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Emile Hirsch to play John Belushi

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

 
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Emile Hirsch as John Belushi? 
 
He already went “Into the Wild” and now will tackle the wild man of comedy in a movie being produced by Belushi’s wife, Judy Belushi Pisano, and executive produced by Dan Aykroyd, Variety reports.
 
animalhouseThe untitled movie, being directed and written by Steve Conrad (his writing credits include “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” and “The Pursuit of Happyness”) will be based on the Belushi biography by his widow and Tanner Colby
 
Filming is expected to start in New York in the spring and the trade publication’s website says it will cover “The Blues Brothers,” “Animal House” (photo) and “SNL” along with his death at age 33 from cocaine and heroin. 
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The baseball season may be over in Pittsburgh...

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But the World Series is heating up between Boston and St. Louis -- so much so that their orchestras have decided to toss in their hats, in an awesome YouTube brass battle:

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"Game of Thrones" Jack Gleeson talks shop in Pittsburgh

Written by Maria Sciullo on .

 

About the only mean thing Jack Gleeson (aka King Joffrey on HBO's "Game of Thrones") did during a meet-and-greet at the Waterfront Barnes & Noble this afternoon was deface his own visage on a promotional poster.

Gleeson, in town for the annual fundraiser for Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre Oct. 28, happily scribbled a mustache over his photo in silver Sharpie, also filling in the eyes to give them a wicked look, and wrote "J" on one cheek, "G" on the other.

This is the guy who ordered the execution of Ned Stark??

In truth, Gleeson, 21, seemed a bit shy but was game to discuss his character with fans over the course of an hour-long session. He also talked about some of the actors whose careers he admires -- from Cillian Murphy, whom he met while playing a sacred little kid in "Batman Begins" -- to Daniel Day-Lewis ("I know, it's kind of a cliche answer"), to Mark Rylance, Tony and Olivier award-winning actor who has graced the Pittsburgh stage on occasion and currently is on Broadway with no one, but two Shakespearean plays.

He said he's also inspired by Joaquin Phoenix. It is a coincidence that Phoenix's character in "Gladiator" is akin to Joffrey in many ways, he added.

joffreyThrough Dublin's Gate Theatre, Gleeson has gotten to work with many fine actors, including Domhnall Gleeson (no relation), star of the upcoming "About Time". The latter's father is actor Brendan Gleeson.

Alan Stanford, PICT producing artistic director who is also heavily involved in Gate, said "I've been very lucky, we've had some incredibly talented people either come up through class or be involved in one of our [Gate] productions.

Among them: Pauline McLynn, Gabriel Byrne and Domhnall Gleeson, the last of whom played Herbert Pocket in Gate's "Great Expectations." Jack Gleeson was young Pip in that one.

"Ireland is a small country and Dublin is a tight theater community, like Pittsburgh, and the cream comes to the surface quite quickly," Stanford said.

 

 

 

 

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Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa vaults over Gravity for No. 1 spot

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Nothing negative about the money generated by “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa.” 
 
The Johnny Knoxville comedy, in which he plays an 86-year-old widower traveling with his 8-year-old grandson, was No. 1 at the box office, according to early estimates from Rentrak.
 
“Gravity” continues to draw new or repeat business in 2-D and 3-D, while “12 Years a Slave” (on just 123 screens) generated $17,480 per location, almost double that of “Bad Grandpa.” 
 
Here are the top 10 estimates:
 
1. “Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa” — $32,000,000.
2. “Gravity” — $20,300,000, bringing its North American total to $199,814,361.
3. “Captain Phillips” — $11,800,000, for $70,074,043 to date. 
4. “The Counselor” — $8,000,000.
5. “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2” — $6,100,000, or $100,611,254 to date.
6. “Carrie” — $5,900,000, for $26,021,355 since its Oct. 18 release. 
7. “Escape Plan” — $4,340,000, making its two-weekend total an estimated $17,423,582. 
8. “12 Years a Slave” — $2,150,000, or $3,409,943 in its still limited release. 
9. “Enough Said” — $1,555,000, or $13,021,092. 
10. “Prisoners” — $1,063,000, for $59,122,062. 
 
 

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'Game of Thrones' King Joffrey will greet subjects at Pittsburgh's Waterfront Sunday

Written by Maria Sciullo on .

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If, as they say, playing the villain is much more fun than being the good guy, then Jack Gleeson must be having a grand time.

The young "Game of Thrones" actor, who plays the most hated man in Westeros -- or pretty much any land in the television universe -- will be doing a meet-and-greet October 27 at the Waterfront Barnes & Noble in Pittsburgh.

Think of it as King Joffrey Baratheon visiting the common folk at Kings Landing, if indeed Kings Landing had a Starbucks. Gleeson, by all reports a very smart and funny guy (check out this Q&A he did recently at a Dublin university), will be chatting with fans and might even sign GOT merch purchased at the store.

Gleeson is making the trip from his native Ireland to headline an October 28 gala for Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre (PICT). The annual fundraiser -- PICT Plays... with Mystery and Mayhem -- is at J. Verno Studios on the South Side.

PICT producing artistic director Alan Stanford and Gleeson go way back, with Stanford casting him as "the most heart-rending Tiny Tim" years ago in Gate Theatre Dublin's production of "A Christmas Carol."

Now Gleeson is all grown up and playing a sadistic twerp of a king who likes to use crossbows in terrible ways. We'd say 'Bah, humbug,' but when Joffrey's on screen, you just can't look away.

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