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Four Weddings and a Funeral

Four Weddings and a Funeral is a 1994 British romantic comedy film directed by Mike Newell. It was the first of several films by screenwriter Richard Curtis to feature Hugh Grant, follows the adventures of Charles and his circle of friends through a number of social occasions as they each encounter romance. Andie MacDowell stars as Charles's love interest Carrie, with Kristin Scott Thomas, James Fleet, Simon Callow, John Hannah, Charlotte Coleman, David Bower, Corin Redgrave, Rowan Atkinson in supporting roles; the film was made in six weeks, cost under £3 million, became an unexpected success and the highest-grossing British film in history at the time, with worldwide box office in excess of $245.7 million, receiving Academy Award nominations for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. Additionally, Grant won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, the film won the BAFTA Awards Best Film, Best Direction, Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Scott Thomas.

The film's success propelled Hugh Grant to international stardom in the United States. In 1999, Four Weddings and a Funeral placed 23rd, on the British Film Institute's 100 greatest British films of the 20th century. In 2016, Empire magazine ranked it 21st in their list of the 100 best British films. A 2017 poll of 150 actors, writers and critics for Time Out magazine ranked it the 74th best British film ever. Curtis reunited director Newell and the surviving cast for a 25th anniversary reunion Comic Relief short entitled One Red Nose Day and a Wedding, which aired in the UK during Red Nose Day on Friday 15 March 2019. At the wedding of Angus and Laura in Somerset, unmarried best man Charles and his friends – his flatmate Scarlett and her brother Tom, partners Gareth and Matthew, Charles's brother David – endure the festivities. At the reception, Charles becomes smitten with Carrie, an American, the two spend the night together. In the morning, Carrie jokingly demands that Charles propose to her, observing that they may have "missed a great opportunity", she leaves for America.

Three months at the wedding of Bernard and Lydia – who became romantically involved at the previous wedding – Charles meets Carrie again, now accompanied by her new fiancé Hamish. Charles faces further humiliation from several of his ex-girlfriends, including the distraught Henrietta, retreats to an empty hotel suite. Charles makes an awkward exit and is confronted by Henrietta about his habit of “serial monogamy” and his fear of letting anyone get too close. Carrie reappears, she and Charles spend another night together. A month Charles receives an invitation to Carrie's wedding. While shopping for a gift, he helps her select a wedding dress, she recounts her 33 sexual partners. Another month Charles and his friends attend Carrie's wedding in Scotland; the gregarious Gareth instructs the group to seek potential mates. As Charles watches Carrie and Hamish dance, Fiona deduces his heartbreak; when Charles asks why Fiona is single, she confesses that she has loved Charles since they first met. During the groom's toast, Gareth dies of a heart attack.

At Gareth's funeral, Matthew recites the poem "Funeral Blues" by W. H. Auden, commemorating their relationship. Afterward and Charles share a moment, Charles and Tom ponder the fact that despite their clique's pride in being single and Matthew were a "married" couple all the while, whether the search for "one true love" is a futile effort. Ten months Charles's own wedding day arrives. Shortly before the ceremony, Carrie tells Charles that she and Hamish have separated. Charles has a crisis of confidence and is counseled by David and Matthew, but proceeds with the wedding; when the vicar asks for any reason why the couple should not marry, David asks Charles to translate for him: he declares in sign language that he suspects the groom loves someone else, which Charles confirms. Henrietta punches him, the wedding is halted. Carrie tries to apologize to Charles, who confesses that at the altar, he realised the one person he loved was her. Charles makes a proposal of lifelong commitment without marriage to Carrie, she accepts.

Henrietta marries an officer in the Grenadier Guards. Screenwriter Richard Curtis's own experiences as a wedding attendee inspired the premise for Four Weddings and a Funeral. According to Curtis he began writing the script at age 34, after realizing he had attended 65 different weddings in an 11-year period. At one wedding he was propositioned by a fellow guest, but he turned her down and forever regretted it, it took. He has commented on director Mike Newell's influence. Mike was obsessed with keeping it real; every character, no matter how small, has a story, not just three funny lines. It's a romantic film about love and friendship that swims in a sea of jokes." Curtis chose to omit any mention of the characters' careers, because he didn't think a group of

Ghost Work

Ghost Work was a term coined by anthropologist Mary L. Gray and computer scientist Siddharth Suri in their 2019 book, Ghost Work: How to Stop Silicon Valley from Building a New Global Underclass. "Ghost Work" does not describe the conditions of work. It focuses on work, task-based and content-driven that can be funneled through the internet and APIs, Application programming interfaces, This kind of work can include labeling, editing and sorting information or content. For example, whenever Youtube's algorithm or AI recommends a video to a user, it's due to the work that someone did to program it." An example of this type of work and where it began, comes from Amazon. As the retailer grew, they realized that they would need to post products, verify product photos, create product captions, more. In addition to these tasks, Amazon needed an army of people to fix up book reviews back in 2005, so they created a website, MTurk, where tasks could be posted for others to complete. Once these tasks were completed, the person who completed it would be paid.

