Leigh Taylor-Young is an American actress who has appeared on stage, podcast and television. The most famous films in which she had important roles include I Love You, Alice B. Toklas, The Horsemen, The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight, the great science fiction classic Soylent Green, Jagged Edge. Young was born on January 25, 1945, in Washington, D. C, she added the surname Taylor, the surname of her stepfather, a Detroit executive. Her father was a diplomat, her younger siblings are actress/sculptor Dey Young and writer/director/producer Lance Young; the siblings were raised in Michigan. Leigh graduated from Groves High School, Beverly Hills, Michigan in 1962. Before attending Northwestern University as an economics major, she spent a summer shifting scenery, modelling and sweeping up at a Detroit little theater. However, she left Northwestern before graduating to pursue a full-time acting career, making her professional debut on Broadway in Three Bags Full. About dropping out of college, the actress explained: "I left there because I lost the most wonderful teacher.
I didn't want to go back. My parents were upset, I spent four months at home thinking what to do went to New York and California." Taylor-Young got her first big break in 1966, when she was cast as Rachel Welles on the primetime soap opera Peyton Place. Her character was written in the show as a replacement for the character of Allison MacKenzie played by Mia Farrow; the series' producer, Everett Chambers, cast her because of her "great warmth and sweet angelic qualities not unlike Mia". At the time she received the role, Taylor-Young had been in California for only a few days, she went there in April 1966 to recuperate from an attack of pneumonia. She impressed the head producer of Peyton Place, Paul Monash, with a performance from The Glass Menagerie and was signed to a seven-year television and multiple motion picture contract. Shortly after, she told the press: "I'd have preferred to stay in New York to establish myself as an actress before coming to Hollywood."It was on this series that she met Ryan O'Neal, whom she married.
Taylor-Young had difficulty working on the show, explaining in an April 1967 interview: "When I got my first check for, I thought to myself,'isn't this wonderful — being paid to have fun.' But after working in 70 chapters of Peyton Place out here in Hollywood, I'm glad to get my paycheck. I can now understand why actress complain about going stale in television. It's difficult to give a character depth when there's a man with a stop watch standing beside you complaining that the company is spending $3,000 a minute. Yes, I've learned that when you act in a TV series it becomes your whole life."Despite the huge amount of publicity she received while working on Peyton Place, Taylor-Young left the soap opera in 1967 due to her pregnancy. Following this, she pursued a career in films, landing a lucrative seven-year contract with a major studio, her first film role came opposite Peter Sellers in the comedy, I Love You, Alice B. Toklas; the film was commercially successful, she received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Most Promising Female Newcomer.
This was followed by her appearance with husband Ryan O'Neal in The Big Bounce. For the next several years, her pictures tended to be high budget films, such as The Adventurers, based on the novel by best-seller Harold Robbins, The Horsemen, opposite leading man Omar Sharif, she is best known for her performance as Shirl, the "furniture" girl, in the science fiction classic Soylent Green. However, for ten years after her appearance in Soylent Green, her career went into an extended hiatus as she concentrated on raising her only child, son Patrick; the 1980s saw Leigh Taylor-Young return to both film and television, where her looks and voice led to casting in roles of an aristocratic bent. In 1981, she appeared in the high technology Michael Crichton production Looker. In 1985, she was cast as Virginia Howell in Jagged Edge, appeared in the romantic comedy Secret Admirer. In addition to her film work, she guest-starred on such television series as McCloud, Fantasy Island, The Love Boat, Hart to Hart and Spenser: For Hire.
