Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Last night, December 16th, NCIS aired its 11th episode of its current season (Season 6). Titled Silent Night, the NCIS teams is stuck working on a case over Christmas involving a crime suspect who is presumed dead.
In the episode, the team finds an unusual clue--a shirt button that they trace back to a button company in Scranton, PA.
To watch the complete Silent Night episode of NCIS, click here.
Mondo thanks to the sharp-eared Martina S. for this reference.
Don McKeon, who has contributed many wonderful Scranton and Wilkes-Barre references to the blog, emailed me yesterday with a reference to the Pocono Mountains in the classic 1940 film Kitty Foyle, starring Ginger Rogers and Dennis Morgan:
I'm not sure if I wrote this item in or maybe you have it already, but I was watching an old Ginger Rogers film the other night called Kitty Foyle and the Pocono Mountains are mentioned. This film was made in or around 1940 and I believe Ginger Rogers won an Academy Award for her performance (for Best Actress in a Leading Role).
The story originates in Philadelphia, where Kitty envies the "Main Line" way of life in comparison to her own. She falls in love with a Main Liner and eventually marries him, but the gap between their societal upbringing dooms the marriage.
Long story short, Kitty flees to New York and meets a doctor who falls in love with her. She agrees to marry him; but when her former husband comes back into her life, she faces the ultimate choice......................I won't spoil the ending.
Disregard this if you already are aware of of the film.
Including Ginger Roger's Best Actress win, Kitty Foyle received a total of five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director (Sam Wood, who also directed 1935's A Night at the Opera with Old Forge and Scranton native Allan Jones), and Best Screenplay (Dalton Trumbo, who also went on to write Roman Holiday, Spartacus and Exodus).
Though the Lackawanna County Library System does not have the film in our collection, Kitty Foyle is available to purchase on DVD.
And a big thanks again to Don McKeon for not only this contribution, but for all of the references he gave me that I would otherwise be unaware of. You're the best, Don!
Monday, December 08, 2008
Included in the Hot Issue (page 69) is the band The Answer, a new band that is presently on tour with AC/DC as the legendary band's opening act.
Friday, December 05, 2008
In a side blurb to the text titled "What's in the Snowman's Future?" Eckstein ponders why the snowman has not become the symbol or mascot for a major sports team. And in a collection of four potential logos of snowman-inspired sports teams,Eckstein suggests the following names: Spokane Snowmen, Philadelphia Frosties, Schuylkill Chill, and (my personal favorite, of course), Scranton Snowball Heads.
A nice local touch to an incredibly groovy piece of literature.
And don't forget that Bob Eckstein will be presenting at Albright Memorial Library on Thursday, January 8th from 6-8 PM. For more information on this event, click here.
Thursday, December 04, 2008
Bob Eckstein, Hawley Native and Author of "History of the Snowman," At Albright Memorial Library Thursday, January 8th, 6-8 PM
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Remember the Night stars Fred MacMurray as an assistant DA who takes shoplifter Barbara Stanwyck (whom he is prosecuting) home with him for Christmas. The film also features a fleeting reference to the city of Scranton towards the end.
Remember the Night will be shown on TCM on the following dates:
Thursday, November 27, 2008
For the first time in a few years, I decided to catch the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade and, wouldn't you know it, there was a very funny reference to Scranton, courtesy of one of the stars of The Office.
Kate Flannery (Meredith) and Oscar Nunez (Oscar) were briefly interviewed on the sidelines of the parade. When asked by the host what they thought of this morning's festivities, Kate cheerfully replied, "It's almost as big as the Scranton St. Patrick's Day Parade. Almost."
Friday, November 21, 2008
This time, Scranton was mentioned on page 9 of EW in the popular section called The Bullseye, which rates the pop culture news stories of the week ala a game of Darts (humorously, several events nobody cares about--usually those involving Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt--often miss the bullseye and the arrow lands two pages ahead).
A near-miss on The Bullseye this week is the following item on The Office:
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Although the public domain film is not available via My Library DV, YouTube has made the entire film available online. The film begins here.
The clip of Lady of Burlesque with the Wilkes-Barre reference is below; it occurs at the 2:00 mark.:
That settles it! We GOTTA have a new one!
(gestures towards the off-stage ladies' room)
Oh, the museum piece. I haven't seen one like that
since the Wilkes-Barre Regal.
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Tina Fey made her third triumphant appearance this season as Sarah Palin on this past weekend's Saturday Night Live in a send-up of this past week's Vice-Presidential debate between Palin and Joe Biden.
Though it was hysterical (even featuring a cameo by Queen Latifah as debate moderator Gwen Ifill), I have to admit I was a little unnerved when SNL regular Jason Sudeikis (as Joe Biden) made a somewhat shockingly negative speech about Scranton. Granted, it was quite funny, but shocking nonetheless.
Monday, September 29, 2008
NEPA’s New Director
Claude T. Martin presents
A Warlight Pictures Film
Evil is only fair in the eyes of a killer.
