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 Corey Cott, left, starred on Broadway in Disney’s “Newsies.” His brother Casey, right, is a junior acting major at Carnegie Mellon.
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Corey Cott, left, starred on Broadway in Disney’s “Newsies.” His brother Casey, right, is a junior acting major at Carnegie Mellon.

'Newsies' star Corey Cott returns to Pittsburgh to cheer on brother

The CMU grad and Broadway star was in attendance Thursday for his younger brother’s show, “Parade.”


 Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy stars, from left, Zoe Saldana, Chris Pratt, Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper), Dave Bautista and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel).

The big summer box office winner turns out to be a surprise

It’s almost a wrap on summer 2014 when “Guardians of the Galaxy” emerged as the surprise hit, ahead of “Transformers” and “Maleficent.”



 "Tyrant" stars, from left, Ashraf Barhom, Adam Rayner, Jennifer Finnegan, Anne Winters and Noah Silver.

Tuned In: High-class problem: too much good TV

With the quality shows on the air, some consider this the golden age of TV; ABC plans a “Frozen” special; “The Chief” debuts on WPXI.



 Maureen O'Hara and Edmund Gwenn in a scene from "Miracle on 34th Street."

Film notes: Maureen O'Hara to be honored; Dock Ellis movie to open Sept. 5

Maureen O’Hara among those who will receive Honorary Oscars, and Harry Belafonte’s trailblazing and charitable work to be celebrated.


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Paris catacombs challenge filmmaking duo

“As Above, So Below” follows two young archaeologists as they and a claustrophobic cameraman pursue a fabled philosopher’s stone.



Feasts on film: Food plays key role in many movies this year

This year has brought a bounty of movies that entertain and have you salivate at the same time.


 
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    Today's Springfield Moment ... 'The Simpsons Movie'

    “Spider-Pig, Spider-Pig!” Turns out, the “Simpsons Movie” is even better than “Under the Dome.”



    Beloved CBS drama 'Now and Again' finally surfaces on DVD

    Critical hit comes with a decent collection of bonus features.


     

    Books


    'Panic in a Suitcase': Yelena Akhtiorskaya pens a funny tale of Russian emigres

    Like some traditional Russian meals, Yelena Akhtiorskaya’s debut novel “Panic in a Suitcase” is a matter of many courses



    The women of Amy Bloom's 'Lucky Us' improvise in dark times

    Amy Bloom is a sublime weaver of intricate and sober stories that surprise us with flashes of hilarity.


     


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    Patricia Sheridan's Breakfast With...Gary Taubes

    Gary Taubes, the  author of “Why We Get Fat and What to do About It,” says shun sugar, starch and processed carbohydrates.  Eat meat!



    Patricia Sheridan's Breakfast With ... Gayle Forman

    Young adult writer Gayle Forman’s novel “If I Stay” has been translated to the big screen and opens Friday in theaters. It’s a cliffhanger.


     

    Art & Architecture


    Cybertainment: City of Asylum app and website look at North Side

    City of Asylum’s Digital Sanctuaries app and website looks at parts of North Side in a novel way. Streamy Awards ceremony set for Sept. 7.



    URA drops developer for North Side's Masonic Hall

    Developer Wayne Zukin had been named to do a series of buildings around the Garden Theater, but now he only has the theater to redevelop.


     

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