Strange Behavior (also titled Dead Kids is a 1981 mystery horror film directed by Michael Laughlin, written by Laughlin and Bill Condon, starring Michael Murphy, Louise Fletcher, Dan Shor. It is a homage to the pulp horror films of the 1950s. An international co-production between the United States, New Zealand, Australia, the film was intended as the first installment of the Strange Trilogy, cancelled after the second installment, Strange Invaders, failed to attract a large enough audience, it is considered a seminal work of New Zealand cinema, being the first horror film produced in the country. It has since become a cult hit. While not prosecuted for obscenity, the film was seized and confiscated in the UK under Section 3 of the Obscene Publications Act 1959 during the video nasty panic. Several teenage boys in Galesburg, Illinois are murdered, each by a different killer. Local policeman John Brady investigates; the victims are sons of men who collaborated with John to investigate the unethical experiments of Galesburg University professor Dr. Le Sange, who died years but still gives lectures via old films.
Le Sange's research is being continued by Gwen Parkinson. John, whose late wife had worked for Le Sange, becomes convinced that Le Sange is still alive and is waging a vendetta against those who wronged him. Unbeknownst to John, Gwen has enlisted his son Pete as a research subject. Gwen's "experiments" involve mind control. Michael Murphy - John Brady Louise Fletcher - Barbara Moorehead Dan Shor - Pete Brady Fiona Lewis - Gwen Parkinson Arthur Dignam - Dr. Le Sange Dey Young - Caroline Marc McClure - Oliver Myerhoff Scott Brady - Shea Charles Lane - Donovan Elizabeth Cheshire - Lucy BrownScreenwriter Bill Condon has a brief cameo as a teenager killed at the film's opening. Though set in Illinois, the film was shot in New Zealand; the Encyclopedia of Horror designates the film as a New Zealand film. It lists several of the similar productions of its Australian producer Antony I Ginnane and frequent collaborator David Hemmings, Executive Producer of this film through the Hemdale Film Corporation.
The book opines that "Dead Kids must count as one of their most professional efforts." The film was given a limited release theatrically in the United States by World Northal in June 1981. The film was released on VHS by RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video; the film was released twice on DVD in the United States. First by Elite Entertainment in 2003 and by Synapse Films in 2008; the film was released on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack by Severin Films under its New Zealand title, Dead Kids in 2014. A novelization of the film was published in 1982 under the title "School Days" by Robert Hughes; the soundtrack features electronic music by Tangerine Dream. Included are songs "The Ritz" and "Jumping Out a Window" by Pop Mechanix, "Shivers" by The Birthday Party, "Lightnin' Strikes" by Lou Christie. "The Ritz" and "Lightnin' Strikes" are heard at a teenage costume party during which characters spontaneously perform a synchronised dance routine to "Lightnin' Strikes". The soundtrack has never been released. Strange Behavior on IMDb Strange Behavior at Rotten Tomatoes
The New York Times
The New York Times is an American newspaper based in New York City with worldwide influence and readership. Founded in 1851, the paper has won more than any other newspaper; the Times is ranked 17th in the world by circulation and 2nd in the U. S; the paper is owned by The New York Times Company, publicly traded and is controlled by the Sulzberger family through a dual-class share structure. It has been owned by the family since 1896. G. Sulzberger, the paper's publisher, his father, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. the company's chairman, are the fourth and fifth generation of the family to helm the paper. Nicknamed "The Gray Lady", the Times has long been regarded within the industry as a national "newspaper of record"; the paper's motto, "All the News That's Fit to Print", appears in the upper left-hand corner of the front page. Since the mid-1970s, The New York Times has expanded its layout and organization, adding special weekly sections on various topics supplementing the regular news, editorials and features.
