Ugly Betty is an American comedy-drama television series developed by Silvio Horta, broadcast on ABC between 2006 and 2010. It revolves around the character Betty Suarez who, despite her lack of style, lands a job at a prestigious fashion magazine; the series is based on Fernando Gaitán's Colombian telenovela Yo soy Betty, la fea, which has had many other international adaptations. It was produced by Silent H, Reveille Productions partnered with ABC Studios and executive produced by Salma Hayek, Silvio Horta, Ben Silverman, Jose Tamez, Joel Fields; the pilot was filmed in New York. During its first three seasons, it aired on Thursday nights, where it was successful. However, viewership dropped in the show's third season in the important 18–49 age group. In October 2009, the series was moved to Fridays; the backlash from its fans prompted ABC to move the show to Wednesdays at 10:00 pm Eastern/9:00 pm Central starting January 6, 2010, where it was thought that it would better complement its Wednesday hits Modern Family and Cougar Town.
Despite this, on January 27, 2010, ABC announced. Since the show's cancellation, it has gained a cult following. With the end of the series, there was talk of a push by Ana Ortiz and America Ferrera for an Ugly Betty movie; the idea to bring Ugly Betty to American TV screens began in 2001 when NBC was planning to adapt Betty as a half-hour comedy, which would be produced by Sony Pictures Television but it didn't get past the planning stages until ABC and Hayek's company came on board in 2004 and retooled it as an hour-long comedy-drama. Two years on May 16, 2006, ABC announced that Ugly Betty would be part of the 2006–2007 North American season lineup as a weekly hour-long series. ABC had announced the title of the series would be Betty the Ugly, a change from its developmental title, but changed it back to Ugly Betty on July 14, 2006, although the Ugly Betty title was being used in promotions prior to this date on Citytv. There was speculation that the show would be a daily serial that would have debuted as a summer 2006 or midseason 2007 entry, but given the buzz and growing interest in the show, the network decided to make it a weekly series instead.
On August 8, 2006, ABC decided at the last minute to make a schedule change to move Ugly Betty from its announced Friday 8 p.m. time period to Thursday at 8 p.m. replacing sitcoms Notes from the Underbelly and Big Day as a lead-in to top-rated program Grey's Anatomy, due to the growing interest in the show. The program's pilot was tested on several cable providers to gauge interest and feedback from viewers, most notably the Hispanic community, including those who are fans of the original Betty, who hoped that ABC would maintain the integrity of the original. ABC allowed its affiliates to show free off-air screenings to the public at various events ahead of the show's debut. In addition the network screened the debut episode on the web and made the episodes available for download on iTunes after their initial airings on January 5, 2007; the encore episodes have run on ABC Family and SOAPnet, both of which have aired marathons of the show. On October 13, 2006, ABC ordered a full season pick-up for the series, beyond the original 13 ordered at the May Upfronts due to its premiere ratings.
ABC announced 22 episodes for the season 1, but increased the number of episodes by one to 23. The season finale is the episode called "East Side Story." On March 21, 2007, ABC renewed the series for a second season. Although he joined NBC as their new entertainment head, Ben Silverman remained co-executive producer on the show, but in a limited role. In November 2007, the cast of the series made headlines when they threw their support behind the 2007 Writers' Strike by joining them on the picket line in solidarity. Ferrera commented on the reason why they did this: "The issues coming up with the actors' contracts are similar to what the writers are dealing with right now, we have to stay united and stand strong within the creative community for what we believe is fair." On November 25, the cast appeared in a 38-second video for "Speechless Hollywood" in which a black & white camera pulled away from a close up of Ferrera to show her co-stars sitting next to her as they look directly at the camera without speaking.
On February 11, 2008, ABC picked up Ugly Betty for the 2008–09 television season, along with nine other shows. On the day the renewal was announced, two of the show's executive producers, Marco Pennette and James Hayman, were let go; the departure of Pennette and Hayman added to the constant off-camera turnovers on the series, including the exiting or firing of five writers. In a Q&A from TV Guide, Michael Ausiello criticized the decision, saying "that someone saw fit to fix what wasn't broken" and praised the two men for writing several of the show's best episodes; these turn of events may have contributed to Rebecca Romijn's decision to no longer be a full-time regular on the series in the third season, citing the move by new writers to make changes in the direction of several characters Romijn's role as Alexis. With the strike over as of February 12, there was the possibility for seven new episodes to be completed by April, bringing the number of second-season episodes produced to 20, but only 18 episodes were produced.
