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

Thursday, July 14, 2016

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

Slated, ( 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: 

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:

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

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Former Teen Idol David Cassidy Still Making Us Happy: Up Close & Personal Tour Comes to New Jersey Performing Arts Center in June

David Cassidy returns to NJ, the state he grew up in with two performances NJPAC.

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) presents an evening with 1970s heartthrob David Cassidy. Come on, get happy! The Partridge Family’s David Cassidy performs hits from the ‘70s TV show (“I Think I Love You, “I Woke Up in Love This Morning”), along with favorites from his solo career (“Cherish”).

Click Here for a Review of his Atlantic City Show:

David Cassidy to perform at NJPac                                                                     Photo Suzanne Curry

Friday, May 20, 2016

RHONJ Jacqueline Laurita Pens New Book Called Get It? Authors Sign Copies at NJ Bookstore for this Book of Tips for Busy Moms

Missing Real Housewives of NJ? Though the new season hasn't started yet, you can meet Jacqueline Laurita as part of her book tour in her home state of NJ at Books and Greetings in North Vale, NJ. She'll be there Friday, May 20th with co-author Jene Lucia to sign copies of their new book Get It?

A busy mom with many challenges and projects, Jacqueline teamed up with Jene to write a book on how to make the most out of this part of your life, with helpful hints on looking good, feeling good, and getting the most of your life. This is a free event but you must buy the book.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Manzo'd With Children/RHONJ's Chris Manzo Delights the Kids with His New Book Oliver Brightside: It's a Great Book for Kids

I just can't stop raving about the independent bookstore in downtown Ridgewood, New Jersey called  Bookends. They get such fabulous authors and personalities there.

This time they had Chris Manzo from Manzo'd with Children and RHONJ. He was there signing copies of his new illustrated children's book entitled Oliver Brightside.

All patrons entering the store were asked to sign a waiver as BRAVO was there filming for the show that afternoon. All patrons were photographed as well after signing.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Equity The Film at Tribeca Film Festival 2016: Photos from the Red Carpet and More

Equity The Film screened twice at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. Cast and producers stepped out on the Red Carpet to celebrate this female-driven Wall Street movie that will be in theaters July 29th. 2016. Anna Gunn plays an ambitious investment banker with Alysia Reiner watching her every move as a prosecutor and Sarah Megan Thomas as her assistant in this highly-anticipated tech thriller.

For more info on the movie visit:

Alysia Reiner, Anna Gunn and Sarah Megan Thomas                                                          photo Suzanne Ordas Curry

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Equity the Film Screens at Tribeca: Cast Talks Wall Street and Women in this First Female-Driven Wall Street Flick

Equity's Alysia Reiner, Anna Gunn and
Sarah Megan Thomas on the Red Carpet at Tribeca 2016
                                                         Photos by Suzanne Ordas Curry
The Red Carpet was abuzz with excitement as Equity, billed as the first female-driven film about Wall Street, had two screenings at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. Equity is the story of Naomi Bishop, a female investment banker played by Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad, Chunk and Bean), who takes a privacy company, called Cache, public. In this tech-thriller the ambitions of these highly-competitive Wall Street bankers collide to create a complex story full of unexpected twists and turns emulating the real dealings of a world in which power and money supersede all. Unique to this movie, the main movers in this movie are the women. It was also directed by a woman, Nora Ephron Prize Winner Meera Menon.

The cast includes  Alysia Reiner (OTINB, Rosewood, Better Things), Sarah Megan Thomas (Backwards Movie), James Purefoy (The Following, Hap and Lenard), Craig Bierko (Unreal), David Alan Basche (The Exes) Samuel Roukin (The Turn), Nick Gehlfuss (Chicago PD), Sophie Von Hasselback, Carrie Preston (The Good Wife, Crowded) as well as others from television and screen.

