'Squid Man' to debut Sunday at the Oaks

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When it comes to special powers, his are certainly one of a kind.

"I can shoot ink out my fingers," Squid Man says. "That's about it, really. Sometimes, in pressure situations, I can shoot it out of my toes."

You can see for yourself at 7 p.m. Sunday when the 89-minute movie "Squid Man" has its Pittsburgh premiere at the Oaks Theater, 310 Allegheny River Blvd. in Oakmont. Admission, $8, or $6 for seniors and students.

Andrew Roth, a New York-based actor, producer and director, plays the title role and other key cast members include Laurel Schroeder, Eric Bryant, Chad Eric Smith and Rick Montgomery Jr.

Writer-director Charlie Cline (who lived in Pittsburgh for a few years) and producer Bill Ellis, both West Virginia natives now living in California, shot "Squid Man" in and around Pittsburgh -- Downtown, Mount Washington, Mt. Lebanon, Allegheny Commons, Canonsburg Hospital, at Pittsburgh Filmmakers and on the Light Rail Transit system.

Sean Porter and Richard Sherman were directors of photography and Beechview special makeup effects artist Steve Tolin, who appeared on Syfy's "Face Off" reality competition, did the special effects. See squidmanmovie.com for details including a trailer.

DVD dates

In recent weeks, readers have asked when "Parkland" and "Lovelace" will arrive on local screens. They took a hasty path to DVD and both will land on store shelves Tuesday, thanks to lukewarm early reviews or a speedy release plan.

"Parkland" follows, almost in real time, individuals forced to make split-second decisions in the wake of the shooting of President Kennedy in Dallas. It stars Paul Giamatti, Colin Hanks, Zac Efron, Billy Bob Thornton, Jacki Weaver and Marcia Gay Harden.

"Lovelace" casts Amanda Seyfried as Linda Lovelace, who became an international sensation thanks to "Deep Throat" but struggled to break free from her abusive husband. The cast also includes Adam Brody, Sharon Stone, Robert Patrick, Peter Sarsgaard, Juno Temple, Chris Noth and James Franco.

Fifth film festival

The fifth annual film festival in honor of Ousmane Sembene, Africa's foremost filmmaker who died in 2007, will open on Nov. 8 with "Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary."

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in Homewood, 7101 Hamilton Ave. (15208 ZIP code), and movies start in the auditorium at 6:15 p.m. All movies are free and open to the public with seating first come, first served.

Also scheduled for Sembene -- The Film & Arts Festival: "Mandabi (The Money Order)," Nov. 9; "Ornette: Made in America," Nov. 15; "But Then, She's Betty Carter," Nov. 22; "Urban Encounters: What To Do If You Get Stopped by the Police," Nov. 29.

For more information about the features and discussion leaders, www.sembenefilmfestival.org.

My People fest

A film series called My People, highlighting the lives and experiences of LGBTQ people of color, will feature "Elliot Loves" at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Alloy Studios, 5530 Penn Ave. Tickets, $5 (small fee added if ordered online).

The dramedy follows the adventures of Dominican-American Elliot Ayende as a 9-year-old who is sidekick and confidant of his single mother and as a 21-year-old looking for love in New York City

The series continues with a short films night Nov. 12 and Web series Nov. 19. See kelly-strayhorn.org.

Kean Theatre freebies

Kean Theatre, 5847 Meridian Road in Richland and operated by St. Barnabas Charities, will screen free movies open to the public at 2 p.m. Tuesdays and 1 p.m. Wednesdays during November.

The Tuesday lineup, with all movies at 2 p.m.: "The East," Nov. 5; "The Kings of Summer," Nov. 12; "The Purge," Nov. 19; and "The Heat," Nov. 26.

Wednesday features, at 1 p.m.: "The Great Gatsby," Nov. 6; "Now You See Me," Nov. 13; "Oblivion," Nov. 20;

UPMC Health Plan sponsors the series. St. Barnabas Charities is the fundraising arm of St. Barnabas Health System.

Coming our way

Variety reports MGM is in final negotiations for an animated film based on the Addams Family cartoons created by Charles Addams. ... The trade publication also reports that DreamWorks has acquired the film rights to Doris Kearns Goodwin's soon-to-be-released book, "The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and the Golden Age of Journalism." The 2012 film "Lincoln" was based, in part, on one of her books.

Oscar ads, PGA kudos

ABC reportedly asked between $1.8 million and $1.9 million for a 30-second spot during the March 2 Academy Awards -- and the network has sold out its inventory, Variety reported this week.

The 2012 telecast generated around $82.1 million in ad spending, according to Kantar Media. ABC charged between $1.65 million and $1.8 million for the telecast earlier this year and it appears prices have returned and leapfrogged over the previous high price of $1.82 million per half-minute in 2008.

Ellen DeGeneres will host the ceremony at the Dolby Theatre (formerly the Kodak) at Hollywood & Highland Center.

On Wednesday, the Producers Guild of America announced Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of EON Productions will receive the 2014 David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Motion Pictures. The producers of the James Bond films will be honored at the Jan. 19 PGA Awards in Beverly Hills.

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

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