This article is about the American television series. For other uses, see Full House. Full House is an American television sitcom created by Jeff Franklin for ABC; the show chronicles the events of widowed father Danny Tanner who enlists his brother-in-law Jesse Katsopolis and best friend Joey Gladstone to help raise his three daughters, oldest D. J. middle child Stephanie and youngest Michelle in his San Francisco home. It aired from September 1987 to May 23, 1995, broadcasting eight seasons and 192 episodes. While never a critical favorite, the series was in the Nielsen Top 30 and gained more popularity in syndicated reruns and aired internationally, it has had tie-in merchandise marketed, such as a series of paperback books. A sequel series, Fuller House, premiered on Netflix on February 26, 2016. After the death of his wife Pam, sports anchor Danny Tanner recruits his brother-in-law Jesse, a rock musician. Over time, the three men, as well as the children and become closer to one another. In season two, Danny is re-assigned from his duties as sports anchor by his television station to become co-host of a new local breakfast TV show, Wake Up, San Francisco, is teamed up with Nebraska native Rebecca Donaldson.
Jesse and Becky fall in love and get married in season four. In season five, Becky gives birth to twin sons and Alex. John Stamos as Jesse Katsopolis Bob Saget as Danny Tanner Dave Coulier as Joey Gladstone Candace Cameron as D. J. Tanner Jodie Sweetin as Stephanie Tanner Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen as Michelle Tanner Lori Loughlin as Rebecca Donaldson Katsopolis Andrea Barber as Kimmy Gibbler Scott Weinger as Steve Hale Blake and Dylan Tuomy-Wilhoit as Nicky and Alex Katsopolis The producers' first choice to play the character of Danny Tanner was Bob Saget. Saget was not available to appear in the pilot due to his commitment as an on-air contributor to CBS's The Morning Program; the producers instead cast actor John Posey to play Danny. Posey only appeared in the unaired pilot. John Stamos's character was named Jesse Cochran. To comply with child labor laws, twins Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen were cast to alternate in the role of Michelle during tapings; the girls were jointly credited as "Mary Kate Ashley Olsen" in seasons two through seven because the producers did not want audiences to know that the Michelle character was played by twins.
All six of the original cast members remained with the show through its entire eight-year run, with five characters added to the main cast along the way. D. J.'s best friend Kimmy was a recurring character in seasons one through four, upgraded to a regular in season five. Rebecca appeared for six episodes in season two. After marrying Jesse, they have twins Alex, who make their debut in season five; as babies, the children were played by Daniel and Kevin Renteria, in season six, the roles of the twins were succeeded by Blake and Dylan Tuomy-Wilhoit. The last main character added was Steve Hale, D. J.'s boyfriend in seasons seven. He was played by Scott Weinger; the series was created by Jeff Franklin and executive produced by Franklin, along with Thomas L. Miller and Robert L. Boyett; the series was produced by Jeff Franklin Productions and Miller-Boyett Productions, in association with Lorimar-Telepictures, Lorimar Television, by Warner Bros. Television after Lorimar was folded into Warner Bros.'s existing television production division.
Although the series was set in San Francisco, the sitcom itself was taped at the Warner Bros. Studios in Los Angeles. Outside of certain excerpts in the opening title sequences, including Alamo Square Park's Painted Ladies, the only episode to have been taped in San Francisco was the first episode of season eight, "Comet's Excellent Adventure". There were a few episodes which were filmed on-location elsewhere, most notably Hawaii in the season three premiere "Tanner's Island", at Walt Disney World for the two-part sixth-season finale "The House Meets the Mouse"; the series experienced heavy turnover with its writing staff throughout its run, the first season in particular had at least three writing staff changes with Lenny Ripps and Russell Marcus being the only writers surviving the changes through the entire season. Show creator and executive producer Jeff Franklin was the only writer to remain with the series throughout its entire eight-season run. Marc Warren and Dennis Rinsler joined the series' writing staff in the second season as producers and remained with the show until its 1995 cancellation.
