Bleecker Street Hosted Special NYC Screening of “Trumbo” with After-Party Held at Villagio on the Park Featuring Specialty Cocktails by Manhattan Moonshine

Helen Mirren, Bryan Cranston (Marion Curtis/Startraksphoto.com)

Helen Mirren, Bryan Cranston
(Marion Curtis/Startraksphoto.com)

 

Bleecker Street Films presented a special NYC advanced screening for the movie Trumbo and held the its after party at Villagio on the Park on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015. Notable guests in attendance included Director Jay Roach,Screenwriter John McNamara, Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, and Michael Stuhlbarg, producers Michael London, Monica Levinson, Shivani Rawat, Kevin Kelly Brown, Niki and Mitzi Trumbo, Dana Delany, Nikki M. James, Pat Kiernan, Thomas Matthews, Zuleikha Robinson, Julie Taymor, Jean Shafiroff and Shana Schlossberg (CEO, EZBZ). Guests enjoyed specialty whiskey cocktails from Manhattan Moonshine, the world’s first premium un-aged whiskey, served by its Founder & CEO Will Kehler.

 

Jay Roach, Robert Wuhl (PHOTO by: Marion Curtis/Startraksphoto.com)

Jay Roach, Robert Wuhl
(PHOTO by: Marion Curtis/Startraksphoto.com)

John McNamara, Diane Lane (PHOTO by: Marion Curtis/Startraksphoto.com)

John McNamara, Diane Lane
(PHOTO by: Marion Curtis/Startraksphoto.com)

Louis C.K., Taylor Hackford (PHOTO by: Marion Curtis/Startraksphoto.com)

Louis C.K., Taylor Hackford
(PHOTO by: Marion Curtis/Startraksphoto.com)

Dana Delany (PHOTO by: Marion Curtis/Startraksphoto.com)

Dana Delany
(PHOTO by: Marion Curtis/Startraksphoto.com)

Monica Levinson, Michael London, Shivani Rawat, Kevin Kelly Brown  (PHOTO by: Marion Curtis/Startraksphoto.com)

Monica Levinson, Michael London, Shivani Rawat, Kevin Kelly Brown
(PHOTO by: Marion Curtis/Startraksphoto.com)

Jean Shafiroff (PHOTO by: Marion Curtis/Startraksphoto.com)

Jean Shafiroff
(PHOTO by: Marion Curtis/Startraksphoto.com)

Shana Schlossberg, Rachel Dantess  (PHOTO by: Marion Curtis/Startraksphoto.com)

Shana Schlossberg, Rachel Dantess
(PHOTO by: Marion Curtis/Startraksphoto.com)

Manhattan Moonshine (PHOTO by: Marion Curtis/Startraksphoto.com)

Manhattan Moonshine
(PHOTO by: Marion Curtis/Startraksphoto.com)

Atmosphere (PHOTO by: Marion Curtis/Startraksphoto.com)

Atmosphere
(PHOTO by: Marion Curtis/Startraksphoto.com)

 

 

The MOMS and COLD-EEZE Presented A MAMARAZZI® Breakfast and Talk Back with Actresses Jacqueline Bisset and Toni Collette Celebrating New Film “Miss You Already”

Denise Albert, Jacqueline Bisset, Melissa Musen Gerstein, Christopher Simon  (c) Fredy Mfuko Mission101Media.com

Denise Albert, Jacqueline Bisset, Melissa Musen Gerstein, Christopher Simon
(c) Fredy Mfuko Mission101Media.com

Toni Collette  (c) Fredy Mfuko Mission101media.com

Toni Collette
(c) Fredy Mfuko Mission101media.com

THE MOMS Denise Albert and Melissa Musen Gerstein with COLD-EEZE® hosted a Mamarazzi® Breakfast and Talk Back Event with Actresses Toni Collette and Jacqueline Bisset and COLD-EEZE® CEO Ted Karkus on Tuesday, October 27th, 2015 at Park Avenue Screening Room. The event, which brought together influential moms and media, for a special advance screening of the new film, Miss You Already, a story of two best friends as they navigate life’s highs and lows, until one of them is hit with devastating news that changes everything. Guests enjoyed a selection of light bites prepared by Chef Mark Anthony Bailey and gift bags courtesy of COLD-EEZE®. Additional notable attendees at the event included Celebrity Jewelry Designer Margo Manhattan and the Director of Marketing for EZBZ, Inc. Kristen Nweeia.

