RoboCop 3 is a 1993 American cyberpunk action film directed by Fred Dekker who co-wrote the film with Frank Miller. It stars Nancy Allen and Rip Torn, it is the second sequel to RoboCop, after RoboCop 2. Set in the near future in a dystopian metropolitan Detroit, the plot centers around RoboCop as he vows to avenge the death of his partner Anne Lewis and tries to save Detroit from falling into chaos, while evil conglomerate OCP, run by its villanious CEO, advances its tyrannical program to have the city default on its debts, it was filmed in Georgia. Most of the buildings seen in the film were slated for demolition to make way for facilities for the 1996 Summer Olympics that were held in the city. RoboCop 3 is the first film to use digital morphing in more than one scene; the film was a critical and box office failure, only grossing $10 million worldwide against its $22 million budget, making it the least profitable film of the RoboCop franchise. The city of Detroit is on the verge of bankruptcy after a series of failed business plans and drop of stocks, are now struggling with their plans to create the new Delta City.
Conglomerate Omni Consumer Products are set to have the city default on their debt before purchasing the city entire. To speed up the process, OCP creates an armed force called the Urban Rehabilitators, nicknamed "Rehabs," under the command of Paul McDaggett. Ostensibly its purpose is to combat rising crime in Old Detroit, augmenting the ranks of the Detroit Police Department in apprehending violent criminals. In reality, it has been set up to forcibly relocate the residents of Cadillac Heights. Nikko, a Japanese-American computer whiz kid, loses her parents in the process; the police force is superseded by the Rehabs, violent crime begins to spiral out of control. The Delta City dream of the former OCP CEO lives on with the help of the Japanese Kanemitsu Corporation, which has bought a controlling stake in OCP and is trying to finance the plan. Kanemitsu, CEO of the Kanemitsu Corporation, sees the potential in the citywide redevelopment, moves forward with the plans to remove the current citizens in order to create Delta City.
The company develops and uses its own ninja androids called "Otomo" to help McDaggett and the new OCP president overcome the resistance of anti-OCP militia forces. RoboCop and partner Anne Lewis try to defend civilians from the Rehabs one night, but Lewis is mortally wounded by McDaggett and dies. Unable to fight back because of his "Fourth Directive" programming, RoboCop is saved by members of a resistance movement composed of Nikko and residents from Cadillac Heights and joins them. Due to severe damage sustained in the shoot-out, RoboCop's systems efficiency plummets, he asks the resistance to summon Dr. Lazarus, one of the scientists who created him. Upon arrival she begins deleting the Fourth Directive in the process. During an earlier raid on an armory, the resistance picked up a jet-pack prototype intended for RoboCop's use, which Lazarus modifies and upgrades to hold RoboCop. After recovering from his injuries, RoboCop conducts a one-man campaign against the Rehabs and OCP, he finds McDaggett and attempts to subdue him.
McDaggett obtains information from a disgruntled resistance member regarding the location of the resistance fighters' base. The Rehabs attack and most of the resistance members are either taken prisoner. RoboCop returns to the rebel base to find it abandoned. One Otomo unit attacks him. RoboCop experiences another power drain and his left arm and auto gun is destroyed, but he is able to overcome his opponent with his arm-mounted gun. Nikko infiltrates the OCP building and assists a captured Lazarus in broadcasting an improvised video, revealing OCP's responsibility for the criminality in the city and implicating them in the removal and killing of the Cadillac Heights residents; the broadcast causes OCP's stock to plunge, driving the company into financial bankruptcy. Meanwhile, McDaggett decides to execute an all-out strike against Cadillac Heights with the help of the Detroit police, but the police officers, enraged at the company's sadistic ways, refuse to comply and instead defect to the resistance in order to get revenge for Anne and their salaries and pensions, escalating the rebellion against OCP into a full-scale war.
