Cracker (U.S. TV series)
Cracker is an American crime drama series produced by Granada Entertainment based upon the British television crime drama of the same name created by Jimmy McGovern. That series ran on ABC from September 18, 1997, until January 24, 1998. An "innovative but disturbing" take on the standard police-detective genre, the Americanized Cracker consists of sixteen one-hour episodes set in Los Angeles, it stars Robert Pastorelli as criminal psychologist Gerry'Fitz' Fitzgerald and a young Josh Hartnett. Robbie Coltrane, the star of the original series, appears as a villain in one episode; the remade show was broadcast as Fitz in some countries, including the UK. Gerry "Fitz" Fitzgerald is an unconventional but brilliant psychologist, an insulting, loathsome individual. To be able to pay the bills, he gives lectures at colleges, has a small practice in a mini-mall, has his own radio show, he helps the Los Angeles police department solve difficult cases thanks to his own quirks and perversity which give him an uncanny ability to get inside the criminal mind.
But, only true when he does not have to deal with his own inner demons, which include drinking, extramarital affairs, a tense relationship with his wife Judith and his 17-year-old son Michael. Robert Pastorelli as Gerry'Fitz' Fitzgerald Carolyn McCormick as Judith Fitzgerald Josh Hartnett as Michael Fitzgerald Angela Featherstone as Detective Hannah Tyler Robert Wisdom as Detective Danny Watlington Scott Sowers as Detective Parker Paul Perri as Waldron Sally Livingstone as Hope Fitzgerald Josh Lucas as Lieutenant Macy Robbie Coltrane as David Roberge Mariska Hargitay as Det. Penny Hatfield John DiMaggio as Simon Alternate titles considered for the series were Cracker: Mind Over Murder and Fitz. Cracker: Mind Over Murder on IMDb Cracker at TV.com
National Lampoon Presents Dorm Daze
National Lampoon Presents Dorm Daze is a 2003 American romantic crime mystery comedy film directed by David and Scott Hillenbrand and written by Patrick Casey and Worm Miller. The film showcases many new and then-unknown actors and actresses. In addition to Tatyana Ali, the film features Patrick Renna, Chris Owen, Marie-Noelle Marquis, Danielle Fishel; the film was shot on location in California. The four major locations in California used for filming were: Los Angeles, San Diego, Castaic. Dorm Daze opened in a limited release on September 26, 2003 and earned $27,712 in its opening weekend, ranking number 66 in the domestic box office. At the end of its run, closing on October 17, the film had grossed $56,127. Overseas, in Russia, the film fared better, earning $380,238. Worldwide, the film grossed $436,365; the film holds a 0% rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes. Dorm Daze has developed a following of adolescent teenagers in the years since its release. In response, an unrated version was released.
The film was released on DVD August 10, 2004 and debuted at number twelve on the DVD rental charts bringing in 2.13 million dollars its first week. A sequel entitled National Lampoon's Dorm Daze 2: College @ Sea was released on DVD September 5, 2006. Several of the principal actors returned for the sequel including Chris Owen. A second sequel was produced, but was reworked to be a standalone film before being released as Transylmania on December 4, 2009. National Lampoon Presents Dorm Daze on IMDb National Lampoon Presents Dorm Daze at Box Office Mojo National Lampoon Presents Dorm Daze at Rotten Tomatoes
Love Boat: The Next Wave
Love Boat: The Next Wave is an American comedy television series which aired on UPN from April 13, 1998 to May 21, 1999. It was a revival of the original 1977–1986 ABC television series The Love Boat. Set aboard the cruise liner Sun Princess, the series starred Robert Urich as Captain Jim Kennedy, a retired and divorced U. S. Navy officer with a teen-aged son, Danny. Phil Morris played Chief Purser Will Sanders, Joan Severance played Security Chief Camille Hunter. A reunion-themed episode reunited several cast members of the original The Love Boat – Gavin MacLeod, Bernie Kopell, Ted Lange, Jill Whelan and Lauren Tewes; this episode revealed. Robert Urich as Captain Jim Kennedy III Phil Morris as Chief Purser Will Sanders Stacey Travis as Cruise Director Suzanne Zimmerman Corey Parker as Ship's Doctor John Morgan Randy Vasquez as Bar Manager Paolo Kaire Kyle Howard as Danny Kennedy Joan Severance as Security Chief Camille Hunter Heidi Mark as Cruise Director Nicole Jordan Tim Maculan as Donald Griswald Carole Horst of Variety called it "a pleasant one-hour trip" that will appeal to fan of the original show.
