Frank Sinatra's most documented Fort Lee trip happened in 1966 when Old Blue Eyes brought his new bride to his parents' Abbott Boulevard Home in Fort Lee.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Student art festival scheduled for May 31.
A night of music, dancing, food making and art creation is coming to Fort Lee HS students on Friday, May 31. The "Circle the Arts XVIII" event features exhibitions of student art work, live theatre performances, orchestral and choir concerts, and more. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. The night wraps up at 9:30 p.m. Check out the flyer above for more details.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Richard Kuklinski, a Dumont man who killed more than 100 people, is the subject of director Ariel Vromen's crime thriller.
A film based on the true life story of one of New Jersey’s most notorious killers is set to hit select theaters this Friday. "The Iceman" tells the story of Dumont's Richard Kuklinski, from his ordinary family life to his introduction to the mob and his arrest for murder. Kuklinski said he killed more than 100 people, many during his time associated with the mafia in the 1970s and 80s. In the screenplay co-written by Morgan Land and director Ariel Vromen and based on a book by Anthony Bruno, Kuklinski initially appears to be a devoted family man but is soon found out to be ruthless hit man. Michael Shannon — of Boardwalk Empire and “Michael Shannon Reads the Insane Delta Gamma Sorority Letter” fame — portrays The Iceman, who got his …
Monday, April 22, 2013
Englewood's downtown summer jazz series will start in mid-May this year and continue for the next 14 weeks.
Englewood's outdoor jazz series is getting an earlier start this summer. The swingin' Englewood Economic Development Corporation initiative that for the past two years has brought New York City-area jazz musicians to play at various spots in downtown Englewood on consecutive Thursdays in July and August will start in mid-May this year. "It’s been such a tremendous success we’re going to extend it into June and the latter half of May," EEDC Chairman Adam Brown said after the group's last meeting. "We’re going to go from eight performances to 14. I think it's a no-brainer." The Bergen Performing Arts Center selects the jazz combos, the city of Englewood coordinates when they'll play and the EEDC provides the funding, Brown said. He hopes the…
Monday, April 15, 2013
Take a look at what's going on in Fort Lee this week.
The Fort Lee Board of Education will be meeting Monday in a Private Work Session from 6:30 pm to 8 pm at the Fort Lee High School Library/Media Center on the second floor. No action will be taken at the Private Work Session. The regular business meeting will begin at 8 pm in the High School Library/Media Center on the second floor. Official Action will be taken. On Wednesday, the Fort Lee Film Commission and the Palisades Interstate Park Commission is presenting a one-night film festival "Gangs in Fort Lee" at the Fort Lee Historic Park. This festival celebrates the origins of the gangster film genre that began in Fort Lee with D.W. Griffiths "Muskateers of Pig Alley." Fort Lee Film Commissioner, Tom Meyers, and Palisades Interstate Park …
Friday, April 12, 2013
The Hudson Shakespeare Company, in association with the Fort Lee Film Commission will give a live performance of 'Inherit the Wind' in the courtroom of Fort Lee Borough Hall.
The Hudson Shakespeare Company, in association with the Fort Lee Film Commission, will be presenting a live production of Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee on Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14 at 7 p.m. A free screening of the film will also be presented at the courtroom on Friday, April 12th at 8pm. Inherit the Wind dramatizes scenes from the furor that arose in 1925, when John Scopes, a teacher in the small town of Dayton, Tennessee, was charged for teaching students evolution and not the creation story as told in Genesis, the first book of the bible. The presentation of Inherit the Wind is the first of HSC’s 22nd season of touring plays and the start of the 7th season of touring productions in Fort Lee, NJ. …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Newly formed Atlantic City Mayor's Office for Film and Television is the vehicle that may bring film production back to Fort Lee.
Executive Director of the Fort Lee Film Commission, Tom Meyers, along with Chairman Nelson Page, has been appointed to the Atlantic City Mayor's Office for Film and Television by Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford. What brought Meyers and Page to Atlantic City? Disappointed by Governor Chris Christie's suspension of the New Jersey Film and Television Tax incentive program in 2010, Meyers and Page have been lobbying state legislators to reinstate the credit to attract film and television production back to where it all began--New Jersey. Specifically, Fort Lee. Fort Lee felt the full effect of the film credit tax suspension when Law and Order, SVU closed their North Bergen studio and moved production into New York City. SVU had used Fort …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Cyberbullying is the theme of the Enigma Acting Conservatory's production of 'OMG!' at the Fort Lee Library to kick off National Library Week in April.
The Fort Lee Public Library will kick off National Library Week with a special production OMG! by the Enigma Acting Conservatory Sunday, April 14, at 2 p.m. in the lower level meeting room. The central theme of the story, cyberbullying, is told through Crystal, a creative middle school girl who is introduced to the cyber world when she creates her first “Facepage." Fort Lee’s own Michelle Dyagileva will be playing Crystal, the lead role. Dyagileva has been involved in acting since a young age, giving shows as young as 4-years old in her living room. Throughout her life she has been taking dancing, singing and songwriting lessons. The Enigma Acting Conservatory is an actor training school that has worked with youth ranging from 6-years old …
Friday, March 8, 2013
Executive Producer and Director of Law & Order SVU kicks off ninth annual Jersey Filmmakers of Tomorrow Film Festival at Fort Lee High School.
Michael Smith, Executive Producer and Director of Law & Order SVU, visited the students of Fort Lee High School Friday to kick off the ninth annual Jersey Filmmakers of Tomorrow Film Festival. Tom Meyers, Executive Director of the Fort Lee Film Commission, told the students that the Film Commission initiated this film festival and opened it up to all Bergen County high school students as a way to continue the story of American film that began in New Jersey over 100 years ago, specifically in Fort Lee. In the tradition of filmmaking in Fort Lee, Meyers told the assembled students, "We want you to be able to tell your story, and this festival lets your voice be heard." Smith, who grew up in Long Island and now lives in New Jersey, attended…
Monday, March 4, 2013
Reality show "The Real Girls of the Bada Bing" features Satin Dolls, the Lodi club where scenes were filmed for The Sopranos. CAUTION: ADULT LANGUAGE AND SCENES IN VIDEO
A new reality show in development features Bergen County's Satin Dolls, the gentlemen's club best known as the fictional "Bada Bing!" from The Sopranos. Tom Murro, a celebrity journalist and the show's executive producer, said it's like a mix between Jersey Shore, The Real Housewives of New Jersey and The Sopranos. "It's going to be awesome," Murro said. "There's a lot more swearing and violence. No table flipping, though." Satin Dolls, the real club where scenes from The Sopranos were filmed, is located on Route 17 in Lodi. The show takes a look at the drama in the lives of the club's dancers — one is paying her way through college, another struggles with self-esteem — and they all fight with each other over tips. "It's like a little …