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"The Voice" semifinalist Josh Gallagher had the look, way back when

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Fans of Josh Gallagher on "The Voice" have come to expect a certain sartorial image each Monday.

For starters, there's the black baseball cap (which now has its own Twitter account, btw). He sang one week without it, but come on, the hat is part of the image. Cresson, Pennsylvania's Gallagher might be country, but he isn't cowboy hat.

Then there is the vest, the button down shirt. His mother, Cathy Gallagher, recalled that when her son was 10, the kids in a local youth program put on a show for the parents.

"He wore a little vest and a button-down shirt... just like the one he wears now," she said. "He sang the Justin Timberlake part in 'Bye Bye Bye.'"

There's more to Gallagher's image than meets the eye, however. His father, Dan Gallagher, only half-joked that father, son and mother are all a bit superstitious. That's one of the reason Dad hasn't attended any of the live shows; if Josh is doing fine with his being back in Western Pennsylvania, let's not jinx it.

Before attending each show, Mrs. Gallagher said she slips a little bag of Fritos into her purse as a good-luck charm. And the young nephews of Josh's newlywed wife, Lindsey, gave him their own present.

"They took a pair of black crew socks, and wrote 'Lucky' on one and 'Sock' on the other," Mrs. Gallagher said, laughing. "He's worn them on stage every week."

"The Voice" is averaging 12.2 million viewers for its Monday and Tuesday night shows on NBC. Eight singers remain; four advance to next week's finals.

Mr. Gallagher sang "Danny's Song" Monday night, and had fun with Joe Cocker's "Feelin' Alright' as a duet with Sundance Head.

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Photo gallery from Wizard World Pittsburgh with Jonathan Frakes, Charlie Cox and more

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The second Wizard World Comic Con Pittsburgh saved it's big guns for the final day at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, where Charlie Cox and Elden Henson (below) of Netflix's "Daredevil" and Evan Peters of the "X-Men" films and FX's "American Horror Story" joined a lineup including "Star Trek" stars Jonathan Frakes (above with fans) and Nichelle Nichols.

Frakes. who you probably know as Will Riker of "Star Trek: The Next Generation," is from Bethlehem, PA -- Eagles country -- but he did point out he went to Penn State with Franco Harris. 

Here are some more sights from Sunday at Wizard World:

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'American Horror Story's' Evan Peters and 'Daredevil's' Charlie Cox and Elden Henson charm Pittsburgh at Wizard World Con

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Elden Henson and Charlie Cox of Netflix's "Daredevil" at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center for Wizard World Comic Con on Sunday.
 
Evan Peters knows from scary.
 
For him, it's space, the final frontier. This is probably why, when a fan at Pittsburgh's Wizard World Comic Con asked where he would set the next season of his FX series, "American Horror Story," Peters quickly answered "Outer space terrifies me... All that closed space, stranded... and it's cold out there."
 
Also, in space, no one can hear you scream. Wait, that was a tagline for the film "Alien." Make no mistake -- if "AHS" creator Ryan Murphy sent his series regulars into space, there would indeed be screaming. A lot of screaming.
 
But here were mostly coos and declarations of love for Peters Sunday afternoon at David L. Lawrence Convention Center Q&A. He and the guys from Netfix's "Daredevil" were headliners, and the mood was light; no one seemed to take themselves too seriously. Although he blushed a bit when someone mentioned watching him as a tween actor on Disney's "Phil of the Future," and the 2004 film, "Sleepover." 
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Evan Peters, right, answers fan questions at a Wizard World panel in Pittsburgh.
 
To be fair, that last feature also had Academy Award-winner Brie Larson in the cast.
 
Peters' session was followed by deep-dive comics discussion between "Daredevil" lead Charlie Cox, his TV sidekick Elden Henson and a couple of guys in the audience. The two actors clearly enjoy an easy-going relationship -- dare we say "bromance"? -- and as late bonded as dads to a newborn and toddler.
 
