The Firm (1993 film)
The Firm is a 1993 American legal thriller film directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Tom Cruise, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Gene Hackman, Ed Harris, Holly Hunter, Hal Holbrook, and David Strathairn. The film is based on the 1991 novel The Firm by author John Grisham, the Firm was one of two films released in 1993 that was adapted from a Grisham novel, the other being The Pelican Brief. Mitch McDeere is a man from an impoverished background. He and his wife, move to Memphis and Mitch sets to work studying to pass the Tennessee bar exam. Seduced by the money and perks showered on him, including a house and car, he is at first totally oblivious to the sinister side of his new employer. Mitch passes the bar exam and begins working long hours put a strain on his marriage. While on a trip to the Cayman Islands on behalf of a client, Mitch is seduced by a local woman, the firms partners, as well as most of the associates, are all complicit in a massive tax fraud and money laundering scheme. The two associates who died learned about the dark side, and were killed to keep them from talking.
They warn Mitch that his house and office have all been bugged. The FBI pressures Mitch to provide the Bureau with evidence they can use to go after the Moroltos, the FBI warns him that if he stays with the firm, he will almost certainly go to jail when the FBI takes down both the firm and the Moroltos. Either way, his life as he knows it is over and he agrees to cooperate with the FBI in return for $1.5 million and the release of his brother, from prison in Arkansas. Desperate to find a way out, Mitch inadvertently stumbles on a solution when one of his clients reveals that he was billed for a five hours. Mitch eventually discovers that while the firm is laundering money for the Moroltos, by mailing these bills to their clients, they committed mail fraud, and did so at such a rate that it exposes them to RICO charges. He begins secretly copying the firms billing records, however, he is unmasked when a prison guard on the Moroltos payroll alerts DeVasher. He asks the Moroltos to turn over their billing invoices in order to help the FBI make their case against the firm.
He assures them that as long as he is alive, any information he knows about their legal affairs is covered under attorney-client privilege. Understanding the deal he is offering them, the Moroltos agree to guarantee Mitchs safety, since the attorney-client privilege doesnt apply when a lawyer knows about ongoing criminal activity, Mitch is able to keep his status as a lawyer. The film ends as the McDeeres leave their house in Memphis and return to Boston, Tom Cruise as Mitch McDeere, a promising recent Harvard Law graduate
Not a blockbuster at the time of its release, it has since achieved cult status. The film ranked 31st on the American Film Institutes 100 Years.100 Laughs list, Hi McDunnough and police officer Edwina Ed meet after she takes the mugshots of the recidivist. With continued visits, Hi learns that Eds fiancé has left her, Hi proposes to her after his latest release from prison, and the two get married. They move into a mobile home, and Hi gets a job in a machine shop. They want to have children but Ed is infertile, and they cannot adopt because of His criminal record, despite the fact that Ed is a police officer. The couple learns of the Arizona Quints, sons of locally famous furniture magnate Nathan Arizona, Hi and Ed kidnap one of the five babies, Hi and Ed return home and are soon visited by His cellmates and Evelle Snoats, who have just escaped from prison. Under the brothers influence, Hi is tempted to return to his felonious ways and their problems get worse when His supervisor, proposes wife swapping and Hi assaults him.
That night, Hi decides to steal a package of diapers for the baby, Ed sees this and, drives off without him. Ed eventually picks him up, leading to a ride home. Gale and Evelle overhear this conversation and turn on Hi, tying him to a chair and Evelle leave with plans to rob a hayseed bank with Junior in tow. When Ed comes home, she frees Hi and the two arm themselves and set out together to retrieve the child, en route, Ed suggests that they should end their marriage after recovering the boy. Meanwhile, Nathan Arizona Sr. is approached by the bounty hunter Leonard Smalls who offers to find the child for $50,000, Nathan Sr. declines the offer, believing that Smalls himself is his sons kidnapper. Smalls decides to recover the child anyway to sell on the black market and he begins tracking Gale and Evelle and learns of their bank robbery plans. Gale and Evelle rob a bank but leave Junior there as they make their getaway, one of the banks anti-theft dye canisters explodes in their loot sack, blocking the cars windows and incapacitating them.
