Emma Watson, Tom Hanks team up for new tech thriller 'The Circle'

Published: Monday, March 13, 2017 @ 6:47 AM
Updated: Monday, March 13, 2017 @ 6:47 AM

            Emma Watson stars in STX Entertainment's
Emma Watson stars in STX Entertainment's "The Circle."(STX Entertainment/EPK.tv)

While many fans are waiting for this week's release of Emma Watson's live-action take on Disney's "Beauty and the Beast," it is her next movie that may have fans reconsidering their online personas.

"The Circle" examines what happens when everyone lives their lives on social media.

Baised on Dave Eggers' 2013 novel, Watson portrays Mae Holland, who gets her dream job at a tech company called The Circle. 

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The company, founded by Eamon Bailey, played by Tom Hanks, monitors every moment of everybody's life and makes all those moments available to anyone online.

The movie's director, James Ponsoldt, told USA Today that, "Bailey's notion is knowing is good, and knowing everything is better."

"He believes all experiences should be available to everyone, not only the privileged or people who can afford to them. He's deeply interested in technology that can make people share all human experiences with everyone," Ponsoldt added.

Holland (Watson) adopts the no-holds-barred access by sharing everything with strangers via new camera technology that fits anywhere and broadcasts in real-time wirelessly.

She becomes famous, so much so the freedom of broadcasting her entire life becomes her prison.

And while movie-goers will see striking similarities to current tech companies, Ponsoldt told USA Today that it isn't based on any one company.

"'The Circle' is probably like many tech companies, pushing ethical boundaries over how much autonomy and freedom we should have and how much privacy we should have, Ponsoldt said.

"The Circle" also stars John Boyega, Patton Oswalt and Bill Paxton in his last movie. It hits theaters on April 28.

'The Incredibles 2' trailer released

Published: Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 12:28 PM

ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 14:  (L-R) Actors Samuel L. Jackson, Huck Milner, Sarah Vowell, Holly Hunter, and Craig T. Nelson and director Brad Bird of The Incredibles 2 took part today in the Walt Disney Studios animation presentation at Disney's D23 EXPO 2017 in Anaheim, Calif.  (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)
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ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 14: (L-R) Actors Samuel L. Jackson, Huck Milner, Sarah Vowell, Holly Hunter, and Craig T. Nelson and director Brad Bird of The Incredibles 2 took part today in the Walt Disney Studios animation presentation at Disney's D23 EXPO 2017 in Anaheim, Calif. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)(Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Fans were given a special treat Saturday as Disney released the long-awaited official trailer for “The Incredibles 2.” 

The trailer clocks in at just under one minute long and features baby Jack-Jack testing some of his superpowers.

“The Incredibles 2” features the voice work of Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter and Samuel L. Jackson, Entertainment Weekly reported.

Disney announced on Twitter that the release date for the film is June 15, 2018.

Watch the newest trailer for Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’

Published: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 3:55 PM

SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 23:  (L-R) Director Ryan Coogler, actors Danai Gurira, Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong'o and Michael B. Jordan from Marvel Studios’
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 23: (L-R) Director Ryan Coogler, actors Danai Gurira, Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong'o and Michael B. Jordan from Marvel Studios’ "Black Panther” attend the San Diego Comic-Con International 2016 Marvel Panel in Hall H on July 23, 2016 in San Diego, California. ©Marvel Studios 2016 (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)(Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

Marvel has released the first full-length trailer for “Black Panther.”

Chad Boseman-led film has a who’s who cast of actors, including Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan and Angela Bassett as Wakanadans. Boseman plays the title character.

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The two-minute trailer give a look at visuals by director Ryan Coogler and a live look at Boseman transforming from T’Challa to Black Panther, and Michael B. Jordan as his rival Erik Killmonger. Glimpses of Basset as the Queen Mother of Wakanda and Black Panther’s mother, and Nyong’o as Nakia and Danai Gurira as Okoye are also shown in the clip.

Related: New photos of Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ released

There are also clips of a car chase action scene with Black Panther leaping from car to car in city streets.

Watch the trailer below:

“Black Panther” will be in theaters Feb. 16.

