Lights, camera, COVID: Hamilton spent $3.5 million on land for a west harbour film studio during the pandemic

The city spent another $3.5 million buying land for a hoped-for film studio during the pandemic to help keep the Hollywood North dream alive in the west harbour.

That ambitious plan — to turn 14 acres of city-owned land into a massive TV and film production hub — has run into COVID delays. But both the city and its film industry partner says progress continues behind the scenes.

“We’re in pretty deep at this point and definitely not looking back,” said Jeff Anders, a partner in the AEON Studio Group that agreed in principle last year to buy and redevelop the infamous Barton-Tiffany properties originally bulldozed for a failed football stadium plan.

“Our mission as a company is unchanged, and that is to build Hamilton into a destination for film and TV production.”

The city and AEON Studio Group trumpeted those plans at a thematic June 2019 news conference that

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Home of Buffalo Bill in film ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ up for sale again

Just in time for Halloween, fans of “The Silence of the Lambs” now have the opportunity to buy the Victorian home belonging to the serial killer Buffalo Bill in the psychological horror film.

While the three-storey home was depicted as being in Ohio in the movie, it’s actually located in Perryopolis, Pa., approximately 50 kilometres south of Pittsburgh.

According to the listing by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, the five-bedroom home is situated on 1.76 acres of land along the Youghiogheny River and features a detached three-car garage, a built-in pool, and vintage train caboose on the property.

Photos of the house, which was originally built in 1910, show a charming interior that is significantly more welcoming than what was portrayed in the Academy Award-winning film.

In those scenes, the home where Buffalo Bill, played by Ted Levine, is squatting after he murdered the rightful owner is dark and dilapidated

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James Bond Film ‘No Time to Die’ Might Sell to Netflix, Apple

Apple, Netflix and other streaming services explored the possibility of acquiring “No Time to Die,” the upcoming James Bond movie that was originally slated to debut last April. The film’s release has been postponed multiple times, with the Daniel Craig vehicle moving back to November before being pushed into 2021 as the number of coronavirus cases kept growing.

MGM, the studio behind the film, reportedly lost between $30 million to $50 million due to the delays, insiders said. Bloomberg first reported the discussions, which have been the topic du jour in Hollywood this week. Other studios, such as Paramount and Sony, have raked in tens of millions by selling movies like “Greyhound,” “Coming 2 America” and “Without Remorse” to streaming services while the exhibition sector continues to struggle during the pandemic.

“We do not comment on rumors. The film is not for sale. The film’s release has been postponed until

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