New York City
The City of New York called either New York City or New York, is the most populous city in the United States. With an estimated 2017 population of 8,622,698 distributed over a land area of about 302.6 square miles, New York is the most densely populated major city in the United States. Located at the southern tip of the state of New York, the city is the center of the New York metropolitan area, the largest metropolitan area in the world by urban landmass and one of the world's most populous megacities, with an estimated 20,320,876 people in its 2017 Metropolitan Statistical Area and 23,876,155 residents in its Combined Statistical Area. A global power city, New York City has been described as the cultural and media capital of the world, exerts a significant impact upon commerce, research, education, tourism, art and sports; the city's fast pace has inspired the term New York minute. Home to the headquarters of the United Nations, New York is an important center for international diplomacy.
Situated on one of the world's largest natural harbors, New York City consists of five boroughs, each of, a separate county of the State of New York. The five boroughs – Brooklyn, Manhattan, The Bronx, Staten Island – were consolidated into a single city in 1898; the city and its metropolitan area constitute the premier gateway for legal immigration to the United States. As many as 800 languages are spoken in New York, making it the most linguistically diverse city in the world. New York City is home to more than 3.2 million residents born outside the United States, the largest foreign-born population of any city in the world. In 2017, the New York metropolitan area produced a gross metropolitan product of US$1.73 trillion. If greater New York City were a sovereign state, it would have the 12th highest GDP in the world. New York is home to the highest number of billionaires of any city in the world. New York City traces its origins to a trading post founded by colonists from the Dutch Republic in 1624 on Lower Manhattan.
The city and its surroundings came under English control in 1664 and were renamed New York after King Charles II of England granted the lands to his brother, the Duke of York. New York served as the capital of the United States from 1785 until 1790, it has been the country's largest city since 1790. The Statue of Liberty greeted millions of immigrants as they came to the U. S. by ship in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and is an international symbol of the U. S. and its ideals of liberty and peace. In the 21st century, New York has emerged as a global node of creativity and entrepreneurship, social tolerance, environmental sustainability, as a symbol of freedom and cultural diversity. Many districts and landmarks in New York City are well known, with the city having three of the world's ten most visited tourist attractions in 2013 and receiving a record 62.8 million tourists in 2017. Several sources have ranked New York the most photographed city in the world. Times Square, iconic as the world's "heart" and its "Crossroads", is the brightly illuminated hub of the Broadway Theater District, one of the world's busiest pedestrian intersections, a major center of the world's entertainment industry.
The names of many of the city's landmarks and parks are known around the world. Manhattan's real estate market is among the most expensive in the world. New York is home to the largest ethnic Chinese population outside of Asia, with multiple signature Chinatowns developing across the city. Providing continuous 24/7 service, the New York City Subway is the largest single-operator rapid transit system worldwide, with 472 rail stations. Over 120 colleges and universities are located in New York City, including Columbia University, New York University, Rockefeller University, which have been ranked among the top universities in the world. Anchored by Wall Street in the Financial District of Lower Manhattan, New York has been called both the most economically powerful city and the leading financial center of the world, the city is home to the world's two largest stock exchanges by total market capitalization, the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ. In 1664, the city was named in honor of the Duke of York.
James's older brother, King Charles II, had appointed the Duke proprietor of the former territory of New Netherland, including the city of New Amsterdam, which England had seized from the Dutch. During the Wisconsinan glaciation, 75,000 to 11,000 years ago, the New York City region was situated at the edge of a large ice sheet over 1,000 feet in depth; the erosive forward movement of the ice contributed to the separation of what is now Long Island and Staten Island. That action left bedrock at a shallow depth, providing a solid foundation for most of Manhattan's skyscrapers. In the precolonial era, the area of present-day New York City was inhabited by Algonquian Native Americans, including the Lenape, whose homeland, known as Lenapehoking, included Staten Island; the first documented visit into New York Harbor by a European was in 1524 by Giovanni da Verrazzano, a Florentine explorer in the service of the French crown. He named it Nouvelle Angoulême. A Spanish expedition led by captain Estêvão Gomes, a Portuguese sailing for Emperor Charles V, arrived in New York Harbor in January 1525 and charted the mouth of the Hudson River, which he named Río de San Antonio.