Friday, April 22, 2016

RHONJ Chris Manzo, Anderson Cooper, American Idol Scotty McCreery, Buzz Aldrin, Bachelorette Andi Dorfman, Freddie Prinze Jr. & More To Visit NJ's Bookends for Book Signings, Meet, Greet and Get a Photo with Your Fave

#RHONJ  Chris Manzo adds author
to his resume and appears in his
home state for book signing
North Jersey will be chock full of notables in the next few months. From reality to news to the moon, Bookends in Ridgewood is the place to be to see some of your favorite celebrities.. and an astronaut.

For the price of a book, this venue offers a way to see these celebrities, hear from them, say a few words to them and then get a photo with them (in most cases). 

Coming in April are RHONJ Chris Manzo, business owner and now children's book author. He'll sign copies of his illustrated children's book Oliver Brightside on 4/22/16. Expect that mom and family may be there to support him. I have been to this store for many #RHONJ events and many of the the families and friends you see on the show are always there because they truly are their families and friends.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Review: Sofia Restaurant in Englewood, NJ: Tasty American and Italian Cuisine in a Contemporary Setting

Sofia's is an upscale restaurant in Englewood, NJ, a few minutes from the GW Bridge.

Their website is

According to the website, Sofia emphasizes its dry-aged steaks cooked to perfection, its wide array of beverages including a great wine list, expert-crafted cocktails and loca beer. It also has a downstairs smokers bar with a filtration system. 

I visited this restaurant to review it with my millenial son as a second opinion. Overall, we will both go back to try more of what's on the menu as we were very impressed with the selections we chose. Here's why:

Thursday, March 24, 2016

The Actors Theater Company in NYC Presents George Bernard Shaw's Widowers Houses: An Intimate Setting for the Classic Story

The Actors Company Theater presents George Bernard Shaw's Widowers' Houses, from now until April 2, 2016 at the Beckett Theater, 410 West 42nd Street in New York City. Following this run the classic Arsenic and Old Lace opens.

TACT was formed in 1992 by a group of actors coming from all aspects of stage and Broadway that came  together to "reveal, reclaim, and reimagine great plays of literary merit, creating an intimate theatre experience for its audience by focusing on the text and the actor’s ability to bring it to life."

Since then they have produced over 125 quality productions. Set In smaller, off-Broadway theaters, these productions provide an intimate and unique experience for the viewer. Tickets are about $64.

For more information and to purchase tix:

Monday, March 14, 2016

CASA for Children of Bergen County Holds St. Patty's Day Casino Night: Online Silent Auction Now Available So You Can Bid to Help Kids in Foster Care

(Press Release) Have some fun and benefit children in foster care at the same timeCASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for Children of Bergen County is holding its 11th Annual Event: Casino Night: Luck O' The Irish on  March 17, 2016 from 6:30pm - 10:30pm at Seasons, 644 Pascack Road in Washington Township, NJ.  Tickets are $135. Included in the ticket price is a wide array of hors d’oeuvres, food stations and desserts, open bar and $100 in casino play money. There will also be basket raffle, silent auction with mobile bidding and other games in addition to exciting casino-style play throughout the evening. 

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Beat the Winter Blues with Laugher: NJPac Features Comedian Gilbert Gottfried and Festival of Laughs with Mike Epps, Gary Owen and Cocoa Brown in March 2016

Gilbert Gottfried graces the stage at NJ Pac.
Need a way to beat the winter blues? Laughter is the best medicine, and NJPac's got two LOL shows coming up on Friday, March 11th at 8pm, the popular and zany  Comedian Gilbert Gottfried and  the Festival of Laughs with Comedians Mike Epps, Gary Owen and Cocoa Brown.

Friday, February 26, 2016

View: We Do It Together Formed by Entertainment's Best and Brightest - Taking a Step Towards Representation and Equality For Females in Front of and Behind the Camera in Hollywood

Jersey's Queen Latifah   
Should be called Finally It is Being Done?  A group of notable, talented and high-powered women and men have come together, pooling their talents to form We Do It Together, a non-profit organization with the goal of financing and producing films, TV projects, documentaries and other media "dedicated to the empowerment of women."

In order to do this, the group will raise funds from various sources which will fund a production company to produce films and other media. Sources report that their first project will be announced at Canne.

