Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing
Dixie Chicks, Shut Up and Sing is a 2006 documentary film produced and directed by director Barbara Kopple and Cecilia Peck. Bush during a live 2003 concert in London as part of their Top of the World Tour, the film opens during the Dixie Chicks 2003 Top of the World Tour, discussing the Dixie Chicks super-star status prior the incident at their London show. They had sold more albums in the United States than any other band in history. With the release of their 2002 album Home, they were again at the top of the Billboard Charts, the film cuts to a scene from the Dixie Chicks March 10,2003 concert at the Shepherds Bush Empire Theatre in London, England. The atmosphere in the European audience is of opposition to the announcement from United States President George W. Bushs authorization of the invasion of Iraq. Approximately 1 million people had demonstrated in London against the impending war. Shortly thereafter, the U. S. media picked up the story, conservative groups in the U. S. rallied against the Dixie Chicks and a firestorm of anger and criticism followed.
The film shows the reaction to the open hostility and corporate backlash. The band did not expect such a reaction, and they are unsure if they should shut up and sing, apologize, or stand by their convictions. The film follows the life of the Chicks. Simon Renshaw, the longtime manager, is the focus of many scenes as he attempts to guide the Chicks through the vicissitudes of the music industry. The title of the film is a lyric from the Dixie Chicks 2006 post-controversial single Not Ready to Make Nice from the album Taking the Long Way, the show took place without incident. Living in a constant state of fear took a toll on the Chicks. Commentator Laura Ingraham coined the phrase shut up and sing, it was the title of her 2003 book Shut Up & Sing, How Elites from Hollywood and the UN Are Subverting America. NBC publicly acknowledged the decision but claimed that it was willing to work with Weinstein to find an acceptable alternative. At the same time, the distributor claimed that The CW had refused to air these advertisements and it is not clear which decision either network ultimately made.
However, individual stations affiliated with all five networks, including some owned by NBC, the film opened in New York City and Los Angeles on October 27,2006 in only 4 theatres. In its first week it grossed an average of US$50,103, in its sixth week the film expanded to its widest release, being shown at 84 theaters
The Host (2006 film)
The Host is a 2006 South Korean monster film, directed by Bong Joon-ho and starring Song Kang-ho, Byun Hee-bong, Park Hae-il, Bae Doona and Go Ah-sung. The film concerns a kidnapping a mans daughter, and his attempts to rescue her. According to the director, his inspiration came from an article about a deformed fish with an S-shaped spine caught in the Han River. The Host had set a new Korean box office record by reaching 10 million tickets in just 21 days, in addition, it was ranked one of the top films of 2007 on Metacritic with a score of 85. In November 2008, it was announced that Universal Studios would be remaking The Host, following the success of the directors work Memories of Murder, The Host was highly anticipated by many. It was released on a number of screens in its home country on July 27,2006. By the end of its run on November 8,13 million tickets had been sold, the film was released on a limited basis in the United States on March 9,2007, and on DVD, Blu-ray, and HD DVD formats on July 24,2007.
It won several awards including Best Film at the Asian Film Awards, in 2002, an American military pathologist orders his Korean assistant to dump 200 bottles of formaldehyde down a drain leading into the Han River. Over the next four years, there are sightings of an amphibious creature in the waterway. A suicidal man, just before jumping into the river, sees something moving in the water. In 2006, a young man named Park Gang-du runs a small snack-bar in a park near the River with his father. Other family members are Gang-dus daughter, Hyun-seo, his sister Nam-joo, a national medalist archer, and his brother, Nam-il, while Gang-du is delivering food to some customers, a huge creature emerges from the Han River and begins attacking people. Gang-du sees his daughter in the crowd and tries to grab her, as he realizes he grabbed on the wrong girl, he sees the creature snatching Hyun-seo and diving back into the river. After a mass funeral for the victims, government representatives and the American military arrive and quarantine people who had contact with the creature, including Gang-du and it is announced that the creature is not only a direct danger, but the host of a deadly, unknown virus.
