January 7, 2015 |
* MARVEL'S AGENT CARTER 8 tonight, 6ABC. If there's overlap between fans of PBS' "The Bletchley Circle" and Marvel's "Avengers," I hope it finds its way to ABC's new "Marvel's Agent Carter," whose two-hour premiere tonight is actually pretty marvelous. Set in 1946, the "Captain America" spinoff stars Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, a secret agent still in mourning for her presumably lost love, Steve "Captain America" Rogers (Chris Evans) and dealing with some of the same adjustments as the "Bletchley" cryptographers (and a lot of other women who found their talents pushed aside once World War II was over)
April 29, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Embarrassed by a prostitution scandal, the Secret Service will assign chaperones on some trips to enforce new rules of conduct that make clear that excessive drinking, entertaining foreigners in hotel rooms, and cavorting in disreputable establishments are no longer tolerated. The stricter measures, issued by the Secret Service on Friday for agents and employees, apply even when traveling personnel are off duty. The policies, outlined in a memorandum obtained by the Associated Press, are the agency's latest attempt to respond to the scandal that surfaced as President Obama was headed to a Latin American summit in Cartagena, Colombia, earlier this month.
March 2, 2012 |
A tough kitty and an accidental secret agent are at the top of this week's DVD releases. Puss in Boots, Grade B-plus: Antonio Banderas' brilliant voice performance makes Puss a star. It's not just hearing macho words coming from such a small character that works - it's the actor's performance. He sells this script with the enthusiasm of a telemarketer on speed. Salma Hayek also provides verbal punch. Her first foray into voice work is the cat's meow. In a hard combination to get right, she delivers power while giving the character a softer edge.
February 17, 2012 |
IN "THIS Means War," two secret agents use their spy-craft to compete for a perky blonde. Sounds like a classic Hollywood screwball comedy setup. Throw in attractive stars Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, Tom Hardy, flip a few SUVs, and what could go wrong? Well, you could hire a director like McG, who made his reputation, such as it is, with the "Charlie's Angels" movies, then tried making movies about actual humans with "We Are Marshall. " That turned out to be phenomenally unprofitable, so he's back in "Angel's" mode here - candy-colored, light show set to pounding, ceaseless house music.
September 20, 2010
IT WAS THE '30s and the Russians, soon to be our World War II allies, began stealing everything, moonbeams if they could, while the FBI was consumed with chasing Charles Dillinger and Bonnie and Clyde. Before J. Edgar Hoover awakened, the Soviets had set up a massive spy network and the damage had been done. At the heart of the conspiracy was a South Philadelphian who became one of Russia's most important and diligent spies, according to Allen M. Hornblum's richly researched book, The Invisible Harry Gold: The Man Who Gave the Soviets the Atom Bomb . Gold was a nebbish, a pudgy, intellectual do-gooder who became involved as a favor to a friend who had helped his impoverished family at the depth of the Depression.
February 8, 2001 |
Investigators were trying to figure out what possessed a mild-mannered accountant to fire shots outside the White House yesterday. Federal agents searched the Evansville, Ind., home of Robert W. Pickett, 47, and interviewed many who knew him trying to discover some clue to his erratic and uncharacteristic behavior. Although Pickett had a history of mental illness, had tried suicide and would occasionally disappear for weeks at a time, he had no record of violence. His way of striking out against the many enemies that plagued him had always been to file lawsuits.
December 6, 2000 |
A squad leader in the U.S. Secret Service's Philadelphia office is accused of stealing about $2,800 that other agents had seized during two separate criminal investigations. Michael Cohen, 37, of Boothwyn, Delaware County, lost his job in March and was indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury on charges of theft, making false statements, obstruction of justice and witness tampering. "I think they give it a distorted and inaccurate picture of what actually happened," said defense attorney Robert N. de Luca, referring to the charges.
December 17, 1997 |
Mary Fanning Wickham Bond, 99, best-selling author, artist, and a socialite who learned to play craps on the marble steps of the Bellevue Stratford and became the wife of the legendary James Bond's namesake, died of congestive heart failure Saturday at her home in Chestnut Hill. Mrs. Bond was indeed the wife of the James Bond whose name Ian Fleming made famous as Agent 007, but her James was not the international spy. He was an ornithologist, and the author of Birds of the West Indies.
November 26, 1996 |
My Russian assistant Sergei had the telephone open and its guts spread across the desk when my husband stopped by my office unexpectedly late one evening. Startled, Sergei leapt back as if he had touched a hot stove. My husband, Ken, paused for an instant, expecting some explanation. But Sergei kept silent. Only as Ken was leaving the building did epiphany strike: He had once seen telephones opened like that on TV. In the endless loop of spy shows that dominated my husband's Cold War childhood, Russian bad guys were forever planting their amazingly tiny, amazingly powerful listening devices in the Americans' telephones, thus enabling their English-fluent operatives to enjoy uninterrupted, static-free reception.
February 24, 1996 |
Spy or counterspy? Patriot or money-grubbing wartime traitor? Check or checkmate? Such were the buzz words that emerged yesterday like phantoms from the Cold War in a John Le Carre novel when the FBI busted the first alleged spy ever to be charged in Philadelphia with espionage. The defendant, Robert Stephen Lipka, 50, a pear-shaped, owlish-faced, unemployed but wealthy coin dealer and investment whiz from Lancaster County, is accused of selling classified information to the Soviets in the mid-1960s.