As a result of the strike, creator Silvio Horta delayed plans for a musical episode and having Lindsay Lohan on board for a possible
Sacha Baron Cohen
Sacha Noam Baron Cohen is an English actor, comedian and film producer. He is known for creating and portraying many fictional satirical characters, including Ali G, Borat Sagdiyev, Brüno, Admiral General Aladeen, Erran Morad, multiple others. Like his idol Peter Sellers, he adopts a variety of accents and guises for his characters and appears out of character. In most of his routines, Baron Cohen's characters interact with unsuspecting people, documentary style, who do not realise they are being set up for comic situations and self-revealing ridicule, his other work includes voicing King Julien XIII in the Madagascar film series and appearing in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Les Misérables. He made a cameo as a BBC News Anchor in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. In 2016, he played an English football hooligan brother of an MI6 spy in the comedy film Grimsby, co-starred as Time in the fantasy sequel Alice Through the Looking Glass.
In 2018, Baron Cohen created and starred in Who Is America? for Showtime, his first television project since Da Ali G Show. Baron Cohen was named Best Newcomer at the 1999 British Comedy Awards for The 11 O'Clock Show, since he has received two BAFTA Awards for Da Ali G Show, several Emmy nominations, a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, a Golden Globe for Best Actor for his work in the feature film Borat. After the release of Borat, Baron Cohen stated that because the public had become too familiar with the characters, he would retire Borat and Ali G. Similarly, after the release of Brüno, Baron Cohen stated he would retire the title character. At the 2012 British Comedy Awards, he received the Outstanding Achievement Award, accepting the award while reprising his Ali G character. In 2013, he received the BAFTA Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy. Baron Cohen was born in west London, his mother, Daniella Naomi, who worked as a movement instructor, was born in Israel.
His father, Gerald Baron Cohen, a clothing store owner, was raised in Wales. Baron Cohen was raised Jewish, he is fluent in Hebrew as well as his native English. Baron Cohen's maternal family were German Jews who moved to Israel, his paternal family were Ashkenazi Jews, who moved to Pontypridd and London in the United Kingdom, his paternal grandfather, Morris Cohen, added "Baron" to his surname. His maternal grandmother, who lived in Haifa, trained as a ballet dancer in Germany. Baron Cohen has two older brothers: Amnon. Erran has worked on several of Sacha's films. Baron Cohen's cousin, Simon, is an autism researcher. Baron Cohen was educated at The Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School, an independent school in Elstree, Hertfordshire. Baron Cohen attended the University of Cambridge, entering Christ's College, where he read history, graduating in 1993 with upper-second-class honours. While attending the Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Club, Baron Cohen performed in plays such as Fiddler on the Roof and Cyrano de Bergerac, as well as in Habonim Dror Jewish theatre.
After leaving university, Baron Cohen worked for a time as a fashion model. By the early 1990s, he was hosting a weekly programme on Windsor cable television's local broadcasts with Carol Kirkwood, who became a BBC weather forecaster. In 1995, Channel 4 was planning a replacement for its series The Word, disseminated an open call for new television presenters. Baron Cohen sent in a tape of himself in the character of Kristo, an Albanian fictional television reporter, which caught the attention of a producer. Baron Cohen hosted Pump TV from 1995 to 1996. Peter Sellers, known for portraying a wide range of comic characters using different accents and guises, was referred to by Baron Cohen as "the most seminal force in shaping early ideas on comedy". In 1996, he began presenting the youth chat programme F2F for Granada Talk TV and had a small role in an advert for McCain Microchips playing the role of a chef in a commercial entitled "Ping Pong", he took clown training in Paris, at the Ecole Philippe Gaulier, studying under master-clown Philippe Gaulier.
Of his former pupil, Gaulier says: "He was a good clown, full of spirit". In the late 1990s, Baron Cohen made his first feature film appearance in the British comedy The Jolly Boys' Last Stand. In 2000, Baron Cohen played the part of Super Greg for a series of TV advertisements for Lee Jeans. Baron Cohen appeared during two-minute sketches as his fashion reporter Brüno on the Paramount Comedy Channel during 1998, he shot to fame when his comic character Ali G, an uneducated, boorish junglist, hailing from Staines, started appearing on the British television show The 11 O'Clock Show on Channel 4, which first aired on 8 September 1998. A year after the première of the show, GQ named him comedian of the year, he won Best Newcomer at the 1999 British Comedy Awards, at the British Academy Television Awards he was nominated for Best British Entertainment Performance. Da Ali G Show began in 2000, won the BAFTA for Best Comedy in the following year. In 2000, Baron Cohen as Ali G appeared as the limousine driver in Madonna's 2000 video "Music", directed by Jonas Åkerlund, responsible for directing the titles for Da Ali G Show.
