Sunday, September 4, 2016

The Final Issue of 2016 is Out Now!

The final issue of summer 2016 has been released.

Although it is a few days late, the issue is in stores and businesses around Chatham and features a multitude of interviews, including local author Elizabeth Rudnick Hessler and actors at the Monomoy Theatre for the summer of 2016.

Our website (chathamkidsmagazine.com) has also been updated. You can check out the issue in stores now. See you guys next year!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Issue #16 Cover Revealed & Release Date Switched

The cover for the final issue of Chatham Kids Magazine's 2016 run has been revealed.

According to the cover, the mag (originally released on August 24, but the release date has been switched to August 31) will interview the actors of the Monomoy Theatre and local author Elizabeth Rudnick Hessler.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Elizabeth Rudnick Hessler - Exclusive Author Interview

Elizabeth Rudnick Hessler, local author, has recently published a new novel, Pete's Dragon: The Lost Years, which is a kind of prequel to Disney's 2016 remake of Pete's Dragon, which will soon come to the Orpheum. We exclusively interviewed her the other day on her new book.
What inspired you to become an author?
I've always loved reading, and when I worked at Disney I progressed and went from editing to writing. In my opinion, writing is a way to escape. I grew up in a household where TV was not the answer to everything, and we just read all day. Then I worked for school newspaper, and in college I worked on literary magazine. I always relied on written word to feel more comfortable, and when I left Disney, it gave me an opportunity to write professionally.

Did you always want to be an author?
Actually, no, although I knew I wanted to be involved in creative world. I think I always knew I wanted to be involved in books some way or another, either editing or writing. I never thought I'd be lucky enough to do it. It's a phenomenal gift to be writing, something I've hoped and wished for, but both of those were lofty dreams.

How did you come to work for Disney?
I graduated from college and got into a publishing course at Columbia University. It was six weeks total: two weeks of magazine publishing, two weeks of book publishing and two weeks of online publishing. They bring people in from the industry to do lectures, and at the end you get to create a magazine or book imprint. I met my first boss through that program, and I was offered a job at Disney. That was just a lucky series of events leading me to that

What is your favorite book that you've written?
Probably Pete's Dragon: The Lost Years. I love the story of a boy and his dragon. The adventure of it is fabulous, and it has a lot of heart. It allowed me to play in a creative way I haven't had in a long time. I just love dragons, and the chance to write a book about them made my day.

When you novelize a film, is it fun to finally see it on the big screen?
It's always fun and really interesting. Lots of things changed, even when I've got the latest script to novelize. It's cool to see it come to life on the big screen, and to see characters speak lines that I've written is amazing.

Are there any movies that you wished you'd novelized?
I really wish I'd novelized The Princess Bride, since I loved the movie. Unfortunately, that was a book beforehand. I also wished I'd written The Neverending Story, and I would have loved to do Up or Titanic.

How long does it take you to write a book?
On average, about a month. I have written books in as short as a weekend, but the most time is three months. Most everything I write is under a deadline, and the fact that it's based on films is a big turnaround. I work much better around tight deadlines.

Pete's Dragon: The Lost Years
Tell us a little bit about your new book, Pete's Dragon: The Lost Years.
The story is based on the movie. It's about a young boy named Pete and a dragon named Elliot. The book develops the relationship between Pete and his dragon. In the movie Pete is very young, and then there is a huge time jump six years when they have a strong friendship. In my book, I explore whether that friendship was instant, or if there was hesitation because Elliot is a dragon. They learned to communicate, but how? I got to develop their friendship and end where the movie picks up. The story will unfold further on the screen, but mine could be a story of its own. It's got a lot of heart and it's ultimately just a very sweet story. I mean, what little boy or girl doesn't want a dragon as a best friend?

Why did you decide to write the book?
I was asked by Disney to do it, partly because my editor knew how much I liked dragons. I was given the basic story guidelines, and I got to make up everything that came in between. It also had to lead directly into the film.

Do you have any other upcoming projects you can tell us about?
I am doing two novelizations of upcoming Disney films: Beauty and the Beast [Disney's 2017 live-action remake] and Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Dead Men Tell No Tales. It was fun to do because the first Pirates film was the first movie I novelized, and it was fun to go back full circle. Fans will be really excited for it because it brings back sensibility, plus we have Jack Sparrow in all of his swaggering glory.

