Pittsburgh Travel Guide
It's Lights, Camera, Action for the Steel City.
With the success many U.S. cities - like New York, Atlanta, New Orleans, and Los Angeles - have had with movie location tours, Pittsburgh is ready to launch their own.
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At this point we’re pretty familiar with what’s allowed—and what’s not allowed—when it comes to stuff that you can bring to the airport. Swords, nunchucks, and other weaponry utilized by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are all bad ideas, and of course things like guns are always frowned upon. You’d assume that bows and arrows would also be on the do not bring list, but apparently at one airport it’s totally fine to bring them in and around airport property.
Okay—we’ll admit we’re arguing semantics a little bit here, but yes bows, arrows, and associated archery items are allowed on the grounds of Pittsburgh International Airport. That’s because the land surrounding the airport is apparently a darn good spot to hunt for deer.
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If you’re an Iron Chef it’s clear that you are more than half-way decent at cooking, but it also means that you have a passion for restaurants—especially those at the airport. Cat Cora is already slinging stuff in San Francisco and Houston, and now Michael Symon is planning to do something similar.
Bar Symon is headed to Pittsburgh International Airport as soon as this May, and the plan is to ensure that hungry travelers are well fed and are provided with something a little more substantial than a bag of pretzels and a Diet Coke. We’re most looking forward to taking a crack at the restaurant’s "Lola Burger," which will be topped with a fried egg and pickled red onions.
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MTV's The Real World has called more than 20 cities homeincluding New York, Paris, London, Los Angeles, and Las Vegasover the past 26 seasons and now it looks like they may be adding Pittsburgh to that list.
Though there is no official confirmation from MTV about the show's 27th location, and the Pittsburgh Film Office has remained mum about the possibility, many local websites, Twitter reports, and even Wikipedia, seem to agree that The Real World: Pittsburgh is finally happening in 2012.
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We know it’s surprising, but we actually have a little bit of good airport security news to share. It looks like the brave men and women in blue—the TSA—have launched a new express lane at Pittsburgh International Airport. Obviously anything to get us through the gingerbread scanners and metal detectors faster is a positive, so we’re curious to check things out in person next time we’re in town.
The Express Security Line isn’t just for frequent flyers or airline personnel, but it is only for those with just one bag. The TSA will be on the lookout for approved carry-on baggage only, so those who push the limit—us included sometimes—need to review the rules.
Last week, Jake Gyllenhaal made appearances on several TV and radio talk shows to promote his new movie, Love and Other Drugs, which also stars Anne Hathaway. But Jake wasn't just singing the praises of his co-star during the interviews; he was also raving about a special sandwich he had while they were filming the movie in Pittsburgh.
On Friday he told Jimmy Fallon, "My favorite sandwich is a Primanti Brothers' sandwich, it has the french fries in the sandwich and cole slaw."
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The scanners at Pittsburgh
After we felt a little bit violated by our full-body scan at Buffalo, we vowed that the next time we came across one of them, we’d refuse it.
Two days later (it was AYCJ time, you see) we were up against the blighters again in Pittsburgh, and we decided to make our stand.
There were no warning pictures that we were approaching the scan, so as it got close to our turn, and we’d laid out our stuff on the conveyor belt, we told the TSA man we’d like a patdown instead. His response? A loud groan and an epic eye roll. He told us they were busy, we apologized and said we just didn’t want the scan. So he turned round and yelled at the female TSA agent who was checking people at the other end of the scan: “We need a patdown here”.
He then let us through a little gate to the other side of the machine and made us wait there. And wait. And wait.
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Taylor Lautner greets fans
This summer has been one of the busiest ever for movie-making, which means fans have plenty of choices if they want to do some set-stalking. Here are our top three movie shoots to catch right now:
· 'Scream 4' in Ann Arbor, MI
The fourth installment of the Scream franchise has been shooting in Michigan for more than a month. The movie brings back the original stars including Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette, who has been tweeting about his adventures in MI. The movie is also welcoming a new crop of Scream stars, like Adam Brody, Anthony Anderson, Hayden Panettiere and Emma Roberts, too.
This week, they are filming nights on Lincoln Ave in Ann Arbor. David Arquette, Adam Brody and Anthony Anderson have all been at the set over the past few days.
The weather is getting cooler, and college football is going strong. Here’s the scoop on just one of the country’s best rivalries to help your sports travel planning.
· Rivalry Match-Up: The University of Cincinnati at the University of Pittsburgh on December 5
Cincinnati and Pittsburgh played a few times in the roaring '20s, but after that there weren’t many on-field battles until 2005. That year Cincinnati joined the Big East conference and a new rivalry was born.
It’s one of college football’s newest rivalries and solid play is making it one of the best. The two schools even used their academic abilities to design a snazzy new trophy to boost the competition. The Paddlewheel Trophy—named in honor of paddleboats that ran between the two cities—went to Cincinnati last year, and we’re thinking they’ll snag it again this year. However, Pitt does lead the River City Rivalry series, so anything can happen when the two teams meet.
Stadium Info and tips on where to sleep and party, after the jump.
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Have you ever dreamt of sharing the big screen with Jake Gyllenhaal or Anne Hathaway? Who hasn't, right? Well, here's your chance! The pair have reunited for the new movie, "Love and Other Drugs," based on Jamie Reidy's memoir "Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman," and they need 400 unpaid extras for a crowd scene filming in Pittsburgh, PA next week.
The scene will be a Pfizer rally shot inside Mellon Arena on October 13th. Anyone over 18 is eligible to participate without having to provide a head shot or resume, all you have to do is contact Matt Clancy at the Pittsburgh Film Office via email (mclancy(at)pghfilm.org) or by phone (412-261-2744) by the end of business today.
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All good things must come to an end, and such is the case with the bartending career of Angelo Cammarata. At 95 years young, he's the world's oldest bartender, but he plans to finally throw in the bar towel some time in the next couple of weeks. As an interesting AP story points out, Cammarata served his first drink - a bottle of Fort Pitt beer - at his father's grocery store just moments after Prohibition was repealed in 1933. He's been slinging the sauce ever since and only rarely indulges in alcohol himself, one of those secrets to a long life that we'd rather not hear on a Saturday.
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"Adventureland", written and directed by Greg Mottola, who also directed "Superbad", is a comedy about a recent college grad (Jesse Eisenberg) who gets a summer job at an amusement park working for two weirdo bosses (Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader. Then, just when his summer job seems hopeless, he falls for a co-worker ("Twilight’s" Kristen Stewart). "Adventureland" was filmed in and around Pittsburgh in the fall of 2007. Here’s your guide to adventure in Steel City.
What to Stay:
Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel, is located in the restored Fulton Building at 107 6th St and is, apparently, fit for a President. Though price may be a little high for Pittsburgh, about $199 a night, the Renaissance has a prime location near the city's theaters, Heinz Field, PNC Park, and Mellon Arena.