Thursday, December 29, 2011

NEW YEARS EVE - Celebrities Caught in The Act

VEGAS Kim Kardashian will be hosting at TAO while Kourtney will be at Chateau Nightclub…Chris Brown at Pure…Bruno Mars at the Bank…LMFAO will be party rockin at Haze Nightclub…

New York City the Mecca of New Years Eve- Lady Gaga the official “Ball Dropper” is also performing in Times Square on Dick Clarks New Year’s Rockin Eve hosted by Ryan Seacrest with other performances by Justin Bieber & Pitbull…DWTS Karina Smirnoff at Bowlmor Lanes…Drake on NBC’s New Years Eve hosted by Carson DalyDemi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Marc Miller on MTV’s New Years Bash…Actor Keith Collins’ annual private NYE at Cucina Di Pesce with Former American Idol Brenna Gethers & Music by DJ Jimmy Prada…Boardwalk Empire’s Michael Pitt at the Carlton Hotel…Black Eyed Peas Fergie will be at 1OAK…

Miami EC Twins at SET…Busta Rymes at LIV…Rony Seikaly at Wall at the W Hotel…Victor Calderone at Pangea…Real Housewives of New Jersey Melissa & Joe Gorga at Catalina Beach Club…Rick Ross at Cameo…Deadmau5 New Years Day at Fontainebleau Poolside…Bob Sinclair at Amnesia…

Monday, December 5, 2011

Alice Eve inks on for Star Trek 2

Star Trek 2 is starting to round up. Alice Eve has just signed on to the sequel. With jj Abrams set to direct and a possibility that Benicio Del Toro will play the villain.We keep looking forward to hearing more.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

2012 Grammy Nominees

2012 Grammy Nominees announced. Find out all the nominees by logging onto;

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

2012 Sundance Film Festival Selections

Beasts of the Southern Wild / U.S.A. (Director: Benh Zeitlin, Screenwriters: Benh Zeitlin, Lucy Alibar) — Waters gonna rise up, wild animals gonna rerun from the grave, and everything south of the levee is goin’ under, in this tale of a six year old named Hushpuppy, who lives with her daddy at the edge of the world. Cast: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry.

The Comedy / U.S.A. (Director: Rick Alverson, Screenwriters: Rick Alverson, Robert Donne, Colm O'Leary) — Indifferent even to the prospects of inheriting his father's estate, Swanson whiles away his days with a group of aging Brooklyn hipsters, engaging in small acts of recreational cruelty and pacified boredom. Cast: Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, Kate Lyn Sheil, Alexia Rassmusen, Gregg Turkington.

The End of Love / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Mark Webber) — A young father unravels following the loss of the mother of his child. Cast: Mark Webber, Shannyn Sossamon, Michael Cera, Jason Ritter, Amanda Seyfried, Frankie Shaw.

Filly Brown / U.S.A. (Directors: Youssef Delara, Michael D. Olmos, Screenwriter: Youssef Delara) — A Hip Hop-driven drama about a Mexican girl who rises to fame and consciousness as she copes with the incarceration of her mother through music. Cast: Lou Diamond Phillips, Gina Rodriguez, Jenni Rivera, Edward James Olmos.

The First Time / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Jonathan Kasdan) — Two high schoolers meet at a party. Over the course of a weekend, things turn magical, romantic, complicated and funny, as they discover what it's like to fall in love for the first time. Cast: Brittany Robertson, Dylan O'Brien, Craig Roberts, James Frecheville, Victoria Justice.

For Ellen / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: So Yong Kim) — A struggling musician takes an overnight long-distance drive in order to fight his estranged wife for custody of their young daughter. Cast: Paul Dano, Jon Heder, Jena Malone, Margarita Levieva, Shay Mandigo.

Hello I Must Be Going / U.S.A. (Director: Todd Louiso, Screenwriter: Sarah Koskoff) — Divorced, childless, demoralized and condemned to move back in with her parents at the age of 35, Amy Minsky's prospects look bleak – until the unexpected attention of a teenage boy changes everything. Cast: Melanie Lynskey, Blythe Danner, Christopher Abbott, John Rubinstein, Julie White. DAY ONE FILM

Keep the Lights On / U.S.A. (Director: Ira Sachs, Screenwriters: Ira Sachs, Mauricio Zacharias) —An autobiographically inspired story of a passionate long-term relationship between two men driven by addiction and secrets but bound by love and hopefulness. Cast: Thure Lindhardt, Zachary Booth, Julianne Nicholson, Souleymane Sy Savane, Paprika Steen.

LUV / U.S.A. (Director: Sheldon Candis, Screenwriters: Sheldon Candis, Justin Wilson) — An orphaned 11-year-old boy is forced to face the unpleasant truth about his beloved uncle during one harrowing day in the streets of Baltimore. Cast: Common, Michael Rainey Jr., Dennis Haysbert, Danny Glover, Charles S. Dutton.

Middle Of Nowhere / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Ava DuVernay) — When her husband is incarcerated, an African-American woman struggles to maintain her marriage and her identity. Cast: Emayatzy Corinealdi, David Oyelowo, Omari Hardwick, Lorraine Touissant, Edwina Findley.

Nobody Walks / U.S.A. (Director: Ry Russo-Young, Screenwriters: Lena Dunham, Ry Russo-Young) — Martine, a young artist from New York, is invited into the home of a hip, liberal LA family for a week. Her presence unravels the family’s carefully maintained status quo, and a mess of sexual and emotional entanglements ensues. Cast: John Krasinski, Olivia Thirlby, Rosemarie DeWitt, India Ennenga, Justin Kirk.

Safety Not Guaranteed / U.S.A. (Director: Colin Trevorrow, Screenwriter: Derek Connolly) — A trio of magazine employees investigate a classified ad seeking a partner for time travel. One employee develops feelings for the paranoid but compelling loner and seeks to discover what he’s really up to. Cast: Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson, Karen Soni.

Save the Date / U.S.A. (Director: Michael Mohan, Screenwriters: Jeffrey Brown, Egan Reich, Michael Mohan) — As her sister Beth prepares to get married, Sarah finds herself caught up in an intense post-breakup rebound. The two fumble through the redefined emotional landscape of modern day relationships, forced to relearn how to love and be loved. Cast: Lizzy Caplan, Alison Brie, Martin Starr, Geoffrey Arend, Mark Webber.

Simon Killer / France, U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Antonio Campos) — A recent college graduate goes to Paris after breaking up with his girlfriend of 5 years. Once there, he falls in love with a young prostitute and their fateful journey begins. Cast: Brady Corbet, Mati Diop, Constance Rousseau, Michael Abiteboul, Solo.

Smashed / U.S.A. (Director: James Ponsoldt, Screenwriters: Susan Burke, James Ponsoldt) — Kate and Charlie are a young married couple whose bond is built on a mutual love of music, laughter and... drinking. When Kate decides to get sober, her new lifestyle brings troubling issues to the surface and calls into question her relationship with Charlie. Cast: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aaron Paul, Octavia Spencer, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally.

The Surrogate / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Ben Lewin) — Mark O'Brien, a 36-year-old poet and journalist with an iron lung, decides he no longer wishes to be a virgin. With the help of his therapist and the guidance of his priest, he contacts a professional sex surrogate to take him on a journey to manhood. Cast: John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy.

The world premieres of 16 American documentary films.

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry / U.S.A., China (Director: Alison Klayman) — Renowned Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei has garnered international attention as much for his ambitious artwork as his political provocations and increasingly public clashes with the Chinese government.

The Atomic States of America / U.S.A. (Directors: Don Argott, Sheena M. Joyce) — In 2010, the United States announced construction of the first new nuclear power plant in more than 32 years. A year later, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck the Fukushima Power Plant in Japan sparking a fierce debate in the U.S. over the safety and viability of nuclear power.

Chasing Ice / U.S.A. (Director: Jeff Orlowski) — Science, spectacle and human passion mix in this stunningly cinematic portrait as National Geographic photographer James Balog captures time-lapse photography of glaciers over several years providing tangible visual evidence of climate change.

DETROPIA /U.S.A. (Directors: Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady) — The woes of Detroit are emblematic of the collapse of the U.S. manufacturing base. This is the dramatic story of a city and its people who refuse to leave the building, even as the flames are rising.

ESCAPE FIRE: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare / U.S.A. (Directors: Matthew Heineman, Susan Froemke) — What can be done to save our broken medical system? Powerful forces are trying to maintain the status quo in a profit-driven medical industry, but a movement to bring innovative methods of prevention and healing is finally gaining ground – potentially saving the health of a nation.

Finding North /U.S.A. (Directors: Lori Silverbush, Kristi Jacobson) — A crisis of hunger looms in America and is not limited to the poverty stricken and uneducated. Can a return to policies of the 1970s save our future?

The House I Live In / U.S.A. (Director: Eugene Jarecki) — For over 40 years, the War on Drugs has accounted for 45 million arrests, made America the world's largest jailer and damaged poor communities at home and abroad. Yet, drugs are cheaper, purer and more available today than ever. Where did we go wrong and what is the path toward healing?

How to Survive a Plague / U.S.A. (Director: David France) — The untold story of the intensive efforts that turned AIDS into a manageable condition – and the improbable group of (mostly HIV-positive) young men and women whose amazing resilience broke through a time of rampant death and political indifference.

The Invisible War / U.S.A. (Director: Kirby Dick) — An investigative and powerfully emotional examination of the epidemic of rape of soldiers within the U.S. military, the institutions that cover up its existence and the profound personal and social consequences that arise from it.

Marina Abramović The Artist is Present / U.S.A. (Director: Matthew Akers) — Marina Abramović prepares for a major retrospective of her work at The Museum of Modern Art in New York hoping to finally silence four decades of skeptics who proclaim: 'But why is this art?'

