Archive for the ‘entertainment’ Category

The Simpsons’ Matt Groening Masterminds New Netflix Series

Described as an “epic fantasy,” Disenchantment, the new animated series by The Simpsons and Futurama creator Matt Groening, is set to hit Netflix in two, 10-episode batches next year. As with Groening’s other cartoon triumphs, this one is aimed at adults and will feature his characteristic off-kilter humor, a mix of optimistic petulance and satire-infused […]

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Chase McNary Talks About How It’s Actually Not Too Late to Get Your Summer Bod

Posted by melissa kandel on July 12, 2017 in entertainment, fitness, Interview | No Comments

Oh, elusive summer bod. You’re like the physiological personification of Harry Potter’s Golden Snitch … shifty, unpredictable and super hard to find, whether traveling on broomstick or otherwise.  Who else thinks it’s a longstanding workplace conspiracy that every late-spring office party features cream-filled donuts and rainbow-sprinkled cake? That sugary stuff is seriously hard to resist when 3 […]

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Fuller House Return Cloaked in Shadowy Veil of Mysteries and Secrets

Posted by melissa kandel on June 29, 2017 in entertainment, Hollywood, Television | 4 Comments

A few months ago, I found myself in the midst of a big media coup when Netflix approved little me to receive press releases from that massive nerve center for all things streaming video. I am not sure if the Senior Vice President of Press Release Approvals approve everyone who submits an application, (alas, an […]

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Julia Stiles is Pregnant and We’re All Freaking Out

Julia Stiles is like a bad-ass cherub. Intelligent, bold, classically beautiful and the star of our favorite 2000s rom coms alongside the most swoon-worthy guys—Freddie Prinze Jr., the late Heath Ledger, Sean Patrick Thomas. Yet somehow, while she sashayed and angst-ed her way through high school as the object of affection for only the finest […]

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In Goop Health Was a Full-On Wellness Rager (Or So I’m Told)

Posted by melissa kandel on June 13, 2017 in entertainment, food, things to do | No Comments

I didn’t go to Gwyneth Paltrow’s In Goop Health event in Culver City, CA this past Saturday. I didn’t even contemplate dropping the $500 (or at its most vegan-ly indulgent, $1,500) required to attend. To be honest, I’m still recovering from her first cookbook’s blatant impracticality, discovered years ago as I was salivating over a […]

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Clothing by OWL Is Here for the Right Reasons

There’s nothing wrong with being basic. Yeah, you might buy hand-sewn day planners on Etsy, dress your tiny dog in seasonally appropriate attire, take selfies with the pig-eared Snapchat filter because your eyes look awesome then caption the pic something self-effacing like, “Can’t believe it’s raining today. #Haircut.”  So what? And yes, you probably drink […]

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Fresh Toast Presented by OC Weekly: A Preview

Posted by melissa kandel on March 21, 2017 in drink, entertainment, food, Newport Beach | 2 Comments

There’s no reason to eat French Toast if you don’t soak the bread all the way through. It’s a culinary dictum taught to me by my late grandfather, who would stand in the black-and-white tiled, Long Island kitchen of my childhood every Sunday, a tall silhouette of broad shoulders and gray hair. For ten, fifteen […]

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Imperial Ball: Johnny Depp + Alice Cooper Jam in Anaheim

There’s no right way to load up your tacos while sitting inside the courtyard of a boys’ Catholic high school in Anaheim, waiting for Johnny Depp and Alice Cooper to perform on a stage not more than 200 feet beyond. Some might argue charred onions are appropriate for the scenario, others fall easily into the Extra Jalapeños […]

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Mary Tyler Moore: No Ordinary Person

I never personally knew Mary Tyler Moore but from a very early age, always felt like I did. Leaping off the glazed expanse of my television screen, hair perfectly coiffed, smile bright and genuine, she had the kind of vivaciousness that could inspire not only this young girl but also an entire generation of TV-watchers […]

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Brian A. Bernhard Goes Down the Rabbit Hole to Embrace the Weird

Pictured: Bernhard, Brian A. Without Limits Mural. A variety of paint media on concrete wall, 11’ X 15′. It started with a tweet—him to me, me to him? Something in between? Who knows!—and ended with this: An exchange of ideas by two people who’ve never met before. But sometimes you just connect with someone across […]

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