Trimark Pictures was an American production company that specialized in the production and distribution of television and home video motion pictures. The company was formed in 1984 by Mark Amin as Vidmark Entertainment with Vidmark Inc. established as the holding company. As a small studio, Trimark produced and released theatrical, independent and home video motion pictures. Among the company's many releases are Peter Jackson's 1992 film Dead Alive, which they chose to release theatrically due to Jackson's possessing a following, they are well known for releasing films considered to be controversial for the time period, as in the case with the 1999 film Better Than Chocolate, as some newspapers refused to carry advertisements for the film that featured the word "lesbian" as part of a critic blurb. Vidmark Entertainment was formed in August 1984 and began operating as a domestic home video distributor in early 1985. In 1987, Vidmark began distributing and sub-licensing motion pictures for international distribution.
Vidmark Entertainment first became involved with motion picture production in 1988, when its founders and investors provided financing for the feature Demonwarp. Demonwarp was produced by Richard L. Albert through his advertising company Design Projects, Inc., Vidmark's and many other home video and independent film distributors' advertising company. Demonwarp was shot on 35mm film, starred George Kennedy, but only cost $250,000 to make. Coming from a marketing background, producer Rick Albert convinced Mark Amin that if the film's budget was limited to the minimum baseline sales that Vidmark could make with any film released on videocassette in the United States the motion picture would have to be profitable. Since the original investors in Vidmark invested in and owned the 20/20 Video chain of stores, they could project what the minimum sales would be; the projections proved true, adding to the robust U. S. home video sales, international sales and free television sales, Demonwarp earned many multiples of its original budget.
Mark Amin served as executive producer, during production of Demonwarp he decided to raise money by a public offering of Vidmark, to form Trimark. Trimark picked up its first film, Warlock, a 1989 film starring Julian Sands, a major theatrical hit with fans of such films. Trimark made the sequel Warlock: The Armageddon in 1993. Trimark saw success in other familiar film series the studio produced and distributed. Leprechaun, released in 1993 starring a young Jennifer Aniston and Warwick Davis as the sinister leprechaun grossed over $10 million during its theatrical run. One theatrical sequel and four direct to video sequels followed. Other Trimark productions included The Dentist, a major hit on HBO, Return of the Living Dead III and Pinocchio's Revenge. Trimark made the dramatic Eve's Bayou, starring Samuel L. Jackson, which received critical acclaim. Trimark released the miniseries Storm of the Century on home video. On December 31, 1991, Vidmark acquired International Broadcast Systems, Ltd. for $1.6 million and renamed the company as Trimark Television.
In June 1992, Inc. changed its name to Trimark Holdings, Inc. to reflect Trimark's diversification of its distribution streams. In March 1993, the company formed Trimark Interactive to expand into the emerging market for interactive software and multimedia. Trimark Interactive's assets were sold to Graphix Zone in March 1997. In 2000, Trimark merged with Lions Gate Entertainment in which Amin became the single largest shareholder. In 2001, Mark Amin founded Sobini Films where he serves as the CEO. In late 2017, Lionsgate launched a channel for Roku streaming players using the Vidmark name and a modified variant of their late 1980s logo, with Lionsgate-owned movies, including some from the original Vidmark and Trimark, amongst the selection. Trimark Pictures on IMDb
John Alberto Leguizamo is an American actor, stand-up comedian and playwright. He came to prominence with a co-starring role in the action comedy Super Mario Bros. as Luigi and a supporting role in the crime drama Carlito's Way. Other roles include Sid the Sloth in the animated Ice Age films and the narrator of the sitcom The Brothers García; as of 2009, he has appeared in over 75 films, produced over 10 films, starred on Broadway in several productions, made over 12 television appearances, has produced or starred in many other television shows. Leguizamo was born in Bogotá, the son of Alberto and Luz Leguizamo, his father was once an aspiring film director and studied at Cinecittà, but dropped out due to lack of finances. According to Leguizamo, his paternal grandfather was of Italian and Puerto Rican descent, his maternal grandmother was Lebanese, he has described himself as being of Amerindian and Mestizo heritage. On June 10, 2011, Leguizamo's father declared in an interview with New York Hispanic newspaper El Diario that he is Colombian and not Puerto Rican, that Leguizamo is therefore not half Puerto Rican as he has always stated.
