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New York Women in Film & Television culminates its month-long recognition of Women’s History with a weekend of screenings celebrating female creators in film, television, and media. NYWIFT will screen IFC Films’ critically-acclaimed Farewell Amor March 26-27 as part of its annual SWAN Day (Support Women Artists Now Day) celebration in partnership with SAG-AFTRA, FF2 Media, Women in the Arts & Media Coalition (WAMC), HerFlix, In Creative Company, The Gotham, African-American Women in Cinema (AAWIC), and Women Make Movies (WMM), followed by a talkback with filmmaker Ekwa Msangi on Saturday, March 27 at 12 PM EST. Then the 41st Annual NYWIFT Muse Awards celebrating women of vision and achievement will have its educational broadcast on CUNY TV on Sunday, March 28 at 8 PM EST.

Farewell Amor, the debut feature film from Tanzanian-American filmmaker Ekwa Msangi, follows Angolan immigrant Walter as he is joined in the U.S. by his wife and teen daughter after 17 years apart. Now absolute strangers sharing a one-bedroom Brooklyn apartment, they struggle to overcome the emotional distance between them. The film is both a universal immigrant story and the unique perspective of three characters bound together by history and hope. It is an intimate and deeply personal look at an inter-generational tale that has defined America since its inception. Msangi, who was recently named Film Independent’s “Someone to Watch” Winner, will participate in a live talkback moderated by NYWIFT Board President Jamie Zelermyer following the screening. The film is presented courtesy of IFC Films.

Jan Lisa Huttner was the creative force behind the WITASWAN project (Women in the Audience Supporting Women Artists Now) in 2004, and became the co-founder of International SWAN Day in 2008, in collaboration with Martha Richards of WomenArts. It is traditionally recognized on the last Saturday of the month, and NYWIFT and its partners have celebrated it for years with screenings of narrative and documentary works by diverse established and emerging voices in film.

“Who doesn’t want to be a SWAN, particularly during a pandemic? Celebrating unique women artists like Ekwa Msangi’s with the presentation Farewell Amor, a lovely, sensitive, and powerful look at a delicate and painful part of the U.S. immigrant story that so often goes untold. NYWIFT has been following Ekwa’s rise for years – screening her short prequel to Farewell Amor at our Immigrant Stories Series, welcoming her on our indie filmmaker panel at Sundance 2020 – and now we are thrilled to toast her incredible success during Women’s History Month as we remember the importance of supporting women artists at all stages of their careers,” said NYWIFT Executive Director Cynthia Lopez.

The virtual SWAN Day screening and live Q&A for Farewell Amor is free to attend and open to the public. Virtual networking to follow the March 27 Q&A. Register at https://www.nywift.org/event/virtual-theatrical-experience-2021-s-w-a-n-support-women-artists-now-day-screening-farewell-amor/

In addition, the 41st Annual NYWIFT Muse Awards honoring women of vision and achievement, which aired live virtually in December, will broadcast on CUNY TV on March 28 and 29. This year’s theme is “Art & Advocacy,” as NYWIFT recognizes the role of the creative community in advancing positive social change.CBS Sunday Morning contributor Nancy Giles emcees the program, which includes video tributes and remarks from honorees Awkwafina, Actor, The Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment Made in NY Award,  Rachel Brosnahan, Actor and Producer, Rashida Jones, Actor, Writer, Producer, Director, Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, Journalists; Alana Mayo, President of Orion Pictures; Gina Prince-Bythewood, Director, Writer, Producer, The Nancy Malone Directing Award; and Ali Stroker, Actor, The Loreen Arbus Changemaker Award.

“We are so pleased to continue our educational partnership with CUNY TV to bring our media and entertainment industry signature event NYWIFT Muse Awards to the greater New York City community. We are grateful to CUNY Vice Chancellor for Communications & Marketing Maite Junco and Interim Executive Director Gail Yancosek for their continued advancement and support of women media makers. This year’s program is especially meaningful, as we recognize the importance of women’s creative power in the face of the adversity we have all faced this last year. The Muse Awards provide the perfect dose of inspiration for future women creators as we close out Women’s History Month 2021,” said NYWIFT Board President Jamie Zelermyer. 

The NYWIFT Muse Awards will broadcast on CUNY TV Sunday, March 28 at 8 PM EST, and then again on Monday, March 29 at 7 AM and 1 PM EST.

CUNY TV is available over-the-air on channel 25.3. The broadcast signal can be received within a 35-mile radius from Times Square, including areas of Long Island, Westchester County, New Jersey and Connecticut. Cable subscribers in the five boroughs of New York City receive CUNY TV on Ch. 75 (Spectrum and Optimum), Ch. 77 (RCN) and Ch. 30 (Verizon FiOS). An edited version of the program will also be available to watch on CUNY TV’s YouTube channel, and can be viewed at www.nywift.org/muse.

