Cranberry Cinemas has added two auditoriums to its previously eight-screen location. One of the new theaters has luxury seating with chairs that recline, as demonstrated by employee Lauren Fetkovish.  (Photo courtesy of Cranberry Cinemas)  filmnotes1128

Film notes: Cranberry Cinemas adds recliners; 'Blood First' to be screened Sunday

Cranberry Theater adds two houses, “Blood First” screens, “Birdman” and Michael Keaton soar as Indie Spirit Award nominations are announced.

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Spirit Nominations: 'Imitation Game,' 'Wild' Among Biggest Snubs

Nominations are made by committees for three areas: American narrative films, international narratives and documentaries.

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 Felicity Jones stars in "The Theory of Everything."

Actress picked up unusual insights from Hawking's wife

Felicity Jones traveled to infinity with Jane and Stephen Hawking for “The Theory of Everything” opposite Eddie Redmayne.

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 "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving."

Essay: Thanksgiving movies stuffed with dreary drama

Thanksgiving in film and television: traffic jams, family dysfunction and ruined turkeys.

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'Star Wars' trailer to debut over holiday weekend

The trailer for the seventh film in the “Star Wars” franchise is timed to exploit the Thanksgiving break, a big weekend for films.

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 Part of the interior of the Studio C film production facility in Robinson, which will be used for set construction and equipment staging.

New film studio to open in Pittsburgh area

Studio C, the brainchild of Cyndi Casteel, is vying for some of the $60 million in state tax credits given annually to qualified facilities.

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 Eddie Redmayne stars as Stephen Hawking in James Marsh’s "The Theory of Everything," opening in theaters Wednesday.

Actor wanted to give 'Everything' to challenging role

Landing the role of Stephen Hawking in ”Theory of Everything” brought actor Eddie Redmayne euphoria followed by a ”sledgehammer of fear.“

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 Ken Stott as Balin and Martin Freeman as Bilbo in the fantasy adventure "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies."

Visual feast of holiday movie season is underway

It’s beginning to look a lot like the holiday movie season, with family fare, musical extravaganzas and dramas on the road to Oscar night.

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Family Film Guide: 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1'

The PG-13-rated “Mockingjay — Part 1” is suitable for mature tweens, teens and up, especially those familiar with Suzanne Collins’ novels.

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 Former ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer and director Mike Nichols arrive at the AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards honoring Mr. Nichols in 2010 in Culver City, Calif.

Award-winning stage, movie director Mike Nichols dies at 83

Mike Nichols was a nine-time Tony Award winner on Broadway and the Oscar-winning director of films such as “The Graduate.”

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 Vilma Banky and Rudolph Valentino in "The Son of the Sheik"

Alloy Orchestra adds a soundtrack to 'Son of the Sheik'

Live accompaniment enhances the Three Rivers Film Festival screening of the silent film "The Son of the Sheik" with Rudolph Valentino.

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Film Festival lineup

Three Rivers Film Festival enters last weekend, when it will end on a musical, family-friendly note with silent classics and Alloy

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 In this image released by MGM, Dustin Hoffman appears in a scene from "The Graduate." The film, directed by Mike Nichols, brought him his lone directing Oscar.

Five memorable movies from Mike Nichols

Here are highlights from the long film career of Mike Nichols, who died Wednesday at age 83:

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Screenwriter to speak at Pitt

Oscar-nominated screenwriter Melisa Wallack shouldn’t be at a loss for words when she talks Wednesday night at 7 on Pitt’s campus.

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 Gugu Mbatha-Raw stars in "Beyond the Lights."

Actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw turns herself into a rock star who breaks away from the mold

Gugu Mbatha-Raw, starring with Will Smith in Pittsburgh, goes “Beyond the Lights” in new love story from the maker of “Love & Basketball.”

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 Actor Michael Keaton arrives at the Hollywood Film Awards in Hollywood.

Michael Keaton agrees to new role: visiting scholar at CMU

The Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon announced that the actor has agreed to the position, with details still to be

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Three Rivers Film Festival lineup

Three Rivers Film Festival continues with 40 more movies or special programs at three Pittsburgh Filmmakers theaters and Waterworks Cinemas.

