The Spanish Prisoner
The Spanish Prisoner is a 1997 American neo-noir suspense film and directed by David Mamet and starring Campbell Scott, Steve Martin, Rebecca Pidgeon, Ben Gazzara, Felicity Huffman and Ricky Jay. The plot entails a story of corporate espionage conducted through an elaborate confidence game. In 1999 the film was nominated by the Mystery Writers of America for the Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay but lost out to Steven Soderbergh's Out of Sight. Corporate engineer Joe Ross has invented a lucrative and secret financial process. While on a retreat on the island of St. Estèphe, he meets a wealthy stranger, Jimmy Dell, attracts the interest of one of the company's new secretaries, Susan Ricci. Jimmy wants to introduce Joe to his sister, an Olympic-class tennis player, in New York and asks him to deliver a package to her. Susan sits near Joe on the airplane back to New York, converses with him about how "you never know who anybody is," and talks about unwitting drug mules. Realizing that he doesn't know Jimmy, afraid the package might contain something illegal, Joe opens it on the plane, finding only a 1939 edition of the book Budge on Tennis, accidentally rips the cover in the process.
Once home, Joe buys another copy of the book, to give to Jimmy's sister, keeps the torn one at his office. Jimmy suggests that Joe's company and his boss, Mr. Klein, might not give Joe fair compensation for his work; the flirtatious Susan keeps making suggestions that one never knows whom to trust. Jimmy invites Joe to dinner with Jimmy's sister, they meet at Dell's place. While at his computer and chatting about business, Jimmy asks if Joe has a Swiss bank account, finding the answer is no, opens one for him with the token balance of 15 Swiss francs, pretending that it is all an easy lark. Taking him to dinner at a club requiring membership, Jimmy has Joe sign a certificate to join. Over dinner, he advises Joe to consult legal counsel about his position in the company regarding the Process. Joe learns that the sister does not exist and that Jimmy is a con artist, attempting to steal Joe's work. Joe contacts Pat McCune, a woman he met on the island who Susan told him was an FBI agent, whose business card Susan kept.
He is enlisted in a sting operation. When Jimmy Dell never shows up for the planned meeting, to his horror, Joe learns that McCune is part of Jimmy's con game, his Process is stolen. Joe attempts to explain what happened to his employer and the police, but his story sounds far-fetched; the con has made. The Swiss bank account that Jimmy opened for him makes it look as though he is hiding assets, the certificate he signed to join the club turns out to be a request for political asylum in Venezuela, which has no extradition treaty with the United States; the police show Joe that Jimmy's apartment is a mere façade and that the club's members-only room was nothing but a restaurant, closed. Joe is framed for the murder of the company lawyer, George Lang. On the run, Joe reconnects with Susan, who says she believes his story and continues to express a romantic interest in him. Joe remembers that the hotel on the island maintains video surveillance, which could prove that Jimmy Dell was there. Susan takes him to the airport.
On the way to the airport, Susan convinces him to drive to Boston. At the airport in Boston Susan gives Joe a camera bag, which unbeknownst to him contains a gun, an airplane ticket to the island. Before passing through security, Joe realizes that Jimmy left his fingerprints on the original tennis book Joe was to deliver, he leaves the airport with Susan. They purchase ferry tickets to return home. While Susan leaves to call Mr Klein to inform him about the tennis book, Joe attempts to board the ferry with the plane ticket only to find out the ticket destination is Venezuela. Once on board the ferry, Jimmy comes to kill Joe alone except for Susan and a couple of Japanese tourists; the final step of this con is going to be Joe's death, made to appear as a suicide. Jimmy is hit with a tranquilizer dart shot by one of the tourists, who are US Marshals who have been monitoring Jimmy's con, they reveal that Joe's boss, Mr. Klein, was behind the entire con because he wanted to keep all the profits for himself.
