24 (TV series)
24 is an American action drama television series produced for the Fox network, created by Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran, starring Kiefer Sutherland as counter-terrorist agent Jack Bauer. Each season, comprising 24 episodes, covers 24 hours in Bauer's life using the real time method of narration. Premiering on November 6, 2001, the show spanned 192 episodes over eight seasons. In addition, a television film, 24: Redemption, was broadcast between seasons six and seven, on November 23, 2008. 24 returned with a ninth season titled 24: Live Another Day, which aired from May 5 to July 14, 2014. 24: Legacy, a spin-off series featuring new characters, premiered on February 5, 2017. After the cancellation of Legacy in June 2017, Fox announced its plan to develop a new incarnation of the franchise; the series begins with Bauer working for the Los Angeles–based Counter Terrorist Unit, in which he is a proficient agent with an "ends justify the means" approach, regardless of the perceived morality of some of his actions.
Throughout the series most of the main plot elements unfold like a political thriller. A typical plot has Bauer racing against the clock as he attempts to thwart multiple terrorist plots, including presidential assassination attempts, weapons of mass destruction detonations, cyber attacks, as well as conspiracies that deal with government and corporate corruption. 24 won numerous awards over its eight seasons, including Best Drama Series at the 2004 Golden Globe Awards and Outstanding Drama Series at the 2006 Primetime Emmy Awards. At the conclusion of its eighth season, 24 became the longest-running U. S. espionage/counterterrorism-themed television drama surpassing both Mission: Impossible and The Avengers. 24 is a serial drama that stars Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer, focusing on the efforts of the fictional Counter Terrorist Unit to protect America from terrorism plots. The episodes take place over the course of one hour, in real time. To emphasize the real-world flow of events, a clock is prominently displayed on-screen during the show, there is a regular use of split screens, a technique used to depict multiple scenes occurring at the same time.
Each episode follows Bauer, officials in the U. S. government, the conspirators behind the events of the day simultaneously. 24 is known for employing plot twists which may arise as antagonists adapt, objectives evolve or larger-scale operations unfold. Stories involve interpersonal drama, delving into the private lives of the characters; as part of a recurring theme, characters are confronted with ethical dilemmas. Examples of this are a bombing in Season 2, which can only be prevented by blowing Bauer's cover, an ultimatum in Season 3, in which a terrorist agrees not to carry out an attack if a high-ranking CTU official is killed. Season 4 is notable for a scene in which two men — one of whom possesses crucial information — are dying in a room with only one surgeon. Season 1 begins at midnight on the day of the California presidential primary. Jack Bauer's protocol is to protect Senator David Palmer from an assassination plot and rescue his own family from those responsible, who seek retribution for Jack and Palmer's involvement with a covert American mission in the Balkans.
Season 2, set 18 months begins at 8:00 a.m. Jack must stop a nuclear bomb from detonating in Los Angeles assist President David Palmer in proving, responsible for the threat and avoid war between the U. S. and three Middle Eastern countries. Season 3, set three years begins at 1:00 p.m. Jack must infiltrate a Mexican drug cartel to seize a deadly virus being marketed underground. President Palmer must deal with a potential scandal. Season 4, set 18 months begins at 7:00 a.m. Jack must save the lives of his new boss, Secretary of Defense James Heller, Heller's daughter Audrey Raines when they are kidnapped by terrorists. However, Habib Marwan uses this as a disguise to launch further attacks against America, Jack is forced to use unorthodox methods to stop him, which results in long-term consequences for both Jack and the United States. Season 5, set 18 months after, begins at 7:00 a.m. Jack is believed to be dead by everyone except a few of his closest friends, he is forced to resurface when some of those friends are murdered and he is framed by terrorists with connections to the American government.
