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In this Monday, Jan. 21, 2008, file photo, director and writer George Romero poses for a photograph while talking about his film "Diary of the Dead" at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. George Romero, whose classic "Night of the Living Dead" and other horror films turned zombie movies into social commentaries and who saw his flesh-devouring undead spawn countless imitators, remakes and homages, has died. He was 77. Romero died Sunday, July 16, 2017 following a battle with lung cancer. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)

'Night of the Living Dead' director Romero dies at 77

George Romero, the filmmaker who made a cottage industry out of zombie films -- and all but defined the genre from its inception -- has died at his home, according to the Los Angeles Times. He was 77. Published July 16, 2017

Ryan Phillippe.  (Just Jared)

Father figure: 'Wish Upon' co-star Phillippe graduates to the adult horror role in new thriller

Time was when Ryan Phillippe played a teenager being stalked by a masked killer in the likes of 1997's "I Know What You Did Last Summer." But the actor, now 42 years old and with teenage children of his own, is at a point in life when he needed to "grow up" a bit in order to come back to the horror genre. "I think that's just the natural progression of things," Mr. Phillippe told The Washington Times of playing the father in the new horror romp "Wish Upon," opening Friday. Published July 13, 2017

Unleashing the potential of Drambuie

I freely admit, I didn't know much about Drambuie, so when I was entreated to test out some cocktails by D.C. brand ambassador Vance Henderson, I was intrigued to learn, well, anything about this beverage, whose name I only knew once via a "Simpsons" reference. Published July 12, 2017

Congress Hall in Cape May, New Jersey.  (Eric Althoff/The Washington Times)

Relax like a president at Congress Hall, the onetime vacation home of five former chief executives

She has hosted five presidents, all of whom came to Cape May, New Jersey, to escape the internecine screaming of Washington -- and all in the days before Twitter or even television could intrude upon a politician's seaside respite. Now celebrating its bicentennial, Congress Hall, on the absolute southernmost part of the Garden State, allows guests to "vacation like a president" in the year of the 45th chief executive's inauguration. Published July 11, 2017

Iggy Pop (left) and Joshua Homme in a scene from "American Valhalla."  (YouTube)

The end of Pop: Punk icon's final record, tour seen in 'American Valhalla'

Iggy Pop has declared he is done recording and touring, content to enjoy his golden years as punk's elder -- and somehow still-living -- elder statesman. The story of the recording of "Post Pop Depression," Mr. Pop's alleged swan song, is the subject of the new doc "American Valhalla," directed by Andreas Neumann and Queens of the Stone Age frontman Joshua Homme, who co-produced the album. Published July 10, 2017

This image taken from film provided by Amazon Studios/IFC Films shows Aziz in a scene from filmmaker Matthew Heineman's documentary, "City of Ghosts." The movie opens in New York on July 7, 2017. (Amazon Studios/IFC Films)

Islamic State terror tactics exposed by Syrian reporters in documentary 'City of Ghosts'

"I can't deal with anything without smoking cigarettes. First thing I need to do before an interview, I need to smoke a cigarette to be able to focus." Given the dangerous, courageous life he has led, it is not surprising to hear such words from Abdul-Aziz al-Hamza -- known as "Aziz" -- one of the subjects of Matthew Heineman's shocking, bracing new documentary "City of Ghosts." Published July 10, 2017

Comedian John Henson hosts the new gameshow "iWitness" on Fox.  (Twitter)

Former 'Talk Soup,' 'Wipeout' host Henson discusses new Fox gameshow 'iWitness'

John Henson is happy to take a trip down memory lane to discuss "Talk Soup," "Wipeout," his stand-up comedy career and various other hosting gigs from across the decades. In fact, memory and observation are the most important skills that contestants on his new gameshow, "iWitness" will be called upon to display when the show's test run on Fox commences Monday. Published July 9, 2017

(Celtic Whiskey Shop)

