Archive | February, 2011

Will Freeze on State Film Tax Credit Freeze Out Dark Knight and Other Movie Productions?

18 Feb

There is currently a freeze on Pennsylvania’s film tax credit program – and this freeze on remaining funds could cause Pittsburgh an other Pennsylvania locations to miss out on many film opportunities including the highly anticipated Batman sequel, “Dark Knight Rises,” which was reported to start filming in Pittsburgh this summer.

So far, producers of Batman and 2 other productions set to be filmed in Pittsburgh have reportedly threatened to back out and shoot elsewhere if the money is not released.

Local media and casting agencies are encouraging citizens to contact local lawmakers and government to keep the productions in town. ilm productions had been receiving a 25 percent credit for spending at least 60 percent of their production budget in the state, which is the amount “The Dark Knight Rises” has been rumored to film in Pittsburgh.

The PA film tax credit program is presently on hold until the Pennsylvania state budget is passed next month. This could cost the city and state mega-bucks if these big-money productions choose another locale.

Movie productions filmed in Pittsburgh had been receiving a 25 percent credit for spending 60% or more of their production budget in Pennsylvania. Though Warner Bros. are yet to officially announce filming locations for “The Dark Knight Rises,” it was reported that this would likely be the amount spent in Pittsburgh.

As no formal announcements have been made regarding the movie, there is still hope for it and others. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that the film tax credit mess can get straightened out. Not only is it big business for Pittsburgh, but it is likewise exciting to see our hometown on the big screen!

 

Pittsburgh’s “George the Mastiff” Doing Good at Home – and at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

18 Feb

George, a 250-pound Mastiff, is a hard-to-miss pooch….AND a Pitt legend who just so happened to be 1 of 2,500 dogs competing in the 2011 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show this past Monday and Tuesday.

George is 4 years old and, in 2009, was the Number 4 ranked mastiff in the entire country. Though he didn’t win this year, he has a special place in the hearts of many!

This gentle giant is a therapy dog who often visits Pitt’s “Cathedral of Learning” to cheer up weary students. He also can be seen being walked by his owners (or is it the other way around?) in Mt. Washington. George, whose show name is “American/International Champion Erieside Straight to Coalhill CGC TDIA” also works as a therapy dog at the Western PA School for the Blind and Children’s Hospital of UPMC.

His “parents” are Amy and John Coglio of Pittsburgh. They – and all of the ‘Burgh – should “pawsitively” be proud of this dapper doggie!

You can learn more about George on the website for their kennel, which is called Coalhill. Check it out, here: http://www.coalhillmastiffs.com

Britney Spears ‘Hold It Against Me’ Video Premiere

18 Feb

Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick Engaged….Or Not.

16 Feb

Today reports were swirling that Kourtney Kardashian and longtime love, Scott Discik, with whom she has a son, got engaged.

While a couple of tabloid magazines and celeb gossip tweets brazenly proclaimed the good news, Kardashian herself claims that th announcement is false.

Kourtney took to her Twitter page to say:  “WOW!! Where do the mags come up with this stuff? And claiming exclusives? Come on now.”

The couple is still going strong and raising son Mason, but a wedding is not in the immediate future, despite teasers of “Kourtney and Kim Take New York” showing Scott buying an engagement ring for Kourtney.
Guess we’ll all have to wait and see!

Casting: Locke and Key Stand-in / Photo Double Needed

16 Feb

As of yesterday, Feb. 15, 2011 – Now casting in Pgh: Caucasian boy between the ages of 7-9 years old needed as Stand-in/Photo-double for TV pilot, “Locke and Key.”

The pilot for this FOX television show is shooting in Pittsburgh now through Feb. 28. The boy must be between 47-48 inches and between 48-54 lbs with dirty blonde or VERY light brown hair that is somewhat shaggy. No tan. Not shy.

Contact mossercasting@gmail.com for inquiries or call 412.621.1160 to see if the role has been cast yet.

Another Year, LeBeau Style: Steelers Keep Beloved Defensive Coordinator, Dick LeBeau

16 Feb

Good news, Steeler Nation!  Dick LeBeau is to return as Steelers Defensive Coordinator for at least another year!

Many of fans and players (including LaMarr Woodley) tweeted their joy at this news.

LeBeau, a Football Hall of Fame inductee,  is one of the most respected Steelers icons! The 72-year-old is returning for his 52nd year in the NFL!

“I’m not coaching anywhere but here,” LeBeau said today after returning from four days off to start getting ready for the NFL combine that begins Feb. 23 in Indianapolis.

 

Singer Jordin Sparks Rocks a Zang Toi Dress

15 Feb

At Sunday’s 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, singer Jordin Sparks was seen on the red carpet working a custom-made red gown by designer Zang Toi.

The Pittsburgh tie-in? Zang Toi was the main attraction at the first annual Pittsburgh Fashion Week held in the Fall of 2010.

See pics below of me with the designer, and Jordin Sparks wearing one of his designs.