Film Notes: Harrison Ford stops in for special '42' preview
The drama "42," to be released next year, stars Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson and Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey.
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Tom Cruise at the SouthSide Works Cinema. Harrison Ford -- yes, Indiana Jones and Han Solo himself -- at the Cinemark in Robinson.
It was a rare double play for Pittsburgh thanks to "Jack Reacher" on Wednesday and, a day earlier, a private screening of "42" hosted by Thomas Tull, chairman and CEO of Legendary Pictures and a part owner of the Steelers.
Mr. Tull is a producer of the big-screen drama about two men -- Jackie Robinson and Brooklyn Dodgers GM Branch Rickey -- whose stand against prejudice changed baseball and the world. Mr. Ford portrays Mr. Rickey and Chadwick Boseman is the infielder who landed in the history books and Baseball Hall of Fame.
The movie, directed by Brian Helgeland ("A Knight's Tale"), will be released into theaters April 12.
Tuesday's private, invitation-only showing attracted Mr. Ford and Mr. Boseman along with Steelers Ben Roethlisberger, Ryan Clark, Brett Keisel, Drew Butler, Hall of Famer Franco Harris, team president Art Rooney and Pittsburgh Pirate Andrew McCutchen.
Mr. Tull, an executive producer of "The Dark Knight Rises," hosted a showing of the final Batman movie at the Byham Theater in July a few days before the opening.
As reported in the Post-Gazette earlier this month, Mr. Tull completed the purchase of a $2.7 million condominium at Downtown's Three PNC Plaza, home to the Fairmont Hotel and the Reed Smith law firm.
He bought one entire floor and part of another in the 23-story office, residential and hotel tower on Fifth Avenue with the intent of combining them into one unit of nearly 8,000 square feet. Guess he means it when he talks about Pittsburgh as a second home.
• "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" made the list of top 10 movies as compiled by Entertainment Weekly movie critic Owen Gleiberman. He slotted the filmed-in-Pittsburgh movie at No. 6 on a roster topped by "Lincoln." That put it ahead of such pictures as "Argo" and "Flight."
• Canonsburg native Hollis McLachlan won the grand jury and best screenplay prizes at the Hollywood & Vine Film Festival for her feature-length comedy, "Pie Head (A Kinda' True Story)." The movie had its Pittsburgh premiere in March.
She will appear on the cover of the spring issue of Hollywood & Vine magazine for a story about the challenges and rewards of low-budget indie filmmaking.
Ms. McLachlan's Pie Head Productions, LLC also was recognized in March by the Autism Speaks Organization for her fund-raising efforts through special screenings of "Pie Head," and for hiring actors and crew on the autism spectrum.
• Online features editor and theater critic Sharon Eberson and I talk about "Jack Reacher" along with "Les Miserables," the latter opening on Christmas, on Rated PG, at old.post-gazette.com/podcast.
First Published December 21, 2012 12:00 am