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Want to be in Will Smith football movie? Details on extras casting

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

 

Will-Smith-4The Will Smith movie, scheduled to start shooting here in October, is looking for extras. 
 
The drama about the timely topic of NFL concussions is based on the October 2009 GQ story “Game Brain” by Jeanne Marie Laskas, a resident of Scenery Hill, Washington County.
 
The Oscar nominee will play Dr. Bennet Omalu, the first pathologist in the world to detect chronic traumatic encephalopathy in a Ridley Scott production being directed and written by Peter Landesman (“Parkland”). 
 
Here is the press release: 
 
Real Heaven, Inc. Extras Casting is seeking football players for the feature film “Untitled Will Smith Project” (working title). This film is based on true events in Pittsburgh, PA. Football players will portray professional and college level team members. We are recruiting football players with real experience. 
 
SYNOPSIS: This film is based on the true story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, the forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in a professional football player and brought awareness to the public. As he blows the whistle on player injuries, Omalu’s quest humanizes the price paid by professional athletes in impact sports — and the political, cultural and corporate interests that fuel the business of pro sports.
 
Those interested in participating as football players must attend the Open Call Tryout.
 
Date:  Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. 
 
Time: 9 a.m. 
 
Location:  The football field at Bethel Park HS, Practice Field 1, 309 Church Road, Bethel Park, PA 15102.
 
Details:  Looking for men 18 to 30 years old who have prior football experience (at least high school level) and are not currently in high school or playing for a college team, due to eligibility issues. 
 
Anyone trying out must wear workout gear, and bring grass football cleats.
 
Extras who are hired will receive $250 for 1 rehearsal day and $400 for 1 film date.  Rehearsal and exact film dates will be two days between Oct.  20-31, 2014. 
 
In order to be considered you MUST be able to make yourself completely available for both film and rehearsal dates. 
 
For more information regarding football tryouts or to preregister please email:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
For all others looking to be extras in the film, we are looking for those to fill roles including former professional football players, Pittsburgh football fans, administrators, reporters and lawyers. (18yrs+) For more information on how to sign up visit: movieextraspittsburgh.com
 
(Remember to contact the email and site above, not the Post-Gazette which cannot hire you, no matter how far you can throw a football.) 

 

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Top movie of the week is ...

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walkamongtombstonesblog“The Maze Runner” sprinted to the top of the weekend box office with an estimated $32.5 million, edging out “A Walk Among the Tombstones” starring Liam Neeson and the ensemble dramedy, “This Is Where I Leave You.” 
 
Rentrak, which provided the early estimates below, reports the post-summer momentum is slowly building as box office is up strongly from the same weekend a year ago.
 
The Hollywood Reporter, Variety and other outlets report Fox has set a Sept. 18, 2015, release for a sequel to "Maze Runner."
 
Early box office estimates from Rentrak:
 
1. “The Maze Runner” — $32,500,000
2. “A Walk Among the Tombstones” — $13,126,080.
3. “This Is Where I Leave You” — $11,860,000.
4. “No Good Deed” — $10,200,000, bringing its total to $40,108,052.
5. “Dolphin Tale 2” — $9,005,000, for $27,069,894 to date. 
6. “Guardians of the Galaxy” — $5,180,000, bumping its North American gross to $313,669,000
7. “Let’s Be Cops” — $2,675,000, or $77,195,671 to date. 
8. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” — $2,650,000, for $185,017,989 since release.
9. “The Drop” — $2,050,000, in limited release compared with most others, for $7,689,701.
10. “If I Stay” — $1,835,000, for $47,671,777
 
 

 

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George Clooney will be honored during 2015 Golden Globes

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GC-302x400It’s a good thing George Clooney looks good — and comfortable — in a tuxedo. 
 
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association will give him the Cecil B. DeMille Award on Jan. 11.  If he marries this month in Venice or elsewhere, he will still be considered a newlywed and beyond that, he is a popular, well-regarded filmmaker, actor and humanitarian. 
 
The HFPA has about 90 members and yet commands time with directors and actors and, of course, puts on an entertaining TV show that helps to kick off awards season. 
 
Here is part of the press release announcing the honor: 
 
He has won three Golden Globes during his career and now George Clooney will be honored with the 2015 Cecil B. DeMille Award.
 
Clooney, an actor, writer, director and producer, who is also known for his humanitarian deeds, will receive the award at the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 11.
 
“The HFPA is honored to bestow the Cecil B. DeMille Award to George Clooney to celebrate his outstanding contributions both in front of and behind the camera,” said HFPA president Theo Kingma.
 
The Cecil B. DeMille Award is given annually to those who have made an incredible impact on the world of entertainment. 
 
Recent recipients include Woody Allen (2014), Jodie Foster (2013), Morgan Freeman, (2012), Robert De Niro (2011), Martin Scorsese (2010), Steven Spielberg (2009), Warren Beatty (2007), Anthony Hopkins (2006), Robin Williams (2005), Michael Douglas (2004), Gene Hackman (2003), Harrison Ford (2002), Al Pacino (2001), and Barbra Streisand (2000).
 
Clooney last year appeared in “Gravity” and through his Smokehouse production company he most recently produced, directed and starred in “The Monuments Men.” He will soon be seen starring in the upcoming sci-fi film “Tomorrowland” for Disney.
 