Premieres Saturday, October 25th
Endless Mountain Theaters
933 Scranton-Carbondale Highway
Fair Evil is Rated R
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Congratulations to Douglas Carter Beane and the entire cast and crew of Xanadu for a successful run and a job well done.
Monday, September 08, 2008
Two Scranton references occur in Chaper Fourteen: Aileen Wuornos's Confession -- In Her Own Words on page 133:
"She (Tyria Moore) had fled her parents' home and was living with her sister in Scranton, Pennsylvania...He (Major Dan Henry) booked into a local motel with one of his prime suspects, Tyria, and then he summoned Jerry Thompson of Cirtus County and Bruce Munster of Marion County who flew to Scranton to interview her."
As a side note, if you have a choice of the two books to read, I would strongly recommended Lethal Intent as the better of the two books. Monster: My True Story features only about 10 out of 238 pages of actual interviews with the co-author. The rest of the book is comprised of court transcripts, police interviews and a sketchy reading of the events of her life.
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
The Office: Season Four Now on DVD; Target Offers Exclusive Bonus Disc With Q&A From "Office Convention" in Scranton
If you plan to buy the DVD, you may want to consider picking it up at Target; they're offering an exclusive box set with special packaging that also includes an exclusive bonus disc featuring the hour-long cast Q&A from The Office Convention in Scranton, PA, filmed at University of Scranton. Unfortunately, the Target exclusive is not available for purchase online.
Season Five of The Office starts Thursday, September 25th at 9 PM on NBC.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
The Last Station, the novel as well as the film, is a drama that illustrates Russian author Leo Tolstoy's struggle to balance fame and wealth with his commitment to a life devoid of material things and a troubled marriage.
Directed and co-written for the screen by Michael Hoffman (Soapdish, Restoration, The Emperor's Club) the film version of The Last Station includes an impressive roster of actors--Christopher Plummer as Leo Tolstoy, Helen Mirren as his wife Sofya, Paul Giamatti as Vladimir Chertkov, and James McAvoy as Valentin Bulgakov.
The film version of The Last Station will be released this winter.
Novelist and poet Jay Parini was born in 1948 in Pittston, Pennsylvania and raised in Scranton.
To place a hold on Parini's novel The Last Station, click here.
To read an article from The Times-Tribune about the upcoming film, click here.
Much thanks to my colleague Martina S. for this reference.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
If there are any readers of the blog out there who has seen Diary of the Dead and knows for certain if the Scranton reference was included in the actual film, please email me.
Check out the trailer for Diary of the Dead below:
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
On page 110 is The Ausiello Files, a column by EW writer Michael Ausiello that contains questions from readers requesting spoilers and such for their favorite television shows. One in particular caught my eye this week:
"Office news. You have it. I want it. Give it up! - Pamela
"Given all the tomfoolery that transpires at Dunder-Mifflin, it's kind of shocking to think that we've yet to meet this guy, but this season The Office will finally be introducing the paper company's head of HR. However, since he'll be heard before he's actually seen in Scranton, there's still time for Michael to remove that hidden camera in the ladies' room."
Thursday, August 07, 2008
Mad Men, created by Matthew Weiner (The Sopranos), is the first original series from tevevision network AMC (American Movie Classics). Set in New York City, Mad Men takes place amid the changing social mores in the early 1960s and centers on the fictional Madison Avenue advertising agency Sterling Cooper and its high level executive Don Draper (Jon Hamm), as well as his colleagues.
In addition to winning the 2007 Peabody Award, Mad Men recently made history by being the first basic-cable series (it shares the honor with Damages) to be nominated for the Prime Time Emmy Award for Best Drama (just one of a total of 16 Emmy nominations).
The Wilkes-Barre reference occurs about halfway through Flight 1, the second episode of the second season which had its premiere on Sunday, August 3rd. which first aired on Sunday, August 3rd. The character of Sis is talking to Peggy (Eilzabeth Moss) about how their mother lies about Peggy's activities to save face in front of her gossipy neighbors. Mom tells the nosy neighbors that the reason Peggy is is never seen at their church is because she is always out of town on business and even makes up a fictitious church that she attends in Wilkes-Barre, PA.
To watch the complete "Flight 1" episode of Mad Men online, click here.
A big ol' holla to Elizabeth Davis for this reference.
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Monday, August 04, 2008
It's been a while but I came across a mention of "Scranton" in the comic section of Friday's Aug. 01, 2008 Scranton Times. Dagwood, from the Blondie comic strip, is looking for some perfume as a gift for his wife but all the "fancy" selections are too costly. He finally settles on just the right item, a cologne costing $6.50 an ounce called "Ned McGillicutty of Scranton". It's cute. Take care."
Created by Chic Young, the popular Blondie comic strips have been published in newspapers around the country since September 8, 1930.
The Blondie comic with the Scranton reference can be seen in full by either clicking on the image above or visiting the Official Blondie and Dagwood web site; a direct link to the Scranton comic can be viewed by clicking right here.
Much thanks again to the eternally observant Don McKeon for another great Scranton reference. Keep 'em comin'!
