It's Complicated (film)
It's Complicated is a 2009 American romantic comedy film written and directed by Nancy Meyers. It stars Meryl Streep as a successful bakery owner and single mother of three who starts a secret affair with her former husband, played by Alec Baldwin, ten years after their divorce – only to find herself drawn to another man: her architect Adam; the film features supporting performances by Lake Bell, Hunter Parrish, Zoe Kazan, John Krasinski, Mary Kay Place, Robert Curtis Brown and Rita Wilson, among others. The film was met with average reviews from critics, who praised the acting of its ensemble cast but declared its story rather predictable, it became another commercial hit for Meyers, upon its Christmas Day 2009 opening release in the United States and Canada. It played well through the holidays and in to January 2010 closing on April 1 with $112.7 million. Worldwide, It's Complicated grossed $219.1 million, surpassed The Holiday to become Meyer's third-highest-grossing project to date. For their performances, the cast was awarded a National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Award for Best Ensemble Cast the same year.
In addition, the film was nominated at both the Critics' Choice Awards and the Satellite Awards and garnered Meyers two Golden Globe nominations, including Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and Best Screenplay. Streep and Baldwin each were individually recognized with Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor nominations at the Golden Globe and BAFTA award ceremonies, respectively. Jane, who owns a successful bakery in Santa Barbara and Jake Adler, a successful attorney, divorced ten years earlier, they had three children together, a boy, who are grown. Jake, cheating on Jane, married the much younger Agness. Jane and Jake attend their son Luke's graduation from college in New York City. After a dinner together, the two begin an affair. Jane is torn about the affair. While Agness has Jake scheduled for regular sessions at a fertility clinic, Jake is secretly taking medication to increase urine flow, the side effects of which are decreased sperm count and dizziness. After one of his sessions he has a lunchtime rendezvous with Jane at a hotel.
Jake collapses in the hotel room and a doctor is called. The doctor speculates that the reason for Jake's distress may be the medication and says he should stop taking it. Jake and Jane's children know nothing of the affair, but Harley, engaged to their daughter Lauren, spots the pair and the doctor in the hotel, but keeps silent. Adam is an architect hired to remodel Jane's home. Still healing from a divorce of his own, he begins to fall in love with Jane. On the night of Luke's graduation party in Santa Barbara, Jane invites Adam to the party, she is stoned when he picks her up because she has smoked a marijuana joint that Jake had given her earlier. Before going into the party, Adam smokes some of the joint with Jane. Once inside, they are laughing and high, Jake becomes jealous observing them, after pressing Jane, smokes some with her also. Agness observes Jake and Jane dancing together and realizes they are having an affair; when they leave the party, Adam asks Jane. Jane takes him to her bakery and they make chocolate croissants together.
Jake and Agness separate. By a webcam in Jane's bedroom, Adam sees Jake naked and realizes that the two have been having an affair. Adam tells Jane. Jane's kids find out, they are not happy about Mom and Dad getting together again because they are still recovering from the divorce. Jane tells them she is not getting back with Jake. Jane and Jake end their affair on amicable terms; the film ends with Adam at Jane's house ready to commence the remodeling. Before the credits roll and Adam are seen laughing about the chocolate croissants while walking into her house. Meryl Streep as Jane Adler, a successful bakery owner. Steve Martin as Adam Schaffer, Jane's architect. Alec Baldwin as Jacob "Jake" Adler, Jane's ex-husband. Lake Bell as Agness Adler, Jake's wife. Hunter Parrish as Luke David Adler and Jake's son. Zoe Kazan as Gabby Adler and Jake's younger daughter. Caitlin FitzGerald as Lauren Adler and Jake's older daughter. John Krasinski as Harley, Lauren's fiancé. Mary Kay Place as Joanne Rita Wilson as Trisha Alexandra Wentworth as Diane James Patrick Stuart as Dr. Moss, the plastic surgeon Blanchard Ryan as Annalise Michael Rivera as Eddie Robert Curtis Brown as Peter Peter Mackenzie as Dr. Alan, Jane's therapist.
