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hey love horror movies. Or they hate them. • They favor smoked kielbasa. Or say fresh is better. • They enjoy football, admire Marie Curie and know many ways to fix eggs. • More than 200 “Folks” answered a question in 2011 for the “Five Folks” feature that runs in The Times Leader entertainment Guide on Fridays, offering responses to reflect seasons and events from Halloween to Women’s History Month to the Plymouth Kielbasa Festival. • It all started in February, when a photographer and reporter hit the streets of downtown Wilkes-Barre and asked people to describe an ideal Valentine dinner.
While several young women told us they’d like lobster or hibachi, Nick Buzanowicz, 20, of Drums said, “The meal wouldn’t matter as long as you were with the right person. You can go to McDonald’s.” Thus began a fascinating yin and yang, an orchestra of opinions, some quite unexpected. In July, for example, we asked five people how far they could get on a tank of gas and came back with Buzanowicz several mileage estimates, as well as this response from John Vaida, 29, who was visiting from New York City: “I ride a bike and think about the good meal – or a nice bottle of wine – I can buy instead of paying for a tank of gas.” Vaida Environmentalists everywhere can cheer, “Bravo!” A few weeks later we asked people what they hoped to accomplish with the rest of their summer, and they expressed such hopes as “to be young again,” to cruise the Caribbean or to visit Cape May, N.J. Sounding every inch the contented gardener, Phil Rudy of Mountain Top, announced: “I’d like to stay on top of my bean picking.
They’re so tender and delicious.” Rudy, by the way, is in his “glorious 60s.” While some people are shy about giving their precise age, others refuse to be photographed. If they don’t want their pictures taken, we don’t use their quotes. So, if you ever wonder why some weeks the five faces are mostly men, or mostly women, or all college students or all senior citizens, it often means Rudy those were the only people kind enough to humor us. Once in a while, we admit, we do seek out people of a certain generation, as we did in November to ask for predictions about the ultimate winner of “Dancing With the Stars.” Sitar We were charmed when 76-year-old Cecilia Sitar of Ashley told us, “It doesn’t matter to me who wins. I love them all. It reminds me of when I used to dance the jitterbug.” Her zest for life lifted our spirits, as did folks’ hearty endorsement of things to enjoy in autumn. See FOLKS, Page 7
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s the Susquehanna rose and fell and rose again, the children’s Chalk Festival on Wilkes-Barre’s River Common was rescheduled. Twice. For the first time in 157 years, flooded grounds canceled the Bloomsburg Fair.
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The ’Wyona Family Singers’ chant around the drum during an Inter-Tribal Powwow held in Noxen in September.
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A Chalk Fest in downtown Wilkes-Barre was rescheduled twice but eventually held on the River Common, giving children a chance to showcase their creativity.
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Dragon boats, raced by teams of area residents, added to the excitement of the Wyoming Valley River Fest in June.
stroyed in the flood. She performed her dances in a simple dress and shawl, displaying the kind of resilience that has been impor-
tant to so many people in 2011. So, what lies ahead for 2012? Comedian Jerry Seinfeld comes to the F.M. Kirby Center
on Jan. 13, quickly followed by Darius Rucker, former lead singSee 2011, Page 5
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Are you a fan of the scary creatures of Horror Hall in West Nanticoke? It was cancelled this year because of flooding, but is expected to return in 2012.
Even Horror Hall, a popular Halloween attraction in West Nanticoke, fell victim this year to a rampantly rain-happy Mother Nature. With about 60 inches of precipitation instead of the usual 37, meteorologists have calculated 2011 as Northeastern Pennsylvania’s wettest year on record. It’s no surprise many amusements were delayed a week or two, or put off until 2012. But the year in entertainment wasn’t a complete washout, not with everyone from Diana Ross to the Philharmonic to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performing on schedule. Not with kayakers and, for the first time, dragon boat racers, taking part in the Wyoming Valley RiverFest, on a river flowing not too shallow and not too deep that weekend in June. On the days (and weeks) when the weather didn’t cooperate, people were flexible. If you showed up at the River Common in early July looking for the free outdoor showing of the movie “Dragnet,” for example, a sign directed you to the Downtown Arts building for a free indoor showing, plus popcorn and shelter from the drizzle. In Tunkhannock, dedicated volunteers quickly cleaned the flooded Dietrich Theatre so the Fall Film Festival could open. And, though storm-damaged roads forced some people to drive a circuitous route to Noxen, still many were able to celebrate Native American culture at the annual Inter-Tribal Powwow in September. One 18-year-old participant said the handmade regalia she expected to wear had been de-
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EVENTS THIS WEEK: DEC. 3 0 , 2 0 11 T O J A N . 5 , 2012 First Night Hazleton. Ring in the New Year in downtown Hazleton with a variety of family entertainment at various local venues. Included: symphonic-rock band Twelve Twenty-Four, Celtic quartet Irish Blessing, the Oxymorons comedy troupe, doo-wop group the Clusters, Lassue’s Wild West Show, rock band There and Back Again, the Fabulous Chinese Acrobats, the Country Kids Jamboree, Crazy Rhythm Fancy Feet, the Pennsylvania Theater of the Performing Arts, the Brain Show, a life-size version of Candyland, an art walk, horsedrawn carriage rides, fireworks and the Grand Procession with free streamers and noisemakers. 5:30 p.m. Saturday. 459-4947 or firstnighthazleton.com. First Night Scranton, Lackawanna County’s New Year’s Eve family party with entertainment at various venues through the downtown area. Performers include Motown group the Winstons, ’50s band the Magics, local bands Groove Train, Common Threads, Crimson Tears and Jung Bergo along with magicians, improvisational comedy, jugglers, face painting,
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Jennifer Hill and Susan Anderson practice the hooping skills they will perform at First Night Scranton, which this year has a theme of rock and roll through the decades. horse-drawn carriage rides, fortune telling, a disco party and fireworks at midnight. 6 p.m. Saturday. $10, $5 seniors. Schedule at firstnightscranton.com. New Year’s Eve Zen Meditation and Candlelight Ceremony. Strike the outdoor gong and celebrate with walking Zen meditation, Buddhist chanting, a Nw Year’s Address by Genro Milton Sensei and refreshments. Endless Mountain Zendo, 104 Hollow Road, Stillwater. Saturday, 8:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Donation. Reservations: 925-5077.
YMCA Open House. Make a New Year’s resolution to live healthier with the WilkesBarre Family YMCA as it unveils its new Wellness Center, 40 W. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday. 823-2191. Free Yoga Classes. Balance Yoga and Wellness, 900 Rutter Ave., Forty Fort. Monday through Saturday (Jan. 7). For schedule of classes, call 7142777 or long onto balanceyogastudio.net.
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Dan Pritchard, left, and Johnny Espinoza fill bags of popcorn to distribute during a free showing of the movie ‘Dragnet,’ which had been scheduled for the River Common but moved indoors.
