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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


Captain America: The First Avenger (Movie Review)

Poptional Reading reviews Chris Evans’ latest flick, Captain America: The First Avenger


Post Harry Pottercalypse: Now that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is Over, What Do We Obsess Over Now? (Twilight?)

Harry Potter has left the building. (So, what now?)


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two: Five Things You Need to Know (WARNING: Spoiler Video Clips)

The five things you need to know before Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 premieres this Friday


Snooki, Deena, Pauly D, Ronnie, and Jersey Shore Cast Spotted at Seaside Heights, NJ

The Princess of Poughkeepsie, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, and her Jersey Shore castmates spotted by Hudson Valley Magazine over July 4th weekend in Seaside Heights, NJ


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


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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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