Friday, 5 August 2011

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

James Franco looks more bored and distracted in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" than he did when he was hosting the Oscars: Watching the movie, I kept waiting for him to pull out his iPhone, aim it at the camera and take a snapshot while mugging sheepishly.
Has there ever been a film with a less engaged protagonist? Claude Rains made more of an impact in 1933's "The Invisible Man," and you couldn't even see him. In "Apes," the vibrant and charismatic Franco, who carried the whole of "127 Hours" practically by himself, has the look of someone fulfilling a contract - the look of someone who realizes what he's gotten into and just wants to get it over with.
That's the same effect "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" has on the viewer. You can't wait for the film to get past its endless set-up and exposition and get to the fun stuff. But the wait is long.
This prequel to the 1968 sci-fi classic explains exactly how Earth came to be overrun by hyper-intelligent apes while the human population died out. The idea is genius - what a creative way to relaunch a dormant franchise! - but the execution is something else entirely.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

RIP Bubba...

Salmonella just got more dangerous!

Alliance with Islamists in Libya - claims Qadhafi's son

The son of Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi claimed that his family had forged an alliance with Islamist rebels, state-run Libyan television said Thursday.
Seif al-Islam Qadhafi, who terms the internal opposition to his father’s regime as radical extremists, was quoted as telling the New York Times that “the liberal (rebels) will escape or be killed... We will do it together.” He claimed to have negotiated the pact with Ali Sallabi, a leading Islamist in the rebel-held east.
The Qadhafi regime has termed the revolt in Libya an al-Qaeda plot to ignite civil strife in the country.
Mr. Qadhafi’s son, his father’s mouthpiece since the uprising started in February, hinted there was a deep split between the Islamists and liberal rebels in Libya.

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Casey Anthony: return to Florida for probation?

Multiracial Spiderman!!!

character that represents the diversity -- in background and experience -- of the 21st century," Alonso said. "We have a president of mixed heritage; in fact, I'm of mixed heritage, this is just the world we live in," he continued.
know him better as a character.

Charlie Sheen got disappointed!

Ashton Kutcher strikes again

Finally FAA shuts down and Congress goes byebye!

 Barely a day after the dust cleared from the long, bruising battle over raising the debt ceiling, Democrats and Republicans in Congress launched their next war of words, this time over a once-routine reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration.

Congress has passed 20 short-term funding bills for the agency since 2007 without much controversy. But because Senate Democrats object to certain provisions that Republicans in the House of Representatives attached to the current legislation to keep the FAA functioning, it's turned into a stalemate, with neither side backing down.
The Senate went into recess Tuesday without acting on the House bill, and Congress isn't scheduled to return until after Labor Day. While the impasse won't affect the flying public, it leaves thousands of FAA employees without paychecks for weeks and airport construction projects across the country at a standstill.
Congressional leaders blame each other for the deadlock.
"The House has done its job, and now it's time for senators to do theirs," said House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.
Democrats would have none of it on Wednesday. They want a "clean" bill, with none of the Republican strings attached.
"I call upon Speaker Boehner to end this," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. "They should send us a clean extension so these people can get back to work."
President Barack Obama made it clear Wednesday that he wants Congress to act, preferably by the end of the week.
"I'm urging the House and the Senate to take care of this," Obama said at the White House. "This is an example of a self-inflicted wound that is unnecessary."
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, in a White House appearance, urged Congress to return from its summer recess and finish the job.
"Come back to Washington. Leave your vacations, just for a couple hours. Come back, Congress," he said.
The partial shutdown of the agency, which started July 23, has idled nearly 4,000 FAA employees and tens of thousands of private-sector construction workers.
Paychecks continue for air-traffic controllers, but dozens of airport safety inspectors are working without pay because the FAA has deemed them essential to the safety of the traveling public. LaHood said that Americans shouldn't worry about the safety of flying.
"No safety issues will be compromised," he said. "Flying is safe."
Democrats object to two Republican provisions in particular: One would cut $16 million in subsidies for commercial flights to 13 rural airports, some in the home states of top Senate Democrats, including Reid's Nevada. The other would make it harder for some airline workers to unionize.
If the partial FAA shutdown continues, the government could lose as much as $1 billion in revenue that it is no longer collecting from taxes on airline tickets.
"This is from the party that is worried about fiscal responsibility," said House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md.
Rep. John Mica of Florida, the chairman of the House Transportation Committee, said Senate Democrats had two weeks to act after the House passed the bill, but didn't.
"Senate Democrats have no one to blame but themselves for this partial shutdown of FAA programs and airport projects," Mica said.
But Norman Ornstein, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative research center, described the Republican provisions as a "poison pill" that they knew Democrats wouldn't accept. 

Oprah Winfrey, James Earl Jones to receive Oscars

Oprah Winfrey, James Earl Jones and makeup artist Dick Smith will be getting Oscars.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences says the three will be honored with Oscar statuettes at the Governors Awards in November. The academy’s Board of Governors voted Tuesday to recognize the entertainment industry veterans.
Winfrey will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, which honors philanthropic and humanitarian contributions. The 57-year-old media mogul, who was nominated for a supporting actress Oscar for 1985’s "The Color Purple," supports various charitable and educational causes, including her own namesake foundations and Academy for Girls in South Africa.
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