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I can hardly believe my absence here, but I am making more of an effort to get more posts up! Though I haven’t been blogging (I’ve been focusing more on my other website), I have been watching a lot of movies and eating a lot of food, as per usual. I recently watched Birdman, The Theory of Everything, Terms of Endearment, and re-watched Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (which I swear gets funnier each time I watch it).

I also recently saw the play Constellations (photo above) with Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson. It was one of the greatest love stories I’ve seen. It showed the story of these two characters in a variety of ways, demonstrating how in different ‘universes’ we could have several encounters with one another. Our moods, circumstances, timing, location, etc. all play a role in our interactions with one another. The play explored how time is an illusion. It was thought-provoking, heartbreaking, and powerful. Also, very well acted. I was completely absorbed. And now, let’s wrap up the week with a recap…

*  Larry David is coming to Broadway.

* How movie posters survived the digital age.

* This graphic designer who made all the props for Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel did an amazing job.

* The charm of Eataly.

* What does your favorite New York City restaurant say about you?

* In NYC and want to learn how to make macarons?

What are you up to this weekend? Have a lovely one!

{Photo by Lauren}


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succulent candies at harrods

I’m back! That hiatus was a little longer than expected, but completely necessary. In that time, I’ve enjoyed a lot of good food and watched many movies, and I can’t wait to share! For example: how great is this plate of succulents, which are actually candies in disguise. They’re small, intricate, and really quite beautiful. I love discovering fun food creations; they are often found in random places and are great sources of inspiration. Now, let’s wrap up the week with a recap…

* Daily discussions of food from National Geographic.

* In-depth behind-the-scenes footage for the new movie Lucy.

* Juicy secrets from Mean Girls.

* How menus at restaurants trick you into spending more money.

* Celebrities and dinner parties. Take a listen.

* An amazing and seriously gorgeous magazine.

* This ombre donut layer cake is a cute idea.

* An ice cream that changes colors when you lick it? Cool!

* Rest in peace, Elaine Stritch. A true talent.

Have a wonderful weekend!

{Photo by Lauren}

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Chocolate Bar

I hope you all had a fantastic 4th of July! Many of you might still be enjoying your long holiday weekend. It has been a great week (not only because of it was a short work week), but because of the celebrations of independence, spending time with friends and family, and having some down time to catch up on reading, writing, or movie-watching. I’ve been re-reading Nora Ephron’s books and, as always, admiring how she wrote about common things in the most interesting ways. She’s always smart, hilarious, and genuine in her work. Hope you have some time this weekend to enjoy yourself, and for now let’s wrap up the week with a recap…

* This makes me a little sad. Definitely a ‘you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone’ moment.

* A great list of books to read before they hit the big screen. Adding some of these to my list for the Read Then Watch series.

* Tried the Dark Chocolate with Almonds Mast Brothers chocolate bar last weekend, and I felt so guilty ripping the gorgeous paper [photo above].

* 32 Signs You’re a Hollywood Assistant.

* Trying to wrap my mind around the fact that Happy Endings is officially no longer. Such a bummer.

* Loved seeing Tom Hanks in Lucky Guy, a play by the amazing Nora Ephron. I read this article before the play started, only to hear the cast cheering from behind the curtain minutes after. So cool.

* This movie, The Kings of Summer, looks really great. I’d like to see it, but I can’t find it playing in any cities near me. I’m hoping it will come out on DVD relatively soon.

* This breakfast would fill you up: Smoked Salmon Croque Madame.

* Camera lens kitchen timer. How awesome.

Have a fantastic long weekend!

{Photo by Lauren}

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caramel apple pie

Reagan love letter

If I could, I would spend the entire weekend in the movie theater. There are a lot of great movies playing that I would love to experience on the big screen. Things have been slowing down a bit, so I snuck in a couple of movies, one of which included Roman Holiday. I adore Audrey Hepburn and she did not disappoint in this film. I also ate my first real pie this week. I would usually have bites of pie here and there, but I finished my own mini-pie (twice) with a huge scoop of ice cream and I am officially hooked. But before I go on and on about pie, let’s wrap up the week with a recap…

* Tom Hanks was nominated for his first Tony Award!

* I adore these Moby measuring cups.

* Japanese whisky is rising in popularity.

* Amazing caramel apple pie before dinner is always a good idea [1st photo].

* Making a trip to the theater this weekend, but since there are so many great movies out, it’s hard to decide which one to see.

* Visited the Reagan Foundation and adored seeing this love letter Ronald Regan wrote to his wife, Nancy [2nd photo]. There was also an awesome Disney exhibit (which has now closed, unfortunately).

* This weekend I’ll be re-reading The Great Gatsby in anticipation of the movie, The Great Gatsby, that comes out next Friday. I can’t wait to see it. On the topic of Zelda, I thought this article was quite interesting.

{Photos by Lauren}

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Wrapping up the week with a recap…

· So excited to see Woody Allen’s new movie, To Rome with Love. I wrote a 25 page paper on him last semester – I’m kind of a fan.

· When I am in need of a pick-me-up, I turn to my favorite scenes from Oklahoma! Here’s one of them.

· Finally finished The Film That Changed My Life. Summer reading is well on its way.

· One Tony Award YouTube video led to another…and I stumbled across this. The funniest part starts at 6:25.

· Trying to find some patriotic recipes for the 4th of July. This pie looks like a good start!

Have a productive weekend!

{photo by a dash of cinema}

From Broadway to the Big Screen

1. West Side Story | 2. Oklahoma! | 3. Chicago | 4. Mamma Mia! | 5. Rent

This week I saw a couple of Broadway shows Jesus Christ Superstar and Porgy and Bess.  I also went to the immersive theater production, Sleep No More, which I highly recommend. Halfway through Porgy and Bess, I started thinking about which Broadway shows have been turned into movies. Most of the Broadway-to-big screen movies that I’ve seen have been really great, but these ones are my favorites. It is fun to see the Broadway performances come alive on the silver screen, especially when the sets and locations are adjusted to a bigger budget. Unlike book-to-movies where I encourage reading the book before seeing the movie, I think you can watch either the Broadway show or movie first without ruining the other. What are your favorite Broadway-to-big screen movies? 

Where Every Day is Halloween

The Addams family started…in 1938 by a man named Charles Addams. Addams drew the Addams family for The New Yorker, but they were one-panel cartoons. The characters were unnamed and the story of the family didn’t fully develop until the television show began.

The television show ran from 1964 to 1966 and was shot in black and white. Due to the popularity of the television show, animated shows were made as well as feature-films, television movies, and video games. Several movies were produced in the early 90s, keeping the family legacy alive.

In 2010, the Addams family was adapted into a Broadway musical. This talented cast pulls off the grim family with a fun musical comedy that makes you wish it would never end. Currently on Broadway, Brooke Shields stars at Morticia and Roger Rees at Gomez, who took over for Bebe Neuwirth and Nathan Lane.

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