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Wednesday, November 5, 2014


Special Cakes was founded and is owned and operated by Brittany Alexander and Megan Alexander, sisters. Brittany, a musical theater major, attended Ithaca College, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science from SUNY New Paltz in 2000. Megan graduated from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting in 2004 and became a certified public accountant in 2008. After college, Brittany and Megan both worked in the business world, but always craved a creative pursuit outside of the office. Brittany and Megan were raised in an atmosphere that valued aesthetics, ingenuity, and creativity. The importance of home and family was always prevalent and relationships with each other made every day a special day. One way the Alexanders (as so many do) always enjoy or celebrate life, each other, and the day is by making and sharing a baked treat! - and sharing baked treats with their pups! They call these treats special treats. It eventually became clear to Brittany and Megan that they could focus their efforts on creating an entity that would celebrate the uniqueness and importance of everyone by creating personalized cupcakes; Special Cakes. Brittany and Megan formed the LLC, designed a commercial kitchen, built the website and started the brand. Special Cakes celebrates people. Special Cakes believes that everyone has certain gifts, talents and abilities to share with the world and Brittany and Megan enjoy sharing theirs by making people feel special with cake! Special Cakes operates like a couture fashion design studio. Special Cakes discusses the cupcake design desired, creates a sketch of how it will appear, and then creates the custom cupcake toppers. Everyone at the party gets the decoration and it is unique to each client. The goal is to make the client feel special by bringing their idea to fruition in the prettiest way possible and, of course, to enjoy! Special Cakes is in its first year of business and is headquartered out of the owners’ other business, Country House Bed & Breakfast. Special Cakes began with local cupcake delivery. Since then, Special Cakes has expanded its product lines to include national shipping of personalized jumbo, fairy, and mini cupcakes, cupcake toppers, decoration kits, deconstructed cupcake kits, cookies, and dog treats, and local delivery of personalized cupcakes, pies, homemade soups, cookies, candy, dog treats, and cakes! Life should be celebrated and Special Cakes is thrilled to offer products that might just make life that much sweeter. 

Movers and Shakers Megan Alexander and Brittany Alexander cannot get enough of Jersey Boys! 
Megan Alexander: “Every single soul that contributed to this film shines through to make this movie a masterpiece. The talent, creativity, and genius of all; from the individuals who inspired the story to the director to each and every member of the cast and crew, come together in perfect harmony to create this absolute ‘hit’!” 

Brittany Alexander: “This movie has such heart. Every element of the movie is amazing! – The song, the dance, Vincent Piazza, the acting, the story…did I mention Vincent Piazza?! There is no way Jersey Boys can be watched just once! Watch one time and, I promise you, you will be hooked! ‘My hand to God’!” 

Now you can go ahead and make your own day again, and again, and again!  You all should be counting down the days until November 11th, when Jersey Boys the Movie is released on BluRay for your own personal big screen, and we do hope you have saved your nickels because you're going to have to call everyone you know since you'll be late to many endeavors: you'll be busy watching, and perhaps singing and dancing if you are as enthusiastic as us.  And if you didn't get that last comment, first familiarize yourself with Frankie Valli's first wife, Mary Delgado, then follow our new Twitter friend Renee Marino, who plays Mary.
Meet Renee as Mary.  Eventually she married Frankie Valli, and that's Valli with an I.  Her idea, too, of course.  Wait until you hear what kind of letter Y is, and we must admit the long e sound in the first and last names is laudable.
You'll remember when Warner Brothers Pictures released Jersey Boys this past June, someone you know actually sang Sherry all the way home from the movie theater and then listened to all the songs a few times, and finally came up with something to say that we hope does the film justice after many edits.  Maybe you also went to see this in the theater, but you need to see it again, and own it.  You will probably watch it during each of the FOUR SEASONS at least; start with fall.

This edition with Blu-ray and Digital HD include bonus content featuring i
nterviews with Clint Eastwood and the cast! 
How we love Clint Eastwood and his legendary accomplishments...and seeing him learn the steps to the final dance number is a priceless visual that you presumably have not seen, unless you were actually there like Renee.  We were not there, but we are available for the next one, Clint and our friend Bryce is too for in front of the camera.

