Updated Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Updated again on Tuesday at 11:55 a.m. Updated Thursday at 8:20 p.m.
If you’re planning on seeing “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” – and who isn’t, right? – you should know that it will open only at AMC-Loews at the Waterfront and the Manor in Squirrel Hill this Friday, June 26.
(I see an ad in today's -- Sunday's -- paper also has it opening at Carmike's Galleria in Mt. Lebanon, which is great. And I just heard it also will be at the new Cinemark at McCandless Crossing. All of that could relieve intense demand for tickets. But in a new wrinkle, the Friday ad for Galleria does not list it and it's also not online, so strike the Galleria. Not sure why this is so confusing but I assume the addition of new movies come June 30 and July 1 may be a factor.)
It could go wider down the road but if you hope for prime-time moviegoing, you may want to buy your tickets in advance. The dramedy is set in Pittsburgh and was filmed here and is based on the novel of the same name by former Pittsburgher Jesse Andrews. It stars Thomas Mann, Olivia Cooke and RJ Cyler.
One month later, July 24 should bring “Southpaw” starring Jake Gyllenhaal as the reigning light heavyweight boxing champion of the world. He seems to have it all, including a loving wife (Rachel McAdams) and daughter (Oona Laurence), along with a lavish lifestyle.
Tragedy hits, though, and personal losses are compounded by the decision of his lifelong manager and friend (Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson) to leave him. He hits rock bottom and turns to a retired fighter and trainer to the city’s toughest amateur boxers. Forest Whitaker plays that role in the movie directed by Pittsburgh native Antoine Fuqua.
And Oct. 23, “The Last Witch Hunter,” also filmed in Pittsburgh, will be released in theaters. Its many stars include Vin Diesel who wrote on Facebook this week: “So the studio apparently is so excited by ‘The Last Witch Hunter’ … that they are already commencing on the next one. The first one doesn’t hit theaters until Oct. 23, yet they want me to commit and already block out time to film it. As always, I love to hear your feedback.”
The only question from Diesel’s enormous fan base seemed to be whether a sequel would interfere with his other movie commitments.
In an unprecedented conclusion to the year, November will bring “Love the Coopers” (formerly “Let It Snow”) and “Concussion” will be a Christmas gift and certain conversation starter. It stars Will Smith as Dr. Bennet Omalu, the first pathologist in the world to detect a brain injury called chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE in a former football player.
The year was 2002 and the player was retired Steelers center Mike Webster who died at age 50 of a heart attack. His brain, it turned out, was filled with tangles of a protein called tau, attributed to the thousands of head collisions he had experienced as a player.