Friday, May 20, 2011

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 2011

Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow is back in excellent form for his fourth adventure in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, which is more serious in the hands of a new director, Rob Marshall, and thanks to Penelope Cruz it’s also a good deal sexier.

Best known for musicals such as Nine and the Academy Award-winning Chicago, Marshall shows terrific flair with all the usual chases and sword fights, and he handles the 3D well. He also adds a dash of pepper with lively sexual tension between Sparrow and a Spanish firecracker named Angelica (Cruz).

Angelica is Jack’s match for swordplay and sexy banter, and while the tone of the film, which deals with a search for the fountain of youth, is darker than the three directed by Gore Verbinski, its action, adventure and comedy will see it find a similar pot of theatrical gold.

More of the story takes place on dry land than the other films with inventive and exciting set pieces in London and the hills and jungles of an exotic place where lies the secret of perpetual youth.

It begins with Jack in the British capital to find a way to release from prison his stalwart sailmate Gibbs (Kevin McNally). With inspiration from a novel by Tim Powers titled On Stranger Tides, about another captain named Jack, screenwriters Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio show typical ingenuity in devising hair-raising obstacles for Jack to overcome. In the opening, this involves changing the course of justice in an English court, an encounter with the king in his palace and a riotous chase through the streets of London.

The series’ regular cinematographer, Dariusz Wolski, captures the cityscapes wittily and makes the most of real locations from the city center to the venerable naval museum at Greenwich. Marshall has brought in his usual production designer, John Myhre, who won an Oscar for Chicago, and he makes the palaces, pubs and, later, jungle temple breathtakingly shipshape. Hans Zimmer demonstrates again his keen grasp of how a musical score can inform action and elevate mood and tension.







The plot is again driven by a search for something virtually unobtainable as Jack finds himself in a chase to find the fountain of youth in competition with not only the returning Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush, having fun once more) but also the Spanish navy and the most deadly pirate of them all, Blackbeard (Ian McShane).

Cruz makes a splendid entrance in disguise but once revealed she brings her Oscar-winning vivacity to an irrepressible woman who claims to be Blackbeard’s daughter. McShane, too, grabs his first appearance on the bridge of a pirate ship with great panache.

No less would be expected of Rolling Stone Keith Richards, who has a killer line as Jack’s indomitable pirate father when his son asks him whether he’s ever seen the fountain of youth. It feeds cleverly on the Richards legend and will become one of the most-quoted lines from the series.

The film makes an adventurous departure from the traditionally benign view about mermaids. A mermaid’s tear is a vital ingredient of the potion required for the secret of youth and so Blackbeard schemes to ensnare a school of them in nets on an island beach. They turn out to have more in common with one of Davy Jones’ underwater beasts, save one played by sweet-looking Astrid Berges-Frisbey, who falls for an idealistic cleric played by Sam Claflin. The missionary gives Jack fodder for an amusing line, but also puts religious faith in a good light compared to the Spanish Catholics, whose inquisitional devotion makes them the bad guys.

Marshall and his team make good use of 3D in the exterior sequences so that London landmarks and rocky islands look magnificent. It is less successful when CGI is involved, however, as characters sometimes appear to be cut out figures.

At 136 minutes, the film is marginally the shortest in the series and it profits from that. Cruz is a wonderful addition and a teaser following the credits augers well for more so long as Depp continues to get as much enjoyment from playing the role as he gives to his audience.
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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Priest (2011)


In Movie Theaters:    May 13, 2011
Directed by:    Scott Stewart
Starring:
more credits    Paul Bettany ... Warrior Priest
Cam Gigandet ... Hicks, Wasteland Sheriff
Maggie Q ... Priestess
Karl Urban ... Black Hat
Stephen Moyer ... Aaron
Lily Collins
Distributed by:    Sony Screen Gems
Genres:    Thriller Suspense Western Horror 3D

