Battlestar Galactica (2004 TV series)
Battlestar Galactica is an American military science fiction television series, part of the Battlestar Galactica franchise. The show was developed by Ronald D. Moore and executive produced by Moore and David Eick as a re-imagining of the 1978 Battlestar Galactica television series created by Glen A. Larson; the pilot for the series first aired as a three-hour miniseries in December 2003 on the Sci-Fi Channel, followed by four regular seasons, ending its run on March 20, 2009. The cast includes Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Katee Sackhoff, Jamie Bamber, James Callis, Tricia Helfer, Grace Park The series garnered a wide range of critical acclaim both at the time of its run and in the years since, including a Peabody Award, the Television Critics Association's Program of the Year Award, a placement inside Time's 100 Best TV Shows of All-Time, Emmy nominations for its writing, costume design, visual effects, sound mixing, sound editing, with Emmy wins for both visual effects and sound editing.
In 2019, The New York Times placed the show on its list of "The 20 Best TV Dramas Since The Sopranos", a 20-year period many critics call "the golden age of television."Battlestar Galactica is set in a distant star system, where a civilization of humans lives on a group of planets known as the Twelve Colonies. In the past, the Colonies had been at war with an android race of their own creation, known as the Cylons. With the unwitting help of a human scientist named Gaius Baltar, the Cylons launch a sudden sneak attack on the Colonies, laying waste to the planets and devastating their populations. Out of a population numbering in the billions, only 50,000 humans survive, most of whom were aboard civilian ships that avoided destruction. Of all the Colonial Fleet, the eponymous Battlestar Galactica appears to be the only military capital ship that survived the attack. Under the leadership of Colonial Fleet officer Commander William "Bill" Adama and now-President Laura Roslin, the Galactica and its crew take up the task of leading the small fugitive fleet of survivors into space in search of a fabled thirteenth colony known as Earth.
The series spawned the prequel spin-off TV series Caprica, which aired for one season in 2010. Another spin-off, Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, was released in November 2012 as a web series of ten 10-minute episodes, aired on February 10, 2013, on Syfy as a televised movie. Battlestar Galactica continued from the 2003 miniseries to chronicle the journey of the last surviving humans from the Twelve Colonies of Kobol, after their nuclear annihilation by the Cylons; the survivors are led by President Laura Roslin and Commander William Adama in a ragtag fleet of ships with the Battlestar Galactica, an old, but powerful warship, as its command ship. Pursued by Cylons intent on wiping out the remnants of the human race, the survivors travel across the galaxy looking for the fabled and long-lost "thirteenth" colony: Earth. Unlike most space opera series, Battlestar Galactica has no humanoid aliens, the primary armaments used by both military forces utilize bullets, rail guns, missiles instead of lasers, the series intentionally avoids technobabble.
Instead, most of the stories deal with the apocalyptic fallout of the destruction of the Twelve Colonies upon the survivors, the moral choices they must make as they deal with the decline of the human race and their war with the Cylons. Stories portray the concept of perpetuated cycles of hate and violence driving the human-Cylon conflict, religion, with the implication of a "God" whose angelic agents appear to certain main characters. Over the course of the show's four seasons, the war between the Colonials and the Cylons takes many twists and turns. Despite the animosity on both sides, the humans and a faction of the Cylons form an uneasy alliance, in the wake of the Cylon Civil War; the Cylon leader, a humanoid Cylon "Number One" named John Cavil, precipitated the schism in the Cylon ranks. Cavil deceives the other models by obsessively hiding the identities and origins of the remaining five humanoid Cylon models, the "Final Five", known only to him, are a more ancient type of Cylon, created by a previous iteration of human civilization.
Other plotlines involve the mysterious destiny of Kara "Starbuck" Thrace, the subject of a prophecy claiming that she is the "Harbinger of Death" who will "lead them all to its end", as well as the redemption of Gaius Baltar through the Cylons' monotheistic religion, after he becomes a pariah within the fleet. In the final episodes, an inexplicably resurrected Kara Thrace leads the surviving humans and their Cylon allies to a new planet, which Adama names "Earth"; the first group of survivors settle in ancient Africa. The "real" Earth that the Colonials had searched for during their years in space was revealed in an earlier episode to have been inhabited thousands of years before by a previous form of humanoid Cylons; these humanoid Cylons had created their own Centurion robotic slaves, who waged a nuclear attack against their masters, devastating the planet and making it uninhabitable. The new Earth is found to be inhabited by early humans, who are genetically compatible with the humans from the Galactica and the rest of the fleet, but who possess only the most rudimentary civilization.
The surviving humans and humanoid Cylons settle on the new planet Earth.