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FUTURE Open House. Gymboree, 1159 Route 315, Wilkes-Barre. Jan. 9 to 13. Reservations: 208-2908. Story Time, for ages 18 months to 3 years. Pittston Memorial Library, 47 Broad St., Pittston. 10 a.m. Tuesdays and 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays from Jan. 10 through Feb. 14. Registration: 654-9565. Preschool Story Time, for ages 3 to pre-kindergarten. Pittston Memorial Library, 47 Broad St., Pittston. 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays from Jan. 10 through Feb. 14. Registration: 654-9565. Treasure Trove, a “Disney on Ice” production commemorating a medley of animated Disney films with Rapunzel, Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and more. Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. 7 p.m. Jan. 11 to 13; 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Jan. 14; 1 and 5 p.m. Jan. 15; 1 p.m. Jan. 16. $55 (rinkside), $36, $24, $15. 800-745-3000. Junior Bird Club: Eagle Watching, along the Delaware River. Dress warmly and bring a lunch. Meet at Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 14. $5 for new members. Registration: 403-2006.
Are You My Mother? A colorful musical about a baby bird searching for its mother. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. 11 a.m. Jan. 14. Preceded by a “Wiggles and Giggles” workshop at 10 a.m. $8, $4 workshop. 344-1111.
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Buds, Blooms and Berries: Plants in Science, Culture and Art, with plant specimens, cultural objects and contemporary art. Through Saturday at the Everhart Museum, Nay Aug Park, Scranton. Noon to 4 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. $5, $3 seniors, $2 children. 346-7186. On Christmas Eve, Who Let the Monkeys In, an interactive display by artist Stephen Hendrickson, production designer for the CBS show “The Good Wife.” Also: antique toys and a doll house. Through Saturday at the Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Open during movie screenings. 996-1500. Holiday Photography Exhibit by the Wyoming Valley Camera Club. Through Saturday at the Back Mountain Memorial Library, 96 Huntsville Road, Dallas. 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 675-1182. Environmental Concerns: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, photography and recycled glass art by Bill Maile, Henry Rowan, Terry Wild and Maria Livrone. Through Saturday at Mainstreet Galleries, 370 Pierce St., Kingston. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. 287-5589. Seasons, paintings by Sabine Thomas. Through Jan. 6 at Something Special, 27 W. Walnut St., Kingston. 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays;
‘Happy Valentine’ is one of the works in photographer Gary Cawood’s exhibit ‘Excavation’ running Dec. 2 to Jan. 31 at CameraWork Gallery in Scranton. 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays. 288-8386. The Language of Nature, colorful works interpreting nature by the Verve Vertu Art Studio. Through Jan. 7 at Marquis Art and Frame, 122 S. Main St., WilkesBarre. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. 208-5305. Faculty and Alumni Art Exhibit. Through Jan. 7 at the Schulman Gallery, Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. 7400727. Holiday Member Show. Through Jan. 8 at Artspace Gallery, 221 Center St., Bloomsburg. Noon to 8 p.m.; Thursdays through Saturdays; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. 784-0737. Holiday Doll Exhibit, with rare antique dolls, miniature furniture, dollhouses and toys. Through Jan. 27 at the Thomas T. Taber Museum, 858 W. Fourth St., Williamsport. 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. 3263326.
Beauty of Nature, photographs by George Clark. Through Jan. 30 at the Wyoming County Courthouse Gallery, 1 Courthouse Square, Tunkhannock. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. 836-3200.
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The Polish in Luzerne County, a celebration of the Polish immigrants of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Through Jan. 31 at the Luzerne County Historical Society Museum, 69 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. Noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. $4, $2 children. 8221727.
Visual Truths, photography by Sally Wiener Grotta and Niko J. Kallianiotis. Opens Jan. 6 with a reception 6 to 9 p.m. Through Jan. 28 at Artists for Art Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave. Scranton. Noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. 9691040.
Mad About Hats, a collection of vintage headwear dating from the early 19th through late 20th centuries. Through Jan. 31 at the Luzerne County Historical Society Museum, 69 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. Noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. $4. 822-1727. Winter Traditions of Poland and Polish America, Polish celebrations and traditions including Wigilia Christmas Eve dinner, kulig (visiting house to house), trimming the choinka and singing of Koledy. Through Jan. 31 at the Luzerne County Historical Society Museum, 69 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. Noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. $4. 822-1727. Excavation, photographs by Gary Cawood. Through Jan. 31 at CameraWork Gallery, 515 Center St., Scranton. Through Jan. 31. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. 344-3313. Just Like I Remember, nostalgic paintings by Eino Anttila. Monroe County Environmental Education Center, Running
Small Side of Life, macro-photography by Crystal Wightman depicting landscapes and wildlife. Jan. 9 to Feb. 23 with an Artist Talk 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 20. Widmann Gallery, SheehyFarmer Campus Center, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. 208-5900. Colors of the Season, landscape paintings by Earl W. Lehman, Jack Puhl, Bill Teitsworth, Brooke Wandall, Mark T. Malak and Wes Bulla. Opens Jan. 13 with a reception 6 to 8 p.m. Through Feb. 23 at the Schulman Gallery, Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. 740-0727. Scholastic Art Awards for Northeast Pennsylvania. Opens with an awards presentation 1 p.m. Jan. 21. Continues through Feb. 12 at the Mahady Gallery, Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 348-6278. .
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“The changing of the colors on thetrees,”Amanda Hamstra, 18, of West Pittston said. “Just the smell of it, just the feeling in the air,” Janna Nell, 21, of Wilkes-Barre citHamstra ed “Pumpkin muffins!”Shameka Brown, 21, of Sugarloaf declared, perhaps speaking for many. Sometimes, Nell we tried to ask questions with a twist. As the Academy Awards approached in February, we didn’t ask Five Folks to predict winners. Brown Instead, we asked them to tell us about a scene in a movie, any movie, in which they would have liked to appear. Bassham “I’m a runner and I’d like to have been in ‘Chariots of Fire’ when they were running along the beach in France,” said GregBassham,52,ofMountainTop.
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New Year dinner dance with a Ukrainian buffet, cash bar, midnight toast and dancing to the Ukrainian orchestra Fata Morgana.. St. Vladimir Parish Center, 428 N. 7th Ave., Scranton. Jan. 13 with doors at 5:45 p.m. and event 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. $40. Reservations: 822-5354.
one vote each for Harry himself, Neville Longbottom and Ron Weasley, with two votes for Hermoine Granger. Why did film-goers like her? “She’s independent and she
doesn’t need the boy wizards,” Danielle Gonzales,15, of Mountain Top explained. “You’ve got to root for the independent girls.” A few months later, it wasn’t nearly as satisfying when we
asked a trick-or-treating question and heard “Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups” again and again. Maybe we should just clip that one and send it to the candy company.
land amplifier. 800-424-6724. Home Expo, the 100-booth showcase of builders, remodelers, suppliers and financial services plus children’s crafts, wine tasting and raffles. Sponsored by the Building Industry Association of Northeastern Pennsylvania at the 109th Field Artillery Armory, 280 Market St., Kingston. 4 to 7 p.m. March 2; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 3; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 4. 287-3331. Harlem Globetrotters, introducing newcomers, including the team’s first female player in 19 years, the world’s tallest pro basketball players (7’8”) and the shortest Globetrotter ever at 5’2”. Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. 7 p.m. March 16. 800-745-3000.