"Priest", a post-apocalyptic sci fi thriller, is set in an alternate world -- one ravaged by centuries of war between man and vampires. The story revolves around a legendary Warrior Priest (Paul Bettany) from the last Vampire War who now lives in obscurity among the other downtrodden human inhabitants in walled-in dystopian cities ruled by the Church. When his niece (Lily Collins) is abducted by a murderous pack of vampires, Priest breaks his sacred vows to venture out on an obsessive quest to find her before they turn her into one of them. He is joined on his crusade by his niece’s boyfriend (Cam Gigandet), a trigger-fingered young wasteland sheriff, and a former Warrior Priestess (Maggie Q) who possesses otherworldly fighting skills.


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The Avengers (2012)


Release Date:     May 4, 2012
Genre:     Sci-Fi, Action
Director:     Joss Whedon
Writer:     Zak Penn
Cast:     Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Clark Gregg, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård
Studio:     Paramount Pictures
Official site:     marvel.com/avengers_movie


Continuing the epic big-screen adventures started in "Iron Man," "The Incredible Hulk," "Iron Man 2," "Thor," and "Captain America: The First Avenger," "Marvel's The Avengers" is the super hero team up of a lifetime. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster....

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)


If the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 of you who are lovers of the novel and movie fans were treated to the story of Harry Potter Harry's struggle to destroy the Horcruxes and reveal the presence of three of the most powerful thing in the world of magic, then Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 you'll see Harry return to Hogwarts to find and destroy Voldemort. But when Voldemort mengtahui their mission, the biggest battle begins and their life becomes very different as before. This is one of the most in tunggu2 by all Harry Potter fans around the world, and in Indonesia in particular. Many lovers download free movie that also has a download link menunggu2 presence of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2, which usually appear in several media download virtual world

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Source Code (2011)






When is the past really the present? When is death not really death? What if you could change the past? From the director of the much overlooked sci-fi film Moon comes Source Code, a new thriller that seeks to answer these questions. Source Code is also one of the most original movies of 2011.

In Source Code, Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Captain Colter Stevens, who wakes up on a train to discover he's inhabiting another man's body. Eight minutes later, the train explodes. When he awakes again, he learns he's part of a secret government program that can send him into the last eight minutes of a person's life. It's his mission to learn who the bomber is to prevent a much more devastating attack in the near future.

Source Code works with a similar premise to the Tony Scott action-thriller Déjà vu, but that's where the similarities end. The identity of the terrorist is only half the battle; the truth about how Stevens became involved with the program is just as if not more important. As he continues to go back to the train, he also begins to develop a relationship with the woman sitting across from him (Michelle Monaghan).

In other words, Source Code is a uniquely complex thriller. Can't say that too often.

The movie is well written and elaborate. It keeps you guessing and is legitimately unpredictable. It also presents a variety of turns and developments not shown in the previews.

Gyllenhaal is excellent in the lead. Though Monaghan is important and does a fine job, Gyllenhaal carries the picture, bringing with him an energized and emotional performance. He continues to prove he's a versatile lead actor.

Vera Farmiga also turns in a great performance. She takes what could have been a two-dimensional role and takes it to a whole other level.







Source Code isn't without a few small flaws. The bickering between Stevens and his handlers in the first half of the movie gets a bit tedious at times; while it keeps things mysterious, the exchanges don't always feel natural. Furthermore, the discovery and capture of the bomber is abrupt and rushed.


The movie isn't perfect, but Source Code is one of the most refreshing action-thrillers in years. It also stands well as a legitimate sci-fi piece. Highly recommended.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Game of Thrones



Not since "Rome" and "The Tudors" wrapped have I felt so strongly about a dramatic series set in a time long gone. Unlike the two series mentioned, the new drama on HBO, "Game of Thrones," is not a real world or historical period drama, but an adapted drama based on the construct of an imagination that was born to tell a grand, great yarn.

I came to this as a George R.R. Martin virgin, never reading his written word.

