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Thursday, November 26, 2009


Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz will present the 20th Anniversary Mickey Mantle Community Service Award to director and actor Spike Lee as well as Denise Arbesu of Citibank at an annual sports and entertainment fantasy auction benefiting Camp Brooklyn on December 9th.

Camp Brooklyn was founded by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz to give children from low-income homes an opportunity to attend a sleep-away camp no cost to the camper. The Camp Brooklyn Fund gives these children a chance to leave their urban environment and learn about teamwork, loyalty, wholesome health habits, responsibility, personal respect and appreciation for nature, all of which are a part of a child¹s education at summer camp.

Since 2002 Camp Brooklyn sent more than 1500 Brooklyn children to summer camp. To help raise funds - - and send over 400 children to camp in 2010 - - Camp Brooklyn will auction off a number of unique and exclusive items at the event, including:

·A walk-on role In Spike Lee¹s next movie
·A Bruce Springsteen signed acoustic guitar
·A week-long stay along the Amalfi Coast in Italy with breakfast and gourmet
dinners in a sea view room at the 4-star rated Hotel Bonadies
· 4 or 5 day Carnival Cruise, sailing from the Port of New York
·An Alex Rodriguez #13 autographed New York Yankees pinstripe jersey

In addition to the above, a vacation package with Carnival Cruise Lines, VIP seats to the Late Show with David Letterman, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, getaways to Orlando, Salt Lake and Las Vegas and over 50 other items will also be auctioned.

The week leading up to the event, Camp Brooklyn will also host several items on-line at This on-line auction will begin on Tuesday, December 1st and close at noon on December 9th. All on-line items will then be available for bidding at the event.

Tickets are $200 and available to the general public. All proceeds will benefit Camp Brooklyn. Tickets include a full buffet dinner, open bar, the award ceremony hosted by Jamie and Marty Markowitz and silent and live auctions with Q104¹s Ken Dashow as the auctioneer.

To purchase tickets or donate to the Camp Brooklyn Fund, visit:

Camp Brooklyn Fundraiser
Wednesday, December 9th.
Mickey Mantle¹s Restaurant
42 Central Park South
New York, NY 10019
(business attire recommended)

For more information, please contact Karen Rosenberg at Empire Events Group, Inc. 212-625-1025 or email: or Brendan Gilmartin at Shore Fire Media ( 718-522-7171 x. 12
Nancie S. Martin at Shore Fire Media ( 718-522-7171 x. 23

Media Coalition For Artists Of Color

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Media Coalition Networking Salon

The next Media Coalition of Artists of Color networking salon will be November 30, 2009 and features a talk with Neema Barnette, a pioneering filmmaker among African American women in film and TV. This event is being held at the Dwyer Cultural Center in Harlem and hosted by the International Communication Association with the Harlem Arts Alliance.The International Communication Association is reaching out to alumni of the Community Film Workshop, Third World Cinema, and Institute of New Cinema Artist (INCA) and encourages them all to register and attend this event.The Media Coalition of Artist of Color includes African American Women in Cinema, Asian Cinevision, BFF, Black Documentary Collective, Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment, dvRepublic, National Association of Latino Independent Producers, and Tribeca All Access.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Magnolia Pictures presents Adrienne Shelly’s SERIOUS MOONLIGHT

Opens in theaters on December 4, 2009

Director Cheryl Hines (Actress on “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, “Waitress”) Starring Meg Ryan, Timothy Hutton, Kristen Bell and Justin LongDirected by Cheryl Hines. Written by Adrienne Shelly. Produced by Andy Ostroy and Michael Roiff High-powered Manhattan lawyer Louise (Meg Ryan) is touched when she comes home for the weekend to her upstate getaway house to find it strewn with rose petals by Ian, (Timothy Hutton) her husband of 13 years.

Unfortunately, as Louise quickly discovers, Ian is not expecting her and has laid out the spread for his much younger girlfriend (Kristen Bell) who was meeting him for a secret getaway. In fact, he’s in the process of writing Louise a letter explaining his intention to leave her for good. But Louise has other plans--one thing leads to another, and Ian soon finds himself held captive by an oddly cool Louise who calmly explains that she won't release him until he professes his love for her and commits to working on their marriage together. And when Ian’s impatient mistress shows up, not to mention an opportunistic gardener (Justin Long), that’s where things start to get really weird.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Movie Review: Frailty

I know this movie is an oldie...but its also a goodie. "There are demons among us" echoes the voice of Mr. Meiks played by Bill Paxton as a man who has a vision by an angel and becomes a messenger of mercy from God to destroy demons. In the movie Frailty, the story begins with Fenton Meiks played by Matthew McConaughey as man who claims he knows the man who is known as the God's Hands killer. He admits that the serial killer is his own brother.

From there Meiks tells the story to FBI agent Wesley Doyle played by Powers Boothe the story of his childhood and what it was like growing up in a single parent home with his father and brother. His father is sent on a mission from God to destroy the demons that are among us. These demons appear in human form and young Fenton believes his father is killing innocent human beings and not demons.

Fenton tries to tell the local police that his father is crazy, but no one believes him. Soon after Fenton is punished by his father forced to stay imprisioned in the backyard of a makeshift dungeon he created for disposing the bodies of his victims.

This film is a thriller/horror film that will have you on the edge of you seat minute by minute. Stunning performance by Bill Paxton, who also directed the film. A late review, but a film certainly worth its wait!!!

The summary of the movie ends here, because there is a pretty intense plot twist that shall remain secret until you have seen the film, but let's just say as someone who can predict a plotline very well, I didn't see it comin! As a sidenote; it was good to see McConaughey in a film where he didn't play a stoner or a wisecrackin douche who has commitment issues with women. Of course this film came out in 2001 and he hasn't really played against type since. Poor Matthew.