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A busy weekend with 3 major motion pictures and 1 Woody Allen movie hitting screens all over the country – including a former president that’s actually vampire hunter?!?. Here are the movies, and their trailers…



A busy weekend with 3 major motion pictures and 1 Woody Allen movie hitting screens all over the country.

 ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER- Based on the piece of historical fiction by Seth Grahame-Smith, Directed by action master Timur Bekmambetov(WANTED, NIGHT WATCH) and Produced by Tim Burton(I’m Surprised he didn’t at least try to get Johnny Depp to star in this). If you have not heard of the book then you probably laughed fairly hard when you saw the trailer. The Book is hilariously good yet even with a cast that includes Anthony Mackie and Dominic Cooper along with relative unknown Benjamin Walker playing easy abe do not be surprised if this movie does poorly with critics and struggles to make it’s budget back. I’d say right now its buyer beware and wait and see what your friends think because it could be a cult classic or it could really stink it is very difficult to tell.

BRAVE- The Newest film from Ultra-Successful Disney/Pixar. Someone can correct me on this one but i really don’t think they have EVER made a bad movie. The synopsis sounds like a old time disney classic “Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.” A solid cast of voices including Kelly Macdonald(NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN) Billy Connolly(THE BOONDOCK SAINTS, and Emma Thompson (NANNY MCPHEE) and with supporting roles to Kevin McKidd(KINGDOM OF HEAVEN), Robbie Coltrane(HARRY POTTER SERIES) and Craig Ferguson( THE LATE LATE SHOW) it has that disney starpower. Mike Finklestein has already seen it and liked it but did not love it but it’s Disney/Pixar and BRAVE is a solid choice to get the kids out of the sun.

SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD- This one is fairly straight forward, a Romantic Comedy/Drama starring Steve Carrell(I REALLY DON’T NEED TO LIST WHERE HE IS FROM RIGHT?) and Keira Knightly play two neighbors who after their lives have fallen apart due to an incoming meotor that will destroy earth go on a roadtrip to see their families and reunite Dodge(Carell) with the one that got away. Co-starring are Patton Oswalt, Connie Britton, Adam Brody, Rob Corddry and Melanie Lynskey SEEKING A FRIEND actually looks pretty funny with a solid cast and very intruiging plot for a comedy. Directed by Lorene Scafaria making her directorial debut from the script she wrote. She looks to get people to see a movie in which we already know the ultimate ending yet the whole idea looks like if it plays out could be very rewarding. I look forward to seeing this movie this weekend to see if she pulls it off with the excellent cast of comedy pros.

TO ROME WITH LOVE- An all star cast that include Jesse Eisenberg, Alec Baldwin, Ellen Page, Greta Gerwig, Penelope Cruz, Woody Allen and Roberto Benigni about finding love, fame and trouble in rome. I am a fairly big fan of most of Woody Allen’s work, some of his new stuff, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS especially has been very good as well. Woody Allen always seems to find a way to transport the audience to every location especially his trips through the streets of Paris and Barcelona would make anyone want to take a long vacation. Yet Woody finds a huge cast that rivals the brilliant one in MIDNIGHT IN PARIS but probably a little bigger thanks to the emergence of Greta Gerwig and Jesse Eisenberg. The question is always how will he find enough screen time to tell the stories of all of these characters without making the movie an unbearable 3 hours long? If anyone can do it besides Tarantino and Scorsese its a pretty good bet that its Woody Allen. TO ROME WITH LOVE is not playing everywhere to start off but will look to jump to more theaters over the next few weeks.

In Summation, Be weary of most vampire movies even if they star the 16th president, Disney/Pixar’s BRAVE is a good bet to get the kids out of the heat, SEEKING A FRIEND AT THE END OF THE WORLD looks very funny even if it’s characters are already doomed, and Woody Allen movies rarely disappoint.


Who Is This Brian Balthazar Guy, Anyway?

Did you see Brian on TV today? Wondering who he is? Here’s much more than you wanted to know. They leave the part out that he loves a well mixed Dark And Stormy, but let’s keep things professional…




You may have seen Brian Balthazar on television this morning, heard him on the radio, or read about some recent developments in the world of media and pop culture. But who the hell is this guy? Brian Balthazar leads a double – triple – okay, maybe quadruple life. Part journalist, actor and comic, he appears on many TV shows as a guest, but is also a developer and creator of several television shows behind the scenes. This when he’s not renovating homes and making snacks for his websites, and

After launching the fourth hour of the Today Show with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, he turned his attention to cable television, overseeing the direction and development of several shows on HGTV, including Flip or Flop, Love It Or List It, Christina On The Coast, House Hunters, Hit Properties with Nathan Morris, Flea Market Flip and dozens more.

As a comic he served as the opening act for Russell Brand In New York City and the MTV series Man and Wife featuring hype man Fatman Scoop.  He has performed at The Comic Strip, Caroline’s On Broadway, Gotham Comedy Club and more.Wendy Williams Show Feb 2013

In addition to being a frequent guest on “The Wendy Williams Show,” (he co-hosted several times during Williams’ three week break) and appearing on the “Today” show, where he guest co-hosted with Jenna Hager-Bush,  Brian has frequently been seen co-hosting the syndicated TV gossip show Page Six TV.

