September 11, 2008 |
What's LIFE like after fame? It's hard not to wonder that while sitting in a hotel room talking to Meg Ryan, who back in 2000 earned about $15 million a movie and stood tall with Julia Roberts at the top of the list of actresses with the most box office clout. Then came the breakup with husband Dennis Quaid, amid her public fling with "Proof of Life" costar Russell Crowe, and a few poor career choices and then time off. Public sentiment seemed to curdle for the woman who once was perennially dubbed "America's sweetheart," mostly because she had the temerity to break from the stereotype that moviegoers had projected on her after her adorable turns in such films as "When Harry Met Sally . . . " and "Sleepless in Seattle."
January 27, 2006 |
Rome's mayor unveiled plans for his ambitious new international film festival on Thursday, playing down what many see as an inevitable rivalry with the Venice competition. "We want the two to grow together," Walter Veltroni, a movie buff who hails from the biggest party in Italy's center-left opposition, told a packed news conference. "This is a different creature," he said, describing the Oct.
HOME & GARDEN
October 14, 2004 |
Nothing good ever happened at 4 in the morning. Poems were never written. Songs were never sung. Church bells were never rung. Four in the morning is best left to cat burglars or priests muttering last rites. Even an earthquake will usually wait till at least 5. "Psst," I hear from the living room. "Psst, come here. Quick-quick-quick." I stir from a raging sleep. Most sleep is angry these days. Demanding bosses. Declining benefits. Presidential candidates who don't have a clue.
August 12, 2004
I enjoyed Valli Herman's article on the Pacific Dining Car ("A Little Nip and Tuck for Those Saggy Seats," July 15) and I'm happy to hear they kept intact their "oldness." If I were Meg Ryan, however, I would be a little upset at being mentioned in the same breath with Mary Tyler Moore and Tina Louise. Also, in my several visits to the Pacific Dining Car I have yet to spy a hipster or freak (unless Herman was subtly referring to the numerous politicians who hang there). Marie Watte Sierra Madre
February 20, 2004 |
The words "inspired by the life of" can cover a multitude of on-screen sins, and most of them are on display in the Meg Ryan-starring boxing drama "Against the Ropes." It's not that there's anything wrong with filmmakers working from the premise articulated by producer Robert W. Cort, who says in the press notes that "we all knew this was not going to be a biographical film.... We didn't want that."
October 5, 2003 |
She'D take Manhattan -- if she could. "I find it kind of rough being here," says Meg Ryan. She's not referring to the specific Venice restaurant where a shaft of harsh midafternoon sun has just intruded. She's speaking of the literal and figurative urban sprawl that goes only two blocks west to meet the Pacific but goes so far in the other three directions that it legendarily makes human connection strained.
March 21, 2003 |
Paramount Pictures is delaying the April 25 release of its Meg Ryan drama "Against the Ropes," citing concerns about its ability to promote a hard-to-sell movie as war breaks out. "The environment right now is not conducive to publicity and advertising exposure while people's focus is elsewhere," said studio motion picture group Vice Chairman Robert Friedman.
January 25, 2003 |
Super Bowl Sunday is almost here. Are you ready for some Scarlet O'Hara? While much of the nation will be focused on the football clash between the Oakland Raiders and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, several networks will be playing another kind of game -- using offbeat marathons, Meg Ryan movies and other programming -- to win over the 160 million people who don't like football.
January 19, 2003 |
Currently, movie audiences can see Michael Caine as a world-weary Brit and jealous lover, smoking opium and reporting from Vietnam in "The Quiet American." Later this year he'll be a gun-toting, steak-chewing Texan, brother of the equally crusty Robert Duvall, in the family film "Secondhand Lions."