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Prizzi's Honor

Prizzi's Honor is a 1985 American comedy-drama film directed by John Huston. It stars Jack Nicholson and Kathleen Turner, with Robert Loggia and, in an Academy Award-winning performance, the director's daughter, Anjelica Huston, it was the last of John Huston's films to be released during his lifetime. The film was adapted by Janet Roach from Condon's 1982 novel of the same name. Alex North's score adapts the music of Gioachino Rossini. Charley Partanna is a hit man for a New York crime organization headed by the elderly Don Corrado Prizzi, whose business is handled by his sons Dominic and Eduardo and by his longtime right-hand man, Charley's father. At a family wedding, Charley is infatuated with a beautiful woman he doesn't recognize, he asks Maerose Prizzi, estranged daughter of Dominic, if she recognizes the woman, oblivious to the fact that Maerose still has feelings for Charley, having once been his lover. Maerose is in disfavor with her father for running off with another man after the end of her romance with Charley.

Charley flies to California to carry out a contract to kill a man named Marksie Heller for robbing a Nevada casino. He is surprised to learn that Marksie is the estranged husband of the woman from the wedding, she repays some of the money Marksie stole as Charley naively believes that Irene was not involved with the casino scam. By this point they have fallen in love and travel to Mexico to marry. A jealous Maerose travels west on her own to establish for a fact that Irene has double-crossed the organization; the information restores Maerose to good graces somewhat with the don. Charley's father reveals that Irene is a "contractor" who, like Charley, performs assassinations for the mob. Dominic, acting on his own, wants Charley out of the way and hires someone to do the hit, not knowing that he has just given the job to Charley's own wife. Angelo sides with his son, Eduardo is so appalled by his brother's actions that he helps set up Dominic's permanent removal from the family. Irene and Charley team up on a kidnapping that will enrich the family, but she shoots a police captain's wife in the process, endangering the organization's business relationship with the cops.

The don is still demanding a large sum of money from Irene for her unauthorized activities in Nevada, which she doesn't want to pay. In time, the don tells Charley that his wife's "gotta go." Things come to a head in California when, acting as if everything were all right, Charley comes home to his wife. Each pulls a weapon in the bedroom. Irene ends up dead, Charley ends up back in New York, missing her, but consoled by Maerose. Anjelica Huston was paid the SAG-AFTRA scale rate of $14,000 for her role in Prizzi's Honor; when her agent called up the movie's producer to request if she could be paid more, she was told "Go to hell. Be my guest — ask for more money. We don’t want her in this movie.” Huston, not only John Huston's daughter but Jack Nicholson's girlfriend at the time, wrote in her 2014 memoir Watch Me that she overheard a production worker saying "Her father is the director, her boyfriend’s the star, she has no talent.” She would go on to win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance, beating both Nicholson and her father in their respective nominations for Best Actor and Best Director.

Pauline Kael wrote: "This John Huston picture has a daring comic tone. It revels voluptuously in the murderous finagling of the members of a Brooklyn Mafia family, rejoices in their scams. It's. Jack Nicholson's average-guyness as Charley, the clan's enforcer, is the film's touchstone: this is a baroque comedy about people who behave in ordinary ways in grotesque circumstances, it has the juice of everyday family craziness in it." On Rotten Tomatoes Prizzi's Honor holds an 86% rating based on 35 reviews. The film won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, it was nominated for: Best Picture Best Director Best Actor Best Supporting Actor Best Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium Best Costume Design Best Film Editing AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs - Nominated AFI's 100 Years... 100 Passions - Nominated AFI's 10 Top 10 - Nominated Won: Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical Golden Globe for Best Director Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture—Comedy/Musical Nominated: Golden Globe for Best Supporting Performance by an Actress Golden Globe for Best Screenplay Official website at MGM.com Prizzi's Honor at Rotten Tomatoes Prizzi's Honor at AllMovie Prizzi's Honor on IMDb Prizzi's Honor at the TCM Movie Database

Jean-Pierre Foucault

Jean-Pierre Foucault is a French television and radio host. He was born in Marseille, his mother was Jewish, he was the host of Qui Veut Gagner des Millions?, the French version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, the host of Zone Rouge, the French version of The Chair. He hosted Miss Europe 2006 pageant. Foucault played himself in the 2006 film Mon Meilleur Ami directed by Patrice Leconte and starring Dany Boon as a taxi driver who wins the top prize in Qui Veut Gagner des Millions?. Foucault shares his life with Evelyn Jarre without being married, he has a daughter from Virginia Foucault. 2006-2014: La Bonne Touche with Cyril Hanouna on RTL 2014-2016: Les pieds dans le plat on Europe 1 2000: Most Promising Young Actress, directed by Gérard Jugnot: Himself Jean-Pierre Foucault on IMDb

