Midnight in Paris
Midnight in Paris is a 2011 fantasy comedy film written and directed by Woody Allen. Set in Paris, the film follows Gil Pender, a screenwriter, forced to confront the shortcomings of his relationship with his materialistic fiancée and their divergent goals, which become exaggerated as he travels back in time each night at midnight; the movie explores themes of modernism. Produced by the Spanish group Mediapro and Allen's US-based Gravier Productions, the film stars Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, Carla Bruni, Marion Cotillard, Michael Sheen, it premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and was released in the United States on May 20, 2011. The film opened to critical acclaim and has been cited as one of Allen's best films in recent years. In 2012, the film won both the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay and the Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay. In 2011, Gil Pender, a successful but creatively unfulfilled Hollywood screenwriter, his fiancée Inez, are in Paris vacationing with Inez's wealthy, conservative parents.
Gil is struggling to finish his first novel, centered on a man. Inez dismisses his ambition as a romantic daydream, encourages him to stick with lucrative screenwriting. Gil is considering moving to Paris. Inez is intent on living in Malibu. By chance, they are joined by Inez's friend Paul, described as both pedantic and a pseudo-intellectual, his wife Carol. Paul speaks with great authority but questionable accuracy on the highlights of Paris up to the point of contradicting a tour guide at the Musée Rodin, insisting that his knowledge of Rodin's relationships is more accurate than that of the guide. Inez admires him. A night of wine tasting gets Gil drunk and he decides to walk the streets of Paris to get back to the hotel, he stops to reconnoiter his location. At midnight, a 1920s car pulls up beside him, the passengers, dressed in 1920s wardrobe, urge him to join them, they hit a party for Jean Cocteau attended by notable people of 1920s Paris: Cole Porter and his wife Linda Lee Porter and Scott Fitzgerald.
Zelda encourages Scott and Gil to leave with her. They head first to Bricktops where they see Josephine Baker dancing, to a cafe, where they run into Ernest Hemingway and Juan Belmonte. Zelda gets upset when Hemingway says her novel was weak, she heads with Belmonte to St. Germain, followed shortly thereafter by Scott, who doesn't like the thought of his wife and the toreador. After discussing writing, Hemingway offers to show Gil's novel to Gertrude Stein; as Gil exits the building to fetch his manuscript from his hotel, he finds he has returned to 2010. The next night, Gil wants to share with Inez his time travel experience, she ditches Gil before the clock strikes midnight. Before long, the same car returns. Gil is introduced to Gertrude Stein and other friends at her apartment: Pablo Picasso and his lover Adriana. Adriana and Gil are attracted to each other. Stein reads aloud the novel's first line:'Out Of The Past' was the name of the store, its products consisted of memories: what was prosaic and vulgar to one generation had been transmuted by the mere passing of years to a status at once magical and camp.
Adriana says that she is hooked by these few lines and has always had a longing for the past the Belle Époque. Gil continues with his time travel for the next couple nights. Inez is annoyed at Gil's wanderings, her father hires a private detective to follow him. Adriana has her time with Picasso and Hemingway, Gil, although he is conflicted by his attraction to her. Gil confides his predicament to Salvador Dalí, Man Ray, Luis Buñuel, but being surrealists they see nothing strange about his claim to have come from the future, finding it to be normal; each discusses the impossibility of Gil's relationship with Adriana, as artists, what work of art from each could come of the romance. Gil would suggest a film plot to Buñuel, the cause of him attempting to understand the purpose of the plot. Inez and her parents are traveling to Mt. Saint Michel while Gil meets Gabrielle, an antique dealer and fellow admirer of the Lost Generation, he buys a Cole Porter gramophone record, finds Adriana's diary from the 1920s at a book stall by the Seine, which reveals that she was in love with him.
