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Top Ten: Celebrity Package Deals

Top Ten: Celebrity Package Deals

Like peas in a pod, birds of a feather, or two curly-haired giants sharing a smooch over a chili cheese dog at a Lakers game, there are celebs who just can’t get enough of each other, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Check out our favorite celebrity besties, from the obvious gal pals and dude duos to the famous friendships that are more of a head-scratcher. Starting with…

Top Ten: Tweeting Power Couples

Top Ten: Tweeting Power Couples

If you thought Judd Apatow produced some pretty funny movies, wait until you see the father-daughter Twitter banter he and his offspring Maude get up to in their spare time. Catch up on the most hilarious pairings in the Twitterverse and check out the top tweeps who are teaming up to blow out the re-tweet factor.

First things first, what Twitter-team stream is complete without a few furry friends? Read on to get the scoop…

Love Lust & Breakfast

Love Lust & Breakfast

Watch Love Lust: Breakfast, Monday, November 28th at 8pm.
When I think of a rich, savory, mouth-wateringly decadent breakfast I think of cheesy, buttery quickes, creamy grits with shrimp and bacon or huevos rancheros with freshly made corn tortillas, but as our resident food writers Zach and Diana both seem to crave the sweet stuff, I’m going to defer to them on this one. It’s not as if Zach’s pumpkin chocolate chip pancakes topped with melted butter don’t sound incredible, or that I’m not totally envious of Diana’s donut vision quest, but seriously, who can ever finish an entire plate of pancakes? It’s like Mitch Hedberg said about pancakes – they’re all exciting at first but by the end you’re just sick of them…

Breakfast for dinner: Fucking Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Breakfast for dinner: Fucking Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Watch “Love Lust: Breakfast,” Monday, November 14th at 8pm.
Breakfast for dinner is the greatest invention ever (not sliced bread – that horrible idiom only cheapens the magnificence of breakfast for dinner). Some of you, growing fatter by the minute in your sagging, decrepit office chairs as you search online for ways to lose weight and not exercise, may be saying, “Zach, surely you can’t suggest that breakfast for dinner is a greater invention than, say, penicillin?” But I’m saying that. Penicillin smells bad, and if you snort it you just get a headache.

Breakfast for dinner is not only a classy alternative to dinner for dinner, it’s also a wonderful allegory for America. Breakfast for dinner tells the story of choice, freedom, independence, and excessive caloric intake. I’ve never been to a Tea Party event, but after booing gay soldiers, not having any plan for the economy beyond…

Love Lust & Holiday Feasts: Something to be truly thankful for

Love Lust & Holiday Feasts: Something to be truly thankful for

Love Lust & Holiday Feasts airs Monday, November 21 at 8pm, only on Sundance Channel.
If you don’t have Thanksgiving on the brain (or the stomach) then stop reading this and get yourself to a hospital, because you might not have a pulse. For everyone else, here’s something to be truly thankful for: These last few days before we all sit down to dinner at 2pm on Thursday are the only thing separating us from the onslaught of Christmas ads, movies and music we’re going to be bombarded with nonstop from early Friday morning until the end of December. In fact, the Christmas pushers have probably already started encroaching on your last few days of pre-holiday madness. Last night I heard the first irritating strains of “Jingle Bells” as I shopped for groceries. So I guess it really is that time of year again. Sigh. It’s beginning – true – but it hasn’t completely yet begun. And until it does, until the countdown that begins December first is on, I’m going to relish all the good things about the holidays, namely the food.

The more I ask people what they’re making for Thanksgiving, the more I’m hearing about interesting renditions on classic recipes. A ham with a curry and brown sugar glaze for an Indian twist, or brussels sprouts tossed with roasted sesame oil and a splash of soy for some Asian flair…

A Thanksgiving miracle: No more gross holiday food

A Thanksgiving miracle: No more gross holiday food

Watch Love Lust: Holiday Feasts, Monday, November 21 at 8PM on Sundance Channel
Logic would seem to dictate that if eating pumpkins seeds is my favorite thing about Halloween, Thanksgiving, a day devoted to eating, would be my ultimate holiday. I love cooking, I love gorging on things I cook, and I love making other people gorge on things I cook. The whole shebang should be my personal holy grail – a day full of so much culinary and gastronomical bliss that my head nearly explodes with pleasure. And it would be, if only I didn’t find Thanksgiving food so repulsive…

Movies that suck (and some that don't): what's playing this week on Sundance Channel

Movies that suck (and some that don't): what's playing this week on Sundance Channel

Who said you can’t have dessert first? Start your holiday indulgence early with this week’s episode of Love Lust, Chocolate edition. Then get ready for the season premiere of Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys with a jam-packed week of your favorite episodes from season one. And if you just can’t get enough, check out all the sneak peeks and behind-the-scenes looks at season two in Nashville, including a full episode available to watch with your friends online.

