Killing Them Softly
Killing Them Softly is a 2012 American neo-noir action thriller crime film directed by Andrew Dominik and starring Brad Pitt, based on George V. Higgins' novel Cogan's Trade. On May 22, 2012, the film premiered in competition for the Palme d'Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and received positive early reviews; the film is about three small-time crooks who rob a Mob-protected illegal gambling operation, which prompts the Mob to send in two hitmen and Mickey, to deal with the perpetrators. During the American financial crisis and presidential election campaign in the fall of 2008, Johnny "Squirrel" Amato plans to rob a Mafia poker game, he enlists Frankie, a former business associate, Russell, a heroin-addicted Australian expatriate, stealing purebred dogs for money. They decide to target a game run by Markie Trattman, known to have orchestrated an inside job by paying two men to rob his own illegal poker game. Squirrel anticipates that Markie will be the obvious suspect because of this, the Mafia will have him killed without investigating further.
Frankie and Russell, although amateurs, do the holdup and leave with the money. Afterwards, a mafioso named. Although Jackie intuits that Markie was uninvolved with the recent heist, he believes Markie still needs to die since he looks guilty, an example needs to be made to discourage further robberies. Upon completing the crime, Russell travels to Florida to sell the dogs. While in Florida, he inadvertently informs a man named Kenny Gill of his involvement in the heist while trying to recruit him as a drug dealer. Kenny informs Jackie, who deduces that Russell and Squirrel were the perpetrators. Jackie carries out the hit on Markie himself but brings in another hitman named Mickey Fallon, on parole in New York, to kill Squirrel. Jackie explains to Driver how he prefers "killing them softly"—shooting his victims from a distance, without warning, giving them no opportunity to experience fear or despair—and that his acquaintance with Squirrel risks complicating this approach. Mickey postpones going through with his assigned hit, instead indulges in drunkenness and sex with prostitutes in a hotel room.
During conversation with Jackie, Mickey reveals that he has violated his parole, doesn't seem to either care about nor comprehend the consequences. It becomes clear to Jackie that the respected hitman has lost his ability to do his job. Jackie decides to carry out the hit on Squirrel himself, he convinces Driver to arrange Mickey's arrest. Russell deported. Jackie has Frankie drive him to Squirrel. After confirming Squirrel is dead, Jackie has Frankie drive him to get his car several hours away. Frankie becomes nervous and begins speeding. Unable to get Frankie to slow down, Jackie takes over driving. Once they arrive at the parking garage, Jackie shoots Frankie in the head without warning. Jackie wipes down any fingerprints he might have left and leaves the scene. On the night of the presidential election, Jackie meets with Driver to collect his fee for the three hits. On the TV in the bar, Barack Obama is giving his election victory speech; the two argue over his fee, with Driver trying to pay a lesser amount and Jackie insisting on the full sum.
Referring to Obama's speech, Jackie angrily declares:, "This guy wants to tell me we're living in a community? Don't make me laugh. I'm living in America, in America, you're on your own. America is not a country. Now fucking pay me." Killing Them Softly is based on the 1974 novel Cogan's Trade by George V. Higgins, a best selling crime novelist whose works include The Friends of Eddie Coyle. Cogan's Trade, like Higgins' other novels, takes place in Boston; the film was written and directed by Andrew Dominik, who chose to update the setting of the story, saying "as I started adapting it, it was the story of an economic crisis, it was an economic crisis in an economy, funded by gambling—and the crisis occurred due to a failure in regulation. It just seemed to have something that you couldn't ignore."The project was first announced in November 2010, when Brad Pitt was reported to be in talks to star in it. Dominik asked Pitt. Production was scheduled to begin in Louisiana in March 2011, with pre-production beginning in January.
