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Sergei Prokofiev

Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev was a Russian Soviet composer and conductor. As the creator of acknowledged masterpieces across numerous music genres, he is regarded as one of the major composers of the 20th century, his works include such heard pieces as the March from The Love for Three Oranges, the suite Lieutenant Kijé, the ballet Romeo and Juliet—from which "Dance of the Knights" is taken—and Peter and the Wolf. Of the established forms and genres in which he worked, he created – excluding juvenilia – seven completed operas, seven symphonies, eight ballets, five piano concertos, two violin concertos, a cello concerto, a symphony-concerto for cello and orchestra, nine completed piano sonatas. A graduate of the Saint Petersburg Conservatory, Prokofiev made his name as an iconoclastic composer-pianist, achieving notoriety with a series of ferociously dissonant and virtuosic works for his instrument, including his first two piano concertos. In 1915, Prokofiev made a decisive break from the standard composer-pianist category with his orchestral Scythian Suite, compiled from music composed for a ballet commissioned by Sergei Diaghilev of the Ballets Russes.

Diaghilev commissioned three further ballets from Prokofiev—Chout, Le pas d'acier and The Prodigal Son—which at the time of their original production all caused a sensation among both critics and colleagues. Prokofiev's greatest interest, was opera, he composed several works in that genre, including The Gambler and The Fiery Angel. Prokofiev's one operatic success during his lifetime was The Love for Three Oranges, composed for the Chicago Opera and subsequently performed over the following decade in Europe and Russia. After the Revolution of 1917, Prokofiev left Russia with the official blessing of the Soviet minister Anatoly Lunacharsky, resided in the United States Germany Paris, making his living as a composer and conductor. During that time, he married Carolina Codina, with whom he had two sons. In the early 1930s, the Great Depression diminished opportunities for Prokofiev's ballets and operas to be staged in America and western Europe. Prokofiev, who regarded himself as composer foremost, resented the time taken by touring as a pianist, turned to the Soviet Union for commissions of new music.

He enjoyed some success there – notably with Lieutenant Kijé, Peter and the Wolf and Juliet, above all with Alexander Nevsky. The Nazi invasion of the USSR spurred him to compose his most ambitious work, an operatic version of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace. In 1948, Prokofiev was attacked for producing "anti-democratic formalism." He enjoyed personal and artistic support from a new generation of Russian performers, notably Sviatoslav Richter and Mstislav Rostropovich: he wrote his ninth piano sonata for the former and his Symphony-Concerto for the latter. Prokofiev was born in 1891 in Sontsovka, a remote rural estate in the Yekaterinoslav Governorate of the Russian Empire, his father, Sergei Alexeyevich Prokofiev, was an agronomist. Prokofiev's mother, came from a family of former serfs, owned by the Sheremetev family, under whose patronage serf-children were taught theatre and arts from an early age, she was described by Reinhold Glière as "a tall woman with beautiful, clever eyes … who knew how to create an atmosphere of warmth and simplicity about her."

After their wedding in the summer of 1877, the Prokofievs moved to a small estate in the Smolensk governorate. Sergei Alexeyevich found employment as a soil engineer, employed by one of his former fellow-students, Dmitri Sontsov, to whose estate in the Ukrainian steppes the Prokofievs moved. By the time of Prokofiev's birth, Maria—having lost two daughters—had devoted her life to music. Sergei Prokofiev was inspired by hearing his mother practising the piano in the evenings works by Chopin and Beethoven, wrote his first piano composition at the age of five, an "Indian Gallop", written down by his mother: it was in the F Lydian mode, as the young Prokofiev felt "reluctance to tackle the black notes". By seven, he had learned to play chess. Chess would remain a passion of his, he became acquainted with world chess champions José Raúl Capablanca, whom he beat in a simultaneous exhibition match in 1914, Mikhail Botvinnik, with whom he played several matches in the 1930s. At the age of nine, he was composing his first opera, The Giant, as well as an overture and various other pieces.