Jimmy and Susan are taken to jail. David Mamet is famous for his dialogues, which are characterized by incomplete sentences, foul language and interruptions. Here, Roger Ebert observes, "His characters speak as if they're wary of the world, afraid of being misquoted, reluctant to say what's on their minds: As a protective shield, they fall into precise legalisms, invoking old sayings as if they're magic charms, they punctuate their dialogue with four-letter words, but in The Spanish Prisoner there is not a single obscenity, we picture Mamet with a proud grin on his face, collecting his first PG rating". Andrew Sarris, wrote, "I liked The Spanish Prisoner because its lightness in Mr. Mamet's mind as a minor genre entertainment enabled him to escape the pomposity and pretentiousness of recent Mamet movies and plays in which his cryptic phrases and ponderous pauses were supposed to suggest all sorts of psychic panic and moral havoc in a malignant society. By disdaining to look and sound like anything overly serious, Mr. Mamet's Pinteresque speech rhythms succeed as nothing since Glengarry Glen Ross in capturing something pervasively paranoid in contemporary life....
The Prestige (film)
The Prestige is a 2006 psychological thriller film directed by Christopher Nolan from a screenplay adapted by his brother Jonathan from Christopher Priest's 1995 novel of the same name. Its story follows Robert Angier and Alfred Borden, rival stage magicians in London at the end of the 19th century. Obsessed with creating the best stage illusion, they engage in competitive one-upmanship, with tragic results; the film stars Hugh Jackman as Robert Angier, Christian Bale as Alfred Borden, David Bowie as Nikola Tesla. It stars Scarlett Johansson, Michael Caine, Piper Perabo, Andy Serkis, Rebecca Hall; the film reunites Nolan with actors Bale and Caine from Batman Begins and returning cinematographer Wally Pfister, production designer Nathan Crowley, editor Lee Smith. The film was released on October 20, 2006, receiving positive reviews and strong box office results, received Academy Award nominations for Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction. Along with The Illusionist and Scoop, The Prestige was one of three films released in 2006 to explore the world of stage magicians.
In 1890s London, Robert Angier and Alfred Borden work as shills for a magician, under the mentorship of John Cutter, an ingénieur who designs stage magic. In one trick, Angier's wife Julia is to escape from a water tank. Julia fails to escape during drowns. Angier, accuses Borden of using a riskier knot, causing her death; the two become bitter enemies. Angier and Borden launch their own magic careers. Borden develops a trick he calls the Transported Man, in which he appears to travel between two wardrobes on opposite ends of the stage. Unable to discern Borden's method, Angier hires a double, Gerald Root, to perform his own version of the trick; the imitation is a greater success, but Angier is dissatisfied, as he ends the trick hidden under the stage while Root basks in the applause. Angier has his assistant Olivia spy on Borden to learn. However, Olivia becomes his assistant. With her help, Borden sabotages Angier's act. Confronted by Angier, Olivia gives him a copy of Borden's encoded diary. Angier decodes it after forcing the keyword "TESLA" from Borden by threatening to kill Borden's ingénieur, Fallon.
The diary takes him to America to meet scientist Nikola Tesla, whom Angier believes built a machine for Borden. Tesla denies this, Angier realizes the diary is fraudulent, created as a distraction. However, Tesla agrees to build the machine for Angier. However, instead of teleporting objects, his creation duplicates anything placed inside it a distance away from the machine. Tesla is driven from Colorado Springs by agents of his rival, Thomas Alva Edison, but as he leaves he has the machine delivered to Angier. In an attached letter, he advises Angier to destroy it. Borden's wife, Sarah, is driven to suicide by his contradictory personality. In London, Angier debuts the Real Transported Man using Tesla's machine, appearing to have teleported across the theater. Borden sneaks witnesses Angier fall through a trapdoor and drown in a tank, he turned over to the police. Unable to prove his innocence, Borden is sentenced to death. In prison, Borden is visited by an agent of Lord Caldlow, who offers to care for Borden's daughter Jess in exchange for Borden's tricks.
