CHICAGO – When faced with adversity, the best way around it is to somehow break into song. That is the feeling behind the Brown Paper Box Co.’s “Positively Present: An Uplifting Cabaret,” running April 7th and 8th at Mary’s Attic in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood. The event features company member Kristi Szczepanek as host, and presents song stylings by other company members, including Anna Schutz, plus some special guests. For details and ticket information, click here.
Scoop: Four-Story Building to Be Imploded in ‘The Dark Knight’
At 4:36 p.m. on Tuesday, I received a report with loads of juicy information about upcoming “The Dark Knight” filming. This exclusive information comes from a person with the alias “Secret Scoop”.
Warning: The following can be considered spoiler information.
Hi, Adam. “Secret Scoop” here with more “The Dark Knight” filming information.
They are currently filming in the IBM building downtown, which is the HQ of Wayne Enterprises. They will be there for a week.
Production is running a little behind (so my source says) and they might be filming here a bit longer than planned.
A CTA bus crash on Wacker Drive might be re-staged.
Here is the biggest information of all. Mark Aug. 29, 2007 down on your calendars. They will implode a four-story building on the former Brach Candy factory site.
I have been told this will be a day shoot. A typical building implosion does not have any flames. This will be different.
They will load the building with large amounts of gasoline and other flammable material for a huge explosion and ultimate implosion of the building.
This explosion/implosion will then be added to a CGI building for the film.
Also, the Angelina Jolie movie (“Wanted”) will be shooting on Lower Wacker for the next several days (at least). There will be a high-speed chase scene.
9:29 a.m. update on 8/15/07: A reader wrote it after having done some more research. First, here is an image of the Brach Candy site as captured by Microsoft Virtual Earth:
Also, the reader found a story by ABC 7 Chicago published on Oct. 19, 2005 about the Chicago Fire Department investigating an extra-alarm fire at the plant on Chicago’s west side.
“The building was abandoned since 2001 when the Brach Co. closed after 76 years of business,” the story said.
4:06 p.m. update on 8/15/07: Jason in Chicago has submitted to me another angle of the Brach site.
4:35 p.m. update on 8/15/07: I am in conversations with FOX Chicago about this report. They plan to pool resources together to shoot professional footage when this goes down. Stay tuned.