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Actress Tammy Blanchard at Sundance Film Festival for Premiere of TALLULAH the Movie

Blanchard at Sundance Fim Festival
Tammy Blanchard, Allison Janney and Ellen Page
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Hudson Actress Tammy Blanchard seen here at the Sundance Film Festival with Allison Janney and Ellen Page.

Blanchard, Janney and Page star in Sian Heder’s TALLULAH 

The movie premiered at the Sundance Film Festival recently and was widely received.

 

For more on TALLULAH the movie visit: Tallulah the movie blog 

 

WE ARE FAMILY-Lincoln Center’s DADA WOOF PAPA HOT explores Gay (and Straight) Parent Issues

Hudson’s Tammy Blanchard Plays a Mom with a Secret  

Hudson's Tammy Blanchard
Tammy Blanchard and John Pankow star in DADA WOOF PAPA HOT at Lincoln Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Sally Deering

Dada Woof Papa Hot Poster The title of Peter Parnell’s new play at Lincoln Center DADA WOOF PAPA HOT sounds like the playwright went bonkers at his computer one night. It actually stands for the first words a little girl speaks to her dad – silly, yet endearing, baby talk.

Baby talk runs throughout DADA WOOF PAPA HOT, Parnell’s new play at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center through Jan. 3.  Directed by Scott Ellis, DADA WOOF PAPA HOT focuses on the relationships between two pairs of gay dads raising young children; and, it features Hudson’s Tammy Blanchard in the supporting role of a mom with a secret. All the characters in Parnell’s new play are parents, both gay and straight, grappling with childrearing and its effects on marriage and adult relationships.

Dada Woof Papa Hot Stars
Alex Hurt, John Benjamin Hickey, Stephen Plunkett and Patrick Breen in Dada Woof Papa Hot directed by Scott Ellis at Lincoln Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alan and Rob, played by John Benjamin Hickey and Patrick Breen, are gay and married with a three-year-old daughter.  During the course of one school year, Alan, Rob and their friends must deal with issues couples with children struggle with, like sharing child-rearing responsibilities and maintaining commitment in their relationships. Funny and poignant, DADA WOOF PAPA HOT is a mid-life coming-of-age story that explores some of the challenges gay parents face and are they different than the challenges of straight parents? Continue reading WE ARE FAMILY-Lincoln Center’s DADA WOOF PAPA HOT explores Gay (and Straight) Parent Issues

Local Actress Tammy Blanchard Visits Bayonne City Hall

Bayonne Mayor James Davis and Actress Tammy Blanchard at Bayonne City Hall
Bayonne Mayor James Davis and Actress Tammy Blanchard at Bayonne City Hall

 

Tammy Blanchard  loves her hometown of Bayonne, New Jersey. The Emmy-winning and Tony-nominated actress makes no secret of her love for the City of Bayonne. Check any of her interviews  and you will always find a reference to Bayonne  and her love for the people and the places the City has to offer.

Ms. Blanchard co-star of the recently released   INTO THE WOODS, and the soon to be released suspense film THE INVITATION stopped by Bayonne City Hall on Tuesday, April 28th and met with Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis.

Mayor Davis and Ms. Blanchard discussed the future of the arts in Bayonne and the Bayonne school system which Ms. Blanchard attended both grammar school and high school in Bayonne.

In 2014 Ms. Blanchard was inducted in to the Bayonne High School Hall of Fame for Arts & Entertainment.

Tammy Blanchard INTO THE WOODS Interview

 

 

 

Bayonne’s Tammy Blanchard in her first Disney film: INTO THE WOODS

 

An Interview with local actress Tammy Blanchard

INTO THE WOODS Punch, Baranski and Blanchard ,
Lucy Punch, Christine Baranski and Bayonne actress Tammy Blanchard in a scene from Disney’s INTO THE WOODS
Actress Tammy Blanchard at home before the INTO THE WOODS Premiere Dec. 8th, 2014 Photo: Ava Jean Entertainment(c)
Actress Tammy Blanchard at home before the INTO THE WOODS Premiere Dec. 8th, 2014
Photo: Ava Jean Entertainment(c)

After the presents have been opened on Christmas Day, it’s always fun to go out and catch a movie. That’s what Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp and Stephen Sondheim fans will be doing when the movie musical INTO THE WOODS opens nationwide on Dec. 25th.

Meryl Streep stars as the Wicked Witch and a troupe of wickedly talented stars including Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick, Christine Baranski and Bayonne’s Tammy Blanchard join her for a romp in the woods. “Be careful what you wish for” is the film’s tagline because although it’s about Grimm Fairy Tales, this is no kiddie movie. Sondheim and co-writer James Lapine have taken several fairy tale characters on loopy adventures where very adult things happen, and not every journey ends happily ever after.

