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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

'The Land' Filmmaker Steven Caple Jr. to Direct 'Creed 2'

Posted By on Tue, Dec 12, 2017 at 11:11 AM

Steven Caple, Jr., directing in Cleveland - KEN BLAZE
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  • Steven Caple, Jr., directing in Cleveland
Local filmmaker Steven Caple Jr., who directed The Land in 2016, has signed on to direct Creed 2, the sequel to the 2015 boxing film starring Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone.

Deadline has reported that Caple is taking the reins from Stallone himself, who will reprise his iconic role as Rocky Balboa but will no longer direct.

“The character of Adonis Creed reflects this generation and its challenges,” said Stallone, in a statement. “I believe it’s important for the director to also be a part of this generation like I was in mine, to make the story as relatable as possible. We are extremely lucky to have the talented young filmmaker Steven Caple Jr. step up and accept the role of director. I am confident that he and Michael B. Jordan will hit it out of the park!”

Creed 2 was written by Stallone and Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker, and follows Adonis Creed (Jordan) in the next stage of his life and career.

Production on the film is scheduled to begin in Philadelphia in March and is slated for a late 2018 theatrical release.

Caple Jr. most recently wrote an HBO Miniseries about Emmett Till that will reportedly be produced by Jay Z and Will Smith. He was featured in Scene's 2016 People Issue.
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Monday, December 11, 2017

'Coco' Focuses on Mexican Traditions With Care, and the Spanish Dub Emphasizes Its Emotional Core

Posted By on Mon, Dec 11, 2017 at 7:16 AM

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Disney Pixar’s Coco has become the biggest box office hit in Mexico's history, with $43 million in ticket sales to date. In the U.S., it’s currently holding a tight grip at the box office as well.

I went to watch Coco with high hopes. My aunt bestowed enthusiastic praise after the film's October release in my hometown of Juarez prior to our Dia De Los Muertos celebrations. Despite the 21 growlingly long minutes of the Frozen short that left me confused with its inclusion at the start of the screening, it was clear that director (and Cleveland native) Lee Unkrich and co-director Adrian Molina did their research. Coco’s colorful opening scene set the stage for what I thought would be nothing but a tearful, joyful stroll down my childhood memory lane.

Even La Chancla, the most feared legend in Mexican culture, made an appearance on the big screen. This is the best time to tell you that your semester of high school Spanish will sure come in handy; the movie is bilingual, after all. There were many things I thought were unique about the script, such as its inclusion of the Mexican golden-age cinema references in the character Ernesto De La Cruz, inspired by Pedro Infante and Jorge Negrete. Cameos by El Santo, Cantinflas and La Doña herself, Maria Felix – alongside, of course, Frida Kahlo — made me feel very nostalgic, especially with the music! The songs, such as Mama Imelda singing well-known folk song “La Llorona,” were catchy, infectious and haunting.

The story is dynamic, cresting with a huge twist (cue the audience saying “ANDALE!”) amid its climactic moments, another entertaining nod to the telenovelas my abuela used to watch. In my opinion this movie was made for Latino audiences — they were not the afterthought but the focus with jokes for young and old. But make no mistake: By the end of the film I was a weeping mess with all the warm feelings of pride in my Mexican heritage.

A few weeks later I caught wind that Coco would be shown in Spanish, and being its first week of Spanish release in Cleveland I made a point to head to Tower City Cinemas to watch the Spanish dub. I spoke to GM Jeff Belter, who stated that it was hard to gauge the attendance so far, as this is the first time they have tried this. He added there has definitely been good response to the film's showing.

He was very pleased to tell me that there are Spanish speakers in the theater who can help with logistics and translation if needed.

After following clearly posted signs in Spanish for the theater, I was surprised to have it all to myself. Viewers will be happy to know there is no Frozen short in the Spanish-dubbed film — it was straight to business.

The Spanish dub again echoed how the focus of this movie leans toward its Latino audience. Even more details jumped out the screen to me; the jokes and music landed more quickly and more earnestly, it seemed. Bring tissues, though, since the Spanish dub got even more emotional, as our language and our traditions show through clearly.