Gang-du is in a hospital when he receives a call from Hyun-seo. She is on the phone long enough to explain that she is trapped somewhere in the sewers with the creature, Gang-du tries to explain this to others, but his claims go ignored by all except his family. The four of them escape the hospital, Hee-bong buys a truck, and a map of the sewers to look for Hyun-seo. They find a bar, have a meal and rest
The Journals of Knud Rasmussen
Produced by Isuma, the film was directed by Zacharias Kunuk, who directed the award-winning Inuit film Atanarjuat, The Fast Runner, and Norman Cohn. It premiered on September 7,2006 at the Toronto International Film Festival, after pre-release screenings in Inuit communities in Canada, the film is shot from the perspective of the Inuit, showing their traditional beliefs and lifestyle. The shaman and his entourage must ultimately decide whether to join the ranks of another group of Inuit who have converted to Christianity, natar Ungalaaq as Nuqallaq Across Arctic America, Knud Rasmussens book from which the film is based
Black Book (film)
Black Book is a 2006 Dutch thriller film co-written and directed by Paul Verhoeven and starring Carice van Houten, Sebastian Koch, Thom Hoffman, and Halina Reijn. The film had its premiere on 1 September 2006 at the Venice Film Festival. It is the first film that Verhoeven made in the Netherlands since The Fourth Man, the press in the Netherlands was positive, with three Golden Calves Black Book was the film which won the most awards at the Netherlands Film Festival in 2006. The international press responded positively as well, especially to the performance of Van Houten. It was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language, and was the Dutch submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2007, but was not nominated. At the time of release, it was the most expensive Dutch film ever made, in 2008, the Dutch public voted it the best Dutch film ever. In 1944, Rachel Stein, a Dutch-Jewish singer who had lived in Berlin before the war, is hiding from the Nazi regime in the occupied Netherlands.
Rachel and Rob are reunited with her family and try to flee by boat through the Biesbosch with other Jews from the Nazi-occupied part of the Netherlands to the southern part of the country. However, it out to be a trap. They are ambushed on the river by members of the German SS, Rachel alone survives, but she does not manage to escape from occupied territory. Smaal is in touch with this Resistance cell, when Kuipers son and other members of the Resistance are captured, Ellis agrees to help by seducing local SD commander Hauptsturmführer Ludwig Müntze, bleaching all of her hair blonde. She obtains a job as a secretary at the SD headquarters while falling in love with Müntze and he realises that her hair is bleached and she is a Jew, but does not care. She becomes friends with her Dutch colleague Ronnie, who collaborates with the Germans, working for them, being available to them. Against Kuipers orders and others decide to abduct Van Gein to expose the suspected traitor, the plot goes wrong when Akkermans chloroform fails to work, Van Gein begins to succumb to it, but suddenly fights back and is killed.
Franken responds by planning to kill forty hostages, including most of the plotters, but Müntze, Müntze confronts Ellis and demands that she tell him her story, which she does. However, the safe reveals nothing, and Franken tells Käutner that Müntze has been negotiating with Dutch resistance terrorists for a truce. Müntze is condemned to death and imprisoned, along with the members of the resistance cell Franken was already planning to shoot as a reprisal for the killing of Van Gein. Ellis agrees to participate in an attempt for the resistance prisoners only on the condition that they free Müntze too and, albeit reluctantly
Paul Verhoeven is a Dutch film director, film producer, television director, television producer, and screenwriter. Verhoeven is active in both the Netherlands and Hollywood, explicit violent and/or sexual content and social satire are trademarks of both his drama and science fiction films. He is best known for directing the films RoboCop, Total Recall, Basic Instinct, Starship Troopers, Verhoevens film Turkish Delight received the award for Best Dutch Film of the Century at the Netherlands Film Festival. His films altogether received a total of nine Academy Award nominations, mainly for editing, Verhoeven won the Saturn Award for Best Director for Robocop. His Dutch war film Black Book was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language, and was voted the best Dutch film ever by the Dutch public in 2008. In contrast, he won the Golden Raspberry Awards for Worst Picture and Worst Director for Showgirls, Paul Verhoeven was born on 18 July 1938 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
He is the son of school teacher Wim Verhoeven and hat maker Nel van Schaardenburg, although he was born in Amsterdam, the family lived in the village of Slikkerveer. In 1943 the family moved to The Hague, the location of the German headquarters in the Netherlands during World War II, the Verhoeven house was near a German military base with V1 and V2-rocket launchers, which was repeatedly bombed by allied forces. Their neighbours house was hit and Verhoevens parents were almost killed when bombs fell on a street crossing, from this period, Verhoeven mentioned in interviews, he remembers images of violence, burning houses, dead bodies on the street, and continuous danger. As a small child he experienced the war as an adventure and compares himself with the character Bill Rowan in Hope. Verhoevens father Wim Verhoeven became head teacher at the Van Heutszschool in The Hague, sometimes they watched informative films at home with the schools film projector. Paul Verhoeven and his father liked to see American films that were in the cinema after the liberation.
