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The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

Benjamin Asciutto, a senior film and business major.

Student-run podcast ‘Pitt in Hollywood’ showcases success stories from Pitt alumni

By Jacob Mraz, Staff Writer November 3, 2022
2002 Pitt graduate John Paul Horstmann talks about his arrival in LA, founding University of Pittsburgh Television and the importance of networking in the first episode of Ben Asciutto’s podcast, “Pitt in Hollywood.”
The cast and crew of “Game of Thrones” accepting the Outstanding Drama Series award during the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Monday. (Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Emmys emulate Hollywood’s shortcomings

By The Pitt News Editorial Board September 19, 2018
Emmys ratings dropped dramatically this year — proving that Hollywood has lost touch with everyday Americans on all sides of the political spectrum. This becomes more clear with every passing awards season.
Julia Podvin, a sophomore studying finance and accounting, modeled for the Pitt Fashion Business Association Annual Fashion Show Wednesday night in the William Pitt Union. (Photo by Thomas Yang | Visual Editor)

Flashback to the ’50s: FBA hosts old Hollywood fashion show

By Elizabeth Donnelly | Staff Writer March 29, 2018

Most college students don’t raid their grandmother’s closet for fashion inspiration, but when Julia Huber’s models strutted down the runway in the William Pitt Union Wednesday night, her grandmother’s...

Three members of the Dora Milaje play major roles in Black Panther. From left, Okoye (Danai Gurira), Nakia (Lupita Nyongo) and Ayo (Florence Kasumba). (Matt Kennedy/Marvel Studios/TNS)

Editorial: “Black Panther” sets standard for Hollywood inclusion

By The Pitt News Editorial Board February 20, 2018

If pop culture in the 2010s is remembered for anything, it’ll have to be superhero movies. Marvel, DC and smaller franchises have populated the silver screen with countless heroes over the past several...

Meryl Streep and Ai-jen Poo arrive at the 75th Annual Golden Globes at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. (Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Women in Hollywood won’t solve sexism alone

By Henry Glitz | Opinions Editor January 9, 2018

Hating on Hollywood — the home of the unattainably beautiful and fabulously wealthy — has always been easy for those of us living in Pittsburgh’s somewhat colder climate. But with last weekend’s...

TV anchor Matt Lauer (NBC’s “Today” show) is photographed as he arrives at Audrey Hepburn: The Beauty Of Compassion, an exhibition and auction event to benefit the UNICEF education program held at Sothebys in New York Monday, April 21, 2003. (Nicolas Khayat/Abaca Press/TNS)

Editorial: In cases of sexual misconduct, no story is too small

By The Pitt News Editorial Board November 30, 2017

To bring down Harvey Weinstein, it took the accounts of thirteen women. It took five to bring down Louis C.K. And yesterday, it took just one woman’s account of sexual misconduct to bring down ex-NBC...

Netflix cut ties with Kevin Spacey after four men accused him of sexual assault and harassment. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

Hollywood homophobia complicates Spacey scandal

By Thomas Wick | Columnist November 7, 2017

Coming out as gay can be a struggle. The experience can be even harder if you’re 14 years old, the victim of a sexual assault — and in the film industry. This is exactly the unfortunate situation...

Actor Anthony Rapp accused Kevin Spacey of making a sexual advance toward him when he was 14. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

Editorial: Spacey’s coming out wrongly reinforces negative stereotypes

By The Pitt News Editorial Board October 31, 2017

The wave of sexual assault allegations that have roiled Hollywood in the wake of revelations earlier this month about producer Harvey Weinstein dragged down another celebrity this weekend, but this time...

(Illustration by Liam McFadden | Staff Illustrator)

Ending whitewashing is simple: just look at Ed Skrein

By Thomas Wick | Columnist September 28, 2017

Hollywood has a complicated relationship with racial injustice in America, and for good reason — minority actors still struggle for representation in the industry. But when I heard controversy brewing...

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