MARY STU'S TAVERN: CELEBRATING 19 YEARS ON THE INTERNET:
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 excellent
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.
STEVE FINDS SOME INTERESTING NEWS ABOUT MSM AT TRIBECA
FILM FESTIVAL AND A NEW STORYHORSE THEATER PROJECT
Entry Date: October 23, 2017
Robert DeNiro's New York-based Tribeca Film Festival
launched this month, and included Ms. Masterson in a special panel
discussion and luncheon about women in filmmaking called "Through Her
Lens." Among the participants were Gillian Anderson from The X
Files, Cynthia Nixon from Sex In the City and Let It
Ride (Yes, I remember, Ms. Nixon), and Kyra Sedgwick from The
Closer. At the time of the start of the film festival, the
scandal concerning Harvey Weinstein, one of the founders of Miramax,
broke wide open. Steve included a link to the Post Star newspaper
that includes some of the comments of the women attending the
STEVE STARK REPORTS STORYHORSE DOCUMENTARY THEATER TO
PROBE UNSOLVED MURDER
Entry Date: October 23, 2017
In looking at this poster concerning the research Jeremy
Davidson put into the upcoming production, I wonder if Mr. Teal's
profession had anything to do with his demise.
CLAUDIA KEHL SENDS SOME LINKS TO BLINDSPOT PHOTOS
Entry Date: October 19, 2017
Claudia sent me some links to Blindspot's photo
display of different stills made in production and for publicity.
Take a look by hitting the link below and get ready for a full
Blindspot season with MSM in charge.
STEVE STARK REPORTS THE DATE OF THE THIRD SEASON PREMIER
Entry Date: October 19, 2017
Steve shot me a quick email to let me know Blindspot
starts its third season on October 27th. Ms. Masterson appears to
have a few scenes in this first episode, so get ready. It might help
to stream some of the episodes from the first two seasons if you
haven't been following the series. It's an interesting one.
CLAUDIA FINDS A VIDEO ABOUT THE HUDSON VALLEY FILM
Entry Date: October 11, 2017
Claudia sent me a link to the Hudson Valley branch of the
cable television company Spectrum, which had a video from one of
their news broadcasts about Ms. Masterson's conference about making
films in the Hudson Valley. Check out the link below.
CLAUDIA KEHL REPORTS: MSM ATTENDS HUDSON VALLEY FILM
Entry Date: October 9, 2017
As the film making entrepreneur who chose the location for
the Stockade Works film studios and production facilities in
Kingston, New York, Ms. Masterson was logically chosen as one of the
members of the Hudson Valley Film Conference as reported by our
intrepid Claudia, reporting from Switzerland. See the links Claudia
sent to me last Friday below. You can buy some of the photos on the
photogallery at the Record newspaper, but they cannot be
reproduced. The photos are very reasonably priced, so why not pick
out your favorite ones and send an order to the Record?
Claudia and Steve Stark know these small town Hudson Valley
newspapers pretty well. They really convey the feel of that area in
New York State. I can see why Ms. Masterson and her family like the
Hudson Valley so much just by visiting the newspaper sites. There was
a pumpkin harvesting pop-up that had a nice hometown feel to it. Why
not send them a few bucks and get a nice photo for your office,
cubicle, or wherever? I sent for two of them.
STEVE STARK REPORTS ABOUT MSM'S LATEST SUCCESS WITH
Entry Date: September 27, 2017
New York Governor Cuomo enjoys a cold one with one
of his constituents.
Steve found a post in the Facebook page for MSM's Stockade
Works which announced that Stockade Works received another ten
million dollars in investments and funding. To access the Stockade
Works Facebook page click the link to it below.
THE MUSICAL STAGE VERSION OF BENNY & JOON IS
READY FOR THE STAGE
Entry Date: September 27, 2017
Yes, there is now a stage version of Benny &
Joon, and it is ready for the stage, according to the article in
Broadway World, which mentions the original film stars, Mary
Stuart Masterson and Johnny Depp. Take a look by clicking the link
The 2017 SummerScape Gala was held on Saturday,
July 22, 2017 at Montgomery Place in Annandale-on- Hudson, NY. The
Gala was a summer celebration and benefit for the Richard B. Fisher
Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, celebrating the
vibrant Hudson Valley community, supporting world-class culture and
performing arts, and superb local food.
A local Hudson Valley (New York) newspaper did a special
feature on Mary Stuart Masterson's life on the farm she shares with
husband Jeremy Davidson and their four children. This was a truly
terrific find, and both Claudia and Steve got it to me over the
weekend. There are 12 photos that come with this article, so be sure
to click on the links and spend some time looking at them. I'm
especially impressed with the size of the beets that Ms. Masterson is
harvesting in the above picture. They would be in the running for a
blue ribbon at the Venango County Fair this year. I wouldn't want to
be clubbed on the head with one of those babies, that's for sure.
And since they have fans here, too, Claudia and Steve are
doing just fine, according the the emails they sent me over the
weekend. It's great to hear from both of them.
With all the news of Ms. Masterson's active professional
life recently reported by Claudia Kehl, I decided to add a little
something extra to June's birthday celebration, an embed of the Fat
Boy Slim video starring Christopher Walken, Weapon of Choice.
This is my favorite music video of all time since it centers on
the life of a person who has to travel frequently and live in hotels,
a lifestyle that became all too familiar for me for over 27 years.
