Archive for the ‘Film’ Category

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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Mary Poppins Returns: Here’s Everything We Know So Far

Posted by melissa kandel on June 1, 2016 in Film | 4 Comments

If ever there was a time to grab your spoon and get it loaded full of sugar, today would be the day. Why? Because Mary Poppins is flying her petite yet practical umbrella back into town. Mere hours ago Disney told us Mary Poppins Returns will hit theaters December 25, 2018. It’s true we don’t know much yet about […]

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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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Beauty and the Beast is Already the Biggest Movie of 2017

Posted by melissa kandel on May 26, 2016 in Film, Hollywood | 2 Comments

When I was six years old, I spent two hours of my one-day trip to Disney World talking to Cogsworth, the clock from Beauty and the Beast. I think after hour one he was legally required to take a break (but I was wrapped around his foam leg so, no) and after hour two the […]

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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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The Surprising Ways Successful Screenwriters Find Inspiration

There’s a spot in my living room that undeniably catches the best morning light. A leather armchair is catty-cornered into it, and if you sit there by window, you only see my neighbor’s big, leafy tree and not much else, which makes you feel like you’ve temporarily fallen into some tropical oasis of leather chairs and sunlight and leaves. Then you open […]

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Met Gala Recap: Fashion’s First Date with Tech

If you were at last night’s Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit (more affectionately known as the Met Gala), you’d find standing guard—well, sitting guard—somewhere along the sumptuous, 150-foot red carpet a man named André Leon Talley, Vogue contributing editor and self-proclaimed sartorial sentinel of style. “I’m a larger-than-life fashion personage with a great […]

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When Harry Met Scamander: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Posted by melissa kandel on April 14, 2016 in entertainment, Film, Hollywood | 1 Comment

An old briefcase stuffed with magic, a shadowy New York City in 1926 and a tinkering, ethereal melody now synonymous with the greatest boy wizard of all time can only mean one thing …

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