Film Notes: 'Jupiter Ascending' release is pushed back to 2015

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Just six weeks ahead of its planned release, the Wachowskis’ space thriller “Jupiter Ascending” has been postponed to 2015.

Warner Bros. announced the date change earlier this week. The movie, with a budget of $150 million or more and starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis, will now open Feb. 6 instead of July 18.

It’s a stunning and unusual move for a high-profile film so close to release. “Jupiter Ascending,” which Warner Bros. co-financed with Village Roadshow, will bounce out of the lucrative but high-pressure summer movie season and into early February, often a dumping ground for troubled movies.

Andy and Lana Wachowski have a checkered box-office track record. Although their “Matrix” trilogy was a huge hit, their “Cloud Atlas” and “Speed Racer” both flopped at the box office.

Another ‘Star Wars’ director

Josh Trank will direct one of the planned stand-alone “Star Wars” films.

Lucasfilm announced Wednesday that the 30-year-old filmmaker will helm one of the two announced “Star Wars” spinoffs being made outside of the third trilogy. An earlier announced spinoff is to be led by “Godzilla” director Gareth Edwards.

Mr. Trank is the director of 2012’s found-footage-style science fiction thriller “Chronicle.” He is working on “The Fantastic Four,” the superhero team-up reboot scheduled for release next year.

Lucasfilm gave no details on the subject of the “Star Wars” movie. J.J. Abrams is currently in production on “Star Wars: Episode VII,” which will follow “The Return of the Jedi” in chronology.

Mr. Abrams on Tuesday tweeted a photo with a note pleading for people not to leak photos from the set of “Episode VII.” In recent days, dozens of photos from the set of the film have appeared online.

But his message was also tongue-in-cheek. Although Mr. Abrams alluded to “ridiculous claims that the Millennium Falcon is in the movie,” his note was wryly placed on the spaceship’s familiar “Holochess” board. “Star Wars” fans quickly picked up on the pun.

Buffett at drive-in

It’s not like wasting away in Margaritaville or even in the audience of a Jimmy Buffett show, but it might be the closest many people can get.

At least nine drive-ins in Pennsylvania are participating in “Jimmy Buffett’s Live at the Drive-In” show June 19. He will be at Fort Worth’s Coyote Drive-In, but the show will be beamed live to drive-ins around the country.

Among the ones in this area are Dependable Drive-In, Moon; Evergreen Drive-In, East Huntingdon (near Mount Pleasant), Westmoreland County; Riverside Drive-In outside Vandergrift; Silver Drive-In, Johnstown, Cambria County; and SkyView Drive-In, Carmichaels, Greene County.

See www.margaritaville.com/liveatthedrive-in for more details and ticket information.

Film freebie at museum

WQED’s Community Cinema will present “The New Black” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s Earth Theater.

The documentary, centering on the fight to win marriage equality in Maryland, explores the complicated, sometimes combative histories of the African-American and LGBT civil rights movements.

The movie is being screened in conjunction with the exhibition “Race: Are We So Different?” There is no charge for the film and panel discussion, but admission requires preregistration through https://www.eventbrite.com (search for film title) due to limited space.

First 50 people to register will receive a pass to return to visit the museum. A panel discussion will follow.

Community Cinema is presented in partnership with the Girls Coalition of Southwestern Pennsylvania, and the film is part of the Women and Girls Lead campaign.


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