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"The Voice" puts live spotlight on Pittsburgh's Chris Jamison

Written by Maria Sciullo on .

 

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Chris Jamison was performing live on NBC's "The Voice" Monday night, in front of a national audience of 11.36 million. And he was singing a song ("Don't," by Ed Sheeran) that was both up-tempo and wordy.
"But when I walked on stage at the beginning, it kind of pumped me up. I was just so excited, and I will never forget the feeling," said Jamison, a college junior from Ross Township.
"I was actually more nervous for the other [taped] part of the competition. I felt like I had to unleash something I had been holding in for awhile."
It left him literally breathless, at one point hustling to catch up on the words but covering nicely with a little whoop.
"I wanted people to know I was enjoying the song."
He and his Team Adam Levine mates get to watch two other teams sing tonight, then it's the big reveal program at 8 p.m. Wednesday. This week's shows were the first to involve audience voting, and the roster of 20 singers will be pared to 12 (eight chosen by viewers, four by coaches).
"Now that I've had the experience of feeling [the rush of live TV], I want to make that top 12," Jamison said.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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'Walking Dead' actor sets sights on Halloween as Steelers' Mike Tomlin

Written by Sharon Eberson on .

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Chad Coleman has played Cutty on HBO's "The Wire" and now has his hands full as survivor Tyreese on "The Walking Dead." But this Halloween, he's opting for an outwardly easy transition: Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin, he told EW's Popwatch. Check out the EW video at the 2:30 mark and hear who the actor would like to see Tomlin dress up as for trick-or-treat day.

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Marvel's Phase 3 plan includes Black Panther, Captain Marvel, 2-part Avengers Infinity War

Written by Sharon Eberson on .

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So much news out of Marvel today, Twitter could barely contain it. Marvel Entertainment chief Kevin Feige announced the brand's next-phase movie plans and introduced Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther. And "Guardians of the Galaxy" is a long way away ...

Here's the slate of films and dates announced today, with some tidbits from the Twitter-verse:

May 1, 2015: "Avengers: Age of Ultron"

July 17, 2015: "Ant-Man"

May 6, 2016: "Captain America: Civil War" (originally announced with the subtitle "Serpent Society"; we will meet Black Panther here)

Nov. 4, 2016: "Doctor Strange" (no announcement of who will play the title character; Benedict Cumberbatch was handed the role by the rumor mill yesterday)

May 5, 2017: "Guardians of the Galaxy 2"

July 28, 2017: "Thor: Ragnarok" (Loki will be back!)

Nov. 3, 2017: "Black Panther"

May 4, 2018 and May 3, 2019: "Avengers: Infinity War Parts I and II"

July 6, 2018: "Captain Marvel" (no word on who will play Carol Danvers)

Nov. 2, 2018: "Inhumans"

Marvel's not-so-secret Marvel Event -- if you were anywhere near Twitter at 2 p.m. today, you couldn't miss the trending #marvelevent hashtag (or as one tweeter called it, marv elephant) -- was swelling with Spider-Man crossover speculation and "Why no Black Widow standalone film?", but neither is happening as of now. Feige also said a script for "The Runaways" exists, "but we can't make 'em all."

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OK Go ups the music video ante with 'I Won't Let You Down'

Written by Maria Sciullo on .

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When OK Go played Mr. Smalls in Pittsburgh a couple of weeks ago, front man Damian Kulash mentioned the group had been in Japan, filming a music video.

Heavens to Busby Berkeley, this is no ordinary film. Even by OK Go's insanely creative standards (the Rube Goldberg 'This Too Shall Pass,' puppy dogs in 'White Knuckles,' 'optical illusions for 'The Writing's On the Wall'), the debut of 'I Won't Let You Down' defies belief.

In what appears to be one seamless shot (camera drone?), the guys start out riding motorized unicycles inside of a building. They zip outside, where they're suddenly part of an elaborate choreography involving schoolgirls with umbrellas.

The end is a showstopper: what appears to be hundreds of people -- including OK Go, still on their cycles -- forming a human LED ticker. It's all shot from high above, flashing "lights" of red and green. 

OKGO2The song is from OK Go's new album, "Hungry Ghosts," which dropped mere hours after the band's Mr. Small's concert. Creative director is Morihiro Harano, although given their past inventions, one can imagine Kulash, Tim Nordwind, Dan Konopka and Andy Ross must have spent some happy hours storyboarding the whole thing out on the floor with Legos.

Left: Damian Kulash amid streaming confetti at Mr. Smalls in Millvale.

