September 11 attacks
The September 11 attacks were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda on the United States on the morning of Tuesday, September 11,2001. The attacks killed 2,996 people, injured over 6,000 others, two of the planes, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, were crashed into the North and South towers, respectively, of the World Trade Center complex in New York City. A third plane, American Airlines Flight 77, was crashed into the Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia and it was the deadliest incident for firefighters and law enforcement officers in the history of the United States, with 343 and 72 killed respectively. Suspicion for the attack fell on al-Qaeda. The United States responded to the attacks by launching the War on Terror and invading Afghanistan to depose the Taliban, many countries strengthened their anti-terrorism legislation and expanded the powers of law enforcement and intelligence agencies to prevent terrorist attacks.
Although al-Qaedas leader, Osama bin Laden, initially denied any involvement, al-Qaeda and bin Laden cited U. S. support of Israel, the presence of U. S. troops in Saudi Arabia, and sanctions against Iraq as motives. Having evaded capture for almost a decade, bin Laden was located and killed by SEAL Team Six of the U. S. Navy in May 2011. S. many closings and cancellations followed, out of respect or fear of further attacks. Cleanup of the World Trade Center site was completed in May 2002, on November 18,2006, construction of One World Trade Center began at the World Trade Center site. The building was opened on November 3,2014. The origins of al-Qaeda can be traced to 1979 when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan, Osama bin Laden traveled to Afghanistan and helped organize Arab mujahideen to resist the Soviets. Under the guidance of Ayman al-Zawahiri, bin Laden became more radical, in 1996, bin Laden issued his first fatwā, calling for American soldiers to leave Saudi Arabia. Bin Laden used Islamic texts to exhort Muslims to attack Americans until the stated grievances are reversed, Muslim legal scholars have throughout Islamic history unanimously agreed that the jihad is an individual duty if the enemy destroys the Muslim countries, according to bin Laden.
Bin Laden, who orchestrated the attacks, initially denied but admitted involvement, in November 2001, U. S. forces recovered a videotape from a destroyed house in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. In the video, bin Laden is seen talking to Khaled al-Harbi, on December 27,2001, a second bin Laden video was released. In the video, he said, It has become clear that the West in general and it is the hatred of crusaders. Terrorism against America deserves to be praised because it was a response to injustice, aimed at forcing America to stop its support for Israel, the transcript refers several times to the United States specifically targeting Muslims. He said that the attacks were carried out because, we are free, and want to regain freedom for our nation. As you undermine our security we undermine yours, Bin Laden said he had personally directed his followers to attack the World Trade Center and the Pentagon
Pantages Theatre (Hollywood)
The Hollywood Pantages Theatre, formerly known as RKO Pantages Theatre, is located at Hollywood and Vine, in Hollywood. Designed by architect B. Marcus Priteca, it was the last theater built by the vaudeville impresario Alexander Pantages, the palatial Art Deco theater opened on June 4,1930, as part of the Pantages Theatre Circuit. The Pantages Theatre Circuit had been built on vaudeville, and the new Hollywood theater programmed first-run movies alternating through the day with vaudeville acts for its first two years. But like other theaters during the Great Depression, it was forced to economize and thereafter operated primarily as a movie theater, Alexander Pantages sold the Hollywood landmark in 1932 to Fox West Coast Theaters. In 1949, Howard Hughes acquired the Hollywood Pantages for his RKO Theatre Circuit, from 1949 through 1959, the theatre hosted the American motion picture industrys annual Academy Award Ceremonies. It continued to be a venue for roadshow movies into the 1970s. From 1965, it was operated by Pacific Theatres, now operated by an arm of the Nederlander Organization, the Hollywood Pantages is one of Los Angeles leading venues for live theater.
