First Look At “Who’s Jenna…?” Film Set To Screen On GDIFF Saturday

Who's Jenna...?

Who’s Jenna…?

Jersey City, NJ—The highly anticipated romantic comedy “Who’s Jenna…?” will screen at the historic Landmark Loews Theater in Jersey City, NJ on Saturday, September 24th.  This red carpet event is open to the public and hosted by the Golden Door International Film Festival.

Tickets are available for $25 through Eventbrite , and the price of admission includes open bar featuring Tito’s Handmade Vodka, as well as viewing 624 Productions’ first feature film, written and directed by Tom Baldinger.

Expected to attend are many cast and crew including the movie’s leading men, Bill Sorvino, Joseph D’Onofrio, and Garry Pastore.  Actors Lenny Venito and Amber Lynn are also scheduled to appear.
The evening begins at 7:30pm and will last an anticipated three hours.  Guests will be able to mix and mingle with the celebrities in attendance and have opportunities for photographs.

Who's Jenna...?

Actors Bill Sorvino (Johnathan Burke) Garry Pastore (Joe Barcia), Vic Dibitetto (Steve Bower), and Lenny Venito (Dominick Grillo) on set of “Who’s Jenna…?”
Photo Credit: Laura Madsen

“Who’s Jenna…?” is a hilarious but sweet rom-com about a single, financial advisor, Jonathan Burke (Bill Sorvino), who likes his life very organized, and becomes involved with a woman, Jenna Casey (Tracey Birdsall) that looks suspiciously like a famous porn star.

Jonathan starts dating Jenna, an accomplished, beautiful lawyer, and his best friend, Andy Roma (Joseph D’Onofrio) is convinced she looks exactly like an adult film star.  Not only does Jonathan have to deal with his friend’s nonsensical assumptions and antics trying to prove that Jenna isn’t who she really says she is; he also has to juggle his business relationship with his boss (Garry Pastore), who is possibly black-mailing him, and, is Jenna’s brother in-law.  A case of mistaken identity creates a whirling storm of comical chaos in Jonathan’s usually routine world.

Who's Jenna...?

Actresses Tracey Birdsall (Jenna Casey), Jen Jacob (Sheila), and Elyssa Nicole Ackerman (Christina) filming a scene in “Who’s Jenna…?”
Photo Credit: Patrick Zehr

Sopranos star, Vincent Pastore, and comedian-actor Vic Dibitetto also have cameos in the film.

The first screening of “Who’s Jenna…?” in Asbury Park, NJ was an extreme success and entertained a sold out crowd, with standing room only, at the House of Independents on May 20th of this year.  Positive reviews have been rolling in for this film, and fans are eagerly awaiting the film’s release.

“Who’s Jenna…?” red carpet movie screening
Saturday, September 24, 2016
At the Loew’s Landmark Theater, 54 Journal Square Plaza, Jersey City, NJ  07306
Tickets $25, includes open bar, available at EventBrite

“Our Kids Are Not In Constant Danger:” A TDQ Q&A With Writer And “Free Range Kid” Founder Lenore Skenazy

Lenore Skenazy

We know what you’re thinking. Lenore Skenazy looks like a great mom. But, you’d be wrong. She is the World’s Worst Mom. But only the worst at preventing her children from being self-reliant individuals.

This week’s TDQ Q&A is with Lenore Skenazy, called “the worst mom in America” by the media after she let her then-9-year-old son ride the subway alone. Lenore spoke to us about her website, Free Range Kids, how society is criticizing parents for doing things that were considered normal in the past and how her son survived his harrowing ordeal on the subway. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A With Lenore Skenazy:

The Daily Quarterly: What made you want to get into journalism? 

Lenore Skenazy: Well, I couldn’t just knock on people’s doors and say, “Let me come in,” unless I had an excuse. So this is my way of meeting strangers. I always wanted to meet strangers. I always wanted to talk to strangers.

TDQ: Who was your favorite writer growing up?