Maestra (novel)

Maestra is a 2016 erotic thriller novel by L. S. Hilton, the penname of British author Lisa Hilton, the first book in a trilogy consisting of Maestra and Ultima; the book was first published in the United Kingdom on 10 March 2016 through Zaffre Publishing and was released in the United States on 19 April of the same year, through G. P. Putnam's Sons, who re-released Maestra in the UK. Maestra has received comparisons to E. L. James's popular Fifty Shades trilogy, Hilton received a three-book deal and a prospective film based on Maestra's first draft. Sales for Maestra have been strong and the work has reached bestselling status in the United Kingdom. Of the book, Hilton has stated that "My novel doesn’t set out to provoke, nor is it a feminist polemic – I attempted to write about a modern female character, unapologetic about desire and who feels no shame or conflict about its fulfilment." Eager to leave behind her poor and unhappy childhood, Judith Rashleigh has moved to London in the hopes of reinventing herself.

She has taken a job as an assistant at an elite art auction house, but this job only allows her to pay her bills and the majority of her coworkers treat her with disdain. Her boss Rupert is the most dismissive of her co-workers, he has no problem sending her to a client that expected Judith to have sex with him in exchange for selling his paintings through the auction house, it is after this last act that Judith meets up with an old acquaintance named Leanne, who introduces her to the a hostess bar where its women serve as non-sexual companions to wealthy clients. The pay from this job allows Judith to better make ends meet. Through this job she meets an obese older man who proves to be her most lucrative customer. One day Judith discovers that the auction house is slated to sell a rare painting by George Stubbs, however she is savvy enough to spot that the painting is to be a fake; when her investigations prove this to be true, Judith is promptly fired from the art house by Rupert. This pains her, as she loved art and wanted to succeed at her job.

Disheartened and eager to leave town, Judith persuades James to take her and Leanne to France in exchange for sexual favours. Leanne comes up with the idea of drugging James in order to have more time to explore and play in France on their own, only for this to backfire and end in James's death; the two women manage to make it appear as though James died of natural causes and Leanne goes back to England while Judith remains in France. Using money she took from James's wallet, Judith travels throughout Europe and seduces various men, giving the impression that she had a wealthier and more cultured background than she possesses. Judith comes across the same Stubbs painting and realizes that the forgery's appearance at the auction house was part of a larger scam to sell the painting for millions of dollars to Alonso Moncado, a vicious mafioso who specializes in forged paintings, she manages to trick the seller, Cameron Fitzpatrick, into going to a secluded location with her, where she murders him in order to gain access to his personal effects, which tell her when and where the sale will occur.

Judith goes in his place to a meeting point in Italy, passing herself off as his assistant and manages to sell the painting and transfer the funds into a private account she had set up earlier. Although she is now wealthy and living in France, Judith remains concerned that Rupert and Moncado will detect her duplicity and come after her for retribution, despite attempts to further hide her actions by moving the money once more, she is fearful that the police will discover her part in Cameron's murder. Judith grows nervous when she finds that she is being followed, her friend Leanne reappears and states that she was sent there by Rupert, which results in Judith murdering her and making it appear as if she overdosed. Judith meets up with her follower, revealed to be Renaud, hired by a former client of Moncado's, upset that he was sold a fake; the two team up in order to allow Cambon access to Moncado and they manage to trick Moncado into meeting Judith under the premise of selling him a painting.

Judith brings Moncado back to an apartment where he is swiftly killed by Renaud, who instructs her to take any evidence that could link them to Moncado's murder and all of the man's personal effects. Afterwards Judith murders Renaud and disposes of his body. Through more investigating she finds that Renaud intended to trick her into getting arrested for her past crimes as part of a police sting and that his plans to murder Moncado were part of a revenge plot. Judith attends a sex party at a club in order to steal another woman's ID card. Before she can leave she is confronted by the club's owner, she murders him and flees to San Giorgio Maggiore, where she encounters Rupert, who does not recognize her. She invites him to attend the opening at her new gallery before leaving him to attend a prestigious party. Hilton began writing Maestra at the behest of Georgina Capel, her agent at the time, a move that she believes was due to the popularity of Fifty Shades of Grey; the agent disliked the initial draft and Hilton abandoned the idea until years when she decided to revisit the draft and combine it with a manuscript she wrote while working at an auction house in London.

She submitted the finished product to her agent, who disliked the new manuscript as well, to various publishing houses, where it was rejected. Hilton considered self-publishing and gave a copy of the manuscript to a restaurant owning friend, who brought it to the attention of Zaffre Publishing, who ended up purchasing the book rights and became her ne