This Is Us (TV series)
This Is Us is an American drama television series with tragic elements created by Dan Fogelman that premiered on NBC on September 20, 2016. The series follows the lives and families of two parents, their three children, in several different time frames, it stars an ensemble cast featuring Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Sullivan, Ron Cephas Jones, Jon Huertas, Alexandra Breckenridge, Niles Fitch, Logan Shroyer, Hannah Zeile, Mackenzie Hancsicsak, Parker Bates, Lonnie Chavis, Eris Baker, Faithe Herman; this Is. The series has been nominated for Best Television Series – Drama at the 74th Golden Globe Awards and Best Drama Series at the 7th Critics' Choice Awards, as well as being chosen as a Top Television Program by the American Film Institute. Sterling K. Brown has received an Emmy, a Golden Globe, a Critics' Choice Award, an NAACP Image Award for his acting in the series. Mandy Moore and Chrissy Metz received Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actress.
In 2017, the series received ten Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series, with Brown winning for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. On September 27, 2016, NBC picked up the series for a full season of 18 episodes. In January 2017, NBC renewed the series for two additional seasons of 18 episodes each; the second season premiered on September 26, 2017. The third season premiered on September 25, 2018; as the series progresses the tragic aspect of the series has grown more prominent, something the writers themselves have acknowledged. The series follows the lives of siblings Kevin and Randall, their parents Jack and Rebecca Pearson, it takes place in the present and uses flashbacks to show the family during various moments in the past. Kevin and Kate are the two surviving members of a triplet pregnancy, born six weeks premature on Jack's 36th birthday in 1980. Believing they were meant to have three children and Rebecca, who are white, decide to adopt Randall, an African American child born the same day and brought to the same hospital after his biological father abandoned him at a fire station.
Jack dies when his children are 17. Most episodes feature a storyline taking place in the present and a storyline taking place at a set time in the past. Flashbacks focus on Jack and Rebecca c.1980 both before and after their babies' birth, or on the family when the Big Three are children or adolescents. Various other time periods and locations have served as settings; the show has flashed back to follow the lives of newer characters, such as Randall's foster child, Deja. As adults, Kate lives in Los Angeles and his family are in New Jersey, Kevin relocates from Los Angeles to New York City. Milo Ventimiglia as Jack Pearson: Rebecca's first husband, Kate and Randall's father. Mandy Moore as Rebecca Pearson: Jack's wife, Kate and Randall's mother. Sterling K. Brown as Randall Pearson: Jack and Rebecca's adopted son, Kate and Kevin's brother. Played by Niles Fitch and Lonnie Chavis. Chrissy Metz as Kate Pearson: Jack and Rebecca's daughter, Kevin and Randall's sister. Played by Hannah Zeile and Mackenzie Hancsicsak.
Justin Hartley as Kevin Pearson: Jack and Rebecca's son, Kate and Randall's brother. Played by Logan Shroyer and Parker Bates. Susan Kelechi Watson as Beth Pearson: Randall's wife, mother of Tess and Annie. Chris Sullivan as Toby Damon: Kate's husband. Ron Cephas Jones as William "Shakespeare" Hill: Randall's biological father. Played by Jermel Nakia as a young adult. Jon Huertas as Miguel Rivas: Jack's best friend and Rebecca's second husband. Alexandra Breckenridge as Sophie: Kate's childhood best friend as well as Kevin's childhood love and ex-wife. Played by Amanda Leighton and Sophia Coto. Eris Baker as Tess Pearson: Randall and Beth's older daughter. Faithe Herman as Annie Pearson: Randall and Beth's younger daughter. Melanie Liburd as Zoe Baker: Beth's cousin and Kevin's new girlfriend. Lyric Ross as Deja: Randall and Beth's adopted daughter; this is Us began as an 80-page movie script that Dan Fogelman was developing while working for ABC Studios in the spring of 2015. The story line, which Fogelman admitted to not having a definite direction, revolved around the lives of eight adults who, as it would be revealed, were octuplets.
