Ramesh Sharma

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A $200 Million Dollar Shell Game in Seychelles

One of the world’s richer men allegedly used bankruptcy for fun and profit.<p>An Indian-born oligarch who purchased M.C. Hammer’s former mansion in …

British Virgin Islands

Spot On

<b>ON THE MORNING OF 27 JANUARY 2004</b>—the day after India’s 55th Republic Day—Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee drove to Rashtrapati Bhavan to meet …

India

Is Steven A. Cohen Buying Off the U.S. Government?

Most scandals involving the cozy relationship between Wall Street and its regulators play out behind closed doors. Others happen in plain view, and this is one of the latter. In a Manhattan courtroom Thursday, a federal judge held a hearing on whether to approve a legal settlement in which Steven …

This Is What Movies Would Look Like Without Visual Effects

The studio helped bring a ravenous Bengal tiger to the big screen in Oscar winner "Life of Pi."<p>However, after more than 200 layoffs, some 400 VFX artists protested during the 85th Academy Awards.<p>The recent bankruptcy filing of Rhythm & Hues is the latest blow to the VFX community which has taken a …

Animation

Stanley Kubrick Wanted To Make A Movie About Jazz, Nazis, And World War II

It looked like something out of <i>Dr. Strangelove</i>, he said. He'd long wanted to bring World War II to the screen, and perhaps this photograph offered a way in.<p>"Stanley's famous saying was that it was easier to fall in love than find a good story," says Tony Frewin, Kubrick's longtime assistant (and, …

On The Rise: 12 Directors To Watch In 2013

So far in our <b>On The Rise</b> series this year, we’ve looked at talent on the ascension in front of the camera, with a cluster of actors and actresses who …

Serena Williams

Junot Díaz wins world's richest short story prize

American author Junot Díaz, winner of both a Pulitzer and a MacArthur "genius" grant, has beaten a strong lineup of British writers to take the …