Giant Eagle customer in Westmoreland County wins big prize in Pennsylvania Lottery Cash 5

EXPORT, Pa. —Someone who bought a Pennsylvania Lottery ticket at a grocery store in Westmoreland County has won a prize of more than $370,000.Lottery officials said a winning ticket in Saturday’s Cash 5 drawing was sold at the Murrysville Giant Eagle supermarket on Old William Penn Highway.

The ticket matched all five numbers drawn — 2, 11, 12, 30, 32 — to win $373,190.50, less withholding.

The winner’s name is not yet known. The ticket holder has one year to claim the prize.

The store will get a $500 bonus for selling the ticket.

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Pittsburgh casting call for extras in Sandra Oh-starring Netflix dramedy ‘The Chair’ | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The show is written and created by Amanda Peet and executive produced by the creators of “Game of Thrones.”

A few lucky local actors who meet very specific qualifications may soon get the opportunity to work on a new Netflix show set to film in the Pittsburgh area.

The Pittsburgh Film Office announced in December that Netflix series “The Chair,” starring Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve” and “Grey’s Anatomy”) and Jay Duplass (“Transparent”), would be filming in the Pittsburgh region in the near future. The show will be written and co-created by Amanda Peet, mostly known for her acting work, and executive produced by “Game of Thrones” creators David Benioff (Ms. Peet’s husband) and D.B. Weiss.

“The Chair” is a six-episode dramedy that is part of the $200 million “multiyear film and TV” deal Netflix struck with Benioff and Weiss in August 2019.

Source: Pittsburgh casting call for extras in Sandra Oh-starring Netflix dramedy ‘The Chair’ | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Jean Connelly, former WTAE personality, dies

Connelly became one of the original employees at WTAE in 1958 where she launched her own talk show “The Jean Connelly Show” from 1960 through 1973.

Connelly enjoyed a wide variety of roles including anchoring the news, hosting Women’s Championship Bowling and landing big interviews for her hit talk show.

She decided to leave her on-air schedule in 1975, becoming WTAE’s director of public service for the next 13 years.

In 2002, Connelly was the first woman from western Pennsylvania to be inducted into the Pennsylvania Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

She is survived by her three children and five grandchildren.

Her family said a celebration of Jean’s life is planned for the spring when it can be done safely together.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children, where Connelly served on the board for 25 years.

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Treasure Hunt jackpot shared by three tickets, one in Westmoreland Co.

Three winning Treasure Hunt tickets, one of which was sold in Westmoreland County, will split a jackpot prize of $180,000, according to the Pennsylvania Lottery.

The winning tickets were drawn Dec. 31, and the three matched all five numbers drawn to win individual prizes of $60,000.

The Westmoreland County ticket was sold at Chum’s Country Market on Mt. Pleasant Road, Ruffs Dale, while the other two tickets were sold in Berks County and Philadelphia.

More than 54,900 other Treasure Hunt tickets won prizes in the drawing. Players should check every ticket, every time, according to the lottery.

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Taylor Swift Breaks 6ix9ine’s Hot 100 Record With Stunning Fall From #1

Releasing two surprise albums this year, Taylor Swift has had one of the most successful campaigns in her career to date, which is saying a lot. Her most recent album, evermore, debuted at the #1 position on the Billboard 200 album chart, and the song “willow” also started off at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. However, her song’s stay at the top was short-lived, only staying there for a week and breaking records with the manner in which it fell from grace, even passing Tekashi 6ix9ine’s record for the most disastrous fall for a #1 debut in chart history.

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‘The Bachelorette’ recap: Tayshia ices Ivan out

One pandemic, two Bachelorettes, three months: We finally made it to the beginning of the end of “The Bachelorette’s” 16th Season.

Tayshia wasn’t in love at the start of this episode, part 1 of this week’s finale. She’s falling but doesn’t know which perfect guy to pick: Ivan, Zac or Brendan.

It’s getting harder and harder for the guys to ignore that they’re all dating the same gal, especially because they’re actually good friends.

Zac put it best. “I want my sister dating them, not my girlfriend,” he said.

Monday night’s episode brought the highly-anticipated fantasy suite dates, when Tayshia can spend an overnight, cameras-free date with each of the men. It usually means sex and make-or-break conversations.

Tuesday night, someone will get down on one knee and propose to her. Here’s how the first part of the finale went down.