What do you think makes a good story?
The writing and good characters make a good story. It must have strong, well-developed, believable characters who can do anything and also believe in something. Look at things like The Fault in Our Stars or Everywhere, Everywhere. Those stories in the area are sweet, and the characters make it a really strong story. It's really just all about characters. All sci-fi/fantasy novels are about strong character development and strong relationships between characters. I spent a lot of time to develop relationship between a dragon and a boy. The dragon doesen't speak, and so I wondered how to develop relationship between two characters.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

No New Issue on August 10

Due to other commitments of our editor, Chatham Kids Magazine will skip the week of August 10-17. During that time there will be no issue #15, but issue #14 will still be available. We will return on August 17.

Issue #13 is out this Wednesday.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Chatham Kids Magazine Issue #12 Cover Revealed

The final cover for the fourth issue of Chatham Kids Magazine's 2016 run has been revealed.

According to the cover, the mag (released on July 20) will review The Secret Life of Pets and interview Nate Healey of the Monomoy Theatre, plus feature a brand-new crossword puzzle.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

News Bite: Rescued Shark Jamison Returns to Cape Cod

Last year, on July 13, a Great White Shark somehow wound up on the beach in Chatham. He was successfully released, tagged and named ‘Jamison.’ Now, it has been over a year, and Jamison has been spotted again.

The shark has now apparently found the waters of Chatham still to be hospitable, and passed by last week. However, it can still not be taken as a complete confirmation that Jamison is still alive. However, there is a large chance that he is.

Keep watching this blog throughout the summer for more updates on Jamison and Chatham’s sharks!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

"The Secret Life of Pets" Review

Illumination Entertainment was founded in 2007, and released their first feature film, Despicable Me, in 2010. A sequel was put out in 2013, then a spin-off arrived in 2015. Aside from the franchise, they also put out Hop (2011) and The Lorax (2012). The Secret Life of Pets is their latest film, and will be followed by Sing, which comes out this Christmas.

The film follows Max (Louis CK), a spoiler terrier who is separated from his owner along with new dog Duke (Eric Stonestreet). The two meet maniacal bunny Snowball (Kevin Hart) while a rescue mission, led by Max’s love interest Gidget (Jenny Slate) sets out to find them.

The film is very entertaining and will delight kids of all ages (mostly)! Filled with jokes and gags that will keep even adults laughing, the films seems to answer the question on everyone’s minds: what do our pets do when we leave every day? The answer is probably a bit more mundane than the film puts it, but still, it is an
exciting adventure that the whole family can enjoy.

Verdict: A fun family escapade! 8.5/10
Age Recommendation: 5+ (PG for action and some rude humor)

The Secret Life of Pets is playing now at the Orpheum. Click here for movie times.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Fourth of July Parade Video Compilation

We have compiled most of the video footage we took of this year's Fourth of July Parade and put it into one video. Enjoy, and don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

The Monomoy Theatre's "One Man, Two Guvnors" Review

Francis Henshall (Nate Healey), surrounded by Stanley Stubbers (Daniel Shea) and Rachel Crabbe (Caroline Jackson)
One Man, Two Guvnors is, without a doubt, one of the funniest plays I have ever seen. The play opens today at the Monomoy Theatre in downtown Chatham, and has made people laugh so hard that milk comes out of their noses (well, not really, but close). The play, directed by Terry Layman, runs until this Saturday.

Travel to Brighton, England, in 1963, where the story centers around Francis Henshall (Nate Healey), a man with two clients (or governors): Stanley Stubbers (Daniel Shea), who has murdered a man named Roscoe Crabbe; and Rachel Crabbe (Caroline Jackson), Roscoe's twin sister who is impersonating her brother. Oh, and she is also Stanley's girlfriend (which just makes things a whole lot more complicated). The play is mainly about Francis' struggle to keep his two governors from finding out about each other, while courting the lovely Dolly (Arlene Bozich) and blaming everything on his "dear friend" Paddy.

Kyle Brand, who choreographed last year's Damn Yankees and this year's The Drowsy Chaperone, as well as being in the latter, returned as Lloyd Boateng, a man of many talents who has come straight out of Brixton Prison, and is the only one who knows Rachel's secret.

So, expect fourth wall breaking, musical interludes, and comic relief to keep you going, in one of the Monomoy Theatre's best comedies!

Final Verdict: Such a funny play, with audience participation included!
Rating: 9/10
Age Recommendation: 13+ (adult situations and references)

Fourth of July Parade 2016 Full List of Winners

Well, they have been announced. The winners of the 2016 Fourth of July Parade are listed below, complete with their float numbers in order to be identified, if you have a memory like a steel trap.

