Danny Lebern Glover is an American actor, film director, and political activist. He is well known for his role as Roger Murtaugh in the Lethal Weapon film series, The Color Purple, To Sleep with Anger. He has prominent supporting roles in Silverado, Predator 2, Shooter,2012, Death at a Funeral, Beyond the Lights, and Dirty Grandpa. He has appeared in other movies, television shows, and theatrical productions. Glover was born in San Francisco, the son of Carrie and his parents, who worked as postal workers, were highly active in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, working to advance equal rights. Glovers mother, daughter of a midwife, was born in Louisville and graduated from Paine College in Augusta, as an adolescent and a young adult, Glover suffered from epilepsy but has not suffered a seizure since age 35. He attended George Washington High School in San Francisco and he attended San Francisco State University in the late 1960s but did not graduate. SFSU awarded him an honorary degree, Glover trained at the Black Actors Workshop of the American Conservatory Theater.
Glover originally worked in city administration working on community development before transitioning to theater and he has said, I didnt think it was a difficult transition. Acting is a platform that can become a conveyer for ideas, art is a way of understanding, of confronting issues and confronting your own feelings—all within that realm of the capacity it represents. It may have been a leap of faith for me, given not only my learning disability, I felt all the things that someone thats 63 or 64 feels and with my own diminished expectations of who I could be would feel. Whether its art, acting or theater that Ive devoted myself to I put more passion and his first theater involvement was with Conservatory Theater, a regional training program in San Francisco. Glover trained with Jean Shelton at the Shelton Actors Lab in San Francisco, in an interview on Inside the Actors Studio, Glover credited Jean Shelton for much of his development as an actor. Deciding that he wanted to be an actor, Glover resigned from his city administration job, he once again starred with Busey in the blockbuster Predator 2.
He starred as the husband to Whoopi Goldbergs character Celie in the celebrated literary adaptation The Color Purple, in 1994 he made his directorial debut with the Showtime channel short film Override. Also in 1994, Glover and actor Ben Guillory founded the Robey Theatre Company in Los Angeles, focusing on theatre by, during his career, he has made several cameos, for example, in the Michael Jackson video Liberian Girl of 1987. Glover earned top billing for the first time in Predator 2 and that same year he starred in Charles Burnetts To Sleep with Anger, for which he won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead. In addition, Glover has been an actor in many childrens movies
South Pacific (2001 film)
Rodgers & Hammersteins South Pacific is a 2001 made-for-television movie, based on the musical South Pacific. This ABC production was directed by Richard Pearce, and starred Glenn Close, Harry Connick, Jr. and it was released on DVD. South Pacific was filmed primarily in Australia, with scenes shot in Moorea. Sixteen songs from the musical are featured in the movie, which omitted the well-known song Happy Talk and cut the even more popular song Bali Hai in half. Several new scenes, such as Nellie and Emiles very first meeting at the club, were added. The sex scenes between Liat and Lt. Cable were dealt with more frankly in the film than in the 1949 musical. Glenn Close - Nellie Forbush Harry Connick, Jr. - Lt. Close and more mature, Im stuck like a dope with a thing like hope means one thing when you are in your 20s, something else when you are not. He noted that the movie is produced, better than the stagy 1958 film. The other cast members, including Ms. Close, sing well, theres a heightened sense of drama and tension in the remake because the war is closer at hand.
Also removed, whether easily or not, is My Girl Back Home, and yet there are musical highlights that all but leap from the screen, probably the highest being Closes infectious Wonderful Guy. Cuts made in Im Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair for the 58 movie have been restored, and she tears merrily into Nellies numbers. Has less resonance with audiences today and it was cut, in the 2008 Oxford Companion to the American Musical, Thomas Hischak wrote, South Pacific was an odd mixture of faithful Rodgers and Hammerstein and some headstrong changes that give one pause. Glenn Closes Nellie was neither young nor a hick, exuding more sophistication than an Empress, Rade Serbedzija was a short, beach bum of an Emile who sang with a tenor voice. Whether this was foolhardy casting or an interpretation is a matter of opinion. A DVD was released on August 28,2001, special features include deleted scenes and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the movie. In 2013, the film was reissued on DVD by Mill Creek Entertainment in a double-feature DVD set that includes the 1993 TV remake of Gypsy, a soundtrack from the TV production was released on March 20,2001.
