Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Remembering Johnny Wactor: His Last Interview by Markos Papadatos - 8 Things to Know About Him

By Markos Papadatos

Editor's Note: We send our condolences to all of those who knew and loved Johnny Wactor, including our writer Markos Papadatos. Thank you Markos for this interview, which at times is hard to read because he not only was enjoying his life but had so much more to give.

The late Johnny Wactor passed away tragically on May 25, 2024. In this chat with me, he recalled some of his favorite things.

Johnny's Illustrious Career

He played the role of Brando Corbin on the ABC daytime drama "General Hospital." Wactor was known for being a genuine, warm, loving, and kind person. His death shocked not only the daytime community but the global entertainment community, and tributes came pouring in from all over the world.

Monday, May 13, 2024

Herflix- The Platform for Women to Livestream the Red Carpet Live from Cannes Film Festival May 15

Herflix, the platform for, by and about women is livestreaming the Red Carpet at Cannes, May 15, 2024 at 7:30 Paris time. You can watch all the action on Herflix.com. To find out the details, click the RSVP button below or go to HerflixCannes. Herflix streams the biggest and best movies about women with no subscription needed. To watch visit Herflix.com. 

Friday, May 10, 2024

Feel Good Interview Series: Rory Gibson of "The Young and The Restless'" and "Rebel Moon" - 9 Things to Know About Him

By: Markos Papadatos, #Powerjournalist

Rory Gibson joined the cast of the multi-Emmy award-winning show "The Young and The Restless" back in October of 2021 as Noah Newman, the son of the iconic characters Nick Newman (Joshua Morrow) and Sharon Newman (Sharon Case).

New York's Axial Theater Presents "Safehouse Series" Collection of New Play Readings, Also Seeking Submissions


 Axial Theater of New York presents its Safehouse Series of full-length play readings of new plays as part of Axial's commitment to new playwrights. Axial Theater is a professional ensemble based not-for-profit theater company currently in its 24th season. There is a suggested donation of $10 for students (or free) and $20 for others for each reading. Please keep in mind that donations are always needed to support the work of the theater and nurturing new artists, You can donate here: https://www.zeffy.com/en-US/donation-form/3ba61f45-e80a-498d-8655-eaa7341d19a8

Feel-Good Interview of the Amazing 94 Year Old Academy Award Nominee June Squibb - 9 Things to Know About Her

By: Markos Papadatos, #Powerjournalist

June Squibb is a veteran of the American film, TV and theatre industry. She scored a "Best Supporting Actress" nomination for her acting work in "Nebraska" back in 2013. She has also appeared in "About Schmidt," "Alice," "In & Out," "I'll See You in My Dreams," and she did voiceover work for "Toy Story 4" and "Inside Out 2."

Squibb has also has recurring roles in such TV series as "Ghost Whisperer," "The Young and The Restless," "Shameless" and "Good Girls," among others.

With her Oscar-nominated performance in "Nebraska," Squibb is the fourth oldest nominee in the history of the Academy Awards (at 84 years old). The late Gloria Stuart and Judi Dench hold the record for being the oldest nominees ever at 87 years old. The entertainment icon went on to share nine fun and exciting things about herself.

NY/NJ Event: WABCTV's Nina Peneda, Prana Marketing's Angela Thomas, Podcaster Jamie Hess and More Speak at Women For Women Today Event in NJ

Feel empowered, inspired and get to connect with other women at the Women For Women Today event at the Terrace at Biagio's in Paramus, NJ - a short drive from Manhattan. Hear a bevy of successful women speak about what drives them and give tips on how you can achieve success in your life - whatever your definition of it may be. Proceeds benefit the Women's Rights Center of Englewood. The event is presented by Tracy Verrico. See below for more information and schedule. For tickets and more go to WomenforWomemToday.com.

Monday, May 6, 2024

NY/NJ Area Event: Non-Profit TEEEM Holds Inaugural Taste of TEEEM Event May 22 in Paramus, Free Ticketed Event Open to Public Features Food, Exhibits.

