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Russo Bros Wanted to Shoot 'Infinity War' in Cleveland

The Big Deal with Big Jones Productions

It probably only took 48 seconds for the filmmakers at Big Jones Productions (BJP) and Kinook Creative to receive the award for Best Film. Which is good, seeing as how it took 48 hours to make the movie that took home the prize: The 4th Floor.

But let’s get a little more specific.

The BJP and Kinook team burned a weekend last summer (2009) to compete in the popular 48 Hour Film Project, a self-described “wild and sleepless weekend in which (a team of filmmakers) make a movie — write, shoot, edit and score it — in just 48 hours.”

Moments before the contest begins, filmmakers are given a character, a prop, a line of dialogue and a genre to include in the movie. The completed film – editing, music, credits, the works – must be turned in before the deadline.

In 2009, nearly 40,000 filmmakers made 3,000 films in 76 cities. In Cleveland, that included BJP and Kinook’s team. And by the end of it, they took home the prize for both Best Film and Audience Favorite.

“Winning ‘Best Film’ was totall…

‘Hot in Cleveland’ Premieres Tonight

Though TV Land’s first original sit-com doesn’t film its comedy in Cleveland, the show’s situation is firmly set in the Rock ‘N’ Roll capital. For that alone, we’re asking viewers to tune in tonight (June 16) and give Hot in Cleveland a chance. Check your local listings to see when it airs in your neighborhood.

Hot in Cleveland’s premise is simple. Three L.A. women in their 50s (hopeless romantic Melanie, cynical businesswoman Joy, aging actress Victoria) wind-up in Cleveland when their plane makes an emergency landing at Cleveland-Hopkins (hey, we’re making this local). When they discover the men in Cleveland think they’re hot, they decide to forgo L.A. for the Midwest hub.

The show stars Valerie Bertinelli, Wendi Malick, Jane Leeves and the unbelievable Betty White.

And the show does have its own midwest influence. A little investigation reveals that one of the producers, Bob Heath, is an Akron native. Heath told The Plain Dealer that the show's intention was to poke fun at the you…