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Steven Panzarella’s Five Most Exciting Movie Trailers For 2013

Movie buff Steven Panzarella counts down his most exciting movie trailers of 2013.



The new year is practically upon us, and with that being fact here are my most exciting trailers for 2013.

Just missing the cut- THE LONE RANGER

#5-IRON MAN 3- This trailer either got rave reviews (although one of my family members gave it a “meh.”) For me, the devil is in the details. Here you have Robert Downey Jr coming off one of his better turns as Tony Stark in THE AVENGERS. You also have the fact that IRON MAN 2 was not anywhere close to being as good as the original. A new cast that includes Ben Kingsley as the Villianous “Mandarin”, Rebecca Hall, Guy Pearce, and James Badge Dale. IRON MAN 3 continues in a spot close to where THE AVENGERS left off and looks to include putting Tony Stark and his loved ones in more danger. It also reunites Robert Downey Jr with his KISS KISS BANG BANG director Shane Black, whom has not done much work since KISS KISS, but being the writer behind the LETHAL WEAPON series, Black could bring a new look to the series.

#4-THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES- What if I told you Ryan Gosling was set to play almost the exact character he played in DRIVE, in a cast that includes red hot Bradley Cooper? That is what we are  looking forward to THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES. Also  reuniting Gosling with his BLUE VALENTINE director Derek Cianfrance, PLACE is a story of a stuntman turned Bank robber, whose crimes put him on a collision course with a good cop, turned politican (Cooper). The cast includes Eva Mendes, Dane Dehaan (CHRONICLE, LAWLESS) and Bruce Greenwood (STAR TREK). It’s got plenty of people talking.

#3 PACIFIC RIM- Visionary monster creator Guillermo Del Toro (PANS LABYRINTH, HELLBOY) was supposed to direct THE HOBBIT, after the film went through many issues and 2 years worth of delays Del Toro handed director duties back to Peter Jackson and stayed on as a Producer/Writer. After leaving Middle Earth, Del Toro went on a quest to make pet project PACIFIC RIM, a story of huge alien monsters that invade earth from a crevice deep in the pacific ocean. In a battle to survive the destruction, we build massive robots called “Jaegers” that are driven by two pilots that are connected via the brain. (Keep up with me here) One pilot takes the left side of the robot while the either the right side and it’s a fight to the death. PACIFIC RIM has already released viral videos including fake news footage of a fake destruction of San Francisco but its first trailer has taken the world by storm and has fan’s thrilled about what they could see this summer.

#2 STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS-Super secretive director JJ Abrams normally does not show us much in teaser trailers and under normal circumstances probably would not have showed us the first few scenes of INTO DARKNESS on IMAX screens prior to THE HOBBIT. Yet, for one reason or another Abrams and company are teasing us for next year’s anticipated sequel to STAR TREK, entitled INTO DARKNESS. Bringing back the whole original cast and including a mystery villain played by Benedict Cumberbatch (WAR HORSE, Sherlock) INTO DARKNESS has us pumped up for what could be the best film in the series. What we know is that Kirk and company, are pitted against an unstoppable force and are drawn to a war torn planet for a face off that could mean the destruction of The Federation.

#1 MAN OF STEEL- Take Zach Snyder (300) , Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer (THE DARK KNIGHT SERIES) with an all star cast that includes Henry Cavill, Russell Crowe, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, Amy Adams, and Kevin Costner. A trailer that had grown men in tears at Comic Con and gives me chills every time I watch it. What’s not to like? Superman needed a face lift after the not so good SUPERMAN RETURNS. From the trailer it looks like SUPERMAN is getting the Chris Nolan DARK KNIGHT treatment. A much darker look, a massive cast, and Christopher Nolan as the executive producer/Writer, this is by far the most exciting movie of 2013.


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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For his TV Appearances, Click on the TV APPEARANCES page.

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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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