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Winning Cash 5 ticket worth $200K sold in Fayette County | TribLIVE.com

A ticket worth $200,000 was sold at a Fayette County convenience store, Pennsylvania Lottery officials said Monday.

The Cash 5 ticket was sold at a Gulf station, 3085 Pittsburgh Road, in Star Junction.

The ticket matched all five balls selected in Saturday’s drawing — 2-7-16-18-24 — officials said.

More than 21,300 other Cash 5 tickets also won prizes in the drawing.

The individual with the winning ticket should contact the lottery at 1-800-692-7481 for instructions.

Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Paul at 724-850-2860, ppeirce@triblive.com or via Twitter .

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Drive-Ins Spread Through Hollywood (And Beyond)

As the prospects for going back to see movies indoors anytime soon grows dimmer, pop-up drive-ins are spreading. Now you can enjoy a socially distanced movie with dozens of other cars from Santa Monica to Montclair, along with more points in between.

In the heart of Hollywood, you’re even getting new(ish) movies. The much-hyped Tenet started playing nightly on Saturday at the Hollywood Legion Drive-In, a drive-in set up outside an American Legion hall just south of the Hollywood Bowl, ahead of the movie’s home release. The screen might not be the IMAX that director Christopher Nolan had envisioned, but it’s keeping the theatrical experience alive while we can’t be together in a movie theater.

The movie is the biggest Warner Bros. release since the pandemic began and one of its last releases before announcing that Wonder Woman 1984 would kick off plans to put all of its new movies on streaming site HBO Max through 2021. And the Legion Drive-In will be screening Wonder Woman 1984 on Christmas Day too — tickets go on sale Thursday at 9 a.m., making it one of the few places in the city to see the movie in-person.

Hollywood’s American Legion Post 43 had recently renovated to add a $5 million theater with almost 500 seats, with the ability to screen both 35 millimeter and 70 millimeter film. But COVID-19 has meant a theater left empty most of this year.

“I actually went to Bill Steele, the theater director, and told him that I really thought that we should consider converting our parking lot back here into a drive-in theater,” the Legion’s chief projectionist Taylor Umphenour told LAist. He also works as a projectionist for the Motion Picture Academy and several of the major studios.

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Somerset County Diner stays open for indoor dining, despite state’s COVID-19 restrictions | WJAC

Despite the state’s restrictions on indoor dining until January 4th, one diner in Somerset County has been letting customers dine-in anyway. The new, limited-time mitigation orders took effect at 12:01 a.m. on December 12, and remain in effect until 8 a.m. on January 4, 2021.

Cars filled the parking lot of the Summit Diner in Somerset Saturday morning as customers flowed in and out of the dining room.

The diner shut down the weekend after those restrictions were announced, but then made the decision to stay open for indoor dining.

Manager Chloe Foy says their customers have been supportive of their decision.

Source: Somerset County Diner stays open for indoor dining, despite state’s COVID-19 restrictions | WJAC

Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ Jingles Back to No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100 | Billboard

Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” returns to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart.

Plus, Jose Feliciano’s “Feliz Navidad” hits the top 10 for the first time, 50 years after its original release.

Mariah Carey‘s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” returns to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, rising from No. 2. The song, first released on Carey’s album Merry Christmas in 1994 and which first reigned for three weeks last holiday season, adds its fourth total week atop the Hot 100, tying for the most time at No. 1 among holiday hits in the chart’s 62-year history.

The carol is one of a record-tying five Yuletide songs in the Hot 100’s top 10, joined by Brenda Lee’s “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” Bobby Helms’ “Jingle Bell Rock,” Andy Williams’ “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” and, in the top 10 for the first time, 50 years after its original release, Jose Feliciano‘s “Feliz Navidad.”

Source: Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ Jingles Back to No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100 | Billboard

The Worst Movies of 2020 According to Variety Critics – Variety

1. Dolittle

Drug dealers used to have the mantra “Don’t get high on your own supply.” Maybe movie stars should live by the credo “Dolittle — just don’t do it.” The 1998 reboot was merely another middling Eddie Murphy comedy, but this Robert Downey Jr. remake achieves the staggering feat of being much, much worse than the fabled, creaky-boned 1967 Hollywood musical debacle. Is the problem the charmless critters? The ungodly mess of a story? Or the mechanical whimsy of Downey, who barely talks to the animals because he’s so busy talking to himself? All of the above. “Dolittle” is a movie that’s more excruciating than the sum of its frenetic yet lifeless kiddie-blockbuster parts.

