Colorado is a state of the Western United States encompassing most of the southern Rocky Mountains as well as the northeastern portion of the Colorado Plateau and the western edge of the Great Plains. It is the 8th most extensive and 21st most populous U. S. state. The estimated population of Colorado was 5,695,564 on July 1, 2018, an increase of 13.25% since the 2010 United States Census. The state was named for the Colorado River, which early Spanish explorers named the Río Colorado for the ruddy silt the river carried from the mountains; the Territory of Colorado was organized on February 28, 1861, on August 1, 1876, U. S. President Ulysses S. Grant signed Proclamation 230 admitting Colorado to the Union as the 38th state. Colorado is nicknamed the "Centennial State" because it became a state one century after the signing of the United States Declaration of Independence. Colorado is bordered by Wyoming to the north, Nebraska to the northeast, Kansas to the east, Oklahoma to the southeast, New Mexico to the south, Utah to the west, touches Arizona to the southwest at the Four Corners.
Colorado is noted for its vivid landscape of mountains, high plains, canyons, plateaus and desert lands. Colorado is part of the western and southwestern United States, is one of the Mountain States. Denver is most populous city of Colorado. Residents of the state are known as Coloradans, although the antiquated term "Coloradoan" is used. Colorado is notable for its diverse geography, which includes alpine mountains, high plains, deserts with huge sand dunes, deep canyons. In 1861, the United States Congress defined the boundaries of the new Territory of Colorado by lines of latitude and longitude, stretching from 37°N to 41°N latitude, from 102°02'48"W to 109°02'48"W longitude. After 158 years of government surveys, the borders of Colorado are now defined by 697 boundary markers and 697 straight boundary lines. Colorado and Utah are the only states that have their borders defined by straight boundary lines with no natural features; the southwest corner of Colorado is the Four Corners Monument at 36°59'56"N, 109°2'43"W.
This is the only place in the United States where four states meet: Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. The summit of Mount Elbert at 14,440 feet elevation in Lake County is the highest point in Colorado and the Rocky Mountains of North America. Colorado is the only U. S. state that lies above 1,000 meters elevation. The point where the Arikaree River flows out of Yuma County and into Cheyenne County, Kansas, is the lowest point in Colorado at 3,317 feet elevation; this point, which holds the distinction of being the highest low elevation point of any state, is higher than the high elevation points of 18 states and the District of Columbia. A little less than half of Colorado is flat and rolling land. East of the Rocky Mountains are the Colorado Eastern Plains of the High Plains, the section of the Great Plains within Nebraska at elevations ranging from 3,350 to 7,500 feet; the Colorado plains are prairies but include deciduous forests and canyons. Precipitation averages 15 to 25 inches annually. Eastern Colorado is presently farmland and rangeland, along with small farming villages and towns.
Corn, hay and oats are all typical crops. Most villages and towns in this region boast both a grain elevator. Irrigation water is available from subterranean sources. Surface water sources include the South Platte, the Arkansas River, a few other streams. Subterranean water is accessed through artesian wells. Heavy use of wells for irrigation caused underground water reserves to decline. Eastern Colorado hosts considerable livestock, such as hog farms. 70% of Colorado's population resides along the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains in the Front Range Urban Corridor between Cheyenne and Pueblo, Colorado. This region is protected from prevailing storms that blow in from the Pacific Ocean region by the high Rockies in the middle of Colorado; the "Front Range" includes Denver, Fort Collins, Castle Rock, Colorado Springs, Pueblo and other townships and municipalities in between. On the other side of the Rockies, the significant population centers in Western Colorado are the cities of Grand Junction and Montrose.
