Guitar legend Eric Clapton will return to Pittsburgh for the first time in nine years to play PPG Paints Arena on Sept. 16.
Tickets go on sale Friday, June 10 at 10 a.m. at ticketmaster.com.
Clapton, 77, made his name as a member of John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers and Cream before launching a solo career and also forming Derek and the Dominos in 1970.
Clapton arrives in Pittsburgh on the same night fellow British rock legend Elton John is playing PNC Park. It is John’s second trip here on the Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour, which previously played PPG Paints Arena in November 2019.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers did a stadium tour together in 1992.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Naomi Judd, whose family harmonies with daughter Wynonna turned them into the Grammy-winning country stars The Judds, has died. She was 76. Her daughters, Wynonna and Ashley, announced her death on Saturday in a statement provided to The Associated Press.
Actor who worked in film and TV for more than six decades, and was a regular in Robert Altman’s other films, had originally planned to be a singer
Sally Kellerman, the Oscar and Emmy-nominated actor who played Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan in director Robert Altman’s 1970 film M*A*S*H, has died. Kellerman died of heart failure at her home Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, her manager and publicist Alan Eichler said. She was 84.
Kellerman had a career of more than 60 years in film and television. She was a regular in Altman’s films, appearing in 1970’s Brewster McCloud, 1992’s The Player and 1994’s Prêt-à-Porter – but she would always be best known for playing Major Houlihan, a strait-laced, by-the-book army nurse who is tormented by rowdy doctors during the Korean war in the comedy M*A*S*H.
In the film’s key scene – and a peak moment of misogyny – a tent where Houlihan is showering is pulled open and she is exposed to an audience of cheering men. “This isn’t a hospital, this is an insane asylum!” she screams at her commanding officer. She carries on a torrid affair with the equally uptight Major Frank Burns, played by Robert Duvall, demanding that he kiss her “hot lips” in a moment secretly broadcast over the camp’s public address speakers, earning her the nickname.
Bob Beckel, the longtime Democratic operative whose appearances on Fox News Channel included a stint as host of “The Five,” has died. He was 73 years old.
FNC star Sean Hannity announced Beckel’s death during his nightly primetime show on Monday.
“We miss him already,” Hannity said of his former FNC colleague, whom he called a “dear friend.”
The two-time Emmy nominee and improv veteran also played teacher Charlie Moore on ‘Head of the Class.’
Hesseman died Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Los Angeles of complications from colon surgery he first had last summer, his wife, actress and acting teacher Caroline Ducrocq, told The Hollywood Reporter.
A member of the San Francisco improv group The Committee and a real-life DJ back in the 1960s, Hesseman also was known for his stint as out-of-work actor turned history teacher Charlie Moore on the ABC comedy Head of the Class. (He quit that show after four seasons to aim for a movie career.)
Meat Loaf, the singer and actor whose debut album “Bat Out of Hell” in 1977 became one of the best-selling of all time, has died at the age of 74.
“Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight with his wife Deborah by his side,” a post published on the star’s official Facebook page early Friday said. The cause of death was unclear.
Born Marvin Lee Aday, the rock musician‘s career spanned six decades across the music and film industries. He was beloved by fans and soared to unlikely rock stardom with theatrical, dark-hearted anthems and an iconic long-haired look.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office tweeted that deputies were called to the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes about an “unresponsive man in a hotel room.” The man was identified as Robert Saget and pronounced dead on the scene, the sheriff’s office said.
Detectives found no signs of foul play or drug use, the sheriff’s office said.
Bob Saget said goodbye to Betty White in a heartfelt post, just days before his own tragic death.
His cause of death has not been released. He is remembered for ‘Full House.’
He was 65 years old.
Sidney Poitier’s groundbreaking work as a film actor and director is being hailed by prominent figures in Pittsburgh’s rich arts and entertainment community as the inspiration for their careers as actors, directors and playwrights.
Before Poitier came along, Black characters usually were portrayed in movies in unflattering and stereotypical ways. Poitier broke that mold by articulating intelligence, intensity and defiance on screen, said Pittsburgh actor, director and playwright Monteze Freeland.
“I think specifically for me as a Black male actor, I think he was part of that blueprint that we still follow today. I think he was a lot of people’s North Star in a sense where he, of course, was a trailblazer,” said Freeland. “He knocked down barriers, he started trends. I think he is credited for the contemporary Black expression of acting that has served us throughout the years.”
