Monday, September 25, 2023

Feel-Good Interview: Get to Know Michael Jai White of "Spawn", "Tyson" and His Own Western "Outlaw Johnny Black - 7 Things to Learn About Him

By Markos Papadatos #Powerjournalist
Michael Jai White is an actor, writer, filmmaker, and martial artist. He has the distinction of being the first African American to play a major comic book superhero in the film “Spawn.” 
He also played the role of boxer Mike Tyson in the HBO TV film “Tyson.” 
He is known for his work on Tyler Perry’s films and the series “For Better or Worse.” 
His western, “Outlaw Johnny Black,” which he wrote, directed, and stars in was released in September 2023. This summer, he also starred in the action film “The Island.” 
He is married to actress and martial artist Gillian White. 

Feel Good Interview: Get to Know Glen Savchenko from Dancing With the Stars (opposite Mira Sirvino) and From GAC' Family's Movie "Swing into Romance" - 7 Things to Know

By Markos Papadatos #Powerjournalist
Glen Savchenko is a dancer, model, actor, and choreographer. He shared seven interesting things about him. 
Savchenko has appeared in the American, U.K., Australian, and Russian versions of the reality dancing competition Dancing with the Stars. He has been doing the franchise since 2003, and he is the sole professional dancer on the globe who has done all versions of the show in all of the different countries. 
In the newest season of Dancing with the Stars, he is paired with Academy Award-winning actress Mira Sorvino. He will also star in the new Great American Family movie Swing Into Romance opposite Danica McKellar. (trailer) 

Sunday, September 24, 2023

Feel-Good Interview: Get to Know Alan Bersten of ABC's Dancing with the Stars: Paired with Jamie Lynn Spears for Season 32

by Markos Papadatos #Powerjournalist

Alan Bersten is a professional dancer and choreographer from the reality dancing competition “Dancing with the Stars.” This season, the show’s 32nd season, he is paired up with Jamie Lynn Spears, as his celebrity dance partner. 

He won the 28th season of the dancing competition when he was partnered with Hannah Brown. He shared seven interesting and exciting things about him.

In addition, he is the founder of Berst10 Fitness, which involves 10-minute workouts. For more information on his fitness program, visit its official homepage. “I hope people check it out and I hope they like it… if there is anything they don’t like about it, they should let me know and I’ll fix it,” he said. 

NY/NY Area Event: 59E59 Theaters Presents The Pool Plays in Association with The New Group's New Works starting October 2023 - 3 Diverse Plays Under One Roof

59E59 Theaters 
(Val Day, Artistic Director; Brian Beirne, Managing Director) and The Pool Plays, in association with The New Group’s New Works, are proud to present 
The Pool Plays 3.0. Part of the Makers Program, The Pool Plays 3.0. begins previews on October 8 in 59E59’s Theater C (59 E 59th Street, New York, NY 10022) and opens October 15 for a run through October 28, 2023.

Three playwrights. Three plays. One remarkable experience.

The Pool Plays span space and time, taking audiences from Brooklyn, to Delhi, to Berlin; from 1850, to the 1940s, to 2023 as three diverse playwrights bring their vastly different perspectives into one collective dramatic space.
Running throughout the plays are bright, common threads about the shifting nature of identity and about how the past echoes through the present and the future, demanding to be heard.

Females in Entertainment: Meet Jersey's Actor/Director Rosie Gunther McCooe - On Life, Directing, Surviving Cancer and Finding Work - Her Newest Play Now at Emerging Artists Theater NYC

Rosie Gunther McCooe has been working in the theater since she was a youngster. After earning her MFA from Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts, she began her professional acting career in the “soaps'' as “Young Vicky''. 

Over the years, she appeared in several independent films, including A CASE OF BLUE, SHUTTERFLIES, THE JERSEY DEVIL, and BAD PARENTS to name a few. Speaking of BAD PARENTS, she has been involved in just about every one of her friend filmmaker/playwright Caytha Jentis projects. 

In addition she has a Broadway co-producer credit for BANDSTAND and has had the absolute pleasure of working with hundreds children, teens, and adults over the past twenty years directing musical theatre and plays in NJ, NY, and California. She most recently partnered up with Actor Technique NY to direct a production of MATILDA that was performed at the American Theatre for Actors in NYC.

