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 Steve Carell gives an outstanding performance as John du Pont in "Foxcatcher."

Movie review: 'Foxcatcher' presents a compelling tale of brothers drawn into a warped millionaire's orbit

Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo give outstanding performances in the tragic “Foxcatcher.”

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 Elisha Cuthbert and Nick Zano star in "One Big Happy."

Tuned In: Networks roll out new shows for midseason

Broadcast networks plan for the new year, announcing new series premiere dates and series return dates, too.

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 Director Bennett Miller with Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum on the set of "Foxcatcher," most of which was filmed in Western Pennsylvania.

'Foxcatcher' director energized by commitment from actors

It started with a Ruper Pupkin-style move by a stranger and ended with director Bennett Miller filming “Foxcatcher” in the Pittsburgh area.

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 Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl Strayed in "Wild" is the best role she has had since playing June Carter Cash.

Movie review: 'Wild' covers 1,100 miles in a journey of self discovery

Actress-producer Reese Witherspoon jumped on Cheryl Strayed’s memoir and then into her hiking boots and redemptive trip into the “Wild.”

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Family Film Guide: “Annie” and “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb”

Both PG-rated, “Annie” and “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” offer mostly family-friendly entertainment.

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 The foster children in "Annie" are, from left, Amanda Troya,  Nicolette Pierini, Eden Duncan-Smith, Quvenzhane Wallis and Zoe Margaret Colletti.

Movie review:

The sun will come out tomorrow but will the audience for the “Annie” update starring Quvenzhane Wallis, Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz?

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 Running around in "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb" are, from left, Patrick Gallagher as Atilla the Hun, Robin Williams as Teddy Roosevelt, Ben Stiller as Larry Daley and Rami Malek as Ahkmenrah.

Movie review: 'Night at Museum' sequel silly

“Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” covers little new territory as Ben Stiller takes the show on the road to London.

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'Let It Snow' to film Downtown

A movie crew will let it snow, literally, for filming that is scheduled to take place Downtown on Saturday at the creche and PPG ice rink.

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 Billy Porter will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the OutMusic Awards Jan. 19 in New York.

PEOPLE: Fred Rogers Company, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Billy Porter and more!

The Fred Rogers Company is named Pittsburgh Magazine’s Pittsburgher of the Year.

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 Sir Paul McCartney, 72, delivered the best pop concert of 2014 at Consol Energy Center.

Paul McCartney leads list of best 2014 pop concerts in Pittsburgh

Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Steely Dan, St.Vincent top list of best concerts in 2014.

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 From left, Fermin Suarez is Gabriele d'Annunzio, Robin Abramson is Luisa Baccara and Megan Mackenzie Lawrence is Tama de Lempicka in "Tamara," a Quantum Theater production.

Best Play: 'Tamara'

Quantum's ambitious play that moved throughout a building soared with top-notch, precision performances.

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 "Bellevue Library" by Ron Thurston, who will teach a watercolor class at Sweetwater Center for the Arts in the winter 2015.

The art of gift-giving: Studio arts class is always the right size

For a holiday gift that begins after others have started to fade, consider a studio arts class in the Pittsburgh region.

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 Willie Nelson performs "Still is Still Moving to Me," at the Benedum Center.

Willie Nelson leads list of best 2014 Pittsburgh country concerts

At age 81, Willie Nelson can still deliver.   He brought the best country concert to Pittsburgh last year.

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 Cover of  Bob Dylans Basement Tapes, songs from 1967 sessions with The Band.

Best albums of 2014

Reissue of Bob Dylan's "Basement Tapes" tops list of best albums in 2014.

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 Spyro Gyra.

The top 10 jazz concerts of 2014 in Pittsburgh

Concerts at the Manchester Craftmen's Guild dominate the top jazz concerts.

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 Valentina Lisitsa.

The top 10 Pittsburgh classical music performances of 2014

In 2014, the greatest hits of Pittsburgh's classical music scene included concerts by the Pittsburgh Symphony, Renee Fleming and more.

