The First Power
The First Power is a 1990 American neo-noir horror film written and directed by Robert Resnikoff, starring Lou Diamond Phillips, Tracy Griffith, Jeff Kober and Mykelti Williamson. The film received negative reviews, but was a financial success. A sadistic serial killer, Patrick Channing, known by most as the Pentagram Killer, is at large in Los Angeles, killing innocent people as a sacrifice to Satan, his specific MO is engraving a pentagram symbol into the flesh of his victims before killing them. Detective Russell Logan is determined to bring the Pentagram Killer to justice, he receives an anonymous phone call from a psychic called Tess Seaton. After getting his promise that the man will not be executed, she tells him where the killer is going to strike next. With time running out for the next victim, Logan decides to take Tess on her word. Logan goes on a stakeout and tracks down Channing's lair. During a struggle in which Logan apprehends Channing, Logan receives a severe stab wound to his torso.
Logan manages to recover from his stomach injury and breaks his word, seeks a death penalty sentence. Tess makes another phone call to Logan, pleading with him to keep his promise that Channing not be executed. Logan refuses, satisfied that Channing is now caught and cannot harm another person and, therefore, is not interested in sparing the serial killer from what he believes is a much-deserved fate. Channing is convicted and sentenced to be executed in the gas chamber. However, since Channing was a worshipper of Satan, Satan grants Channing The First Power -- resurrection; this is the first of three special powers Channing is attempting to gain, is directly stated in the movie that Jesus Christ possessed all three of these powers. Channing returns from the grave and is able to appear or disappear at will, as well as possess others, his main objective now becomes to get his revenge on Russell Logan as well as continue his work. Logan must team up with Tess in order to find a way to defeat Channing once and for all.
The climax of the film takes place at an unused part of a water treatment plant where Logan finds Tess after she was kidnapped from his apartment by Channing. Logan and Channing fight, while Channing is possessing a nun, resulting in Channing getting stabbed in the chest with a crucifix that has a knife hidden in it, the only thing that will kill him. A police officer shoots and wounds Logan. Tess visits Logan in the hospital, where he attacks her, she wakes up to realize that she was having another psychic vision of Channing possessing Logan, she hears Channing's voice taunting her with the same line he used throughout the film to taunt Logan. This suggests; the film received negative reviews, including Desson Howe's in the Washington Post, which called it "shopworn and imitative." In The New York Times, Vincent Canby wrote that Phillips "doesn't seem altogether comfortable here, but he is not bad." He added that, despite the film's fast pace and impressive special effects, "the whole thing is stupid."As of September 2016, The First Power has a 22% "rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
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Syngenor is a 1990 B horror/science fiction film, a sequel to the 1981 film Scared to Death. The film was written by Michael Carmody and Brent V. Friedman, it features Kathryn Noble. Norton Cyberdyne provides high-tech military technology and their latest super weapon is "Syngenor". A prototype starts leaving a trail of bodies; as bodies pile up other Syngenors emerge from the basement and a battle rages between the monsters and the corporate humans. Producer Jack F. Murphy saw the original Scared to Death and was so impressed with the monster that he wanted to make another film utilizing the same monster design. However, since the first film was so low-budget and seen he wanted to distance this sequel from it in order not to alienate a new potential audience that never heard of the first film; this is why there is no plot carry-over from Scared to Death other than the monster. Scared to Death director William Malone was asked and was going to direct this sequel. Malone ended up passing on the project as he had an opportunity to direct Creature, however he participated in creating the film's monster costumes.