First Project Announced: Together Now

The Advisory Board for the non-profit is impressive, with women (and men) from both in front of and behind the camera. Here are just a few of the Board members noted so far in press:

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Jersey Shore's Nicole Polizzi Returns to Where it All Began with New FYI Channel Show Nicole and Jionni's Jersey Shore Flip

Nicole "Snooki Polizzi" will be taking lots
of bathroom photos in her new Jersey Shore
houseflipping show on FYI.     Photo from Facebook
Three years after Sandy there are still, sadly, Sandy houses along the Jersey Shore, houses that look like they may be used during the summer or lived in until you look closer, and you notice the blinds have not moved in years and the windows are really dirty. 

Jersey Shore's Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, along with her husband Jionni, are taking a few of these on as projects in their new show, Nicole and Jionni's Shore Flip.

Hoping to capitalize on the mesmerizing and successful trend of home  makeovers shows, they're taking on the challenge as a husband and wife team.

"His dream was to flip houses,"  Nicole told NY Live, "and we fell in love with it. "It makes sense to do it down the shore because Sandy hit. It's a good purpose. We're helping our friends."

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Interview with General Hospital and Fear The Walking Dead Flight 462's Kathleen Gati: From Port Charles to the Not-So-Friendly Skies

Kathleen Gati is a Canadian actress most well known for her role as the sinister Dr. Lisa Olbrecht on the long-running daytime drama General Hospital, is now part of the immensely popular Walking Dead phenomenon. She plays Deirdre, a flight attendant on the companion series to WD Fear The Walking Dead, Flight 462.

This actress has been on stage and screen since the 80's, appearing all over the place with roles in stage and screen in Canada, the US and internationally. With her exotic European aura and her flair for European accents, she often plays . From the webseries Winterthorne to Star Wars: Clone Wars, to Meet the Fockers to Jimmy Kimmel she's got an extensive resume. On TV, she's had roles in The Mentalist, NCIS, Ghost Whisperer, 24, ER, The Practice, Bones, NYPD Blue and more. In addition to General Hospital, she had a long-standing role on All My Children and also appeared in Young and the Restless early in her career.

RHONJ Teresa Guidice to Appear in NJ at Books and Greetings: RHONJ Will be Filming at Book Signing

RHONJ fans, be a part of the show. Call Books and Greetings about how to purchase tickets. Many people purchase them prior to the event and then show up with the book.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

RHONJ Teresa Giudice's First Event in NJ: Bookends Hosts Book Signing for Turning the Tables: From Housewife to Inmate and Back Again

Hard to believe that almost a year has passed, and for us it went quickly but not so much for RHONJ Teresa Giudice. Making lemonade out of lemons as did Martha Stewart, Teresa makes her first appearance in her home state of NJ to sign copies of her new book, "Turning the Table, From Housewife To Inmate and Back Again." She will be at Bookends in Ridgewood, February 10th at 7pm.

This NJ Italian has already started her book tour with numerous appearances on television about her experience. Poised as always, I would say she handled the whole thing with grace and honesty. I have met her before as we have a mutual friend and barring discussion on what she was in for, this is one tough lady who did not let the experience get her down and has probably grown a whole lot from it.

In interviews she has said that the 'hardest part was being away from my family."  She talks about her time incarcerated and called it "hell". "There was mold in the bathroom and the showers were freezing," she added.

Friday, February 5, 2016

The Play's The Thing: Interview with WGA Award Nominated Writer of Weight: Daryn Strauss - Includes List of WGA 2016 Nominees

There's an old saying, "The play's the thing." It can't be more true, even in our modern world where anyone with a video camera can produce a video with amazing visual effects.

However, you can have a great bunch of actors,  a great director, great effects and if the words just aren't there, it won't work.

Writing is the seed of a production. Sometime the writer has the concept his or herself, builds a script around it and then shops it around. Other times there's a story in the works, and it's the screenwriter's job to tell the story with pages of dialogue.

