Open shelving can make ingredients or kitchen tools easy to reach for busy home chefs, but it also requires an extra degree of organization. What's the shelving situation in your kitchen?
Did you know that G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra posted the highest opening for an August non-sequel on Friday? Well, now you know, and knowing is half the battle. Over the weekend, the movie grossed an estimated $56.2 million domestically, and, combined with overseas numbers, took in an estimated $100.3 million worldwide. As Variety points out, Paramount is having a stellar Summer this year: "Not only has the studio launched another franchise in G.I. Joe, it has reenergized the Star Trek franchise and continued successfully mining the Transformers property."
Julie and Julia also opened over the weekend and grossed just over $20 million, coming in second place. The animated guinea pigs in G-Force pulled in about half that but still came in at No. 3 at the box office. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince followed closely behind at No. 4 while Judd Apatow's Funny People "fell a steep 65 percent" in its second week, rounding out the top five with an estimated $7.9 million.
Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures
Heidi Montag promotes her Playboy cover on the G.I. Joe red carpet, the So You Think You Can Dance winner chooses college over career for now, and a Sex and the City star tells us filming starts soon!
- Check out the trailer of Brian Boitano's new Food Network show.
- Check out the trailer of Brian Boitano's new Food Network show. — New York Magazine
- Possible disguises for Sam Sifton, the New York Times new restaurant critic. — Eat Me Daily
- Give classic caprese salad a stone-fruit twist by making it with peaches. — Serious Eats
- Bon Appétit has named the nation's best new restaurants. — Bon Appétit
- 10 of Julia Child's most prolific quotes. — Chow
- Learn how to turn a strawberry box and strawberries into a beautiful centerpiece. — Design*Sponge
- 5 reasons that explain why Meryl Streep played Julia Child perfectly. — The Hungry Beast
Julie and Julia markets itself as being based on "two true stories": one of Julie Powell, a secretary-turned-blogger who endeavors to cook every recipe in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking in one year; the other of Child herself, also a secretary-turned-writer and chef who brought French recipes to American cooks. But what happens if one of the two true stories just doesn't deserve equal time?
The trouble with Julie and Julia is, quite simply, that it would be a better as just Julia. Not that I blame anyone for trying to merge these two lives: Powell's original blog and book, which combines her story and Julia's, seem like good fodder for a big-screen adaptation. If anything, the trouble is more a tribute to Meryl Streep, whose big, boisterous Julia Child sweeps onto the screen and demolishes any other story that might try to rise around her. Once you meet her delightful Julia, it's hardly surprising that Julie's story pales in comparison.
Julie and Julia flashes back and forth through time, splitting its time between Julie's 2002 life in a tiny New York apartment and Julia's Parisian life in the late 1940s and early '50s, where a passion for French food led her to learn to cook. To be fair to writer/director Nora Ephron, who put the stories together for film, Julie and Julia's lives do have plenty of parallels: Both are (or have been) secretaries looking for something more to do. Both love food and find solace in cooking. And both are shown in the film pre-fame — before Julia became a household name, before a New York Times story helped turn Julie's blog from a side project into a published book. But that's about where the similarities end. To talk more about it, read more
Welcome to the Caption It game on BuzzSugar! Every Wednesday, I'll post a photo still from a TV show or movie here and challenge you to think of the most hilarious caption possible. I'll announce the finalists the following Tuesday, and you'll get to vote for the best caption!
""I bet you ten matzos you can't beat my top score!"
Nice job, c4rolin3! Now for this week's picture from the upcoming Julie and Julia:
Leave your captions in the comment space below before 5 p.m. PDT on Monday, Aug. 10 to be considered for a spot in the voting round. Have fun!
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Julie and Julia hits theaters this Friday, chronicling the lives of Julia Child and blogger Julie Powell, who cooked her way through Child's cookbook. (Check out my interview with the author.) We already got to screen the film, and I highly recommend making it a must see for August. Are you planning to head to the theater?
"The desire to get married, which — I regret to say, I believe is basic and primal in women — is followed almost immediately by an equally basic and primal urge — which is to be single again."
Julie and Julia director Nora Ephron explains her views on marriage. Her new film is based on the memoir by Julie Powell and tells the story of a woman who cooked and blogged her way through Julia Child's classic Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Julie and Julia stars Meryl Streep as the magnificent Julia Child and opens in theaters this Friday.
It seems like June was just yesterday, but I blinked, and suddenly it's August! Since the first half of Summer flew by, I've resolved to relish the rest of it with more cookouts and get-togethers featuring my favorite warm-weather foods. To help max out the month, I'll be sure to have a few indispensable items within arm's reach. Keep reading to find out which items I can't live without right now.