Sunday, February 18, 2018

Ridgewood Guild International l Film Festival Kicks off 2018 Season with "Evening at the Oscar" Fundraiser Party

Ridgewood NJ - The Ridgewood Guild International Film Festival invites you to "An Evening With Oscar". This event is a fundraiser for the film festival. The event will be held at Park West Loft in Ridgewood on March 1 at 7:30pm. The public is invited. There will be food, drinks, dancing, trivia and a costume contest with some great prizes from local businesses. You can dress as your favorite Oscar winner or star or dress formally. The cost is $65 per person, which includes 2 cocktails with your food, or $50 per person without drinks.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Review: NJ's Paper Mill Playhouse Presents The Outsiders Starring Julia Duff: Time to Laugh About Politics But Who the Heck is Ned Newley?

Review by Beth Abramson Brier

I am all “atwitter” about the hilarious new show, "The Outsider” on stage at Papermill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey, through February 18. Playwright Paul Slade Smith’s east coast debut is nothing less than brilliant. Finally something to laugh (and laugh and laugh) about, something to cheer for and something to stand for. Never did I expect this from politics in 2018.

The play opens with Julia Duffy (Newhart, Designing Women and, more recently, Shameless) as Paige Caldwell, a political pollster, talking with Dave Riley, the Governor’s Chief of Staff played by

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Interview: Author Richard Cawdron Writes Poetry About Life, Love and History

Richard Cawdron of England grew up as a musician and has turned his talents to a related endeavor  - writing poetry - which he considers to be "word music." In this interview Richard shares his observations on poetry and the life that guides his pen.


What drives you as a writer? 

“It is about being fired up by a subject and the urges and feelings from creating, conveying and being heard."

Friday, February 2, 2018

A Behind The Scenes View: I Was On The Chew - Just How Many Pancakes Does it Take to Get to be Chew-Worthy?

Beth Brier on The Chew
My Thoughts... Exactly by Beth Brier, Staff Writer and Foodie

Just in case you missed it- due to news of cyclone bombs, nuclear bomb warnings and other distractions - I made my network TV debut this year.  I was invited to tape a roll-in for The Chew (weekdays, ABC @ 1pm EST).  The subject:  my guilty obsession with pancakes*.  So now, true to the site platform name SuzeeBehindTheScenes, I offer you a glimpse of my nine seconds actually “behind the scenes“. 

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Killian and the Comeback Kids Movie Coming Soon: Stars Nathan Purdee, Kassie DePaiva, Indiegogo Campaign Started for this Feel-good Folk-Rock Indie

Killian and the Comeback Kids Shooting in Easton PA
Disenchanted after graduating college, and subsequently returning to his hometown, a once-thriving town in the heart of Pennsylvannia, a musician tries to discover his new path in life with the help of some old friends.

Killian and the Comeback kids is a movie about music, hopes and dreams. Set in the beautiful rolling hills of Pennsylvania, with some shots in NYC, it tells the tale of a bi-racial young man Killian, who tries to put a band together to win a prize at the town's biggest event, a music festival. Throughout the movie the characters interconnect in many ways, but all are brought together by music. The score is filled with original music, mostly folk rock. Expect the soundtrack to have other songs on it by other musicians who lent their music and talents to the film.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Stories to Inspire: Actor Paul Rudd Speaks Louder than Words as He Hosts Celebrity Bowling Fundraiser for SAY.Org, Which Supports Children Who Stutter- Includes Hamilton Rap by Rudd

by Suzanne Ordas Curry

There were no gutterballs to be had for the  kids of the Say Organization as the year started off with a very successful fundraiser, Paul Rudd's Annual All-Star Bowling Event at Lucky Strike Lanes in the heart of Manhattan. In it's sixth year now, the night was an evening of fun, laughter, food, music, bowling and cheer.

The stars and the people came out to support SAY.org, The Stuttering Association for the Young, which is an organization dedicated to helping children who stutter. They empower, educate and support young people who stutter through a summer camp program, speech therapy and creative expression. They never turn someone away if the parents cannot pay. One of their main goals is to instill confidence in the children so they can live and deal with it, and to ask for  patience from those around them.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Meet Jessie Godderz, aka Mr. PEC-Tacular, Star of Tainted Dreams, CBS' Big Brother and now Starring in his New Role as Dad

Jessie Godderz and Alicia Minshew
of Tainted Dreams
Jessie Godderz, also know as Mr. PEC Tacular, most known for his time on  CBS'  hit reality show Big Brother, is now starring in the  Emmy - nominated show streaming on Amazon, Tainted Dreams. Tainted Dreams is the story of a soap within a soap and features iconic actors from daytime, reality and stage.