Reading that she dreamed of receiving a gift of earrings from him and making love to him, Gil attempts to take a pair of Inez's earrings to give to Adriana, but is thwarted by Inez's early return to the hotel room. Gil buys earrings for Adriana. Returning to the past, he finds her at a party and tells her, "I sense there are some complicated feelings you have for me." He takes her for a walk, they kiss, he gives her the earrings. While she's putting them on, a horse-drawn carriage comes down the street, a richly dressed couple inside the carriage invite Gil and Adriana for a ride; the carriage transports the passengers to the Belle Époque, an era Adriana considers Paris's Golden Age. Gil and Adriana go first to Maxim's Paris to the Moulin Rouge where they meet Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Paul Gauguin, Edgar Degas. Gil asks what they thought the best era was, the three determine that the greatest era was the Renaissance; the enthralled Adriana is offered a job designing ballet costum
Surf's Up (film)
Surf's Up is a 2007 American computer-animated mockumentary comedy film directed by Ash Brannon and Chris Buck. It features the voices of Shia LaBeouf, Jeff Bridges, Zooey Deschanel, Jon Heder, Mario Cantone, James Woods, Diedrich Bader among others. In production since 2002 at Sony Pictures Animation, it was the studio's second theatrical feature film; the film premiered in the United States on June 8, 2007, was distributed by Columbia Pictures. It is a parody of surfing documentaries, such as The Endless Summer and Riding Giants, with parts of the plot parodying North Shore. Real-life surfers Kelly Slater and Rob Machado have vignettes as their penguin surfer counterparts. To obtain the desired hand-held documentary feel, the film's animation team motion-captured a physical camera operator's moves. A sequel, titled Surf's Up 2: WaveMania, was released direct-to-video on January 17, 2017. A documentary crew follows the misadventures of Cody Maverick, a 17-year-old northern rockhopper penguin who lives in Shiverpool, Antarctica with his mother Edna and his older brother Glen.
Cody has wanted to be a professional surfer since a visit from legendary surfer Ezekiel "Big Z" Topanga several years ago. When a talent scout shorebird named Mikey arrives to find entrants for the "Big Z Memorial" surfing contest, Cody jumps at the chance despite the lack of support from his family. En route to the contest, Cody befriends another entrant, Chicken Joe, an air-headed rooster from Lake Michigan; the entrants arrive at Pen Gu Island, the site of the contest, where Cody meets and falls in love with Lani, a female gentoo penguin, a lifeguard. He meets Tank "The Shredder" Evans, an arrogant penguin who has won the Big Z Memorial nine times since it was first held after Z's alleged death during a previous match ten years ago. Cody sees him vandalizing Big Z's memorial and challenges Tank to a surfing duel. Tank wins the duel while Cody nearly drowns. Lani takes him to her uncle, the "Geek", to help Cody recover from his injuries. Cody wakes up and panics when he can't find the souvenir necklace he got as a kid from Big Z. Geek criticizes the necklace, but decides to return it when he finds it in his hut.
While returning the necklace, Geek finds Cody sitting on a koa log and offers to help him make a perfect surfboard. They attempt to take the log back to Geek's house, only to lose control of it and end up on a beach far away from the contest; when Cody gets to the beach, he discovers a shack full of old trophies and surfboards, which are Z's belongings. After observing Geek sadly looking in the shack, he realizes that Geek is Z and asks him to teach him how to surf. Reluctantly, Z says that Cody has to make his own board first; the attempt doesn't go well, however, as an impatient Cody doesn't listen to Z's advice and makes an unstable board that shatters as soon as he tries to enter the water. Angry, he storms off, running into Lani, who persuades him to return; that night, a happier, more patient Cody works on a new board, finishing it by morning, falls asleep. Z compliments Cody on his board, but when Cody is eager to start training, he instead has him do menial tasks unrelated to surfing. Losing his patience with Z, he places him on the board and pushes him into the water while he is asleep as a prank.