Ridgewood NJ - The non-profit TEEEM will hold its inaugural event entitled "A Taste of TEEEM" on May 22, 2024 at The Terrace at Biagio's in Paramus, NJ from 6:00pm - 9:00pm EST. This night of food and exhibits will celebrate TEEEM's student changemakers who are empowering communities around the world and showcase the impact TEEEM makes.  

A Taste of TEEEM is a free event open to the public but tickets must be reserved. There will be food, drink, awards and activities. For a ticket visit: www.teeem.org. For questions regarding A Taste of TEEEM contact: Taylor DeMaio at taylor@teeem.org.

Sunday, April 21, 2024

Feel-Good Interview: Broadway's Ryan Vasquez of "The Notebook", "Hamilton" , "Waitress", and More - 8 Things to Know About Him

By: Markos Papadatos, #Powerjournalist

Ryan Vasquez stars as "Middle Noah" in the new musical "The Notebook" on Broadway opposite Joy Woods as the "Middle Allie." He has starred in Broadway productions of "Hamilton," "The Wrong Man," "Waitress," "Wicked," as well as "Water for Elephants" in Georgia, and "The Outsiders" production in California.
For his performance in "The Wrong Man," Vasquez earned a Drama Desk nomination for "Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musica" back in 2020. In addition, he writes and produces his own music. 

Feel Good Interview Series: Jesse Metcalfe of Desperate Housewives, Chesapeake Shores, Hallmark Movies, John Tucker Must Die and so much more... 9 Things to Know About Him

By: Markos Papadatos, #Powerjournalist
Metcalfe is known for playing John Rowland in the series Desperate Housewives, as well as Miguel Lopez-Fitzgerald on Passions, and the titular character in John Tucker Must Die
He also starred as Christopher Ewing in the TNT reboot of Dallas, which is based on the 1978 series of the same name. From 2016 until 2021, he starred as Trace Riley in the popular Hallmark series Chesapeake ShoresMetcalfe shared nine fun, interesting and exciting things about himself.

His Favorite Movie
He listed Pulp Fiction as his all-time favorite movie.   

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Origin Theater 1st Irish Festival Runs March 23 - April 28th in NYC Featuring a Bevy of Irish Productions

Origin 1st Irish 2024, running from Mar 23 to April 28, presents 15 new plays in a mix of productions from Ireland and New York! 

1/ Festival mainstay, Dublin’s Fishamble: The New Play Company returns to 59E59 Theaters with their 10th Festival production, “King,” written by and starring Pat Kinevane, about Luther, an Elvis impersonator living alone in Cork, who, on a big night out, reflects on his past and dares to dream of the future… maybe even a romance. Runs in Theater B Mar 26 to Apr 14.

Feel Good Interview Series: Joe Morton of "Scandal" and the New Film "Trinity's Triumph" - 9 Things to Know About Him

By: Markos Papadatos, #Powerjournalist

Acclaimed actor Joe Morton is a veteran of film, TV, and theatre. His credits include The Brother from Another PlanetCity of Hope, and Lone Star.

Nearly a decade ago, Morton earned the Primetime Emmy Award for “Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series” for his portrayal of Rowan Pope, the father of Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington).

Most recently, Morton plays the role of Monsignor Heck in the new Amazon Prime film "Trinity's Triumph," which is available as of February 22nd. This movie chronicles the paths of three young seminarians that are guided by their wise and beloved mentor, Monsignor Heck.

Feel Good Interview Series: Robert Buckley of Hallmark, One Tree Hill & More - 9 Things to Know About Him

By: Markos Papadatos, #Powerjournalist

Robert Buckley is an actor who is known for his work in "Lipstick Jungle," "One Tree Hill," as well as in the Hallmark series "Chesapeake Shores." He also co-wrote and starred in both of "The Christmas House" holiday films on Hallmark opposite Jonathan Bennett and Brad Harder. 

