Angie: Lost Girls is a new film streaming nationwide on December 18th, 2020. It's the story of another epidemic in this country and around the world - child trafficking. As a narrative feature, it tells the story of Angie Morgan, a teenage girl living in a normal sububan home with caring parents who falls prey to the traffickers, finding herself caught in their web with little hope of getting out. As she is caught in the ring, being brutalized by her captors and the men she is forced to encounter daily, her parents and the police work feverishly to rescue her. It is a story of heartbreak, courage and hope which casts light on a subject few people want to accept can happen anywhere.
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
New York Women in Film and Television Presents its 2020 MUSE Awards Virtually: Recipients are Awkwafina, Rachel Brosnahan, Rashida Jones, Ali Stroker, Jody Kantor, Megan Twohey, Alana Mayo, Gina Prince Bythewood
New York Women in Film and Television, the premiere group of industry professionals in the New York City area, presents its annual MUSE awards virtually this year. The much-anticipated event of the year which is usually held in midtown, will now be held virtually. And as NYWIFT acknowledges the breadth of the devastation to the economy and specifically the entertainment industry, this year the event is "pay what you can."
Viewers will be able to watch the awards ceremony online from the comfort of your own home. The year's award winners are Awkwafina, Rachel Brosnan, Rashida Jones, Jody Kantor, Meghan Twohey, Alana Mayo, Gina Prince Bythewood and Ali Stroker.
You May Like Coverage of Last Year's NYWIFT Muse Awards:
Though the excitement of this annual event is the networking and listening to the winners in person, this online event will be able to showcase the work of these accomplished women, while giving kudos to all the women in entertainment helping to make it a better and more even space.
Thursday, December 3, 2020
This Year's Christmas Con by That's 4 Entertainment Comes Straight to Your Home: Celebrity Panels and More Experiences from your Favorite Christmas Movie Actors from Hallmark, Lifetime and More
By Suzanne Ordas Curry
Attention Christmas movie lovers! One good thing about an event being virtual is that you can participate in it from wherevery you are, even sitting on your couch in your favorite Christmas jammies and socks. So this year, you don't have to travel to Jersey (despite what you hear, it's a great place...) to experience the thrill and spirit of Christmas Con! Dates are December 5th, 6th, 12th and 13th, 2020.
If you don't know what Christmas Con is, it's a spectacular gathering of all things Christmas movies, Christmas and Christmas movie stars (mainly from Hallmark Channel and Lifetime). I was one of the lucky ones that scored a ticket to last year's first ever con (truth be told, I'm press) and boy was I not disappointed. It was a wonderful gathering of everything you love about Christmas movies, including many of the actors you've probably only dreamed about ever meeting. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the convention hall was filled, It was a sold-out event, but also it was filled with happy people, and I noticed lots of families, moms with their daughters and grandmas. These movies appeal to many.
You May Like: Photos from Christmas Con 2019:
Monday, November 23, 2020
Review of Amazon Series The Boys - Not your Regular Superheroes Story but an Ongoing Tale That's Wonderful, Twisted and Utterly Unpredictable
If you haven’t heard of The Boys yet, consider this a warning. If you like Marvel or DC, this is a death sentence. If you like political commentary, this is a wake-up call. If you like good television, this is a must. And that’s not to mention the tornado of plot twists, explicit language, and laser-eyed babies. The Boys might be the best new show on television, and the season two finale promises that this is only the beginning of what is hopefully a long and eventful journey to “streaming original’s” Mount Rushmore. Yeah, it’s that good.
The Boys is an Amazon Original that premiered in the summer of 2019, and just wrapped up a stellar second season. Both seasons are critically acclaimed and loved by audiences, earning an 84% and 97% on Rotten Tomatoes, respectively. It’s also the only non-Netflix program to break into Nielsen’s top 10 weekly streaming shows. The series is executive produced by the all-star team of Eric Kripke (Supernatural, Revolution), Evan Goldberg (Superbad, Pineapple Express), and Seth Rogen.
Monday, November 16, 2020
See it Here First: Caytha Jentis' New Indie Film Pooling To Paradise to Be Performed as a Reading to Support NYC Emerging Artists Theater
Premiering a benefit for Emerging Artists Theatre, there will be a staged reading of the new film Pooling to Paradise, written by Caytha Jentis and directed by Alice Jankell. This virtual performance of Pooling to Paradise is s part of a series of reading to benefit the theater group during the pandemic. As has been noted, the theater industry is suffering all over the country and more but they are all finding ways to keep the arts alive. The cost is $10. You can buy a ticket with this link;
his play follows “other older millennial friends of mine who, like them, were grappling with ‘adulting’ existential dread as experienced by their generation: when to give up on a dream, student loan debt, fourth wave feminism, identity, making ends meet in today's gig economy, and finding real connection."
