Thursday, March 23, 2017

Complete List of Daytime Emmy Nominations 2017: Outstanding Digital Daytime Nominations Include The Bay, Red Bird, Tainted Dreams, Tough Love and Venice The Series

The 2017 Daytime Emmy Award Nominations have been announced and congratulations go out to all of those behind the scenes and in front of the cameras that are responsible for the high level of entertainment and quality that the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences recognizes.

We would especially like to recognize the nominees in the digital programming categories, and thank the NATAS for recognizing their work. This year, many of the shows, that used to be just on Youtube, can also be found on Amazon. For those new to watching shows on Amazon, there is an amazing amount of good content out there for you to discover, in many genres.

So, drumbeat please, here are the nominees for Outstanding Digital Daytime Drama Series:

The Bay The Series Amazon Executive Producers Gregori J. Martin, Wendy Riche, Kristos Andrews, Co-Executive Producers Anthony Aquillino, Michael W. Ferro Jr., Carol C. Hedgepeth Supervising Producer Nadine Aronson Supervising Producer Jared Safier Producers Matthew Ashford, Devin Devasquez, Mary Beth Evans, Celeste Fianna, Kira Reed Lorsch, Ronn Moss, Eric Nelsen, Sainty Nelsen, Karrueche Tran, Meadow Williams Line Producer Chrystal Ayers

Red Bird Amazon Executive Producer Misti Boland, Alexandra Goodman, Jeremy Osbern, Ian Stark Producer Chris Blunk Director Misti Boland Writers Misti Boland, Jeremy Osbern T

Tainted Dreams Amazon Executive Producer Sonia Blangiardo Story Producer Brandon Goins Consulting Producers Mark Costello, Rob Santeramo, Candy Straight Senior Producer Teresa Cicala Coordinating Producer Robert Levinstein

Tough Love Web Series YouTube.com Director Caleb Davis Writer Roni Simpson

Venice The Series www.venicetheseries.com Executive Producer Crystal Chappell Senior Producers Katherine Kelly Lang, Hillary Smith Director Cady McClain Writers Lindsay Harrison, Jill Lorie Hurst, Penelope Koechl 14

For the Complete List of 2017 Daytime Emmy Nominees click here:

http://cdn.emmyonline.org/day_44th_nominations_v01.pdf

Logo Courtesy of and Owned by the NATAS.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Review of Beauty and the Beast: Emma Watson Leading the Way for Disney’s New Feminist Heroines

Review by Kelly Byrne


Stunning Emma Watson                        Credit: Disney
After almost a year long marketing campaign, there were two popular and opposing sentiments surrounding Disney’s new live-action Beauty and the Beast: excitement and indifference. The latter comes as no surprise since Princess movies tend to target specific audiences, namely daughters and their parents. Many who grew up with the 1991 animated film questioned the necessity of this live-action addition; what would director Bill Condon add that Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise failed to incorporate in the original?  

Having grown up during the Disney renaissance, during which period such movies as Tarzan, Mulan, Hercules, Pocahontas, and The Lion King among many others were produced, I consider myself to be fairly brain-washed by Disney.  I therefore forwent my St. Patrick’s Day plans and checked into the Arclight in Santa Monica to watch what I hoped would be an exciting and fresh take on a classic story.  And like most things ‘Disney,’ I was not disappointed. 

Amazon Series Tainted Dreams - The Story of a Soap within a Soap Nominated for Five 2017 Daytime Emmys

Tainted Dreams, the soap within a soap that is reeling in the viewers on Amazon, has received 5 daytime Emmy nominations. They are as follows:

Michael Lowry nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Digital Daytime Series
Kelley Menighan Hensley nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Digital Daytime Series
Natalia Livingston nominated for Outstanding Supporting or Guest Actress in a Digital Daytime Series
Anthony Wilkinson nominated for Outstanding Supporting or Guest Actor in a Digital Daytime Series
and Tainted Dreams for Outstanding Digital Series


Tainted Dreams, which was created and written by writer/director and current Director at Days of Our Lives Sonia Blangiardo, is based on what she has witnessed during her decades of work behind the scenes on numerous soap operas. And that includes intrigue, romance, treachery.. the whole kit and caboodle And it's acted out by real daytime actors, the ones you loved or still love watching everyday, with some faces from the stage and reality added to the mix. Though Tainted Dreams is known as a a soap, as it is a digital show viewers will see more than just the usual soap fare. Sonia stated, "No matter how many times you go through this process and even though I am looking at my Emmys right now, it is still a very surreal and priceless moment when you hear the nominations.  I couldn't be prouder of this team and I am thrilled for my ultra talented cast."