Immediately following the screening Collette and Bisset sat down for a Q & A with The MOM’s Denise Albert and Melissa Musen Gerstein, who were also joined by the movie’s Producer Christopher Simon. The movie, which stars Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette, is about the story of best friends Jess (Barrymore) and Milly (Collette) who grew up together and shared everything with each other. Then, Milly is diagnosed with breast cancer and the diagnosis turns their world’s upside down. Bisett plays Miranda, Milly’s mom, who lends support to her throughout her battle with cancer.

When asked about how she decided to partake in the film, Collette said “the role chooses you and soul connects to it,” adding, “I loved that it celebrated life, despite the tragic outcome. The ultimate message is to appreciate what you have.”

Bisset when describing the plight Milly, Collette’s character, she said that the reality of her situation was “awful.” “It takes so much guys to be sick like this and stay the same,” she said. For Collette, there was nothing she would not do for this role saying, “I shaved my head. I would’ve done anything for this film.” However, when she told her two children about this role, she said, “They didn’t like it. I really freaked one of them out.”

The film’s producer Christopher Simon shared with the crowd that part of the net proceeds of the movie will go to breast cancer charities in the U.S., U.K. and Australia and is working to establish partnerships with additional charities elsewhere.

 

ABOUT MISS YOU ALREADY:www.missyoualreadymovie.com

MISS YOU ALREADY is an honest and powerful story following two best friends, Milly (Toni Collette) and Jess (Drew Barrymore), as they navigate life’s highs and lows. Inseparable since they were young girls, they can’t remember a time they didn’t share everything –secrets, clothes, even boyfriends — but nothing prepares them for the day Milly is hit with life-altering news. A story for every modern woman, MISS YOU ALREADY celebrates the bond of true friendship that ultimately can never be broken, even in life’s toughest moments.

 

ABOUT COLD-EEZE®: www.coldeeze.com

Cold-EEZE® Cold Remedy lozenges have been clinically proven to shorten the duration of the common cold by almost half. The efficacy of the best-selling lozenges is backed by double blind placebo controlled studies conducted at both the prestigious Cleveland Clinic and Dartmouth College. Cold-EEZE® is a homeopathic cold remedy made with a unique zinc gluconate formula. Perhaps you’ve heard about zinc gluconate in the health section of your newspaper or seen it on lists of common cold tips on the Internet. Zinc is a micronutrient that’s essential to human health. In a well-formulated cold remedy, zinc gluconate facilitates the effective release of zinc ions which can shorten a cold.

 

ABOUT THE GUESTS:

Toni Collette is an Australian actress and musician, known for her acting work on stage, television, and film as well as a secondary career as the lead singer of the band Toni Collette & the Finish. She is a recipient of the Emmy and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, and has been nominated for both the Academy Award and the Tony Award.

Jacqueline Bisset is an English actress. In 2010, she received one of France’s highest honors, the Légion d’honneur. Bisset began her film career in 1965 and first came to prominence in 1968, starring opposite Frank Sinatra in The Detective and Steve McQueen in Bullitt, and received a most promising newcomer Golden Globe nomination for The Sweet Ride. In the 1970s, she appeared in François Truffaut’s Day for Night which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Murder on the Orient Express, opposite Nick Nolte in The Deep and received a Golden Globe nomination for Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?

Ted Karkus is the CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors of ProPhase Labs. He financed and advised ID Biomedical, a biotech/vaccine company, when it was valued at $25 million and near bankruptcy. He successfully persuaded the board of directors into making difficult but necessary changes to management, including the replacement of the CEO, and helped to redirect their strategic focus. Seven years later, the company was sold to GlaxoSmithKline for more than $1.4 billion. While advising ID Biomedical, he began a similar decade-long engagement with ProPhase Labs. After years of declining revenues, increasing losses and questionable activities, the company’s direction was in dire need of change — and the shareholders’ interests in need of protection. He initiated a highly risky but incredibly successful proxy contest that led to his position as CEO. As CEO, he directly oversee corporate strategy, legal strategy, shareholder relations and marketing/advertising (including PR, SM/digital, TV, radio and print), as well as R&D/product development and sales team. After inheriting a severely declining brand, he has restructured the entire go to market strategy for Cold-EEZE® Cold Remedy, their flagship brand, which has led to dramatic growth since 2010.