She returned to her soap opera roots in 1983, appearing in the short-lived primetime series The Hamptons. From 1987-89, she played Kimberly Cryder, a recurring character on Dallas, her first role in a major prime time soap since Peyton Place. Despite being best known for her film and television work, she has stated a preference for live theater where her career began. A favorite of Samuel Beckett, she starred opposite Donald Davis in Beckett's one act play, Catastrophe at the Edinburgh International Festival in 1984. Catastrophe with Taylor-Young toured Los Angeles, New York City and London. Taylor-Young's recent film credits have included minor roles in Honeymoon Academy and Slackers, as well as direct-to-video films Addams Family Reunion, Spiritual Warriors and The Wayshower, her best-known television work was on the CBS series Picket Fences, in which she played mercurial and cougarish mayor Rachel Harris from 1993 through 1995. She won an Emmy Award for the role in 1994, for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, as well as a Golden Globe nomination the following year.
From 2004 through 2007, she played Katherine Barrett Crane on the soap opera Passions. In addition to her roles on Picket Fences and Passions, Taylor-Young has appeared on series such as The Young Riders, She Wr
Kelly Kamalelehua Preston is an American actress and former model. She has appeared in more than sixty television and film productions, most notably including Mischief and Jerry Maguire, she is married to John Travolta, with whom she collaborated on the science fiction film Battlefield Earth. She starred in the films The Cat in the Hat, Old Dogs, Broken Bridges. Kelly Kamalelehua Smith was born in Hawaii, her mother Linda was an administrator of a mental health center. Her father, who worked for an agricultural firm, drowned, her mother subsequently married a personnel director. He adopted Preston, she used his name from the beginning of her acting career until 1984, she has Chris Palzis. As a child, Preston lived in Iraq, Australia, where she attended Pembroke School in Adelaide, she attended Punahou School in Honolulu, studied drama and theater at the University of Southern California. While living in Australia, Preston was discovered at 16 by a fashion photographer who helped her get work in commercials and other small parts.
He arranged her first film audition for the role of Emmeline in The Blue Lagoon, which she lost to the younger Brooke Shields. At that time she changed her last name to Preston, her first prominent film roles came in 1985—first as Marilyn McCauley in romantic comedy teen flick Mischief. Other notable roles included SpaceCamp, Twins with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito, Avery Bishop in Jerry Maguire with Tom Cruise, Jane Aubrey in For Love of the Game with Kevin Costner and Kate Newell in Holy Man with Eddie Murphy and Jeff Goldblum. In 1997, she starred in Nothing to Lose, which co-starred Tim Robbins and Martin Lawrence, although Lawrence and Preston didn't receive screen credit. Preston played the girlfriend of her husband John Travolta's character "Terl" in the 2000 film Battlefield Earth, received "Worst Supporting Actress" at the 21st Golden Raspberry Awards for her role in the film. In 2005, she appeared as the protagonist's flying, superhero mother in the film Sky High. In 2004, Preston was in the Maroon 5 music video "She Will Be Loved", which featured a love triangle and romantic scenes between Preston and Maroon 5 front man Adam Levine.
In 2007, Preston appeared in the crime thriller Death Sentence, in which she played Helen Hume, the wife of Kevin Bacon's character Nick. In 2008, she was cast in a television pilot called Suburban Shootout, had a short term recurring role in Medium. In 2008, Preston starred in the Lifetime movie The Tenth Circle, directed by Peter Markle, it was shot in Nova Scotia and featured Ron Eldard, Brittany Robertson, Michael Riley, Jamie Johnston and Geordie Brown. Preston has been a spokeswoman for Neutrogena since 2005, appearing in its television ads. Preston was married to actor Kevin Gage from 1985 until their divorce in 1987, she had a relationship with George Clooney. She was engaged to Charlie Sheen in 1990, but ended the relationship shortly after he shot her in the arm. In a 2011 interview with TMZ, Preston claimed. Preston first met John Travolta in 1987 while filming The Experts, they married in 1991, traveling to Paris on an Air France Concorde for a wedding ceremony at the Hotel de Crillon on September 5, 1991.