High-Ballin is a 1978 Canadian action comedy film about truckers directed by Peter Carter. The US release was rated PG, with a runtime of 97 minutes. Jerry Reed plays the "Iron Duke", an independent trucker who stands up to the local trucker boss, King Carroll, who tries to drive independent truckers out of business through intimidation tactics by a gang led by his partner Harvey. Duke's friend Rane, played by Peter Fonda, ends up helping him. Rane and Pickup suggest hauling a load of illegal liquor to a lumber camp, in order to become secure enough to resist King and Harvey's pressure, thus inspiring other independents to resist as well. Duke is shot, Rane organizes the other truckers to confront King and Harvey. Pickup is kidnapped by Harvey. Back at King's headquarters, Harvey knocks shooting King when he protests; as the truckers arrive and fight King’s men, Harvey puts Pickup in his car and drives away. Rane gives chase; when Harvey stops, he and Rane confront each other in a fight. Both men draw their weapons and Rane shoots Harvey embraces Pickup.
At the end of the film, Rane drives away in Pickup’s truck. The movie was described as "a modern day western, with trucks instead of horses." Another observer said it could be summarized as "Pow, screw, collide, slam, screw."While set ostensibly in the United States, the CN Tower appears in the background during the film's climax, all vehicles carry Ontario plates. Myrna Lorrie and Prairie Oyster perform musical scenes in the film; the film was Jon Slan's first large-budget venture. During production, the film was entitled P. F. Flyer, but High-Ballin' was adopted during the course of filming, its shooting schedule was 10 weeks, between October and December 1977. The film was filmed in and around Milton, the Toronto waterfront and rural roads north of Toronto, with notable scenes shot at the Fifth Wheel in Milton and a small farmhouse near Kleinburg. In special effects, it featured a "flaming cannon roll" which had not been attempted in a motion picture. High-Ballin' was released in Toronto on May 26, 1978, but it was not seen in Los Angeles until August 30.
Its television release was on November 28, 1978, when it was seen on CBS. The Independent Film Journal noted that "although High-Ballin’ is no great shakes in terms of original storytelling, director Peter Carter provides a good deal more polish and flash than one might expect of the raucous road genre." In The Toronto Star, Clyde Gilmour said, "This is a popcorn movie, intended to be half-watched while your mind is toying with other matters." The Motion Picture Product Digest characterized it as an exploitation film, describing it as " not to provide any kind of realistic picture of the trucking industry today but to exploit it for a standard action movie with lots of violence."The Globe and Mail characterized the film thus: It has been released under the title Death Toll and was made available in video format in 1989. Downs, Roy. "Action movie filmed in Milton". The Canadian Champion. Milton. P. B8. "High-Ballin'" theatrical trailer on YouTube High-Ballin' at the American Film Institute Catalog High Ballin' at AllMovie High-Ballin' on IMDb High-Ballin' at Rotten Tomatoes "High Ballin".
The Genie Awards were given out annually by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television to recognize the best of Canadian cinema from 1980–2012. They succeeded the Canadian Film Awards. Genie Award candidates were selected from submissions made by the owners of Canadian films or their representatives, based on the criteria laid out in the Genie Rules and Regulations booklet, distributed to Academy members and industry members. Peer-group juries, assembled from volunteer members of the Academy, meet to screen the submissions and select a group of nominees. Academy members vote on these nominations. In 2012, the Academy announced that the Genies would merge with its sister presentation for English-language television, the Gemini Awards, to form a new award presentation known as the Canadian Screen Awards; the Genie Awards were aired by CBC from 1979 to 2003, before moving to CHUM Limited's networks. After CTVglobemedia purchased CHUM Limited, the Genie Awards moved to Canwest Global's E and IFC for 2008.
The last two Genie Awards were broadcast by the CBC. The following is a listing of all Genie Awards ceremonies; the Special Achievement Genie is an award given irregularly to an individual or individuals in recognition of lifetime achievement or an important career milestone. Prix Jutra – Canadian French-language counterpart Canadian Screen Awards Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television
Kirkland Lake is a town and municipality in Timiskaming District in Northeastern Ontario, Canada. The 2016 population, according to Statistics Canada, was 7,981; the community name was based on a nearby lake which in turn was named after Winnifred Kirkland, a secretary of the Ontario Department of Mines in Toronto. The lake was named by surveyor Louis Rorke in 1907. Ms Kirkland never visited the town, the lake that bore her name no longer exists because of mine tailings; the community comprises Kirkland Lake,as well as Swastika, Chaput Hughes and Morrisette Twp. Kirkland Lake was built on gold, but it is well known for producing world-famous hockey players. Indeed, legendary hockey broadcaster Foster Hewitt called Kirkland Lake "the town that made the NHL." The town celebrated this via Hockey Heritage North, renamed in the meantime to Heritage North. Until January 1, 1972, the town was known as Township of Teck. A by-law was introduced, on July 20, 1971 to change the municipality's name to Town of Kirkland Lake, effective January 1, 1972.
