| Mar 25, 2014
Don't be apprehensive about navigating public transit just because you're overseas. Transit systems in much of the world, especially in popular destinations, are at least as good as those at home and often better, and most include stops to the main...
| Feb 23, 2014
PARIS — Not long ago, I attended a colloquium of French scientists and philosophers in Corsica, France, called "How to Think About the Future." With few exceptions, the astrophysicists, economists, physicians and social theorists on hand offered...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 5:00 AM
The 2014 winter-spring movie preview is a broad overview of films opening through late April. Release dates and other details, as compiled by Oliver Gettell, are subject to change.
FOR THE RECORD:
Movie previews: A listing in the...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 12:30 PM
The most disappointing thing about the news that French President Francois Hollande allegedly has been rendezvousing with an actress in the privacy of her apartment is that it's a testament to how pathetic and petty some segments of French society are...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 2:30 AM
I was attending a party of some sort. Maybe a diplomatic reception. In a large well-appointed room full of people and din. Everyone was talking. In French. There were tables and chairs but all were standing -- over at the bar or picking and choosing off...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 6:30 PM
The Weinstein Co. has removed Nicole Kidman's "Grace of Monaco" from its March 14 U.S. release date. No new date has been set.
TWC did not disclose why it pulled the film, but director Olivier Dahan has publicly clashed with the company over the biopic....
| Jan 24, 2014
| 10:38 AM
Nicole Kidman's "Grace of Monaco," a biopic about the galvanizing actor-turned-royal originally scheduled for 2013, will open the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. It marks the second straight year that a high-profile, star-studded film originally set for an...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 2:52 AM
The area's most skillfully putrid writers have sunk to the occasion once again.
As I prepare to announce some of the winners and also-rans in my local version of San Jose State's University's Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Writing Contest, I'll begin by...
| Jul 21, 2013
After a lifetime of traveling internationally and paying zillions of dollars for going over the weight limit, I have changed my gluttonous, overpacking ways. I am now Someone Who Packs Light.
To wit: I have been living for nearly three months out of a...
| Aug 6, 2013
| 4:49 PM
PARIS — Full disclosure: I love-love-love this city. In the springtime. In the fall. In the summer, when it sizzles. In the winter, when it drizzles (though not so much when it snows!) Merci, Cole Porter.
I visit twice a year on business, for...
| Sep 16, 2013
| 2:30 PM
The first footage of Nicole Kidman's "Grace of Monaco" has debuted, two months ahead of its U.S. opening.
Milo Ventimiglia, Frank Langella, Parker Posey, Paz Vega and Derek Jacobi co-star. Olivier Dahan, helmer of "La Vie en Rose," directed from a...