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Do the Freddys: Get your tickets now to attend region’s high school musicals

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The road to the Freddys begins deep in winter when trees are bare and concludes in spring when flowers are in bloom.

The 2020 Freddy Awards program leads up to a three-hour ceremony, 7-10 p.m. May 21, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, that’s telecast live on WFMZ and streamed on wfmz.com.

The adjudication of musicals presented at the 29 participating schools begins about three months earlier in late February.

Not only judges are on the road to the Freddys. Students and parents are, too.

Movie Review: ‘Knives Out’ is in

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Knives Out” is an entertaining movie with not only a double-twist ending, but a triple-twist ending.

Just when you think you’ve figured out this “whodunit,” the plot takes a sharp turn. “Knives Out” is an enigma within an enigma.

It’s no wonder that the “Knives Out’ screenplay, written by the movie’s director Rian Johnson, received an Oscar nomination for best original screenplay.

“Knives Out” is a satisfying movie-going experience.

Movie Review: ‘Bombshell’ lives up to title

Friday, February 21, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The title of the movie, “Bombshell,” might remind classic movie buffs of 1940s’ pinup star Betty Grable, movie star Jane Russell, or 1950s’ Hollywood movie icons Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield.

There are several movies with the title, “Bombshell,” going back to 1933, and including at least four other feature movies.

And there was “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” (2017). Hedy Lamarr, a Hollywood movie star, is credited with helping develop radar systems during World War II that are said to have led to the development of the internet.

January LV house sales down 4.7 percent

Friday, February 21, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

Sales of houses in the Lehigh Valley started off the new year on a down note, declining in the first month.

Closed sales for houses in the Lehigh Valley decreased 4.7 percent in January, with 446 houses sold, compared to 468 houses sold in January 2019, according to the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR) monthly report released Feb. 13.

This compares to closed sales for houses in the Lehigh Valley that increased 10.2 percent in December 2019 with 626 houses sold, compared to 568 houses sold in December 2018, according to the GLVR.

Oscar contest: ‘Parasite’ found

Friday, February 21, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Movies with twist endings are among the best.

The 92nd Academy Awards also provided a twist ending.

Although none of the dozens who entered the annual Lehigh Valley Press Focus section “Readers Pick the Oscar Winners” contest correctly picked all the winners in the contest’s seven categories, Mary Hoffman of Emmaus correctly picked six of the seven Oscar winners in the contest categories.

The 2020 Oscars surprised the pundits.

Movie Review: ‘Knives Out’ is in

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Knives Out” is an entertaining movie with not only a double-twist ending, but a triple-twist ending.

Just when you think you’ve figured out this “whodunit,” the plot takes a sharp turn. “Knives Out” is an enigma within an enigma.

It’s no wonder that the “Knives Out’ screenplay, written by the movie’s director Rian Johnson, received an Oscar nomination for best original screenplay.

“Knives Out” is a satisfying movie-going experience.

Lehigh Valley house sales rebound by 10.2 percent at year’s end

Thursday, February 6, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

Sales of houses in the Lehigh Valley closed strong for the end of the year, increasing by double-digit figures in December 2019.

Closed sales for houses in the Lehigh Valley increased 10.2 percent in December, with 626 houses sold, compared to 568 houses sold in December 2018, according to the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR) monthly report released Jan. 14.

Closed sales for 2019 are up slightly, 1.7 percent, to 8,587, compared to 8,445 in 2018.

In 2019, closed sales decreased in seven months, increased in four months and were flat in one month.

Movie Review: Down the ‘Rabbit’ hole

Thursday, February 6, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Jojo Rabbit” is in the tradition of satire that includes the movies of Monty Python (“Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” 1975; “Monty Python’s Life of Brian,” 1979, and “Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life,” 1983), a tradition that goes back at least to the infamous Jonathan Swift essay (“A Modest Proposal,” 1729).

Since “Jojo Rabbit” is, in large part, a satire about Adolph Hitler, its satiric movie predecessors include Mel Brooks’ “The Producers” (1967) and Charlie Chaplin’s “The Great Dictator” (1940).

Movie Review: Down the ‘Rabbit’ hole

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Jojo Rabbit” is in the tradition of satire that includes the movies of Monty Python (“Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” 1975; “Monty Python’s Life of Brian,” 1979, and “Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life,” 1983), a tradition that goes back at least to the infamous Jonathan Swift essay (“A Modest Proposal,” 1729).

Since “Jojo Rabbit” is, in large part, a satire about Adolph Hitler, its satiric movie predecessors include Mel Brooks’ “The Producers” (1967) and Charlie Chaplin’s “The Great Dictator” (1940).