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"Her" gets DVD date -- finally

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“Her” will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and digital HD on May 13. It was the last of the nine best picture Oscar nominees to get a date.

Spike Jonze won the Academy Award for original screenplay for a love story set in the Los Angeles of the near future. Joaquin Phoenix portrays a soulful, heartbroken man who falls for the voice of a new advanced operating system. Scarlett Johansson invests "Samantha" with humor, intelligence and insight, turning her into a true character.

The movie also was nominated for best picture, original score, song and production design.

Blu-ray combo pack will have a suggested retail price of $35.99. That includes the film on Blu-ray, a DVD and digital version.

Photo by Aaron Poole, A.M.P.A.S. shows Spike Jonze posing with his Oscar for the press.

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How to try to be an extra in Pittsburgh movie with Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried

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“Fathers and Daughters,” the movie shooting in Pittsburgh with Russell Crowe, Octavia Spencer, Diane Kruger, Amanda Seyfried and Aaron Paul, is looking for extras to populate a loft party March 27 and a series of scenes with high-powered businessmen, a fancy holiday party, funeral and ritzy banquet.
 
Nancy Mosser Casting needs “trendy-hip-attractive” men and women ages 18 to 40 for a loft party scene March 27 in the Point Breeze area. Potential extras should expect to work 12 to 14 hours and they must be available that entire time, which could be all day or all night. Pay is minimum wage for the first eight hours and time and a half after.
 
If interested, email a recent photo to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with name, age and phone number as well as the date you would like to work (for above, date is March 27). Write “Trendy Press Release” in subject line. 
 
Also needed:  “Upperscale men and women 35 and older” for some key scenes for the movie.  Those extras also should be expected to work 12 to 14 hours for what might be all day or all night, and pay is at same rate as above. 
 
Mosser Casting is looking for men 40-plus, to play high-powered business people, for an April 9 scene. Men and women 30-plus are needed for an upper-class holiday party scene. 
 
Men and women 35-plus are required for April 13 for two scenes, a funeral and ritzy banquet.
 
Send recent photo to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with name, age and phone along with available dates from those provided. Write “Upperscale Press Release” in that subject line.
 
You will receive an email if Mosser is interested. 
 

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Footage from Divergent premiere

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“Divergent” had its much-awaited premiere Tuesday night in Los Angeles. A look at the crowds who turned out to greet all of the stars and then what three of them — Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Ansel Elgort — had to say.

 

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No wayback machine needed, Peabody & Sherman No. 1

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“Mr. Peabody & Sherman” sped to the top of the weekend box office with an estimated $21.2 million, putting its gross so far at $63 million. 
 
It vaulted ahead of the second “300” and newcomer “Need for Speed” starring Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper and lots of cars you and I will never be able to afford. Or drive at 230 mph. 
 
Here are the early numbers, courtesy of Rentrak which tracks the box office:
 
NeedforSpeed31. “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” — $21,200,000, bringing its total so far to $63,179,916.
 
2. “300: Rise of an Empire” — $19,105,000, for $78,310,553 to date. 
 
3. “Need for Speed” — $17,808,000.
 
4. “Non-Stop” — $10,615,305, for $68,805,115 since release.
 
5. “Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club” — $8,300,000.
 
6. “The Lego Movie” — $7,705,000, for an impressive $236,931,928 since it hit theaters in early February.
 
7. “Son of God” — $5,400,000, for $50,874,708 since release.
 
8. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” —$3,640,000 from just 66 locations, for $4,778,940 in limited release.
 
9. “Frozen” — $2,117,000, for $396,356,000 since Thanksgiving. It arrives on DVD Tuesday, so it may or may not hit $400 million in North America. 
 
10. “Veronica Mars” — $2,021,000. 
 
In case you’re wondering when the “Grand Budapest Hotel” will open in Pittsburgh, the answer is Friday, March 21, although so far it’s listed only at AMC-Loews at the Waterfront and the Manor in Squirrel Hill. The image below, of Adrien Brody, is from the Wes Anderson movie.
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The F Word romcom with Daniel Radcliffe gets new name, date

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“The F Word,” starring Daniel Radcliffe and executive produced by Pittsburgh native Jesse Shapira, has a new title and release date.

Variety reports and CBS Films confirms, on its website, the romcom has been renamed “What If” and will open in New York and Los Angeles on Aug. 1 and expand during the next two weeks. That means Pittsburgh likely will get the movie Aug. 15.

Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan play friends who try to resist their obvious attraction. She’s an animator and has a longtime boyfriend, and he is a medical school dropout who hates the idea of infidelity, due to his parents’ divorce and ex-girlfriend’s affair.

I saw it in Toronto, where it had its world premiere and where it was enthusiastically received and deservedly so. It’s warm and funny and allows the “Harry Potter” star to flash a winning, comic, romantic and adult side – thanks to a brief skinny dipping scene in Lake Ontario (the movie mainly is set in Toronto).

The film is from Michael Dowse (“Goon,” “Fubar,” “It’s All Gone Pete Tong,” “Take Me Home Tonight”) and also stars Rafe Spall, Megan Park, Adam Driver and Mackenzie Davis

 

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