1. "Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger breaks leg skiing": At least it's not a tumor.
[" California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger broke his leg on Saturday while skiing with his family in Sun Valley, Idaho, the governor's office said. The 59-year-old former movie star broke the femur bone in his right leg and was taken to a local hospital for X-rays and later discharged, Adam Mendelsohn, the governor's deputy chief of staff for communications, said in a statement. "When the governor returns to Los Angeles from his scheduled Christmas trip, he will have surgery to repair his femur. No one else was involved in the skiing accident," Mendelsohn's statement said."]
2. "FBI releases last 10 pages of Lennon files": From CNN.
["The FBI has released its final surveillance documents on John Lennon to a university historian who has waged a 25-year legal battle to obtain the secret files. The 10 pages contain new details about Lennon's ties to leftist and anti-war groups in London in the early 1970s, but nothing indicating government officials considered the former Beatle a serious threat, historian Jon Wiener told the Los Angeles Times in Wednesday's editions."]
3. "Japan researchers film live giant squid": We're havin' sushi tonight, boys! (And tomorrow, and the next day, and...)
["A Japanese research team has succeeded in filming a giant squid live—possibly marking a first—and says the elusive creatures may be more plentiful than previously believed, a researcher said Friday. The research team, led by Tsunemi Kubodera, videotaped the giant squid at the surface as they captured it off the Ogasawara Islands south of Tokyo earlier this month. The squid, which measured about 24 feet long (7 meters), died while it was being caught."]
4. "Letters from Iwo Jima": Stephanie Zacharek on Clint Eastwood's latest.
["Clint Eastwood's "Letters From Iwo Jima" springs from an admirable impulse: This companion piece to Eastwood's flawed yet complex "Flags of Our Fathers" sets out to tell the story of the Battle of Iwo Jima from the viewpoint of the Japanese soldiers who fought and died there. Eastwood, working from a script by Iris Yamashita (the story is by Yamashita and Paul Haggis), hopes to humanize these soldiers, showing them as inexperienced young men who loved their families, who were under orders from their superiors to fight viciously, and who were victims of a culture in which dying honorably was considered far more important than preserving life. The impulse is commendable; the movie isn't."]
5. "Home at the End of the World": Elbert Ventura on Children of Men.
["Doomed to disappear before it even sees the light of day, Children of Men seems the exact opposite of what the public wants to see during the holidays. Never mind that Alfonso Cuarón's searing tour de force is actually a nativity story infused with spiritual fervor (not to mention a riveting action flick with the best set pieces of the year). This orphaned movie emanates such unrelenting bleakness that only a Christmas miracle could rescue it from its ineluctable future as a cult item. And rescuing it deserves."]
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