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Matthew Willig cast as Strzelczyk in Smith concussion movie

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20041001STRZELCZYK 135willigimdbpicFootball player turned actor Matthew Willig will portray Justin Strzelczyk in the Will Smith concussion movie, The Hollywood Reporter says.  
 
Strzelczyk (right), who played guard and tackle for the Steelers from 1990-98, died in a car crash in New York following a high-speed chase with police in 2004.
 
An autopsy showed Strzelczyk suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE, brain damage caused by blows to the head. 
 
Smith plays Dr. Bennet Omalu in the film, now underway in Pittsburgh. He was the first pathologist in America to identify CTE in the brains of former NFL players, beginning with Steelers Mike Webster, Terry Long and Strzelczyk — autopsies that he did while working for former Allegheny County Coroner Cyril Wecht. 
 

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Maazel tribute on Friday in NYC

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To honor the late Lorin Maazel, the conductor's family has organized a tribute on Friday in New York. Involved in the event include Alan Gilbert, James Galway and others. There's a live-stream available for those not in NYC. Additional information from the press release:

The Maazel Family's tribute to conductor Lorin Maazel, on Friday, October 31, 2014 at 12:30 at the New York Society for Ethical Culture (Two West 64th Street, New York City), will be streamed live on castletonfestival.org for those unable to attend. Five cameras will capture the program in a 720p feed.

The tribute will include remembrances from Maestro Alan Gilbert, Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, Sir James Wolfensohn, and members of the Maazel family.

Artists include Sir James Galway performing an excerpt from Gluck's "Orfeo," violinist Eric Silberger performing "Meditation" from Thaïs by Jules Massenet, soprano Jennifer Black performing "Tu che di gel" from Turandot by Giacomo Puccini, tenor Dominic Armstrong and baritone Paul LaRosa performing a duet from Don Carlos by Giuseppe Verdi; Mr. LaRosa will also perform with Ms. Black the Love duet from 1984 by Lorin Maazel, Mr. Armstrong will also sing "Pourquoi me réveiller" from Werther by Jules Massenet. Baritone Javier Arrey will perform "Ombra mai fu" from Serse by Händel, mezzo-soprano Erika Rodden will perform a Lied by Brahms. John Arida will be the piano accompanist throughout the program. Ilann S. Maazel will play a Valse by Chopin, and a quintet from the New York Philharmonic will perform Hasenöhrl's "Till Eulenspiegel einmal anders!", an arrangement of Richard Strauss' tone poem Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks, Op. 28. Wynton Marsalis, Artistic Director for Jazz at Lincoln Center, will perform a Spiritual, accompanied by Dan Nimmer. Also presented will be a short film highlighting the Maestro's legendary career.

Lorin Maazel was one of the world's most esteemed conductors, devoting his life to music professionally for 73 years. Maestro Maazel completed his seventh and final season as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic in 2009-10 and continued through 2011-12 as Music Director of the Palau de les Artes "Reina Sofia," in Valencia, Spain. He became Music Director of the Munich Philharmonic in 2012 and pursued a broad range of guest conducting activities with the world's leading orchestras, enjoying particularly close associations with the Philharmonia Orchestra, London, and the Vienna Philharmonic. Maestro Maazel was also a highly regarded composer, with a wide-ranging catalog of works written primarily over the last 15 years. His first opera, 1984, based on George Orwell's literary masterpiece, had its world premiere at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and a sold-out revival at La Scala, Milan. A second-generation American born in Paris, Lorin Maazel began violin lessons at age five and conducting lessons at age seven. At 11, he made his debut with NBC in New York at the invitation of Arturo Toscanini. In addition to his prodigious performing activities, Maestro Maazel devoted much time to nurturing young artists. A significant philanthropic gift and enduring memorial is his Castleton Festival, which benefits over 300 young musicians yearly. The Festival takes place in the rolling hills of Rappahannock County, Virginia, on the Maazel Family's 600-acre farm.

Tributes to Maestro Maazel have been held by the Cleveland Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the London Philharmonia, NHK in Tokyo, and by the Munich Philharmonic and Bavarian Radio in a combined concert event. The New York Philharmonic will soon announce its own tribute to Maestro Maazel for May 2015.

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New Foxcatcher poster, photos

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New poster and recently released photos of "Foxcatcher," filmed largely in Western Pennsylvania and due to be released in November. "Foxcatcher" stars Steve Carell (center) as John du Pont along with Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo who play Olympic champion wrestlers and brothers.

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'Walking Dead' actor sets sights on Halloween as Steelers' Mike Tomlin

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Chad Coleman has played Cutty on HBO's "The Wire" and now has his hands full as survivor Tyreese on "The Walking Dead." But this Halloween, he's opting for an outwardly easy transition: Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin, he told EW's Popwatch. Check out the EW video at the 2:30 mark and hear who the actor would like to see Tomlin dress up as for trick-or-treat day.

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Chadwick Boseman joins crowded Marvel universe

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Here is the official announcement from Marvel about its latest mix of movies: 
 
marvelunnamedThis morning, during a special event at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed the films that will make up Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, featuring a mix of fan-favorite characters and several heroes who will be making their big-screen debuts.
 
The next two films to be released by Marvel are AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON on May 1, 2015, and ANT-MAN on July 17, 2015.
 
Marvel revealed the dates and titles of nine additional films through 2019, including upcoming Captain America, Thor, Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy installments, along with films featuring Black Panther – who, Feige announced, will be played by Chadwick Boseman – Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, and the Inhumans.
 
The announced films are as follows:
 
       5/1/15 –     AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON
       7/17/15 –   ANT-MAN 
       5/6/16 –     CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR
       11/4/16 –   DOCTOR STRANGE 
       5/5/17 –     GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2 (previously dated 7/28/17)
       7/28/17 –   THOR: RAGNAROK
       11/3/17 –   BLACK PANTHER
       5/4/18 –     AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR PART I
       7/6/18 –     CAPTAIN MARVEL
       11/2/18 –   INHUMANS
       5/3/19  –    AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR PART II
 
Ten films have already been released in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, beginning with 2008’s IRON MAN. All 10 films opened at No. 1 domestically and have collectively grossed over $7.1 billion globally.
 

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