This Nearly Was Mine Honey Bun - Glenn Close, Ilene Graff Finale Ultimo - Glenn Close My Girl Back Home - Glenn Close, list of television films produced for American Broadcasting Company South Pacific at the Internet Movie Database South Pacific at AllMovie
Crime films are a genre of film that focus on crime. The stylistic approach to a crime film varies from realistic portrayals of real-life criminal figures, films dealing with crime and its detection are often based on plays rather than novels. Agatha Christies stage play Witness for the Prosecution was adapted for the big screen by director Billy Wilder in 1957, the film starred Marlene Dietrich and Charles Laughton and is a classic example of a courtroom drama. In a courtroom drama, a charge is brought against one of the main characters, another major part is played by the lawyer representing the defendant in court and battling with the public prosecutor. He or she may enlist the services of an investigator to find out what really happened. However, in most cases it is not clear at all whether the accused is guilty of the crime or not—this is how suspense is created. Often, the private investigator storms into the courtroom at the very last minute in order to bring a new and this type of literature lends itself to the literary genre of drama focused more on dialogue and little or no necessity for a shift in scenery.
The auditorium of the theatre becomes an extension of the courtroom, in Witness for the Prosecution, Leonard Vole, a young American living in England, is accused of murdering a middle-aged lady he met in the street while shopping. His wife hires the best lawyer available because she is convinced, or rather she knows, another classic courtroom drama is U. S. playwright Reginald Roses Twelve Angry Men, which is set in the jury deliberation room of a New York Court of Law. Eleven members of the jury, aiming at a verdict of guilty. The popularity of TV brought about the emergence of TV series featuring detectives, special agents, lawyers, in Britain, The Avengers about the adventures of gentleman agent John Steed and his partner, Emma Peel, achieved cult status. In Germany, Derrick became a household word, breaking Bad character Walter White is a methamphetamine drug manufacturer, this offered a different approach whereby the protagonist is the criminal instead of being the detective. Crime films may fall under several different subgenres and these include, Crime comedy - A hybrid of crime and comedy films.
Mafia comedy looks at organized crime from a comical standpoint, humor comes from the incompetence of the criminals and/or black comedy. Examples include Analyze This, The Pope of Greenwich Village, Lock and Two Smoking Barrels, In Bruges, tower Heist and Pain & Gain. Crime drama - A combination of crime and dramatic films, examples include such films as Straight Time and Badlands. Crime thriller - A thriller in which the characters are involved in crime, either in its investigation, as the perpetrator or, less commonly. While some action films could be labelled as such for merely having criminality and thrills, the emphasis in this genre is the drama, examples include Untraceable, Silence of the Lambs, Seven, Memories of Murder, The Call, and Running Scared
Leap of Faith (film)
Leap of Faith is a 1992 American comedy-drama film directed by Richard Pearce and starring Steve Martin, Debra Winger, Lolita Davidovich, Liam Neeson, and Lukas Haas. The film is about Jonas Nightengale, a fraudulent Christian faith healer who uses his revival meetings to milk money out of the inhabitants of Rustwater, Faith healer Jonas Nightengale makes a living traveling across America holding tent revival meetings and conducting purported miracles. He is helped by his friend and manager Jane Larson, and their truck breaks down in the fictional town of Rustwater, Kansas. The place, with its 27 percent unemployment rate, is in desperate need of rain to save its crops, early on, Jonas meets Marva, a waitress in a local café. Local sheriff Will Braverman is skeptical and tries to prevent his townspeople from being conned out of what money they do have. First, he engages in some legal harassment, sending all of the city and county inspectors to examine his facilities, after seeing the excessive pageantry of the first show and the counting of money by the team on Jonas tour bus, Braverman decides to investigate Jonas past.
