The National Broadcasting Company is an American English-language commercial terrestrial television network, a flagship property of NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast. The network is headquartered at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, with additional major offices near Los Angeles and Philadelphia; the network is one of the Big Three television networks. NBC is sometimes referred to as the "Peacock Network", in reference to its stylized peacock logo, introduced in 1956 to promote the company's innovations in early color broadcasting, it became the network's official emblem in 1979. Founded in 1926 by the Radio Corporation of America, NBC is the oldest major broadcast network in the United States. At that time the parent company of RCA was General Electric. In 1930, GE was forced to sell the companies as a result of antitrust charges. In 1986, control of NBC passed back to General Electric through its $6.4 billion purchase of RCA. Following the acquisition by GE, Bob Wright served as chief executive officer of NBC, remaining in that position until his retirement in 2007, when he was succeeded by Jeff Zucker.
In 2003, French media company Vivendi merged its entertainment assets with GE, forming NBC Universal. Comcast purchased a controlling interest in the company in 2011, acquired General Electric's remaining stake in 2013. Following the Comcast merger, Zucker left NBCUniversal and was replaced as CEO by Comcast executive Steve Burke. NBC has thirteen owned-and-operated stations and nearly 200 affiliates throughout the United States and its territories, some of which are available in Canada and/or Mexico via pay-television providers or in border areas over-the-air. During a period of early broadcast business consolidation, radio manufacturer Radio Corporation of America acquired New York City radio station WEAF from American Telephone & Telegraph. Westinghouse, a shareholder in RCA, had a competing outlet in Newark, New Jersey pioneer station WJZ, which served as the flagship for a loosely structured network; this station was transferred from Westinghouse to RCA in 1923, moved to New York City. WEAF acted as a laboratory for AT&T's manufacturing and supply outlet Western Electric, whose products included transmitters and antennas.
The Bell System, AT&T's telephone utility, was developing technologies to transmit voice- and music-grade audio over short and long distances, using both wireless and wired methods. The 1922 creation of WEAF offered a research-and-development center for those activities. WEAF maintained a regular schedule of radio programs, including some of the first commercially sponsored programs, was an immediate success. In an early example of "chain" or "networking" broadcasting, the station linked with Outlet Company-owned WJAR in Providence, Rhode Island. C. WCAP. New parent RCA saw an advantage in sharing programming, after getting a license for radio station WRC in Washington, D. C. in 1923, attempted to transmit audio between cities via low-quality telegraph lines. AT&T refused outside companies access to its high-quality phone lines; the early effort fared poorly, since the uninsulated telegraph lines were susceptible to atmospheric and other electrical interference. In 1925, AT&T decided that WEAF and its embryonic network were incompatible with the company's primary goal of providing a telephone service.
AT&T offered to sell the station to RCA in a deal that included the right to lease AT&T's phone lines for network transmission. RCA spent $1 million to purchase WEAF and Washington sister station WCAP, shut down the latter station, merged its facilities with surviving station WRC; the division's ownership was split among RCA, its founding corporate parent General Electric and Westinghouse. NBC started broadcasting on November 15, 1926. WEAF and WJZ, the flagships of the two earlier networks, were operated side-by-side for about a year as part of the new NBC. On January 1, 1927, NBC formally divided their respective marketing strategies: the "Red Network" offered commercially sponsored entertainment and music programming. Various histories of NBC suggest the color designations for the two networks came from the color of the pushpins NBC engineers used to designate affiliate stations of WEAF and WJZ, or from the use of double-ended red and blue colored pencils. On April 5, 1927, NBC expanded to the West Coast with the launch of the NBC Orange Network known as the Pacific Coast Network.