Z asks him if he had fun, when Cody says "yes", Z takes him to the water and begins teaching him how to surf the waves, both being joined by Lani. Afterwards, Cody asks Z if he'll come watch the contest, but Z refuses, saying he faked his death because he realized he couldn't compete with his then-new rival Tank, that he was disillusioned. Not impressed that Z just gave up, Cody morosely throws the necklace Z gave him to the sea and leaves, meets up with Joe, gets back to the contest just as it begins. Tank makes it to the finals, as do Cody and Joe. In the semifinals, Tank battles with Cody, with Tank trying to throw him off his board, but Tank falls off his own board and loses. During the finals, Tank bursts in and tries to hit Joe off his board. Cody intervenes at the last minute, sending him and Tank out of bounds and into a surfing obstacle known as the Boneyard, which has killed surfers who have ventured there. Tank punches Cody off his board before crashing, is rescued by Lani. Z, secretly watching Cody's performance, rescues Cody from a gigantic wave and helps him get back to the beach safely.
Z and Cody find out that Joe won by default since Cody were disqualified. However, Cody accepts the loss. Z invites all of them to surf at his beach. Cody finishes his interview with a reflection of the past events and joins the rest of his friends in the water. In the post-credits scene, Glen kicks the crew out by throwing their equipment out the window, telling them to “Go back to Hollywood”, much to Edna's dismay. Shia LaBeouf as Cody Maverick, a 17-year old rockhopper penguin who dreams of being a surfer. Jeff Bridges as Zeke "Big Z/Geek" Topanga, Cody's idol and a famous surfer penguin. Zooey Deschanel as Lani Aliikai, a Gentoo penguin and Cody's love interest. Jon Heder as Chicken Joe, a dimwitted rooster. Mario Cantone as Mikey Abromowitz, a talented scout shorebird. James Woods as Reggie Belafonte, a short-tempered sea otter. Diedrich Bader as Tank "The Shredder" Evans, the main antagonist of the film. Cody's former idol. Dana Belben as Edna Maverick, Cody's mother. Brian Posehn as Glen Maverick, Cody's older brother.
Kelly Slater as himself Rob Machado as himself Ash Brannon as himself Chris Buck as himself Sal Masekela as himself Reed Buck as Arnold Reese Elowe as Kate Jack P. Ranjo as Smudge Matt Taylor as Iv
Monty Python's Spamalot is a musical comedy adapted from the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Like the motion picture, it is a irreverent parody of the Arthurian legend, but it differs from the film in many ways; the original 2005 Broadway production, directed by Mike Nichols, received 14 Tony Awards nominations, winning in three categories, including Best Musical. During its initial run of 1,575 performances, it was seen by more than two million people and grossed over $175 million. A recording encourages members of the audience to "let your cellphones and pagers ring willy-nilly," and comments that they should "be aware there are armed knights on stage that may drag you on stage and impale you." This was recorded by Eric Idle. A historian narrates a brief overview of medieval England. In a miscommunication between the actors and the narrator, the actors sing an introductory song about Finland; the Historian returns and tells the frolicking Finns that he was talking about England, not Finland.
The scene changes to a dreary, dark village with penitent monks in hooded robes chanting Latin and hitting themselves with books. King Arthur travels the land with his servant Patsy, who follows him around banging two coconut shells together to make the sound of a horse's hooves as Arthur "rides" before him, trying to recruit Knights of the Round Table to join him in Camelot, he encounters a pair of sentries who are more interested in debating whether two swallows could carry a coconut than in listening to the king. Sir Robin, a collector of plague victims, Lancelot, a large and violent man, meet as Lancelot attempts to dispose of the sickly Not Dead Fred. Although a plague victim, the man insists that he can dance and sing, he completes a dance number, but is soon hit over the head with a shovel and killed by an impatient Lancelot.. They agree to become Knights of the Round Table together, Lancelot for the fighting, Robin for the singing and the dancing. Arthur attempts to convince a peasant named Dennis Galahad that he, Arthur, is King of England because the Lady of the Lake gave him Excalibur, the sword given only to the man fit to rule England.
