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Russo Bros Wanted to Shoot 'Infinity War' in Cleveland

Ready to Meet ‘Captain America’? Cleveland Extras Casting Call Announced for Marvel Film

So what do you think? Should I use this photo as my headshot when I apply to be an extra in Marvel’s Captain America: Winter Soldier, filming this spring in and around Cleveland, Ohio?

Maybe. Maybe not. But maybe.
You can apply to be an extra, too. Marvel recently announced the casting call, which will take place April 19 and 20, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Tri-C’s Metro Campus, Building UTC, Room 229. You can find that at 2415 Woodland Ave., Cleveland.
Here’s what you need to know if you go. You have to be 18 years old or older. 
Minors should not come to the casting call, but if your son or daughter wants to try out – and they’re 9 years old or older – you can bring a current, casual snapshot to include.
Dress in business attire. And come well-groomed. (Sounds like another fancy party, maybe? Like the one Marvel shot for The Avengers downtown?)
Bring a pen to fill out the application. Don’t show up early.
And that’s it! Follow those rules and you’re this much closer to landing in the M…

‘Revolution’ Returns Tonight on NBC; Tune In to Ohio Native Eric Kripke’s Epic!

If you’re not watching Revolution on NBC, you’re missing one of network television’s best pure action-adventure epics in recent years. Sharp writing, breathing-taking action – and all from the creative genius of Toledo, Ohio, native Eric Kripke.

Okay, there might be some hyperbole in there. And I’ll admit this is one of those rare instances when I step out of the role of tried-and-true Midwest entertainment journalist and put on the here’s-my-opinion hat. But I had so much fun with Revolution in the fall that I feel like I oughta do my part and let everyone who isn’t watching Revolution know. Plus, supporting Revolution falls in line with Midwest Movie Maker’s mission statement: championing filmmakers from and films shot in and about the Midwest. The show’s creator, Eric Kripke, hails from Ohio and shows his pride for our part of the world in everything he does. (Fans of the show will note that the small Illinois neighborhood where our heroine, Charlie, hails from, is named after Kr…

The Tall (and Horrific) Tale of ‘Bunyan’

He is a giant of North American mythology. A tall tale titan who holds court with Pecos Bill and John Henry. Ten – no, 50 – no 100 feet tall, wielding a mighty axe that dug the Grand Canyon and followed by a gargantuan blue ox, Babe, his tried and true companion. He is Paul Bunyan. And by any measure he is a sight to behold.
For filmmakers Gary Jones and Jeff Miller, he is also a holy terror unlike any you have seen before. It’s also the creative force that drives the duo’s new feature film, Bunyan.
In the film, a young group of first-time offenders who, while doing time at a secluded boot camp deep in the woods, discover that Paul Bunyan is more than just a tall tale. They come face to face with the true story of Bunyan’s hidden dark past and feel the wrath of this legendary folk hero.
“It’s is a dark, contemporary take on the tale of the giant lumberjack,” says Miller. And a lot of bloody fun.
The film was shot on location at Mohican State Forest and Park, Loudonville, Ohio, Malabar Far…

‘Underdogs’ to Debut at the Cleveland International Film Festival

The one thing Doug Dearth loved about Underdogsfilming in North Canton is that he could finally show his family how thrilling it was to have a movie made in your own backyard.

Especially when you’re one the making the movie – and your family always wondered what it was you actually did on a movie set.
“I grew up in that area of Ohio, and I have always wanted to bring a film back to my home state and shoot it there,” says Dearth, who served as director and producer. “Our executive producer also has his business in Ohio and has always been a big advocate for keeping jobs in the community. So it was a win, win for both of us. Also, if you are going to tell a story about the love of high school football, there's no better place to do it, than in the Midwest.”
Underdogs tells the tale of a last place high school football team no one expects to win and a local inventor fighting for the intellectual rights of his invention. It is based in part on true events.
The film will debut on April 9…

Costner to play Browns GM in ‘Draft Day,’ Cleveland Shoot Planned

Kevin Costner will return to the sports film genre, playing the GM of the Cleveland Browns in a new film titled Draft Day. The film will shoot in Cleveland, according to NBCSports Pro Football Talkand the Buffalo News.

The film originally cast Costner as GM of the Buffalo Bills, but because of Ohio’s lucrative film tax incentive, The Monticello Production Company and producer Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters, Hitchcock) chose to relocate the film to Cleveland.

“At the end of the day, it was a money thing,” said Tim Clark, head of the Buffalo Niagara Film Commission, in the Buffalo News. “I think Reitman really wanted to shoot here, but it just came down to the cost factor.  What we were told is that the Cleveland incentives were better.”

The Cleveland Film Commission could not comment on the news.

This could be good news for Cleveland sports fans. The last big movie to depict the slings and arrows of a Cleveland sports franchise was 1989’s Major League. A few years (six, to be exact), the Cleve…