'The Fault in Our Stars', shot in Pittsburgh, to open in June

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It appears that "The Fault in Our Stars" is now scheduled to arrive in theaters June 6, 2014. After finishing shooting in Pittsburgh last week, it moves to Amsterdam for a few days.

It seemed that the movie, based on John Green's novel and starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort as teens who meet at a support group for young people with cancer, would be a perfect late spring or early fall release, much as "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" was.

But the leads will appear, as siblings, in "Divergent" March 21, and "The Maze Runner" (based on the James Dashner novel) has been shifted from Feb. 14 to Sept. 19, perhaps ruling out "TFIOS" for that month, too.

As anyone anticipating the year-end release of "Foxcatcher" or "Grace of Monaco" -- both bumped into 2014 -- knows, dates are subject to change.

'12 Years' due Nov. 1

The publicity juggernaut for "12 Years a Slave" is kicking into high gear with Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender making TV appearances last week. That begs the question: When will "12 Years a Slave" open in Pittsburgh? Nov. 1, with theaters still to be identified.

It was the most intense movie I saw at the Toronto International Film Festival, which is saying something, given a lineup that also included "Gravity," "August: Osage County," "Prisoners" and "Dallas Buyers Club."

Mr. Ejiofor plays Solomon Northup, a free man, husband, father and musician living in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in 1841 when he is duped, drugged, transported to the South and sold into slavery.

The movie is based on a true story, and it has harrowing scenes of a woman being raped and whipped, of slaves treated like goods to be bought and sold, and of families torn apart for years or forever.

In addition to the male leads, its cast includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Garret Dillahunt, Paul Giamatti, Scoot McNairy, breakout actress Lupita Nyong'o, Adepero Oduye, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, Michael Kenneth Williams and Alfre Woodard.

Steve McQueen, who also directed Mr. Fassbender in "Shame" and "Hunger," directed "12 Years a Slave." Expect it to be a force to be reckoned with come Oscar season.

George Bailey Awards

Rich Little and Judy Stewart, one of the daughters of the late Jimmy Stewart, will present the 2013 George Bailey Awards at a Nov. 23 dinner at the Rustic Lodge in Indiana, Pa.

They also will be part of Light-Up Night festivities in downtown Indiana the evening before. The impressionist and Ms. Stewart, one of the late actor's twin daughters, will serve as grand marshals of the Light-Up Night Parade and officially light the Christmas tree at Indiana County Courthouse.

Stewart, of course, starred in the holiday classic "It's a Wonderful Life," and Indiana is known as the Christmas tree capital of the world and home to the Jimmy Stewart Museum (jimmy.org).

Recipients of the Bailey Awards this year: The Indiana County Tourist Bureau; Carson Green Jr., a founding board member of the James M. Stewart Museum Foundation; and Indiana Gazette columnist and former editor in chief Carl Kologie.

The award is a beautiful bronze bell (a tribute to the line of dialogue, "Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings"), and the handle is Stewart as George Bailey, as designed by Indiana County sculptor John McCombie.

The honors will be presented at the Rustic Lodge in Indiana at an event starting at 6 p.m. Ticket, $45, includes hors d'oeuvres (cash bar), dinner and ceremony.

For reservations, 724-349-6112.


Movie editor Barbara Vancheri: bvancheri@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1632. Read her blog: www.post-gazette.com/madaboutmovies. First Published October 13, 2013 8:00 PM


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