Tweet with Jessie and the cast of  Tainted Dreams Tonight 1-25 -18 from 9pm-10pm @TaintedDreamsTS


Tainted Dreams just debuted its second season, and in this season we get to know a little more about the background of  the hot guy that was hired to help out on the set. Spoiler alert- he's got a bit of a shady past.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Zoochie Band 2018 Lineup Includes Benefit at Brighton Bar, Historic Maxwell's in Hoboken and Rutgers Spring Concert


Zoochie. the groove rock band out of New Brunswick, NJ  announces it's early 2018 lineup. Visit Zoochie on Facebook for updates: https://www.facebook.com/zoochiemusic/

Catch them at the Brighton Bar in Long Branch, NJ  for a fundraiser called Rock for Liliana to Walk Again.  This fundraiser is for a girl name Liliana who was diagnosed with cancer as a child and needs monetary support to fun stem cell therapy. For info visit:
http://brightonbar.com/index.php/events/category/shows/upcoming/

Benefit lineup:

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Interview with Author Mary Carlomagno: Jersey Girl Writes Novel "Best Friend for Hire", Gives Advice for New Writers and Talks about her Time on Oprah's Show

Interview by Suzanne Ordas Curry

Best Friend for Hire by Mary Carlomagno is about a Jersey Girl, Jessie DeSalvo, who was living her dream life working at a glitzy ad agency in New York City, or "the city" as Jerseyans call it, until she gets the boot. Her life takes some twists and turns as she retreats to Hoboken, NJ, becomes a professional "best friend" and has to deal with the inquisitions of her large Italian-American family. The book is funny with meaning, and of course, since it's written by a Jersey Girl, has a storyline about Bruce Springsteen.

I asked Mary about how the book came to be, and how others could start writing. And knowing she was on Oprah, I had to ask her about that.

Ridgewood's Bookends to Host Three Female Authors, Dance Mom's Chloe Lukasiak Signs Girl On Pointe, Laila Ali Talks about Food for Life and and Patricia Heaton Dishes on Food for Family and Friends


Dance Mom's Chloe Lukasiak comes to Ridgewood NJ to talk about her new book Girl on Point and meet and greet her fans. See her January 23rd.
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Fan of Chloe? Read and watch video:
http://www.suzeebehindthescenes.com/2014/02/almost-tmi-on-chloe-from-dance-moms.html

http://www.suzeebehindthescenes.com/2014/02/dance-aunt-review-of-meet-and-greet.html

http://www.suzeebehindthescenes.com/2015/02/attention-dance-mom-fans-photo-blog.html
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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Interview: Actress, Director and now Author Lorli Villanueva Pens Two Books - A Long, Accomplished Life in Entertainment in the Philippines, Most Notably for Directing the Longest Running Soap in the Philipines, Flor De Luna

by Suzanne Ordas Curry

Lorli Villanueva is an award-winning actress, director, scholar and author. She recently launched her two new books, Dancing With The Dictator and Living and Experiencing the Realms of the Unknown at the Philippine Consulate in New York City to an excited and abundant crowd. 

Lorli is well-known in the Philippines for her three decades in entertainment. She received the Best Supporting Actress at the Manila Film Festival in 1972 among many other nominations. She is most well-known for directing the longest-running soap in the Philippines, Flor De Luna. Her body of work runs the gamet from over 60 films to countless appearances on TV to owning her own production company. In an age where women are just getting recognized and given more opportunities for directing, Lorli succeeded when there were even fewer females in her ranks.


Monday, January 8, 2018

#OPRAH 2020 - Anything Can Happen, Right? View Oprah's "State of the Union - Like" Golden Globes 2018 Cecil B DeMille Acceptance Speech

Aside from #TimesUp, there seems to be another movement started, Oprah for President.

Is there any reality to this concept? It started at the Golden Globes with a joke by Seth Meyers, then she gave her acceptance speech, and oh what a speech. It truly was the best part of the ceremony, which was enjoyable to watch but without any real exciting moments aside from the speech.  ( I would have liked to hear more from Seth throughout the evening.)

Other people over time, even dating back to 2015 have asked Oprah if she would win, reporters from Bloomberg and her friend Gayle King. Both answers were in the negative. But the world is a lot different now than in 2015.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Movie Review of Driver X: Uber On Over to See This Funny Yet Meaningful Comedy about a Middle Aged Man Living in a World of Millenials, Patrick Fabian, Tanya Clarke, Desmin Borges and Oscar Nunez Star in this Henry Barrial/Mark Stolaroff Film

Patrick Fabian stars in DriverX
By Suzanne Ordas Curry

The shoulder lapels. The buttons. The elastic waist.

A uniform.

The few, the proud, wear a uniform. The few, the proud, wear a Members Only Jacket.

For those who wore one, or knew one who wore one, we know the meaning of them. Coolness. Popularity. Partying. A Chick Magnet. It's what the hot guys - or shall I say "hunks" - wore decades ago.. A Members Only Jacket is the ultimate symbol of 80's youth and vigor, a symbol of  how the baby boomers who paid no attention to that nomenclature at that time during that era defined itself.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

New York Women in Film and TV Holds 2017 MUSE AWARDS: Honored Were Laura Dern, Judith Light, Amy Emmerich, Julie Dash, Regina K Scully, Alysia Reiner


By Suzanne Ordas Curry

The New York Women in Film and Television held its annual MUSE AWARDS at the New York Hilton on Thursday, December 14, 2017 in New York City. On what was probably the coldest day so far in the New York City this winter, the crowded room was warm with the solidarity of women determined to cheer each other on and make this year the start of a significant change for women.

