Matthew Hoffman Weiner is an American writer, director and author, best known as the creator of the television series Mad Men and The Romanoffs. He is noted for his work as a writer and executive producer on The Sopranos and for his work as a writer on Becker, he wrote and produced the comedy-drama film Are You Here in 2013, marking his filmmaking debut. He published his first novel Heather, the Totality in 2017. Weiner has won nine Primetime Emmy Awards, two for The Sopranos and seven for Mad Men, as well as three Golden Globe Awards for Mad Men. Mad Men won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series for four consecutive years. In 2011, Weiner was included in Time's annual Time 100 as one of the "Most Influential People in the World". In November 2011, The Atlantic named him one of 21 "Brave Thinkers." Weiner was born in 1965 to a Jewish family. He attended The Park School of Baltimore and grew up in Los Angeles where he attended Harvard School for Boys, his father was a medical researcher and chair of the neurology department at University of Southern California.
His mother graduated from law school but never practiced. He enrolled in the College of Letters at Wesleyan University, studying literature and history and earned an MFA from the University of Southern California School of Cinema and Television. Weiner described the start of his career as a "dark time. Show business looked so impenetrable that I stopped writing." During this time, his wife financially supported them with her work as an architect. He began his screenwriting career writing for the short-lived Fox sitcom Party Girl, he was Andy Richter Controls the Universe. Weiner wrote the pilot of Mad Men in 1999 as a spec script while working as a writer on Becker; the Sopranos creator and executive producer David Chase offered Weiner a job as a writer for the series after being impressed by the script. Weiner served as a supervising producer for the fifth season of The Sopranos, a co-executive producer for the first part of the sixth season, an executive producer for the second part of the sixth season.
He has sole or joint credit for 12 episodes overall, including the Primetime Emmy Award-nominated episodes "Unidentified Black Males" and "Kennedy and Heidi". He received two Primetime Emmy Awards as a producer of The Sopranos — one for the show's fifth season in 2004 and one for the second part of the show's sixth season in 2007. In addition to writing and producing, he acted in two episodes, "Two Tonys" and "Stage 5" as fictional mafia expert Manny Safier, author of The Wise Guide to Wise Guys, on TV news broadcasts within the show. Weiner spent the hiatus between the two seasons teaching at his alma mater, the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television, where he taught an undergraduate screenwriting class on Feature Rewriting during the Fall 2004 semester. During his time on The Sopranos Weiner began looking for a network to produce Mad Men. HBO, Showtime and FX passed on the project. HBO offered to produce the series if Chase would be on board as a writer or producer, but Chase instead chose to focus on developing feature films.
Weiner pitched the series to AMC, which had never produced an original dramatic television series. They picked up the show. Mad Men premiered on July 2007, six weeks after The Sopranos concluded. Weiner served as showrunner, an executive producer, head writer of Mad Men throughout its seven seasons; as the showrunner he has had a major role in the writing and directing of each episode approving actors, costumes and props. He is credited with writing or co-writing seven episodes of the first season, eleven episodes of the second, twelve episodes of the third, ten of the fourth, nine of the fifth, ten of the sixth, twelve of the seventh, he has directed all seven season finales, along with the season seven midseason finale and the penultimate episode of the series. Mad Men has received considerable critical acclaim and has won four Golden Globe Awards and fifteen Primetime Emmy Awards, it is the first basic cable series to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series, winning the award in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011.