Overall Best in Parade - The Bridge Street Buccaneers (#73, pictured right)
Overall 2nd Place - Chatham Health & Swim Club (#61)
The Bridge Street Buccaneers
Overall 3rd Place - Woman of Fishing Families (#89)

Best Youth Float - Ken Owens Memorial Soccer Jamboree (#29)
Most Patriotic Float - Phillips Family Farm (#1)
Best Small Float - Cobb Family (#85)
Best Large Float - Chatham Pottery (#101)
Best Civic Float - Chatham Turkey Trot (#64)
Funniest Float - Martha and Philip Hoffman (#80)

Monday, July 4, 2016

Come to the Eldredge Library for a Doctor Who Event on Saturday!

While the popular BBC television series by the name of Doctor Who won’t return to our screens until this year’s Christmas, the spirit is still alive in Chatham! The Eldredge Library’s resident Whovian, Sam, is holding a special drop-in event to celebrate Doctor Who Comics Day this Saturday, July 9 in the library’s teen room.

There will be games, activities, and even trivia and cosplay contests! It is open to Doctor Who fans from grades 5 to 12, and begins at 2:00pm and ends two hours later, with the trivia contest beginning at 2:30. Costumes are encouraged, and the grand prize for the contests is every fan’s dream: a photo signed by Peter Capaldi, the man who plays the Doctor!

Fourth of July Parade 2016 Review

I have to say, with this year’s impressive lineup, the parade HAD to be good! And I am glad to say that it very much was!

This year there were over one hundred floats, and each and every one of them did not disappoint. We had Chandler Travis Philharmonic playing their quirky tunes, Where the Sidewalk Ends bookstore with their larger-than-life Pete the Cat, the ever-entertaining Chatham Band and much, much, much, much more!

I spent some of the parade marching with a new(ish) band by the name of Canon Hill. I was blown away by their performance(s) [as I always am] and I hope to see them in future parades!
I would even dare to say that this year’s parade was better than the last year’s, and it was much better than the year before. But it was definitely one of my favorites ever (and if you catch me saying the same exact things next year, let me know!).

It would take me pages and pages to talk about every great float in the parade, but unfortunately I’m out of space here. But, in short, the parade was amazing! Happy Independence Day, everybody!

Verdict: 9.5/10
Hope to see another great parade next year!

Chatham Kids Magazine Issue #10 is out this Wednesday.

Chatham Kids Magazine Issue #10 Cover Revealed

The final cover for the second issue of Chatham Kids Magazine's 2016 run has been revealed.

According to the cover, the mag (released on July 6) will review the 2016 4th of July Parade and the first Band Concert of the year, plus feature an interview an interview with local author Sara Pennypacker on her new book.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

August 2016 in Movies

Summer Movie Season is, no doubt, the best time for movies to be released. There are many reasons for this, but it would take a whole extra post to list all the reasons why. In this post, we will give you an exclusive preview of the best kid-friendly films released in August.

Nine Lives
Tom Brand (Kevin Spacey) is a billionaire whose workaholic lifestyle takes him away from his loving wife Lara and adorable daughter Rebecca. Needing a present for Rebecca's 11th birthday, Brand buys a seemingly harmless cat from a mysterious pet store. Suddenly, a bizarre turn of events traps poor Tom inside the animal's body. The owner of the business tells him that he has one week to reconnect with his family, or live out the rest of his days as a cute and furry feline named Mr. Fuzzypants.

Rating: PG for thematic elements, language and some rude humor
Release date: August 5
Age recommendation: 8+

Suicide Squad
Intelligence officer Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) assembles a team of dangerous, incarcerated supervillains, including Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and the Joker (Jared Leto) for a covert mission.
Rating: PG-13 for sequences of violence and action throughout, disturbing behavior, suggestive content and language
Release date: August 5
Age recommendation: 13+

Pete's Dragon
Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford), a woodcarver, delights local children with stories of a mysterious dragon that lives deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. His daughter Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard) believes these are just tall tales, until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley), a 10-year-old orphan who says he lives in the woods with a giant, friendly dragon. With help from a young girl named Natalie (Oona Laurence), Grace sets out to investigate if this fantastic claim can be true.
Rating: PG for action, peril and brief language
Release date: August 12
Age recommendation: 8+

Kubo and the Two Strings
Young Kubo's (Art Parkinson) peaceful existence comes crashing down when he accidentally summons a vengeful spirit from the past. Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey (Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Matthew McConaughey) to unlock a secret legacy. Armed with a magical instrument, Kubo must battle the Moon King (Ralph Fiennes) and other gods and monsters to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known.
Rating: PG for thematic elements, scary images, action and peril
Release date: August 19
Age recommendation: 8+

So, there you have it. While August may not have a lot of movies, there is still enough to keep your kids entertained.

