'Happy Valley' movie could arrive in theaters in November

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“Happy Valley,” a 100-minute documentary by director Amir Bar-Lev (“The Tillman Story,” “My Kid Could Paint That”), has been acquired by Music Box Films, which means it likely will land in a Pittsburgh theater at some point.

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As we wrote earlier in the year, when “Happy Valley” screened at the Sundance Film Festival, it was filmed after Jerry Sandusky’s arrest rocked the Penn State campus. The festival guide said the filmmaker “creates a parable of guilt, redemption and identity crisis for a small town caught in the glare of the national spotlight.”

In his January festival review in Variety, Justin Chang wrote that Joe Paterno’s sons Scott and Jay "offer honest, heartfelt assessments of their father’s tarnished career; their widowed mother, Sue, clearly crushed, is treated no less sympathetically. Yet there’s no mistaking the family’s sense of misplaced victimhood when they hire an independent investigator to effectively diminish Paterno’s culpability in the matter.”  

Variety called Matt Sandusky’s “soul-baring interview” the core of the picture.

It’s too early to know where and when “Happy Valley” will play in Pittsburgh but it could be in November. 

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Martin: Harrington 'makes it easy to play with' 10-04-14

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As a result of the departure of Brooks Orpik as a free agent and injuries to Robert Bortuzzo (undisclosed) Olli Maatta (shoulder), Paul Martin (right) worked with a new defensive partner throughout most of the preseason in the form of Scott Harrington.

Nothing is certain but with Bortuzzo expected to be sidelined for several weeks and Maatta's status very uncertain, it appears Harrington could open the season as Martin's partner when the Penguins host the Ducks Thursday.

Earlier today, Martin talked about playing with Harrington.

What has worked with you two as a defensive pairing in the preseason?

I think with [Harrington], he’s been in the system for a while. He’s one of our better prospects. I think he came into camp very sharp expecting to make the team like he should. He’s good in all areas. Really solid. Very consistent. He skates really well. He’s strong on the puck. I think the big thing for younger guys is the defensive zone. He’s very good at being in the right spot and communicating. He makes it easy to play with.

Does that stay-at-home portion of his game make it easier for you to take advantage of your skating and get more involved in the offense?

"Yeah, for sure. Maybe be a little bit more adventurous up the ice. I think the way that we play here under coach [Mike] Johnston will be different than it we have in the past. It think it gives both [defensemen] an opportunity to support the play. We’ve got to read off each other. I think if it was in a different philosophy that we had in the past, it would be similar to that where he’d be a stay-at-home guy and let me be free a bit. But I think he’s capable of getting up the ice a little bit."

Is he comparable to anyone you've played with before?

"I think he has a little more offensive upside than you would think as far as being able to jump into the play and make shots. But he’s a physical [defenseman] for his size. More of a stay-at-home guy but he can skate. I think with the way he’ll be relied on is he’ll be a shutdown guy or a guy who plays against top lines if he continues to improve. He’s similar to [former Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik] I think as far as being able to skate and move the puck and he can be physical if he wants."

What important as a veteran when you're playing with a rookie defensive partner?

"I think you just want to make sure you’re setting the right example. Communicate with him. Let him know they’re making the right plays. I think that’s the biggest thing, that reassurance that they’re doing the right thing so they know to continue to do it. Make sure you’re doing it. Other than that, the way we play our system is to make sure you’re executing it. And to have a little fun too. They’re very tense and nervous coming into camp trying to make the team. They forget they have to have play and have fun too. And you can’t be worried about making mistakes too and you’ve got to let those go. I think he’s done a great job so far."

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Empty Netter Assists - 10-04-14

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-Nick Spaling (above) could fill a variety of roles.


-Happy 42nd birthday to former Penguins forward Rusty Fitzgerald. A second-round pick in 1991, Fitzgerald spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1994-95, Fitzgerald appeared in four games and scored one goal. He played in five playoff games that spring and failed to record a point. His only other NHL season was 1995-96. He saw action in 21 games and scored three points. After missing all of 1996-97 and much of 1997-98 due to a knee injury, Fitzgerald joined the Quad City Mallards of the UHL in the 1998 offseason. In 25 regular season games with the Penguins, Fitzgerald scored four points.


