09Jan

My Must-See’s January 2017

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  As a lover of all things culture, I am so loving what I’m seeing on the big screen and small screen these days, as well as the stages. I’ve been spending the cold winter mainly under a blanket on the couch binge watching streaming TV shows, some network, while also getting myself back into the gym (New Year’s Resolution, what can I say?) and back into reading books again, something I lost sight of in 2016. Nonetheless, I am so in love with what I’ve been seeing that I think I shall start a new “Must-See” column. Here is the first of my Read More

02Jan

A Monster Calls: Interviews with the Cast & Crew

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Liam Neeson and Lewis MacDougall are two of the stars of the ensemble drama A Monster Calls, an absorbing, beautiful film that tackles the pain of loss and isolation. I recently had the opportunity to sit down with them, as well as screenwriter Patrick Ness and director JA Bayona. I came out of the interviews with one clear piece of knowledge: that every single member of the cast and crew truly loves the tale. Working on this film was both a work of labor and passion for each and everyone, so it was truly a pleasure to talk to each one about their Read More

18Dec

Film Review: A Monster Calls

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When I was invited to screen the new film A Monster Calls, I knew very little about it. As the film started, I worried for a moment that I was out of my element in viewing the film. After all, I'm not a fan of horror movies and given its name, clearly I was in for something in that category. I was both right and wrong. A Monster Calls is a beautiful story that does its have its share of monsters, one in particular, but more importantly, it's about a boy and his mom. She's dying of cancer, and he left to pick up the pieces, as he realizes there is Read More

16Dec

Coming Soon to Netflix: “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events”

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This week the tween and I headed to a preview of the new Netflix series "Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events" at the New York Public Library. Based on the best-selling novels by Daniel Handler, the show stars Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf, who mistakenly becomes the guardian to three young children after their parents die in a fire. He hatches a plan to steal their inheritances and must don a seemingly endless array of disguises to do so. We met Handler who personally signed his book for us. The author told my daughter I was highly Read More

14Dec

Review: The Illusionists on Broadway

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The last month has been hard for me. With the election turning out the way it did (sorry, Trump supporters), I've been in a bit of a fog. During a time like this, magic helps, believing in the impossible. So, a night out at the Palace Theater to see The Illusionists: Turn of the Century was probably just what the doctor ordered. It's good entertainment, mixed with a bit of magic and a lot of wonder asking myself over and over again "how did they do that?" The show has a Vegas edge, but it's really a throwback to magic shows from the turn of the Read More

19Nov

A Visit to the Gilmore Girls Set: A Year in the Life Return

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Six months ago I got an invitation from Netflix to visit Stars Hollow.  Yes, THAT Stars Hollow. Needless to say, I was delighted as I headed to the Gilmore Girls set. The trip would be a whirl-wind trip to L.A., but I was a massive fan when the show aired 16 years ago and even more of one once I had kids. The snappy dialogue, the pop culture references, the relationships, the characters - created by the brilliant Amy Sherman-Palladino and her husband, Dan - it all had me at "hello".  I loved following the dynamics between a mother-daughter duo and Read More

28Oct

A Fight for the Truth in “Denial”

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I'll never forget the day I first learned about the Holocaust. The reform synagogue on Atlanta's Peachtree Street where I went to Sunday School showed part of the documentary Shoah. I had never seen anything quite like the horror I experienced that day and my life was changed forever. It was clear that a devastating crime had been committed against the Jewish people, my people. Six million members of my family had been brutally taken for the world for no reason other than being Jewish. In the 1990s when I was in college down south, Professor Deborah Read More

17Oct

Movies I’ve Been Streaming

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Fall generally brings not only a new slate of movies, and I've been so impressed by the selection across the platforms. Here a few of my favorites: Over on Amazon and iTunes, they're offering Captain Fantastic, an indie I caught at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema in the East Village this past summer. My husband and I literally walked in to the theater and just discovered the film and decided to see it, and it blew us both away. It's about a man who raises their parents in the woods and is forced to bring them back into society after his wife dies. His Read More

07Oct

Giveaway: Lin-Manuel Miranda Hosts Original Mary Poppins at Iconic United Palace Theatre

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I've been wanting to go to the United Palace Theatre in Washington Heights for a long, long time. I've literally had it marked in my diary several times, particularly when Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda used to host a Sunday film series of classic films, but I never made it. Fortune has it that before Miranda relocates to London to shoot "Mary Poppins Returns," he is hosting a screening of the original film that starred the legendary Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. He continues his longstanding support of movies at the United Palace in Washington Read More

15Sep

On Seeing “Bridget Jones’s Baby” and Meeting the Women Behind the Movie

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I read Bridget Jones's Diary during a pivotal period of my life: my 20's. I related to Bridget in so many ways. We were both single city girls who could hardly balance a check book yet alone keep a job. We both worked in media - she worked in publishing, I worked in television. We both had quirky friends and loved our city lives, hers in London, mine in NYC. We both kept diaries (I really did!) about our love lives. We both screwed things up and made rather clumsy mistakes with men. I wore platform shoes, she wore mile high heels and short skirts. At the Read More