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Buzz surrounding movie to start filming in Cincinnati
CINCINNATI (Angenette Levy) -- Cate Blanchett's recent Oscar win for Best Actress has generated a lot of buzz in the Queen City for her next film, "Carol."
The movie will be filmed in Cincinnati from start to finish.
"Our phones are ringing off the hook. Everyone that wants to be extras to locations that want to be considered to people that just want them in their restaurants and hotels," said Kristen Schlotman of the Greater Cincinnati Film Commission.
A tractor trailer for the costumes was parked on Fifth St. downtown Tuesday afternoon. The costume supervisor has worked on a variety of films including "The Wolf of Wall St." and "Philadelphia". Blanchett could arrive in Cincinnati this week along with co-stars Rooney Mara and Sarah Paulson.
The film is set in 1950's New York and will employ hundreds locally. More than 800 extras have already been seen and some local actors have been screened for speaking roles. Local businesses will benefit. Some downtown, such as Abby Girl Sweets Cupcakery, are already seeing more foot traffic.
"It's been real exciting having wardrobe come down and some of the people who are involved with the filming and the scripts, they share a little bit here and there," said Andi Grubbs, a clerk at the bakery.
The crew for "Carol" paid two visits to the Ohio Valley Antique Mall and bought nearly 90 items including furniture, magazines and toys for the movie set.
"It was pretty exciting. They bought a ton of stuff and it's very exciting for our dealers that they shopped their merchandise," said Carly Martin, manager of the mall. She added, "They bought two headboards and I know one of the big scenes is in a hotel room. So I'm so excited to be like those are our headboards, or I've seen those in here."
The exact locations where "Carol" will be filmed have yet to be revealed. But, any area that has architecture similar to New York City in the 1950's would be a safe bet. Locations could include Over-the-Rhine and the Central Business District. 50 to 70 locations in Greater Cincinnati will be used.
"To have a film of this size and this caliber of talent attached to it is really going to put a positive spotlight on Cincinnati, to show the rest of the industry that movies can get made here," Schlotman said.
The state of Ohio has offered production companies incentives to film in the Buckeye state for a couple of years. It's not clear how much money "Carol" will bring to the area but Schlotman estimates it will be in the millions.
"Carol" isn't the first movie to shoot in Cincinnati. "Ides of March" filmed here in 2011. "Traffic", "Little Man Tate", "Rain Man" and "Milk Money" also shot scenes in Cincinnati.
Anyone interested in appearing in "Carol" as an extra can email their contact information and head shot to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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