ME at the ZOO / U.S.A. (Directors: Chris Moukarbel, Valerie Veatch) — With 270 million hits to date, Chris Crocker, an uncanny young video blogger from small town Tennessee, is considered the Internet's first rebel folk hero and at the same time one of its most controversial personalities.

The Other Dream Team / Lithuania, U.S.A. (Director: Marius Markevicius) — The 1992 Lithuanian National Basketball Team went from the clutches of Communism to the Summer Olympics in Barcelona – a testament to the powerful role of sports as a catalyst for cultural identity.

The Queen of Versailles / U.S.A. (Director: Lauren Greenfield) — Jackie and David were triumphantly constructing the biggest house in America – a sprawling, 90,000-square-foot palace inspired by Versailles – when their timeshare empire collapses and their house is foreclosed. Their rags-to-riches-to-rags story reveals the innate virtues and flaws of the American Dream. DAY ONE FILM

Slavery By Another Name / U.S.A. (Director: Sam Pollard) — As slavery came to an end with Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, a new system of involuntary servitude took its place with shocking force, brutalizing, terrorizing and ultimately circumscribing the lives of hundreds of thousands of African Americans well into the 20th century.

Love Free or Die: How the Bishop of New Hampshire is Changing the World / U.S.A. (Director: Macky Alston) — One man whose two defining passions are in conflict: An openly gay bishop refuses to leave the Church or the man he loves.

We're Not Broke / U.S.A. (Directors: Karin Hayes, Victoria Bruce) — As American lawmakers slash budgets and lay off employees, leaving many people scrambling to survive, multibillion-dollar corporations are concealing colossal profits overseas to avoid paying U.S. income tax. Fed-up Americans are taking their frustration to the streets.

Fourteen films from emerging filmmaking talents offer fresh perspectives and inventive styles.

4 Suns / Czech Republic (Director and screenwriter: Bohdan Sláma) — Immature Fogi attempts to straighten up and accept his responsibilities as a new husband and father, as well as role model to his troubled son from a previous relationship, but finds himself unable to change his nature, leaving him to watch haplessly as his family begins to crumble. Cast: Jaroslav Plesl, Aňa Geislerová, Karel Roden, Jiří Mádl, Klára Melíšková. World Premiere

About the Pink Sky / Japan (Director and screenwriter: Keiichi Kobayashi) — A high school girl finds a wallet full of money and tracks down its owner, leading to unexpected consequences for the girl and her friends. Cast: Ai Ikeda, Ena Koshino, Reiko Fujiwara, Tsubasa Takayama, Hakusyu Togetsuan. International Premiere

Can / Turkey (Director and screenwriter: Rasit Celikezer) — A young married couple live happily in Istanbul, but their decision to illegally procure a child threatens their future together. Cast: Selen Ucer, Serdar Orcin, Berkan Demirbag, Erkan Avci. World Premiere

Father's Chair (A Cadeira do Pai) / Brazil (Director: Luciano Moura, Screenwriters: Elena Soarez, Luciano Moura) — Following the trail of his runaway teen son, Theo confronts his own identity as a son, a father and a man along the way. Cast: Wagner Moura, Lima Duarte, Mariana Lima. World Premiere

L / Greece (Director: Babis Makridis, Screenwriters: Efthymis Filippou, Babis Makridis) — A man who lives in his car gets caught up in the undeclared war between motorcycle riders and car drivers. Cast: Aris Servetalis, Makis Papadimitriou, Lefteris Mathaios, Nota Tserniafski, Stavros Raptis. World Premiere

The Last Elvis (El Ultimo Elvis) / Argentina (Director: Armando Bo, Screenwriters: Nicolás Giacobone and Armando Bo) — A Buenos Aires Elvis impersonator who believes that he is the reincarnation of the King struggles to shake free from reality and live his musical dream. Cast: John McInerny, Griselda Siciliani, Margarita Lopez. World Premiere

Madrid, 1987 / Spain (Director and screenwriter: David Trueba) — The balance of power and desire constantly shifts during the meeting of an older journalist and a young student, of two generations completely foreign to one another. Cast: José Sacristán, María Valverde, Ramon Fontserè. International Premiere

My Brother the Devil / United Kingdom (Director and screenwriter: Sally El Hosaini) — A pair of British Arab brothers trying to get by in gangland London learn the extraordinary courage it takes to be yourself. Cast: James Floyd, Saïd Taghmaoui, Fady Elsayed. World Premiere

Teddy Bear / Denmark (Director: Mads Matthiesen, Screenwriters: Mads Matthiesen, Martin Pieter Zandvliet) — Dennis, a painfully shy 38-year-old bodybuilder who lives with his mother, sets off to Thailand in search of love. Cast: Kim Kold, Elsebeth Steentoft, Lamaiporn Sangmanee Hougaard, David Winters, Allan Mogensen. World Premiere

Valley of Saints / India, U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Musa Syeed) — Gulzar plans to run away from the war and poverty surrounding his village in Kashmir with his best friend, but a beautiful young woman researching the dying lake leads him to contemplate a different future Cast: Gulzar Ahmad Bhat, Mohammed Afzal Sofi, Neelofar Hamid. World Premiere

Violeta Went to Heaven (Violeta se Fue a Los Cielos) / Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Spain (Director: Andrés Wood, Screenwriters: Eliseo Altunaga, Rodrigo Bazaes, Guillermo Calderón, Andrés Wood) — A portrait of famed Chilean singer and folklorist Violeta Parra filled with her musical work, her memories, her loves and her hopes. Cast: Francisca Gavilán, Thomas Durand, Luis Machín, Gabriela Aguilera, Roberto Farías. International Premiere

Wish You Were Here / Australia (Director: Kieran Darcy-Smith, Screenwriters: Felicity Price, Kieran Darcy-Smith) — Four friends embark on a carefree holiday, but only three return home. Who knows what happened on that fateful night? Cast: Joel Edgerton, Teresa Palmer, Felicity Price, Antony Starr. World Premiere. DAY ONE FILM

WRONG / France (Director and screenwriter: Quentin Dupieux) — Dolph searches for his lost dog, but through encounters with a nympho pizza-delivery girl, a jogging neighbor seeking the absolute, and a mysterious righter of wrongs, he may eventually lose his mind... and his identity. Cast: Jack Plotnick, Eric Judor, Alexis Dziena, Steve Little, William Fichtner. World Premiere

Young & Wild / Chile (Director: Marialy Rivas, Screenwriters: Marialy Rivas, Camila Gutiérrez, Pedro Peirano) — 17-year-old Daniela, raised in the bosom of a strict Evangelical family and recently unmasked as a fornicator by her shocked parents, struggles to find her own path to spiritual harmony. Cast: Alicia Rodríguez, Aline Kuppenheim, María Gracia Omegna, Felipe Pinto. World Premiere

Twelve documentaries by some of the most courageous and extraordinary filmmakers working today.

½ REVOLUTION / Denmark (Directors: Omar Shargawi, Karim El Hakim) — In January 2011, two filmmakers captured the reality of the Egyptian revolution as it occurred out of view from the world's media in the alleyways and streets away from the square – and in the process were arrested by the secret police. North American Premiere

5 Broken Cameras / Palestine, Israel, France (Directors: Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi) — A Palestinian journalist chronicles his village’s resistance to a separation barrier being erected on their land and in the process captures his young son’s lens on the world. International Premiere

THE AMBASSADOR / Denmark (Director: Mads Brügger) — What happens when a very white European man buys his way into being a diplomat in one of Central Africa's most failed nations? Welcome to the bizarre and hidden world of African diplomacy, where gin and tonics flow and diamond hustlers and corrupt politicians run free. North American Premiere

BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* / Sweden (Director: Fredrik Gertten) — The behind-the-scenes story of a full-scale attack on freedom of speech. When Dole set its sights on the WG Film production Bananas!* in May 2009, confusion was the method, aggression was the tactic and media control was the story. North American Premiere

China Heavyweight / Canada, China (Director: Yung Chang) — In central China, where a coach recruits poor rural teenagers and turns them into Western-style boxing champions, the top students face dramatic choices as they graduate – should they fight for the collective good or for themselves? A metaphor for the choices everyone in the New China faces now. World Premiere

Gypsy Davy / Israel, U.S.A., Spain (Director: Rachel Leah Jones) — How does a white boy with Alabama roots become a Flamenco guitarist in Andalusian boots? A tale of self-invention and the pursuit of happiness, regardless of the cost to others. International Premiere

The Imposter / United Kingdom (Director: Bart Layton) — In 1994 a 13-year-old boy disappears from his home in San Antonio, Texas. Three and a half years later he is found alive thousands of miles away in Spain with a shocking story of kidnap and torture. But all is not what it seems in this tale that is truly stranger than fiction. World Premiere

Indie Game: The Movie / Canada (Directors: Lisanne Pajot, James Swirsky) — Follow the dramatic journeys of indie game developers as they create games and release those works, and themselves, to the world. World Premiere

The Law in These Parts / Israel (Director: Ra'anan Alexandrowicz) — Israel's 43-year military legal system in the Occupied Palestinian Territories unfolds through provocative interviews with the system’s architects and historical footage showing the enactment of these laws upon the Palestinian population. International Premiere

Payback / Canada (Director: Jennifer Baichwal) — Based on Margaret Atwood’s best-selling book, Payback explores how debt is a central organizing principle in our lives – influencing relationships, societies, governing structures and the very fate of this planet. World Premiere

Putin's Kiss / Denmark (Director: Lise Birk Pedersen) — 19-year-old Marsha is a model spokesperson in a strongly nationalistic Russian youth movement that aims to protect the country from its enemies. When she starts recognizing the organization’s flaws, she must take a stand for or against it. North American Premiere

Searching for Sugar Man / Denmark, United Kingdom (Director: Malik Bendjelloul) — Rodriguez was the greatest ‘70s US rock icon who never was. Hailed as the greatest recording artist of his generation he disappeared into oblivion – rising again from the ashes in a completely different context many miles away. World Premiere. DAY ONE FILM

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Patrice O'Neal Passes

Comedian and VH1 funny man Patrice O'Neal has recently passed. Known for many of Comedy Central's Roasts & a stand out on numerous VH1 shows. O'Neal was 41.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Its The Situation vs Abercrombie?