 

ABOUT THE MOMS:www.themoms.com

The Moms is a multi-platform lifestyle brand that celebrates–and puts a spotlight on–modern motherhood. Through their numerous broadcast appearances, Sirius XM satellite radio show and blog, Denise Albert and Melissa Musen Gerstein tackle topics both big and small that resonate with moms today. Their brutally honest–and sometimes conflicting–opinions are not only entertaining, but take the parenting conversation to a whole new level. Through their experiential events, everyday moms become celebrities, and celebrities reveal their lives as an everyday mom (or dad!). Strut, the Fashionable Moms Fashion show, showcases real moms walking the runway at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week wearing affordable and fashionable clothing that can be bought in-season. The ever-popular Mamarazzi® events provide influential moms and media with access to celebrity parents in a town-hall discussion.  Mamarazzi  guests have included Sarah Jessica Parker, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jennifer Garner, Kevin James, Elizabeth Banks, Tina Fey, Hugh Jackman and Pitbull. Whether they’re online, on TV, radio, or face-to-face, The Moms engage their audience with straight talk, a sense of humor and a healthy dose of fun—kind of like parenting itself.

Christopher Simon  (c) Fredy Mfuko Mission101Media.com

Christopher Simon
(c) Fredy Mfuko Mission101Media.com

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Denise Albert, Ted Karkus, Melissa Musen Gerstein
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Chef Mark Anthony Bailey (C) Fredy Mfuko Mission101Media.com

Chef Mark Anthony Bailey (C) Fredy Mfuko Mission101Media.com

Denise Albert, Jacqueline Bisset, Toni Collette, Melissa Gerstein  (c) Fredy Mfuko Mission101Productions.com

Denise Albert, Jacqueline Bisset, Toni Collette, Melissa Gerstein
(c) Fredy Mfuko Mission101Productions.com

Jacqueline Bisset, Margo Manhattan

Jacqueline Bisset, Margo Manhattan

Atmosphere  (c) Fredy Mfuko Mission101Media.com

Atmosphere
(c) Fredy Mfuko Mission101Media.com

The MOMS Host A MAMARAZZI® Event With Actor Rick Springfield to celebrate his new film Ricki and the Flash

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THE MOMS, Denise Albert hosted a Mamarazzi® Event with Actor Rick Springfield this Monday, August 3rd, 2015 at The Sony Screening Room. The event brought together influential moms and media for a special advanced screening of Rick’s new movie, Ricki and the Flash, which stars Oscar Winner Meryl Streep as rock star Ricki Rendazzo who is returning home from following her dream of being a rock star and is seeking redemption from the family she left behind. In the film, Rick plays a member of her band The Flash, who is in love with her.

Immediately following the screening, Rick Springfield participated in an audience Q & A moderated by The MOMS’ Denise Albert where he discussed the film, his life and his career. Like his character Greg in the movie Ricki and the Flash, Rick Springfield has also pursued a successful career as a guitarist and musician and for him the role was, “a lot of fun because I love to play the guitar.” However, unlike his character in the movie, who struggles to make ends meet and has multiple jobs, his success gave him a lot of freedom when it came to raising a family.

“I remember when my kids were born I actually got to the point where I could just pull the plug on my career and I spent five years helping raise my kids,” he said adding, “I became kind of a house husband, which has paid off because I have a great relationship with my boys.”

ABOUT THE MOMS:www.themoms.com

Denise Albert and Melissa Musen GersteinTHE MOMS, are co-creators of a multi-platform lifestyle brand featured on TV, online, in print, in taxicabs and now on radio nationwide. The MOMS are hosts of the SiriusXM radio Stars program The MOMS with Denise & Melissa.  Albert and Gerstein have turned motherhood into a platform that reaches millions of parents each year.  The MOMS created a town hall event series that they moderate called Mamarazzi® where they provide influential moms and media with access to celebrities to discuss issues surrounding parenting.  Recent Mamarazzi events have included celebrity guests Sarah Jessica Parker, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jennifer Garner, Kevin James, Elizabeth Banks, Tina Fey, Hugh Jackman and Pitbull. THE MOMS regularly partner with film distributors, book publishers and celebrity publicists to present engaging and informative conversations around topics important to parents year round. They have also been spokespersons for Netflix family programming. Albert and Musen Gerstein have presented their fashion show for moms during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week three times called Strut, The Fashionable Mom Show, which they co-founded and showcases a wide range of apparel for real moms.  It’s the first runway show where the models are all moms – in all shapes and sizes – featuring affordable and fashionable options for a diverse audience.  All mom models walk to raise awareness for their favorite cause. From 2010-2011, The MOMS created and hosted a half-hour TV show with NBC called Moms & the City and A Dad Named David.  The MOMS are regular contributors to The Huffington Post Parents and Denise to Huffington Post Divorce and have appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America and Fox News Channel among many others. Albert is an “independent” mom (don’t call her a “single mom”) to two boys and Gerstein is happily married and a mom of three.