This was followed by the debut of the NBC Gold Network known as the Pacific Gold Network, on October 18, 1931. The Orange Network carried Red Network programming, the Gold Network carried programming from the Blue Network; the Orange Network recreated Eastern Red Network programming for West Coast stations at KPO in San Francisco. In 1936, the Orange Network affiliate stations became part of the Red Network, at the same time the Gold Network became part of the Blue Network. In the 1930s, NBC developed a network for shortwave radio stations, called the NBC White Network. In 1927, NBC moved its operations to 711 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, occupying the upper floors of a building de
Catch Me If You Can
Catch Me If You Can is a 2002 American biographical crime film directed and produced by Steven Spielberg from a screenplay by Jeff Nathanson. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks, with Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen, Nathalie Baye in supporting roles; the film is based on the life of Frank Abagnale, before his 19th birthday performed cons worth millions of dollars by posing as a Pan American World Airways pilot, a Georgia doctor, a Louisiana parish prosecutor. His primary crime was check fraud. Development for the film started in 1980, but did not progress until 1997, when Spielberg's DreamWorks bought the film rights to Abagnale's book. David Fincher, Gore Verbinski, Lasse Hallström, Miloš Forman, Cameron Crowe had all been possible candidates for director before Spielberg decided to direct it himself. Filming took place from February to May 2002; the film was a critical success. In 1963, teenager Frank Abagnale lives in New Rochelle, New York with his father Frank Abagnale, Sr. and French mother Paula.
When Frank Sr. is denied a business loan at Chase Manhattan Bank due to unknown difficulties with the IRS, the family is forced to move from their large home to a small apartment. Paula carries on an affair with a friend of her husband. Meanwhile, Frank poses as a substitute teacher in his French class. Frank's parents file for divorce, Frank runs away; when he runs out of money, he begins relying on confidence scams to get by. Soon, Frank's cons increase and he impersonates an airline pilot, he succeeds in stealing over $2.8 million. Meanwhile, Carl Hanratty, an FBI bank fraud agent, begins tracking Frank. Carl intercepts Frank at a hotel but Frank convinces Carl that his name is Barry Allen of the Secret Service and that he is after the fraudster. Frank leaves and Carl angrily realizes a minute too late that he has been fooled. At Christmas, Carl is still at work when Frank calls him, attempting to apologize for duping Carl. Carl rejects his apology and tells him he will soon be caught, but laughs when he realizes Frank called him because he has no one else to talk to.
Frank hangs up, Carl continues to investigate realizing that the name "Barry Allen" is from the Flash comic books and that Frank is a teenager. Frank, has expanded his con to include the identities of a doctor and lawyer. While playing Dr. Frank Conners, he falls in love with Brenda. While asking her father's permission to marry her, he admits the truth about himself and asks for help with the Louisiana State Bar exam. Carl tracks him to his engagement party and Frank is able to sneak out a bedroom window minutes before Carl bursts in. Before leaving, Frank makes Brenda promise to meet him in Miami two days so they can elope. Frank sees her waiting for him two days but notices plainclothes agents waiting to arrest him. Seven months Carl shows his boss that Frank has been forging checks all over western Europe and asks permission to go to Europe to look for him; when his boss refuses, Carl brings Frank's checks to printing professionals who claim that the checks were printed in France. From an interview with Frank's mother, Carl remembers that she was born in Montrichard, France.
He goes there and locates Frank, tells him that the French police will kill him if he does not go with Carl quietly. Frank assumes he is lying at first, but Carl promises Frank he would never lie to him, Carl takes him outside, where the French police escort him to prison; the scene flashes forward to a plane returning Frank home from prison, where Carl informs him that his father has died. Grief-stricken, Frank escapes from the plane and goes back to his old house, where he finds his mother with the man she left his father for, as well as a girl who Frank realizes is his half-sister. Frank gives himself up and is sentenced to 12 years in prison, getting visits from time to time from Carl; when Frank points out how one of the checks Carl is carrying as evidence is fake, Carl convinces the FBI to offer Frank a deal by which he can live out the remainder of his sentence working for the bank fraud department of the FBI, which Frank accepts. While working at the FBI, Frank misses the thrill of the chase and attempts to fly as an airline pilot again.
