FYI Greenlights New Original Series “Stove Tots”


NEW YORK, NY – August 25, 2016 – From the producers of the hit franchise, “Dance Moms,” FYI has greenlit the new original series, “Stove Tots,” it was announced today by Gena McCarthy, EVP of Programming and Development for FYI. Production begins immediately on 13 one-hour episodes with the series slated to premiere in 2017.

In “Stove Tots,” viewers will see a first-hand look at the cut-throat world of junior culinary competitions. The series will follow the next generation of cooking masters – young maestros of the kitchen – as they prepare and compete in cook-offs across the U.S. These culinary prodigies have sophisticated palettes, impressive knife skills, competitive drives and extremely involved parents. Continue reading “FYI Greenlights New Original Series “Stove Tots””


GHOST HUNTERS  “Paranormal Pirates” – 9/8c
Fear is spreading at Fort Taber-Fort Rodman that a new “living history event” has stirred up frightening paranormal activity on the park grounds.
When a war veteran gets a new job in Lawton, Oklahoma, his dream of starting life anew with his family are shattered by a malignant demon known as The Zozo.
KILLJOYS  “How To Kill Friends and Influence People”  – 9/8c *SEASON FINALE*
The Killjoys and an old enemy join forces in a desperate bid to thwart Level Six’s plan’s for The Quad.
DARK MATTER “Take the Shot”  – 10/9c
Shipboard mayhem sheds light on some of the crew members’ dark pasts.
Shark Movie Marathon – 9am Saturday to 3am Monday
Featuring back-to-back airings of all four ‘SHARKNADO’ films:
Z NATION Labor Day Marathon – All Day
Catch up on Seasons 1 & 2 before the two hour Special Event on 9/16 and Season 3 premiere on 9/23


LAW & ORDER: SVU “What Would BD Do?” Marathon— 11am-11pm
The detectives may get all the credit, but the SVU has a secret weapon against crime and his name is BD Wong!  Tag along as we revisit the NYPD psychiatrist’s most impressive work – cracking cases that have even Olivia and Elliot stumped!
MOTIVE “Remains to be Seen (aka Dead People’s Stuff)”– 11/10c
The murder of a visionary video game designer sends the team on a hunt through the past to find a killer.
WWE Monday Night RAW– 8/7c
The Superstars and Divas from the World Wrestling Entertainment® Universe take the stage live in front of thousands in attendance at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX and the millions of fans watching at home.  RAW Superstars and Divas include John Cena, CM Punk, AJ Lee, Roman Reigns, Kane, The Miz, Eve and Zack Ryder. 
The Superstars and Divas from the World Wrestling Entertainment® Universe take the stage live in front of thousands in attendance at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX and the millions of fans watching at home.  RAW Superstars and Divas include John Cena, CM Punk, AJ Lee, Roman Reigns, Kane, The Miz, Eve and Zack Ryder. 
CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST “Todd’s Not Dead” – 10/9c
Todd faces up to his own mortality… by making the entire family plan his funeral. Savannah drops the ball on her pageant queen duties, she has to get her hands dirty by working in a dog shelter.
SUITS “Borrowed Time” – 9/8c
Harvey counters Cahill’s star witness, while Mike tries to deliver one of his own. Jessica and Rachel fight to delay Leonard’s imminent execution. And Louis adjusts to life as “the other man.”
MR. ROBOT “eps2.7_init_5.fve” – 10/9c
angela wants more from evil corp than they want to give her. unsure if dark army is working w/ or against them, elliot and darlene seek answers. the truth is out there.
MR. ROBOT DIGITAL AFTERSHOW – 11/10c *stream live at*
MR. ROBOT DIGITAL AFTER SHOW HOSTED BY THE VERGE provides a live weekly deep dive into the series. The Verge editors Nilay, Emily and Russell discuss their own opinions and analysis of that night’s episode, and will host cast and crew members from the show for an insiders’ point of view on the show’s biggest moments. The Verge editors will break down the reality and potential imminence of the various hacking and cyber-security techniques used in each episode, while fans will also have the ability to interact with the hosts and their guests each week via social platforms.
QUEEN OF THE SOUTH “Punto sin Retorno” – 10/9c
Camila’s (Verónica Falcón) operation goes underground when James (Peter Gadiot) finally sets out to kill “The Birdman” (Brent Smiga) in a strategic move to align with the Jimenez Cartel.  Fed up, Brenda (Justina Machado) finds herself caught in the crossfire of an escalating drug cartel war.  Meanwhile, Epifanio (Joaquim de Almeida) struggles to keep his campaign moving while dodging public rumors of his link to the drug trade violence.
Modern Family Friday7pm-12am
If it’s Friday, it means an evening full of Modern Family! 
USA “Must-Watch List” Movies – 11am-11pm
Bridesmaids (2011) @ 8pm
Step Brothers (2008) @ 6pm *New to USA*
Last Vegas (2013) @ 4pm
Devil Wears Prada (2006) @ 1:30pm
He’s Just Not That Into You (2009) @ 11am

