Arts & Entertainment

 Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac in "A Most Violent Year."

Movie review: ‘A most violent year' a tale of risky dealings in 1981 New York

“A Most Violent Year,” starring Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain and David Oyelowo, is set in gritty, crime-ridden 1981 New York.

about 3 hours ago

 Kevin Costner and Jillian Estell star in "Black or White."

Movie review: Tug of war over biracial child loses steam

“Black or White” is just that, a drama about whether a girl should stay with her white granddad or live with her African-American grandma.

about 3 hours ago

 Visiting school children stream past "Dippy,"  the plaster replica of a fossilized Diplodocus carnegii, on Thursday in the main hall of the Natural History Museum in London. The beloved replica, sent to England from Pittsburgh more than 100 years ago, is scheduled to be replaced with the bones of a blue whale.

London museum's Dippy goes the way of all dinosaurs -- out

London’s Natural History Museum sparks outcry with plans to remove Dippy the dinosaur, donated by Andrew Carnegie, from a prominent spot.

about 3 hours ago

 Jonny Weston is David Raskin and Virginia Gardner is Christina Raskin in "Project Almanac."

Movie review: 'Project Almanac' a film worth time, travel

Five teens, including one played by Jonny Weston as a college-bound brainiac, figure out a way to time travel in “Project Almanac.”

about 3 hours ago

 Scene from "A Single Life."

Movie Review: Live action beats animated in 2015 Oscar-nominated shorts

Some of the live-action and animated mini movies nominated for this year’s Academy Awards are REALLY brief: One of the best is 2 minutes.

about 3 hours ago

 Producer Neal Dodson -- Wasn't totally happy with "The Chair."

Producer thanks Chastain for casting

Producer Neal Dodson talks about the serendipity of casting “A Most Violent Year” and re-creating 1981 New York there and in Detroit.

about 3 hours ago

 Joseph Fiennes hosts an episode of PBS's "Shakespeare Uncovered."

Tuned In: For PBS, it's important to be earnest about The Bard

PBS revisits classic literature in the second season of “Shakespeare Uncovered” and NBC plots a move for “The Blacklist.”

about 3 hours ago

 From left, Branwell Donaghey as Gittens; Jude Law as Robinson and Bobby Schofield as Tobin in "Black Sea."

Movie review: Jude Law keeps 'Black Sea' afloat

Jude Law leads a crew of British and Russian roughnecks looking for Nazi gold in Kevin Macdonald’s submarine thriller, “Black Sea.”

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 Kevin Macdonald directed "Black Sea."

Director found perfect guy in Jude Law

Actor Jude Law taps into his character actor side to play a treasure-hunting submarine captain in the new thriller, “Black Sea.”

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PEOPLE: Jim Parsons, Martin Scorsese, Eddie Huang and more!

“The Big Bang Theory’s” Jim Parsons is slated to play God on Broadway.

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 Kimberly Doreen Burns as Eliza Doolittle with Benjamin Howes as Henry Higgins in "My Fair Lady."

Pittsburgh Public Theater's Ted Pappas wanted to see 'My Fair Lady' — so he's putting it on stage

The actors playing Higgins and Eliza in PPT's "My Fair Lady" find joy in the big and small moments of a classic musical.

1 day ago

 Marion Cotillard stars in "Two Days, One Night."

Movie review: It's 'Survivor' on the job in 'Two Days, One Night'

Marion Cotillard tries to save her job at a Belgian factory in a new work from the Dardenne brothers.

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 Sanjiv Jhaveri in Quantum Theatre's "Brahman/I."

Stage preview: Quantum brings the comedy with 'Brahman/I'

"Brahman/I" walks a fine line between stand-up comedy and theater, with the promise that funny is paramount.

1 day ago

 Wardaddy portrayed by Brad Pitt in "Fury."

New to DVD this week

"The Judge," "Fury," and "The Remaining" hit store shelves.

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 Cover of Thee Speaking Canaries record "Platter Base Must Be Constructed of Moon Rock."

Chunklet releases Damon Che's Thee Speaking Canaries demos

Don Cab drummer stepped out front for early '90s side project.

