Ten tidbits about summer movie season 2013

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Welcome to summer. It arrives at 9 tonight, the earliest time many theaters will show "Iron Man 3." Others are opting for 9:30 or the traditional midnight screening.

• "Iron Man 3" is already a hit overseas, where it took in $195.3 million in 42 international territories.

• Last year, we were counting the days till "The Dark Knight Rises." Among our Pittsburgh connections this year: Green Tree's Zachary Quinto returns as Spock in "Star Trek Into Darkness," and Pittsburgh-born Shane Black directs "Iron Man 3." He attended high school in Mt. Lebanon for a year before moving to Fullerton, Calif., in 1976 with his family.

• Whither women? They are always in short supply in the summer, but they're an endangered species. A few to watch for: Carey Mulligan in "The Great Gatsby," Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy in "The Heat," Emma Watson in "The Bling Ring" and Lily Collins in "Mortal Instruments: City of Bones."

• Where is Meryl Streep when you need her? Busy preparing to star alongside Tommy Lee Jones and Hilary Swank in "The Homesman," about a claim jumper and pioneer woman escorting three insane women from Nebraska to Iowa in 1855. In November, the triple Oscar winner will be part of a powerhouse ensemble in "August: Osage County."

• It's the end of the world as we know it, over and over, thanks to movies such as "After Earth," "This Is the End," "World War Z," "Elysium" and "The World's End."

• When it comes to sequels, "Fast & Furious" is the reigning champ, with the sixth movie due May 24 and a seventh announced for 2014.

• If you cannot wind the clock forward, spin it back, as "Monsters University" does, giving us a college-level origin story for Sulley (voice of John Goodman) and his one-eyed little buddy (Billy Crystal).

• It will be hard to top last year's crop of animated movies, but this summer will deliver "From Up on Poppy Hill," "Epic," "Monsters University," "Despicable Me 2," "Turbo" and "Planes."

• If the Lone Ranger casts a wide enough net, it could rope in moviegoers young and old. After all, the program originated on a Detroit radio station in early 1933 and crossed over to television in 1949, eventually spawning feature films, too.

• Best preview so far: "Man of Steel." Maybe with Clark Kent and Lois Lane back on the big screen, newspaper reporter won't be considered the worst job in 2013 according to a new survey.


First Published May 2, 2013 4:00 AM


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