Frankie Valli has a voice that's a gift from God, and so does John Lloyd Young, who plays him here and is with Renee in the above picture.  Clint brilliantly cast actors that had been playing the roles of the Four Seasons in the musical in three of the four cases; this means they've rehearsed the entire script over a thousand times.  And you would not know that Tommy was not one of the three.  Their chemistry is seamless, hilarious, and so classic you'll want to watch this again and again because they can't give you anything but love, baby.  The story itself is true to the Broadway show if you've seen that, and in both cases the whole story is told: both good and bad, which is the best way to tell a story so the audience gains a comprehensive understanding.

Clint Eastwood has the Jersey Boys talking to the camera, with each of them telling their part of the story the way they see it, and we firmly believe more directors should employ this format because it's hugely effective.  Imagine them talking to you directly right in your living room!  We recommend surround sound with extra speakers.  
And we coordinate at-home movie watching with the right food of course; in this case, Mover and Shaker Sal Scognamillo tells us that the real Frankie Valli goes to Patsy's and likes to eat meatballs always with either manicotti or spaghetti, so you know who to ring up!  Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio were Executive Producers of Jersey Boys the movie.

Without a doubt, Jersey Boys is the feel-good movie of 2014.
And be sure to pay attention to the screen at 1:03 into it for a special cameo.

Jersey Boys the Movie continues to Earn Our Highest Recommendation!
Own it!



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Based on the Tony Award-winning musical, “Jersey Boys” arrives onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on November 11 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Directed by Oscar® winner Clint Eastwood (“Million Dollar Baby,” “Unforgiven”), “Jersey Boys” is an inspiring drama featuring The Four Seasons’ songs that influenced a generation. 

“Jersey Boys” stars John Lloyd Young, who reprises his Tony Award-winning portrayal of the legendary lead singer of The Four Seasons, Frankie Valli. Erich Bergen stars as Bob Gaudio, who wrote or co-wrote all of the group’s biggest hits. Michael Lomenda and Vincent Piazza star respectively as Nick Massi and Tommy DeVito, two original members of The Four Seasons. Oscar® winner Christopher Walken (“The Deer Hunter”) stars as mobster Gyp DeCarlo. 

Clint Eastwood directed “Jersey Boys” from a screenplay and musical book by Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice, song music by Bob Gaudio and lyrics by Bob Crewe. “Jersey Boys” is produced by Clint Eastwood, Graham King and Robert Lorenz, along executive producers Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tim Moore, Tim Headington, James Packer and Brett Ratner.

“Jersey Boys” will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99 and includes the film in high definition on Blu-ray disc, DVD, and a digital version of the movie in Digital HD with UltraViolet. Fans can also own “Jersey Boys” in Digital HD via purchase from digital retailers.

“Jersey Boys” tells the story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group The Four Seasons. The story of their trials and triumphs are accompanied by the songs that influenced a generation, including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Dawn,” “Rag Doll,” “Bye Bye Baby,” “Who Loves You,” and many more.

These classic hits are now being embraced by a new generation of fans through the stage musical, which has been running on Broadway for more than eight years and has also enjoyed successful tours around the globe.


“Jersey Boys” Blu-ray Combo Pack contains the following special features:

· From Broadway To The Big Screen

· Too Good To Be True

· “Oh, What A Night” To Remember

“Jersey Boys” Standard Definition DVD contains the following special features:

· “Oh, What A Night” To Remember

“Jersey Boys” will be available for streaming and download to watch anywhere in high definition and standard definition on their favorite devices from select digital retailers including Amazon, CinemaNow, Flixster, iTunes, PlayStation, Target Ticket, Vudu, Xbox and others. “Jersey Boys” will also be available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.

*Digital HD with UltraViolet allows fans to watch a digital version of their movie or TV show anywhere, on their favorite devices. Digital HD with UltraViolet is included with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray discs. Digital HD with UltraViolet allows consumers to instantly stream and download movies and TV shows to TVs, computers, tablets and smartphones through UltraViolet retail services like CinemaNow, Flixster, Target Ticket, VUDU and more. For more information on compatible devices go to Consult an UltraViolet Retailer for details and requirements and for a list of HD-compatible devices.

Standard Street Date: November 11, 2014

DVD Languages: English, Latin Spanish, Parisian French

BD Languages: English, Latin Spanish, Parisian French, Brazilian Portuguese

DVD Subtitles: English SDH, Latin Spanish, Parisian French

BD Subtitles: English SDH, Latin Spanish, Parisian French, Brazilian Portuguese

Running Time: 134 minutes

Rating: Rated R for language throughout

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