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Casting: Twins Talent Seeks Long Island Families/Businesses for a Commercial and Realtors For a Show

Real people and business owners being sought for a commercial to film in Long Island. Also, realtors needed for a show. Contact Twins Talent for more info on these and other opportunities. Contact: TwinsTalent.TV

NYNJ Area Event: Morphmom Conference Comes to Westchester NY September 28, 2023 - Features a Full Lineup of Inspiring Women Including Christina Geist, Annabel Monaghan, Caytha Jentis, Simone Gordon, Thyme SUllivan, Sara Bliss and More

Morphmom is on the move! This time the organization founded by Kathleen Butler Smith e to inspire moms and others to live their best life comes to Westchester NY. On tap for the day is a full lineup of accomplished, inspiring women to give you advice and food for thought on what you CAN do with your life.

The event takes place at the Wainright House in Rye NY on September 28th, 2023 from 9am to 8pm. For information and tickets visit:

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Barbie the Movie is Now Available to Rent on Herflix, The Streaming Platform Devoted to Supported Female Filmmakers: No Subscription Required to Watch

If you weren't one of the millions of people who went to see the record-breaking movie Barbie by Greta Gerwig, you now have a chance to watch it at home.

A great place to view it is Herflix. Herflix is a streaming platform that supports female filmmakers. There is NO subscription, you can watch it on any device and you only pay per movie. Then you have 72 hours to watch it. You can rent Barbie on Herflix here:

Herflix is a unique streaming platform that focuses on films for, about & by women. Every time you watch a film, rental or free, you help support women filmmakers worldwide while creating a fantastic, inclusive women’s media community.  

NY/NJ Event: Bergen CASA for Children Holds "Fore the Children" Golf Classic 10/2/23 to Support Kids in Foster Care: Judge Bonnie Mizdol and Advocate Kathy Krassner to be Honored

If you're looking for some fun for a great cause, Bergen County CASA for Children is having it's annual Golf Classic. Golfers will enjoy the beautiful course (located less than an hour from NYC) and others may enjoy dinner at the club while you peruse the fabulous items in the Silent Auction. 

 "Fore The Kids’ Golf Classic" will be held on Monday, October 2, with a shotgun start at noon, (registration from 9:30am) at Edgewood Country Club in River Vale to benefit (non-profit) Bergen County Court Appointed Special Advocates (BergenCASA). This organization trains volunteers to become one-on-one Advocates for abused and neglected children from Bergen County who are in foster care. For Tickets and Info:

Thursday, September 7, 2023

New York's Katonah Classic Stage Presents Pinter Play Festival in October 2023, Co-Produced with Pacific Resident Theater (CA): Trilogy Features Trent Dawson, Richard Hollis, Claire Karpen

Katonah Classic Stage (KCS), Westchester County’s professional theatre company dedicated to classic plays, will give audience’s a unique peak at Harold Pinter’s distinguished career by mounting 3 of his plays this Fall: Betrayal, The Dumb Waiter, and Applicant

This festival, which starts October 5, 2023 gives audiences a rare opportunity to survey 20 years of Nobel Laureate Pinter’s writing, from the “comedy of menace” in his early work to the “memory plays” which he developed in the midpoint of career. All of the plays explore his distinct use of rhythm, known as the “Pinter Pause,” to great effect, eliciting laughter and terror, often at the same time, from audiences.

Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Feel-Good Interview Series: Get to Know Canadian Actor Corey Sevier of Hallmark, GAC"s Mystery by the Book, North Shore, Lassie, Pumpkin Everything and More : 7 Things to Know About Him

By: Markos Papadatos #Powerjournalist
Corey Sevier is Canadian actor, who is known for his acting work in the Hallmark world, as well as his role on the ‘00s Fox TV series North Shore as Gabriel McKay, and as Timmy Cabot in Lassie. Sevier went on to share seven interesting things about himself. See him in GAC's new film Mystery by the Book starting on October 14, 2023.
Favorite Movies 
“I was a huge Back to The Future kid growing up, and I loved The Shawshank Redemption. I enjoyed National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. “In the holiday sense, I also love The Family Man with Nicolas Cage and Tea Leoni. Also, Jurassic Park has a special place in my heart.”