Judi H Rock On, the second annual cancer fundraiser in memory of cancer victim Judi H. Perry Hartridge. With refreshments, cash bar, and music by Paul LaBelle and the Exact Change and Jack Bordo with Old Friends. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. 7 to 11 p.m. Feb. 4. $40 includes raffle tickets for a Fender Stratocaster guitar and Ro-
“There’s a part in ‘The Tourist’ where people are chasing Johnny Depp. I’d like to be running with him,” said ClarisAstwood sa Astwood, 15, Wilkes-Barre. He’s running, she’s running, then comes a mini history lesson – from Tony Brooks, 46, of Wilkes-Barre. Brooks “I would have liked to have been the Archbishop of Canterbury in ‘Lady Jane’ with Helena Bonham Carter,” he said. “At the end, when she’s about to be beheaded, she gives him a coin. After she’s killed, he looks at it and sees a portrait of her on it. You can tell from his facehowmuchheregretsthatherfather’s ambition put her on the throne.” Brooks is executive director of the Luzerne County Historical Society, and probably one of relatively few people well-versed in the nine-day reign of Lady Jane Grey. Many more are familiar with the past-nine-years-alreadyreignofacertain boy wizard, which hit a high point in July when “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II” was released. At Movies 14 in downtown Wilkes-Barre, we Gonzales asked five folks fortheirfavoritecharactersandwere pleased with the variety of answers:
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“We’re not bound by the rules. We can actually innovate.” So, is it hard to do a double axel wearing a lion mask and tail? “No, no. It’s cool,” said Bindon, who is 28. “Costumes help the performers really get into the role. I had to learn how to move like a lion, to personify the character so it becomes believable.” Speaking of characters, the show boasts about 50, from Snow White, who made her film debut decades ago, to the more
recent beauty who starred in “Tangled,” a Disney update of the Rapunzel legend. To any aspiring skaters, Bindon has this advice: “Always work hard. You have to love it. You have to be addicted. No matter how many times you fall you have to get up again.” Pausing a moment, he added, “It’s advice you can apply to anything whether you want to be a musician or a scientist or anything else.”
***The Darkest Hour - PG13- 100 min. (1:30), (3:40), 7:45, 10:00 War Horse - PG13 - 155 min. (12:50), (3:55), 7:10, 10:15 We Bought a Zoo - PG - 135 min (12:50), (3:40), 7:10, 9:55 ***The Adventures of Tintin in 3-D - PG115 min. (1:10), (3:30), 7:20, 9:45 **The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo - R 170 min. (1:00), (3:40), (4:20), 7:00, 8:00, 10:20 Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol PG13 - 130 min (12:40), (1:20), (3:40), (4:15), 7:00, 7:30, 10:00, 10:30 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked - G - 95 min (12:30), (1:00), (2:40), (3:10), (4:50), (5:20), 7:15, 9:20 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows - PG13 - 140 min (12:40), (1:00), (3:30), (3:50), 7:00, 7:20, 9:50, 10:10 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows in D-Box - PG13 - 140 min (1:00), (3:50), 7:20, 10:10 Young Adult - R - 105 min (1:15), (3:30), 7:10, 9:30 New Year’s Eve - PG13 - 130 min. (12:30), (3:10), 7:15, 9:55, The Sitter - R - 130 min. 7:40, 9:45 **Arthur Christmas - PG - 110 min. (12:30) All Showtimes Include Pre-Feature Content
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Death of a Salesmen, the Arthur Miller drama following the career of salesman Willy Loman. Performed by Gaslight Theatre Company as part of the Community Concerts Series at Lackawanna College, 501 Vine St., Scranton. 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday (Jan. 7); 2 p.m. Jan. 8. $10, $8 students and seniors. 824-8266.
FUTURE Ultimate Girls’ Night Out, with the original Chippendales male strip show. Genetti Hotel, 77 E. Market St., Wilkes-Barre. Jan. 13 with doors at 8 p.m. and show at 9 p.m. $30 advance, $40 at the door. 820-8505. Shrek: The Musical. The beloved
ogre meets a feisty princess. Presented by the Broadway Theatre League of Northeastern Pennsylvania at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. 8 p.m. Jan. 20 and 2 and 8 p.m. Jan. 21 and 1 and 6 p.m. Jan. 22 342-7784. Live from the Met, a high-def transmission of “The Enchanted Island,” with characters from Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “The Tempest.” Movies 14, 24 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre. 12:55 p.m. Jan. 21. 825-4444. Julius Caesar, Shakespeare’s story of power, politics and assassination. Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble at the Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St., Bloomsburg. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27-28. $12. 784-8181 or bte.org.
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MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE GHOST PROTOCOL MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE GHOST PROTOCOL (XD) (PG-13) 1:25PM, 4:25PM, 7:25PM, 10:25PM ADVENTURES OF TINTIN (3D) (PG) 11:00AM, 1:40PM, 4:20PM, 7:00PM, 9:35PM ADVENTURES OF TINTIN (DIGITAL) (PG) 11:55AM ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: CHIPWRECKED (DIGITAL) (G) 12:15PM, 1:05PM, 2:30PM, 3:20PM, 4:50PM, 5:35PM, 7:05PM, 7:50PM, 9:20PM DARKEST HOUR, THE (DIGITAL) (PG-13) 12:00PM, 2:20PM, 4:35PM, 7:45PM, 10:00PM DESCENDANTS, THE (DIGITAL) (R) 11:20AM, 2:00PM, 4:40PM, 7:20PM, 10:30PM GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, THE (2011) (DIGITAL) (R) 11:50AM, 1:35PM, 3:20PM, 5:05PM, 6:50PM, 8:35PM, 10:20PM MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE GHOST PROTOCOL (DIGITAL) (PG-13) 11:10AM, 12:40PM, 2:10PM, 2:50PM, (3:40PM EXCEPT WED. 1/4), 5:10PM, (5:50PM EXCEPT WED. 1/4), 6:40PM, (8:10PM EXCEPT WED. 1/4), 8:55PM, 9:40PM MUPPETS, THE (DIGITAL) (PG) 11:05AM MY WEEK WITH MARILYN (DIGITAL) (R) 11:25AM, 1:50PM, 4:30PM, 7:30PM, 10:05PM NEW YEAR’S EVE (DIGITAL) (PG-13) 12:20PM, 3:15PM SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS (DIGITAL) (PG-13) 11:15AM, 1:15PM, 2:15PM, 4:15PM, 5:15PM, 6:15PM, 7:15PM, 8:15PM, 9:10PM, 10:15PM SITTER, THE (DIGITAL) (R) 8:40PM TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN (DIGITAL) (PG-13) 10:40PM WAR HORSE (DIGITAL) (PG-13) 12:55PM, 2:35PM, 4:15PM, 5:55PM, 7:35PM, 9:15PM, 10:45PM WE BOUGHT A ZOO (DIGITAL) (PG) 11:40AM, 1:10PM, 2:40PM, 4:10PM, 5:40PM, 7:10PM, 10:10PM YOUNG ADULT (DIGITAL) (R) 12:30PM, 3:00PM, 5:20PM, 7:40PM, 9:55PM NO PASSES
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THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (R)
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Movies of 2011 By ROGER MOORE McClatchy-Tribune News Service
This year at the movies — who knew? Who knew Martin Scorsese could pull off a French period piece for kids (“Hugo”)? Who knew Roland Emmerich could try his hand at something Shakespearean (“Anonymous”) and not make a fool of himself? Who knew Woody Allen had another funny movie in him (“Midnight in Paris”)? Who suspected Pedro Almodovar didn’t (“The Skin I Live In”)? We had a winter and spring marked by epic fails (“Red Riding Hood,” “Sucker Punch,” “Beastly”), a summer of surprisingly pleasant comicbook fare (“Thor,” “Captain
America”), and a fall full of entertaining genre pieces (“Fright Night,” Drive,” “Warrior”) that nobody saw. And we’re into an awards’ season of “Yeah, is that it?” titles. So, no, 2011 wasn’t the best year for film. So many documentaries, not one of them a dazzler. So much chatter about a “Tree of Life” that wilted long before the leaves fell this fall. But in a year of filmic surprises, some movies stuck with you. They have resonance for our times and staying power in our memory. And yes, they come from surprising quarters.
