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)
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.
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.
February 10, 1999 |
L'affaire Lewinsky notwithstanding, nearly one-third of Americans think office romances are dandy, according to a survey conducted for Harlequin Enterprises Ltd. Toronto-based Harlequin, the world's largest publisher of romance novels, cast its eyes on Roper Starch Worldwide Inc. to query 1,000 men and women for their innermost thoughts on loving and working.
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July 19, 1994 |
Love in war was more than fair to Allan and Rene Gottlieb. The fireworks of their courtship were buzz bombs, brilliant flashes in the night skies of England during World War II. He was a 26-year-old dentist in the U. S. Army who had just arrived for duty in England. She was in the British Army, drafted at 21 as a wireless radio operator stationed in Preston.
September 13, 1998 |
Oysters, figs, asparagus, camel's milk and blood from a bull's testes--these are some of the aphrodisiacs described by Diane Ackerman in "A Natural History of Love" (Random House). To this list I must add one thing: travel. While I wouldn't say that the possibility of meeting someone has motivated my wanderings, it's always floated in the back of my mind, like moonlight on the Taj Mahal.
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.
June 17, 1991 |
You've read about the problems of being a woman in a man's world. Maybe even about the problems of being a man in a woman's world. But have you ever thought how tough it might be being a woman who is really a man in a woman's world? Melissa Hepburne here, romance novelist. For those of you who may not know about romances, they're those paperbacks you see crowding book racks in supermarkets. The covers almost always portray a breathless young beauty in a steamy embrace with a handsome stud.