Disney’s INTO THE WOODS is the filmed version of the Tony Award winning musical which debuted on Broadway in 1987 starring Bernadette Peters as the wicked witch, and directed by Hal Prince. It has been performed throughout the world, has had several revivals here and in London, and has taken almost 30 years to go from stage to screen.

During her career, Bayonne’s Tammy Blanchard earned Emmy and Golden Globe Awards for her portrayal of Judy Garland in LIFE WITH JUDY GARLAND; ME AND MY SHADOWS; and two Tony Award nominations for supporting roles in HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS…(with “Harry Potter” star Daniel Radcliffe) and GYPSY starring Bernadette Peters. Continue reading Bayonne’s Tammy Blanchard in her first Disney film: INTO THE WOODS

Local Actress Tammy Blanchard at the “Into the Woods Premiere in New York

Tammy Blanchard at Into The Woods premeire Just Jared Local actress Tammy Blanchard graced the red carpet at New York’s Zigfield Theater last night for the opening of “Into The Woods” starring Meryl Streep, Johnny Dep,  Anna Kendricks, Christine Baranski, Billy Magnussen, Tammy Blanchard and others.

Ms. Blanchard plays Florinda, one of the wicked step-sisters from the Cinderella tale.

And our sources at the premiere tell us  Ms. Blanchard is wickedly fantastic in Director Rob Marshall’s film.

Steven Songheim was also in the audience to see his score from Into The Woods brought to life on the big screen.

Into The Woods will open nation wide on Christmas Day, December 25th, 2014

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Hudson County Actress Tammy Blanchard in Disney’s “Into the Woods” with Merly Streep and Johnny Depp

Lucy Punch, Christine Baranski and Hudson County’s Tammy Blanchard bring Cinderella’s evil stepsisters and stepmother to live in “Into the Woods,” the big-screen adaption fo the Tony(R) Award-Winning musical starring Meryl  Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp, Lila Crawford, Daniel Huttlestone, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski, MacKenzie Mauzy, Billy Magnussen, Tammy Blanchard, Lucy Punch, Richard Glover, Frances de la Tour, Simon Russel Beale, Joanna Riding and Annette Crosbie.

In theaters December 25th, 2014.  Photo by Peter Mountain(c) 2014 Disney Enterprises, Inc All Rights Reserved

Patty’s Turn: New Book, by Mother of Actress Tammy Blanchard, Exposes Lifetime of Harrowing Abuse & Empowers Bold Transition from Victim to Victor

Written from the heart and experiences of Patty Blanchard, ‘Patty’s Turn: It took faith, courage and the love of her children to save her from attempted murder’ sees the author piece together her memories following almost six-decades of abuse at the hands of parents, siblings and lovers. Blanchard’s survival is nothing short of a miracle and, by sharing her story, she hopes to empower millions of abused women to take a stance against their malefactors and embark on their own journey to a better life.

Bayonne, NJ — (ReleaseWire) — 11/1/2014 — Memoirs about abuse are certainly not rare, but hardly any span a lifetime and come from the family members of those in the public eye. Tammy Blanchard may be known to audiences and critics around the world, but her mother Patty has kept quiet about her own life, until now.

‘Patty’s Turn: It took faith, courage and the love of her children to save her from attempted murder’ fuses a tragic life story with an inspirational message of hope.Synopsis:

This is the memoir of Patty Blanchard, one of 14 children raised in a tough Jersey City family during the 1950s. Patty survived many things during her childhood, but it was the attempted murder she experienced as a mother-of-three that helped her discover what courage, faith and the love of family is really all about.

“I start right at the beginning, aged four years old and at the hands of a physically-abusive mother who had six kids packed into a cramped Jersey City flat without enough beds, clothes and often just stale pieces of bread for dinner,” explains Blanchard. “My baby sister died of Croup and I became the punching bag for my mother’s grief, who physically and mentally abused me for the next decade and a half. We also lost a brother, Arthur, who was murdered at fourteen. I left home and married an older man when I was just seventeen. This was my ticket to a new life, or so I thought.”

Continuing, “He and my next husband abused me. At the age of thirty-two I packed up my belongings, my kids and we set off on my promise of a better life. Things were looking up as I built a successful cleaning business from the ground up and was both confident and independent for the first time in my life. I was determined to stay away from abusers. But at the age of thirty-five I found myself fighting for my life, with multiple hammer wounds and being left for dead. Somehow, through the grace of faith and love of my children, I survived.”

Patty didn’t write her book for commercial gain. In fact, it started as personal therapy.

“My therapist asked me to write down my thoughts and memories as they came back to me. I did this for years but didn’t ever read my notes back. Over twelve years I accumulated more than four-hundred pages and the power of my words caused me to break down when finally reading them. I decided to compile them into a book to help others facing the demons of abuse. If I can help just one person avoid a life like mine, then I’ll see it as a huge success.”