To view Tainted Dreams visit:
www.TaintedDreams.com or https://www.facebook.com/tainteddreamstheseries/

Monday, March 20, 2017

Rating Films: The Woman-O-Meter Seeks to Rate Films and Programming on Different Female Variables

It has been very hard to have a conversation about film the past few years, and especially in 2016, without having the "female" aspect of it come into play.

More reviewers are now looking into and at the female aspects of a film or any production, whether it be behind the scenes or in front of the camera. Also including in this is the subject matter and the way women are portrayed in the film or content.

As a producer, I am always looking for projects created by women and featuring women in positive roles. I know other producers looking at potential projects in the same light and realized that right now there is no
"rating system" taking into account these types of variables.

On this website we would like to introduce a new rating system to see how the movie (or other content) scores in relationship to many variables about women. We are calling it the Woman-O-Meter.

From this point on we will use a Woman-O-Meter to rate films on several criteria. To score one point (a pump) on the Woman-O-Meter one would have to have or be:

1. One or more producer, Executive Producer, Associate or Co-producer that is female
2. A female director
3. A strong female lead
4. A strong female lead that acts as a positive role model in some way/makes good decisions
5. One or more females that are over 40 in the cast
6. One of more females in the cast that are over a size 8
7. A movie about women you would be proud to or want to bring your daughter to see
8. A movie that has at least one minority woman in it, either by race or orientation
9. A movie that has deals with a topic that is specific to women, or something that women have to deal with often
10. A movie about a female that faces some kind of discrimination or problem in life and clearly seeks to triumph over it or successfully triumphs over it

Review: Before I Fall Movie: Ry Russo-Young's Coming of Age Thriller Evolves From Horrendous to Engrossing with a Noteworthy Performance by Zoey Deutch

Review by LANDON FUNK

I will be honest. I went into BEFORE I FALL with extremely low expectations. Based off of Lauren Oliver’s novel of the same name, the film had an absolutely horrendous marketing campaign with an anything but climatic trailer and little to no promoting commercials or billboards. But, quite truthfully, I was pleasantly surprised by Ry Russo-Young’s BEFORE I FALL.  After I snuggled into my purple socks and snapped open the snuck-in can of Dr. Pepper, I settled into my seat in the dead center of the theater. There were only two other women in the theater, and each of us was spread out far enough to not even be in the same eye sight as the other two. The opening credits started to roll, opening with loud pop-rock over beautiful scenes of the pacific northwest. BEFORE I FALL follows a high-school girl named Samantha Kingston (Zoey Deutch), a popular girl that is part of a MEAN GIRLS-esque clique, and her life on February 12 aka “Cupid Day.” At her school, students anonymously send each other roses, and the girls with the most roses are the most popular ones. As the day progresses, Samantha and her friends gossip, pick on a “crazy” girl named Juliet, prepare to swipe their V-cards, and go to party. The twist? Samantha and her friends are in a horrible car accident on their way home from the party, essentially halting time for Samantha as she is forced to relive Cupid Day over and over again GROUNDHOG DAY style.

Friday, March 10, 2017

New Jersey Performing Arts Center Celebrates Women's History Month 2017 with Art Exhibit by Jersey Artists: Women in the World: A Visual Perspective

In recognition of Women's History Month, The NJ Performing Arts Center in Newark is running a free art exhibit featuring art by NJ artists. This display is free to the public.

Press Release - New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Association with Women in Media Newark Presents an Innovative Art Exhibit “Women in the World: A Visual Perspective” Curated by renowned New Jersey artists Gladys Barker Grauer and Adrienne Wheeler. The exhibit will be on display at NJPAC’s Victoria Theater Lobby from March 1 – 31 and is FREE to General Public prior to all Performances.