This series will just grab you and not let go. Creator and author George R.R. Martin is a son of Bayonne, New Jersey, a working class kid who penned a genre of fiction that never hooked me as a young reader. His prose - and the fantastical fantasy fiction world in general - was never on my reading list. As someone who lives for "Justified," "Sons of Anarchy" and "Dexter," my kind of televised fare is bathed in gritty realism, noir humor, dense story with superb casts.

Yet after watching six episodes of this HBO masterpiece, I shall now go and find everything he has ever written to savor.

"Epic" and "enthralling" are overused words in reviews, yet feel dead-on accurate to describe the emotions and feel of this lush yet stark (how can a cinematographer achieve this feat?) cool filtered layered study in power and honor, human kindness and cruelty, and all the foibles and flaws of humanity wrapped up in the "Houses" of the mythical Westeros realm.

There are good, bad and ugly characters in Martin's bestselling fantasy book series "A Song of Ice and Fire," that "Thrones" is based upon, and the producers carefully filled these larger than life roles for the HBO effort.  In a phone interview this last week, I asked George R.R. Martin about this feat in casting, and about some of the standout players: Kit Harrington as Jon Snow, Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister and Sean Bean as Lord "Ned" Stark.
"The casting of those two characters in particular were very different. When I had that initial meeting five years ago with (David) and (Dan), we kicked around some casting ideas. You know, some of the usual dream casting and some of the people that we’d had in mind. And there were two characters that we were all in perfect accord there, even five years ago and that was Sean Bean as Ned Stark and Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister."

"These were our first choices. Really, our only choices far and away for those roles. So we never even auditioned for the part of Tyrion Lannister. When we got the (green series) they just went out and got Peter Dinklage. And he was the only one we ever wanted. We knew he would be great for the role and, thankfully, we landed him. And he’s magnificent. He’s a fabulous addition to the show and he’s a joy to work with."

Martin continued. "The part of John Snow was much different. We kicked around a few names for it, but we really didn’t have anyone strongly in mind. And it’s younger role so you need an actor who’s relatively new. And we looked at a lot of young British actors for that part. Some of the actors who are playing other roles in the show - you know, smaller roles - initially came to our attention because they read for the part of John Snow."

"So we looked at many people and Kit Harrington really, really stood out. He was one of the strong contenders right from the first. He had a great look for the character. His performance was wonderful. And, of course, most of his prior work - his biggest thing was the British stage play, a thing called War Horse which I believe has just come to Broadway as well. And he was very acclaimed in that and we knew about that. And he was another fabulous find for us."

"So there were many people involved in the casting process. But I was certainly one of them right from the beginning on pretty much every role. I had a voice," concluded Martin.

Unlike other fantastical tales where ladies in lakes rise arms up bearing swords and Hobbits abound with hairy feet, chased by one-eyed monsters, this fantasy is very human and real, and the character development and execution is so amazingly well done, many showrunners and writers need to watch and take notes.

Everything in Thrones excels: Costuming, makeup, production design, storytelling, astoundingly good acting and great visual effects. No missteps or wasted frames.

Writers and executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss did exceptional work in collaboration with Martin. Director Tim Van Patten gives us a visual feast of extremely beautiful exteriors (Ireland and Malta).The story of "Thrones" at the outset seems daunting but is easily shaped and presented so you have a clear understanding of how they interrelate, and their histories.
House Stark dominates the North, where the great wall is their charge, to protect the rest of the kingdom. "Winter is coming" is their salvo, and means much more than just bone breaking cold. Stark has married into House Tully through Ned's (Sean Bean) wife Lady Catelyn (Michelle Fairley), Catelyn's insane sister Lady Lysa (Kate Dickie) now heads House Tully of the Riverlands.

The platinum blond family of House Targaryen is a kingdom without a home, the last of the ancients who were the dragon masters. Princess Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) is given up by her pervy sadistic brother (Harry Lloyd) in a strategic marriage to warlord Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa) as the battle to rule the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros and reclaim the Iron Throne is afoot.

