Stunning ‘Super 8′ IMAX Trailer Shifts Tone

Tweet Shifting away from the “scary” elements of the teaser and Super Bowl TV Spot, the brand new IMAX trailer for J.J. Abrams’ Super 8 bleeds Steven Spielberg films such as Goonies, E.T. and War of the Worlds, focusing on the kids more than the apparent creature. Something interesting to note is the references to “magnetism,” which also kind of reminds me of Joe Dante’s...
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Obama to CEOs: Ask what you can do for America (AP)

Tweet WASHINGTON – Echoing John F. Kennedy, President Barack Obama prodded business leaders Monday to “ask yourselves what you can do for America,” not just for company bottom lines, even as he sought to smooth his uneasy relations with the nation’s corporate executives. Speaking to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the president urged the business community to help accelerate the slow...
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Egypt approves 15 percent raise for govt employees (AP)

Tweet CAIRO – Egypt’s embattled regime announced Monday a 15 percent raise for government employees in an attempt to shore up its base and defuse popular anger amid ongoing protests demanding President Hosni Mubarak’s ouster. The Cabinet decision follows earlier promises to investigate election fraud and official corruption as well as an announcement that a detained Google Inc. executive...
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S. Sudan makes preparations for next world capital (AP)

Tweet JUBA, Sudan – The mud-hut town of Juba has earned a promotion to world capital later this year. Only Southern Sudan needs far more than its own currency and a national anthem: Most of the roads here are dirt and even aid workers live in shipping containers. In a little more than five months, Southern Sudan is slated to become the world’s newest country. Final results from last month’s...
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Chaos in Cairo as Mubarak backers, opponents clash (AP)

Tweet CAIRO – Thousands of supporters and opponents of President Hosni Mubarak battled in Cairo’s main square Wednesday, raining stones, bottles and firebombs on each other in scenes of uncontrolled violence as soldiers stood by without intervening. Government backers galloped in on horses and camels, only to be dragged to the ground and beaten bloody. At the one of the fighting’s front...
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Economy probably gained speed at year end (AP)

Tweet WASHINGTON – Americans likely spent more freely and U.S. companies sold more abroad, giving the economy solid momentum at the end of last year. That’s boosting hopes for a stronger 2011. Economists expect the government to report Friday that economic growth rose at an annualized rate of 3.5 percent in the October-December quarter. If they are right, it would show the economy has consistently...
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Republicans urge Obama to join in cutting spending (AP)

Tweet WASHINGTON – The nation faces a crushing burden of debt and is on course for an economic disaster without dramatic action to wrestle the budget deficit under control, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan said Tuesday in the Republican response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. And such spending cuts must start immediately as the price of getting GOP conservatives...
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FACT CHECK: Obama and his imbalanced ledger (AP)

Tweet WASHINGTON – The ledger did not appear to be adding up Tuesday night when President Barack Obama urged more spending on one hand and a spending freeze on the other. Obama spoke ambitiously of putting money into roads, research, education, efficient cars, high-speed rail and other initiatives in his State of the Union speech. He pointed to the transportation and construction projects of the...
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Obama’s ‘Union’: ‘Move together or not at all’ (AP)

Tweet WASHINGTON – Pleading for unity in a newly divided government, President Barack Obama implored Democratic and Republican lawmakers to rally behind his vision of economic revival for an anxious nation, declaring in his State of the Union address Tuesday night: “We will move forward together or not at all.” The president unveiled an agenda of carefully balanced political goals: a...
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Suspect pleads not guilty in deadly Ariz. shooting (AP)

Tweet PHOENIX – The suspect in the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords smiled and nodded but didn’t speak as he appeared in court Monday and his lawyer provided the 22-year-old’s first response to the charges: a plea of not guilty. In the two weeks since the deadly attack that killed six outside a Tucson grocery store, Jared Loughner’s hair — shaved in the mug shot that’s...
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