We hear that Jersey Shore abdominal star Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino is crunching his way to a lawsuit on Abercrombie & Fitch. The reality star alleges that by emblazoning T-shirts with such slogans as "Gtl” the clothing giant violated his trademarks on "The Situation" and "Gtl," aka his regimen of gym, tan and laundry.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

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Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at the Daily Film Forum.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Baby Boy For Niki Taylor

Supermodel Niki Taylor welcomed in a new baby boy. Taylor, and her former Nascar driver Husband Burney Lamar, welcomed the new addition in New York City.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Former NY Yankee Billy Sample's "Reunion 108"

Actor Keith Collins, recent winner of the Best Actor Award at the Downbeach Film Festival Atlantic City Cinefest, with Cucina Di Pesce’s, Nick Alija and former Major Leaguer, Billy Sample, taking a break from discussing the latter's award winning (Hoboken Film Festival), satirical, baseball screenplay, Reunion 108, due for production in January 2012...

Monday, November 21, 2011

Mega Talent Signed On For The Grammy Nominations Concert Live

Usher, The Band Perry and singing sensation Rihanna are all on for "The Grammy Nominations Concert Live," also other big name talent signed on are Lady Gaga, Lupe Fiasco and Sugarland . The Event is hosted by LL Cool J. The show is set to air on CBS live from L.A.'s Nokia Theatre on Nov. 30 2011.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Connie Britton Now A Mom

After enduring a three-year-long adoption process actress Connie Britton has just become a new mom. The American Horror Story star adopted a 9-month-old boy from Ethiopia, named Yoby.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Sexiest Man Alive – Bradley Cooper

Bradley Cooper, the Hangover star has been recently named People’s 2011 Sexiest man alive.

Friday, November 18, 2011

South Park Renewed for three more seasons

South Park is staying. Comedy central has renewed the show for three more seasons. Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s hilarious show will continue through 2016.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


The Creative Actors Alliance in association with Z-Ville Productions is proud to announce the World Premier of their Feature Film “Life At The Resort”. The film will screen as part of the New York International Film Festival on November 21st at 10pm.

Life at the Resort was co-directed by first-time directing team Jeff Sable and Zander Villayne and produced by the Creative Actors Alliance in association with Z-Ville Productions.

This funny, romantic comedy was written by Deon C. van Rooyen and David Higlen and stars: Vail Bloom (The Young and the Restless), Adrian R’Mante (The Suite Life of Zach and Cody), Louis Mandylor (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) and Marc Singer (The Beastmaster).

Life at the Resort: Where rumors are spread and secrets are said.

There is more than hospitality happening at this famous Five Star Resort. In just one day the problems and plots of guests and staff unfold.
From the failing romances to shocking rumors and revelations within the hotel staff, the colorful cast of characters play out their love triangles and intrigues while patrons dine, plots thicken, mistresses’ fume, fortunes fail and blackmail schemes go bust. The roller coaster of surprises at this resort gives us an entertaining emotional ride filled with laughter, tears and love.

About the Company:
This is the first feature film produced by the Creative Actors Alliance, a production company comprised of actors creating their own professional projects to showcase the talents of its members. In addition to producing content, they host events, acting classes and continue to help others achieve their creative goals.
For Life at the Resort, the producers decided to collaborate with former Board Member Zander Villayne and Z-Ville Productions, a full service film and music production company designed for the independent filmmaker.

Monday, November 21, 2011 at 10pm Quad Cinema 34 West, 13th Street New York, NY 10011
Tickets are $12 in advance on or guests can purchase tickets for $15 at the door (if the screening is not sold out). All screenings are open to the general public with tickets. For more information about the film please logo onto

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Ricky Gervais To Host Golden Globes

He is back! Ricky Gervais will host the 2012 Golden Globes in January according to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association who just tweeted the news. This will mark Gervais third year as host.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Shakira Honored With Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame

Grammy Award Winning recording artist Shakira was honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. Shakira won an Alma award was nominated for a Golden Globe for best original song for “Love in the time of Cholera”.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Joe Frazier Passes

Legendary Boxer “Smokin” Joe Frazier has recently passed. Frazier with career highlights and a legacy of boxing winning the Heavyweight boxing gold medal, 1964 Olympics., only man to defeat Muhammad Ali, world heavyweight boxing champion 1970-73 his only losses were to George Foreman & Muhamad Ali. Frazier was 67.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

"Heavy D" Passes

Rapper Dwight Arrington Myers, known as the legendary Heavy D has recently passed. Dwight Arrington Myers "Heavy D" was 44.

Friday, October 28, 2011

2011 Downbeach Film Festival Presents Atlantic City Cinefest Award Winners


Best Drama, Short 15 minutes or less:
The Secret Friend

Best Drama, Short 15 minutes or more:

Best Comedy, Short 15 minutes or less:
BIdentity Crisis 1st

Best Comedy, Short 15 minutes or more:
Never Has Beenz

Best Drama, Feature:
Johnny's Gone

Best Comedy, Feature:
Stuck in the Middle

Best Animation:
Bike's Eyes

Best Actor, Short:
Keith Collins: BIdentity Crisis

Best Actress, Short:
Karen Landry, After the Denim

Best Actor, Comedy Feature:
Stephen Fontana, Stuck in the Middle

Best Actor, Drama Feature:
Rick Borgia, Twists of Fate

Best Actress, Comedy Feature:
Penelope Lagos, Stuck in the Middle

Best Actress, Drama Feature:
LaDon Drummond, Johnny's Gone

Best Director, Short:
Benjamin Busch, Bright

Best Director, Feature:
Jack Skyyler, Joel Brook, Hitting the Wall
Giorgio Serafini, Johnny's Gone

Best Ultra-Short:
Oh Sister

Best Director, Ultra Short:
Ryan Lelache, Memorial

Best Documentary, Short:
Fallen Blue Heroes

Best Documentary, Feature:
Deconstructing Dad

Best Writer, Short:
David Rutter, Mea Culpa

Best Writer, Comedy Feature:
Mark Poisella, Kirk Cunningham, Dynamite Swine

Best Writer, Drama Feature:
Giorgio Serafini, LaDon Drummond, Johnny's Gone

Best Director, Documentary:
Scott Rosenfelt

Best of Fest, Feature:
The Fifth Door

Best of Fest, Short:

Best of Fest, Documentary:
Fallen Blue Heroes

Best Student Film:

Best New Jersey-based Short:
Camp 139

Best New Jersey-based Feature:
The Fifth Door

Best New Jersey-based Documentary:
Fallen Blue Heroes

New Director Award:
Jack Skyyler, Joel Brook

Thursday, October 27, 2011


The Downbeach Film Festival presented Atlantic City Cinefest from October 14 to October 16, 2011. Continuing the tradition for the fourth year, this year Resorts Casino Hotel hosted the screening of the thirty plus shorts, features, and documentaries. This years Lifesaver Award was presented to success Scott Rosenfelt, who is most know for his production on hits such as Home Alone and Mystic Pizza. This festival has acclaimed itself on celebrating the art of film and giving independents a place to exhibit their work. Standing alongside such names in industry, Mattioli Productions in association with Dreamcatcher Entertainment is proud to announce it's nominations and winnings in the 2011 year for the short comedy, BIdentity Crisis.

With its tag line, "sexuality is like a light switch," BIdentity Crisis follows Phillip (Edvin Ortega) in his struggle to defend his bi-sexuality. His girlfriend, Helen (Elissa Goldstein), is not thoroughly convinced that his light-switch is "on" women as he claims, demonstrated through Phillip's flirtation with the flamboyant waiter, Jaime (Keith Collins). Outstanding other recent work including The Great Fight and Curiosity Killed The Cat, this particular performance earned Goldstein a nomination for Best Actress at the festival. Collin's performance, according to Time Square Gossip, is recognized as "unforgettable, laugh out load and outrageously funny." Holding previous nominations&wins for other films such as A Fight for Survival, he can add this years Downbeach win to his collection for Best Actor.

Nominated for Best Director, Jana Mattioli hopes that this will bring a light heart after her recent dramatic feature release of An Affirmative Act. From the courtroom drama of a married lesbian couples' arrest for fraudulent activity to adopt a child, BiDentity Crisis shifts to take the heat off and lightens the mood as it tells a story of coming out of the closet…"sort of."

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Bachelorette DeAnna Pappas Marries Stephen Stagliano

Former Bachelorette DeAnna Pappas is officially off the market. Pappas tied the knot with Stephen Stagliano on Saturday in Georgia. The happy couple met in 2009 at The Bachelorette:The Men Tell All special.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Paranormal Activity 3 Makes Records At The Box Office

With a budget of only $5 million, Paranormal Activity 3 rocked the box office in the biggest horror opening of all time this weekend, grossing an estimated $54 million.

Monday, October 24, 2011

1986 New York Mets Championship Season 25th Anniversary

Darryl Strawberry, Davey Johnson, Howard Johnson, Kevin Mitchell, Rafael Santana, Ray Knight, Bruce Berenyi, Ed Lynch, Dave Magadan, Rick Aguilera, Mookie Wilson and Keith Hernandez were among the few Mets Greats who were on hand to attend the 1986 New York Mets Championship Season 25th Anniversary Celebration at Strawberry's Sports Grill in New York City.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

RIhanna and Chris Brown Nominated In Same Category

RIhanna and Chris Brown are nominated for the same category at the 2011 Soul Train Awards. They are competing for 'Best Dance Performance' award. RIhanna for 'Only Girl in the World'/'What's My Name' and Brown for 'She Ain't You'.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

The 2011 World Series Brings In The Ratings

The first two games of this year’s World Series attracted about the same number of viewers that the first two games of last year’s did, about 13 million. Each night the world series was number one in ratings only for a single half hour being edged out by ABC’s Modern Family & on Thursday by The Big Bang Theory on CBS.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Paranormal Activity 3 Rakes In $8 Million From Midnight Showings

Paranormal Activity 3 cost $5 million when the first film cost $11,000. And reports show that it brought in $8 million from midnight screenings, nearly $2 million more than the second film in the franchise did last year, and way more than the first.

