The AFI Conservatory is a private not-for-profit graduate film school in the Hollywood Hills district of Los Angeles. Students learn from the masters in a collaborative, hands-on production environment with an emphasis on storytelling; the Conservatory is a program of the American Film Institute founded in 1969. The Center for Advanced Film Studies opened its doors at Greystone Mansion on September 23, 1969. Harold Lloyd screened his film The Freshman and spoke with AFI Fellows on the school's first day; the first class included Caleb Deschanel and Paul Schrader. In 1975, filmmaker Ján Kadár, director of the Oscar-winning film The Shop on Main Street, became the Conservatory's first filmmaker-in-residence. In 2013, Emmy and Oscar-winning director and screenwriter James L. Brooks joined the AFI Conservatory as Artistic Director, where he provides leadership for the film program. Brooks' artistic role at the AFI Conservatory has a rich legacy that includes Daniel Petrie, Jr. Robert Wise and Frank Pierson.
Award-winning director Robert Mandel served as Dean of the AFI Conservatory for nine years. Jan Schuette took over as Dean in 2014 and served until 2017. Film Producer Richard Gladstein became Dean in May 2017. Michael Chung & Tom Engfer became Co-Interim Deans in November 2018. Among those AFI has bestowed Honorary Degrees upon during its annual Commencement ceremony are Maya Angelou, John Williams, Ken Burns, Sherry Lansing, Sydney Pollack, Clint Eastwood, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Kathleen Kennedy, Spike Lee, Rita Moreno and Quentin Tarantino. Thirteen AFI Conservatory thesis films have been nominated for Academy Awards. In 2011, The Hollywood Reporter ranked it the #1 film school in the world, it is ranked in the top five graduate film programs along with USC, UCLA, NYU and California Institute of the Arts by the Princeton Review and US News and World Report AFI Conservatory is a five-term Master of Fine Arts program in six disciplines: Cinematography, Editing, Production Design, Screenwriting.
Traditionally, the Conservatory accepts 28 Fellows per year for most disciplines and 14 for the Production Design and Editing disciplines. Each discipline's program runs two years in length. First Year - Fellows from all disciplines work on at least three digital video or high definition short films, referred to as'cycle projects'; each of these first-year projects are accomplished by Fellows with a minimum of oversight from the senior faculty. The purported goal being to stimulate a flexible and creative approach to filmmaking within imposed budgetary constraints and without the crutch of seasoned oversight. These'cycle projects' make up the core curriculum of the first year experience and amount to a'boot camp" of filmmaking that challenges and invigorates the Fellows involved. Second Year - Most Fellows work on at least one thesis short film, shot on digital video, high definition, 35mm film, or 16mm film, develop portfolio materials. Screenwriting Fellows have the option of writing two feature-length screenplays instead of participating in a thesis film.
They are responsible for raising the bulk of their own financing for these projects, must adhere to standard industry regulations, such as SAG charter rules, during filming. The senior faculty of the conservatory oversee the development of the'second year' projects and monitor their development in a manner similar to what might be expected of an Executive Producer. Cinematography - Encompassing training from pre-visualization to advanced image manipulation and control, Cinematography Fellows develop their storytelling skills using formats ranging from digital video to 16mm and 35mm film cameras to the most cutting-edge cameras on the market. Directing - With a focus on narrative filmmaking, Directing Fellows learn diverse directing styles and strategies as they gain a thorough understanding of the production process, script to screen. Editing - Editing Fellows master the skills to be editors, assistant editors and post-production producers while learning the technical and collaborative aspects of post-production with a primary focus on storytelling.
