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Interview: Adam Pally talks “Dirty Grandpa”

I sat with Adam Pally (Happy Endings, The Mindy Project), one of the stars of the new comedy, “Dirty Grandpa”. We discussed which family member he’d want to drive to Daytona Beach with, how to flirt with women, the meaning behind the song “Lightening Crashes”, and much more!

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Having a Rough Day? Here’s 5 Films that are so Entertaining, you’ll forget your Problems

We all have those days.  Work has been stressing you out and you feel miserable.  Your having relationship troubles. Your starting feel insecure about yourself. Overall, your in the dramatic “I hate life” mode.  Anytime I tend to get in this random mood for whatever reason, movies have always been my cure!  When you’re watching a great film, you get to have a wonderful escape.

In this particular mood, I tend to go for films that don’t require heavy concentration. Light-hearted, feel good or even a horror will help.  These are the five films that are so entertaining, you’ll be focusing on the story and the characters’ problems instead of your own for at least two hours or so.

Pitch Perfect

Get Pitch-Slapped!

 

For the Fun: Starring Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow and Rebel Wilson, this film just represents “Glee”fulness.   The musical numbers are hilarious and actually really good.  In case anyone didn’t know, Anna Kendrick got her start on broadway.  After seeing the Oscar nominated actress in some strong, big screen performances, its nice to see her showing off both talents in this surprisingly, fun film.  Pitch Perfect is a happy, colorful movie that everyone will enjoy singing along to.  Throw in some major WTF moments and a cute romance, you will be singing to yourself, “what problems?”

Little Miss Sunshine

What makes you a winner in life?

 

For the Message: This Oscar nominated film is more than just breakout performances and inappropriate humor.  The story about this family of “losers” may start out a bit depressing, but as the movie continues you will find that winning the top prize doesn’t necessarily make you a winner in life.  Having people in your life that love and support you no matter what is often what winners and losers strive for.  It’s the message of this film that will leave you still thinking about it even when it’s finished.

Meet the Parents

You’ll be grateful your name is not Gaylord Focker

 

For the Appreciation: Whatever your problem is, it can’t be any worse than what Gaylord ‘Greg’ Focker (Ben Stiller) goes through in one of the most hilarious films of all time.  As if meeting your girlfriend’s parents wasn’t nerve-racking enough, having one of those parents be ex CIA, Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro) is terrifying.  There are so many obstacles Greg goes through, including lost luggage, a lie detector test, broken noses and so much more that you will appreciate the fact that you aren’t in his shoes.  Besides feeling ultimate sympathy for Greg in this film, you may also think twice before checking a bag for your next flight.

Tommy Boy

Chris Farley in his little coat

 

For the Laughs: Chris Farley was a comedy genius and paired with David Spade, together they were a dynamic duo.  This slapstick comedy is a laugh out loud riot.  As these two are on a mission to sell an impossible amount of brake pads, they encounter so many ridiculous events from cow tipping to a deer fight.  Tommy Boy is a true underdog story, you root for Tommy and laugh at his pain.  There may be one disaster after another in this film, but there is also heart and friendship.  Just sit back and enjoy the catastrophe that these two characters go through, you will more than likely end still laughing and quoting lines.

Scream

What’s your favorite scary movie?

 

For the Scare:  A good scary movie can cure a lot of problems.  Really any horror flick will do the trick here, but one of my personal favorites is the cult classic, Scream. The opening sequence to this film is one of the best from any scary movie.   You may think all the comedy spoofs for these films will make you unable to take it seriously, but try watching it by yourself in the dark.  Regardless of the cheesy romantic scenes and sometimes predictable murders, it’s just a fun scary movie.  Scream has a great story, good mystery, lots of stabbing and it’s just scary enough for you to still be able to sleep easy after watching.  However, if you would like to have night terrors, try The Exorcist or the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

 

Chazz Palminteri brings “A Bronx Tale” to Dallas!

You know him as the gravelly voiced, Italian actor, usually playing an intimidating mobster in films like A Bronx Tale and Bullets over Broadway.  Academy Award nominee, Chazz Palminteri is finally bringing the one-man show that launched his career to Dallas.  Before A Bronx Tale was a big screen success back in 1993, it was a one-man show, written and performed by Chazz himself.  After rejecting many offers to make a film adaptation of the show, it was Robert De Niro that gave him an offer that would change his career forever.  De Niro directed and co-starred in the film with Palminteri.

Originally performed off-Broadway in 1989, Chazz Palminteri has teamed up with Dallas Cowboy Legend, Drew Pearson, to bring A Bronx Tale Show to The AT&T Performing Arts Center.  The one-man show is based on the time Palminteri saw a man get killed right in front of him when he was only nine-years old.  Palminteri plays 18 different characters in the show.

Since the accomplishment from both the show and film version of A Bronx Tale, Chazz Palminteri has gone on to play various mobster roles.  One of which includes an Oscar nomination for his role in Bullets over Broadway.  But no matter what crook he is playing, it’s with style!

In honor of the 20th anniversary of the film’s adaptation, Palminteri has gone in collaboration with Jay Lombardo (Founder of Lombardo Custom Apparel) to launch “A Bronx Tale Collection” tailored suits.  The fabric of these suits were handpicked and come with Chazz’s classic “Bronx” silhouette and artistry.  The custom collection features hand stitching, Italian red lining, and a personalized label with Chazz Palminteri’s signature.

On Thursday August 8th, Lombardo Custom Apparel held a launch party for the new collection, and presented Chazz and Jay with the North American Italian Award.   The event was entertained with the music of “America’s Got Talent” finalist, Paul Salos.  If you don’t remember him, he was the singer on the show that sounded very much like Frank Sinatra.  It’s unbelievable.

Eventually, Palminteri allowed for quick interviews with the press.  I have to say, as disturbing as some of his roles can be, Chazz Palmenteri is anything but scary.  He was one of the most down to earth actors I have met, and a truly talented one at that.

INTERVIEW WITH CHAZZ PALMINTERI

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What made you finally bring the show to Dallas?

“I just thought hey, I’ve always loved Dallas.  I’ve always read about it.  I said I’m going to try and bring it down to Dallas!  And they called me and said can we do it down here?  And I said absolutely!  It was a hit all over the world, so why not a hit in Dallas?”

Of course, we’re grateful you brought it to Dallas.

“Well thank you so much.”

Can you tell me a little bit about the Bronx Collection?

“If you see some of the movies that I’ve done, Analyze This and A Bronx Tale.  I’ve always worn these incredible suits.  I came down here and met Jay and saw his incredible clothes.  And I thought yeah, I would put my name on that.”

You always mention how Robert De Niro launched your career.  If there is one thing you could say about him, what would it be?

“Well, what I always say about him.  As great as he is as an artist, he’s an even greater man.  He’s a great, great guy.  A really good person and one of my close friends”

 

A Bronx Tale will run from August 22nd to 24th.

For tickets and more information on the show visit http://www.abronxtaleshow.com/WYLY-THEATRE-BOX-OFFICE.htm