In this year, the 40th anniversary of  #NYWIFT, the 2017 Muse Awards for Vision and Achievement honored Laura Dern, actor, Amy Emmerich Chief Content Officer for Refinery 29, Julie Dash, Director (who recieved the Nancy Malone Directing Award), and Regina K. Scully, filmmaker and CEO Artemis Rising Foundation, who received the Loreen Arbus Changemaker Award presented by Loreen Arbus.


The Time is NOW for Time's Up: New Coalition Seeks to Change and Defend the Culture of Sexual Harrassment, Reese Withersppon, Eva Longoria, America Ferrera and Growing List of Hollywood Powers Move for Real Change

Reese Witherspoon, Eva Longoria, America Ferrara, Shonda Rhimes, Attorneys Nina Shaw and Tina Tchen, are among hundreds of women who have formed Time's Up to battle sexual harassment and promote equality in the workplace. 

By Suzanne Ordas Curry - Sexual harassment transcends all disciplines and careers. Soon after the Harvey Weinstein news broke and the avalanche started, a group of Hollywood women received a letter of solidarity from the Alliance of Farm Workers which in part stated:

"We do not work under bright stage lights or on the big screen. We work in the shadows of society in isolated fields and packinghouses that are out of sight and out of mind for most people in this country. Your job feeds souls, fills hearts and spreads joy. Our job nourishes the nation with the fruits, vegetables and other crops that we plant, pick and pack.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

View: A Jewish Mom/Writer Confesses to Her Christmas Envy and Why She Watches All Those Hallmark Christmas Movies - More Gingerbread Men Please and Hold the Muddy Hooves

By Beth Abramson Brier

Hallmark Christmas Movies. Once considered the very definition of “guilty pleasure”, this year it is reclassified as a necessary euphoric escape from the news of raging wildfires, Matt Lauer, Russia-gate and mystery Oreos (Fruity Pebbles?  Eww!)  For the last three weeks I have been binge watching and reviewing so many movies my head feels as light as spun sugar.  Full disclosure - I am Jewish.  So why my obsession with Christmas movies?  It comes down to two words: Christmas Envy.  That’s right.   I said it.  Christmas Envy.  Or, to be more accurate Christmas Tree Envy.  Christmas Cookie Envy.  Christmas Movie Envy.

These movies, oh these Hallmark Christmas movies! Filled with characters with perfect teeth and a soft spot for puppies.  The wholesome, beautiful characters are not just decking the hall, they are meeting angels, getting snowbound in cozy designer-worthy cabins and falling in love.  Aah!  Falling in love.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Event: Saturday Night Live Cast Members Cecily Strong, Kyle Mooney & Vanessa Bayer Team up for Comedy Fundraiser for ACLU in NYC December 18, Also appearing John Early, Robbie Fulks & More

Funny Lady Cecily Strong to Appear at NYC Benefit
LOL as cast members and writers of Saturday Night Live t come together for a night of laughs and music to benefit the ACLU at The Town Hall on Monday December 18 at 8pm.  100% of the ticket sales of the “Comedy Fundraiser for the ACLU” will be donated to the ACLU.

Hosted by John Early
 (The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and Search Party) the evening features SNL cast members Cecily Strong, Kyle Mooney and the 2017 Emmy nominee Vanessa Bayer; the SNL writers Julio Torres and Jeremy Beiler, and writer and actor Jon Glaser of Delocated, and Jon Glaser Loves Gear). The evening’s musical special guest is Chicago alternative country-rocker Robbie Fulks, a 2017 Grammy nominee.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Hallmark Holiday Movie Review: Christmas List with Alicia Witt, Peter Benson - Should it be on your Christmas Bucket List?

By Beth Abramson Brier

Name: Christmas List

Logline:  Isobel, a fashion designer living in San Diego, plans the perfect Christmas holiday in the snowy Northwest with her boss/boyfriend Brett.  When Brett is delayed by a business meeting, Gabriel, the local builder cum volunteer fireman cum toy store owner, is more than happy to help make Isobel’s Christmas “bucket list” dreams come true.   

Starring:  Alicia Witt as Isobel; Peter Benson as the hunky boyfriend who rocks a plaid flannel shirt; and Jamie Houghton as the too wholesome townie. 

What's to Like about it: All of the holiday traditions are wrapped up in this one movie- caroling, ice skating, gingerbread houses, real trees with twinkly lights, mistletoe and the Christmas concert (of course).

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Christmas Movie Review: Hallmark's A Perfect Christmas with Susan Abromeit and Dilon Casey: Why Should You Watch This Newlywed Couple Celebrate Their First Christmas?

By Beth Abramson Brier

Name:  A Perfect Christmas

LoglineA newlywed couple celebrating their first Christmas try to make everything perfect for their visiting families. 