Producing - Producing Fellows study all aspects of creative, entrepreneurial production while developing and producing a minimum of three short films in their first year and a thesis film in their second year. Production Design - Attracting artists from architecture, interior design, theater design and other related fields, the Production Design curriculum focuses on the creative process of visually and physically developing cinematic environments. Screenwriting - Screenwriting Fellows conceive and write multiple projects in features, short films and short-form TV drama and comedy as well as webisodes and other Internet innovations. Fellows learn to collaborate with Directing and Producing classmates to bring their stories to the screen; the AFI Conservatory has an esteemed faculty of working professionals including Todd Cherniawsky, Stan Chervin, Destin Daniel Cretton, (director, Short Term 12, David Cook, Joe Garrity, Michael Jablow, Susan Littenberg, Stephen Lighthill, Elvis Mitchell, Michele Mulroney, Martin Nicholson, Lauren Polizzi, Louis Provost, Patricia Riggen, Russell Sc
Jack the Bear
Jack the Bear is a 1993 American drama film directed by Marshall Herskovitz, written by Steven Zaillian based on the novel by Dan McCall, starring Danny DeVito, Robert J. Steinmiller Jr. Miko Hughes, Gary Sinise. Jack Leary and his younger brother Dylan start over in Oakland, California in 1972 following the death of their mother Elizabeth; the boys live with their father John, who entertains late-night horror film audiences as Midnight Shriek host-commentator "Al Gory." John has a drinking problem. Some parental duties fall to Jack. One of the Learys' neighbors, a young man named Norman Strick, who walks with a cane due to a car accident as a teen, is an anti-social neo-Nazi who feels the neighborhood is going downhill. Jack has a love affair with his classmate Karen Morris. Jack's friend and next door neighbor Dexter, who comes from a broken home with his grandparents, begins suffering a downward spiral after his grandmother died while becoming acquainted with Norman. On Halloween, having given Dexter a Nazi costume, Norman approaches John to ask for a donation for a racially prejudiced candidate.
During an airing of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, a drunken John interrupts the movie and mimics the racially charged beliefs of Norman while naming the candidate. The next day, Jack is woken when Norman's golden retriever Cheyenne dies on their front lawn from poisoning, John apologizes for his actions on television while giving his condolences despite Norman refusing to shake his hand. Backlash from John's previous actions on his show jeopardizes his job and endangers Jack's relationship with Karen. Taking out his anger on Dylan and leaving him with Dexter, Jack learns that his brother was taken by Norman. Jack calls the police as he and John are worried until Dylan is found in a nearby forest a few days and taken to the hospital, traumatized by the ordeal of being left to die in the wilderness to the point of being rendered mute. Three days bringing Dylan home with Norman not seen for days, John begins getting agitated to the point of taking out his frustration at the Strick home with a bat, terrorizing the Stricks for their son's whereabouts before destroying Norman's beloved T-Bird.
Fearing for his current state of mind, John lets his in-laws take the boys to their home in Los Angeles as he decides to shape up. Jack falls asleep watching The Wolf Man. By the time John arrives home, Norman cuts the power. Stirred awake by the outage, Jack is aware that someone intruded but accidentally knocks John out with a bat. Found by Norman, Jack runs upstairs and out the bathroom window to a branch of a nearby tree with Norman in pursuit as John regains consciousness. However, chased up to the higher point of the tree, Jack watches Norman losing his grip and falling into the backyard behind the Leary house where he is mauled to death by the neighbor's Doberman Pinschers. Soon after, as Norman's parents move away, Dylan returns home while John gets his job back with his show now airing more comical horror films like Abbott and Costello. One afternoon, the neighborhood children all appear and ask if John will play one of his monster games with them as usual. After his experiences with Norman, John tells the children.