However, in his review, Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly gave the show a grade of D+. Love Boat: The Next Wave on IMDb Love Boat: The Next Wave at TV.com Love Boat: The Next Wave at epguides.com
Power Play (2003 film)
Power Play is a 2003 American action film directed by Joseph Zito and starring Dylan Walsh, Alison Eastwood, Tobin Bell and Brixton Karnes. Journalist Matt Nash's investigations always get him in trouble, he survives due to a bulletproof vest. The journal's editor-in-chief plans to fire him to preserve the good reputation of The Examiner, she gives him one last chance and charges him with a harmless job of finding three missing environmental activists. This trio penetrated into the headquarters of the power company known as Saturn Energy and stole data on a secret project. Here, the three activists are discovered and killed by employees of the company under the leadership of the security chiefs Clemens. Matt makes contact with the group and is given access to a secret entrance to the company's premises outside the city. There he discovers. A trial operation acquires access to the grid of Los Angeles, explaining the blackouts which have been affecting the town; the technique, has one major drawback: the production of energy creates a tremendous amount of heat that must be dissipated.
It is conducted on the premises in the ground. In the ground beneath where the site is located, however, a crack develops, which leads to an uncontrolled discharge of the heat. An employee of the company finds out that in this way the chances are increased for an earthquake in town, he dies in an explosion. Meanwhile, Matt has managed to win the trust of a manager of the company. With their help, he discovers the crimes of the three environmental activists. Preparations for a last experiment in the research facility are in full swing. For the first time, the plant will continue at full speed. However, this threatens a massive earthquake. Matt and Gabrielle again give access to the research site, they manage to destroy it. The ex-minister and his staff are arrested. Power Play on IMDb Power Play at Rotten Tomatoes
An actor is a person who portrays a character in a performance. The actor performs "in the flesh" in the traditional medium of the theatre or in modern media such as film and television; the analogous Greek term is ὑποκριτής "one who answers". The actor's interpretation of their role—the art of acting—pertains to the role played, whether based on a real person or fictional character. Interpretation occurs when the actor is "playing themselves", as in some forms of experimental performance art. In ancient Greece and Rome, the medieval world, the time of William Shakespeare, only men could become actors, women's roles were played by men or boys. After the English Restoration of 1660, women began to appear on stage in England. In modern times in pantomime and some operas, women play the roles of boys or young men. After 1660 in England, when women first started to appear on stage, the terms actor or actress were used interchangeably for female performers, but influenced by the French actrice, actress became the used term for women in theater and film.
The etymology is a simple derivation from actor with -ess added. When referring to groups of performers of both sexes, actors is preferred. Actor is used before the full name of a performer as a gender-specific term. Within the profession, the re-adoption of the neutral term dates to the post-war period of the 1950 and'60s, when the contributions of women to cultural life in general were being reviewed; when The Observer and The Guardian published their new joint style guide in 2010, it stated "Use for both male and female actors. The guide's authors stated that "actress comes into the same category as authoress, manageress,'lady doctor','male nurse' and similar obsolete terms that date from a time when professions were the preserve of one sex.". "As Whoopi Goldberg put it in an interview with the paper:'An actress can only play a woman. I'm an actor – I can play anything.'" The UK performers' union Equity has no policy on the use of "actor" or "actress". An Equity spokesperson said that the union does not believe that there is a consensus on the matter and stated that the "...subject divides the profession".
In 2009, the Los Angeles Times stated that "Actress" remains the common term used in major acting awards given to female recipients. With regard to the cinema of the United States, the gender-neutral term "player" was common in film in the silent film era and the early days of the Motion Picture Production Code, but in the 2000s in a film context, it is deemed archaic. However, "player" remains in use in the theatre incorporated into the name of a theatre group or company, such as the American Players, the East West Players, etc. Actors in improvisational theatre may be referred to as "players". In 2015, Forbes reported that "...just 21 of the 100 top-grossing films of 2014 featured a female lead or co-lead, while only 28.1% of characters in 100 top-grossing films were female...". "In the U. S. there is an "industry-wide in salaries of all scales. On average, white women get paid 78 cents to every dollar a white man makes, while Hispanic women earn 56 cents to a white male's dollar, Black women 64 cents and Native American women just 59 cents to that."
Forbes' analysis of US acting salaries in 2013 determined that the "...men on Forbes' list of top-paid actors for that year made 21/2 times as much money as the top-paid actresses. That means that Hollywood's best-compensated actresses made just 40 cents for every dollar that the best-compensated men made." The first recorded case of a performing actor occurred in 534 BC when the Greek performer Thespis stepped onto the stage at the Theatre Dionysus to become the first known person to speak words as a character in a play or story. Prior to Thespis' act, Grecian stories were only expressed in song, in third person narrative. In honor of Thespis, actors are called Thespians; the male actors in the theatre of ancient Greece performed in three types of drama: tragedy and the satyr play. Western theatre developed and expanded under the Romans; the theatre of ancient Rome was a thriving and diverse art form, ranging from festival performances of street theatre, nude dancing, acrobatics, to the staging of situation comedies, to high-style, verbally elaborate tragedies.