House Baratheon and House Stark are joined together, with Ned (Bean) serving King Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy). House Lannister is married to House Baratheon by Queen Cersei Baratheon's (Lena Headey) marriage to King Robert. Cersei is the evil, duplicitous wife of Robert, and she absolutely hates the Starks. The standout Lannister is of course Tyrion Lannister, played so beautifully by Peter Dinklage, it will be always considered one of the best roles of his lifetime. Tyrion's lack of height is dwarfed by his enormous sex appeal, and capacity to think on his feet and strategize, but not in such a wholly evil and conniving way his incestuous brother and sister do.

Tyrion's got a soft spot for things broken and less loved. Dinklage owns every shot he is captured in. Bravo.

With expert writing, pace and precision you are introduced to these unforgettable characters. It will not confuse, but pull you headfirst into a wonderful drama that makes you wish HBO aired this series in three hour blocks.
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THOR Movie

    Next May, Thor will touch down in Midgard only to battle all forces of otherworldy evil and encounter the allure of true in the unlikely form of a mortal woman. Possibly the most ambitious of comic book movies, the unusual combination of fantasy and superheroics will make the Thor film stand out against what moviegoers have seen up until now. Directed correctly by thespian Kenneth Branagh, this could be a real knock-out or it could be a glorified He-Man movie. I’m hoping for the former to be true.
  
    Marvel Studios has finally released an official plot synopsis for director Kenneth Branagh’s Thor, the live-action adaptation of the classic Marvel Comic book. Though previous reports seemed to indicate that the majority of the movie would take place on the extra-dimensional realm of Asgard, which Thor and the other Norse gods call home, from the synopsis it appears that most of the action will actually be taking place on earth.

    Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment present the epic adventure, Thor, which spans the Marvel Universe from present day Earth to the realm of Asgard. At the center of the story is the mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth), a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Thor is cast down to Earth by his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and is forced to live among humans. A beautiful, young scientist, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), has a profound effect on Thor, as she ultimately becomes his first love. It’s while here on Earth that Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth.The look of Thor has worried many fans, but apparently the film    
    will take inspiration from the current monthly series. Surprisingly, the costume looks amazing. We could tell early on from the production sketches of costumes and sets that this was going to be something good. It’s just beautiful and the designers really took it to heart. If you look at some of the more recent Thor comics that are out now, the tone and the costuming is that. It’s basically, the way you read the comics now, they’re updated the way they are now and that’s how the costumes are. I think everyone is going to be very, very happy. Nothing looks cheesy or cheap. Everything looks like it’s real. Everything looks like it came from that period. And everything looks right on all the actors. Nothing looks stupid. I guess that’s the best word. It’s just jaw-dropping even to the Marvel executives.
The Thor film has also been confirmed as taking place before the formation of the Avengers, but after the battle between the Hulk and the Abomination in New York City.In terms of time-line, Thor is set after The Incredible Hulk. In the script we make mention of gamma radiation and one of the scientist characters, I think Stellan Skarsgard’s Professor Ford recalls, “There was brilliant scientist (Bruce Banner). He was a genius with gamma radiation and somehow S.H.I.E.L.D. made him disappear.” So Thor’s story would take place after The Incredible Hulk.

Of course no Thor movie could be complete without the evil Loki…
    This movie is as much an origin story for Loki as it is for Thor and he’s not only the hero’s nemesis but his brother. How do you deal with a situation like that where the very person who is trying to destroy you is your adopted brother? In the script, Thor is basically banished to Earth because he’s arrogant and proud and must learn what it is to live among mortals. And while the cat’s away, the mouse will play. While he’s gone, Loki starts discovering things about himself, including his desire to be all powerful. He wants to be as well loved as Thor and that jealousy starts creating these complications. “Why can’t I be the ruler? Why am I always in his shadow?” So he starts developing those feelings while Thor’s gone. It’s a very good script with pretty much half of the movie in Asgard and the other half on Earth. I think people will be pleased with the way it unfolds.