Rosalie Ward as Alex Jimmy Clabots as Chase Emjay Anthony as Pedro Adler Emily Kinney as Waitress. Nora Dunn as Sally Bruce Altman as Ted Lisa Lynn Masters as the beautiful woman in elevator. In May 2008, Nancy Meyers agreed to a project for Universal Studios that she would write and direct, to be co-produced with Scott Rudin; the project was referred to as The Untitled Nancy Meyers Project during its inception and early production. Establishing commitments from the principals began in 2008, with Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin entering discussions in August, Steve Martin joining the cast in October. Casting continued through 2009, with Zoe Kazan, Lake Bell, Hunter Parrish joining in January, John Krasinski in February, Rita Wilson in March, Caitlin Fitzgerald in June. While the majority of the film is set in Santa Barbara, most of the filming – including nearly all of the interiors – took place in New York City. Principal photography began on February 18, 2009 at the Broadway Stages in the Brooklyn borough, wh
The Brooklyn Heist
The Brooklyn Heist, is a 2008 film written by Julian Mark Kheel and Brett Halsey and directed by Julian Mark Kheel. Danny Masterson as Fitz Leon Robinson as Ronald Aysan Çelik as Lana Michael Cecchi as Dino Serena Reeder as Maya Jonathan Hova as Slava Blanchard Ryan as Samantha Dominique Swain as Mercy Phyllis Somerville as Connie MuMs da Schemer as Moose Barney Cheng as Bo Joe Rosario as Goon The Brooklyn Heist on IMDb
MTV is an American pay television channel owned by Viacom Media Networks and headquartered in New York City. The channel was launched on August 1, 1981, aired music videos as guided by television personalities known as "video jockeys". At first, MTV's main target demographic was young adults, but today it is teenagers high school and college students. Since its inception, MTV has toned down its music video programming and its programming now consists of original reality and drama programming and some off-network syndicated programs and films, with limited music video programming in off-peak time periods. MTV had struggled with the secular decline of music-related subscription-based media, its ratings had been said to be failing systematically, as younger viewers shift towards other media platforms, with yearly ratings drops as high as 29%. In April 2016, then-appointed MTV president Sean Atkins announced plans to restore music programming to the channel. Under current MTV president Chris McCarthy, reality programming has once again become prominent.
MTV has spawned numerous sister channels in the U. S. and affiliated channels internationally, some of which have gone independent, with 90.6 million American households in the United States receiving the channel as of January 2016. Several earlier concepts for music video-based television programming had been around since the early 1960s; the Beatles had used music videos to promote their records starting in the mid-1960s. The creative use of music videos within their 1964 film A Hard Day's Night the performance of the song "Can't Buy Me Love", led MTV on June 26, 1999, to honor the film's director Richard Lester with an award for "basically inventing the music video". In his book The Mason Williams FCC Rapport, author Mason Williams states that he pitched an idea to CBS for a television program that featured "video-radio", where disc jockeys would play avant-garde art pieces set to music. CBS rejected the idea, but Williams premiered his own musical composition "Classical Gas" on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, where he was head writer.
In 1970, Philadelphia-based disc jockey Bob Whitney created The Now Explosion, a television series filmed in Atlanta and broadcast in syndication to other local television stations throughout the United States. The series featured promotional clips from various popular artists, but was canceled by its distributor in 1971. Several music programs originating outside of the US, including Australia's Countdown and the United Kingdom's Top of the Pops, which had aired music videos in lieu of performances from artists who were not available to perform live, began to feature them by the mid-1970s. In 1974, Gary Van Haas, vice president of Televak Corporation, introduced a concept to distribute a music video channel to record stores across the United States, promoted the channel, named Music Video TV, to distributors and retailers in a May 1974 issue of Billboard; the channel, which featured video disc jockeys, signed a deal with US Cable in 1978 to expand its audience from retail to cable television.
The service was no longer active by the time MTV launched in 1981. In 1977, Warner Cable a division of Warner Communications and the precursor of Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment launched the first two-way interactive cable television system named QUBE in Columbus, Ohio; the QUBE system offered many specialized channels. One of these specialized channels was Sight on Sound, a music channel that featured concert footage and music-oriented television programs. With the interactive QUBE service, viewers could vote for their favorite artists; the original programming format of MTV was created by media executive Robert W. Pittman, who became president and chief executive officer of MTV Networks. Pittman had test-driven the music format by producing and hosting a 15-minute show, Album Tracks, on New York City television station WNBC-TV in the late 1970s. Pittman's boss Warner-Amex executive vice president John Lack had shepherded PopClips, a television series created by former Monkee-turned solo artist Michael Nesmith, whose attention had turned to the music video format in the late 1970s.
