Thursday, April 22, 2021

Chicago's TOM of YOUR LIFE Premieres at MUSIC BOX May 7-13, 2021 (Chicago, IL.)



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Join Us!

Filmmakers and cast will attend the Chicago premiere on May 8th beginning at Music Box Theatre’s Lounge & Garden at 5:45 pm. Pre-show entertainment will be provided by The Blackstrap Molasses with a few songs from the movie. The party is free and open to the public. A free TOM OF YOUR LIFE face mask will be provided to all in attendance. RSVP to GPR

The 7:00pm screening will be hosted by Patrick McDonald of Hollywood Chicago following a Q&A with talent. Tickets to the screening are available at  Music Box Theatre 


Chicago, IL – (April 14, 2021) – Written and directed by acclaimed singer-songwriter Jer Sklar, Music Box Theatre will screen Chicago comedy TOM OF YOUR LIFE from May 7-13. Featuring an original soundtrack with 11 original songs from his local band THE BLACKSTRAP MOLASSES, Sklar also edited, produced and stars.

“It was clear when he worked for me on my show that this was one smart, talented dude!”     - Chris Rock

TOM OF YOUR LIFE tells the story of a baby who inexplicably ages four years on each hour. With his mother sedated, a rebellious nurse takes it upon herself to sneak him out of this rural hospital and on the road to Chicago to show him what life is all about. Inspired by offbeat comedies like HAROLD AND MAUDE and THE LAST DETAIL, the “coming - and going - of age” story asks us to reexamine how we’re living our life and to see our milestone markers with fresh eyes, a story that couldn’t be more timely in this age of Covid.

This is one of my favorite movies of 2020” – Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times

With Sklar in the titular role, the film also stars Broadway actress and Steppenwolf Theater School vet Baize Buzan (TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, SXSW hit OUR FATHER) in her motion picture debut, alongside journeymen actors James Sharpe (PARKS AND RECREATION, MAD MEN), Paul Tigue (THIS IS US) and Mike Nussbaum (MEN IN BLACK). The film also found multiple versions of “young Tom” with Chicago theater actor Dominic Rescigno and three real-life brothers - Levi, Judah and Joshua Paul. Half of the proceeds from the Music Box screenings will go to SAVING TINY HEARTS, the Paul family’s non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating Congenital Heart Disease. 

In TOM OF YOUR LIFE, the city of Chicago plays a prominent role in front of and behind the camera. After spending many years in Hollywood, Sklar moved back to Chicago to attend film school at DePaul.

“Frankly I was jealous of the kids growing up able to make feature films on their phones, record their own music, color correct, edit, all on their laptop…I was made for these times, but I was still just a guy from analogue-land, born too early. Now that technology caught up with my dreams, I thought it was now or never to learn the technology and make the kind of movies I always wanted to.” Sklar used his industry connections to raise money during the four years he was learning the technical side of filmmaking. For TOM OF YOUR LIFE he assembled a formidable team of Chicago talent including Cinematographer Christopher Rejano (KNIVES AND SKIN), FX Make-Up Artist David Ian Grant, Production Sound Mixer Jacob Brown and Post-Production Audio team, Noise-Floor, Ltd. 

A Highland Park native, Sklar grew up in a hub of Hollywood activity thanks to the filming of Paul Brickman’s RISKY BUSINESS and multiple John Hughes productions. After moving to Los Angeles to study acting and music, Sklar became a Development Executive and helped launch the Chris Rock-produced series TOTALLY BIASED.

As a musician, actor, writer, director, editor and producer, Sklar took a “now or never” approach to making his debut feature film. With producer James Sharpe and Emmy-winning executive producer Chuck Sklar (whose writing credits include work for THE CHRIS ROCK SHOW, THE 2020 OSCARS, BILL MAHER, and JAY LENO).  “... We felt the theme of TOM in our souls: It had to be NOW!”

The original soundtrack for the film was composed and performed by Sklar’s Chicago band THE BLACKSTRAP MOLASSES, creating a “music-driven narrative.” The album of 11 original songs is due out this summer. Additional musicians include Phillip Hunger, Joel Gutman and many others. 

Jeremy Sklar plans on continuing making films in Chicago and is currently developing his next feature under his Satori!Studios banner. 






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Media Assets Available: Screener, Movie Stills, Trailer, and Interview with Jeremy Sklar.


