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George Clooney to bring “The Ides of March” to Michigan

Oct-28-2010

Filmmaker / movie star George Clooney is reportedly bringing the Exclusive Films and Appian Way production of “The Ides of March” to shoot in Michigan in February.   As reported in The Detroit News, The Free Press and Deadline Hollywood, Clooney is set to star and direct the adaptation of Beau Willimon’s off-Broadway production of “Farragut North”.  Also starring in the film are Paul Giamatti, Evan Rachel Wood and Marisa Tomei.    The film is financed by Exclusive Films & Cross Creek Pictures in a partnership with Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way Productions.  (More on facebook.com/moviebudget)

Update:  ”The Ides of March” has now been approved for the Michigan Film Tax Incentive Program.  It is anticipated the movie will now shoot in Detroit and parts of Ohio.

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Motown Becomes Movietown | The Wall Street Journal

Sep-16-2010

Excerpt from The Wall Street Journal article, read the full story here

Across the street from a landscape of vacant houses and overgrown front yards, homicide detectives gather to investigate a murder. They analyze clues and debate how best to interrogate the key witnesses. Then, the director yells “Cut!” and everyone heads to a catered lunch of shrimp scampi and beef tenderloin.

photo illustration by Mick Coulas; Brian Widdis for The Wall Street Journal

The set of the gritty cop show “Detroit 1-8-7″ is one of more than 100 film and television productions that have flocked to Michigan in the last two years, the result of generous tax rebates. Producers have spent nearly $350 million in the state so far, a figure expected to reach $650 million by year’s end, up from $2 million in 2007, according to the Michigan Film Office. About 80% of these shoots take place in and around this iconic but much-maligned city, sprinkling a little stardust, optimism and controversy along the way.

Workers who used to build cars are learning to build sets. The entertainment sector is “a lifeboat as the auto industry adapts and restructures,” says Wayne County Executive Robert A. Ficano.

Signs of activity are everywhere. Hip-looking film-school grads on bicycles run errands in an empty warehouse that once served as a Chrysler distribution center and is now a cavernous 166,000-square-foot production studio for “Detroit 1-8-7.” Sets for the show, premiering on ABC Sept. 21, include a city morgue and a homicide unit with cluttered police desks and corkboards covered with mug shots.

The dilapidated Michigan Central Station, once a transportation hub, with marbled floors and Corinthian columns, has served as a symbol of urban ruination for years. It’s now a key location for productions including “Transformers 3″ and HBO’s “Hung.” On Tuesday “Hostel: Part III” and “Vamps,” a horror-comedy with Sigourney Weaver, both shot in the city’s neo-Gothic Masonic Temple. When “Harold and Kumar 3″ finished a scene this summer that required turning a downtown street into New York City at Christmas, set designers left the fake subway entrance intact, knowing another production would soon need it.

Read the entire story in the  Wall Street Journal Article

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Raleigh Michigan Studios Declared a “Promise Spotlight” Success Story by Governor Granholm

Aug-26-2010

Governor Granholm today touted Pontiac, the studio and sound stages of Raleigh Michigan Studios as a “Promise Spotlight” success story during the 2010 Emerging Cities Summit in Lansing. CEO Linden Nelson has stated that an official grand opening will be held toward the end of the year with soundstages open for business in February or March 2011.

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Michigan Music Production – Music can benefit from the Michigan film tax incentive

Mar-14-2010

DETROIT (AP) — A little-known state tax break for music producers could help put Motown back on the music map, but theDetroit Free Press says so far no one has taken advantage of it.

The state is offering tax credits of up to 42 percent for the production of music CDs and music videos. The break was designed to attract big-name artists to record in Michigan, which already is home to Eminem, Kid Rock and Bob Segar.

The tax credit has been available since April 2008, but no one has taken advantage of it apparently because it is so little-known.

Industry insiders like Brian Pastoria of Harmonie Park Studios say the incentive has potential to help grow the state’s music business.

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Alice in Wonderland – Biggest Opening – Academy Awards – FilmBudget.com

Mar-07-2010

Alice in Wonderland captured $210 Million worldwide and $116,000,000 U.S. domestic box office over the weekend to become the highest grossing non-sequel film of all time.
The Walt Disney Pictures 3D blockbuster, Johnny Depp starrer directed by Tim Burton champions the global box office on Oscar Night for the Academy Awards.

