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If you plan on seeing Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, some advice on tickets

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Updated Sunday at 10:30 a.m.  Updated again on Tuesday at 11:55 a.m. Updated Thursday at 8:20 p.m.

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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.  

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sp 086 df-05489r lgOne 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.

The Last Witch Hunter - Teaser PosterAnd 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. 

 

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Movie podcast: Review, interviews about Disney-Pixar "Inside Out"

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Counting (movie) sheep courtesy of Aardman Animations

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Coming to theaters this summer: “Shaun the Sheep Movie” from Studiocanal and Aardman Animations. Lionsgate will release the movie Aug. 7. 
 
Here’s the description:  When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. A mix-up with the farmer, a caravan, and a very steep hill lead them all to the big city and it’s up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home.
 
Pictured above in fun character posters:  Bitzer, Shirley and Timmy. 
 

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Jurassic World does blockbuster (and then some) business

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“Jurassic World,” starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, stomped the competition at the box office and set a record with its estimated $204,596,380 in its opening weekend, just in North America. 
 
“This debut gives ‘Jurassic World’ the second biggest North American opening weekend ever and only the second film to ever break the $200 million box office sound barrier behind Disney’s May 2012 release of ‘Marvel’s The Avengers’ and its $207.4 million debut and just ahead of ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ and its massive $191.3 million opening at the beginning of May 2015,” Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst for Rentrak, said today. 
 
That doesn’t count the international box office, another $307.2 million, making for a worldwide total of $511.8 million. Dergarabedian says this is the first time a film has grossed $500 million in a single weekend. 
 
The top 10 courtesy of Rentrak:
 
“Jurassic World” — $204,596,380
“Spy” — $16,000,000, for $56,937,244 to date. 
“San Andreas” — $11,010,000, bumping its North American gross to $119,320,914.
“Insidious: Chapter 3” — 7,300,000, for $37,370,581 so far. 
“Pitch Perfect 2” — $5,969,710, or $170,685,395 since release. 
“Entourage” — $4,340,000, for $25,870,472.
“Mad Max: Fury Road” — $4,130,000, or $138,607,827 to date. 
“Avengers: Age of Ultron” — $3,641,000, for $444,743,218
“Tomorrowland” — $3,417,000, or $83,608,000. 
“Love & Mercy” — $1,765,720, for $4,774,331.
 
 

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Benedict Cumberbatch and wife welcome baby boy

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LONDON (AP) — Actor Benedict Cumberbatch and wife Sophie Hunter have become parents of a baby boy.

A spokesman said Saturday evening the couple is “delighted to announce the arrival of their beautiful son.”

The baby was born the day after the 38-year old actor was honored by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to the performing arts and charity.

Cumberbatch was nominated for an Academy Award for his portrayal of computer genius Alan Turing in “The Imitation Game.” He is also known for his work on the “Sherlock” TV series.

He and Hunter married earlier this year. She is an actress and director.     

 

The couple at the Oscars in February. Photo by Richard Harbaugh, A.M.P.A.S.

 

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