Elite Entertainment and Synapse Films both released the film on Region 0 NTSC DVD. Prism Leisure Corporation released the film on a double sided PAL DVD, the other side showing Progeny. Syngenor on IMDb Syngenor at Rotten Tomatoes Syngenor at BadMovies.org Syngenor at eccentric-cinema.com Syngenor at Somethingawful.com
Knots Landing is an American prime time television soap opera that aired on CBS from December 27, 1979, to May 13, 1993. A spin-off of Dallas, it was set in a fictitious coastal suburb of Los Angeles and centered on the lives of four married couples living in a cul-de-sac, Seaview Circle. By the time of its conclusion, storylines had included rape, kidnapping, drug smuggling, corporate intrigue, criminal investigations. S. television after Gunsmoke and Bonanza. Knots Landing was created by David Jacobs in conjunction with producer Michael Filerman. Although a spin-off of Dallas, the concept predates that series, was rebuffed by CBS in 1977, as the network wanted something more "saga-like". Jacobs created Dallas, which the network accepted and premiered in 1978. After Dallas became a hit, Jacobs was able to adapt Knots Landing as a spin-off series by way of incorporating characters introduced in the parent series; the series was inspired by a 1957 movie No Down Payment but by the 1973 Ingmar Bergman television miniseries Scenes from a Marriage.
Though not as popular in the ratings as Dallas, Knots Landing outlasted it and garnered much critical acclaim. The series peaked during the 1983–84 season with a 20.8 rating and a 20.0 rating for the 1984–85 season. This can be attributed, in part, to more dramatic storylines as the series became more soap-opera like, the gradual inclusion of newer characters to interact with the original cast. By the 1988–89 season, Knots Landing was ahead of Dallas in the ratings, though audiences for both shows by this time were less than their earlier years. Knots Landing was cancelled in 1993. There were 344 episodes and 14 seasons of Knots Landing from 1979 to 1993. In 1997, much of the cast reunited for a two-part mini-series entitled Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac. In 2005, they reunited again for the non-fiction special Knots Landing Reunion: Together Again in which the cast reminisced about their time on the show. Dallas itself was revived in 2012, with characters from Knots Landing appearing in its second season.
During nearly the entire run of the original series, Knots Landing occupied the same timeslot: Thursday nights at 10:00 p.m. Gary Ewing was the black sheep of the Ewing family from Dallas. Gary was an alcoholic, his father Jock and older brother J. R. had never treated him as an equal. The insecure Gary met Valene when they were aged 15 years old respectively, they were married and had a daughter, but Gary left Southfork Ranch and divorced Valene. With Gary gone from Southfork Ranch, J. R. had Valene followed and'run out of town' as he took her daughter and manipulated Gary away from her. Years Valene and Lucy reconnected, causing Valene and Gary to reunite, they remarried and Gary's mother, Miss Ellie, bought the couple a house in California. Knots Landing is spun off from Dallas in the third-season episode entitled "Return Engagements.” In the first episode, newly remarried Gary and Valene Ewing move to Knots Landing, California in a cul-de-sac known as Seaview Circle. They meet their neighbors, Sid Fairgate, the owner of Knots Landing Motors, a used car dealership, his wife Karen, the parents of three children: Diana and Michael.
Living on the cul-de-sac is corporate lawyer Richard Avery and his real estate agent wife Laura, who have a young son, Jason. Other neighbors include the young couple Kenny Ward, a record producer, his wife Ginger, a kindergarten teacher. Early in the series, Gary becomes a salesman at Knots Landing Motors, deals with visits from his wealthy brothers from Dallas, Bobby and J. R. Ewing. Gary and Valene get a visit from their teenage daughter Lucy, although she decides to return to Dallas, from Valene's estranged mother, Lilimae. Sid and Karen deal with problems surrounding Sid's oldest daughter, Annie and Laura deal with the circumstances surrounding Laura's rape, Kenny and Ginger's marriage hits the rocks when Kenny starts an affair with a young singer named Sylvie. In the season finale, Gary relapses into alcoholism. At the beginning of the second season, Sid's manipulative younger sister, Abby Cunningham, a recent divorcée and the mother of two children and Brian, move to Knots Landing. Abby starts working for her brother at Knots Landing Motors and takes an interest in Richard, beginning a rather open affair with him, she makes sure that Valene discovers Gary having an affair with Judy Trent, the wife of a man he befriended while in Alcoholics Anonymous.
