MARY STU'S TAVERN: CELEBRATING 20 YEARS ON THE INTERNET:
WISHING MS. MASTERSON ANOTHER HAPPY BIRTHDAY--THE
TAVERN'S ANNUAL SALUTE!
THURSDAY--JUNE 7, 2018
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!
CLAUDIA KEHL SENDS LINK TO VIDEO ABOUT THE DUTCHESS
COUNTY FILM CONFERENCE
THURSDAY--JUNE 7, 2018
Claudia reports that she is doing fine over there in
Switzerland and sent along a link to the Dutchess County Film
Conference, which involves filming in New York's Hudson Valley,
something of keen interest to Stockade Works foundress, Mary Stuart
Masterson. This is timely for another reason, as shooting film in the
Hudson Valley is part of what the Tavern's annual birthday month
greeting to Ms. Masterson is all about. So, without further adieu,
the embedded video is below.
STEVE STARK REPORTS ABOUT NEW AUDIO BOOK RECORDED BY MSM
AND FINDS A TRAILER FOR AN EPISODE OF KATE BRASHER, THE 2001
THURSDAY--JUNE 7, 2018
The cover of the novel by Barbara Delinski narrated in the
audio book form by Mary Stuart Masterson.
Steve sent me an email about the latest audio book
narrated by Ms. Masterson, Before and Again by Barbara
Delinsky in addition to his having a good time with his grandchildren
in Wisconsin. The novel, by Barbara Delinsky is about MacKenzie
Cooper, a woman whose life was ruined by a traffic accident in which
her daughter died and she was found criminally responsible. At nearly
the end of her probation, MacKenzie moves to Vermont and takes a job
as a make-up artist at a spa under an assumed name. When one of her
new friends experiences a family tragedy, MacKenzie has to decide
whether to risk everything she has scratched out for her new life to
support her friend in need. I might want to give this one a listen,
or read the print version.
The second news from Steve was his finding an old CBS
Television trailer for an episode of Ms. Masterson's Kate Brasher
series. That trailer is embedded below. Those of you who want to
keep in direct contact with Steve, who always has something going on
at his Mary Stuart Masterson Facebook group, hit the link below the
A LITTLE POST MOTHER'S DAY MESSAGE TO MS. MASTERSON
MONDAY--MAY 21, 2018
Mother's Day being on a Monday I ran into the Stewart
Twins in one of the pews behind mine at Saint Joseph's Church in Oil
City. I've known the two girls, Allison and Chris, for about 25 years
now. They each have a group of about five boys now. They are the
daughters of Mary Stewart, whom I have known a little longer than the
girls. I wished them a Happy Mother's Day as I left, approaching
Allison last. Pointing out her sons I assured her, "Look, no one has
been killed or maimed, and no one shot an eye out this year. See? You
are doing a good job!"
She cracked up.
You are not alone, Ms. Masterson.
STEVE STARK SCORES SOME MORE NEWS ITEMS FOR THE MONTH OF
MONDAY--MAY 21, 2018
Mary Stuart Masterson at a function focused on the Hudson
Maritime Museum. A link to the article is below.
Steve is always running down some interesting stories
about what Ms. Masterson is up to in Upstate New York. There were two
events in the Hudson Valley covered by the local media that Steve
posted on his Mary Stuart Masterson Facebook Group. There is an
article in the Poughkeepsie Journal about the success that groups
supporting filmmaking in the Hudson Valley, such as MSM's Stockade
Works, have had in attracting movie projects to the area. One such
film was John Krasinski's hit horror/suspense film, A Quiet Place,
that was filmed in MSM's home county, Dutchess. This past
weekend, I got to watch--twice--my favorite Hudson Valley movie, and
my favorite Paul Newman movie, Nobody's Fool.If Ms.
Masterson can get a few more films like A Quiet Place and
Nobody's Fool made in the Hudson Valley, that would be very
good news. Nobody's Fool was also Ms. Jessica Tandy's last
film. MSM fans will remember Ms. Tandy from Fried Green
Tomatoes. The link to this article is below, along with, once
again, the link to Steve's Facebook Group. Get on board today, it's
free. You don't have to tell Zuckerberg anything important about
yourself if you want to keep it private.
A LOOK INTO THE PAST--MSM RECEIVES A LONESTAR FILM
FESTIVAL AWARD, APPEARS WITH HER FATHER
MONDAY--MAY 7, 2018
Steve Stark also posted this video on his MSM Facebook
Group's page. It is a nice look into the past, specifically 1997, the
year before this site was started at AOL and then Geocities. It's a
great milestone to have recorded.
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO MSM AND ALL MOMS AMONG OUR
MONDAY--MAY 7, 2018
SOME PHOTOS FOUND BY STEVE STARK
MONDAY--MAY 7, 2018
Steve discovered these photos in his searches for new
information about what Ms. Masterson has been doing lately in her
acting and filmmaking careers. They pictures are also posted on the
Facebook Group and there is a link to the group below.
