Arts & Entertainment

 Vin Diesel stars as Kaulder in "The Last Witch Hunger."

Real by reel: Fall movie lineup is flush with real-life subjects — and a splash of fun

As the days grow shorter, the films turn darker, more thoughtful and awards-worthy as five dozen new titles show.

about 17 hours ago

 LA band Mac Sabbath.

Music preview: Mac Sabbath runs on drive-thru metal

Manager Mike Odd talks about the LA cover band on an anti-fast food campaign, performing at Altar Bar on Tuesday.

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 Stephen Colbert takes over "The Late Show" on CBS beginning Tuesday night.

TV preview: New 'Late Show' host Colbert coy about his game plan

Stephen Colbert keeps details quiet on how he’ll evolve ‘The Late Show,’ but expect more emphasis on news and politics.

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 The production of "Educating Rita," opening this weekend, will continue as planned.

PICT cancels 'The Tempest' due to funding shortfall

Current play "Educating Rita" will go on, but the theater company said the remainder of the season was being reassessed by the board.

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 From left, David Cabot as Elliot Patterson, and Cary Anne Spear as Anna Patterson in rehearsal for The Rep's "The Country House."

Stage preview: The family's the thing in The Rep's 'The Country House'

The Rep presents the local premiere of a dramedy by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies.

about 17 hours ago

 Chris Pine, Margot Robbie and Chiwetel Ejiofor in "Z for Zachariah."

Movie review: Three actors create a harrowing new world order

“Z for Zachariah” is not your typical apocalypse film, thanks to high anxiety and actors Margot Robbie, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Chris Pine.

about 17 hours ago

 Pittsburgh band Carousel includes Jim Wilson, Matt Goldsborough, Dave Wheeler and Jake Leger.

Music preview: Pittsburgh band Carousel takes a spin through the classic-rock landscape

The band celebrates its sophomore album “2113” with a show at Spirit on Friday.

about 17 hours ago

 Shown from left to right: Charles Edwards as Alfred Wood, Martin Clunes as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Arsher Ali as George Edalji. (C) Neil Genower/Buffalo Pictures and MASTERPIECE for ITV and MASTERPIECE  MASTERPIECE Arthur & George Sundays, September 6 – 20, 2015 at 8pm ET Martin Clunes (Doc Martin) stars as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes, in a three-part MASTERPIECE Mystery! adaptation of a novel by Julian Barnes based on an actual event. Outraged by injustice to an Anglo-Indian solicitor, Doyle uses the methods of his own fictional detective to get at the truth. Also starring are Arsher Ali (The Missing), Charles Edwards (Downton Abbey), Hattie Morahan (The Bletchley Circle), and Art Malik (The Jewel in the Crown). Arthur & George airs on MASTERPIECE at the special time of 8pm ET on PBS.   Shown from left to right: Charles Edwards as Alfred Wood, Martin Clunes as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Arsher Ali as George Edalji  (C) Neil Genower/Buffalo Pictures and MASTERPIECE for ITV and MASTERPIECE  This image may be used only in the direct promotion of MASTERPIECE. No other rights are granted. All rights are reserved. Editorial use only.

Tuned In: British star charms in PBS series 'Arthur & George'

“Doc Martin” star Martin Clunes takes on a new role as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

about 17 hours ago

 Dana Delany and Ron Perlman star in Amazon's "Hand of God."

TV review: Amazon’s 'Hand of God' pilot is a bit of a slog

Drama series is more good than great but it benefits from a talented cast and central mystery.

about 17 hours ago

 Tom Hardy as Max Rockatansky in "Mad Max: Fury Road."

What's new on DVD this week: 'Mad Max,' 'Bessie' and more

“Mad Max: Fury Road,” “I’ll See You In My Dreams” and other titles show up on store shelves

about 17 hours ago

 Jennifer Baron of the group The Garment District.

Pittsburgh scene: New music from the Garment District, Turbosonics, Billy the Kid

With its second proper album, “Luminous Toxin,” The Garment District already takes a departure, spinning off into an ambient world.

about 17 hours ago

Carnegie Science Center's fall laser shows feature Michael Jackson, Queen and more

The center’s new lineup includes two Halloween laser shows - one for families, one for grown-ups only.

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 Chris Jamison will appear Saturday at the Kickoff and Rib Festival at Heinz Field.

Hot List of events for the Labor Day weekend

Rib fest at Heinz Field, Gateway Clipper is $1 for kids, final First Fridays at the Frick, make cool stuff at Festival of Combustion ...

about 17 hours ago

 St. Benedict the Moor in the Hill District doubled as a movie set in November during the filming of "Concussion."

