Two and a Half Men
Two and a Half Men is an American television sitcom that aired on CBS for twelve seasons from September 22, 2003, to February 19, 2015. Starring Charlie Sheen, Jon Cryer, Angus T. Jones, the series was about a hedonistic jingle writer, Charlie Harper, his uptight brother and Alan's troublesome son, Jake. After Alan divorces, he and Jake move into Charlie's beachfront Malibu house and complicate Charlie's freewheeling life. In 2010, CBS and Warner Bros. Television reached a multiyear broadcasting agreement for the series, renewing it through at least the 2011–12 season. In February 2011, however, CBS and Warner Bros. decided to end production for the rest of the eighth season after Sheen entered drug rehabilitation and made "disparaging comments" about the series' creator and executive producer Chuck Lorre. Sheen's contract was terminated the following month and he was confirmed not to be returning to the series. Ashton Kutcher was hired to replace him the following season as Walden Schmidt, a billionaire who buys Charlie's house after his death.
In April 2013, CBS renewed the series for an eleventh season after closing one-year deals with Kutcher and Cryer. Jones, attending college, was relegated to recurring status for season 11 but did not make an appearance until the series finale, he was replaced by Jenny, Charlie's unknown daughter. In March 2014, CBS renewed the series for a twelfth season, announced to be the series' last; the season began airing in October 2014 and concluded in February 2015 with the 40-minute series finale "Of Course He's Dead". The success of the series led to it being the fourth-highest revenue-generating program for 2012, earning $3.24 million an episode. The series revolved around the life of the Harper brothers Charlie and Alan, Alan's son Jake. Charlie is a bachelor who writes commercial jingles for a living while leading a hedonistic lifestyle; when Alan's wife Judith decides to divorce him, he moves into Charlie's Malibu beach house with Jake coming to stay over the weekends. Charlie's housekeeper is Berta, a sharp-tongued woman who resists the change to the household, but grudgingly accepts it.
Charlie's one-night stand. The first five seasons find Charlie in casual sexual relationships with numerous women until the sixth season, when he becomes engaged to Chelsea, but the relationship does not last as Chelsea breaks off their engagement. Afterwards, Charlie flies to Paris in the eighth-season finale with his stalker Rose. In the ninth-season premiere, introducing a revamped show, it is revealed that Charlie died when he fell in front of a subway train in Paris. Suggestions are made that Rose pushed him into the train's path after learning Charlie had cheated on her. Alan's experiences are somewhat different. Throughout the series, Alan continues to deal with his son Jake's growing up, the aftermath of his divorce, when he has little success with women, his marriage to Kandi at the end of the third season was short-lived. In the fourth season, Alan is back at the beach house paying alimony to two women out of his meager earnings as a chiropractor. In the seventh season, he begins a relationship with Lyndsey McElroy, the mother of one of Jake's friends.
Their relationship is temporarily suspended when Alan cheats on her and accidentally burns down her house, but the relationship resumes. In the ninth-season premiere, the beach house is sold to Walden Schmidt, an Internet billionaire going through a divorce from Bridget. Alan leaves to live with his mother Evelyn when the house is sold, but Walden invites both Alan and Jake back to live in the beach house, he needs the three form a tightknit surrogate family. At the end of the ninth season, Jake joins the United States Army. In the 10th season, Walden proposes to his English girlfriend Zoey, only to be turned down, discovers she has another man, he becomes depressed. Meanwhile, Alan gets engaged to his girlfriend Lyndsey, while Judith leaves her second husband Herb Melnick after he cheats on her with his receptionist. Alan and Lyndsey's relationship of three years ends. Rose returns and dates Walden stalking him as she did to Charlie. Walden begins to date a poor but ambitious woman named Kate and changes his name to "Sam Wilson", pretending to be poor to find someone who wants him for him, not for his money.
