'Two Cities' tix now available

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .


Tickets are now available for a Thanksgiving weekend screening of "My Tale of Two Cities," Carl Kurlander's story about his return to Pittsburgh and the city's comeback.

Part personal tale and part quirky history lesson, it features famous faces such as Franco Harris, Paul O'Neill and Mayor Bob O'Connor (to whom the film is dedicated).

Although part of the Three Rivers Film Festival, it will receive red-carpet treatment Nov. 28 at the Byham Theater, Downtown, as part of a special homecoming celebration.

Three levels of tickets are being sold, including $10 seats to the movie, with a sing-along to "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" led by David Newell, Mr. McFeely from "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood."

Before the 7 p.m. screening, a VIP reception at Fifth Avenue Place will allow moviegoers to meet some cast members and watch outtakes. At 9 p.m., a homecoming party will feature a twist on traditional Pittsburgh cuisine and music by the band Donora along with Jim DiSpirito, Dave Hanner and Carol Lee Espy.

A $40 ticket includes the movie and party afterward, and a VIP package of $150 includes all of the evening's events.

The screening will benefit a new Youth and Media Initiative, in which Steeltown Entertainment Project will arrange for film and TV professionals to mentor and work with the students of Holy Family Institute.

Tickets are available at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Ave., by calling 412-456-6666 or through (click on the calendar and look for Nov. 28 events).

Bolt & Buzz in the Big Apple

Buzz Lightyear is finally going to infinity and beyond -- or as high above the Manhattan skyline as his helium and handlers will allow.

The character will appear in the Thanksgiving Day parade as a helium balloon, because "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2" are headed back to movie theaters Oct. 2, 2009, and Feb. 12, 2010, respectively, with digital 3-D makeovers.  "Toy Story 3" arrives June 18, 2010.

The balloon will be 67 feet long, 39 feet wide and 34 feet tall and use a special fabric to duplicate Buzz's clear space helmet.

Disney also has announced that Miley Cyrus will sing "I Thought I Lost You," from the comedy "Bolt," aboard a float with costumed characters from the movie.

"Bolt" is an animated comedy about a dog who is the star of a hit TV show and accidentally is shipped from his Hollywood soundstage to New York City. As he navigates the real world to be reunited with his owner, he's joined by a jaded house cat and a TV-obsessed hamster. John Travolta and Cyrus provide the lead voices.

The movie opens in theaters on Nov. 21, less than a week before the parade.

Foreign language Oscar contenders

Sixty-seven countries have submitted movies for consideration for the foreign-language Oscar. A couple, notably "Waltz With Bashir" and "Three Monkeys," will be playing during the Three Rivers Film Festival.

Here is the list from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. It will be winnowed to five come Jan. 22, when nominations are announced:

Afghanistan, "Opium War," Siddiq Barmak, director.

Albania, "The Sorrow of Mrs. Schneider," Piro Milkani and Eno Milkani, directors.

Algeria, "Masquerades," Lyes Salem, director.

Argentina, "Lion's Den," Pablo Trapero, director.

Austria, "Revanche," Gotz Spielmann, director.

Azerbaijan, "Fortress," Shamil Nacafzada, director.

Bangladesh, "Aha!," Enamul Karim Nirjhar, director.

Belgium, "Eldorado," Bouli Lanners, director.

Bosnia and Herzegovina, "Snow," Aida Begic, director.

Brazil, "Last Stop 174," Bruno Barreto, director.

Bulgaria, "Zift," Javor Gardev, director.

Canada, "The Necessities of Life," Benoit Pilon, director.

Chile, "Tony Manero," Pablo Larrain, director.

China, "Dream Weavers," Jun Gu, director.

Colombia, "Dog Eat Dog," Carlos Moreno, director.

Croatia, "No One's Son," Arsen Anton Ostojic, director.

Czech Republic, "The Karamazovs," Petr Zelenka, director.

Denmark, "Worlds Apart," Niels Arden Oplev, director.

Egypt, "The Island," Sherif Arafa, director.

Estonia, "I Was Here," Rene Vilbre, director.

Finland, "The Home of Dark Butterflies," Dome Karukoski, director.

France, "The Class," Laurent Cantet, director.

Georgia, "Mediator," Dito Tsintsadze, director.

Germany, "The Baader Meinhof Complex," Uli Edel, director.

Greece, "Correction," Thanos Anastopoulos, director.

Hong Kong, "Painted Skin," Gordon Chan, director.

Hungary, "Iska's Journey," Csaba Bollok, director.

Iceland, "White Night Wedding," Baltasar Kormakur, director.

India, "Taare Zameen Par," Aamir Khan, director.

Iran, "The Song of Sparrows," Majid Majidi, director.

Israel, "Waltz with Bashir," Ari Folman, director.

Italy, "Gomorra," Matteo Garrone, director.

Japan, "Departures," Yojiro Takita, director.

Jordan, "Captain Abu Raed," Amin Matalqa, director.

Kazakhstan, "Tulpan," Sergey Dvortsevoy, director.

Korea, "Crossing," Tae-kyun Kim, director.

Kyrgyzstan, "Heavens Blue," Marie Jaoul de Poncheville, director.

Latvia, "Defenders of Riga," Aigars Grauba, director.

Lebanon, "Under the Bombs," Philippe Aractingi, director.

Lithuania, "Loss," Maris Martinsons, director.

Luxembourg, "Nuits d'Arabie," Paul Kieffer, director.

Macedonia, "I'm from Titov Veles," Teona Strugar Mitevska, director.

Mexico, "Tear This Heart Out," Roberto Sneider, director.

Morocco, "Goodbye Mothers," Mohamed Ismail, director.

The Netherlands, "Dunya & Desie," Dana Nechushtan, director.

Norway, "O'Horten," Bent Hamer, director.

Palestine, "Salt of This Sea," Annemarie Jacir, director.

Philippines, "Ploning," Dante Nico Garcia, director.

Poland, "Tricks," Andrzej Jakimowski, director.

Portugal, "Our Beloved Month of August," Miguel Gomes, director.

Romania, "The Rest Is Silence," Nae Caranfil, director.

Russia, "Mermaid," Anna Melikyan, director.

Serbia, "The Tour," Goran Markovic, director.

Singapore, "My Magic," Eric Khoo, director.

Slovakia, "Blind Loves," Juraj Lehotsky, director.

Slovenia, "Rooster's Breakfast," Marko Nabersnik, director.

South Africa, "Jerusalema," Ralph Ziman, director.

Spain, "The Blind Sunflowers," Jose Luis Cuerda, director.

Sweden, "Everlasting Moments," Jan Troell, director.

Switzerland, "The Friend," Micha Lewinsky, director.

Taiwan, "Cape No. 7," Te-Sheng Wei, director.

Thailand, "Love of Siam," Chookiat Sakveerakul, director.

Turkey, "3 Monkeys," Nuri Bilge Ceylan, director.

Ukraine, "Illusion of Fear," Aleksandr Kiriyenko, director.

United Kingdom, "Hope Eternal," Karl Francis, director.

Uruguay, "Kill Them All," Esteban Schroeder, director.

Venezuela, "The Color of Fame," Alejandro Bellame Palacios, director.



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