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Editors Note:

Metro Detroit company With A Twist created vfx shots for “Alice in Wonderland”.

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. (WXYZ) – The release of the Disney classic, ‘Alice In Wonderland’, has been heavily anticipated for months by movie goers around the country.

Many people are excited about seeing the special 3-D technology that will be featured in the newly revised fairy tale.  Some of those mind-blowing shots were created by a metro Detroit company.

Rochester Hills based With A Twist has strong ties to the development of the 3-D effects that will be seen in this motion picture.  The company was called on to create more than 200 shots in the movie.

Currently employing around 40 people, executives say they expect the company to grow rapidly because of the business they currently have lined up.

New York Times features Michigan Film – Dream Factories Aim to Replace Auto Sites

Sep-08-2009

By DONNA PAUL
Published: September 8, 2009
DETROIT — In the midst of a recession that has been particularly brutal in Michigan, a number of construction projects are on the verge of getting under way in a most unlikely business: the film industry.
The recent surge of interest was set in motion in April 2008, when Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm signed a 14-bill package into law, which among other things provided a 40 percent tax credit or cash rebate for studios on their business tax returns in Michigan. An additional 2 percent rebate is available for films produced in 103 communities.

There is also a 25 percent infrastructure credit, which is applied against expenditures on construction of a studio and its contents, said Janet Lockwood, director of the Michigan film office.

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Raleigh Michigan Studios – Wonderstruck – Unity Studios Allen Park

Aug-13-2009

Raleigh Michigan Studios – the Pontiac studio financed by  A. Alfred Taubman, Linden Nelson,  John Rakolta Jr. and William Morris Endeavor – Ari Emanuel has arranged the $75.8 Million required to break ground in 30 days on ten soundstages to be ready for summer 2010 according to Steve Lemberg, CFO of RMS.   Meanwhile Jimmy Lifton’s Unity Studios in Allen Park while delayed from its June groundbreaking continues toward the October opening of The Lifton Institute and the initiation of the bond issue needed to fund the land purchase.  Wonderstruck Studios, which was formerly announced to take shape at the temporary MGM Grand facility may be considering another location.

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Full Article from the Detroit Free Press Katherine Yung:
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Michigan Film: Kid Rock / Governor Granholm on Film Tax Incentive

Jul-23-2009

Kid Rock and Governor Jennifer Granholm describe their support for the 42% Michigan film tax incentive. Michigan Film Production applauds their efforts and emphatic backing of one of the great success stories coming out of Michigan.

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Michigan Film Production Salutes Governor Jennifer Granholm

Jul-19-2009

Governor Granholm is a visionary, bold and decisive leader and we support the efforts of the Governor to enhance Michigan’s profile with the support of the Michigan Film Incentive.   This new era of  our filmmaking industry in Michigan could not have happened were it not for the astute talent of the Governor.   As a filmmaker for 25 years, I salute you for your resolute dedication.   Cleary Clooney, DeNiro, Hillary Swank, Drew Barrymore, Edward Norton, etc. agree.   – Michigan Film Production Founder Jack Binder, Producer “Reign Over Me” (Adam Sandler, Don Cheadle, Liv Tyler) , “The Upside of Anger” (Kevin Costner, Joan Allen)

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Raleigh Michigan Studios

Jun-04-2009

[Editors Note:  Raleigh Michigan Studios is the new name of the studio now according to CEO Linden Nelson]

Motown Motion Pictures Studios (Raleigh Michigan Studios) closed land purchase agreements and welcomed Governor Jennifer Granholm and members of President Obama’s Auto Industry Task Force to tour the facility. In the works is a major Sound Stage film production facility with educational training programs with a goal to employ 3,500 Michigan residents with expansion to 15,000 in coming years. A partnership between Nelson Ventures, The Taubman Group, and William Morris Endeavor’s Ari Emanuel. Ari spoke at the Mackinac Policy Institute recently to discuss Michigan and the importance of the auto industry to entertainment and his plans for the studio:

Ari Emanuel : Entrepreneurial Diversification Session with panel from Alan Languirand on Vimeo.

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