However, a second ceremony was required because the first, performed by a French Scientology minister, was considered invalid. The second ceremony took place on September 12 in Florida. Preston and Travolta have had three children: son Jett, daughter Ella Bleu, a second son. Preston's son Jett Travolta was described as suffering from Kawasaki disease as an infant and had a history of seizures. In 2003, Preston appeared on The Montel Williams Show to promote L. Ron Hubbard's Purification Rundown, which she credited with helping her son. On January 2, 2009, Jett Travolta died, his death was attributed to a seizure. In September 2009, Travolta and Preston confirmed longstanding speculations when they testified that their son had autism and suffered regular seizures; this revelation came during their testimony at the trial resulting from an extortion attempt related to their son's death. On January 23, 2009, three people were arrested in the Bahamas in connection with a multimillion-dollar extortion plot against Travolta and Preston concerning the circumstances of their son's death.
One of the men, Obie Wilchcombe, a member of the Bahamian Parliament and former Bahamian Minister of Tourism, was described as a "close friend" of Travolta and Preston. Two others involved were an EMT named Tarino Lightbourne and a Bahamian senator named Pleasant Bridgewater. Bridgewater was charged with abetment to extort and conspiracy to extort and resigned from the Senate as a result of the allegations; the first trial ended in a mistrial. After a second jury had been selected, the Travoltas elected to drop the case and all charges against the defendants were dismissed. Kelly Preston on IMDb Kelly Preston at AllMovie Kelly Preston at Rotten Tomatoes
Lori Anne Loughlin is an American actress and producer. She is known for her role as Rebecca Donaldson-Katsopolis on the ABC sitcom Full House and its Netflix sequel Fuller House. Loughlin has had success playing the roles of Jody Travis in The Edge of Night, Debbie Wilson in The CW series 90210, Jennifer Shannon in the Garage Sale Mystery television film series, Abigail Stanton in When Calls the Heart. Loughlin was a co-creator and actor through the two seasons of The WB series Summerland. On March 12, 2019, Loughlin and her husband were arrested in connection with an alleged nationwide college entrance exam cheating scandal, charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, released on bail. Loughlin was born in Queens, New York City and moved to Hauppauge, New York on Long Island when she was a year old, she is the daughter of Lorellee and Joseph Roy Loughlin, a foreman for the New York Telephone Company. She has Roy, she attended Oaks School # 3 Elementary School in New York.
She would go on to graduate from Hauppauge High School. Loughlin is of Irish descent. After becoming interested in acting as a young child, Loughlin began her career at age 11 as a print model, recalling: My mom had a friend, going into Manhattan to meet with an agency for modeling, she was taking her teenage daughters in and she asked my mom if I wanted to go along. My mom reluctantly let me go, but I don't think she thought anything would come of it, and I went in and they handed me a contract and said, "We'll take you." At 15, she was cast in the ABC soap opera The Edge of Night, playing the part of Jody Travis, an aspiring dancer, appearing in the series from 1980 to 1983. From 1983 to 1988, Loughlin appeared in a number of feature films and television guest spots. From 1988 to 1995, Loughlin was cast as Rebecca Donaldson, Danny Tanner's co-host and Jesse Katsopolis's wife in the ABC sitcom Full House. Set for a six-episode arc, she became a regular for the remainder of the series. Within months after Full House ended, Loughlin co-starred with Tony Danza in the ABC sitcom Hudson Street.
The series was cancelled after one season. In 1993, she starred in the television adaptation of Sidney Sheldon's novel A Stranger in the Mirror, a roman à clef on Groucho Marx and Erin Fleming, with Loughlin playing Fleming's role. In 1997, she starred alongside Bruce Campbell in the film In the Line of Duty: Blaze of Glory. In 2000, Loughlin co-starred opposite Treat Williams in the Fred Olen Ray-directed thriller film Critical Mass, she guest starred in Suddenly Susan, Spin City, The Drew Carey Show, as the superhero Black Canary in the Birds of Prey series in 2002. From 2004 to 2005, Loughlin co-created and starred in The WB drama series Summerland, she played the aunt who raises three children after their parents die in a car accident. The series was canceled after two seasons due to low ratings on July 11, 2005. In 2007, Loughlin co-starred in the ABC sitcom In Case of Emergency with David Arquette, she appeared in the film Moondance Alexander, co-starring with her former Summerland castmate Kay Panabaker.
