Film Notes: Lee Child's 'One Shot' reissued with Tom Cruise cover

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If you wait until Nov. 8 to buy a paperback copy of "One Shot," you will find Tom Cruise's photo on the cover.

The Bantam Dell Publishing Group will publish a movie tie-in edition of the Lee Child novel on Nov. 8 to coincide with the Dec. 21 release of the movie now known as "Jack Reacher." The photo on the book cover shows a close-up of the left side of Mr. Cruise's face, complete with a small bloody cut.

"Jack Reacher," adapted and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, was shot in Pittsburgh a year ago. It features Mr. Child's vigilante hero, an ex-military investigator who doubts the official version of events surrounding a deadly sniper attack.

The movie, also starring Rosamund Pike, Robert Duvall, Richard Jenkins, Werner Herzog and others, is rated PG-13 for violence, language and some drug material.

Making music and deadline

Instead of making a film on deadline, competitors in the 48 Hour Music Video Project will be charged with creating a music video in the allotted time.

At a kickoff Friday, teams will draw two bands and choose one to work with during the weekend. The band must supply a high-quality recording of an original song, and the partners will have 48 hours to design, shoot and edit a music video.

All completed videos will be shown Nov. 7 at Belvedere's Ultra Dive in Lawrenceville and Nov. 8 at AVA Lounge in East Liberty. See for details.

'My People' series

Kelly Strayhorn Theater is presenting "My People," a three-part series exploring the experiences of LGBTQ communities of color. The event will kick off at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday with "Forever Bottom!" at the University of Pittsburgh's Cathedral of Learning, Room G-24.

At 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Kelly Strayhorn, live election coverage will be provided as a 10-minute short "The Interview" is paired with the 47-minute "Difficult Love" about black lesbians in South Africa. Two 30-minute episodes of comedy Web series "Drama Queenz" will be shown at the Shadow Lounge, 7 p.m. Nov. 13.

The Pitt event is free, otherwise tickets are $10. For advance tickets and more details, or 412-363-3000.

2013 competition open

Entries are now being accepted for the 2013 Robinson International Short Film Competition, designed to honor the legacy of Sanford N. Robinson and provide winning filmmakers with money and exposure for their work. A Zahav (Gold) Award carries $10,000, with two Kesef (Silver) Awards at $3,000 each.

The competition is open to any independent filmmaker, including college and graduate-level film students, along with professionals.

A submission must be: a Pittsburgh premiere (no public or TV showings); completed in 2010 or later; subtitled, if not in English; and 40 minutes or less. It must contain an essence of Jewishness as represented by theme, history or culture and can be narrative, documentary or animated.

Entries, $20 before Dec. 14 and $40 after, are due Jan. 7. See for required form, screening format and other details, including mailing address.

Up to 10 films will be selected for presentation by JFilm: The Pittsburgh Jewish Film Forum at an awards evening in May 2013 with winners announced immediately afterward.

In brief

• Derek McLane, a Tony winner for best scenic design of a play for "33 Variations," will serve as designer for the 85th Academy Awards telecast. This will be Mr. McLane's first time designing an Oscar set, but he collaborated with producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron on Broadway's revival of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying."

• The Broadcast Film Critics Association will hand out its awards on Jan. 10. Nominees for the Critics' Choice Movie Awards will be announced Dec. 11.


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


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