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 Rebecca Romijn

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.

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 Part of the interior of the Studio C film production facility in Robinson, which will be used for set construction and equipment staging.

New film studio to open in Pittsburgh area

Studio C, the brainchild of Cyndi Casteel, is vying for some of the $60 million in state tax credits given annually to qualified facilities.

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 This image provided by Sotheby’s shows a fancy vivid blue pear-shaped diamond from the estate of Rachel "Bunny" Mellon that sold Nov. 20 for $32.6 million. It's an auction record for any blue diamond. It was sold to an anonymous Hong Kong collector.

Auction house: Bunny Mellon's objects take in $218 million during multiday auction

Three works — two paintings by Mark Rothko and a Fancy Vivid Blue Diamond — fetched over $30 million.

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 Dan Deluca of Peters stars as Jack Kelly in the national tour of "Newsies," coming to the Benedum Center on Tuesday.

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.

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 Sean Michael Kyer is Agent Oscar and Millie Davis is Ms. O in "Odd Squad," premiering Wednesday on PBS Kids.

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.”

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 A rendering shows the proposed design for the Chautauqua Amphitheater.

At Chautauqua Institution, a civilized showdown over preserving 'the Amp'

The debate over how to modernize while respecting historic integrity shows how an influential institution is roiled by modernization.

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'Lincoln and the Power of the Press': War of words

Lincoln’s fascination with newspapers led to both a charm offensive and an iron fist in shaping public opinion.

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 "The Collapse" by Mary Elise Sarotte

'The Collapse': When the Berlin Wall came tumbling down

Mary Elise Sarotte charts the sudden end of the Cold War in “The Collapse: The Accidental Opening of the Berlin Wall.”

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'A Backpack, A Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka': an excellent primer on Soviet life

Lev Golinkin’s book is a sober reminder of what it took for Soviet emigres to get to America.

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 The Grand Staircase at The Frick Collection on Manhattan’s Museum Row on the Upper East Side currently has a velvet rope to keep visitors from going upstairs to see the private rooms. By 2020, these private living quarters will be converted into exhibition space.

New York's Frick Collection to expand

The Frick Collection in New York City plans ambitious expansion; family's private rooms will become exhibition space.

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 Eddie Redmayne stars as Stephen Hawking in James Marsh’s "The Theory of Everything," opening in theaters Wednesday.

Actor wanted to give 'Everything' to challenging role

Landing the role of Stephen Hawking in ”Theory of Everything” brought actor Eddie Redmayne euphoria followed by a ”sledgehammer of fear.“

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 "Odd Squad," a live-action series that will help kids ages 5-8 learn math, premieres Wednesday on PBS Kids with Sean Michael Kyer as Agent Oscar, left, Millie Davis as Ms. O, Dalila Bela as Agent Olive and Filip Gljo as Agent Otto. The Fred Rogers Company is a producer.

TV review: 'Odd Squad' assets add up to a good time

It’s hard not to wonder what Fred Rogers would think of the frantic “Odd Squad,” but taken on its own, this new kids show is a lot of fun.

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 Yejee Kim, a 26-year-old master's student at Carnegie Mellon University, plays the violin with Yoga Sebastian Bach, an entry in the Rembacher Chamber Music Competition at CMU's School of Music on Thursday.

Commentary: CMU competition thinks outside the music box

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

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Sugar-coated despair: 'Sweetness #9'

Stephan Eirik Clark’s novel is about the side effects of artificial sweeteners and living inauthentic lives.

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Meet me at the genius bar: 'Divine Fury: A History of Genius'

Darrin McMahon’s engaging history of genius as a cultural ideal and social construct.

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Shelter from the storm? 'The House of Journalists' is an uncomfortable read

Tim Finch’s novel upends liberal pieties about the morality of political exiles and refugees.

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Bad father, good writer: 'Suitable Accommodations: The Letters of J.F. Powers, 1942-1963'

J.F. Powers’ daughter Katherine A.Powers assembles her late father’s letters into something resembling an autobiography.

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A cornucopia of forensic excess: Patricia Cornwell's 'Flesh and Blood: A Scarpetta Novel'

The world’s most stylish and sought-after forensic pathologist is back in her 22nd novel.

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  Former Temple Israel in New Castle

God's Houses: 'The Synagogues of Central and Western Pennsylvania: A Visual Journey'

A West Virginia photographer catalogs many of this region’s famous and obscure synagogues

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Offsides punt: 'Striking Gridiron: A Town's Pride and a Team's Shot at Glory During the Biggest Strike in American History'

Greg Nichols’ narrative about the 1959 United Steel Workers strike and the Braddock football team misses half the drama.

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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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TV Q&A: Actress wasn't series regular on 'Orange' at Emmy time

Questions answered about “Orange Is the New Black,” “The Young & The Restless,” “The Big Bang Theory” and ratings.

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 At the opening of the Prism Project.

'Inside Artists Reaching Out': Artwork from prisoners on loan in Braddock library

Prison inmates donate their original artwork to the Carnegie Library of Braddock’s art lending program.

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Finally time for repairs at Capitol Dome

Workers are in the midst of a $60 million effort to fix 1,300 cracks in the 150-year-old cast iron as well as scour and repaint its surface.

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 Pittsburgh bride Paloma DeNardis went with 'new' on TLC's "Something Borrowed."

Reality Check: Jamison excels with 'Jealous' on 'The Voice'

Ross native Chris Jamison advances on NBC’s “The Voice”; Fox Chapel native Paloma DeNardis shares emotional day on TLC.