Starring:  Susan Abromeit as Cynthia Faber; Dilon Casey as Steve Faber and Erin Gray as Patricia Faber.

What's to Like about It 

Cynthia and Steve have such good intentions that I couldn’t help but cheer them along.  As their families arrive one by one for Christmas they are bringing not just their own bags but their own baggage.  It is a heartfelt reminder that “the best laid plans..” 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Tainted Dreams, The Emmy-Nominated Soap Series on Amazon by Sonia Blangiardo Premieres Season 2 December 2017: Alicia Minshew, Austin Peck, Michael Lowry, Jessie Godderz, RHONJ Dina Manzo, Anthony Wilkinson Star Along With Iconic Soap Cast


(Press Release) New York City - December 2017 - Romance, intrigue, manipulation…and a little bit of humor.  Just a taste of what’s to come as the Second Season of the Emmy-nominated series Tainted Dreams kicks off and fans finally get resolution from Season One's gripping cliffhanger. Beginning December 21st, the next chapter of Sonia Blangiardo's Tainted Dreams, the soap behind a soap, will be available for streaming on Amazon and Amazon PrimeThis series, which was nominated for five 2017 Daytime Emmys, follows the behind-the-scenes drama of a fictitious soap opera titled Painted Dreams and features a very unique cast composed of classic soap opera fan favorites, reality personalities and stage stars.  Creator and Executive Producer, Sonia Blangiardo has served as a producer/director on five iconic soaps, including All My ChildrenOne Life to LiveAs the World TurnsGeneral Hospital, and currently Days of Our Lives. The show is based on the real-life dramedy she has lived and seen both on and off screen in her 25 years in soaps.  Visit www.tainteddreams.com for more info.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Zoochie Band Releases First Single: Matador Juxtaposes Spanish Influence with Rock

Zoochie announces the launch of it's first single November 2107, Matador on most major platforms including Spotify, iTunes, CDBaby and others. You can also hear it on Youtube at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxR6aL3UdqY

In true Zoochie tradition, Matador features the vibrant vocals of lead singer Libby Kallins with an emphasis on the guitar. In this song,  guitarist Shane Curry pulls from his training in Spanish flamenco guitar. The song features heavy bass lines played by Raymond Young, combined with powerful, energetic drums by Matt Ciliberto and a ripping guitar solo by Tyler Brick. The song is written by Libby Kallins and is about a complex relationship.


Here is a live version of Matador:

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

View: Ode to David Cassidy - I Know I Loved You

David Cassidy in Atlantic City 
by Suzanne Ordas Curry

I think I loved you.

No, I know I did. This bespectacled, chubby, 11 year-old teacher's pet of a girl dreamed about you every night in a room covered with Tiger Beat posters of you on the wall. Perhaps there was a Bobby Sherman in the mix because you were on the same poster, but the wallpaper was just basically David Cassidy posters from anywhere I could find them.

I was the David Cassidy generation. My sister-in-law who is two years younger than me was a fan of Shaun, but not me, strictly David. You were either for David or Shaun, not both. 

Friday, November 17, 2017

Patty Jenkins: Highest Paid Female Director Ready for Wonder Woman 2

Patty Jenkins courtesy Twitter
Patty Jenkins has made a name for herself this year as well as helped make a name for other female directors. The conversation has started. The success of Wonder Woman has prompted  a sequel. Variety did a great interview with  Patty, the highest paid female director ever. View it or listen to it  here:
http://variety.com/2017/film/podcasts/playback-podcast-patty-jenkins-wonder-woman-1202615293/

For a review of  #WonderWomanMovie:
http://www.suzeebehindthescenes.com/2017/06/movie-review-patty-jenkins-wonder-woman.html

Friday, November 10, 2017

Hallmark New Holiday 2017 Movie List - We Love Them and So Do The Advertisers so Expect More Santa, Snow, Elves, Romance and Hot Chocolate

It started before Halloween. The train of holiday movies on the Hallmark channels. And is there anything wrong with that?

According to the stats from last year and their happy advertisers - magic house lights, stuffed pillows and whatnot- there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Last year, Hallmark had more viewers than any other cable network the two weekends of the holiday blitz.

And there are more coming this year. There are 33 new made-for-Hallmark holiday movies coming into our homes as fast as Santa's sleigh. Will there be something new this year?

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Stories to Inspire - The For Ian Foundation Created to Find a Cure for Rare Childhood and Other Cancers

It's every parent's nightmare. One day your child is in high school, you're looking forward to graduation and doing all the college applications and trips and then your child gets sick and you hear a diagnosis you never thought you'd have to deal with.

There are so many diseases that can be treated, and there are some that can't. Ian Rahimi, a kid who was just  living a normal teenage life in a small suburban town outside of New York City, had one of those that there was not much hope for.

Ian was one of the brightest students in his school. He was exceptionally smart in the sciences, and was accepted into  Stevens Institute of Technology. Ian would have been at home in the setting of the Big Bang Theory. Smart, young and wanting to conquer the world through research he would do and things he would discover. Quantum physics was his discipline of choice.

