Back in November, one month before "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" began its steady blaze across the country, Sony Pictures Classics president Tom Bernard waxed optimistic about the film's prospects. "If everything breaks right," he said, "we'll be north of $50 million [at the box office] and we'll win the Oscar for best picture.
For a guy who moments ago had a tiny camera jammed up his nose and down his throat, David Gray sure is in a cheerful mood. It's early afternoon at "Saturday Night Live's" Manhattan studios, and this week's musical guest, the 32-year-old English folk troubadour, has just bounded in from a trip to the doctor's office.
Cyberfan Devil0509 is so angry he could scream. The source of his ire: a nanosecond snippet from a preview for this Friday's "X-Men" movie. In it, a good-guy mutant named Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is holding a man at bay with some nasty-looking claws. (They come out whenever he gets mad; Wolverine is always mad.) "Wait wait wait," Mr. 0509 writes. "He's got two claws straddling a guy's NECK?
A few months ago Seann William Scott was walking in Los Angeles when a complete stranger ran up to him and called him a "f---face," then told him he should get his "balls reattached." Scott, understandably, was delighted. "I just thought to myself, 'This is the greatest thing ever'." Turns out the guy was just quoting Scott's work in the hit comedy "American Pie." His character, Stifler, was a monumental jackass, the kind of kid we all knew and wished would suffer some grand humiliation--like,...
Bill Kung, 25, and Chad Smolinski, 23, aren't millionaires yet--and basically it's Oregon's fault. But they're great examples of how losers in the new digital world can quickly become winners.Back in January the pair were two weeks away from launching their first Web start-up: a trading platform like eBay, where users would buy and sell used items like CDs and books.
Can celebrity criminal defense attorney Johnnie Cochran pull off an O.J.-style upset in Lagos? This week Cochran will observe a key pretrial hearing for Mohammed Abacha, eldest son of the late Nigerian military dictator Sani Abacha, and issue a set of findings to foreign diplomats, the United Nations, human-rights groups and others.The younger Abacha, who allegedly manages the family's assets, is charged in the 1996 murder of Kudirat Abiola, a pro-democracy activist who was married to Abacha's...
Minnesota might soon have a bonfire for the ages on its hands. The combined effects of a July 4, 1999, windstorm that leveled 140,000 acres of trees and the dry winter after it have turned a 1,000-square-mile patch of the state's Boundary Waters Canoe Area into a giant tinderbox.
Bipartisanship is rare on the House floor, but it's the name of the game on the floor of the House gym. Members of Congress are in the midst of a top-secret two-on-two basketball tournament: 12 teams, double elimination--two losses and you're out--and each team must have a Republican and a Democrat.
I don't think I've ever had a bad doughnut." Homer Simpson? Try Thomas Keller, chef extraordinaire of the Napa Valley's legendary French Laundry. With the sweet treat gracing his and other high-end dessert menus, doughnuts have finally reached their golden age.