Feel-Good Interview: Get To Know Actor and Singer Alicia Witt from Hallmark, Two Weeks Notice, Nashville and So Much More - New EP "Witness" Released

By Markos Papadatos #Powerjournalist
Alicia Witt is a singer and pianist. She first came to fame as a child actress after being discovered by David Lynch, who cast her in Dune and Twin Peaks. She was a regular on Cybill Shepherd's sitcom Cybill where she played her daughter, Zoe Woodbine.  She has starred in Hallmark films, Vanilla SkyTwo Weeks NoticeLast HolidayUrban Legend, and the thriller 88 Minutes
In addition, Witt has made television appearances in The Walking DeadThe Sopranos, Nashville, Two and a Half Men, The Librarians, Friday Night Lights, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, The Mentalist, Justified, Twin Peaks: The Return, CSI: Miami, and Orange Is the New Black
She just released her newest EP “Witness.” Witt shares eight interesting things about herself. 

Thursday, August 31, 2023

NY/NJ Area Events: Matthew McConaughey, The Neighborhood's Max Greenfield, Breaking Bad's Bob Odenkirk, RHONJ Jackie Goldschneider, Millie Bobby Brown, Phil Simms, Tiffani Thiesen, Carrie Berk, Jessie James Decker and More come too BOOKENDS in NJ

Authors must have been quite busy during the pandemic because there's a bevy of new books coming out this fall from people we know and love. Bookends, located in downtown Ridgewood NJ (a half hour from New York City) and a short train ride away will be hosting many TV, celebrity and sports authors this fall. Slated to appear to sign copies of their books (and oftentimes available for a picture as well) are Matthew McConaughey, Max Greenfield, Millie Bobby Brown, Phil Simms, RHONJ Jackie Goldschneider, Internet Sensation Carrie Berk, Bob Odenkirk, Erin Odenkirk, Tiffani Theisen, Jim Leyritz, Gary Meyers, Chef Gabriel "Gator" Builbeau, Mark Levin, Holly Knight, HGTV's Erin Napier, Nadine Haruni, Kenny Alpert, William and Bonnie Daniels, Max Miller, Andrew Rea and more. Check the website for new additions:

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Get to Know Actor Christopher Sean of Days of our Lives, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, Hawaii Five-O in this #Feel-Good Interview - 7 Things to Know

By: Markos Papadatos
Christopher Sean is an actor and voiceover artist who is known for playing the role of Paul Narita in the Peacock daytime drama "Days of Our Lives" and in the limited series "Beyond Salem."
He portrayed Bing Lee in the web series “The Lizzie Bennet Diaries,” and is known for his recurring role as Gabriel Waincroft on CBS’s “Hawaii Five-0.”
Christopher Sean gained recognition for his lead voice over role as Kazuda Xiono in “Star Wars Resistance” and his recurring role as Brandon in the series “You” on Netflix. Here are seven interesting things to know about him.

Feel-Good Interview: Get to Know Actor/Producer Eric Nelson of 1883, The Bay, The Affair and More Coming

By Markos Papadatos #Powerjournalist

Eric Nelsen is an Emmy award-winning actor and producer. He is best known for his starring role in the TV series “1883.” He is also known for his work on the Hulu revival of “All My Children,” as well as “The Affair” and “The Bay.” 
He earned a Tony Award as a producer of the Broadway show “The Inheritance.” When he was 23 years old, he made history as the youngest producer to win an Emmy Award. He is married to actress and voiceover artist Sainty Nelsen. 

Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Axial Theater Presents a Workshop Reading of Award-Winning Playwright Craig Lucas' Ode To Joy in Westchester, NY September 23, 2023


Axial Theatre will present a workshop reading of Axial Advisory Board Member and multiple award-winning playwright Craig Lucas's Ode to Joy on Saturday, September 23 at 7 pm. at St John's Episcopal Church, 8 Sunnyside Ave, Pleasantville, NY. Axial Theatre ensemble members Sandy Rooney, Marisa Lowe, and Duane Rutter will be directed by Nathan Flower, professor of theater at NYU. 

The event is produced by Axial Artistic Director and three-time Emmy-winner Cady McClain. Tickets are $10 students (registered in high school or college); $25 general seating, available at

Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Feel-Good Interview- Get to Know Actor Andrew Gray of PowerRangers and Bling Empire - Six Things To Learn About Him

By Markos Papadatos - Hollywood #PowerJournalist
Editor's Note- Thanks to Markos for heading out to LA to get our readers a super bunch of #Feel-Good Interviews.
 Andrew Gray is an actor who is known for his acting work in “Power Rangers Megaforce,” and “Power Rangers Super Megaforce.” He was also a part of the reality TV series “Bling Empire” on Netflix. He went on to share six interesting things about him. 
Favorite Movies 
He revealed that his favorite movies include “Training Day,” “Forrest Gump,” “The Patriot,” “Pulp Fiction,” “The Color of Money,” “Philadelphia,” and “anything with Daniel Day-Lewis.” 

