Choke is a 2008 American black comedy film written and directed by Clark Gregg. The film stars Anjelica Huston. Production took place in New Jersey in 2007, it premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and was purchased by Fox Searchlight Pictures for distribution. The film was released on September 26, 2008 and the DVD was released on February 17, 2009; the film is based on the 2001 novel of the same name by Chuck Palahniuk. It tells the story of a man who works in a colonial theme park, attends sexual addiction recovery meetings, intentionally chokes on food in upscale restaurants so his "rescuers" would give him money out of sympathy and thus cover his mother's Alzheimer's disease hospital bills. Victor Mancini is a sex addict, he works with his best friend, a reformed sex addict. To support his hospitalized mother, Victor cons others by intentionally choking at restaurants to get money from his rescuers; when he visits his mother one day, he meets Dr Paige Marshall. She tells Victor that his mother's condition is worsening and that they could try an experimental stem cell technique that would require harvesting cells from the umbilical cord of a newborn baby with Victor's genes.
She convinces Victor to have sex with her so she can save his mother. Victor never knew his father and is anxious to obtain the information from his mother, but she never recognizes him when he visits, he asks Denny to ask her questions. Denny reveals that Victor's mother kept a diary. Victor finds it. Paige agrees to translate the diary. Victor and Paige try several times to have sex. After discussing it with Denny, he realizes, she reveals to him that his mother may have fled Italy because she stole Jesus' foreskin, used its cells to conceive Victor, making him the Second Coming. He is reluctant to believe but, in the end, accepts Paige's assertion. However, his mother recognizes him and tells him that she stole him as a baby and she has no idea who his birth parents are; as she tells him this, he accidentally chokes her to death. While Paige tries to resuscitate Victor's mother, a hidden band around her wrist falls into Victor's view, revealing that she is a patient in the hospital—not a doctor.
Paige reveals that she was admitted to the hospital years ago, in a catatonic state, fell in love with Victor through the stories his mother told her about him. As she was a former medical student, the nurses allowed her to wear a white coat, as it calmed her down. Paige, a voluntary patient, checks herself out without saying goodbye to Victor. After his mother's funeral, Victor boards a plane, he goes to the bathroom and the door opens to reveal Paige joining him. Sam Rockwell as Victor Mancini, a sex addict who cons people in order to fund the care of his hospitalized mother. Jonah Bobo as young Victor Anjelica Huston as Ida Mancini, Victor's mother. Kelly Macdonald as Paige Marshall Brad William Henke as Denny, Victor's best friend, a reformed sex addict, he becomes Victor's roommate. Paz de la Huerta as Nico Gillian Jacobs as Cherry Daiquiri / Beth, a stripper who falls for Denny. Clark Gregg as Lord High Charlie Bijou Phillips as Ursula the milkmaid Joel Grey as Phil, a member of Victor's sex addiction therapy group.
Grey is the director's father-in-law. Writer Chuck Palahniuk makes a cameo appearance, he can be seen in the same row as Sam Rockwell on the plane. In April 2001, following the video and DVD success of the film adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's book Fight Club, the author sold feature film rights to his then-unpublished book Choke to Bandeira Entertainment under producer Beau Flynn. Flynn optioned Choke on the request of actor Clark Gregg, who had received the book as a writing assignment and became fascinated with Choke's unflinching way of dealing with "the difficult topics of childhood trauma and sexual compulsion in a way, both painful and hysterically funny". Gregg worked on the book for five years, he decided to write his personal version of the story, believing that it would be one that Chuck Palahniuk would oppose. To Gregg's surprise, the author supported the departures made in Gregg's version. Gregg described the difficulty of writing the script: "It's a tricky adaptation because like a lot of Chuck's work, it operates in a heightened satirical, dark world, yet this one is one of his black romantic comedies, so getting the tone right took me some time."
Gregg was attached to film Choke in his directorial debut. Production was slated for 2006, but Gregg was temporarily occupied with a key role on the TV comedy series The New Adventures of Old Christine. By July 2007, Gregg cast actor Sam Rockwell in the lead role, as well as supporting cast members. Production began in the same month in New Jersey. Filming lasted 25 days with a budget of $3.4 million. Gregg had acted with Rockwell in a play, the director believed that Rockwell would switch effortlessly between the dramatic and comedic moments in the film. A major filming location was the defunct Essex County Psychiatric Hospital in Cedar Grove; the hospital was considered a critical location by filmmakers, who believed that production would not have taken off without the discovered hospital, due to the project's minimal budget. As opposed to dark comedies that had a sustained tone, Gregg found Choke to be more tonally complex, that it would veer between "extremely dramatic moments" and "absurdly silly ones".
