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Texas ID Law

Written by Rob Rogers on .

An appeals court has reinstated the controversial Texas voter ID law that was banned in district court a few days earlier. Now voters in Texas will be subject to Jim Crow-era tactics that are intended to prevent non-existent voter fraud.

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Dawn Keezer on 2014-15 TV/movie production in Pittsburgh

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

 

With Vin Diesel still in town for “The Last Witch Hunter” and Will Smith preparing to shoot his movie, it seemed a perfect time for Dawn Keezer to give an update on production in Pittsburgh. 
 
The director of the Pittsburgh Film Office stopped by the Post-Gazette today, at our invitation, to talk about 2014, what 2015 could bring and the always important incentive for production to come to Pennsylvania. 
 
 

 

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Post Route Podcast: Episode Five

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POST ROUTE PODCAST: WEEK FIVE

Hello and welcome back for another week of the Post Route Podcast, hosted by Post-Gazette college writers Sam Werner (Pitt) and Stephen J. Nesbitt (WVU).

In episode five, we prep for Pitt's big Thursday night matchup against ACC Coastal foe Virginia Tech and look back at West Virginia's last-second win at Texas Tech, a game saved by the right foot of kicker Josh Lambert.

On a time crunch? Here are some helpful time stamps:

1:01-10:11: How much of a must-win is this Pitt-Virginia Tech tilt at Heinz Field? The ACC Coastal is wide open, and it's games like this will decide who loses to Florida State in the ACC title game. With two decent losses under their belts, are the Hokies better than their record? What can Pitt do to fix its quarterback and its eighth-worst passing attack? Will James Conner actually get some snaps at defensive end, or is that a bye-week bluff?

10:12-20:57: Taking the winding country roads down to Morgantown, W.Va., where West Virginia will host No. 4 Baylor Saturday, the Mountaineers third top-four opponent in the past seven weeks. Is this the kind of game Lambert can save again? Definitely not. Is it going to be the Big 12 shootout to end all Big 12 shootouts? It just may be. Can Clint Trickett and Kevin White, college football's top pitcher-catcher battery, keep pace with Bryce Petty and Antwan Goodley and friends? Can the West Virginia defense make a key stop or two? 

20:58-31:09: It's not the wildest weekend of games, but there's plenty of hot, hot ranked Big 12 and SEC action. Which Big 12 teams can separate themselves from the pack? And can West Virginia join that top tier? And it all leads toward a No. 5 Notre Dame vs. No. 2 Florida State showdown in Tallahassee, Fla., Saturday night — two top-five teams with plenty on the line. Come back and hear about it all on the Post Route Podcast next week.

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Neil Patrick Harris to host Oscars

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Neil Patrick Harris will host the Oscars on Feb. 22.  
 
He is no stranger to hosting big splashy awards shows, having handled the task for the Tony Awards and the Emmys although never the Grammys. He announced the news via a sly video:
 
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences just confirmed the news which comes as NPH appears in the No. 1 movie of the past two weekends, “Gone Girl.” He plays an old boyfriend of Rosamund Pike’s character who is drawn back into her web when she goes missing. 
 
The 87th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, at 8:30 a.m. in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
 
The Oscars will be held on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood and Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network.  The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.
 
Here is the official press release from the Academy:

Award-winning star of stage and screen Neil Patrick Harris will host the 87th Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today.  This will be Harris’ first time hosting the ceremony.   The show will air live on ABC on Oscar Sunday, February 22, 2015.

 
“We are thrilled to have Neil host the Oscars,” said Zadan and Meron. “We have known him his entire adult life, and we have watched him explode as a great performer in feature films, television and stage.  To work with him on the Oscars is the perfect storm, all of his resources and talent coming together on a global stage.”
 
“It is truly an honor and a thrill to be asked to host this year’s Academy Awards.  I grew up watching the Oscars and was always in such awe of some of the greats who hosted the show,” said Harris. “To be asked to follow in the footsteps of Johnny Carson, Billy Crystal, Ellen DeGeneres, and everyone else who had the great fortune of hosting is a bucket list dream come true.” 
 
“We share Craig and Neil’s excitement in welcoming the incredibly talented Neil Patrick Harris,” said Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Academy President.  “He is the consummate entertainer.  Neil’s distinctive charm and showmanship make him the ideal host to honor the Oscar legacy and ensure we all enjoy another unforgettable celebration.”
 
“Neil is a terrific actor, singer, risk-taker and collaborator,” said Dawn Hudson, Academy CEO. “We can’t wait to see the show that he and Craig and Neil create together.” 
 
“Neil Patrick Harris is highly energetic and a definitive entertainer,” said Paul Lee. “We are thrilled to have him as our 2015 Oscar host.”
 
A triple-threat performer, Harris has enjoyed a successful career in entertainment.  He can currently be seen starring opposite Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike in David Fincher’s critically-acclaimed feature film, “Gone Girl.”  
 
Harris garnered multiple Emmy and Golden Globe award nominations for his role as Barney Stinson on the hit television series, “How I Met Your Mother,” and he won an Emmy for his guest-starring role on “Glee” in 2010.  He also recently starred in the title role of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” on Broadway, earning the 2014 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical.  
 
Harris served as host of the 61st and 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, as well as the 63rd, 65th, 66th and 67th Tony Awards, for which he won four Emmys.  Most recently, Harris added the title of author to his list of accomplishments with the release of his autobiography from Crown Publishing, “Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography.”   
 
The last two Oscars telecasts, which were produced by Zadan and Meron, received a major spike in the ratings.  The 86th Oscars was TV’s most-watched entertainment event in 10 years and attracted the biggest viewership since 2000, with more than 45 million viewers. 
 
 The show resulted in dramatic gains in younger demos and social media conversation, with more than one billion impressions generated on Twitter and 25 million interactions happening on Facebook on Oscar Sunday.  Additionally, the star-studded “selfie” became the most retweeted photo of all time with 32.8 million views.
 

 

 

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Casey joins Men in Blazers to discuss FIFA scandal

 

Judging by his performance in the U.S. Senate staff softball league, Bob Casey isn’t the kind of guy you’d expected to be a panelist on any kind of sports program.

Nonetheless, he is a featured guest on today’s NBC Sports’ Men in Blazers podcast, where he discusses his push for FIFA to release an internal ethics investigation into the...

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