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Paul Lukas

Paul Lukas was a Hungarian actor. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in the film Watch on the Rhine, reprising the role he created on the Broadway stage. Lukas was born Pál Lukács in Budapest into a Jewish family, the son of Adolf Munkácsi and Mária Schneckendorf, he was adopted by Mária and János Lukács, an advertising executive. Lukas made his stage debut in Budapest in 1916 and his film debut in 1917. At first, he played elegant, smooth womanizers, but he became typecast as a villain, he had a successful stage and film career in Hungary and Austria, where he worked with Max Reinhardt. He arrived in Hollywood in 1927 and became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1937, he was busy in the 1930s, appearing in such films as the melodrama Rockabye, the crime caper Grumpy, Alfred Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes, the comedy Ladies in Love, the drama Dodsworth. He followed William Powell and Basil Rathbone portraying the series detective Philo Vance, a cosmopolitan New Yorker, once in The Casino Murder Case.

His major film success came in Watch on the Rhine, where he played a man working against the Nazis, a role he originated in the Broadway premiere of the play of the same name in 1941. His portrayal of Kurt Mueller, a German émigré with an American wife, played by Bette Davis, was universally lauded by critics. Brooks Atkinson of the New York Times, wrote, "As the enemy of fascism, Mr. Lukas' haggard, resourceful determination becomes heroic by virtue of his sincerity and his superior abilities as an actor." He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for the role. He received the New York Film Critics Award for his performance. In 1943, he guest starred as the eponymous character in an episode of the radio program Suspense, "Mr. Markham, Antique Dealer". as well as the character of a blind composer in the episode "A World of Darkness". On April 2, 1944, he starred in "The Steadfast Heart" on Silver Theater. In the 1940s, Lukas was a charter member of the Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals, a conservative lobbying group opposed to possible Communist influence in Hollywood.

Modern viewers remember Lukas for his role as Professor Aronnax in Walt Disney's film version of Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Lukas' film career continued into the 1960s with nine films, including Fun in Acapulco with Elvis Presley in 1963 and Lord Jim with Peter O'Toole in 1965, his final film, The Challenge, was released in 1970. The remainder of his career moved from Hollywood to the stage to television, his only singing role was as Cosmo Constantine in the original 1950 Broadway stage version of Irving Berlin's Call Me Madam, opposite Ethel Merman for over 600 performances. Lukas died August 15, 1971, in Tangier, Morocco while searching for a place to spend his retirement years, he is buried in Spain. Lukas was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6821 Hollywood Boulevard on February 8, 1960. List of actors with Academy Award nominations Works by or about Paul Lukas at Internet Archive Paul Lukas on IMDb Paul Lukas at the Internet Broadway Database Paul Lukas at Find a Grave Paul Lukas at Virtual History

Pocket Dwellers

The Pocket Dwellers are a Canadian seven-member experimental hip-hop group from the Toronto area. The band's main genre is hip-hop, but their music is influenced by jazz, funk and breakbeat; the Pocket Dwellers began forming together in 1996. That year the band performed at EdgeFest in Toronto. In 1999 the band performed in Hamilton as part of Showcase'99; the Pocket Dwellers released their first full-length record in 2000 after they signed a recording deal with Song Corp, a second album, Digitally Organic that year. Song Corp went bankrupt in early 2001; the next release was the album recorded live during sold out performances at a club in Toronto called the Reverb. The recording was released under Urbnet records. In 2005 they released PD-Atrics; the recording was more hip hop based and involved less live instrumentation than had been employed in the past. In 2006 the band was nominated for a Juno award for best new group. Dennis Passley "Deknow" – tenor saxophone Nigel Williams "N. I. Gel" – vocals John Griffith "Quest" – saxophone, flute Marco Raposo "Red" – drums Gord Shields "Jupiter" – bass guitar Christian McKibbin "Holy C" – guitar Sheldon Moore "S-luv" – turntablesguest musicians:Brownman Ali – trumpet Limited Edition - EP Digitally Organic Lifecheck PD-Atrics Conception: The Mix Tape Volume 2 Pocket Dwellers at allmusic.com

Anant Raut

Anant Raut is an American lawyer. He was an associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, he was formerly Counsel to the Committee on the Judiciary of the U. S. House of Representatives, he was an attorney at Pepper Hamilton LLP in Washington, DC. He is a Counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Anant Raut is a graduate of Harvard Law School. After working for two years litigating antitrust cases at the Federal Trade Commission, he joined Weil, Gotshal & Manges, he has provided habeas representation to 5 Saudi Arabian detainees held at Guantanamo Bay detention camp, including two of the 16 Saudis released from Guantanamo in early September 2007: Abdullah Al Anazi, Abdul Aziz Sad Al Owshan. Another one of his clients, Adel al Nusairi, was featured in an April 22, 2008 Washington Post story as one of a number of detainees who were drugged with unknown substances prior to being interrogated; as stated in the article, during one such interrogation in which a groggy Mr. al Nusairi was forcibly kept awake in an ice-cold room signing a false confession professing involvement in al Qaeda.

The article further stated that a 2003 Department of Justice memo by John C. Yoo explicitly condoned the use of drugs on detainees. Mr. Raut and fellow habeas attorney Candace Gorman were two of the first people to dispute the administration's charge that 30 former Guantanamo detainees had returned to the battlefield, a claim substantiated by researchers at Seton Hall Law School. In response to statements by the Department of Defense that it only intended to charge between 60 and 80 of the prisoners being held in Guantanamo Bay, Mr. Raut prepared a series of slides in June 2007 showing the high cost of continuing to hold the remaining 300. In late 2007, Mr. Raut joined the Al Odah v. United States trial team, one of the cases decided as part of the Supreme Court's decision in Boumediene v. Bush, decided on June 12, 2008. Mr. Raut is a recipient of the 2007 National Legal Aid & Defender Association Beacon of Justice Award and the 2007 Southern Center for Human Rights Frederick Douglass Human Rights Award.

The Saudi Repatriates Report, March 19, 2007.'Why I defend “terrorists”', salon.com, January 17, 2007 "Dereliction of Duty: When Members of Congress Vote for Legislation They Believe to Be Unconstitutional," New York City Law Review GTMO Documents, "What About the Other 300+?" Radio interview with Anant Raut