Friday, November 13, 2020
Ten (Dix) Things that are RIGHT about Emily in Paris on Netflix: Darren Star Takes us on the Journey We All Need Now
Darren Star's latest series Emily in Paris is one of those shows that well, I've heard people call a guilty pleasure, as if there's something wrong with watching it. I suppose it's trendy to say you're watching some fancy French film, but Emily in Paris?
Well I don't care. #EmilyinParis on #Netflix is just what we need right now. If entertainment is to help us escape, unwind, dream and inform us, that Emily in Paris checks off all the boxes.
Do I care that it's several steps away from reality? No I don't. As a huge fan of Sex and the City, that was too. Maybe call both of them "expanded" reality. If Carrie Bradshaw had a daughter, it would be Emily.
Whisk away the naysayers of this show as lightly and gracefully as Emily's dress sways in the Parisian breeze. In addition to Lily Collins endearing performance as the title character, here are TEN other reasons why I'll watch it over again. And why I am so excited that a second season is coming. Merry Christmas to us all!
Ten Reasons to Love Emily in Paris
Un. If I walk up to a big screen tv and stand there I almost feel like I am in Paris. The show showcases the best and most iconic ares of the city and and focuses on the scenery as more than just a setting shot. I've never been to Paris but it was on my list for this year. And now we are in a pandemic. What better way to travel?
Thursday, November 12, 2020
The Ultimate Guide to Your Favorite and New Christmas Movies: Because We Need a Little Christmas More This Year Than Ever
By Suzanne Ordas Curry with staff
Boy do we need a little Christmas this year, and luckily, the fun has begun! Lifetime and Hallmark have already started their holiday fare. And I was there, end of October, just waiting for something to take me out of the doldrums of Covid seclusion and election and transport me into a fantasy world of tinsel, cookies and people sitting at a perfectly-decorated holiday table together not worrying about catching a virus as they opened their mouths to eat that freshly-baked gingerbread cookie.
And of course the streamers are chock full of Christmas and holiday movies and specials. I'm like a kid on Christmas morning searching through all the channels marveling at all the Christmas content just ready for me to binge on.
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Movie Review of Angie: Lost Girls Starring Jane Widdop and Dylan Sprayberry - Julia Verdin's Compelling, Brutally Honest Story about Child Trafficking Will Make You Realize It Can Happen Anywhere
By Allyson Schiller
It’s rare that a movie sits with me days after I’ve watched it. I don’t frequently find myself sitting and mulling over a scene from something I’ve watched last week, or reliving how I felt in other moments of my day. Modern consumption of media has created a society of “binge-worthy” works, where a viewer is encouraged to watch something, be it a movie or tv series, “fangirl” over it for a short period of time, and move on to the next. If you want something of depth, power and a strong call to action, Angie: Lost Girls, a fictional narrative feature, will have you thinking over each plotpoint days, even weeks after your viewing.
In times of Covid, many people find themselves with more free time on their hands. We have opportunities to see inequity in the world around us, and many people began thinking about ways to help those around them. Social justice moved to the forefront of many of our lives. If ever there were a film to make you want to do more for the greater good, this is it.
The story follows Angie ( ane Widdop), our 16-year-old protagonist that seemingly leads a normal life. She and her sister bond over their busy parents, boys and general events that seem so important to us all at sixteen. We discover her incredible abilities as a performer, busking with her ukelele for ice cream money with her sister, and through what seems like happenstance we meet Mario, a young man that promises the world, and an introduction to his music producing uncle.
Monday, October 26, 2020
Calling all Soap Fans! As The World Turns Reunion Scheduled Online in The Locher Room: Proceeds to benefit ATWT Alum's Trent Dawson's Katonah Classic Stage
Attention soap fans! How many of you watched As the World Turns? If you're clamouring for some of its excitment, glamour and intrigue, you will be happy to know that a virtual reunion will be held online on Wednesday, October 28th, 2020 at 8pm on Alan Locher's show, The Locher Room on Youtube. If you're not already familiar with Alan's show, he interviews soap stars as well as other celebrities. Alan spent most of his career doing PR for many of the soap operas.
To Watch it:
Cast members from this iconic CBS series will read the last script of the long-running daytime drama which ended ten years ago. The reunion is being organized by ATWT alum Trent Dawson. There is a small fee to watch the reunion. - and it will be used to help build Trent's new artistic effort, a theater in Katonah, NJ called Katonah Classic Stage. Like many actors, Trent is an avid fan of Shakespeare and the classics, and the goal of his new theater is to instill the love of the classics in not just adults but also children.