Interview - Behind the Scenes with Collar The Movie Creators David Patrick and Nan Wilson: Cop Drama Stars Rebecca De Mornay, Richard Roundtree, Tom Sizemore

                                                                                          Interview by suzanne ordas curry

Movies, whether independent or studio-funded are years in the making. Here I interview David Patrick Wilson and Nan Wilson, a husband and wife team in the industry about their journey to create the film Collar.
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Watch it now!  
https://vimeo.com/ondemand/collar
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David's first acting gig was starring against Patti LaPone in South Pacific. Over the next 5 decades he has shared stage and screen credits with such notables as Chlarleton Heston, Anthony Hopkins, Telly Savalas, Leslie Ann Warrn, Michael Keaton, Josh Brolin, Ellen Barkin and more. 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The Other F Word Season Two Premieres in Boston: Tickets Available for This Screening Hosted by Peach and Irelaunch

The Other F Word star LeAnn Hutchinson with
Actress Carrie Preston at NYC premiere  P
Photo Suzanne Curry
(Press Release) Boston: The Other F Word is the break out episodic comedy about four friends who find that the angst of raising kids may be nothing compared to the angst of starting over after they are grown. Season Two of the hit indie comedy series The Other F Word recently launched on Amazon and will have a special event screening in Waltham to celebrate women coming together to help women and what show creator Caytha Jentis calls “the power of Mom.” The show will be screened at the Embassy Theater in Waltham, MA on November 9, 2017 at 7pm. There will be a Q & A after with cast and crew.

Despite Hollywood’s obsession to portray “young faces” on television, The Other F Word Series has proven after only one hit season that there is a high demand for programming geared toward women over 40. The Other F Word Series was one of the top series on Amazon Video Direct for four months running and has been streamed daily since its release September 3, 2016 and has a large audience of devoted viewers.

Friday, November 3, 2017

View: The Fall TV 2017 Lineup - Snark Season is Here

by Beth Abramson Brier

Snark is back and it is the new black! In the wake of the last twelve months this should not come as a surprise to anyone. If it does- say, you were lucky enough to have spent the last year meditating in an ashram or perhaps trapped in a cryogenics lab- message me offline and I'll fill you in. You won't believe it!

But back to snark. Or, more precisely the return of Will and Grace. And Karen and Jack. As if no time has passed, Eric McCormack's Will Truman and Debra Messing's Grace Adler pick up (almost) right where they left off with a breezy familiar banter. And while Megan Mullally delivers Karen Walker's sassy lines without missing a beat, it’s Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland who brings on the snark. Sass? Snark? Aren't I just parsing words? Exactly. Snark comes from a deeper place. It’s more heartfelt than sass and even sarcasm. It’s Jack telling us that after all these years he can’t believe he is dealing with the same old same old. That it’s okay to deny him cake.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

TV Host Casey Messer of Good Morning New Mexico: On Puffy Shirts, Being an Architect, Festivus and How Perseverance Pointed Her in This Direction

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Interview by Suzanne Ordas Curry
I don't recall the initial prompt, but I met Casey on Social Media. I think what attracted my attention was her love of Seinfeld, a mutual love. So, I had to know what this girl was about.  She must be pretty cool and have a great sense of humor if she could watch Seinfeld repeats and laugh each time.

So, with a few prompts from some of the most classic lines from Seinfeld, here's some info you might not have known about this talented and busy host of Good Day New Mexico, who spends her days in Albuquerque covering all sorts of morning show subjects and successfully pursues acting in her spare time - you may not know she's played a reporter in movies and TV, such as Independence Day: Resurgence and her latest movie, Only The Brave, is out this fall.  And for those in the Northeast, you can see Casey as the Optimum Lady on cable.

No Soup for you!! 

Tell me about when a door was closed on you on your path to where you are now. What happened? Did you learn from it? 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Array of Hope Premieres New TV Series at 2017 Gala

Array of Hope presents its 2017 Gala, October 25th at Mayfair Farms in West Orange, NJ. It is an evening of exciting musical appearances, film premieres and the debut of the new TV series called Fatima Gems. According to their site, Array of Hope is a multi-media concert experience that has been playing throughout the tri-state area, hoping to spread a message of love and hope. For more information on #Arrayofhope visit: https://www.facebook.com/ArrayOfHopeEvent/

Friday, October 20, 2017

Hit Comedy on Amazon The Other F Word to Have Los Angeles Premiere at 2017 LA FEMME FESTIVAL: Season Two Now Available on Amazon

Creator Caytha Jentis and Gilbert Gottfried
of The Other F Word
The hit comedy The Other F Word (#TOFW) about life over 40 streaming on Amazon have its Season Two Los Angeles Premiere at the LA Femme International Film Festival on Saturday, October 21st at 1PM, at the Regal Cinemas at LA Live.  The series, created, written and produced by Caytha Jentis, stars Judy Gold, Steve Guttenberg, Stephanie Little, Alysia Reiner, Reiko Aylesworth, Gilbert Gottfried, Nancy Giles, Ben Bailey and Michael Boatman.   The Other F Word will be featured as a seminar at the festival.  The entire season of web series will be shown followed by a panel discussion featuring Jentis, series director Barbara Kanowitz, actress Stephanie Little and series producer Chris Janney. Former Disney Channel executive and LA Femme Board Member Denise Carlson will moderate.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Video: Watch Melissa Silverstein of Women and Hollywood Talk about "Tectonic Shift" in Hollwood at 10th Anniversary Awards Event in New York City

New York City- Melissa Silverstein, Founder of Women and Hollywood, opened up the 10th Anniversary Awards Ceremony and Reception addressing the recent events and conversations surrounding the Harvey Weinstein allegations. She spoke with hope for change. saying that "Hollywood is broken and we are working to fix that."

