In the Year 2525
"In the Year 2525" is a 1968 hit song by the American pop-rock duo of Zager and Evans. It reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks commencing July 12, 1969, it peaked at number one in the UK Singles Chart for three weeks in September that year. The song was written and composed by Rick Evans in 1964 and released on a small regional record label in 1968. Zager and Evans disbanded in 1971. Zager and Evans were a one-hit wonder, recording artists who had a number one hit and never had another chart single, they did this in both the U. S. Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart, rare; as of 2018, they remain the only artist to have a chart-topping #1 hit on both sides of the Atlantic and never have another chart single in Billboard or in the UK again. Their follow-up single on RCA-Victor, "Mr. Turnkey", failed to hit the main music charts on either side of the Atlantic Ocean. Another single, "Listen to the People", managed to make the bottom slot of the Cashbox chart at number 100.
"In the Year 2525" opens with an introductory verse explaining that if humanity has survived to that point, it would witness the subsequent events in the song. Subsequent verses pick up the story at 1010-year intervals from 3535 to 6565. In each succeeding millennium, life becomes sedentary and automated: machines take over all work, marriage is obsolete since children are conceived in test tubes, thoughts are pre-programmed into pills for people to consume; the pattern as well as the music changes, going up a half step in the key of the song, after two stanzas, first from A-flat minor, to A minor. For the final three millennia, now in B flat minor, the tone of the song turns apocalyptic: the year 7510 marks the date by which the Second Coming will have happened, the Last Judgment occurs one millennium later. By 9595, with the song now in B minor, humanity has been wiped out as punishment for depleting the world and not putting anything back into it in return; the song ends in the year 10000, with Earth plunged into "eternal night" and man's reign finished, noting that in another solar system far away, the same scenario may be playing out, as the first verse repeats and the recording fades out.
The overriding theme, of a world doomed by its passive acquiescence to and overdependence on its own overdone technologies, struck a resonant chord in millions of people around the world in the late 1960s. The song was recorded in one take in 1968, at a studio in a cow pasture in Odessa, Texas. Members of the Odessa Symphony participated in the recording. Rick Evans – acoustic guitar, vocals Denny Zager – acoustic guitar, vocals Mark Dalton – bass guitar Dave Trupp – drums The Odessa Symphony – additional instruments The song has been covered at least 60 times in seven languages. A notable version of "In the Year 2525" is sung by Dalida. Another version, with different lyrics, was used as the theme song for the short-lived science fiction series Cleopatra 2525; the song was covered by the British metal band Fields of the Nephilim. British singer Ian Brown covered this song on his 2009 album "My Way"; the South African film 1968 Tunnel Rats directed by Uwe Boll uses the song as its title theme.
In a scene from the 1992 film Alien 3, a custodian sings a verse from "In the Year 2525" as he cleans an air duct. It features in the closing credits in the Scottish film from 1996 Small Faces, it plays in the final scene of the second season finale of Millennium entitled "The Time Is Now". The song was included in the controversial 2001 Clear Channel memorandum, a document distributed by Clear Channel Communications to every radio station owned by the company; the list consisted of 165 songs considered by Clear Channel to be "lyrically questionable" following the September 11, 2001 attacks. The song is featured prominently in scenes from the fictional sub-story in the 2009 comedy film Gentlemen Broncos; the song is parodied as "In the Year 252525" in the seventh episode of Futurama's sixth season, "The Late Philip J. Fry", as Fry, Professor Farnsworth and Bender travel forwards through time to find a period in which the backwards time machine has been invented. 26th century Human extinction Human impact on the environment Zager & Evans at Discogs Zager Easy Play Custom Guitars Zager Guitar Reviews Video on YouTube
Renaissance Pictures is an American film production and television company. It was founded by director Sam Raimi, producer Rob Tapert and actor Bruce Campbell, with help from publicist Irvin Shapiro, on August 10, 1979 to produce their film The Evil Dead, along with its sequels Evil Dead II and Army of Darkness. Renaissance has produced a large number of films involving the three founders, as well as those made by other entertainment professionals connected with them, including the Joel and Ethan Coen written Crimewave and Josh Becker's Thou Shalt Not Kill... Except. Efforts include big budget action films such as Darkman, Hard Target and Timecop, the television series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess, both of which featured Campbell in various capacities, as well as Raimi's brother Ted as recurring character Joxer. Raimi and Tapert now produce horror films, including Raimi's own Drag Me to Hell, through Ghost House Pictures; the original logo of the company paid homage to the opening of the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey, before it was changed to a Mona Lisa-esque Renaissance painting being torn apart by lightning in 1994.
