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Massive Pasta ‘Cake’ At NYC Eatery Is An Italian Feast In One Dish

Timpano is pasta, with a special crust. And it is shaped like a drum. Like a timpani drum. And the inside, only the most important things… in the world.

Such a description couldn’t have been said any better than Tony Shalhoub’s character, Chef Primo, in the classic foodie movie Big Night. For those familiar with Il Timpano from Big Night, it was, for the most part, a fictional dish. One of lore that seemingly would have never made it onto an actual menu.

That is, until the Left Bank in New York’s West Village neighborhood started serving the mystical and massive dish five years ago exclusively for family meals and private parties. Now, this show-stopping pasta feature is being served weekly there as part of a Sunday Timpano Supper series.

But to even begin to long for this fortress of pasta ‘cake’ is to become familiar with what makes it up. Think layers of fresh garganelli, meatballs, pork sausage, spinach, broccoli rabe, prosciutto cotto, sopressata, mozzarella, fresh ricotta, aged provolone, hardboiled eggs, and tomato sauce baked in a cast iron enameled basin and sliced to order.

What a mouthful. But then again, what else could you have expected with something that makes an effective fusion of layer cake and Italian feast?

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Burger King Reunited The Stars Of ‘Napoleon Dynamite’ Over Some Cheese Tots

It’s been 12 years since Napoleon Dynamite enchanted America with his pocketful of tots, his charismatic best friend Pedro, and his beloved llama Tina.

The titular hero of the cult film makes his long-awaited return in a new Burger King commercial created to promote the burger chain’s new cheese tater tots.

Burger King’s ad recreates the infamous cafeteria scene where Dynamite asks his Latin friend for some tater tots. The video brings the spotlight to the returning stars more than a decade after the original scene was released.

Actors Jon Heder and Efren Ramirez reprise their roles as Napoleon Dynamite and Pedro, respectively.

You may remember that the characters also made an apperance in 2010 with a short-lived animated series, that only ran six episodes before its cancelation.

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A Look Back At Gene Wilder’s Most Memorable Scenes From Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory

When the world was introduced to Gene Wilder’s portrayal of Willy Wonka, it was love at first sight, as the role would go on to be one of the most enduring and legendary in the world of cinema.

Considering Wilder’s endearing, yet eccentric interpretation of Willy Wonka would end up as iconic, it’s no surprise that the news of his passing on August 29, 2016 spread quickly, after his family confirmed the death of the captivating actor.

In celebration of his life and success, let’s not forget how much joy Wilder brought to us. Simply put, he inspired us all, especially as the candy magnate in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. As a remembrance of such a monumental role, here’s a look back at the most memorable scenes from the classic

Wonka’s Grand Entrance

Pure Imagination

“The snozberries taste like snozberries!”

“We are the music makers and we are the dreamers of the dreams.”

“You lose! Good day, sir!”

Although now gone, Wilder will continue to captivate audiences with his wry, yet endearing interpretation of the character that inspired ‘pure imagination’ in us all.

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Gene Wilder’s Portrayal Of Willy Wonka Was One Of Cinema’s Most Enduring Roles

Yesterday the world received news that beloved actor Gene Wilder passed away at age 83 due to complications from Alzheimer’s Disease. This came as a shock to many, because Wilder’s 3-year battle with the illness was kept secret from the public eye. Wilder’s nephew stated the news was kept on the DL because Wilder “simply couldn’t bear the idea of one less smile in the world.” If this isn’t an indication of Wilder’s captivating personality, I don’t know what is.

While Gene Wilder starred in several iconic films, it was his portrayal of a quirky confectionery owner in Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory that left the deepest imprint on many. The movie itself, based off of Roald Dahl’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, elicits a lot of mixed emotions – which is pretty on par with most of Dahl’s works – though Wilder brought an endearing eccentricity to his role that will never be forgotten.

As a kid, Willy Wonka meant huge bursts of color, living vicariously through the lucky children who basically got to overdose on sugar, and Oompa Loompas that would haunt your dreams. Willy himself just happened to be the man behind it all.

But in re-watching the movie as an adult in response to the news of Wilder’s death, it’s clear that Wonka is a pretty complex character. He is a soul with a troubled past whose aim is to better himself, all while trying his best to impart wisdom and enforce the rocky border between right and wrong. And there is no other actor who would be as dedicated and enthusiastic about enacting these varying items of minutiae than Gene Wilder.

Wilder was known to be constructive yet forceful with all of his roles. He wasn’t afraid to question the script or provide commentary on costume designs. As a matter of fact, he did both during the filming of Willy Wonka.

The actor had a huge impact on Wonka’s first entrance in the movie – he insisted the character should walk out to meet the masses while limping visibly with a cane. Then, Wonka was to drop the cane and perform a perfect somersault. Wilder went on record to say this simple action would be enough to deem the character unpredictable, and maybe even untrustworthy in the eye of the audience. He was right.

