Joel Silver is an American film producer, most well known for action films including the Lethal Weapon series, The Matrix trilogy, the first two Die Hard films and the first two Predator films. Some of his best-known films include 48 Hrs. Commando, Jumpin' Jack Flash, Demolition Man, Romeo Must Die, Cradle 2 the Grave, V for Vendetta, Sherlock Holmes, he produced the critically acclaimed mystera drama Veronica Mars. He is co-founder of Dark Castle Entertainment. Silver was born and raised in South Orange, New Jersey, the son of a writer and a public relations executive, his family is Jewish. He attended Columbia High School in New Jersey. During his time there, Buzzy Hellring and Jonny Hines created the rules for what he called "Ultimate Frisbee." He was inducted into the USA Ultimate Hall of Fame as a result of this. He finished his undergraduate studies at the New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Silver began his career at Lawrence Gordon Productions, where he became president of motion pictures for the company.
He earned his first screen credit as the associate producer on The Warriors and, with Gordon, produced 48 Hrs. Streets of Fire, Brewster's Millions. In 1985, he formed Silver Pictures and produced successful action films such as Commando, the Lethal Weapon franchise, the first two films of the Die Hard series, as well as the first two films of the Predator series and The Matrix franchise of action films. Silver appears on-screen at the beginning of Who Framed Roger Rabbit as Raoul J. Raoul, the director of the animated short Something's Cookin. Silver directed "Split Personality", an episode of the HBO horror anthology Tales from the Crypt, he runs two production companies, Silver Pictures, Dark Castle Entertainment, co-owned by Robert Zemeckis. Silver is known for his eccentric temper, which has led to characters based on him appearing in movies such as Grand Canyon, True Romance and I'll Do Anything; the character of Les Grossman in the movie Tropic Thunder, is a parody of Silver. On July 10, 1999, Silver married Karyn Fields.
Silver is well known as an aficionado of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. In 1984, he bought the Wright-designed Storer House in Hollywood and made considerable investments to restore it to the original condition; the Storer House's squarish relief ornament became the company logo of Silver Pictures. Silver sold it in 2002 for $2.9 million. In 1986, he purchased the long-neglected C. Leigh Stevens Auldbrass Plantation in Yemassee, South Carolina, has been restoring it since then. Both restorations have been managed and supervised by the architect Eric Lloyd Wright, Frank Lloyd Wright's grandson. Mr. Silver owns the 1941 Lincoln Continental once customized to Frank Lloyd Wright's design. In August 19, 2015, Silver's 28-year-old assistant Carmel Musgrove drowned in a lagoon while attending a celebration with Silver in Bora Bora, on the occasion of the marriage between Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux. In August 2017, Musgrove's family sued Silver and his assistant Martin Herold, arguing the latter had provided her with cocaine, which contributed to her death, together with alcohol consumption and exhaustion from work.
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Ballantine Books is a major book publisher located in the United States, founded in 1952 by Ian Ballantine with his wife, Betty Ballantine. It was acquired by Random House in 1973, which in turn was acquired by Bertelsmann in 1998 and remains part of that company today. Ballantine's logo is a pair of mirrored letter Bs back to back; the firm's early editors were Bernard Shir-Cliff. Following Fawcett Publications' controversial 1950 introduction of Gold Medal paperback originals rather than reprints, Lion Books and Ace decided to publish originals. In 1952, Ian Ballantine, a founder of Bantam Books, announced that he would "offer trade publishers a plan for simultaneous publishing of original titles in two editions, a hardcover'regular' edition for bookstore sale, a paper-cover,'newsstand' size, low-priced edition for mass market sale."When the first Ballantine Book, Cameron Hawley's Executive Suite was published in 1952, the publishing industry saw that the simultaneous hardcover and paperback editions were obvious successes.
Houghton Mifflin published the $3.00 hardcover at the same time Ballantine distributed its 35¢ paperback. By February 1953, Ballantine was preparing to print 100,000 more. Houghton Mifflin sold 22,000 hardback copies in its first printing. Ballantine's sales soon totaled 470,000 copies. Instead of hurting hardback sales as some predicted, the paperback edition instead gave the book more publicity. After the film rights were sold to MGM, Robert Wise directed the 1954 film, nominated for four Academy Awards. On the heels of that kind of sales and publicity, other Ballantine titles were seen in spinner racks across the country. Executive Suite was followed by Hal Ellson's The Golden Spike, Stanley Baron's All My Enemies, Luke Short's Saddle by Starlight, Ruth Park's The Witch's Thorn, Emile Danoen's Tides of Tide, Frank Bonham's Blood on the Land, Al Capp's The World of Li'l Abner and LaSelle Gilman's The Red Gate. During the early 1950s, Ballantine attracted attention as one of the leading publishers of paperback science fiction and fantasy, beginning with The Space Merchants.
