London—Despite the headlines, the most interesting thing about the news that Katharine Viner will take over from Alan Rusbridger this summer as editor in chief of The Guardian is not that she will be the first woman to run a newspaper which, at 194 years old, is even more venerable than The Nation. Women currently run two British Sunday papers, one very downmarket tabloid, and the London Evening Standard. Rebecca Brooks famously—or infamously—was the youngest-ever editor of The News of the World before becoming editor of The Sun—a paper that still sells about ten times as many copies as The Guardian every day. The Observer, The Guardian’s Sunday stablemate, had a female editor in 1891!—though Rachel Sassoon Beer’s husband did own the paper at the time. Viner does stand out from the London media crowd in being from Yorkshire, in the north of England, and for being a playwright and activist as well as a journalist. My Name Is Rachel Corrie, the … [Read more...] about The Changing of ‘The Guardian’
Last week brought the distressing news of massive lay-offs at The Guardian, which is possibly the best news organization in the world right now. Management announced with apparently sincere regret that The Guardian and its sister paper, The Observer, will cut 100 editorial jobs, plus another 150 support jobs—mainly, it’s hoped, through retirement and other semi-voluntary measures. Considering that the total editorial staff at the two papers numbers 750, this means that roughly one out of every seven editorial employees will go, mostly from the London office. These and other cost-cutting moves are compelled by “the volatile media environment” facing news organizations today, announced Katharine Viner, The Guardian’s editor-in-chief. Disclosure: I consider the people in danger of losing their jobs at The Guardian my colleagues, and this financial belt-tightening will also affect what I and other freelance contributors get paid. But these facts should not … [Read more...] about Even ‘The Guardian’ Needs Its Readers to Pay for Journalism
The intersection of sports and politics is an area Kareem Abdul-Jabbar knows well. Now the former NBA star will have a platform to discuss those issues with an occasional column in The Guardian's U.S. editions.Abdul Jabbar's first effort posits that the NBA, not the NFL, is the league of America's future.Abdul-Jabbar led the Milwaukee Bucks to their only NBA championship in 1971 and is the league's all-time leading scorer.But his interests have always extended well beyond the basketball court. Abdul-Jabbar is a prolific author, actor, martial arts student and practitioner of yoga. He won the 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom. Abdul-Jabbar's latest book is "Becoming Kareem," in which he retraces his path to his conversion to Islam.That life experience is what attracted The Guardian to Abdul-Jabbar."After many decades as one of the world’s most formidable sports figures, Kareem has emerged as an immense voice in U.S. journalism. We are thrilled to have him … [Read more...] about Milwaukee Bucks legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will pen regular column in The Guardian U.S.
The Guardian newspaper is partnering with the New York Times to keep classified documents leaked to the British paper by Edward Snowden out of the hands of the UK government. The country's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) has reportedly made demands that the London-based paper hand over sensitive materials provided by the NSA whistleblower - a request that was refused by the Guardian editorial team. As a result, the paper alleged that two GCHQ representatives came to the Guardian newsroom this summer and oversaw the destruction of hard drives that contained material provided by Snowden. By joining forces with a publication outside of the United Kingdom, the Guardian hopes to keep Snowden's documents out of the UK Government's jurisdiction. The paper said Snowden, who has been granted temporary asylum in Russia, had been appraised of the plan. "It is intended that the collaboration with the New York Times will allow the Guardian to continue exposing mass … [Read more...] about The Guardian partners with New York Times to keep classified Snowden documents out of reach of UK Gov’t
The Guardian is going on the defensive against Michael Douglas' public relations team. After a rep for the "Beyond the Candelabra" actor insisted Douglas, 68, never said he contracted throat cancer from oral sex, the British newspaper has released audio of the interview to prove he did. "He wants to make it very clear he never said that was the particular cause of his particular cancer," Douglas' publicist, Allen Burry, previously told the Daily News. In a 32-second audio clip of the interview now posted to the Guardian's website, Douglas presents cunnilingus as the answer when the newspaper reporter, Xan Brooks, asks if smoking and drinking overloaded his system - in reference to the conversation about his throat cancer. "Do you feel, in hindsight, that you overloaded your system?" Brooks asks. "Overloaded your system with drugs, smoking, drink?" "No. No," Douglas replies. "Ah, without getting too specific, this particular … [Read more...] about The Guardian: Michael Douglas DID say oral sex caused his cancer, and we have proof