Here we go:
CLAUDIA KEHL SENDS SOME GOOD NEWS FROM SWITZERLAND
Entry Date: August 8, 2017
Claudia, our overseas correspondent from Switzerland has
sent a basket full of news about Mary Stuart Masterson's filmmaking
and television projects, of which there are no less than three going
on right now. I would have had this up yesterday, but I had a family
reunion, something that happens frequently in American families
during summer. What follows are all of the news items from Claudia,
along with the links to photos and articles about the films and
television appearances that MSM has on tap for the next few months.
THE REST OF US
One of Claudia' emails describes the independent film
The Rest of Us that Ms. Masterson is producing, and will take
advantage of the facilities at Stockade Works, Ms. Masterson's film
making complex in the Hudson Valley of New York State. Claudia sent
along this excerpt from the article along with the link that appears
The Vampire Diaries actor Raffi Barsoumian has been
cast in the indie film The Rest Of Us from writer/director Linda
Moss. Set in Spring 2002, post 9/11, the pic follows a motley crew of
math and science students as they re-evaluate who they are in the
wake of changing cultural and psychological landscapes. The
University is pushed to the brink as the country’s emerging rage
against Muslims and a campus-wide suicide crisis forces everyone to
reconsider where they stand. Barsoumian will play a new faculty
member at the school, a closeted Muslim, who torn between his desire
to protect his students and concerns for his own safety. Mary Stuart
Masterson, who starred in the 1991 film Fried Green Tomatoes, is
producing The Rest Of Us. The pic marks Barsoumian’s first feature
The theme of the film sounds like an interesting one, and
it hasn't been that many years since 911 that people have completely
forgotten the effects of the terrorist attack on their personal lives
and how they see the world.
Claudia is excited about the return of Ms. Masterson to
the cast of Blindspot as Acting FBI Director Eleanor Hirst.
This should be a good run for MSM on the NBC scripted drama. One of
the regular stars of the show, Audrey Esparza, posted the news
on her INSTAGRAM account.
Claudia wrote this in her email about how she is looking
forward to watching Ms. Masterson on the stage again, as she did when
MSM was a star in the Broadway musical, Nine.
I hope Mary Stuart would do something like that or a
staged reading again in New York or so. I would definitely do a trip
to NYC. I would love to see her again on stage in the future. But as
we know, she's now busy with her STOCKADE WORKS in her region and
with 4 children it's not so easy to be in NYC for a longer time.
There is still hope, she will be doing theatre, no matter if Broadway
or Off-Broadway in the future. Even a staged reading would be
Greetings from Switzerland
How cool is that!
VERY COOL, CLAUDIA!!
STEVE FINDS SOME MORE GOOD STUFF FOR HIS MSM
Entry Date: July 9, 2017
Steve Stark keeps the members of his MSM Facebook Group
happy by posting the most up-to-date news about the actress that can
be found almost anywhere. First, Steve discovered, through the
Poughkeepsie Journal Web site that Ms. Masterson will be part
of one of the Hudson Valley (New York) Philharmonic's 2017-2018
presentations. Ms. Masterson will be narrating Elegy for Anne
Frank on April 21, 2018. Check the link below for Poughkeepsie
Journal for the details, and do not forget, if you are really
interested about what Mary Stuart Masterson is up to, be sure to join
Facebook and Steve's MSM group. Joining Facebook is Free, and for
people from all over the world.
Second, there is an old trailer for an episode of Kate
Brasher, the 2001 CBS television drama that starred Ms.
Masterson. That video is embedded below, but, again, be sure to get a
FREE account on Facebook and sign up for Steve Stark's Mary Stuart
Masterson Group. Steve's already got people from every continent on
the group, along with some long-time MSM observers, such as J.J.
Young of Some Kind of Webpage, which, if I recall correctly,
is the longest running Mary Stuart Masteron site on the Internet. So,
be sure to show Steve your appreciation for all the news he's sent
over the years by subscribing to his Facebook group!
MSM'S 2017 BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION--MUSIC FROM THE
SOUNDTRACK OF STREETS OF FIRE (1984)
Entry Date: June 19, 2017
Deborah Van Valkenburgh in Streets of Fire (1984)
June is the birthday month of Mary Stuart Masterson, and
each June the Tavern supplies a link to a Web page that provides some
kind of article, video, or music instead of some kind of bland
announcement of the advent of her birthday. It sometimes takes a
little longer to come up with something different, but the music in
this year's "birthday gift" is worth the effort.
The post immediately above this one includes the links
that are this year's birthday tribute to Ms. Masterson.
STEVE'S FACEBOOK GROUP STILL LEADS THE WAY
Entry Date: June 15, 2017
Steve found this trailer for the fine independent ensemble
film The Florentine (1998). This indy was shot in the Bethlehem,
Pennsylvania area, and was featured in an early Web site to which
this site was once linked. That site emphasized the location, and how
the performers fared while shooting the film in the Lehigh Valley
area. I'm embedding Steve's trailer, but be sure to head over to
Facebook for Steve Stark's Mary Stuart Masterson Group. There are
some interesting people posting there, too, and Steve is posting his
right-to-the-minute news about MSM's activities.
STEVE STARK UPLOADS SOME GOOD FINDS ABOUT THE LITTLE
THINGS ON HIS MARY STUART MASTERSON FAN GROUP ON FACEBOOK
Entry Date: May 30, 2017
Ms. Masterson in Fried Green Tomatoes, 1991.
We are back updating, but having to use two laptops to get
it done as this one, a ten-year-old Toshiba Satellite A-105 is not
ready to go out on the Internet. What I have to do is move changed
pages to a flash drive, move the changed pages to my remaining
Internet capable machine, and then upload the new pages and any new
images. It takes a bit more time to get this done. I am inputting
this at 9:25 AM, but will not upload until this afternoon after
putting up the other laptop for uploading. It's a lot of fun.