Evening Host: Patrick McDonald is a film critic, entertainment writer and broadcaster, and his take on film appears on (Writer, Editor), and on WBGR-FM, WSSR-FM and WGN-AM. He has been a member of the Chicago Film Critics association and has made TV appearances covering the film scene on Fox32 News, WGN-TV Morning News and “190 North” on ABC7 in Chicago. He has served as a moderator for Chicago’s Asian Pop-Up Cinema series, and has covered the Sundance, SXSW and Tribeca Film Festivals.


Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Chicago Detours >> Invite Mom to Virtually Attend the 1893 World’s Fair

Invite Mom to Virtually Attend the 1893 World’s Fair 
Chicago Detours hosts "A Day at the World's Fair Virtual Tour" for Mother's Day

APRIL 19 - CHICAGO, IL -- Chicago Detours announces a special virtual tour, “A Day at the 1893 World’s Fair” for Mother’s Day on Sun, May 9 at 11:00am. Guests can invite their mothers and family members from afar to join them for this Zoom-led event, led by a live event host sharing rarely-seen photos and archival illustrations. Some trivia polls make it interactive, too. 

Guests will step into the shoes of a typical fairgoer at the World’s Columbian Exposition, one of Chicago’s most fondly imagined historical spectacles. Chicago Detours Executive Director Amanda Scotese will lead this virtual journey. Early birds could also join the event on Fri, April 30 at 7:00pm. 

Topics covered during the virtual event will include how guests arrived at the World’s Fair, how they purchased tickets, and what they would see inside the stunning exhibit halls. To put oneself in a visitor’s shoes means thinking about the most ordinary topics, too, so guests will learn about anything from lunch options a fairgoer might consider to where they would stay, how they would get around the fair, and how they would go to the bathroom! 

The experience includes intermittent questions that inspire virtual event guests to imagine the everyday experiences at the fair. They can also privately chat with their moms, daughters, sons and the like as they speculate on the answers.

This experience is a fun idea for Mother’s Day this year, as many families have discovered the value of virtual gatherings. Chicago Detours’ hugely popular virtual events have been recommended by WBEZ, Block Club Chicago, Entrepreneur Magazine, Chicago Tribune, and more. 

“A Day at the 1893 World’s Fair Virtual Tour”
Fri, Apr 30 - 7:00pm-8:00pm CT
Sun, May 9 - 11:00am-12:00pm CT
$20 individual
$35 household

The event takes place via Zoom. Tickets are required and may be purchased at

In business since 2010, Chicago Detours cultivated a reputation as having the most fun and smart tour guides in the city, with a solid five stars on Google, TripAdvisor and Yelp. Now they have grown from being a tour company to a content production company that designs and produces hyperlocal Chicago content and custom events for corporations, non-profits, and marketing agencies. They are passionate about sharing the stories of Chicago’s people, places and ideas from past to present.

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Hunters vs Hunted, Waltons Featured In Next Wizard World Signature Series April 24

Wizard World

'The Hunters vs. The Hunted,' 'The Waltons' Signature Series Events Coming May 1

Wizard World Signature Series roll on with new events in Nostalgia and Horror on Saturday, May 1.

First at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. four stars of one of television's most revered programs of all time, "The Waltons," reunite as Richard Thomas, Michael Learned, Jon Walmsley, Judy Norton, Eric Scott, Mary McDonough, David W. Harper and Kami Cotler take to the virtual stage. Then at 4 p.m. ET / 1 pm. PT, it's event #7 in the Horror series as "The Hunters" C.J. Graham (Friday the 13th Part VI), Wesley Eure (The Toolbox Murders) and Dawn Lyn (Devil Times Five) square off against "The Hunted" Chris Atkins (Dracula Rising) and Dinah Manoff (Child's Play).

Our back-to-back Saturdays continue for the next four weeks featuring the two Signature Series!

Also this Saturday, April 24, at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT, Frankie Muniz will discuss his iconic "Malcolm in the Middle" role as well as Agent Cody Banks, Stay Alive and 50 others.

A few hours later at the special time of 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT, Barbara Bingham, Tiffany Paulen and VC Dupree spill the tea--and maybe a little blood as well-- talking Friday the 13th: Part VIII.

Fans can purchase a single event in either Wizard World Signature Series for $3.99, any five for $11.99, all 10 for $19.99, or all 10 plus a set of bonus items (see article below for details) for $29.99.

Signature Series subscribers can also purchase one-on-one live chats, virtual photo ops, autographs and recorded video messages.

