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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


TV Series Review: The Following on Fox

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


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

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


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


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”


The Best Christmas and Holiday Movies for 2012

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


The Best (and Worst) Christmas and Holiday Music

Poptional Reading reviews this year’s Christmas music


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?


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


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


Twilight's Breaking Dawn Part 2 Dominates, But Lincoln Movie Hits Closer to Home

Watch Steven Spielberg’s biopic Lincoln, then visit these nearby landmarks


New Movies 2012: What to See Over Thanksgiving Break (And Who to Watch Them With)

From Skyfall to The Silver Linings Playbook, check out these nine new flicks perfect for the Thanksgiving break


The Sisterhood of the Traveling Weddings: Celebrity Weddings of Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, Amber Tamblyn and David Cross, and America Ferrera and Ryan Piers Williams All Have Hudson Valley Connection

Stars of the film The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants sure love living (or tying the knot) in Upstate New York


The Best Halloween-Themed Articles, Photos, and Roundups on the Web

Looking for a good read this Halloween? Try these spooky articles from ’round the Web


Movie Reviews: Best and Worst Halloween Movies of 2012

Poptional Reading ranks the best Halloween movies of 2012: House at the End of the Street, Hotel Transylvania, Frankenweenie, V/H/S, Sinister, and Paranormal Activity 4


New Movies 2012: House of Dark Shadows and Night of Dark Shadows Filmed at Lyndhurst in Tarrytown

Filmed at Lyndhurst in Tarrytown, two spooky flicks — House of Dark Shadows and Night of Dark Shadows — are now available on Blu-Ray


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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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