Leguizamo had always declared that he was Puerto Rican on his father's side, one of the reasons he was selected as the Puerto Rican Day Parade Global Ambassador of the Arts. In response to his father's allegations, Leguizamo reiterated that his grandfather was of Puerto Rican descent. A National Puerto Rican Day Parade spokesman stated, he marched in the parade on June 12, 2011. When Leguizamo was four years old, his family immigrated to New York City, where they lived in various neighborhoods in Queens, including Jackson Heights, he credited growing up as one of the first Latino children in the neighborhood as formative in his acting ability: "It was tough. There were lots of fights. I would walk through a park and be attacked, I had to defend myself all the time, but this helped me to become funny so that I wouldn't get hit." Leguizamo attended the Joseph Pulitzer Middle School and the Murry Bergtraum High School. As a student at Murry Bergtraum, he tested it on his classmates, he was voted "Most Talkative" by his classmates.
After graduating from high school, he began his theater career as an undergraduate at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, from which he dropped out in favor of a career in stand-up comedy. Post-NYU, Leguizamo enrolled at HB Studio, where he took theater classes. Leguizamo started out as a stand-up comic doing the New York nightclub circuit in 1984, he made his television debut in 1986 with a small part in Miami Vice. His other early roles include: a friend of Madonna's boyfriend in her "Borderline" video. In 1992, he starred in Whispers in the Dark as John Castillo. In 1993 Leguizamo was offered the lead part as Luigi in the film Super Mario Bros. based on the Mario video game franchise. Despite being considered a critical and financial failure universally, the film started his acting career in Hollywood and became one of his memorable roles, it provided a boost to his career, allowing him to appear in better comedic roles in the following years. That same year, he had a prominent role in Brian De Palma's Carlito's Way as Carlito Brigante's nemesis, "Benny Blanco from the Bronx," which boosted his career in serious roles.
Leguizamo starred in Romeo + Juliet as Tybalt Capulet, as Violator in Spawn, Cholo in Land of the Dead, Pestario'Pest' Vargas in The Pest, the latter being one of his few roles as a lead actor in a studio film. In 1995, he starred as drag queen Chi-Chi Rodriguez in To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar for which he received a Golden Globe Nomination for Best Supporting Actor, starred in the 1996 action film Executive Decision as Captain Rat. In 2002, he starred in the movie Empire. To promote the 2001 movie Moulin Rouge!, he appeared on a celebrity edition of the US version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? with Kelly Ripa, Kevin Sorbo, Alfre Woodard, Martin Short and Chevy Chase. Appearing as the first celebrity to sit in the hot seat, he tried for $125,000, but got the answer wrong. In 2002, on the syndicated version, a question about the movie featured his character and Meredith Vieira mentioned that Leguizamo had played Lautrec and had been on the show. In 2002, he voiced Sid the Sloth for the film Ice Age, reprising the role for the sequels Ice Age: The Meltdown, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Ice Age: Continental Drift and Ice Age: Collision Course.
The game versions of the films used his voice. In 2003, he voice-acted Globox from Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc. Leguizamo portrayed Paul in the Brad Anderson thriller film Vanishing on 7th Street. In 2007, he played Michael Beltran in the movie The Babysitters. In 2008, he co-starred in the movie The Happening and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. In 2014 Leguizamo starred alongside Jon Favreau in Chef as the line cook Martin, a role he prepared for by working as an actual line cook at The Lion in the West Village. In 2014, he played a drug dealer in the Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart movie American Ultra, he starred in John Wick as Aurelio in 2014. In October 2013, Leguizamo started filming for The Crash, starring alongside Frank Grillo, AnnaSophia Robb, Dianna Agron, Ed Westwick, Minnie Driver, Mary McCormack, Christopher McDonald and Maggie Q; the film is directed by Aram Rappaport and produced by Hil
Guinevere is a 1999 American drama film about the artistic and romantic relationship between a young student and her older mentor. The film was written and directed by Audrey Wells and stars Stephen Rea, Sarah Polley, Jean Smart, Gina Gershon; the film was a 1999 Sundance Film Festival Jury Prize nominee. It won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award for Welles' screenplay, which she shared with Frank Whaley's script for Joe the King, it was entered into the 21st Moscow International Film Festival. Harper Sloane is a misfit in her snobbish, upperclass family of lawyers, who has just gotten accepted to law school at Harvard. At her sister's wedding, after being sent out from her hiding place in the storage room with a bottle of champagne, she meets Connie Fitzpatrick a bohemian photographer who takes an instant liking to her and nicknames her "Guinevere", her visit to his loft in order to pick up the wedding photographs soon blossoms into a full-blown affair, Harper moves in with Connie as he instructs her in the ways of art, in particular photography.
