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There's no place like "Home" at the box office for families

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

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It was home, sweet “Home” this weekend at the box office. 
 
The animated comedy, about an alien race called the Boov and featuring the voices of Jim Parsons, Rihanna and Steve Martin, did better than anyone predicted and was No. 1 with an estimated $54 million. 
 
That was almost $20 million more than the R-rated “Get Hard” (which received largely harsh and negative reviews) starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart. 
 
Here are the early figures, courtesy of Rentrak: 
 
1. “Home” — $54,000,000.
2. “Get Hard” — $34,610,000.
3. “The Divergent Series: Insurgent” — $22,075,000, bringing its North American gross to $86,393,823 so far. 
4. “Cinderella” — $17,515,000, for $150,022,529 to date. 
5. “It Follows” — $4,021,000, or $4,755,463 since very limited release. 
6. “Kingsman: The Secret Service” — $3,050,000, or $119,423,759.
7. “Run All Night” — $2,205,000, for $23,822,518 so far. 
8. “Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” — $2,185,000, for $28,134,803. 
9. “Do You Believe?” — $2,150,000, or $7,051,559. 
10. “The Gunman” —$2,044,746, for $8,809,611.
 
This weekend, expect it to be all about “Furious 7” starring Vin Diesel and the late Paul Walker. 
 

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Empty Netter Assists - Recapping Penguins-Coyotes - 03-29-15

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

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-The Post-Gazette's recap from yesterday's game. Kris Letang was hospitalized after a hit by Coyotes captain/forward Shane Doan.

-The Arizona Republic's recap. "He's been unbelievable. Some of the saves he made tonight were outstanding." - Coyotes defenseman Michael Stone on Smith.

-The Associated Press' recap. "[Doan] is not like that. I don't think that was dirty. I think [Letang] fell the wrong way and the distance from the boards and everything. We talked about it and I said 'hey, it's kind of got to be done,' and he's not going to shy away from that." - Steve Downie on his fight with Doan after the hit on Letang.

-Highlights:

-Mike Lange's goal calls.

 

-Doan's hit on Letang:

 

-Letang was in bad shape after the hit:

-Downie versus Doan:

-A couple of good looks at the fight:

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-Everyone had issues here:

-Downie pounded the puck for his goal:

-A great look at Sidney Crosby's goal:

-Happy times for the Penguins:

-Evgeni Malkin looked to be in a daze on the bench:

-Thomas Greiss was all over this puck:

-Mike Johnston speaks:

-Crosby speaks:

-Downie speaks:

-Greiss speaks:

-"You never, ever want to see anybody like that, especially a guy of his caliber. Obviously, everything that he's went through in the last couple of years, you never want to see that. You feel awful as a player when something like that happens. It is what it is." - Doan on hitting Letang.

-“I think we played a really strong game on both ends, really well defensively. The whole night we had great chances, and finally in the last [period], we got a couple there.” - Greiss.

-Home ice advantage in the playoffs hasn't been very beneficial to the Penguins.

-Matt Murray made 17 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 4-1 road loss to the rival Lehigh Valley Phantom.

-Highlights:

-Murray lost in regulation for the first time since Jan. 31.

-Eric Hartzell made 29 saves for the Wheeling Nailers in a 5-2 home win against the Reading Royals.

-Highlights:

-Happy 64th birthday to former Penguins forward Hartland Monahan. Acquired early in the 1977-78 season in a trade which sent a draft pick to the North Stars, Monahan's Penguins career amounted to seven games and two goals that season. In November of that season, he was traded to the Kings along with Syl Apps, Jr. in exchange for Dave Schultz, Gene Carr and a draft pick.

-Happy 30th birthday to current Penguins forward Maxim Lapierre. Acquired in a mid-season trade which sent Marcel Goc to the Blues, Lapierre has played in 28 games for the Penguins and has two points.