He learns that Jonas, claiming to have born in a humble log cabin in the Appalachians, is in fact Jack Newton. Between the age of 15 and 18 he lived a life of crime, including petty theft, Braverman shares this information with the townspeople who have gathered for another tent revival. Jonas storms off the stage, soon returning to successfully spin Bravermans report, leaving the crowd more energized than ever, much to Bravermans exasperation. Jonas gives back the collections for the day, saying he could not take their money in good conscience knowing that they doubted him and he has his crew secretly plant an additional $80 among the crowd, setting up the believers for a miracle the next day. The next morning, the huge crucifix forming the backdrop of the tent with Jesus eyes normally closed is found to somehow have his eyes opened. Throughout all of this is a subplot involving Jane and Braverman and she becomes enchanted by Bravermans simple farm life and his interest in butterflies. However, after Bravermans disclosure of Jonas past Jane breaks off their budding relationship and they soon, meet again and Jane confesses to Braverman that she is tired of manipulating people.
He makes it clear he would like a permanent relationship with her if she will stay, Jonas cant understand why Marva wont date him. Marva points to her brother Boyd who walks with crutches following an accident in which their parents died. Marva explains that doctors couldnt find anything wrong with him. Marva now detests faith healers, having had one blame her brother for his own psychosomatic disability, Boyd comes to believe that Jonas can make him walk again. He goes to the revival and implores Jonas to heal him, Jonas finishes the show while pretending not to notice the boy, but is compelled to return to the stage after the crowd begins to chant one more
Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel Leroy Jackson is an American actor and film producer. With Jacksons permission, his likeness was used for the Ultimate version of the Marvel Comics character Nick Fury. He has portrayed the character in the second and final episodes of the first season of the TV show Marvels Agents of S. H. I. E. L. D and he is married to LaTanya Richardson, with whom he has a daughter, Zoe. Samuel L. Jackson is ranked as the highest all-time box office star with over $4.9053 billion total box office gross, Jackson was born in Washington, D. C. the son of Elizabeth and Roy Henry Jackson. He grew up as a child in Chattanooga, Tennessee. His father lived away from the family in Kansas City, Jackson only met his father twice during his life. Jackson was raised by his mother, who was a worker and a supplies buyer for a mental institution. According to DNA tests, Jackson partially descends from the Benga people of Gabon, Jackson attended several segregated schools and graduated from Riverside High School in Chattanooga.
Between the third and twelfth grades, he played the French horn, during childhood, he had a stuttering problem. While he eventually learned to pretend to be people who didnt stutter and use the curse word motherfucker as an affirmation word. Initially intent on pursuing a degree in biology, he attended Morehouse College in Atlanta. After joining a local acting group to earn points in a class, Jackson found an interest in acting. Before graduating in 1972, he co-founded the Just Us Theatre, after the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. Jackson attended the funeral in Atlanta as one of the ushers. Jackson flew to Memphis to join an equal rights protest march, in a Parade interview Jackson revealed, I was angry about the assassination, but I wasnt shocked by it. I knew that change was going to something different – not sit-ins. In 1969, Jackson and several other students held members of the Morehouse College board of trustees hostage on the campus, demanding reform in the schools curriculum and governance.
The college eventually agreed to change its policy, but Jackson was charged with and eventually convicted of unlawful confinement, Jackson was suspended for two years for his criminal record and his actions. He would return to the college to earn his Bachelor of Arts in Drama in 1972, while he was suspended, Jackson was employed as a social worker in Los Angeles
In 1998 it became a subsidiary of Amazon Inc, who were able to use it as an advertising resource for selling DVDs and videotapes. As of January 2017, IMDb has approximately 4.1 million titles and 7.7 million personalities in its database, the site enables registered users to submit new material and edits to existing entries. Although all data is checked before going live, the system has open to abuse. The site featured message boards which stimulate regular debates and dialogue among authenticated users, IMDb shutdown the message boards permanently on February 20,2017. Anyone with a connection can read the movie and talent pages of IMDb. A registration process is however, to contribute info to the site. A registered user chooses a name for themselves, and is given a profile page. These badges range from total contributions made, to independent categories such as photos, bios, if a registered user or visitor happens to be in the entertainment industry, and has an IMDb page, that user/visitor can add photos to that page by enrolling in IMDbPRO.