STEVE SENDS WORD THAT MSM HAS BEEN IN A NEW INDEPENDENT
SATURDAY--APRIL 14, 2018
Steve Stark sent word in an email that Ms. Masterson has
been busy making a new independent film with the title Skin,
about the life of an extremist, racist skinhead activist. Ms
Masterson portrays a federal agent, which is probably and FBI agent,
although agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms have
also pursued violent Skinheads in past years. Steve sent a link to an
article about Skin on Wikipedia, and that link is below. The
film is in post production in Kingston, New York, which means
primarily editing. Post production is very likely at MSM's Stockade
Works. Good work, Ms. Masterson, bringing filmmaking and training in
practical skills to those trying to start careers in the film
STEVE STARK SENDS SOME EMAILS ABOUT RECENT POSTS IN THE
MSM FACEBOOK GROUP
SUNDAY--APRIL 1, 2018
Steve's Facebook group for MSM has been busy on the run-up
to the Easter and Passover holidays. One posting dealt with Ms.
Masterson being the producer of the independent film The Rest of
Us, which is still in production. I'll put the Internet Movie
Database (IMDB) link below. Next, and this is important to all of
those who have not yet joined Steve's Facebook group, there is a clip
from the 2009 television series Cupid on Steve's MSM Facebook
group's page, with Ms. Masterson having a major part in the scene as
a woman trying to get a dry martini at the bar. Be sure to check it
out, and join Steve's group by joining Facebook, which is free. There
is also a link to an article in an upstate New York on-line journal
about MSM's role in founding Stockade Works and being a job creator
in the local area.
I have had some problems with a fourth photo, which is my
favorite, but we are working with it and should have it up later
today or tomorrow in a separate post. Thanks for your patience!
HAPPY SAINT PATRICK'S DAY!
MONDAY--MARCH 12, 2018
STEVE SENDS A STORY ABOUT THE STOCKADE WORKS OSCAR PARTY
FRIDAY--MARCH 9, 2018
MSM and husband Jeremy Davidson at Oscar night.
Steve Stark's Mary Stuart Masterson Fan Group on Facebook
has entries, including photos and a video, of Ms. Masterson's Academy
Award Night party under the auspices of Stockade Works. It looks as
if everyone in attendance had a really good time. Stop by Steve's
place and take a look. There are also some nice photos of Ms.
Masterson, both past and present, in other posts on Steve's Facebook
group. The link is below, and you can join for FREE.
STEVE STARK SENDS WORD THAT MS. MASTERSON WILL BE
NARRATING AN ELEGY TO HOLOCAUST VICTIM ANNE FRANK
SUNDAY--FEBRUARY 25, 2018
Steve sent me an email about MSM being cast as the
narrator of an elegy to Anne Frank, a Jewish teen who was living in
the Netherlands when the country was overrun by Hitler's Wehrmacht.
Anne Frank's diary has become a classic story of the suffering and
sacrifices endured by individuals during that war. The stage
production is titled Hope in the Times of War, and will be
shown at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House at 35 Market Street,
Poughkeepsie, New York on Saturday, April 21, 2018 with a curtain
time of 8:00 PM.
THE DELAYED EMAIL OF CLAUDIA KEHL ABOUT THE RETURN OF MSM
SATURDAY--FEBRUARY 10, 2018
I was on one of my occasional visits to my csonline email
box as the provider changed the configurations and didn't tell anyone
about it. I thought they were hacked for awhile. Anyway, since they
changed everything, I cannot send from that address, so I switched
back to the ancient AOL address until things could get fixed. They
haven't been so far, but I was in there yesterday, and found this
email from Claudia Kehl from either very late January or the first of
February. I'm sorry I missed it, and Claudia provided a handy link
for discovering what is next for former FBI Director Eleanor Hirst
now that she is "in stir," as they say around the prison system.
Someday, I'll round up the email person from csonline and get my
ability to send again. The CarterMatt link to press is below
"STAY TUNED TO BLINDSPOT--SHE'S BAAACK!"
Mary Stuart will be back in episode 12 this Friday (Feb.
I knew that she would probably come back somehow since
producer Martin Gero mentioned something in an interview in December.
One of the biggest surprises to me is that we still have
some more story to tell with Elenaor Hirst. This is someone who we
didn’t think we would be seeing again, but that’s part of the element
of surprise … or at least it would be had NBC opted to not give away
many of the finer details in advance.
STEVE STARK SENDS SOME SCREEN CAPTURES FROM A RECENT
APPEARANCE OF MS. MASTERSON DURING CREDITS OF BLINDSPOT
It is time to speculate whether the "Big Bad" in this
season's episodes of Blindspot is going to get free of incarceration.
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 3, 2018
STEVE STARK FINDS A NEW PHOTO OF MSM FROM DIGGING TO
Steve doesn't like not finding anything about Ms.
Masterson for a few days, so he sent this photo from Digging to
China, a movie that included the then eight-years-old Evan Rachel
Wood as the cast member who was in nearly every scene. Ms. Masterson
has had some special co-stars over the years. Ms. Wood and Jena
Malone were two from the late 1990s who would qualify as exceptional
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 3, 2018
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!
