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'Gravity' holds firm to No. 1 spot

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

 

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Riding a wave of good word of mouth and reviews, “Gravity” starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney soared past “Captain Phillips” in its second week of release. 
 
It grossed an estimated $44,265,000, bringing its total so far to $123,399,919, according to Rentrak. 
 
“Captain Phillips,” starring Tom Hanks in the true-life story of the pirate takeover of the Maersk Alabama, grossed roughly $26 million. 
 
Here are the weekend estimates (updated at noon): 
 
1. “Gravity” — $44,265,000, for $123,399,919 since Oct. 3.
2. “Captain Phillips” — $26,000,000.
3. “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2” — $14,200,000, for $78,036,677 since release. 
4. “Machete Kills” —  $3,797,000.
5. “Runner Runner” — $3,725,000, for $14,113,958 so far. 
6. “Prisoners” — $3,665,000, for a gross of $53,619,879. 
7. “Insidious Chapter 2” — $2,650,000 or $78,447,017 to date. 
8. “Rush” — $2,364,300, or $22,201,569 since release. 
9. “Don Jon” — $2,340,000, or $20,141,150 so far. 
10. “Baggage Claim” — $2,075,000, or $18,272,478. 
 
 
 
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Taylor Swift talks dating, love and (not) tripping

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

 

In the November issue of InStyle, Taylor Swift opens up about mean girls, bad boys, and knowing when to walk away. Here are excerpts, courtesy of the magazine:

On her insecurities:

InStyle November 2013 CoverEvery single part of me has been dissected at some point or another by a blog writer or a 14-year-old girl on a comments page who says something really terrible. Or someone in middle school who points out [fakes a mean girl voice], “You have little eyes.”

On whether she’s ever been in love:

“I think that you can love people without it being the great love. Ed [Sheeran] said something that really resonated with me. He says there are different kinds of love: There’s physical attraction, mental attraction, and emotional attraction; there’s also comfort and obsession. You need to have all of those things in one person. You have to mentally respect them, be physically attracted, and have a comfort level. You’re obsessed with them, yet you also know they’re going to stay. I’ve never had that in one person.”

On what she looks for in a man:

“My friends tease me about the fact that if someone seems bad or shady or like they have a secret, I find them incredibly interesting. That’s just a phase I’ve been in lately. I don’t think this should be how I proceed in life. It’s important to be self-aware about these things because you don’t want to end up with that guy.”

On jealousy:

“I feel jealousy, but I’ve been trying to channel it into mutual admiration and inspiration,” says Swift. “If someone has a really great boyfriend or career, I think, it’s cool that happens. Now I have proof it can happen. Maybe that’s out there for me someday. “

On love:

“Early on, my ideas about love came from a daydreamy prince-and-princess place. But when I actually experienced it, I realized it wasn’t those things. It can be- but not always.”

On the difference between performing in a concert versus on an awards show:

“If you slip and fall at your concert, fans are going to laugh with you. They’ll put it on YouTube – but it’s going to be like a joke we’re all in on. They aren’t hoping I’ll fall. But at an awards show you know there are at least a few people thinking, Trip, trip, trip!”

The November issue of InStyle hits newsstands on Friday, October 18. Swift was photographed for InStyle by Giampaolo Sgura. Her cover outfit includes Burberry Prorsum sweater and skirt and H. Stern bracelet.

 

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Avett Brothers coming to Petersen in March

Written by Scott Mervis on .

 

avetts13The Avett Brothers will perform at the Petersen Events Center in Oakland on March 1 with guests Old Crow Medicine Show.
 
Tickets range from $38.50 to $54.50 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Oct. 18 at all Ticketmaster locations, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
 
Email list pre-sale tickets on sale Oct. 15 at noon here .
 
 
The North Carolina band, mixing rock, folk and bluegrass, has been a favorite in Pittsburgh, last seen here playing a sold-out show at Stage AE in May 2012.
 
The Avetts, fronted by brothers Scott and Seth Avett, are set to release their latest record, Magpie and the Dandelion, on October 15.

 

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Cleveland landmark Peabody's says goodbye

Written by Scott Mervis on .

PeabodysCleveland is about to suffer another loss -- this time a rock 'n' roll landmark.

Peabody's -- their version of the Decade or the Banana -- is counting down to the end of its run down in the Flats. 

Peabody's was originally the Pirate's Cove, home to bands like the Dead Boys, Devo and Pere Ubu. It became Peabody's Down Under in 1984 and would host the likes of Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jane's Addiction. It relocated to East 21st in 2001.

Cleveland State University is about to raze the site to build a health center.

Peabody's has a few shows remaining, including Lestat (Saturday), Between the Buried and Me (Oct 20), KMFDM (Oct. 27) and Dying Fetus (Oct 29).

Chris Zitterbart, who's owned the club for eight years, plans to take some of his shows to the Cleveland Agora.

"I really love that space, with the ballroom and the theater having capacities of 500-600 and 1850, respectively," he told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "Parking is a lot better at the Agora – and I'm still deciding to bring Peabody's back or not at a new location."

 

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PSO to offer free tix to federal employees

Written by Elizabeth Bloom on .

In light of the government shutdown, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is offering free concert tickets this month to furloughed federal employees. More below, from the PSO:

 

PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA OFFERS FEDERAL EMPLOYEES FREE TICKETS TO AN OCTOBER PERFORMANCE

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is offering furloughed federal employees two free tickets to any October BNY Mellon Grand Classics or PNC Pops performances.

"It is important to us at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra that music be accessible to everyone," said Michael Sexauer, vice president for marketing and sales. "We are happy to provide this opportunity to federal employees during this difficult time."

Performances in October include BNY Mellon Grand Classics "Adagio for Strings" by Samuel Barber with Russian pianist Yulianna Avdeeva performing Mozart's piano concerto No. 21 on Oct. 11-13; PNC Pops "Broadway and Beyond" with Brian Stokes Mitchell on Oct. 17-20; and two BNY Mellon Grand Classics performances featuring Mendelssohn's "The Hebrides Overture" and concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley playing Bruch's "Scottish Fantasy" on Oct. 25 and 27. For more information about these and other upcoming performances, visit www.pittsburghsymphony.org.

Federal employees may stop by the Heinz Hall box office with their federal identification during business hours (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturday, noon-4 p.m.) or up to one hour before show time and request two free tickets to the performance of his or her choice.

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