For the long-term unemployed, getting a job isn't always the end of the story.
Randy Howland spent most of this past year working at a $10-an-hour customer service job. He used to make six figures. With this job, he was settling, just so he could have the satisfaction of working. It was essentially a call-center job.
Nga Truong (front) meets with social services advocate Lisa Gigliotti. Truong says she's struggling to rebuild her life after nearly three years awaiting trial for murder.
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A screen shot of video footage attained by WBUR shows Worcester Police Sgt. Kevin Pageau (right) and Detective John Doherty as they interrogate Nga Truong, then 16, after the 2008 death of her baby boy.
Before his death in 2008, Nga Truong's son, Khyle, suffered from respiratory problems that required a nebulizer.
<strong>'Pina': </strong>German filmmaker Wim Wenders' 3-D dance documentary is a homage to influential German dancer and choreographer Pina Bausch, who died in 2009.
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<strong>'The Artist':</strong> Silent-screen idol George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) and up-and-coming dancer Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo) share a vivacious moment onstage.<em></em> <em></em>
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<strong>'Tree of Life': </strong>Brad Pitt plays an archetypal 1950s patriarch who loves his family — but can't help imposing his expectations on them.
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<strong>'Midnight In Paris':</strong> Owen Wilson, playing the time-traveling hero Gil, wants to write novels instead of movies, much to the horror of his fiancee Inez, played by Rachel McAdams.
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<strong>'Incendies':</strong> After the death of the widowed Nawal (Lubna Azabal), her adult children slowly discover the bitterness of her childhood in a country plagued by endless cycles of violence.
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<strong>'The Trip': </strong>Steve Coogan (right) and his friend Rob Brydon tour Northern England and engage in a battle of competing impressions in the road trip comedy.
Wizards, transformers and vampires did their best, but they couldn't transform 2011 into a magical year for Hollywood: Despite all the 3-D and IMAX screenings and the premium prices that come with them, industry box office sagged by half a billion dollars compared with last year. But quality? That's another story.
Originally published on Sat December 31, 2011 6:20 am
Haters are here. And there. And everywhere. And the word "hate" is in the air.
Fox has a new sitcom: I Hate My Teenage Daughter. A recent issue of Us magazine tells us "Why Scarlett Johansson Hates Blake Lively." Psychology Today explains "Why We Hate Airport Security." Dick Meyer, formerly of NPR and now executive producer for news services at BBC America, wrote a provocative book called Why We Hate Us.