Since 2008, the Times has been organized into the following sections: News, Editorials/Opinions-Columns/Op-Ed, New York, Sports of The Times, Science, Home and other features. On Sunday, the Times is supplemented by the Sunday Review, The New York Times Book Review, The New York Times Magazine and T: The New York Times Style Magazine; the Times stayed with the broadsheet full-page set-up and an eight-column format for several years after most papers switched to six, was one of the last newspapers to adopt color photography on the front page. The New York Times was founded as the New-York Daily Times on September 18, 1851. Founded by journalist and politician Henry Jarvis Raymond and former banker George Jones, the Times was published by Raymond, Jones & Company. Early investors in the company included Edwin B. Morgan, Christopher Morgan, Edward B. Wesley. Sold for a penny, the inaugural edition attempted to address various speculations on its purpose and positions that preceded its release: We shall be Conservative, in all cases where we think Conservatism essential to the public good.
We do not believe that everything in Society is either right or wrong. In 1852, the newspaper started a western division, The Times of California, which arrived whenever a mail boat from New York docked in California. However, the effort failed. On September 14, 1857, the newspaper shortened its name to The New-York Times. On April 21, 1861, The New York Times began publishing a Sunday edition to offer daily coverage of the Civil War. One of the earliest public controversies it was involved with was the Mortara Affair, the subject of twenty editorials in the Times alone; the main office of The New York Times was attacked during the New York City Draft Riots. The riots, sparked by the beginning of drafting for the Union Army, began on July 13, 1863. On "Newspaper Row", across from City Hall, Henry Raymond stopped the rioters with Gatling guns, early machine guns, one of which he manned himself; the mob diverted, instead attacking the headquarters of abolitionist publisher Horace Greeley's New York Tribune until being forced to flee by the Brooklyn City Police, who had crossed the East River to help the Manhattan authorities.
In 1869, Henry Raymond died, George Jones took over as publisher. The newspaper's influence grew in 1870 and 1871, when it published a series of exposés on William Tweed, leader of the city's Democratic Party—popularly known as "Tammany Hall" —that led to the end of the Tweed Ring's domination of New York's City Hall. Tweed had offered The New York Times five million dollars to not publish the story. In the 1880s, The New York Times transitioned from supporting Republican Party candidates in its editorials to becoming more politically independent and analytical. In 1884, the paper supported Democrat Grover Cleveland in his first presidential campaign. While this move cost The New York Times a portion of its readership among its more progressive and Republican readers, the paper regained most of its lost ground within a few years. After George Jones died in 1891, Charles Ransom Miller and other New York Times editors raised $1 million dollars to buy the Times, printing it under the New York Times Publishing Company.
However, the newspaper was financially crippled by the Panic of 1893, by 1896, the newspaper had a circulation of less than 9,000, was losing $1,000 a day. That year, Adolph Ochs, the publisher of the Chattanooga Times, gained a controlling interest in the company for $75,000. Shortly after assuming control of the paper, Ochs coined the paper's slogan, "All The News That's Fit To Print"; the slogan has appeared in the paper since September 1896, has been printed in a box in the upper left hand corner of the front page since early 1897. The slogan was a jab at competing papers, such as Joseph Pulitzer's New York World and William Randolph Hearst's New York Journal, which were known for a lurid and inaccurate reporting of facts and opinions, described by the end of the century as "yellow journalism". Under Ochs' guidance, aided by Carr
The Twilight Saga (film series)
The Twilight Saga is a series of five romance fantasy films from Summit Entertainment based on the four novels by American author Stephenie Meyer. The films star Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner; the series has grossed over $3.3 billion in worldwide receipts. The first installment, was released on November 21, 2008; the second installment, New Moon, followed on November 20, 2009, breaking box office records as the biggest midnight screening and opening day in history, grossing an estimated $72.7 million. The third installment, was released on June 30, 2010, was the first Twilight film to be released in IMAX; the series was in development since 2004 at Paramount Pictures, during which time a screen adaptation of Twilight that differed from the novel was written. Three years Summit Entertainment acquired the rights to the film. After Twilight grossed $35.7 million on its opening day, Summit Entertainment announced they would begin production on New Moon. A two-part adaptation of Breaking Dawn began shooting in November 2010 with release dates of November 18, 2011, November 16, 2012, respectively.
