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Tim McGraw to perform at Oscars

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glencampbellmovposterTim McGraw will perform the Oscar-nominated song “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” for Glen Campbell at the 87th Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, Feb. 22, live on ABC.
 
“We couldn’t think of anyone better than Tim McGraw to properly celebrate  Oscar nominee, Glen Campbell.  Tim is the consummate country artist and will bring a bit of Nashville to the Oscars stage,” says Zadan and Meron
 
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” written by Campbell and Julian Raymond for the documentary feature “Glen Campbell...I’ll Be Me,” is nominated for Original Song. The four other nominated songs are “Everything Is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie,” “Glory” from “Selma,” “Grateful” from “Beyond the Lights” and “Lost Stars” from “Begin Again.”
 
“I’m honored to be asked to sing this powerful song from one of the true legends of the music industry,” said McGraw.  
 
Earlier, the producers announced that Common and John Legend will perform their song, “Glory,” during the show and Adam Levine will sing “Lost Stars.” Rita Ora will perform “Grateful.”
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In other musical Oscar news, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (above, the Oscar-winning songwriting team from “Frozen”) are writing an original multimedia musical sequence, “Moving Pictures,” which host Neil Patrick Harris will perform. 
 
The 87th Oscars will be held on Sunday, Feb. 22  at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET with the show itself starting at 8:30 p.m. 
 
Photo by Richard Harbaugh/A.M.P.A.S. of Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez after winning the Oscar for original song. “Let It Go,” of course, from “Frozen.”
 

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Let It Snow movie looking to cast 5-year-old boy, details here

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Donna Belajac Casting is looking for a 5-year-old boy for a speaking role in “Let It Snow,” now shooting with a cast that includes Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Ed Helms, Diane Keaton, Anthony Mackie, Amanda Seyfried, June Squibb, Marisa Tomei and Olivia Wilde.  
 
Here are the details from Belajac: 
 
“Would like him to have a ‘character’ face -- chubby, quirky, freckles, glasses. Something a little delightful or special about his look or voice. Pays SAG scale ($880) for the day. Parents should submit name of the boy, close-up photo of his face and a full-length shot (if possible) and contact information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please also include his date of birth and height. 
 
In the subject line please write “5-year-old boy." No phone calls.
 
And remember to email the address above, not the Post-Gazette. 

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And the confirmed stars of "Let It Snow" are ...

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It’s official.

CBS Films has confirmed the names of the cast that started filming the holiday comedy “Let It Snow” in the Pittsburgh area this week and it includes Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Ed Helms, Diane Keaton, Anthony Mackie, Amanda Seyfried, June Squibb, Marisa Tomei and Olivia Wilde.

Also in the cast: Jake Lacy, Alex Borstein and Jon Tenney.

Seyfried was here in 2014 for “Fathers and Daughters” with Russell Crowe, while Tomei came to Pittsburgh more than two decades ago to make “Only You” opposite Robert Downey Jr.

“Let It Snow,” set to open in theaters Nov. 13, 2015, follows the exasperated members of an extended family as they attempt to gather for their annual holiday celebration. The official description: As the Christmas Eve chaos unfolds, so do moments of life transition for each of them as they realize that a house filled with love and laughter always makes the season bright.

Jessie Nelson (“I Am Sam,” “Corrina, Corrina”) is directing the movie, written by Steven Rogers. It is expected to film through late March.

T Bone Burnett is producing the soundtrack and serving as the movie’s executive music producer. 

 

 

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Foxcatcher DVD and Blu-ray will include deleted scenes

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foxcatcherblurayDid you film a scene for “Foxcatcher,” only to find it was eliminated once it hit the big screen? Or would you like to pause the frame to find yourself in a crowd scene?

“Foxcatcher” will arrive on Blu-ray, DVD and digital HD March 3, two Tuesdays after the Academy Awards where the movie is competing for best actor (Steve Carell), best supporting actor (Mark Ruffalo), director Bennett Miller, original screenplay and makeup and hairstyling. 

Bonus features on the Blu-ray and DVD will include deleted scenes and a new featurette, “The Story of Foxcatcher,” a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film with the director and stars Carell and Channing Tatum.

The movie is based on actual events surrounding eccentric multi-millionaire John du Pont and two Olympic gold medal winning wrestlers and brothers who are drawn into his orbit with tragic results. The cast also includes Vanessa Redgrave, Sienna Miller and Anthony Michael Hall. The movie was filmed largely in Western Pennsylvania, including in the Pittsburgh area.

“Foxcatcher” is rated R for some drug use and a scene of violence. 

 

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl gets standing O and raves at Sundance Film Festival

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UPDATE:  Variety is now reporting that Fox Searchlight has closed a deal to distribute "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl." The news came hours after the first glowing reviews.  

It doesn’t get much better than this. A standing ovation at the Sundance Film Festival and rapturous reviews in Variety and The Hollywood Reporter.

A headline on the Variety online review of “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” by critic Peter Debruge reads:  “Enthusiastically received at Sundance, this cancer-themed dramedy has the potential to outperform last year’s ‘The Fault in Our Stars.’ ”

It reads, in part:  “Anyone who buys a ticket to a film called ‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’ goes in fully expecting to cry. It’s sort of a given. The surprise, then, is the laughter: the near-constant stream of wise, insightful jokes that make it so easy to cozy up to characters dealing with a tough emotional situation.

“The story of a high school senior forced to befriend a classmate who was just diagnosed with leukemia, and the sincere, nonsexual connection that forms as a result … this rousing adaptation of Jesse Andrews’ novel is destined not only to connect with young audiences in a big way, but to endure as a touchstone for its generation.”

The movie is based on a novel and screenplay by former Pittsburgher Andrews and the film was shot here.

The Hollywood Reporter’s Sundance review by John DeFore started this way:  “A smart-ass charmer, merciless tearjerker and unironic celebration of teenage creativity, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s ‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’ got a standing ovation at its Eccles premiere today and deserved it.

“The tragicomic story of the friendship between a misfit teen, his pal Earl and – uh, you get the idea – is an illness pic without the guilt-inducing mawkishness or carpe-diem platitudes. Film-seek friendly but thoroughly accessible and very funny, it has the makings of a mainstream hit.”  

That should guarantee distribution which means, if all goes well, it will eventually land in a theater near you. 

Here's a link to a story my colleague Anya Sostek wrote about the filming:

http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/movies/2015/01/25/Me-Earl-the-Dying-Girl-made-and-set-in-Pittsburgh-premieres-today-at-Sundance-Film-Festival/stories/201501250025

 

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