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Finale (Smallville)

"Finale" is the title of the two-episode series finale of the superhero television series Smallville. The episodes are the 21st and 22nd of the 10th season, the 216th and 217th episodes overall; the finale aired on The CW in the United States on May 13, 2011. The first half was written by Al Septien and Turi Meyer, directed by Kevin G. Fair, the second half was written by Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson, directed by Greg Beeman; the series follows the adventures of the young Clark Kent in the fictional town of Smallville, before he becomes Superman. In the series finale, Tess Mercer learns that the planet Apokolips is coming to destroy humanity, that Oliver Queen is under the possession of Darkseid. Meanwhile, the Lionel Luthor from Earth-2 attempts to bring his deceased doppelgänger's son Lex back to life. Clark realizes his true destiny, just in time to stop Darkseid's arrival on Earth; the finale episodes feature a flashforward seven years into the future, revealing Clark's new superhero persona, "Superman".

The episodes, written in advance during the fall of 2010, were conceived to bring an end to the series. Showrunners Brian Peterson and Kelly Souders attempted to preserve the intended ending envisioned by original series developers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar several years earlier; the episodes featured the return of several former actors, including John Schneider, Aaron Ashmore, Annette O'Toole, Michael Rosenbaum. In addition, Michael McKean made an uncredited voice cameo; the episodes contained several overt references and connections to previous Superman franchises, such as the 1978 film Superman and the 2006 film Superman Returns. Upon its premiere, the two-episode finale was watched by 3.35 million viewers. The episodes received positive reviews from commentators, many of whom felt that the series was able to wrap up its story arcs. Rosenbaum's return was met with critical applause. Seven years in the future, Chloe Sullivan reads a comic book titled "Smallville", detailing the rise of Superman, to her son.

Flashing back seven years, Lois Lane and Clark Kent argue about their upcoming wedding. Lois wants to call off the wedding. Chloe gives Lois a copy of Clark's vows to help convince her to go through with the wedding. Meanwhile, Clark has a discussion with his mother, Martha about letting go of the past. Clark visits Lois at their apartment, where she tells him that the wedding is on, admitting that she read his vows, gives him hers in exchange. Clark reads her tells her that he will meet her at the chapel. At the Luthor Mansion, Tess Mercer is confronted by Granny Goodness, who offers her one final chance to join Darkseid's forces to spare her life during the coming destruction. Tess refuses. At Watchtower, discovering that Oliver Queen disabled the organization's satellites, Tess brings up previous satellite footage revealing the planet Apokolips descending toward Earth. Before Tess can warn the team, she is taken captive. Granny Goodness and Gordon Godfrey meet in their lair. Oliver—possessed by the power of Darkseid—arrives and is instructed to remove Clark's powers with a gold kryptonite wedding ring.

At the wedding, Chloe realizes the ring is stops Oliver. Clark helps Oliver overcome Darkseid's control. Tess, awakening on a table inside a laboratory, is greeted by the parallel universe version of Lionel Luthor from Earth-2, who reveals that they are underneath the ruins of the Luthor Mansion, where Lex has been hiding, taking his clones' vital parts and grafting them to his body to mend himself. Lionel attempts to use Tess's heart to bring Lex back to life, but she breaks free and fatally shoots Lionel during her escape. Lionel makes a deal with Darkseid to bring his doppelgänger's son to life in exchange for Lionel's soul. Clark tracks Tess to the mansion, where he is confronted by Lex. Clark apologizes for not being able to save Lex from the loss of his soul, but declares that he will always be there to stop Lex in the future. Oliver confronts Granny Goodness and Gordon Godfrey, dispatching them with three arrows. At LuthorCorp, Tess confronts Lex, who reveals that he always knew that she was his sister and that he used her.

Lex embraces Tess, stabs her in the stomach as he tells her he loves her, claiming to be saving her from becoming like him. As she lies dying, she poisons Lex with a neurotoxin that erases all of his memories within 30 seconds. After overhearing a government radio broadcast containing disguised references to nuclear weapons, Lois sneaks on board Air Force One, she manipulates her way into a room with the Secretary of State, where she tells him that the supposed meteor is a planet, that the heroes they tried to destroy can save them. They agree to give them only five minutes. In the Kent barn, Clark is attacked by Darkseid, possessing Lionel's body. Jor-El taps into Clark's thoughts, showing him images of his trials over the past 10 years, revealing that his entire life has been one big trial leading to this moment. Harnessing the ability to fly, Clark smashes through Lionel's body, destroying it, makes his way to the Fortress o

House of Leaves

House of Leaves is the debut novel by American author Mark Z. Danielewski, published in March 2000 by Pantheon Books. A bestseller, it has been translated into a number of languages, is followed by a companion piece, The Whalestoe Letters; the plot is centered on a documentary about a family whose house is impossibly larger on the inside than the outside. The format and structure of House of Leaves is unconventional, with unusual page layout and style, making it a prime example of ergodic literature, it contains copious footnotes, many of which contain footnotes themselves, including references to fictional books, films or articles. In contrast, some pages contain only a few words or lines of text, arranged in strange ways to mirror the events in the story creating both an agoraphobic and a claustrophobic effect. At points, the book must be rotated to be read; the novel is distinctive for its multiple narrators, who interact with each other in elaborate and disorienting ways. While some have attempted to describe the book as a horror story, many readers, as well as the author, define the book as a love story.

