August 14, 2009 |
If it weren't for family politics, would the Pritzkers be taking Hyatt Hotels Corp. public? Preliminary offering documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission suggest there is little other reason to sell shares in the Chicago family's crown jewel during the worst economy since the Great Depression. The documents pull back the curtain for the first time on a global hotel behemoth with a sterling balance sheet and no apparent business need to raise cash right now. From 2004 through 2008, Hyatt revenue grew from $2.7 billion to $3.8 billion.
September 4, 2008 |
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was an untraditional choice for the Republican ticket, but her acceptance speech Wednesday suggested that she will play a very traditional role as a vice presidential nominee: leading her party's attack against the other side. "You know what they say's the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? Lipstick," she said, flashing a mauve smile. Palin delivered the most important speech of her career with poise and pugnacity, extolling Republican presidential candidate John McCain as "an upright and honorable man" while throwing repeated jabs at Democratic nominee Barack Obama.
April 4, 2008 |
It's been nearly five years since the six-hour Italian triumph "The Best of Youth" debuted at Cannes and then came to America. Those who saw it soon understood that nothing in the current cinematic world is as rare as this kind of serious, adult storytelling, and few thought that they would see anything like it again. But now they can.
February 10, 2008 |
Will America close the books on the Bush dynasty when George W. leaves office in January? Or is it still possible that his younger brother, Jeb, will rise from the ashes of the second Bush presidency -- perhaps even as part of the Bush clan's ongoing duel with the House of Clinton? While one should never say never in politics, such a rematch in 2012 or 2016 is beginning to seem extremely unlikely. Even Jeb himself apparently regards prospects for a Bush resurrection as largely hopeless.
September 22, 2007 |
An American family with three small children has applied for political asylum in Finland, immigration officials said. The five came from Germany on Tuesday, said Minna Serradj of the Directorate of Immigration. "It's very unusual for a U.S. citizen to apply for asylum," Serradj said, declining to give details, in line with a policy to protect asylum-seekers. Serradj declined to comment on local media speculation that the parents possibly were seeking to escape serving in the U.S.
September 10, 2007 |
Julie Gavras, the only daughter of acclaimed filmmaker Costa-Gavras ("Z," "Missing"), was content working as a documentarian. "I guess I did documentaries because it was something nobody in my family did," she says over the phone from her home in Paris. "Not only is my father a director, but my mother is a producer. I have brothers who are in the business too." Then she read "Tutta Colpa di Fidel," by her Italian friend, Domitilla Calamai.