The director sought to find a way to combine the two elements, dr
Disconnect (2012 film)
Disconnect is a 2012 American drama film directed by Henry Alex Rubin and stars an ensemble cast, which includes Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Frank Grillo, Andrea Riseborough, Paula Patton, Michael Nyqvist, Alexander Skarsgård, Max Thieriot and fashion designer Marc Jacobs in his debut acting role. The film explores how people experience the negative sides of modern communication technology by following three interconnecting stories. Ambitious, up-and-coming reporter Nina Dunham interviews an underage video chat-room stripper named Kyle. Kyle, a runaway, works for a man named Harvey in a "house" with other chat-room strippers. However, after the interview achieves some prominence, the FBI demands that she reveal the address of the house so that they can shut down the operation. Since she has paid Kyle in order to make initial contact, she may have broken the law; as a result and her employer put pressure on her to cooperate. Nina fears losing his trust in the process. Kyle reluctantly gives her the address.
Nina asks Kyle to leave with her. Kyle is willing to do so at first, but when Nina is hesitant to guarantee him safe haven in her home, he refuses. Harvey watches them argue slaps Nina; the entire group of chat-room strippers leave and Nina drives away in tears. Two boys and his friend Frye, impersonate a girl named "Jessica Rhony" on Facebook Messenger and convince teenager Ben to send a nude picture of himself; the boys distribute it to the picture circulates to nearly everyone in their grade. Ben is so embarrassed by this cyber bullying that he attempts suicide by hanging himself and ends up in a coma. Rich doggedly searches Ben's social media, looking for answers, begins chatting with "Jessica". Jason visits Ben in the hospital. Jason's father is furious. However, he protects his son by erasing the evidence on Frye's iPad. Rich discovers the identity of "Jessica" and angrily goes to Mike's house, which results in a physical altercation. Jason tries to intervene and Rich hits him with a hockey stick.
The fight ends. A young married couple and Cindy, are still devastated due to a tragedy that occurred two years earlier: the death of their only son of SIDS. Cindy cannot stop mourning, Derek cannot talk about their loss or deal with his feelings. One day, the couple finds, they hire private detective Mike to find the thief. Cindy and Derek go after the suspect, Stephen Schumacher, following him and breaking into his home for evidence. Just before Derek plans to confront him at his front door, Mike calls to tell him that Schumacher is not their man, that he too was a victim of the thief. Schumacher, who has noticed Cindy and Derek stalking him, confronts them in their car with a rifle. Cindy is able to coax the gun away by explaining; the film ends without any of the stories being resolved, yet all of the characters have stopped "disconnecting" and grown closer to the ones they love. Disconnect opened in a Limited release on April 12 2013 in 15 theaters and grossed $124,000 with an average of $8,267 per theater ranking #31 at the box office.
The film's widest release domestically was 180 theaters and it ended up earning $1,436,900 in the United States and $1,991,148 internationally for a total of $3,428,048. Disconnect received a score of 68% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 75 reviews with an average rating of 6.6 out of 10. The critical consensus states "It's didactic in spots and melodramatic in others, but Disconnect's strong cast helps make it a timely, effective exploration of modern society's technological overload." The film has a score of 64 out of 100 on Metacritic based on 24 critics indicating "generally favourable reviews". Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film four out of four stars and wrote "Even when the dramatic stakes are raised to the point of pounding music accompanying super-slow motion tragic violence, "Disconnect" struck a chord with me in a way few films have in recent years. I believed the lives of these people. I believed. I ached for them when things went wrong and rooted for them when there were glimmers of hope.
You should see this movie. Please... There wasn't a moment during this movie when I thought about anything other than this movie." Official website Disconnect on IMDb Disconnect at Box Office Mojo Disconnect at Rotten Tomatoes Disconnect at Metacritic
Young Artist Award
The Young Artist Award is an accolade presented by the Young Artist Association, a non-profit organization founded in 1978 to honor excellence of youth performers, to provide scholarships for young artists who may be physically challenged or financially unstable. First presented in 1979, the Young Artist Awards was the first organization established to recognize and award the contributions of performers under the age of 21 in the fields of film, television and music; the 1st Youth In Film Awards ceremony was held in October 1979, at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Hollywood to honor outstanding young performers of the 1978/1979 season. The 38th Annual Young Artist Awards ceremony, honoring young performers of 2016, was held at the Alex Theatre in Los Angeles, California on March 17, 2017; the Young Artist Association is a non-profit organization founded in 1978 to recognize and award excellence of youth performers, to provide scholarships for young artists who may be physically and/or financially challenged.