ABOUT RICKI AND THE FLASHwww.rickiandtheflashmovie.com

Three-time Academy Award® winner Meryl Streep goes electric and takes on a whole new gig – a hard-rocking singer/guitarist – for Oscar®-winning director Jonathan Demme and Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody in the uplifting comedy Ricki and the Flash. In a film loaded with music and live performance, Streep stars as Ricki, a guitar heroine who gave up everything for her dream of rock-and-roll stardom, but is now returning home to make things right with her family. Streep stars opposite her real-life daughter Mamie Gummer, who plays her fictional daughter; Rick Springfield, who takes on the role of a Flash member in love with Ricki; and Kevin Kline, who portrays Ricki’s long-suffering ex-husband.

Rick Springfield

Rick Springfield

Denise Albert, Rick Springfield

Denise Albert, Rick Springfield

Risa Gosset, Rochelle Schuster, Jill Hochheiser, Dana Levine, Rick Springfield, Denise Albert, Barbara Friedman

Risa Gosset, Rochelle Schuster, Jill Hochheiser, Dana Levine, Rick Springfield, Denise Albert, Barbara Friedman

Salma Hayek and the MOMS Host MAMARAZZI® Screening for ‘The Prophet’

SiriusXM’s THE MOMS Denise Albert and Melissa Musen Gerstein together with Funoogles and Plaque HD hosted a Mamarazzi® Event with Actress Salma Hayek on Thursday, August 6th, 2015 at Dolby 88. The event brought together influential moms and media for a special advance screening of Salma’s new film, The Prophet.

Before the screening, guests gathered outside the theater for interactive displays with event co-hosts Funoogles and Plaque HD. Funoogles is a new, customizable kid’s glasses line which launched April 2015, which allows for children to switch the color of the frames based on what they are wearing or their mood. Founder Jessica Darcy founded the company after seeing her daughter Ella-Jane, who has a congenital cataract which almost claimed her vision, yearn for glasses where she could express her personality and change the color of the frames each day. Plaque HD is a revolutionary, new toothpaste that reveals plaque so that you can remove it with directed brushing and flossing. Utilizing a natural, plant-based Targetol Technology, the toothpaste identifies plaque by leaving behind a light green film, which is removed with further brushing. Also available to guests were delicious bites from Treathouse and platters from Fromaggio Cheese while they sipped on boxed water provided by Just Water.

Immediately following the screening, Salma Hayek sat down for a Q & A with The MOMS Denise Albert and Melissa Gerstein where she discussed her new movie The Prophet, which is based on the volumes of poetry written by Lebanese-American author Kahlil Gibran. The project, which she also produced and spearheaded said that its coming release is akin to “being pregnant for four and a half years and finally giving birth.”

For her it is a passion project as the book as it connected her with her Lebanese Grandfather and this passion for The Prophet goes beyond her personal connection to it, she hopes to inspire children to change the world.

“We are all consumers and follow what other people dictate to us,” she said adding, “We are programmed to think either this or that. We need new people to think outside of the box.”

Thinking outside of the box is a lesson she imparts onto her daughter and said that she always tells her that she can be the best person you can be when you go outside of your comfort zone.

“When you push yourself to be the best person you can be, you can discover your superpowers,” she said.

ABOUT THE PROPHET: www.gibransprophetmovie.com

The Prophet, by celebrated Lebanese-American author Kahlil Gibran, is among the most popular volumes of poetry ever written, selling over 100 million copies in forty languages since its publication in 1923. Gibran’s timeless verses have been given enchanting new form in this painterly cinematic adventure about freedom and the power of human expression. This breathtaking animated feature, produced and spearheaded by Salma Hayek, was an official selection at Cannes and made its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Written and directed by Roger Allers (The Lion King), the film intersperses Gibran’s elegant poetry within stunning animated sequences by filmmakers Tomm Moore (The Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea), Bill Plympton (Guide Dog), Joan Gratz (Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase), Nina Paley (Sita Sings the Blues), and a host of award-winning animators from around the world. Set in a Mediterranean seaside village, Kamila (Salma Hayek) cleans house for exiled artist and poet Mustafa (Liam Neeson), but the more difficult job is keeping her free-spirited young daughter, Almitra (Quvenzhané Wallis), out of trouble. The three embark on a journey meant to end with Mustafa’s return home – but first they must evade the authorities who fear that the truth in his words will incite rebellion. Featuring music from Damien Rice, Glen Hansard, Gabriel Yared, and Yo-Yo Ma.

ABOUT SALMA HAYEK PINAULT:

Salma Hayek Pinault is a Mexican and American film actress, director, and producer. She began her career in Mexico starring in the telenovela Teresa and went on to star in the film El Callejón de los Milagros for which she was nominated for an Ariel Award. In 1991 Hayek moved to Hollywood and came to prominence with roles in Hollywood movies such as Desperado, Dogma, and Wild Wild West.