Twilight was in development for three years at Paramount Pictures's MTV Films, during which time a screen adaptation differing from the novel was written. For example, the script transformed Bella into a star athlete. Stephenie Meyer stated that there was some debate in allowing the movie to be made because of the negative or positive outcome of the movie compared to the book,'"They could have put that movie out, called it something else, no one would have known it was Twilight!" The idea of seeing a scene converted specifically the meadow scene, convinced Meyer to sell the rights. In seeing the script, she was frightened; when Summit Entertainment reinvented itself as a full-service studio in April 2007, it acquired the rights to the novel. Erik Feig, President of Production at Summit Entertainment, guaranteed a close adaptation to the book; the company perceived the film as an opportunity to launch a franchise based on the success of Meyer's book and its sequels. Meyer felt. Catherine Hardwicke was hired to direct the film, soon afterward, Melissa Rosenberg was selected to be the film's structural base as the writer of the film.
Rosenberg developed an outline by the end of August and collaborated with Hardwicke on writing the screenplay during the following month. "She was a great sounding board and had all sorts of brilliant ideas.... I'd finish off scenes and send them to her, get back her notes." Because of the impending WGA strike, Rosenberg worked full-time to finish the screenplay before October 31. In adapting the novel for the screen, she "had to condense a great deal." Some characters were left out, others were combined. "ur intent all along was to stay true to the book," Rosenberg explained, "and it has to do less with adapting it word for word and more with making sure the characters' arcs and emotional journeys are the same." Hardwicke suggested the use of voice over to convey the protagonist's internal dialogue, since the novel is told from Bella's point of view. Meyer, the author, Hardwicke, the director, had a close relationship while developing Twilight. Hardwicke wanted to make the characters in the books come to life.
She would call Meyer after changing a scene which surprised the author because, "I've heard the stories... I know it's not like that when you adapt a book." Meyer, a natural pessimist, was waiting for the worst but, called her experience in the book's film adaptation "the best I could have hoped for."Originally scheduled for release in December 2008, Twilight was moved to a worldwide release of November 21, 2008, after Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince moved from a November 2008 release to being released in July 2009. Kristen Stewart was on the set of Adventureland when Hardwicke visited her for an informal screen test, which "captivated" the director. Hardwicke did not choose Robert Pattinson for the role of Edward Cullen. Meyer allowed Pattinson to view a manuscript of the unfinished Midnight Sun, which chronicles the events in Twilight from Edward's point of view. Meyer was "excited" and "ecstatic" in response to the casting of the two main characters, she had expressed interest in having Emily Browning and Henry Cavill cast as Bella and Edward prior to pre-production.
Peter Facinelli was not cast as Carlisle Cullen: " liked, but there was another actor that the studio was pushing for." For unknown reasons, that actor was not able to play the part, Facinelli was selected in his place. The choice of Ashley Greene to portray Alice Cullen was criticized by some fans because Greene is 7 inches taller than her character as described in the novel. Meyer said. Nikki Reed had worked with Hardwicke on the successful Thirteen, which they co-wrote, Lords of Dogtown. Kellan Lutz was in Africa, shooting the HBO miniseries Generation Kill, when the auditions for the character of Emmett Cullen were conducted; the role had been cast by the time the HBO production ended in December 2007, but the selected actor "fell through". Lutz subsequently auditioned and was flown to Oregon, where Hardwicke chose him. Rachelle Lefèvre wanted a role in the film.
Stephenie Meyer is an American novelist and film producer, best known for her vampire romance series Twilight. The Twilight novels have gained worldwide recognition and sold over 100 million copies, with translations into 37 different languages. Meyer was the bestselling author of 2008 and 2009 in America, having sold over 29 million books in 2008, 26.5 million books in 2009. Twilight was the best-selling book of 2008 in US bookstores. Meyer was ranked No. 49 on Time magazine's list of the "100 Most Influential People in 2008", was included in the Forbes Celebrity 100 list of the world's most powerful celebrities in 2009, entering at No. 26. Her annual earnings exceeded $50 million. In 2010, Forbes ranked her as the No. 59 most powerful celebrity with annual earnings of $40 million. Stephenie Meyer was born in Hartford, Connecticut as the second of six children to Stephen and Candy Morgan, she was raised in Phoenix, with five siblings: Seth, Jacob and Heidi. Meyer attended Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, where her former English teacher remembered her as "bright but not overly so."
