William D. Wittliff
William D. Wittliff, sometimes credited as Bill Wittliff, is an American screenwriter and photographer who wrote the screenplays for The Perfect Storm, Raggedy Man, many others. Wittliff was born in Taft and moved to Blanco as a teenager, he studied journalism at the University of Texas at Austin and worked for a publishing house in Austin and was business and production manager for the Southern Methodist University Press in Dallas. In 1964, he started Encino Press; the last book from the Encino Press was Blue & Some Other Dogs by John Graves, issued in 1981. Wittliff wrote Country, the film would have been his directorial debut, but he quit after his cinematographer was fired. Wittliff met Willie Nelson in the late 1970s and he was a writer on Honeysuckle Rose and Barbarosa, both of which starred Nelson. Wittliff agreed to write a script based on Nelson's album Red Headed Stranger. Wittliff finished a draft in 1979 and Universal Studios green-lighted the film with a budget of $14 million; the studio wanted Robert Redford to play the "Red Headed Stranger," a role Nelson had envisioned for himself.
Redford turned the part down and Nelson and Wittliff returned their advances to buy the script back. Wittliff went on to co-produce the film Red Headed Stranger. Wittliff wrote screenplays for the Lonesome Dove mini-series for which he won a Writers Guild of America Award in 1990 for Season 1, Episode 1: "Leaving." and a Bronze Wrangler award from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. In 1995, he won another Bronze Wrangler for Legends of the Fall. Wittliff received Austin Film Festival's Distinguished Screenwriter Award in 1996. In 1986, Wittliff founded the Southwest Writers Collection at Texas State University, which featured work by authors and songwriters from Texas and the American Southwest. In 1996, he founded the Wittliff Collection of Southwestern and Mexican Photography at the university; the university's holdings, now renamed The Wittliff Collections, have grown to become one of the most extensive archives of Southwestern materials in the United States, a centerpiece being the papers of writer Cormac McCarthy.
The archive features an exhibition containing items from Lonesome Dove. Wittliff is a distinguished photographer, his photographs are included in the books Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy, La Vida Brinca, A Book of Photographs from Lonesome Dove. In 1996, Wittliff was recipient of the Austin Film Festival's Distinguished Screenwriter Award. In 1959, he was initiated as a member of the Tau chapter of Kappa Sigma at the University of Texas and in 2012 became the fraternity's 79th recipient of the Man of the Year distinction. In 2014, Wittliff and his wife Sally Wittliff, an attorney in Austin, were awarded honorary Doctor of Letters degrees by Texas State University. William D. Wittliff on IMDb http://www.kappasigma.org/content/2012-kappa-sigma-fraternity-man-year
Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes
Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes is a 1990 American made-for-television historical war drama film about the Atomic bombings of Hiroshima. It was nominated for other awards. Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes was directed by Peter Werner; the story follows the bombing and aftermath of the Nuclear bomb drop on the city of Hiroshima, told from several different perspectives. Max von Sydow as Father Siemes Judd Nelson as Pete Dunham Mako as Sgt. Moritaki Tamlyn Tomita as Sally Pat Morita as Yoodo Toda Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes was released on DVD on April 24, 2007. Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes on IMDb
Mama Flora's Family
Mama Flora's Family is a 1997 historical fiction novel by Alex Haley and David Stevens. The story spans from the 1920s to the 1970s as it follows Flora, a daughter of poor black Mississippi sharecroppers, her descendants. Haley died with Stevens finishing the story line. In 1998 the book was adapted into a made for TV miniseries of the same name; the young Flora meets the wealthy Lincoln Flemming at a dance one night. Lincoln wants her to come care for his elderly grandmother Nana at his home. Flora becomes sexually involved with Lincoln and believes the two of them to be romantically involved. After experiencing him shun and shame her in front of his rich contemporaries, Flora begins to feel used and refuses to sleep with him anymore; this prompts her to become evicted from the house. Flora discovers that she is pregnant with Lincoln's child, which prompts his wealthy family to bribe her into leaving Mississippi to avoid scandal. Flora takes the offer, planning to go to Tennessee, she gives birth to a boy and names him Luke, but is forced to give the baby to the Flemmings to raise.
