THE MOVIE “Hellboy III”
THE DEAL There is no deal, according to director Guillermo del Toro, who on Tuesday announced that the third chapter of his fantasy-superhero franchise would not go forward. “Spoke w all parties,” del Toro wrote in a tweet. “Must report that 100% the sequel will not happen. And that is to be the final thing about it.” The filmmaker gave no further details to his more than 600,000 followers, many of whom are surely fans of the irreverent series in which Ron Perlman plays a cigar-smoking demon. For his part, Perlman made light of the disappointing news. “Superhero seeks employment,” he tweeted. “Likes, pizza, cats, and the Marx bros.”
WHO Ralph Macchio
THE MOVIE “Lost Cat Corona”
THE DEAL The Huntington-born actor is the star of a new movie opening in Manhattan. Macchio plays Dominic, an average dude from the Corona section of Queens, whose quest to find his ex-wife’s lost cat leads to a series of colorful encounters. Gina Gershon, Paul Sorvino and Sean Young are also in the cast. The film opens Friday, Feb. 24, and will be available through video-on-demand Feb. 28.
INFO Macchio will appear in person after the 7:15 p.m. screening, Friday, Feb. 24, at Cinema Village, 22 E. 12th St., Manhattan. Tickets are $12. Call 212-924-3364 or go to cinemavillage.com.
THE MOVIE “Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened”
THE DEAL Lonny Price’s documentary examines the making of what might be called a meta flop: Stephen Sondheim’s 1981 musical “Merrily We Roll Along,” an adaptation of the 1934 stage play that told the life story of a successful Long Island playwright in reverse chronological order. The 1934 production ran for about 150 performances before ending in financial failure; Sondheim’s reworking ran for only 16, although its critical stock has risen over the decades. Price’s film screens locally next week with two of the 1981 production’s cast members — Paul Hyams of Strongs Neck and Mana Allen — attending in person.
INFO Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m. at Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. Tickets are $16. Call 631-423-7611 or go to cinemaartscentre.org.