February 18, 2011 |
Poor little Petra, just 13 and growing up in South Wales, is one of thousands of girls smitten with David Cassidy. The year is 1974, and Cassidy is the creation of a brilliant marketing campaign that preys on the hearts of teenage girls. As you may or may not remember, depending on which planet you were born on, Cassidy was the star of the TV series "The Partridge Family. " He branched off into his own career as a bubble-gum rock icon. Cassidy's career fizzled and died in a series of media scandals, including a spread of him naked in Rolling Stone (photographed by Annie Leibovitz)
November 6, 2002 |
Kate Reddy is a high-powered London hedge fund manager, a go-getter from the get-go, traveling for business -- New York today, Germany tomorrow -- working every vacation, as well as most evenings and weekends. Kate is also the mother of two small children, and therein lies the rub.
February 18, 2011
I Think I Love You Allison Pearson Alfred A. Knopf: 357 pp., $24.95
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 1993 |
It almost like "Jurassic Park," but it was a lot less frightening. And for the 22 children ages 3 to 7, whose parents said they were too young to see the blockbuster summer movie, attending a recent dinosaur workshop at Cypress College supplied just enough excitement. " Tyrannosaurus rex is my favorite," said Sarang Ratanjee, 6, of Anaheim, who held a replica of the 50-foot-tall, flesh-eating beast's jaw over his head. "I like them because they eat the other dinosaurs."
January 1, 2012 |
Contagion Warner Bros., $28.98; Blu-ray, $35.99 Director Steven Soderbergh and screenwriter Scott Z. Burns take a novel approach to the medical-crisis thriller, mixing a spooky post-apocalyptic look with flat docu-realism. The film falls halfway between "Dawn of the Dead" and the old TV series "Emergency," with more than a little "Towering Inferno" thrown in — what with an all-star cast that includes Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet and Jude Law. Soderbergh and Burns relay in chilling detail how a deadly epidemic could spread across the world within weeks, then speculate on how society might change in its wake, as medical professionals race to find a vaccine.
September 16, 2011 |
Thwarted by the same awkward timing that zonked "Confessions of a Shopaholic" two years ago, just when shopaholics began to seem extra-heinous, the film version of "I Don't Know How She Does It" doesn't know how to do what I think it's trying to do. I think it's trying to acknowledge the real-world pressures faced by many, many millions of women. The movie concerns three especially chaotic months in the life of Kate Reddy, an investment firm wiz played by Sarah Jessica Parker.