Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY

Carly Mallenbaum

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Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Recent articles by Carly:

'Toy Story' turns 25: Ranking the best villains

With Pixar's "Toy Story" turning 25 on Nov. 22, we're ranking the franchise's best antagonists (who aren't always all bad), from Sid to Gabby Gabby. → Read More

Barack Obama's book-release playlist: Beyoncé, Stevie Wonder, Eminem and 'Michelle'

President Barack Obama has created a musical playlist to go with the release of his new book, "A Promised Land." → Read More

Former 'Daily Show' host Jon Stewart sets TV return with Apple TV+ show

Jon Stewart, the longtime "Daily Show" star, will be hosting and executive producing a new current affairs series on Apple TV+ → Read More

Halloween drive-thru: In COVID times, is a spooky car experience worth the trip?

I went to three Halloween drive-thrus in California to see if the newly popular, socially distanced activity could get me into the spooky spirit. → Read More

Billboard Music Award 2020: Biggest moments, from Lizzo's speech to Garth Brooks' concert and BTS

Here's what you missed from the Billboard Music Awards, which was partially live with Kelly Clarkson hosting from Dolby Theatre. → Read More

Barbie (yes, the doll) posts a video about racism that goes viral, and for good reason

Barbie, as in the animated Mattel doll, posts regular vlogs on YouTube for children. Her recent video about racism was also a hit with adults. → Read More

After VP debate, fans are hoping 'The Fly' actor Jeff Goldblum will land on this week's 'SNL'

After a fly landed on VP Mike Pence's head during the vice presidential debate, fans thought of Jeff Goldblum's sci-fi film "The Fly" and "SNL." → Read More

Sukkot: The Jewish holiday celebrated in huts outside is almost pandemic-friendly

Sukkot, the fall harvest festival, begins Friday evening. The Jewish holiday has been celebrated in man-made huts outside for thousands of years. → Read More

'I Am Woman': The real story behind Helen Reddy's empowering feminist anthem

Released weeks before her death, a new Helen Reddy biopic tells the story of the singer behind the empowering anthem that still resonates with women. → Read More

Is your texting punctuation sending the wrong message? Yes. Maybe! Think so ...

Periods, ellipses and exclamation points in text messages can mean different things to different people. Why? Linguist Gretchen McCulloch explains. → Read More

Don't say 'Happy Yom Kippur': How to greet someone observing the Jewish Day of Atonement

Yom Kippur is a time of reflection and atonement, so a celebratory "Happy Yom Kippur" doesn't ring true. → Read More

'Father of the Bride' cast reunites 25 years later for sort-of sequel, with new cameos

After 25 years, Steve Martin, Diane Keaton and the "Father of the Bride" cast reunited for a sort-of sequel from Nancy Meyers, set in the pandemic. → Read More

Emmys 2020 backstage: 'Schitt's Creek' stars talk possible movie, Zendaya explains her tears

After learning of their Emmy wins from afar, Zendaya, Uzo Aduba, John Oliver and Jeremy Strong spoke to reporters in a virtual pressroom. → Read More

Rosh Hashanah in 2020: Groups are blowing the shofar outside synagogue to mark Jewish New Year

With congregants unable to gather at synagogue for the sounding of the shofar this Rosh Hashanah, Jewish groups are bringing the tradition outside. → Read More

'Star Trek: Discovery' casts first non-binary and transgender characters

The "Star Trek" universe will soon include non-binary and transgender characters, played by Blu del Barrio and Ian Alexander, respectively. → Read More

From wakeboarding to smiling at boaters, life in a pandemic is better near water

See the line where the sky meets the sea? Here's why it calls me to paddle and wakeboard in a pandemic. → Read More

'Wakanda Forever': Fans mourn the loss of 'Black Panther' star Chadwick Boseman

Fans and friends are taking to social media to mourn the loss of Marvel's 'Black Panther' star Chadwick Boseman, who died Friday from colon cancer. → Read More

Twitter creatively reimagines first lady Melania Trump's RNC 'green screen' dress

On the last night of the RNC, Melania Trump wore a bright, pleated dress that Twitter dubbed a "green screen" gown. Images were superimposed on it. → Read More

Barack Obama releases 2020 summer DNC playlist: From Megan Thee Stallion to The Chicks

Ahead of the Democratic National Convention, former President Barack Obama shared a playlist of favorite summer songs and tracks from DNC artists. → Read More

'Pitch Perfect' Bellas (including Anna Kendrick & Rebel Wilson) reunite with Beyoncé cover

The Bellas from "Pitch Perfect" -- Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow and Anna Camp among them -- reunite to sing "Love on Top" for charity. → Read More