In 1902, Prokofiev's mother met Sergei Taneyev, director of the Moscow Conservatory, who suggested that Prokofiev should start lessons in piano and composition with Alexander Goldenweiser. Unable to arrange that, Taneyev instead arranged for composer and pianist Reinhold Glière to spend the summer of 1902 in Sontsovka teaching Prokofiev; the first series of lessons culminated, at the 11-year-old Prokofiev's insistence, with the budding composer making his first attempt to write a symphony. The following summer, Glière revisited Sontsovka to give further tuition. When, decades Prokofiev wrote about his lessons with Glière, he gave due credit to his teacher's sympathetic method but complained that Glière had introduced him to "square" phrase structure and conventional modulations, which he subsequently had to unlearn. Nonetheless, eq

2012 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards

The 38th Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards, given by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, honored the best in film for 2012. Best Picture: Amour Runner-up: The Master Best Director: Paul Thomas Anderson – The Master Runner-up: Kathryn Bigelow – Zero Dark Thirty Best Actor: Joaquin Phoenix – The Master Runner-up: Denis LavantHoly Motors Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook Emmanuelle Riva – Amour Best Supporting Actor: Dwight Henry – Beasts of the Southern Wild Runner-up: Christoph WaltzDjango Unchained Best Supporting Actress: Amy Adams – The Master Runner-up: Anne HathawayThe Dark Knight Rises and Les Misérables Best Screenplay: Chris TerrioArgo Runner-up: David O. Russell – Silver Linings Playbook Best Cinematography: Roger DeakinsSkyfall Runner-up: Mihai Mălaimare Jr. – The Master Best Editing: Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg – Zero Dark Thirty Runner-up: William Goldenberg – Argo Best Production Design: David Crank and Jack Fisk – The Master Runner-up: Adam Stockhausen – Moonrise Kingdom Best Music Score: Dan Romer and Benh Zeitlin – Beasts of the Southern Wild Runner-up: Jonny Greenwood – The Master Best Foreign Language Film: Holy Motors • France/Germany Runner-up: Footnote • Israel Best Documentary/Non-Fiction Film: The Gatekeepers Runner-up: Searching for Sugar Man Best Animation: Frankenweenie Runner-up: It's Such a Beautiful Day New Generation Award: Benh Zeitlin – Beasts of the Southern Wild Career Achievement Award: Frederick Wiseman The Douglas Edwards Experimental/Independent Film/Video Award: Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel – Leviathan 38th Annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards

A Portrait of Thelonious

A Portrait of Thelonious is a studio album by jazz pianist Bud Powell, released on Columbia in 1965, featuring a session recorded at Studio Charlot in Paris on 17 December 1961, with Pierre Michelot on bass and Kenny Clarke on drums. The session was the second of two produced by Cannonball Adderley with Powell, following the A Tribute to Cannonball session recorded two days earlier; the album was digitally remastered and re-released on CD in 1997 with one additional take and without the fake applause added to the original LP. The album features four Monk compositions, only one of, recorded by Powell, the album fittingly begins with this, "Off Minor", a song which Powell included in his first session as leader, recorded in January 1947 – its first recording since Monk himself only recorded it in October the same year. All songs were written except where noted. "Off Minor" – 5:20 "There Will Never Be Another You" – 4:17 "Ruby, My Dear" – 5:46 "No Name Blues" – 6:38"Thelonious" – 3:46 "Monk's Mood" – 7:06 "I Ain't Fooling" – 3:19 "Squatty" – 5:48 "Squatty" – 5:04 Bud Powell – piano Pierre Michelot – bass Kenny Clarke – drums Cannonball Adderley – producer Orrin Keepnews – liner notes, reissue producer Nica de Koenigswarter – cover art Dan Morgenstern – liner notes Mark Wilder – remastering

Kianggeh, Brunei-Muara

Kianggeh is a mukim in the Brunei-Muara District of Brunei. It is located in the central part of the district, bordering the mukims of Berakas A and Berakas B to the north, Kota Batu to the east and south, the Kampong Ayer mukims and Lumapas to the south, Kilanas to the south-west and Gadong B to the west. Kianggeh is part of the municipal area of Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital of Brunei. Kianggeh is a mukim, the second-level administrative division of Brunei, whereby it is one of the mukims or subdistricts of Brunei-Muara District; the head for the community of Kianggeh is a penghulu. The area of Kianggeh is subdivided into nine villages, which are the third- and lowest-level subdivisions of Brunei, they include: City Centre, Kianggeh, Kumbang Pasang, Pusar Ulak, Tasek Lama and Tungkadeh. All of these villages are among the neighbourhoods of Bandar Seri Begawan. Notes: During the reign of Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddin III, Kumbang Pasang was considered a mukim, but in the reign of Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, Kumbang Pasang ceased to be a mukim and become absorbed within Mukim Kianggeh and is now a part of its areas till the present day

