June 22, 2010 |
President Obama on Monday pledged a series of new initiatives to support responsible fatherhood, but called on fathers to recognize that government cannot do what they can best do in the home. In his annual Father's Day event, Obama urged fathers to mentor their children and to reach out to those in the community who don't have strong parental or guardian support. "I can't legislate fatherhood. I can't force anybody to love a child," Obama told a crowd gathered at a community center in southeast Washington.
May 30, 2010 |
"Dad Camp" opens with a dash of bad faith. On the new VH1 series, six expecting couples participate in a month-long therapy program in which the men are psychologically and emotionally retrained in hopes of becoming better fathers. Upon arriving at the group house, having just been shown birthing videos, the men are offered a night out on the town, while their partners stay at home and swap stories over salad and play with a fetal doppler. It's a blatant set-up. Like clockwork, the men misbehave — drinking heavily, flirting, and in one case, kissing a woman — all while the cameras roll.
December 5, 2009 |
In "Everybody's Fine," Robert De Niro plays a role that he has spent most of his adult life researching out of the public eye -- an imperfect father learning along the way. Known for his meticulous preparation, De Niro didn't have to step far out of his own shoes to connect with the film's Frank Goode, a demanding dad who, now in his 60s, wants nothing more than to gather his four adult children around the same table. "Bob's at that age where a lot of guys look back and think, 'Wow, that went quick . . . maybe I should have spent more time with the kids,' " says "Everybody's Fine" writer-director Kirk Jones.
June 20, 2009 |
President Obama, who barely knew his own father, devoted his afternoon Friday to promoting the importance of being a good dad, saying he wanted to start a "national conversation" on the subject. Two days before Father's Day, Obama attended events related to fatherhood -- gathering famous and not-so-famous dads for a series of service projects around Washington and a White House town hall meeting, then addressing young men on the South Lawn.
May 17, 2009 |
Home Game An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood Michael Lewis W.W. Norton: 188 pp., $23.95 -- Pity the poor modern dad. Or at least Michael Lewis, bestselling author and father of three whose cranky and mostly clumsy attempts to live up to the current ideal of fatherhood are breezily and brutally described in the new memoir "Home Game."
January 1, 2009 |
On a recent chilly morning, Liev Schreiber was eating breakfast in a downtown Manhattan restaurant while a swarm of shutterbugs hovered outside on the corner near his apartment. However, Schreiber wasn't exactly the one whom the photographers were after. "It's her," he said, with a weary grin. He's referring to his partner, Oscar-nominated actress Naomi Watts, with whom he has one son, and at this point, another on the way (Watts gave birth to their second son two weeks after this interview).