Luke Cunningham Wilson is an American actor known for his roles in films such as Idiocracy, My Super Ex-Girlfriend, The Ridiculous 6, Old School, Bottle Rocket, The Royal Tenenbaums, Blue Streak and Legally Blonde. He was a member of the cast of the HBO television series Enlightened, he is the younger brother of actors Andrew Owen Wilson. Wilson was born in Dallas, the youngest of three sons of Laura Wilson, a photographer, Robert Andrew Wilson, an advertising executive and an executive at KERA, a public television station, his family from Massachusetts, is of Irish Catholic descent. All three Wilson boys attended St. Mark's School of Texas. According to Owen, Luke was voted class president the first year. Wilson's acting career began with the lead role in the short film Bottle Rocket in 1994, co-written by his older brother Owen Wilson and director Wes Anderson, it was remade as a feature-length film in 1996. After moving to Hollywood with his two brothers, he was cast opposite Calista Flockhart in Telling Lies in America and made a cameo appearance in the film-within-the-film of Scream 2, both in 1997.
Wilson filmed back-to-back romantic films in 1998, opposite Drew Barrymore, Best Men, about a group of friends who pull off a heist on their way to a wedding, Home Fries, about two brothers interested in the same woman for different reasons. He played the physician beau of a schoolteacher in Rushmore directed by Anderson and co-written by brother Owen. In 1999, Blue Streak was released featuring Wilson as detective Carlson, he starred opposite Reese Witherspoon in the 2001 comedy Legally Blonde. After, it was followed by The Royal Tenenbaums. Wilson had a role on That'70s Show, as Michael Kelso's older brother Casey Kelso, appearing sporadically from 2002 through 2005. In 2006, Wilson starred in Mike Judge's first film since 1999's Office Space, he portrayed an ordinary serviceman chosen for a cryogenics project. He awakens after hundreds of years in an America, less intelligent. In early 2007, Wilson starred opposite Kate Beckinsale in the thriller Vacancy. In July 2007, he worked on Henry Poole is Here in La Mirada, released in 2008.
He starred in the film Tenure in 2009. In 2010, he appeared in films Death at a Middle Men. From 2011 to 2013 he starred in the HBO TV series Enlightened. Wilson and brother Owen have co-written a Wright Brothers biopic, in which they plan to star. In January 2019, it was announced that Wilson had been cast as former sidekick-turned-mechanic-turned superhero Pat Dugan / S. T. R. I. P. E. in the upcoming DC Universe series Stargirl. Notable alumni of St. Mark's School of Texas Luke Wilson on IMDb
Reamde is a technothriller novel by Neal Stephenson, published in 2011. The story, set in the present day, centers on the plight of a hostage and the ensuing efforts of family and new acquaintances, many of them associated with a fictional MMORPG, to rescue her as her various captors drag her about the globe. Topics covered range from online activities including gold farming and social networking to the criminal methods of the Russian mafia and Islamic terrorists. Zula Forthrast, an adopted Eritrean, is given a job by her uncle, Richard "Dodge" Forthrast, at his company which runs an MMORPG called "T'Rain", which has made Richard rich and famous. Zula and her boyfriend, visit Richard's cat-skiing resort. Desperate for money, Peter sells a database of stolen credit card numbers to a shady contact, in fact working for the Russian mob; the transaction inadvertently results in a T'Rain-based ransomware virus infecting the contact's laptop and rendering the only copy of the database useless. Ivanov, a senior gangster behind the deal, tracks Peter down and coerces him and Zula to help him find the virus creators in Xiamen, China.
Upon arriving in China, Peter and Sokolov, locate the virus creators’ apartment. The Russian team prepares to raid the apartment, only to be misdirected by Zula into a random apartment, which coincidentally happens to house Islamic terrorists preparing to bomb an international conference soon to take place in the city. In the subsequent gun battle, Ivanov kills Peter, Abdallah Jones, the head of the Islamist cell, murders Ivanov; the hackers flee the building as a fire causes it to collapse. Jones flees with Zula as his hostage. Jones and Zula covertly fly from China into the Canadian wilderness and move south toward the US border. Jones plans to use Zula to force Richard to help him cross the border using a secret smuggling route. Meanwhile, Sokolov narrowly escapes from Xiamen by sea and begins to hunt down Jones in order to save Zula entering the US. An MI6 agent posted to Xiamen to manage surveillance on Jones is reassigned to locate Jones in cooperation with the CIA but suspects that both agencies' traditional approaches are misguided uniting with Sokolov to travel to the US-Canada border directly based on intuition.