Ireland's first craft distillery gets into the gin game

Its name means "valley of two lakes" in Gaelic, and its label depicts St. Kevin, the sixth century monk who founded a monastery in the nearby glacial depression amid the Wicklow Mountains located south of Dublin. Glendalough is busy pouring its Wild Botanical Gin, a small-batch liquid that offers a truly botanical nose and a full taste that can be enjoyed neat, over rocks or even in a cocktail, as D.C. brand ambassador Brendan Crowley explained over drinks at Logan Tavern in Northwest. Published July 5, 2017

Colm Meaney (left) and Timothy Spall in a scene from "The Journey."  (The Irish Post)

Best of frenemies: New film 'The Journey' portrays events leading up to end of IRA hostilities

A fictionalized account of the Sinn Fein leader Martin McGuinness and Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) chief Ian Paisley's history-making travels is the basis for the new film "The Journey," opening Friday in the District. Timothy Spall ("Harry Potter," "Denial") portrays U.K. loyalist Paisley to Colm Meaney's ("Star Trek: The Next Generation") take on Sinn Fein leader McGuinness, who, in real life, had also been in the IRA. Published July 4, 2017

Kelvin Slush, Cocktails, Ren Fuller, Renata Fuller

Kelvin Slush Co. introduces frozen cocktail and slush mix

Brooklyn, New York-based Kelvin Slush Co. has launched its newest flavor, Frose, or "frozen rose." Made from organic peach and strawberry juices, Frose is the sixth in a series of flavors from the company that also includes citrus, pina colada, margarita, ginger and tea. Published July 4, 2017

(The Ivy Hotel)

The Ivy Baltimore provides world-class accommodation in the heart of Charm City

Opulence, thy name is Ivy. There is simply no place like Baltimore's Ivy Hotel, the luxurious -- and I do mean luxurious -- boutique hotel located in Charm City's historic Mt. Vernon neighborhood. But a short drive from Washington, the Ivy offers a pampering that is unmatched anywhere in the capital corridor region. Published July 3, 2017

(Ironstone Amphitheatre)

Mini-Mac: Buckingham and McVie trot out new duets and classic Fleetwood songs on current tour

Even 20 percent of Fleetwood Mac -- plus a backing section of some of the best session in the biz -- can bring in a solid evening of rock old and new. Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie, touring behind their eponymous new duet album, are touring to support that album, which brought them to the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia Friday evening. Published July 2, 2017

Muscovites go through the paces of daily life in a scene from "Moscow Never Sleeps."  (YouTube)

Life of Russian urbanites explored in Irish filmmaker's 'Moscow Never Sleeps'

Dublin native Johnny O'Reilly was so confident of his Russian language skills that no only did he move to Moscow, he started making films in the city's native language. Mr. O'Reilly's new work is the slice-of-life drama "Moscow Never Sleeps," a Robert Altman-esque multi-character and multi-storyline work portraying the intersecting narratives of contemporary Muscovites dealing with families, careers, romance and the various other challenges of daily life. Published June 28, 2017

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Music doc 'Hired Gun' brings the backup instrumentalists forward -- Thursday night only

You know their riffs, even if you don't know their names. From Billy Joel's longtime drummer to a guitarist who has played with both Alice Cooper and Hilary Duff, the outstanding music doc "Hired Gun" from filmmaker Fran Strine shines a lot on a small -- one might even say incestuous -- roster of musicians who have backed up up the famous for decades, making a living, if not quite attaining stardom. Published June 27, 2017

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Cheese Journeys announces East Coast tour in September near Philadelphia

Artisinal cheese tour operator Cheese Journeys has announced a tour specifically for cheese-loving tourists for Labor Day weekend near Philadelphia. For that tour, turophiles will have the opportunity to sample cheeses produced in the greater Philadelphia region and in neighboring Chester County. Published June 26, 2017

Evan Lambert.  (Facebook)

Lambert joins D.C.'s Fox 5

The District's Fox affiliate, WTTG, announced that Evan Lambert will be joining the Fox 5 broadcasting family effective July 10, where he will report for both the Fox 5 and Fox 5 Plus news broadcasts. Published June 26, 2017