However and his mother, Mrs Galahad, are political radicals and deny that any king who has not been elected by the people has any legitimate right to rule over them. To settle the issue, Arthur has the Lady Of The Lake and her Laker Girls appear to turn Dennis into a knight. Cheered on by the girls, the Lady Of The Lake turns Dennis into Sir Galahad and together, they sing a generic Broadway love song, complete with chandelier, they are joined by Sir Robin and Sir Lancelot, together with Sir Bedevere and "the aptly named" Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Show, they make up the Knights of the Round Table. The five knights gather in Camelot, a deliberately anachronistic place resembling Las Vegas's Camelot-inspired Excalibur resort, complete with showgirls, oversized dice and the Lady of the Lake headlining the Castle in full Cher get-up. In the midst of their revelry, they are contacted by God. Urged on by the Lady Of The Lake, the Knights set off, they travel throughout the land until they reach a castle, only to be viciously taunted by lewd French soldiers.
They attempt to retaliate by sending them a large wooden rabbit in the style of the Trojan Horse. Defeated, they leave in a hurry when the French begin taunting them again, sending cancan dancers after them and throwing barnyard animals including cows at them. Arthur and his followers manage to run into the safety of the wings before the French catapult the Trojan Rabbit at them. Sir Robin and his minstrels follow King Arthur and Patsy into a "dark and expensive forest", where they are separated. King Arthur meets the silly Knights who say Ni, who demand a shrubbery. King Arthur despairs of finding one, but Patsy cheers him up and they find a shrubbery shortly after. Sir Robin, after wandering the forest for some time with his minstrels, encounters The Black Knight, who scares him off, but King Arthur, who happens on the scene, more or less defeats him by cutting off both his arms and legs, impaling his still-alive torso on a door, leaving to give the Knights their shrubbery; the Knights accept it, but next demand that King Arthur put on a musical and bring it to Broadway, implying that it need only be Broadway-style, "but not an Andrew Lloyd Webber".
The mere mention of his name causes everyone to scream in pain. Sir Robin, who has found Arthur by this point, insists that it would be impossible for them to accomplish this next task, since you need Jews for a successful Broadway musical, proves his point in a wild production number filled with Fiddler on the Roof parodies, including a bottle dance with Grails instead of bottles. King Arthur and Patsy promptly set off in search of Jews. (In countries that don't have a tradition of Jews in t
Breaking Bad is an American neo-western crime drama television series created and produced by Vince Gilligan. The show aired on AMC for five seasons, from January 20, 2008 to September 29, 2013. Set and filmed in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the series tells the story of Walter White, a struggling and depressed high school chemistry teacher, diagnosed with lung cancer. Together with his former student Jesse Pinkman, White turns to a life of crime by producing and selling crystallized methamphetamine to secure his family's financial future before he dies, while navigating the dangers of the criminal world; the title comes from the Southern colloquialism "breaking bad", meaning to "raise hell" or turn to a life of crime. Walter's family consists of son Walter, Jr. and daughter Holly. The show features Skyler's sister Marie Schrader and her husband Hank, a DEA agent. Walter hires lawyer Saul Goodman, who connects him with private investigator and fixer Mike Ehrmantraut and in turn Mike's employer, drug kingpin Gus Fring.
The final season introduces the characters Lydia Rodarte-Quayle. Breaking Bad is regarded as one of the greatest television series of all time. By the time the series finale aired, it was among the most-watched cable shows on American television; the show received numerous awards, including 16 Primetime Emmy Awards, eight Satellite Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, two Peabody Awards, two Critics' Choice Awards and four Television Critics Association Awards. For his leading performance, Cranston won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series four times, while Aaron Paul won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series three times. In 2013, Breaking Bad entered the Guinness World Records as the most critically acclaimed show of all time. A spin-off prequel series, Better Call Saul, starring Bob Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks, debuted on February 8, 2015, on AMC. In November 2018, a spin-off film was announced to be in development. Set in Albuquerque, New Mexico between 2008 and 2010, Breaking Bad follows Walter White as he is transformed from a meek high school science teacher who wants to provide for his family after learning he has terminal cancer into a ruthless player in the local methamphetamine drug trade.
