Friday, May 1, 2015

Joss Whedon Takes a Poop While Promoting Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Joss Whedon Takes a Poop While Promoting Avengers: Age of Ultron.




Avengers: Age of Ultron will premier to American audiences May 1, 2015.  During the extensive press tour sources say that writer/director Joss Whedon went to the bathroom and had a bowel movement.  There is no confirmation on whether he washed his hands. 



Written by 
Joseph Ammendolea
Owner/President
“I Like To Play With Toys” Productions®

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Rollin' Greens to Host Exclusive Film Preview

Ammendolea thinking about his comedic inspirations.
Joseph Ammendolea is a former Bellerose resident who founded his company “I Like To Play With Toys” Productions® in the year 2000 at the age of 17.  Over the past 15 years he’s produced short films, music videos, and the occasional viral video.  In recent years he’s diversified his business by offering videography services, VHS to DVD conversions and syndicated news event coverage. 

On April 25, 2015 Ammendolea will share his latest project with a select few of the Bellerose populace by hosting an exclusive preview of his feature film Dumped (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4230836/).  The former Bellerose native will be teaming up with Rollin Greens located at 247-77 Jericho Turnpike, Bellerose, NY 11426 to preview his film. 

Rollin' Greens formerly Fiddlers Inn, formerly Kerrigans

Bellerose is no stranger to the Hollywood seen.  It’s been featured in both film and television such as Goodfellas, Sex and the City, and Run All Night.  What makes Dumped such a unique experience is that it was filmed and set in Bellerose. It’s the first feature film to take place in the Queens/Nassau town. 



Dumped is produced, written, edited, & directed by Joseph Ammendolea and based on a true story about Tyler (StevenMakropoulos) who has just been dumped by his longtime girlfriend Jessica (Stephanie Tapoler). He tries to seek solace with his childhood friends George (Matthew Thomas) and Joe (David Burkard). But George has other plans and recruits the gang into a series of immature revenge schemes and shenanigans in the hopes of driving Jessica into his arms or an asylum.

It features the music talents of Craving Strange (CravingStrange.net), Midnight Mob (MidnightMob.com), Black Suit Youth (www.BlackSuitYouth.com), Serica Ux (SericaUx.bandcamp.com), The Fall '85 (facebook.com/fall85), First Stage, Pindhurst Farms (www.PindhurstFarms.com), and Breakin' Hundred (myspace.com/breakinhundred).

Local reaction to the news about the screening and film itself has been generally positive.  Steven Bari and executive at the Ray Bari Pizza chain as well as son of famous Ray Bari stated “I’m really excited about the film preview and hope I can attend.  I’ve seen Joe’s other work and it’s truly phenomenal stuff.” 

Ray Bari Pizza is no stranger to film and television.  It was the official pizza of NBC's hit sitcom Friends.

Aziza Elgnaway, a personal friend of Ammendolea stated “It’s so exciting seeing how far he’s come.  He started out with this little camera and just some friends goofing around and has really grown into a sensational director.”  She went on to compliment his looks in great detail.  “He’s also really hot.  I love his beard.” 

Not all the reviews have been optimistic though.  Miguel Monroy a resident of Queens Village said “I’ve seen his stuff.  It’s funny but he’s certainly not as talented as Kevin Smith or MichaelBay.”  When asked if he would attend Monroy replied “Maybe, but only because it’s at Rollin' Greens.  The last great bar in Bellerose.”




Whatever the case may be, on April 25, 2015 Hollywood will be coming to Bellerose and possibly staying for good. People interested in attending the event are asked to monitor the various social media for “I Like To Play With Toys” Productions® (www.iliketoplaywithtoysproductions.com, facebook.com/ILikeToPlayWithToysProductions) and Rollin Greens (facebook.com/rollingreens) for information. 


Written by
Steve Rogers
Writer
“I Like To Play With Toys” Productions®

Friday, April 3, 2015

The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire Part 3

FOOD


Let them eat cake.
            The Faire is home to many yummy faire favorites such as Funnel Cake, Cheesesteaks, Turkey Legs, Soup in a Bread Bowl, Tiger Pies, Scotch Eggs, and Corned Beef.  Located throughout the faire, feeding the whole family isn’t always easy if tastes differ, but most food venues are located in one spot.  No matter what your palette, there is something for you.  A good investment for the frequently thirsty is a souvenir drinking vessel.  Depending on your drink of choice, be it soda, wine, beer, or sangria slushy, the commemorative drinking vessels come filled at initial purchase, and generally you receive a discount for all subsequent refills, depending on your beverage.  



The best wine comes from a box.
The location of the Pennsylvania Rennaisance Faire, at the Mount Hope Estate and Winery, should divulge to the guests that alcohol is readily available to those of drinking age at the faire.  If you enjoy Beer, you must try some of the Swashbuckler Brewing Company handcrafted ales and lager.  The Swashbuckler Brewing Company uses locally grown products, and is a highlight of the unique offerings of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire.  If you purchase 


The Swashbuckliest Swashbuckler of them all.
Another highlight is the wine of the Mount Hope Estate and Winery, itself.  At one booth in the faire grounds you can taste many of the wines available, and may be pleasantly surprised but some of the wines offered.  The winery offers a variety of different fruit wines, including but not limited to Strawberry wine, Pear wine, Blueberry wine, etc., in addition to traditional wines such as Merlot.  No matter what you do, make sure you try their Mead.   



