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Film, Food, & Fun Facts starts Oct. 5

James Karen
8/31/2006 —

Penn State Wilkes-Barre's popular Film, Food, and Fun Facts series returns this fall, kicking off on Thursday, October 5 with Wall Street, starring Michael Douglas. This first film in the series will be held at Movies 14, the new theater complex in downtown Wilkes-Barre. Tickets for this event must be purchased in advance through Penn State Wilkes-Barre's Continuing Education department. No tickets will be sold at the door.

The evening will be highlighted by a special appearance by actor, James Karen who plays Lynch in the film. Karen will discuss Wall Street and his film career and take questions from the audience. Movie-goers can also watch for Karen in the upcoming film, Pursuite of Happyness, with Will Smith, scheduled for release this December. Karen is a native of Wilkes-Barre and also spent part of his youth in Kingston. He credits Dan Flood, then a young Wilkes-Barre lawyer, with encouraging him to give acting a try. Flood went on to become the area's most senior congressman and chairman of the powerful house appropriations committee.

This film series, which began in fall 2004, features films with local ties. Refreshments complementing the genre of the film and discussion led by Bill Bachman, instructor in communication arts and sciences, follow the screening of each film.

The remaining features in the series will be shown at the campus in Lehman on Thursday evenings: A Night at the Opera, starring The Marx Brothers – and featuring Scranton native Alan Jones, father of the singer, Jack Jones -Oct. 12; Dead Reckoning, with Humphrey Bogart in one of his finest detective roles and Scranton native, Lizbeth Scott - Oct. 19; Joe Palooka, based on the cartoon character created by Wilkes-Barre native, Hamm Fisher- Oct. 26; and the final presentation in the series, Please Don't Eat the Daisies, the almost-autobiographical story of Scranton native, Jean Kerr, her husband New York Times critic, Walter Kerr- Nov. 2.

Cost for each film is $12/person or $8/student. For more information on the film series, email or call Ellen Gregorio at 570-675-9220.

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