Baron Cohen is a supporter of the UK charity telethon Comic Relief, broadcast on the BBC, as Ali G interviewed David Beckham and wife Victoria in 2001. In 2002, Ali G was the central character in the fe
Little Miss Sunshine
Little Miss Sunshine is a 2006 American comedy-drama road film and the directorial debut of the husband-wife team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. The screenplay was written by first-time writer Michael Arndt; the film stars Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Paul Dano, Abigail Breslin, Alan Arkin, was produced by Big Beach Films on a budget of US$8 million. Filming took place over 30 days in Arizona and Southern California; the film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2006, its distribution rights were bought by Fox Searchlight Pictures for one of the biggest deals made in the history of the festival. The film had a limited release in the United States on July 26, 2006, expanded to a wider release starting on August 18. Little Miss Sunshine was an overwhelming box office success, attaining $100.5 million. The film was nominated for 4 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, won two: Best Original Screenplay for Michael Arndt and Best Supporting Actor for Alan Arkin.
It won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature and received numerous other accolades. Sheryl Hoover is an overworked mother of two living in New Mexico, her gay brother, Frank, an unemployed scholar of Proust, is temporarily living at home with the family after having attempted suicide. Sheryl's husband Richard is a Type A personality striving to build a career as a motivational speaker and life coach. Dwayne, Sheryl's son from a previous marriage, is a Nietzsche-reading teenager who has taken a vow of silence until he can accomplish his dream of becoming a test pilot. Richard's foul-mouthed father, Edwin evicted from a retirement home for snorting heroin, lives with the family. Olive, the daughter of Richard and Sheryl and the youngest of the Hoover family, is an aspiring beauty queen, coached by Edwin. Olive learns she has qualified for the "Little Miss Sunshine" beauty pageant, being held in Redondo Beach, California in two days, her parents and Edwin, coaching her, want to support her, Frank and Dwayne cannot be left alone, so the whole family goes.
Because they have little money, they go on an 800-mile road trip in their yellow Volkswagen Type 2. Family tensions play out on the highway and at stops along the way, amidst the aging VW van's mechanical problems; when the van breaks down early on, the family learns that they must push the van until it is moving at about 20 mph before it is put into gear, at which point they have to run up to the side door and jump in. On, the van's horn starts honking unceasingly by itself. Throughout the road trip, the family suffers numerous personal setbacks and discover their need for each other's support. Richard loses an important contract. Frank encounters the ex-boyfriend who, in leaving him for an academic rival, had prompted his suicide attempt. Edwin dies from a heroin overdose, resulting in the family smuggling the body out of a hospital and nearly having it discovered by the police. During the final leg of the trip, Dwayne discovers that he is color blind, which means he cannot become a pilot, a realization that prompts him to break his silence and shout his anger and disdain for his family.
Olive calms him with a hug, he apologizes. The climax takes place at the beauty pageant. After a frantic race against the clock, the family arrives at the hotel, are curtly told by a pageant organizer that they are a few minutes past the deadline. A sympathetic hired hand instead offers to register Olive on his own time; as Olive prepares for the pageant, the family sees Olive's competition: slim, hypersexualized pre-teen girls with teased hair and capped teeth, performing elaborate dance numbers with great panache. It becomes apparent that Olive is an amateur by comparison; as Olive's turn to perform in the talent portion of the pageant draws near and Dwayne recognize that Olive is certain to be humiliated, wanting to spare her feelings, run to the dressing room to talk her out of performing. Sheryl, insists that they "let Olive be Olive", Olive goes on stage. Olive's hitherto-unrevealed dance that Edwin had choreographed for her is performed to Rick James' song "Super Freak". Olive scandalizes and horrifies most of the audience and pageant judges with a burlesque performance that she joyfully performs while oblivious to their reactions.