They break up when he reveals who he is, though Kate realizes that Walden's money helped her become a successful clothing designer. Jake announces he is being shipped to Japan for at least a year, so Alan and he go on a father-son bonding trip. Other than a cameo in the series finale, this is the last time Jake appears on the show, though verbal references are made to him. In the 11th season, a young woman arrives at the beach house, announcing that she is Charlie Harper's biological daughter, Jenny, she moves in with Walden and Alan displaying many of Charlie's traits, including a love of women and alcohol. Lyndsey begins dating a man named Larry, in an attempt to learn more about Larry, Alan takes on the pseudonym "Jeff S
Key & Peele
Key & Peele is an American sketch comedy television series created by Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele that aired on Comedy Central. Both Key and Peele worked on Mad TV; each episode of the show consists of several pre-taped skits starring the two actors. The sketches cover a variety of societal topics with a focus on American popular culture, ethnic stereotypes and race relations. Key & Peele premiered on January 31, 2012 and ended on September 9, 2015, with a total of 53 episodes, over the course of five seasons. A special entitled "Key & Peele's Super Bowl Special" aired on January 30, 2015. Key & Peele won a Peabody Award and two Primetime Emmy Awards and has been nominated for various other awards, including Writers Guild Award, NAACP Image Award and 16 additional Primetime Emmy Awards in various categories. In the first three seasons, an episode would consist with a short sketch. After the intro plays, the two hosts would introduce themselves to a studio audience and explain a possible situation, with the following sketch having a similar situation.
The show follows this pattern, with a number of sketches, each varying in time. Not all the segments are introduced by a studio segment. In the last two seasons, the show eschewed a studio audience in favor of a pre-shot narrative, featuring the duo discussing a concept during a car ride, as the introduction to their sketches; the series was first announced in June 2011 by Comedy Central. In anticipation of the show and Peele launched a web series in support of the program; the series premiered in January 2012 on Comedy Central in the U. S. and on The Comedy Network in Canada. The first episode drew 2.1 million viewers, making it the most-watched Comedy Central launch since 2009. The series was renewed for four more seasons, beginning in September 2012, September 2013, September 2014, July 2015; the last episode aired in September 2015. Barack Obama – The 44th President of the United States, played by Peele, who has difficulty expressing his true feelings. Luther – President Obama's "anger translator," played by Key, who works to interpret the President's low-key statements into raging tirades.
One sketch reveals that Obama's wife and daughters each have their own anger translators as well, whom they request help from to speak with each other. Key appeared in-character as Luther at the Annual White House Correspondents Dinner as an anger translator for the real Barack Obama in early 2015. On January 5, 2017, Key debuted an "Obama-Luther" sketch on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. Wendell Sanders – Played by Peele, Wendell is a nerdy overweight, friendless man who loves sci-fi and fantasy, he comes up with elaborate stories to convince others that he is not a stereotypical nerd, that he is calling on the behalf of people other than himself. This includes a attractive woman named "Claire", with whom he claims to have a relationship, a 15-year-old son named "Stimpy" they have. Though his stories are obvious lies, they are elaborate enough that he manages to convince the person on the other end of the phone line that the people in his stories exist; when asked to speak with his fabricated friends and family, Wendell makes up an abrupt event on the spot to prevent the person he is talking to from piecing together that his stories are lies, to end the conversation.
Mr. Garvey – Played by Key, Mr. Garvey is an angry and intimidating substitute teacher and 20-year veteran of urban education, he distrusts and has trouble pronouncing the common names of his mild-mannered and white suburban students, though he vehemently believes his pronunciations are correct, such as pronouncing the name Jacqueline as "Jay-Quill-Inn" or Blake as "Balakay" or Denise as "Dee-Nice" and his most known Aaron as "A. A. Ron". Any corrections from the students are seen as disrespectful lies meant to make him look foolish. Mr. Garvey forces his students to acknowledge themselves by his incorrect pronunciations at the real threat of being sent to Principal O'Shaughnessy for disrespect; the only student Mr. Garvey seems to trust is an African American boy at the back of the class named Timothy, implied to be from the inner city and claims to have a daughter. In March 2015, it was announced that Key will reprise the role of Mr. Garvey in a feature-length film Substitute Teacher with Jordan portraying a rival teacher.
