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Fun Fantasy for All Ages

by Sandra Olmsted

In Disney’s latest animated film, Zootopia, an anthropomorphic world exists, and all animals, predators and prey, live in perfect harmony. Despite all this inter-species harmony, a bunny girl, namely Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin), must struggle against stereotyping to become the first bunny police officer.

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Dining Divas Discover Great Things Cooking in Mathew’s Kitchen

**Lisa Kampeter photo** revised

By Lisa Kampeter

   It doesn’t happen often. The Dining Divas returned to a location that we’d been to before. But now it is a different restaurant.   This happened before at a restaurant in St. Charles. And there was one in Alton. And now another one we discovered, in the St. Louis Hills neighborhood. Sometimes you wonder if it’s the restaurant or the location that doesn’t work.

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The Revenant, The Big Short, Spotlight aretop films

Oscar Predictions for 2016

           by Sandra Olmsted

The big night, the Academy Awards Ceremony, is just days away, and it’s time for me to go out on the proverbial limb and make my predictions. The big question is “How or will the Academy members’ voting be influenced by the controversy regarding its lack of diversity?”

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Hail, Caesar: Revisionist Eddie Mannix Had Ties

by Sandra Olmsted

The Eddie Mannix portrayed by Josh Brolin in the Coen Brothers latest film, Hail, Caesar, bears little resemblance to any account of the real man I have encountered in my considerable research on Hollywood. The real Edie Mannix had some connection with the mob before moving into working for MGM as the studio’s “Fixer,” comptroller, and general manager.

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The Lady with All the Answers At Florissant Civic Center Feb. 28

“Dear Ann Landers”…. For decades, renowned advice columnist Ann Landers answered countless letters from lovelorn teens, confused couples and others in need of advice. No topic was off-limits. Readers grew to love her direct, insightful and often humorously honest responses. Over a long night in 1975 Chicago, “the lady with all the answers” for others grapples with a dilemma of her own. While revisiting favorite columns on everything from nude housekeeping to the correct way to hang toilet paper, Ann composes the most important letter of her life. As she shares her struggles to complete the column with us, we learn as much about ourselves as about the wise, funny, no-nonsense woman whose daily dialogue with America helped shape the social and sexual landscapes of the last half-century.

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of

The Year for the Dining Divas


By Lisa Kampeter

The holidays are always such a busy time of the year. Decorations, shopping, Christmas parties. And not to mention, most of us have to work in between all the decorating, shopping, and partying. But I wouldn’t change it a bit. Every year, I look forward to the Dining Divas Christmas at my house. The time when I officially kick off the holiday season.

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