November 14, 2013 |
Easiest way to describe “Noah”? Judging from its new - and not bootlegged - trailer, consider it a cross between the Old Testament and “Gladiator.” The new preview for writer-director Darren Aronofsky's cinematic retelling of the biblical flood features more battle scenes than you might have expected, as an army led by Methuselah (Anthony Hopkins) tries to storm Noah's vessel, as Hopkins yells, “Take the ark!” Looking a bit like the buff Maximus in “Gladiator,” Crowe basically tells Methuselah to find another boat - or die trying to take his. PHOTOS: Extreme celebrity weight transformations for roles The early peek at the film's visual effects are impressive, as all creatures great and small crowd into the ark as Noah warns, “A great flood is coming.” The cast includes Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson and Logan Lerman.
November 5, 2013 |
HOBOKEN, N.J. -- Voters were heading to the polls in New Jersey on Tuesday, where incumbent Gov. Chris Christie is expected to win in a landslide victory, an outcome some see as a step toward a presidential campaign in 2016. A poll released this week by Quinnipiac University showed Christie with a 2-1 lead over his opponent, Democrat Barbara Buono. New Jersey voters also headed to the polls on a brisk but sunny fall day to vote whether to raise the minimum wage to $8.25 an hour, from $7.25.
November 3, 2013 |
Last October, as Hurricane Sandy was approaching the Eastern Seaboard, photographer Benjamin Lowy, on assignment for Time magazine, ventured out to Coney Island to capture the swells coming in from the surge. A man had waded into the crashing waves, almost as if on a dare. Lowy, who's been embedded in Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan, didn't hesitate to charge into the stormy waters to get closer. Bringing an unwieldy DSLR (digital single-lens reflex camera) into the ocean was out of the question, so he grabbed his iPhone and got the shot.
August 31, 2013 |
Most Americans know Seaside Heights as the town made famous by Snooki and her ilk in MTV's reality series “Jersey Shore.” Mike Loundy simply knows the resort town as home. His grandfather came to Seaside Heights in 1932. The family never left, and Loundy's two daughters, he proudly notes, are fourth-generation residents. The town Loundy calls home was among the many devastated when Hurricane Sandy roared up the eastern seaboard last October. Rain, wind and surging tides tossed a roller coaster from Seaside Heights' boardwalk into the Atlantic Ocean before pummeling homes and businesses.
July 5, 2013 |
BREEZY POINT, N.Y. - The sky is cloudless and blue in this coastal community of bungalows by the sea. But Stephanie Abrams has disaster on her mind. A meteorologist with the Weather Channel, Abrams is here to co-host the network's morning shows to kick off the start of hurricane season. Her employer is predicting more storms than usual this year. Abrams has come to this town, which was walloped by Hurricane Sandy last year, to warn viewers of potential dangers in the months ahead.
July 4, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- The Statue of Liberty reopened to visitors Thursday for the first time since Hurricane Sandy washed ashore in October and severely damaged the island on which Lady Liberty sits. The statue was spared storm damage, and tens of thousands of visitors began lining up in Battery Park in lower Manhattan to pile onto the first ferry to the grassy island. Tickets to visit the statue's crown , a climb of 354 steps from the pedestal, sold out long ago. But visitors who could only enter the lower part of Lady Liberty weren't disappointed.