She attended Brigham Young University in Provo, where she received a BA in English in 1997. Meyer met her husband, when she was four years old in Arizona, married him in 1994 when they were both 20. Together they have three sons. Christian Meyer an auditor, has now retired to take care of the children. Meyer is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Meyer had no experience as a writer of any kind and had never written a short story before Twilight, she had considered going to law school. Before becoming an author, Meyer's only professional work was as a receptionist in a property company. Meyer says that the idea for Twilight came to her in a dream on June 2, 2003; the dream was about a human girl and a vampire, in love with her but thirsted for her blood. Based on this dream, Meyer wrote the draft of. In a matter of three months she had transformed her dream into a complete novel, though she never intended to publish Twilight and was writing for her own enjoyment, her sister's response to the book was enthusiastic and she persuaded Meyer to send the manuscript to literary agencies.
Of the 15 letters she wrote, five went unanswered, nine brought rejections, the last was a positive response from Jodi Reamer of Writers House. Eight publishers competed for the rights to publish Twilight in a 2003 auction. By November, Meyer had signed a $750,000 three-book deal with Little and Company. Twilight was published in 2005 with a print run of 75,000 copies, it reached No. 5 on The New York Times Best Seller list for Children's Chapter Books within a month of its release, rose to #1. Foreign rights to the novel were sold to over 26 countries; the novel was named the Publishers Weekly Best Book of a Times Editor's Choice. Following the success of Twilight, Meyer expanded the story into a series with three more books: New Moon and Breaking Dawn. In its first week after publication, New Moon reached No. 5 on The New York Times Best Seller list for Children's Chapter Books, in its second week rose to the No. 1 position, where it remained for the next 11 weeks. In total, it spent over 50 weeks on the list.
After the release of Eclipse, the first three "Twilight" books spent a combined 143 weeks on The New York Times Best Seller list. The fourth installment of the Twilight series, Breaking Dawn, was released with an initial print run of 3.7 million copies. Over 1.3 million copies were sold on the first day. The novel won Meyer her first British Book Award, despite competition from J. K. Rowling's The Tales of Beedle the Bard; the series has sold over 100 million copies worldwide in 37 languages. In 2008, the four books of the series claimed the top four spots on USA Today's year-end bestseller list, making Meyer the first author to achieve this feat, as well as being the bestselling author of the year; the Twilight novels held the top four spots on USA Today's year-end list again in 2009. In August 2009, USA Today revealed; the books have spent more than 143 weeks on The New York Times Best Seller list. Upon the completion of the fourth entry in the series, Meyer indicated that Breaking Dawn would be the final novel to be told from Bella Swan's perspective.
Midnight Sun was to be a companion novel to the series. It would be a retelling of the events of the novel Twilight, but from the perspective of Edward Cullen. Meyer had hoped to have Midnight Sun published some time shortly after the release of Breaking Dawn, but after an online leak of a rough draft of its first 12 chapters, Meyer chose to delay the project indefinitely. Meyer has decided to pursue non-Twilight related books as a result of the leak, she made the rough chapters of Midnight Sun available on her website. In 2015, she published a new book in honor of the 10th anniversary of the best-selling franchise, titled Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined, with the genders of the original protagonists switched. Meyer cites many novels as inspiration for the Twilight series, including Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë and L. M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables and its sequels; each book in the series was inspired by a different literary classic: Twilight by Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.
Alfred Charles Kinsey was an American biologist, professor of entomology and zoology, sexologist who in 1947 founded the Institute for Sex Research at Indiana University known as the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex and Reproduction. He is best known for writing Sexual Behavior in the Human Male and Sexual Behavior in the Human Female known as the Kinsey Reports, as well as the Kinsey scale. Kinsey's research on human sexuality, foundational to the field of sexology, provoked controversy in the 1940s and 1950s, his work has influenced cultural values in the United States, as well as internationally. Alfred Kinsey was born on June 23, 1894, in Hoboken, New Jersey, the son of Sarah Ann and Alfred Seguine Kinsey, he was the eldest of three children. His mother received little formal education. Kinsey's parents were poor for most of his childhood unable to afford proper medical care; this may have led to a young Kinsey receiving inadequate treatment for a variety of diseases including rickets, rheumatic fever, typhoid fever.