ABOUT THE MOMS: www.themoms.com

The Moms is a multi-platform lifestyle brand that celebrates–and puts a spotlight on–modern motherhood. Through their numerous broadcast appearances, Sirius XM satellite radio show and blog, Denise Albert and Melissa Musen Gerstein tackle topics both big and small that resonate with moms today. Their brutally honest–and sometimes conflicting–opinions are not only entertaining, but take the parenting conversation to a whole new level. Through their experiential events, everyday moms become celebrities, and celebrities reveal their lives as an everyday mom (or dad!). Strut, the Fashionable Moms Fashion show, showcases real moms walking the runway at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week wearing affordable and fashionable clothing that can be bought in-season. The ever-popular Mamarazzi® events provide influential moms and media with access to celebrity parents in a town-hall discussion.  Mamarazzi  guests have included Sarah Jessica Parker, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jennifer Garner, Kevin James, Elizabeth Banks, Tina Fey, Hugh Jackman and Pitbull. Whether they’re online, on TV, radio, or face-to-face, The Moms engage their audience with straight talk, a sense of humor and a healthy dose of fun—kind of like parenting itself.

 

Salma Hayek  (Photo Credit: Eljay Aguillo/Why I Love New York City)

Salma Hayek
(Photo Credit: Eljay Aguillo/Why I Love New York City)

Denise Albert, Salma Hayek, Melissa Musen Gerstein  (Photo Credit: Eljay Aguillo/Why I Love New York City)

Denise Albert, Salma Hayek, Melissa Musen Gerstein
(Photo Credit: Eljay Aguillo/Why I Love New York City)

Denise Albert, Melissa Gerstein  (Photo Credit: Fredy Mfuko Mission 101 productions)

Denise Albert, Melissa Gerstein
(Photo Credit: Fredy Mfuko Mission 101 productions)

Ella-Jane Darcy  (Photo Credit: Fredy Mfuko Mission 101 productions)

Ella-Jane Darcy
(Photo Credit: Fredy Mfuko Mission 101 productions)

Guests of The MOMs  (Photo Credit: Fredy Mfuko Mission 101 productions)

Guests of The MOMs
(Photo Credit: Fredy Mfuko Mission 101 productions)

Salma Hayek (Photo Credit: Eljay Aguillo/Why I Love New York City)

Salma Hayek
(Photo Credit: Eljay Aguillo/Why I Love New York City)

Denise Albert, Founder of Funoogles Jessica Darcy, Ella-Jane Darcy, Salma Hayek, Guests and Melissa Musen Gerstein (Photo Credit: Eljay Aguillo/Why I Love New York City)

Denise Albert, Founder of Funoogles Jessica Darcy, Ella-Jane Darcy, Salma Hayek, Guests and Melissa Musen Gerstein
(Photo Credit: Eljay Aguillo/Why I Love New York City)

Guest of The MOMs  (Photo Credit: Fredy Mfuko Mission 101 productions)

Guest of The MOMs
(Photo Credit: Fredy Mfuko Mission 101 productions)

Atmosphere  (Photo Credit: Fredy Mfuko Mission 101 productions)

Atmosphere
(Photo Credit: Fredy Mfuko Mission 101 productions)

 

 

Jean Shafiroff Hosts LA Screening of SONG ONE and Private Dinner

Noted philanthropist Jean Shafiroff hosted a screening and dinner in celebration of the film Song One and in recognition of The New York Women’s Foundation on Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 in California.

Guests gathered at the CAA Screening Room in Los Angeles from 7.15pm for a special screening of Song One, where the film’s writer and director Kate Barker-Froyland and lead actress Anne Hathaway welcomed the audience. The screening was followed by a private seated dinner from 9:00pm at the new Palm Restaurant Beverly Hills. Singer Lionel Richie, made a surprise appearance at the restaurant and was approached for selfies by Song One star Anne Hathaway, and the film’s musicians Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice.

Attendees included host Jean Shafiroff along with actress Anne Hathaway, Adam Shulman, Kate Barker-Froyland, Thomas Froyland, Lionel Richie, Susan Blakely, Billy Zane, Gary Busey, Rebecca Dayan, Illeana Douglas, Nastassja Kinski, Heather Matarazzo, Penelope Ann Miller, Ben Platt, Tony Revolori, Peter Mark Richman, Dominique Swain, Jess Weixler, and Madeline Zima.

