Rachel Claire Ward, is an English-born Australian actress, film director, television director, screenwriter. Ward was born in Cornwell near Chipping Norton, England, the daughter of Claire Leonora and the Hon. Peter Alistair Ward, her grandfathers were 3rd Earl of Dudley and the cricketer Giles Baring. Ward is the great-granddaughter of William Ward, 2nd Earl of Dudley, Governor-General of Australia 1908–11, sister of environmental campaigner and former actress Tracy Louise Ward, Duchess of Beaufort, she attended Hatherop Castle School, Gloucestershire the Byam Shaw School of Art in London. She left school at age 16 to become a photography model, she dated David Kennedy, son of Robert F. Kennedy. During her modelling career, she was featured on the covers of Vogue, Harper's & Queen, Cosmopolitan magazines. After moving to the United States in 1977, she appeared in television advertisements such as the Lincoln Mercury "Cougar Girl" and Revlon's "Scoundrel Girl." In 1981, she received a Golden Globe Award nomination for "New Star of the Year" for her role in the film Sharky's Machine starring with Burt Reynolds.
The following year, she starred. Her big break came in 1983, when she starred opposite Richard Chamberlain as the lead role portraying Meggie Cleary in the television miniseries The Thorn Birds, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film. Ward assigns much of the credit for this breakthrough performance to acting coach Sandra Seacat, first for helping her get the job and for the quality of the finished performance, assembled over the course of a grueling five-month shooting schedule, while undergoing a simultaneous and no less grueling makeover program at the hands of Seacat. In 1983, U. S. audiences voted Ward one of the world's 10 most beautiful women. In 1984, she played Jess with Jeff Bridges. After filming Fortress in 1985, Ward disappeared from film for several years to study acting, she reappeared in 1987 playing opposite Bryan Brown, in The Umbrella Woman. In 2001, she was again nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film for her role in On the Beach.
In 2001, Ward won the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Short Fiction Film for The Big House, Best Australian Film at Flickerfest. The film won the Film Critics Circle of Australia award, as did her 2003 film Martha's New Coat; that film won the 2003 ATOM Award. In 2003 a portrait of Ward by artist Jan Williamson won the Packing Room Prize at the Archibald Prize competition. In 2005, Ward was made a Member of the Order of Australia "for service to raising awareness of social justice through lobbying and advocacy for the rights of disadvantaged and at-risk young people, support for the Australian film and television industry."In 2006, Ward acted in the mini-series Blackbeard, made for the Hallmark Channel. It was directed by Kevin Connor, its lead star is Angus Macfadyen, it co-stars Richard Chamberlain, Jessica Chastain, Mark Umbers, Stacy Keach, David Winters. In 2007, Ward returned to television, she played a country veterinarian named Kate McDonald, a free spirit who confronts personal and professional obstacles in a rural, drought-affected town.
In 2009, she directed her first feature-length film titled Beautiful Kate, adapted by Ward from a 1982 Newton Thornburg novel, premiered at the Sydney Film Festival. Ward has been married to Bryan Brown since 1983, they have three children: Rose and Joseph. Media related to Rachel Ward at Wikimedia Commons Rachel Ward on IMDb
NZL 32, or Black Magic, is an International Americas Cup Class yacht which won the 1995 America's Cup by defeating the American defender Young America in a 5–0 victory off San Diego, California. NZL 32 was, in many ways, the complete opposite of her predecessor NZL 20 which contested the 1992 edition of the Louis Vuitton Cup. Instead of being the brainchild of one man she was designed by a team of Tom Schnackenberg, Doug Peterson, Laurie Davidson, David Egan, Peter Jackson, Maury Leyland, David Alan-Williams, Anthony Lehmann, Richard Karn, Wayne Smith, Mike Drumond, Chris Mitchell and Neil Wilkinson; the idea was to produce a yacht that suited the crew, catering to their specific needs. NZL 32 was built of carbon fibre by the McMullen & Wing yard, Auckland, in 1994, her sister yacht, NZL 38, or Black Magic II, was used in the initial stages of the Louis Vuitton Cup in San Diego winning all but one race. However, Team New Zealand believed NZL 32 to be faster than NZL 38 and so retired her early, before the Louis Vuitton Cup semi-finals.
