'Fault in Our Stars' gets early benefit screening

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In the spirit of Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters, a red-carpet screening of “The Fault in Our Stars” will benefit two Pittsburgh pediatric cancer charities.

The event, being organized by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Mt. Lebanon, which served as a movie location, will be June 5 at the newly remodeled Galleria 6 theater in Mt. Lebanon.

Moviegoers can walk a red carpet at 7:30 p.m., nibble on appetizers and listen to the church’s Youth Praise Band at 8 p.m, and watch the movie at 9 p.m. (with popcorn and a drink) for $22. Tickets are available through the church website, stpaulspgh.org, and organizers are hoping to fill three or more theaters for the event which is open to the public.

Proceeds will benefit the Samuel J Foundation and Genre’s Kids With Cancer Fund.

On screen, St. Paul’s serves as the Indianapolis home of a support group where the teens who have been diagnosed with cancer meet. John Green, who wrote the source novel, set the group in the basement of a stone-walled Episcopal church shaped like a cross.

“Although the characters in the movie and the book are fictitious, we feel that it’s really an excellent representation of who we are,” the church children’s ministry director Lisa Brown said Monday.

Organizers purposely opted not to make this a $500-a-plate dinner but an event teens can afford. “It’s more to celebrate the role that this story has played in so many kids’ lives and the fact we live this every day,” Ms. Brown said.

“The Fault in Our Stars,” starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, opens in theaters June 6.

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

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