Event: New York City's Morphmom Conference: Make Your Passion Your Reality and Hear from Inspiring Women October 23rd

What's a Morphmom conference? It's a place where real women come together and discuss their futures. They learn from others and get inspired. It's never too late to make a change in your life, and #Morphmom seeks to give you a path, or at the least, an idea.  The day features panel discussions by prominent speakers and breakout sessions. Newly-added for this second conference will be opportunity tables were people can sign up for paid and volunteer positions. There will also be food and refreshments, with a wine expert to help attendees make a good selection. Please see below for ticketing information. For more information visit:  www.morphmom.com.
 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

VIEW: Harvey Weinstein. Quote. Unquote.

Alyssa Milano  #MeToo
 A View by Beth Abramson Brier

Grateful to have something scandalous to talk about that (for once) didn’t arise from the Oval Office, along comes Harvey Weinstein.  While he is “rehabbing” somewhere in Italy (seriously?? pizza and Prosecco??), the rest of us are left here at home placing blame and pointing fingers. Fox Business News accused Gwyneth Paltrow of being a ‘complicit fraud’. 

Always baffled by “Fox Speak”, I used my still-sharp-crackerjack- lawyering skills to look up the definition of “complicit”.  (Note:  You too can do the same without paying wildly expensive tuition but I wanted to get my money’s worth so I consulted a legal dictionary.)   The definition is bland- “Accountable for a criminal offense committed by another due to previous knowledge of other crimes”.  That didn’t tell me much so I looked it up again, this time mistyping so that autocorrect led me to the definition of “complacent”.    Complacent- “Marked by self-satisfaction especially when accompanied by numerous actual damages or deficiencies.  Also see ‘smug’, ‘self-righteous’ and ‘unconcerned’. Ah, now we are getting somewhere! Or are we?

Friday, October 13, 2017

10th Annual Action Icon Awards for Stuntwomen to be held in Los Angeles - Proceeds Benefit Diamond in the Raw, Dynamic Women Who Dare to be Different To Be Honored

Move over Oscars and Emmys, the Stuntwoman Awards are coming to Los Angeles on October 18-22, 2017. The Diamond in the RAW, a non-profit foundation to empower at-risk girls, will host its 10th Annual Action Icon Conference and Awards. Tanika Ray will be the host this year.

This four-day event is packed with action-oriented seminars, stunt demonstrations, rigging techniques and top of the line stunt coordinators. The conference will close out with a VIP luncheon and awards reception. Both the conference and awards are attended by A-list action stars, Olympic athletes, extreme sports enthusiasts, keynote speakers, panelists, honorees and presenters from the entertainment industry.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Interview: Tanya Clarke of Driver X The Movie: From Soaps to the Big Screen and Now as Queen Rynda on Marvel's Inhumans

Interview by Suzanne Ordas Curry

Tanya Clarke is a busy actress. Her latest movie, Driver X, premieres this week. She plays Dawn, the wife of a middle-aged man, played by Patrick Fabian (Better Call Saul) who becomes a driver of a ride-sharing service. It's mainly a comedy, based on actual people the writer met while being a driver for a real ride-share service. So of course, think funny, peppered with a dose of reality as it chronicles the challenges of a  near-baby boomer driving around millenials.

Driver X is Tanya's fifth movie in two years. Prior to this, she's been a familiar face all over TV, starting out in soaps. She's been on 5 daytime dramas, most notably Guiding Light, As The World Turns, Another World and One Life to Live. From there she's been on Grey's Anatomy, Banshee, Those Damn Canadians, Glee, Hawaii Five-O and many others. Now, she can be seen on the hit ABC TV show Marvel's Inhumans as Queen Rynda.

Suzee: Tell me about your role in Driver X. Who is Dawn Moore?

