Pop Culture in Hudson Valley

Theater Review: Legally Blonde at the Westchester Broadway Theatre, Elmsford, NY

Hudson Valley Magazine’s Poptional Reading blog reviews Legally Blonde, now showing at the Westchester Broadway Theatre (through Apr. 29, 2012)


Mad Men Returns! Season 5 Premiere Recap and Reviews

Was Mad Men’s long-anticipated return to TV worth the wait?

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The Hunger Games May Be Bigger Than Twilight; What to Do After You See It

See The Hunger Games this weekend, then read these books ASAP


TED Talks Web Site Features Videos of Locals with a Lot to Say

Poptional Reading discovers Ted Talks — and “Ted” has a lot to say


What New Movies to See in March 2012: The Hunger Games, John Carter

Catch these spring movies — including The Hunger Games and John Carter, and you won’t be disappointed


Academy Award Winners and Losers: Hudson Valley, NY, Actors Lose (and Vassar Grad Meryl Streep Wins!) Big Time at the Oscars

Poptional Reading’s recap of last night’s Oscars


Glenn Close, Rooney Mara, Aaron Sorkin Among Hudson Valley Actors Nominated for Oscars in 2012

See which Hudson Valley actors, actresses, and filmmakers have been nominated for Academy Awards


Grammy Awards 2012: Hudson Valley’s Big Winners, Plus Adele’s Performance and Jennifer Hudson’s Whitney Houston Tribute

Levon Helm, Pat Metheny, and Alan Menken take home Grammys; plus, videos of Adele’s performance and Jennifer Hudson’s tribute to Whitney Houston


The Four Super Bowl Ads You Didn’t See (But Should Have)

Poptional Reading reviews the good, the bad, and the ugly of last night’s Super Bowl ads


Westchester, NY Director Wins Award at Sundance Film Festival

Hastings-on-Hudson filmmaker Benh Zeitlin wins Sundance Festival awards for The Beasts of the Southern Wild movie


Two Upstate, NY Authors Win Honors at American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards 2012

Authors from both ends of the Valley take home top honors for their books appealing to young adults


Hudson Valley Loses at Golden Globes While HBO Documentary Paradise Lost 3 Wins Critical Acclaim

We bombed at the Golden Globes, but our HBO documentaries are going strong. Read the quick Globes recap and West Memphis 3 movie reviews


Hyde Park on Hudson Movie Stars Bill Murray as Roosevelt; Set to Premiere 2012

It’s official: FDR biopic Hyde Park on Hudson, starring Bill Murray as the iconic commander-in-chief, is our most-anticipated movie of 2012


New Girl’s Actor Max Greenfield and TV’s 2012 Season

Meet New Girl’s Max Greenfield — a Westchester native — and preview the 2012 TV season


The 10 Biggest References to the Hudson Valley, NY, in Pop Culture, Music, and Movies in 2011

Poptional Reading delivers the biggest references to our region in 2011


Movie Reviews: What Movies to See Over the Christmas Holiday

Poptional Reading’s annual review of the newest 13 movies in theaters at Christmas (and who to watch them with)


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About This Blog

Marisa LaScala

Marisa LaScala
Elmsford, NY

Associate Editor Marisa LaScala joined Westchester magazine in 2003, and ever since she's blown every paycheck at the Greenburgh Multiplex. She also staunchly defends Richard Kelly, doesn't mind spoiling the endings of trashy movies you're curious about but don't want to pay to see, wishes the Hold Steady would come back and rock out Westchester, misses Arrested Development more than anyone can imagine, and still watches cartoons and Saturday Night Live. You can find more of her cultural criticism at www.popmatters.com, where she is a staff writer.



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