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She's Funny That Way features an all-star cast lead by romantic comedy veterans Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston

She’s Funny That Way features an all-star cast lead by romantic comedy veterans Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston

Genre: Comedy
Directed by:
Peter Bogdanovich
Starring:
Owen Wilson, Imogen Poots, Kathryn Hahn, Will Forte, Rhys Ifans, Jennifer Aniston
Released by:
Lagniappe Films, Lionsgate Home Entertainment, Grindstone Entertainment Group
Run Time: 1h 31 min
Year:
2015

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By Alain Gayot


“She’s Funny That Way” is a madcap throwback to the screwball ensemble comedies of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Continue reading “She’s Funny That Way – Movie Review” »



Sweet and savory snacks accompany tea service at the Grand Hotel

Sweet and savory snacks accompany tea service at the Grand Hotel

by Patricia Mack


This is the tea party I only imagined when I was a little girl pouring make-believe orange pekoe for Teddy Bear and dollies, all of whom sat politely at my tiny table. And I, Grand Lady that I imagined myself to be, Mom’s Easter hat flopping over my brow, never spilled a drop.

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Tom Cruise reprises his role at secret agent Ethan Hunt in "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation"

Tom Cruise reprises his role at secret agent Ethan Hunt in “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation”

Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Directed by:
Christopher McQuarrie
Starring:
Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Alec Baldwin
Released by:
Paramount Pictures, Skydance Productions, TC Productions
Run Time: 2h 11 min
Year:
2015

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By Alain Gayot


Daredevil secret agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) takes on his most dangerous assignment yet in “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.” Continue reading ““Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” – Movie Review” »



Unwanted!

on July 16th, 2015
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Jul

Abundance and Abandonment in Ventimiglia

The beautiful city of Ventimiglia is a popular summer destination for tourists  on the French Riviera, but it's also a harsh setting for migrants

The old border city of Ventimiglia is a destination for shoppers on the Italian Riviera, but it’s also a harsh setting for migrants

 

by André Gayot

 

Ventimiglia, a dismal Italy-France border little town, rarely makes it to the front page of the newspapers. Still, this Italian destination attracts huge crowds each Friday to its colorful seaside market, crumbling under a mont of charcuterie on top of which reigns the tasty San Daniele ham, above salamis, cheeses, pastas of all description, fruits, vegetables, garments, hand bags and shoes.
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Ethiopian Airlines' Dreamliner

Ethiopian Airlines’ Dreamliner

Saturday June 20, 2015 marks the inaugural Ethiopian Airlines flight from Addis Ababa to Los Angeles with a stopover in Dublin. This celebrates a momentous occasion for the fast growing airline ( and already the largest in Africa) since it is the first direct service connecting Africa to the West Coast of the United States. 

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Elizabeth Blau, a restaurateur and culinary queen. Photo credit: Bill Milne

Elizabeth Blau, a restaurateur and culinary queen

 

By Robert Barnes


Elizabeth Blau began her career with famed restaurateur Sirio Maccioni. Widely credited with transforming Las Vegas into a world-class culinary destination, she was instrumental in building the gourmet repertoire at several MGM Mirage properties, at Wynn Las Vegas and at the Palms with celebrity chef Kerry Simon.

Continue reading “A Q&A with Elizabeth Blau: One of Las Vegas’ Most Respected Culinary Visionaries” »



100 Things for Every Gearhead to Do Before They Die

By Jason Fogelson

(Reedy Press, LLC, 2015)

 

 

100 Things For Every Gearhead to Do Before They Die

Jason Fogelson’s new book is a grand bucket list for gearheads


Automobile aficionados must add this book to their collection. Although the Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition of “gearhead” can be broad, the word means “a person who is very interested in mechanical and technical things (such as cars and computers),” t
he book will appeal to anyone who’s somewhat interested in automobiles, motorcycles, their history, how they are made and where you can see them perform.

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Jun

Ladies' Final during Wimbledon 2014

Ladies’ Final during Wimbledon 2014


The world’s best tennis players will soon gather in London to compete in the world’s oldest tennis tournament. The Championships, Wimbledon is being conducted at the All England Club in Wimbledon, London, where it has been held since 1877.


If you can’t make it there to enjoy strawberries and cream at Centre Court, you can catch the action on the Tennis Channel series Wimbledon Primetime, which offers seven nightly hours of original Wimbledon programming beginning June 29. The first four-hour edition each night will include three hours of on-court stories and encore match coverage, followed by an hour of fast-paced highlights and interviews. This will be followed immediately by a second edition with three entirely new hours of the day’s best tennis, before the concluding catch-up hour. Moreover, the program will run every night of the tournament, through the final on Sunday, July 12.

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Cocktails: Fancy & Delicious Recipes for all Tastes

By Eliq Maranik

(H.F. Ullmann, 2013)

Cocktails: Fancy and Delicious Recipes for all Tastes

Cocktails: Fancy and Delicious Recipes for all Tastes


What’s summer without cocktails? Well, any time of the year is a good time for a stiff mixed drink, but rising mercury really puts us in the mood for Mojitos and Mai Tais.


If you’re a cocktail aficionado, it’s likely you already know how to mix a stand-up dry Martini. But why not ramp up your bartender repertoire with the creative concoctions in Cocktails – Fancy and Delicious Recipes for all Tastes? From a girly Pink Summer to a manly Hemingway Special or seductive Blackberry Bellini, simple recipes in this new book cover long drinks, short drinks, frozen ones, shooters and more.

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Roger Vergé

Roger Vergé presenting artistically prepared dishes


Renowned French chef Roger Vergé passed away at his home in Mougins, France on June 5. He was 85.


Vergé was best known as one of the founding fathers of the cooking style nouvelle cuisine (cuisine of the sun), a term coined by Henri Gault, Christian Millau and André Gayot at GaultMillau/GAYOT Publications in the early ’70s. The style takes elements of French cooking and emphasizes fresh and flavorful ingredients presented in simple but artfully prepared dishes.

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