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Binge-Worthy Jersey: Spend National Popcorn Day Streaming a Jersey Marathon

Cold, winter weather is on the way, and Hip New Jersey sees a lot of binge watching in the forecast as well. So, in honor of National Popcorn Day, fill up a tub of popcorn and celebrate with some of the New Jersey based films and shows we found currently streaming!

Chasing Amy

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Streaming on: Netflix, Hoopla

No list about New Jersey and films could ever be complete without Kevin Smith. While several of his films are available for streaming (and some notoriously are not) our pick is Chasing Amy, filmed almost entirely in Red Bank, NJ and Asbury Park. There are many easily recognizable locations, including Jack’s Music Shoppe, which still stands and is neighbors with Smith’s own comic shop.

Plot: Holden and Banky are comic book artists and best friends. But their relationship and sanity are tested when Holden falls for Alyssa, also a comic book artist who is also a lesbian.

 

American Gangster

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Streaming on: Netflix

While many of the scenes take place in New Jersey were actually filmed in New York, the morgue scene was filmed at the NJ Army National Guard Armory in Morristown, New Jersey.

Plot: Based on the true story of Richie Roberts, an outcast New York City cop charged with bringing down Harlem drug lord Frank Lucas.

 

Beautiful Mind

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Streaming on: Amazon Prime

Another biographical film, starring Russel Crowe – this time filming at many locations in New Jersey,  such as Princeton University, Paulus Hook (Jersey City), the Center for Molecular Medicine in BelleVille, Fairleigh Dickinson in Madison and Prudential Hall in Newark.

Plot: John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, but instead finds himself on a painful and harrowing journey of self-discovery.

 

Cinderella Man

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Streaming on: Showtime

If you have a New Jersey-based biographical film, clearly Russel Crowe is the go-to leading man. While the movie itself was filmed in Ontario, Canada, boxer James Braddock has deep ties to New Jersey. His nicknames included the Bulldog of Bergen and the Pride of New Jersey. He is buried in Tenafly, New Jersey and James J. Braddock North Hudson County Park in North Bergen, New Jersey is named in his honor .

Plot: During the Great Depression, underdog James Braddock, a washed-up boxer desperate to support his family stages a comeback, becoming a symbol of hope for the nation.

 

The Wrestler

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Streaming on: Starz

Filmed almost exclusively in New Jersey, some of the more recognizable spots in this drama are the Stiletto Club in Carlstadt, Dover Ballroom in Dover, and Frenchy’s Bar & Grill in Roselle Park. Other filming locations include Asbury Park, Linden, Rahway, and Bayonne.

Plot: Retired wrestler, Randy ‘The Ram’ Robinson deals with the difficulty of leaving behind his beloved wrestling career and attempts to make real connections with the world outside the arena.

 

Sopranos

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Streaming on: HBO GO, HBO NOW, and Amazon Prime

After six seasons, its hard to imagine an area of New Jersey untouched by the series. Some of the more well-known spots include Satin Dolls gentleman’s club in Lodi, Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home in Belleville, Pizzaland in North Arlington and the Soprano’s home in North Caldwell.

Plot: Tony Soprano, a New Jersey-based  Italian-American mobster tries to balance his family life with his role as the leader of a criminal organization.

 

Boardwalk Empire

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Streaming on: HBO GO, HBO NOW, and Amazon Prime

While the show was filmed primarily in New York and some of the locations are fictional, the titular Boardwalk is that of Atlantic City and the politics are real. This change of scenery is largely because of the modernization of Atlantic City and surrounding areas, although they were tempted to use Asbury Park for a while.

Plot: In Prohibition-era New Jersey, politicians play both sides of the law, working with mobsters and gangsters to profit from bootlegging in the area.

Amy Schumer

Amy Schumer New Fall Tour

Amy Schumer will kick off the first leg of her new comedy tour on Thursday, September 20th at New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, New Jersey. Featuring all new material, the tour will make additional stops in Nashville, Austin, and Atlanta. Additional dates will be announced soon.

Comedy superstar Amy Schumer – one of the entertainment industry’s leading forces, as a stand-up comedian, actress, writer, producer and director – kicks off the first leg of her all-new comedy tour at NJPAC!

Amy Schumer is the creator, star, writer and executive producer of Comedy Central’s award-winning Inside Amy Schumer, which earned the 2015 Writers Guild Award for Best Comedy/Variety Sketch series. That same year, the show was honored with the first-ever Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Sketch Variety Series. Inside Amy Schumer has also earned awards from the Television Critics Association, the Critics’ Choice Television Awards, and was the recipient of the prestigious Peabody Award in 2014.

Schumer’s New York Times bestseller, The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, earned her a 2017 GRAMMY Award nomination for Best Spoken Word Album and was released in paperback in August 2017. Her big-screen credits include the smash hit Trainwreck, the mother-daughter comedy Snatched (in which she starred opposite Goldie Hawn), Jason Hall’s drama Thank You for Your Service, and this summer’s I Feel Pretty.

The Leather Special, Schumer’s latest stand-up special, is currently streaming on Netflix. Her 2015 HBO special, Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo (directed by Chris Rock), became HBO’s most-watched Saturday night comedy special debut since 2009. She was recently nominated for a Tony Award for her Broadway debut in Steve Martin’s Meteor Shower. Schumer also holds the distinction of being the only female comic to headline at Madison Square Garden, and is a proud founding member of Time’s Up.

Tickets to see Amy Schumer at NJPAC go on sale Monday, August 27 at 10:00 a.m. at NJPAC.org or 888.GO.NJPAC (888.466.5722) or by visiting the NJPAC Box Office.

Tickets for Amy Schumer’s Fall Tour will go on sale Monday, August 27 at 10am local time. For more information and to purchase tickets please visit amyschumer.com or fans can also catch the Emmy-Award winning comedian on her Amy Schumer and Friends Tour. Tickets are available now at amyschumer.com.

mcgregor vs. mayweather

Where to Watch McGregor vs. Mayweather in #HipNJ!

The fight of the year is upon on, and #HipNJ breaks down the hippest hot spots to catch Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather this Saturday night!

1. Do AC

 

Are you ready to rumble?! Watch the biggest fight of the year with us this Friday! 🥊 #MyBallys

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Unsurprisingly, Atlantic City is the Garden State’s go-to destination for this unique boxing match. From Bally’s to Tropicana to Resorts, there’s many sweet deals for prime viewing.

2. House of Que (Hoboken)

Get down with some barbecue grub, listen to the beats of DJ Unique and take in the fight of the century at House of Que in Hoboken! Call (201)-706-8755 or email RSVP@HouseOfQue.com to reserve your spot today!

3. The Movies

Even though it’s the “Fight of the Century” it’s still Saturday night, aka Date Night! You can still have the dinner-and-a-movie experience while making your man happy. Rialto Theatre in Westfield, Showplace 14 in Secaucus, and Edgewater 16 Multiple Cinemas in Edgewater are screening the fight (so retro!) Reserve your seats today via Fathom Events.

4. iPlay America (Freehold)

Freehold‘s ultimate fun destination will have a fight watch party at the iPlay America Game Time Bar & Grill! Reserve your seat by purchasing a premium ticket for just $40, which also includes a $10 credit towards your purchase of food and beverage.

5. In the Comfort of Your #HipNJ Zip Code

Assemble your crew, order from your favorite local pizza joint and take in the fights and sounds from the comfort of your own home!