The acquisition of nerve gas by the terrorists poses a new threat, Jack discovers an insidious conspiracy while trying to stop those responsible. Season 6, set 20 months begins at 6:00 a.m. Jack is released after being detained in a Chinese prison following the events of Season 5. Terrorists who hold a vendetta against Jack plot to set off suitcase nuclear devices in America. Jack is forced to choose between those he loves and national security when the Chinese set their sights on sensitive circuitry that could trigger a war between the U. S. and Russia. Redemption, set three-and-a-half years begins at 3:00 p.m. Jack finds. Militants are being provided assistance from officials within the United States, where Allison Taylor is being sworn into office as President. Due to the 2007–08 Writers' Strike, season seven was delayed one year. To bridge the one-and-a-half-year gap between seasons, Redemption was produced; this television film aired on November 23, 2008. Season 7, set 65 days after the end of Redemption, begins at 8:00 a.m.
Jack is assisted by the FBI and covert operatives when the firewall for America's federal computer infrastructure is breached by the same people responsible for a con
Islam in the United States
Islam is the third largest religion in the United States after Christianity and Judaism. According to a 2017 study, it is followed by 1.1% of the population, compared with 70.6% who follow Christianity, 22.8% unaffiliated, 1.9% Judaism, 0.7% Buddhism, 0.7% Hinduism. A 2017 study estimated that 3.45 million Muslims were living in the United States, about 1.1% of the total U. S. population. American Muslims come from various backgrounds and, according to a 2009 Gallup poll, are one of the most racially diverse religious groups in the United States. According to a 2017 study done by the Institute for Social Policy, “American Muslims are the only faith community surveyed with no majority race, with 25% black, 24% white, 18% Asian, 18% Arab, 7% mixed race, 5% Hispanic”. Like other American faith groups surveyed, “roughly nine in ten Muslims identify as “straight” with the remainder identifying as either bisexual, “something else,” or refusing to answer.”In addition, 50% of Muslims are native born while the other 50% are foreign born, 86% are citizens.
Many native-born American Muslims are African Americans who make up about a quarter of the total Muslim population. Many of these have converted to Islam during the last seventy years. Conversion to Islam in large cities has contributed to its growth over the years as well as its influence on black culture and hip-hop music. While an estimated 10 to 20 percent of the slaves brought to colonial America from Africa arrived as Muslims, Islam was stringently suppressed on plantations. Prior to the late 19th century, most documented non-enslaved Muslims in North America were merchants and sailors. From the 1880s to 1914, several thousand Muslims immigrated to the United States from the former territories of the Ottoman Empire and the former Mughal Empire; the Muslim population of the U. S. increased in the 20th century, with much of the growth driven by a comparatively high birth rate and immigrant communities of Arab and South Asian descent. About 72% of American Muslims are immigrants or "second generation".
In 2005, more people from Muslim-majority countries became legal permanent United States residents—nearly 96,000—than there had been in any other year in the previous two decades. In 2009, more than 115,000 Muslims became legal residents of the United States. One of the earliest accounts of Islam's possible presence in North America dates to 1528, when a Moroccan slave, called Estevanico, was shipwrecked near present-day Galveston, Texas, he and three Spanish survivors subsequently traveled through much of the American southwest and the Mexican interior before reaching Mexico City. "Muslims' presence is affirmed in documents dated more than a century before religious liberty became the law of the land, as in a Virginia statute of 1682 which referred to'negroes, moores and others, born of and in heathenish, idollatrous and Mahometan parentage and country' who'heretofore and hereafter may be purchased, procured, or otherwise obteigned, as slaves.'" Records from the American Revolutionary War indicate that at least a few Muslims fought on the American side.
Among the recorded names of American soldiers are "Yusuf ben Ali", "Bampett Muhamed" and Peter Salem. The first country to recognize the United States as an independent nation was the Sultanate of Morocco, under its ruler Mohammed ben Abdallah, in the year 1777, he maintained several correspondences with President George Washington. On December 9, 1805, President Thomas Jefferson hosted an Iftar dinner at the White House for his guest Sidi Soliman Mellimelli, an envoy from Tunis. Bilali "Ben Ali" Muhammad was a Fula Muslim from Timbo, Futa-Jallon, in present-day Guinea-Conakry, who arrived at Sapelo Island during 1803. While enslaved, he became the religious leader and Imam for a slave community numbering eighty Muslim men residing on his plantation. During the War of 1812, Muhammad and the eighty Muslim men under his leadership protected their master's Sapelo Island property from a British attack, he is known to have fasted during the month of Ramadan, worn a fez and kaftan, observed the Muslim feasts, in addition to performing the five obligatory prayers.