LS: Growing up? Well, it depends when. I love Dorothy Parker, so funny. I liked “Little Women,” I thought it was the greatest book ever. I just re-read it, and she has actually a whole chapter on helicopter parents, I couldn’t believe it. I like Louisa May Alcott. I like joke books.

TDQ: What is the best advice you’ve ever gotten?

LS: “If you’re gonna have a blog, make it about one thing and drill down relentlessly.” And I thought, “Oh my God, I could never be interested enough in one topic to do that.” Now we’re here nine years later talking about one thing: “Our kids are not in constant danger.”

Lenore Skenazy - World's Worst Mom

When the media calls you the world’s worst mom what can you do? Make a TV series called “Worlds Worst Mom”.

TDQ: What is the worst advice you’ve ever gotten?

LS: That’s interesting. I made the mistake of going to journalism school… and the advice was go live in a small town and cover the city council. I just didn’t do it. Maybe it would have been great advice. Maybe I’d be the editor of the New York Times today, but I just couldn’t.

TDQ: Your son, Izzy, who you let ride the New York City subway alone at the age of nine in 2008, how is he now? Does he suffer from PTSD due to that experience?

LS: Did I suffer from PTSD from putting him on the subway? He’s fine. He’s a college freshman, we had to remind him, could you at least write us and tell us that you’re okay? He’s doing fine. He’s at SUNY Cortland.

TDQ: You’ve mentioned college kids having their parents call a professor over a bad grade. Do you think we’ve reached a point where we need to talk about not just free range kids but free range young adults?

LS: The assumption, not just on my part, but on the part of a lot of social pundits or critics, whatever you want to call it, is that having grown ups constantly supervise, kids are so un-used to fighting their own battles or not having somebody intercede if something feels disappointing or wrong, that they expect intervention or the parents continue to play that same role. The thing I don’t like is the idea that I’m down on helicopter parents. But I’m quite aware that when my grandfather came over on a boat from Russia, his mother couldn’t text him three days later and say, “How ya doin’, Sam?” So I don’t blame helicopter parents because I believe we live in a society that’s told us from the first sonogram that we should be very concerned and always watching them, so there they are in the womb and we’re watching them. We’re told you have to put them under the right mobile in the right crib and you better not put a teddy bear in the crib because that might smother them… And you need to buy a video infrared monitor, with a pivoting video monitor that streams to your phone. And it should also measure your kid’s temperature and blood oxygen level.

So to say parents are paranoid when somebody is trying to peddle them-and obviously successfully, or they’d be out of business already-something that measures their kid’s vital signs, as if they’re in the neonatal intensive care unit, when the kid is home, safe and sound asleep in the crib in their house…parents have been told that their child isn’t even safe when sleeping in their crib at night and there is no intruder, then I can’t blame them for feeling nervous.

Lenore Skenazy and Family

Lenore Skenazy and family with their best “you don’t let your tween walk a few blocks to school” look.

TDQ: In your opinion, what or who is the most to blame in how society wants us to raise our children now? Plaintiff’s lawyers, the internet, or the media?

LS: Well, there’s a bunch of factors. One obvious one that everybody agrees on is that the media is pervasive, and…it shows us the worst of the worst. If there’s no child abducted that day, then you’ll see it’s the 10th anniversary of this abduction, or they’re passing another law to make sure there won’t be an abduction. You’re surrounded by so much media attention to these stories, that you end up thinking that they’re happening all the time.

The other thing that’s happening is, as we get more cheaper technology that is surrounding us, the idea that if you can tell your kid’s blood oxygen level, why wouldn’t you? It’s so simple, it’s just $9.99 a month, if your kid dies for either low or high blood oxygen levels, I don’t even know which is bad, if only you had done that, $9.99 a month, you cheap bastard, now your kid is dead of excess oxygen. Between that and being able to GPS your kid at all times, and text your kid at all times and see your kids at all times, there’s so many ways to oversee your child now, that the idea of ever giving them an instant of non-supervision starts seeming crazy and negligent.

Lenore Skenazy - Free-Range Kids

Lenore Skenazy’s writings on Free-Range Kids come in both blog and book form. To change things up consider reading the e-book on your computer and print out the blog to read offline.

