“Ender’s Game,” based on the science-fiction novel about a child warrior, topped U.S. and Canadian theaters this weekend, collecting $28 million for Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. (LGF) “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa,” a comedy from Paramount Pictures, fell to second from first place with $20.5 million in receipts, Rentrak Corp. (RENT) said today in an e-mailed statement. Lions Gate, which has carved out a niche among younger viewers with hits including “The Hunger Games” and the “Twilight” films, is seeking to build a new teen franchise with “Ender’s Game.” Social-media buzz for
Sonny Bono is still a touchy subject for Cher. During a Facebook Q&A with her fans on Thursday, Oct. 31, the legendary singer answered questions for well over an hour about her professional life, her favorites movies and even about Halloween. But the most shocking answer of all just so happened to be about her late ex-husband. "Hi Cher, if Sonny Bono were still alive today, but you only had a minute to talk to him, what would you say," a fan asked. The response? "How hot is it where you just came from?" Cher, 67, and Bono first met in 1962 and married two years later. The husband-and-wife team
Former foreign minister Avigdor Liberman has hit back strongly against an announcement by South African International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane of a moratorium on government visits to Israel, accusing the country of hypocrisy and fostering anti-Semitism, and urging South African Jews to come to Israel. “The comments by the South African foreign minister at the weekend, that South African government ministers will no longer visit Israel as an expression of solidarity with the Palestinians, are a combination of hypocrisy and classic anti-Semitism,”
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is accusing critics of smear tactics after they attacked his father for saying President Obama should go "back to Chicago, back to Kenya" at an event last year. Even as he dismissed his father’s comments as a “joke” and ill-advised, he said critics were motivated as much by politics as by genuine outrage. Speaking to CNN affiliate WFAA on Friday, the first-term Republican senator from Texas said, "sadly, those who are trying to play the politics of personal destruction are trying to smear him and use that to attack me. That´s a shame." "I love my father," said Cruz. "He is a pastor.
The National Republican Senate Committee, the GOP campaign arm responsible for Senate elections, has decided to use its political power to block consulting firm Jamestown Associates from receiving political work from GOP candidates or incumbents. Jamestown´s "sin" is working with the Senate Conservative Fund, an organization that supports conservative candidates for the US Senate. NRSC communications staffer Brad Dayspring, a former spokesman for House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), told The New York Times on Friday, “We’re not going to do
Just seven years ago, if someone had told me that I´d be writing for Christianity Today magazine about how I came to believe in God, I would have laughed out loud. If there was one thing in which I was completely secure, it was that I would never adhere to any religion—especially to evangelical Christianity, which I held in particular contempt. I grew up in the Episcopal Church in Alaska, but my belief was superficial and flimsy. It was borrowed from my archaeologist father, who was so brilliant he taught himself to speak and read Russian. When I encountered doubt,
The Republican professional political class increasingly views Chris Christie, who is on the verge of a sweeping reelection victory on Tuesday in the Democratic-friendly state of New Jersey, as its best — and maybe only — hope to win back the White House in 2016. Here’s how one plugged-in Republican consultant responded when asked how we should rank the current 2016 field: “Christie is in the [one] slot now and forevermore — he’s about to get huge margins in his historic reelection in a blue state — he’s the successful model for our party (from a political perspective) and his
Actress Michelle Pfeiffer has revealed she joined a cult that believed you can live without food or water. In a candid interview, the Dangerous Liaisons star describes being put on a diet ´nobody can adhere to´ and psychologically manipulated by a ´very controlling couple´ when she first reached Hollywood aged 20. She was taught to be a ´breatharian´ - someone who supposedly gets all their nourishment from the sun, with no need to eat or drink. And, despite struggling to earn a living, she was forced to pay for their guidance. Now, 35 years later, she describes being ´saved´ by her first
Sen. Dianne Feinstein says the shooting at the Los Angeles International Airport underscores the need for an assault weapons ban and greater gun control measures. Appearing on CBS´s "Face the Nation" Sunday, Feinstein paid tribute to fallen TSA officer Gerardo Hernandez, the first TSA employee to die in the line of duty, then turned her attention to guns. A strong supporter of an assault weapons ban, the California Democrat said, “the weapon was a .223 MP-15, where the MP stands for military and police, clearly designed not for general consumption … Same gun that was used at
This will not go over well for the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize winner. According to the new book “Double Down,” in which journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann chronicle the 2012 presidential election, President Barack Obama told his aides that he’s “really good at killing people” while discussing drone strikes. Peter Hamby of The Washington Post noted the moment in his review of the book. The reported claim by the commander-in-chief is as indisputable as it is grim. Obama oversaw the 2009 surge in Afghanistan, 145 Predator drone strikes in NATO’s 2011 Libya operations, the May 2011 raid that
Lowering expectations, White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer this morning said on “This Week” that the first Obamacare enrollment numbers would not be as high as the administration would like. “I can promise you that the first enrollment numbers which will be released later this month are not going to be what we want them to be. There’s no question about that,” Pfeiffer said. “The website hasn’t worked the way we want it to work. But we take responsibility for that, we take responsibility for the errors, we take responsibility for fixing it. And if we get that website working
The mummified body of Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun burst into flames inside his sarcophagus after a botched attempt to embalm him, according to scientists in a new documentary. After his death in 1323?BC, Tutankhamun was rapidly embalmed and buried, but fire investigators believe a chemical reaction caused by embalming oils used on his mummy sparked the blaze. A fragment of flesh from the boy pharaoh, whose tomb was discovered in 1922 by Howard Carter and the Earl of Carnarvon, was tested by researchers who confirmed his body was burnt while sealed in his coffin.
