Major events in the life of Nelson Mandela, who became one of the world's most beloved statesmen and a colossus of the 20th century when he emerged from 27 years in prison to negotiate an end to white minority rule in South Africa.
Now that the Illinois General Assembly has approved the heretofore secret pension bill, Gov. Pat Quinn will sign it. Then the battleground will move to a new venue — the state courts. Eventually, the Illinois Supreme Court will decide if the public pension package approved Tuesday passes constitutional muster.
While writing his follow-up to 2009's "Crazy Heart," director Scott Cooper had Christian Bale in mind for the lead role in what was to become "Out of the Furnace." Bale almost singlehandedly saves a movie that, though noble in intent, is far too derivative.