The event raised awareness and support of The New York Women’s Foundation, a cross-cultural alliance of women serving as a voice for women and a force for change. For more information visit www.nywf.org  

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Jean Shafiroff and Lionel Richie pose at private LA dinner for "Song One" screening hosted by Jean Shafiroff with director Kate Barker-Froyland and Anne Hathaway at The Palm Restaurant on Thursday, January 22, 2015, in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tonya Wise/Invision for Tonya Wise/AP Images)

Jean Shafiroff and Lionel Richie pose at private LA dinner for “Song One” screening hosted by Jean Shafiroff with director Kate Barker-Froyland and Anne Hathaway at The Palm Restaurant on Thursday, January 22, 2015, in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tonya Wise/Invision for Tonya Wise/AP Images)

Jonathan Rice, Jean Shafiroff, Illeana Douglas, Lionel Richie, Anne Hathaway, Kate Barker-Froyland, Jenny Lewis, Thomas Froyland

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Special Screening of R&B Music Documentary, Only the Strong Survive, in New York

A special New York screening of Only The Strong Survive, the 2003 documentary about great stars of R&B music, from Stax, Motown and Chicago Soul, will be held at the IFC Center on Tuesday November 11, 2014.

Directed by ShowBiz 411 entertainment journalist, Roger Friedman (www.showbiz411.com/), along with Chris Hegedus and DA Pennebaker, the film features the last on-screen performances from music legends such as Isaac Hayes, Wilson Pickett, and Robert “Squirrel” Lester. The excellent film also features performances from the alive and kicking Sam Moore, Carla Thomas (sister of Vaneese Thomas), Mary Wilson and Jerry Butler.

Only the Strong Survive also includes performance footage of Memphis R&B pioneer Rufus Thomas, father of Vaneese Thomas, who passed on at the age of 84, less than two months before the film was screened at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. The film was also selected for Cannes and Telluride.

This is the last film in the IFC Center’s current Pennebaker retrospective.

Watch the trailer for Only The Strong Survive here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-jk7cxxTvo

Screening begins at 8:15pm at the IFC Center, Sixth Avenue and West 4th St. Followed by a Q&A.

Tickets available at the box office on the day or online here.

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Chloe Moretz and Denzel Washington attend NYC premiere of The Equalizer

Stars of Antoine Fuqua’s new action-thriller film The Equalizer, including Chloë Grace Moretz and Denzel Washington, gathered for the New York City premiere on Monday, September 22, 2014 at AMC Lincoln Square Theater.

Moretz, the 17-year-old star of Kick-Ass, showed up wearing a Dior Couture dress, Jimmy Choo shoes and Tiffany & Co. jewels. She was joined by The Equializer co-stars, Steve Tisch, Ethan Hawke, Spike Lee, Anthony Mackie and Antonio “L.A.” Reid.

Other attendees included actors Christian Campbell and America Olivo, Boardwalk Empire actress Paz de la Huerta, Marjorie Gubelmann, NBC News’ Tamron Hall, actress Melissa Leo (“Oblivion,” “The Fighter”), and Saturday Night Live’s Jay Pharoah.

The Equalizer is based on the 1980s CBS television series of the same name. Denzel Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when McCall meets Teri (Moretz), a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can’t stand idly by – he has to help her.

The Premiere’s After Party, presented by the Gerber Group, was held at The Stone Rose Lounge.

The film is set for release in the US on Friday, September 26, 2014.

For more information visit www.equalizerthemovie.com/

Photo credit: Dave Allocca/StarPIX

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A Special New York Screening Of "The Equalizer" An Imax Experience

A Special New York Screening Of "The Equalizer" An Imax Experience

A Special New York Screening Of "The Equalizer" An Imax Experience

A Special New York Screening Of "The Equalizer" An Imax Experience

A Special New York Screening Of "The Equalizer" An Imax Experience

Five things to do this Fall in and around the Catskills

Our friends over at Newswhistle.com, a website covering the latest news and tips from around the world, have rounded up some of Fall’s most exciting events and activities in Upstate New York. 

  1. Stay at the Hillside Schoolhouse in Barryville, NY

The Hillside Schoolhouse is a boutique inn located in the Sullivan County, just 90 miles from New York City.  Originally built in 1893 as a one-room school, this landmark has been lovingly restored, combining historic charm with contemporary design. Husband and wife team Bronson and Courtney Bigelow discovered the abandoned schoolhouse, which had been turned into a gospel church in the 1950s, and restored the timeworn beauty. Bronson designs and handcrafts beautiful custom furniture which he features in the hotel and sells online.