Amazon charged a small surcharge to match posters with those who had certain qualifications to complete the projects and tasks. This allowed anyone to go on and find work. "Ghost Work" is work that can be done remotely and on a contract-basis. It's an invisible workforce made up of those who treat it as a full time job and those who pick it up whenever they have the time. One of the benefits of "Ghost Work" is that it can allow for flexible hours due to the worker choosing when they complete a task; this can make it appealing for many who may not be able to find work elsewhere due to many different circumstances. With the promise of flexible hours and endless tasks, companies can undervalue, under appreciate or under compensate workers; however the workforce today is beginning to turn more towards this way of work, similar to Uber and Lyft drivers, rather than the standard 9-5 style of work. "Ghost Work" is different from the gig work or Temporary work because temporary and gig work are considered more full time and project based, rather than task based.

Mary L. Gray was a Fellow at Harvard University's Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, while being s Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research. In addition to Harvard, Gray is part of the faculty at Indiana Universityin the School of Informatics and Engineering. Siddharth Suri was a computational social scientist focused on studying crowdsourcing, behavioral economics and the intersection of computer science. In 2007, Suri completed his Ph. D. in Computer and Information Science from the University of Pennsylvania

Frank Hogan

Frank Smithwick Hogan was an American lawyer and politician from New York. He served as New York County District Attorney for more than 30 years, during which he achieved a reputation for professionalism and integrity. Hogan was born in Waterbury, New Haven County, Connecticut, he studied at and graduated from Columbia College, Columbia University in 1924. At first, Hogan planned on becoming a reporter and studied journalism, he decided to switch his focus to the law and graduated from Columbia Law School in 1928. Hogan was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity at Columbia. After law school, he entered into private practice for several years. In 1935, he began in the New York County District Attorney's office as an Administrative Assistant District Attorney under Thomas E. Dewey. In 1941, Dewey announced that he would not seek re-election, he suggested four prosecutors whom he believed should succeed him. Although Dewey's list included Hogan's name, his selection surprised Dewey. First Hogan, unlike Dewey, was a registered Democrat and his list was meant for the Republicans.

In addition, Dewey did not expect the support of Tammany Hall for his preferred candidate, after he prosecuted some of their leaders. Not only did Tammany offer its support, but the Republicans and the American Labor Party endorsed Hogan, which guaranteed his election. Thus, he became the new District Attorney on January 1, 1942. During his time in the New York County District Attorney's Office, Hogan conducted many publicized investigations. Corruption and racketeering were high on his list, he prosecuted high-profile crime figures Joseph Lanza, Joe Adonis and Frank Erickson, as well as corrupt politicians such as Manhattan borough president Hulan Jack and former deputy city controller Eugene Sugarman. In the late 1950s, his office was investigated the rigging of television quiz programs, as well as'fixed' college basketball games, he prosecuted the well-known Lenny Bruce obscenity case. Another high-profile case involved the exoneration of George Whitmore, Jr. in 1963, after his confession regarding the murder of two women in their upper east side Manhattan apartment was found to be false.

In 1949, he considered a run for Mayor of New York when William O'Dwyer announced that he would not seek re-election. Hogan ended the campaign after O'Dwyer changed his mind to run again, he decided to run for the United States Senate in 1958 for the seat that Irving Ives was vacating. While Democratic leaders Averell Harriman and mayor Robert F. Wagner preferred a candidate with a larger statewide profile, Carmine DeSapio, the head of Tammany Hall pushed Hogan's candidacy; the move backfired on DeSapio with Kenneth B. Keating defeating Hogan and Nelson Rockefeller becoming Governor of New York. In years, some of assistants criticized his style as being too rigid and old-fashioned and that he may have been in office too long, they cited his prosecution of comedian Lenny Bruce in 1964 and anti-war protestors at Columbia University in 1968. In 1971, Governor Nelson Rockefeller appointed Maurice Nadjari over Hogan and the other New York City district attorneys to lead investigations under the Knapp Commission, which mayor John Lindsay established to investigate police corruption.

