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It's official: Foxcatcher at Cannes Film Festival

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It’s official. The world will get its first look at “Foxcatcher” at the Cannes Film Festival. The lineup is being announced today and the movie shot in Western Pennsylvania is on the list.

“Foxcatcher” stars Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Sienna Miller, Vanessa Redgrave and Anthony Michael Hall.

Bennett Miller directs a screenplay by Dan Futterman and E. Max Frye about a real-life chemical fortune heir who went to prison for killing an Olympic gold medalist and wrestler.

In January 1996, John du Pont shot and killed David Schultz, a 1984 gold medal winner who came to live and train at the state-of-the-art Foxcatcher National Training Center that du Pont had built on his 800-acre property in Newtown Square, Pa. Wilpen Hall in Sewickley Heights was the stand-in for Foxcatcher Farms during 2012 filming.

 

 

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Ed Piskor's 'Hip Hop Family Tree' nominated for two Eisner Awards

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edpiskorPG0416PG"Hip Hop Family Tree," the roots-of-the genre series by Munhall-based comic-book artist/writer Ed Piskor (right), has been nominated for two Will Eisner Awards: best reality-based work and best lettering.

Winners of the annual awards, considered the Oscars of the comics world and named for the pioneering comics creator and graphic novelist Will Eisner, will be revealed at a July 25 ceremony during Comic-Con International in San Diego.

"Hip Hop Family Tree" (Fantagraphics) a New York Times graphic books best-seller, tells of the early days of hip hop and the charismatic artists who shaped it, such as DJ Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, with Russell Simmons, Debbie Harry and Keith Haring among the names making appearances along the way.

For a full list of 2014 nominees, visit the Comic-Con website's Eisner section.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Volcano Dogs has echoes of Eviction

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volcanodogsThree-fifths of Eviction will take the stage at the 31st Street Pub (Strip) Friday with the debut of Volcano Dogs, but don’t expect that same thrash-metal sound from the ’80s.

“Eviction was metal with some punk tossed in,” says bassist Ted Williams. “Volcano Dogs has some of that but we are definitely not thrash or metal or punk. This band is a mixture of all the music we grew up on, listened to and played in our various bands: metal, hard rock, punk, ’70s rock, Swedish rock scene, you name it. I think there is everything from AC/DC to the Dead Boys to the Hellacopters, Motorhead, the Stones, you name it.”

Volcano Dogs reunites Williams with guitarist Rob Tabachka and drummer Ron Reidell, and adds frontman Bruce Lentz from horror-rock band Forbidden 5.

“After Eviction broke up, we all went in some direction — some band, some life, the typical, ya know,” Williams says.

He and Tabachka formed Pilsner, and Tabachka also went on to play in Silver Tongue Devil and Kabuki Thunder.

Recently, the moment arrived for the trio to start working together again.

“Ron, who had focused on family life, went and bought a new drum kit,” Williams says. “Rob had a handful of riffs and played them to me and we started to just get a feel of maybe the time was right to try something. Rob brought up bringing in Bruce to try out writing some lyrics and it just started to come together from there.”

evictionpicEvictionThe three Eviction guys hadn’t played together since 1990, but Williams says, “We locked right in like it was 1989 again!”

With seemingly every band on Earth having reunited at some point, will Eviction ever bite?

“Maybe someday. We do have a vinyl LP release of the re-mastered ‘Who Will Win’ demo coming in late spring,” Williams says.

Also on the bill Friday at 10 p.m. are Thunder Vest and Del Rios.

 

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Gone Girl movie looks like October treat

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Unless something goes horribly wrong, “Gone Girl” has all the makings of a good – likely very good – movie.

 It stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike and is based on the Gillian Flynn novel about a husband accused in his wife’s disappearance. He goes from sympathetic spouse of a missing woman to murder suspect, even though there is no body.

Just disturbing mounting evidence that he might have done something terrible. It hits theaters Oct. 3. 

 

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Throw 100 mph pitch and possibly win a million dollars from Disney

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Disney is staging a Million Dollar Arm Pitching Contest to celebrate the opening of the movie “Million Dollar Arm.”
 
The May 16 release tells the true story of two young men from India who went from never throwing a baseball or cradling a glove to getting a Major League tryout. And yes, there’s a huge Pittsburgh connection. 
 
Amateur baseball pitchers — male or female, who are legal United States residents at least 18 years of age or older — are invited to qualify to compete in the preliminary rounds of the contest at either Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Disneyland Resort in California or at the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day at the Tribeca Family Festival in New York City. 
 
The three contestants from each location who throw the fastest pitches will advance to the finals and have a chance to compete for a $1 million prize at the world premiere of Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm” in Hollywood.
 
Official rules are available on Disney.com’s “Million Dollar Arm” homepage at http://disney.com/PitchingContest.
 
Presented by Subway restaurants, the three qualifying events will take place on April 25 and 26, from 7 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., at both Downtown Disney District in Anaheim, Calif. and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World and on April 26 only, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day during the Tribeca Family Festival in New York City. 
 
Contestants will throw three pitches, each tracked by a radar gun, in an attempt to throw the fastest pitch. All participants will receive tickets for themselves and a guest to see an advance screening of Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm” at an AMC theater  later that evening.
 
Nine finalists chosen during these qualifying events will have a chance to compete for the $1 million prize at the world premiere of Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm.”
 
The top three eligible pitchers with the fastest pitches from each qualifying round location will be flown with his or her guest to the final contest, which will take place at the world premiere of Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm” in Hollywood, Calif., on May 6. 
 
Each of these finalists will throw three pitches on Hollywood Boulevard. Any eligible finalist who throws one 100 mph strike (out of three pitches) will become a potential winner of the $1 million grand prize.
 
The nine finalists and their guests will be VIPs at the film’s premiere along with stars, filmmakers, major league players, coaches, scouts and celebrities.
 
The movie is about a sports agent, J.B. Bernstein (played by Jon Hamm) who travels to India looking for a young cricket player he can turn into a MLB star. There, he discovers Dinesh (played by Madhur Mittal from “Slumdog Millionaire”) and Rinku (played by Suraj Sharma from “Life of Pi”), two 18-year-old boys who have no idea about playing baseball, yet have a knack for throwing a fastball.
 
They come to the States where they have a lot to learn. And so, it turns out, does Bernstein. The film will arrive in theaters May 16.
 

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