Speaking of new images, Steve has quite a few of both MSM
and Jeremy "Cool Dad" Davidson bringing their stage production,
The Little Things, to Glen Falls, New York. This is a very
timely production as their is a large increase in the tick
population, and many I've talked with in Western Pennsylvania, have
had problems with ticks just cutting the grass. These links should
prove informative about Lyme Disease, and how patients cope with the
afflication, as well as being updates about the professional
activities of Ms. Masterson. There are also some nice photos for the
visitors to enjoy.
This last link is directly to Steve's FACEBOOK GROUP,
where other MSM fans and experts gather to post and comment about the
latest news about Ms. Masterson's professional works. Steve's
Facebook group enables the visitor to get interactive with the other
fans, so go and enjoy yourselves!
CLAUDIA KEHL SENDS SOME NEWS AND VIEWS ABOUT
Entry Date: May 25, 2017
Claudia emailed some links to a photograph of MSM working
on the NBC crime drama Blindspot, in which she portrays an FBI
Special Agent in Charge (SAC), or other upper management professional
providing leadeship to the team. We should hope Trump does not fire
her, so she might be back for next season. MSM's possible return was
also brought up, and there is a link to that subject as well.
Steve Stark is also busy over at his MSM facebook group,
highlighting another performance of Mary Stuart's and husband Jeremy
Davidson's stage production about Lyme Disease, The Little Things.
There are some nice pictures from this event, and they will be
posted later this evening as the work of bringing the site back into
production from this temporary computer goes on while the rest of
life's responsibilities demand attention. We are behind, but we will
catch up over the next 2-to-3 days.
DISASTER STRIKES 32-BIT DELL NOTEBOOK USED TO UPDATE
Entry Date: May 25, 2017
As I have already alerted Steve Stark and Claudia Kehl a
few days ago, the notebook computer I have been using for the past
year has a deteriorating hard drive. Fortunately, we lost no
documents or applications. However, the keyboard stopped functioning.
At first, it looked like a motherboard problem, but we got lucky. A
new harddrive is on order and will be installed in the next
one-to-two weeks. In the meantime, I attempted to use the crippled
Dell D-380 laptop we used from about March 2013 until March 2016 when
the screen stopped functioning in anything but Safe Mode. I tried
using that one first, but Windows tried to update and sometime during
the update all applications disappeared. I think some sectors on the
hard drive were either worn out, or the unit got a bit too hot, and
all of the application sectors were ruined to the point that the
Desktop does not come up, but you can log on to, well, nothing.
Undaunted, and determined to get this going for the next week, or
two, I went back to the Toshiba Satellite A100, typically used for
storage now. I uninstalled and reinstalled my homepage generator, and
moved the back-up of the site, with all the latest pages intact. This
is the laptop that brought the site back in 2009. Purchased in 2007,
and replaced in 2013 with the Dell D-380. It is working fine except
it has a problem with a slow logon and shut down. I can live with
that until the Dell Notebook is back up and running again. As you can
see above, we started updating again, and there will be more over the
next two days as we have a TV Schedule to update and Steve and
Claudia are always finding something new out there about your
favorite actress and some of her favorite portrayals.
The A100 always had a nice screen. Clear as crystal and
great for watching DVDs.
CLAUDIA KEHL SENDS A LINK TO THE ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
ARTICLE ABOUT THE SEASON FINALE OF BLINDSPOT--IMPORTANT NEWS FOR
Entry Date: May 13, 2017
Claudia sent along the Entertainment Weekly link to
an article about the season finale of NBC's Blindspot, which
is to telecast on Wednesday, May 17th at 8:00 PM. In addition to
sending along the link, Claudia sent another email about obtaining a
United States proxy server for those overseas visitors who wish to
view Ms. Masterson's appearance on Blindspot next week.
Claudia always has to use a US proxy for some of her streaming, but
it shouldn't deter anyone from outside the Unites States from
streaming any of Ms. Masterson's work on television. There is a link
below for a quick and painless way to obtain a temporary US proxy
server for your streaming needs. So, knock yourselves out over there
in the UK, China, Australia, and other points over the globe.
Steve found an interesting find about Ms. Masterson's
latest audio book, which has not yet been released, but is taking
advanced orders for the print and Kindle versions. The novel is
titled House Among the Trees and the author is Julia
Glass, who also wrote I See You Everywhere, another
novel that used Ms. Masterson's narration for the audio book. A link
for the audio book is below. The library highlighting the book
intends to keep only one copy for the public. There are already four
holds on the volume. That is a good sign. Fried Green Tomatoes
is also available at the library, but all copies are out!
STEVE STARK REPORTS ABOUT A NEW SHOWING OF MSM AND JEREMY
DAVIDSON PRESENTING THEIR SAGE DOCUMENTARY ABOUT LYME DISEASE
PRESENTATION TIMELY AS THERE ARE REPORTS OF INCREASED
TICK POPULATIONS IN NORTHEAST
Entry Date: May 10, 2017
Steve reported on his Facebook group for MSM fans that the
presentation The Little Things, dealing with challenges
individuals have faced after contracting Lyme Disease, which is
contracted by the bites of deer ticks. In our area of Western
Pennsylvania, people are reporting numerous encounters with the tiny
insects that burrow into flesh to feed on the blood of their hosts.
The mild winter has increased tick populations, and many of my
friends are avoiding the woods, and any areas of high grass and brush
tangles where ticks proliferate. Steve's details about the
presentation are below, and there is a link for those who might be in
the area to obtain tickets. This is a timely and important subject.