As a result, McDaggett turns to hiring street hooligans to assist with his plans. Having heard Lazarus' broadcast, RoboCop provides aerial support for the entrenched resistance forces, he proceeds to the OCP building and confronts the waiting McDaggett. RoboCop is attacked, nearly defeated, by two Otomo robots. Nikko and Lazarus succeed in reprogramming them using a wireless link from a laptop computer, forcing them to attack each other; the Otomos' self-destruct system activate, forcing RoboCop to flee with Lazarus. The flaming discharge from the jetpack immobilizes McDaggett; as Old Detroit is being cleaned up, Kanemitsu arrives and comes face to face RoboCop along with his group, while his translator tells the OCP president on Kanemitsu's behalf that he is fired, as the corporation shuts down OCP for good and plans to leave Detroit. Kanemitsu bows to RoboCop and the group in respect; the CEO compliments RoboCop and asks for his name, to which he responds with, "My friends call me Murphy. You call me RoboCop."
The film was directed by Fred Dekker, a director known for cult horror films. Popular graphic novelist Frank Miller returned to write the screenplay for the film. Still optimistic that he could make an impression in Hollyw
Beauty and the Beast (1987 TV series)
Beauty and the Beast is an American fantasy-drama series which first aired on CBS in 1987. Creator Ron Koslow's updated version of the fairy tale has a double focus: the relationship between Vincent, a mythic, noble man-beast, Catherine, a savvy Assistant District Attorney in New York. Through an empathetic bond, Vincent senses Catherine's emotions, becomes her guardian; the series follows the developing relationship between the characters and the division between New York and the hidden world beneath it. In a twist from the original tale, this "beast" does not transform into society's idea of beauty after gaining the love of Catherine. Rather, Vincent's inner beauty is allowed to remain the focus of who he is, it is Catherine's life that transforms from her relationship to Vincent. In the third season after the death of the character Catherine, Jo Anderson became the new female lead playing Diana Bennett, a criminal profiler investigating Catherine's murder; as the title indicates, the premise of the series is inspired by the fairy tale "Beauty and the Beast".
George R. R. Martin, who would write the A Song of Ice and Fire book series, was a writer and producer on the show. In 2004 and 2007, Beauty and the Beast was ranked #14 and #17 on TV Guide's Top Cult Shows Ever. Catherine Chandler is abducted, beaten and left to die in Central Park because she was inadvertently mistaken for somebody else, she is rescued and cared for by Vincent who has taken her to Father, head of a hidden community of people dwelling in tunnels below the city of New York. Ten days Catherine returns to the surface with the promise of keeping Vincent's secret and the challenge to go on after her terrible attack. After completing her recovery, her life begins a serious transition: she takes self-defense lessons, leaves her comfortable job at her father's law firm and joins the Manhattan District Attorney's office as an Assistant District Attorney, her first action involves her asking Carol Stabler about those men that attacked her, where she states that they were part of an illegal escort service run by Martin Belmont.
When Catherine is attacked by Martin Belmont's men, she is saved by Vincent. During the course of the first season, the production team fashioned a blend of romance and crime drama, which used both Catherine's position as an ADA and her will to help Vincent and his world to place her in moments of physical danger that would bring the idealized romantic figure of Vincent to the surface world as her guardian angel. During its second season, the series shifted its focus to add more character development, as the central characters spent considerable time exploring their relationships with the inhabitants of the Tunnel World, where Catherine had been accepted as a friend and "Helper". More people from the World Above turned up for emotional support and healing in the secure environment of the World Below. Near the end of the season however, in an effort to boost faltering ratings, the action orientation returned as a result of the misleadings of the recurrent villain Paracelsus. In a cliffhanger final episode, Catherine is seen walking down a tunnel into a chamber, where Vincent is suffering from a violent madness.
