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Remembering Alan Rickman in His Best Literary Film Roles

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It’s been a rough week for art and culture. Alan Rickman, beloved veteran of the stage and screen, passed away early January 14, 2016, just days after the similarly shocking passing of rock god David Bowie. Rickman, whose trademark sonorous voice was scientifically proven to be one of the most perfect voices on the planet, was known for a multitude of film roles, most notably Professor Snape in the Harry Potter movies. Other well-known characters he played include Die Hard’s snarky villain Hans Gruber, Love Actually‘s Harry, who it was just recently revealed, did in fact have an affair with his secretary (boooo!), Galaxy Quest’s sarcastic Shakespearean-trained sci-fi actor Alexander Dane, and ghost-boyfriend Jamie from Truly Madly Deeply. However, some of…

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Bucket List: Attending Mario Batali’s Jets + Chefs Tailgate

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I recently came across the event posting for Jets + Chefs: The Ultimate Tailgate hosted by Mario Batali and Joe Namath and I’m jumping up and down like I’m 4 years old again, yelling, “I wanna go! I wanna go!” Now many of you may be asking, “WHY? It’s the Jets.” Well, let me tell you. I’m a born-and-raised New York Jets fan. Surprising, right? Alas, we are still out there. And some of my fondest memories are from tailgating with my dad, uncle and cousins in the MetLife Stadium parking lot, what used to be The Meadowlands (personally, I liked that name better) in East Rutherford, NJ. There was nothing better than the camaraderie that you felt walking around talking with all of…

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Holiday movies for the rest of us

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Chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Jack Frost nipping at your nose… In the words of my favorite 80’s cartoon character, gag me with a silver spoon. This is the time of year that radio and television stations bombard the citizenry with all things Christmas. Santa Claus, Frosty, Rudolph and sweet baby Jesus rule the airwaves from the day after Thanksgiving until New Year’s Day. (We shall not discuss those radio stations that started playing Christmas carols BEFORE Thanksgiving. There is a special place for people like you.) Like family dinners, with all that is awesome about the holiday season there is bound to be some funkiness. In this case, it’s a (less than) surprising lack of diversity in what…

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