The show's theme song, "Everywhere You Look", was performed by Jesse Frederick, who co-wrote the song with writing partner Bennett Salvay and series creator Jeff Franklin. Various instrumental version
Los Angeles the City of Los Angeles and known by its initials L. A. is the most populous city in California, the second most populous city in the United States, after New York City, the third most populous city in North America. With an estimated population of four million, Los Angeles is the cultural and commercial center of Southern California; the city is known for its Mediterranean climate, ethnic diversity and the entertainment industry, its sprawling metropolis. Los Angeles is the largest city on the West Coast of North America. Los Angeles is in a large basin bounded by the Pacific Ocean on one side and by mountains as high as 10,000 feet on the other; the city proper, which covers about 469 square miles, is the seat of Los Angeles County, the most populated county in the country. Los Angeles is the principal city of the Los Angeles metropolitan area, the second largest in the United States after that of New York City, with a population of 13.1 million. It is part of the Los Angeles-Long Beach combined statistical area the nation's second most populous area with a 2015 estimated population of 18.7 million.
Los Angeles is one of the most substantial economic engines within the United States, with a diverse economy in a broad range of professional and cultural fields. Los Angeles is famous as the home of Hollywood, a major center of the world entertainment industry. A global city, it has been ranked 6th in the Global Cities Index and 9th in the Global Economic Power Index; the Los Angeles metropolitan area has a gross metropolitan product of $1.044 trillion, making it the third-largest in the world, after the Tokyo and New York metropolitan areas. Los Angeles hosted the 1932 and 1984 Summer Olympics and will host the event for a third time in 2028; the city hosted the Miss Universe pageant twice, in 1990 and 2006, was one of 9 American cities to host the 1994 FIFA men's soccer World Cup and one of 8 to host the 1999 FIFA women's soccer World Cup, hosting the final match for both tournaments. Home to the Chumash and Tongva, Los Angeles was claimed by Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo for Spain in 1542 along with the rest of what would become Alta California.
The city was founded on September 4, 1781, by Spanish governor Felipe de Neve. It became a part of Mexico in 1821 following the Mexican War of Independence. In 1848, at the end of the Mexican–American War, Los Angeles and the rest of California were purchased as part of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, becoming part of the United States. Los Angeles was incorporated as a municipality on April 4, 1850, five months before California achieved statehood; the discovery of oil in the 1890s brought rapid growth to the city. The completion of the Los Angeles Aqueduct in 1913, delivering water from Eastern California assured the city's continued rapid growth; the Los Angeles coastal area was settled by the Chumash tribes. A Gabrieleño settlement in the area was called iyáangẚ, meaning "poison oak place". Maritime explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo claimed the area of southern California for the Spanish Empire in 1542 while on an official military exploring expedition moving north along the Pacific coast from earlier colonizing bases of New Spain in Central and South America.
Gaspar de Portolà and Franciscan missionary Juan Crespí, reached the present site of Los Angeles on August 2, 1769. In 1771, Franciscan friar Junípero Serra directed the building of the Mission San Gabriel Arcángel, the first mission in the area. On September 4, 1781, a group of forty-four settlers known as "Los Pobladores" founded the pueblo they called El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles,'The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels'; the present-day city has the largest Roman Catholic Archdiocese in the United States. Two-thirds of the Mexican or settlers were mestizo or mulatto, a mixture of African and European ancestry; the settlement remained a small ranch town for decades, but by 1820, the population had increased to about 650 residents. Today, the pueblo is commemorated in the historic district of Los Angeles Pueblo Plaza and Olvera Street, the oldest part of Los Angeles. New Spain achieved its independence from the Spanish Empire in 1821, the pueblo continued as a part of Mexico.