The Continental Divide of the Americas extends along the crest of the Rocky Mountains. The area of Colorado to the west of the Continental Divide is called the Western Slope of Colorado. West of the Continental Divide, water flows to the southwest via the Colorado River and the Green River into the Gulf of California. Within the interior of the Rocky Mountains are several large parks which are high broad basins. In the north, on the east side of the Continental Divide is the North Park of Colorado; the North Park is drained by the North Platte River, which flows north into Nebraska. Just to the south of North Park, but on the western side of the Continental Divide, is the Middle Park of Colorado, drained by the Colorado River; the South Park of Colorado is the region of the headwaters of the South Platte River. In southmost Colorado is the large San Luis Valley, where the headwaters of the Rio Grande are located; the valley sits between the Sangre De Cristo Mountains and San Juan Mountains, consists of large desert lands that run into the mountains.
The Rio Grande drains due south into New Mexico and Texas. Across the Sangre de Cristo Range to the east of the S
American Horror Story: Cult
American Horror Story: Cult is the seventh season of the FX horror anthology television series American Horror Story, created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. It premiered on September 5, 2017, concluded on November 14, 2017; the series was renewed on October 4, 2016. The subtitle Cult was announced on July 20, 2017; this season takes place in the fictional suburb of Brookfield Heights, during the year 2017, centers on a cult terrorizing the residents in the aftermath of the 2016 U. S. presidential election. Returning cast members from previous seasons include Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Cheyenne Jackson, John Carroll Lynch, Chaz Bono, Adina Porter, James Morosini, Emma Roberts, Mare Winningham, Frances Conroy, Jamie Brewer, along with new cast members Billie Lourd and Alison Pill. Cult marks the first season to not feature series mainstay actress Lily Rabe. Cult received positive reviews from critics. Paulson and Porter, all received Saturn Awards nominations for their performances. Additionally and Porter were nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards while Peters received a nomination for Best Actor in a Movie or Limited Series at the 8th Critics' Choice TV Awards.
Sarah Paulson as Ally Mayfair-Richards and Susan Atkins Evan Peters as Kai Anderson, Andy Warhol, Marshall Applewhite, David Koresh, Jim Jones and Charles Manson Cheyenne Jackson as Dr. Rudy Vincent Billie Lourd as Winter Anderson and Linda Kasabian Alison Pill as Ivy Mayfair-Richards Adina Porter as Beverly Hope Colton Haynes as Detective Jack Samuels Billy Eichner as Harrison Wilton and Charles "Tex" Watson Leslie Grossman as Meadow Wilton and Patricia Krenwinkel Chaz Bono as Gary Longstreet Cooper Dodson as Ozymandias "Oz" Mayfair-Richards Dermot Mulroney as Bob Thompson Cameron Cowperthwaite as Speedwagon Emma Roberts as Serena Belinda Mare Winningham as Sally Keffler Lena Dunham as Valerie Solanas Frances Conroy as Bebe Babbitt Tim Kang as Tom Chang John Carroll Lynch as Twisty the Clown Jorge-Luis Pallo as Pedro Morales Zack Ward as Roger Laura Allen as Rosie Ron Melendez as Mark James Morosini as R. J. Dot-Marie Jones as Butchy May Jamie Brewer as Hedda Rick Springfield as Pastor Charles Rachel Roberts as Sharon Tate Dennis Cockrum as Herbert Jackson Annie Ilonzeh as Erika On October 4, 2016, the series was renewed for a seventh cycle, which premiered on September 5, 2017.
Ryan Murphy confirmed that the season will be connected to Freak Show, but will be set in modern day. In February 2017, on Watch What Happens Live, Murphy announced that the season would revolve around the 2016 U. S. suggested that it may feature a character based on President Donald Trump. Murphy has said, he said that he will be "illuminating and highlighting" groups of people he believes to be "ignored by the current administration and who are afraid and feel terrorized that their lives are going to be taken away."It was confirmed that the season would be set in the aftermath of the presidential election, with the first episode taking place on election night. Murphy explained it will be about "the fallout of that night, which to many people, from all sides of the camps is a horror story." He revealed the season would not feature Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, stating "Horror Story is always about allegory, so the election is allegory." In April 2017, Murphy confirmed that archive footage of the election night would be used in the season premiere.
