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Bill Kohler | February 17, 2013
Dear members of the Academy, I am writing today because I just emailed my vote for best movie of the year and I hope you will join me in supporting “Argo” as the winner. For years, you have picked some of the most boring movies ever - “The King's Speech,” anyone? - and here is a chance for you to right nearly a century's worth of wrongs. I know we have one week to go before the red carpet is rolled out and the Guccis and Carolina Herreras are covering the stars, but work with me here.
NEWS
By Crystal Schelle | crystal.schelle@herald-mail.com | October 11, 2012
Antonio “Tony” Mendez's experience as a CIA spy during the Iran hostage crisis of 1979, and subsequent years, is the stuff of Hollywood blockbusters. It's a nail-biting story filled with harrowing moments of high-stakes espionage and heart-beat minutes when life could so have easily become death. So when Mendez, who has since retired from the CIA and lives in Pleasant Valley in southern Washington County, wrote a book about his experience, it was only a matter of time before Hollywood came knocking.
LIFESTYLE
By BOB GARVER | Special to The Herald-Mail | October 15, 2012
It's hard to believe that it wasn't so long ago that Ben Affleck's career was a joke. After his early success with "Good Will Hunting," he went on to become an increasingly bland leading man that critics seemed to enjoy picking apart. He was also a fixture in gossip magazines for his troubled relationship with Jennifer Lopez, and his reported problems with alcohol. His professional and personal life collided badly in 2003's "Gigli," a film widely recognized as one of the worst of all time and was also blamed for his breakup with costar Lopez.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | January 10, 2013
Antonio Mendez has been busy recently with a recent appearance with Ben Affleck on “Good Morning America,” a Fox News crew coming to his home in southern Washington County and a soon to be published feature article in The Washington Post. That sounds exciting, but it pales next to the reason for which he is now drawing the media's attention - one of his exploits during a 25-year career with the Central Intelligence Agency. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its Academy Award nominees Thursday and seven nominations - including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay - went to “Argo,” based largely the retired agent's role in the rescue of six U.S. embassy officials from Iran in the wake of the 1979 hostage crisis.
NEWS
By CRYSTAL SCHELLE | crystal.schelle@herald-mail.com | February 25, 2013
It was roughly 8:30 Monday morning in California following the 85th Academy Awards ceremony Sunday night and Antonio “Tony” Mendez had barely been to bed. “I feel numb,” the southern Washington County resident said during a telephone interview from the Four Seasons Hotel in Hollywood, Calif. Mendez, whose life as a CIA agent was portrayed on the big screen by actor-director Ben Affleck in “Argo,” was still feeling the after-effects of the film's Best Picture win. “Argo,” which depicts Mendez's actions in 1979 when he helped six Americans escape from Iran, also won Best Adapted Screenplay for Chris Terrio.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | November 10, 2012
Robert Anders of Silver Spring, Md., still has the business card from when he was someone else 32 years ago - Robert L. Baker, production manager, Studio Six Productions of Los Angeles. It was part of a ruse created by then-CIA agent Tony Mendez. Through the new movie “Argo,” the public is learning about the CIA's successful 1980 rescue of six Americans - including Anders - in Iran, three months after the U.S. embassy was overrun. Another 52 Americans were held hostage for 444 days.
LIFESTYLE
By CRYSTAL SCHELLE | crystal.schelle@herald-mail.com | March 3, 2013
By all accounts, Amanda Hann was having a bad Monday. She had broken her toe. But before 5 p.m., Hann's day was looking up because she was $100 richer thanks to her perfect score entry in The Herald-Mail Oscar Picks contest. Of the 106 qualified entries, Hann was the only person to name all 10 categories correct. Hann, 31, of Fayettesville, Pa., said this is the first year she entered the contest. A movie-lover, Hann said she didn't get to many of the nine films that were nominated for Best Picture this year.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2013
Cut to the Chase Film Festival will be Friday, July 12, through Sunday, July 14, in Shepherdstown, W.Va. Judges include retired CIA agent and writer of "Argo," Tony Mendez; award-winning Shepherdstown photographer Benita Keller; and Emmy-nominated, owner of the Shepherdstown Opera House, Lawrence Cumbo. Cut to the Chase is a short film festival. Local entries are welcome.  All films must be no longer then eight minutes, including titles and credits and must contain the key element.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 2012
For Friday through Sunday Movie times listed are those provided as of noon Wednesday and may be revised by theaters at any time. MARYLAND     LEITERSBURG CINEMAS 20145 Leitersburg Pike, Hagerstown • 240-329-2093 www.leitersburgcinemas.com Alex Cross (PG-13) - Fri. - 1:55, 4:25, 6:55, 9:20 p.m.; Sat. - 10:30 a.m., 12:40, 2:50, 8:05, 10:15 p.m.; Sun. - 1:55, 4:25, 6:55 p.m. Argo (R) - Fri. - 1:35, 4:15, 6:45, 9:15 p.m.; Sat. - 11:05 a.m., 1:50, 5, 7:55, 10:20 p.m.; Sun. - 1:35, 4:15, 6:45 p.m. Frankenweenie (PG)
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2013
Cut to the Chase Film Festival will be Friday, July 12, through Sunday, July 14, in Shepherdstown, W.Va. Judges include retired CIA agent and writer of "Argo," Tony Mendez; award-winning Shepherdstown photographer Benita Keller; and Emmy-nominated, owner of the Shepherdstown Opera House, Lawrence Cumbo. Cut to the Chase is a short film festival. Local entries are welcome.  All films must be no longer then eight minutes, including titles and credits and must contain the key element.
