10Oct

An Interview with Meg Wolitzer

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(The original post can be found at Indiewire's Women & Hollywood) Novelist Meg Wolitzer talks with Holly Rosen Fink about the success of her latest novel, The Interestings (Riverhead Books, 2013), inspiration, sexism in the literary world, working with Nora Ephron, as well as her mother, novelist, Hilma Wolizter, and her experiences in film and television that spawned the film version of This Is Your Life. Women and Hollywood: Congratulations on the success of The Interestings. I hear this book holds a special place in your heart. Tell us Read More

29Sep

On Nicole Holofcener’s “Enough Said”

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I knew I would love Enough Said.  It had my name written all over it. Besides, it was written and directed by Nicole Holofcener, director ofWalking & Talking, Lovely & Amazing, Friends With Money, and Please Give, four movies I adore. My sister worked on the production of Lovely & Amazing, and I went to the NYC premiere and even met her briefly. Her films speak volumes to me and to other women. They’re smart, female-driven stories about flawed individuals like you and me. They're snippets from real life and are completely relatable. There Read More

24May

Guest Post – Epic: The Actors Speak About Their Characters

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On May 24th, the creators of Ice Age present their latest film Epic, which will be released in theaters nationwide. I had a chance to interview the a few of the actors and find out what they thought about their characters after I attended the New York City Premiere. I also got to speak to director Chris Wedge and covered some of his thoughts on the film in my post about walking the green carpet. The funniest parts of the interviews came from actors Aziz Ansari and Chris O'Dowd. They play Mub and Grub the snail and slug comedy duo in the film. Read More

23Feb

Bucket List: Woody Allen – Live at Cafe Carlyle

If you haven't already figured it out from reading my many blogs about Woody Allen, I'm a huge fan.  I've written about his movies, his plays and his impact on my life and move to NYC from Atlanta, GA.  But he means so much more to me than I can write here on this blog and after many years of saying how much I want to see him in real life at the Cafe Carlyle where he plays clarinet regularly with his band, my husband finally listened and agreed that it was the perfect Valentine's Day gift for me this year. And indeed it was.  We got dressed up, a Read More

06Dec

At the Movies with Steven Spielberg and Emily Watson

Today I was lucky to attend a private screening of War Horse, the new film directed by the legendary Steven Spielberg. I was thrilled to go into Manhattan on a Monday morning and sit in a dark theater for several hours at the beautifully restored Film Society of Lincoln Center.  No kids, nowhere to be until much later in the day. This was an atypical morning for me and I didn't take it for granted. The film is about a strong friendship between a boy and a horse.  Their bond is fierce and when they get separated at the outbreak of World War I, the film Read More

05Sep

Review: Sarah’s Key, the Film

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One of the first posts I wrote on this blog was about the book, Sarah's Key by Tatania de Rosnay.  I described it as "a very sad, haunting book, whose images and impressions will linger with you long after you’ve set the book down. De Rosnay is a brilliant story teller, and she certainly had an important story to tell."  There was so much about the book that I appreciated, particularly that De Rosnay was able to bring an important story to the mainstream public.  Even I had never heard of the Vélodrome d’Hiver round-up, when thousands of Jews were Read More

11Aug

Review: Why I Recommend “The Help” (the film)

The Help

I've been quiet this week for a reason but it's kind of ironic.  I've been hanging out with 3,000 other bloggers at a conference called BlogHer in San Diego but I've hardly blogged.  I have so many posts to write post BlogHer, but I feel compelled to write about The Help, since it premiered in the theaters today.  I attended an advance screening hosted by Dream Works, which was a highlight of the weekend, and also a rest from the craziness. I had a feeling I'd like this movie.  I read the book by Kathryn Stockett last year and finished it in 2 or 3 Read More

06Aug

Giveaway: Win a Pair of Tickets to see “One Day” with Anne Hathaway

One Day

To celebrate the August release of the new Anne Hathaway movie,  One Day, KODAK is hosting a contest on the KODAK Facebook page.  All you have to do it share the photo of your one perfect day for a chance to win a trip for two to Paris, France and great KODAK products.  The contest officially kicked off on August 4th and runs until August 15th. Kodak is providing a pair of tickets to see the film to a Culture Mom reader!  One Day opens in theaters on August 19th and your free tickets will be redeemable virtually everywhere, with the exception of AMC Read More

30Jun

A Chat with Andie MacDowell: Mom, Actress, Culturalist and Advocist

Andie MacDowell

When I was asked to take part in a conversation with Andie MacDowell this week, I was thrilled.  She is an actress I have grown up with and adore.  To come face to face with one of your life long heroes is pretty amazing.  I was told I'd be on a phone call with a few other bloggers and would be allowed to ask a few questions, so I asked about her film career, balancing motherhood and her career, on being an advocate and bringing culture into her children's lives. Do you have one famous person that you've been told you look like your entire life?  For Read More

23Jun

Review & Giveaway: “Monte Carlo” with Selena Gomez (Out July 1st)

Monte Carlo Selena Gomez

    Monte Carlo, a new film starting Selena Gomez, is hitting theaters nation-wide on July 1st.  I saw it last week at a special press preview with my daughter in tow.  You can read more about that here. When Grace (played by Selena Gomez), a new college graduate, and her best friend (played by Katie Cassidy) and step-sister (played by Leighton Meester) get to Paris, they check into their not very nice hotel and set off on an organized tour around Paris.  They hit the Louvre, Notre Dame and, of course, the Eiffel Tower, where their Read More