SUNDAY JANUARY 21, 2018
STEVE STARK EMAILS ABOUT THE APPREHENSION OF FBI
DIRECTOR HIRST AND THE END OF MSM'S BLINDSPOT ARC
Steve send the photo above, and the three below, along
with his impression about the end of MSM's appearances on
Blindspot with the arrest of her character, the treacherous
Director Hirst. It seems as if Ms. Masterson has started a period of
silent running, but, sometimes people escape incarceration...
MORE HIRST VIEWS
Entry Date: December 20, 2017
STEVE STARK GETS READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS BY SENDING THE
NEW YOUTUBE CHANNEL OF STOCKADE WORKS
Entry Date: December 21, 2017
Below is the first embedded video showing the work of
filmmaking while students and apprentice technicians and camera
people learn the ropes. MSM is fulfilling her vision.
CLAUDIA SENDS LINK ABOUT THE FATE OF MSM'S "DIRECTOR
HIRST" ON BLINDSPOT
Entry Date: December 17, 2017
Claudia made some interesting observations about Ms.
Masterson in an email she sent me a few hours ago. In addition to her
own comments, Claudia sent along a link everyone might enjoy, which
can be found after my reply to Claudia. Christmas is only eight days
away! How did that happen?
Hirst is definitely the most evil role, Mary Stuart has
ever played. She is doing an awesome job in playing this bad
character. I had never expected that her character would turn out
like that in the end. Now it seems that next episode will probaly be
her last one. Then it would have been 8 episodes she guest starred
in. I am already curious how it will end with Director Hirst...
Incredible acting by Mary Stuart portraying this atrocious person.
It only goes to show, MSM is capable of playing any kind
of role. She was a bit nasty on "The Good Wife," too. She's "rangy,"
as they call a center fielder in baseball who can cover a lot of
ground running down fly balls. MSM has much range as an actress. I
think I'll post this one tonight!
Oh, but since she's going off the air, I guess Trump fired
CLAUDIA KEHL FINDS A VIDEO FORUM WITH MARY STUART
MASTERSON DISCUSSING BUSINESS IMPACT OF FILMMAKING AND
Entry Date: December 9, 2017
Ms. Masterson at the forum sponsored by The Atlantic
Claudia caught this forum on YouTube and sent me an email.
I watched the first few minutes and caught the above screencapture to
go along with the embedded video below. MSM looks like a
businesswoman at this video forum.
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HANUKKAH 2017!!
Entry Date: November 29,2017
CLAUDIA KEHL SENDS SOME POSITIVE COMMENTS ABOUT MS.
MASTERSON ON BLINDSPOT AND LINK TO TWO MORE BLINDSPOT
Entry Date: November 15, 2017
What do you most enjoy about what Mary Stuart
Masterson brings to the show, especially in Hirst’s dynamic with
GERO: Reade went through a rough year, last season.
It’s great to have him have a mentor who just really believes in him
and is really only looking out for Reade. She’s slightly distrustful
of the rest of the team. She brings up the point of, it’s nice to
have the band back together, but he doesn’t know these people
anymore. It’s been two years. Honestly, Pellington was amazing, but
he was always a hard-ass and an antagonist on the show. It’s great to
have Hirst back, and Mary Stuart is such a phenomenal and warm
presence, both on camera and off. She’s an icon! I went to go talk to
her, during the finale of last season, and I just thought, “Oh, my
god, you were in every movie I loved, when I was a kid!” It just
washes over you, occasionally, and you’re like, “Oh, yeah, you’re a
big deal! It’s nice to have you on the show!” She’s also so
wonderful. The whole cast is madly in love with her. She’s been an
I wrote back to Claudia and reminded her about all the
positive things that Maureen McCormick's Webmaster from back in 1998
relayed to me about Ms. McCormick's comments to her parents about
working with Ms. Masterson. Ms. McCormick told her parents that MSM
was "a doll" to work with. Similar descriptions have come from a
member of the backstage crew from the Kennedy Center performance of
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. I forgot to mention to Claudia all the
superlatives that Kristen Stewart used to describe working with Ms.
Masterson on the independent film, The Cake Eaters, which was
MSM's first film as a director. Kristen Stewart is one of the great
actresses of her generation, and she called MSM a "mentor" to her.
What follows are Claudia's links to the Collider
interview of Martin Gero of Blindspot, and some of photos.
JOHNNY J. YOUNG AND STEVE STARK POST INTERESTING LINK TO
ON THE 2ND DAY OF CHRISTMAS
Entry Date: November 15, 2017
Johnny J. Young, Webmaster over at Some Kind of Web
Page, and a frequent contributor to our correspondent, Steve
Stark's Facebook Group for Ms. Masterson, and Steve himself posted a
link about MSM's classic Lifetime Movie for Television On the 2nd
Day of Christmas. Check it out by clicking on the link below, and
be sure to join Steve's Facebook Group for Mary Stuart Masterson.
There is always something interesting going on there.