Daryn Strauss, creator and writer of the series pilot Weight starring Emmy winner Martha Byrne, was nominated for a 2015 Writer's Guild Award for Weight (for Original Short Form New Media). This is her second nomination, having been nominated in the past for Downsized, a webseries about ordinary people getting, well, "downsized".  Daryn wrote, produced and starred in this. With a dancing background, Daryn is also at ease in front of the camera, looking I may add, a bit like a younger Helen Hunt.
For a complete list of Nominees for WGA Awards 2016 click here:

Monday, February 1, 2016

Equity The Movie Premieres at Sundance 2016 - Sold to Sony Classics Pictures

Equity, premiered at Sundance 2016 at the Library in Park City, Utah.

On a comfortably cold evening in January the theater was sold out to see this female-driven financial thriller that was sold to Sony Classics Pictures before it's Sundance audience premiere.

The movie stars Breaking Bad's Anna Gunn as a female investment banker struggling in her career who takes a company public. Her boyfriend is played by James Purefoy, The film's producers,  Alysia Reiner and Sarah Megan Thomas, had starring roles aside Ms. Gunn.

All eyes were glued on the screen as the plot unfolded. Equity is a complex movie about the behind-the scenes of an IPO. There are multiple characters, distinct personalities and subplots all contributing to the eventual climax of the movie, the day the stock went public.  It's the kind of movie that needs to be seen twice to get a full understanding of the relationships of the characters and how these affect the ending. 

The movies was produced by with the help of real female investment bankers, with monetary support as well as story support. in fact, some of the producers, who are current investment bankers, have  cameos in the film. One co-producer spent hours with screenplay writer Amy Fox explaining the math behind the movie. Another co-producer spent time explaining the complex relationships females have in banking. 

After the movie ended , the Q and A was held with  Director Meera Menon, Producers Alysia Reiner and Sarah Megan Thomas, David Alan Bash, Actor Jamers Purefoy, and Screenwriter Amy Fox. 

The Q and A started with writer Amy Fox talking about the the script. "As  a writer, I always want to be working on something that means something,  that has something to say in the world, but it's not a documentary. It's gotta be a page turner, something to keep you on the edge of your seats. Otherwise it's an essay, that's not what we wanted to do, we are making a movie."

Alysia Reiner, who played Sam the compliance officer said, "I try to think that it's a stealth bomb-issuing. You like, have this really exciting thriller, and there's this stealth bomb in it, something that's changing the world for women."

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Sundance 2016: Behind the Scenes from the Premiere of the Movie Equity by Broad Street Pictures - A First Timer's View

Alysia Reiner and Sarah Megan Thomas helm
Broad Street Pictures, LLC
                                                   By Suzanne Ordas Curry\
So somehow, after my 25 plus years doing PR for everything from elevator controls to pizza to bankruptcy lawyers, I ended up in entertainment PR.

Of course I live a stone’s throw from New York City, the greatest city in the world,  the entertainment mecca where the best and brightest and most creative people come to gather and grow.

And active, creative people have a way of finding each other. They build a momentum when they are together, and then anything can happen.

Anna Gunn plays investment banker Naomi Bishop
On a cold day in January 2 years ago I met a woman at an educational seminar that I connected with after it. Turns out we shared  not just a mutual interest in education but also in entertainment.

It’s just as cold now in January almost two years to the date and we are both on our way to Sundance as producers. (My friend Candy Straight is the Executive Producer and I am a co-producer). We have a unique movie premiering there, called  Equity. It's in the US Drama Competition and stars Breaking Bad’s Anna Gunn.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

So Who Is Caroline Byrne? Hear About Her Journey to American Idol and What the Future Holds for This Talented Jersey Girl

Caroline Byrne makes her television debut on American Idol 
                                                   By Suzanne Ordas Curry
Jersey Girl Caroline Byrne is lighting up the stage of American Idol and ready to take on the world. Appearing on American Idol is just the start for this talented singer, as she’s working on some new songs, planning to wow the Big Apple with some appearances and is determined to make her passion come alive.

Caroline shares with us how she started, where she’s going and talks about being on the much-anticipated "Farewell Season" of #AmericanIdol.