NZL 38 became a trial horse for Team New Zealand's 2000 defence of the America's Cup in Auckland, was purchased for the 2003 Cup by the Swedish Victory Challenge. She was renamed Cristina. With NZL 38 now retired, NZL 32 was brought out for the final stages of the Louis Vuitton Cup, she proved to be faster than NZL 38, winning 9 of 11 races in the semi-finals and 5 out of 6 in the finals against oneAustralia. As the winner of the Louis Vuitton Cup, she now had the right to challenge for the America's Cup itself. By this stage, it was clear NZL 32 was far superior to any of her rivals, including the winner of the defender series Stars & Stripes. With that knowledge, Stars & Stripes skipper Dennis Conner swapped boats for the Cup matches, taking the helm of Young America. While Young America didn't win the Defender's Series, she was believed to be faster than Stars & Stripes. Young America was however no match for NZL 32. In what became known as a "blackwash", Black Magic trounced Young America 5–0 in the Cup match, thus remains unbeaten in an America's Cup race.
NZL 32 was used as a trial boat for the 2003 challenge of China Team. In July 2002, she was donated to the Museum of New Zealand, however there was much debate over how she should be displayed to the nation; the initial proposal was for a'glass case' with the yacht placed inside – a giant "ship in a bottle" – however this was likened to a "glass coffin" by many and as such was abandoned. Following the murder of Team New Zealand's inspirational leader Sir Peter Blake, it was decided NZL 32 would form the centrepiece of a tribute to him; this was constructed at the National Maritime Museum in Auckland and was named'Blue Water Black Magic' – an interactive exhibit and tribute to Sir Peter. NZL 32 is suspended from the ceiling and can be viewed from all angles, with much of Sir Peter's yachting memorabilia exhibited around it. List of IACC yachts
Black Magic (Swollen Members album)
Black Magic is an album by Swollen Members, a Canadian hip hop group. It is their fourth full-length release, not including Monsters in the Closet, their B-sides compilation; this album features guest vocals, including former group member Moka Only on two tracks. The album peaked at number 21 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart. DJ Revolution — Scratches, track 3, 7, 13 Metty the Dert Merchant — Additional vocals, track 6 Russ Kine — Guitar, track 6 Darcy Ladret — Guitar, track 8.
Magic Wands is a dream pop band from Nashville and based in Los Angeles, California. The band has referred to their sound as "lovewave"; the band was formed by Chris Valentine and Dexy Valentine in summer 2008, after Chris found a copy of Dexy's song "Teenage Love", on her band the Dollphins' MySpace page, the two got in touch. Dexy moved from Los Angeles to Nashville and the two began to write music together; the name of the band stemmed from the gift of a magic wand from Chris to Dexy while the two were living on opposite sides of the country. Their first single, "Black Magic", was released on 7" vinyl in 2008 by Ark Recordings. In late 2009, the band signed to indie label Bright Antenna and released their first EP, Magic Love & Dreams, recorded in New York City with producer John Hill. Prefix's review gave the album a 7 out of 10 score, with critic Matthew Richardson writing, "The whole EP is covered with the cosmic haze of dream-pop, while the Valentines maintain the attitude of punk kids".
On February 17, 2010, RCRD LBL released a download of the track "Warrior", remixed by the xx. The Wands' debut studio album, Aloha Moon, was announced on the Spin website on February 7, 2012, along with a stream of the single "Space". Reviewer David Marchese wrote that the track was "a sexy and propulsive stunner...a cool song, suggestive of the darker side of'80s pop and brighter side of falling in love". On April 5, 2012, RCRD LBL premiered the band's non-album cover of the Madonna song "Burning Up". Aloha Moon was released on April 2012 by Bright Antenna; the band toured as openers for the Jesus and Mary Chain in summer 2012. Magic Wands relocated to Los Angeles, recorded their second album, with the rhythm section of bassist Michael Schenk and drummer Charlie Woodburn; the album marked a change in approach, as Dexy Valentine noted, "We decided to not use electronic backing tracks for this album and keep it more spontaneous and experimental and have live players on stage playing their instruments".
While the album was being mixed, Dexy Valentine reformed her prior band, Bonfire Beach, self-releasing the digital album Lit in 2013, issuing an eponymous 2014 album on Cleopatra Records and touring with the Dandy Warhols. She collaborated with Ariel Pink on the track "Walkie Talkie", issued only via Magic Wands' Soundcloud page. Meanwhile, Chris Valentine studied ancient sound healing and opened his own shop. Magic Wands contributed a cover of David Bowie's "Cat People" to the 2015 Cleopatra tribute album A Salute to the Thin White Duke - The Songs of David Bowie. Jupiter was released by Cleopatra on February 26, 2016. Magic Wands added two new live members, bassist Tommy Alexander and drummer Keith Crutchfield. Keyboardist Phil Galoni performed on their 2017 tour. On May 18, 2018, the band released their third studio album, Abrakadabra on Argentine label Casa Del Puente Discos; that same month, Magic Wands self-released the Portals digital-only compilation album collecting B-sides and other unreleased recordings.
