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Russo Bros Wanted to Shoot 'Infinity War' in Cleveland

'Lost's Radzinsky is Cincinnati Native, Miami Grad

Fans of Lost who live in the Midwest might love to hear that actor Eric Lange, who played the over-the-top and love-to-hate-him Stuart Radzinsky this season, is a Cincinnati native and Miami University graduate. The actor has played a slew of guest roles on such shows as My Name is Earl, CSI, Bones and more. The Cincinnati Enquirer hosted a live chat with the actor in celebration of Wednesday night's season finale of Lost, "The Incident". You can read it here.

'Ears' Some News: 'Star Trek' Ears Come from Ohio

Hey all you Trekkers headed out to see J.J. Abrams Star Trek this weekend. When you swoon over Spock's pointy ears, just remember that those ears came from Ohio.
More precisely, the make-up artist who crafted all the ears in the new blockbuster is from Ohio. Scott Gamble, a Kent State University grad and Stow, Ohio, native, is the make-up artist behind the lobes.
Hope to talk to Scott soon ... but in the meantime, here's a short interview with the artist courtesy of Cleveland's CBS Action News:


Interview with ‘Supernatural’ Creator Eric Kripke

I had the unique opportunity to speak with Eric Kripke, Toledo native and creator of the popular CW horror/adventure series Supernatural. Eric was in his car on his way to lunch, and I was sitting in my car sweating (the air conditioner is busted; maybe one of the Winchester brothers could fix it for me?). 
Eric was incredibly kind and very generous (though I couldn’t get him to spill any Supernatural spoilers … sorry folks!). His is a great story of determination – something he calls “dangerously obsessed.” His is a journey any aspiring filmmaker from the Midwest can follow, though he does have some sobering advice:“My advice isn't necessarily comforting, or hell, even correct,” Eric says. “Cause who knows anything?  So take it with a wheelbarrow of salt.  But if you really want to break into the film industry, you probably have to move to where the film industry is.  New York or Los Angeles.  That's where the producers, production companies, agents, managers, and studios are,…

Two Stories of Sheer Talent from Northern Ohio

The Soloist, starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr., opens today at a cineplex near you. It tells the true story of Cleveland native Nathaniel Ayers, a gifted young musician whose life falls into chaos when he is overtaken by schizophrenia.Foxx plays Ayers and Downey Jr. plays journalist Steve Lopez, an L.A. Times columnist who encounters Ayers, now homeless, in downtown L.A. Lopez takes on Ayers' story - not believing, at first, that this talented homeless man once went to the Julliard School in New York - and the two form a bond of friendship unexpected by both. Scenes of Ayers childhood (I believe) were shot in Cleveland last winter. Foxx was on hand for the shoot. Another film coming soon and about a Northern Ohio phenomenon is More Than a Game. The documentary paints a portrait of Cleveland Cavaliers great LeBron James during his days at St. Vincent-St. Mary in Akron, Ohio.More than that, it tells James' story, of coming from a difficult life to find friendship and famil…

Interviews with Filmmakers Erik Bork and J.R. Bookwalter

Just a quick post to point you toward two great interviews posted in the last week. (I know, a post. Can you believe it?
The first is with Erik Bork, Emmy-winning screenwriter and producer of From the Earth to the MoonandBand of Brothers. Bork talks about what it takes to make the journey from Dayton, Ohio, to the Emmy stage, and gives valuable insight into the screenwriting craft.
The second is with J.R. Bookwalter, an Akron-native who has moved back to the Midwest after more than a decade in Tinseltown. Bookwalter wrote, produced, directed, edited, acted in, and scored the ultra low-budget cult phenomenon The Dead Next Door. He's still in the biz, helping produce and distribute from his offices in Akron.
More later!
PS: I'm always looking for folks who might like to contribute. If you'd like to write or do some design work, e-mail me at thomas.o.tennant@gmail.com.

Annnnnd Action!

Hi, hello, and welcome to Midwest Movie Maker, your premiere source for informative and entertaining news and views about filmmaking and filmmakers in and from the Midwest.

As you can see, we’re still hanging lights and moving props. You might even call this Midwest Movie Maker: Take Two. (It’s a long story – so let’s just say this: We won.)

So what’s our deal? And why is there a picture of Spider-Man in our profile? (The same one that adorns this blog post?) Originally, it was because our first stab at MMM launched on the same day Spider-Man 3 premiered in theaters in 2007.

And that’s not a promo pic, by the way. That’s a snapshot I took on my way to work in April 2006. That’s when a second unit crew from Spider-Man 3 spent the better part of a week and a half in Cleveland, shooting one of the summer blockbuster’s larger action set pieces.

The crew took up nearly 10 city blocks along Euclid Avenue. They sped, crashed, flipped and demolished all manner of vehicles, much to the delight of …