Meegan – Played by Peele, Meegan is a young woman angry at her boyfriend, André, who always pursues her from a club, but she won't let him near enough to make up. The distance they cover in their pursuit becomes extreme. Meegan is shown to be selfish and unintelligent, does not seem to acknowledge social norms, she herself ever receives any sort of comeuppance for the flagrant disrespect she shows to others. When not with André, Meegan is seen with another woman who acts like her, they gossip between one other about being shocked by people doing normal acts, calling them "crazy", they take many selfies of themselves, but delete the majority of them because they don't like how they look in them, including a picture that had just been classified as evidence in a crime that they witnes
Uniontown is a city in Fayette County, United States, 46 miles southeast of Pittsburgh and part of the Greater Pittsburgh Region. The population was 10,372 at the 2010 census, down from 12,422 at the 2000 census, it is largest city of Fayette County. Popularly known as "Beesontown", the "town of Union" was founded by Henry Beeson on July 4, 1776, coincidentally the same date the United States Declaration of Independence was ratified; the National Road known as the Cumberland Road, was routed through Uniontown in the early 19th century, the town grew along with the road. 10 miles southeast of Uniontown is Fort Necessity, built by George Washington during the French and Indian War as well as the site of the Battle of Jumonville Glen, where the North American branch of the war began. Uniontown's role in the Underground Railroad in the antebellum years is commemorated by a marker on the corner of East Main Street and Baker Alley. Residents helped slaves escaping from the South to freedom. In the late nineteenth century, the town grew based on the development of coal mines and the steel industry.
Uniontown was the site of violent clashes between striking coal miners and guards at the local coke works during the bituminous coal miners' strike of 1894. Fifteen guards armed with carbines and machine guns held off an attack by 1,500 strikers, killing five and wounding eight; the Columbia Rolling Mill, an iron and steel works, was located in Uniontown from 1887 to 1895. The mill was the town's top industry at that time. During the Coal Boom of the early part of the 20th century, Uniontown was home to at least 13 millionaires, the most of any city in the United States. "Coal barons" and Carl Laemmle, the president of Universal Films, sponsored the famous Uniontown Speedway board track from 1916 to 1922. It was a quarter raceway; as with most of Western Pennsylvania, Uniontown's economy waned during the region's deindustrialization of the late 20th century, when the steel industry restructured and many jobs went elsewhere, including offshore. This decline continued into the 21st century, the population is about half its peak of 1940.
The USS Uniontown, a Tacoma-class frigate, was named for the city by the United States Navy on August 16, 1944, the only ship to be so named. In 1967 Uniontown was the birthplace of the McDonald's Big Mac sandwich. In 2007 the Big Mac Museum was opened in North Huntingdon Township in Westmoreland County, to the disappointment of some Uniontown residents. According to a McDonald's spokesperson, the decision was based on logistics and access, but Uniontown residents complained in an article, published in The Herald-Standard; the Uniontown Downtown Historic District, Gallatin School, John S. Douglas House, John P. Conn House, Adam Clarke Nutt Mansion are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Uniontown is located west of the center of Fayette County at 39°54'0" North, 79°43'28" West. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.04 square miles, all of it land. The city is 999 feet above sea level and rests at the base of Chestnut Ridge, the westernmost ridge of the Appalachian Mountains to the east.
The National Pike or Cumberland Road crossed over the mountains and passed through the area which became the center of Uniontown. The route is now Business Route 40, as the mainline of US 40 bypasses the city center to the south and west as a freeway loop called the George Marshall Parkway. Uniontown has a humid continental climate with cold winters, owing its location near the mountains with temperatures running in the 20s to 30s degrees and warm summers with temperatures in the upper 70s to the lower 80s. Uniontown's government is composed of a five-member city council; the current mayor is Ed Fike. Uniontown is in Pennsylvania's 14th congressional district and is represented in the United States House of Representatives by Republican Guy Reschenthaler and in the United States Senate by Democrat Bob Casey Jr. and Republican Pat Toomey. As of the census of 2010, there were 10,372 people, 5,423 households, 3,031 families residing in the city; the population density was 5136 people per square mile.
There were 6,320 housing units at an average density of 3,103.0 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 75.16% White, 18.90% African American, 0.36% Native American, 0.93% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.30% from other races, 3.67% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.59% of the population. The largest white ethnic groups in Uniontown: 15.4% German, 13.4% Irish, 9% Italian, 6% Dutch, 5.6% English, 5.5% Polish. There were 5,423 households, out of which 23.7% had children under the age of 18.2 living with them, 35.8% were married couples living together, 16.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 44.1% were non-families. 39.7% of all households were made up of individuals, 19.5% had someone living alone, 75 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.791. In the city, the population was spread out, with 20.9% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 26.1% from 25 to 44, 22.4% from 45 to 64, 22.0% who were 65 years of age or older.
