Miles Davis biopic 'Miles Ahead' opens this weekend

Published: Thursday, April 21, 2016 @ 10:23 AM
Updated: Thursday, April 21, 2016 @ 10:23 AM

The biographical film about jazz great Miles Davis will open at The Neon, 130 E. Fifth St., on Friday, April 22.

Directed by and starring Don Cheadle, “Miles Ahead” was shot in Cincinnati and Dayton.

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Neon manager Jonathan McNeal will recognize himself in the film. He appears as an extra in one scene.

“I can be seen (albeit briefly) as the wedding photographer at the reception of Miles and Frances -- a flashback scene that took place in Miles' home,” McNeal said. “The scene and its multiple takes were filled with live music, and that was a fun energy to have on set.”

“Though I was never formally introduced to Cheadle or Emayatzy Corindealdi (who stunningly plays Frances), I did get to work and interact with them,” McNeal added. “One of the highlights of the day was getting to see Hannah Beachler at work.  Beachler is an old friend from my days at Wright State University, and she was the production designer of the film. It's been really great to see her career blossom and blossom over the years. (She was the production designer for “Creed” last year and is soon to begin working on a very high budget Hollywood production.)”

For more info, go to neonmovies.com.

Wright State grad’s show hitting the big screen 

Published: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Screen still from Dayton resident Leah Bryd's webseries Hot & Bothered.
Photo: Leah Byrd
Screen still from Dayton resident Leah Bryd's webseries Hot & Bothered.(Photo: Leah Byrd)

A Wright State graduate’s small-screen project is about to hit the big screen. 

The first six episodes of Leah Byrd’s web series “Hot & Bothered” will be screened Thursday, Feb. 8, at the Neon movies, 130 East Fifth St. in downtown Dayton.

Admission is $8.

Advance tickets can be purchased on the film’s EventBrite.com page. 

The show, Byrd’s first film project of its size, discusses what it is like to be “black and queer in Midwestern America.”

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Byrd — the series’ writer, director and co-star — will answer questions following the screening. 

Screen still from Dayton resident Leah Bryd's webseries Hot & Bothered.(Photo: Leah Byrd)

She said it feels incredible that the show’s first season premiere will be in Dayton and at the Neon.

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“Going to The Neon when I was in high school was one of my favorite things, and now my own work is gonna screen there. It's just a cool feeling. But I don't know, I'm just happy to be able to screen it in Dayton. The story takes place in Dayton and references the city throughout the episodes. It felt like the natural next step would be for the season one premiere to also take place in Dayton,” the Trotwood-raised, Chaminade-Julienne High School graduate said. 

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The series first two shows opened for the Emmy-nominated webseries “Brown Girls”  at last year’s Citizen Jane Film Festival in Columbia, Mo. 

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Screen still from Dayton resident Leah Bryd's webseries Hot & Bothered.(Photo: Leah Byrd)

Screen still from Dayton resident Leah Bryd's webseries Hot & Bothered.(Photo: Leah Byrd)

This movie marathon celebrating George Lucas will get you primed for latest ‘Star Wars’ flick

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Rey (Daisy Ridley) is one of many characters struggling with the death of Han Solo in 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi.'
Rey (Daisy Ridley) is one of many characters struggling with the death of Han Solo in 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi.'

Get ready to be taken to a galaxy far, far away. 

Staff at the Dayton Metro Library downtown Dayton branch, 215 E. Third St., are preparing to celebrate the Star Wars universe as “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is set to open in local theaters. 

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The library will have free screenings of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and movies inspired by or that inspired director George Lucas Thursday and Saturday.

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Also known as “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens,” Force Awakens is chronologically the last Star Wars film released. 

The Last Jedi  or “Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi” is set to open Thursday.

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Shaun Wright, the downtown branch’s information services manager, organized the event with Jacki Fulood, its youth services manager. 

He said Star Wars taps into many mythologies. 

Star Wars is an international and cultural phenomena. As libraries we are interested in what community are interested in,” he said. “We want to celebrate that.” 

Below is the rundown of the movies the library will screen and a short explanation of why they will be included.

Thursday, Dec. 14

3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. “The Force Awakens”

Why: It precedes “The Last Jedi” chronologically.

Saturday, Dec. 16 

9:30 a.m. “Casablanca” NR, 102 min 

Wright says Lucas drew inspiration from many parts of the 1942 drama featuring Humphrey Bogart as nightclub owner Rick Blaine. 

Blaine helped inspire the Han Solo (Harrison Ford) character as well as Lando Calrissian played by Billy Dee Williams, Wright says. 

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Lucas was also inspired by Casablanca setting and drew inspiration from it for the Empire from the film’s depiction of Nazis. 

