Lauren Woodland is an American actress and attorney. Before entering the field of law, she appeared in more than 50 commercials, guest starred in more than 20 television programs and starred as a series regular in four television series, she starred as Emily Francisco in Alien Nation from 1989 to 1990 and reprised her role in the five television film sequels from 1994 to 1997. She received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for her role as Brittany Hodges in the CBS daytime soap The Young and the Restless, she is an attorney with the law firm Novian & Novian, LLP. Woodland attended the Highly Gifted Magnet at North Hollywood High School from 1992 to 1995, she spent her summers in high school attending programs at the Boston Ballet and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. After graduating from high school, she attended the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University before transferring to the University of Southern California where she graduated magna cum laude with a major in history and a minor in religion.
In 2011, she obtained a J. D. degree from the UCLA School of Law where she served as managing editor of the UCLA Entertainment Law Review. Woodland has been acting since childhood. From 1989 to 1990, she appeared in the Fox Network science fiction series Alien Nation as the child newcomer Emily Francisco, she reprised her role in the 5 Alien Nation TV movies from 1994 to 1997. Woodland has numerous soap opera credits, including a 1998 role as Sara Cummings on the soap opera Sunset Beach, a role as Janelle on Port Charles in February 1999, as Brittany Hodges on The Young and the Restless, which she portrayed from March 2000 until November 2005, she returned to the role of Brittany in 2018. She appeared on an episode of Cold Case entitled "Stand Up and Holler" which premiered April 1, 2007. After earning the Juris Doctorate degree from UCLA School of Law in 2011, Woodland worked as an associate at the international law firm White & Case LLP, moving to Novian & Novian, LLP where she is Senior Counsel.
She is Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association and Corporate Litigation Committee Business Torts Subcommittee, Business Law Section. Lauren Woodland was born on October 1977 in Carson City, Nevada, she received her first acting role when she was just 6 years old and moved to Southern California to pursue an acting career. Her family had a distinguished history in California: her great-grandaunt was Julia Morgan, architect of Hearst Castle, she is active in helping aspiring young actors. She serves as Vice-President of the Los Angeles Dance Company, a neo-classical and contemporary dance company, founded by former American Ballet Theater soloist Marie-France Lévesque, dedicated to supporting and advancing the art of dance. Lauren is a member of the Board of Directors of the Castro Organ Devotees Association, a San Francisco nonprofit organization founded by David Hegarty, dedicated to keeping the art of organ music alive through the acquisition and restoration of the Wurlitzer pipe organ in the Castro Theatre, San Francisco.
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Foxstar Productions was a television production subsidiary of News Corporation. It was founded in 1994 to make TV mini-series under Steve Bell and producer Kevin Burns. Foxstar produced the first in a series of Alien Nation movies for the Fox Network; that same year, they entered the television documentary business through its production subsidiary, Van Ness Films. Many of their programs have and can be seen on networks such as A&E, National Geographic Channel, E!, Animal Planet, AMC, Bravo, WE tv, Travel Channel and The History Channel. In 1999, Foxstar became part of the newly formed Fox Television Studios and continued producing documentaries, non-fiction programming and specials. By 2005, Kevin Burns had several non-fiction programs under his Prometheus Entertainment shingle. In 2005, Foxstar Productions disbanded, folded to Fox Television Studios. Biography Alien Nation A Hollywood Christmas Hidden Hollywood Monster Mania Behind the Planet of the Apes Beyond Titanic Famous Families Hollywood Screen Tests Backstory World's Best History vs. Hollywood Marilyn Monroe: The Final Days The Alien Saga Monsterama Animal Icons For Fox International Productions
Rockne S. O'Bannon
Rockne S. O'Bannon is an American television writer and producer. O'Bannon has created five original television series. O'Bannon made his writing debut selling spec material to NBC's Amazing Stories and CBS's The Twilight Zone, but first garnered critical attention for his film Alien Nation and its subsequent spinoff television show, his next notable achievement was his original series seaQuest DSV. O'Bannon's most critically acclaimed success was the space epic Farscape on the Sci-Fi Channel which ran for four seasons and spun off into a mini-series, a comic book series, a rumored film. Since Farscape, he's created the TV show Defiance and The CW's Cult, the miniseries The Triangle, along with helping to write the Warehouse 13 pilot, he has written and produced for Constantine, V, among others. O'Bannon prides himself on creating "shows that aren't like anything else" and pushing the boundaries of the science fiction genre. He's won multiple Saturn Awards and been nominated for other awards such as a Hugo Award and a WGA Award.
