The Saturday Night Live short, Christmastime for the Jews, pretty much summed up what happened in my household growing up. On December 25, as most of my friends stayed home for a family dinner, my parents drove the whole mishpocheh to Chinatown for an elaborate (and in those days exotic), dinner bef ... More >>
In many ways, 2011 was a great one for movies. Some really good films came out this year -- some that broke the mold and swirled genres together in unprecedented ways. Several icons of the movie world made remarkable contributions that should be mentioned at the year's close. On the other hand, y ... More >>
We've gone all verklempt. What a treat! Woody Allen, one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, will be visiting Miami Beach on the first day of Hanukkah. To think, of all the cities in the world, Allen and his New Orleans Jazz Band chose ours to kick off the Festival of Lights with a sp ... More >>
StoliStolichnaya, the famous Russian vodka, is hunting for the next Stoli Original. The theme: "Would You Have a Drink With You?" To win, all you have to do is submit an audition tape online. The public will then vote on which video has the most "flavor." The winner will be announced on December ... More >>
If the term "folkloric deconstruction" leaves you scratching your head or, worse yet, picturing a foreign knock-off of late-model Woody Allen featuring loincloth and headdress, you probably haven't had the opportunity to catch LA-based electro outfit Palenke Soultribe. Comprised of producers Juan ... More >>
Catherine Keener has played the smart, neurotic gal in so many indie flicks, we assumed she was born in the land of Woody Allen -- New York City. But the actress was actually born and raised right here in Miami. She's a graduate of Hialeah's Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll High School. (We voted ... More >>
On paper, unsettling auteur Todd Solondz's latest flick, Life During Wartime, is a bizarre proposition. It's a sequel, of sorts, to his 1999 calling card, Happiness, with characters from his breakout film, Welcome to the Dollhouse, thrown in. Except every role is recast or, in s ... More >>
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