January 8, 2009 |
"Bride Wars" is a retrograde comedy that makes women look like shallow, scheming, selfish creatures who worship consumerism and fret about their hips. That's not a revelation or a warning. That's how it's being pitched. The promise of a Bridezilla versus Megawedding horror show is precisely what makes it so irresistible to the wedding-movie core constituency. Behavioral science now understands and concedes that there is no stopping the wedding movie; there is no way to exhaust the genre, no variation or incarnation too tiresome for the devotee.
February 1, 2008 |
Eva Longoria Parker as a Bridezilla who has a lethal encounter with an ice sculpture and in the afterlife intimidates women from dating her fiance? That's the plotline of Over Her Dead Body , a one-eyelash-above-average supernatural rom-com starring Longoria Parker as the corpse bride, Paul Rudd as her husband-to-be, and Lake Bell as the woman who helps him get over his would-be wife and on with his so-called life. Imagine Blithe Spirit in sun bronzer. Although the sequences with Longoria Parker are bizarre - less because she resembles a piece of wax fruit than because she seems to be in bossy Desperate Housewives mode and not in this particular movie - Rudd and Bell have nice rapport.
July 1, 2010
EAGLES wide receiver Jason Avant knows he's going to get teased in the locker room because of what you're about to read. After all, it's not often that you hear a professional football player talking up the importance of marriage and commitment. You all but expect a man in Avant's position to hang out in nightclubs enjoying some of the benefits that come with being a player in the National Football League. But instead of getting his party on, Avant is all about his young family and about encouraging his teammates and others to embrace the institution of marriage.
April 8, 2011
Q: My wife travels out of town for work from time to time. After we were first married, she said I'd be a bachelor while she was gone. I always took this "batching it" to mean I could go to clubs and meet other women if I so chose. And if I got lucky, well, I was just batching it. I mentioned this to a buddy of mine who was shocked and thinks I've assumed too much about what my wife would allow. Now I wonder if I should ask her just what is allowed. We've never really discussed it. Steve: Sounds like your missus has a "Don't ask, don't tell" policy.
January 9, 2009 |
Who was it that said, "Bride goeth before a fall"? You, upon leaving Bride Wars . That's the one with Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson as best buds turned sworn enemies when their nuptials are accidentally booked on the same day. Like moussed hair and inverted-pyramid shoulder pads, this sloppy, sloppy slapstick is an artifact from the 1980s, when consumption was more conspicuous and wedding mags counseled the expectant Bridezilla to book her venue...
November 11, 2010 |
You could take all of the raw material from Monday night - half hour backstage, three hours on stage, 15 cupcakes to decorate, one wedding cake, autograph signing until the stroke of midnight - and edit it down to 22 minutes. After all, the actual Cake Boss show does 90 hours of filming for each 22-minute episode, according to the boss himself. But the 1,800 fans who filled the Merriam Theater for "Bakin' with the Boss" (a misnomer as there was no baking, not a vat of fondant in sight, and a mere sampling of modeling chocolate)
November 15, 2004 |
IT COULD BE the first wedding eligible for a Clio Award (that's the one for commercials). After months of politicking and promoting her nuptials to the degree that even ABC told her to cool it, Star Jones, co-host of ABC's "The View," married banker Al Reynolds Saturday in a star-studded Park Avenue bash. Notables including Spike Lee and Sen. Hillary Clinton packed into St. Bartholomew's Church to watch Jones, 42, who wore a Reem Acra-designed strapless wedding dress with a 27-foot train, exchange vows with Reynolds.
December 16, 2004 |
Star Jones Reynolds, aptly dubbed Bridezilla because of her over-hyped wedding, which was perhaps more about product placement and free consumer goods than love, is being sued in connection with an earlier (perchance vainglorious?) attempt to get publicity. According to the Smoking Gun Web site, gardener Dimitri Gatanas, is suing the View cohost for $7,189.20 for work he said he did on her New York Penthouse garden to prepare it for an Architectural Digest story. Gatanas says he was paid the full $30,000 for the initial work he did in June '02, but when he was asked to do some touch-ups and flower arrangements, he was stiffed for the extras.
June 26, 2010
DEAR ABBY: "Todd" and I have been close friends since eighth grade. We're now in our mid-20s, and over the years I have gotten to know his family. His mother, "Cindy," is a kind and darling woman and I like her a lot. The problem is, she has it in her head that I am perfect for Todd. On more than one occasion she has gone so far as to ask me why I don't marry him. Todd and I have always been close, but I have never had any interest in him beyond friendship. In fact, I am involved in a serious relationship right now with a man I love dearly.
February 23, 2011
SHEDDING FOR THE WEDDING. 9 tonight, CW57. THE FIRST thing you need to know about the CW's new "reality" show, "Shedding for the Wedding," is that it's not about dandruff. Or anything involving skin. No, in the tradition of the medium that says everything that rises (or sinks) must eventually converge, two of my least favorite "reality" genres - the weight-loss competitions and the weddings-on-steroids shows - come together in one only occasionally repellent package tonight, as couples compete to win their "dream wedding" - and have it featured in People magazine - by losing weight together.