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Local blogger PittGirl may be making a comeback. At least her blog is.

After more than eight months offline, The Burgh Blog ("Pittsburgh. Only cooler.") has resurfaced (http://theburghblog.com).

The latest post is a cryptic teaser. "Big news coming soon. Giant news. GIANT FRESHLY SHOWERED news." Said news is scheduled to be revealed in a week or two.

Like everything else about its author, Burgh Blog's sudden reappearance is shrouded in mystery.

PittGirl said in an e-mail response that the archives are back online and will stay there. "In that sense, The Burgh Blog has returned ... There's a reason the archives are back ... a good reason. And there's a reason I can't spill my news right this second."

For a cyber-celeb, PittGirl managed to remain anonymous, and her real identity is a carefully guarded secret.

A threatened leak prompted her to pull the plug on the popular blog last November, which she had started in 2006. She stopped posting and took the archives offline. "Enough information about me was slowly leaking, and it was important to me and my livelihood that I end it on my own terms and shut down the archives while I could," she told the Post-Gazette at the time.

The latest post was tagged as "Ken Rice": the KDKA-TV anchor has been among possible speculated PittGirl identities.

PittGirl, aka "Jane Pitt," has kept busy since shutting down the blog. She writes a column for Pittsburgh Magazine and has followings on Twitter and Facebook.

-- Adrian M. McCoy

Hey, stage moms. Lionsgate Entertainment is looking for a boy to play the 5-year-old son of Russell Crowe's character in the feature film "The Next Three Days," which starts shooting here in September. If you've got 5-year-old twins, that's even better.

Auditions will be held this weekend. Call 412-488-CAST (2278) or send an e-mail to openaudition@gmail.com. Please provide the child's name, date of birth and parent's name and phone number. A script, audition time and location will be provided by e-mail and/or telephone.

Rob Marshall, who went from Squirrel Hill to Broadway to directing the Oscar-winning "Chicago" for the big screen, is close to signing on for the fourth "Pirates of the Caribbean" film. "Things look good" for Marshall to come onboard, according to Variety, which added that the move would put "Pirates 4" on track for a 2010 start.

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Disney want a deal soon because the studio hopes to have Johnny Depp star in the latest "Pirates" before he films "The Lone Ranger" for them, Variety reported. Most reports say Depp's co-stars, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley, will not return for a fourth installment.

-- Sharon Eberson

They challenged nature and experienced danger on CBS's "Survivor" series. They met and got engaged on reality TV. And their marriage on a tropical beach was broadcast worldwide.

But when it came to having their first baby, they've kept mum -- until now. Amber Brkich, originally of Brighton, Beaver County, and the $1 million winner on "Survivor All-Stars," and hubby Rob Mariano welcomed their first baby, Lucia Rose, on the Fourth of July at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Fla.

Boston Rob, 33, who first appeared on "Survivor: Marquesas" in 2002 and became engaged to Amber, 30, on "Survivor All-Stars," told People.com that mom and baby are doing fine. The baby's first name means "light of God" in Italian and the middle name is a tribute to Amber's paternal great-grandmother, he said.

Mariah Carey might be starting a trend and helping to save the ailing music industry at the same time. Her CD "Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel," due out Sept. 15, will come with ads in its accompanying CD booklet. Island Def Jam Music Group includes a 34-page co-production with Elle magazine that includes ads from Elizabeth Arden, Angel Champagne, Carmen Steffens, Le Metier de Beaute and Bahamas Board of Tourism.


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