The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 86.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.5 males. In 2012 the median income for a household in the city was $31,760, the median income for a family was $37,841; the per capita income for the city was $22,457. The City of Uniontown Bureau of Fire is a combination career/volunteer department operating out of three stations (two staffed
Los Angeles the City of Los Angeles and known by its initials L. A. is the most populous city in California, the second most populous city in the United States, after New York City, the third most populous city in North America. With an estimated population of four million, Los Angeles is the cultural and commercial center of Southern California; the city is known for its Mediterranean climate, ethnic diversity and the entertainment industry, its sprawling metropolis. Los Angeles is the largest city on the West Coast of North America. Los Angeles is in a large basin bounded by the Pacific Ocean on one side and by mountains as high as 10,000 feet on the other; the city proper, which covers about 469 square miles, is the seat of Los Angeles County, the most populated county in the country. Los Angeles is the principal city of the Los Angeles metropolitan area, the second largest in the United States after that of New York City, with a population of 13.1 million. It is part of the Los Angeles-Long Beach combined statistical area the nation's second most populous area with a 2015 estimated population of 18.7 million.
Los Angeles is one of the most substantial economic engines within the United States, with a diverse economy in a broad range of professional and cultural fields. Los Angeles is famous as the home of Hollywood, a major center of the world entertainment industry. A global city, it has been ranked 6th in the Global Cities Index and 9th in the Global Economic Power Index; the Los Angeles metropolitan area has a gross metropolitan product of $1.044 trillion, making it the third-largest in the world, after the Tokyo and New York metropolitan areas. Los Angeles hosted the 1932 and 1984 Summer Olympics and will host the event for a third time in 2028; the city hosted the Miss Universe pageant twice, in 1990 and 2006, was one of 9 American cities to host the 1994 FIFA men's soccer World Cup and one of 8 to host the 1999 FIFA women's soccer World Cup, hosting the final match for both tournaments. Home to the Chumash and Tongva, Los Angeles was claimed by Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo for Spain in 1542 along with the rest of what would become Alta California.
The city was founded on September 4, 1781, by Spanish governor Felipe de Neve. It became a part of Mexico in 1821 following the Mexican War of Independence. In 1848, at the end of the Mexican–American War, Los Angeles and the rest of California were purchased as part of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, becoming part of the United States. Los Angeles was incorporated as a municipality on April 4, 1850, five months before California achieved statehood; the discovery of oil in the 1890s brought rapid growth to the city. The completion of the Los Angeles Aqueduct in 1913, delivering water from Eastern California assured the city's continued rapid growth; the Los Angeles coastal area was settled by the Chumash tribes. A Gabrieleño settlement in the area was called iyáangẚ, meaning "poison oak place". Maritime explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo claimed the area of southern California for the Spanish Empire in 1542 while on an official military exploring expedition moving north along the Pacific coast from earlier colonizing bases of New Spain in Central and South America.
Gaspar de Portolà and Franciscan missionary Juan Crespí, reached the present site of Los Angeles on August 2, 1769. In 1771, Franciscan friar Junípero Serra directed the building of the Mission San Gabriel Arcángel, the first mission in the area. On September 4, 1781, a group of forty-four settlers known as "Los Pobladores" founded the pueblo they called El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles,'The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels'; the present-day city has the largest Roman Catholic Archdiocese in the United States. Two-thirds of the Mexican or settlers were mestizo or mulatto, a mixture of African and European ancestry; the settlement remained a small ranch town for decades, but by 1820, the population had increased to about 650 residents. Today, the pueblo is commemorated in the historic district of Los Angeles Pueblo Plaza and Olvera Street, the oldest part of Los Angeles. New Spain achieved its independence from the Spanish Empire in 1821, the pueblo continued as a part of Mexico.