Noting he has much common with attorney Matt Murdock, his "DD" alter ego who fights crime by night and deals with sleeplessness by day, Cox said "Up all night, fighting diapers."
 
Henson said their relationship has been great from the start, beginning with Henson's first day of shooting. He did a scene where he was supposed to be talking to Cox on the phone and although Cox was off that day, the British actor made a point of coming in to read the lines.
 
Cox laughed and said when he asked Henson to reciprocate, Henson responded "Nah, Dude, I've got stuff to do."
 
There were serious points to be made as well. The Murdock character is blind, and Cox was asked if perhaps TV shows should be casting actors with matching conditions, such as ABC's "Speechless." Actor Micah Fowler, who has cerebral palsy, plays a character with the disability.
 
Cox replied that in certain cases, as in "Daredevil," which is heavy on stunts, that might not be practical. But he said he hoped networks would "prioritize" when casting, and that strides were being taken in the matter of diversity casting.
 
Wizard World Con, incidentally, provided staff to translate Q&A sessions into American Sign Language.
 
Superhero stories lend themselves to the Netflix model, Cox said. "You can tell a story over 13 hours or 16 hours or 20 hours. When you have a superhero movie like 'Spider-Man,' my favorite part is the 20 minutes where he is figuring out what he can do [with his new powers].
"The little boy in me loved that. And I got to spend 13 hours doing that."
 
Both "Daredevil" actors said they've had enough career ups and downs to appreciate the security of working on a series. Henson, who was in Berlin, Germany, finishing up a "The Hunger Games" franchise film, said he gave producers such as Jeph Loeb (executive producer for not just "Daredevil" but a cornucopia of Marvel property television) a terrible Skype audition.
 
Talking via cell phone, he was interrupted by calls and grew increasingly agitated: "But the more frustrated I got, the thought was 'Yeah, he IS Foggy."
 
For Cox, "Daredevil" was the chance to put that drama school fight training to use. "I spent the first 10 years of my career, running into rooms in garters and saying 'My liege,'" he said smiling. Last summer, Cox did an off-Broadway play in New York City.
 
He's gotten so into the stunt work, Cox said he persuaded producers to allow him to do some of his own ("I like to do as much as they'll let me.")
 
To which Henson rolled his eyes and said "And I'm always pushing: 'Can Foggy sit down during this scene?' "
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"The Walking Dead" has fans talking 'Dead

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So, two for the price of one.
 
Spoiler alert for fans who have yet to see last night's Season 7 premiere of AMC's "The Walking Dead": it was Glenn, after all.
 
But first, it was Abraham, as charming monster Negan swung for the fences, thus ending a months-long cliffhanger.
 
It wasn't pretty. Incidentally, fans can pay their respects in person to the actor playing Abraham, Michael Cudlitz, when he visits Pittsburgh's Steel City Con in December.
 
Internet reaction to the killings Sunday night/Monday morning was heavy on the "I'm-never-watching-again" for a number of reasons. First, the incredible amount of gore on a 9 p.m. basic cable program.
 
Two weeks ago, FX's "American Horror Story" (a program that delights in over-the-top ickiness) showed Denis O'Hare's character having his head smashed to a pulp. 
 
Gross, yes. But the theme of AHS this season has been showing scary stuff in the context of a cheesy reality program. His was the rather dispassionate killing of someone viewers didn't really know or care about.
 
The character of Negan, however, that's a horse of a different blood-red color. And the potential victims were (mostly) people fans have grown to know and love over the years.
 
We all know that in Robert Kirkman's graphic novels, fan favorite Glenn (Steven Yeun) is chosen by Negan to be clubbed to death with a barbed-wire-covered baseball bat. 
 
But the showrunners -- including Pittsburgh native Greg Nicotero, who directed the episode -- already have veered from the printed page in various ways.
 