1981: The Evil Dead 1986: Crimewave 1985: Stryker's War 1987: Evil Dead II 1990: Darkman 1991: Lunatics: A Love Story 1992: Army of Darkness 1993: Hard Target 1994: Darkman II: The Return of Durant 1994: Hercules and the Amazon Women 1994: Hercules and the Lost Kingdom 1994–1995: M. A. N. T. I. S. 1994: Timecop 1994: Hercules and the Circle of Fire 1994: Hercules in the Underworld 1994: Hercules in the Maze of the Minotaur 1995–1999: Hercules: The Legendary Journeys 1995–2001: Xena: Warrior Princess 1995–1996: American Gothic 1996: Darkman III: Die Darkman Die 1997: Spy Game 1998: Hercules and Xena – The Animated Movie: The Battle for Mount Olympus 1998–1999: Young Hercules 2000: Jack of All Trades 2000–2001: Cleopatra 2525 2002: Xena: Warrior Princess - A Friend in Need 2008–2010: Legend of the Seeker 2015–2018: Ash vs. Evil Dead Warren, Bill; the Evil Dead Companion, ISBN 0-312-27501-3. Renaissance Pictures on IMDb
Victoria Ainslie Pratt is a Canadian actress and fitness model. Pratt grew up in Chesley, Ontario, a self described "tomboy at heart." She graduated summa cum laude. Before starting her acting career, Pratt made a notable mark in the fitness world as a performance tester, working at the York University campus with various athletes including players from the Toronto Maple Leafs and San Jose Sharks, among others. After graduating from York, Pratt met Robert Kennedy who convinced Pratt to try her hand at modelling and acting. Pratt found success as a fitness model, gracing several magazine covers and working alongside future WWE stars Trish Stratus and Torrie Wilson. Pratt began to land high-profile acting roles in TV throughout the late 90s, including Xena: Warrior Princess, Once a Thief, Cleopatra 2525, Mutant X. Pratt made her film debut in the 1998 film titled Legacy, alongside David Hasselhoff, directed by her eventual husband T. J. Scott. Pratt starred in several independent or small made-for-TV movies during the 90s and early 2000s.
Pratt has since garnered a small cult following who recognize her large body of work as an actress in cancelled, but popular low-budget science-fiction productions. There are websites dedicated to Pratt. AskMen called her a "butt-kicking sci-fi queen."Since the mid 2000s, Pratt has guest-starred on several hit TV programs including CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, NCIS, Lie to Me and Castle. In 2006, Pratt co-starred with model Josie Moran in the film The Mallory Effect which premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival; the same year Pratt starred with Taye Diggs on the ABC television series Day Break, which premiered on November 15, 2006. Pratt has continued modelling throughout her career being named Oxygen Magazine's "Cover Girl" in 2011; as of October 2015, she is a published author of her first book being Double Down. Pratt married award-winning director and photographer T. J. Scott in 2000, she started dating country singer Trace Adkins in 2014 shortly after his wife filed for divorce. She was named as one of the reasons for the divorce.
She divides her time between Toronto, Los Angeles and New Zealand. Pratt is a keen kickboxer. In her interview with Oxygen Magazine, Pratt said she enjoyed "salsa dancing, hiking in the Hollywood hills and volleyball." Victoria Pratt on IMDb Victoria Pratt on Instagram Victoria Pratt on Twitter
A cliffhanger, or cliffhanger ending, is a plot device in fiction which features a main character in a precarious or difficult dilemma, or confronted with a shocking revelation at the end of an episode of serialized fiction. A cliffhanger is hoped to ensure the audience will return to see how the characters resolve the dilemma; some serials end with the caveat "To Be Continued…" or "The End?" In movie serials and television series, the following episode sometimes begins with a recap sequence. Cliffhangers were used as literary devices in several works of the medieval era; the Arabic literary work One Thousand and One Nights involves Scheherazade narrating a series of stories to King Shahryār for 1,001 nights, with each night ending on a cliffhanger in order to save herself from execution. Some medieval Chinese ballads like the Liu chih-yuan chu-kung-tiao ended each chapter on a cliffhanger to keep the audience in suspense. Cliffhangers appeared as an element of the Victorian serial novel that emerged in the 1840s, with many associating the form with Charles Dickens, a pioneer of the serial publication of narrative fiction.
