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Oscar-nominee "Get Out" has free screening Feb. 19

Written by Maria Sciullo on .

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Filmmaker Jordan Peele's Oscar-nominated "Get Out" will have a free screening on Presidents Day (Feb. 19) at the AMC Waterfront 22.  To get a ticket, go to the box office that day for the 7 p.m. show. First come, first served.

"Get Out," which stars Daniel Kaluuya ("Black Panther") and Allison Williams, is a thriller combining social commentary, humor and just a touch of gore. It debuted in February, 2017 and is up for Academy Awards in Best Picture, Best Director (Peele), Best Actor (Kaluuya) and Best Original Screenplay.

It recently scored a Best Picture win from the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and will vie for the same at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) Sunday.

"When Jordan approached us about a way to thank fans one year after the release of 'Get Out,' we thought a Presidents' Day screening during Black History Month would be a wonderful way to commemorate the film's impact," said Jim Orr, president of distribution for Universal Pictures.

"The success of his stunning vision would not have been possible without the audience's passion for both 'Get Out's' groundbreaking storytelling and its deft use of art as society's mirror."

Fans are encouraged to use the #GetOutOneYearLater hashtag to share inspired artwork, stories and discussion on Twitter. For more information, go to getoutoneyearlater.com.

 

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'Beauty and the Beast' director reveals Josh Gad's LeFou as Disney's first gay character

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In an interview with the magazine Attitude"Beauty and the Beast" director Bill Condon has said that the character of LeFou, played by Carnegie Mellon grad Josh Gad ("Book of Mormon"; "Frozen"), will have "a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie."

2017JoshGadPoster280An openly gay character is reported to be a first for Disney and is a dedication to the late lyricist Howard Ashman, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Mr. Ashman died before the animated film premiered in theaters.

Gad was asked by a Twitter follower to confirm the reports, and he tweeted, "Beyond proud of this."

The live-action "Beauty and the Beast" opens March 17, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens. Gad's LeFou is sidekick to the egomaniacal Gaston (Luke Evans).

"LeFou is somebody ... who's just realizing that he has these feelings," Condon tells Attitude. "And Josh makes something really subtle and delicious out of it. And that's what has its payoff at the end, which I don't want to give away."

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"The Voice" semifinalist Josh Gallagher had the look, way back when

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Fans of Josh Gallagher on "The Voice" have come to expect a certain sartorial image each Monday.

For starters, there's the black baseball cap (which now has its own Twitter account, btw). He sang one week without it, but come on, the hat is part of the image. Cresson, Pennsylvania's Gallagher might be country, but he isn't cowboy hat.

Then there is the vest, the button down shirt. His mother, Cathy Gallagher, recalled that when her son was 10, the kids in a local youth program put on a show for the parents.

"He wore a little vest and a button-down shirt... just like the one he wears now," she said. "He sang the Justin Timberlake part in 'Bye Bye Bye.'"

There's more to Gallagher's image than meets the eye, however. His father, Dan Gallagher, only half-joked that father, son and mother are all a bit superstitious. That's one of the reason Dad hasn't attended any of the live shows; if Josh is doing fine with his being back in Western Pennsylvania, let's not jinx it.

Before attending each show, Mrs. Gallagher said she slips a little bag of Fritos into her purse as a good-luck charm. And the young nephews of Josh's newlywed wife, Lindsey, gave him their own present.

"They took a pair of black crew socks, and wrote 'Lucky' on one and 'Sock' on the other," Mrs. Gallagher said, laughing. "He's worn them on stage every week."

"The Voice" is averaging 12.2 million viewers for its Monday and Tuesday night shows on NBC. Eight singers remain; four advance to next week's finals.

Mr. Gallagher sang "Danny's Song" Monday night, and had fun with Joe Cocker's "Feelin' Alright' as a duet with Sundance Head.

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Photo gallery from Wizard World Pittsburgh with Jonathan Frakes, Charlie Cox and more

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The second Wizard World Comic Con Pittsburgh saved it's big guns for the final day at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, where Charlie Cox and Elden Henson (below) of Netflix's "Daredevil" and Evan Peters of the "X-Men" films and FX's "American Horror Story" joined a lineup including "Star Trek" stars Jonathan Frakes (above with fans) and Nichelle Nichols.

