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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

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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.

Georgia named world’s top filming location

Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 3:51 PM

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Georgia has just surpassed California, the United Kingdom and Canada as the No. 1 filming location worldwide, according to FilmLA's 2016 Feature Film Study

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The study, conducted by the nonprofit film office in Los Angeles, analyzes the 100 highest-performing feature films released every year. It also examines how much it took to make each of those films and how much of that money was spent in the place the film was made.

In 2016, Georgia led the pack in terms of number of films produced in a city, with 17 major movies shot across the state. Multiple shows are filmed in the state, too. California and Louisiana combined only produced one more film than the Peach State. 

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The Georgia film incentive program is largely responsible for the huge influx of new movies into the state. Georgia offered over $600 million to production companies just last year. 

Did you know all 17 of these movies were filmed in Georgia last year?

Get your tickets for summer movie series at historic Victoria Theatre

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 12:02 PM

Tim Curry, Barry Bostwick and Susan Sarandon in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” FILE PHOTO

One sure way to cool off during the summer heat is to head indoors for a Cool Film.

The Victoria Theatre Association announces the 2017 Summer Cool Films Series schedule running July 8-Aug. 28, plus titles for Reel Late at the Vic late night movies and daytime Family Films.

“There’s no better way to spend your summer than at the historic Victoria Theatre watching classic films,” says Ken Neufeld, president and CEO of the Victoria Theatre Association and the Arts Center Foundation. “We’ll show early classics such as ‘Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?,’ ‘Singin’ in the Rain,’ ‘Brigadoon,’ ‘Royal Wedding’ and ‘Cool Hand Luke,’ as well as later classics ‘McCabe and Mrs. Miller,’ ‘Kelley’s Heroes’ and ‘Clue.’”

“Plus, we are once again hosting the Thursday Family Films series in July with ‘The Neverending Story,’ ‘Flipper,’ ‘Follow That Bird’ and ‘The Muppets Take Manhatten.’

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“‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ returns as part of the Reel Late at the VIC series lineup, along with ‘Purple Rain’ and ‘Led Zeppelin: The Song Remains The Same.’ We are still using 35-mm prints as much as possible, keeping the prices low and offering free popcorn and soda at most every show. Come on down and see these great films on the big screen with us this summer.”


Tickets are $6 each ($3 for the Family Matinees) or $35 for a 10-ticket passbook. Passes can be used in any combination across all films.

Passbooks are on sale now through Ticket Center Stage. They may be purchased at the Schuster Center Box Office in downtown Dayton, by phone at (937) 228-3630 or toll free (888) 228-3630, or online at – click on Victoria Theatre Association, then Cool Films Series.

Individual tickets are available day-of-show at the Victoria Theatre Box Office, beginning one hour prior to showtime. Films are shown at 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. on Sundays.


Guests may enjoy free popcorn and soda in the lobby beginning one hour prior to showtime and a classic cartoon just before the movie.

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Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m.


Starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. Directed by Robert Aldrich. 1962. Not Rated.

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN — July 14,15 & 16

Starring Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds. Directed by Gene Kelly & Stanley Donen. 1952. Not Rated.

KELLY’S HEROES — July 21, 22 & 23

Starring Clint Eastwood, Telly Savalas, Don Rickles and Carol O’Connor. Directed by Brian G. Hutton. 1970. Rated PG.

CLUE — July 28, 29 & 30

Starring Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn and Christopher Lloyd. Directed by Jonathan Lynn. 1985. Rated PG.

BRIGADOON — Aug. 4, 5 & 6

Starring Gene Kelly, Cyd Charise and Van Johnson. Directed by Vincente Minnelli. 1954. Rated G

COOL HAND LUKE — Aug. 11, 12, & 13

Starring Paul Newman, George Kennedy and Strother Martin. Directed by Stuart Rosenberg. 1967. Rated PG.

ROYAL WEDDING — Aug. 18, 19 & 20

Starring Fred Astaire, Jane Powell and Peter Lawford. Directed by Stanley Donen. 1951. Not Rated.

McCABE & MRS. MILLER — Aug. 25, 26 & 27

Starring Warren Beatty, Julie Christie and Rene Auberjonois. Directed by Robert Altman. 1971. Rated R.


Thursdays in July, 10 a.m.

FOLLOW THAT BIRD — July 6 at 10 a.m. 1985. Rated G.

THE NEVERENDING STORY — July 13 at 10 a.m. 1984. Rated PG.

THE MUPPETS TAKE MANHATTAN — July 20 at 10 a.m. 1984. Rated G.

FLIPPER — July 27 at 10 a.m. 1963. Rated G.


Select Saturdays in July and August

PURPLE RAIN — July 8 at 10:30 p.m. 1984. Rated R.

