Max Von Sydow: The Exorcist and The Seventh Seal actor dies aged 90 – BBC News

His family announced “with a broken heart and infinite sadness” that the Swedish-born actor died on Sunday.

Von Sydow’s other film credits included Hannah and Her Sisters, The Seventh Seal and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

He was nominated for two Oscars during his career – including best actor in 1988 for Pelle the Conqueror.

Source: Max Von Sydow: The Exorcist and The Seventh Seal actor dies aged 90 – BBC News

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THE BATMAN: First Look At New Batmobile! (Nerdist News w/ Dan Casey) – YouTube

With production well underway, more and more details are surfacing for the highly anticipated Batman reboot. After getting out first glimpse of the new suit a few weeks ago, fans were treated to an official look at the Dark Knight’s new ride. Dan springs into action to break down all the latest on today’s Nerdist News!

Oscars 2020 live updates: Brad Pitt wins best supporting actor; Obama-produced “American Factory” wins best documentary feature

Live coverage of the 92nd Academy Awards, from winners to red carpet to best and worst moments. The show airs Sunday, Feb. 9, at 8 p.m. on ABC.

Source: Oscars 2020 live updates: Brad Pitt wins best supporting actor; Obama-produced “American Factory” wins best documentary feature

Google News – Despite RDJ, Dolittle Is Failing At The Box Office: Did Bad Reviews Sink Kids’ Movie?

Initially, Dolittle was tracking to win MLK weekend with an estimated $40 million, with Bad Boys for Life close behind at $29 million. This time around predictions did not end up panning out. The long-awaited sequel to Bad Boys is looking at a record-breaking $70 million four-day haul with Oscar hopeful 1917 expected to take second place and Dolittle taking in just $31 million, per Box Office Mojo.

Source: Google News – Despite RDJ, Dolittle Is Failing At The Box Office: Did Bad Reviews Sink Kids’ Movie?

Helicopters Over City Part Of Jason Momoa’s Netflix Movie Shoot – CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — If you noticed helicopters flying and hovering over the city last night, there was no cause for alarm; it was just film crews continuing work on Jason Momoa’s newest Netflix movie.

“Sweet Girl” started filming right here in and around the Pittsburgh area in late 2019. Production is now continuing into the new year.

Crews were spotted near the Golden Triangle over the weekend.

A camera rig, attached to the back of a car, was set up along Stanwix Street and Liberty Avenue.

There were also lighting crews and service trucks in Gateway Center.

The helicopters flying over PNC Park and the David L. Lawrence Convention Center were also part of the excitement.

However, there were no Momoa sightings.

IMDb says he will play a grieving father protecting his daughter while trying to get justice in his wife’s death.

Source: Helicopters Over City Part Of Jason Momoa’s Netflix Movie Shoot – CBS Pittsburgh

Edd Byrnes, ‘Grease’ and ’77 Sunset Strip’ star, dead at 87 | Fox News

Edd Byrnes has died. He was 87.

The “Grease” and “77 Sunset Strip” star died unexpectedly of natural causes on Wednesday at his Santa Monica, Calif., home, a press release, shared by his son, Logan Byrnes, said.

“His is the story of an ambitious young kid who, in his 20s drove out to Hollywood from New York City with a few hundred dollars and a dream of making it big in the entertainment business,” read the release.

BUCK HENRY, A SCREENWRITER OF ‘THE GRADUATE,’ CO-CREATOR OF ‘GET SMART,’ DIES AT 89

It continued: “He soon landed a staring role on the wildly popular TV series ’77 Sunset Strip’ as the cool-talking ‘Kookie.’ He went on to star in dozens of motion pictures and television series popular around the world, including playing the suave and debonaire ‘Vince Fontaine’ in ‘Grease.'”