The theater underwent a restoration and upgrade in 2000. The original plans for the Hollywood Pantages were for a 12-story building,2 floors dedicated to theater and 10 floors of office space, completion of the 10 upper floors was halted due to the 1929 stock market crash during construction. In December 2007, plans were revealed to complete the design and floors, much due to the rejuvenation of the Hollywood area. The theatre has hosted popular music concerts, including those of the bands Dream Theater, Foo Fighters. The Talking Heads 1984 concert film Stop Making Sense was shot there, in 1997,4 years before her English crossover, Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira performed her first show in the United States at the Hollywood Pantages. In 2006, Mexican pop-group RBD recorded their CD/DVD Live in Hollywood at the Hollywood Pantages, the Hollywood Pantages Theatre is a popular location for the filming of movies, TV shows, and music videos. Concert scenes in the 1980 film The Jazz Singer and in Michael Jacksons 1995 video You Are Not Alone are just two out of many.
Rickie Lee Joness 1979 self-titled debut album includes a reference to the Pantages in her song Chuck E. s In Love, productions at the Pantages, have included, Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments in Hollywood Official Pantages Theatre website
Cynthia Ann Cindy Crawford is an American model and actress. Her years of success at modeling made her a celebrity that has led to roles in television and film. In 1995, Forbes magazine named her the highest paid model on the planet, Crawford is one of the original five Supermodels. She was named No.3 on VH1s 40 Hottest Hotties of the 90s and was named one of the 100 Hottest Women of All-Time by Mens Health. Crawford is known for her trademark mole just above her lip, cynthia Ann Crawford was born in DeKalb, Illinois, on February 20,1966, the daughter of Jennifer Sue Crawford-Moluf and John Dan Crawford. She has two sisters and Danielle, as well as a brother, who died of leukemia at age 3. She has stated that her family has been in the United States for generations and that her ancestry is mostly German and French. In her sophomore year at school, she received a call from a local clothing store regarding modelling work. However, the year another store hired a number of high school girls, including Crawford.
The photo and positive feedback she received were enough to convince her to take up modeling and she entered the Elite Model Managements Look of the Year contest at 17 and was the runner-up. Elite Model Management in Chicago started representing her, Crawford graduated from DeKalb High School in 1984 as valedictorian. She earned a scholarship to study chemical engineering at Northwestern University. She dropped out in order to pursue a modeling career. After working for photographer Victor Skrebneski in Chicago, Crawford moved to New York City in 1986, during the 1980s and 1990s, Crawford was among the most popular supermodels and a ubiquitous presence on magazine covers, and in fashion campaigns. She was repeatedly and frequently featured on the cover of magazines, including Vogue, W, Harpers Bazaar, Cosmopolitan. A partial count in 1998 totalled over 500 appearances, Crawford has walked the runways for Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Christian Dior, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Todd Oldham, DKNY, and Valentino.
She has worked for Omega, Clairol, Pepsi, in 1987, Crawford appeared during the opening credits of the Michael J. Fox film The Secret of My Success. Three years later, she appeared alongside top models Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, Tatjana Patitz and the other four models subsequently appeared in the video for George Michaels hit Freedom 90 that year
Jennifer Ellen Tilly is a Canadian-American actress and poker player. She is a World Series of Poker Ladies Event bracelet winner and she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Olive Neal in the film Bullets over Broadway. Her other film roles include Let It Ride Made in America, Liar Liar and she has done extensive voice-over work including Celia in Monsters, Inc. She is the sister of actress Meg Tilly. Tilly was born Jennifer Ellen Chan in Harbor City, Los Angeles and she is the first child of Harry Chan, a used car salesman, and Patricia, a Canadian schoolteacher and former stage actress. Her father was of Chinese descent and her mother was of Irish, First Nations and she has an older brother and two younger sisters and Rebecca. Following her parents divorce when she was five, Tilly was raised by her mother and stepfather, John Ward, on rural Texada Island and her mother divorced again when Tilly was 16, and moved to Victoria, where Tilly attended Belmont High School.