Weiner won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for the pilot episode, "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes", in 2008, as well as being nominated for "The Wheel". He won Primetime Emmys for the same category in 2009, for "Meditations in an Emergency", in 2010, for "Shut the Door. Have a Seat.". In 2009, he was nominated for "A Night to Remember", "Six Month Leave", "The Jet Set". In 2011, he was nominated for "The Suitcase". In 2012, he was nominated both with Semi Chellas. Most in 2015, he was nominated for "Lost Horizon" with Chellas and "Person to Person." Weiner and his writing staff won a Writers Guild of America Award for Best New Series and were nominated for the award Best Dramatic Series at the February 2008 ceremony for their work on the first season. They were nominated for the WGA award for Best Dramatic Series a second time at the February 2009 ceremony for their work on the second season. Weiner and the writing staff won the WGA Award for Best Drama S
University of California, Los Angeles
The University of California, Los Angeles is a public research university in Los Angeles. It became the Southern Branch of the University of California in 1919, making it the third-oldest undergraduate campus of the 10-campus University of California system, it offers 337 graduate degree programs in a wide range of disciplines. UCLA enrolls about 31,000 undergraduate and 13,000 graduate students and had 119,000 applicants for Fall 2016, including transfer applicants, making the school the most applied-to of any American university; the university is organized into six undergraduate colleges, seven professional schools, four professional health science schools. The undergraduate colleges are the College of Science; as of 2017, 24 Nobel laureates, three Fields Medalists, five Turing Award winners, two Chief Scientists of the U. S. Air Force have been affiliated with UCLA as researchers, or alumni. Among the current faculty members, 55 have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, 28 to the National Academy of Engineering, 39 to the Institute of Medicine, 124 to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
The university was elected to the Association of American Universities in 1974. UCLA is considered one of the country's Public Ivies, meaning that it is a public university thought to provide a quality of education comparable with that of the Ivy League. In 2018, US News & World Report named UCLA the best public university in the United States. UCLA student-athletes compete as the Bruins in the Pac-12 Conference; the Bruins have won 126 national championships, including 116 NCAA team championships, more than any other university except Stanford, who has won 117. UCLA student-athletes and staff won 251 Olympic medals: 126 gold, 65 silver, 60 bronze. UCLA student-athletes competed in every Olympics since 1920 with one exception and won a gold medal in every Olympics the U. S. participated in since 1932. In March 1881, the California State Legislature authorized the creation of a southern branch of the California State Normal School in downtown Los Angeles to train teachers for the growing population of Southern California.
The Los Angeles branch of the California State Normal School opened on August 29, 1882, on what is now the site of the Central Library of the Los Angeles Public Library system. The facility included an elementary school where teachers-in-training could practice their technique with children; that elementary school is related to the present day UCLA Lab School. In 1887, the branch campus became independent and changed its name to Los Angeles State Normal School. In 1914, the school moved to a new campus on Vermont Avenue in East Hollywood. In 1917, UC Regent Edward Augustus Dickson, the only regent representing the Southland at the time, Ernest Carroll Moore, Director of the Normal School, began to lobby the State Legislature to enable the school to become the second University of California campus, after UC Berkeley, they met resistance from UC Berkeley alumni, Northern California members of the state legislature, Benjamin Ide Wheeler, President of the University of California from 1899 to 1919, who were all vigorously opposed to the idea of a southern campus.
However, David Prescott Barrows, the new President of the University of California, did not share Wheeler's objections. On May 23, 1919, the Southern Californians' efforts were rewarded when Governor William D. Stephens signed Assembly Bill 626 into law, which transformed the Los Angeles Normal School into the Southern Branch of the University of California; the same legislation added the College of Letters and Science. The Southern Branch campus opened on September 15 of that year, offering two-year undergraduate programs to 250 Letters and Science students and 1,250 students in the Teachers College, under Moore's continued direction. Under University of California President William Wallace Campbell, enrollment at the Southern Branch expanded so that by the mid-1920s the institution was outgrowing the 25 acre Vermont Avenue location; the Regents searched for a new location and announced their selection of the so-called "Beverly Site"—just west of Beverly Hills—on March 21, 1925 edging out the panoramic hills of the still-empty Palos Verdes Peninsula.
