Female sommeliers have competed in the annual Iron Sommelier Competition for years, but last night marked the first time that one has taken home one of the major award categories. Vanessa Treviño-Boyd of 60 Degrees Mastercrafted scored the Best Presentation award last night. She succeeded in the in ... More >>
Rom-coms used to be a cash cow — and wildly popular with audiences. What happened?
It's little surprise many famous movie scenes involve food; there's a certain pleasure in watching characters eat the foods we enjoy in real life or grapple with familiar challenges of cooking, say, lobsters. But have you ever been watching a film and someone mentions a food you've never hear of? O ... More >>
Playing evil is more fun than playing good anyway, right?
The folks over at Exxon Mobil's Baytown refinery were facing a possible Norma Rae situation last week when local United Steelworkers representatives threatened a strike if the Exxon people didn't put in the health and safety provisions they'd asked for in their contracts. Local USW rep Rich "Hoot" ... More >>
On March 5, 1963, country singers Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas, and Hawkshaw Hawkins died in a plane crash near Camden, Tennesee, about 90 miles west of Nashville. Around 6:20 p.m., their Piper Comanche PA-24 aircraft slammed into the ground, killing everyone on board instantly and leaving a six-foot-d ... More >>
The University of Houston mounts Bertolt Brecht’s most famous play — and stays true to his intent.
They don't call Madonna the Material Girl for nothing. She's definitely a self-promoter when it comes to her music. Better yet, when she does this, it's never the same advertised persona. Take, for example, when she first came onto MTV and performed "Like A Virgin" at the 1985 VMAs versus her perce ... More >>
By now you have all seen this year's Oscar nominations, released yesterday, in Beverly Hills, California. Nine films were nominated for Best Picture, including Hugo, Moneyball, War Horse, The Artist, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, The Help, Midnight in Paris and The Tree of Life. Fun stuff, espe ... More >>
Margaret Thatcher as victimized woman in The Iron Lady.
You know the drill: the fall movie season starts today, my pretties (my review of Contagion will be up soon...there's a reason it didn't make the preview). Yesterday we covered the first half of 2011's most anticipated upcoming releases, determined through a rigorous scientific analysis consi ... More >>
We are only less than three hours out from bringing you live-blogging coverage, right here, of this year's Academy Awards, and we are more than excited to take you through the night for every win, loss, awful dress, awesome dress, foible, and foul-up Hollywood throws our way.
Whos afraid of Virginia Woolf? Virginia, for one.
Big NightIt's really freaking hot outside, in case you hadn't noticed. And when it's really freaking hot, we get really freaking lazy (more so than usual) and we want to watch movies. Lots of them. In succession. Trouble is, movie theaters are crazy-expensive and this summer's movie lineup ... More >>
After Julie Powell's online rendezvous with Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking, everyone started talking about Child's Beef Bourguignon. Before Powell, and then Meryl Streep, breathed life back into this traditional French beef stew, only professional chefs and skilled cooks ha ... More >>
Warning: Includes flagrant use of marijuana by old(er) peopleOut today on DVD is the Meryl Streep/Steve Martin/Alec Baldwin triangle It's Complicated by writer/director Nancy Meyers (Something's Gotta Give and The Holiday). Actually the story isn't very complicated at all. Jane (Streep) is a woma ... More >>
Nancy Meyers can't keep making the same movie over and over again.
Wes Anderson brings his Wes Anderson-ness to animation — and it's a fantastic fit.
O, mamma mia, the rain in Spain has 76 trombones
In praise of the Julia half of Julie & Julia.
This is one football game that made history on and off the field
Things get creepy at the CAMH
So I get the fact that this new movie Doubt starring Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman is really supposed to be about faith and trust and, well, doubt (duh), but am I the only one who is totally and completely freaked out by the trailer / commercials and the image of Meryl as a mean, nasty nun ... More >>
Thank you for the music, but your movie's kinda drab.
Judd Apatow's pretty good year and much more
The odd upside of Robert Redford's terribly earnest, quite terrible war drama
It's not torture, but this latest Mideast thriller's as conventional as they come. We're (water) bored. (Sorry.)
Chick-flick genre to Evening: Why you gotta make us look bad?
The Devil Wears Prada slaps the latest duds on an infamous fashion editor
All talk and little action, The Interpreter doesn't even make sense
Jim Carrey is in fine form, but the rest of Snicket is less fortunate
Demme's Candidate overhaul goes for the knowing giggle
The idiots what brung you Dumb and Dumber ain't funny no more
Streep, Moore and Kidman reveal that it's sad to be sad
Maudlin Music hardly matches the Craven image
Lughnasa stumbles in the leap from play to motion picture
Strife stirs relatives in the sentimental One True Thing
Striptease captures the essence of Carl Hiaasen's darkly funny novel
Before and After asks: When a son's accused of a crime, what do you do?
Two new romances approach doomed passion, as seen at different ages and stages
Move aside Sly and Arnold, Meryl's gone muscular