During Mexican rule, Governor Pío Pico made Los Angeles Alta California's regional capital. Mexican rule ended during the Mexican–American War: Americans took control from the Californios after a series of battles, culminating with the signing of the Treaty of Cahuenga on January 13, 1847. Railroads arrived with the completion of the transcontinental Southern Pacific line to Los Angeles in 1876 and the Santa Fe Railroad in 1885. Petroleum was discovered in the city and surrounding area in 1892, by 1923, the discoveries had helped California become the country's largest oil producer, accounting for about one-quarter of the world's petroleum output. By 1900, the population had grown to more than 102,000; the completion of the Los Angeles Aqueduct in 1913, under the supervision of William Mulholland, assured the continued growth of the city. Due to clauses in the city's charter that prevented the City of Los Angeles from selling or providing water from the aqueduct to any area outside its borders, many adjacent city and communities became compelled to annex themselves into Los Angeles.
Los Angeles created the first municipal zoning ordinance in the United States. On September 14, 1908, the Los Angeles City Council promulgated residential and industrial land use zones; the new ordinance established three residential zones of a single type, where industrial uses were
Law & Order: Criminal Intent
Law & Order: Criminal Intent is an American police procedural television drama series set in New York City, where it was primarily produced. Created and produced by Dick Wolf and René Balcer, the series premiered on September 30, 2001, as the third series in Wolf's successful Law & Order franchise. Criminal Intent focuses on the investigations of the Major Case Squad in a fictionalized version of the New York City Police Department set in New York City's One Police Plaza. In the style of the original Law & Order, episodes are "ripped from the headlines" or loosely based on a real crime that received media attention; the series aired on NBC for the first six seasons but was moved to the NBCUniversal-owned USA Network starting with the seventh season to share costs and due to declining ratings. During its NBC run, each episode aired on USA the week after its original NBC airing; the 10th and final season premiered on Sunday, May 1, 2011, at 9 p.m. EDT with original cast members Vincent D'Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe starring as Detectives Robert Goren and Alexandra Eames and featuring Jay O. Sanders as Captain Joseph Hannah.
The series ended on June 2011, after 10 seasons comprising 195 episodes. Criminal Intent follows a division of the New York City Police Department, the "Major Case Squad", a force of brilliant and skilled first-grade detectives who handle the most serious and the most complex crimes that New York has to offer; the Major Case Squad investigates high-profile cases such as those involving VIPs, local government officials and employees, the financial industry, the art world. The series is notable for its heavy focus on the motives and actions of the criminals, supplemented with scenes of the suspects in their own lives, parallel to the investigation; each episode suspects in the days leading up to the crime. However, some episodes reveal the killer at the start but leave out other key details for the detectives to uncover. Unlike other Law & Order series, most Criminal Intent episodes end in the detectives eliciting confessions rather than continuing to the trial phase. Seasons 1–4 and 10 focus on Detectives Robert "Bobby" Goren and Alexandra Eames as the primary detectives in every episode.
In seasons 5–8, Criminal Intent episodes typically alternated between the team of Goren and Eames and a team composed of veteran Detective Michael "Mike" Logan and his partners: Carolyn Barek, Megan Wheeler, Nola Falacci. After season 7, Mike Logan retired from the NYPD and was replaced with Detective Zack Nichols until season 10, when Goren and Eames returned; the UK-aired version of Law & Order: Criminal Intent features the song "There's Only Me" by Rob Dougan in the opening credits. Another Rob Dougan track, "I'm Not Driving Anymore", is used as the theme for Law & Order and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. From season 6 the UK-aired version theme is "Urban Warfare" by Paul Dinletir. Law & Order: Criminal Intent was created in 2001 by René Balcer and Dick Wolf. Balcer served as the show's executive producer and head writer for its first five seasons; the show dominated its original time slot on Sundays at 9:00 p.m. for its first three seasons, was the highest-rated show of the night, with an average audience of 15.5 million viewers.
The show aired Sundays on NBC, with each week's episode being repeated on USA Network the following Saturday. Beginning in Season 4, it faced stiff new competition from ABC's night-time soap opera Desperate Housewives, a show that soon became the No. 1 drama on television. Although ratings for Criminal Intent further eroded in season 5 amid stiff competition, the series maintained respectable ratings through the season, enough to get it renewed for a sixth season on NBC. Balcer left the show at the end of Season 5, the show was handed off to Warren Leight, a longtime Criminal Intent staffer. Under Leight's leadership, the show acquired a new, more melodramatic tone; the mystery aspect of the show was simplified in favor of more personal stories involving the detectives. For example, Goren endured his mother's long battle with cancer, culminating with her death in Goren's last episode in season six; the show's look and editing style changed in an effort to attract viewers of the newer CSI franchise.