The
“Women in the World: A Visual Perspective” seeks to give voice to an international collection of women artists who provide their individual interpretations of the theme.  Grauer and Wheeler petitioned the artists to reflect on the theme, stating that, “Through much of the world, women and girls are objectified, discriminated against, and subjected to intimidation and emotional, physical, and sexual abuse.  Despite social, economic, and educational subjugation, women in every corner of the planet are strong, innovative, resourceful, and determined to triumph over adversity….” The artists were then asked to submit work that either literally or metaphorically related to the theme. The artists whose work will be displayed at NJPAC are Luisa Pinzon, Aileen Bassis, Nell Painter, Gwen Verner, Colleen Gutwei, Susan Haiken, Melissa Saenz, Ylonde Skeete, Maggie Brown, Lisa Conrad, Dominique Duroseau and Daniele Scott.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Hollywood Awards Season 2016 - The 18th Annual WIN Awards Ceremony: Anne Archer, Carrie Fisher and Karen Sharpe-Kramer Honored


Kat Kramer stands with Honoree Karen Sharpe-Kramer,
Honoree Anne Archer and Marisol Nichols
On a rainy night in LA- yes the worst storm in a decade- the 18th Annual WIN Awards (Women's Image Network) took place at the prestigious Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Though some attendees trickled in a little late and a little wet, all but a few made it to this awards ceremony which recognizes the artistic and humanitarian contributions of females in entertainment.

The Red Carpet was abuzz with the nominees, astounding women who deserved to be nominated for their achievements over the past year or in their lifetimes. Gracing the Red Carpet were many of the nominees, not just actresses but writers, producers and directors as well. For a full list of the nominees visit:
http://www.suzeebehindthescenes.com/2017/02/what-are-womans-image-awards-at-time.html

Jean Smart on the Red Carpet at the WIN Awards                     Photo Suzanne Ordas Curry

The cocktail party in the main room started at 6pm and ended as the ceremony started. Guests dined on heavy appetizers including many Asian foods. The spicy sausage was especially good.

Suzanne Sena was the master of ceremonies for the night, and nominees and other familiar faces acted as presenters. John Brotherton (Fuller House,  One Life to Live) was the only male presenter.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The 18th Annual WIN Women's Image Awards: Recognizing Achievement of Women Behind, In Front of the Screen and in Life: Anne Archer to be Honored


What are the Woman's Image Awards? At a time when women are in the news, making a very large noise about what they want and what they do, the Woman's Image Awards has been honoring women in entertainment, politics and the humanities for decades. Beginning in  1993 they have been recognizing the achievements of females in front of the camera and behind the scenes. Started by actress and film maker Patricia Stuart the goal was to recognize and honor women who create positive and dimensional images for and of females.

Every year they honor deserving females for accomplishments in front of the camera, behind the screen or outside of the studios.. Past recipients include Abigail Disney, Cecilia DeMille Presley, Ambassador Swanee Hunt, Senator Barbara Boxer, Maria Arena Bell, Elizabeth Guider, Lauren Shuler Donner and many others. This year's Humanitarian Honoree is actress and activist  Anne Archer. This Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner is a past Ms. Magazine Woman of the Year and also founder of Artists for Human Rights who spends her time

The Unity Award this year goes to Karen Sharpe-Kramer, an actress, producer and philanthropist who seeks to inspire young filmakers through her philanthropic efforts, which includes the Stanley Kramer Library which she created with her husband, Stanley Kramer. She was also producer of the classic and groundbreaking film Guess Whose Coming to Dinner.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Obsessed with La La Land: Top Five Fan Videos You Will Want to See

                                                                                                                                                                            By Suzanne Ordas Curry
If you're like me and you love La La Land, you want more. There's several good videos on Youtube that will put a smile on your face and satiate that need for more music and details about the movie. After foraging through Youtube, here's my Top 5 La La Land videos you might want to see. I am not including those made as a promotion for the movie. Those are great too but these are just fan videos.

#1 All time Favorite: Somewhere in the Crowd by Atawat Paurueng

 Why: The first time I watched it, like everyone else,I noticed scenes that were not in the movie. Little disappointed to see they were not outtakes, but they were from another video.





Then, if you want to know where those scenes came from, watch this one: Anna by Arcade Fire. Emma is wonderful in this, and as they say, "it's got a catchy beat and you can dance to it."
Here's Anna written by Will Butler of Arcade Fire


#2. La La Land Goes to the Big Apple by Katie Oxman and Joel Chambers

Why: There are a few re-creations, most well done, of "Lovely Night" but I like this one because it's done in NYC.