Mark Clayton Southers, founder and producing artistic director of the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company, remembers the profound impact Poitier made on him when he first saw him on screen.
“It’s like the impact (Barack) Obama has on Black kids today. They see him and know that one day they could be president. Well, when we saw Sidney Poitier on film in ‘Lillies of the Field’ and ‘Blackboard Jungle,’ he was our hero,” Southers said.
“It was amazing to see him work his craft and be so articulate. At that time, it was us against the world. It was unheard of just to get our stories told at that time. He was a renegade, and it was always refreshing to see him play these different roles. It was exciting to see this handsome Black man on screen.”
White is said to have passed away at her home on Friday morning
- Betty White, an early pioneer in television comedy and star of The Golden Girls has died at the age of 99 – after an 80-year-long career in Hollywood
- White holds the Guinness World Record for ‘Longest TV Career for an Entertainer’ after she started working in television in 1939
- Without any formal training, White starred alongside disc-jockey Al Jarvis in one of TV’s earliest variety shows filmed in LA called, ‘Hollywood on Television’
- She was preceded in death by her third husband, Allen Ludden and survived by three stepchildren. White had no children of her own
- She is the recipient of eight Emmy Awards (21 nominations), three Screen Actors Guild Awards and a 1985 Television Hall of Fame inductee
- She credited ‘vodka, french fries and hot dogs’ for her longevity and said her ‘obsessive addiction to crossword puzzles’ kept her mind sharp
“There will never be another John Madden, and we will forever be indebted to him for all he did to make football and the NFL what it is today,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Anglican cleric whose good humor, inspiring message and conscientious work for civil and human rights made him a revered leader during the struggle to end apartheid in his native South Africa, has died. He was 90.
Monkees singer and guitarist Michael Nesmith, a pop visionary who penned many of the group’s most enduring songs before laying the groundwork for country rock with the First National Band in the early Seventies, died Friday from natural causes. He was 78.
“With Infinite Love we announce that Michael Nesmith has passed away this morning in his home, surrounded by family, peacefully and of natural causes,” his family said in a statement. “We ask that you respect our privacy at this time and we thank you for the love and light that all of you have shown him and us.”
Nesmith was known as the Monkee in the green wool hat with the thick Texas drawl, and the writer of songs like “Mary, Mary,” “Circle Sky,” “Listen to the Band,” and “The Girl I Knew Somewhere.” But he raged behind the scenes that the group didn’t have creative control of its albums, and in 1967 led the successful rebellion against record producer Don Kirshner. The group would subsequently release Headquarters and other albums created largely on its own.
He was 98.
“It is with heavy hearts we announce that Senator Robert Joseph Dole died early this morning in his sleep. At his death, at age 98, he had served the United States of America faithfully for 79 years. More information coming soon,” the Elizabeth Dole Foundation announced on Twitter.
Dole, who was born in Russell, Kansas, on July 22, 1923, left public service after his loss to Bill Clinton in November 1996 but remained active, appearing on television, serving on several boards and councils, practicing law and supporting Republican candidates.
CNN said Saturday that anchor Chris Cuomo has been “terminated” by the network, “effective immediately.”
PITTSBURGH, PA — Actor-turned-astronaut William Shatner will make a Pittsburgh-area appearance early in 2022. The “Star Trek” star will be live on stage March 2 at the Carnegie of Homestead.
Shatner will speak and take questions following a screening of perhaps the most renowned of the Star Trek movie series, “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.”
In October, Shatner, then 90, became the oldest human ever to travel into space. He was on the second crewed flight on Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket ship that launched from the west Texas desert. The private space company’s founder is Amazon tycoon Jeff Bezos.
Former Quantum Leap star Dean Stockwell, an Oscar- and Emmy-nominated actor whose career on stage, in film and TV spanned more than 70 years, died in the early morning of November 7. He died peacefully at home of natural causes, a rep for the family confirmed to Deadline. He was 85.
Stockwell was born in 1936 in North Hollywood. By the time he was 7, he was on Broadway, launching a career as a child actor. He appeared in Anchors Aweigh with Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly; Kim with Errol Flynn; Gentleman’s Agreement, which landed him a Golden Globe Award; and, most notably, in the controversial 1948 movie The Boy with the Green Hair.
