October 21, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Madagascar is set to hold elections Friday, trying to shrug off the effects of a 2009 coup that plunged millions of people into poverty and hunger due to subsequent African and Western sanctions and withdrawal of budget aid. The efforts of donors to punish the country's politicians have backfired and hurt its most vulnerable people, especially children, U.N. humanitarian agencies said Monday. Madagascar, a country that relied on donors to cover about 40% of its budget in 2008, is a study on what goes wrong after a coup: Tourism evaporates, investors go elsewhere and international donors drastically cut their support.
July 17, 2013 |
What do I know of life? For years, I thought Taco Bell was a Mexican phone company. I thought Hash Tag was a mouthy wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons. So when I got wind of the Swiss Forrest Gump, an adventurer who ran 25,422 miles over five years till he'd circled the world, his beautiful green-eyed wife riding along on a motorcycle the whole time with their supplies, I wasn't sure if I had a column or a Nobel Prize candidate. A marathon a day, five days a week, for five years.
December 6, 2012 |
Among the year's major animated releases (and award contenders) are sequels in billion-dollar franchises, an expansion of a beloved Dr. Seuss book and an irreverent claymation pirate adventure. There are prehistoric animals battling other pirates who sail ships of icebergs; New Yorker animals joining the circus to escape an indestructible, Edith Piaf-belting Frances McDormand; and a moonstruck loser named Charles Darwin. 'The Pirates! Band of Misfits' The stop-motion pioneers at England's Aardman Animations made their first foray into high-tech, with 3-D and extensive computer-generated imagery, for "The Pirates!
November 2, 2012 |
DreamWorks Animation reported a 24% jump in profit in the third quarter, largely due to the box-office success of its animated film "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted. " The Glendale-based studio posted net income of $24.4 million, or 29 cents a share, on revenue of $186.3 million in the quarter that ended Sept. 30. That compared with a profit of $19.7 million, or 23 cents per share, on revenue of $160.8 million during the same period in 2011. The results easily exceeded Wall Street estimates.
November 1, 2012 |
DreamWorks Animation reported a 24% jump in profits in the third quarter due to the box-office success of "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted. " The Glendale-based animation studio posted net income of $24.4 million, or $0.29 a share, on revenues of $186.3 million, in the quarter ended Sept. 30. That compared with a profit of $19.7 million, or $0.23 per share, on revenues of $160.8 million during the same period in 2011. DreamWorks Animation Chief Executive Jeffrey Katzenberg said the results stemmed from the "blockbuster international box office success" of " Madagascar 3: Europe 's Most Wanted," which he said was the fifth-highest-grossing film of the year on a global basis.
July 31, 2012 |
DreamWorks Animation, the Glendale studio behind the "Shrek" and "Madagascar" movies, reported lower-than-expected financial results for the second quarter. For the quarter ended June 30, the company reported net income of $12.8 milion, or 15 cents per share, down 62% from a year earlier. Revenue for the quarter also fell sharply, declining 25% to $162.8 million. Analysts had forecast net income of 25 cents per share. "DreamWorks Animation's second quarter of 2012 was driven primarily by the box office performance of Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted , the seventh highest-grossing film of the year," said Jeffrey Katzenberg, chief executive of DreamWorks Animation.