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Sammi Says She Was ‘Wrong’ for Blocking Snooki on Social Media on August 3, 2023 at 11:54 pm Us Weekly

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Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola is shedding more light on her past beef with Jersey Shore costar Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi.

Sammi, 36, declined to participate when the MTV franchise was rebooted as Jersey Shore: Family Vacation in 2018. She further distanced herself from her Jersey Shore days by temporarily blocking Snooki, 35, on social media because she thought Snooki was stealing her business idea, which she later realized wasn’t true.

“Me and Nicole totally worked through our issues,” Sammi exclusively told Us Weekly on Thursday, August 3, while promoting season 6B of Jersey Shore: Family Vacation, which premieres Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on MTV.

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Sammi went on to explain that when Snooki opened a shop location in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, she thought Snooki was “doing something similar” to what she’d done with her Sweetheart Coast storefront on the Ocean City, New Jersey boardwalk. “But that was not the case,” she said. “So, in the end, I actually was wrong and I told her, ‘I’m sorry. I know you weren’t trying to copy off me.’”

The Sweetheart Styles founder — who will make her return to reality TV after an 11-year hiatus in season 6B of Jersey Shore: Family Vacation — added that her decision to “exclude herself” from the friend group for a while was a “personal thing” that had “nothing to do with” her costars.

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“They just didn’t understand why I did that. So, it was just definitely miscommunication, which you’ll see all go down when we see each other again [on the show],” she said after noting that she didn’t blame the group for being upset with her. “I really had to block some things out of my life in order to move forward or move in a different direction. So, I kind of get why they might be upset.”

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Snooki and Jennifer “JWoww” Farley, meanwhile, shared how they felt about the situation during a Tuesday, August 2, interview with Page Six. “She owned it and I got over it quick,” JWoww, 37, said. “We were hurt and confused [at the time], but … we’re so happy to have her back and be able to move on from that.”

Snooki added that she and Sammi had a “nice conversation” about their store drama. “I’m not the type of woman to compete against my friends by opening other stores,” she said. “No one was copying anyone. And we’re all allowed to open stores. Like, no one should be upset about that. It’s, like, little kid stuff.”

In addition to reconnecting with Snooki and JWoww, Sammi also crossed paths with ex-boyfriend Ronnie Ortiz-Magro while filming the new season. She told Us that while working with Ronnie, 37, again was “definitely nerve-wracking,” she went into the experience knowing she could “handle it.”

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The pair dated on and off from 2009 to 2014, and the OG Jersey Shore documented the ups and downs of their rocky relationship. Ronnie previously announced that he was stepping back from the MTV franchise to focus on his mental health in May 2021, one month after he was arrested and released on a $100,000 bond following a domestic violence dispute. He was ultimately not charged with a crime and returned to the show the following August.

Although Sammi told Us that Ronnie is “part of the family too,” she noted that they will “probably not” be friends again. “We’re coworkers. You’re just somebody I dated in my twenties. … He’s working on himself to be a better person, that’s all that matters.”

Season 6B of Jersey Shore: Family Vacation premieres Thursday, August 3, on MTV at 8 p.m. ET.

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With reporting by Christina Garibaldi

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Rosie Maddox: Rom-Com Wins with Best Screenplay!

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Get ready to applaud because Rosie Maddox, the creative genius behind “Wishing on Stars,” is making waves with her latest triumph as the winner of the Best Romantic Comedy Screenplay Award! Her captivating storytelling has earned her a well-deserved spotlight at the Houston Comedy Film Festival, where her heartwarming screenplay stole hearts and tickled funny bones.

From the bustling streets of Washington to the vibrant cityscape of Seattle, Rosie’s narrative prowess shines as she crafts a tale of serendipitous reunions and unexpected love. With “Wishing on Stars,” Rosie invites audiences on an enchanting journey of rediscovery, friendship, and the magic of second chances.

This isn’t just any rom-com—it’s a testament to Rosie’s innate ability to infuse depth and authenticity into her characters, making them leap off the page and into our hearts. As we eagerly await the cinematic adaptation of “Wishing on Stars,” Rosie continues to captivate audiences with her unique brand of storytelling, proving that she’s a force to be reckoned with in the world of film.

Join us in celebrating Rosie Maddox’s remarkable achievement and stay tuned for more updates as she continues to enchant us with her magical tales of laughter, love, and the endless possibilities of the human heart. Congratulations, Rosie—you’ve truly earned your place among the stars!

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“Explore the ‘Film Festival Submitter’s Handbook 2024,’ your ultimate guide to conquering the film festival circuit. Whether you’re a filmmaker or screenwriter, this essential resource provides practical strategies to navigate the competitive landscape of film festivals successfully. From crafting compelling titles, taglines, and synopses to creating impactful director’s and writer’s statements, this handbook equips you with the tools to shine in the festival circuit. Learn to develop effective marketing materials, including posters and trailers, and discover the importance of communication and presenting a professional package. With insights tailored to the evolving role of social media and marketing in the film industry, this handbook is your key to festival triumph. Get your copy now and embark on your journey to festival success!”