Borden agrees. Caldlow reveals that he is Angier and Borden begs for his life; when Cutter realises that Angier is still alive, he is disgusted that he allowed Borden to be sentenced, but agrees to help him dispose of Tesla's machine. Borden is hanged for Angier's murder. Angier goes back to the theater. A stranger shoots Angier, revealing himself as Borden. Angier discovers Borden was a pair of identical twins, sharing an identity. Borden explains he and his brother performed the original Transported man together, that whenever one was "Borden", the other was disguised as "Fallon"; every performance created another Angier. Angier drops his lantern, setting the theater on fire. Borden picks up Jess at Cutter's workshop. In the burning theater, rows of tanks hold dead Angiers. Hugh Jackman as Robert Angier /Lord Caldlow, an aristocratic magician. After reading the script, Jackman expressed interest in playing the part. Christopher Nolan discovered Jackman's interest, after meeting him saw that Jackman possessed the qualities of stage showmanship that Nolan was looking for in the role of Angier.
Nolan explained that Angier had a "wonderful understanding of the interaction between a performer and a live audience", a quality he believed that Jackman had. Nolan said that Jackman "has the great depth as an actor that hasn't been explored. People haven't had the chance to see what he can do as an actor, this is a character that would let him do that." Jackman based his portrayal of Angier on 1950s-era American magician Channing Pollock. Jackman portrays Gerald Root, an alcoholic double used for Angier's New Transported Man. Christian Bale as Alfred Borden /Fallon, a working class magician. Bale was cast after Jackman. Although Nolan had cast Bale as Batman in Batman Begins, he did not consider Bale for the part of Borden until Bale contacted him about the script. Nolan said that Bale was "exactly right" for the part of Borden and that it was "unthinkable" for anyone else to play the part. Nolan suggested that the actors should not read the original novel. Michael Caine as John Cutter, the stage engineer who works with Angier a
Terry Gross is the host and co-executive producer of Fresh Air, an interview-based radio show produced by WHYY-FM in Philadelphia and distributed throughout the United States by NPR. She has been in this position since 1975 and has conducted thousands of interviews over her 42 years at the job. Gross has won praise over the years for her low-key and friendly yet probing interview style and for the diversity of her guests, she has a reputation for researching her guests' work the night before an interview asking them unexpected questions about their early careers. Terry Gross is the second child of Irving Gross, she grew up in the Sheepshead Bay neighborhood of New York. Her father worked in a family millinery business, her mother was a stenographer. She grew up in a Jewish family, she said that her family lived in an apartment near a local landmark. When she was young, people would ask where Gross came from, assuming that her lack of a heavy Brooklyn accent meant she grew up elsewhere. Gross' parents were first-generation Americans, with family roots in eastern Europe.
She has Leon J. Gross, who works as a psychometric consultant. In 1968, Gross graduated from Sheepshead Bay High School, she earned a bachelor's degree in English and a Master of Education degree in communications from the University at Buffalo. While in college, she married her high-school boyfriend, she took a year off from school to hitchhike cross country. In 1972, Gross started teaching 8th grade at an inner-city public junior high school in Buffalo, she said she was ill-equipped for the job at establishing discipline, was fired after only six weeks. Gross began her radio career in 1973 at WBFO, an NPR CPB-funded college station broadcasting from the Main Street Campus of the University at Buffalo in Buffalo, New York, where she started out as a volunteer on a show called Woman Power co-hosted This is Radio. Typical subjects of these shows were public affairs. In 1975, she moved to WHYY-FM in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to host and produce Fresh Air, a local interview program at the time. In 1985, Fresh Air with Terry Gross went national, being distributed weekly by NPR.
It became a daily program two years later. Gross conducts the interviews from the WHYY-FM studios in Philadelphia, with her subject at the studio of a local NPR affiliate convenient to them connected via telephone or satellite feed. For the majority of these conversations, Gross is not face-to-face with her subjects. Gross creates a daily show, an hour long includes two interviews, is distributed to over 190 NPR stations; the show reaches an audience of millions of daily listeners. Many of the producers and staff on Gross' show have been with her since the late 1970s to 1980s, she appeared as a guest-voice on The Simpsons as herself, in the episode "The Debarted". During the spring 1998 semester, Gross was a guest lecturer at University of California-Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. In 2015 she appeared on Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me and played the game "Not My Job", answering questions about Hulk Hogan; the San Francisco Chronicle wrote that Gross' interviews are "a remarkable blend of empathy, genuine curiosity, sharp intelligence."