They went as many as ten times to see The War of the Worlds, Paul Verhoeven was a fan of the Dutch comic Dick Bos. The character Dick Bos is a detective who fights crime using jujutsu. Verhoeven himself liked comic drawing, he created The Killer, a character in a detailed story full of revenge. Other fiction he liked were Frankenstein and the Rice Burroughs Barsoom series, Verhoeven attended public secondary school Gymnasium Haganum in The Hague. Later, beginning in 1955, he studied at Leiden University, Verhoeven graduated with a doctorandus with a double major, in mathematics and physics. Verhoeven made his first film A Lizzard Too Much for the anniversary of his students corps in 1960, in his last years at university Verhoeven attended classes at the Netherlands Film Academy
Babel is a 2006 drama film directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and written by Guillermo Arriaga, starring an ensemble cast. The multi-narrative drama completes Iñárritus Death Trilogy, following Amores perros and 21 Grams and it is an international co-production among companies based in the United States and Mexico. The film portrays multiple stories taking place in Morocco, Mexico, Babel was selected to compete for the Palme dOr at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, where González Iñárritu won the Best Director Award. It was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, the film opened in selected cities in the United States on 27 October 2006, and went into wide release on 10 November 2006. Babel focuses on four interrelated sets of situations and characters, the following plot summary has been simplified and thus does not reflect the exact sequence of the events on screen. In a desert in Morocco, Abdullah, a goatherder, buys a.270 Winchester M70 rifle, Abdullah gives the rifle to his two young sons and Ahmed, and sends them out to tend the herd.
Ahmed, the older of the two, criticises Yussef for spying on his sister while she changes her clothes. Doubtful of the rifles purported three-kilometer range, they decide to test it out, aiming first at rocks, a car on a highway below. Yussefs bullet hits the bus, critically wounding Susan Jones, an American woman from San Diego who is traveling with her husband Richard on vacation, the two boys realize what has happened and flee the scene, hiding the rifle in the hills. Glimpses of television news programs reveal that the US government considers the shooting a terrorist act and is pressuring the Moroccan government to apprehend the culprits. The two boys see the police on the road and confess to their father what they have done, the three flee from their house, retrieving the rifle as they go. The police corner them on the slope of a hill. After Ahmed is hit in the leg, Yussef returns fire, the police continue shooting, hitting Ahmed in the back, possibly fatally injuring him. As his father rages with grief, Yussef surrenders and confesses to the crimes, begging clemency for his family, the police take him into custody.
This first plotline is interspersed with scenes of Richard and Susan, the death of their infant third child, to SIDS, has strained their marriage significantly and they struggle to communicate their frustration and blame. When Susan is shot on the bus, Richard orders the bus driver to the nearest village. There, a local veterinarian sews up Susans wound to stem the loss of blood, Richard contacts the US embassy to request an ambulance. The other tourists wait for some time, but they demand to leave, fearing the heat
After the Wedding
After the Wedding is a 2006 Danish drama directed by Susanne Bier, starring Mads Mikkelsen and Sidse Babett Knudsen. The film was a critical and popular success and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Jacob Petersen manages an Indian orphanage. The orphanage has been in danger of collapse for eight years, a Danish corporation offers a substantial donation to maintain the orphanage, with the caveat that Jacob return to Denmark to personally receive the funds. Apparently the CEO, Jørgen Hannson, wishes to meet Jacob, Pramod is upset when he learns that Jacob must travel to Copenhagen, and is insistent that Jacob return for Pramods birthday, which is in eight days. Jacob departs for Denmark, once there, he is greeted by a driver and a man named Christian. When Jacob meets with Jørgen, Jørgen says he is still considering which project to fund and this surprises Jacob, who had understood that the decision was already made. Jørgens daughter Anna is to marry Christian and Jørgen invites Jacob to the wedding, during the ceremony Jørgens wife Helene notices Jacob.