Making only small batches of meth with his former student Jesse Pinkman and Jesse expand to make larger batches of a special blue meth, pure and creates high demand. Walter takes on the name "Heisenberg" to mask his identity; because of his drug-related activities, Walt finds himself at odds with his family, the Drug Enforcement Administration through his brother-in-law Hank Schrader, the local gangs, the Mexican drug cartels and their regional distributors, putting his life at risk. Breaking Bad was created by Vince Gilligan, who spent several years writing the Fox series The X-Files. Gilligan wanted to create a series. "Television is good at keeping its characters in a self-imposed stasis so that shows can go on for years or decades," he said. "When I realized this, the logical next step was to think, how can I do a show in which the fundamental drive is toward change?" He added. The show title is a Southern colloquialism meaning, among other things, "raising hell", was chosen by Gilligan to describe Walter's transformation.
According to Time entertainment editor Lily Rothman, the term has a broader meaning and is an old phrase which "connotes more violence than'raising hell' does... he words possess a wide variety of nuances: to'break bad' can mean to'go wild', to'defy authority', break the law, to be verbally'combative, belligerent, or threatening' or, followed by the preposition'on','to dominate or humiliate'."The concept emerged as Gilligan talked with his fellow writer Thomas Schnauz regarding their current unemployment and joked that the solution was for them to put a "meth lab in the back of an RV and around the country cooking meth and making money". While still pitching the show to studios, Gilligan was discouraged when he learned of the existing series Weeds and its similarities to the premise of Breaking Bad. While his producers convinced him that the show was different enough to still be successful, he stated that he would not have gone forward with the idea had he known about Weeds earlier; the network ordered nine episodes for the first season, but the 2007–08 Writers Guild of America strike limited the production to seven episodes.
The initial versions of the script were set in Riverside, but at the suggestion of Sony, Albuquerque was chosen for the production's location due to the favorable financial conditions offered by the state of New Mexico. Once Gilligan recognized that this would mean "we'd always have to be avoiding the Sandia Mountains" in shots directed toward the east, the story setting was changed to the actual production location, it was shot on 35 mm film, with digital cameras employed as needed for additional angles, point of view shots and time-lapse photography. Breaking Bad cost $3 million per episode to produce, higher than the average cost for a basic cable program. Before the series finale, Gilligan said that it was difficult to write for Walter White because the character was so dark and morally questionable: "I'm going to miss the show when it's
Step Brothers (film)
Step Brothers is a 2008 American comedy film directed by Adam McKay and written by Will Ferrell and McKay from a story by Ferrell, McKay, John C. Reilly, it follows Brennan and Dale, two grown men who are forced to live together as brothers after their single parents marry each other. Richard Jenkins, Mary Steenburgen, Adam Scott and Kathryn Hahn star; the film was released on two years after Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. Both films feature the same main actors, as well as writing team. Brennan Huff and Dale Doback are immature adults still living at home. Brennan lives with his divorced mother and Dale lives with his widowed father, Robert. Robert and Nancy meet, fall in love, get married, forcing Brennan and Dale to live with each other as step brothers. Brennan and Dale despise each other for interfering with their lifestyles. Dale warns Brennan not to touch his drum kit, which Brennan does anyway and is confronted by Dale; the argument over the drum kit erupts into a violent brawl between them.
They are grounded for a week following the incident and told they must find jobs within a month, or they will be evicted from the house. When Brennan's younger and more successful brother Derek, a helicopter leasing agent, comes to visit with his family, he ridicules them for their lack of ambition, enticing Dale to punch him in the face. Brennan is awed that Dale stood up to Derek, while Derek's wife Alice finds Dale's courage a turn-on, attempting to begin a sexual affair between the two. Brennan and Dale develop a brotherly friendship. Robert schedules several job interviews for Dale, in which they perform poorly. Robert and Nancy reveal their plans to retire and sail the world on Robert's boat and allow Derek to sell the house, they demand that Brennan and Dale attend therapy and find other living arrangements. Dale and Brennan decide to start an entertainment company, "Prestige Worldwide." They present their first music video, which they filmed at Derek's birthday party. The presentation backfires.