As the Western Roman Empire fell into decay through the 4th and 5th centuries, the seat of Roman power shifted to Constantinople and the Byzantine Empire. Records show that mime, scenes or recitations from tragedies and comedies and other entertainments were popular. From the 5th century, Western Europe was plunged into a period of general disorder. Small nomadic bands of actors traveled around Europe throughout the period, performing wherever they could find an audience. Traditionally, actors were not of high status. Early Middle Ages actors were denounced by the Church during the Dark Ages, as they were viewed as dangerous and pagan. In many parts of Europe, traditional beliefs of the region and time period meant actors could not receive a Christian burial. In the Early Middle Ages, churches in Europe began staging dramatized versions of biblical events. By the middle of the 11th century, liturgical drama had spread from Russia to Scandinavia
Charmed is an American fantasy drama television series created by Constance M. Burge and produced by Aaron Spelling and his production company Spelling Television, with Brad Kern serving as showrunner; the series was broadcast by The WB for eight seasons from October 7, 1998, until May 21, 2006. The series narrative follows a trio of sisters, known as The Charmed Ones, the most powerful good witches of all time, who use their combined "Power of Three" to protect innocent lives from evil beings such as demons and warlocks; each sister possesses unique magical powers that grow and evolve, while they attempt to maintain normal lives in modern-day San Francisco. Keeping their supernatural identities separate and secret from their ordinary lives becomes a challenge for them, with the exposure of magic having far-reaching consequences on their various relationships and resulting in a number of police and FBI investigations throughout the series; the series focuses on the three Halliwell sisters, Prue and Phoebe.
Following Prue's death in the third-season finale, their long-lost half sister Paige Matthews assumes her place within the "Power of Three" from season four onwards. Charmed achieved a cult following and popularity on The WB with its first episode "Something Wicca This Way Comes" garnering 7.7 million viewers, breaking the record for the network's highest-rated debut episode. The show's ratings, although smaller than rival shows on the "big four" networks, were a success for the new and smaller WB network. Charmed went through several timeslot changes during its eight-season run. For its first three seasons in the Wednesday/Thursday 9:00 pm timeslot, Charmed was the second-highest rated series on The WB, behind 7th Heaven. During its fifth season, the show moved to the Sunday 8:00 pm timeslot, where it became the highest-rated Sunday night program in The WB's history. At 178 episodes, Charmed was the second-longest drama broadcast behind 7th Heaven. In 2006, it became the longest running hour-long television series featuring all female leads, before being surpassed by Desperate Housewives in 2012.
The series has received numerous awards and nominations. In 2010, The Huffington Post and AOL TV ranked Charmed within their joint list of "The Top 20 Magic/Supernatural Shows of All Time," while in 2013, TV Guide listed the series as one of "The 60 Greatest Sci-Fi Shows of All Time." Charmed has become a source of pop culture references in film and television and has influenced other succeeding television series in the same subgenre. The show's success has led to its development in other media, including a video game, board games, novels, a comic book series which served as a continuation of its narrative. According to data research from The NPD Group in 2012, Charmed was the second-most binge watched television series on subscription video-on-demand services, such as Netflix. A reboot premiered on The CW on October 14, 2018; the series starts when Phoebe Halliwell returns from New York and moves back into the family's Halliwell Manor in San Francisco to live with her sisters Prue and Piper.
When Phoebe discovers the family's Book of Shadows in the attic, she learns that she and her sisters are the most powerful witches known, destined to protect both innocents and the world at large from demons and other evil creatures. Phoebe, reasonably suspecting the book to be a novelty, reads its initial inscription—unaware that it happens to be an incantation activating the sisters' supernatural powers once all three are reunited in their ancestral home. By the end of the first episode, each sister learns that she has a unique magical power and that they can each cast spells and brew potions. Prue, the eldest, has the power of telekinesis, in season two she develops the power of astral projection. Piper, the middle sister, has the power to "freeze" people and objects in time; as she grows more proficient, she learns how to freeze only certain people or objects or body parts, as she wishes. In season three, her powers evolve further, as she is able to cause evil beings or objects to explode using her hands.
Phoebe, the youngest of the three possesses the power of premonition allowing her to receive visions of the future and of the past. She develops the powers of levitation in season three, empathy in season six, the latter allowing her to sense and tap into others' emotions and, powers. In accordance with the series' mythology, witches' powers are tied to their emotions. During the first two seasons, the sisters face various evil beings from week to week. However, in the third season, they discover that their ultimate enemy is The Underworld's demonic ruler, The Source of All Evil. Prue is killed in the season three finale by The Source's personal assassin, Shax. While grieving for their older sister and Phoebe discover that they have a younger half-sister, Paige Matthews, the secret love child of their witch mother and her whitelighter Sam Wilder. Paige's magical abilities represent her dual heritage as both a whitelighter; as she attempts to control the two sides of her ancestry, Paige learns how to orb herself and others, to heal others with the touch of her hand.
