He's Back... Here’s when Bruce Willis’ latest movie will begin filming in Cincinnati

Bruce Willis is making his way back to Cincinnati to create a third film.

Willis will star with Michael Chiklis and Kyle Schmid in “10 Minutes Gone.” Filming will begin in Greater Cincinnati on Sept. 10, according to Film Cincinnati executive director Kristen Schlotman.

Brian A. Miller, who also worked with Willis on Cincinnati productions “Marauders” and “Reprisal,” will direct the film based on a script by Kelvin Maoand Jeff Jingle.

The film’s plot follows a man who loses 10 minutes of his memory after being hit by a stray bullet in a bank heist gone wrong. He works to put the pieces of his memory back together to find out who sabotaged the job and took the money while being pursued by a crime boss who’s trying to recover the cash.

In addition to Chiklis, who won an Emmy and Golden Globe for his starring role in FX’s “The Shield,” and Schmid, other cast members include Lydia HullJohn HickmanMeadow WilliamsSwen TemmelSergio Rizzuto and Tyler Jon Olson.

The film will be the first for MoviePass Films, which was created when MoviePass parent company Helios & Matheson Analytics acquired Emmett Furla Oasis Films.

Emmett Furla Oasis also created “Marauders,” “Reprisal,” “Inconceivable” and “Gotti” in Cincinnati.

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Located north of Rhinegeist on West McMicken Avenue, Felsenhaus sits in an abandoned brewery building with the word “Felsenbrau” painted on it. Yet neither Felsenhaus nor Felsenbrau were ever the name of that brewery. It was rather founded as Hamilton Brewery in 1845 before it became Klotter Brewery (1854), Sohn Brewery (1867), Mohawk Brewery (1907), and no brewery during Prohibition.

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FC Cincinnati Ascends To MLS As City Shows It Can Pack The House For Soccer

Forbes, May 30, 2018

 If you support it, they will come.  Yes, that's a knock-off of a classic line from one of my favorite movies, "Field of Dreams." Yet it's totally fitting for FC Cincinnati this morning, after Major League Soccer formally announced on Tuesday the Queen City's admittance into MLS starting in 2019

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The "Best Cake Ever" at Felsenhaus? Bill Ross' 11-foot-high "Dead Souls Cake" decorated with stuffed animals

The Best Cake Ever? Bill Ross' 11-foot-high "Dead Souls Cake" is decorated with stuffed animals, shows excerpts from "Night of the Living Dead," and is fast becoming legendary

Bill Ross, an artist and co-founder of Northside's Thunder-Sky Inc. gallery has made cakes a recurring motif in his work. They have appeared in his paintings for more than 30 years “as symbols of ominous mystery,” he says. But never before had he created an 11-foot-tall pastry out of stuffed animals.

“I’d always wanted to do something big and just really fun and stupid,” he says.

Too tall for Thunder-Sky's current exhibition of cake-related art, Ross’ soft sculpture made its debut at The Art of Food fundraiser last month at The Carnegie in Covington, with a mashup video of scenes from Night of the Living Dead and 1960s birthday parties playing inside it. Called the “Dead Souls Cake,” it just got a second life as part of the collection at the new Felsenhaus242 gallery on West McMicken Avenue. Go see it in addition to You’re Invited — it is the icing on topRead a full review of You're Invited here and for more information on "Dead Souls Cake," visit felsenhaus242.com.

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Cincinnati ranks among nation’s 5 healthiest cities

Cincinnati is one of the healthiest cities in the U.S., according to a new ranking.

The Queen City was No. 4 on the inaugural National Health Index created by health care website Healthgrades.

“The Queen City has much to be proud of when it comes to the quality of its health care,” the ranking states. “Cincinnati ranks very high for access to high-quality hospitals. That factor pulls up its overall score.”

The area received grades near the national average for overall health of the population and ratio of doctors to the population but fell short in the risky behaviors ranking.

Cincinnati was ranked behind Twin Cities, Minn.; Denver and Sacramento, Calif., and just ahead of Portland, Ore.; Baltimore and Milwaukee.

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NY Times features "36 Hours in Cincinnati"

Cincinnati is experiencing a boom, especially in the Over-the-Rhine district where rich cultural offerings and breweries thrive.