Since its release, the book has garnered a string of rave reviews. Charlotte McNamara comments, “I absolutely loved this book! The writer was very brave, honest and real. Some like to portray” our lives to be perfect. Some of us like to read what really happens in someone’s life, whether good or not so good. This writer however captured my soul. Reading of her childhood and through her life was a heartfelt and left me in tears. Tears for that little girl, tears for that struggling teen …tears for all the other women who can’t tell their story, but sometimes can identify with some things in her book.”

River View Observer adds, “An excellent read -a real page turner about an American family and a young woman’s abusive life and triumphant return from an attempted murder on her life by a former spouse. Ms. Blanchard has created a road map for women looking to move past abusive relationships to a place of empowerment.”

‘Patty’s Turn: It took faith, courage and the love of her children to save her from attempted murder’ is available now: http://amzn.to/1usDPU9.

About Patty Blanchard
Patty will celebrate her 60th birthday on Nov.3th with her 3 children, William, Tammy, Thomas and her 4 grandchildren, Ava, William, Kaylee and Jaidah. Patty can finally say she knows what true love is, she met her soul mate Joe and has been skipping down the road of happiness for the past 8 years.

www.facebook.com/pattysturnbypatriciablanchard 

“Union Square” Starring Mira Sorvino and Tammy Blanchard -Actresses with Roots to Hudson County to be shown Friday Night Oct 12th at Jersey City’s Loew’s Theater.

Mira Sorvino, Tammy Blanchard and Writer/ Director of Union Square Nancy Savoca

On Friday night October 12th at 6:45 pm  the Loew’s Theater on Journal Square in Jersey City will present  as a special attraction to the  the  Golden Door International Festival and not as  part of competiton, Writer/ Director Nancy Savoca’s movie,  “Union Square” starring Oscar winner Mira Sorvino and Emmy Winner and Two time Tony nominated actress Tammy Blanchard .

What makes this an extra special event is both Ms. Sorvino and Tammy Blanchard have roots in Hudson County,   Ms. Sorvino  daughter of Paul Sorvino is cousin to Bill Sorvino Executive Director of the GDIF.Ms. Blanchard   was born in Jersey City, raised in Bayonne and has family in the Hudson County area.

Bill Sorvino said “This is a great opportunity for Hudson County audiences to see two very talented actresses with Hudson County roots work side by side in a wonderful movie about sisters, by Writer/ Director Nancy Savoca.”

 

STARRY, STARRY NIGHT-Filmmakers to Shine at the Golden Door Int’l Film Festival in Jersey City

By Sally Deering                                                             GDIF Award photo by Steveamack.com

October brings chills and thrills and skies so bright you can see the stars and the nights will be especially starry when the Golden Door International Film Festival rolls out the red carpet at the Loew’s Jersey City movie palace for four fabulous days of films.

 The film festival kicks off Thurs, Oct. 11th where stars, writers, directors and cinephiles will gather in the Loew’s art deco lobby for drinks and schmoozing and then take their seats in the beautifully restored theater to watch two new films, Pollination* starring Federico Castelluccio (The Sopranos); and Just Crazy Enough featuring Saturday Night Live alum Chris Kattan.  The following three days will be jam packed with screenings of features, documentaries and shorts and a closing night awards ceremony on Sun, Oct. 14th.                

 

 Founder Bill Sorvino brings the film festival back to Jersey City for a second year and the response he’s received since last year’s event has been huge, he says. This time around, Sorvino has added ore films to the marquee for a four-day smorgasbord of features, documentaries and shorts from Hollywood to Bollywood.

 “Last year’s festival was very successful,” Sorvino says. “We had great feedback and I want to build on what we did last year. So this year the amount of fantastic films we have is over the top – one great film after another.” 

 

Continue reading STARRY, STARRY NIGHT-Filmmakers to Shine at the Golden Door Int’l Film Festival in Jersey City

Actresses Tammy Blanchard and Mira Sorvino’s Movie “Union Square” Opens July 13th at New York City’s Angelika Theater

 

At the Angelika Film Center, Mercer and Houston Streets, Greenwich Village. Running time: 1 hour 20 minutes.

Tammy Blanchard (The Good Shepherd,  “Of Two Minds-  Money Ball  ) appears on the big screen July 13th in a role opposite Mira Sorvino in Nancy Savoca’s independent film “Union Square.”

Blanchard plays Jenny, Sorvino’s reserved, estranged, repressed young sister who has spent much of her time trying to distance her self from her tumultouous upbringing which includes her  sister Lucy played by Sorvino.  Arriving  from the Bronx on the verge of a nervous breakdown at Thanksgiving time Lucy’s unexpected visit to Jenny’s  Union Square apartment in New York City forces Jenny to face her past and reveal some secrets of her own. Continue reading Actresses Tammy Blanchard and Mira Sorvino’s Movie “Union Square” Opens July 13th at New York City’s Angelika Theater