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St. Patrick’s Day Films?

I love holiday-themed movies. So when I sat down to compose a list of St. Patrick's Day films, I was surprised to find that I couldn't think of any...

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Arrested Development: Trailer, Netflix, and the Culture of Binge-Watching

Arrested Development’s entire fourth season will be released on Netflix in two weeks. Are you ready?


The Great Gatsby: For Further Reading

Before you see Baz Luhrmann’s take on The Great Gatsby (starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan), check out these other versions of the story, a photo tour of Long Island mansions, and more


Why You Should Be Reading the Scouting NY Blog

A NYC-based film location scout discovers the gem that is the Rockland County Psychiatric Center


Theater Review: Guys and Dolls at the Westchester Broadway Theatre

Poptional Reading reviews Guys and Dolls, now playing at Westchester Broadway Theatre


Theater Review: Matilda The Musical

Matilda makes the move to Broadway


Stephen Apkon, Executive Director of the Jacob Burns Film Center, On His New Book

We chatted with the JBFC’s executive director about his new tome, The Age of Image: Redefining Literacy in a World of Screens


Gimme the Loot Movie (and Its Ties to Westchester)

Gimme the Loot, a film about two graffiti artists waging war on Mets fans, has ties to Pleasantville’s Jacob Burns Film Center


Actress Vera Farmiga Plays the Mother You Always Dreaded in A&E's New Series "Bates Motel"

Ulster County resident and actress Vera Farmiga ("Up in the Air") stars as Mrs. Bates in the pre-Psycho series, Bates Motel


The Power of Kickstarter: Veronica Mars Movie in the Works

Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas (with a little help from Matchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas) raises enough cash through Kickstarter to fund the long-awaited movie


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?


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


Oscars 2013: Local Winners and Losers

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


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


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


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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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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