Arts & Entertainment


 Adrien Brody stars as Harry Houdini in History's two-part miniseries.

TV Review: Houdini miniseries explores reality of magician

Houdini’s greatest trick might have been staying in the public eye all these years, says city native and illusionist Michael Grandinetti.

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 Chelsea Handler.

TV Q&A: 'White Collar' renewed for likely its final season

Questions answered about “White Collar,” TV Land programming and ads in nightly national newscasts.

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 Tawni O'Dell delivers a "small-town gothic novel" in “One of Us."

'One of Us': Tawni O'Dell's tale of high fashion and old injustices in Pennsylvania coal country

The small coal mining town of Lost Creek and its residents are the winning feature of Ms. O’Dell’s talent.

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 "Richardson Dilworth: Last of the Bare-Knuckled Aristocrats," by Peter Binzen and Jonathan Binzen.

How Richardson Dilworth, a scion of old Pittsburgh, became one of Philadelphia's great mayors

The Dilworths were never as rich or as famous as the Carnegies or the Mellons, but they were not far behind.

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 Edan Lepucki "seems to be one of those hyper-aware young women who are sensitive to every raised eyebrow."

'California': After the apocalypse, Edan Lepucki asks if you can ever go home again

Love in the ruins: Edan Lepucki’s first novel is set in an American future that could be just around the corner.

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 Anna Martemucci directed "Hollidaysburg."

TV Review: Starz's 'The Chair,' shot in Pittsburgh, is glossy and soapy

Pittsburgh looks great in “The Chair,” a “Project Greenlight”-like moviemaking show that’s more soap opera than reality competition.

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 Chris Moore, executive producer and creator of "The Chair," with Carl Kurlander of Steeltown Entertainment.

Moviemaking reality competition 'The Chair' pits two first-time directors

Filmed-in-Pittsburgh reality competition chronicles two first-time directors making movies in Pittsburgh, Shane Dawson and  Anna Martemucci.

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2Do this week, Aug. 31-Sept. 6: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

Comedian Sommore, Craftmen’s Guild Fair in the Park, Shakespeare in the Parks and Donnie Rankin.

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 This historic photo shows the site on the east side of Atlanta where Confederate Gen. John B. Hood blew up his munitions train on Sept. 1, 1864, as his troops fled the city ahead of approaching Union armies. This was the historical basis for the famous scene in “Gone With the Wind” that shows the burning of Atlanta.

The burning of Atlanta, seared into America's memory

The fall of Atlanta 150 years ago this week was a Civil War pivot, while 1939’s “Gone With the Wind” enshrined the event in popular culture.

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  Armie Hammer guest voices as twin oarsmen in the all-new "The D'oh-cial Network" episode.

Today's Springfield Moment ... 'The D'oh-cial Network'

“SpringFace” is no Facebook but at least Lisa Simpson has friends

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'Madame Picasso': the passion of the painter

Exploring the painter’s zest for Eva Gouel, Anne Girard’s historically accurate story is not your mother’s romance novel.

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 "Mystifier" Mike Super from Peters preparing to think outside the box last week on NBC's "America's Got Talent."

Reality Check: 'Mystifier' from Peters stages amazing tricks to stay alive

And for his next trick: Pittsburgh’s Mike Super to compete in “America’s Got Talent” finals.

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 From "The Simpsons" episode "MoneyBART."

Today's Springfield Moment ...

That opening credits couch gag from Banksy — as Homer would say “When did THAT happen?”

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 Jim Quinn signs a book for fans while Rose Tennent talks to them at the Geno Levi Salon in December in Peters.

Quinn and Tennent say they rejected offer to host WJAS

Jim Quinn and Rose Tennent posted on Twitter that they declined an offer to join WJAS-AM.

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New gift shop at Carnegie Museum of Art opens next Saturday

Carnegie Museum of Art to open new gift shop that will provide a new shopping experience.

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 Corey Cott, left, starred on Broadway in Disney’s “Newsies.” His brother Casey, right, is a junior acting major at Carnegie Mellon.

'Newsies' star Corey Cott returns to Pittsburgh to cheer on brother

The CMU grad and Broadway star was in attendance Thursday for his younger brother’s show, “Parade.”

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 Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy stars, from left, Zoe Saldana, Chris Pratt, Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper), Dave Bautista and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel).