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 Marilyn Manson performs at Stage AE Friday on "The Pale Emperor" tour.

Preview: Marilyn Manson makes a suprising artistic comeback with 'The Pale Emperor'

Shock-rocker Marilyn Manson will play a sold-out show at Stage AE Friday on tour with his new album.

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 Love Letters: From left, Buck Knauer, Mike Prosser, Erin Dawes, Mike Shanley.

Local Scene: The Love Letters' new EP gets assist from New Pornographers bassist

John Collins, bassist with the band from Vancouver, produced two of the four songs, recorded at Machine Age Studios.

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 Joe Jackson.

Sewickley theater teacher's performance presents opportunity for students

Joe Jackson, who teaches dance at Sewickley Academy, is performing with Pittsburgh Public Theater, which is benefiting his students.

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Westmoreland County theater group aims to push limits

Two residents formed Split Stage Productions to offer unconventional plays in Westmoreland County.

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Monroeville Chorus starts season, needs members

The group, which performs show tunes, music from the 1950s to 1970s, patriotic music and more, has two concerts scheduled so far this year.

1 day ago

 Christian band Skillet.

The Hot List of events for the coming weekend

The symphony spends a musical night in Russia; Blues singer Selwyn Birchwood comes to town and ’Voice’ singer Melanie Martinez performs.

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Alzheimer's caregivers share their stories in book

Members of Clergy Against Alzheimer’s have written the book, which is available on Amazon.

1 day ago

Students enjoy 'dancing for a difference' at Shari's in Whitehall

Dance Workshop by Shari in Whitehall raises money for nonprofits through its foundation, Dancing for a Difference.

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From Sarnoff to Seinfeld, Harvard lecturer explores Jewish characters in television

Rachel L. Greenblatt, speaking at Congregation Emanu-El Israel, addressed the presence and absence of American Jews in the TV industry.

1 day ago

 Allison Tolman plays Molly Solverson in "Fargo."

Strong, fascinating women in TV dramas often saddled with quirks to make them more interesting

Why are women the ‘weaker’ sex when it comes to portraying characters on television dramas?

2 days ago

 Imari "Hanikawa" Plate with Dresden Johanneum Marks.  Japan, Edo period 1690.

Meissen porcelain collector to speak at Maridon Museum

The purchase of a rare Meissen table service turned Fritz Theil into a collector. He’ll give a talk at Maridon Museum.

2 days ago

 Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre dancers JoAnna Schmidt and Alexandre Silva in George Balanchine's "Western Symphony."

For next season, Pittsburgh Ballet lines up a demanding repertoire

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s 2015-16 lineup is peppered with pieces artistic director Terrence Orr has been working for years to secure.

2 days ago

 "Lady With Flowers" by Susan Winicour.

Susan Winicour featured at Frechard Gallery

An exhibition at Christine Frechard Art Gallery argues for a place for the late Pittsburgh artist Susan Winicour in art history and markets.

2 days ago

Stage review: "Mermaid' a delight at Byham

PMT transports theatergoers to the colorful world of “Disney’s Little Mermaid,” a show that goes swimmingly with a pitch-perfect Ariel.

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PEOPLE: Christina Aguilera, "Ghostbusters," Katie Holmes and more!

Christina Aguilera will perform at the NBA All-Star Game in New York.

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 Olivia Wilde is part of the cast that started filming the holiday comedy “Let It Snow” in the Pittsburgh area this week.

'Let It Snow' cast lined up; movie filming in Pittsburgh

“Let It Snow” returns some familiar faces to Pittsburgh and brings Diane Keaton, Alan Arkin and John Goodman here for holiday comedy.

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 Sting and the cast of "The Last Ship" give it their all during a relatively short Broadway run.

Stage Review: 'The Last Ship' deserves a future beyond Broadway

The last gasp of the musical’s New York run featured songwriter Sting rallying the troupe one more time.

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 Actor John Goodman arrives  for filming of the upcoming movie "Let It Snow" at the Lincoln Pharmacy in Millvale.

Three movies made in Pittsburgh to debut later this year

The Will Smith movie, “Concussion,” recently finished filming in Pittsburgh, will be released on Christmas Day, various websites report.

