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Movie Preview: What Movies to See Over Thanksgiving Weekend

Twihards, Muppeteers, and George Clooney fans, here’s your holiday movie preview! Which ones will you see (or steer clear of)?


Movie Review: Christmas and Holiday Flicks (And Whatever Happened to Thanksgiving)

It’s (almost) the most wonderful time of the year — holiday movie time! Poptional Reading ponders why Turkey Day is on the chopping block; plus, reviews of A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, Tower Heist, Puss in Boots, and more


Westchester County Urban Legend of Buckout Road in White Plains/West Harrison, NY, to Become Movie Directed By 90210 Actor Jason Priestley

Learn the tales of Westchester’s most famous haunted street — Buckout Road


Movie Review: Martha Marcy May Marlene Film Starring Elizabeth Olsen Set in Catskills, NY and Connecticut; Questions Ways of Life

Psychological thriller Martha Marcy May Marlene pits fictional cult-living in the Catskills against a life of luxury in Connecticut


Yonkers, NY Rapper Outasight Featured in Pepsi Pop Commercial During The X Factor

Westchester County rapper Outasight was featured in Pepsi’s commercial during The X Factor premiere — did you hear it?


ABC’s New TV Show “Suburgatory” Can Go to Hell for Playing Up Westchester Stereotypes, Critics Say

A new TV series, Suburgatory, labels Westchesterites as nosy, unfaithful, pink track suit-wearing snobs


Theater Review: My Fair Lady at the Westchester Broadway Theatre, Elmsford, NY

Hudson Valley Magazine’s Poptional Reading blog reviews My Fair Lady, now showing at the Westchester Broadway Theatre (through Nov. 27, 2011 and Dec. 28, 2011-Jan. 29, 2012)


Movie Review: Moneyball (2011) Starring Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, and Philip Seymour Hoffman Vies with Lion King 3D for Top Spot, Gets Mauled

Hudson Valley locals lent their talents to Moneyball; though this year’s baseball flick hits a home run with critics, it’s only second best at the box office


Emmy Awards 2011 Recap: Winners, Losers, and Snoozers (VIDEO)

Modern Family wins a bunch of Emmys, and the Lonely Island puts on a good show. Other than that...


Brooklyn Book Festival 2011 Features Hudson Valley and Westchester County, NY, Authors

Brooklyn’s book festival features several Hudson Valley and Westchester County authors, writers, and filmmakers


Movie Review: Higher Ground Movie Starring and Directed by Actress (and Ulster County Resident) Vera Farmiga Filmed in Hudson Valley, NY

Actress Vera Farmiga’s directorial debut, Higher Ground, was shot in the Hudson Valley. Critics give us their reviews


Theater Review: Altar Boyz at the Westchester Broadway Theatre, Elmsford, NY

Hudson Valley Magazine’s Poptional Reading blog reviews Altar Boyz, now showing at the Westchester Broadway Theatre


Taconic Parkway, NY Crash: Wrong-Way Driver Diane Schuler Subject of HBO Movie There’s Something Wrong with Aunt Diane (Film Review)

Wrong-way crash in 2009 revisited in HBO movie special, There’s Something Wrong with Aunt Diane

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Kanye West and Jay-Z Rap About Pace University Football Student Danroy Henry in Murder to Excellence Song on New Album Watch the Throne

Two hip-hop superstars, Jay-Z and Kanye West, weigh in on a local tragedy in their new collaborative album, Watch the Throne


TV Hates Kara DioGuardi: American Idol Judge and Westchester Native Fights for Ratings Love

Where’s the love for former American Idol host Kara DioGuardi?


The Westchester Review Celebrates its Fifth Anniversary

The Westchester Review literary journal celebrates its fifth birthday with scheduled readings


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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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