Diana, Princess of Wales
Diana, Princess of Wales, was a member of the British royal family. She was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, the mother of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex. Diana was born into the Spencer family, a family of British nobility, she was the youngest daughter of Viscount and Viscountess Althorp, she grew up in Park House, situated on the Sandringham estate, was educated in England and Switzerland. In 1975, after her father inherited the title of Earl Spencer, she became known as Lady Diana Spencer. Diana came to prominence in February 1981 upon engagement to Prince Charles, the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II, their wedding took place at St Paul's Cathedral on 29 July 1981 and made her Princess of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Duchess of Rothesay, Countess of Chester. The marriage produced two sons, the princes William and Harry, who were respectively second and third in the line of succession to the British throne; as Princess of Wales, Diana undertook royal duties on behalf of the Queen and represented her at functions overseas.
She was celebrated for her charity work and for her support of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. Diana was involved with dozens of charities including London's Great Ormond Street Hospital for children, of which she was president from 1989, she raised awareness and advocated ways to help people affected with HIV/AIDS, mental illness. Diana remained the object of worldwide media scrutiny during and after her marriage, which ended in divorce on 28 August 1996 following well-publicised extramarital affairs by both parties. Media attention and public mourning were extensive after her death in a car crash in a Paris tunnel on 31 August 1997 and subsequent televised funeral. Diana Frances Spencer was born on 1 July 1961, in Park House, Norfolk, she was the fourth of five children of John Spencer, Viscount Althorp, his first wife, Frances. The Spencer family has been allied with the British royal family for several generations; the Spencers were hoping for a boy to carry on the family line, no name was chosen for a week, until they settled on Diana Frances, after her mother and after Lady Diana Spencer, a many-times-great-aunt, a prospective Princess of Wales.
On 30 August 1961, Diana was baptised at Sandringham. She grew up with three siblings: Sarah and Charles, her infant brother, died shortly after his birth one year before Diana was born. The desire for an heir added strain to the Spencers' marriage, Lady Althorp was sent to Harley Street clinics in London to determine the cause of the "problem"; the experience was described as "humiliating" by Diana's younger brother, Charles: "It was a dreadful time for my parents and the root of their divorce because I don't think they got over it." Diana grew up in Park House, situated on the Sandringham estate. The Spencers leased the house from its owner, Queen Elizabeth II; the royal family holidayed at the neighbouring Sandringham House, Diana played with the Queen's sons Prince Andrew and Prince Edward. Diana was seven years old, her mother began a relationship with Peter Shand Kydd and married him in 1969. Diana lived with her mother in London during her parents' separation in 1967, but during that year's Christmas holidays, Lord Althorp refused to let Diana return to London with Lady Althorp.
Shortly afterwards he won custody of Diana with support from his former mother-in-law, Ruth Roche, Baroness Fermoy. In 1976, Lord Althorp married Countess of Dartmouth. Diana's relationship with her stepmother was bad, she resented Raine, whom she called a "bully", on one occasion Diana "pushed her down the stairs". She described her childhood as "very unhappy" and "very unstable, the whole thing". Diana became known as Lady Diana after her father inherited the title of Earl Spencer in 1975, at which point her father moved the entire family from Park House to Althorp, the Spencer seat in Northamptonshire. Diana was home-schooled under the supervision of her governess, Gertrude Allen, she began her formal education at Silfield Private School in Gayton and moved to Riddlesworth Hall School, an all-girls boarding school near Thetford, when she was nine. She joined her sisters at West Heath Girls' School in Sevenoaks, Kent, in 1973, she did not shine academically. Her outstanding community spirit was recognised with an award from West Heath.
She left West Heath. Her brother Charles recalls her as being quite shy up until that time, she showed a talent for music as an accomplished pianist. Diana excelled in swimming and diving, studied ballet and tap dance. After attending Institut Alpin Videmanette for one term in 1978, Diana returned to London, where she shared her mother's flat with two school friends. In London, she took an advanced cooking course, but cooked for her roommates, she took a series of low-paying jobs. She found employment as a playgroup pre-school assistant, did some cleaning work for her sister Sarah and several of her friends, acted as a hostess at parties. Diana spent time working as a nanny for the Robertsons, an American family living in London, worked as a nursery teacher's assistant at the Young England School in Pimlico. In July 1979, her mother bought her a flat at Coleherne Court in Earl's Court as an 18
Characters of Overwatch
The team-based first person shooter video game Overwatch, developed by Blizzard Entertainment and released in May 2016, features 30 playable characters known as heroes, a number of supporting characters as part of the game's narrative, told through animated media and digital comics outside of the game. The story of Overwatch takes place on Earth in the "near future" in the years after the "Omnic Crisis," a period in which robots rose up in rebellion worldwide, the United Nations formed an elite group called Overwatch to combat them. Overwatch continued to protect the peace until it was disbanded years under a cloud of suspicion, but its former members have returned to the fore in light of new threats to humanity. Blizzard wanted to create a diverse set of characters to reflect a positive outlook on this near future, incorporating non-human characters and non-standard character traits; the game was launched with 8 more added since launch. Eight characters, Lúcio, Zarya, Genji, D. Va, Ana and Hanzo have appeared as playable heroes within Blizzard's multiplayer online battle arena crossover game, Heroes of the Storm.