Hillside Schoolhouse is located at 259 Van Tuyl Road, Barryville, New York 12719

Find out more here: http://hillsideschoolhouse.com/

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  1. Take a canoe or kayak down the Delaware River

Rent a canoe, raft, kayak or tube and travel down the Delaware, a 40-mile river valley set within the 70-000-acre Water Gap National Recreation area. This historic area, which has become a popular vacation spot outside of winter, has an abundance of wildlife, including eagles, hawks deer, and even the occasional black beer. Paddlers of any experience can enjoy the great outdoors from the river which is nestled between low forested mountains. Both day trips and overnight camping trips are available.

Find out more here: http://kittatinny.com/

Kittatinny Canoes Facebook.com

Kittatinny Canoes Facebook.com

  1. Relax at The Lodge at Woodloch’s luxurious spa

The Lodge at Woodloch in Hawley, Pennsylvania, was recently named Travel + Leisure’s No. 3 destination spa in the world. Situated two hours northwest of New York City on 150 secluded wooded acres, the 40,000-square-foot spa boasts a fireplace-equipped quiet room and hydro-massage pools.  It offers day packages to those who wish to experience unique and luxurious spa treatments and services in one of their 27 specialized treatment rooms.  Travel + Leisure recommends the Rosemary Awakening for its “wrap of warm seaweed steeped in the extract of Icelandic moss”.

Find out more here: http://www.thelodgeatwoodloch.com/spa/

HydroMassage Water Walls (Photo: The Lodge at Woodloch -- A Destination Spa Facebook.com)

HydroMassage Water Walls (Photo: The Lodge at Woodloch — A Destination Spa Facebook.com)

  1. Hire a bike from Ridgeback Sports in Callicoon

When celebrity personal trainer Thelonious “T.J” Johnson and his wife moved back to his hometown of Calicoon, Sullivan County, they decided to create a mecca for kids and adults alike to find their inner athlete and get outside to explore the beautiful area. They created Ridgeback Sports, which offers all sorts of sports rentals, but also advice on diet, nutrition, training and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. They also offer guided bike tours along the Delaware River, group runs, one-on-one personal training with TJ Johnson,  and paddle boarding adventures.

Find out more here: http://ridgebacksports.com/

Ridgeback Sports (Facebook.com)

Ridgeback Sports (Facebook.com)

  1. Attend this year’s Big Eddy Film Festival in Narrowsburg (Friday, Sept. 19 – Sunday Sept. 21, 2014)

The Third Annual Big Eddy Film Festival begins this Friday with the IFC Film Goodbye To All That, directed by Angus MacLachlan and starring Paul Schneider, Melanie Lynskey, and Amy Sedaris. The Festival aims to advance the traditional art of storytelling by showing the newest and best independent films from around the world in Narrowsburg. This year the film selection includes four documentaries, two narrative features, and 21 short films, plus a program of films currently being made by local youth. A total of 31 directors will be presenting works at the Festival. Five of the film selections have a local connection to Sullivan County and/or the Catskills region. There are two programs of family-friendly short films.

Tickets and All-Access Festival passes are available at www.BigEddyFilmFest.com

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Hollywood Film Awards to make TV debut on CBS this November

CBS has announced the Hollywood Film Awards’ first televised edition will go to air on Friday, November, 14, 2014.

The newest glamorous awards show to hit TV screens, which will kick off the Hollywood awards season, will be a three-and-a-half hour broadcasted event beginning with a red carpet pre-show from 7:30pm, CBS said. There will also be a one-hour post show at 10PM hosted by CBS This Morning’s Charlie Rose, Gayle King, and Norah O’Donnell.

The creator of the Hollywood Film Awards, Carlos de Abreu, says they hope to create a night that gives viewers an inside look at one of the most glamorous events of the year, while recognizing stellar film-makers and launching the award season.

“For almost two decades, the evening has been limited to industry insiders,” Nina Tassler, Charman of CBS told Hollywoodnews.com. “We look forward to giving viewers across the country a front row seat to the entire night, from red carpet arrivals to honorees’ backstage reactions.”

The Hollywood Film Awards, founded in 1997 features some of the world’s biggest stars in attendance.

The host, presenters and performers will be announced at a later date.

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Newswhistle.com’s Must-See Fall Events and Premieres

Our friends over at Newswhistle.com, a website covering the latest news and tips from around the world, have rounded up some of Fall’s most exciting events and premieres.

New York Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

September 4 – 11, 2014

This week, New York City will be turned over to top designers, bloggers, street style photographers, and Hollywood fashionistas with the prestigious 2014 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Before the glamor on the runway, designers spend weeks preparing their Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear collections which are showcased for 10 to 15 minutes for the fashion community. Lincoln Center and a selection of off-site venues will come alive with the fashion elite and all the glamor of the American fashion industry, and for those who aren’t lucky enough to be a part of the action, most NYFW shows will be live streamed on their website featuring behind-the-scenes looks and designer interviews. There will be more than 80 shows from well-known brands like Ralph Lauren and Anna Sui to international designers looking to debut their creative works. Anticipated shows include Rebecca Taylor’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection, which she says “imagines the Rolling Stones travelling to India”, Monique Lhuillier’s collection inspired by “the beauty of nature”, and Nicole Miller who looked to the art and culture of Brazil.

