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Eric Althoff

Eric Althoff

Eric Althoff is the entertainment, lifestyle and travel editor for The Washington Times. A native of New Jersey, Mr. Althoff studied at the University of Southern California, and he has worked in film, television and publishing in Los Angeles and New York. Prior to joining The Times in 2014, he wrote for Brides magazine, Black Belt, Pasadena Magazine, Set Decor, Hustler and elsewhere. He has spoken several times at the annual convention of the American Copy Editors Society.

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Articles by Eric Althoff

In this image released by Sony Pictures Classics, Lily Tomlin appears in a scene from "Grandma." (Glen Wilson/Sony Pictures Classics via AP)

'Grandma' director based Tomlin's character on his own family matron

Paul Weitz, the director of the 1999 teen sex romp "American Pie," is these days often referred to as a feminist filmmaker -- a designation Mr. Weitz, 49, appears to politely demure. "It wasn't conscious on my part that almost all of the characters would be female; it just happened," Mr. Weitz told The Washington Times of his new film, "Grandma." Published August 27, 2015

Jisei Zhou (Young America's Foundation)

Young America's Foundation leader decries Obama on economy

Jiesi Zhao, Director of Young America's Foundation's Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise, has decried President Obama for what she views as the president's lack of understanding of free market forces. Published August 26, 2015


Potter chimes in on the music of 'Midnight'

The silky-voiced Vermont songstress Grace Potter embarks on her first solo release -- minus her band, the Nocturals -- for Hollywood Records and produced by Eric Valentine. Published August 20, 2015

Greta Gerwig (left) as Brooke, and Lola Kirke, as Tracy, in a scene from "Mistress America." (Fox Searchlight Pictures via AP)

Gerwig: Script for 'Mistress America' was followed to her letter

Chances are, you've had a friend like Brooke: proactive, loquacious, prone to exaggeration, the life of the party. Someone you know you might do better to avoid but whom you cannot help but be drawn to. For Greta Gerwig, who plays the high-maintenance Brooke in the new film "Mistress America," she didn't have to look far for the character's inspiration. Published August 19, 2015


Baltimore writer returns overdue library book 34 years late

While rooting through a cabinet over her mother's refrigerator, Baltimore-area writer Michele Wojciechowski discovered an old paperback copy of "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein," adapted and illustrated by Alice and Joel Schick. The thrill of an unexpected find was quickly tempered by a horrific realization: Ms. Wojciechowski had checked out the book in 1981. Published August 19, 2015

From left, Emile Hirsch, Hailee Steinfeld, Ethan Hawke and Avan Jogia pose for a portrait to promote the film, "Ten Thousand Saints" at the Eddie Bauer Adventure House during the Sundance Film Festival on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)

New film from 'American Splendor' directors looks at New York '80s culture

The new film "10,000 Saints" is really and truly about sinners. The film, from directors Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, which opens at the District's Angelika Pop-Up Friday, takes a detailed look at the New York punk culture of the late 1980s, as well as the missteps that young people make -- both then and now. Published August 17, 2015

Wonder gives free concert to promote final U.S. tour

Recording artist Stevie Wonder gave a free performance Monday morning at the Armory Mall in Washington, D.C., the first stop on a three-city mini-tour to promote the remaining dates on his "Songs in the Key of Life Performance" tour. Published August 17, 2015


Springfield plays host to West Coast's Wood Ranch BBQ

While the DMV has no shortage of BBQ joints, it was always going to take a major player to up the ante here in the nation's capital, and thanks to the California-based Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill chain extending its reach to the East Coast at long last, the gauntlet for rib-sticking goodness in the major capital corridor has been thrown a step further. Published August 16, 2015

This photo provided by Sony Pictures Classics shows, Bel Powley as Minnie Goetze, in a scene from the film, "The Diary of a Teenage Girl."  (Sam Emerson/Sony Pictures Classics via AP)

'Diary of a Teenage Girl' aims to take the movie sheen off adolescence

"I feel like, in some ways, we're not actually [truthfully] paying respects to the experience of what it is to be a teenager when we write teenagers with the voice of adults just kind of put into their mouths," said Marielle Heller, writer/director of the new film "The Diary of a Teenage Girl," which opens Friday. Published August 13, 2015

Adam Duritz (Baltimore Sun)

Counting Crows frontman Duritz bemoans state of music biz

Counting Crows' song "Mr. Jones" put the band into the pop stratosphere in 1993, but if frontman Adam Duritz had his way, he wouldn't be fielding constant requests for the hit on a nightly basis. Published August 10, 2015

This Nov. 30, 2011, file photo shows television host Jon Stewart during a taping of "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" in New York. (AP Photo/Brad Barket, File)

'Daily Show' set headed to Newseum

Jon Stewart bids his audience goodbye Thursday evening after 16 years as host of "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central, but the set from his long-running news satire show will soon be headed to Washington, D.C.'s Newseum. Published August 6, 2015

FILE - In this May 24, 2015 file photo, Keith Richards performs at The Rolling Stones Zip Code Tour opening night in San Diego, Calif. Netflix will premiere an original documentary on Keith Richards. "Keith Richards - Under the Influence" will be available Sept. 18, the streaming service announced Tuesday, July 28. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP, File)

Richards: 'Sgt. Pepper's' was a 'rubbish' record

In a new interview with Esquire, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards calls The Beatles' iconic 1967 album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" "a mishmash of rubbish." Published August 5, 2015