Murphy revealed via Twitter that the details of the seventh season, including the title, would be revealed on July 20. He teased that the opening sequence of the series would return in this season, following its absence in Roanoke. On July 20, 2017, it was announced at the San Diego Comic-Con that the title of the season would be Cult. Murphy revealed it would be set in Michigan, confirmed it would consist of a total of 11 episodes, premiering on September 5, 2017. For the first time, the series did not air on Wednesdays but rather on Tuesdays. On August 3, 2017, online posters revealed the names of multiple characters of the season. On August 21, 2017, the opening title sequence of the season was revealed, following its absence in the previous season; that same month, Murphy confirmed that, contrary to the past seasons, Cult would not feature supernatural elements. During the Winter 2017 TCA Press Tour, series mainstays Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters were reported to be starring as the leads in the season.
In March 2017, Billy on the Street host Billy Eichner was announced to be cast in the series, playing a role in the life of Paulson's character. His character is slated for appearing in "seven" episodes; the next month, it was reported that Scream Queens alum Billie Lourd will star in the seventh installment of the series. In May 2017, Leslie Grossman, who starred in Murphy's series Popular, joined the cast of the series, Angela Bassett hinted she may return in a recurring role. Despite this, Bassett didn't appear; that month, it was confirmed via set pictures that Adina Porter and Cheyenne Jackson were returning. In June 2017, Murphy confirmed via his Instagram account that Colton Haynes, whom Murphy worked with on second season of Scream Queens, was joining the casting for the seventh season; that month, set pictures revealed that Alison Pill was joining the cast of the season portraying the partner of Sarah Paulson's character. In July 2017, Murphy revealed via his Twitter account, she is set to play Valerie Solanas, author of the SCUM Manifesto and attempted murder of Andy Warhol, via flashbacks.
Murphy confirmed t
Fargo is a 1996 black comedy-crime film written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. Frances McDormand stars as Marge Gunderson, a pregnant Minnesota police chief investigating roadside homicides that ensue after a desperate car salesman hires two criminals to kidnap his wife in order to extort a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. Fargo premiered at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival, where Joel Coen won the festival's Prix de la mise en scène and the film was nominated for the Palme d'Or. A critical and commercial success, Fargo received seven Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. McDormand received the Best Actress Oscar, the Coens won in the Best Original Screenplay category; the film was selected in 2006 for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as "culturally or aesthetically significant"—one of only six films so designated in its first year of eligibility. In 1998, the American Film Institute named it one of the 100 greatest American films in history.
A Coen-produced FX television series of the same name, inspired by Fargo and taking place in the same fictional universe, premiered in 2014 and was critically acclaimed. In the winter of 1987, Jerry Lundegaard, the sales manager at an Oldsmobile dealership in Minneapolis, is desperate for money, he floats a $320,000 GMAC loan, which he collateralizes with nonexistent vehicles and is unable to pay back. On the advice of the dealership mechanic Shep Proudfoot, Jerry travels to Fargo, North Dakota and hires small-time cons Gaear Grimsrud and Carl Showalter to kidnap his wife and extort a ransom from his wealthy father-in-law and dealership boss, Wade Gustafson. Payment would be a new car, half of the $80,000 ransom. Jerry pitches Gustafson a lucrative real estate deal, he agrees to front him $750,000. Jerry considers calling off the kidnapping but learns that Gustafson plans to make the deal himself, giving Jerry only a finder's fee. At Jerry's home and Gaear carry out the arranged kidnapping; as they transport Jean to their remote cabin on Moose Lake, a state trooper pulls them over outside Brainerd for driving without temporary tags.