When they ask him why, John sees Dexter smoking a cigarette while realizing he's going down a dark path. John looks to the children that there are real monsters out there, but he promises to play a better game with them. Finding Jack playing his mother's lullaby on the piano while getting Dylan to say the lullaby's title, John tries to comfort his son when he breaks down crying; as John gives Jack and himself closure, the two embrace Dylan after he says the title of Elizabeth's lullaby: "Jack the Bear." The next day, with their lives beginning to return to normal, John watches his sons playing in the front yard. Danny DeVito as John Leary Robert J. Steinmiller Jr. as Jack Leary Miko Hughes as Dylan Leary Gary Sinise as Norman Strick Art LaFleur as Mr. Festinger Carl Gabriel Yorke as Gordon Layton Stefan Gierasch as Father-in-Law Andrea Marcovicci as Elizabeth Leary Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Peggy Etinger Reese Witherspoon as Karen Morris Lee Garlington as Mrs. Festinger Christopher Lawford as Vince Buccini Justin Mosley Spink as Dexter Out of 17 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, Jack the Bear carries a 29%'rotten' rating.
1994 Young Artist AwardsWon – Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Actress: Reese Witherspoon Nominated – Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Actor: Robert J. Steinmiller Jr. Nominated – Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Actor 10 or Younger: Miko Hughes Jack the Bear on IMDb Jack the Bear at AllMovie Jack the Bear at Box Office Mojo Jack the Bear at Rotten Tomatoes
Thirtysomething is an American drama television series created by Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz for United Artists Television and aired on ABC from 1987 to 1991. It is about a group of Baby Boomers in their thirties who live in Philadelphia and how they handle the lifestyle that dominated American culture during the 1980s given their involvement in the early 1970s counterculture as young adults. Kathie Broyles changed the show's original title, Thirty Something, to the uncapitalized thirtysomething, it premiered in the United States on September 29, 1987, ran for four seasons until it was cancelled in May 1991 because the ratings had dropped and Zwick and Herskovitz moved on to other projects. The series won 13 Primetime Emmy Awards, out of 41 nominations, two Golden Globe Awards. Although seen as an ensemble drama, the series revolves around husband and wife Michael Steadman and Hope Murdoch and their baby Janie. Michael's cousin is photographer Melissa Steadman, who used to date his college friend Gary Shepherd.
Gary marries Susannah. Michael's business partner is Elliot Weston, who has a troubled marriage with his wife Nancy, a painter. Hope's childhood friend is local politician Ellyn Warren. Michael Steadman and Hope Murdoch Steadman: Hope is from Philadelphia and Michael is from Chicago but remained in the area after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania. Hope is a graduate of a consumer affairs writer. After having their daughter Janie, Hope becomes a stay-at-home mother giving up her writing, she returns to work but struggles with her role as a mother in the process. During a difficult period in her marriage when she is pregnant with her second child, Hope contemplates having an affair with environmentalist John Dunaway. Michael's confrontation with her over this leads them to resolve their problems and rekindle their marriage. Michael is Jewish and Hope is Christian, complications from their interfaith marriage recur throughout the series. Michael's original ambition was to be a writer, but he works in advertising with graphic designer Elliot.
They first meet at the Bernstein Fox ad agency and leave to form The Michael and Elliot Company. When their company goes bankrupt and Elliot join the advertising corporation DAA, run by Miles Drentell. Michael's relationship with Miles erodes his marriage with Hope, who decides to accept a job in Washington, D. C. By the time the show was canceled, Michael had decided to quit work altogether so that Hope could pursue her own interests. Elliot Weston and Nancy Krieger Weston: Elliot studied graphic design at RISD, his father Charlie now lives in California. Elliot's sister Ruthie, who lives in Philadelphia and is married with two children, hasn't forgiven their father for leaving them, he works in the advertising business with Michael. Nancy was an art major and is a stay-at-home mother to Ethan and Brittany. Like Hope, she feels bored and unhappy in her role as a homemaker. After Elliot has an affair which leads to divorce proceedings, Nancy develops a career as a children's book illustrator and author and begins to teach at a local art center.