A vinyl edition of Abrakadabra was released on July 13 by US label Etxe Records. Abrakadabra on Los Angeles, CA and Washington, DC based label on vinyl offering a full-length digital download with bonus track "Puzzle of Love". Argentina based label. Aloha Moon Jupiter Abrakadabra (2018, Etxe Records & Productions.
Black Magic (1949 film)
Black Magic is a 1949 film adaptation of Alexandre Dumas's novel Joseph Balsamo. It was directed by the Russian-born Gregory Ratoff. Set in the 18th century, the film stars Orson Welles in the lead role as Joseph Balsamo, a hypnotist and charlatan who goes by the alias Count Cagliostro, Nancy Guild as Lorenza/Marie Antoinette. Akim Tamiroff has a featured role as Gitano. Alexandre Dumas, Sr. tells his son Jr. the story of Joseph Balsamo aka Cagliostro. Through flashbacks we learn, he was tortured under the command of Viscount de Montagne and his parents were ordered to hang. He swears revenge on de Montagne; some years he learns the secrets of hypnosis from Dr. Mesmer. Ignoring the doctor's advice that he use his powers for healing, he exploits his new talent to the full, gaining wealth and prestige. After changing his name to Count Cagliostro, he becomes famous throughout Europe. Things begin to go downhill when he enters a plot to substitute a young girl called Lorenza for Queen Marie Antoinette along with gypsies Gitano and Zoraida.
The plot is organised by de Montagne in association with Madame du Barry. They plan for Lorenza to buy a frivolous necklace. Zoraida becomes jealous of Lorenza, who has fallen under Cagliostro's power, forgetting her true love, Gilbert. Gilbert runs away with Lorenza. Cagliostro marries her, hypnotised. King Louis XV dies and Marie Antoinette becomes queen, she orders Cagliostro to leave the country. Cagliostro gets Lorenza to pretend to be in love with de Montagne, he buys the Queen's reputation is damaged. Zoraida reveals Cagliostro's plot. Lorenza agrees to testify against Cagliostro, but at the trial, Cagliostro hypnotizes her into stating that she knows nothing. Cagliostro hypnotizes Gilbert into testifying against the queen. However, Dr. Mesmer uses the necklace to hypnotize Cagliostro into confessing. Cagliostro awakens from his trance and escapes with the hypnotized Lorenza. Gilbert kills Cagliostro in a sword fight; the movie was known as Cagliostro. Producer Edward Small went through a number of directors and stars in trying to get this film off the ground, starting in 1943.
Charles Boyer was to star with Akim Tamiroff, Irving Pichel directing in early 1944 J. Carrol Naish was reported to play Alexandre Dumas, Sr; that year, George Sanders was announced as the star with Douglas Sirk directing. Louis Hayward was at one stage announced to star. In 1943 Hedda Hopper suggested, he signed in September 1947. In 1947, Small was to make the film in Mexico, but dropped those plans when it turned out to be more expensive to shoot there than he expected – so the location of shooting was changed to Italy, where Small could use blocked lira. Small borrowed Gregory Ratoff, Frank Latimore and Nancy Guild from Twentieth Century-Fox and took over the Scalera studios in Rome from early October 1947 to late January 1948. Charles Bennett, who wrote the script, said Jose Ferrer was supposed to play the lead but he demanded a three picture contract from Small who refused. Bennett said Ratoff and Welles rewrote the film, but he admired Welles' performance. Orson Welles said, he waited'til I had reread the Dumas novels and become so'hypnotised' by the scoundrel that I felt I had to play him.
Small announced casually,'Gregory Ratoff is going to direct'. That cinched it. Gregory is a great friend, more fun to work with than anybody I know."United Artists were so enthusiastic about the film they agreed to distribute the film for 25% of the profits as opposed to their usual fee of 27.5%. Welles directed several scenes in the film, released on 18 August 1949. Reviews were mixed; the 2006 film Fade to Black has Welles involved in a murder mystery while in Rome for the production of Black Magic. Black Magic on IMDb Black Magic at the TCM Movie Database Black Magic at AllMovie Black Magic at the American Film Institute Catalog
Black Magic (comics)
Black Magic was a horror anthology comic book series published by American company Prize Comics from 1950 to 1961. The series was packaged by the creative duo Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, featured non-gory horror content. After 50 issues as Black Magic, the title's numbering continued for three more issues as the humor comic Cool Cat before being canceled. In 1973–1975, DC Comics published a nine-issue series reprinting Simon–Kirby material from the earlier series; the new incarnation featured new covers with the same logo as the earlier issues of the Prize series. The reprint issues grouped the stories by theme.