Look at the full schedule online: http://mbfashionweek.com/new-york/schedule

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A model walks the runway at the Nicole Miller Spring 2014 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Studio at Lincoln Center on September 6, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)

2014 NFL Season 

Beginning September 4, 2014

The 2014 NFL season, the 95th season in the history of the National Football League (NFL), is now upon us, with the opening game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers on Thursday, September 4 on CBS at 8:30PM. Later, the San Francisco 49ers will open their first regular season home game at their new $1.3 billion home at Levis Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., against the Chicago Bears. A total of 256 games will be played over a seventeen week schedule, leading up to the Super Bowl game held on Sunday, February 1, 2015 in Arizona. In 2012, fans witnessed one of the most infamous games of the century when the Seattle Seahawks, then an up-and-coming team, hosted Green Bay. This time, they are defending Super Bowl Champions.

Look at the full schedule online: http://www.nfl.com/schedules

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Levis Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

Toronto Film Festival (TIFF)

September 4 – 14, 2014

One of the most successful public film festivals in the world, the Toronto Film Festival (TIFF), will kick off on Thursday, September 4, 2014 in Canada. World premieres, galas and parties comprise this illustrious event where stars, directors and industry supremos make the rounds. If you are a cinephile or simply just love to experience new and innovative films, TIFF is the event to attend. In this year’s festival, look out for crowd favorites like Wild, directed by Jean-Marc Vallee and starring Reese Witherspoon; The Equalizer by Antoine Fuqua and starring Denzel Washington; Nightcrawler, a thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal about the world of cable news; While We’re Young, Noah Baumbach’s follow up to his 2012 Festival hit Frances Ha; and the festival’s opening film The Judge, by David Dobkin and starring Robert Downey Jnr. A total of 393 films are scheduled to be shown, including 143 world premieres.

For more information visit http://tiff.net/

Reese Witherspoon stars in "Wild"

Reese Witherspoon stars in “Wild”

2014 Fall TV Premiere

Beginning September 1, 2014

All the popular TV shows are back with their much-awaited new seasons starting this month, and plenty of promising new shows will also air September through to October. Fox launches its new reality show Utopia in three-parts beginning September 7 at 8PM. Described as a “social experiment about building the fundamental pieces of a society – law, sexuality, religion and politics – from scratch”, Utopia sees seven women and eight men living together for an entire year on a compound somewhere in Southern California. Other new shows to premiere in September include CBS drama Madam Secretary, which explores the life of the newly appointed Secretary of State; FOX sitcom Mulaney, which follows a struggling stand-up comedian living in New York City; NBC’s A to Z, a romantic comedy that chronicles a relationship from beginning to end; Showtime’s The Affair, a new series set in the Hamptons which examines the effects of infidelity on two different marriages; ABC’s Black-ish which explores a man’s efforts to establish a cultural identity for his family; and Fox’s Gotham, a comic-book spin off which sees two detectives investigate the murder of Bruce Wayne’s parents.

See the full list of Fall TV 2014 premieres here.

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The Affair

Broadway’s Fall Season 2014

Many exciting Broadway productions debut this falls season in Manhattan’s Theater District. Highly-anticipated new shows include the acclaimed production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – thewinner of 7 Olivier Awards including Best New Play, debuting September 10. The show brings Mark Haddon’s internationally best-selling novel to thrilling life in a dazzling adaptation by two-time Olivier Award winner Simon Stephens and Tony Award winner Marianne Elliott (War Horse). Arrested Development’s Michael Cera has his Broadway debut in This Is Our Youth, which opens on September 11 and follows forty-eight hours in the lives of three very lost young souls in 1982 New York. Also upcoming is star-studded comedy It’s Only a Play, opening on October 9 and featuring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick. Helmed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O’Brien, It’s Only a Play follows a playwright who has finally made it to Broadway – proving many of the best laughs happen behind the scenes. Rock Star Sting has throws his hat into the musical-theater ring with The Last Ship, debuting on October 26 – a tale inspired by his upbringing in northern England. Other noteworthy upcoming shows include Love Letters (September 18); The Country House (October 2); On the Town (October 16); Disgraced (October 23); and The Real Thing (October 30).

http://www.broadway.org/

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime

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