These screenings culminate NYWIFT’s celebration of Women’s History Month with a series of programming that spoke to the wide range of women’s achievements throughout media. Other March 2021 NYWIFT programs included Fashion and the First Ladies, presented in partnership with the Fashion Group International; Representation Matters: Ensuring Inclusive Leadership in Politics and Media, presented in partnership with the National Democratic Institute as part of the United Nations’ NGO Commission on the Status of Women Forum; Fierce Women Podcasters, a conversation with several women filmmakers of color and podcasters discussing emerging Afro-Latino voices; and the NYWIFT Member Screening: Social Impact Shorts Program, featuring nine shorts by emerging filmmakers focused on advancing social change.

Learn more about NYWIFT programming at www.nywift.org/events.

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ElizaBeth Taylor is a journalist for Times Square Chronicles and is a frequent guest at film, fashion and art events throughout New York City and Los Angeles due to her stature as The Sensible Socialite.Passionate about people ElizaBeth spent many years working as a travel reporter and television producer after graduating with high honors from University of Southern California. The work has afforded her the opportunity to explore Europe, Russia, South America, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. It has greatly influenced the way in which ElizaBeth sees a story and has created a heightened awareness for the way people around the world live today.

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Ken Fallin’s Broadway:​ Inspired By True Events A New Play by Ryan Spahn

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Off-Broadway’s Out of the Box Theatrics is presenting Inspired By True Events, a new play by Ryan Spahn.

In the green room of a community theater in Rochester, the Uptown Players are getting ready to play to a full house after opening to rave reviews the night before. When their star actor arrives in a dangerously unhinged state, they must improvise on and off stage in ways they could not have imagined. By turns hilarious, harrowing, and horrifying, Inspired By True Events follows a tenacious group of show people who must determine at what cost the show must go on.

Inspired By True Events received development workshops with New York Stage & Film, Vineyard Theatre and EST.

Michael Herwitz is directing, and the cast will feature Lou Liberatore, Jack DiFalco, Mallory Portnoy, and Dana Scurlock. The play opens July 17 at 154 Christopher Street (formerly the New Ohio Theatre). The play was developed by Michael Urie.

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Gary Springer Remembers Shelley Duvall

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I loved Shelley Duvall. She very much changed my life and I am forever grateful. I was a young kid in NYC who luckily wound up in two movies – not that I wanted to be an actor – and decided I wanted to be a NY crew guy. Got cast in another film starring Shelley Duvall, Bud Cort, Dennis Christopher and Veronica Cartwright. Thought it was fun I still had the crew aspirations. Shelley became my instant best friend. She said ‘why don’t you come out to LA and stay with Patrick (Reynolds of tobacco fame) and me until you have to go back to school. I did. I spent 7 months living with Patrick and Shelley in a castle in the Hollywood Hills and then another 4 months rooming with Shelley until she called me one day from NY where she was filming “Annie Hall: and said, I think I’m going to sell the house and move in with Paul (Simon). I had to get my own place and spent the next nine years in LA as a working actor (including a television movie which also co-starred the editor of this publication). Shelley was my mentor, my love (platonically), my facilitator, my friend. I met so many people through her and experienced so much that I never would have. Her bringing me to LA for a couple of weeks changed my life completely. I quit acting and moved back to NY in 1982 to work with my dad, but Shelley and I stayed friends. She called me in 1984 and offered me a role in one of her Faerie Tale Theatre pieces (the last professional phone I had). We stayed friends. She moved to Texas and I visited. She had difficulties and I was her friend. I flew down to Texas bringing our friend Dennis Christopher last month to visit her and spoke to her twice last Sunday on her 75th birthday (one wonderful FaceTime). I loved Shelley Duvall and always will.

Shelley Alexis Duvall, inimitable actor, producer, and style icon, died in her sleep July 11, 2024  at her home in Blanco, Texas. She just turned 75 this past Sunday, July 7. Her longtime partner, Dan Gilroy was at her side. She is survived by Dan Gilroy and her three brothers her brothers Scott, Stewart and Shane.

“My dear, sweet, wonderful life, partner, and friend left us last night. Too much suffering lately, now she’s free. Fly away beautiful Shelley,” said Gilroy

She was born in Fort Worth on July 7, 1949, grew up in Houston, and returned to her Texas roots after successful decades in the Hollywood entertainment industry, Shelley was a brilliant and unique film actor and a visionary television producer.