He is cornered by Carl, who insists that Frank will return to the FBI job since no one is chasing him. On the following Monday, Carl is nervous. However, Frank arrives and they discuss their next case; the ending credits reveal that Frank is real and has been married for 26 years, has three sons, lives in the Midwest, is still good friends with Carl, has caught some of the world's most elusive money forgers, earns millions of dollars each year because of his work creating unforgeable checks. Leonardo DiCaprio as Frank Abagnale Jr. Tom Hanks as Carl Hanratty, based on Joseph Shea Christopher Walken as Frank Abagnale Sr. Nathalie Baye as Paula Abagnale Amy Adams as Brenda Strong Martin Sheen as Roger Strong James Brolin as Jack Barnes Nancy Lenehan as Carol StrongBrian Howe, Frank John Hughes and Chris Ellis portray FBI agents. Jennifer Garner cameos as a call girl. Ellen Pompeo, Elizabeth Banks, Kaitlin Doubleday have supporting roles; the real Frank Abagnale appears in a cameo as a French police officer arresting his character.
Frank Abagnale sold the film rights to his autobiography in 1980. According to Abagnale, producers Norman Lear and Bud Yorkin purchased the film rights after seeing him on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Two years
Eleanor Faye Bartowski Woodcomb, MD, PhD, is the older sister of title character Chuck Bartowski on the television series Chuck. She is portrayed by actress Sarah Lancaster. Eleanor Faye Bartowski was born to Stephen and Mary Bartowski in 1978. With the exception of her younger brother, little was known about the Bartowski family beyond that their mother left them when they were younger and that their father was "never there." Her father, Stephen J. Bartowski, first appeared in the episode "Chuck Versus the Dream Job." Ellie attended and graduated from UCLA Medical School, where she met and went to school with her future husband, Devon Woodcomb. Devon was in love with her for three years before the events of "Chuck Versus the Seduction." They began dating when Devon gave her his sweater and said it was meant for her because the color matched her eyes. She earned a Ph. D. although neither the discipline in which, nor the university where, she studied has been revealed as of the end of season four.
When her brother was expelled by Stanford University in 2003 he came back to Echo Park in Los Angeles to stay with her. For much of their lives growing up, Chuck and Ellie relied on each other, after Chuck returned home, Ellie became one of his main sources of support as he recovered from Bryce Larkin's betrayal. At the beginning of the series, Ellie is throwing a birthday party for Chuck and has invited a number of her girlfriends for him to meet in hopes of helping him get past Jill. In "Chuck Versus the Subway", late in season 3, she learns. In the season 4 opener "Chuck Versus the Anniversary" it is revealed Ellie and Devon are expecting a baby. Daughter Clara is born in the mid season episode "Chuck Versus the Push Mix". Ellie Bartowski-Woodcomb is portrayed by actress Sarah Lancaster, she first appears in the series at the beginning of "Chuck Versus the Intersect," when Chuck tries to escape his birthday party which she arranged to try introducing him to real women. She remains one of the most important anchors between Chuck and his real life throughout the series, her safety is one of his foremost concerns.
When Chuck discovered Casey had bugged the home he shared with Ellie, he was prepared to threaten Casey if he found out he was spying on her as well. When Chuck's extraction by the government was imminent, he made a point of telling her goodbye, asked Sarah to tell her something to make his disappearance "okay."Most of Ellie's appearances in the series have been as part of the side-plots involving Chuck's real life and coworkers at the Buy More, so she has figured prominently into the main arc. Her most significant role in the main plot of an episode came in "Chuck Versus the Truth," in which Ellie attempted to treat nuclear expert Mason Whitney when he was poisoned by Reardon Payne; when Whitney died, disguised as a police officer taking a statement, exposed Ellie to the same toxic truth serum he used on Whitney to find where he hid his nuclear codes. Ellie nearly died as a result of the poisoning until Chuck administered the antidote. Although she was in a coma during this time, Ellie became the first person Chuck told about his secret life.
