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Cincinnati attorney Robert Bilott got a standing ovation on CBS' Late Show With Stephen Colbert Thursday night, hours after he was interviewed on WVXU-FM's Cincinnati Edition.

The two aren't directly related, of course, except for the fact that it's all part of promotion for Dark Waters, the movie starring Mark Ruffalo as Bilott opening Friday, Nov. 22.

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Film Cincinnati will celebrate its 30th anniversary by creating a movie "backlot" with directors setting up shots, extras moving from scene to scene, make-up artists and lots of props.

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To celebrate its 30th anniversary this year, nonprofit Film Cincinnati (formerly the film commission) is seeking 30 donors willing to give $30,000 each.

"Most people think that we get paid to produce films here. (Not true!) Film Cincinnati is completely reliant on generous donations from our sponsors and people like you to sustain economic development and job creation in Greater Cincinnati," says a post on the FilmCincinnati website.

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Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell will star in "The Killing Of A Sacred Deer" which begins filming here next week, one of three major Hollywood movies here simultaneously under the local film commission's new "Film Cincinnati" branding.

Kristen Schlotman announced the Farrell film and a new name for the 29-year-old Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky Film Commission Thursday.

She also said that Killer Films, which shot Oscar-nominated "Carol," Jessica Biel's "A Kind of Murder" and Nick Jonas' "Goat" here, has opened a Cincinnati production office to prepare shooting another movie in September.

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Production starts this week here on "Girl From The Hood," the Lifetime movie about R&B singer Michel'le, the Lifetime movie publicist tells me.

And we won't have to wait long to see it.

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As director Steven C. Miller promised last October, Cincinnati will play a visible role in "Marauders," the bank robbery action film shot here last fall.

The two-minute "Marauders" trailer, released today, opens with an aerial shot over the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge. Between lots of automatic weapons firing, you'll also see the Dixie Terminal Building, Carew Tower and a white Local 12 News van.

Brothers Diego and Julio Hallivis have started filming their sci-fi thriller "Curvature" in Fort Thomas, says Fort Thomas Matters

I'd been hearing about the film for weeks, but producer Julio Hallivis kept putting me off – I'm guessing to break the news in Fort Thomas first. 

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This I know for sure: I love jazz, and I loved "Miles Ahead."

I don't know if jazz icon Miles Davis really robbed a CBS executive at gunpoint, as depicted in Don Cheadle's movie opening Friday April 15 at the Esquire Theatre in Clifton.

I don't know if Davis (portrayed by Cheadle) and a "Rolling Stone" writer (Ewan McGregor) fired gunshots in a car chase trying to recover a recording tape stolen from Davis's New York City home in 1979.

I do know Davis wanted to keep the recording private. Cheadle, who co-wrote the screenplay, told me that before he started filming here in summer 2014.

The script was once called "Kill The Trumpet Player." I don't know how historically accurate the screenplay is about Davis, a major figure in the bebop, cool jazz and jazz fusion movements who died in 1991 at age 65.

After "Miles Ahead" comes "A Kind of Murder." The Jessica Biel movie also filmed in Cincinnati in 2014 premieres at New York's Tribeca Film Festival on Sunday April 17, two days after Don Cheadle's "Miles Ahead" arrives in local theaters.

Biel, Patrick Wilson and Haley Bennett star in "A Kind of Murder," which was called "The Blunderer" when shot here in November and December 2014.

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I’ve been waiting two years to tell this story about the local actors who appeared in “Carol” with Oscar-nominated actressess Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.

When “Carol” was shot here in 2014, local participants were ordered not to speak to the media. Believe me I tried, but nobody wanted to talk and jeopardize their part in the film.

With “Carol” up for six Academy Awards on Feb. 28, I finally got actors Kevin Crowley, Ann Reskin (Strunk) and Ken Strunk to tell about the film, along with “Carol” local casting direct D. Lynn Meyers.

Our area was all abuzz during the filming of the critically acclaimed film Carol, which is nominated for six Academy Awards.

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George Clooney started shooting “The Ides of March” in Northside 5 years ago today, Feb. 10, 2011, jump starting Cincinnati’s current movie renaissance nearly 25 years after “Rain Man” filming here.

Clooney directed and starred in the political thriller about dirty politics during a Pennsylvania governor’s (Clooney) campaign for president in the Ohio primary.  The film was nominated for an Academy Award in 2012 for best adapted screenplay with business partner Grant Heslov and playwright Beau Willimon.

The first day of shooting was a family affair.

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With “Carol” up for six Oscars, the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Film Commission invites you to watch the Academy Awards at the Esquire Theatre Feb. 28.

WXIX-TV reporter Michael Baldwin will host “And The Winner Is…,” a benefit for the film commission which helped lure and facilitate director Todd Haynes. He filmed “Carol” here two years ago with actresses Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.

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If “Carol” wins any Academy Awards, it would be a big upset after all the film awards ignoring  the Cate Blanchett-Rooney Mara movie this month.

Blanchett and Mara, who starred in the 1952 love story shot here in 2014, again were shut out at the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Saturday, as “Carol” was at the Golden Globes and Critics Choice awards.

Blanchett was up for best actress; Mara for supporting actress. “Carol” was not nominated for a SAG best picture award. The SAG winners were familiar faces from January’s award circuit:

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Another night of Hollywood movie awards, another night of no awards for “Carol.”

“Carol” was shut out at the “21st Annual Critics’ Choice Awards” Sunday, as it was the previous Sunday at the “Golden Globe Awards.”

It’s another bad sign for “Carol” at the Academy Awards on Feb. 28, when the film is nominated in six categories.

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Despite having the most nominations (5), “Carol” was shut out at the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards Sunday night.

And the animated film set in Cincinnati, “Anomalisa,” failed to win its only category. “Inside Out” was named best animated feature.

Leonard DiCaprio’s “The Revenant,” about an 1820s fur trading expedition, was the big winner with three awards – best drama movie, best drama actor (DiCaprio) and director. 

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You can share the excitement of multiple Golden Globe  nominations for “Carol” with extras and crew from the film attending a watch party Sunday night.

The free party is open to the public at The Trancept, 1205 Elm St., a recently remodeled old church at Elm & 12th Street in Over-the-Rhine.

Kristen Schlotman, film commission executive director, and “numerous extras” from “Carol” will be there, according to the media announcement.

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You may be wondering how “Carol” director Todd Haynes found New York City circa 1952 in Cincinnati.

So here are seven tricks he used by mixing and matching locations to make movie magic. (Don’t worry, there are no plot spoilers here!)

“Carol” is playing at the Esquire Theatre in Clifton.

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Before we welcome 2016, let’s look back at this year in TV, movies, radio and media from A to Z.

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Two “very large films” will shoot in the Cincinnati area early next year, possibly followed by a TV series and more movies, says Kristen Erwin Schlotman, executive director of the Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky Film Commission.

“I have two very large films coming in just after the first of the year. And I have many scripts that I’m going through right now,” Schlotman said on WVXU-FM’s “Cincinnati Edition” Tuesday.

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