When Seth Grahame-Smith came up with the idea for a mash-up of Jane Austen’s most popular book and a tale of today’s probably equally popular armies of the undead — resulting in the 2009 novel “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” — he had no idea that it would be such a huge success. He went on to have another hit with another genre novel, “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” and though that book’s film adaptation fizzled at the box office, the new film of “PPZ” has some very strong buzz going. Grahame-Smith spoke about the book recently in West Hollywood.
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Fifteen years later, Ben Stiller and his teeny-weeny flip phone are back on the runway for a continuation of his fashion-industry farce in “Zoolander No. 2.” And Stiller, who also co-wrote and directs, accessorizes his movie with the same fun and goofy energy as the first, even if the story is thinner than Kate Moss.
Many studies show that a high soft drink intake is associated with an increased caloric intake and an increase in body weight. Soda consumption is also correlated to a decreased intake in calcium and other nutrients and an increased risk of many diseases (such as diabetes). This is all due to their high sugar content.
Everyone has experienced the feeling of guilt. We therefore want God to stay away from them because we feel guilty. How can our guilt be erased? God himself will forgive.
Q. I am getting married for the second time. My first marriage was a disaster because we had none of the same interests, lost the ability to communicate and stopped doing anything together. I’m certain that my “boyfriend” has bought a ring and plans to ask me to marry him. I love him, but I am scared to commit to another potential disaster. Can you give me some tips to avoid repeating the same mistakes?
The memory of it is still so vivid I almost datelined this piece “Merrimac, N.H.”
This year’s Republican presidential race has generated an unusual number of unusually bad ideas — Donald Trump on Muslims, Ted Cruz on carpet bombing, Marco Rubio on male footwear. It has also has produced one of the best: Jeb Bush’s 4 percent plan.
If you’ve seen one movie based on a Nicholas Sparks romance, you’ve seen them all. Like the others, “The Choice” bleeds sap and treacle. And the story, even by Sparks’ standards, is so lame I wanted to punch the movie in the face, so to speak.
Q. I think my mother, who is in her late 70s, is showing signs of Alzheimer’s. She is increasingly forgetful, and has become negative and nasty. She was never like this. My two brothers think that there is nothing wrong with her because they only visit once or twice a month and then stay for an hour or two. I’m with her on an almost daily basis. How can I convince them that she has a problem that we need to address?
Q. I am in my late 70s. Although I have no life-threatening illnesses, I want to talk to my children about my end-of-life wishes. When they were here over the holidays, they absolutely refused to talk about it. They will be back in February, and I am determined to have the conversation. Please give me some advice on how to approach 40-year-olds who won’t have a discussion.