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Just in Time for Halloween: Why You Should Watch Stranger Things, The Silence of the Lambs, The Haunting of Hill House, The Evil Dead and Hush if You Want some Jump Scares
By Ashton Samson
Editor's note: Looking for something spooky or surreal to watch for Halloween - or for that matter any time of the year when the horror bug strikes you? Here's a look at a series and several films from our resident horror critic Ashton Samsonand why he rates them high on the jump scare meter. Read on for a reasons to watch Stranger Things, The Silence of the Lambs, The Haunting of Hill House, The Evil Dead and Hush. If you're new to horror, try Stranger Things first.
How far would you go to save your friends? This is the question posed by the phenomenal Stranger Things, a show that takes place in the 80’s and yet feels very relatable to our current society. The story explores themes that are interwoven with great 80’s songs and layers of horror and sci-fi, the inspiration of which stems from the masters of horror, Stephen King, John Carpenter and James Cameron. The show addresses themes such as the power of friendship and loyalty in face of adversity, which are always of paramount importance, but even more so now. Indeed they go very far for one another because of the bond between them, which in essence, is the show’s emotional core. Accompany the best teens on the adventure of a lifetime, with suspense, bonding, love and classic horror as you enter the world of Stranger Things.
Interview Females in Entertainment: Meet Cecilia Copeland, A LatinX Woman With a Portfolio of Scripts of Different Genres Including an Autobiographical Piece About her most Unusual Childhood
Cecilia Copeland is a successful screenwriter, writing in different genres but especially science fiction and fanstay. Her current project, 13th Street Scare, is about a vampiress. It has recieved several awards already and will be read as part of NYSeeing2020 on October 21.
However, it's not all about vampires. Cecilia endured a most unusual and tragic childhood, having been kidnapped by her dad. She writes about this in her script The Copeland Case. She is also an advocate for women and Latinx woman, though she is quick to point out that she does not write for Latinx women but writes stories reflecting life with Latinx experiences in it.
Read on to find out how her life has affected her stories and what she is doing to help promote the arts in New York City.
Saturday, October 17, 2020
Interview with Andrew Richardson: Meet This British Actor Who is Making a Splash in America in A Call to Spy, Martin Eden and More; He Talks How This Happened and Where He's Headed in What Will Surely Be a Very Succesful Career
I've got a feeling Andrew Richardson will soon become a household name. Just since I spoke to him not too long ago his film A Call to Spy is now in theaters and streaming, he just finished shooting No Human Involved and it was announced that he got a gig on an ABC medical drama pilot named Triage. You may have also seen him in The Last OG.
It's no surprise when you see this handsome actor, hear that British accent and observe what he can do on screen, that he landed his first film role in Sarah Megan Thomas' A Call to Spy straight out of college. In this World War II film inspired by the stories of three real female spies, he plays a strong, masculine soldier, but one which he tried to make a bit more human. As the soldier is surrounded by danger, he said, "I wanted him to bring a little sense of humor and positivity to the role."
In this exclusive article we talk to Andrew about how he went from ballet to theater, from Britian to Canada to the US (where he currently resides) and from Michigan to Hungary for his role in A Call to Spy. Oh, and he also fills us in on what he's been doing during this pandemic, aside from auditioning over Zoom.
Suzee: Let's get to know you. Tell me something about how your journey to becoming and actor here in the states..
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
NYC's Chelsea Film Festival Goes Virtual for 2020: Kickoff is October 14th with Features From Around the World
The 2020 Chelsea Film Festival will be held on October 15-18th, 2020. This year, the excitement of the festival will be virtual. Though we all love the in-person aspects of a film festival, being virtual means you can appreciate the films and panels from the comfort of you home, on any device.
This year's festival features 130 films available from October 15th-18th on Film Festival +. The festivities start with a pre-opening party on October 14th. This year the festivals features a Masterclass with Robin Weingarten, Reel Magic Panel Series with top Entertainment industry professionals, a Wellness Event, a Climate Change Panel and of course Q & A's with many filmmakers.
There are 12 US and foreign feature films: A Case of Blue, All Earthly Constraints, Celeste, Donna Stronger Than Pretty, Greyscale, Hive, I Heard Sarah, Love is not Love, My Last Best Friend, Myth, Soundtrack to Sixteen and The Last Christmas Party. There are also documentaries, short films and virtual reality.
