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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Merida
As more celebrated (and celebrity) chefs set their sights on the nation's capital for new restaurants, Washingtonians no longer need to go to New York to get a decent meal.
The top spot at the box office is rare turf for Kelly Macdonald, a character actress known on the big-screen mainly for supporting roles in such films as "No Country for Old Men" and "Finding Neverland."
With her wild red mane and her killer skills with sword and bow, Kelly Macdonald has become the latest in Hollywood's growing line of successful female action heroes.
For modern movie princesses, looking pretty and marrying a prince isn't enough.
Disney-Pixar's latest animated epic hits theaters today, and its third-person adventure game arrives in time to empower young gamers.
"Brave" comes out this week, Pixar's first feature with a strong female character at its center. And while it's not among the animation powerhouse's best films from a storytelling perspective, it is undeniably beautiful. Among its more appealing visual elements is the wild mane of long, red curls on the head of Scottish princess Merida.
Feminist pop-culture monitors have been on high alert since learning that the heroine of "Brave," Pixar's first female protagonist, is - uh-oh - a fairy-tale princess, the most insidious archetype ever devised by the patriarchy for reinforcing traditional gender roles. The feminists needn't have worried.
Pixar is long overdue for a feature with a strong female character at its center. Now that she's arrived, it's clear that she deserves better.
The newest princess from the Walt Disney Co. is more interested in shooting arrows and hunting bears than attending balls and finding Prince Charming.
"The film could have been set anywhere," she said in a recent interview. "It's about a mother and daughter. That could have been any place, any time, but I'm lucky it was in Scotland, so it was a smaller pond"