Film Notes: Superman reboot will be in 3-D, IMAX
Unlike Batman, Superman will be in 3-D when he lands in theaters June 14.
Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures announced that "Man of Steel" will be released in 3-D, IMAX and 2-D. It stars Henry Cavill along with Russell Crowe, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne and many others.
Zack Snyder is directing a screenplay by David S. Goyer from a story by Mr. Goyer and Christopher Nolan. Thomas Tull, an executive producer of "The Dark Knight Rises" and a Steelers investor, is serving as an executive producer here, too.
Point Park University graduate Rob Ashford will provide musical staging and choreography for the 85th Academy Awards telecast on Feb. 24.
In making the announcement, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said of the Tony and Emmy winner: "Rob successfully directed and choreographed both of our recent Broadway revivals, 'Promises, Promises' and 'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.' Not only is he uniquely gifted, but we've developed a working shorthand."
If you need to get up to speed or want to bask in all things "Twilight," the editors of Entertainment Weekly have published a comprehensive, fun book with five pullout magazine cover posters, interviews, photos and new coverage of the films, including the Wolf Pack and Bella's friends and family.
From Time Home Entertainment, the trade paperback is $17.95 and runs slightly more than 100 pages.
In a foreword, EW deputy managing editor Jeff Giles writes that the book capitalizes on the magazine's early access to the franchise players and "tells the story precisely as it happened.
"So you'll meet the stars when they're still unknowns: Robert Pattinson will be a funny, neurotic 22-year-old who keeps asking Kristen Stewart to marry him even though she has a boyfriend. Ms. Stewart will be a smart, searching and willful 17-year-old who insists on changing dialogue she thinks is cheesy. And Taylor Lautner will hit the ground running as a supernaturally sweet 16, shocked that his name is already being stitched into women's underwear. Then you'll see what changes when fame arrives -- and what doesn't."
Speaking of changes, it includes a story headlined "Surviving a Scandal" referring to Ms. Stewart's dalliance with her "Snow White and the Huntsman" director. It also has "Twilight" by the numbers, a tribute to the fan frenzy and a know-your-vampires chart.
Novelist Stephenie Meyer acknowledges, "If I'd had any idea that anyone would see what I was doing, I'd have stopped immediately. I'd never have been able to finish it. It's a huge amount of pressure, and it's taken me forever to be able to call myself an author. I'm a reader, and to me authors are magical creatures."
You can read, for instance, that Mackenzie Foy (who plays Bella and Edward's daughter), learned how to throw a football from Taylor Lautner while Ms. Stewart gave tips on summoning tears. The 11-year-old Los Angeles girl won her first modeling job, for Ralph Lauren, at 3, and added commercials and TV acting to her resume before "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2."
"Twilight: The Complete Journey" is available where books are sold.
Tickets are still available for Tuesday's free special showing of "On the Waterfront" with Eva Marie Saint in attendance at the Byham Theater, Downtown.
TCM's Ben Mankiewicz will host a question-and-answer session at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and the movie will be shown afterward. The free screening is being presented by TCM and Verizon as part of TCM's 10-city "Road to Hollywood" tour.
Ms. Saint won a best supporting actress Oscar for her screen debut in the 1954 film. "On the Waterfront" also won Academy Awards for best picture, actor Marlon Brando, director Elia Kazan, writer Budd Schulberg and for art direction, cinematography and film editing.
It takes its name from one of the best plays in NFL history: "The Immaculate Reception."
A short film by onetime Pittsburgher Charlotte Glynn, a graduate of Allderdice High School who is now a film student at Columbia University, will hold an open casting call from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Mullen's Bar and Grill, 200 Federal St. on the North Side.
Set in 1972 Pittsburgh, it's about 16-year-old Joey, a small, somewhat shy teen who wants to grow up and be like his steelworker father and older brother. A girl he has a crush on ends up at his house to watch the Pittsburgh Steelers-Oakland Raiders game.
(Yes, we know it was blacked out in Pittsburgh but people traveled outside the immediate TV viewing area to watch the Dec. 23, 1972, game in which Franco Harris carved a spot for himself in Steelers history. Besides, it is a movie.)
Ms. Glynn is looking for people ages 10 to 60, no acting experience necessary. Due to funding changes, only the two leads may be paid for the film planning to shoot here Jan. 12-17.
Bring a recent photo to the call. Or email a photo along with age, height, clothing and shoe sizes and a short note about yourself -- where you're from and what makes you a Steeler fan -- to ImmaculateReceptionFilm@gmail.com.
• "Mesmerize," a short film written and directed by Art Institute student Mark Williams, will premiere at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Hollywood Theater in Dormont. Cast and crew will attend the screening, free and open to the public.
Here's the description: Obsessed with memories, a young man encounters a device that allows the user to relive memories, but reminiscing about the past can damage the present.
It was shot around Pittsburgh and various Ohio locations. The filmmaker calls it a "stylized drama that plays with memories of the characters."
• On this week's movie podcast, Rated PG, at old.post-gazette.com/podcast, online features editor Sharon Eberson, columnist Tony Norman and I talk about "Skyfall" and "Flight."
First Published November 9, 2012 12:00 am