Peter Scolari, the prolific television and stage actor who found instant fame and a lifelong friendship with Tom Hanks when the two co-starred in the hit 1980 TV comedy Bosom Buddies, died early Friday morning following a two-year battle with cancer. He was 66.
His death was announced by Ellen Lubin Sanitsky at Wright Entertainment.
Scolari’s 43-year show business career included such highlights as his Emmy-nominated series regular role of producer Michael Harris on Bob Newhart’s 1984-90 comedy Newhart, an Emmy-winning recurring role as the father of Lena Dunham’s character on HBO’s Girls, and, most recently, his role as Bishop Thomas Marx on the CBS supernatural drama Evil.
A partial roster of other TV credits include Fosse/Verdon, Madoff, The Good Fight, Murphy Brown, The West Wing, ER, Gotham, Law & Order: SVU, Ally McBeal, From the Earth to the Moon and Honey I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show, to name a relative few. Film credits include The Polar Express and a cameo appearance as a TV host in the 1996 comedy-drama That Thing You Do!, directed by and starring his old friend and co-star Tom Hanks.
Adele Sets Spotify Single-Day Streaming Record For ‘Easy On Me’, Topping BTS
Macdonald’s producing partner told Deadline he had been privately battling cancer for the last decade.
Michael Rapaport, the actor, offered sharp criticism for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for wearing a sleek white dress with “Tax The Rich” splashed in red on the back as she arrived at the uber-swanky Met Gala Monday night.
GREENSBURG, Pa. — Former Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Felipe Vazquez was sentenced Tuesday to two to four years in state prison for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl in Westmoreland County.
Vazquez was found guilty in May on 15 charges: 10 counts of sexual abuse of children, two counts of unlawful contact with a minor and one count each of statutory sexual assault, indecent sexual assault and corruption of a minor.
During the trial, Vazquez did not deny the sexual relationship he had with the teenager, but he did deny knowing that she was only 13 years old.
Vazquez’ attorney claimed the teen misled his client about her age.
Investigators said Vazquez and the girl began a relationship in 2017 and it continued until he was arrested in 2019. The investigation began after the girl’s mother found photos from Vazquez on her daughter’s cellphone and called police.
For someone who prides himself on optics, Barack Obama just gave us quite an ugly spectacle.
As the rest of America struggles with uncertain employment status and school reopenings, shifting mask mandates, anxiety over vaccinations and variants, the health of the economy and the citizenry at large, Obama had to go and throw himself a huge, epic, three-day birthday bash on Martha’s Vineyard.
You would think a former president — one who clearly considers himself more intelligent and sensitive than most — would exercise some restraint.
Or at least understand that this was a supremely bad look.
Here was our climate czar, John Kerry, flying in private. His mode of travel was preferred by a host of left-leaning eco-warrior celebs, all Obama’s “close friends,” of course, descending on an already understaffed and emotionally depleted Vineyard.
“His birthday party is insane,” one of Obama’s caterers told The Post last week. “What is he thinking?”
Clearly, Obama thought to do whatever he damn well pleased — even after such backlash caused him to effectively cancel his party.
By ACACIA CORONADO
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Country music legend Willie Nelson led more than a thousand spectators in singing “vote them out” Saturday from the steps of the Texas Capitol during a rally wrapping up a four-day march in support of Democratic state legislators who bolted for Washington two weeks ago to block GOP-backed voting restrictions.
Families with lawn chairs spread out across the sprawling Capitol greens in Austin. Clergy, politicians, constituents and musicians all spoke out about the proposals to impose voter ID requirements, limit ballot drop boxes and mail voting, and strip local officials of their election authority.
The special session that the exodus by Texas Democrats halted is set to expire next week, but Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has pledged to schedule a new one as soon as the lawmakers return to the state.
“If you don’t like who’s in there, vote them out,” Nelson sang, inviting he crowd to join him in singing lyrics he’d previously written about taking a stand at the ballot box.
“I felt like I needed to be here. It is a history-making event that is so necessary right now,” said Brenda Hanson, 75, of Austin. “I am a descendant of slavery and I am not interested in moving back, I want to see this country go forward. I have lived well over three quarters of a century and I have never seen us go backwards like this before.”