O'Bannon was born in Los Angeles. His father, Charles O'Bannon, was a career gaffer for over 30 years with Warner Bros. and his mother, was a dancer for MGM. He grew up tailing his father around the Warner Brothers backlot and reading scripts his dad would bring home for him. From a young age he knew that his dreams lay in writing. I'd been writing passionately. My first screenplay was a television pilot—how prophetic. I was a huge fan of the spy series, The Man from U. N. C. L. E. Which had spawned a spin-off that year titled The Girl from U. N. C. L. E. So the first script I wrote was my version of a pilot for yet another spin-off titled The Boy from U. N. C. L. E. O'Bannon continued submitting them to anyone who would read them, he sold his first material to The Twilight Zone reboot in the mid-1980s, was hired as story editor. He wrote for Steven Spielberg's anthology series of the same era, NBC's Amazing Stories. O'Bannon's career got its start with a couple of spec scripts he had written for submission to ABC's Darkroom.
However, the show was canceled. He followed it up by submitting those scripts to both the CBS revival of The Twilight Zone and NBC's new anthology series Amazing Stories, receiving positive reaction from both shows. Based on his pitches for some additional stories, The Twilight Zone producers hired him as Story Editor. During his time on The Twilight Zone, he wrote and rewrote several episodes, including more original episodes than anyone else. Among his original episodes was "Wordplay", starring Robert Klein, his first, "The Storyteller", nominated for that year's Writer's Guild Award. After the cancellation of The Twilight Zone, O'Bannon turned his efforts to a new project: Alien Nation, his first feature film; the film and subsequent television series developed a strong fan following which has resulted in a television series, five television films, comic books, novels. He made his directorial debut on the suspense thriller Fear, a Showtime original that premiered on July 15, 1990. O'Bannon's biggest success was his cult fan favorite Farscape.
Sold to the Sci-Fi Channel, the head of the network told O'Bannon "Just make it as weird as you can, because I just don't want a kids' show." In an interview with the Huffington Post, O'Bannon notes: "The greatest words I've heard were,'Just make it as weird as you can.' It took all the restraints off! And it was their decision to shoot in Australia. Australians are just creative and they embraced the insanity of the show." O'Bannon began the new millennium continuing work on Farscape. After a four-season run, the show was caught in a business conflict when The Henson Company was sold to foreign investors, ended without an already-ordered fifth season. Fans began campaigning en masse to the Sci-Fi Channel; the Sci-Fi Channel committed to making the three-hour mini-series Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars to wrap up the show. Brian Henson directed the mini-series with O'Bannon and his friend David Kemper writing and executive producing; the cancellation of Farscape has been noted as a blunder for the Sci-Fi Channel.
O'Bannon immediately sold The Triangle to the Sci-Fi Channel which he wrote and executive produced with Bryan Singer and Dean Devlin. The Triangle was a critical success, he sold his pilot Cult to The WB, but the series didn't proceed at that time when The WB was merged with UPN to become The CW. Around this time the Sci-Fi Channel asked O'Bannon to rewrite the pilot script for Warehouse 13, ending up with a series order. In 2010, O'Bannon was asked to help out on ABC's reboot of V, struggling in its second season. Early in 2011, Syfy approached O'Bannon to showrun their project Defiance. Defiance's concept included combining a TV series with a massively multiplayer online game, developed concurrently by Trion Worlds Online. With Defiance up and running, O'Bannon moved on to Warner Bros. Television when it was announced the CW had placed a pilot order to make Cult in January 2012 nearly seven years after the network's predecessor had bought it. With both of his projects slated to go on the air, O'Bannon chose to follow his longtime passion project.
O'Bannon wrote Cult in the aftermath of Farscape and watching the legions of fans mobilize to save the show. "I saw this phenomenon with fans rallying around the show. Okay, what if there wa
Alien Nation (film)
Alien Nation is a 1988 American buddy cop neo-noir science fiction action film directed by Graham Baker. The ensemble cast features Mandy Patinkin and Terence Stamp, its initial popularity inaugurated the beginning of the Alien Nation media franchise. The film depicts the assimilation of the "Newcomers", an alien race settling in Los Angeles, much to the initial dismay of the local population; the plot integrates the neo-noir and buddy cop film genres with a science fiction theme, centering on the relationship between a veteran police investigator and an extraterrestrial. The duo probe a criminal underworld while attempting to solve a homicide; the film was a co-production between American Entertainment Partners and 20th Century Fox, which distributed it theatrically. Alien Nation explores murder and science fiction. Alien Nation was released in the United States on October 7, 1988, grossed over $32 million worldwide, becoming a moderate financial success; the film was met with mixed critical reviews before its theatrical release, although it has since gained a cult following.