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S T I L L SHOWING THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN — Director Steven Spielberg uses motion capture to achieve cartoonish photo-realism in this first in an intended series of films drawn from the comic books by the Belgian artist Herge. Intrepid reporter Tintin, his dog Snowy and reformed alcoholic Captain Haddock will be new to most Americans. Herge could not have asked for a better introduction. PG for mock violence. 107 minutes. ★★★ ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: CHIPWRECKED — The diminutive friends take a vacation cruise, but Alvin’s antics throw them overboard, and they wash up on a desert island. G. 87 minutes. ★ 1/2 ARTHUR CHRISTMAS — A snowflake-light tale that unveils Santa’s vast high-tech enterprise. PG for mild rude humor. 97 minutes. ★★★ THE DESCENDANTS – In one of his most satisfying performances ever, George Clooney is a lawyer coping with a family crisis and daunting inheritance. 115 minutes. R for profanity, drugs, adult themes. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO — Readers of the Stieg Larson novel know this is a bleak and savage story of crime and punishment. The title character is Lisbeth Salander, one of the most unlikely, idiosyncratic and compelling crime fighters since Sherlock Holmes. Anti-
social when she’s not downright furious, she is fierce, furtive and feral You never want to get in her way. R for brutal violent content including rape and torture, strong sexuality, graphic nudity and language. 152 minutes. ★★1⁄2 J. EDGAR — Clint Eastwood wrestles with big American questions in a biopic framed around the secret life of FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. R for brief strong language. 137 minutes. ★★★ MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE — GHOST PROTOCOL — This is the best of the “Impossible” movies and, luckily for Tom Cruise, one of his finest action flicks. PG-13 for intense action and violence. 132 minutes. ★★★ THE MUPPETS — A welcome return for the Henson creations. PG for mild rude humor. 110 minutes, including an amusing preceding “Toy Story” short. ★★★ MY WEEK WITH MARILYN — Not long after she married “Death of a Salesman” playwright Arthur Miller, Mariln Monroe made a movie with director and star Laurence Olivier. With Miller temporarily back in the States, recent Oxford grad Colin Clark becomes Monroe’s guide, confidant, sounding board and almost-lover. R for some language. 99 minutes. ★★ 1⁄2 NEW YEAR’S EVE — Garry Marshall again directs a script that weaves together a dozen or so plotlines crisscrossing a holiday
‘War Horse’ one epic animal story By ROGER MOORE McClatchy-Tribune News Service
What: “War Horse” ★★★ Starring: Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, David Thewlis Directed by: Steven Spielberg Running time: 146 minutes Rated: PG-13 for intense violence
vas, with a wide array of characters, each of whom develops a connection to “Joey,” one of the prettiest equines ever to grace See WAR HORSE, Page 16
prone to sentimentality. PG-13 for language, sexual references. 117 minutes. ★ ½ SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS — Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law bicker, banter, bob and weave with diminishing returns in this sequel to the 2009 smash hit “Sherlock Holmes.” PG-13 for intense violance, action and drug material. 129 minutes. ★ 1/2 THE SITTER — Jonah Hill, world’s worst babysitter. Enough said. R for crude/sexual humor, pervasive language, drug material and violence. 81 minutes. ★ ½ WE BOUGHT A ZOO — Directed by Cameron Crowe, this holiday movie comes with cute tykes, young romance and a grownup grieving for a lost love, along with adorable animals and the comically crotchety Thomas Haden Church. Matt Damon stars as Benjamin, a widower and journalist looking for a new career, which he finds when he spends all he has to buy a little zoo out in the country. PG for language and some thematic elements. 124 minutes. ★★ 1⁄2 YOUNG ADULT — Gorgeous but damaged, conceited yet selfloathing, Charlize Theron is an anti-hero who returns to her Minnesota small town to pry her high-school sweetheart away from his wife and newborn daughter. R for language and sexual content. 94 minutes. ★★★
Showtime series, pick up the first season so you will be ready when Season Two debuts Jan. 8. "The Borgias: The First Season," Grade C-plus: Showtime’s bigbudget series digs into the sex and scandal that surrounded Rodrigo Borgia (Jeremy Irons), the scheming, sex-crazed patriarch of the Borgia family who built an empire through corruption of the Roman Catholic Church. The series opens with Rodrigo using bribery to become Pope Alexander VI. It isn’t long before he uses his position to bed lost souls and increase his control. Academy Award-winning director Neil Jordan ("The Crying Game") wrote all nine episodes in the first season and directed the first two. His efforts are surprisingly weak. "The Borgias" is little more than a paint-bythe-numbers tale. ••• Also new on DVD this week: "Hostel: Part III": Human torture is turned into a high-stakes gambling opportunity. "The Pool Boys": A pool boy decides to turn an empty man-
sion into a home for Beverly Hills escorts. Matthew Lillard stars. "Final Destination 5": Another group of young people try to cheat death. "Apollo 18": A secret mission to the moon proves deadly. "Dora the Explorer: Dora Loves Boots": The DVD contains three features: "Boots’ First Bike," "Bouncy Boots" and "The Big Red Chicken’s Magic Wand." "Archer: The Complete Season Two": FX network’s animated spy series. "Jersey Shore: Season Four": The gang makes a trip to Italy in an effort to be an embarrassment on two continents. "The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret: Series One": David Cross stars in this cable series about an office temp who bluffs his way into a senior sales job. "State of Georgia: Volume One": Raven-Symone stars. "Zombie Apocalypse": A family must be saved after months of hiding during a zombie apocalypse. Ving Rhames stars.