Thursday, October 20, 2011


Independent Film Stuck in the Middle walked away with three coveted awards at the 2011 Downbeach Film Festival Atlantic City Cinefest closing ceremony in the Foundation Room at Showboat Casino Atlantic City, NJ.

Stuck in the Middle won the award for best Comedy Feature Film while Stephen Fontana won Best Actor and Penelope Lagos took home Best Actress Award
The film was nominated for six awards overall including ones for directing, writing and a second best actress in a feature Jeanette Roxborough.

Stuck in the Middle was written by the brother team of Joseph and Billy Pepitone and directed by Joseph Pepitone and Carlos Duhaime. It was produced by Jeff Quinlan, John Summa and Carolynne Kish and stars Stephen Fontana, Penelope Lagos, Keith Collins, Jeanette Roxborough, Eric Etebari, Cash Tilton and Jack Mulcahy.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

“Amy, My Daughter”

Amy Winehouse's father is inking a book deal. Mitch Winehouse has agreed to publisher HarperCollins to terms in the U.S. and Britain for the release of "Amy, My Daughter" which is said to be released in the summer of 2012.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

America Ferrera Off To London

Ugly betty star America Ferrera has been confirmed for an eight-week run in Chicago at London's West End. Ferrera will play Roxie Hart in the musical starting November 7th. Others who also have took on the London edition include; Jennifer Ellison, Denise Van Outen & Michelle Williams.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Armand Assante Bankrupt?

Actor Armand Assante, has gone to bankruptcy court—Assante, a born-and-raised New Yorker and nominated for several Golden Globe awards, recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Roseanne Barr Back To TV

Roseanne Barr is getting back to the sitcom circuit. Barr who’s short leashed reality series "Roseanne's Nuts” that was canceled after one season she has now landed a new sitcom at NBC titled "Downwardly Mobile.”

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Nearly 2,000 Employees to be laid off by the BBC

Forced by government mandate to make drastic cuts, the publicly supported BBC announced that it will lay off nearly 2,000 employees, produce fewer entertainment TV shows, restrict its expendure on sports rights and apply numerous cutbacks to its radio operations. The cuts are expected to result in a savings of nearly $1 billion a year by 2017.

Friday, October 14, 2011

David Arquette's New Flame

A David Arquette has moved on with Joe Francis ' ex and Entertainment Tonight " reporter Christina McLarty. Arquette publicly opened up about his relationship while calling into the howard stern show. McLarty has been previously married to Girls Gone Wild’s Joe Francis for only two months.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

October 14th - 16th 2011 Downbeach Film Festival Presents Atlantic City Cinefest

Scott Rosenfelt

Joe Piscopo

This weekend, Downbeach Film Festival will present its 4th annual festival, the 2011 Atlantic City Cinefest. For three days, the fest will screen more than independent shorts, features and documentaries in The Screening Room at Resorts Casino Hotel and for the first time, at the Carnegie Center.
The festival will honor Hollywood producer-director, Scott Rosenfelt, known for Home Alone, Mystic Pizza and Teen Wolf, and Saturday Night Live alum, comedic actor and musician, Joe Piscopo. Both will receive Lifesaver Awards for lifetime achievements.
Rosenfelt will also screen his powerful documentary, Standing Silent, on Saturday night. A Sundance Documentary Filmmaker Grant recipient, the film exposes the issue of child sexual abuse among orthodox rabbis in Baltimore. Standing Silent is one of several documentaries on tap.
Deconstructing Dad opens the festival Friday night. The feature-length film traces the life of iconic musician, Raymond Scott, who produced the music for Warner Brother’s classic cartoons, directed the orchestra for TV’s “our Hit Parade, and developed the use of technology in music. The documentary short, Fallen Blue Heroes, pays homage to the police throughout New Jersey and beyond. The film plays Saturday afternoon at Resorts.
Piscopo’s appearance at Resorts is timed with the 25th Anniversary screening of Wise Guys, which was filmed in part at Resorts.
Previous festival Chameleon award-winner, Chris Mulkey, returns with his short, Never Has Beenz. Award winner, Keith Collins, stars in two films in the festival, the feature comedy, Stuck in the Middle and the short comedy, BIdentity Crisis. The short, The Tailor, weaves a comedic turn in religious beliefs.
Filmmakers will celebrate the opening night after party on the Living Room at the Chelsea Hotel and at the awards reception in The Foundation Room at the House of Blues in Showboat.
Visit for details, times, locations and ticket prices.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Hysterical "Coffee and a Bite" Films

(photo-filmmaker Jana Mattioli on the set of "Coffee and a Bite")

After a great day of shooting for upcoming film “Coffee and a Bite,” we met up with director Jana Mattioli, famous for her many fantastic contributions to the LGBT film industry. Her directorial repertoire ranges from drama to comedy and everything in between, but she admits that an LGBT film about vampires is “a first” for her. She tells us that “it’s going to be great” and gives her praises to the talented cast and crew working on the hilarious film "Coffee and a Bite." With all the hits she’s created in the past, we have no doubt that “Coffee and a Bite” is going to be terrific!

“Coffee and a Bite,” written by the brilliant Kelly Feustel, is both the unique story of learning to be true to oneself and a clever exploration of the vampire subculture with just a bit of camp thrown in that is sure to keep audiences laughing.

As one of The Advocate’s “Forty People Under 40 To Look Out For” in the May 2011 issue, Jana Mattioli (An Affirmative Act, BIdentity Crisis) is both an acclaimed and talented director and a prominent LGBT community activist. Mattioli is the name to watch for in the independent film scene! Her recent celebrated feature “An Affirmative Act” debuted in theaters across the nation this past April and will be soon be released for sale on on October 11th 2011. As the director of “Coffee and a Bite,” it’s sure to be both hilarious and fantastic!

On this day at the cup, three unusual regulars come by for a “bite.” There’s the classy but homophobic, Transylvanian-wannabe Vlad (Clifton Lewis), the handsome, bisexual Jonathan (Thomas Leverton), and the sultry but conflicted Lydia (Rachel Filsoof). Also at The Cup on a date are Josh (Bobby Walker), the good-looking gay professional, and Phillip (Edvin Ortega; BIdentity Crisis), the flirtatious bisexual whose last date at The Cup ended hilariously disastrous. And then there are all the other patrons, trying to avoid the sickeningly lovey-dovey couple and the odd blood-sucking trio.

As the boys’ date goes from cavity-inducing sweet to deliciously, side-splittingly dramatic, the vampires enter a long discussion over what makes a “perfect” vampire. Vlad and Jonathan enter into a heated debate about sexual orientation and, as the verbal brawl goes on, it becomes clear that Lydia is struggling with her lesbian feelings for the one that got away: Andrea, the spunky Cup Coffeehouse waitress played by Danielle Erin Rhodes. Returning to the Cup to complete this five star cast are Keith Collins (Stuck in the Middle; BIdentity Crisis) as Jamie, the sassy gay waiter, and Steve Wolf as Chase, the slimy straight guy determined to pick up a lesbian.

Will Chase succeed at this endeavor? Will Lydia and Andrea be able to pick up where they left off? And was Josh and Phillip’s date doomed from the start? With such a motley group of people at the Cup, who can really say? All we can say is that “Coffee and a Bite” is going to be a hit!
This film is produced by Mattioli Productions in association with Dreamcatcher Entertainment. Executive Producers: Robert and Joyce Borneman, Greg Jackson, and Steve Wolf.For more info log onto;

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Roger Williams Passes

Pianist Roger Williams has recently passed from pancreatic cancer. Williams, best known for hit songs "Autumn Leaves", "Born Free" and "Lara's Theme from Dr. Zhivago." Williams was 87.

Monday, October 10, 2011

NBC 'Parenthood' Extended

NBC ordered two additional episodes of their hit show Parenthood which stars Peter Krause, Monica Potter and Lauren Graham. Which now makes the episode count 18 for the season.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Danny McBride is A Father

Actor Danny McBride has become a first-time father to a baby boy. The Pineapple Express star McBride, wife Gia Ruiz gave birth to Declan George McBride in Los Angeles.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Jack Osbourne Engaged!

Jack Osbourne has popped the question to his actress girlfriend Lisa Stelly. Son of the famous Ozzy Osbourne is now off the market and an engaged man.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Steve Jobs Passes

Steve Jobs the genious behind Apple who put the Mac, iPod, iPhone and iPad for millions has recently passed. Jobs, had battled pancreatic cancer since 2004. Jobs was 56.