After the athletic teams entered the Pacific Coast conference in 1926, the Southern Branch student council adopted the nickname "Bruins", a name offered by the student council at UC Berkeley. In 1927, the Regents renamed the Southern Branch the University of California at Los Angeles. In the same year, the state broke ground in Westwood on land sold for $1 million, less than one-third its value, by real estate developers Edwin and Harold Janss, for whom the Janss Steps are named; the campus in Westwood opened to students in 1929. The original four buildings were the College Library, Royce Hall, the Physics-Biology Building, the Chemistry Building, arrayed around a quadrangular courtyard on the 400 acre campus; the first undergraduate classes on the new campus were held in 1929 with 5,500 students. After lobbying by alumni, faculty and community leaders, UCLA was permitted to award the master's degree in 1933, the doctorate in 1936, against continued resistance from UC Berkeley. A timeline of the history can be found on its website, as well
Under the Boardwalk (film)
Under the Boardwalk is a 1989 American teen romance/drama film directed by Fritz Kiersch and starring Keith Coogan and Danielle von Zerneck. It is the final weekend of summer and a group of Californian teenagers are looking forward to an upcoming surf contest. Rival gangs the'Vals' and the'Lowks' are confident that they will take home the trophy, but things become complicated when Reef Yorpin - leader of the Lawks - discovers his sister Allie has fallen in love with'Val' surfer Nick after meeting at a beach party. List of American films of 1989 Under the Boardwalk on IMDb Under the Boardwalk at Rotten Tomatoes
Red Corner is a 1997 American mystery thriller film directed by Jon Avnet, starring Richard Gere, Bai Ling and Bradley Whitford. Written by Robert King, the film is about an American businessman who ends up wrongfully on trial for murder, his only hope of exoneration and freedom is a female defense lawyer from the country. The film received the 1997 National Board of Review Freedom of Expression Award and the NBR Award for Breakthrough Female Performance. Ling won the San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress. Wealthy American businessman Jack Moore is on a trip to China attempting to put together a satellite communications deal as part of a joint venture with the Chinese government. Before the deal can be finalized, Moore is framed for the murder of a powerful Chinese general's daughter, the satellite contract is instead awarded to Moore's competitor, Gerhardt Hoffman. Moore's court-appointed lawyer, Shen Yuelin does not believe his claims of innocence, but the pair unearth evidence that not only vindicates Moore, but implicates powerful figures within the Chinese central government administration, exposing undeniable conspiracy and corruption.
Shen manages to convince several high-ranking Chinese officials to release evidence that proves Moore's innocence. Moore is released from prison while the conspirators responsible for framing him are arrested. At the airport, Moore asks Shen to leave China with him, but she decides to stay, as the case has opened her eyes to the injustices rife throughout China, she does admit, that meeting Moore has changed her life, she now considers him a part of her family. They both share a heartfelt hug on the airport runway. Red Corner was shot in Los Angeles using elaborate sets and CGI rendering of 3,500 still shots and two minutes of footage from China. In order to establish the film's verisimilitude, several Beijing actors were brought to the United States on visas for filming; the judicial and penitentiary scenes were recreated from descriptions given by attorneys and judges practicing in China and the video segment showing the execution of Chinese prisoners was an actual execution. The individuals providing the video and the descriptions to Avnet and his staff took a significant risk by providing it.
Upon its theatrical release in the United States, Red Corner received negative reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes the film received a 30% positive rating from top film critics based on 23 reviews, a 49% positive audience rating based on 7,795 reviews. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times described Red Corner as "a contrived and cumbersome thriller designed to showcase Richard Gere's unhappiness with Red China, which it does with such thoroughness that story and characters are enveloped in the gloom; the Chinese do this better to themselves. Unlike such Chinese-made films as The Blue Kite, To Live which criticize China with an insider's knowledge and detail, "Red Corner" plays like a xenophobic travelogue crossed with Perry Mason."Cynthia Langston of Film Journal International responded to the film, "So unrealistic, so contrived and so blatantly'Hollywood' that Gere can't imagine he's opening any eyes to the problem, or any doors to its solution, for that matter."In his review in the Los Angeles Times, Kenneth Turan called Red Corner a "sluggish and uninteresting melodrama, further hampered by the delusion that it is saying something significant.
