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Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town

Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town, a new indie comedy from Shout! Studios starring Mackenzie Davis comes out this Friday, June 22nd.

The film is written and directed by Christian Papierniak and first premiered at the 2017 Los Angeles Film Festival. Shout! Studios describes it as a “delightfully chaotic look at Los Angeles and the struggles of adulting.” 

Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town is about a “riot grrrl rocker” and hot mess Izzy who wakes up hungover to find out that her ex-boyfriend is celebrating his engagement to her ex-best friend at a bougie party across town that night. Upon finding out, Izzy embarks on a quest across Los Angeles to break up the party in order to fulfill what she believes to be her destiny before it’s too late.

The film has continued to enjoy critical acclaim and has sold out festival audiences across the country. Additionally, Mackenzie Davis won Best Narrative Feature and Best Narrative Performance at the Tacoma Film Festival.  Also, she won Best Performance at the Napa Valley Film Festival.

For television, Christian Papierniak has created and also co-executive produced pilots for ABC, NBC, Fox, Sony, ABC Family and Lifetime. In film, he has worked as a writer for Universal, Paramount, Warner Bros/New Line, Lion’s Gate, Disney and Fox Searchlight.

In addition, the film includes: Carrie Coon, Alex Russell, Alia Shawkat, Haley Joel Osment and many more! The film also features Producer Meghan Lennox, Christian Papierniak’s wife as well as Assistant Director James Lennox. Meghan and James are both New Jersey natives from East Hanover.

The movie is premiering on June 22nd in East Village, New York. For more information on the movie go to the website here!

Philip Petracca on Fizzics

Philip Petracca, founder and CEO of Fizzics, joined Lisa Marie Latino in the #HipNJ studio to discuss the revolutionary draft beer system.

About four years ago, Petracca and co-founder David McDonald were having a draft beer and got into a discussion on why beer tastes so good when it is fresh from the tap. “Ten months later, we developed the technology that utilizes sound waves and pours the beer under pressure,” Petracca says. “What we’ve done is make the foam taste delicious.”

The campaign kicked off on Indiegogo, making a quarter million dollars. The pair found success elsewhere as well, specifically on ABC’s Shark Tank. “It was a tremendous experience,” Petracca recalls. “We ended up doing one of the highest deals ever on the history of the show with Mark Cuban and Lori Greiner.” 

All of this has been done out of the Garden State. “We’re proud to be born and raised in New Jersey,” Petracca states before giving us a demonstration, which can be seen in the video above!

To learn more, click here.

NJ Native Laurie Hernandez Wins Dancing With The Stars

Season 23 of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars has come to a close, and we finally know who walked away with the coveted Mirrorball trophy…Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez of Old Bridge!

Hernandez signed on to the show shortly after competing at the Rio Games, and compares her most recent win to earning a gold medal. “Honestly, I feel like they tie for each other,” she said. “I feel like the Olympics, as a little kid it was such a big goal that I created for myself and I was able to push through and make that happen. So for the Mirrorball — well, I’ve always loved to dance and that was my passion along with gymnastics, so winning the Mirrorball today was insane and amazing,” she told US Weekly.

Her partner, Val Chmerkovskiy, won the trophy once before with Rumer Willis in 2015. Hernandez and Chmerkovskiy have formed a friendship that goes beyond the show. “At the end of the day it’s not about the Mirrorball, it’s about the friendships that you create, and I created a friendship with an incredible young lady that I’ll be rooting for for a very long time,” Chmerkovskiy told Us.

What’s next for this dancing duo? Hernandez plans to join Chmerkovskiy on the Dancing With the Stars Tour next year.

For information on the upcoming tour, click here. To check out this winning pair in action, watch their Freestyle below.