Tower City Cinemas to Close Permanently

A Kevin Hart promo event at Tower City Cinemas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Local movie theater chain Cleveland Cinemas announced Monday that Tower City Cinemas, the 10-screen theater housed in the eponymous mall downtown which annually played host to the Cleveland International Film Festival until this year, is closing permanently as of today.

“While Tower City Cinemas has been closed since March due to the on-going health crisis, with the lease expiring, a decision was made to not reopen the theater,” said Cleveland Cinemas President Jon Forman, in a statement provided to the media. “Our management team and staff have done an incredible job during the 20-plus years we’ve operated this theater. We remain committed to movie-goers in Cleveland and we look forward to serving our Tower City patrons at our other cinemas.”

 

 

 

Chadwick Boseman was once a Cleveland Brown in ‘Draft Day’

Chadwick Boseman stars in “Draft Day.”

 

 

 

 

 

 


SOURCE: Cleveland.com | Troy L. Smith
August 29, 2020

News broke Friday night of the death of Chadwick Boseman at the age of 43. Boseman has been battling colon cancer since 2016, a diagnosis he kept out of the public eye. He died at home with his wife and relatives by his side, according to a statement posted on his Twitter account.

Boseman was best known for playing superhero Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He earned critical acclaim throughout his career for playing African American icons like Jackie Robinson (“42”), James Brown (“Get On Up”) and Thurgood Marshall (“Marshall”).

Boseman also played the fictional Vontae Mack in the 2014 film “Draft Day” focused on the Cleveland Browns. In the movie, Mack is a top prospect from Ohio State. Fictional Browns general manager Sonny Weaver Jr. (played by Kevin Costner) shocks the rest of the league by trading up and selecting Mack at No. 1 overall.

 

 

Actor Chadwick Boseman once played a Cleveland Brown in movie ‘Draft Day’

Before “Black Panther,” he was an OSU draft pick. The 43-year-old Boseman passed away on Friday after a four-year battle with colon cancer.


SOURCE: WKYC Channel 3 Studios | Andrew Horansky
August 29, 2020

During his impressive movie career, actor Chadwick Boseman once played a Cleveland Brown.

He starred in the film “Draft Day,” filmed in Cleveland, where he was a top draft pick from Ohio State.

By then, however, he was hardly new to Hollywood.

Boseman played Jackie Robinson in the film “42,” Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, and even the “King of Soul” himself, James Brown.

Yet it was in the groundbreaking film “Black Panther” that he marked a milestone in cultural history.

In Cleveland at the time, it was grounds for a field trip to see the all-black cast.

Student Kristian Harmon said the movie brought her “empowerment, courage, and hope.”

It was something Boseman brought off the screen too.

 

 

 

Hollywood Unions & AMPTP “Very Close” To Return-To-Work Deal, Sources Say

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SOURCE:  Deadline.com | David Robb
August 28, 2020

DEADLINE EXCLUSIVE:  Hollywood’s unions and management’s Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers are “very close to an agreed upon framework for a safe return to work,” an industry source tells Deadline.

Their ongoing negotiations cover a wide range of safety issues that were left unresolved by the protocols adopted in a “white paper” issued June 1 by the Industry-Wide Labor Management Safety Committee Task Force, and the “Safe Way Forward” guidelines issued June 12 by SAG-AFTRA, the DGA, IATSE, Teamsters Local 399 and the Basic Crafts unions.

 

 

Jeremiah Talks To The Voice Of Bart Simpson, Nancy Cartwright

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


SOURCE: Q104.com | The Jeremiah Show
August 27, 2020

The Greater Cleveland Film Commission presented VoiceOver and Beyond: A Conversation with Nancy Cartwright, the Voice of Bart Simpson, hosted by our very own Jeremiah!

Jeremiah interviewed Cartwright for the first half of the event. They spoke about her education at Ohio University, getting her start in voiceover work, and even which Rugrat she played. Guests could “chat” questions through FB Live during the second half.

To watch the full interview with Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson, click here.

Akron North High School students win statewide competition with film about hope, success in life

 


SOURCE: News 5 Cleveland | Kaylyn Hlavaty
August 27, 2020

Two Akron students tapped into issues happening in the world to win the Ohio Afterschool Network (OAN) Summer Pitch Challenge.

Nicholas Reese, an 11th-grader at North High School, shared his perception of the world, with his business idea based on everyone not getting an equal shot at success.

His idea, “Three key words: There’s still hope” provides students with one-on-one tutors to ensure students understand lectures, directions and ensure everyone succeeds.

 

 

Akron North High School students win statewide competition with film about hope, success in life

 


SOURCE: News 5 Cleveland | Kaylyn Hlavaty
August 27, 2020

Two Akron students tapped into issues happening in the world to win the Ohio Afterschool Network (OAN) Summer Pitch Challenge.

Nicholas Reese, an 11th-grader at North High School, shared his perception of the world, with his business idea based on everyone not getting an equal shot at success.

His idea, “Three key words: There’s still hope” provides students with one-on-one tutors to ensure students understand lectures, directions and ensure everyone succeeds.

 

 

Ohio’s Motion Picture Tax Credit likely won’t be impacted by COVID-19

Greater Cleveland Film Commission President Evan Miller said there probably won’t be any unused parts of this year’s tax credit

SOURCE:  WKYC Channel 3 Studios | Stephanie Haney
August 27, 2020

With tens of millions of dollars at stake, and the film industry seemingly at a standstill, people understandably want to know how the COVID-19 pandemic might impact money paid out from Ohio’s Motion Picture Tax Credit.

The answer to that is those payments likely won’t be impacted at all, according to Greater Cleveland Film Commission President Evan Miller.

Ohio’s Motion Picture Tax Credit allows for $40 million each year to encourage the film industry in Ohio.

However, only the first $20 million was awarded on July 31, Miller told 3News.

 

 

Greater Cleveland Film Commission is optimistic about the future of the entertainment industry in Northeast Ohio

GCFC President Evan Miller told 3News that Cleveland is well-positioned for when things reopen on a larger scale, when COVID-19 is more under control


SOURCE:  WKYC | Stephanie Haney
August 26, 2020

Ahead of a live conversation tonight with the voice of Bart Simpson, Nancy Cartwright, the president of the Greater Cleveland Film Commission (GCFC) is optimistic about the future of the film industry in Northeast Ohio, despite a pause in many productions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While certain aspects of the entertainment industry have been less affected than others, the production world as a whole has had to adapt to new safety protocols designed to stop the spread of the coronavirus, and it has been rising to the challenge.

 

 

 

ABFF Creators Launch Inaugural Social Justice Now Film Festival, Michael B. Jordan And Opal Tometi To Serve As Co-Ambassadors

 

 

 

 

 


SOURCE:  Deadline.com | Dino-Ray Ramos
August 26, 2020

As the world perspective shifts and a reckoning continues to pulsate through the country when it comes to the social and economic issues facing Black and Brown communities, American Black Film Festival creators Jeff and Nicole Friday are launching the very first Social Justice Now Film Festival through their non-profit The Film Life Foundation. The event is set to take place October 21-25 with actor and producer Michael B. Jordan and Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Opal Tometi serving as co-ambassadors.

The Social Justice Now Film Festival is the first of its kind and will feature virtual screenings, community conversations and impact events that confront issues facing disenfranchised communities. Jordan’s Outlier Society is set as a partner for the event alongside Endeavor Content and One Community. Sony Pictures is the event’s Founding Sponsor.