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Andrew Niccol

Andrew M. Niccol is a New Zealand screenwriter and director, he wrote and directed Gattaca, Lord of War, In Time, The Host, Good Kill. He wrote and co-produced The Truman Show, which earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay in 1999 and won a BAFTA award for Best Screenplay, his films tend to explore social and political issues, as well as artificial realities or simulations. His film Good Kill was selected to compete for the Golden Lion at the 71st Venice International Film Festival. Niccol was born in Paraparaumu, New Zealand, grew up in Auckland, where he attended Auckland Grammar School beginning in 1973, he left New Zealand at age 21 and began directing TV ads in London, which he did for more than ten years before his directorial debut, Gattaca. During production of S1m0ne, he met model and actress Rachel Roberts, with whom he has two children, born in 2003 and Ava, born in 2008. Niccol has directed the films Gattaca, Lord of War, In Time, The Host, Good Kill, he has directed a short film entitled The Minutes, a documentary-esque, narrative tie-in to In Time that describes in more detail the world and characters from the film.

For his directorial debut and first film, Gattaca, he won a Best Film award from the Sitges - Catalan International Film Festival and both a Special Jury Prize and the Fun Trophy from the Gérardmer Film Festival. For his film Lord of War, he received a Special Recognition for Excellence in Filmmaking from the National Board of Review. Niccol's breakthrough screenplay was his script for the film The Truman Show, directed by Peter Weir and starring Jim Carrey, he served as a producer on the film. The film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay and a Golden Globes nomination for Best Screenplay in 1999 and won a BAFTA award for Best Screenplay, a Saturn Award for Best Writing or Best Writer, an Awards Circuit Community Award for Best Original Screenplay and Best Motion Picture, a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, an Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Original Screenplay. In 1999, Niccol received the ALFS Award for "Screenwriter of the Year" from the London Critics Circle Film Awards for his screenwriting work on the screenplays of The Truman Show and Gattaca.

Niccol has written for all the films that he has directed, including Gattaca, Lord of War, In Time, The Host, Good Kill. Out of the films he has written and directed, he has produced S1m0ne, Lord of War, In Time, Good Kill and Anon, he wrote and came up with the story for the film The Terminal, directed by Steven Spielberg. He served as an executive producer on the film. Andrew Niccol on IMDb Andrew Niccol interview - Contactmusic.com

Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen

Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen is an American comic book series published by DC Comics from September–October 1954 until March 1974, spanning a total of 163 issues. Featuring the adventures of Superman supporting character Jimmy Olsen, it contains stories of a humorous nature; the 1952 television series Adventures of Superman co-starred actor Jack Larson, who appeared as Jimmy Olsen. Because of the popularity of Larson and his portrayal of the character, National Comics Publications decided to create a regular title featuring Jimmy as the leading character, which debuted with a September–October 1954 cover date. Curt Swan was the main artist on the series for its first decade. In 1958, a second title was introduced, Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane, which revolves around another supporting character in a similar fashion. Lucy Lane was introduced in issue #36 and became an on-again, off-again romantic interest of Jimmy Olsen. In issue #57, he marries Supergirl after she loses both her powers and memories of being Supergirl, only for her to recover her powers and memories after their marriage.

She was the anonymous "Miss X" whom Jimmy kissed in issue #44 to break the spell that turned him into a werewolf. When Jack Kirby began working at DC in 1970, he insisted on taking on this title since it was the lowest-selling in the publishing line and without assigned talent at the time, so he would not cost someone their job. During his run, Kirby introduced many memorable characters, notably the Fourth World's New Gods, Project Cadmus and Transilvane, he reintroduced the Newsboy Legion and the Guardian. The faces of the Superman and Jimmy Olsen figures drawn by Kirby were redrawn by Al Plastino or Murphy Anderson. Comedian Don Rickles guest starred in a two-part story by Kirby in issues #139 and #141. Kirby left the series with issue #148. Lucy Lane was believed to have died in Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane #120 but was revived in a story in Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #160. Nick Cardy was the cover artist for Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen for issues #154–163. Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen; the new series continued the numbering from Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen.

Superman Family itself was canceled in 1982. A Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen special one-shot was published in December 2008, following on from the "Atlas" storyline, leading into Superman: New Krypton. Many of the issues include Jimmy undergoing a transformation of some form; these include: Speed Demon - In 1956, a month before the debut of Barry Allen as the new Flash, Jimmy drank a potion produced by a Professor Claude and gained super-speed. Radioactive - After being exposed to a radioactive substance, Jimmy began to irradiate everything in his presence. Super-Brain - Jimmy evolved into a "man of the future" with superhuman mental powers. Monstrous beard growth - The machinations of the sinister Beard Band cause Jimmy to grow an immense beard. Gorilla - When Jimmy switched minds with a gorilla, he went about his reporting duties as a gorilla in Jimmy's clothes. Elastic Lad - As Elastic Lad, Jimmy by serum or by alien virus could sometimes stretch himself, akin to Elongated Man or Plastic Man.

