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Bruce Willis will return to Cincinnati for the fourth time in four-and-a-half years to star in Open Source, directed by Matt Eskandari.

Last month, Cleveland's home-grown moviemakers Joe and Anthony Russo broke the all-time box office record with their latest film, "Avengers: Endgame," surpassing 2009's “Avatar.” Their next movie, “Cherry," will focus on a much more modest story centered around Northeast Ohio’s opioid crisis. Anthony Russo was in town recently, and he doesn’t see the new film as a conscious attempt to step back from super heroes.

Producers of a TV series, and two more feature films, are preparing to shoot here, says Kristen Schlotman, Film Cincinnati executive director.

"It's going to be a busy fall," Schlotman said in a far-ranging interview on WVXU's Cincinnati Edition Tuesday. Here's a link to the 14-minute conversation.

Cows owned by Christian Hoffman at his farm just south of Columbus.
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While agriculture is the largest industry in Ohio, most residents haven’t lived on a farm for three generations. A new international film festival highlights the importance and contributions of agriculture and its associated industries.

Shortly after noon, actress Glenn Close and director Ron Howard relaxed together in front of a Middletown house which has played a central role in filming Hillbilly Elegy this week.

While more than 50 production staffers set up the next shoot down Harrison Street, and another crew filmed in the alley behind the house, Howard and Close appeared to be doing an on-camera interview Wednesday likely for the Netflix media kit for Hillbilly Elegy.

Seven-time Oscar nominee Glenn Close made her Middletown film debut in a most unglamorous way – chain-smoking cigarettes while wearing an oversized pink T-shirt and blue printed pajama pants.

Hillbilly Elegy production crews have spent the weekend in Middletown preparing to film scenes in the hometown of author J.D. Vance starting Monday.

The script for Evan Miller’s 15-year Hollywood career started in a talent agency mailroom. 

“It was filling envelopes with resumes and headshots, and then a lot of filling in,” Miller said.  “It was great, because it exposed me to voiceovers, to commercials, to new theatrical work.  I really got to see the business as a whole and figured out pretty early on that my passion was in TV and film and representing those actors.”

Director Ron Howard's adaptation of the memoir Hillbilly Elegy for Netflix will come to author J.D. Vance's hometown Aug. 5 to film for four days. Reporter Ed Richter of the Journal-News broke the story Thursday.

A film set for "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" in Cleveland.
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The Ohio House's version of the proposed state budget has put the $40 million-per-year film tax credit on the chopping block. With both progressive and conservative groups in favor of dropping the tax credit, Ohio's film industry is getting nervous.

Off the Cliff

Nov 23, 2018
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Released more than 25 years ago, the film Thelma and Louise defied the odds in ever getting made in the first place. 

And in the long run, it was a blip on the screen when it comes to films that feature women in strong protagonist roles.

Of the top 100 grossing films in 2017, just one in four featured female leads. 

Today, we discuss the impact Thelma and Louise had on Hollywood and where the industry stands today in the continuing wake of the "Me Too" movement.


Proposed Bill Would Double Ohio Film Tax Credit

Mar 5, 2018
A sign displays information about the filming of scenes for the John Travolta movie I Am Wrath being shot inside the Ohio Statehouse on March 18, 2015.
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A Northeast Ohio lawmaker is proposing an expansion of Ohio’s tax credit for motion pictures produced in the state.

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Thyra Chaney loves movies. Like, really loves them.

“I love the dialogue. I love the production,” she says. “I love every single thing about it.”

Scary movies and screenings around Central Ohio, with The Other Paper film critic Hope Madden, Columbus Dispatch film critic Nick Chordas, and Columbus Alive film critic Brad Keefe.