June 9, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Guardian, the British newspaper that revealed a string of top-secret U.S. intelligence systems and programs, identified the source of the disclosures as a former 29-year-old CIA technical staff member who has worked at the National Security Agency as an employee of outside contractors. In an article on its website Sunday , the newspaper said Edward Snowden, 29, had asked the paper to reveal his identity and that he never planned to remain anonymous. The article said he was staying in a luxury hotel in Hong Kong, and said he had lined the door of his hotel room with pillows to prevent eavesdropping.
May 16, 2013 |
TEHRAN - Iranians must wait until next week to find out who will be on the ballot in next month's presidential election, a key electoral panel said Thursday, as it continued to mull the fate of two prospective candidates who have shaken up the race. The Guardian Council, which vets office seekers, said it needed an extension until Tuesday to judge the suitability of the nearly 700 presidential aspirants. A council official told reporters that 10 or more candidates may be approved, a relatively high number that could make it difficult for one to win a majority without a runoff election.
March 25, 2013
The animated family film “Rise of the Guardians” has risen - and landed at the top of the DVD and Blu-ray sales chart, a surprise second chance for the DreamWorks box-office disappointment. Here are the top titles for sales (for the week ending March 16) and rentals (for the week ending March 17), according to Rentrak. TOP-10 DVD & BLU-RAY SALES 1 “Rise of the Guardians” Paramount Week 1 2 “Life of Pi” Fox. Week 1 3 “Wreck-It Ralph” Disney Week 2 4 "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" Summit Entertainment Week 3 5 “Red Dawn” Fox Week 2 6 “Skyfall” Fox Week 5 7 “Mulan/Mulan II - 2 Pack” Disney Week 1 8 “Argo” Warner Bros. Week 4 9 “Game of Thrones: The Complete Second Season” Warner Bros. Week 4 10 “Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away” Paramount. Week 1 TOP-10 DVD & BLU-RAY RENTALS 1 “Skyfall” Fox Week 5 2 “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2” Summit Entertainment Week 2 3 “Rise of the Guardians” ...
February 26, 2013 |
DreamWorks Animation SKG said it would take an $87-million charge on last year's holiday movie "Rise of the Guardians," marking the largest write-down the studio has ever taken for one of its own movies. Analysts had estimated that the studio would take a write-down of from $70 million to nearly $100 million on the film, which represented a rare box-office misfire for DreamWorks, creator of the popular "Shrek," "Kung Fu Panda" and "Madagascar" films. "Rise of the Guardians," which cost about $145 million to make, has generated $302 million in global box-office ticket sales since its debut in late November, well short of a typical DreamWorks Animation movie.
February 16, 2013 |
In "Wendell and Vinnie," a new sitcom premiering Saturday on Nick at Nite before taking up its regular Sunday time slot, Jerry Trainor (as Vinnie) becomes the guardian of his orphaned 12-year-old nephew - that would be Wendell. Their names define them: Vinnie, loose and goofy; Wendell, tight and brainy. The meeting of the juvenile adult and the adult juvenile, of the child who plays father to the man who teaches him to be a child, is not new in the history of storytelling. Nor is the tale in which a happy-go-lucky single person is suddenly taxed with and enriched by the care of an inherited youngster.
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February 13, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - The nutty notion that a citizen can be heavily enough armed to fight off the government went up in smoke near Big Bear Lake. This may sound crazy to most normal people, but there are some obsessed gun owners - although a minority, surely - who believe they need to arm themselves to perhaps combat government oppression. One reader wrote recently that he supported gun control "as long as I'm armed as well as the police," whom he didn't trust and felt he needed to be prepared to battle in a shootout.