The pageant organizers demand Sheryl and Richard remove Olive from the stage. Instead of removing her, one by one the members of the Hoover family join Olive on stage, dancing alongside her to show their support; the family is next seen outside the hotel's security office where they are given their freedom on the condition that Olive never enters a beauty pageant in the state of California again. Piling into the van with the horn still honking, they smash through the barrier of the hotel's toll booth and begin their trip home to Albuquerque; when choosing the cast for the film, directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris were assisted by casting directors Kim Davis and Justine Baddeley who had worked with them on previous music videos. The directors had settled on Greg Kinnear to portray Richard Hoover. However, for the character of Sheryl Hoover, they considered several actresses before deciding on Australian actress Toni Collette. Davis and Baddely traveled to "every English-speaking country" to search for the actress to portray Olive Hoover, they chose actress Abigail Breslin through an audition when she was six.
Paul Dano was cast as Dwayne two years before production began and in preparation for portraying his character, spent a few days taking hi
Little Children (film)
Little Children is a 2006 American drama film directed by Todd Field. It is based on the 2004 novel of the same name by Tom Perrotta, who co-wrote the screenplay with Field, it stars Kate Winslet, Patrick Wilson, Jennifer Connelly, Jackie Earle Haley, Noah Emmerich, Gregg Edelman, Phyllis Somerville and Will Lyman. The original music score is composed by Thomas Newman; the film screened at the 44th New York Film Festival organized by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. It earned 3 nominations at the 79th Academy Awards: Best Actress for Winslet, Best Supporting Actor for Haley, Best Adapted Screenplay for Field and Perrotta. Sarah Pierce is a stay-at-home mother in a small suburb of Boston, she had been working on a doctorate in English, but set aside her work to marry Richard, raise their 3-year-old daughter, Lucy. Her marriage falls apart. Sarah meets a law student who brings his 4-year-old son, Aaron, to the park. Brad is married to Kathy, although their marriage is loving and amicable, it has been lacking intimacy.
When Brad is supposed to be studying for the bar exam, he instead plays on a local football team or sits and watches teenagers skateboard outside his house, fantasizing about being young and carefree again. Brad and Sarah become friendly and, on a dare, kiss in the park, scandalizing the other park parents, they are attracted to each other, but resolve to keep their relationship platonic. One day, several parents panic when they see sex offender Ronnie J. McGorvey, released from prison, swimming in the pool with the children. After Ronnie is escorted away by the police, it begins to rain. Sarah and Brad put the kids to bed. Brad finds a photo of him in it. While Sarah is drying towels in her basement, Brad kisses they have sex. Brad's friend, Larry Hedges, is a former police officer, forced to retire when he accidentally shot a teenager at a local mall. Now he spends much of his time harassing Ronnie. Ronnie lives with his mother, who believes that meeting a woman his own age would cure him of his pedophilia.
Ronnie knows this is futile, but agrees to go on a date May has arranged for him with a woman named Sheila. During dinner, Ronnie tells Sheila about his criminal record, Sheila in return tells him that she has had a series of nervous breakdowns, they seem to get on well, but the date ends badly when he has her drive by an elementary school playground so he can masturbate next to her in the car. When Brad skips taking the bar exam again, Kathy grows suspicious and tells Brad to invite Sarah and Lucy over for dinner; the intimacy evident between Brad and Sarah confirms her suspicions, Kathy arranges for her mother to come for an extended visit so Brad and Sarah can't see one another anymore. When Brad's football team plays its final game, Sarah attends and cheers as Brad scores the winning touchdown. Afterwards, while Larry waits for Brad at a nearby bar to celebrate their victory and Sarah make out on the field, he admits that this is the happiest moment of his life, convinces Sarah to run away with him.
Larry uses a bullhorn to taunt him. May has a heart attack. Larry is arrested and May is taken to the hospital. While Ronnie sleeps in the waiting room, May dies; when Ronnie goes home, he finds an envelope containing a letter written by his mother saying: "Please be a good boy." Distraught, Ronnie destroys much of his mother's collection of Hummel figurines takes a butcher knife from the kitchen. That same night and Brad agree to meet in the park to run away together. Brad tells Aaron he loves him before putting him to bed, writes Kathy a note explaining why he is leaving her sneaks out while she and her mother finish the dishes. Before he can get to the park, he is distracted by skateboarding teenagers, who convince him to try a jump himself. Brad does so, but knocks himself out; when he regains consciousness, he asks the paramedics to call his wife and to meet him at the hospital. It turns out that he never left the note for her and tells one of the skateboarders to dispose of it for him; when Sarah takes Lucy to the park, she sees Ronnie stagger by, feels afraid.
