Starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams
Directed by Nora Ephron
The Lowdown: Here’s what I wish the title of this movie was: “Julia.” Period. No Julie, just Julia.
Julie, who you probably know as the blogger and author who cooked through Julia Child’s recipes in a year, is a drip. Julie (as played by Amy Adams) is a self-acknowledged failure on the brink of 30, who had striven to publish a novel and instead wrote only a portion of it before settling for a dreary Manhattan office job. A painful commentary on the state of professional women, there’s the lingering stereotype (and, admittedly, partial reality) of the “lost” thirty-something woman that hangs over the climate Julie exists in. Keep reading »
TGIF, ladies! It’s been a long week and you deserve to treat yourself. This weekend, the perfect treats are the openings of “Paper Heart” and “Julie and Julia”! I’m not sure how Julia Child felt about popcorn, but I know she’s down with butter, so go for it. Oh, yeah, and “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” is opening, too, but the only draw for that one is the rise of evil Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Gotta love good boys gone bad! Keep reading »
The trailer for “Julie & Julia” is out, and it looks amazing. Starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams, the movie is based on Julie Powell’s blog-to-book in which she documented cooking a Julia Childs recipe everyday for a year. It was written by Nora Ephron, so how could it go wrong?! But did they succeed in making Meryl Streep, who is 5’7″, look as tall as Julia Child, who stood 6’2″? Keep reading »
March is National Women’s History Month, and we’re celebrating by sharing a lady we admire each weekday.
JULIA CHILD (1912-2004)
Was there more to America’s first celebrity chef than what we read and saw? Most definitely. Julia Child had a past that most wouldn’t believe, and a number of accomplishments that chefs around the world would envy.
She was born Julia McWilliams on Aug. 15, 1912. After a childhood spent attending Katharine Branson School for Girls, Julia attended Smith College in Massachusetts. Instead of marrying and settling down, she volunteered at the Office of Strategic Services, the precursor to today’s CIA. While her title was research assistant, she was actually a spy during World War II. It was during this time that she met Paul Child, her future husband.
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Sure, there are plenty of stories in the news about women stabbing their husbands and the like, but there are also ladies who are doing spectacular things these days, especially right now with the Olympics going on. Below, ten fabulous females who make us proud.
The oldest Olympic swimming medalist ever at 41, Dara Torres completed her fifth Olympic games this weekend with two silver medals, just missing a gold in the 50-meter freestyle. Not only did she prove that women can be competitive even as they get older (her age was more than the gold-and bronze-medal winners combined), but she’s also the ultimate working mother, with a two-year-old daughter named Tessa. [WSJ] Keep reading »