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.



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.