May the royal odds be ever in your favor.
On April 29, Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge will toast to two years of nuptial bliss, but the fervor surrounding them since their televised Westminster Abbey wedding has hardly fizzled. As Catherine’s mid-July due date nears, gamblers are stacking their chips on all nuances of royal baby trivia.
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge pays an official visit to the Hope House residential treatment centre, run by Action on Addiction for recovering addicts, London Feb. 19, 2013. (Mary Turner/Pool/Reuters)
Gambling on the royal family is a British tradition. Rupert Adams, a public-relations manager at William Hill, one of the U.K.’s largest bookmakers, says his firm has racked up £70,000 in royal-related bets, with £15,000 taken in since the pregnancy announcement. The wagers are almost entirely small scale—a few pence here, a couple pounds there—just good, old-fashioned patriotic fun.
The season finale of The Good Wife was full of dramatic bombshells. Jace Lacob talks to creators Robert and Michelle King about rebooting the show, the start of a ‘civil war,’ Alicia and Kalinda’s dynamic, and what’s next. WARNING: Spoilers galore.
With two simple words (“I’m in”) the fantastic fourth season of CBS legal drama The Good Wife came to a staggering conclusion on Sunday evening with the revelation that Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies), Illinois’s newly minted first lady, would be leaving Lockhart/Gardner to join the startup firm captained by former rival Cary Agos (Matt Czuchry).
On the eve of the gubernatorial election, Alicia, played by Julianna Margulies (left); Will, played by Josh Charles; and Diane, played by Christine Baranski, find themselves in a series of emergency court proceedings when the validity of crucial ballots is called into question, on the episode “What's in the Box?” of “The Good Wife.” (David M. Russell)
The move effectively reboots the show, which will return for a fifth season in the fall. What will Alicia’s decision mean for her star-crossed romance with Will Gardner (Josh Charles) once he gets wind of her betrayal? And what does it mean for The Good Wife that its main characters are being split up and established as potential adversaries?
A new film tells the tale of Kirsty Sword Gusmão and the East Timorese liberation struggle.
Life doesn’t often mirror fairytales, but it did for Kirsty Sword Gusmão, whose trajectory from a grassroots activist to the first lady of a fledgling nation is a modern-day twist on the peasant-to-princess archetype.
Alias Ruby Blade, which opened at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 19, tells Kirsty’s amazing story. Born in Australia in 1966, she moved to Indonesia in the early 90’s to work on human rights and humanitarian aid. There, she got swept up in the escalating independence movement in East Timor, which had been violently occupied by Indonesia since 1975. Kirsty became enchanted with the rebellion’s “enigmatic poet warrior,” Xanana (pronounced Sha-na-na) Gusmão, and began to exchange letters with him. By the time the two met, four years later, they were in love.
The Gusmão's larger-than-life story is at once forbidden affair, revolutionary triumph, and suspenseful political espionage. The film opens with a flash of archival newsreels: starving children, unconscionable violence, heavily armed militias. In 1990, East Timor was in the midst of a dire human-rights crisis when 23-year-old Kristy arrived as an activist. She was keen on exploring the turbulent territory, which had just recently allowed a trickle of tourists. “I derived some sense of enjoyment from the fact this was going to be very risky; that appealed to me,” she admits in a narration. Soon after, she returned with an undercover documentary crew who caught on tape a brutal attack on civilians that made nightly news across the globe.
After a tell-all article and confessional TV interviews, Bernie Madoff’s secretary is still saying she’s sorry she didn’t suspect his crimes. Lloyd Grove on her new documentary.
Since the December 2008 arrest of Bernie Madoff, Eleanor Squillari’s boss for 25 years, she has been waging a very public struggle to come to terms with a disturbing anomaly in her life: how could she have been the personal secretary to the worst financial criminal in history, managing his travel schedule, keeping track of his business records, and acting as his gatekeeper, and yet have suspected nothing right up until the moment that an army of FBI agents stormed the plush midtown Manhattan offices of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC?
Victor Kubicek, Eleanor Squillari, and Derek Anderson attend the “In God We Trust” world premiere during the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival on April 19, 2013, in New York City. (Neilson Barnard/Getty for Tribeca Film Festival)
A 9,000-word as-told-to piece in Vanity Fair (which compared Squillari’s ignorance of the evil under her nose to that of Traudl Junge, Adolf Hitler’s secretary) and confessional interviews on the Today show and Good Morning America were apparently not enough to soothe her guilty conscience. Now, in Squillari’s latest conspicuous attempt to make sense of it all—and once again proclaim to the world that she didn’t know! about Madoff’s $65 billion Ponzi scheme—she stars in a feature-length documentary about Madoff’s disastrous treachery, In God We Trust, which premiered this month at the Tribeca Film Festival.
The future of videogames is virtually otherworldly.
I am sitting at an expansive wooden conference table in the basement of the painfully hip Ace Hotel in New York City, snacking on pepperoni, drinking the hotel’s painfully hip spring water, and listening to a man who is excitedly telling me about the future.
A Purdue University student works on a virtual reality system at the Envision Center for Data Perceptualization at Purdue University. (NOOR)
But it’s hard to pay attention.
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A week ago, no one had heard of Rebecca Martinson, but now the sorority sister—whose email launched a million clicks—is notorious. See how Martinson went from unknown to infamous.
She might be estranged from her sorority sisters at Delta Gamma, but Rebecca Martinson is now a household name, though some would say for all the wrong reasons. In the span of one week (an eon in Internet time), the sorority girl has risen from total obscurity to viral star to yesterday’s news.
Why? Her scathing, unintentionally hysterical letter to her fellow sorority sisters, chiding them for being so effing lame, first turned up on April 18 on Gawker and Deadspin, and quickly caught fire on the Internet. Faster than you could click and email that link, Martinson was on her way to the Internet Hall of Fame—and subsequently the Hall of Shame. Consider your neck snapped.
George Jones, who died April 26, might have been a legendary train wreck but he could sing like no other. Malcolm Jones salutes a country singer par excellence.
George Jones had one supreme talent. He could sing. Every time this country star stepped up to a microphone and opened his mouth, you heard something inimitable, something that might be copied but never successfully imitated. No one else could sing like he could, and no one ever will.
In this undated photo, Country singer George Jones is shown performing with his guitar. (AP)
Jones, who died Friday, April 26 at 81, was not much of a songwriter or a guitar player. He wasn’t particularly good looking, and his spangly nudie suits weren’t any more outrageous than any other sartorial extravanganzas on the Grand Ole Opry (although it’s worth noting that he was one of the very last country and western stars to stick with a flat-top haircut). But every time he wrapped his voice around a lyric, he owned it.
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