In 1829, Bilali authored a thirteen-page Arabic Risala on Islamic beliefs and the rules for ablution, morning prayer, the calls to prayer. Known as the Bilali Document, it is housed at the University of Georgia in Athens. Between 1785 and 1815, over a hundred American sailors were held for ransom in Algiers. Several wrote captivity narratives of their experiences that gave most Americans their first view of the Arab World and Muslim ways, newspapers commented on them; the views were negative. Royall Tyler wrote The Algerine Captive, an early American novel depicting the life of an American doctor employed in the slave trade who himself is captured and enslaved by Barbary pirates. Presidents Jefferson and Madison sent the American navy to confront the pirates, ended the threat in 1815 during the First Barbary War. During negotiation of the treaty of peace which ended hostilities, American envoys made clear that the United States had no animosity towards any Muslim country. On the morning of April 4, 1865, near the end of the American Civil War, Union troops commanded by Col. Thomas M. Johnston set ablaze the University of Alabama.
Two hundred and ninety-two Muslims are known to have fought during the Civil War, including Private Mohammad Khan, born in Persia, raised in Afghanistan, emigrated to the United States. The highest-ranking Muslim officer in the Union Army was
Get on the Bus
Get on the Bus is a 1996 drama film about a group of African-American men who are taking a cross-country bus trip in order to participate in the Million Man March. The film premiered on the one-year anniversary of the march. For Spike Lee, this was the first time. Fifteen disparate African American men board a bus in Los Angeles bound for Washington, D. C. where they plan on attending the Million Man March. Other than their race and gender, the men have nothing in common: George is the trip organizer; as the bus travels across country, Xavier conducts interviews with the various attendees, allowing them to express their views on race and politics. The interviews provoke outbursts from other men on the bus, invariably leading to many political confrontations. Jeremiah, the eldest member of the group, is an 80-year-old former alcoholic who lost his job and family, has found new meaning in life and is energized by the Million Man March, embraces his African heritage. En route the bus breaks down and the men are forced to board another bus, driven by an ethnically Jewish white man named Rick.
A couple of the passengers harass Rick as a white man, Rick refuses to drive any further, citing the group's prejudice and his opposition to antisemitic remarks made by the leader of the march, Louis Farrakhan. George, himself a bus driver, accuses Rick of cultural racism, but begrudgingly agrees to cover for Rick who leaves. George takes over driving with help from Evan Sr.. As the bus passes through the American south, the men are greeted hospitably by several white southerners at various restaurants and rest stops. At one stop, the men pick up Wendell, a wealthy African American Lexus salesman who sees attending the march as a way to make business connections. After Wendell, a self-proclaimed conservative Republican makes disparaging remarks about who he sees as lazy and stupid African Americans—while getting some agreement from Kyle is too insulting and just wants to make money off the march, the rest of the men forcibly toss him out of the bus. In Knoxville, the bus is pulled over by a pair of racist state troopers, who accuse the men of using the bus to smuggle drugs.
The bus and its passengers are checked by a drug-sniffing police dog, turning up no evidence of drugs. As the bus nears Washington, Jeremiah is rushed to a hospital; the doctors there discover that Jeremiah is suffering from advanced coronary artery disease, which made the stress of the trip deadly for him. Evan Sr. and Jr. Gary and Xavier opt to stay with Jeremiah at the hospital and watch the march on television while the rest of the men leave in the bus to attend. Shortly after they leave, Jeremiah dies; the rest of the group returns to the hospital, saying that, to stay true to the spirit of the March, they chose not to attend the march but to return and be with Jeremiah. As the bus prepares to return to Los Angeles, the men find a prayer that Jeremiah wrote with the intention of praying it when the bus arrived at Washington, D. C; the men drive to the Lincoln Memorial, where George leads the men in Jeremiah's prayer, the film ends with Evan Jr. and Senior's handcuffs left at the Lincoln memorial.
