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Annie Hall

Annie Hall is a 1977 American romantic comedy film directed by Woody Allen from a screenplay he co-wrote with Marshall Brickman. Produced by Allen's manager, Charles H. Joffe, the film stars the director as Alvy Singer, who tries to figure out the reasons for the failure of his relationship with the film's eponymous female lead, played by Diane Keaton in a role written for her. Principal photography for the film began on May 19, 1976, on the South Fork of Long Island, continued periodically for the next ten months. Allen has described the result, which marked his first collaboration with cinematographer Gordon Willis, as "a major turning point", in that unlike the farces and comedies that were his work to that point, it introduced a new level of seriousness. Academics have noted the contrast in the settings of New York City and Los Angeles, the stereotype of gender differences in sexuality, the presentation of Jewish identity, the elements of psychoanalysis and modernism. Annie Hall was screened at the Los Angeles Film Festival in March 1977, before its official release on April 20, 1977.

The film was praised, along with winning the Academy Award for Best Picture, received Oscars in three other categories: two for Allen, Best Actress for Keaton. The film additionally won the latter being awarded to Keaton; the film's North American box office receipts of $38,251,425 are fourth-best of Allen's works when not adjusted for inflation. It ranks 31st on AFI's List of the greatest films in American cinema, 4th on their list of greatest comedy films and 28th on Bravo's "100 Funniest Movies". Film critic Roger Ebert called it "just about everyone's favorite Woody Allen movie"; the film's screenplay was named the funniest written by the Writers Guild of America in its list of the "101 Funniest Screenplays". In 1992, the United States Library of Congress selected the film for preservation in the National Film Registry as being "culturally or aesthetically significant." The comedian Alvy Singer is trying to understand why his relationship with Annie Hall ended a year ago. Growing up in Brooklyn, he vexed his mother with impossible questions about the emptiness of existence, but he was precocious about his innocent sexual curiosity.

Annie and Alvy, in a line for The Sorrow and the Pity, overhear another man deriding the work of Federico Fellini and Marshall McLuhan. That night, Annie shows no interest in sex with Alvy. Instead, they discuss his first wife, his second marriage was to a New York writer, unable to reach orgasm. With Annie, it is different; the two of them have fun making a meal of boiled lobster together. He teases her about the unusual men in her past, he met. Following the game, awkward small talk led her to offer him first a ride uptown and a glass of wine on her balcony. There, what seemed a mild exchange of trivial personal data is revealed in "mental subtitles" as an escalating flirtation, their first date follows Annie's singing audition for a night club. He suggests. After their lovemaking that night, Alvy is "a wreck". Soon Annie admits she loves him, while he buys her books on death and says that his feelings for her are more than just love; when she moves in with him, things become tense. He finds her arm in arm with one of her college professors and the two begin to argue whether this is the "flexibility" they had discussed.

They break up, he searches for the truth of relationships, asking strangers on the street about the nature of love, questioning his formative years, imagining a cartoon version of himself arguing with a cartoon Annie portrayed as the Evil Queen in Snow White. Alvy returns to dating, but the effort is marred by neurosis, bad sex, an interruption from Annie, who insists he come over immediately, it turns out. A reconciliation coupled with a vow to stay together come what may. However, their separate discussions with their therapists make it evident there is an unspoken divide; when Alvy accepts an offer to present an award on television, they fly out to Los Angeles, with Alvy's friend, Rob. However, on the return trip, they agree. After losing her to her record producer, Tony Lacey, he unsuccessfully tries rekindling the flame with a marriage proposal. Back in New York, he stages a play of their relationship but changes the ending: now she accepts; the last meeting for them is a wistful coda on New York's Upper West Side when they have both moved on to someone new.

