New Yorkers make a routine of their morning bagel from the corner stand or their grande iced latte at Starbucks. But breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so why should it be so mundane?
Executive Chef Jason Hall of Egghead has the answer. His egg-centric sandwich shop has just opened at the Moxy NYC Times Square hotel, and it makes us want breakfast for every meal. Conveniently, they’re open all day and late night.
The Hot Coffee at Egghead. (Photo courtesy of Egghead)
“The rising popularity of ‘all day’ breakfast restaurants inspired our concept for the venue and was a great fit for the area,” says Hall. “With Moxy Times Square’s millennial following and close proximity to Madison Square Garden, we knew that breakfast sandwiches would be a hit, especially if we offered them all day through late in the night after the party at our Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge.”
And what better way to end the night with some top quality ingredients prepared in the most sublime way? Indeed, after testing more than 20 varieties of eggs, Hall landed on the richest and most colorful yolk from Chino Valley Ranchers in California. And they bake their Kennenbec Potato Brioche bread in-house daily.
It’s the details that count with their Classic, which comes with a fried egg, thick-cut Nueske’s bacon, American cheese, tomato, fried shallots and spicy aioli, and their Hash Brown, which comes stuffed with pecorino cheese.
“We are looking to make the best egg sandwich by putting emphasis on sourcing high-quality ingredients,” Hall concludes.
Above: The Potato Hash Brown at Egghead. Below: The Classic at Egghead. (Photos Courtesy of Egghead)
Egghead is now open at Moxy Times Square. Find more info here.
Although the movie musical has experienced a comeback in the last decade with films like Hairspray, Across the Universe, and the recent release of The Greatest Showman, none has equaled the impact that the Pitch Perfect franchise has had on the world. The films follow a collegiate acapella team, offering witty one-liners and relatable moments for younger viewers, plus some acs-amazing performances of some of our favorite hits. It also features an incredibly talented cast of young women, including Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, and Brittany Snow.
But a genuine standout is Alexis Knapp, the hilariously talented actress behind the most sexually confident member of the group, Stacie. Since the first film, she’s been a fun and entertaining presence, which continues with the recent release of the final installment, Pitch Perfect 3. (She’s also appeared in such films as The Anomaly, Project X, and the recent Lifetime holiday film, My Christmas Prince.)
We caught up with Alexis as she bid farewell to her role and the Pitch Perfect franchise. She filled us in on the whole song and dance, as well as the significance of female empowerment in the series.
The third Pitch Perfect movie has just come out. What’s it been like being part of this from the beginning and seeing this huge following it’s acquired?
Well, first of all, no one ever thought it would become as big as it did, let alone a trilogy. That is still surreal. When we began this journey, it was just a fun, unique idea that I had to be a part of. Then it took on a life of its own and grew into an amazing franchise that is extremely empowering to women, with a wonderful, inspiring message for young people everywhere. I couldn’t be prouder of all the people involved and what we managed to create.
It’s such an amazing cast of ladies. Do you all hang out in between movies?
Yes, we’re all great friends with a lifelong bond and I’m so grateful for each and every single person that has been involved. I have found friendships and lessons that I will never stop cherishing and loving. This cast is truly special.
Is the musical training pretty strenuous?
Yes and no. The singing portion was pretty easy, but it was the non-stop dance rehearsals, the ever-changing choreography, and the hours that were most exhausting. But honesty, some of my favorite memories are those sweaty studio rehearsal days. It was a blast.
Did you have a lot of musical experience before joining the cast?
My mother is a dance teacher, and I pretty much grew up in a dance studio. I also started piano at the age of 6, voice lessons at 11, which then evolved into opera at 13, flute, violin…and I have dabbled in many others. Getting this role was a dream come true, as I was able to incorporate many of my passions into one project.
What would you say is your favorite song you got to sing in the three movies?
I sang so many songs that it’s difficult to choose. All the group songs were amazing and I love harmonizing with everyone. I suppose my favorite would have to be the Boyz 2 Men song, and “Run the World.”
