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December 20, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Who knew Bill Gates was such a nifty Reddit user? The billionaire philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder took to Reddit recently to partake in the online community's Secret Santa Exchange . Gates was matched up with Reddit user NY1227 , otherwise known as Rachel, who he then proceeded to give a memorable gift. Gates shipped the unsuspecting Reddit user a seven-pound box filled with a travel book, a stuffed cow, a card indicating a donation to Heifer International in Rachel's name, a signed holiday card, and a picture of himself holding the card and the cow in front of a Christmas tree.
October 30, 1998 | JANA J. MONJI
Rachel (Amanda Carlin) is a perky little housewife with an excessive stream of happy talk on the eve of her favorite holiday--Christmas. Her husband (Don Fischer) has a unique present for her this year--he's hired a hit man to kill her tonight, although now he thinks they "should have talked it out." Carlin is perfect as the wide-eyed innocent, pushed out in her housedress and robe into the winter snow in Craig Lucas' dark comedy "Reckless," at the Interact Theatre Company.
August 29, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
The darkish comedy "Afternoon Delight" gives the talented Kathryn Hahn her first movie lead, and for a while it looks like an opportunity to dig in deep. Hahn's vanity-free performance as a bored Los Angeles housewife who befriends a stripper goes a considerable way to humanize a film of occasional insight and underdeveloped provocations. Ultimately, though, her character is as thinly conceived and hard to root for as everyone else in filmmaker Jill Soloway's erratic blend of not-quite satire and halfhearted soul searching.
January 21, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Kathryn Hahn is a familiar face from her supporting roles in such films as “How Do You Know,” “Revolutionary Road” and “Anchorman” and TV shows “Parks and Recreation,” “Girls” and “Hung.” Now, the 38-year-old actress is getting her first leading role in a feature film with “Afternoon Delight,” a dramatic comedy premiering Monday at the Sundance Film Festival. “Delight” is somewhat akin to a contemporary creative class retelling of “Diary of a Mad Housewife.” In the film, Hahn plays Rachel, a married mother of one who is suffering from a certain upscale ennui.
February 11, 2011 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Cold Weather," the latest micro-budget movie from writer-director-editor Aaron Katz, is like an exquisite minimalist painting — its beauty will move you, its simplicity will fool you. For there are layers and complexities to be found in the film, like the many mysteries it slowly exposes. The opening image sets the mood, lingering on a rain-soaked window, its lovely gray blur accompanied by a surprisingly sunny tune from composer Keegan DeWitt's richly textured original score.
February 15, 2009 | Dennis Lim
After his death last September, Paul Newman received any number of tributes -- for his acting and his humanitarian efforts. Less remembered, and somewhat neglected throughout his career, was his work as a filmmaker. Newman, who majored in directing at the Yale Drama School, ventured behind the camera only on occasion -- he directed six films from the late '60s to the late '80s, most of them starring his wife, Joanne Woodward. John Cassavetes and Clint Eastwood notwithstanding, the figure of the actor-turned-director often conjures up the dreaded notion of the vanity project.
May 4, 1985 | From a Times Staff Writer
Adding a new chapter to the lore of Washington workaholism, Budget Director David A. Stockman was rushed into a closed-door meeting with Senate Republicans on Friday only 8 1/2 hours after assisting at the pre-dawn birth of his first child, a daughter named Rachel. "I had a little sleep and I'm only here for a little while," he said somewhat apologetically as he headed into Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole's office carrying the sheaf of papers that is his trademark.
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