His new Hallmark rom-rom "Blind Date Book Club" airs on Saturday, April 6, where he stars opposite Erin Krakow. He went on to share some exciting things about him.

Favorite Comfort Food 

“I don’t do cheat meals. If you like something, I eat it,” he said. “If I had to say a good unhealthy, fun meal, it would be a large pizza and eat it to myself. I’m never bad with a basket of chicken fingers and ranch. Give me all the tater tots, all the corn dogs, and a good ole fashioned burger. Also, get fried pickles in the mix.”

Feel Good Interview Series: Actor Ignacyo Matynia - 9 Things to Know About Him

 

By: Markos Papadatos

Ignacyo Matynia is an actor who is known for his performance in the Lifetime original movie "My Nightmare Landlord," where he played the title role. He also starred in the independent films "One and the Same" and "Break Every Chain," as well as the Hallmark holiday movie "Christmas Camp."

A native of Poland, who grew up in the United States, Matynia appeared opposite Mariska Hargitay on "Law & Order: SVU." His past work has been displayed on Netflix, HBO, ABC, AMC, Lifetime, Starz, Amazon, and Hallmark, among other networks.

Most recently, he starred in "Man in the Guest House" on Lifetime, as the male lead opposite Emmy winner Kristen Alderson ("General Hospital"), which premiered In February 2024.

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Music Review: Stars (I mean Punks) on 45 Stars on 45 - The Original Version on Youtube - A Novel and Groundbreaking Medley of Punk Classics

 
By Rob Curry

When Stars on 45 was released in January 1981 you couldnt escape this addictive ear worm. Although I know many Beatles fans who were not happy with the mixing of the Archies with the greatest rock and roll band of all time. Thinking back, this song was way ahead of its time with sampling different tracks and mashing up different artists. Listening to it today it is hard to recall how novel that approach was in 1981.
 
At around the same time (or who knows, maybe it was before “Stars on 45”?) there was a similar medley of punk songs released. “The Punk of 1976” was released by the Friendly Hopefuls . If you are a fan of that era of music,  “The Punk of 76” may appeal to you more than “Stars on 45” and is just as addictive. No “Sugar, Sugar” this time, but the intro gives you a little UK punk rock history intro to get started.

Feel Good Interview Series: Jonathan Bennett - 8 Things to Know About This Film, TV and Broadway Actor

By: Markos Papadatos, #Powerjournalist


Jonathan Bennett is an actor and TV host. He is best known for playing Aaron Samuels in the comedy "Mean Girls," which has become a classic. He is also known for his acting work in Hallmark movies and for hosting the Food network series "Halloween Wars."


Bennett also starred as Sir Robin in “Spamalot” on Broadway through April 2024.


His Favorite Movies

His favorite movie is "The Glass Onion." “I loved it. That was my new favorite movie that I saw in a long time,” he said.

Favorite series to Binge-watch

He listed “The Stranger” as his favorite series to binge.

Friday, March 29, 2024

NJ High Schooler Trevor Ostfeld Co-Authors Children's Book: Finding Messi: The Miracle Cat from Kyiv - Proceeds to Help Ukraine People

 

Trevor Ostfeld, a high school student in New York City and a resident of New Jersey, co-authored a children's book, Finding Messi: The Miracle Cat From Kyiv, with Iryna Chernyak after volunteering for a humanitarian mission in March 2022 when the war in Ukraine began. This picture book written by two teenagers and is published by GreenLeaf and already an Amazon bestseller.
 
Finding Messi: The Miracle Cat From Kyiv tells the true story of 13-year old Iryna and her cat, Messi. When Ukraine was attacked, Iryna and her mother had to abruptly leave everything behind in Kyiv, including their beloved pet. Messi goes missing, and Iryna rallies the community to help her find her cat. The book gently explains the impact of war on families, and young readers will better understand the experiences of children displaced by war.

