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MacArthur Park (song)

"MacArthur Park" is a song written and composed by Jimmy Webb. Richard Harris was the first to record it in 1968. "MacArthur Park" was subsequently covered by numerous artists, including a 1969 Grammy-winning version by country music singer Waylon Jennings, a number one Billboard Hot 100 disco arrangement by Donna Summer in 1978. In 1967, producer Bones Howe had asked Webb to create a pop song with classical elements, different movements, changing time signatures. Webb delivered "MacArthur Park" to Howe with "everything he wanted", but Howe did not care for the ambitious arrangement or unorthodox lyrics and the song was rejected by the group The Association, for whom it was intended. "MacArthur Park" was written and composed by Jimmy Webb in the summer and fall of 1967 as part of an intended cantata. Webb brought the entire cantata to The Association, but the group rejected it; the inspiration for the song was his breakup with Susie Horton. MacArthur Park, in Los Angeles, was where the couple would meet for lunch and spent their most enjoyable times together.

At that time, Horton worked for Aetna insurance, whose offices were located just across the street from the park. When asked by interviewer Terry Gross what was going through his mind when he wrote the lyric, Webb replied that it was meant to be symbolic and referred to the end of a love affair. In an interview with Newsday in October 2014, Webb explained: Everything in the song was visible. There's nothing in it; the old men playing checkers by the trees, the cake, left out in the rain, all of the things that are talked about in the song are things I saw. And so it's a kind of musical collage of this whole love affair that kind of went down in MacArthur Park.... Back I was kind of like an emotional machine, like whatever was going on inside me would bubble out of the piano and onto paper. Webb and Horton remained friends after her marriage to another man; the breakup was the primary influence for "By the Time I Get to Phoenix", another song written and composed by Webb. After his relationship breakup, Webb stayed for a while at the residence of Buddy Greco, upon whose piano the piece was composed and dedicated.

Greco closed all his shows with this number for forty years. The idea to write and compose a classically structured song with several movements that could be played on the radio came from a challenge by music producer Bones Howe, who produced recordings for The Association; the song begins as a poem about love moves into a lover's lament. The song consists of four sections or movements: A mid-tempo introduction and opening section, called "In the Park" in the original session notes, is built around piano and harpsichord, with horns and orchestra added; this arrangement choruses. A slow tempo and quiet section follows, called "After the Loves of My Life," recorded by Ed Ames on his 1968 LP, Ed Ames Sings Apologize. An up-tempo instrumental section, called "Allegro", is led by drums and percussion, punctuated by horn riffs, builds to an orchestral climax. A mid-tempo reprise of the first section, concludes with the final choruses and climax. "MacArthur Park" was first recorded by Richard Harris, after he met the composer at a fundraiser in East Los Angeles, California in late 1967.

Webb had been invited to provide the musical backdrop at the piano. Out of the blue, who had just starred in the film Camelot and had performed several musical numbers in it, suggested to Webb that he wanted to release a record. At first, Webb did not take Harris but he received a telegram from Harris requesting that Webb "come to London and make a record". Webb flew to London and played Harris a number of songs for the project, but none seemed to fit Harris for his pop music debut; the last song that Webb played for Harris was "MacArthur Park" written for The Association, whose members had promptly rejected it because of its length, complex structure, unorthodox lyrics. But Harris selected it; the track was recorded on December 1967, at Armin Steiner's Sound Recorders in Hollywood. String and brass overdubs were recorded over two sessions on December 29 and 30; the musicians in the original studio recording included members of the famous "Wrecking Crew" of Los Angeles-based studio musicians who played on many of the hit records of the 1960s and 1970s.

