January 2, 2013 |
Dancer, singer and actress Julianne Hough, who plays a victim of abuse in the upcoming film "Safe Haven," has her own backstory of abuse suffered as a child, she revealed to Cosmopolitan in the mag's February issue. After winning a five-year scholarship to the Italia Conti Academy of the Arts, where her brother Derek Hough was studying, a 10-year-old Julianne headed from Utah to London to train in dance. The now-24-year-old told the mag that while in London, far from her recently divorced parents, "I was abused, mentally, physically, everything," she said.
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December 23, 2012 |
It wasn't that she didn't see the value of reading to her young daughters. The problem, Mayra Rodriguez said, was a lack of confidence. Today, Rodriguez regularly reads to her 4-year-old daughter and noted how quickly the girl picked up on colors and numbers. Soon she'll be reading to her 1-year-old. The 27-year-old Alhambra resident is a product of Reading is Fundamental of Southern California's WIC Early Childhood & Family Literacy Program, which operates at its centers in Pico Rivera and East Los Angeles.
December 21, 2012
Re "Search for a lasting good," Column, Dec. 18 Sandy Banks' piece on the Newtown, Conn., shootings was thoughtful. I agree that it will be a worthwhile struggle to get some sensible gun control laws put in place. And even though we will never be able to burn all the spindles in the kingdom, we can considerably reduce the opportunity for harm. But what about motive? Our kids' brains are marinating in violence because of the toys we buy them, the ads they see and the media they use. This is true for all kids - bright and average, well adjusted and troubled.
December 8, 2012 |
As a child growing up outside Glasgow, actor Gerard Butler found his first heroes not on the stage but on the soccer pitch. Back then he had less desire to follow Sean Connery's footlights than to follow the footsteps of Liverpool standout Kenny Dalglish or Celtic's Charlie Nicholas. What he didn't have was the talent. "It's every young kid's dream to be a soccer player, to play for Celtic or Rangers," says Butler, who portrayed U.S. goalkeeper Frank Borghi, a former World Cup hero, in 2005's "The Game of Their Lives.
November 20, 2012 |
Today's professionals didn't fantasize about becoming presidents and princesses when they were younger -- instead, their childhood dream jobs involved occupations such as engineering, writing and science. American boys wanted most to be professional or Olympic athletes, according to a survey from LinkedIn, a social network for workers. Girls aspired to become teachers, according to the poll of more than 8,000 professionals worldwide ( hat tip to the Huffington Post). In the U.S., men also said they had hoped to grow up as airplane or helicopter pilots, scientists, lawyers or astronauts.
November 20, 2012 |
In DreamWorks' new animation adventure "Rise of the Guardians," Santa has tats, he goes by the name North and he sounds like Alec Baldwin. Jack Frost is a renegade kid, a snowboarding/ice skating ace brought to life by Chris Pine, who brings all of his "Star Trek" swagger. The movie's total nightmare of a boogeyman is Pitch, who lurks around in the dark and drips with sinister sarcasm courtesy of Jude Law. It's as if hip-hop has come to Candyland, bringing an urban edginess to the traditional storybook rap. But that's only the tip of the 3-D iceberg.
November 2, 2012 |
The Entertainer Movies, Magic and My Father's Twentieth Century Margaret Talbot Riverhead: 432 pp., $28.95 In "The Entertainer: Movies, Magic and My Father's Twentieth Century," New Yorker staff writer Margaret Talbot succeeds at what Hollywood failed to do for her father: She makes him a star. Humphrey Bogart, Jack Warner and William Randolph Hearst are all bit players in this breezy history, which looks at American entertainment on the stage and screen specifically through the lens of the late, little-remembered - but apparently quite charming - Lyle Talbot.
November 1, 2012 |
Sixty percent of the cause of the rise in childhood obesity rests with the parents, according to parents who took a Yale survey about food marketing. The parents assigned the rest of the cause to an unhealthy food environment. Parents buy an estimated $58 billion in food and beverages annually, so the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity wanted to know what they thought about marketing to children. It conducted an online survey of 2,454 parents of children ages 2 to 17 in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
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October 28, 2012 |
El Monte Mayor Andre Quintero thought he had a winner on his hands when he placed a measure on the November ballot to tax sugary drinks. The working-class San Gabriel Valley city was facing the possibility of insolvency, and it has one of the highest rates of childhood obesity in the state. So Quintero was confident he could sell the tax to residents. But then the beverage industry converged on El Monte, turning the race into the most expensive campaign in the city's history - and giving it an increasingly David-versus-Goliath feel.
September 30, 2012
Re "Pop balladeer of 'Moon River,'" Obituary, Sept. 27 Upon hearing of the death of singer Andy Williams, I reminisced about my childhood, when "Moon River" was the song. One of my fondest childhood memories is connected to that song. At the age of 9, I stood before the mirror in my bathroom practicing "my" song, "Moon River. " I needed to perfect my version since I was auditioning for "The Original Amateur Hour," early television's predecessor to shows like "America's Got Talent.