Gross prides herself on preparation. The Boston Phoenix opined that "Terry Gross... is certainly the best cultural interviewer in America, one of the best all-around interviewers, period. Her smart, thoughtful questioning pushes her guests in unlikely directions, her interviews are revelatory in a way other people's are."Gross said that when she first started working in radio, her voice was much higher with anxiety. She said she has to a more natural, deeper tone. Much has been written about Gross' voice, the precision of her use of language has been the subject of much analysis. There have been some occasions. Gross asked Nancy Reagan about the lack of funding and mishandling of HIV/AIDS by her husband, President Ronald Reagan, not well received. At least a few interview subjects have exited their interviews early, including Lou Reed, Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner, Faye Dunaway, Monica Lewinsky. Four notable examples are: February 2002: Kiss singer and bassist Gene Simmons; the interview began with Gross not pronouncing Simmons' original Hebrew last name to his liking.
Simmons dismissively replied to her that she pronounced without "flavor" because she had a "Gentile mouth". In the interview, Gross asked Simmons about his studded codpiece, to which Simmons replied, "It holds in my manhood, otherwise it would be too much for you to take," adding, "If you want to welcome me with open arms, I'm afraid you're going to have to welcome me with open legs," to which Gross replied, "That's a obnoxious thing to say." Unlike most Fresh Air guests, Simmons refused to grant permission for the interview to be made available on the NPR website. The interview appears in Gross' book All I Did Was Ask, unauthorized transcripts and audio of the complete original interview are known to exist. October 8, 2003: Fox News television host Bill O'Reilly. O'Reilly walked out of the interview because of what he considered biased questions, creating a media controversy fed by the ongoing presidential campaign. Toward the end of the interview, O'Reilly asked Gross if she had been as tough on Al Franken, who had appeared on the program two weeks earlier.
Gross responded, "No, I wasn't
Charles Robert Redford Jr. is a retired American actor, director and businessman. He is the founder of the Sundance Film Festival. Redford began acting on television in the late 1950s, including an appearance on The Twilight Zone on January 5, 1962, he earned an Emmy nomination as Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Voice of Charlie Pont. His greatest Broadway success was as the stuffy newlywed husband of co-star Elizabeth Ashley's character in Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park. Redford made his film debut in War Hunt, his role in Inside Daisy Clover won him a Golden Globe for best new star. He starred in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, a huge success and made him a major star, he had a critical and box office hit with Jeremiah Johnson, in 1973 he had the greatest hit of his career, the blockbuster crime caper The Sting, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. The popular and acclaimed All the President's Men was a landmark film for Redford. In the 1980s, Redford began as a director with Ordinary People, one of the most critically and publicly acclaimed films of the decade, winning four Oscars including Best Picture and the Academy Award for Best Director for Redford.
He continued acting and starred in Brubaker, as well as playing the male lead in Out of Africa, an enormous box office success and won seven Oscars including Best Picture. He released his third film as a director, A River Runs Through It, in 1992, he went on to receive Best Picture nominations in 1995 for Quiz Show. He received a second Academy Award—for Lifetime Achievement—in 2002. In 2010, he was made a chevalier of the Légion d'Honneur, he has won BAFTA, Directors Guild of America, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild awards. In April 2014, Time magazine included Redford in their annual Time 100 as one of the "Most Influential People in the World", declaring him the "Godfather of Indie Film". In 2016, Redford was honored with a Presidential Medal of Freedom. Redford retired from acting after completing the film The Old Man & the Gun, released in October 2018. Redford was born on August 18, 1936, in Santa Monica, California, to Martha W. and Charles Robert Redford Sr. a milkman-turned-accountant.