It's Band Time in Chatham! First 2016 Concert Review

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“It’s band time in Chatham.”

That phrase was coined when the Chatham Band started after World War II, and it has become an ever-popular phrase in the town since then.

On Friday, July 1, the Band began their first concert of the year. They were greeted with a huge, easy-to-please crowd. The Band played their best hits, including the musical version of Band Time in Chatham, Bingo Was His Name-O, God Bless America, and the popular Bunny Hop.

The players in the Band are better than ever, and you can look for their float in the Fourth of July Parade this year as well.

So if you have a free evening on an upcoming Friday, I heartily suggest you check out the Chatham Band concerts. Fun for the whole family! Thy start at 8:00pm and are held at Kate Gould Park downtown.

Rating: 10/10
Age Recommendation: EVERYBODY of all ages who wish to spend time with family and friends, listen to great music and have a fun evening in Chatham!

Friday, July 1, 2016

July 2016 in Movies

Summer Movie Season is, no doubt, the best time for movies to be released. There are many reasons for this, but it would take a whole extra post to list all the reasons why. In this post, we will give you an exclusive preview of the best kid-friendly films released in July.

The BFG
Steven Spielberg reimagines Roald Dahl's classic tale: Ten-year-old Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) is in for the adventure of a lifetime when she meets the Big Friendly Giant (Mark Rylance). Naturally scared at first, the young girl soon realizes that the 24-foot behemoth is actually quite gentle and charming. As their friendship grows, Sophie's presence attracts the unwanted attention of Bloodbottler (Bill Hader), Fleshlumpeater (Jemaine Clement) and other giants. After traveling to London, Sophie and the BFG must convince Queen Victoria (Penelope Wilton) to help them get rid of all the bad giants once and for all.
Rating: PG action/peril, some scary moments and brief rude humor
Release date: July 1
Age recommendation: 8+

The Legend of Tarzan
Many years after he left Africa behind, Tarzan (Alexander SkarsgÄrd) returns to the Congo to serve as a trade emissary, unaware that he is actually a pawn in a Belgian captain's (Christoph Waltz) deadly plot.
Rating: PG-13 for sequences of action and violence, some sensuality and brief rude dialogue
Release date: July 1
Age recommendation: 13+

The Secret Life of Pets
Ever wonder what your pets do when you're not home? This film sets our household friends on an unforgettable adventure featuring Jenny Slate, Kevin Hart, Albert Brooks, Steve Coogan and more.
Rating: PG for action and some rude humor
Release date: July 8
Age recommendation: 6+


Ghostbusters
A much-anticipated remake of the 1984 classic, this film features a paranormal researcher (Melissa McCarthy), a physicist (Kristen Wiig), a nuclear engineer (Kate McKinnon) and a subway worker (Leslie Jones) trying to rid New York of ghosts that can possess humans.
Rating: PG-13
Release date: July 15
Age recommendation: 10+ 

Ice Age: Collision Course
After four other films, this movie is sure to top them all! Scrat's epic pursuit of the elusive acorn catapults him into the universe where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the Ice Age World. To save themselves, Sid (John Leguizamo), Manny (Ray Romano), Diego (Denis Leary), and the rest of the herd must leave their home and embark on a quest full of comedy and adventure, traveling to exotic new lands and encountering a host of colorful new characters.
Rating: PG
Release date: July 22
Age recommendation: 8+

So, there you have it. This month, there is definitely enough to keep your kids entertained.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Sara Pennypacker "Pax" Interview

Local author Sara Pennypacker recently published Pax, a novel following the stories of a fox, forcibly abandoned by his boy’s grandfather, and the boy, Peter, who runs away from home to find his fox. The film rights have been bought by Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, who plan to make a movie in the coming years.

