Tuesday, October 13, 2015


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

"Minions" is one of the worst animated feature films I've seen in recent memory.

This shouldn't be surprising since "Minions" is the spawn of "Despicable Me" (2010) and "Despicable Me 2" (2013).

The goal of the Minions, after all, is "to serve the most despicable master they can find." Now isn't that a nice anti-social lesson to give the young 'uns?

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Lee Greenwood, whose hit "God Bless the USA" has been voted the most recognizable patriotic song in America, will perform Friday at Penn's Peak.

The country music superstar could easily talk about the accomplishments in his life, but this high-energy entertainer prefers to continue writing and recording with the same passion and integrity that has always fueled his stellar career.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

"Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" is the sleeper hit of the summer of 2015.

Regardless of its box office tally, the movie is the critical hit . It's an astounding piece of cinema: bold concept, audacious style and compelling content.

"Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" won the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award in the United States Dramatic Competition at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

It also won awards at the Nantucket and Seattle film festivals. The film was acquired for $12 million, the largest amount in Sundance history.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

"Ted 2" is no teddy bears' picnic. And that's a big part of its rude charm.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

"Inside Out" is an animated look inside a preteen girl's brain, with individuals or creatures depicting five emotions: Joy (voiced by Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black) and Disgust (Mindy Kaling).

The 11-year-old girl, Riley (Kaitlyn Dias), is going through a difficult time, much to the consternation of her parents (Diane Lane and Kyle MacLachlan) after the family moves from Minnesota to San Francisco.

"Personality islands," the "control console," "core memories" and the "train of memory" are shown and explained.

Friday, June 26, 2015

You'd think they would've learned. Not when there was the possibility of another record-breaking box office blockbuster.

When "Jurassic Park" was released June 11, 1993, (becoming the then highest-grossing movie to date with $350 million domestically), it changed the way special effects movies were made. Stop-motion animation was considered for "Jurassic Park." computer generated imagery, in one of its most extensive uses at the time, was chosen. Thus, the Industrial Light and Magic era dawned.

Thursday, June 18, 2015
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Graham Nash has announced he will be bringing his intimate solo concert, "An Evening With" to Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. Tickets are now on sale.

Legendary singer-songwriter Graham Nash has added additional dates to his upcoming series of "An Evening With" concerts he will be playing throughout the United States this summer, including Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe on Aug. 18.

Nash will continue his longtime tradition of raising money for charity through the Guacamole Fund's special benefit seats; in addition, he will be donating $1 per ticket sold to charity.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

If you're a Beach Boys fan, you may know by heart the opening notes and sounds of many of the group's hit songs: "Wouldn't It Be Nice," "God Only Knows," "Good Vibrations," "Sloop John B" (each released in 1966). These and more began in Brian Wilson's brain. He apparently heard them as full arrangements.

That's the premise of the fascinating "Love & Mercy" biopic about Beach Boys songwriter and founder Wilson, who is still touring (Wilson, with Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin joining him, and Rodriguez opening, June 29, Mann Music Center, Philadelphia).

Wednesday, June 17, 2015
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS  Entertainer Jay Smar along with othermusicians will provide entertainment Sunday at the 25th Annual Tamaqua Summerfest.

The Tamaqua Historical Society will once again stage a summer extravaganza of food and music for Father's Day.

The society will present the 25th Annual Tamaqua Summerfest from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in downtown Tamaqua, rain or shine.

The free event offers entertainment for the entire family, according to organizers, and is the largest festival of its kind in the region.

"Summerfest is a great way to kick off the summer season and celebrate Father's Day with Dad and the entire family," said Dale Freudenberger, society president.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

NEW YORK Tune in NBC any Saturday at 11:30 p.m. Eastern time, and, whether live or a repeat, you know what you'll find. It's been that way since October 1975 and, having just wrapped 40 years on the air, "Saturday Night Live" is long overdue for a fitting shrine.

Now it has one. "Saturday Night Live: The Exhibition" has just opened in (where else) New York, and it's a riches-filled destination for the program's three generations of fans those, that is, who can cover the rich admission ($29 for adults, $26 for children under 12).