When she sees him crying about his mother's death, she feels sorry for him. When Lucy disappears, Sarah rushes to find her, forgetting about Brad. After Sarah finds Lucy and puts her in the car, Sarah starts crying, realizing her getaway with Brad is just a fantasy. Larry is upset about having indirectly caused May's death, he genuinely wants to apologize to Ronnie, but when he finds Ronnie in the park, he discovers that he has castrated himself and is bleeding to death. Larry races him to the hospital, they arrive just as Kathy meets Brad at the emergency room doors. For this film, director Todd Field and novelist Tom Perrotta intended to take the story in a separate and somewhat different direction than the novel. "When Todd and I began collaborating on the script, we were hoping to make something new out of the material, rather than reproducing the book onto film," says Perrotta. Reviews of the film were positive. Based on 157 reviews collected by the film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, 80% of critics gave Little Children a positive review, with an average rating of 7.4/10.
A. O. Scott of The New York Times wrote: Mr. Field proves to be among the most literary of American filmmakers. In too many recent movies intelligence is woefully undervalued, it is this quality — more than its considerable beauty — that distinguishes Little Children from its pe
Golden Globe Award
The Golden Globe Awards are accolades bestowed by the 93 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association beginning in January 1944, recognizing excellence in film and television, both domestic and foreign. The annual ceremony at which the awards are presented is a major part of the film industry's awards season, which culminates each year in the Academy Awards; the eligibility period for the Golden Globes corresponds to the calendar year. The 76th Golden Globe Awards, honoring the best in film and television in 2018, were held on January 6, 2019; the 77th Golden Globe Awards will take place on January 5, 2020. In 1943, a group of writers banded together to form the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and, by creating a generously distributed award called the Golden Globe Award, they now play a significant role in film marketing; the 1st Golden Globe Awards, honoring the best achievements in 1943 filmmaking, were held in January 1944, at the 20th Century-Fox studios. Subsequent ceremonies were held at various venues throughout the next decade, including the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
In 1950, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association made the decision to establish a special honorary award to recognize outstanding contributions to the entertainment industry. Recognizing its subject as an international figure within the entertainment industry, the first award was presented to director and producer, Cecil B. DeMille; the official name of the award thus became the Cecil B. DeMille Award. Beginning in 1963, the trophies commenced to be handed out by one or more persons referred to as "Miss Golden Globe", a title renamed on January 5, 2018 to "Golden Globe Ambassador"; the holders of the position were, the daughters or sometimes the sons of a celebrity, as a point of pride, these continued to be contested among celebrity parents. In 2009, the Golden Globe statuette was redesigned; the New York firm Society Awards collaborated for a year with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to produce a statuette that included a unique marble and enhanced the statuette's quality and gold content.
It was unveiled at a press conference at the Beverly Hilton prior to the show. Revenues generated from the annual ceremony have enabled the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to donate millions of dollars to entertainment-related charities, as well as funding scholarships and other programs for future film and television professionals; the most prominent beneficiary is the Young Artist Awards, presented annually by the Young Artist Foundation, established in 1978 by Hollywood Foreign Press member Maureen Dragone, to recognize and award excellence of young Hollywood performers under the age of 21 and to provide scholarships for young artists who may be physically or financially challenged. The qualifying eligibility period for all nominations is the calendar year from January 1 through December 31. Voice-over performances and cameo appearances in which persons play themselves are disqualified from all of the film and TV acting categories. Films must be at least 70 minutes and released for at least a seven-day run in the Greater Los Angeles area, starting prior to midnight on December 31.
Films can be released on pay-per-view, or by digital delivery. For the Best Foreign Language Film category, films do not need to be released in the United States. At least 51 percent of the dialogue must be in a language other than English, they must first be released in their country of origin during a 14-month period from November 1 to December 31 prior to the Awards. However, if a film was not released in its country of origin due to censorship, it can still qualify if it had a one-week release in the United States during the qualifying calendar year. There is no limit to the number of submitted films from a given country. A TV program must air in the United States between the prime time hours of 11:00 p.m.. A show can air on basic or premium cable, or by digital delivery. A TV show must either be made in the United States or be a co-production financially and creatively between an American and a foreign production company. Furthermore and non-scripted shows are disqualified. For a television film, it cannot be entered in both the film and TV categories, instead should be entered based on its original release format.