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 Owen Benjamin, left, Steve Byrne and Dan Lauria in TBS's Pittsburgh-set sitcom "Sullivan & Son."

TBS cancels 'Sullivan & Son'

TBS cancels a Pittsburgh bar-set sitcom starring Hampton grad Steve Byrne after three seasons.

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James Cagney's 'Yankee Doodle Dandy' Oscar statue draws no bids

James Cagney’s Oscar statue for his performance in “Yankee Doodle Dandy” failed to draw any bids at auction.

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 Ken Stott as Balin and Martin Freeman as Bilbo in the fantasy adventure "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies."

Visual feast of holiday movie season is underway

It’s beginning to look a lot like the holiday movie season, with family fare, musical extravaganzas and dramas on the road to Oscar night.

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 Construction crew members work on new houses near Larimer Avenue and Meadow Street.

New homes taking shape in Larimer

The homes are part of an extensive plan to revitalize the neighborhood and attract more residents.

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 Jennifer Lawrence returns as Katniss Everdeen in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1."

Movie review: 'Hunger Games' countdown gets off to slow start

“The Hunger Games” nears its final chapter as it splits the “Mockingjay” novel into two movies, one now and one due in November 2015.

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 John James Audubon's 1824 print, "Passenger Pigeon," will be part of the display at the University of Pittsburgh's Hillman Library.

Audubon prints on display at Pitt library

Audubon prints will be on exhibition at the University of Pittsburgh’s Hillman Library.

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 Allison Williams is Peter Pan and Christopher Walken portrays Captain Hook in NBC's "Peter Pan Live!"

Tuned In: TV lights up holiday season with new programming

December’s reruns have been replaced with a boatload of pricey premieres to satisfy advertiser demand this holiday season.

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 "Super Smash Bros." is now out on Wii U.

Game review: 'Super Smash Bros.' packed with frenzied fun

This super game for Wii U makes the latest “Smash Bros.” a worthy successor in the popular Nintendo series.

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Family Film Guide: 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1'

The PG-13-rated “Mockingjay — Part 1” is suitable for mature tweens, teens and up, especially those familiar with Suzanne Collins’ novels.

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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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 Bob Dylan's concert Thursday night marked the 73-year-old's Heinz Hall debut and first Cultural District show in 34 years.

Review: Dylan leaves the hits behind in favor of more haunting recent material

The 73-year-old Dylan has shed most traces of nostalgia and embraced his own here and now, showing he’s still fully engaged in his craft.

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 A Lammily doll featuring a temporary tattoo.

Showing 'variety of body types,' Pittsburgh artist's Lammily doll goes on sale

As of Friday more than 27,000 dolls had been ordered, Nickolay Lamm said.

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 Bob Dylan in the early '70s.

Bob Dylan return coincides with more gems from 'The Basement Tapes'

Bob Dylan will play the Cultural District tonight for the first time since 1980.

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 Former ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer and director Mike Nichols arrive at the AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards honoring Mr. Nichols in 2010 in Culver City, Calif.

Award-winning stage, movie director Mike Nichols dies at 83

Mike Nichols was a nine-time Tony Award winner on Broadway and the Oscar-winning director of films such as “The Graduate.”

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 Patrick Jordan.

Preview: barebones stages Tennessee Williams' 'Streetcar' with live music from Joe Grushecky

Patrick Jordan takes his theater company where he's always wanted to go — for a ride on Tennessee Williams' "Streetcar."

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 Billy Price.

Billy Price's holiday playlist

The Pittsburgh R&B legend, who performs Friday at Light Up Night, likes “Merry Christmas Baby,” “Happy Kwanzaa" by Teddy Pendergrass ...

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 Cobra Starship singer Gabe Sporta.

Cobra Starship prepared to entertain Light Up Night revelers

New York electro-pop band isn't sure what Light Up Night is but is ready for the challenge.

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 Vilma Banky and Rudolph Valentino in "The Son of the Sheik"

Alloy Orchestra adds a soundtrack to 'Son of the Sheik'

Live accompaniment enhances the Three Rivers Film Festival screening of the silent film "The Son of the Sheik" with Rudolph Valentino.

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 Sloane Morgan Siegel stars as the title character in Amazon's “Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street.”

TV Review: 'Gortimer Gibbon's Life' is a calm one for kids

Amazon Prime Instant Video debuts its first live-action kids show, the leisurely paced "Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street."

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Film Festival lineup

Three Rivers Film Festival enters last weekend, when it will end on a musical, family-friendly note with silent classics and Alloy

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 Jonah Hill, left, and Channing Tatum in "22 Jump Street."

New to DVD this week

"22 Jump Street," "If I Stay," "And So It Goes," and "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" hit store shelves.

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 Jane Monheit.

Preview: Jane Monheit: 'I just sing what's natural to me'

Jazz vocalist Jane Monheit brings her trio to the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild on Saturday.

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 Broughton's Rules will celebrate "Anechoic Horizon" with a release party at Brillobox Friday.

Local scene in music this week

News on Wiz Khalifa, Modey Lemon, Broughton's Rules and The Delaneys.

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Book review: 'Conversion' ties together two eerie tales

Katherine Howe’s young adult novel juxtaposes two real-life stories — one modern, the other centuries old — in one compelling tale.

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 In this image released by MGM, Dustin Hoffman appears in a scene from "The Graduate." The film, directed by Mike Nichols, brought him his lone directing Oscar.

Five memorable movies from Mike Nichols

Here are highlights from the long film career of Mike Nichols, who died Wednesday at age 83:

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