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Fritz Lang

Friedrich Christian Anton "Fritz" Lang was an Austrian-German-American filmmaker and occasional film producer and actor. One of the best-known émigrés from Germany's school of Expressionism, he was dubbed the "Master of Darkness" by the British Film Institute. Lang's most famous films include the groundbreaking futuristic Metropolis and the influential M, a film noir precursor that he made before he moved to the United States. Lang was born in Vienna as the second son of Anton Lang, an architect and construction company manager, his wife Pauline "Paula" Lang née Schlesinger, he was baptized on December 1890, at the Schottenkirche in Vienna. Lang's parents were of Moravian descent, his parents took their religion and were dedicated to raising Fritz as a Catholic. Lang had Catholic-influenced themes in his films. Late in life, he described himself as "a born Catholic and puritan”. Although an atheist, Lang held a belief. After finishing school, Lang attended the Technical University of Vienna, where he studied civil engineering and switched to art.

In 1910 he left Vienna to see the world, travelling throughout Europe and Africa and Asia and the Pacific area. In 1913, he studied painting in Paris. At the outbreak of World War I, Lang returned to Vienna and volunteered for military service in the Austrian army and fought in Russia and Romania, where he was wounded three times. While recovering from his injuries and shell shock in 1916, he wrote some scenarios and ideas for films, he was discharged from the army with the rank of lieutenant in 1918 and did some acting in the Viennese theater circuit for a short time before being hired as a writer at Decla Film, Erich Pommer's Berlin-based production company. Lang's writing stint was brief, as he soon started to work as a director at the German film studio UFA, Nero-Film, just as the Expressionist movement was building. In this first phase of his career, Lang alternated between films such as Der Müde Tod and popular thrillers such as Die Spinnen, combining popular genres with Expressionist techniques to create an unprecedented synthesis of popular entertainment with art cinema.

In 1920, Lang met the writer Thea von Harbou. She and Lang co-wrote all of his movies from 1921 through 1933, including Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler, which ran for over four hours in two parts in the original version and was the first in the Dr. Mabuse trilogy, the five-hour Die Nibelungen, the famous 1927 film Metropolis, the science fiction film Woman in the Moon. Metropolis went far over budget and nearly destroyed UFA, bought by right-wing businessman and politician Alfred Hugenberg, it was a financial flop, as were his last silent films Spies and Woman in the Moon produced by Lang's own company. In 1931 independent producer Seymour Nebenzahl hired Lang to direct M for Nero-Film, his first "talking" picture, considered by many film scholars to be a masterpiece of the early sound era, M is a disturbing story of a child murderer, hunted down and brought to rough justice by Berlin's criminal underworld. M remains a powerful work. During the climactic final scene in M, Lang threw Peter Lorre down a flight of stairs in order to give more authenticity to Lorre's battered look.

Lang, known for being hard to work with, epitomized the stereotype of the tyrannical German film director, a type embodied by Erich von Stroheim and Otto Preminger. His wearing a monocle added to the stereotype. In the films of his German period, Lang produced a coherent oeuvre that established the characteristics attributed to film noir, with its recurring themes of psychological conflict, paranoia and moral ambiguity. At the end of 1932, Lang started filming The Testament of Dr. Mabuse. Adolf Hitler came to power in January 1933, by March 30, the new regime banned it as an incitement to public disorder. Testament is sometimes deemed an anti-Nazi film, as Lang had put phrases used by the Nazis into the mouth of the title character. A screening of the film was cancelled by Joseph Goebbels and the film banned by the Reich Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda. In banning the film, Goebbels stated that the film "showed that an dedicated group of people are capable of overthrowing any state with violence", that the film posed a threat to public health and safety.

