Top 5 Reasons I'm Excited 'The X-Files' is Back

The time of The X-Files return is almost upon us! The show that was one of the first to introduce me to the concept of "shipping" (wanting two characters to be in a relationship) will make a six episode return, starting later this month. ...more

How Women Are Changing the Humor in Hollywood

As the Golden Globes showed us now that awards season is underway, it is notable that female-driven comedies on the silver screen and TV are conspicuously outstanding. Hollywood mainstays like Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie & Grandma), Meryl ...more

Why the Movie 'Concussion' Made My Sons NOT Want to Play Football

My kids have wanted to play football since they were little boys, and my husband and I have always said no. We allow them access to every other sport and hobby that they love. They take dance class and play on lacrosse and basketball teams. As a ...more

Exploring the Supercute World and Cultural Import of Hello Kitty

It’s a few hours before the Hello Kitty Supercute Opening Party at the Experience Music Project, and I’m having a moment of fashion indecision: should I wear my black-framed Hello Kitty glasses, or the white-framed specs? Since I wore the white ...more

5 Book Challenges to Kick Off 2016

Reading challenges are a great way to find new books, reach goals, and remind yourself to... well... read. It's too easy to surf blogs and play games on your phone in the evening rather than picking up a good book. Joining a reading challege will ...more

Joining the Cast of the "Biggest Loser" Is My Way Out of the Darkness of Self Destruction

People have always looked up to me. I don't mean to sound self involved, but they have. I have been a class clown far before I was voted one in the school yearbook. I have marched to the beat of my own drum, and people recognize that. I appreciated the recognition, because I continuously strived to be the entertainer and fulfill something in people that they were too scared to find. But as I hit adulthood I started to realize how unfulfilled I was: spending so much time on others so that when I looked in the mirror I had too much to piece together it was overwhelming. ...more
No. I don't watch the voice.more

Like Ariel Winter, My Scars Are My Souvenirs of Life

The successful and stunning Ariel Winter from Modern Family received some feedback for wearing a dress to the SAG Awards, which revealed a scar from her breast-reduction surgery. She felt compelled to justify her fashion choice on Twitter: “There’s a reason I didn’t cover up my scars! They are a part of me and I’m not ashamed of them at all.”...more
Mine are mostly bullying or gravity related. I got quite a few more scars than usual, last ...more

Watching "Younger" and Wondering What It Would Be Like To Be Twentysomething Again

I discovered the TV show Younger over the holidays.  The first season was available on demand, and the second season has launched again this week.  The show is broadcast on TV Land.   ...more
I would watch anything with Sutton Foster.more

I Watch the Super Bowl for the Commercials Only

 I’m convinced my complete disregard for football may be connected to my early immigration. I’ve never had an interest in football nor have I ever attended a real live football game. This was a considerable waste as my high school had an undefeated football team, but I barely noticed. Despite my Soviet birth, I do not prefer soccer to football and don’t have an inherent passion to debate this subject, as some Europeans love to do....more

'Ariyathe' - The initial making video

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DEADPOOL Wins for the Entire Year!

Coming to theatres this week from director Tim Miller, Marvel and 20th Century Fox comes the most anticipated anti-hero film and all because of DEADPOOL. Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is a mercenary who doesn’t play well with – well most anyone. For a price he will take care of any problem you may have and do it with relish. It becomes even more exciting when he meets his match in Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) who has the same cutting wit! ...more

BURNT is Delicious on Bluray!

On Bluray from director John Wells, The Weinstein Company and Anchor Bay comes a film full of bite even if the chef is a little BURNT. Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) is a chef with a lot of problems. Recovering from screwing up his life as a chef in Europe because of drugs and alcohol, Jones does what he considers a penance. Once the last shell is shucked, he returns to London with a dream. ...more


AVAILABLE ON DEMAND AND EST ON DECEMBER 15, 2015 SVOD ON JANUARY 12, 2016 AND ON DVD JANUARY 26, 2016 Here is your chance to win a copy of your own!! Email with PATELS in the subject line. Trust me folks, this is a film you are going to love! ...more

Formation... Unapologetically Black

Beyoncé just dropped that fire... I mean for a while I was NOT a fan. But I guess it's time I dust off my Bey Hive wings and glitter crown because she came out the woodworks with a mean black power trap banger.  I won't lie, I thought Bey was vapid and aloof and not paying attention in her glass tower; apparently I was wrong. She let everybody know that #blackgirlmagic is real....more

Ash and Me VS. Evil Dead (or ComicCon #2)

I meant to show you my second comiccon in November, but I've been disinclined to sit in front of the blank Blogger page. Plus stupid facebook and work and kids and laundry. ...more

15 Audio Books for a Road Trip

I'm a huge reader.  In my purse, I always have my Kindle, which is full of digital, library books and all my favorites.  When I go on vacation, I usually pack at least two paperbacks.  I just don't want to run out of good reading material.In addition to my Kindle and paperback books, I listen to a lot of audio books.  I drive many miles, every day, for work, so while I'm in the car, I'm listening to a book.  Last year, I read 62 books and about half were audio books....more

Gung Hay Fat Choi – Happy Chinese Lunar New Year, 2/8/16

The Chinese New Year of the Monkey, on February 8th, is expected to bring energy, wit, innovation and a bit of impishness to 2016. Be prepared for a fast paced, unpredictable year. Cleverness abounds, but do be careful of false promises.Risk vs Reckless. Stay grounded!Gung Hay Fat Choi     ...more

Ultimate Insider's 101 guide to Disney World - The Magic Kingdom

Ultimate Insider's 101 guide to the Magic Kingdom at Disney World!Nothing quite prepares you for the first trip to Disney World but what is really unexpected is the fact that you get the same feeling of entering another magical world no matter how many times you go or how old you are!  We took our kids when they were very young, (our little one Mimi was just 6 weeks old on her first trip, crazy I know...but it was a great vacation) the sense of happiness and magic never fails to come back year on year.  The Magic Kingdom is the heart of Disney World and is so huge that we’re still learning things each visit......more