After moving to an eight-figure deal with 20th Television, Fogelman made the decision to develop a TV series from the characters of his original script, cutting a few characters and shortening the script to 45 pages before bringing it to the studio. Jennifer Salke, president at NBC, commented on the conception of a title for the series, saying "The title didn't come easy...but This Is Us tapped into everything, the show's about us." It has been revealed that other ideas for the title included 36, Happy Birthday, The Story of Us. Despite positive reviews from both 20th Television and sister company, there were concerns regarding the lack of views it would attract on the network, leading Fox to sell it to NBC. Fox did so because NBC promised to use the high volu
Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre
The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre is a full-time professional conservatory for actors in New York City. It is known as the home of the Meisner technique; the Neighborhood Playhouse had been founded as an off-Broadway theatre by philanthropists Alice Lewisohn and Irene Lewisohn in 1915, but closed in 1927. The following year, it re-opened as The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre with the addition of Rita Wallach Morgenthau. Sanford Meisner joined the faculty in 1935 from the Group Theatre. Meisner used his study of Russian theatre and acting innovator, Konstantin Stanislavski's System to develop his own technique, as an alternative to Lee Strasberg's Method acting. Playwright Horton Foote met actor Robert Duvall at Neighborhood Playhouse when Duvall starred in a 1957 production of Foote's play, The Midnight Caller. Foote recommended Duvall to play the part of Boo Radley in the 1962 film; the school offers a two-year certificate program, with admission to the second year dependent upon unanimous approval of the faculty.
There is a six-week summer intensive program. The Neighborhood Playhouse offers Playhouse Juniors, a popular Saturday training program for children in grades 1–12. Children attend a fixed curriculum of singing and dancing classes in a non-competitive environment. Official website
Tribeca Film Festival
The Tribeca Film Festival is a prominent film festival held in the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan, showcasing a diverse selection of independent films. Since its inaugural year in 2002, it has become a recognized outlet for independent filmmakers in all genres to release their work to a broad audience. In 2006 and 2007, the Festival held 1,500 screenings; the Festival's program line-up includes a variety of independent films including documentaries, narrative features and shorts, as well as a program of family-friendly films. The Festival features panel discussions with personalities in the entertainment world and a music lounge produced with ASCAP to showcase artists. One of the more distinctive components of the Festival is its Artists Awards program in which emerging and renowned artists celebrate filmmakers by providing original works of art that are given to the filmmakers' competition winners. Past artists of the Artists Award Program have included Chuck Close, Alex Katz, Julian Schnabel.
The festival now draws an estimated three million people—including often-elusive celebrities from the worlds of art and music—and generates $600 million annually. The Tribeca Film Festival was founded in 2002 by Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro and Craig Hatkoff in response to the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the consequent loss of vitality in the Tribeca neighborhood in Lower Manhattan, although there are reports that its founding was underway prior to the events of 9/11; the inaugural festival launched after 120 days of planning with the help of more than 1,300 volunteers. It was featured several up-and-coming filmmakers; the festival included juried narrative and short film competitions. The 2003 festival brought more than 300,000 people; the festival showcased an expanded group of independent features and short films from around the world, coupled with studio premieres, panel discussions and comedy concerts, a family festival, sports activities, outdoor movie screenings along the Hudson River.
The family festival featured children's movie screenings, family panels and interactive games culminating in a daylong street fair that drew a crowd estimated at 250,000 people. At the end of 2003, De Niro purchased the theater at 54 Varick Street which had housed the closed Screening Room, an art house that had shown independent films nightly, renaming it the Tribeca Cinema, it became one of the venues of the festival. In an effort to serve its mission of bringing independent film to the widest possible audience, in 2006, the Festival expanded its reach in New York City and internationally. In New York City, Tribeca hosted screenings throughout Manhattan as the Festival's 1,000-plus screening schedule outgrew the capacity downtown. Internationally, the Festival brought films to the Rome Film Fest; as part of the celebrations in Rome, Tribeca was awarded the first "Steps and Stars" award, presented on the Spanish Steps. A total of 169 feature films and 99 shorts were selected from 4,100 film submissions, including 1,950 feature submissions—three times the total submissions from the first festival in 2002.
