The Week: Most Recent Speed Reads Posts recent posts.en-usThu, 18 Dec 2014 04:32:00 -0500http://theweek.com Recent Speed Reads Posts from THE WEEKThu, 18 Dec 2014 04:32:00 -0500The Daily Show exacts revenge on Fox News for Jay Z dis</P><p>When New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) criticized a Staten Island grand jury's decision to not indict an NYPD officer for the chokehold death of alleged illicit-cigarette-seller Eric Garner, Sean Hannity decided to push back by... taking a potshot at music mogul Jay Z. Why would Cuomo seek advice from "a guy that admits that he sold crack, and was a drug dealer, and actually shot somebody?" the Fox News host asked.</p><p>This description of Jay Z as a "former crack dealer" left Jon Stewart virtually speechless on Wednesday night's <em>Daily Show</em>. So Jessica Williams stepped up and turned the tables, explaining...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Thu, 18 Dec 2014 04:32:00 -0500Study: Inmates could have survived 1962 Alcatraz escape</P><p>A trio of Dutch scientists armed with hydraulic software and information about the tides have concluded that three men who famously escaped from Alcatraz in 1962 could have survived.</p><p>Prison officials and investigators at the time said that brothers John and Clarence Anglin and Frank Morris all died during the dangerous escape, but their bodies were never found. After simulating dozens of boat launches around Alcatraz at different times overnight, the scientists have determined that if the men left the island between 11 p.m. and midnight, they could have ended up on land north of the Golden Gate...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Catherine GarciaThu, 18 Dec 2014 03:56:00 -0500AMC Theatres testing movie-a-day pass</P><p>Do you love movies and have the freedom to carve out about three hours every day to watch one? If you answered yes, then you're probably the envy of all of your friends &mdash; and exactly the person AMC Theatres and MoviePass want for their new subscription service.</p><p>For $35 a month, subscribers can see one movie every 24 hours, and for $45 they can upgrade to 3D or IMAX films. MoviePass CEO Stacy Spikes believes early adopters of the program will be in the coveted 18-34 demographic, already fans of subscription services like Spotify and Pandora. "It is a grouping that we want to be able to grab...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Catherine GarciaThu, 18 Dec 2014 03:19:00 -0500Texas movie theater has found a pretty splashy replacement for Sony's The Interview</P><p>Sony Pictures is going to take a bath on <em>The Interview</em> &mdash; the (probably prudent) decision to pull the Seth Rogen&ndash;James Franco comedy before its Dec. 25 opening is terrible for the studio's bottom line and public image. But that's Sony's problem. Theater chains big and small have a hole to fill in their release schedule. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Dallas has decided on its replacement: A free showing of 2004's <em>Team America: World Police</em>.</p><p><iframe width="600" height="360" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p>Both movies paint an unflattering, if cartoonish, picture of the reigning Dear Leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Il in 2004 and his son, Kim Jong...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Thu, 18 Dec 2014 02:58:00 -0500Dog with 3D-printed prosthetics can now run free</P><p>He was born with deformed front legs, but Derby can keep up with the other dogs now that he has prosthetics made with 3D printing technology.</p><p>Once she heard Derby's story, Tara Anderson knew there had to be a way she could help. She first purchased a cart for Derby, but that limited his mobility and made it difficult for him to keep up with other dogs. Anderson works at a company called 3D Systems, and she enlisted a team to get Derby up and running via prosthetics made by a 3D printer.</p><p>In no time, Derby's prosthetics were ready for use. "Having these images on file on the computer and being...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Catherine GarciaThu, 18 Dec 2014 02:35:00 -0500Here's how Raul Castro and Obama explained the big U.S.-Cuba diplomatic thaw</P><p>Wednesday's announced pivot in U.S.-Cuban relations didn't happen overnight. The secret negotiations started in early 2013, according to <em>The Associated Press</em>, and newly confirmed Secretary of State John Kerry got the ball rolling by contacting the Vatican to act as intermediary. Pope Francis became personally involved early in 2014, bringing up a Cuba-U.S. thaw with Obama at a meeting in March, then sending letters to Obama and Cuban President Ra&uacute;l Castro over the summer.</p><p>On Tuesday, Obama and Castro spoke by telephone, and on Wednesday&mdash; the pope's 78th birthday &mdash; U.S. foreign...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:58:00 -0500Libby Lane named Church of England's first female bishop</P><p>The Rev. Libby Lane, a parish priest since 1994, has been named the Church of England's first female bishop.</p><p>"This is unexpected and very exciting," Lane said in a statement. "On this historic day as the Church of England announces the first woman nominated to be bishop, I am very conscious of all those who have gone before me, women and men, who for decades have looked forward to this moment. But most of all I am thankful to God."</p><p>Lane is one of eight clergywomen from the church elected as participant-observers in the House of Bishops, <em>The</em><em> Guardian </em>reports, and she has been a bishop's selection...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Catherine GarciaThu, 18 Dec 2014 01:40:00 -0500Life expectancy up in almost every region of the world</P><p>A new study has found that since 1990, life expectancy across the world has increased by more than six years, to an average of 71.5 years.</p><p>The study, published Wednesday in the journal <em>The Lancet,</em> showed a major decrease in deaths from cancer and cardiovascular disease in high-income countries; in other countries, deaths from diarrhea and neonatal complications were also down. That contributed to the decline, <em>Time </em>reports, as did the fact that medical funding for fighting infectious diseases has increased dramatically since 1990.</p><p>It's not all good news, though. HIV/AIDS is now one of the top...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Catherine GarciaThu, 18 Dec 2014 01:15:00 -0500Mitt Romney actually has a pretty good idea for what Sony should do with The Interview</P><p>Sony Pictures couldn't buy this kind of publicity for its all-but-scrapped North Korean comedy <em>The Interview</em> &mdash; though the hack it apparently sparked may well end up being the costliest cyberattack on a business ever. Mitt Romney, the once and maybe future GOP presidential candidate, has a very plausible plan that would allow Sony to cleanse itself of some of the stench of defeat:</p><center><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>.@SonyPictures don&rsquo;t cave, fight: release @TheInterview free online globally. Ask viewers for voluntary $5 contribution to fight #Ebola.</p>&mdash; Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) December 18, 2014</blockquote></center><p>If North...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:34:00 -0500Report: Steve Carell film set in North Korea canceled</P><p>New Regency has put a stop to a project that would have been set in North Korea, <em></em> reports.</p><p>The untitled "paranoid thriller" was being developed by director Gore Verbinski, and would have starred Steve Carell. Production was to have started in March. Sources told <em></em> that there was no plan to change the film's setting, and that it makes sense to stop the project in these early stages.</p> <a href="">More</a>By Catherine GarciaWed, 17 Dec 2014 23:50:00 -0500