The inspiration for PopClips came from a similar program on New Zealand's TVNZ network named Radio with Pictures, which premiered in 1976. The concept itself had been in the works since 1966, when major record companies began supplying the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation with promotional music clips to play on the air at no charge. Few artists made the long trip to New Zealand to appear live. On Saturday, August 1, 1981, at 12:01 AM Eastern Time, MTV was launched with the words "Ladies and gentlemen and roll," spoken by John Lack and played over footage of the first Space Shuttle launch countdown of Columbia and of the launch of Apollo 11; those words were followed by the original MTV theme song, a crunching rock tune composed by Jonathan Elias and John Petersen, playing over the American flag changed to show MTV's logo changing into various textures and designs. MTV producers Alan Goodman and Fred Seibert used this public domain footage as a concept. A shortened version of the shuttle launch ID ran at the top of every hour in various forms, from MTV's first day until it was pulled in early 1986 in the wake of the Challenger disaster.
White Collar (TV series)
White Collar is a USA Network television series created by Jeff Eastin, starring Tim DeKay as FBI Special Agent Peter Burke and Matt Bomer as Neal Caffrey, a intelligent and multitalented con artist working as Burke's criminal informant. Willie Garson and Tiffani Thiessen star; the show premiered on October 23, 2009, aired six complete seasons, with the final season concluding on December 18, 2014. Neal Caffrey, a renowned con artist and thief, is captured after a three-year game of cat and mouse with the FBI Special Agent Peter Burke. With only three months left in his four-year sentence, he escapes to look for Kate. Peter Burke returns him to prison; this time, Caffrey proposes a deal to help Burke apprehend dangerous white collar criminals with the FBI as part of a work-release program. After some hesitation, Burke agrees, they thus begin their testy relationship. Matt Bomer as Neal Caffrey: A skilled forger and thief, he is intelligent. Caffrey was imprisoned after being captured by FBI Special Agent Peter Burke.
Neal proposes he become an FBI consultant, in exchange for early release. Burke agrees on the condition. Despite being given the opportunity to build a new, honest life for himself, Neal craves his old life, forcing him to choose between the two. Tim DeKay as Special Agent in Charge Peter Burke:A hard-working, honest FBI agent, the head of the investigative team on which Neal serves, he is committed to his marriage and loves his home life. Although the two butt heads, Peter is the person Neal trusts the most. Peter is determined to convince Neal that an honest life is possible when he refuses to believe it. Willie Garson as Mozzie:Another con man and close friend of Neal, Mozzie, or Moz, is Neal's most trusted confidante. Abandoned as a baby, he grew up in an orphanage and several foster homes in Detroit, where he learned to be a con man. Though lacking Neal's people skills, he appears to be a jack of all trades, has an eidetic memory, helps with investigations. Moz takes his nickname from a childhood teddy bear named Mozart.
Tiffani Thiessen as Elizabeth Burke:An event planner and Peter's wife. She is supportive and understanding of long hours away. An intelligent woman herself, Elizabeth is able to discuss Peter's cases with him, admires Neal's refinement. Marsha Thomason as Special Agent Diana Berrigan:Previously Peter's probationary agent, Diana assists on Peter and Neal's first case together. Transferred to D. C. after her probation ends, she returns to the investigative team in New York. She is gay. Sharif Atkins as Special Agent Clinton Jones:Peter's point man, responsible for carrying out a variety of tasks during the team's investigations, including surveillance, he appreciates Neal's unorthodox contributions to the team. Hilarie Burton as Sara Ellis:An insurance company investigator who testified against Neal when he was on trial, determined to see him return to prison, she discovers she enjoys working with him. During an investigation, they embark on a romantic relationship, complicated by the reappearance of Alex.
