Check out the most recent copy of Entertainment Weekly, which focuses on some of the most popular Romantic Comedies (Rom-Coms) of the last few decades. Among those covered are When Harry Met Sally, 27 Dresses, Pretty in Pink, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Say Anything, but most of all for MSM fans, Some Kind of Wonderful. This special issue was built around the cast reunion for Julia Roberts' My Best Friend's Wedding with the cover showing the four main cast members, Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, Cameron Diaz, and Rupert Evert. Everything on the cover seems to be pink, but if that isn't enough, just use the image above for a guide! MSM speaks in this one.
Steve passed along the existence on You Tube of one of MSM's audio books as he recently provided one for her Merry-Go-Round an example of old time radio plays by LA Theater Works from back in the late 1990s. I found the embed code and the video is below.
I picked up the email late last night to find Claudia and Steve both intercepted the news that MSM completed another independent film, and it will be showing at the upcoming Southwest Film Fesitval. First we have this email from Claudia and the link to the article she found.
Steve's MSM Facebook Group news posting included a brief synopsis of Daniel Isn't Real along with director and screen writing credits. Steve also discovered that MSM's co-star from On the 2nd Day of Christmas, Mark Ruffalo, paid a visit to STOCKADE WORKS to take a look at how Ms. Masterson's enterprise is preparing a whole new generation of filmmakers. The link about Mr. Ruffalo's visit at Stockade Works is below.
Steve has embedded a great interview of several original cast members of the Broadway musical Nine on his Facebook group. My advice is to get over there and watch it! Join Steve's group. Facebook doesn't charge, and neither does Steve!
Steve is really bringing back memories for me with this find. I've tried to find links to where a copy of some kind, tape, disc, or download could be located for this recording, but came up empty. This You Tube channel is the only location that has a copy of this charmer from the 1990s. It is embedded below, so just fire when ready.
Years ago, the Tavern linked to a site called The John Hughes Files, which was mentioned in the post on the FYI Page about the death of John Hughes, the director of MSM's extremely popular movie Some Kind of Wonderful. Christine Giseske created that site in 1996, the earliest year when average Americans began putting up personal Web sites on the Internet. Ms. Giseske was in college at the time, suffered from a bout of the flu, and while absent from classes for a few days, rented and watched several Hughes movies. This inspired her to create the site which became the most prolific provider of the history of John Hughes as a filmmaker, along with the most recent developments in his career. It became a huge database of news and trivia about John Hughes and his films. Some Kind of Wonderful was frequently mentioned on the many pages, along with the performers, including Ms. Masterson. I recently became curious about the status of The John Hughes Files, and clicked on the link, only to discover the link was dead. Some years before, about 2011, Christine had informed her visitors to The John Hughes Files that the site would no longer be updated regularly. A visitor, Scott Collins, had volunteered to continue to upload recent articles, but updates would be very irregular from that point on as her life priorities had necessarily changed. Now, the site was gone. When I tried her River Blue site, for which The John Hughes Files was a satellite site, I discovered that Christine Giseske had passed away. Her site is no longer active, but is still available on The Wayback Machine. I took some screen captures from The Wayback Machine to show new visitors to the Tavern how the site looked.
I wish I had discovered this in past years, but Christine's work was so good I thought she deserved a mention here no matter how late. We all start taking these places like The John Hughes Files for granted and lose touch with them thinking they will always be available. That just isn't the case. Nothing is forever on the Internet. Enjoy it while you can and appreciate the efforts of those behind the sites you enjoy. In the meantime, Christine's obituary is available by clicking the link below. Once that link opens, click on the second link, "Rest in Peace, Christine," and it will open her obituary.
This post will be the first of several sites to be remembered in the Tavern's Museum pages.
Mad at the Moon came under a brief discussion on Steve's Facebook group some weeks ago. Little did we know that the trailer for Mad at the Moon was available on YOU TUBE. Well, here it is:
The Broadway World Web magazine includes some information about the opening of a musical stage production of MSM's Benny & Joon. Ms. Masterson isn't starring, but the story is about a new version of one of her most popular films.
