Arts & Entertainment

 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.”

about 7 hours ago

 "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.

about 7 hours ago

 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.

about 7 hours ago

 Shenoah Allen and Mark Chavez are the Pajama Men, who bring their comedy act to City Theatre through Sept. 7.

Stage review: Pajama Men wake up a lot of laughs

Mark Chavez and Shenoah Allen practice an original brand of looney comedy at City Theatre.

about 7 hours ago

Cybertainment: City of Asylum app, 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.

about 7 hours ago

 Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie shown at the "Maleficent" exhibition in London on May 8.  The couple were wed last Saturday.

People: Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Joan Rivers, Shakira, Uprising of Love concert

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are wed in France; Joan Rivers hospitalized; Shakira expecting second child.

about 7 hours ago

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.

about 7 hours ago

 Homer Simpson.

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

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

about 7 hours ago

 BDominic Truckley, 4, of Penn Hills leads a flag-waving frenzy along the Boulevard of the Allies by Robert Kennedy, left, 4, of Mt. Lebanon and Koen Melder, right, 5, of Friendship during the 2012 Labor Day Parade.

10 things to do this Labor Day holiday weekend

From exploring the numerous trails in the city to the Labor Day Parade and Kennywood, enjoy all Pittsburgh has to offer during the long

about 13 hours ago

 Chris Hardwick, aka The Nerdist, will be among the comedians performing at the Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival Aug. 30 at First Niagara Pavilion.

King of the Nerds Chris Hardwick is one of the gang for Oddball Comedy tour

Comedian known as The Nerdist is on a bill with Bill Burr, Sarah Silverman, Hannibal Buress and more at First Niagara Pavilion on Saturday.

about 22 hours ago

 Bob Corbin and Dave Hanner in the early '80s.

Corbin/Hanner sign off with two farewell shows at Jergel's

The country duo, who grew up in Armstrong County and have been performing together since the late 1960s, finally calls it quits.

1 day ago

 From left, Paul Eenhoorn as Colin and Earl Lynn Nelson as Mitch in "Land Ho!"

‘Land Ho!’ a picturesque trip to Iceland

“Land Ho!” takes two retirees to Iceland where they get their invigorating groove and friendship back amid spectacular scenery.

1 day ago

 Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler star in "Blended"

New on DVD this week

'Blended,' 'Belle,' and 'The Double' hit store shelves this week.

1 day ago

 Margaret Colin, Eric Close and Dennis Haysbert starred in the short-lived CBS drama "Now and Again," now out on DVD.

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

Critical hit comes with a decent collection of bonus features.

1 day ago

 X in the '80s, from left: Billy Zoom, John Doe, Exene Cervenka and DJ Bonebrake.

Wild Gift: X carries banner for old-school LA punk

John Doe of X talks about the band's vintage album tour, Exene's tweets and the SXSW incident.

about 20 hours ago

 Sarah Silverman, who won an Emmy Aug. 25 as writer of the variety special "We Are Miracles," is part of the Oddball Comedy tour stop at First Niagara Pavilion on Aug. 30.

The other Oddballs performing at Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival

To quench your curiosity, here's more about Oddball's performers.

1 day ago

 "Chef" included a stop at Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas.  From left, Emjay Anthony, Jon Favreau, Aaron Franklin and John Leguizamo.

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.

1 day ago

 Like orchestras across the country, the PSO has faced declining ticket sales but may be faring better than peer organizations.

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra expects larger deficit, but aims to boost revenue

The PSO is projecting a deficit of roughly $1.4 million at the end of the 2014 fiscal year, which concludes Sunday.

1 day ago

 "The Sopranos, from left, Edie Falco, as Carmela; James Gandolfini as Tony; Robert Iler as A.J. and Jamie-Lynn Sigler as Meadow.

David Chase: Tony Soprano lived

"Sopranos" creator David Chase tells Vox that the HBO mobster survived.

1 day ago

 Lisa with Snowball.

Today's Springfield Moment ... 'Future-Drama'

"The Simpsons" takes another gaze into the crystal ball with "Future-Drama."

1 day ago

Local Scene in music: Brian Drusky day, Wiz Khalifa tops charts

Pittsburgh concert promoter Brian Drusky will be honored with a proclamation Friday. Plus: Rusted Root performs at Hartwood on Sunday.

1 day ago

 The Masonic Hall, left, which borders the Garden Theater on Pittsburgh's North Side.

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.

about 21 hours ago

 Rusted Root (from left, Dirk Miller, Patrick Norman, Michael Glabicki, Liz Berlin, Peach Freedom) play Sunday at Hartwood Acres for the 15th annual Allegheny County Music Festival.

The Hot List of activities for the coming weekend

Ribs and football, colonial crafts, county fairs and men with muscles on the slate for the holiday weekend.

1 day ago

 Kings of Leon:  From left, Jared Followill, Caleb Followill, Matthew Followill and Nathan Followill.

Kings of Leon becoming a no-show band in Pittsburgh

Kings of Leon, which was on the rebound after a shaky “Sundown” campaign and an abrupt hiatus, won’t be showing up here ... again.

2 days ago

 "Madden NFL 15"

Game review: ‘Madden 15’ reaches superstar status on next-gen

“Madden NFL 15,” released Tuesday, is looking for redemption after “Madden 25’s” disappointing showing.

2 days ago

 Pierce Brosnan and Olga Kurylenko star in "The November Man."

Movie review: Brosnan plays well a weathered spy in 'November Man'

“November Man,” based on a Bill Granger spy novel, arrives in August with Pierce Brosnan as a retired CIA agent drawn back into the game.

