Reds vs. Pirates for Sunday Kid’s Day; Jennifer Aniston Stars in ‘Mother’s Day’ (Sun., 5/1/16)

1) Our battlin’ Buccos take the diamond again today against the Cincinnati Reds. It’s also Kids Day, with a Family Fun Zone outside the ball yard beforehand, and all fans 14 and under receiving a Kids Andrew McCutchen Silver Slugger Plastic Bat and a chance to run the bases after the game. First pitch is at 1:35 p.m. Next up for the Pirates is a home series against the Chicago Cubs beginning tomorrow. PNC Park, 115 Federal St., North Shore.

 

2) Mother’s DayDirector Garry Marshall has a unique way of celebrating particular holidays—he makes films about them! And films of a similar style: They’re star-heavy comedy/dramas telling different stories through self-contained vignettes which, nevertheless, are also interconnected. First came the 2010 movie Valentine’s Day about several couples in Los Angles dealing with the pressure the day puts on romance. Then there was the 2011 film New Year’s Eve, about couples in New York waiting for the ball in Time Square to drop. And now this picture which, in a break from tradition, is less about couples and their relationships and more about moms and their relationship with their children. Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Julia Roberts, Timothy Olyphant, Jason Sudeikis, Jon Lovitz, and Margo Martindale star. Personally I can’t wait for his next one: Arbor Day. Check Fandango for screens and times. (TH)

 

3) Elvis & Nixon – The idea is so delicious it’s no wonder it’s been broached a few times before. In 1970 Elvis Presley, perhaps a little over medicated, began a cross-country trip which ultimately (and with a few detours) ended up with him flying to Washington D.C. in hopes of becoming an undercover agent for either the FBI or the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. He achieved neither but through a bizarre turn of events ended up having a one-on-one meeting with Nixon which resulted in the now legendary photography of the King and Tricky Dick shaking hands—one of the most requested pictures in the National Archives. The story was first filmed in 1997, a documentary was made in 2009 and now this version written by Joey and Hanala Sagal and, somewhat surprisingly, Cary Elwes. No word yet on how good it is, but just the casting may make it worth the trip: Kevin Spacey plays Nixon and Michael Shannon is Elvis. Alex Pettyfer, Johnny Knoxville, Colin Hanks, Tracy Letts, and Tate Donovan (as Haldeman!) also star. Check Fandango for screens and times. (TH)