Q: Tell me about when you decided you liked to sing and wanted to pursue it.

Caroline Byrne: I knew I loved singing since the time I was very little. There’s plenty of home video of me singing Beauty & the Beast in my living room like it was my own personal stage. Even though I loved the spotlight at home, I was extremely shy at school and in front of other kids. It wasn’t until college that I really became comfortable in my own skin and singing in front of other people. I realized that I had a gift for touching other people and making them feel something thorough my music. That realization is what ultimately made me want to pursue music seriously. 

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Q: Do you come from a musical family?

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

New Jersey's Caroline Byrne to Appear on Fox's American Idol January 13th, 2016: Tune in for the Last Season

PRESS RELEASE (Los Angeles) - Caroline Byrne will be appearing on   American Idol Wednesday, January 13, 2016 on the Fox Network. She will be appearing on the episode about the Philadelphia auditions. Caroline is a singer/artist working on an album and has just released the song "Alive", which can be found at  

This 26 year-old Bergen County native grew up in Waldwick, attended IHA and Ramapo College. She now lives in Ridgewood. She is the oldest of four. She has been singing since she was very little, though she says she did not become comfortable with singing in front of other people until she was in college. Caroline says she likes to touch people with her music and make them "feel something." 

Monday, January 11, 2016

Hoda Kotb Continues Her Book Tour in Ridgewood, NJ: Also see Jay Williams, DWTS Kym Johnson and Grace Helbig

Hoda Kotb, the other half of the immensely popular Today Show fourth hour and one of my favorite hours of talk, is coming to Bookends in Ridgewood on January 11th at 7pm.

She will be there promoting her book, "Where they Belong", which is a book of stories of people who Today says "found themselves in completely unexpected moments or unforeseen circumstances." These situations lead all of these people to eventually do things they never thought possible, or even thought would be a part of their lives. 

This is a small bookstore which offers a great experience with authors. There may be some standing on line as Hoda is a fan fave, but there are seats inside and the line moves fast.This store also allows for photos with authors. 

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Hallmark Channel's Holiday Movie Mix: Being Good is Good for Business

I have been a fan of holiday TV movies for over a decade. It started with Falalala Lifetime many moons ago.

Then Lifetime started to diversify. Reality, more movies, more drama, not the goody-two-shoes plots of say, Comfort and Joy or Holiday Switch.

Back then the days before Christmas would be filled with holiday movies on Lifetime. You wouldn’t have to switch the channel. But that changed, and turning on Lifetime at some hours during the holiday season did not guarantee you would be seeing an elf, a handsome man named Nick or a pretty female heroine with some very important decision to make.

But alas, some clever executives over at the Hallmark Channel noticed this hole and filled it. And filled it and filled it and then started another channel and filled that one too.

The Hallmark Movie Channel and the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Channel are chock full of holiday faire, an up-to-the eyeballs menu of over-the top Christmas cheer.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Molly Ringwald Visits NJPac: Watch The Breakfast Club and Chat with This Iconic Pretty in Pink Lady

Come to NJPac on December 11th to see 80's fave Molly Ringwald, all grown up. View a showing of the iconic movie The Breakfast Club and then get the full scoop on the movie, the actors, and that school in a Q & A after. For tickets visit:

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Shop Local: Gina Avino Artistic Design of Ramsey NJ Holds Holiday Shopping Event for Bergen CASA to Help Children in Foster Care - Actress Martha Byrne to Appear

Ramsey, NJ  - Enjoy an evening of shopping for a cause and receive some complimentary treatments. 

Gina Avino Artistic Design of  Ramsey will host a Holiday Shopping Night to benefit Bergen County CASA for Children December 10, 2015 from 6:30 to 9pm at 103 Main Street in Ramsey, NJ. Bergen County CASA is a non-profit organization that provides advocates for children in foster care and also provides these young victims of abuse and neglect with needed items such as pajamas, birthday, holiday gifts, and other items. Actress Martha Byrne, known for her role on As The World Turns, Bergen CASA's spokesperson, will make an appearance.