Friday, October 28, 2022

Feel-Good Interview Series: Get to Know Actor Brennan Elliott

By Markos Papadatos 

Brennan Elliot is a fixture in TV movies, during the year and especially during the holidays. You may have seen him in countless movies and shows, often on the Hallmark Channel. To name but a few, he's had roles in The Gift of Peace, Marry Go Round, The Perfect Pairing, Open By Christmas, the Crossword Mysteries, Christmas in Vienna, Flower Shop Mysteries, Cedar Cove and Lifetime's UnReal.

Feel Good Interview Series - Get to Know Actress Brittany Bristow from Holiday Date, Home for a Royal Heart and More

By Markos Papadatos
#Powerjournalist

Brittany Bristow has been in countless TV movies. You might have seen her in Home for a Royal Heart, A Tale of Love, Wrapped Up in Love, Holiday Date, Love, Romance and Chocolate, Christmas at the Palace and so many more of your favorite feel-good movies. But what does she watch?

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

The Ultimate Guide to Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway Theaters in New York City

By Messalina Morley Alton

Many people wonder, what is Broadway, what is Off-Broadway? Or even, Off-Off Broadway? Many will assume it is determined by how far the lost tourist may wander from the street known as Broadway, but if you ask a true New Yorker, theyll tell you its all about the numbers. What isnt?

A Broadway house has to have at least 500 seats. Anything less is Off Broadway, with Off-Off Broadway specifically having 99 seats or less. They are all professional theaters, meaning that the cast and crew are paid, and all aim to give their audiences theatrical experiences to remember!  Below I have curated lists of not only all the Broadway Theaters currently open, but also all of the Off and Off-Off Broadway Theaters.

Brad Forenza's Around The Sun Podcast Season Features the Voices of Richard Kind, Caroline Aaron, Richard Kline, Adassa, Mindy Cohn, Jennie Kwan, Piper Laurie, Taylor Purdee and Bruce Vilanch


Around the Sun
, the popular podcast series starring iconic and well-known actors from stage and screen will drop its second season starting on October 26, 2022 with new episodes dropping until early 2023. Hear the voices of some of your favorite actor from past and present bring to life a series of short stories that will engage you, make you think and make you want to hear more. This season features Richard Kind (The Watcher), Caroline Aaron (The Marvelous Mrs. MaiselAdassa Encanto), Mindy Cohn (The Facts of Life),Richard Kline (Three’s Company) Jennie Kwan (California Dreams, Piper Laurie (The Hustler), Taylor Purdee (Killian and the Comeback Kids) and Bruce Vilanch (Get Bruce).

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Countdown to Hallmark - Movie Schedule and More about the Merriment on the Hallmark Channels in 2022


For fans of Hallmark Holiday movies, October 21st is not too early. Rather, it's that "Finally, they have started!" So on October 22nd sit down with your Hallmark blanket and a cup of hot cocoa with marshmallows as they start premiering new movies on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights at 8pm. Keep in mind there are several Hallmark channels, Hallmark, Hallmark Movies and Mysteries, Hallmark Drama and Hallmark Now, which is online. They usually offer a free month to get started on Hallmark Now. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Stories to Inspire: Actors Alysia Reiner and David Alan Basche Encourage Fire Safety with New Series of Videos - And They Became Firefighters

Actors Alysia Reiner (Ms. Marvel, Orange is the New Black, Shining Vale) and David Basche (The Exes, Egg) announced today that they are releasing a series of 3 comedic public service announcements to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Fire Prevention Week. The Hollywood power couple, who became volunteer firefighters in 2022, collaborated  with comedian and fire fighter Willie Zabar, to create the PSAs to encourage people to make their own home fire escape plans. 

The videos debuted  during the week of October 9-15 and will continue to be broadcast through the end of the year. The messaging was inspired by this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape.” 

Feel-Good Interview Series: Get to Know Actor Brandon Barash of Days of Our Lives, Read about His Favorite Shows, Movies and His Band

 
By Markos Papadatos
Actor Brandon Barash has been a resident of Salem for quite some time. He originated Stefan DiMera - who died -  played the role of cousin Jake DiMera, and now he's back again as the powerful Stefan DiMera on Days of Our Lives, streaming on Peacock. Brandon has also been on General Hospital, many TV shows and several short films.
What Brandon Watches
He listed Succession and Only Murders in the Building as one of his favorite series to binge-watch. "I haven't really been binging much TV lately," he said. "I love Succession, it's a hell of a show. Each episode each week is a movie. Also, Steve Martin is one of my favorites ever, that's why I love Only Murders in the Building. I also like Steve Martin as a musician."