Elliot becomes jealous after she begins to date and finds himself once again attracted to her. They rekindle their relationship and stop divorce proceedings. During the final two seasons, Nancy struggles with, but overcomes, ovarian cancer, which deepens their relationship. Always a rebel, Elliot can never reconcile himself to Miles's preference for Michael and his own loss of creative work at DAA, quits DAA in a fit of rage against both Miles and Michael, he and Nancy move to California where he finds his passion in directing and makes up with Michael when they accidentally bump into each other during Michael's job interview at TBWA\Chiat\Day. Michael does not accept the job, but entertains the possibility of working again with Elliot to make commercials. At the time the show was canceled, it is implied that this venture will not happen after Michael tells Hope that he will stop working so that she can pursue her own interests. Melissa Steadman: Michael's cousin and Gary's former girlfriend who studied photography at NYU.
Her work as a photographer includes photos in Vanity Fair. Melissa has a complicated relationship with Michael, jealous of her career path, she has an complicated relationship with her mother and grandmother, Rose. Her free-spirited sister, budding actress Jill, lives in New York. In the first season, Melissa dates a divorced gynecologist with a daughter who doesn't want more children, she briefly dates Michael's boss Miles. The relationship ends when his intense attraction to her nearly evolves into date rape, which she prevents and for which he apologizes. Miles never recovers from his infatuation, but Melissa works to avoid him thereafter. Art school-dropout house painter and twenty-something Lee Owens becomes the primary focus of her romantic yearnings, they are drawn to each other, but their relationship is fraught with problems due to the age difference. After Melissa convinces Michael and Elliot to find Lee a job at DAA, they begin to drift apart and break up. At the time of the show's cancellation, they are on friendly terms
Legends of the Fall
Legends of the Fall is a 1994 American epic historical drama film directed by Edward Zwick and starring Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Aidan Quinn, Julia Ormond and Henry Thomas. Based on the 1979 novella of the same title by Jim Harrison, the film is about three brothers and their father living in the wilderness and plains of Montana in the early 20th century and how their lives are affected by nature, history and love; the film's time frame spans from World War I through the Prohibition era, ending with a brief scene set in 1963. The film was won for Best Cinematography. Both the film and book contain occasional Cornish language terms, the Ludlows being a Cornish emigrant family. Sick of betrayals the United States government perpetrated on the Native Americans, Colonel William Ludlow leaves the Army and moves to a remote part of Montana. Along with One Stab, a Cree friend, he raises his family. Accompanying them are hired hand and former outlaw Decker, Decker's Cree wife Pet, daughter Isabel Two.
William has three sons: Alfred, the eldest, is responsible and cautious. William's wife Isabel does not adapt to the harsh Montana moves to the East Coast. At age 12, Tristan touches a sleeping grizzly bear; the bear awakens and injures him. Years Samuel returns from Harvard University with his fiancée, Susannah. Susannah learns of her fondness for Tristan. Susannah loves Samuel. Before they can marry, Samuel announces his intention to join the Canadian Expeditionary Force and aid Britain in the fight against Germany. Much to their father's displeasure, Alfred joins. Although Tristan does not want to join, he does so, after swearing to Susannah to protect Samuel in an intense and intimate moment. During World War I, the brothers find themselves in the 10th Battalion, CEF. Alfred, commissioned as an officer, leads a charge into no man's land; the attack results in heavy casualties and Alfred is wounded. While visiting Alfred in the field hospital, Tristan learns that Samuel has volunteered for a dangerous reconnaissance mission.
He arrives too late. A devastated Tristan holds Samuel until he dies cuts out his brother's heart and sends it home to be buried at the ranch. Tristan single-handedly raids the German lines and returns to camp with the scalps of German soldiers hanging around his neck, horrifying his fellow soldiers, he does not go home. Alfred returns to Montana and proposes to Susannah. Tristan returns home, she comforts him, they become lovers. A jealous Alfred leaves to make his name in Helena. Tristan feels responsible for driving Alfred away. Susannah waits for him, only to receive a letter telling her to marry someone else. Alfred comforts Susannah and William finds them together, which leads to a falling out between him and Alfred. William suffers a stroke, he does not speak for years and the ranch deteriorates. Susannah marries Alfred, now a congressman. Alfred's business and politics cause him to get involved with the O'Banion brothers and gangsters. Tristan returns during Prohibition, bringing life back to his father.
