The Life and Legacy of Nora Ephron

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The movie industry lost another pioneer this week as Nora Ephron succumbed to a six year battle with myelodysplasia, a severe blood disorder. Nora, 71 years old, was a trailblazer for women behind the camera. Her work as a screenwriter delivered such classics as When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle. The latter became a bench mark for romantic comedies.

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Movies by the Numbers: June 26, 2012

Brave Movie Poster

Animated features dominated the box office this past weekend as Pixar’s latest release Brave became the 13th straight number 1 release for the famed animation company. Opening with a 66 million dollar weekend and somewhat strong reviews, Brave will have to be just that to fend off a barrage of new releases in the month of July. This includes a more kid-friendly Spiderman release that has been advertised seemingly everywhere leading up to its 4th of July opening. Looking at previous Pixar releases, Brave is right on course and has already passed Wall-E numbers early in the week.

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Project 366: Week 24

Time really flies! We’re already in the middle of June and the summer is bringing out the color in our photos. Let us know which colorful shots you find the most interesting.

June 10, 2012

Salt Air by Jen Gallardo

Sunday Red by Anthony J. Merced

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Do-It-Yourself: Create your own Custom Photo Magnets

I don’t know about you, but to me a fridge with nothing on it screams “blank canvas.” Much like a toddler with crayons drawing on the walls, I am compelled to throw magnets at the fridge like nobody’s business! I rationalize this desire because, in truth, fridge magnets are super functional. They hold up coupons that will help me save money (if I remember to use them before they expire) and they can also hold neat pictures of my friends and family that make me happy.

Magnets and Photos by Jen Gallardo

But what happens when you run out of space? Behold: the custom photo fridge magnet. With this nifty DIY project, you can have photos of your friends that do double duty in serving as magnets that affix important pieces of paper to your fridge.

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Top 5 Best On-Screen Dads

Still from The Cosby Show

Father’s Day is over and hopefully everyone had a chance to spend the day with the best male figure in their lives. On Saturday, we listed the 5 Worst On-Screen Dads. Now it’s time to talk about those fathers that got it right. Here is the list of top 5 best on-screen dads.

1. Dr. Cliff Huxtable

The Cosby Show broke a lot of television barriers. For the first time a successful sitcom revolved around an African American family that didn’t fit into numerous stereotypes. On top of that Dr. Cliff Huxtable served as one of the best television fathers of all time. For eight seasons we watched as Cliff handled the small problems, like lying about stealing the cake off of the kitchen counter, to teenage pregnancy and gun violence. There were episodes where the decisions weren’t quite so easy but the family always seemed to pull together. There hasn’t been a television father since that was able to roll with the punches with as much grace as Cliff Huxtable.

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Top 5 Worst On-Screen Dads

Darth Vader Episode III Movie Poster

Father’s Day is tomorrow and we’ll have more than enough time to celebrate all of the fantastic dad’s in the world. Today is the day to acknowledge all of those terrible on-screen fathers that put their children through some really terrible, life-altering, scenarios.

1. Darth Vader

His bad parenting started before his children were even out of the womb. By magically strangling his wife at the end of Star Wars Episode III, he almost guaranteed that his Padme wouldn’t have the children he was so afraid of losing. Fortunately for the tots, Padme survived long enough to die of a broken heart while giving birth… I didn’t write it.

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Movies by the Numbers: June 11, 2012

Madagascar 3 Movie Poster

A year ago, the movie industry braced for some big numbers around two films that seemed to have all the momentum in their favor. Judy Moody and the Not So Bummer Summer and Super 8 looked to kick off the month of June with big numbers. Unfortunately neither one truly lived up to expectations. Twelve months later and the script seems familiar, except for the fact that the results have been much different. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted and Prometheus were the biggest contributors to a 172 million dollar box office weekend. That is nearly 32 percent higher than the same time last year.

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Project 366: Week 23

This week’s selection shows just how eclectic New York can be. From food, to art, to travel, the past seven days serve as an example of just how different things can be right around the corner.

June 3, 2012

Storm Clouds Rolling Away by Jen Gallardo

Hello Kitty and Ghost by Anthony J. Merced

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How to Select a Camera

Canon 60D by Jen Gallardo

Among my friends, I’m “the one that does photography” so as a result, I get asked fairly often, “What kind of camera should I buy?”

Normally, I smile and reply, “The camera doesn’t matter! Get out there and take photos with the camera you have!”

Usually that’s followed up by, “But you take really good pictures — what kind of camera do you have?”

Then I have to explain that the camera that I use works for my purposes and is probably a lot different from what my friend, a casual shooter, may be interested in. And also mine is probably a lot more expensive. And it’s also a lot heavier than what you usually use. And, oh yeah, it’s kinda extra large sized and doesn’t exactly fit in most purses.

Notice, I haven’t mentioned anything about megapixels or sensors or lenses. That’s always going to change. Ever heard the saying “there’s always someone smarter than you”? The same thing is true of cameras, there will always be another camera better than yours in some way, so don’t stress it. But here’s a list of things I think you should stress and consider when you are buying a camera.

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Remembering a Legend: Ray Bradbury (1920-2012)

Ray Bradbury Photo by Steve Castillo

Photo by Steve Castillo

It was as part of the dreaded “summer reading list” after freshman year in high school that I first became aware of the powerful words that Ray Bradbury put onto a page. That year’s curriculumĀ called for some heavy reading, in addition to preparations for state exams in physics and chemistry. However, our minds were kept attuned with the addition of Fahrenheit 451 to the long list of books. At first, it seemed like more work to do when I could be enjoying my time sitting in front of the television. Fortunately, I gave this book, with little more than terrible font type on the cover, a chance. It was my first introduction to the amazingly imaginative mind of Mr. Ray Bradbury. Later I would read his other science fiction works and wonder how a man could envision such vivid realistic, and sometimes dark, views of the future.

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