Robert Evans

Robert Evans was an American film producer and studio executive, best known for his work on Rosemary's Baby, Love Story, The Godfather, Chinatown. Evans began his career in a successful business venture with his brother. In 1956, while on a business trip, he was by chance spotted by actress Norma Shearer, who thought he would be right to play the role of her late husband Irving Thalberg in Man of a Thousand Faces, thus he began a brief film acting career. In 1962, Evans decided to go into film producing instead, using his accumulated wealth from the clothing business, began a meteoric rise in the industry. While there, he improved the ailing Paramount's fortunes through a string of commercially and critically acclaimed films. In 1974, he stepped down. In 1980, Evans' career, life, took a downturn after he pleaded guilty to cocaine trafficking. In 1993, he began to produce films on a more regular basis, with a mixed track record that included both flops and hits. Evans was born in New York City, New York, the son of Florence, a housewife who came from a wealthy family, Archie Shapera, a dentist in Harlem.

He described both of his parents as "second-generation Jews." He grew up on New York City's Upper West Side during the 1930s, where he was better off than most people living during the Great Depression. In his early years, he did promotional work for Evan-Picone, a fashion company founded by his brother Charles. After high school, did a variety of voice work on radio. With a clear, deep voice as a teenager and a knack for foreign accents, by his estimation he performed in more than 300 radio shows before he turned 18; this included a leading role on The Aldrich Family situation comedy. He was spotted by actress Norma Shearer next to the pool at The Beverly Hills Hotel on November 6, 1956, she touted him for the role of her late husband Irving Thalberg in Man of a Thousand Faces. The same year, Evans caught the eye of Darryl F. Zanuck, who cast him as Pedro Romero in the 1957 film adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, against the wishes of co-star Ava Gardner and Hemingway himself.

In 1959, he appeared in Twentieth Century Fox's production of The Best of Everything with Hope Lange, Diane Baker and Joan Crawford. Dissatisfied with his own acting talent, he was determined to become a producer, he got his start by purchasing the rights to a 1966 novel titled The Detective which Evans made into a movie starring Frank Sinatra, Lee Remick, Jack Klugman, Robert Duvall and Jacqueline Bisset, in 1968. Peter Bart, a writer for The New York Times, wrote an article about Evans' aggressive production style; this got Evans noticed by Charles Bluhdorn, head of the Gulf+Western conglomerate, hired Evans as production vice-president in 1966 as part of a shakeup at Paramount Pictures. When Evans took over as head of production for Paramount, the floundering studio was the ninth largest. Despite his inexperience, Evans was able to turn the studio around, he made Paramount the most successful studio in Hollywood and transformed it into a profitable enterprise for Gulf+Western. During his tenure at Paramount, the studio turned out films such as Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Couple, Rosemary's Baby, The Italian Job, True Grit, Love Story and Maude, The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Serpico, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Save the Tiger, The Conversation, The Great Gatsby, many others.

Dissatisfied with his financial compensation and desiring to produce films under his own banner, Evans struck a deal with Paramount in 1972 that enabled him to stay on as executive vice president of worldwide production while working as an independent producer on five films. Other producers at Paramount felt. After the huge critical and commercial success of the Evans-produced Chinatown, he stepped down as production chief, which enabled him to produce films on his own. From 1976 to 1980, working as an independent producer, he continued his streak of successful films with Marathon Man, Black Sunday and Urban Cowboy. After 1980, his film output became less critically acclaimed, he produced only two films over the next twelve years: The Two Jakes. From 1993 to 2003 he produced the films Sliver, The Phantom, The Saint, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. Evans produced and provided the voice for his eponymous character in the 2003 animated series Kid Notorious. In 2004 Evans hosted, In Bed with Robert Evans.