Ridgewood Guild International Film Festival 2017 Kicks off with Oscar-Themed Fundraiser: Come as Your Favorite Actor or Dress for the Red Carpet




The Ridgewood Guild International Film Festival is holding its first ever Oscar Party Fundraiser. The event will be held at Park West Loft at 38 Oak Street in Ridgewood from 7:30pm to 11:30pm on Friday, February 24th. The public is invited.
The party will have an Oscar theme and attendees can walk the Red Carpet
and be interviewed and photographed. Attendees are asked to dress formally as if they are attending the Academy Awards, or they can come dressed as their favorite character from an Oscar-nominated movie, past or present. However, you can dress as you please as well. Prizes will be awarded for best costume and for the winners of Oscar trivia contests. Whether you are a fan of La La Land, Manchester by the Sea or an old movie buff, the party will give you an opportunity to talk movies and meet your neighbors. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Authors Alec Baldwin, Deepak Choprah, Katey Sagal, Dance Moms' Maddie Zieigler Come to NJ - See Them at Bookends and Other Venues

Ridgewood, NJ - Long live the local bookstore! Bookends in Ridgewood is hosting a variety of authors over the next few months. Meet Soap Star Eric Braeden from The Young and The Restless, Dance Moms star Maddie Ziegler and Superior Donut's Katey Sagal. You will catch me there to see Alec Baldwin, who is not only a prolific impressionist as of late but shows he is a prolific author as well.

I highly recommend these book signings for two reasons. One is that the authors often talk before hand and the room is not that crowded so you can see and hear them. Photography is allowed. Secondly, you are not rushed. Most often when you meet the author you are allowed to say a few words to them and also someone you know or a bookstore employee will snap a photo with you and that person. 

Please note that for some of these authors there are special instructions.and they are not al at the bookstore. Please scroll down for all the authors and details.

Visit the site at www.Book-ends.com for more information or to pre-order. Some events do get sold out.Please note that  Each person attending must purchase one or more books.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Oscar Nominations for 2017 Revealed: Is Your Fave on the List?

They're out. The Oscar nominations for the 89th Annual Awards Ceremony for 2017 are out, and LaLa Land tops the list. How many of these films have you seen? If you haven't seen them all, theaters often run the contenders again so look for them in your local theater and at the same time support the theaters. There's nothing like watching a movie in a real theater. Read the list here;

http://variety.com/2017/film/news/2017-oscar-nominations-academy-awards-nominees-1201968107/

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

RHONJ Dina Manzo Has Acting Debut in New Amazon Series Tainted Dreams: Cast Includes Reality and Soap Stars


Dina Manzo and Anthony Wilkinson star in #Tainted Dreams
RHONJ Dina Manzo has another show on her IMDB profile, a soap. Dina appears in Tainted Dreams, a continuing drama now streaming on Amazon. Tainted Dreams is the brainchild of Sonia Blangiardo, who has been behind the scenes in the land of soaps as a director for decades. Tainted Dreams chronicles the behind-the-scenes happenings of a soap opera, Painted Dreams - and if you think the on-screen happening are interesting there's even more drama behind the cameras.

Dina called her appearance, "my little acting debut among all these soap pros." Indeed, she is in the cast with iconic players from daytime, Alicia Minshew, Austin Peck, Terri Ivans, Walt Willey, Grant Aleksander, Michael Lowry, Kelley Hensely, Bobbie Eakes, Colleen Zenk, Natalia Livinston, the late Larkin Malloy, Jaimes DePaiva, Ilene Krsten, Nathan Purdee, Tonya Walker and Marie Schulenberg. Rounding out the cast is Anthony Wilkinson of  the My Big Gay Italian Wedding franchise and Big Brothers/wrestling's Jessie Godderz and others.

In her exclusive promo for the show she talks about "how she always wanted to be an actress." She also states how "it's a very different dynamic" versus being on a reality show, when the cameras are following you around. In this show, the Manzo surname is gone. She's a DiGiacomo!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Review: La La Land Starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling: Simply a Delight for the Eyes and Ears

I had to see what all the rave was about regarding La La Land.

