September 12, 2013 |
Writer-director Kat Coiro follows up her romantic comedy "Life Happens," whose farce hinged on an unplanned pregnancy, with the sober drama "And While We Were Here," whose central conflict stems from a miscarriage. "Life's" Kate Bosworth stars as Jane, an uptight writer who dresses kind of frumpily for someone who claims to be the party and fashion reporter for Town & Country U.K. She accompanies her musician husband Leonard (Iddo Goldberg) on a business trip to Naples, where she intends to finish transcribing her grandmother's life story.
September 4, 2013 |
A Pennsylvania court will consider whether a local clerk in the suburbs of Philadelphia acted properly in issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after he decided that he had to do so in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that threw out portions of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. D. Bruce Hanes, Montgomery County's register of wills, who also issues marriage licenses as part of his duties as clerk of the county orphans' court, approved...
September 4, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Spouses of veterans in same-sex marriages will be allowed to collect federal benefits, the Obama administration announced Wednesday in a move following the Supreme Court decision that struck down a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act in June. President Obama directed the executive branch to stop enforcing two provisions that restricted the U.S. from awarding spousal benefits to veterans in legal gay marriages. The provisions define "spouse" as a "person of the opposite sex," Atty.
August 27, 2013 |
Welcome, New Mexico, to the roster of states where same-sex marriage is performed and recognized. Sort of. It has been a bumpy ride on the way to marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples. Some states have come to that point through the courts, sometimes though their legislatures, sometimes by the voters themselves. Not counting New Mexico, 13 states and the District of Columbia now recognize such marriages. Why leave out New Mexico? Same-sex marriage hasn't exactly been legalized there because of some unusual factors particular to the sometimes quirky state.
August 26, 2013 |
A judge has ordered the clerk of New Mexico's most populous county to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, declaring that discriminating against them violates the state constitution. After state District Judge Alan M. Malott handed down a writ of mandamus on Monday, Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver told the Los Angeles Times that her office would begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Tuesday. The order, which affects major cities like Albuquerque, comes after both Santa Fe County and Dona Ana County began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples last week . Last Friday, a separate judge ordered Santa Fe County Clerk Geraldine Salazar to start issuing licenses.
August 22, 2013 |
Shaking off cutesy for dour, Audrey Tautou plays the title role in "Thérèse," a woman fumbling to free herself from an unfulfilled marriage. It's a welcome but not entirely successful change of pace for the French star, who's best known for frothier fare. The final film of Claude Miller, who died last year, is a handsome and quietly affecting - if at times frustrating - adaptation of Nobel laureate François Mauriac's 1927 novel "Thérèse Desqueyroux. " (A 1962 version starred Emmanuelle Riva.)
August 21, 2013 |
There is a scene early in "Cutie and the Boxer" of 80-year-old Ushio Shinohara brushing his teeth - although attacking his teeth might be a better description. It's a small detail, but like many in Zachary Heinzerling's remarkable documentary debut, a carefully chosen one. The director wants us to understand Shinohara is a fierce man. The avant-garde artist is known for his "action" painting - boxing gloves are indeed involved. But as riveting as Shinohara is, the real artist the film is interested in is Noriko, Shinohara's wife of 40 years.
August 17, 2013 |
Actress Amy Brenneman said that a friend who read the script for Gina Gionfriddo's play "Rapture, Blister, Burn" told her the part seemed to be written for her. Brenneman, who is recognizable from the TV shows "Private Practice" and "Judging Amy," plays Catherine Croll, a fortysomething, successful, single academic who is trying to figure out why she feels unfulfilled in her personal life. The play opens Wednesday at the Geffen Playhouse. Though the character of Catharine is an author with titles such as "Women Always Call Free: Pornography and the Corruption of American Feminism" on her resume, her personal life doesn't feel as accomplished, and she still lusts after an old boyfriend.
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August 16, 2013 |
When Joseph Harounian came out of the closet to his Persian Jewish family, relatives told him to march right back in. Some worried he'd turn his cousins gay. Others feared for the family's reputation. They began excluding him from family events. It was only after his grandmother intervened that he was gradually welcomed back into the fold. Now, years later, Harounian says his family has come to terms with who he is. But he knows that the fear of ostracism still keeps other gay Persian Jews from coming out. Support for gay rights and same-sex unions has never been higher, according to numerous polls.
August 16, 2013 |
After 14 years together, Mark Frey and Doug Vogel are finally finding out what it means to be a married couple preparing for retirement. The Rancho Palos Verdes residents were elated when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act in June. But the couple, who married in 2008, worried that the ruling raised questions about everything they had done to protect their family's financial future. "There was no structure for gay and married people to be recognized as married in the eyes of most states and in the eyes of the federal government," Frey said.