Black Magic (manga)
Black Magic is a cyberpunk manga written and illustrated by Masamune Shirow. It was first published as a dōjinshi in 1983, was reprinted in tankōbon format by Seishinsha in 1985; the series was adapted into an OVA in 1987, directed by Hiroyuki Kitakubo. AIC, Animate provided the animation/production while Bandai Visual was chosen as the distributor; the OVA is loosely based on one of the volumes of the manga and centers around the efforts of a female journalist named Sybel to save a young girl from an out-of-control military android created by the girl's grandfather. A military transport chopper is flying to an undisclosed location with secret cargo – two equipped, but un-programmed M-66 battle androids, it becomes apparent that the chopper is suffering from some sort of attack, as one of the turbines flares up before exploding. Both men evacuate the doomed craft and it crashes in a remote forest miles away from Center City, both of the M-66's storage pods are thrown from the wreckage; the pods open.
Sybel, a freelance journalist, receives an intercepted Military Broadband Transmission and loads up her equipment to go see what type of footage she can get of the event to sell to the major networks. She's joined by her cameraman. Rushing to the scene of the accident, the two of them abandon their truck and try to sneak closer to the crash site, sealed and cordoned off by the military's retrieval teams; the military's Special Ops Forces are directed by a professional soldier, identified only as the'Major', his status rank. Among the retrieval team is the assistant professor of the android's main design programmer; the M-66s are active searching out their target as well, this becomes apparent when the lead designer, Professor Matthews arrives at the site and talks to Professor Slade, his assistant. It seems that Slade loaded a'dummy' program into the M-66s before they were transported, which mimics an actual mission engagement. Professor Matthews tells the Major that the SpecOps Forces must find and rescue his granddaughter Ferris, as she is the target the M-66s have been tasked with killing.
The Major decides that the best course of action is to confront the androids on their way into the city area, he sets a trap for both of the cunning machines. Sybel and Leakey, meanwhile – had been captured by the SpecOps Forces in the forest, their equipment was taken, they were arrested. Both were to be administered a shot of sodium pentothal – but only Leakey is given the shot- the android's arrival at the soldier's temporary base allows Sybel enough time to try to knock out the guard, but she is ineffective and he shouts at her to quit resisting. Another soldier walks over to their vehicle with a machine gun, the guard shouts at him to watch Sybel and Leakey, before jumping out to run and join in the battle. Mortally wounded, the soldier falls forward and dies, Sybel takes advantage of the situation to get herself and Leakey out of there. Despite the Major's best advances and planning, the androids engage his men and kill the majority of them, before his soldiers deploy a magnetic device which shuts down the androids for a limited time.
Using the device, the soldiers manage to pin one of the M-66s on the hood of a transport vehicles and restrain it using nets. However just before they can retrieve the android, it self-destructs, which propels 20,000 small bore projectiles embedded within its skin in every direction; the Major's surviving forces turn their attention to the remaining M-66, which beats them back and makes its own escape by jumping into the air and disappearing into the surrounding forest. Beaten, but not one to give up the Major regroups his forces and calls for a transport craft to pick them up. Sybel and Leakey make it back to their truck, Sybel drops Leakey off with the film to go sell to the networks while she tries to get more information on what has happened. By accident, she discovers Professor Matthew's house deep in the forest, it has been ransacked by the surviving M-66. She listens as a voicemail message begins playback, it is Professor Matthew's granddaughter Ferris saying that she will be home late and that she is out with friends at a restaurant in the city.
Sybel has gone to kill Ferris. In her haste, Sybel arrives at the restaurant and finds Ferris, reluctant to follow her. Sybel has to tell Ferris that the M-66 is there to kill her, from on, it's a fight to stay alive for both Sybel and Ferris- with help from the Major and his SpecOps Forces running defense against the unstoppable android. Sybel and Ferris make their way up the skyscraper, pursued by the android as it dispatches the soldiers attempting to escort the pair; as they reach the roof, a fight between the M-66 and a gunship results in the top several floors of the building starting to collapse. As the android closes in, Sybel sets off explosive charges. Sybel and Ferris are rescued by the military, the remains of the M-66 are recovered; the Major decides not to arrest Sybel out of gratitude for her assistance, but does confiscate her equipment. Sybel returns home and turns on the news, where it's revealed the incident has been passed off as a terrorist attack. Leaky appears on the news, having sold the footage and taken full credit for it, only to realize too late it includes video of him passed out in the truck.
During the credits, scenes play out of Sybel filming various stories, before cutting to a lab where the now-inactive M-66 is placed back into a pod. Black Magic was first released by Atlas magazine in 1983 and reprinted in 1984; the story was