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Emer

Emer, is an Irish name, in modern Irish Eimhear or Éimhear, daughter of Forgall Monach, is the wife of the hero Cú Chulainn in the Ulster Cycle of Irish mythology. Alternative version in Scottish Gaelic Eimhir, The Ulstermen searched all over Ireland for a suitable wife for Cú Chulainn, but he would have none but Emer, he visited her at Forgall's house at Lusk, County Dublin, wooed her by trading cryptic riddles with her. Emer would accept Cú Chulainn as a husband, but only. However, Forgall was opposed to the match, he came to Ulster in disguise and suggested that Cú Chulainn should train in arms with the renowned warrior-woman Scáthach in Scotland, hoping the ordeal would be too much for him and he would be killed. Cú Chulainn took up the challenge, he learned all the arts of war from Scáthach, while he was there slept with her rival Aoife, or Aífe, leaving her pregnant. In the meantime, Forgall offered Emer to Lugaid mac Noís, a king of Munster. However, when he heard that Emer loved Cú Chulainn, Lugaid refused her hand.

Cú Chulainn returned from Scotland trained, but Forgall still refused to let him marry Emer. Cú Chulainn stormed Forgall's fortress, killing twenty-four of Forgall's men, abducted Emer and stole Forgall's treasure. Forgall himself fell from the ramparts to his death. An ally of Forgall's, Scenn Menn, tried to stop the fleeing couple, but Cú Chulainn killed him in single combat at a ford. Having proved his prowess, Emer now agreed to marry him. Conchobar mac Nessa, the king of Ulster, had the "right of the first night" over all marriages of his subjects, he was afraid of Cú Chulainn's reaction if he exercised it in this case, but would lose his authority if he didn't. A solution was found - Conchobar would sleep with Emer on the night of the wedding, but Cathbad the druid would sleep between them. Though Cú Chulainn had many lovers, Emer's only jealousy came when he was entranced into love with Fand, wife of Manannán mac Lir, the king of the great sea, as recounted in the narrative Serglige Con Culainn.

She decided to kill her rival, but when she saw the strength of Fand's love for Cú Chulainn she decided to give him up to her. Fand, touched by Emer's magnanimity, decided to return to her own husband. Manannán shook his cloak between Cú Chulainn and Fand, ensuring the two would never meet again, Cú Chulainn and Emer drank a potion to wipe the whole affair from their memories; when Aífe's son Connla came to Ireland in search of his father, Emer realised who he was and tried to persuade Cú Chulainn not to kill him, but to no avail. Emer was said to possess the six gifts of womanhood: beauty, a gentle voice, sweet words, skill at needlework and chastity. Emer is the subject of William Butler Yeats' play The Only Jealousy of Emer; this play is one of his five famous Cú Chulainn pieces, is written with heavy stylistic influences from the Japanese Noh theatre. The story is taken, with some alterations, from Lady Gregory's saga-story of the same name in her collection Cuchulain of Muirthemne. Jealousy premiered in Amsterdam in 1922, under the direction of Albert van Dalsum with masks created by the sculptor Hildo Krop.

It did not play on the Irish stage until May 1926, when it was staged by the Dublin Drama League at the Abbey Theatre. Emer is mentioned in Yeats' poem "The Secret Rose": "and him Who met Fand walking among flaming dew By a grey shore where the wind never blew, And lost the world and Emer for a kiss, she is referenced as part of the Táin-based imagery in Máirtín Ó Cadhain's The Withering Branch. In November 1943, Scottish Gaelic poet Sorley MacLean published his first individual collection of poems, Dàin do Eimhir agus Dàin Eile; the Dàin do Eimhir sequence was one of the most important works published in Gaelic in the 20th century. Emer is the protagonist of David Duchovny's 2018 novel Miss Subways which draws inspiration from the myth; the LÉ Emer, a former ship in the Irish Naval Service, was named after her. Tochmarc Emire, ed. and tr. Kuno Meyer. "The Oldest Version of Tochmarc Emire". Revue Celtique. 11: 433–57. CELT link. Tochmarc Emire, ed. A. G. van Hamel. Compert Con Culainn and Other Stories.

Mediaeval and Modern Irish Series 3. Dublin: DIAS.. Kuno Meyer. "The Wooing of Emer". Archaeological Review. 1: 68–75, 150–5, 231–5, 298–307. Serglige Con Culainn, ed. Myles Dillon. Serglige Con Culainn. Mediaeval and Modern Irish Series 14. Dublin: DIAS.. Jeffrey Gantz. Early Irish Myths and Sagas. London: Penguin. Pp. 155–78. Tochmarc Emire la Coinculaind at CELT The Wooing of Emer The Only Jealousy of Emer at Cornell University Press

All About Steve

All About Steve is a 2009 American comedy film directed by Phil Traill and starring Sandra Bullock, Thomas Haden Church, Bradley Cooper as the eponymous Steve. The film is the winner of two Golden Raspberry Awards and has a 6% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes. Mary Horowitz, a crossword puzzle writer for the Sacramento Herald, is awkward and considers her pet hamster her only true friend, her parents decide to set her up on a blind date. Mary's expectations are low. Mary is pleasantly surprised when her date turns out to be handsome and charming Steve Miller, a cameraman for the television news network CCN. Steve does not reciprocate her feelings. After an attempt at an intimate moment fails, in part because of her awkwardness and inability to stop talking about vocabulary, Steve fakes a phone call about covering the news out of town. Trying to get Mary out of his truck, he tells her. Mary decides to pursue him. Mary's obsession gets her fired when she creates a crossword titled "All About Steve".