A slew of media organizations have petitioned the government to release ObamaCare data that the White House has refused to make public. CNN, ABC, MSNBC and others have filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) seeking information on the beleaguered healthcare.gov website. They have also asked for government documents revealing how many people have enrolled in the new healthcare exchanges. Journalists have repeatedly pressed the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the enrollment data, but the administration says it won´t do so until mid-November. Republicans have noted that President Obama has dropped hints he is
Witnesses have described how an ex-SAS man and a former Irish Ranger helped to organise the rescue mission which saved dozens of hostages during the Nairobi shopping mall attack. [Snip] Children as young as five were shot up to five times by the terrorists. But it has emerged that two security consultants took control of the rescue mission before authorities turned up which helped to save dozens of lives, according to The Observer. Mark and John, whose real names have not been disclosed, managed to make their way into the underground car park where they discovered 100 people cowering
Despite the low turnout typical in Virginia’s non-presidential election years, statewide races for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general have a greater impact on how the state will run than perhaps any other contests in the four-year election cycle. With so much at stake — such as potential Medicaid expansion, tax and abortion policies, and control of the state Senate — this year’s contests offer some of the greatest contrasts and potential consequences of any in recent memory. “I do think the choice in this election is as stark as I’ve seen it in any race in Virginia,” said U.S.
It really is hysterical listening to liberal Hollywoodans talk about politics. Take for example actor/director Rob Reiner - made famous by his role as Meathead in the legendary sitcom All in the Family - claiming on HBO´s Real Time Friday ("Overtime" web segment) that Barack Obama politically "is right around where Reagan was": BILL MAHER, HOST: I’m just saying the Democrats have moved to the middle. CONGRESSWOMAN DEBBIE WASSERMAN-SCHULTZ (D-FLORIDA): We have. MAHER: Unfortunately, the other people have moved way over there. So now the
An emerging theme from Democrats struggling to explain the Obamacare fiasco is that stubborn Republican opposition has hobbled the administration´s efforts to implement President Obama´s complex national health care scheme. If you want the particulars, just glance at "The Obamacare sabotage campaign" by Politico´s Todd Purdum. But a memo revealed in a new Washington Post examination of the rollout shows the administration was already on a disastrous path in May 2010, just two months after Obamacare was signed into law -- and six months before Republicans won control of the House
Fascinating new insights from the 2012 presidential campaign have come out ahead of the Nov. 5 release of the new book "Double Down: Game Change 2012," but a detail about Chinese hackers targeting Mitt Romney has us asking even more questions. At Time Magazine´s Swampland blog, authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann provide an excerpt from the book that details Romney´s search for a vice presidential running mate. His longtime adviser Beth Myers is told to make sure the #2 is Commander-in-Chief quality and there´s nothing in the background that would hurt the campaign.
Food banks across the country, stretched thin in the aftermath of the recession, are bracing for more people coming through their doors in the wake of cuts to the federal food stamp program. Food stamp benefits to 47 million Americans were cut starting Friday as a temporary boost to the federal program comes to an end without new funding from a deadlocked Congress. Under the program, known formally as the Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program, or SNAP, a family of four that gets $668 per month in benefits will find that amount cut by $36. "It may not sound like a lot but to a person like
Left-wing progressive Bill de Blasio is poised to secure a landslide victory in New York´s mayoral elections next week after executing a near-flawless campaign. De Blasio, whose public sector background and policies sit uneasily with the gigantic wealth of the establishment, appears certain of election victory, possibly by a historic margin on Tuesday. By placing his black, former lesbian wife and teenage children center stage, he appears to have connected to ordinary middle-class families and a vastly diverse electorate, if his mammoth poll leads are anything to go by. New Yorkers voted for
CAIRO -U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday tried to reassure America´s Arab friends that the United States will not allow them to be attacked "from outside," in an apparent warning to Iran. He specifically mentioned Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Jordan and Egypt as nations, alongside unspecified "others," that the U.S. will defend. Those others likely would include Israel, the strongest U.S. ally in the region. "The United States will be there for the defense of our friends and our allies," Kerry told reporters in Cairo. "We will not allow those countries to be attacked from
Washington-Echoing her Republican colleagues in the Senate, Sen. Kelly Ayotte said Sunday that the entire country needs to slam the brakes on implementing the Affordable Care Act and re-evaluate President Barack Obama´s signature health care law. "It´s time to call a timeout," Ayotte told CNN´s Candy Crowley on "State of the Union." Calling the rollout of the federal health exchange a singular "mess," the New Hampshire Republican said the problems with the law run far deeper than the headline-generating failures with the HealthCare.gov website. (Snip) "My constituents are writing me,
“We the [Conservative] People” can restore our government by first reclaiming the Republican Party. Not hard. Here’s how. It’s been five years since the American people elected President Obama and we’re almost a year into his disastrous second term. On every issue, President Obama seems to choose the option that is the worst one for Americans. Want to do something about it? If I provided you with a strategy and plan that only took a couple of hours of your time every month and then three or four hours at primary and general election times, and that guaranteed increased voter