At the bank, Smalls arrives for Junior just ahead of Ed, Ed grabs the baby and flees, Hi is able to fend Smalls off for a while, but eventually finds himself at Smalls mercy when Smalls punches Hi in the face several times. As Smalls throws Hi to the ground and prepares to kill him, Smalls attempts to get rid of the grenade, but he cannot get it off in time and is blown to pieces when the grenade explodes and sets off all his weapons. Hi and Ed sneak Junior back into the Arizona home and are confronted by Nathan Sr, after Nathan Sr. learns why they took his son, he understands the couples predicament and decides not to turn them over to the police. He counsels them, when Hi and Ed say that they are splitting up, gets a football for Christmas from a kindly couple who wish to remain unknown, becoming a football star
San Diego Comic-Con
San Diego Comic-Con International is a multi-genre entertainment and comic convention held annually in San Diego, California. The name, as given on its website, is Comic-Con International, San Diego and it is a four-day event held during the summer at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego. On the Wednesday evening prior to the opening of the event, there is a preview for professionals, exhibitors. Comic-Con International produces two other conventions, WonderCon, held in Los Angeles, and the Alternative Press Expo and it is the home of the Will Eisner Awards. In 2010, it filled the San Diego Convention Center to capacity with more than 130,000 attendees, the convention was founded in 1970 by Shel Dorf, Richard Alf, Ken Krueger, Mike Towry, Barry Alfonso, Bob Sourk, and Greg Bear. Detroit, Michigan-born, comics fan Shel Dorf, had, in the mid-1960s, mounted the Detroit Triple-Fan Fairs, one of the first commercial comics-fan conventions. When he moved to San Diego, California, in 1970, he organized a convention on March 21,1970.
Dorf went on to be associated with the convention as president or manager, Alf co-chaired the first convention with Krueger and became chairman in 1971. Following the initial gathering, Dorfs first three-day San Diego comics convention, other locations in the conventions early years included the El Cortez Hotel, the University of California, San Diego, and Golden Hall, before being moved to the San Diego Convention Center in 1991. I was quietly walking the floor stunned and in awe of just how much bigger it really was, the convention is organized by a panel of 13 board members,16 to 20 full-time and part-time workers, and 80 volunteers who assist via committees. Comic Con International is an organization, and proceeds of the event go to funding it, as well as the Alternative Press Expo. The convention logo was designed by Richard Bruning and Josh Beatman in 1995, in September 2010, the convention announced that it would stay in San Diego through 2015. In 2015, working with Lionsgate, a channel was created to host Comic-Con related content.
According to the San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau, the convention has a regional economic impact of $162.8 million. Along with panels and workshops with comic book professionals, there are previews of upcoming feature films, like most comic-book conventions, Comic-Con features a large floorspace for exhibitors. These include media companies such as studios and TV networks, as well as comic-book dealers. And like most comics conventions, Comic-Con includes an area, as well as the Artists Alley where comics artists can sign autographs. Despite the name, artists alleys can include writers and even models and comic industry professionals annually hold the Comics Arts Conference at Comic-Con, presenting scholarly studies on comics as a medium
Thirteen (2003 film)
Thirteen is a 2003 American semi-autobiographical drama film, directed by Catherine Hardwicke, and written by Hardwicke and Nikki Reed, based on events from Reeds life at age 12 and 13. It stars Evan Rachel Wood, with Woods character Tracy being loosely based upon Reed, Nikki Reed herself co-stars in the role of Evie Zamora. The script was written in six days, the film caused controversy upon its release, because it dealt with topics like drugs such as inhalants and alcohol, underage sexual behavior, and self-harm. Thirteen-year-old Tracy Freeland begins her school year as a smart and sweet honor student at a school in Los Angeles. Her divorced mother Melanie is an alcoholic, who struggles to support Tracy. Tracy feels ignored by her mother, who is too busy with her fellow ex-addict boyfriend Brady to address Tracys increasing depression, after being teased for her Cabbage Patch clothes, Tracy decides to shed her little girl image and gets her mother to purchase trendier clothes. When Tracy wears one of her new outfits to school, she is complimented by Evie Zamora, Evie invites Tracy to go shopping on Melrose Avenue in Hollywood but gives her a fake phone number as a prank.
Nevertheless, Tracy determinedly shows up on Melrose Avenue and meets up with Evie, Tracy is uncomfortable with the two shoplifting and excuses herself to sit outside the store on a bench. When a distracted rich woman sits next to Tracy, Tracy takes the chance to steal the womans wallet, the three go on a shopping spree with the stolen money and Tracy and Evie become fast friends. Evie introduces Tracy to her world of sex and criminal activity, the two promise to stay friends forever and continue with their self destructive exploits. Although Melanie is concerned about the change in Tracys behavior and worries about the extent of Evies influence, Melanie attempts to send Evie home but Evie claims her guardians boyfriend is physically abusive. A torn Melanie reluctantly agrees to let her stay, as Tracy and Evie become closer, Tracy shuts Melanie further out of her life. Evie and Tracy get increasingly out of control, each egging the other on, the pair attempt to seduce Tracys neighbor Luke, a lifeguard in his early twenties, and ditch a family movie night to get high on the streets.
