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/

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: https://www.facebook.com/equitythefilm/


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 http://sofiaenglewood.com/

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:
 actnyc.org/shows-events/


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.
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For a complete list of Nominees for WGA Awards 2016 click here:
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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. 

listen to caroline on soundcloud:  https://soundcloud.com/iamcarolinebyrne

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 www.IamCarolineByrne.com.  

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: www.NJPac.org.

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. 

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Broad Street Pictures Announces Its First Feature Film "Equity" Accepted into Dramatic Competition at Sundance Film Festival 2016: First Female - Driven Wall Street Film Features Females In Front of and Behind the Camera

Breaking Bad's Anna Gunn plays successful investment
banker Naomi Bishop, who fights to lead an IPO.
Broad Street Pictures, LLC is proud to announce that their first feature film, Equity, has been selected into Sundance Film Festival 2016 in the U.S. Dramatic Competition.

Broad Street Pictures was founded in 2014 by Alysia Reiner (OITNB,  How Two Get Away with Murder. Rosewood) and Sarah Megan Thomas (Backwards the Movie).

Sarah Megan Thomas states, “We are thrilled to be having the world premiere of our film, Equity in the Dramatic competition at Sundance. We hope audiences will enjoy this first female driven Wall Street film”.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

AURORAE AQUA TEAMS UP WITH REFLEX SYMPATHETIC DYSTROPHY SYNDROME ASSOCIATION TO SPREAD AWARENESS

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Special Price Offered and Portion of Proceeds Supports Research for this Little-Known Condition

NJ - Aurorae Aqua, a division of the popular active family lifestyle e-retailer Aurorae, has teamed up with the Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association as part of RSD Awareness Month. From this point on until December 31, 2015, Aurorae Aqua will offer customers a special 10% discount on their oversized microfiber Swim & Sport Towel, available in 8 vibrant colors and 10% of that sale will be donated to RSDSA for research and support. The towels can only be purchased online at:

http://www.auroraeyoga.com/aurorae-aqua-microfiber-beach-swim-towel-1-rated-in-customer-satisfaction-super-absorbent-extra-large-lightweight-and-ecofriendly.html. Put in code RSDAWARE  to receive the discount.

Shop Local: Rejuvenate Sanctuary of Westwood NJ Hosts Holiday Open House

Rejuvenate Sanctuary
Shop Local and Get Pampered! Rejuvenate Sanctuary,  A Holistic Spa, 174 Westwood Avenue (second floor), in Westwood NJ will host a Holiday Boutique and Open House on Saturday, December 5th from 1 - 5pm.

Come tour the facility, enjoy complimentary gourmet hors d'oeuvres, take advantage of some complimentary eye and hand treatments and enjoy live music with Larry Stevens. Band starts at 2pm

Friday, November 20, 2015

Alysia Reiner Joins Cast of Fox's Rosewood

Alysia Reiner                                 Courtesy @Alysiareiner
Actress Alysia Reiner will join the cast of Fox’s Rosewood. Alysia, who is  known for her role as “Fig” on the award-winning Orange is the New Black, and District Attorney Parks on ABC’s  How To Get Away with Murder will play the role of  Lilian Izikoff, according to Deadline. Alysia will be playing the role of a former beauty queen.

Rosewood is a comedy/drama centered around a private pathologist, played by Morris Chestnut, who helps figure things out for the men in blue at the Miami PD. Debuting in September 2015, it has already been picked up for another 22 episodes. It is created by Todd Harthan.


Alysia Reiner and Lorraine Toussaint           Courtesy Twitter
Alysia will have a recurring role. Also just announced in recurring role status for Rosewood is actress Tia Mowry-Hardrict (Instant Mom).

Alysia Reiner will be also be seen in the movie Equity to be released in 2016. Alysia Reiner and Sarah Megan Thomas (Backwards Movie) are the founders of Broad Street Pictures. Equity is their first release, this groundbreaking film centers around a female investment banker (played by Breaking Bad’s Anna Gunn) who faces some turmoil and tribulations as she takes a company public in the fast-paced world of Wall Street.

For more info:    Alysia Reiner @AlysiaReiner

www.BroadStreetPictures.com

http://www.fox.com/rosewood

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Save 20% at J.Crew This Weekend in Bergen County NJ and Help Bergen CASA Help Foster Kids

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 $150 or more any Bergen County, NJ JCrew store and then donating 20% back of sales to Bergen CASA.

