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The Skeleton Twins

Attention everyone! The Oscar race officially begins with the release of the wonderfully poignant The Skeleton Twins. You heard it here first. Knowing that this tender movie stars Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader as complicated twins, with a little Luke Wilson and Ty Burrell thrown in on the side, you might think this dark “dramady” would…

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The Best of the Emmy Gift Suites

Every year prior to the major awards shows (Oscars, Golden Globes, Grammys, Emmys) savvy PR and marketing companies hold lavish gifting suites in posh hotels. You might guess they’re full of top designer swag — Gucci, Prada, Cartier, etc. — but you’d be wrong. Those huge brands have to pay A-List stars millions of dollars to…

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Life of Crime

This is a classic Elmore Leonard tale, adapted from his novel The Switch. Full of hardened but sympathetic criminals, crazy eccentrics, corrupt businessmen, ambivalent lovers and dames of distinction, you’ll find Life of Crime a darkly amusing diversion. The casting is smart and intriguing. We have Tim Robbins (when did he become John Voight?) as…

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Jimmy Kimmel Lists Home With Amazing Taste (Who Knew?)

When you think of a home fit for talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, you might imagine the ultimate party pad with a state-of-the-art media room, beer tap, and perhaps a trampoline in the back yard, leftover from his Comedy Central The Man Show days. What you probably wouldn’t imagine is an uber-cool Hollywood Regency style…

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Guardians of the Galaxy

Make way for the next big Super Hero franchise, Guardians of the Galaxy will blast its way into your heart and stay there — for at least three more episodes, according to moi. Who can resist a sassy super raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper), a powerful talking tree (Vin Diesel), a green, not blue super heroine (Zoe…

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Saving Face With SoniClear

One of the best products I was introduced to at GBK’s Emmy gift lounge is the brand new SoniClear from Michael Todd True Organics, “The world’s first anti-microbial sonic cleansing system.” I know, you’re probably already cleaning your face with that other “sonic” skin care device, and you probably love the effect it has on your…

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Jill Kirsh Shows Your Best Colors

Don’t spend another penny on clothes or makeup until you check out JillKirshColor.com. Yes, Jill is one of my best friends in the whole wide world, but we got that way after being introduced professionally, and I became so excited about her energy and her completely original color system that we became fast friends. You’ve…

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Mad Men's Vincent Kartheiser Lists His Tiny House

The other day I was having a skinny vanilla latte with The Hollywood Reporter cultural editor and he asked me what was the most interesting property I’ve written about lately. I answered quickly: “I’m mad about “Pete’s” crafty little cottage in Hollywood.” It measures a mere 603 square feet, yet includes two baths, a walk-in closet,…

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Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company Coffee

One of the items I found in my gift bag from the Secret Room Emmy gift lounge was a box of Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company K Cups. Since this brand is not available in stores anywhere near here, I probably never would have heard of it otherwise. And that would be a shame, because not…

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Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

From time to time, I have guest reviewers do the honors. This one is by my husband, Miles Doppler, because he is such a Sin City fan. It also helps that I happen to agree with his assessment. The story goes that when director Robert Rodriguez first met Sin City author and artist Frank Miller,…

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