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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!

Album Review: Nick Jonas’ ‘Last Year Was Complicated’

By Kenneth Barilari

fourstars

Nick Jonas finds his musical niche on Last Year Was Complicated.

 Jonas defeats the sophomore slump with his latest release. Last Year Was Complicated, released June 10, is unlike anything we have heard before from the New Jersey native. His previous hits like “Jealous” and “Chains” seem to have carved the path for the fresh sound he brings to this album. We are a long way from the Jonas Brothers, and we are surprisingly not complaining.

In March, Nick released “Close”, the lead single from the album, featuring Tove Lo. The song is a mesmerizing manifestation of Jonas’ self-professed struggles with opening up to someone.

After hearing the album in full, the lead single fails to match the musicality of some of the other tracks.

Next, Nick released “Champagne Problems”, an up-tempo track that details a couple sharing a bottle of champagne as they decide to break up. The intimacy that Jonas displays on this track is perfectly balanced with its radio friendly production.

In “Chainsaw”, Jonas sings about letting go of the past and finding closure. The song seems therapeutic and leaves the listener feeling like they have listened to something special and taken a journey with the singer. Jonas’ vulnerability on this song in particular, as well as on the ballad “Unhinged”, is incomparable to anything he has done before.

The standard edition of the album contains three collaborations. “Close” featuring Tove Lo, “Bacon” featuring Ty Dolla $ign, and “Good Girls” featuring Big Sean. Of the three, “Bacon” piques the most interest with its unique title and lyrics that get stuck in your head all day. Jonas released the music video for the song exclusively on Tidal, but it has since been uploaded to his official Vevo.

Most recently, Jonas released the music video for his current single, “Under You”. The track, produced by Max Martin, is sure to be a hit for the singer. In the track, Jonas opens up about the regret he feels for not hooking up with someone when he had the chance. The video features Pretty Little Liars actress Shay Mitchell and shows the two meeting up and kissing in the shower.

Other notable tracks on the album include “The Difference” and “Comfortable”. There are no tracks that are unlikable, but with the bar set so high by songs like “Chainsaw” and “Champagne Problems”, some are bound to fall behind. “Touch” and “Don’t Make Me Choose” are solid but do not add anything fresh to the album.

Nick Jonas has given us an intimate look into his personal life and found his own sound on Last Year Was Complicated. His Disney days are far behind us as he continues to grow and mature before our eyes. This album is proof of this maturation, and Jonas does not disappoint. Head over to iTunes to purchase the album.

Must Listen: “Chainsaw”, “Under You”, “Champagne Problems”