Alfonso Cuarón's spaceborne action/art film is now the critical/commercial blockbuster of the year, combining a nearly $300 million, 17-day worldwide box office take with a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Ayn Rand's novel has been in the news during the week of its 56th anniversary, and the announcement that the third part of the film adaptation has begun shooting. Some sites have noted the irony that the film of a book that makes a virtue of selfishness required a Kickstarter campaign to get funded.
The global race to the finals of the world's most popular sporting event has actually been running since 2011, but kicked into high gear this month as the various world soccer federations reached the end of their qualifying runs, including Europe this week. 207 national teams entered the race; to put that in perspective, there are only 254 recognised countries and territories on Earth. The total number of people on the planet who have not cheered their home side in this tournament could probably fill a moderately-sized town.