In the Oscar-nominated film Moneyball, Brad Pitt plays Billy Beane, a baseball manager obsessed with turning his cash-strapped team into a contender. Pitt says that drive is what attracted him to the role that has earned him a best-actor nod.
Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Military Personnel Policy Vee Penrod speaks to the media during a briefing Feb. 9, 2012 at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. Penrod briefed the media on the results of the Defense Department's review on women in service, which would ease some restrictions on women serving in combat roles.
A former grand theater lies closed April 17, 2009 in Newark, New Jersey. Newark is struggling to hold onto economic gains made over the last decade. Its once vibrant downtown is filled with empty buildings.
Originally published on Mon February 13, 2012 10:09 am
Actress Viola Davis has been nominated for an Academy Award for her portrayal of the maid Aibileen in the film The Help, set in 1960s Mississippi. But not everyone has applauded the film, which has been criticized for its portrayal of black domestic servants in the civil rights era.