Why can’t men and women just be friends and why does sexual tension always seem to get in the way? It’s the subject of many romantic comedies, including Sleeping with Other People, the latest offering from writer-director Leslye Headland (Bachelorette). A hit at Sundance, where it showed earlier this year, the film doesn’t break any new ground and struggles to develop anything resembling a plot (outside of do they or don't they fall in love?). Its strength — it features some well-written, often funny dialogue. The film opens area-wide today.
Originally, director Jamie Babbit intended to film Addicted to Fresno in Cleveland. But because of the costs associated with transporting a cast and crew from L.A. to Cleveland, Babbit decided to shoot in Fresno, a nondescript central California town. The film opens on Friday at the Cedar Lee Theatre, and Babbit will attend the 7:10 p.m. on Friday and participate in a Q&A session after the screening. She’ll then stick around to introduce the 9:40 p.m. screening.
An eccentric street performer who ekes out a living by walking a tightrope and doing a bit of juggling, Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) first comes across the as-yet unbuilt Twin Towers in a magazine in a dentist’s waiting room. Right then and there, he decides that it's perfect place to “put my wire,” as he puts it. It’s a pivotal scene at the start of The Walk, a thrilling drama based on the true story of how Philippe spent six years planning his “coup” and walked across a tightrope stretched between the two towers of the World Trade Center. The movie opens today at Regal Crocker Park and then opens area-wide on Oct. 9.
Former Clevelanders, Anthony and Joe Russo have gone on to become big-time Hollywood directors. They started small with films such as Welcome to Collinwood, a comedy that stars William H. Macy, George Clooney and Sam Rockwell, and recently directed 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier. They’re also on board to direct the next Avengers flicks, due out in 2018 and 2019. They’ll be in town at noon on Friday, Nov. 6, to host the Greater Cleveland Film Commission’s 2015 Behind The Camera: Lunch with the Russo Brothers at the InterContinental Cleveland Hotel.
The mug of Douglas Jones may now be spotted around town.
The Greater Cleveland Film Commission announced yesterday that a new horror-thriller flick, "The Bye Bye Man," will begin filming in Cleveland in November.
The film is based on a short story called The Bridge to Body Island by Robert Damon Schneck and revolves around three Wisconsin college students who experience a series of terrifying events. Douglas Jones, best known for his roles in "Hellboy" and "Pan's Labyrinth" has snagged the lead role, and will be accompanied on screen by Douglas Smith, Cressida Bonas and Lucien Laviscount. The supernatural flick will be directed by Stacy Title.
"The Greater Cleveland Film Commission is excited that another film has decided to film here and help us continue with our mission to build a year round industry in Cleveland and Northeast, Ohio," Ivan Schwarz, President of the Greater Cleveland Film Commission, said in a press release. "So far we have created 1,729 full time equivalent jobs, have had an economic impact of $400 million and a return on investment of $2.01."
No word yet on how the filming will impact traffic patterns.
You can never have too many film festivals. On the Edge Film Festival, a new film fest that promises have something for “extreme sport and armchair athletes alike,” makes its debut at the Breen Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, Oct. 9 and Saturday, Oct. 10.
If it hadn’t been for Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill, a couple of pesky Boston Globe reporters who exposed the collaboration between the FBI and crime boss Whitey Bulger, it’s not likely the “unholy alliance” between the FBI and the Irish Mob would’ve ever come to light.
The leader of Boston’s Winter Hill Gang, Whitey started to work as an FBI informant in the mid-’70s. He would continue to provide them with tips up until the 1990s. Detailed in a book that Lehr and O’Neill wrote about Whitey and the FBI, the story has built-in drama, something that undoubtedly appealed to Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart, Out of the Furnace), the director of Black Mass, a new film based on the Lehr and O’Neill tome. While the film features some fine acting performances, it’s not as transcendent as something like American Hustle, the 2013 David O. Russell movie about the FBI ABSCAM operation of the ’70s and’ 80s. The film opens today at area theaters.