The link below will take you to a good article on Record On Line with a nice photograph included. Steve has new stuff all the time on his MSM Facebook Group. Be sure to check it out! Facebook is free, after all.
Steve Stark, still running the active Mary Stuart Masterson Group on Facebook, found a link to a radio show's podcast, Duffified Live Chef in which Chef Michele Regussis is interviewed. Chef Regussis explains how she came to meet Mary Stuart Masterson, and start collaborating with her in filming about cooking, shortly after moving to New York's Hudson Valley. I think a minority of the people there do not know Ms. Masterson at some level as active as she is in her family, working, and civic lives there. It is an enjoyable show. I found so many of these because of this site, I wish I had more hours in a day to keep up with them. There are just too many. The link to the Duffified Live show is below.
Our alert Claudia Kehl, surfing the Web in the shadow of the Swiss Alps, found that Mary Stuart Masterson's latest three films now have links on IMDB. Those links are now active on the Body of Work page of the site, with the link below.
Regular updates have resumed with the new cable television schedule. The Tavern wishes all visitors a very happy, prosperous, and healthy New Year of 2019, which will be the 21st year of existence for this site, with 17 of those in regular updates. I don't know where all the time went.
It is with great sympathy that I extend to Ms. Mary Stuart Masterson and her entire family my condolences, along with our correspondents, Claudia Kehl and Steve Stark, and I am sure those of all visitors to this Web site from around the world, upon hearing of the death of her father, Peter Masterson.
Mr. Masterson achieved a long and successful career in acting, writing, and directing both films and plays. He has directed his daughter, Mary Stuart Masterson, in such films as Whiskey School and the Showtime Television movie Lily Dale, which was orignally written by Peter Masterson's cousin, Horton Foote. Mr. Masterson also shared the screen with Mary Stuart in the films Gardens of Stone and The Stepford Wives.
It was 28 years ago today that I lost my own father from cancer on Friday, December 21, 1990, a year that has the same calendar for December as 2018, so the death of Ms. Masterson's father brought back the memory of my family's loss. In an expression of sympathy, I am reposting below an entry from May 27, 2000 on the FYI Page archives about a trailer for the Showtime Television movie Mermaid, directed by Mr. Masterson, when Showtime visited the set. Also, we are repeating an article about Horton Foote's works that included Lily Dale. Finally, there is a scene from the film No Country for Old Men that has helped me to hope that maybe I will see my father again, waiting for me to arrive where he has been waiting for me.
Visitors to the Tavern that wish to leave condolence messages may do so by clicking the link below to the Guestbook Gateway page where the link will take you to the new guestbook. Thank you.
Pete Masterson, father of Mary Stuart Masterson, directed "Mermaid," a Showtime Network movie shot in the Vancouver area in Canada. It is the story of a kindergarten-aged girl, Desiree, or "Desi," as her mother and grandparents call her, who loses her father to an accident. Desi and her mother move in with her mother's parents (the grandmother is played by Ellen Burstyn) and try to start over. The big worry on everyone's mind is Desi, who is now referring to herself in the third person and refuses to attend day school. When mother and grandmother take Desi to the cemetery, and explain that her father is now in heaven, Desi wants to send him a letter. A kindly man who is always in thebackground, and always working different jobs (mailman, cemetery attendant, Good Humor man, etc.) seems to always be watching out for Desi and her family, but his true nature is a mystery. Desi's mother takes Desi out flagging for the biplanes dropping seed on nearby farm fields, which is the business of the grandfather. One of the pilots takes an interest in Desi's mother, but she is still in mouring for her husband. At a county fair, Desi is given a balloon by a vendor (that man with all the jobs). The balloon has a mermaid on it, and Desi's favorite doll is the mermaid her father gave her. She launches the balloon with a letter to her father hanging from it. The balloon drifts from California to Prince Edward Island, where a duck hunter finds it and takes it home. Reading the letter aloud to his wife and two daughters at the dinner table that night, the family is at first undecided about whether to write to Desi. Something happens that night to inspire the mother to write to Desi, and send her a Mermaid book as a birthday gift. The mother writes that she is certain Desi's father made sure they got the balloon so someone could help him celebrate Desi's birthday. The Prince Edward Island town where the balloon was recovered was named Mermaid.
