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Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz Secret Wedding Near Stone Ridge, Ulster County (Upstate, Not NYC), NY; Arrested Development’s Jessica Walter (Lucille Bluth) in Pound Ridge, NY

Daniel Craig (Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace) and Rachel Weisz (The Mummy, The Constant Gardener) secretly marry near Weisz’s farmhouse near Stone Ridge, NY


A Visit from the Goon Squad: Jennifer Egan’s Pulitzer Prize Winning Book Comes to Westchester, NY

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jennifer Egan brings the Goon Squad to Westchester


Tony Awards 2011: Big Hudson Valley Winners (and Losers) in this Year’s Best Musicals

Find out which Hudson Valley actors went home beaming (or bawling) from this weekend’s Tony Awards PLUS: Video of Neil Patrick Harris’ Tonys dance number


We’re Not in Westchester Anymore, Toto: X-Men Movie Confuses Westchester with England

X-Men: First Class takes place in Westchester County, New York. But you wouldn’t know it, based on the architecture


Summer Movie Reviews: The Hangover 2, Bridesmaids, Jumping the Broom, Something Borrowed

Memorial Day weekend was all about wedding movies


Arianna Huffington of Huffington Post Delivers Graduation Commencement Speech at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY

Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington’s advice to Sarah Lawrence College graduates at this year’s commencement ceremony


I’m Zack! Westchester’s Zachary Freiman Bar Mitzvah Video a YouTube Viral Sensation

Irvington is très chic! Star of the “I’m Zack!” YouTube video, Zachary Freiman, took a lot of flack when it came to putting himself online. Was it worth it?


Summer Movie Reviews: Mel Gibson, Jessica Alba, and Harper Lee on the Valley’s Silver Screen

Mel Gibson’s The Beaver, Jessica Alba’s An Invisible Sign, and Mary Murphy’s biopic Hey Boo, about To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee, all have ties to the Hudson Valley


Bin Laden Dead? Obama Birth Certificate? Donald Trump Trumped? Forget It: The Royal Wedding is Where It’s At

The biggest atrocity in headlines today is not Donald’s running mouth or President Obama’s birth certificate


Royal Wedding Mania: Kate Middleton and Prince William vs. Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky

With Prince William and Kate Middleton’s nuptials this week, we couldn’t help but compare the royal wedding to our own famous newlyweds


Henry’s Crime Film Review: Sad Keanu No More?

Keanu Reeves’ new flick, Henry’s Crime, was shot locally in Tarrytown, NY. See what Poptional Reading thought of it


Mildred Pierce in Peekskill: Kate Winslet Films in Hollywood on the Hudson (VIDEO)

Peekskill in Westchester County is transformed into 1930s Hollywood for Kate Winslet’s latest series, Mildred Pierce


Singin’ in the Rain

Poptional Reading reviews Singin’ in the Rain, now playing at Westchester Broadway Theatre


The Creepiest DVD Commentary Ever

If a movie about a suspected killer featured said suspect on its commentary track... would you listen to it?


Trump for President

Would you vote for Donald Trump for president?


Help in the Pacific

Instead of buying a movie ticket this week, Poptional Reading suggests you give your dollars to one of these causes to support the earthquake and tsunami relief efforts in Japan


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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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