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My Stepmother Is an Alien

My Stepmother Is an Alien is a 1988 American comic science fiction film directed by Richard Benjamin. The film stars Kim Basinger as Celeste, an extraterrestrial woman sent on a secret mission to Earth, after her home planet's gravity is mistakenly disrupted by Steven Mills, a widowed scientist raising his daughter Jessie as a single father; the film's screenplay was written by Herschel Weingrod, Timothy Harris and Jonathan Reynolds, based on an earlier script by Jericho Stone, who pitched the film to Paramount Pictures as a drama which would serve as an allegory about child abuse. When Paramount optioned the story, they suggested; the film was unproduced for four years until Weintraub Entertainment Group put it into production in 1988. My Stepmother Is an Alien was a box-office bomb, grossing $13.8 million against a $19 million budget. The film received negative reviews from critics, with most of the responses panning the film's humor and screenplay. Although and costar Jon Lovitz received favorable reviews for their comedic performances.

In the New York Times review, Aykroyd was singled out for criticism in his performance as a romantic lead. Celeste is an alien sent on a secret mission to Earth, Steven Mills is a widowed scientist, working on different ways to send radio waves into deep space. Steven accidentally sends a radio wave out of the galaxy to Celeste's home world which causes a disruption of gravity on her planet, she is sent to investigate who could affect gravity and how it was done, believing that it was an attack. She is aided by an alien device resembling a tentacle with an eye, which hides in a designer purse to aid Celeste with her encounters on Earth. Bag is able to create any object, such as diamonds and designer dresses instantaneously. Celeste crashes a party hosted by Steven's brother Ron, where she draws attention to herself by making dated references to old TV shows and political slogans under the mistaken belief that it was current. Celeste's inexperience results in her exposing herself as alien when she struggles with simple tasks like trying to kiss for the first time and cooking.

She goes home with spends the night, after Bag teaches her what sex is. Jessie Mills, Steven's 13-year-old daughter, is at first happy that her father has found someone but becomes suspicious when she observes Celeste eating the acid out of batteries, pulling hard boiled eggs out of boiling hot water with her bare hands. However, she cannot convince her smitten father that something is unusual about Celeste, when Celeste tells him that she must leave in 24 hours he impulsively proposes, she accepts. Ron has his doubts about Celeste and tries to dissuade Steven from marrying Celeste on the idea she is an illegal immigrant or planning economic espionage, but admits he is jealous his brother found his dream girl whereas he will never find a girl like Princess Stéphanie of Monaco. Celeste encounters new experiences such as love; when confronted about being an extraterrestrial by Jessie, Celeste admits her home world is without emotion. Celeste plans to depart once she discovers how Steven created the radio signal and gets him to recreate it, but is put in a quandary by Jessie, who says it will devastate her father, for whom Celeste has now developed feelings.

After Jessie argues with Steven, she runs away and is nearly hit by a car, but is saved by Celeste's powers. This reveals to Steven that Celeste is indeed an alien and that she has fallen in love with him and accepted Jessie as her own daughter. Steven realizes how he was able to create the radio wave and manages to repeat it, reversing the gravity on Celeste's planet and saving it. After destroying Bag, the leaders of Celeste's home world report in and ask her to destroy the planet Earth, she and Steven manage to convince them it was not an act of aggression, but an accident, that Earth has many benefits that require further studying. They accept the explanation and demand that Celeste return to explain human culture to them, but settle for a native of Earth to serve as ambassador to their world as a token of goodwill; the ambassadorship is accepted by Ron, who departs for Celeste's world in a spaceship served by several flight attendants, all of whom look like Princess Stéphanie. Dan Aykroyd as Steven Mills Kim Basinger as Celeste Martin Jon Lovitz as Ron Mills Alyson Hannigan as Jessie Mills Joseph Maher as Lucas Budlong Seth Green as Fred Glass Ann Prentiss as Voice of The Bag Wesley Mann as Grady Tony Jay as Council Chief Peter Bromilow as Second in Command Harry Shearer as Voice of Carl Sagan Juliette Lewis as Lexie, Jessie's Friend Screenwriter Jerico Stone developed the story under the working title They’re Coming as a drama, an allegory about child abuse.

