The Call Sheet

The Call Sheet

PLAYBOY GETS SPANKING: “The Playboy Club” is getting scolded by the Parents Television Council, which argues that the NBC series is just too racy to air on broadcast TV… which is most likely great news for ratings this fall. NBC’s “The Playboy Club” will be shooting its twelve-episode slate through Christmas; the series is set to premiere on the peacock this fall. Brian Grazer (who was in town last summer with the Vince Vaughn/Ron Howard comedy “The Dilemma”) is on as executive producer. Amber Heard and Naturi Naughton lead the cast of beautiful bunnies.

FOR ALL YOU SHAKESPEARE LOVERS: Filming is now underway in Cincinnati for “Measure,” an independent feature based on William Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure.” It’s the debut for Los Angeles director DJay Brawner, whose music video credits include Foo Fighters and Gym Class Heroes. Mr. Brawner is bringing key cast and crew with him from the west coast, including producer Mike Longenbach, model/actress Breana McDow and actor Scott Schwartz of the “Oceans 11” trilogy. You can follow the production on twitter @djaybrawner and @measurethefilm.

NIGHTLIGHTS ON IN CHICAGO: The debut feature from Play On Productions is wrapping up after six weeks of shooting in the North side of the city and a couple of surrounding suburbs. Cast includes west coaster Shawna Waldron (“The American President”), Jeff Garretson and Chicago theatre stalwart Stephen Louis Grush, most recently onstage in the Steppenwolf world premiere of “Sex with Strangers.” Production team includes director David Midell and DP John Klein; updates at www.playonproductions.net.

GREAT EIGHT FOR BOSS: The Chicago-based political drama “Boss” wrapped production on the final of eight episodes on July 27th. Series lead Kelsey Grammer (also producing the series via Grammnet Productions) was joined by Connie Nielsen (“Gladiator”), director Gus Van Sant and Mario Van Peebles and a sterling team of Chicago cast and crew. “Boss” premieres on Starz in October.

INDIE FEATURE POSTING UP: “Critical Nexus” is a SAG Ultra-Low Budget feature heading into post after wrapping up a 28-day shoot in the Chicagoland area this summer. Tirf Alexius directs this Todd Heller screenplay with Ron Rehana behind the camera and lead actress Kiley Moore in front of it. In this thriller, when a 16 year old girl’s video blog is seen by the wrong man, everyone’s sordid past comes into focus. It’s the first of four features being produced by Driven Entertainment; production updates at http://www.facebook.com/criticalnexus.

REMEMBER MISS JANUARY? It was called “Miss January” when filming in Michigan in 2009, now “Meet Monica Velour.” The comedy starring “Sex and the City” vixen Kim Cattrall will follow up its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival with a Chicago Premiere at the Midwest Independent Film Festival on Tuesday, August 2nd before being released on DVD August 16th. Get yours at http://www.meetmonicavelour.com.

Is your film heading into production? Please drop me a note at mac@midwestfilm.com and tell me all about it. I’ll do my best to include it in “The Call Sheet.”

Mike McNamara is the Co-Founder of The Midwest Independent Film Festival, www.midwestfilm.org. Mike pays his rent as an actor in Chicago in theatre, commercials, television and film. More from Mac at www.findmac.com.