When NBC had acquired the rights to Sunday Night Football for the 2006–2007 season, Law & Order: Criminal Intent was moved to a new time slot on Tuesdays at 9:00 p.m. to serve as a lead-in to fellow Law & Order spinoff, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. For its first six airings, it faced CBS's The baseball on Fox. In late October, Fox's hit series House moved opposite Order: Criminal Intent, it was hoped that the show could maintain second position, beating the then-marginal The Unit but that did not occur. The show's ratings suffered a steep drop and finished fourth in its time slot. By the end of Season 6, Law & Order: Criminal Intent saw its lowest ratings ever. In May 2007, NBC faced a choice of renewing either Criminal Intent or the original Law & Order, which had seen a ratings increase in the last few episodes of its 17th season; because of Criminal Intent's weak ratings, NBC picked up Law & Order. Criminal Intent's new episodes were moved to the NBCUniversal-owned USA Network, where it could be expected to attract a much larger audience than the cable channel's average.
The remaining episodes from the seventh season began running on June 8, 2008. Production on the
Famous is a 2000 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Cameron Crowe and starring Billy Crudup, Frances McDormand, Kate Hudson, Patrick Fugit. It tells the story of a teenage journalist writing for Rolling Stone in the early 1970s, his touring with the fictitious rock band Stillwater, his efforts to get his first cover story published; the film is semi-autobiographical, as Crowe. It is based on his experiences touring with rock bands Poco, the Allman Brothers Band, Led Zeppelin and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Crowe has discussed how during this period he lost his virginity, fell in love, met his musical heroes—these events represented in the film as happening to William Miller, the boyish main character. Although a box office bomb, the film received widespread acclaim from critics and received four Academy Awards nominations, including a win for Best Original Screenplay, it was awarded the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media.
Roger Ebert hailed it the best film of the year as well as the ninth-best film of the 2000s. It won two Golden Globe Awards, for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture. In a 2016 international poll conducted by BBC, Almost Famous was ranked the 79th greatest film since 2000. In 1969, child prodigy William Miller struggles to fit in, his life is further complicated after learning that his widowed college-professor mother Elaine has led him to believe he is thirteen years old. William is eleven, having started the first grade at five years old, skipping fifth grade. Strong-willed Elaine's strict ban on rock music and pop culture influences that she fears have a negative effect on her children drives William's eighteen-year-old sister Anita to leave home to become a flight attendant. In 1973, now fifteen, influenced by Anita's secret cache of rock albums, aspires to be a rock journalist, writing freelance articles for underground papers in San Diego.
Rock journalist Lester Bangs, impressed with William's writing, gives him a $35 assignment to review a Black Sabbath concert. William is barred from backstage until the opening band Stillwater arrives and William flatters his way in. Lead guitarist Russell Hammond takes a liking to him and his new acquaintance, veteran groupie Penny Lane, who has taken William under her wing. Rolling Stone editor Ben Fong-Torres, believing William is older, hires him sight unseen to write an article about Stillwater and sends William on the road with the band. William interviews the members, but Russell puts him off. Tensions between Russell and lead singer Jeff Bebe soon become evident. William, jokingly called "the enemy" because he is a journalist, begins losing his objectivity as he becomes integrated into their inner circle; the band's record company hires Dennis, a professional manager, to handle problems with venues and promoters. Penny has to leave before the band reaches New York, where Russell's girlfriend Leslie will join them.