Authentic Renn Faire drinks. 
  
Two days reveling at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, at the Mount Hope Estate and Winery is not enough.  During each return trip, you are sure to see, hear, eat, or do something new. Maybe the first time you ride an elephant, the next you are lucky enough to see a Mermaid or two in the fountain, and the next you meet the Queen herself.  No matter how long your visit, always make sure you stay for the Finale at Song at the Globe Theatre.  During the last performance of the evening, you will be treated to a variety show, during which all the performers unite to entertain the King and Queen, and of course you.  If you missed an act throughout the day, there is a good chance you will get a taste during the Finale in Song, and you are always guaranteed some jokes regarding the theme of the weekend.  If you are lucky, maybe some incarnations of the Doctor, will randomly join in the celebration during Time Travelers weekend.


At the end of the day, the Faire is a great value for the amount of entertainment packed into one weekend, and a wonderful trip back in time.  If you aren’t close to Manheim, Pennsylvania, you are lucky - there are two hotels in walking distance of the faire. The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire is one of the best Renaissance Faires, and one of the most professional.  Make a weekend of it, and go to the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, running until October 26th.  If you would like more information on the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, please visit their website at http://www.parenfaire.com/faire/index.php.

Are you telling me you built a time machine, out of nerds? 



Written by
Angelica McKessy
Writer
“I Like To Play With Toys” Productions®

Friday, March 27, 2015

The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire Part 2

VENDORS




In addition to performing this year Neidfyre, worked with one of the newest shops on the shire, Enchanted Shire, to conduct a game fitting for the theme of Time Travelers weekend. Upon visiting the Enchanted Shire, a sign on the wall states the rules of the game: “When you spot the Tardis say : Are you my Mommy?” The Keeper of the Tardis will give you the secret code, comeback to the Enchanted Shire to receive your free little blue box.”  “Your free little blue box” was a Tardis necklace.  The game was a wonderful way to draw Time Traveling guests into the shop.    Enchanted Shire, like many of the shops in the shire has many one of a kind, handmade items generally only available at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire.  If you want to check out some of their items before your visit, follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/EnchantedShire.

The most accurate time travel movie ever made!

Luckily, if you missed visiting one of your favorite shops during your first trip to the faire, you are almost guaranteed to be able to find the shop upon your return visit.  If your favorite shop is in one of the many permanent structures on the faire grounds, the shop owns that building until they sell it, and you are lucky enough to be able to visit them weekend after weekend.    



This is truly the best store and Ren Faire.  I get all my trance and industrial music needs here.

One of the long standing vendors, the Lion’s Den, has been selling their handcrafted leather goods at the Faire for over 20 years.  Owners and artisans, Josh Soifer & Ray Brehm, specialize in handcrafting leather products, such as mugs, straps, bondage wears, belts, and leather roses.  Upon entering the Lion’s Den, you realize this is not your everyday store, but also a workshop, where you can watch the crafters take a piece of leather a transform it into a masterpiece.  Luckily, as their popularity has grown, you now can view some of their products on their website at www.sjleather.com, and you can follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Leatherboys/44047529519, but their only store is located at the PA Renaissance Faire.  Their bestselling item is their 100% handcrafted leather mug, that is one of the only leather mugs that can hold hot or cold liquids, and tend to be a favorite item at the faire, by both guests and performers alike. 


Be careful, lions can a tad practical jokey sometimes.
            In addition to sporting leather mugs, many guests decide to participate in the faire by wearing period garb, or garb appropriate to the theme of the weekend.  If you are new to faire attendance, and want to participate as a costumed patron, there exist many shops where you can purchase items such as corsets, hats, even full dresses.  

They don't sell costumes or castles here.  But it's still the best place to get costumes and castles in Pennsylvania.  
If you are not sure about investing in purchasing Renaissance garb, make your way to Lady Gwendylon Potratraits. For over twenty four years, Lady Gwendylon offers guests the opportunity to step back in time with period pieces for portraits, for the day through rentals, and forever through sales and custom commissioned garb.  Lady Gwendylon has outfitted visitors for the day, such as Good Morning America’s weekend weather person, and for a lifetime, such as a young couple who were married at the Renaissance Faire during Time Travelers Weekend.  



We were looking all over for her.
We ended up finding them.


            The young couple outfitted by Lady Gwendylon, were married and held their wedding reception at the faire.  The Pennsylvania Renaissance faire is fully equipped to host private events,  but you need not attend a private event to enjoy the food and drink at the faire.  


He purchased her from the Nerd Queens for 2 goats, 1 donkey and 30 Magic the Gathering Cards. 


Written by
Angelica McKessy
Writer
“I Like To Play With Toys” Productions®