1 day ago

 Writer Jesse Andrews, a Schenley High School graduate, at the premiere of "Me & Earl & the Dying Girl" at the Sundance Film Festival.

'Me & Earl & the Dying Girl' lights up Sundance Film Festival

Filmed and set in Pittsburgh, the movie gets a partner for global distribution after receiving rapturous reviews and applause at Sundance.

3 days ago

 Murrysville's Maddie Ziegler is only 12 but has been performing in high-profile music videos. Maddie, left, danced with Denna Thomsen on "Saturday Night Live" on Jan. 17 with Sia, right, singing "Elastic Heart."

From Sia videos to 'Dance Moms,' Murrysville dancer steps into pop culture fame

Murrysville’s Maddie Ziegler is on her toes as dance takes her around the world.

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 The Chautauqua Amphitheater, shown in August 2010.

Open-air amphitheater at Chautauqua Institution wins 'National Treasure' designation

A proposed update of the 121-year-old building was decried by preservationists because it required a virtually complete demolition.

2 days ago

He's trapped, but he's nobody's prisoner: 'The Last Escaper' by Peter Tunstall

Mr. Tunstall attempts to set the record straight about his legendary captivity in World War II.

2 days ago

(Not) Ordinary People: 'Sweet Nothing' by Richard Lange

Mr. Lange’s latest collection of bizarrely optimistic moments in contemporary shame spirals.

2 days ago

Cuddle in the huddle: 'City of Champions' by Chloe T. Barlow

Pittsburgh’s most successful romance writer returns with the second installment of her popular “A Gateway to Love” series.

2 days ago

 Oscar-nominated actress Jennifer Tilly said she's been playing poker for about 20 years.

Patricia Sheridan's Breakfast With ... Jennifer Tilly

Actress and poker player Jennifer Tilly says the best female players play like men — very aggressively.

4 days ago

Primus bringing Chocolate Factory tour to Stage AE

As it did on New Year's Eve, Primus will devote one set to performing the soundtrack to "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory."

3 days ago

 Francisco Mathurine, of the Times Square Alliance, clears snow from the steps in Father Duffy Square in New York, Monday, Jan. 26, when Broadway cancelled all shows due to the coming storm.

Storm forces Broadway, Theater Hall of Fame induction to go dark

Inductees including F. Murray Abraham and Blythe Danner will have their day in the spring.

3 days ago

‘Glee’ actress Melissa Benoist to star in new CBS series

The new one-hour drama “Supergirl” is the latest in a flurry of TV shows based on comic book superheroes.

4 days ago

Development project uses art to control water flow in Larimer

Green infrastructure advocates and water artists say timing’s perfect for stormwater management to merge with a new development in Larimer.

4 days ago

City calendar: 01/26/15

A look at upcoming events for the week ahead.

4 days ago

Masked metal band Slipknot to perform in August in Pittsburgh

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at

3 days ago

 Ruth Goodman didn't just research the Victorian era to write "How to Be a Victorian." She lived it.

'How to Be Victorian': Ruth Goodman's meticulously researched guide to 19th-century life

Ms. Goodman didn’t just study, she lived it out, to create an eye-opening “Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Victorian Life.”

5 days ago

 RJ Cyler, left, and Thomas Mann in the childhood living room of writer Jesse Andrews in Point Breeze during a scene from "Me & Earl & the Dying Girl."

'Me & Earl & the Dying Girl,' made and set in Pittsburgh, premieres today at Sundance Film Festival

Filmed at Schenley High and the Point Breeze childhood home of author Jesse Andrews, the film has buzz. But will it get distribution?

5 days ago

Opera Review: Challenging 'Rodelinda' handled deftly by Pittsburgh Opera

Producing Handel’s “Rodelinda” is no small feat.

4 days ago

 The cast of "Birdman" pose in the press room with the award for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

‘Birdman’ tops SAG; Keaton fails to win

SAG Awards win sends 'Birdman' Oscar hopes soaring, though Eddie Redmayne upsets Michael Keaton, wins most outstanding actor.

4 days ago


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