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October 17, 2016 – 7:36 pm | One Comment

Mara Wilson shot to fame when she was five years old, after playing Robin Williams and Sally Field’s daughter in Mrs. Doubtfire. That led to her stepping into Natalie Wood’s shoes in the remake of …

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Nerdy Special List October 2016

October 9, 2016 – 9:30 pm | 3 Comments

Need something to take your mind off all the ugliness in the news these days? How about checking out the books on this month’s Nerdy Special List? Our contributors have diverse and excellent taste so I hope …


October 6, 2016 – 6:44 pm | 8 Comments

Though I was less than impressed with The Girl on the Train in book form, I like the talent associated with the movie, especially Emily Blunt, who plays Rachel, the titular character. So I went …

Nerdy Special List September 2016

September 11, 2016 – 11:04 pm | 4 Comments

I’ve seen many fall-books list in the last couple of weeks, but they all seem to have the same five books on them. Well, WE’RE RECOMMENDING ALL DIFFERENT BOOKS.
(I’m not punchy, just hungry. And tired …

Movie Review: SULLY

September 8, 2016 – 9:36 pm | 2 Comments


Like many people, I thought I knew what happened on January 15, 2009 with US Airways Flight 1549, which Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger landed on the Hudson River about 3 minutes after takeoff from La Guardia Airport. A bird …

Not Too Long Ago, In a Place Not So Far Away…

September 5, 2016 – 7:42 pm | 6 Comments
hb day

This past Saturday, I got to do something I’ve long wanted to do: see John Williams perform live, conducting the L.A. Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl.

I did not come dressed as a Star Wars character, …


August 2, 2016 – 8:55 pm | One Comment

I didn’t know much about the squad when I went to the screening, and had avoided all the trailers, so I was open to whatever. I just wanted to be entertained.
And I was, by some of it, …

Girls on Couches Talking About Books and Snacks

May 16, 2016 – 9:18 pm | 22 Comments

I’m excited about introducing this new joint feature with my friend Lauren from Malcolm Avenue Review. We chat a lot about books and often text each other running commentary as we read. So we thought we’d have …

Headed for Hogwarts: Experiencing the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Hollywood

March 28, 2016 – 12:20 am | 4 Comments

The new Wizarding World of Happy Potter isn’t officially open at Universal Studios Hollywood until April 7, but Mr. PCN and I received invitations to take an early peek this past weekend. (We’re not that special; …

How HAMILTON Lets Me Be a Part of the Narrative

March 13, 2016 – 7:00 pm | 4 Comments
With writer/star Lin-Manuel Miranda, cast member Daveed Diggs, and other National Student Poets

The following piece is by my niece and contributor, Aline Dolinh, who’s starting college this fall. Whaaaaat? Remember when she was 12 years old and contributing book and theatre reviews to PCN? But I digress. Read …

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