As Elastic Lad, Jimmy was inducted as an Honorary Member of the Legion of Super-Heroes. Alien-form - Aliens transformed Jimmy into a telepathic Jovian for a week; this turned out to be a Jovian week..., much shorter than an Earth week, about 70 hours = less than three days. Fire-Breather - An accident involving an experiment gives Jimmy fire-breath. Human Octopus - After eating an extraterrestrial fruit, Jimmy grew four extra arms. According to Superman, this was a hallucination, but Jimmy suspected that Superman said this to teach him a lesson since Jimmy had foolishly ignored advice from the Man of Steel that would have saved him a lot of trouble. Genie - Jimmy found a genie's lamp and was tricked into replacing its villainous occupant. Wolf-Man - In the vein of the 1957 Michael Landon film I Was a Teenage Werewolf, Jimmy found himself transformed into a werewolf. Woman - Jimmy would go undercover dressed as a woman in #44, #67, #84, #159. Morbidly Obese - Jimmy tried to get fat in an attempt to stop a jewel smuggler and to impress a Circus Fat Lady.

Giant Turtle Man - One of Jimmy's most cited transformations was that of his turning into a giant turtle man. Human Porcupine - After rejecting the romantic advances of an imp from the Fifth Dimension. Bizarro Jimmy - Although Jimmy has a counterpart on Bizarro World, he was turned into a Bizarro himself. Hippie - Investigating a colony of hippies at "Guru Kama's Dream Pad", Jimmy grew a beard and participated in a mock "hate-in". On the cover of this story's issue, Jimmy is wielding a sign that says "Superman is a freak-out!" Viking - Jimmy put on Viking armor and mistakenly thought he had been transported 1,000 years backward in time. In 1959, the producers of the action/adventure series Adventures of Superman were hit by a snag as to how revive the now-canceled series after series star George Reeves had died that summer from a gunshot wound. Jack Larson, who played Jimmy in the series, was approached with the idea of continuing the franchise as a spin-off for two new seasons of 26 episodes each to begin airing in 1960.

Titled Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen, it would focus on a more serious angle of Olsen's rising career as a reporter and journalist with Larson reprising his role. In place of Reeves, stock footage of Superman flying and a look-alike

Derek Bryan (footballer)

Derek Kirk Bryan is an English retired footballer, best remembered for his five-season spell in the Football League with Brentford. Described as having "lightning pace and an eye for goal", his career was ended by knee injuries suffered in January 2000. Bryan grew up in Hammersmith and began his career at Combined Counties League Premier Division club Bedfont Green, he joined Isthmian League Second Division club Hampton on 1 August 1996. Bryan signed for Second Division club Brentford on 29 August 1997 in a £50,000 deal, he made his debut for the club in a 0–0 league draw at Plymouth Argyle on 13 September, replacing Ryan Denys after 81 minutes. He made his first start in a 2–2 away draw with Bristol City on 3 March 1998 and capped his day by scoring the opening goal just before half time. Niggling injuries saw Bryan make just 11 appearances during the 1997–98 season, scoring two goals and Brentford suffered relegation to the Third Division on the final day. Bryan had to wait until November for his first appearance of the 1998–99 season, coming on as a 56th-minute substitute for Drewe Broughton in a 2–0 defeat at Shrewsbury Town.

He made 24 appearances during the 1998–99 season, scoring four goals as Brentford were promoted straight back to the Second Division as champions. Bryan made regular appearances throughout the first half of the 1999–00 season, until disaster struck in a Football League Trophy quarter-final tie at home to Oxford United on 25 January 2000. Bryan scored the opening goal of the 2–0 win, but in the process he damaged the medial and cruciate ligaments in both knees; the injury meant that he missed the rest of the 1999 -- the entire 2000 -- 01 season. Bryan made his comeback from the injuries after 77 minutes of a 2–1 league victory over Peterborough United on 13 October 2001, when he came on as a substitute for Ben Burgess, it turned out to be Bryan's final appearance for the club and he was released in March 2002. During three-and-a-half seasons at Griffin Park, Bryan scored 10 goals. Bryan signed for Isthmian League Premier Division high-fliers Gravesend & Northfleet on 11 March 2002, he made his debut for the club on the same day in a 2–0 defeat to Purfleet and made little impact before being substituted for Che Stadhart half time.

It departed a matter of weeks later. Bryan joined Southern League Premier Division club Welling United in late March 2002. Bryan made 9 appearances and scored one goal during what remained of the 2001–02 season and left the club at the end of the campaign. On 8 November 2002 Bryan signed for Isthmian League First Division South club Walton & Hersham and made an appearance in a 0–0 FA Trophy draw with Chesham United on 2 December. Bryan signed for former club Hampton & Richmond Borough on 3 December 2002, he made his debut in a 6–0 Isthmian League Cup defeat to Lewes on 11 December. Brentford Football League Third Division: 1998–99 Derek Bryan at Soccerbase