Mara and Le Vian

Kate Mara wore Le Vian diamond earrings and ring at the ‘Morgan’ Press Conference at the London Hotel on August 23, 2016 in West Hollywood, California.
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Celeb Favorite Baby/Toddler Foods

beverly mitchellThe hottest baby must-haves among Hollywood celebs raise their little ones like the stars! Beverley Mitchell recently shared a photo to her Instagram of her 8 month old son, Hutton, happily enjoying KABRITA goat milk baby products. Not familiar with KABRITA? Continue reading below to see why it’s such a Hollywood favorite.

Goat milk has long been a trade secret amongst celeb mommies and is one of the most commonly consumed milks worldwide. KABRITA, the makers of Goat Milk Formula and Goat Milk Baby Foods, harnesses the gentle benefits of goat milk, with a mild, sweet, and fresh taste and smell that little ones, like Hutton, love!

“I do have to say I love these Kabrita pouches and so do both my kids. I love them for the ease and convenience though I do not love that Hutton has decided to paint his high chair with the yogurt recently. Oh well at least if he eats it. (I literally order these by the dozen from Amazon, which reminds me I need to order some!” states Mitchell on her blog, Growing Up Hollywood.

A&E Premieres ‘The Killing of JonBenét: The Truth Uncovered”


NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 25, 2016A&E Network marks the 20th anniversary of the infamous murder of the child beauty queen with “The Killing of JonBenét: The Truth Uncovered,” a two-hour documentary premiering Monday, September 5 at 9PM ET/PT. Continue reading “A&E Premieres ‘The Killing of JonBenét: The Truth Uncovered””

Beyoncé’s Lead Guitarist Bibi McGill Rocks LA Yoga Tour

bibiTuesday, August 23, 2016_Los Angeles, CA [on the mat instead of PRNewswire]: Beyonce’s band leader/ lead guitarist and world traveling yogi and tea ceremony specialist Bibi McGill has wrapped her guitar-playing fingers around her yoga mat and is headed South i.e. Southern California for another type of ground-breaking Tour: the Kybalion Kemetic Yoga Tour 2016 (KKYT 2016) that includes Houston-based Kemetic yogi Jill Minard and LA-based DJ Swan.

Some yogi enthusiasts including Jill Minard herself, are calling the collaborative trinity “The Charlie’s Angels of Kemetic Yoga” while others are floored to engage a sweaty mat, hot room, and yoga poses that challenge their breath and bodies to the max, along with a world-class rock star guiding their ascension.

Bibi has played at the White House twice as well as in over 100 countries including her now legendary solos at the 2013 Superbowl and the Glastonbury Music Festival, and her style is ferocious, melodic and undeniable. She is considered one of the greatest rock guitarists alive. Her no-fuss approach to yoga is delivered without a candy coating. She offers a practice that challenges the body, activates growth and acknowledges that each and every individual has boundaries that deserve respect. Bibi’s classes incite students to uncover deep inner knowledge, trusting the sensations of their own bodies to explore how a pose should look and feel.

The KKYT 2016 i.e. the ancient Egyptian system of self-actualization through yoga, begins Friday, September 30, 2016 through to Thursday, October 6, 2016. Workshop dates are being booked at the UCLA MARC in Los Angeles, CA as well as expected dates at Equinox fitness centers together with Jill Minard of Yoga House Houston, one of the world’s few Kemetic Yoga certification instructors and specialist. There will be four (4) classes taught per day, two (2) in the AM and two (2) in the PM, and each instructor teaches two (2) of the four (4) classes. All yoga classes are presented with a live DJ on the 1’s & 2’s, and deejays include DJ Swan while Bibi holds down the asanas, and Bibi McGill while Jill takes us on a journey with the Ancients and Ancestors.

THE KING & I – In Theatres this Weekend

the king and IRodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I Graces the Big Screen Once Again for a Special Two-Day Event to Celebrate its 60th Anniversary The Beloved Musical Masterpiece Will Screen in Cinemas Nationwide on August 28 and 31 

It’s time to whistle a happy tune! Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic movie musical The King and I will return to movie theaters for two days only, as part of Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies’ TCM Big Screen Classics series. Marking the film’s 60th Anniversary, “TCM Big Screen Classics: The King & I” will screen on Sunday, August 28 and Wednesday, August 31 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. local time (both days) and includes specially-produced commentary from TCM host Ben Mankiewicz before and after the feature.