Loughlin was in attendance at Comedy Central's The Roast of Bob Saget, hosted by John Stamos and premiered on August 17, 2008. At her table were Full House co-stars Dave Coulier and Jodie Sweetin. In 2010, Loughlin starred in the television film Meet My Mom, which premiered on the Hallmark Channel on Mother's Day. For the network, she most notably starred in the drama When Calls the Heart and the telefilm series Garage Sale Mystery until her firing in 2019. On April 10, 2019 it was reported that When Calls The Heart would be returning after a production hiatus without Loughlin's character, she co-starred in seasons one through three of the Beverly Hills, 90210 spin-off 90210 as Debbie Wilson from 2008 to 2011. She reprised her role in the season five premiere episode in 2012. Loughlin made a brief appearance as Rebecca Donaldson, alongside John Stamos as Jesse Katsopolis, on a July 2013 episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, following a reunion performance by Jesse and The Rippers, she has since made several appearances as Rebecca on the Full House sequel series Fuller House, which premiered its first season on Netflix on February 26, 2016.
Loughlin is Catholic. She was married to investment banker Michael R. Burns from 1989 to 1996. On Thanksgiving 1997, Loughlin eloped with fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, the creator of the Mossimo clothing line, whom she had met in 1995, they have Isabella Rose and Olivia Jade. Loughlin is a stepmother to Gianni, Giannulli's son from a previous relationship. Olivia has a YouTube channel of a popular Instagram account. In 2014, Loughlin and Giannulli put their Aspen, Colorado home on sale for $8.9 million. The home sold in July 2015 for $7.6 million. In 2017, Loughlin and Giannulli put their Los Angeles mansion on the market for $35 million. Loughlin and her husband were among fifty individuals charged by the FBI and U. S. Attorney's Office on March 12, 2019, in a large-scale nationwide college entrance exam cheating scandal; the indictment against the couple alleged that they had paid $500,000, disguised as a donation to the Key Worldwide Foundation, in order that the University of Southern California's admissions committee would be led to believe that their two daughters would be joining the school's women's rowing team if admitted, when in fact neither young woman had trained in the sport and had no plans to do so.
On March 13, 2019, Loughlin and her hu
The New York Times
The New York Times is an American newspaper based in New York City with worldwide influence and readership. Founded in 1851, the paper has won more than any other newspaper; the Times is ranked 17th in the world by circulation and 2nd in the U. S; the paper is owned by The New York Times Company, publicly traded and is controlled by the Sulzberger family through a dual-class share structure. It has been owned by the family since 1896. G. Sulzberger, the paper's publisher, his father, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. the company's chairman, are the fourth and fifth generation of the family to helm the paper. Nicknamed "The Gray Lady", the Times has long been regarded within the industry as a national "newspaper of record"; the paper's motto, "All the News That's Fit to Print", appears in the upper left-hand corner of the front page. Since the mid-1970s, The New York Times has expanded its layout and organization, adding special weekly sections on various topics supplementing the regular news, editorials and features.
Since 2008, the Times has been organized into the following sections: News, Editorials/Opinions-Columns/Op-Ed, New York, Sports of The Times, Science, Home and other features. On Sunday, the Times is supplemented by the Sunday Review, The New York Times Book Review, The New York Times Magazine and T: The New York Times Style Magazine; the Times stayed with the broadsheet full-page set-up and an eight-column format for several years after most papers switched to six, was one of the last newspapers to adopt color photography on the front page. The New York Times was founded as the New-York Daily Times on September 18, 1851. Founded by journalist and politician Henry Jarvis Raymond and former banker George Jones, the Times was published by Raymond, Jones & Company. Early investors in the company included Edwin B. Morgan, Christopher Morgan, Edward B. Wesley. Sold for a penny, the inaugural edition attempted to address various speculations on its purpose and positions that preceded its release: We shall be Conservative, in all cases where we think Conservatism essential to the public good.