LYME ACTION NETWORK SHOW: Lyme Action Network presents,
”the little things”, an acclaimed multi-media theatrical reading,
produced by Storyhorse Documentary Theater, written by Jeremy
Davidson and directed by Mary Stuart Masterson, for a single
performance at the Wood Theater in Glens Falls on May 22. The
performance begins at 7:30 p.m. A “talk-back” with Masterson,
Davidson, and Lyme disease experts will follow the performance.
Tickets are $15. A pre-performance reception featuring
Déjà Vu Jazz, appetizers by Gourmet Café, and
wine and beer by Mean Max Brew Works will begin at 6 p.m. Tickets for
the reception are $25. Reception and performance tickets may be
purchased in person or by phone from the Wood Theater Box Office at
480-4878; or online at www.woodtheater.org/box-office/.
THE FINAL WORD ABOUT THE BLINDSPOT SEASON 2 FINALE
Entry Date: May 10, 2017
The title to the Blindspot Season 2 finale, titled
Lepers Repel, co-starring Mary Stuart Masterson, will be
telecast one week from today, May 17, 2017. TV GUIDE's Web site
confirms this date and the title to the episode. Again, Blindspot
streams on NBC's Web site, so our overseas visitors, and those in
the USA who miss it for any reason, can stream the latest episodes on
NBC's site. If unfamiliar with Blindspot, it might be a good
idea to stream a few episodes to get familiar with what is happening.
STEVE REPORTS ABOUT JEREMY DAVIDSON'S APPEARANCE ON
Entry Date: May 10, 2017
Steve Stark sent me an email on about Jeremy Davidson
appearing on CBS' Madam Secretary back on April 30th, which I
missed as I collected email once that day in the morning and not
again. Since Mr. Davidson appearted that night, I missed the
opportunity. Silly me! That episode is still streaming on CBS ACCESS.
The link for it is below. So, go watch this year's Cool Dad on
Madam Secretary on-line, and at your convenience. Many of our
overseas visitors have to use the Internet to stream appearances by
MSM on NCIS, for one example. The CBS presentation The Good
Wife is also available for streaming on CBS. In some cases, the
viewer can watch up to 14 episodes of different shows for free. If
you want to view more, you need to pay a subscription.
I will have to check mail each evening as well as each
THE BLINDSPOT MYSTERY MIGHT NOW BE
Entry Date: April 23, 2017
According to the Blindspot FACEBOOK page, the
Blindspot schedule for the rest of the 2016-2017 season begins
on April 26th, this coming Wednesday, April 26th. There are four
remaining episodes, according to the FACEBOOK post explaining the
schedule up to the season finale. Apparently, Blindspot will
be back next season, so the MSM episode will be the season finale,
and not the last episode ever of the show. An early estimate would be
the MSM episode should be telecast on May 17, 2017.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF HOW NCIS' ROOTS TRACE ALL
THE WAY BACK TO THE DAWN OF TELEVISION
Entry Date: April 23, 2017
Mr. Charles Floyd Johnson
Entertainment television began about two years before I
was born, 1950. An example of this was the classic show Our Miss
Brooks, starring Eve Arden. While Ms. Arden played Connie Brooks,
long-suffering English teacher at Madison High on CBS television, the
show was also broadcast on radio, as televisions were still rare in
the early 1950s. I am using Our Miss Brooks as an example
since it is now telecast on ME-TV. The long-running and extremely
popular contemporary show, NCIS, which recently showed four
episodes with Ms. Masterson as a prominent guest character, has its
roots all the way back to television's beginnings, and the work of
William T. Orr, of Warner Brothers productions, and Roy Huggins, Mr.
Orr's chief creative partner from the early 1950s through the 1960s.
Orr and Huggins produced such classics as 77 Sunset Strip,
Maverick, Cheyenne, Hawaiian Eye, and many more from that era.
Roy Huggins was the main writing force for many of Orr's early shows.
Roy Huggins went on to develop one of the greatest shows
of the modern era of television, The Rockford Files, which
starred James Garner. Garner's production company, Cherokee
Productions, owned a piece of The Rockford Files. The
Co-creator of The Rockford Files was the late Stephen Cannell
(The Greatest American Hero, Hardcastle and McCormick, The A-Team,
and many more). Along with Cannell came Charles Floyd Johnson,
who assisted in production and writing of The Rockford Files
for Stephen Cannell and James Garner. Cannell also created the show
Black Sheep Squadron, which was one of the precursors to
NCIS. Assisting in the creation of Black Sheep Squadron
was Donald P Bellisario. Many cast members from Black Sheep
Squadron wound up on shows Bellisario and Charles Floyd Johnson
created in the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s, including Magnum, PI, JAG,
and NCIS. Tom Selleck's guest slots on The Rockford Files,
as Private Detective Lance White, contributed to getting him his
starring role on Magnum, PI, a show produced by Donald P.
Bellisario and Charles Floyd Johnson, both of whom can trace their
careers back to the days of William T. Orr and Roy Huggins, through
Charles Floyd Johnson, continues as a producer of
NCIS, with Donald Bellisario now retired, but still credited
as Executive Producer. Mr. Bellisario is no longer involved in
creative decisions and daily administration of NCIS. Some
observers were concerned about the change, back in 2007, but Charles
Floyd Johnson's continued steady hand kept the show on track, and
maintained the "extended family" atmosphere of nearly all of the
shows designed by Bellisario and Johnson.
HAPPY EASTER AND PASSOVER GREETINGS TO ALL VISITORS!