TDQ: You really started Free Range Kids in earnest in 2008. Are things better now or worse for parents?

LS: There’s two things happening at once. One is people are coming over to my side. You can’t look at the “New York Times Book Review” every week without seeing somebody else writing, “The Secrets of Danish Parents,” “The Secrets of German Parents” “The Secrets of Japanese Parents,” and the secret always turns out to be “we give them some free time unlike you crazy Americans, we give them some free time.” There’s a lot of, not only just a cultural feel, like maybe we’ve gone a little overboard, but there’s all this evidence that kids are not doing better because we’re with them every single second. They’re nervous, they’re anxious, they feel a failure to thrive. But once again I’m back to blaming society that makes us think that we have to keep them so constantly supervised that it has some repercussions.

But people are recognizing that it’s crazy. People are mad when a mom will get arrested for letting her kid walk home from the park, or play outside, or wait in the car for three minutes while she picks up the dry cleaning. Nobody realized it was a problem before. People are coming over to my side and saying we’ve gone overboard in terms of worrying for our kids and supervising them.

TDQ: You say more people are coming over to your side. Would you say that now when you speak to groups, you aren’t in hostile environments much anymore?

LS: Oh, yes. For a couple of years at the very beginning, there was an influential parenting site called “Babble” and every year they did their top 25 websites, and mine two years in a row was the most controversial. And I thought, “I can’t believe I’m controversial.” I am a normal, middle-class mom who worries, who makes dinner at home, who goes to the parent-teacher conferences. How could I be so controversial? I’m only raising my kids the way my mom raised me. It was surprising to me that it would be considered so radical or controversial that I’d say, “Maybe your kids could walk to school, maybe your kids could be latchkey kids and come home for an hour and survive. And I don’t think I’m considered controversial about that anymore. So then I have to work harder at being controversial.

So now I work on trying to make people understand that the sex offender laws are terrible; that we have to do away with the public registry. You can live down the street from a sex offender, and it’s no more dangerous than living down the street from somebody who isn’t a sex offender. So, I figure as long as I have my bully pulpit and people interested in what I have to say, and considering me sort of the voice of reason or non-hysteria-somebody once called me the “Department of Homeland Sanity”-so I’ll use that as the opportunity to say your kids can be unsupervised, you can live down the street from a sex offender, we’ve gone overboard in a lot of our laws, and you can even play “Pokemon Go” and your kids not die.

Learn more about how to get Lenore come speak to your group or school or business here. And follow her on Twitter.

Tim Tebow Signs Lucrative Nike Deal To Launch “Tebow Knows” Ad Campaign

Tebow knows football.

Tebow knows football.

Beaverton, OR—With the sporting apparel giant recently announcing that they are leaving the uber-competitive golf equipment market, Nike announced yesterday that they are hopping on the Tim Tebow juggernaut and plan to reboot the famous “Bo Knows” ad campaign, but with the newly signed baseball player Tebow rather than the former multi-sport playing Bo “Jack Horseman” Jackson.

Tebow knows baseball.

Tebow knows baseball.

Nike said they were bringing Jerry Kramer, their former head of golf equipment over to run the campaign. Kramer has never worked with any athletes aside from professional golfers, but Nike said they didn’t want to lose his visionary golden touch for creating (or re-creating) advertisement.

Tebow knows quidditch.

Tebow knows quidditch.

Kramer was introduced at a news conference yesterday and said how excited he was to work with Tebow, who just signed a contract with the New York Mets to play in their lowest level of professional baseball.

Tebow knows wiffleball.

Tebow knows wiffleball.

“Not many people know this, but Google it and you’ll see I’m right,” Kramer said. “But Tim Tebow actually used to play football. Not soccer. I mean American football. With the pads and the cheerleaders. I think he was even drafted by a pro football team, I believe. I had no idea. But once we learned that, and then he was signed by the Metropolitans, then we thought we could go with a reboot of the ‘Bo Knows’ campaign, but instead of using the name ‘Bo,’ we’re using the name ‘Tebow.’ See, it’s similar, right? ‘Bo-Tebow.’ Similar, but yet sill different and fresh. And refreshing.”