Robert refuses to make an investment. On Christmas Day, Robert announces he wants to divorce Nancy, causing Brennan and Dale to break down. Blaming each other for the divorce and Dale fight decide to go their separate ways. Brennan works for Dale works for a catering company. Weeks Brennan and Dale are mature adults and are doing well at their new jobs and living independently. Wanting to reunite the family, Brennan volunteers to oversee the Catalina Wine Mixer for Derek's company and invites Robert and Nancy, they hire the catering company. The party is a success, until the lead singer of Uptown Girl, a 1980s Billy Joel tribute band hired to perform at the event, loses his temper with the audience after he refused to play any pre-80s Billy Joel hits and is ejected. With the stage empty, Derek fires Brennan, blaming him for the debacle, Robert encourages Brennan and Dale to be their eccentric child-at-heart selves again. Brennan and Dale take the stage and perform "Por Ti Volaré". Derek is so moved by the performance.
Dale ends his relationship with Alice to her dismay. Six months Robert and Nancy are back together living in their old house. Brennan and his therapist Denise are in a relationship, while Brennan and Dale have turned "Prestige Worldwide" into a successful entertainment company that hosts karaoke events. Robert has his boat turned into a treehouse in the backyard. In a mid-credits scene and Dale stand up to a group of bullies from a middle school who abused Dale a year prior. In a post-credits scene and Dale sleepwalk once more. Step Brothers received mixed reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 55%, based on 182 reviews, with an average rating of 5.5/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "The relentless immaturity of the humor is not a total handicap for this film, which features the well-matched talents of Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly." At the website Metacritic, which utilizes a normalized rating system, the film has a score of 51 out of 100, based on 33 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
Roger Ebert gave the film 1-1/2 out of 4 stars and stated, "When did comedies get so mean? Step Brothers has a premise that might have produced a good time at the movies, but when I left, I felt a little unclean". On IMDB, Step Brothers is rated a 6.9 out of 10. In the movie and Brennan make a video investment pitch to both Robert and Derek about investing in Prestige Worldwide. Doing so, they shot a music video for a song titled "Boats'N' Hoes". "Boats'N' Hoes" has contributed to the success movie with over a million hits on YouTube and merchandise with the title of that song on there. Politically, there was a politcal action commitee known as the "Boats'N' Hoes PAC", it was registered by Shaun Nowacki with the Texas Ethics Commission in 2014. Nowacki's firm was hired by multiple republicans in Texas such as current Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Dan Patrick, running for Lieutenant Governor, Donna Campbell, campaigning for State Senator; the purpose of the PAC was never shared and was criticized by Lisa Paul who served as the Texas Democratic Party Deputy Communications Director who said, "Texas Republicans say they want to reach out to women, to be more inclusive, but actions like this reinforce a pattern of disrespect...
Their contempt towards women is unforgivable." The film was released for
Anonymous (2011 film)
Anonymous is a 2011 period drama film directed by Roland Emmerich and written by John Orloff. The film is a version of the life of Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, an Elizabethan courtier, playwright and patron of the arts, suggests he was the actual author of William Shakespeare's plays, it stars Rhys Ifans as Vanessa Redgrave as Queen Elizabeth I of England. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 11, 2011. Produced by Centropolis Entertainment and Studio Babelsberg and distributed by Columbia Pictures, Anonymous was released on October 28, 2011 in the United States and the United Kingdom, expanding to theaters around the world in the following weeks; the film was a box office flop and received mixed reviews, with critics praising its performances and visual achievements, but criticizing the film's time-jumping format, factual errors, promotion of the Oxfordian theory of Shakespeare authorship. In modern day New York, an actor arrives at a theater where he delivers a monologue questioning the lack of manuscript writings of William Shakespeare, despite the undeniable fact that he is the most performed playwright of all time.
Ben Jonson is making ready to enter the stage. The narrator offers to take the viewers into a different story behind the origin of Shakespeare's plays: "one of quills and swords, of power and betrayal, of a stage conquered and a throne lost." Jumping to Elizabethean London, Ben Jonson is running through the streets carrying a parcel and being pursued by soldiers. He enters the theatre called The Rose and hides the manuscripts he carries as the soldiers set fire to the theatre. Ben is detained at the Tower of London to face the questioning of puritanical Robert Cecil; the writings by Edward de Vere that Robert Cecil thought Ben had, are not found on him. In a flashback of five years, an adult Edward visits a public theatre, comments as to how a play can sway people, thinks that it can be used to thwart the influence of Robert Cecil with Queen Elizabeth concerning her successor. Robert Cecil wants James VI of Scotland, crowned king. Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, rumoured to be an illegitimate son of Elizabeth, proclaims to Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton that he is the worthy heir to the throne.
