Remembering Alex Trebek: Do you know these Cleveland-related “Jeopardy!” clues?

Remembering Alex Trebek: Do you know these Cleveland related “Jeopardy!” questions? (Source: Jeopardy! via AP)







SOURCE: Cleveland 19 News | Steph Krane
November 9, 2020

CLEVELAND (WOIO) – Alex Trebek, who died Sunday at 80 years old, read plenty of Cleveland-related clues during his 37 years as the host of “Jeopardy!”

How many questions do you know from these answers that have appeared on “Jeopardy!” throughout the years?




‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ Wraps Unprecedented Shoot After 18 Months, 40,000 COVID Tests & Millions On Protocols; Colin Trevorrow & Donna Langley On The “Emotional” Journey









SOURCE: | Andreas Wiseman
November 7, 2020

EXCLUSIVE: Jurassic World: Dominion began pre-production more than 18 months ago when the world was a very different place.

The $165M Universal blockbuster wrapped this morning at the UK’s Pinewood Studios after an unprecedented shoot, which required 40,000 COVID tests, millions of dollars spent on protocols, and for cast and key crew to isolate in a bubble for months.



New Documentary Film Centers on Cleveland’s Rich R&B History







SOURCE: Cleveland Scene | Jeff Niesel
November 6, 2020

A local guy who’s been in the entertainment business since the 1970s, producer Dennis Crash has released The Greatest R&B Legends: Cleveland, a new documentary featuring live performances and interview with acts such as the O’Jays, Rude Boys, CASH, Levert, Men at Large, the Dazz Band and many others from the ’70s to the present.



Aut-O-Rama drive-in movie theater extends 2020 season into late fall

The Aut-O-Rama drive-in movie theater will remain open through the end of November. (Photo by Joshua Gunter, Gunter,








SOURCE: | Anne Nickoloff
November 2, 2020

NORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio — The coronavirus pandemic has decimated the movie theater industry. One notable exception is the drive-in theater business, which has seen unexpected success nationally and in Northeast Ohio this year.

One drive-in — Aut-O-Rama, located at 33395 Lorain Road in North Ridgeville — will capitalize on its socially distant movie-viewing popularity. The twin drive-in plans to stay open through the end of November, and potentially later in 2020.



Entertainers discuss disability representation in Hollywood

In this combination photo, Marlee Matlin, from left, arrives at the 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on June 19th, 2011 in Las Vegas, Millicent Simmonds arrives at the 24th annual Critics’ Choice Awards on Jan. 13, 2019, in Santa Monica, Calif., Danny Woodburn attends the premiere of “Dead Ant” on Oct. 10, 2017, in Los Angeles and Maysoon Zayid attends the Women’s Media Awards on Oct. 22, 2019, in New York. Matlin, Simmonds, Woodburn and Zayid are just a few of the Hollywood insiders who participated in a series of virtual panels Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, examining the state of disability representation in Hollywood. The series is hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in celebration of the 30th anniversary year of the Americans with Disabilities Act. (AP Photo)AP












SOURCE: | Associated Press
Oct 27, 2020

It’s an old cliche that if an actor wants to win an Oscar, he or she should consider playing a character with a disability. And it’s not entirely unfounded advice: 61 actors have been nominated for playing a character with a disability and 27 have walked away winners. But only two of those actors actually had a disability — Marlee Matlin in “Children of a Lesser God” and Harold Russell in “The Best Years of Our Lives.”

That’s just one of the things that needs to change, according to a group of entertainment industry professionals with disabilities including actors Danny Woodburn, “A Quiet Place’s” Millicent Simmonds and “Peanut Butter Falcon’s” Zack Gottsagen.



Emmy Nomination for Cleveland-Based Hemlock Films series ‘The Restorers’

The Restorers – Season 1 promotional trailer from Hemlock Films on Vimeo.

SOURCE: Hemlock Films | Adam White
October 20, 2020

The Restorers EP1 – Living History has been nominated for an Emmy award in the category of ‘Best Documentary – Historical’. The Emmy awards will be held in December of this year.

The Restorers is a documentary series, offering a glimpse into the world of antique aircraft restoration. ‘Episode 1 – Living History’ follows the historic airshow act Tora Tora Tora, Bomber Crew Fantasy Camp, and the WWII Airborne Demonstration Team.

The Restorers is distributed by American Public Television. The host PBS station for the series in WUCF-PBS Orlando, FL. The Emmy nomination was made by the Suncoast NATAS Emmy Chapter.

The Restorers is produced by Hemlock Films, based in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Filming in Cleveland has started on movie about Rickey Jackson, who spent 39 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit

The upcoming film “Lovely Jackson” focuses on Rickey Jackson’s struggle to survive a wrongful 1975 murder conviction, death row, and thirty-nine years in Ohio’s most dangerous prisons, the movie’s producer says.










SOURCE: | Joey Morona
October 21, 2020

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Production has started on “Lovely Jackson,” an upcoming film about Rickey Jackson, the Cleveland man who spent 39 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit.

“It’s a tragic and unbelievable true story that spans nearly five decades in Cleveland,” says the film’s producer Matt Waldeck. “It’s also a very cool synergy between a local non-profit, local production company, and local university during a difficult COVID-19 time.”

Waldeck, whose production company Zodiac Features brought the Helen Hunt horror film “I See You” to shoot here in 2018, describes “Lovely Jackson” as a docudrama: very stylized with traditional documentary elements embedded within and narrated by Jackson, who serves as a producer on the movie.



Zodiac Features and CSU’s School of Film & Media Arts Team Up for New Documentary Film About Exonerated Prisoner Rickey Jackson

Courtesy of Brokaw

SOURCE:  Cleveland Scene | Jeff Niesel
October 20, 2020

Founded in Cleveland, Ohio by Jillian Wolstein, the mission of H.E.L.P. is to “provide hope, education, love and protection to people facing seemingly insurmountable circumstances by way of human injustices and challenges.” H.E.L.P. also owns and operates the Flats East Bank restaurant Truman’s 216. All the profits from Truman’s 216 go towards helping people in need, and the restaurant also provides meals to local alternative housing shelters.

Now, H.E.L.P. has funded Lovely Jackson, a new film from Zodiac Features, the Cleveland and Los Angeles-based production company behind the 2019 thriller I See You, and Cleveland State University’s School of Film and Media Arts.

Greater Cleveland Sports Commission sets virtual film series focusing on LGBTQIA athletes

Several of the athletes featured in “Alone in the Game” are – clockwise from top left – Ryan O’Callaghan, Robbie Rogers, Jason Collins and Megan Rapinoe.








SOURCE: | Marc Bona
October 14, 2020

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission has scheduled OUT Competing: A virtual film series celebrating LGBTQIA athletes.

The series will screen Wednesday, Nov. 11 to Sunday, Nov. 15 via digital streaming.

The commission is planning the event in conjunction with the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland’s Trans in the CLE! event. The series will provide access to three feature documentaries focusing on obstacles faced by LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersex, and asexual or allied) athletes.



Cleveland TV Station Producing Local Horror Film Show

WUAB is bringing a local Cleveland-based horror film and humor program. (Shutterstock)








SOURCE: | Chris Mosby
October 12, 2020

CLEVELAND – A Cleveland TV station will turn Saturdays into spooky, Halloween-themed evenings for Northeast Ohioans this month.

“The Big Bad B-Movie Show” will launch on CW 43 WUAB on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 8 p.m. The program will feature vintage horror movie-themed segments, hosted and produced by Zachariah Durr and Laura Wimbels, and a cast of rotating guests.

The premiere episode will feature the 1959 film “Attack of the Giant Leeches.”