This is a fine family film, rated TV-G, suitable for all ages. The performances are fine, and Mr. Masterson's work with the camera was up to his usual high standards. The movie was based on a true story, and the real Desi, her family, and the Prince Edward Island family are shown visiting the location during the closing credits. Desi even yells "Action!" and "Cut!" for Pete Masterson as she sits beside him as he directs a scene. Mr. Masterson remarked, chuckling, "She did that pretty good."
I was spending this work week at the Red Roof Inn in Cranberry Township, just north of Pittsburgh, one of the few motel chains that offer Showtime network rather than HBO. This evening Showtime presented Horton Foote's "The Convicts," the story of a thirteen-year-old boy in 1902 Mississippi, on a sugar cane plantation. The plantation is worked by convicts from a nearby prison, under the watchful eye of the elderly Confederate veteran who owns the plantation, portrayed by Robert Duvall. The boy, named Horace, played by Lukas Haas, lives with an African-American couple who work on the plantation, James Earl Jones being head of that house. Horace runs the plantation's small store. Some relatives are visiting the plantation owner, one of whom is played by Carlin Glynn, Mary Stuart Masterson's mother. Peter Masterson, Ms. Masterson's father, directed "The Convicts." At one point, Horace tells Duvall's character that he has no brother, only a sister. His sister and mother live in Houston now that his father is dead. Horton Foote would continue Horace's story into the post World War I era when Horace would travel to Houston to visit his mother and sister. His sister's name: LILY DALE, a character Mary Stuart Masterson would portray on both the stage and for Showtime in 1996.
In 2016 I took a photo of the tree in the article above, calling it "The Charlie Brown Christmas Tree." Well, we know who decorated it the years after that, 2017 and this year. The tree grew a bit, but is still pretty small as the surrounding trees keep the little guy in shade a great deal of the time. It may be growing slowly, but it still looks good.
I no sooner got back from Thanksgiving to find my email box had reports from both Steve and Claudia. Steve posted this on his Facebook Group's timeline about MSM producing, co-writing, and co-directing an independent film in the Hudson Valley under the auspices of her production facility, Stockade Works for her new company, Quality Pictures.
November 21 at 4:54 PM
Stockade Works’ apprentices, along with graduates of our training program, recently worked on a new Hudson Valley-based documentary series, BREAKING BREAD. Produced, co-written and co-directed by Stockade Works’ co-founder Mary Stuart Masterson and her new production company, Quality Pictures, this all-Hudson Valley production is an amazing project for Stockade Works’ trainees to be involved in!
Check our website for more info and to read the blog of one of our producers Cassandra Del Visco!
Claudia sent a lot of links to pictures of Ms. Masterson appearing as a presenter at the International Emmy Awards. The picture at the top was sent by Steve Stark, but there are more pictures accessible through the links below that Claudia sent in this email:
This last link is a bit tricky. A search result link, it was a bit long to type in, so the link below will take you to Picture Desk. After the page opens, use the search engine in the upper left corner according to the screen capture below the link, and type Mary Stuart Masteron into the search engine bar and a lot of her photos will appear.
Claudia sent me an email a few days ago about a Storyhorse Theater production soon to play at Hudson Hall. The stage production is called Face It, and will consist of three short plays in one production. Check it out by clicking on the link below. I told Claudia the news would be up on the site sometime after my return from Greensburg, Pennsylvania over the weekend where I enjoyed a concert by Petula Clark at the Palace Theater on Otterman Street. My cousin, Nancy Collette, and my sister, Linda Jordan-Platt watched the concert from Box 2 right over the stage. It was a long drive back Sunday, and I needed most of today to decompress, but what a great show it was. At age 85, Petula Clark can still sing with the best of them.