The Padrón Rea
Thursday is a 1998 American crime/thriller/black comedy film written and directed by Skip Woods and starring Thomas Jane, Aaron Eckhart, Paula Marshall, Michael Jeter and Mickey Rourke. It won the Special Jury Prize at the Cognac Festival. In a Los Angeles convenience store one late Monday night, a small-time drug dealer named Nick is trying to decide what coffee brand to buy, his ex-lover Dallas and fellow hitman Billy Hill tell him to hurry up. Conflicts between Nick and the cashier ensue. Though the three attempt to cover up the crime, they are forced to shoot a police officer when he discovers blood on the ground. Three days Nick shows up on the doorstep of Casey Wells, an old drug dealing partner who has cleaned up his life, he is looking to adopt a child with his wife. Nick leaves a couple of suitcases in Casey's guest room before leaving to run some errands. After Nick leaves, Casey becomes suspicious of one of the suitcases and opens it to find it filled with heroin. After calling Nick to yell at him for bringing drugs into his home, he disposes of all of it in the kitchen sink.
Ice, a Jamaican Rasta hitman, enters Casey's house and is about to kill him, but Casey manages to persuade him to have a last smoke of marijuana. After having smoked, Ice is about to kill Casey. Ice begins to rap over the phone in an effort to clinch a record deal, Casey seizes the moment and knocks him out. Casey ties him up and leaves him in his garage. Dr. Jarvis, a representative from the adoption agency comes to interview Casey about his fitness to be a father. Dr. Jarvis is curious to know what Casey did for several years when he lived in L. A. as there is no account of his time there. Casey tries his best to cover up his past as well as his recent encounter with the hitman. During the interview, who wants the money that she believes Nick left with Casey along with the heroin, shows up, she scares away Dr. Jarvis from the adoption agency by telling a story about Casey's drug-dealing and murdering past; when left alone with Casey, Dallas questions him about the money's whereabouts. Angry that he cannot help her, she decides to kill him.
But not before she ties him up to a chair, fellates him to force an erection, strips naked and proceeds to mount and rape him. She tells him she will not kill him until he orgasms and she plans to go on until she makes him get an orgasm. Delivering on her word, she gets no results from him. While Dallas reaches a third orgasm, Billy breaks in and shoots her, splattering her blood all over Casey, his walls and his floor. Billy believes Casey when told that he does not have the heroin, but plans on torturing him with a saw and a blow torch anyhow, while he brags about his prowess and technique of cauterization as he sets to work. Billy is interrupted by cops raiding the house next door; as Billy checks on it Casey is able to loosen the tape around his wrists and grabs a frying pan and sits back down. Billy tells Casey the cops got the wrong house; as he is about to proceed, he notices. But catching Billy off guard, Casey overpowers him, leaves him in the garage. Nick calls Casey from a pay phone, apologizes for everything and admits he had stolen the heroin and money from the police.
After he hangs up, it is revealed to us that Nick has been shot, is bleeding seemingly about to die. Corrupt cop Kasarov arrives with a bag which contains Nick's head, he tells him that he does not care about the heroin. Kasarov sees the garage with Ice and Billy tied up and Dallas dead and unloads a magazine into Ice and Billy, he tells Casey to throw them out as it is garbage day. In the end, Casey calls Ice's boss and tells him that the heroin is being auctioned off at 7 p.m. at his house, setting up a gun battle between the Jamaicans and the corrupt officers. He recalls Nick's earlier words which promptly lead him to find the money and a wedding present in the spare tire of his car, he takes them, puts them in Dallas's Lamborghini Diablo car and goes to pick his wife up at the airport to escape the country. Thomas Jane as Casey Wells Aaron Eckhart as Nick Paulina Porizkova as Dallas James LeGros as Billy Hill Paula Marshall as Christine Michael Jeter as Dr. Jarvis Glenn Plummer as Ice Mickey Rourke as Detective Kasarov Shawn Michael Howard as Jimmy Gary Dourdan as Lester "Ball-peen" James Luck Hari as Cashier Bari K. Willerford as Cop Brian Hooks as Jary Thursday received mixed reviews from the critics.
Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times detested both the film and the director, dismissing it as "a series of geek-show sequences in which characters are tortured, raped and dismembered in between passages of sexist and racist language", stating that "watching it, I felt outrage. I saw a movie so reprehensible I couldn't rationalize it using the standard critical language about style, genre, or irony; the people associated with it should be ashamed of themselves." On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 33% approval rating, based on 6 reviews. At the Cognac Festival du Film Policier the film won the 1999 Special Jury Prize, it was nominated for an Artios Award in the category of Best Casting of an Independent Feature Film. Thursday on IMDb Thursday at Rotten Tomatoes Thursday trailer at NY Times
Deborah Cox is a Canadian singer, songwriter and record producer. She was born in Toronto, Cox began performing on television commercials at age 12, entered various talent shows in her teenage years before becoming a professional backing vocalist for Celine Dion. In 1994, she relocated to the United States and was signed to Arista Records by Clive Davis, releasing her self-titled debut album the following year, her second studio album One Wish was certified platinum in the United States and was marked by the commercial success of the pop crossover single "Nobody's Supposed to Be Here", which would become Cox's most successful entry on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at number two and remaining there for eight consecutive weeks. Cox signed with J Records for her third studio album The Morning After, which saw moderate commercial success. Cox ventured into acting in the 2000s, making her film debut in the Canadian drama film Love Come Down and her stage debut in 2004, in the title role in the Broadway musical Aida.
She has since appeared in smaller films and several musical productions, including the horror-drama Jekyll & Hyde, the biographical musical Josephine and the musical adaptation of The Bodyguard. Cox's most recent studio albums, Destination Moon and The Promise, have been released through her own independent record label, Deco Recording Group. In 2017, her single "Let the World Be Ours Tonight" became her 13th number-one hit on Billboard's Dance Club Songs over the span of three consecutive decades. In 2016, Billboard listed Cox at 23rd on its list of the Greatest of All Time Top Dance Club Artists. An eight-time Juno Award nominee, she has won four awards and is cited as Canada's top R&B artist. Deborah Cox was born in Toronto to parents of Afro-Guyanese descent, grew up in Scarborough and attended John XXIII Catholic Elementary School and Earl Haig Secondary School, she began singing on TV commercials at age 12, entered various talent shows including an appearance on Tiny Talent Time. She performed in nightclubs as a teenager, began to write music around the same time.
Cox entered the music industry in the early 1990s, performing as a backup vocalist for Celine Dion for six months. After receiving many rejection letters from Canadian record labels that claimed their "quota" had been reached, Cox moved to Los Angeles in 1994 with producer and songwriting partner, Lascelles Stephens. In 1995, label executive Clive Davis signed Cox to Arista Records. Featuring production from Dallas Austin, Keith Crouch, Tim & Bob, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, she released her self-titled debut album the same year. A middling commercial and critical success, the album peaked at number 102 on US Billboard 200 but emegered as a steady seller receiving a gold certification by the Recording Industry Association of America, while going platinum in Canada. Lead single "Sentimental" entered the top five on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, while follow-up "Who Do U Love" attained worldwide success, becoming a top twenty success in Australia, New Zealand and the US reaching the top of Billboard's Dance Club Songs.
