Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Ty Burr and Janice Page Globe Staff February 14, 2019 One of the most nominated studios is a streaming service. A year that saw any number of good movies from women directors produced nominations for none. The best picture winner may be a black-and-white foreign film. And no one knows what the hell is happening with the ceremonies.This isn’t your mother’s Oscars. It isn’t anybody’s Oscars. When the 91st annual Academy Awards are broadcast from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles next Sunday, they will be hostless and a strict three hours long, with four categories ignominiously shunted to the commercial breaks. The eight best picture nominees include two box-office blockbusters (including the first comic-book movie ever nominated), a rock biopic, a political biopic, a Spike Lee joint, a piece of British royalty Oscar bait except it’s … [Read more...] about The Oscars: Who’ll win, who should win, who shouldn’t
James bulger case
Meagan Flynn, The Washington Post Published 4:38 am PST, Wednesday, January 23, 2019 James Bulger James Bulger Photo: Associated Press Photo: Associated Press Image 1 of / 23 Caption Close Image 1 of 23 James Bulger James Bulger Photo: Associated Press Two boys brutally killed a 2-year-old 26 years ago. An Oscar-nominated film on the case has 'disgusted' his mother. 1 / 23 Back to Gallery The grainy surveillance image was burned into Britain's collective memory: a tiny boy holding the hand of another, being led out the door of a shopping center near Liverpool. The seemingly innocuous footage, blasted all over the news in the days after 2-year-old James Bulger disappeared, belied … [Read more...] about Two boys brutally killed a 2-year-old 26 years ago. An Oscar-nominated film on the case has ‘disgusted’ his mother.
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Kevin Cullen December 10, 2018 As the estate of James “Whitey” Bulger prepares to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the federal government, you can almost taste the irony.Whitey Bulger died as a guest of the nation, beaten to death in prison as mercilessly as he tortured some of his victims. And while it was perfectly understandable, if not exactly admirable, for many people, especially the survivors of his victims, to feel he got what he deserved, seeing Bulger’s demise as some form of brutal, poetic justice should not diminish the imperative that this question be answered: Why he was in a position to be murdered in the first place?It is frankly scandalous that Bulger’s medical classification was unilaterally changed so that he could be transferred from a prison in Florida where he was relatively safe to one in West Virginia where he plainly was … [Read more...] about The final irony: By being murdered, Whitey Bulger may help compensate his victims
An unusual murder mystery is playing out inside the Hazelton penitentiary in West Virginia. The prime suspects — inmates — are already locked up. The victim was an aging mobster, someone plenty of people had reason to want dead. But how James (Whitey) Bulger, the crime boss and law enforcement informant from Boston, came to be murdered just a few hours after arriving at Hazelton is still a puzzle. Among the questions investigators are trying to answer, according to interviews with more than a dozen Federal Bureau of Prisons employees, lawyers with clients inside and relatives of inmates, are these: Of at least four men sent to solitary confinement following the attack, which ones beat him to death? Why was Bulger, a notorious informant in frail health, placed with other inmates in the general population? And how did Bulger come to be transferred to Hazelton to begin with? Bulger, who infamously yanked the teeth out of his murder victims to thwart identification, was … [Read more...] about Who wanted Whitey Bulger dead? Better question: Who didn’t?
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Shelley Murphy and Kevin Cullen Globe Staff November 07, 2018 Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger’s medical classification was suddenly and inexplicably changed to suggest his health had improved, leading to his transfer to the West Virginia prison where he was murdered last week, US Bureau of Prisons records show.Two organized crime figures from Massachusetts suspected of killing Bulger have been placed in isolation at the US Penitentiary Hazelton while federal investigators work to build a case against them. But investigators are also trying to figure out why Bulger, a frail 89-year-old who was confined to a wheelchair, was transferred from the US Penitentiary Coleman II in Florida to a prison where he had access to more limited medical care despite his advancing age and declining health.A Bureau of Prisons official who is familiar with … [Read more...] about James ‘Whitey’ Bulger: Change in medical classification led to transfer from Fla. prison