All of the main characters converge on Richard's ski resort and its US-side counterpart, where Richard's brothers live with a community of Christian isolationists and armed Second Amendment fanatics. The terrorists camp in a location near the resort and inform Richard of their hostage, forcing him to lead them into the US while a small team detonates a suicide bomb near a border crossing as a distraction. After being used as bait, Zula heads out to rescue her uncle. Meanwhile, US-based terrorist cells converge on the community from the south, protagonists and terrorists end up battling in a massive gunfight. In the end, the terrorists are stopped and Richard kills Jones. Richard "Dodge" Forthrast, a former marijuana smuggler who launched and still oversees a successful gaming company and runs a cat skiing lodge near the border crossing of his old smuggling route. Zula Forthrast, a 25-year-old Eritrean adoptee educated in geology and programming who works for her Uncle Richard's gaming company and was dating Peter before becoming a resourceful kidnapping victim twice over.
Peter Curtis, a computer security consultant and boyfriend of Zula until he involves her in his identity theft and sales, leading to their kidnapping and his murder by Ivanov in Xiamen. Wallace, a Canadian-based Scottish money manager and criminal working for Ivanov and a T'Rain player whose computer and backup system are infected with Reamde, it is implied. Ivanov, a Russian mobster who may have started to go insane after several ministrokes and continuing high blood pressure, entering into several risky endeavors with Wallace, culminating in his desire to go out in a blaze of glory trying to recover the funds in China, where he is shot by Abdallah Jones. Csongor Takács, a 25-year-old freelance Hungarian computer security consultant and sysadmin working for Ivanov, he falls in love with Zula and, like the Russians, is disgusted with Peter's seeming indifference to his own girlfriend. Abdallah Jones, a Welsh-born Muslim-convert terrorist affiliated with Al-Qaeda, jihadists in Pakistan, other Sunni cells.
Distracted by the sight of a cougar and thus shot in the head by Richard Forthrast. Marlon, a Chinese hacker and leader of the group who created the Reamde virus. Zula saves his life, he becomes friends with Csongor and Yuxia on an unexpected sailboat voyage. Qian Yuxia, a Hakka guide and part-time tea saleswoman, she becomes friends with Zula in Xiamen, at first through selling tea learning each other's body language. When Yuxia sees Zula crying in distress that Zula has gotten Yuxia into trouble, Yuxia will do anything to become an ally. Olivia Halifax-Lin, a British citizen of Chinese descent and an MI6 operative tasked with finding Abdallah Jones in China. Sokolov, a former Russian military and Spetsnaz man who now acts as a security consultant operating out of Toronto, hired by Ivanov to find the Chinese virus writers. Trained in military arts, he ends up defending Zula and romantically involved with Olivia. Seamus Costello, a CIA operative based in the Philippines, obsessed with neutralizing Abdallah Jones.
An avid T'Rain player. John Forthrast, the eldest Forthrast brother who lost both legs in Vietnam and took parental responsibility for Zula after his sister Patricia died. Beaten to death by Abdallah Jones. Jacob "Jake" Forthrast, the youngest Forthrast brother, a Christian isolationist who live
Hoops & Yoyo Ruin Christmas is an American 2011 Christmas TV special that aired on CBS on November 25, 2011. The special was based on the Hallmark Cards characters Yoyo. Hoops and Piddles are having fun during the holidays; when they are decorating late at night, Santa Claus and his reindeer fly down to their house's roof, and, as Hoops and Piddles are hiding, delivers presents. Hoops and Piddles decide to climb into the bag when Santa isn't looking. However, Hoops gets stuck and somehow Yoyo and Piddles grasp onto Hoops's hand, they wind up inside the time-space continuum where Santa is able to deliver presents to everyone. However, the gang loses grip and they wind up in the "Past" portal, breaking the continuum, proven by a chicken turning back into an egg, they get transported to an identical universe, wind up breaking a boy's creation for a toy contest to become a master toymaker. The part Yoyo accidentally took off is signed with the name "Kris Kringle". Hoops realizes that they are in the past, because he finds out that Kris Kringle is another name for Santa.
They try to convince him that they can help him fix it. Kris believes they help him fix his creation, they all go to the Toy Festival. Kris meets a little girl who never had a toy; when they are in line for the judges, Kris is missing. Hoops and Piddles notice he is talking to the little girl. With only 1 minute left, he must decide whether he should win the contest, he gives the toy to the girl and they go back home, where the gang is surprised when the little girl redecorated Kris's house. The little girl tells him that's not all, she transforms into a beautiful spirit who turns Kris's house into Santa's workshop, she tells him. Kris is considered the next Santa and his old sleigh turns into Santa's sleigh, since Kris's sleigh only had one reindeer, gets more reindeer that now have the ability to fly. Yoyo and Piddles are excited because they can go home now, but Hoops tells them that they might ruin everything again since it's Kris' first night as Santa. Yoyo and Piddles agree with Hoops on that and say goodbye to Kris and the spirit and they go inside.