So what happens next? The internet is all a buzz with the recent releaser of the new Iron Man 2 trailer, but nothing has been seen of the Asgardian hammer-slinging deity. It seems that this summer fans will finally get to see the goods and after that it will be a roller-coaster ride to 2012′s Avengers!
[a trailer will be seen...] Probably at Comic Con. The scheduled release is date is May 6, 2011. I think that’s the actual release date, handed down from Marvel. They could put it in front of the new Iron Man 2 movie, but that’s this May and a little too soon. Marvel wants to release the film exactly a year after Iron Man 2. The release is almost 365 days later. And then Captain America in July 2011 and The Avengers will be the following year, 2012. That’s what they’re trying to do, line them up like that. May of every year, there will be a new Marvel movie out.
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Monday, May 9, 2011

FAST FIVE "Fast & Furious 5"


Fast Five is a 2011 action film written by Chris Morgan and directed by Justin Lin. The film stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster and Dwayne Johnson and was first released in Australia on April 20, 2011 followed by a domestic release on April 29, 2011 as the fifth film in the The Fast and the Furious franchise. Fast Five follows Brian O'Conner (Walker), Dom Toretto (Diesel) and Mia Toretto (Brewster) as they plan a heist to steal $100 million from corrupt businessman Hernan Reyes (Joaquim de Almeida) while being pursued for arrest by DSS agent Luke Hobbs (Johnson). Though it is the fifth entry in the series, the events of the film take place between those of Fast & Furious (2009) and The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006).

For development of Fast Five, a conscious effort was made by Universal Studios to shift away from the street racing theme prevalent in previous films in the series. Emphasis was instead placed on transforming the franchise into an action series in an attempt to attract wider audiences that may otherwise be turned off by the series' focus on cars and car culture. Fast Five is considered the transitional film in the series, featuring only one car race with more attention given to action set-pieces such as gun fights, brawls and the heist of $100 million.

Following its release, Fast Five garnered critical praise, becoming the highest rated entry in the franchise, and financial gain, breaking box office records to become the highest grossing opening weekend in an April and the second highest opening weekend in Spring, earning $168 million. As of May 8, 2011, Fast Five has grossed over $320 million.When Dominic "Dom" Toretto (Vin Diesel) is being transported to a US prison by bus, his sister Mia Toretto (Jordana Brewster) and friend Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) lead an assault on the bus, causing it to crash; freeing Dom. While authorities search for them, the trio escape to Rio de Janeiro. Awaiting Dom's arrival, Mia and Brian join their friend Vince (Matt Schulze) and other participants on a job to steal three cars from a train. The job goes awry when Brian and Mia discover the train is carrying DEA agents and that the cars are seized property. When Dom arrives with the rest of the participants, he realizes that one of them, Zizi (Michael Irby), is only interested in stealing one car; the Ford GT40. Dom has Mia steal the car herself while Dom and Brian fight Zizi and his henchmen, with Zizi killing the DEA agents assigned to the vehicles. Dom and Brian are captured and brought to crime lord - and owner of the cars - Hernan Reyes (Joaquim de Almeida), Zizi's boss where he orders the pair be interrogated to discover the location of the car. However they manage to escape and retreat to their safehouse.

While Brian, Dom and Mia examine the car to discover its importance, Vince arrives and is revealed to be working for Reyes when he removes a computer chip from the car. Dom forces Vince to leave and after investigating the chip, Brian discovers it contains details of Reyes' criminal empire including the locations of $100 million in cash. Following the murder of the DEA agents aboard the train, blamed on Dom and his team, U.S. DSS agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and his team arrive in Rio to capture Dom and Brian. They travel to Dom's safehouse with assistance from local officer Elena Neves (Elsa Pataky), but find it under assault by Reyes' men. Brian, Dom and Mia escape with Dom suggesting they split up and leave Rio, but after Mia announces she is pregnant with Brian's child, Dom instead suggests they steal Reyes' money to start a new life. The trio organize a team to perform the heist, recruiting Han Seoul-Oh (Sung Kang), Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson), Tej Parker (Ludacris), Gisele Yashar (Gal Gadot), Tego Leo (Tego Calderón) and Rico Santos (Don Omar). Vince later joins the team after saving Mia from being captured by Reyes' men, earning Dom's trust once more.