He pitched this version of the story to Paramount Pictures in 1981. Paramount agreed to option the story and paid him to write the screenplay, but felt it would be more believable as a comedy. On June 20, 1984, Variety reported that Catalina Production Group was planning to start principal photography on They're Coming in late 1984 for Paramount, naming the screenwriters as Stone and Richard Benner. Subsequently, the production moved to 20th Century Fox, who hired Herschel Weingrod and Timothy Har

Tarsier Studios

Tarsier Studios is a development studio, based in Malmö, Sweden. Founded in 2004 as Team Tarsier, the team changed their name to Tarsier Studios when they released their first two projects involving SCE properties in 2009. In 2010, they signed a publishing deal with Sony Interactive Entertainment and Microsoft Windows on a new, unannounced project, gaining Sony's first-party support; the studio consists of 70 employees. On 19 May 2014 Tarsier Studios announced they were working on a new intellectual property titled Hunger for the PlayStation 4, but re-announced as Little Nightmares, released on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch platforms and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. On 20 December 2019, the Embracer Group announced the acquisition of the company; the City of Metronome known as Metronome, is an unreleased adventure game by Tarsier Studios. It was revealed during E3 2005 where it became an anticipated game for the seventh generation of video game consoles.

However, the status of this project is uncertain since Tarsier Studios was unable to find a publisher up to 2007. Official website Tarsier Studios' channel on YouTube

Solar conjunction

Solar conjunction occurs when a planet or other solar system object is on the opposite side of the Sun from the Earth. From an Earth reference, the Sun will pass between the object. Communication with any spacecraft in solar conjunction will be limited due to the Sun's interference on radio transmissions from the spacecraft; the term can refer to the passage of the line of sight to an interior planet being close to the solar disk. If the planet passes directly in front of the Sun, a solar transit occurs. There is a risk that an antenna equipped with auto-tracking will begin following the Sun's movements instead of the satellite once they are no longer inline with each other; this is because the Sun acts as a large electromagnetic noise generator which creates a signal much stronger than the satellite's tracking signal. A recent example of limitations caused by the solar conjunction occurred when the NASA-JPL team put the Curiosity rover on Mars' surface in autonomous operation mode for 25 days during the conjunction.

In autonomous mode Curiosity suspends all movements and active science operations but retains communication-independent experiments. Conjunction List of conjunctions

West Lutton

West Lutton is a village in the Ryedale district of North Yorkshire, England. It is situated 9 miles east from Malton, within the Yorkshire Wolds, it was part of the East Riding of Yorkshire until 1974. The hamlet of East Lutton is 0.5 miles to the east. The village lies in the Great Wold Valley and the course of the winterbourne stream the Gypsey Race passes through it, they are recorded in the Domesday Book in 1086 as one location, were home to at least five families. In common with other villages at the time, the Luttons suffered during William the Conqueror's Harrying of the North, during which many farms and homesteads were laid waste, evidenced by the dramatic drop in their annual contribution to the local landowner: from £14 in 1066 to less than £1 in 1086. West Lutton forms part of the civil parish of Luttons; the village church, St Mary's, is designated a Grade II* listed building. The church contains a sculpture by the Derbyshire sculptor James Redfern. In 1823 West Lutton was in the parish of Weaverthorpe, the Wapentake of Buckrose, the Liberty of St Peter's in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Population, including East Lutton was 311. West Lutton occupations included six farmers, one of whom was a grocer and another a wheelwright, two further wheelwrights, a blacksmith, two shoemakers, two tailors, the landlord of The Board public house. Media related to West Lutton at Wikimedia Commons

A. J. Balaban

Abraham Joseph Balaban, known as A. J. Balaban or Abe Balaban, was an American showman whose particular influence on popular entertainment in the early 20th century led to enormous innovations in the American movie-going experience. Following the leasing and operation of a modest nickelodeon house in 1909, Balaban oversaw the commission and design of Chicago's great movie palaces for the Balaban & Katz exhibition chain, integrated live performers into themed stage extravaganzas with full orchestras and forever changing vaudeville, inspired numerous and novel ideas for theatre management. A. J. Balaban's most productive period of achievement was from 1909 to 1929, it was a measure of his success and respect that in 1929, the February 27 issue of Variety was dedicated to him, the following August a massive Citizens' Dinner in Chicago was organized to bid him farewell upon his move to New York to assume a creative position with Paramount/Publix, with which B&K had merged in 1926. The artistic and managerial genius of the Balaban & Katz team, A. J. Balaban—from his earliest years as a young man singing in small theatres to illustrated glass slides, to the mastery of "presentations" that featured singers and musicians in a variety of turns culminating into lavish tableaux—had as an overarching inspiration the comfort and satisfaction of the audience.