Mason is shocked when he bumps into Tracy wearing sexualized clothing, including thong underwear, on, the girls take turns inhaling from a can of gas duster for computers for fun and become so intoxicated that they hit each other, accidentally drawing blood. Melanie attempts to break the friendship by sending Tracy to live with her father. Meanwhile, Melanie goes over to Brookes house, with Tracy and Evie, to find out what is going on and they find that Brooke was hiding because of bad plastic surgery she received. Evie asks Melanie to formally adopt her but Melanie refuses, Tracy meekly supports her mothers decision. Angry and hurt, a tearful Evie storms off, at school, Evie turns all her friends against Tracy and, Tracy slowly begins to realize the negative effects of her lifestyle when she is told she might have to repeat the seventh grade
Saving Grace (TV series)
Saving Grace is an American crime drama television series which aired on TNT from July 23,2007 to June 21,2010. It is set in Oklahoma City—including numerous shots of buildings and landmarks —while much of the show was filmed in Vancouver. The theme song for the show was written and performed by American rapper/musician Everlast, the series is rated TV-MA in the United States for language and violence. The plot focuses on Grace Hanadarko, a drinking and promiscuous Oklahoma City detective. In the series opener, Grace meets up with her last-chance angel when, after a night of drinking, she runs down, in desperation, she calls out for Gods help, and a scruffy, tobacco-spitting man, who calls himself Earl, appears. Unfolding his wings to reveal his divine origins, Earl tells her that shes headed for Hell, when he finally disappears, the person she struck is gone and its as if the accident never happened. The only evidence left is an amount of the victims blood on her blouse. With Rhettas help, Grace discovers that the victim in her accident is actually a man awaiting execution on death row, when she visits Cooley in prison, he reveals that he has had encounters with Earl.
Passionate in her job, Grace investigates homicides and other crimes with the other detectives in her squad, including Ham Dewey, Butch Ada, Bobby Stillwater. Off the job, Grace drinks heavily, engages in numerous one-night stands and casual encounters with men, aside from her faults, Grace is an extraordinarily loving and generous person to those around her. In particular, she loves her nephew, Clay. Earl appears to Grace throughout the series, hoping shell turn away from her more self-destructive tendencies, Saving Grace uses Graces story to discuss the topic of faith and how difficult faith can be in such an imperfect world. Series creator Nancy Miller grew up in Oklahoma City, and as a result Saving Grace includes many references to Oklahoma City, the 1995 bombing of Oklahoma Citys Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building and its aftermath have been frequently incorporated into the plot and character development of the series. In the show, Graces sister, who was Clays mother, in addition, local Oklahoma City eating establishment Johnnies Charcoal Broiler is frequently incorporated.
In an October 2007 trip to Oklahoma City by the cast and producers, the second season was split, the first half ran in the summer of 2008, and the second half ran in the spring of 2009. The third season of Saving Grace began airing on June 16,2009, on August 13,2009, the shows producer, Fox Television Studios, canceled the series, despite its high ratings, due to disappointing overseas and DVD sales. TNT had originally ordered a split 15-episode third season, with nine episodes to be aired in the summer, due to the shows cancellation, the summer season ended with ten episodes, and in March 2010 TNT began airing what were advertised as the final episodes. These were the six remaining episodes of the season, with three new episodes added to give the series closure, the final episode of Saving Grace aired on June 21,2010
The Metropolitan Opera, commonly referred to as The Met, is a company based in New York City, resident at the Metropolitan Opera House at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The company is operated by the non-profit Metropolitan Opera Association, with Peter Gelb as general manager, the music director position is in transition as of 2016. The music director designate is Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the director emeritus is James Levine. The Met was founded in 1880 as an alternative to the previously established Academy of Music opera house, the Metropolitan Opera is the largest classical music organization in North America. It presents about 27 different operas each year in a season lasts from late September through May. The operas are presented in a rotating schedule with up to seven performances of four different works staged each week. Moving to the new Lincoln Center location in 1966, performances are given in the evening Monday through Saturday with a matinée on Saturday, several operas are presented in new productions each season.