-Happy 77th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Duane Rupp (right). Acquired midway through the 1968-69 season in a trade which sent  Leo Boivin to the North Stars, Rupp spent parts of five seasons in Pittsburgh. He finished 1968-69 by appearing in 30 games and recording 13 points for the Penguins. His first full season with the Penguins was 1969-70. He saw action in 64 games and scored 16 points and helped the franchise reach the postseason for the first time. He appeared in six playoff games that season and scored four points. In 1970-71, Rupp played in 59 games and scored 33 points. Rupp saw action in four postseason games that spring and failed to record a point. During 1971-72, Rupp was limited to 34 games and 22 points. He rebounded in 1972-73 by playing in 78 games and scoring 20 points. After spending all of 1973-74 with the Penguins' AHL affiliate in Hershey, Rupp signed with the Vancouver Blazers of the WHA. In 265 regular season games with the Penguins, Rupp, the first defenseman in franchise history to record a hat trick, scored 104 points, 82nd-most in franchise history. In 10 postseason games, he scored four points.

-Today would have been the 75th birthday of former Penguins defenseman Dunc McCallum. Acquired in a trade along with George Konik, Paul Andrea and Frank Francis for Larry Jeffrey, McCallum spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. During the club's inaugural season of 1967-68, McCallum appeared in 32 games and recorded two assists. He followed that up in 1968-69 with 62 games, 18 points and a team-leading 81 penalty minutes. During 1969-70, he was limited to 14 games and no points. He appeared in 10 postseason games that spring and recorded three points. McCallum's final season in Pittsburgh was 1970-71 and saw him play in 77 games while contributing a career-best 29 points. He was released in the 1971 offseason. In 185 regular season games with the Penguins, McCallum had 49 points. He died March 31,1983 at the age of 43.

-After the Jump: The Bruins give Henrik Lundqvist a rude return.

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Free cooking/gardening demo with Doug Sunday (and other free stuff too)

Written by Doug Oster on .

 blog Jess and Doug GWA PittsburghThe Organic Gardeners will be presenting a free cooking/gardening demonstration on Sunday.

I'll be joined by my radio partner Jessica Walliser on Sunday March 29th, 2015 at three Giant Eagle Market District stores.

We'll be talking gardening and cooking a special recipe from the onion family. Best of all you get to taste what we make.

We've also got lots of seeds and other gardening stuff to give a way.

We're at the Bethel Park Giant Eagle Market District at 9:30 a.m.

The new Waterworks store at 12 noon

Then we'll finish the day at the Pine store at 2:30 p.m.

Hope to see you there.

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Cockpit Door

Written by Rob Rogers on .

The apparent suicide crash by the co-pilot of the Germanwings flight has focused scrutiny on mental health and airlines. It has also raised questions about safety procedures involving the cockpit door. 

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Doan on Letang: 'You feel awful as a player when something like that happens' - 03-28-15

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

At 15:57 of the second period in the Penguins' 3-2 home win against Coyotes today, defenseman Kris Letang was injured when he was slammed into the end boards of his defensive zone by Coyotes left winger Shane Doan. After appearing to be dazed by the hit, Letang left the game and was hospitalized for evaluation. Penguins coach Mike Johnston said he will get an evaluation on Letang in the morning.

After the game, Doan spoke about the hit and the fight he had with Penguins right winger Steve Downie later in the period:

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What happened on the hit?

"That's awful. When it happened, I could tell the way he went into the boards, it was awkward. He's so good. We talked about it, we've got to make sure we don't let him jump by. I just went to make sure I got a piece of him so he couldn't jump by me. Obviously, he went into the boards awkward. We have to finish our checks on him. I didn't mean to him in that … I hit him just to stop him from jumping by. You never, ever want to see anybody like that, especially a guy of his caliber. Obviously, everything that he's went through in the last couple of years, you never want to see that. You feel awful as a player when something like that happens. It is what it is."

You probably expected someone to challenge you to a fight.


"Oh yeah. That's part of the game. Obviously, he's such a character guy on their team and such a part of their team. He scores a goal to make it 2-1 as well. That says a lot about him. That's the type of guy you want on your team that stands up for your teammates and goes to the wall for his teammates. You hope they do that for for him too. That's the way a team works. Obviously, it's a testament to his character. And yeah, you understand as a player, when that happens, there's going to be something that happens back. It was what it was."

You don't anticipate the NHL to consider supplemental discipline do you?

"No, I doubt that. No."

 

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