In 1996, Deborah Cox won Cox a Juno Award for Best R&B/Soul Recording at the annual award cerremony and earned her a Best Soul/R&B New Artist nomination at the 1996 American Music Awards. Cox contributed the non-album song "Things Just Ain't The Same" to the soundtrack to the 1997 film Money Talks. A dance remix of the song, produced by Hex Hector, became her second number-one hit on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart and was included on her second album, 1998's One Wish; as with her self-titled debut album, her sophomore effort was once again executive-produced by Davis, but featured more uptempo, contemporary R&B, a slew of new producers and personnel to incorporate dance and club music, including Montell Jordan, Anthony "Shep" Crawford, Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, DJ Quik. One Wish peaked at number 72 on the Billboard 200 and earned a platinum certification from the RIAA, while reaching gold status in Canada; the album capitalized on the crossover success of lead single "Nobody's Supposed to Be Here" which became Cox's most successful entry on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number two, remaining there for eight consecutive weeks, making it one of the longest stays at number two in chart history.
The song reached number one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, spending a record-breaking 14 weeks at number one, while third single "We Can't Be Friends," a duet with R. L. Huggar, reached the top ten, with "It's Over Now" and "I Never Knew" become chart toppers on the Dance Club Songs chart. After One Wish, Cox collaborated with singer Whitney Houston on her single "Same Script, Different Cast" from the compilation album Whitney: The Greatest Hits. Incorporating a backing track of Ludwig van Beethoven's "Für Elise" during the intro, it was released as a radio-only promo single and became a minor hit on Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 70 while reaching number 14 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. In 2000, Cox made her acting debut when she starred in Clement Virgo's Canadian drama film Love Come Down, playing a nightclub singer; the film garnered eight nominations at the 21st Genie Awards, including two Best Original Song nominations for Cox's songs "29" and "Our Love". In 2001, Cox recorded "Absolutely Not", for the soundtrack to Dr. Dolittle 2 which became her sixth number one hit on Billboard's Dance Club Songs.
Cox's third album The Morning After was released in November 2002 on J Records following a frustratingly long departure from Arista. It marked the Cox's first record under Clive Davis's label, with Davis once more serving as executive producer. Keen to build on the success of her previous album One Wish, he enlisted the help of producers su
Next Day Air
Next Day Air is a 2009 American action comedy film and thriller, released by Summit Entertainment on May 8, 2009. The film starring Donald Faison and Mike Epps was produced on an estimated budget of $3 million. Two criminals accidentally accept a package of cocaine which they must sell before the real owner finds it missing. Leo works for Next Day Air, a package delivery company, but is going to get fired for any more mistakes. While delivering a package addressed to Jesus in apartment 303, Leo accidentally delivers it to apartment 302. Before Leo can leave Jesus asks if Leo has the package and gets worried when he is empty handed. Guch and Brody, two inept criminals, open the package and find ten bricks of cocaine hidden in a clay pot. Brody remembers that his cousin, has cut cocaine before. Shavoo and his partner, come to Guch's apartment and settle on $15,000 a brick. Bodega, Jesus's boss and original sender of the package, calls to confirm. Jesus tells Bodega it was not delivered though the tracking information says otherwise.
Jesus is concerned that Bodega assumes that Leo stole the package. While searching Jesus tells Chita that his previous boss was killed because of a similar situation. Jesus and Chita find another employee of NDA, who they hold at gun point and steal his watch. Realizing that it is not Leo they continue their search. Shavoo has trouble getting his money from storage, he finds the storage garage where his money and supplies are. Shavoo and Buddy locks the clerk and his accomplice inside a garage and gagged with duct tape. Bodega surprises Jesus in Philadelphia, to his dismay, they search for Leo together. Jesus tortures Leo but he can't remember anything. Back at the apartments Leo is walking down the hallway and remembers he delivered it to 302. Bodega forces Leo to request the package back. Brody informs Leo. Bodega forces his way into the apartment. Everyone is at gun point but Guch takes the first shot at Jesus. After the gunfight Shavoo limps away nearly dead. Luckily, he is saved by the watch. Jesus and Chita walk away with the cocaine.
