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Vin Diesel movie shooting in Pittsburgh gets 2015 release date

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vindieselfacebkpic“The Last Witch Hunter,” now being filmed in Pittsburgh with Vin Diesel, Michael Caine, Elijah Wood and Rose Leslie, will open in theaters on Oct. 23, 2015.

Summit Entertainment announced the release date today.

Diesel plays the title character. Tormented by the loss of his family and cursed with immortality, the last witch hunter is all that stands between humanity and the combined forces of the most horrifying witches in history.

The lead actor is among the producers along with Pittsburgh native Bernie Goldmann, Mark Canton and Samantha Vincent. One Race Films and Goldmann Pictures are the production companies behind the action fantasy.

Diesel posted this dramatic photo on Facebook. 

 

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Elf, with voice of Jim Parsons, coming to NBC this December

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Can you name the four main food groups, according to Buddy the Elf? Or are you a cotton-headed ninny muggins?

No proponent of the food pyramid would approve but they’re candy, candy canes, candy corn and maple syrup.

Buddy-the-Elf-300x279If you are a lover of “Elf” with Will Ferrell – it’s must viewing each Christmas for many of us – you will be thrilled to know that NBC plans a stop-motion hourlong animated special, “Elf:  Buddy’s Musical Christmas.”

It will air on Tuesday, Dec. 16 at 8 p.m. and will star “The Big Bang Theory” Emmy winner Jim Parsons.

The voice cast also will include Mark Hamill, Ed Asner, Fred Armisen, Jay Leno, Matt Lauer, Gilbert Gottfried, Kate Micuci, Rachael MacFarlane, Max Charles and Steve Higgins.

The special will have nine songs including, “Happy All the Time,” “A Christmas Song” and “Nobody Cares About Santa Claus.”

NBC says the special will combine the humor and spirit of the movie and the Broadway production.

The story is about Buddy – who long believed he was an elf, just like those who raised him – traveling to New York City to meet his father (James Caan in the feature film) and bringing Christmas cheer and a little chaos to everyone he meets. 

Below:  Jim Parsons picks up another Emmy. Photo by Invision/AP.

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Matthew McConaughey on marriage, fatherhood and romcoms

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1114 COVER-hiMatthew McConaughey, who will return to the big screen with "Interstellar," acknowledges he’s vain — if other men looked like him, they might be, too — and says, “I think vanity is a good thing. It’s done more good things for me than it has not.”
 
In an interview with GQ’s Brett Martin, he talked about a range of subjects. Here are some excerpts,  courtesy of the magazine which goes on sale in New York and LA this week: 
 
Marriage to Camila:  “I had to get to the point where I saw it as more than just the thing to do.”
 
“I wanted to really want to. You know, I didn’t want it to be a destination; the fun is that we’re on the adventure together. And look, some of it had to do with her putting it on me. It took her going, ‘C’mon, Big Boy, Mr. Easygoing-We’ll- Get-to-It-When-We-Get-to-It. Either s—- or get off the pot.’ ”
 
Fatherhood:  “It’s the one thing I’ve always wanted to be. Never is a man more of a man than when he is the father of a newborn. You know what’s important. I definitely got more selfish. And at the same time, I think I got more compassionate.”
 
Keeping a diary:  “A man should always have his diary on him,” he said. “That  way he’s guaranteed to always have something incredible to read.”
 
As a fan of the Washington Redskins, his take on the name:  “What interests me is how quickly it got pushed into the social consciousness. We were all fine with it since the 1930s, and all of a sudden we go, ‘No, gotta change it’? It seems like when the first levee breaks, everybody gets on board. 
 
“I love the emblem. I dig it. It gives me a little fire and some oomph. But now that it’s in the court of public opinion, it’s going to change. I wish it wouldn’t, but it will.”
 
Romcoms:  “These things aren’t easy,” McConaughey, says of romantic comedies. “What’s hard is to make them look easy. Those kinds of movies are what they are. They get pooh-poohed by critics. They get pooh-poohed by actors themselves. And in a way I get it, but in other ways it’s completely unfair.”
 
Watching his weight or not:  McConaughey admits he doesn’t have to work hard to maintain his infamous body. “I have good genes. My dad was an athlete. I got real fortunate with that. I haven’t used a weight in three years. Plus ten pounds, minus ten pounds—I can go bam, within a week.”
 
Family charisma: He discloses he is not the most charismatic McConaughey. His eldest brother, Rooster — his name is Mike McConaughey, but people know him as Rooster — is a “genius,” according to McConaughey. “He just draws people to him.”
 
On pal Lance Armstrong:  He admits they are still in contact, but not as much as they once were. “I like people who are great at what they do. At that time, we were two single men who were doing good in their careers and came from different places. ... 
 
“To put my own emotions in front of this and go ‘You didn’t tell me the truth’ would be arrogant. And you know what? This is a friend. Who I know to be a good man. If there was an apology, it was said and I heard it.”
 
For more on the story, http://www.gq.com
GQ cover photo by Peggy Sirota/GQ. 
 

 

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'Fury' wins box-office battle

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Brad Pitt won the war of the weekend box office with “Fury,” which bumped “Gone Girl” out of the top slot. 
 
Bolstered by a cast that includes Logan Lerman, Shia LaBeouf, Michael Pena and Jon Bernthal, “Fury” earned an estimated $23.5 million. 
 
birdman-BIRDMAN-one-sheet-4 rgbDoing incredibly well in limited release is “Birdman" starring Michael Keaton. If you are asking, when will “Birdman” open in Pittsburgh, the answer is Halloween and (at the moment) at the Manor Theater in Squirrel Hill and Galleria in Mt. Lebanon. 
 
Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Rentrak, reports:  
 
“In the specialized world, the critical hit that is Fox Searchlight’s ‘Birdman’ starring Michael Keaton and Edward Norton, had a spectacular debut in just four locations earning $415,000 and a massive per location average of $103,750. ‘Birdman’ boasts the second highest opening per-theater average of the year behind only “Grand Budapest Hotel” ($202,792) and ahead of “Boyhood” ($77,524).”
 
Here are the early weekend estimates courtesy of Rentrak: 
 
1. “Fury” — $23,500,000.
2. “Gone Girl” — $17,800,000, bringing its total to $107,068,864.
3. “The Book of Life” — $17,000,000.
4. “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” — $12,039,000, for $36,871,000 to date. 
5. “The Best of Me” — $10,200,000.
6. “Dracula Untold” — $9,889,000, or $40,735,090 so far. 
7. “The Judge” — $7,940,000, for $26,843,343 since release. 
8. “Annabelle” — $7,925,000, bumping its North American figure to $74,126,710.
9. “The Equalizer” — $5,450,000, for $89,168,934 since release. 
10. “The Maze Runner” — $4,500,000, or $90,837,283 to date.  

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Dawn Keezer on 2014-15 TV/movie production in Pittsburgh

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With Vin Diesel still in town for “The Last Witch Hunter” and Will Smith preparing to shoot his movie, it seemed a perfect time for Dawn Keezer to give an update on production in Pittsburgh. 
 
The director of the Pittsburgh Film Office stopped by the Post-Gazette today, at our invitation, to talk about 2014, what 2015 could bring and the always important incentive for production to come to Pennsylvania. 
 
 

 

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