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Paul McGann, the 8th Doctor Who, and TARDIS touch down to charm fans at Pittsburgh Comicon

Written by Sharon Eberson on .

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It was a Whovian day on Saturday, and not just because it was episode day on BBC America. At the Pittsburgh Comicon, the longest lines and most jubilant fans were for Doctor No. 8, Paul McGann, the movie doctor who has extended his run with continuing adventures on audio.

Cosplayers dressed as various versions of the Doctor (many believe fezzes are cool), young women in dresses and skirts with graphic TARDIS prints and fans of all sorts waited at Monroeville Convention Center to pay for an autograph or take pictures with TV Time Lord McGann and his TARDIS -- there was a smaller version of the time-traveling police box for the youngest fans, too.

McGann returned the adoration in kind, accommodating requests from hugs to poses with sonic screwdrivers representing the 13 Doctors -- although McGann kept his own nearby.

2014PaulMcGannPCI think of him as the bridge Doctor Who. The 1996 TV movie failed to catch on at the time, but it was the first "Doctor Who" sighting since the series had ended in the late '80s. And the Eighth Doctor didn't disappear just because he wasn't on our TV screens; audio plays fromBig Finish Productions and the Doctor Who Magazine comic strip helped keep Who-ville going until the writer-show runner Russell T Davies teamed with Christopher Eccleston to bring back the series in 2005.

Among his TV appearances as the Doctor since that 1996 movie, McGann's image appeared in episodes showing each incarnation of the Doctor and he reprised the role for the mini-episode "The Night of the Doctor" as a prelude to the show's 50th anniversary special.

Mr. McGann has stayed busy on BBC TV, including his role as Mark Roth on "Luther," and on stage and radio, but folks packed into the SRO room for his Saturday panel at Pittsburgh Comicon were there for talk of audio plays like "Blood of the Daleks" (which sold out at he "DW" booth minutes after the panel was over) and the 21st-century series.

2014GigiPC0927Stopped by to say hello to "Farscape's" Chiana, Gigi Edgley.The actor, who said he has been falling in love with America during his convention travels, was totally charming and convincingly charmed, even when a cheeky audience member asked if he would give her his everpresent sonic screwdriver. He asked if she would be there through the end of the weekend, and when she said she would not, he declined. "I need it this weekend," he said. "How else will I unlock every door in the universe?"

He did say yes to several other requests, including panel-ending video getting in on the act of audience members marching in place to "(I'm Gonna Be) 500 Miles," getting into the act started by David Tennant.

McGann revealed the joys of working in radio at a studio owned by a Cordon Bleu chef, his love for the book "The Great Gatsby" ("the greatest American novel") and when my companion for the day, 10-year-old "Doctor Who" fan extraordinaire Sawyer Mervis (pictured below), asked him if he had the chance, would he play the Doctor in a longer run, he said, "Absolutely. I would drop everything and do it in a heartbeat."

It hit him that Americans were catching up with UK fans in their love for the series last year, he said. at a convention for excited Chicago fans during last year's 50th anniversary celebration of the show. That's when he realized "the kids were listening to the audiotapes." The Big Finish series also ran on BBC7 Radio in short form back home, furthering his run as the Time Lord.

2014SawyerDoctorPC0927In England, many actors fill the gaps between stage and screen roles with radio roles. "It's a shame you don't do that here anymore, because Americans invented the radio drama."

During the Q&A, it was brought up that he hated the wig he wore as the Eight Doctor, and he was asked if he had any input into his costume. He did not, although he suggested that the Doctor be brought up to date with a fashionably shorter haircut and a leather jacket. That drew a laugh from the knowledgable crowd -- Ninth Doctor Eccleston arrive in 2005 with short hair and a leather jacket.

He's a fan of the current Doctor, Peter Capaldi, and he got to meet his acting idol and fellow Doctor, John Hurt, just weeks ago at a convention. Hurt and current show runner Steven Moffat were surprise guests, and they sat on a panel with him. As actors, he and Hurt could never reveal any details, so they got to sit back and let Moffat field questions.

"I don't like spoilers. They ruin it for everyone," he said, noting that a leak of five scripts from the current season had left everyone in the Who-verse wary.

It was the only time McGann did not seem to be forthcoming. He even got into the act of a Doctor reading speeches by another Doctor. Usually it's Matt Smith's Stonehenge speech but this time the fan asked McGann to read the speech from "The Rings of Arkhaten."'

It was a cold reading, McGann admitted, but he obliged, and it was radio ready.

Doctors who leave their fans smiling are cool.

Pittsburgh Comicon is at the Monroeville Convention Center through 5 p.m. Sept. 28.

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