After receiving the original sketches for Willy Wonka’s costume, Wilder wrote a 300+ word letter directly to the costume designer, with constructive suggestions to improve its external facade. Upon reading this letter, you will realize each proposition is incredibly detail-oriented. This is just further proof of Wilder’s thoughtfulness.

However, Wilder’s passion goes beyond just the tangible. There has always been an undeniable aura about him; a charisma unparalleled by many of his colleagues in the industry. While I have seen a few of his other films, albeit several years ago, a moment that perfectly describes this phenomenon is Willy Wonka’s first song of the film, “Pure Imagination.”

Admittedly, I was multi-tasking when I watched the film this go-around, but as soon as Wilder began to sing this melody, I dropped everything. I was captivated. I don’t know if it was Wilder’s expressive eyes, or his immense vocal talent — or both — but he has a way of connecting with you on a level you didn’t even know was possible.

Of all the parts of this film, I personally think it was the performance of this musical number that beguiled all witnesses, regardless of age, because it gave an underlying feeling of hope. If you allow yourself to be creative and vulnerable, no matter the circumstances, your imagination can take you where you need to be. It doesn’t matter whether you are poor like Charlie, hoping to relive your youth like his grandfather, or even a total brat like Veruca Salt. In the end, despite any of your trials or personal short-comings, you are going to be okay.

Even though Willy Wonka was released in 1971, several years before my fellow millennials and I were born, it is impossible to forget Gene Wilder and his ability to make you laugh and comfort you without even being in the room.

Gene, I hope you are now in your own pure imagination, living there. You’ll be free, if you truly wish to be.

 

 

Photo credit: Warner Bros as seen on Slate.
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You Gotta Try This Bacon Fat Popcorn Hack

Suicide Squad opens this weekend and, despite depressingly bad reviews, I really enjoyed it. It’s a solid popcorn flick. However, if you’re set on passing this new entry in the superhero genre, just enjoy a movie night at home. Maybe Netflix some Stranger Things and make yourselves some bacon-flavored popcorn.

Yes, bacon-flavored popcorn.

According to People, all you have to do is cook up some bacon and save the excess fat on the saucepan. Then, add your popcorn kernels and start cooking your popcorn on the stovetop. You’ll get fresh popcorn with the aromatic bacon favor. If you’re really into bacon in your popcorn chop up the pieces you cooked beforehand and throw them on top of your freshly-popped popcorn bowl.

Check out the video above for more details.

Movie night, guys!

h/t: People

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Cheers! A Supercut Of The Most Awesome Drinking Scenes In Films

Guys, let’s be real here we basically trudge through the week with the slightest glimmer of hope resting on the shoulders of a potentially amazing weekend. Monday through Wednesday are basically as rough as it gets. Thursday is a little better, knowing that the end is near. Then Friday comes, and all you can think about is how you have 2 1/2 days of doing anything you want.

One video editor from Las Vegas named Robert Jones knows this feeling all too well. Jones spliced together a video of 70 outrageous, wild and awesome drinking and partying moments from some of the best films of our generation. If this video doesn’t get you friggin’ pumped for the weekend, then you’re probably a stay-home-with-a-good-book kind of person already. But if it does…

 

SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS SHOTS SHOT SHOTS!

 

 

Photo: Robert Jones, Mad Decent

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This Is The Trailer For The McDonald’s Origin Movie We Never Knew We Wanted

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Michael Keaton stars in an upcoming hollywood biopic based on Ray Kroc, the man who turned the small-time burger restaurant McDonald’s into what it is today.

The film, titled The Founder, centers on Kroc meeting the McDonald’s brothers, Richard and Maurice, and how he takes the company over from them. USA Today was first to get the exclusive trailer of the upcoming biographical film.

It looks pretty awesome. Though, to be fair, we’d watch anything with Michael Keaton in it.

The Founder also stars Nick Offerman (Ron Swanson himself), Laura Dern and John Carroll Lynch. You can check out the trailer below. We’ve added a few different viewing options.

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POP ROCKS Popcorn Is The Sensory Snack You Need To Eat Tonight

Nothing says movie night more than a freshly-popped bowl of popcorn. Though if you’re tired of your typical flavors of butter, kettle, or nacho cheese, here’s a popping new alternative.

Behold, Pop Rocks Pop Corn.

Foodbeast Family member Hector Gomez created a sweet and sour variation to the popular movie snack.

All you need is some popcorn, a fresh lime and some Pop Rocks.

Take a rolling pin and crush the confectionary into a powder. Then, cut a lime in half and drizzle the juice onto your popcorn. Finally, add a generous seasoning of your crushed Pop Rock powder on top of your popcorn.

Now, all that’s left is to enjoy.