The festival featured 90 world premieres, nine international premieres, 31 North American premieres, 6 U. S. premieres, 28 New York City premieres. In 2009, Hatkoff and De Niro were named number 14 on Barron's list of the world's top 25 philanthropists for their role in regenerating TriBeCa's economy after September 11; as of 2010, the festival is run as a business by Tribeca Enterprises. Andrew Essex has been the CEO of Tribeca Enterprises since January, 2016. In 2011, L. A. Noire became the first video game to be recognized by the Tribeca Film Festival. In 2013, Beyond: Two Souls, featuring Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe, became only the second game to be premiered at the festival. 2018 – Diane and directed by Kent Jones. 2017 – Keep the Change written and directed by Rachel Israel 2016 – Dean, directed by Demetri Martin 2018 – Jeffrey Wright in O. G. 2017 – Alessandro Nivola in One Percent More Humid 2016 – Dominic Rains for Burn Country 2018 – Alia Shawkat in Duck Butter 2017 – Nadia Alexander in Blame 2016 – Mackenzie Davis for Always Shine 2018 – Wyatt Garfield for Diane 2017 – Chris Teague for Love After Love 2016 – Michael Ragen for Kicks 2018 – Diane, written by Kent Jones 2017 – Abundant Acreage Available, written by Angus MacLachlan 2017 – Son of Sofia written and directed by Elina Psykou 2016 – Junction 48, directed by Udi Aloni 2015 – Virgin Mountain, directed by Dagur Kári 2014 – Zero Motivation, directed by Talya Lavie 2013 – The Rocket, directed by Kim Mordaunt 2012 – War Witch, directed by Kim Nguyen 2011 – She Monkeys, directed by Lisa Aschan 2010 – When We Leave, directed by Feo Aladag 2009 – About Elly, directed by Asghar Farhadi 2008 – Let the Right One In, directed by Tomas Alfredson 2007 – My Father My Lord, directed by David Volach 2006 – Iluminados por el fuego, directed by Tristán Bauer 2005 – Stolen Life, directed by Li Shaohong 2004 – Green Hat, directed by Liu Fendou 2003 – Blind Shaft, directed by Li Yang 2002 – Roger Dodger, directed by Dylan Kidd 2017 – Rachel Israel, director of Keep the Change 2015 – Zachary Treitz for Men Go to Battle 2014 – Josef Wladyka for Manos Sucias 2013 – Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais for Whitewash 201
Running on Empty (1988 film)
Running on Empty is a 1988 drama film directed by Sidney Lumet and starring River Phoenix, Judd Hirsch, Christine Lahti, Martha Plimpton. It was produced by Lorimar Television, it is the story of a counterculture couple on the run from the FBI, how one of their sons starts to break out of this fugitive lifestyle. Phoenix was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the film. Phoenix was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role at the Golden Globes; the film was nominated for Best Director and Best Motion Picture, it won a Golden Globe for Best Screenplay. Plimpton was nominated for a Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress in a Motion Picture. In a backstage interview on March 21, 1989, at the 61st Annual Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon, Phoenix expressed his wishes for the film to have a sequel; the film marked the second time that Phoenix and Plimpton played romantic interests, having co-starred in the film The Mosquito Coast two years earlier.
Parents Annie and Arthur Pope are on the run as they were responsible for the anti-war protest bombing of a napalm laboratory in the 1970s. The incident accidentally paralyzed a janitor who wasn't supposed to be there. They've been on the run since, relying on an underground network of supporters who help them financially. At the time of the incident, their son Danny was two years old; as the film begins, he is in his late teens, the family, now with younger son Harry, are again relocating and assuming new identities. Danny's overwhelming talent as a pianist catches the attention of his music teacher at school; the teacher begins to pry into Danny's personal life questioning why records from his previous school are unobtainable. While he pushes Danny to audition for Juilliard, Danny falls in love with Lorna, the teacher's teenage daughter; as the pressure to have his own life and realize his own dreams intensifies, Danny reveals his family secret to Lorna. Meanwhile, Annie finds out about Danny's audition and begins to come to terms with the fact that she must let her son go and find his own way.
