Stories for January 17, 2012
In "THE ZOO," the celebrated London Zoo finally opens its doors to television cameras, allowing unprecedented, captivating access to one of the world's oldest menageries. The Zoo's team of keepers and specialists guide viewers through the daily responsibilities involved with caring for their 15,000 animals, including routine feedings, teeth cleanings, autopsies and more. It's the animals, though, that are the documentary's real stars. The average day depicted in "THE ZOO" explores a gamut of emotions, from birth to death and from tragedy to joy.
During World War II, Hitler’s scientists developed terrifying new weapons of mass destruction. Alarmed by rumors about advanced rockets and missiles, Allied intelligence recruited a team of brilliant minds from British universities and Hollywood studios to a country house near London. Here, they secretly pored over millions of air photos shot at great risk over German territory by specially converted, high-flying Spitfires. With 3D graphics that recreate exactly what the photo spies saw, NOVA tells the suspenseful, previously untold story of air photo intelligence that played a vital role in defeating Hitler.
John Cameron Mitchell gained fame for bringing his drag queen stage hit "Hedwig and the Angry Inch"to the big screen. Now he presents us with a group of New Yorkers trying to figure out the connection, if any, between sex and love in "Shortbus" (screening January 18 at the Birch North Park Theater as part of FilmOut's monthly screening program).
A 10-year-old boy is suspected of fatally stabbing a 12-year-old friend in the chest with a kitchen knife, authorities say.
Home sales in Southern California had their usual seasonal jump last month but the sales price bottomed out as investors concentrated on cheap homes.