Why actress on this HBO series will be in Dayton this weekend

Published: Friday, October 13, 2017 @ 3:01 PM

Jill Alexander is featured in the film ” Sensitivity Training.” Here she is pictured (left) with actress Anna Lise Phillips. Submitted.
Staff Writer
Jill Alexander is featured in the film ” Sensitivity Training.” Here she is pictured (left) with actress Anna Lise Phillips. Submitted.(Staff Writer)

Imagine how excited LBGT Film Fest committee members were when they learned that the actor featured in one of their favorite films had grown up in the Miami Valley and was happy to accept their invitation to attend this year’s festival.

Jill Alexander, best known as Patrice in Mike Judge’s acclaimed HBO series “Silicon Valley,” also played Peggy’s secretary, Marsha, in the final season of “Mad Men.” She regularly pops up in sketches on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and is one of the stars of “Sensivity Training,” one of the 17 new films being shown at the 12th annual festival focusing on LGBT-themed films from around the world.

Actor Jill Alexander will come to Dayton for this year s Dayton LGBT Film Fest. A Miami Valley native, she is featured in festival film, “Sensitivity Training.” Photo credit: Theo & Juliet photography.(Staff Writer)

The selected films, chosen from more than 100, range from comedies and documentaries to serious dramas.

The special weekend, slated for Oct. 13-15, will also include guest appearances by writers, producers, actors and directors. The screenings are held at The Neon movie theater in downtown Dayton.


This year’s films range from a short film directed, produced and starring Danny DeVito entitled “Curmudgeons” that centers around a potty-mouthed octogenerian residing in an assisted living facility, to the first-ever feature documentary, “Rebels On Pointe,” celebrating the world famous Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. The all-male, comic ballet company was founded more than 40 years ago on the heels of New York’s Stonewall riots and and has a diverse cult following around the world. The film will be shown at 3:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

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The “Freak Show” cast includes Alex Lawther, Abigail Breslin, Bette Midler, AnnaSophia Robb and Laverne Cox. Submitted photo.(Staff Writer)

The weekend kicks off on Friday evening with “Freak Show” a film about Billy Bloom, a high school student who decides to run for Homecoming Queen. The movie stars Alex Lawther, Abigail Breslin, Bette Midler, AnnaSophia Robb and Laverne Cox. A comedy entitled “Pushing Dead,” featuring actor Danny Glover, will be shown on Sunday afternoon and is the story of a man who’s been HIV-positive for decades and accidentally deposits a $100 birthday check from his mother — resulting in the loss of his government assistance. His only options are both long shots: take on an impossible bureaucracy, or somehow come up with $3,000 a month to buy his own medication.

Actors James Roday and Danny Glover are featured in the LGBT Film Fest movie, ” Pushing Dead.” Submitted photo.(Staff Writer)

Jennifer Kroot’s documentary, “The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin,” is slated for Saturday afternoon and focuses on the creator of the popular nine ‘Tales of the City” novels. The film offers a look at a journey that took Maupin from the jungles of Vietnam to the bathhouses of ’70s San Francisco to the front line of the American culture war. The film includes some of his friends — Neil Gaiman, Laura Linney, Olympia Dukakis, Sir Ian McKellen and Amy Tan.

Seven shorts, including DeVito’s film, will be featured on Saturday afternoon.

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Well-known actor Danny DeVito directed the film “Curmudgeons.” He’s also featured in the film that takes place in a Brooklyn assisted living facility. Submitted photo.(Staff Writer)


Alexander says she’s delighted that there is now a flourishing LGBT community in Dayton and that her film was chosen to headline the festival. “I hope to see lots of familiar faces in the audience!” she says.

A 1993 graduate of Beavercreek High School, Alexander says that out of a student body of around 1,500 students, she knew only one who was out as gay. “Of course, many of my classmates came out further into adulthood. It’s just a shame that an environment of acceptance didn’t exist when they were younger.”

Her film, “Sensitivity Training,” will be shown on Saturday night of the festival and was shot entirely on location in L.A., Alexander’s current home. “I play a bubbly, overenthusiastic life-coach. My character is a Ph.D. with a rich home life who happens to be a lesbian,” Alexander says. ” The fact that she’s gay only comes into play when another character wonders if she’s attracted to my character.”