In the early 19th century, Cincinnati, then the biggest city in the west, was nicknamed Queen City. Two hundred or so years later, it is experiencing another boom, this time in its historic Over-the-Rhine district, which is being transformed with significant investments in infrastructure. Changes include a new streetcar that connects downtown to the neighborhood, and an expansion of the district’s art scene. The latter will include three new or enlarged performing arts venues opening this fall. By then, the Brewing Heritage Trail in Over-the-Rhine will feature signposts linking many of the city’s old breweries. Spotlighting the city’s fine arts, Blink Cincinnati, a display of light installations projected across 20 blocks, will run Oct. 12 to 15.

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It’s official: Cincinnati is coolest city in the Midwest

The website Onlyinourstate.com adds up all the ways in “9 Ways Cincinnati Quietly Became the Coolest City in the Midwest,” starting with the resurgence of Over-the-Rhine. Here’s what writers had to say:

"Some would argue that Over-the-Rhine has always had a certain charm and appeal, and they'd be right. It's hard to argue that one of Cincinnati's most historic neighborhoods hasn't made a complete turnaround and is now one of the most vibrant areas of our community.”

Other Queen City attributes cited in the article:

Its evolving food scene

The arts

Craft beer offerings

Preservation of historic landmarks (including Union Terminal and Music Hall)

Activity along the riverfront

Quality parks

Fiona the baby hippo

Festivals (including Riverfest, Oktoberfest and Taste of Cincinnati).

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Cincinnati ranks among most fun cities in U.S.

Cincinnati is among the top cities in the U.S. when it comes to having fun, according to a new report.

The Queen City ranked No. 13 out of the 150 largest U.S. cities in 2017’s Most Fun Cities in America list from the personal finance website WalletHub.

To help determine the cities with the greatest number and variety of fun-yet-cost-effective options, WalletHub’s researchers compared the 150 largest U.S. cities based on 58 key metrics ranging from fitness centers per capita to movie costs to average open hours of breweries.

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Greater Cincinnati tourism now a $5 billion industry and growing

The travel and tourism industry in Greater Cincinnati brought in $5 billion in 2016, according to a new study.

Tourism Economics and Longwoods International performed the economic impact study for Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau, MeetNKY | Northern Kentucky Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network. The results show that travel and tourism spending has increased nearly 14 percent from 2013, when spending was $4.4 billion. On an annualized basis, tourism spending in the region is growing at a rate of 4.4 percent, beating the national average of 3 percent growth.

At the same time, the number of visitors coming to the region increased nearly 9 percent to 26.1 million in 2016. Mike Laatsch, chief operating officer of the Cincinnati USA CVB, said tourism is growing twice as fast as any other sector.

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OTR among five best neighborhoods in U.S.

“By using innovative planning, and harnessing the rich history and aesthetic beauty of the neighborhood’s architecture, OTR has once again become a popular area for Cincinnatians and tourists alike,” the APA wrote in its profile that includes the history of the area.

It continues: “OTR has sought to reinvent itself by preserving its past and using the neighborhood’s original 19th-century layout to promote dense living and multimodal transportation, including the installation of RedBike bikeshare stations and the 2016 opening of the Cincinnati Bell Connector streetcar,” crediting the Over-the-Rhine Foundation and Brewery District master plan.

The feature points to OTR as the cultural epicenter of the city with its bevy of performing arts venues with Washington Park as its anchor. Findlay Market and the abundance of community events are also cited as key to the neighborhood’s growth along with its “innovative, entrepreneurial culture” and the Brewery District Heritage Tour.

“The designation of Over-the-Rhine as a Great Neighborhood of America is an honor, and gives ode to the renaissance Cincinnati has undergone to reactivate our city’s core,” Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley said in a statement. “I am thrilled with our progress, proud of our business and community leaders, and optimistic about the future we have to look forward to.”

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Is Beer Saving Cincinnati's Neighborhoods?

"Beer is bringing back our neighborhoods," he said, throwing the spotlight on to the various breweries that have become economic drivers in areas of the Ohio city better known for their failures than their triumphs. To drive his point home, Cranley even entertained his audience with a short film about Cincinnati's beer scene.

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Blink draws largest-ever crowd to downtown, OTR

Blink Cincinnati was a rousing success.

Cincinnati Police and the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber estimate the event drew more than 1 million visitors to downtown Cincinnati and Over-the-Rhine throughout the weekend, which breaks the record for the largest crowd ever in the urban core.

The four-day light festival is the largest of its kind held in the United States and featured large-scale projection mapping, murals, urban artscapes, media light, interactive art and a variety of entertainment

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