Penny and her three protégé groupies are gambled away to another band in a poker game. Meanwhile, Dennis charters a small plane. Penny shows up uninvited at the New York restaurant where the band is celebrating being featured on the cover of Rolling Stone. Penny is asked to leave after Leslie notices her attempts to get Russell's attention. William chases her to her hotel. While flying to another gig the following day, the band's plane encounters severe weather. Believing the plane will crash, everyone confesses their secrets, while Jeff and Russell's long-simmering conflicts erupt. William defends Penny after Jeff confesses he loves her; the plane lands safely in Tupelo. William arrives at the Rolling Stone office in San Francisco but has difficulty finishing the article. Seeking help, he calls Lester Bangs, he says William's perceived friendships with them are not real and advises him to, "be honest...and unmerciful." Rolling Stone's editors rave over William's completed article, but when the magazine's fact checker calls the band, protecting Stillwater's image and claims 90% is false.
Rolling Stone kills the article. Anita offers to take him anywhere. Groupie Sapphire chastises Russell for betraying William. Russell calls Penny at her home and wants to meet with her, but she tricks him by giving him William's address, he finds himself face-to-face with William's mother, who scolds him for his behavior. Russell apologizes to William and gives him an interview. Russell has verified William's article to Rolling Stone. Penny fulfills her long-standing fantasy to go to Morocco. Stillwater again tours only by bus. Crowe used a composite of the bands he had known to create Stillwater, the emerging group that welcomes the young journalist into its sphere becomes wary of his intentions. Stillwater was the name of a real band signed to Macon, Georgia's Capricorn Records label, which required the film's producers to obtain permission to use the name Stillwater. In an interview, real Stillwater guitarist Bobby Golden said, "They could have done it without permission but they would have had a bunch of different lawsuits.
Our lawyer got in touch with them. They wanted us to do it for free and I said, "No we're not doing it for free." So we got a little bit of change out of it." Seventies rocker Peter Frampt
The Powers of Matthew Star
The Powers of Matthew Star is an American sci-fi television series that aired from September 17, 1982 until April 8, 1983, on NBC. It starred Peter Barton as the title character, alien prince Matthew ‘E’Hawke’ Star of the planet Quadris. Starring were Amy Steel as Pam Elliot, Matthew’s girlfriend at Crestridge High, Louis Gossett Jr. as Matthew’s guardian Walt ‘D’hai’ Shepherd. In 2002, The Powers of Matthew Star was ranked #22 on the list of TV Guide's "50 Worst TV Shows of All Time". Peter Barton – Matthew Star/E'Hawke Louis Gossett Jr. – Walter Shepherd/D'Hai Amy Steel – Pamela Elliot Chip Frye – Bob Alexander Michael Fairman – Principal Heller John Crawford – General Tucker James Karen – Major Wymore The show was created by Steven E. De Souza, developed by Daniel Wilson, Harve Bennett, Robert Earll and Allan Balter. Wilson and Bruce Lansbury executive produced. Star Trek actors worked behind the scenes. Peter Barton and Amy Steel beat out actors Tom Cruise and Heather Locklear for their respective leading roles.
The series was called The Powers of David Star. With this title and a somewhat altered premise, the original pilot was to deal with teenaged David Star, who lived with the school janitor, Max. Max had a secret he was not sharing with David, who had no idea that he and Max were from another planet; as his powers began to surface, David started to understand. Hot on their trail was the FBI; the original pilot was aired as the last episode of the series. TV Guide's 1981 Fall Preview issue's network schedule grid lists the original series title as The Powers of Daniel Star; the program slated to debut in 1981 with the new title and storyline, was delayed when Peter Barton fell backward onto pyrotechnics and was badly burned, while co-star Louis Gossett Jr. tied to a chair, had fallen on top of Barton but managed to rescue him. After months in the hospital, Barton was released, the show resumed shooting; the series was cancelled after one season. The show ended airing the first pilot as the final episode broadcast.