Before they can, the real Santa Claus greets them. When they get inside they find presents under their tree, they have received an identical version of Kris's toy, but with the gang on it instead. Mike Adair - Hoops Bob Holt - Yoyo Bev Carlson - Piddles Michael Monken - Kris Kringle / Young Santa Claus Dave Parke - Santa Claus Brooke Lloyd - The Little Girl Pamela Morency - The Spirit Circus-Szalewski - Snooty Clerk & Mean Toymaker The special had music composed by Alan Williams as well as music performed by Parry Gripp; the special was directed by Tony Craig and aired on the CBS network on November 25, 2011 before another special, The Elf on the Shelf: An Elf's Story, based on the book The Elf on the Shelf, premiered. Official website Hoops & Yoyo Ruin Christmas on IMDb
Second Movement Opera is an opera company in the United Kingdom. Second Movement was founded in 2004 as a London based chamber opera ensemble performing unorthodox opera productions in unusual spaces in the UK's capital, it is a charitable organisation with a mission to provide opportunities for talented young singers and professionals in non-standard operatic repertoire: several of its productions have been UK Stage Premieres. It has performed in venues ranging from an 18th-century Mayfair chapel to a Covent Garden banana warehouse, as well as a Victorian music hall, Hoxton Hall, it has regular recitals. Its two current Artistic Directors are Oliver Mears. “Small Wonder": In 2011, Second Movement was selected as one of the UK's seven leading small opera companies by Opera Now magazine. Rough for Opera In 2010 Second Movement founded Rough for Opera a regular programme of performances in which young and emerging opera creators road test and showcase new ideas and evolving work; the performances take place at the Cockpit Theatre, Gateforth Street, London, NW8 8EH.
Rough for Opera has included works by Kate Whitley, Mike Christie, William Marsey, Danjal Dhondy, Peter Longwirth, Benjamin Lunn, Kim B Ashton, Adam Dickson, Caroline Wilkins and Oded Ben-Tal, Simone Spagnolo. Rough for Opera on 24 March 2013 included Kate Whitley's Scars, based on a text by Stephanie Ndoungo, written as part of Freedom From Torture's creating writing group'Write To Life'. Ndoungo’s text is based on her own experience of having a medical examination of the scars on her body, in support of her case for asylum in the UK. 2004: Mozart and Salieri 2005: Trouble in Tahiti 2006: The Impresario, The Medium 2007: The Knife's Tears, Rothschild's Violin, The Two Blind Men 2008: Fade, A Hand of Bridge, Trouble in Tahiti 2010: The Three Wishes – scenes 2012: Zátopek! The Knife's Tears by Bohuslav Martinů, a Second Movement production first staged in 2007, was performed by Second Movement at the Reduta and Divadlo DISK, Prague, in October 2010; the director was Oliver Mears, conductor Nicholas Chalmers, set designer Simon Holdsworth, the cast were Yvette Bonner, Johnathan Brown and Hannah Pedley.
Czech television broadcast extracts from the performance and an interview with Oliver Mears and Nicholas Chalmers. The performance was discussed on Czech Radio in an interview with Ivan Kytka; the performance was part of a Triple Bill with two operas performed by the Ensemble Opera Diversa of Brno: Ela, Hela a Stop by Lukáš Sommer based on a text by Václav Havel, Dýňový démon ve vegetariánské restauraci by Ondřej Kyas, libretto by Pavel Drábek. In February 2011, The Medium by Gian Carlo Menotti, a Second Movement production first staged in 2006, was performed in a tour of Northern Ireland by NI Opera in association with Second Movement, with performances in the Strule Arts Centre, Omagh; the production was directed by Oliver Mears with conductor Nicholas Chalmers and stage designer Simon Holdsworth. The cast were Yvette Bonner, David Butt Philip, Doreen Curran, Alison Dunne, Jane Harrington, the actor Will Stokes. Zátopek! 2012 Second Movement commissioned and performed Zátopek! A 12-minute opera inspired by the life and times of legendary Czech long distance runner Emil Zátopek, as part of PRS for Music Foundation's New Music 20x12, which supported the creation of 20 new pieces of music for the Cultural Olympiad.
