Film Notes: Golden Globes to honor Jodie Foster

Movie being filmed here gets a distributor; aid homeless by seeing Science Center flick


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Jodie Foster, who will turn 50 later this month, will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes.

It will be handed out Jan. 13 by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association which gave her Globes for "The Accused" and "The Silence of the Lambs" and nominated her five other times.

The HFPA board will honor Ms. Foster for her impact on the world of entertainment. She started acting as a child and has never missed a beat, adding directing and producing to her credits.

Kristen Stewart, who played Ms. Foster's daughter in "Panic Room," and Simon Baker helped to make the announcement Thursday.

HFPA president Aida Takla O'Reilly said, "Jodie is a multifaceted woman that has achieved immeasurable amounts of success and will continue to do so in her career. Her ambition, exuberance and grace have helped pave the way for budding artists in this business. She's truly one of a kind."

Morgan Freeman received the Cecil B. DeMille Award earlier this year. Previous honorees include Lucille Ball, Bette Davis, Walt Disney, Harrison Ford, Judy Garland, Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Martin Scorsese, Frank Sinatra, Steven Spielberg and Barbra Streisand, among many others.

Movie catches distributor

Columbia Pictures will distribute "Foxcatcher," the movie being shot in Western Pennsylvania with Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Sienna Miller, Vanessa Redgrave and Anthony Michael Hall.

Bennett Miller is directing 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 Mr. du Pont had built on his 800-acre property in Newtown Square, Pa.

Producing the film are Megan Ellison, Anthony Bregman and Mr. Miller. It could be released in fall 2013.

Help homeless, see a movie

It's called Stockings of Love and will allow you to see an Omnimax movie for free at the Carnegie Science Center and help a homeless child or adult.

The science center, in collaboration with Citizens Bank, is collecting new pairs of socks for the Homeless Children's Education Fund Saturday and Sunday as well as Nov. 10-11 and 17-18.

The first 200 visitors who purchase a child or adult general admission, and donate a pair of new socks, will receive a free Omnimax ticket to use on the same day.

Members of Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, who already receive free admission, need only bring a pair of socks to take advantage of the offer. All sizes of socks -- they must be new and never worn -- are needed

The free ticket will be valid for "To the Arctic," "Tornado Alley" or "Born to Be Wild" at the Rangos Omnimax Theater. For show times: CarnegieScienceCenter.org.

Singing along in 'Oz'

All together now: Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high ...

The Oaks Theater in Oakmont will hold a "Wizard of Oz" sing-along at 3 p.m. Nov. 10. It will be led by Elaine Horn, a Judy Garland look-alike and sound-alike who regularly re-creates the character of Dorothy. She will introduce the film, pose for photos and sign autographs and judge an Oz costume contest.

Adults tickets, $12, with discounted tickets of $10 for those 62 and older or 17 and younger. For more information, www.theoakstheater.com.

Film Factory kickoff

The fourth annual Steeltown Film Factory will have a new, enticing wrinkle. The winner with the best 12-page script for a short film will not only receive $30,000 but a trip to Hollywood to meet with some of the advisers of the Steeltown Entertainment Project.

Early deadline is Nov. 30, with final deadline of Jan. 13 and you can find details at steeltownfilmfactory.org and attend the contest kickoff at 7 p.m. Monday at the Regent Square Theater.

Admission for the event, part of the Three Rivers Film Festival, $10, includes light refreshments afterward.

Carnegie Mellon University graduate Yulin Kuang won the third contest and her resulting film, "The Perils of Growing Up Flat Chested," will be screened Monday night. It's a coming-of-age story about a 16-year-old determined to improve her bust size before a study date with her science lab partner who is nerdy but cool.

The evening also will include a panel discussion with previous Film Factory finalists about Pittsburgh's burgeoning entertainment industry.

In brief

• Variety reports that Oscar winner Jamie Foxx is in early talks to play the villainous Electro in the next Spider-Man movie. He gained the ability to control electricity after being struck by lightning while working on a power line.

• "Zero Dark Thirty" will open in New York and Los Angeles on Dec. 19 for awards consideration but won't open wide -- in Pittsburgh and other cities -- until Jan. 11.

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Movie editor Barbara Vancheri: bvancheri@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1632. Read her blog: www.post-gazette.com/madaboutmovies. First Published November 2, 2012 4:00 AM


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