Tanya Clarke:  I am the sole income provider living with my 2 children and my unemployed husband in a house we can no longer afford and a lifestyle in need of major adjustments if things don't change sooner than soon.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Amazon Comedy Series The Other F Word To Premiere in NJ in Ridgewood, Caytha Jentis' Show Stars Steve Guttenberg, Judy Gold, Gilbert Gottfried, Alysia Reiner and More

(Press Release) Ridgewood- The second season of Ridgewood resident Caytha Jentis' hit Amazon comedy series The Other F Word will have its NJ Premiere at the Ridgewood Bow Tie Cinema, 190 East Ridgewood Avenue in Ridgewood  on October 12, 2017 at 7pm. There will be a Red Carpet which starts at 6:30 pm which will feature some of the cast and crew of the series. Actress Stephanie Little, who plays Amy, will be there. The Other F Word was an Amazon Direct Video Star for four months in its first season on Amazon. Following the screening will be a Q & A with producer and cast. For info visit: https://www.theotherfwordseries.com/. The price for the screening/Q & A is $20 per person. Tickets can be purchased through http://ticketstripe.com/theotherFwordseries or at the door that evening.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Meet RHONJ Theresa Guidice, Valerie Bertinelli, Laurie Hernandez, Lou Grant, Denis Leary, Jackie Martling, Bruce Dickerson and More at Bookends Bookstore in NJ


Bookends in Northern NJ, a bookstore in downtown Ridgewood, NJ that is a short train ride from NYC is hosting a slew of personalities and authors this fall.  RHONJ Theresa Guidice will be signing copies of her new book, Standing Strong. Mrs. Guidice always makes Bookends a stop on her book tours so you'll find other signed copies in the store.

Bookends also will host more strong females; find out how Melissa started her cupcake empire, how Chrissie Wellington started training for triathalons, how Valerie Bertinelli became a household name and how she keeps herself healthy and fed and meet Olympian and local favorite Laurie Hernandez.

RHONJ Kathy Wakile's Pizza Love Restaurant Review - What's Not To Love About It?

by Suzanne Ordas Curry

So, here in RHONJ territory in Northern NJ the news of Kathy Wakile's new pizza place opening hit all the local media rather quickly.

I had to go try it out, so I went over last Saturday to see if I would LOVE Pizza LOVE. Did I?


Classic Pizzeria Look Without the Gaudy Italian Murals

The pizza restaurant is located in a typical strip mall on the main road in Wyckoff, a nice suburban town, known for it's trees, nice neighborhoods and a really good Marshall's.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Red Oaks TV Series on Amazon Prime: Twelve Things You Didn't Know About the Show

by Suzanne Ordas Curry

1. The body swap episode was an homage to 80's body swapping movies, like Freaky Friday and 18 again. That was the first episode Amy Eckerling directed. Craig Roberts (David)  said his back hurt after doing the episode.

2. David has a British accent, and needed a voice coach to learn an American accent. Also, he is a fan of video games.

3. On the other hand, Ennis Esmer, who came to North America from Turkey when he was three.has no accent..

RHONJ Kathy Wakile Opens Pizza Love in Wyckoff, NJ: Italian Specialties Top the Menu

Kathy Wakile    Courtesy Facebook
by Suzanne Ordas Curry

One slice with pepperoni please!!

Real Housewife of NJ Kathy Wakile has announced the opening of her new pizza restaurant, Pizza Love. It is located in the suburban Bergen County town (a suburb of New York City) that is next to Franklin Lakes, the upscale town that is home to many RHONJ ladies.

On the main street in Wyckoff, which is peppered with a few strip malls, businesses, restaurants and stately homes, Mrs. Wakile has opened up her own place, 637 Wyckoff Avenue is her new home.

Review: http://www.suzeebehindthescenes.com/2017/10/rhonj-kathy-wakiles-pizza-love.html

Mrs. Wakile has always talked about her love of cooking, so it's no surprise she is in the restaurant business now nor is the name of the establishment a surprise.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

DGA Reports More Women and Minorities Being Hired as Directors

Equity Movie Director Meera Menon speaks at Sundance
Well the numbers are looking better. Perhaps there is a concerted effort from the traditional media and platfoms to expand their hiring practices, but this DGA report shows gains in the hiring of female and minority directors. Though female and minority directors are almost a mainstay in the independent world, this report shows they are being hired by the corporations in Hollywood. See full report as reported by Deadline.
 http://deadline.com/2017/09/dga-report-finds-record-gains-for-first-time-women-and-minority-tv-directors-1202177628/

You May Like- Cady McClain Talks about Women Directors  http://www.suzeebehindthescenes.com/2017/06/interview-soap-star-cady-mcclain-forges.html

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

New Clothing Line Livari is Socially-Conscious and Fashionable, Alysia Reiner, Claudine DeSola and Tabitha St. Bernard-Jacobs Premiered New Line at NY Fashion Week

Tabitha St. Bernard-Jacobs, Alysia Reiner
and  Claudine De Sola talk to press
at the Livari Premiere
By Suzanne Ordas Curry

New York Fashion Week. There’s not much that matches the excitement of this week in New York. For me, this was my first time.

I got to witness the unveiling of a new line of socially-conscious clothing, called Livari. The lovely and inspiring ladies behind it are Alysia Reiner (actress/producer/feminine activist known for Equity the Movie, Orange is the New Black and Better Things),  Claudine DeSola (Founder, Caravan Stylist Studio and Celebrity Stylist) and Tabitha St. Bernard-Jacobs (Designer of Tabii Just and a Women’s March Organizer).

