Marc Silver

Film buffs who love subtitles were in heaven this month. National Geographic’s Global Glimpses program showed all five of the movies vying for the Oscar for best foreign film. Here’s a look at the stories behind the subtitles. Broken Circle Breakdown (Belgium) What it’s about: Didier and Elise live out a bluegrass-tinged love story outside...

Super Bowl ads are often more entertaining than the game. And they always raise questions, many of which fall in National Geographic’s areas of expertise. Here are answers to burning questions you may have about Doberman-Chihuahua puppies, groin injuries, and more. Puppy Love Could a Doberman Pinscher and a Chihuahua really mate and produce a...

In the film “American Hustle,” which imaginatively retells the 1980 Abscam scandal, Long Island housewife Rosalyn Rosenfeld (played by Jennifer Lawrence) gets a brand new microwave oven as a gift. She calls it a “science oven.” She is warned: Do not put metal in it. Of course she puts in an aluminum dish covered with...

Ground control to Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield: Your videos from the space station really make the grade, especially your music video in which you sing David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” and send your guitar for a floating journey. And the papers want to know: “What other videos have you made?” Here are some of my favorites:...

What do you do if you find a tiger in the bathroom? That was a plot point in the first Hangover movie, and now it’s a real-life story. The Salina Journal reports that last Saturday, a woman who’d gone to the circus went to the bathroom … and there was a tiger “at most two...

HBO is offering “An Apology to Elephants.” That’s the name of a documentary premiering on Earth Day – April 22 – at 7 p.m. The film looks at how humans have mistreated elephants: captured, crated to zoos and circuses (where they are roped and prodded with sharp metal “bull hooks” to force them to do...

Copernicus got a Google Doodle! The late, great astronomer, whose birthday is today, February 19, would perhaps be puzzled by Google – but only for a second. Nicolaus Copernicus was never one to shy away from new ideas (get a modern astronomer’s take on Copernicus). If you’d like a little primer on why Copernicus deserves...

Film director David M. Reynolds is obsessed with the fabled island of Atlantis. He’s so obsessed that he spent the past two years working practically nonstop (and with barely any budget) on five short films collectively called The Underwater Realm. In each of these four-to-five minute shorts, humans come into contact with Atlanteans, from a...

In Breaking Dawn—Part 2, the big-screen finale for the “Twilight” series, fans must bid goodbye to a cast of characters that includes an Indian tribe full of werewolves. Even devotees of the saga might not be aware that the Quileute tribe actually exists. The real-life Quileute Nation faces more risk from flooding and tsunamis than...

Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey takes place 60 years before the events in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy but returns to the same setting: Middle-earth. J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings books, famously created a complex world for his novels, dreaming up languages and detailed histories...

By Sasha Ingber The insurance industry will be dealing with fallout from Sandy for months to come. To learn more about the storm’s impact, we spoke to Franklin Nutter, president of the Reinsurance Association of America. How much will Hurricane Sandy cost? The estimates that have been released by a disaster-modeling firm [AIR Worldwide] for...