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"Her" gets DVD date -- finally

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

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“Her” will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and digital HD on May 13. It was the last of the nine best picture Oscar nominees to get a date.

Spike Jonze won the Academy Award for original screenplay for a love story set in the Los Angeles of the near future. Joaquin Phoenix portrays a soulful, heartbroken man who falls for the voice of a new advanced operating system. Scarlett Johansson invests "Samantha" with humor, intelligence and insight, turning her into a true character.

The movie also was nominated for best picture, original score, song and production design.

Blu-ray combo pack will have a suggested retail price of $35.99. That includes the film on Blu-ray, a DVD and digital version.

Photo by Aaron Poole, A.M.P.A.S. shows Spike Jonze posing with his Oscar for the press.

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Gary Numan: Electrifying at Altar Bar

Written by Scott Mervis on .

 

garynumanGary Numan fans from way back likely never expected to see him from a spitting distance.

The closeness was just one of the strange things about his Altar Bar show, as the British New Wave pioneer always seemed like an artist to be appreciated from afar.

This was a “space oddity,” if you will, to go with the fact that Numan hasn’t remained stuck in 1980. He’s also inched into the ’90s with a grinding industrial sound that he’s snatched back, in a way, from Trent Reznor.

His Altar Bar set was heavy on the latter, reflecting the dark shadows of his last few albums, including last fall’s “Splinter (Songs from a Broken Mind).” Banish the thought of this being a Nine Inch Nails knockoff, as Numan not only has the vision and melodic sense to take on Reznor, he has better pipes.

While Numan’s Tubeway Army was a keyboard outfit, this band had jagged noise guitarist Steve Harris prominently at his side, with Numan (in a wig, presumably, that made him look like Billie Joe Armstrong) also strapping on a guitar at points. Far from robotic, he flashed punk intensity, whipping himself around the stage, while other times dancing rapturously with his arms over his head.

They played eight of the 12 songs from the new album — from the driving “I Am Dust” and “Love Hurt Bleed” to the dirge-like “Lost.” “Splinter” and “Everything Comes Down This” were the perfect intersection of his styles, with the undercurrent of noise meeting spacey keyboards and soaring choruses.

numan2If you came for vintage Numan, this was a lot of sledgehammer, interrupted by a smattering of old songs that rained down like comfort music by comparison. A sheer moment of bliss was the “Replicas” sci-fi classic “Down in the Park” with its pretty piano line and orchestral synths threatening to bury his nasal robot vocal.

The synth-funk of “Cars,” his signature song, felt like a outdated model in the middle of the set, but there’s no getting around playing it.

More cosmic was “Are ‘Friends’ Electric?,” one of three encores, played with fury and fists flying in the air.

Gary Numan sightings have been rare in Pittsburgh, making this one, in a converted church, all the more magical. It’s good to see the robot so ... lifelike.

 

Set List

 

Resurrection 
I Am Dust 
Metal 
Everything Comes Down to This 
Films 
Here in the Black 
The Fall 
The Calling 
Down in the Park 
Lost 
Cars 
Pure 
Splinter 
We're the Unforgiven 
Love Hurt Bleed 
A Prayer for the Unborn 

 

Encore:
I Die: You Die 
Are 'Friends' Electric? 
My Last Day

 

 

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Empty Netter Assists - 03-21-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

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-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "We had a five-minute power play late in the game and no matter what the game looks like, you have to find a way to [score then]." - Sidney Crosby.

-The Detroit News' recap. "Finally some karma came to us. It feels good to get those bounces.” - Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar.

-The Detroit Free Press' recap. “We knew going in we were going to be under siege at times. Our guys battled real hard.” - Red Wings coach Mike Babcock.

-MLive.com's recap. “I don’t know if I want to call it gutsy, but I thought we showed a lot of character." - Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall.

-The Associated Press' recap. "That was the one area of the game that it got away from us." - Evgeni Malkin on the Penguins' power play.

-Highlights:

-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-Detroit's David Legwand butt-ended Malkin in the third period:

-The league does not have a disciplinary hearing scheduled for Legwand.

-Malkin was in bad shape after the hit:

-Happy times for Jussi Jokinen, Malkin and James Neal:

-Matt Niskanen had to fend off Tatar:

-Tatar was pumped:

-Dan Byslma speaks:

-Sidney Crosby has Bylsma's endorsement for the Hart Trophy.

-Nebraska-Omaha forward Josh Archibald, a Penguins prospect, was named the National Collegiate Hockey Conference's player of the year. Archibald was also named one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award.