Additional roles were cast in early 2011. According to Garret Dillahunt, the film's first cut was two-and-a-half hours long. Dillahunt, who had a cameo in the film, did not make the final cut for the theatrical release. Killing Them Softly was scheduled to premiere on September 21, 2012; the film kept its original release date in other parts of the world, with the somewhat unusual result that it opened in the UK and India more than two months before the US opening. The Weinstein Company distributed the film in the United States and Canada; the film was released on Blu-ray & DVD March 26, 2013. The film was released in Australia earlier, on February 13, on February 25 in the UK. In its opening weekend, Killing Them Softly g
Virtual International Authority File
The Virtual International Authority File is an international authority file. It is a joint project of several national libraries and operated by the Online Computer Library Center. Discussion about having a common international authority started in the late 1990s. After a series of failed attempts to come up with a unique common authority file, the new idea was to link existing national authorities; this would present all the benefits of a common file without requiring a large investment of time and expense in the process. The project was initiated by the US Library of Congress, the German National Library and the OCLC on August 6, 2003; the Bibliothèque nationale de France joined the project on October 5, 2007. The project transitioned to being a service of the OCLC on April 4, 2012; the aim is to link the national authority files to a single virtual authority file. In this file, identical records from the different data sets are linked together. A VIAF record receives a standard data number, contains the primary "see" and "see also" records from the original records, refers to the original authority records.
The data are available for research and data exchange and sharing. Reciprocal updating uses the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting protocol; the file numbers are being added to Wikipedia biographical articles and are incorporated into Wikidata. VIAF's clustering algorithm is run every month; as more data are added from participating libraries, clusters of authority records may coalesce or split, leading to some fluctuation in the VIAF identifier of certain authority records. Authority control Faceted Application of Subject Terminology Integrated Authority File International Standard Authority Data Number International Standard Name Identifier Wikipedia's authority control template for articles Official website VIAF at OCLC
Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation
Talkin"Bout Your Generation is an Australian game show produced by Granada Productions which premiered on Network Ten on 5 May 2009. It is hosted by Shaun Micallef; the first series ran for 18 episodes, with the original production order extended due to the success of the show. A second series of 26 episodes began airing from 7 February 2010. Series 2 had a planned hiatus after episode 10 on 18 April 2010 and returned to finish its run on 1 August 2010. Series 3 began on 8 February 2011. On 27 October 2011, Talkin"Bout Your Generation was renewed for a fourth series. On 22 January 2012, it was announced that the show would begin airing Series 4 on 1 February 2012 in an 8 pm timeslot; as of mid-2012, the show was cancelled after 72 original episodes on Network Ten. In September 2017, it was announced that series five would be revived on the Nine Network for 8 episodes with Micallef returning as host. In October 2017, the series was confirmed for revival set to air in 2018, as well as the announcement of the series captains.
Generation X will be led by Robyn Butler, Generation Y will be led by Andy Lee and Generation Z will be led by Laurence Boxhall. It has a new set and it changed its graphics including new logo and as well as fonts and theme song and primary colours; the primary colours are red and blue. The show was once again filmed at Docklands Studios in Melbourne, it is recorded in front of a live audience of 500 people. Talkin"Bout Your Generation is an hour-long quiz show testing the popular culture knowledge of teams from three different cultural generations; the generation team captains are Charlie Pickering and Josh Thomas. Each team captain is joined by a different guest each episode, part of their respective generations. However, on occasion there have been guests not part of the generation they represent on the show. Guests aged up to 30 are placed in the Generation Y team, guests aged 30–40 in the Generation X team and guests aged 40 and over in the Baby Boomer team; each episode features six rounds with the three teams competing in various themed games which feature wordplay-based names such as What's A Doodle Doo?, Name That Tee and ¡chronoloco!.
One point is awarded for each correct answer, though in practice points can be awarded or deducted at Shaun's own discretion. The first three rounds involve the contestants buzzing in first to give their answer. Games played in these rounds can involve identifying missing television characters from a cast picture, identifying a company name from a constructed logo, or identifying a catchphrase and its origin from a T-shirt; the fourth round sees teams choosing from four categories from the main display, involves their participation on the studio floor on their part. Games include matching up celebrity pairs on the screen, ransacking a period setting to identify anachronistic items, performing charades; the fifth round, called "Your Generation" and Yo-Gen, sees all teams quizzed in turn on themed questions relevant to their particular generation and based on a certain topic or Yo-Gen Subject. In this round, one point is awarded for each correct answer and two points are lost with each incorrect answer.