Tilly holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater from Stephens College in Missouri, in 1983, Tilly had small roles and had a recurring guest role on Hill Street Blues as Gina Srignoli, a mobsters widow who becomes romantically involved with detective Henry Goldblume. She played Frasier Cranes seductive-but-ditzy date Candi Pearson on an episode of the season of Cheers. She appeared as Garrys girlfriend on Its Garry Shandlings Show, which aired on Showtime and she was cast as a high-end prostitute on the short-lived comedy Key West, alongside Fisher Stevens. In 1989, she had a prominent role in the comedy Let It Ride, Tillys breakthrough film role was as a singing waitress in The Fabulous Baker Boys in a role that was written specially for her by Steve Kloves. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as a bad actress in Woody Allens Bullets over Broadway. In 1994, she had a role in The Getaway with Alec Baldwin. Tilly starred in Bound, directed by The Wachowskis, which portrays a relationship her character has with Gina Gershon.
She played Samantha Cole in the Jim Carrey comedy Liar Liar, in Dancing at the Blue Iguana, she played a stripper and part-time dominatrix. She portrayed gossip columnist Louella Parsons in the Peter Bogdanovich film The Cats Meow and she gained some additional popularity in recent years for her portrayal of serial killer Tiffany Ray for three of the six Childs Play films. The character was first introduced in the installment of the franchise, Bride of Chucky and subsequently appeared in Seed of Chucky. In Seed of Chucky, she plays a role providing the voice for Tiffany
Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American film studio based in Hollywood, that has been a subsidiary of the American media conglomerate Viacom since 1994. In 1916, film producer Adolph Zukor contracted 22 actors and actresses and these fortunate few would become the first movie stars. Paramount Pictures is a member of the Motion Picture Association of America, in 2014, Paramount Pictures became the first major Hollywood studio to distribute all of its films in digital form only. Paramount is the fifth oldest surviving studio in the world after the French studios Gaumont Film Company and Pathé, followed by the Nordisk Film company. It is the last major film studio headquartered in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles. Paramount Pictures dates its existence from the 1912 founding date of the Famous Players Film Company, hungarian-born founder, Adolph Zukor, who had been an early investor in nickelodeons, saw that movies appealed mainly to working-class immigrants. With partners Daniel Frohman and Charles Frohman he planned to offer feature-length films that would appeal to the class by featuring the leading theatrical players of the time.
By mid-1913, Famous Players had completed five films, and Zukor was on his way to success and its first film was Les Amours de la reine Élisabeth, which starred Sarah Bernhardt. That same year, another aspiring producer, Jesse L. Lasky, opened his Lasky Feature Play Company with money borrowed from his brother-in-law, Samuel Goldfish, the Lasky company hired as their first employee a stage director with virtually no film experience, Cecil B. DeMille, who would find a site in Hollywood, near Los Angeles, for his first feature film. Hodkinson and actor, producer Hobart Bosworth had started production of a series of Jack London movies, Paramount was the first successful nationwide distributor, until this time, films were sold on a statewide or regional basis which had proved costly to film producers. Also, Famous Players and Lasky were privately owned while Paramount was a corporation, in 1916, Zukor maneuvered a three-way merger of his Famous Players, the Lasky Company, and Paramount. Zukor and Lasky bought Hodkinson out of Paramount, and merged the three companies into one, with only the exhibitor-owned First National as a rival, Famous Players-Lasky and its Paramount Pictures soon dominated the business.
