Film Notes: SouthSide Works to stage National Theatre Live

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Helen Mirren, Kenneth Branagh, Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hiddleston are among the British stage and screen stars whose work will be beamed across the pond when National Theatre Live comes to SouthSide Works Cinema.

The fifth season of the series that brings London stage hits to American movie houses opens with Ms. Mirren's Olivier Award-winning performance in "The Audience," about Queen Elizabeth II's weekly meetings with the prime ministers during her reign. The play was recorded live at the Gielgud Theatre on June 13.

The series includes Danny Boyle's "Frankenstein," the play in which Mr. Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller shared the title role; the Rob Ashford-directed "Macbeth," with Mr. Branagh in the title role; and concludes with the all-star "Coriolanus," featuring Mr. Hiddleston (Loki in "Thor" and "The Avengers") and Mark Gatiss (BBC's "Sherlock").

Tickets are $20 and available at the box office 60 days before the event or at Here's the schedule:

• "The Audience": 7 p.m. Aug. 21; 11 a.m. Aug. 25; 7 p.m. Aug. 28.

• "Othello," starring Adrian Lester and Rory Kinnear as Iago: 11 a.m. Oct. 13 and 7 p.m. Oct. 23.

• "Frankenstein," with Mr. Cumberbatch as the Creature and Mr. Miller as Victor Frankenstein in an encore screening as part of the 50th anniversary of the National Theatre: 7 p.m. Oct. 31.

• "Macbeth," a new production by the Ashford-Branagh team recorded at the Manchester International Festival: 11 a.m. Nov. 3 and 7 p.m. Nov. 6.

• "National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage," directed by Nicholas Hytner, with rare archival footage and featuring many of the original actors who have performed on the National's stages over the past five decades: 7 p.m. Nov. 20.

• "Coriolanus," a Donmar Warehouse production of Shakespeare's tragedy: 7 p.m. Feb. 19 and 11 a.m. Feb. 23.

-- Sharon Eberson

Catching fire in London

"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" will have its world premiere in London Nov. 11, 2013. The second movie in the "Hunger Games" franchise will open around the world on Nov. 22.

It stars Jennifer Lawrence alongside Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone and Jeffrey Wright, with Stanley Tucci and Donald Sutherland.

Francis Lawrence directs the screenplay by Simon Beaufoy and Michael DeBruyn, based upon the novel by Suzanne Collins.

Coldplay will release the first track from the official soundtrack album for the movie Aug. 26. This marks the first time Coldplay has recorded an original song for a movie. It's called "Atlas" and should be available on iTunes and through all digital retailers.

The film begins as Katniss Everdeen (Ms. Lawrence) has returned home safe after winning the 74th annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark (Hutcherson). But they must embark on a victors' tour of the districts.

Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow (Sutherland) prepares the 75th annual Hunger Games, The Quarter Quell -- a competition that could change Panem forever.

-- Barbara Vancheri

In brief

• Cody Simpson's new single "La Da Dee" will play with the end credits of "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2."

The Australian pop singer also will shoot a music video incorporating footage from the film. "La Da Dee" is the leadoff track on the performer's new album, "Surfers Paradise."

• "Blue Jasmine," the Woody Allen movie generating Oscar talk for Cate Blanchett, is scheduled to open in Pittsburgh on Aug. 23.



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