Tebow knows curling.

Tebow knows curling.

Kramer said he had already seen a few dozen story boards of Tebow playing typical sports like hockey, basketball and baseball, as well as some “less than mainstream” sports like curling, Quidditch and wiffle ball.

Kramer closed his remarks saying that he was holding a “huge, kick-ass” garage sale at his place next weekend, with “tons, like literally tons” of “barely-used” Nike golf equipment “including balls, clubs, awesome shirts and tees. Anybody know if Tim Tebow plays golf? I hear he just came into some cash, I can get him a sweet deal on some clubs.”

“The Frisco Kid” Gene Wilder Dies At 83

Gene Wilder

Gene Wilder, center, in an early proof of the poster for Silver Streak, his first of several films with Richard Pryor, left. What most people don’t know is that iconic duo was, originally, a trio featuring future RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, right, in the role of an insurance investigator for the railroad company whose train the film happens in and around. Despite early focus groups proclaiming it was “the role DiMaio was born to play” DiMaio was removed from the final cut after being accused of “stealing the show” in the words of Wilder’s manager.

Stamford, CT—“Young Frankenstein” star Gene Wilder died Monday due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 83.

Born Jerome Silberman in 1933, Wilder also starred in the vastly overrated “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” as well as in the vastly underrated “RECOiL,” “Blazing Saddles” and “The Producers.”

He also appeared in several movies with comedian Richard Pryor, including “Stir Crazy,” “See No Evil, Hear No Evil” and “Silver Streak.”

On the small screen, Wilder appeared in such programs as “Alice in Wonderland,” “Murder in a Small Town,” and he won an Emmy Award for his guest starring role on “Will and Grace.”

He is survived by his fourth wife, Karen Webb, whom he married in 1991. His third wife, comedienne Gilda Radner, died from ovarian cancer in 1989.

“My Cat From Hell” Host Jackson Galaxy Posts Catty Photo Fat-Shaming Cat At PetSmart

Jackson Galaxy

Jackson Galaxy’s cat shaming was unexpected.

Los Angeles—Jackson Galaxy was at an L.A. PetSmart last week when the body of a feline getting bathed in a grooming area behind a glass door offended him. The 50 year-old host of Animal Planet’s “My Cat from Hell” took to Snapchat to post the cat’s girth — naked, on his story.

The caption Galaxy wrote: “If I can’t see unsee this then you can’t either.” It pictures Galaxy covering his mouth in false-shock. What resulted was likely thousands looking at this cat’s hairy body, fat-shamed by the famed cat behaviorist on Galxy’s public Snapchat.

The backlash was strong — Galaxy has been now banned from PetSmarts nationwide and predictably lambasted on the Internet.

That’s because once the store banned Galaxy, they then notified the Los Angeles Police Department that he had photographed a cat in its store. That’s strictly prohibited, according to the store’s website.

“His behavior is appalling and puts every pet entering our stores at risk of losing their privacy,” said Jill Greenville, the company’s executive vice president of operations.

Los Angeles Police Capt. Alexander Neiman said they received a report of “illegal distribution” of the image from the international pet store chain. Detectives from the LAPD’s west division animal cruelty section are investigating.

“Our written rules are very clear: Cellphone usage and photography are prohibited in the store aisles and grooming areas,” Greenville said. “This is not only our rule, but common decency. Common human decency, which Mr. Galaxy, if that is his real name, failed to exhibit in this instance.”

Galaxy’s action was illegal under California law. A section of the state penal code revised in 2014 said it is a misdemeanor to look “with the intent to invade the privacy of anyone” in places like a pet store, where one has “a reasonable expectation of privacy,” with a camera. Under this law, it is illegal generally to distribute an image of the “intimate body part or parts” of someone “without the consent of or knowledge of that other someone.”

Under that law, Galaxy could be charged in the state of California with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor that can include a fine of up to $1,000 or six months in jail.

Meeeeoooow, Mr. Galaxy!