‘Jigsaw’ Takes $16 Million Opening at Bloodless Pre-Halloween Box Office

Laura Vandervoort as “Anna” in JIGSAW. Photo by Brooke Palmer. November couldn’t come fast enough for movie theaters, as the anemic October box office finally comes to a close with Lionsgate’s “Jigsaw” taking No. 1 with a $16.2 million opening. This has been a rough month for the movies, with the disappointing $32.7 million opening … Read more

Prince Aims to Rebrand Saudi Arabia From 9/11 Hotbed of Extreme Islam

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — The declaration reverberated around the world — the power behind the Saudi throne pledged to destroy extremism and return the kingdom to “moderate Islam.” Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s speech last month was part of a sweeping rebrand of a country that for years has exported a severe form of Islam … Read more

On the streets of Barcelona, a sweet dream of independence gone wrong

On the streets of Barcelona, a sweet dream of independence gone wrong

A man with an independence flag walks through downtown Barcelona on Oct. 28. (Photo: Santi Palacios/AP)Yesterday, on a bustling Friday afternoon, with a warm autumn sun beaming down and a breeze rustling the palm trees, Barcelona, capital of Spain’s northeast region of Catalonia, marked a new chapter after a long drawn-out, confusing and controversial battle. It … Read more