The big summer box office winner turns out to be a surprise

It’s almost a wrap on summer 2014 when “Guardians of the Galaxy” emerged as the surprise hit, ahead of “Transformers” and “Maleficent.”

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 "Tyrant" stars, from left, Ashraf Barhom, Adam Rayner, Jennifer Finnegan, Anne Winters and  Noah Silver.

Tuned In: High-class problem: too much good TV

With the quality shows on the air, some consider this the golden age of TV; ABC plans a “Frozen” special; “The Chief” debuts on WPXI.

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 Maureen O'Hara and Edmund Gwenn in a scene from "Miracle on 34th Street."

Film notes: Maureen O'Hara to be honored; Dock Ellis movie to open Sept. 5

Maureen O’Hara among those who will receive Honorary Oscars, and Harry Belafonte’s trailblazing and charitable work to be celebrated.

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 Shenoah Allen and Mark Chavez are the Pajama Men, who bring their comedy act to City Theatre through Sept. 7.

Stage review: Pajama Men wake up a lot of laughs

Mark Chavez and Shenoah Allen practice an original brand of looney comedy at City Theatre.

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 One stop on the Digital Sanctuaries tour is the Alphabet Reading Garden, an artist-designed garden that is a project of City of Asylum Pittsburgh. The Garden is paved with custom-made bricks that are inscribed with hand-written alphabet letters in numerous character systems.

Cybertainment: City of Asylum app and website look at North Side

City of Asylum’s Digital Sanctuaries app and website looks at parts of North Side in a novel way. Streamy Awards ceremony set for Sept. 7.

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 Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie shown at the "Maleficent" exhibition in London on May 8.  The couple were wed last Saturday.

People: Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Joan Rivers, Shakira, Uprising of Love concert

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are wed in France; Joan Rivers hospitalized; Shakira expecting second child.

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Paris catacombs challenge filmmaking duo

“As Above, So Below” follows two young archaeologists as they and a claustrophobic cameraman pursue a fabled philosopher’s stone.

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 Homer Simpson.

Today's Springfield Moment ... 'The Simpsons Movie'

“Spider-Pig, Spider-Pig!” Turns out, the “Simpsons Movie” is even better than “Under the Dome.”

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 BDominic Truckley, 4, of Penn Hills leads a flag-waving frenzy along the Boulevard of the Allies by Robert Kennedy, left, 4, of Mt. Lebanon and Koen Melder, right, 5, of Friendship during the 2012 Labor Day Parade.

10 things to do this Labor Day holiday weekend

From exploring the numerous trails in the city to the Labor Day Parade and Kennywood, enjoy all Pittsburgh has to offer during the long

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 Chris Hardwick, aka The Nerdist, will be among the comedians performing at the Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival Aug. 30 at First Niagara Pavilion.

King of the Nerds Chris Hardwick is one of the gang for Oddball Comedy tour

Comedian known as The Nerdist is on a bill with Bill Burr, Sarah Silverman, Hannibal Buress and more at First Niagara Pavilion on Saturday.

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 Bob Corbin and Dave Hanner in the early '80s.

Corbin/Hanner sign off with two farewell shows at Jergel's

The country duo, who grew up in Armstrong County and have been performing together since the late 1960s, finally calls it quits.

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 From left, Paul Eenhoorn as Colin and Earl Lynn Nelson as Mitch in "Land Ho!"

‘Land Ho!’ a picturesque trip to Iceland

“Land Ho!” takes two retirees to Iceland where they get their invigorating groove and friendship back amid spectacular scenery.

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 Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler star in "Blended"

New on DVD this week

'Blended,' 'Belle,' and 'The Double' hit store shelves this week.

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 Margaret Colin, Eric Close and Dennis Haysbert starred in the short-lived CBS drama "Now and Again," now out on DVD.

Beloved CBS drama 'Now and Again' finally surfaces on DVD

Critical hit comes with a decent collection of bonus features.

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 X in the '80s, from left: Billy Zoom, John Doe, Exene Cervenka and DJ Bonebrake.

Wild Gift: X carries banner for old-school LA punk

John Doe of X talks about the band's vintage album tour, Exene's tweets and the SXSW incident.

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 Sarah Silverman, who won an Emmy Aug. 25 as writer of the variety special "We Are Miracles," is part of the Oddball Comedy tour stop at First Niagara Pavilion on Aug. 30.

