August 18, 2016 |
Even as Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has granted interviews to major media outlets in connection with his organization's release of Hillary Clinton's emails, his fugitive status has been virtually ignored. He fled Sweden for England before authorities could interview him (Swedish law does not allow charges to be filed without such an interview). He fought extradition in England's court system, and, when he lost, he ran to the Ecuadorian embassy in London and sought political asylum.
August 1, 2016 |
Thus far, the presidential campaign has been a summer beach read of the kind you'd see generated from the pen of Lisa Scottoline, Nicholas Sparks, or Jennifer Weiner. It's had conflict, dishonesty, backstabbing, fashion, and, while thus far lacking a sexual theme, did have a debate over the size of a candidate's manhood. But now we're about to change genres into spycraft and political espionage of the type we'd expect from Nelson DeMille, Tom Clancy, or Ken Follett. Ever since Henry Kissinger said "peace is at hand" in the waning days of the 1972 election, virtually every presidential campaign has raised the prospect of another October surprise.
March 7, 2014 |
For the next 10 days on the Internet, one four-letter word will be difficult to avoid: SXSW . That's because the South by Southwest Conference is getting underway in Austin, Texas, with the gathering's interactive and film portions starting in earnest tomorrow, followed by the annual music festival, which will crank up the volume starting Wednesday. The streets will be most crowded during the music fest, when more than 2,000 acts - from big names such as Coldplay and Cee-Lo Green to up-and-comers such as Philadelphia's Chill Moody and Low Cut Connie - descend on the Lone Star State's capital city.
October 18, 2013 |
AS JOURNALISM tries to re-create itself as a viable institution in the age of the Internet, nowhere has the battle between its traditional values and the changes forced on it by technology been as clear-cut as in the case of WikiLeaks and its charismatic founder, Julian Assange. In "The Fifth Estate," director Bill Condon and screenwriter Josh Singer attempt to explore the psychological making of Assange (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) and his relationship with his Wiki right hand, Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Bruhl)
October 14, 2013 |
TORONTO - Over the last year, between work on the multitude of films and TV series Benedict Cumberbatch seems to be involved in ( 12 Years a Slave ; August: Osage County , showing Saturday at the Philadelphia Film Festival; The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug ; Sherlock ), the British actor would find himself, now and then, walking along Hans Crescent in the Knightsbridge section of London. He would pass the Embassy of Ecuador, not far from the fabled Harrods department store, and think about dropping in. Why not?
July 25, 2013 |
NEW YORK - The Toronto International Film Festival will open with the WikiLeaks drama The Fifth Estate and showcase the much-anticipated adaptation of Tracy Letts' Pulitzer Prize-winning play August: Osage County . The festival, which runs Sept. 5-15, has long been a launching pad for Hollywood's fall season and Oscar contenders. This year's lineup, much of which was announced Tuesday, features films starring George Clooney, Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, Colin Firth, and Nicole Kidman.
July 1, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Vice President Biden has asked Ecuador to turn down an asylum request from National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, the country's president said Saturday. Rafael Correa, in a weekly television address, offered little sympathy for the Obama administration's view that Snowden is a criminal who should be swiftly returned to the United States. At the same time, he vowed to seek American input on any asylum request and suggested Snowden will have to answer for his actions.
June 28, 2013 |
MOSCOW - Moscow's main airport swarmed with media from around the globe Wednesday, but the man they were looking for - National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden - was nowhere to be seen. The mystery of the former spy's whereabouts only deepened a day after President Vladimir Putin said Snowden was in the transit area of Sheremetyevo Airport. In the airport were ordinary scenes of duty-free shopping, snoozing travelers, and tourists sipping coffee, but no trace of America's most famous fugitive.
June 26, 2013 |
MOSCOW - Edward Snowden, sought on espionage charges after bringing secret U.S. surveillance programs to light, receded still further into the shadows Monday as the United States strenuously called on Russia to turn him over for prosecution. Snowden, 30, a former government contractor who has not been seen in public since he was said to have arrived in Moscow on Sunday after slipping out of Hong Kong, set off a flurry of diplomatic activity around the globe as frustrated U.S. officials tried to interrupt his flight to asylum.
January 25, 2013 |
THE BEYONCE lip-synching controversy shouldn't be a controversy at all, according to Philly girl Eve . "Why are people making such a big deal out of it?" she said to our colleague Jenice Armstrong. " At this point, if you need to question this girl's talent, you should just stop. You should really just never listen to music. We all know the girl can sing. We all know she's a perfectionist. " Eve, who recently agreed to be a spokeswoman for the Philly-based Big Brothers, Big Sisters mentoring organization, added that "this was a huge moment in history for America and for her. Why not dot all the i's and cross the t's when you know that at any drop of a dime, if somebody asks you to blow, you can blow.