Lang was worried about the advent of the Nazi regime because of his Jewish heritage, whereas his wife and screenwriter Thea von Harbou had started to sympathize with the Nazis in the early 1930s and joined the NSDAP in 1940. They soon divorced. Lang's fears would be realized following his departure from Austria, as under the Nuremberg Laws he would be identified as a part-Jew though his mother was a converted Roman Catholic, he was raised as such. According to Lang, propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels called Lang to his offices to inform him - apologetically - that The Testament of Dr Mabuse was being banned but he was so impressed by Lang's abilities as a filmmaker, that he offered Lang the position of head of German film studio UFA. Lang said it was during that meeting he had decided to leave for Paris – but that the banks had closed by the time the meeting was over. Lang claimed that, after selling his

Girls (comics)

Girls was an American monthly comic book limited series created by Jonathan and Joshua Luna, published by Image Comics between 2005 and 2007. It tells the story of the people of Pennystown, a community of 63 who are cut off from the rest of the world and attacked by a group of naked, flesh eating, egg-laying women, as well as other bizarre dangers; the first issue was published in May 2005 and the last after 24 issues. After a young man named Ethan Daniels is thrown out of the bar in the town of Pennystown, he meets a mysterious naked and injured woman out on the street, he takes her to his home, after he tries unsuccessfully to get information from her, they have intercourse. He leaves her in his house the next day to report the situation to the local police officer, running across his ex-girlfriend Taylor in the process, they return to Ethan's home to find that the women he took in has laid eggs that hatch into full-grown identical copies of her. The Girls attack any other females they come across, forcing the townspeople to hide in their homes.

The situation is complicated by a giant sperm-like monster in a cornfield and the discovery of an enormous reflective dome separating Pennystown from outside aid and from escaping. The townspeople are further stressed when the bridge collapses, killing many of them and demolishing all of the town's vehicles; the townspeople are attacked again and escape to a nearby farmhouse where they take advantage of the homeowner's hospitality by eating all of the food and running down the generator, much to her frustration. One of the men, Lester, is left behind at the bridge but manages to make his way to where everyone is hiding, he tells everyone that he was attacked by the women but soon confesses that he had been injured by a moose and had sex with several of the Girls. This prompts Ethan to suggest that the Girls could lay eggs after intercourse, revealing that he had sex with the one he had taken home; this horrifies many of the women and upsets Taylor, who insisted that the two had been on a break rather than broken up.

Tensions continue to rise, prompting the men to take sides based on their gender. The men in the group end up taking some of the Girls prisoner, which ends up angering the women, who believe that they should be killed; this further alienates the women from the men after it is discovered that one of the men had sex with one of the Girls. During a scuffle over the discovery, one of the men ends up striking his pregnant wife; this prompts one of the women, Nancy, to shoot his ear and lock most of the men into the shed after first killing the Girls. Some of the men, including Nancy's husband Kenny, escape into the woods. Kenny ends up having sex with several of the Girls and tries to kill his wife when she discovers him after she and the others had been forced to leave the farmhouse. Everyone converges and it's discovered that the Girls had only been interested in the men for their semen. If they could not or would not copulate with them, the Girls would try to kill them as they did the women; this comes as a blow to many of the men, who had not taken the threat the Girls posed as due to the idea that they would never be attacked.

The book ends with the remaining townspeople killing off the rest of the Girls, which prompts the sperm monster to break the dome and shoot a beam into space. The surviving townspeople mourn their dead friends and family as well as celebrate their survival as rain pours down on them; the scene cuts to outer space, where another sperm monster is seen carrying another Girl to another planet. The Lunas first began developing the idea for the series after Joshua Luna had a "random idea of a girl hatching out of an egg"; the Lunas began building on the idea of a "beautiful monster" questioning what would happen if the girl in question began multiplying through clones and how it would affect both men and women. They stated that they chose to include themes of sexuality as well as gender issues and identification as a way of " the way people thought" and that they wanted to make it as realistic as possible; the story's setting, the small fictional town of Pennystown, was chosen in order to keep the cast as small as possible.