D'Hai/Walter Shepherd's dialogue over the opening theme tells the tale of E'Hawke/Matthew Star: The first half of the series' run dealt with Matthew Star attending Crestridge High School and trying to survive his teenage years while dodging assassins, all under the watchful eye of his guardian, Walter Shepherd, who stayed nearby as a science teacher at the school. Those in their lives who had no idea about the truth were girlfriend Pam Elliot, friend Bob Alexander, the merry principal, Mr. Heller. General Tucker, an Air Force officer specializing in extraterrestrial investigations, had tracked the two of them across the country as they evaded alien agents intent on exterminating them. From time to time, he enlisted their specialized aid in solving monumental problems; the first dozen episodes dealt with the daily troubles of high school students, although in the episode "The Triangle," a chance trip to the Bermuda Triangle resulted in the discovery of messengers from Quadris, who told the pair that the king had been executed.
E'Hawke/Matthew was crowned the new king in a torch-lit cave. In the episode "Mother," a strange carnival gypsy is revealed to be Matthew's mother Nadra, traveling the galaxy and hiding from assassins; this reunion was bittersweet because, due to Nadra's health problems, she was forced to leave Crestridge for an undisclosed location with a higher elevation. In the "Fugitives" episode, trying to elude a nosy doctor, comes into contact with a substance in the hospital that causes him to have a deadly allergic reaction. At the same time, Matthew needs Walt to bail him out. At the last minute, Matthew manages to save Walt. Matthew's powers during this season were telekinetic, being able to move objects with the power of his mind; this power was illustrated in the opening credits as moving a book back into a slot on the shelf. In episodes, he used telekinesis to manipulate a football, raise rocks that had buried an experimental Air Force flying unit and its simulation; the opening title suggests that members of his family had other powers that expanded after achieving physical maturity.
The series took a sudden turn from a dramatic adventure series to a by-the-book adventure series, with Walt and Matthew having to deal with government assignments. Major Wymore replaced General Tucker and met with the Quadrians in all sorts of strange locations where he briefed them on the missions. Gone were references to the high school. Matthew was being portrayed as older, not much was said about their true mission, returning to Quadris to take back their world from the enemy. Matthew had used the name "Shep" for his guardian, but with the sudden format change, Matthew started calling him Walt. In the gap between episodes 12 and 13, Matthew developed or perfected additional powers, including separating his intelligence into an "astro", a simulation of his current appearance that could walk through walls. Another power was transmutation of objects; the name of the Marauding species that attacked Quadris is unrevealed. They seem human enough but they tend to explode when they hit water. Again these ‘human replicants’ may just be service drones working for a real enemy, an image of which may have been seen in the first pilot.
As to why th
Weird Science (film)
Weird Science is a 1985 American teen comic science fiction film written and directed by John Hughes and starring Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith and Kelly LeBrock. The film's producer, Joel Silver, acquired film rights to the pre-Comics Code Authority 1950s EC Comics magazine of the same name, from which the title is taken; the title song was performed by American new wave band Oingo Boingo. Nerdy social outcasts Gary Wallace and Wyatt Donnelly are humiliated by Ian and Max for swooning over their girlfriends Deb and Hilly. Dejected and disappointed at their direction in life and wanting more, Gary convinces the uptight Wyatt that they need a boost of popularity in order to get their crushes away from Ian and Max. Alone for the weekend with Wyatt's parents gone, Gary is inspired by the 1931 classic Frankenstein to create a virtual girl using Wyatt's computer, infusing her with everything they can conceive to make the perfect dream woman. After hooking electrodes to a doll and hacking into a government computer system for more power, a power surge creates Lisa, a beautiful and intelligent woman with endless powers.
Promptly, she conjures up a Cadillac to take the boys to a dive bar in Chicago, using her powers to manipulate people into believing Gary and Wyatt are of age. They return home drunk and happen upon Chet, Wyatt's mean older brother, who extorts money from him to buy his silence. Lisa agrees to keep herself hidden from him, but she realizes that Gary and Wyatt, while sweet, are uptight and need to unwind. After a humiliating experience at the mall where Max and Ian pour an Icee on Gary and Wyatt in front of a crowd, Lisa tells the bullies about a party at Wyatt's house, of which Wyatt had no prior knowledge, before driving off in a Porsche 928 she conjured for Gary. Despite Wyatt's protests, Lisa insists, she goes to meet Gary's parents, Al and Lucy, who, to Gary's embarrassment, are shocked and dismayed at the things she says and her frank manner. After she pulls a gun on them, she alters their memories. At the Donnelly house, the party has spun out of control while Gary and Wyatt take refuge in the bathroom, where they resolve to have a good time, despite having embarrassed themselves in front of Deb and Hilly.