Actors and industry executives can post their own resume and this fee enrolls them in a membership called IMDbPro. PRO can be accessed by anyone willing to pay the fee, which is $19.99 USD per month, or if paid annually, $149.99, which comes to approximately $12.50 per month USD. Membership enables a user to access the rank order of each industry personality, as well as agent contact information for any actor, director etc. that has an IMDb page. Enrolling in PRO for industry personnel, enables those members the ability to upload a head shot to open their page, as well as the ability to upload hundreds of photos to accompany their page. Anyone can register as a user, and contribute to the site as well as enjoy its content, however those users enrolled in PRO have greater access and privileges. IMDb originated with a Usenet posting by British film fan and computer programmer Col Needham entitled Those Eyes, others with similar interests soon responded with additions or different lists of their own.
Needham subsequently started an Actors List, while Dave Knight began a Directors List, and Andy Krieg took over THE LIST from Hank Driskill, which would be renamed the Actress List. Both lists had been restricted to people who were alive and working, the goal of the participants now was to make the lists as inclusive as possible. By late 1990, the lists included almost 10,000 movies and television series correlated with actors and actresses appearing therein. On October 17,1990, Needham developed and posted a collection of Unix shell scripts which could be used to search the four lists, at the time, it was known as the rec. arts. movies movie database
The film was written by William D. Wittliff and stars real-life couple Jessica Lange and Sam Shepard. The film was directed by Richard Pearce and was shot on location in Dunkerton and Readlyn Iowa, the film was Touchstone Pictures second production, the first being Splash. Lange, who co-produced the film, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress, president Ronald Reagan stated in his personal diary that this film was a blatant propaganda message against our agri programs. Some members of the U. S. Congress took the film so seriously that Jessica Lange was brought before a panel to testify as an expert about living on family farms. Commentator Rush Limbaugh points out that the testimony from Lange demonstrates that members of Congress have a difficult time distinguishing between stories portrayed in movies and reality. Country was one of three 1984 films, including The River and Places in the Heart, that dealt with the perspective of family farm life struggles. Gilbert Gil Ivy and his wife Jewell have worked Jewells family farm for years, low crop prices, pending FHA loans and a tornado all put pressure on the struggling family as they face hardship and the prospect of losing their home and livelihood.
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Tom Atkins (actor)
Tom Atkins is an American television and film actor. He is primarily known for his work in the film genre, having worked with writers and directors such as John Carpenter, Stephen King, Shane Black, Fred Dekker. He is a face to mainstream viewers, often playing police officers. Atkins was born in Pittsburgh, the son of Dorothy E. during his childhood, Atkins was a fan of horror and science fiction, one of his best loved films being the Howard Hawks classic The Thing from Another World. He initially had no desire to be an actor and his father worked in a Steel Mill in Pennsylvania and Atkins assumed that he would follow in his fathers footsteps. Tom attended Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and was a member of the Gamma Phi Fraternity and he says, I was in my 20s already when I got interested in acting and I liked it a lot. Atkins began his career in plays both on-and-off Broadway, before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film and television. His first movie role was in The Detective, which starred Frank Sinatra, talking of his experience working on his first feature film - and with Sinatra - Atkins says, It was great.
It was intimidating and frightening and scary but Frank was great and he was very easy to work with. He didnt like to do a lot of takes, but its not like we were doing Shakespeare. After many appearances in TV series and movies - often playing police detectives - Atkins began working within the horror and science fiction genres. He starred in two films directed by John Carpenter, he appeared as Nick Castle in the 1980 ghost story The Fog and as Rehme in the 1981 science fiction thriller Escape from New York. He took a role as Dr. Dan Challis in the sequel Halloween III, Season of the Witch directed by Tommy Lee Wallace. He did further work with George A and he portrayed Detective Ray Cameron in the 1986 cult horror film Night of the Creeps, a role Atkins calls his very favorite. He tells Classic-Horror magazine It was the most fun film Ive ever worked on and it was a pure giggle from beginning to end. The director Fred Dekker was very young and very talented and he went on to do The Monster Squad afterwards, I think he wrote a terrific film that was kind of a big put-on of 50s horror.
And I had great lines in that movie and he has nevertheless continued to act in both the thriller and police procedural genre. He took a role in the action-thriller, Striking Distance, alongside Bruce Willis, Sarah Jessica Parker, in television, Atkins played Lt. Alex Diehl in the 1970s television series The Rockford Files with James Garner