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Elizabeth Banks has been named CinemaCon’s Breakthrough Filmmaker of the Year and will collect her honor at the annual exhibition industry trade show in April.
Banks is best known for her roles in “The Hunger Games” franchise, “Zack and Miri Make a Porno” and TV’s “30 Rock.” She makes her directorial debut with Universal Pictures’ “Pitch Perfect 2,” after having a supporting role in and producing the first film.
This summer, Banks stars in the Brian Wilson biopic “Love & Mercy” and will make appearances in “Magic Mike Xxl” and the crime film “Every Secret Thing.” She will also reprise her role as Effie Trinket in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2″ and will round out the cast of Netflix’s “Wet Hot American Summer” revival.
Banks’ Brownstone Productions, the company she founded with her husband, »
- Brent Lang
Smith will be shooting the movie in Philadelphia (and the Pennsylvania Department Of Community & Economic Development has allocated a $2.11m tax credit to the project), and production on Clerks III is expected to take five weeks. Smith previously shot Dogma and Zack And Miri Make A Porno in the Philadelphia region.
The total budget for Clerks III is expected to be in the $6m range. Smith has confirmed that he's shooting the film in May, before moving onto his long-mooted Hit Somebody ice hockey project (which shoots from September to December).
Furthermore, in a Tweet he sent out yesterday, might he be hinting at Mallrats 2 here? »
Founded in 1994 by Michael and Renee George, Pittsburgh Comicon is held every year in the Monroeville Convention Center, near the Monroeville Mall. Fans of the horror genre will recognize the mall from its appearance in Dawn of the Dead (1978) and Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008), among others. The city’s pop-culture history makes it an ideal location for a pop-culture based convention. The convention is usually small, but has been used to raise more than $250,000 at a time for local charities including the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Over the years, the show has been host to some of the largest names in the entertainment industry, including greats like Kevin Smith, Tom Savini, Mark Waid, and even Stan Lee. The convention has even been the setting for a few of my articles here at Sound on Sight.
This year, Pittsburgh Comicon made a major announcement. The convention has been taken over by Wizard World, »
- Cory Weddell
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