Natalie Morales as Special Agent Lauren Cruz:A junior agent who requested a transfer to Peter's team and served on it briefly. Diahann Carroll as June Ellington:An elderly widow who meets Neal at a thrift store, June is a quick judge of character, soon offers Neal her guest room. June has a close friendship with Mozzie and is seen talking to him or playing board games. James Rebhorn as Special Agent Reese Hughes:The agent in charge of the FBI's Manhattan White Collar Crime Unit, Hughes is supportive of Peter's use of Neal as a confidential informant. Bridget Regan as Rachel Turner/Rebecca Lowe:An expert in ancient books Mosconi's texts. First meets with Neal while working as a curator in a museum, from which Neal steals the mysterious Chapter 13 of Mosconi's Codex. Rebecca joins Neal and Mozzie in their efforts to resolve the mystery behind the Codex and becomes Neal's new love interest, it is revealed that Rebecca Lowe was a fake identity of a rogue MI5 agent Rachel Turner who became a paid thief and assassin for hire.
She is responsible for the murders of Curtis Hagen. Gloria Votsis as Alexandra Hunter:A professional thief and black market fence, romantically involved with Neal, she periodically assists with Peter and Neal's cases, but the nature of her and Neal's relationship is always somewhat of a mystery. Ross McCall as Matthew Keller:A thief and archrival of Neal, Keller was arrested and jailed by Peter but escaped and tried to steal the U-boat treasure that Neal and Mozzie have. Alexandra Daddario as Kate Moreau:Neal's missing girlfriend, who appears to be acting under the direction of a mysterious man, identifiable only by his 10-year commemorative FBI ring, she provides Neal with cryptic clues when she wants to communicate with him, prepares to reunite with Neal. Treat Williams as James Bennett/Samuel "Sam" Phelps:A mysterious former cop who turns out to be Neal's father, and, framed for murder. Neal was skeptical of his father's self-proclaimed innocence. However, after revealing more evidence, Neal becomes convinced of his father's innocence.
James was in WITSEC protection. Mark Sheppard as Curtis Hagen:A criminal caught during the first case on which Peter and Neal worked together. Blackmailed Neal to destroy evidence against him in exchange for help in freeing Peter from jail. Forced Neal to steal Chapter 13 of Mosconi's Codex for him. Killed
Under New Management
Under New Management known as Honeymoon Hotel, is a 1946 British comedy film directed by John E. Blakeley and starring Nat Jackley, Norman Evans and Dan Young; the screenplay concerns a chimney sweep inherits a hotel and calls on a number of ex-army friends to staff it. The film was one of a number of films at the time dealing with the contemporary issue of demobilisation following the end of the Second World War. Chimney sweep Joe inherits a dilapidated hotel which, with the help of former army chums as staff, he starts to turn around. A pair of devious property developers however, attempt to buy the hotel from him, knowing that the land is due to be redeveloped, to increase in value when an airport is built nearby. Mundy, John; the British musical film. Manchester University Press, 2007. Under New Management on IMDb
Angeline Dickinson is an American actress. She began her career on television, appearing in many anthology series during the 1950s, before landing her breakthrough role in Gun the Man Down with James Arness and the Western film Rio Bravo, for which she received the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year. In her six decade career, Dickinson has appeared in more than 50 films, including China Gate, Ocean's 11, The Sins of Rachel Cade, Captain Newman, M. D; the Killers, The Art of Love, The Chase, Point Blank, Pretty Maids All in a Row, The Outside Man and Big Bad Mama. From 1974 to 1978, Dickinson starred as Sergeant Leann "Pepper" Anderson in the NBC crime series Police Woman, for which she received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama and three Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series nominations; as lead actress, she starred in Brian De Palma's erotic crime thriller Dressed to Kill, for which she received a Saturn Award for Best Actress.
During her career, Dickinson starred in several television movies and miniseries playing supporting roles in films such as Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Pay It Forward and Big Bad Love. Dickinson, the second of four daughters, was born Angeline Brown on September 30, 1931, in Kulm, North Dakota, the daughter of Fredericka and Leo Henry Brown, her family was of German descent and she was raised Roman Catholic. Her father was a small-town newspaper publisher and editor, working on the Kulm Messenger and the Edgeley Mail, she fell in love with movies at an early age, as her father was the projectionist at the town's only movie theater until it burned down. In 1942, when she was 10 years old, the Brown family moved to Burbank, where Angie attended Bellarmine-Jefferson High School, graduating in 1947, at 15 years of age; the previous year, she had won the Sixth Annual Bill of Rights essay contest. She studied at Immaculate Heart College, Los Angeles, at Glendale Community College, becoming a business graduate by 1954.