This does not sit well with Arthur as Annie risks their safety to contact her estranged father and arrange a home and life for Danny if they should decide to leave him behind. When Arthur hears on the radio that one of their underground colleagues has been shot and killed running from the authorities, he realizes that it is better for his son to pursue his dreams than to continue living a dangerous life on the run from crimes for which Danny bears no responsibility; the family heads off for their next identity in a new town. Politico's Jeffrey Ressner writes that Arthur and Annie Pope were loosely modeled after Weather Underground leaders Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. John Simon states that the characters' bombing of a napalm research facility was inspired by the Sterling Hall bombing of 1970. Running on Empty was released on September 9, 1988, in 22 theaters, where it grossed $215,157 on its opening weekend, it went on to make $2,835,116 million in North America. Film critic Roger Ebert gave the film four out of four stars and called it "one of the best films of the year."
In her review for The New York Times, Janet Maslin wrote, "The courtship between Danny and Lorna is staged disarmingly, with Mr. Phoenix and Miss Plimpton conveying a sweet and believably gradual attraction." Newsweek magazine's David Ansen wrote, "A curious mix of soap opera and social history, Lumet's film shouldn't work, yet its fusion of oddly matched parts proves overpowering. You have to be pretty tough to resist it."Rotten Tomatoes gives the film an approval rating of 85% based on reviews from 13 critics. Sara Jane Olson James Kilgore Silas Bissell Running on Empty on IMDb Running on Empty at the TCM Movie Database Running on Empty at AllMovie Running on Empty at Rotten Tomatoes Running on Empty at Box Office Mojo
Dominick John Dunne was an American writer, investigative journalist, producer. He began his career as a producer in film and television, noted for involvement with the pioneering gay film The Boys in the Band and the award winning drug film Panic in Needle Park, he turned to writing in the early 1970s. After the 1982 murder of his daughter Dominique, he came to focus on the ways in which wealth and high society interacts with the judicial system. A frequent contributor to Vanity Fair, Dunne appeared on television discussing crime from the 1980s to the end of his life. Dunne, the second of six children, was born in Hartford, the son of Dorothy Frances and Richard Edwin Dunne, a hospital chief of staff and prominent heart surgeon, his Irish Catholic family was wealthy. However, from his earliest days, Dunne recalled feeling like an outsider in the predominantly "WASPish" West Hartford, he was the older brother of writer John Gregory Dunne. John Dunne became a screenwriter and critic, marrying journalist Joan Didion, who wrote novels.
They collaborated on a column for The Saturday Evening Post and on several screenplays, including The Panic in Needle Park. Dominick Dunne produced this film; as a boy, he was known as Nicky. After attending the Kingswood School and Canterbury School in New Milford, Connecticut, he attended Williams College, he served in World War II. After serving in the military, he graduated from Williams College. Dunne moved to New York City, where he became a stage manager for television, he was brought to Hollywood by Humphrey Bogart, who wanted Dunne to work on the television version of The Petrified Forest. Dunne became vice-president of Four Star Television, he hobnobbed with the rich and famous including Elizabeth Taylor. In 1979, beset with addictions, Dunne moved to rural Oregon. Here he says he wrote his first book, The two Mrs. Grenvilles; when interviewed he said that this book saved his life and was the pathway to other books on the tribulations of the upper echelons of society. The two Mrs. Grenvilles was based on the banking heir Woodward, shot by his wife.
In November 1982, his daughter, Dominique Dunne, best known for her part in the film Poltergeist, was murdered. Dominick Dunne attended the trial of John Thomas Sweeney, convicted of voluntary manslaughter. According to Dunne's account in Justice, Sweeney was sentenced to six-and-a-half years, but served only two and a half after his conviction. Dunne wrote the article "Justice: A Father's Account of the Trial of his Daughter's Killer" for the March 1984 issue of Vanity Fair. Dunne started writing for Vanity Fair, he based several bestselling novels on real-life events, such as the murders of Alfred Bloomingdale's mistress Vicki Morgan and banking heir William Woodward, Jr.. He hosted the TV series Dominick Dunne's Power and Justice on CourtTV, in which he discussed justice and injustice and their intersection with celebrities. Famous trials he covered included those of O. J. Simpson, Claus von Bulow, Michael Skakel, William Kennedy Smith, the Menendez brothers, he was portrayed in six episodes of American Crime Story: The People v. O.