She was first discovered in 1970 when she hosted a party to try and sell some of her husband, Bernard Sampson’s, paintings. Little did she know that crew members from a movie shoot in town were present and were captivated by her. Under the pretense of selling paintings, they brought her to meet the director, Robert Altman, and producer Lou Adler, who were blown away by her wonderfully quirky distinctiveness and cast her in the movie they were filming, “Brewster McCloud” opposite Bud Cort. In Shelley’s words: “I said, ‘don’t you want to buy any paintings?’ And they said: “No, we want you!’”

She continued working with Bob Altman on six more films such as Thieves Like Us, Nashville, Popeye, and Three Women, for which she won the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival. Seeing her in that film inspired Stanley Kubrick to cast her in his film The Shining where Shelley’s harrowing performance is indelibly etched in film lore. Shelley had a one-of-a-kind look and manner—wide-eyed, toothy, skinny and gawky, but with her own beauty and elegance—that endeared her to industry pros and audiences alike. Beyond her striking looks, she was also a serious, dedicated, and admired dramatic and comedic actor. Shelley appeared in many other film and television roles from the 1970s, 80s, and into the 90s.

Behind the camera, Shelley also conceived and created groundbreaking TV fare through her Platypus Productions: she produced, hosted, and sometimes guest-starred in her Faerie Tale Theatre series, which also called upon the talents of her wide circle of notable actors, directors, and film veterans including Robin Williams, Eric Idle, Mick Jagger, Teri Garr, Jean Stapleton, Frank Zappa, Vincent Price, John Lithgow, Pam Dawber, James Earl Jones, Candy Clark, Francis Ford Coppola, Roger Vadim, Tim Burton and so many more who would not usually have worked on a nascent cable channel show.

The Great American Tee Shirt book – with Paris wearing my Dog Day Afternoon shirt, with Dennis Christopher & Bud Cort

Faerie Tale Theatre’s one-hour adaptations of classic stories, followed up by her Tall Tales and Legends series, enchanted children and their elders through most of the 1980s (and live on to enchant in rerun heaven). She continued the streak with Nightmare Classics, Shelley Duvall’s Bedtime Stories, and Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, garnering two Emmy nominations for Producer over the years.

Gary Springer and Shelly in Bernice Bobs Her Hair

Shelley, who had been called ‘The Texas Twiggy’ and, from film critic Pauline Kael, “The Female Buster Keaton,” was a frequent host on Saturday Night Live and during those heady late 70s and 80s was also known for dating the likes of Paul Simon and Ringo Starr.

Gary and Shelly on her birthday this year

In the mid-90s, Shelley found herself retreating from Hollywood and retiring from active production; successful though she had been as a star actor and producer. Then, her three-acre home in Studio City, which hosted a menagerie of birds, dogs, and other pets, was heavily damaged in the Northridge earthquake of 1994. Shelley and her partner since 1989, actor and musician Dan Gilroy, moved back to Texas to the small town of Blanco, near Austin, where the couple became a beloved part of the protective community. In recent years, Shelley has reconnected with some old friends and admirers from her Hollywood days while living a peaceful and quiet life in the Texas Hill Country.

Dan Gilroy, her brothers Scott, Stewart and Shane, friends and colleagues, the town of Blanco, and legions of fans mourn the passing of Shelley Duvall.

 

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Saying Good Bye To Dr. Ruth

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“I was left with a feeling that because I was not killed by the Nazis — because I survived — I had an obligation to make a dent in the world,” Dr. Westheimer stated.

Becoming Dr. Ruth was a compelling play that chronicled the remarkable journey of Karola Siegel, who was best known as Dr. Ruth Westheimer, the iconic sex therapist. Dr. Ruth’s escape from the Nazis as a child, her time as a sniper in Jerusalem, and her courageous pursuit of success in America as a single mother, Becoming Dr. Ruth was and is about a triumphant spirit. On July 12, 2024 Dr. Ruth passed on at her home in Manhattan. She was 96.

Sex sells and Ruth Westheimer, a child survivor of the Holocaust who was a sex therapist knew that. At a time when the world didn’t talk about sex Dr Ruth’s frankness led to a long-running radio and television call-in shows. She was the go-to for tips on the art and science of lovemaking.

The sexual revolution that began in the 60’s but the world was still repressed on subjects like erectile dysfunction, masturbation, fantasies and orgasms.

Dr. Ruth was not the typical radio and TV personality, She stood at 4-foot-7, she was bedecked in pearls, and had a recognizable German-inflected voice.