On Thursday night, EYES WIDE SHUT sets the mood when Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman get creepy sexy. Then Sundance takes things a bit further and celebrates vampire sex appeal on Friday night with Love Lust & Vampires, followed by the original vampire killing hottie, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER (with Luke Perry, remember him? That kid was gonna be a star! Lesser known fact: Donald Sutherland and Paul Reubens also make appearances.) Speaking of which, if they ever get around to making that once talked about BUFFY reboot, Buffy original Kristy Swanson says she’s up for the job, any job, actually…

Love sucks, that's why we brought pizza: a look at what's playing this week on Sundance Channel

Love sucks, that's why we brought pizza: a look at what's playing this week on Sundance Channel

As the icy fingers of Winter continue to creep up on us it’s time to stay in, bundle up and get cozy – and what better way to add on layers of warmth than with your favorite comfort food? Read our resident food blogger Zach Golden expound on the feel-goodness of feel-good food, and then tune into a month of Love Lust episodes that celebrate the art of chowing down with tonight’s episode, “Comfort Food.”

The Sundance series continue all week long, but that doesn’t mean our film lovers are getting the short end of the programming stick. On Wednesday night we’re showing Joe Maggio’s 2008 PAPER COVERS ROCK, the first film in a planned ten-part series inspired by Krystof Kieslowski’s “Decalogue.” Later that night, Catherine Deneuve stars in Andre Techine’s 2009 GIRL ON THE TRAIN, which follows two families brought together by a seemingly inexplicable event. Then on Thursday, love stinks with I HATE VALENTINE’S DAY (2009), which follows newbie filmmakers, and ex-bf/gf duo Daryl Wein and Zoe Lister-Jones’ BREAKING UPWARDS, the not-at-all-bad-for-$15k indie film hit of 2010…

Diana and Ashley's excellent donut adventure

Diana and Ashley's excellent donut adventure

Watch “Love Lust: Breakfast” on Monday, November 14th at 8pm.
I never really understood the allure of the food crawl. Sure, there’s the obvious pleasure of going from place to place and gorging on food, but I wasn’t particularly enthused by the prospect of the aftermath of said gorging: belly bulge, greasy mouth, the inability to move from the fetal position for the rest of the day. Aside from holidays, Chinese restaurants and the days I’m cranky or sad or happy and need to eat my feelings, I like to eat when I’m hungry and stop when I’m not. So um, really, hardly ever.

But then the idea of a donut crawl started circulating in my head. Every day I pass by three donut shops on my way to work, and then again on the way home. Located on the same one-mile stretch, they called out to me as I drove by. “Donut crawl. Donut crawl. Donut crawl,” they seemed to say. I couldn’t stop thinking about it, couldn’t shut up the voice that kept pulsing inside of my head. So finally, after weeks of taunting, I commissioned my best friend to join me in my gluttonous mission. We picked an upcoming Saturday and set a starting time and place. “No turning back now,” I thought with a mixture of excitement and disgust. I could practically feel the impending stomachache that I would surely incur from embarking on this gastronomical misadventure.

Comfort food: Feel less awful

Comfort food: Feel less awful

So the phone company just called to say your girlfriend or boyfriend is breaking up with you. You could cry (expected and unsightly), get wasted and bang someone you’re nearly 100% sure isn’t your ex. You could start an underground cat fighting ring, or you could eat some comfort food.

While the first two options may seem like a viable way to cope with bad shit, comfort food seems to be the popular choice. Something in our brain tells us to fuck the diet we’ve been on and eat fried chicken. Or meatloaf. Or, if you’re a real life Cathy cartoon, a whole tub of ice cream. Because comfort food is the shit that reminds of us of our childhood, when our problems were relegated to not being tall enough for awesome roller coasters, the crusts not being cut off our sandwiches (“Goddammit Ma, I don’t know how many time I have to tell you…”) and those fucking annoying childproof pill containers.

Comfort food is a hug from the inside that says “Hey, I’m gonna fatten you up and contribute to your low body image, but just tonight – and probably tomorrow if you’re a slow healer – everything is gonna be alright.”

When I was a kid my mom would make lamb shanks, but that shit takes all day, so I made…

More Reasons to LOVE LUST – New Episodes Announced!

More Reasons to LOVE LUST – New Episodes Announced!

SUNDANCE CHANNEL’S SERIES CHRONICLING THE HISTORY OF POP CULTURE PHENOMENA:
SIX NEW EPISODES BEGINNING JUNE 7TH AT 10 PM

Six New Episodes Range from “Street Eats” to “Sex Symbols” to “The Undead”.

New York –May 10, 2011 – From the foods we love to eat to the mythical creatures that love to eat us, Sundance Channel’s LOVE LUST will take on our guiltiest pleasures this summer, including the undead (vampires, zombies, etc.), social networks, sex symbols and secret societies. Airing Tuesdays nights, beginning June 7th at 10 pm ET/PT, each hour-long episode of LOVE LUST provides a definitive and entertaining account of how life’s cultural innovations progress from novelty to ubiquity.

The series kicks off the first of six new episodes on June 7th at 10pm et/pt with “Street Eats,” a delicious account of the world’s oldest and most beloved way to dine: on the street. Our experts chew on the savory history of the food trucks and sophisticated finger foods that have helped build communities and bring people together of every ethnicity and viewers will meet the surprising people that helped cook up the our cultural melting pot and the modern day pioneers that are elevating street food from grunge to gourmet.

The first installment of LOVE LUST debuted on Sundance Channel in February 2011, kicking off fashion week with stories of iconic sartorial staples like the “Bikini,” and “The Little Black Dress.” Four hour-long episodes unraveled the origin, and stitched together the evolution of various fashion must-haves.