In the meantime, Laura starts an affair with her boss, Scooter Warren, Abby soon dumps Richard when her ex-husband, threatens to take her children from her. While separated from Kenny, Ginger starts a romance with the father of one of her students, although she and Kenny reconcile. Near the end of the season, Jeff succeeds in taking Brian from Abby, leaving her frantic; when Sid discovered some car parts that Gary and Abby had purchased were stolen, his brakes were tampered with to keep him from testifying in court. As a result, in the s
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
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier is a 1989 American science fiction film directed by William Shatner and based on the television series of the same name created by Gene Roddenberry. It is the fifth installment in the Star Trek film series. Taking place shortly after the events of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, its plot follows the crew of the USS Enterprise-A as they confront a renegade Vulcan, searching for God at the center of the galaxy; the film was directed by cast member William Shatner, following two films being directed by his co-star Leonard Nimoy. Shatner developed the initial storyline, in which Sybok searches for God, but instead finds an alien being. Series creator Gene Roddenberry disliked the original script, while Nimoy and DeForest Kelley objected to the premise that their characters and Leonard McCoy, would betray Shatner's James T. Kirk; the script went through multiple revisions to please the cast and Paramount Pictures, including cuts in the effects-laden climax of the film.
Despite a Writers Guild strike cutting into the film's pre-production, Paramount commenced filming in October 1988. Many Star Trek veterans assisted in the film's production. Production problems plagued the film on set and during location shooting in Yosemite National Park and the Mojave Desert; as effects house Industrial Light & Magic's best crews were busy and would be too expensive, the production used Bran Ferren's company for the film's effects, which had to be revised several times in order to lower production costs. The film's ending was reworked because of poor test-audience reaction, the failure of planned special effects. Jerry Goldsmith, composer for Star Trek: The Motion Picture, returned to score The Final Frontier; the Final Frontier was released in North America on June 1989, by Paramount Pictures. It had the highest opening gross of any Star Trek film in at that point and was number one in its first week at the box office, but its grosses dropped in subsequent weeks; the film received mixed to poor reviews by critics on release, according to its producer, nearly killed the franchise.
The next entry in the series, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, received a more positive reception. The crew of the newly-commissioned USS Enterprise are enjoying shore leave after the starship's shakedown cruise goes poorly. At Yosemite National Park, James T. Kirk demoted back to Captain after the events of the previous two films, is camping with First Officer Spock and Dr. Leonard McCoy, their leave is interrupted when Enterprise is ordered by Starfleet Command to rescue human and Romulan hostages on the planet Nimbus III, a planet set aside to advance dialogue between the Federation and Klingon and Romulan Empires. Learning of Enterprise's mission, the Klingon Captain Klaa decides to pursue Kirk for personal glory. On Nimbus III, the crew of Enterprise discovers that renegade Vulcan Sybok, Spock's half-brother, is behind the hostage crisis. Sybok reveals the hostage situation was a ruse to lure a starship to Nimbus III. Sybok wants to use a ship to reach the mythical planet the place where creation began.
Sybok uses his unique ability to reveal and heal the innermost pain of a person through the mind meld to subvert the hostages' and crew members' wills. Only Spock and Kirk prove resistant to Sybok. Sybok reluctantly declares a truce with Kirk, realizing he needs his leadership experience to navigate Enterprise to Sha Ka Ree; the ship breaches the barrier, pursued by Klaa's vessel, discovers a lone blue planet. Sybok, Spock, McCoy beam down to the surface, where Sybok calls out to his perceived vision of God. An entity appears bearing a large human face, when told of how Sybok breached the barrier, demands that the starship be brought closer to the planet; when a skeptical Kirk asks, "What does God need with a starship?", the entity attacks him in retribution. The others doubt a god. Realizing his foolishness, Sybok sacrifices himself in an effort to combat the creature and allow the others to escape. Intent on stopping the being, Kirk orders Enterprise to fire a photon torpedo at their location, to little effect.