Dr. Westheimer was over 50 when she debuted in 1980 on New York’s WYNY with “Sexually Speaking.” The radio program started out in 15-minute segments and was later syndicated and extended to two hours to accommodate those who were curious. There was also “Good Sex With Dr. Ruth Westheimer,” She was a frequent guest on late-night talk shows.

After surviving the Nazis, she went to Israel, where she joined the Haganah paramilitary group fighting for Jewish statehood (and where, she said, she lost her virginity in a hayloft). After that to France and to New York. As Dr. Westheimer she taught university courses in human sexuality before a producer at WYNY, an NBC affiliate, booked her for quarter-hour segment, first broadcast on Sundays after midnight. Within a year, she was on prime time at 10 p.m. to 11 p.m.

She wasn’t the first on-air therapist, but the most remembered.

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Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe celebrates 101 Year Old Princess Yuriko of Japan: Age has no limits!

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Princess Yuriko of Japan

Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe Royal Diary 

Happy Birthday, Your Imperial Highness Princess Yuriko of Japan ! 101 is a wonderful number. And most important: Age is Just a Number. Because it is most important to embrace life at every stage and time. Age, should not be ever seen as a defining factor in our lives, is merely a numerical representation of the time we’ve spent on this Earth. It does not dictate our capabilities, passions, or potential for growth. In fact, embracing life at every stage, regardless of age, can lead to a more fulfilling and meaningful existence. And Princess Yuriko is the best example of a fabulous and celebrated Royal with her century of resilience and grace.

In my family, the Princely House of Schaumburg-Lippe, we also had a very special Princess of a great generation who was beloved and admired for her service, charities and accomplishments called Her Most Serene Highness Princess Helga-Lee zu Schaumburg-Lippe. She was born 1911, loved the great Princess Yuriko and lived 94 years long. Princess Helga-Lee, the aunt of my father Prince Waldemar, was the most popular and beloved of all the German Princesses in her era. Many say because of her American spirit due to her American mother Claude Lennox Miller, a governors and admirals daughter from Maryland.

Her Most Serene Highness Princess Helga-Lee zu Schaumburg-Lippe the aunt of Prince Mario-Max father Prince Waldemar lived 94 years.

Princess Yuriko, the widow of Prince Mikasa, is also a very famous figure in the Japanese imperial family. Born on June 4, 1923, she is the oldest living member of the imperial family and has witnessed a century of significant historical events and transformations in Japanese society.

Princess Yuriko, born as Yuriko Takagi, was the second daughter of Viscount Masanari Takagi. In 1941, at the age of 18, she married Prince Mikasa, the youngest brother of Emperor Hirohito (posthumously known as Emperor Shōwa). The couple had five children – three sons and two daughters.

As Princess Mikasa, Yuriko dedicated herself to public service and represented the imperial family at various events and ceremonies. She was known for her elegance, intelligence, and warm personality. She actively participated in charitable organizations and supported causes related to education, health, and cultural preservation.

Princess Yuriko faced personal challenges throughout her life, including the loss of all three of her sons. However, she displayed remarkable resilience and strength in the face of adversity. Her unwavering spirit and dedication to her duties earned her the respect and admiration of the Japanese people.

Princess Yuriko has lived through significant historical events, including World War II, the post-war reconstruction of Japan, and the country’s rise as a global economic power. Her experiences and insights provide a unique perspective on the transformations that Japan has undergone throughout the 20th and 21st centuries.

In recent years, Princess Yuriko has faced health challenges and has been hospitalized several times. Despite these setbacks, she celebrated her 101st birthday in June 2024, marking a significant milestone as the oldest living member of the imperial family.

Princess Yuriko’s legacy is one of resilience, grace, and unwavering dedication to public service. Her long life and experiences serve as a living testament to the history and traditions of the Japanese imperial family. She continues to be a source of inspiration and admiration for the Japanese people, who celebrate her as a symbol of longevity, wisdom, and unwavering spirit.

Skip Age Sterotypes: Society often imposes stereotypes based on age, limiting our perception of what we can achieve at different stages of life. Some manipulative media bombards us with messages that suggest certain activities, careers, or even emotions are only suitable for specific age groups. However, these stereotypes are often unfounded and can hold us back from exploring new possibilities. Age does not matter ! And Never Stop Moving as Entertainment icon Luigi from Luigi Jazz always said. And he came up with this lines in New York City. Of course NYC, where else…

* H.H. Dr. Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe is a working European Royal, German Prince and son of His Highness Prince Waldemar and Her Highness Dr. Princess Antonia zu Schaumburg-Lippe. Their family founded Hamburg, Luebeck and Kiel in Germany and his Grandmother is HRH Princess Feodora of Denmark married Princess of Schaumburg-Lippe.

