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who once said that in the future everyone would be famous for 15 minutes, would have loved Twitter, with its brief messages making a claim on fleeting fame. For its part, Twitter certainly loves Andy Warhol. As the Post-Gazette reported Friday, Pittsburgh's Andy Warhol Museum with half a million followers is the seventh-most "followed" museum on Twitter, putting it just behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and just ahead of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Once upon a time the pop artist's celebrity left fans of Andy Warhol all aquiver, but these days they are all a-Twitter.
IT'S THE NEWS that won't die: Penn State and the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal. Last week, Gov. Tom Corbett said he was suing the NCAA over sanctions in the case. The only bigger news would have been if Penn State football coach Bill O'Brien had quit as successor to Joe Paterno for a job in the National Football League -- which is what rumors were suggesting. But Mr. O'Brien told the Harrisburg Patriot-News: "I'm not a one-and-done guy. I made a commitment to these players at Penn State and that's what I am going to do. I'm not going to cut and run after one year. That's for sure." It was also announced that the coach will get a raise of $1.3 million. Of course, not that it had any influence on his commitment.
FRACKING, the process used to extract natural gas from shale deposits, is always in the news and now it's in a new movie, "Promised Land," with Matt Damon, which was shot locally. In a phone interview with the Post-Gazette's Barbara Vancheri, the star -- who also produced the film -- reminded everyone that making a movie isn't all glamor and sitting on a throne. "The guys we rented our port-a-potties from found out the movie was about fracking, and they assumed it was an anti-fracking movie, and they were pro-fracking and so they took our port-a-potties away," he said. "That was a bummer for one day." If any of the film's characters have a pained expression, that may explain it.
First Published January 6, 2013 12:00 am