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win a copy of “diana,” out on blu-ray and dvd today

Posted on February 11, 2014

Naomi Watts

Because I got married the same summer as Princess Diana, I’ve always had a special place in my heart for her. I vividly remember watching the news about her car crash at night and being devastated, the next morning, when I heard she had died. more »

win a night at the movies, care of fandango “awards watch”

Posted on February 3, 2014

Academy Awards

I love awards season! My favorite awards show has always been the Golden Globes, although this year’s was bizarre and awkward and uncomfortable. Everyone seemed drunk, no one could find their way to the stage through the horribly-designed labyrinth of a seating arrangement and Diane Keaton singing the Girl Scouts’ song to Woody Allen, who couldn’t be bothered showing up to receive his Lifetime Achievement Award? Not even going there.

I’m hoping for a better Oscars. more »

listen up! get motivated to stay fit with music and yurbuds® at best buy!

Posted on January 25, 2014

Yurbuds inspire

I can’t work out without music. Actually, I can’t do much of anything without music but exercise feels especially torturous without my iPod.

One of the reasons I’ve been able to stick to Jazzercise all these months and see real results is because of the amazing music they play during class. I guess this shouldn’t be surprising because studies have shown that music can increase the intensity and duration of a workout by as much as 15%. more »

“court and spark” turns 40: the event

Posted on January 22, 2014

Annie Ross

Joni Mitchell’s idol, Annie Ross, sings “Twisted” at “Court and Spark” Turns 40. 

As I wrote the other day, this year marks the 40th anniversary of Joni Mitchell’s iconic Court and Spark. This album was so important to so many people that Louise Crawford, who runs Brooklyn Social Media, organized a very special event in her neighborhood to commemorate the occasion. It’s one of those times I wished I still lived in New York. more »

sheila weller on joni mitchell and the 40th anniversary of “court and spark”

Posted on January 18, 2014

Court and Spark

I vividly remember bringing home Joni Mitchell‘s Court and Spark, lying in my bed and listening to it on my record player, dreaming of love and heartbreak, and only getting up to turn over the album or put the needle back to the beginning.

So how can it be 40 years since that classic album was released?! more »

binge watching downton abbey

Posted on January 7, 2014

Downton Abbey Maggie Smith

I had a busy night planned for last night. I was going to write a post, answer emails, respond to comments and pitch a few story ideas.

Instead, I powered through the entire fourth season of Downton Abbey.

All nine episodes. more »

twisted mixtape tuesdays: american idols!

Posted on December 18, 2013

Twisted Mix-Tape Tuesdays

This week’s Twisted Mixtape Tuesday theme is Dealer’s Choice, so I chose “American Idols” because, well, I have an ulterior motive.

You see, this week is also the finale of Blogger Idol, and I’m hoping you’ll be inspired to take a few seconds and vote for me. There are just two of us left, and every vote means so much. You just have to click here, scroll down to the blue column that says “Vote for your favorite finale assignment,” click the little circle to the left of either one of my posts, “Amster-damn” or “Confessions of an Introverted Blogger,” and click “Vote.” Make sure you see the pop-up confirmation that says, “Thank you for voting.” You only get one vote per IP address so please use as many electronic devices as you have, and please ask everyone you know to vote, too. I can’t thank you enough!

Okay, on to business! Here are some of my favorites from American Idol. more »

the best movies of 2013

Posted on December 11, 2013

Her movie poster

Today’s the day the San Diego Film Critics Society gets together for our annual end-of-the-year vote.

It’s always fascinating because the movies we choose to award collectively are often different than the ones that make our own Best lists.

You can check out our nominees for the best movies of 2013 here.

I’m going to jump the gun, though, and share my choices with you now. (So much for our secret ballots.) I’ll let you know the official winners later today. more »

might as well face it

Posted on December 10, 2013

Twisted Mix-Tape Tuesdays

I love love songs. Not cheesy ones – although I admit some of those do make me cry, too – but ones that have so much emotion in them, you can totally feel the passion. more »

twisted mix-tape tuesday: holiday songs!

Posted on December 3, 2013

Twisted Mix-Tape Tuesdays

Let me first admit that I veered a little from the Christmas Songs theme of this week’s Twisted Mix-Tape Tuesday. I changed it to Holiday Songs instead since I celebrate Chanukah. So sue me. more »

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