His health records indicate that Kinsey received suboptimal exposure to sunlight and lived in unsanitary conditions for at least part of his childhood. Rickets led to a curvature of the spine, which resulted in a slight stoop that prevented Kinsey from being drafted in 1917 for World War I. Kinsey's parents were devout Christians, his father was known as one of the most devout members of the local Methodist church. Most of Kinsey's social interactions were with other members of the church as a silent observer, while his parents discussed religion. Kinsey's father imposed strict rules on the household, including mandating Sunday as a day of prayer and little else. At age 10, Kinsey moved with his family to New Jersey. At a young age, he showed great interest in nature and camping, he worked and camped with the local YMCA throughout his early years, enjoyed these activities to such an extent that he intended to work for the YMCA after completing his education. Kinsey's senior undergraduate thesis for psychology, a dissertation on the group dynamics of young boys, echoed this interest.
He joined the Boy Scouts. His parents supported this because the Boy Scouts was an organization, based on the principles of Christianity. Kinsey worked his way up through the Scouting ranks to earn Eagle Scout in 1913, making him one of the earliest Eagle Scouts. Despite earlier disease having weakened his heart, Kinsey followed an intense sequence of difficult hikes and camping expeditions throughout his early life. In high school, Kinsey was a hard-working student. While attending Columbia High School, he devoted his energy to academic work and playing the piano. At one time, Kinsey had hoped to become a concert pianist, but decided to concentrate on his scientific pursuits instead. Kinsey's ability to spend immense amounts of time focused on study was a trait that would serve him well in college and during his professional career, he seems not to have formed strong social relationships during high school, but earned respect for his academic ability. While there, Kinsey became interested in biology and zoology.
Kinsey was to claim that his high school biology teacher, Natalie Roeth, was the most important influence on his decision to become a scientist. Kinsey approached his father with plans to study botany at college, his father demanded. At Stevens, he took courses related to English and engineering, but was unable to satisfy his interest in biology. Kinsey was not successful there, decided engineering was not a field he was good at. At the end of two years at Stevens, Kinsey gathered the courage to confront his father about his interest in biology and his intent to continue studying at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, where he majored in biology. In the fall of 1914, Kinsey entered Bowdoin College, where he studied entomology under Manton Copeland, was admitted to the Zeta Psi fraternity, in whose house he lived for much of his time at college. In 1916 Kinsey was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa society and graduated magna cum laude, with degrees in biology and psychology. Alfred Seguine Kinsey did not attend his son's graduation ceremony from Bowdoin as another sign of disapproval of his son's choice of career and studies.
Kinsey continued his graduate studies at Harvard University's Bussey Institute, which had one of the most regarded biology programs in the United States. It was there that Kinsey studied applied biology under William Morton Wheeler, a scientist who made outstanding contributions to entomology. Under Wheeler, Kinsey worked completely autonomously, which suited both men quite well. Kinsey did his doctoral thesis on gall wasps, zealously collecting samples of the species, he traveled and took 26 detailed measurements of hundreds of thousands of gall wasps. In 1919, Kinsey was awarded a Sc. D. degree by Harvard University. In 1920 he published several papers under the auspices of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, introducing the gall wasp to the scientific community and describing its phylogeny. Of the more than 18 million insects in the museum's collection, some 5 million are gall wasps collected by Kinsey. Kinsey wrote a used high-school textbook, An Introduction to Biology, published in October 1926.
The book endorsed evolution an
Sir Roger George Moore was an English actor best known for playing British secret agent James Bond in seven feature films from 1973 to 1985, beginning with Live and Let Die. He was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 1991 and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003 for services to charity. In 2007, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his work in film. In 2008, the French government appointed him a Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Roger Moore was born on 14 October 1927 in London, he was the only child of George Alfred Moore, a policeman, Lillian "Lily". His mother was born in India, to an English family, he attended Battersea Grammar School, but was evacuated to Holsworthy in Devon during the Second World War, attended Launceston College in Cornwall. He was further educated at Dr Challoner's Grammar School in Buckinghamshire. Moore apprenticed at an animation studio, but was fired after he made a mistake with some animation cells; when his father investigated a robbery at the home of film director Brian Desmond Hurst, Moore was introduced to the director and hired as an extra for the 1945 film Caesar and Cleopatra.