Alexander thinks it’s awesome that the storytelling her writer/director Melissa Finnell is offering up is not focused on a character whose sexual identity creates obstacles for her. “It just happens to be part of who she is.”

Having access to the arts in Dayton during her formative years, she says, instilled great interest in the arts. “When I was at Beavercreek there was no drama program, just a musical and a Shakespeare play each year,” she recalls. “I gained most of my exposure to contemporary plays through the BHS Speech & Debate program — and awesome coach/teacher Becky Harding, who helped to cultivate my interest in comedy.”

Known for her improvisational skills, Alexander has fond memories of staying up late at night to watch stand-up comics on Letterman or VH1. “My parents were cool enough to take me to see Paula Poundstone at Joker’s or Wiley’s — I can’t remember which one — for my 16th birthday. I heckled her and she heckled right back. She was like the coolest lady in comedy back then. I still love listening to her on ‘Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!’ on NPR!’”

Aleander’s involvement in Muse Machine provided a ticket to see every show in town “including the great work done by the Human Race Theater Company.” As a participant in Muse’s annual musical, she had the opportunity to perform at the Victoria Theater. “That was thrilling,” she says.

She’s be on hand for the Festival’s opening night film and party and will participate in a Q&A session — along with director Finnell — after the screening of her film on Saturday night. “My folks still live in the area and I do have a 5-year-old and 3- month-old, so besides hanging with the grandparents we’ll definitely fit in a trip to Young’s as well as some pumpkin patch and hayride action,” she says. 

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What: 2017 LGBT Film Fest

When: Friday, Oct. 13 through Sunday, Oct. 15

Where: The Neon movie theater, 130 E. Fifth St., Dayton

Tickets: Although weekend passes are already sold out, individual tickets are $8 each and may still be available. It’s suggested that you call The Neon at (937) 222-8452 to see if any tickets to a specific film are available for purchase. Those without tickets may join a “Rush Line” to purchase any unclaimed tickets up to one hour before the screening.

Free parking across the street from the theater. For a complete list of films and special guests, see www.daytonlgbt.com or call THE NEON at (937)222-8452.


7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 13: “Walk for Me” ( a short film by Elegance Bratton, USA) and “Freak Show” (a feature film by Trudie Styler) ALSO: An After Party at Mudlick Tavern, 135 E . Second St.

12: 30 p.m., Sat. Oct. 14: Top Drawer Shorts from the U.S., France, the U.K. and Austrailia.

2:30 – BAYARD & ME – Matt Wolf, USA – 17 minutes. THE UNTOLD TALES OF ARMISTEAD MAUPIN – Jennifer Kroot, USA – 91 min

7:30 – sponsored by Greater Dayton LGBT Center

ETAGE X – Francy Fabritz, Germany – 14 minutes

SENSITIVITY TRAINING – Melissa Finell, USA – 87 minutes

9:45 – sponsored by MJ’s On Jefferson & Johnny

ALASKA IS A DRAG – Shaz Bennett, USA – 83 minutes

Sunday, Oct. 15

1:00 – sponsored by Equitas Health & David Lauri

PUSHING DEAD – Tom E. Brown, USA – 110 minutes

3:30 – sponsored by Square One Salon and Spa

REBELS ON POINTE – Bobbi Jo Hart, Canada, Italy, Japan, USA – 90 minutes

5:30 – sponsored by Marion’s Piazza

GOD’S OWN COUNTRY – Francis Lee, UK – 104 minutes

FREAK SHOW –When others call Billy Bloom theatrical, he takes it as a compliment; when his classmates feel provoked by his drive to be different, it only motivates him further. “The nail that sticks out gets hammered down,” his father warns him. That does not deter Billy from deciding to run for homecoming queen. Somewhere in-between David Bowie, Lady Gaga, Freddy Mercury and Oscar Wilde in the transgressive space of pop culture – we get a film with wit, heart and a dazzling cast. Starring Alex Lawther, Abigail Breslin, Bette Midler, AnnaSophia Robb and Laverne Cox.

WALK FOR ME - Hanna Kendricks is set to make her Femme Queen debut under the shimmering lights of New York’s Ballroom scene.

