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 Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon came to Pittsburgh in June to film "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl."

Cameras were rolling in the 'Burgh

Pittsburgh was a movie magnet in 2014 as Russell Crowe, Jake Gyllenhaal, Vin Diesel, Will Smith and many others came for productions.

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 Ellar Coltrane, at age 6, in "Boyhood."

'Boyhood' and 'Birdman' the best of the bunch to hit theaters this year

“Boyhood,” “Birdman” and “Foxcatcher” top the list of the best movies of 2014, which also includes the crowd-pleasing “The Lego Movie.”

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 Stephen Sondheim, Meryl Streep and director Rob Marshall attend the world premiere of "Into the Woods" at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City.

Rob Marshall takes us along on his journey 'Into the Woods'

Rob Marshall, the director who grew up in Pittsburgh, guides a starry cast through a musical film with themes for all ages.

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 Customers arrive Thursday at SouthSide Works Cinema to watch "The Interview." Extra security guards were on hand.

Pittsburgh screening of 'The Interview' attracts patriotic crowd

The movie about the assassination of North Korea’s leader has netted tepid reviews but strong response after attempts to shut it down.

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 Dancer Leanne Benjamin performs in a scene from the documentary "National Gallery" playing through Jan. 8 at the Harris Theater, Downtown.

'National Gallery' doc delves into one of England’s national treasures

Frederick Wiseman, the dean of documentarians, takes an unadorned and revealing look at a portrait gallery like no other.

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Sony's 'Interview' draws U.S. moviegoers who trumpet free speech

The film opened in more than 300 independent movie theaters Christmas Day, drawing many sell-out audiences.

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 Dennis Lavalle holds a ticket and a poster of the film "The Interview" as he attends the Christmas Day screening of in the Van Nuys section of Los Angeles.

Hundreds of theaters across U.S. begin screening 'The Interview'

After initially calling off its release, Sony officials made the film available on a variety of digital platforms Wednesday afternoon.

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 A security guard stands at the entrance of United Artists theater during the premiere of the film "The Interview" in Los Angeles.

Sony streams 'The Interview' through YouTube, Google, Xbox, Sony site

In the Pittsburgh area, the SouthSide Works Cinema and the Dependable Drive-In in Moon will show the film.

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 Brie Larson is Amy Phillips in "The Gambler."

Larson: ‘None of us really believe that this is a movie about gambling’

“Gambler” remake allows Brie Larson to blow her own horn, thanks to the souvenir she kept from the movie starring Mark Wahlberg.

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 The FBI said it has enough evidence to conclude that North Korea was behind the cyber attack on Sony, which resulted in the disclosure of tens of thousands of emails and other materials.

In about-face, Sony to screen film in dispute

“The Interview” will be released after all to a limited number of theaters, including one in Pittsburgh, for Christmas Day showings.

3 days ago


Key North Korean websites back online after shutdown

It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the Internet stoppage in one of the least-wired and poorest countries in the world.

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 Vanessa Redgrave and "Foxcatcher" director Bennett Miller go over a scene at the Omni William Penn Hotel, Downtown.

A guide to the Pittsburgh sites seen in 'Foxcatcher'

Western Pennsylvania co-stars in the movie “Foxcatcher” with nearly all scenes shot here but one — a helicopter view of the du Pont estate.

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 Director Bennett Miller with Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum on the set of "Foxcatcher," most of which was filmed in Western Pennsylvania.

'Foxcatcher' director energized by commitment from actors

It started with a Rupert Pupkin-style move by a stranger and ended with director Bennett Miller filming “Foxcatcher” in Pittsburgh area.

1 week ago


Family Film Guide: 'Annie' and 'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb'

Both PG-rated, “Annie” and “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” offer mostly family-friendly entertainment.

1 week ago


'Let It Snow' to film Downtown

A movie crew will let it snow, literally, for filming that is scheduled to take place Downtown on Saturday at the creche and PPG ice rink.

