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Movie Review: SAG does the 'Hustle'

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Irving Rosenfeld has a comb-over like you wouldn't believe.

We get to see Irving, played by Christian Bale, meticulously prepare his coif before be attends an important meeting.

That opening scene is worth the price of admission to "American Hustle."

And that's not to take away from the many hilarious, heart-rending and wild scenes in the crime caper comedy directed by David O. Russell ("Silver Linings Playbook," 2012).

NASD budget has 3.5 tax hike

Thursday, January 16, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

The Northampton Area School Board Monday night got its first look at the administration's preliminary 2014-15 budget, which calls for a 3.5 percent tax increase of 1.67 mills from 47.71 mills to 49.38 mills.

Based on the NASD average residential property assessment of $57,503, the school tax bill will increase from $2,743 to $2,839 annually, or a yearly increase of $96.03.

Approximately 60 percent of school district taxpayers are at or below the average assessment.

Movie Review: Hungry like 'The Wolf'

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Director Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" is one of the most outrageous, lurid and extravagant movies from a mainstream director.

"Wolf" makes director Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" (2013) look like "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (1937).

The debauchery of Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio), "The Wolf" of the movie's title, would seem to rival what we read and see of the lifestyles of the rich and famous, namely, rock stars, hip-hop stars, movie and TV actors, professional athletes, and Middle East potentates.

Movie Review: 'Smaug' alert for 'The Hobbit'

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Let's make this perfectly clear.

This movie review contains a spoiler.

Spoiler alert!

You've heard of that.

It's when a movie reviewer or someone writing or discussing a movie gives away a key plot point, one that might "spoil" the movie for you if you haven't seen it because the suspense or surprise of not knowing the reveal, or story resolve, or plot outcome, is removed.

'Anchorman' continues laughs

Wednesday, January 1, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Recently, you couldn't turn on the TV without seeing Will Ferrell portraying Ron Burgundy.

In car commercials, promotional segments and actual broadcast news shows, there was Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy, never breaking character.

In "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues," Will Ferrell continues the ruse as Ron Burgundy.

Ferrell, co-writing the screenplay with his producing-writing partner, Adam McKay, who is back to direct "Anchorman 2," misses no opportunity to show how dim-witted, self-absorbed, politically-incorrect and oblivious to it all is Ron Burgundy.

Acting principal approved at Lehigh Elementary School

Thursday, December 26, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Carol Cunningham was named Acting Principal of Lehigh Elementary School at the Northampton Area School Board meeting Dec. 16.

Cunningham was appointed by a 9-0 board vote. Her duties are to begin on or before Feb. 16, 2014, and continue through April 25, 2014, at a stipend of $2,500.

Also at the Dec. 16 meeting, the board accepted:

· The resignation of Jonathan Holota as assistant baseball coach, effective Nov. 18;

Movie Review: Coming home to 'Nebraska'

Wednesday, December 25, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Apparently, not a lot happens in Montana and Nebraska.

Not much happens in "Nebraska" the film, either.

And yet, indelible images remain fixed in your mind's eye after seeing this modest film from director Andrew Payne ("Descendents," 2011; "Sideways," 2004).

Scenes depict the stark Nebraska landscape as Woody (Bruce Dern) and his son, David (Will Forte) drive from Billings, Mont., to Lincoln, Neb., to "claim" a $1 million-prize in a Publishers' Clearing House type magazine subscription promotion.

Snow, cold slow school project

Thursday, December 19, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Late fall snowstorms and subfreezing temperatures are slowing Northampton Area Middle School construction, but the Secondary Campus Renovation Project is still on schedule.

"The weather hasn't been cooperating, but it's moving along," said Christopher W. Haller, project engineer with D'Huy Engineering Inc., during his middle school construction report at Monday night's Northampton Area School District Board meeting.

"We're looking for that one nice day," Haller added.

Theater Review: Touchstone 'Follies' makes season merry

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Visitors to the Christmas City, as well as theater-goers from the Lehigh Valley and beyond, should include Touchstone Theatre's "Christmas City Follies IV" on their itinerary. The show, continuing through Dec. 22, is bright and will make your season merry.

When the big quilted curtain goes up on the stage of the south side Bethlehem theater, audiences are in for an evening of sketch comedy better than, for example, much of this season's "Saturday Night Live" in originality, writing and acting.