J. Simpson by Robert Morse, where his opening appearance portrays him being given a seat at the trial by Judge Lance Ito, next to the parents of Ron Goldman, during which meeting reference is made to the murder of Dunne's daughter Dominique, the "slap on the wrist" Dunne felt that her killer received. Dunne's account of the Menendez trial, Nightmare on Elm Drive, was selected by The Library of America for inclusion in its two-century retrospective of American true crime writing, published in 2008. In 2005, California Congressman Gary Condit won an undisclosed financial settlement and an apology from Dunne, who had earlier implicated him in the disappearance of Chandra Levy in Washington, DC; the intern was from Condit's U. S. House of Representatives district. Dunne alleged. In November 2006, Dunne was sued again by Condit for comments made about the former politician on Larry King Live on CNN; this suit was dismissed. Dunne socialized with, wrote about, was photographed with celebrities. A Salon.com review of his memoir, The Way We Lived Then, recounted how Dunne appeared at a wedding reception for Dennis Hopper.
Sean Elder, the author of the review, wrote: "But in the midst of it all there was one man, getting what ceramic artist Ron Nagle would call'the full cheese,' one guy everyone gravitated toward and paid obeisance to." That individual was Dunne, who mixed with artists and writers present at the function. Dunne was quoted as saying that Dennis Hopper wished he "had a picture of myself with Allen Ginsberg and Norman Mailer."In 2008, at age 82, Dunne traveled from New York to Las Vegas to cover O. J. Simpson's trial on armed robbery for Vanity Fair magazine. Dunne's adventures in Hollywood were described in the documentary film Dominick Dunne: After the Party, directed by Kirsty de Garis and Timothy Jolley; this film documents his tribulations in the entertainment industry. In the film, Dunne reflects on his past as a World War II veteran, falling in love and raising a family, his climb and f
Law & Order: Criminal Intent (season 1)
The first season of Law & Order: Criminal Intent, an American police procedural television series, was developed by Dick Wolf and René Balcer. It began airing on September 30, 2001, on NBC, a national broadcast television network in the United States, it is the second spin-off of the long-running crime drama Order. Law & Order: Criminal Intent follows the New York City Police Department's fictional Major Case Squad, which investigates high-profile murder cases; the first season of twenty-two episodes concluded its initial airing on May 10, 2002. Four actors received star billing in the first season: Vincent D'Onofrio, Kathryn Erbe, Jamey Sheridan, Courtney B. Vance. Episodes depict Detectives Robert Alexandra Eames as the squad's lead investigators. Captain James Deakins is the detectives' direct head of the Major Case Squad. Assistant District Attorney Ron Carver attempts to obtain confessions from the suspects, rather than taking them to trial. Law & Order: Criminal Intent focuses on the actions and motives of the criminals, it divides screen time between the suspects and victims and the police's investigation.
The season was filmed on location in New York City. Scenes set inside the Major Case Squad department were filmed in a studio at Chelsea Piers, Manhattan; the season was nominated for four awards and was described by some reviewers as the most impressive of all the Law & Order series. It was sold to numerous television stations around the world, it has been adapted into localized foreign versions in Russia and France, it has been syndicated in the US on a number of cable channels. A DVD box set of Season 1 was released in America on October 21, 2003, episodes are available for purchase at the US iTunes Store and Amazon Video on Demand. Law & Order: Criminal Intent is the third series in the Law & Order crime drama franchise, created by Dick Wolf in 1990, he developed it with René Balcer. During his time on Law & Order, Balcer was promoted to head writer, show runner, executive producer before leaving in 2000. News first broke of a new series in late 2000, when it was reported that NBC, broadcaster of Law & Order and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, approached Wolf Films and Studios USA about a second spin-off.