Tom Price discovered a boulder containing gold on a visit to the area in 1906. In 1911, important claims were made along the Main Break. John Hunton staked claims on 18 Feb. 1911, which were incorporated as the Hunton Gold Mines Ltd. in April 1914 becoming part of the Amalgamated Kirkland. Stephen Orr filed claims on 22 Feb. 1911, the basis for the Teck-Hughes Mine and the Orr Gold Mines Ltd, incorporated in June 1913. George Minaker staked claims on 23 Feb. 1911, part of which he sold to Oakes in Sept. 1912, becoming part of the Lake Shore Mine. John Reamsbottom filed claims on 18 April 1911. C. A. McKane staked claims on 20 April 1911. A. Maracle staked claims on 5 June 1911. Melville McDougall staked claims on 27 June 1911, which he transferred to Oakes on 6 Sept. 1912, became the part of the Lake Shore Mine. Jack Matchett staked a claim on 7 July 1911 acquired by Oakes, which became part of the Townsite Mine. On 10 July 1911, Dave Elliott staked claims. "Swift" Burnside staked claims on 26–28 July 1911 which became part of the Tough-Oakes Burnside Mine.
Bill Wright filed claims on 27–29 July 1911, on 16 Sept. 1911 with his brother-in-law Ed. Hargreaves, which became part of the Sylvanite Mine; this claim extended into the lake's southeastern portion. More Wright found free gold near the future site of the Discovery Shaft. Ed. Horne staked a claim on 12 Oct. 1911, which became part of the Townsite Mine, the incorporation of Kirkland Townsite Gold Mines Ltd. in 1917. On 8 Jan. 1912, Harry Oakes partnered with the Tough brothers plus Clem. Foster, who owned the Foster Silver Mine in Cobalt, staked claims which incorporated the No. 2 Vein and led to the incorporation of Tough-Oakes Gold Mines Ltd. in 1913. Oakes filed additional claims on 30 July 1912, Wright on 26 Aug. 1912, both within the lake and becoming parts of the Lake Shore Mine. By 1914, there was one mine in operation, the Tough-Oakes, which included electric power transmitted from Charlton. A settlement had formed at the southwest arm of the lake, which included a post office, stores and a hotel.
In order to maximize taxation revenue from existing and potential mines in the area, the six square mile Municipal Corporation of the Township of Teck was formed with Wellington J. McLeod as the first reeve in 1919, their first task was the establishment of public utilities, including roads and water pipes, in the growing area. Kirkland Lake had numerous mines, in the early years, including the Teck-Hughes, Lake Shore, Kirkland Minerals, Wright-Hargreaves, Tough-Oakes-Burnside, Macassa Mine; the Kirkland Lake camp produced $636,667 worth of gold in 1918 and that rose to a value of $17,000,000 in 1930. As Pain points out, "Kirkland Lake camp came to occupy a position of real importance in the mining world." By 1934 the production had reached 2,000,000 tons were being milled annually. Peak employment of 4761 wage earners occurred in 1939, but that dropped to 2064 by 1944; the 1939 population was 24,200. Early in the Second World War gold production in the area decreased due to personnel being lost to more essential war industries.
In 1942, gold mining was declared a non-essential industry to the war effort which resulted in gold mines across the country being at a lower priority for personnel and supplies relative to producers of base metals. After the war, local soldiers returned to the newly created Federal area in the northern section of the town; the Kirkland Lake Cemetery is a member of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and is the location of the graves of 12 soldiers, 3 airmen of the Canadian forces who died during the Second World War. Kirkland Lake's first fire hall was established in 1935 and the second fire hall in 1955. In 1963 the open pit Adams Mine began developing its iron ore resources; the mine would stay in production until 1990. The Kirkland Lake Community Complex, now the Joe Mavrinac Community Complex, opened in 1979. In the early eighties, LAC Minerals reopened the main shaft of the Lake Shore Mine and worked it from 1982 to 1987 to extract pockets of gold, left behind. Between 1987 and 1991 Vancouver based Eastmaque Gold Mines reprocessed tailings, or "slimes", from early inefficient mill operations, extracting 70,000 ounces of gold.
