Talk about longevity: Cornell University will host what it says is its first-in-its-history 80th class reunion. The class graduated in 1931 and the 30 remaining members are 102 years old.
"Decades ago, the class was dubbed 'The Thirty-Wonders'," the school said in a press release. Two alumni are planning to attend the reunion today. Bill Vanneman, another '31 alumni who helped planned the reunion, unfortunately didn't make it: He died April 26.
A surpassingly silly monster movie with a side helping of satire, Trollhunter beckons mainly for its stunning Norwegian scenery and slyly effective government-bashing. Set among the country's lush woods and snow-capped mountains, this found-footage mockumentary recounts the fate of three pinheaded college students who set out to film a story about bear poaching. What they find is a lot bigger and uglier than the average bear — and a premise that would have made a cute short film. Unfortunately, like the titular trolls, writer-director Andre Ovredal just doesn't know when to stop.
The gloomy outlook of some environmental documentaries can get a little oppressive. The mood is understandable, given the dire consequences of things like climate change, desertification and careless natural-gas drilling.
It would be easy to malign J.J. Abrams's Super 8 as a shameless ripoff of Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T. and Jurassic Park — that is, if Abrams didn't rekindle at least some of the excitement of seeing those films way back when.
We didn't just consume Close Encounters and E.T. like so much disposable pop culture. We were dazzled by a new mode of storytelling, accessible to all and yet personal and pure, the product of one visionary dreamer.
When one of this country's greatest composers died at age 39, novelist John O'Hara said, "George Gershwin died on July 11, 1937. But I don't have to believe it if I don't want to."
As is true for so many top musicians, Gershwin's works — his popular songs, his opera Porgy and Bess, his jazz-informed classical compositions — live on. Now, there's a new version of one of Gershwin's best-loved orchestral pieces, arranged for a brassy big band.
In the past few years, home prices have fallen back to where they were before the bubble. But mortgage debt still has a long way to go.
Bringing debt levels back down — what economists call de-leveraging — is a long, painful process. It's a key part of the bust in the boom-and-bust cycle, and it's often characterized by slow economic growth and high unemployment.
The school year’s opera students become song and dance men and women this weekend at the University of Kentucky. For the 19th year, UK Opera is staging a “Grand Night for Singing”. Not only is the summertime tradition a favorite among audiences, but, Director Everett McCorvey says it also teaches important lessons to his students.
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's days are numbered, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told an international conference on Libya on Thursday, and the U.S. and others need to prepare for a post-Gadhafi Libya.
Diplomats from more than 20 nations met in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, to discuss the endgame and to boost support for the opposition.