Wizard World will continue to offer those, as well as a selection of free panels, topical programming every week, contests, WizQuiz and more for every pop culture fan, LIVE and on replay on TwitchYouTube ; and Facebook. "Wizard Weekly" reviews current and future series in a fun interactive live video format.


Kebbel 'Uninvited' Signed DVD Among New Arrivals in the Vault

With our Horror series passing the halfway point with its sixth event this weekend, we thought an Arielle Kebbel signed The Uninvited DVD would be a nice addition to your collection. would be a nice addition to your collection.

And since Nostalgia is getting a foothold in its third week, a few Lee Majors signed photos from his various shows seem appropriate for the occasion.

Daily Deals, Last Chance and Less than Perfect offering are also updated all the time, so check those out as well, while they last!


Signature Series Packages Offer Best Value, With More Bonuses!

For superstar fans of horror and nostalgia, the Wizard World Signature Series lineups are chock full of scary and classic goodness top to bottom. With our Platinum packages, $29.99 gets you everything we have to offer in those genres, including:

  • Admission to All Ten Events in that Signature Series
  • On Demand Access to view past events in that Signature Series
  • 10% off your Entire Order for Your Next Wizard World Vault Purchase
  • 50% off any purchase from select Wizard World Vault Collections
  • 10% off Wizard World Horror Virtual Experiences
  • Platinum Priority for all Wizard World Experiences in that category
  • 50% off WizAuth Autograph Authentication Program
  • ...and more! See full details on the Horror and Nostalgia Platinum Packages below.

'The Waltons'

It's one of television's most enduring and classic shows, enjoyed by millions of families in the 1970s and millions more in syndication ever since. Now, an astounding EIGHT cast members get together in one of the largest gatherings of ex-Walton Mountain denizens in a fun Q&A.

Then get an even deeper experience with live video chats, recorded messages, virtual photo ops and autographs with Richard Thomas ("John-Boy"), Michael Learned) "Olivia"), Jon Walmsley ("Jason"), Judy Norton ("Mary Ellen"), Eric Scott ("Ben"), Mary McDonough ("Erin"), David W. Harper ("Jim-Bob") and Kami Cotler ("Elizabeth").

Live Event*: Saturday, May 1 · 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT

Live 1v1 Video Chats: Saturday, May 8 · 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT

*note you must either purchase the single event at $3.99 or a half- or full-series package to view and interact or to purchase live video chats


'The Hunters vs. The Hunted'!

Every good horror film is the classic battle between the hunters (Jason and Freddy Krueger come to mind) and the hunted (every innocent teen in every flick ever).

Now we bring a few from the former on the virtual stage with a few from the latter, and, voila, it's the "Hunters vs. Hunted" panel.

Representing the weapon-wielders are C.J. Graham ("Jason," Friday the 13th Part VI), Wesley Eure ("Kent Kingsley," The Toolbox Murders) and Dawn Lyn ("Moe," Devil Times Five). And their prey: Chris Atkins ("Vlad," Dracula Rising) and Dinah Manoff ("Maggie Peterson," Child's Play).

Live Event*: Saturday, May 1 · 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT

Live 1v1 Video Chats: Saturday, May 8 · 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT

*note you must either purchase the single event at $3.99 or a half- or full-series package to view and interact or to purchase live video chats


Also Coming Soon!

This Week in the Signature Series (requires subscription):

  • Saturday, April 24, "Malcolm in the Middle" star Frankie Muniz · 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT
  • Saturday, April 24, "Friday the 13th: Part VIII," Barbara Bingham, Tiffany Paulen, VC Dupree · 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT

Look for this FREE programming upcoming:

  • Tuesday, April 20, The Legend of the Travelling TARDIS: Companions Take on the WHOniverse · 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT
  • Tuesday, April 20, "The Walking Dead Reactors" with Kyle Williamson of Fandom Spotlite, Jaz Bielby of Wizard World and guests · 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT
  • Wednesday, April 21, "Wizard Weekly," a look back--and forward--at everything Wizard World
  • Wednesday, April 21, "Watch of the Week with Pure Fandom," updates on what's hot and not on all things TV and film, with Space Cowboys Podcast hosts· 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT
  • Thursday, April 22, "Mortal Kombat Cosplay Showcase" with superstar cosplayers Knightmage, Bebe Alkaid Cosplay and Serpenti Cosplay
  • Thursday, April 22, WizQuiz, nerdy trivia with Wizard World's own MikeGDoesThings · 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT


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