August 15, 2009
A certain amount of Republican bashing is de rigueur for Hollywood films, but Nora Ephron's "Julie & Julia" reaches a new low. From scenes depicting the Child sisters groaning about their Republican father to Julia Child's husband being sent back to Washington for a McCarthyite interrogation, we then get the final howler of Julie and her boss. Julie, the alter ego of Julia, calls in sick with the stomach flu and her boss reminds her that if he were a Republican, she'd be fired! Caution, Republicans!
April 10, 2010
SERIES 48 Hours Mystery: This real-life crime series follows up on a case where a teenager's mother was killed a year after the teen's father (10 p.m. CBS). Saturday Night Live: Tina Fey hosts, with musical guest Justin Bieber (11:29 p.m. NBC). MOVIES Who Is Clark Rockefeller? A German con artist (Eric McCormack) poses as a member of the Rockefeller family in this 2010 TV drama. Sherry Stringfield also stars (7 p.m. Lifetime). Bedtime Stories: Adam Sandler plays a motel's jack-of-all-trades who entertains his niece and nephew with fanciful stories -- which start coming true.
August 11, 2009 |
Celebrated TV chef Julia Child served retailers a healthy helping of business this weekend as moviegoers rushed to snatch up cookbooks, buy biographies and even sign up for French cooking classes. The surprise surge came as the Meryl Streep film "Julie & Julia," based in part on her life, opened in theaters over the weekend. It ranked No. 2 at the box office in the U.S. and Canada and pulled in $20 million. By Sunday, Pasadena bookstore Vroman's sold out of the first volume of "Mastering the Art of French Cooking."
June 28, 2012 |
Nora Ephron had many passions, most publicly her writing and filmmaking. But the author, screenwriter and director, who died Tuesday at age 71, also had great enthusiasm in her largely private work in her Manhattan kitchen. And she left behind a self-published cookbook, by turns droll and earnest, memorializing the zeal. "Julie & Julia," Ephron's last film, focused on the life of chef Julia Child, and in some ways reflected the filmmaker's own love of food preparation. "The truth is that most marriages have food as a major player in them, and certainly mine does," she said in an interview with The Times before the film's 2009 release.
February 26, 2012 |
A funny thing happened whenever I set out to see Meryl Streep in “The Iron Lady.” I'd invite one of my moviegoing pals to join me and then find myself later that evening at “Shame,” “My Week With Marilyn” or the glorious “Pina.” The reviews for “The Iron Lady” weren't all that glowing, but Streep came in for her usual chorus of hosannas. For some reason, this wasn't proving to be much of a lure. Even after the Oscar nominations came out, with two-time winner Streep making history with her 17th nomination, “The Iron Lady” was still a no-go with them.
July 27, 2009
Nora Ephron: An article in Sunday's Calendar section about writer-director Nora Ephron and her new film "Julie & Julia" incorrectly stated that she was a graduate of Wesleyan. Ephron graduated from Wellesley College.