While there, Moore attracted an off-camera female fan following, Hurst decided to pay Moore's fees at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Moore spent three terms at RADA, where he was a classmate of his future Bond co-star Lois Maxwell, the original Miss Moneypenny. During this time there, he developed the Mid-Atlantic accent and relaxed demeanour that became his screen persona. At 18, shortly after the end of the Second World War, Moore was conscripted for national service. On 21 September 1946, he was commissioned into the Royal Army Service Corps as a second lieutenant, he was given the service number 372394. He was an officer in the Combined Services Entertainment section becoming a captain commanding a small depot in West Germany. There he looked after entertainers for the armed forces passing through Hamburg. Moore had some early uncredited appearances in Perfect Strangers and Cleopatra, Gaiety George, Piccadilly Incident, Trottie True appearing alongside an uncredited Christopher Lee. In the early 1950s Moore worked as a model, appearing in print advertisements for knitwear and a wide range of other products such as toothpaste—work that many critics have used to underscore his lightweight credentials as an actor.
In his book Last Man Standing: Tales from Tinseltown, Moore states that his first television appearance was on 27 March 1949 in The Governess by Patrick Hamilton, a live broadcast, in which he played the minor part of Bob Drew. Other actors in the show included Betty Ann Davies, he had a small role in TV in A House in the Square had uncredited parts in films including Paper Orchid and The Interrupted Journey. He was in Drawing-Room Detective on TV and appeared in the films One Wild Oat and Honeymoon Deferred. Moore began to work in television, he appeared in adaptations of Julius Caesar and Black Chiffon, in two episodes of Robert Montgomery Presents, as well as the TV movie The Clay of Kings. In March 1954, MGM signed him to a long-term contract. Moore started his MGM contract with a small role in The Last Time I Saw Paris, flirting with Elizabeth Taylor, he appeared in Interrupted Melody, a biographical movie about opera singer Marjorie Lawrence's recovery from polio, in which he was billed third under Glenn Ford and Eleanor Parker as Lawrence's brother Cyril.
That same year, he played a supporting role in the swashbuckler The King's Thief starring Ann Blyth, Edmund Purdom, David Niven and George Sanders. In the 1956 film Diane, Moore was billed third again, this time under Lana Turner and Pedro Armendariz, in a 16th-century period piece set in France with Moore playing Prince Henri, the future king. Moore was released from his MGM contract after two years following the film's critical and commercial failure. In his own words, "At MGM, RGM was NBG." Moore freelanced for a time, appearing in episodes of Ford Star Jubilee, Lux Video Theatre and Matinee Theatre'. Moore's first success was playing the eponymous hero, Sir Wilfred of Ivanhoe, in the 1958–59 series Ivanhoe, a loose adaptation of the 1819 romantic novel by Sir Walter Scott set in the 12th century during the era of Richard the Lionheart, delving into Ivanhoe's conflict with Prince John. Shot in England at Elstree Studios and Buckinghamshire, some of the show was filmed in California due to a partnership with Columbia Studios' Screen Gems.
Aimed at younger audiences, the pilot was filmed in colour, a reflection of its comparatively high budget for a British children's adventure series of the period, but subsequent episodes were shot in black and white. Christopher Lee and John Schlesinger were among the show's guest stars, series regulars included Robert Brown as the squire Gurth, Peter Gilmore as Waldo Ivanhoe, Andrew Keir as villainous Prince John, Bruce Seton as noble King Richard. Moore suffered broken ribs and a battle-axe blow to his helmet while performing some of his own stunts filming a season of 39 half-hour episodes, reminisced, "I felt a complete Charlie riding around in all that armour and damned stupid plumed helmet. I felt like a medieval fireman." After that, he spent a few years doing one-shot parts in television series, including an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents in 1959