-After the Jump: Rick Nash returns to Columbus.

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Yinzerpedia: Park'n Eat, Mount Washington and virtual library cards

Written by Ethan Magoc on .

Welcome to the second edition of Yinzerpedia, a new rubric where we present a roundup of issues Pittsburghers care about each week.

So, let's take a look. What was Pittsburgh curious about this week?

Plenty: from car insurance to Westmoreland County schools and much more.

The insightful answers — those that aren’t complete snark — serve as a helpful guide to 21st-century Pittsburgh, and we feature some of each week’s more helpful and interesting exchanges here. Please do join the ongoing discussion in our comments below.

And yes, we affectionately call this feature “Yinzerpedia,” since it takes the principle of the crowdsourcing site Wikipedia, but the "crowd" for our purposes is all of yinz.

Question: Why should I move to Pittsburgh? (March 14)

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(Darrell Sapp/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

First, since the questioner lives in Buffalo, Pittsburgh has the advantage of being outside the heart of the snow belt.

But beyond the additional 50 inches of snow, Buffalo is less enticing for a number of reasons, many of which were listed in that Reddit thread.

In August, we addressed the issue of Pittsburgh's reluctant Rust Belt city awesomeness, and it's worth revisiting.

Oh, did we mention this skyline?

Question: Where do I get fresh coffee beans in Pittsburgh? (March 16)

Plenty of Redditor answers, and here they all are on a map.

What's your favorite place to get fresh coffee beans?

Question: Why is it called Eat’n Park? (March 17)

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After the news this week of a "new" Eat'n Park on Banksville Road, the question, "Why is it called Eat’n Park?" came up in the Post-Gazette's morning editorial meeting.

It's apparently not a new question.

As Mike Mackin of Heinz History Center wrote for the PG in 2010, Isaly's restaurant executive Larry Hatch created the franchise in 1949, taking advantage of the post-war automobile boom. "Mr. Hatch knew the Pittsburgh area needed a restaurant to capture the spirit of the times," Mackin wrote, "and took the innovative approach of reversing the then-popular restaurant phrase 'Park & Eat' — the catchy Eat'n Park name worked."

It might have worked, and the chain is now one of the region's most popular, but its name is still in the befuddling category of "parking on the driveway, driving on the parkway."

Question: What is Mount Washington REALLY like? (March 17)

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(Michael Henninger/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

The thread is worth your a read and is elucidating: about the neighborhood, which areas are better than others and more. The responses are also a reminder that a neighborhood is always more complex than its view of the city, no matter how magnificent.

Really, there are 2 Mt. Washingtons. Mount Washington on Grandview is a tourist area with fancy restaurants along a grand promenade lined with expensive condominiums. The rest of Mt. Washington, once you are a hundred yards from the edge of the hill is a rather ordinary working class "yinzer" neighborhood, some parts a bit more gritty than others. It's certainly accessible enough to town, or down the back way to the Parkway and the airport.

Question: Will you eventually be able to get a CLP library card without going in person? (March 19)

 Carrick branch of Carnegie Library photo by Robin Rombach Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 Carrick branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. (Robin Rombach/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Any Reddit Ask Me Anything that features the word "Boopsie" as part of an answer is OK by us.

And the rest of the Q&A is excellent, too, especially if you're interested in the future of your local library.

So, "Will you eventually be able to get a CLP library card without going in person?"

For now, it seems like the answer is a "no."

"Our big issue is address verification," writes Toby Greenwalt, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's new Director of Digital Strategy and Technology Integration. "Due to our bylaws, we have to confirm that the user is actually a resident of the area to give them a free card. Commercial services have it easy, in that there's an easy way to verify through a credit card number. It's a tougher nut to crack when you're not actually selling a product."

Previous Yinzerpedias:

Swimming holes, recycling schedule and Pittsburgh (March 14)

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Fascinating new varieties for spring planting

Written by Doug Oster on .

blog hip hop2'Hip Hop' violas are one of the new introductions this year. Violas love cold weather and can be planted soon.

I can't wait to get started in the garden. Every season breeders come up with some new varieties for us to plant.

Here's a segment from Pittsburgh Today Live which goes over just a few of the new introduction. They all came from Chapon's Greenhouse in Baldwin. Every garden center and nursery will have something new to try. Spend a Sunday with gardening friends exploring a place you don't usually go. It's a fun way to discover interesting plants.

 

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