Cleveland’s Steven Caple Jr. tapped to direct next ‘Transformers’ movie

Director Steven Caple Jr. poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film ‘Creed II’, in London in 2018.Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP










SOURCE: | Troy L. Smith
November 17, 2020

CLEVELAND, Ohio – After taking “Creed II” to more than 200 million at the box office, director Steven Caple Jr. has his next blockbuster.

Paramount Pictures and Hasbro Studios have tapped the Cleveland native to direct the new Transformers film. Deadline reports a deal between Caple and Paramount should come to fruition in the next few weeks.

Caple will lead a reboot of the Transformers movie franchise that began with 2018′s “Bumblebee” film. A script for the new “Transformers” movie has been written by Joby Harold, who worked on the sequels to “John Wick.”



Cleveland Sisters Compete On Supermarket Sweep

SOURCE: Cleveland Magazine | Abigail Cloutier
November 15, 2020

Lauren and Elizabeth Maddox grew up watching the ‘60s gameshow Supermarket Sweep in their South Euclid living room. So when the sisters saw on social media an application to compete on the new modern, fast-paced reboot on social media, airing Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. on ABC, they knew they’d be a dream team.



Filmmaker David Wain On The Personal Legacy Of His Famous Cleveland Father

David Wain (far right) and sisters Beth Brandon, Cathy Stamler, and Amy Garnitz pose with their father, Norman, in 2018 [David Wain]








SOURCE: Ideastream | David C. Barnett
November 12, 2020

David Wain made his first impression as an entertainer as part of a sketch comedy troupe, “The State” on MTV, in the early 1990s. Members of that group would go on to make “Wet Hot American Summer,” a 2001 film about summer camp.

The film bombed at the box office but subsequently became a cult favorite. Wain and his comedy colleagues have continued this streak with a number of other films and TV shows, including a new series on Netflix called “Medical Police.”

David Wain’s father, Norman, started as a Cleveland disc jockey in the 1950s.



The Greater Cleveland Film Commission hosts behind the story virtual event with the producers of ‘White Boy Rick’

Actor Matthew McConaughey is interviewed upon arrival at the premiere of the film ‘White Boy Rick’, in London, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

SOURCE: News 5 Cleveland | Kaylyn Hlavaty
November 12, 2020

CLEVELAND — On Thursday, the Greater Cleveland Film Commission is hosting a free, virtual event call “Behind the Story” that examines the film “White Boy Rick,” which was shot in Cleveland in 2017.

The producers of the film, Matthew Krul, Scott Franklin and Georgia Kacandes, will host a live conversation at 7 p.m. where attendees can get their questions answered about the film, including what’s it like to film in Cleveland.

Attention young filmmakers: Kids Film It Festival to return with virtual festival in 2021

The fifth annual Kids Film It Festival takes place virtually in the spring of 2021.










SOURCE: | Joey Morona
November 12, 2020

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Think you’ve got what it takes to be the next Bong Joon-ho or Ava Duvernay?

The Kids Film It Festival will return for its fifth year, the festival’s teenage founder Ryan Levine announced Thursday. Though the red-carpeted event has taken place at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame its first four years, the festival will be held virtually in early 2021 due to concerns surrounding the ongoing pandemic.



Cleveland screenwriter talks ‘Freaky,’ his body-switching horror movie starring Vince Vaughn

This image released by Universal Pictures shows Kathryn Newton, foreground, and Vince Vaughn in a scene from “Freaky.” (Brian Douglas/Universal Pictures via AP)AP









SOURCE: | Joey Morona
November 11, 2020

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Screenwriter Michael Kennedy has been obsessed with slasher movies since he was a teenager.

That’s why the North Olmsted native calls “Freaky,” the horror-comedy he co-wrote with “Happy Death Day” director Christopher Landon premiering in theaters Friday, “a dream come true.”

“I’m super excited for the movie to open, but I’m also a little nervous for people to go see it in a theater, to be honest with you,” Kennedy says, adding no COVID-19 cases have been traced back to movie theaters. “That makes me feel a lot better about people going out and seeing it.”



AMC now offering private theatre rentals: How the cinema chains compare

Betty Gallagher, left, carries popcorn and drinks beside Mary MacBeth as they pass by the ticket checkpoint at an AMC Theatre in West Homestead, Pa. on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)AP










SOURCE: | Joey Morona
November 10, 2020

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Moviegoers wary of watching the latest releases in a theater full of strangers have another option.

AMC, the largest cinema chain in the U.S., is now offering private theatre rentals for up to 20 people. The cost is $99 for classic movies and starting at $149 for new releases. No minimum concessions purchase is required.



‘White Boy Rick’ producers talk about shooting movie in Cleveland in Greater Cleveland Film Commission online event

Matthew McConaughey (Richard Wershe Sr., left) and Richie Merritt (White Boy Rick) star in Columbia Pictures’ and Studio 8’s “White Boy Rock.” (Scott Garfield)










SOURCE: | Joey Morona
November 10, 2020

CLEVELAND, Ohio — “White Boy Rick,” a true-crime drama starring Matthew McConaughey about the youngest FBI informant ever, was shot in Cleveland over the course of several weeks in the spring of 2017. The movie was released in the fall of 2018 and earned $26 million at the box office.

This week, the production of the film will be the subject of the Greater Cleveland Film Commission’s next virtual “Behind the Story” event. Producers Matthew Krul, Scott Franklin, and Georgia Kacandes will appear in a live Q&A with GCFC Production Coordinator Mike Wendt in a live Q&A over Zoom about what drew them to the film, shooting the movie in Cleveland, how to get started in the entertainment industry, and more.