Source: Edd Byrnes, ‘Grease’ and ’77 Sunset Strip’ star, dead at 87 | Fox News

Hundreds Of Paid Extras Needed For Just-Announced Movie Filming In Pittsburgh Starring Kristen Stewart – CBS Pittsburgh

A new movie starring Kristen Stewart has been announced, and hundreds of paid extras are needed when it comes to film in Pittsburgh.

For more information, including how to apply, you can visit Movie Casting PGH’s website.

Source: Hundreds Of Paid Extras Needed For Just-Announced Movie Filming In Pittsburgh Starring Kristen Stewart – CBS Pittsburgh

The Golden Globes: ‘1917’ And ‘Once Upon A Time’ Win Big, And Tom Hanks Is Loved : NPR

Sam Mendes’ war epic 1917 won’t be in theaters until Friday, but it’s already won the big Golden Globe. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Fleabag, Succession, and Tom Hanks also had big nights.

Source: The Golden Globes: ‘1917’ And ‘Once Upon A Time’ Win Big, And Tom Hanks Is Loved : NPR

 

The Top 10 Films of 2019 | Pittsburgh Magazine

PM Film Critic Sean Collier counts down the 10 best films of 2019.

December 18, 2019

PHOTO COURTESY A24

As the decade turns, we find ourselves surveying a remarkable and vibrant cinema landscape.

If you’re a movie lover, there is an awful lot to love.

10 — Parasite
Bong Joon Ho’s gripping work of genre defiance is as powerful as it is wry.
How to See It: “Parasite” is now playing in select theaters.

9 — The Irishman
If Martin Scorsese’s elegy to mob movies weren’t almost absurdly over-indulgent, it would probably rank higher on this list.
How to See It: “The Irishman” is now streaming on Netflix.

8 — Little Women
Greta Gerwig’s masterful adaptation of the classic novel is a warm and comforting embrace.
How to See It: “Little Women” opens in wide release on Wednesday, Dec. 25.

7 — Ad Astra
James Gray’s somber, atmospheric sci-fi marvel easily topped my rankings when I saw the film back in September. It has slipped a bit in the intervening months;
How to See It: “Ad Astra” is available on Blu-Ray and digital services.

6 — The Farewell
Ingrained cultural differences are difficult to dramatize, which makes Lulu Wang’s semi-autobiographical narrative all the more impressive.
How to See It: “The Farewell” is available on Blu-Ray and digital services.

PHOTO BY CLAUDETTE BARIUS / UNIVERSAL PICTURES

5 — Us
Jordan Peele followed “Get Out,” his earthquaking debut, with a sophomore effort heavier on the horror and rife with evocative symbolism.
How to See It: “Us” is available on Blu-Ray and digital services.

4 — 1917
“American Beauty” director Sam Mendes takes one of the showiest concepts in filmmaking — the (apparently) one-shot feature — and uses it to make a thrilling and bold war epic.
How to See It: “1917” enters limited release on Dec. 25 and is scheduled to expand to Pittsburgh on Jan. 10, 2020.

3 — The Last Black Man in San Francisco
Joe Talbot’s fable of gentrification is a sobering portrait of life pushed out from the roots
How to See It: “The Last Black Man in San Francisco” is available on Blu-Ray and digital services.

2 — A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
I promise: This is not a hometown pick. I didn’t include last year’s Mister Rogers documentary among my year-end selections, and I didn’t anticipate that “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” would impress me as much as it did.
How to See It: “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” is now playing in wide release.

PHOTO COURTESY NETFLIX

1 — Marriage Story
On its surface, “Marriage Story” is a somewhat simple film; it’s the story of two people going through a divorce and custody battle.
How to See It: “Marriage Story” is now streaming on Netflix.

Honorable Mentions
Avengers: Endgame; Booksmart; Her Smell; High Life; Jojo Rabbit; Pain and Glory; Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am; Queen & Slim; Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker; Waves

Source: The Top 10 Films of 2019 | Pittsburgh Magazine

Several bidders interested in Regent Square Theater – Pittsburgh Business Times

The theater has been dark since its owner, the Pittsburgh Center for Arts & Media, laid off all its employees last month.