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 Members of Wayne McGregor | Random Dance perform "FAR." w

Best Dance: Wayne McGregor | Random Dance

Pittsburgh Dance Council, Attack Theatre and The Pillow Project all excelled in 2014.

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 Martin Freeman plays one of the quirky characters in FX's "Fargo."

Best TV Show: 'Fargo'

With so much good TV, it's more difficult than ever to single out the truly great shows, although the No. 1 pick was an easy choice.

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 Warner Bros.' "Middle-Earth: Shadows of Mordor."

Best Video Game: 'Shadow of Mordor'

With nothing new on the console front, 2014 was the year of games.

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 From left, Emma Stone as Sophie and Colin Firth as Stanley in "Magic in the Moonlight."

New on DVD

"Magic in the Moonlight," "The Skeleton Twins," "The Maze Runner," and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" are now available in stores.

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 "Pretty Plastics" album from The Sicks.

Local scene in music this week

Meet the Sicks.

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Interested in winter arts classes? Here's where to go around Pittsburgh

Arts organizations in the Pittsburgh region offer classes that range painting to cooking.

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Progress continues on 'striking' Westmoreland art museum

Among the remaining steps of the project are heating the additional space and finishing its concrete floors.

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 Tim Hartman is Mr. Fezziwig in Pittsburgh CLO's "A Musical Christmas Carol."

The Hot List of events for the weekend: Dec. 18-21

Holiday festivities galore, from the CLO’s “A Musical Christmas Carol” to “A Lyrical Christmas Carol” from PMT. (And rapper Bubba Sparxxx.)

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 Sarah Hunt, who dances with Abby Lee Dance studio in Plum and who is from South Hills, will dance ''Clara'' in the Nutcracker in Long Island, N.Y., this week.

Baldwin Borough dancer, part of 'Dance Moms,' has lead in Long Island ballet

Sarah Hunt, 9, plays Clara in “The Nutcracker” at Molloy College Madison Theater in New York this weekend.

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North Korea-linked Sony hack may be costliest ever

The studio's reputation is in tatters as embarrassing revelations spill from tens of thousands of leaked emails and other company materials.

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Wash Arts nonprofit shines spotlight on Pittsburgh-area artists

The Washington Community Arts & Cultural Center is hosting a market through Dec. 30 that features the work of 30 local artists.

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 Steve Carell as John du Pont.

'Foxcatcher' brought long days for Steve Carell as John du Pont

In a monumental departure from “The Office,” “Despicable Me” and “Little Miss Sunshine,” Mr. Carell plays John du Pont.

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 Thaddeus Erdahl (TJ), "King for a Day, Queen for the Night."

Ceramics shine and challenge at Society for Contemporary Craft

“Transformation 9: Contemporary Works in Ceramics.” is a wonderland of the unexpected at the Society for Contemporary Craft.

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 Sony shows, from left, Jonathan Watson, Brandon Trost, Evan Goldberg, and Seth Rogen on the set of Columbia Pictures' "The Interview."

Sony pulls 'The Interview' from theatrical release

The movie, a controversial satire about a talk show host charged with assassinating Kim Jong Un, drew threats from a cyberterrorism group.

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 Mary Robb Jackson.

KDKA's Mary Robb Jackson to retire

Longtime KDKA-TV reporter Mary Robb Jackson, who says her job has been the best ride of her life, will retire at the end of the year.

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 Green Day, lead by guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, shown performing last year at the Consol Energy Center, will be the biggest draw at next year's induction ceremony in Cleveland.

Green Day, Joan Jett will have to carry the Hall of Fame ceremony

Green Day and Joan Jett make it to Rock Hall, along with Lou Reed, Stevie Ray Vaughan, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Bill Withers.

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 Actor Richard Armitage poses for photographers upon arrival at the screening of the film "The Hobbit, The Battle of the Five Armiesm: in Paris.

'The Hobbit's' Richard Armitage shows the lighter side of Thorin on Twitter

The self-described “moody actor” says his goodbyes to Middle-earth after three films as the Dwarf leader Thorin Oakenshield.

