August 4, 2014 |
GASPÉ PENINSULA, New Brunswick - I am coaxing my 1999 Toyota along a road in a pelting rainstorm. Logging trucks career by, coating the windshield with water. A construction detour off Canadian Route 2N has us in country that would be idyllic if we could see it. My 12-year-old daughter Anne's iPod is on the fritz; my 15-year-old son, Noah, announces that our printed-out directions have west and east reversed. My lower back screams, "Stop and stretch"; my better judgment whispers, "What were you thinking, taking the kids solo on a 2,500-mile round trip to the Gaspé Peninsula?"
April 11, 2014
I'D HEARD that "Noah" was made animal-free - using no real animals - and I was prepared for a big-budget CGI-happy spectacle, which I got. But I wasn't prepared for what Darren Aronofsky's movie turns out to be - a milestone in blockbuster veganism, in mainstreaming the idea of committed nonviolence. The stakes are set in the opening seconds: Among quick clips of the Fall is one of a hand reaching for an apple - except that the apple is beating, like a heart, both visually and audibly.
April 1, 2014 |
A night of slime Robert Downey Jr . turned inspirational speaker at Saturday's Kids' Choice Awards, One Direction and Jennifer Lawrence got top awards, and the traditional green goo bath finally caught up with Mark Wahlberg , thanks to some unlikely slimers - his own three young kids. Downey, after winning best male buttkicker, told the L.A. audience at Nickelodeon's 27th annual awards show, "Remember, when life is kicking your butt, never forget to kick it back right - in the face.
March 28, 2014 |
"NOAH" director Darren Aronofsky has called his new epic "the least biblical film ever made" and, having seen it, I can tell you that he's full of beans. True, the movie is not woodenly faithful to the traditional story, but it's certainly biblical, padding the brief story of Noah (three dozen paragraphs in Genesis) with borrowings from later passages: from the Old Testament, the story of Abraham and Isaac; from the New Testament, miraculous pregnancies, paraphrasing of questions asked by Jesus of God, ideas from Revelations.
March 21, 2014 |
RUSSELL CROWE went to meet the pope, but the pope said "No-ah. " Crowe and the makers of the big-budget film about the animal ark-ivist attended Pope Francis ' general audience yesterday but didn't get what they most wanted: a photo-op. Maybe Crowe will have better luck if he accompanies the Philadelphia delegation later this month. Crowe had lobbied hard for a papal thumbs-up for his film "Noah," and the ensuing publicity a Francis blessing would bring. The film has been banned in much of the Muslim world because of its depiction of the prophet Noah, while U.S. conservatives have complained the film takes liberties with the biblical account of the flood.
March 11, 2014 |
FOR A MOVIE based on a book written thousands of years ago, "Noah" is sure stirring up a fair amount of modern-day controversy. Before anyone had even seen Darren Aronofsky 's retelling of the Biblical tale, with a slightly tweaked story ark, certain Christian groups were upset that the movie wasn't literal enough in its rendering of the very old man and the sea. Now, three Arab countries have banned "Noah" on religious grounds because Islam...
November 18, 2013 |
Same-sex marriage is now legal in 14 states and Washington D.C. An estimated six million children are being raised by gay or lesbian parents. More than twenty million are growing up with a single mother or father. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the traditional nuclear family - mom, dad, children - accounts for only 20 percent of households. This is the first in an occasional series of stories about the new modern family, one that may be living next door to you. On Sept.
June 6, 2013
Company description: "It's a Taste of Maine for TWO! Two half lobster rolls, two half crab rolls, two half shrimp rolls with two sodas, two bags of chips and two pickles. " Chain: Luke's Lobster. Location: 130 S. 17th St., Center City. Calories: As a small chain, Luke's is not yet required to provide nutritional information. Lobsters, however, are relatively low in calories and high in protein, but also high in cholesterol. Order time: A few minutes.
April 29, 2013 |
At first, when the opportunity arose for my son and me to ski in Beaver Creek, Colo., for a scant three days, I was concerned that our different levels of ability - like the nascent pairings on Dancing With the Stars - would mean a lonely and humdrum trip. We are a study in contrasts: Noah is an expert downhill skier and snowboarder, while I have found a permanent home on the greens. Given that we had left friends and family at home working, and that we couldn't ski together very well, we each took advantage of the independence to tackle something new. Telemark skiing for Noah; cross-country for me. Lest you think cross-country, with its customary flat terrain and less cumbersome equipment, is a walk in the park, let me introduce you to McCoy Park.
March 4, 2013
Joakim Noah had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and the host Chicago Bulls beat the Brooklyn Nets, 96-85, on Saturday. The Bulls went on a 19-0 run that started in the second quarter and stretched into the third. Noah followed up the third triple-double of his career with another terrific performance that also included four blocks. He committed five turnovers, but even so it was an impressive follow-up to Thursday, when he had 23 points, 21 rebounds, and a career-high 11 blocks in a win over the 76ers.