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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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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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Unstoppable Julianne Moore

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juliannemooremagcoverpicJulianne Moore talks about joining “The Hunger Games” franchise, mourning her friend Philip Seymour Hoffman and her increasing fondness for happy endings in the November issue of More magazine. It hits newsstands Tuesday. 
 
Alec Baldwin, who co-stars in “Still Alice” in which Moore plays a linguistics professor with early-onset Alzheimer’s, calls her unstoppable. 
 
“A lot of people work when they’re young and then their lives evolve. Some of them drop off or only work now and then. Then there are women like Julie: They get married, have a family and do remarkable work year after year. It’s hard for men to do that, but it’s even harder for women. She’s unstoppable that way.”
 
"Still Alice" has vaulted Moore to the top of the list for best actress Oscar contenders. (It has no Pittsburgh date yet). 
 
Moore, meanwhile, talks about how her children ages 16 and 12 influenced her decision to play President Alma Coin in “The Hunger Games:  Mockingjay — Part 1” and “Part 2”: “For a child moving into adolescence, the big question is, Do I have free will? Can I determine my own future?” she says.
 
“[At that age] you’re still with your parents. But you’re asking yourself, who am I? Most of the films I make are not for kids. My son was in line for the midnight show when ‘The Hunger Games’ first came out. They both loved the books. For them, my being in ‘Mockingjay’ was fairly meaningful.”
 
When asked about Hoffman — the two worked on “Magnolia,” “Boogie Nights” and “The Big Lebowski” — her face became flushed with emotion. “What is there to say? It was a terrible, ridiculous, untimely loss. It’s difficult,” she told the magazine, “because I’m not sure how his family wants to deal with all this. It’s not my place. But I can talk about him as a colleague: He was an extraordinary talent and a lovely human being.”
 
As for how being older has changed her views on Hollywood and the choices she makes: “I used to think, Life’s really challenging. Things are tough, so they should be tough in a book, in a movie. They should be sad.” But the older she gets, the more she likes happy endings. 
 
insidemoorepicblog“When you’re starting out in this business, you feel like you’re not in charge, that you’re still looking to the world for a kind of validation. But as you get older, you realize that direction comes from yourself, from your own desires and responsibilities. You choose your work. You choose your life. That’s where your power comes from—and that’s a great feeling.”
 
As for what she would do more of if she could start over:  “Skiing. I’m terrified of skiing and I can’t get over the hump.”
 
She also weighs in on Moore’s take on her five most memorable on-screen characters:
 
Amber Waves, “Boogie Nights” (1997). “She has a lot of sexual power, but she’s powerless economically, so ultimately she doesn’t have a lot of choice.”
 
Maude Lebowski, “The Big Lebowski”  (1998). “Her power comes from her social hierarchy: She’s wealthy and a member of the 1 percent.”
 
Jules, “The Kids Are All Right” (2010). “She has a lot of authority within her family, but now that her kids are growing up, she feels like she’s losing her position.”
 
Sarah Palin, “Game Change” (2012). “She came into the election with the kind of charisma that people don’t often see in politics. But ultimately she was at the behest of the Republican Party.”
 
Alma Coin, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay” (2014). “She is about political power— how you wield it and what you are trying to gain.”
 
 
Photo:  Mark Abrahams/More Magazine.
 

 

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Will Smith concussion movie lands another actor

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richardtjonesimdbpicbvblogandrewatersThe cast of the untitled Will Smith concussion movie, scheduled to shoot in Pittsburgh this fall and early winter, has added another name: Richard T. Jones. 
The movie and TV actor has been cast as Andre Waters, TheWrap.com reports. Waters was a defensive back who spent most of his 12 seasons in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles.
 
Waters was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Tampa, Fla, in November 2006. He was 44 and yet his brain tissue apparently that was of an 80-year-old with Alzheimer’s.
 
Smith is playing Dr. Bennet Omalu , the real-life pathologist who was the first to detect CTE or chronic traumatic encephalopathy in a former football player. 
 
keyart-406x600 111David Morse, who was spotted Thursday in a Downtown store by a colleague, will play former Steelers center Mike Webster, who died in 2002 at age 50.
 
The cast also reportedly will include Alec Baldwin, Albert Brooks, Paul Reiser, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Arliss Howard, Luke Wilson and Bitsie Tulloch.
 
Peter Landesman is directing and writing the screenplay based on a Jeanne Marie Laskas story for GQ.
 
He wrote the movie "Kill the Messenger," based on real-life reporter Gary Webb who came to a tragic end after his editors essentially disowned him and competitors tried to discredit him. The movie, starring Jeremy Renner, already opened and closed here but should turn up on DVD and on-demand.
 
The original story: http://www.thewrap.com/richard-t-jones-to-play-late-nfl-star-andre-waters-in-will-smiths-football-concussion-movie-exclusive/

 

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Ouija board points to No. 1

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“Ouija” worked a magical spell at the box office, edging out Keanu Reeves and “John Wick.” 
 
The strong showing for “Ouija” is good news for “Me & Earl & the Dying Girl,” which was filmed in Pittsburgh earlier this year and also stars Olivia Cooke although she shaved her head to more convincingly play an ailing girl. 
 
Early box-office estimates from Rentrak show “Ouija” grossed an estimated $20,006,000 in North America. Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst, said in his weekly analysis, “As with most horror films, ‘Ouija’ had a very modest budget and is already scarily profitable as we head into Halloween week.”
 
Here are the top five: 
 
1. “Ouija” — $20,006,000.
2. “John Wick” — $14,150,000.
3. “Fury” — $13,000,000, bringing its gross to $46,050,428.
4. “Gone Girl” — $11,100,000, bumping it to $124,093,222.
5. “The Book of Life” — $9,800,000, for $29,913,449.
 
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