Hanson said she is disabled but otherwise would have participated in the nearly 30-mile walk. Instead, she hoped to make a statement with her presence as she sat chanting in support on a bench under a tree.
The march began Wednesday and ended Saturday when participants walked up to the doors of the Texas Capitol building in a rally sponsored by activist group Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. It was led, in part, by Beto O’Rourke, the former Democratic congressman and presidential candidate who has not ruled out a run for Texas governor in 2022. Earlier this week, O’Rourke and marchers shut down the frontage road of Interstate 35 during the morning rush hour, funneled between restaurants and cut a path from Republican-controlled statehouse districts to Democratic ones.
Marchers compared what the GOP says are measures meant to protect against fraud and restore confidence in American elections to Jim Crow-style restrictions. There has been no evidence of widespread fraud in the 2020 election.
“I ask you to think about every man and every woman who had the courage in their convictions and did what they needed to do in their own moment of truth in this country’s history,” O’Rourke told the crowd.
Former US Sen. Mike Enzi has died following a serious bicycle accident last week, according to a statement posted on his official Twitter account. He was 77.“His family expresses their deep appreciation for all of the prayers, support and concern. They now ask for privacy and continued prayers during this difficult time,” the statement said.The former longtime Republican lawmaker from Wyoming had suffered “serious injuries” while riding a bicycle Friday evening near his home in Gillette, Wyoming, according to an earlier statement from his family. He had been flown to UCHealth Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, Colorado, for treatment. Details on the accident were not immediately provided.After graduating from George Washington University in 1966 and earning his MBA from Denver University two years later, Enzi owned and operated family shoe stores before entering state politics, according to his congressional bio. His public service journey began with a seven-year run as mayor of Gillette before serving in both the Wyoming House of Representatives and the state Senate.His work in the state Legislature proved to be a political launching pad, and in 1996, he was elected to the US Senate, where he spent more than two decades working to advance Republican causes. Though he kept a relatively low profile, Enzi earned a reputation as a reliably conservative lawmaker who rarely drifted from his party.Enzi’s low-key approach to governance proved to have a unique staying power with Wyoming voters, who consistently rewarded him with wide reelection margins.
“Dean Martin is so important to Steubenville,” said JoJo Dialbert, owner of The Spot Bar. “We all know he was nationally known as a singer and entertainer. And numerous times, he mentioned Steubenville. And everybody knows that’s where he’s from.”
The celebration was an opportunity to learn more about Martin, but it also brought vendors of jewelry. food trucks and live music to downtown.
In addition. the cruise-in Saturday afternoon saw vintage cars gather so their drivers could see each other after a long year.”
This is one big family, these car people,” Kathy Waszkiewicz said. “We don’t get to see them often enough. It’s just nice to come out and support Steubenville and see our friends and have a good time with everybody.”
And the people living in Steubenville, as well as the people who come to visit, are the focus of the event’s organizers.”
That’s what we try to do with these festivals,” Barilla said. “Whether it’s the Fort Festival, the summer concert series, the Dean Martin Festival, the Nutcracker Festival, people coming together, families coming together, saying hello to one another, hugging one another, it’s a warm feeling. And it’s a rewarding feeling.””
You know it’s a lot of work and a lot of headaches, but when you look outside and see hundreds, sometimes a thousand, that are enjoying themselves, enjoying Dean Martin’s music, it makes you feel good,” Dialbert added. “You feel satisfied that you were able to pull it off and make a lot of people happy.”
The festival wrapped up Saturday night at The Spot Bar with a tribute to Dean Martin put on by Tom Stevens.
Juneteenth celebrations continue through the weekend, and we’re on the back half of a 10-day stretch of celebrations, meaning people only have a few more days to enjoy the Black Music Festival.
The Black Music Festival is celebrating Gospel Day.
Religious singer Tye Tribbett along with DJ Mannie Fresh will be part of the performances starting today at 11 a.m. There will also be around 60 vendors in the area.
By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Billy Porter is back in the Pittsburgh area to make a movie, and he is looking for paid extras.
The Emmy Award-winning actor is making his debut as a director.
The movie is called “What If?” It focuses on a high school senior who posts on social media about his crush on a transgender classmate.
The movie is looking for extras between the ages of 18 and 23 to play other students.
The shoots will be on July 26 and 27 in the Bridgeville area. There also may be an opportunity to appear in the film on other days between July 19-30.
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