March 2, 2012 |
It's not easy "Being Flynn. " Not for Jonathan Flynn, the absentee alcoholic father played by Robert De Niro, nor the restless twentysomething son Nick, played by Paul Dano, the estranged pair at the heart of this darkly tangled family drama where resolution is hard to come by and satisfaction — for them or us — is not a guarantee. Both Flynns fancy themselves writers, De Niro's Jonathan forever pontificating about the masterpiece that's almost finished; Dano's Nick not sure his scribbled observations have any merit.
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May 22, 2011 |
Richard Steinheimer, a master of railroad photography whose poetic images documented a half-century of trains and the landscape of the American West, has died. He was 81. Steinheimer died May 4 at his Sacramento home of Alzheimer's disease, said his wife, Shirley Burman. "He was certainly one of the greats," said John Gruber, founder and president of the Center for Railroad Photography and Art in Madison, Wis. "He did very unusual and creative work and inspired a lot of other photographers.
June 8, 2010 |
John R. Wooden, who died Friday at age 99, left for the ages an exemplary body of work in which the rewards, ten-fold, outweighed the trials. No rendering of Wooden's legacy, though, is complete without mention of a man who influenced one of sport's most unimpeachable dynasties: Sam Gilbert. If Wooden was the father figure of UCLA basketball, Gilbert was its shadowy one. Gilbert was a small, burly, self-made man with unfettered devotion to the Bruins. He could be benevolent yet, to nose-poking reporters, a bully.
March 31, 2007 |
John Thompson III called Georgetown the "son of" team, but the Hoyas coach and junior forward Patrick Ewing Jr. will try to enhance their own legacies today against Ohio State in a national semifinal at the Georgia Dome. Thompson and Ewing have been besieged with comparisons to their famous fathers, who led Georgetown to a national title in 1984. "John Thompson is my dad. That's what he is to me," Thompson said Friday. "Patrick Ewing is little Pat's dad, and on down the line.
September 11, 2005 |
"TO be a man, a boy must see a man." The sentence shows up casually, in the middle of a paragraph, but it may as well be the refrain of J.R. Moehringer's soulful memoir, "The Tender Bar." Life was rocky from the start: His father disappeared after cornering Moehringer's mother in the bathroom with a straight razor when his son was 7 months old, and he was ever after a vaporous presence in his life. Early on, Moehringer began searching for men in whose image he might make himself.
June 26, 2005 |
Michael CAINE has a simple explanation for why he's often cast as father figures: He's loved being a dad to his two now-grown daughters, Dominique and Natasha. "My greatest conceit, and I am very conceited about it, is that I am a great father," he says with a smile. "My daughters will tell you that. I was always involved with my children.... I always regarded the most valuable thing I could give to my children was time."