He falls in love with Isabel Two and they marry. They have the elder being a boy named Samuel Decker. Tristan becomes involved in small-scale rum-running, finding himself at odds with the O'Banion brothers. Isabel is accidentally killed by a police officer working for the O'Banions. In a fit of grief, Tristan is jailed. Susannah visits Tristan, still having feelings for him. After his release and Decker kill those responsible for Isabel's death, including one of the O'Banion brothers. Realizing she cannot live without Tristan, Susannah commits suicide; the remaining O'Banion brother, along with the corrupt sheriff and another police officer, comes after Tristan for revenge. At the ranch and Alfred kill the attackers. Alfred reconciles with his brother; the family realizes that Tristan is to be blamed for the deaths, which prompts Tristan to ask Alfred to take care of his children. One Stab's narration explains that during the night, they bury the bodies and dump the car in the Missouri River, he reflects that rather than dying young as One Stab had expected, Tristan lived to watch his children and grandchildren grow.
One Stab observes that it was the people Tristan wanted to protect most that died young. The last scene takes place in 1963. Tristan, now an old man living in the North Country, investigates an animal carcass and is confronted by a grizzly bear, he fights it. As they struggle, the image freeze-frames as One Stab narrates, "It was a good death". Brad Pitt as Tristan Ludlow Keegan MacIntosh as Young Tristan Ludlow Eric Johnson as Teen Tristan Ludlow Anthony Hopkins as Col. William Ludlow Aidan Quinn as Alfred Ludlow Julia Ormond as Susannah Fincannon-Ludlow Henry Thomas as Samuel Ludlow Karina Lombard as Isabel "Isabel II" Decker/Isabel Decker Ludlow Sekwan Auger as Young Isabel II Decker Gordon Tootoosis as One Stab Christina Pickles as Isabel Ludlow Paul Desmond as Roscoe Decker Tantoo Cardinal as Pet Decker Robert Wisden as John T. O'Banion John Novak as James O'Banion Kenneth Welsh as Sheriff Tynert
American Jews, or Jewish Americans, are Americans who are Jews, whether by religion, ethnicity or nationality. The current Jewish community in the United States consists of Ashkenazi Jews, who descend from diaspora Jewish populations of Central and Eastern Europe and comprise about 90-95% of the American Jewish population. Most American Ashkenazim are US-born, with a dwindling number of now elderly earlier immigrants, as well as some more recent foreign-born immigrants. During the colonial era, prior to the mass immigration of Ashkenazim and Portuguese Jews represented the bulk of America's small Jewish population, while their descendants are a minority today, they along with an array of other Jewish communities represented the remainder of American Jews, including other more recent Sephardic Jews, Mizrahi Jews, various other ethnically Jewish communities, as well as a smaller number of converts to Judaism; the American Jewish community manifests a wide range of Jewish cultural traditions, encompassing the full spectrum of Jewish religious observance.
Depending on religious definitions and varying population data, the United States has the largest or second largest Jewish community in the world, after Israel. In 2012, the American Jewish population was estimated at between 5.5 and 8 million, depending on the definition of the term, which constitutes between 1.7% and 2.6% of the total U. S. population. Jews have been present in the Thirteen Colonies since the mid-17th century. However, they were small in number, with at most 200 to 300 having arrived by 1700; those early arrivers were Sephardic Jewish immigrants, of Western Sephardic ancestry, but by 1720 Ashkenazi Jews from Central and Eastern Europe predominated. The English Plantation Act 1740 for the first time permitted Jews to become British citizens and emigrate to the colonies. Despite some being denied the ability to vote or hold office in local jurisdictions, Sephardic Jews became active in community affairs in the 1790s, after achieving political equality in the five states where they were most numerous.