NY/NJ Event: Caytha Jentis' New Comedy Comes to NJ's Parsippany Arts Center after Successful NYC Run Starting April 12, 2024

After a successful run Off Broadway in Fall 2023,  S*x Work/S*x Play, a new stage play from Caytha Jentis, opens at the Parsippany Arts Center April 12th - 14 2024. The play is a cross generational social commentary comedy about the conundrum of love, dating and human connection in our digital driven world where everything and everybody is a swipe away. Caytha Jentis an award-winning filmmaker, director and writer, whose movies have appeared on most streaming networks.

The show is produced and directed by Lauren Moran, a Boonton mom, and stars two mothers Deshja Driggs, a West Orange mom and Diane Harrington, a Nutley mom.  The New York production was directed by Rosie Gunther, also a Ridgewood mom. The New Jersey Production is produced by LoMotion Live, a theatre dedicated to creating conversation through theatre and the arts.

NYC Event: THE GREENROOM42 PRESENTS A CABARET CELEBRATION FOR THE AUDIOBOOK PUBLICATION OF “CINDERELLAS OF WEST 53RD STREET: STORIES FROM THE LEGENDARY REHEARSAL CLUB” on May 7, 2024

In celebration of the 2023 release of Bear Manor Media’s title, Cinderellas of West 53rd Street: Stories from the Legendary Rehearsal Club, and this year’s release with Blythe Danner and each writer reading their own story for the audiobook, published by Blackstone and available on Audible.com, The Greenroom42 presents “Circle of Cinderella Friends,” in cabaret, May 7, 2024, 7:00pm. To purchase tickets visit: https://thegreenroom42.venuetix.com/

About the Book: Who are the Cinderellas? Carol Burnett, Blythe Danner and others are recognizable, well-known Rehearsal Club Alums. In the book, each Cinderella shares their same adventurous, determined and generous spirits. By the time the last page turns, similar to those anonymous, back-up dancers who tipped their top hats during “Singular Sensation” (the finale to A Chorus Line), you will know these women. Maybe recognize yourself? What we all do for love.

New Jersey Father and Daughter Co-Write Book Entitled "Dawnah The Zombie Whisperer" - A Great Read for Young Readers Seeking a Fun Adventure

Meet Twelve-year-old Dawnah - the zombie whisperer! It's a collaboration between a dad and his daughter. What's it about? 
When Dawnah, a socially awkward twelve-old-girl and her widowed father go on a camping trip, they find themselves thrust into the zombie apocalypse. As Dawnah and her dad travel along the Appalachian Trail, in order to reunite with her sibling, Dawnah discovers that she can control the living dead with her voice and that she may be the last hope for humanity.

Suzee: Tell me about the inspiration for the book.
Dana: It arose out of watching zombie movies with my daughter, Georgia, a genre we both love. We wanted to explore the zombie apocalypse genre in a unique way. Writing together was also a way to help Georgia process some social challenges she was facing at school at that time. 

Friday, March 22, 2024

NY/NJ Event: Bergen CASA Holds Casino Night to Benefit Kids in Foster Care April 17, 2024: Honorees are Kundert Volvo and Lorin Konner Sherman Memorial Fund

Bergen County CASA is excited to announce its 2024 very popular Casino Night for April 17, 2024. This organization recruits, screens and trains volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected foster children. 
It will be held at Season's, 644 Pascack Road in Washington Township on April 17, from 6:30pm - 10:30pm. For more information, email info@bergencasa.org or visit www.bergencasa.org.

This year's fundraiser will honor two organizations that have provided invaluable support for Bergen CASA: Kundert Volvo of Hasbrouck Heights and the Lorin Konner Sherman Memorial Fund. 