-Happy 74th birthday to former Penguins forward Vic Hadfield (right). Acquired from the Rangers in the 1974 offseason in a deal with sent Nick Beverly to New York, Hadfield spent parts of three seasons in Pittsburgh. In 1974-75, Hadfield played in 78 games and was third on the team in goals (31) and fourth in points (78). In that spring's postseason, he saw action in nine games and contributed six goals. Hadfield appeared in 76 games in 1975-76 and scored 31 goals and 65 assists. In the 1976 postseason, he scored one goal in three games. Hadfield's final NHL season was 1976-77. He was limited to nine games and two assists. He retired in the 1977 offseason. In 163 regular season games with the Penguins, Hadfield, one of three former Penguins who captained the Rangers (Andy Bathgate and Jaromir Jagr are the others), scored 140 points, 61st-most in franchise history. In 12 postseason game, he scored seven points. He currently owns a golfing center which bears his name in Oakville, Ont.

-Happy 25th birthday to former Penguins forward Zach Boychuk. Claimed off waivers from the Hurricanes early in the 2012-13 season, Boychuk's Penguins' career amounted to seven games and no points that campaign. Midway through the season, he was claimed off waivers by the Predators. He is currently a member of the Charlotte Checkers, the Hurricanes' AHL affiliate.

-After the Jump: Dan Carcillo finds work while Ryan Whitney is out of a job.

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Friday night live blog - Brumbaugh gets two records in South Fayette win

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Live blog from the Steel Valley at South Fayette game. Look to the right of the blog for score updates and notes from other games. If you have a score, note or photo tweet with #wpial or send to @PGVarsityXtra.

Brett Brumbaugh celebrates after setting the WPIAL record for career passing yardage (photo by Post-Gazette's Matt Freed)

Brett Brumbaugh record

Nice to see after the game. Brett Brumbaugh go over to his brother, Christian, for congratulations. Christian at one time held WPIAL passing record. How is this for fate: Christian is a quarterback at William & Mary. This is the only game that he could see in the regular season because William & Mary is off this weekend. 

And Christian sees his brother break two WPIAL records.


Brett Brumbaugh finishes 15 of 26 for 304 yards and breaks WPIAL records for career yards and career TD passes. Brumbaugh now 540 of 820 for 8,728 yards. Has 103 career TD passes.

9:05 I'm sorry. I don't understand. South Fayette is ahead, 42-7, and Brett Brumbaugh and the first-team offense was just put back into the game. Why?

Mars clubbing Gateway.

Clairton clobbering Jeannette, 44-6. Will they get 70?

8:48 Someone in press box just said South Fayette should be playing in Triple-A. Why? They belong in Class AA. Enrollment says so. Why should they be in Class AAA? Because they're good. Just because you are good and have a good program doesn't mean you should play up.

People say the same thing about Clairton and I have never understood. Why should Clairton play in Class AA? Because they are good?

8:47 - Steel Valley has 42 players on its roster. But I count only 27 dressed. Wow.


And we have mercy rule here. Two TDs by South Fayette's Hunter Hayes. 1-yard run and 16-yard run.


Brett Brumbaugh 9 of 18 for 217 yards in first half. Steel Valley running back DeWayne Murray has been held to 32 yards on eight attempts.

7:59 Steel Valley drove to the 5, but turned the ball over on downs on fourth-and-3.


What would the chances be for a quarterback to break the WPIAL career passing yardage record and touchdown pass record -- on the same night?? And within minutes of each other.

Well, Brett Brumbaugh just threw a 51-yard touchdown pass to Roman Denson to give him a record 103 touchdown passes. He broke the passing yardage mark earlier. Both marks were held by former Sto-Rox QB Lenny Williams.