Men on opposing sides of war find their shared humanity in their love of animals in “War Horse,” Steven Spielberg’s sentimental epic about a country thoroughbred who travels from the fields of Devonshire to the trenches of the Somme in World War I. The film, based on a play based on Michael Morpurgo’s children’s book, is a tale told on a vast can-
The pickings are a little slim among DVD releases this week. "Looney Tunes Super Stars: Pepe Le Pew," Grade A-minus: This collection of 17 shorts is for those who love first-rate animation. The suave, smooth-talking French skunk’s powerful scent and penchant for romance puts him in very funny situations. Included in this collection of cartoons created by animation legend Chuck Jones is the Academy Award winning "For Scentimental Reasons." Pepe Le Pew tries to seduce a reluctant feline in an upscale French perfume shop. This is one tale of the skunk that doesn’t stink. "Shameless," Grade A-minus: William H. Macy is one of the few actors who makes a project better just by being a part of it. He gets a great role as an alcoholic father whose kids are raising themselves. This cable offering — while hard to watch at times — is one of the better new series of the year. Emmy Rossum, Justin Chatwin, Ethan Cutkosky co-star. If you haven’t been watching the
A year of great music with more to come
By BRAD PATTON email@example.com
truly legendary singer kicked off the F.M. Kirby Center’s 25th-anniversary season. Classic rock and country dominated the concert scene again, with big-name acts taking the stages at the Kirby, the Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain, the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza and the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. All in all, 2011 was another good year for concerts in Northeastern Pennsylvania. But unlike in 2010, when I thought the double-bill of James Taylor and Carole King at the arena was by far the best of the year, there wasn’t that one spectacular show that was heads and tails above all others this year. There were a lot of good contenders: Michael Buble at the arena; a couple of shows at Montage Mountain featuring Def Leppard, Heart, Motley Crue, Poison and the New York Dolls; Elton John at the arena; George Jones at the Kirby Center; and Jason Aldean on the mountain, to name a few. We came close with the INXS show at Pocono Downs, which was off to a great start before it was canceled due to a rainstorm after three songs. While none of the shows completely knocked my socks off, two stand out as the best of what was around. Best Show: Diana Ross at the Kirby Center, Sept. 30. The now-67-year-old diva ushered in the Kirby Center’s silver season with a sold-out show full of her hits. Even at this stage of her career, Ms. Ross can still sing songs such as “Touch Me in the Morning” and “Theme from ‘Mahogany’ (Do You Know Where You’re Going To)” well. The Supremes hits “Baby Love,” “Stop! In the Name of Love” and “Where Did Our Love Go” still sounded sublime. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” was still powerful, and the disco hits “Inside Out” and “I’m Coming Out” have held up. Runner Up: Bob Dylan and Leon Russell at the Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain, Aug. 10. Yeah, I know Dylan’s voice ain’t what it used to be, but so what? Some people think he never could sing. But he still puts on one heck of a show, and his performance at Montage Mountain – his first area appearance in about 10 years – was no different.
If you were there, you got to see the man do some of his finest songs such as “It Ain’t Me Babe,” “Simple Twist of Fate,” “Tangled Up In Blue” and “All Along the Watchtower.” And you got Russell opening the show with his versions of Beatles, Stones and Chuck Berry songs (plus some of his finest, such as “Delta Lady”) at no additional charge. Biggest Disappointment: I understand that NEPA is not a major market, but we got none of the shows from any of the artists in the Top 10 of Billboard magazine’s ranking of the year’s top tours. In fact, we only got four shows from the Top 25. The biggest tour to hit here, according to Billboard, was Buble, who brought his show to the arena on June 8. The Canadian crooner placed 11th for the year with a gross of $49.8 million and an attendance of just more than 520,000. The Toyota Pavilion hosted the other three acts in the Top 25: Lil Wayne (14th, $46.3 M, 712,000) on July 19; Jason Aldean (24th, $27.7 M, 790,530) on Aug. 25 and Toby Keith (25th, $27.3 M, 673,668), who closed out the summer season Sept. 15 with his ninth consecutive trek up the mountain. Hey concert promoters, let’s see if we can do a little better in 2012. Biggest Annoyance: On Nov. 20, Axl Rose kept us all waiting what seemed like an eternity for his performance at the arena. Granted, most of us knew what to expect. All you had to do was check the Internet to see that the latest edition of Guns N’ Roses rarely if ever started before 11 p.m. for any previous shows on the tour. But if that’s the case, Mr. Rose, why can’t you just let people know that ahead of time?
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The Rolling Stones will be one of the big-name tours of 2012. Shown posing during a photo shoot are Charlie Watts, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, and Ron Wood.
Michael Buble’s Arena concert was a highlight of 2011.
Bob Dylan ‘put on a heck of a show.’
Believe it or not, there were some there who didn’t know you wouldn’t take the stage until11:15 and then play until 2 the following morning. Some had to leave early because they had work the next day. They might not have bought tickets if they knew they weren’t actually going to get to see much of your performance, but you probably knew that. Coming Up in 2012: Looking forward to the new year, two of the biggest tours will involve bands celebrating a half-century in the music business: The Rolling Stones and The Beach Boys. There are no definite plans for the former yet, and early speculation has them playing just a few cities and perhaps a pay-per-view special. Even if Mick, Keith and the boys decide to take one last lap around the country, don’t ex-
pect them any closer than Philly. The Beach Boys have been split into three different factions in recent years, but all of the surviving members are getting back together for a new album and tour to celebrate the group’s 50th anniversary. The tour kicks off in April at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and the band is signing up to do at least 50 shows. Let’s hope NEPA is one of the stops on the itinerary. Three bands with a history of stopping in NEPA will be back on the road: Dave Matthews Band, Aerosmith and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Another show by any of these – or better yet, all three – would be most welcome. Other artists hitting the road in 2012 include: Eagles (celebrating
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Diana Ross helped the F.M. Kirby Center celebrate its anniversary in September.
40 years), Red Hot Chili Peppers, Taylor Swift, Watch The Throne (Kanye West and Jay-Z), Brad Paisley (who played the Toyota Pavilion at in 2011), The Black Keys and Coldplay (which canceled its Montage appearance a few years back). I would think we have a pretty good chance at seeing Paisley again, though the others might be longer shots. But, you know, sometimes long shots do come in, and that would make winners of us all.
Nicki Minaj takes lyric cake By KEVIN AMORIM Newsday
The Tartan Terrors will bring their lively and irreverent Celtic music to downtown Jim Thorpe tonight.
C O N C E RT S THIS WEEK: DEC. 30, 2 0 11 T O J A N . 5 , 2 0 1 2 The Fabulous Greaseband, America’s seven-member party band celebrating dance music from the 1950s to the ’90s. Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe. 8 tonight. $22. 866605-7325. The Tartan Terrors, Celtic music, comedy and dance. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. 8:30 tonight. $28. 325-0249. Live Wire, an AC/DC tribute band. Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe. 9 p.m. Saturday. $22 advance, $27 day of show. 866605-7325.