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 "Or" stars  Ethan Hova, Erika Cuenca and Robin Abramson.

Stage preview: Off the Wall dance and drama from a woman's perspective

Play and dance presentations at the Carnegie theater feature female writers as central characters.

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 A security guard stands at the entrance of United Artists theater during the premiere of the film "The Interview" in Los Angeles Thursday.

NYC premiere of North Korea comedy 'The Interview' canceled after threats

The hackers warned people to stay away from cinemas showing the film and darkly reminded moviegoers of the Sept. 11 attacks.

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PEOPLE: Susan Dukow, Yvonne Yaconelli, Evin Cosby, Camille Cosby and more!

Former Sony employees have filed two lawsuits against the corporation this week over private data that was stolen and posted online.

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 Chris Jamison during finale of "The Voice."

Ross native Chris Jamison humbled by 'Voice' attention

As his star rises on “The Voice,” Pittsburgh’s Chris Jamison keeps his feet on the ground.

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 Richard Armitage as Thorin in "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies."

'The Battle of the Five Armies' concludes Peter Jackson's journey into Middle-earth

The final “Hobbit” film fulfills the Tolkien promise of “there and back again” and the filmmakers’ commitment to cinematic derring-do.

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 American punk rock band Green Day is one of six bands/musicians that will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland in April.

Green Day, Lou Reed, Stevie Ray Vaughan among Hall of Fame inductees

The 30th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place April 18 at Cleveland’s Public Hall.

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 Ross native Chris Jamison performs in the live finale of "The Voice" Monday night.

Pittsburgh's Chris Jamison finishes third in 'The Voice' competition

After three months on NBC's reality juggernaut, Mr. Jamison did not win "The Voice," but he certainly made a name for himself.

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 Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor Joe Letteri speaks  at his alma mater, Central Valley High School in Center Township.

Special effects wiz Joe Letteri returns to Pittsburgh

Joe Letteri, the wizard behind films such as “The Hobbit” and “Avatar,” returns to his alma mater to share movie magic secrets.

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 "Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas."  Pictured, Buddy and Jovie.

TV review: 'Elf' won't become a holiday TV classic

The 2003 Will Ferrell film “Elf” gets remade as a one-hour animated musical, and the results disappoint.

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 Three rings, priced at $200-$350, display iconic images from 'Sons of Anarchy" and are available online at thegreatfroglondon.com.

Shop Holiday: Gift suggestions for TV lovers

From “Sons of Anarchy” rings to books on “Downton Abbey,” there are plenty of options for television buffs.

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Book review: Mysterious dolls come alive in tale

Readers looking for things that go bump in the night will enjoy “The Doll Graveyard: A Hauntings Novel” by Lois Ruby.

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PEOPLE: Samuel L. Jackson, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lee, Cosby scandal and more!

Actor Samuel L. Jackson issues a protest-song challenge; more fallout comes from accusations against Bill Cosby and leaked Sony info.

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 Michael Aram.

Patricia Sheridan's Breakfast With ... Michael Aram

Renowned home decor and gift ware metalsmith Michael Aram is now a jeweler, too.

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Pittsburgh concert combines patriotic and Christmas selections

This marked the first time the free annual concert combined traditional patriotic music with Christmas and holiday music.

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Mystery and ivory: 'Leaving Time' by Jodi Picoult

A novel about tragedy, friendship and love that binds animals and humans together.

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 John Darnielle

Role games people play: 'Wolf in White Van' by John Darnielle

The debut novel by John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats is a very good, idiosyncratic effort.

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 Sony Pictures Entertainment headquarters in Culver City, Calif. The FBI is investigating a hacking attack at Sony Pictures Entertainment last month that caused major internal computer problems at the film studio last week.

Sony asks media to destroy leaked data as Sharpton meeting looms

The Sony Corp. unit is widening its efforts to stem damage from the release of employee salaries, health records, movie stars’ fees and

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