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Jeff Goldblum, man of many talents and lover of sandwiches, is having another moment

Written by Maria Sciullo on .

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It's probably inaccurate to say West Homestead native Jeff Goldblum is having a moment because the man always seems to be involved in the most interesting projects. But by Jeff Goldblum standards, this month has been particularly Goldblumian.

He plays a key part in Wes Anderson's marvelous tale of love and death, "The Grand Budapest Hotel." As solicitor for the estate of a wealthy, murdered octogenarian -- played with nervous panache by Tilda Swinton -- his Deputy Kovacs quickly discovers he's swimming in shark-infested waters.

20140324jeffleweekend300Goldblum is also in the coming-soon-to-Pittsburgh release of "Le Week-End," where he plays an old friend of star Jim Broadbent and whose actions lead to revelations.

Up next, "Mortdecai," a drama with Johnny Depp, Ewan McGregor and Gwyneth Paltrow.

And the guy is all over television, from recurring appearances on the "Portlandia" to playing a dad on both "Glee" and "The League."

Last week, Goldblum lent his signature quirky style to Portlandia as "The Pull-Out King." Stumbling through a cheesy TV ad and then selling a pull-out sofa to Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen's odd couple, Goldblum was, as usual, deftly walking the fine line between genius quirk and annoying quirk.

He also did an 'ask me anything' on reddit last week, where he disclosed he's never had a cavity in his life, as well as his love for sandwiches.

From the transcript:

"Oooooooooh. SANDWICH. OH MY GOSH.

Oh my gosh.

I love sandwiches.

When I was a kid, every day I had a bacon lettuce tomato sandwich. Then at some point I switched to tuna fish sandwiches. Then turkey and swiss with russian dressing. Now I try to stay in the healthier vein, but I love every moment of my sandwich life."

The ama was also instructional, as Goldblum was asked how to correctly pronounce his name:

"However you want would be fine. I myself say bloom to rhyme with zoom."

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Phipps Spring Flower Show rocks...literally

Written by Doug Oster on .

blog rainbow roomWelcome to the Rainbow Room in the East Conservatory. It think it's so cool that Phipps created these records for signage. Photos by Doug Oster

One of the joys of visiting the Spring Flower Show at Phipps is sitting on the bench inside the Palm Court as visitors enter. The sweet aroma of hyacinths and colorful blooms elicit wonderful reactions and certainly puts smiles on lots of faces. It's fun to listen to the reactions.

Every show offers a respite from winter, and I've never disliked one, but I love "Rhythm and Bulbs." It pairs music with plants in a perfect combination. It's just fun, that's what I felt walking through the show.

I never thought I'd hear B.B. King, Led Zeppelin or Chuck Berry at the conservatory, but I'm so glad I did. There are rooms offering classical, jazz and other genres too.

It's always the attention to detail which turns an ordinary show into something special. I enjoyed seeing Howlin' Wolf albums under blue lobelia, guitars and amplifiers surrounded by spring bloomers and listening to eclectic musical choices while strolling through the exhibit rooms.

This show takes chances and that's why it's magical.

Did I mention the fountain made of brass instrument? Brilliant!

blog primrose zebraPrimrose 'Zebra Blue' is planted all over this show.

blog ampsI was listening to Chuck Berry (nice and loud) when I shot this flower/amp combo.

blog spring show 5It's nice to see flowers like these after the winter we had.

blog flowering pianoTulips on the piano.

blog spring guitarCool Stella Harmony 12 string in the Sunken Garden.

blog jl hookerJohn Lee Hooker! Yes, they have John Lee Hooker in the conservatory.

blog spring show recordsVery cool blues area in the Sunken Garden room.

Blog its good to be kingIt's good to be king of Phipps...at least for a minute.

 

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Goal scorers - 03-24-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Goaltending assists are a statistical curiosity. Many times, they are by accident than by design.

Jeff Zatkoff (above) recorded his first career assists during Saturday's 4-3 win against the Lightning. He was credited with the secondary assist on a goal by Sidney Crosby. Zatkoff, who moved the puck to teammate Evgeni Malkin in the Penguins' zone, kidded that he "watched 'Gino' do it all."

Zatkoff became the 28 goaltender in franchise history record an assist.

Here are the Penguins' all-time leaders in goaltending assists:

31 - Tom Barrasso.

12 - Marc-Andre Fleury

7 - Wendell Young (right)

6 - Denis Herron

5 - Michel Dion, Greg Millen, Ken Wregget

3 - Jean-Sebastien Aubin, Johan Hedberg, Brent Johnson, Frank Pietrangelo, Michel Plasse

2 - Gary Inness, Gilles Meloche, Tomas Vokoun, Dunc Wilson

1 - Les Binkley Sebastien Caron, Alain Chevrier, Ty Conklin, Roy Edwards, Steve Guenette, Cam Newton, Pat Riggin, Roberto Romano, Jim Rutherford, Peter Skudra, Jeff Zatkoff

(Photo: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images and Penguins Hockey Cards)

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Female lawyers' wardrobes still an issue. Really.