If it was first aired on American television it can be entered into the TV categories. If it was released in theaters or on pay-per-view it should instead to be entered into the film categories. A film festival showing does not count towards disqualifying. Actors in a TV series must appear in at least six episodes during the qualifying calendar year. Actors in a TV film or miniseries must appear in at least five percent of the time in that TV film or miniseries. Active HFPA members need to be invited to an official screening of each eligible film directly by its respective distributor or publicist; the screening must take place in the Greater Los Angeles area, either before the film's release or up to one week afterwards. The screening can be a regular screening in a theater with a press screening; the screening must be cleared with the Motion Picture Association of America so there are not scheduling conflicts with other official screenings. For TV programs, they must be available to be seen by HFPA members in any common format, including the original TV broadcast.
Entry forms for films need to be received by the HFPA within ten days of the
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 Iñárritu's Death Trilogy, following 21 Grams, it is an international co-production among companies based in the United States and Mexico. The film portrays multiple stories taking place in Morocco, Japan and the US. Babel was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, where González Iñárritu won the Best Director Award; the film was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film opened in selected cities in the United States on 27 October 2006, went into wide release on 10 November 2006. Babel won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama, received seven Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress for both Kikuchi and Barraza, winning for Best Original Score. Babel focuses on four interrelated sets of situations and characters, many events are revealed out of sequence.
The film is edited in segments, patterned in the order shown below until towards the end of the film, at which point the order becomes randomized. 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 and a box of ammunition from his neighbor Hassan Ibrahim to shoot the jackals that have been preying on his goats. Abdullah gives the rifle to his two young sons and Ahmed, sends them out to tend the herd. Ahmed, the older of the two, criticises Yussef for spying on their sister while she changes her clothes. Doubtful of the rifle's purported three-kilometer range, they decide to test it out, aiming first at rocks, a moving car on a highway below, at a bus carrying Western tourists. Yussef's bullet hits the bus, critically wounding Susan Jones, an American woman from San Diego, traveling with her husband Richard on vacation; the two boys realize what has 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. Having traced the rifle back to Hassan, the Moroccan police descend on his house and question him and his wife until they reveal that the rifle was given to him by a Japanese man, sold to Abdullah; the two boys see the police on the road and confess to their father what they have done, believing at the time that the American woman has died of her wounds. The three flee from their house, retrieving the rifle; the police corner them on the rocky slope of open fire. After Ahmed is hit in the leg, Yussef returns fire, striking one police officer in the shoulder; the police continue shooting, hitting Ahmed in the back fatally injuring him. As his father rages with grief, Yussef surrenders and confesses to the crimes, begging clemency for his family and medical assistance for his brother. Ahmed is taken away. Richard and Susan's Mexican nanny, tends to their children and Mike, in their San Diego, California home while they are in Morocco.
When Amelia learns of Susan's injury, she is forced to take care of the children longer than planned and becomes worried that she will miss her son's wedding. Unable to secure any other help to care for them, she calls Richard for advice, who tells her that she has to stay with the children. Without his permission, Amelia decides to take the children with her to the wedding in a rural community near Tijuana, Mexico, her nephew Santiago offers to the kids to the wedding. They cross the border uneventfully and the children are soon confronted by the Mexican culture and street scene; the revelry of the wedding extends well into the evening, the kids enjoy themselves in the festivities. Rather than staying the night in Mexico with the children, Amelia decides to drive back to the States with Santiago, he has been drinking and the border guards become suspicious of him and the American children in the car. Amelia has passports for all four travelers, but no letter of consent from the children's parents allowing her to take them out of the United States.
Intoxicated and worried, Santiago trespasses the border. He soon abandons the children in the desert, attempting to lead off the police. Stranded without food and water and the children are forced to spend the night in the desert. Realizing that they will all die if she cannot get help, Amelia leaves the children behind to find someone, ordering them not to move, she finds a US Border Patrol officer. After he places Amelia under arrest and the officer travel back to where she had left the children, but they are not there. Amelia is taken back to a Border Patrol station, where she is informed that the children have been found and that Richard, while outraged, has agreed not to press charges. However, she is told, her plea that she has been in the US for 16 years and has looked after the children for their entire lives does not secure lenient treatment. Amelia meets her son on the Mexican side of the Tijuana crossing, still in the red dress she wore for the wedding, now torn and dirty from her time in the desert.