Clooney’s achievements as a performer and a filmmaker have earned him three Golden Globes, two Academy Awards, four SAG Awards, one BAFTA award, two Critics’ Choice Awards, an Emmy and four National Board of Review Awards.
 
He is recognized as much for his global humanitarian efforts as he is for his accomplishments in the entertainment industry.
 
In 2006, Clooney and his father, Nick, went to drought-stricken Darfur, Africa, to film a documentary. The following year, Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle and Jerry Weintraub founded Not on Our Watch, an organization whose mission is to focus global attention and resources to stop and prevent mass atrocities in Darfur.  
 
In 2008, Clooney was designated a U.N. Messenger of Peace, one of eight individuals chosen to advocate on behalf of the U.N. and its peacekeeping efforts.
 
Two years later, Clooney, along with Joel Gallen and Tenth Planet Productions, produced the “Hope for Haiti Now!” telethon, raising more than $66 million. The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences gave Clooney with the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award and later that year, Clooney received the Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award for his dedication to humanitarian efforts in Sudan and Haiti.
 

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Cumberbatch movie wins People's Choice Award in Toronto

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keiraknightleyblog914 - Copy“The Imitation Game,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the real-life mathematician who helped to break the German Enigma codes during World War II, won the People’s Choice Award today at the Toronto International Film Festival. Its cast also includes Keira Knightley (above).
 
It will be screened for free at 6 p.m. at the Ryerson Theatre with tickets made available on a first come-first served basis. 
 
First runner-up for the Grolsch People’s Choice was Isabel Coixet’s “Learning to Drive” (below, Ben Kingsley and Patricia Clarkson) with Theodore Melfi’s “St. Vincent,” starring Bill Murray, second runner-up.
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The 39th annual festival, which opened on Sept. 4 with “The Judge,” wraps up tonight. Other awards just announced: 
 
The Grolsch People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award:  Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement for “What We Do in the Shadows,” about three flat mates who are just trying to get by and overcome obstacles such as being vampires.
First runner-up, Kevin Smith’s “Tusk” (opening in Pittsburgh on Sept. 19), and second runner-up, Jalmari Helander for “Big Game.” 
 
The Grolsch People’s Choice Documentary Award: Hajooj Kuka for “Beats of the Antonov,” following refugees from the Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains in Sudan as they survive displacement and the trauma of civil war. First runner-up, David Thorpe’s “Do I Sound Gay?” and second runner-up, Ethan Hawke’s “Seymour: An Introduction.” 
 
tiffsignCanada Goose Award for Best Canadian Feature Film:  Maxime Giroux’s “Felix and Meira.” Carries a cash prize of $30,000. 
 
City of Toronto Award for Best Canadian First Feature Film:  Jeffrey St. Jules’  “Bang Bang Baby.” Cash prize of $15,000.
 
Prize of the International Critics (FIPRESCI) for Special Presentations: Oren Moverman’s  “Time Out of Mind,” starring Richard Gere. 
 
FIPRESCI for the Discovery Programme:  Abd Al Malik for “May  Allah Bless France!” 
 
NETPAC Award:  As selected by a jury from the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema, the NETPAC Award for World or International Asian Film Premiere goes to Shonali Bose for “Margarita, With a Straw.”
 
Vimeo Award for Best Canadian Short Film: Randall Okita for “The Weatherman and the Shadowboxer.” Award offers a $10,000 cash prize. Honorable mention to Rob Grant’s “What Doesn’t Kill You.” 
 
Vimeo Award for Best International Short Film: Sotiris Dounoukos’s “A Single Body.”  The award offers a $10,000 cash prize. Honorable mention to Atsuko Hirayanagi for “ Oh Lucy!” 
 
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Photos: WireImage/Getty for TIFF and Barbara Vancheri. TIFF signs are a photo magnet for passers-by. The lobby is jammed at the Scotiabank Theatre. Plastic is peeled off the carpet outside the TIFF Bell Lightbox before Al Pacino's arrival, and outdoor interviews for "Haemoo" are broadcast inside the gala screening at Roy Thomson Hall.  And a street singer takes advantage of the pedestrian traffic on King Street West to collect some coins and bills. 

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Despite violence against women, No Good Deed does well at box office

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“No Good Deed,” which has brutal violence against women at a time when the spotlight is focused on that issue due to the NFL, was No. 1 at the box office with an estimated $24.5 million. 
 
Idris Elba plays an escaped prisoner, with a history of violence against women, who shows up on the doorstep of an Atlanta family and charms and then terrorizes the members. His popularity, combined with that of Taraji P. Henson and the thriller element, helped to power the movie past the family friendly sequel to “Dolphin Tale.”
 
Here are the early estimates according to Rentrak: 
 
1. “No Good Deed” — $24,500,000.
2. “Dolphin Tale 2” — $16,550,000.
3. “Guardians of the Galaxy” — $8,041,000, bringing its North Amercian gross to $305,926,000.
4. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” — $4,800,000, for $181,041,491 since release. 
5. “Let’s Be Cops” — $4,300,000, or $72,972,448 to date. 
6. “The Drop” — $4,200,000, in limited release. 
7. “If I Stay” — $4,050,000, for $44,937,290 so far. 
8. “The November Man” — $2,750,000, for $22,495,377. 
9. “The Giver” — $2,626,000, nudging its gross to $41,329,400.
10. “The Hundred-Foot Journey” — $2,461,000, for $49,409,000.
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