Flora travels by train to the city, but is instead directed by a fellow passenger to go to the small town of Stockton under the advice that a young woman such as her should not go into the city alone. Once there, she gains shelter through the Reverend Jackson. While living in Stockton Flora meets and falls in love with Booker Palmer; the two marry, have a son named Willie, Booker becomes a sharecropper soon after they marry. Booker experiences financial difficulties. During one of his nightly runs, he is killed. Flora buries Booker, but only after remaining with his body all night. Shortly thereafter Flora receives news. Flora travels to her sister and ends up taking her niece Ruthana back with her to raise as her own daughter. Throughout the 1930s Flora raises both Willy and Ruthana in Stockton, but when Willie gets into a fight with some White boys he's forced to escape to Chicago where Ruthana's father lives. Once there, Willy stays with Georgy, who finds Willy a job. One night Willy ends up smoking marijuana, which causes him to lose his home.
Willy moves into a basement with his friend Josh, arrested for dealing drugs. During all of this time Willy continues to write his mother and his girlfriend Ernestine, but lies and tells them that everything is fine. At the outbreak of World War II, Willy joins the army and upon his return he proposes to his girlfriend; the two marry, move to Chicago, have three children. Around the same time, Ruthana attends Fisk University. While Ruthana is away in college, Flora returns to Mississippi to find her son Luke, she obtains her son's address from the mansion's cook. Flora writes to Luke, she discovers that Luke is joining the army. Luke and Flora remain in touch. Upon his return from the war he opens a practice in Harlem. After Ruthana graduates she takes a job as a social worker in Harlem, only to discover that Ernestine is sick; the doctors are unable to discover what is wrong with her, she has a heart attack in her sleep. Ruthana helps her cousin Willy raise the children. Critical reception for the book was mixed, with Kirkus Reviews calling the book "an affecting if superficial take on recent racial history".
Publishers Weekly panned Mama Flora's Family, stating that the book lost "the human touch that animates the novel's first half". In November 1998 a two part miniseries adaptation of Mama Flora's Family aired on CBS; the miniseries starred Cicely Tyson as Flora Palmer, making it her second time performing in an adaptation of Haley's work. Critical reception for the miniseries was mixed, with some reviewers comparing it unfavorably to Haley's Roots miniseries. Tyson won an Image Award in 1999 for her role as Mama Flora. Mama Flora's Family on IMDb
Christopher Walton Cooper is an American film actor. He has appeared in supporting performances in several major Hollywood films, including the drama American Beauty, the biopic about a NASA engineer titled October Sky, the action spy film The Bourne Identity, the biographical sports film Seabiscuit, the biographical film about Truman Capote, the geopolitical thriller Syriana, the action-thriller The Kingdom, the crime drama The Town, the musical comedy film The Muppets, he portrayed Sheriff July Johnson in the acclaimed miniseries Lonesome Dove, which became one of the most successful Westerns in history. Cooper won both the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the 2002 film Adaptation, he played a lead role in the historical and political thriller Breach, playing FBI agent and traitor Robert Hanssen. He played Daniel Sloan in the 2012 political action thriller The Company You Keep, supervillain Norman Osborn in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, he portrayed Al Templeton on the 2016 Hulu miniseries 11.22.63.
He is a frequent collaborator with director John Sayles, including Matewan, City of Hope, Lone Star, Silver City and Amigo. Cooper was born on July 9, 1951, in Kansas City, the son of Charles and Mary Ann Cooper, he has Chuck Cooper. His father was both a United States Air Force doctor and a cattleman, his mother was a housewife. Both of his parents were from Texas. Cooper grew up in the suburbs of Kansas City, spent his summers at his family's cattle ranch, located about 15 miles west of Leavenworth, Kansas, he was raised in Las Vegas and Houston. While attending high school in Kansas City, Cooper worked for a local theater company: "I had a background in carpentry, so I could build sets and work in the wings and shift scenes in the evening." After he graduated high school, Cooper became the shop foreman for another repertory group. He considered helping his father raise cattle for a living. Cooper avoided getting drafted to serve in the Vietnam War following a stint in the Missouri River Coast Guard.