In parting: Just take the time to see Coco in Spanish or English, as this movie shows the dedication we have to our ancestry, and the respect to our story was kept very much in mind. I must say I can’t wait to see it again, as I will be humming "Remember Me" until I see it for the third time at the sold-out MOCA viewing with the director Lee Unkrich in the room. Feliz viewings, mi gente.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Tower City Cinemas to Show the Spanish Version of 'Coco'

Posted By on Wed, Dec 6, 2017 at 4:44 PM

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The makers of the new Pixar film Coco went to great lengths to ensure that the film, an account of one boy's journey into the world of the dead, respectfully represents Mexican culture.

The film even held its premiere in Mexico City.

To connect with the local Spanish speaking audience, Tower City Cinemas has announced that it'll begin screening the film in Spanish on Friday.

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Update: Documentary Film About Edwins Restaurant Makes the Short List for Oscar Consideration

Posted By on Wed, Dec 6, 2017 at 11:34 AM

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  • Lara Talevski
Update: Earlier this year, Knife Skills, a documentary film that follows the launch of the local haute cuisine restaurant Edwins, a place staffed by men and women recently released from prison, won the Audience Award for Best Short Documentary at the Traverse City Film Festival and made its Ohio premiere when it screened at the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival.

Now, the film has made a short list for the Oscars. It's among the 10 finalists from the more than 77 eligible entries in the Documentary Shorts category. Of the 10 finalists, only five films will make the ballot. Those nominations will be announced on Tuesday, Jan. 23.

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Watch the New Trailer for Bruce Willis' 'Acts of Violence,' Filmed in Cleveland

Posted By on Mon, Dec 4, 2017 at 12:15 PM

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Bruce Willis' Acts of Violence trailer is finally out, but you won't catch much of the city in which it was filmed here. Much of the 2 and a half minute release depicts actors either indoors or in generic outdoor shots. But at least five times, by our count anyway, the Cleveland skyline is quite visible (like the screenshot of Wills' backside above).

The Brett Donowho-directed movie, in which a cop (Willis) and three brothers infiltrate a human trafficking ring, was made earlier this year. Stars like Sophia Bush were spotted around town during the three-week shooting schedule.

The thriller is set to be released early next year.

Check out the trailer below, and see how many glimpses of Cleveland you can spot:
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Thursday, November 30, 2017

'Love Actually,' Playing at Cedar Lee Next Week, Proves Love is All Around

Posted By on Thu, Nov 30, 2017 at 3:17 PM

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Bringing Christmas feelings to your hands and your toes once again is Love Actually, as the modern holiday classic comes to Cedar Lee's big screen next Tuesday.

The schmaltzy romantic comedy tells the tale of eight or so mostly British couples as they dive into ponds, learn to play drums, make creepy wedding videos and fly to Wisconsin, all in the name of love. First released in 2003, Love Actually is full of plot holes and extremely questionable workplace behaviors, but there's something that brings us back to this ridiculous romp every single year — Emma Thompson as a wronged housewife.

Stop it, Emma Thompson, stop it. Every freaking year you make us cry and cry. And Joni Mitchell's smoky update of her own song "Both Sides Now" playing in one of your more affecting scenes doesn't help anything (see below).

Sure, the film isn't perfect, but the acting is top shelf and its songs are the best kind of cheesy. And as one of the most entertaining holiday releases since the turn of the century, it certainly deserves a place in the Christmas film canon.

Catch the Cedar Lee film screenings at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Dec. 5.
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Monday, November 27, 2017

You Can Soon Catch Free Screenings of Christmas Classics at Akron Civic Theatre

Posted By on Mon, Nov 27, 2017 at 3:38 PM

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There's certainly a time to watch Christmas classics like Elf and It's a Wonderful Life while wrapped up in blankets on your own couch, and also a time to catch the flicks with fellow fans in a public setting. This December, the Akron Civic Theatre, 182 S. Main St., offers the latter.

First up is Elf on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 2:30 p.m. The classic tale of Buddy the Elf going to Manhattan to find his father is still as funny as it was in 2003 —  and this time elf costumes are encouraged. The showing is part of Akron's ELFcon, a party at the downtown Lock 3 outdoor park. The event, which features the four elf food groups, ice skating, a holiday sing-along and putt-putt, runs from noon to 8 p.m.

Then Frank Capra's masterpiece It's a Wonderful Life plays Friday, Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m. No costumes are necessary here, but be sure to bring a couple tissues. That final scene continues to bring the waterworks year after year.

Best of all, free popcorn will be offered at both free showings, which do require tickets. Check here for additional screening information.
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