Personnel used included Hal Blaine on drums, Larry Knechtel on keyboards, Joe Osborn on bass guitar, Tommy Tedesco and Mike Deasy on guitars, along with Webb himself on harpsichord. The song was included on Harris's album A Tramp Shining in 1968 and selected for release as a single, an unusual choice, given the song's length and complex structure, it was released in April 1968 and was played by 77 WABC on Tuesday April 9, 1968. It made its way onto the Hot 100 at number 79 on May 11, 1968, peaking at number 2 on June 22, 1968 behind Herb Alpert's "This Guy's in Love with You", it peaked at number 10 on Billboard's Easy Listening survey and was number 8 on WABC's overall 1968 chart. It topped the music charts in Europe and Australia and won the 1969 Grammy Award for Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist. In 1992, Miami Herald journalist Dave Barry conducted a poll among his readers, they selected Harris's recording as the worst song of all time, both in terms of "Worst Lyrics" and "Worst Overall Song".

In September 1978, American singer Donna Summer released a multi-million selling vinyl single disco version of "MacArthur Park". The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 the week of November 11, 1978, for 3 weeks, earned

Sinestro Corps

The Sinestro Corps known as Yellow Lantern Corps, is a group of fictional characters, a villainous analog to the Green Lantern Corps in the DC Universe, derived from the emotional spectrum. It is led by the supervillain Thaal Sinestro; the Sinestro Corps first appears in Green Lantern vol. 4 #10 and was created by Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver. The Parallax entity is a space parasite, the embodiment of fear, imprisoned within the Central Power Battery on Oa; as time passed, the entity became known as the yellow impurity, the cause for the power rings' weakness to the color yellow. Thaal Sinestro, at the time the universe's greatest Green Lantern, was sent to Earth by Supernova in a plot to erase Guy Gardner from history. Booster Gold was assigned to prevent this from happening. To do so, he convinced Sinestro to leave Earth, claiming that he was an admirer from the future, that his yellow Legion of Super-Heroes flight ring was a tribute to Sinestro; when asked what Corps he belongs to, Booster ad-libbed, "The...

Sinestro Corps", leading Sinestro to twirl his mustache in thought while mumbling, "Of course... Of course."After Sinestro went rogue, he was banished by the Guardians of the Universe to Qward in the antimatter universe. When he returned, he wielded a power ring. After various encounters with Earth's Green Lantern, Hal Jordan, he was imprisoned within the Central Power Battery. There he was able to use his ring, which uses fear, as opposed to willpower, as a power source, to awaken Parallax from hibernation. From there and Sinestro were able to influence the fall of Hal Jordan and instigate the fall of the Green Lantern Corps, leaving one last Green Lantern: Kyle Rayner. After the Green Lantern Corps was restarted with the return of Hal Jordan, the Sinestro Corps began recruiting members, offering yellow power rings and a role in the Corps to those who can "instill great fear". Members of the Corps are taken to Qward to "...be subjected to psychological and physical reconditioning". The members of the Sinestro Corps work like the Green Lantern Corps.

Qward has a huge yellow Central Battery on its surface like the one used on Oa. Although the Sinestro Corps uses fear, opposes the Green Lantern Corps and the Guardians, Sinestro has stated their goal is to bring order to the universe, which he claims the Guardians have failed to do. Arkillo, a large and muscular vicious alien, is enslaving all the Qwardian Weaponers and forcing them to continuously build new yellow rings which are programmed to breach the barrier between the antimatter and matter universes to find and recruit new ring-wielders. Arkillo serves as the Sinestro Corps' drill sergeant, similar to Kilowog's role in the GLC. Members recruited include Karu-Sil, raised by animals. During this time, the Sinestro Corps attempted to recruit Batman, known to some alien races for his formidable ability to instill fear in others. However, Batman's willpower combined with his previous brief exposure to a power ring allowed him to reject the yellow ring before it took him to be properly trained and molded into one of Sinestro's soldiers.

The yellow ring sought a replacement and selected Amon Sur, the disgruntled son of Abin Sur, on Earth attempting to steal Hal Jordan's ring. It was revealed that after untold millennia, the Weaponers of Qward, Ranx the Sentient City, the Children of the White Lobe, the Empire of Tears will rise united against the Green Lantern Corps; this was ignored up until upgraded Manhunters started to appear throughout the universe. Hal Jordan encountered one on Earth and, with Guy Gardner, followed their trail to Sector 3601. Hal and Guy found several Green Lanterns, all of whom were assumed to have been killed during the Emerald Twilight saga, the Manhunters' new grandmaster Hank Henshaw, the Cyborg Superman; the Manhunters were defeated and Henshaw's head was brought to Oa. The Book of Oa has a forbidden chapter on cosmic prophecies, which includes the following: After his interrogation, the Guardians learned that Henshaw is aware of the fifty-two parallel universes and that if New Earth was destroyed, the new Multiverse would collapse and the Antimatter universe would take its place.

