Did you know the original candy cane was straight and completely white? And apparently, the beloved Christmas sweet is over 350 years old. Apparently, its shape was bent in the late 1600s by a choirmaster at a cathedral in Cologne, Germany to mimic that of a shepherd’s staff and were given to children after nativity services. This tradition made its way from Europe to America. Again, Germany claim
By Shahnaz Mahmud on Dec 25, 2014
As far as holiday traditions go, watching “It’s a Wonderful Life” is no doubt among the best of them. I started this in-cinema experience tradition for myself, my family and friends four years ago due to the grace of the IFC Center near Greenwich Village in downtown New York. Somehow, though I’ve seen it a million and one times on the television growing up in Connecticut, no matter how much I know
By Shahnaz Mahmud on Dec 25, 2014
Stephen Colbert is dead. Long live Stephen Colbert. Thursday, Colbert recorded his 1,447th and final episode of The Colbert Report, saying goodbye to the character that has come to epitomize him for close to a decade now. The Colbert Report was the perfect accompaniment to Jon Stewart’s antics on The Daily Show, led by the character of Stephen Colbert, an arrogant, right-wing commentator who was a
By Gregory Wakeman on Dec 20, 2014
One of my all-time famous movies of yesteryear is the timeless Gone with the Wind. How could you not be swept away by the romance, the drama, Rhett Butler and of course, the beautiful and talented Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara? And don’t even get me started on the costumes that were worn in this great movie that is celebrating 75 years. When I heard that the green-and-white dress worn by Leigh t
By Debbie L. Sklar on Dec 19, 2014
It’s been a rather depressing few weeks for the movie industry. Websites haven’t been populated with stories about The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies or Exodus: Gods And Kings — instead the world has become engrossed by the hacking of Sony. At first the story was a tad amusing. But then the revelations started to be released on a daily basis. Private remarks re
By Gregory Wakeman on Dec 19, 2014
On Dec. 17, 1989, The Simpsons aired its very first episode. On Dec. 7, 2014, it aired its 561st. That shouldn’t be possible. A television show simply shouldn’t be so dense with character, humor and affection. However, The Simpsons isn’t a normal television show. In fact, despite enduring its fair share of barren spells, it is still the greatest television show of all time. Not just the greatest a
By Gregory Wakeman on Dec 18, 2014
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