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Jane Fonda now in movie mix for "Fathers and Daughters"

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janefondaosAmanda Seyfried and Aaron Paul are gone but Jane Fonda and Bruce Greenwood are here or due for their roles in “Fathers and Daughters,” the Russell Crowe movie shooting in Pittsburgh.

The cast is pretty spectacular, with Octavia Spencer, Diane Kruger and Quvenzhane Wallis also part of the story of the troubled relationship between widowed father and daughter.

Crowe plays a prize-winning novelist left to raise his young daughter alone after a fatal car accident. The narrative toggles between the 1980s and present day.

Gabriele Muccino, a native of Rome, Italy, is directing the screenplay by Brad Desch. Muccino also directed “The Pursuit of Happyness” starring Will Smith.

Photo of Jane Fonda from 2013 Oscars. By Matt Petit, A.M.P.A.S. 

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For the record, Monday is 'Jerry Weber Day' in Pittsburgh

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Jerry-Weber-and-his-son-WillieWillie and Jerry Weber with their R. Crumb drawingYou won’t see the smiling face of Jerry Weber behind the counter of Jerry’s Records on Monday morning (it's closed on Mondays anyway).

He’s been summoned to city council chambers, where he will be honored with the proclamation of Jerry Weber Day, in advance of Record Store Day on Saturday, April 19.

It’s kind of a make-good for Weber who has been in the business for almost 40 years and owns one of the nation’s most prestigious stores.

Last year, City Council President Bruce Kraus commemorated Record Store Day by recognizing Dave’s Music Mine, the South Side store within his District 3.

Weber says was he was giving Kraus, a longtime Jerry’s customer, a hard time, in a joking way, saying, “I gave Dave his start and he’s getting a proclamation!”

This year, Kraus called Weber and told him it was his turn.

“I was like, ‘Bruce, I was jagging you. I don’t care about a proclamation,” Weber says.

Nonetheless, he’ll be there happily on Monday morning, with son Willie, to accept.

Then, he’ll get back to the business of Jerry’s, which includes a Record Store Day giveaway on Saturday of 25,000 LPs and an expanded $1 sale at the Squirrel Hill vinyl mecca.

 

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Allegiant split into 2 movies

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The “Divergent” trilogy is getting the “Twilight” and “The Hunger Games” treatment. Lionsgate has announced it will split the third book in the series into two movies.

 

The second “Allegiant” film will open on March 24, 2017, which means Shailene Woodley (soon to be seen in “The Fault in Our Stars”) will be living with Beatrice or Tris Prior for a very long time.

 

“Divergent,” also starring Theo James, opened on March 21 and is still playing in theaters. “Insurgent,” based on the second book in the Veronica Roth series, is due in theaters March 20, 2015.

theojamesThe first “Allegiant” will arrive March 18, 2016 and the second a year later. After cataclysmic events in “Insurgent,” Tris and Four enter a dangerous new world in “Allegiant – Parts 1 & 2” that they no longer recognize. As new truths are revealed about the past and future, Tris must face impossible choices about courage, allegiance and love to protect the people closest to her.

Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-chairmen Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger said in a statement: “Veronica Roth brings her captivating story to a masterful conclusion in ‘Allegiant,’ a rich, action-packed book with material that is ideally suited to two strong and fulfilling movies.

“The storytelling arc and world of the characters lend themselves perfectly to two films, a storytelling strategy that has worked very well for us on the two ‘Twilight Breaking Dawn’ films and about which we’re tremendously enthusiastic for the two upcoming ‘Mockingjay’films of ‘The Hunger Games’ franchise.”

“The Hunger Games” and “The Twilight Saga” franchises have grossed more than $5 billion worldwide, with “Mockingjay –Parts 1 & 2” scheduled for Nov. 21, 2014, and Nov. 20, 2015.

Photos by Jaap Buitendijk, Summit Entertainment

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TCM to salute Mickey Rooney with movie marathon

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Turner Classic Movies to Present 24-Hour Marathon of Classic Mickey Rooney Performances Sunday, April 13
 
Here is part of the press release about the salute: 
 
natlvelvet - CopyTurner Classic Movies (TCM) is remembering screen legend Mickey Rooney with a multi-tiered tribute to the screen legend who passed away Sunday at the age of 93. 
 
The memorial tribute includes a 24-hour marathon of Rooney’s most iconic performances, airing on TCM this Sunday, April 13, beginning at 6 a.m. (ET). 
 
“Mickey Rooney was easily one of the most talented people in American show business,” said TCM host Robert Osborne. 
 
“Actor, singer, dancer, musician — he did it all. And what’s truly remarkable is that he did it so well for so long. 
 
“Mickey was also a great friend to the TCM community. In addition to enjoying his great performances in countless Hollywood classics, we’ve had the chance to get to know Mickey through is interviews on TCM and his appearances at the TCM Classic Film Festival and the TCM Classic Cruise. He was a priceless talent, and we will all miss him deeply.”
 
On TCM (check your cable listings) on Sunday, April 13:
 
6 a.m. — Broadway to Hollywood (1933)
7:30 a.m. — The Devil is a Sissy (1936)
9:15 a.m. — A Family Affair (1937)
10:30 a.m. — You’re Only Young Once (1938)
Noon — Captains Courageous (1937)
2 p.m. — The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1939)
3:45 p.m. — The Human Comedy (1943)
6 p.m. — Killer McCoy (1947)
8 p.m. — Boys Town (1938)
10 p.m. — Men of Boys Town (1941)
Midnight — National Velvet (1944)
2:15 a.m. — Babes on Broadway (1941)
4:30 a.m. — A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1935)
  
 

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Slim Forsythe launches Kickstarter for "Live From Nied's Hotel" TV pilot

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slimLet's not kid ourselves. Pittsburgh is hardly the mecca of country/bluegrass music, but Slim Forsythe is hoping to put it on the map. And on your TV.

The white-suited singer-songwriter, who started out here doing a Hank Williams tribute, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to produce and star in a country music variety television show called “Live from Nied’s Hotel,” which is Mr. Forsythe’s home base (and home) in Lawrenceville.

He hopes to raise $10,000 to produce a pilot episode, in conjunction with sound engineer Dino DiStefano, who worked on WQED TV’s “Live from Studio A” series and the Grammy-winning “Count Basie Orchestra with the New York Voices” album recorded at the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild.

Forsythe would host the show, with The Beagle Brothers (“the Architects of the Bloomfield Sound”) as the house band. The pilot’s special guest star would be Pittsburgh singer Molly Alphabet. “Live From Nied’s Hotel” would continue to showcase local and nationally touring acts.

“The show would bring you lots of classic country music... Western swing, honky tonk, mountain gospel, bluegrass, even a little rockabilly thrown in now and then,” Forsythe notes in the pitch for the Kickstarter, which runs through June 7 at www.kickstarter.com/projects/1504894374/country-music-tv-show-live-from-nieds-hotel

 

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