During Mexican rule, Governor Pío Pico made Los Angeles Alta California's regional capital. Mexican rule ended during the Mexican–American War: Americans took control from the Californios after a series of battles, culminating with the signing of the Treaty of Cahuenga on January 13, 1847. Railroads arrived with the completion of the transcontinental Southern Pacific line to Los Angeles in 1876 and the Santa Fe Railroad in 1885. Petroleum was discovered in the city and surrounding area in 1892, by 1923, the discoveries had helped California become the country's largest oil producer, accounting for about one-quarter of the world's petroleum output. By 1900, the population had grown to more than 102,000; the completion of the Los Angeles Aqueduct in 1913, under the supervision of William Mulholland, assured the continued growth of the city. Due to clauses in the city's charter that prevented the City of Los Angeles from selling or providing water from the aqueduct to any area outside its borders, many adjacent city and communities became compelled to annex themselves into Los Angeles.
Los Angeles created the first municipal zoning ordinance in the United States. On September 14, 1908, the Los Angeles City Council promulgated residential and industrial land use zones; the new ordinance established three residential zones of a single type, where industrial uses were
University of California, Los Angeles
The University of California, Los Angeles is a public research university in Los Angeles. It became the Southern Branch of the University of California in 1919, making it the third-oldest undergraduate campus of the 10-campus University of California system, it offers 337 graduate degree programs in a wide range of disciplines. UCLA enrolls about 31,000 undergraduate and 13,000 graduate students and had 119,000 applicants for Fall 2016, including transfer applicants, making the school the most applied-to of any American university; the university is organized into six undergraduate colleges, seven professional schools, four professional health science schools. The undergraduate colleges are the College of Science; as of 2017, 24 Nobel laureates, three Fields Medalists, five Turing Award winners, two Chief Scientists of the U. S. Air Force have been affiliated with UCLA as researchers, or alumni. Among the current faculty members, 55 have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, 28 to the National Academy of Engineering, 39 to the Institute of Medicine, 124 to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
The university was elected to the Association of American Universities in 1974. UCLA is considered one of the country's Public Ivies, meaning that it is a public university thought to provide a quality of education comparable with that of the Ivy League. In 2018, US News & World Report named UCLA the best public university in the United States. UCLA student-athletes compete as the Bruins in the Pac-12 Conference; the Bruins have won 126 national championships, including 116 NCAA team championships, more than any other university except Stanford, who has won 117. UCLA student-athletes and staff won 251 Olympic medals: 126 gold, 65 silver, 60 bronze. UCLA student-athletes competed in every Olympics since 1920 with one exception and won a gold medal in every Olympics the U. S. participated in since 1932. In March 1881, the California State Legislature authorized the creation of a southern branch of the California State Normal School in downtown Los Angeles to train teachers for the growing population of Southern California.
The Los Angeles branch of the California State Normal School opened on August 29, 1882, on what is now the site of the Central Library of the Los Angeles Public Library system. The facility included an elementary school where teachers-in-training could practice their technique with children; that elementary school is related to the present day UCLA Lab School. In 1887, the branch campus became independent and changed its name to Los Angeles State Normal School. In 1914, the school moved to a new campus on Vermont Avenue in East Hollywood. In 1917, UC Regent Edward Augustus Dickson, the only regent representing the Southland at the time, Ernest Carroll Moore, Director of the Normal School, began to lobby the State Legislature to enable the school to become the second University of California campus, after UC Berkeley, they met resistance from UC Berkeley alumni, Northern California members of the state legislature, Benjamin Ide Wheeler, President of the University of California from 1899 to 1919, who were all vigorously opposed to the idea of a southern campus.
However, David Prescott Barrows, the new President of the University of California, did not share Wheeler's objections. On May 23, 1919, the Southern Californians' efforts were rewarded when Governor William D. Stephens signed Assembly Bill 626 into law, which transformed the Los Angeles Normal School into the Southern Branch of the University of California; the same legislation added the College of Letters and Science. The Southern Branch campus opened on September 15 of that year, offering two-year undergraduate programs to 250 Letters and Science students and 1,250 students in the Teachers College, under Moore's continued direction. Under University of California President William Wallace Campbell, enrollment at the Southern Branch expanded so that by the mid-1920s the institution was outgrowing the 25 acre Vermont Avenue location; the Regents searched for a new location and announced their selection of the so-called "Beverly Site"—just west of Beverly Hills—on March 21, 1925 edging out the panoramic hills of the still-empty Palos Verdes Peninsula.
