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September 21, 1995 | By Richard Iaconelli
Many of us never thought we'd reach 40 single and living alone. But the last census told us that 23 million Americans now live alone, half between 25 and 50. Many single adults raised in the "Ozzie-and-Harriet" era now live confused and benumbed in another: The Twilight Zone of Romance. Sure, activities for "singles" are everywhere. But adult dating today can be a carnival of confusion. The problem isn't simply about who will pick up the dinner check, it's about the lost verities of courtship, civility and compromise, rules that disappeared with Howdy Doody and tailfins on Cadillacs.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 1990 | By Yardena Arar, Los Angeles Daily News
The older woman who takes up with a younger man generally has not fared well on the silver screen. She is at best a vehicle for the young man's coming of age - Jennifer O'Neill's lovely war widow in "Summer of '42" - and more often either an object of pity (Cloris Leachman's sex-starved Ruth in "The Last Picture Show") or an out-and-out lecher (Anne Bancroft's Mrs. Robinson in "The Graduate"). The object of her affections - or attentions - may be in the relationship for ambition (Frank Sinatra in "Pal Joey," William Holden in "Sunset Boulevard")
NEWS
July 15, 2012 | By Lidija Dorjkhand and Inquirer Staff Writer
Hurt souls find love with a touch of magic and there's laugh-out-loud courtship of opposites in a continuing shifter series as we survey romance reading for the summer. Spellbound Falls By Janet Chapman Jove, $7.99 Olivia Baldwin runs a camp for families in picturesque Spellbound Falls, Maine. A busy widow with a young daughter, she hasn't had time for romance in years, not to mention a lack of any real contenders to catch her eye in the tiny town.
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February 1, 2013 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
MOST WOMEN like a guy with brains, but maybe not a guy who keeps brains in his hoodie pouch, for snacking. This is just one of the many roadblocks to romance in "Warm Bodies" an inventive zomcom about a zombie (Nicholas Hoult) who can't remember his first name, or forget that he's in love. He falls for a beautiful non-zombie girl (Teresa Palmer), whom he impulsively saves right after killing and partially eating her boyfriend. He keeps her safe and hidden at the zombie-infested airport, holed up in the cabin of an old plane, where he spins vinyl for her and gathers food and blankets.
NEWS
February 11, 1994 | Daily News Wire Services
Since Valentine's Day falls on Monday this year, why not devote the whole weekend to romance? Just hit the video store and fire up the VCR. Here are some suggestions, from classic to offbeat: "Wuthering Heights" (1939) - Laurence Olivier's Heathcliff suffers his whole miserable life pining for Merle Oberon's Cathy. The tacked-on ending suggests heaven may offer what earth never could. "Gone With the Wind" (1939) - Vivien Leigh's Scarlett and Clark Gable's Rhett are married and obsessively drawn to each other, but their tempestuous courtship continues because they never settle down enough to settle in. They're both so strong and Scarlett so unyielding that they're thwarted by her inability to accept just part of all she thinks she wants.
NEWS
February 28, 1988 | By Judith Gaines, Special to The Inquirer
"We're goin' ridin' on the freeway, got love on the inside track. " - Aretha Franklin, "Freeway of Love" The automobile, as several academics have observed, has become a kind of motorized version of the American psyche, a symbol of self-reliance, private adventure and the mobility of a democratic society. Now, increasingly, it is the vehicle to romance. Nowhere is this more evident than in this city where, as author Arthur Miller once wrote, "when a man admits failure, he becomes a pedestrian.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2005 | By Annette John-Hall INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
He's fought off aliens, drug lords, the CIA and - ay! - robots. Heck, he even brought George Foreman to his knees. Now, in Hitch, his first romantic comedy since he burst onto the small screen as the Fresh Prince, Philadelphia native son Will Smith finds himself in the battle of the sexes. Smith, the quintessential ladies' man - who's resplendent with his actress wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, on the cover of this month's Essence - plays "date doctor" Alex Hitchens, creating situations to help ordinary guys snag the girls of their dreams.
NEWS
January 6, 2014 | By Lidija Dorjkhand, Inquirer Staff Writer
Recent romance releases include the start of a trilogy by prolific author Nora Roberts; a story about a smart, funny, and curvy heroine who has decided to embrace who she is; and a heartwarming Christmas tale from Debbie Macomber.     By Nora Roberts. Berkley. $17. Best-selling author Nora Roberts has written more than 200 books, including the "In Death" series under the name J.D. Robb. Her latest is the beginning of the Cousins O'Dwyer trilogy, about the descendants of an Irish witch.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 28, 2012 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
It won't be long now before teens across the globe take to the streets in sackcloth and ashes in mourning over Kristen Stewart's swan dive from media grace. K-Stew, whose romance with Twilight costar Robert Pattinson has helped us keep at bay the horrors of a world engulfed in poverty, war, and famine, admitted this week that she had engaged in what she called a "momentary indiscretion" with her married Snow White and the Huntsman director, Rupert Sanders. The fallout has been shocking: Fans, for the most part teenage girls, have unleashed a fury of disappointment and outrage, a wave of hysteria not seen since Sigmund Freud set up shop in Vienna.
LIVING
November 29, 1987 | By Dan Gutman, Special to the Inquirer
"When companies say they're coming out with software for women, they generally release a cookbook program," says Amy Briggs. "That's sort of denying the intellectual ability of women. " Briggs, 25, is the author of Plundered Hearts (Infocom), the first interactive romance novel. That's right, an all-text romantic story you read and participate in with the help of your computer. It hit the stores early last month. With an adult female audience in mind, Plundered Hearts is also the first interactive fiction software in which the main character is a woman.