When Henry shares Robert Devereux's plan with Edward, he warns him that Robert Devereux's actions could lead to civil war if not managed carefully. Ben is to act as author of Edward's play, Henry V. At curtain call however, William Shakespeare, a "drunken oaf", steps forward to be recognized as the author of the play. Elizabeth accepts a gift that evokes a memory from forty years before, when the boy, performed in his own play, A Midsummer Night's Dream as Puck; the teenage Edward must have secretly written his plays, when his education is entrusted to the puritanical William Cecil, father of Robert. During this time, Edward kills a spying servant and is forced into a marriage with William's daughter, Anne. Edward has an affair with a lady-in-waiting to Elizabeth and is banished from court, learns the name of his illegitimate child with Elizabeth, Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton. Shakespeare extorts him for money, he orders the construction of the Globe Theatre, where he bans Jonson's works from being performed, claims Edward's plays as his own.
Christopher Marlowe discovers Shakespeare's deal, is found with his throat slit. Jonson accuses him of murder. Edward and Essex, seeking to reduce Cecil's influence and to secure Essex's claim to succession, decide to force their way into the palace, against Cecil's wishes. Edward writes the play Richard III in order to incite hatred against Cecil and to summon a mob of Essex's supporters, he would gain access to Elizabeth by sending her Venus and Adonis. The plan is set to fail; the mob is stopped at the Bridge, Robert Devereux and Henry surrender in the palace courtyard when the soldiers fire on them from the parapet. Robert Cecil tells Edward that Elizabeth has had other illegitimate children, Edward himself being Elizabeth's son. During the private audience with Elizabeth, Edward is told that she will spare Henry, but insists that Edward remain anonymous as the true author of "Shakespeare's" works. After Elizabeth's death, James of Scotland succeeds as James I of England. On his deathbed, Edward entrusts a parcel full of his writings to Ben to keep them out of the hands of the royal family.
Robert Cecil hears that the Rose has been destroyed by fire, Ben is released. Ben finds the manuscripts. At a performance of a "Shakespeare" play, James I remarks to Robert. Returning to the present day theatre, the narrator concludes the story by revealing the characters' fates: Robert Cecil remained the King's most trusted advisor, but never succeeded in banishing Edward's plays. Shakespeare did not remain in London, but returned to his hometown of Stratford upon Avon where he spent his last remaining years as a businessman. Ben would achieve his dream and became the first Poet Laureate, would write the introduction to the collected works purported to be authored by William Shakespeare. Although the story ends with the fate of its characters, the narrator proclaims that the poet who wrote these works, whether it be Shakespeare or another, had not seen the end of their story, that "his monument is ever-living, made not of stone but of verse, it shall be remembered... as long as words are made of breath and breath of life."
Rhys Ifans as Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford Jamie Campbell Bower as young Oxford Vanessa Redgrave as Elizabeth I of England
Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist
Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist is a 2008 romantic comedy-drama film directed by Peter Sollett and starring Michael Cera and Kat Dennings. Written by Lorene Scafaria and based on the novel of the same name by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, the story tells of teenagers Nick and Norah, who meet when Norah asks Nick to pretend to be her boyfriend for five minutes. Over the course of the night, they try to find their favorite band's secret show and search for Norah's drunken best friend; the film came into development in 2003 when producer Kerry Kohansky Roberts found Cohn and Levithan's novel and decided to adapt it for film. Scafaria was hired to write the script in 2005, Sollett signed on to direct the film in 2006. Principal photography took place over 29 days from October to December 2007 in Manhattan and Brooklyn, New York City; the film premiered on September 6, 2008 at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival and was released theatrically on October 3, 2008. It tripled its US$10 million budget with a total gross of US$33.5 million.