After the athletic teams entered the Pacific Coast conference in 1926, the Southern Branch student council adopted the nickname "Bruins", a name offered by the student council at UC Berkeley. In 1927, the Regents renamed the Southern Branch the University of California at Los Angeles. In the same year, the state broke ground in Westwood on land sold for $1 million, less than one-third its value, by real estate developers Edwin and Harold Janss, for whom the Janss Steps are named; the campus in Westwood opened to students in 1929. The original four buildings were the College Library, Royce Hall, the Physics-Biology Building, the Chemistry Building, arrayed around a quadrangular courtyard on the 400 acre campus; the first undergraduate classes on the new campus were held in 1929 with 5,500 students. After lobbying by alumni, faculty and community leaders, UCLA was permitted to award the master's degree in 1933, the doctorate in 1936, against continued resistance from UC Berkeley. A timeline of the history can be found on its website, as well
Southpaw is a 2015 American sports drama film directed by Antoine Fuqua, written by Kurt Sutter and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Forest Whitaker and Rachel McAdams. The film follows a boxer who sets out to get his life back on track after losing his wife in an accident and his young daughter to protective services; the film was released on July 2015, by The Weinstein Company. The film marked one of the last films to be scored by James Horner, one of three posthumous releases to feature his music; the film and the film's soundtrack album are dedicated to his memory. Billy "The Great" Hope is an undefeated professional boxer living in the suburbs of New York City with his wife Maureen and their daughter Leila. Billy's particular style of fighting leaves him beaten and bruised. During a match in which he defends his light heavyweight world title, Billy sustains an eye injury as well as heavy blows to the face and body, leaving him coughing up blood for days, he is convinced by Maureen to retire before he becomes forever "punch-drunk".
During the press conference at the post-match, an up-and-coming boxer Miguel "Magic" Escobar taunts Billy and tries to get Billy to fight him. At a charity event for the orphanage where he and his wife both grew up, Escobar is in attendance, as Billy is leaving, Escobar threatens he'll take Maureen and his title away from him, while Maureen tells Billy to let it go and go home with her, Billy's anger gets the better of him, leading to a brawl in which Maureen is accidentally shot and killed by Miguel's brother Hector, who flees. Billy begins abusing alcohol and drugs while obsessively searching for Hector, he gets a tip about Hector's whereabouts but only finds Hector's drug-addicted wife Maria, leaves after learning Hector is a father. Billy attacks a referee out of frustration after throwing a fight and is suspended for a year, leaving him with no income and a six figure fine for ref assault. Furthermore, the networks are suing him for breach of contract, leaving him in debt and his house and belongings being repossessed.
He nearly dies after crashing his car in a suicide attempt. The incident drives Billy to sober up, but Leila cuts ties with him, blaming him for their predicament. At the behest of his friends, Billy secures a job as a cleaner at a gym owned by seasoned boxer Titus "Tick" Wills, tries to convince Tick to become his trainer. Billy's former manager, Jordan Mains, managing Miguel, arranges a fight between the two that could put Billy back in the spotlight. Tick is reluctant to train Billy, fearful he might be blinded by his vendetta against Miguel, but is motivated to do so when another of his students, Hoppy, is killed by his abusive father while attempting to defend his mother. Seeing Billy's hard work after securing a job and keeping it, his ability to show responsibilities of a father, a judge removes his visitation restrictions and congratulates him for his good work. Billy takes Leila to his apartment where they have breakfast together and Leila asks if she can attend the fight. Billy, reluctant to let his daughter go to the fight because Maureen never wanted to expose their daughter to the violence in boxing, says he is unsure because Maureen used to make all the decisions for him.
Leila asks if they can visit Maureen's grave, where Leila convinces Billy to let her go to the fight so as to have someone by his side. Billy tells Leila that there will be people at the fight saying some harsh things, so Leila makes an agreement to go to the fight but to stay in the locker room with Angela, watching the fight via closed circuit television in the locker room; as the match begins, Miguel has the upper hand against Billy, with Tick's advice, Billy has the chance to turn the tables in the final round by using the Philly shell defense and countering more aggressively with his left. As the round reaches its final minute, Billy pivots hard and, although fighting from a traditional stance, delivers a powerful left uppercut which knocks the champion down to the ground. Miguel is saved by the bell. Billy is declared the winner by a split-decision and reunites with Leila in the locker room, where she forgives his past mistakes and they embrace. Eminem was supposed to play the role of Billy Hope.