The Frederik Pohl and C. M. Kornbluth novel had first appeared in Galaxy Science Fiction under the title Gravy Planet. Kauffman scored when he acquired and edited Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451. Ballantine's science fiction line included the unusual Star Science Fiction Stories. With cover paintings by Richard Powers, this innovative anthology series offered new fiction rather than reprints. Edited by Frederik Pohl, it attracted readers by combining the formats of both magazines and paperbacks. In the early 1960s, the company engaged in a well-known rivalry with Ace Books for the rights to reprint the works of J. R. R. Tolkien and Edgar Rice Burroughs in paperback form. Ballantine prevailed in the struggle for the Tolkien work, with their editions of Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings including a message on the back cover from Tolkien himself urging consumers to buy Ballantine's version and boycott "unauthorized editions". A separate Canadian edition of the books was published with different front cover art work.
Tolkien asked for permission to add the back cover message. Betty Ballantine recalled: "And we did put a little statement on the back covers saying that Ace was not paying royalties to Professor Tolkien, everybody who admired Lord of the Rings should only buy our paperback edition. Well, everybody got behind us. There was no publication that did not carry some kind of outraged article, and of course, the whole science fiction fraternity got behind the book. During the mid-1970s, Ballantine published the Star Trek Logs, a ten-volume series of Alan Dean Foster adaptations of the animated Star Trek. In 1968, Ballantine published a non-fiction book related to Star Trek, The Making of Star Trek by Stephen E. Whitfield and Gene Roddenberry. In 1976, Ballantine published the novelization of a forthcoming science fiction film, Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker by George Lucas; the book, like the film Star Wars released the following year, was an enormous success and sold out its initial print run.
In the first three months, Ballantine sold 3.5 million copies. After publishing The World of Li'l Abner, Ballantine introduced Shel Silverstein in 1956 with his Grab Your Socks! Collection of cartoons from Pacific Stars and Stripes. Ballantine published several collections of Jim Davis' comic strip Garfield; as an editor at Ballantine during the 1950s and 1960s, Bernard Shir-Cliff handled the Zacherley anthologies, the paperback of Hunter Thompson's Hell's Angels, Harvey Kurtzman's The Mad Reader and other early Mad paperbacks. He made four contributions to other magazines edited by Kurtzman. In 1956, Shir-Cliff edited a humor anthology, The Wild Reader, for Ballantine, including essays and satirical pieces by Robert Benchley, Art Buchwald, Tom Lehrer, John Lardner, Shepherd Mead, Ogden Nash, S. J. Perelman, Frank Sullivan, James Thurber and others; the 154-page paperback was illustrated with cartoons by Kelly Freas who did the front cover. Another contributor to both Ballantine and the Kurtzman magazines was the cartoonist-author Roger Price.
He did two humor books for Ballantine. I'm for Me First details Herman Clabbercutt's plan to launch a revolutionary political party known as the "I'm for M
No God but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam
No God but God: The Origins and Future of Islam is a 2005 non-fiction book written by Iranian-American Muslim scholar Reza Aslan. The book argues for a liberal interpretation of the religion, it blames Western imperialism and self-serving misinterpretations of Islamic law by past scholars for the current controversies within Islam, challenging the "clash of civilizations" thesis. According to conservative columnist Reihan Salam, the book has received a favorable response within the Muslim world; each chapter of the book covers a specific topic within Islam. For example, one chapter is dedicated to the issue of jihad. Over all, the book covers the history of Islam from the point of view of the Islamic prophet, Muhammad as a social reformer struggling for egalitarianism between people, it argues that the Quran does not order the veiling of women and that the concept of jihad was intended to be defensive. Aslan focuses on the early practices of Islam, but he discusses life within the Abbasid Empire, the Ottoman Empire, in the modern Muslim World.
One of the central themes is that an internal battle is taking place within Islam between individualistic reform ideals and the traditional authority of Muslim clerics. Aslan states that this situation is parallel to that of the 16th-century reformation in Christianity, as old as Islam is at that period, he writes, the notion that historical context should play no role in the interpretation of the Quran – that what applied to Muhammad's community applies to all Muslim communities for all time – is an untenable position in every sense. The book was chosen "Best Book of the Year" in its category by the Financial Times; the Los Angeles Times dubbed it a "favorite book of the year". Journalist Fareed Zakaria called the book "a textured, nuanced account that presents a living, breathing religion shaped by centuries of history and culture". Professor and author Noah Feldman called it "legant and informed by historical scholarship" and "a wonderful view into the rich world of early Islam". A scholarly review in International Journal of Kurdish Studies reported that "uch clarity is a welcome and refreshing antidote to the endless obfuscations that emanate from partisans on both sides of the issue."