Zátopek! was created by composer Emily Howard and librettist Selma Dimitrijevich – co-artistic director of the Grayscale Theatre Company, performed by Second Movement with Ensemble 10/10 in Liverpool and London in 2012. The world premiere of Zátopek! took place on 15 June 2012 at the Epstein Theatre, presented by Second Movement in partnership with Liverpool Philharmonic. The performance was broadcast on Hear and Now on BBC Radio 3 on 16 June and is available for download from NMC Recordings The second performance took place at the Purcell Room, South Bank Centre London on 15 July 2012, as part of the New Music 20x12 Weekend Celebration The composer of Zatopek Emily Howard describes how the opera was created in an interview with the PRS for New Music Foundation A review of the first performance in the Liverpool Echo. was enthusiastic: “ Zatopek! …..is as unreservedly entertaining as the man it pays tribute to. That comes from the score, performed last night by Ensemble 10/10 relegated to the pit at the Epstein from the singers from opera company Second Movement, who built up a sweat performing in singlets and shorts Chariots of Fire style, from the simple but effective visuals of the staging – ” The reviewer in The Guardian commented: “Howard's score captures Zátopek's oddball personality by setting him at a slight harmonic variant with the rest of the field.
Selma Dimitrijevic's libretto evokes a military chorus, a love duet with his javelin-throwing wife Dana and a tipsy, beer-hall song of celebration. Intelligent use of projection gives Danielle Urbas's production a sense of grainy newsreel footage. Ensemble 10/10 present a meticulous rendering of the score's fluid, dream-like structure under Clark Rundell. Paul Morley reviewed the London performance on BBC 2’s The Review Show on 20 July 2012
Steve Brecher is an American professional poker player. In 1999, Brecher placed 8th in the World Series of Poker $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em event for $15,000. In 2004, he reached the final table of the World Poker Tour $25,000 No Limit Championship, finishing in 6th place and winning $232,000. In 2005, he finished 3rd in the $9,700 No Limit Hold'em event at the United States Poker Championship, pocketing $218,000. In 2009, Brecher took his first major tournament title by winning the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star tournament, he beat over 300 other players to win more than $1 Million, defeating Kathy Liebert heads up after the longest final table in WPT history. He finished 31st in the 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event, winning $242,636; as of November 2015, his career cashes were $3.0 million. Before turning his hand to professional poker, Brecher was a computer programmer and writer, instrumental in creating some of the earliest popular programs for the Macintosh platform, he wrote Suitcase, the font management program for the Mac, self-published under the brand Software Supply distributed by Fifth Generation Systems, acquired by Extensis, which still publishes a version of the program more than 20 years after Brecher's original release.
He together with Billy Steinberg, wrote Pyro, the original Mac screen saver application. In addition to application software, Brecher was a contributor to the FreePPP project, which brought Macintosh computers onto the Internet, developed low-level driver software for some of the earliest Macintosh hard disk drives. In the 1980s and early 1990s, Brecher was regarded in technology circles as a "programmer's programmer", was a Contributing Editor of MacTech magazine, for which he wrote the Ask Professor Mac column, answered technical questions from readers, his interest in professional gambling was foreshadowed by his 1980 book, Beating the Races with a Computer. Brecher holds an FAA Airline Transport Pilot certificate, during 2009–2012 flew himself to poker tournaments around the country from his plane's bases in Reno and Carson City, Nevada
Yuddha Kaanda is a 1989 Indian Kannada movie directed by K. V. Raju featuring Ravichandran, Poonam Dhillon and Bharathi Vishnuvardhan in the lead roles, it is a remake of the 1985 Hindi film Meri Jung. Upon release, the movie received positive reviews and became one of the highest-grossing films of the year after movies like Nanjundi Kalyana and Indrajith. However, the movie was only a Semi hit due to its high budget; the movie had a theatrical run of 16 weeks. Ravichandran As Ravi Bramhavar, criminal Lawyer Poonam Dhillon as sunitha Bharathi Vishnuvardhan as sharada devi, mother of Ravi Devaraj as J. D. Patil, lawyer & rival of Ravi Shashikumar as vicky Jaggesh as Tony Master Manjunath as chaddi Ramakrishna as Dr. Sanjay Avinash as Dr. Hegde Doddanna as police inspector doddayya Jyothi gurucharan as Indumathi Rathnakar as M. L. A Lakshmipathi sathyajith as Rowdy Bhadra Srinivas murthy as Bramhavar, Father of Ravi T. N. Balakrishna as lawyer shamanna Rajaram H. N. krishnegowda Killer venkatesh C. P.