Blurred Lines Verdict

A Music Professional's Take on the Blurred Lines Verdict

Editor’s Note: From time to time I give my husband, James Mandell, the podium, especially when he has particularly relevant or passionate insight. As a talented musician/composer who was educated at the New England Conservatory, has had several record deals with major labels and is busily composing today, I believe his thoughts on the Blurred…

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Leo's and Ellen's Desert Estates Pale in Comparison to Casa Bella in Rancho Mirage

Leonardo DiCaprio and Ellen Degeneres have nothing on their neighbors who move into this most luxurious of Palm Springs area mansions. This amazing Mediterranean, known as Casa Bella in Rancho Mirage, is outrageous by Beverly Hills standards. Offered at $16,995 million, it stands out as one of the most exquisite and expensive single family residences ever built in the area. The indoor living…

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How to Wear Green on St. Patrick's Day

  Out here in Hollywood, even the least Irish among us wear green on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17. Even though there aren’t as many descendants of the Emerald Isle on the West Coast as there are on the East Coast, pinching anyone who isn’t wearing the designated color is a big thing here–we’re a…

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RUN ALL NIGHT Review

Life is too short to sit through this type of grim, violent, ugly film. If you’re expecting another Liam Neeson “I WILL find you!” the twist being that this time he’s searching for his son, rather than his daughter, you’ll be not only disappointed, but perhaps discomfited that you wasted good money and a good night on a…

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THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL Review

Warm, fuzzy, colorful and comfortable, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is much like your favorite pashmina–the one that makes you feel happy every time you wear it. On this return visit, all your favorite characters are still staying at the original inn, and it’s so successful that the loquacious Sonny, played by Dev Patel, is attempting to attract…

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Dakota Johnson and Her Dad Don Won't be Bonding at the Beach Much Longer

When Anastasia Steele needs a little space from Christian Grey, or, in the real world, when Dakota Johnson needs to get away from the steaming, screaming media circus that has surrounded her ever since she stole the show in Fifty Shades of Grey, respite could be just a quick drive up the coast to her daddy Don…

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CHAPPIE Review

Some people will go see Chappie because it’s directed by Neill Blomkamp, the formerly fresh but gritty South African genius behind the wildly original sci-fi thriller District 9. Some people will go see Chappie because it stars favorites Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, Dev Patel and Sharlto Copley. Some people will be disappointed because no one in the film gets…

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Faye Dunaway Sold Her Humble Home — Finally

At last we can report that Faye Dunaway sold her quaint little Hollywood duplex. Neighbors will miss her coming and going, as she’s been a fixture in the neighborhood for more than 15 years. But the property is not what you’d expect of an Oscar and Emmy winner. She paid $315,000 for the humble duplex at 901 N.…

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Focus Movie Review

Slick, smooth, stylish and steamy. Is Focus a great work of cinematic art? No — of course not. This is February, for heaven’s sake, and very little of any artistic merit is released this time of year. But is Focus a hot diversion on a cold winter’s night? Absolutely! The stars, Will Smith, looking attractively scruffy and a bit…

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The Skinny on Bob Odenkirk's New House

Better call Saul at a different number now that the ink is dry on the contract for Bob Odenkirk’s new house. The former star of  Breaking Bad is currently breaking bread in a 1940’s Spanish style Hollywood Hills home, after selling his mid-century modern for $2.45 million. The star of Breaking Bad spin-off and prequel Better Call Saul, which…

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