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Zachary Quinto, good Pittsburgh son

Written by Sharon Eberson on .

With "Star Trek: Beyond" set to release July 22, Zachary Quinto has been a man about town -- including his hometown, apparently. The Green Tree native accompanied his mom on a shopping trip and posted evidence on his Instagram account.QuintoInstagram

 A couple of weeks ago, he was seen challenging his "Star Trek" castmate Zoe Saldana (Spock vs. Uhuru) on the Spike network show "Lip Sync Battle" (see below). He'll also be seen in the upcoming "Snowden" as lawyer/journalist Glenn Greenwald. 

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Viola Davis says so long to Denzel Washington and Pittsburgh as 'Fences' ends filming here

Written by Sharon Eberson on .

The Paramount production of August Wilson's "Fences" wrapped filming in Pittsburgh yesterday, and actress Viola Davis said a Facebook farewell to her co-star and director Denzel Washington. No release date is set for the film.

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Stephen King's untold story

Written by Maria Sciullo on .

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Author Stephen King's appearance at the Sewickley Academy Rea Auditorium Wednesday night was an opportunity to tell some stories (funny and scary, some funny-scary). It was a fundraiser for Sewickley's Penguin Bookshop, part of his 12-city tour on behalf of independent stores.

King waxed nostalgic about his previous trips to Pittsburgh ("and I'm just so glad to be back"), which began with his collaboration with George Romero. Mr. King wrote the screenplay for the anthology film, "Creepshow," and Mr. Romero directed it onscreeen.

The latter even talked Mr. King into playing the part of a hick who makes an unfortunate, otherworldly discovery. In order to make a fake Steve head, special effects guru Tom Savini needed to make a plaster cast, and the process was as claustrophobia-inducing as one might imagine.

Still, when it came time for actor E.G. Marshall to have a similar cast done, King showed up to watch someone else suffer as he had. 

"I have never told this in public before," he said, laughing, "but I don't care; he's dead and I'm alive."

As the plaster set, he said, Marshall motioned for a pad and pencil he'd placed nearby before the procedure began. "He writes in capital letters BOURBON," King said. "They got an eye-dropper and Tom Savini himself got it to him."

 

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GRAMMYS "Grammycam" offers a new point of view

Written by Maria Sciullo on .

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Let's just hope none of the winners takes their GRAMMY award into the bathroom.

This year's GRAMMY event on CBS (Monday night) features a new twist on the notion that pointing a live video camera at something must always be a good thing. We'll see.

Because winners of the Recording Academy's biggest tribute don't take home the actual gramophone-shaped statuettes at the end of the night (the real, gold-plated zinc ones are engraved and sent to them later), CBS was allowed to embed disassembled GoPro cameras in the base of the stand-in awards.

According to Fast Company, the tiny, battery-powered cameras will provide streaming video that can be incorporated in the network's multiplatform GRAMMY Live coverage.

"Witness Greatness" is the theme of this year's awards broadcast. Hmmmm. Given the unpredictable combination of recording artists and live video, we have a feeling viewers will be witnessing a lot more than that.

 

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Hey Uncle Jesse! Netflix's "Fuller House" debuts February 26

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Return with us to 1987, when the "Full House" gang had super-big hair and the Olsen Twins were just a gleam in some VHS merchandisers' eye. ABC's "Full House" ran for eight seasons and was wildly popular not just with middle school girls but guys, too.

Netflix's "Fuller House" series debuts February 26, with all 13 episodes and a new set of newborn twins or might or might not someday create their own multimedia empire. 

While "Full House" began with the premise of a young widower (Bob Saget as Danny Tanner) raising his children with the help of friends and family. "Fuller House" takes a similar leap; press materials describe it this way, starring:

"Veterinarian D.J. Tanner-Fuller (Candace Cameron Bure) recently widowed and living in San Francisco. D.J.'s younger sister/aspiring musician Stephanie Tanner (Jodie Sweetin) and D.J.'s lifelong best friend/fellow single mother Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber), along with Kimmy's feisty teenage daughter Ramona (Soni Nicole Bringas), all move in to help take care of D.J.'s three boys -- the rebellious 12-year-old Jackson (Michael Champion), neurotic 7-year-old Max (Elias Harger) and her newborn baby, Tommy Jr. (Messitt Twins).

Guest appearances are promised from John Stamos, Saget, Dave Coulier, Lori Loughlin and Scott Weinger. Alas, no Mary-Kate and Ashley.

 

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