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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posts tagged ‘movie’
Posted: March 10th, 2013

Hitchcock,_Alfred_02Clocks are turned ahead, and we all need a nap. Thankfully, Monday is national Napping Day, celebrated every year after Daylight Savings kicks in. Pay attention to this one, ladies. Studies indicate we need more sleep than men. Check out this CBS report.

Napping Day is followed by — scare yourself to death day — if you can hum the theme to the Alfred Hitchcock hour, you know that this unassuming man was behind a lot of classic thrillers.

While “The Birds” was one of scariest movies, I remember some of the TV shows best. The story about The Nurses still gives me the willies.

Hitchock teamed with Cary Grant on four films, and in “Suspicion,” 1940, he left everyone wondering if Grant’s character really was the bad guy. There was even an alternate ending. “Notorious,” 1946, “To Catch a Thief,” 1955, and “North by Northwest,” 1959, also starred Grant.

Fans also know Hitchcock appeared in nearly all of his films. A passerby in the background, a customer — but always in the background. See if you can spot him.

I’m a fan of naps and Hitchock, but it’s rare that anyone would nap after a Hitchcock film.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.

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Posted: December 12th, 2012

If you are stuck for a gift idea for anyone with ties to Erie, here are some of my faves:

Pizza Bomber: The Untold Story of America’s Most Shocking Bank Robbery” Ed Palattella and Jerry Clark co-authored the book about their investigations into the collar-bomb death of Brian Wells. You can watch a replay of their live chat on GoErie.com at www.goerie.com/chat. I know both these guys — they are awesome.

They will have a book signing today at The Erie Book Store at 4:30 p.m and at Books-A-Million in the Millcree Mall Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. The book is available at Barnes & Noble, Werner Books, Books Galore, The Erie Book Store and on Amazon and other outlets. For more information: pizzabomber.com. The book has been optioned for a movie in Hollywood.

“Bluff” by Lenore Skomal. Lenore’s book is a terrific mystery that will keep you guessing, and she is planning a sequel. I know Lenore, and she weaves a great story with memorable characters.

Honoring the New York Central Railroad”  by Kenneth Springirth. Ken knows railroad, and he has a series of books that are all fascinating railroad tales. I know Ken — he is an interesting historian — if you have a question on rail, just ask him.

Fortune and Fury” by David Frew and Jerry Skrypzak. These gentlemen share some of Erie’s richest history of the waterfront. It’s a great read for anyone who loves Erie. I know both of these guys, and this book is filled with personality and memories of old Erie. All proceeds benefit The Erie Historical Society.

These are just a few of the great books written by local authors. Suggest more right here.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.



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Posted: April 17th, 2012

If you watched “Dark Shadows” as a kid, it will return as a movie next month, and it is creating controversy among diehard fans who loved the 1,225 TV episodes.

I remember the 1966-1971 soap that aired about 4 p.m. everyday. It was must-see TV for any baby boomer. It was about Barnabas Collins, born in England in the 1800s. Wicked witch Angelique Bouchard, a woman scorned, turned Barnabas into a vampire, and they all somehow returned to the living in the 1960s. The TV show was soap fare and addicting.

The 2012 movie premieres May 11 and includes the original story, but it is more of a comedy, and the younger crowd seems to like it.

The films stars Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins and Michelle Pfeiffer plays Elizabeth Collins Stoddard.

Director Tim Burton has a blog where visitors share memories of the TV series and more. The movie features some of the original TV actors in cameo appearances including 87-year-old Jonathan Frid, (original Barnabas Collins); David Selby, (Quentin Collins); Lara Parker (Angelique); and Kathryn Leigh Scott (Maggie Evans).

This tale has quite a few revivals as a 1970 movie House of Dark Shadows and Night of Dark Shadows (1971). It also returned to TV on NBC in 1991 as a TV series. It was on the WB as a series in 2004.

Lara Parker (Angelique) published several novels, Angelique’s Descent in 1998 and Dark Shadows: The Salem Branch in 2006. She and some other stars reprised their roles in Dark Shadows audio dramas.

I’m not sure I can see this as comedy, but it’s nice boomer TV keeps booming back.

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Posted: March 8th, 2012

If you haven’t seen the latest “Got Milk?” commercial yet, it’s a funny one. Watch it here.

It’s Salma Hayek in “Midnight Run,” and a lot of moms and dads can identify with the problem of running out of milk at night. Let’s just say Hayek goes to great lengths to get milk for her daughter’s cereal the next morning. The ending will make you say, “I’ve done that.”

Milk is a must, but another commercial that grabs attention isn’t a necessity. It’s Cartier. Yes, Cartier. The jeweler’s 3-minute commercial captivates with an odyssey in which a bejeweled leopard magically comes to life and takes a global journey through time. It is easily movie quality with music to match. I’ve stopped to watch it more than once. I don’t know much about Cartier, but I do know the company has a beautiful commercial and gems to match. Here kitty, kitty.

Cartier’s lengthy commerical is getting attention and so is the trend for these movie-ish storytelling commercials, according to this week’s issue of Ad Age. Read about it here.  Looks like new trends in TV — the commercials are more memorable than ever. Watch for them.

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