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Amy Schumer Learns To Cook Debuts Monday on Food Network

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Bad girl comic and Long Island native Amy Schumer brings her hilarious act to NYCB Theatre at Westbury on Nov. 26.

Rockville Centre-raised comedian Amy Schumer and her husband Chef Chris Fischer are serving up a funny new Food Network series, Amy Schumer Learns To Cook.

The series, Schumer’s first since she gave birth to her first son last year, follows the couple’s cooking adventures during the coronavirus lockdown. It promises to satisfy fans’ appetites for new recipes and hearty laughs.

”Some people flip houses, we flip latkes,” Schumer jokes while frying up potato pancakes in a teaser of the first episode posted on FoodNetwork.com 

The 38-year-old actress is known for her sketch series Inside Amy Schumer that ran for four seasons on Comedy Central. She made her film debut with Trainwreck in 2015, authored The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo the following year, and a starred in the 2018 comedy I Feel Pretty, among other movies. U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) is her second cousin.

The new series Amy Schumer Learns To Cook premiers with back-to-back episodes at 10 p.m. Monday on Food Network.  

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Long Island Musicians Remotely Cover ‘We Are The World’

Seventy musicians from Long Island joined forces to remotely cover “We Are The World,” the 1985 Grammy-winning pop/gospel song from the super group USA For Africa that raised funds for humanitarian aid.

Participating musicians — local artists ranging from jazz singer Anastasia René to Michael DelGuidice of Billy Joel cover band Big Shot — each recorded their parts while staying at home, with the final results edited together into an epic group video that was released Sunday.

“Although we can’t be together, Long Island musicians united to create something special,” the music video states. “We hope this heals your hearts just a little bit with the power of a song that takes on new meaning today.”

They dedicated the “quarantine mix” of the song to their many fans, who miss seeing live music as much as these musicians miss performing due to venues being temporarily shuttered for the past month to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Watch the song below.

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Fire Island Thriller Last Ferry Hits Netflix Wednesday

Last Ferry, a murder mystery set on Fire Island, arrives on Netflix on Wednesday.

The film, directed by Brooklyn-based filmmaker Jaki Bradley and filmed on site in Fire Island Pines in April and May of 2018, follows a lawyer from Manhattan who travels to the LGBT resort community seeking companionship but finding trouble instead.

“Joseph does meet a cute boy but only to realize he is a mugger who has drugged him to steal his belongings,” according to the movie notes. “During his impaired state, he witnesses a murder and narrowly escapes the grasp of the murderer. He awakes in The Pines, under the care of Cameron and his friends. As Joseph integrates into the group and begins to fall for Cameron, he forgets about what he witnessed when he was drugged only for the murderer to reemerge right under his nose.”

The indie thriller written by Ramon O. Torres stars Myles Clohessy, Gabriel Sloyer, and Sheilagh Weymouth.

Watch the trailer below.


Trailer Released For Bad Education, HBO Movie About Roslyn School Scandal Airing in April

Courtesy of HBO

New details have been released about Bad Education, a movie starring Hugh Jackman about the Roslyn school scandal  one of Long Island’s most infamous crimes  that is coming soon to HBO.

The premium TV network released Friday the comedy’s trailer, which announced the movie will hit the small screen on April 25. In it, Jackman plays disgraced Roslyn School Superintendent Frank Tassone, who was convicted of helping embezzle $11 million from the school district to fund a lavish lifestyle. The real Tassone was released from prison in 2010 after serving more than three years behind bars.

The movie, which also stars Allison Janney and Ray Romano, is billed as following the unfolding of the single largest public school embezzlement scandal in history. It’s directed by Cory Finley, written by Mike Makowsky and is based on a New York Magazine article by Robert Kolker. It was filmed in Roslyn, Levittown, and at Division Avenue High School. 

Long Island-Filmed The Irishman Snubbed at The Oscars

The Irishman

The Irishman, the Netflix mob flick that Director Martin Scorsese partly shot on Long Island, was snubbed Sunday during the Academy Awards despite being nominated for 10 Oscars.

The movie was in three-way tie for second-most 2020 Academy Award nominations with British World War I drama 1917, which won three Oscars, and Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time … in Hollywood, which won two. Joker received the most nominations with 11 and ended the night with two Oscars. South Korean film Parasite won Best Picture, going down in history as the first foreign film to do so.

