September 18, 2013 |
Julia Louis-Dreyfus takes her phone out of her purse in the middle of lunch to show off a photo that's served as her screen saver for the last three years. It's a shot of the actress, her husband, Brad Hall, and their two sons just before they left their eldest on the doorstep of his new college. It's also the picture that helped her land the lead role in Nicole Holofcener's new movie, "Enough Said. " "Seeing how emotional she was about her son going away … it was a big topic," said Holofcener, 53, recalling how Louis-Dreyfus, 52, turned to the snapshot when they first met to discuss empty nest syndrome and the film's protagonist, a divorcée contending with the wild emotions associated with sending her child off into the world.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2012 |
I've been receiving plenty of parental feedback from readers of my Saturday column about the inconvenience of absorbing adult children back into a family that was heading gleefully toward empty nest status. Most shared their own familial irritations: the requests for vegan meals, penchant for loud, late-night TV, and those teeny, tiny thongs (how could that possibly be underwear?) that wind up in mom's laundry. Their message came through loud and clear: We love you guys.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 2012 |
I desperately missed my youngest child when she was far from home this year, studying for six months in Denmark. But her five weeks back home this summer left me ready to pack her stuff, load the boxes in my car and drive her up to San Francisco this week for her final year of college. Now I'm back to just one grown daughter - a college grad with a part-time job - living with me at home. And that is more than enough for this parented-out single mom. I love my three girls - young women now, at 26, 23 and 21. I enjoy their company and am glad they still like spending time with Mom. But there's only so much "Sex in the City," Wiz Khalifa and "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" that a mother can stand.
November 19, 2011 |
It was always the fragile balance of opposing forces that made Diane Keaton's face so remarkable - those tilted melancholy eyes above that frequent and infectious smile. She seemed in a perpetual state of emotional contradiction, which is one of the things that made her such a perfect match, at least on film, for Woody Allen, who as history's most hopeful pessimist is a master juggler himself. So it's not surprising that Keaton's memoir, "Then Again," is also an elusive sort of work, part autobiography, part daughterly paean, part love letter to her own children, a book in which portions of her mother's journals and details of her parents' travails in old age far outnumber the on-set anecdotes and glamour shots.
HOME & GARDEN
August 15, 2009 |
Several large IKEA bags rest outside the little girl's bedroom door. She is leaving for college soon. By all estimates, she will barely sleep her freshman year, yet she seems to need $300 in bedding. So be it. I try to pick my battles. The other day, I got up early with the little guy, let his mother sleep in, and fixed him a fine breakfast of pistachios and leftover McDonald's milkshake, which he guzzled, naturally. So I followed that with some fried egg whites -- cooked slowly in little poker chips of fresh butter -- toast on the side, crumbs everywhere.
May 1, 2009 |
"Break" contains all the elements you'd expect from a hard-boiled Quentin Tarantino knockoff: the complicated hit men, the fetishes, the blood baths, not to mention the presence of Michael Madsen and David Carradine.