The Notebook premiered in theaters on June 25, 2004. I was in sixth grade. Of course I wouldn’t have seen it then. The trailer was too sappy to go with my friends and the poster was too steamy to go with my parents. No, like most people, I waited around for the DVD release. Truthfully, I don’t remember the first time I saw it. I also don’t remember the 10th time. Or the 50th. I’m not sure if there was a 100th. What Star Wars was to little boys in the summer of 1977, The Notebook was to me. I used to sneak the DVD up to my room at night and watch it with headphones in the dark. Some nights I would watch it twice back to back, before creeping down the stairs to put it back, just in case my parents noticed it was missing in the morning. In a way it became a nightly game. How soon could I cry tonight? How often? If I watched it two times in a row, could I cry both times? Sometimes I would listen to the audio commentary, sometimes I would watch the deleted scenes. I … [Read more...] about A Love Letter to ‘The Notebook,’ a Melodrama That Commits to Its Sentimentality
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Long-dead pop-cultural bodies are never really dead. As the generation that first delighted over them ages, they are restored to life again: Dallas, Dynasty, Ghostbusters... And so it is with Pretty Woman, Garry Marshall’s 1990 movie soon to become a Broadway musical, with songs and lyrics written by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance. Tony-winning Steve Kazee will play Edward, the businessman originally played by Richard Gere. Samantha Barks—for me, as Éponine, the best performer in the movie of Les Misérables—will play Vivian the prostitute, originally played by Julia Roberts. Whether the musical interrogates, or even toys with, the original’s suspect cultural politics remains to be seen. On Broadway, the thinking may be more “Nail the shopping scene,” furnished with Roy Orbison’s famous song and lots of swinging of boutique bags, rather than dig too deep into what it means. In this love story, Roberts plays the most goodly … [Read more...] about Will the Broadway Musical ‘Pretty Woman’ Dare to Be Ugly?
Last November, Chicago-based personal stylist Jenny Applegate got a call from a woman who wanted to schedule an appointment—in exactly one year. “She had set a goal that she wanted to lose a hundred pounds,” Applegate said. “And she wanted to treat herself with a new wardrobe afterwards.” It’s a story ripped from Queer Eye—and one Applegate finds herself living pretty regularly. She’s spent the past 10 years helping people find outfits for the most important days of their lives. Nurses who basically live in scrubs come to her wondering what to wear on their days off. Recently divorced men, who used to rely on their wives for fashion advice, shoot her texts asking what color tie is most appropriate for a big meeting. “People are becoming more conscious of fashion,” Applegate told The Daily Beast. “But not everyone has the ability to put outfits together. In the past, women especially, may have felt like they have to … [Read more...] about Personal Stylists Help Celebrities Get Camera-Ready. Now, They’re Coming for You.
Heading to Pretty Woman: The Musical on Broadway, you may be thinking: when will I hear those delicious opening chords of Roy Orbison’s hit song? Brutal answer: you won’t. There is none of the original music from the film, apart from a bit of La Traviata. Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance have composed the music and lyrics for the show, and if you liked Bryan Adams at his most ’90s Bryan Adams-y—the plaintive wailing, the dirgey rock, the insistent twanging of guitars—then you’ll love this. The song titles drone it all: “Anywhere But Here,” “Luckiest Girl in the World,” “Never Give Up on a Dream,” “I Can’t Go Back.” Story-wise, having been so thoroughly denied Orbison, you may be thinking: how will they do those famous scenes from the 1990 movie starring Julia Roberts as Vivian and Richard Gere as Edward, an especially tantalizing prospect as the program plays with the movie poster of Roberts in her … [Read more...] about Big Mistake. Huge. ‘Pretty Woman: The Musical’ Has Little of the Movie’s Magic.
“You think money is going to fix this,” Jimmy, a streetwise young African-American from Harlem, tells Robert Miller, a Wall Street–wise financier from Park Avenue. Miller fixes him with a dismissive stare. “What else is there?” In Arbitrage, written and directed by Nicholas Jarecki, there truly is nothing else. The film, which stars a finely coiffed Richard Gere as Miller, a hotshot money manager in a fugue state, is a morality tale wrapped in a Law & Order police procedural. And it shines an unflattering spotlight on New York’s money culture, which Jarecki knows from the inside out. (He’s the son of Henry Jarecki, a legendary metals trader, and brother of Andrew Jarecki, co-founder of Moviefone and director of the documentary Capturing the Friedmans.) Jarecki nails the details: Miller’s Park Avenue apartment, which he shares with his wife Ella (played by an elegant Susan Sarandon), springs from the pages of Avenue magazine with its … [Read more...] about In ‘Arbitrage,’ Richard Gere Shows How the Price Is Right