May 1, 2011 by Mike McNamara
THREE FEATURES SHORE UP IN OHIO: Three features, with budgets ranging from moderate to colossal, will be filming in the Cleveland area this spring and summer. Ohio’s Film Tax Credit, which passed in 2009, seems to be turning some heads… here’s the skinny on this triumvirate…
AVENGERS ASSEMBLING IN OHIO: Marvel Studios’ “The Avengers” is tentatively scheduled to begin shooting in early August and will star Robert Downey Jr. (aka Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Mark Ruffalo (yet another Bruce Banner), Jeremy Renner (might be the perfect Hawkeye), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow… tight leather… check) and Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury, of course). Joss Whedon (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Firefly”) is set to write and direct. “The Avengers” will be hiring local crew in all departments; crewmembers interested in applying should submit their resumes to email@example.com. Hollywood insiders report the main villain for this blockbuster will be played by… LeBron James. Kidding, kidding, kidding… a little basketball humor for ya…
AND ANOTHER CATCH FOR OHIO: The Greater Cleveland Film Commission confirms the Paramount Pictures teen comedy “Fun Size” will be shooting in Cleveland and surrounding areas. The film stars Nickelodeon’s Victoria Justice (“Zoey 101,” “iCarly”), will be directed by Josh Schwartz (“Gossip Girl”) and produced by Michael Beugg (“Up in the Air,” “Little Miss Sunshine”). The plot centers on a sarcastic teenage girl who is forced to take her little brother trick-or-treating on Halloween, then loses him and must find him before their mother finds out. It is described as a cross between “Superbad” and “Adventures in Babysitting.” Production inquiries can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST: “Boot Tracks” stars Matt Dillon and Michelle Monaghan and is scheduled to begin shooting in Ohio later this month. This psychological thriller is based on the 2006 crime novel by Matthew F. Jones and is expected to spend four weeks in the area, according to the Greater Cleveland Film Commission. The director is David Jacobson, who wrote and directed the Edward Norton drama “Down in the Valley.”
STILL HANGING: After being renewed last fall for a third season, the popular HBO series “Hung” will also be returning to Michigan to shoot a portion of its episodes, according to the Michigan Film Office. The MFO recently awarded “Hung” $1.1 million in incentives based on the $2.6 million the show expects to spend in the state. While the majority of the show is shot in Los Angeles, around twenty percent of the content is filmed in Metro and suburban Detroit.
HUNG JURY: Second seasons for “The Chicago Code” and “Detroit 1-8-7” still hang in the balance as we head into the month of May. While the outlook for “Detroit 1-8-7” is extremely grim, ratings for “The Chicago Code” continue to improve each week. Set those DVR’s, friends! Watch episodes online! A bunch of times!
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Mike McNamara is the Co-Founder of The Midwest Independent Film Festival, www.midwestfilm.org. Mike pays his rent as an actor in Chicago in theatre, commercials, television and film. More from Mac at www.findmac.com.