Oscar has always loved films based on true stories – 100 out of 485 Best Picture nominees since 1927 would qualify – but never more than this year. Four of the 10 features on the Best Picture slate are based on real characters and events: “The King’s Speech,” “The Fighter,” “The Social Network,” and “127 Hours.” Eavesdrop on departing moviegoers and you will inevitably hear, “I’d love to know what really happened.” Here are some facts behind the “true-life” stories contending for this year’s Best Picture Academy Award.
Participation in the NFL Combine is considered a crucial step toward a professional football career. Key events include the 40-yard dash, bench press, and Wonderlic Test.
Designer stuff is a big part of Oscar weekend – everything from handbags, Mongolian jewelry, vitamins, hand-made chocolates, aluminum art apples, and cosmetics to exotic lodging deals. Hollywood’s glitterati come to see and be seen. And to fill their swag bags.
Public employees protesting Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to weaken collective bargaining in Wisconsin have been joined by steelworkers, teamsters, nurses, airline pilots, and other private sector workers. In state capitals around the country, supporters rallied as well.
In a speech to cadets at the United States Military Academy at West Point, Gates’s message was clear: The US military services, as well as the elected and appointed civilians who send them to war, need better ways of foreseeing and preparing for national security threats.
The Oscar-winning Best Picture has not always been what people expected. Here are five films that defied the odds at the Academy Awards.
Many of this year's top movies portray dark themes or flawed characters. Why one culture watcher says they mirror this moment in history.
Jeremy Bernard is not only the first male appointed to the position of White House social secretary, he is also the first openly gay person to hold the post.
One day into the final mission for the space shuttle Discovery, the orbiter's systems were 'in great shape.' But the craft's heat-shedding tiles were closely inspected for post-launch damage.
With the battle of Wisconsin reverberating in union halls across the country, Obama has refrained from weighing in forcefully on a core Democratic issue. Analysts say he has played it right.
According to Rolling Stone, a general asked a psychological operations specialist to help him get inside the heads of visiting senators. The military asks, was he trying to manipulate the Congressional delegation or just be a good host?
In the past, the US has asked other nations, such as Kenya, to handle cases involving Somali pirates. But some expect a different strategy this time.
A Charlie Sheen rant ripping his TV show's producer and dismissing his own problems with alcohol appears to have crossed Hollywood's lines of propriety. CBS: Work on episodes of 'Two and a Half Men' canceled.
The case of an Ohio woman who lied so her girls could attend a better school triggers a sharp debate about equity in public education.
Libya death toll could be in the thousands. The international community is responding in several ways, including at a meeting Friday of the UN Human Rights Council, which set up a commission of inquiry into the violence.
Washington's new austerity may make it harder for low-income students to afford college. Pell Grants are on the chopping block, losing $5.7 billion under the current House proposal.
From the first spark of Middle East unrest in Tunisia in December until the violent suppression of protests in Libya in late February, the price of a barrel of crude oil rose from $88 a barrel to more than $100. But rising demand – from oil-hungry China and other fast-growing nations – was pushing prices up even before the turmoil. How much prices rise depends largely on whether supplies flow unimpeded from the Middle East. Here’s a rundown on oil supply-price issues affecting the US.
Rep. Paul Broun (R) of Georgia, who has called Obama a socialist, didn't immediately condemn a question asked at a town hall meeting: 'Who is going to shoot Obama?' Do politicians have a duty to denounce such talk?
The Wisconsin GOP-led Assembly approved a bill Friday to sharply curtail the power of public employee unions. But the battle for public opinion, in Wisconsin and the nation, goes on, with the state Senate yet to vote.
Two Best Picture contenders at the Oscars, 'King's Speech' and 'The Social Network,' revolve around the advent of new forms of communication. Why that theme resounds with audiences.