Entry Date: April 12, 2017
REPORTERS CLAUDIA KEHL AND STEVE STARK DISCOVER MARY
STUART MASTERSON TO GUEST ON BLIND SPOT
Entry Date: March 29, 2017
Steve and Claudia both got emails to me on the same day
describing how MSM would be guest starring on this crime procedural
drama in its season finale. Blind Spot, and NBC show, is in
danger of being canceled after this season, but still has some chance
of staying on with NBC. The management might be waiting to see if the
ratings come up at the end of the season. All three of us, Steve,
Claudia, and I have been looking for a telecast date, but there is
nothing yet. There might be something in the Entertainment Weekly
that is due in my mailbox Friday, and I'll keep checking as the
days go on. Check out the links below and be sure to thank the
Tavern's ace contributors. They are always on the prowl for a good
STEVE STARK SENDS A LINK TO A WEB PAGE: SOME KIND OF
WONDERFUL: WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
Entry Date; March 22, 2017
Take a look at what has been happening with some of the
stars of Some Kind of Wonderful, which is now 30 years old. It
is mind boggling how all of that time has flown by, but this is one
way to catch up with the past.
CLAUDIA KEHL SENDS SOME NEWS ABOUT A SPECIAL YOUTUBE
ANNOUNCEMENT BY MSM AND JEREMY DAVIDSON
Entry Date: March 9, 2017
You are all going to enjoy this video that Claudia passed
along to us as we really get to spend some time with Jeremy Davidson
along with Ms. Masterson. In this pleasant few minutes, more of his
personality comes through the video. I think his kids have a pretty
STEVE SENDS THE LINK TO THE LITTLE KNOWN FACTS
Entry Date: March 9, 2017
Steve Stark, the operator of the Mary Stuart Masterson Fan
Group on Facebook and regular news contributor to the Tavern, sent
along a link to Ilana Levine's podcast, Little Known Facts,
during which Ms. Levine interviews Mary Stuart Masterson. It's a
fun thirty minutes.
CLAUDIA KEHL AND STEVE STARK BOTH SEND A PUBLICITY STILL
OF MS. MASTERSON ON THE NEXT EPISODE OF NCIS TO TELECAST ON
Entry Date: March 3, 2017
Still from the NCIS episode What Lies Above.
Claudia and Steve both sent along the above still photo of
Ms. Masterson with Rocky Carroll in a scene from the upcoming episode
of NCIS titled What Lies Above. It looks as if the
Honorable Jenna Flemming, MC, likes sliders with her martinis. I
don't know if the martinis are shaken or stirred.
STEVE STARK SENDS THE LINK TO MEMORABLE TV'S ARTICLE
ABOUT THE NEXT MSM EPISODE OF NCIS SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 7,
2017, WHAT LIES ABOVE
Entry Date: Februrary 23, 2017
Visitors should also keep in mind the link to the CBS
Network's NCIS page that enables the visitor to stream NCIS
episodes that either are not shown in their countries, or they
visitors just missed that night. Both links are available below. Also
remember that the 2016-2017 season of NCIS will be coming to a
close soon, so take advantage of available streaming of these
episodes while you can. It is hard to believe, sometimes, that all of
these years of NCIS have gone by already. I can remember
stopping at my mother's home on a Saturday in 2008, when she was
still in assisted living. I would stop every week to check on her
place and see to things like cutting down a diseased maple tree,
raking leaves, etc. It was the Saturday before Halloween and the
trick-or-treaters showed up that night. I had Tootsie Roll pops to
give them. I gave two to one girl so she would have a red one to
match her costume. Funny the things you remember, but I was watching
NCIS that evening on USA Network.
CLAUDIA KEHL SENDS SOME LINKS TO PHOTOGRAPHS OF MSM AND
HUSBAND JEREMY DAVIDSON
Entry Date: February 23, 2017
Claudia is all excited about the the next appearance of
Ms. Masterson on NCIS., and sent along these photographs taken
by a Hudson Valley, New York photographer of MSM and Jeremy Davidson
at different spots on their New York property. There is a third photo
for which I cannot make the link work properly, so the master link to
the photographer's, Karen Pearson's, Instagram site is below. Just
keep loading more photos onto the page and you will find all of the
photos from Northwind Farms.
STEVE FINDS THE NEXT APPEARANCE OF MARY STUART MASTERSON
Entry Date: February 8, 2017
The next episode of NCIS, in which Ms. Masterson
will portray our favorite Congresscritter, the Honorable Jenna
Flemming, MC (Member of Congress), will be entitled A Many
Splendored Thing and will be telecast on Tuesday, February 21,
2017 at 8:00 PM Eastern time. Again, if you miss the episode, or live
overseas where it is not telecast, jump on your computer and head for
CBS's Website under NCIS Episodes. You can stream each episode for
FREE, up to five episodes, but you might have to register. So lay in
your favorite TV snacks and drinks and get ready for this upcoming
STEVE STARK FINDS ANOTHER LINK ABOUT MSM'S KEYNOTE
ADDRESS TO THE UPSTATE VENTURE ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK
Entry Date: January 31, 2017
Steve located this article in the Record On-Line, by
Barbara Bedell, covering Ms. Masterson's keynote speech at the UVANY,
which was also covered on January 27th below. This was a very good
write-up, and the photo of Ms. Masterson is another keeper, so
everyone go enjoy at the link below!
The schedule of Mary Stuart Masterson's television
appearances, including cable and streaming showings of her films and
television shows, has been delayed until the end of this week. The
project of building the schedule required long hours staring at the
computer screen, and I got blurred vision from it that lasted a few
days. I was advised to get yellow lens glasses to reduce the blue
light from the screens. So far it is working, and the schedule will
be built starting on Friday or Saturday, and should be good for about
two weeks. I use the lenses every time I use the computer now. I
recommend them to anyone who puts in a lot of screen time on the job.