11:30 a.m. “Toy Story” G, 81 min 

Several references to Star Wars are made in the 1995 Disney classic, Wright says. 

1 p.m. “Guardians of the Galaxy” PG-13, 121 min 

Wright said the epicness of the 2014 Marvel Comics space opera harkens back to Star Wars. 

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3:30 p.m. “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” PG-13, 137 min 

Lucas drew inspiration for a scene in the movie from the graphic novel that inspired the 2017 movie, Wright says. 

The graphic novel was first published in 1967. Its last installment was printed in 2010.

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Here’s why you must see a movie at this theater this Christmas season 

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

The Plaza Theatre in Miamsburg is featuring a list of holiday movies that includes
The Plaza Theatre in Miamsburg is featuring a list of holiday movies that includes "Bad Santa," "A Christmas Story," "Miracle on 34th Street," "Die Hard" and "Home Alone."

You say you love Christmas movies...

Prove it. 

The Plaza Theatre is at the beginning of a full on Christmas movie extravaganza.

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The historic theater at 33 S. Main St. in downtown Miamisburg is featuring a list of new and old classic films that include “White Christmas,” “Bad Santa,” “The Polar Express,”  “A Christmas Story,” “Scrooged,”  “Miracle on 34th Street,” “Home Alone,” “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Arthur Christmas” and “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

It will wrap the whole thing up with “Die Hard” on Friday,  Dec. 29. 

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“We tried to play everyone’s holiday favorites. There are still more to play, but I ran out of December,” Emily von Stuckrad-Smolinski, the theater’s executive director, said of the festival.

The theater already has screened “Holiday Inn” and “Elf.” 

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Admission is $5 per person. 

It is the second year for the Christmas offerings that are like a figgy pudding for the imagination. 

The lineup of Christmas season films includes: 

A Christmas Story — 6 p.m. Thursday Dec. 7;  4:15 Sunday, Dec. 10;  7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20 and Thursday, Dec. 21 

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation — 8 p.m. Thursday Dec. 7 and Friday, Dec. 8; 3:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8 

Home Alone — 5:50 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8 and 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.  Sunday, Dec. 10  

Arthur Christmas — 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 

Scrooged — 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13 and  6:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14 

Bad Santa — 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14 and Saturday, Dec. 16

The Polar Express — 5:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15 and 3:45 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16

White Christmas — 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15; 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16 and  6:15 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17  

White Christmas Sing A Long — 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16 and 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17  

Miracle on 34th Street — 5:30 p.m. and 7:35 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22 and 4:45 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23

It’s a Wonderful Life — 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23

Die Hard — 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29

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Movie about Beavercreek busing saga to show here for free 

Published: Thursday, July 13, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

The city of Beavercreek discriminated against blacks when it denied an application by public transit to install bus stops near the mall, the Federal Highway Administration’s Office of Civil Rights decided. Riders showed their support of the Greater Dayton RTA in this 2013 protest. ANDREW MCGINN/FILE
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The city of Beavercreek discriminated against blacks when it denied an application by public transit to install bus stops near the mall, the Federal Highway Administration’s Office of Civil Rights decided. Riders showed their support of the Greater Dayton RTA in this 2013 protest. ANDREW MCGINN/FILE(Staff Writer)

The battle for public transportation in Beavercreek will be showcased during the Dayton premiere of the award-winning documentary “Free to Ride.” 

The screening will take place Sunday, July 16, at the Neon movie theater, 130 E. Fifth St. in downtown Dayton. 

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The film, a winner of the best documentary at the DC Independent Film Festival, highlights the efforts of ABLE ( Advocates for Basic Legal Equality) and LEAD (Leaders for Equality in Action in Dayton) to enable RTA buses to serve Beavercreek.

The screening is part of 50 Years of Fairness and Justice, 

an anniversary campaign for legal aid in Greater Dayton.

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Admission is free but seating is limited. Spaces can be reserved at fairnessandjustice.org/freetoride. 

The movie will be followed by a 4 p.m. panel discussion and a reception from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 

Regional Transit Authority buses will take attendees to the reception at the Wright Stop Plaza.

Guests will intermittently be returned to the Neon.

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BACKGROUND

The years-long battle between Regional Transit Authority and the city of Beavercreek ended in 2013 when council approved three bus stops along Pentagon Boulevard after first rejecting RTA’s application.

City council changed its position on the bus stops after the Federal Highway Administration determined the city’s previous rejection of the stops, in 2011, violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964. 

The city risked losing more than $10 million in federal highway funding if the council decision was not reversed.

Service on the Beavercreek route began Jan. 12, 2014. 

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