Two of the Guardians and Sayd, warn the other Guardians not to ignore the prophecy because it could destroy the Green Lantern Corps. Following his defeat in Green Lantern: Rebirth, the events of Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps Special #1 Sinestro retreats to the planet Qward in the antimatter universe. There he amasses an army, the Sinestro Corps, that he selects based upon their ability to "inspire great fear"; each member is armed with a yellow power ring, mirroring the green ones of the Green Lantern Corps. Amongst Sinestro's allies are the resurrected Anti-Monitor; the Sinestro Corps launches an all-out assault against the Green Lantern Corps and the universe itself. During the assault on Oa, the Sinestro Corps manages to inflict heavy casualties and free Superman-Prime and the Cyborg Superman from their imprisonment. Kyle Rayner is captured and transported to Qward, where Sinestro manages to separate Rayner from the symbiote Ion allowing Parallax to possess him. Hal Jordan, John Stewart, Guy Gardner return to Earth to warn the Justice League of the Anti-Monitor's return.

As the Sinestro Corps spreads out to ambush Green Lanterns across the universe, Green Lantern vol. 4 #23 sees the Guardians deciding to rewrite their sacred text, the Book of Oa. They add 10 new laws, the first of which authorizes the use of lethal force against the Sinestro Corps; as the Green Lanterns gather on Oa in pre

Pater (film)

Pater is a 2011 French drama film directed by Alain Cavalier. It premiered In Competition on 17 May at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. Cavalier and Lindon play versions of themselves, starting work on a film in which they will play the president of the republic and a politician who will be prime minister, respectively. Though improvised conversations, they sketch out both their actual relationships. Cavalier's President character calls on Lindon's Prime Minister character to pass a law on the maximum salary at the national level; the project met with strong opposition and the two men can not muster a majority of MPs behind the project. Having the feeling of not being sufficiently supported by the President, Lindon decides to run for president himself. Vincent Lindon as Vincent Lindon Alain Cavalier as Alain Cavalier Bernard Bureau as Bernard Bureau Pater was shot with a handheld digital camera Cavalier said "The year of working together changed us I wasn’t in charge the way a director is in charge.

And we discovered things gradually. I used to plan the last shot from the start, thought about that from the beginning. I had studied Greek tragedy, I was influenced by films like Renoir's Partie de campagne and John Huston's Asphalt Jungle. Now I want to forget all that."The film was made with a skeleton script and cast. "I didn’t write one line of dialogue, just a sketch, nine pages, about how I met Vincent, how we decided to work together, how I would film." Cavalier said the film is "about the intimacy of power and how it is like the intimacy of making a movie together, without a cast, without a classical team." The New York Times described the film as "an improvised adventure, a game of Let’s Pretend with a political twist, with scenes of the two picnicking in the forest on a gourmet feast, plucking the proper ties and suits from vast closets, talking of cabbages and kings, as it were — and of how they feel about women." On film review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes, the film has two reviews, one positive and one negative.

Variety described it as the "epitome of an in-joke, best appreciated by director Alain Cavalier and his slender cast, Pater is a confounding slog for most anyone else. Curiously tapped for a Cannes competition slot, this sloppily improvised film about filmmaking doesn't bother to make clear whether and how it's a mock-docu account of the shooting of a French prime minister biopic, as Cavalier cavalierly squanders the chance to represent his meta-narrative in stylistically coherent terms."The A. V. Club gave it a grade of "D+", saying: "I didn’t get it, neither did any other American I spoke to, but the French were applauding madly throughout in response to policy statements. Director and star have an easy rapport, but that’s all I got out of it, I’m afraid." Pater on IMDb