Monday, October 5, 2020
Review of Netlix Film I'm Thinking of Ending Things: Not Your Ordinary Breakup Story but an Ambiguous, Magical and Stunning Example of Visual Storytelling
When you sit down to watch the Netflix film, I’m Thinking of Ending Things, do not for one second doubt what you are seeing. You will think that your eyes are playing tricks on you and you will question whether or not the clothing, names and ages of the characters are constantly being modified as the film draws onward. You might even turn it off, taking the firm opinion that there is too much inconsistency to make it a film worth watching, but whatever you do, don’t reach for the remote.
Instead, take heed of my advice: Your mind is not playing tricks on you and Charlie Kaufman’s films will always and forever elude straightforward classification. With that being said, let's venture down the dark and lonely road of regret, pain, memory and what it means to be human with 2020’s I’m Thinking of Ending Things.
Friday, October 2, 2020
Bid to Change a Child's Story: Bergen CASA for Children Holds Virtual Auction To Raise Funds to Help Children in Foster Care October 1st-14th
The pandemic of 2020 is taking it's toll on a lot of things. Two of them, that don't always make headlines are non-profits and foster children.
Abuse and neglect are up of children is up during this pandemic. There are so many factors affecting this, such as stress, lack of money and food and the overall environment we are living in. The big problem is that reports of the abuse have subsided. Social workers are not having the face-to-face interaction they used to with foster children, and new cases are not being recognized because the children are not in school, which is a primary place for abuse to be recognized and reported.
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for Children is a non-profit that provides trained volunteer advocates who become one-on-one advocates for children in foster care. Trained in many of the aspects that affect these children, their job is to check in with the child, work with the social worker and all others that take care of the particular child, and get to know the child so they can best report to the courts if something is needed or awry. These advocates often know the child the best because they are assigned one-on-one to the children.
Thursday, September 24, 2020
A Case of Blue Film Starring Stephen Schnetzer and Annapurna Sriram to Screen at 2020 Virtual Imagine This International Women's Film Festival
A Case of Blue, a film by Dana Glazer is an official selection and will screen at the 2020 Imagine This International Women's Film Festival from September 24th-October 4th. There will be a Live Director Q & A with Dana Glazer, who wrote and directed the film.There will also be a Q & A with the film's co-producers on September 30, 2020, Suzanne Ordas Curry and Dottie Fucito. Scott Rosenfelt (Home Alone, Mystic Pizza, Teen Wolf) is Executive Producer.
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Interview with Founder and Filmmaker Patrice Francios: Why She and her Mom Susie Started the Brooklyn-Based Imagine This International Women's Film Festival, What's on Tap for This Year and Why We Still Need A Festival Like This
By Suzanne Ordas Curry
Thursday, September 17, 2020
Movie Review of Taylor A. Purdee's Killian & The Comeback Kids- This Indie-Rock, Summer-Feeling Movie Within a Relevant Storyline is Coming to A Theater Near You - Yes During This Pandemic
Recent college grads and those whose university days are winding down find themselves in a unique generational middle-ground. Not exactly old enough to identify with the MTV generation of the millennials, but too old to associate with Tik-Tok consumed Gen Xers. We’re a bit too hopeful to want desk jobs, and a bit too practical to pack up our cars and drive to Hollywood. This middle-of-the-road existential dread is what indie film Killian and the Comeback Kids (#KillianRoxMovie) tackles with more accuracy than I’ve seen out of many recent films.
The story follows recent college graduate and folk-rock musician Killian (played by Taylor A. Purdee, who also wrote and directed the film) as he and his former classmates form a band and attempt to perform at a local music festival. The unique perspective of those struggling in the digital generation adds an engaging flair to this tried-and-true plot. The backdrop of a middle class rural state only further adds to the theme of dreams and missed opportunities, as each character struggles with their own economic concerns in the former steel town. In the midst of a global recession, this film will hit home with those struggling with identity in a world where your spot in the workforce isn’t guaranteed.
Monday, September 14, 2020
New Indie Rock Film Killian & the Comeback Kids Begins in Theaters September 2020: Socially Relevant, Entertaining and Just What we Need Now - View Trailer
The indie-rock film Killian & the Comeback Kids is coming soon to a theater near you, as they used to say -yet this has so much more meaning now. If you're in an area where theaters are open, you may find Killian and the Comeback Kids making a stop at your local theater.
Killian & the Comeback kids is a feel good, summer breezin' musical movie about a multi-racial young man named Killian, who comes back to his depressed home town after college and tries to make something of himself, and do something for the town. Given what's going on in the world today, it's a relevant film touching on important issues many young people have to deal with. But it's easy to watch, and spoiler alert- it's got a happy ending. And it's filmed in the beautiful countryside. When you see a shooting star go across the screen, realize it's a real shooting star.