SOMETHING NEW - After a break up, Jonah struggles to open up to a new relationship with awkwardly, hilarious results.

HAYGOOD EATS - A bickering husband-and-wife catering team (or is it husband-and-beard?) is shooting a cheesy TV ad, and we get to see the hilarious outtakes.

CURMUDGEONS - A potty-mouthed octogenarian in an assisted living facility gets a big-time surprise engineered by his daughter

THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS - Set in mid-19th-century France, a trainee school teacher in a young girl’s convent suffers unbearable pains.

IMAGO - A 15-year-old makes the life-altering decision to never again let anyone bully them; not even their own father.

BOOTWMN - A heart-warming, intimate and endearing portrait of the queering of a traditional art form.

PICKING UP - Nathan is being ignored at the local gay club, but when he is taken under the wing of a drag fairy godmother, he finds that his self-image gets a much needed makeover

THE UNTOLD TALES OF ARMISTEAD MAUPIN – Jennifer Kroot’s documentary about the creator of Tales Of The City moves nimbly between playful and poignant and laugh-out-loud funny. With help from his friends (including Neil Gaiman, Laura Linney, Olympia Dukakis, Sir Ian McKellen and Amy Tan), Maupin offers a disarmingly frank look at the journey that took him from the jungles of Vietnam to the bathhouses of 70’s San Francisco to the front line of the American culture war.

BAYARD & ME – Bayard Rustin was the organizer of the March on Washington and one of the leaders of the civil rights movement. In the 1980s, Bayard adopted his younger lover to obtain the legal protections of marriage – a little-known phenomena with connections to the civil rights movement.

SENSITIVITY TRAINING – Serena is a misanthropic microbiologist, great with bacteria but horrible with people. After crossing a line with a colleague, Serena is forced into sensitivity training with Caroline, the bubbly woman assigned to be her coach. Caroline and her sunny disposition represent everything Serena hates, but she is determined to make Serena an acceptable human. While Serena does her best to get rid of Caroline, she may have finally met her match.

ETAGE X - An accidental meeting in an elevator at a department store leads two older women to their limits and forces them to improvise.

ALASKA IS A DRAG – Tough, but diva fabulous, Leo, an aspiring drag superstar, is stuck working in a fish cannery in Alaska. He and his twin sister are trapped in the monotony of fist fights and fish guts. Out of necessity, Leo learned to fight back, which catches the attention of the local boxing coach. When a new boy moves to town and wants to be his sparring partner, Leo has to face the real reason he’s stuck in Alaska.

PUSHING DEAD – When a struggling young man—HIV-positive for 20+ years—absent-mindedly deposits a $100 birthday check from his mother, he loses his government assistance. His only options are both long shots: take on an impossible bureaucracy, or somehow come up with $3,000 a month to buy his own medication. A comedy about the serious world we live in.

REBELS ON POINTE – Exploring universal themes of identity, dreams, family, loss and love, Rebels on Pointe is the first-ever feature documentary celebrating the world famous Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. The all male ballet company was founded over 40 years ago on the heels of New York’s Stonewall riots and has a diverse cult following around the world.

GOD’S OWN COUNTRY - Johnny Saxby works long hours in brutal isolation on his family’s remote farm in northern England. He numbs his lonely existence with nightly binge-drinking and casual sex. When a handsome Romanian migrant worker arrives to work on the family farm, Johnny suddenly finds himself dealing with emotions he has never felt before.

“Rebels on Pointe” is the first-ever feature documentary celebrating Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. The all male, comic ballet company was founded over 40 years ago. Submitted photo.(Staff Writer)

7 movies with unusual connections to Dayton

Published: Thursday, August 21, 2014 @ 7:21 PM
Updated: Monday, October 02, 2017 @ 5:45 PM

“Sunset Boulevard”, Gloria Swanson
“Sunset Boulevard”, Gloria Swanson

In honor of the Eichelberger FilmDayton Festival set for Friday to Sunday, Aug. 22-24, we compiled the list below of films connected to the Dayton area with the help of Jonathan McNeal The Neon and FilmDayton board member Shaunn Baker. 

Festival preparation is in full swing.

Organizers promise weekend of film screenings, professional workshops, contests and celebrations.

