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Russo Bros Wanted to Shoot 'Infinity War' in Cleveland

Don't Shoot Your Eye Out! Our ‘A Christmas Story’ Holiday Gift Guide

For many Americans, A Christmas Story is a modern classic holiday movie. While certainly on the same list as similar modern classics - Home Alone, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation - A Christmas Story may well be on its way to the same lofty heights as A Christmas Carol, Miracle on 34th Street, and It’s a Wonderful Life.
The movie is especially popular in Cleveland, where many of the film’s exterior shots were filmed, as well as the film’s iconic visit to Santa. “Those scenes are a historical reminder of what Cleveland was like back then,” says Ivan Schwarz, director of the Greater Cleveland Film Commission. “The movie is giving us a chance to look back at our own history.”
Still, it’s a movie for everyone from anywhere in the world. It celebrates childhood. It explores growing up. It reminds us what life was like when our worries were no bigger than Scut Farkas.
If you’d like to share that feeling with friends and relatives, we have some gift ideas for you.
1. Give them a copy of t…

5 Horrific Questions with 5 Horrific Filmmakers

Every year, the entire staff of Midwest Movie Maker scours the landscape for horror movie filmmakers who are willing to submit to five of the most horrific questions we can come up with. We torture them with our Jigsaw journalism. We confuse them into convulsions with our Kubrick questions. We spook the Stranger Things out of them.
This year, we found five horror maestros willing to submit to our survey:
John Oak Dalton(JD): A Midwest screenwriter who has penned late night B-movie goodness as Peter Rottentail, Haunted House on Sorority Row and Jurassic Prey. Dalton was born in Muncie, Ind., attended Ball State University, and, in 1987, was the first scriptwriter to win a David Letterman Telecommunications Scholarship.
Bryan Geary(BG): An actor based in Northeast Ohio, who recently appeared in the Netflix original Little Evil. Geary studied Entertainment Business at Full Sail University.
James Travers

Sylvester Stallone returns to Mansfield Reformatory with ‘Escape Plan 3’

If you follow Sylvester Stallone on Instagram, you’re likely caught up with all the shenanigans going on at Mansfield’s historic Ohio State Reformatory prison. That’s where Stallone and Dave Bautista, best known for his role as Drax in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy and his WWE wrestling persona, are filming Escape Plan 3.
"For guys who think they've been on tough locations, grow up or throw up," Stallone says on his Instagram video while standing on a ledge at the mid-Ohio location. "This is a serious prison that you don't come back from." But Stallone has come back to the Ohio State Reformatory. The actor shot a few scenes alongside Kurt Russell at the prison in the late 1980s for the action film Tango & Cash.
The new film is the third in a trilogy which started with 2013’s Escape Plan, starring Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Bautista replaced Schwarzenegger in Escape Plan 2: Hades, which is due out next year. The Ohio State Reformatory is best kn…

Mike Myers' improv biopic 'Del' may film in Cleveland this summer

Clevelanders, keep an eye out for comedy legend Mike Myers. He may shoot his new film, Del, in and around the city this summer.

The film applied for Ohio’s Motion Picture Tax Credit in mid-March. The production will spend 58 days in the state, according to the application, including 28 days of on-location work, hiring 602 local filmmakers.

Del tells the true story of Second City improv guru and teacher Del Close. Close mentored many modern comedy stars, including Myers, along with Gilda Radner, Tina Fey, Bill Murray, Stephen Colbert, Chris Farley and many more. Close appeared in a number of films in minor roles, including American Graffiti, Ferris Bueller’s Day Offand The Untouchables. He also appeared in Light of Day, which shot in Cleveland in 1986.

“Mike Myers is a comedy genius and the perfect actor to inhabit this complicated, funny, poignant character,” Producer Paul Hanson said in a statement. Myers is best known for the films Austin Powers: International Man of Mysteryand Shrek.…

Allison Janney once catfished Paul Newman, the Ohio native reveals

Dayton, Ohio, native Allison Janney appeared on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert and confessed to the talk show host that she once catfished legendary actor Paul Newman.

“I like to think I catfished him into casting me,” Janney said during her April 24 visit. The part was for a play at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, where Janney - and Newman - went to school. Newman returned to Kenyon in 1978 to direct the debut play at the school’s newly constructed Bolton Theater. The play? C.C. Pyle and the Bunion Derby.

Granted, Janney’s “catfishing” was more of the professional type. And, okay, fine, not really catfishing at all. Though Janney admitted to making up a story about her new Volkswagen Scirocco. It was part of her audition for Newman, which included getting up on stage and extemporaneously talking about anything you wanted.

“I decided I was going to appeal to his love of race car driving,” Janney said. “I made up a story about (driving my Scirocco) from Dayton. I said, ‘It usually ta…

Two new Bruce Willis action films shooting in Ohio this spring, summer

Yippee ki-ya, movie filmers! Die Hard star Bruce Willis is set to star in two films shooting in Ohio this spring and summer.
The first, Acts of Violence, will shoot in Northeast Ohio beginning March 27. The second, Reprisal, begins in July. No word yet on where the film will shoot.
Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films' co-founders, Randall Emmett and George Furla, will produce both pictures. Willis is in partnership with Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films and has starred in a number of pictures produced by the company. Most - like The Princeand Extraction - are released direct-to-video or VOD.

Greg Kinnear, Hilary Swank TV drama may film in Ohio - if it finds a new broadcast home

The upcoming cable TV drama The One Percent will shoot its first season in Ohio - if it can find a new broadcast distributor.

In-state pre-production work was expected to start in February, with the series’ final Ohio production date in November, according to the production’s tax credit application, filed with the Ohio Development Services Agency in mid-December 2016.

That may change. Starz, the cable broadcaster originally slated to run the series, dropped the project in early March after a number of production delays, according to Deadline Hollywood. Starz gave a 10-episode straight-to-series order in 2014.

MRC Television, the series’ production company, is sticking with show and looking for a new distributor. According to Collider.com, that won't be so hard, with Amazon or Netflix the most likely targets.

Cameras will roll despite the lack of a distributor, Collider reports, as well.
'The One Percent' shooting in Northeast OhioThe One Percent will film its first season in…