Muslim journalist Reihan Salam called the book "fascinating", he has said that he considers it to be one of the most important books of the decade. The New York Review of Books wrote that "ne of the achievements of Reza Aslan's book is that it gives Islam as much internal complexity and diversity as the concepts'the West' and'America' possess in our eyes"; the New York Times gave a favorable review, describing it as a "wise and passionate book", stating that "his arguments for reintroducing rationalism, for accepting the utility of secularization, for contextualizing the historical understanding of the faith all put him in distinguished company among contemporary Muslims". The Washington Post published a mixed review by Nikki R. Keddie, an author and professor emerita of history at UCLA, she contends that Aslan's book is "one of the most readable" and that Aslan presents "a liberal and optimistic view of Islam". She states that Aslan sometimes relies on doubtful sources, that Aslan's "good storytelling interferes with accuracy", that he minimizes "gender inequalities enshrined in the Koran", he "ascribes undocumented feelings and motives not only to Muhammad but to figures—a technique sometimes endorsed in creative nonfiction courses but not recommended for historians".
Aslan gives the most space to Islam's early era, for which the documentation is less. Overall, Keddie stated that "Aslan provides a lively and accurate picture, but parts of the book are shaky"; the book received a positive review from The Independent stating that the book is "a fascinating guide" for non-Muslim readers. The Guardian published a negative review by Tariq Ali, stating that "Aslan's account of early Islam is too literalist" and "Shia sects and some of their more esoteric beliefs have little to do with Islamic theology", it concluded that the book's "aim is to appease western ideologues", liberal Islam as Aslan sees it is only a "phase and it will pass". According to the San Jose Mercury News, the book turned its author into "a minor celebrity on the cable news circuit". Aslan has spoken about the book across the world, he appeared on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher on September 2006, to talk about the book. Liberal movements within Islam An excerpt from The Guardian Description of the book at Reza Aslan's website Reza Aslan on his book on Fresh Air from WHYY, March 23, 2005
The Hogarth Press was a British publishing house founded in 1917 by Leonard Woolf and Virginia Woolf. It was named after their house in Richmond. During the interwar period, the Hogarth Press grew from a hobby of the Woolfs to a business when they began using commercial printers. In 1938 Virginia Woolf relinquished her interest in the business and it was run as a partnership by Leonard Woolf and John Lehmann until 1946, when it became an associate company of Chatto & Windus. "Hogarth" is now an imprint of part of Random House Inc.. As well as publishing the works of the members of the Bloomsbury group, the Hogarth Press was at the forefront of publishing works on psychoanalysis and translations of foreign Russian, works. Printing was a hobby for the Woolfs, it provided a diversion for Virginia when writing became too stressful; the couple taught themselves how to use it. The press was set up in the dining room of Hogarth House, where the Woolfs lived, lending its name to the publishing company they founded.
In July they published their first text, a book with one story written by Leonard and the other written by Virginia. Between 1917 and 1946 the Press published 527 titles. Hogarth Press has begun producing a series of modern retellings of William Shakespeare plays, for which it has hired a variety of authors, such as Jeanette Winterson, Howard Jacobson, Anne Tyler, Margaret Atwood, Tracy Chevalier and Edward St Aubyn for The Winter's Tale, The Merchant of Venice, The Taming of the Shrew, The Tempest and King Lear respectively; the Hogarth Press produced a number of publication series that were affordable as well as being attractively bound and printed, commissioned from well known authors. These include the initial Hogarth Essays in three series 1924–1947, Hogarth Lectures on Literature, Merttens Lectures on War and Peace, Hogarth Living Poets, Day to Day Pamphlets, Hogarth Letters and World-Makers and World-Shakers; the Essays were the first series produced by the press and include works by Virginia Woolf, Leonard Woolf and Gertrude Stein.
Virginia Woolf's defence of modernism, Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Brown was the initial publication in the series. Cover illustrations were by Vanessa Bell; the Letters are in the form of epistolary letters. Authors include E. M. Forster and Virginia Woolf. Woolf's A Letter to a Young Poet, was number 8, addressed to John Lehmann as an exposition on modern poetry. Cover illustrations were by John Banting. In 1933, the entire series was reissued as a single volume, are available on the Internet Archive in a 1986 edition. A letter to Madam Blanchard, E. M. Forster A letter to an M. P. on disarmament, Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 1st Viscount Cecil of Chelwood A letter to a sister, Rosamond Lehmann The French pictures: a letter to Harriet, Robert Mortimer and John Banting A letter from a black sheep, Francis Birrell A letter to W. B. Yeats, L. A. G. Strong A letter to a grandfather, Rebecca West A letter to a young poet, Virginia Woolf A letter to a modern novelist, Hugh Walpole A letter to an archbishop, J. C.