The Astronaut Farmer

The Astronaut Farmer is a 2006 American drama film directed by Michael Polish, who co-wrote the screenplay with his brother Mark. The film stars Billy Bob Thornton, Virginia Madsen, Bruce Dern, Max Thieriot; the plot is about a Texas rancher who attempts to construct a rocket in his barn and launch himself into outer space. Charles Farmer is a former U. S. Air Force fighter pilot and astronaut-in-training who reluctantly resigned from the space program and was discharged from the military before he could fulfill his dream of becoming a vital part of NASA, he did so in order to take over his family's failing ranch in Texas after his financially strapped father's suicide prior to the ranch being foreclosed on. Having missed the opportunity to travel into space, he decides to build a working replica of the historic Mercury-Atlas rocket and spacecraft in the barn on his secluded ranch in the fictional town of Story, using all his assets and facing his own foreclosure of the ranch as a result, but he has done so with the ongoing support of his wife Audrey, his teenage son Shepard, young daughters Stanley and Sunshine.

When he begins making inquiries about purchasing rocket fuel, the FBI and FAA step in to investigate, the ensuing publicity thrusts Farmer into the spotlight and makes him a media darling. Farmer's launch is delayed by endless red tape created by U. S. government officials from the FAA, FBI, CIA, NASA and the Department of Defense, who seek to stall him beyond his deadline and force his creditors to foreclose on the farm. Farmer was counting on publicity to help him financially, he is denied the hydrazine fuel he requires, with government officials claiming he is a security risk and that it is too dangerous to allow a private citizen to launch a space vehicle. Facing financial ruin, he panics, climbs aboard, using a less-than-optimal substitute fuel, he somehow launches the rocket. However, after only a foot or two of vertical lift, the rocket descends back down, falls over, horizontally blasts out of the old wooden barn where it was constructed. Farmer nearly dies from other injuries after his capsule is thrown from the rocket.

News media and all their vehicles are nearly crushed in the process. During the months he spends recuperating, public interest in his project wanes, while he recovers he is depressed at the failure of the project and of his dream. An inheritance from her father, Hal, is unexpectedly left to Audrey after his death, which allows them to bring their debts current. Audrey, realizing how much Charles' dream means to the entire family, encourages Charles to construct another rocket, financing it with the rest of her inheritance, he is able to do so in relative privacy. Using a ruse to distract snooping government officials, Charles succeeds in launching the rocket, while the FAA claims no such thing has occurred; as the rocket rises out of the barn, the locals and law enforcement authorities in the area are amazed to watch it rise into space. After orbiting Earth nine times and suffering a brief period of a communication blackout, Charles returns safely and is given a hero's welcome home, appearing on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and as seen in still photos shown during the end credits, while playing Elton John's Rocket Man.

Billy Bob Thornton as Charles Farmer Virginia Madsen as Audrey "Audie" Farmer Max Thieriot as Shepard Farmer Jasper Polish as Stanley Farmer Logan Polish as Sunshine Farmer Bruce Willis as Colonel Doug Masterson, USAF Bruce Dern as Hal Mark Polish as FBI Agent Mathis Jon Gries as FBI Agent Killbourne Tim Blake Nelson as Kevin Munchak Sal Lopez as Pepe Garcia J. K. Simmons as FAA Administrator Jacobson Kiersten Warren as Phyllis Rick Overton as Arnold "Arnie" Millard Richard Edson as Sherriff "Chopper" Miller Elise Eberle as Madison Roberts Julie White as Beth Goode Graham Beckel as Frank Jay Leno as himself Marshall Bell as Judge Miller Kathleen Arc as Mrs. Harder In How to Build a Rocket: The Making of The Astronaut Farmer, a bonus feature on the DVD release of the film, screenwriters Michael and Mark Polish reveal they used their father as a role model for the character of Charles Farmer; the space suit worn by Farmer is a replica of the Mercury-era Navy Mark IV pressure suit worn by all Mercury Seven astronauts prior to Mercury-Atlas 9.