George – the bus driver and trip organizer. Jeremiah aka "Pop" – a downsized senior citizen, an expert on African-American history. Evan & Evan Jr. aka "Smooth" – an estranged father and son who are court ordered to be shackled together for 72 hours after Junior's arrest for petty theft. Kyle & Randall – a gay couple in the midst of breaking up. Flip – a narcissistic actor. Gary – a police officer, half black and half white. Xavier aka "X" – a UCLA Film School student, making a documentary. Jamal – a former gangster turned Muslim seeking redemption. Jay – a bubble gum company owner. Mike – a conspiracy theorist who thinks the march is a plot to gather one million black men in one place for mass extermination. Craig – the original bus driver, dealing with his teenage daughter's pregnancy. Three additional bus passengers are shown observing the action, they are credited but are not introduced nor are they given dialogue: Jadi McCurdy as Ja-Dee, a young man with dreadlocks. Hosea Brown III as Doc. Brown, a real-life M.
D. who served as the set doctor during filming. Guy Margo as Khalid, a member of the Nation of Islam. Richard Belzer as Rick Wendell Pierce as Wendell Perry Kristen Wilson as Shelly Maxwell Paula Jai Parker as Jamilia Gina Ravera as Gina Joie Lee as Jindal Randy Quaid as Tennessee State Trooper The soundtrack to the film, Get on the Bus: Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture, available on 40 Acres and a Mule Musicworks and Interscope Records, only had one charting single, which had a music video with clips from the film: "New World Order"
An actor is a person who portrays a character in a performance. The actor performs "in the flesh" in the traditional medium of the theatre or in modern media such as film and television; the analogous Greek term is ὑποκριτής "one who answers". The actor's interpretation of their role—the art of acting—pertains to the role played, whether based on a real person or fictional character. Interpretation occurs when the actor is "playing themselves", as in some forms of experimental performance art. In ancient Greece and Rome, the medieval world, the time of William Shakespeare, only men could become actors, women's roles were played by men or boys. After the English Restoration of 1660, women began to appear on stage in England. In modern times in pantomime and some operas, women play the roles of boys or young men. After 1660 in England, when women first started to appear on stage, the terms actor or actress were used interchangeably for female performers, but influenced by the French actrice, actress became the used term for women in theater and film.
The etymology is a simple derivation from actor with -ess added. When referring to groups of performers of both sexes, actors is preferred. Actor is used before the full name of a performer as a gender-specific term. Within the profession, the re-adoption of the neutral term dates to the post-war period of the 1950 and'60s, when the contributions of women to cultural life in general were being reviewed; when The Observer and The Guardian published their new joint style guide in 2010, it stated "Use for both male and female actors. The guide's authors stated that "actress comes into the same category as authoress, manageress,'lady doctor','male nurse' and similar obsolete terms that date from a time when professions were the preserve of one sex.". "As Whoopi Goldberg put it in an interview with the paper:'An actress can only play a woman. I'm an actor – I can play anything.'" The UK performers' union Equity has no policy on the use of "actor" or "actress". An Equity spokesperson said that the union does not believe that there is a consensus on the matter and stated that the "...subject divides the profession".
In 2009, the Los Angeles Times stated that "Actress" remains the common term used in major acting awards given to female recipients. With regard to the cinema of the United States, the gender-neutral term "player" was common in film in the silent film era and the early days of the Motion Picture Production Code, but in the 2000s in a film context, it is deemed archaic. However, "player" remains in use in the theatre incorporated into the name of a theatre group or company, such as the American Players, the East West Players, etc. Actors in improvisational theatre may be referred to as "players". In 2015, Forbes reported that "...just 21 of the 100 top-grossing films of 2014 featured a female lead or co-lead, while only 28.1% of characters in 100 top-grossing films were female...". "In the U. S. there is an "industry-wide in salaries of all scales. On average, white women get paid 78 cents to every dollar a white man makes, while Hispanic women earn 56 cents to a white male's dollar, Black women 64 cents and Native American women just 59 cents to that."