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 The FBI said in a statement it has enough evidence to conclude that North Korea was behind the punishing breach, which resulted in the disclosure of tens of thousands of leaked Sony emails and other materials.

FBI declares North Korea responsible for Sony hack

The FBI said it has enough evidence to conclude that North Korea was behind the punishing breach of the Hollywood studio.

1 week ago


 Tim Hartman is Mr. Fezziwig in Pittsburgh CLO's "A Musical Christmas Carol."

The Hot List of events for the weekend: Dec. 18-21

Holiday festivities galore, from the CLO’s “A Musical Christmas Carol” to “A Lyrical Christmas Carol” from PMT. (And rapper Bubba Sparxxx.)

1 week ago


North Korea-linked Sony hack may be costliest ever

The studio's reputation is in tatters as embarrassing revelations spill from tens of thousands of leaked emails and other company materials.

1 week ago


 Steve Carell as John du Pont.

'Foxcatcher' brought long days for Steve Carell as John du Pont

In a monumental departure from “The Office,” “Despicable Me” and “Little Miss Sunshine,” Mr. Carell plays John du Pont.

1 week ago


 Sony shows, from left, Jonathan Watson, Brandon Trost, Evan Goldberg, and Seth Rogen on the set of Columbia Pictures' "The Interview."

Sony pulls 'The Interview' from theatrical release

The movie, a controversial satire about a talk show host charged with assassinating Kim Jong Un, drew threats from a cyberterrorism group.

1 week ago


 Actor Richard Armitage poses for photographers upon arrival at the screening of the film "The Hobbit, The Battle of the Five Armiesm: in Paris.

'The Hobbit's' Richard Armitage shows the lighter side of Thorin on Twitter

The self-described “moody actor” says his goodbyes to Middle-earth after three films as the Dwarf leader Thorin Oakenshield.

1 week ago


 A security guard stands at the entrance of United Artists theater during the premiere of the film "The Interview" in Los Angeles Thursday.

NYC premiere of North Korea comedy 'The Interview' canceled after threats

The hackers warned people to stay away from cinemas showing the film and darkly reminded moviegoers of the Sept. 11 attacks.

1 week ago


 Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor Joe Letteri speaks  at his alma mater, Central Valley High School in Center Township.

Special effects wiz Joe Letteri returns to Pittsburgh

Joe Letteri, the wizard behind films such as “The Hobbit” and “Avatar,” returns to his alma mater to share movie magic secrets.

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 Sony Pictures Entertainment headquarters in Culver City, Calif. The FBI is investigating a hacking attack at Sony Pictures Entertainment last month that caused major internal computer problems at the film studio last week.

Sony asks media to destroy leaked data as Sharpton meeting looms

The Sony Corp. unit is widening its efforts to stem damage from the release of employee salaries, health records, movie stars’ fees and

1 week ago


Sony hacking highlights challenge to CEO Hirai's 'One Sony' vision

The Japanese conglomerate is heading for its fifth net loss in six years, raising questions about its ability to hold on to businesses.

1 week ago


 "The Sixth Sense" director M. Night Shyamalan in 2010

Aide to 'Sixth Sense' director admits to stealing $15,000 from him

Selma Nolan Cody, the former house manager for M. Night Shyamalan’s Chester County home, pleaded guilty this week to theft.

2 weeks ago


 Michael Keaton stars as Riggan in "Birdman." Keaton has been nominated for a Golden Globe for best actor in a comedy or musical and the movie's director, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, has also been nominated. The movie garnered five other nominations: best supporting actor, actress, best original score, best director and best screenplay.

'Birdman' grabs 7 Golden Globe nominations, 'Foxcatcher,' 3

The annual awards, chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, will be hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler on Jan. 11.

2 weeks ago


Christmas movies are part of Pittsburgh family traditions

Pittsburgh’s East suburban residents tell what movies their families love to watch together over the holidays.