Between October and December 1988, Kirkland Lake was the filming location for the drama film Termini Station. On the morning of Sunday, May 20, 2012, a forest fire was discovered about 3 km north of Kirkla
Red Riding Hood (2011 film)
Red Riding Hood is a 2011 American romance horror film directed by Catherine Hardwicke, produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and starring Amanda Seyfried as the title role, from a screenplay by David Leslie Johnson. The film is loosely based on the folk tale Little Red Riding Hood collected by both Charles Perrault under the name Le Petit Chaperon Rouge and several decades by the Brothers Grimm as Rotkäppchen; the film met with negative reviews, grossed over $89 million worldwide. Valerie lives with her parents and Suzette, sister Lucie in the village of Daggerhorn, on the edge of a forest plagued by a werewolf, she is in love with the woodcutter Peter, but her parents arrange for her to marry Henry, son of the wealthy blacksmith Adrien Lazar. Valerie and Peter plan to elope, only to learn the Wolf has broken its truce not to prey on the townspeople and murdered Lucie. Suzette tells Valerie that her marriage was arranged, that she had loved another; the preacher Father Auguste calls upon the famous witch hunter Father Solomon for help, but the townspeople decide to venture into the Wolf's lair.
Peter is separated from the group moments before the Wolf kills Adrien. The Wolf is killed. Valerie deduces that he was her love, she realizes that Lucie, the older daughter, should have been engaged to Henry but was his half-sister, the illegitimate child of Adrien and Suzette. As the village celebrates the end of the Wolf, Father Solomon arrives and declares that the slain animal is a common grey wolf, as the true werewolf would have reverted to human form, he reveals they have entered Blood Moon Week, an event every thirteen years wherein anyone bitten by the Wolf is cursed to become one. Father Solomon's men, led by The Captain, investigate the villagers; that night, the Wolf attacks, the townspeople shelter in the church while Valerie and her friend Roxanne search for Roxanne's autistic brother, Claude. Cornered by the beast, Valerie discovers she is able to understand the Wolf, who threatens to kill Roxanne and destroy the village if Valerie does not leave with it; the Wolf escapes. The next day, Claude is captured by Father Solomon's men.
Father Solomon declares Claude, whom he witnessed perform a card trick, is a student of the dark arts. In exchange for Claude’s release, Roxanne reveals that Valerie is able to communicate with the Wolf, but her brother is dead. Believing Valerie is a witch, Father Solomon displays her in the town square to lure the Wolf. Henry and Peter help Valerie escape. Father Auguste saves Henry, is killed by Father Solomon. Henry brings Valerie to the church, where they are attacked by the Wolf, who bites off Father Solomon's hand with silver-coated fingernails; the villagers shield Valerie from the Wolf, again forced to flee after burning its right paw on the church’s holy ground. The cursed Father Solomon is killed by the Captain. Valerie dreams that the Wolf is her grandmother, rushes to her nearby cabin. Finding Father Solomon's hand on the way, Valerie meets Peter. Assuming he is the wolf, she stabs him. At the cabin, Valerie discovers her father Cesaire is the Wolf, he reveals the curse was passed to him by his own father, he intended to leave the village with his children.
He tried to pass the werewolf “gift” to Lucie, but realizing he was not her father, murdered her in a fit of rage, took revenge against Adrien. He asks Valerie to accept the curse. Peter appears, Cesaire bites him and throws him aside. Peter throws an axe into Cesaire's back, allowing Valerie to kill her father with Father Solomon’s hand. Valerie and Peter dump him in the lake. Peter departs. Henry joins the Captain's monster hunters, Suzette accepts the loss of her husband, the village continues to live in fear. Valerie moves to her grandmother's house. On a full moon, Peter returns in wolf form. Under Appian Way Productions, Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael Ireland, Jennifer Davisson Killoran, Alex Mace, Julie Yorn produced the film. Early into production, the film was titled The Girl with the Red Riding Hood. Principal photography took place in Vancouver from July 21 to September 16, 2010. Due to the fact that Seyfried did not like Fernandez based on a previous encounter at a dinner party, director Catherine Hardwicke had to persuade the actress to give the actor a chance.