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 Director Tony Buba traveled with author Marcus Rediker and others to Sierra Leone for "Ghosts of Amistad: In the Footsteps of the Rebels."

Pittsburgh crew goes on an African ghost hunt

Professor and author Marcus Rediker and Braddock Hills filmmaker Tony Buba traveled to Sierra Leone searching for the ghosts of Amistad.

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 DreamWorks, based in Glendale, Calif., is said to be in merger talks with Pawtucket,R.I.-based Hasbro.

DreamWorks Animation in merger talks with Hasbro

Glendale, Calif.-based DreamWorks is known for popular movie franchises such as “Shrek” and “Madagascar.”

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Brentwood native’s cowboy movie selected for Three Rivers Film Festival

H.D. Motyl created a 75-minute movie about cowboys on the road during the three weeks before the July 4 holiday.

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 Shane Dawson, director of "Not Cool," the winning entry in the filmmaking competition series "The Chair" on Starz. "Not Cool" was shot in the Pittsburgh area.

Tuned in: 'Not Cool' wins 'Chair' film competition

YouTube star Shane Dawson’s fans mobilized to vote for his critically savaged directorial debut, making him the winner of “The Chair.”

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 This image released by Disney shows the animated character Baymax n a scene from "Big Hero 6."

Soft robotic arm developed at CMU inspires Disney's animated feature

The main character in “Big Hero 6” has its roots in Carnegie Mellon University’s soft robotic arm designed to brush people’s teeth.

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Family Film Guide: 'Big Hero 6' and 'Interstellar'

“Big Hero 6” is suitable for 7- or 8-year-olds but contains some upsetting material; “Intersteller” deals with complicated principles.

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 Gary Kaboly, director of exhibition for Pittsburgh Filmmakers.

Long-running Three Rivers Film Festival creates a sense of community

The movies are just part of the communal experience for patrons of the oldest, longest running film festival in Pittsburgh.

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Three Rivers Film Festival Schedule

The festival opens Friday at Regent Square and Harris theaters, Melwood Screening Room and Waterworks Cinemas.

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ScareHouse scares actor

Elijah Wood touts Pittsburgh’s extra frightening ScareHouse on “Late Night With Seth Meyers.”

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 Will Smith on the steps of St. Benedict the Moor, a  Catholic church in the Hill District, during filming  of "Concussion."

Photos: The Will Smith movie in production in Pittsburgh

Our photographer Nate Guidry visited the Hill District today and has captured a few photos from the movie set.

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Films look at Berlin Wall before and after its fall

The University of Pittsburgh will host filmmaker Andreas Voigt as it marks “25 Years: Fall of the Berlin Wall.”

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 Michael Keaton has Oscar buzz in "Birdman."

Seven lessons for Michael Keaton from the John Travolta comeback

Long before the McConaissance, there was the Travoltaissance. We just weren’t as big on combining proper nouns back then.

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 Dr. Bennet Omalu, a former Allegheny County pathologist, first discovered CTE in Pittsburgh, in the brain of the late Steelers center Mike Webster.

Will Smith football movie shooting in Pittsburgh

With the working title 'Concussion,’ it’s based on Dr. Bennet Omalu, who detected brain injuries in Steelers center Mike Webster.

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Film series inspired by Billy Strayhorn to start Tuesday

Kelly Strayhorn honors life and legacy of Billy Strayhorn with its “My People: A Film Series in Color” on Tuesdays in November.

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 Michael Keaton.

How well do you know Michael Keaton?

How much do you know about Beetlejuice turned Batman turned Birdman? Take our Michael Keaton quiz and find out.

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 Michael Keaton as Riggan in "Birdman."

'Birdman' makes Keaton face his past -- almost

Michael Keaton's new character is paunchy, balding and wears 60-plus years on his face.

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 Michael Keaton as Riggan and Emma Stone as Sam in "Birdman."

In 'Birdman' the theater-as-art crowd takes on Hollywood

Here are 10 ways that the Alejandro G. Inarritu film sends up Broadway and Hollywood.

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