It was this system that gave Paramount a leading position in the 1920s and 1930s, the driving force behind Paramounts rise was Zukor. In 1926, Zukor hired independent producer B. P. Schulberg and they purchased the Robert Brunton Studios, a 26-acre facility at 5451 Marathon Street for US$1 million. In 1927, Famous Players-Lasky took the name Paramount Famous Lasky Corporation, three years later, because of the importance of the Publix Theatres, it became Paramount Publix Corporation. In 1928, Paramount began releasing Inkwell Imps, animated cartoons produced by Max, the Fleischers, veterans in the animation industry, were among the few animation producers capable of challenging the prominence of Walt Disney. The Paramount newsreel series Paramount News ran from 1927 to 1957, Paramount was one of the first Hollywood studios to release what were known at that time as talkies, and in 1929, released their first musical, Innocents of Paris
Sheryl Suzanne Crow is an American singer-songwriter and actress. Her music incorporates elements of pop, folk and she has released eight studio albums, two compilations, a live album and has contributed to a number of film soundtracks. She has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide, Crow has garnered nine Grammy Awards from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. B. King, George Strait, Tony Bennett, Kid Rock and Sting, among others and she has performed backing vocals for Tina Turner, Don Henley, Stevie Nicks, Belinda Carlisle, Bob Dylan and Joe Cocker. Sheryl Suzanne Crow was born in Kennett, the daughter of Bernice, a teacher, and Wendell Wyatt Crow. Her great-grandfather was congressman Charles A. Crow and she has two older sisters named Kathy and Karen and a younger brother named Steven. While studying at Kennett High School, Crow was a majorette and she joined the pep club, the National Honor Society, and the National FFA Organization, and was crowned Paperdoll Queen in a celebrity-judged beauty contest during her senior year.
She enrolled at the University of Missouri in Columbia and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in composition, performance. While at the university, she sang in the local band Cashmere, Crow was awarded honorary doctorates from the University of Missouri and Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Crow has stated that her musical inspirations are not restricted to one genre—she likes anything with a drum beat, in 2008, she told Ellen DeGeneres that If it didnt have a drum beat, you can just forget about it. After graduating from the University of Missouri, Crow worked as a teacher at the Kellison elementary school in Fenton. Teaching during the day gave her the opportunity to sing in bands on the weekends and she was introduced to local musician and record producer Jay Oliver. He had a studio in the basement of his parents home in St. Louis. Her first jingle was a back to school spot for the St Louis department store Famous-Barr, soon after she created commercial jingles for McDonalds and Toyota.
She was quoted in a 60 Minutes segment as saying she made $40,000 on her McDonalds ad alone, Crow toured with Michael Jackson as a backing vocalist during his Bad World Tour 1987–89 and often performed with Jackson on I Just Cant Stop Loving You. She recorded vocals for performances for a number of established artists such as Stevie Wonder, Belinda Carlisle. Crow sang in the short-lived Steven Bochco drama Cop Rock in 1990 and that same year, her song Heal Somebody appeared in the film Bright Angel. In 1992, Crow recorded her first attempt at an album with Phil Collins record producer Hugh Padgham
Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger is an Austrian-American actor, businessman, author, activist and former professional bodybuilder. He served two terms as the 38th Governor of California from 2003 until 2011, Schwarzenegger began weight training at the age of 15. He won the Mr. Universe title at age 20 and went on to win the Mr. Olympia contest seven times, Schwarzenegger has remained a prominent presence in bodybuilding and has written many books and articles on the sport. He is widely considered to be among the greatest bodybuilders of all time as well as bodybuildings biggest icon, Schwarzenegger gained worldwide fame as a Hollywood action film icon. His breakthrough film was the sword-and-sorcery epic Conan the Barbarian in 1982, in 1984, Schwarzenegger appeared in James Camerons science-fiction thriller film The Terminator, which was a massive critical and box-office success. Schwarzenegger subsequently reprised the Terminator character in the installments in 1991,2003. He appeared in a number of films, such as Commando, The Running Man, Twins, Total Recall, Kindergarten Cop.
In 2015, it was announced Schwarzenegger would replace Donald Trump as the host of The Celebrity Apprentice and he was nicknamed the Austrian Oak in his bodybuilding days, Arnie during his acting career, and The Governator during his political career. As a Republican, he was first elected on October 7,2003, Schwarzenegger was sworn in on November 17, to serve the remainder of Daviss term. Schwarzenegger was sworn in for his term on January 5,2007. In 2011, Schwarzenegger completed his term as governor. Schwarzenegger was born in Thal and christened Arnold Alois and his parents were Gustav Schwarzenegger and Aurelia Schwarzenegger. He married Aurelia on October 20,1945, he was 38, according to Schwarzenegger, both of his parents were very strict, Back in Austria it was a very different world. If we did something bad or we disobeyed our parents, the rod was not spared, Schwarzenegger grew up in a Roman Catholic family who attended Mass every Sunday. Gustav had a preference for his son, over Arnold.
