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NJ Celebrities: National Kissing Day

By Kenneth Barilari

Today is #NationalKissingDay, so #HipNJ has compiled a list of your favorite #NJCelebs taking to Instagram to share some internet PDA and some kissy face snaps!

Ashley Tisdale (Monmouth County)

Perfect day for Mermaid Kisses ??☀️

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Kevin Jonas (Wyckoff)


Jenni “JWoww” Farley (Toms River)

Christina Milian (Jersey City)

Lea Michele (Tenafly)

On set selfie! ?

A photo posted by Lea Michele (@msleamichele) on

Zoe Saldana (Passaic)


A photo posted by Zoe Saldana (@zoesaldana) on

Joe Jonas (Wyckoff)

Geeze John cut it out.

A photo posted by J O E J O N A S (@joejonas) on

Zach Braff (South Orange)

I love my nephew. #happy4th #FamilyHugFest #zaynIsLife

A photo posted by Zach Braff (@zachbraff) on

Queen Latifah (Newark)

Charlie Puth (Rumson)

Happy Mother’s Day to my hero.

A photo posted by Charlie Puth (@charlieputh) on

Kelly Ripa (Starford)

Naughty and nice. ?⛄️?

A photo posted by Kelly Ripa (@kellyripa) on

Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi (Florham Park)

Me and my BFF tried to do a cute kiss picture and it turned out like this. Bye

A photo posted by Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi (@snookinic) on

Bruce Springsteen (Long Branch)

“Come on, come on, let’s shake it tonight.” ? Bruce dancing with his mother, Adele, last night at #TheRiverTourNYC

A photo posted by Bruce Springsteen (@springsteen) on

Teresa Guidice (Towaco)

Don’t forget to upload your own celebratory photos with the hashtag, #NationalKissingDay!

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates Movie Review

By Kaitlin Anilonis

Last Wednesday, Bow Tie Cinemas in Hoboken, NJ hosted an advanced free screening of the upcoming movie, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates starring Zac Efron, Adam Devine, Anna Kendrick, and Aubrey Plaza. Bow Tie showed the film to a fully packed theater and held a social media contest to win gift cards for the cinema.

If you have not already heard of one of the summer’s most anticipated movies, here’s your official scoop. The movie opens with montage of brothers, Mike and Dave, ruining the various family events that they have attended over the last couple of years. Their dad tries to prevent this from happening at their sister’s upcoming wedding by telling the brothers that they need to bring dates. Mike and Dave place an ad online to try to find respectable, nice girls to take to the wedding. However, the girls they end up finding are even crazier than they are. Mike and Dave now need to try to tame the uncontrollable duo while trying not to ruin their little sister’s special day.

The movie is loosely based on the true story of a Craigslist ad placed by real-life brothers, Mike and Dave Stangle, searching for wedding dates.  The movie overall could have absolutely been corny and overdone. Luckily, director Jake Szymanski took the plot in a different direction. While similar to previous raunchy wedding hits like Wedding Crashers or Bridesmaids, Mike and Dave strikes a younger crowd. The wide range of characters keep the movie from getting boring or dragging on. Overall, the movie was funny and a great summer hit, making it the perfect movie for a date night!

Newark’s Christina Jackson on “Outsiders” and “Boardwalk Empire”

Newark resident and rising star Christina Jackson sat down with Steve Adubato on “One-on-One” to discuss her new television series on WGN, “Outsiders,” her role on the hit HBO series, “Boardwalk Empire,” and why she chooses call Brick City her home.

Jackson says there was not one particular moment when she knew she wanted to act. Still, she says that she “can’t remember wanting to do anything before acting came into my life.” Her parents supported her in pursuing anything she wanted to try, and acting was no exception.

While in the seventh grade at Rafael Hernandez in North Newark, a teacher named Ms. Bland changed everything. Jackson recalls standing in the school’s hallway and seeing the Ms. Bland approach her. The teacher looked at her and said, “Hey kid, do you want to join the drama club?”

Jackson joined the drama club and was cast as Frenchie in Grease. “I did not know any of my lines, I was terrible,” she recalls. “After that, I said I will never forget a line like that again.” A few months later, she was cast as Annie.

Jackson thanks Ms. Bland for helping her find her place. She couldn’t play basketball and was not interested karate, so joining the drama club enabled her to think that acting was a possibility for her.

Jackson currently lives in Newark, a fact that she is proud of. “There is a shift that is happening Newark.” She recalls seeing places that crimes once took place, where cafes and coffee shops now stand.  “There is change happening and I want that to include the residents who have been here.”

Check out Christina Jackson as Maybelle White on “Boardwalk Empire” on HBO, and be sure to watch “Outsiders” Tuesday nights, 9/8 Central on WGN.