Leslie Nielsen of ‘Naked Gun’ fame dies at age 84

Leslie Nielsen, who traded in his dramatic persona for inspired bumbling as a hapless doctor in “Airplane!” and the accident-prone detective Frank Drebin in “The Naked Gun” comedies, died on Sunday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He was 84. The Canadian-born actor died from complications from pneumonia at a hospital near his home at 5:34 p.m., […]




Disney’s `Tangled’ updates Rapunzel

Disney Will Stop Making Princess Movies Because Boys Think They’re Icky Walt Disney’s modernizing of the Grimm fairy tale is thorough enough that even the original title, “Rapunzel,” has been swapped for “Tangled.” One can’t help but wonder if in today’s Hollywood, we might look forward to other contempo fairy tales like “Heeled” (“Cinderella”), “Ambiened” […]




13-year-old U.S. boy stages protest in China

A 13-year-old American boy campaigning to turn the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea into a peace park tried to get the Chinese president’s attention Monday, staging a brief protest near Tiananmen Square before being led away by police. Jonathan Lee unfurled a sign saying “peace treaty” and “nuclear free DMZ children’s peace forest” […]




The pros and cons of daylight saving time

Do we still need daylight saving time? For nearly a century, Americans have been springing forward and falling back, and this year will be no different. Come Sunday morning, we’ll be snuggled soundly in bed as the clocks fall back an hour. Daylight saving time is the autumnal gift that provides the proverbial snooze button […]




Movie star Jill Clayburgh dies at 66

Jill Clayburgh, 66, a veteran movie, stage and television performer who described herself as shy but was known for portraying the strengths as well as the vulnerabilities of modern women in a way that won her a large and loyal following, died Friday at her home in Lakeville, Conn. Her husband, playwright David Rabe, told […]




Facebook

Facebook, by some measurements the most popular social network with more than 200 million active users worldwide, is one of the fastest-growing and best-known sites on the Internet today. The company, founded in 2004 by a Harvard sophomore, Mark Zuckerberg, began life catering first to Harvard students and then to all high school and college […]