'American Pickle' review: Seth Rogen, twice, brings out the sweetness in an immigration fable
Aside from being the briniest film since the Lower East Side romance “Crossing Delancey” 32 years ago, “An American Pickle” (premiering Thursday on HBO Max) reminds us that Seth Rogen has always had the acting chops for more than one kind of comedy.This one’s more than one kind of comedy, too. It’s a sweet yet nicely vinegary immigration fable; a deadpan fantasy; and a tale of two Brooklyns, one (1920) a repository of rat-infested factories and Eastern European Jewish immigrants, the other (2020) the gentrified land of their progressive, pea milk-drinking great-grandchildren.Rogen plays what t...
Television Q&A: Will there be another season of 'Modern Love'?
You have questions. I have some answers.Q: We just finished watching the series “Modern Love,” on Amazon Prime. We loved it! Will there be another season?A: Another season of the anthology inspired by the New York Times’ column on love and romance has been ordered. “It’s a show with so much emotion and warmth — every episode touches the heart in a different way,” an Amazon executive said in announcing the second season last October, just a week after the series premiered. At the time, Amazon said the second season would premiere in 2020, but the pandemic may have stalled that plan.Q: Why do so...
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How to (kindly) uninvite people from your wedding and other etiquette tips amid the coronavirus
In pre-pandemic times, wedding season would be well underway, with elaborate celebrations across the region.But the pandemic has uprooted nearly every aspect of life, including the way we celebrate love.The coronavirus spreads primarily from person to person, and people are especially at risk in poorly ventilated, indoor spaces.Couples who were scheduled to get married this summer are making difficult choices: Do they postpone their weddings entirely? Get married with just immediate family there and have a larger party at a later date, when it is safe to do so? Or have the wedding they planned...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
'Crazy Rich Asians' author Kevin Kwan talks about his newest novel and the sequel to his hit movie
Summer is traditionally the season for light reading, and right now we might be more in need than ever of something effervescent. Enter — thank goodness — Kevin Kwan.The author of the delightfully frothy “Crazy Rich Asians” trilogy is back with a new novel, just in time for all those vacations we’re not taking. His new book isn’t a continuation of the ultrarich Young family’s “Crazy Rich Asians” world (though alert readers will notice at least one cameo appearance by a beloved character from the trilogy); instead, it’s an homage to E.M. Forster’s “A Room with a View,” set in the present and cr...
The Seattle Times
Barton Goldsmith: A lesson in friendship
We all know the possible pitfalls of doing business with friends. Unfortunately, we mostly hear the sad stories of how friendships, some of them lifelong, got lost because a business deal went sour or someone broke up the band. But what if you don’t want to do business with anyone who isn’t a friend? It’s ugly out there, and I won’t work with people unless I like them.I recently got inspired by a friend’s new company. They were doing really positive things, and everyone truly loved each other. It was the perfect creative environment for me. Ideas were flowing like wine from a vineyard, I was l...
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'Marriage Story' shows darkness, hope in divorce
An amicable divorce turns ugly in the top new DVD releases for the week of July 21.“Marriage Story”: We open with renowned actress Nicole Barber (Scarlett Johansson) and renowned director Charlie Barber (Adam Driver) sharing touching monologues about why they love each other through the intimate moments of their decadelong relationship. The catch? They’re in mediation, preparing to end their marriage, which quickly goes awry.The pair have dedicated their lives to Charlie’s New York theater company, which Nicole has begun to resent, and she heads to Los Angeles to shoot a TV pilot. There, Nicol...
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Movie review: Kooky 'Palm Springs' finds connection in 'Groundhog Day'-esque wedding time loop
We’ve probably all been to a wedding that felt like it would never end. For Sarah (Cristin Milioti), that wedding is her younger sister’s, where she’s drowning herself in red wine and extremely unprepared to give a speech. Now imagine living that nightmarish day again, and again, and again. This is a vision of a sun-drenched, perfectly Pinterested hell that screenwriter Andy Siara and director Max Barbakow have conjured as the setting for their cerebral “Groundhog Day”-inspired rom-com, “Palm Springs.”Sarah is saved from the speech by a beer-swilling character in a Hawaiian shirt, Nyles (Andy ...
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Austin's religious leaders both embrace, grapple with racial reckoning
AUSTIN, Texas — Rabbi Neil Blumofe and the Rev. Daryl Horton are no strangers to uncomfortable conversations about race.On their annual summer road trips, Blumofe and Horton have visited sites related to Black and Jewish history and documented their experiences on Facebook.So when demonstrators took to the street to protest police brutality after the death of George Floyd, Horton and Blumofe, among other local religious leaders, were ready to meet the moment and continue their work talking about race and racism.However, for other spiritual leaders, many of whom serve congregations that are maj...
Sara Bareilles relates to 'Little Voice,' her new show about a young singer trying to make it in New York
After launching the musical “Waitress” on Broadway, Sara Bareilles didn’t plan to make a TV show. But then filmmaker J.J. Abrams came calling.That’s what led to “Little Voice,” the romantic drama series that debuted Friday on Apple TV+ that counts both Abrams and Bareilles as executive producers, and features the singer’s music.Bareilles was a huge fan of “Felicity,” the Keri Russell university-set TV series that Abrams co-created. And Abrams was a big admirer of “Waitress,” based on the 2007 movie that also happened to star Russell.“Apparently I have a Keri Russell thing,” Bareilles joked to ...
New York Daily News
Berkeley breaks ground on unprecedented project: Affordable apartments with a homeless shelter
Berkeley, Calif., officials and nonprofit leaders broke ground Tuesday on housing for more than 200 homeless and low-income residents — an unusual project set to become the city’s largest affordable housing development.The project, which will be built on a city-owned parking lot downtown, will include a unique mix of rental housing for low-income, working families, permanent supportive housing for households transitioning out of homelessness, and shelter beds for people coming directly off the street. The effort is a partnership between BRIDGE Housing and the Berkeley Food & Housing Project, a...
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