By the 1860s it had become a staple part of the sensation serials, while the term itself originated with Thomas Hardy in 1873 when a protagonist from one of his serials, Henry Knight, was left hanging off a cliff. Cliffhangers became prominent with the serial publication of narrative fiction, pioneered by Charles Dickens. Printed episodically in magazines, Dickens’s cliffhangers triggered desperation in his readers. Writing in the New Yorker, Emily Nussbaum captured the anticipation of those waiting for the next installment of Dickens' The Old Curiosity Shop; the impact of Dickens' serial publications saw the cliffhanger become a staple part of the sensation serials by the 1860s. The term "cliffhanger" is considered to have originated with the serialised version of Thomas Hardy's A Pair of Blue Eyes in which Henry Knight, one of the protagonists, is left hanging off a cliff. Cliffhangers were popular from the 1910s through to the 1930s serials when nickelodeons and movie theaters filled the cultural niche primarily occupied by television.
During the 1910s, when Fort Lee, New Jersey was a center of film production, the cliffs facing New York and the Hudson River were used as film locations. The most notable of these films was The Perils of Pauline, a serial which helped popularize the term cliffhanger. In them, the serial would end leaving actress Pearl White's Pauline character hanging from a cliff. Cliffhangers are used in television series soap operas that end each episode on a cliffhanger. Prior to the early 1980s, season-ending cliffhangers were rare on U. S. television. The first such season-ender on U. S. TV was in the comedy send-up of soap operas Soap in 1978. Several Australian soap operas, which went off air over summer, such as Number 96, The Restless Years, Prisoner, ended each year with major and much publicized catastrophe, such as a character being shot in the final seconds of the year's closing episode. Cliffhangers are used in Japanese manga and anime. In contrast to American superhero comics, Japanese manga are much more written with cliffhangers with each volume or issue.
This is the case with shōnen manga those published by Weekly Shōnen Jump, such as Dragon Ball, Shaman King, One Piece. During its original run, Doctor Who was written in a serialised format that ended each episode within a serial on a cliffhanger. In the first few years of the show, the final episodes of each serial would have a cliffhanger that would lead into the next serial. Dragonfire Part One is notable for having a cliffhanger that involved The Doctor hanging from a cliff; this has been criticised by fans for being a pointless cliffhanger, but script editor Andrew Cartmel gave an explanation for the reasoning of it in an interview. Another British science fiction series, Blake's 7, employed end-of-season cliffhangers for each of the four seasons the series was on air, most notably for its final episode in 1981 in which the whole of the main cast are killed. Cliffhangers were rare on American television before 1980, as television networks preferred the flexibility of airing episodes in any order.
The phenomenal success of the 1980 "Who shot J. R.?" third season-ending cliffhanger of Dallas, the "Who Done It" fourth-season episode that solved the mystery, contributed to the cliffhanger becoming a common storytelling device on American television. Another notable cliffhanger was the "Moldavian Massacre" on Dynasty in 1985, which fueled speculation throughout the summer months regarding who lived or died when all the characters attended a wedding in the country of Moldavia, only to have revolutionaries topple the government and machine-gun the entire wedding party. Cliffhanger endings in films date back to the early 20th century, were prominently used in the movie serials of the 1930s, though these tended to be resolved with the next installment the following week. A longer term cliffhanger was employed in the Star Wars film series, in The Empire Strikes Back in which Darth Vader made a shock revelation to Luke Skywalker that he was his father, the life of Han Solo was in jeopardy after he was frozen and taken away by a bounty hunter.
These plotlines were left unresolved until the next film in the series three years later. The two main ways for cliffhangers to keep readers/viewers coming
Hard Target is a 1993 American action film directed by Hong Kong film director John Woo in his American debut. The film stars Jean-Claude Van Damme as Chance Boudreaux, an out-of-work Cajun merchant seaman who saves a young woman, named Natasha Binder, from a gang of thugs in New Orleans. Chance learns that Binder is searching for her missing father, agrees to aid Binder in her search. Boudreaux and Binder soon learn that Binder's father has died at the hands of wealthy sportsman Emil Fouchon who hunts homeless men as a form of recreation; the screenplay was written by Chuck Pfarrer and is based on the 1932 film adaptation of Richard Connell's 1924 short story "The Most Dangerous Game". Hard Target was Woo's first American film and was the first major Hollywood film made by a Chinese director. Universal Pictures was nervous about having Woo direct a feature, sent in director Sam Raimi to look over the film's production and to take Woo's place as director if he were to fail. Woo went through several scripts finding martial arts films with which he was not interested.
After deciding on Chuck Pfarrer's script for Hard Target, Woo wanted to have actor Kurt Russell in the lead role, but found Russell too busy with other projects. Woo went with Universal's initial choice of having Jean-Claude Van Damme star. Woo got along with Van Damme during filming and raised the amount of action in the film as he knew that Van Damme was up for it. After 65 days of filming in New Orleans, Woo had trouble with the Motion Picture Association of America to secure the R rating that Universal wanted. Woo made dozens of cuts to the film. On its initial release, Hard Target was a financial success but received mixed reviews from film critics; the film is considered a cult film among fans for the action scenes. In New Orleans, a homeless veteran named, he is given a belt containing $10,000 and told that he must reach the other side of the town to win the money and his life. Pursuing him is the hunt organizer Emil Fouchon, his lieutenant Pik Van Cleef, a businessman named Mr. Lopacki - Fouchon's client who has paid $500,000 for the opportunity to hunt a human, mercenaries including Stephan and Peterson.
Binder is killed by three crossbow bolts. Van Cleef retrieves the money belt. While searching for her father, Binder's estranged daughter Natasha is attacked by a group of muggers who saw that she had a lot of cash earlier, she is saved by a homeless man with exceptional martial arts skills named Chance Boudreaux, a former Marine Force Recon. Chance is hesitant to involve himself in her mission, but as his merchant seaman union dues are in arrears, he reluctantly allows Natasha to hire him as her guide and bodyguard during her search. Meanwhile, Chance's homeless friend Elijah Roper is the next to participate in Fouchon's hunt and ends up dead. Natasha discovers that her father distributed fliers for a seedy recruiter named Randal Poe, secretly supplying Fouchon with homeless men with war experience and no family ties. Natasha questions Randal about her father's death, but they are discovered by an eavesdropping Van Cleef. Fouchon and Van Cleef beat Randal as a punishment for sending them a man with a daughter.
New Orleans police detective Marie Mitchell is reluctant to investigate Binder's disappearance until his charred body is discovered in the ashes of a derelict building. The death is deemed an accident, but Chance searches the ruins and finds Binder's dog tag, pierced by one of the crossbow bolts. Van Cleef's henchmen ambush Chance and beat him unconscious to scare him and Natasha out of town; when he recovers, he offers Mitchell the dog tag as evidence. With the investigation getting closer, Van Cleef and Fouchon decide to relocate their hunting business and begin eliminating "loose ends"; the medical examiner, hiding the evidence of the hunt is executed along with Randal. Mitchell and Chance arrive moments at Randal's office and are ambushed by Van Cleef and several of his men. During the shootout, Mitchell dies. Chance kills a handful of the escapes with Natasha. Fouchon and Van Cleef assemble five hired hunters to continue the chase. Chance leads Natasha to his uncle Douvee's house deep in the bayou and enlists his help to defeat the men.
Chance and Douvee lead the hunting party to "Mardi Gras graveyard" and kill off Fouchon's men one by one. Van Cleef is gunned down by Chance in a shootout. In the end, only Fouchon is left, but he holds Chance at bay by taking Natasha hostage and stabbing Douvee in the chest with his arrow. Chance charges him, attacking with a flurry of blows, drops a grenade in his pants. Fouchon gets incinerated in the explosion, it turns out. Chance and Douvee make their way out of the warehouse as the movie ends. Jean-Claude Van Damme as Chance Boudreaux, an out-of-work Cajun United States Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance veteran. After Boudreaux saves Natasha Binder, he is hired by her to help search for her missing father. Lance Henriksen as Emil Fouchon, a wealthy sportsman who hunts homeless former soldiers for sport. After finding that he is being investigated by Chance and Natasha, Fouchon sends out his gang led by Pik
Robert Gerard Tapert is an American film and television producer and director, best known for co-creating the pop culture phenomenon Xena: Warrior Princess. He is one of the founding partners of the film production companies Renaissance Pictures and Ghost House Pictures. Tapert first became involved with filmmaking while attending Michigan State University where he was studying economics. Through his friend and roommate Ivan Raimi, Tapert would meet future longstanding filmmaking partners Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell, he has two sisters and Mary Beth Tapert. He has a younger brother, Jeff Tapert, he has been married to actress Lucy Lawless since 28 March 1998. Tapert and director Sam Raimi experimented on several short films before endeavoring on their first feature-length picture, a graphic horror film titled The Evil Dead, which Tapert produced, Raimi directed, Bruce Campbell starred. Thanks to a glowing review from horror author Stephen King, the film was a success with the crowd at the Cannes Film Festival in France, although not a favorite of critics at the time, it was critically acclaimed as a horror classic in years gaining a cult following.
The film was successful enough to spawn two sequels, Evil Dead II and Army of Darkness, a remake in 2013, a television series titled Ash vs Evil Dead. Tapert continued on to produce numerous other films involving Raimi and/or Campbell in some capacity, such as Crimewave, Easy Wheels, Hard Target, The Quick and the Dead, A Simple Plan, The Gift. Tapert co-founded film production company Ghost House Pictures in 2002, their first release The Grudge would gross nearly $200 million internationally. They followed up that success with Boogeyman, The Messengers, 30 Days of Night, Drag Me to Hell which Raimi directed, The Possession, a remake of Tobe Hooper's seminal film Poltergeist. In 2013, Tapert and Raimi tapped Uruguayan director Fede Alvarez, after seeing his short, Panic Attack!, to reimagine The Evil Dead. Diablo Cody contributed a polish to help Americanize the script. Tapert would re-collaborate with Alvarez and writer Rodo Sayagues in 2016 on the breakout film Don't Breathe that grossed $157 million worldwide.
In the 1990s, Tapert produced and/or wrote several television series, including Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, M. A. N. T. I. S. Spy Game, American Gothic. Tapert co-created the prequel series Young Hercules that starred Ryan Gosling. During Hercules, Tapert created the character of Xena which he spun off into a separate series Xena: Warrior Princess; the franchise has been referred to as groundbreaking and the character as a feminist and lesbian icon. Xena: Warrior Princess has been credited by many, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon, with blazing the trail for a new generation of female action heroes such as Buffy, Max of Dark Angel, Sydney Bristow of Alias, the Bride in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill. After serving as Lucy Lawless's stunt double on Xena, stunt woman Zoë E. Bell was recruited to be Uma Thurman's stunt double in Tarantino's Kill Bill. By helping to pave the way for female action heroes in television and film, "Xena" strengthened the stunt woman profession. In 2008, Tapert produced Legend of the Seeker, the television adaptation of the popular Sword of Truth books by Terry Goodkind for ABC Studios.
Tapert followed with the Roman epic Spartacus for Starz in 2010, including Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, Spartacus: Vengeance, Spartacus: War of the Damned. Tapert's most recent television project is Ash vs Evil Dead based on the Evil Dead film franchise that premiered on Starz in 2015. Tapert produced the stage musical Pleasuredome as a love story to 1980's New York City incorporating songs from the era; the play, based on Tapert's personal experiences premiered in 2017 to critical acclaim and sold-out crowds in Tapert's home of Auckland, New Zealand and stars Lucy Lawless.57,000 tickets were sold during its first 13-week run. Warren, Bill; the Evil Dead Companion, ISBN 0-312-27501-3. Robert G. Tapert on IMDb Official Rob Tapert Site
Darkman is a 1990 American superhero film directed and co-written by Sam Raimi. It is based on a short story; the film stars Liam Neeson as Peyton Westlake, a scientist, attacked and left for dead by a ruthless mobster, Robert Durant, after his girlfriend, an attorney, runs afoul of a corrupt developer. Unable to secure the rights to either The Shadow or Batman, Raimi decided to create his own superhero and struck a deal with Universal Studios to make his first Hollywood studio film, it was produced by Robert Tapert, was written by Raimi, his brother Ivan Raimi and Chuck Pfarrer. The design and creation of the makeup effects required to turn Liam Neeson into Darkman were the handiwork of makeup effects artist Tony Gardner, who cameos in the film as the Lizard Man in the carnival Freak Show sequence. Darkman was well received by critics and performed well at the box office, grossing $49 million worldwide, well above its $16 million budget; this financial success spawned two direct-to-video sequels, Darkman II: The Return of Durant and Darkman III: Die Darkman Die, as well as comic books, video games, action figures.
Over the years, Darkman has become regarded as a cult film. Neeson does not reprise his role for the direct-to-video sequels. Dr. Peyton Westlake is developing a new type of synthetic skin to help burn victims, but cannot get past a flaw that causes the skin to disintegrate after 99 minutes, his girlfriend, attorney Julie Hastings, discovers the Belisarius Memorandum, an incriminating document that proves developer Louis Strack Jr. has been bribing members of the zoning commission. When she confronts Strack, he confesses, showing Julie that he plans to design a brand new city, creating a substantial number of new jobs, he warns Julie that mobster Robert Durant wants the document. At Westlake's lab and his assistant Yakatito are testing the skin when the lights go out; the synthetic skin is stable after 100 minutes. Their joy is short lived as Durant and his men show up and demand the Memorandum, which Westlake knows nothing about, they search for the document, Durant has his men kill Yakatito and beat Westlake, burning his hands and dipping his face in acid.
After finding the document, they rig the lab to explode. The blast throws a hideously burned Westlake into the river; as a John Doe, he is brought to a hospital and subjected to a radical treatment which cuts the nerves of the spinothalamic tract. This loss of sensory input gives him enhanced strength due to adrenal overload and keeps his injuries from incapacitating him, but mentally destabilizes him. Believed dead by Julie, Westlake re-establishes his lab in a condemned building and begins a long process of digitization to create a mask of his original face. Westlake uses the time to plot revenge against his men; when his face mask is complete, Westlake manages to convince Julie that he was in a coma rather than dead. He mentions. Keeping his disfigurement from her, Westlake instead probes whether or not she would accept him, regardless of his appearance. Westlake sows confusion among Durant's henchmen by assuming their identities. On a date at a carnival with Julie, an altercation causes Westlake to lose his temper, revealing to Julie that something is wrong with him.
He flees as his face begins to melt, she follows him, discovering the discarded mask. Julie tells Strack she can no longer see him before discovering the stolen Memorandum on his desk, confirming he was collaborating with Durant the entire time, she reveals Westlake is still alive, but Strack tells her as long as he has the memorandum, no charges can be filed. When Julie leaves, Durant is told to capture Julie and kill Westlake. Durant intercepts Julie. Two of his men are outmaneuvered and eliminated. Durant flees in a helicopter with Westlake dangling from an attached cable, which he uses to crash the helicopter. Impersonating Durant, Westlake meets up with Strack and a captive Julie at the top of an unfinished building. Westlake's ruse is broken by Strack and they fight. Strack says. Julie tries to convince Westlake that he can still return to his old life, but he tells her he has changed on the inside as well, cannot subject anyone to his new, vicious nature, he rushes from Julie as they exit an elevator, pulling on a mask and running into a crowd of pedestrians.
As Julie unsuccessfully searches for him, Westlake narrates, "I am no one. Everywhere. Nowhere. Call me... Darkman." Liam Neeson as Peyton Westlake / Darkman, a brilliant scientist, left for dead and burned alive as he returns to seek revenge on those who made him what he is. Raimi's longtime friend and collaborator Bruce Campbell was set to play Darkman, but the studio balked at the idea because they did not think Campbell could carry the role. Gary Oldman and Bill Paxton were considered before Liam Neeson was cast. For the role, Raimi was