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“Draft Day” descends on Cleveland this week

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Football season returns (sort of) to Cleveland this week, when shooting for the NFL-related movie Draft Day begins.

Via WKYC-TV, the bulk of the filming starts in and around Greater Cleveland on Wednesday.  Shaker Heights and Berea, where the Browns are headquartered, appear on the list of sites where scenes will be shot.  FirstEnergy Stadium will host some of the filming, too.  (The dude from the Factory of Sadness video deserves a cameo, in his Pontbriand jersey.)

On Saturday, a casting call was held for football players in the 18-25 age range.

Filming in Cleveland at the same time will be Captain America:  The Winter Soldier, with Cleveland playing the role of Washington, D.C.

Some scenes from Draft Day already have been shot at Radio City Music Hall, in conjunction with the actual NFL draft.  The films stars Kevin Costner (who plays the Browns G.M.), Jennifer Garner, and Denis Leary.  Several NFL players appear in the film, including Texans running back Arian Foster.

The movie originally was scheduled to be filmed in Buffalo, with a focus on the Bills.  Ohio ultimately offered a better tax deal than New York, so the Browns scored the victory.

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17 Responses to ““Draft Day” descends on Cleveland this week”
  1. noburghfan says: May 5, 2013 9:29 PM

    Did i mention , Florio would be a great Joe Banner ?

  2. peytonsneckl8 says: May 5, 2013 9:30 PM

    HTTR

  3. benh999 says: May 5, 2013 9:39 PM

    Kevin Costner is still alive?

  4. st1llerz1 says: May 5, 2013 9:46 PM

    One of very few victories The City of Sorrow has seen in the last 50 years…

  5. pooflingingmonkey says: May 5, 2013 9:55 PM

    Could they have chosen a less interesting team for this movie? I love the concept, but tying it to the pathetic Browns is a questionable move.

  6. milkmandanimal says: May 5, 2013 9:58 PM

    A story about the Browns on draft day? Must be a tragedy.

  7. vegach says: May 5, 2013 9:59 PM

    ummm…kevin costner and the factory of sadness together for a movie…something tells me that this is going to suck

  8. schmitty2 says: May 5, 2013 10:11 PM

    Got to love Cleveland sports movies. I’m thinking it’s been awhile since we’ve seen Rick “Wild Thing” Vaughn. Another sequel?

  9. bensstinkyfingers says: May 5, 2013 11:04 PM

    Might just have to show up on set with one of the classic dog bone through the head props, pretty sure they’d offer me a part, maybe a jennifer garner love scene. Yeah and the Browns will make the Super bowl in 2013 too. I guy can dream.

  10. billsysabres says: May 5, 2013 11:12 PM

    Ahhhh the mistake on the lake picked up the movie great

  11. youcantmakemepickausername says: May 6, 2013 12:04 AM

    I thought the NFL had some rule that you can’t use actual NFL teams in movies (i’m sure some witty Steeler fan will say that’s why they chose the Browns but that’s not the point).

    Any Given Sunday, The Replacements, the teams were fictional. “Invincible” actually used the Eagles but that was (somewhat) based on a true story.

  12. si1m says: May 6, 2013 4:18 AM

    So if its going to be realistic, the movie will be about a new coach and GM drafting a new QB, getting fired mid-movie and the new regime doing it all over again, and ending the movie with that regime being fired

  13. exboomer says: May 6, 2013 7:50 AM

    With a new HC and coaching staff Buffalo would of been a better team to base a film on. As for tax breaks they are currently shooting a chase scene for [i]Spiderman 2[/i] in Rochester and yes they did get a tax break (which hasn’t made some people to happy) I’m betting the production company of [i]Draft Day[/i] tried to get to big of a tax break.

  14. 49erstim says: May 6, 2013 8:50 AM

    Why did they pick Cleveland to portray DC you ask? Because Cleveland is safer and much less of a cesspool than DC. What a joke our nations capital has become!

  15. fatediesel says: May 6, 2013 11:30 AM

    “youcantmakemepickausername says: May 6, 2013 12:04 AM

    I thought the NFL had some rule that you can’t use actual NFL teams in movies (i’m sure some witty Steeler fan will say that’s why they chose the Browns but that’s not the point).

    Any Given Sunday, The Replacements, the teams were fictional. “Invincible” actually used the Eagles but that was (somewhat) based on a true story.”

    There’s no rule that you can’t use an actual NFL team, it’s just that the NFL has to approve the use of their logos in films. Movies like Any Given Sunday and The Replacements would have shed a poor light on the NFL so there’s no way the league would have approved the use of NFL logos in that movie. Money also comes into play. The Rock’s movie The Game Plan was approved by the league and the plan was for him to be a member of the Patriots but Disney and the league couldn’t agree on how much they would have to pay so they used a fictional team and league instead of the NFL.

  16. browns627 says: May 6, 2013 1:39 PM

    do people still go to the movies?

  17. billsboy88 says: May 6, 2013 9:22 PM

    Portraying an NFL team in a movie means getting it cleared with the NFL and probably NFLPA. The licensing required to use NFL copyrighted logos, names and designs for things like merchandise, movies, etc. does not come cheap, which explains why NFL merch is often so expensive and also may explain why a movie like The Replacements didn’t bother using NFL teams, as it would have driven the movie’s budget up by quite a bit without really adding anything to the plot.

    This is what the whole “express written consent” voiceover that’s played at some point during every NFL game is talking about. It’s also why you can’t just print off stacks of Team logo shirts in your garage and sell them without breaking the law. You have to secure the licensing first, which means opening up the ol’ wallet.

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