I would have started the schedule today, but the White Lab
Coated gentleman have me scheduled for something called a CT Scan
tomorrow. They've already made a wreck of my digestive tract with
their antibiotics. Believe it or not, really bad indigestion and
heart burn can cause your blood pressure to spike. I asked them about
this, but they had no response, so I Googled it. I found some kind of
doctor's forum where patients were describing how this serious
indigestion correlated to a sudden,and unusual, blood pressure rise.
That isn't the first time I had to use Google to diagnose myself. So,
beware of really bad indigestion when you are about to get a BP
reading. The numbers can be unreal, especially when you recorded both
numbers being slightly lower than optimum just days before. Nothing
like burning down the village to save it.
STEVE STARK FINDS MSM VIDEO OF PART OF HER KEYNOTE
ADDRESS AT THE FIRST ANNUAL DEAL CELEBRATION OF THE UPSTATE VENTURE
ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK
Entry Date: January 27, 2017
Steve sent me an email yesterday about Ms. Masterson
addressing this first "Deal Celebration" of the Hudson Valley New
York's Upstate Venture Association of New York (UVANY). I followed
the link Steve sent to the very active Hudson Valley News Network,
which has an excellent Web site, a local newspaper, and a YouTube
channel, which enabled me to embed the video below. There is a nice,
but brief, Q&A with Ms. Masterson on the video, which put her
ability to articulate on the fly to the test. She answered "the big
question" like an Olympic gymnast sticking the landing.
ACTIVE CITIZEN--MARY STUART MASTERSON AND DAUGHTER JOIN
THE WOMEN'S MARCH, HUDSON VALLEY, NEW YORK BRANCH
Entry Date: January 27, 2017
I was beginning to think I would never get to make this
post as the entire page had to be corrected at the code level as a
path error automatically rewrote all the HTML code for every image on
this page. I had to call up the code and edit every line of code that
instructs a server to call up an image and stick it in the correct
location on the page. It took a long time. I must archive part of
this page very soon. Anyway, Steve Stark emailed me that he put up a
photo about what MSM was doing, and she was at the Women's March with
her daughter. Check out the picture below. MSM's daughter is the
small strawberry blonde on the left.
STEVE STARK STRIKES AGAIN WITH ANOTHER PIECE OF MARY
STUART MASTERSON NEWS
Entry Date: January 21, 2017
Steve emailed me a report about Mary Stuart Masterson
being the Keynote Speaker at the Annual Celebration of the Upstate
Venture Association of New York (UVANY) is an organization of diverse
investors, entrepreneurs, and small business owners in the Hudson
Valley area of Upstate New York. Ms. Masterson was chosen for this
honor because of her success in launching Stockade Works, a film
production facility, the first of its kind in that area of New York.
MSM is also noted for Storyhorse Theater, launched by Ms. Masterson
with her husband, Jeremy Davidson. Below is a link to the article.
STEVE FINDS MSM POST ON HER FACEBOOK PAGE ABOUT HER
LATEST FILMING OF AN EPISODE OF THE POPULAR SERIES NCIS
Entry Date: January 10, 2017
MSM prepares for filming at NCIS backlot.
Steve Stark works diligently to search out the latest
developments in the life and career of Mary Stuart Masterson. Things
had been quiet for awhile, but when he found this on her Facebook
page it became apparent that Steve hadn't lost his talent at finding
MSM news. The slowdown in news was most likely the result of Ms.
Masterson filming the new NCIS episode that I estimate will be
telecast sometime in February or early March. In the meantime, Streve
sent photos, including the one above, and the two below that show the
kind of trailer Ms. Masterson uses to both prepare for filming, and
to "decompress" after.
This photo of the NCIS backlot I found interesting
as the building facades remind me of North Side. Oil City,
MSM leaves the door open for a quick look inside.
STEVE STARK SENDS REPORT ABOUT MSM MAKING THE
PRESENTATION OF THE FIRST ANNUAL "STOCKADE WORKS AWARD"
Entry Date: January 10, 2017
Mike Hein, the Ulster County, New York County Executive,
who played a key role in Ms. Masterson's successful start-up of the
Stockade Works film production facility, was presented with the first
Annual Stockade Works Award for his efforts. The link below will take
the visitor to the article on the Web site of the Ulster County
STEVE STARK SENDS NEWS ABOUT MSM'S STOCKADE WORKS PROJECT
Entry Date: December 27, 2016
Mary Stuart Masterson's efforts to open a film and
television production facility in Ulster County, New York, are still
underway. Ms. Masterson did her homework to ascertain if the tax and
regulatory environment needs some adjusting in order to entice
different television and film companies to shoot some of their
productions in the Hudson River Valley. What was discovered in the
research was that the cost of using the New York area for production
is not as inviting as other states, such as Georgia, which has a
production facility operating. Ms. Masterson is working to tweak the
environment enough to entice more film work to the region. Below is a
link to a recent blog entry by Mark Reynolds with more details.
A FULL PAGE ABOUT MSM'S LAW AND ORDER: SVU
CHARACTER, PSYCHIATRIST REBECCA HENDRIX
Entry Date: December 12, 2016
Mary Stuart Masterson as the studious and compassionate
psychiatrist, Rebecca Hendrix.
There is what the Web calls a Wiki, a site full of
information about the several Law and Order television series,
with some individual pages of data about particular characters, and
MSM's Rebecca Hendrix, our favorite TV shrink, has one for her. The
link is below. Take a look and enjoy the data box with the fictional
Rebecca's vital statistics.
