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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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Area actors, extras and crew with a part in "Marauders" will attend the Cincinnati premiere Thursday at Clifton's Esquire Theatre.

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No lights, camera, action yet. Production of Lifetime's "Girl From The Hood" movie, which was to start this week, will begin filming after the July 4th weekend, says a Lifetime publicist.

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Lots of news about "Girls From The Hood," the Lifetime bio movie about R&B singer Michel'le set in Los Angeles which starts filming here at the end of the month:

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Cincinnati will double for the Los Angeles suburb of Compton in a Lifetime TV movie about R&B artist Michel'le.

Rhyon Nicole Brown will star as the singer  who dated Dr. Dre’s for more than 10 years before marrying Death Row Records founder Suge Knight, according to Deadline.com.

Michel'le, 45, currently stars on the TV One reality series "R&B Divas: Los Angeles."

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.

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Actor-director Don Cheadle will attend the “Miles Ahead” Cincinnati red carpet premiere and after party March 26.

Cheadle starred as jazz icon Miles Davis in the film, shot entirely in Greater Cincinnati in July 2014.

The 7 p.m. screening at the Esquire Theatre in Clifton, and after party in Over-the-Rhine, is a fund-raiser for the Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky Film Commission.

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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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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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If I wrote this as a TV or movie script, people would say it’s totally unrealistic and unfathomable, that it just couldn’t happen.

But it did.

This is how Mariah Carey ended up making “A Christmas Melody” in Cincinnati in October -- in warp-speed time, just three months! -- so it can premiere 8 p.m. Saturday on the Hallmark Channel.

The first meeting with Carey was in July; the final scene was shot in October. Compare that to Golden Globe nominee “Carol,” which filmed here for two months after six months planning, scouting and pre-production.

Here’s the truly insane truth:

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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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Here’s how Kilgour Elementary School, a Wyoming shop and young Cincinnati area performers will look in Mariah Carey’s “A Christmas Melody” premiering 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, on the Hallmark Channel.

You can also ask questions about Mariah’s movie  -- and Cate Blanchett’s “Carol,” and other movies recently filmed here – when Kristen Erwin Schlotman from the Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky Film Commission and “A Christmas Melody” choreographer Lea Lachey appear on “Cincinnati Edition” 1 p.m. Tuesday  on 917 WVXU-FM.

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There’s a new queen of the Queen City, and her name is “Carol.”

The Cate Blanchett-Rooney Mara film, shot here last year, lived up to all of its pre-Oscar buzz at a screening Saturday night at Clifton’s Esquire Theatre for the Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky Film Commission.

Reviewers have called the film “gorgeous,” ‘flawless” and an Oscar contender. And I agree.

Blanchett, just nominated for a Golden Globe best actress award, also should be nominated for an Oscar for her performance as unhappily married Carol Aird, who pursues New York department store clerk Therese Belivet (Mara) in 1952.

Mara, who won best actress for Belivet at the Cannes Film Festival last May, also received a Golden Globe nomination as best actress for “Carol,” for her sensitive portrayal of a confused young woman maturing after her affair with Aird.

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The pre-Oscar buzz keeps growing for “Carol,” the Cate Blanchett-Rooney Mara film shot in Cincinnati last year.

“Carol” was nominated for five Golden Globe Awards Thursday morning: best actress for both Blanchett and Mara, best drama motion picture, best director for Todd Haynes and best original score.

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Extras are needed for “Tiger,” the Mickey Rourke boxing movie which began filming Monday in Hamilton.

“Pretty Little Liars” actress Janel Parrish, who finished third on “Dancing With The Stars” a year ago, has been added to the cast, the Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky Film Commission announced Tuesday.

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Unlike “Carol” and “Miles Ahead,” Cincinnati will play a major role – as itself – in the “Marauders” bank heist feature filming here with Bruce Willis, Christopher Meloni, Adrian Grenier and Johnathon Schaech.

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Long before Cate Blanchett, George Clooney, Don Cheadle or Michael Douglas shot movies here,  Lori Holladay helped Hollywood discover Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

Holladay, who died July 21 at age 59, scouted locations for John Sayles’ “Eight Men Out” in 1987 and the Tom Cruise-Dustin Hoffman “Rain Man” in 1988.

Local production companies joined forces to help those films, which resulted in the creation of the Cincinnati Film Commission with Holladay as first executive. Soon followed an impressive list of films shot here through the early 1990s.