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 Eddie Redmayne stars as Stephen Hawking and Felicity Jones stars as Jane Wilde in "The Theory of Everything."
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Eddie Redmayne stars as Stephen Hawking and Felicity Jones stars as Jane Wilde in "The Theory of Everything."

Movie reviews: 'Theory' one of year's best; 'Penguins' a delight; 'Bosses' almost horrible

Three new movies, “The Theory of Everything,” “Penguins of Madagascar” and “Horrible Bosses 2,” will open long before the turkey is thawed.


 Ross native Chris Jamison

Pittsburgh's Chris Jamison advances on NBC's 'The Voice'

His Monday night performance of "Uptown Funk" scored well on iTunes and viewers' scorecards.



 Dan Deluca (center) as Jack Kelly leads a strike of New York newsboys for fair labor practices in the Disney musical "Newsies" at the Benedum Center through Nov. 30.

Stage review: 'Newsies' soars with headlining songs, choreography

An ensemble of athletic dancers and strong leads herald the touring Disney musical as a crowd-pleaser in family entertainment.



 Stanley (Patrick Jordan) and Stella (Jenna Johnson) in "A Streetcar Named Desire" at barebones productions, New Hazlett Theater.

Stage review: barebones' 'Streetcar' headed in right direction

Tennessee Williams’ play is in good hands as barebones presents a sure-footed “Streetcar.”


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Commentary: CMU competition thinks outside the music box

The Rembacher Chamber Music Competition at Carnegie Mellon University encouraged innovation in musical performance.



2Do this week, Nov. 24-29: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

The Kelly Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty will celebrate the 99th birthday of Billy Strayhorn with a birthday bash Saturday.


 
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Will Smith film has Pittsburgh ties

File photo of former Steeler Mike Webster.
Production has started in Pittsburgh on a new film in which Oscar nominee Will Smith portrays Dr. Bennet Omalu, the first pathologist to detect a long-developing brain injury called CTE in a former football player.

That player was retired Steelers center Mike Webster, who died in 2002 at age 50. The movie, with the working title of "Concussion,' is slated to film here through mid-January.

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    Stage review: ‘L’Hotel,’ an ambitious treat of a world premiere at Pittsburgh Public Theater

    The new comedy by Ed Dixon brings together six famous inhabitants of a celebrated Paris cemetery (plus rock star Jim Morrison).



    Stage preview: 'Newsies' makes a headliner of Pittsburgh's Dan DeLuca

    Peters native Dan DeLuca comes home for Thanksgiving as the lead in the national tour of the Disney hit musical.


     

    TV employs fewer gimmicks during 'sweeps'

    It’s easy to get swept up in sweeps stories, but local stations seem to be toning down their reports.



    PBS goes into action with math-based 'Odd Squad'

    The Fred Rogers Co. is involved in its first live-action series since “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” with PBS’s “Odd Squad.”


     


    Breakfast With


    Patricia Sheridan's Breakfast With ... Rebecca Romijn

    Model-turned-actress Rebecca Romijn has taken a job with TNT’s “Librarians,” but she’s no shrinking violet in this action series.



    Patricia Sheridan's Breakfast With ... Isabella Rossellini

    “Green Porno,” a show about the sex lives of animals, started as a joke but has become a third career for the model and actress.


     

    Art & Architecture


    Art notes: Museums offer Thanksgiving weekend family activities

    The Mattress Factory and Westmoreland Museum of American Art plan special activities for families over Thanksgiving weekend.



    Let's Talk About Art: Ada Bosonetto

    Mosaic artist Ada Bosonetto has a studio in her Highland Park home. She was born in Argentina and moved to Pittsburgh when she was 7.


     

    Celebrities


    PEOPLE: Bill Cosby, Tina Fey, George Eads and more!

    Bill Cosby biographer Mark Whitaker regrets not aggressively investigating allegations of sexual assault in his recent book.



    People: Bill Cosby, Bono, Sean Hayes, Daniel Handler

    Comedian Bill Cosby refuses to answer questions about allegations of sexual assault against him in an Associated Press video interview.


     

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