Hardwick A letter to Adolf Hitler, Louis Golding A letter to Mrs. Virginia Woolf, Peter Quennell Monday or Tuesday by Virginia Woolf, with woodcuts by Vanessa Bell Jacob's Room by Virginia Woolf. "Virginia Woolf, the Hogarth Press, the detective novel", essay by Diane F. Gillespie in the South Carolina Review, volume 35.2. A detailed account of the Hogarth Press at the Yale Modernism Lab The Bloomsbury Group and Hogarth Press Collection at the Victoria University Library at the University of Toronto which features all the Hogarth Press books hand-printed by Leonard and Virginia Woolf including many variant issues and proof copies. Archives of The Hogarth Press at Archives Hub
Alfred A. Knopf
Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. is a New York publishing house, founded by Alfred A. Knopf Sr. and Blanche Knopf in 1915. Blanche and Alfred traveled abroad and were known for publishing European and Latin American writers in addition to leading American literary trends, it was acquired by Random House in 1960, acquired by Bertelsmann in 1998, is now part of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. The Knopf publishing house is associated with its borzoi colophon, designed by co-founder Blanche Knopf in 1925. Knopf was founded in 1915 by Alfred A. Knopf Sr. along with Blanche Knopf, on a $5,000 advance from his father, Samuel Knopf. The first office was located in New York's Candler Building; the publishing house was incorporated in 1918, with Alfred Knopf as president, Blanche Knopf as vice president, Samuel Knopf as treasurer. From the start, Knopf focused on European translations and high-brow works of literature. Among their initial publications were French author Émile Augier's Four Plays, Russian writer Nikolai Gogol's Taras Bulba, Polish novelist Stanisław Przybyszewski's novel Homo Sapiens, French writer Guy de Maupassant's Yvette, a Novelette, Ten Other Stories.
During World War I these books were cheap to obtain and helped establish Knopf as an American firm publishing European works. Their first bestseller was a new edition of Green Mansions, a novel by W. H. Hudson which went through nine printings by 1919 and sold over 20,000 copies, their first original American novel, The Three Black Pennys by Joseph Hergesheimer, was published in 1917. With the start of the 1920s Knopf began using innovative advertising techniques to draw attention to their books and authors. Beginning in 1920, Knopf produced a chapbook, for the purpose of promoting new books; the Borzoi was published periodically over the years, the first being a hardback called the Borzoi and sometimes quarterly as the Borzoi Quarterly. For Floyd Dell's coming-of-age novel, Moon-Calf, they paid men to walk the streets of the financial and theatre districts dressed in artist costumes with sandwich boards; the placards directed interested buyers to local book shops. The unique look of their books along with their expertise in advertising their authors drew Willa Cather to leave her previous publisher Houghton Mifflin to join Alfred A. Knopf.
As she was still under contract for her novels, the Knopfs suggested publishing a collection of her short stories and the Bright Medusa in 1920. Cather was pleased with the results and the advertisement of the book in the New Republic and would go on to publish sixteen books with Knopf including their first Pulitzer prize winner, One Of Ours. Before they had married, Alfred had promised Blanche that they would be equal partners in the publishing company, but it was clear by the company's fifth anniversary that this was not to be the case. Knopf published a celebratory 5th anniversary book in which Alfred was the focus of anecdotes by authors and Blanche's name was only mentioned once to note that "Mrs. Knopf" had found a manuscript; this despite ample evidence from authors and others that Blanche was in fact the soul of the company. This was covered extensively in The Lady with the Borzoi by Laura Claridge. In 1923 Knopf started publishing periodicals, beginning with The American Mercury, founded by H. L. Mencken and George Jean Nathan, which it published through 1934.1923 marked the year that Knopf published Kahlil Gibran's the Prophet.