Hobbs and his team eventually find and arrest Dom, Mia, Brian and Vince. While transporting them to an airport for extradition to the United States, the convoy is attacked by Reyes' men, killing Hobbs' team and Vince. Hobbs is saved by Dom, Brian and Mia as they fight back against Reyes' men and escape. Wanting revenge for his murdered team, Hobbs and Elena agree to help with the heist. The gang breaks into the police station where Reyes' money is kept and tear the vault from the building using their cars, dragging it through the city with police in pursuit. Believing they cannot outrun the police, Dom makes Brian continue on without him while he attacks the police and the pursuing Reyes; using the vault attached to his car to smash their vehicles. Brian returns to kill Zizi, while Reyes is badly injured by Dom's assault. Hobbs arrives on the scene and executes Reyes. Hobbs refuses to let the pair go free, but unwilling to arrest him, agrees to give them a 24-hour head start to escape. The gang split Reyes' money, with Dom leaving Vince's share to his family, and they go their separate ways.

In the South Pacific, Brian and now visibly pregnant Mia relax on a beach, where they are met by Dom and Elena. Brian challenges Dom to a final, no-stakes race to prove who is the better driver.

In a post-credits scene, Hobbs is given a special file by U.S. Customs agent Monica Fuentes (Eva Mendes) concerning the hijack of a military convoy in Berlin. In the file, Hobbs discovers a recent photo of Leticia Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez), Dom's presumed-deceased girlfriend, revealing she survived the events of Fast & Furious.

Trailer: http://www.fastfivemovie.com/
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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Amanda Knox appealed: Perugia court gives forensics experts another 40 days to complete tests

Court appointed forensic experts re-examining evidence in Amanda Knox's murder appeal have been granted a 40-day extension to their independent investigation.

The team was due to deposit its findings on the case next week, as part of a review granted earlier this year by an appeal court judge, following defence claims that evidence had been poorly handled and collated.

But Professor Carla Vecchiotti and her colleague Stefano Conti wanted additional time to examine other documents which were drawn up by the original investigators as part of their fresh probe, and this was agreed.

In March leaked details of their initial findings appeared to give fresh hope to Knox - jailed for the murder of student Meredith Kercher in Italy - after the new experts said the evidence was "insufficient to convict her".

Knox, 23, is serving 26 years for the brutal sex killing of Miss Kercher, 21, who was found with her throat in her bedroom in the house they shared. Key to her conviction was a 30cm kitchen knife which contained her DNA on the handle and genetic material - but not blood - from Miss Kercher was found on the blade.

Earlier this year an appeal court judge in Perugia, where the murder took place, authorised an independent review by the two forensic experts from La Sapienza University in Rome. They were also asked to re-examine a bloodied bra clasp belonging to Miss Kercher on which DNA from Knox's co-accused Raffaele Sollecito, 25, was also found - but after it had been "lost" for six weeks.

Computer studies graduate Sollecito, 25, was given 25 years jail and both he and Knox deny any involvement in the murder and are appealing against their conviction.

In the leaked initial findings both said the knife, which was found in Sollecito's kitchen, revealed that the DNA material on it was so slight that it was insufficient to conclusively convict Knox. The amount of DNA was so small that the two professors also concluded it was not enough to carry out a second test on the knife.

While the bra clasp was described as "so deteriorated" that it was impossible to re-examine it for any traces of DNA - it was originally found at the scene but then lost for six weeks before being discovered elsewhere in Miss Kercher's bedroom.

According to the report the clasp - which had been cut from the bra - had been poorly kept in a "liquid jar" and not properly dried which meant that it had "rotted and rusted".

