July 1, 2012 |
When I finally met Nora Ephron six years ago, I did something I had never done before in a few thousand interviews and I haven't done since. I told her I loved her. I have always loved her, since first reading her Esquire pieces in the 1970s. Of course, her admirers are legion. We love her extraordinary wit, her inimitable style, her appetite for risk and change. Her actual appetite, for butter, pate, steak, pie, and her rejection of the egg-white omelet, of which she noted, "People who eat them think they're doing something virtuous when they are instead merely misinformed.
March 2, 2012
SOMETIMES, a piece of news socks you in the gut. It may not be momentous, like Mitt Romney winning his home state by a whopping three-point margin, and it might not be entirely unexpected, like the death of Amy Winehouse. But when it happens, you stop whatever you are doing, lean back in your chair and take a deep breath. It's worth a moment of reflection. That's what happened when I heard that Davy Jones had died of a heart attack at age 66. I hadn't thought about the ex-Monkee in a very long time until, last month, when I caught that old Brady Bunch episode in which he croons to a flaxen-haired Marcia, "Gehl, look whut yeuve dun too mee. " Watching a very young Davy train those liquid brown eyes on an undeserving Marcia made me sigh, despite my 50-year-old self.
February 26, 2012
Sunday Where we live Bruce Norris' Pulitzer Prize-winning, fiercely funny play Clybourne Park borrows real estate and minor characters from Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun to look at issues of white flight and gentrification in an ingeniously inventive way - above all, proving that it really is about location, location, location. The show goes on at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Arden Theatre , 40 N. Second St., and continues with performances on a Tuesday-through-Sunday schedule to March 25. Tickets are $29 to $48. Call 215-922-1122.
February 10, 2012
'TIS NEARLY Valentine's Day, fellas, when you're expected to sit down with your gal to see "The Vow," or something like it. Something very dangerous to your relationship, your self-esteem. Starring someone like Channing Tatum - bigger, better-looking, unafraid of commitment, supplied by screenwriters with an endless supply of cute things to say and do. In "The Vow" Tatum asks his girlfriend to move in with him by spelling out the question in the blueberries he places next to the pancakes he's just made for her. See what I mean?
December 2, 2011
Q: I'm in a difficult situation. My friend and I are in a "friends with benefits" relationship. I want more, but he wants to stay just FWB so we don't lose the friendship. This is not the kind of relationship I want. But every time I try to leave or stop being FWB, he gets all upset and says that if I just stay around and give him time, we will become more than FWB. This has been going on for eight months now. What do I do? Steve: Ask him if he has a cute friend, because you're going to be dating others.
November 4, 2011 |
"LIKE CRAZY" tracks the imperiled, intercontinental romance of two young lovers. Anton Yelchin is Jacob, a soulful woodworker who falls hard for Anna (Felicity Jones), the British journalism major who sends him a comical mash note one day after class. And why not? Who wouldn't go weak in the knees after getting an unsolicited love letter from Jones, with her gorgeous green eyes and adorably shy smile that reveals a set of fantastically irregular British teeth? I haven't been this smitten since I saw Kate Beckinsale's overbite in "Cold Comfort Farm.
October 15, 2011 |
Nicholas Sparks' latest novel, The Best of Me , has all the flashes of a Sparks book: small-town life; love and its regrets; wrenching plot twists; agonizing choices. Plus a ghost. Or is it a ghost? "I don't want to be the kind of writer who writes the same exact story without changing anything," says Sparks, who reads from his work at the University of Pennsylvania Bookstore from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday. "I'm always asking myself, 'How can I make it new and interesting?' " Enough readers have found his stories new and interesting to give him a very successful career as a writer, with 16 novels and multiple New York Times best-sellers.
October 9, 2011
By Jeffrey Eugenides Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 416 pp. $28 Reviewed by Glenn C. Altschuler On a warm spring day at Brown University in the early 1980s, after Leonard Bankhead and Madeleine Hanna had "picnicked on each other," Maddy whispers "I love you," in a voice edged with "a sense of peril. " Leonard reaches for his copy of A Lover's Discourse , by Roland Barthes, finds the page with the words "Je t'aime," and hands it to her. Overcome at first with happiness, Madeleine reads on: "Once the first avowal has been made, 'I love you' has no meaning whatever.
June 21, 2011 |
D EBBIE REYNOLDS had a pretty good weekend - or at least her creditors did. The star of "Singin' in the Rain" and "The Unsinkable Molly Brown," mother o f Carrie Fisher and ex-wife of Philadelphia crooner Eddie Fisher, auctioned off her collection of Hollywood memorabilia. Marilyn Monroe's vent-blown dress from "The Seven Year Itch" fetched $4.6 million. The outfit worn by Audrey Hepburn in the Ascot race scene of "My Fair Lady" drew a $3.7 million bid. The auction house, Profiles in History, was still calculating the sale's final tally yesterday.
May 11, 2011 |
Why did Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver wait until now to dissolve their 25-year-old matrimonial, financial, and political merger? Haters might say they staved off the inevitable till Arnold un -govinated as California's ruler - a cynical ploy to protect Arnold's political position and power. But we're no haters. "This has been a time of great personal and professional transition for each of us," the couple say. "We are continuing to parent our four children together," they added, referring to Katherine , 21, Christina , 19, Patrick , 17, and Christopher , 13. Schwarz-love love never dies Speaking of The Govinator Dynasty , the nation's foremost investigative journal, the National Enquirer, reports that Maria and Arnold's 17-year-old son, Patrick, has fallen prey to Miley Cyrus ' good-( yet-oh-so-bad!