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CELEBS: Gwyneth, Scarlett stand with Planned Parenthood

Congress is trying to cut federal funding for women’s health services with Title X.

According the Department of Health and Human Services:

The Title X Family Planning program [“Population Research and Voluntary Family Planning Programs” (Public Law 91-572)], was enacted in 1970 as Title X of the Public Health Service Act. Title X is the only federal grant program dedicated solely to providing individuals with comprehensive family planning and related preventive health services. The Title X program is designed to provide access to contraceptive services, supplies and information to all who want and need them. By law, priority is given to persons from low-income families.

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bits and bobs from Academy Awards

David Seidler with Colin Firth

My father always said to me I’m a late bloomer. I think I’m the oldest person to win this award.
–David Seidler, Best Original Screenplay, The King’s Speech

I have a feeling my career’s just peaked.
— Colin Firth, Best Actor, The King’s Speech

Colin Firth is not laughing. He’s British.
–presenter Kirk Douglas

the BOB is IN again:

Scarlett Johansson:

Marisa Tomei:

Who I thought looked fantastic:

Mila Kunis [Black Swan]– she looks pretty in this frilly lavender Elie Saab dress with train

Jennifer Hudson— wearing orange Atelier Versace

Hailee Steinfeld [True Grit]– in a blush-colored Marchesa gown

Reese Witherspoon— classic black and white old Hollywood glamour in Armani Prive

Gwyneth Paltrow in a metallic Calvin Klein

Jennifer Lawrence [Winter’s Bone] in red Calvin Klein

Robert Downey Jr. [with wife Susan]

Mark Wahlberg [The Fighter] [with wife Rhea Durham]

Cate Blanchett in a lovely, one-of-a-kind design by Givenchy

Helen Mirren in steely Vivienne Westwood

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DVD review: The Nanny Diaries

How much more silly could this film be? Based on the enjoyable, easy-to-read book, The Nanny Diaries, by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, the film does not provide enough detail, humor or shock-factor to recommend the film over the book. While another popular “loosely based in fact” book at the time, The Devil Wears Prada, successfully unfolded upon the big screen, The Nanny Diaries does not have enough color or emotion to make the audience care. It’s all fluff and silliness.

In the film, Scarlett Johansson [Scoop, The Prestige] plays Annie, a recent college grad and New Jersey-native who walks out on her Goldman Sachs interview and instead takes a job as a nanny. She literally runs into the child, Grayer, in the park. His mother [Mrs. X—played with erect posture and a methodic detachment by the talented Laura Linney], who simply cannot be bothered running after the child, offers her a job. The nonsensical script falls flat. The relationship between the nanny and her charge is non-existent and if there is no connection between these too, why invest in an entire film called The Nanny Diaries? You never believe the attachment between the six-year-old and this nanny. He’s had so many nannies, so why would he bond with this one? Who knows? It’s certainly not made evident through their moments together. A voice-over further insults the viewer. We can see how residents of the Upper East Side act. Just show us. We do not need to hear you describe the nuances that you think we would not normally pick up. Then the film strings together the most contrite and contrived situations possible. The nanny gets exasperated by preparing food for finicky child and gives in by handing him a jar of peanut butter. Oh, and eat it right out of the jar while I keep dipping my finger in and licking it off and putting it back in. Gross. Hysterical moment where the nanny is caught with her pants down. Cute Ivy-league boy to think about. The pair “bond” over his sad, sad story of a dead mother and being sent off to boarding school. And she thought he was spoiled. Silly Annie, the nanny. Of course, the couple’s fighting and the husband’s cheating. The nanny somehow makes the mother understand it is okay to have it all and spend time with her child. It’s all cluttered in this film. The Nanny Diaries falls flat.

EXTRAS: If you care enough, there’s an interview with authors of the book.

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