Pittsburgh-filmed 'Concussion' altered to avoid angering NFL, report says

The movie, starring Will Smith as Dr. Bennet Omalu, is due in theaters in December.

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 PICT Classic Theatre's "Educating Rita" opens Thursday at Charity Randall Theatre in Oakland. The play by Willy Russell stars Karen Baum as Rita and  Martin Giles as Frank.

Stage preview: 'Educating Rita' a lesson in frugality

The play starring Martin Giles and Karen Baum takes the place of the more populous “Saint Joan” on PICT’s schedule.

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 Robert Redford, left, stars as Bill Bryson and Nick Nolte as Stephen Katz in the lightweight comedy "Walk in the Woods."

Movie review: Redford, Nolte make 'Walk in the Woods' worthwhile

Robert Redford and Nick Nolte embark on “A Walk in the Woods,” which takes them onto the Appalachian Trail in an ambitious comic adventure.

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 Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre dancers  Luca Sbrizzi and Alexandra Kochis perform at Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park as part of the Chicago  Dancing Festival's culminating event, "Dancing Under the Stars," last Saturday night.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre gets on the grid in Chicago

The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre brings Mark Morris’ “Sandpaper Ballet” to the Chicago Dancing Festival.

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Napa Valley Film Festival selects documentary on autism, Upper St. Clair family

Before being screened at the festival, “The Family Next Door” will be shown at 7 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Cranberry Municipal Center.

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 Vandergrift native Mia Z and Texan Luke Wade, both "The Voice" veterans, teamed up to record "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" to benefit the Susan G. Komen foundation.

'Voice' veterans sing to aid breast cancer research

Mia Z and Luke Wade team up to make music to help find a breast cancer cure and will perform tonight at Pittsburgh Winery.

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 Gabriel Craig and Amy Weiks of the Smith Shop, Detroit, will give a talk and workshop at the Society for Contemporary Craft on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Art notes: Edinboro art professor in Banksy's 'Dismaland'

Two sculptures by Edinboro University art faculty member Dietrich Wegner are included in Banksy’s “Dismaland Bemusement Park” in Britain.

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 Will Smith's new movie “Concussion,” which was filmed in Pittsburgh, opens Christmas Day.

People: Will Smith, Donald Trump, Jimmy Fallon, Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka

The NFL responds to the recent release of a trailer for the film “Concussion,” about head trauma on the football field.

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 Alton Brown of the Food Network's "Good Eats" brings his live show to the Benedum Center as part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents Series.

2015-16 Trust Presents runs gamut from 'India in Focus' events to 'Evil Dead' musical to The Tenors

Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series brings an eclectic mix of genres to the Pittsburgh Cultural District.

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25th New Works Festival draws plays from all over

The city’s festival of new plays brings together writers worldwide with local theater companies to produce a dozen world premieres.

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PEOPLE: Josh and Gab, Barack Obama, the MTV Video Music Awards and more!

“The Josh and Gab Show” creators are shopping around a new talk show for children.

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 "It’s a great job if you can get it," Adam Baldwin said of acting.

Patricia Sheridan's Breakfast With ... Adam Baldwin

Adam Baldwin plays a naval officer in TNT’s “The Last Ship.” In real life, he is a political conservative in a sea of Hollywood liberals.

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 Paul Organisak in October 2013, at a news conference as the Pittsburgh exhibition of the Rubber Duck was coming to a close.

Man instrumental to bringing rubber duck to Pittsburgh leaves Cultural Trust

Paul Organisak, 53, vice president of programming for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, resigns to rest and recharge

3 days ago

 Fred Rogers pauses during a taping of his show "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood." Starting today, episodes of the children's show are available for the first time via Netflix.

Netflix picks up 'Neighborhood'

“Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” episodes are now available on Netflix.

2 days ago

 Philanthropist and businessman Dick Simmons.

Dick Simmons to step down as Pittsburgh Symphony's board chairman

Mr. Simmons’ individual philanthropy has helped the symphony weather the weak economy and its difficult financial circumstances.

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 Writer Wes Craven died in his Los Angeles home of brain cancer.  He was 76.

Obituary: Wes Craven / ‘Scream’ and ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ director

The versatile filmmaker also wrote and produced features, directed for television and wrote novels.

3 days ago

 Arundel Head (Sophocles), 200 - 1 B.C., Greek; bronze and copper.

Treasures from the Mediterranean featured in exhibit

Greek antiquities crafted during the Hellenistic period shine at the Getty museum in Los Angeles. The exhibit moves to D.C. in December.

4 days ago

 Greta Gerwig as Brooke in "Mistress America."