Thursday, October 6, 2011


How long can you live a lie before you forget who you really are?
When 3 troubled individuals living as "vampires" enter The Cup, there's more to them than their Gothic lifestyle. Jonathan, Lydia, and Vlad aren't typical guests of The Cup. They have been living as "vampires," even stalking their own victims. When Jonathan approaches a man Lydia is warming up to, Vlad is appalled not only that Jonathan would steal Lydia's "food," but that he would pursue another man!
Even though everyone in The Cup seems to avoid the “vampires,” waitress Andrea goes an extra mile out of her way to evade the table. Leaving only Jamie to serve them, he must endure fake foreign accents, corny jokes, and becomes the subject of a bet leading to mistaken identities of the most awkward kind!
When the “vampires” decide to analyze the characteristics of the “perfect” vampire, an argument quickly ensues between homophobic Vlad and bisexual-enthusiast Jonathan. While Lydia is caught in the middle, she struggles not only with her opinion of the issue but her view on sexuality in general. A story of friendship, prejudice, and self-discovery, "Coffee and a Bite" will leave you wanting seconds! A sexy and comical tale about coming out of the "coffin." "Coffee and a Bite" Directed by Jana Mattioli written by Kelly Feustel starring Clifton Lewis, Thomas Leverton, Rachel Filsoof, Keith Collins, Bobby Walker, Danielle Erin Rhodes, Steve Wolf and Edvin Ortega. Produced by Mattioli Productions in association with Dreamcatcher Entertainment. Executive Producers: Robert and Joyce Borneman, Greg Jackson, and Steve Wolf. Coffee and a Bite, Look for it out this winter 2011.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Great Design for a Greater Cause

Sucaro’s Freedom Strap-- now available at Paragon Sports-- contributes to Women’s Health Initiative in Africa
A philanthropic cause and a well thought-out design go hand-in-hand. Giving back to the community is just as important as practically and beauty of a handbag. Sucaro’s handbag designer Susan Bellinson understands that.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to help out others with my Freedom Strap designs,” said Bellinson, who is also a certified nurse-midwife at Montefiore Hospital. “It adds value to my work.”
Bellinson helps strengthening and improving the quality of life for women across the globe by donating to the Rwanda Women's Health Initiative, supported by the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology of Montefiore Hospital.
“I try to give my patients the best care I can provide them,” Bellinson said. “For me, it’s heartbreaking to know that there are women in Africa who don’t have the same treatment.”
Sucaro also donates a portion of the profits from Freedom Strap to Seeds of Peace, an organization dedicated to empowering young leaders from regions of conflict with the leadership skills. Bellinson is hoping to raise awareness for Seeds of Peace, as Sucaro's debut collection Freedom Strap is now at Paragon Sports in Union Square.
"I am so pleased to feature my debut collection at Paragon," Bellinson said. "The Freedom Straps are fun, versatile, innovative, comfortable and secure -- perfect for someone with an active life style like many New Yorkers. I hope everyone can pitch in to the causes that Freedom Strap represents."
In a perfect combination of practically and design, Freedom Straps allow you to carry your most important belongings hands-free.
“I really like the bags,” said Jim Laros, the buyer for Paragon Sports. “It’s hip and urban.”
A patented design, Freedom Straps can be found in many different colors and are made of soft leathers, durable nylon and rugged canvas.
"There is really no other bag that can be worn seven different ways on the body by so many different kinds of men, women and kids,” Bellinson said. “It is a bag that has a multitude of niches.”
Bellinson looks forward to developing more solutions in the accessory world, and expanding the philanthropic side of the business. For more information, check out

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

25th Anniversary Of "Wise Guys"

Downbeach Film Festival's Atlantic City Cinefest will host a 25th Anniversary screening of Wise Guys in The Screening Room at Resorts Atlantic City on October 16. The film, shot in part at Resorts, will close the three-day festival. Co-star, Joe Piscopo, will introduce the film and hold a Q & A afterwards. The annual awards ceremony follows the showing of the film, also in The Screening Room.

In Wise Guys, Piscopo plays Moe Dickstein, an errand boy for the mob. His partner is Harry Valentini, played by Danny DeVito. When they lose $250,000, they are set up to kill each other. But instead, they run off to Atlantic City and comedy follows. Brian De Palma, more aligned with crime dramas like Dressed to Kill and Scarface, directed the film based on a script by George Gallo. Harvey Keitel, Dan Hedaya and Patti LuPone also co-star.

Movie critic Roger Ebert wrote, "Wise Guys is an abundant movie, filled with ideas and gags and great characters. It never runs dry. It never has the desperation of so many gangster comedies, which seem to be marching over the same tired ground. This movie was made with joy, and you can feel it in the sense of all the actors working at the top of their form."

A Jersey native, Piscopo, has had a long career, not just in movies like Wise Guys and Johnny Dangerously, but as a cast member with Saturday Night Live during the first half of the 1980s. He’s also done dramatic turns in series like Law & Order. Piscopo, who also runs Club Piscopo at Resorts, will receive an award for his work.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Mike Myers Welcomes Baby Boy!

Austin Powers star Mike Myers and his wife, Kelly Tisdale, just welcomed their first child a baby boy! Congrats to the funny man and his lovely wife.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Scott Rosenfelt To Receive Lifesaver Award

Downbeach Film Festival presents the 2011 Atlantic City Cinefest, October 14 to 16 in The Screening Room at Resorts Casino Hotel. As in the prior three years, the festival will screen a selection of more than 30 features, shorts and documentaries, as well as honor cinematic success stories, such as Scott Rosenfelt, who will receive the Lifesaver Award Saturday night.

Rosenfelt has produced such Hollywood hits as Home Alone, Mystic Pizza, Teen Wolf and Smoke Signals. He will be honored with a retrospective following the screening of a documentary he produced and directed, Standing Silent. The powerful film, a recipient of a Sundance Documentary Filmmaker Grant, exposes the issue of child abuse among orthodox rabbis in Baltimore. “Making this film has changed the way I look at the world and the work that I do,” says Rosenfelt. “I believe this kind of film is what a documentary should really be – illuminating a relatively unheard of subject, exposing it, and giving people hope that while they won’t get over what happened, they can at least feel a little bit less despair.”

A narrative filmmaker, Rosenfelt hadn’t considered a documentary until he met Phil Jacobs, a Baltimore journalist who led a crusade to tell the stories of survivors of sexual molestation at the hands of Orthodox rabbis.

“I met Phil through my brother, Bob. They are both Orthodox Jews, longtime residents in Baltimore and part of the community. What I didn't know was that Phil had been raped as a young boy by someone in his congregation. Phil then introduced me to a survivor that he was doing a story on. I met this man, shook his hand, and felt years of pain, loss, anger...every negative emotion. After he left, I turned to Phil and said, `I don't know how, but I'm going to get the funding and we're going to do a documentary about your work and the survivors' stories.' “

Among the other highlights of this year’s festival is the opening night screening of Deconstructing Dad, another documentary on the life of iconic musician, Raymond Scott, who produced the music for Warner Brother’s classic cartoons, directed the orchestra for TV’s “Your Hit Parade,” and developed the use of technology in music. The festival will close with the 25th Anniversary screening of “Wise Guys” with co-star Joe Piscopo doing a Q & A.

If you would like to schedule an interview with Mr. Rosenfelt, please contact William Sokolic. Log onto for festival updates, including a complete list of films, the schedule and ticket prices.

Saturday, October 1, 2011


(Stuck in the Middle cast - Fontana,Lagos,Collins,Etebari,Roxborough,Mulcahy & Tilton)

When I walked into the Tribeca Grand Hotel to see the premiere of the new independent film, Stuck in the Middle, I did not know what to expect. I had not heard about the low budget film and was unfamiliar with most of the cast and the team that made the film. After the screening, I now find myself wanting to know more about everyone and everything involved in this four star comedy!

Stuck in the Middle begins with one of the crudest, funniest conversations I have seen in a film in a long time between protagonist Michael Cheevers played by Stephen Fontana and his drinking buddy Pat (Carter Roy). This grabbed my attention immediately and I was hooked. Cheevers, a lazy, porn addicted, do-nothing winds up pleasuring himself to death and goes to Purgatory. A quick succession of meetings with a clerk, a little girl and a bulimic woman had the entire theater roaring and I knew I was in for a wild ride.

Enter, Jeanette Roxborough as an angry, bitter secretary with language you wouldn’t expect to hear in hell, much less Purgatory. Roxborough’s delivery seems effortless despite dropping obscenities throughout the film and she shines in this role. She leads Cheevers to St. Peter’s office. He has recently been demoted from the Pearly Gates and he isn’t too happy about it. Cash Tilton plays Peter and he is definitely one of the many highlights of this film.

Then the real story starts as Cheevers meets his office manager Brooke Lynn Monroe. The sexy Penelope Lagos lights up the screen and plays Fontana’s straight man to perfection (with some great one-liners of her own). Obviously Cheevers falls for her and the two become friends and partners in crime around the office. This does not sit well with real estate mogul and Jesus’ agent Todd Levy (Keith Collins). Collins revels in this role with his arrogant, smug grin and over the top outbursts. Playing the guy who is trying to pull one over on Jesus makes Todd Levy an instant classic indie bad guy. Eric Etebari plays Jesus, the privileged, Boss’ Son. This is the hippest Jesus ever portrayed on the screen with a cool and cocky attitude and a love of golf that is as absurd as it is funny. As a practicing Catholic I found myself feeling guilty as I laughed at how Etebari and the writers took Jesus to places even South Park hasn’t, but I couldn’t help myself. And look for the ultimate pose down between two of history’s biggest religious icons that caps the brilliant gym scene.

And that leads me to Leo Balmudo, an alcoholic, who may or may not be Ronald Reagan. Perfectly cast as Leo, Jack Mulcahy channels Reagan and is a scene-stealer in this movie. Whether he is quoting Reagan or stealing a drink, Mulcahy’s deadpan delivery and background expressions adds so much more to the film.

Stuck in the Middle is well acted, well written and looks surprisingly good for an ultra low budget film. The script is solid, well paced, and hilarious. Brothers Joseph and Billy Pepitone wrote a screenplay that really satirized mundane office life and the use of Purgatory as a background allowed them to go way outside the box and poke fun at religious stereotypes. This is one of the best independent films I have seen in years.

Stuck in the Middle was co-directed by Joseph Pepitone and Carlos Duhamie and it’s production team includes veteran Executive Producer Jeff Quinlan along with John Summa and Carolynne Kish. Duhaime also shot the film.