And in the coaches booth for Steel Valley - should I say "legendary" Mike Booth. Parade All-American linebacker at Brashear in late 1980s. First year defensive coordinator for Steel Valley after years at Gateway. With Booth is Mike Breaston (brother of Steve).

Mike Booth


Hunter Hayes scores on a 10-yard run. 8:06 in half.

7:37 Brumbaugh could have another record tonight, too. His two touchdown passes ties the record for a career with 102. 


Brett Brumbaugh broke the WPIAL passing yardage record, and what a way to do it. With a TD pass. 68 yards the play covered. Nick Ponikvar took a short pass over the middle and turned it into a TD. South Fayette had to wait to celebrate. Flag on play. But it was defensive holding.


7:29 Brandon Donovan misses 27 yd. FG for Steel Valley.


Brett Brumbaugh 5 of 13 for 71 yards. Needs 14 for record.

7:21 South Fayette turns ball over on downs. Steel Valley hanging in. Turnover for TD was vital. 

7:17 Brett Brumbaugh not real sharp in first quarter. Now 4 of 11. Maybe pressing a little for record?????


From his own end zone, Brett Brumbaugh hit, fumbles and Alex Mylsted picks it up and returns 3 yards for TD. Brandon Donovan PAT 


Brett Brumbaugh 5 yard TD pass to Roman Denson. Brumbaugh now 4 of 9 for 59 yards. 26 yards away from breaking record.

7:02 South Fayette turns the ball over on downs. Brumbaugh 1 for 4. 9 yards.

7:01 Brumbaugh 1 of 3 for 9 yards.

7:00 Game time. South Fayette gets ball first. 


Pitt is interested in this guy

This is Steel Valley running back DeWayne Murray. Steel Valley coach Rod Steele said Pitt seems very interested in Murray and is coming to the school Monday. Steele doesn't necessarily think the Panthers will offer a scholarship yet, but he believes they are very interested.

DeWayne Murray



























Look, mom I can stand on one leg

This is South Fayette quarterback Brett Brumbaugh in pregame warmups. He needs only 85 yards passing to break the WPIAL career passing record tonight.

Brett Brumbaugh Steel Valley

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Philadelphia Orchestra launches mobile app for concertgoers

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What do you think of this idea? 

An orchestra from across the state has launched a mobile app to provide real-time details, images, translations and more to concertgoers while they're listening to a live performance. The app is designed to provide details while mitigating distractions to other audience members. 

I think it's a cool idea — a modern update to the traditional program notes — and I'll be eager to hear what app users (and others around them) think of it. I love reading program notes, but I think they are probably most helpful for people who already have a working knowledge of the music, or at least, of music in general. With the music being described right in front of them as they're listening to it, app users will know exactly when that idee fixe is repeated, or that second theme comes in, or whatever. 

The idea of looking at a tiny screen in the middle of a large symphony, in the midst of a large concert venue, probably is cringe-inducing to some. It's an understandable concern. But I think, too, an intimidation about what to listen for can be overwhelming to latent audience members and even prevent them from coming to the concert hall. Keeping them engaged and educated with a mobile app might actually make an emotional connection where one might not exist otherwise. 

More from the Philadelphia Orchestra below: 

The Philadelphia Orchestra Launches LiveNote™, An Interactive Concert Guide for Mobile Devices

Application Enables Audiences to Access Information about the Music in Real Time

(Philadelphia, October 2, 2014)—The Philadelphia Orchestra this season launches LiveNote™, an application for mobile devices that allows audiences to access information about the works they are hearing, following the music with real-time musical, emotional, and historical highlights. LiveNote™ is one of many Orchestra initiatives to meet audiences at the different points where they experience music. The application will be available for use only on specially selected concerts over the course of the season, beginning with the Free College Concert, October 14 and subscription concerts October 16-18. The use of LiveNote will be optional for concertgoers.

"The Philadelphia Orchestra has a rich legacy of being at the forefront of technical innovation, and curating new ideas is part of the very fabric of our organization," said Philadelphia Orchestra President and CEO Allison Vulgamore. "LiveNote is the latest initiative to experiment with harnessing the power of technology in service to the power of music, and we look forward to working with our audiences as we test and evolve this long-nurtured application."

