Pittsburgh City Paper | Issue Archives | Aug 16, 2007
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  • Aug 16-22, 2007
  • Vol. 17, No. 33


  • Non-Profit Group Fishing for a Controversy
  • Non-Profit Group Fishing for a Controversy

    When Oceana, an international nonprofit group dedicated to preserving ocean life, sought to pressure Giant Eagle grocery stores with a billboard campaign, its ads were rejected. The group suspects the ads -- which sound the alarm over mercury levels in seafood -- were quashed after pressure from the regional supermarket giant. Both Giant Eagle and the ad firms deny the claim.
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  • Teenagers Seek Poetic Justice In Outbreak of Violence

    On Aug. 10, JaMay Blackwell joined a score of other Hill District teenagers at Freedom Corner to rally for a stop to the recent outbreak of shootings in Pittsburgh. "Make the violence cease," they chanted. "Put the silence to the violence." The teenagers are participants of a summer program hosted by the Hill House in collaboration with the Carnegie Museums.
  • Pamela Lawton Trial Delayed -- Again

    Pamela Lawton was slated for trial Aug. 7 but it was delayed again, this time by her attorney so he could study the OMI report. That has angered many activists who have been waiting for this matter to come to what they call a just conclusion. "It's hypocrisy," says Minister Jasiri X of Muhammed Mosque No. 22 in Wilkinsburg, an advocate of Lawton's. "If Latinos and African-Americans are being harassed at the same time this is the 'Most Livable City,' that's hypocrisy."
  • Big Winners In 48-hour Film Festival

    From August 3-5, Aloomination Productions was one of 28 teams and more than 280 filmmakers racing against the clock to finish a four-to-seven minute short-film [See City Paper, Against the Clock, Aug. 8]. For the contest, each group had to pick a genre out of a hat, and filmmakers were required to use a given prop, line of dialogue and local landmark in their film. The team that wins "Best Film of Pittsburgh" moves on to compete against 65 other teams and have a chance to have their film screened at Filmapalooza, the official 48-Hour Film Project Awards Weekend. Out of the 28 teams entered in the competition, 20 completed on time, five were late and three didn't finish.




  • El Cantante
  • El Cantante

    The turbulent life of famed salsa singer Hector Lavoe (Marc Anthony) and his wife, Puchi (Jennifer Lopez), is brought to the big screen in this warts-and-bling-and-bongos spectacle.
  • Death at a Funeral
  • Death at a Funeral

    Frank Oz's film, set in England, might have been an urbane black comedy like the Ealing Studio classics of the 1950s, That hope disappears in the first 15 minutes
  • Arctic Tale
  • Arctic Tale

    This enviro-docu-drama set amid the creatures of the Arctic from Adam Ravetch and Sarah Robertson misses its mark by anthropomorphizing its subjects, rigging a story, and delivering its message ad nauseum with a jivey hammer.
  • Bamako
  • Bamako

    Abderrahmane Sissako's deceptively placid yet searing film recalls the political theater of the late 1960s and early '70s -- at once artificial, naturalistic and allegorical.
  • My Best Friend
  • My Best Friend

    Actor Daniel Auteuil finds himself in yet another gentle French farce, this time searching for an instant best friend.
  • Rush Hour 3

    The first two Rush Hour films are guilty pleasures, and so is the third film.



  • Eighteen
  • Theater
  • Eighteen

    Eighteen is meant, I think, as a small show about ordinary people who, without realizing it, make a series of tiny choices ultimately leading to big trouble.
  • Theater
  • Always ... Patsy Cline

    According to the script, Cline herself is just a li'l ol' gal who would get shafted by a shady promoter if the more worldly-wise Louise weren't around. Puh-leeze.


  • Vox Pop
  • In the Flesh

    Porn star and pastor hold live debate about pornography

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