The Regent Square Theater has been closed for a few weeks, but there has been plenty of interest in the single-screen cinema.

At least three bidders are interested in buying the theater, according to a report in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The theater, which opened in Edgewood in the late 1930s, has been owned by the Pittsburgh Filmmakers since the group renovated it in 1999. That organization merged with the Pittsburgh Center of the Arts in 2006.The Regent Square Theater

Source: Several bidders interested in Regent Square Theater – Pittsburgh Business Times

‘Frozen 2’ nabs highest-grossing weekend in Thanksgiving history – CNN

New York (CNN Business)Another week, another box office record broken by Disney.

“Frozen 2,” the studio’s sequel to the 2013 animated phenomenon, set the record for the highest-grossing weekend in Thanksgiving history. It made $123.7 million domestically over the five day holiday weekend, breaking the record held by “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” which made $109 million in 2013.
The film, which continues the adventures of Princess Anna, Queen Elsa and Olaf the snowman, has made $738.6 million globally in just 12 days.
The animated movie broke records when it opened last weekend, pulling in $130 million domestically. That was the highest-grossing debut for Walt Disney Animation Studios. The sequel also set the record for the biggest global opening for an animated film ever, making $358 million worldwide.

Source: ‘Frozen 2’ nabs highest-grossing weekend in Thanksgiving history – CNN

Point Park grads capture picture-perfect moment with Tom Hanks in Pittsburgh | TribLIVE.com

Danette Levers changed her Facebook profile picture at 7:34 a.m. Friday.

There’s a pretty good chance she won’t ever change it again.

She waited for months to upload that photo of her standing next to Tom Hanks. She idolizes the actor. She can recite most of his movie lines from the likes of “Big” and “Forrest Gump.”

Levers finally met Hanks in Pittsburgh. Her best friend Missy Finnell captured the moment in a photo.

Levers wasn’t allowed to upload it until the movie “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” premiered nationwide last week. Hanks plays Pittsburgh’s favorite neighbor, the late Fred Rogers. The connection between Levers and Hanks began when she was 13 years old. Her father had died. She turned to watching Hanks’ films to help her through her grief.

Source: Point Park grads capture picture-perfect moment with Tom Hanks in Pittsburgh | TribLIVE.com

Netflix thriller ‘Sweet Girl’ starring Jason Momoa will shoot in Pittsburgh this fall | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The “Aquaman” star plays a widower out for revenge. It is the latest Netflix production to film in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers will be visited by none other than Aquaman himself, actor Jason Momoa, when the Netflix feature thriller, “Sweet Girl” begins shooting this fall.

Momoa, best known for his roles as DC Comics’ underwater hero and as Khal Drogo on “Game of Thrones,” will star as a man out for revenge after his wife is killed. He also is sworn to protect his daughter.

Netflix has built a presence here. The streaming giant created a large set for the 2020 series “I Am Not Okay With This” this past summer in Warrendale, and shot two seasons of its “Mindhunter” drama series around Pittsburgh.

Brian Andrew Mendoza, who makes his directorial debut with “Sweet Girl,” was cinematographer for the 2018 feature film “Braven” and executive produced “Frontier,” a Discovery Canada series for Netflix. Momoa starred in both.

Source: Netflix thriller ‘Sweet Girl’ starring Jason Momoa will shoot in Pittsburgh this fall | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Out & About: ‘Kecksburg’ movie makes Westmoreland County premiere | TribLIVE.com

Following its Sept. 12 world premiere in Uniontown, “Kecksburg” finally made its Westmoreland County debut.

Westmoreland Historical Society hosted a Sept. 28 showing of the new movie in the Westmoreland History Education Center at Historic Hanna’s Town.

Director/producer Cody Knotts was on hand to introduce his take on the infamous 1965 UFO incident in the tiny Mt. Pleasant Township hamlet.