Forbes' analysis of US acting salaries in 2013 determined that the "...men on Forbes' list of top-paid actors for that year made 21/2 times as much money as the top-paid actresses. That means that Hollywood's best-compensated actresses made just 40 cents for every dollar that the best-compensated men made." The first recorded case of a performing actor occurred in 534 BC when the Greek performer Thespis stepped onto the stage at the Theatre Dionysus to become the first known person to speak words as a character in a play or story. Prior to Thespis' act, Grecian stories were only expressed in song, in third person narrative. In honor of Thespis, actors are called Thespians; the male actors in the theatre of ancient Greece performed in three types of drama: tragedy and the satyr play. Western theatre developed and expanded under the Romans; the theatre of ancient Rome was a thriving and diverse art form, ranging from festival performances of street theatre, nude dancing, acrobatics, to the staging of situation comedies, to high-style, verbally elaborate tragedies.
As the Western Roman Empire fell into decay through the 4th and 5th centuries, the seat of Roman power shifted to Constantinople and the Byzantine Empire. Records show that mime, scenes or recitations from tragedies and comedies and other entertainments were popular. From the 5th century, Western Europe was plunged into a period of general disorder. Small nomadic bands of actors traveled around Europe throughout the period, performing wherever they could find an audience. Traditionally, actors were not of high status. Early Middle Ages actors were denounced by the Church during the Dark Ages, as they were viewed as dangerous and pagan. In many parts of Europe, traditional beliefs of the region and time period meant actors could not receive a Christian burial. In the Early Middle Ages, churches in Europe began staging dramatized versions of biblical events. By the middle of the 11th century, liturgical drama had spread from Russia to Scandinavia
Barbershop 2: Back in Business
Barbershop 2: Back in Business is a 2004 American comedy film directed by Kevin Rodney Sullivan and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer on February 6, 2004. A sequel to 2002's Barbershop and a second film in the Barbershop film series from State Street producing team Robert Teitel and George Tillman, Jr. Barbershop 2 deals with the impact of gentrification on the reputation and livelihood of a long-standing south Chicago barbershop. Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Sean Patrick Thomas and several other actors reprise their roles from the first Barbershop film. However, a few of the original film's actors such as Tom Wright and Jazsmin Lewis return with smaller roles. Barbershop 2 features what is billed as a "special appearance" by Queen Latifah, who starred in a spin-off, Beauty Shop, released in March 2005. Since the events of the previous film, Calvin Palmer, Jr. has settled comfortably into his role as the owner of the inner city barbershop founded by his grandfather and father. The shop's latest threat comes from overzealous developer Quentin Leroux who opens a rival barbershop chain across the street, called "Nappy Cutz".
While Calvin attempts to figure out how to deal with the coming threat of direct competition from Quentin's flashy establishment, his barbers have issues of their own. Isaac, the lone white barber, is now the star of the shop, begins to feel that he deserves star treatment, feeling neglected by Calvin and the other barbers. Terri is finding success in managing her anger, but has trouble dealing with the growing mutual attraction between Ricky and her. Dinka is still interested in Terri, but is distraught when he finds out that she loves Ricky, instead. Jimmy has quit the shop to work for the local alderman Lalowe Brown. Meanwhile, the barbershop and other businesses like it are under threat from gentrification, Calvin is offered a substantial bribe from Brown and Leroux in exchange for his support of the city council's gentrification legislation. A subplot involves Eddie recalling his time as a young man in the late 1960s, when he first started working at the shop with Calvin's father, including the riots following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Also, Eddie remembers his long-lost love, Loretta.