When the series returned for its abbreviated third season late in 1989, Linda Hamilton had announced her decision to leave the series as she was pregnant at the time. It was a decision that, along with the network's desire to attract more male viewers, would have serious repercussions for the show's continued survival. In the resolution to the previous season's cliffhanger, Catherine rescued Vincent from his inner demons but was kidnapped by a man named Gabriel, the ruthless head of a huge criminal empire she had been investigating, trying to corrupt the D. A.'s office. She was killed, but not before giving birth to Vincent's son, held hostage by the evil Gabriel. Catherine's boss and close friend Joe Maxwell hired Diana Bennett, a criminal profiler with the police department, to track down Catherine's killer. Quite her investigation led her to the now darkly obsessed and grieving Vincent. Although still popular with its dedicated fans, the darker, more resolutely violent aspects of the reworked concept, coupled with the fatal loss of the all-important central relationship between Catherine and Vincent, led to further declining ratings and cancellation.
Catherine Chandler – A corporate attorney in her father's law firm. After she's abducted and her face slashed upon being mistaken for Carol Stabler, Catherine was rescued and tended to by Vincent. After that experience, Catherine changes her life and becomes an investigator for the Manhattan District Attorney's Office. In Season Three, Catherine is captured by Gabriel, she is killed by Gabriel who overdoses her with morphine. Vincent – A man of large build with the facial characteristics of a lion and fingers tipped with claw-like nails, he is much stronger than ordinary humans and, when enraged and roars like a lion. He wears a hooded cloak to hide his appearance from strangers while walking the city streets at night, his parentage is unkn
The Torkelsons is an American sitcom which aired on the NBC television network from September 21, 1991 to June 6, 1993. Produced by Walt Disney Television in season 1 and Touchstone Television in season 2, the series starred Connie Ray, Olivia Burnette, William Schallert. For the second and final season, the series was renamed Almost Home; the series lasted a total of two seasons. Living in Pyramid Corners, a fictional suburb of Vinita, Millicent Torkelson did what she could to survive financially after her husband Randy left the family. Randy returned and was seen in several episodes, the couple ended up divorcing; the pilot episode deals with Millicent being so far in debt that she has her home appliances repossessed. To support her family, Millicent gets a boarder named Wesley Hodges who ends up living with them for the year in the house basement. Millicent's children were 14-year-old Dorothy Jane and exceptionally articulate for her age, who served running commentary throughout the show by having talks with the "Man in the Moon" by her bedroom window.
In the first episode, Dorothy Jane meets 18-year-old new neighbor Riley Roberts for the first time and becomes infatuated with him. Throughout the first season Riley remains oblivious this because of her being a high-school freshman while he was a senior, but they do develop a strong connection. Meanwhile, pesky but well-meaning Kirby Scroggins, a plaid-clad nerd, was forever chasing an uninterested Dorothy Jane. Although her family embarrasses her, Dorothy never let; the pilot featured Ernie Lively as Jacob "J. W." Presley, a butcher, smitten with Millicent. In the pilot episode, Benj Thall and Elizabeth Poyer played Ruth Ann Torkelson. All these actors were to be permanent parts of the show so were credited in the pilot's opening sequence, but the children were subsequently recast and the character of J. W. was dropped entirely. After ending its first season on June 16, 1992, the series was renamed Almost Home. Premiering on February 6, 1993, the second incarnation features the Torkelsons relocating to Seattle after Millicent accepts a job as a nanny, following the foreclosure of the Torkelson family home.
In this series, Steven Floyd and Ruth Ann were now considered to have never existed as Millicent refers to Chuckie Lee in Almost Home as her only son and Chuckie Lee refers to himself as the middle child. Millicent took the remaining three children to live with his two kids. Brian ran a successful clothing catalog/magazine titled Molly Gregory, a business started by his late wife and named after both their children. There was some initial resistance from Molly and Gregory to warm up to the Torkelson clan moving in, as they felt somewhat alienated by their down-home ways and devotion to cheerful southern hospitality, but they adjusted, with Gregory becoming a trusted ally to all the kids, Molly helping Dorothy Jane to fit into her world of shallow, status-conscious people, albeit feebly. Brian and Millicent clashed over parenting methods, but would learn a valuable lesson from each other in the end; the novel practice of having Dorothy Jane talk to the "Man in the Moon" about her issues and dreams from her bedroom window remained.
