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Ocean County Natives Make Anime-Style Netflix Series

SEASIDE PARK, NJ — Somebody once asked George Lucas how to break into the movie business. The “Star Wars” visionary simply said, “Somehow.” Charley Parlapanides remembered that moment as he and his brother reflected on going from Seaside Park to Central Regional schools to Hollywood.

Netflix will release Charley and Vlas Parlapanides’s anime-style series “Blood of Zeus” on Oct. 27. The program revolves around Heron, a commoner on the outskirts of ancient Greece, discovering secrets of his past and trying to save heaven and earth.

Watch the trailer below:

Influences for the series include sagas of epic worlds with otherworldly characters — “The Lord of the Rings,” “Star Wars” and Greek mythology. But it wouldn’t have been possible without the brothers’ humble, small-town, Greek-American upbringings.

“We grew up in the Jersey Shore — immigrant family who believed in working hard and getting educated,” Charley said. “We felt we had to

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Ocean Spray Just Gave the Viral Skateboarding TikTok Guy an Extraordinary Gift. It’s a Lesson in Emotional Intelligence

About two weeks ago, Nathan Apodaca was on his way to the warehouse where he works when his 2005 Dodge Durango gave out on him. 

Not wanting to be late for work, Apodaca grabbed his longboard and left his car behind. As he skated down the highway, he spontaneously decided to film a quick video. Sipping on a big bottle of Ocean Spray cranberry juice, Apodaca lip-synched to an old Fleetwood Mac song, “Dreams.” 

The video quickly went viral, racking up millions of views. Fleetwood Mac retweeted it. People everywhere started filming their own recreations of the video.

It equated to tons of free advertising for Ocean Spray. And now, the company’s responded.

Ocean Spray partnered with a local Nissan dealership to gift Apodaca a new “cranberry red” Nissan Frontier pickup truck, along with a cargo bed fully stocked with juice.

“When we saw Nathan Apodaca’s video and the joy

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