August, 2014


Sex symbol Mae West spent her childhood in Woodhaven

Star of stage and screen, one of the first Hollywood sex symbols, writer and singer, Mae West’s outsize curves and personality earned her recognition as one of the greatest female film stars of all time. Comment.
Jackson Heights

That’s Mr. Hockey Puck to you

They call him Mr. Warmth and the Merchant of Venom for his trademark sarcastic and berating insults targeted at those innocent yet willing victims who make up his audience. He will call the really annoying ones hockey pucks. Comments (2).
Long Island City

Flux Factory screens funny videos

On Saturday, the Flux Factory presents an evening of films exploring the line between comedy and video art. Comment.

Catch flicks and more at Museum of Moving Image

Summer may be the season of the Hollywood blockbuster packed with enough alien invasions, gangland shootings and hyper-drive car chases to last until New Year’s Eve, but in Astoria movies tend to be a little quieter, a bit more nuanced and definitely geared toward fans of cinema. Comment.
Long Island City

LIC’s Chain Theatre hosts second annual film festival

The late comedian George Carlin used to have a bit about the rampant misuse of labeling an event as a first annual. Comment.

July, 2014


‘King Kong’ and other monsters threaten Jamaica parks

Get those lawn chairs, blankets and snacks — it’s summertime and that means the tradition of family and classic free movies at southeast Queens parks is back. Comments (1).

May, 2014


Racing returns to ‘Franny Lew’

If you happen to run into Gino Cafarelli around town, do yourself a favor and don’t ask him if he’s still trying to break into acting. Comments (6).
Jackson Heights

Queens Impact Awards: Filmmakers present the world to Queens during annual movie festival

It’s rare for a visitor to leave Don and Katha Cato’s Jackson Heights home without being shown a movie. Comments (2).
Forest Hills

Forest Hills movie theater closes

The landlord yelled cut on a Forest Hills movie theater’s final act earlier this month. Comment.

April, 2014


Filmakers hope to bring Astoria to the big screen

Two Astoria filmmakers launched a fund-raising campaign earlier this month to raise the money to create a feature-length film about their neighborhood. Comment.
Little Neck

Film shows ‘Haunted NYC’

Vincent Sinatra believes that paranormal spirits exist throughout New York City, and he is on a mission to document them. Comment.

March, 2014


Singer, activist Belafonte once lived in E. Elmhurst

Born March 1, 1927, at the Lying-in Hospital in Harlem, Harold George Bellafanti Jr. is a singer, actor and political and civil rights activist whose unforgettable presence on the American stage has spanned seven decades. Comment.

NBC show films in Whitestone

Cast members of the new NBC show “Believe” were seen in Whitestone Tuesday. The series is scheduled to premier Monday. Comment.
Forest Hills

Queens Y screens films focused on special needs

For the third straight year, the New York ReelAbilities Film Festival returns to the Central Queens Y to highlight recent movies that explore characters living with disabilities. Comment.

Bayside welcomes national network for television shoot

A stretch of Bell Boulevard in Bayside was transformed into a movie set this week when the strip was used for an episode of a nationally broadcast television show. Comment.

February, 2014

Long Island City

Movie makers from around globe descend on borough

The creators of the Queens World Film Festival realize the sentiment if you build it, they will come appears to work only in the movies. Comment.

January, 2014


Silent film star Francis X. Bushman once lived in Little Neck

Francis Xavier Bushman was a film and television actor whose career flourished during the silent film era. Born in Baltimore in 1883, he was perhaps best known for the role of Romeo in the 1916 Metro Pictures production of “Romeo and Juliet” as well as that of Messala in the 1925 silent epic “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ.” Comment.
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