Bergen CASA advocates speak up for kids in foster care.
Exclusive shopping hours for this event are Friday, November 20, 2015 from 4-8pm and also Saturday, November 21, 2015 from 9 - 1pm. You need not bring a flyer to receive the discount but please mention CASA at the register.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Save Money at Modell's Sporting Goods Stores in NJ and Bergen CASA Help Foster Children at The Same Time

Modell's has teamed up with CASA for Children of Bergen County to help support CASA's advocacy program for kids in foster care. Bergen CASA is part of the network of National CASA, which stands for Court-Appointed Special Advocates. These advocates are specially-trained volunteers that advocate for children in foster care. Once a child is removed from a home due to abuse and neglect and then placed in the child welfare system, a CASA advocate is assigned to that child to be the "go-to" adult. This adult develops a one-on-one relationship with the child and makes sure that the child is receiving the best care and services possible. The advocate stays with the child until the child finds a permanent placement, be it reunification with the family, a permanent placement or adoption.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Anacostia Web Series Update: Daytime Legend Elizabeth Hubbard Joins Martha Byrne in Emmy Award-winning Show Anacostia

The cast of Anacostia at the 2014 Emmy Awards
Elizabeth Hubbard joins Martha Byrne in the fourth season of the web series Anacostia, new episodes debuting Decenber 2015 

(Press Release) Washington, D.C.– Two-time Emmy Award winner Elizabeth Hubbard joins ANACOSTIA in the role of Eva Montgomery. Best known for her role as shrewd businesswoman Lucinda Walsh of As the World Turns from 1984 – 2010 will make her Web Series debut this fall in a role that was “custom made for her” says series creator Anthony Anderson. 

Monday, October 26, 2015

From Salem to Northvale, NJ - The Cast of Days of Our Lives Holds Book Signing in Jersey Celebrating 50 Years on #NBC


It's hard to believe that those Salemites have been loving, scheming, serial killing, celebrating, back from the dead rising, partying, laughing, gossiping, University Hospital working, super coupling, Hortoning, Bradying, Brady's pub dining, marrying, mall-walking, mysterious drug-trying, lake house visiting, Christmas-ball hanging and oh so much more since DAYS OF OUR LIVES #DAY50 began in black and white so long ago.


Galen Garing and Deidre Hall at Books and Greeting in Northvale, NJ.                                         Photo by Suzanne Curry

Friday, October 23, 2015

From Manhattan to Brooklyn and Back: Tracy Morgan Returns to NJ - See Him Live at Bergen PAC in 2016

#TracyMorgan to Perform at NJ's BergenPAC
Actor/Comedian Tracy Morgan makes a triumphant return to the Garden State after his tragic accident on the NJ Turnpike. Back and better than ever, as shown on his recent appearance hosting Saturday Night Live, Tracy is sure to delight audiences with his humor and stories. Tickets are on sale now for his April 2nd, 2016 appearance at Bergen PAC in Englewood NJ, just outside of Manhattan. For tickets:
visit www. BergenPac.org
Tracy recently visited Jimmy Kimmel while filming in Brooklyn. Tracy took Jimmy on a tour of his "very own" zoo: 

Other guests scheduled at the Bergen Performing Arts Center are Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, Lisa Lampanelli and Frank Sinatra Jr. 

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Review of Winterthorne: Wonderfully Wicked and Entertaining: A Web Series To Watch


Winterthorne - Watch it.

Like most people of my generation, (I am not a millenial) I am not used to watching web series. I'am a soap gal. And a TV gal. 

But I am being enticed to the Internet because of all the soap people populating these shows.

Knowing some of the people involved in a new four part series, Winterthorne, I decided to give it a look.

Winterthorne is produced by Michael and Barbara Caruso Productions and written by Michael. Michael is a web series pioneer, known for DeVanity. Starring in this four-part mini series with Michael are Martha Madison (DOOL), Lindy Gray (Dallas), Kristen Storms (GH) Gordon Thompson (Dynasty), Kathleen Gati (GH), Josh Thrower (Seeing Past It), John Paul Lavoisier (OLTL), Kevin Spirtas (DOOL, OLTL), Ron Hanks (Golden California) and Conrad Bluth (Nickelodeon). 

It takes a bit of a change of habit to start watching web series. If you're like me, and you're used to watching TV at night, shutting off that TV (unless you are viewing it on a device) and using your computer like a television takes some planning. I decided night time after prime time was time for web viewing.

The thing about turning on a computer to watch a show is the distractions. A boob tube is just one screen, and you have to switch a channel to get distracted. So watching a web show takes some concentration. Email is just one click away.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Alysia Reiner and Sarah Megan Thomas' First Broad Street Pictures Production Equity The Movie Selected for the 2015 Creative Coalition Spotlight Initiative Film


Alysia Reiner and Sarah Megan Thomas at launch of  new film Equity
Broad Street Pictures' new drama, Equity, the first female-driven Wall Street movie, is honored to be selected as a Creative Coalition 2015 Spotlight Initiative Film.

