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1.) A Christmas Story - Based on the hilarious short stories by the great Jean Shepherd, A Christmas Story takes place in the idyllic 1950's when punishments involved washing your mouth out with soap and entertainment revolved around radio programs and triple dog dares. This holiday classic runs for a 24-hour marathon every year on TBS between Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, so you won't miss Ralphie's dedicated quest for a Red Ryder BB gun and his father's never-ending battle with their house'... [Read more]

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The latter months are always prime time for film debuts, and this year is no different. Some of the best movies of 2014 are based on books, and though I almost always believe the literature is better than its film adaptation, I’d have to say it’s the opposite for the following blockbusters: 1.) The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins certainly knows how to create a compelling dystopia, but the Hunger Games films take her trilogy to a whole new level. The costumes alone are so magnificent they shoul... [Read more]

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1.) Get some comfy sweaters – Sweaters are necessary as the temperatures start to drop. Whether you rejoice in their versatility or denounce them for their abuse by hipsters, sweaters are undeniably useful. So, do some shopping. Thrift stores are great for both traditional and eccentric finds. Grab some pullovers every color of the rainbow for work; for those of you rocking the Cosby sweater this fall, more power to you. 2.) Read Gothic literature – Classics like Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and ... [Read more]

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span.source {font-size:.8em;} My education on Denzel Washington began with the movies Philadelphia, The Bone Collector, which also starred a young Angelina Jolie, and Training Day, for which he won an Academy Award. Needless to say, I was impressed. Then, in college, my roommate was a huge Denzel enthusiast, so I took in several more performances, including Man on Fire and John Q. While I enjoyed his more subtle performances, I couldn't help but revel in the tough persona he had built with se... [Read more]

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The 2014 Oscars telecast had its share of memorable moments, from Ellen's pizza bit to John Travolta unknowingly creating a new name-butchering process known as "travoltifying," but what most people don't know is that something else pretty big happened that night: another EGOT was created. For the uninitiated, the EGOT is that rarest of species: a person who has won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony. The person in question: Robert Lopez, who won Best Original Song for co-writing "Let it Go... [Read more]

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As you may or may not have heard, the Oscars took place last night. I'll admit I didn't know they were airing until the bartender turned the volume up on the TV. So if I had gone home like I should have, I might be waking up needing a quick and dirty recap of the movies that were nominated. So if you're like me and haven't seen any of the movies this year, this post's for you. Read on and then head to the water cooler assured you know enough to talk about last night's Academy Awards. For the re... [Read more]
We all have our heroes, those gallant and beautiful stars of stage, screen and studio, but not all of them are perfect. In fact, some of them have even killed people. Granted, not always premeditated in cold blood, but oh, they've killed. Here's a list of 10 celebrities who've ended the lives of other human beings. Just a little something to ponder as the weekend dawns...thanks to Instant Checkmate.
Src: 2013 © DISCOVERED via YouTube Shot over three days in Hollywood and downtown Los Angeles, DISCOVERED is a six episode short-form digital series that follows aspiring actress Remi Webb as she runs the gauntlet of instant celebrity. We go behind the scenes with Executive Producer Ashley Jay to find out more about the show. Can you tell us a little about yourself? I graduated with a degree in broadcast-journalism and film studies from Pepperdine University in Malibu. I started my career in a... [Read more]

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The Top 5 Films of 2013

December 26, 2013
5. Man of Steel Producer Christopher Nolan and Director Zack Snyder are the team tasked with spearheading the re-creation of the DC Comics cinematic universe to compete with Marvel in the eyes of the comic-loving people of the world. Nolan redefined the genre with his gritty Batman trilogy and Snyder set out to do the same with Superman. The result is an impressive template for the human and alien races that inhabit the universe and how they’ll look in CGI. Per Superman legend, we actually wi... [Read more]
Src: Flickr Creative Commons/Ralph Repo Instead of watching an appropriately spooky flick for Halloween last night, I watched a Chinese film about females, foot binding (horrifying in its own right) and the fascinating friendship for life bond. The latter was formalized in a practice called laotong among a certain tribe in 19th century China. Before I explain to you the powerful beauty of laotong, I must first confess my fascination with Chinese history and culture—which I have to admit, I’ve mo... [Read more]
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