Written by Kim Lyons on .

 

Amanda Hess has an interesting piece on Slate looking at an issue that I kind of can't believe is still an issue: Female lawyers who dress too 'sexy' are apparently a 'huge problem' in the courtroom.

The latest reminder for women law students to dress more conservatively (apparently the "Grace van Owen blouse" is the fashion standard?) came from Loyola Law School, Hess writes, with the school's externship director sending a memo to students about the "embarrassing" situation: "I really don't need to mention that cleavage and stiletto heels are not appropriate lawyer wear outside of ridiculous lawyer TV shows), do I?"

But Hess raises an interesting advantage women lawyers might have; men are still confined to wearing a traditional suit and tie ensemble, but

...while a bold fashion choice was a risky move, it "could draw attention to you and away from your opponent" in a positive way.

 

It would be great if this weren't an issue at all, because what you're wearing hardly reflects on your abilities as a lawyer (or a journalist, or a banker or any other job) but, I'd love to hear from some female lawyers in Pittsburgh about their experiences: Have you ever been told your choice of attire is not attorney-appropriate, either directly or indirectly?

 

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Empty Netter Assists - 03-24-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Dave Molinari's recap from yesterday's game. "We definitely built ourselves a nice cushion, but we still want to finish first in the conference. First in the league, too. Obviously, this loss doesn't help that." - Brandon Sutter.

-The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's recap. “They’re a team that maybe will make an extra pass, looking for a guy at the back door, that sort of thing. Less is more sometimes. Just try to take away the cross-ice stuff where the goalie doesn’t really have a chance.” - Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester on the Penguins.

-The Associated Press' recap. "The first 20 minutes we backed them off with speed. We had some opportunities and needed to have more of a drive and shoot mentality." - Dan Bylsma.

-Highlights:

-Fleury stretched out for this puck:

-Rob Scuderi moving a puck up ice:

-Crosby and James Neal had a chat:

-St. Louis captain David Backes put Deryk Engelland into orbit:

-Craig Adams and St. Louis' Maxim Lapierre had issues:

-Bylsma speaks:

-Sidney Crosby speaks:

-"Both teams, for not playing each other [often], they don't seem to like each other too much." - Crosby on the Penguins and Blues.

-Chuck Kobasew scored two goals, including one in overtime, and recorded an assist for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 3-2 win against the Albany Devils. Beau Bennett netted assists on a conditioning assignment. Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers made 19 saves in the victory.

-So far, so good for Kobasew in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins recalled goaltender Eric Hartzell from the Wheeling Nailers.

-Happy 34th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Andrew Hutchinson. A free agent signing in the 2010 season, Hutchinson's Penguins career amounted to five games and one assist in 2010-11. One of two Penguins players born in Illinois (Ed Olczyk was the other), Hutchinson left as a free agent during the 2011 offseason and joined Barys Astana of Russia's KHL. He currently plays for Zug of Switzerland's NLA.

-Happy 34th birthday to former Penguins forward Ramzi Abid (right). Acquired at the 2003 trade deadline from the Coyotes along with Dan Focht and Guillaume Lefebvre in exchange for Jan Hrdina and Francois Leroux, Abid, the first NHL player of Middle Eastern descent, spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. He finished 2002-03 by playing in three games for the Penguins and failing to record a point. During 2003-04, injuries limited him to 16 games and five points. After spending the 2004-05 lockout with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Abid joined the Thrashers as a free agent. Abid, the first player on the franchise's all-time roster in alphabetical order, appeared in 19 games for the team and scored five points. He is currently a member of Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg of Germany's DEL.

-Happy 59th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Pat Price. Acquired at the 1981 trade deadline from the Oilers in exchange for Pat Hughes, Price spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. He finished 1980-81 by playing in 13 games for the Penguins and recording 10 assists. In five postseason games that spring, he scored two points. Price's only full season in Pittsburgh was 1981-82. He saw action in 77 games and scored 38 points. He appeared in five playoff games that season and failed to record a point. After 38 games and 12 points in 1982-83, Price was claimed off waivers by the Nordiques.  In 128 regular season games with the Penguins, he scored 60 points and recorded 459 penalty minutes.

-Happy 41st birthday to former Penguins defenseman Philippe Boucher. Acquired early in the 2008-09 season in a trade which sent defenseman Darryl Sydor to the Stars, Boucher's Penguins career amounted to 25 games and six points that regular season. In nine postseason games that spring, he scored four points and even netted the game-winning goal in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final, a 3-2 home win against the Hurricanes. After winning a Stanley Cup title with the Penguins, he retired in the 2009 offseason.

-After the Jump:  The Canucks lose Henrik Sedin to an injury.

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