His favoritism was strong and blatant, which stemmed from unfounded suspicion that Arnold was not his biological child, Schwarzenegger has said his father had no patience for listening or understanding your problems. He had a relationship with his mother and kept in touch with her until her death. Gustavs background received wide press attention during the 2003 California recall campaign, at school, Schwarzenegger was reportedly academically average, but stood out for his cheerful, good-humored, and exuberant character
Mariah Carey is an American singer, record producer, and actress. In 1990, Carey rose to fame with the release of Vision of Love from her eponymous debut album, the album produced four chart-topping singles in the US and began what would become a string of commercially successful albums which solidified the singer as Columbias highest selling act. Carey and Boyz II Men spent a record sixteen weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 in 1995–1996 with One Sweet Day, following a contentious divorce from Sony Music head Tommy Mottola, Carey adopted a new image and traversed towards hip hop with the release of Butterfly. In 1998, she was honored as the worlds best-selling recording artist of the 1990s at the World Music Awards, Carey parted with Columbia in 2000, and signed a record-breaking $100 million recording contract with Virgin Records America. In the weeks prior to the release of her film Glitter and its soundtrack in 2001. The project was received and led to a general decline in the singers career.
Careys recording contract was out for $50 million by Virgin. After a relatively unsuccessful period, she returned to the top of music charts with The Emancipation of Mimi, Carey once again ventured into film with a well-received supporting role in Precious, and was awarded the Breakthrough Performance Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Throughout her career, Carey has sold more than 200 million records worldwide, according to the RIAA, she is the third-best-selling female artist in the United States, with 63.5 million certified albums. With the release of Touch My Body, Carey gained her 18th number-one single in the United States, in 2012, the singer was ranked second on VH1s list of the 100 Greatest Women in Music. Mariah Carey was born in Huntington, New York, to Patricia and her mother is of Irish descent, while her father had African-American and Afro-Venezuelan ancestry. The surname Carey was adopted by her Venezuelan grandfather, Francisco Núñez, Patricia was an occasional opera singer and vocal coach before she met Alfred in 1960.
As he began earning a living as an engineer, the couple married that year. After their elopement, Patricias family disowned her for marrying a black man, Carey explained that she felt neglected by her maternal family while growing up, which affected her greatly. In the years between the births of Careys older sister Alison and herself, the Carey family struggled within the community due to their ethnicity, Careys name was derived from the song They Call the Wind Maria, originally from the 1951 Broadway musical Paint Your Wagon. When Carey was three, her parents divorced, after their separation, Alison moved in with her father, while the other two children and brother Morgan, remained with their mother. Carey grew apart from her father and would stop seeing him altogether. By age four, she recalled that she had begun to sneak the radio under her covers at night, during elementary school, she excelled in subjects that she enjoyed, such as music and literature, but did not find interest in others
Michael Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone is an American actor and screenwriter. He wrote or co-wrote most of the 14 films in all three franchises, and directed many of the films, Stallones film Rocky was inducted into the National Film Registry as well as having its film props placed in the Smithsonian Museum. Stallones use of the front entrance to the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the Rocky series led the area to be nicknamed the Rocky Steps, Philadelphia has a statue of his Rocky character placed permanently near the museum. It was announced on December 7,2010 that Stallone was voted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in the non-participant category, in 1977, Stallone was nominated for two Academy Awards for Rocky, Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor. He became the man in history to receive these two nominations for the same film, after Charles Chaplin and Orson Welles. He received critical raves, as well as his first Golden Globe Award win and third Academy Award nomination, Stallones father was born in Gioia del Colle, Apulia and immigrated to the United States in the 1930s.
