BATV Holiday Screening Tix #2 WILL SMITH in “Collateral Beauty”




Dear friends I would like to invite you and a guest to our holiday advance screening of COLLATERAL BEAUTY!!

For your chance to download passes to the advance screening of COLLATERAL BEAUTY on Monday, December 12 at Cinepolis West Hartford,

click here:

Remember seating is first come, first served and not guaranteed so plan to arrive early!


In theaters on December 16

(New Line Cinema/Village Roadshow Pictures)

Director: David Frankel
Writer: Screenplay by Allan Loeb
Producers: Allan Loeb, Bard Dorros, Michael Sugar, Anthony Bregman, Kevin Frakes

Cast: Will Smith, Edward Norton, Keira Knightley, Michael Peña, Naomie Harris,
Jacob Latimore, Kate Winslet, Helen Mirren

Drama. When a successful New York advertising executive (Smith) experiences a deep personal tragedy and retreats from life entirely, his colleagues devise a drastic plan to force him to confront his grief in a surprising and profoundly human way.

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BATV has a screening of Passengers coming up at Buckland Hills Cinema on Monday, December 19 at 7PM.

To receive your admit 2 passes – they can be redeemed through the following link:

Wishing you all a very Happy Holiday!!


Columbia Pictures
In Theaters December 21, 2016
PASSENGERS has been rated PG-13 by the MPAA for the following reasons: SEXUALITY, NUDITY AND ACTION/PERIL



Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt star in an exciting action-thriller about two passengers who are on a 120-year journey to another planet when their hibernation pods wake them 90 years too early. Jim and Aurora are forced to unravel the mystery behind the malfunction as the ship teeters on the brink of collapse, with the lives of thousands of passengers in jeopardy.


Directed by:
Morten Tyldum
Written by:
Jon Spaihts
Produced by:
Neal H. Moritz

Stephen Hamel

Michael Maher

Ori Marmur
Executive Producers:
David Householter

Ben Browning

Jon Spaihts

Lynwood Spinks

Ben Waisbren

Bruce Berman

Greg Basser
Jennifer Lawrence

Chris Pratt

Michael Sheen

Laurence Fishburne

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The “Empress of Pizza” Chef Maria Rosu- Bloomfield Village Pizza


The Empress of Pizza” – Chef Maria Rosu.


Chef Maria Rosu-“The Empress of Pizza” -Bloomfield Village Pizza.

”Tis only two days since Thanksgiving’s departure. Though refrigerators are still burdened with leftovers of Butterballs, Spiral hams, green bean casseroles, candied yams , red bliss mash potatoes, cranberry relish and so many other accoutrements – there is only one thing on the minds of many, besides Holiday bargains- PIZZA!!


Yes, I truly admit- please no more turkey – I – like so many others just want a nice hot fresh Pizza.
The place to go? The one and only Bloomfield Village Pizza presided over by the “Empress of Pizza” – Miss Maria Rosu- Chef Extraordinaire. According to Chef Maria, “since the day after Thanksgiving- we must have had over 500 folks waiting in line for Pizza or calling for delivery-I can’t make them fast enough- I wish I had a magic pizza wand- but I love that so many love my pizza!”


I can understand why folks have a yearning for after Thanksgiving Pizza- especially from the famous Bloomfield Village Pizza- they follow the basic three step criteria for their Pizza- 1. fresh dough made daily, 2. the in house made sauce, mozzarella cheese and various toppings are not added till ordered, and 3. because of steps 1 & 2 taken – each and every pizza, directly from her ovens, are beautifully risen orbs of delight- fluffy, crusts expertly baked a golden amber- and oh-so-tasty!



On this chilly, pre-Holiday evening, with Thanksgiving and Black Friday now a day of yore, Chef Maria prepares for me not only her sought-after Pizza, but her delicious Whole Belly Clams; a generous portion of her popular sweet buffalo wings; and Chicken Parmigiana – a massive platter of tender chicken and steaming pasta adorned with meat sauce and draped with flowing mozzarella- what an amazing “After Thanksgiving” meal!! However Chef Maria, nay “Empress Maria”, still has something up her chef’s robe for me to sample- her decadently delicious Tiramisu – a mascarpone custard dessert made with ladyfingers lightly dipped in coffee and crowned with a dusting of cocoa-yes- fit for a King!!