She was among the hostages in the Buy More when Ned Rhyerson crashed his car into the store while evading the police. For her sake, Chuck convinced Devon not to go through with a plan to overwhelm Ned, identified himself as the Intersect to Mauser to prevent him from killing her; the bracelet Chuck gave to Sarah in the same episode was a charm bracelet Chuck and Ellie's father gave to their mother when Ellie was born. A major recurring thread in the series is the love/hate relationship she has with Chuck's best friend Morgan Grimes. Morgan has been in love with Ellie for a long time, but Ellie is at first shown to tolerate him. However, as the series progresses and Morgan come to form something resembling a friendship owing to them both missing Chuck as his spy life begins to interfere more with his real life. Morgan offers her support and comfort during a fight with Devon, where he admits he sees her as a sister. Morgan's girlfriend Anna takes a dislike to Ellie because of Morgan's long-standing crush.
Throughout the series, Ellie encourages Chuck and pushes him towards leaving the Buy More and doing something more suitable to his education level. After Chuck expressed misgivings about his relationship with Sarah in "Chuck Versus the Suburbs," she encouraged Chuck to break up with her, before Morgan reminded her that Sarah was the best thing that had happened to him in a long time, she was ecstatic when Chuck announced he was moving out and that he and Sarah would be getting a place together, but did not have a chance to react when Chuck abruptly changed his mind. Devon proposed to Ellie at the end of "Chuck Versus the Marlin," and she accepted; this began a secondary arc throughout the second season covering the preparations for the wedding. Ellie's regret that her father would not be there led Chuck to decide to track him down and promise that their father would be there, their father indeed appeared at the end of the second season. Ellie married Devon in the second-season finale. In the third season, Ellie grows concerned that Devon seem to be keeping secrets from her.
The secrets have to do with Devon being in on Chuck's spy life since late in season 2, Devon always has trouble lying to her, but Ellie remains unaware of what they are keeping from her. She begins to snoop on Chuck -- enlisting Morgan, their suspicions are allayed when they catch Chuck sneaki
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation referred to as CSI and CSI: Las Vegas, is an American procedural forensics crime drama television series which ran on CBS from October 6, 2000 to September 27, 2015, spanning 15 seasons. The series starred William Petersen, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads, Liev Schreiber, Ted Danson, Laurence Fishburne, Elisabeth Shue, Jorja Fox and was the first in the CSI franchise; the series concluded with a feature-length finale titled "Immortality". Mixing deduction and character-driven drama, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation follows a team of crime-scene investigators, employed by the Las Vegas Police Department, as they use physical evidence to solve murders; the team is led by Gil Grissom, a awkward forensic entomologist and career criminalist, promoted to CSI supervisor following the death of a trainee investigator. Grissom's second-in-command, Catherine Willows, is a single mother with a cop's instinct. Born and raised in Las Vegas, Catherine was a stripper before being recruited into law enforcement and training as a blood-spatter specialist.
Following Grissom's departure during the ninth season of the series, Catherine is promoted to supervisor. After overseeing the training of new investigator Raymond Langston, Willows is replaced by D. B. Russell, recruited to the FBI shortly thereafter. Russell is a family man, a keen forensic botanist, a veteran of the Seattle Crime Lab. In the series' 12th season, Russell is reunited with his former partner Julie Finlay, like Catherine, is a blood-spatter expert with an extensive knowledge of criminal psychology. With the rest of the team, they work to tackle Las Vegas's growing crime rate and are on the job 24/7, scouring the scene, collecting the evidence, finding the missing pieces that will solve the mystery. During the 1990s, Anthony Zuiker caught producer Jerry Bruckheimer's attention after writing his first movie script. Zuiker was convinced; the studio's head at the time liked the spec script and presented it to ABC, NBC, Fox executives, who decided to pass. The head of drama development at CBS saw potential in the script, the network had a pay-or-play contract with actor William Petersen, who said he wanted to do the CSI pilot.
