1873. Arizona Territory. A stranger (Craig) with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. The only hint to his history is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist. What he discovers is that the people of Absolution don't welcome strangers, and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde (Ford). It's a town that lives in fear. But Absolution is about to experience fear it can scarcely comprehend as the desolate city is attacked by marauders from the sky. Screaming down with breathtaking velocity and blinding lights to abduct the helpless one by one, these monsters challenge everything the residents have ever known. Now, the stranger they rejected is their only hope for salvation. As this gunslinger slowly starts to remember who he is and where he's been, he realizes he holds a secret that could give the town a fighting chance against the alien force. With the help of the elusive traveler Ella (Olivia Wilde), he pulls together a posse comprised of former opponents--townsfolk, Dolarhyde and his boys, outlaws and Apache warriors--all in danger of annihilation. United against a common enemy, they will prepare for an epic showdown for survival.
I like western movies. I like alien/space movies. I like Bond movies. Not sure those three should ever mix in the same movie though.
When decorated soldier Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) wakes up in the body of an unknown man, he discovers he's part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train. In an assignment unlike any he's ever known, he learns he's part of a government experiment called the Source Code, a program that enables him to cross over into another man's identity in the last 8 minutes of his life. With a second, much larger target threatening to kill millions in downtown Chicago, Colter re-lives the incident over and over again, gathering clues each time, until he can solve the mystery of who is behind the bombs and prevent the next attack. Filled with mind-boggling twists and heart-pounding suspense, Source Code is a smart action-thriller directed by Duncan Jones (Moon) also starring Michelle Monaghan (Eagle Eye, Due Date), Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air, The Departed), and Jeffrey Wright (Quantum of Solace, Syriana).
Reminds me of ground hog day. What a terrible name for a movie.
For years, there have been documented cases of UFO sightings around the world - Buenos Aires, Seoul, France, Germany, China. But in 2011, what were once just sightings will become a terrifying reality when Earth is attacked by unknown forces. As people everywhere watch the world's great cities fall, Los Angeles becomes the last stand for mankind in a battle no one expected. It's up to a Marine staff sergeant (Aaron Eckhart) and his new platoon to draw a line in the sand as they take on an enemy unlike any they've ever encountered before
robotic aliens plus things blowing up... should be an okay movie
The retirement security of American families has crumbled in the past generation. Workers retiring in the next 20 years can expect to receive only 65 percent during retirement of what they made during their working years, a drop of 16 percent from their parents.
Foreboding economic forecasts for flat wages, high unemployment, and rising costs of big-ticket necessities such as education and medical care suggest that young workers today could be on even shakier ground. Only 59 percent of full time workers have access to retirement plans at work, leaving a large part of the workforce to rely solely on Social Security benefits that are inadequate for a comfortable retirement and are under further attack by political opponents.
Much of the decline in retirement security is due to the shift in the private sector from providing retirement benefits through traditional pensions, which guaranteed a lifetime stream of income at retirement, to less secure individual retirement accounts, whose benefits vary with the size of employer and employee contributions, and the volatile swings of the stock market.
The choice, Senator, is clear: either you vote for the new U.S.-Russia treaty to cut nuclear weapons, and you do it right now, or this adorable girl is going to die, right on the greenery of the National Mall. The Cold War is back and going hot, all over New START. -- Pleaaaaaase... too much drama in the political ads...
A report in the Wall Street Journal cites Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg as saying the company is mulling over the possibility of changing its price model and charging users based on speed rather than data consumption. Seidenberg said the chance would be made possible by the carrier's move to its 4G LTE network.
Though these plans are not set in stone just yet, Big Red's CFO, Fran Shammo, echoed Seidenberg's proposal, detailing that the carrier's LTE network can deliver between 1 and 12 megabits per second of data.
"If you want to pay for less speed, you'll pay for less speed and consume more, or you can pay for high speed and consume less," Shammo said yesterday.
The richest 1 percent of Americans now take home almost 24 percent of income, up from almost 9 percent in 1976. As Timothy Noah of Slate noted in an excellent series on inequality, the United States now arguably has a more unequal distribution of wealth than traditional banana republics like Nicaragua, Venezuela and Guyana.
C.E.O.’s of the largest American companies earned an average of 42 times as much as the average worker in 1980, but 531 times as much in 2001. Perhaps the most astounding statistic is this: From 1980 to 2005, more than four-fifths of the total increase in American incomes went to the richest 1 percent. ..
The richest 0.1 percent of taxpayers would get a tax cut of $61,000 from President Obama. They would get $370,000 from Republicans, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center. And that provides only a modest economic stimulus, because the rich are less likely to spend their tax savings.
Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome Will Tell Adama’s War Stories
1:02 pm EDT, Oct 31, 2010
A new Battlestar Galactica prequel will delve into the early years of William Adama, the military leader of the ragtag human fleet in the sci-fi series. Thankfully, it sounds like Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome might take the franchise back to the desperate battle between humans and Cylons that made Battlestar Galactica so gripping.
“This is very much an action-adventure, war series,” Mark Stern, Syfy’s executive vice president of original programming and co-head of original content for Universal Cable Productions, told TV Squad, which published an exclusive story on the planned show.
Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome was first envisioned as a web series spanning the time between Caprica and the reimagined series, but Syfy execs were so blown away by Michael Taylor’s script that they decided to turn it into a two-hour pilot.
The show, which Stern said wouldn’t air before the end of 2011, said the show would employ virtual sets produced by digitally scanning the Battlestar Galactica sets before they were taken down.
Syfy has decided to pull the plug on Caprica, the underwhelming prequel to Battlestar Galactica that has struggled all year to build momentum and audience, to no avail.
"We appreciate all the support that fans have shown for Caprica and are very proud of the producers, cast, writers and the rest of the amazing team that has been committed to this fine series," said Mark Stern, programming head at Syfy. "Unfortunately," Stern added, "despite its obvious quality Caprica has not been able to build the audience necessary to justify a second season."
Or, for that matter, continuing to air the first season, since Caprica is being yanked off the air immediately. The next episode slated to air on Tuesday, Nov. 2, has been replaced by a rerun of Star Trek: The Next Generation. (The title of the NextGen episode in question, "A Matter of Time," might have been the motto of Caprica's doomsayers.) The remaining five episodes of the first season will air sometime during early 2011.