The first email from Claudia is about a new venture for Ms. Masterson, the start-up of Quality Pictures, a film production company emphasizing creating opportunities for women and those of minority groups, including the LGBTQ community, to express themselves both in front of, and behind, the camera. MSM is partnered in this new project with Alexandra Brodsky. The films will be shot in the Hudson Valley are of New York State. Mary Stuart Masterson will star in a Quality Pictures production entitled Tilly and Dorry, which should be ready for release sometime in early 2019. So we have another entrepreneurial effort along with starring in a new independent film. Ms. Masterson continues to expand her reach in film through multiple vectors as actress, producer, director, and businesswoman.
Claudia also informed us about another business effort of Ms. Masterson, the upcoming Upriver Studios. This company does not have a Web site as yet, so Claudia couldn't supply a link to it. I Googled it, and found that there are several other businesses that have the same name. Upriver is not planned to start business until 2019.
In the third email, Claudia described MSM's stint on a television program hosted by Chef Michele Ragussis. I visited the Chef's Web site, finding that his motto is: Discovering Hudson Valley, one dish at a time. The photo at the top is from the show, and there are photos on the page Claudia linked in her email. Additional links to each are also at the end of this post.
Steve Stark passed three announcements to me, including an email about Mary Stuart Masterson's new movie, Sid is Dead, currently being filmed in the Syracuse, New York area. The movie stars two former Disney Channel favorites, Joey Bragg of Liv and Maddie and Genevieve Hannelius of Dog with a Blog. Steve's link includes the following description of what happens to Joey Bragg's Sid.
Deadline reports the movie will follow "a socially invisible high school senior" named Sid (Bragg) who gets the school's biggest bully suspended and faces certain doom when he returns. As a result, Sid tries to live it up for his last two weeks alive with help from his best friend Jim; Eric, the captain of the hockey team; and Sid's crush Tiff (Hannelius), the bully's girlfriend.
Steve also reported about another project of Ms. Masterson, The Face of It, a local Hudson Valley project co-created by Ms. Masterson. The Face of It is comprised of live readings of one act documentary plays, and includes such subjects as "the vagaries of aging," I've been experiencing plenty of those, hunting Sasquatch, and the more devastating choices individuals can make. The Face of It will be shown at Henry Hudson Hall on November 10th and 11th. For tickets call-- (518) 822-1438.
Steve found the video embedded below of a huge campaign extravaganza put on for the mid-term elections which includes such notables as Ms. Masterson and actor Paul Rudd. The video can be seen below and is on You Tube.
Well, we have started yet another holiday season at Mary Stu's Tavern, and the way time is flying, we will be getting ready to greet 2019 in no time at all. I wish it would slow down, but it is not likely to do that. I put the black cat with the jack-o-lantern on the Cable TV Schedule page, as usual, along with the traditional autumn photo of what looks like Bavaria in the Alpine foothills. Doing some of the same things we did in 1998 makes everything look familiar, like the not-so-scary witch we put up again this year. We have the statistics of the visitors to the site complied on the "Hall of Flags" pages. While the traffic is slower, we still get a fine mix of visitors from all over the planet, which is what makes the Internet so special. China actually leads in visitors this year, with the U.S. second, and Japan third. We hope all the visitors enjoy the site and keep coming back to see the new and the familiar sights in this place.
I plain forgot to post this update yesterday afternoon, but here it is today. The film Sarah, which was announced at about the same time as Skin, which was reported earlier on this page, will be released sometime early in 2019 as reported on Yahoo News. Both Steve and Claudia caught this one at reported through email and Steve's Facebook group on the same day. Below is a excerpt from the article and a link to the next.
Craig Sheffer has joined the cast of “Sarah,” a supernatural coming of age film, which centers on a young girl who is a harboring a dark secret, Variety has learned exclusively.
Tallulah Evans portrays the title character. The film also stars Mary Stuart Masterson, Ava Allan, Valeria Cotto, Claudia Lee, Spencer List, Daniel Pinder, Andy Schrock, D.B. Sweeney and Virginia Madsen.
Sheffer, whose credits include “One Tree Hill” and “A River Runs Through It,” will be playing the sheriff with the belief the the title character is a practitioner of witchcraft and responsible for several unexplained deaths. He will also be the love interest of Masterson’s character.