See schedule below.

Most screenings are $10 and will be held at The Neon, 130 E. Fifth St., Dayton.

The festival showcases nearly 30 feature-length and short films, including nine short films in the “Ohio Block” set for 4 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

“Filmmakers are going to be in town for that,” Beth DeVilbiss, FilmDayton’s interim director said. “Families are coming. Moms and dads and are coming to seeing those films that are close to this area.”

It is the festival’s sixth year.

Organizers say 800 people attended the first year. Last year’s event drew more than 1,300 people.

“We are starting to get a name for ourselves,” DeVilbiss said. “Even thought it is small it is very recognizable.”

Dayton is among city’s hoping to build film industries. Tools like the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit have helped draw film makers to Cincinnati and Cleveland.

Here are 7 films with ties to the Dayton area

How about that Close Up

“Sunset Boulevard”, Gloria Swanson

Joe Gillis played by William Holden in the classic film “Sunset Boulevard” makes reference to his time at a Dayton newspaper.

“The time had come to wrap up the whole Hollywood deal and go home. Maybe if I hawked all my junk there’d be enough for a bus ticket back to Ohio. Back to that $35 a week job behind the copy desk at the Dayton Evening Post if it was still open. Back to the smirking delight of the whole office. ‘Alright you wise guys, why don’t you go out and take a crack at Hollywood.’” Source: Screenwriting from Iowa

It is far less known than the Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson) line: “Alright Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.”


Part of the 2007 film “Across the Universe” is set at fictional Dayton High School. The movie’s plot revolves around Beatles lyrics. Prudence (T.V. Carpio) is from Dayton and pines for a fellow member of the Dayton High Wildcat cheerleader squad.

Alien invading

Screen shot from the movie “Super 8” shows map of Dayton region. Movie is set to be released in June. It is set in a small Ohio town and also mentions Wright Patterson Air Force Base.(screen shot)

A map of Dayton was used in the trailer for the 2011 sci-fi film “Super 8.”

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is mentioned in the film that follows a group of Ohio kids who witness a train derailment while filming a zombie flick with a Super-8 camera.


The 1997 film Gummo was filmed in Nashville but set in fictional Xenia, Ohio. The film about the bored residents of a tornado-strucken town was made by Harmony Korine.

It is all good

2001 Stivers graduate Djuna Wahlrab on location for her film We re Doing Fine. (Contributed photo by Ellenmarie Cronin Wahlrab)

“We’re Doing Fine” shot at several Dayton locations in November.

Written and directed by 2001 graduate of Stivers School for the Arts grad Djuna Wahlrab, the indie movie is about two friends, one who moved from Dayton and the other who stayed.

Read: Filming wrapping for “Dayton movie” shot in Dayton 


Miles Davis music helps soothe babies.(Submitted)

Actor and director Don Cheadle used the former Dayton City Jail earlier this month for a portion of his Miles Davis biopic.

Read: Actor filming scenes from Miles Davis movie in Dayton area

How blue 

Directed and written by Karen Moncrieff, the 2002 film “Blue Car” about a gifted and troubled teenage girl from Dayton, was filmed here.

Contact this blogger at arobinson@DaytonDailyNews.com or Twitter.com/DDNSmartMouth

Highlights of activities for Eichelberger FilmDayton Festival

Friday, Aug. 22

7 p.m. “The Infinite Man”

9 p.m. “Flick My Clip”

Saturday, Aug. 23

12 noon: International Shorts

12:30 p.m. Life to Narrative at ThinkTV

2 p.m. “Give to Live the Movie”

2:30 p.m. Comedy in TV/Film at ThinkTV

4 p.m. Ohio Shorts Block

7 p.m. “Zero Motivation”

9 p.m. “Pitch It! & Party,” venue to be announced

Sunday, Aug. 24

12 noon: ‘The Critics Perspective’ at ThinkTV

12:30 p.m. U.S. Shorts Block

1:45 p.m. “Auditioning for Actors”at ThinkTV

3:15 p.m. “Stomping Ground”

5:30 p.m. “This Time Next Year”

8 p.m.: FilmDayton Awards, The Neon

Mr. DeMille, Dayton is ready for its close up.