He has a stepbrother, from his father's remarriage. Redford is of English, Scottish and Scots-Irish ancestry, his paternal great-great grandfather, English-born Elisha Redford, married Irish-Catholic Mary Ann McCreery in Manchester Cathedral. They had a son named the first in line to have been given the name. Redford's family moved to Van Nuys, while his father worked in El Segundo, he attended Van Nuys High School. He has described himself as having been a "bad" student, finding inspiration outside the classroom, being interested in art and sports, he hit tennis balls with Pancho Gonzales at the Los Angeles Tennis Club to warm him up. After graduating from high school in 1954, he attended the University of Colorado Boulder in Boulder, Colorado for a year and a half, where he was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. While there, he worked at the restaurant/bar The Sink. While at Colorado, Redford began drinking and as a result lost his half-scholarship and was kicked out of school, he traveled in Europe, living in France and Italy.
He studied painting at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and took classes at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. Redford's career, like that of many major stars who emerged in the 1950s, began in New York City, where an actor could find work both on stage and in television, his Broadway debut was in a small role in Tall Story, followed by parts in The Highest Tree and Sunday in New York. His biggest Broadway success was as the stuffy newlywed husband of Elizabeth Ashley in Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park. Starting in 1960, Redford appeared as a guest star on numerous television drama programs, including Naked City, The Untouchables, The Americans, Whispering Smith, Perry Mason, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Route 66, Dr. Kildare, Playhouse 90, The Twilight Zone, Captain Brassbound's Conversion with a young Christopher Plummer, among others. In 1960, Redford was cast as Danny Tilford, a mentally disturbed young man trapped in the wreckage of his family garage, in "Breakdown", one of the last episodes of the syndicated adventure series, Rescue 8, starring Jim Davis and Lang Jeffries.
Redford earned an Emmy nomination as Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Voice of Charlie Pont. One of his last television appearances was on October 7, 1963, on Breaking Point, an ABC medical drama about psychiatry. Redford made his screen debut in Tall Story in a minor role; the film's stars were Anthony Perkins, Jane Fonda, Ray Walston. After his Broadway success, he was cast in larger feature roles in movies. In 1962 Redford got his second film role in War Hunt, was soon after cast alongside screen legend Alec Guinness in the war comedy Situation Hopeless... But Not Serious, in which he played a soldier who spends years of his life hiding behind enemy lines. In Inside Daisy Clover, which won him a Golden Globe for best new star, he played a bisexual movie star who marries starlet Natalie Wood, rejoined her along with Charles Bronson for Sydney Pollack's This Property Is Condemned —again, as her lover, though this time in a film which achieved greater success; the same year saw h
Paul Thomas Anderson
Paul Thomas Anderson referred to as P. T. Anderson or PTA, is an American filmmaker, his films have been nominated for 25 Academy Awards, winning three for cast and crew. An alumnus of the Sundance Institute, Anderson directed his first feature film, Hard Eight, in 1996, he achieved critical and commercial success with Boogie Nights, set during the Golden Age of Porn. His 2007 film There Will Be Blood, about an oil prospector during the Southern California oil boom, is cited as one of the best films of the 2000s. Anderson's other notable films include Magnolia, Punch-Drunk Love, The Master, Inherent Vice, Phantom Thread. Anderson was born on June 26, 1970, in Studio City, Los Angeles, to Edwina and Ernie Anderson. Ernie was an actor, the voice of ABC and a Cleveland television late-night horror movie host known as "Ghoulardi". Anderson grew up in the San Fernando Valley, he is third youngest of nine children, had a troubled relationship with his mother but was close with his father, who encouraged him to become a writer or director.
Anderson attended a number of schools, including Buckley in Sherman Oaks, John Thomas Dye School, Campbell Hall School, Cushing Academy, Montclair Prep. Anderson was involved in filmmaking from a young age and never had an alternative plan to directing films, he made his first film when he was eight years old and started making movies on a Betamax video camera that his dad bought in 1982 when he was 12 years old. He started using 8 mm film but realized that video was easier, he began writing in adolescence, at 17 years old he began experimenting with a Bolex sixteen millimeter camera. After years of experimenting with "standard fare", he wrote and filmed his first real production as a senior in high school at Montclair Prep using money he earned cleaning cages at a pet store; the film was a 30-minute mockumentary shot on video called The Dirk Diggler Story, about a pornography star. Anderson attended Santa Monica College before enrolling and spending two semesters as an English major at Emerson College where he was taught by David Foster Wallace, only two days at New York University before he began his career as a production assistant on television films, music videos and game shows in Los Angeles and New York City.