Until about 1830, South Carolina had more Jews than anywhere else in North America. Large-scale Jewish immigration commenced in the 19th century, when, by mid-century, many German Jews had arrived, migrating to the United States in large numbers due to antisemitic laws and restrictions in their countries of birth, they became merchants and shop-owners. There were 250,000 Jews in the United States by 1880, many of them being the educated, secular, German Jews, although a minority population of the older Sephardic Jewish families remained influential. Jewish migration to the United States increased in the early 1880s, as a result of persecution and economic difficulties in parts of Eastern Europe. Most of these new immigrants were Yiddish-speaking Ashkenazi Jews, most of whom arrived from the poor diaspora communities of the Russian Empire and the Pale of Settlement, located in modern-day Poland, Belarus and Moldova. During the same period, great numbers of Ashkenazi Jews arrived from Galicia, at that time the most impoverished region of the Austro-Hungarian empire with a heavy Jewish urban population, driven out by economic reasons.
Many Jews emigrated from Romania. Over 2,000,000 Jews landed between the late 19th century and 1924, when the Immigration Act of 1924 restricted immigration. Most settled in the New York metropolitan area, establishing the world's major concentrations of Jewish population. In 1915 the circulation of the daily Yiddish newspapers was half a million in New York City alone, 600,000 nationally. In addition thousands more subscribed to the numerous weekly papers and the many magazines. At the beginning of the 20th century, these newly arrived Jews built support networks consisting of many small synagogues and Landsmanshaften for Jews from the same town or village. American Jewish writers of the time urged assimilation and integration into the wider American culture, Jews became part of American life. 500,000 American Jews fought in World War II, after the war younger families joined the new trend of suburbanization. There, Jews became assimilated and demonstrated rising intermarriage; the suburbs facilitated the formation of new centers, as Jewish school enrollment more than doubled between the end of World War II and the mid-1950s, while synagogue affiliation jumped from 20% in 1930 to 60% in 1960.
More recent waves of Jewish emigration from Russia and other regions have joined the mainstream American Jewish community. Americans of Jewish descent have been disproportionately successful in many fields and aspects over the years; the Jewish community in America has gone from a lower class minority, with most studies putting upwards of 80% as manual factory laborers prior to World War I and with the majority of fields barred to them, to the consistent richest or second richest ethnicity in America for the past 40 years in terms of average annual salary, with high concentrations in academia and other fields, today have the highest per capita income of any ethnic group in the United States, at around double the average income of non-Jewish Americans. In 2016, Modern Orthodox Jews had a median household income of $158,000, while Open Orthodox Jews had a median household income at $185,000. Scholars debate whether the favorable historical experience for Jews in the United States has been such a unique experience as to validate American exceptionalism.
Paul Edward Haggis is a Canadian screenwriter, film producer, director of film and television. He is best known as screenwriter and producer for consecutive Best Picture Oscar winners: Million Dollar Baby and Crash, the latter of which he directed. Haggis co-wrote the war film Flags of Our Fathers and the James Bond films Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, he is the creator of the television series Due South and co-creator of Walker, Texas Ranger, among others. Haggis is a two-time Academy Award winner, two-time Emmy Award winner, seven-time Gemini Award winner, he assisted in the making of the "We Are the World 25 For Haiti" music video. Paul Edward Haggis was born in London, the son of Mary Yvonne and Ted Haggis, an Olympic sprinter, he considered himself an atheist in early adulthood. The Gallery Theatre in London was owned by his parents, Haggis gained experience in the field through work at the theatre. Haggis attended St. Thomas More Elementary School, after being inspired by Alfred Hitchcock and Jean-Luc Godard, proceeded to study art at H. B. Beal Secondary School.
