'Lion King' to return to theaters in 3-D

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The circle of life will return "The Lion King" to theaters in September -- but this time, it will be in 3-D for a limited run.

The 1994 animated movie, which won Oscars for score and song, will play for two weeks in theaters starting Sept. 16. It will be in 3-D for the first time.

The movie's return will precede the Blu-ray release Oct. 4.

Expanded 'LOTR' returns

Extended versions of "The Lord of the Rings" films will be screened on three consecutive Tuesdays, starting June 14.

Audiences will see anywhere from 49 to 62 minutes of additional footage for each movie at Cinemark in Robinson and Frazer along with AMC-Loews at the Waterfront. Filmmaker Peter Jackson will introduce each from "The Hobbit" set.

Check with theaters or www.FathomEvents.com for tickets and times.

Stewart festival in June

Indiana will celebrate the annual Jimmy Stewart Airport-Museum Festival June 11-12, with activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Free shuttle service between both locations will be provided by the Indiana County Tourist Bureau.

The airport will host an 8 a.m. pancake breakfast both days along with aviation displays, plane rides (for which there will be a fee), aerial demonstrations, World War II re-enactors, tours and hay rides. On June 11, there will be the Keystone Wing Air Force Hanger Dance (fee applies).

The Punxsutawney Antique Auto Club will display cars near the museum on June 11 while on June 12, there will be a display of emergency vehicles.

Philadelphia Street, the main thoroughfare through Mr. Stewart's hometown, also will boast an arts and crafts marketplace along with food vendors and displays and activities by the Penns Wood Boy Scout Council on the courthouse lawn. A music stage will be at 9th and Philadelphia streets both days.

The museum (regular admission applies) will feature special exhibits dedicated to the onetime Stewart home in Beverly Hills along with a photo essay on Mr. Stewart's return to Indiana for his 75th birthday in 1983. See www.jimmy.org.

What movies we watch

Pittsburghers love getting a hangover. Well, technically, "The Hangover."

It was the No. 1 most-viewed new release for Pittsburghers watching On Demand movies from Comcast.

Rounding out the top 10 for this region, in order: "The Blind Side," "Knocked Up," "Wild Hogs," "The Departed," "Couples Retreat," "Gran Torino," "I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry," "Night at the Museum," "I Am Legend."

Missing from the Pittsburgh list but a staple in the other dozen and a half top markets -- any of the "Twilight" films.

Comcast this week said its customers have watched 20 billion entertainment choices On Demand since the service was launched in 2003. In honor of the milestone, the company announced Xfinity On Demand Awards for the top performers in movies.

When all cities are taken into account the most viewed new release movies are, in order: "The Hangover," "The Blind Side," and "Couples Retreat."

Overall action picks: "Taken," "The Book of Eli," "Avatar."

Comedy: "The Hangover," "Couples Retreat," "He's Just Not That Into You."

Drama: "The Blind Side," "Gran Torino," "Twilight."

Horror: "1408," "The Last House on the Left," "The Wolfman."

Indie: "All Good Things," "The Killer Inside Me," "Centurion."

Kids/family: "Alvin and the Chipmunks," "Night at the Museum," "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel."

On the Web

Online features editor Sharon Eberson and I discuss "The Hangover Part II," "Kung Fu Panda 2" and other new releases on the Rated PG podcast at www.post-gazette.com.movies.

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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