Critical reception for Girls was positive. Comic Book Resources commented that the series "exemplifies the best traditions of classic indie comics" and The A. V. Club named it as one of their "Best Comics Of 2007"; the Lunas noted that fan reaction to the series was different depending on the gender of the reader, remarking that "It's funny how some men could sympathize with one of the worst male characters, just hate, hate the main female character, but there'd be women who would empathize with Nancy and understand why she did the things she did though they were pretty vile. We did try to treat both genders equally." The issues have been collected into each collecting six issues. The volumes were released between November 2005 and May 2007, with a hardcover deluxe edition collecting all 24 issues of the series. Girls: The Complete Collection collects the individual volumes: Conception Emergence Survival Extinction Official website Girls at the Grand Comics Database Girls at the Comic Book DB

McNulty rhyolite

McNulty rhyolite is one of four intrusive, igneous geological formations, the Chalk Mountain nevadite, Lincoln porphyry, McNulty rhyolite and Quail porphyry, described and named by S. F. Emmons in 1898 within the Tenmile Mining District of southern Summit County, Colorado; the McNulty rhyolite, known as the McNulty Gulch rhyolite, is described by S. F. Emmons as a fine-grained porphyritic rhyolite, light gray in color and contains many small white feldspars and locally some small smoky quartz crystals, he mapped it as being exposed as small irregular masses in McNulty Gulch and southward beyond the area of the Tenmile Mining District, mapped at the time. One exposure above the Railroad Boy tunnel, his location 45 in McNulty Gulch, exhibited small drusy cavities containing little tablets of tridymite, he proposed that this rhyolite was either intruded contemporaneously withy or than the Chalk Mountain nevadite at the time of eruption. Based on field mapping, the McNulty rhyolite was interpreted to cross-cut and post-date the Lincoln and the Quail porphyries.

Geologic mapping in the Tenmile Mining District eliminated the McNulty rhyolite as a recognized geologic formation. In geologic mapping of the McNuly Gulch - Ten Mile Mining District region, both Butler and others and Bergendahl and Koschmann interpret what was mapped by S. F. Emmons as the Lincoln porphyry, McNulty rhyolite and Quail porphyry as a single layer of igneous rock that they map as the Lincoln porphyry; this layer is interpreted as an igneous sill that has intruded between sedimentary layers composing the Minturn Formation. Although the original exposures of McNulty rhyolite are now buried by mine waste from the Climax Mine, the remaining exposures are now mapped as Quartz monzonite porphyry - megacrystic variety. According to the geologic mapping and interpretations of Widmann and others, their unnamed quartz monzonite porphyry consists of light-gray to light bluish-gray quartz monzonite porphyry, it in many places, rounded bipyramids of quartz. These phenocrysts are surrounded by a porphyritic matrix of grains of plagioclase, quartz and abundant biotite and a bluish-gray aphanitic matrix.

This quartz monzonite porphyry, which includes the former McNuly rhyolite, was correlated with the Lincoln porphyry based on similarity of appearance. However, radiometric ages obtained from the Lincoln and quartz monzonite porphyries and accompanying field relations indicate that the Lincoln porphyry is in fact much older than the quartz monzonite porphyry. McNulty Gulch is a part of the western United States’ and Colorado's gold rush history, being the 1861 site of one of the earliest gold finds in Colorado; the first commercial gold placers in Colorado were only discovered by George A. Jackson in nearby areas of Colorado 2 years earlier in 1858; these discoveries precipitated a rush of prospectors into the surrounding mountains and the Colorado Gold Rush commenced. During 1858-67, Colorado produced about $14,924,000 in placer gold and about $10 million in lode gold at mid 19th century values. Within the Tenmile Mining district, the primary ore horizons do not lie within the unnamed quartz monzonite porphyry, which includes the McNulty rhyolite.

