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Best. Movie. Ever.

In the works is a biopic of Mr. Rogers:

The sweater wearing children’s TV icon Fred Rogers is the subject of A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood, an Alexis Jolly spec script that has sold to Justin Nappi and Kevin Turen’s Treehouse Pictures.

Words can’t describe how much I adore Mr. Rogers, and I can’t wait to watch this over and over and over again.

Gotham City Tonight

If you turn into KDKA (and probably the other news stations as well), you’ll be seeing shots of Fifth Avenue Place which comes from Ken Rice (@kenricekdka):

How Batman will affect us

Pitt News has an excellent article about the upcoming filming of “The Dark Knight Rises” in downtown:

Before the hype spirals out of control, however, it seems necessary to reevaluate how much Pittsburgh will actually benefit from its “Dark Knight” spotlight and whether that spotlight will be the public relations miracle some have hoped for. I, for one, doubt that the film will lead audiences to revise their perceptions of our city; that — at the risk of sounding like a downer — this film is really our ticket to long-overdue respect.

Tybout continues to discuss the fact that most of what we see of Gotham, at least in the action sequences, are dark alleyways and other small locations, although he thinks (and I have to agree) that parts of Pittsburgh’s skyline, especially PPG Place, will most likely be spotted in the final cut of the film.

As awesome is it is that Nolan and his cast and crew will be in town to film, I can’t imagine Pittsburgh fitting into Gotham, or Batman coming to the Steel City as part of the storyline (on a side note, for those that know, where in the U.S. is Gotham, or is that never discussed in the comics?).

Once again we see more evidence as Pittsburgh becoming a small Hollywood of the East, and it’s great to get the recognition and the publicity that this city deserves.

Now, who else thinks that we should get the Bat Signal?

Save the film tax credit!

A friend of mine put together this video (hopefully it will embed correctly) about the film tax credit.  It comes down to the fact that if the tax credit is not in the budget, Pennsylvania, and Pittsburgh specifically, is going to lose out on a lot of jobs and revenue.  Christopher Nolan has already been spotted downtown scouting out locations for the third Batman movie, but he’s gone on record saying that he won’t be able to film in Pittsburgh without the tax credit.

Please call the Governor and let him know that you support the tax credit.  Pittsburgh needs a hero.


From where I stand. Or, What I’ve been thinking about during my summer (not-so) vacation

Summer is very hectic with work for me, and this summer has been no different.  But for now, here’s a quick recap of some of the things that have been bouncing around inside my head:

Laura revealed herself to be Secret Agent L.  Her missions continue, not only through her, but also her Affiliated Agents.

The East Busway is under construction, which makes a wicked detour from Penn Station.  My bus now goes through the Strip, which is fun, although messes me up in the afternoon, but I’m certainly dealing.  You know, since I still have a bus.  That won’t be a problem come September when my neighborhood loses service (boo park-n-rides).  But then again, come January, when the Port Authority explodes and simultaneously vomits all over itself while shooting its one remaining foot, things will just be great!

Well that was an interesting sentence.  Check out coverage over at That’s Church, Pittsburgh Magazine (same author), and of course, the hilarious and full-of-spin (because they have to) FAQ from the Port Authority [PDF].

I’ll be covering more about the Port Authority once work settles down, hopefully there will be some sort of resolution by then, but we’ll see.  Will this be the end of PATransit Tuesdays?  Probably not, but it will certainly evolve if I’m not riding the bus anymore!

I’m super excited about the Winter Classic.  I’m sure I won’t be able to afford tickets, which I’m looking at as a plus, that way I don’t have to deal with the traffic nightmare that it will be.  But I’m super excited that it’s here in Pittsburgh.  Also, as if we needed any more reasons to love Talbot:

“(Teammate Evgeni) Malkin knew Ovechkin and introduced me to him and the first impression wasn’t great. I’m not really gonna say what happened but I’m like, ‘OK, this guy is a real douche.'”

It was announced that there will be a public viewing area, so it’s nice to see Mario’s TV back, hopefully it will be not on the North Shore to save some traffic headaches.  Overall, I’m very excited, but it would have been cool to see it played in Beaver Stadium (even bigger than Heinz) and between us and the Flyers.  Or at PNC Park, much more picturesque.

Side note since we’re talking about the winter classic.  These little heat waves this summer have been rough.  That is all.

Table games opened up at Rivers!  I don’t know how to play any of them!  I’d still like to know what you have to do to get a drink at the bar there.  I did enjoy myself last year (went for my birthday), but that’s only because they had Star Wars slots.  Still need to check out the buffet one of these days too.

I finally saw “She’s Out of Your League.”  It is a really fun movie, I highly recommend it.  I loved being able to pick out all the locations around town.  And the ones I couldn’t, my buddy who I was watching it with was able to.

The days I work downtown, I walk past the Mellon Arena.  This last week I noticed the words are up on the Consol Center (I’m usually dodging traffic at that point in my walk, so I concentrate on that feat).  It will certainly be sad to see the Igloo go, and I really do think that we can’t save it, not to say we shouldn’t try, I just think we’re going to lose it, but it’s been wonderful watching the Consol Center slowly take shape.

Well this has been a fun stream of consciousness.  I’m sprinting towards the end of this summer schedule, so I’ll be back writing more regularly very soon.  Until then, I’ll try to pop in as much as I can, have a great one!

Sweet Caroline, how did I miss this…

The Marquee

Image by milesizz via Flickr

I am a few hours too late in reading today’s email about the Three River’s Film Festival and it is my loss. This documentary, Song Sung Blue, about a Neil Diamond Tribute band looks awesome. Did anyone see it – how was the film?


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