The final round, called End Game, sees all teams trying to complete a physical task to be judged by Shaun. The number of points up for grabs in this round is determined by the number of points that separate the first and third placed teams at this stage of the game; the winning team is presented with a secondhand trophy donated by viewers, as a vanity prize. During the second series, a specially made TAYG trophy was presented to the winning team. Amanda Keller Charlie Pickering Josh Thomas Robyn Butler Andy Lee Laurence Boxhall These are some of the games that are featured in the show. Not all of them are mentioned. What's a Doodle Doo? -- In this game, contestants are shown one ` doodle' at a time. Five ` doodles' make points are awarded depending on how many doodles have been revealed; as Quick As – In this game, contestants are asked a series of questions. They must buzz in and answer as as they can as they are racing a boiling kettle. Time is up. In some episodes, the kettle is replaced with another item such as a woodcutter.
Australian illusionist Cosentino appeared in one episode with him escaping from a straight jacket. You Say Various Things – The game begins with Shaun explaining that they would be playing As Quick As, but has decided that they will be playing a new and complicated game in which the title and rules are explained in one simple song. Shaun sings the You Say Various Things theme song only for the phone to ring and Shaun explaining that they don't have time to play this game as the theme song was too long, they play As Quick As. Ad Hoc – In this game, the contestants are shown a frame from a commercial and they must buzz in to try and guess what the product is in the commercial. Befuddled – In this game, the c
Amigos Para Siempre
"Amigos Para Siempre" or "Amics per sempre" is a song written for the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. The music was composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber; the lyrics, written by Don Black, are in English, except for the title phrase, repeated in English and Catalan. Sarah Brightman and José Carreras performed the song during the closing ceremony of the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games; the duet was released worldwide as a single to coincide with the Games, peaking at number 11 on the UK Singles Chart and reaching number one in Australia for six weeks. It was one of two musical themes for the event; the other titled "Barcelona", was sung by Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballé, reached number two in the UK. Both appear on the compilation album Barcelona Gold, released to coincide with the Games. A remixed version of the original, with less vocal reverb and modified balancing, was included on the compilation album Andrew Lloyd Webber: Now and Forever. "Amigos Para Siempre" Live Opening Ceremony Barcelona Olympic 1992 Games "Amigos Para Siempre" "Amigos Para Siempre" – Marujita In Spain, the most famous rendition of this song was made by Spanish group Los Manolos with rumba arrangements and Spanish lyrics, except for the chorus.
It reached number 3 in the Spanish charts. It was covered by Effie and Norman Gunston and reached the top 30 in Australia at the time. In one of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group's concerts in Beijing, China, a Chinese version of this song was performed with half of the lyrics in Mandarin and half in English. In this version, Amigos Para Siempre was replaced by "永远的朋友", "Friends Forever" in Chinese. A Cantonese version "友愛長存" was sung by George Lam; this song was used for the Shanghai 2007 Special Olympic Games, performed again by José Carreras and a Chinese soprano. On Sunday, 17 August 2008 at the Don Black 70th birthday tribute concert Lyrics by Don Black, Amigos Para Siempre was performed by Jonathan Ansell and Hayley Westenra; the evening took place at the London Palladium featuring performances of Black's songs by a selection of guest artists, hosted by Michael Parkinson and was recorded by BBC Radio 2 Friday Night is Music Night and broadcast on Friday, 22 August 2008. It was the favourite song of Juan Antonio Samaranch, president of the International Olympic Committee from 1980 to 2001, was played at his funeral in Barcelona in April 2010.