Knox's lawyer Carlo Dalla Vedova said: "We expected them to ask for more time - it's a prerogative of theirs and these experts always do because they want to be sure of their findings.

"The leaked details from earlier this year simply confirmed what we already knew and what we have already said in court - the evidence was insufficient.

"We heard how the clasp had rusted away because it had been kept in a bag of water and the DNA on the knife was too low. We know have to wait for the final report."

The next hearing is due to take place on May 21 when the court will hear from the murder squad chief, Monica Napoleoni, before adjourning until the end of June - meaning a verdict may not come until the autumn.

Miss Kercher, of Coulsdon, Surrey, was in Italy as part of her European Studies degree at Leeds University and had only been in Perugia for two months when she was murdered in November 2007.
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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Osama Bin Laden Is Dead

 Osama bin Laden, the face of global terrorism and architect of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, was killed in a firefight with elite American forces Monday, then quickly buried at sea in a stunning finale to a furtive decade on the run.

Long believed to be hiding in caves, bin Laden was tracked down in a costly, custom-built hideout not far from a Pakistani military academy.

"Justice has been done," President Barack Obama said in a dramatic announcement at the White House while a crowd cheered outside and hundreds more gathered at ground zero in Manhattan to celebrate the news.

Photos: America Reacts to death of Osama bin Laden
Bin Laden hid in plain site in Pakistan
Intel hunt led to shootout at bin Laden fortress
Special report: The death of Osama bin Laden

The military operation took mere minutes.

U.S. helicopters ferrying elite counter-terrorism troops into the compound identified by the CIA as bin Laden's hideout -- and back out again in less than 40 minutes. Bin Laden was shot in the head, officials said, after he and his bodyguards resisted the assault.Three adult males were also killed in the raid, including one of bin Laden's sons, whom officials did not name. One of bin Laden's sons, Hamza, is a senior member of al Qaeda. U.S. officials also said one woman was killed when she was used as a shield by a male combatant, and two other women were injured.

Video: Lara Logan on bin Laden's death

Mr. Obama chaired no fewer than five National Security Council meetings meeting on the pursuit of bin Laden, CBS News has learned, and gave the order to plan an attack on his suspected compound on the morning of April 29. He gave final order for the attack Sunday morning.

U.S. officials said the helicopter raid in Pakistan was carried out by CIA paramilitaries together with the elite Navy SEAL Team Six.

U.S. warns of possible bin Laden backlash

The U.S. official who disclosed the burial at sea said it would have been difficult to find a country willing to accept the remains. Mr. Obama said the remains had been handled in accordance with Islamic custom, which requires speedy burial.

"I heard a thundering sound, followed by heavy firing. Then firing suddenly stopped. Then more thundering, then a big blast," said Mohammad Haroon Rasheed, a resident of Abbottobad, Pakistan, after the choppers had swooped in and then out again.

Pictures: Osama bin Laden

Bin Laden's death marks a psychological triumph in a long struggle that began with the Sept. 11 attacks, and seems certain to give Mr. Obama a political lift. But its ultimate impact on al Qaeda is less clear.

The greatest terrorist threat to the U.S. is now considered to be the al Qaeda franchise in Yemen, far from al Qaeda's core in Pakistan. The Yemen branch almost took down a U.S.-bound airliner on Christmas 2009 and nearly detonated explosives aboard two U.S. cargo planes last fall. Those operations were carried out without any direct involvement from bin Laden.

The raid on Osama bin Laden's compound

Moments after Mr. Obama spoke, the State Department put U.S. embassies on alert and warned of the heightened possibility for anti-American violence. In a worldwide travel alert, the department said there was an "enhanced potential for anti-American violence given recent counterterrorism activity in Pakistan."

Security at "strategic places in Pakistan has been beefed up as a precaution against any retaliation to news of Osama bin Laden's death", a senior Pakistani security official told CBS News early on Monday. "If he (bin Laden) is really dead, there will be attempts to seek revenge," said the official who spoke to CBS News on condition of anonymity.