The network's executives liked the pilot so much, they decided to include it in their 2000 schedule airing on Fridays after The Fugitive. After CBS picked up the show, the Disney-owned Touchstone decided to pull out of the project, since they didn't want to spend so much money producing a show for another network. Instead of the intended effect of making CBS cancel the show, Bruckheimer was able to convince Alliance Atlantis to step in as a producer, saving the show and adding CBS as another producer. CSI was thought to benefit from The Fugitive, expected to be a hit, but by the end of 2000, CSI had a much larger audience. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation was produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Television and CBS Productions, which became CBS Paramount Television in the fall of 2006 and CBS Television Studios three years later. A co-production with the now-defunct Alliance Atlantis Communications, that company's interest was bought by the investment firm GS Capital Partners, an affiliate of Goldman Sachs.
CBS acquired AAC's international distribution rights to the program, though the non-US DVD distribution rights did not change. The series is in syndication, reruns are broadcast in the U. S. on Oxygen and the USA Network on cable, with Ion Television holding the broadcast syndication rights. The show has aired in reruns on the USA Network since January 14, 2011; the CSI catalog has been exclusive to the whole NBC Universal portfolio since September 2014, after several years with Viacom Media Networks' Spike and TV Land. CSI was shot at Rye Canyon, a corporate campus owned by Lockheed Martin situated in the Valencia area of Santa Clarita, but after episode 11, filming shifted to the Santa Clarita Studios chosen for its similarity to the outskirts of Las Vegas; the cast still shot on location in Las Vegas, although Las Vegas was used for second unit photography such as exterior shots of streets. Other California locations include Verdugo Hills High School, UCLA's Royce Hall, Pasadena City Hall, California State University, Los Angeles.
While shooting took place at Universal Studios in Universal City, Santa Clarita's surroundings had proven so versatile, CSI still shot some outdoor scenes there. CSI's theme song was, since the last episode of season one, "Who Are You", written by Pete Townshend with vocals by lead singer Roger Daltrey of The Who. Daltrey made a special appearance in the season-seven episode "Living Legend", which contained many musical references such as the words "Who's next" on a dry-erase board in the episode's opening sequence. In certain countries, to avoid music licensing fees, a unique theme was used, instead. Throughout the series, music played an important role. Mogwai was often
Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1996 TV series)
Sabrina the Teenage Witch is an American sitcom based on the Archie Comics series of the same name. The show premiered on September 27, 1996, on ABC to over 17 million viewers in its "T. G. I. F." Line-up. The show stars Melissa Joan Hart as Sabrina Spellman, an American teenager who, on her sixteenth birthday, discovers she has magical powers, she lives with her 500-year-old aunts, witches Hilda and Zelda, their magical talking cat, Salem, at 133 Collins Road, in the fictional Boston suburb of Westbridge, Massachusetts through most of the series. The series' first four seasons aired on ABC from September 27, 1996, to May 5, 2000; the unofficial pilot of the series was the 1996 TV movie Sabrina the Teenage Witch in April. The movie, produced by Viacom and Hartbreak Films and aired on Showtime, starred Melissa Joan Hart as the title character, Sabrina Sawyer, Charlene Fernetz and Sherry Miller as Sabrina's aunts Zelda and Hilda, respectively; when the television series debuted on ABC that year, Hart became Sabrina Spellman, Caroline Rhea and Beth Broderick replaced Fernetz and Miller.
In 2000, the show was dropped by ABC and picked up by The WB. When viewership began to wane, the show was canceled after seven seasons; the television series was produced by Hartbreak Films and Viacom Productions with Finishing the Hat Productions being there for season 1 only. It was syndicated through Paramount Domestic Television on reruns. Paramount Network Television absorbed Viacom Productions in 2004, two years Paramount's TV operations were renamed to CBS Paramount Television, whose name is seen on the season 1, 2, 3 DVDs. In 2007, the syndication arm was renamed from CBS Paramount Domestic Television to CBS Television Distribution, whose name is on the season 4, 5, 6, 7 DVDs; the official copyright holder for the series is CBS Studios Productions, LLC. The opening titles of the first three seasons shows Sabrina in front of a mirror posing with four different costumes and outfits as the cast members' names flash on the bottom of the screen; the first three outfits are always the fourth one changes from episode to episode.