Your character is definitely the more sexual of the group. Were you hesitant to take a role like that or do you find it more empowering?
Great question. I was 22 when I booked the role as Stacie, and I almost didn’t audition for it because I didn’t want to be type casted. My personal style was very modest and I wanted to be known for more than just sexual appeal; but at the end of the day I felt the project was far greater than the fear of being type casted, and I’m so happy I signed onto it.
Before Pitch Perfect, you hosted a web series about World of Warcraft. Are you still into the whole gaming scene?
100%. I will never stop loving video games. World of Warcraft was an addiction of mine for many, many years. I even met my first boyfriend through it, believe it or not. Video games are an exceptional escape for young folks, or any age really, as well as a means for a community of people who share similar interests. My clan/guild members were the friends I’d spend my weekends, and weeknights,with. I had one real life friend who would come over on the weekend sometimes and drag me off the computer so I would come to an actual, real life party. But I know I wouldn’t have made it through my teens without video games. Plus, the competition and skill set required brings a satisfaction to one’s life that is incomparable to other activities.
Has your daughter watched the Pitch Perfect movies yet?
She has seen the first two, and she loves them. However, she would rather be a chef than follow in mommy’s footsteps.
What can everyone expect from the third film?
Explosions, amped up everything, and a whole lot of tears. Happy tears.
Do you think there will be another?
It’s been planned to end as a trilogy, but you never know what could happen. I would love to be involved in another one. The door is always open!
What’s it like saying goodbye to this role and the franchise, at least for now?
Stacie was such a fantastically fun role to play, the writers did such an amazing job with my character. She will always be a part of me. But I have no problem accepting that everything comes to an end. Tis the cycle of life. My life and craft has been enriched by this franchise and I will forever be grateful.
Public transit can be a pain, no matter where you live. Although the subway system in Berlin is a vast improvement compared to that of New York, in both organization and cleanliness.
And Berlin transit authority BVG‘s new collaboration with Adidas Originals makes stepping on the subway the new best part of your morning. Not only is the new pair of kicks made from recycled subway seats, giving it a cool pop of color. But the most interesting feature is the tongue, featuring a fabric version of BVG’s annual travel pass.
That means you get free public transit in Berlin for the rest of 2018, starting in February. At €180 ($215), the shoes are a fashionable steal compared to the annual pass, which costs €728 ($871). With only 500 pairs available in two local stores, it’s this season’s cutest and most coveted accessory for hip Berlin commuters.
What’s one thing that Korea, El Salvador, the grave site of Francis Scott Key, and most of the world have in common? They all deserve a personal apology from Donald Trump. As nice as that would be, no one should actually hold their breath waiting for one.
But late night TV provocateur Samantha Bee has offered to fill in for the president on an “Apology Race,” which she announced on her show this Monday. She and her correspondents will travel the world to apologize for “every garbage thing Donald Trump does.” So they’ll obviously have their work cut out for them.
“His poor impulse control might force us to go apologize to Korea, or the entire Muslim world,” Bee says in the clip.
Fans can recommend a place that needs an apology with the hashtag, #ApologyRace. The finale of the race takes place January 24 during Full Frontal with Samantha Bee on TBS.
A new year means an exciting new lineup of movies and television shows. But so far this year, we’re officially embracing binge-worthy streaming content over big blockbuster theater releases.
Netflix continues its run of incredible original content watchable from the convenience of our couches. This month’s releases find some of our favorite stars and rising talents delivering unforgettable performances. Here are the five that you can’t miss.
Before I Wake Premieres January 5
After the death of their son, Mark (Thomas Jane) and Jessie (Kate Bosworth) welcome a foster child named Cody (Jacob Tremblay) into their home. They soon find that the boy has a strange ability: his dreams become reality while he’s asleep. Before his nightmares become dangerous, they must find out how to stop it.
