While the United States decides their fate, asylum seekers sit in immigration detention.
Hanks proves why moviegoers and directors love him.
Movie by movie, here's how to get the most out of this summer without having to cake on sunscreen.
Gorge on this year's Oscar-nominated short films.
Images of battles won and lost paint us all with the brush of brutality at a searing, resonating MFAH exhibit.
Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series, True Blood -- which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston. This column is fairly formulaic. I recap the episode, mention the ... More >>
Well, not always.What follows is a more or less accurate transcript of a conversation I had yesterday: Me: Looks like that charity album for Japan raised $5 million. Not bad. They: Which one, Songs for Japan? I downloaded that last week. Me: You...downloaded a charity album? They: No! I mean ... More >>
WarIsBoring.comDavid Axe, avatar.David Axe, a 32-year-old freelance journalist who's garnered recognition for his Danger Room blog in Wired, started reporting on wars seven years ago. At first, he expected to be overcome by a steady stream of patriotic and adrenaline-fueled fervor. But after ... More >>
The invite the Obamas -- and you -- didn't receiveDespite having cast off the shackles of the British monarchy over 230 years ago, our great nation has yet to free itself of the embarrassingly colonial obsession with all matters concerning the Royal Family. A cursory scan of Google News yest ... More >>
Sly and the family Stallone get nostalgic for their legacy of brutality in The Expendables.
Lesbians kissing! Asians with rocket launchers! KARAOKE SHOOTOUTS! In one week, FlashForward went from boring to bananas, unleashing a torrent of pulpy action and crazy plot twists that played like Alias on sleep deprivation. The show made minor headway with the mystery in Somalia that will ... More >>
If FlashForward gets just a little cheesier, it'll qualify as full-on camp. It takes itself very seriously without having the engaging story to back up its self-obsession, and the fleeting attempts at characterization via humor come off as lame and lifeless. Short version: Lame, son. This week's " ... More >>
If nothing else, at least there's eye candy...Oh, FlashForward. If you were a person, you would be the really eager dyslexic kid who wants to make daddy proud but just can't make the homework make sense. And just like that situation, there's a way to fix the problem and make everything work, ... More >>
Texan Larry Plake went out to one offshore oil job too many and ended up held for ransom in the Nigerian jungle.
We told you last night about the exclusive inside report from our sister paper the Village Voice on how the crew reacted to the attack by Somali pirates.After the jump, the full text of the e-mail:
We're not saying the Somali pirates are bad at their job, exactly; just that it doesn't take a lot of skill to take over ships when you're the only guys with guns. They showed the extent of their foresight most recently by hijacking some American ships, thus rousing the sniper-y might of the United ... More >>
A local author is making a concerted run at the big time, and he's looking for help.John Oehler has written a book called Papyrus, a thriller that deals with modern and ancient Egypt in what seems like a not-exactly-un-Da Vinci Code way. But hey, if you're looking to be a best-selling author, there ... More >>
We've seen the devastation first-hand, read the gloom and doom reports. Bolivar has been erased. UTMB's cutbacks threaten terminal meltdown for the Galveston economy. The schools are in peril. The beaches are ravaged.What is to be done?Predictably, there is a call for casino gambling on the island. ... More >>
Journalist and former detainee Paul Salopek talks about the wars in Africa
Abdi Ahmed was cruising through South Texas one evening in his truck just a few hours before sunset when he slowed at a border patrol checkpoint about three miles west of the town of Bruni. Ahmed had no reason to worry. Granted, he was not born in the States, but he was legal; the U.S. government ... More >>
OK, according to Language Line Services, when people call for interpreting help in Houston, the No. 1 foreign language requested is Spanish. No surprise there. But Vietnamese has jumped to the No. 2 spot ( No. 5 in the country) and some of the others may surprise you as well. Arabic comes in 4th in ... More >>
Vietnam's first battle delivers a real dread of war so lacking in Black Hawk Down
Scott's Black Hawk Down pays grim, gritty homage to real-life warriors
Audiences love Jerry Bruckheimer. Critics don't. Like he cares.