Film Notes: NBC special previews Golden Globes; $1 films at SouthSide Works

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Matt Lauer will host a prime-time special, "Going for Gold," at 8 tonight on NBC that is timed to coincide with the network's telecast of the Golden Globes, from 8 to 11 p.m. Sunday.

The Globes are decided by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which has about 90 members reporting on movies and television for international outlets.

The cast of "12 Years a Slave," including best actor nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor, supporting actor contender Michael Fassbender, supporting actress nominee Lupita Nyong'o and director nominee Steve McQueen, along with actors Brad Pitt and Alfre Woodard, sit down with Ann Curry to talk about the film in contention for best drama.

Golden Globe nominees Bradley Cooper and director David O. Russell discuss their film, "American Hustle," with Willie Geist. Mr. Cooper is competing in the supporting actor category, Mr. Russell in directing, and the movie is up for best musical or comedy.

Bryan Cranston talks to Billy Bush about his best actor nomination for the "Breaking Bad" TV series. Double nominee Julia Louis-Dreyfus -- competing for best actress for TV's "Veep" and for the film "Enough Said" -- is interviewed by Harry Smith while Idris Elba, also a double nominee, talks to Keith Morrison about his top actor nominations for the big-screen "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" and TV's "Luther."

Dollar family films

If you're still reeling from the Christmas bills pouring into your mailbox, the SouthSide Works Cinema has a tonic with a dollar family film series.

It will show movies at 11 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays starting this weekend. All seats are $1.

Tickets will be on sale at the box office or online. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. One adult guardian is required for every 10 children.

The lineup: "The Croods" at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday; "The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie," Jan. 18 and 19; "Turbo," Jan. 25 and 26; and "The Great Muppet Caper," Feb. 1 and 2. See www.clevelandcinemas.com for details.

Enlightenment and education

For the fourth year, Sewickley Academy is working with organizers of the Silk Screen festival to present three films focusing on Asian cultures and important global issues. All are free and open to the public although organizers request registration at www.sewickley.org/silkscreen.

The series will open at 2 p.m. Saturday at Rea Auditorium with "Girl Rising," which presents the stories of nine girls and shows how education lifted them out of poverty and cruel circumstances.

The Los Angeles Times wrote: "The young women's stories, narrated by the likes of Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway, stand as sober reminders of the kind of unforgiving obstacles faced by girls in developing countries and the positive ripple effects that learning can bring."

"Girl Rising," 104 minutes, is recommended for sixth-graders and older. Moviegoers can learn more about the girls and countries highlighted in the film in a fundraiser reception afterward.

"Born Into Brothels," 143 minutes and rated R for some sequences of strong language, will screen at 2 p.m. Jan. 25. It's a revealing film depicting the hardships on the children of Calcutta's red-light district and aiming to lift them out of it. Avijit Halder, one of the children in the film, will facilitate a discussion afterward.

The series will conclude at 2 p.m. Feb. 9 with the 57-minute "Every Day Is a Holiday," recommended for those 10 and older.

Chinese-American filmmaker Theresa Loong creates a portrait of her father, Paul Loong, and explores the themes of aging, immigration and racism. Mr. Loong talks about his years as a POW in Japan and quest to become an American. He and his director daughter will facilitate the discussion afterward.

'Lost Town' showing

JFilm and the University of Pittsburgh Jewish Studies Program will present a screening of "Lost Town" at 7 p.m. Jan. 22 at Rodef Shalom Congregation, 4905 Fifth Ave.

The 85-minute movie, in English, Hebrew, Ukrainian, Polish and Portuguese with English subtitles, is about the village of Trochenbrod. Located in Ukraine, it was home to nearly 5,000 Jews and the only all Jewish town to ever exist outside of Palestine.

In 1942, Nazis massacred all but 33 of its residents. "Lost Town" follows Avrom Bendavid-Val, whose father grew up in Trochenbrod, as he pieces together the history of a town erased from local maps for nearly 70 years. He will appear after the movie, and the evening also will include a dessert reception.

Admission is $10, $5 for full-time students under age 26. To order tickets or for more information, 412-992-5203 or www.JFilmPgh.org.


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

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