Balcer and Wolf conceived Law & Order: Criminal Intent as a police procedural crime drama that follows a distinct division of the New York City Police Department: the'Major Case Squad', its investigations in to high-profile murder cases, such as those involving VIPs, local government officials and employees, people working in the financial industry and the arts and entertainment world. Unlike the other series in the Law & Order franchise, Law & Order: Criminal Intent gives significant attention to the actions and motives of the criminals, rather than focusing on the police investigation and trial prosecution. Episodes do not contain trials, end in confessions rather than plea bargains or verdicts. Production began in January 2001, shooting on location in and around New York City using local color; the main set of One Police Plaza is located at Chelsea Piers, Manhattan. Thirteen episodes were ordered, were completed by April 2001, so that production would not be halted by a potential strike from the Writers Guild of America.
Balcer was the show runner, executive producer and head writer on the first season of Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Wolf was credited as an executive producer, as with all other Law & Order series; the first season gave co-executive producers credits to Peter Jankowski, Fred Berner, Geoffrey Neigher, Arthur W. Forney. John L. Roman, Roz Weinman, Eric Overmyer were named producers, with Michael Kewley a co-producer. Theresa Rebeck and Marlane Meyer were consulting producers. Twelve people directed, nine people wrote the twenty-two episodes. Law & Order: Criminal Intent is not an ensemble series, therefore differs from Law & Order and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit which featured six and eight actors receiving star billing during the same broadcast season. Movie actor Vincent D'Onofrio was offered the lead role of Detective Robert Goren, a hyper-intuitive contemporary Sherlock Holmes-type investigator who used to work for the US Military Police. Other than a 1998 guest role on Homicide: Life on the Street that earned him an Emmy nomination, this was D'Onofrio's first major television role.
Goren's partner, former vice squad detective Alexandra Eames, was played by Kathryn Erbe who had just completed a role on Oz as convicted murderer Shirley Bellinger. Balcer stated Eames was cast because "she just looked like a real cop." Courtney B. Vance plays Assistant District Attorney Ron Carver, a graduate of John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Jamey Sheridan was the last actor to be cast in a main role, taking the part of James Deakins, a "seasoned" NYPD Captain. In a recurring role, Leslie Hendrix appeared as Assistant Chief Medical Examiner Elizabeth Rodgers, the same character she had played in the other two series. Steve Zirnkilton provides a voice-over at the beginning of each episode's opening credits, saying "In New York City's war on crime, the worst criminal offenders are pursued by the detectives of the Major Case Squad; these are their stories."Many New York-based actors guest-starred in the first season, as either victims, suspects, or their family members. Jake Weber starred as the murderer in the first episode.
The HB Studio is a non-profit 501 organization offering professional training in the performing arts through classes, free lectures, theater productions, theater rentals, a theater artist residency program, as well as full-time study through their International Student Program and Uta Hagen Institute. Located in Greenwich Village, New York City, HB Studio offers training and development to aspiring and professional artists in a variety of areas, including acting, playwriting, musical theatre and the body, dialect study, scene study analysis and classes for young people. Select classes require an audition for admission. Founded in 1945 by Viennese actor/director Herbert Berghof, HB Studio is one of the original New York acting studios, providing training and practice in the performing arts. In 1948, Uta Hagen joined the Studio as Berghof's artistic partner, the two wed ten years later, her master classes led to the writing of A Challenge for the Actor. In 2010, HB Studio founded the Uta Hagen Institute, which offers full-time immersion in the practical approach to acting craft that characterized Uta Hagen's master classes and classic acting texts.
Its two key programs, The Hagen Summer Intensive and The Hagen Core Training, are structured, integrated courses for students with serious professional and artistic intent. Past faculty members include Jack Hofsiss. Notable alumni include Official website HB Studio records, 1939–2009, held by the Billy Rose Theatre Division, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts "HB Studio and HB Playwrights Foundation to Honor Stiller and Meara Nov. 10" by Andrew Gans, November 5, 2008