Feel-Good Interiview: Get to Know the Talented Actor and Singer Jack Wagner - 7 Things to Know About Him

By Markos Papadatos #Powerjournalist
Jack Wagner is an icon in entertainment. He is known for his acting work on such drama series as “General Hospital,” “Santa Barbara,” “The Bold and The Beautiful,” and “Melrose Place.” 
Most recently, he stars in the hit Hallmark series “When Calls the Heart.”  
He is also a gifted singer-songwriter, whose ballad "All I Need" topped the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts, and it reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Get to know him in this interview.

Feel-Good Interview: Meet Riley Smith of Nancy Drew - Six Things You May Not Known About Him

Riley Smith is one of the stars of the hit series “Nancy Drew.” He shared six exciting things about himself and the series. 
“This is the fourth and final season. It has a lot of interesting things going on,” Smith said about “Nancy Drew.” There is going to be a really nice arc for my character Ryan,” he said. “Ryan may even find a love interest. His life has changed in many good ways this year. He will have some really neat moments with Nancy this season.” 
Aside from “Nancy Drew,” Smith is known for such TV roles as “Station 19,” “24,” “Joan of Arcadia,” “90210,” “True Blood,” and “The Messengers,” as well as “Drive,” and “Frequency.” He is also a singer-songwriter. 

Feel-Good Interview: Get to Know Evan Roderick from Hallmark, The CW and Netflix Shows - Six Things to Know About Him

By Markos Papadatos, PowerJournalist
Evan Roderick is a Canadian actor and a former ice hockey player. He played the recurring role of Officer Nick Anastas on "Arrow" on The CW, and he played the lead role in the Netflix series "Spinning Out."
“Spinning Out” follows Kat Baker (Kaya Scodelario), an up-and-coming elite figure skater who teams up with talented pair skater and resident bad boy Justin Davis (Evan Roderick) after an injury ends her solo career.
Roderick has starred in such Hallmark projects as "Autumn in the City," the holiday film "A Tale of Two Christmases," and most recently, he starred in the new Hallmark mystery "Aurora Teagarden Mysteries: Something New."
Evan Rodericks' Favorite Movies 
Sideways is my favorite movie of all time. I love that movie,” he exclaimed. “I love dramedies,” he said. “I also enjoy Almost Famous and John Carpenter’s The Thing.” 

Thursday, August 10, 2023

Trent Dawson's Katonah Classic Stage Film Festival To Be Held on August 12th at Bedford Playhouse in Bedford NY - See a Selection of Films from Here and Abroad

Katonah Classic Stage Film Festival is happening Saturday August 12th at the Bedford Playhouse in Bedford, New York, a short drive from Manhattan in beautiful Westchester County.  The KCS Film Festival at the Bedford Playhouse feautures a  fantastic lineup of 19 films from 8 different countries including France, Russia, Brazil, India, Iran, China, and Poland, plus a few great films from local filmmakers.  

Wednesday, August 2, 2023

Feel-Good Interview: Get to Know Nicky Whelan of "Neighbours" and the New Movie "The Flood" - 7 Things To Know About Her

By: Markos Papadatos 

Nicky Whelan is an Australian actress and model, who is best known for her role as Pepper Steiger in the Australian television series "Neighbours."
Whelan appeared in the final season of Scrubs as "Maya", an Australian medical school student. Whelan also played the role of "Leigh" in the 2011 film, "Hall Pass," which co-starred Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Jenna Fischer and Christina Applegate. She has starred in such movies as "Maneater," "The Best Man," and "The Flood," which was released July 2023 via Saban Films. She shared seven interesting facts about herself. 

Wednesday, July 19, 2023

Feel-Good Interview: Meet Skyler Samuels of TV and the Aurora Teagarden Mysteries: Six Things to Know About Her

By Markos Papadatos
Skyler Samuels is the new lead star of the Hallmark mystery Aurora Teagarden Mysteries: Something New.
Samuels is also known for her acting roles in such TV series as Wizards of Waverly PlaceThe GatesThe Nine Lives of Chloe KingScream Queens and The Gifted.
Favorite Movies 
On her favorite films, she said, "I really enjoyed Charlie Day’s 'Fool’s Paradise,' which was really cute, I enjoyed that. In general, I love comedies, I can’t get enough of them. Any time there is a free laugh on the table, I watch it. I love them all. "