This subplot causes Calvin to begin bonding. The film introduces Calvin's good friend and ex-lover, who works at the beauty shop next door; the girls at the beauty shop have similar conversations and experiences as the barbers and Gina has a bitter rivalry with Eddie. After attempting to change his own barbershop's style and decor to match those of his rival, Calvin decides to refuse the bribe money and speak out against the neighborhood's gentrification at the local city council meeting. Though Calvin gives a passionate speech about the legislation helping the region to earn money at the cost of its soul and the community, the council still unanimously votes to approve the legislation and move forward with the project. Despite a mutual attraction and Ricky agree to remain friends. Dinka still finds love with a stylist at Gina's beauty shop. Though the gentrification project is approved, the community remains loyal to Calvin's barbershop. Ice Cube as Calvin Palmer, Jr. Cedric the Entertainer as Eddie Walker Sean Patrick Thomas as Jimmy James Harry Lennix as Quentin Leroux Eve as Terri Jones Troy Garity as Isaac Rosenberg Michael Ealy as Ricky Nash Leonard Earl Howze as Dinka Kenan Thompson as Kenard DeRay Davis as Rayford Queen Latifah as Gina Norris Robert Wisdom as Lalowe Brown Jazsmin Lewis as Jennifer Palmer Tom Wright as Detective Williams Carl Wright as Checker Fred Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon as Loretta Keke Palmer as Gina's niece Marcia Wright-Tillman as Joyce Avant as Dexter Barbershop 2 opened at #1 with $24,241,612.
The $30 million production would go on to gross $65,111,277 in the domestic box office and $860,036 internationally for a worldwide total of $65,971,313. A soundtrack containing hip-hop and R&B music was released on February 3, 2004 by Interscope Records, it peaked at # 18 on # 8 on the Top R&B / Hip-Hop Albums. On March 26, 2014, Deadline Hollywood reported that MGM was in negotiations with Ice Cube to produce a third Barbershop film. On March 19, 2015, MGM announced that the studio has been setting up deals with Cedric the Entertainer, Queen Latifah, Nicki Minaj to appear in the film. Malcolm D. Lee is set to direct the film and New Line Cinema will distribute; the film was released on April 15, 2016. Barbershop 2: Back in Business on IMDb Barbershop 2: Back in Business at Box Office Mojo Barbershop 2: Back in Business at Rotten Tomatoes Barbershop 2: Back in Business at Metacritic
Titus Andronicus is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1588 and 1593 in collaboration with George Peele. It is thought to be Shakespeare's first tragedy and is seen as his attempt to emulate the violent and bloody revenge plays of his contemporaries, which were popular with audiences throughout the 16th century; the play is set during the latter days of the Roman Empire and tells the fictional story of Titus, a general in the Roman army, engaged in a cycle of revenge with Tamora, Queen of the Goths. It is Shakespeare's bloodiest and most violent work, traditionally was one of his least respected plays. In the Victorian era, it was disapproved of because of what was considered to be a distasteful use of graphic violence, but from around the middle of the 20th century its reputation began to improve; the play begins shortly after the death of the Roman emperor, with his two sons and Bassianus, squabbling over who will succeed him. Their conflict seems set to boil over into violence until a tribune, Marcus Andronicus, announces that the people's choice for the new emperor is Marcus's brother, who will shortly return to Rome from a victorious ten-year campaign against the Goths.
Titus subsequently arrives to much fanfare, bearing with him as prisoners the Queen of the Goths, her three sons, Aaron the Moor. Despite Tamora's desperate pleas, Titus sacrifices her eldest son, Alarbus, to avenge the deaths of his own sons during the war. Distraught and her two surviving sons vow to obtain revenge on Titus and his family. Meanwhile, Titus refuses the offer of the throne, arguing that he is not fit to rule and instead supporting the claim of Saturninus, duly elected. Saturninus tells Titus. Titus agrees, although Lavinia is betrothed to Saturninus's brother, who refuses to give her up. Titus's sons tell Titus that Bassianus is in the right under Roman law, but Titus refuses to listen, accusing them all of treason. A scuffle breaks out, during which Titus kills Mutius. Saturninus denounces the Andronici family for their effrontery and shocks Titus by marrying Tamora. Putting into motion her plan for revenge, Tamora advises Saturninus to pardon Bassianus and the Andronici family, which he reluctantly does.