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NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | April 11, 2013
The excitement began building for the second Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown on Thursday afternoon as people crowded into the new location of the Washington County Arts Council for an opening reception and a chance to rub elbows with one of the stars of this year's festival - Tony Mendez. Mendez, the former CIA agent whose work to free six Americans in Iran provided the storyline for the Academy Award-winning movie “Argo,” arrived at the arts council at 34-36 S. Potomac St., dressed in a black tuxedo and in the company of his wife Jonna.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | April 2, 2013
Organizers of the second annual Maryland International Film Festival in Hagerstown announced plans Tuesday for the April 11-13 event, which will feature a Washington County man who was at the center of the Academy Award-winning movie “Argo.” Tony Mendez, who lives in Pleasant Valley in the southern part of the county, is expected to play a part in the festival, which will have an emphasis on student-produced movies. On the festival's second day, four movies produced by Washington County students will be shown at Bridge of Life Center on South Potomac Street, where high school students are expected to be bused to see the films, Thomas B. Riford, president of the film festival's board of directors, said Tuesday during a news conference in Hagerstown City Council chambers.
LIFESTYLE
By CRYSTAL SCHELLE | crystal.schelle@herald-mail.com | March 3, 2013
By all accounts, Amanda Hann was having a bad Monday. She had broken her toe. But before 5 p.m., Hann's day was looking up because she was $100 richer thanks to her perfect score entry in The Herald-Mail Oscar Picks contest. Of the 106 qualified entries, Hann was the only person to name all 10 categories correct. Hann, 31, of Fayettesville, Pa., said this is the first year she entered the contest. A movie-lover, Hann said she didn't get to many of the nine films that were nominated for Best Picture this year.
NEWS
By CRYSTAL SCHELLE | crystal.schelle@herald-mail.com | February 25, 2013
It was roughly 8:30 Monday morning in California following the 85th Academy Awards ceremony Sunday night and Antonio “Tony” Mendez had barely been to bed. “I feel numb,” the southern Washington County resident said during a telephone interview from the Four Seasons Hotel in Hollywood, Calif. Mendez, whose life as a CIA agent was portrayed on the big screen by actor-director Ben Affleck in “Argo,” was still feeling the after-effects of the film's Best Picture win. “Argo,” which depicts Mendez's actions in 1979 when he helped six Americans escape from Iran, also won Best Adapted Screenplay for Chris Terrio.
NEWS
Bill Kohler | February 17, 2013
Dear members of the Academy, I am writing today because I just emailed my vote for best movie of the year and I hope you will join me in supporting “Argo” as the winner. For years, you have picked some of the most boring movies ever - “The King's Speech,” anyone? - and here is a chance for you to right nearly a century's worth of wrongs. I know we have one week to go before the red carpet is rolled out and the Guccis and Carolina Herreras are covering the stars, but work with me here.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | January 10, 2013
Antonio Mendez has been busy recently with a recent appearance with Ben Affleck on “Good Morning America,” a Fox News crew coming to his home in southern Washington County and a soon to be published feature article in The Washington Post. That sounds exciting, but it pales next to the reason for which he is now drawing the media's attention - one of his exploits during a 25-year career with the Central Intelligence Agency. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its Academy Award nominees Thursday and seven nominations - including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay - went to “Argo,” based largely the retired agent's role in the rescue of six U.S. embassy officials from Iran in the wake of the 1979 hostage crisis.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | November 10, 2012
Robert Anders of Silver Spring, Md., still has the business card from when he was someone else 32 years ago - Robert L. Baker, production manager, Studio Six Productions of Los Angeles. It was part of a ruse created by then-CIA agent Tony Mendez. Through the new movie “Argo,” the public is learning about the CIA's successful 1980 rescue of six Americans - including Anders - in Iran, three months after the U.S. embassy was overrun. Another 52 Americans were held hostage for 444 days.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 2012
For Friday through Sunday Movie times listed are those provided as of noon Wednesday and may be revised by theaters at any time. MARYLAND LEITERSBURG CINEMAS 20145 Leitersburg Pike, Hagerstown • 240-329-2093 www.leitersburgcinemas.com Alex Cross (PG-13) - Fri. - 7:15, 9:35 p.m.; Sat. - 6:40, 8:55 p.m.; Sun. - 7:15 p.m. Argo (R) - Fri. - 1:45, 4:20, 6:50, 9:30 p.m.; Sat. - 11 a.m, 1:45, 5:30, 8:30 p.m.; Sun. - 1:45, 4:20, 6:50 p.m. Chasing Mavericks (PG)
ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 2012
For Friday through Sunday Movie times listed are those provided as of noon Wednesday and may be revised by theaters at any time. MARYLAND     LEITERSBURG CINEMAS 20145 Leitersburg Pike, Hagerstown • 240-329-2093 www.leitersburgcinemas.com Alex Cross (PG-13) - Fri. - 1:55, 4:25, 6:55, 9:20 p.m.; Sat. - 10:30 a.m., 12:40, 2:50, 8:05, 10:15 p.m.; Sun. - 1:55, 4:25, 6:55 p.m. Argo (R) - Fri. - 1:35, 4:15, 6:45, 9:15 p.m.; Sat. - 11:05 a.m., 1:50, 5, 7:55, 10:20 p.m.; Sun. - 1:35, 4:15, 6:45 p.m. Frankenweenie (PG)
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