Thank you Chef Maria Rosu- you are truly a beautiful Empress presiding not only over Pizza but the entire Village of Bloomfield in preparing so many excellent creative dining offerings. And let me tell you friends, forget about the latest fad this Christmas – Chef Maria’s Pizza is a pretty hot commodity itself- make sure you get in line for one of her royal pizza pies – you’ll never regret it!! Enjoy!!


Harvey Leon Frydman enjoys a delicious After Thanksgiving meal.

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SING – BATV Holiday Movie Screening Invite

Happy Holidays from BATV-TV5


BATV cordially invites you to attend the following the private  screening of Universal Pictures upcoming release SING!!


*Please click on this link to RSVP:

OPENING DATE: Wednesday, December 21


Sing is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated musical comedy film produced by Illumination Entertainment.[3] It was directed and written by Garth Jennings and co-directed by Christophe Lourdelet.[1]

The film stars the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Tori Kelly, Taron Egerton, and Nick Kroll.

The film will have more than 85 classic songs from famous artists and will also have an original song by Stevie Wonder and Ariana Grande called “Faith”.[4] It premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival on September 11, 2016[5] and will be released by Universal Pictures on December 21, 2016.



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A Ledgendary Birthday Dinner at Texas Roadhouse!!


A  Legendary Birthday!!

Wishing my brother Harvey Frydman a belated Happy birthday and a belated birthday dinner… a week late- yep I came down with bronchial pneumonia- so he understood-

On my brothers birhday – routine is the word-Where did I take him to dine you ask?
I took him to his favorite steak restaurant, Texas Roadhouse in Manchester, CT.

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From the parking lot one is quickly enveloped by a cloud of deliciousness- Oh the amazing aroma of the steaks sizzling, onions sautéing and honey bread baking as you make your way through the ever changing Connecticut weather- currently 37 degree, light ice pellets, windswept, time to bundle up outdoors to the oh-so toasty internal home of these amazing legendary steaks!!

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For our appetizer we shared a side of Texas Roadhouse award winning BBQ ribs along with a basket of fresh from the fryer steak fries..

Harvey and I both had 12 oz filets, prepared medium well and unpressed, with ultra hot baked potatoes blanketed with fresh butter, sour cream and honey mustard. For sides I had a house salad with fresh mushrooms, diced celery, chopped hard boiled egg, diced peppers, red sweet onions served with thousand island dressing while Harvey went for their award winning chilli- !! Major kudos go to both the chef- our steaks were prepared perfectly and our attentive waiter Jose- great job all around!!


Dessert? what’s a birthday without a nice thick slice of NY style cheesecake-
A great meal, a Happy Birthday, and an amazing friend and brother–!!! Happy Birthday Harvey Frydman!!!

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Richard Dreyfuss – It’s All Relativity- TheaterWorks – A Review

Theater Review
TheaterWorks – RELATIVITY
Howard Steven Frydman

What’s a “D-lister”- you ask? They are those “Faces” you know or heard about – but can’t really place them-or that person on the fringe of notoriety but has just not “arrived” yet. At invited events, they are either nudged to the side or marooned with others of their like. I have always considered myself a “D-Lister” – Well this “D-lister”, just returned from an “A list” outing of “Relativity” currently in production at TheaterWorks in Hartford, starring the absolutely marvelous Richard Dreyfuss as Albert Einstein.


On this early Autumn evening, the theater is almost full, Artistic Director Rob Ruggiero is personally greeting many in the house, but the chatter from the lips of everyone is Dreyfuss this or Dreyfuss that – we are all eagerly here at TheaterWorks to see this old friend up close and personal. An original “D-Lister” himself – he was “one of those faces” on episodic TV series of the 60’s & 70’s known for playing the friend, a neighbor or party guest on such programs as “That Girl”, “Gidget” and “Bewitched” and btw if you look closely Richard has an uncredited role in the film “The Graduate”. Most recently, I was watching a rerun of “The Match Game” and there was panelist Barbara Rhoades, talking about this wonderful new film she was in- “The Goodbye Girl” and starring you guessed it Richard Dreyfuss- he had “jumped the shark” – receiving an Academy Award at 30 years of age ( at the time the youngest actor to do so) and then following up with a a string of “Hot List” successful films; “Jaws”, “American Graffiti”, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and three of my favorite, “What About Bob”, “Moon Over Parador ( Please make a sequel) and “The Competition”.