During a royal hunt the following day, Aaron persuades Demetrius and Chiron to kill Bassianus, so they may rape Lavinia. They do so, throwing Bassianus's body into a pit and dragging Lavinia deep into the forest before violently raping her. To keep her from revealing what has happened, they cut off her hands. Meanwhile, Aaron writes a forged letter, which frames Titus's sons Martius and Quintus for the murder of Bassianus. Horrified at the death of his brother, Saturninus arrests Martius and Quintus, sentences them to death; some time Marcus discovers the mutilated Lavinia and takes her to her father, still shocked at the accusations levelled at his sons, upon seeing Lavinia, he is overcome with grief. Aaron visits Titus and falsely tells him that Saturninus will spare Martius and Quintus if either Titus, Marcus, or Titus's remaining son, cuts off one of their hands and sends it to him. Titus has Aaron cut off his left hand and sends it to the emperor but, in return, a messenger brings Titus Martius and Quintus's severed heads, along with Titus's own severed hand.
Desperate for revenge, Titus orders Lucius to flee Rome and raise an army among their former enemy, the Goths. Lavinia writes the names of her attackers in the dirt, using a stick held with her mouth and between her mutilated arms. Meanwhile, Tamora secretly gives birth to a mixed-race child, fathered by Aaron. Aaron kills the nurse to keep the child's race a secret and flees with the baby to save it from Saturninus' inevitable wrath. Thereafter, marching on Rome with an army, captures Aaron and threatens to hang the infant. In order to save the baby, Aaron reveals the entire revenge plot to Lucius. Back in Rome, Titus's behaviour suggests. Convinced of his madness, Tamora and Demetrius approach him, dressed as the spirits of Revenge and Rape. Tamora tells Titus that she will grant him revenge on all of his enemies if he can convince Lucius to postpone the imminent attack on Rome. Titus sends Marcus to invite Lucius to a reconciliatory feast. Revenge offers to invite the Emperor and Tamora as well, is about to leave when Titus insists that Rape and Murder stay with him.
When Tamora is gone, Titus has them restrained, cuts their throats and drains their blood into a basin held by Lavinia. Titus morbidly tells Lavinia that he plans to "play the cook", grind the bones of Demetrius and Chiron into powder, bake their heads; the next day, during the feast at his house, Titus asks Saturninus if a father should kill his daughter when she has been raped. When Saturninus answers that he should, Titus tells Saturninus of the rape; when the Emperor calls for Chiron and Demetrius, Titus reveals that they have been baked in the pie Tamora has just been eating. Titus kills Tamora and is killed by Saturninus, subsequently killed by Lucius to avenge his father's death. Lucius is proclaimed Emperor, he orders that Titus and Lavinia be laid in their family tomb, that Saturninus be given a state burial, that Tamora's body be thrown to the wild beasts outside the city, that Aaron be buried chest-deep and left to die of thirst
Stomp the Yard
Stomp the Yard is a 2007 dance drama film produced by Rainforest Films and released through Sony Pictures' Screen Gems division on January 12, 2007. Directed by Sylvain White, Stomp the Yard centers on DJ Williams, a college student at a fictional Black university who pledges to join a fictional Greek-letter fraternity; the film's central conflict involves DJ's fraternity competing in various stepping competitions against a rival fraternity from the same school. The film's script was written by Robert Adetuyi, working from an original draft by Gregory Ramon Anderson; the film was titled Steppin', but to avoid confusion over the 2006 film Step Up, the title was changed. Delta Sigma Theta along with other sororities like Gamma Theta were in the movie; the film stars Columbus Short, Meagan Good, Darrin Henson, Brian White, Laz Alonso, Valarie Pettiford, with Harry Lennix, and, in their film debuts, R&B singers Ne-Yo & Chris Brown. Stomp the Yard was filmed in Atlanta, Georgia, on the campuses of Morris Brown College, Georgia Institute of Technology, Morehouse College, Clark Atlanta University, in the MAK Historic District of Decatur, Georgia.