We do not believe that everything in Society is either right or wrong. In 1852, the newspaper started a western division, The Times of California, which arrived whenever a mail boat from New York docked in California. However, the effort failed. On September 14, 1857, the newspaper shortened its name to The New-York Times. On April 21, 1861, The New York Times began publishing a Sunday edition to offer daily coverage of the Civil War. One of the earliest public controversies it was involved with was the Mortara Affair, the subject of twenty editorials in the Times alone; the main office of The New York Times was attacked during the New York City Draft Riots. The riots, sparked by the beginning of drafting for the Union Army, began on July 13, 1863. On "Newspaper Row", across from City Hall, Henry Raymond stopped the rioters with Gatling guns, early machine guns, one of which he manned himself; the mob diverted, instead attacking the headquarters of abolitionist publisher Horace Greeley's New York Tribune until being forced to flee by the Brooklyn City Police, who had crossed the East River to help the Manhattan authorities.
In 1869, Henry Raymond died, George Jones took over as publisher. The newspaper's influence grew in 1870 and 1871, when it published a series of exposés on William Tweed, leader of the city's Democratic Party—popularly known as "Tammany Hall" —that led to the end of the Tweed Ring's domination of New York's City Hall. Tweed had offered The New York Times five million dollars to not publish the story. In the 1880s, The New York Times transitioned from supporting Republican Party candidates in its editorials to becoming more politically independent and analytical. In 1884, the paper supported Democrat Grover Cleveland in his first presidential campaign. While this move cost The New York Times a portion of its readership among its more progressive and Republican readers, the paper regained most of its lost ground within a few years. After George Jones died in 1891, Charles Ransom Miller and other New York Times editors raised $1 million dollars to buy the Times, printing it under the New York Times Publishing Company.
However, the newspaper was financially crippled by the Panic of 1893, by 1896, the newspaper had a circulation of less than 9,000, was losing $1,000 a day. That year, Adolph Ochs, the publisher of the Chattanooga Times, gained a controlling interest in the company for $75,000. Shortly after assuming control of the paper, Ochs coined the paper's slogan, "All The News That's Fit To Print"; the slogan has appeared in the paper since September 1896, has been printed in a box in the upper left hand corner of the front page since early 1897. The slogan was a jab at competing papers, such as Joseph Pulitzer's New York World and William Randolph Hearst's New York Journal, which were known for a lurid and inaccurate reporting of facts and opinions, described by the end of the century as "yellow journalism". Under Ochs' guidance, aided by Carr
High school (North America)
High school is a term used in the United States and Canada to describe the level of education students receive from 13 to 18 years old, although there is some variation. Most comparable to secondary schools, high schools deliver phase three of the ISCED model of education. High schools have subject-based classes; the name high school is applied in other countries, but no universal generalization can be made as to the age range, financial status, or ability level of the pupils accepted. In North America, most high schools include grades nine through twelve and students attend them following junior high school; the first institution labeled as a "high school" was Edinburgh's Royal High School in Scotland, founded in 1505. The Royal High School was used as a model for the first public high school in the United States, Boston Latin School, founded in Boston, Massachusetts in 1635. Boston Latin School was a private school, so although it did become the first public high school, a school system in Dedham, Massachusetts was the first to be supported by public taxation.
