG COMMERCIAL SHOOT is underway for six days. Production  company Altered LA is filming an anti-tobacco PSA campaign, wrapping  Aug. 8 … Then, ironically, Chelsea Pictures’ shoot for Opdivo, an  advanced lung cancer drug from Bristol-Myers Squibb, starts Wednesday  for five days …

Title LLC of LA was here for a quick one day shoot  for Samsung at Lollapalooza  … And Bruton Stroube Studios of St. Louis was here for Amazon.


“GLEE” STAR JANE LYNCH will be part  of Lyric Opera’s upcoming season of four prformances of what Lyric  describes as the Evergreen Park native’s “uproarious cabsret show.”   In the Dec. 12-18 performances, Lynch’s show, “See Jane Sing”  is a music journey of songs from Broadway to cabaret, backed by a five-piece band.


Ruth L. Ratny - 8/4/15

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