PITTSBURGH, PA – National Disc Jockey Day occurs every January 20 to commemorate the death date of Alan Freed, one of the nation’s early influential DJs. Freed is credited with popularizing the term “rock and roll” while working at radio stations in Akron, Cleveland and New York in the 1950s.
Pittsburgh has had numerous talented DJs since Freed coined that term. Given that today is meant to honor them, it’s an appropriate time to ask: Who is your all-time favorite DJ and why?
- Randy Baumann (WDVE)
- Big Bob (96.1 KISS)
- Jack Bogut (KDKA, WTAE, WSHH, WJAS)
- Bubba (B-94, Star 100.7)
- Chuck Brinkman (KQV, WTAE, WFFM-WMYG)
- Bill Cardille (WJAS)
- Porky Chedwick (WAMO, WEDO)
- Jeff Christie a.k.a.Rush Limbaugh (KQV)
- Rege Cordic (KDKA)
- Chris DeCarlo (WYDD, WDVE, Y108)
- John Garry (WTAE, WHTX)
- Steve Hanson (WDVE, WMYG, 3WS)
- George Hart (KQV, WXKX, 3WS, WPNT)
- Jim Krenn (WDVE)
- Terry Lee (WMCK, WIXZ)
- Sean McDowell (WYDD, WYTK, WRRK, WDVE)
- Jim Merkel (WPEZ, 3WS)
- Michele Michaels (WDVE)
- Mikey (96.1 KISS)
- Larry O’Brien (WTAE, WHTX)
- Scott Paulsen (WHTX, WDVE, WRKZ)
- Clark Race (KDKA)
- Jimmy Roach (WDVE, WMYG, Y108)
- Cris Winter (WXXP, WDVE, WISH)
Initially, Dolittle was tracking to win MLK weekend with an estimated $40 million, with Bad Boys for Life close behind at $29 million. This time around predictions did not end up panning out. The long-awaited sequel to Bad Boys is looking at a record-breaking $70 million four-day haul with Oscar hopeful 1917 expected to take second place and Dolittle taking in just $31 million, per Box Office Mojo.
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — If you noticed helicopters flying and hovering over the city last night, there was no cause for alarm; it was just film crews continuing work on Jason Momoa’s newest Netflix movie.“Sweet Girl” started filming right here in and around the Pittsburgh area in late 2019. Production is now continuing into the new year.
Crews were spotted near the Golden Triangle over the weekend.
A camera rig, attached to the back of a car, was set up along Stanwix Street and Liberty Avenue.
There were also lighting crews and service trucks in Gateway Center.
The helicopters flying over PNC Park and the David L. Lawrence Convention Center were also part of the excitement.
However, there were no Momoa sightings.
IMDb says he will play a grieving father protecting his daughter while trying to get justice in his wife’s death.
Neil Peart, the longtime drummer and lyricist of the band Rush, has died at age 67. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer died in Santa Monica, California, on January 7 after battling brain cancer, CBS Los Angeles confirmed.Peart’s bandmates made an emotional tribute to him on Twitter, saying he battled the cancer for three-and-a-half years and calling him their “soul brother and band mate of 45 years.” In asking for privacy, they urged those who want to express condolences to do so by donating to a cancer research group or charity.
Edd Byrnes has died. He was 87.
“His is the story of an ambitious young kid who, in his 20s drove out to Hollywood from New York City with a few hundred dollars and a dream of making it big in the entertainment business,” read the release.
It continued: “He soon landed a staring role on the wildly popular TV series ’77 Sunset Strip’ as the cool-talking ‘Kookie.’ He went on to star in dozens of motion pictures and television series popular around the world, including playing the suave and debonaire ‘Vince Fontaine’ in ‘Grease.'”
For more information, including how to apply, you can visit Movie Casting PGH’s website.
PM Film Critic Sean Collier counts down the 10 best films of 2019.
December 18, 2019
As the decade turns, we find ourselves surveying a remarkable and vibrant cinema landscape.
If you’re a movie lover, there is an awful lot to love.
10 — Parasite
Bong Joon Ho’s gripping work of genre defiance is as powerful as it is wry.
How to See It: “Parasite” is now playing in select theaters.
9 — The Irishman
If Martin Scorsese’s elegy to mob movies weren’t almost absurdly over-indulgent, it would probably rank higher on this list.
How to See It: “The Irishman” is now streaming on Netflix.
8 — Little Women
Greta Gerwig’s masterful adaptation of the classic novel is a warm and comforting embrace.
How to See It: “Little Women” opens in wide release on Wednesday, Dec. 25.
7 — Ad Astra
James Gray’s somber, atmospheric sci-fi marvel easily topped my rankings when I saw the film back in September. It has slipped a bit in the intervening months;
How to See It: “Ad Astra” is available on Blu-Ray and digital services.
6 — The Farewell
Ingrained cultural differences are difficult to dramatize, which makes Lulu Wang’s semi-autobiographical narrative all the more impressive.
How to See It: “The Farewell” is available on Blu-Ray and digital services.
5 — Us
Jordan Peele followed “Get Out,” his earthquaking debut, with a sophomore effort heavier on the horror and rife with evocative symbolism.
How to See It: “Us” is available on Blu-Ray and digital services.
4 — 1917
“American Beauty” director Sam Mendes takes one of the showiest concepts in filmmaking — the (apparently) one-shot feature — and uses it to make a thrilling and bold war epic.
How to See It: “1917” enters limited release on Dec. 25 and is scheduled to expand to Pittsburgh on Jan. 10, 2020.
3 — The Last Black Man in San Francisco
Joe Talbot’s fable of gentrification is a sobering portrait of life pushed out from the roots
How to See It: “The Last Black Man in San Francisco” is available on Blu-Ray and digital services.
2 — A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
I promise: This is not a hometown pick. I didn’t include last year’s Mister Rogers documentary among my year-end selections, and I didn’t anticipate that “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” would impress me as much as it did.
How to See It: “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” is now playing in wide release.
1 — Marriage Story
On its surface, “Marriage Story” is a somewhat simple film; it’s the story of two people going through a divorce and custody battle.
How to See It: “Marriage Story” is now streaming on Netflix.
Avengers: Endgame; Booksmart; Her Smell; High Life; Jojo Rabbit; Pain and Glory; Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am; Queen & Slim; Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker; Waves
The Lawrenceville bar Hambone’s has reopened after being shut down yesterday for not paying its county Alcoholic Beverage Tax payments.
Now, a day after Hambone’s doors were padlocked, Michael G. McCabe, a solicitor for the treasurer, confirms with Pittsburgh City Paper that the owners paid the fees in full this morning (Dec13).
The Hempfield casino, which is expected to open next year, will be home to the FanDuel Sportsbook. The sports area will be one of the first to open under that name since FanDuel Group, a fantasy and sports betting operation, struck a partnership this week with The Cordish Companies, a Maryland-based firm that operates the Live! Casino umbrella.
Tickets go on sale Dec. 13, with pre-sales starting Dec. 9.
New York (CNN Business)Another week, another box office record broken by Disney.“Frozen 2,” the studio’s sequel to the 2013 animated phenomenon, set the record for the highest-grossing weekend in Thanksgiving history. It made $123.7 million domestically over the five day holiday weekend, breaking the record held by “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” which made $109 million in 2013.The film, which continues the adventures of Princess Anna, Queen Elsa and Olaf the snowman, has made $738.6 million globally in just 12 days.The animated movie broke records when it opened last weekend, pulling in $130 million domestically. That was the highest-grossing debut for Walt Disney Animation Studios. The sequel also set the record for the biggest global opening for an animated film ever, making $358 million worldwide.