The End of the F**king World Season One premieres January 5
James (Alex Lawther) is a 17-year-old high school student, and he’s pretty sure he’s a psychopath. Although he finds school a waste of time, it’s a perfect place to seek out his first murder victim. Pretending to fall in love with Alyssa (Jessica Barden) in order to gain her trust, they run away and set out on a road trip. But as he gets to know her and her particular issues, he finds that he might actually be falling for her.
The Polka King Premieres January 12
Jack Black stars as Jan Lewan in this true story of the local polka legend who found himself in an illegal get-rich-quick situation. Indeed, the Polish-American band leader was arrested in 2004 for running a Ponzi scheme that shocked all his fans. The Polka King also stars Jason Schwartzman and Jenny Slate.
Step Sisters Premieres January 19
Jamilah (Megalyn Echikunwoke) is a star member of her black sorority’s step dance crew. With Harvard Law School in her sites, she takes the year off to focus on her application. But when a predominantly white sorority on campus is faced with a PR nightmare, the dean convinces her to jeopardize her “black card” to train the rival sorority to step dance for the upcoming competition, in exchange for guaranteed admission to her dream school.
The Open House Premieres January 19
After an unfortunate tragedy, a teenager (Dylan Minnette) and his mother (Piercey Dalton) move into a relative’s vacant vacation home. The only condition is they can’t be there during open houses, since the property is up for sale. As they settle into their new home, they find themselves haunted by mysterious forces.
Over the past year Cardi B has pretty much cemented her spot in the hip-hop hall of fame, especially with her massive debut single “Bodak Yellow.”
Her latest is a guest appearance on the Bruno Mars track “Finesse,” a fun homage to the ’90s that perfectly utilizes both their vocal talents.
They just dropped the video for the collaboration, which takes the throwback to another level, four minutes of nostalgia for ’90s kids who grew up on shows like In Living Color. A childhood favorite of Mars, he teased the dedication before dropping the video, which creator Keenen Ivory Wayans helped make happen.
Bruno Mars’ “Finesse” remix featuring Cardi B is now available for download.
Netflix junkies and stream-aholics recently rejoiced over a new season of Black Mirror – just in time for the holidays, we were able to binge the fourth and rewatch our favorites.
The latest season of Charlie Brooker’s techno-centric anthology reinforced our love for the his original stories and characters. With more celebs and more culturally relevant themes, the new batch of episodes took us to both dark and beautiful places that hold a mirror up to the digital age. This season also graced us with some familiar technology and some clever Easter eggs, confirming that the show exists in one connected universe.
Although you can watch Season Four of Black Mirror in any order, we’ve ranked here our favorite episodes.
Easily the darkest episode of the season, it follows three members of a post-apocalyptic society as they break into a high-security fortress. In search of a mystery object, they catch the attention of the facility’s murderous robot dogs. After killing off two of the intruders, the third, Bella (Maxine Peake) must outwit the robotic executioners and survive the wilderness of the Scottish moors.
With an utterly hopeless ending and a stylized black-and-white motif, it offers a less than optimistic vision of a police state. In the landscape of Black Mirror stories, it has the most undesirable outcome, without giving the audience its usual proper insight into just where society went wrong. Although, given that the object worth dying for was a teddy bear, perhaps the ultimate downfall of society is consumerism.
Another dark installment, this one stars Rosemarie DeWitt in a gripping performance as a mom obsessed with keeping her daughter in a safe and sheltered world. After losing the toddler at a park for just a few minutes, it’s enough of a scare to make her sign up for a trial run of a new piece of technology that not only allows her to track her daughter’s whereabouts, but see what she’s seeing and censor the parts of the world she doesn’t want her exposed to.
In what only seems like a natural next step for a world of overbearing parents, this episode represents the perils of parenting gone too far. Raising a child in a broken society is almost as terrifying as a child growing up to see the world in only the way they are told to see it. Today, we see a toned-down version of this attitude even in Netflix’s child settings.
