February 4, 2014 |
Poor Benedict Cumberbatch. Just because he plays brilliant detective Sherlock Holmes on TV, everyone expects him to be some kind of genius, when the truth is he struggles to comprehend basic arithmetic. OK, not really, but that's the joke that the "Sherlock" star and unlikely sex symbol gamely played along with during a visit to "Sesame Street. " There, he came face to face with the dastardly "Murray-arty," who presented the actor with the "mind-bending challenge" of determining whether there were more apples or oranges on the table in front of him. (Seriously, that whole mystery with the soldier in "The Sign of Three" was a cakewalk compared with this.)
February 3, 2014 |
Following a series of complaints lodged against Google's "mystery barge," a state agency has ordered the tech titan to relocate the project. San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission Executive Director Larry Goldzband told the Associated Press on Monday that the company did not obtain the proper permits for the project. PHOTOS: Google unveils new Glass frames Because the project was unauthorized, the Treasure Island Development Authority, which leased the warehouse where the barge was constructed, could also face fines and penalties, Goldzband said.
February 3, 2014 |
Some mysterious underwater circles spotted in the Baltic Sea have been explained, and poison is to blame. But let's back up and start from the beginning. In 2008, a tourist to the island of Mon in Denmark noticed strange patterns in the shallow waters beneath the island's striking white chalk cliffs. As you can see in the image above, the patterns looked like circles, and they were rather large. Some of them were as much as 50 feet in diameter. Speculations were far ranging: Were the circles remnants of bomb craters from World War II?
January 29, 2014 |
BAYONNE, N.J. - At first he thought it was the fish. Maurice Weizmann, a Montreal businessman on a Royal Caribbean cruise with his wife, started vomiting on the second night of the 10-day voyage after eating dinner and watching a show on the ship Explorer of the Seas. His wife did too. Soon they learned the reality: They were only two of hundreds of passengers sickened by an as-yet unidentified gastrointestinal illness that shortened their cruise by two days and created a floating sick bay on the high seas.
January 13, 2014 |
Author James Frey has had his ups and downs. Consider this an up. Deadline reports that Frey has sold a new book to HarperCollins, "Endgame," along with film rights to 20th Century Fox. The screen deal is for a rumored $2 million to $2.5 million , and is said to include Frey writing the screenplay. Frey is the author of "A Million Little Pieces," the 2003 memoir that turned out to be not particularly true. The book was publicly embraced by Oprah; after news of its fabrications came to light, she publicly chastised Frey on her show.
January 9, 2014 |
Although writer-director Giuseppe Tornatore ("Cinema Paradiso," "Everybody's Fine") certainly puts his own stamp on the intriguing art-world thriller "The Best Offer," there's an effective dash of Hitchcock and even a soupçon of 1970s-era De Palma (remember "Obsession"?) tossed in for good measure. Add a masterful lead performance by Geoffrey Rush as Virgil Oldman, a snobby antiques dealer and auctioneer who finds himself on the most unexpected journey of his life, and the result is a classy, atmospheric, onion-peel of a mystery.