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Dance, Destiny + Hard Work: Meet Iona Calhoun-Battiste

The Lifelong Dancer Discusses How She Made Her Dreams Come True by Helping Others

September 19, 2014

“We want to include everyone and make everyone feel important and special,” said Iona Calhoun-Battiste, founder of the Iona Calhoun School of Ballet at the South Shore Cultural Center. “But we recognize that not everyone is at the same level, so how do you support the girls who are really good and want to dance as a career, and how do you support those that dance recreationally, but it’s still important to them?” It’s this type of supportive mentality that has built the foundation for her school and sets it apart from others in the field. “Other schools will say, ‘If you can’t do it, then you can’t stay,’” Calhoun-Battiste said. Having gone …  Read more

Behaving Badly’s Jennifer Blake

Jennifer Blake Talks Shop about the New Hit Behaving Badly

August 1, 2014

“I felt like the new kid in school when I first got there,” Jennifer Blake said (of the Behaving Badly set), “but everyone was really warm, and we all had a lot of fun.” The new kid metaphor is fitting for the comedy about a high school boy, played by Nat Wolff, trying to get his dream girl, played by Selena Gomez. Oh, and the film also stars Gary Busey, Heather Graham, and Elisabeth Shue, who plays a creepy cougar. “Elisabeth Shue was great to work with. She is so funny,” Blake said, her Alabama drawl making her sound like a gal you want to just sit on a porch with and …  Read more

Thunder Strikes Twice

Sharknado's Writer Thunder Levin Dishes On Sharks And Tornados for Sharknado 2: The Second One

July 25, 2014

When writer of Sharknado, Thunder Levin, was asked what to expect in the sequel, Sharknado 2: The Second One, he said, “Well, I think there might be some tornados…and we might have a few sharks.” He paused and then released a chuckle. It’s certainly this type of deadpan humor that made the first movie such a success and almost hard to top. Almost. “This one is even bigger and better,” Levin said. “It takes place in New York City, which automatically makes it bigger and better.” Spoken like a true New Yorker. (I won’t even get into our rather “amicable” pizza debate.) “And that includes a bigger and better chainsaw wielded by …  Read more