Alvy's voice returns with a summation: love is essential if it is neurotic. Annie sings "Seems Like Old Times" and the credits roll. Truman Capote has a cameo. Alvy is making quips about people walking by, he says "There's the winner of the Truman Capote look-alike contest" as Truman Capote walks through the frame. Several actors who gained a higher profile had small parts in the movie: John Glover as Annie's actor boyfriend, Jerry; the idea for what would become Annie Hall was developed as Allen walked around New York City with co-writer Marshall Brickman. The pair discussed the project on alternative days, sometimes becoming frustrated and rejecting the idea. Allen wrote a first draf

2015–16 NBB season

The 2015–16 NBB season was the 8th season of the Novo Basquete Brasil, the Brazilian basketball league. Once again this tournament was organized by the Liga Nacional de Basquete; the NBB qualified teams for international tournaments such as Liga Sudamericana and FIBA Americas League. This season fifteen teams were played each other in the regular season. At the end of the home and away matches round the top four teams qualified for the quarterfinals of the playoffs automatically, while the teams finishing in the 5th and 12th place participated in the first round of the playoffs to determine the other four teams in the quarterfinals, in a five-match series; this year NBB returned to a series in the Finals, played in a best of three-match. For this season, only the last regular season placed was relegated to the Liga Ouro, the NBB second division; the Liga Ouro winner receive the right to contest NBB in the next year. New teams in the league Caxias do Sul Basquete Vitória Teams that left the league Uberlândia Palmeiras Limeira

Dani Menkin

Dani Menkin is an Israeli, Academy Award, filmmaker director and film producer. Menkin's professional career began in 1994. In 1995 he moved to Israeli channel 2, where he covered the Sports Section in the popular program "HaDaka ha-91" with Yoram Arbel. Between the years 1998 to 2004 he directed articles for the investigative program "Uvda" with Ilana Dayan. In 2001, Menkin worked in a series for National Geographic Society. During those years, Menkin was Director Supervisor for the Israeli cult film "Hochmat HaBeygale" along with the director Ilan Heitner. Dani Menkin is an Israeli Academy Award Winning filmmaker for "39 POUNDS OF LOVE"; the film, written and directed by him, has been sold to HBO, was short listed for the Oscars. His latest feature film "IS THAT YOU?" found success at several International Film Festivals, such as Hollywood, Montreal and Syracuse Film Festivals, the 28th Israel Film Festival in LA, the Jewish Film Festivals across the US. It has won "Best Indie Film of the Year" award, has been nominated for the "Best Film of the Year" award by the Israeli Academy.

The film is opening in cinemas across Israel. Dani Menkin's award winning film Dolphin Boy won among several nominations and awards, the "Jury Mention Award" at the Jerusalem International Film Festival. Menkin produced the documentary film along with Jonathan Nir; the film tells the rehabilitation story of the lad Murad at the Dolphin Reef in Eilat. The film, which shot underwater, won several awards around the world and screened in many networks, among them - the French-German Arte and British Channel 4. Dolphin Boy was sold to over 20 countries around the globe, has been bought by Disney for a fiction adaptation. Dani Menkin wrote and directed the award winning film "JE T'AIME - I LOVE YOU TERMINAL"; the film has participated and won International Festivals, including "Best Feature film" award at Houston International film festival. Dani Menkin is a co-producer and a creator-partner of Ilan Heitner for the Israeli cult indie film "WISDOM OF THE PRETZEL", one of the most successful independent feature films in Israeli cinema.

In 2005 Director and producer Dani Menkin created his own Independent film production "Hey Jude Productions". You can visit the site at Hey Jude Productions Dani Menkin is a speaker at some distinguish panels over International Festivals around the world, as well as a juror and film professor in American and Israelis Universities and Colleges; the story of RONNIE, 60-year-old Israeli film projectionist, fired from his job and is going now to the U. S. in search of RACHEL, the love of his youth. IS THAT YOU? is a romantic, road trip journey to'The Road Not Taken' in life created by Award Winning filmmaker Dani Menkin. A romantic drama which follows Ben, a 29-year-old Israeli on his way to New York to re-join his fiancée and start his new life. During the flight he meets a flirtatious and somewhat dysfunctional Emma. Over the course of 24-hour connection in Prague, the two contemplate life and relationships. Starring Israeli musician Danny Niv as Ben, Naruna De-Macedo Kaplan as Emma. A documentary film which follows Ami Ankilewitz, diagnosed at childhood with an rare form of SMA/2 that limits his physical growth and movement.

