September 11, 2013 |
[Warning: This post contains plot spoilers about the upcoming movie “August: Osage County.” While we don't think they'll ruin the experience, you might be mad anyway. Please read at your own risk.] TORONTO -- If you saw Tracy Letts' Pulitzer Prize-winning black comedy "August: Osage County" on the stage in any of the numerous cities it played a few years back, chances are you were struck by one scene above all else. The final one, that is, in which matriarch Violet Weston is seen sitting on the stairs of the house she once ruled, abandoned by her adult daughters, especially eldest daughter Barbara, who don't/can't/won't stay and take care of a woman who, let's face it, has made her and her sisters' lives pretty miserable.
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February 8, 2010 |
Two of the major Republican candidates aiming to unseat U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer made their case this weekend to the party's most active women, arguing that both Boxer's record and anti-incumbent sentiment nationally have put momentum on their side. Their arguments crystallized their central pitches to party voters before the June primary. Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard chief making her first bid for elective office, detailed her ascension from receptionist to multimillionaire corporate chief.
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March 7, 2010 |
And the Oscar for humility goes to: Gregory Walcott. The 82-year-old retired actor will attend the Academy Awards on Sunday night, with roughly 300 film and TV credits to his name. He's one of those journeymen whose face you recognize and whose name you don't. Walcott's date will be 14-year-old Isabel, his granddaughter, who will help her grandfather complete a goal he set for himself many years ago. That goal had nothing to do with fame or fortune or an Oscar nomination.
February 28, 2010 |
Some people take care of orchids. Others take care of guinea pigs. Barbara takes care of tropes. Most of the day she's a 51-year-old seamstress in Illinois and a caregiver for her husband. But in her spare time, Barbara tends to four tropes: "Cool Bike," "Badass Longcoat," "You Fail Logic Forever" and "Silly Reason for War." "They were a mess, they needed to be cleaned up, and nobody else was doing it, so I adopted them," she says. "It's equivalent of wiping down the sink every morning after I brush my teeth."
June 27, 1986 |
Comedy can intoxicate you, put you in a soft, rollicking mood. But it can also draw blood. That's what the people behind "Ruthless People" (citywide) are after. It's pitched in the half-cynical vein of the comic muckraker. It tries to make sport of human vice, greed and corruption, some of the best comic subjects. The characters here aren't just bad; most of them are truly vile--human slime.
April 20, 1987
Richard Hug has been promoted to vice president-research and development at Santa Barbara-based Softool Corp., which develops and markets software productivity and maintenance tools.