Only in Jersey: 2/14/12

Happy Valentine’s Day! Guess what? It’s time for another edition of Only in Jersey!

If it’s filming in Jersey, takes place in Jersey, or is about celebs from Jersey, you will find it here.

Whitney Houston: "One Moment in Time" was all too brief.

Singer Whitney Houston returned home to the Garden State for the final time last night. The Newark-born, East Orange-raised, former Mendham resident’s body was flown to Teterboro Airport aboard Tyler Perry’s jet, according to People. From there it was transferred, via gold hearse, to Whigham Funeral Home in Newark. Whitney, who sadly died at 48 on February 11 from what all accounts appears to be a fatal mixture of alcohol and prescription drugs, will be eulogized in a private ceremony Saturday at Newark’s New Hope Baptist Church, adds People, where she and her mother, gospel singer Cissy Houston, sang in the choir. There is also talk of a public memorial, possibly at Newark’s Prudential Center, as well. On Sunday’s Grammy Awards, Jennifer Hudson paid beautiful tribute to Whitney. Watch:

And if you’d like to listen to Whitney’s greatest hits, you can, thanks to her website.

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“Flambards”: A walk down memory lane

In my day, we didn’t have New Kids on the Block, ‘NSYNC or gobs of handsome young men on Nickelodeon.

Before Duran Duran, Wham or INXS entered my impressionable young consciousness, I had the boys from “Flambards”  to moon over. Hit it!

Boy, did I love this British miniseries, which is based upon a series of novels by K.M. Peyton. Teenager Christina Parsons (Christine McKenna), an orphaned heiress, is the protagonist, which takes place on a rural English estate just before the start of World War I. At the beginning of “Flambards,” she comes to live with her mean uncle William Russell (Edward Judd) and his two sons, Mark (Steven Grives) and Will (Alan Parnaby). Of course, both brothers are hot, and Christina must choose between them. The poor girl!

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“Superman” saves New Jersey

I was thinking about references to and quotes about New Jersey in films, and this one from “Superman” (1978) popped immediately into my head:

Tip of the hat to Hackensack.

When he wasn’t busy screaming “Miss Teschmacher!!!” hilariously evil villain Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman) reveled in the chaos he created. Unfortunately for him, it frequently backfired… and in this case, Superman kept his promise to Miss Teschmacher (Valerie Perrine) and saved Northern New Jersey from certain annihilation.

If you think about it, “Superman” is a double homage to New Jersey, because its star, Christopher Reeve, lived in Princeton as a child.

What are your favorite Garden State movie references?

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