1 week ago


 Michael Keaton, left, and Edward Norton were nominated for Screen Actors Guild Awards Wednesday for their roles in "Birdman."

‘Birdman’ leads SAG nominations; Pittsburgh-filmed 'Foxcatcher' also honored

Pittsburgh native Michael Keaton earns a Screen Actors Guild Awards nomination for leading actor for his role in “Birdman.”

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 Jesse Andrews also wrote the screenplay for the film version of his novel "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl."

'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,' made and set in Pittsburgh, heads to Sundance Film Festival

Based on the novel by Pittsburgh native Jesse Andrews, it was filmed in his childhood home and his alma mater, the former Schenley High.

3 weeks ago


 Noah Wiseman in "The Babadook."

Movie review: 'The Babadook' unfolds as a fine horror flick

A psychological thriller from Australia whose moral is: Be careful what stories you read to your kids at bedtime.

3 weeks ago


Filming to close sections of Ross Street in Downtown Pittsburgh

Traffic may be stopped temporarily at Ross Street and Fourth Avenue both days.

3 weeks ago


 The Will Smith film, "Concussion," filmed at the Braddock Carnegie Library.

The Will Smith crew filmed at Braddock Carnegie Library this week

Librarian of the Braddock Carnegie Library, Anita Greene, even managed to get a shot of herself with Will Smith.

3 weeks ago


 Tommy Lee Jones and Hilary Swank star in "The Homesman."

Hilary Swank discovers Tommy Lee Jones' secret while making 'The Homesman'

Don't call Tommy Lee Jones "ornery" but do call him an accomplished director, thanks to work such as "The Homesman," opening on Friday.

3 weeks ago


 Jennifer Lawrence sings the vocals for "The Hanging Tree," part of the soundtrack for "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1."  The song has landed in the top 20 in Australia and the U.K.

Reluctant pop star Jennifer Lawrence hits the charts

'Hunger Games' actress doesn't like singing in front of people.

3 weeks ago


 Christian rock band Casting Crowns will perform at Consol Energy Center at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Hot List of events for the coming weekend

Lots on deck for the first weekend of December.

3 weeks ago


 Brad Pitt stars as Wardaddy in the movie "Fury," a World War II drama that was downloaded 500,000 times since a Nov. 25 cyberattack on Sony’s film-and-TV studio.

Sony holiday box office sales at risk as ‘Fury,’ ‘Annie’ leaked

The illegal downloads of “Fury ” illustrates the economic damage hackers can inflict on film studios.

3 weeks ago


 Jennifer Lawrence stars as Katniss Everdeen in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part I."

'Mockingjay' tops holiday weekend box office

“Mockingjay — Part 1” became the third-highest Thanksgiving five-day gross, falling behind “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and “Frozen.”

3 weeks ago


 Skipper of "Penguins of Madagascar" and Tom McGrath seen at DreamWorks Animation Panel at 2014 Comic-Con in San Diego in July.

'Penguins of Madagascar' director wants his voice to bring humor

“Penguins of Madagascar” director Tom McGrath, who’s also the fearless leader of the Penguins, just likes to see people laugh.

3 weeks ago


 Cranberry Cinemas has added two auditoriums to its previously eight-screen location. One of the new theaters has luxury seating with chairs that recline, as demonstrated by employee Lauren Fetkovish.  (Photo courtesy of Cranberry Cinemas)  filmnotes1128

Film notes: Cranberry Cinemas adds recliners; 'Blood First' to be screened Sunday

Cranberry Theater adds two houses, “Blood First” screens, “Birdman” and Michael Keaton soar as Indie Spirit Award nominations are announced.

4 weeks ago


Spirit Nominations: 'Imitation Game,' 'Wild' Among Biggest Snubs

Nominations are made by committees for three areas: American narrative films, international narratives and documentaries.

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