Friday, September 30, 2011

TV's Top Paid Actresses

"30 Rock's" Tina Fey ($13 million)
"Desperate Housewives'" Eva Longoria ($13 million)
"Desperate Housewives'" Marcia Cross ($10 million)
"Law and Order: SVU's" Mariska Hargitay ($10 million)
"CSI's" Marg Helgenberger ($10 million)
"Desperate Housewives'" Teri Hatcher ($9 million)
"Desperate Housewives'" Felicity Huffman ($9 million)
"Cougar Town's" Courteney Cox ($7 million)
"Grey's Anatomy's" Ellen Pompeo ($7 million)
"The Good Wife's" Julianna Margulies ($6 million)

Thursday, September 29, 2011

"Deconstructing Dad" Premieres At Down Beach Film Festival

Downbeach Film Festival presents the 2011 Atlantic City Cinefest, October 14 to 16 in The Screening Room at Resorts Casino Hotel. The festival’s opening night film, Deconstructing Dad, documents the life of iconic musician, Raymond Scott, who produced the music for Warner Brother’s classic cartoons, directed the orchestra for TV’s “Your Hit Parade,” and developed the use of technology in music. His work has been used by Motown founder, Berry Gordy, and performed by groups ranging from Rush, Devo, They Might Be Giants, and adapted by the virtual super-group, Gorillaz.

Scott's son, Stan Warnow, directed what was a labor of love. "The genesis of the film was a very specific moment during my dad's memorial service when I suddenly realized that I did feel a traditional son's love for him that I had tried to deny for almost my whole life. And from that awareness came a sense of injustice that he had been essentially forgotten by the public as the years passed, and that many of the wonderful things he had accomplished had never even been publicized at all," said Warnow, who received a Master of Fine Arts from New York University.

Warnow not only has the family pedigree to evoke a music legend, but the filmmaker pedigree as well. He served as editor for musical documentaries Woodstock and No Nukes and the feature musical, Hair.

Deconstructing Dad has attracted praise in the media. Says Leonard Maltin: "This is a fascinating look at a musical genius and the way he lived his life. Stan Warnow allows us to share his journey of discovery as he pieces together the story of his father. I thoroughly enjoyed it."

Among the other highlight is the screening of Standing Silent, directed and produced by Scott Rosenfelt. The exposes the issue of child abuse among Orthodox rabbis in Baltimore. Rosenfelt has produced such Hollywood hits as Home Alone, Mystic Pizza, Teen Wolf and Smoke Signals. The festival will close with the 25th Anniversary screening of “Wise Guys” with co-star Joe Piscopo doing a Q & A.

If you would like to schedule an interview with Mr. Warnow, please contact William Sokolic. Log onto for festival updates, including a complete list of films, the schedule and ticket prices.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

2011 Downbeach Film Festival presents the 2011 Atlantic City Cinefest

Atlantic City, NJ Downbeach Film Festival presents the 2011 Atlantic City Cinefest, October 14 to 16 in The Screening Room at Resorts Casino Hotel. As in the prior three years, the festival will screen a selection of more than 30 features, shorts and documentaries, as well as honor cinematic success stories, such as Scott Rosenfelt, who will receive the Lifesaver Award Saturday night.

Rosenfelt has produced such Hollywood hits as Home Alone, Mystic Pizza, Teen Wolf and Smoke Signals. He will be honored with a retrospective following the screening of a documentary he produced and directed, Standing Silent. The powerful film, a Sundance Documentary Filmmaker Grant recipient, exposes the issue of child abuse among orthodox rabbis in Baltimore.

One of the festival’s opening night films, Deconstructing Dad, is another documentary on the life of iconic musician, Raymond Scott, who produced the music for Warner Brother’s classic cartoons, directed the orchestra for TV’s “Your Hit Parade,” and developed the use of technology in music. The festival will close with the 25th Anniversary screening of Wise Guys with co-star Joe Piscopo doing a Q & A.

Once again, the festival will screen a selection of shorties, the longest under four minutes. Local filmmaker, Tony Piccotti, will unveil his latest, The Fifth Door. Independent shorts include the hilarious religious piece, The Tailor, previous Lifesaver Award winner, Chris Mulkey’s Never Has Beenz, the clever, Side Effect, Rowan grad, David Simonetti’s, Silk City, and experimental films, Bike’s Eyes, from returning director, Michael Gaughan, and 60 in Sixty Seconds, from returning director, Ronnie Cramer. Joseph Pepitone presents his comedy, Stuck in the Middle.

Log onto for festival updates.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Jack Black ia All--IN

Funny man Jack Black will be trying his luck while gambling for charity after signing on to participate in a celebrity poker tournament. Black will jump into the poker pits for the All-In to Win for Hope event next month at the Commerce Casino in California. Joining him will be many stars such as High School Musical's Bart Johnson, former Saved by the Bell star Dennis Haskins and actress Camryn Manheim. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Renal Support Network and Love Across The Ocean.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

2011 Down Beach Film Festival Presents Atlantic City Cinefest Official Selections

*Twist of Fate

Filmmaker: Conrad Glover and Pat Cerrato

Synopsis: Back in the day, Joey DeMarco was a killer for hire, but 15 years in prison can change a person. Joey wanted no more of his former life. His kid brother was a reckless small time hood who would one night go too far. It wouldn’t take the Irish mob long to catch up and deal harshly with Phillip. In a life of crime revenge is inevitable. Joey would single handedly hunt down take on the Irish Mob and nearly succeed. But now the hunter would be the hunted. His only hope was a lonely spinster, taken hostage by Joey in her own home.

Air We Breathe
Filmmaker: Andrew Ari Clibanoff
Cast: Barnaby Carpenter, London Vale, Nick Palatas, Stacey Bellew.
Length: 24:35
Genre: Family, Drama, Romance, Coming of Age , Independent
Synopsis: In this retro-style romantic drama shot desperately on location in a soaped up household full of co-dependent melodrama and bourbon, the live action short film Air We Breathe tells the story of John Foster who years after his writing career peaked is losing his grip on life, love and family when Dylan Avery, a 25-year old who upon the death of his father, comes searching out Foster to initiate a relationship. Shot entirely on one residential property in Ojai, California, this short story portrays the challenges that Foster has internally as well as how his relationship spirals downward with his girlfriend Joanna and her 20-something daughter Paige as they are all confronted with Foster's darkness even while they deal with their own emotional mother/daughter struggles.

*The Camera's Eye
Filmmaker: Wendy Shear
Cast: Olivia Aupperlee, Natalie Douglas, Kate Forsatz
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Synopsis: A young photojournalist survives the horrors of war only to begin her descent into madness after discovering her father's murderous past while taking care of her dying mother.

Filmmaker: Gabby Egitgo
Cast: Phil Miler, Stephen Bartlett
Length: 18:38
Genre: Thriller, Crime, Cult, Neo-noir, Magical Realism, Dramedy, Supernatural, Personal Narrative, Mystery
Synopsis: A private eye is hired by an arrogant advertising executive to investigate whether his partner is stealing from their ad agency. During the investigation, he discovers that his client is involved with drugs, sexual harassment and white collar corruption. From there, he decides to turn the tables, triggering unforeseen consequences.

Filmmaker: Cody Campanale
Cast: Cameron Rufelds
Length: 14:39
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: Jason and Vanessa are two theatre school students who want to be famous actors. When they learn that only one of them will be awarded a prestigious acting apprenticeship, a competition for the professor's approval begins that forces them to reject their own morality and come to the realization that there can be no dignity in art .

*Pale Face
Filmmaker: Gilberto Batista
Cast: Gilberto Batista, Daniel Rodrigues
Length: 5:00
Genre: Short, Horror
Synopsis: Frank Bridges decides to take crime fighting into his own hands as Pale Face.

War Paint
Filmmaker: Marcus Liberski
Cast: Emily Seale-Jones, Daniel Cabello
Length: 14:12
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: A young girl lives a tormented life as she is afraid of leaving her apartment. One day she finds out her neighbor has a similar problem. She takes an interest and discovers his secret, but in order to overcome her own fear of the outside, she might have to reveal her own secret.

Four of a Qind
Filmmaker: Angelo Campanile
Cast: Mariana Campos, Simone Gautschi, Yashia McGuire
Length: 6:00
Genre: Comedy, Western
Synopsis: Cheating at Texas Hold'Em can be deadly

*Fractured Minds
Filmmaker: Frank Battiston
Length: 30:00
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Nature, Road Trip, Mystery
Synopsis: A couple journeys into a road trip in search to save their marriage. As their problems resurface, a horrific evil creeps out from the darkness. It is now up to the couple to stay together and fight for their lives.

*Punch Me
Filmmaker: Robert X. Golphin
Cast: Robert X. Golphin, Elwood Idris Simon, Brian Anthony Wilson
Length: 14:00
Genre: Alternative, Drama, Romance, Coming of Age , Human Rights, Independent, Urban, Social Issue
Synopsis: With a romance on the rocks and a father on his sick bed, a young man must accept his true identity before he loses the two people he loves most.

Silk City
Filmmaker: David Simonetti
Cast: Catherine O. Garcia, David Simonetti
Length: 13:00
Genre: Family, Drama, Romance, Independent, Urban, Dramedy, Spiritual, Personal Narrative, Social Issue
Synopsis: Freddie Nolan loses his job. He's middle aged and out of options. He needs a new beginning. Today he'll find it with a little help. To go forward, he revisits his pasts as the memories of when things were simple overtake him.

Sixty in 60
Filmmaker: Ronnie Cramer
Cast: Andren Scott, Becky Van Lewen
Length: 1:00
GENRES:Alternative, Comedy, Educational, Underground, Erotic, Avant-garde, B-movie, Cult, Dance, Fantasy, Independent, Magical Realism, Post Modern, Road Trip, Spoof, Surreal, Mockumentary, Satire, Period/Historical, Reality, Culture, Art, Personal Narrative, Social Issue, Music
Synopsis: Sixty in 60 is an experimental art film featuring sixty one-minute works of many types. Genres represented include abstract, animation, documentary, experimental, narrative, stop-motion, time-lapse and video art.