The film's screenwriter Kurt Sutter said the project was inspired by the rapper's personal struggles. He stated that he had taken meetings with Eminem's producing partners over the past seven years, looking for something to do together. "I know he's selective and doesn't do a lot. But he shared so much of his personal struggle in this raw and honest album, one that I connected with on a lot of levels, he is interested in the boxing genre, it seemed like an apt metaphor, because his own life has been a brawl. In a way, this is a continuation of the 8 Mile story, but we are doing a metaphorical narrative of the second chapter of his life. He'll play a world champion boxer who hits a hard bottom, has to fight to win back his life for his young daughter. At its core, this is a retelling of his struggles over the last five years of his life, using the boxing analogy. I love that the title refers to Marshall being a lefty, to boxing what a white rapper is to hip hop. It's a much harder road for a southpaw than a right-handed boxer."
Producers Alan and Peter Riche have given a different story about Eminem's involvement however stating that they set out to make a boxing movie similar to The Champ but wanted to make the story about a father-daughter relationship as opposed to The Champ's f
Comedy Bang! Bang! (TV series)
Comedy Bang! Bang! is a television series created and hosted by Scott Aukerman. The show aired weekly on IFC and was a spin-off of Aukerman's podcast Comedy Bang! Bang!, which airs on the Earwolf network. Like the podcast, the series features outlandish and farcical humor delivered in a deadpan manner; the mock talk show derives most of its comedy from its surreal spoofs of common late night tropes and from its characters' ineptitude. Reggie Watts left Comedy Bang! Bang! Halfway through the fourth season to become the bandleader for The Late Late Show with James Corden. Musician Kid Cudi took over sidekick duties after Watts' departure; the season four finale was Cudi's final episode. The series was renewed for a 20-episode fifth season on May 5, 2015. "Weird Al" Yankovic took over the position of bandleader for the fifth season, which premiered on June 3, 2016. On August 18, 2016, Aukerman announced that the series would end after season 5, the finale aired on December 2, 2016; the show features celebrity guests playing either themselves or characters.
Many of these celebrities were previous guests on the Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast and revisit characters such as Don Dimello, El Chupacabra, Bob Ducca, Lil' Gary, Huell Howser and Cake Boss. Many frequent collaborators include former Mr. Show with Bob and David cast members such as Paul F. Tompkins, Bob Odenkirk, David Cross; the talk show takes place in one-third of a wooden shack with modern decorations, surreal pop-art, old books without dust-covers, houseplants. Various objects have the ability to talk including the taxidermy, houseplants, as well as a couch named Sir Couchley. "Weird Al" Yankovic provided all of the music on the show including the theme song and interstitial music. Reggie Watts first performed it on the podcast. Yankovic performed his version of Watts' original theme. Critical reception for Comedy Bang! Bang! has been mixed to positive, with a rating of 64 on Metacritic, a top critics rating of 66% on Rotten Tomatoes. Most television critics have given the show positive reviews.
Paste reviewer Ross Bonaime called the show "one of the best written shows on TV today", comparing it to Pee-wee's Playhouse. Los Angeles Times television reviewer Robert Lloyd has called the show "amusing", likening it to Space Ghost Coast to Coast. Additionally, the weekly reviews that have been posted on The A. V. Club are in the B- to A range. Comedy Bang! Bang! Season 1 was released on Region 1 DVD on January 21, 2014; the two-disc set consists of all 10 episodes of its first season. Special features include: deleted and extended scenes, full-length alternate celebrity interviews and audio commentaries featuring characters from the show and more. Comedy Bang! Bang! Season 2 was released on Region 1 DVD on June 24, 2014; the four-disc set consists of all 20 episodes of its second season. Special features include: full episode commentaries, deleted/bonus scenes and interviews, Reggie's season 2 music supercut, VFX tests and more. Comedy Bang! Bang! at IFC.com Comedy Bang! Bang! on IMDb