But its one-man-against-the-system story is hackneyed and the points it thinks it's making about the state of justice in China are hampered by an attitude that verges on the xenophobic."Salon film critic Andrew O'Hehir noted that the movie's subtext "swallows its story, until all, left is Gere's superior virtue, intermixed with his superior virility—both of which are appreciated by the evidently underserviced Chinese female population." O'Hehir noted that the film reinforces the infamous Western stereotypes of Asian female sexuality as well as the hoariest stereotyping. Total Film gave a 3/5 star rating, stating that Red Corner was "A semi-powerful thriller let down by pedestrian direction and a lacklustre Richard Gere. So, newcomer Bai Ling and an unblinking stare at the Draconian Chinese legal system prevent Red Corner from being an open-and-shut case" and describes some scenes depicting the harsh treatment of the Chinese legal system as "thought provoking" yet describes the rest as only "mildly entertaining".
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CBS is an American English language commercial broadcast television and radio network, a flagship property of CBS Corporation. The company is headquartered at the CBS Building in New York City with major production facilities and operations in New York City and Los Angeles. CBS is sometimes referred to as the Eye Network, in reference to the company's iconic symbol, in use since 1951, it has been called the "Tiffany Network", alluding to the perceived high quality of CBS programming during the tenure of William S. Paley, it can refer to some of CBS's first demonstrations of color television, which were held in a former Tiffany & Co. building in New York City in 1950. The network has its origins in United Independent Broadcasters Inc. a collection of 16 radio stations, purchased by Paley in 1928 and renamed the Columbia Broadcasting System. Under Paley's guidance, CBS would first become one of the largest radio networks in the United States, one of the Big Three American broadcast television networks.
In 1974, CBS dropped its former full name and became known as CBS, Inc. The Westinghouse Electric Corporation acquired the network in 1995, renamed its corporate entity to the current CBS Broadcasting, Inc. in 1997, adopted the name of the company it had acquired to become CBS Corporation. In 2000, CBS came under the control of Viacom, formed as a spin-off of CBS in 1971. In late 2005, Viacom split itself into two separate companies and re-established CBS Corporation – through the spin-off of its broadcast television and select cable television and non-broadcasting assets – with the CBS television network at its core. CBS Corporation is controlled by Sumner Redstone through National Amusements, which controls the current Viacom. CBS operated the CBS Radio network until 2017, when it merged its radio division with Entercom. Prior to CBS Radio provided news and features content for its portfolio owned-and-operated radio stations in large and mid-sized markets, affiliated radio stations in various other markets.
While CBS Corporation owns a 72% stake in Entercom, it no longer owns or operates any radio stations directly, though CBS still provides radio news broadcasts to its radio affiliates and the new owners of its former radio stations. The television network has more than 240 owned-and-operated and affiliated television stations throughout the United States; the company ranked 197th on the 2018 Fortune 500 of the largest United States corporations by revenue. The origins of CBS date back to January 27, 1927, with the creation of the "United Independent Broadcasters" network in Chicago by New York City talent-agent Arthur Judson; the fledgling network soon needed additional investors though, the Columbia Phonograph Company, manufacturers of Columbia Records, rescued it in April 1927. Columbia Phonographic went on the air on September 18, 1927, with a presentation by the Howard L. Barlow Orchestra from flagship station WOR in Newark, New Jersey, fifteen affiliates. Operational costs were steep the payments to AT&T for use of its land lines, by the end of 1927, Columbia Phonograph wanted out.
In early 1928 Judson sold the network to brothers Isaac and Leon Levy, owners of the network's Philadelphia affiliate WCAU, their partner Jerome Louchheim. None of the three were interested in assuming day-to-day management of the network, so they installed wealthy 26-year-old William S. Paley, son of a Philadelphia cigar family and in-law of the Levys, as president. With the record company out of the picture, Paley streamlined the corporate name to "Columbia Broadcasting System", he believed in the power of radio advertising since his family's "La Palina" cigars had doubled their sales after young William convinced his elders to advertise on radio. By September 1928, Paley bought out the Louchhheim share of CBS and became its majority owner with 51% of the business. During Louchheim's brief regime, Columbia paid $410,000 to A. H. Grebe's Atlantic Broadcasting Company for a small Brooklyn station, WABC, which would become the network's flagship station. WABC was upgraded, the signal relocated to 860 kHz.