Ami was given 6 years to live and outlived the doctor's predictions to the age of 34. The film won multiple awards including the Ophir award in 2005. Directed along with Yonathan Nir, this documentary film tells the story of Morad, a teenage boy from an Arab village in the north of Israel, who have suffered a violent attack, which led him to a trauma. Morad stopped having contact with the outside world, just before hospitalization in a mental institute, was taken by his father to be treated with Dolphins in Eilat; the film follows Morad's therapy over the course of four years. Is That You? - Winner of the "Best Indie Film" of the year by Israeli Academy. 39 Pounds of Love - Winner of The Israeli Academy Awards “Ophir Awards”. Je Taime I Love You Terminal - Winner of The Haifa International Film Festival, Distribution Awards. Dolphin Boy - Winner First Prize in Antibes Underwater Film Festival. Dani Menkin at the Internet Movie Database Je Taime I Love You Terminal - official website 39 Pound of Love - official website Dolphin Boy - official website Interview with Dani Menkin on 39 Pounds of Love - YouTube Interview with Dani Menkin and Judith Manassen Ramon at the Woodstock Film Festival 2011, on Dolphin Boy - YouTube

Jens Lien

Jens Lien is a Norwegian film director. He graduated from the London International Film School in 1993, his graduation project was the short film Montana, featured at the short film festival in Grimstad that year. In 1995 he again participated with the entry Mitt elektriske kjøkken. Lien went on to make the short films Døren som ikke smakk and Naturlige Briller. Both of these films were based on scripts by Per Schreiner, both were featured at the Cannes International Film Festival. In addition to this Lien has made a number of advertisements. In 2003 he had his feature film debut with the movie Jonny Vang; the movie was selected for the Berlin Film Festival. The movie was awarded an Amanda Award for "Best Actor" in 2003, it was nominated in the category "Best Film", but lost out to Bent Hamer's Salmer fra kjøkkenet. Lien's next major film project was Den brysomme mannen; this film was again the result of a cooperation with Per Schreiner. Lien said in an interview that the script made such a great impression on him that he was unable to sleep after first reading it.

The film was awarded three Amandas in 2006: for "Best Direction", "Best Screenplay" and "Best Actor". It was nominated in the categories "Best Film" and "Best Actress". Den brysomme mannen has won more than 20 international awards, including the ACID Award at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2011 his next feature film Sønner av Norge premiered at the Toronto Film Festival; the film features a cameo performance by John Lydon. It premiered in Norway at the same time. In 2014 he directed the mini series Viva hate for SVT; the series was three 60-minute episodes, was a romantic comedy about rock'n' roll set in Gothenburg's vital music scene in the early 1990s. Jens Lien on IMDb

Sibebe Survivor

Sibebe Survivor is an annual hike in Mbuluzi, involving a climb to the top of Sibebe, the world's second largest single granite monolith. Initiated by the Rotary Club of Mbabane-Mbuluzi in July 2004, the Sibebe Survivor hike follows a course from Mbuluzi High School to the top of the rock and back; the number of participants has increased annually, with 3,300 climbers in 2011. Due to growing interest in the event, a website has been created for online registration to avoid long queues on registration day. People from all around the world are motivated to join in the annual climb of Sibebe Rock, always scheduled for the last Sunday in July. In 2012, the climb was undertaken by an amputee using his wheelchair and crutches. In 2011, the event raised over 501 thousand Emalangeni, equivalent to 50,000 Euros. Participants are required to carry at least 1 litre of water, supplied at the start of the hike; the Rotary Club provides a pre-hike breakfast and presents participants with certificates and prizes afterwards.

"Sibebe Rock", an 800-meter-high monolith in Eswatini, is the second largest exposed monolith in the world. The Sibebe Survivor walk is a 10 km walk that starts from Mbuluzi High School, where participants can park their cars. Hikers climb the rock in an average time of 4 hours. Though Sibebe Survivor is a race, most of the participants just come to enjoy the views from Sibebe Rock and help people in need; the funds raised by the event are used to finance Rotary Foundation projects such as the distribution of wheelchairs and support for government hospitals. There is no cash reward for the winner of the race; the number of participants has increased since the event was first held in July 2004. Whereas 1,500 hikers made the climb in 2008, the 2011 event drew 3,284 hikers. In 2012, the Rotary club limited the number of participants to a maximum of 4,000 people in order to limit the event's impact on the environment. Sibebe Survivor is not only a walk but a popular social event in Eswatini; some activities are prepared before the run, such as parties in clubs.

