May 31, 2010 |
It's been 11 years since the makers of "The Blair Witch Project" set their horror movie out here in the middle of nowhere and changed this little town of 180 people forever. To this day, tourists occasionally wander through Burkittsville and ask, "Where's the witch?" "There isn't one," the townspeople say, fatigued. "It isn't real ." The 1999 movie shot in eight days on a shoestring budget made a mint. It got four stars from Roger Ebert and went down in Hollywood history as a cult classic.
May 28, 2010 |
"The Special Relationship," which airs on HBO Saturday night, is not just the last film in Peter Morgan's admirable and ambitious Tony Blair trilogy, it is, regrettably, the least. "The Deal" (2003), also on HBO, launched Michael Sheen's canny and charming Blair as he claimed ascendancy over political colleague turned rival Gordon Brown, and three years later "The Queen" became the stuff of Oscar-winning legend. This time around, the act of crossing the pond seems to have confounded everyone involved.
May 28, 2010 |
At a pivotal time when fallen communist regimes were giving way to fledgling democracies, when European nations were emerging as a collective superpower, U.S. President Bill Clinton invited a rising political star to the White House. Tony Blair, soon to become prime minister of England, was a like-minded, charismatic statesman eager to help shape a new world. He and Clinton would forge one of the dynamic alliances of the 20th century. Following Blair's victory in 1997, the two men resolved to advance their liberal, progressive agenda across the international stage, a goal of Clinton's now remembered as much for what might have been—and for the Monica Lewinsky scandal that ruined it — as for what was actually accomplished, as HBO's new film, "The Special Relationship," makes clear.
May 25, 2010
Given the threat posed by terrorists, it would be comforting if counterintelligence did not suffer the turf wars that seem to bedevil most presidential administrations. But the forced resignation of Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair last week seems to stem not from his effectiveness, or lack of it, in keeping the homeland safe but from the fact that he alienated the White House and misconstrued his mandate. Blair, a retired admiral, was the third intelligence director, a position created at the behest of the 9/11 Commission.
May 25, 2010 |
The green technology movement in Silicon Valley landed an international name Monday when Khosla Ventures said former British Prime Minister Tony Blair would join the venture capital firm as a senior advisor. Khosla Ventures, the Menlo Park, Calif., firm founded by Vinod Khosla in 2004, made the announcement at its summit for limited partners in Sausalito. Blair will advise Khosla Ventures portfolio companies on public policy. Khosla is currently investing $1.1 billion in tech firms, including so-called clean technology.
May 21, 2010 |
National Intelligence Director Dennis C. Blair announced his resignation Thursday after a rocky 16-month tenure during which he found himself on the losing end of turf battles and struggled to develop a close relationship with President Obama. The White House has been interviewing candidates to replace Blair but has not chosen one, several officials said. Blair's departure surprised his staff and many members of Congress. He had told associates that he intended to remain in the job for four years.
May 21, 2010 |
The list of 23 new series picked up by the five broadcast networks for this fall does not contain any shows about time travel. But that doesn't matter: TV executives still seem determined to step back to a time long ago, when the world was safer for old media … all the way back … to the 1980s. In making a bold play to kick off Thursday nights with comedies, CBS executives name-checked "Cheers" and other sitcoms that ruled '80s TV. Fox has "Lonestar," an oil-industry soap that recalls "Dallas," which became a national obsession in the early '80s.
May 6, 2010 |
In the trendy neighborhood where it all began, the centrist revolution led by Tony Blair — the swaggering days of "Cool Britannia," the unprecedented 13 years of Labor Party rule — could be sputtering to an exhausted, inglorious end. The north London borough of Islington is the spiritual home of "New Labor," the modern, sleek, election-winning machine that Blair, a onetime resident, honed out of the unreconstructed old Marxist party....
March 20, 2010 |
Familiarity is not necessarily the friend of the Iraq moviegoer. As The Times' foreign editor from 2002-08, I visited Baghdad before and after the U.S. invasion, then followed the occupation and sectarian war for nearly six years. In short, I am a journalist and I know the story. So while I understand that filmmakers marry truth to fiction, and that "Green Zone," "The Ghost Writer" and "The Hurt Locker" are entertainment above all, I can't help but worry that cinema's altered reality will be taken as fact, which it most certainly is not. I instinctively scrutinize the films for accuracy, enjoying a sense of deja vu in the moments they get right, and cringing at the distortions when they don't.
March 6, 2010 |
Don't blame me -- I was just the money- man. Those weren't his exact words, but it certainly seemed to be his message, and through hours of grilling Friday on why and how Britain signed up for the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, Gordon Brown largely stuck to it. It had a ring of logic. After all, Brown wasn't Britain's prime minister when the nation went to war in 2003; then, the distinction belonged to Tony Blair. Brown was chancellor of the exchequer, the fancy British title for head of the treasury.