August 1, 1989 |
Ron Howard remembers the precise moment when the idea for his new movie, "Parenthood," occurred to him. It happened right after "the plane ride from hell. " "I had this really long plane flight where I was surrounded by my kids. One of them threw up on me in the first 45 minutes of the flight, and I didn't have another shirt," recalls the father of four. Howard is laughing. It seems much funnier now, two years later, in the comfort of his suite at the Regency Hotel. "My twin daughters were just not even 2 yet - a terrible time to be flying with kids.
May 11, 2010 |
Lauren Graham is a little surprised to find herself in Philadelphia as part of a quick East Coast publicity swing. After all, her NBC show, Parenthood , is still shooting in Los Angeles. But when your boss, a big Hollywood mogul with roots in TV, tells you to jump on a plane, you say, "Window or aisle?" "It was explained to me that Ron Howard, when he was doing Happy Days , had success in traveling the country and talking about the show. So this was like Ron Howard wanted me to come here," Graham says, laughing.
May 11, 2010 |
Lauren Graham is a little surprised to find herself in Philadelphia as part of a quick East Coast publicity swing. After all, her NBC show, Parenthood, is still shooting in Los Angeles. But when your boss, a big Hollywood mogul with roots in TV, tells you to jump on a plane, you say, "Window or aisle?" "It was explained to me that Ron Howard, when he was doing Happy Days, had success in traveling the country and talking about the show. So this was like Ron Howard wanted me to come here," Graham says, laughing.
January 7, 2006 |
You may have heard about a new study that says people who have children are more depressed than people who don't. Speaking on behalf of parents everywhere, I would just like to say: I wish. The idea of settling into a three- or six-month funk sounds positively restful. But I really don't have the time. For example, on New Year's Eve, as my wife and I frantically swept and cleaned in preparation for a houseful of guests, my 2-year-old decided to strip off her diaper and parade through the upstairs.
April 15, 2016 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: My cousin had a stillborn baby at 35 weeks about nine months ago. In our family, there are a few people with kids under 5, myself included. Sometimes when we get together, the talk turns to difficulties around parenting. Every time, my cousin will say something like, "I wish I had that problem. " I understand where she is coming from, but I'm sure once she has children she will see how difficult parenting can be. She is just accusing us of being ungrateful, which we are not. Her response typically stops all conversation about parenthood, and people feel guilty for bringing it up around her at all. I think this is unfair; it is possible to love your children deeply but still have issues you want to discuss.
January 21, 2000 |
Jesse Green's story is so simple as to be quaint: He falls in love with a single person who has just adopted a child. Except that Green is gay, as is Andy, and together they adopt another child and begin a family. His meditations on the contented single gay man thrust into the disarming and disorienting world of parenthood are found in The Velveteen Father: An Unexpected Journey to Parenthood (Villard, $23.95). It was named one of the best nonfiction books of 1999 by the Los Angeles Times and one of the best memoirs by Amazon.
August 6, 1989 |
The betting here is that Ron Howard's universally appealing and highly enjoyable Parenthood is going to be the hit of the late summer. But there are a few jokes in his serio-comedy of family life that will give pause to some parents and raise some pertinent questions about the criteria used by the Motion Picture Association of America's often (and justly) maligned ratings board. Specifically, the question raised by Howard's comedy - which is rated PG-13 (parental guidance advised for viewers under 13)
September 26, 2000 |
The New Jersey Supreme Court has decided to hear a case involving a South Jersey man's attempt to preserve seven frozen embryos conceived with his now ex-wife. No date has been set, but the attorney for the woman, identified in court papers as J.B., said he expected the court to hear the case early next year and to decide next summer. The woman wants the embryos to remain frozen. Her former husband, identified as M.B. in court papers, wants to use them with another woman or donate them to an infertile couple.
August 6, 1992 |
Imagine this scenario. Corporations across America with nearly their entire clerical support staff absent and 37 percent of their management gone; small businesses with phones ringing off the hooks and no receptionists to man (or should I say woman?) them; busy male professionals with no one to organize their calendars or keep out pests; sound stages of hit TV sitcoms such as "Roseanne," "Murphy Brown" and "Designing Women" empty and cavernous; movie sets quiet as ghost towns. No nurses.
April 10, 2006
JEFF JACOBY made a lot of valid points in his op-ed, "The Obligations of Unwanted Fatherhood. " It's true that certain social, political and economic structures have been put in place that make it a breeding ground for single parenthood. It's also true that, more often than not, women are the ones affected by these structures. So imagine my surprise when I found out there's a guy named Matt Dubay, a Michigan computer programmer, who argues that men should have the same reproductive rights as women.