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The Valley’s Own USS Enterprise

Wish you were a part of Star Trek’s crew? No problem: The USS Enterprise is actually docked in... Westchester

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Movies to Avoid to Keep Your Peace of Mind

If thinking about H1N1 makes your blood pressure rise, here are some movies to steer clear of. Take them off the Netflix queue, put the boxes back on the shelves, or change the channel to avoid full-on plague paranoia.


Does Madlyn Primoff Deserve Her Place in Pop Culture?

Before everyone panicked over the swine flu, it seemed that the world was freaking out over Valley resident Madlyn Primoff...

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One of the Valley’s Funniest Alums

I went Upright Citizens Brigade Theater this past Sunday, and left with my sides hurting as usual. But one of the improvisers made me laugh more than the rest...


We Have a Winner!

A couple weeks ago, I announced a contest in conjunction with the release of the movie Sunshine Cleaning. I challenged readers to tell me their most hilarious cleaning-related mishaps. So, while you're in the midst of scouring, scrubbing, and sanitizing your home, you can tell yourself that life isn't so bad — at least you're not dealing with a situation like one of these...


Theatre Review: Funny Girl

I sat down for last week’s opening-night performance of Funny Girl at the Westchester Broadway Theatre...


Three Rules for Turning Kids’ Books into Movies

Nothing is more worrisome to me than the prospect of one of my favorite childhood memories being chewed up and spit out by the Hollywood machine. For me, based only on the trailers, Where the Wild Things Are looks like it’s really going to nail it, and poor Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs looks like frozen leftovers


Contest! Free Stuff! And a Little Spring Cleaning

In honor of Amy Adams's unusual profession as owner of a crime-scene cleanup business, we're giving away an awesome gift basket full of Method cleaning products. I don't know about you, but to me saving forty bucks on cleaning products means I can spend more money on movie tickets.


The Valley Tweets

If brevity is the soul of wit, then Twitter must be the wittiest thing on the Internet

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March Movie Madness

Usually, the best movies of the year are crowded into two short windows: May through July (for big, summer blockbusters), and October through December (for smart, worthy awards movies). This month is an exception.


Oscar Redux

So the Oscars went down last night. How do you think they stacked up?


How to Win Your Oscar Pool

Oscar pools are tough: You need to measure the buzz to figure out which categories are sure things, who has the momentum to pull an upset, and what the heck is nominated for the short subjects. Here, we take you through the ballot, starting with the trickier categories.


Everybody Get Together

From arguing about the rankings of the greatest movies of all time — AFI, you call that a list? — to engaging in the age-old Ginger vs. Mary Ann debate, pop culture is useless unless it brings people together. Nothing gets the creative juices flowing for me like poring over every aspect of cultural minutiae


Oh, the Horror!

January is tricky for movie studios. They all released their awards-bait films in December, hoping that a just-under-the-wire release will help their Oscar nomination chances. Now in January, with these prestige movies still in theaters, they don’t want to compete with themselves, but they don't want to leave holes in the release schedule. So, what's left? Horror movies.


Kara DioGuardi's First Week on American Idol

American Idol is still a ratings juggernaut but, after seven years, the Goliath is not as mighty as it once was. So, in order to shake things up a bit, the show's producers called one of our own. Enter new fourth-judge Kara DioGuardi, daughter of former Congressman Joseph DioGuardi, who was born in Scarsdale, grew up in New Rochelle, and attended the Masters School in Dobbs Ferry.


Obama's Inaugural Poet and Our Local Press

When President-Elect Barack Obama finishes his inaugural speech on January 20, don't jump off the couch and turn off the TV set. He's chosen poet Elizabeth Alexander — who recently published a chapbook with the Hudson Valley Writers' Center's Slapering Hol Press — to read a new work after his speech. He's a tough act to follow, and she actually might be up to the challenge

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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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