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NEWS
August 14, 2016
Never Before Noon By Joanne McLaughlin Eternal. 340 pp. $14.95 Reviewed by Katherine Ramsland Your parents, whom you despise, decide to end their lives. Oh, and they also disclose that they're vampires. But they're not altogether sure whether you're "like them. " Those are the stakes in Joanne McLaughlin's new novel, one of the "new romance" novels in the vampire genre. By "new romance," I mean the post- Fifty Shades kind that includes regular bouts of heated sex, not the kind that arises from emotional need.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 27, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
In 2010's Catfish , Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman showed a rare intelligence about how social media gives people the illusion of intimacy while actually alienating us from one another. It was messy and ambiguous - like life. With Nerve , they repackage the same insights in a romantic thriller. It's slick and audience-friendly, like the Hollywood fantasy it sets out to be. Adapted from Jeanne Ryan's young adult novel, the film stars Emma Roberts ( Scream Queens ) as Vee, a studious, cautious high school senior from Staten Island whose one act of defiance enmeshes her in a dangerous contest cooked up on a social-media forum.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 19, 2016 | By Hugh Hunter, For The Inquirer
                                                        By Hugh Hunter                                                           FOR THE INQUIRER Using their veteran stars, Eileen Cella and Sonny Leo, Act II Playhouse is serving up a delicious midsummer treat, Broadway on Butler . Created by Leo, this fast-paced 90-minute musical revue offers a full slate of 27 Broadway songs...
ENTERTAINMENT
July 13, 2016
DEAR ABBY: I'm a man in my mid-30s who has recently recognized a pattern in my romantic relationships. A few of them lasted for several years before they ended for various reasons. In between, I've gone a couple of years before seeking out and starting a new relationship. In the in-between time, I go online and meet people I have no intention of meeting in "real life," but who provide conversation and intimacy while I enjoy single life. I'm about to repeat the pattern again. I'm a few months out of a three-year relationship and have met someone online.
NEWS
July 3, 2016
The Girl From Summer Hill By Jude Deveraux Ballantine Books. 384 pp. $27 Reviewed by Lidija Dorjkhand Most fans of romance books have a special place in their heart for Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and her quintessential couple, Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy. Many a novel has used the winning formula of spirited heroine and aloof but honorable hero who fight their attraction until their love cannot be denied. Jude Deveraux has gone a step further and (on several levels)
NEWS
June 20, 2016
This fan thought that if Diana Gabaldon, author of the "Outlander" book series, was writing the episode, there might be some sweet Jamie and Claire together time in "Vengeance is Mine," episode 11 in the Starz TV series based on her books. Ha! Should have known better. Not that there isn't some of that - and let's face it, actors Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan can pack a lot of emotion into a glance or a quick before-battle kiss between their characters - but, as DG explains here , "Outlander" was never meant to be a romance, in the modern sense anyway.
NEWS
June 10, 2016 | By Zoe Miller, For The Inquirer
Quick, name that tune. That's the game theater patrons will be playing at Rodgers' Romance , a Broadway musical revue created and directed by Philadelphia-area native David-Michael Kenney. On Wednesday, the production will make its New Jersey premiere at Cape May's East Lynne Theater Company, following stagings at the Sellersville Theater (2004) and Ambler's Act II Playhouse (2007). Comprising 24 songs by Richard Rodgers and his collaborators Oscar Hammerstein II and Lorenz Hart, Kenney's revue invites audience members to guess songs - and their corresponding shows - for a chance to win a gift certificate to a Shore business.
NEWS
May 20, 2016 | By Steve & Mia
Q: I'm just finishing my junior year in college and had a great relationship with a sophomore the last two semesters. Now, I'm worried. She told me she loves me, but she lives in California. I live in New Jersey and both of us return home and have to work summer jobs. When I asked her if she'd date anyone while we were apart, she said she has some friends there, but nothing serious. Does that mean she'd have sex? What should I do? Mia: Dude, summer hasn't even started and you're already sweating a girl?
NEWS
February 15, 2016
The Fugitives By Christopher Sorrentino Simon & Schuster. 322 pages. $26. Reviewed by John Domini Early in The Fugitives , Christopher Sorrentino's wild yet subtle new novel, his protagonist, Sandy Mulligan, bad-mouths the film industry. Mulligan, a novelist himself, complains of hitting the Hollywood jackpot only to be ignored. The director shrugs: "It's not a comedy. " A simple yea or nay like that may work in the Dream Factory, but it won't do for The Fugitives . Sorrentino assays a wide range of approaches, pushing envelopes of genre till his fingers poke through.
NEWS
February 14, 2016 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
As far as hip-hop's cult of personality goes, Fetty Wap, of Paterson, N.J., has it all sewn up. He's an anomaly - a guy who sing-speaks melodic, licentious, East Coast gangsta-rap love songs, but doesn't allow guns in his videos. A handsome young man, he isn't afraid to show off the ocular prosthesis where his left eye was before it was damaged by glaucoma in childhood. Fetty Wap made the summer of 2015 his personal jukebox with back-to-back Top 10 hits such as "679," "Again," and "My Way," yet he still manages to seem like an underground sensation with hard-banging trap beats as deep as his regard for Lambos.
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