Meanwhile, Wyatt's grandparents arrive and confront Lisa about the party, but she freezes them and hides them in a cupboard. In Wyatt's bedroom and Max convince Gary and Wyatt to recreate the events that created Lisa, but Lisa chides them over their misuse of the magic to impress their tormentors, she mentions that they forgot to connect the doll. Lisa resolves that the boys need a challenge to boost their confidence and has a gang of mutant bikers invade the party, causing chaos and sending the boys running; when the bikers take Deb and Hilly hostage and Gary confront the bikers with a new boost of confidence, their bravery makes Deb and Hilly fall in love with them. The bikers leave, the next morning, Chet uncovers the disarray in which the house is — including the missile and his catatonic grandparents — before confronting Wyatt and Gary. Lisa tells the boys to escort the girls home. Gary narrowly escapes being pulled over by the police in a conjured Ferrari, while Wyatt proclaims his love for Hilly before being sprayed by her parents' lawn sprinklers, both girls reciprocate their feelings to the boys.
Returning to the house, the boys discover Chet, now transformed into a giant, talking turd, who apologizes to Wyatt for his behavior. Lisa assures them that Chet will return to normal, realizing that her work is done and that they do not need her anymore, she kisses both Gary and Wyatt before dematerializing; as she leaves, the disarray is magically transformed back including Chet and the house. Wyatt's parents return home, unaware anything odd has happened at all. Sometime at their high school, Lisa becomes the gym class coach for a group of adolescent boys. Anthony Michael Hall as Gary Wallace Ilan Mitchell-Smith as Wyatt Donnelly Kelly LeBrock as Lisa Bill Paxton as Chet Donnelly Robert Downey Jr. as Ian Robert Rusler as Max Suzanne Snyder as Deb Judie Aronson as Hilly Vernon Wells as Lord General Jennifer Balgobin as Biker Girl Jeff Jensen as Metal Face Britt Leach and Barbara Lang as Al and Lucy Wallace, Gary's parents Ivor Barry and Ann Coyle as Henry and Carmen Donnelly and Chet's grandparents Doug MacHugh and Pamela Gordon as Mr. and Mrs. Donnelly and Chet's parents Michael Berryman as Mutant Biker John Kapelos as Dino D'Mitch Davis as Bartender Jill Whitlow as Susan, the perfume salesgirl Wally Ward as Art Renee Props as a member of The Weenies The film received a mixed response from critics.
Based on 28 reviews at the film review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 54% of critics gave Weird Science a positive review, with an average rating of 5.49/10. The consensus states: "Hardly in the same league as John Hughes' other teen movies, the resolutely goofy Weird Science nonetheless gets some laughs via its ridiculous premise and enjoyable performances"; the film is now regarded as a cult classic. The film was successful at the box office with a gross of $23,834,048 in North America and $15,100,000 in other territories, totaling $38,934,048 worldwide; the film's theme song, "Weird Science," was performed by Oingo Boingo and written by the band's frontman Danny Elfman. The soundtrack album was released on MCA Records: "Weird Science" – Oing
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is a 2005 American neo-noir black comedy crime film written and directed by Shane Black, starring Robert Downey Jr. Val Kilmer, Michelle Monaghan and Corbin Bernsen; the script is based on the Brett Halliday novel Bodies Are Where You Find Them, interprets the classic hardboiled literary genre in a tongue-in-cheek fashion. The film was produced with Susan Levin and Steve Richards as executive producers. Shot in Los Angeles between February 24 and May 3, 2004, the film debuted at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival on May 14, 2005 and was released in the United States on October 21, 2005, it grossed $15 million worldwide. At a Los Angeles party, Harry Lockhart recounts recent events. Fleeing a botched burglary in New York City, Harry's friend is shot, forcing Harry to evade police by ducking into an audition. Harry unintentionally impresses Dabney Shaw with an outburst of remorse Dabney mistakes for method acting. At a Hollywood party, Harry meets "Gay" Perry van Shrike, an gay private investigator, hired to give Harry on-the-job experience for his role.