FUTURE CONCERTS Christmas with a Twist, a Christian-music concert. Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. Jan. 7 with concert at 6:05 p.m. and Penguins game at 7 p.m. $21, $19, $16 includes concert, game and giveaways. 970-3607. Tony Roi: The Elvis Experience, a tribute to the King of Rock-’n-’Roll. Mount Airy Casino Resort, 22 Woodland Road, Mount Pocono. 8 p.m. Jan. 7. $10. 877-6824791. Artist-in-Residence Recital, a classical-music concert by violinist John Michael Vaida accompanied by pianist Wen-chi Liu. Great Hall of Wyoming Seminary, 228 Wyoming Ave., Kingston. 2 p.m. Jan. 8. Free. 270-2192. ABBA: Arrival. The Swedish band pays tribute to the pop foursome. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. Jan. 8. $34, $24. 826-1100.
Sultans of String, the Canadian string super-group performing Spanish Flamenco, Arabic folk, Cuban rhythms and French Manouche Gypsy-jazz. Sordoni High-Definition Theater, WVIA Studios, Pittston. 8 p.m. Jan. 9. Free but tickets required. 6552808. Jazz Concert, big-band and concert-band music by the Wyoming Seminary Lower School and Upper School Jazz Bands. Buckingham Performing Arts Center, Sprague Avenue, Kingston. 7 p.m. Jan. 10. Free. 270-2192. An Evening with Erica Kiesewetter and Steve Ryan, an intimate chamber-music concert by the violinist and pianist from the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. Westmoreland Club, 59 S. Franklin St., WilkesBarre. 6:30 p.m. Jan. 12. $26.50. 341-1568. Jerry Seinfeld, America’s premier comedian returns to the F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7 and 9:30 p.m. Jan. 13. $80, $65. 826-1100. Listen Local Music Series, with bands Bobby Davis & the Smartest Man and Harmony Constant. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. 8 p.m. Jan. 13. $10. 344-1111. Tavares, the funky R&B group (“Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel”). Mount Airy Casino Resort, 22 Woodland Road, Mount Pocono. 8 p.m. Jan. 14. $40, $25. 877-682-4791. Kashmir, a Led Zeppelin tribute band. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. 8:30 p.m. Jan. 14. $23. 325-0249. Wyoming Seminary Civic Orchestra, a classical-music concert by violinist John Michael Vaida accompanied by pianist Wen-chi Liu. Great Hall of Wyoming Seminary, 228 Wyoming Ave., Kingston. 2 p.m. Jan. 15. Free. 270-2192.
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The year’s best: “Everything Must Go” — Will Ferrell brought his usual bag of tricks and a load of bitter pathos to this simple story of a guy who loses his job, his wife, his home and any shot at sobriety in the same day. It’s an amazing highwire walk for Ferrell and a terrific film, neither of which got their due because of the “Oh, it’s Will Ferrell,” attitude from critics and audiences. “Take Shelter” — The great ones keep you guessing, and Michael Shannon, perhaps the finest character actor since Michael Caine, does that in spades with this religious allegory about a faithless man whose hallucinations convince him there’s a reckoning on its way, and he’d better get that storm shelter ready. A truly haunting film. “Hanna” — Whiplash-fast action, stunning long-take combat scenes and a riveting set of performances inform this teenraised-to-be-an-assassin thriller, one of the best action films in ages. Saoirse Ronan dazzles. “Midnight in Paris” — It’s not up there with Woody Allen’s Holy Trinity of great comedies, but this period-piece fantasy is funnier and wittier than any three other romantic comedies to come down the 2011 pike. That Allen was able to turn Owen Wilson into a credible well-read
9. “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster the People 8. “You Belong With Me” by Taylor Swift 7. “Born This Way” by Lady Gaga 6. “Look at Me Now” by Chris Brown 5. “Someone Like You” by Adele 4. “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele 3. “Grenade” by Bruno Mars 2. “The Lazy Song” by Bruno Mars And the No. 1 top lyric search was ... “Super Bass” by Nicki Minaj.
leading man, at home in the company of Hemingway, Dali and Gertrude Stein, may be the greatest feat of his career. “The Ides of March” — The best of the two good George Clooney movies of fall, this political thriller has plenty of twists and turns, the least-fussy Ryan Gosling performance ever, and edge. “The Descendants” is getting all the awards buzz, but “Ides” is the less predictable tale, one without the plot-device teenage boy idiot savant. “The Help” — The online Oscar pundits are worked into quite a lather over this, but if there aren’t Oscar nominations for Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and either Jessica Chastain or Bryce Dallas Howard, Hollywood will have missed the boat. “Puss in Boots” — In a year of cynical animation and cynical sequels (“Kung Fu Panda 2,” “Cars 2,” “Happy Feet 2”), the Antonio Banderas-Salma Hayek-voiced “Puss” transcended cynicism (it’s a spin-off of “Shrek”) and delivered a bootload of laughs. “Soul Surfer” — An understated, uplifting and beautifully acted faithbased film built on a horrific moment of violence (the shark that bit off young surfer Bethany Hamilton’s arm), this sleeper hit from the spring attracted superb actors (Helen
Hunt, Anna Sophia Robb, Dennis Quaid) for a reason. “Insidious” — This ghost story is a serious return to form for the guys who launched the “Saw” franchise, a genre-transcending fright that drew A-listers Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne to play (brilliantly) parents whose comatose kid is possessed by something in their new home. The worst: “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan” — It’s not “Joy Luck Club,” though that’s what they were aiming for. “Sucker Punch” — A violent comicbookish PG-13 fantasy set in an asylum, this may be the worst idea for a movie anybody ever had. “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1” — The first “Twilight” movie whose director treated the whole overheated heavy-breathing fest as a joke. Bill Condon was laughing at you, Twi-hards. “Jack and Jill” — Adam Sandler dons a dress, does an overweight yenta shtick and manages to be offensive without being the least bit funny. “The Undefeated” — It took an awful lot of creative editing to make Sarah Palin look like a media victim and a smart, credible crusader for the common man and woman.
The Scranton Brass Orchestra, with guest trumpet soloists Chris Jaudes and Joseph Boga. Houlihan-McLean Center, Jefferson Avenue and Mulberry Street, University of Scranton.
7:30 p.m. Jan. 8. Free. 941-7624.