The draw here is indeed Mr. D. as Mr. A. – Albert Einstein- in “Relativity” a new play by Mark St. Germaine and directed by Rob Ruggerio. The McGuffin? Not what you would expect-
“Relativity” is not about existential eureka moments, quantum or theoretical physics, you will not find no E=mc2 equation formula story here- but a more complicated tale about ones relations- née relatives- and a Rubic’s Cube of a historical mystery surrounding why would the world famous theoretical physicist and Nobel Prize winner Albert Einstein abandon his own child at birth? What became of the love-child, Lieserl Maria Einstein, of Albert Einstein and Mileva Maric, a child conceived out of wedlock- and now cloaked in an enigma only an Einstein could unravel-
St. Germain sets up a “what if” scenario of a forgotten child finally meeting up with a parent and seeking the equation- of why and her own “RELATIVITY”.


Christa Scott-Reed portraying Margaret Harding-Einstein’s long forgotten daughter with Richard Dreyfuss as Einstein in RELATIVITY.

Dreyfuss the actor (Please remember- it’s Dreyfuss with two small s’s and not to be confused with Julia Louis-Dreyfus with only a single small s) is a sincere joy to watch – an actor you admire doing his craft for a much appreciated audience. His Einstein, light German enhanced accent, his white hair a-fluffed, is two fold- first introduced as a forgetful, humorous, grandfatherly character- Dreyfuss’s Einstein slowly builds to a torrent of pent-up, intricate emotions- very powerful! Rounding out the cast is Christa Scott-Reed portraying Margaret Harding-Einstein’s long forgotten daughter and Lori Wilmer as Helen Dukas- Einstein’s faithful aide and secretary. Wilner’s performance is very Cloris Leachman-esque- think “Young Frankenstein” a scene stealer whenever she is on stage!

Lori Wilmer as Helen Dukas- Einstein's faithful aide and secretary.

Lori Wilmer as Helen Dukas- Einstein’s faithful aide and secretary.

Please note- I must confess- I am ever prone to cat-nap-itis, and have even been known to fall asleep during productions– “Relativity” held my complete interest for the entire one hour and 20 minute production. In fact, I was initially surprised thinking “RELATIVITY” was indeed about Einstein’s “Aha” moment of discovery- but sometimes history is stranger than fiction. In fact Dreyfuss could have been here in Connecticut with a portrayal of Mel Brooks, or George Burns, even an Ed or Steve Wynn, it simply would not have mattered- just the opportunity to bask in his creative genius is appreciation enough. Thank you TheaterWorks for providing this outstanding production helmed by a superb “actor” and the opportunity for this D-lister to see Mr. D. Enjoy!


“RELATIVITY”, by Mark St. Germain” is currently being produced at TheaterWorks, City Arts on Pearl, 233 Pearl Street, Hartford, CT. For tickets or info call TheaterWorks at 860.527.7838.

Howard Steven Frydman is General Manager and Executive Director of BATV – Channels 5, 95 & 96 and a member of the CCC.

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BATV Holiday Movie Screening THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN Invite



Happy Holidays From BATV

You and a guest are cordially invited to the STX’s upcoming film THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN starring Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson, Kyra Sedgwick, Haley Lu Richardson, Blake Jenner and Hayden being released on November 18th.

Our BATV advance screening of the film is on Wednesday, November 9th at 7:00PM at Cinepolis West Hartford theater and we would like for you to attend!

Please see the link below for The Edge of Seventeen screening on Wednesday, November 9th at 7:00PM at Cinepolis West Hartford. Thanks!

Please arrive early – seating is first come first served!!



RELEASE DATE: November 18th
The Edge of Seventeen is a new coming-of-age movie in the vein of Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club – an honest, candid, often hilarious look at what it’s like to grow up as a young woman in today’s modern world.

Everyone knows that growing up is hard, and life is no easier for high school junior Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld), who is already at peak awkwardness when her all-star older brother Darian (Blake Jenner) starts dating her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson)

All at once, Nadine feels more alone than ever, until the unexpected friendship of a thoughtful boy (Hayden Szeto) gives her a glimmer of hope that things just might not be so terrible after all.

The film also stars Kyra Sedgwick as Nadine’s well-meaning but completely ineffective mother, and Woody Harrelson as Nadine’s History teacher, mentor and reluctant sounding board.

The Edge of Seventeen marks the feature film directorial debut of writer-director Kelly Fremon Craig and is produced by Academy Award® winner James L. Brooks – the filmmaker behind big-screen, character-driven classics such as Terms of Endearment, Broadcast News, Big, Say Anything, The Simpsons, Jerry Maguire and As Good as It Gets.

Official Hashtag: #Edgeof17
Twitter: @Edgeof17 –
Instagram: @theedgeofseventeen –
Official Website:

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