NCIS EPISODE PAY TO PLAY GUEST STARRING MARY
STUART MASTERSON DATE SET
Entry Date: November 22, 2016
MSM with Mark Harmon and murder victin in NCIS episode
Pay to Play.
We have a date for the first telecast of MSM as
Congresswoman Jenna Flemming for her first of several future
appearances on the top rated drama NCIS. The episode will be
telecast on December 6th at 8:00 PM on your local CBS station, and it
can be streamed on the CBS Website if you miss it that date, or just
want to watch it again, or grab screencaps!
EXTRA BIRTHDAY LINK FOR MSM--THAT GIRL MAKE UP
TEST CIRCA 1966!
Entry Date: November 1, 2016
I know there was already a link provided for MSM to enjoy
back in June for her birthday, but I didn't know about this one back
then. In 1966, the year Ms. Masterson was born, Marlo Thomas began
filming episodes of the brand new ABC comedy series That Girl.
The show was about Ann Marie, a girl from the Hudson Valley,
Brewster, New York, who moves to a small apartment in New York to
pursue an acting career. In 1966, single women working toward a
career were virtually unknown as characters on television. The fact
that the show began the year MSM was born, makes it worthy as a
birthday link, or in this case, an embedded video. In the days when
Mary Stuart Masterson was sleeping in her cradle, Marlo Thomas made
this make-up test for future shoots of That Girl. This video
brings to this page much cuteness as well as a chance
for visitors to see some of the things that go on behind the scenes
in the working life of an actress.
CLAUDIA KEHL FINDS A WOMEN IN FILM AND MEDIA
PANEL, WITH MSM PARTICIPATING, AT THE WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL
Entry Date: October 27, 2016
Claudia, our Swiss reporter, discovered a YouTube video of
the above captioned discussion panel at this past fall's Woodstock
Film Festival. Ms. Masterson was in attendance for the panel and the
festival held at the town made famous by the music festival held
there in 1969. I saw from the video that Amber Tamblyn (Sisterhood
of the Traveling Pants, Joan of Arcadia, House) sat beside Ms.
Masterson on the panel. A link to Ms. Tamblyn's blog was one of the
Tavern's birthday links to Ms. Masterson a few years ago.
STEVE STARK PROVIDES THE DATE FOR THE PREMIER OF
MS. MASTERSON ON NCIS
Entry Date: October 27, 2016
Steve sent along a link to the article about MSM's debut
on NCIS as Congresswoman Jenna Flemming, whose life must be protected
by NCIS while a homicide is investigated by Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and
his team. I know our visitors have been wanting to get that debut
date, and it is November 15, 2016. That is a Tuesday, of course, from
8:00 to 9:00 PM as all good NCIS fans know. Nice and early, with no
competing NFL games, and no delayed bedtimes. All are assigned to
watch, and if you live overseas, you can stream it over at CBS
on-line. Mark your calendars.
STEVE STARK REPORTS ABOUT MSM AT LUNCHEON FOR THE
UPCOMING DOCUMENTARY NEWTOWN CONCERNING THE SANDY HOOK SCHOOL
Entry Date: October 27, 2016
The documentary Newtown, which brings the viewer
back to December 14, 2012 when the school shooting at Sandy Hook,
Connecticut took place, and provides a window into how the community
has worked to recover from the tragedy, will premier in November.
John Slattery, one of the stars of Mad Men,hosted a
luncheon at Le Cirque in New York. Ms. Mary Stuart Masterson was in
attendance along with other notables, including the film's producer,
Maria Cuomo Cole.
STEVE STARK SENDS ALONG THE GOOD NEWS THAT MARY STUART
MASTERSON HAS A NEW ROLE ON USA'S NUMBER ONE SHOW ON
Entry Date: October 22, 2016
Steve was very happy to send the email that MSM has been
given a recurring role as Jenna Flemming, a United States
Congresswoman who gets involved in an investigation by NCIS agent
Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and his team. The article for which
Steve sent along the link added a brief filmography for MSM. I think
Ms. Masterson will fit right into the chemistry that always seems to
bond the cast members of the shows developed by Donald P. Bellisario
from Magnum PI, to JAG, to NCIS the cast members
seem to compliment and bring out the best in each other, sort of like
family, which is a key ingredient to their success. Check out the
photos of MSM in action with the NCIS gang, and the visitors
to Mary Stu's Tavern send along their congratulations to Ms.
STEVE STARK FINDS THE LATEST NEWS ABOUT MSM'S STOCKADE
WORKS PROJECT IN KINGSTON, NEW YORK
Entry Date: October 16, 2016
The resourceful Steve Stark located an update article
about Ms. Masterson's plans for the Old Metropolitan Life Insurance
Company building on Greenkill Avenue in Kingston, New York. The
building is a large, multi-story red brick industrial building where
Met Life formerly did business. MSM's non-profit Stockard Works,
which seeks to increase economic activity and create new jobs by
combining technology and filmmaking operations in the area. The Rupco
organization, which is an affordable housing advocacy group has
teamed up with MSM to piece together public and private financing
packages to raise the estimated $12 million to go forward with the
project. The old Met Life building is large enough for Rupco to set
up their offices along with the filmmaking and technology activities
of Stockade Works. Steve also provided the link to the article in
Hudson Valley One that lays out the present status of MSM's
project to bring filmmaking to the Hudson Valley while also creating
more high-value jobs for the local citizens. Mary Stuart Masterson:
HAPPY HALLOWEEN 2016 TO ALL VISITORS TO THE TAVERN!