This incarnation of the show ended on June 6, 1993. With the retooling of the show's format and the title change, the revamped Almost Home transitioned from being shot on film to being recorded on videotape. Connie Ray as Millicent Torkelson Olivia Burnette as Dorothy Jane Torkelson Rachel Duncan as Mary Sue Torkelson Lee Norris as Chuckie Lee Torkelson Aaron Michael Metchik as Steven Floyd Torkelson William Schallert as Wesley "Boarder" Hodges Anna Slotky as Ruth Ann Torkelson Perry King as Brian Morgan Jason Marsden as Gregory Morgan Brittany Murphy as Molly Morgan Paige Gosney as Kirby Scroggins Michael Landes as Riley Roberts Ronnie Claire Edwards as Bootsie Torkelson Alyson Kiperman as Dreama Mother Love as Kitty Drysdale Peter Van Norden as Mel Alyson Hannigan as Samantha Drew Carey in the season 1 episode "Say Uncle" Patty Duke in the season 1 episode "Return to Sender" Kevin Clash as Elmo in the season 1 episode "Educating Millicent" Joey Lawrence as Dorothy Jane and Molly's boss in the season 2 episode "Girls and Boy" Erin Gray in the season 2 episode "Sleeping with the Enemy" as Mr. Morgan's love interest Ben Affleck in the season 2 episode "Is That All There Is?" as a basketball player who falls in love with Dorothy Jane Jared Leto in the season 2 episode "The Fox and the Hound" as a football player at a party that Molly throws, whom Dorothy Jane thinks is cute Donal Logue in the season 2 episode "Hot Ticket" as a musician named "Tommy Tom" Series creator Lynn Montgomery claims to have gotten the name "Torkelson" from a real-life Steven Floyd Torkelson, who had showed her his bug collection, shared his first kiss with her thirty years earlier.
The Disney Channel aired reruns of The Torkelsons and Almost Home on their weekday
Monkey Trouble is a 1994 American comedy drama film directed by Franco Amurri and starring Thora Birch and Harvey Keitel. Eva Gregory lives in Los Angeles with her mother Amy, her brother Jack, her stepfather Tom, a police lieutenant. Tom's daughter Tessa babysits Eva and Jack. Eva wants a dog, but her mother does not think she is responsible enough to take care of a pet, her stepfather is allergic to fur, she cannot keep the pet at her father Peter's house because he is a pilot and travels a lot. A gypsy kleptomaniac Azro, whose wife and son Mark left him, is now a vagabond, lives off the grid with his intelligent Capuchin monkey Fingers. Azro blames Fingers for his son leaving, he works as a hurdy gurdy-playing busker at Venice Beach, using Fingers' cuteness as a way to lure in tourists. Azro has taught Fingers. A pair of Italian mafia members named Charlie show up to Azro's act, they deduce Azro's scheme, proposition him to bigger and better opportunities. They ask him to join their crime syndicate, with Fingers using his pickpocket skills to burglarize homes of socialites.
The men want to do a test run to see how Fingers will act, they drive to a random residence, Eva's home. Fingers steals various expensive items, Azro joins the crime group. Feeling ashamed of his actions that night Fingers runs away from Azro; the next day, as Eva is walking home from school, Fingers drops from a tree and latches himself onto Eva. She becomes connected to him, names him "Dodger", as he likes Eva's baseball cap, labeled after the same named team. Eva hides him in her bedroom, she becomes more responsible with her chores, helps take care of her infant brother Jack, to whom she reveals Dodger. She researches information on his breed; when Eva has to leave for school, she leaves him in the care of a woman who runs a pet shop near her home, Annie. Eva fibs. Azro tries to find the monkey, the Italian mafia members pester him over this. Eva spends some weekends with her father, worries about how she can hide Dodger while she's away. However, Peter can't have her over, she takes advantage of this circumstance to have a personal weekend alone with Dodger in her father's empty house, hides his message from her mother and stepfather.