Chairman Whitman Knapp said that Hogan did not properly investigate corruption in the New York City Police Department leading to Nadjari's appointment. The move left Hogan feeling humiliated and damaged his friendship with Knapp, one of his former assistants; the Knapp fallout and a primary challenge from William vanden Heuvel led to speculation that Hogan would not seek a ninth term in office. However, he surprised observers by running in the 1973 election. Vanden Heuvel's campaign message was that the city needed someone new in the district attorney's office. Several days before the election, the New York City Bar Association gave vanden Heuvel an "unqualified" rating, which may have affected his support. In the end, Hogan won with a two-to-one edge in votes. Hogan served on the Board of Trustees of Columbia University from 1959 until his death in 1974, he was married to the former Mary Egan. He had surgery for a lung tumor in 1973 and suffered a stroke on August 10, 1973. Citing ill health, he resigned on December 26 and entered the hospital the following day.

Governor Malcolm Wilson appointed Richard Kuh to replace him. He died of cancer at St. Luke's Hospital in Manhattan on April 2, 1974; the street address of the main office of the New York County District Attorney is One Hogan Place in his honor. Hogan Hall, a dormitory at Columbia University, is named for him. "Tammany Picks Dewey Aide.

Fun Fun Fun Fest

Fun Fun Fun Fest was an annual music and comedy festival held in Austin, Texas. The festival was the only genre based festival in the United States, featuring stages that focused on hip-hop / electronica, indie rock, punk / metal, comedy. Started in 2006, the festival focused on a combination of discovering emerging talent and putting together seen or anticipated reunion performances. Being based in Austin, FFF had the unique opportunity to work with newer performers that had yet to experience the national stage; the festival had a history of unearthing new artists that ended up in mainstream music and festival markets. The festival's name itself was a nod to the independent music scene in Austin Big Boys, an early and influential hardcore punk band who released their EP "Fun Fun Fun" through the Austin-based underground label Moment Productions in 1982.. After the final Fun Fun Fun Fest, some of the organizers went on to produce Sound on Sound Fest, "Sound on Sound" a title of a Big Boys song.

Fun Fun Fun Fest was dedicated to Austin's unique culture, featuring street food from some of Austin's favorite eateries, an annual American Poster Institute poster show featuring work from artists across the country, pop-up vintage fashion shops, hair salons, record stores. The festival hosted everything from a mechanical bull to a live wrestling ring featuring Sexy Sax Man on site. Notable performers include Public Enemy, Weird Al Yankovic, Girl Talk, The Descendents, MGMT, Bad Religion, Mastodon, The Dead Milkmen, Slick Rick, Cat Power, The National, M83, Circle Jerks, Todd Barry, Reggie Watts, Henry Rollins, Neil Hamburger, GWAR, the return of famed Detroit punkers and many more. In 2011, Fun Fun Fun Fest was moved to Auditorium Shores, a much larger downtown park, a change from previous years in which the event was held at Waterloo Park. 2011 saw the addition of a third full day and FFF Nites, a set of free aftershows for ticket holders in downtown Austin music venues, featuring an additional 75+ artists.

Additionally, Ryan Gosling and Rooney Mara filmed a sequence for the Terrence Malick film Song to Song on November 4, 2011, on the festival grounds. The 2012 festival took place November 2–4 at Auditorium Shores; the event made headlines with the announcement of a reunion of the hip hop group, Run–D. M. C. for their first show in a decade. The festival had its final year in 2015; some of the event producers have moved on to produce an event called Sound on Sound Music Festival, which takes place at the Sherwood Forest Faire site in McDade, TX Anarchy Championship Wrestling Anarchy Championship Wrestling Anarchy Championship Wrestling Anarchy Championship Wrestling Moshe Kasher Premiering at the 2012 Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, TX, the Fun Fun Fun Fest Taco Cannon was a modified 12-chamber T-shirt cannon designed to shoot tacos a maximum 200 feet in the air. The Fun Fun Fun Fest Taco Cannon was the only taco launching device; the cannon was powered by carbon dioxide and a car battery, "takes 40 pounds of carbon dioxide to get through three round of Gatling gun-style shots" with "12 barrels in each round, so 36 shots total per round."