THIS POST CONTAINS MILD SPOILERS FOR PAX.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Chatham Kids Magazine Issue #9 Table of Contents Revealed

The table of contents page for the first issue of Chatham Kids Magazine's 2016 run has been revealed. From this page, we can learn the following facts about the contents of the magazine and more:
  • The Cape Cod Chronicle is still sponsoring this year.
  • chathamkidsmagazine.com is still up and running.
  • The Fourth of July Parade 2016 will be previewed.
  • There will still be weekly contests run through the mags.
  • Another story is being done on the Chatham Shark Center.
  • The Sharks in the Park's move to the Eldredge Library will be covered.
  • A story about the Orpheum Theater's morning movies will be written.
  • The Monomoy Theatre's first 2016 play The Drowsy Chaperone will be reviewed. In fact, it already has. Click here for our review of the play.
  • News, Quickie Bits and Next Issue are still included as regular features.
Issue #9 will be released June 30.

The Monomoy Theater's "The Drowsy Chaperone" Review

The Drowsy Chaperone is truly a great play. The musical opened June 21 at the Monomoy Theatre in downtown Chatham, and has satisfied crowds in its first week and a half of shows. The play, directed by Mary O’Brady and choreographed by Kyle Brand, runs until July 2.

The story centers around a lonely man (Bill Kux), who is a diehard fan of a Broadway musical titled The Drowsy Chaperone. He loves it so much that time to time, he puts on a record of the show just so he can enjoy it again. The play (with narration by the man) follows a variety of characters, including Robert (Kyle Rudolph) and Janet (Karis Gallant), who are due to be married, Mr. Feldzieg (Alan Rust), who is trying to find a new leading lady for his show, and Kitty (Caroline Jackson), a performer who is dying to be in Feldzieg’s show.

And don’t forget the Drowsy Chaperone! Colleen Welsh, who graduated from the Hartt School last year, guests as Janet’s lazy (but comedic) chaperone whose life (and love) advice just can’t get its way into Janet’s head.

Kyle Brand, who choreographed and directed last year’s opening musical, Damn Yankees, plays the
role of George, Robert’s flustered Best Man who has, to say the least, cold feets. Also guesting is Kyle Rudolph as George and Alan Rust (Monomoy’s artistic director) as Mr. Feldzieg.

The play is also filled with meaningful and silly songs, including the Chaperone’s As We Stumble Along, and the Act I finale Toledo Surprise. Fans of musicals will love the integration of the songs, as well as the clever lyrics.

Final Verdict: A fun play, mostly a comedy, with a heartfelt ending and fantastic acting.
Definitely one of Monomoy’s best yet!
Rating: 10/10
Age Recommendation: 13+ (adult situations and references)

Friday, June 10, 2016

Chatham Kids Magazine Issue #9 Preview Cover Revealed

A preliminary cover for the first issue of Chatham Kids Magazine's 2016 run has been revealed. This cover is not necessarily the final version, but nevertheless what the final version will resemble.

According to the cover, the mag (released on June 30) will preview the 2016 4th of July Parade and maybe delve into the recent Back to the Future event at the Chatham Orpheum Theater and review Pixar's latest film Finding Dory.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

'Back to the Future' Event at the Chatham Orpheum Theater: Videos and More

Last night, at the Chatham Orpheum Theater, guests were treated with a special showing of the 1985 classic Back to the Future, with ticket costs benefiting the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, and a live Q&A session with writer/producer Bob Gale and Doc Brown himself, Christopher Lloyd. Their arrival was accompanied by a replica of the DeLorean car used as a time machine in the film, which people could sit in for a donation of $20 to the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

While Lea Thompson [who played Lorraine McFly in the BTTF trilogy] was unable to make it, having signed on for another film, we were entertained by Lloyd and Gale, who shared behind-the-scenes secrets and anecdotes alike.

Highlights of the Q&A included:
  • Bob Gale once again confirmed that he and Robert Zemeckis [director of BTTF] were developing a theatrical musical based on the film.
  • Christopher Lloyd outlined the influences on the character of Doc Brown, including Albert Einstein.
  • Gale explained the original casting ideas for Doc Brown, which included Jeff Goldblum and John Lithgow.
  • Lloyd talked about his cameo as Doc Brown in Seth MacFarlane's A Million Ways to Die in the West and about his new film, Going in Style (in select theaters this July).
  • Gale and Lloyd spoke extensively about Eric Stoltz, the original actor playing Marty McFly, and why they replaced him with Michael J. Fox.
  • Gale confirmed (to no surprise) that there would never be a Back to the Future IV or a remake of Back to the Future.
  • Gale revealed that the 1985 original was meant to be a standalone film and that the 2015 future shown in Back to the Future Part II was not the future that Gale had envisioned, but rather a exaggeration.
You can see excerpts of the Q&A below:

Monday, June 6, 2016

Chatham Kids Magazine is Looking for Ads!