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Comic-Con Museum Presents Julien’s Auctions & TCM 2024 Spotlight Series: Harry Potter & Other Heroes

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On July 28th Comic-Con Museum Presents Julien’s Auctions & TCM 2024 Spotlight Series: Harry Potter & Other Heroes. William Shatner “Captain James T. Kirk” Long-Lost Legendary Phaser and Iconic Communicator from Star Trek Original TV Series Unveiled for the First Time in 50 Years at the Comic-Con Museum. Ryan Reynolds Deadpool & Wolverine Film Worn Shirt Crashes the Party. Collection of Iconic Character Wands Used by Daniel Radcliffe “Harry Potter,” Ralph Fiennes “Lord Voldemort,” Michael Gambon “Albus Dumbledore,” Plus, Gary Oldman “Sirius Black” Shackle Props, Slytherin House Robe & More. Chris Evans “Captain America” Original USO Shield Prop, X2 Storyboard Illustrations and Life-Size “Spider-Man” Madame Tussaud Display Figure. (Balboa Park) 2131 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA Stunt Grapple Gun Prop, Batarang Prop, and Unused Cowl Prop


Julien’s Auctions and Turner Classic Movies (TCM), the ultimate destination for Hollywood memorabilia, are heading to the world’s greatest pop culture convention for their first co-branded event with the San Diego Comic Convention (Comic-Con International) / Comic-Con Museum! “Comic-Con Museum Presents Julien’s Auctions & TCM 2024 Spotlight Series: Harry Potter & Other Heroes” kicks off today with an exclusive two-week exhibition featuring a collection of the most instantly recognizable props, production material and memorabilia from the epic sagas of the Harry Potter, Marvel Cinematic Universe and DC Comics franchises that will be offered at a live and online auction presented by Julien’s Auctions Sunday, July 28th at Comic-Con Museum. Adding to the excitement of this exhibition will be the appearance of two extraordinary and important artifacts from Star Trek history long forgotten and believed to have been lost: William Shatner’s legendary phaser and communicator used in his iconic role as Captain James T. Kirk in the original Star Trek television series. Both props (conservative estimate: $100,000-$200,000 each) will be heading to Julien’s and TCM’s Hollywood auction this fall where they are expected to break world records at auction. They will make their first appearance to the public in over 50 years at this exclusive exhibition at the Comic-Con Museum. Crashing this party of heroes will be Ryan Reynolds “Ryan Gosling” button down shirt worn by the Hollywood legend in his iconic role as Deadpool/Wade Wilson in the highly anticipated blockbuster of the summer, Marvel’s Deadpool & Wolverine.

Comic-Con Museum,  is a division of San Diego Comic Convention (SDCC), a California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation organized for charitable purposes and dedicated to creating the general public’s awareness of and appreciation for comics and related popular art forms, including participation in and support of public presentations, conventions, exhibits, museums, and other public outreach activities which celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture. In addition to its San Diego convention each summer, Comic-Con (the premier comics convention of its kind in the world), SDCC organizes the Anaheim-based WonderCon each spring and the SAM: Storytelling Across Media symposium in the fall. On the web: comic-conmuseum.org, Facebook.com/ComicConMuseum, and follow us on X (@ComicConMuseum) and Instagram (@comicconmuseum).

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is a two-time Peabody Award-winning network that presents classic films, uncut and commercial-free, from the largest film libraries in the world highlighting “Where Then Meets Now.” TCM features insights from Primetime host Ben Mankiewicz along with hosts Alicia Malone, Dave Karger, Jacqueline Stewart and Eddie Muller, plus interviews with a wide range of special guests and serves as the ultimate movie lover destination. With three decades as a leading authority in classic film, TCM offers critically acclaimed series like The Essentials and Reframed along with annual programming events like 31 Days of Oscar® and Summer Under the Stars. TCM also directly connects with movie fans through popular events such as the annual TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood and the TCM Classic Cruise. In addition, TCM produces the wildly successful podcast “The Plot Thickens,” which has had more than 9 million downloads to date. TCM hosts a wealth of material online at tcm.com and through the Watch TCM mobile app. Fans can also enjoy a classic movie experience on the TCM hub on Max.

Julien’s, exist to bring those moments back into your life through iconic artifacts and one-of-a-kind collections. Whether collaborating directly with artists, partnering with legendary estates, or working closely with discerning collectors, our auctions make culture pop with the promise of discovery and reconnection. From Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, and Ringo Starr to Lady Gaga, Banksy, and Kurt Cobain-from LA to the world, we are where originals find their kind.

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