Modern-Day Party Do’s and Don’ts

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – It starts when you receive the invitation in the mail — either your computer’s Inbox or the one that your junk mail gets delivered to. That complex social conundrum of being asked to a party. Do you bring wine or beer? Is wine too pretentious? There’s always craft beer, or is that elitist? And what to wear? Is it a casual gathering or a dinner party where at least a sport coat is needed? Is it acceptable to add a plus-one, since you just started dating the potential man or woman of your dreams? While modern-day society may no longer follow the social dictates of Emily Post’s rules of etiquette, there’s nothing like a soiree to throw many of us into an internal tailspin. To help navigate the often frustratingly opaque rules of attending a party, be it cocktail, dinner or a child’s birthday, the following tips can help: * Call to RSVP. The French may not have the corner on manners, but they do know that RSVP means respondez s’il vous plait, or please reply. This is essential for the host to get an accurate headcount and not responding is considered rude and inconsiderate. * Decode the dress code. Is it a formal affair in which tuxes and dresses are appropriate, or a more casual, anything goes party? If you’re unsure, it’s never inappropriate to ask the hostess. * Go dateless. Unless specifically stated, it is considered rude to bring an uninvited guest or to ask if you can bring a plus-one. If you can bring a date, remember to RSVP for them, or conversely, if you accepted for your guest and plans change, let the host know that as well. * Hold your liquor. While you may want to imbibe all the free-flowing alcohol, avoid drinking to excess. Nothing is more disrespectful and uncomfortable than a drunk party guest, particularly at more upscale affairs. * Take what you need to feel comfortable. For some that’s a small bottle of aspirin to ward off a headache, a pair of more comfortable shoes discreetly hidden in the folds of a coat, an embroidered handkerchief rather than bulky tissue, or if you’re a smokeless tobacco user, something other than a spit cup or bottle. Smokeless tobacco accessories, such as the portable spittoon created by Atlanta-based FLASR, will help you avoid the uncomfortable (not to mention sometimes messy) aspects of enjoying your snuff, dip or chew while at a party. The new 4-ounce FLASR pocket-sized spittoon is designed to al-low users to open and shut it with just one hand, making it an ideal solution for users to enjoy smokeless tobacco unobtrusively and discreetly without unwanted attention. For more information, please visit www.flasr.com.

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Will the Movie Studio be the Next Heavy Hitter?

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Gordon Scott Venters thrives on challenges. As CEO of The Movie Studio (TMS) in Hollywood — that’s Florida, not L.A. –he’s been in the entertainment industry for more than 20 years and has carved out a career where others have failed. Venters’ resume reads like a who’s who of Hollywood (California), where he was president, CEO and director of Destination Television, now TMS. While Venters has a soft spot for the West Coast, he is betting that, unlike California, South Florida will become the premier destination to produce motion pictures. “The energy is completely different here than in California, and making movies in Florida has some terrific advantages,” said Venters. “The visual landscape is stunning from a cinematic standpoint, there are diversified places to shoot and great visual optics. That’s the value proposition in Florida.” It also doesn’t hurt that the rich and famous work and play in the Sunshine State. As an undervalued publicly traded company, according to Venters, he knows that, although risky, there are huge opportunities for growth for TMS (OTC: MVES). “We want to give our followers, shareholders and supporters the chance to be a part of what we see as one of the newest hot studios providing full services in distribution, creativity and complete production from South Florida,” Venters said. Currently, TMS has acquired Seven Arts Entertainment, which gives the South Florida-based company access to a movie library of 12 titles, including “Sleep When I’m Dead” with Clive Owens, “Johnny Pneumonic” with Keanu Reeves, and “A Shot At Glory” with Robert Duvall, among others. Additional libraries are under negotiation for acquisition. Venters says he plans to bundle these and more high-profile films with indie movies that the studio has produced, such as “Exposure” — released on Netflix and on Amazon and in Walmart, Best Buy and Target. Other movies in the pipeline for TMS are “Bad Actress,” “Double Exposure” and a new mob film “Mafia Wife,” the tell-all all expose that finally reveals, according to the mafia wives whose husbands claimed they were there, who killed Jimmy Hoffa, why and how they disposed of the body (www.MafiaWifeTheMovie.com). The latter was cast by Ellen Jacoby. Jacoby has recently cast such major motion pictures as “Rock Of Ages” with Tom Cruise and “Change Of Heart” with Jim Belushi. The Movie Studio, Inc. is also involved with considering additional film projects, music videos, television shows and other intellectual properties. To learn more, visit www.TheMovieStudio.com.

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