February 14, 2001 |
Have we got a binary equation for you. It's a little love story about a dull, conventional, straight line who falls madly in love with a voluptuous, vivacious red dot. But the dot will have none of the line. She is enthralled with a devil-may-care, crude (yet entertaining) squiggle. The straight line's friends all tell him to find one of his own kind--a brainiac who is a straight shooter. The line can't do it. He only has eyes for the dot.
November 29, 2009 |
For six decades, the Harlequin romance novel cover girl has largely maintained her porcelain skin, saucer eyes, bee-stung lips and a waist as whittled as Scarlett O'Hara's celebrated 17 inches. But, oh, how her dalliances have changed. In 1952, she was Anna, a femme fatale in a half-buttoned shirtdress, kneeling on hay because (as the book cover tells us) "she lived like a wicked little animal." In 1960, she was Doctor Sara, a raven-haired ingenue clutching a hunk, the nearby "brewing storm, thrusting lighthouse and swirling vortex of clouds" suggesting (as a placard tells us)
March 31, 2003 |
Elvis Costello and the Impostors opened their Friday performance at UCLA's Royce Hall with Mose Allison's mournful 1968 jazz ballad "Everybody's Crying Mercy," a classic commentary on hypocrisy. The veteran English singer-songwriter earned loud cheers when he crooned the particularly relevant line, "Everybody's crying peace on Earth, just as soon as we win this war."
February 14, 2010 |
What if Shakespeare had it wrong about love in "Romeo and Juliet"? In fact, what if all of us have it wrong and our ideals of love and romance are hopelessly awry? Although we are supposed to be celebrating our love for that special someone on Valentine's Day, perhaps the time has come to reconsider the concept of romantic love, at least as it has been conceived in Western societies. As we busily track down red roses, the best chocolates and the finest champagnes, we need to ask whether, in the pursuit of the perfect romance, we haven't declared war on true love.
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February 9, 1996 |
You can hurry love. Or at least you can improve your odds, says Rich Gosse, president of the nonprofit group American Singles which will host the forthrightly named "I'd rather be married" singles convention tonight at the Warner Center Hilton. The convention's purpose is--you guessed it--to allow singles to "play the numbers" by meeting other singles and increasing their chances of entering into wedded bliss, Gosse said.
June 29, 2012 |
"The Matchmaker" is a surprise. It sounds like a throwback to an earlier, more traditional style of Israeli filmmaking but it instead provides a view of that country that's as satisfyingly eccentric and unexpected as anything we've seen. Written and directed by the veteran Avi Nesher, nominated for seven Israeli academy awards and winner of the lead actor and actress prize, "The Matchmaker" is set largely in 1968 and presents itself as the familiar coming-of-age story of a 16-year-old boy. But, as it turns out, the boy's story is only a part of a larger, more compelling dramatic mosaic and what he learns about the vagaries and perplexities of the human heart is only interesting because of the complex, unusual adults he learns it from.
October 8, 2011 |
Actress-director Dyan Cannon recalls in her memoir, "Dear Cary: My Life With Cary Grant," that she and Grant were over the moon with joy at the birth of their daughter, Jennifer, in February 1966. But when she brought the baby home, Cannon realized that her beloved Yorkie, Bangs, was nowhere to be found. Grant matter-of-factly told her that he had given Bangs away. "Infants and dogs aren't a good mix, Dyan," she quotes him as saying. "Animals can experience extreme jealousy around newborns.
January 11, 2013 |
SOUTHPORT, N.C. - This is the kind of touristy fishing village that defines Southern charm. A cute little downtown filled with restaurants, a waterfront park and artsy shops. Late 19th century houses with verandas on streets shaded by towering live oaks. Herons and egrets sharing the Cape Fear River and Intracoastal Waterway with pleasure craft. It's the perfect setting for a Nicholas Sparks story. And on a hot summer day last year, the film version of the prolific author's "Safe Haven" was in production here in the isolated little town where the book is actually set, "which is unheard of," said actor Josh Duhamel, who costars with Julianne Hough in the feature directed by Lasse Hallström and adapted by Gage Lansky and Dana Stevens.
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April 23, 2011 |
They were married, this town and this team, on a blustery spring afternoon in 1958. They were young and enigmatic, the dinner-party invite everybody wanted. Eventually, though, the union began to fray. The town started seeing other people. The team made one bad decision after another. They sold off some of their most precious possessions and then, last week, lost their home to foreclosure. At least they've hit bottom. Major League Baseball's takeover of the Dodgers on Wednesday marked a breathtaking collapse for one of America's premier sports franchises — and another test of loyalty in the 53-year romance between Los Angeles and the club.
August 7, 1989 |
The office romance: Almost everybody knows somebody who is having one. Once considered taboo, these romances have been the staple of gossip and popular magazine articles for years. But Lisa Mainiero, associate professor of management at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Conn., realized it was time for some academic research into this phenomenon.