Donald Faison as Leo: Faison "campaigned" to get this role to the point of begging because he wanted to work with Epps and Def. Mike Epps as Brody: Epps did not do any improvising because he wanted to show people he did not "have to improv to be in a movie and be funny and do a good job." Wood Harris as Guch Yasmin Deliz as Chita: Yasmin was a little worried about performing a Santería ritual but was willing to do it after reassurance from her mom that God was on her side. Omari Hardwick as Shavoo Darius McCrary as Buddy Cisco Reyes as Jesus: While auditioning with Yasmin he gave her a spanking to get her out the door and that helped her get the part. Emilio Rivera as Bodega Lobo Sebastian as Rhino Mos Def as Eric Lauren London as Ivy Debbie Allen as Ms. Jackson Cassidy as Cass Jo D. Jonz as Wade Malik Barnhardt as Hassie Benny Boom got attached to the project when a friend got him in touch with a producer, he believed he could put his own style on it. He was attracted to the script because it takes place in his hometown of Philadelphia.
Next Day Air was shot in 20 days which Boom said he was able to do because he had the film edited in his head. In the audio commentary of the DVD, the director mentions how he forbade the use of the "n" word for on-screen dialogue, how that element is sometimes incorrectly attributed to Mos Def; the film received mixed to negative reviews receiving a 46/100 rating on Metacritic based on 20 reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes it received a "rotten" rating with a 22% based on 60 reviews; the general consensus was "Rife with half-baked jokes and excessive violence, Next Day Air is an uninspired stoner comedy."Sam Adams of the Los Angeles Times gave the film a negative review citing the fact that the director could not make up his mind, "whether he wants to make a straight-up crime movie or a tongue-in-cheek riff on the genre, he lacks the wherewithal to do both at once." He went on to say that the film's plot had enough holes you could drive a delivery truck through." The Boston Globe writer Janice Page thought the film had too many "deep talks" and that "none of these characters provides more than a smattering of laughs."Roger Ebert gave the film a more positive review stating that Benny Boom "knows what he's doing and skillfully intercuts the story strands."
Ebert wrote that the film has a lot of "dire dialogue" and it is "very sunny" Another positive review from Nathan Lee of The New York Times wrote that Next Day Air had "a script that snaps, characters that pop, a blaze of streetwise attitude." He continued saying the film is "violent and profane but never vulgar or inhuman." The film opened at #6 on its opening weekend, behind Star Trek, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, 17 Again with $4 million in revenue. Next Day Air declined in the box office during its eight-week run; the film grossed $10,027,047 ranking it 111 in films released in 2009. Next Day Air was released on September 15, 2009 on DVD; as of November 2009, it had grossed $4,578,713. Official website Next Day Air on IMDb Next Day Air at Box Office Mojo Next Day Air at Rotten Tomatoes Next Day Air at Metacritic Next Day Air at AllMovie
New York University
New York University is a private research university founded in New York City but now with campuses and locations throughout the world. Founded in 1831, NYU's historical campus is in New York City; as a global university, students can graduate from its degree-granting campuses in NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai, as well as study at its 12 academic centers in Accra, Buenos Aires, London, Los Angeles, Paris, Sydney, Tel Aviv, Washington, D. C. For the class that matriculated in the fall of 2019, NYU received nearly 85,000 applications for its undergraduate programs. In 2018, NYU was ranked amongst the top 40 universities worldwide by the Academic Ranking of World Universities, Times Higher Education World University Rankings, U. S. News & World Report. Alumni include heads of state, eminent scientists and entrepreneurs, media figures, founders and CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, astronauts; as of March 2019, 37 Nobel Laureates, 8 Turing Award winners, 5 Fields Medalists, over 30 Academy Award winners, over 30 Pulitzer Prize winners, hundreds of members of the National Academies of Sciences and United States Congress have been affiliated as faculty or alumni.
Globally, NYU is ranked 7th by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for producing alumni who are millionaires, 4th by Wealth-X for producing ultra high net-worth and billionaire alumni. Albert Gallatin, Secretary of Treasury under Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, declared his intention to establish "in this immense and fast-growing city... a system of rational and practical education fitting and graciously opened to all". A three-day-long "literary and scientific convention" held in City Hall in 1830 and attended by over 100 delegates debated the terms of a plan for a new university; these New Yorkers believed the city needed a university designed for young men who would be admitted based upon merit rather than birthright or social class. On April 18, 1831, an institution was established, with the support of a group of prominent New York City residents from the city's merchants and traders. Albert Gallatin was elected as the institution's first president. On April 21, 1831, the new institution received its charter and was incorporated as the University of the City of New York by the New York State Legislature.