Thursday, July 31, 2008
"I saw your blog and thought you might be the right person to ask about this company 'De Frenes and Company, Wilkes-Barre, PA' which produced films from 1920 to well into the 1950s.
"Is there any institution in Wilkes-Barre that may have information about this company, or its sister company 'B.D.F Films'?
"I am doing research on a film this company produced in 1921 'A Movie Trip Through Film Land'. The goal would be to research what became of the production company and to discover if any of their records or production materials survive. Thank you for taking the time to read this and considering my request. Any help would be most appreciated.
I did refer Mike to both the Osterhout Free Library in Wilkes-Barre and the Luzerne County Historical Society. BUT I need your help, too. If there are any local history or movie buffs out there who are familiar with either De Frenes and Company or BDF Films (both now defunct, but originally based in Wilkes-Barre, PA), will you PLEASE help Mike by emailing me with any information you have? Or you can even leave me a message in the Meebo box on the lefthand side of the blog.
Thanks for your question, Mike, and I'll do my best to seek an answer for you. But if you find it first, please email me too so I can post the info here in the blog.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
"Kelly" from "The Office" To Visit Scranton July 19th; "Kevin" in The Electric City the 25th and 26th
I have good news to report for fans of NBC's The Office--not one, but TWO cast members have planned visits to Scranton, both scheduled for July.
Mindy Kaling, who portrays Kelly, will be in Scranton on Saturday, July 19th at The Mall at Steamtown to celebrate the release of The Office Official Board Game and The Office Official DVD Board Game. This will be Mindy's second visit to Scranton (her first being The Office Convention last October). Mindy will also officiate “The Office Games” all day, starting with a 2k Fun Run and ending with a beet-eating contest. In between, there will be trivia contests and an autograph signing session. Proceeds from the day's events will benefit United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania in Scranton.
On Friday, July 25th, Brian Baumgarten (who portrays Kevin on the show), will be in Scranton to visit local landmarks. Baumgarten is also scheduled to attend The Counting Crows/Maroon 5 concert (with Special Guest Sara Bareilles of "Love Song" fame) at the Toyota Pavillion at Montage Mountain on Saturday, July 26th. It's not too late to purchase tickets for the concert by clicking here. This will be his third visit to Scranton in the past 2 years.
For more information on these two upcoming visits, click here. To register, click here.
UPDATE 7/11/08 - On a related note, my colleague Martina S. sent me the following email:
I don't know if this works for your blog, and maybe you already read the article on the Scranton Times website about The Office cast members winning 50,000 dollars for the Children's Advocacy Center of Northeastern PA on the Celebrity Family Fued. I didn't see the show, but usually they discuss the charity at the beginning of the show."
Click here to read the article in the Scranton Times.
Thursday, July 03, 2008
In a letter to his folks back home in Scranton, Swartz wrote how excited he was of his composition; he also admitted that "everyone helped make it up. If it keeps on going, it will become a popular western song." This letter, which included the lyrics to the first verse of the new song, would become a significant piece of evidence years later when the song's authorship came into question.
Crawford O. Swartz died in Scranton on March 12, 1932.
Click on any of the following links to reserve CDs by a variety of artists that have recorded Home on the Range: Frank Sinatra; Peter, Paul & Mary; Roy Rogers; Mannheim Steamroller; and local recording artists The Lyric Consort.
Monday, June 30, 2008
May's most recent film is Bonneville and stars Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Joan Allen, Tom Skerritt and Christine Baranski. Originally released in 2006, Bonneville tells the story of three friends who come of age for a second time on a trip across the great American West.
To place a hold on the DVD of Bonneville, click here.
To read a previous entry on Robert May, click here.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
During the interview, Regis Philbin brought up both last year's Office Convention (held in Scranton) and the original idea to use Scranton, Pennsylvania as the location of the fictional Dunder-Mifflin Paper Company.
Carrell stated that he heard from his fellow actors on the shows that the convention was incredible, and he himself definitely plans to attend the next Office Convention. He also stated that the producers of the hit show didn't choose Scranton, PA as a locale to make fun of the city--he said they were simply looking for an "honest town" and "a normal place where normal people work."
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Wilkes-Barre native Douglas Carter Beane nominated for "Best Book of a Musical" Tony Award for Xanadu
Congratulations to playwright and Wilkes-Barre native Douglas Carter Beane, who was nominated this morning for a Best Book of a Musical Tony Award for the surprise hit Xanadu.
Xanadu was nominated for a total of 4 Tonys, including Best Actress (Kerry Butler), Best Choreography (Dan Knechtges), and Best Musical.
The Tony Awards air Sunday, June 15th at 8 PM on CBS. For a complete list of 2008 Tony nominees, click here.
For more information on Douglas Carter Beane from a previous blog entry, click here.
Good luck, Douglas!!!!! We're all rooting for you.
And don't miss Xanadu on Broadway! It's an excellent show (I'm going to see it for the THIRD time at the end of May--YES, IT'S THAT GOOD!!!).
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
This reference is from my longtime friend and colleague Evelyn Gibbons, who called me tonight all excited to give me this info: