Con Air is a 1997 American action thriller film directed by Simon West, written by Scott Rosenberg, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. The film stars Nicolas Cage, John Cusack and John Malkovich, with Steve Buscemi, Colm Meaney, Mykelti Williamson, Rachel Ticotin, Ving Rhames, Danny Trejo, Dave Chappelle, Nick Chinlund, Jesse Borrego, Jose Zuniga, Monica Potter in supporting roles. Con Air was released theatrically on June 6, 1997 by Touchstone Pictures and was a box office success, grossing over $224 million against a production budget of $75 million; the film received mixed reviews, but praised Cage and the cast performances as well as its action sequences and Malkovich's portrayal of the villain. The film borrows its title from the nickname of the Justice Prisoner and Alien Transportation System. Honorably discharged Army Ranger sergeant Cameron Poe returns home to his pregnant wife Tricia after a series of combat deployments. However, he is sentenced to ten years in prison for involuntary manslaughter after killing a drunken man – one of three who tried to attack him and Tricia.
While in prison, Poe communicates with his newborn daughter Casey through letters. Poe is accompanied by his diabetic cellmate and friend Mike "Baby-O" O'Dell, being transferred; the flight is overseen by U. S. Marshal Vince Larkin, approached by DEA agents Duncan Malloy and Willie Sims, the latter planning to go undercover to get information from drug lord Francisco Cindino, to be picked up en route. A number of inmates are being transferred to a new supermax prison, including mass murderer William "Billy Bedlam" Bedford, serial rapist John "Johnny 23" Baca, Black Guerrilla Family member Nathan "Diamond Dog" Jones, criminal mastermind "Cyrus the Virus" Grissom. After taking off, affable inmate Joe "Pinball" Parker incites a riot as a distraction, releasing Grissom and Diamond Dog and taking over the plane; the hijacking inmates plot to land at Carson Airport as scheduled, pick up and transfer other prisoners, fly to a non-extradition country. Sims tries to take control of the plane. Poe and Grissom foil Johnny 23's rape attempts on the plane's only female guard, Sally Bishop.
The plane arrives at Carson City as scheduled and the inmate exchange commences, with the ground crew unaware that the hijackers are disguised as guards. As the transfer begins, most of the plane's guards and the pilot are forced to pose as inmates and conveyed off the plane. Amongst the new passengers are Cindino, new pilot Earl "Swamp Thing" Williams, serial killer Garland Greene; the authorities discover the hijacking upon finding evidence in Grissom's old cell and a tape recorder placed with the disguised guards by Poe, but are unable to stop the plane from taking off. Meanwhile, sent by the inmates to dispose of the plane's transponder to keep it from being detected, tries but fails to make it back to the hijacked plane; the inmates plan to land at Lerner Airport, an abandoned airstrip in the desert, transfer onto another plane owned by Cindino and his cartel. Poe finds Pinball's corpse trapped in the landing gear, writing a message to the U. S. Marshals on the body before throwing it out.
Larkin heads out to Lerner after contacting the National Guard. Bedford, raiding the cargo, discovers Poe's identity when he reads his parole letter and finds a toy bunny Poe intends to give to his daughter, forcing Poe to kill him; the Jailbird is grounded with no sign of the transfer aircraft. Poe warns the other inmates of Cindino's past acts of deceit and betrayal, thus Grissom orders the others to fuel up the plane and get it ready for takeoff. Poe leaves to find Baby-O a syringe to give him insulin, meeting Larkin and informing him of the situation; the duo discover Cindino planning to escape on a hidden private jet, with Larkin sabotaging it as it takes off. Grissom executes Cindino by igniting the crashed plane's fuel. Meanwhile, Johnny 23, assigned as the sentry in the control tower, spots a National Guard convoy approaching and gives the alarm; the inmates find a cache of loaded shotguns and M-16 rifles in the plane's cargo hold and prepare an ambush. As the National Guardsmen arrive, the inmates launch an assault.
Several inmates are killed, the rest flee back onto the Jailbird and take flight. Poe's identity is revealed. Grissom is about to execute him and Baby-O when Larkin and Malloy arrive in attack helicopters, launching machine gun fire at it and damaging the Jailbird's fuel tank. Though Larkin orders the plane to land at McCarran International Airport, Swamp Thing is forced to land it on the Las Vegas Strip, causing mass destruction and killing Johnny 23. Cyrus, Diamond Dog, Swamp Thing escape on a fire truck, pursued by Poe and Larkin on police motorcycles; the chase leads to the deaths of all three escapees, with Cyrus killed by a pile driver that crushes his head. As the rest of the other convicts are re-apprehended and Larkin form a friendship, just as Tricia and Casey arrive. Poe gives her the toy rabbit he bought for her; the only criminal unaccounted for is Greene, now reformed and living the high life as a Las Vegas gambler. With second-unit work beginning on June 24, 1996, principal photography began shortly after at Salt Lake City, on July 1, 1996 and continued until October 29, 1996, at a number of locations.
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The Newsroom is an American television drama series created by Aaron Sorkin, which premiered on the premium cable network HBO on June 24, 2012. The series concluded on December 14, 2014, consists of 25 episodes over three seasons. Jeff Daniels stars as Atlantis Cable News anchor Will McAvoy, who takes a mandatory leave of absence after a public tirade about America's shortcomings during a political debate. Upon his return, he discovers. Seeing an opportunity to return to the glory days of televised news instead of ratings-driven infotainment, his boss Charlie Skinner has hired Will's ex-girlfriend MacKenzie McHale as the new executive producer. McHale shares Skinner's vision of TV news, she and Will butt heads; the series is executive produced by Aaron Sorkin, Scott Rudin, Alan Poul. Official website The Newsroom – list of episodes on IMDb
Greater Hesse was the provisional name given for a section of German territory created by the US military administration in at the end of World War II. It was formed by the Allied Control Council on 19 September 1945 and became the modern German state of Hesse on 1 December 1946. Greater Hesse was formed from parts of two German states that were dissolved in the aftermath of World War II: The part of the People's State of Hesse that lay east of the Rhine: the provinces of Upper Hesse and Starkenburg; the Prussian provinces of Hesse and Nassau. These two provinces were formed from the division of the province of Hesse-Nassau in 1944; the remaining Hessian province of Rhenish Hesse and the western part of the province of Nassau became part of the French occupation zone and part of the modern state of Rhineland-Palatinate. The separation of Rhenish Hesse from Greater Hesse caused Mainz to lose its six districts that lay east of the Rhine though they are still named today as being part of Mainz – such as Mainz-Kastel, now a district of Wiesbaden.
A number of smaller territorial changes took place. The enclave of Bad Wimpfen, which belonged to the Hessian province of Starkenburg, became part of American-administered Württemberg-Baden. A small part of the Prussian province of Hesse, containing the town of Schmalkalden, lay in the Soviet zone and became part of the state of Thuringia; this new territory was named Hesse because most of the territory that comprised it had belonged to successor states of the Landgraviate of Hesse, divided in 1567. While Proclamation No. 2 of the Allied Control Council declared the territory that would comprise Greater Hesse, no capital was specified. Four cities were considered for the new capital: Frankfurt, the former Imperial city, was by far the largest city in the new region. Given its role as locale for imperial elections during the Holy Roman Empire and as federal council seat of the German Confederation, Frankfurt was considered to be an ideal candidate for a future national capital of West Germany in the absence of a united Berlin.
However, Frankfurt declined the position of Hessian state capital since it had never been part of any Hessian territory during its history and it was thought that the city could not identify enough with the new region. Another reason for Frankfurt's unsuitability as state capital was the fact that most of the city had been destroyed by Allied bombing during the war. Darmstadt, the former Hessian capital, was considered unsuitable due to its war damage. Kassel, the capital of the Prussian province of Hesse was considered unsuitable, not only due to its war damage but due to its peripheral location in the north of the new state. Wiesbaden, the capital of the Prussian province of Nassau, suffered minor damage from the war. This, combined with its location within the Rhine-Main metropolitan area and the fact that it was a regional seat of the US military administration, made Wiesbaden the best choice. On 12 October 1945, the first organisational directive for Greater Hesse was announced. Point number one of this directive stated that the civilian capital for Greater Hesse would be Wiesbaden, effective from noon on that day.
In addition to the establishment of Wiesbaden as the new Hessian capital, 12 October 1945 saw the installment of high-school teacher Karl Geiler as minister-president. Geiler replaced SPD-politician Ludwig Bergsträsser, who served as acting minister-president for only one month and would remain in office until a successor could be democratically elected. On 22 November 1945, the constitution for Greater Hesse was introduced; this constitution was superseded on 1 December 1946 with the establishment of the modern state of Hesse. On the day that Hesse was established, the first state legislative elections were held, leading to the appointment of Christian Stock on 20 December as the first democratically-elected minister-president of Hesse