They are formally introduced during the reception, though both of them have recognized each other and she was the love of Jacobs life, but he was unfaithful with her best friend, and they broke up twenty years prior. During Annas speech at the festivities, Jacob learns that she is not the biological daughter of Jørgen. His suspicion that she might be his daughter is confirmed by Helene the next day, Jacob is angry to have only learned of his daughter after two decades. Helene claims that they had tried to track him down in India but were unsuccessful and she is compelled to tell Anna of Jacob now, the two meet and get along well, if slightly awkwardly. Jørgen stalls the negotiations relating to funding, which distresses Jacob because of his promise to return for Pramods birthday, Jacob attempts to explain the situation to a disappointed Pramod, who cuts their telephone call short. Jørgen discloses that he create a foundation in Jacobs and Annas name. One of the conditions of the contract would be that Jacob must live in Denmark, Jacob initially finds himself unable to comply, because he is thinking of Pramod and the other children who have been part of his life for so long.
He resents the implication that he could be bought by Jørgen, when Jacob storms out, Jørgen runs after him and admits the real motivation, Jørgen is terminally ill and will soon die. Jørgen had brought Jacob to Denmark so he could care for Anna and Helene, as well as Morten and Martin, angered at this deception, Jacob hastily leaves for his hotel room. Later, Anna arrives distressed because she has just discovered Christian with another woman, Jacob comforts her, realizing his need for her in his life. He signs the contract with Jørgen with the conditions intact, on Jacobs next visit to India, construction work at the orphanage is well underway
Sir Ridley Scott is an English film director and producer. Scott is known for his atmospheric, highly concentrated visual style and his films are known for their strong female characters. Scott has been nominated for three Academy Awards for Directing, in 1995, both Ridley and his brother Tony received the BAFTA Award for Outstanding British Contribution To Cinema. In 2003, Scott was knighted for his services to the British film industry, in a 2004 BBC poll Scott was named the tenth most influential person in British culture. In 2015 he received a doctorate from the Royal College of Art in London. Scott was born in South Shields, County Durham, North East England, to Elizabeth and he was brought up in an army family, so for most of his early life, his father – an officer in the Royal Engineers – was absent. His elder brother, joined the British Merchant Navy when he was still young, during this time the family moved around, living in Cumberland in North West England and Germany. He had a brother, who became a film director.
He studied at Grangefield Grammar School and West Hartlepool College of Art from 1954 to 1958, Scott went on to study at the Royal College of Art in London, contributing to college magazine ARK and helping to establish the college film department. For his final show, he made a black and white film and Bicycle. In February 1963 Scott was named in title credits as Designer for the BBC television programme Tonight, about the severe winter of 1963. After graduation in 1963, he secured a job as a set designer with the BBC, leading to work on the popular television police series Z-Cars. He was originally assigned to design the second Doctor Who serial, The Daleks, shortly before Scott was due to start work, a schedule conflict meant he was replaced by Raymond Cusick. In 1965, he began directing episodes of series for the BBC, only one of which. In 1968, Ridley and Tony Scott founded Ridley Scott Associates, a nostalgia themed television advertisement that captured the public imagination, it was voted the UKs all-time favourite commercial in a 2006 poll.
In the 1970s the Chanel No.5 brand needed revitalisation having run the risk of being labelled as mass market, five members of the Scott family are directors, and all have worked for RSA. His brother Tony was a film director whose career spanned more than two decades, his sons Jake and Luke are both acclaimed directors of commercials, as is his daughter, Jordan Scott. Jake and Jordan both work from Los Angeles, Luke is based in London, in 1995, Shepperton Studios was purchased by a consortium headed by Ridley and Tony Scott, which extensively renovated the studios while expanding and improving its grounds
Toronto is the most populous city in Canada and the provincial capital of Ontario. With a population of 2,731,571, it is the fourth most populous city in North America after Mexico City, New York City, and Los Angeles. A global city, Toronto is a centre of business, finance and culture. Aboriginal peoples have inhabited the area now known as Toronto for thousands of years, the city itself is situated on the southern terminus of an ancient Aboriginal trail leading north to Lake Simcoe, used by the Wyandot and the Mississauga. Permanent European settlement began in the 1790s, after the broadly disputed Toronto Purchase of 1787, the British established the town of York, and designated it as the capital of Upper Canada. During the War of 1812, the town was the site of the Battle of York, York was renamed and incorporated as the city of Toronto in 1834, and became the capital of the province of Ontario during the Canadian Confederation in 1867. The city proper has since expanded past its original borders through amalgamation with surrounding municipalities at various times in its history to its current area of 630.2 km2.