The physical plant was relocated – to Steinway Hall on West 57th Street in Manhattan, where much of CBS's programming would originate. By the turn of 1929, the network could boast to sponsors of having 47 affiliates. Paley moved right away to put his network on a firmer financial footing. In the fall of 1928, he entered into talks with Adolph Zukor of Paramount Pictures, who planned to move into radio in response to RCA's forays into motion pictures with the advent of talkies; the deal came to fruition in September 1929: Paramount acquired 49% of CBS in return for a block of its stock worth $3.8 million at the time. The agreement specified that Paramount would buy that same stock back by March 1, 1932 for a flat $5 million, provided CBS had earned $2 million during 1931 and 1932. For a brief time there was talk that the network might be renamed "Paramount Radio", but it only lasted a month – the 1929 stock market crash sent all stock value tumbling, it galvanized Paley and his troops, who "had no alternative but to turn the network around and earn the $2,000,000 in two years....
This is the atmosphere in which the CBS of today was born." The near-bankrupt movie studio sold its CBS shares back to CBS in 1932. In the first year of Paley's wa
Speechless (1994 film)
Speechless is a 1994 American romantic comedy film directed by Ron Underwood. It stars Michael Keaton, Geena Davis, Bonnie Bedelia, Ernie Hudson, Christopher Reeve. Julia Mann and Kevin Vallick are insomniac writers who fall in love, but their romance is thrown for a loop because both are writing speeches for rival candidates in a New Mexico election. Julia is working for Kevin for the Republican candidate. Complicating matters are Kevin's ex-wife, on the Republican's campaign trail, "Mr. Flak Jacket," television war correspondent "Bagdad Bob" Freed, Julia's estranged fiance, who wants her back. Michael Keaton as Kevin Vallick Geena Davis as Julia Mann Bonnie Bedelia as Annette Ernie Hudson as Dan Ventura Christopher Reeve as Bob Freed Charles Martin Smith as Kratz Gailard Sartain as Lee Cutler Ray Baker as Ray Garvin Mitchell Ryan as Lloyd Wannamaker Willie Garson as Dick Harry Shearer as Chuck Steven Wright as Eddie Jodi Carlisle as Doris Wind The film focuses on two speechwriters for different gubernatorial candidates in the state of New Mexico.
The film received negative reviews from critics, with Rotten Tomatoes giving Speechless an 11% rating. Despite this, Geena Davis was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for her performance; the film went on to gross $20.6 million. In Latin America, several countries released the film with the title "No se tú", taking advantage of the 1992 hit by Mexican singer Luis Miguel, included in the soundtrack of the film; the soundtrack included "2 Sides", a track present on James Armstrong's 2000 album, Got It Goin' On. Kauffmann, Stanley. "Speechless.". The New Republic. Stolee, James. "Sleepless or speechless, this is only so-so comedy". Alberta Report / Western Report. United Western Communications Ltd. Speechless on IMDb Speechless at AllMovie Speechless at Box Office Mojo Speechless at Rotten Tomatoes
Uno (Better Call Saul)
"Uno" is the series premiere of the AMC television series Better Call Saul, the spinoff series of Breaking Bad. The series takes place in 2002 six years prior to the title character Saul Goodman meeting Walter White; the episode aired on February 2015 on AMC in the United States. The episode was written by series creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, directed by Gilligan; the episode received favorable reviews from critics, it broke the record for the highest-rated series premiere for a scripted series in U. S. cable history, with 6.9 million viewers the Walking Dead. A black-and-white sequence set after the events of Breaking Bad shows Saul Goodman, now going by the name "Gene", managing a shopping mall Cinnabon in Omaha, Nebraska, he is balding. He suspects that a customer recognizes him. In his apartment that night, Saul has a cocktail and drunkenly watches a VHS tape of his old television advertisements. In May 2002, James Morgan "Jimmy" McGill is a struggling public defender in New Mexico.