Taking a cue from her publisher father, she had intended to be a writer. While a student from 1950–52, she worked as a secretary at Lockheed Air Terminal in Burbank and in a parts factory, she became Angie Dickinson in 1952. Dickinson placed second; the exposure brought her to the attention of a television industry producer, who asked her to consider a career in acting. She studied the craft and a few years was approached by NBC to guest-star on a number of variety shows, including The Colgate Comedy Hour, she soon met Frank Sinatra. She was cast as Sinatra's wife in the film Ocean's 11. On New Year's Eve 1954, Dickinson made her television acting debut in an episode of Death Valley Days; this led to roles in such productions as Buffalo Bill, Jr.. City Detective, It's a Great Life, Gray Ghost, General Electric Theater, Broken Arrow, The People's Choice, Meet McGraw, Northwest Passage, The Virginian, Tombstone Territory and The Restless Gun. In 1956, Dickinson appeared in an episode of The Legend of Wyatt Earp.
The next year she took another small role in Richard Boone's series Have Gun – Will Travel in the episode "A Matter of Ethics". In 1958, she was cast as Laura Meadows in the episode "The Deserters" of an ABC/Warner Bros. Western series, Colt.45, with Wayde Preston. That year, she played the role of defendant Mrs. Fargo in the Perry Mason episode "The Case of the One-Eyed Witness". Dickinson went on to create memorable characters in Wagon Train and Men into Space. In 1965, she had a recurring role as Carol Tredman on NBC's Dr. Kildare, she had a memorable turn as the duplicitous murder conspirator in a 1964 episode of The Fugitive series with David Janssen and fellow guest star Robert Duvall. She was at her evil best as an unfaithful wife and bank robber in the 1958 "Wild Blue Yonder" episode of Rod Cameron's syndicated television series State Trooper, she starred in two Alfred Hitchcock Hour episodes, "Captive Audience" with James Mason on October 18, 1962, "Thanatos Palace Hotel" on February 1, 1965.
Dickinson's motion picture career began with a small, uncredited role in Lucky Me starring Doris Day, followed by The Return of Jack Slade, Man with the Gun and Hidden Guns. She had her first starring role in Gun the Man Down with James Arness, followed by the Sam Fuller cult film China Gate, which depicted an early view of the Vietnam War. Rejecting the Marilyn Monroe/Jayne Mansfield style of platinum blonde sex-symbolism, because she felt it would narrow her acting options, Dickinson allowed studios to lighten her brunette hair to only honey-blonde, she appeared early in her career in B-movies or Westerns, including Shoot-Out at Medicine Bend, in which she co-starred with James Garner. In the crime drama Cry Terror!, Dickinson had a supporting role opposite James Mason and Rod Steiger as a femme fatale. In 1959, Dickinson's big-screen breakthrough role came in Howard Hawks' Rio Bravo, in which she played a flirtatious gambler called "Feathers" who becomes attracted to the town sheriff played by Dickinson's childhood idol John Wayne.
The film co-starred Ricky Nelson and Walter Brennan. When Hawks sold his personal contract with her to a major studio without her knowledge, she was unhappy. Dickinson nonetheless became one of the more prominent lea
Open Water (film)
Open Water is a 2003 American survival horror thriller film. The story concerns an American couple who go scuba diving while on vacation in Australia, only to find themselves stranded miles from shore in shark-infested waters when the crew of their boat accidentally leaves them behind; the film is claimed to be loosely based on the true story of Tom and Eileen Lonergan, who in 1998 went out with a scuba diving group, Outer Edge Dive Company, on the Great Barrier Reef, were accidentally left behind because the dive-boat crew failed to take an accurate headcount. The film was financed by the husband and wife team of writer/director Chris Kentis and producer Laura Lau, both avid scuba divers, it cost $120,000 to make and was bought by Lions Gate Entertainment for $2.5 million after its screening at the Sundance Film Festival. Lions Gate spent a further $8 million on marketing; the film grossed $55 million worldwide. Before filming began, the Lonergans' experience was re-created for an episode of ABC's 20/20, the segment was repeated after the release of Open Water.