Chatham Kids Magazine is currently on the lookout for businesses to place ads for our 2016 issues.

For the whole summer, the price to place a quarter-page ad is $20, half-page $30, and full page $40.

If you would like to place an ad, business or otherwise, please contact us at chathamkidsmagazine@gmail.com or marphclon@gmail.com.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

June 2016 in Movies

Summer Movie Season is, no doubt, the best time for movies to be released. There are many reasons for this, but it would take a whole extra post to list all the reasons why. In this post, we will give you an exclusive preview of the best kid-friendly films released in June.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
This sequel to the 2014 live-action/animation reboot features the Turtles going up against Shredder (Brian Tee) and mad scientist Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry), who has mutated Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams) and Rocksteady (Stephen Farrelly), while also fighting the notorious Krang (Brad Garrett).
Rating: PG-13 for sci-fi action violence
Release date: June 3
Age recommendation: 12+

Warcraft
Based on the popular video game, Warcraft features the orc shaman Gul'dan looking to escape from his dying world. He utilizes dark magic to open a portal to the human realm of Azeroth. Supported by the fierce fighter Blackhand, Gul'dan organizes the orc clans into a conquering army called the Horde. Uniting to protect Azeroth from these hulking invaders are King Llane, the mighty warrior Anduin Lothar (Travis Fimmel) and the powerful wizard Medivh. As the two races collide, leaders from each side start to question if war is the only answer.
Rating: PG-13 for sci-fi action violence
Release date: June 10
Age recommendation: 13+

Finding Dory
This long-awaited sequel to the 2003 animated hit feature Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), the forgetful fish, embarking on a quest to reunite with her mother (Diane Keaton) and father (Eugene Levy).
Rating: PG for thematic elements
Release date: June 17
Age recommendation: 8+
NOTE: This film will be playing at the Chatham Orpheum Theater, and there will most likely be a preview showing on Thursday, June 16.

So, there you have it. While June may not have a lot of movies, there is still enough to keep your kids entertained.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

$10M Chatham Fire Station Opened

Last Sunday, the town of Chatham opened its new $10M Fire Station with commemorative giant scissors, much to the amazement of the people of Chatham. The inside was spectacular, and the Cape Cod Chronicle shot a video of the opening with the help of Chatham Kids Magazine editor Rowan Wood. You can see it below.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Chatham Orpheum Theater Released 'Back to the Future' Promo & Behind the Scenes

Back to the Future is no doubt the best sci-fi comedy of all time. Combining gags with the styles of the times, it is a fun flick for the whole family.

While the Chatham Orpheum Theater has hosted the film before, this time it has a special new element: Producer/writer Bob Gale, actress Lea Thompson, and Doc Brown himself Christopher Lloyd will be hosting a live Q&A session before a screening of the film. This event will happen on June 8, with tickets priced at $50.

Assistant manager at the Orpheum Geoff Basset has developed a parody/promo for Back to the Future, starring Rowan Wood (editor of Chatham Kids Magazine) and Jim Cole (film reviewer for the Cape Cod Chronicle). Shortly after the video's release, Wood posted a behind-the-scenes video, which can be seen below along with the promo.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

"The Finest Hours" Deleted Scenes Released Online

When The Finest Hours was released, the film left out a "key scene" that was filmed in downtown (pictured left) Chatham the winter before the movie's release. Audiences were sad to not have seen it, and it looks like they never will.

Both the deleted scenes that can be seen on the DVD are posted below, with no sign of the downtown scene. However, the two scenes that are included hopefully live up to their expectations and do not disappoint.

"The Finest Hours" DVD & Blu-ray is Out!

In January 2016, the Orpheum Theater became one of the top theaters in the United States playing The Finest Hours. Most would assume this was just because the film took place and was partly filmed right here in Chatham. But very few know that one of the factors contributing to the movie's success in Chatham was simply that it was a good movie.

The DVD and Blu-ray of The Finest Hours have been released and are now available on Amazon, along with numerous special features to go along with your movie. These include deleted scenes, a mini-biography of Bernie Webber, cast opinions on the film, and a heartfelt featurette in which members of the Chatham Coast Guard share their stories of rescues they've performed.

You can buy the DVD here for $17.99, the Blu-ray here for $22.99, and you can get the film for Amazon Video here ($19.99).