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by Sam Juliano

You know the phrase high maintenance.  Well I have found this fact of life very daunting in recent weeks, both domestically- when there has been a family health scare – and as applicable to the stewarding of the site and related blogging activities.  While I am certain all will be well with Lucille, I feel I need to focus on that situation and to spend less time on-line.  There have been some rather serious personality issues at the site as of late, but these are not matters I wish to discuss, especially as this is a place that has always had it’s share of  diverging opinions and strategy differences.  During this hiatus I will still get a Monday Morning Diary post up, and will attend to setting some reviews from other writers to word press.  I will also do what I can to respond to any comments that are placed at the MMD.  In addition I will  cast my weekly ballot at the annual Sunday voting thread.   There are a few other sites proctored by very good friends that I will pay visits to during the online opportunities.

I appreciate your understanding at this time.

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Jeremy Juliano at Film Forum for screening of “King Kong” and participation in ‘Fay Wray screamalike contest” wearing tee-shirt he won in raffle drawing.

by Sam Juliano

What ever happened to the years when March came in like a lamb?  Winter seems more and more reluctant to relinquish it’s icy grip in the weeks leading up to spring, and as a result heat bills are staying the course.  But I am speaking here of the weather in the Northeast.  The midwest has had it even worse, and still others can actually boast of very favorable conditions.  But what of weather in general?  It’s really nothing more than a convenient way for me to start these weekly threads.

Lucille and I took the three boys to a Fay Wray Scream-alike contest on Sunday morning at 11:00 A.M. that was staged after the regularly-scheduled “Film Forum Jr.” screening of the 1933 King Kong.  Any child under the age of 12 was eligible to participate in their own rendition of the terrified young heroine of the monster adventure classic in her famed voice rantings.  Our youngest child Jeremy was third in line to do his thing, but it was clear that ‘screaming’ was never a favorite pastime of the 10 year old fifth grader.  He didn’t finish among the six finalists (the grand prize was four free tickets to the Empire State Building Tour) but got lucky in the ensuing raffle, and managed to win a King Kong tee-shirt.  The ‘Film Forum Jr.’ series has been a smash success, selling out week after week, and necessitating advance purchases for those wishing to attend.  The past three weeks also included a second screening on another of the theater’s three screens of the film at 11:10 A.M., though that overflow addition on Sunday of course did not include the wonderful festivities that have made the series such a weekend essential for NYC youngsters.  The upcoming screenings include Jason and the Argonauts, The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T., Young Frankenstein and Easter Parade, with the Garland/Astaire featuring a ‘Crazy Hat contest.’  Program Director Bruce Goldstein announced on Sunday that due to the wild success of the series, thirteen weeks have been added.  Some of those additions include The School of Rock with a guitar contest and Chaplin’s The Kid with a Charlie Chaplin look-alike competition. (more…)

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