One of the most eagerly anticipated film releases of the summer season is expected to be "The Fault in Our Stars." Area film buffs have an extra reason to see this movie: Glen Dale native Molly Hughes is the production designer for the major motion picture.
The film adaptation of John Green's popular young adult novel is scheduled to have its New York City premiere Monday, June 2. "The Fault in Our Stars" is slated to open in theaters nationwide Friday, June 6.
We're told that Hughes is excited about "The Fault in Our Stars," which has already received considerable media attention.
The film stars Shailene Woodley in the role of Hazel Grace Lancaster and Ansel Elgort as Augustus Waters. In the book and movie, Hazel and Gus are teenagers who met and fell in love at a cancer support group.
In another local connection, actor Willem Dafoe is cast in the role of Peter Van Houten. Dafoe is the brother of Jane Lambie of Moundsville.
Hughes, an award-winning cinematic art director, also served as the production designer for "Every Secret Thing," a film released in April and produced by Academy Award-winning actress Frances McDormand, a Bethany College graduate who got her early start on the Bethany stage and at Oglebay Institute's Towngate Theatre.
Hughes served as the supervising art director for the 2012 film, "The Bourne Legacy," and as art director for the 2011 film, "War Horse."
She won the 2012 Excellence in Production Design Award, presented by the Art Directors Guild, for her work in the 2011 film, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2."
In addition, she was nominated for the Excellence in Production Design Award in 2011 for the 2010 film, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" and for the same award in 2010 for the 2009 film, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince."
Hughes is the daughter of interior designer Mary Beth Hughes of Wheeling and Moundsville attorney Charles Hughes.
Fans of the PBS series, "Antique Roadshow," might have noticed in an episode that aired last week, a woman who took a Virginia table to an appraisal event in Richmond, Va., said she overheard another visitor saying, "Wonder why she brought that beat-up, old table to be appraised?"
Well, the owner of the antique table had the last laugh, because the appraiser estimated that the piece of furniture was worth $10,000 to $15,000.
In a "small world" connection, Wellsburg veterinarian Dr. Harry Sanford said the woman who took the valuable Virginia table to "Antiques Roadshow" is his cousin, Susan Cantrell.
Friday was a banner day for Juan Jaramillo, second violinist with the Wheeling Symphony. Not only did the orchestra's final concert in the 2013-14 Masterworks season take place that evening, but more importantly for Jaramillo, he was sworn in as a U.S. citizen during a naturalization ceremony in Pittsburgh that morning.
Jaramillo, a native of Venezuela, has studied and worked in the United States for several years.
He passed the U.S. citizenship test recently, after completing the extensive studying required for this examination amid his busy schedule of performing and touring.
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