Arts & Entertainment


 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.

about 21 hours ago


 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.

about 21 hours ago


 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.

about 5 hours ago


 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.

about 21 hours ago


 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.

about 21 hours ago


 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.

about 21 hours ago


 "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.

about 21 hours ago


 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.

about 14 hours ago


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.

about 21 hours ago


 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.

1 day ago


 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.

1 day ago


 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.

1 day ago


 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.

about 22 hours ago


 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.

1 day ago


 "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.

1 day ago


 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.

1 day ago


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.

1 day ago


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.

1 day ago


 Michael Aram.

Patricia Sheridan's Breakfast With ... Michael Aram

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

2 days ago


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.

2 days ago


Mystery and ivory: 'Leaving Time' by Jodi Picoult

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

2 days ago


 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.

2 days ago


 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

2 days ago


Sony hacking highlights challenge to CEO Hirai's 'One Sony' vision

The Japanese conglomerate is heading for its fifth net loss in six years, raising questions about its ability to hold on to businesses.

2 days ago


 Members of Stagehands Local 3 load bins filled with materials from Phantom of the Opera onto trucks behind the Benedum Center after the show’s closing in 2010.

Stagehands' union is an integral part of Pittsburgh's cultural scene

Members of International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 3 are crucial to every major concert, opera and play in Pittsburgh.

3 days ago


 The exterior of the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, Downtown. The struggling nonprofit stopped paying the stagehands who worked there, owing 59 backstage employees more than $30,000 in wages, vacation savings, union dues, and pension and welfare benefits.

Pittsburgh stagehands thrust into August Wilson Center dispute

The August Wilson Center’s financial problems included a $40,000 debt to the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 3.

3 days ago


Pittsburgh Symphony shows some pop with its holiday concert

PSO Holiday Pops concert was built on a series of great arrangements and brought to life by the sophistication of conductor Todd Ellison.

3 days ago


 James Carroll, author of "Christ Actually: The Son of God for the Secular Age."

‘Christ Actually’ asserts that Jesus is human, Jewish and divine

James Carroll’s work, subtitled “The Son of God for the Secular Age,” discusses the effort to save Jesus from the distortions of history.

3 days ago


 Amy Jo Burns, author of "Cinderland."

'Cinderland': Amy Jo Burns crafts a memoir about small-town life, guilt and what is left unsaid

As a teenager in Mercer, Amy Jo Burns lived with her sin of omission, described perceptively in this memoir.

3 days ago


 Andreas Norman, author of "In a Raging Blaze."

‘Into a Raging Blaze': A Swedish spy thriller fueled by red-hot topics of security and privacy

Andreas Norman’s novel, set in European Union bureaucracy, starts with a spark, and then simmers before reaching the state of its title.

3 days ago


2Do this week, Dec. 14-20: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

Activities this week include free admission 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Oakland.

3 days ago


 James D'Arcy and Chloe Sevigny starred in A&E's "Those Who Kill," which was canceled in June.

TV Q&A: Writer reveals what might have been for 'Those Who Kill'

Questions answered about “Those Who Kill,” “The Blacklist,” “Manhattan,” “Graceland,” “Survivor” and Brent Musberger.

3 days ago


 The Trans-Siberian Orchestra performs "The Christmas Attic" at Consol Energy Center Saturday night.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra reveals hard-rock treasures in 'The Christmas Attic'

The holiday rock ensemble wows crowd with soaring metal talent, pyro, lasers and gadgets.

4 days ago


 Chris Jamison of Ross, a finalist on "The Voice," performs Dec. 3 for the hometown crowd at Stage AE on the North Side.

Reality check: Pittsburgh’s Chris Jamison goes for the brass ring on 'The Voice'

At one point this week, Ross’ Chris Jamison had not one but two songs in the iTunes Top 10.

4 days ago


 Christian Bale as Moses charges into a fierce battle in "Exodus: Gods and Kings."

Movie review: 'Exodus' delivers prophets, plagues and parting of the Red Sea in 3-D

Ridley Scott, the director of “Gladiator,” tackles biblical epic “Exodus: Gods and Kings“ with Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton.

5 days ago


 Hilary Swank and Tommy Lee Jones star in "The Homesman."

Movie review: 'Homesman' delivers gritty tale

Tommy Lee Jones and Hilary Swank star in a “Midwestern” about the harsh plight of women in the 1850s in “The Homesman.”

