Film Notes: Screen Actors Guild lists award presenters

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The first wave of presenters has been announced for the 19th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Jan. 27.

The roster includes: Bradley Cooper, Viola Davis, Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Justin Timberlake, Sigourney Weaver, Jeff Daniels, Neil Patrick Harris, Nicole Kidman, Julianna Margulies, Busy Philipps and SAG-AFTRA co-presidents Ken Howard and Roberta Reardon.

Carl Reiner and Alec Baldwin will present the SAG Life Achievement Award to Dick Van Dyke, who made his TV acting debut in 1957 and his Broadway debut two years later. He is being honored for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishments.

Midnight movies

A Manor at Midnight film series will continue on Saturdays (think 11:59 p.m.) through Oscar weekend. The lineup: "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," Saturday; "A Clockwork Orange," Jan. 26; "The Graduate," Feb. 2; "Pulp Fiction," Feb. 9; "Dr. Strangelove," Feb. 16; "Chinatown," Feb. 23.

Tickets, more details for the series at the theater, 1729 Murray Ave., Squirrel Hill: 412-422-9851 or www.manorpgh.com. Regular prices apply.

Human rights series

Repression and resilience are the themes of Duquesne University's annual Human Rights Film Series, which started this week.

The series opened with "The Last Mountain" and will include "Genocide: Worse Than War," about the Holocaust, Soviet gulags, Cambodia, Rwanda, Darfur and Hiroshima, Jan. 24; "Saving Face" and "Killing Us Softly 4," exploring abuses of women, Jan. 29; "The Invisible War," an excellent documentary about the problem of rape and injustice inside the military, Feb. 4; and "Nuclear Aftershocks," an investigation of the 2011 nuclear disaster at Fukushima and implications for U.S. nuclear safety, Feb. 13.

Samuel Hazo will close the series by reading selections of his poetry after "Poetry of Resilience," Feb. 21. That documentary is about six international poets who individually survived Hiroshima, the Holocaust, China's cultural revolution, the Kurdish genocide in Iraq, the Rwandan genocide and the Iranian Revolution.

All screenings are free and open to the public and begin at 7 p.m. in Room 105 of College Hall. The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures presents the series.

Going all digital

The SouthSide Works Cinema has finished its conversion from 35mm film equipment to digital cinema projectors. The change will allow the theater to show special programs such as concerts, documentaries and other niche films.

It has scheduled two special events: "Please Subscribe," a 77-minute documentary that asks, "What makes a YouTuber?" Through narrative vignettes, it explores the different paths taken by content creators to get to where they are today. Tickets are $9.25 for the 7 p.m. Feb. 5 event.

At 7 p.m. Feb. 7, "Peter Gabriel: New Blood Orchestra Live in 3D," filmed over two nights during Mr. Gabriel's March 2011 gigs in London, will be shown. Tickets: $12.50.

Tickets, clevelandcinemas.com and click on Coming Soon and complete listing.

Pacino as Paterno?

Deadline.com reports Brian De Palma ("Scarface") will reunite with Al Pacino for "Happy Valley," the working title of a film about the late Joe Paterno. Mr. Pacino had been linked to the role for months, but this moves the ball toward the goal posts, so to speak.

The report comes days before the first anniversary of Mr. Paterno's death after his tragic fall from grace, firing and cancer diagnosis. The movie would be based on the book "Paterno" by Joe Posnanski.

Mr. Pacino next will be seen in "Stand Up Guys" as a gangster fresh from prison after 28 years who reunites with old pals played by Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin.

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Movie editor Barbara Vancheri: bvancheri@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1632. Read her blog: www.post-gazette.com/madaboutmovies.


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