 

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“Changing Spots”: A Heartwarming Family Journey

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In “Changing Spots,” Lauren L. Owen masterfully weaves a heartwarming tale centered around Lizzie Jennings, a black anthropology student in her mid-30s, and her aging father, Walter. As Walter grapples with the challenges of living independently for the first time, Lizzie steps in to assist him, embarking on a dual mission to help her father become self-sustainable while documenting their progress for her thesis. Through candid interviews and her own camera footage, the story unfolds in a captivating mockumentary style, offering a glimpse into the tender moments and humorous mishaps that define their journey.

Owen, a trailblazing talent in the industry and the first Black or African American graduate of NYU’s MBA/MFA dual master’s degree program, brings her unique perspective to “Changing Spots.” With a remarkable background in producing, writing, and directing, including collaborations with acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee and notable projects like “BlacKkKlansman” and “See You Yesterday,” Owen’s work is deeply rooted in promoting diversity both on and off the screen. Through her storytelling, she celebrates the bond between black women and their fathers, shedding light on the often overlooked narratives that resonate with audiences on a profound level.

Fun fact: Lauren Owen is also an Associate Producer for the Netflix Original Film, “See You Yesterday,” further showcasing her versatility and impact in the industry.

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As Owen shares her personal connection to the story, drawing inspiration from her own experiences and her playful sense of humor inherited from her father, she invites viewers to embrace the complexities of familial relationships and the importance of staying connected despite life’s challenges. “Changing Spots” serves as a poignant reminder of the enduring power of love, laughter, and shared moments, resonating with audiences of all backgrounds and generations.

Moreover, Owen’s exceptional talent as a writer shines through as she clinched the prestigious Best Comedy Short Screenplay Award at the Houston Comedy Film Festival, further cementing her status as a rising star in the industry. This accolade not only recognizes Owen’s remarkable storytelling skills but also underscores the universal appeal and relatability of “Changing Spots.” As audiences continue to embrace this heartwarming tale, Owen’s win serves as a testament to the enduring impact of stories that celebrate the beauty of family bonds and the journey of self-discovery.

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Explore the ‘Film Festival Submitter’s Handbook 2024,’ your ultimate guide to conquering the film festival circuit. Whether you’re a filmmaker or screenwriter, this essential resource provides practical strategies to navigate the competitive landscape of film festivals successfully. From crafting compelling titles, taglines, and synopses to creating impactful director’s and writer’s statements, this handbook equips you with the tools to shine in the festival circuit. Learn to develop effective marketing materials, including posters and trailers, and discover the importance of communication and presenting a professional package. With insights tailored to the evolving role of social media and marketing in the film industry, this handbook is your key to festival triumph. Get your copy now and embark on your journey to festival success!

 

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“A Messy Divorce” Named Finalist for Best Dark Comedy Film Award

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Award Winning Filmmaker, Phil Grishayev

Phil Grishayev, a talented filmmaker based in Los Angeles, is making waves in the comedy film scene with his uproarious short film, “A Messy Divorce.” Born and raised in Poland, Grishayev relocated to the United States in his early twenties, where his passion for storytelling and visual arts blossomed. Despite being relatively new to directing and producing, Grishayev’s creative vision and dedication have propelled him into the spotlight of the entertainment industry.

“A Messy Divorce” is not only Grishayev’s directorial debut but also a testament to his ability to breathe life into captivating narratives. The film, originally conceived as a screenplay by Grishayev’s friend Lenar Kamalov, follows the misadventures of a newly divorced couple who accidentally run over a man on the road and hilariously attempt to cover up their tracks. With its clever twists and comedic timing, “A Messy Divorce” has earned critical acclaim and audience praise alike.

Despite its humble beginnings, “A Messy Divorce” has already achieved notable success in the film festival circuit. Grishayev’s screenplay won a prestigious award at SWN, and the film was selected as an Official Entry at the Houston Comedy Festival in 2021. Now, as a finalist for the Best Dark Comedy Film Award at the esteemed Houston Comedy Film Festival, “A Messy Divorce” continues to captivate audiences with its unique blend of humor and wit.

Looking ahead, Grishayev has ambitious plans to expand “A Messy Divorce” into a full-length feature film, showcasing his commitment to storytelling and filmmaking. With his innovative approach and creative flair, Grishayev is poised to make a lasting impact on the comedy genre and beyond.

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As the anticipation builds for the Houston Comedy Film Festival, all eyes are on Phil Grishayev and “A Messy Divorce,” eagerly awaiting the announcement of the winners. In the meantime, audiences can experience the comedic brilliance of Grishayev’s work and witness the rise of a promising filmmaker in the entertainment industry.

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Award Winning Filmmaker, Phil Grishayev, and Hollywood Executive Producer and Houston Comedy Film Festival Director, Roselyn Omaka

From the Film Festival Circuit Founder, Mikal Fair:

Explore the ‘Film Festival Submitter’s Handbook 2024,’ your ultimate guide to conquering the film festival circuit. Whether you’re a filmmaker or screenwriter, this essential resource provides practical strategies to navigate the competitive landscape of film festivals successfully. From crafting compelling titles, taglines, and synopses to creating impactful director’s and writer’s statements, this handbook equips you with the tools to shine in the festival circuit. Learn to develop effective marketing materials, including posters and trailers, and discover the importance of communication and presenting a professional package. With insights tailored to the evolving role of social media and marketing in the film industry, this handbook is your key to festival triumph. Get your copy now and embark on your journey to festival success!

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