After a brutal confrontation with Harper's mother and Harper's discovery that Connie has a history of relationships with young women, the film comes to a climax in a downtrodden L. A. hotel. She returns only once, five years as he is dying from cirrhosis of the liver, meets the other Guineveres he has had. On the rooftop, she describes her personal view of his kind of heaven, which she affectionately titles "The Connie Special". Sarah Polley as Harper Sloane Stephen Rea as Connie Fitzpatrick Jean Smart as Deborah Sloane Gina Gershon as Billie Paul Dooley as Walter Carrie Preston as Patty Tracy Letts as Zack Emily Procter as Susan Sloane Sharon McNight as Leslie Gedde Watanabe as Ed Carlton Wilborn as Jay Sandra Oh as Cindy Jasmine Guy as Linda Guinevere on IMDb Guinevere at Rotten Tomatoes Guinevere at Box Office Mojo
Upstate New York
Upstate New York is the portion of the American state of New York lying north of the New York metropolitan area. The Upstate region includes most of the state of New York, excluding New York City, the Lower Hudson Valley, Long Island, although the precise boundary is debated. Major cities in Upstate New York include Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse. Before the American Revolutionary War, Upstate was populated by Native Americans and was home to the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy; the region saw many battles between the Continental Army and the Iroquois, several treaties drawn up after the war ceded much of the land to settlers of European descent. It is rural with rugged terrain; the development of Upstate New York was spurred by the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825, which eased the transport of goods between the port of New York City and inland cities along the Great Lakes. As a result, Upstate became a hotbed for manufacturing, giving birth to such firms as General Electric, IBM, Xerox, it welcomed a large influx of immigrants.
Since the mid 20th century, American de-industrialization has contributed to economic and population decline Upstate, the region is considered part of the Rust Belt. Unlike the New York metropolitan area, Upstate New York contains vast areas of rural land; as a result, Upstate supports a strong agriculture industry, is notable for its milk and other dairy products, its fruit production, winemaking. New York City is dependent on the natural resources of Upstate for a variety of services, including the city's water supply and electricity; the region is home to several popular tourist and recreational destinations, including Niagara Falls, the Adirondack and Catskill Mountains, the Finger Lakes. There is no clear official boundary between Downstate New York; the most expansive definition of the term Upstate New York excludes only New York City and Long Island, which are always considered to be part of Downstate New York. Another usage locates the Upstate/Downstate boundary further north, at the point where New York City's suburbs segue into its exurbs, as the exurbs do not fall within the US Census' urban area.
This latter boundary places most, but not all, of Westchester and Rockland Counties in Downstate, while putting the northwestern edge of Rockland County as well as the northernmost quarter of Westchester County in Upstate. Yet another usage follows the U. S. Census definition of the New York metropolitan area prior to 2010, which included Westchester and Putnam Counties; this was the definition used by the plaintiffs in the federal redistricting case Rodriguez v. Pataki. In New York State law, the definition of the Upstate boundary varies: while Westchester is always considered downstate under state law, some definitions include Rockland and Putnam Counties in the downstate region, others include Orange and Dutchess Counties. Ulster County, and, in the largest state-defined extent of downstate, Columbia County, are sometimes included; the division line between the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York places Sullivan County and Dutchess County in the Southern District, Ulster and Columbia Counties in the Northern District.
Within New York State, surveys have had difficulty determining a consensus. In a 2016 poll of New York voters in which respondents were asked to choose among four definitions of where Upstate begins, three were about common, selected by between 25% and 30% of respondents each: north of New York City, north of Westchester County, north of Poughkeepsie in Dutchess County. An informal 2018 poll found the Hudson Valley region is the most disputed area regarding whether it is Upstate or Downstate. Residents of Upstate New York sometimes prefer to identify with a more specific subregion, such as Western New York or Central New York. A number of businesses and institutions in the area have "Upstate" as part of their name. Examples of this include the State University of New York Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, the Upstate New York Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation serving 31 of New York's 62 counties, the VA Healthcare Network Upstate New York, which includes all of New York State northward and westward from Kingston, New York in Ulster County.
Other organizations in New York with "Upstate" in their name include the Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association, the Upstate Correctional Facility, the Upstate New York Club Hockey League, the Upstate New York Synod, the Upstate Citizens for Equality. The other regions of New York State are culturally and economically distinct from the New York City area and in many ways from each other. Most of New York State is characterized both by agricultural and forested rural communities, by small and medium-sized cities and their surrounding suburbs located along major transportation corridors; the state's major metropolitan areas outside of New York City are Buffalo, Albany-Schenectady-Troy, Syracuse, each of whose population exceeds 500,000. The different regions of New York State are influenced by and have affinities with other adjacent regions. Western New York has cultural and economic ties to the other Great Lakes states as well as Southern Ontario; the Capital Distr
Austin Campbell Pendleton is an American actor, theatre director and instructor. Pendleton was born in Warren, the son of Thorn Pendleton, who ran a tool company, Frances Pendleton, a professional actress. Austin Pendleton is a graduate of Yale University's School of Drama. Pendleton first received critical acclaim in 1964 for his performance as Motel in the original Broadway cast of Fiddler on the Roof, he appeared in The Last Sweet Days of Isaac, The Diary of Anne Frank, Goodtime Charley, Up from Paradise as well as many other plays. In August 2006, Pendleton played the Chaplain in Bertolt Brecht's Mother Courage and Her Children with Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline in the New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater production directed by George C. Wolfe at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, New York City. In 2007, he appeared as Friar Lawrence in the Public Theater's production of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet at the Delacorte Theater. Pendleton wrote the plays Uncle Bob and Orson's Shadow, all of which were staged off-Broadway.