After viewing Michelangelo Antonioni's 1966 film Blowup, he traveled to England with the intent of becoming a fashion photographer. Haggis returned to Canada to pursue studies in cinematography at Fanshawe College. In 1975, Haggis moved to Los Angeles, California, to begin a career in writing in the entertainment industry. Haggis began to work as a writer for television programs, including The Love Boat, One Day at a Time, Diff'rent Strokes, The Facts of Life. With The Facts of Life, Haggis gained his first credit as producer. During the 1980s and 1990s, Haggis wrote for television series including thirtysomething, The Tracey Ullman Show, FM, Due South, L. A. Law, EZ Streets, he helped to create the television series Texas Ranger. Haggis served as executive producer of the series Michael Family Law, he gained recognition in the film industry for his work on the 2004 film Million Dollar Baby, which Allmovie described as a "serious milestone" for the writer/producer, as "his first high-profile foray into feature film".
Haggis had read two stories written by Jerry Boyd, a boxing trainer who wrote under the name of F. X. Toole. Haggis acquired the rights to the stories, developed them into the screenplay for Million Dollar Baby. Clint Eastwood portrayed the lead character in the film. Eastwood directed the film, used the screenplay written by Haggis. Million Dollar Baby received four Academy Awards including the Academy Award for Best Picture. After Million Dollar Baby, Haggis worked on the 2004 film Crash. Haggis came up with the story for the film on his own, wrote and directed the film, which allowed him greater control over his work. Crash was his first experience as director of a major feature film. Positive upon release, critical reception of Crash has since polarized, although Roger Ebert called it the best film of 2005. Crash received Academy Award nominations for Best Picture and Best Director, in addition to four other Academy Award nominations. Haggis received two Academy Awards for the film: Best Picture, Best Writing for his work on the screenplay.
With Million Dollar Baby and Crash, Haggis became the first individual to have written Best Picture Oscar-winners in two consecutive years. Haggis said that he wrote Crash to "bust liberals", arguing that his fellow liberals were not honest with themselves about the nature of race and racism because they believed that most racial problems had been resolved in American society. Haggis lives in California, he has three daughters from his first marriage to Diana Gettas and one son from his second marriage to Deborah Rennard. Haggis founded the non-profit organization Artists for Peace and Justice to assist impoverished youth in Haiti. In an interview with Dan Rather, Haggis mentions. On January 5, 2018, Haggis was accused of sexual misconduct including multiple rapes, he is facing a civil lawsuit over these allegations. Haggis has denied the allegations, claiming one of the accusers attempted to extort him for $9 million. Fellow Scientology defectors Leah Remini and Mike Rinder have defended him, suggesting that the Church of Scientology may be involved, an assertion both the accusers and the Church itself deny.
After maintaining active membership in the Church of Scientology for 35 years, Haggis left the organization in October 2009. He was motivated to leave Scientology in reaction to statements made by the San Diego branch of the Church of Scientology in support of Proposition 8, the ballot initiative which banned same-sex marriage in California. Haggis wrote to Thomas Davis, the Church's spokesman, requested that he denounce these statements. I refuse to consent." Haggis went on to list other grievances against Scientology, including its policy of disconnection, the smearing of its ex-members through the leaking of their personal details. The Observer commented on defections of Haggis and actor Jason Beghe from Scientology, "The decision of Beghe and Haggis to quit Scientology appears to have caused the movement its greatest recent PR difficulties, not least because of its dependence on Hollywood figures as both a source of revenue for its most expensive courses and an advertisement for the religion."In an interview with Movieline, Haggis was asked about similarities between his film The Next Three Days and his departure from the Scientology organization.
