Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Scranton Native Lauren Weisberger's New Novel: "Chasing Harry Winston"

Scranton native and bestselling author Lauren Weisberger (The Devil Wears Prada; Everyone Worth Knowing) has a new novel titled Chasing Harry Winston. The book tells the story of a trio of best friends in Manhattan who agree to change their lives in the most personal and dramatic way possible -- and within one calendar year.

To place a hold on Chasing Harry Winston, click here.

Lauren visited Scranton last year and was a presenter as part of the Lackawanna County Library System Lecture Series.

For more information, check out Lauren's official website and a previous blog entry.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Wilkes-Barre native Douglas Carter Beane nominated for "Best Book of a Musical" Tony Award for Xanadu

Updated Monday, May 19th, 2008

Congratulations to playwright and Wilkes-Barre native Douglas Carter Beane, who was nominated this morning for a Best Book of a Musical Tony Award for the surprise hit Xanadu.

Xanadu was nominated for a total of 4 Tonys, including Best Actress (Kerry Butler), Best Choreography (Dan Knechtges), and Best Musical.

The Tony Awards air Sunday, June 15th at 8 PM on CBS. For a complete list of 2008 Tony nominees, click here.

For more information on Douglas Carter Beane from a previous blog entry, click here.

Good luck, Douglas!!!!! We're all rooting for you.

And don't miss Xanadu on Broadway! It's an excellent show (I'm going to see it for the THIRD time at the end of May--YES, IT'S THAT GOOD!!!).

Updated Monday, May 19th, 2008: Last night, Douglas Carter Beane won the award for Outstanding Book of a Musical for Xanadu at the 53rd Annual Drama Desk Awards. For a complete list of last night's winners, check out the Official Drama Desk Awards site. Congratulations, Douglas!!!!

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Michael Patrick King, Sex & The City (Director/Writer/Producer) (1954- )

Scranton native Michael Patrick King, center, is the Director/Writer/Executive Producer of the highly anticipated summer movie Sex & the City: The Movie. The film stars (from left) Kim Cattrall, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon. Sex & the City: The Movie opens nationwide May 30th.

This reference is from my longtime friend and colleague Evelyn Gibbons, who called me tonight all excited to give me this info:

Check out the Summer Movies (MT) section of this past Sunday's (May 4, 2008) New York Times and, on page 4, you will find a lengthy profile of the upcoming Sex and the City: The Movie. The article features both a profile of and an extensive interview with the movie's director/writer/producer Michael Patrick King, a native of Scranton.

Michael Patrick King was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania on September 14th, 1954. In the 1980s he moved to New York City, where he worked as a playwright and stand-up comedian.

King's impressive career in television spans over two decades. He first worked as executive producer of a 1989 show called The Sweet Life, which featured host Rachel Sweet introducing short clips of movie comedies. Of interesting note is that The Sweet Life aired on a new and fledgling network called The Comedy Channel, which only years later morphed into Comedy Central.

In the early 1990s, King served as writer for the hit sitcom Murphy Brown. He went on to write and executive produce several episodes of Will & Grace. He also served as writer/director/executive producer of the short-lived HBO show The Comeback starring Lisa Kudrow.

King is best known for his work on the smash HBO series Sex & the City, which he served as writer/director/executive producer from 1999 to 2004. He was won a Best Director Emmy Award for the episode The Reel Me in 2002.

Sex & the City: The Movie, one of the most highly-anticipated movies of the Summer 2008 movie season, opens nationwide Friday, May 30th, 2008.

The New York Times article, written by Ginia Bellafante, is titled Back to the City, for More Than Just Sex. To read the article, click here.

Also of note is that the bottom of the first page of the Summer Movies section reads:

How Michael Patrick King got
himself from Scranton
to "Sex and
the City."

Seasons 1-6 of Sex & The City are available to borrow from libraries throughout the Lackawanna County Library System.

Muchos gracias to the phenomenally groovy Evelyn Gibbons for this reference.

UPDATED May 10th: Someone Meeboed me a question regarding Mr. King:

" I just found your blog after reading the NY Times article about Sex and the City. Do you know which "small college in Pennsylvania" Michael Patrick went to?"

After a little digging, I discovered that Michael Patrick King attended Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA, according to GoErie.com