Category: Journal

A Film and Television Studio is Born in the Meadowlands
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A Film and Television Studio is Born in the Meadowlands

the staff of the Ridgewood blog East Rutherford NJ, opened in 1981 to host professional sports and concerts, the Izod Center in the Meadowlands, previously known as the Brendan Byrne Arena and the Continental Airlines Arena, was one of New Jersey’s premiere entertainment venues. The more recent arrival of the Prudential Center, and subsequent departures...

Modeling and Acting Portfolio Session
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Modeling and Acting Portfolio Session

The goal of a great Modeling and Acting Portfolio Session is not to simply fill it up with a bunch of photos. A portfolio book should tell a story about who you are, your brand, and the direction you are heading in your career. It is much better to have three or four great shots than 10 mediocre shots....

CALLING ALL WANNA-BE MOVIE STARS!
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CALLING ALL WANNA-BE MOVIE STARS!

Casting for the new King of Con docuseries is underway and filming will begin this summer, so North New Jerseyites will be seeing those fold-up director chairs and movie lights soon. For all you wanna-be actors, filmmakers need locals to be on camera “to give an authentic NJ ambience,” says one KOC producer, “and fill the diners, streets, and stores...

Modeling and Acting Portfolio Session
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Modeling and Acting Portfolio Session

The goal of a great Modeling and Acting Portfolio Session is not to simply fill it up with a bunch of photos. A portfolio book should tell a story about who you are, your brand, and the direction you are heading in your career. It is much better to have three or four great shots than 10 mediocre shots....

Great Point Studios and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center Partner with Lionsgate to Open 12 Acre TV and Film Complex in Newark
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Great Point Studios and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center Partner with Lionsgate to Open 12 Acre TV and Film Complex in Newark

the staff of the Ridgewood blog Newark NJ, Great Point Studios, a studio investment/management business specializing in film and television infrastructure, and The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark’s anchor cultural and civic institution, today announced a partnership with global content leader Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) to build a major new production facility in Newark....

THE LITTLE THIEF
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THE LITTLE THIEF

the staff of the Ridgewood blog Saddle River NJ, If you want to be the “king” of all con men, you have to start young. So instructs local author Thomas Giacomaro, who penned his lauded memoir, The King of Con: How a Smooth-Talking Jersey Boy Made and Lost Billions, Baffled the FBI, Eluded the Mob, and...

C-NOTES FROM HEAVEN
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C-NOTES FROM HEAVEN

the staff of the Ridgewood blog Saddle River NJ, Well, it was twenty years ago today…when a bunch of FBI guys got hit in the head with a million bucks, falling from the New Jersey sky. Until that moment, April 2002 had been going okay for NJ con master, Thomas Giacomaro, author of the 2018...

THE MAN WHO SAID NO TO “STREAKY” GATTO
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THE MAN WHO SAID NO TO “STREAKY” GATTO

the staff of the Ridgewood blog Saddle River NJ, Notorious NJ con artist and mob-associate, Thomas Giacomaro, refused to become a mafioso “made man” in the early Eighties. Why, you ask? He didn’t want to kiss the ring. “That’s right. Everybody was kissing Streaky Gatto’s ring,” says Giacomaro, “except me.” That’s Louis “Streaky” Gatto he’s...

THE LITTLE CASUALTIES OF WAR
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THE LITTLE CASUALTIES OF WAR

the staff of the Ridgewood blog Saddle River NJ, Childhood memories of spring are usually happy and bright: Icicles dripping, chocolate Easter bunnies, putting your sneakers on after a long, Jersey winter. For local anti-hero, Thomas Giacomaro, spring reminds him of the day he saw his father almost kill two men.  He was 5 and...