Siam, 1862. British schoolteacher and recent widow Anna Leonowens (Deborah Kerr) is sent to Siam as a teacher for the royal children but immediately clashes with their father, King Mongkut (Yul Brynner). Her modern, Western ways don’t sit well with the ruler – but over time, he slowly gains respect for her willingness to stand up to him.

The film version  by Twentieth Century Fox was the winner of five Academy Awards® (Best Actor, Best Musical Score, Best Costume Design, Best Art Direction & Set Decoration and Best Sound) and was nominated for four more (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress and Best Cinematography). Continue reading “THE KING & I – In Theatres this Weekend”

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Join TCM Hosts, VIP guests and fellow classic movie fans from around the globe for the eighth annual TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood.

“A day without laughter is a day wasted,” said Charles Chaplin, and we at TCM concur. In 2017, the TCM Classic Film Festival explores COMEDY IN THE MOVIES.  From lowbrow to high, slapstick to sophisticated comedies of manners—we will showcase the greatest cinematic achievements of lone clowns, comedic duos and madcap ensembles.

The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel will again serve as our official hotel for the Festival, as well as the home of Club TCM—the central gathering point for attendees.

Passes for the 2017 TCM Classic Film Festival will go on sale to the public this November. To learn more about the 2017 TCM Classic Film Festival and for more information about booking accommodations at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, please click here.

We can’t wait to see you in Hollywood next April!

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Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights Partners w/ Eli Roth

terrorUniversal Studios Hollywood Partners with Horror Filmmaker Eli Roth and Crypt TV to Unveil an All-New “Terror Tram” Experience Where Killer Clowns Run Amok at Universal Studios as Part of this Year’s Terrifying “Halloween Horror Nights,” Beginning Friday, September 16 

CLICK HERE for a Look at the Nightmare that Awaits

Here’s an all-new twist on the “Terror Tram” – Horror filmmaker Eli Roth (“Hostel”) and his digital network Crypt TV will take the helm of the infamous “Terror Tram” as part of this year’s “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood, which kicks off Friday, September 16, 2016.


@HorrorNights #UniversalHHN!

Universal City, CA, August 25, 2016 – Horror auteur Eli Roth (“Hostel”) and his digital network Crypt TV take the helm of the infamous “Terror Tram,” marking the first time ever that the signature attraction comes to life through the twisted mind of the filmmaker, as part of this year’s “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood, which kicks off Friday, September 16, 2016. Continue reading “Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights Partners w/ Eli Roth”

First Official Trailer for NOW WE’RE TALKING

now-were-talkingFIRST LOOK: New go90 Original Series from UNINTERRUPTED and Warner Bros.’ Blue Ribbon Content Now We’re Talking Releases Official Trailer

Scripted sports comedy created, executive produced by and starring Tommy Dewey (Casual) and Tug Coker (The Office, Broadway’s Magic/Bird) premieres September 14 exclusively on go907-episode short form digital series to feature cameos by pro athletes and sports broadcasters including Shawne Merriman, Arian Foster, Lance Briggs, Curt Menefee, Plaxico Burress and more

First look at official trailer for new @go90 Original Series #NowWereTalking from@uninterrupted, debuting 9/14: Continue reading “First Official Trailer for NOW WE’RE TALKING”


the talkUPCOMING GUESTS ON “THE TALK” 8/29-9/2


September Highlights Include a Music Movie Month Block, Starring The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, The Who, Bob Dylan, & More, Every Thursday at 10 P.M. ET And a Hard-Hitting Labor Day Action Movie Marathon Featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and Dolph Lundgren, Among Others AX


CULVER CITY, CA – Thursday, August 25, 2016 – Sony Movie Channel unleashes a month of marathons this September, with a fully loaded lineup featuring musical masterpieces, iconic comedies, and a day of epics starring some of action’s biggest names. This month’s roster includes a weekly Music Movie Month block, highlighting music-themed films starring summer festival performers Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Paul McCartney, and more, airing every Thursday; as well as a special Bill Murray 66 x6 birthday block; and a Labor Day Action Movie Marathon starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Steven Seagal, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and Dolph Lundgren, among others.  Continue reading “September Highlights Include a Music Movie Month Block, Starring The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, The Who, Bob Dylan, & More, Every Thursday at 10 P.M. ET And a Hard-Hitting Labor Day Action Movie Marathon Featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and Dolph Lundgren, Among Others AX”

“CBS All Access” Delivers Full Seasons of Current Primetime, Daytime and Late Night CBS Shows, Plus Thousands of Episodes from CBS’s Library of Classics and Live-Streaming of Local CBS Stations


NEW YORK, N.Y. – August 25, 2016 – CBS Corporation today announced the availability of CBS All Access, the CBS Television Network’s digital subscription Video On Demand and Nielsen-measured live-streaming service, on Microsoft’s Xbox One.