The Young Artist Association was the first organization to establish an awards ceremony set to recognize and award the contributions of performers under the age of 21 in the fields of film, television and music. The Young Artist Foundation is a non-profit 501 organization founded in 1978 by long-standing Hollywood Foreign Press member Maureen Dragone and dedicated to presenting scholarships to physically and/or financially challenged aspiring young artists, allowing them to pursue a career in entertainment by attending a performing arts school of their choice; the scholarship program is funded by donations including contribution from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The Young Artist Awards are presented annually by the Young Artist Association. Known as the Youth In Film Awards for the first twenty years, the name was changed to the Young Artist Awards for the 21st annual awards ceremony in March 2000. Playfully referred to as the "Kiddie Oscars", the Young Artist Awards are regarded as young Hollywood's answer to the Academy Awards, recognizing children for their work within the entertainment industry.
First presented for the 1978–1979 entertainment season, the awards were envisioned by Maureen Dragone, as a way to honor talented young people in film and music who might otherwise be eclipsed by their adult co-stars. Two notable examples that year being young Ricky Schroder in The Champ and Justin Henry in Kramer vs. Kramer, who were each nominated for Golden Globes in the same categories as their adult counterparts. Held in the autumn in its early years, the awards ceremony has traditionally taken place in the spring for more than 20 years; the original Youth In Film Award was a statuette. A gilded figure of a man holding a laurel wreath instead of a sword and standing upon a large "trophy" style base; the current Young Artist Award statuette, is a figure displaying a Five-pointed star above its head and standing upon a smaller base. In addition to the Young Artist Award statuette presented to the winners, all nominees are presented with a special nomination plaque at the ceremony, commemorating their nominations in their respective categories.
Candidates considered for nomination must be between the ages of 5 and 21 and are submitted for consideration by producers or by the young artist's agent and/or manager. Submissions are traditionally due by the end of January to mid-February and nominees are announced about one month at an annual nomination ceremony and party. Conceived of as a way to acknowledge young artists under the age of 21, the focus of the awards has shifted over time to focus on young artists who were under the age of 18 at the time of principal production of the project for which they are nominated. Winners are selected by members of the Young Artist Association. Known as the Hollywood Women's Photo and Press Club, the Youth in Film Association, the general membership was composed of 88 journalists and photographers, who were active in various branches of the arts. Today, the Young Artist Association has a voting board of over 125 members composed of journalists and former child performers. Winners are selected by secret ballot of all associated with the Young Artist Association as well as former nominees.
The various Young Artist Awards categories have evolved extensively since the first awards were presented. Beginning with only 11 competitive categories in 1979, the first categories included "Best Juvenile Actor and Actress in a Motion Picture", "Best Juvenile Actor and Actress in a TV Series or Special", "Best Juvenile Actor and Actress in a Daytime TV Series", "Best Male and Female Juvenile Recording Artist", as well as competitive categories honoring studios and networks for "family friendly" films and television programming. Over time, the competitive categories have been expanded to include "Best Young Actor and Actress in an International Feature Film", "Best Young Actor and Actress in a Short Film", "Best Young Supporting Actor and Actress in Film", "Best Young Ensemble Cast", "Best Young Recurring Actor and Actress in a TV Series", "Best Young Guest-starring Actor and Actress in a TV Series", with many of the categories being split to acknowledge young artists age 10 and under in their own separate categories.
In addition to its well-known film and television awards, the association has recognized the achievements of youth in other fields of the performing arts over the years, including theater, commercials, jou
Around the Bend
Around the Bend is a 2004 road movie written and directed by Jordan Roberts. The film is inspired by the relationship between Roberts and the absentee, criminally insane, substance-abusing father he knew, Robert Stone Jordan, a self-styled indie film director/producer in his years. In the 1970s Bob Jordan toured with Leon Russell for a film project that he bungled due to his drug-induced manic behavior. In the 1990s he produced and directed one of the first digitally captured film experiments based on the characters in Alice in Wonderland known as "Through the Looking Glass", his last known film project, "Meth" filmed in and around Palmdale/Lancaster CA involved a film "completion fund" scam where he ran off with the Sony Camera equipment loaned to him and the money he had collected from several investors. Upon returning to CA, he would die in 2001 awaiting a liver transplant, without contacting his sons. Christopher Walken bore an uncanny resemblance to Robert Jordan both in the physical and in his ability to appear menacing and unpredictable.
