Unlike the glory and nostalgia that films such as 'Goodfellas' and 'The Godfather' heap on the mafia, Italian-made films like 'Gomorrah' or the new 'The Sicilian Girl,' opening Friday, paint a different picture—one of brutality and destruction, with nary an Armani suit in sight. A look at the new film and what it means for the mob.
It's impossible to walk out of the film 'Countdown to Zero' without having a strong opinion on whether the United States should continue to develop and warehouse nuclear weapons. Produced by the World Security Institute in concert with Lawrence Bender ('An Inconvenient Truth'), the film is engineered to elicit a "no nukes" response.
Days after the battle was over, U.S. and Iraqi officials were still trying to make sense of it. Hundreds of heavily armed fighters had secretly gathered at a farm outside Najaf, apparently plotting to seize the holy city and kill Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani during this week's celebration of Ashura, Shiite Islam's highest holiday.
Think of Vaclav Havel as Arthur Miller and Nelson Mandela rolled into one. By the time Havel became president of Czechoslovakia almost 18 years ago, he was already an internationally renowned writer—whose work had been banned at home—and a human- rights activist who spent four years in jail as a political prisoner.
The first James Brown fans began lining up at the Apollo Theater a full 24 hours before the public viewing of his body was to begin. By the time his shiny gold casket was brought to the theater by horse-drawn carriage, many thousands had already lined up to pay their final respects.
Fifteen years after stepping down as leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, 75, remains an untiring voice in international relations. Besides continuing his efforts to reduce the threat of nuclear weapons in the world (which earned him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990), he's active in many other initiatives, including the environmental group Green Cross International and World Awards International, an organization created by Austrian financier Christian Baha to celebrate the work of...