Aspen is the home rule municipality, the county seat and the most populous municipality of Pitkin County, United States. Its population was 6,658 at the 2010 United States Census. Aspen is in a remote area of the Rocky Mountains' Sawatch Range and Elk Mountains, along the Roaring Fork River at an elevation just below 8,000 feet above sea level on the Western Slope, 11 miles west of the Continental Divide. Founded as a mining camp during the Colorado Silver Boom and named "Aspen" because of the abundance of aspen trees in the area, the city boomed during the 1880s, its first decade of existence; the boom ended when the Panic of 1893 led to a collapse in the silver market, the city began a half-century known as "the quiet years" during which its population declined, reaching a nadir of fewer than a thousand by 1930. Aspen's fortunes reversed in the mid-20th century when neighboring Aspen Mountain was developed into a ski resort, industrialist Walter Paepcke bought many properties in the city and redeveloped them.
Today it is home to three institutions, two of which Paepcke helped found, that have international importance: the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Aspen Institute, the Aspen Center for Physics. In the late 20th century, the city became a popular retreat for celebrities. Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson worked out of a downtown hotel and ran unsuccessfully for county sheriff. Singer John Denver wrote two songs about Aspen after settling there. Both of them popularized Aspen among the counter-cultural youth of the 1970s as an ideal place to live, the city continued to grow as it gained notoriety for some of the era's hedonistic excesses. Today the musicians and movie stars have been joined by corporate executives; as a result of this influx of wealth, Aspen has some of the most expensive real estate in the United States and many middle-class residents can no longer afford to live there. It remains a popular tourist destination, with outdoor recreation in the surrounding White River National Forest serving as a summertime complement to the four ski areas in the vicinity.
The city's roots are traced to the winter of 1879, when a group of miners ignored pleas by Frederick Pitkin, Governor of Colorado, to return across the Continental Divide to avoid a Ute uprising. The Utes were fighting to maintain possession of their land and communities. Named Ute City, the small community was renamed Aspen in 1880, and, in its peak production years of 1891 and 1892, surpassed Leadville as the United States' most productive silver-mining district. Production expanded due to the passage of the Sherman Silver Purchase Act of 1890, which doubled the government's purchase of silver. By 1893, Aspen had banks, a hospital, a police department, two theaters, an opera house, electric lights. Economic collapse came with the Panic of 1893, when President Cleveland called a special session of congress and repealed the act. Within weeks, many of the Aspen mines were closed and thousands of miners were put out of work, it was proposed that silver be recognized as legal tender and the People's Party adopted that as one of its main issues.
Davis H. Waite, an Aspen newspaperman and agitator, was elected governor of Colorado on the Democratic ticket, but in time the movement failed. After wage cuts, mining revived somewhat, but production declined and by the 1930 census only 705 residents remained. Remaining, were stocks of old commercial buildings and residences, along with excellent snow. Aspen's development as a ski resort began in the 1930s when investors conceived of a ski area, but the project was interrupted by World War II. Friedl Pfeifer, a member of the 10th Mountain Division who had trained in the area, returned to the area and linked up with industrialist Walter Paepcke and his wife Elizabeth; the Aspen Skiing Corporation was founded in 1946 and the city became a well-known resort, hosting the FIS World Championships in 1950. Paepcke played an important role in bringing the Goethe Bicentennial Convocation to Aspen in 1949, an event held in a newly designed tent by the architect Eero Saarinen. Aspen was on the path to becoming an internationally known ski resort and cultural center, home of the Aspen Music Festival and School.
The area would continue to grow with the development of three additional ski areas, Aspen Highlands, Snowmass. In 1977, Aspen was photographed for the Aspen Movie Map project funded by the U. S. Department of Defense; the Movie Map is one of the earliest examples of virtual reality software. In 1999, the city council passed a resolution to petition the US Congress and President Clinton to restrict US immigration. Aspen residents cited concerns about the environmental impacts of increased immigration on their community, including urban and suburban sprawl, pollution from the older automobiles driven by immigrants, litter accumulating in the mountains attributable to the increasing population; the impetus for the resolution was the increasing number of trailer parks that housed the migrant workers employed locally in the service sector and ski industry. The parks were perceived to be degrading to the town's image, property values, environment; the move was led by Terry Paulson, an Aspen City Council member, supported and guided by national groups such as the Carrying Capacity Network, the Center for Immigration Studies.
The resolution was discussed on the American Patrol Report website, contributing to a controversy over whether or not the resolution was racially motivated. Councilman Terry Paulson and some Aspen citizens insisted that it was motivated by environmental concerns. Aspen is notable as the smallest radio market tracked