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DeLoreans Being Made Again for First Time in 35 Years

Texas maker of 'Back to the Future' car gets green light for new models

(Newser) - A car that's been stuck in the past can now go forward into the future, thanks to a government initiative that's allowing new models to be made for the first time in 35 years, KPRC reports. DeLoreans—the vehicle made famous in the Back to the Future movie... More »

Jobs Are Coming Back—and Soon

Employers laid off so many they'll have to hire

(Newser) - The rosier-than-expected unemployment numbers released today are encouraging, Floyd Norris writes, but it’s actually the very precipitous nature of the original falloff that makes him optimistic about the future. So many jobs were lost, Norris argues, that If employers want to fill any but the most meager of orders,... More »

Chrysler Halts Production to Lower Inventory

Automaker also appears in court to lay out bankruptcy plan

(Newser) - Chrysler idled its plants today for 30 to 60 days to reduce inventory as the company’s lawyers appeared in a New York bankruptcy court, the Washington Post reports. The attorneys outlined a plan to emerge from bankruptcy within 2 months. “We are quite mindful of the view of... More »

Dreamliner's Latest Estimated Takeoff: June

Troubled aircraft finally reaching last test stages

(Newser) - After years of delays, Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner may finally be finished. After a full on-the-ground simulation, one will leave the factory this week to take a place on the runway for a real test flight in June, the Seattle Times reports. Boeing lost 32 jet orders due to delays... More »

Neeson Film Won't Stop Production

(Newser) - The crew of Liam Neeson’s latest film is “bereft” over the death of his wife but will continue shooting, Entertainment Tonight reports. Chloe will focus on scenes that don’t need Neeson, who is mourning wife Natasha Richardson. “There are some scenes with Liam Neeson which have... More »

Fans Make Racket Over Too-Loud Music

Arms-race mastering is losing musical detail, listeners and engineers complain

(Newser) - Some fans have a surprising problem with Death Magnetic, the new Metallica album, the Wall Street Journal reports: It’s too loud. Since the advent of the compact disc, musicians have pushed mastering engineers to make albums as loud as possible. As a result, a new CD like Death Magnetic... More »

Oil Costs Crimp Globalization

Biz 'goes local' to save transportation costs

(Newser) - The soaring cost of oil is taking a toll on globalization, pushing companies to save on transportation by producing materials closer to home, the New York Times reports. The search for cheap production had been key for many firms—but now oil prices, as well as stricter import rules and... More »

Forget the Rebound; 'This Thing's Going Down'

We can't expect a quick recovery from the economic downturn

(Newser) - A cycle has emerged in the economic mood of recent months: a round of bad news sends markets into a tailspin, then things appear to improve, complete with predictions that the worst is behind us, only to fall apart again, writes Steven Pearlstein in the Washington Post. It’s time... More »

Italian Churches Ban Da Vinci Code Prequel

Howard, Hanks shut out of would-be shooting locations

(Newser) - The diocese of Rome is branching out into film criticism and banning a DaVinci Code prequel from shooting in two of the city's churches because the first movie was “harmful to religious feeling,” the ANSA news agency reports. Like the original, Angels & Demons is directed by Ron... More »

Ugly Betty Moving to Big Apple

Series moves to take advantage of new tax credit

(Newser) - Ugly Betty, long set in New York, will now be shot there too, ABC News reports. The series is moving production to the Big Apple because of the financial incentives of a new state film tax credit. The expanded tax, announced last month by Gov. David Paterson, raises the percentage... More »

Struggling Stage Workers Demand End to Writers' Strike

Support crews lose jobs as productions close

(Newser) - Rank-and-file production workers marched through downtown Hollywood yesterday calling on the Writers Guild of America and the producers association to end the five-week strike. The group focused attention on the plights of those put out of work by the strike. Set decorators, hair and make-up artists, prop specialists and hundreds... More »

Ghostface Scores With Rehab

Wu-Tang hater brings the solo heat

(Newser) - Wu-Tang Clansman Ghostface Killah continues to spread sizable solo wings on his new LP, The Big Doe Rehab, which “finds him at his emotive best,” says AllHipHop’s Alvin Blanco in giving the record 8.5 of 10 stars. It has Ghost’s same practiced “world of... More »

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