The university has been popularly known as New York University since its inception and was renamed New York University in 1896. In 1832, NYU held its first classes in rented rooms of four-story Clinton Hall, situated near City Hall. In 1835, the School of Law, NYU's first professional school, was established. Although the impetus to found a new school was a reaction by evangelical Presbyterians to what they perceived as the Episcopalianism of Columbia College, NYU was created non-denominational, unlike many American colleges at the time. American Chemical Society was founded in 1876 at NYU, it became one of the nation's largest universities, with an enrollment of 9,300 in 1917. NYU had its Washington Square campus since its founding; the university purchased a campus at University Heights in the Bronx because of overcrowding on the old campus. NYU had a desire to follow New York City's development further uptown. NYU's move to the Bronx occurred in 1894, spearheaded by the efforts of Chancellor Henry Mitchell MacCracken.
The University Heights campus was far more spacious. As a result, most of the university's operations along with the undergraduate College of Arts and Science and School of Engineering were housed there. NYU's administrative operations were moved to the new campus, but the graduate schools of the university remained at Washington Square. In 1914, Washington Square College was founded as the downtown undergraduate college of NYU. In 1935, NYU opened the "Nassau College-Hofstra Memorial of New York University at Hempstead, Long Island"; this extension would become a independent Hofstra University. In 1950, NYU was elected to the Association of American Universities, a nonprofit organization of leading public and private research universities. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, financial crisis gripped the New York City government and the troubles spread to the city's institutions, including NYU. Feeling the pressures of imminent bankruptcy, NYU President James McNaughton Hester negotiated the sale of the University Heights campus to the City University of New York, which occurred in 1973.
In 1973, the New York University School of Engineering and Science merged into Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, which merged back into NYU in 2014 forming the present Tandon School of Engineering. After the sale of the Bronx campus, University College merged with Washington Square College. In the 1980s, under the leadership of President John Brademas, NYU launched a billion-dollar campaign, spent entirely on updating facilities; the campaign was set to complete in 15 years, but ended up being completed in 10. In 1991, L. Jay Oliva was inaugurated the 14th president of the university. Following his inauguration, he moved to form the League of World Universities, an international organization consisting of rectors and presidents from urban universities across six continents; the league and its 47 representatives gather every two years to discuss global issues in education. In 2003 President John Sexton launched a $2.5 billion campaign for funds to be spent on faculty and financial aid resources.
Under Sextons leadership, NYU began its radical transformation into a global university. In 2009, the university responded to a series of New York Times interviews that showed a pattern of labor abuses in its fledgling Abu Dhabi location, creating a statement of
The Cable Guy
The Cable Guy is a 1996 American psychological thriller comedy film directed by Ben Stiller, starring Jim Carrey and Matthew Broderick. It was released in the United States on June 14, 1996; the film co-stars Leslie Mann, Jack Black, George Segal, Diane Baker, Eric Roberts, Owen Wilson, Janeane Garofalo, David Cross, Andy Dick, Amy Stiller, Bob Odenkirk. Despite a modest commercial reception, the movie received mixed reviews. After a failed marriage proposal to his girlfriend Robin Harris, Steven M. Kovacs moves into his own apartment. Taking advice from his friend Rick, Steven bribes cable guy, Ernie "Chip" Douglas, to give him free movie channels. Chip gets Steven to hang out with him the next day and makes him one of his "preferred customers". Chip takes Steven to the satellite dish responsible for sending out television signals. Steven tells his problems with Robin to Chip, who advises him to admit his faults to Robin and invite her over to watch Sleepless in Seattle. Chip begins acting more suspiciously, running into Steven and his friends at the gym and leaving several messages on Steven's answering machine.
