Hollywood’s Christmas Babies: Actors Born on December 25

This Christmas baby is one of those actors whose face you will immediately recognize despite the name being utterly unfamiliar. If you grew up watching “Gilligan’s Island” and I say the words “feels good” while smacking my fist against my chest, you will know who I am talking about.

Movies to Watch on World Chocolate Day, July 7

This dark-hued political allegory turns the mundane tradition of raising money by selling chocolate bars into the centerpiece for an examination of ideological control and rebellion against authoritarianism. Chocolate becomes a symbolic stand-in for every product that has set in motion conflict between opposing forces throughout the history of civilization.

Movies to Watch on National Cheer Up the Lonely Day, July 11

What better way to cheer up a lonely person than with a comedy that shows that even when surrounded by other people, you may not be completely happy. “Diner” is filled with memorable dialogue and funny young men, but the fact remains that one of the messages this ensemble comedy sends out is that your life might actually be enhanced by not surrounding yourself with friends.

Alternative Playlist for the 4th of July

The 4th of July is about backyard barbecues and while firing up your Vogner Char-King Imperiale you’ll probably also want to fire up the stereo and remember what Independence Day really used to be about. Here are some 4th of July songs for your playlist. Word of warning, my fellow Americans, you won’t find any Lee Greenwood or Trace Adkins or even Bruce Springsteen on this list.

Menu Ideas for an Authentic Cinco De Mayo Party

Yes, you read that right. An authentic Cinco de Mayo party menu will include chalupas. But before you go running down to the nearest Taco Bell to pick up Beef Chalupa Supreme with a hard shell, you need to know that the chalupa you will be serving at your Cinco de Mayo party actually looks more like the tostada you eat at your favorite Mexican restaurant.