This might be an opportune time to break into show business. Extras are need for a new Tom Hanks movie, “A Man Called Otto,” which begins filming later this month In Pittsburgh and surrounding areas.
Kids, teens and adults are needed to portray locals in a variety of roles, including army recruits, hospital staff, diner patrons, factory workers, etc. The hours are long — between 10 and 14 hours per day — but the pay is $170 for one shift. Time-and-a-half will be paid for shoots longer than 12 hours.
Filming is expected to last until May and extras must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. If you’re interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The producers make it clear that extras won’t be able to speak to the actors, which is apparently standard on movie sets. Years ago, when the film “Gettysburg” was made, a group of Civil War re-enactors from Erie took part in the production.
One young “soldier” from Erie tried to say hello to Jeff Daniels but was rudely brushed off.
• Speaking of movies, that was quite a surprise during the Super Bowl to see Fairview Middle School student Walker Scobell in ads for the new movie, “The Adam Project.” It’s scheduled to debut March 11 on Netflix. Walker plays a 13-year-old version of Ryan Reynolds’ character.
Scobell must have made a big impression with filmmakers, because he was cast in a second movie, “Secret Headquarters,” starring Owen Wilson, which is scheduled to be released to theaters Aug. 5.
On the silver screen: Fairview’s Walker Scobell to make Netflix movie debut alongside Ryan Reynolds in ‘The Adam Project’
Walker’s dad, Pete Scobell, a military veteran of 17 years who had six deployments as a Navy SEAL, is a talented songwriter and musician who has been featured in Rolling Stone. He was a terrific athlete during his high school years in Fairview.
• Here’s a show I wouldn’t want to miss. On July 27 at Chautauqua Institution, the late Carl Reiner will be celebrated on his 100th birthday.
Reiner’s children, including actor and filmmaker Rob Reiner, will take part in what’s billed as “an evening of laughter, reflecting on Reiner’s seven-decade career as a writer, director, producers, author and performer.” Tickets go on sale March 15.
Chautauqua officials say they are hopeful Reiner’s close friend Mel Brooks will also appear during the celebration, depending on his schedule. If that isn’t possible, he will participate remotely.
Make ’em laugh: Carl Reiner’s vast archives headed to National Comedy Center in Jamestown
Reiner, who served on the board of the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, N.Y., left his extensive archives to the center. He must have really loved Chautauqua County.
• Reports that — in recent negotiations with the Major League Players Union — club owners submitted a proposal to slash hundreds of jobs of Minor League players and workers, prove that MLB is no friend to baseball in smaller cities and towns. In 2021, MLB cut more than 40 minor league teams.
Erie was fortunate to keep the SeaWolves, largely due to millions in improvements to UPMC Park. I’ve been a big baseball fan all my life, but these latest developments leave a distinctly sour taste in my mouth.
• When University of Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari flew into Erie on Feb. 10 to scout Isaiah Miranda, he met with Jeff Szumigale, his old Clarion University basketball teammate and close friend.
Szumigale and Calipari dined at the Erie Club and invited longtime Kentucky hoops fan Ron DiVecchio to join them. It was a quick trip for Calipari, who flew into Erie at 6 p.m. and departed at 9:15. But DiVecchio is still glowing from his meeting with a hero.
• If you haven’t seen Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1930 Cord L-29 Cabriolet, currently on display at the Erie Historical Society’s Wright exhibit, there’s no time to waste. The car will be leaving town by the end of March. The good news is the impressive exhibit is here to stay.
• Eriez Speedway won’t seem the same without longtime volunteer Bill Cornwell, who died Feb. 11 at the age of 62. Cornwell, who loved cars, was a fixture at the local track. He was a hard worker who tried to make everything at Eriez Speedway better. My condolences to his family and friends.
Obituary: William T. Cornwell, 62
• It’s only February, but the number of political ads on TV is striking. You can tell which candidates have big bucks. The only trouble with running commercials this early is by the time of the May primary, many voters will be sick of the ads and the candidates.
• Young people who like amusement parks and need a summer job should check out Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. The park is beginning to interview candidates to fill 6,500 jobs that will pay $15 an hour. Locally, Waldameer Park is also hiring..
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Tom Hanks film seeks extras, Walker Scobell on the big screen