Pop Culture in Hudson Valley

The Yellow Brick Road Leads to... Peekskill?

As Oz the Great and Powerful hits theaters, we ask: was the Yellow Brick Road inspired by Peekskill?

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New Sleepy Hollow TV Series Stars Tom Mison

A new TV series about Ichabod Crane — and our beloved spooky town of Sleepy Hollow — is in the works for the small screen

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Oscars 2013: Local Winners and Losers

See how the Valley’s local nominees fared in this year’s Academy Awards

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Oscars 2013: Short Animation "Paperman" Directed by Cornwall Native John Kahrs

Directed by Cornwall Native John Kahrs, the animated short "Paperman" gets an Oscars nod

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Grammys 2013: Local Winners Include Jimmy Fallon, Danger Mouse, and Producer Dean Jones

Local producers, a comedian, and a late folk-rock musician are all honored at the 2013 Grammy Awards

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Best (and Worst) Super Bowl Commercials of 2013

What were your favorite (or least favorite) Super Bowl ads this year? Also, never mind the Ravens — Twitter wins the Super Bowl

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American Library Association Youth Media Awards 2013: Winners and Local Honorable Mentions

Hudson Valley authors and illustrators receive honors at the American Library Association Youth Media Awards

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TV Series Review: The Following on Fox

Kevin Bacon’s new series, The Following, was filmed locally — and it premieres tonight

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Golden Globes 2013: No Local Winners? Time for the Oscars!

Poptional Reading ignores the Golden Globes in favor of local Oscar nominations

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Meagan Hester of Hartsdale Competes on SyFy Channel's Face Off Reality TV Show

We sat down with makeup artist and Westchester resident Meagan Hester, competitor on Syfy’s Face Off TV show

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New Year's 2013: Six Unusual Renditions of "Auld Lang Syne" (VIDEOS)

Know the words? Check out these cool (and some not-so-cool) versions of New Year’s Eve’s favorite theme, “Auld Lang Syne”

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The Best Christmas and Holiday Movies for 2012

Heading out this holiday season? Make sure you catch one of these hot flicks

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The Best (and Worst) Christmas and Holiday Music for 2012

Poptional Reading reviews this year’s Christmas music

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Movie Reviews: Hyde Park on Hudson, Starring Bill Murray, Gets Low Marks

Are the lukewarm reactions to Bill Murray’s Hyde Park on Hudson justified?

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Local Singer Carly Rose Sonenclar of Mamaroneck Advances to X Factor's Top Six

One of our local singers is moving on up in The X Factor’s reality singing competition

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Top Movies This Weekend: Silver Linings Playbook and Life of Pi

Two flicks directed by Valley locals — Silver Linings Playbook and Life of Pi — vie for top spots at the box office

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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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