Party host Harlan Dexter is a retired actor who resolved a feud over his wife's inheritance with his long-lost daughter, Veronica. He encounters his childhood crush Harmony Lane but wakes up in bed with her hostile friend. During a stakeout at a Big Bear Lake cabin and Harry witness a car being dumped in the lake and are spotted by two thugs. Perry realizes there's someone in the trunk and shoots the lock in a rescue attempt, but accidentally hits the female corpse inside, they can not report the body. Harmony contacts Harry, explaining that her sister Jenna came to Los Angeles, used Harmony's credit cards supposedly killed herself. Believing Harry is a detective, Harmony asks him to investigate Jenna's death. After she leaves, Harry discovers the lake corpse in his bathroom. Harry and Perry dump the corpse identified as Veronica Dexter by police. Harry discovers it was Harmony's credit card, used to hire Perry to come to the lake, tying Jenna to their case, he goes to see Harmony. At a party where Harmony is working, the thugs from the lake beat Harry and order him to cease the investigation.
While taking Harry to the hospital, Harmony sees the thugs heading to Perry's latest stakeout. Realizing that Perry is heading into a trap, she leaves Harry in her car and runs off to warn Perry, with Frying Pan being killed by an armed food-cart operator. A pink-haired girl, affiliated with the thugs, steals Harmony's car and unwittingly drives an unconscious Harry to her house. Mr. Fire kills her. Harmony meets Harry at his hotel where she reveals she had told Jenna, years ago, that Harlan Dexter was her real father, to diminish the pain of their sexually abusive father, they end up in bed, but just before anything can happen, Harmony reveals she had once slept with Harry's best friend, he throws her out. After Harmony disappears following a lead and Perry investigate a private mental hospital owned by Harlan. Perry realizes Veronica was incarcerated there by Harlan so an impostor could end the inheritance feud. Harry unintentionally kills a murderous orderly, he reveals. Harry calls Harmony, who had not disappeared but had gone to work.
Harmony steals the van containing the corpse. Harry and Perry escape. A bullet hits Harry. Waking in a hospital, Harry finds that Harmony is fine. Perry reveals. Jenna had located believing him to be her real father, she accidentally witnessed him having sex with Pink Hair Girl. Believing her new "father" was incestuous, Jenna commissioned Perry to catch him in the act committed suicide. Perry travels back to Harmony's hometown and slaps around her father, now bed-ridden and helpless, belittling him for being a "big tough guy" when he abused the helpless Jenna. Harry finishes his narration by stating that he is wrapping up the movie, now works for Perry, thanks the viewers for watching. Robert Downey, Jr. as Harry Lockhart Indio Falconer Downey as Harry age 9 Richard Alan Brown as Teen Harry Val Kilmer as "Gay" Perry van Shrike Michelle Monaghan as Harmony Faith Lane Ariel Winter as Harmony age 7 Stephanie Pearson as Teen Harmony Corbin Bernsen as Harlan Dexter Dash Mihok as Mr. Frying Pan Larry Miller as Dabney Shaw Rockmond Dunbar as Mr. Fire Shannyn Sossamon as Pink Hair Girl Angela Lindvall as Flicka Following the bad critical reception of The Long Kiss Goodnight and a rejection letter from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Shane Black decided he would attempt something out of the action genre.
Following the example of James L. Brooks, Black attempted to make a romantic comedy, "a quirky story of two kids in L. A." Brooks liked Black's first draft, but felt his attempts were losing focus. Trying to salvage what he had liked, Brooks suggested Black to imagine Jack Nicholson from As Good as It Gets playing Nicholson's role from Chinatown; this led Black to add action elements - "I said, you know,'Fuck it. I have to put a murder in it.'" - and rework the screenplay, adding the character of detective "Gay" Perry, who Black said was