Overwatch is an online team-oriented first-person shooter, an example of a "hero shooter" where players select from one of several pre-designed hero characters with their own unique abilities. Overwatch includes casual play modes, competitive ranked play modes, various arcade modes where special rules apply. Most game modes bring together two teams of six players each into a match and compete in one of several objective-based game types based on the randomly selected map, including taking control points and escorting a payload. A match starts with each player selecting from one of the available hero characters; the game's characters are divided into three character classes: damage and support. Offense characters do the majority of the team's aggressive damage. Defense characters are equipped to halt the enemy's advance. Tank characters can absorb large amounts of damage for the team, support characters share healing abilities and similar status effects for the team or against enemies; the game will warn teams if they have an imbalance in their general class selection, certain game modes require players to select different heroes.
Players are able to switch between heroes mid-match after they are killed or if they return to their team's base. Each hero character has fundamentally different attributes such as health and movement speed, at least one basic attack, at least one unique skill, collectively referred to as a skill kit; these skills can be used after waiting out the skill's cooldown period. Each character has at least one powerful ultimate ability that becomes available once its meter is charged, either over time or through other actions such as killing opponents or healing teammates. Once the ultimate ability is used, the player has to wait for the meter to fill again. Winning matches earns the player experience towards experience levels in the meta-game; the player earns a loot box on reaching a new experience level, which contain a random assortment of character skins, speech lines, other cosmetic items for each character without specific game-changing effects. Players can purchase loot boxes with real-world money.
Blizzard has provided free post-release content such as new levels and characters. Blizzard has introduced limited-time seasonal events, offering new cosmetic items in loot boxes, themed levels, gameplay modes. Overwatch featured 12 characters at its November 2014 BlizzCon convention announcement, but expanded to 21 by the next year's convention; the game is character-driven, reviewers noted Overwatch's emphasis on the individual differences between characters in the same class as a departure from dominant class-based shooter paradigms. Critics praised the game's accessible and detailed character design and its role in the game's overall success. Similar to Valve's initial launch of Team Fortress 2, in the absence of a dedicated story mode, Blizzard tells the backstory of Overwatch's plot and characters through media outside the game, including animated shorts, character press events and webcomics; the game's story centers around a technological singularity in which humanity assembles a team of its best heroes, Overwatch, to fight off a rogue artificial intelligence and its robotic army of Omnics in an incident called the "Omnic Crisis".
After winning its battle, the Overwatch kept the peace for about three decades before infighting led to its disbandment. The game takes place sixty years in the future, during a time period in which the world is slipping into disarray, former Overwatch members along with new allies, as well as enemies, are being called on to help protect the peace in their respective favors. Among Overwatch's enemies include Talon, a global criminal network seeking wealth and power. In early 2016, Blizzard released media kits with granular character detail for fan artists and cosplayers. Preceding the game's launch, PornHub reported a surge in searches for pornography including Overwatch characters. An intellectual property security firm issued multiple takedown requests to sites featuring such videos and other erotica created in Source Filmmaker. Overwatch was developed by Blizzard following the cancellation of a massively multiplayer online role-playing game Titan, a project, in works for several years. A smaller team from those on Titan were given the role to come up with a new project, they came onto the idea of a first-person shooter that emphasized teamwork, inspired by Team Fortress 2 and the rising popularity of multiplayer online battle a
The Young Victoria
The Young Victoria is a 2009 British-American period drama film directed by Jean-Marc Vallée and written by Julian Fellowes, based on the early life and reign of Queen Victoria, her marriage to Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. Produced by Graham King, Martin Scorsese, Sarah Ferguson, Timothy Headington, the film stars Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Paul Bettany, Miranda Richardson, Harriet Walter, Mark Strong, Jim Broadbent among a large ensemble cast; as screenwriter, Fellowes sought to make the film as accurate as possible. With this in mind, Oscar-winning costume designer Sandy Powell and historical consultant Alastair Bruce were hired, filming for The Young Victoria took place at various historical landmarks in England to further the film's authenticity. Despite this, some aspects of the film have been criticised for their historical inaccuracies. Momentum Pictures released the film in the United Kingdom and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group opened The Young Victoria in limited theatrical release in the United States.