Thursday, September 10, 2020
Twice Upon a Time is a short film written by Actress/writer Iliana Guibert. Iliana stars in this short as a woman who lost her husband on 9-11 and is trying to cope with it. The film is based on her own personal experiences having lost her husband in the attack on the Twin Towers as well as from meeting many others who suffered losses from that devastating event. As one of the most tragic times in modern American history, this story is relatable to anyone who has suffered an unimaginable loss.
Friday, September 4, 2020
Review of Documentary Class Action Park on HBO Max - You'll Only Believe it if You Were Actually There
If you lived in NJ, or anywhere near in the 80's, you went to Action Park. Or as we called it in Jersey, Traction Park.
Thursday, August 27, 2020
Katonah Classic Stage Film Festival Held as Drive-In: Filmmakers Young and Older From Around the World Present Different Views of our Changing World - Now Set for 8-31
Though Katonah Classic Stage's mission is to present in-person productions of Shakespeare and other classics, because of the pandemic founder actor/director Trent Dawson and his team had to think out of the box. Hence, the KCS Film Festival was born.
Review of Uncut Gems on Netflix: Adam Sandler's Standout Performance Leads this Edge of Your Seat, Nail-biting Thriller.. and it's Better the Second Time Around
With the Uncut Gems’ arrival to Netflix, movie-watchers everywhere will have a second (and third and fourth) chance to watch the Safdie brother’s explosive collaboration with Adam Sandler. One of Sandler’s best acting performances in a decade, Uncut Gems was one of the best films 2019 had to offer, as well as indie-darling A24 Studio’s most successful film in the box office, grossing over $50 million domestically. From the first month of the film’s December 2019 release into early 2020, it felt like Uncut Gems was the film everyone was talking about.
With Sandler’s killer performance, the world-class editing, Kevin Garnett’s surprisingly polished acting chops, the ending that left theatres shocked, and everything in between, the film is an undisputed accomplishment for the Safdies, Sandler, and everyone else involved.
The film quickly arrived on Netflix only a month after theatrical release and hasn’t left the trending page since. Given the boom of popularity surrounding the film’s release and it’s easy binge-watching access, this isn’t a review of what it’s like to watch Uncut Gems. This is a review of what it’s like to watch Uncut Gems for the second time. If you keep reading I’ll explain why this doesn’t really matter, but for posterity’s sake, I’ll warn you once: spoilers abound.
Review of Netflix Series "Down To Earth" with Zac Efron: Zac Efron and Darien Olien Travel the World and Provide an Entertaining and Unique Glimpse into the Possibilities for a More Sustainable and Better World
In his Netflix show Down to Earth, Zac Efron proves to be much more than Troy Bolton from High School Musical, or that hunky guy from Baywatch. Efron and his close friend Darin Olien (or as many people refer to him, the “Indiana Jones of Superfoods”), travel the world, learning how to live more sustainably. They tackle some of the world’s biggest environmental problems and share ways that different countries are combatting them effectively.
Part of the show’s appeal is getting to know the entertaining and humorous duo of Efron and Olien. The team visits eight incredible locations on their inspirational journey, and the ones that stood out to me the most include Iceland, France, Sardinia, and London.
Friday, August 14, 2020
The Reel Woman's Network: Crystal Chappell's New Platform Showcases Work by Females including Beacon Hill, Tainted Dreams, Venice the Series and more Original Works by Women
Started by Crystal Chappell of Open Books Productions in partnershsip with Jessica and Linda Hill of Bella Productions. the streaming network is dedicated to content created by women. There is free content on it but it is a subscription service and you can also buy just specific shows.
Crystal Chapell is well-known in the soap industry, and for her roles in front of and behind the scenes peromoting and creating conent for women. She states, "Women filmmakers have been woefully under-represented in all aspects of the industry. We hope to change that. We're looking forward to bringing a fresh perspective to the world of streaming and to advance the unique work of women filmmakers to viewers worldwide."
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Monday, August 10, 2020
Review of Hulu's Little Fires Everywhere with Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon: This Twisted Tale of Two Families Is Addictive Yet Heavy so Take Your Time Binging It
By Julia Colucci
Someone set fire to the house of a wealthy, prominent family in the small town of Shaker Heights, Ohio.
So begins the first scene of this Hulu original, which presents itself as a mystery, but quickly takes you back to the previous year, when everything started. With only one season and eight incredible, action-packed episodes, Little Fires Everywhere is easy to blow through in a week of binging. However, the content is very heavy and intense, so instead of watching it all at once, you might want to spread it out. I compare it to a rich slice of chocolate cake—it’s delicious but best in small amounts.