After giving his daughter, Toula (Nia Vardalos), a ridiculously hard time for dating the American with “the big long hairs on top of his head,” Gus Portokalos (Michael Constantine) finally accepts Ian Miller (John Corbett) into his family during his wedding speech. Like Toula's parents, my father’s Greek-Cypriot parents weren’t thrilled that their son was dating an American woman.
As with the Portokalos clan, about two thirds of my extended family is named Nick or Nicky.
In AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN Richard Gere plays Zack Mayo, an aloof, taciturn loner who aspires to be a navy pilot.
Once he's arrived at training camp for his 13-week officer's course, Mayo soon crosses paths with abrasive, no-nonsense drill sergeant Emil Foley (Louis Gossett Jr.).
At my parents' wedding, the Greeks put their gripes aside and danced the touches upon the battle between independence and tradition that mires many first-generation children in guilt, but ends before Toula faces any real repercussions for her choice.
By marrying Ian, Toula vanquishes her parents’ prejudice, triumphs over the tyranny of family, Spoiler: That didn’t happen for my parents.
For years, my mother hovered around the periphery of my dad’s big fat Greek family; she befriended his third cousins, not his sisters.
Then, since my sister and I were only half-Greek, we were only half-accepted.
His follow-up, 1993’s “Philadelphia,” earned Tom Hanks his first Academy Award. I also loved him as a friend, and to me he was always young. The idea that he’s gone seems impossible to me.” Bruce Springsteen, who worked with Demme on music videos “Streets of Philadelphia” and “Murder Incorporated,” said on his website, “Over here on E Street, we’re deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Jonathan Demme.
Mayo — or "Mayonnaise," as Foley mockingly dubs him — is an outstanding cadet, but too self-involved.
Hollywood was quick to mourn the loss of the acclaimed director Jonathan Demme, who died of cancer complications. Words just aren't enough with heartache like this. Fictional or actual, he caught so many lives and glimpses of lives and framed them for others to enjoy. ’” Martin Scorsese said in a statement, “Whenever I ran into Jonathan, he was filled with enthusiasm and excitement about a new project. His pictures have an inner lyricism that just lifts them off the ground – even a story like ‘The Silence of the Lambs.’ I have great admiration for Jonathan as a filmmaker – I love the freshness of his style and his excellent use of music, from Buddy Holly to Miklos Rozsa.
The film earned Vardalos an Academy Award Nomination for Best Writing, a Golden Globe Nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and a Screen Actors Guild Award Nomination.
The sleeper hit, which quickly became one of the highest-grossing independent films of all time, led to the unsuccessful CBS spin-off series, My Big Fat Greek Life.