Remembering Jessica Savitch 30 Years After Her Death

This week I’ll travel from my home in Kentucky to stand at the spot in New Hope, Pa., where NBC News anchor Jessica Savitch (right) died 30 years ago tonight on the rainy fall evening of October 23. I’ll be wearing one of her amethyst birthstone rings – a gift from her sister, Lori, whose website celebrates Savitch’s legacy as a a groundbreaking TV news star of the 1970s and ’80s. Though I never met Savitch, I feel like I’ve known …

Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview Sept. 13

As the September movie doldrums continue, this weekend brings two films about dysfunctional families. But that’s where the similarites end. The New Stuff:   The Family Is it a warmhearted family comedy? Is it a bloodlusting mob flick? Writer/Director Luc Besson tries to have it both ways, and his all-star cast is caught in the crossfire. Robert De Niro plays an ex-mobster who, along with his wife (Michelle Pfeiffer) and their streetwise kids, relocates to rural France as part of …

Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen: What’s So Bad About That?

The last time I reviewed a movie with Julia Roberts in it, I rather unkindly compared her to Sylvester Stallone, who also had a flick opening that weekend (they are both, I observed, mostly about their eyes and lips). I felt badly afterward (but not very), because I’d really like to see Roberts in a good film, and she just doesn’t seem to make very many of those these days. Larry Crowne? Eat Pray Love? Duplicity? When it comes to …

Michelle Pfeiffer Tells All On Turning 50

With the announcement of her being cast in a cinematic adaptation of French writer Collete’s Chéri, Michelle Pfeiffer talked to folks about the joys of being an older actress. While many think (and say) that older actresses tend to lose work as older men get even more Hollywood jobs, Pfeiffer said that her roles have become even more interesting as she’s aged. She also talks about how it felt to turn 50: “If you think hitting 40 is liberating, wait …