June 1, 2013 |
MOSCOW - A perfectly preserved woolly mammoth carcass with liquid blood has been found on a remote Arctic island, fueling hopes of cloning the Ice Age animal, Russian scientists said Thursday. The carcass was in such good shape because its lower part was stuck in pure ice, said Semyon Grigoryev, the head of the Mammoth Museum, who led the expedition into the Lyakhovsky Islands off the Siberian coast. "The blood is very dark, it was found in ice cavities below the belly and when we broke these cavities with a pole pick, the blood came running out," he said in a statement released by the North-Eastern Federal University in Yakutsk, which sent the team.
July 31, 2012 |
Batman held on to his lofty box-office perch over the weekend, as The Dark Knight Rises clocked in with a gate of a little more than $64 million. Still, that was a 60 percent decline from the film's opening weekend receipts of $160.9 mil. Total take in the first 10 days of release for the final installment in Christopher Nolan 's trilogy now stands at $289 million. That's well behind the initial 10-day total of $313.8 million of its 2008 predecessor, The Dark Knight . Second place in the box-office sweeps went to Ice Age: Continental Drift , with $13.3 million in its third week.
July 16, 2012 |
With Batman lurking, the prehistoric critters of Ice Age: Continental Drift ran off with the box office, earning $46 million in their opening weekend. The animated film is the fourth in the Ice Age series, the first in 3-D. There has now been a decade of Ice Age films, with the characters voiced by Ray Romano, Queen Latifah, and John Leguizamo becoming increasingly familiar to audiences, particularly international ones. The film had already done robust overseas business ahead of opening in the United States.
July 13, 2012 |
Five minutes into Ice Age: Continental Drift , kindhearted but accident-prone Sid the Sloth (voice of John Leguizamo) riffs a joke that summarizes the franchise. He's telling a new character how he and his glacial mates fought dinosaurs in the prior installment, summing it up: "It didn't make sense, but it sure was exciting. " No truer phrase has ever been uttered about this lucrative animated series. Logic may be extinct, but boy, do these movies whiz by like ice cubes zipping across a linoleum floor.
December 28, 2009 |
OUR DREADFUL destiny was that we were either going to starve to death or be buried by advancing glaciers in a new ice age. The alleged villain, global cooling, was coming faster than anyone predicted. It wouldn't be all that long before polar bears would be rummaging through Macy's. That was the dire - and now infamous - warning by Newsweek science editor Peter Gwynne in the magazine's April 28, 1975, issue. "There are ominous signs that the Earth's weather patterns have begun to change dramatically and that these changes may portend a drastic decline in food production - with serious political implications for just about every nation on Earth," Gwynne wrote.
July 8, 2009
TENSIONS BETWEEN Mayor Nutter and the municipal unions ratcheted up a notch on Monday when the city announced a wage freeze for all employees, including pay step increases and longevity payments. Nutter says he has the authority to impose the freeze because contracts for unionized workers have expired. Cathy Scott of AFSCME DC 47 promises a court action to overturn the move. The freeze will last only until a new contract is signed, but the city hopes the new agreements will include this freeze for all city employees.
July 3, 2009 |
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is the third installment in the animated movies about goofy prehistoric animals who form an interspecies clan. One might call this feeble attempt to wring every last nickel from a moderately enjoyable franchise The Crass Menagerie. The best thing about the Ice Age movies has always been the tangential plotline about Scrat, the very hungry rodent, who stalks an elusive acorn to the ends of the Earth. The worst thing about this one is that the film's other wild and woolly characters stalk an even more elusive story.
June 30, 2009 |
When it comes to personal preference, Queen Latifah's taste in animated films runs more along the lines of "Dungeons & Dragons" than "Alvin and the Chipmunks. " One of her all-time favorites is "Heavy Metal," the 1981 sci-fi/fantasy cult favorite known for its sex, loud music, and horror. "It's not quite a kid's movie, but I did see it as a kid and I thought it was pretty cool," the rapper-turned-Oscar-nominated actress recalled. Still, when 20th-Century Fox approached her about taking on the voice of Ellie the Woolly Mammoth in the sequel to the first "Ice Age," she told her agents to make it happen.
June 30, 2009 |
"Ice Age 3" opens this week, so if you want to see a good animated movie, check out . . . "Up. " Or maybe "Monsters Vs. Aliens," if you can still find it. Anything but "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs," packed with ideas as fresh as "Land of the Lost," which we haven't seen for, oh, three weeks now. Sequel No. 2 is in 3-D (glasses required, check theaters), and begins with Manny the Mammoth (Ray Romano) fretting over his pregnant wife (Queen Latifah). A labored subplot finds the impending birth alienating Diego the saber-toothed tiger (Denis Leary)