The motion picture spawned a short-lived television series, five television films, a set of comic books, as well as a number of novels, all in an attempt to continue the character development surrounding the fictional alien culture. The year is 1991. Los Angeles becomes their new home. Matthew Sykes, a police detective, loses his partner Bill Tuggle in a shootout; the next day, Sykes' superior Captain Warner, informs his squad that they will have to work with the newly promoted Newcomer detective Sam Francisco. Although biased, Sykes enlists to work with Francisco to investigate a similar homicide with a Newcomer named Warren Hubely, feeling that if he investigates that crime, he will find opportunities to investigate his partner's death. While at a crime lab, trying unobtrusively to establish a connection between the two cases, Francisco detects an abnormality on the body of one of the Newcomer criminals, killed in the robbery. Sykes and Francisco are led to a nightclub to investigate a link in the killings with a Newcomer named Joshua Strader.
However, they end up interviewing his girlfriend instead, after Strader is murdered by a criminal ring led by Newcomer businessman William Harcourt and his henchman Rudyard Kipling. Harcourt is in the latter stages of launching advanced plans to exploit the alien race by attempting to mass-produce and sell a drug called Jabroka; the drug was used in the past to pacify the Newcomers when they were slaves, but has no effect on humans. The abnormality noticed by Francisco on the body of the Newcomer criminal earlier turns out to have been a visual sign of the drug's influence. In addition, the Newcomers Hubley and Strader were involved in the planning phases of the operation, but were murdered due to Harcourt's desire to exclude them from any future financial rewards. Sykes and Francisco track down Harcourt, where he is secretly negotiating a timetable for a release of the potent narcotic; the detectives attempt to foil his plans, as they are led on a car chase with Harcourt and his cohort Kipling through the streets of downtown Los Angeles.
Following a head-on collision where both parties are injured, Harcourt attempts an escape on foot. Sykes corners Harcourt onto a desolate drawbridge. Harcourt purposely overdoses on a sample of the stimulant; as Sykes mistakenly believes Harcourt has died, Harcourt is taken away by an ambulance, but mutates into a larger and more muscular Newcomer intent on causing violence. The duo pursue Harcourt. Sykes ends up in a physical confrontation with Harcourt in the open sea. Harcourt dies, as his body disintegrates due to the effects of direct contact with salt water, hazardous to Newcomer physiology. Francisco commandeers a police helicopter, rescues Sykes from the water. With the Tuggle and Newcomer murder cases solved, the authorities dismantle Harcourt's illicit scheme. Sykes and Francisco – now friends – attend Sykes's daughter's wedding together. One out of twenty to twenty-five stories received each week by 20th Century Fox in 1988, the original screenplay for Alien Nation was submitted as a spec–script to producer Gale Anne Hurd.
The agency representing the storyline asked the production staff to view it as as possible due to it being submitted to other film studios as well. Both Hurd and her director of development Ellen Collett had the same initial response, seeing the script as a real page-turner. According to Hurd, what interested her about the film's story was the whole approach to the immigrant setting and the extrapolation of that to a science fiction setting; the genre of science fiction in regards to representing aliens, tends to be in the form of one or two beings as shown on network series like Star Trek. Large numbers of stand-ins were not common in film since Planet of the Apes twenty years earlier. Working with co-producer Richard Kobritz, Hurd secured funding from Fox Studios and began casting an experienced makeup team for the creation of the alien society. Hurd contacted cinematographer Adam Greenberg at his home in Israel to work on the production. Caught by surprise, Greenberg recalled, "I was vacationing on the Dead Sea in a kibbutz (it was 125 degrees
Alien Nation: The Udara Legacy
Alien Nation: The Udara Legacy is the fifth and final television film produced to continue the story of the television series Alien Nation. Alien Nation: The Udara Legacy was written by Renee and Harry Longstreet, directed by Kenneth Johnson; the plot introduces the idea that among the Tenctonese slaves, there was a resistance movement called the Udara who were implanted with hypnotic suggestions to act as sleeper agents. Now, here on Earth, someone has found a way to activate these sleeper agents, send them out as assassins. Alien Nation: The Udara Legacy at AllMovie Alien Nation: The Udara Legacy on IMDb
A cliffhanger, or cliffhanger ending, is a plot device in fiction which features a main character in a precarious or difficult dilemma, or confronted with a shocking revelation at the end of an episode of serialized fiction. A cliffhanger is hoped to ensure the audience will return to see how the characters resolve the dilemma; some serials end with the caveat "To Be Continued…" or "The End?" In movie serials and television series, the following episode sometimes begins with a recap sequence. Cliffhangers were used as literary devices in several works of the medieval era; the Arabic literary work One Thousand and One Nights involves Scheherazade narrating a series of stories to King Shahryār for 1,001 nights, with each night ending on a cliffhanger in order to save herself from execution. Some medieval Chinese ballads like the Liu chih-yuan chu-kung-tiao ended each chapter on a cliffhanger to keep the audience in suspense. Cliffhangers appeared as an element of the Victorian serial novel that emerged in the 1840s, with many associating the form with Charles Dickens, a pioneer of the serial publication of narrative fiction.