When the trooper hears a sound from the back seat, Gaear kills him chases down two eyewitnesses and shoots them dead as well. The following morning, Brainerd police chief Marge Gunderson discovers that the dead trooper was ticketing a car with dealer plates and that two men driving a dealership vehicle checked into the nearby Blue Ox Motel with two call girls and placed a call to Proudfoot. After questioning the prostitutes, Gunderson drives to Gustafson's dealership, where Proudfoot feigns ignorance and Jerry insists no cars are missing. While in Minneapolis, Marge reconnects with an old classmate. Yanagita awkwardly and aggressively tries to romance Marge, before breaking down, saying his wife has died. Marge learns the following morning. Jerry will deal only through him. Meanwhile, Carl, in light of the complication of three murders, demands that Jerry hand over the entire $80,000. GMAC gives Jerry 24 hours to face legal consequences. Carl is beaten by a furious Proudfoot for bringing him under suspicion.
Carl orders Jerry to deliver the ransom but Gustafson insists on making the money drop himself, driving to meet Carl carrying a loaded revolver. At the drop location in a Minneapolis parking garage, Gustafson tells Carl he will not hand over the money without seeing Jean, but does not yet display his concealed weapon. An enraged Carl pulls a gun and shoots and kills Gustafson, but not before Gustafson shoots Carl in the jaw wounding him. After fleeing the scene, Carl is astounded to discover, he removes $80,000 to split with Gaear buries the rest alongside the highway. At the cabin, Gaear has killed Jean. Carl and Gaear get into a heated argument over who will keep the car, with Carl using his injury as justification. In response, Gaear kills Carl with an ax. Reflecting on Yanagita's convincing lies, Marge returns to Gustafson's dealership. Jerry continues to insist. Marge asks him to check the inventory spots him fleeing the dealership, calls the State Police; the next morning, she drives to Moose Lake on a tip from a local bar owner who had reported a "funny-looking guy" bragging about killing someone.
Outside a cabin, she finds the car. Gaear attempts to flee on foot, only for Marge to arrest him. North Dakota police arrest Jerry at a motel outside Bismarck. Marge's husband Norm, whose mallard painting has been selected for a 3-cent postage stamp, complains that his friend's painting will be on the first class stamp. Marge reassures Norm; the film opens with the following text: This is a true story. The events depicted in this film took place in Minnesota in 1987. At the request of the survivors, the names have been changed. Out of respect for the dead, the rest has been told as it occurred. Closing credits bear the standard all persons fictitious disclaimer for a work of fiction. Regarding this apparent discrepancy, the Coen brothers claimed that they based their script on an actual criminal event, but wrote a fictional story around it. "We weren't interested in that kind of fidelity", Joel Coen said. "The basic events are the same as i
Close to Home (2005 TV series)
Close to Home is an American crime drama television series co-produced by Warner Bros. Television and Jerry Bruckheimer Television for CBS. While in pre-production the series was known as American Crime, it first aired from October 4, 2005 to May 11, 2007 and starred actress Jennifer Finnigan as Annabeth Chase, a Deputy Prosecutor for Marion County, Indiana. Created by Jim Leonard, the series was filmed in Southern California; the score composer was Michael A. Levine. On May 16, 2007, CBS canceled the series after two seasons. Annabeth Chase is a criminal prosecutor with a near perfect conviction record. Throughout the series, she lost only three cases. In Season 1, Episode 21 "David and Goliath", Chase tried a case against a professional baseball player, who killed his pregnant girlfriend, his not guilty verdict was attributed to his fame. Chase lost the case of a man prosecuted for a rape he committed 11 years prior, in Season 2, Episode 18, "Making Amends." In this case the victim was unable to recall the assault, as she unknowingly ingested Rohypnol, known as "The Date Rape Drug", which causes amnesia.
In Season 2, Episode 21, "Drink the Cup", Chase was unable to convict a corrupt cop named Veeder of the murder of a fellow police officer. In the following episode she tried Veeder for the murder of a young girl he exploited, she is married to a construction worker, Jack Chase, has an infant daughter, Hailey Chase. The show revolves around her balancing her career and family life, as a prosecutor in the city of Indianapolis. In the pilot episode, Chase returns from a 12-week maternity leave to find herself with a new boss, Maureen Scofield, promoted instead of her. Maureen is a no-nonsense, workaholic woman who admires Chase's dedication to her family and her personal life. Above her is County Prosecutor Steve Sharpe. Chase wins the first case she prosecutes upon her return to work: an abusive husband is sentenced to 25 years in jail without parole. Annabeth returns to work four months after her husband was killed by a drunk driver on the first-season finale. Annabeth's coming to terms with her husband's death, her grief, her struggle to return to normalcy, coupled with the guilt and trials of being a single parent, are recurring themes throughout the season.