Additionally, the rocket featured in the film is a nearly scale replica of the Mercury-Atlas that launched America's first astronauts into orbit. The film's soundtrack includes "Rocket Man" by Elton John, "Luckenbach, Texas" by Waylon Jennings, " Que Paso" by Texas Tornados, "John Saw That Number" by Neko Case, "Stop the World" by Dwight Yoakam, "Before the Next Teardrop Falls" by Freddy Fender, "List of Reasons" by Dale Watson, "I Made a Lover's Prayer" by Gillian Welch; the film premiered at the 2006 Mill Valley Film Festival. Its February 23, 2007 theatrical release in the United States was three days after the 45th anniversary of the country's first orbital mission, Friendship 7, piloted by John Glenn; when Thornton's character is being interviewed by Jay Leno during the closing credits, the studio audience members are not extras but the actual audience from that day's filming of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The movie received mixed reviews, it maintains a 57% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Negative reviews concentrate on the ridiculous plot and the total reliance on "a decidedly American formula of can-do crazy" while positive reviews highlight the same elements as the good things about the movie. A. O. Scott of the New York Times called the film "a disarmingly sincere follow-your-dreams fable" and added, "The tone of the film... is wide-eyed and unapologetically sentimental... With another actor in the title role... the mawkishne

Ed Tourriol

Edmond Tourriol is a French comic-book author. He was born in Talence, France in 1974, he works in the MAKMA studio. Graduated in communication, Edmond Tourriol has dedicated himself to the world of comics of superheroes through Marvel and DC Comics. During his studies in communication in Bordeaux, he developed the fanzine W. O. L. F, a magazine about heavy metal; this experience will help him create a layout. Following the creation of this magazine, he founded Climax Comics studios with his former partner Olivier Dejeufosse, he published with Climax Studios more than 50 fanzines and wrote some of his own comics Reflex and Zero Force. In 2001, he set up his advertising agency Clark System Innovation in partnership with Stephan Boschat; that same year he became a comic book translator for Semic Editions. For the French market he has translated many comic-books such as Superman, Teen Titans, The Walking Dead, Beautiful Killer for Semic and Bamboo editions. In 2003, he founded Makma studios, they work in free-lance for various publishers in the U.

S and in France. In 2004 he sets up with Nicolas Duverneuil, now one of the main comic-book websites in France. In addition to being a translator, he is a comic scriptwriter, he has resumed his career as a writer. He writes a manga penciled by Eckyo and published by Les Humanoïdes Associés. With Stephan Boschat, he is the co-writer of Mix-Man, a super-hero penciled by Sid for Milan Presse. Since 2007, he writes the official Urban Rivals comic book, adapted from the on-line game, penciled by Samuel Ménétrier and inked by Fred Vigneau both working for MAKMA studio. In January 2011, the first issue of Urban Rivals is published by Kantik editions, it was penciled by Rocio Zucchi, who he had worked with on Code Néon in Shogun magazine, he wrote the soccer-related humoristic comic book called Banc de Touche with Dan Fernandes. The two first volumes of this comic book are inspired by the difficulties experiences by the French soccer team under the management of Raymon Domenech; the series was first published in the sport magazine L’Équipe.

Since 2013, he’s been working with Dan Fernandes, Albert Carreres and Ben KG on the comic book Zlatan Style, which depicts the adventures of the soccer player Zlatan Ibrahimović in Ligue 1 in a humoristic way. To this list is added Le Réveil des Bleus, Neymar Style and two mangas: Paris Saint-Germain Infinity and L'Équipe Z. Zeitnot, 2007, Shogun editions Banc de touche, from 2010 to 2011, Kantik editions Morsures, 2011, Kantik editions Zlatan Style since 2013, Hugo BD editions Le Réveil des Bleus, 2016, Hugo BD éditions Neymar Style, 2018, Hugo BD editions Paris Saint-Germain Infinity since 2016,Soleil editions L'Équipe Z since 2016, Kotoji editions Walking Dead since 2007, Delcourt editions Invincible since 2005, Delcourt editions En Français Dans Le Texte Official Site of Studio Makma Urban Rivals Comics