November 21, 2013 |
Vince Vaughn and his new movie, "Delivery Man," have me rethinking my vow to avoid using the description "feel-good" before the word "movie" at all costs. This is Vaughn at his most vulnerable. As much as the wisecracking actor at a different point in his career might have bristled at the description, "Delivery Man," a heart-tugging new comedy about fatherhood and family, is warm as well as wry. Yes, this is a slight film. But there's a very likable ensemble around Vaughn, led by "Parks and Recreation's" Chris Pratt as his best friend, Brett, along with wonderful Polish actor Andrzej Blumenfeld as his father, Mikolaj.
September 18, 2011 |
Technically, the plaques and trophies in Marv Marinovich's office belong to his son Todd, a rising star quarterback at USC. But they are a shrine to the father as well. After all, it was Marv who knew which vitamin supplements he and his wife should take to conceive a perfectly healthy child. It was Marv who applied Eastern Bloc training techniques, insisting that Todd discipline his mind and body and forgo Big Macs, sugar and hanging out at the beach. It was Marv who caught flak from in-laws critical of punishments such as forcing the 9-year-old Todd to run alongside the car from Huntington Beach to Newport Beach after the boy had not played his best in a basketball game.
May 16, 1995 |
In the reshuffling of the cultural deck since the 1960s, the forgotten card appears to be the father. "The Vanishing Father," on PBS' "Frontline" tonight, only begins to explore the vast issue of what fatherhood in America really means, but it is at least interested in searching for that forgotten card.
July 18, 2006 |
Brad Pitt says being a father has changed his priorities. "Man, I got kids now," the 42-year-old actor said in an interview that aired Monday on NBC's "Today" show. "It completely changes your perspective. And certainly takes the focus off yourself, which I'm really grateful for." Pitt is working with Global Green USA, a national environmental organization, on a competition to choose ecologically sound designs for rebuilding neighborhoods in post-Katrina New Orleans.
December 20, 1992 |
This year, Christmas shopping takes on new meaning for Jamar Cramer, L.C. Johnson and Eric Fuller. Dolls and rattles will accompany sweat suits and gym shoes on the holiday shopping lists of these three L.A. Trade Tech basketball players. In addition to being teammates, Cramer, Johnson and Fuller share another bond: fatherhood. While there are fathers on some community college basketball teams, the 10-4 Trade Tech team (as of Friday) is the home of three.
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April 11, 2000
Time was when maternity business suits were a huge deal for expectant mothers, a major advance over the baby-doll frocks that most pregnant women were stuck with and acknowledgment that women could be both professionals and pregnant. Now, years after the big breakthroughs--guaranteed maternity leave, pregnant Demi Moore's nude magazine cover, and baby strollers with built-in cup holders, wouldn't you know that the guys want in on the deal.