Danielewski expands on this point in an interview: "I had one woman come up to me in a bookstore and say,'You know, everyone told me it was a horror book, but when I finished it, I realized that it was a love story.' And she's right. In some ways, genre is a marketing tool." House of Leaves has been described as a "satire of academic criticism." House of Leaves begins with a first-person narrative by Johnny Truant, a Los Angeles tattoo parlor employee and professed unreliable narrator. Truant is searching for a new apartment when his friend Lude tells him about the apartment of the deceased Zampanò, a blind, elderly man who lived in Lude's apartment building. In Zampanò's apartment, Truant discovers a manuscript written by Zampanò that turns out to be an academic study of a documentary film called The Navidson Record, though Truant says he can find no evidence that the film or its subjects existed; the rest of the novel incorporates several narratives, including Zampanò's report on the film. There is another narrator, Truant's mother, whose voice is presented through a self-contained set of letters titled The Whalestoe Letters.

Each narrator's text is printed in a distinct font, making it easier for the reader to follow the challenging format of the novel. Zampanò's narrative deals with the Navidson family: Will Navidson, a photojournalist. Navidson's brother and several other characters play a role in the story; the Navidson family has moved into a new home in Virginia. Upon returning from a trip to Seattle, the Navidson family discovers a change in their home. A closet-like space shut behind an undecorated door appears inexplicably where there was only a blank wall. A second door appears at the end of the closet; as Navidson investigates this phenomenon, he finds that the internal measurements of the house are somehow larger than external measurements. There is less than an inch of difference, but as time passes the interior of the house seems to expand while maintaining the same exterior proportions. A third and more extreme change asserts itself: a dark, cold hallway opens in an exterior living room wall that should project outside into their yard, but does not.

Navidson films the outside of the house to show where the hallway should be but is not. The filming of this anomaly comes to be referred to as "The Five and a Half Minute Hallway"; this hallway leads to a maze-like complex, starting with a large room, which in turn leads to a enormous space, a room distinguished by an enormous spiral staircase which appears, when viewed from the landing, to spiral down without end. There is a multitude of corridors and rooms leading off from each passage. All of these rooms and hallways are unlit and featureless, consisting of smooth ash-gray walls and ceilings; the only sound disturbing the perfect silence of the hallways is a periodic low growl, the source of, never explained, although an academic source "quoted" in the book hypothesizes that the growl is created by the frequent re-shaping of the house. There is some discrepancy as to where "a Half Minute Hallway" appears, it is quoted by different characters at different times to have been located in each of the cardinal directions.

This first happens when Zampanò writes that the hallway is in the western wall, directly contradicting an earlier page where the hallway is mentioned to be in the northern wall. Navidson, along with his brother Tom and some colleagues, feel compelled to explore and videotape the house's endless series of passages driving various characters to insanity and death. Will releases what has been recorded and edited as The Navidson Record. Will and Karen purchased the house because their relationship was becoming strained with W

Viralukketha Veekkam

Viralukketha Veekkam is a 1999 Tamil family comedy film directed by V. Sekhar; the film features Livingston, Vivek, Kovai Sarala and Kanaka in lead roles. The film, produced by S. S. Durairaju and K. Parthiban, had musical score by Deva and was released on 16 July 1999 to mixed reviews and became successful at box-office; the film was remade into Telugu as Kshemamga Velli Labhamga Randi, into Kannada as Yaarige Saluthe Sambala and into Hindi as Aamdani Atthanni Kharcha Rupaiya. Ravishankar and Ramanathan are a trio of friends who happen to live in a small colony with their wives Suguna and Malu; the men work in the same factory and their wives happen to share a good rapport among themselves. The men are quite irresponsible and carefree by nature and spend heftily on alcohol and other less important means of entertainment and owing to this, their wives have an uphill task at their hands every month to make ends meet; when the men lose their jobs owing to a tiff with their boss and their families having to face the brunt of the loan sharks, the women of the families resort to work in a garment factory to make ends meet.