Stallones mother is of half French and half Russian Jewish descent and his younger brother is actor and musician Frank Stallone. As a result, the left side of his face is paralyzed – including parts of his lip, tongue. Around the age of 4, Stallone was flat-footed and put in a tap dancing school by his mother and his father moved the family to Washington, D. C. in the early 1950s, where he opened a beauty school. His mother opened a gymnasium called Barbellas in 1954. Stallones parents divorced when Sylvester was nine, and he lived with his mother. When Stallone was 16, he scored poorly in school and his mother got him a job at her beauty salon. He attended Notre Dame Academy and Lincoln High School in Philadelphia, and Charlotte Hall Military Academy, prior to attending Miami Dade College, Stallone had his first starring role in the soft core pornography feature film The Party at Kitty and Studs. He was paid US$200 for two days work, Stallone explained that he had done the film out of desperation after being evicted from his apartment and finding himself homeless for several days.
He has said that he slept three weeks in the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City prior to seeing a casting notice for the film. In the actors words, it was either do that movie or rob someone, the film was released several years as Italian Stallion, in order to cash in on Stallones newfound fame. While he was in Switzerland, Stallone got his start in films, playing an extra eating in a restaurant near to stars Robert Redford and Camilla Sparv, in the sports drama, Downhill Racer. In 1970, Stallone appeared in the film No Place to Hide, which was re-cut and retitled Rebel, in the Lemmon film, Jack Lemmons character chases and mugs Stallone, thinking that Stallones character is a pickpocket
Stephanie Lynn Stevie Nicks is an American singer-songwriter. Often regarded as the Queen of Rock n Roll, Nicks is best known for both her work as frontwoman of Fleetwood Mac and for her solo career and she is known for her distinctive voice, mystical visual style, and symbolic lyrics. As a member of Fleetwood Mac, she was inducted into the Rock and she has garnered eight Grammy Award nominations and two American Music Award nominations as a solo artist. She has won awards with Fleetwood Mac, including a Grammy Award. Nicks joined Fleetwood Mac in 1975 along with her boyfriend, the album remained at number one on the American albums chart for 31 weeks and reached Number One in various countries worldwide. The album won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1978 and it produced four U. S. top-10 singles, with Nicks Dreams being the bands first and only U. S. number-one hit. She has released a total of eight studio albums to date, with her most recent titled 24 Karat Gold, Songs from the Vault.
During her solo career, she has had a working relationship with Tom Petty. They served as a band for several tracks on each of her solo albums. The song Stop Draggin My Heart Around, performed by Nicks, Nicks was born at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, to Jess Nicks, former president of Greyhounds Armour-Dial, and Barbara Nicks, a homemaker. Nicks, Sr. a struggling country singer, taught Nicks to sing duets with him by the time she was four years old. Nickss mother was so protective that she kept her at home more than most people, the infant Stephanie could pronounce her own name only as tee-dee, which led to her nickname of Stevie. Her fathers frequent relocation as a business executive had the family living in Phoenix, Albuquerque, El Paso, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles. With the Goya guitar that she received for her 16th birthday, Nicks wrote her first song, Ive Loved and Ive Lost and she spent her adolescence playing records constantly, and lived in her own little musical world.
While attending Arcadia High School in Arcadia, she joined her first band, the Changing Times, Nicks first met her future musical and romantic partner, Lindsey Buckingham, during her senior year at Menlo-Atherton High School. When she saw Buckingham playing California Dreamin at Young Life club and she recalled, I was a senior in high school and Lindsey was a junior. I thought he was a darling, I didnt see him again for two years and he called me up and asked if I wanted to be in a band. And so, I was in band with him for three and a half years ~ a band called Fritz
George Timothy Clooney is an American actor and activist. He has received three Golden Globe Awards for his work as an actor and two Academy Awards, one for acting in Syriana and the other for co-producing Argo, in 1999, he took the lead role in Three Kings, a well-received war satire set during the Gulf War. In 2001, Clooneys fame widened with the release of his biggest commercial success, the heist comedy remake Oceans Eleven, in 2013, he received the Academy Award for Best Picture for producing the political thriller Argo. He is the person who has been nominated for Academy Awards in six different categories. In 2009, Clooney was included in Times annual Time 100 as one of the Most Influential People in the World and he is noted for his political activism, and has served as one of the United Nations Messengers of Peace since January 31,2008. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Clooney was born in Lexington, Kentucky. His mother, Nina Bruce, was a beauty queen and city councilwoman and his father, Nick Clooney, is a former anchorman and game show host who hosted AMC for five years in the late 1990s.