At the end, Sabrina would say something, related to the last costume, magically disappear from head on down. The opening sequence for the fourth season is redone, featuring a new theme and the show's main characters, starting with Sabrina, floating in bubbles while their names are displayed in gold letters and a voice chants "Secret" in the background; the opening credits for the final three seasons are accompanied by a new vocal theme song and feature Sabrina at various locations around Boston: Harvard Bridge, Boston Common, Union Oyster House, Massachusetts State House, Quincy Market, Newbury Street, Harvard University, Tufts University, Beacon Hill. In the credits of seasons five and six, after leaving Newbury Comics on Newbury Street, Sabrina walks down a flight of stairs and computer graphics morph Sabrina into her room, lying on her bed next to Salem. In the final season, the computer graphics morph Sabrina arriving at Scorch. Upon pushing the door open, she is revealed to be walking into her house to greet Roxie and Salem.
The actual house photographed and filmed to depict Spellman Manor is a Victorian mansion located at 64 E. Main St. in Freehold, New Jersey. The exteriors for Westbridge High School, which Sabrina attended, were Dwight Morrow High School in Englewood, New Jersey; the show went through many cast changes, the first major change being the unexplained departure of Sabrina's best friend Jenny Kelly at the end of the first season. At the beginning of the fourth season, Valerie departs the show permanently along with Libby. Valerie's character moves away to Alaska with her family, while Libby transfers to a boarding school; when the series finished its fourth season, several secondary characters left the show, including Martin Mull and Nate Richert. Richert, who played Sabrina's boyfriend Harvey since the first season, was cut in order to give the show a more "grown-up look" as Sabrina was about to attend college; the decision was rescinded, Richert appeared in three episodes of season five and returned as a series regular in season six and seven.
After the series' sixth season, Caroline Rhea and Beth Broderick, who portrayed Sabrina's aunts from the show's premiere, decided to leave the show. When the character of Sabrina started to attend college, the role of her aunts became less important. Broderick felt that the role of Zelda had nothing more to offer, while Rhea landed her own syndicated talk show, The Caroline Rhea Show. Trevor Lissauer, who played Sabrina's housemate Miles, left the show after appearing in seasons five and six. Producers felt that his character wasn't well received by fans and had to make some budget cuts for the show's seventh and final season. Miles was never properly written out, leaving open what happened to him. Sabrina's love interest Josh, played by David Lascher, left for Prague after appearing from season four to six. Lascher wanted to pursue other projects. In order to fill the void, producers brought in Aaron, played by Dylan Neal, as Sabrina's love interest in the show's final season; the show chronicles the adventures of Sabrina Spellm
The Judge (2014 film)
The Judge is a 2014 American legal drama film directed by David Dobkin. The film stars Robert Downey Jr. Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Dax Shepard and Billy Bob Thornton; the film was released in the United States on October 10, 2014. It received mixed reviews. Duvall received multiple award nominations for his performance as Judge Joseph Palmer, including the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award and Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor. Thomas Newman received a Satellite Award nomination for Best Original Score. Hank Palmer is an attorney in Chicago, his hometown is a small town in Indiana, named Carlinville. His mother Hank himself is being sued for divorce by his adulterous wife, he returns to Carlinville for his mother's funeral. In Carlinville, Hank reunites with his older brother Glen, owner of a tire shop, his younger brother Dale, who has autism. Hank's father, Joseph Palmer is the judge of the criminal court in town, he is losing his faculties, demonstrated by the fact that he doesn't remember his own bailiff's name.