Feeling that the material shown to him at film school turned the experience into "homework or a chore", Anderson decided to make a 20-minute film that would be his "college". For $20,000, made up of gambling winnings, his girlfriend's credit card, money his father set aside for him for college, Anderson made Cigarettes & Coffee, a short film connecting multiple story lines with a twenty-dollar bill; the film was screened at the 1993 Sundance Festival Shorts Program. He decided to expand the film into a feature-length film and was subsequently invited to the 1994 Sundance Feature Film Program. At the Sundance Feature Film Program, Michael Caton-Jones served as Anderson's mentor. While at the Sundance Feature Film Program, Anderson had a deal with Rysher Entertainment to direct his first full-length feature, retitled Hard Eight. Upon completion of the film, Rysher re-edited it. Anderson, who still had the workprint of his original cut, submitted the film to the 1996 Cannes Film Festival, where it was accepted and screened in the Un Certain Regard section.
Anderson managed to get his version released but only after he retitled the film, raised the $200,000 necessary to finish it. Reilly contributed the funding; the version, released was Anderson's and the acclaim from the film launched his career. The story concerns Sydney Brown, an experienced gambler who takes John Finnegan under his wing, while John becomes romantically involved with a troubled waitress; the film featured Philip Seymour Hoffman as an arrogant gambler, beginning a five-film collaboration between the pair. In his review of the film, Chicago Sun-Times critic Roger Ebert wrote, "Movies like Hard Eight remind me of what original, compelling characters the movies can sometimes give us."Anderson began working on the script for his next feature film during his troubles with Hard Eight, completing the script in 1995. The result was Anderson's breakout for the drama film Boogie Nights, based on his short film The Dirk Diggler Story and is set in the Golden Age of Porn; the film follows a nightclub dishwasher who becomes a popular pornographic actor under his stage name Dirk Diggler.
The script was noticed by New Line Cinema's president, Michael De Luca, who felt "totally gaga" reading it. It was released on October 10, 1997 and was a critical and commercial success; the film revived the career of Burt Reynolds, provided breakout roles for Wahlberg and Julianne Moore. After the film's production, Reynolds refused to star in Anderson's third film Magnolia. At the 70th Academy Awards, the film was nominated for three Academy Awards, including for Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Screenplay. After the success of Boogie Nights, New Line told Anderson that he could do whatever he wanted for his next film and granted him creative control. Though Anderson wanted to make a film, "intimate and small-scale", the script "kept blossoming"; the resulting film was the ensemble piece Magnolia, which tells the sto
Deadwood (TV series)
Deadwood is an American Western television series that aired on the premium cable network HBO from March 21, 2004, to August 27, 2006, spanning three seasons and 36 episodes. The series is set in the 1870s in Deadwood, South Dakota and after the area's annexation by the Dakota Territory, charts Deadwood's growth from camp to town; the show was created and written by David Milch. Deadwood features a large ensemble cast headed by Timothy Olyphant and Ian McShane, playing the real-life Deadwood residents Seth Bullock and Al Swearengen, respectively. Many other historical figures appear as characters, including George Crook, Wyatt Earp, E. B. Farnum, George Hearst, Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, Jack McCall, Charlie Utter; the plot lines involving these characters include historical truths as well as substantial fictional elements. Milch used actual diaries and newspapers from 1870s Deadwood residents as reference points for characters and the look and feel of the show. Deadwood received wide critical acclaim for Milch's writing and McShane's performance, is now regarded as one of the greatest TV dramas of all time.
