October 17, 2013 |
In its own Hollywood way, "The Fifth Estate" is quite an ambitious film. It wants to create a viable portrait of Julian Assange, the wildly controversial founder of WikiLeaks, dramatize the significant but complex questions his work raises and surround both of those themes with the kind of personal dramas so beloved by mainstream films. The surprise in this film, starring actor-of-the-moment Benedict Cumberbatch as Assange and Daniel Brühl as his associate Daniel Domscheit-Berg and directed by Bill Condon, is not that all of these goals are met - that would be too much to expect - but which ones are successful and which ones prove to be beyond everyone's grasp.
September 8, 2013 |
Star Trek Into Darkness Paramount, $29.99; Blu-ray, $39.99/$54.99 Available on VOD beginning Sept. 10 Although it's not as much fun as the 2009 "Star Trek" reboot, J.J. Abrams' sequel has the same major asset as its predecessor: a winning cast that ventures through space with the kind of amiable collegiality that made the original TV series such a joy. This time out, Chris Pine (as Kirk), Zachary Quinto (as Spock), Zoe Saldana (as Uhura) and Simon Pegg (as Scotty) are joined by the always-magnificent Benedict Cumberbatch, playing a mysterious, superhuman villain looking to destroy the credibility of the Federation.
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August 22, 2013 |
The story of Pfc. Bradley Manning is a grand personal tragedy with a small potential for a happy ending. On Wednesday, a military judge sentenced Manning to 35 years in prison for giving WikiLeaks some 750,000 classified military documents. On Thursday, Manning announced that he will begin living as a woman, and his name will be Chelsea Manning. Those two stark facts may seem unrelated, but they are deeply intertwined. “As I transition into this next phase of my life,” Manning wrote in a statement that Savannah Guthrie read on the "Today" show, "I want everyone to know the real me. I am Chelsea Manning.
August 21, 2013 |
FT. MEADE, Md. - A military judge will tell Army Pfc. Bradley Manning at 10 a.m. EDT today how long he must serve in prison for illegally leaking a vast trove of classified U.S. military and diplomatic materials to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks. Army Col. Denise Lind will deliver the sentence. She found Manning guilty last month of six counts of violating the Espionage Act and mishandling classified material, but she acquitted him of a more serious charge of aiding the enemy. Manning's supporters, who consider him a hero for exposing government secrets, plan a vigil outside the gates of Ft. Meade, where the court-martial has taken place, and have announced an evening rally outside the White House.
August 21, 2013 |
FT. MEADE, MD. - In his crisp blue uniform, Army Pfc. Bradley Manning rose to his feet in a small crowded courtroom Wednesday morning and was sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks. Manning, who could have been sentenced to 90 years, stood at attention and showed no emotion as the military judge, Army Col. Denise Lind, delivered the sentence. As soon as Lind left the bench, Army guards quickly rushed Manning out of the courtroom.
August 21, 2013 |
FT. MEADE, Md. - Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, the junior intelligence analyst who came to signify a new era of massive security breaches in the Internet age, was sentenced Wednesday to 35 years in prison for leaking a vast trove of military and diplomatic secrets to WikiLeaks. He could be eligible for release in seven years. So ended a high-profile case that sparked a heated debate about whether the Obama administration is prosecuting whistle-blowers rather than protecting them, a dispute fueled by a flood of recent disclosures documenting the secret surveillance of Americans' telephone and Internet data.