She has her best friend her mother Missy drive her to her father's house. During the trip, Eva secretly reveals Dodger to Katie. Once there, Eva realizes. Dodger is able to break into the home. Once inside, they realize that there isn't any food and Eva has not brought any money, she decides to busk for money with Dodger at Venice Beach boardwalk near Peter's house. While Eva is riding her bike to the boardwalk and Azro spot each other, without Eva being aware, Dodger jumps off her bike. Azro tries to catch Dodger. Dodger secretly makes his way back to Eva's bike, they start their performance, with Dodger secretly pickpocketing everybody just as with when he was with Azro. At a grocery store that evening, with Dodger hiding in Eva's backpack, he steals and hides food without Eva knowing; the management of the store, unaware there is a monkey in her backpack, assume Eva is shoplifting and allow her to return the items without being punished. Eva is puzzled, opens her backpack in a back aisle of the store, sees the items Dodger stole.
When she returns home, she scolds him. Dodger reveals all the items he has stolen since he met Eva, she realizes that he was taught how to break into buildings. She decides to teach him not to steal anymore. Azro finds out about the supermarket incident, a store manager gives him Peter's address. Eva calls a taxi. Azro arrives at the house, Eva is scared of him, she and Dodger run out of the escape. The next day, Azro finds out. Azro attacks steals Dodger back. Azro is aghast when he discovers that the monkey won't steal anymore during a meeting with the mafia members. Meanwhile and Tom, who have been dealing with reports on stolen jewelry, discover more stolen property in Eva's room, they confront her about it, she tries to explain about her hidden monkey, but they don't believe her. Things get worse when Peter stops by and says that he had been in Canada all weekend, which reveals that Eva had lied about that time. Heartbroken at the disappearance of her beloved pet, she is upset that no one believes her.
She runs away to look for Dodger after Katie tells Eva that Dodger is at the park. She is accosted by Azro, furious about her teaching Dodger not to steal. Meanwhile, Jack ends up saying his first word, "monkey", revealing to Amy and Tom that there is a monkey in the house and that Eva had been telling the truth, they all go along with Tom's fellow police officers, to look for her. Dodger saves her, Azro is arrested by Tom; the mafia members escape but are soon arrested. Eva walks away with Dodger after she shows her mother that she is responsible and her stepfather discovers that he is not allergic to the fur of monkeys. Mark fails. Dodger ends up staying with Eva. Finster as Fingers/Dod
The Flash (1990 TV series)
The Flash is a 1990 American television series developed by the writing team of Danny Bilson and Paul De Meo that aired on CBS. It is based on the DC Comics character Barry Allen / Flash, a costumed superhero crime-fighter with the power to move at superhuman speeds; the Flash starred John Wesley Shipp as Allen, along with Amanda Pays, Alex Désert. Barry Allen, a forensic scientist working for the Central City police, is struck by lightning and doused in chemicals in his lab, he creates a superhero identity for himself to fight crime: The Flash. Research scientist Dr. Tina McGee works at S. T. A. R. Labs and helps Barry fight crime while trying to understand; as well as his superheroics, Barry tries to maintain a private life, tries to keep his superhero identity from his colleagues, his boss Lt. Garfield, his best friend, Julio Mendez. John Wesley Shipp as Barry Allen / Flash: A forensic scientist in the Central City Police Department who gains the power of super speed after his lab is struck by lightning causing him to be doused with chemicals.