Monday, October 17, 2022

Event: I Put A Spell On You: ALIVE at Sony Hall and on Broadway on Demand October 23, 2022 Filled with Broadway Stars to Benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids

Now you can dress up and get spooky for Broadway’s biggest Halloween event of the year both live at Sony Hall and in the comfort of your own home! Jay Armstrong Johnson’s annual Halloween concert-meets-party I Put a Spell on You will stream on Broadway On Demand beginning at 7 pm Eastern on Sunday, October 30, 2022 and be available for the following four days. The event will be recorded LIVE at New York City’s Sony Hall (235 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036) on Sunday, October 23, 2022. 

Spotlight: Meet The Up and Coming Actors of New York's Axial Theater - Daniel Walworth, Marissa Lowe, Torian Brackett, Sandy Oppedisano and Youlim Nam

By Ashton Samson

Meet some of the ensemble cast members of New York's prestigious Axial Theater. Get to know Daniel Walworth, Marissa Lowe, Torian Brackett, Sandy Oppedisano and Youlim Nam.

The Axial Theater, lead by Artistic Director Cady McClain is a twenty-three year old ensemble based not-for-profit institution dedicated to supporting the professional development of the independent theatrical voice through audience involvement and to presenting challenging, intelligent, and culturally relevant theatrical experiences. Visit their website to see what in-person plays they are featuring as well as their virtual events, like Cactus Flowers Play Readings, that can be accessed for free online. Visit:  https://www.axialtheatre.org/

Saturday, October 15, 2022

Event: Bergen CASA To HOLD Family Fun Run/Walk Costume Crawl Before Halloween in Van Saun Park, NJ: Proceeds Benefit Children in Foster Care

Looking for something fun to do and for a good cause? Bring your children to a Costume Crawl, Family Fun Run and Walk to benefit CASA for children. The crawl is being hosted by Bergen County CASA for Children in a park a short ride from New York City. It is scheduled for October 23rd, 8:30am to noon at Van Saun Park in Paramus NJ. There's entertainment, slime, a free food truck and more! For more information visit www.BergenCASA.org. 

Thursday, October 13, 2022

Things to Do: The New Jersey Botanical Gardens is A Hidden Gem Less than an Hour from New York City - See the Splendor Every Season

By Bella Gusmano

I took a trip to the New Jersey Botanical Gardens located at 2 Morris Road in Ringwood State Park to see one of the hidden gems of Northern New Jersey. I brought my Dad along with me, who loved to visit the gardens when he was younger with his mother. Upon entering the park, I noticed people enjoying lounging under the Crapapple Vista and others wandering through the Annual and Perennial Gardens. 

The NJBG offers guided tours on Sunday afternoons at 2 pm (while I was there), but I opted for a self-guided tour through the grounds. With the weather beginning to turn, it was a great opportunity to see the vibrant colors on a crisp fall day. (Note: The Gardens are open all four seasons.)

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Feel Good Interview Series: Get to Know Trevor Donovan - His Deal with GAC, What He Watches and More

Trevor Donovan
By Markos Papadatos
Senior Writer and "Powerjournalist"

Actor Trevor Donovan had inked a multi-movie deal with Great American Family, thus becoming the first actor to do so. "To be the first guy on board is an honor," Donovan admitted.

Donovan is best known for his portrayal of Teddy Montgomery in the hit teen drama television series 90210.. He has numerous series to his credit including and Melissa and Joey. Fans may also remember him as Jeremy Horton on Days of Our Lives. He is also affectionately known as the "Prince Charming of Romantic Comedies."
We talked to him about some of his favorite things and what's going on his life now.

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

New York's Axial Theater Presents John Logan's Play NEVER THE SINNER, Directed by Daytime Emmy Winner Cady McClain Starring Bruce Apar, Tom Ryan, Albi Gorn in November 2022

Axial Theatre, under Artistic Director Cady McClain, is proud to announce the fall production of Never the Sinner by John Logan, featuring Broadway actor Trent Dawson, Tuesdays With Morrie star Albi Gorn, Michael Howard Conservatory Members Tom Ryan and Michael M. Alva, and Axial Theater Members Bruce Apar, Youlim Nam and special guest Najah Imani Muhammad.  The play will be produced at Bethany Arts Community in Ossining (N.Y.), Nov. 10 - 13 and Nov. 17 - 20, 2022. Thursday through Saturday shows are 8 p.m. Sunday performances are 3 p.m.  A post-show discussion of the topics of the play will follow each performance, led by director McClain, members of the ensemble and special guests. Tickets are $10 students,  $25 general seating, available at axialtheatre.org

Feel Good Interview Series - Get to Know Actor Ektor Rivera - From Broadway to Hallmark and More

By Markos Papadatos
Senior Writer and "Powerjournalist"

Actor Ektor Rivera starred in 
Groundswell on the Hallmark channel opposite veteran actress Lacey Chabert. 
In his Broadway debut, Rivera played Emilio Estefan in On Your Feet! which was performed at the Marquis Theatre in New York City. Rivera's television credits include Fantasy IslandNCIS, and StarUp, among others. His other leading roles in plays and musicals Include RentHairsprayGodspellHigh School MusicalPiafThe Outsiders, and The Mousetrap.