While the majority of Torontonians speak English as their primary language, Toronto is a prominent centre for music, motion picture production, and television production, and is home to the headquarters of Canadas major national broadcast networks and media outlets. Toronto is known for its skyscrapers and high-rise buildings, in particular the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere. The name Toronto is likely derived from the Iroquois word tkaronto and this refers to the northern end of what is now Lake Simcoe, where the Huron had planted tree saplings to corral fish. A portage route from Lake Ontario to Lake Huron running through this point, in the 1660s, the Iroquois established two villages within what is today Toronto, Ganatsekwyagon on the banks of the Rouge River and Teiaiagonon the banks of the Humber River. By 1701, the Mississauga had displaced the Iroquois, who abandoned the Toronto area at the end of the Beaver Wars, French traders founded Fort Rouillé on the current Exhibition grounds in 1750, but abandoned it in 1759.
During the American Revolutionary War, the region saw an influx of British settlers as United Empire Loyalists fled for the British-controlled lands north of Lake Ontario, the new province of Upper Canada was in the process of creation and needed a capital. Dorchester intended the location to be named Toronto, in 1793, Governor John Graves Simcoe established the town of York on the Toronto Purchase lands, instead naming it after Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany. Simcoe decided to move the Upper Canada capital from Newark to York, the York garrison was constructed at the entrance of the towns natural harbour, sheltered by a long sandbar peninsula. The towns settlement formed at the end of the harbour behind the peninsula, near the present-day intersection of Parliament Street. In 1813, as part of the War of 1812, the Battle of York ended in the towns capture, the surrender of the town was negotiated by John Strachan. US soldiers destroyed much of the garrison and set fire to the parliament buildings during their five-day occupation, the sacking of York was a primary motivation for the Burning of Washington by British troops in the war
Mel Colmcille Gerard Gibson AO is an American actor and filmmaker. He was born in Peekskill, New York, and moved with his parents to Sydney, Australia and he studied acting at the Australian National Institute of Dramatic Art. During the 1980s, he founded Icon Entertainment, a company which independent film director Atom Egoyan has called. Director Peter Weir cast him as one of the leads in the critically acclaimed World War I drama Gallipoli, the film helped to earn Gibson the reputation of a serious, versatile actor. He directed and produced the successful and controversial, biblical drama film The Passion of the Christ. He received further critical notice for his work of the action-adventure film Apocalypto. Gibson was born in Peekskill, New York, the sixth of eleven children, and the son of Hutton Gibson, a writer. One of Gibsons younger brothers, Donal, is an actor, because of his mother, Gibson retains dual Irish and American citizenship. Mel was twelve years old at the time, Gibson was educated by members of the Congregation of Christian Brothers at St Leos Catholic College in Wahroonga, New South Wales, during his high school years.
Gibson gained very favorable notices from critics when he first entered the cinematic scene. In 1982, Vincent Canby wrote that Mr. Gibson recalls the young Steve McQueen, I cant define star quality, but whatever it is, Mr. Gibson has it. Gibson has likened to a combination Clark Gable and Humphrey Bogart. Gibsons roles in the Mad Max series of films, Peter Weirs Gallipoli, Gibson expanded into a variety of acting projects including human dramas such as Hamlet, and comedic roles such as those in Maverick and What Women Want. He expanded beyond acting into directing and producing, The Man Without a Face, in 1993, Braveheart, in 1995, The Passion of the Christ, in 2004, jess Cagle of Time compared Gibson with Cary Grant, Sean Connery, and Robert Redford. Connery once suggested Gibson should play the next James Bond to Connerys M. Gibson turned down the role, Gibson studied at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney. The students at NIDA were classically trained in the British-theater tradition rather than in preparation for screen acting.
As students and actress Judy Davis played the leads in Romeo and Juliet, and Gibson played the role of Queen Titania in an experimental production of A Midsummer Nights Dream. After graduation in 1977, Gibson immediately began work on the filming of Mad Max, but continued to work as a stage actor, and joined the State Theatre Company of South Australia in Adelaide