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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

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

What If…You’re Not a Cynic After All?

By: Symone Tripodis

July 11, 2014
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After a total of eight Harry Potter movies, we thought it would be impossible to see Daniel Radcliffe as anything other than an awkward teenager with round-framed glasses and a wand (not the most attractive scenario). Although, against all odds, Radcliffe has broken down our pre-c0nceived notions and, well, has become a real stud muffin. We know, it’s hard to believe. So see for yourself in this summer’s famed rom com, What If. Besides Radcliffe’s distracting good looks and accent (did he always have that?), What If is a movie about testing the waters. Radcliffe’s character, Wallace, is a heartbroken med school dropout and finds himself as a romantic cynic before …  Read more