September 12, 2011 |
LOS ANGELES - "Contagion" has infected enough moviegoers to catch the top spot at the box office. Studio estimates released yesterday show that the Warner Bros. pandemic thriller coughed up $23.1 million in its first weekend. It was directed by Steven Soderbergh and stars an A-list cast that includes Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow. "The Help" slipped to No. 2 with $8.7 million after three straight weeks at the top, bringing its domestic total to $137 million.
October 10, 2011
By Felice J. Freyer, Paul E. Jarris, and Robert M. Pestronk In the recently released movie Contagion , a deadly flu virus originating in bats and pigs spreads to humans worldwide, killing millions and causing chaos. Moving as fast as the virus is misinformation; one character observes that the falsehoods of a self-serving blogger are as dangerous as the virus itself. Public-health officials strive to release the right information at the right time, but they struggle to counter the irresponsible blogger.
September 9, 2011 |
LOS ANGELES - At one point in Steven Soderbergh's pandemic thriller "Contagion," Dr. Ally Hextall (Jennifer Ehle) gives herself an injection in such a rush that she doesn't even roll up her pants. Dr. Ian Lipkin, one of the film's science advisers, took one look at the scene and started, well, needling the filmmakers. "They tried to persuade me that it was OK - that she's in a real hurry," said Lipkin, the director of Columbia University's Center for Infection and Immunity. "And I said, 'No, no, she's not in that much of a hurry.' " At Lipkin's urging, Soderbergh reshot the sequence.
June 17, 2012 |
"Contagion is back with a vengeance, and Italy is bearing the brunt of the fallout from Spain's request for external assistance. " — Sovereign-debt expert Nicholas Spiro, on the European financial crisis. "Our role is to say what is possible under EU law. We are not scriptwriters for disaster films. " — Olivier Bailly, a European Commission spokesman, on the possibility of a Greek euro exit. "In the midst of the crisis abroad, the news in Colombia remains favorable.
September 4, 2011 |
In Contagion , the fast, frightening global pandemic drama opening Friday, Jude Law is a mad blogger, a Web journo whose raging posts against Big Pharm and Big Gov turn incendiary when people start dropping like flies. Is Law's Alan Krumwiede (pronounced crum-woody ) prophet or paranoiac? A voice of sanity in the chaos and dread, or a nutter? "I love that it's left open for you to decide," says Law, who clearly had a ball playing this hustling Bay Area Brit, a giant thorn in the side of health officials trying to stanch the panic, and trying to find a vaccine.
October 18, 2010
9 tonight CHANNEL 10 The CDC tries to identify the contagion as the biological threat intensifies. The director of national intelligence (Zeljko Ivanek, right) faces a difficult dilemma during negotiations. The FBI closes in on Vicky and Carter (Taylor Cole, D.B. Sweeney).
April 13, 2011
By Paul Hanouna The past two years have seen the nation's worst foreclosure crisis in more than six decades. One often-overlooked cause of the crisis is the capacity of foreclosures to spread like a contagious disease. The presence of foreclosures in a neighborhood can make once-proud homeowners willing to walk away from their mortgages and abandon their homes, seemingly unconcerned about the consequences. According to my research with Carlos Ramirez and Christof Stahel of George Mason University and Ryan Goodstein of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., homeowners who are "under water" on their mortgages are up to 24 percent more likely to strategically default if their neighbors have already walked away from their homes.
September 13, 2012 |
RALPH'S (760 S. 9th) IS HEADING to Valley Forge. Eddie Rubino , co-owner of the nation's oldest Italian restaurant, confirmed Tuesday that Ralph's of South Philly will open inside the new Sheraton Valley Forge when the hotel opens Sept. 27. "We are overwhelmed with excitement about this project finally coming to pass," Rubino said about his family's feelings toward the addition of a new location. The new Ralph's restaurant and bar will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. It's not the first foray into the suburbs for Ralph's, which had a place in Ambler for several years.
September 14, 2011
Weeks Per Rank/Title/Studio Last Week Total Out Location 1. Contagion (Warner Bros.) $22.4 mil. $22.4 mil. 1 $6,953 2. The Help (Sony) 8.9 mil. 137.3 mil. 5 3,041 3. Warrior (Lionsgate) 5.2 mil. 5.2 mil. 1 2,805 4. The Debt (Focus) 4.8 mil. 21.9 mil. 2 2,544 5. Colombiana (Sony/Tristar) 3.9 mil. 29.7 mil. 3 1,677 6. Planet of the Apes (Fox)