It won eight Emmy Awards and one Golden Globe. TV Guide ranked it #8 on their 2013 list of 60 shows that were "Cancelled Too Soon"; the show was produced by Red Board Productions and Roscoe Productions in association with HBO and Paramount Network Television. There were initial plans to conclude the series with two TV films, but those plans never came to fruition. After several years of discussion and pre-production, Deadwood: The Movie began filming in October 2018; the film is set ten years after the end of season 3 and is scheduled to premiere on HBO on May 31, 2019. The first book that the show's creator, David Milch, purchased as research for the series was Deadwood: The Golden Years by Watson Parker, a historian who specialized in the history of the Black Hills. Milch and his colleagues bought many of Parker's books and papers as references for Deadwood. Milch has pointed out in interviews that the intent of the show was to study the way that civilization comes together from chaos by organizing itself around symbols.
He intended to study this within Roman civilization, but HBO's Rome series was in development and Milch was asked by the network if he could stage the story in another place. Although the series touches on a variety of issues including race, misogyny, violence and immigration, most of the major story lines are grounded in this issue of bringing order from chaos; the first season takes place in 1876, six months after the founding of the camp, soon after Custer's Last Stand. Seth Bullock leaves his job as a marshal in Montana to establish a hardware business in the gold-mining camp of Deadwood, along with his friend and business partner, Sol Star. Wild Bill Hickok, the infamous gunslinger of the west, is on a separate journey to Deadwood, accompanied by Charlie Utter and Calamity Jane. Al Swearengen is the owner of a local saloon and brothel. Other notable residents include Dr. Amos Cochran. Farnum, proprietor of The Grand Central Hotel. Bullock encounters a man of an unknown name, who claims that Indians had killed an immigrant family along the road, he and Hickok along with others ride out to investigate.
Swearengen at his saloon offers bounties for Indian scalps, in apparent revenge for the murders, discounts on booze and women. Bullock and Hickok investigate and find the wagon turned over and all but one of the immigrant family killed. Before sunrise they confront the unknown man and point to holes in his story, saying the raid appeared to be a setup by whites; when he draws his weapon both men draw in defense, Hickok's bullet kills him. Swearengen wakes to hear of these new events as told by E. B. Farnum, is unhappy hearing that one of the immigrant party survived, suspecting that his road agents may have been responsible for the raid. Brom Garret, a wealthy businessman from New York City, lives at The Grand Central Hotel with his wife, who nurses a secret laudanum habit. Aware that Garret is interested in prospecting and Farnum deceive him into purchasing a gold claim in a confidence game. Newly arrived Cy Tolliver and his entourage purchase an abandoned hotel across from The Gem and begin renovations open the Bella Union Saloon, a luxurious gambling house and brothel.
Brom Garret soon learns that his gold claim demands Swearengen reimburse his money. Swearengen orders Dan Dority to kill Garret and "make it look like an accident." Dority throws Garret off a cliff, only to discover that the claim is a rich one after all. Newly widowed Alma Garret asks Wild Bill Hickok for guidance regarding the gold claim and Swearengen's renewed interest. Hickok asks Bullock to advise Garret. Bullock suggests that Garret hire a trustworthy and experienced prospector. Alma Garret takes custody of young Sofia Metz, whose family was murdered on the way back to Minnesota. During a poker game, Wild Bill Hickok is murdered by Jack McCall in Tom Nuttall's #10 Saloon; when McCall is put on trial, Swearengen leans on the acting magistrate, suggesting that McCall must be acquitted to avoid scrutiny from Washington, D. C; the judge cuts the trial short and the jury acquits McCall, who leaves town after the verdict. Bullock pursues McCall, determined to bring him to justice. Bullock and Charlie Utter find McCall hiding at a boarding house and take him to Yankton for trial.
Smallpox spreads in Deadwood, creating an urgent need for vacc
Redbelt is a 2008 American martial arts film written and directed by David Mamet and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tim Allen, Alice Braga, Randy Couture, Ricky Jay, Joe Mantegna, Emily Mortimer, David Paymer, Rebecca Pidgeon, Rodrigo Santoro. The film features a number of martial-arts professionals, it opened in wide release in the United States and Canada on May 9, 2008. While closing his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu studio one evening, martial arts teacher Mike Terry is approached by attorney Laura Black, seeking the owner of the vehicle she accidentally sideswiped. Off-duty police officer Joe Collins, receiving a private lesson from Mike, sees that Laura is distressed and tries to take her coat. Startled, Laura grabs Joe's gun and it goes off, shattering the studio's front window. To avoid having Laura charged with attempted murder and Joe agree to conceal the event. Mike's insurance, will not cover his act of God claim that the window was broken by a strong wind. Mike's wife Sondra, whose fashion business profits are the only thing keeping the struggling studio afloat, requests that Mike ask for a loan from her brother Ricardo, a mixed martial arts champion.