Austin’s play, “Uncle Bob,” had its Off-Broadway premiere in 2001 at The SoHo Playhouse, starring George Morfogen- for whom the role of Bob was written- and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who made his New York theatre debut in the production. The critically acclaimed production was directed by Courtney Moorehead and produced by Steven Sendor; as a director, Pendleton has worked extensively off Broadway. His direction of Elizabeth Taylor and Maureen Stapleton in Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes garnered him a Tony Award nomination in 1981. Additional directing credits include The Runner Stumbles by Milan Stitt, Spoils of War by Michael Weller, The Size of the World by Charles Evered. Pendleton is a member of The Mirror Theater Ltd's Mirror Repertory Company, directing the company’s 1984 production of Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts, starring Geraldine Page, Sabra Jones, Victor Slezak, his play H6R3, a compilation of Henry VI and Richard III in order to make the storyline clearer and strengthen the women's parts, became a benefit production of The Mirror Theater Ltd at the Promenade Theater in New York.
Pendleton played Richard in this performance, Sabra Jones performed Elizabeth, Lynn Redgrave played Mad Margaret, Charles McAteer was Lord Rutland, Geraint Wyn Davies played Henry VI, Daniel Gerroll played Buckingham, Lisa Pelikan played Lady Anne. In 2009 Pendleton directed Uncle Vanya, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard, at the Classic Stage Company; the same year he directed Tennessee Williams' autobiographical play Vieux Carré at The Pearl Theatre Company. In January and February 2010, Pendleton directed two plays, Bus Stop at The Olney Theatre and Golden Age at the Philadelphia Theatre Company, his 2011 directing of Three Sisters won him an Obie Award. In 2012, he directed a production of Detroit at the National Theatre in England. Pendleton served as Artistic Director for Circle Repertory Company with associate artistic director Lynne Thigpen; the Company closed in 1996. He teaches directing at The New School, both in Greenwich Village. Pendleton has been involved with the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago since directing Ralph Pape's Say Goodnight, Gracie for the 1979-80 season, is an ensemble member there.
His acting credits at Steppenwolf include Uncle Vanya and Educating Rita. Austin Pendleton at the Internet Broadway Database Austin Pendleton on IMDb Austin Pendleton at the Internet Off-Broadway Database Austin Pendleton at the TCM Movie Database Austin Pendleton Talks about Stuttering and Acting "St. Louis Actors' Studio to host class with Austin Pendleton". St. Louis Post Dispatch. August 30, 2013
Karen Young (actress)
Karen Young is an American actress. Born in Pequannock Township, New Jersey, Young studied at Rutgers University. After graduation she moved to New York City and became an actress, starring in Tony Garnett's 1983 vigilante thriller Handgun, she appeared in such films as 9½ Weeks, Jaws: The Revenge, Night Game, The Wife and Mercy. Her ex-husband is Tom Noonan, they have two children together. Young portrayed FBI Agent Robyn Sanseverino on The Sopranos and has portrayed various characters for the Law & Order franchise, as well as in The Equalizer. Young has portrayed Sister Mary in The Orphan Killer, starred in many U. S. independent and foreign films including Heading South, Two Gates of Sleep and Conviction, on stage starred in both New York productions of A Lie of the Mind, playing daughter and mother. Handgun Maria's Lovers Birdy Almost You The High Price of Passion 9½ Weeks Heat Jaws: The Revenge Criminal Law Torch Song Trilogy Night Game The Boy Who Cried Bitch Hoffa The Wife Daylight Joe the King Mercy Factotum Heading South Handsome Harry Two Gates of Sleep Conviction The Green The Orphan Killer Karen Young on IMDb Karen Young at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
Like Sunday, Like Rain
Like Sunday, Like Rain is a 2014 American drama independent film written and directed by Frank Whaley, distributed by Monterey Media. The film stars Leighton Meester, Debra Messing, Billie Joe Armstrong, is the debut of Julian Shatkin; the film follows a cello prodigy and his latest caretaker, Eleanor, as they develop a friendship over the course of a summer in New York City. Filming took place over 20 days in all five boroughs of New York. Following a world premiere at the Raindance Film Festival in September 2014, a US premiere at the Mill Valley Film Festival in October 2014, the film was given a limited theatrical release in March 2015. In Brooklyn, 23-year-old Eleanor breaks up with Dennis, she has to move out of Dennis' crash at a friend's place. Dennis refuses to let her go and confronts her at her work where Dennis' tirade costs Eleanor her job. Eleanor tries to seek family support, but her family is not willing to help, so she crashes at her friend's place one last time before seeking a temporary job.