Sometimes these are borrowed from or shared with other opera houses, the rest of the years operas are given in revivals of productions from previous seasons. The 2015-16 season comprised 227 performances of 25 operas, the operas in the Mets repertoire consist of a wide range of works, from 18th-century Baroque and 19th-century Bel canto to the Minimalism of the late 20th century. These operas are presented in staged productions that range in style from those with elaborate traditional decors to others that feature modern conceptual designs, the Mets performing company consists of a large symphony-sized orchestra, a chorus, childrens choir, and many supporting and leading solo singers. The company employs numerous free-lance dancers, musicians, the Mets roster of singers includes both international and American artists, some of whose careers have been developed through the Mets young artists programs. The Metropolitan Opera Company was founded in 1880 to create an alternative to New Yorks old established Academy of Music opera house, the subscribers to the Academys limited number of private boxes represented the highest stratum in New York society.
By 1880, these old families were loath to admit New Yorks newly wealthy industrialists into their long-established social circle. Frustrated with being excluded, the Metropolitan Operas founding subscribers determined to build a new house that would outshine the old Academy in every way. A group of some 22 men assembled at Delmonicos restaurant on April 28,1880 and they elected officers and established subscriptions for ownership in the new company. The first Met subscribers included members of the Morgan, the new Metropolitan Opera House opened on October 22,1883, and was an immediate success, both socially and artistically. The Academy of Musics opera season folded just three years after the Met opened, in its early decades the Met did not produce the opera performances itself but hired prominent manager/impresarios to stage a season of opera at the new Metropolitan Opera House. Henry Abbey served as manager for the season, 1883–84
Pittsburgh is a city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the United States, and is the county seat of Allegheny County. The city proper has a population of 304,391. The metropolitan population of 2,353,045 is the largest in both the Ohio Valley and Appalachia, the second-largest in Pennsylvania, and the 26th-largest in the U. S. The city features 30 skyscrapers, two inclines, a fortification and the Point State Park at the confluence of the rivers. Aside from steel, Pittsburgh has led in manufacturing of aluminum, shipbuilding, foods, transportation, computing and electronics. For part of the 20th century, Pittsburgh was behind only New York and Chicago in corporate headquarters employment, Americas 1980s deindustrialization laid off area blue-collar workers and thousands of downtown white-collar workers when the longtime Pittsburgh-based world headquarters moved out. The area has served as the federal agency headquarters for cyber defense, software engineering, energy research. The area is home to 68 colleges and universities, including research and development leaders Carnegie Mellon University, the region is a hub for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, sustainable energy, and energy extraction.
Pittsburgh was named in 1758 by General John Forbes, in honor of British statesman William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham. The current pronunciation, which is unusual in English speaking countries, is almost certainly a result of a printing error in some copies of the City Charter of March 18,1816. The error was repeated commonly enough throughout the rest of the 19th century that the pronunciation was lost. After a public campaign the original spelling was restored by the United States Board on Geographic Names in 1911. The area of the Ohio headwaters was long inhabited by the Shawnee, the first known European to enter the region was the French explorer/trader Robert de La Salle from Quebec during his 1669 expedition down the Ohio River. European pioneers, primarily Dutch, followed in the early 18th century, Michael Bezallion was the first to describe the forks of the Ohio in a 1717 manuscript, and that year European fur traders established area posts and settlements. In 1749, French soldiers from Quebec launched an expedition to the forks to unite Canada with French Louisiana via the rivers, during 1753–54, the British hastily built Fort Prince George before a larger French force drove them off.
The French built Fort Duquesne based on LaSalles 1669 claims, the French and Indian War, the North American front of the Seven Years War, began with the future Pittsburgh as its center. British General Edward Braddock was dispatched with Major George Washington as his aide to take Fort Duquesne, the British and colonial force were defeated at Braddocks Field. General John Forbes finally took the forks in 1758, Forbes began construction on Fort Pitt, named after William Pitt the Elder while the settlement was named Pittsborough
The Piano is a 1993 New Zealand drama film about a mute piano player and her daughter. The Piano was written and directed by Jane Campion, and stars Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, Sam Neill, the films score for the piano by Michael Nyman became a best-selling soundtrack album, and Hunter played her own piano pieces for the film. She served as language teacher for Paquin, earning three screen credits. The film is an international co-production by Australian producer Jan Chapman with the French company Ciby 2000, the Piano was a success both critically and commercially, grossing US$140 million worldwide against its US$7 million budget. Hunter and Paquin both received praise for their respective roles as Ada McGrath and Flora McGrath. In 1993 the film won the Palme dOr at the Cannes Film Festival, subsequently, in March 1994, The Piano won 3 Academy Awards out of 8 total nominations, Best Actress for Hunter, Best Supporting Actress for Paquin, and Best Original Screenplay for Campion. A mute Scotswoman named Ada McGrath is sold by her father into marriage to a New Zealand frontiersman named Alisdair Stewart, the voice that the audience hears in the opening narration is not her speaking voice, but her minds voice.
