Friday, April 27, 2018

Meeting Candace Cameron Bure - Just Like Her Book Title She's Kind and Classy

Candace Cameron Bure at Bookends for
Kind is the New Classy
Photo Suzanne Ordas Curry
By Suzanne Ordas Curry

Well I was not expecting it, though I should have - that the line would be over 200 people long to see the Queen of Hallmark and Fuller House Fan Fave Candace Cameron Bure. I went to see her book signing at a local bookstore, Bookends in Ridgewood NJ,  Located a train ride from Manhattan, this book store gets all the A-listers. And this time, they had the former View co-host signing her new book, Kind is the New Classy, the day she was on the View because it was THE DAY her new book dropped.

I didn't even get the book as they sold out. I bought her other book, Staying Stylish.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Ridgewood Guild International Film Festival Hosts Premiere Screening of Film Breaking Points Starring Real Housewife of New Jersey Dolores Catania:Tickets Available for May 10th Screening

RHONJ Dolores Catania makes her
acting debut in Breaking Points
Update: Dolores Catania to Appear on Red Carpet at 6pm.

Breaking Points, starring Dolores Catania (Real Housewives of New Jersey), will receive its premiere screening at the Ridgewood Guild International Film Festival on Thursday, May 10 at 7:30pm. Breaking Points is the story of Anthony (Joshua Ray Garcia) and Devin (Leon Glover), two college roommates coping with the suicide of their friend. Breaking Points was written and directed by Jersey City’s Brad Forenza, in his directorial debut. The film addresses several timely and universal themes like sexuality and incomplete relationships:

“In Breaking Points, I play the mother of a young man who died by suicide. Breaking Points is deliberate in not revealing much about this young man’s identity, because the simple fact is that suicide can toucany family. Breaking Points is a heartwarming story of friendship, loss, and growing up. I am delighted to be part of its redeeming message.” ~Dolores Catania, Actress 

NY/NJ Event -8th Annual Ridgewood Guild International Film Festival Kicks off April 27, 7 Night Festival Include Shorts, Features, Music, Video, Student Films, Panels & More.. Home Alone Exec Producer Scott M Rosenfelt To be Honored

The 8th Annual Ridgewood Guild Film Festival begins April 27th. This local film festival is growing every year and is now 7 nights long. The theme this year is "The Impact of Film". The film festival this year welcomes renowned Hollywood Producer Scott M. Rosenfelt, producer of Home Alone, Mystic Pizza and Teen Wolf, who will give a talk on May 10th as part of the Artists Talk  Series presented by the Ridgewood Arts Council. 

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

NJ/NY Event: Candace Cameron Bure, Mackenzie Ziegler, Rashad Jennings, Journey's Jonathan Cain, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Miranda Sings and More Headline List of Authors Coming to Ridgewood NJ's Bookends this Spring

By Suzanne Ordas Curry

Bookends, the famous bookstore in Ridgwood NJ, has a great lineup of A-listers and personalities coming this spring. Authors include the Queen of Hallmark Candace Cameron Bure with her new book Kind is the New Classy, Jonathan Cain of Journey, Mackenzie Ziegler, NFL Player Rashad Jennings, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Al Roker, Retta, YouTube star Miranda Sings, and much more.

At this store you get a personal experience with the author. Sometimes they give a little talk, and most always you get a signed copy and a photo with the author. You will encounter a line sometimes but it moves fast and you will get your chance. They also have an extensive collection of signed books which can be ordered online as well. Come for dinner at one of the unique restaurants in the quaint but bustling downtown and stay for the author.

Visit their website for details:

Monday, April 23, 2018

Egg the Film Premieres at TriBeCa Film Festival - Story and Photos - New Female-Driven Film Stars Alysia Reiner, Christina Hendricks, David Alan Basche, Gbenge Akinnagbe and Anna Camp - Is Traditional Motherhood a Thing of the Past?

Christina Hendricks & Alysia Reiner star in EGG
Photo Suzanne Ordas Curry
The Egg has hatched. Alysia Reiner's new movie EGG, premiered at the TriBeCa Film Festival 2018 on opening weekend.

Egg is a complicated film about the complications of surrogacy. Set in a funky New York City apartment and revolving around 2 couples and one surrogate, the complex issues of motherhood are presented in a sometimes humorous, and sometimes serious manner. Art is used as a physical backdrop to the movie yet is also integral in the storyline. Many issues are raised - motherhood, work, patriarchy, feminism, wealth, success, friendships, love, and marriage.