In the Upper West Side Reggie, a cellist and all-round genius, bored and skeptical, lives a solitary life as his parents do not have time for him and relegate caretakers to watch after him. His most recent caretaker had to go back to Panama so Reggie's mother, posts an ad for a temporary sitter. Despite being a genius, Reggie is treated like a child, he does his best to get around his mother's arrangements by bribing the people in his life to spread the idea that he is obedient. Upon meeting him, Eleanor is touched to hear Reggie's composition Like Sunday, Like Rain and the two strike an unlikely friendship; as summer camp approaches, Eleanor tries to get Reggie to go, but he blows it off to hang in the city for the next six weeks. In this time Dennis stalks Eleanor, wanting to talk and get back together, Eleanor makes it clear that they are broken up. Dennis promises to get back at her for breaking his guitar. While hanging at the park, Reggie becomes fascinated with Eleanor. Eleanor's father is terminally ill and she has to go upstate to see him.
Eleanor plans go away for a few days, but Reggie suggests he go with her and they travel to her hometown. Reggie gets to see her dysfunctional family. Eleanor's sister works at a seedy bar, while her mother and uncle are care-free about Eleanor's father. Looking after Reggie's interest and unable to stand the situation at home, Eleanor takes him to a hotel to have some peace and quiet. There Eleanor tells Reggie how she met Dennis, the messy relations with her family, that she nearly went to Juilliard to study the cornet. Reggie is intrigued, she explains she chose the cornet instead. Before they go to sleep, Reggie promises to write a cornet piece to include Eleanor in his single; the following day, Eleanor visits her father and Reggie can only watch from a distance, seeing Eleanor become emotional. Dropping off the car she borrowed from her uncle, she is enraged at how he could be so nonchalant about the illness of his brother, her uncle and mother become defensive and Eleanor storms out, declaring she will never return and escorts Reggie back home.
As the summer is nearly over, Reggie has formed a close bond with Eleanor, but her job is only temporary and another sitter has arrived to take over. He wants her to stay. Eleanor feels the need to regroup at home to get her life back in order and they promise to stay in touch with each other before embracing. Eleanor kisses Reggie and bids him farewell. Reggie resumes his privileged life, with Eleanor on his mind. On the doorstep of Eleanor's family home, Reggie arranges a gift for her: a cornet with the revised notes to Like Sunday, Like Rain. Reggie resumes playing the cello and, at a distance, Eleanor plays her part. Like Sunday, Like Rain is Frank Whaley's fourth feature film. Whaley was inspired to tell a good story, interested in the subject of "childhood, the loneliness and feelings of isolation and hopelessness that can sometimes accompany it", his main source of inspiration was New York City, saying I lived in New York City for over 30 years and was always fascinated by the lives of people there, how they drift in and out of each other's paths, sometimes for only a short time.
But these sort of encounters can have a lasting impression.'Like Sunday, Like Rain' is a story about two people from opposite ends of the universe who just happen to meet one day." Whaley says the biggest challenge with this film was to stay true to the story through the entire process and not change it based on investors' perspectives. The film was shot in New York City, New York in 20 days, including September 2013. Filming took place in all five boroughs of the city and Long Island. English singer-songwriter, Ed Harcourt was the composer of the film's orchestral score; the film had its world premiere at the Raindance Film Festival in the United Kingdom on September 24, 2014. Its US premiere was held on October 2014 at Mill Valley Film Festival; the film screened at Hamptons International Film Festival, CBGB Music and Film Festival, Washington West Film Festival, Orlando Film Festival, WIlliamstown Film Festival, Naples Film Festival, Napa Valley Film Festival, Williamsburg Film Festival and STARZ Denver Film Festival.
Monterey Media acquired the distribution rights in the United States in October 2014. The film's U. S. theatrical release began in March 2015 in select cities. Like Sunday Like Rain grossed $28,208 in the United States during