The schools prepared boys for the church. The length of the school day varied with the seasons, but there was a shortage of Latin speakers available to become teachers because the job was unattractive due to low status and low pay; the colony ordered in the English Protestant Tutor, retitled as The New England Primer, to be used as a textbook, the tuition was written by and had a Calvinist tone. This was the start of a secondary education system. In 1642, the Massachusetts Bay Colony was able to pass a law to require parents to make sure that their children were able to read, which required some form of elementary education. In 1647, Massachusetts again passed a law that required communities to establish some type of public schooling system. Elementary schools were to be formed in every town with 50 or more families, every town with at least 100 families would have to provide a Latin Grammar School. Over a century in 1779, Thomas Jefferson proposed the opening of new secondary schools to provide segregated secondary schools with different tracks in his words for "the laboring and the learned."
The new academies would be practical in nature but allow a few of the working class to advance by "raking a few geniuses from the rubbish." At this time, the colonies were planning to break away from Lord North government in Britain, working up a constitution which would define the white colonists' freedoms and rights. In November 1783, the American colonies stood on their own. In 1785, before the U. S. Constitution was ratified, the Continental Congress passed a law calling for a survey of the "Northwest Territory" which included what was to become the state of Ohio; the law created "townships". Under the constitution, education was devolved to individual states; the Pennsylvania state constitution, written in 1790, calls for free public education, but only for poor children, assuming that the rich will pay for their own children's schooling. In 1805, the New York Public School Society was formed by the wealthy to provide education to the poor; these schools were run on the Lancasterian system, in which one "master" taught hundreds of students in a single room.
The masters would give wrote lessons to the older students, who would pass it down to the younger students. Society was moving from an agrarian model with small independent plots to an industrial one, where workers needed to be literate and numerate. Lancastrian schools emphasized discipline and obedience: qualities that factory owners needed in their workers. An 1817 Boston Town Meeting petitioned for the establishment of a system of free public primary schools; the main support came from local merchants and wealthier artisans, while many wage earners opposed it because they knew they would be paying for it through income taxation. In spite of this, Boston Latin School became public in 1820; this was the first public high school in the United States. Seven years a state law in Massachusetts made all grades of public school open to all pupils, free of charge. However, in the slave-owning states, things were different. After public schools were being opened up to all ages in Massachusetts, in the 1830s, it was illegal in southern states to teach black children to read.
High schools were out of the question. After many years of advocacy, in 1957, federal court ordered the integration of Little Rock, Arkansas public schools; the governor sent in troops to physically prevent nine African American students from enrolling at all-white Central High School. Though, this decision was overturned by the president; the same delay in equality in public high schools can be accounted for the general regarding of other groups as minorities in the US. While there is no set standard for American high schools, some generalizations can be made about the majority. Schools are managed by elected school districts. There is a range in quality from basic education to more intellectually-stimulating environments for students aged 13 to 18 years of age. Pupils enter at the age of 13 or 14 and pass through four years: Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior School years are around nine months long, are broken up into quarters or semesters. College entry is controlled by many factors including Grade Point Average, an elective SAT or ACT exam run by two non-profit organizations: the Colle
Fandango is an American ticketing company that sells movie tickets via their website as well as through their mobile app. Industry revenue increased for several years after the company's formation. However, as the Internet grew in popularity and medium-sized movie-theater chains began to offer independent ticket sale capabilities through their own websites. In addition, a new paradigm of moviegoers printing their own tickets at home emerged, in services offered by PrintTixUSA and by point-of-sale software vendor operated websites like "ticketmakers.com". An overall slump in moviegoing continued into the 2000s, as home theaters, DVDs, high definition televisions proliferated in average households, turning their homes into a preferred place to screen films. On April 11, 2007, Comcast acquired Fandango, with plans to integrate it into a new entertainment website called "Fancast.com," set to launch the summer of 2007. In June 2008, the domain Movies.com was acquired from Disney. With Comcast's purchase of a majority stake in NBCUniversal in January 2011, Fandango and all other Comcast media assets were merged into the company.