5 days ago


 Garth Brooks will perform a total of six shows at Consol Energy Center in February.

Garth Brooks adds three more shows to Pittsburgh run

The country superstar will perform six shows between Feb. 5 and Feb. 8 at Consol Energy Center, adding Friday and Sunday appearances.

5 days ago


 Fireworks at Downtown's Light Up Night fireworks last month.

Fox News takes back not-so-‘sparkling’ report on Pittsburgh

As evidence of the “War on Christmas,” Fox cited Pittsburgh’s “Sparkle Day,” an outdated reference to the 1994-97 “Sparkle Season” campaign.

5 days ago


 Brian Van Holt portrays Capt. William Denninger in the Syfy miniseries "Ascension."

Tuned In: 'Ascension' goes off course; 'Secret Santa' lags

Syfy’s “Ascension” begins well but betrays its promise to be a “limited-event series” by the time it’s done; TLC’s “Secret Santa” bores.

5 days ago


 Rosario Dawson and and Chris Rock star in "Top Five."

Movie review: 'Top Five' funny yet raunchy

Chris Rock goes raunchy and rollicking, and brings famous friends along, in “Top Five” as a comedian who wants to be taken seriously.

5 days ago


Cybertainment: Mattress Factory puts shows online

Mattress Factory launches a digital archive of its exhibits; Guinness World Records celebrates its 60th anniversary with a YouTube Channel.

5 days ago


 Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal apologizes for emails.

PEOPLE: Amy Pascal, Joan Rivers, Beverly Johnson and more!

Amy Pascal and Scott Rudin apologized for their insensitive remarks about Angelina Jolie and President Obama revealed in the Sony leak.

5 days ago


 "The Sixth Sense" director M. Night Shyamalan in 2010

Aide to 'Sixth Sense' director admits to stealing $15,000 from him

Selma Nolan Cody, the former house manager for M. Night Shyamalan’s Chester County home, pleaded guilty this week to theft.

5 days ago


 The Trans-Siberian Orchestra is giving more than 120 shows in 71 cities across North America.

Preview: Trans-Siberian Orchestra freshens its traveling spectacle

TSO leader Paul O'Neill: “People need escapism. ... ‘The Christmas Attic’ has a happy ending. If you want sad endings, you don't need me.”

6 days ago


 Michael Keaton stars as Riggan in "Birdman." Keaton has been nominated for a Golden Globe for best actor in a comedy or musical and the movie's director, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, has also been nominated. The movie garnered five other nominations: best supporting actor, actress, best original score, best director and best screenplay.

'Birdman' grabs 7 Golden Globe nominations, 'Foxcatcher,' 3

The annual awards, chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, will be hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler on Jan. 11.

6 days ago


 Abby Krizner, center, and Jason Sichi, right, of Fist Fight in the Parking Lot (shown with bandmates Chris Ruane, left, and John McCallough) will be a part of HughShows Live @ Eides.

Local scene in music this week

HughShows Live @ Eide's; promoter apologizes for Facebook comments.

6 days ago


 New York Voices — Darmon Meader, left, Lauren Kinhan, Kim Nazarian and Peter Eldridge — will perform two shows Friday at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild.

Preview: New York Voices return for Manchester holiday shows

For its annual Christmas concert, the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild is harking back to ... last year and a group with a local connection.

6 days ago


 Kenny Garrett.

Preview: Saxophonist Kenny Garrett brings experiences

Kenny Garrett follows in the musical footsteps of his father.

6 days ago


 New York Polyphony members are Geoffrey Williams, left, countertenor; Craig Phillips, bass; Christopher Dylan Herbert, baritone; and Steven Caldicott Wilson, tenor.

Preview: New York Polyphony adds a modern flair to old music

New York Polyphony makes its Pittsburgh debut with a Christmas-themed concert presented by Renaissance and Baroque.

6 days ago


 From left, Star-Lord/Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Groot (Voiced by Vin Diesel), Rocket Racoon (Voiced by Bradley Cooper), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) and Gamora (Zoe Saldana) in "Guardians of the Galaxy."    ©Marvel 2014

New to DVD this week

"Guardians of the Galaxy," "Dolphin Tale 2," and "When the Game Stands Tall" will be available for sale.

6 days ago



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