When Abraham turned out to be Negan's initial victim, Twitter reaction at #TheWalkingDead was mainly "R.I.P., soldier, at least it wasn't Glenn."
 
Not so fast...
 
Rick (Andrew Lincoln) had to go through a somewhat pointless RV ritual with Negan. This generated fake-out speculation that even MORE of our hardy band of survivors were clubbed. But there was little doubt that what happened to Glenn, our beloved pizza delivery boy, was no imagined flashback.
 
His final words to Maggie ("I will find you") were the true emotional core of the episode. That Hallmark Channel dinner at the end of the episode? The one that was supposed to lighten the traumatic load just dumped on fans? Uh, no. Please don't do that again.
 
It's Negan's world now, and everyone else just lives in it. If he's in a good mood.
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'Doctor Strange' shares new IMAX 3D footage in Pittsburgh and theaters across North America

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"Doctor Strange" hit theaters at 7 tonight -- for about 15 minutes.

Marvel Studios' sneak peak "Expand Your Mind: An IMAX 3D Exclusive First Look" showcased 15 minutes of exclusive "Doctor Strange" footage in more than 115 North American theaters, including the AMC Loews Waterfront (as seen in the screen above).

The Game Guy, Max Parker, and I joined a few dozen others excited to see the magic happen -- or to see Benedict Cumberbatch. At least one person there was wearing an "I AM SHER-LOCKED" T-shirt. I'm with her, but I like my Marvel comic-book movies, too.

In a statement, director Scott Derrickson says, "As a movie fan, I am thrilled to take audiences along on the visual journey of 'Doctor Strange' and give them an early peek at what we've been working on. The completed film will feature more than an hour of specially formatted IMAX sequences that will provide audiences with a totally immersive — and mind-blowing — filmgoing experience, and I'm excited to share a taste of that with our fans on 10/10."

After collecting our poster and 3D glasses, we sat down to see Cumberbatch -- as himself -- appear onscreen to introduce the footage. In his minute of air time, he perform a little magic trick: As he moved his hands apart, the screen expanded upward. "Cool," as he put it.

I admit trepidation -- I was wondering how I would buy the oh-so-British Cumberbatch as a wisecracking American named Steve (Dr. Stephen Strange). It was a little disconcerting to hear him rattling off pop culture names to ... Benedict Wong, who plays Wong. Honest. He's nothing like the Wong of the comic books, who is Strange's manservant. Here, he's seen as a tough librarian who will teach this Strange upstart a few lessons.

Oscar winner Chiwetel Ejiofor, who was a slave to Cumberbatch's plantation owner in "12 Years a Slave," here plays Baron Mondo, a villainous rival to Doctor Strange in the comic books but here, seen as a sidekick in a multiverse war against Mads Mikkelsen as Kaecilius.

In the 15 minutes, we see most of Doctor Strange's origin story. Arrogant surgeon with love interest Rachel McAdams who gets into a car accident that ruins his life -- until he goes to the mysterious enclave known as Kamar-Taj, where he becomes a student of the Tibetan sorcerer known as the Ancient One, played by a bald Tilda Swinton.

A major portion of the footage was reserved for special effects. Think of the mind-bending cityscapes of "Inception" and the psychedelic dreamscapes of the "The Fountain," all in kinetic flux, and you get the picture. It was eye-popping and certainly "cool," as Cumberbatch said, and certainly a lure for the full-length movie due to be released Nov. 4.

Before the screening, there was an announcement to check out the website http://marvelstudiosheroacts.com/#/, where a video of Cumberbatch, standing in the same brick-lined room where he shot the aforementioned intro, announces a global initiative to boost childhood education through the charity Save the Children.

Marvel Studios Hero Acts asks you to upload a photo of yourself in your favorite Marvel superhero pose on the website and share it on social media with the hashtags #marvelstudios #heroacts, and Marvel will donate $5 for each post, up to $1 million through the end of the year.

 

 

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