FROM Gregg Kilday
“No Country for Old Men” and “There Will Be Blood” Lead Oscar Nominations Striking writers say they won’t picket the Grammy Awards TV show on the 10th of next month, but they will picket the Oscars on the 24th. The President of the Screen Actors Guild says his members probably won’t cross the lines. Disney-ABC says it has “contingency plans” with or without them. All that as the Oscar nominees were announced today.
Tom Cruise to Run United Artists In August, Tom Cruise was dumped from his $10-million-a-year deal with Paramount Pictures . Today, Cruise is in partial charge of United Artists . Founded almost 100 years ago by movie legends Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, and DW Griffith, UA--now owned by MGM -- has been quiet in recent years. Now Cruise and his partner Paula Wagner, have a chance to revive it. What will that mean for popular culture?
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?