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27

In honor of Season 5 of The History Channel’s popular Vikings series, I wrote about my favorite Vikings — Viking River Cruises and Viking Ocean Cruises — for USA Today 10Best. Read 10 Ways to Explore the World Like a True Viking (but with more amenities)!

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“the big sick” movie review

The BIg Sick

From the minute we saw the trailer for The Big Sick, Michael and I knew we would love the movie.

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paul rudd and leslie mann on hemorrhoids, wood chippers and “this is 40”

This is 40

Hanging out with Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd at the This Is 40 press junket was a blast! As funny as they are onscreen – which is hilarious – they are just as much fun in person. Paul Rudd is adorable and Leslie Mann is someone I’d like to be friends with.

As we sat around the table, my fellow bloggers and I attempted to ask questions in between laughs. Because I was the oldest one there – by a lot, sigh – Paul and Leslie zeroed in on me for some real discussion about middle age. 

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judd apatow on marriage, middle age and “this is 40”

I loved the movie, This Is 40, and was thrilled to be invited to the press junket to interview director Judd Apatow and stars Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd. In the movie, Debbie and Pete – the couple you may remember fondly from Knocked Up – are celebrating their fortieth birthdays and are each experiencing their own midlife crisis.

Although the movie is spit-Diet-Coke-out-of-your-mouth funny, it really hits home in its depiction of long-term marriage. What makes it even more realistic is that Apatow is married to Mann, and their two young daughters – who are fantastic – star in the movie as, well, the two young daughters.

Judd Apatow is known for his crude comedies but, in real life, he is thoughtful, warm and articulate. It’s no wonder Entertainment Weekly once named him the Smartest Person in Hollywood.

My fellow bloggers and I gathered around the table for a great conversation with Apatow. Here’s what we talked about, and I bet you can figure out at least one of the questions that was mine!

Judd Apatow

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40 things “this Is 40” gets right about middle age

This Is 40I am over 50 but This Is 40, the new movie starring Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann, empowered me more than any self-help book I’ve read about middle age and long-term marriage. And I’ve read a lot.

Director Judd Apatow, who is best known for his signature crude humor, has crafted a surprisingly moving, totally honest and absolutely hilarious movie which made me feel like he had been eavesdropping on my life. [Read more…]