In 2014, Katherine Jenkins and the Viennese tenor LASZLO covered the song on the album "Katherine Jenkins", only released in Germany and Switzerland. In 2016, Marina Prior and Mark Vincent covered the song on their album Together In 2017, G4 covered the song on their latest album "Love Songs"
The Logie Awards are an annual institution that celebrate Australian television and organised by magazine TV Week, with the first ceremony in 1959. The Awards are presented in twenty categories representing both public and industry voted nominations, with the highest honour and most publicised award being the Gold Logie, awarded to the Most Popular Personality on Australian Television for the previous year; the event has been associated with TV and former radio personality Bert Newton, who has hosted the ceremony on the most occasions. Over the years, the Logies have been hosted in Sydney. From 2018, the Logie Awards moved the ceremony moved to new location on the Gold Queensland. Known from their inception as the "TV Week Awards", the awards were instigated by TV Week magazine with the first voting coupons provided in the magazine in late 1958, two years after the introduction of television in Australia; the first awards were presented on 15 January 1959 on an episode of In Melbourne Tonight.
Only Melbourne television personalities were nominated and awards were given in eight categories, including two for American programs. The most prestigious award in 1959 was Star of the Year presented to IMT host Graham Kennedy; the following year, Kennedy coined the name Logie Awards, to honour Scottish engineer, innovator after the contributor to the development of television as a practical medium, John Logie Baird. The Logie statuette was designed by Alec De Lacy, chief designer for Melbourne-based trophy makers KG Luke Ltd; the first Gold Logie, the equivalent of the Star of the Year Award, was presented to Graham Kennedy in 1960. The record for most wins goes to Ray Martin; the latest ceremony, the Logie Awards of 2018, were held on 1 July 2018, with the Gold Logie winner being Grant Denyer, who won for game show Family Feud. In 1960, the ceremony is coined "Logie Awards" to honour inventor John Logie Baird, by Graham Kennedy, after he won what was known as the "Star of the Year Award". In 1961, the awards ceremony was televised for the first time, with the ABC screening the first half hour of the awards in Sydney.
In 1962, Australian variety presenter and actress Lorrae Desmond, best known for her role as Shirley Gilroy on A Country Practice was the first female star to win a Gold Logie, for her music variety program The Lorrae Desmond Show. In 1963, the planned televised ceremony was cancelled due to the host, Tony Hancock cancelling his trip to Australia. In 1968, there was no award for the Most Popular Female in Television. According to Bert Newton, hosting that year, "it appears no one was deemed worthy enough to receive it", he pleaded with the producers to never be put in that position again. In 1973, the media was invited for the first time to attend the Logies. In 1974, Number 96 star Pat McDonald became the first "soap star" actress to win the Gold Logie. In 1975, the Logie Awards are broadcast in colour for the first time. In 1976, the first and only fictional character to win a Logie was Norman Gunston, with the award being presented to portrayer Garry McDonald, who accepted the award in character.
In 1981, the Logie Awards returned to Sydney for the first time in 20 years and were broadcast for the first time on Network Ten In 1984, the Hall of Fame Logie was introduced by TV Week, awarded to recognise outstanding and continued contribution to television by an individual or program with the first induction being former conductor turned producer and television pioneer Hector Crawford. In 1988, Actress and future international pop star Kylie Minogue became the youngest person to win a Gold Logie for her role as Charlene Mitchell in Neighbours. In 1989, the Seven Network screens the Logie Awards for the first time. In 1997, Agro's Cartoon Connection won its seventh consecutive Logie Award for Most Popular Children's Program. In 2010, Ray Meagher became the oldest person to win an award, for his portrayal of Alf Stewart in Home and Away. In 2006, a new Logies category was introduced, named Graham Kennedy Award for Most Outstanding Newcomer, to honour Kennedy's career and legacy and to commemorate the 50th year of broadcasting of television in Australia.