LED ZEPPELIN: THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME — July 22 at 10:30 p.m. 1976. Rated PG.

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW — Aug. 26 at 10:30 p.m. 1975. Rated R.

All shows & dates subject to change.

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ rockets to No. 1

Published: Sunday, May 07, 2017 @ 4:04 PM

Box office figures for Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," have gone into orbit, bringing in an estimated $145 million this weekend. That makes the sequel to the 2014 hit Marvel's 15th straight No. 1 opening at the domestic box office, CNN reported.

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The space adventure movie, starring Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana, also has done well worldwide, too. Since premiering overseas more than a week ago, the movie has pulled in about $428 million, CNN reported.

"Vol. 2" is Marvel Studios' fifth-biggest opening. The original film, which is not based on Marvel heroes, grossed $773 million worldwide, CNN reported

Critics have been favorable toward "Vol. 2," as the film was rated at 82 percent by review site Rotten Tomatoes.

Robert Redford, Casey Affleck movie to be filmed in downtown Dayton

Published: Monday, April 24, 2017 @ 3:15 PM

Why should Cincinnati have all the fun? 

A portion of the Robert Redford film “The Old Man and the Gun” will be filmed in downtown, Caresse Drake, a manager of First Financial Bank location at 120 W. Second St., confirmed. 

Drake’s branch is in Liberty Tower and will be closed for filming May 2. 

The Liberty Savings branch is closed in the building, but the company is still headquartered in the tower.  

The old Liberty Saving’s lobby and at least one other part of the tower will be used in the film that the Internet Movie Database says stars Redford as an elderly bank robber now living in a retirement community who wants another heist.

Affleck, who recently won an Oscar, plays the police officer trying to catch him.

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  “Liberty Tower is excited to be chosen as a filming location. This movie will highlight the Tower Lobby, and Liberty Savings Bank’s efforts to preserve the historical integrity and original grandeur of the building,” Jenna Kreitzer, the tower’s manager said. “Normally we frown upon robbery activity in the building, but in this case we’ll roll out the red carpet.”

The art deco building is near the The Arts Garage and the Schuster Center. The high-rise is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  

Formerly known as the Mutual Home Savings Association Building, Liberty Tower was the tallest building in Dayton between 1931 and 1969. 

Drake said two of her tellers are set to play tellers in the movie, which also stars Redford, Tika Sumpter, Sissy SpacekDanny Glover and Casey Affleck.  

Pete Nichols, Vice President with Colliers International, who is the real estate agent for several of these properties says, “It’s a great event for the city of Dayton, and we’re doing everything we can to help."

The film is being directed by David Lowery and is based on a 2003 New Yorker article by David Grann. 

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From Liberty Saving’s bank’s website:

“Constructed in 1930, the elegant Liberty Tower featured such innovative “firsts” as underground parking and an air cooling system.”

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Much of the movie is being filmed in Cincinnati. 

Drake said the portion shot at Liberty Tower involves Affleck getting to the bank right after Redford leaves. 


The movie production crew will be filming at the Liberty Savings Bank on 2nd Street, which will be closed between Ludlow St and Wilkinson starting at 6:30am on that Monday. 

Second Street from Main to Ludlow will be closed again at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 1, through Tuesday, May 2, at 7p.m. The film company will have vehicles, boom lifts and lights parked on 2nd Street during these two days, according to FilmDayton.


The film has already contracted with or done business with the following business: 

• Dayton Cultural & RTA Center 

• Talbott Tower,

• Arts Garage 

• Liberty Tower 

• 1st Financial 

• Key Bank 

• Table 33 

• Lucky’s Tap House 

• City Parking Garage 

• Leigh Building


Film also means jobs and the following Montgomery County residents have already been hired to work on the film, according to FilmDayton.

• Story Board artist J.Todd Anderson, 

• Mike Salamone and Kevin Martt both have been hired as Grips, 

• Jaclyn Laravie will be the Key Set Costumer. 

• Amy Faust as a Camera First Assistant 

• Russ Faust as a Gaffer 

• Wright State graduate Scott Bowers will serve as the Second Assistant Director. 

• Wright State graduate Grad Crawford Norman will be a Cast Assistant


Liberty Tower is a historic Art Deco building located on West Second Street. The Tower, which opened in 1931 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, 

was the first high rise structure in the city of Dayton, and remained the tallest until 1969. Liberty Savings Bank is the current owner of the building. A restoration project in 1998 helped to showcase original elements throughout the building and the first floor lobby. This Grand Lobby boasts 30 foot ceilings, stunning marble tile work, and many original fixtures-including a remarkable walk-in bank vault.

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