Critical reception was positive. Princess Victoria of Kent is the heir presumptive to the British throne during the reign of her uncle King William IV and is subject to a political tug of war for influence over her. On the one side is her mother, the Duchess of Kent, along with the comptroller of the Duchess's household, Sir John Conroy, who tries to force Victoria to sign papers declaring a regency and giving him and her mother power. On the other side is her uncle, King Leopold I of Belgium, who wishes to use his influence through family ties to secure an alliance between the United Kingdom and Belgium, he decides to have his nephew Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha seduce Victoria and he is coached in her likes and dislikes. The Duchess invites the Coburg brothers and Prince Ernest of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, to visit the household. Victoria and Albert develop an early fondness for each other, despite Victoria knowing that Albert was sent by their uncle to win her favours, they begin writing to one another after Albert returns home.
At a birthday reception in Windsor Castle, the King states his wish to be closer to Victoria and insults her mother. But when the King increases Victoria's income, this is rejected by Conroy, who physically subdues her in front of her mother, heightening the animosity between them; the King sends the Prime Minister Lord Melbourne to advise her. Victoria agrees to make him her private secretary, he appoints ladies-in-waiting for her from political families allied to him. King William dies after Victoria's 18th birthday. After accession, Victoria begins to exert her independence, including moving into her own room and banishing Conroy from her household and coronation. During her first meeting with the Privy Council, she announces that "I mean to devote my life in service of my country and my people". Victoria now moves into the completed Buckingham Palace and her aunt, Queen Adelaide, advises her against giving in too much to Lord Melbourne's direction. Albert comes to England to spend more time with Victoria.
They bond more, dancing together during her coronation and discussing together the condition of the poor. Albert hints at taking their relationship further but the self-sufficient Victoria resists and he leaves; when Lord Melbourne loses a vote in Parliament, the new Prime Minister designate, Sir Robert Peel, wishes to replace some of her ladies-in-waiting with supporters of his own party and the queen refuses. Peel in turn refuses the queen's invitation to form a new government, allowing Melbourne to continue as Prime Minister; the subsequent crisis damages Victoria's popularity, leading to demonstrations outside the palace and insults hurled at her in public. Her loneliness during the turbulence draws Victoria closer to Albert through their letters and she decides to invite him back to Britain. Since protocol prevents him suggesting marriage, she proposes to him herself, their honeymoon is short but loving, yet soon Albert is frustrated at his initial powerlessness and Queen Adelaide advises Victoria to allow him to take on more duties.
He reorganises the running of the royal household and dismisses Conroy for mishandling funds. As Victoria's primary adviser, he now blocks the influences of King Leopold. However, Victoria quarrels with him fiercely for going over her head with Peel in the matter of her household. Soon after, when Victoria is fired upon by a would-be assassin as they are riding in an open carriage, Albert throws himself across her and is wounded; this bravery leads to their reconciliation and Melbourne advises her to share with Albert her work for the social welfare. The birth of their first child helps heal the breach between Victoria and her mother, who had earlier sent a letter of support during the crisis; the final title card sketches in their successful future until Albert's death at the age of 42. It was Sarah, Duchess of York, who conceived the idea for a film based upon the early years of Queen Victoria, she had been interested in the queen since her marriage to Prince Andrew, Duke of York, a great-great-great-grandson of Victoria and Albert, had written two books about her with the help of an historian.
The Victoria-Albert relationship in particular drew her into the queen's history, as she believed there were parallels between their marriage and her own with Prince Andrew, as they both "fought for their love" in the midst of public scrutiny. A friend set up a meeting with producer Graham King, to whom she pitched the idea along with several others. At the time wrapping up his work on The Departed, King, a native of Britain, had been looking for a project set in his home country for years; the producer remembered, "she pitched me a bunch of things, a
Sydney Theatre Company
Sydney Theatre Company is an Australian theatre company based in Sydney, New South Wales. The company performs in The Wharf Theatre at Dawes Point in The Rocks area of Sydney, as well as the Roslyn Packer Theatre and the Sydney Opera House Drama Theatre. Sydney Theatre Company was formed in December 1978, following the closure of The Old Tote Theatre Company the month before; the Premier, Neville Wran, approached Elizabeth Butcher, seconded from the National Institute of Dramatic Art to administer the Old Tote, asked her to set up a new state theatre company, to perform in the Drama Theatre of the Sydney Opera House. Butcher established its legal identity and managerial structure, proposed the name, Sydney Theatre Company. With John Clark as the Artistic Adviser of the first season, five theatre companies were invited to produce six plays to be presented by STC as the 1979 Interim Season in the Drama Theatre; the first production, by The Paris Company, was A Cheery Soul, by Patrick White, Australia's Nobel Laureate for Literature, directed by Jim Sharman, featuring Robyn Nevin as Miss Docker.