Ada has not spoken a word since she was six years old and no one, including herself and she expresses herself through her piano playing and through sign language, for which her daughter has served as the interpreter. Flora dramatically tells two women in New Zealand that her mother has not spoken since the death of her husband who died as a result of being struck by lightning, Ada cares little for the mundane world, occupying herself for hours every day with the piano. Ada and their belongings, including a hand crafted piano, are deposited on a New Zealand beach by a ships crew, as there is no one there to meet them, they spend the night alone on the beach amongst their crated belongings. Alisdair proves to be a shy and diffident man, who is called old dry balls by his Māori neighbours. He tells Ada that there is no room in his house for the piano. Ada, in turn, is cold to him and is determined to be reunited with her piano, unable to communicate with Alisdair and Flora visit Baines with a note asking to be taken to the piano.
He explains that he cannot read, when Flora translates her mothers wishes, he initially refuses, but the three ultimately spend the day on the beach with Ada playing music. Baines, whose wife is far away in England living a life, is taken by the transformation in Ada when she plays her piano. Baines soon suggests that Alisdair trade the instrument to him for some land, Alisdair consents, and agrees to his further request to receive lessons from Ada, oblivious to his attraction to her. Alisdair shouts the finality of his decision and demands that she fulfill the contract of providing lessons, on the day she arrives at his hut, she attempts to make an excuse that she cannot play the piano because it is out of tune. She is stunned to find that Baines has had the piano put into perfect tune and she begins by asking him to play anything he knows, but he asks to simply listen rather than learn to play himself
The Incredibles is a 2004 American computer-animated superhero film written and directed by Brad Bird, produced by Pixar Animation Studios, and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The film follows a family of superheroes who is forced to hide their powers, Mr. Bird, who was Pixars first outside director, developed the film as an extension of 1960s comic books and spy films from his boyhood and personal family life. He pitched the film to Pixar after the box office disappointment of his first feature, The Iron Giant, the animation team was tasked with animating an all-human cast, which required creating new technology to animate detailed human anatomy and realistic skin and hair. Michael Giacchino composed the orchestral score. The film premiered on October 27,2004, at the BFI London Film Festival and had its release in the United States on November 5,2004. The film performed well at the box office, grossing $633 million worldwide during its theatrical run. The Incredibles was met with critical acclaim, garnering high marks from professional critics.
The film received the 2004 Annie Award for Best Animated Feature and it became the first entirely animated film to win the prestigious Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation. A sequel, The Incredibles 2, is scheduled for release on June 15,2018, public opinion turns against humans with superpowers – called Supers – due to peripheral damage caused by their crime-fighting activities. After several lawsuits, they are forced into civilian relocation programs by the government, fifteen years later and Helen Parr, formerly known as Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl, and their children Violet and Jack-Jack live as a suburban family. Bob is dissatisfied with life and his white-collar job, longing for the glory days. Sometimes and his old friend Lucius Best – formerly known as Frozone – perform vigilante work without their wives knowledge during the night, one day, Bob loses his temper because his supervisor refuses to let him stop a mugging, causing him to be dismissed. Arriving on Nomanisan, Bob is able to find and destroy the Omnidroid by tricking it into ripping out its own power source.
Bob is rejuvenated by being able to use his powers freely, improving his attitude and relationship with his family, he begins rigorous training while waiting for more work from Mirage. Discovering a tear in his suit, Bob visits superhero costume designer Edna Mode, who decides to make him and his whole family suits, unbeknownst to Helen and the kids. Leaving for Nomanisan once again, Bob discovers that Mirage is working for Buddy Pine, Bob sneaks into Syndromes island base and finds his computer. He discovers that Syndrome has lured countless retired superheroes to their deaths, Helen visits Edna, learns what Bob has been up to, and activates a homing beacon Edna built into the suits to find him, inadvertently causing Bob to be discovered and captured. Helen borrows an airplane to head for Nomanisan, but finds Violet and Dash have stowed away wearing their own suits, Syndrome picks up Helens radio transmissions and shoots down the plane