The other Oddballs performing at Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival

To quench your curiosity, here's more about Oddball's performers.

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 "Chef" included a stop at Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas.  From left, Emjay Anthony, Jon Favreau, Aaron Franklin and John Leguizamo.

Feasts on film: Food plays key role in many movies this year

This year has brought a bounty of movies that entertain and have you salivate at the same time.

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 Like orchestras across the country, the PSO has faced declining ticket sales but may be faring better than peer organizations.

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra expects larger deficit, but aims to boost revenue

The PSO is projecting a deficit of roughly $1.4 million at the end of the 2014 fiscal year, which concludes Sunday.

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 "The Sopranos, from left, Edie Falco, as Carmela; James Gandolfini as Tony; Robert Iler as A.J. and Jamie-Lynn Sigler as Meadow.

David Chase: Tony Soprano lived

"Sopranos" creator David Chase tells Vox that the HBO mobster survived.

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 Lisa with Snowball.

Today's Springfield Moment ... 'Future-Drama'

"The Simpsons" takes another gaze into the crystal ball with "Future-Drama."

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Local Scene in music: Brian Drusky day, Wiz Khalifa tops charts

Pittsburgh concert promoter Brian Drusky will be honored with a proclamation Friday. Plus: Rusted Root performs at Hartwood on Sunday.

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 The Masonic Hall, left, which borders the Garden Theater on Pittsburgh's North Side.

URA drops developer for North Side's Masonic Hall

Developer Wayne Zukin had been named to do a series of buildings around the Garden Theater, but now he only has the theater to redevelop.

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 Rusted Root (from left, Dirk Miller, Patrick Norman, Michael Glabicki, Liz Berlin, Peach Freedom) play Sunday at Hartwood Acres for the 15th annual Allegheny County Music Festival.

The Hot List of activities for the coming weekend

Ribs and football, colonial crafts, county fairs and men with muscles on the slate for the holiday weekend.

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 Kings of Leon:  From left, Jared Followill, Caleb Followill, Matthew Followill and Nathan Followill.

Kings of Leon becoming a no-show band in Pittsburgh

Kings of Leon, which was on the rebound after a shaky “Sundown” campaign and an abrupt hiatus, won’t be showing up here ... again.

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 "Madden NFL 15"

Game review: ‘Madden 15’ reaches superstar status on next-gen

“Madden NFL 15,” released Tuesday, is looking for redemption after “Madden 25’s” disappointing showing.

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 Pierce Brosnan and Olga Kurylenko star in "The November Man."

Movie review: Brosnan plays well a weathered spy in 'November Man'

“November Man,” based on a Bill Granger spy novel, arrives in August with Pierce Brosnan as a retired CIA agent drawn back into the game.

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 Pittsburgh rocker Joe Grushecky

Raves: Grushecky’s music can offer inspiration not to ever give up

Joe Gru­shecky’s voice is, and al­ways has been, a voice to be reck­oned with!

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 The August Wilson Center for African American Culture on Liberty Avenue, Downtown.

Foundations won't compromise with hotel developer on August Wilson Center's future

Three foundations don’t support a hotel on top of the financially troubled August Wilson Center because it would diminish its primary role.

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 The "Island of Dr. Hibbert" vignette from the "Treehouse of Horror" episode of "The Simpsons."

Today's Springfield moment ... 'Treehouse of Horror' times 3

Three “Treehouse of Horror” episodes in one day! One’s at 12:30 a.m. so you probably missed it already? D’oh!

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 Sofia Vergara arrives at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

PEOPLE: Swin Cash, Sofia Vergara, Laverne Cox and more!

McKeesport native Swin Cash will be part of a new all-women sports talk show on the CBS Sports Network.

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 Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul pose at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards.

In the Primetime Emmy Awards 'Breaking Bad' broke good

“Breaking Bad” wins big Monday night at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards.

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Kings of Leon concert at First Niagara Pavilion canceled

Drummer’s recent rib injury the reason for cancellation.

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 Ty Burrell accepts the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a comedy series for his role in "Modern Family."

Emmy Award winners

Winners of the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, given out Monday night.

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 Host Seth Meyers speaks on stage at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

Emmy broadcast relies mainly on comedy

The 2014 Emmy telecast proved to be a mostly well-paced, comedy-fueled celebration of television.

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