Coen brothers' first film gets Chinese makeover If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then the Coen Brothers may be feeling pretty good right now. Or maybe not; it's hard to tell with them.
This weekend Twin Cities filmgoers can see "A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop," which is a Chinese remake of the St. Louis Park natives first film "Blood Simple."
MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio News arts reporter Euan Kerr, who has seen the new film.6:55 a.m.
After uproar, 'Troubled Waters' to be shown The University of Minnesota has reversed course on showing a documentary about the causes and environmental impact of water pollution.
University officials said Thursday that the premiere of the film "Troubled Waters" would go on as originally planned on October 3. Just a week ago, the U canceled the premiere, saying the film needed further review.
MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Alex Friedrich who writes about higher education for MPRNewsQ.org's "On Campus" blog.7:45 a.m.
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Obama Urges Mideast Peace Talks To 'Press On'
In a speech at the United Nations Thursday, President Obama again urged Israel to extend its partial moratorium on settlement building in the West Bank. It is due to expire Sunday. The Palestinians say they will suspend peace talks, if construction in the settlements resumes.
Necessary Pieces In Play To Succeed In Afghan War
Britain has 10,000 troops in Afghanistan. Foreign Secretary William Hague tells Steve Inskeep they have a plan to get every soldier out of Afghanistan before the British election in 2015. Hague says finally there are enough coalition troops and aide in place to help Afghanistan run its own affairs.
Facebook's $100 Million Gift Precedes Movie Release
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is scheduled to appear on Oprah Friday to announce a gift of $100 million for the public schools in Newark, New Jersey. This announcement coincides with the release of The Social Network, a blockbuster movie that paints a less than complimentary picture of Zuckerberg as he worked to create Facebook.
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Critics Call Child Nutrition Bill Counterproductive
The legislation would be paid for in part by cutting future food stamp benefits. But critics note that defeats the purpose of a bill intended to help low-income children get healthier meals. The White House backs the Senate bill, which has bipartisan support.
GOP's 'Pledge' Reveals Divide In Conservatives
It didn't take long for commentators -- on the left and the right -- to start tearing apart House Republicans' new "Pledge To America," the campaign-season agenda they released Thursday. Its purpose is to unify the party -- but it's already revealing fissures among House Republicans.
Momentum Builds Behind Chinese Workers' Protests
Over the summer, a rash of suicides and strikes hit factories in southern China as workers protested against labor conditions. Rather than cracking down, factory bosses have responded by improving salaries and working conditions. But more strikes are expected.
Debt, Changing Media Habits Topple Blockbuster
Now that Blockbuster has filed for bankruptcy protection, the question is whether the firm can reorganize and go on to live another day. Under the plan filed Thursday, the company cuts its debt by about $900 million. And it gets a cash infusion of $125 million.
To Deal With A Down Economy, Look For Deals
Most Americans increase their spending to match their paycheck. So no matter what you're earning, cutting your budget by just 5 percent can make a difference. Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger's Personal Finance, offers advice to help save money.
Lehman Brothers Art To Be Auctioned At Sotheby's
Investment bank Lehman Brothers failed more than two years ago. On Saturday, the modern art collection of Lehman's goes on the auction block at Sotheby's in New York. The sale is expected to net about $10 million with the goal of helping to pay off Lehman's creditors.