Hank sees his father, Judge Palmer for the first time in many years, presiding in court, from the court gallery, the day before the funeral. The morning after the funeral, Hank finds damage on his father's Cadillac, with the right front headlight and fender ruined. Joseph remembers no accident. Hank speculates his father was drinking and driving, accuses him. Joseph reacts defensively and Hank leaves, promising never to return. Before the airliner can lift off, Hank learns that Joseph is a suspect regarding a fatal hit and run accident; the victim is Mark Blackwell, an ex-convict and had served a twenty year sentence for murder and was sentenced by Joseph himself. Blackwell's blood is confirmed by forensics on the Cadillac and Joseph is indicted. Dwight Dickham is the prosecuting attorney and Joseph is charged with first-degree murder. Hank and Judge Palmer hire C. P. Kennedy as their defense attorney. Kennedy's defense is less than competent. Out of dread, Hank is inclined to defend his father and he finds out that Joseph was undergoing chemotherapy.
He is dying of terminal cancer and Judge Palmer's inability to remember either the accident or his bailiff's name is one side effect of the chemotherapy treatments. At the trial, Judge Palmer insists on testifying, out of his own sense of ethical responsibility, scuttles the defense by testifying that he cannot remember the accident, but believes that he did kill Blackwell intentionally. Judge Palmer is sentenced to four years confinement by Judge Warren; the sentence to be served in Indiana State Prison. Hank breaks down. Seven months Hank is called back from Chicago once again, to Carlinville; the prosecuting attorney, Dwight Dickham, has signed off on a petition for compassionate release, so that Judge Palmer can go home to die as he is losing his battle to cancer. Hank and Judge Palmer go fishing in a rowboat on a lake where it appears that the old animosity is gone; the judge dies, at peace, after complimenting Hank on his craft. The flag over the courthouse flies at half-mast in honor of Judge Joseph Palmer.
The film was executive produced by Steven Mnuchin. The script was written by Nick Schenk. In March 2011, the script was to be rewritten by David Seidler. In April 2013, Bill Dubuque was enlisted to rewrite it; the casting of Robert Duvall, Vincent D'Onofrio, Vera Farmiga, Dax Shepard was reported in March 2013. The studios had expressed an interest in Jack Nicholson playing Joseph, but Nicholson turned down the role and it was given to Duvall. Meester joined the cast in April 2013. Principal photography started on May 2013 in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts. Shooting took place in Attleboro, Dedham and Waltham, Massachusetts. Scenes were filmed in Pennsylvania and Worcester, Massachusetts; the film is set in the fictional town of Indiana. On February 27, 2014, Thomas Newman was hired to compose the music for the film. WaterTower Music released a soundtrack album on October 7, 2014; the film's closing titles feature Willie Nelson's version of the Coldplay song "The Scientist", Bon Iver's song "Holocene" is featured prominently in the film.
The film was shown at the opening night of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival on September 4, 2014. It was premiered in Los Angeles on October 1, 2014 at the Beverly Hills' Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; the film was released on October 2014 in the United States. The Judge grossed $47.1 million in North America and $37.3 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $84.4 million, against a budget of $50 million. In North America, the film grossed $13.1 million in its opening weekend from 3,003 theaters, finishing 5th at the box office. The biggest markets in other territories were Russia and Mexico, where the film grossed $4.4 million, $2.99 million and $2.84 million, respectively. The Judge received mixed reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes, the review aggregator website, gave the film a rating of 48%, based on 191 reviews, with an average rating of 5.6/10. The site's consensus reads: Metacritic gave the film a score of 48 out of 100, based on 39 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
On CinemaScore, audiences gave the film an average grade of "A-" on an A+ to F scale. Film critic Richard Roeper gave the film a "C"
Off Centre was an American sitcom that aired on The WB network from October 14, 2001 to October 31, 2002. Created by Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz, Danny Zuker, the series was promoted as "from the guys who brought you American Pie"; the series is centered on the lives of two twentysomething friends, British stud Euan Pierce and play-it-safe American Mike Platt, after they move into the posh Hadley Building on New York's Centre Street. Rounding out the cast are Mike's girlfriend, Liz Lombardi, their wacky friend, Vietnamese restaurant owner Chau Presley, secretly sensitive gangsta rapper Status Quo. Euan Pierce – A womanizing graduate of Oxford University, suave Brit Euan works as an investment banker and is reckless with money, as seen in the lavish apartment he shares with Mike, which includes of all things, a $2,000 airplane propeller. Among the skeletons in his closet are his "fruity" middle name and the fact that he used to riverdance, he is loosely based on subsequent roommate Euan Rellie. Mike Platt – Unlike his Oxford roommate Euan, Mike is hardly financially stable, for most of the series he works for a non-profit organization, writing letters on behalf of political prisoners, protesting overfishing of the delicious Chilean sea bass, performing other deeds that he cares little about, as he chose the job because it was close to his apartment.