Knopf had published Gibran's earlier works. In its first year, the Prophet only sold 1,159 copies, it would double sales the next year and keep doubling becoming one of the firm's most successful books. In 1965 the book sold 240,000 copies. Samuel Knopf died in 1932. William A. Koshland joined the company in 1934, worked with the firm for more than fifty years, rising to take the positions of President and Chairman of the Board. Blanche became President in 1957 when Alfred became Chairman of the Board, worked for the firm until her death in 1966. Alfred Knopf retired in 1972, becoming chairman emeritus of the firm until his death in 1984. Alfred Knopf had a summer home in Purchase, New York. Following the Good Neighbor policy, Blanche Knopf visited South America in 1942, so the firm could start producing texts from there, she was one of the first publishers to visit Europe after World War II. Her trips, those of other editors, brought in new writers from Europe, South America, Asia. Alfred traveled to Brazil in 1961, which spurred a corresponding interest on his part in South America.
Penn Publishing Company was acquired in 1943. The Knopfs' son, Alfred "Pat" Jr. was hired on as trade books manager after the war. In 1952, editor Judith Jones joined Knopf as an editor. Jones discovered Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl in a slush pile and acquired Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Jones would remain with Knopf, retiring in 2011 as a senior editor and vice-president after a career that included working with John Updike and Anne Tyler. Pat Knopf left his parents' publishing company in 1959 to launch his own, Atheneum Publishers, with two other partners; the story made the front page of the New York Times. In a 1957 advertisement in the Atlantic Monthly, Alfred A. Knopf published the Borzoi Credo; the credo includes a list of what Knopf's beliefs for publishing including the statement that he never published an unworthy book. Among a list of beliefs listed is the final one--"I believe that magazines, movies and radio will never replace good books." In 1960 Random House acquired Alfred A. Knopf.
It is believed that the decision to sell was prompted by Alfred A. Knopf, Jr. leaving Knopf to found his own book company, Atheneum Bo
Rodale, Inc. was an American publisher of health and wellness magazines and digital properties. Rodale was headquartered in Emmaus and maintains a satellite office in New York City, it publishes health and wellness lifestyle magazines, including Prevention. The company has published a collection of bestsellers, including An Inconvenient Truth and Eat This, Not That. J. I. Rodale founded Rodale Inc. in 1930. He was a partner with his brother, Joseph, in Rodale Manufacturing, which produced electrical switches. Joseph moved Rodale Manufacturing to Emmaus, Pennsylvania to take advantage of favorable local taxes, while J. I. dabbled in publishing. In 1942, Rodale started Gardening magazine, it taught people. Today, Organic Gardening is the best-read gardening magazine in the world. In 1950, Rodale introduced a health magazine. In 1971, J. I. Rodale died during a taping of The Dick Cavett Show, his son, Robert Rodale, took over the company’s leadership. On September 20, 1990, Robert Rodale was killed in a car accident during a business trip in Russia.
In 1972, Rodale Press was one of the five founding members of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements, founded at Versailles, France. Following Robert Rodale's death, his wife, Ardath Harter Rodale, became chairman and chief executive officer of the company. In 2000, Steven Pleshette Murphy joined the company as president and chief operating officer, was named president and CEO in 2002. On June 18, 2007, Ardath Rodale stepped down as chairman, her daughter, was named chairman. Ardath remained a member of the company’s board and took over the new title of Chief Inspiration Officer. On September 1, 2009, Murphy stepped down as President and CEO. Maria Rodale, granddaughter of company founder J. I. Rodale and daughter of previous chairpersons Robert Rodale and Ardath Rodale, succeeded Murphy as CEO. In October 2017, New York-based Hearst Communications announced it will acquire the magazine and book businesses of Rodale, with some sources reporting the purchase price as about $225 million equal to Rodale’s annual revenue.
The transaction is expected to close in January following government approvals. Rodale announced some months prior that it would consider a total sale of the company, among other alternatives explored by its board of directors, it hired financial adviser Co. to lead the search for bidders. According to a source familiar with the negotiations, Hearst outbid Meredith Corporation, another large media company that expressed interest in Rodale’s portfolio immediately after they solicited offers. After the sale, Hearst sold Rodale's trade publishing division to Crown Publishing Group, part of Penguin Random House. Bicycling The Bike Mag Men's Health Rodale's Organic Life Prevention Runner's World Women's Health Agatston, Arthur; the South Beach Diet. Gore, Al. An Inconvenient Truth. Hammond, Darell. Kaboom! How One Man Built a Movement to Save Play. Kidder, David S.. The Intellectual Devotional. Kurzweil, Ray & Grossman, Terry. Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever. CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list Maher, Bill.
New Rules: Polite Musings from a Timid Observer. Rose, Pete. My Prison Without Bars. Zinczenko, David & Goulding, Matt. Eat This, Not That!. CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list Gore, Al. An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power. Rodale News' website was launched on Earth Day, April 22, 2009 with the tagline “where health meets green"; the site provides information about health and the environment. Included are daily news articles, in-depth topic pages