According to the press release, LIVARI is “a luxury fashion line that was created with the sole purpose of empowering women. It is zero-waste, women-led, women-designed and made ethically in New York.”

“Manufacturing a typical garment produces an egregious amount of waste – up to 15% of the fabric used to make a garment is tossed out and can end up in landfills”, said LIVARI founders Reiner, DeSola and St. Bernard-Jacobs. “By using the remnants from mills and sourcing other unique and ethical materials, we’re able to create something beautiful and desirable out of what would normally be discarded as waste.”

Saturday, September 16, 2017

NJ Event: Gina Avino's Artistic Design Presents Lu La Roe Fashion Show to Benefit Diabetes Research Institute

Gina Avino's Artistic Designs of Ramsey, NJ will be holding a Fashion Show benefit for the Diabetes Research fund at the Ramsey Golf and Country Club in Ramsey, NJ.

Update: This show has been postponed until Spring 2018.

The show will feature Lu Lu Roe clothing. Lu La Roe clothing is a casual clothing line known for comfort, color and style. Clothing is available in many sizes including plus sizes and is reasonably priced. In addition to this fashion show benefiting diabetes research, Lu La Roe also donates a portion of sales to the National Down

Friday, September 1, 2017

Event: New Movie The Neighborhood with Danny Aiello, Armand Assante, Daniel Baldwin Comes to NJ and Select Theaters Nationwide


by Suzanne Ordas Curry

Frank D'Angelo's newest movie, The Neighborhood, opens this weekend in select theaters. A well-known cast brings this mafia- movie to life. The premise is that a group of young thugs who terrorized their neighborhood start stepping on the wrong toes. For fans of this genre, this is a must-see.

Cast includes Danny Aiello, John Ashton, Armande Assante,Keisha Augustun, Sherman Augustus, Daniel Baldwin and more. Look for cameos from Maureen McCormick and Margot Kidder.

Event: Meet the Bands of the 2017 Ridgewood Music Fest - Declan Power, Blue Plate Special, Eugene Thomas and No Big Deal, Stillettos, Trouble, No Money Down and Country Joe Trio to Perform

by Danielle Altamuro

The 4th Annual Ridgewood NJ Music Fest is set for September 10, 2017 rain or shine at Memorial Park at Van Neste Square in beautiful downtown Ridgewood. Admission is free and bands will be performing from 1-7pm. Bring your lawn chair, your appetite for food available from fine local restaurants and get ready for a great day.


Meet the Bands of the Ridgewood Music Fest!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Event: Fourth Annual Ridgewood Music Fest Features Local Bands, Fine Food and Free Admission

Looking to spend a nice weekend outdoors this fall?

The Ridgewood Guild is holding its 4th Annual Music Fest on September 10, 2017 from  1pm to 7pm in Memorial Park at Van Neste Square in downtown Ridgewood, NJ rain or shine. Bring your lawn chairs, sit back and listen to a variety of great local bands. Admission to the event is free. When you're hungry, take a stroll around the park and visit the tables of many of your favorite local restaurants which will have food for purchase. There's also a Beer and Wine Garden for adults. Also see what Plein Air Painting is, done by the Ridgewood Art Institute.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Zoochie Band Announces Fall 2017 Lineup, Opening for Drake Bell Band of Drake and Josh at Stanhope House, On The Border, Mexicali Live and More

Libby Kallins of Zoochie
Rock/Jam/Groove Band Zoochie out of New Brunswick, NJ  has announced their lineup for the fall. This emerging band. lead by vocalist Libby Kallins, has  a wordly sound with its use of different genres.

All appearances will have originals included mixed in with popular covers. The band recently debuted its new single Running Water which will be played at future concerts. Here's their schedule. Check back for updates as more shows are added.

Expect their first EP out late 2017.

Listen to their original song "I'm The Only One" here:


Friday, August 25, 2017

Movie Review of Ingrid Goes West - An #AllTooReal Depiction of Generation Me

Movie Review by Kelly A. Byrne

A week ago, my buddy who works in comedy took me to see a movie I knew almost nothing about. It was getting great reviews, so in I went, blind as a bat, to see Ingrid Goes West starring Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olson, Wyatt Russell, and Billy Magnussen. Directed by Matt Spicer. What a time it was. 

A quick logline;  A young woman, Ingrid, who has just suffered the loss of her mother moves west to Los Angeles to pursue and befriend an Instagram model who lives the “perfect” life. Anyone who has interacted with social media knows the fraudulent nature of it. It’s the sliver of life that everyone wants you to see – even strangers. When Ingrid can no longer make life work for herself at home, she takes the $60K her mother left her and travels to the land of perfect Instagrams and model living: Venice Beach, California. Ingrid Goes West was an expert satire and commentary on the way the under-30 generation is addicted to technology and social media; how they love the semblance of living a certain way, but cannot truly commit to or claim any single style or habit because they are always onto the next thing. The movie is a genius mockery of and serious warning to those trying to impress the masses through exploiting pop-lifestyle, as well as the lemmings who follow.