Frakes. who you probably know as Will Riker of "Star Trek: The Next Generation," is from Bethlehem, PA -- Eagles country -- but he did point out he went to Penn State with Franco Harris. 

Here are some more sights from Sunday at Wizard World:

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'American Horror Story's' Evan Peters and 'Daredevil's' Charlie Cox and Elden Henson charm Pittsburgh at Wizard World Con

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Elden Henson and Charlie Cox of Netflix's "Daredevil" at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center for Wizard World Comic Con on Sunday.
 
Evan Peters knows from scary.
 
For him, it's space, the final frontier. This is probably why, when a fan at Pittsburgh's Wizard World Comic Con asked where he would set the next season of his FX series, "American Horror Story," Peters quickly answered "Outer space terrifies me... All that closed space, stranded... and it's cold out there."
 
Also, in space, no one can hear you scream. Wait, that was a tagline for the film "Alien." Make no mistake -- if "AHS" creator Ryan Murphy sent his series regulars into space, there would indeed be screaming. A lot of screaming.
 
But here were mostly coos and declarations of love for Peters Sunday afternoon at David L. Lawrence Convention Center Q&A. He and the guys from Netfix's "Daredevil" were headliners, and the mood was light; no one seemed to take themselves too seriously. Although he blushed a bit when someone mentioned watching him as a tween actor on Disney's "Phil of the Future," and the 2004 film, "Sleepover." 
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Evan Peters, right, answers fan questions at a Wizard World panel in Pittsburgh.
 
To be fair, that last feature also had Academy Award-winner Brie Larson in the cast.
 
Peters' session was followed by deep-dive comics discussion between "Daredevil" lead Charlie Cox, his TV sidekick Elden Henson and a couple of guys in the audience. The two actors clearly enjoy an easy-going relationship -- dare we say "bromance"? -- and as late bonded as dads to a newborn and toddler.
 
Noting he has much common with attorney Matt Murdock, his "DD" alter ego who fights crime by night and deals with sleeplessness by day, Cox said "Up all night, fighting diapers."
 
Henson said their relationship has been great from the start, beginning with Henson's first day of shooting. He did a scene where he was supposed to be talking to Cox on the phone and although Cox was off that day, the British actor made a point of coming in to read the lines.
 
Cox laughed and said when he asked Henson to reciprocate, Henson responded "Nah, Dude, I've got stuff to do."
 
There were serious points to be made as well. The Murdock character is blind, and Cox was asked if perhaps TV shows should be casting actors with matching conditions, such as ABC's "Speechless." Actor Micah Fowler, who has cerebral palsy, plays a character with the disability.
 
Cox replied that in certain cases, as in "Daredevil," which is heavy on stunts, that might not be practical. But he said he hoped networks would "prioritize" when casting, and that strides were being taken in the matter of diversity casting.
 
Wizard World Con, incidentally, provided staff to translate Q&A sessions into American Sign Language.
 
Superhero stories lend themselves to the Netflix model, Cox said. "You can tell a story over 13 hours or 16 hours or 20 hours. When you have a superhero movie like 'Spider-Man,' my favorite part is the 20 minutes where he is figuring out what he can do [with his new powers].
"The little boy in me loved that. And I got to spend 13 hours doing that."
 
Both "Daredevil" actors said they've had enough career ups and downs to appreciate the security of working on a series. Henson, who was in Berlin, Germany, finishing up a "The Hunger Games" franchise film, said he gave producers such as Jeph Loeb (executive producer for not just "Daredevil" but a cornucopia of Marvel property television) a terrible Skype audition.
 
Talking via cell phone, he was interrupted by calls and grew increasingly agitated: "But the more frustrated I got, the thought was 'Yeah, he IS Foggy."
 
For Cox, "Daredevil" was the chance to put that drama school fight training to use. "I spent the first 10 years of my career, running into rooms in garters and saying 'My liege,'" he said smiling. Last summer, Cox did an off-Broadway play in New York City.
 
He's gotten so into the stunt work, Cox said he persuaded producers to allow him to do some of his own ("I like to do as much as they'll let me.")
 
To which Henson rolled his eyes and said "And I'm always pushing: 'Can Foggy sit down during this scene?' "
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