Mike went on to a short-lived career at a video game company before working as the sound guy for porn films, into unemployment. Mike dated Liz for over a year, his attempts to break up with her during the first episode of the second season were thwarted when she dumped him first. Before Eddie Kaye Thomas was cast as Mike, both Will Friedle and Josh Radnor were attached to the role at one time. Liz Lombardi – Mike's girlfriend for over a year, Liz was seen trying to get Mike to better himself and take more control of his life. Chau Presley – Chau is Mike and Euan's Vietnamese restaurateur friend, his restaurant is called Qui Nhon. Some of his wacky antics consists of accidentally burning Mike's apartment, making money betting at illegal cock fights, dating a homeless girl who showed signs of being insane, he is the most free-spirited of the group. He is looking for new schemes to attract the ladies, some of which work, some of which don't, his excuses and explanations are outlandish. He once claimed that Euan had a bedspread made of puppies in order to woo a contestant on The Real World away from him.
Nathan Cole, aka. Status Quo – A Grammy-Award-winning rapper followed by his "posse people" MC French and DJ Cheddar, he lets down his tough facade around his friends, he secretly enjoys cooking, owned a fastidiously groomed standard poodle named D'Artagnan, is close friends with Martha Stewart and once dated Cher. He had a long-time crush on Liz, but they refrained from pursuing a relationship, realizing that they couldn't risk their friendship and Scrabble games. Dr. Barry Wasserman – Appears in "The Unkindest Cut" and "P. P. Doc II: The Examination Continues." Wasserman is a urologist. Dedicated to his work, he calls his car "The Penismobile", he has to explain to people that he's not joking, he is the urologist of choice for P. Diddy, Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan, which makes him irresistible to women. Wasserman moved into the Hadley building after his wife committed suicide, he makes jokes about his dead wife that no one finds funny but him. Jordan – Introduced as a sort of female counterpart to Chau, Jordan is Liz's friend, according to Euan, has no social filter.
Jordan says whatever is on her mind with no concern for the people around her, which creates several embarrassing situations in restaurants. She and Chau dated, before an argument about, hotter - Owen Wilson or Luke Wilson ended their relationship, she works as an assistant to Dr. Wasserman. Jordan refuses to use slang words for the notion of'sexual intercourse', thereby referring to it as such or otherwise as coïtus. Among the shows notable guest stars were Carmen Electra, American Pie alumni Eugene Levy, Jason Biggs and Shannon Elizabeth. Tanya Roberts guest starred in one episode as an older woman who ends up dating Euan; the show featured one-off appearances by Jenna Fischer in "The Backup" and Zachary Quinto in "Diddler on the Roof" before they found fame on The Office and Heroes, respectively. There was One Tree Hill star Bethany Joy Galeotti, and Perrey Reeves in "A Cute Triangle" prior to her turn on Entourage. The show aired on The WB network on Sunday nights in its first season, was renewed for a second season to be part of a new Thursday night comedy block.
However, the move to Thursday did not help the lowly-rated show, it was cancelled seven episodes into the second season, leaving two episodes unfilmed. While it aired, the show was controversial for its raunchy content, as topics addressed included threesomes, circumcision and masturbation. On March 4, 2002, as the show faced pressu