In March 2012, Fandango announced a partnership with Yahoo! Movies, becoming the official online and mobile ticketer serving over 30 million registered users of the Yahoo! service. On January 29, 2016, Fandango announced its acquisition of M-GO, a joint venture between Technicolor SA and DreamWorks Animation which it would rebrand as "FandangoNOW". In February of that same year Fandango announced its acquisition of Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes from Time Warner's Warner Bros. Entertainment; as part of the deal, Warner Bros. would become a 30% shareholder of the combined Fandango company. In December 2016, Fandango Media purchased Cinepapaya, a Peru-based website for purchasing movie tickets, for an undisclosed amount. Fandango charges a premium to use its services, ranging from 75¢ to $2.50, which reserves a ticket to be printed out upon arrival at a movie theater, thereby avoiding lines. Seating was promised for sold-out shows, but this feature was discontinued for most theaters, as not all were equipped to handle reserved seating and will call lines.
With ticket prices in many areas exceeding US$10.00, purchasing tickets through Fandango and other ticketing websites can make movie-going an expensive proposition. Fandango's advertisements play before previews at participating movie-theater chains and feature lunch bag puppets telling various one or two-line jokes and riddles centering on the company's name; the company produced an advertising segment, based on the song, "We are the World". Fandango's website offers exclusive film clips, celebrity interviews, reviews by users, movie descriptions, some web-based games to their members; as of March 5, 2015, Fandango provides customers with memberships the ability to refund or exchange their orders 2 hours before the showtime of their film. Fandango's Android app was listed among Techlands 50 Best Android Applications for 2013. Fandango is one of three major online advance movie ticket sale sites, along with MovieTickets.com and AtomTickets.com. Before being acquired by Comcast in April 2007, Fandango was owned, with the major stakeholder being the second largest movie-theater chain in the U.
S. Regal Entertainment Group, including the United Artists and Hoyts theater chains. Along with other partners, Regal founded Fandango to prevent the older MovieTickets.com from establishing a monopoly on phone and online ticketing services. It's advertising agency decided on its name because it sounded "fun and smart," "easily pronounce and remember--even though it has nothing to do with movies."Mergers of movie chains have complicated matters regarding which company provides online ticketing for a particular chain. Upon Regal's acquisition of Consolidated Theatres, that chain was under contract to MovieTickets.com. On the other hand, Regal's acquisition of the Hoyts chain resulted in Fandango taking over their online ticketing. Prior to 2012, Fandango did not provide online ticketing for many AMC Theatres. However, it provided online ticketing for those AMC Theatres part of the Loews Cineplex Entertainment chain, due to contractual obligations in place prior to the 2005 merger of the two movie chains.
Loews had attempted to break the contract in 2002 under pressure of bankruptcy and from AOL Moviefone and its partner, Loews' Cineplex subsidiary. As of February 8, 2012, Fandango began providing ticketing for all AMC Theatres in the US, after which MovieTickets.com's fellow shareholders sued AMC for breach of contract. AMC and MovieTickets.com settled in 2013, with an agreement that the theater chain's online ticketing would be available on both Fandango and MovieTickets.com. In May 2012, Fandango announced a partnership with former partner of MovieTickets.com. Atom Tickets, a movie ticketing app and website, launched in 2014, has been called a "serious competitor" for Fandango. In July 2009, it was revealed that Fandango along with other websites, including buy.com and Orbitz, were linked with controversial Web loyalty
Jan Hammer is a Czech-American musician and record producer. He first gained his most visible audience while playing keyboards with the Mahavishnu Orchestra in the early 1970s, as well as his film scores for television and film including "Miami Vice Theme" and "Crockett's Theme", from the 1980s television program, Miami Vice, he has continued to work as both a musical performer and producer, expanding to producing film in his career. Hammer has collaborated with some of the era's most influential jazz and rock musicians such as John McLaughlin, Jeff Beck, Al Di Meola, Mick Jagger, Carlos Santana, Stanley Clarke, Tommy Bolin, Neal Schon, Steve Lukather and Elvin Jones, he has composed and produced at least 14 original motion picture soundtracks, the music for 90 episodes of Miami Vice and 20 episodes of the television series Chancer. His compositions have won him several Grammy Awards. Jan Hammer was born in Prague capital of Czechoslovakia, his mother was Vlasta Průchová, a well-known Czech singer, his father was a doctor who worked his way through school playing vibraphone and bass guitar.