Annabeth and Maureen face a new boss, Chief Deputy Prosecutor James Conlon, who has just arrived from New York, whose methods appear to the two prosecutors to be too forceful and sometimes unethical. Near the end of the season, Conlon attempts an attorney general campaign, derailed as police corruption is discovered, resulting in several prosecutions. Scofield is assassinated as a result of these prosecutions; the season ends with Chase prosecuting Scofield's assassin. Jennifer Finnigan as Annabeth Chase Kimberly Elise as Maureen Scofield Christian Kane as Jack Chase John Carroll Lynch as Steve Sharpe Jon Seda as Ray Blackwell Cress Williams as Detective Ed Williams David James Elliott as James Conlon Jessica Chastain as Casey Wirth Bruce Davison as Defense Attorney Doug Hellman Barry Shabaka Henley as Detective Lou Drummer Despite earning high ratings for what is perceived as the Friday night death slot and ranking higher than most of its competition in the same slot, the show was still cancelled after only 2 seasons.
Close to Home on IMDb Close to Home at TV.com
The Invitation (2015 film)
The Invitation is a 2015 American horror thriller film directed by Karyn Kusama and written by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi. The film stars Logan Marshall-Green, Tammy Blanchard, Michiel Huisman, Emayatzy Corinealdi; the Invitation premiered March 13, 2015, at the SXSW film festival, began a limited release on April 8, 2016, through video on demand, by Drafthouse Films. Responding to an invitation from his ex-wife, a man brings his girlfriend to a dinner party. There, he relives the trauma of their child's death and becomes suspicious that his ex-wife has ulterior motives for inviting him. Will drives with his new girlfriend Kira to the Hollywood Hills home of his ex-wife Eden, hosting a dinner party with her new husband David. Will and Eden divorced while trying to cope with their young son Ty's accidental death. Eden met David at a grief support group, their party will be the first time any of their friends have seen the couple in over two years. On the way to the party, Will mercy-kills a coyote after striking it with his car.
Will and Kira arrive. David and Eden's other dinner guests are Tommy, Tommy's boyfriend Miguel, friends Ben and Gina. Gina mentions. Eden introduces Sadie, a girl she and David met while in Mexico, now staying with them. Throughout the evening, Will wanders his former home alone and relives memories related to Ty's death, including Eden's attempted suicide. In the kitchen, Will witnesses Eden slap Ben when he makes a joke about her New Age ideas on expelling pain. Eden and David's friend Pruitt arrives. Will notices. Will goes for firewood and spies Eden hide a pill bottle through her bedroom window. David and Eden tell their guests about a group they joined along with Pruitt and Sadie called "The Invitation" to work through grief using spiritual philosophy. David shows everyone a video in which group leader Dr. Joseph comforts a dying woman as she takes her last breaths. David explains they were strangers looking for a party nearby; the group play a game of "I Want" where Eden kisses Ben, Pruitt confesses to accidentally killing his wife and doing time in prison.
David tries to stop an unsettled Claire from leaving, Will confronts David. Claire leaves. Will watches Pruitt take Claire out of sight to talk to her, David confronts Will about being too suspicious. During dinner, Will internally reflects on Ty's death. While walking through a hallway, Will sees Sadie make odd faces into a mirror, they have a strange poolside conversation. Will has a separate discussion with Tommy about the odd atmosphere in the house. Will gets a cell phone signal and finds a voice mail from Choi indicating that he was at Eden and David's doorstep before the other guests. Presuming that David and Eden must have done something to Choi, Will publicly confronts the couple about their apparent cult brainwashing. Choi enters unexpectedly. Will is embarrassed, but the others assume his residual grief over Ty’s death is causing Will to behave irrationally. Will finds a laptop with information about The Invitation and their true motives: to create peace through death. David pours drinks for the guests.