I went to see it, and I can't get the song "City of Stars" out of my head.

If you are a fan of romance, jazz, Emma or Ryan, musicals, or movie nostalgia, go see this move. It's also a movie for dreamers, if you have a dream in your heart that you know can come true there's meaning in this for you.

Here's what I liked about this film, no what I loved:



Choreography

I am not a huge fan of musicals except for those everyone knows, like Grease, Hair Spray, High School Musial, etc. but this made me like musicals again. Not too much music, in fact I would have been happy with more.

The opening sequence of this movie set the tone. This is a spoiler right now. I was mesmerized by the drivers dancing on top of and besides cars on a California highway. If that is how the movie opened and there was something better to come, then they set the bar high. And it did not disappoint.

Upon seeing the movie for the third time, you will get a new appreciation for the choreography in each musical scene, as well as the nostalgic touches in the "Lovely Night" scene.

To view the Trailer:

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Go Behind the Scenes of a Soap with TAINTED DREAMS on Amazon - Features Alicia Minshew, Austin Peck & Other Iconic Daytime Talent plus From RealityTV Dina Manzo, Jessie Godderz

A Soap Fan's Dream - New Series Tainted Dreams Premiering on Amazon 12-26 -16
Tells the Story Behind the Scenes of A Soap Opera: Cast Includes Iconic Daytime Talent from All Networks and Reality Stars

NEW YORK CITY,  December 18, 2016 – Tainted Dreams, the Emmy-nominated web series about the "behind the scenes" drama of the fictitious soap Painted Dreams will start streaming on Amazon on December 26, 2016. Tainted Dreams (#TaintedDreams) will be available free, even for non-subscribers (without ads for prime members and with ads for non-prime subscribers).  Tainted Dreams is produced by NYC Brand Productions which includes the critically acclaimed film Equity’s Executive Producer, Candy Straight.  Visit www.tainteddreams.com for more info. View the Sneak Peak Trailer here: https://www.facebook.com/tainteddreamstheseries/

Friday, December 16, 2016

Females in Entertainment Interview: Producer/Actress Sarah Megan Thomas of Backwards and Equity Movie Can You Have it All?

Females in Entertainment Interview: Producer/Actress Sarah Megan Thomas of Backwards and Equity Movie  Can You Have it All?                             By Suzanne Ordas Curry

Sarah Megan Thomas of  Equity and Backwards
Sarah Megan Thomas is an actress, writer and producer whose second film, Equity, a financial thriller rolled out in theaters nationwide this past year and is now available on DVD.

Aside from the suspense and storyline of this timely drama, Equity is known as being a film written, directed, starring, and produced mainly by women. In Equity it’s the females that call the shots.

Prior to Equity, Sarah produced and starred in Backwards, a movie about a subject near and dear to her heart, rowing.

But how did Sarah go from the suburbs of Philadelphia to Hollywood? In this interview Sarah talks about her beginnings, and what it’s like being a female and a mom in entertainment.

Suzee: So let’s start at the beginning. When did you first realize the field of entertainment might be for you?

Sarah Megan Thomas: It’s so funny cause I feel like I have wanted to do it since I was born, I don’t really remember the genesis. I do remember my dad made me and my sister play the piano for many years. And remember putting on Les Miserables with my sister in our living room, playing various roles. That was the beginning and end of my singing career because I’m a horrible singer! Just always wanting to create and perform. My parents were like “that’s nice she’ll outgrow it”. I come from two lawyers, very practical. So they said “not until after college, you have to wait till after college to pursue it.”

They thought maybe I would stop, and I was a theater major, they were always supportive. After college they said, ‘Well, I guess she’s really going to do this.”

Sarah Megan Thomas,  Roe Hartrampf and Samuel Roukin behind the scenes at the making of Equity

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Equity Movie Fans: ABC Picks up Pilot Commitment from Sony Tri-Star for TV

Fan of the movie Equity?

You'll be happy to know that it has landed at ABC as a script commitment with Sony TV's Tri-Star as the studio. The movie, which premiered at Sundance in 2016, was bought and released by Sony Pictures Classics. Equity was release in theaters this past summer and will be out on DVD December 13th, 2016.