It’s that most wonderful time of the year. No, no — not that. Yahoo! has announced its annual Year in Review, and the top search term of 2011 didn’t go to a person, place or event. It went to a thing. “The iPhone transcended gadget status,” Vera Chan, senior editor and Web-trend analyst at Yahoo!, said in a statement. “The device helped facilitate political movements around the world and embodied the vision of Apple co-founder
Steve Jobs.” That’s nice, but here we are all about entertainment. So besides the top search terms for the big and small screens — movies (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2”), TV (“American Idol”) and celebrity (Kim Kardashian) — we were drawn to this category: Top Music Lyric Search. Without further ado, here are the top 10 searches that defined the soundtrack of 2011: 10. “Just the Way You Are” by Bruno Mars
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‘Playboy Club’ done; only one ‘Secaucus’ Q. There was a show on TV that was excellent but it only ran for three or four weeks. It was called “Playboys.” We are very disappointed that they would take it off the air and not even finish the season. A. I think you are referring to “The Playboy Club,” the NBC drama set in a Playboy club in the ’60s. While you and your friends may have liked it, not enough other people did. In spite of a lot of conversation and controversy about the show before it aired, according to EW.com the ratings started small and became smaller. NBC yanked it after three episodes. The network has those three available for online viewing at NBC.com, where the show is listed — with unintended irony — under “recent favorites.”
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Q. I have the DVD of “The Return of the Secaucus 7.” I am sure (if an old person can be) that I saw a film titled “Secaucus 7.” The soundtrack included The Symphony for the New World. Every time I go on the Internet to try to find a copy, I get “The Return ...” Can you help me or do I need mental help?
A. The answer to that last question is not mine to give. As for the one before that, all I can tell you is that I do not know of a movie named just “Secaucus 7,” or of a similarly titled one with that music. That said, “The Return ...” deserves a place in anyone’s movie collection. Do you have a question or comment for the mailbag? Write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by regular mail to the Akron Beacon Journal, 44 E. Exchange St., Akron, OH 44309.
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ARIES (March 21-April 19). You’ll take the
role of “guardian” quite seriously, and you’ll start by guarding your own time and monitoring your own behavior. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Your environment will make a difference in how you feel. Place pictures of your supporters and those you admire where you’ll see them often. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Each person has their own unique emotional makeup, so feelings may be more or less mutual, but not exactly.
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you have the courage and the power to accomplish your goal. The question is: Do you have the stamina? Will you keep going even after it’s not as fun? LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You’ll see the first signs that someone is attracted to you, and you’ll enjoy the attention to the extent that it’s appropriate for your life. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). It will be easier for you to achieve at the level of your high standards when those around you, especially your nearest and dearest, have high standards, as well. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). There will be many distractions, but ultimately, you control your focus. Be strong and centered on the mission.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Having to
react in the spur of the moment will be more stressful than knowing what you’re going to do beforehand. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). It’s the perfect day to get away from the habits that serve you so well. Shaking things up reminds you of who you really are. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Not only do you have the ability to make something happen, but you have other intangible qualities that will cause doors to fly open. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You’ll rely on your mix of charm and timing. You’ll enter circles and interact for just the amount of time it takes to make a connection.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You can
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Desperate daughter wants to break free of her needy mom Dear Abby: I’m a 25-year-old woman with no future. I am the youngest of three daughters. My parents are divorced and my sisters are both married. Mom has no income of her own. I have come to realize that I’ll never be able to have an apartment of my own or fully live my life because of her. She’s controlling and always finds a way to make me feel guilty about going out or enjoy-
DEAR ABBY ADVICE ing myself. I have never had a relationship because she has always found a way of sabotaging any relationship I’m in. I think she’s bipolar, but she doesn’t believe in medication. I feel as if I’m being forced to take care of her, and when I finally have a chance to have a real life, it will be too late. I have discussed this with my sisters, but they haven’t helped.
I’m very depressed and don’t know what to do. If I bring this up with Mom, she gets angry. Please help me find a way out. — Trapped in Chicago Dear Trapped: Your umbilical cord was supposed to have been severed 25 years ago, at birth. You are an adult individual who deserves happiness and freedom from this attachment to your mother. She may not believe in doctors and therapists — and that’s her privilege as long
as she’s not a danger to herself and others. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t talk with a mental health professional about this situation. Your sisters haven’t helped you because they have their freedom and don’t want to share the responsibility. And your mother doesn’t want to let go of you because if she does, she’ll have to assume responsibility for herself. Please act now. Your escape hatch is the door to a therapist’s office. You deserve a life, so go there and get one.
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Turn on the tube this New Year’s Eve By DIANE WERTS Newsday (MCT)
Serling’s mind-bending classic fills two days with brainteasers. Batman (11:30 p.m.-6 a.m., Hub). Adam West’s arch-hero battles Catwoman, The Penguin, The Joker and Mr. Freeze. The Three Stooges (6 p.m.-6 a.m. Saturday, IFC). Moe, Larry and Curly (or Curly wannabes) in vintage eye-poking and headbopping all night long. Burns and Allen/Jack Benny (3 p.m.-Sunday at 8 a.m., Antenna TV). Alternating episodes of ’50s faves “The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show” and “The Jack Benny Program.” • REAL LIFE Oddities (6 a.m.-3 a.m., Science). Greenwich Village shop sells very strange things (best-of show at midnight). Top Gear Top 40 (6 a.m.-Sunday at 7:20 a.m., BBC America). All-time best from the original U.K. carheads. Real Housewives (1 p.m.-2 a.m., Bravo). Reunions with casts from D.C., New York City, Orange County, New Jersey and Atlanta. The Oprah Winfrey Show (3p.m.-4 a.m., OWN). Best-of lineup includes memorable guests, series finale. Moonshiners (6 p.m.-3 a.m., Discovery). Even those who don’t imbibe can taste some alcohol action.
2011 ends with some exciting TV By FRAZIER MOORE AP Television Writer
NEW YORK — The exiting year offered some excellence and crazy distinction on television. Here, in alphabetical order, are nine examples of TV at its best: • “Boomtown” (Planet Green): an absorbing documentary series about the people of Parshall, N.D., and the oil deep beneath their feet. • “Boss” (Starz): Kelsey Grammer got one thing his fame and wealth couldn’t give him as former star of “Frasier”: full credibility as an actor apart from that role as radio shrink. • “Breaking Bad” (AMC): Bleak, suspenseful, shocking and often bitterly funny, this continued to chart the dark descent of Walter White from middle-class Albuquerque, N.M., milquetoast to crystal-meth virtuoso. • “Enlightened” (HBO): Laura Dern stars in a comedy-drama about a damaged woman tuned into social activism. • “Happy Endings” (ABC): Six attractive 20-something pals — three guys and three girls. No, it’s not “Friends” or countless “Friends” copycats. By virtue of sharp writing, rapid pacing and a splendid ensemble, this is its own hilarious thing. • “Homeland” (Showtime): CIA agent Carrie Mathison is convinced that Marine Sgt. Nicholas Brody, rescued from a prison in Iraq, is an instrument of an Al-Qaida plot to be carried out on American soil.
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• “Lights Out” (FX): Starring Holt McCallany as prizefighter Patrick “Lights” Leary, this drama series that unfortunately vanished way too soon was more than just another boxing story. It was a splendid tale about a husband and father torn between his family and a comeback try. • “Skins” (MTV): It was a sexy, no-apologies slice of contemporary teen life, a sassy, gritty tour through teenage wasteland. And in the words of the Parents Television Council, it was “the most dangerous television show for children that we have ever seen.” After a single ambitious season, it lives on. • “Sons of Anarchy” (FX): It’s a brotherhood. A family. A pack of thugs. A pocket of the struggling working class. This saga of a small-town motorcycle club is colorful, unflinching, often bloody — and oddly relatable.