In 2016, the Logies accepted nominations from locally produced digital content. In 2016, Waleed Aly became the first non-Caucasian person to win the Gold Logie. In 2017, TV Week announced that after 30 years, the awards ceremony will no longer be held in Melbourne, due to the withdrawal of financial support by the Victorian government; the Logie awards ceremony will be held at The Star Gold Coast on the Gold Coast, Queensland for four years, with support of the Queensland government. The prestigious Logie Hall of Fame was first introduced in 1984; the induction was a posthumous honour for TV cameraman Neil Davis, actor Maurie Fields, conservationist Steve Irwin, news anchor Brian Naylor and journalist Peter Harvey. In 2017, Kerri-Anne Kennerley was only the third woman to be inducted after Ruth Cracknell and Noni Hazlehurst, it has been criticised for its lack of women. Four Corners, Play School and Away and 60 Minutes are the only programs that have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. Voting for the Most Popular Logie categories is done using an online form, or by SMS voting for the final nominees.
Ten of the Logie Award categories are fan awards. In the past, the "Most Popular" Logies categories were voted by the readers of TV Week magazine using a coupon. SMS voting was introduced in 2006 for the Gold
George Kapiniaris is an Australian-born stage and film actor and comedian. He is of Greek descent and is best known for his role in popular sitcom Acropolis Now and composed that serial theme song. Kapiniaris appeared in the stage show Wogs Out of Work in the 1980s. In 2009, he appeared as Ricardo in an inmate who played guitar in a jail band. With fellow comedians Joe Avati, Nish Selvadurai and Simon Palomares, he joined forces for a national tour Il Dago. In late 2012, he played in the Australian stage version of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. In 1988, Kapiniaris joined the cast of the drama series The Flying Doctors as Demetris "D. J." Goannidis. He stayed on this role until 1994. During this time, he starred in the Melbourne-based popular sitcom Acropolis Now with Giannopoulos, Simon Palomares and Mary Coustas. Since that show's cancellation, he has continued stand-up comedy and has produced a few stage performances, as well as emceeing events such as weddings; some of his songs include a parody of Knockin' on Heaven's Door, called "Gnocchi on Heaven's Door".
In 2007, Kapiniaris starred in the television comedy series Kick on SBS as Takis Mavros. He appeared in the same year on the television soap opera Neighbours, in a guest role as a celebrity chef. Kapiniaris appeared in the controversial 2008 mini series Underbelly, where he played a real life character George Defteros. In 2008, Kapiniaris made consecutive appearances on successful Channel 31 show, the Deakin TV produced TheatreGames LIVE. Kapinaris has had minor stints in Paul Fenech comedies, such as Pizza as an Albanian war criminal and Shift Couriers as a marriage celebrant and the 2011 comedy Housos in a minor role. Kapiniaris has appeared in a series of comedic commercials for South Australian automotive repairer and insurance broker, the RAA, featuring Kapiniaris talking to a confidante. Kapiniaris created his own website based on the RAA ads, he created a satirical Today Tonight segment entitled The Dummies, poking fun at politicians through the use of puppets. In 2003, he had a role in the film Fat Pizza.
In 2012, he had a minor role in the screen version of the sitcom Housos. He plays Uncle Taso in the hit Australian stage play which has turned into a big screen sensation, written by Alex Lykos, Alex & Eve 2015. Official website Official website George Kapiniaris on IMDb
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Andrew Lloyd Webber, Baron Lloyd-Webber is an English composer and impresario of musical theatre. Several of his musicals have run for more than a decade both on Broadway, he has composed 13 musicals, a song cycle, a set of variations, two film scores, a Latin Requiem Mass. Several of his songs have been recorded and were hits outside of their parent musicals, notably "The Music of the Night" and "All I Ask of You" from The Phantom of the Opera, "I Don't Know How to Love Him" from Jesus Christ Superstar, "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina" from Evita, "Any Dream Will Do" from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, "Memory" from Cats. In 2001 The New York Times referred to him as "the most commercially successful composer in history". Ranked the "fifth most powerful person in British culture" by The Daily Telegraph in 2008, the lyricist Don Black stated "Andrew more or less single-handedly reinvented the musical."He has received a number of awards, including a knighthood in 1992, followed by a peerage from Queen Elizabeth II for services to Music, six Tonys, three Grammys, an Academy Award, fourteen Ivor Novello Awards, seven Olivier Awards, a Golden Globe, a Brit Award, the 2006 Kennedy Center Honors, the 2008 Classic Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.