The story of the movie is based around Naomi Bishop, played by Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad, Sully) who is  a smart, seasoned, competitive female investment banker whose current project is to take a privacy company public. But, no matter how good the plans, she finds that things can go awry- and often because of the people you suspect least. That's business. That's Wall Street, And that's what makes a suspenseful movie and TV show.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Save 20% at JCrew Stores in Bergen County NJ and Help Support Kids in Foster Care Through CASA for Children of Bergen County

NJ  -  J.Crew stores in Bergen County have partnered up with Bergen CASA to help support kids in foster care. As part of National Adoption Month, JCrew will be
offering 20% off a purchase of $125 or more at the Garden State Plaza and or Riverside Square Mall in Bergen County, NJ JCrew store and then donating a portion of sales back to Bergen CASA.

Exclusive shopping hours for this event are Friday, November 18, 2016 from 4 -8 pm and also Saturday, November 19, 2015 from 9 - 2pm. You need not bring a flyer to receive the discount but please mention CASA at the register.


Friday, November 11, 2016

In The Car with Blossom and Len: Queens Theatre's Newest Production Stars Emmy Award Winner Martha Byrne and Patricia Randell

There's a lot going on in the car with Blossom
and Len.                 Photo by Dominick Totino
Who's in the car with Blossom and Len?

Emmy award-winning actress Martha Byrne is in that car.

After a few decades away from the stage having started her career in Broadway's Annie, three-time Emmy Winner Martha Byrne returns to star as Fern in "In the Car with Blossom and Len, a play about the trials and tribulations of growing up, growing old and having to take care of parents who are simply old. The play is a Queens Theatre in the Park production.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

An Evening to Benefit Bergen County Family and Children's Charities: The Universal Unitarian Outreach Auction

Photo Courtesy CASA
The Universal Unitarian Outreach Auction: An Evening to Benefit Family and Children's Charities

What is the Outreach Auction?

The Outreach Auction is dedicated to raising funds for six designated charities that meet and fulfill basic life needs. 

Friday, November 4, 2016

Equity the Movie Screens at Rutgers: Special Discussion by Producers Follows


Alysia Reiner, Anna Gunn
and Sarah Megan Thomas
Photo by Robin Holland
Equity, the high-stakes Wall Street thriller starring Anna Gunn, will have a special screening at the Rutgers Theater in Piscataway on November 7th, at 7:30pm. Following the movie, there will be a panel discussion on the making of the movie as well as the females behind the movie. Presenting will be Candy Straight, Executive Producer, Suzanne Ordas Curry, Co-Producer/Media Consultant, and Bev Eisenbray, Co-Producer.

The movie follows the tale of Naomi Bishop, played by Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad, Sully) a female investment banker who takes a tech company, Cache, public. Mirroring the competitiveness of true Wall Street, Naomi finds she does not know who she can trust.

Equity hails itself as not just a female-driven Wall Street film, but also a female-driven movie overall. It is brainchild of  Alysia Reiner (Orange is the New Black) and Sarah Megan Thomas (Backwards Movie). It was written by Amy Fox and directed by Meera Menon. The majority of the producers are female, and many are investment bankers which lent their expertise to the production.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Interview: Martha Byne Talks Soaps Now and Then: Watch a Daytime TV Reunion on THE TALK

Soaps are here to stay, even with changing viewing habits. Martha Byrne, legend of daytime, was on As The World Turns for two decades, General Hospital and wrote for Bold and The Beautiful. We ask her why people continue to tune in, and what 's she's up to now.     
Watch on Demand: Martha Byrne and other legends of Daytime on THE TALK on CBS Wednesday, October 12th. #TheTalk

Why do you think daytime TV still has an audience?

Martha Byrne: Most daytime soaps are multi-generational. I think a majority of the audience grew up watching and have continued the tradition. Even with many shows off the air, the remaining ones continue to build numbers. I'm glad there are still scripted shows to watch. I think as a society we need escapism and soaps were always good at filling that important need.

What kind of stories do you think daytime TV should do not to capture and new audience?

Friday, September 30, 2016

#JustSayThankYou: The Hollywood Beauty Detective Starts a Movement For Girls to Just Take the Compliment

Actress Holly Fulger says
to girls: #justsaythankyou
Actress Holly Fulger , from Ellen, Zenon,
& 7th Heaven is founder of  The Hollywood Beauty Detective. And she's starting a movement.. With all the emphasis on looks more than ever, she believes girls and women should be happy with their beauty. And know how to take a compliment.