For example, in 2011, the event featured an African night at the Greans Restaurant where African food was served and people were allowed to compete at playing drums. DJ Toxik provided lively dance music; the many other parties organized in clubs included a Sibebe Survivor Party featuring DJ Cybos at House on Fire. By means of these warm-up parties and Facebook ads, participation in the hike is encouraged; the Sibebe Survivor event allows many people to discover the remarkable Sibebe Rock, which remains unknown outside of Eswatini due to a decline in foreign tourism in the post-apartheid era. Rising 1,378 meters above sea level, Sibebe Rock is the second largest rock in the world. In Eswatini, it is compared to the Uluru Rock, or Ayers Rock, in Australia. However, the Sibebe rock is much older, having an estimated age of 3 billion years. According to the archaeologist Peter Beaumont, some artifacts discovered in the late 20th century in caves of the Sibebe valley date from the Middle Ages; the valley has an altitude of 1,400 meters.

A unique Swazi beer, Sibebe Lager, has been named after Sibebe Rock, honoring it as a symbol of Eswatini. The annual Sibebe Survivor event began in 2004 under the leadership of Dudu Dhlamini of the International Rotary Club of Mbabane-Mbuluzi, his main purpose was to raise money for various community projects in Eswatini. For example, they have helped children from Founteyn Primary School to buy school uniforms, financed free eye-testing for Swazi citizens, donated wheelchairs to people who could not afford them in rural towns, they have financed projects for deaf people, helped provide scholarships for OVCs, supported causes such as breast cancer. Anyone can participate with hikers ranging in age from children to elderly people. In 2011, the oldest participant was 76 years old. At the end of the event, participants are ranked either by individually. Recognition is given in various categories, such as to the oldest and youngest participants, for cultural distinctions such as “Best National Dress,”, for the largest team registered by one company.

Sibebe Survivor is sponsored by various companies, each donating some of their products to the Sibebe Survivor Challenge. Money: Nedbank, Swaziland Beverages and Swaziland Electricity company Adverts: The Swazi Times, The Swazi Observer and Swazi TV Water and other drinks: Swaziland Beverages, Water Corporation and Sibebe Lager Goody bags: Real Image Food: Fedics Tents: Grand Air Investments T-shirts: Dixies Transport: African Distributors Official Sibebe Survivor website Official Rotary Club of Mbabane Mbuluzi website Official Rotary International Foundation website

Carolyn Slaughter

Carolyn Slaughter is an English author now living in the United States. Her first novel The Story of the Weasel won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize in 1977, given to authors under the age of 40. Born in New Delhi her father was a member of the Indian Imperial Police; the family moved to Swaziland. Her father was in the Colonial Service and they were posted to a remote area of the Kalahari Desert in what is now Botswana where she spent most of her childhood; as a teenager she boarded at St Mary's School, Johannesburg. The family left Africa in 1961 and moved to London where Carolyn worked as an advertising copywriter. Whilst working at Doubleday she met and married Kemp Battle, an American and moved to the United States in 1986. Now divorced she works as a psychotherapist in Lawrenceville, New Jersey having received a degree in Psychology from Thomas Edison State College and an MSW from Rutgers University in 2003, she lives in an 1860 Second Empire house which she believes to be haunted by a'blue ghost'.

In an article she wrote for The Guardian she recalls that how after writing nine novels in 12 years, all about violence and murder she stopped writing and went'cold turkey' to try and work out what was driving her. At a writers conference in 1990 repressed memories of sexual abuse at the hands of her father started to manifest, she wrote the story of her childhood in her memoir Before the Knife, published in 2002. A further family secret was revealed when she discovered that her maternal grandmother whom she had never met had been incarcerated in mental institutions since 1936. Carolyn found she was now in an asylum in Ealing and went to visit her only to find there was nothing wrong with her except she had become institutionalised. A novelisation of her life The Black Englishman was published in 2004; the Story of the Weasel Columba Magdalene Dreams of the Kalahari Heart of the River The Banquet A Perfect Woman The Innocents The Widow A Black Englishman Dresden, Tennessee Before the Knife: Memories of an African Childhood An interview with Carolyn Slaughter A Conversation with Carolyn Slaughter, author of Before the Knife Meet the Author UK | Carolyn Slaughter | A Black Englishman