Michael Caine as Henry Lair Jonah Bobo as Zach Lair Josh Lucas as Jason Lair Glenne Headly as Katrina Christopher Walken as Turner Lair Around the Bend received negative reviews from critics, as the film holds a 28% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 96 reviews. San Diego Film Festival – Best Feature Film Montreal World Film Festival – Special Grand Prize of the Jury Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture – Christopher Walken Around the Bend on IMDb Around the Bend at Box Office Mojo Around the Bend at Rotten Tomatoes
Nickelodeon is an American pay television network, launched on December 1, 1977 as the first cable channel for children. It is owned by Viacom through its Viacom Media Networks division's Nickelodeon Group unit and is based in New York City, it broadcasts from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on weekdays, Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sundays from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.. It is aimed at children and adolescents aged 2–17; the channel was first tested as Pinwheel on December 1, 1977. Pinwheel was at the time only available on QUBE, the first two-way major market interactive cable television system, owned by Warner Cable. Pinwheel relaunched as Nickelodeon on April 1, 1979, expanded to other cable providers nationwide, it was commercial-free and remained without advertising until 1984. Warner sold Nickelodeon, along with its sister networks MTV and VH1, to Viacom in 1986; as of January 2016, the channel is available to about 92.056 million households in the United States. The channel's name comes from the first five cent movie theaters called nickelodeons.
Its history dates back to December 1, 1977, when Warner Cable Communications launched the first two-way interactive cable system, QUBE, in Columbus, Ohio. Under the name Pinwheel Network, the C-3 cable channel carried Pinwheel daily from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Nickelodeon launched on April 1, 1979 distributed to Warner Cable systems via satellite on the RCA Satcom-1 transponder. Commercial-free, advertising was introduced in January 1984. Nickelodeon's schedule consists of original series aimed at children, pre-teens and young teenagers, including animated series, to live-action comedy and action series, as well as series aimed at preschoolers, it airs reruns of select original series that have ended their runs, as well as occasional original made-for-TV movies. It aired bi-monthly special editions of Nick News with Linda Ellerbee, a newsmagazine series aimed at children that debuted in 1992 as a weekly series which ended in 2015. Nicktoons is the branding for Nickelodeon's original animated television series.
Until 1991, the animated series that aired on Nickelodeon were imported from foreign countries, some original animated specials were featured on the channel up to that point. Original animated series continue to make up a substantial portion of Nickelodeon's lineup, with 6 to 7 hours of these programs airing on the weekday schedule and around nine hours on weekends, including a five-hour weekend morning animation block. Since the late 2000s, after the channel struck a deal with DreamWorks Animation in 2006 to develop the studio's animated films into weekly series, the network has begun to incorporate Nicktoons that use three-dimensional computer animation in addition to those that are produced through traditional or digital ink and paint. Nickelodeon does not air direct-to-video movies on a regular basis; the channel airs feature films produced by the network's Nickelodeon Movies film production division. Although the film division bears the Nickelodeon brand name, the channel does not have access to most of the movies produced by its film unit.
Nickelodeon does have broadcast rights to most feature films based on or that served as the basis for original series produced by it. Nickelodeon advertises hour-long episodes of its original series as movies. Nickelodeon periodically acquires theatrically released feature films for broadcast on the channel including Universal's Barbie: A Fashion Fairytale, several Monster High films, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles Forever, with the Barbie and Monster High films aired under a brokered format in which Mattel purchases the time in order to promote the release of their films on DVD within a few days of the Nickelodeon premiere, an arrangement possible as Nickelodeon does not have to meet the Federal Communications Commission rules which disallow th
Virtual International Authority File
The Virtual International Authority File is an international authority file. It is a joint project of several national libraries and operated by the Online Computer Library Center. Discussion about having a common international authority started in the late 1990s. After a series of failed attempts to come up with a unique common authority file, the new idea was to link existing national authorities; this would present all the benefits of a common file without requiring a large investment of time and expense in the process. The project was initiated by the US Library of Congress, the German National Library and the OCLC on August 6, 2003; the Bibliothèque nationale de France joined the project on October 5, 2007. The project transitioned to being a service of the OCLC on April 4, 2012; the aim is to link the national authority files to a single virtual authority file. In this file, identical records from the different data sets are linked together. A VIAF record receives a standard data number, contains the primary "see" and "see also" records from the original records, refers to the original authority records.