He's representing three teenagers and tries to convince a jury that their actions were "boys being boys". In response, the prosecutor plays a video the teenagers made of them breaking into a morgue and having sex with a severed head. Afterwards, Jimmy complains about being paid too little for the defense, he gets a call from a prospective client, to whom he pretends to be his own mild-mannered Irish secretary. On his way out of the parking lot, Jimmy is stopped by Mike Ehrmantraut, the parking lot attendant, who refuses to let him exit without either a payment or a court-supplied parking sticker; that day, Jimmy meets at a diner with the prospective clients and Betsy Kettleman, who are being investigated for the disappearance of county funds. They are hesitant to hire Jimmy, when trying to order them flowers while driving, Jimmy hits a man on a skateboard; the skateboarder's twin brother records the incident on a video camera and threatens to call the police unless Jimmy pays them hush money.
Recognizing their ruse, Jimmy refuses to pay and kicks the "victim". Afterwards, he returns to his "office" - the boiler room of a Vietnamese beauty salon. In the mail, he finds a check for $26,000 from Hamlin Hamlin & McGill, his brother Chuck's law firm, which he proceeds to tear into several pieces. Jimmy confronts the partners, accusing them of trying to cheat Chuck out of his rightful share of the partnership. On his way out of the HHM office he sees the Kettlemans going in, which causes him to become agitated over losing a lucrative client. Jimmy visits Chuck, who has had a mental breakdown and believes he has electromagnetic hypersensitivity, he requires visitors to leave their remote car door-opening keys and cellular phones in his mailbox and ground themselves before entering his house. He works from home by lantern on a manual typewriter. Chuck refuses a buyout and suggests that Jimmy stop using the name "McGill" for his personal firm to avoid public confusion with HHM. Jimmy tracks down the two skateboarders and Lars Lindholm, suggests a partnership, telling them how he got the nickname "Slippin' Jimmy" as a young man by faking "slip and falls" to get easy money.
He arranges for one to be hit by a car driven by Betsy Kettleman, which will enable him to make another pitch to defend the Kettlemans on the embezzlement charge. Instead of stopping to check Cal's status after hitting him, the motorist just drives off. Cal and Lars give chase, they try to get her to follow her into her house. Jimmy arrives moments to try and save them, trying to get in by referring to himself but misleadingly as an "officer of the court", but is pulled into the house at gunpoint by Tuco Salamanca. In July 2012, Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan hinted at a possible spin-off series focusing on Goodman. In April 2013, the series was confirmed to be in development by Gould. In a July 2012 interview, Gilligan said he liked "the idea of a lawyer show in which the main lawyer will do anything it takes to stay out of a court of law" including settling on the courthouse steps; the show is filmed in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where Breaking Bad was filmed. As filming began on June 2, 2014 director Vince Gilligan expressed some concern regarding the possible disappointment from the series' turnout, in terms of audience reception.
On June 19, 2014, AMC announced it had renewed the series for a second season of 13 episodes to premiere in early 2016, with the first season to consist of 10 episodes, that the series premiere had been delayed to early 2015. The first teaser trailer debuted on AMC on August 10, 2014, confirmed its premiere date of February 2015. In her review of the series premiere, Mary McNamara of The Los Angeles Times summarized that "the beauty of Saul was his unflappable nature. Jimmy McGill doesn't know; the episode received positive reviews. Erik Kain of Forbes said of the episode and series: " isn't just a spin-off of a popular TV show. So far, it's a terrific TV show on its own merits, it covers familiar ground, but it still manages to be its own unique snowflake." Hank Stuever of The Washington Post graded it a "B+" and wrote the series "is right in line with the tone and style of the original, now-classic series"