This hurts the ego of the men and their chauvinistic nature brings an all-out divide between themselves and their wives, who are morally right in this situation. The rest of the story is about the events that take place in resolving the conflict and the chauvinistic men realizing their flaws eventually. Livingston as Ravishankar Vadivelu as Kabali Vivek as Ramanathan Kushboo as Suguna Kanaka as Malu Kovai Sarala as Ranjitham Nassar as Gayatri husband Urvashi as Gayatri Kumarimuthu as House owner Jaiganesh as Factory owner Thyagu as Karuppaiyya The film score and the soundtrack were composed by film composer Deva; the soundtrack, released in 1999, features 5 tracks with lyrics written by Vaali, Pazhani Bharathi and Dasan

President of the Presidency of SR Croatia

The office of the President of the Presidency of the Socialist Republic of Croatia existed from its establishment in the 1974 constitution to its renaming and total abolishment as part of democratic reforms in 1990. A collective presidency existed in Yugoslavia at the federal level since amendments to the constitution in 1971. On 21 February 1974 a new federal Constitution was adopted which reaffirmed the collective federal presidency chaired by the President of the Presidency; the constituent republics adopted the same system in new constitutions of their own, with SR Croatia adopting theirs the following day on 22 February. A nine-member presidency was established, which included the President of the Presidency, elected by the Parliament to a four-year term. Members could not be elected for more than two consecutive terms. After the death of Yugoslav President-for-life Josip Broz Tito in 1980, federal constitutional acts were put into force which made the federal Presidency rotate on an annual basis.

This rotation system was expanded in 1981 to include the speaker and deputy speaker of the Federal Assembly and their equivalents in the two component chambers. SR Croatia put in place a similar rotation system through 1981 constitutional amendments where members of the presidency would continue to be elected to four-year terms but would rotate as presidents on an annual basis. In 1986 additional constitutional amendments were enacted which increased the length served as President to two-years; the first democratic reforms enacted by the League of Communists were in 1989 when constitutional amendments were approved which removed the President of the Presidency of the Central Committee of the League of Communists of Croatia as a member of the presidency ex officio. After the first multi-party elections in 1990, constitutional amendments were put in place which renamed the office of President of the Presidency to President of the Presidency of the Republic of Croatia and reduced the presidency to seven total members.

The December 1990 Constitution abolished the presidency altogether. League of Communists of Yugoslavia Croatian Democratic Union Croatian Democratic Union Presidium of SR Croatia Presidium of Yugoslavia President of the Presidency of Yugoslavia

Popeye (Faulkner character)

Popeye is a character in William Faulkner's Sanctuary. He is a Memphis, Tennessee-based criminal who rapes Temple Drake and introduces her into a criminal world which corrupts her. Popeye is unable to sexually perform. Due to this aspect of his body, in the original novel, Popeye instead uses a corncob to violate her. Doreen Fowler, author of "Reading for the "Other Side": Beloved and Requiem for a Nun," wrote that Popeye wished to "despoil and posess the secret dark inner reaches of woman." In The Story of Temple Drake he is replaced by Trigger, played by Jack La Rue. Trigger is able to sexually perform. In the 1961 film Sanctuary the equivalent character is named Candy Man, played by Yves Montand, he is an amalgamation of the original Popeye, another gangster. Degenfelder described him as Cajun, while a publicity poster called him "Creole". Gene D. Phillips of Loyola University of Chicago wrote that Candy's "French accent gives him an exotic quality" attracting Temple to him. Candy Man is able to sexually perform, Phillips stated that when Temple is raped, Candy Man "demonstrates his virility unequivocally".

According to Pauline Degenfelder, who analyzed several Faulkner stories and wrote academic articles about them, the new character name is a reference to his sexual allure and his job illegally transporting alcohol, as "candy" referred to alcohol. Phillips stated that the merging of Pete into Candy Man means the film is made "more into a continuous narrative" from the plots of the two original works, that the film does not have to make efforts to establish a new character towards the film's end. T. H. Adamowski wrote in Canadian Review of American Studies that usual characterizations of Popeye reflect an ""electric-light-stamped-tin" syndrome". Philip G. Cohen, David Krase, Karl F. Zender, authors of a section on William Faulkner in Sixteen Modern American Authors, wrote that Adamowski's analysis of Popeye was "philosophically and psychologically sophisticated". Gene D. Phillips of Loyola University of Chicago wrote that Slim Grisson of No Orchids for Miss Blandish was "modeled after Popeye."

Adamowski, T. H.. "Faulkner's Popeye: The "Other" As Self". Canadian Review of American Studies. University of Toronto Press. 8: 36–51. Doi:10.3138/CRAS-008-01-04. - Published online by University of Toronto Press on March 10, 2011. Available at Project MUSE This was reprinted in: Bleikasten, André and Nicole Moulinoux. Douze lectures de Sanctuaire. PU de Rennes/Fondation William Faulkner, 1995. P. 51-66. Arnett, Kristen N.. "Modern Man: Popeye as an Indicator of Movement Toward an Industrialized South in William Faulkner's Sanctuary". Rollins Undergraduate Research Journal. "Is the Jinx of "Trigger" Still On? What effect had that role on the parts Jack Larue is now playing?" Photoplay, November 1933