By the 1860s it had become a staple part of the sensation serials, while the term itself originated with Thomas Hardy in 1873 when a protagonist from one of his serials, Henry Knight, was left hanging off a cliff. Cliffhangers became prominent with the serial publication of narrative fiction, pioneered by Charles Dickens. Printed episodically in magazines, Dickens’s cliffhangers triggered desperation in his readers. Writing in the New Yorker, Emily Nussbaum captured the anticipation of those waiting for the next installment of Dickens' The Old Curiosity Shop; the impact of Dickens' serial publications saw the cliffhanger become a staple part of the sensation serials by the 1860s. The term "cliffhanger" is considered to have originated with the serialised version of Thomas Hardy's A Pair of Blue Eyes in which Henry Knight, one of the protagonists, is left hanging off a cliff. Cliffhangers were popular from the 1910s through to the 1930s serials when nickelodeons and movie theaters filled the cultural niche primarily occupied by television.
During the 1910s, when Fort Lee, New Jersey was a center of film production, the cliffs facing New York and the Hudson River were used as film locations. The most notable of these films was The Perils of Pauline, a serial which helped popularize the term cliffhanger. In them, the serial would end leaving actress Pearl White's Pauline character hanging from a cliff. Cliffhangers are used in television series soap operas that end each episode on a cliffhanger. Prior to the early 1980s, season-ending cliffhangers were rare on U. S. television. The first such season-ender on U. S. TV was in the comedy send-up of soap operas Soap in 1978. Several Australian soap operas, which went off air over summer, such as Number 96, The Restless Years, Prisoner, ended each year with major and much publicized catastrophe, such as a character being shot in the final seconds of the year's closing episode. Cliffhangers are used in Japanese manga and anime. In contrast to American superhero comics, Japanese manga are much more written with cliffhangers with each volume or issue.
This is the case with shōnen manga those published by Weekly Shōnen Jump, such as Dragon Ball, Shaman King, One Piece. During its original run, Doctor Who was written in a serialised format that ended each episode within a serial on a cliffhanger. In the first few years of the show, the final episodes of each serial would have a cliffhanger that would lead into the next serial. Dragonfire Part One is notable for having a cliffhanger that involved The Doctor hanging from a cliff; this has been criticised by fans for being a pointless cliffhanger, but script editor Andrew Cartmel gave an explanation for the reasoning of it in an interview. Another British science fiction series, Blake's 7, employed end-of-season cliffhangers for each of the four seasons the series was on air, most notably for its final episode in 1981 in which the whole of the main cast are killed. Cliffhangers were rare on American television before 1980, as television networks preferred the flexibility of airing episodes in any order.
The phenomenal success of the 1980 "Who shot J. R.?" third season-ending cliffhanger of Dallas, the "Who Done It" fourth-season episode that solved the mystery, contributed to the cliffhanger becoming a common storytelling device on American television. Another notable cliffhanger was the "Moldavian Massacre" on Dynasty in 1985, which fueled speculation throughout the summer months regarding who lived or died when all the characters attended a wedding in the country of Moldavia, only to have revolutionaries topple the government and machine-gun the entire wedding party. Cliffhanger endings in films date back to the early 20th century, were prominently used in the movie serials of the 1930s, though these tended to be resolved with the next installment the following week. A longer term cliffhanger was employed in the Star Wars film series, in The Empire Strikes Back in which Darth Vader made a shock revelation to Luke Skywalker that he was his father, the life of Han Solo was in jeopardy after he was frozen and taken away by a bounty hunter.
These plotlines were left unresolved until the next film in the series three years later. The two main ways for cliffhangers to keep readers/viewers coming
Alien Nation: Body and Soul
Alien Nation: Body and Soul was the second television movie produced to continue the story after the cancellation of Alien Nation. Alien Nation: Body and Soul was written by Andrew Schneider, Diane Frolov, Renee & Harry Longstreet, was directed by Kenneth Johnson, it follows the television series format of two parallel storylines. The first plot is about a human-Tenctonese hybrid child involved in a sinister experiment with a Newcomer scientist disguised as a human; the sub-plot is the budding relationship between Matt Sikes and his Tenctonese neighbor Dr. Cathy Frankel; the relationship between Matt and Cathy was an ongoing theme of the Alien Nation television series. Alien Nation: Body and Soul on IMDb