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Staying in Saturday night? TV’s got so much New Year’s Eve fun, you’ll wonder why anybody goes out anymore. Here’s a small sampling of highlights. • CELEBRATIONS Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest (811p.m., 11:30 p.m.-2:15 a.m., ABC). This crazily titled tube tradition celebrates its 40th anniversary with a prime-time special recalling four decades of musical merriment. Then there’s the odd couple of Justin Bieber and Carlos Santana, plus Beyonce, The Band Perry, Florence + the Machine, LMFAO, Nicki Minaj and others. New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly (10-11 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.12:30 a.m., NBC). Drake, Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green and Tony Bennett make music, while Jimmy Fallon makes funny ’round the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. On hand with retrospective looks at 2011: Brian Williams and Bob Costas. And — celebrities beware — Ricky Gervais. American Country New Year’s Eve Live (11 p.m.-12:30 a.m., Fox). “American Idol” runner-up Lauren Alaina, Rodney Atkins and Joe Nichols sing in Las Vegas as Fox tries a new musical slant on new year’s festivity. Hosts include comic Rodney Carrington
and, from “Pawn Stars,” Rick Harrison and Austin “Chumlee” Russell. ¡Feliz 2012! (9:55 p.m.-3:15 a.m., Univision). It’s a global party, in Spanish, hosted by Don Francisco (“Sabado Gigante”). Craziness moves westward from Times Square to Acapulco. New Year’s Eve Live With Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin (11 p.m.-1 a.m., CNN). The dishing duo greets another year in Times Square with wit and wickedness. NYE in NYC (11 p.m.-12:05 a.m., MTV). Demi Lovato and Tyler Posey (“Teen Wolf”) host music by Selena Gomez, Jason Derulo and Mac Miller, from MTV’s Times Square studio. 106 & Party (11 p.m.-1 a.m., BET). Hot performances, behind-the-scenes peeks and more. With Young Jeezy, Diggy, other faves. New Year, No Limits (11 p.m.midnight, ESPN). Motorcyclist Robbie Maddison and snowmobiler Levi LaVallee attempt a record-setting tandem jump over San Diego harbor. • MARATHONS The Walking Dead (11 a.m.-1 a.m., AMC). Catch up on both seasons of the surprise hit with human virus survivors on the run from flesh-eating zombies. The Twilight Zone (9 a.m.Monday at 5:30 a.m., Syfy). Rod
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READS FUTURE Book Signing, with Timothy Morris, author of the Christian book “A Glorious Declaration: What the Mountains Are Saying and Why It Matters.” Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Arena Hub Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Township. 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 7. 829-4210.
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the silver screen. But that crowded hodge-podge of characters fritters away the potential poignancy as we’re taken away from the story’s heart and soul: a boy and his horse. Albert (newcomer Jeremy Irvine) has been in love with this horse since he was a foal. The animal is of little use in pre-World War I farm-country Britain. He’s a racing stallion in a hardscrabble land where draft horses are all anyone wants. But his drunken, proud and war-hobbled dad (Peter Mullan) buys the colt at auction, and Albert gets to train him, to show the farm folk and snooty landlord (David Thewlis) what Joey can do with a plow. “You keep looking after Joey and he’ll keep looking after you,” his mom (Emily Watson) counsels. But war is declared, and Dad has to sell the horse to an Army cavalry officer to pay the rent. Horse is wrenched from boy, and vice versa. At least Captain Nicholls (Tom Hiddleston) is sympathetic. “I’ll respect him and all the care you’ve taken with him,” the soldier promises. Think of the sale as a “lease,” he says. Joey will come back to Albert after the fighting “Over There.” What follows after this 40-minute prologue is a magnificent and misguided cavalry charge that leads Joey on an odyssey that puts him first in German hands, then in the care of a French teen
Book Club, a discussion of “The Help” by Katherine Stockett. Pittston Memorial Library, 47 Broad St., Pittston. 10 a.m. Jan. 21. 654-9565. Author Talk, with Crystal Kuykendall, educator, human-relations expert and author of “From Rage to Hope: Reclaiming Black and Hispanic Students.” Diversity Institute Dinner, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas.
and her grandpa, a pawn of war hauling ambulances and artillery and experiencing the horrors of No Man’s Land and the world’s first tanks. Spielberg, known for taking his visual cues from earlier classics, pays homage to “Dr. Zhivago,” “The Black Stallion” and especially “Gone With the Wind” here. Wordless scenes show the horse’s point of view, battles are well-choreographed and re-creations spot on. But despite borrowing from the best, despite a horse that has as much personality as any animal actor we’ve seen on screen, “War Horse” never achieves the pathos, awe and lump-in-thethroat emotion that director, composer and screenwriters were aiming for. We lose track of Albert for most of the picture, robbing Irvine of the chance to move us with his sense of loss. Spielberg is proficient at making us fear for the horse, but his peerless ability to tug the heartstrings fails him. And John Williams’ score may be the most forgettable of his legendary career. Still, it is a vividly detailed depiction of a time, a place and a conflict — Spielberg’s World War I movie, to go along with his World War II movie and his upcoming Civil War piece. The naivete of a horse-drawn age faced with the reality of mechanized war is perfectly captured. He gets the big theme — measure a man by how he acts toward animals — across, but those hoping for a holiday weeper might as well leave the hankies at home.
5:30 p.m. Feb. 16. Reservations: 674-1483.
Book Signing, with Kelly Sutherland, author of the thriller “The Long Black Train.” Tommy Boy’s
Bar & Grill, 12 Market St., Nanticoke. 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 18. 9265407.
THIS WEEK: DEC. 30, 2 0 11 T O J A N . 5 , 2 0 1 2 Christmas Bird Count. Join families, students, birders and scientists as they search for and identify local birds. Pocono Environmental Education Center, Brisco Mountain and Emory roads, Dingmans Ferry. 8 a.m. Sunday. Followed by a potluck dinner. $5. Registration: 8282319. Warrior Run Hike, six easy miles on the Warrior Run Trail to Shickshinny. Meet at the Park and Ride, Route 315 near Blackman Street, Wilkes-Barre. 11:45 a.m. Sunday. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 256-9743.
If the weather cooperates with appropriate snowfall, there will be a chance to try out snowshoes at Nescopeck State Park on Jan. 7.
Winter Trails Day: Snowshoeing for Beginners. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 9 to 10:30 a.m. Jan. 7. Registration: 403-2006. Cross-Country Skiing, beginner lessons with skis and boots provided. Hike if no snow. Pocono Environment Education Center, Brisco Mountain and Emory roads, Dingmans Ferry. 9 to 11 a.m. Saturdays and 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays from Jan. 7 to Feb. 25. $20, $10 children. Register your show size at 828-2319.
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