“Sarah” is being directed by Alexander Garcia who wrote the screenplay and is also producing the film under his Multi-Valence Productions banner alongside producing partner Anne Stimac, Stuart Arbury and Michael Abrams.
Producers plan to release the film during the 2019 Halloween season through Vision Films. Sheffer is repped by Kramer Talent Agency.
Steve recently found a new video of Ms. Masterson giving a talk about "Future Funding of the Arts." In light of Ms. Masterson's successful launch of Stockade Works in the upper Hudson Valley in New York, other regions are interested in finding out from her how filmmaking, and other opportunities for artists and musicians, can thrive in towns and cities needing economic activity. To listen in, just fire up the embedded video below.
The most interesting to me was the article and photo of Ms. Masterson from Entertainment Weekly from sometime in 2002 or 2003, shown above. It was from an article titled Mary Stuart Masterson's Five Year Plan and highlighted her upcoming role in the Broadway musical Nine. MSM discussed with the reporter about how she liked to sing in the shower, and the photo showed her wrapped in a towel and stepping out of the shower. I posted that I recalled that article, but somehow didn't save a copy. I still can't remember if I sent it to Yun Leong along in Australia along with another magazine. Anyway, the copy of the article was on sale on EBAY. There is no other copy of either the magazine or the article alone anywhere on the Internet.
Steve's post about the article about Nine caused me to look up the FYI page in the Archives that covered nothing but Nine in 2003, including Claudia Kehl's Easter visit to the United States to see the musical, and then meet MSM at the stage door for photos that were posted to this Web site. That was a good time.
Steve is now the owner of a copy of Mad at the Moon. I bought a VHS tape of that film in 1996 and still own it.
Remember to stop in and visit Steve's Facebook group and sign up for Facebook so you can visit with the other members of the group.
Claudia sent this very timely email which I received on August 13, 2017, but kept forgetting to check my email until today. The story behind Skin is fascinating as it deals with the real story of Bryon Widner, who was raised a Skinhead, which means he was raised to be a racist in the same bent as the Nazis in the 1920s, 30s and 40s until the defeat of the Nazi Party in Germany with the end of World War II. Bryon turns away from the Skinhead movement, but must have the tatoos representing Skinhead ideology removed from his body in a series of painful surgeries. This could be a fascinating character study. A black activist helps Bryon Widner with his efforts to remove the tatoos.
Steve posted two upcoming Storyhorse Theater events, one being in the Hudson Valley area of New York State, and the other being in a familiar stomping ground from my past, the southeastern part of Pennsylvania, namely Ursinus College in Collegeville, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. The two stage presentations will be shown according to the convenient schedule below, along with the exact locations.
THE LITTLE THINGS--Mary Stuart Masterson's and Jeremy Davidson's acclaimed documentary play about the challenges of Lyme disease--will be presented October 13, 2018 at the Kaleidoscope Theater on the campus of Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, just off US 422, the Germantown Pike.
I lived in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, home of the Colonial Theater, the one attacked by "The Blob" in the Steve McQueen movie from the 1960s, `for a little over one year starting in 1986, and in Royersford, Pennsylvania from 1987 until 1989. In addition to the Colonial Theater, Phoenixville was the home of the Longabaugh family back in the late Nineteenth Century. Harry Longabaugh was one of the Phoenixville Longabaughs, and known in history as The Sundance Kid. Members of his family are buried in Phoenixville, including his sister who recorded the date when her "brother Harry left to go to the West" in her diary.
As reported a long time ago, there was a musical stage play built around the Benny & Joon story and characters, and it is coming back to the Paper Mill Theater as descibed in the Broadway World article linked below.
