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

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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 ( 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

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Painting Isn’t Just An Art, It Can Be Fun Too

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Who doesn’t remember the iconic picture of Demi Moore on the cover of Vanity Fair, naked in a painted-on suit? Since then, body painting has become a growing art form, as more artists become adept at using skin as their canvas, and more people have put getting body painted on their bucket lists. To understand how this unusual take on art has made its way into the 21st century, it is important to know the history behind it. Experts believe that body painting was the first form of art used by humans, and archeological evidence is close to supporting it, according to Tribes from Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia have all used natural pigments from plants and fruits as a way to celebrate their spirituality, showcase images of gods or war, or prepare for life events such as weddings, death or adulthood. Fast-forward to the early 1900s, and the first appearance of full body paint occurred when make-up guru Max Factor Sr. exhibited a naked model Sally Rand (in full body paint) at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair. Suffice to say that Mr. Factor was a man ahead of his time. His art did not make the splash he had intended (or perhaps it did), but body paint as an art form in the West did not become widespread until the 1960s, when the hippie movement brought it to life. Now, body painting has become so popular and in style that there is a new TV show where artists compete and showcase their talents. Due to premiere its second season on June 10, GSN’s Skin Wars is a one-hour competition show that seeks to find the most skilled, accomplished and innovative body artists from across the country. At stake is a $100,000 prize, an all-expense-paid trip for two to the World Body Painting Festival in Austria, and a nationally distributed Royal and Langnickel custom brush collection with their name on it. The show is hosted by actress Rebecca Romijn, who is known both as the first-ever body painted model in Sports Illustrated’s iconic swimsuit issue and as Mystique from the X-Men films. She is joined by judges RuPaul Charles and award-winning body painting icons Craig Tracy and Robin Slonina. In this series, imagination and creativity are the only things holding contestants back, so let the games begin. For more information, visit

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BrainStormers: Backyard DIY Inventors Tackle Weather, Test Ingenuity

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – For over 30 years, The Weather Channel has inspired viewers to explore, investigate and appreciate how it’s amazing out there by providing the latest weather information for the modern era. The network continues to explore this connection with its newest original primetime series, “BrainStormers,” where weather will be both the teacher and the enemy. The series follows three backyard inventors, Rob “Poppy” Parker, Ryan Parker (a father, son duo) and Bill LeVasseur (Ryan’s best friend), who channel their inner MacGyver by building and testing inventions that either fight inclement weather or harness its power for everyday use — while on a budget. From their Colorado-based workshop, the three men test their ingenuity and tackle weather issues by repurposing what some may consider junk. Sometimes the builds required our BrainStormers to start from scratch, and other times they were called upon to help other backyard inventors improve their projects. Every build comes with its own unique set of challenges, from creating a homemade mosquito trap or solar water heater to fixing a nearby town’s wind generator. Here are some of the creative inventions you can expect to see on “BrainStormers”: * A beer can heater. A Denver friend needs a low-cost fix to make her drafty bedroom warmer. So, the team decides a solar heater could work, but would require expensive aluminum tubes to transfer the sun’s radiation to heat. What to do? Use beer cans, of course. By using rows of black-painted beer cans in a sealed wooden box, the team finds a solar heater can be built for pennies on the dollar. * A snow maker. If you think living in Denver means enough snow for even the most die-hard snowboarder, think again. This is the issue for Seth Hill, a pro-snowboarder who wanted to make practice runs near his house when he’s not on tour. He enlists the BrainStormers team to build an inexpensive snowmaking machine by using a junkyard power washer. * A “swamp bucket cooler.” An Arizona housewife can’t take the high temperatures in her kitchen, and the family is tired of ordering takeout. They enlist the BrainStormers for a portable and low-cost way to cool the kitchen. The BrainStormers determine that an evaporative cooling system would work best for Arizona’s high heat and low humidity, but how do you make it so it is small and inexpensive? Well, you’ll just have to watch to find out. For more information, visit

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Wall Street Journal to Jeb: Don’t Budge on Amnesty, Common Core

The pro-amnesty and open borders Wall Street Journal wants former Florida Governor Jeb Bush to not back down on Common Core and amnesty, the two issues that may represent the greatest divide between the bipartisan political class and Main Street. 

The Journal, which Bush has hailed as his “paper of record,” argued that Bush was right when he recently said during a Journal event that a Republican must be willing to “lose the primary to win the general” election.

“Mr. Bush’s two main political liabilities in the primaries are said to be his support for immigration and for Common Core education standards,” the Journal opined. “Neither is an insuperable barrier to the nomination.”

The Journal declared that Bush “needn’t repudiate his support” for Common Core and “shouldn’t budge in his support” for comprehensive amnesty legislation. 

Despite Gallup polls that found illegal immigration is the top concern for Republicans, the Journal claimed that “immigration isn’t the most important issue for most Republicans, beyond countering President Obama ‘s recent decree, and Mr. Bush can make a strong case for reform that promotes economic growth and keeps the U.S. a magnet for talent.” During the 2008 election cycle, when the Republican party was less conservative than it is today according to Gallup measurements, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) almost lost the nomination because of his support for comprehensive amnesty legislation. McCain’s embrace of amnesty caused his fundraising to dry up and forced him to fly in coach class and carry his own bags during trips to New Hampshire town halls.

Denigrating conservatives who want to put American workers and legal immigrants ahead of illegal immigrants as “restrictionists,” the Journal urges Bush to “welcome an immigration debate in the primaries that would set him up to win more minority votes in November” even though studies have shown that amnesty legislation will not guarantee that Hispanics will flood to the GOP. In fact, there will be a path to the White House without a massive increase in the Hispanic vote for Republicans potentially even beyond 2016. 

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