Will smashes the glasses. However, Gina drinks hers. Sadie attacks Will. Gina collapses and dies, revealing that Will was right about the drinks. David and Pruitt attack the guests, killing Miguel and Ben. Will and Tommy flee and hide in the house. Will overhears David telling Eden that what they are doing is the only way they can leave the earth and be freed from their pain. Will retrieves a fireplace poker from Sadie while she lies dying from drinking the poison. Pruitt attacks Will and Kira; the couple overpower him, Kira beats him to death. Eden shoots Will and herself in the stomach wounding herself. Tommy stabs him to death in a brief scuffle; as she dies, Eden asks Will to come to her in her final moments. Kira and Tommy reunite and head outside with the dying Eden. Kira and Will see helicopters flying above. Will sees various homes with the same red lantern. Will realises that Los Angeles is erupting in chaos as other cult members throughout the city carry out plans similar to David and Eden's.
In May 2012, it was announced that Luke Wilson, Zachary Quinto, Topher Grace and Johnny Galecki had been scheduled to star in the film, with Karyn Kusama directing from a screenplay written by Phill Hay and Matt Manfredi, XYZ Films producing the film alongside Martha Griffin and Hay. However, in July 2014, it was revealed that production on the film had concluded, with Logan Marshall-Green, Michiel Huisman, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Lindsay Burdge, John Carroll Lynch starring; the Invitation is the second feature to be financed by Gamechanger Films. The film had its world premiere at South by Southwest on March 13, 2015. Shortly after, it was announced; the film went on to screen at the London Film Festival on October 9, 2015, was released on April 8, 2016, in a limited release and through video on demand. The Invitation holds an 87% approval rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes based on 95 reviews, has an average rating of 7.6/10. The critical consensus reads: "The Invitation makes brilliant use of its tension-rich premise to deliver a uniquely effective – and clever – slow-building thriller."
On Metacritic, the film holds a rating of 74 out of 100, based on
Face/Off is a 1997 American science fiction action film directed by John Woo, written by Mike Werb and Michael Colleary, starring John Travolta and Nicolas Cage. Travolta plays an FBI agent and Cage plays a terrorist, sworn enemies who assume each other's physical appearance; the first Hollywood film in which Woo was given major creative control, Face/Off earned critical acclaim for its acting performances, stylized action sequences, John Powell's musical score, emotional depth, humor and stunts. It is cited to be Woo's best Hollywood film. A commercial success, the film grossed $245 million worldwide and serves as the 11th highest-grossing film of 1997; the film was nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Sound Effects Editing at the 70th Academy Awards. On September 9, 1991, FBI Special Agent Sean Archer survives an assassination attempt by freelance terrorist and homicidal sociopath Castor Troy, but the bullet penetrates Archer's chest and strikes his son Michael, killing the boy.
Six years Archer's vendetta against Troy culminates in his team's ambush of Troy and his younger brother and accomplice, Pollux at the Los Angeles International Airport. Troy goads Archer with knowledge of a bomb located somewhere in the city set to go off in a few days, but he is knocked into an irreversible coma before Archer can learn more. Archer affirms that the threat is real, but is unable to convince Pollux to reveal where the bomb is located. At the suggestion of his partner Tito Biondi and Special Ops specialist Dr. Hollis Miller, Archer secretly undergoes a experimental face transplant procedure by Dr. Malcolm Walsh to take on Troy's face and appearance. Archer is taken to the same high-security prison where Pollux is being held, convinces Pollux that he is Troy, gaining information on the bomb's location. Meanwhile, Troy awakens from his coma and discovers his face missing, he calls his gang, they force Dr. Walsh to transplant Archer's face onto him. Troy visits surprises Archer, he taunts his nemesis, telling him that he burned down Dr. Walsh's lab with Walsh and Miller inside to eliminate all the evidence of their transplant, will take over Archer's life.