Spock and McCoy are beamed back to the ship, but Klaa's vessel attacks Enterprise before Kirk can be transported aboard. The vengeful entity reappears and tries to kill Kirk when Klaa's vessel destroys it in a hail of fire. Kirk is beamed aboard the Klingon ship, where Spock and the Klingon General Korrd force Klaa to stand down. After the crews of Enterprise and the Klingon ship celebrate a new détente, Spock, McCoy resume their vacation at Yosemite. William Shatner as James T. Kirk. Shatner practiced strength training daily to prepare for the role; the physical activity and directing duties meant he woke at 4 a.m. every day during filming, no matter what time he fell asleep. Leonard Nimoy as Spock, the Enterprise's half-Vulcan, half-human science officer. Nimoy noted The Final Frontier was the most physical film in the series, which reflected Shatner's energetic sensibility and what he enjoyed doing most on the show—"running and jumping". Nimoy recalled Shatner's attempts to instruct him in riding a horse, although Nimoy had ridden many horses bareback when playing American I
William Shatner, is a Canadian actor, producer and singer. In his seven decades of television, Shatner became a cultural icon for his portrayal of Captain James T. Kirk of the USS Enterprise in the Star Trek franchise, he has written a series of books chronicling his experiences playing Captain Kirk and being a part of Star Trek, has co-written several novels set in the Star Trek universe. He has written a series of science fiction novels called TekWar that were adapted for television. Shatner played the eponymous veteran police sergeant in T. J. Hooker and hosted the reality-based television series Rescue 911, which won a People's Choice Award for the Favorite New TV Dramatic Series. Shatner appeared in seasons 4 and 5 of the NBC series 3rd Rock from the Sun as the "Big Giant Head" that the alien characters reported to. From 2004 until 2008, he starred as attorney Denny Crane both in the final season of the legal drama The Practice and in its spinoff series Boston Legal, a role that earned him two Emmy Awards.
He appeared in both seasons of the comical NBC real-life travelogue with other male companions "of a certain age" in Better Late Than Never, from 2016 to 2017. Shatner was born in the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce neighbourhood of Montreal, Canada, to a Conservative Jewish household, his parents are Joseph Shatner, a clothing manufacturer. He has two sisters and Farla, his paternal grandfather, Wolf Schattner, anglicized the family name to "Shatner". All of Shatner's four grandparents were Jewish immigrants, they came from Austria-Hungary and Lithuania. Shatner attended two schools in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Willingdon Elementary School and West Hill High School, is an alumnus of the Montreal Children's Theatre, he studied Economics at the McGill University Faculty of Management in Montreal, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. In June 2011, McGill University awarded him an honorary Doctorate of Letters. Shatner was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters from New England Institute of Technology in May 2018.
After graduating from McGill University in 1952, Shatner became the business manager for the Mountain Playhouse in Montreal before joining the Canadian National Repertory Theatre in Ottawa, where he trained as a classical Shakespearean actor. Shatner began performing at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, beginning in 1954, he played a range of roles at the Stratford Festival in productions that included a minor role in the opening scene of a renowned and nationally televised production of Sophocles' Oedipus Rex directed by Tyrone Guthrie, Shakespeare's Henry V, Marlowe's Tamburlaine the Great, in which Shatner made his Broadway debut in 1956. In 1954, he was cast as Ranger Bob on The Canadian Howdy Doody Show. Shatner was an understudy to Christopher Plummer, his film debut was in the Canadian film Butler's Night Off. His first feature role came in the MGM film The Brothers Karamazov with Yul Brynner, in which he starred as the youngest of the Karamazov brothers, Alexei. In December 1958, he appeared opposite Ralph Bellamy, playing Roman tax collectors in Bethlehem on the day of Jesus' birth in a vignette of a Hallmark Hall of Fame live television production entitled The Christmas Tree directed by Kirk Browning, which featured in other vignettes such performers as Jessica Tandy, Margaret Hamilton, Bernadette Peters, Richard Thomas, Cyril Ritchard, Carol Channing.