Deconstructing Dad
Filmmaker: Stanley Warnow
Length: 1:40
Genre: Documentary, Musical
Synopsis: His filmmaker son probes the professional and private lives of his remote but fascinating father: bandleader, composer, inventor, and electronic music pioneer Raymond Scott. "Deconstructing Dad" tells about the life of iconic musician, Raymond Scott, who produced the music for Warner Brother's classic cartoons, directed the orchestra for TV's "Your Hit Parade," and developed the use of technology in music.

Hitting the Wall
Filmmaker: Jack Skyyler
Cast: Nick Marcucci, Vanessa Crane
Length: 1:06:35
Genre: Drama, Romance, Independent, Sport
Synopsis: Based on a true story, Hitting the Wall, is the story of an injured athlete and his struggle to recover and return to the track in hopes of qualifying for the U.S. Olympic track team. This film explores the concept of a purpose and pride in life.

*A Made Man
Filmmaker: Eric B. Fleischman
Cast: Nick Capone
Length: 6:00
Genre: Drama, Crime
Synopsis: When a young boy is offered an opportunity to become a member of the mob, he must discover if a life of crime is truly something he wants to be a part of. Once you are in, there is no escape.

The Fifth Door
Filmmaker: Tony Picciotti
Writer: Steve Rahter
Cast: Julie Zimmer, Morgan Kirner, Kyrstina Matos, Melanie Kettleberger, Tiele Pinich
Length: 75m
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: Five young girls go to a sleep-over and decide they want to enter the world of dreams. All can enter but one must stay.

*Moment of Truth: The Andy Meyers Story
Filmmaker: Steven Crowley
Cast: Rick Haymes
Length: 1:30:00
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Human Rights, Independent, Mockumentary, Reality, Social Issue, Biography
Synopsis: Andy Meyers, the subject of the film, has decided he wants to end his life in front of a camera for the world to see; much like his idol Bud Dwyer. His depression and array of ailments from his bout with diabetes have driven him to the edge. Andy recruited his counselor turned filmmaker to document the suicide and also the events of his final days. The hired crew decides, at the last minute, they cannot be part of Andy's suicide but instead try to talk him out of it. The director is left with no crew and a confused Andy. Does the film go on? Does Andy Meyers kill himself in front of the cameras?

Fallen Blue Heroes
Filmmaker: Donna Roman Hernandez
Cast: Donna Roman Hernandez
Length: 46:00
Genre: Drama, Reality, Docu-Drama, Social Issue
Synopsis: They ride for those who have died......
Annually each May police officers from all over the United States assemble as a 'Unity Tour' in New Jersey and bicycle to the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC during National Police Week to honor Police Officers killed in the line of duty who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the safety and protection of others. Thousands of domestic and international law enforcement Police Officers, survivor families, friends, colleagues, and supporters gather with these riders at the Memorial's marble walls where more than 17,500 Officer's named are inscribed to honor, respect and remembers these 'Fallen Blue Heroes'.

After the Denim
Filmmaker: Scott M. Rosenfelt, Gregory D. Goyins
Cast: Tom Bower, Ceren Alkac, Karen Landry
Length: 27:00
Genre: Family, Drama
Synopsis: "After the Denim" is the story of James Packer, a retired accountant and recovering alcoholic who transforms from a bristly, argumentative, resentful man stuck in the routines of his own preferences into a husband capable of compassion for others.

*Standing Silent
Filmmaker: Scott M. Rosenfelt
Length: 1:24:00
Genre: Documentary
Synopsis: Wrtier Phil Jacobs of the Jewish Times, an orthodox Jew himself, must go against his own community's wishes as he uncovers and reports on a web of sexual abuse involving a well-liked orthodox rabbi, and his son, in the Baltimore Orthodox community.

Plight of the Earth Fairy
Filmmaker: Kim Sheridan
Writer: Kim Sheridan
Cast: Kim Sheridan, Jameth Sheridan
Length: 9:00
Genre: Alternative, Comedy, Microcinema, Fantasy, Independent, Environmental, Satire, Social Issue
Synopsis: Living in the shadow of the Tooth Fairy, the Earth Fairy has an identity crisis and seeks professional help.

Filmmaker: Benjamin Busch
Writer: Benjamin Busch
Cast: Robert Wisdom, Rich McDonald
Length: 40:00
Genre: Drama, Neo-noir, Independent, Art
Synopsis: A surprisingly contemplative drama centered on a blind man (Robert Wisdom) who must guide a quirky young man (Eric Nenninger) through a desperate fear. This carefully crafted film is rich with imagery, cryptic dialog, and a superb cast chosen from The Wire and Generation Kill to include Robert Wisdom, Eric Nenninger, Glynn Turman, Andre Royo, Marc Menchaca, David Barrera, Rich McDonald, and Benjamin Busch. BRIGHT pulls us into its world, demands our fascination, and keeps us in wonder. It is a truly artful experience.


Heat Wave
Filmmaker: Mirel Bran
Length: 1:00
Genre: Comedy
Synopsis: A man in a car misses the main road and finds himself in a Romanian remote village. He asks some peasants the way to Bucharest. They disagree on the options. The debate turns violent. It is hot weather.

Hitchcock Reloaded
Filmmaker: Mirel Bran
Cast: Anaïs de Guilhem
Length: 1:00
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Synopsis: An actress wanted to play in Hitchcock's 'The Birds' but she didn't succeed. Since then she has been seeing birds everywhere

The Scream
Filmmaker: Mirel Bran
Cast: Marius Manole, Vitalie Bichir
Length: 1:52
Genre: Comedy
Synopsis: Two young men share their opinions about women. The elder praises his own experience with women but the youngest gives him a lesson.

My Cowboy
Filmmaker: Srikanth Appalaraju
Length: 2:25
Genre: Drama, Western, Musical, Silent
Synopsis: A feel good film with no language spoken and no subtitles, with light background music of about 2 minutes duration

Roommate Wanted
Filmmaker: Aubry Peters
Writers: April Valdez, Aubry Peters
Cast: Katy Humpert, Joshua Winegarner
Length: 3:00
Genre: Horror, Thriller, B-movie
Synopsis: Katy returns home to find that something is wrong with her roommate Ashley.

Without Wings
Filmmaker: Jo Meuris
Length: 3:40
Genre: Alternative, Family, Educational, Dance, Independent, Sport, Children Animation, Culture, Art, Spiritual, Music
Synopsis: Without Wings is a celebration of the human body in motion. The movements of dancers, traceurs, and acrobats are woven together in a symphony of animated figures that rejoices in the ability to defy gravity

Filmmaker: Stephanie Franz
Cast: Stephanie Franz
Length: 1:35
Genre: Comedy
Synopsis: In this amusing animated short, Fluffle will win your heart in his relentless and inventive pursuit of a grape soda bottle cap.

The Director
Filmmaker: Destri Martino
Cast: Destri Martino
Length: 1:00
Genre: Comedy, Independent, Satire, Social Issue
Synopsis: One director attempts to make a statement. In a dress.

I Need You, Need Me
Filmmaker: Danyel Fortin
Cast: Danyel Fortin, Serain Fox-Carson
Length: 1:00
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Synopsis: After weeks of being alone in a post outbreak world, He is faced with a decision to cure his solitude or save his son.

Bliu the Whale
Filmmaker: Richard Liu
Cast: Michael Schwartz
Length: 3:52
Genre: Family, Drama, Independent, Children Animation
Synopsis: A man, named Sinclair, performs a puppet show, called Bliu the Whale, for children after his son's death.

Filmmaker: Ryan Lelache
Cast: Thomas Lelache
Length: 3:55
Genre: Drama, Horror, Supernatural
Synopsis: Exploring the wilderness with nothing but himself and his camera, a young man stumbles upon a series of objects scattered curiously throughout the forest. As he pursues each image, his eye trained and focused through the lens of his camera, he fails to see the larger scope of the forces at work around him, until he's too far in to get back out.

Oh Sister
Filmmaker: Susan Hippen
Cast: Arthur Anderson, Lynne Rogers
Length: 2:23
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Synopsis: Aidan and Claire regress sixty years in a sibling rivalry standoff.

Never Has Beenz
Filmmaker: Chris Mulkey
Cast: Chris Mulkey, Eddie Bodin, Karen Landry, Zach Book, J.T
Length: 20:00

*The Tailor
Filmmaker: Gordon Grinberg
Cast: Adam Lerman, James La Rosa, Mary Francina Golden
Length: 6:00
Genre: Comedy
Synopsis: Culture and confusion meet on a Brooklyn street.

Bidentity Crisis
Filmmaker: Jana Mattioli
Cast: Elissa Goldstein, Keith Collins, Edvin Ortega
Length: 12:00
Genre: Comedy
Synopsis: Phil says he is bisexual but his girlfriend Helen and the flamboyant waiter think otherwise.

The Secret Friend
Filmmaker: Flavio Alves
Cast: Viola Harris, Jerry Jaffe
Length: 15:28
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Independent, Dramedy, Social Issue, Mystery
Synopsis: A phone call can be a lifeline.

*Johnny's Gone
Filmmaker: Giorgio Serafini
Cast: Johnny Sinclair, LaDon Drummond
Length: 1:33:15
Genre: Drama, Crime, Road Trip
Synopsis: The unsettling but heartfelt relationship between Sarah and a two year-old she calls Johnny hides a dark secret.

Side Effect
Filmmaker: Owen Svelmoe
Cast: Brad Southerland, Jenna Willis
Length: 16:20
Genre: Romance, Sci-Fi Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Coming of Age , Dramedy, Supernatural, Adventure
Synopsis: Charlie is a high schooler who can't seem to do anything right. He's the loser of his school's baseball team and has no social skills with the girl he likes. But after receiving a blow to his head, he unlocks mysterious abilities that may change everything.