He leaves Archer to languish while he convinces Pollux to "reveal" the bomb's location in exchange for release from prison. Disarming his bomb in a dramatic fashion, Troy-as-Archer gains respect from Archer's fellow FBI colleagues. Troy becomes close to Archer's family, who Archer had neglected since he began seeking revenge against Troy, romancing his wife Eve and rescuing his daughter Jamie from an abusive boyfriend. Archer escapes after staging a riot and retreats to Troy's headquarters. There, Archer meets Sasha, the sister of Troy's primary drug kingpin, her son Adam, who reminds Archer of Michael. Archer discovers. Troy hastily assembles a team to raid his headquarters; the raid turns into a bloodbath, killing numerous FBI agents and several members of Troy's gang, including Pollux. Archer's supervisor, Director Victor Lazarro blames Troy for the numerous slayings. Troy, furious over Pollux's death, kills Lazarro, makes it look like a heart attack. Troy-as-Archer is promoted to acting director.
Archer approaches Eve. He persuades her to take a sample of Troy's blood and his own to compare their blood types at the hospital where she works as a doctor to prove he is Archer. Convinced of her husband's identity, she tells him that Troy will be vulnerable at Lazarro's funeral. At the ceremony, Archer finds that Troy takes Eve hostage. Sasha arrives, a gunfight ensues. Archer promises a dying Sasha to raise him away from criminal life. Troy flees the church with Archer pursuing him. After killing two more federal agents, Troy takes Jamie hostage, but she escapes by stabbing him with a butterfly knife that Troy had given her for self-defense. A speedboat chase ensues in which Archer forces Troy to shore by collision bests Troy in a melee fight. Troy mutilates his own/Archer's face to taunt and distract him, but Archer instead gains the upper hand and impales Troy with a spear gun, killing him. Backup agents arrive and address Archer by name, having been convinced by Eve of Archer's true identity.
After the face transplant surgery is undone, Archer returns home, adopting Adam into his family and keeping his promise to Sasha. Face/Off was a spec script which writers Mike Werb and Michael Colleary tried to sell to a studio from as early as 1990; the first actors who were chosen to play Sean Archer and Castor Troy were Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger but John Woo instead hired John Travolta and Nicolas Cage to play those characters. It took numerous studios and rewrites before John Woo became attached several years later. For the Archer character, Woo considered casting either Michael Douglas or Jean-Claude Van Damme with whom he had worked in Hard Target; when the film was made, Douglas served as an executive producer. Werb and Colleary have cited White Seconds as influences on the plot. With an $80 million production budget, Face/Off made heavy use of action set pieces including several violent shootouts and a boat chase filmed in the Los Angeles area; the boat scene at the end of the film was shot in San Diego.
Calling the brothers Castor and Pollux is a reference to Greek mythology.
Paul is a 2011 science fiction road comedy film directed by Greg Mottola from a screenplay by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Starring Pegg and the voice and motion capture of Seth Rogen, the film plot focuses on two science fiction geeks who meet an alien with a sarcastic manner and an appetite for alcohol and cigarettes. Together, they help the alien escape from the FBI agents who are pursuing him, so that he is able to return to his home planet; the film is a parody of other science-fiction films those of Steven Spielberg, as well as to general science fiction fandom. It is a British-American venture produced by Working Title Films, StudioCanal, Big Talk Pictures and Relativity Media, distributed by Universal Pictures. Paul was released on 14 February 2011 in the United Kingdom and on 18 March 2011 in the United States to moderate positive reactions from critics and grossed $98 million on a $40 million budget. Graeme Willy and Clive Gollings are British comic book enthusiasts and best friends who travel to the United States to attend the annual San Diego Comic-Con International, to take a road trip through the Southwestern United States to visit sites significant to UFO lore.
