It's the 25th anniversary of Pixar Animation and the studio is marking the occasion with a new Cars film. The original came out five years ago and was very successful. Cars 2 is so close to the heart of John Lasseter that he carved out time from being the creative czar of both Pixar and Disney animation to direct it himself.
During the last presidential campaign, the war in Iraq was the most important foreign issue. Now that President Obama has pulled combat troops out of Iraq, another campaign season is here, and Afghanistan has the spotlight. How will the plan Obama announced this week for a troop drawdown influence the presidential race?
In 2009, when the Peruvian film The Milk of Sorrow won top honors at the Berlin Film Festival, lead actress Magaly Solier did something surprising — she chose to accept the award by singing a song in Quechua, a common indigenous language of Peru.
Nominations for this year's Primetime Emmys close Friday, and for weeks TV networks have been waging slick ad campaigns on behalf of their shows, actors and actresses. This year there's a newcomer to the Emmy campaign: Spanish-language network Telemundo, which is promoting its hit La Reina del Sur (The Queen of the South).
La Reina del Sur chronicles the life of a naive Mexican woman who falls in love with a drug lord and stumbles into becoming one of the world's most powerful traffickers.
The housing market is still languishing this summer, leading some economists to believe prices won't begin to recover until 2014. Even Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernake says the market may be worse than most people thought.
This is due in large part to something economists call the shadow inventory — or the number of houses that will soon be up for sale.
On any given day in just about every city in the country, auctioneers are standing on the front steps of homes selling off foreclosed properties. Often no buyers even show up, and the bank takes the house.
As a high school teacher at Friends Seminary in New York, John Byrne has taught hundreds of students. Recently, he spoke with a former student, Samantha Liebman, about the years before he became the teacher he is today. For one thing, his classrooms were very regimented.
"I would make the kids line up before they came into class," he says, "and then they would stand by their desks and I would say, 'You may sit down when I sit down.' They said, 'Good morning, Mr. Byrne.'
"I was very strict, because I was afraid the kids would discover I was gay," he says.
Pikeville College President Paul Patton served two terms as Kentucky's governor, but his first-term accomplishments likely will be his legacy. And the reason is higher education reform. In 1997, two years into his first term, Patton convinced lawmakers to approve a comprehensive package of post-secondary education reforms. The most controversial prong required the University of Kentucky to relinquish control of the state's community and technical colleges.