2. The Last Thing He Wanted

The first mistake made by the gifted filmmaker Dee Rees (“Mudbound,” “Pariah”) was deciding to adapt one of Joan Didion’s worst forays into fiction: her 1996 tale of a Washington Post reporter who becomes an arms dealer for the U.S. government. The second mistake was to bold-face every only-in-a-Didion-novel twist and contrivance, and to have Anne Hathaway, Ben Affleck, and Willem Dafoe chew on the turgidly incoherent espionage dialogue as if they were acting in some breathless political noir. The result is a movie that gets so lost in the thickets of its pretension that you need a machete to cut through it.

3. I’m Thinking of Ending Things

used to create lyrically spiky head trips that teased your brain and heart at the same time. Now he makes sodden puzzles that don’t quite add up because they’re too busy telegraphing their cantankerous oddity. His latest trip down the rabbit hole of scrubby dream logic centers on a morose geek (Jesse Plemons) who’s too gnarled to connect to anyone, from his girlfriend (Jessie Buckley) to his Samuel Beckett sitcom parents (David Thewlis and Toni Collette) to the audience. But the spirit of disconnection is mother’s milk to Kaufman, and “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” is a depressive half-baked Twilight Zone — it’s all about the janitor! yeah, keep telling yourself that — that unravels before your eyes.

4. Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

There are bad movies everyone hates and bad movies some people like (like “Ishtar” or “Xanadu”), and there’s no question that Will Ferrell’s I’m-an-idiot Nordic songfest burlesque has its cult of fans, who view it as an ironic expression of pop sincerity. Yet what about the jokes — as in, all of them — that just lie flat and sit there, like something on a plate of warm herring? Or the way that the movie can’t decide if Ferrell and Rachel McAdams, as an Icelandic duo who stumble into the Eurovision Song Contest, are bad singers, so-bad-they’re-good-singers, or good singers? The movie doesn’t satirize the annual Europop competition so much as it presents it, as if its very existence were funny. It’s not.

5. Guest of Honour

Atom Egoyan keeps masticating his old tropes — noodgy inspectors and disreputable bus drivers, secrets within mysteries within flashbacks, sexual indiscretion with a minor — in this jaw-droppingly convoluted and unconvincing family melodrama, which is centered around a restaurant that serves fried bunny-rabbit ears. Both the dish and the movie are supremely unappetizing, yet Egoyan, whose best films (“The Sweet Hereafter,” “Felicia’s Journey,” “Chloe”) now seem a world away, is increasingly content to play in Egoyan World, a jungle gym of ludicrous contrivance.

Source: The Worst Movies of 2020 According to Variety Critics – Variety

Analysts: AMC, Cinemark, Netflix Won’t Suffer Greatly From Warner Bros.’ 2021 Streaming Scheme

The fears of cinema collapse are an “overreaction,” there is no “death star,” analysts say.

One analyst, Matthew Harrigan of Benchmark, went so far as to say Netflix will not experience significant problems from the Warner Bros. move. He remarked the “oft bumbling HBO Max is not exactly the Netflix ‘death star,'” and boosted Netflix’s price target to $492, though this remains slightly below the stock’s current value of approximately $499.

Bloomberg reports cinema company executives responded swiftly to the Warner Bros. news. In an email, AMC CEO Adam Aron commented Warner seems to be “sacrificing” its movie division’s profitability “to subsidize its HBO Max start-up.” Cineworld Group (OTC:CNNW.F)owner of the Regal Theater chain, says it anticipates reaching a positive negotiation outcome with Warner because it is “very encouraged by the giant steps achieved recently with regards to the Covid-19 vaccination process.”

Source: Analysts: AMC, Cinemark, Netflix Won’t Suffer Greatly From Warner Bros.’ 2021 Streaming Scheme

WWE’s Pat Patterson dies at 79 | TribLIVE.com

WWE legend and Hall of Famer Pat Patterson has died, according to the wrestling company.

Patterson was 79.

Born Pierre Clermont, he was the first WWE Intercontinental Champion and thought to be the first openly gay wrestling star, which he detailed in his 2016 book, “Accepted: How the First Gay Superstar Changed WWE.”

Patterson was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1996. After retiring as an active wrestler in 1984, he worked behind the scenes in WWE and was credited with originating the Royal Rumble, one of the company’s signature events.