Clooney has Irish and English ancestry and his maternal great-great-great-great-grandmother, Mary Ann Sparrow, was the half-sister of Nancy Lincoln, mother of President Abraham Lincoln. Clooney has a sister named Adelia. His aunt was the cabaret singer and actress Rosemary Clooney. Through Rosemary, his cousins include actors Miguel Ferrer, Rafael Ferrer, and Gabriel Ferrer, Clooney was raised a strict Roman Catholic, but said in 2006 that he does not know if he believes in Heaven, or even God. He has said, Yes, we were Catholic, big time, whole family and he began his education at the Blessed Sacrament School in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky. He attended St. Michaels School in Columbus, Western Row Elementary School in Mason, from 1968 to 1974, and St. Susanna School in Mason, the Clooneys moved back to Kentucky when George was midway through the seventh grade. In middle school, Clooney developed Bells palsy, a condition that partially paralyzes the face, the malady went away within a year. In an interview with Larry King, he stated that yes and it takes about nine months to go away.
It was the first year of school, which was a bad time for having half your face paralyzed. After his parents moved to Augusta, Clooney attended Augusta High School and he has stated that he earned all As and a B in school, and was an enthusiastic baseball and basketball player. He tried out to professional baseball with the Cincinnati Reds in 1977
It achieved popularity in the 1980s, 1990s, and early-to-mid 2000s, at its peak in 2004, Blockbuster consisted of nearly 60,000 employees and over 8,000 stores. However, as a result of factors including competition from Netflix, Redbox. The company filed for protection in 2010, and, in 2011, it. While the Blockbuster brand has mostly retired, Dish still maintains some Blockbuster franchise agreements. Blockbuster was founded in 1985 by David Cook as an out of Cook Data Services. The companys main intention was to supply services to the oil and gas industries of the state of Texas. Cooks wife, suggested that he enter the video rental business, several months after her suggestion, Cook sold his oil and gas software to its managers and founded what would be called Blockbuster Video. The first Blockbuster store opened October 19,1985, in Dallas, the innovation was derived from Cooks experience with managing huge databases. After the first few stores opened, Cook built a $6 million warehouse in Garland, Texas, in 1987, the company won a court case against Nintendo of America, which paved the way for the rental of video games.
Scott Beck of Dallas approached John Melk, prior executive with Waste Management, Melk brought the idea to his friend and business associate, Wayne Huizenga, who agreed to buy the company after overcoming initial concerns about the video industry. Huizenga and Melk used similar techniques in growing Waste Management, and soon and they bought every Blockbuster franchise they could acquire. Huizenga spent the late 1980s acquiring several of Blockbusters rivals, including Major Video, in 1990, Blockbuster bought mid-Atlantic rival Erols which had more than 250 stores. In 1992, Blockbuster acquired the Sound Warehouse and Music Plus music retail chains, in October 1993, Blockbuster acquired controlling interest in Spelling Entertainment Group, a media company run by television producer Aaron Spelling. They owned a stake in Republic Pictures, that company merged with Spelling in April 1994. The company became a company and in 1993 proposed a merger with Viacom. After both companies stocks tumbled in 1994, Viacom purchased Blockbuster for $8.4 billion, the Blockbuster Block Party concept was test-marketed in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Indianapolis, Indiana in 1994.
During the 1990s, Blockbuster expanded in the United Kingdom, purchasing that countrys Ritz Video chain, the stores were rebranded to Blockbuster, making it the number one rental chain in that country. In 1996, the Blockbuster Entertainment Corporation was renamed Blockbuster Entertainment Inc. the logo changed slightly, but retained the ITC Machine font