At Ricardo's nightclub, Mike meets with Sondra's other brother and learns that Joe quit as the club's bouncer because Bruno never paid him. Mike is rebuffed. Mike declines Bruno's offer to fight on the undercard of an upcoming match between Ricardo and Japanese legend Morisaki, which could pay out $50,000. Mike believes competitions with money as the incentive weaken the fighter. Meanwhile, aging Hollywood action star Chet Frank enters the nightclub without security and is accosted by a man with a broken bottle. Mike subdues three men in the process; the following day, Mike receives an invitation to dinner from Chet. Mike gives the watch to Joe to pawn in lieu of his unpaid salary at the nightclub. At the dinner party, Chet's wife Zena arranges an informal business deal to buy a large number of dresses from Sondra's company. Chet, impressed by Mike, invites him to the set of his current film; as Mike and Sondra leave the dinner, Mike explains his unique training method to Chet's business associate Jerry Weiss.
Before a sparring match, each fighter must draw one of three marbles, two white and one black. Mike uses his military experience to answer a few technical questions for Chet on the film set and is offered the role of co-producer; that evening, Mike faxes the details of his training methods to Jerry so they can be used in the film. Joe arrives at the studio and informs Mike that he was suspended from duty for pawning the watch, which turned out to be stolen. During their dinner that evening, Mike relays the information to Jerry who excuses himself to handle the matter, but never returns. At home, Mike learns. Sondra is panicky; as he meets with the loan shark to discuss an extension, Mike notices Bruno and Marty Brown on television using Mike's marble-drawing method as a promotional gimmick for the undercard fights of Ricardo's match. Mike hires Laura to sue, but Marty's lawyer threatens that if they do not drop the lawsuit, he will give the police an empty shell casing with Laura's fingerprints, as proof that she attempted to kill an off-duty cop.
He threatens Mike as a witness who covered up the crime by bribing the cop with a stolen watch. When told of the situation, Joe kills himself. Mike feels obligated to help Joe's financially struggling wife and, in desperate need of money himself, decides to compete as an undercard fighter in the upcoming competition. At the arena, Mike discovers the fights are being fixed via a magician using sleight of hand to surreptitiously switch the white and black marbles. Disgusted by this revelation, Mike confronts the conspirators: Marty and Bruno who confirm that unknown to the competitors, the fights are handicapped by the fight promoters so as to ensure winning bets, they reveal that Ricardo is intentionally losing the fight to Morisaki so they can make money on the rematch. Jerry tells Mike that Sondra is the one who told them about Laura shooting the window and Bruno justifies her betrayal by explaining that his sister is too smart to stay with someone who cannot provide for her; as Mike is exiting the arena, he meets Laura.
Their conversation is not audible. Mike re-enters the arena, he incapacitates several security guards trying to stop him and is engaged by Ricardo. The audience and camera crews take notice as Ricardo face off in the arena's corridors. Inspired by the Professor, an elderly martial arts master attending the match, Mike manages to slip a difficult choke hold and defeats Ricardo, making it onto the ring to speak to the Professor personally, he is approached by Morisaki, who offers Mike his ivory-studded belt referred to as a Japanese national treasure, as a sign of respect. He is approached by the Professor himself, who proceeds to award the coveted red belt to an incredulous Mike, embraces him, acknowledging his dedication to the art. Chiwetel Ejiofor as Mike Terry Tim Allen as Chet Frank Alice Braga as Sondra Terry Rodrigo Santoro as Bruno Silva Jose Pablo Cantillo as Snowflake Randy Couture as Dylan Flynn Caroline de Souza Correa as Monica Mike Goldberg as Sports Announcer #2 Damon Herriman as