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Charles (footballer, born 1984)

Charles Dias de Oliveira, known as Charles, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for SD Eibar a striker. He spent most of his career in Spain, representing clubs in La Liga, Segunda División and Segunda División B after starting out at Pontevedra. Born in Belém, Pará, Charles started playing football with Santos FC where he arrived at the age of four completed his formation with Tuna Luso Brasileira still in his country and C. D. Feirense in Portugal, he started his senior career with the latter, competing in both the third divisions. In the summer of 2004, Charles moved to Spain, he made his league debut on 28 August in a 0–1 home loss against Polideportivo Ejido, being sent off after only three minutes on the pitch. Charles spent the following five seasons with the Galicians in Segunda División B. In his last he led the club to the promotion playoffs after scoring 15 goals in the regular season, but it fell short. In early July 2010, Charles signed as a free agent for Córdoba CF in the second level.

He again netted 15 times in his first campaign, notably grabbing braces in wins against Xerez CD and Albacete Balompié. Charles joined fellow league side UD Almería – in Andalusia – for the 2012–13 season, after engaging in extensive and fruitless conversations with Córdoba to renew his contract. On 2 December 2012 he scored a hat-trick past Racing de Santander in a 4–3 away win and fully reconverted as a striker after having started his career as a winger, was crowned the competition's Pichichi Trophy at 27 goals to help his team back to La Liga after two years. On 27 June 2013, Charles penned a four-year contract with RC Celta de Vigo, as a replacement for Liverpool-bound Iago Aspas, he scored in his top flight debut at the age of 29, helping to a 2–2 home draw against RCD Espanyol. Charles was the author of the first-ever goal at the new San Mamés Stadium on 16 September 2013, but in a 2–3 loss to Athletic Bilbao, he took his league tally to seven on 11 January of the following year, netting a brace to help the hosts come from behind and defeat Valencia CF 2–1.

Charles scored both goals in a 2–0 home win over Real Madrid on 11 May 2014, which ended his opponents chances of winning the league. On 24 June of the following year, he signed a two-year deal with fellow league club Málaga CF. On 3 October 2015, in matchday seven, Charles netted all of his team's goals – their first of the new season – to help defeat Real Sociedad 3–1 at the La Rosaleda Stadium. On 4 July 2017 he joined SD Eibar from the top division, penning a one-year contract as a free agent. Charles was cousin to Igor de Souza and Yuri de Souza, they too were forwards and spent several seasons in Portugal and Spain representing Pontevedra. Feirense Portuguese Second Division: 2002–03 Segunda División: Pichichi Trophy 2012–13 Charles at ForaDeJogo Charles at BDFutbol Charles at Futbolme Charles at Soccerway

Tonight We Improvise

Tonight We Improvise is a play by Luigi Pirandello. Like his play Six Characters in Search of an Author, it forms part of his "trilogy of the theatre in the theatre." It premiered in 1930 in a German translation in Königsberg, had its first Italian performance in Turin on April 14, 1930. It has been translated into English by Samuel Putnam, Marta Abba, J. Douglas Campbell and Leonard Sbrocchi. A company of actors under the direction of Doctor Hinkfuss is to present an improvisation on Pirandello's novella Leonora, Addio! Hinkfuss explains that his plan for having the actors improvise, as the spirit moves them, is an attempt to allow the work to stage itself, with characters rather than actors. However, his actors are frustrated at the conflict inherent in Hinkfuss's instructions: to become their characters, but to come when they are called and adapt themselves to Hinkfuss's decisions about what should happen when. After some argument between the actors and Hinkfuss, the play begins, it concerns the La Croce family – Signor Palmiro, a sulfur mine engineer, his forceful wife Signora Ignazia, their four daughters, Totina and Nenè – who have moved from Naples to the more conservative Sicily.

The family is popular with a local company of air force officers, who love the mother and flirt with the daughters. One night, Signor Palmiro is brought home bleeding by a cabaret singer whom he loves, after having been stabbed defending her honor, dies; this having coincided with a fight among the actors as to how much they should keep to the script, the Old Comic Actor's entrance is ruined, the actors, angry at Hinkfuss's meddling, throw him out of the theatre. The next scene takes place years later. Mommina has married Rico Verri, mad with jealousy over what he imagines to be her sexual history with the other officers. After he abuses her and leaves, Mommina – guided by the offstage voices of her mother and sisters – finds a handbill in his coat advertising a production of Il Trovatore in which Totina, now a famous opera singer, is performing, she describes the theatre to her two children, who have never seen it, tells them the story of the opera, singing snatches of it, with her heart beating faster and her breath growing weaker, until she sings Manrico's line in the Act IV farewell duet – Leonora, addio! – and falls dead.

The other actors end the play, running on to find Mommina dead. They believe that the Lead Actress has fainted, but she gets up, after the actors insist on written parts, Doctor Hinkfuss, who has returned, apologizes to the audience for the night's irregularities