Dangerous Beauty is a 1998 American biographical drama film directed by Marshall Herskovitz and starring Catherine McCormack, Rufus Sewell, Oliver Platt. Based on the non-fiction book The Honest Courtesan by Margaret Rosenthal, the film is about Veronica Franco, a courtesan in sixteenth-century Venice who becomes a hero to her city, but becomes the target of an inquisition by the Church for witchcraft; the film features a supporting cast that includes Fred Ward, Naomi Watts, Moira Kelly and Jacqueline Bisset. The film was released as A Destiny of Her Own in some regions, was retitled The Honest Courtesan for its UK video release. Veronica Franco is an adventurous, curious tomboyish young woman in Venice, her lover Marco, who will be a Senator like his father, cannot marry her because her family is too poor. Veronica's mother plans for her family's financial security, as she still requires dowries for her younger daughters and money for her son's commission. Rather than go to a convent, Veronica's mother suggests she become a courtesan, a paid, cultured prostitute like her mother and grandmother before her.
At first Veronica is repelled by the idea, but once she discovers that courtesans are allowed access to libraries and education, she tentatively embraces the idea. Veronica gains a reputation as a top courtesan, impressing the powerful men of Venice with her beauty and compassion. Marco finds it difficult to adjust to his new wife, nothing like Veronica, becomes jealous as she takes his friends and relatives as lovers. After Marco's cousin Maffio, a poor bard, once publicly upstaged by Veronica, attacks her, Marco rushes to her aid, they rekindle their romance. She spends a great deal of time with Marco, neglecting her business and ignoring her mother's warnings that such a relationship is dangerous for her; the Fourth Ottoman–Venetian War breaks out, the city appeals to France for aid. Veronica secures a military alliance. Marco accuses her of enjoying being a courtesan, implying she ought to have rejected the King despite the risk to Venice. Veronica points out that she sacrificed their love for the good of the city, while he only did it to protect his family's political standing, Marco leaves for war angry.
While the Venetians are fighting at sea, a plague hits the city. Religious zealots take the war and plague as punishment for the city's moral degradation, Veronica's home is quarantined and ransacked by a mob. Veronica is summoned to appear before the Inquisition on charges of witchcraft and refuses to name her clients; when it appears that she will be executed, Marco publicly shames the Venetian ministers and senators into admitting their own adulteries and sins by standing up in the assembly. Bewildered by the extent of sin in the city, the Inquisitor drops the charges of witchcraft, Marco and Veronica reconcile. Catherine McCormack as Veronica Franco Rufus Sewell as Marco Venier Oliver Platt as Maffio Venier Fred Ward as Domenico Venier Naomi Watts as Giulia De Lezze Moira Kelly as Beatrice Venier Jacqueline Bisset as Paola Franco Jeroen Krabbé as Pietro Venier Joanna Cassidy as Laura Venier Melina Kanakaredes as Livia Daniel Lapaine as Serafino Franco Justine Miceli as Elena Franco Jake Weber as King Henry Simon Dutton as Minister Ramberti Grant Russell as Francesco Martenengo The film opened in limited release on 20 February 1998 to mixed but positive reviews, receiving a 69 percent freshness rating on the movie critics website Rotten Tomatoes.
Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gives it 3 1/2 stars and lauds the writers, noting that "few movies have been so deliberately told from a woman's point of view.... Most movies are made by males and show women enthralled by men; this movie knows better." Jack Mathews of the Los Angeles Times described it as "both blessed and cursed with inspiration." In its initial release, Dangerous Beauty played in only 10 theatres, although it did well, earning $105,989. Dangerous Beauty opened across 313 theaters, but earned only $4.5 million in the United States. A stage musical version of the film premiered on July 25, 2008 at Northwestern University's Ethel M. Barber Theatre; the musical features book and verse by Jeannine Dominy, lyrics by Amanda McBroom, music by Michele Brourman under the direction of Sheryl Kaller. Another musical version of Dangerous Beauty premiered at the Pasadena Playhouse in February 2011, starring Jenny Powers as Veronica Franco and James Snyder as Marco Venier. Dangerous Beauty on IMDb Fans of Dangerous Beauty - Facebook Page Dangerous Beauty at Rotten Tomatoes