The data are available for research and data exchange and sharing. Reciprocal updating uses the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting protocol; the file numbers are being added to Wikipedia biographical articles and are incorporated into Wikidata. VIAF's clustering algorithm is run every month; as more data are added from participating libraries, clusters of authority records may coalesce or split, leading to some fluctuation in the VIAF identifier of certain authority records. Authority control Faceted Application of Subject Terminology Integrated Authority File International Standard Authority Data Number International Standard Name Identifier Wikipedia's authority control template for articles Official website VIAF at OCLC
The Fox and the Hound 2
The Fox and the Hound 2 is a 2006 American animated direct-to-video film produced by DisneyToon Studios, a followup to the 1981 Disney animated film The Fox and the Hound. The film was directed by Jim Kammerud and released on December 12, 2006; the story of the film takes place during the youth of Tod and Copper, in which Copper is tempted to join a band of singing stray dogs. The film features the voices of Patrick Swayze; the film had an official soundtrack album released on November 21, 2006. The film opens with Copper chasing a cricket together, they see a line of trucks bringing the county fair to town, Copper is mesmerized by the sound of dogs singing together in an old school bus with "The Singin' Strays" painted on the side. The pair are eager to go see the fair, but when Copper's clumsy tracking skills disappoint his master Amos Slade yet again, the pup is tied up in the yard while Slade and Chief go to the fair without him. Tod arrives and pulls Copper's collar off, the pair head to the fair.
Tod and Copper get to meet The Singin' Strays. The band has five members: Dixie, Granny Rose, twin brothers Waylon and Floyd, it is important that they perform well because a talent scout from the Grand Ole Opry will be at the fair. Cash and Dixie get into an argument, Dixie walks off before their performance, forcing them to go on stage without her. During the show, Copper sings along, Cash invites the pup up on stage to sing with them; the musical number is a success. Cash invites Copper to join the band. Copper spends the entire day with Cash. Dixie finds sympathizes with his feelings of abandonment. During their conversation, Tod lets. Dixie hatches a plan to get Copper kicked out of the band. Tod sneaks into Chief's barrel, Slade to the fair in a wild chase; the chase leads to widespread mayhem in the fair, the Singin' Strays' performance is sabotaged right in front of the talent scout Mr. Bickerstaff. Copper is fired from the band and returns home with Slade. Granny Rose and the rest of the members of Cash's band feel quite sorry for Copper about this and therefore the band breaks up.
Tod tries to apologize to Copper. Tod is brought home by Widow Tweed. Along the way, Tweed narrowly misses being hit by the talent scout's car, Bickerstaff's hat flies off and lands on Tod; the following day and Copper admit their mistakes and are friends again. Hoping to amend for his doings, Tod gives Bickerstaff's hat to Copper, who uses it to track down the talent scout at a local diner. Tod tricks Cash and Dixie into thinking the other is in trouble, the entire band end up meeting up at the diner. Copper convinces the band the importance of harmony, The Singin' Strays howl a reprise of their song We're in Harmony, attracting the attention of the talent scout and reuniting the band. Impressed with the band, he arranges for the dogs to perform at the Grand Ole Opry; the film ends with Copper choosing to play with Tod again. Reba McEntire as Dixie Patrick Swayze as Cash Jonah Bobo as Tod Harrison Fahn as Copper Jeff Foxworthy as Lyle Vicki Lawrence as Granny Rose Stephen Root as Winchell P. Bickerstaff, the Talent Scout Jim Cummings as Waylon and Floyd Rob Paulsen as Chief Russi Taylor as Widow Tweed Jeff Bennett as Amos Slade Kath Soucie as Zelda the cat Hannah Farr as Olivia Farmer Kevin Carr of 7M Pictures gave the film two stars out of five, saying "“The Fox and the Hound 2” is never going to live down as a classic, but it isn't terrible.
It falls somewhere in the middle of the Disney DVD sequel spectrum."John J. Puccio of Movie Metropolis gave the film 4/10, writing "Like most sequels, it's a pale imitation of the original."The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported that the film received a 20% approval rating with an average rating of 4/10 based on 10 reviews. The Fox and the Hound 2 Soundtrack Album is the soundtrack album to the film, containing songs from Reba McEntire, the voice of Dixie in the film, as well as other well-known artists such as Trisha Yearwood, Chip Davis, Little Big Town. Composer Joel McNeely has a few score tracks on the album: "Depressed Dixie", "Sad Puppy Blues", "Nashville 7", "Sticky Hound Puppy"; the Fox and the Hound 2 Soundtrack Album features a combination of country and bluegrass writers and performers were found in Nashville by Disney according to the music supervisor Kimberly Oliver, Matt Walker Senior VP, DisneyToon Studios. Background music score composer Joel McNeely composed bluegrass music for setting the moods of scenes, performed by several famous bluegrass performers.
Official website The Fox and the Hound 2 at The Big Cartoon DataBase The Fox and the Hound 2 on IMDb DVD Review at UltimateDisney.com Director Jim Kammerud on The Fox and the Hound 2 Animated News & Views interview The soundtrack on Allmusic