Instead, the ore occurs as sulfide replacement deposits found within thin beds of Pennsylvanian-Permian limestone, which occur in the Minturn formation. Minor uneconomic, ore deposits occur as sulfide veins in siliceous rocks. Historic Mining Districts, Summit County, Colorado Geological Survey, Denver Colorado

Still Standing (Canadian TV series)

Still Standing is a Canadian television series, which premiered on CBC in summer 2015. The show's tagline slogan is "towns that are against the ropes but still hanging in there", reflecting the show's premise to tell the "story of small towns in Canada and how they overcome struggles". A hybrid comedy/reality series, the program features actor and comedian Jonny Harris. In each episode, Harris travels to small Canadian communities which are financially struggling but "still standing" and spends time getting to know the residents and their lifestyles. At the end of the trip, Harris performs a stand-up comedy show for the town's residents, into which he integrates some of his newfound insights about life in their community. In the television format, clips from the comedy show are interspersed throughout the episode rather than occurring at the end; the show is produced by Frantic Films. The show premiered on June 2015, with an episode set in Bamfield, British Columbia; the producers are filming for season 6.

To be considered for a show, a community must submit a proposal to the show's producers, who select a subset of those proposals for inclusion in that season's programming. The order of filming is independent of the order of episode broadcasting. Filming occurs during the three hiatuses in the filming of Murdoch Mysteries, in which Harris is part of the main cast. A producer visits the town; the crew spends five days in the community, the first four of which are spent filming scenery and conducting interviews. Most of the segments are planned including Harris interviewing local individuals; the filming schedule is flexible to allow the crew to film events "on the fly". The crew consists of 10 to 16 members; the visit culminates in a comedy performance by Harris at a local venue on the fifth day. The event is free to attend on a first come, first served basis, features performances by other stand-up comics. In the show, Harris discusses the residents, the community's difficulties and response to those difficulties.

Harris said he was "worried that they might be apprehensive" about the show and its subject, but found that instead "they were laid back". He stated that "people are not overly sensitive, are just up for the laugh"; the stand-up routine includes inside jokes that may not be included in the episode, broadcast. Television critic John Doyle, writing in The Globe and Mail, stated that Harris is "extremely good at connecting with the local people". Official website

Zana Messia

Zana Messia is a singer-songwriter from The Balkans. She released her first record Gotta Stop with Universal Music Group Sweden in 2006, wrote the theme song for the movie The Lightkeepers, shortlisted for an Academy Award nomination in 2010; the song that she wrote for the popular New Zealand artist Annabel Fay was produced by Brady Blade. Zana's American debut, Balkan Soul, was executive produced by the drummer/composer/producer Harvey Mason and producer David Marcus. In 2014 American Beach House In 2014, Reach Me In 2013, Things Never Said In 2010, Flying Lessons In 2011, The Lightkeepers In 2013, Things Never Said In 2009, The Lightkeepers In 2014, Messia collaborated with COPILOT Music and Sound on a cover of Carlinhos Brown's "Maria Caipirnha ”; the arrangement represented the musical instrumentation and styles of Bosnia for Visa's "Samba of the World", a digital campaign for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. In 2005, Zana signed with Universal Music Group. In 2006, Zana released her first record Got ta Stop featuring the singles Touch Bad for You.

In 2010, Zana performed the theme song for the movie The Lightkeepers. She was considered for an Academy Award. In 2011, Zana returned to her roots, exploring Balkan music, she formed the group The Balkan Soul Orchestra. In 2012 attends her first first-year ethnomusicology class; this class helped gain knowledge about music around the world. Her songs contains many influences from music around the world. Academy Award Press Release'Sarajevo-X"The Lightkeepers' Billboard Music listing of Zana's record Zana Music Official Website Zana Messia IMDb

Rise Up (Art of Dying album)

'Rise Up' is the third studio album by Canadian rock band Art of Dying. It was released in December 11, 2015 digitally from Better Noise Records & Eleven Seven Music "Best Won't Do" – 3:07 "Rise Up" – 3:43 "Tear Down the Wall" – 3:04 "Eat You Alive" – 3:26 "Dead Man Walking" – 3:24 "Some Things Never Change" – 3:21 "Everything" – 3:54 "Space" – 3:22 "Raging" – 2:51 "Just for Me" – 3:29 "One Day at a Time" – 3:39 "Moth to a Flame" – 3:16 "Ubuntu" – 3:59 Jonny Hetherington – lead vocals Jeff Brown - drums Cale Gontier - bass Tavis Stanley - guitar