For $5.99 a month, CBS All Access offers more than 7,500 on-demand episodes from the current season and previous seasons of classic shows, as well as the ability to stream local CBS stations live in more than 150 markets across the U.S., including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Philadelphia. In addition, subscribers will be able to watch CBS All Access’s upcoming original series, including STAR TREK: DISCOVERY, a spin-off of THE GOOD WIFE and a new digital edition of BIG BROTHER. Continue reading ““CBS All Access” Delivers Full Seasons of Current Primetime, Daytime and Late Night CBS Shows, Plus Thousands of Episodes from CBS’s Library of Classics and Live-Streaming of Local CBS Stations”

Chris Hemsworth And Tom Hiddleston Take Thor And Loki To Children’s Hospital

Aug 24, 2016 04:10 pm
Marvel superheroes Thor and Loki came to the rescue of sick children in Queensland, Australia, yesterday.

Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston Visit Lady Cilento Children's Hospital
Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston Visit Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital
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Actors Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston – currently in the country to film the latest Thor movie – visited kids, parents and staff at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane.

The surprise follows a visit from Taylor Swift in July, and from Johnny Deppin full Jack Sparrow costume – in 2015.

Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital provides family-centred health care for every child and young person in Queensland.

For more pictures and video of the superhero visit, click here.

Find out more about the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital here.


Connor Franta To Be Honored At GLSEN’s Respect Awards – Los Angeles

Aug 24, 2016 01:30 pm

Connor Franta: Profile

GLSEN, the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe and affirming schools for all students, will honorConnor Franta at GLSEN’s Respect Awards – Los Angeles to be held Friday, October 21, at the Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills.

In addition, past honorees Matt Bomer and Simon Halls, Bob Greenblatt, Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg, Jim Parsons and Todd Spiewak, and Julia Roberts and Danny Moder will return as honorary co-chairs for the event.

The GLSEN Respect Awards, introduced in 2004 and held annually in Los Angeles and New York, showcase the work of students, educators, individuals and corporations who serve as exemplary role models and have made a significant impact on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.

“It is such a pleasure to announce the first of our honorees for the 2016 GLSENRespect Awards – Los Angeles,” said GLSEN Executive Director Dr. Eliza Byard. “Connor Franta has carried the message of respect to millions of young people online, and his authentic self-expression is the type that we envision for all of the youth we serve.”

Connor Franta will be honored for his deep commitment to youth welfare and LGBTQadvocacy. Through his online presence that touches millions of youth, he has elevatedGLSEN programs, such as GLSEN’s Day of Silence, and is collaborating with GLSENon a charitable campaign in partnership with Connor’s Common Culture lifestyle brand.

GLSEN has led the way on LGBTQ issues in K-12 education since 1990. Through ground-breaking original research, innovative program development, student leadership and educator training, community organizing, and targeted state and federal advocacy,GLSEN has seen the impact of its work with the development of educational resources, direct engagement of youth and educators, and national programs like GLSEN’s Day of Silence, GLSEN’s No Name-Calling Week, and GLSEN’s Ally Week.

Previous GLSEN Respect Awards honorees have included Justin Timberlake andJessica Biel; Zachary Quinto; Julia Roberts and Danny Moder; Derek Hough; Matthew Morrison; NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt; Jeffrey and Marilyn Katzenberg; Bob andHarvey Weinstein; former NBA player Jason Collins; Darren Star; Shonda Rhimes; Michele and Rob Reiner; Andrew Tobias; John Mack, CEO of Morgan Stanley; NBAexecutive Rick Welts; the National Education Association; Jim Parsons and Todd Spiewak; Simon Halls and Matt Bomer; MTV; Disney-ABC Television; Johnson & Johnson; and HBO, as well as student leaders and educators from around the country.

Co-chairs for this year’s event are Jim Fielding, Dave Karger, Patrick Moran and Chip Sullivan. The event is co-hosted by Lawrence Angrisani, Greg Berlanti and Robbie Rogers, Brad Bessey and Frank Sanchez, Edison Briones, Kevin Brockman and Dan Berendsen, Jess Cagle, Jessica Capshaw and Christopher Gavigan, Terry Clark, Donald De Line, Andrew Hotz and Kevin Friedman, Lauren Huff, Mike Irvin, Richard Konigsberg and Craig Olsen, Duncan Millership and Simon Thomas, Cody Morris and Christopher Landon, Corey Palent, Jonathan Rollo and Joey Gonzalez, Ben Roy, Mimi Slavin, and Ben Spector.