Cooper attended the University of Missouri and enrolled in the theater program majoring in set design. It was during his sophomore year when Cooper changed his major to acting in order to overcome his "overpowering shyness." Cooper, took acting classes at the University of Missouri. He recalled in a 1996 interview with The Philadelphia Inquirer, "I started going in and watching some shows at the theater department. I auditioned for plays, and once I got into it, it was pretty immediate. I felt right, felt at home." Cooper took dance classes at Stephens College. After he graduated from the University of Missouri, Cooper moved to New York City in 1976. While living in New York, Cooper shared a one-bedroom railroad flat with four other aspiring actors and dancers, he supported himself by renovating apartments. In addition, he served as a janitor and a chauffeur. At the same time, he studied with Wynn Handman. Prior to his film debut with Matewan, Cooper spent the previous twelve years doing stage work with the Actors Theater of Louisville and the Seattle Repertory.
In 1985, Cooper appeared in the London revival of Sweet Bird of Youth. Cooper's early performances include John Sayles' 1987 film Matewan; some of his more notable performances include: Money Train, as a psychotic pyromaniac who terrifies toll booth operators. To get into character, Cooper said. I asked him to go deep. What would this man have done? What would be on his walls? On his desk?"In 2000, Cooper played Colonel Harry Burwell in The Patriot. He was nominated for another Screen Actors Guild Award, a BAFTA Award, won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and a Golden Globe Award in 2003 for playing the role of John Laroche in Adaptation. In 2002, Cooper appeared in The Bourne Identity as a ruthless CIA special ops director, a role he reprised in The Bourne Supremacy. Cooper received another Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for his supporting role as racehorse trainer Tom Smith in 2003's Seabiscuit. In 2004, Cooper starred in Silver City, playing an inept Republican gubernatorial candidate, a character noted for similarities to U.
S. President George W. Bush. Cooper appeared in three acclaimed films in 2005: Jarhead, he acted in the thriller Breach, playing real-life FBI agent and traitor Robert Hanssen. Cooper commented that Breach was "the first studio film where they've considered me the lead ". In 2007, he appeared as a government agent in dangerous territory in the action thriller The Kingdom and voiced the character Douglas in the film adaptation of Maurice Sendak's book, Where the Wild Things Are. At the 2010 Sundance film festival, Cooper appeared alongside Be
Hearst Communications referred to as Hearst, is an American mass media and business information conglomerate based in New York City. Hearst owns newspapers, television channels, television stations, including the San Francisco Chronicle, the Houston Chronicle and Esquire, it owns 50% of broadcasting firm A&E Networks and 20% of the sports broadcaster ESPN in partnership with The Walt Disney Company. Despite being better known for the above media holdings, Hearst makes most of its profits in the business information section, where it owns companies including Fitch Ratings, First Databank, others. Hearst Communications is based in the Hearst Tower in New York City; the company was founded by William Randolph Hearst as an owner of newspapers, the Hearst family remains involved in its ownership and management. In 1880, George Hearst, mining entrepreneur and U. S. senator, entered the publishing business by acquiring the San Francisco Daily Examiner. In 1887, he turned the Examiner over to his son, William Randolph Hearst, who that year founded the Hearst Corp. W. R. Hearst went on to purchase or launch several more newspapers in multiple cities and to found the Los Angeles Examiner in 1903.
W. R. Hearst found early success, growing readership for the Examiner from 15,000 in 1887 to over 20 million. Hearst's magazine division began with W. R. Hearst's creation of Motor magazine, he acquired several other publications, including Cosmopolitan in 1905, Good Housekeeping in 1911. W. R. Hearst entered the book publishing business in 1913 with the formation of Hearst's International Library. W. R. Hearst began producing film features in the mid-1910s, creating one of the earliest animation studios: the International Film Service, turning characters from Hearst newspaper strips into film characters. After purchasing the Atlanta Georgian in 1912, the San Francisco Call and the San Francisco Post in 1913, Hearst acquired the Boston Advertiser and the Washington Times in 1917, he purchased the Chicago Herald in 1918. In 1919, Hearst's book publishing division was renamed Cosmopolitan Book. In the 1920s and 1930s, Hearst owned the biggest media conglomerate in the world, which included a number of magazines and newspapers in major cities.