NYC/NJ Area Event: The Ridgewood Guild International Film Festival Runs Four Nights in April - NJ Premiere of The Zombie Wedding, Harlan Coben Q & A, Shorts, Networking Party & More


The Ridgewood Guild International Film Festival (RGIFF) celebrates its 13th year with an enthralling program of independent films and special events spanning three nights and two locations in Bergen County, New Jersey. The event takes place in 
Bergen County on April 16, 18, and 25, 2024. For tickets and info visit https://ridgewoodguildfilmfest.com/

Tribute Concert for Sinead O'Connor and Shane MacGowan At Carnegie Hall - A Night of Powerful Performances to Bring out the Irish in All of Us - And a Special Song by Roisin Murphy - Video

By Rob Curry

 
Carnegie Hall hosted a tribute to the music and lives of Shane MacGowan and Sinead O’Connor on March 20, 2024. These types of tributes can sometimes be staid affairs, but not this one. When you have two of the best Irish songwriters of the last 40 years it quickly turned into a celebration more like an Irish wake at the local pub. The only thing missing was a perfect pour of a Guinness.
Michael Dorf, of City Winery vintage, put together a stellar group of artists to celebrate Shane and Sinead. They were Gordon Gano of the Violent Femmes, Steve Earle, Cat Power, Amanda Palmer, Glenn Hansard, Billy Bragg, Imelda May, David Gray, Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly, Josh Ritter; the list goes on and on. 
The set list alternated between Shane and Sinead songs which highlighted the dark and introspective side of Sinead’s songs versus Shane’s raucous celebrations of the good and bad that life can bring.

Thursday, March 21, 2024

New York Women in Film and Television Present their 2023 MUSE AWARDS March 27, 2024: Honorees Are Fran Drescher, Kyra Sedgwick, Raney Aronson Rath, Alex Borstein, Tantoo Cardinal, Latasha Gillespie, Michele Stephenson and Millicent Simmons.

By Suzanne "Suzee" Ordas Curry

As a member of this organization for many years, I always attend their annual gala as the organization always honors amazing, accomplished women which serve as role models for all in attendance. This year is no different, with the honorees being:

I always walk away from this event feeling inspired and uplifted, be it from the speeches and words of wisdom and inspiration from the honorees, or from the conversation and contacts I make with other women in the industry who are all talking about the new projects that they are working on.

No matter the age you are, looking to the future, following your passion and putting the pieces of the puzzle together to create and be what you want to are, I feel are the keypoints of a successful, happy life for a woman.

This event is open to the public. If you are not a member, but are interested in getting into the entertainment industry in the New York City area or just wanting to know what is going on and connect with the shakers and movers in this area, become a member or attend one of their many events throughout the year. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Feel Good Interview Series: Honorary Oscar Winner Diane Warren - 11 Things to Know About this Talented Artist

By: Markos Papadatos, #Powerjournalist

Diane Warren is a living legend in the contemporary music landscape having penned some of the most endearing songs of our time. She shared 10 interesting and fun things about herself.


In her illustrious career as a songwriter, Warren has written nine No. 9 singles and 33 Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. She is tied for having written the most No. 1 songs as a sole writer in Billboard history. These solo-penned hits include Paloma Faith's "Only Love Can Hurt Like This," Toni Braxton's "Un-Break My Heart" and Cher's "If I Could Turn Back Time."

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

NY Area Event: Axial Theater Presents Staged Reading of "What The Constitution Means to Me" Starring Cady McClain, Patrick McGuinness, Najah Imani Muhammad and Marissa Lowe

Axial Theatre will present a staged workshop reading of Heidi Schreck's powerful play What the Constitution Means to Me on Friday, March 22, at 7 PM, Saturday, March 23 at 7 PM, and Sunday, March 24, at 3 PM, at Bethany Arts Community, 40 Somerstown Road, Ossining, N.Y.

As a 15-year-old, Heidi Schreck earned her college tuition by winning Constitutional debate competitions across the United States. In this hilarious, hopeful, and achingly human show, Schreck resurrects her teenage self to trace the profound relationship connecting four generations of women with the founding document that shaped their lives. Audience Advisory: Although presented in a thoughtful style, the material contains some discussion of violence against women that some may find triggering

The Axial Theatre production stars Axial Artistic Director and three-time Emmy© Winning actress Cady McClain of Manhattan, alongside Axial Theatre ensemble members Patrick McGuinness of Brewster and Najah Imani Muhammad of the Hudson Valley. For tickets www.Axialtheater.org.

