LGBT group finds home
YOUNGSTOWN -- The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center, now called the Pride Center of Greater Youngstown, has a permanent home at First Unitarian Church, 1105 Elm St.
Previously, the group, founded in 1999, met and had events in members' homes and other venues, said Patrick Pacalo, chairman of the Pride Center's board of trustees. The grand opening of the Pride Center's new offices and meeting place was June 30.
The center has about 50 active members, some 200 on its mailing list, and is networked with several organizations in the Mahoning Valley and with centers in Akron, Pittsburgh and Cleveland, Pacalo said.
Crazy Taxi video gameto drive into theaters
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The best-selling video game Crazy Taxi is careening into movie theaters.
Richard Donner will be the director and executive producer of a feature film version of the Sega game, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Goodman-Rosen Productions optioned the movie rights.
Since debuting early last year, two versions of Crazy Taxi have sold more than 1 million units on the Dreamcast and PlayStation2 consoles.
In the game, virtual cabbies use any means necessary to get their fares to their destinations as quickly as possible. They gain time by rushing down crowded streets and sidewalks, through subway tunnels and over rooftops.
Donner, whose work includes the "Lethal Weapon" series and "Superman," said he wants the film to reflect the video game by putting the audience in the front or back seat during the action scenes.
Donner said that although the success of the film "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" should help Crazy Taxi, he's not in a hurry to capitalize on the video-game genre. "When we have a solid script and we're ready to do it, we'll do it."