“Forgive me,” began Charles Ferguson , the director of “Inside Job,” while accepting his 2011 Oscar for best documentary. “I must start by pointing out that three years after a horrific financial crisis caused by massive fraud, not a single financial executive has gone to jail, and that’s wrong.”
On a stormy night in October 2009, Mary Schapiro , the newly appointed head of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, returned to her alma mater, Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to be inducted into the hall of fame for student athletes. Receiving her award, she grasped the podium, confessed she was near tears and spoke of how she had never even seen a lacrosse game before attending college.
A professional association of U.S. economists is considering establishment of an ethics code, a move that could require members to disclose their ties to financial firms and potential conflicts of interest.
Jeffrey Lurie toured the offices of the Philadelphia Eagles for the first time as owner in 1994 and found the National Football League team sharing windowless space in Veterans Stadium with live rodents.
Woody Allen , Robert Redford , Clint Eastwood and Ben Affleck head the list of actor/directors who will be showing their new movies at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival , which opens tonight with a musical about hockey.
I have one sure-fire prediction for Sunday night’s Academy Awards telecast: Co-hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway won’t be cracking jokes about Charlie Sheen ’s substance abuse, Ashton Kutcher ’s love life or gay Scientologists.