These Charts Show How Furious 7 Made Box Office History

Universal Pictures’ efforts to release Furious 7 after the tragic death of franchise star Paul Walker in 2013 are being rewarded at the box office. The James Wan-directed film, which premiered on Friday, racked up $ 143.6 million at the U.S. box office during its opening weekend, making it one of the 10 biggest U.S. opening weekends of all time. Impressively, Furious 7 is the only film in this top 10 that isn’t based off a comic book, young-adult novel or toy:   Furious 7 also Read more [...]

New NG Book- BAD DAYS IN HISTORY: A Gleefully Grim Chronicle of Misfortune, Mayhem, and Misery for Every Day of the Year

Praise for Michael Farquhar: Michael Farquhar doesn’t write about history the way, say, Doris Kearns Goodwin does. He writes about history the way Doris Kearns Goodwin’s smart-ass, reprobate kid brother might. I, for one, prefer it.—Gene Weingarten, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and Washington Post columnist Advance praise for BAD DAYS IN HISTORY: The facts of this passing parade of perfidious knaves, nasty poltroons, incompetent liars and just some unlucky folk who slipped on bygone banana Read more [...]

Atlanta Hawks Clinch Playoff Berth After Best 60-Game Start in Franchise History

The Atlanta Hawks became the first team this season to clinch a playoff berth with Tuesday's 104-96 victory over the Houston Rockets. The Hawks' official Twitter account changed its name to "WE'RE IN!" to celebrate the occasion while reporting the news: NBA TV referenced the historic start Atlanta is off to in soaring and staying perched atop the Eastern Conference standings in 2014-15: Former NBA star Chris Webber elaborated on the unique circumstances surrounding this Hawks squad, via Turner Read more [...]

Chris Gayle Hits First 200 in Cricket World Cup History for West Indies

Chris Gayle can be the most devastating batsman in world cricket on his day and he ripped up the record books in Tuesday's World Cup Pool B match between the West Indies and Zimbabwe in Canberra.The WI opener scored the first double century in World Cup history.He reached the mark off just 138 balls with an incredible 16 sixes.It was only the fifth double century in the history of one-day international cricket. This was the 3,612th game.The 35-year-old from Jamaica also shared the highest partnership Read more [...]

New NG Book- JOURNEYS HOME: Inspiring Stories, Plus Tips & Strategies to Find Your Family History

“Something shifts inside of us when we see where we come from, when we unravel the eternal fabric of our extended families; we grow in resilience and understanding.” -Journalist Jennifer Wilson on her ancestral journey to Croatia — from “JOURNEYS HOME”   WASHINGTON (Dec. 15, 2014)—With the recent surge in geneaological travel, National Geographic gives readers a passport to embark on a search for their family’s ancestry with JOURNEYS HOME: Inspiring Stories, Plus Tips & Strategies Read more [...]

Cameron, Naomi & Dianna Glam Up 2014 American Museum of Natural History Gala

Making the most of a Manhattan evening, Cameron Diaz showed up at the American Museum of Natural History last night (November 20) for the 2014 Gala. Joined by model pal Naomi Campbell and “Glee” actress Dianna Agron, the “There’s Something About Mary” starlet was the belle of the ball in her ravishing red gown. Cameron has been spending the week in New York City as she’s been rehearsing for her big hosting gig at “Saturday Night Live” tomorrow night (November 22). Miss Diaz will Read more [...]

New NG Book- WHY’D THEY WEAR THAT? Fashion as the Mirror of History

WASHINGTON (Nov. 19, 2014)—This winter, best-selling author Sarah Albee and National Geographic will take readers on a walk down history’s runway in WHY’D THEY WEAR THAT?: Fashion as the Mirror of History (National Geographic Books; ISBN 978-1-4263-1919-8; on sale Feb. 10, 2015; $ 19.99; ages 10 and up). From the invention of needles made from woolly mammoth tusks in 10,000 B.C., to the evolution of armor from chain mail to modern-day bulletproof vests, to the controversy surrounding contemporary Read more [...]