2 days ago

 Pittsburgh rocker Joe Grushecky

Raves: Grushecky’s music can offer inspiration not to ever give up

Joe Gru­shecky’s voice is, and al­ways has been, a voice to be reck­oned with!

2 days ago

 The August Wilson Center for African American Culture on Liberty Avenue, Downtown.

Foundations won't compromise with hotel developer on August Wilson Center's future

Three foundations don’t support a hotel on top of the financially troubled August Wilson Center because it would diminish its primary role.

1 day ago

 The "Island of Dr. Hibbert" vignette from the "Treehouse of Horror" episode of "The Simpsons."

Today's Springfield moment ... 'Treehouse of Horror' times 3

Three “Treehouse of Horror” episodes in one day! One’s at 12:30 a.m. so you probably missed it already? D’oh!

2 days ago

 Sofia Vergara arrives at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

PEOPLE: Swin Cash, Sofia Vergara, Laverne Cox and more!

McKeesport native Swin Cash will be part of a new all-women sports talk show on the CBS Sports Network.

2 days ago

 Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul pose at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards.

In the Primetime Emmy Awards 'Breaking Bad' broke good

“Breaking Bad” wins big Monday night at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards.

3 days ago

Kings of Leon concert at First Niagara Pavilion canceled

Drummer’s recent rib injury the reason for cancellation.

2 days ago

 Ty Burrell accepts the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a comedy series for his role in "Modern Family."

Emmy Award winners

Winners of the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, given out Monday night.

3 days ago

 Host Seth Meyers speaks on stage at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

Emmy broadcast relies mainly on comedy

The 2014 Emmy telecast proved to be a mostly well-paced, comedy-fueled celebration of television.

3 days ago

 Lena Dunham arrives at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards.

Stars walked Emmys carpet in red-hot looks

They kept it classy with sophisticated silhouettes and muted hues that were balanced by a range of reds and a smattering of sparkles.

3 days ago

 Lena Dunham arrives at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday.

People: Hayden Panettiere; Lena Dunham, and more!

“Nashville’s” Hayden Panettiere sported a glamorous baby bump on the Emmys red carpet.

3 days ago

 Mike Super and Mel B during "America's Got Talent."

Local 'mystifier' still in 'Talent' pool

“America’s Got Talent” gives second chance to Pittsburgh “mystifier” Mike Super.

3 days ago

Shovlin gets morning show on WISH

Former WJAS talent Chris Shovlin to host a morning show with Cris Winter on WISH 99.7.

3 days ago

 "Skinner's Sense of Snow."  From left, Maggie, Marge, Lisa Homer and Bart Simpson.

Today's Springfield Moment ... 'Skinner's Sense of Snow'

Where’s Mr. Plow when you need him? Springfield Elementary is snowed in, and the students revolt.

3 days ago

 Front Porch Theatricals' "Parade" at the New Hazlett Theater.  Streetcar scene with Alexandra Illescas as Mary and Casey Cott as Frankie.

Stage review: 'Parade' digs deep into American hatred

The sense of impending doom is palpable in the Tony-winning musical “Parade” at the New Hazlett Theater.

3 days ago

 Carnegie Mellon University grad, and former Pittsburgher, Kate Tellers will participate in The Moth Wednesday night.

Storytellers to gather at Byham for The Moth

Founded by George Dawes Green in 1997, The Moth began as a live event where people stood up and told real stories from their lives.

4 days ago

 Gary Taubes.

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!

4 days ago

 "When You Dish Upon a Star" (Homer in bed with Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger).

Today's Springfield Moment ... 'When You Dish Upon a Star'

Homer Simpson cannot keep a secret.

4 days ago

 Thousands of movie fans are expected to participate in the 20th anniversary celebration of the filming of "The Shawshank Redemption" at the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio, this week.

Former prison in Ohio draws captive audience, thanks to 'Shawshank Redemption'

The enduring film, released 20 years ago, was shot in the majestic former prison in Mansfield, and is helping to spark restoration efforts

5 days ago

 Seth Meyers is host of the "Primetime Emmy Awards."

Emmys host Seth Meyers will go for laughs

The “Late Night” host gears up for his Emmy Awards hosting gig, eschewing a song and dance routine in favor of jokes.

5 days ago

 Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins star in the movie "The Shawshank Redemption."

How 'The Shawshank Redemption' transformed from dud to fan fave

First, it was discovered on home video. Then Ted Turner’s TNT network and others picked up “Shawshank” and ran with it like a football.

5 days ago

 Daina Michelle Griffith as Lucille Frank and Jesse Manocherian as Leo Frank in Front Porch Theatrical's "Parade" at the New Hazlett Theater.

Preview: 'Parade' sheds light on a dark slice of American history

Squirrel Hill native comes home to direct a complex musical at the New Hazlett Theater.

4 days ago

 Kiss performs Sunday at  First Niagara Pavilion in Burgettstown.

Kiss still blazes in shorter set at First Niagara Pavilion

A re-energized Kiss has released two albums in the past five years, so you would think that at least one new song would crack the set list.

4 days ago

TV Q&A with Rob Owen

Questions answered about “Criminal Minds,” “Revolution” and “Good Morning America.”

5 days ago

 Shenoah Allen and Mark Chavezin: "The Pajama Men."

The Pajama Men make for funny bedfellows

The comedy duo from Albuquerque has been embraced at home and abroad for its off-kilter humor.

5 days ago


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