Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Doll factory attracts Soderbergh to sleepy Ohio town

"On the front door of Lee Middleton Dolls, the primary location for the film, a sign informs visitors when tours are canceled 'due to the filming of a movie.'

"For the most part, only the locals in the spotlight — the movie was cast exclusively in the area — are in the loop.

"Filming at the factory was scheduled to wrap up last week but continue elsewhere in the area for two more weeks. The movie is expected to be released in the fall.

"Soderbergh — who won an Academy Award for Traffic and also directed Erin Brockovich and sex, lies,and videotape — said he chose Belpre from among three possible locations for a simple reason: 'The doll factory.'"