Film notes: Extras wanted for 'Witch Hunter'

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If you are 18 or older and can pull off an edgy, hipster look, the Vin Diesel movie “The Last Witch Hunter” wants you. 

An extras casting call will be held next Friday  from 5 to 11 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 500 Mansfield Ave. in Green Tree (ZIP code 15205). Parking is free and you must be in line by 10 p.m. or you will not be seen. 

Filming, with a cast also including Michael Caine, Elijah Wood, Rose Leslie and Olafur Darri Olafsson, will take place Sept. 5 through Dec. 5 in Pittsburgh. Prospective extras, who will appear in the background of scenes, must be able to work here weekdays and in all weather conditions. 

Although this call is for adult hopefuls, you can submit photos of children ages 8 to 15. Bring a photo, which will not be returned, and write the name, phone and age of the boy or girl on the back. 

OPA Casting advises that if you are already in its database you do not have to attend. Organizers also emphasize no early line-ups or phone calls. The job will pay minimum wage. 

As reported earlier this week, a stand-in for a woman 5-feet-6, 115 pounds, with red hair and pale complexion is needed. Previous stand-in experience preferred. For that position only, email

Rooftop shindigs planned

Free movie, free concert and free rooftop view of Pittsburgh. What’s not to like? 

The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and Pittsburgh Filmmakers will host two “Rooftop Shindig” events atop Theater Square Garage, 667 Penn Ave., in the Cultural District.

The first will be Wednesday with a showing of “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure” and concert by Grand Piano, tied into Bike Fest 2014. Bikers are encouraged to ride to the shindig. 

Games, food and cocktails will start at 6 p.m., with Sonoma Grille, Perle, Woodfired Flatbreads and Dream Cream selling food or cocktails. Grand Piano will perform at 7 p.m. and the 90-minute movie, rated PG, will start at approximately 9 p.m.

The event is free, but regular parking rates apply, and participants are encouraged to bring a chair although inexpensive inflatable seats will be sold. If it rains, the event will be bumped to Aug. 14, with updates on

On Sept. 10 (rain date, Sept. 11), the event will feature the R-rated “The Big Lebowski” with music by Jimbo and the Soupbones. Providing support and sponsorship for the events are the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Green Mountain Energy, Alco Parking and Zipcar. 

‘Hornbostel’ to Napa 

“Henry Hornbostel: In Architecture and Legacy” has been accepted as an official selection of the Napa Valley Film Festival in November. It’s too early to know when it will screen during the Nov. 12-16 event at a dozen venues showcasing 125 films, 300 filmmakers, 50 chefs and 150 wineries. 

As noted in a previous story by PG writer Marylynne Pitz, Mr. Hornbostel created classical buildings with sumptuous sculptural interiors. He had a hand in the College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University, Rodef Shalom synagogue and Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and is represented on the National Register of Historic Places with 22 structures. 

The documentary was made by American Ark Films, and key crew and cast include: Mark Fallone, director and videographer; Greg Rempel, writer and associate producer; Len Caric, producer; Doug Fairall, makeup; Fred Roth, gaffer; and Matthew Kroh as Henry Hornbostel. 

See for more information about the 58-minute film, narrated by actress Tamara Tunie, a native of Homestead and a graduate of Steel Valley High School and Carnegie Mellon University.

Horror happenings 

Horror Realm is moving its fall show to Aug. 15-17 and marking the occasion with a reunion of cast members Terry Alexander, Lori Cardille, Anthony Dileo Jr. and Joe Pilato from George A. Romero’s “Day of the Dead” (fans will be able to buy a group photo) and a 50th anniversary celebration of TV’s “The Addams Family.” Lisa Loring, who played Wednesday Addams, and Cousin Itt actor Felix Silla are expected. 

The event will take place at the Crowne Plaza Pittsburgh South hotel, with no show in September.

Other scheduled participants include Bill Cardille, from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 16 only, along with actors William Forsythe, Lew Temple, Steve Railsback and J. LaRose; independent filmmakers Fred Vogel, Shelby Vogel, Jason Hoover, Keith Voigt Jr. Eamon Hardiman, Missy Dawn, Mike Watt and Amy Lynn Best. Also due are authors Nelson Pyles, Jessica McHugh, Paul Anderson, Andrew Nienaber, William Bozarth and Laura James. 

The VHS viewing room will return, and “13 Score” and “Infliction” are among movies to be shown. Tickets are available through or at the door. Prices are $35 for the weekend; $15 for Friday or Saturday; $20 for both days; and $10, Sunday only. “Day of the Dead” photo ops, $45.  

See for more details. 

In brief

 • Warner Bros. is moving “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” starring Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill, to March 25, 2016. That means it won’t have to share the box office and attention with “Captain America 3” on May 6, 2016.

• Every other Saturday, the Parkway Theater in Stowe will screen a family film and a foreign film and showcase an actor or director’s work. This weekend the lineup includes 1967’s “The Jungle Book,” “13 Tzameti” and Martin Scorsese’s “Mean Streets.”

• A series kickoff party will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Alloy Studios, 5530 Penn Ave., for “afronaut(a) 2.0: an exploration in film.” Curated by Alisha B. Wormsley and Blaine Siegel, it aims to challenge audiences with screenings, discussions, performances and a media festival. 

• The Kelly Strayhorn Theater is presenting the free film-focused salon series Sundays through Sept. 28 as part of the East Liberty Live summer series. 

Movie editor Barbara Vancheri: or 412-263-1632. Read her blog:

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