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The best ways to give your Thanksgiving leftovers a lift – New York Daily News

Long live the Moist Maker

It goes without saying that Thanksgiving is the holiday of gratitude, and nothing says thankful like making sure not a bit of your delicious feast goes to waste. This holiday season, try to repurpose some of your leftover turkey and trimmings with one of these ideas.
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‘Wheel of Fortune’ host Pat Sajak jokingly calls out ‘ungrateful’ contestant: ‘I finally snapped!’ | Fox News

Pat Sajak nearly lost his cool on a “Wheel of Fortune’ contestant on Wednesday, leading him to apologize.

The banter began when contestant Darin solved a puzzle for things that begin with the word “kitchen.”

“Cabinet, oven, towels, sink,” Darin correctly answered. However, the contestant pointed out it didn’t necessarily make sense.

“Kitchen oven? What was that?” Darin said.

“Yeah, where else would you keep an oven?” Sajak quipped.

ALEX TREBEK REMEMBERED BY ‘WHEEL OF FORTUNE’ HOSTS PAT SAJAK AND VANNA WHITE

Pat Sajak almost lost his cool on a 'Wheel of Fortune' contestant during Wednesday night's episode.

Pat Sajak almost lost his cool on a ‘Wheel of Fortune’ contestant during Wednesday night’s episode. (Gerardo Mora/Getty Images)

“For sure in the kitchen, but who calls it a ‘kitchen oven?'” Darin furthered.

“You won! Don’t argue, Darin! You got the puzzle! Ungrateful players, I’ve had it!” Sajak responded.

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Live! Casino Pittsburgh Holds Grand Opening, Opens To The Public For First Time – CBS Pittsburgh

HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — After months of construction and planning, Live! Casino Pittsburgh at Westmoreland Mall will open to the public today.That project has brought a lot of jobs to the area and opening in the middle of a pandemic is no easy feat.The casino will hold its grand opening on Tuesday morning, not too much longer before those doors open and people get to press their luck.
With the casino opening during the Coronavirus pandemic, safety measures will be in place.There will be mask requirements, temperature checks, physical distancing, and repeated cleaning of high-traffic areas, slot machines, and table games.

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Survey shows one in three Pennsylvania families say Thanksgiving dinner will be take-out this year

Health experts are advising people to have smaller gatherings, which means less turkey being served.

With the demand for smaller turkeys expected to rise, more Pennsylvanians plan to ditch the pots and pans.

“This is a family tradition, something DeNunzio’s restaurants have done for many years,” said Anthony DeNunzio II.

The take-out meal is a Thanksgiving tradition for the Westmoreland County Italian staple.

“This is something our entire family is part of, in fact our owner Ron has been taking food from our kitchen and straight out to our customers’ vehicles and he has done this with his sons and every member of our family contributes to the cause on Thanksgiving,” DeNunzio said.

Since 1977, it’s meant preparing a traditional Thanksgiving menu for pick-up.

“Whether it’s someone who is a large family eating at home or someone just eating at home with a small group, we have the ability to provide that as well. Even individual meals too,” DeNunzio said.

DeNunzio’s is adjusting to the pandemic, as they have done all year, and they are anticipating smaller-sized orders.

“We are very thankful that we are still able to be open and provide for our customers, provide for our families, and provide for our friends,” DeNunzio said.

Many other Pittsburgh area restaurants are joining the Thanksgiving take-out train, including STATION in Bloomfield, Bob’s Diner in Carnegie and Bistro 19 in Mount Lebanon. They all say you should place your Thanksgiving order as soon as you can.

Conan O’Brien ending late-night show after 28 years

Conan O’Brien is no longer a night owl.

The comedian is ending his run as a late-night talk show host after nearly three decades.

O’Brien, 57, announced Tuesday that he’ll finish his TBS series “Conan” at the completion of its 10th season in June 2021. However, he has signed on for a new, weekly variety series on HBO Max. No specific details were released about the upcoming show.

“In 1993, Johnny Carson gave me the best advice of my career: ‘As soon as possible, get to a streaming platform,’ ” the flop-topped redhead joked in a statement released by WarnerMedia. “I’m thrilled that I get to continue doing whatever the hell it is I do on HBO Max, and I look forward to a free subscription.”

“Conan” premiered on TBS in November 2010. He had hosted his namesake NYC-based “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” from 1993 to 2009, when he relocated to Los Angeles to take over hosting NBC’s “The Tonight Show” from Jay Leno. But he lasted for less than a year on the job and handed the reins back to Leno in 2010 following an acrimonious departure from the network.

He has signed on for a new, weekly variety series on HBO Max.

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