Film Notes: Angelina Jolie 3-D movie, 'Maleficent,' starts production
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The villains are always more interesting than the heroines, and "Maleficent" will put that theory to the test.
Disney announced this week that production has begun on "Maleficent," starring Angelina Jolie. It's scheduled for a March 14, 2014, release in 3-D.
The Oscar-winning actress will co-star with Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Miranda Richardson, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville.
It's the story of the villain from the 1959 classic "Sleeping Beauty." The new film will reveal the events that hardened Maleficent's heart and drove her to curse the baby, Aurora.
Oscar-winning production designer Robert Stromberg will make his directorial debut.
Add the SouthSide Works Cinema to theaters offering a "Dark Knight" trilogy on July 19.
It will show "Batman Begins" at 6:30 p.m., with "The Dark Knight" at 9 p.m. and "The Dark Knight Rises" at midnight. A triple-feature ticket, $20, is available at the box office.
Individual tickets can be bought online at www.clevelandcinemas.com or at the box office. If purchased separately or online, tickets for the first two movies are $6 each while regular admission prices apply to the new movie.
If you're looking for cast and crew or are an "orphan" hoping to be adopted by a 48-hour filmmaking team in Pittsburgh, organizers are holding a meet and greet from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Hambone's Pub, 4207 Butler St. in Lawrenceville.
It's part of the run-up to the 48-Hour Film Project, July 20-22 in Pittsburgh, with screenings at the Hollywood Theater in Dormont July 28-29. For more information, www.48hourfilm.com/pittsburgh.
Recent meetings of the Pennsylvania Film Industry Association focused on talks by visiting producers from movies such as "Out of the Furnace" and "Jack Reacher."
The next gathering will celebrate the booming industry here and provide an update on the commonwealth's tax incentive.
Also on tap: A look at public service announcements made by I.A.T.S.E. Studio Mechanics Local 489, with support from the Pittsburgh Film Office. Everyone may realize that hotels and Haddad's benefit when a movie or TV production comes to town but the smartly produced spots emphasize how the business boosts sales of pizza, paint, espresso, bottled water and other products and services.
PaFIA will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. (cash bar and hors d'oeuvres available) Monday at the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel, Downtown. Members admitted for free, others, $20 at the door, which can be applied toward membership.
"Pink Smoke Over the Vatican," a documentary about women seeking ordination in the Catholic church, will have a one-time screening at 7:30 p.m. June 29 at the Hollywood Theater in Dormont. Free-will donations.
Filmmaker Jules Hart and Joan Houk, a bishop in Roman Catholic Womenpriests, will participate in a discussion afterward. Friends of Women's Ordination are presenting the movie.
• Woody Allen's latest, "To Rome With Love," is scheduled to open July 6 in Pittsburgh. Same for "Your Sister's Sister." Greta Gerwig's "Lola Versus" is June 29 and "Beasts of the Southern Wild" likely will be late July.
• Peter Berg will direct a movie version of "Father's Day," an account of Buzz Bissinger's trip with his son who has some intellectual challenges, Variety reports. Mr. Bissinger and Mr. Berg, who happen to be cousins, teamed on "Friday Night Lights."
• The 37th Cleveland International Film Festival, April 3-14, has issued a call for entries. For submission details, deadlines, and fees, www.clevelandfilm.org.
• Tribeca Film has acquired U.S. rights to "Glee" star Chris Colfer's film debut, the high school comedy "Struck By Lightning."
In addition to starring in the movie, Mr. Colfer also wrote the screenplay for the film, which had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival and was met with a standing ovation. He plays a high school senior on a path to greatness when killed by a bolt of lightning in his school parking lot. He recounts the last few weeks of his life via insightful flashbacks.
First Published June 22, 2012 12:00 am