Our intrepid Swiss reporter, Claudia Kehl, sent word in the following two emails that Ms. Masterson is presently working on two film projects that are already entered on her IMDB filmography. One, Skin, is in post-production while Sarah is in pre-production.
al_garcia_lazer Rarely do I post about film projects but this one is too awesome not to!! So thrilled that we just cast one of my fave actress's Mary Stuart Masterson (pictured above) in the Supernatural/Character driven "Sarah". Who gave us our first look at a Punk rock/Skater girl non-conformist on the big screen as the character Watts. In one of the late great Auteur of all time John Hughes 1987 classic "Some Kind of Wonderful" one of the top teen films of the 80's. That led to Mary having an illustrious career spanning over decades starring alongside heavies like Johnny Depp, Robert Downey Jr, Josh Brolin, Sean Penn and even worked with Francis Ford Coppola. Can't wait for principal photography to commence on this film working with homie @chadfernandez1 (1st AD). it's going to be a blast!! @msvaleria @andyschrock @danieljpinder @jimbates4 #virginiamadsen #spencerlist #annestimac #supernaturalthriller #avaallan #dbsweeny #witchcraft #tallulahevans #actoncalifornia #sarah #johnhughes #somekindofwonderful #skatergirl #marystuartmasterson #halloween2019 #director #writer #featurefilm #bennyandjoon #badgirls #friedgreentomatos #watts #francisfordcoppola #80s
It was great to get and email from Claudia this weekend after the annual antique car picnic at my cousin's house in Portersville, Pennsylvania this past weekend. Claudia is experiencing a summer heatwave under the Alpine skyline of her native Switzerland, but she's so naturally cool that she is holding up extremely well. Claudia's email is below along with the link to the article. I hope everyone in the Northern Hemisphere is having a great summer, and all of you in the Southern Hemisphere enjoy whatever version of winter you're experiencing. We'll be trading off in a matter of weeks now.
Well, we're almost done with another month already. Some people think summer is just about over with July 4th, and that is almost here. The way I can tell it's summer is when I have to track down where this year's carpenter ants are getting in here. I found it on Sunday, told maintenance on Monday, and on Tuesday there are no more visitors arriving to feast at the ant bait I put out for them, so I can track a couple to their exit. That's how I know what time of year it is. You can note it on the calendar when these little buggers show up--SUMMERTIME!
Anyway, I've been using the Comcast Xfinity site for a television schedule after the loss to the Time-Warner site, which was almost as good as Locate TV, except they emailed me when the schedule was ready for me to pick up. Now, I have to build them again. The best part about Xfinity's site is the background picture on each movie's schedule page. You enter the title in the search engine and a link is pulled down. You click the link and the page comes up, complete with the schedule of any telecasts of the movie. There are some fine stills from MSM's movies on each of the pages. The best was from Heaven Help Us, but screen capturing it was not possible. I got two screen caps, one from Married to It, and from Radioland Murders. Enjoy! I don't mind showing these as I pay a king's ransom for cable.
We have some special links and videos for Ms. Masterson this June, starting with something special for someone who works hard to see more films made in the Hudson Valley, here are two links to a blog that includes photographs of the actual locations of the Paul Newman film, Nobody's Fool, my favorite Paul Newman movie of all time. It was shot entirely in the Hudson Valley, in places I am sure Ms. Masterson has visited from time to time.
Next up, we have an embedded YouTube video. One thing I learned from YouTube is that a lot of people out there notice some of the same things in movies that I do. For example, I found a YouTube video of the fountain scene from the original 2001 Ocean's 11. I wondered if anyone else thought that was the most memorable scene in the film, and many people did. I used an embed of that video as a tribute to all of my co-workers who retired at about the same time as I did in 2013. This video displays the most unique and creative ending credits for a movie I have ever seen. I doubt a whole lot of people stayed in the theater to see all of those credits roll over these photographs of all the technical people who helped make the four Lethal Weapon movies starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, but I think I would have. The idea of showing photos of all those unseen contributors who worked on this four-movie franchise from 1987 until 1998 was genius. The last panoramic shot of all of them with some of the actors, ends it.
A birthday celebration is nothing without a little humor, and this year we have something I am sure Ms. Masterson will remember for a long time. In this year of #METOO we have JOHNNY BRAVO getting trashed by every female he encounters. Sometimes you can really feel for the clueless Johnny Bravo. WHOA MOMMA!