The recent derailment of a Manhattan-bound passenger train that killed four people and injured more than 70 appears to have been caused by fatigue. The engineer has said he slipped into "a daze" and neglected to apply the brakes as the train approached a curve at deadly speed.
To sleep researchers, this sounds like an episode of "microsleep," commonly referred to as "highway... » more
Stanley Tucci has turned up in so many big movies lately -- everything from "The Hunger Games" series to the upcoming "Transformers: Age of Extinction" -- that it's a pleasure to see him return to his theatrical roots in "Some Velvet Morning," the new film from Neil LaBute that is available on VOD and iTunes and opening at the Village East tomorrow.
It's a two-hander... » more
And they're off!
The race to awards season has officially begun, with the Screen Actors Guild on Wednesday announcing nominations for its 20th annual SAG Awards, which take place Jan. 18.
In the movie categories, "12 Years a Slave" led the pack, with noms for actors Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Lipita Nyong'o, as well as the entire lot of actors for Best... » more
The career of any great movie actor often can be traced back to a single moment, or series of moments, in a single film, where the audience takes notice as a star is born.
You know what I mean: Tom Cruise sliding across the floor in "Risky Business"; Liza Minnelli exploding onto the stage in "Cabaret."
Oscar Isaac ("Drive") has a scene like that about two-thirds... » more
Time magazine named Pope Francis its Person of the Year on Wednesday, crediting him with shifting the message of the Catholic Church while capturing the imagination of millions of people who had become disillusioned with the Vatican.
The Argentine pontiff - who, as archbishop of Buenos Aires was known as the slum cardinal for his visits to the poor and penchant for subway travel - beat... » more
Microsoft Corp has sold more than 2 million Xbox One video game consoles since its November 22 launch, catching up with rival Sony Corp's PlayStation 4 released a week earlier.
The U.S. software giant on Wednesday said it took 18 days for Xbox One's global sales to surpass 2 million. Japan's Sony last week said it took 15 days for PS4 sales to cross 2.1 million.
The Xbox One, on sale... » more
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio and his family will be moving to mayoral residence Gracie Mansion on the Upper East Side, but they said Brooklyn, where they own a Park Slope row house, will always be their home.
De Blasio made the announcement on his transition website Tuesday following weeks of deliberations that he has said weighed the family's love of Brooklyn with security and logistical considerations.
"It's... » more
It's official, the ice is coming to the Bronx.
The City Council approved plans to transform the Kingsbridge Armory into the city's largest indoor ice rink with a 48-1 vote Tuesday.
When the Kingsbridge National Ice Center opens in 2019, it will feature nine rinks that will be open year round, state of the art facilities and seating for 5,000.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he would... » more
There is a “significant possibility” of major terrorist attacks here and abroad, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly warned a group of law enforcement and private security experts Tuesday.
Legislative leaders in Washington recently noted that terrorists have made gains since 2011, despite the death of Osama bin Laden and the crippling of al-Qaida leadership from drone strikes, Kelly said.
“As... » more
The nation's largest public Wi-Fi network launched in Harlem Tuesday, eventually offering free outdoor Internet access to thousands of residents and visitors over 95 blocks.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said it's the latest step in creating a comprehensive Wi-Fi zone across all five boroughs.
Tech advocates praised the newest effort to increase Internet access, saying that a wireless Big... » more