He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, is an inductee into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame, is a fellow of the British Academy of Songwriters and Authors. He is one of only fifteen people to have won an Emmy, Oscar and Tony, his company, the Really Useful Group, is one of the largest theatre operators in London. Producers in several parts of the UK have staged productions, including national tours, of the Lloyd Webber musicals under licence from the Really Useful Group. Lloyd Webber is the president of the Arts Educational Schools London, a performing arts school located in Chiswick, West London, he is involved in a number of charitable activities, including the Elton John AIDS Foundation, Nordoff Robbins, Prostate Cancer UK and War Child. In 1992 he set up the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation which supports the arts and heritage in the UK. Andrew Lloyd Webber was born in Kensington, the elder son of William Lloyd Webber, a composer and organist, Jean Hermione Johnstone, a violinist and pianist.
His younger brother, Julian Lloyd Webber, has had a notable career as a solo cellist. Lloyd Webber started writing his own music at a suite of six pieces at the age of nine, he put on "productions" with Julian and his Aunt Viola in his toy theatre. His aunt Viola, an actress, took him to see many of her shows and through the stage door into the world of the theatre, he had set music to Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats at the age of 15. In 1965, Lloyd Webber was a Queen's Scholar at Westminster School and studied history for a term at Magdalen College, although he abandoned the course in the winter of 1965 to study at the Royal College of Music and pursue his interest in musical theatre. In 1965, when Lloyd Webber was a 17-year-old budding musical-theatre composer, he was introduced to the 20-year-old aspiring pop-song writer Tim Rice, their first collaboration was The Likes of Us, a musical based on the true story of Thomas John Barnardo. They produced a demo tape of that work in 1966. Although composed in 1965, The Likes of Us was not publicly performed until 2005, when a production was staged at Lloyd Webber's Sydmonton Festival.
In 2008, amateur rights were released by the National Operatic and Dramatic Association in association with the Really Useful Group. The first amateur performance was by a children's theatre group in Cornwall called "Kidz R Us". Stylistically, The Likes of Us is fashioned after the Broadway musical of the 1950s. In this respect, it is markedly different from the composer's work, which tends to be either predominantly or wholly through-composed, closer in form to opera than to the Broadway musical. In the summer of 1967 Alan Doggett, a family friend of the Lloyd Webbers who had assisted on The Likes of Us and, the music teacher at the Colet Court school in London, commissioned Lloyd Webber and Rice to write a piece for the school's choir. Doggett requested a "pop cantata" along the lines of Herbert Chappell's The Daniel Jazz and Michael Hurd's Jonah-Man Jazz, both of, published by Novello and were based on the Old Testament; the request for the new piece came with a 100-guinea advance from Novello.
This resulted in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, a retelling of the biblical story of Joseph, in which Lloyd Webber and Rice humorously pastiched a number of pop-music styles such as Elvis-style rock'n'roll and country music. Joseph began life as a short cantata that gained some recognition on its second staging with a favourable review in The Times. For its subsequent performances and Lloyd Webber revised the show and added new songs to expand it to a more substantial length. Continued expansion culminated in a 1972 stage musical and a two-hour-long production being staged in the West End in 1973 on the back of the success of Jesus Christ Superstar. In 1969, Rice and Lloyd Webber wrote a song for the Eurovision Song Contest called "Try It and See", not selected. With rewritten lyrics it became "King Herod's Song" in Jesus Christ Superstar; the planned follow-up to Jesus Chr