When Robin comes over to watch the movie, the cable is out, due to Chip, who intentionally sabotaged Steven's cable. Chip fixes the cable under the condition that they hang out again, to which Steven reluctantly agrees. Chip takes Steven to Medieval Times, where Chip arranges for them to battle in the arena, referencing the Star Trek episode "Amok Time". Chip behaves aggressively, nearly killing Steven, who bests him in combat; when they arrive at Steven's home, Chip reveals that he's installed an expensive home theater system in his living room, which includes a television and a karaoke machine. Chip hosts a party attended by Chip's "preferred customers". Steven decides to enjoy the party and with Chip's help, Steven sleeps with a young party guest named Heather, who Chip reveals is a prostitute, to which Steven responds by throwing him out. Chip tracks down Robin, on a date with another man; when the man goes to the bathroom, Chip beats him and tells him to stay away from Robin. He upgrades Robin's cable, saying that it is on Steven.
Robin decides to get back together with Steven as a result. However, Steven tells Chip that they cannot be friends, which sets a hurt Chip on a series of vengeful acts, he gets Steven arrested for possession of stolen property at the moment that Steven makes a big business deal. During his time in jail, he is visited by his parents and Chip, who mocks him through a prison visitation window. Steven tries to alert a guard about Chip, but the guard is one of Chip's "preferred customers" and thus does not react. After a weekend of humiliation, Steven is released on bail. During a dinner with his family and Robin, Steven is horrified to see Chip in attendance. Steven tells him to leave, but Chip tells him to play along or he will show everyone a picture of Steven with the prostitute; the evening goes from bad to worse when Chip manipulates the family, tells several bad jokes, pushes Steven too far by playing a sexualized version of the game show Password with the rest of the family. Steven flies into a rant about Chip's true intentions but nobody believes him.
Chip whispers something disturbing about Robin into Steven's ear, which results in Steven punching Chip in the face, shocking everyone else. Chip leaves, feigning depression. Steven is fired from his job the next day when Chip sends out a video of Steven insulting his boss, recorded on a hidden camera in his apartment. Steven has a nightmare about Chip breaking down his door and chasing him out of the window in the middle of the night with eerie green eyes. After doing some investigating, Rick tells Steven that Chip has been fired from the cable company for stalking customers, uses the names of television characters as aliases such as Chip Douglas from My Three Sons and Larry Tate from Bewitched. Chip calls Steven that night, telling him he is paying Robin a visit. After visiting Robin's empty apartment, Steven tracks them down to the satellite dish, where Chip holds Robin hostage in a rainstorm. After a physical altercation and a chase, Steven is able to save Robin; as the police arrive, Chip goes into a speech on how he was raised by television and apologizes to Steven for being a bad friend.
Chip dives backwards from the top of a ladder above the satellite dish, falling onto it and knocking out the television signal to the entire town. Chip survives the fall and avoids the satellite's middle spike, much to his dismay, injures his back; as Steven and Robin reunite, Steven asks for his real name. Chip jokingly replies "Ricky Ricardo". Chip is taken to the hospital in a helicopter; when one of the paramedics addresses him as "buddy", Chip asks the paramedic if he is his buddy, to which the paramedic replies "Yeah, sure you are", causing Chip to smile deviously. First time screenwriter Lou Holtz, Jr. had the idea for The Cable Guy while working as a prosecutor in Los Angeles, declaring that he once saw a cable company employee in the hallway of his mother's apartment building and started thinking, "What's he doing here so late?" The screenplay became the subject of a bidding war, won by Columbia Pictures at a price of $1 million. The role of the Cable Guy was written for Chris Farley, who turned it down due to scheduling difficulties.
Jim Carrey joined the production, receiving a record $20 million to star. Following Carrey's signing, Columbia hired Judd Apatow to produce; the studio rebuffed Apatow's interest in directing, but accepted his suggestion to invite Ben Stiller, star of his eponymous show on which Apatow had worked. The original screenplay by Lou Holtz, Jr. was a lighter comedy, described by Apatow as "a What About Bob? Annoying friend movie