Giraffes and Condors and Bears (Oh My!)

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The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens is mere miles from the glamour and glitz of Hollywood, but you’d never know it from the inside: it’s clearly earned the second part of its name, with lush greenery and exotic flowers at every turn. And then, of course, there are the animals, many of which are remarkable. Continue reading

Meeting the Moms of ABC, or How I Managed Not to Sound Like an Idiot Talking With Jami Gertz and Ming-Na Wen

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Interviewing celebrities is not usually the most comfortable of processes for anyone involved: either you’re doing it remotely via phone or Skype, or you’re sitting in a room in a hotel trying to make the most of the 15 minutes you’ve got. And in either case, the celebrity in question is often either already tired from doing a dozen interviews before you, or is a bit apprehensive because he or she knows there are a dozen more interviews to follow, or both. So it was a hugely refreshing change of pace on the Los Angeles blogger trip I was on a month ago to have the chance to sit down and really chat with a group of ABC TV actresses on a sunny balcony in Burbank. Continue reading

Anthony Mackie Talks About Chris Evans’ “Tiny Ass,” Playing Falcon in Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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Some people are tough interviews: they don’t seem to care about the interview, they give only short, boring answers to questions, and they never offer any information that wasn’t specifically asked for. And then there are people like Anthony Mackie, who could keep an hours-long interview going with only a few questions here and there, and keep his interviewers laughing themselves silly the whole time. Continue reading

10 Things Parents Should Know About Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Spoiler-Free)

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier is one of the best action films ever made, and right up there with The Avengers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Find out 10 things parents, or anyone else, should know about the film before going to see it! Continue reading

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige on Bringing Captain America Into the 21st Century, Guardians of the Galaxy

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Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is the person in charge of keeping the Marvel Cinematic Universe exciting, interesting, original, and consistent. Read what he had to say about the new Captain America movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, and more. Continue reading