Fans of the show will also recognize some technology similar to that of the memory recording device in Season One’s “The Entire History of You.” We also see a clip from Season Three’s “Men Against Fire,” when demonstrating the device’s censorship technology. It also reminiscent of that in the Season Three episode that allowed the soldiers to see “roaches” as enemies.
4. ‘USS Callister’
A nostalgia-driven, tongue-in-cheek episode, it follows the crew of the USS Callister, a Star Trek-esque space fleet. But we soon learn the retro sci-fi setting is an alternate reality, simulated by a tech genius responsible for one the world’s most popular augmented reality video games, Infinity. Keeping his personal version of the game offline for his own use, he creates digital clones of those who’ve disgraced him to keep as slaves in his own modern live-action role-play game.
Starring Jesse Plemons as Robert Daly, he gives an intense performance as the disgruntled CTO. With the current climate of white male privilege, it offers a disturbing yet hyper-realistic representation of what happens when a straight white man’s ego is bruised. As is the case in this, the digital age, he exerts his dominance online where there’s no risk of personal backlash
With a scene-stealing performance from Michaela Coel of Netflix’s Chewing Gum, the show also features a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo from Plemons’ fiancé, Kirsten Dunst, as well as a brief voice-over from Aaron Paul towards the end. Fans of the show will recognize similar gaming technology from Season Three’s “Playtest,” as well as the dating app from this season’s “Hang the DJ,” which we see the receptionist using.
Another unsettling episode follows Mia (Andrea Riseborough), a successful architect with a dark past. When her ex visits to tell her he wants to come forward about a man they accidentally killed years ago, she murders him to keep their secret buried. But after witnessing an accident, an insurance claim investigator and a memory-recalling technology threaten to expose her, pushing her to eliminate all loose ends.
Although humanity is the real monster in this episode, centering on a wife and mother who’d kill anyone to keep her secret, technology plays a disturbing role in the story. As privacy becomes is increasingly put at risk with online footprints and technological advances, this episode paints a future where nothing is private.
Fans of the show will recognize the song “Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (Will Understand)” by Irma Thomas playing throughout the episode, which was performed by Abi in Season One’s “Fifteen Million Merits,” and appeared as a karaoke track in Season Two’s “White Christmas” – then was sung by Raiman in Season Three’s “Men Against Fire.” They’ll also notice the porn channel Wraith Babes from Season One’s “Fifteen Million Merits” and a San Junipero postcard from Season Three’s beloved episode of the same name.
2. ‘Hang the DJ’
This season’s most beloved episode is “Hang the DJ,” named for the Smiths song. It takes place in a world largely controlled by a dating app, which decides who you’ll date, for how long, and where you’ll live together. After a 12 hour date that neither can stop thinking of, Frank (Joe Cole) and Amy (Georgina Campbell) risk their places in society for a chance to be together again.
Since almost everyone can relate to looking for the one amongst the many dating apps available today, this episode hits a soft spot for the romantics who loved “San Junipero” last season. It takes the commentary on dating and relationships in the digital era to an extreme, when people rely on an algorithm to decide who they’ll be with and stop doing the legwork.
1. ‘Black Museum’
This season’s most satisfying episode has to be its finale. Stopping on the side of a desert road to recharge her solar-powered car, Nish (Letitia Wright) visits a nearby museum of dark technological advances. As the owner Rolo (Douglas Hodge) gives her a tour, he tells three connected stories that demonstrate technology’s dark power over humanity. What he doesn’t know is that his visitor is familiar with one of the stories and has ulterior motives for her visit.
It comes with a satisfying taste of revenge. A racially-charged outcome, its themes of injustice and systemic racism are understated but present nonetheless. Wright also serves a powerful performance that brings her character’s vengeful storyline full circle.
