'Steel Town' casting; 'Avengers' here

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"Steel Town," formerly titled "Still I Rise," will hold an open casting call for extras this weekend for the movie starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis and Holly Hunter.

Shaun Duffy Casting, based in New York but operating out of Pittsburgh for this project, is looking for roughly 800 people for a big scene to be shot on July 18. Potential extras should be 8 years old and up, with children and adults of all ethnicities needed.

Hopefuls should bring a non-returnable photo, either a head shot or a full-length body shot, to the Radisson Hotel, 101 Radisson Drive in Green Tree (ZIP code is 15205 if you're doing an Internet map) from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Extras, who must be legal U.S. residents, will be paid minimum wage if hired.

"Steel Town," which has kept a low profile, will be filming through late July. The movie, being directed by Daniel Barnz ("Beastly"), is about two mothers who team up to make a difference at a local school.

'Avengers' news

The Pittsburgh area is getting a small slice of "The Avengers," Disney and the Pittsburgh Film Office have confirmed.

The production will do what it's calling "secondary filming about an hour outside Pittsburgh but no actors will be there." Even without any or many cast members, "Avengers" will be in Western Pennsylvania at the same time as "The Dark Knight Rises" is shooting, making for a superhero double daily.

"The Avengers" movie will unite a galaxy of superheroes played by Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner. It's targeted for a 2012 release.


Movie editor Barbara Vancheri: bvancheri@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1632. Read her Mad About the Movies blog at www.post-gazette.com/movies .


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