An accompanying soundtrack was released on September 23, 2008, the film was released on DVD and Blu-ray on February 3, 2009. It attracted positive reviews from critics and received nominations for three Satellite Awards, one GLAAD Media Award, one MTV Movie Award and one Golden Reel Award. Nick O'Leary is a straight bass player in a queercore band, searching for a name, but tentatively calls themselves The Jerk-Offs. A teenager from Hoboken, New Jersey, he is still heartbroken after his girlfriend, broke up with him three weeks, two days, 23 hours ago, continues to make "breakup" mix CDs for her. Thom and Dev, his gay bandmates who both hate Tris, convince Nick to perform at a club because his favorite band—the legendary, publicity-shy indie band Where's Fluffy? —is performing somewhere in New York City that night. Norah Silverberg attends the same high school as Tris, Convent of the Sacred Heart, though they dislike each other, they have a mutual friend named Caroline. Norah has not met Nick, but shares his taste in music based on recovering his mix CDs after Tris discards them.
The three girls end up at Arlene's Grocery on Manhattan's Lower East Side, where The Jerk-Offs are playing. Norah asks Nick to pretend to be her boyfriend. Norah kisses him. Caroline gets drunk and Norah wants to take her home, but Nick's bandmates offer to take Caroline home so Norah and Nick can spend time together trying to find the show; when Thom and Dev stop at Gray's Papaya for hot dogs, a confused Caroline escapes from Thom's van. Nick and Norah meet up with Dev to try to find her. A confusing phone call leads them to look for her at a club that "Where's Fluffy?" is rumored to be playing, but with no success in finding Caroline or the band. Tris, eager to win back Nick, catches up with them when she gets a phone call from Caroline, now able to tell Norah that she has "found Jesus" and "an altar boy without pants." They locate a drunk Caroline on stage at a gay cabaret dressed as a Christmas tree. When they arrive at Nick's car, Tris is sitting on the hood waiting for him. Norah tells him how nice it was to meet him, but he leaves to talk with Tris without giving Norah a response.
An upset Norah meets up at a club with her friend with benefits, but soon realizes that he has an ulterior motive and hopes to get a deal for his band with Norah's father, a famous record producer. Disgusted with Tal, she agrees to cover his and his friends' drinks, but tells the waitress to increase the tab because there was a miscalculation, she leaves him to pay. Nick, decides to confront Tris, but she pleads for a ride home and flirts with him in the car. Tris asks Nick to stop by the river. Whilst she seductively dances in front of the car, Nick reminisces fondly about Norah and the night's events and drives away, leaving Tris behind. Nick calls Norah, apologizing for leaving, she agrees to meet him again. Deciding to go somewhere where no one they know will find them, they arrive at Electric Lady Studios, a music studio owned by Norah's father. Once there, Norah gets Nick to play something he wrote in the studio, but joins him in the recording room where they hook up sexually. Norah gets a text message from Caroline telling her where she found Where's Fluffy? playing.
When they arrive at the show, they meet Tris, who cannot understand why Nick will not take her back, Tal, who wants the same answer from Norah. Tal starts a fight with Nick, but Thom and Dev's friend, steps in and headbutts Tal. Nick and Norah leave together. At Pennsylvania Station, Nick admits that he does not care about missing the concert, they kiss on the escalator as the sun rises over New York City. Michael Cera plays Nick O'Leary, the "straight bass player in a gay band" teenager, heartbroken after his girlfriend breaks up with him. Cera was the first actor to be cast after being recommended to Sollett by producer Kerry Kohansky Roberts based on his performance in Arrested Development. Sollett called him a "genius" and a "terrific actor", as well as a "brilliant improvisational comedian". Cera, who had taken improvisation classes, said that "It's fun, just having a conversation, it always feels real because it is real." He lived in an apartment in New York's East Village for the duration of filming.
Cera had never driven a stick shift vehicle before filming, was taught so that he could be shot driving Nick's Yugo. K