According to Abel Green, editor of Variety, the venerable show business trade newspaper, Balaban "did more than any individual to glorify the cinema setting", his theatre management established a successful model for other national exhibitors. As for performers and the production of effective shows and pacing, William Morris Senior, the talent manager, wrote in an open letter in Variety to Balaban, "You have done more for proper presentation than any other man connected with it."Among Balaban's many show-business innovations were large theatres seating thousands of people in grand architectural palaces that resembled "fairy-lands". Sophie Tucker, Gladys Swarthout, Ginger Rogers, organist Jesse Crawford, the orchestras of Paul Whiteman and John Philip Sousa, among many others. C." Like S. Leopold Kohls or Paul Ash. Between bouts of elective retirement in Geneva and other locales, Balaban returned to the film and exhibition business periodically. Beginning in 1942, Balaban began nearly a decade as Executive Director of New York's Roxy Theatre at the request of Spyros Skouras of 20th Century-Fox, restoring the theatre to profitability with access to first-run Fox films, as well as the production and presentation of first-class live shows.

During this time, Balaban installed an ice rink on the Roxy stage, instigated the first-ever "four-a-day" by the New York Philharmonic for two weeks in September 1950. Although the "presentation style" mix of movies and elaborate stage shows is no longer in popular or economic favor, it was Balaban's pioneering success in Chicago with this combination that today is associated with Radio City Music Hall in New York. A. J. Balaban was the second of eight children born to Russian Jewish parents Israel and Augusta Balaban in Chicago. Barney, the financial mainstay of the family, was the first born and in young adulthood would come to work for the Western Cold Storage Company, earning $25 a week. After A. J. came a daughter, followed by brothers John, Dave and Elmer. The large family lived in back of a grocery store run by the parents. At an early age, the two oldest boys would go to plays at local Chicago theatres, Balaban confessed that "theatre fascinated me". After a variety of odd jobs, Balaban found steady employment as an errand boy for local clothiers, hauling woolens and delivering suits.

In his off hours, he pursued opportunities to sing, with his sister accompanying him on the piano. At his older brother's urging, he prepared a business card that read: "Singer. Character Songs."On New Year's Eve, just before 1917 rolled in, Balaban proposed to Carrie Strump, a girl he had known in grade school and with whom he had become reacquainted. In April 1918, Balaban and his fiancé traveled to New York, where Balaban phoned Variety to get the name of a good rabbi to perform the marriage ceremony; the couple was wed on April 7, 1918. In September 1922, Balaban's sister Ida, now Mrs. Sam Katz, died. Balaban's first child, named after her deceased aunt, was born in December; when ice and ice-cream purveyor and owner and founder of the "Sparkle Ice Company" and "Nonebetter Ice Cream Company", Samuel Donian, owner of "The Kedzie", a "nickel show" in a store on the corner of Kedzie and 12th Street, needed a last-minute act, 18-year-old A. J. and his sister performed "Take Me Back to New York Town"."How different it all was to the worries about fruit and vegetables spoiling before they were sold, quarrels about under-weight and over-charge!" he recounted in his 1942 memoir, Continuous Performance.

"It seemed much more attractive to me to rent a store where we could sell people a good time.'We have only to rent

Batista (footballer, born 1955)

João Batista da Silva known as Batista, is a former Brazilian footballer who played as a defensive midfielder. He competed in the men's tournament at the 1976 Summer Olympics and won a gold medal in football at the 1975 Pan American Games. Batista did not score a goal, he played in two editions of the FIFA World Cup, in 1978 and 1982. In the 1978 tournament, Batista played throughout all seven of Brazil's matches, with the team not losing a single match, only conceding three goals. Brazil failed to qualify for the final on goal difference. In the 1982 World Cup, Batista was a reserve, he played once as a substitute for Zico. Famously, Diego Maradona was sent off for his foul on Batista after Batista had flattened Juan Barbas. Since retiring, Batista has been working as a commentator for Brazilian television channel RBS, part of the Globo TV circuit. Internacional: 1975–1981. Grêmio: 1982. Palmeiras: 1983. Lazio: 1983–1985. Avellino: 1985. Belenenses: 1985–1987. Avaí: 1988–1989. Campeonato Gaúcho: 1975, 1976, 1978, 1981.

Campeonato Brasileiro Série A: 1975, 1976, 1979. Campeonato Catarinense: 1988. Batista – FIFA competition record Batista at Sambafoot Batista at ForaDeJogo Batista at Joao Batista da Silva at the International Olympic Committee