Knotts said that neither the Uniontown nor the Hanna’s Town screening represented the movie’s final take.

Source: Out & About: ‘Kecksburg’ movie makes Westmoreland County premiere | TribLIVE.com

‘Joker’ wins Best Film at the Venice Film Festival – CNN

Let’s put a smile on that face: A “Batman” prequel scored big Saturday at the 2019 Venice International Film Festival.

The story follows the life of Arthur Fleck, a failed comedian who faces violence while roaming Gotham City dressed as a clown. Fleck falls into madness as he slowly transforms into the criminal mastermind known as Joker.

Source: ‘Joker’ wins Best Film at the Venice Film Festival – CNN

‘Easy Rider’ star Peter Fonda dead at 79 | Fox News

Actor Peter Fonda, who co-wrote and starred in the seminal 1960s counterculture film “Easy Rider,” has died. He was 79.

Born into Hollywood royalty, Peter carved his own path with his non-conformist tendencies. He earned a Best Original Screenplay Oscar nomination for co-writing “Easy Rider,” but lost out to William Goldman’s script for “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.”

Nearly three decades later, Fonda snagged a Best Actor nomination for his work in 1997’s “Ulee’s Gold.” He lost out to contemporary Jack Nicholson’s turn in “As Good As It Gets,” but did snag a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Television Movie for his work in the 1999 Showtime original “The Passion of Ayn Rand.”

Source: ‘Easy Rider’ star Peter Fonda dead at 79 | Fox News

‘Toy Story 4’ Crosses $1 Billion at Global Box Office – Variety

Disney and Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” has crossed the $1 billion mark at the global box office.

The animated fourquel hit $1.001 billion in worldwide ticket sales on Thursday, becoming the fourth Pixar movie ever and fifth Disney movie this year to join the elusive billion-dollar club.

Disney is now the first studio to have five films gross over $1 billion in a single year. In 2019 alone, “Avengers: Endgame,” “Captain Marvel,” “Aladdin,” “The Lion King” and now “Toy Story 4” have soared past 10-figures.

Disney beat its own record, previously set in 2016, with four films having reached the billion-dollar mark. The company will release “Frozen 2,” a “Maleficent” sequel and “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” in the coming months, meaning Disney could continue to elevate that bar.

Source: ‘Toy Story 4’ Crosses $1 Billion at Global Box Office – Variety

Q&A: Lucie Arnaz reflects on ‘I Love Lucy’ as TV sitcom hits big screen | WTOP

Get ready for TV’s most influential sitcom as Fathom Events and CBS Home Entertainment present “I Love Lucy: A Colorized Celebration” in theaters nationwide on Tuesday to mark Lucille Ball’s birthday.

It’s your chance to laugh at colorized versions of the beloved sitcom, starring Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance and William Frawley. Attendees will receive an “I Love Lucy” poster.

“It’s never been on the big screen,” Lucie Arnaz, daughter of Ball and Desi Arnaz, told WTOP. “My brother and I don’t own ‘I Love Lucy.’ My mother and father sold that show to CBS back in the ’50s. We share in the merchandising rights, which is fun and God knows put my children through college, but because we’re in a nice partnership with CBS, this is all very celebratory. … Any time you can bring in a new generation to appreciate that show, it’s a good thing.”

Source: Q&A: Lucie Arnaz reflects on ‘I Love Lucy’ as TV sitcom hits big screen | WTOP

Comic-Con 2019: Winners and Losers From Film, TV and Comics Panels | Hollywood Reporter

Limited number of movie panels? No fear, TV has it covered. Box office star Henry Cavill took over Hall H for Netflix’s fantasy drama series The Witcher, while AMC’s The Walking Dead announced leading man Andrew Lincoln would return not on the basic cable network but exclusively in theaters. Tom Cruise made a surprise appearance to drop the Top Gun: Maverick trailer. 

Source: Comic-Con 2019: Winners and Losers From Film, TV and Comics Panels | Hollywood Reporter