In 2009, Evans was in talks to produce a film about auto executive John DeLorean, as well as an HBO miniseries titled The Devil and Sidney Korshak. Neither project came to fruition. Paramount in July 2019 did not re-up its contract with Robert Evans Productions, in place since 1974 after Evans stepped down from running the studio. Evans had a staff of three and been working from his Woodland estate in Beverly Hills because of poor health. Evans was introduced to theatrical impresario Roy Radin, a producer of traveling musical and comedy revues, by cocaine dealer Karen Greenberger. Radin was trying to break into the film industry with a movie about the legendary New York nightclub, the Cotton Club. Radin's financial situation was quite challenged due t


PAVED Arts is a new media art Artist run centre located in Saskatoon, Canada that focuses on what it calls the'PAVED Arts' arts: photography, video and digital. PAVED operates an access centre for media production and post-production and an exhibition space for works falling within their mandate. PAVED Arts was created March 31, 2003, as an amalgamation of The Photographers Gallery and Video Vérité. In June 2005 it was determined that the centre needed a new space, along with the Saskatoon Artist-run centre AKA Gallery, PAVED moved into 424 20th Street West. PAVED is a member of the Independent Media Arts Alliance. PAVED's importance to the city of Saskatoon and the Canadian Arts community is underlined by Former Saskatchewan Labour Minister David Forbes statement in 2007 that "It is important that artists are able to pursue viable careers in Saskatchewan... the 20 Above Arts Centre will provide increased access to creative and professional opportunities for young artistic talent to stay in the province."

PAVED sees itself as a way of “democratizing art and increasing access to the ability to make art”. Other important contributions to Canadian art include the hosting of an online database and digital archive called Upstream Saskatchewan containing hundreds of photographic and video works, the commissioning of Coincidence Engines by Montreal-based artists' collective. PAVED Arts is the only artist-run new media access point in Saskatoon. Within the city PAVED has outreach programs facilitating, among other things, inner-city youth in recording their own hip-hop tracks. Located in the Riversdale neighborhood of Saskatoon, PAVED uses art as a way to create dialogue with other residents. Another, more recent commission was a series of politically relevant advertisement-like billboards drawing attention to NIMBY situations citywide. PAVED is important as a site of dialogue regarding the voice of Canadian First Nations people, with shows like 21 and screenings of Ali Kazimi's Shooting Indians, discussion of the predicament of First Nations people in Canada and the historical roots of it.

In these ways, PAVED has assisted young First Nations people in Saskatoon to express the reality of their lives through art. Official website PAVED Arts at ArtFacts. Net Dorkbot Saskatoon Upstream Database


Podarcis is a genus of lizards in the family Lacertidae. Its members look similar to lizards of the genus Lacerta, to which they were considered to belong until the 1970s. While similar externally and ecologically, Podarcis form a distinct group differing from Lacerta by the construction of the skull and the hemipenis, by the processes of the caudal vertebrae, they are known as wall lizards. They are native to Europe and northern Africa, most species are restricted to the Mediterranean region; the Italian wall lizard and the common wall lizard have been introduced to North America. The genus Podarcis contains the following 23 species. A few of the many recognized subspecies are listed here. Bocage's wall lizard, Podarcis bocagei Carbonell's wall lizard, Podarcis carbonelli Pérez Mellado, 1981 Cretan wall lizard, Podarcis cretensis Erhard's wall lizard, Podarcis erhardii Maltese wall lizard, Podarcis filfolensis Skyros wall lizard, Podarcis gaigeae Podarcis guadarramae Iberian wall lizard, Podarcis hispanicus Podarcis levendis Lymberakis, Kaliontzopoulou, Valakos & Mylonas, 2008 Lilford's wall lizard, Podarcis lilfordi Ratas Island lizard, Podarcis lilfordi rodriquezi, extinct, 1950 Catalan wall lizard, Podarcis liolepis Dalmatian wall lizard, Podarcis melisellensis Milos wall lizard, Podarcis milensis Common or European wall lizard, Podarcis muralis Peloponnese wall lizard, Podarcis peloponnesiacus Ibiza wall lizard, Podarcis pityusensis Aeolian wall lizard, Podarcis raffonei Italian wall lizard, Podarcis siculus Santo Stefano lizard, Podarcis siculus sanctistephani, extinct, 1965 Balkan wall lizard, Podarcis tauricus Tyrrhenian wall lizard, Podarcis tiliguerta Andalusian wall lizard, Podarcis vaucheri Podarcis virescens Geniez, Sá-Sousa, Cluchier & Crochet, 2014 Sicilian wall lizard, Podarcis waglerianus Nota bene: A binomial authority or trinomial authority in parentheses indicates that the species or subspecies was described in a genus other than Podarcis.

Wagler J. Natürliches System der AMPHIBIEN, mit vorangehender Classification der SÄUGTHIERE und VÖGEL. Ein Beitrag zur vergleichenden Zoologie. Munich, Stuttgart and Tübingen: J. G. Cotta. Vi + 354 pp. + one plate