Sponsors of the 2016 GLSEN Respect Awards – Los Angeles include Presenting Sponsors Wells Fargo, Target and The Walt Disney Company.

For more information about the GLSEN Respect Awards – Los Angeles, click here.


Jimmy Carter Joins Garth Brooks And Trisha Yearwood At Habitat For Humanity’s Carter Work Project

Aug 24, 2016 12:00 pm

Jimmy Carter: Profile

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter this week kicked off a week of working alongside Habitat For Humanity homeowners and hundreds of volunteers in Memphis, Tennessee, to build and repair homes during Habitat’s 33rd Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project.

“Rosalynn and I are thrilled to lend our hands in Memphis this week, and we look forward to working with Habitat homeowners and volunteers. Their dedication continues to inspire and motivate us each year,” said President Carter. “Decent shelter is something we all need to thrive. With the help of volunteers we will create strong, stable homes and communities.”

Country music stars and longtime Habitat volunteers Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood will join the Carters during the week. Brooks and Yearwood have been helping Habitat build and strengthen communities in the U.S. and around the world since 2007.

Hosted by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis, volunteers will spend the week helping families build or improve places they can call home through new home construction, neighborhood beautification and home modifications for seniors.

Projects include:
• Nineteen new homes in the Bearwater Park area just north of Uptown Memphis.
• Ten neighborhood beautification projects, including painting and landscaping.
• Six aging in place projects to enhance accessibility and mobility for seniors.

“We are grateful to President and Mrs. Carter, Garth and Trisha for working with us this week to help families build the foundation for a better future,” said Jonathan Reckford,CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “Their support and commitment to Habitat’s mission has helped us make a long-lasting, tangible difference in the lives of every homeowner and volunteer who partners with us to empower communities through shelter.”

“It’s an incredible honor to have President and Mrs. Carter in Memphis to help us raise awareness and consciousness of the many housing issues faced by families in our community,” said Dwayne Spencer, president and CEO, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis. “We remain dedicated to addressing housing disparities by both our physical actions – pounding nails and raising walls – as well as by serving as a voice for so many who have few options to improve their housing situations.”

Since 1984, President and Mrs. Carter have traveled across the U.S. and the world with Habitat, donating their time and voices annually to build and improve homes and raise awareness of the critical need for decent and affordable housing. Inspiring millions over the last three decades, President and Mrs. Carter have worked alongside more than 92,260 volunteers in 14 countries to build, renovate and repair 3,944 homes.

Habitat’s Carter Work Project is made possible thanks to our volunteers, homeowners and the following national sponsors for this year’s build week: Tennessee Housing Development Agency; The Assisi Foundation of Memphis, Inc.; FedEx Corporation; The Plough Foundation Aging in Place Initiative; Bank of America; The Dow Chemical Company; Lowe’s; Memphis and Shelby County Community Redevelopment Agency; ServiceMaster; Altisource; AutoZone; City of Memphis, Division of Housing & Community Development and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati; First Tennessee Bank; Hope Church; Nissan North America; Oasis of Hope; and the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation.

To learn more about Habitat’s Carter Work Project, visit


Teresa Priolo To Co-Host 15th Annual UCP Of NYC Golf Tournament

Aug 24, 2016 10:45 am

United Cerebral Palsy: Profile

The 15th Annual UCP of NYC Golf Tournament will be held at Brae Burn Country Club in Purchase, New York on Monday, September 19, 2016.

This annual tournament attracts over 250 golfers for a uniquely enjoyable day of golf and entertainment in support of United Cerebral Palsy of New York City. All proceeds from the event fund the delivery of life-affirming programs and services to children and adults with disabilities and their families.

The golf tournament will be co-hosted by Teresa Priolo, three-time Emmy-nominated reporter, Fox 5 News & Good Day New York, and Erika Wachter, sports host and reporter for Fox 5 News.

“Over the past few years Teresa Priolo has been dedicated to helping UCP of NYCraise awareness about the many programs and services we offer,” says Edward R. Matthews, CEO, United Cerebral Palsy of New York City. “We are also excited to welcome Erika Wachter in her first year as co-host.”

This year, for the first time, the event will include a presentation of a UCP of NYCCorporate Champion Award, which will be presented to one of UCP of NYC’s generous supporters, Michael Berger, Senior Managing Director of Colliers International. This award recognizes individuals who demonstrate the power to inspire and lead as role models for people with and without disabilities.