In June 1979, Richard Wherrett one of Nimrod Theatre's co-Artistic Directors, was appointed Artistic Director of STC to plan and organise activities for the 1980 season. The first STC-produced play was The Sunny South, 1 January 1980, by George Darrell, with music by Terence Clarke, directed by Richard Wherrett, assisted by John Gaden. In its early years the company operated out of several rented premises around the city, producing 38 productions in five separate venues. Elizabeth Butcher, STC Administrator, was given the task of finding one location that could house all the activities of the company, a theatre. After an extensive search, Butcher had the vision to propose the derelict Walsh Bay Wharf 4/5 as STC's new home envisaging the capacity of the building to fulfill all requirements of space and additional venue. More than three years of budgetary and bureaucratic obstacles were overcome when, on 12 September 1983, NSW Premier, the Hon. Neville Wran, announced that the State Government had approved the expenditure of $3.5 million to finance the re-cycling project.
The 60-year-old ironbark timber wharf warehouse built to load cargo onto ships tied up alongside, was converted into premises suitable for creating, producing and enjoying theatre, without sacrificing its historical integrity or context. The Wharf was handed over to STC in a plaque-unveiling ceremony on 13 December 1984. In 1985, The Wharf, by architects Vivian Fraser in association with NSW Govt Architect JW Thomson, won the Sir John Sulman Medal awarded by the Royal Australian Institute of Architects for a work of excellence in public and commercial architecture; the first STC production in The Wharf Theatre, 17 January 1985, was Late Arrivals, by Pamela van Amstel, directed by Wayne Harrison in his directorial debut. The play was part of a season of one-act plays called Shorts at the Wharf. Since 1984, the visionary adaptation and re-use of an industrial site by Sydney Theatre Company, Walsh Bay has been transformed into an arts precinct and residential area, which continues to attract adjunct services.
Other performing arts companies and organisations now enjoy premises at The Wharf, including Sydney Dance Company, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Gondwana Choirs, Sydney Children's Choir, The Song Company, Australian Theatre for Young People, Regional Arts, Accessible Arts, Bangarra Dance Theatre. Nearly a quarter of a century's use The Wharf, by Vivian Fraser, in association with the NSW Government Architect, was presented the RAIA 25 Year Award for Enduring Architecture by the Institute. Directors working for STC include Gale Edwards, Barrie Kosky, David Berthold, Neil Armfield, Benedict Andrews and Kip Williams. Many Australian actors who would find wider success both locally and internationally such as Hugo Weaving, Geoffrey Rush, Cate Blanchett, Jacqueline McKenzie, Richard Roxburgh and Toni Collette have established their careers in STC productions; the Sydney Theatre Company operates out of a heritage site of the wharf area of Sydney Harbour. Under the leadership of Blanchett and Upton, STC initiated a comprehensive large scale environmental program called Greening the Wharf, investing in solar energy, rainwater harvesting, energy efficiency measures and best practice waste management.
The program goes beyond infrastructure projects to include employees, environmentally responsible theatre production, community engagement and education. The program won two Green Globe Awards. Culture of Sydney Wharf Revue Meyrick, Julian. See How It Runs Nimrod and the New Wave. Crows Nest, N. S. W.: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 0-86819-651-7. Parsons, Philip. Companion to theatre in Australia. Sydney: Currency Press in association with Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-86819-357-7. Wherrett, Richard; the floor of heaven my life in theatre. Sydney: Hodder Headline. ISBN 0-7336-1049-8. Sydney Theatre Company website Greening the Wharf project video explanation
Star Wars Rebels
Star Wars Rebels is an American 3D CGI animated television series produced by Lucasfilm Animation and set in the Star Wars galaxy in the years before A New Hope. It takes place during an era when the Galactic Empire are hunting down the last of the Jedi while a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking form; the visual style of the series is inspired by the original Star Wars trilogy concept art by Ralph McQuarrie. The series features new characters, along with some from the original trilogy and from the previous CGI series, The Clone Wars; the series premiered as a one-hour television film, Spark of Rebellion, on October 3, 2014 on Disney Channel prior to the premiere of the series on October 13 on Disney XD. The first season consisted of 14 episodes; the second season premiered on June 2015 with a one-hour television film, The Siege of Lothal. The third season premiered on September 2016 with the television film, Steps Into Shadow; the fourth and last season premiered on October 16, 2017 with another one-hour television film, Heroes of Mandalore.
