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Gift Ban

Written by Rob Rogers on .

Harrisburg is considering long overdue gift ban legislation. That would be a gift to taxpayers. 

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Empty Netter Assists - Flames re-sign Backlund - 06-21-15

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

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-"This is a very critical draft for us. I think one of the more critical drafts in years.  We've got to hit.  We have to hit here.  We do have a lot of picks, and we have some holes to fill.  We need to keep young players coming." - Flyers general manager Ron Hextall on the upcoming draft.

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-The Flames signed forward Mikael Backlund (right) to a three-year contract extension worth a total of $10.725 million. Coming off a contract with a cap hit of $1.5 million, Backlund's new deal has a cap hit of $3.75 million. Backlund, 26, appeared in 52 games last season and scored and scored 27 points (10 goals, 17 assists).

-EN Says: Backlund, a first-round pick in 2007, was a significant part of the Flames' surprising postseason run this past season. A two-way center who can make some plays, he primarily served as the Flames No. 2 center last season. This is a fair deal.

-Less than a week before the draft, the Oilers fired head amateur scout Stu MacGregor and head pro scout Morey Gare.

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Just how big was Jurassic World's 2nd weekend? Inside Out gave Joy reason for happy dance, too

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

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Talk about something for everyone and nearly $200 million at the box office just in North America. 
 
In its second weekend, the unstoppable “Jurassic World” grossed an estimated $102 million while Disney-Pixar’s animated delight, “Inside Out,” took in more than $91 million. Both benefited, no doubt, from being available in 3-D in select locations and IMAX, in the case of the sequel to “Jurassic Park.”
 
Worldwide total for “Jurassic World,” so far, is $981.3 million and counting. 
 
Here are estimates for the top 10, courtesy of Rentrak: 
 
1. “Jurassic World” — $102,018,525, bringing its North American total to $398,230,180.
2. “Inside Out” — $91,056,000.
3. “Spy” — $10,500,000, or $74,374,449 to date. 
4. “San Andreas” — $8,240,000, for $132,228,894.
5. “Dope” — $6,017,929.
6. “Insidious: Chapter 3” — $4,112,000, or $45,370,448 so far. 
7. “Pitch Perfect 2” — $3,294,110, for $177,458,490.
8. “Mad Max: Fury Road” — $2,815,000, for $143,601,829.
9. “Avengers: Age of Ultron” — $2,723,000, bumping its gross to $449,322,953.
10. “Tomorrowland” — $2,009,000, for $87,696,300.
 
“It was a knockout of a weekend as Disney’s acclaimed ‘Inside Out’ delivers Pixar’s an expectation busting $91.056 million (second only in the Pixar universe to ‘Toy Story 3’ and its $110.3M over the same weekend in 2010) while Universal’s ‘Jurassic World’ posts a Indominus Rex-sized second weekend performance with an impressive $102,018,525 (second only to Disney’s ‘Marvel’s The Avengers’ that posted a $103,052,274 second weekend back in 2012),” Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Rentrak said in his box-office report.   
 
Among the big titles opening this weekend are “Max” about a military dog and “Ted 2.” In Pittsburgh, Friday also will bring “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” “A Little Chaos,” “Iris” and the return of “Felix and Meira” from the JFilm festival and “Where Hope Grows" which had a limited run in Greensburg. 
 

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Radical Extremists

Written by Rob Rogers on .

Guns kill far more Americans every year than terrorists do. Will we as a country do anything to limit access to guns in the wake of the horrific shootings in Charleston, SC? Tragically, no. 

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If you plan on seeing Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, some advice on tickets

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

Updated Sunday at 10:30 a.m.  Updated again on Tuesday at 11:55 a.m. Updated Thursday at 8:20 p.m.

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If you’re planning on seeing “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” – and who isn’t, right? – you should know that it will open only at AMC-Loews at the Waterfront and the Manor in Squirrel Hill this Friday, June 26.

(I see an ad in today's -- Sunday's -- paper also has it opening at Carmike's Galleria in Mt. Lebanon, which is great. And I just heard it also will be at the new Cinemark at McCandless Crossing. All of that could relieve intense demand for tickets. But in a new wrinkle, the Friday ad for Galleria does not list it and it's also not online, so strike the Galleria. Not sure why this is so confusing but I assume the addition of new movies come June 30 and July 1 may be a factor.) 

It could go wider down the road but if you hope for prime-time moviegoing, you may want to buy your tickets in advance. The dramedy is set in Pittsburgh and was filmed here and is based on the novel of the same name by former Pittsburgher Jesse Andrews. It stars Thomas Mann, Olivia Cooke and RJ Cyler.  

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sp 086 df-05489r lgOne month later, July 24 should bring “Southpaw” starring Jake Gyllenhaal as the reigning light heavyweight boxing champion of the world. He seems to have it all, including a loving wife (Rachel McAdams) and daughter (Oona Laurence), along with a lavish lifestyle.

Tragedy hits, though, and personal losses are compounded by the decision of his lifelong manager and friend (Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson) to leave him. He hits rock bottom and turns to a retired fighter and trainer to the city’s toughest amateur boxers. Forest Whitaker plays that role in the movie directed by Pittsburgh native Antoine Fuqua.

The Last Witch Hunter - Teaser PosterAnd Oct. 23, “The Last Witch Hunter,” also filmed in Pittsburgh, will be released in theaters. Its many stars include Vin Diesel who wrote on Facebook this week:  “So the studio apparently is so excited by ‘The Last Witch Hunter’ … that they are already commencing on the next one. The first one doesn’t hit theaters until Oct. 23, yet they want me to commit and already block out time to film it. As always, I love to hear your feedback.”

The only question from Diesel’s enormous fan base seemed to be whether a sequel would interfere with his other movie commitments.

In an unprecedented conclusion to the year, November will bring “Love the Coopers” (formerly “Let It Snow”) and “Concussion” will be a Christmas gift and certain conversation starter. It stars Will Smith as Dr. Bennet Omalu, the first pathologist in the world to detect a brain injury called chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE in a former football player.

The year was 2002 and the player was retired Steelers center Mike Webster who died at age 50 of a heart attack. His brain, it turned out, was filled with tangles of a protein called tau, attributed to the thousands of head collisions he had experienced as a player. 

 

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