Richard and Susan are an American couple who came on vacation to Morocco to get away from and mend their own woes. The death of their infant third child, to SIDS, has strained their marriage significantl
Forest Steven Whitaker III is an American actor and director who has earned a reputation for intensive character study work for films such as Bird, The Crying Game, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, The Great Debaters, The Butler and Arrival. He has appeared in blockbusters such as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story as Saw Gerrera and Black Panther as Zuri. For his performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the 2006 film The Last King of Scotland, Whitaker won the Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award, National Board of Review Award, Screen Actors Guild Award and various critics groups' awards for a lead acting performance. Whitaker was born on July 15, 1961 in Longview, the son of Laura Francis, a special education teacher who put herself through college and earned two master's degrees while raising her children and Forest Steven Whitaker Jr. an insurance salesman. A DNA test has shown; when Whitaker was four, his family moved to California. Whitaker has two younger brothers and Damon and an older sister, Deborah.
His first role as an actor was the lead in Dylan Thomas' play Under Milk Wood. Whitaker attended Carson Senior High School and played on the football team and sang in the choir, graduating in 1979. Whitaker entered California State Polytechnic University, Pomona on a football scholarship, but a back injury made him change his major to music, he toured England with the Cal Poly Chamber Singers in 1980. While still at Cal Poly, he changed his major to drama, he was accepted to the Music Conservatory at the University of Southern California to study opera as a tenor and subsequently was accepted into the University's Drama Conservatory. He graduated from USC with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Acting in 1982, he earned a scholarship to the Berkeley, branch of the Drama Studio London. Whitaker was pursuing a degree in "The Core of Conflict: Studies in Peace and Reconciliation" at New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study in 2004. Whitaker has a long history of working with well-regarded film actors.
In his first onscreen performance of note, he had a supporting role playing a high school football player in the 1982 film version of Cameron Crowe's coming-of-age teen-retrospective Fast Times at Ridgemont High. In 1986, he appeared in Martin Scorsese's The Color of Oliver Stone's Platoon; the following year, he co-starred in Vietnam. In 1988, Whitaker appeared in the film Bloodsport and had his first lead role starring as musician Charlie "Bird" Parker in Clint Eastwood's Bird. To prepare himself for the part, he sequestered himself in a loft with only a bed and saxophone, having conducted extensive research and taken alto sax lessons, his performance, called "transcendent", earned him the Best Actor award at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival and a Golden Globe nomination. Whitaker continued to work with a number of well-known directors throughout the 1990s, he starred in the 1990 film Downtown and was cast in the pivotal role of Jody, a captive British soldier in the 1992 film The Crying Game, for which he used an English accent.
Todd McCarthy of Variety described Whitaker's performance as "big-hearted", "hugely emotional", "simply terrific". In 1994, he was a member of the cast that won the first National Board of Review Award for Best Acting by an Ensemble for Robert Altman's film, Prêt-à-Porter, he gave a "characteristically emotional performance" in Wayne Wang and Paul Auster's 1995 film, Smoke. In 1996, he played a role of a good-natured man in Phenomenon, alongside John Travolta and Robert Duvall, which earned him a Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor – Drama, was nominated for NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture. Whitaker played a serene, pigeon-raising, bushido-following, mob hit man in Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, a 1999 film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. Many consider this to have been a "definitive role" for Whitaker. In a manner similar to his preparation for Bird, he again immersed himself in his character's world—he studied Eastern philosophy and meditated for long hours "to hone his inner spiritual hitman."
Jarmusch has told interviewers. The film was criticized as a notorious commercial and critical disaster. However, Whitaker's performance was lauded by the film's director, Roger Christian, who commented that, "Everybody's going to be surprised" by Whitaker, who "found this huge voice and laugh." Battlefield Earth won seven Razzie Awards. Whitaker expressed his regret for participating in the film. In 2001, Whitaker had a small, uncredited role in the Wong Kar-wai-directed The Follow, one of five short films produced by BMW that year to promote its cars, he co-starred in Joel Schumacher's 2002 thriller, Phone Booth, with Kiefer Sutherland and Colin Farrell. That year, he co-starred with Jodie Foster in Panic Room, his performance as the film's "bad guy" was described as "a subtle chemistry of aggression and empathy."Whitaker's 2006 portrayal of Idi Amin in the film The Last King of Scotland earned him positive reviews by critics as well as multiple awards and honors. To portray the dictator, Whi