The original release date, set for April 22, 2011, was moved to March 11, 2011. Red Riding Hood grossed $14,005,335 in ticket sales over the opening weekend, placing at number #3, behind Battle: Los Angeles and Rango. At the end of its run in 2011, the film grossed $37,662,162 in the United States and Canada, grossed $51,500,000 internationally for a worldwide total of $89,162,162. Red Riding Hood has a 10% approval rating at review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes based on 202 appraisals, with an average score of 3.7/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Amanda Seyfried is magnetic in Red Riding Hood's starring role, but she's let down by her uninspired leading men and a painfully cliched script." Metacritic calculated a score of 29 out of 100 based on the opinions of 36 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews". USA Today complimented the production design, but wrote "it
The L Word
The L Word is an American-Canadian co-production television drama series portraying the lives of a group of lesbians and their friends, connections and lovers in the trendy Greater Los Angeles, California city of West Hollywood. The series ran on Showtime from January 18, 2004 to March 8, 2009, subsequently in syndication on Logo and through on-demand services. On July 11, 2017, it was announced a sequel series was in the works with Showtime, who picked it up in January 2019 for a premiere that year; the show was created by executive producer Ilene Chaiken. Other executive producers include Larry Kennar. Besides Chaiken, writers of the show have included Guinevere Turner, Susan Miller, Cherien Dabis, Rose Troche; the pilot episode premiered on January 18, 2004. The original five-year run ended with the series finale's airing on March 8, 2009. Outside the United States, the series is distributed by MGM Worldwide Television; the L Word was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, at Coast Mountain Films Studio, as well as on location in Los Angeles, California.
The studio was once owned by and named for Dufferin Gate Productions, the sister company to Temple Street Productions, the Canadian producer of the U. S. version of Queer as Folk. The original code-name for the project was a rarely-used slang term for lesbians. Contemporary use of the phrase "the L word" as an alias for lesbian dates to at least the 1981 play My Blue Heaven by Jane Chambers, in which a character stammers out: "You're really...? The L-word? Lord God, I never met one before."Historical use of "the L word" as code language can be found in the sentence of a letter written by Daphne du Maurier to Ellen Doubleday: "By God and by Christ, if anyone should call that love by that unattractive word that begins with'L', I'd tear their guts out." Season 1 premiered in the United States on January 18, 2004, on Showtime and featured 13 episodes presenting several entwined story lines. Set in West Hollywood, the series first introduces Bette Porter and Tina Kennard, a couple with a seven-year relationship who want to have a child.
Tina becomes pregnant through artificial insemination but has a miscarriage during episode 1.09: Luck, next time. In the series, Bette develops an affair with Candace Jewell; the pilot introduced a coming out/love triangle storyline involving Tina and Bette's neighbor, Tim Haspel, his new-in-town girlfriend, Jenny Schecter, Marina Ferrer. Marina is part of Tina and Bette's circle of friends, owns the neighborhood café, The Planet, which serves as the group's hang-out and focal point for the show. Marina relentlessly pursues Jenny and succeeds in destroying her relationship with Tim, but leaves Jenny to fend for herself when her own long-distance lover returns; the season introduces Shane McCutcheon, an androgynous sexual hairstylist and serial heart-breaker. In the first season, Dana falls for a sous chef named Lara Perkins whose sexuality is questioned by the group until Lara has an unexpected meeting with Dana in the locker room. At the end of the season, Tina sees Bette and Candace touching hands and speaking intimately and guesses about their affair.
Tina and Bette break up, with Tina living at Bette stays in their home. Season 2 featured thirteen episodes, it starts by unveiling to the viewers a secret Tina is keeping from everyone: she became impregnated after a second insemination. Tina and Bette are still apart. Bette doesn't deny the affair and begs Tina for forgiveness but alienates herself from the group and continues the affair for a short while until realizing that it's Tina she wants to spend her life with not Candace and so ends their short affair. Tina begins seeing Helena, while Bette's life is portrayed as a wreck, with alcohol abuse, problems with her job, the death of her father in episode 2.12:L'Chaim, being fired during the season finale. Tina and Bette reconcile during the final episode; the character of Marina was written out of the show, the Planet was bought by Kit Porter. Introduced in the second season are Carmen de la Pica Morales, a confident DJ who becomes part of a love triangle with Shane and Jenny. Mark makes them part of his latest documentary by setting up hidden cameras in the house to videotape them.
During episode 2.09: Late, Latent, Jenny discovers Mark's tapes and discovers the truth about Carmen's true love. Season 2 introduces a developing affair between Alice and Dana, which becomes public in episode 2.07: Luminous. It presents insights into Jenny's past as an abused child in episode 2.11: Loud and Proud, reveals episodes of self-harm that reach their climax in the season finale. The television show set up contest at the website FanLib.com where fans could submit a femme slash fanfic. The winner's story was incorporated into a scene of a third-season episode. Season 3 first aired on January 2006, with 12 episodes, it begins six months after Bette's daughter, Angelica. New characters in this season include Moira Sweeney (a working class butch portrayed by Daniela Sea, Jenny's girlfriend for mo