*Stuck in the Middle
Filmmaker: Joseph Pepitone, Carlos Duhaime
Cast: Stephen Fontana, Penelope Lagos, Keith Collins
Length: 1:28:00
Genre: Comedy
Synopsis: A mail room slacker accidentally kills himself in a bizarre experiment and finds himself sentenced to Purgatory...working in the mail room. There, he falls for his beautiful manager and to win her heart he must stop a greedy real estate mogul from selling Purgatory and sending everyone to Hell.

Wise Guys
Filmmaker: Brian De Palma
Writer: George Gallo, Norman Steinberg
Cast: Danny DeVito, Joe Piscopo and Harvey Keitel
Length: 100m
Genre: Comedy
Synopsis: Harry Valentini and Moe Dickstein are both errand boys for the Mob. When they lose $250,000, they are set up to kill each other. But they run off to Atlantic City and comedy follows.

Exit Exam
Filmmaker: Tony Simonetti
Cast: Jessica Resnick, Mark Glasman
Length: 10:00
Genre: Alternative, Drama, Horror, Crime, Neo-noir, Human Rights, Independent, Culture, Social Issue
Synopsis: George Adams has been convicted for the murder of his assistant, but the court finds new evidence that may or may not set him free...

“Certain Adverse Events”
Filmmaker: Nancy Edwards
Length: 52:47
Genre: Family, Educational, Independent, Science, Social Issue, Health/Medical, News
Synopsis: Dangerous antibiotics, fluoroquinolones, have been destroying the lives of healthy people. For years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration turned a blind eye to this tragedy. Washington, D.C. consumer advocacy group, Public Citizen, successfully sued the FDA, in 2008, forcing stronger warnings on name brands like Cipro and Levaquin. How can 5 pills change one's life forever? Along with compelling insights from the titans at Public Citizen, 'Certain Adverse Events' emphasizes the human toll to the epidemic while showing little known aspects of the American prescription drug trade. Heartfelt interviews, like the ones from veteran United Airlines pilot, Greg Downs, a 'quinolone' victim, and from his close friend, 9/11 widow, Ellen Saracini, illustrate how these drugs 'can destroy a life for years and years.'

*Tension of Skin
Filmmaker: Stephen Krystek
Length: 12:04
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: Love is not always affirming, fulfilling, or compassionate. When Michael (Mario Guzman) and Sharon (Davina Joy) come together, the mix is potent, brutal and bad. Fighting for possession of their feelings and each other, will they destroy themselves before they learn to read between the lines?

Mushroom Hunt
Filmmaker: Milena Pastreich
Cast: Alexandra Morgan
Length: 16:00
Genre: Family, Comedy
Synopsis: A mother forces her family to enjoy their yearly mushroom hunt.

Camp 139
Filmmaker: Ryan Polukord
Cast: Amanda Goscinski
Length: 18:27
Genre: Sci-Fi Fantasy, Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Surreal, Supernatural
Synopsis: Camp 139 is a short horror film written & directed by Ryan Polukord. The film features a group of girls who spend the night at an old campground in New Jersey. After setting up camp, they find a dead body a few miles from their site. While waiting for the police to arrive, night falls, and they are haunted by a vengeful spirit that won't let them escape.

Filmmaker: Stephen Gladstone
Cast: Laura Gilreath, Yanai Brown
Length: 11:13
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Children Live Action, B-movie, Cult
Synopsis: In order to win a scholarship to college and escape her hometown a cheerleader must survive the night babysitting a Zombie Child. \

World of Art
Filmmaker: Mike Allore
Cast: John Kampsen, Jonny Victor, Marisa Stober
Length: 29:45
Genre: Fantasy, Dramedy, Art
Synopsis: Arthur has not been a very inspired artist lately, and has no idea why. It takes being locked up in a jail cell with living famous art works where he finally discovers that he is more than just an artist, but art itself. He has been letting the world of art down, and now must confront what has been preventing him from reaching his full potential to make the world of art strong again.

Dynamite Swine
Filmmaker: Mark Poisella
Cast: Ed Flanagan, Kyle Bornheimer, Lily Asinovsky, Matt Leuthe, Roosevelt Larks, Stephen Millunzi
Length: 01:12:00
Genre: Comedy, B-movie, Independent, Dramedy
Synopsis: While attempting to save his girlfriend’s “hair salon for the homeless,” a run-n-gun gambler falls $10K in the hole to a sadistic Russian quadriplegic thug and must enter the biggest card tourney of his life in order to save the salon, his ass, his brother’s ass and the life of a pig named Porky!

Controlled Burn
Filmmaker: Dan Van Wert
Cast: Dan Kern, Nancy Boykin
Length: 21:25
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: When Olivia Browning's husband, Hugh, is ravaged by Alzheimer's Disease, she must make a decisive choice to determine his future, as she attempts to reconstruct the past.

*Candy’s Room
Synopsis: An experimental art form film that features a young talented cast. Candy, is an unstable emotionally disturbed girl who exhibits charm and malice equally in her surrealistic world of an absent mother and ghostly father and her violent obsession with her cheating boyfriend.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Eleanor Mondale Passes

Radio personality and actress Eleanor Mondale has recently passed. Mondale died of brain cancer in her home September 17, 2011. Mondale was 51.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Celebrities - CAUGHT IN THE ACT!

Hugh Jackman pedaling away from BBC Radio One in London, England, UK…Lady GaGa taking to the streets dressed head to toe with 10inch heels in New York City…Emily Blunt at the Toronto film festival dressed flawless in Toronto, ON, Canada…Moby Signing Copies Of His New Book "Moby: Destroyed" at Book Soup in West Hollywood, CA…Actor Keith Collins & Original Village People Cowboy Randy Jones celebrating their birthdays at Foundation Lounge in New York City…Cat Deeley, Sugar Ray leanord, Julie Bowen & Octavia Spenceramongst the few At the Audi Emmy Week 2011 Kick Off Party at Cecconi's Restaurant in Los Angeles, CA…Kylie Minogue strolling around with William Baker in London, England, UK….Gerard Butler in a blue shirt & black jacket waking the streets of Toronto, ON, Canada…Victoria Beckham and daughter Harper Seven Beckham at Prada 5th Ave in New York City…

Sunday, September 18, 2011

New Date for Christina Hendricks

Christina Hendricks is going to be making a sick child's dream come true tonight at the Emmy Awards by actually taking him as her date. The Mad Men Star is an ambassador for the Make-a-Wish Foundation and she had recently heard that one child the charity supports wanted to go to the Emmys, she gladly invited him.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

John Calley Passes

Oscar Nominated Producer John Calley, has passed. Calley a legendary Hollywood movie and TV producer has died after a long illness. Calley, awarded filmdom’s highest honors when he received the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the inaugural Governors Awards ceremony in 2009.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Bachelor Pad Shocker

Michael Stagliano & Holly Durst win Bachelor Pad. But at the finale there was more of a shock. Before the victory was announced Stagliano found out that his former Fiance Holly Durst had been newly engaged to fellow contestant Blake Julian. Talk about a drama alert!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Cliff Robertson Passes

Academy Award winning actor Cliff Robertson has recently passed. Robertson is known most for roles in "PT 109", "Charly" and the "Spider-Man" films. Robertson was 88.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Charlie Sheen Roasted!

The Comedy Central's Roast of Charlie Sheen got on its way taped the other day with many guests and roasters in attendance were none other than Jeffrey Ross, Jon Lovitz, Kate Walsh, Mike Tyson, Patrice Oneal, Seth MacFarlane, Slash, Steve-O & William Shatner. Look for it to air Monday September 19th on Comedy Central. Will you be watching?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Top 5 Box-Office Films for weekend of September 9th

1. "Contagion," $23.1 million

2. "The Help," $8.7 million

3. "Warrior," $5.6 million

4. "The Debt," $4.9 million

5. "Colombiana," $4 million

Monday, September 12, 2011

Andy Whitfield passes

Actor/Model Andy Whitfield has recently passed. Whitfield died from Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma on September 11th in Australia. Known for starring in "Spartacus: Blood and Sand". Whitfield was 39.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

9 - 11 - 2001 --- 9 - 11 - 2011 WE WILL NEVER FORGET

We join you in remembering those whose lives were taken
As we take time to reflect on the 10th Anniversary of a day none of us will ever forget, let us come together to grieve, to remember, to express our gratitude to those who demonstrated what it is to be a hero, and to pledge ourselves to live in honor of their bravery.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Telling Nicholas Special Encore Presentation

“Honoring the tenth anniversary of the September 11th Attack, Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs will present two exclusive screenings of "Telling Nicholas." A matinee will be shown at 1:00pm and a Red Carpet Evening screening will begin at 6:00pm. Director James Ronald Whitney will appear at both Post-Screening Q&A Sessions. Ticket prices are $15 for the afternoon screening and $25 for the Red Carpet evening show.”

Easily the most powerful documentary on 9/11. Filmmaker James Ronald Whitneys “Telling Nicholas” how do you tell a child that his mom just died? Centered around 7 year old Nicholas Lanza & how his mother had not returned home the day of the tragedy and never did.

Another boy whose parent died in the 9/11 attacks is Thanbir Ahmed, a Muslim teenager whose father, a waiter at Windows on the World, also passed away that day and is focused on in the documentary.

Powerful, Heartfelt, Groundbreaking, Astonishing, Raw and Uncensored A 9/11 movie that gets 4 out of 4 big stars and is a must see for all.

As many as 10,000 children lost a parent on September 11, “Telling Nicholas” is the powerful story of one of them. “Telling Nicholas” 10 years ago premiered to critical acclaim. The documentary won an Emmy, was inducted into The Museum of Television and Radio, and was selected by The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences as "One of the most outstanding movies of 2002!" It was also included in the Academy's prestigious documentary series. Proceeds Benefit Variety The Children's Charity of the Desert.