Additionally, he was the sideline reporter for HGTV’s Rose Parade Coverage, hosted the HGTV Special I Bought A Famous House, and has appeared on CBS’s The Talk, HLN’s Showbiz Tonight, MSNBC’s Caught On Camera, The Joy Behar Show, and more.

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An appearance on the fourth hour of the TODAY show with Kathie Lee and Hoda.

He has also been an emcee for many notable events and sponsors, including work as a brand ambassador for Bombay Company, the co-host of the Miss Tennessee and Miss Mississippi USA pageants, and a red carpet host at the Daytime Emmy Awards.

You may also have seen Brian in some viral videos, most notably a recent parody of Bird Box, and a satirical look at House Hunters’ Writers’ Room.

HGTV – House Hunters Writer’s Room from Buffalo Picture House on Vimeo.

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Appearing in a series of videos for Bombay Company.


Brian has provided analysis, interviews and helped co-host the Tony Awards backstage show. He also followed all the backstage madness at the launch of Fashion Week in New York City while co-hosting the Red Dress Event. He has been a roving reporter for the Dr. Oz show. Earlier in his career he was a features reporter and contributor on NBC, MSNBC, United Airlines In-Flight Entertainment and more.

For A&E network, Brian appeared in an episode of Biography about Jim Carrey. He also provided play by play of some of film’s greatest car chases for a documentary about, well, car chases. (Ask his family and they will tell you: NO one would have expected to see him in a show about cars. We’ll leave it at that.)


Before ‘finding himself’ professionally, Brian was a singer on a ship, a publicist for a trance medium, an insurance customer service rep, waiter, bartender, activities director, substitute teacher, website programmer, pianist at a camp for spoiled children, and college mascot. None of them worked out. Let’s hope this does.

To contact Brian, email

To check out his video clips from NBC, HLN, and MSNBC, click HERE…

And – become his friend on facebook!

For a more extensive listing of his TV appearances visit his IMDB page.

And he’s apparently getting better about Twitter. So he says. He’s @BrianBalthazar.

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POP in the Kitchen! The Perfect Snack and Cocktail Pairings.



POP Goes The Week’s Brian Balthazar is part of the all new Food Network Kitchen App! Cook LIVE alongside Brian as he makes get party food and the drinks that go perfectly with them!

Hey everyone! I’m so excited for this – I was thrilled to be a part of the new app, which is an all new way to cook with your favorite chefs and cooking experts. In the app, you can get the recipe and ingredients and recipe in advance, check the live class schedule, then cook at the very same time as your instructor!

I was fortunate enough to be invited to do a live snack and cocktail pairing, which you can still watch – and cook along with me! Trust me, these all start out as live, which means anything can happen! (I have an adventure with the broiler in one of them!)

Download the app here.

For my recipes, I made a pulled pork toast with queso, sour cream radishes and green onions, along with a smoky mezcal paloma.

Pulled Pork Toasts with Sour Cream, Queso, Radishes and Green onions, garnished with cilantro. The recipe is literally those ingredients stacked onto baguette slices!

In another class, I make lavender honey that gets drizzled right on top of baked brie with herbs, then use that same lavender honey for my own interpretation of a “Bees Knees” cocktail that I call a “Bees Knees Breeze.” I came up with the variation because the original recipe, simply gin, honey and lemon was just TOO strong for me and I found myself always getting plastered!

Check out the gallery of what I made, all available on the FNK app!

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I hope you can check them out, AND all your favorite instructors like Bobby Flay, Giada de Laurentiis and Ree Drummond!



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‘Saved By The Bell’ Cast Reunited For 30th Anniversary – And I’m So Excited



If you think your high school experience feels like ancient history then it won’t bring you any comfort to know that Saved By The Bell debuted 30 years ago!

Back in 1989, Saved By The Bell hit the small screen and quickly became a television staple. Over the course of its four seasons, the sitcom followed Zach Morris and his unique blend of friends as they navigated the tricky waters of high school. Everyone had a favorite Bayside Tiger and the series spawned many memorable scenes…but you are a liar if you didn’t say your favorite scene was where Jessie broke down crying after coming to terms with her caffeine pill addiction while crying out the most iconic line ever, “I’m so excited…I’m so excited…I’m so…scared”


In any event, some of Bayside’s most memorable students reunited over the weekend to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the hit sitcom. Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Zach Morris), Tiffany Thiessen (Kelly Kapowski), Mario Lopez (A.C. Slater) and Elizabeth Berkley (Jessie Spano) all gathered together to hit us right in the nostalgia. Notably missing were Lark Voorhies (Lisa Turtle) and Dustin Diamond (Screech). Berkley wrote on her Instagram “FRIENDS FOREVER!!!” along with some sweet and fun hashtags. Lopez upped the ante and posted a video recapping the fun time the gang had as they reminisced on the days way back when. WHY WASN’T THIS TELEVISED?!? Many are speculating the reunion to be the beginnings of a reboot or revival but nothing of the sort has yet been confirmed.



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FRIENDS FOREVER #spousestoo!!!❤️❤️❤️#imsoexcited #buddybands #love #friends #family #life #magic

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Credit card roulette comin up! #OldSchool

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