January 2, 2009 |
The story of Marley & Me, now a hit movie based on the popular book, reflects what author John Grogan shares with many other people: Animal friends have lifted their humanity and happiness to their potential. The Humane Society reports that 73 percent of American households include an animal companion. I was among them - that is, until several days ago, when I lost my pal Hobette to organ failure. Hobette was a homeless cat who came to my door one day looking for something to eat. He came in and stayed for 16 years.
December 23, 2008 |
You can be a movie lover and you can be a dog lover, but there are times during "Marley and Me" when it's hard to be both. Movie lovers, for instance, may find themselves saddened long before this suburban Old Yeller reaches its destination on a Chester County farm, midlife home of "Marley" author and former Inky columnist John Grogan. The scene that's maybe hardest to take occurs near the movie's outset, in South Florida, where Grogan (Owen Wilson) and wife Jenny (Jennifer Aniston)
October 30, 2008 |
His dog has been very, very good to John Grogan. He's living a writer's dream: In a luxury suite on the 30th floor of Chicago's sparkly Ritz-Carlton, plush furnishings, room service scrambling with the wine, urban spires all but leaning through the windows, the former Inquirer columnist is relaxing, beer in hand. His 2005 memoir, Marley & Me, about life with his yellow Lab, Marley, has sold more than five million copies, and the movie opens Christmas Day, starring Owen Wilson as Grogan and Jennifer Aniston as his wife, Jenny (about which Jenny had few complaints)
July 4, 2008 |
Grogan pens a childhood memoir Former Inquirer columnist John Grogan, whose tale of a wayward yellow Labrador became the huge best-seller Marley & Me, has written a memoir of his Michigan childhood that will be published in the fall. The book, a "prequel" titled The Longest Trip Home, will be issued under the William Morrow imprint of HarperCollins publishers on Oct. 21, according to an announcement from HarperCollins. Early readers' copies have already gone out to book review editors.
May 31, 2008 |
When a 23-year-old Media resident phoned her mother last week, her voice "squeaked" uncontrollably - which her mother recognized as her daughter's hyper-excitement mode. "You better be engaged or promoted," Erin Reed said her mother told her. She was neither, but ecstatic nonetheless. Reed, a West Chester bank teller, had been invited to watch the filming of Marley and Me from a West Chester storefront, mere yards from where her idol, the actress Jennifer Aniston of Friends fame, would be frolicking.
August 21, 2007 |
WHEN BEST-SELLING author John Grogan worked upstairs at the Inquirer, people always confused him with Owen Wilson ("Wedding Crashers"). The poor (but no longer poor) Inky columnist would sit in the cafeteria and people would walk by and say "What's Jackie Chan like?" "How's your brother, Luke?" "How'd you break your nose?" Or maybe that's just how movie producers saw Grogan because Variety reports that Owen is going to portray the writer in the big-screen adaptation of "Marley & Me. " Suddenly-busy Jennifer Aniston is going to play Mrs. Grogan.
June 12, 2006
Coatesville district coverage unfairly negative As a resident of West Brandywine, which is part of the Coatesville School District, I am very disappointed by the bad publicity that The Inquirer gives to the Coatesville School District. There have been numerous articles about the recent crimes that have taken place in Coatesville, but not once has it been mentioned that the school board approved a historic tax cut of 1.75 mills. West Brandywine is an area where the demographics are changing as white-collar professionals are moving out of the city.
January 27, 2006 |
Marley & Me, Inquirer columnist John Grogan's best-selling tale about his sweet but goofy Labrador retriever, is in line to become a film. Fox 2000, the studio that put former Inquirer columnist Jennifer Weiner's novel In Her Shoes on screen last year, bought the rights, the studio announced yesterday. Terms were not disclosed, but the deal was "substantial," Grogan said. Such deals usually involve graduated payouts, sometimes in the high six figures or even low seven figures.