Friday, July 26, 2019

Netflix's Secret Obsession: Is the Ending Really a Secret? A Take of Some of Netflix's New Movies

If you've been watching a lot of Netflix movies as I have, you'll see a variety of genres. As far as science fiction goes, I am Mother was great - suspenseful and  thought-provoking. I was at the edge of my seat to the end and appreciated how it ended, wrapped it up nicely and left you thinking. Adam Sandler and Jennifer Anniston's Murder Mystery, well that was the perfect romcom for them, just what their fans wanted to see but frankly I am still confused about the ending, second twist not needed. Still, any fan of theirs will love this movie, and the location shots were a plus. Rebel Wilson's romantic comedy Isn't It Romantic? was just what the doctor ordered, pure romcom fun to satisfy and romcom officianado. But, you will have to be a fan of hers to like this movie because it's a lot about her.

I anxiously watched Secret Obsession. Spoiler here, but honestly you don't need a spoiler. This was more a Lifetime movie. As soon as you watched it you thought something was up with the husband. But, you hoped for a twist. No such twist. And there were so many points in the movie you would be like, 'Why isn't she running?" or "That doesn't make sense." There was also a lot of gore, unnecessary in my eyes, I knew what the killer was doing anyhow. It still kept my watching though.

So Netflix, keep on making movies and I'll keep on watching them. But you can't get them all right.

Event: Leading With Heart Global Women's Summit Comes to New York City: Hear from an Array of Prominent Speakers including Sarah Hurwitz, Speechwriter for Clintons and Obamas


by Suzanne Ordas Curry

Looking to be inspired? Informed? Empowered? 

Empowered women empower women. And they can do this with heart. Such is the theme of Leading with  Heart, the New York City edition of the Global Women's Summit, which is an informative, impactful series of conferences being held all over the world. 

This Big Apple conference is being hosted by Mimi Bergman, founder of SevBerg along with co-founder of #SevBergGlobal and Co-conference leader, Tammy Strachan Severino. It will take place on Friday, August 2 from 9am -7pm at the Civic Hall, 118 West 22nd Street, 12th Floor in New York City. 

(Editor's Note: I will be presenting at 11:15.)


Tuesday, July 23, 2019

TV Theme Song Quiz- How Many do you know?

Feeling nostalgic with all the reboots these days? See how many TV theme songs you recognize in this video: 


Cady McClain of All My Children Fame Helps Kids in Foster Care Learn Showbiz.... with Help from another ABC Star Ty Burrell of Modern Family: Read about Kids in the Spotlight

Ty Burrell hosts the Kids In the Spotlight
Film Screening every year.
There's a little bit of irony in the fact that actress/director Cady McClain was on the long-running and highly-acclaimed daytime drama  called All My Children and Ty Burrel is on another award-winning and long-running show called Modern Family. And that's because both of these actors, true to the title of their shows have a need to give back to families and children.

There's an organization based in Los Angeles called Kids in the Spotlight. Founded by producer /actor Tige Charity ,this organization helps children in foster care by allowing them to participate in the cinematic arts. They learn about different levels of filmmaking, and in so doing, learn skills as they get the opportunity to express what has happened to them in their young lives. Many of them go on to join the Writer's Guild of America and make their own films. The sessions are 15 weeks long, and Ty Burrel is one of the instructors. He states, "I teach an acting class, and I am honored to host their award ceremony every year, but I do very little compared to those that are there every day... I got into this because my father was a social worker in the foster care system. Most of these kids have been through stuff that I can't even imagine." Listen to more from Ty about Kids in the Spotlight here:


#ABeautifulDayMovie Trailer is Out: Watch Tom Hanks Recreate the Lovable Fred Rogers for A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Film

The trailer for #ABeautifulDayMovie out. This new film, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (which was the theme song for his kids' show) chronicles the behind-the-scenes operation and motivation for Fred Rogers. Mister Roger's Neighborhood was a staple in many a child's home. Not just because there were so few shows for children to watch - and for that matter- so few channels- but because the show was entertaining as well as teaching. It spoke to children. If you watched the show, just hearing the song will spark memories. Judging from the trailer, they could not have picked a better actor than Tom Hanks to play him. The film is distributed by Sony Pictures Classics. View trailer here:

Saturday, July 20, 2019

The Voice's Wé McDonald Sings Her Heart out at Benefit Concert Bergenfest for the "TEEEM"- A Non-Profit Organization That Provides Help for Poor Children Around the World - Includes Video

The threat of rain did not stop the fun at the second annual  Bergenfest, an event filled with music and fun to raise money and awareness of the non-profit organization TEEEM, which provides educational, medical and economic support to women, children and families in impoverished countries throughout the world. The nonprofit does this by working with students at local high schools.

 McDonald from the Top 3 of the 11th Season of NBC's The Voice was the headliner who came on at about 5pm after the full lineup of artists played throughout the day. Also playing that day were: Collision Theory, Fat Boi's Brass Band, Wishbone, Jason Recht & Friends, Jake Thistle, No Soap Radio, and Samantha Haase.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

View: UK's ITV2 Hit Love Island Comes to CBS - Just Another Reality Show with Beautiful Scantily Clad Young People or a Fantasy Island for a New Generation?

My Thoughts….exactly! 
be Beth Abramson Brier

Note: This is a repost of an article written by Beth when she watched #LoveIsland2019 overseas.

Bummer this Summer 2018: Fires. Floods. Looming midterm elections (don’t get me started). Then suddenly this: Variety just reported that CBS has acquired the U.S. rights to the U.K. reality show Love Island. Yes, you heard it right! Imported from across the pond-from the country that gave us Brexit and digestive biscuits-comes your newest guilty pleasure.

If you haven’t heard of it, Love Island is ITV2’s hottest program of all time, attracting 3.6 million viewers. It has all the ingredients to be this year’s “it” show if this year’s “it” show were jointly created by the producers of Jersey Shore and The Bachelor in the wee hours of the morning in Vegas. Not unlike Survivor, a group of strangers are thrown together in a remote location to forge alliances, overcome obstacles and endure public scrutiny in the hopes of not being voted off the island. And that’s where the similarities end.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Interview: Actor Ken Baltin Talks About Acting for Life - See Him in Vault The Movie and the Upcoming Film A Case of Blue

Ken Baltin has been a professional actor for pretty much all of his adult life. After graduating with a degree in journalism from Rutgers he moved to where else but to pursue his dream - New York City. It was a play he did at Rutgers his junior year which prompted the career switch. And he has been successful at it since then, appearing in plays and movies consistently. He also teaches and directs. As of late, you can see him in the new film VAULT starring Don Johnson and the upcoming film A Case of Blue. Read on to find out how he's managed to pay the bills and keep on going nearing 50 years in showbiz.

On Getting the Role in Vault

How did you land your part in this newest film, Vault? You are in the trailer.. pretty cool! Tell me about the part. 

Ken Baltin: I was cast in Vault by Boston Casting in the Boston area. I’ve worked in film/video sporadically for most of my career choosing to focus on stage work. But early in my career I did numerous industrials, commercials, voice overs, and trade shows to augment my income. As I’ve become more “mature” I’ve had a little more success cracking into feature films, having done three over the past two years: Equalizer 2, Vault, and Dana’s film (A Case of Blue).