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1. Milwaukee Film Festival announces Cream City Cinema lineup
This morning, the Milwaukee Film Festival announced its lineup for the 2015 Cream City Cinema program, which highlights the talents of locally-based filmmakers - and awards one with a $5,000 cash prize. This year's collection of picks includes three documentaries, two feature-length fiction films and four shorts programs - including the debut of the "The Milwaukee Music Video Show."
2. Fictional "Hill Street" of the '80s reflects real Milwaukee today
Can a city like Milwaukee learn lessons from a 1980's television cop show about city life, serious crime, murder and racial challenges?
3. A double dose of Disney on DVD with "Descendants," shorts collection
A duo of Disney DVDs - "Descendants" and "Animation Studios Shorts Collection" - find the studio satisfyingly digging up old traditions and characters, and dressing them up in some fun, new ways.
4. 35mm prints of "Jaws" and "The Shining" lead 2015 Cinema Hooligante lineup
This morning, the Milwaukee Film Festival announced its lineup for this year's Cinema Hooligante program, a collection of films dedicated to all things gory, raunchy, offensive, scary, trippy and generally speaking bonkers. Topping that list this year are two 35mm screenings: one for Steven Spielberg's game-changing blockbuster "Jaws" and one for the greatest horror movie ever made, "The Shining."
5. 2015 Milwaukee Film Festival announces Art + Artists lineup
The good news keeps pouring out of the Milwaukee Film office this month. After previously announcing its Film Feast, Rated K: For Kids, Black Lens and Sound Vision lineups, today the festival added its picks for its Art + Artists program, including a U.S. premiere and the latest from Bobcat Goldthwait.
6. Milwaukee Film Festival announces return of Film Feast program
Hungry for more movies to satisfy both your film fanatic and foodie sides? Well, this morning, the Milwaukee Film Festival announced the return of its Film Feast program - sponsored by and BelAir Cantina - a collection of eight delectable documentaries and features dedicated to dining, drinking and all that comes with.
7. Milwaukee Film Festival reveals its 2015 Rated K: For Kids lineup
The good news keeps pouring out of Milwaukee Film this week, as it announced yet another collection of festival films this morning, this time for the Rated K: For Kids program.
8. Milwaukee Film Festival announces return of Black Lens program
The Milwaukee Film Festival added another set of eight movies to its 2015 lineup this morning, announcing the selections for the Black Lens program. Entering its second year, the Black Lens program showcases fiction and documentary features from emerging and established African-American filmmakers.
9. Milwaukee Film Festival unveils this year's Sound Vision program picks
Toss some confetti in the air and pop some celebratory champagne - and some popcorn while you're at it. The 2015 Milwaukee Film Festival has begun unveiling its much anticipated lineup, starting this morning with a collection of eight music-driven features for its Sound Vision film program - including the category's first fictional film. Here are the picks.
10. Fictional felt beings Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy have broken up
Gossip pages, tabloids and entertainment websites lit up yesterday upon the news that Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy have broken up. Not that their characters will break up as a plot point on their new TV show "The Muppets"; no, it was reported like real life news that Kermit and Miss Piggy - fictional beings made of felt - were no longer together.
11. Point Fish Fry & A Flick flips in "Jurassic Park" to replace "Fury Road"
This morning, the summer cinematic lakefront tradition announced a change to their four-film lineup. Instead of ending the season with a screening of the new insane action blockbuster "Mad Max: Fury Road," Fish Fry & A Flick will now end its 2015 go-around with the beloved dino classic "Jurassic Park."
12. "Teen Beach 2" delights in its campiness
When the original Disney Channel film "Teen Beach Movie," did well for the cable outlet, the young singing stars were bound for a sequel with all of the dance numbers and songs you'd expect from a production aimed at pre-teens. When "Teen Beach 2" aired in June, it brought in 13.5 million viewers. Now, it is available on DVD.
13. As you wished: Riverside Theater to screen "Princess Bride" with star Elwes
As you (almost certainly) wished, the Riverside Theater announced this morning that the venue will play host to "The Princess Bride: An Inconceivable Evening with Cary Elwes," a special screening of the beloved 1987 Rob Reiner classic "The Princess Bride" on Sunday, Nov. 22 - complete with Westley himself actor Cary Elwes in attendance.
14. Jordan Lee named program director at non-comm 88Nine Radio Milwaukee
Assistant Program Director and morning drive-time host Jordan Lee has been named program director of non-comm 88Nine Radio Milwaukee.
15. UWM Union Theatre announces altered name, admission policies
The new school year is approaching, and like many students, the UWM Union Theatre is showing up on the first day with some changes picked up over the summer - namely an altered name and some new admission policies.
16. Milwaukee Film launches new granting program for local filmmakers
This morning, Milwaukee Film announced the creation of the Brico Forward Fund, a new granting program with the aim to help fund opportunities for local filmmakers and provide the necessary financial and technical needs of promising film projects.
17. Petrie joins WTMJ's "Wisconsin Morning News"
Late Monday evening, WTMJ announced that Bonnie Petrie will join "Wisconsin Morning News," serving as anchor alongside host Gene Mueller.
18. Kidd O'Shea leaving 99.1 The Mix
Kidd O'Shea knows where his roots are. And that is why he got a bit teary this morning. On the "Kidd and Elizabeth Show" on WMYX-FM, O'Shea announced that he was leaving the station.
19. 88Nine names Ken Sumka as afternoon drive-time host
88Nine Radio Milwaukee named veteran music DJ Ken Sumka as the new host for the station's afternoon drive-time slot, running from 3 until 6 p.m. on weekdays.
20. Updated: Bike-in movie series is back
UPDATED June 18, 2015: The first movie is a go, but future showings are still in question.
21. "McFarland, USA" tells a true story of Americana
In the Blu-ray combo pack that came out on Tuesday, Kevin Costner offers an outstanding performance in "McFarland, USA," telling the true story of a coach and his cross country runners becoming champions.
22. Star-Lord under the stars: Point Fish Fry & A Flick returns with four movies
The new summer tradition of Fish Fry & A Flick returns to Discovery World for its seventh year of delicious food and equally delectable films.
23. "Strange Magic" casts no spell
"Strange Magic," a music-filled fairy tale animated in perfection, is a prime example of because you have the ability to make it, does not mean it is going to be good.
24. Announcing sweeps winners isn't easy
Numbers are what they are. They allow for a way to communicate a level of measurement of something. At its very core, mass media obsesses over the numbers related to everything.
25. McKee out at WISN-TV 12
WISN-TV Ch. 12 announced Monday that evening anchor Craig McKee is headed to Cincinnati. According to Jan Wade, president and general manager, McKee's last day on the air in Milwaukee will be Friday.