 “It’s exciting to see a notable female-led film being released, especially with only 1.9 percent of recent Hollywood releases being directed by women.  Not only is this the first film that showcases the executive women of Wall Street, it’s also a film that artistically and deftly weaves a thrilling tale set in the financial arena,” said The Creative Coalition CEO Robin Bronk.  “The Creative Coalition is proud to count Equity among other notable films in the 2015 Spotlight Initiative slate.”  

Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad) stars with Alysia Reiner in Equity
"Our goal was to make the best movie we possibly could that totally disrupts the way women are portrayed in film," said Broad Street Co-founder and actress Alysia Reiner. “We are thrilled to be chosen as a Creative Coalition Spotlight Initiative film," adds Broad Street Co-founder/actress Sarah Megan Thomas.
 

The Creative Coalition's Spotlight Initiative is an integrated partnership that champions the art and craft of independent filmmaking by providing cause-related marketing strategies and issue campaign resources that allow the film’s message to reach beyond the movie screen.  By bringing in influencers from the business, entertainment, arts, and policy arenas to support Spotlight Initiative films, The Creative Coalition is able to promote socially relevant, independent filmmaking.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Gina Avino's Girls' Night Out Features Health & Wellness Vendors: Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation to Benefit

Spend a night with your friends and help breast cancer research at the same time. Gina Avino of Ramsey's Artistic Interiors presents Girls Night Out, Thursday, October 22, 2015 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm at 103 Main Street in Ramsey, NJ.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Variety and Lifetime Present LA Power of Women Awards: Oprah, Anna Kendrick, Salma Hayek, Gwyneth Paltrow and Susan Sojcicki To Speak on Their Causes

Ophrah Winfrey to receive award
for her work educating girls.
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Variety Magazine has announced the inspiring females it will honor at it's Power Of Women luncheon on October 8th at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons. This year's honorees are all astounding women in entertainment who will be receiving this award not just for their careers but for the charitable efforts they have made to make a difference in this world.

The awards are a bicoastal tradition for 7 years. This year's West Coast honorees are Anna Kendrick, Salma Hayek Pinault, Oprah Winfrey, Gwyneth Paltrow and YouTube CEO Susan Sojcicki. Earlier this year, the NY Lifetime of Impact honorees were Glenn Close, Lena Dunham, Whoopi Goldberg, Rachel Weisz and Kim Kardashian West.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Welcome to the Second Annual Miami Webfest: Where New Media Producers Mix, Mingle and Promote Their Projects - September 25th - October 4th with Martha Byrne as Celebrity Guest Host

What is the Miami Webfest? by Suzanne Ordas Curry

The world of content is changing daily. It's not just broadcast TV anymore, it's seems like there's a new content distribution platform surfacing every few months. This means opportunity- and competition for content producers.

The 2nd Annual Miami Web Series Festival is one of the few but growing showcases of new media.  According to the Brian Thompson, Executive Director Miami Web Series Festival, the event is "designed to

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Music App Review: SPEAZIE - Easy To Use, Innovative and Free

Speazie is a free music app  for both Iphone
and Ipad from the Itunes App Store.
                                                       By Shane Curry
The app is called Speazie (speaker + easy?).
 

This new app is conducive to collaboration between artists and there is a great built in audio player. It is a great platform for collaboration between hip hop producers and rappers. Producers can post their beats, and if the rapper stumbles upon it and like the beat they can record a rap over the beat right from their phone, and this can be done with any beat that is posted whether it be acoustic, hip hop, electronic etc. 

Recording is a breeze with the app, it even has a nice user interface with a graphic of a microphone and a background of a vocal booth/studio. The app is very easy to use and took me about 10 minutes to get the hang of. It is similar to other social networks in that you can follow an artist, and like or comment on specific tracks. 

Friday, August 21, 2015

Seeing President Jimmy Carter: A Full House to Get Copies of His Book "A Full Life" Signed in NJ


President Carter in Ridgewood, NJ signs copies of his book, A Full Life, Reflections at Ninety.  Photos: Ian Curry

The local bookstore, Bookends, in a picturesque suburb of  New York City, Ridgewood, NJ is frequently a pit stop for many a famous author, including celebrities, reality stars, athletes, musicians and rock stars. For someone interested in politics like myself, former leaders of the free world are my rock stars.

When I got the email about two months prior to the date that President Jimmy Carter was coming to the store to sign copies of his book, "A Full Life, Reflections at Ninety", I bought my book and invited my son. Being 90, in the back of my head, I thought, I hope nothing happens to him so we get to see him.