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In ‘Sin City,’ Rodriguez, Miller Talk Noir Yarns, Not Social Commentary

Friday, August 22, 2014

When director Robert Rodriguez and legendary comic-book author Frank Miller released their movie Sin City in 2005, they had few expectations they’d ever make the sequel, opening today at the Nugget in Hanover and at other theaters. In fact, they weren’t sure audiences would turn up for the first film at all. A panel-for-panel re-creation of stories from Miller’s popular graphic-novel series, Sin City was unlike any comic-book movie anyone …

Matthew Weiner on Reworking ‘Are You Here,’ Ending ‘Mad Men’

Friday, August 22, 2014

One of the key shows people point to when discussing the relatively recent surge in quality on television is Mad Men. Thematically rich, visually stylized and emotionally evocative, the show uses what creator Matthew Weiner describes as “the traditional instruments of cinema” to make the small-screen leap to larger life. So at a …

Fall Films Worth The Anticipation

Friday, August 22, 2014

At long last, what seemed like an endless summer is over — at the movies, anyway. It’s time to put aside all that comic book reading that we call “research,” sweep the word “sequel” aside and get serious about movies, because “serious movie season” is here. Serious comedies, serious dramas, serious thrillers, serious …

Emmy Hopefuls Play Angles to Nab Trophies

Friday, August 22, 2014

Los Angeles — If it walks like a drama and talks like a drama and yet calls itself a comedy, that’s just fine with the Emmy Awards. But the audience for Monday’s ceremony (8 p.m. EDT, NBC) may …

Church Firing Stirs Up Controversy Over Same-Sex Marriage

Friday, August 22, 2014

Chicago — Angry, tearful parishioners stood in line at the crowded church, each taking a turn to beg church leaders to bring back their longtime music director, who was fired recently from northwest suburban Holy Family Catholic Church …

Ferguson Gives ‘Masters of Sex’ Relevance

Friday, August 22, 2014

New Y ork — On Sunday, for the eighth consecutive night since the Aug. 9 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, there was chaos and confusion in Ferguson, Missouri: Tear gas billowing in the streets, police officers threatening journalists, protesters fleeing to safety. Meanwhile, Showtime was airing “Blackbird,” …

High Court Case to Shape Ferguson Probe

Friday, August 22, 2014

Washington — It started with a bottle of orange juice 30 years ago. The national legal standards that govern when police officers are justified in using force against people trace their lineage to a 1984 case from Charlotte, …

BofA Settles Loan Lawsuit For $17 Billion

Friday, August 22, 2014

Washington — The Justice Department on Thursday announced a $16.65 billion settlement with Bank of America, a record-setting deal that helps homeowners and ends myriad state and federal investigations triggered by the nation’s mortgage meltdown. The behemoth package includes a $5 billion civil penalty, $7 billion in various …

U.S. Home Sales Rise For 4th Straight Month

Friday, August 22, 2014

Washington — Sales of existing U.S. homes rose for the fourth straight month in July to their highest level in nearly a year, the latest sign that the housing recovery is picking up after stumbling at the start of the year. The National Association of Realtors says home …

Federal Judge: Fla. Gay-Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

Friday, August 22, 2014

A federal judge on Thursday ruled Florida’s gay-marriage ban unconstitutional and ordered the state to recognize marriages legally performed elsewhere. U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle, however, immediately stayed his order until after the appeals process is completed. “When observers look back 50 years from now, the arguments …

Study: 63 Trillion Gallons of Groundwater Lost in Drought

Friday, August 22, 2014

Los Angeles — The ongoing drought in the western United States has caused so much loss of groundwater that the Earth, on average, has lifted up about 0.16 inches over the last 18 months, according to a new study. The situation was even worse in the snow-starved mountains …

Ebola Doc: ‘I Am Thrilled To Be Alive’

Friday, August 22, 2014

Atlanta — Calling it a “miraculous day,” an American doctor infected with Ebola left his isolation unit and warmly hugged his doctors and nurses on Thursday, showing the world that he poses no public health threat one month …

Gov. Perry’s Lawyers Dispute Ethics Probe

Friday, August 22, 2014

Houston — Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s lawyers Thursday dismissed allegations he was involved in a cover-up to block a probe of a state cancer-research agency, calling the claims a “red herring.” Perry, 64, a Republican regarded as a contender for the party’s 2016 presidential nomination, was indicted Aug. …