The movie leads a lasting impression on the possibilities of motherhood for the future because of science and new modelling and leaves the viewer questioning just where we are at in this day and age and how the availability of so many choices makes starting a family actually a much more difficult proposition than perhaps just 20 years ago. It begs to answer the question, can a woman still have it all?  And if so, how and to whose detriment or success?  This movie presents one scenario on how the traditional matriarchal and patriarchal roles co-exist, parallel and also collide with the new menu of motherhood choices. This is a must-see for the new millenium.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Interview: Catching up With Actress Alicia Minshew of All My Children, Tainted Dreams & More - What's She's Up To Now

You may remember the fabulous actress Alicia Minshew from All My Children or One Life to Live or the soap she's currently starring in, Tainted Dreams  streaming on Amazon for which she received a 2018 Emmy nomination for Best Actress in a Daytime Digital Series. In addition, she's done movies and more and still continues to act while juggling her role as a mother,  having completed two recent films. See what this talented lady is up to now.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

NY/NJ Event: Morphmom Conference Comes to NJ with Inspiring Speakers for Women Who Want a Change

Do you want to make a career change, or start something new?

Morphmom comes to NJ. This successful conference is a day full of inspiration for women (men welcome) who want to make a change in their lives, and perhaps need some direction, motivation and solid advice. If you were wondering what Morphmom meant, hence the name of making a metamorphosis.

Kathleen Smith, founder, states, "It's a great event for those who are looking for their "next step" or wishing to make a change. Our first two conferences in New York City were a resounding success with over 150 women gathered each time to hear some great speakers and to network with each other."

Monday, April 16, 2018

Movie News: Sarah Megan Thomas and Lydia Dean Pilcher Team Up for New Film Showcasing Three Historic Female Spies in World War II Starring Stana Katic, Thomas and Radhika Apte

Sarah Megan Thomas
The next Hidden Figures is coming. In the same vein of showing intelligent and exciting women doing extraordinary things in history, Writer/Producer Sarah Megan Thomas (Equity, Backwards) and Director/Producer Lydia Dean Pilcher (Queen of Katwe) are beginning principle photography on an as yet untitled movie about three females spies that were part of "Churchill's Secret Army" in World War II. Though the film is fiction, it is based on actual stories and extensive research done by Thomas.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

#FemalesInEntertainment: Exclusive Interview with Days of Our Lives Director and Tainted Dreams Creator Sonia Blangiardo on Her Evolution as a Female in the Changing World of Daytime Drama

Interview by Suzanne Ordas Curry

Sonia Blangiardo has been a female forging through the entertainment world since the 80's. She's been a writer, producer and director among other positions in the soap world on Days of Our Lives, General Hospital, All My Children and As The World Turns, being widely-respected for that talent on both coasts. Currently, she is a Director on NBC's Days of Our Lives that won a 2018 Daytime Emmy for Best Directing Team. 

She's also the creator of the online drama on Amazon, Tainted Dreams, which has just received another two Daytime Emmy nominations including for the second year in a row Best Daytime Digital Drama Series. In her spare time, she helps out those she knows by lending her talents directing other shows, like Ladies of The Lake and plays, like the My Big Gay Italian Wedding series which had a run in Atlantic City. She is the owner of The Usual BS Productions. Recently married, she's got a body of work to be proud of and is looking towards the future. In this interview she talks about how she succeeded in the male-dominated world of entertainment, what's going on today and what she sees as the future of serialized drama.

Movie Review: John Krasinski's A Quiet Place is Full of Hitchcockian Suspense and Sustained Palpable Tension - Will Horror Fans Flock to It?

Review by Connor Moriarty

Nailing the Suspenseful Set-Piece

Two men sit down at a fairly upscale restaurant and begin to discuss baseball. After about two minutes of conversation (Kaboom!) a bomb under the table explodes. The audience is left completely surprised, but the surprise is quick and their exhilaration fades after only a few minutes.

In telling this anecdote, Alfred Hitchcock subsequently suggests, that the filmmaker show the bomb under the table before the scene even begins. Taking this approach, fills every word of every sentence with dread and anxiety. Every second that the two men spend ignorant of the explosive beneath them, feels like hours of torture to the audience.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Review: Harry Connick Jr. Shines in New Musical Adaptation of The Sting at NJ's Paper Mill Playhouse - Fast-Paced, Dazzling and Overall a Deliciously Scandalous Performance (with Video)

Harry Connick Jr. and Kate Shindle star in THE STING
Review by Beth Abramson Brier

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“You Can’t Trust Nobody” croon the two-bit swindlers in the opening number of the new musical The Sting. But trust me!-this swanky stage adaptation of the award winning film stage production is not-to-be missed. Directed by John Rando, the Broadway-worthy production debuted last night at Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey. The sold out performance was every bit worthy of its Academy Award winning roots.