While driving on a remote desert highway at night, after a tense situation with some rednecks in a diner and Clive observe a car driving erratically and crashing. They stop to investigate and offer assistance to the driver, who turns out to be an alien named Paul, whom Graeme agrees to assist give a ride. Special Agent Zoil of the FBI arrives at the car-crash site and informs his unseen female superior, "the Big Guy", that he is closing in on Paul, she sends Haggard and O'Reilly, to assist Zoil. Clive tries to strangle Paul. Paul tells them that the government spoon fed his image to the public to keep them from panicking if anyone encounters his race, they camp at an RV park run by two Christian fundamentalists, one-eyed Ruth Buggs and her father Moses. The next day, when Ruth discovers Paul, the three have no choice. During an argument, Paul convinces Ruth to question her beliefs. Paul uses his healing power to cure Ruth's blinded eye; the fugitives stop at a bar and Ruth tries to call Moses. She is accosted by the rednecks from a bar fight ensues.
The group escapes. At another RV park, Ruth is questioned by Agent Zoil, but claims to know nothing about "a one-eyed girl" or "two British nerds". Released and she retrieve Clive and Paul, who narrowly escape Haggard and O'Reilly. Frustrated, Zoil orders Haggard and O'Reilly to return to base but they go behind his back and insist on catching the alien on their own; the group soon arrives at the house of a woman named Tara, who rescued Paul when he crashed on Earth 60 years ago and accidentally killed her dog in the crash, as a result of no one believing her story, has spent her life as a pariah. As she makes tea for her visitors, Haggard, O'Reilly and Zoil surround the house; the fugitives flee, but O'Reilly shoots at them, igniting gas from Tara's stove and destroying her house. O'Reilly is killed in the explosion. Haggard pursues and catches up to the RV. Due to an error in judgement, Haggard is killed. Zoil reassures the Big Guy that he will have Paul within the hour, but she is tired of waiting and informs Zoil that she has ordered a "military response".
Paul, Clive and Tara arrive at Devils Tower National Monument, where they set off fireworks as a signal to Paul's mothership. A helicopter arrives with agents and the Big Guy. Zoil appears and initiates a stand-off that disables the agents, but is wounded by the Big Guy. Secretly, Zoil is Paul's friend and was attempting to aid his escape under the guise of capturing the alien; the group fights the Big Tara knocks her out. Moses arrives unexpectedly and fires his shotgun, intending to kill Paul, but Graeme jumps in front of Paul and Ruth and is fatally wounded. Paul once again uses his healing powers. Graeme and Ruth admit their feelings for each other and kiss, but the Big Guy regains consciousness and holds the group at gunpoint. Just as the Big Guy is about to kill them, she is crushed by a arriving spaceship. Paul says goodbye to his friends but before he goes, he offers Tara a chance to go with him, promising to give her a new life after ruining her childhood and accidentally killing her dog.
The aliens go home. Two years Graeme, Ruth, Zoil and O'Reilly are at another Comic-Con, where Graeme and Clive are promoting their new bestselling novel Paul. Simon Pegg as Graeme Willy Nick Frost as Clive Gollings Seth Rogen as Paul Jason Bateman as Special Agent Lorenzo Zoil. Bateman described his character as an "exaggerated nasty guy". Bateman stated that he based Zoil on Yaphet Kotto in Midnight Run and Tommy Lee Jones in The Fugitive, his name is a play-on of Lorenzo's Oil. Kristen Wiig as Ruth Buggs Bill Hader as Agent Haggard Blythe Danner as Tara Walton Joe Lo Truglio as Agent O'Reilly John Carroll Lynch as Moses Buggs, Ruth's father Jane Lynch as Pat Stevens David Koechner as Gus, a hillbilly whom Graeme and Clive first encounter in a Nevada gas station. Jesse Plemons as Gus's friend. Sigourney Weaver as "The Big Guy". In an interview with Graham Norton, Weaver stated: "It's a love letter to sci-fi fans. I jumped at the chance to be in it. To find a comedy that pays homage to sci-fi is a dream come true."
Syd Masters as himself, singing cowboy on stage Jeffrey Tambor as Adam Shadowc