Elsewhere Short and Brown had starred together in the film This Christmas. DJ Williams is a young man in inner-city Los Angeles, he and his younger brother Duron compete in local dance competitions as members of a crew known as the "Goon Squad". During the battle there are backs and forths, but in the end of the battle the Goon Squad win a cash-prize, the leader of the rival crew goes all in for a double or nothing battle, which DJ accepts much to the dismay of his brother who knows that if the opposing crew leader thinks he got hustled the crew won't be able to spend the money they win, the Goon Squad wins the second battle and the losing home crew responds by ambushing DJ and his crewmates after the show. A fight breaks out, the leader of the rival crew starts beating up DJ. Duron pushes him away and starts fighting him, leading the rival to pull out a gun and shoot Duron, killing him. Arrested for assault, DJ is subsequently sent by his mother to live with his aunt Jackie and uncle Nate in Atlanta, where he is to attend black Truth University.
Nate, the physical plant director at Truth, aims to teach DJ responsibility and puts him to work doing maintenance as part of a work-study program. DJ sees April Palmer, to whom he is attracted. After registration, he moves into his dorm room. Rich meets DJ at a stepping competition on the green between the Truth chapters of rival fraternities Theta Nu Theta and Mu Gamma Xi; the Mu Gamma Xi crew, seven-time national stepping champions steals the show until DJ sees April across the way and runs right through their step line in an attempt to speak to her. That night and his friends go out to a local club called the Phoenix and invite DJ along. Hoping to impress April and upstage Grant and the Gammas, DJ takes to the floor. Despite the animosity between DJ and Grant, the Gammas recognize his skills as a dancer and their chapter president Zeke invites him to pledge for Mu Gamma Xi. DJ turns down both Zeke's offer as well as an offer from the Theta Nu Theta chapter's leader Sylvester. After learning that April is a student history tutor, DJ signs himself up for tutoring so that he can spend time with her.
The two begin a friendship and DJ takes April out to dinner. During their date, April discusses the importance of black fraternities and sororities with DJ, tells him to visit Heritage Hall on the campus' Greek Row; the next day, DJ learns about the significant number of African-American historical figures and celebrities who were members of various Greek-letter organizations, decides to pledge for the Theta chapter along with Rich and their friend Noel. After "crossing over" to become official Theta members, DJ, Noel join the Thetas' step crew. While having dinner, April breaks up with Grant due to his chauvinistic attitude and his failure to know anything about her that green is her favorite color, she grows closer to DJ and they become a couple. While at practice, DJ, Rich and other new members realize the step dance moves are old fashion and aren't good enough to win the stepping competition. So they decide to take the time to learn fresher moves. Sly gathers his older member and challenges DJ and the rest to an old school vs. new school stepping contest.
DJ blows the contest due to his showboating. They remind DJ, much like Duron did earlier in the film, that it is about the team and not about him. DJ apologizes to the entire fraternity and is forgiven. Sly requests DJ to show the team some of his moves. A few days before the competition, Grant stumbles upon DJ's file and discovers his assault record and presents it to the board; the board decide to suspend DJ for not disclosing his criminal record. Dr. Palmer, April's father, calls in DJ to his office, he was willing to uplift his suspension on the condition. DJ walks away. DJ tells Nate and Jackie about the suspension, they reveal that Jackie dated Dr. Palmer until she met Nate and there has been some animosity between Nate and Palmer since. Jackie confronts Dr. Palmer about DJ's suspension and Palmer claims he was only protecting April. April confronted her father about the situation. Palmer overturned the board's decision deciding that he would rather deal with DJ in April's life than lose his daughter in his.
DJ's suspension was uplifted and he rejoins the Thetas to compete alongside them against the Gammas in the stepping competition. Both teams were tied at the end and it was brought into sudden dea