Monday, September 29, 2008

Pittson Native's Film "Fair Evil" To Get Local Premiere October 25th

NEPA’s New Director
Claude T. Martin presents
A Warlight Pictures Film

Connie Shelhamer
Bill Armitage
Johnny Paradise


Evil is only fair in the eyes of a killer.

Premieres Saturday, October 25th
6:30 PM
Endless Mountain Theaters
933 Scranton-Carbondale Highway

Fair Evil is Rated R

Under 17 Parent Guardian Required

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

UPDATE: "Xanadu On Broadway" To Close September 28th

It was just announced that Xanadu, the hit Broadway musical with a book written by Wilkes-Barre native Douglas Carter Beane, will play its final performance on Sunday, September 28th; it was originally set to close two weeks later on Sunday, October 12th.

I've seen the show three times and absolutely LOVED IT.

Xanadu opened on Broadway at the Helen Hayes Theatre in NYC on July 10, 2007 to rave reviews. It was nominated for four 2008 Tony Awards, including one for Best Book of a Musical for Beane.

If you haven't seen it yet, this is your final chance. To purchase tickets, click here. Ticket prices range from $60 to $110, with steep discounts available through sites such as TheaterMania; in addition, a handful of tickets for on-stage seating (priced at $41) are available for every performance.

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

Monster: My True Story by Aileen Wuornos with Christopher Berry-Dee (2004)

I recently read Monster: My True Story by Aileen Wuornos with Christopher Berry-Dee and to my surprise, the book reference Scranton as the place that Wuornos's girlfriend Tyria Moore hid out from the police (as opposed to Wilkes-Barre reference in the much superior telling of the story, Sue Russell's Lethal Intent).

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

Check out the cover art for the just-released DVD set of The Office: Season Four. The sign in the background reads "Scranton Business Park." In addition, one of the Special Features listed is The Office Convention: Writer's Block.

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.