The Irishman was nominated for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Production Design, Best Film Editing, Best Visual Effects, Best Cinematography, and Best Costume Design. Scorsese was nominated for Best Director and sharing nominations for Best Supporting Actor were Al Pacino and Joe Pesci. The Irishman was the only Best Picture nominee to go home empty handed.

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The film starring Robert De Niro chronicles the unsolved mystery of legendary union boss Jimmy Hoffa’s disappearance. Told through the eyes of World War II veteran, hustler, and hit man Frank Sheeran, it is billed as a journey through the hidden corridors of organized crime: its inner workings, rivalries, and connections to mainstream politics.

The three and a half hour long saga cost $159 million to make and was in development for years before finally coming to fruition. It marks the first time Pacino, who plays Hoffa, worked with Scorsese. And Pesci, who plays mob boss Russell Bufalino, had to be begged out of retirement to take his part.

Scenes in The Irishman were filmed at the Rodeway Inn in Huntington Station, Biscuits & Barbeque in Mineola, Hildebrandt’s ice cream shop in Williston Park, Brookhaven Calabro Airport in Shirley, Hempstead Town Hall, Harry Tappen Marina in Glenwood Landing, Leonard’s Palazzo in Great Neck, and several private homes.

Quogue Man Retires After 16 Years As NY Giants QB

New York Giants quarterback, Eli Manning, throws a pass during the second quarter of the 2013 National Football League Pro Bowl, Jan. 27., at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. (Department of Defense photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth/Released)

Quogue resident and two-time Super Bowl-winning New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning announced his retirement Friday after 16 years with the team.

Manning, who also won Super Bowl MVP titles in his career, making him one of the most decorated players in Giants history, regularly practiced with the Westhampton High School football team over the past eight years, News 12 Long Island reported. The team’s field is near his home.

“It’s rare to have the privilege of playing an entire career with one organization,” Manning said. “I’m proud to be one of the few, but even more so, that it was as a Giant.”

With his retirement, the 39-year-old ranks seventh all-time with 57,023 passing yards and 366 touchdowns. Both are Giants franchise records.

Manning’s crowning achievement came 12 years ago in Super Bowl XLII, when he led New York to the largest title-game upset in NFL history, defeating the then-undefeated New England Patriots that would have been considered one of the greatest teams of all-time had they won that Super Sunday.

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Lindenhurst’s Pat Benatar Passed Over for 2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction

The american rock singer Pat Benatar with her Guitarist and husband Neil Giraldo in concert in Beaumont, CA in 2009.

Four-time Grammy-winning singer, 1980s pop icon, and Lindenhurst High School graduate Pat Benatar will have to wait another year for a chance to get inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Benatar, known for her top 10 hits “Hit Me with Your Best Shot,” “Love Is a Battlefield,” “We Belong,” and “Invincible,” was among 16 music stars nominated in October for induction into the music industry’s highest honor this year, but did not make the cut this time around — and fans were not happy Pat was snubbed.

“How the hell did Pat Benatar not make it?” tweeted @TheSlackerMcFly “She is the #1 snubb… what the hell? I am genuinely pissed at the voters and Rock Hall for not voting her in!”

Those slated to be inducted include the late Whitney Houston, Depeche Mode, the Doobie Brothers, Nine Inch Nails, the Notorious BIG, and T. Rex. Besides Benatar, those left waiting at least another year were Dave Matthews Band, Judas Priest, Kraftwerk, MC5, Motorhead, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Todd Rundgren, Soundgarden, and Thin Lizzy.

What most rankled fans was the fact that Benatar ranked second after DMB in the fan vote for who should be inducted into the 2020 class. Artists are eligible 25 years after their debut album. The 2020 induction ceremony will be held at Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio on May 2.

Born Patrician Mae Andrzejewski, Pat Benatar was born in Brooklyn and raised in Lindenhurst. She originally didn’t have musical aspirations, and briefly attended Stony Brook University while pursuing a health education degree. She ended up dropping out to marry her sweetheart and started to perform at Catch A Rising Star, a popular comedy club in New York City, where she first got noticed before releasing her debut album, In The Heat of The Night in 1979.