Holly states, "The Hollywood Beauty Detective believes that women and girls everywhere deserve to feel beautiful. And we know that, as women, sometimes it's difficult to believe that, and even more difficult to hear a compliment and, 'just say thank you.' 

Holly's website aims to redefine beauty, after all, beauty is just an opinion. As part of this, #thehollywoodbeautydective has produced a video called #justsaythankyou. It's a start in a very long process.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Special Screenings for Wall Street Thriller Equity To Be Held in NYC and NJ this Month: Q & A's with Actors, Producers Held After Shows


James Purefory, Alysia Reiner, Sarah Megan Thomas
and Director Meera Menon at Sundance  Q & A
Special screenings of the movie Equity, which in theaters now, will be held in NJ and New York City throughout August and September. Equity is a tech thriller about a female investment banker who takes an Internet security company public amid competition by friends and foe. It stars Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad). James Puerfoy (The Following, Hap and Leonard). Sarah Megan Thomas (Backwards Movie), Alysia Reiner (Orange is the New Black, HTGAWM, Rosewood), David Alan Basche (TvLand's The Exes), Craig Beirko (Lifteime's Unreal), Sophie Von Hasselberg (Bette Midler's daughter), Margaret Colin (Independence Day), James Naughton (The Devil Wears Prada) and others.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Louis Vanaria from A Bronx Tail to Play at American Cut Bar & Grill in NJ

Englewood Cliffs, NJ – (September 8, 2016) –American Cut Bar & Grill welcomes singer, songwriter and actor Louis Vanaria who will perform live on Friday, September 9th from 8PM-11PM on the Patio at American Cut Bar & Grill in Englewood Cliffs, NJ.

Born in the 
Bronx, New York, Vanaria has always aspired to be a singer/songwriter. After hearing about an open casting call for the upcoming Robert De Niro film, A Bronx Tale, Vanaria worked his way in and attempted to land a singing role, only to land the role of "Crazy Mario." Vanaria was soon cast in the CBS movie of the week, Young at Heart, starring Olympia Dukakis and featuring Frank Sinatra.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Interview with Sophie Von Haselberg: From China to Wall Street She's Forging Her Own Path in Show Business - See Her in Wall Street Thriller Equity

Sophie Von Haselberg is making quite a name for herself in Hollywood. This talented and personable young lady has had roles in three feature films and her role in Equity, the story of a female investment banker who takes a company public, is sure to put her on the road to success. 

Sophie, the daughter of  the legendary Bette Midler and Martin Von Haselberg has taken a circuitous path to stardom, That journey started at Yale University where she majored in Asian Studies and sociology, brought her to China where she worked at an ad agency and then back to America to pursue acting.

In her role in Equity, she plays the outspoken Marin, a sharp, savvy coder who seems to know the real deal at Cachet, the company that's going public. 

In this interview, Sophie shares more about how she's ending up in movies, as well as what movies she chills to.  

Tell me about your role in Equity. Why were you drawn to it?

​SophieI love that Marin is sort of an outsider who is so damn good at her job that she doesn't feel the need to play by the same rules as everyone else, in particular because she sees through the egos of the people she's surrounded by. She finds herself in a tough and, I think, very unexpected spot -- I wish we could see where her life goes next! 

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

THE OTHER F WORD TO PREMIERE IN NJ: Caytha Jentis' Amazon Weberies with Judy Gold and Steve Guttenberg is the Midlife Sex and the CIty

The Other F Word, the latest production from Ridgewood’s award winning filmmaker Caytha Jentis will have its New Jersey premiere at the Bow Tie Warner Quad in Ridgewood on Wednesday August 31st at 7pm.  Doors open at 6:30. 

The Other F Word, a micro digital series that will stream on Amazon September 1st, cast includes Jersey natives, comedians Judy Gold (The Jim Gaffigan Show) and Ben Bailey (Cash Cab).  Ridgewood’s Matt Cermack will be making his television debut.   The cast also includes Steve Guttenberg (Police Academy, Cocoon), Michael Boatman (Good Wife, Spin City) and Reiko Aylesworth (24, Hawaii 5-0).

