I missed this earlier e-mail from our Swiss correspondent, Claudia Kehl, and it contains the good news that "West of Here," the new movie directed by Mary Stuart Masterson's brother, and starring Ms. Masterson, premiered at an independent film festival in Las Vegas:
The founder of a John Stamos Web site posted to our Guestbook concerning the possibility that Mary Stuart Masterson would be replacing Jane Leeves ("Frazier"") as Sally Bowles in the long-running revival of "Cabaret" on Broadway. Checking the New York Theater Web site revealed that another actress had received the role and will be replacing Ms. Leeves on 7/15/2002. There have been several Sally Bowles castings on this version of "Cabaret," so we may not have heard the last of MSM being considered for this key role.
Anyone can make an investment in the independent film "Leopold Bloom," which will star Mary Stuart Masterson and others. To inquire about becoming an investor, try clicking the link below.
The Counting Down Web site has a page for "Leopold Bloom." This site is updated frequently, and should provide the visitor to the most recent news about the upcoming MSM vehicle.
Yes, we have a new counter service at the Tavern. Hitmatic decided to start charging for statistics such as countries of origin, which we keep track of here on the Customers Page. So, we decided to go with AdFree Statisitics, which will provide at least as much information as Hitmatic. We dropped the back-up counter. After all of these services, I still miss CountMaster the most, but that was four long years ago.
ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT's Web site contains an interview with Mary Stuart Masterson at the time of "Kate Brasher" premiering on CBS in the late winter of 2001. I found the interview while combing the Internet for articles about "R.U.S./H."
I checked Fall television schedules everywhere I could think of, and there is no mention of "R.U.S./H" on the CBS Schedule for either the Fall, or as a mid-season replacement. There is a possibility that the pilot could be shown as a CBS movie special of some kind. The closest show title on the CBS schedule for 2002-2003 is "RHD/LA," which turned out to be "Robbery Homicide Division/Los Angeles," a show created and produced by Michael Mann ("Manhunter," "Miami Vice," "Crime Story"). It will star Mary Stuart Masterson's co-star from "The Florentine," Tom Sizemore ("Saving Private Ryan," "Black Hawk Down").
Searching Alta Vista for MSM news, rather than Google, really paid off. I found a link to Mary Stuart on the site of noted Mexican-American country/western singer/songwriter and actor ("The Milagro Beanfield War") Freddy Fender. There was a mention of a movie entitled "Mi Amigos," and Mary Stuart Masterson was the main name listed in the credit. I could find no link to a movie of that name, so I can only guess that Texas native Freddy Fender might have had a documentary done on his life and career and that Mary Stuart Masterson appeared as one of his many Texas friends. That is just a guess, however. I'll keep looking for some answers. In the meantime, pay a visit to Mr. Fender's site.
There is a Web site out there that documents all of the hosts of "Saturday Night Live" from the beginning. As we have just passed the tenth anniversary of MSM's stint as host, the link below can provide more information, and some photos, of Mary Stuart Masterson's monologue and two of the comedy sketches she did that night, including the one about the "very pregnant undercover cop."
The Mary Stuart Masterson movie "Leopold Bloom," in which she plays a character named Brynne, is tentatively scheduled for February 10, 2003. The movie will also star Elisabeth Shue, Sam Shepard (MSM's co-star in "Lily Dale"), and Dennis Hopper. Being that this one has a release date scheduled, while "West of Here," directed by Ms. Masterson's brother, Pete Masterson, is still unscheduled for release, indicates that the movie has some major backing. We should see this in theaters, at least in limited release, shortly after the start of the new year.
This proposed Mary Stuart Masterson starring vehicle on CBS Television has apparently completed the pilot and is awaiting a decision from the network programmers. It is now listed as part of Ms. Masterson's filmography on the Internet Movie Data Base site. We should be getting some news soon on whether or not CBS will give the series a try in its prime time schedule, and whether it will be launched in the Fall or as a mid-season replacement like "Kate Brasher."
Alta Vista also yielded this treat about the man who gave Mary Stuart Masterson drum lessons for her role as Watts in "Some Kind of Wonderful." There is a nice tribute to MSM, and how quickly she came to being a good drummer, on the link below. There is also a photo displayed there of Ms. Masterson in the studio sitting at the drums.
The Rainforest Alliance has Mary Stuart Masterson as a member of it's Board of Directors. There is a nice biography of her on the Alliance's Web site, which can be accessed on the link below:
For MSM's legion of women fans, Alta Vista came up with the site of New York hairdresser Richard Stein, who lists Ms. Masterson as a client. Any of you who plan to visit New York may want to make an appointment for a cut or a manicure and see just WHO drops in on the same day.