June 1, 1997
George C. Herring's review (Book Review, May 11) applauds Robert Schulzinger's attack on my film "JFK" as "grotesquely fictionalized" and asserts "There is not one shred of evidence that JFK planned to extricate the United States [from Vietnam]." Not true. Whether it is the stark difference between John F. Kennedy's National Security Action Memorandum 263, ordering the first withdrawal of 1,000 American advisors and Lyndon Johnson's reversal of that order in NSAM 273; or career military historian John Newman's well-researched book, "JFK and Vietnam"; or Robert McNamara's recent apologia, there is ample evidence that Kennedy was prepared to reverse course and extricate the United States from Vietnam.
July 25, 2013 |
Ashton Kutcher plays Steve Jobs in the upcoming biopic “Jobs,” and Wednesday on “The Tonight Show” he had high praise for the late tech mogul. Kutcher recalled how he missed an opportunity to meet Jobs about six months before he passed away - something that he now regrets. “In hindsight I look back and think I had the opportunity to meet the Leonardo da Vinci of our generation, and I missed it. That really affected my decision to take on the role,” he said, likening his own experience of Jobs' passing to that of JFK. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times After returning home, Kutcher went to his computer, where the realization dawned on him “that all the relationships I have in my life are held together by glue that he laid down.” “I realize that I'd taken for granted the contribution that he actually gave to society.
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September 16, 1998 |
The scorn, the small sympathies, the smutty derision clamor and blare from the many-voiced media choir: Monica, you're a predatory slut. Monica, you're a sacrificial victim. Monica, get a talk show. Monica, get a book advance. Monica, get lost. Through these months of Fornigate, in a house in Newport Beach where the cats enjoy more freedom than their owner, lives a woman who has heard it before, because she heard it said about herself.
December 5, 2004
I was surprised to read in "To N.Y. and Back With $19 to Spare" [Weekend Escape, Oct. 24] that on a trip in which the goal was to be frugal, writer Craig Nakano spent $14.50 per person on airport cab fare. In March, for about $7 per person, I took one subway ride from Manhattan to Queens, and switched to the new AirTrain to JFK. The ride was comfortable and took less than an hour. Wouldn't it be novel if Southern Californians could avoid the highways and take the Metro directly to LAX someday?
April 8, 2007 |
The Life After: Director-writer-actor Emilio Estevez attracted a veritable who's who of Hollywood, including dad Martin Sheen, former girlfriend Demi Moore and her husband, Ashton Kutcher, Anthony Hopkins, Lindsay Lohan and William H. Macy, to star in "Bobby," set for release Tuesday on DVD. The drama offers a fictional account of the assassination of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy in 1968 at the Ambassador Hotel through the eyes of more than 20 characters at the hotel that day.
April 24, 2012 |
OK, so Social Security is going to be in trouble in, oh, 2033. And Medicare? Uh oh, 2024. Hmmm. Let's see. That's close but probably OK on Social Security; not so good on Medicare (especially with my -- how to put this? -- non-vegan lifestyle). What? You weren't thinking the same thing? Tell me you didn't read The Times' article Tuesday and then do the math, trying to figure out if the two safety-net programs will be around long enough for you? Because that's what it's all about. Tea party types like to harrumph about the debt their kids and grandkids are going to have to shoulder.
October 26, 1997 |
A Princeton, N.J.-based consulting firm known as Hoaxbusters Inc. has just been listed as one of Lucre Magazine's Golden 5,000 businesses for 1997. Quite a coup for this ivory-tower assemblage of scholars, etymologists and cryptographers--"But then," says a Hoaxbusters spokesperson, "it's been a monster year in the hoax game." For example, Hoaxbusters recently outbid Oxford University's Smell-A-Rat Ltd. subsidiary and a host of other rivals for the lucrative "Jacob's Chinese Journal" contract.
July 13, 2008
JOHN HORN's "In Defining Bush, Oliver Stone Goes Where Others Fear to Tread" [June 29] is really, really boring. Yes, the far left in Hollywood and elsewhere can't wait for Ollie to trash W., but at this point most folks are going to yawn. The most amusing parts of Horn's puff piece were the preposterous poses that the movie was: (1) certain to cause controversy; (2) Stone was trying to avoid controversy; and (3) that the studio was ready to stand up to controversy. Please spare us. The certain answers are: (1)