Move over Avengers, there’s a new team of super-powered heroes set to dominate the big screen. “Rise of the Guardians,” based on the book by William Joyce, puts the likes of Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin), Jack Frost (Chris Pine), the Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher) and the Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman) on a mission to protect the children of the world. Executive producer Guillermo del Toro and director Peter Ramsey talked to The News about the design and inspiration for the main characters: Pitch Black, aka the Boogeyman In the early test designs, Dreamworks animators made the movie’s villain a littletoo scary, a little too Nosferatu. “We didn’t want him to be somebody you recoiled in fear from every time you saw him,” says Ramsey. “We were inspired by Milton’s “Paradise Lost,” where you have Satan, but he’s kind of an attractive, tragic figure rather than a monster that pops out of the shadows.” Del … [Read more...] about ‘Rise of the Guardians’ on a mission to protect the children of the world
Is Vol. 2 better than the original?Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is now in theaters, the follow-up to the 2014 surprise hit. On this week's episode of The Mothership, USA TODAY's geek culture podcast, our own crew of misfits breaks down the reunion of Star Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket Raccoon and (Baby!) Groot. Is the sequel just as amazing as the first film? Does Baby Groot steal the show? What does this film mean for the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe? (WARNING: There is a quick trip to Spoilertown so be careful if you haven't seen it yet.)Then, in our Nerd Alert segment, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling commemorates the Battle of Hogwarts by apologizing for the death of a certain character, and Harry Potter fandom has lost its mind. We will explain why.Have thoughts about the podcast or disagree with us? Reach out to us on Twitter at @klawls, @brettmolina23 or @briantruitt. If you enjoy the podcast, please subscribe to and review The Mothership on iTunes here. Your ratings, … [Read more...] about The Mothership podcast: The ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ are back!
“Darkness – that’s the first thing I remember,” says Jack Frost in the creepy, mostly charmless “Rise of the Guardians.” It’s likely to be the main thing kids remember, too, about this dour animated adventure that aspires to holiday joy, but is as enjoyable as a sock full of coal. Here, Jack (voiced by Chris Pine) is one of several creatures who are both mythical and real. Jack throws snowballs at schoolchildren and is responsible for snow days. Yet Jack is lonely; when the all-powerful Man in the Moon turned him supernatural 300 years earlier, he also made Jack invisible. His fellow folklore favorites can see him, though. Nicholas St. North (Alex Baldwin), aka Santa, leader of the “Guardians of Childhood,” recruits a reluctant Jack to help defeat the “nightmare king” Pitch Black, better known as the Boogeyman (Jude Law). Helping in the quest are the tough E. Aster Bunnymund (Hugh Jackman), better known as … [Read more...] about Movie review: ‘Rise of the Guardians’
Old friends are quickly becoming Julian Assange's new enemies.The founder of the controversial whistleblower website WikiLeaks slammed British newspaper The Guardian for "selectively" publishing intimate details about his alleged sexual assaults against two women.The newspaper was one of a handful given first access to secret U.S. documents in exchange for helping WikiLeaks edit the files."The leak of the police report to The Guardian was clearly designed to undermine my bail application," the 39-year-old Australian told rival newspaper The Times on Tuesday. "It was timed to come up on the desk of the judge that morning."Sweden - where he's wanted for questioning about rape and molestation allegations - blasted the timing of the leak, arguing it was given to the publication a day before his bail hearing last week. England. He is accused by two women of refusing to wear a condom during sex and being tested for STDs. Bjorn Hurtig, has said he plans to lodge a complaint and demand that … [Read more...] about WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange turns on the Guardian after paper leaks info on his alleged sexual assault
Why shouldn't family films boast the same sort of pomp as adult adventures? As the director of "300" and "Watchmen," Zack Snyder certainly knows how to stage spectacles. And in "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole," he proves he can child-size an epic without losing its intensity.A sort of all-avian "Chronicles of Narnia," "Legend" is adapted from several books in Kathryn Lasky's "Guardians of Ga'Hoole" series. Our hero is Soren (voiced by Jim Sturgess), a young barn owl who loves to hear stories of the struggle between two factions of flyers: the evil Pure Ones and the brave Guardians. One night, while out spreading their wings, he and his brother, Kludd (Ryan Kwanten), are stolen by the Pure Ones, who are plotting a takeover of the owl world. Soren manages to escape and warn the Guardians, but Kludd is seduced by the false promises of the Pure queen (Helen Mirren).When the inevitable battle arrives, only one brother can emerge victorious.The script is merely serviceable and … [Read more...] about ‘Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole’ review: Soaring 3-D animation eclipses so-so script