Fans of the show will notice multiple Easter eggs in this episode, confirming the existence in a single universe. All located in the museum are items from previous episodes, including a mugshot and the hunter’s uniform from Season Two’s “White Bear,” the robotic bee from Season Three’s “Hated in the Nation,” the DNA-scanning machine from this season’s “USS Callister,” the tablet from this season’s “Arkangel,” and the blood-stained bathtub from “Crocodile.” There’s also mention of “uploading old people to the cloud” and the tech company TCKR from Season Three’s “San Junipero” – as well as mention of St. Juniper’s Hospital. You might also notice a graphic novel depicting Season One’s “Fifteen Million Merits.”
As 2018 gets closer, we at last bid farewell to a harrowing 2017 and look forward to (hopefully) new beginnings. And there’s nothing like taking in a great, life-altering flick to make you look forward to your own year to come.
From black and white classics to ensemble musicals to epic love stories, these ten iconic titles each offer something uniquely thought-provoking to light the way forward. Enjoy with your favorite hangver cure.
Holiday Inn (1942)
Nothing says classic like a B&W musical starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. And nothing says it’s a New Year like a classic love story. Timeless fun.
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Go for a different kind of classic with this noir starring Gloria Swanson and William Holden. Love, betrayal, and drama all take center stage in this classic about an aging actress seeking a new start.
An Affair to Remember (1957)
One of the greatest love stories of the 20th century is also one of the most tragic. Let Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr sweep you off your feet and up to the top of the Empire State Building.
The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
Trapped in an overturned cruise ship is not the most ideal way to start a new year. But these intrepid passengers are determined to see a new day, as they make their way to safety.
When Harry Met Sally… (1989)
Over the course of many years, Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan) go from indifferent acquaintances to friends to lovers. It’s a love story that proves life is funny and people can surprise you.
Boogie Nights (1997)
Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore, and Heather Graham’s unlikely breakout roles came in this drama based in the San Fernando Valley porn industry of the 1970s. The cult classic documents the rise and fall of a legend in the biz.
200 Cigarettes (1999)
This ensemble comedy features memorable performances from Martha Plimpton, Christina Ricci, Paul Rudd, Kate Hudson, Ben Affleck, Casey Affleck, Gaby Hoffman, Janeane Garofalo and Courtney Love. Set in 1981 New York, it follows the intertwining lives of a group of 20-somethings as they ring in the new year.
Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)
Renée Zellweger stars as Bridget Jones, a 32-year-old single woman in London who’s ready for a change. After a disastrous Christmas encounter with an eligible bachelor, she prepares for a new year with a diary and a list of resolutions.
A Lot Like Love (2005)
Oliver (Ashton Kutcher) and Emily (Amanda Peet) find themselves coming in and out of each other’s lives over the years. As fate continues to bring them together, they find themselves genuinely falling in love.
What’s the time? Well, it’s gotta be close to midnight. That means another 525,600 minutes to start over. And that means watching this iconic movie musical set in New York during the AIDS epidemic of the ’80s, following the lives of a group of bohemian friends as they change and grow throughout the course of a year.
Sex and the City (2008)
Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte continue to figure out life and love, ten years after we first met them. After being left at the altar by Mr. Big, Ms. Bradshaw spends a year getting to know herself again.
If you’re in the Los Angeles area and you looked up Friday night to see an unusual light shooting across the sky, calm down. It was not aliens, and it was not a nuclear missile. It was in fact Elon Musk’s SpaceX launch.
If you don’t happen to follow Musk or SpaceX, you might not have known that there was a scheduled launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9. The rocket departed from Vandenburg Air Force Base in California at 5:30; it carried 10 satellites en route to different areas across the globe.
But that did not stop all of Twitter from bracing themselves for the imminent Apocalypse for about 10 minutes. Celebs and other LA locals posted photos and video of the apparent UFO, inciting fears of extraterrestrial contact and nuclear warfare. It was as if Orson Welles was trolling us from the grave.
Although the potential was terrifying, the reactions were pretty entertaining, with even Musk himself chiming in to poke fun at the misinformed tweets.