Film Notes: A local connection to 'Iron Man 3'

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Pittsburgh connections are rampant in the entertainment world and now we have one to "Iron Man 3."

Pittsburgh-born Shane Black is directing the sequel scheduled to be released May 3. Production has started in Wilmington, N.C., with more shooting scheduled for Raleigh-Durham, Miami and China.

Mr. Black, who directed "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" and wrote "Lethal Weapon" and "The Long Kiss Goodnight," told the Post-Gazette in 1995 that he once lived in Murrysville and Mt. Lebanon. He attended Mt. Lebanon High School for one year before moving to Fullerton, Calif., in 1976 when his father took a new job.

He was born here in December 1961 and at 6 was writing and drawing a comic strip about a spy -- his mother once boasted that he wasn't a very good artist but he wrote great dialogue.

Reprising their roles are Robert Downey Jr. as the title character, Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, Don Cheadle as James "Rhodey" Rhodes and Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan.

Batman tix on sale Monday

Tickets for "The Dark Knight Rises" will go on sale at noon Monday for the July 20 opening. Some theaters also will be showing the first two movies as part of a "Dark Knight" movie marathon.

"The Dark Knight Rises," which filmed in Pittsburgh, was directed by Christopher Nolan and stars Christian Bale. It has a reported running time of 2 hours and 45 minutes. It will open at 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 20, so plan your sick days accordingly.

Movie, then musical

Catch the movie and then see the musical on stage. Or just catch the movie for free.

At 2 p.m. on select Saturdays, the Pittsburgh CLO will host screenings of "A Chorus Line" (June 9), "Annie" (June 16), "Fiddler on the Roof" (June 30) and "Sunset Boulevard" (July 14).

Movies will be shown at Point Park's University Center, 414 Wood St., Downtown. Head for the second floor and George R. White Theater. They are free and open to the public and participants will have a chance to win CLO prizes. RSVPs through the CLO's Facebook page are encouraged but not required.

Spirit of Jimmy Stewart

It might seem like all Jimmy all the time this weekend in Indiana at the Jimmy Stewart Museum and Jimmy Stewart Airport. Both will feature nearly daylong activities Saturday and Sunday.

Philadelphia Street will be lined with craft and food vendors both days starting at 10 a.m., and at least nine acts will perform on a music stage. There will be a magician, face painter and display of antique cars on Saturday.

At 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the Museum Theatre, Chas and Erna Reinhart will discuss and sign copies of their book, "Jimmy Stewart on the Air." It's a new look at Mr. Stewart's sometimes overlooked career in radio comedy and drama, including the Western, "The Six Shooter."

The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days (regular admission applies) with "Strategic Air Command" being shown at 10:30 a.m. Saturday and "The Spirit of St. Louis" at 1 p.m. Sunday.

At the airport, you can get a gander at a Curtiss-Wright SB2C Helldiver, the last true dive-bomber produced for the U.S. Navy, along with the Curtis-Wright C-46 commando "Tinker Belle" plane.

World War II re-enactors will appear, there will be a U.S. Air Force C-30 flyover and family activities will include a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, a big band dance starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, flights, airport tours, hayrides and other activities.

Airport admission and parking are free, from 8 a.m. to close. There will be free shuttle rides on both days to and from the museum and airport, courtesy of the Indiana County Tourist Bureau.

The museum, by the way, is one of 1,500-plus museums offering free admission to military personnel and their families through Labor Day, in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and the Department of Defense.

"This program is a natural for us, with Mr. Stewart's well-known military career and his lifelong commitment to America's armed forces," museum director Tim Harley says. "We are happy to make this museum available to those who serve and their families in acknowledgement of the sacrifices they make for us and for our nation."

See for more information about the museum. Go to for details about the airport.

Free world premiere

Admission to the world premiere of "Captain Slickpants" at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Hollywood Theater in Dormont, will be free.

Here's the description: Gregg Henley (Ben Dietels) lives alone in his late grandmother's house. He spends his time devising strange aerobic routines, setting off fireworks in his backyard, and obsessing over Vanessa, a waitress at his favorite restaurant.

Mr. Dietels wrote the screenplay and directed and co-produced the comedy with Blake O'Donnell and Ryan Lintner. The movie has no MPAA rating but contains mild language and brief nudity. For a look at the trailer,

'Deccani Souls' to screen

"Deccani Souls," a film by Kaz Rahman, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Hollywood Theater.

The work of Mr. Rahman, a faculty member in film/video at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, explores and coalesces the intersection between Islamic artistic expression, the natural elements and contemporary culture.

"Deccani Souls" is a mystical journey that weaves characters through the portentous streets, cafes and chaos of Hyderabad, India, trying to make sense of the city and a painful chapter from its past.

Tickets, $7, or $5 for students. Go to for more information.

In brief

• The smiling face in The New York Times on Sunday was unmistakable -- Tony Buba.

The Braddock filmmaker was the subject of an Arts & Leisure story headlined "A Steel Town's Chronicler and Conscience" and subtitled, "Tony Buba: the Bard of Braddock, at Anthony Film Archives." A retrospective of Mr. Buba's work is taking place at the Archives, 32 Second Ave. in New York, today through Tuesday.

"His work has no parallel in American cinema," Jed Rapfogel, film programmer for Anthology, told the Times. "It's this incredible combination of very committed, serious political commitment, and this bizarre comic sensibility."

In a perfect world, he added, there would be a sizable portion of American cinema with a deep interest in the lives of working people.

Braddock Films is collaborating on three new films: "We Are Alive -- The Fight to Save Braddock Hospital"; "Accordion Stories," a musical; and "Thunder Over Braddock," a sequel to "Lightning Over Braddock."

• "Bardsongs" was the winner of this year's RAGS Foundation People's Choice Award at the Silk Screen film festival. The honor is sponsored by a nonprofit organization started by Sridhar and Gunjan Tayur in Pittsburgh.

Driven by his curiosity in other cultures and the mysteries of human nature, director Sander Francken delivers a trilogy of folk tales in "Bardsongs."

Second place went to "Sunny" and honorable mention to "The Front Line." All movies, except opening and closing night selections, were eligible.

• Another young adult trilogy is headed to the big screen. The first of the novels, "The Paladin Prophecy," will be released on Sept. 25 by Random House Books for Young Readers.

The series centers on protagonist Will West, who has muted his unusual abilities both in the classroom and on the playing fields to avoid attention. But Will's cover is blown when he scores off the charts on a nationwide exam, and the resulting danger from a host of mysterious forces send him on the run, into a complex world of secret societies and supernatural conflicts.

Film rights for the trilogy were sold in a seven-figure deal with plans to release the first film in 2014. Reliance Entertainment will develop the screenplay of the first book with the author, screenwriter and novelist Mark Frost, who will write and executive produce the film. He was co-creator of TV's "Twin Peaks."


Movie editor Barbara Vancheri: or 412-263-1632. Read her blog: First Published June 8, 2012 12:00 AM


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