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Hump Day Report: ‘Wizard of Oz’ in IMAX 3D

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

'The Wizard of Oz' was released in 1939.

'The Wizard of Oz' was released in 1939.

Rants and raves about burning topics that have caught my attention midweek, be it greedy corporate shenanigans, frustration or joy in regards to the Philly sports teams, a movie, show or DVD that has fired up my imagination, an intriguing personality, or what’s happening in the region. — Lori Hoffman, Associate Editor, Atlantic City Weekly.

Hump Day LogoThe Wizard of Oz is being presented in IMAX 3D in honor of the film’s 75th Anniversary. The Wizard of Oz was released in 1939 and was not a major blockbuster. It was years later when the movie became a staple on television that it became a beloved classic. Both the IMAX at the Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City and IMAX at the Tilton Theater in Northfield will present the film for the first time in digitally remastered 3D. Tropicana’s IMAX Theatre, located on the third floor of The Quarter, will present this cherished film for a limited two-week run, September 20 through October 3.
Show times at the Tropicana for September 20 through September 26 are 12, 2, 4, 6 and 8pm. The show time for September 27 through October 3 is 12pm daily. Tickets are $14 online or at the IMAX box office. For advance ticket reservations call Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000.
The show times at the Tilton for a one-week run are 12, 2:20, 4:40, 7 and 9:20pm. Tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for children plus a $1 service charge.
The Wizard of Oz opened at Grauman’s Chinese Theater on August 15, 1939. The film was directed by Victor Fleming (who that same year directed Gone With the Wind), produced by Mervyn LeRoy, and scored by Herbert Stothart, with music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg.

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey dedicated its $39.5 million Unified Science Center in ribbon-cutting ceremonies at the main Galloway campus Wednesday, Sept. 18.
The 66,350-square-foot, three-story facility expands Stockton’s School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (NAMS), which graduates 20 percent of all the math and science majors in New Jersey — more than any other state college or university.
“Stockton’s distinctive Natural Sciences and Mathematics programs attract many more very qualified prospective students than the college has been able to admit,” President Saatkamp noted.
“With the Unified Science Center providing eight new classrooms, 28 teaching and research labs and state-of-the-art scientific instruments and equipment, the college will be even more of a choice institution as well as a launching pad for future scientists and mathematicians.” said President Saatkamp.

The Friends of Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge have announced the addition of a new 12-passenger solar electric tram. The tram, dubbed “Forsythe Explorer,” will be used for natural history tours of the refuge’s Wildlife Drive. Tours will be offered on Saturdays, September 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19, and 26 from 1-3pm. The tour schedule beyond October is still to be determined.
The tours are limited to 12 passengers and reservations are required, and can be made by calling 609-652-1665. Tram tours will start at the Refuge Visitor Information Center, 800 Great Creek Road in Galloway. A $10 per person donation to the Friends of Forsythe is suggested, which will be used to help with vehicle maintenance.
Guided by a volunteer master naturalist, these tours are an excellent opportunity to learn about and observe the birds and other creatures that stop at the Refuge during fall migration.

Stephen Dunn Joins Winter Poetry and Prose Getaway at Seaview Resort

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
Stephen Dunn

Stephen Dunn

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and Murphy Writing Seminars have partnered to present the 19th Annual Winter Poetry and Prose Getaway, to take place January 13-16 at Seaview Resort in Galloway.

The special guest at the event is Stockton’s own Pulitzer Prize winner, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Creative Writing, Stephen Dunn.

“For a writer’s getaway, it doesn’t get much better than Stephen Dunn at Seaview,” says Peter E. Murphy, founder and director of Murphy Writing Seminars.

Murphy said Dunn will participate in an advance poetry workshop, will have a featured reading and take part in a special reception.

The Winter Poetry and Prose Getaway offers a supportive and challenging atmosphere for writers, generous as well as helpful instruction from award-winning faculty.

“Those taking part have the opportunity to select from 12 workshops in poetry, prose and song writing,” Murphy says. “Attendees at our conference energize their creativity and writing, with a focus on generating new material.” For more information go here.

Ed Asner as FDR

Monday, October 24th, 2011

acw_FDRlogo_mainWEBTaking a break from rock stars and other various casino shows, I traveled to the wilds of Pomona Saturday night, Oct. 22, to see seven-time Emmy winner Ed Asner in the one-man show FDR.

In an interview about the show, Asner admitted that one of the toughest parts about playing the character was that he didn’t look like or sound like FDR. However, performing for an audience featuring people old enough to remember FDR, a standing ovation at the finish suggested that the crowd was delighted by this inside look at one of the most famous presidents in U.S. history.

FDR, crippled by polio, led the United Stated out of the Great Depression, the end of Prohibition and was at the helm when Germany and Japan were looking to conquer the planet.

The play touches on all the major historical events of FDR’s presidency, but also gives us insight into some intimate moments. For example he called his wife, Eleanor, “Babs,” and noted that “When you are in pain all the time you understand a lot about how other people feel.” FDR also berets Congress for “A constant attack of the vapors,” and vents his own frustration about Appeasement, the unfortunately tactic that England and the rest of Europe used when they allowed Hilter to take over Austria and part of Czechoslovakia, hoping it meant he would not attack the rest of Europe. We all know how that turned out.

Asner is fabulous in the role. Long past the standard age of retirement, the 82-year-old actor makes it clear that he still has something to offer audiences. Go here for my interview with Asner.

Hump Day Report: Stockton’s 40th

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Hump Day LogoRants and raves about burning topics that have caught my attention midweek, be it greedy corporate shenanigans, frustration or joy in regards to the Philly sports teams, a movie, show or DVD that has fired up my imagination, an intriguing personality, or what’s happening in the region.Lori Hoffman, Associate Editor, Atlantic City Weekly.

I was so young in 1971, a very unworldly 18-year-old who went forth to experience college life for the first time at a musty old hotel on the Atlantic City Boardwalk, the Mayflower. I’m proud to be one of the original students at Stockton College of New Jersey, celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year.

StocktonLogoStockton was conceived in the mindset of the tumultuous 1960s when the hippie culture dominated college campuses and protests were as much are part of college life as textbooks. I loved my college education from Stockton even if I did choose the school because it was one of the few colleges that wanted me (I was a classic “needs to work harder” B-student), and because I could afford to go there. At the time that I attended the school in those groundbreaking early days, it was cheaper than going to Holy Spirit High School.

We started that first semester on the Atlantic City boardwalk because the campus was not quite finished in the fall of 1971. One day when I finished a class I heard they were filming a movie a few blocks down the boardwalk and I rushed down there hoping they were looking for “college types” as extras. Instead, I was treated to just how tedious making a movie can be as I watched Ellen Burstyn, Bruce Dern and Jack Nicholson film a scene involving a rolling chair over and over and over again.

The trio — with Bob Rafelson behind the camera — were making The King of Marvin Gardens (1972), a film that vividly captured the decay of Atlantic City in the years just before yet another revival would come via passage of the gaming referendum.