Hearst began acquiring radio stations to complement his papers. Hearst saw financial challenges in the early 1920s, during which time he was subsidizing funds from his corporation to fund the construction of Hearst Castle in San Simeon and movie production at Cosmopolitan Productions; this lead to the merger of the magazine Hearst International with Cosmopolitan in 1925. Despite some financial troubles, Hearst began extending its reach in 1921, purchasing the Detroit Times, The Boston Record and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Hearst added the Los Angeles Herald and Washington Herald, as well as the Oakland Post-Enquirer, the Syracuse Telegram and the Rochester Journal in 1922, he continued his buying spree into the mid-1920s, purchasing the Baltimore News, the San Antonio Light, the Albany Times Union, The Milwaukee Sentinel. In 1924, Hearst entered the tabloid market in New York City with The New York Mirror, meant to compete with the New York Daily News. In addition to print and radio, Hearst established Cosmopolitan Pictures in the early 1920s, distributing his films under the newly created Metro Goldwyn Mayer.
In 1929, Hearst and MGM created. The Great Depression had a negative impact on his publications. Cosmopolitan Book was sold to Farrar and Reinhart in 1931. After two years of leasing them to her, Hearst had to sell the Washington Times and Herald to Eleanor "Cissy" Patterson in 1939 who merged them to form the Washington Times-Herald; that year he bought the Milwaukee Sentinel from Paul Block, absorbing his afternoon Wisconsin News into the morning publication. In 1939, he sold the Atlanta Georgian to Cox Newspapers, which merged it with the Atlanta Journal. Hearst, with his chain now owned by his creditors after a 1937 liquidation had to merge some of his morning papers into his afternoon papers. In Chicago, he combined the morning Herald-Examiner and the afternoon American into the Herald-American in 1939; this followed the 1937 combination of the New York Evening Journal and the morning American into the New York Journal-American, the sale of the Omaha Daily Bee to the World-Herald. Abandoning the morning market was harmful in the long run for Hearst's media holdings as most of his remaining newspapers became afternoon papers.
Newspapers in Rochester and Fort Worth were sold or closed. Afternoon papers were a profitable business in pre-television days outselling their morning counterparts featuring stock market information in early editions, while editions were heavy on sporting news with results of baseball games and horse races. Afternoon papers benefited from continuous reports from the battlefront during World War II. After the war, both television news and suburbs experienced an explosive growth. Another major blow was the fact that beginning in the 1950s, football and baseball games were being played in the afternoon and now stretched through early in the evening, preventing afternoon papers from publishing all the results. In 1947, Hearst produced an early television newscast for the DuMont Television Network: I. N. S
Gracie's Choice is a 2004 American drama movie that premiered on Lifetime, written by Joyce Eliason and directed by Peter Werner, starring Ryan Britten, Kristen Bell, Anne Heche, Diane Ladd, Kristin Fairlie. Gracie is a 16-year-old girl and her mother is on a fast track to self-destruction; the police arrest her mother and separate the children, but Gracie does whatever she can to keep her family together. While their mother comes and goes in and out of their lives, her sister gets pregnant and runs off to get married, Gracie takes on the challenge of being the caregiver and guardian to her brothers while putting herself through school and working part time. Gracie decides in order to keep the family stable and away from their mother's errant ways that she must petition to adopt her brothers in court, she does so, but not without a fight from her mother. The judge asks each individual boy who they want to live with, they all three say Gracie despite their mother's pleas. Seeing the stability the boys have found with their sister and taking into account the answers she was given, the judge terminates parental rights of their mother and grants them to Gracie.
The trial ends with them adopting the surname of "Weatherly" from all the trials they have weathered, the story ends with details about how well the new family is doing. Inspired by actual events, the film is based on a story featured in Reader's Digest, is described as being "sure to touch your heart". Gracie's Choice received positive reviews, with critics praising the acting, characters, emotional weight, both Bell and Heche's performances. Heche was nominated for the 2004 Emmy Award for "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie". Gracie's Choice on IMDb
Austin is the capital of the U. S. state of Texas and the seat of Travis County, with portions extending into Hays and Williamson counties. It is the 4th-most populous city in Texas, it is the fastest growing large city in the United States, the second most populous state capital after Phoenix and the southernmost state capital in the contiguous United States. As of the U. S. Census Bureau's July 1, 2017 estimate, Austin had a population of 950,715 up from 790,491 at the 2010 census; the city is the cultural and economic center of the Austin–Round Rock metropolitan statistical area, which had an estimated population of 2,115,827 as of July 1, 2017. Located in Central Texas within the greater Texas Hill Country, it is home to numerous lakes and waterways, including Lady Bird Lake and Lake Travis on the Colorado River, Barton Springs, McKinney Falls, Lake Walter E. Long. In the 1830s, pioneers began to settle the area in central Austin along the Colorado River. In 1839, the site was chosen to replace Houston as the capital of the Republic of Texas and was incorporated under the name "Waterloo."