The few fiery minutes in Abbottobad followed years in which U.S. officials struggled to piece together clues that ultimately led to bin Laden, according to an account provided by senior administration officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the operation.

What's next for al Qaeda?

One U.S. official said inside information was key to the successful operation. Detainees and cooperation from foreign authorities were crucial in providing information that led to his capture.

Based on statements given by U.S. detainees since the 9/11 attacks, officials said, intelligence officials have long known that bin Laden trusted one al Qaeda courier in particular, and they believed he might be living with him in hiding.
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obama talked about the attacks on Osama bin Laden

President Barack Obama met Friday afternoon with members of the military team responsible for conducting the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound, and promised a war-weary nation victory over al Qaeda.

"We are ultimately going to defeat al Qaeda," the president told more than 2,300 troops who recently returned from Afghanistan. "We have cut off their head."

"Our strategy is working and there is no greater evidence of that than justice finally being delivered to Osama bin Laden," he declared. "We're still the America that does the hard things, that does the great things."

The president made his remarks at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, home to the Army's 101st Airborne Division and the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, the group that operated the helicopters used in the raid.

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While at Fort Campbell, the president, along with Vice President Joe Biden, privately met with members of Navy SEAL Team 6, the unit that conducted the raid.

Among the SEALs that Obama met was the one who fired the fatal shots at bin Laden, but that person was not singled out to the president, a senior administration official told CNN.

The president met a canine that was also part of the operation, according to the official.

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Obama and Biden thanked the commandos and were briefed on the operation by the unit members who conducted it, according to a White House official.

Obama awarded Presidential Unit Citations to the units involved in the Pakistan mission, the official said. The citation is the highest such honor that can be given to a military unit.

"They practiced tirelessly for this mission, and when I gave the order they were ready," the president told the troops. "They're America's quiet professionals."

It was a "job well done," he said.

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Friday's visit to Fort Campbell came a day after Obama's first presidential visit to New York's ground zero, the focal point of bin Laden's 9/11 terror attacks.

It also came one day after a nationwide alert was issued regarding rail security, the first terror threat notification linked to materials found during the raid on the Abbottabad compound in Pakistan. The terror plot was planned for the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

As early as February 2010, al Qaeda members discussed a plan to derail trains in the United States by placing obstructions on tracks over bridges and valleys, the alert said, according to one law enforcement official.No specific rail system was identified in the plans for the attacks, the official said.

With bin Laden's death, there has been a growing call among some lawmakers to immediately withdraw the 130,000 U.S. and allied troops still battling the late al Qaeda leader's followers and his Taliban allies.

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Obama has repeatedly said he is confident the United States can meet a self-imposed deadline to begin bringing troops back home in July without compromising Afghan security, though military commanders and government officials have raised concern about the readiness of Afghan security forces.

Lawmakers also have started questioning the U.S. relationship with Pakistan.

During a Senate Foreign Relations committee hearing Thursday, legislators on both sides of the aisle said a new approach to Pakistan is now needed.

Pakistan's government is "very irrational," said Sen. Bob Corker, a Tennessee Republican.

But Pakistani Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir said it is a "false charge" to assert that Pakistani authorities did not go after bin Laden. He said his country's intelligence agency alerted the United States about the presence of al Qaeda operatives in Abbottabad as early as 2004.

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Pakistani armed forces chiefs issued a statement Thursday admitting that there had been "shortcomings in developing intelligence" on the terror leader's presence in the country.

The army chief of staff, Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, also "made it very clear that any similar action, violating the sovereignty of Pakistan, will warrant a review on the level of military/intelligence cooperation with the United States," the statement said.

Pakistan has ordered U.S. military personnel on its territory drawn down to the "minimum essential" level in the wake of the raid, the statement said.

Anti-U.S. sentiment was growing in Abbottabad, where about 600 demonstrators gathered Friday at a rally, chanting "Go America, go America, your show is over."
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