March 14, 2013 |
In "Language of a Broken Heart," we are asked to believe that romance novelist Nick (played by the film's screenwriter, Juddy Talt) knows how to write with authority about love without any firsthand knowledge of its real-life workings. It's a bit of a leap to think that an obsessive guy whose idea of courtship involves repeating "marry me, marry me, marry me" on the first date would be able to win enough women's hearts to climb the bestseller lists. But then, we're also told that Nick's own heart is just too big for most women.
March 23, 2012 |
A friend of mine had his name in the paper the other day. It was in an article speculating about who might inherit a prestigious post in the literary world when the current grandee retires. The article said that my friend would have led the list 10 years ago. Ouch! The obvious though unstated implication is that now he's too old. He just turned 60. He says he already has his dream job and didn't mind the idea that, because he is 60, some career opportunities have moved beyond his reach.
August 12, 1987 |
"Happy New Year" (at the Beverly Center Cineplex), like its movie protagonists, appears to have so many strikes against it, success would seem remote. Inspired by Claude Lelouch's charming, complex 1973 vintage romantic-thriller "La Bonne Annee"--and filmed more than two years ago in Florida--it subscribes to old-fashioned movie ideals and shaggy-dog storytelling.
April 7, 1988 |
During one of the nastier scenes in Edward Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" George tells wife Martha to prepare for all-out war--let the bodies fall where they may, he warns, the evening is bound to have marital atrocities aplenty. He doesn't let her down. The Garden Grove Community Theatre doesn't let down its audience, either.
August 19, 2013 |
Actors Jeremy Renner and Kristoffer Winters have sold their latest house remodel in Holmby Hills for $24 million. The buyer of the Roaring '20s Art Deco-style mansion, which was listed at $24.95 million, is British luxury property developer Nick Candy. The Reserve, which has a wine cellar, a theater, five fireplaces, six bedrooms, 11 bathrooms and 10,005 square feet of living space, was sold furnished and toothbrush ready. Among items included were a stocked bar and linens. The two-acre property features gates, a cobblestone driveway and a swimming pool with spa. Renner and Winters have been buying and redoing residential properties for more than a decade.
April 24, 2011 |
The San Fernando Valley is 260 square miles of suburbia. Actually, make that suburbia on nutritional supplements. And antidepressants. With perhaps a little cosmetic surgery south of Ventura Boulevard, where the big money is. Or maybe - now that it's grown to more than 1.7 million people in nearly three dozen cities and neighborhoods rich and poor - the Valley isn't even a suburb anymore. It begins just 10 miles northwest of Los Angeles City Hall, sprawling west to the Simi Hills, north to the Santa Susana Mountains, and east to the Verdugo and San Gabriel mountains.