Following her termination, Mary decides to track Steve around the country in the hopes of winning his affection. She is encouraged by CCN news reporter Hartman Hughes, who hopes to use Mary's encyclopedic knowledge in his reports to help himself get a promotion to become a news anchor. On the road, Mary annoys some bus passengers so much, the driver abandons her, she hitchhikes with a trucker named Norm meets and travels with a pair of protesters, Elizabeth, a ditzy but sweet and likeable girl, Howard, who sells apples he carves into celebrities. She grows close to the two. Steve and crew end up covering a breaking news story: an old mine collapsed with numerous deaf children stuck inside, it appears that the children are rescued. Mary, who arrives on the scene, accidentally falls into the mine shaft as well while making a beeline for Steve, it turns out that not all the children have been rescued, Mary is trapped with one left behind. Steve begins to realize. Just as Mary figures a way out, the two are joined by Hartman, made to feel guilty by Elizabeth and Howard for getting Mary into this predicament.

Mary's rescue plan works. Mary realizes she does not need Steve to be happy, she states. After the end credits, a competitive TV reporter, in despair that Hartman got popularity by falling into the mine while trying to save Mary jumps into the mine. Sandra Bullock as Mary Magdalene Horowitz Bradley Cooper as Steven "Steve" Miller Thomas Haden Church as Hartman Hughes Ken Jeong as Angus Tran DJ Qualls as Howard Katy Mixon as Elizabeth Beth Grant as Mrs. Horowitz Howard Hesseman as Mr. Horowitz M. C. Gainey as Norman James "Norm" Durwood Luenell as Protester's wife Jordan Morris as Protester Winston Keith David as Danny Holmes Osborne as Soloman Jason Jones as Vazquez Noah Munck as Student Rachel Sterling as Booby Botanist Production began in July 2007. Parts of the film were shot at Mayfield Senior School in California. Scenes featuring the collapsed mine and sink hole were filmed at The Walt Disney Company's Golden Oak Ranch in Canyon Country, California. Scheduled for release on March 6, 2009, the film was not released until September 4, 2009.

Rotten Tomatoes assigned the film a rating of 6% based on 139 reviews with a rating average of 2.61/10. The sites consensus states: "All About Steve is an oddly creepy, sour film, featuring a heroine so desperate and peculiar that audiences may be more to pity than root for her." Another review aggregator, gave the film an average score of 17/100 based on 27 reviews, indicating "overwhelming dislike". Audiences surveyed by CinemaScore gave it a grade of C-plus, a low score, indicating poor word of mouth. Roger Ebert gave the film 1 and a half stars out of 4. Time named it one of the top ten worst chick flicks. All About Steve opened at #3 behind the previous two weeks' #1 openers, The Final Destination and Inglourious Basterds with $11.2 million. The film grossed $33.8 million at the North American box office and has a worldwide total of $40.1 million. The film was nominated for five Golden Raspberry Awards in 2010, including Worst Picture, Worst Director, Worst Actress, Worst Screenplay and Worst Screen Couple.

All About Steve won Worst Actress and Worst Screen Couple. Sandra Bullock accepted the Razzie for Worst Actress, giving out a copy of All About Steve to each member of the audience, promising to attend next year if they all watched to consider if it was "truly the worst performance"; when an audience member thanked her for the copies, Bullock replied "You say that now". She won an Academy Award for Best Actress for The Blind Side the next day, making Bullock the first performer to win an Academy Award and a Razzie Award in the same year. Official website All About Steve on IMDb

Alone Together (1932 song)

"Alone Together" is a song composed by Arthur Schwartz with lyrics by Howard Dietz. It was introduced in the Broadway musical Flying Colors in 1932 by Jean Sargent; the song soon became a hit, with Leo Reisman and His Orchestra's 1932 recording being the first to reach the charts. It has become a jazz standard; the first jazz musician to record the song was Artie Shaw in 1939. Pepper Adams - Conjuration: Fat Tuesday's Session Chet Baker - Chet Tony Bennett - recorded on February 28, 1960 for his album Alone Together. Pat Boone - for his album The Touch of Your Lips. Ray Charles and Betty Carter – Ray Charles and Betty Carter Vic Damone - for his album This Game of Love. Miles DavisBlue Moods Paul Desmond with Jim HallTake Ten Judy Garland - That's Entertainment! Dizzy GillespieCharlie HadenNone but the Lonely Heart Peggy Lee - for the album Things Are Swingin'. Julie London - Make Love to Me. Barry Manilow - Night Songs. Sonny RollinsSonny Rollins and the Contemporary Leaders Wallace Roney – Obsession Artie Shaw – Archie Shepp - Blue Ballads Carly Simon - included in her album Moonlight Serenade.

Jo Stafford – a single release. Mel Torme - included in his album My Kind of Music. Stanley TurrentineEasy Walker Mal WaldronNo More Tears Margaret Whiting - recorded on August 19, 1952 for Capitol Records. Bill Evans - Live At The Trident Club List of 1930s jazz standards