Shipp portrayed the Flash's "evil" clone, Pollux. Amanda Pays as Christina R. "Tina" McGee: A scientist at S. T. A. R. Labs who provides the Flash with experimental inventions to adapt and overcome his enemies and learn about his powers, she is a love interest of Barry. Alex Désert as Julio Mendez: A Central City Police Department scientist, Barry Allen's co-worker and close friend. Richard Belzer as Joe Kline: WCCN TV news reporter, known as the "Voice of the City". Kline does tabloid-style news stories about the Flash and his exploits. Jason Bernard as Dr. Desmond Powell / Nightshade: 1950s vigilante who captured criminals using tranquilizer darts. Gave up being a vigilante after he stopped The Ghost in 1955; when the Ghost reappears in 1990, Powell becomes Nightshade once again and teams up with the Flash to apprehend the Ghost. Unknowingly inspires the Deadly Nightshade. Makes his secret identity public and becomes a celebrity. Vito D'Ambrosio as Officer Tony Bellows: CCPD patrol officer, partner of Murphy.
Bellows accuses Murphy of being the Flash, until he sees the Flash at the same time. Biff Manard as Officer Michael Francis Murphy: CCPD patrol officer, partner of Bellows. Murphy has served the CCPD for many years and is considering retiring to a job where he does not get shot at all the time. Mike Genovese as Lt. Warren Garfield: Lieutenant, CCPD. Despite his gruff demeanor, Garfield cares for his men, it was Lt. Garfield who deduced the true identity of the Nightshade, Dr. Desmond Powell, a friend of Garfield for more than 30 years. Mark Hamill as James Montgomery Jesse / The Trickster: Psychopathic and delusional mass murderer with multiple personalities, a con artist. Wanted for murder in six states. Obsessed with Megan Lockhart and kidnaps her to be his fantasy sidekick, Prank. Believing that Megan is under the influence of the Flash, the Trickster challenges him in order to be rid of his "evil spell". However, the Trickster is arrested, he is put on trial & awaiting his verdict, when he is freed by Zoey Clark, who becomes the second Prank.
As revenge, the Trickster brainwashes him to do his bidding. The Trickster wreaks havoc upon Central City and puts the entire city on trial with the aid of his new partner; the Flash overcomes his programming and turns the tables on the Trickster, sent to a padded cell. Joyce Hyser as Megan Lockhart / Prank: Private investigator and repossession agent. A. who would blackmail The Flash. Opposed to what The Flash was working for until she witnessed him save someone she was spying on, helped to put an end to the scheme of the corrupt D. A. becomes Prank. Helps Tina McGee stop the Trickster and the brainwashed Flash. Becomes another one of Barry Allen's love interests. M. Emmet Walsh as Henry Allen: Sergeant, CCPD. Inspired his sons to join the police force, though his relationship with Barry is estranged. Henry is a supporter of the Flash. Dick Miller as Fosnight: Police informant who provides Barry Allen with tips on criminals. Fosnight owes a "life debt" to Henry Allen, extended that debt to his two sons as well.
Was arrested by the first Nightshade and is the first person to believe his innocence. Priscilla Pointer as Nora Allen: Mother of Barry and Jay Allen. Gloria Reuben as Sabrina: Julio's girlfriend. Trying to set up Barry with blind dates, breaking up and getting back together with Julio. Robert Shayne as Reg the News Stand Vendor: Reg was the owner of a news stand whom Barry Allen buys his daily newspaper from. Offers Barry occasional advice & information on underworld activities. Michael Nader as Nicholas Pike: Disgraced former CCPD patrol officer who became the leader of the Dark Riders biker gang. Pike is released on a technicality. Pike tries to kill the Flash, but his
Open Window is an album by the American ambient musician Robert Rich. This is an album of improvised piano solos. Rich’s piano solos have been a part of his live concerts for over 20 years but this is the first time that a recording has been released in a recorded form; the material on this album was performed on a 1925 vintage A. B. Chase baby grand piano. During the two months in which this album was recorded, microphones were set up permanently around the piano waiting for moments of spontaneous creativity. All of the recordings on this album were made during these moments; the pace of this album is dynamic. ”Parting Clouds” – 5:10 ”Corners” – 4:16 ”Insular” – 10:13 ”Past Glances” – 9:26 ”Open Window” – 8:00 ”Parallel Horizons” – 10:50 ”Points Between” – 14:29 ”Punctuation” – 1:54 Album feature from Robert Rich’s official web site