Steve was out panning the Web for MSM nuggets and found these two. The photo of Ms. Masterson with John Stamos and the late David Bowie looks like it dates back to the time of MSM's starring in the Broadway musical Nine. The script for SKOW appears to be complete and should be interesting to all that film's fans, and many surf into this site every month, and all those interested in MSM's work. The link "Heroes" takes you to the Bowie Instagram photo as "Heroes" was a song Bowie wrote and recorded in the early 1970s. It was featured in the Pittsburgh-based 2012 film, The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
Steve was spending the last few days of 2015 searching for more Mary Stuart Masterson news and historical material and found two interesting ones. The first is a link to the script for the Saturday Night Live comedy sketch, Lisa Pongrasic: Very Pregnant Undercover Cop. The second is a entire clip from the CBS movie-for-television Black and Blue. This clip is found on the YouTube channel called Best Haircut Channel. This YouTube channel solicits videos of haircuts for uploading to the channel, including haircuts from movies. In Black and Blue, MSM plays a wife on the run from her abusive husband. One of her tactics for hiding from him is to change her appearance by cutting her long hair. The link below will take you to that video.
Steve sending me the email about this post to the blog titled Bustle, written by a woman who likes to watch Christmas movies this time of year, reminded me of the early days of this site when December meant trying to get an accurate schedule for when Lifetime would show this movie on cable. About 15 years later, the issue was when a DVD would be offered. I think it was maybe three years ago when Claudia Kehl found the DVD. I sent for one right away. Speaking of Christmas movies on TV, if anyone wants to see Mary Louise Parker in as good a death (or near-death) scene as in Fried Green Tomatoes, head over to the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Web site and put Christmas in Conway in the search engine. Few actresses leave this mortal life on film as well as Ms. Parker, and her scenes with husband Andy Garcia are all just great, especially at the end. If you get the DVD, the Matthew Perryman Jones song On Top of the World won't be playing on it, and that song adds more to the emotional effect of the last scene than what was used on the DVD track. People who missed the song on the DVD went to Jones' site and asked for him to record it on a CD. Instead, he offered the download for free. Music can make the scene, and make a film memorable, as Ms. Masterson knows from choosing a song for Benny & Joon that evidenced what a fine ear she has for what sounds work with a particular scene.
The Tavern has the best reporters searching for news about Mary Stuart Masterson, and Steve Stark is back again with three findings about which he emailed me several times this week while I was panicking about how Christmas was sneaking up on me. Anyway, the links he found are below, and they include some great photos of MSM at different times in her career, including premiers of films like Some Kind of Wonderful, and appearances with Mary Louise Parker for Fried Green Tomatoes. These photos are housed at Getty Images, a premier photo archiving organization since before the Twentieth Century.
As You Are / U.S.A. (Director: Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, Screenwriters: Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, Madison Harrison) — As You Are is the telling and retelling of a relationship between three teenagers as it traces the course of their friendship through a construction of disparate memories prompted by a police investigation. Cast: Owen Campbell, Charlie Heaton, Amandla Stenberg, John Scurti, Scott Cohen, Mary Stuart Masterson. World Premiere
There are many fine photos on this Web site, which is a private archive. The photos are all watermarked, so you will have to pay for them to download them without the watermark. Many of them were rare in past years, particularly of those films MSM made in the pre-Internet years, such as At Close Range and Immediate Family. The photographs are well worth the look, and some might tempt the viewer to purchase them.
The links below will take you to a description of the Winter Songfest, while another will provide you with ticket purchasing information and a link to a map of Bard and a seating chart for the Sosnoff Theater. This looks like a great seasonal outing. I have half a mind to try it myself if up for the drive. To any visitors who decide to go, enjoy the show!
Steve surfed into a nice Web site with extensive coverage of cultural events in the Hudson Valley of New York State and sent word that Ms. Masterson is to be the hostess of the 25th Anniversary celebration for Tivoli, New York's Kaatsbaan Black Box Theatre. MSM and her husband, Jeremy Davidson, have become part of the cultural heart of Upstate New York. Along with Ms. Masterson, Kevin McKenzie, Artistic Director of the American Ballet Theatre will co-host. Using the link to the Kaatsbaan Theatre's Web site from the Rural Intelligence Web site, this is the run down of the 25th anniversary festivities:
Mary Stu's Tavern has two of the finest news hounds for Mary Stuart Masterson news in Steve Stark and Claudia Kehl. Both reporters sent emails to the Tavern this week about As You Are, an independent film shot in upstate New York that is now in post production. Steve found the addition to MSM's resume page on the Independent Movie Database (IMDB), while Claudia searched out the film's Facebook page and an article in the Albany, New York Times-Herald newspaper's electronic edition, which includes a video with some narrative from the film's young director, Miles Joris-Peyrafitte and scenes shot during the filming which are interesting from a technical viewpoint as well as observing actors and technical people at work. All the links are below, so please enjoy them, and be sure to remember who brought them to you, Claudia and Steve.
In 1992, the Penguins won their second Stanley Cup, Bill Clinton became a household name, and Mary Stuart Masterson was the Guest Hostess of Saturday Night Live. A guest who took a nephew of his to see Ms. Masterson perform stand-up comedy with her opening monologue, get some idea about her actual future times as pre-natally challenged (Four times--five if twins count for two) by playing "The Very Pregnant Cop," and hold court with the sisters of her sorority, once emailed me about how he could get a copy of the DVD for his nephew just a few years ago. Well, I searched and found there wasn't a DVD of that season of SNL. Now, thanks to Steve Starks, there is a place on the Web where all of those performances can be streamed on video. I would have put this one up yesterday evening, but I took on a computer security audit job which has a few more days to go and then I'm back in retirement again. As I said to Ariane, one of the financial officers at the place where I am temporarily working full time, "I forgot about how this full time job thing is. I can't get anything done!"