Shortly afterward, the name was changed to Austin in honor of Stephen F. Austin, the "Father of Texas" and the republic's first secretary of state; the city grew throughout the 19th century and became a center for government and education with the construction of the Texas State Capitol and the University of Texas at Austin. After a severe lull in economic growth from the Great Depression, Austin resumed its steady development, by the 1990s it emerged as a center for technology and business. A number of Fortune 500 companies have headquarters or regional offices in Austin including, 3M, Amazon.com, Apple Inc. Cisco, eBay, General Motors, Google, IBM, Oracle Corporation, PayPal, Texas Instruments, Whole Foods Market. Dell's worldwide headquarters is located in Round Rock. Residents of Austin are known as Austinites, they include a diverse mix of government employees, college students, high-tech workers, blue-collar workers, a vibrant LGBT community. The city's official slogan promotes Austin as "The Live Music Capital of the World," a reference to the city's many musicians and live music venues, as well as the long-running PBS TV concert series Austin City Limits.
The city adopted "Silicon Hills" as a nickname in the 1990s due to a rapid influx of technology and development companies. In recent years, some Austinites have adopted the unofficial slogan "Keep Austin Weird," which refers to the desire to protect small and local businesses from being overrun by large corporations. In the late 19th century, Austin was known as the "City of the Violet Crown," because of the colorful glow of light across the hills just after sunset. Today, many Austin businesses use the term "Violet Crown" in their name. Austin is known as a "clean-air city" for its stringent no-smoking ordinances that apply to all public places and buildings, including restaurants and bars. U. S. News & World Report named Austin the #1 place to live in the U. S. for 2017 and 2018. In 2016, Forbes ranked Austin #1 on its "Cities of the Future" list in 2017 placed the city at that same position on its list for the "Next Biggest Boom Town in the U. S." In 2017, Forbes awarded the South River City neighborhood of Austin its #2 ranking for "Best Cities and Neighborhoods for Millennials."
WalletHub named Austin the #6 best place in the country to live for 2017. The FBI ranked Austin as the #2 safest major city in the U. S. for 2012. Austin, Travis County and Williamson County have been the site of human habitation since at least 9200 BC; the area's earliest known inhabitants lived during the late Pleistocene and are linked to the Clovis culture around 9200 BC, based on evidence found throughout the area and documented at the much-studied Gault Site, midway between Georgetown and Fort Hood. When settlers arrived from Europe, the Tonkawa tribe inhabited the area; the Comanches and Lipan Apaches were known to travel through the area. Spanish colonists, including the Espinosa-Olivares-Aguirre expedition, traveled through the area for centuries, though few permanent settlements were created for some time. In 1730, three missions from East Texas were combined and reestablished as one mission on the south side of the Colorado River, in what is now Zilker Park, in Austin; the mission was in this area for only about seven months, was moved to San Antonio de Béxar and split into three missions.
Early in the 19th century, Spanish forts were established in what are now San Marcos. Following Mexico's independence, new settlements were established in Central Texas, but growth in the region was stagnant because of conflicts with the regional Native Americans. In 1835 -- 1836, Texans won independence from Mexico. Texas thus became an independent country with its own president and monetary system. After Vice President Mirabeau B. Lamar visited the area during a buffalo-hunting expedition between 1837 and 1838, he proposed that the republic's capital in Houston, be relocated to the area situated on the north bank of the Colorado River. In 1839, the Texas Congress formed a commission to seek a site for a new capital to be named for Stephen F. Austin. Mirabeau B. Lamar, second president of the newly formed Republic of Texas, advised the commissioners to investigate the area named Waterloo, noting the area's hills and pleasant surroundings. Waterloo was selected, "Austin" was chosen as the town's new name.
The location was seen as a convenient crossroads for trade routes between Santa Fe and Galveston Bay, as well as routes between northern Mexico and the Red River. Edwin Wall