Mr. Berger joined Colliers in 1995 when it operated as GVA Williams. A real estate industry veteran, Mr. Berger, who specializes in leasing and sales of commercial properties, led the completion of one of the largest nonprofit transactions of 2016; a 30-year, 218,000 square-foot lease on behalf of UCP of NYC for the entire building at 80 West End Avenue. He has extensive landlord agency experience and is currently the leasing agent for several office buildings totaling over three million square feet in NYC. As a tenant representative, Mr. Berger has worked with many corporations with a proven track record of success. He is involved in numerous community organizations and currently serves on the Executive Board of Trustees at the Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns, among others.

The 15th Annual Golf Tournament is presented by the Carmel family. Other generous sponsors include Colliers International, Alliance, Avison Young, Staples, Baker Tilley Virchow Krause, LLP, Stop Pest Control, HOK, Weiss Group, Driscoll Foods, among others.

Tournament Schedule
9:00 AM: Player Registration & Breakfast Served
10:30 AM: Shotgun Start
4:00 pm Cocktails Begin
5:00 pm Cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres, Award Ceremony & Raffle
7:00 PM: Event Ends

Teresa Priolo is a three-time Emmy-nominated reporter and fill-in anchor on Fox 5 News, and its top-rated morning show, Good Day New York. Teresa joined Fox 5 in March of 2012. She has covered Superstorm Sandy, the tragedy in Newtown, Super Bowl XLVIII, and Pope Francis’s recent visit to New York City. Prior to Fox, throughout the past decade, Teresa has worked as a reporter and morning anchor in upstate New York – covering everything from politics at the state Capitol to the annual Saratoga racing season. She began her on-air career in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Her investigations into the problem of teen homelessness, which the system has dubbed as “Throwaways”, and the popular but deadly “choking game”, earned her awards from the Idaho Press Club and acknowledgement from the Society of Professional Journalists. Prior to working in TV news, she worked on the ABC reality series Wife Swap.

United Cerebral Palsy of New York City holds a special place in her heart. She is the third of four children and her late brother, Tony, lived with Cerebral Palsy until he passed away 13 years ago. Teresa co-hosted the 2015 UCP of NYC Golf Tournament and was Co-Chair of the 2015 Santa Project Party benefiting the Children’s Program ofUCP of NYC. This May, Teresa was a celebrity presenter along with Fox 5 Good Day New York’s Mike Woods at the 15th Annual Women Who Care Awards benefitting UCPof NYC.

She was honored as Woman of the Year by the New Jersey Italian American Police society.

Erika Wachter is a sports host and reporter for Fox 5 News. She has worked with a variety of clients including CPTV Sports, COX Sports, NESN, Verizon FiOS1 Sports, Birdseye Sports, and MiLB’s Connecticut Tigers. Erika attributes her success to her education at the prestigious S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University. She graduated Summa Cum Laude, with a major in Broadcast Journalism and a double minor in Marketing Management and Psychology.

Erika was also a Division 1 Varsity Field Hockey player at SU for her entire undergraduate career.

Her experience at the collegiate level gives her a competitive advantage in covering athletics today.

River Street Theater Company Presents 110 Stories

Aug 24, 2016 09:00 am
Celebrities are expected to turnout for a special 9.11 benefit performance for non-profit River Street Theater Company of 110 Stories to be presented on Sept 10th and Sept. 11th.

110 Stories benefit performance for non-profit River Street Theater Company
110 Stories benefit performance for non-profit River Street Theater Company

SAG Nominee Mark Pellegrino (Quantico, The Big Lebowski, The Number 23), SAGAward Winner Jamie-Lynn Sigler (Guys With Kids, Entourage, Sopranos), Academy Award Winner Mira Sorvino (Falling Skies, Do You Believe, Mighty Aphrodite), and Brian White (Chicago Fire, The Cabin In The Woods, Fighting) have joined Image Award Nominee Nicki Micheaux (Animal Kingdom, Lincoln Heights, The Shield), SAGNominee & American Movie Award Winner Stelio Savante (Where The Road Runs Out, The Making Of The Mob: New York, Eisenstein In Guanajuato) and Golden Globe Nominee Diane Venora (The Insider, Heat, Bird) in the cast of River Street Theater Company’s Staged Reading of the Sept 11th play, ‘110 Stories’.

To commemorate the 15th anniversary of the events of Sept. 11, 2001, 110 Stories (written by Sarah Tuft), will be presented in Los Angeles on Sept. 10th and Sept 11th at The William Alderson Acting Studio. The play is directed by iconic acting teacher William Alderson, produced by William Alderson and Stelio Savante, and additional celebrity performers will be announced soon.