Clips from the film were featured on NBC in "Troubled Waters", a Dateline episode with Matt Lauer interviewing two professional divers, Richard Neely and Ally Dalton, who were left adrift at the Great Barrier Reef by a dive boat on May 21, 2008. Daniel Kintner and Susan Watkins are a couple frustrated that their hard-working lives do not allow them to spend much time together, they decide to head out on a scuba-diving vacation to help improve their relationship. On their second day, they join a group scuba dive. A head count is taken, the passenger total is recorded as 20. Daniel and Susan decide to separate from the group while underwater. Half an hour the group returns to the boat. Two members of the group are inadvertently counted twice, so the dive master thinks everyone is back on board, the boat leaves the site; however and Susan are still underwater, unaware that the others have returned. When they resurface, the boat has gone, they believe. Stranded at sea, it dawns on Daniel and Susan that their boat is not coming back for them.
They bicker, battle bouts of hunger and mental exhaustion, realize that they have drifted far from the dive site. They realize that sharks have been circling them below the surface. Soon, jellyfish appear, stinging them both. Susan receives a small shark bite on the leg, but does not realize it. Daniel discovers a small fish feeding on the exposed flesh of her bite wound, he does not tell Susan. A shark bites Daniel and the wound begins to bleed profusely. Susan uses it to apply pressure to Daniel's wound, he appears to go into shock. The tight-fitting neoprene wet suits are keeping them from realizing they have been sustaining small bites. After night falls, sharks attack Daniel during a storm, killing him; the next morning and Susan's belongings are noticed on the boat by a crew member. He realizes they must have been left at the dive site. A search for the couple begins. Susan realizes Daniel is dead and releases him into the water, where sharks attack and pull him down in a feeding frenzy. After putting on her mask, she looks beneath the surface and sees several large sharks now circling her.
Susan looks around one last time for any sign of coming rescue. Seeing none, she goes underwater to drown before the sharks can attack. Elsewhere, a fishing crew cut open a newly-caught shark's stomach, finding a diving camera that of Daniel and Susan. One of the fishermen asks offhandedly to another, "Wonder if it works?" Blanchard Ryan as Susan Watkins Daniel Travis as Daniel Kintner Saul Stein as Seth Michael E. Williamson as Davis Cristina Zenato as Linda John Charles as Junior Estelle Lau as Affected-Ear Diver The filmmakers used live sharks, as opposed to the mechanical ones used in Jaws decades ago or the computer-generated fish in Deep Blue Sea; the film strives for authentic shark behavior, shunning the stereotypical exaggerated shark behavior typical of many films. The movie was shot on digital video; as noted above, the real-life events that inspired this story took place in the southern Pacific Ocean, this film moves the location to the Atlantic Ocean, being filmed in the Bahamas, the United States Virgin Islands, the Grenadines, Mexico.
Open Water received positive reviews. The film has a 72% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 192 reviews with an average rating of 6.6/10. The consensus reads: "A low budget thriller with some intense moments." On Metacritic, the film holds a score of 63 out of 100, determined from 38 critics' reviews, signifying "generally favorable reviews. Most critics praised the film for intensity and expertly minimalist filmmaking, while it was not well received by the audience. Writing in the Chicago Sun-Times, Roger Ebert praised the film highly: "Rarely, but sometimes, a movie can have an actual physical effect on you, it gets under your defenses and sidesteps the'it's only a movie' reflex and creates a visceral feeling that might as well be real". In a much less favorable review, A. O. Scott in The New York Times lamented that it "succeeds in mobilizing the audience's dread, but it fails to make us care as much as we should about the fate of its heroes". Open Water was made for a budget recorded by Box Office Mojo as $120,000, grossed $1 million in 47 theaters on its opening weekend and made a lifetime gross of $55 million.
In 2006, a film marketed as a sequel titled Open Water 2: Adrift was released in that year, which however has a