Its final episode aired on March 5, 2018. Dave Filoni, Simon Kinberg and Greg Weisman served as executive producers of season one. Weisman left the show after season one. Filoni was the supervising director for the first two seasons, a role he relinquished after accepting a promotion that expanded his creative role into overseeing all Lucasfilm Animation projects; the series has been well received with several award wins and nominations. A number of tie-in media has been released to expand upon the series' lore such as the comic book series Kanan and the novel A New Dawn. Fourteen years after the fall of the Galactic Republic and the Jedi Order in Revenge of the Sith and the rise of the Galactic Empire, a motley group of rebels unite aboard a freighter starship called the Ghost and conduct covert operations against the Imperial garrison on and around the planet Lothal and other planets that are menaced by the Galactic Empire. Taylor Gray as Ezra Bridger Freddie Prinze, Jr. as Kanan Jarrus Vanessa Marshall as Hera Syndulla Tiya Sircar as Sabine Wren Steven Blum as Garazeb "Zeb" Orrelios Dave Filoni as "Chopper" Dee Bradley Baker as Captain Rex The first two episodes, titled Spark of Rebellion, premiered on October 3, 2014, on Disney Channels worldwide and on Family Channel in Canada.
In Australia, the series premiered on October 17 on Disney XD. The Siege of Lothal premiered on June 28, 2015, the second season debuted on October 18. In Canada, the series premiered on October 19 on the DHX-owned Disney XD. However, due to DHX Media losing the rights to Disney content, the show was moved to Disney Channel; the second season premiered on November 7 and it was moved to the Corus-owned Disney XD channel on December 1. In the Middle East and Africa, Spark of Rebellion premiered on October 11 and the series debuted on October 18 on Disney XD. Siege of Lothal premiered on October 10, followed the official season premiere on October 17. In Southeast Asia, Spark of Rebellion premiered on Disney XD on October 4 and the series started on November 29. Siege of Lothal premiered on October 3 on Disney XD and Disney Channel and the second season was released on October 24. In the United Kingdom and Ireland, the series debuted on October 16 on Disney XD. Siege of Lothal premiered on July 18, 2015, followed by the second-season debut on October 17.
Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion was released by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment on DVD in the US at all retailers on October 14, 2014. DVD bonus features include character shorts, a 3D model kit of the Ghost ship, a preview of season 1; the Complete Season One of Star Wars Rebels was released by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment on DVD and Blu-ray on September 1, 2015, in America, in Germany on September 10, 2015. The Season 1 collection contains the expanded version of Spark of Rebellion with the Darth Vader/Grand Inquisitor prologue shown on ABC-TV; the Complete Season Two of Star Wars Rebels was released by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment on DVD and Blu-ray on August 30, 2016, in North America. The Complete Season Three of Star Wars Rebels was released on DVD and Blu-Ray on August 29, 2017; the Complete Season Four is announced to be released on DVD and Blu-ray on November 15, 2018, in Germany, July 31, 2018, in the United States. In the United States, the one-hour special garnered 2.74 million viewers on Disney Channel and 2.40 million viewers on ABC.
Worldwide, it delivered a total of 6.5 million viewers. On Disney Channel, the first and second episodes delivered 2.33 million and 1.92 million viewers, respectively. The third and fourth episodes garnered 2.32 1.84 million, respectively. The fifth and seventh episodes were watched by 1.43 million, 1.30 million, 1.60 million viewers, respectively. The eighth and ninth episodes got 1.44 million viewers, respectively. In Canada, the second episode was watched by 274,500 viewers, making it the most-watched broadcast on the network. In the United Kingdom, the film was the highest-rated broadcast that week, with 81,000 viewers; the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes gave an approval rating of 100% for all four seasons, based on 9 reviews for season 1, 5 reviews for season 2, 6 reviews for season 3, 6 reviews for season 4, with an average rating of 8.17/10 for season 1, 7.5/10 for season 2, 9.0/10 for season 3, 9.28/10 for season 4. On Metacritic, the first season has a weighted average score of 78 out of 100 based on 4 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
IGN and Variety in particular had strong praise for the pilot film, Spark of Rebellion, with their only criticism being the appearance of the Wookiee