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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

"Remember Me" is memorable.

Robert Pattison, an executive producer of the film, eclipses his "Twlight" fame, proving his acting prowess is deeper than pancake white facial makeup.

Pattison is one reason to remember to see "Remember Me," an emotionally-charged drama with a surprising make that shocking beginning and ending. We won't play spoiler here.

Tyler (Pattison) is an aimless college-age student estranged from his Wall Street executive father (a fine Pierce Brosnan) and still mourning the death of his brother.

Monday, March 15, 2010

PASADENA, Calif. – Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg have gone to war together before: On the 1998 film "Saving Private Ryan" and on HBO's 2001 World War II miniseries "Band of Brothers."

After "Brothers," mail poured in from soldiers who recognized in the miniseries their own experiences in Europe and also from veterans of Pacific battles who wished that backdrop had also been included.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

In director Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" Alice wields a sacred sword to battle the Jabberwocky dragon.

What Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, aka Lewis Carroll, would make of this, one can only imagine.

Imagination is key to this re-imagining of "Wonderland," owing as much to Burton's rococo style ("Edward Scissorhands," "Sleepy Hollow," "Sweeney Todd") as Carroll.

This is not the Disney version. This is the Burton version. And it's dark, not only because it's in 3-D.

Carroll's original characters are intact. Their renderings, especially in 3-D, are phenomenal.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

The Panther Valley High School play "Daddy's Girl" will take place Thursday and Friday, March 4 and 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the PVHS auditorium.

The play was not held last week due to the inclement weather.

The co-directors are John Cooper and Donna Luckenbill.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Three more shows have been announced for Penn's Peak.

They are:

* May 7 - Dennis DeYoung: The Music of Styx. Tickets are $42 and $37 and go on sale March 20.

* June 29 - Further featuring Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, 7 p.m. Tickets, $39.50, go on sale this coming Saturday.

* July 15 - The B-52's. Tickets $47 and $42 go on sale March 27.

Both Lesh and Weir arefounding members of the Grateful Dead and playedwith the Dead throughout its 30 year career.

Separately, theyhave had sold-out concerts at Penn's Peak. Weir had appeared with his band RatDog.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

A Lehighton woman has made the most of business trips to California. She tries to find celebrities and photograph them.

Lisa Gower has shot dozens of different movie stars, singers, and athletes. Often she stands across the street from movie premieres, watching the stars enter. This has given her the opportunity to actually meet several of them, including Ben Stiller, who she described as "very personable."

Stiller stepped off the red carpet at a movie premiere and crossed the street to chat with onlookers, including Lisa.

Thursday, March 4, 2010
The Doughboys

Plainfield, New Jersey's "The Doughboys" return to the the Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe on Saturday, March 6, at 8:30 p.m. with special guests The Easy Outs.

And at 2 p.m., you can meet-and-greet The Doughboys at the new home of "Sound Check Records" which is now located at 23 Broadway in Jim Thorpe.

The Doughboys' will be promoting their brand-new second album" Act Your Rage.

Thursday, March 4, 2010
Railroad Earth will be performing at 8 p.m. Saturday at Penn's Peak.

It's a full schedule of concert activity at Penn's Peak, as three concerts are scheduled on three consecutive nights. They are:

Ÿ Tonight - Dave Mason, 8 p.m. General admission seating. Tickets $27.

Ÿ Friday - Separate Ways the Band featuring Dan Gagliano, 8 p.m. Tickets $15 advance, $20 day of show.

Ÿ Saturday - Railroad Earth, 8 p.m. General admission seating, tickets $20 advance and $25 day of show.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Dave Mason during 2005 appearance at Penn's Peak.

One of the most critically acclaimed musicians to date and a co-founder of rock super-group Traffic, singer/songwriter/guitarist Dave Mason has finalized his most personal effort in years with the release of a solo album, 26 Letters - 12 Notes in 2008.

Mason, whose career spans over 37 years, makes a return appearance to Penn's Peak on Thursday. The concert starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $22 in advance and $27 at the door.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

"The Messenger" is one Oscar-nominated film you don't want to miss. It's unsettling, compelling and important.

The film tells the stories of Captain Tony Stone (Oscar actor nominated Woody Harrelson) and Staff Sergeant Will Montgomery (an excellent Ben Foster, "X Men: The Last Stand," "Alpha Dog," "3:10 to Yuma," TV's "Six Feet Under").

Stone and Montgomery deliver the news from the Army Casualty Notification Office about the deaths of sons or daughters serving as soldiers in the Iraq War to the next of kin of some seven families.