That year she divorced her first husband after seven years. In 1982, she married guitarist Neil Giraldo, with whom she still tours. They have two daughters and now live in Los Angeles.

Long Island’s Tommy Sheehan Wins Survivor: Island Of The Idols

Tommy Sheehan on SURVIVOR: Island of Idols. Photo: Michele Crowe/CBS Entertainment ©2019 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

A 26-year-old elementary school teacher originally from Bayville is $1 million richer after winning the Survivor: Island of The Idols grand prize during Wednesday’s 39th season finale of the CBS reality show competition.

Tommy Sheehan, a fourth-grade teacher at Floral Park-Bellerose Union Free School, outwitted and outlasted the competition with the help of his background as a surfer and multi-sport athlete.

“I just want to give my fiancee the dream wedding she always wanted,” Sheehan, who proposed to his girlfriend after returning home, told Entertainment Tonight of his plans for the money, which includes paying off his student loans.

Sheehan, who lives in Long Beach, beat 19 other contestants to come out on top this season, which premiered in September and was filmed in Fiji.

The runner up was Dean Kowalski. Noura Salman placed third, Lauren Beck fourth, and Janet Carbin fifth.

The season proved to be a controversial one when Dan Spilo became the first contestant ever to ever to be kicked off the show for alleged inappropriate behavior. 

Unpolished: Long Island’s Latest Reality Show Debuts Sunday on TLC

L. to R.: Jennifer, Bria, Lexi, and Foxy Martone. Courtesy of TLC

Get your popcorn. The latest Long Islanders to take a turn on the reality show roller coaster is the Martone family, who run a salon in East Northport. The show, Unpolished, debuts Sunday on TLC.

The series follows Lexi, a nail artist who specializes in over-the-top 3-D nail art, her hair colorist/makeup artist sister/business partner, Bria, and their mother, Jennifer, who keeps them organized, and the sisters’ stylist grandmother, Foxy. Together they run Salon Martone while juggling some TV-worthy drama along the way.

“Long Island women: Everything always has to be the biggest and the best,” Lexi says in a 10-minute teaser that TLC posted on its website. “And they are tough to please. There’s a lot of pressure on us because we want to be Long Island’s go-to salon.”

Prior reality shows shot on LI include the 2013’s Princesses: Long Island about six Jewish girls in their 20s who live with their parents, and 2014’s Secrets and Wives about a half dozen married women, both of which lasted one season on Bravo. Logo has aired Fire Island, about six gay men summering in Cherry Grove, for two seasons starting in 2017. And most notably, Growing Up Gotti, following the lives of late mob boss John Gotti’s daughter, Victoria, and her three kids, lasted three seasons on A&E, while Long Island Medium is pushing season 14 of Theresa Caputo communicating with the dead.

As for the Martones, the web teaser suggests there will be no shortage of colorful familial tension fueled by plenty of meatballs and the contents of jewel-encrusted flasks. And, of course, plenty of salon talk.

“There’s really no other salon on Long Island that’s like us,” Lexi says. “Everything is over the top. Nothing is subtle. Extra is our middle name.”

The hour-long premier of Unpolished airs at 10 p.m. Nov. 17 on TLC.

Jimmy Kimmel Turns Bagel Boss Guy Video Into ‘Musical’

L. to R.: Jimmy Kimmel, Michael Alexander, and Chris Morgan.

Chris “Bagel Boss Guy” Morgan may have chickened out from his planned internet celebrity boxing match last month, but thanks to Jimmy Kimmel, the viral video star is making his Broadway debut — sort of.

Friday’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! featured a “Fraudway” segment in which Jason Alexander of Seinfeld fame played Morgan in a mock musical based on the events of the infamous video.

“You’re not god, or my father, or my boss,” Alexander quotes Morgan on stage while surrounded by dancing bagels in a shop full of exceptionally tall people making fun of his short stature — the topic of his July rant heads round the world.

Just then, God, played by Tracy Morgan, appears and makes a deal with Morgan.

For those with better things to do than follow the latest with this stupidity, Bagel Guy was slated to box Dustin Diamond in September but never showed up. He later got arrested and complained about the food served in jail.

As for the musical, we won’t spoil it for ya. Just watch the damn video. And be nice to your bagel shop workers.