Hammer began playing the piano at the age of four and his formal instruction started two years later. He aspired to follow his father into medicine until a family friend convinced him to develop his musical talents instead. Hammer formed a jazz trio in high school and recording throughout Eastern Europe at the age of fourteen. Upon entrance to the Prague Academy of Musical Arts, he completed many compulsory classes including harmony, music history, classical composition; when the Warsaw Pact invaded Czechoslovakia on 20 August 1968, Hammer's studies at the Academy were cut short. Hammer recorded a jazz trio live album at "The Domicile" in Munich on 30 August 1968; this was released as Maliny Maliny by the German label MPS Records. But Hammer moved to the United States and resolved to become a citizen after receiving a scholarship at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Upon completion of his studies, Hammer spent a year touring with Sarah Vaughan, recorded with Elvin Jones and Jeremy Steig moved to Lower Manhattan and joined the original lineup of the Mahavishnu Orchestra with guitarist John McLaughlin, violinist Jerry Goodman, bassist Rick Laird, drummer Billy Cobham in 1971.
A successful jazz fusion band, they performed some 530 shows before their farewell concert on 30 December 1973. Hammer was an early pioneer of playing the Minimoog Moog synthesizer in a live setting. After recording albums with Goodman and John Abercrombie in 1974, Hammer's solo career began with the release of The First Seven Days, he produced and recorded the album at Red Gate Studio, which he'd built in his upstate New York farmhouse and, the location of his recordings since. The Jan Hammer Group was formed in 1976 and supported The First Seven Days on tour, receiving good reviews from both jazz and rock critics; the group turned out three LPs the following year: their own Oh, Yeah? and, with Jeff Beck, the RIAA platinum Wired, Jeff Beck with the Jan Hammer Group Live, a chronicle of their 100-show tour together, certified gold. One final album by the group followed in Melodies. Hammer composed music for the Czech fairy-tale The Incredibly Sad Princess. In 1977, Hammer recorded Elegant Gypsy with Al Di Meola.
Casino, Splendido Hotel and Electric Rendezvous followed. He joined Di Meola for a tour chronicled the same year on Tour De Force - Live. Hammer returned to solo work with the release of Black Sheep in 1978, he formed a new band, known as "Hammer". In 1978, he wrote and performed on three songs for Jeff Beck's next album and Back, released in 1980. One of the album tracks, "Star Cycle," went on to become the theme for the British television series The Tube, he formed Schon & Hammer, a duo with ex Santana and Journey guitarist Neal Schon, that recorded Untold Passion in 1981 and Here to Stay in 1982. Hammer took the stage with Jeff Beck in December 1983 for the nine U. S. benefit concerts that raised money for Ronnie Lane's A. R. M. S. Featuring Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker and a host of others. Into 1984, his various talents were employed on recordings as diverse as James Young's first solo album, City Slicker for which he co-wrote and produced. Hammer's original scores for three major motion pictures complement a long list of credits for documentaries, "made-for-TV" movies in the U.
S. commercials, station identifications. But his greatest challenge came in the fall of 1984, when the producers of Miami Vice enlisted him to commence the rigorous weekly schedule of scoring the series; the popular success of his music on the series was evident after just one season when, on 2 November 1985, the Miami Vice Soundtrack hit number one on the Billboard Top Pop album charts. The album achieved quadruple-platinum status with U. S. sales of more than four million copies. At the Grammy awards in February 1986, "Miami Vice Theme" earned Hammer two awards, he earned Emmy award nominations in 1985 and 1986, for "Outstanding Achievement in Musical Composition". At the end of 1986, Hammer won Keyboard Magazine's poll as "Best Studio Synthesist" for a secon