Thursday, March 14, 2024

Special Oscars Interview: Female Oscar Winners Da 'Vine Joy Rudolph, Emma Stone, Billy Eilish, Emma Thomas and Jennifer Lame Talk about their 2024 Academy Award Wins and What is Means for Females

By: Markos Papadatos, #Powerjournalist
Female filmmakers Jennifer Lame and Emma Thomas and actors Emma Stone and Da'Vine Joy Rudolph and songstress Billie Eilish spoke about their 2024 Academy Award wins at the Oscars Press Room. 
The 96th annual Academy Awards took place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California. This journalist was credentialed by the Academy and covered the Press Room interviews with this year's winners.
Emma Stone for 'Best Actress'
In an upset win (where Lily Gladstone was the favorite for "Killers of the Flower Moon"), Emma Stone took home her second career "Best Actress" Oscar, this time for playing Bella Baxter in "Poor Things."

Friday, March 1, 2024

Feel Good Interview Series: Martin Kove of ‘The Karate Kid’ ,‘Cobra Kai’ and the Hallmark Movie "A Taste of Love" - 8 Things to Know About Him

By: Markos Papadatos, #Powerjournalist
Martin Kove is a true legend in the entertainment industry. He is best known for his iconic portrayal of villainous karate sensei, John Kreese, in "The Karate Kid" trilogy, and the Netflix hit series “Cobra Kai.” With five seasons under its belt, “Cobra Kai” continues to rank as one of the best-performing original series on Netflix. 
Kove shared the screen with Leonardo DiCaprio in Quentin Tarantino’s Oscar-winning movie "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood." With over 100 movies under his belt, some of Martin's most notable projects include "Rambo II," opposite Sylvester Stallone, and westerns such as “Hard Ground” with Burt Reynolds and the remake of “Gentle Ben.”

The Famous Rehearsal Club in New York City - Get a Peek into the Lives and Stories of the Ladies Who Lived There in the Book "Cinderallas of West 53rd Street" - And Attend their NYC Cabaret on May 7th

By Suzanne Ordas Curry

If you are connoisseur of old Hollywood or New York City, you may have heard about the renowned Rehearsal Club in New York City. It’s a place where young ladies came to dream and persevere for a career in entertainment, writing, singing, stage, movies, TV and of course, Broadway. So many of these women were successful, some became household names in entertainment while others found success in many other ways. And that is not a surprise, because the residents of this building were fearless ladies who left all the comfort of their homes to find a job in one of the toughest industries in the country in one of the most competitive cities.

You may have heard of some of the success stories. They are common names like Blythe Danner, Carol Burnett, Shirley Booth among others. But many others ladies danced and sang through these halls and found success. One of them was Denise Pence Boockvor, who found success on a daytime drama as well as other roles. Now, she has gathered stories about many of the alums in a new book called "Cinderellas of West 53rd Street - Stories from the Legendary Rehearsal Club". 

Friday, February 23, 2024

Feel-Good Interview Series: Savannah Guthrie of Today Show/NBC News and Author of "Mostly What God Does": 10 Things to Know About Her

By: Markos Papadatos, #Powerjournalist
Savannah Guthrie is the co-anchor of the popular morning show “Toby” on NBC News, for which she also serves as a chief legal correspondent. She is also the author of the children’s book “Princesses Wear Pants” and “Princesses Save the World.” She is an executive producer of “Princess Power” on Netflix, which is based on her book series. She is also an Emmy Award winner and a recipient of the Edward R. Murrow Award. Most recently, she published her new book on faith titled “Mostly What God Does.” She will be embarking on a book tour to promote this book. On Tuesday, February 27, she will be appearing at The Paramount, where Carson Daly will interview her about the book.