Entry Date: October 13, 2016
STEVE STARK FINDS MORE PHOTOS OF THE GHOST STORY
Entry Date: October 13, 2016
Steve found some additional photographs from the recent
Ghost Story gala that show even more how much fun everyone
must have had, both in the audience and in the cast. Ghost Story
must have been an enjoyable kickoff to the Halloween season,
which itself is the kickoff to the Holiday Season that ends each
year. Thanksgiving, and Christmas, are right around the corner
following the Trick-or-Treat night for the kids, who get to enjoy
holidays on a different level than the suffering "groan" ups!
CLAUDIA AND STEVE REPORT ABOUT MSM'S NEWEST PRIME
TIME TELEVISION ROLE--IN NUMBER 1 SHOW NCIS!!
Entry Date: October 11, 2016
MSM on NCIS.
The Tavern's intrepid MSM watchers and news reporters
discovered that Ms. Masterson will appear in an episode of the Number
1 prime time scripted drama on television, NCIS. Both Claudia
and Steve found the photo showing Vilmer Valderrama and Duane Henry
working on a night filming in an SUV of some kind with Ms. Masterson
looking comfy in the back. I tried to find out what in what episode
MSM would appear, and when, but nothing came up on the CBS Web site
for NCIS. One thing I did find that might be handy is that you
can stream the episodes from the Web site, so if you saw it on
regular broadcast, but forgot to burn it to DVR, you can burn the
episode by streaming it on the CBS Web site. In addition to this good
news, Steve found that the photo of MSM at IMDB has been changed, and
it looks pretty good.
STEVE STARK REPORTS ABOUT THE LATEST STORYHORSE THEATER
Entry Date: October 8, 2016
Shortly before Steve emailed the following report, he
helped me to figure out why and how Lycos, the company that owns
Angelfire, where Mary Stu's Tavern has been hosted since 2009, was
redirecting me away from the Angelfire Log In page to a page that
informs visitors to Lycos about the status of any technical problems
with the Lycos network. Steve clicked on a link I sent him, and was
able to access the Log In page, while I could not. This situation was
exactly like that of the site owners of Tripod Web sites, another
Lycos holding, experienced last summer. The Tripod site owners could
not log in to update their sites, and commercial Web site owners
could not contact anyone at Lycos, which had moved to India from
Texas. The commercial site owners lost money due to the problem.
There was only one link that worked for me, and that was to Lycos
Life, a site where the company sold wearable devices. Lycos Life had
a technical assistance chat capability. I was able to get the message
through that Angelfire site owners could not log in to Angelfire
while the general public, represented by Steve, could access the log
in page. Lycos had captured site owners' IP addresses and linked them
to a kind of subroutine that would redirect Angelfire site owners to
a page, Lycos Status, that would inform the site owners about any
technical problem with Angelfire. There had been a problem on, or
after, October 3rd, when I had last updated. For some reason,
probably bad logic in the code, the subroutine did not stop
redirecting site owners after the technical problem was resolved. It
took a few hours, but Lycos got us back into the update page, and the
post below, the photo found by Claudia Kehl, was the first to go up.
I couldn't have been sure of the problem without Steve trying the
link, and the information helped Lycos pinpoint the problem faster.
Mary Stu's Tavern is an interactive Web site. Good work, Steve!
STORYHORSE DOCUMENTARY THEATER
"The Kept Private" a Storyhorse Documentary Theater piece
based on conversations about slavery and race in rural Upstate New
York, historical documents, census data, and the 1835 Revolutionary
War pension application of a 93 year old Black farmer from Milan
named Andrew Frazier.
Current Cast: Mary Stuart Masterson, John Douglas
Thompson, Tim Guinee, Russell G. Jones, Marcel Spears, Crystal
The Barn at Brook No Evil Farm, Red Hook, Veterans Day,
Nov. 11th, 12th and 13th.
Limited tickets available: storyhorsetheater.org/tickets
(Pay What You Wish 11/13)
directed by Carl Cofield
written by Jeremy Davidson
projection design by Rasean Davonte Johnson
sound design Elisheba Ittoop
lighting design Alan C. Edwards
CLAUDIA KEHL, THE TAVERN'S SWISS REPORTER, FINDS A NICE
PHOTO AN ARTICLE ABOUT MARY STUART AND JEREMY WORKING TOGETHER ON
Entry Date: October 6, 2016
Claudia, the intrepid Swiss Miss and reporter of MSM's
film, stage, and other projects sent along a link to a photo of MSM
and husband Jeremy Davidson working together on their joint creation,
Good Dirt. Claudia described it this way: Look at this
wonderful picture of Mary Stuart and Jeremy. So beautiful!
I'm just glad Jeremy is back on his feet after getting
shot like that in Salt. If you are going to play a Secret
Service agent, sacrificing yourself for the President is a good way
to go out.
STEVE STARK SENDS A NEW LINK TO THE HALLOWEEN SPECIAL
READING OF GHOST STORIES WITH MSM AS ONE OF THE READERS
Entry Date: October 3, 2016
I followed Steve's link to the Hudson Valley News
Network, which included access to a video explaining about this
special reading of "spooky stories" for Halloween, as presented by
various actors, actresses, and other celebrities in filmmaking and
stage productions who reside in the Hudson River Valley of New York
State. After bringing up the video, which is an enjoyable report
about the presentation, there was a link to the YouTube version,
which enabled me to secure the Embed code so the video could appear
right here for everyone to enjoy, while still giving the host YouTube
network credit for the download. The link to Hudson Valley News
Network is available above the embedded video.