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Gone Girl movie looks like October treat

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Unless something goes horribly wrong, “Gone Girl” has all the makings of a good – likely very good – movie.

 It stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike and is based on the Gillian Flynn novel about a husband accused in his wife’s disappearance. He goes from sympathetic spouse of a missing woman to murder suspect, even though there is no body.

Just disturbing mounting evidence that he might have done something terrible. It hits theaters Oct. 3. 

 

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Throw 100 mph pitch and possibly win a million dollars from Disney

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Disney is staging a Million Dollar Arm Pitching Contest to celebrate the opening of the movie “Million Dollar Arm.”
 
The May 16 release tells the true story of two young men from India who went from never throwing a baseball or cradling a glove to getting a Major League tryout. And yes, there’s a huge Pittsburgh connection. 
 
Amateur baseball pitchers — male or female, who are legal United States residents at least 18 years of age or older — are invited to qualify to compete in the preliminary rounds of the contest at either Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Disneyland Resort in California or at the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day at the Tribeca Family Festival in New York City. 
 
The three contestants from each location who throw the fastest pitches will advance to the finals and have a chance to compete for a $1 million prize at the world premiere of Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm” in Hollywood.
 
Official rules are available on Disney.com’s “Million Dollar Arm” homepage at http://disney.com/PitchingContest.
 
Presented by Subway restaurants, the three qualifying events will take place on April 25 and 26, from 7 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., at both Downtown Disney District in Anaheim, Calif. and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World and on April 26 only, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day during the Tribeca Family Festival in New York City. 
 
Contestants will throw three pitches, each tracked by a radar gun, in an attempt to throw the fastest pitch. All participants will receive tickets for themselves and a guest to see an advance screening of Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm” at an AMC theater  later that evening.
 
Nine finalists chosen during these qualifying events will have a chance to compete for the $1 million prize at the world premiere of Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm.”
 
The top three eligible pitchers with the fastest pitches from each qualifying round location will be flown with his or her guest to the final contest, which will take place at the world premiere of Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm” in Hollywood, Calif., on May 6. 
 
Each of these finalists will throw three pitches on Hollywood Boulevard. Any eligible finalist who throws one 100 mph strike (out of three pitches) will become a potential winner of the $1 million grand prize.
 
The nine finalists and their guests will be VIPs at the film’s premiere along with stars, filmmakers, major league players, coaches, scouts and celebrities.
 
The movie is about a sports agent, J.B. Bernstein (played by Jon Hamm) who travels to India looking for a young cricket player he can turn into a MLB star. There, he discovers Dinesh (played by Madhur Mittal from “Slumdog Millionaire”) and Rinku (played by Suraj Sharma from “Life of Pi”), two 18-year-old boys who have no idea about playing baseball, yet have a knack for throwing a fastball.
 
They come to the States where they have a lot to learn. And so, it turns out, does Bernstein. The film will arrive in theaters May 16.
 

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Captain America hangs onto top spot

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captpster“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” held onto the top spot at the box office this weekend with a commanding $41 million.
 
That meant “Rio 2” still landed in second place with an estimated $39 million. 
 
Here are the early numbers, courtesy of Rentrak:
 
1. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” — $41,398,000, for $159,006,000 since release. 
2. “Rio 2” — $39,000,000.
3. “Oculus” — $12,000,000.
4. “Draft Day” — $9,750,000.
5. “Divergent” — $7,500,000, for $124,876,993 since release. 
6. “Noah” — $7,450,000, bringing its total to $84,871,635.
7. “God’s Not Dead” — $5,485,000 or $40,700,000 so far. 
8. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” — $4,050,000 or $39,469,555 to date.
9. “Muppets Most Wanted” — $2,193,000, for $45,670,000 so far. 
10. “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” — $1,825,000, for $105,214,979 since release.
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Jane Fonda now in movie mix for "Fathers and Daughters"

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janefondaosAmanda Seyfried and Aaron Paul are gone but Jane Fonda and Bruce Greenwood are here or due for their roles in “Fathers and Daughters,” the Russell Crowe movie shooting in Pittsburgh.

The cast is pretty spectacular, with Octavia Spencer, Diane Kruger and Quvenzhane Wallis also part of the story of the troubled relationship between widowed father and daughter.

Crowe plays a prize-winning novelist left to raise his young daughter alone after a fatal car accident. The narrative toggles between the 1980s and present day.

Gabriele Muccino, a native of Rome, Italy, is directing the screenplay by Brad Desch. Muccino also directed “The Pursuit of Happyness” starring Will Smith.

Photo of Jane Fonda from 2013 Oscars. By Matt Petit, A.M.P.A.S. 

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Allegiant split into 2 movies

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The “Divergent” trilogy is getting the “Twilight” and “The Hunger Games” treatment. Lionsgate has announced it will split the third book in the series into two movies.

 

The second “Allegiant” film will open on March 24, 2017, which means Shailene Woodley (soon to be seen in “The Fault in Our Stars”) will be living with Beatrice or Tris Prior for a very long time.

 

“Divergent,” also starring Theo James, opened on March 21 and is still playing in theaters. “Insurgent,” based on the second book in the Veronica Roth series, is due in theaters March 20, 2015.

theojamesThe first “Allegiant” will arrive March 18, 2016 and the second a year later. After cataclysmic events in “Insurgent,” Tris and Four enter a dangerous new world in “Allegiant – Parts 1 & 2” that they no longer recognize. As new truths are revealed about the past and future, Tris must face impossible choices about courage, allegiance and love to protect the people closest to her.

Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-chairmen Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger said in a statement: “Veronica Roth brings her captivating story to a masterful conclusion in ‘Allegiant,’ a rich, action-packed book with material that is ideally suited to two strong and fulfilling movies.

“The storytelling arc and world of the characters lend themselves perfectly to two films, a storytelling strategy that has worked very well for us on the two ‘Twilight Breaking Dawn’ films and about which we’re tremendously enthusiastic for the two upcoming ‘Mockingjay’films of ‘The Hunger Games’ franchise.”

“The Hunger Games” and “The Twilight Saga” franchises have grossed more than $5 billion worldwide, with “Mockingjay –Parts 1 & 2” scheduled for Nov. 21, 2014, and Nov. 20, 2015.

Photos by Jaap Buitendijk, Summit Entertainment

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