Trained by Sanford Meisner, William Alderson taught alongside Mr Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse in NY from 1967 and was the school’s associate director for twenty years. The Los Angeles studio was formed in 1995, and some of his former students clients include Allison Janney, Kim Basinger, Luis Guzman, and Jeff Goldblum.

The board of River Street Theater Company ( a 501c3 non profit) in Los Angeles includes such names as Matthew Carnahan, Robert Carnegie, Jeff Goldblum, David Mamet, and Jon Voight; and William Alderson serves as president.

110 Stories has a prestigious history, having been performed by A list casts at The Geffen Playhouse, Joseph Papp Public Theater, NYU Skirball, The Vineyard and various others for charities like The Red Cross, Dennis Leary Firefighters Foundation and the New York Says Thank You Foundation.

“110 Stories” is a powerful way to memorialize a shared tragedy. It weaves first-person accounts – selected from hundreds collected right after September 11th – into a journey that recalls our wounds as well as works towards healing them. It’s the human side of history, without politics and agenda, giving voice to those who experienced 9/11 directly… a firefighter, homeless couple, police officer, iron-worker, massage therapist, chaplain, K9 handler, a mother, an elderly bulldog, a South American photojournalist. Together, these accounts shine a light into the human spirit – revealing hope, humor and compassion in the midst of tragedy.

Tickets can be purchased here.

The Saturday (Sept 10th) performance starts at 7:30 pm and the Sunday (Sept 11th) matinee is at 3pm, tickets are fixed at $40.


20,000 Jason Reynolds’ Books Donated To Children In Need

Aug 24, 2016 07:30 am
First Book, the nonprofit social enterprise that has distributed more than 150 million books to children in need, has partnered with Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing to distribute 20,000 copies of award-winning author Jason Reynolds’ books to classrooms and programs serving low income students nationwide.

First Book and Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing to Donate 20,000 Jason Reynolds' Books to Children in Need
First Book and Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing to Donate 20,000 Jason Reynolds’ Books to Children in Need
Credit/Copyright: Kia Chenelle

Included in the distribution are his acclaimed titles from the Caitlyn Dlouhy Books/Atheneum Books for Young Readers imprint: Young Adult titles When I Was the Greatest and The Boy in the Black Suit, as well as his Middle Grade title, As Brave As You. Simon & Schuster will also donate copies of Reynolds’ newest release, Ghost, to students in need at the same time that the title debuts at retail. As part of the Simon & Schuster and First Book partnership, Reynolds will also visit students in Washington, DC schools for a reading and discussion of his journey to becoming an author. The visits will be coordinated by An Open Book Foundation, which brings literacy programs to Title I Washington, DC-area schools.

Video: First Book Q&A with Author Jason Reynolds

In a video message, Reynolds reflected on the impact of having his books now reach kids from low-income families with experiences similar to his own. “(When I was growing up)…the stories of kids who grew up in communities like mine weren’t being written about in many books for kids,” Reynolds said. “I just want young people to read my books and feel cared for, feel safe, feel like there’s someone else in the world who understands – or at least acknowledges – your existence.”

Reynolds’ books will be distributed to First Book’s members: the largest and fastest growing network of educators exclusively serving children in need, which recently surpassed more than 275,000 members, or 20% of the estimated 1.3 million classrooms and programs in the U.S. serving children in low-income communities. Founded in 1992, First Book furthers educational equity by amplifying the voice of these under-resourced educators, and providing them with access to an ongoing supply of high quality, relevant books and educational resources for free or at low cost.

Insights from First Book’s network helps drive the content, formats and types of educational resources that the organization secures. For example, in a First Book survey, 90 percent of respondents indicated that children in their programs would be more enthusiastic readers if they had access to books with characters, stories and images that reflect their lives and their neighborhoods. In response, First Book launched its groundbreaking Stories for All Project, a market-driven initiative bringing thousands of diverse books featuring different cultures, ethnicities, languages, family structures, abilities and experiences to the First Book Marketplace and mainstream retail locations.

“The impact of Simon & Schuster’s very generous donation ensures that First Book can fulfill its mission to provide the highest quality new books and educational resources to kids in need,” said Kyle Zimmer, President & CEO of First Book. “Jason’s inspiring personal story, along with his powerful books, can open up the world and engage kids in reading by allowing them to see themselves in the books they read. We could not be more proud to partner with Simon & Schuster and Jason on this generous donation.”

“Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing has repeatedly heard from teachers and librarians that Jason Reynolds’ books are making a profound impact on the lives of young readers. Simon & Schuster and Jason felt compelled to make his books easily accessible to students who need them the most. With First Book’s help, we are proud to be able to share Jason’s important work with even more young readers,” said Jon Anderson, President & Publisher of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing.


Beach Boy Brian Wilson’s Vacation Home

BrianWilson (1)Celebrity Real Estate: The Beach Boys Brian Wilson’s Vacation Home Is For Sale

The Lake Arrowhead, California vacation home of the Beach Boys Brian Wilson is for sale and featured this week at

“Brian Wilson’s Vacation Home”

After Elvis and before the Beatles, the Beach Boys were America’s favorite rock ‘n roll group. The band, led by Brian Wilson along with his two brothers, a cousin and a family friend, began performing in 1961 in Hawthorne, California as the Pendletones. Within less than two years and a name change, the Beach Boys ruled the U.S. air waves with “Surfin’ Safarri,” “Surfin’ USA” and “Surfer Girl.”  Between their own hits and the #1 song “Surf City” that Brian wrote and produced for Jan and Dean, Wilson pretty much created the California beach music sound. Its instant popularity along with 1960’s Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon beach-themed movies moved much of the music and entertainment business to the Southern California beaches. Continue reading “Beach Boy Brian Wilson’s Vacation Home”

Celeb Spotting: Jeremy Piven joins the band!

PivenLast night, August 24th, Jeremy Piven was spotted at Santa Margherita’s She Shed Event which took place at the Mar Vista Art Department in Los Angeles.

Italian wine brand, Santa Margherita unveiled its eco-sustainable “She Shed,” while guests enjoyed refreshing Santa Margherita Prosecco and Rose cocktails, re-purposed decorations made using old wine bottles and corks, along with a silent auction where all proceeds benefitted charity partner, Recycle Across America, a charity Jeremy is a big supporter of. Jeremy mingled with guests, even jumping in with the band to play back up on the cajón!

Toledo and Le Vian

Goya Toledo wore Le Vian diamond earrings and Butani diamond bracelets to the premiere of Netflix’s ‘Narcos’ season 2 at ArcLight Cinemas on August 24, 2016 in Hollywood, California.
Le Vian:

Considered one of the oldest jewelers in the world today, Le Vian’s glittered archive tells the story of a family’s steadfast integrity and love of gemstones and quality. Capturing the eyes of ancient royalty and the most famous celebrities on today’s red carpet, Le Vian’s® designs are regarded as works of art. Artisans craft rare natural fancy color diamonds including Pink Orchid Diamonds™, Sunny Yellow Diamonds™, Blackberry Diamonds™, Vanilla Diamonds™ and Chocolate Diamonds® into innovative designs, combining colors of gems and flavors of gold with intricate detailing and a passion from days gone by. Master gem cutters then utilize Le Vian®’s proprietary and innovative cuts to brilliantly reveal the exceptional beauty of each gem. For more information, please visit

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Founded in 1969, Butani has established itself as an internationally renowned designer of haute couture jewelry. The company has built a reputation for creating personalized handcrafted jewelry, with the belief that each jewel tells its own story. With a passion for beauty, perfection, and commitment to consistently reach new heights in haute couture design and attentive service, Butani has continued to design and create breathtaking jewelry that represents an expression of individuality, lifestyle and a desire for elegance. For more information, please visit

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Top Rebel Productions Announces Release of Nelson Bixby Takes on the whole wide World” as part of Disney Channel


Hollywood, CA – Top Rebel Productions is proud to announce the release of the coming-of-age action-comedy “NELSON BIXBY TAKES ON THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD“ as part of The Disney Channel’s collaboration with new short-form content creators; it is now available worldwide and for free on The Disney Channel online services and their YouTube destination.

This micromovie marks a departure for Top Rebel Productions – a company co-founded by Freddy Rodriguez, Francisco Lorite (“Nelson Bixby” writer-director) & Bill Winett, and the slate of genre films & TV it has been developing.

Part fable, part superhero tale with a Latin twist, “Nelson Bixby” tells the story of how the ghost of a famous Mexican wrestler teaches a shy 11-year-old boy to find his own “hero” within. Written-directed by Francisco Lorite, produced by renowned film producer Deborah Del Prete (“Green Street Hooligans”, “The Spirit”, “Ender’s Game”, etc.) along with Bill Winett, executive-produced by Freddy Rodriguez,         and associate-produced by Daryn Simons & Annet McCroskey, the micromovie          is already garnering a tremendous response from kids around the world who have embraced Nelson and his new –very odd– mentor, “El Niño!” Continue reading “Top Rebel Productions Announces Release of Nelson Bixby Takes on the whole wide World” as part of Disney Channel”