Shatner had a leading role in an Alfred Hitchcock Presents third-season episode titled "The Glass Eye", one of his first appearances on American television. In 1959, he received good reviews when he played the role of Lomax in the Broadway production of The World of Suzie Wong. In March 1959, while performing on stage in Suzie Wong, Shatner was playing detective Archie Goodwin in what would have been television's first Nero Wolfe series, had it not been aborted by CBS after shooting a pilot and a few episodes, he appeared twice as Wayne Gorham in NBC's Outlaws Western series with Barton MacLane, in another Alfred Hitchcock Presents 5th-season episode titled "Mother, May I Go Out to Swim?" In 1961, he starred in the Broadway play A Shot in the Dark with Julie Harris and directed by Harold Clurman. Walter Matthau and Gene Saks were featured in this play. Shatner featured in two episodes of the NBC television series Thriller and the film The Explosive Generation. Guthrie had called the young Shatner the Stratford Festival's most promising actor, he was seen as a peer to contemporaries like Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, Robert Redford.
Shatner was not as successful as the others and during the 1960s he "became a working actor who showed up on time, knew his lines, worked cheap and always answered his phone." His motto was "Work equals work", but Shatner's willingness to take any role, no matter how "forgettable" hurt his career. He took the lead role in Roger Corman's movie The Intruder and received good reviews for his significant role in the Stanley Kramer film Judgment at Nuremberg and two episodes, "Nick of Time" and "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet," of the science fiction anthology series The Twilight Zone. In the 1963–64 season, he appeared in an episode of the ABC series Channing. In 1963, he starred in the Family Theater production called "The Soldier" and received credits in other programs of The Psalms series; that same year, he guest-starred in Route 66, in the episode "Build Your Houses with Their Backs to the Sea." In 1964, Shatner guest-starred in Season 2, Episode 2 (
Joel James Gretsch is an American actor. He is best known for his roles on The 4400, Taken and V. Gretsch was born in St. Cloud and grew up in Albany, the son of Russ and Barb, he has a sister, a brother, Steve. Gretsch was raised Catholic. Gretsch studied acting at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis before moving to Los Angeles in 1989, his stage work includes roles in Molière's Tartuffe and John Patrick Shanley's Danny and the Deep Blue Sea. He started his television work in the early 1990s, appearing in episodes of Married... with Children, Melrose Place and Saved by the Bell: The New Class. Since he has appeared in episodes of JAG, Silk Stalkings, CSI: Miami, Burn Notice, NCIS. More he played a wealthy advertising executive and husband of a supermodel on an episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent, he had two guest appearances on NBC's Journeyman, playing the father of protagonist Dan Vasser. Gretsch has had supporting roles in a number of films including playing Bobby Jones in The Legend of Bagger Vance, Minority Report, The Emperor's Club and National Treasure: Book of Secrets.
In 2008, Gretsch had a recurring role as Pete Raynor, Lindsay Boxer's love interest, on the television series Women's Murder Club. Some of his notable roles include Tom Baldwin on the USA Network series The 4400 in which he starred alongside actress Jacqueline McKenzie, as Owen Crawford in Steven Spielberg's 2002 science fiction miniseries Taken. Gretsch reunited with Scott Peters on his remake of V. Gretsch played priest and resistance fighter, Father Jack Landry in the series, he guest starred in the new Diablo Cody created Emmy Award nominated Showtime Comedy-Drama The United States of Tara in the 1st season's last two episodes. Joel Gretsch on IMDb