August 7, 2012 |
"Hope Springs,"starring Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones, is an unusually intelligent cut at the relationship game. And considering the age of its stars, it's a rarity for the movies, which tend to favor youth in all things. This well-considered look at a long marriage that has lost its spark proves that old love is as fraught as any teenage crush and sex never fades as a source of contention. Darker and coming nearly a decade after Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson's middle-age flirtation in "Something's Gotta Give," Kay (Streep)
October 1, 1989
In reference to the Sept. 17 letters headlined, "For Some, Schwarzenegger Comes Across as a Barbarian," I have a few comments. Arnold's moments of excess, arrogance and insensitivity are news; our "moments" aren't. During the 1960s and 1970s, I spent a lot of leisure time in Santa Monica. I often observed the massive figure of Arnold in Santa Monica gyms, restaurants and coffeeshops. He came across as a basically likeable, gentle, fun-loving and decent person. From others who knew him I learned that he's also shrewd, ambitious, very intelligent and generous.
September 18, 1985 |
Florence (Flossie) Arnold and A.B. (Buck) Catlin worked the crowd like a longtime vaudeville comedy team, but their act was as new as their friendship is old. Catlin, the mayor of Fullerton, was at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center Sunday to present a key to the city to Arnold, whom he has known since 1947. The presentation was part of a birthday party that included clowns, a magic act and the opening of an Arnold retrospective: 25 paintings that span her 35-year artistic career.
September 23, 1998 |
After two years of commuting between Arizona and Orange County, Arnold and Barbara Kraus decided they'd had enough. The Krauses, both 50, had lived in Tucson for 35 years, but Arnold's job at a brokerage in Irvine had them flying back and forth, and renting an apartment in Laguna Beach. In January, Barbara began casually searching for a home here, flying into John Wayne Airport on Wednesdays to hit open houses. Soon, though, the pace of the search quickened.
August 8, 2012 |
Meryl Streep will be returning to the Oscars next year -- as a presenter, not as a nominee. And, yes, it's difficult to muster any measure of sympathy or outrage over a woman who has now won three Academy Awards and received 17 nominations. But the fact that Streep likely will be roundly ignored for her deeply felt turn in the domestic drama "Hope Springs" speaks volumes to the narrow range of movies and performances that academy members reward. In "Hope Springs," Streep plays Kay, a 60ish woman dissatisfied with her marriage after 31 years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2010 |
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday backed off his threat of a court fight over his choice to fill the vacant lieutenant governor job, asking the state Assembly to vote again on whether to confirm state Sen. Abel Maldonado for the post. The governor said he would withdraw and resubmit Maldonado's nomination "to avoid wasting time and energy on litigation that should be spent passing a jobs package that will get Californians back to work." The maneuver resets the 90-day clock for lawmakers to approve or reject Maldonado, a moderate Republican from Santa Maria who was approved by the state Senate.