Archive for the ‘entertainment’ Category

Fifty Shades Darker Might Be OK

Posted by melissa kandel on September 15, 2016 in entertainment, Fiction, Film, Hollywood | No Comments

The thing I remember most about reading Fifty Shades Darker, E.L. James’ follow-up to the insanely successful Fifty Shades of Grey, was how trite and strange the story had become, as if James took the best of what she recalled from random Bond movies and Law & Order episodes to craft the central conflicts for her […]

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Ryan Lochte: Deep Thoughts and Dancing With The Stars

Posted by melissa kandel on September 13, 2016 in entertainment, Hollywood, Sports | No Comments

Brazilian bandit, Olympic gold medal swimmer, professional Tinder enthusiast … call him what you want but tonight at 8/7c, Ryan Lochte will officially become a competitor on season 23 of Dancing with the Stars. As the show unfolds, we can no doubt expect the famous (infamous?) swimmer—who found himself at the center of controversy at the […]

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J.K. Rowling’s Detective Series Names Its Leading Man

Posted by melissa kandel on September 9, 2016 in entertainment, Television | 1 Comment

Tom Burke // Image via Tumblr.com In The Cuckoo’s Calling, the first of three novels in a detective series penned by J.K. Rowling—writing as Robert Galbraith—private investigator Cormoran Strike is called many things: a massive grizzly bear; a man of general hairiness coupled with a gently expanding belly; a bruised, battered and perpetually disheveled male; a creature bearing the […]

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Celebrity Cat Marries Wealthy Canadian Businessman

This article is part of a weekly series, “Untruth Tuesdays,” in which I take something completely, absurdly untrue then write about it as if it weren’t. BY MELISSA MARNI, senior staff writer, The civic cheetah press Trixie, a Japanese Bobtail cat with more than 500,000 followers on Instagram, is one of the most sought-after cats by […]

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Lehrerboys: A Conversation on Creativity, Censorship and Just Getting It Done

My heart is officially broken, split in two between a pair of identical twins named Daniel and Jeremy Lehrer. Sigh. The boys, a duo better known as @lehrerboys on Instagram and Facebook, crank out cartoons that are so clever, you’ll instantaneously fall in love with their creations then wonder what life was like before their colorful comics galavanted […]

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Your Complete Guide to Ghostbusters Day

Posted by melissa kandel on June 7, 2016 in comedy, entertainment, Film | No Comments

[Image via EW.com] It’s well past midnight. You’re in bed, dreaming of Piña Coladas and getting caught in the rain when you first hear it. A noise. An eek-eek-eek. Maybe you imagined it, a phantom sound that never was. But then it happens again. Eek-eek-eek. Eek-eek-eek. Could your tap-dancing upstairs neighbor be getting in a late-night practice? No, that doesn’t […]

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Lotte Reiniger: Happy Birthday to the Fairy Godmother of Animation

Posted by melissa kandel on June 3, 2016 in entertainment, Film | No Comments

[Image via MusicBoxTheatre.com] Sometimes I wonder what life would be like if I were the head of Google Doodle. But my Doodle-dreams are made of pipes because in order to assume this role I’d have to know things like the date Momofuku Ando was born or when the 86th anniversary of the first radio calisthenics broadcast took place […]

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Sunshine Envy? Make It a Summer-Inspired Movie Night

Posted by melissa kandel on May 28, 2016 in entertainment, Film, summer | No Comments

Excuse me Southern California but do you know you’re … Southern California? That means, as stated in the official Mother Nature’s Guide to SoCal Weekends, you must be ceaselessly sunny on Saturdays and also provide as good or better weather than all states along the Eastern coastline. (How can we possibly maintain our reputation as the “Best Coast” if my New York […]

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Red Nose Day: A Celebration of The Seriously Silly

What is it about self-deprecating celebrities that we find so funny? Is it because they’re beautiful and successful and it’s hilarious to watch them admit just how beautiful and successful they really are? The question is wordlessly posed in the mockumentary-style P.S.A. for Red Nose Day, (happening now!), which stars approximately a bajillion famous people […]

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Cannes Film Festival: A Story of Head Over Heels

Posted by melissa kandel on May 18, 2016 in entertainment, fashion, Film, Hollywood | No Comments

Oh to be barefoot and Julia Roberts in the South of France. But of course, if you are Julia Roberts and you do happen to find yourself walking barefoot down the sumptuous red carpet at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival in the French Riviera, then you must either have really, really bad blisters or be […]

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