The Other F Word, a comedic series written and directed by Jentis, addresses issues like ageism, sexism, re-entering the workforce, sexuality for women 40+, dating after divorce/widowhood and more.  At its heart, the series is about finding yourself after your kids are grown – an adult coming of age in mid-life.

The show, produced by Kathleen McDonough of Clifton and Leslie Jucien Cimino of Ridgewood, was shot in cooperation with Farleigh Dickinson University who provided equipment and locations as well as students in key crew positions.  David Landau, one of its film school professors, is the show’s director of photography.  

Friday, August 26, 2016

Star of New Movie Equity Alysia Reiner to Appear at Special Screenings in NJ for This First Female-Driven Wall Street Movie: Tech Thriller Opens Nationwide

Alysia Reiner, star and producer of the new movie Equity, will be appearing at special screenings of the movie in New Jersey as part of a Q & A afterwards to promote her new film. She will be in Red Bank  at Bow Tie Cinemas Red Bank on Saturday, September 27th for the 7pm show. She will also be at Princeton Gardens in Princeton, NJ on Sunday, September 28th.



Aside from Equity, Alysia can also be seen in Orange is the New Black, How To Get Away with Murder and Rosewood.

Equity's Alysia Reiner and Anna Gunn attend the Premiere Party Opening Week in NYC
Photo: Suzanne Ordas Curry

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Interview: One of Good Housekeeping’s 50 over 50: Director/Producer Caytha Jentis - After Three Feature Films She’s Now Turning to the Web to Find her Audience for “The Other F Word”

Caytha Jentis, who was recently named one of 2016's Good Housekeeping’s 
50 Over 50, is turning to a new medium - the digital world. After her success with three movies, And Then Came Love (Vanessa Williams, Eartha Kitt),  Bad Parents (Janeane Garafola, Cheri Oteri) and The One (Jon Prescott)   and she is now using the Internet to reach a new audience, the growing legions of vibrant, motivated,  women and men in mid-life. “It’s such a terrible term” she adds, but that is what’s used.”

Caytha’s new web series, The Other F Word, focuses mainly around a group of four women experiencing all the joys and pitfalls of life and relationships at this stage of life.It features Comedienne Judy Gold and Steve Guttenberg.  A little Sex in the City-ish plus a decade or so, the characters are likeable, funny and interesting. She believes women, and men will be able to identify with the characters and the stories. You can see more about it at http://www.theotherfwordseries.com/

Thursday, July 14, 2016

The Math Behind Movies: Slated.com Study Shows Success of Female-Driven Movies Despite Fewer Opportunities

Slated, (https://welcome.slated.com/) a major online site which finances film and other projects, did  quite a comprehensive  survey of female-based or created films. The study tracked just about every theatrical release 2010-2015, In this article in the Hollywood Reporter, the study found that movies directed, starring, or produced by women had a higher return on investment, especially above the 25 million dollar mark. However, they are typically given lower-budget films and doubly handicapped by being given almost 2/3 less screen time. Details here:

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/study-films-directed-by-women-907229 

The Captain Fantastic Movie Challenge: Get Out and Do Something: View New Featurette Here

Bleecker Street's Captain Fantastic Movie is out in theaters and getting good reviews for its family theme and message. The dad is played by Viggo Mortenson. Full cast listed below. It's a thought-provoking film about parenting and life. What is also fantastic about this is some of the marketing. As movies these days look for a niche or marketing angle, Captain Fantastic fits perfectly into its message, get out and do something. And we don't mean searching for Pokemon characters in your backyard. Take the Captain Fantastic Challenge.

For more on the movie visit: www.CaptainFantasticMovie.com

View the newest featurette here:

Friday, June 3, 2016

Achilles Walk for Hope in New York City to Benefit RSDA and other Diseases: Spend a Morning in Central Park and Help Others

Help those with RSD/CRPS at the
Achilles Walk for Hope and Possibility in NYC
Want to spend an enjoyable day in New York City and help others? The Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association (RSDSA) will be participating in the Achilles Walk for Hope and Possibility on June 26, 2016. This event helps to help make a difference in the lives of those affected by Complex Regional Pain Syndrome/Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (CRPS/RSD).

If you can't walk but want to help, you can help raise funds by sponsoring a walker. Visit http://rsds.org/