Movie preview: Greta Gerwig uses storytelling to express human experience

Actress and co-writer Greta Gerwig blends 1980s sensibilities with screwball comedy for “Mistress America,” set in contemporary New York.

4 days ago

 "Billie Holiday" by John Szwed.

'Billie Holiday: The Musician and the Myth' properly honors her artistry

John Szwed’s first-rate biography puts the primary focus on the artist and her work, and not her addiction.

4 days ago

 "The English Spy" by Daniel Silva.

'The English Spy': Daniel Silva's 15th in the Gabriel Allon series still thrills

The action is sufficiently suspenseful to keep even a non-thriller reader’s interest, which makes up for the occasional uber-dramatic flair.

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'Purity': Jonathan Franzen's dark, rich yet playful novel about political extremists

A new work by the author of “The Corrections” and “Freedom” comes freighted with expectations as a “literary event.” It is, flaws and all.

4 days ago

 Penn Jillette after his recent weight loss.

TV Q&A: 'Resurrection,' 'Mad Men' and more

Questions answered about “Resurrection,” a “Mad Men” finale stunt and Penn Jillette’s appearance on “Jeopardy!”

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 David Letterman, left, and Bobby Rahal, car owners for driver Oriol Servia, of Spain, talk before the 93rd running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis.

David Letterman struggling with love of racing after fatal crash

Retired late-night comedian and IndyCar team co-owner David Letterman re-examines his love of the sport following Justin Wilson's death.

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MTV VMAs red-carpet show to live-stream virtual reality video

The digitally savvy will be able to enjoy a 360-degree, virtual-reality experience during the MTV Video Music Awards preshow.

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2Do this week, Aug. 30-Sept. 5: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

The Wilson/Barnes/Throckmorton Trio,  PSO’s “Neighborhood Week,” and a Festival of Combustion all scheduled for the coming week.

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Games: Get set for ‘Star Wars' to enter the Disney Infinity galaxy

Disney feels the pressure as the 3.0 version of the popular video game series is released to fans.

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 Brit Floyd doing "Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)" at Stage AE on Friday night.

Brit Floyd puts on dazzling display at Stage AE

Tribute band gets fans as close as possible to the real thing.

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 From left, Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) , Owen (Chris Pratt), Zach (Nick Robinson) and Gray (Ty Simpkins) watch in terror in Steven Spielberg's "Jurassic World."  The film tops the list of season's box office winners.

'Jurassic World' tops list of season's box office winners

“Jurassic World” roars to a fantastic first-place finish as the 2015 summer movie season draws to a close.

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 A Garamba National Park ranger carries an ivory tusk retrieved from a newly poached elephant.

Tuned In: Discovery, National Geographic return to serious science programming

Discovery Channel and National Geographic Channel, have reversed course in getting serious about science/natural history programming.

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 Members of the Pine-Richland High School marching band practice at the school Aug. 19.

For Pittsburgh region band members, high school drills translate into life skills

Each August, high schools hold band camp, which, like sports camps, can be a grueling experience that forms strong bonds among students.

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Cybertainment: Site offers reading times for books

Find out how long it will take to read that book. The Everything Machine maker app lets kids build their own inventions.

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 August Wilson's "Fences" is set in the Hill District circa 1957.

Viola Davis, Denzel Washington reportedly collaborating on 'Fences' movie

The Oscar-winning actor is slated to direct the film version of the Pittsburgh-set play by the late August Wilson.

6 days ago

Children's Museum of Pittsburgh receives grants

With money from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and Chevron, the Children's Museum will start maker spaces in West Virginia.

6 days ago

 Zac Efron in "We Are Your Friends."

Movie review: Music-filled 'We Are Your Friends' falters in plot

“We Are Your Friends” stars Zac Efron as a 23-year-old DJ looking for meaning and the perfect music in his life in the San Fernando Valley.

6 days ago

 From left, Kristen Wiig as Charlotte Goetze, Bel Powley as Minnie Goetze and Alexander Skarsgard as Monroe in "The Diary of a Teenage Girl."

Movie review: Young star captures '70s teen angst in 'Diary of a Teenage Girl'

“The Diary of a Teenage Girl,“ starring breakout British actress Bel Powley, finds a 15-year-old sampling adult pleasures and perils.

6 days ago

 Conrad Anker in "Meru."

Movie review: 'Meru' takes moviegoers to great heights

A new mountain climbing documentary follows three expert climbers as they try to scale the Shark’s Fin in northern India.

6 days ago

PEOPLE: Jeb Bush, Kim Kardashian, Spike Lee and more!

Jeb Bush plans to raffle off to a campaign supporter a “VIP ticket” to Stephen Colbert’s premiere late-night show on CBS.

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