Said Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin "Today, we all are finding ways to merge technology with the things that we love in our lives, including listening to music. I welcome the opportunity to facilitate this in the concert hall in a thoughtful manner, providing listeners with the choice to use the LiveNote application, or not. It is yet another option for our audiences to appreciate and enjoy the music differently."

Developed in collaboration with Drexel University engineers, LiveNote works with Android and iOS phones. Its exclusive digital media content takes audience members beyond the music onstage by providing concert program notes, a musical glossary, and information about the Orchestra. LiveNote can also provide text and translations for vocal works. Slides automatically advance with the music on a mobile device's screen during a concert, providing key highlights, engaging details, and images relating to the composition.

A critical feature of LiveNote is that it has been developed to have minimal impact on concertgoers in the hall and thoroughly tested in rehearsals and postlude performances. The application is designed with white text on a black background specifically to minimize light and disruption. The content is custom designed for each piece to optimize the experience of hearing the work without distraction.

"To develop LiveNote we had to think deeply about how to enhance the audience experience without detracting from one's enjoyment of the music," said Youngmoo Kim, PhD, director of the Expressive and Creative Interaction Technologies (ExCITe) Center and an associate professor in Drexel's College of Engineering. "To accomplish this, we needed not only great technical expertise, but also a depth of knowledge and experience with music performance."

LiveNote makes its debut at the Orchestra's Free College Concert on October 14 during performances of Rimsky-Korsakov's Capriccio espagnol, Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, an excerpt from Daugherty's Reflections on the Mississippi for tuba and orchestra, Higdon's blue cathedral, and Strauss's Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks. LiveNote will also be available during concerts October 16-18, on two of the three pieces the Orchestra will perform: Dvořák's The Golden Spinning Wheel and Janáček's Glagolitic Mass.

Kim, who founded Drexel's ExCITe Center, has drawn on his background in both engineering and music to advance the LiveNote™ project. His team of Drexel undergraduate and graduate students worked closely with the Orchestra's information technology staff and cross-organizational team to develop an app that would present information in a manner that complements the performance. "We had an amazing multi-disciplinary team working together to create LiveNote, and we've been privileged to have the opportunity to collaborate with The Philadelphia Orchestra on such an innovative project."

The LiveNote content for October's concerts was developed by Benjamin K. Roe, the executive director of the Staunton, Va.-based Heifetz International Music Institute, which is dedicated to helping talented young musicians become well-rounded artists by improving their physical and verbal communication skills as well as their technical agility and musicianship, self-confidence, and leadership capacity both on- and offstage. Before joining the Heifetz Institute Roe was the managing producer for music and performance at WGBH in Boston. He also served as the general manager of WDAV 89.9 in Davidson, N.C., after a 20-year stint at NPR, where he served in a variety of positions.

LiveNote will be a companion to Playbill which will continue to be distributed at performances when LiveNote is available.

LiveNote is the latest in The Philadelphia Orchestra's imaginative and original approach to technology throughout its history. During the Orchestra's 2014 Tour of Asia & China Residency the ensemble's May 25 concert at the Shanghai Grand Theatre was the first symphonic webcast from China to an international audience by a Chinese company, and was viewed by nearly 250,000 people. The webcast was broadcast in partnership with Xinhui Media Group. In addition to being the first Orchestra to be recorded electrically, in 1925, it was the first to perform its own commercially sponsored radio broadcast (in 1929, on NBC), the first to perform on the soundtrack of a feature film (Paramount's The Big Broadcast of 1937), the first to appear on a national television broadcast (in 1948, on CBS), and the first major orchestra to give a live cybercast of a concert on the internet (in 1997). The Orchestra also became the first major orchestra to multi-cast a concert to large-screen venues through the Internet2 network.

LiveNote is available now and can be downloaded from the Apple Store at and from Google Play at For more information about LiveNote visit .

LiveNote™ was funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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