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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

"Gravity" is a masterful achievement in cinema. It will be regarded as a classic and a landmark film.

Look for Oscar nominations in the double digits, including actress: Sandra Bullock; supporting actor: George Clooney; director: Afonso Cuaron; original screenplay: Cuaron and his son, Jonas; cinematography, and numerous technical categories.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

"Salinger" is a seemingly honest documentary about J.D. Salinger, the reclusive author of "The Catcher in the Rye" who wrote a heralded, controversial, generation-shifting novel and never published another.

Friday, October 4, 2013
Gordon Lightfoot, who had the giant hit "If You Could Read My Mind," will be at Penn's Peak on Oct. 26.

Some very popular artists are coming to Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe including Gordon Lightfoot, America, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, and Vince Gill.

Tonight at the venue, country singer Chris Cagle will be on stage, while opening for him will be Mallory Hope. The concert gets underway at 8 p.m.

Next Thursday, Marvin Seals & JGB will be bringing the music of the Jerry Garcia Band to the local stage.

Then on Oct. 18 and the 25, two bands which play great oldies songs will be featured.

Thursday, October 3, 2013
**FILE** (AP Photo/John Russell) Country music star Chris Cagle is shown Oct. 17, 2000 at Virgin Records in Nashville, Tenn. Cagle was anticipating the birth of his first child, only to discover after the baby was born that he isn't the father. Cagle, 36, also said in the statement, posted Monday Oct. 3, 2005, "As excited as I was about becoming a new father, my disappointment now is equally as strong. So out of respect for all that are involved, please allow this situation to remain private."

Country singer Chris Cagle will be performing Friday night at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. Opening for him will be Mallory Hope. The show starts at 8 p.m. Cagle has two gold albums, two number one albums, and 12 charted songs. Tickets for the concert are just $24 and $29.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

When it comes to psychological thrillers, "Prisoners" takes no prisoners.

"Prisoners," paced by an intense, carefully-crafted and completely believable performance by Hugh Jackman, is a tension-filled nail-biter with a plot twist that you probably won't see.

Keller Dover (Jackman) is a middle-class father living in western Pennsylvania who owns his owns remodeling business. He and his wife, Grace (Maria Bello), have a teen son, Ralph (Dylan Minnette), and young daughter Anna (Erin Gerasimovich).

Thursday, September 26, 2013
Scott Hanna from Riegelsville is an inking artist that draws for both Marvel and DC comics. He is currently working on Iron Man, Wolverine Infinite, and the Adventures of Superman.

From mingling with Star Wars' Mandalorian Mercs and Star Trek's Klingons, to schmoozing with comic book artists and publishers, to trading for a beloved Superman comic book that your mother threw away when you were eleven years old, it was all happening at Lehigh Valley Comic Con.

The Lehigh Valley Comic Con, which is held quarterly, packed hundreds of comic book fans into the Schnecksville Fire House, where thousands of new and vintage graphic novels from action heroes to kid's comedies to Classics Illustrated were sold, traded and discussed among the local fan base.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Coming to Penn's Peak on Friday is the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

It's one of three concerts in four days at the Jim Thorpe venue.

On Thursday night, country giant Josh Turner returns with a packed house anticipated for this show.

On Sunday, Hinder and Candlebox combine with Devour the Day and Open Air Stereo for their initial Penn's Peak visit.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has had numerous hits including "Mr. Bojangles," "Modern Day Romance," and "Dance Little Jean."

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

"The Family" is a generically-titled film that is anything but generic.

The mob drama-comedy stars the iconic Robert De Niro, in one of his best roles in years, and the magnificent Michelle Pfeiffer, also in one of her best performances.

"The Family" is smart entertainment on the order of "Goodfellas" (1990). In fact, there's a nod in the storyline to "Goodfellas," directed by Martin Scorsese, who produced "The Family."

There's also a sense of "Married to the Mob" (1988) "Analyze This" (1999), and "Meet the Fockers" (2004).

Call it "Meet the Mobsters."

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Josh Turner

Few religious songs make it big on the regular hit charts, but country star Josh Turner managed the feat with his recording of "Long Black Train."

The song is about finding "victory in the Lord" instead of riding the "long black train."

Ten years ago, the song made it to number 13 on the country charts, and kick-started what has become a successful career for Turner.

The personable bassist has charted quite a few records since then, including "Would You Go With Me," "Your Man," "All Over Me," and "Why Don't We Just Dance."

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

"In A World ... "You may have heard that phrase, intoned by Don LaFontaine at the beginning of movie previews, or trailers, as they are known.

LaFontaine, who died in 2008, was dubbed "the voice of God" for his recordings of more than 5,000 film trailers, and thousands of television commercials, network promotions and video game trailers.

LaFontaine parodied his own career in TV commercials for Geico Insurance and the "Mega Millions" lottery game.