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Singin' in the Rain

Singin' in the Rain is a 1952 American musical-romantic comedy film directed and choreographed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, starring Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds. It offers a lighthearted depiction of Hollywood in the late 1920s, with the three stars portraying performers caught up in the transition from silent films to "talkies"; the film was only a modest hit. O'Connor won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, Betty Comden and Adolph Green won the Writers Guild of America Award for their screenplay, while Jean Hagen was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. However, it has since been accorded legendary status by contemporary critics, is regarded as the best film musical made, the best film made in the "Freed Unit" at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, it topped the AFI's Greatest Movie Musicals list and is ranked as the fifth-greatest American motion picture of all time in its updated list of the greatest American films in 2007. In 1989, the United States Library of Congress selected the film for preservation in the National Film Registry.

In 2005 the British Film Institute included it in its list of the 50 films to be seen by the age of 14. In Sight & Sound magazine's 2017 list of the 50 greatest films of all time, Singin' in the Rain placed 20th. Don Lockwood is a popular silent film star with humble roots as a singer and stuntman. Don tolerates his vain, cunning and shallow leading lady, Lina Lamont, though their studio, Monumental Pictures, links them romantically to increase their popularity. Lina is convinced that they are despite Don's protestations otherwise. At the premiere of his latest film, The Royal Rascal, Don tells the gathered crowd a sarcastic, hyperbolic version of his life story, including his motto: "Dignity, always dignity." His words are humorously contradicted by flashbacks showing him alongside his best friend Cosmo Brown. To escape from his fans after the premiere, Don jumps into a passing car driven by Kathy Selden, she drops him off, but not before claiming to be a stage actress and sneering at his "undignified" accomplishments as a movie star.

At an after party, the head of Don's studio, R. F. Simpson, shows a short demonstration of a talking picture. To Don's amusement, Kathy pops out of a mock cake right in front of him, revealing herself to be a chorus girl. Furious at Don's teasing, she throws a real cake at him, only to accidentally hit Lina in the face and runs away. Don searches for her for weeks. While filming a romantic scene, Lina tells him. On the studio lot, Cosmo finds Kathy working in another Monumental Pictures production and gets Don, he sings her a love song, she confesses to having been a fan of his all along. After rival studio Warner Bros. has an enormous hit with its first talking picture, the 1927 film The Jazz Singer, R. F. decides he has no choice but to convert the next Lockwood and Lamont film, The Dueling Cavalier, into a talkie. The production is beset with difficulties, including Lina's grating voice and strong New York accent. An exasperated diction coach tries to teach her how to to no avail; the Dueling Cavalier's preview screening is a disaster.

Yes! Yes!" and the villain nods his head while Lina's squeaky soprano says, "No! No! No!" Afterwards, in an iconic musical moment Good Morning, Don and Cosmo come up with the idea to turn The Dueling Cavalier into a musical called The Dancing Cavalier, complete with a modern musical number called "Broadway Melody". The three are disheartened. R. F. tells them not to inform Lina about the dubbing. When Lina finds out, she is infuriated, she becomes angrier when she discovers that R. F. intends to give Kathy a big publicity buildup afterward. Lina threatens to sue R. F. unless he orders Kathy to continue working uncredited as Lina's voice. R. F. reluctantly agrees to her demands, as a clause in her contract states that the studio is responsible for media coverage of her and she can sue if she is not happy with it. The premiere of The Dancing Cavalier is a tremendous success; when the audience clamors for Lina to sing live, Cosmo, R. F. tell her to lip sync into the microphone while Kathy, concealed behind the curtain, sings into a second one.

While Lina is "singing", Cosmo, R. F. gleefully raise the curtain. Lina, flees. A distressed Kathy tries to run away as well, but Don proudly announces to the audience that she's "the real star" of the film. Kathy and Don kiss in front of a billboard for their new film, Singin' in the Rain. Gene Kelly as Don Lockwood, his performance in the song "Singin' in the Rain" is now considered to be iconic. Debbie Reynolds as Kathy Selden. Directors Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen insisted that Reynolds was always first in their minds for the role. Although the film revolves around the idea that Kathy has to dub over for Lina's voice, in the scene where Kathy is dubbing a line of Lina's dialogue

Namibia at the 2020 Summer Olympics

Namibia is scheduled to compete at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo from 24 July to 9 August 2020. It will be the nation's eighth consecutive appearance at the Summer Olympics. Namibian athletes achieved the entry standards, either by qualifying time or by world ranking, in the following track and field events: KeyNote–Ranks given for track events are within the athlete's heat only Q = Qualified for the next round q = Qualified for the next round as a fastest loser or, in field events, by position without achieving the qualifying target NR = National record N/A = Round not applicable for the event Bye = Athlete not required to compete in round Track & road events Namibia entered one boxer into the Olympic tournament. Rio 2016 Olympian Jonas Junius scored an outright semifinal victory to secure a spot in the men's lightweight division at the 2020 African Qualification Tournament in Diamniadio, Senegal. Namibia entered one rider to compete in the men's Olympic road race, by finishing in the top two, not yet qualified, at the 2019 African Championships in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

An additional spot was awarded to a Namibian cyclist in the women's road race by virtue of a top 100 individual finish in the UCI World Ranking. Namibia qualified one boat in the women's single sculls for the Games by winning the gold medal and securing the first of five berths available at the 2019 FISA African Olympic Qualification Regatta in Tunis, marking the country's debut in the sport. Qualification Legend: FA=Final A.

Jeremiah Johnson (film)

Jeremiah Johnson is a 1972 American Revisionist Western film directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Robert Redford as the title character and Will Geer as "Bear Claw" Chris Lapp. It is said to have been based on the life of the legendary mountain man John Jeremiah Johnson, recounted in Raymond Thorp and Robert Bunker's book Crow Killer: The Saga of Liver-Eating Johnson and Vardis Fisher's Mountain Man; the script was by Edward Anhalt. It was entered into the 1972 Cannes Film Festival. Mexican War veteran Jeremiah Johnson takes up the life of a mountain man, supporting himself in the Rocky Mountains as a trapper, his first winter in mountain country is difficult, he has a run-in with Paints-His-Shirt-Red, a chief of the Crow tribe. He starts out with a.30-caliber Hawken percussion rifle, which he uses as his main rifle until he finds the frozen body of mountain man Hatchet Jack clutching a.50-caliber Hawken rifle. Jack's will gives his rifle to the man. With his new rifle, Johnson inadvertently disrupts the grizzly bear hunt of the elderly and eccentric Chris Lapp, nicknamed'Bear Claw', who mentors him on living in the high country.

After a brush with Crows, including Lapp's friend Paints-His-Shirt-Red, learning the skills required to survive, Johnson sets off on his own. He comes across a cabin whose inhabitants were attacked by Blackfoot warriors, leaving only a woman and her uncommunicative son alive; the woman, maddened by grief, forces Johnson to adopt her son. He and the boy, whom Johnson dubs "Caleb", come across Del Gue, a mountain man, robbed by the Blackfeet, who have buried him to his neck in sand and stuffed feathers up his nose. Gue persuades Johnson to help recover his stolen goods, but Johnson counsels against violence when they find the Blackfoot camp; the men sneak into the camp at night to retrieve Gue's possessions, but Gue opens fire and the mountain men kill the Blackfeet. Gue takes several Blackfoot scalps. Johnson, disgusted with the needless killing, returns to Caleb. Soon afterward, they are surprised by Christianized Flatheads. Johnson unknowingly places the chief in his debt by giving him the stolen horses and scalps of the Blackfoot.

The chief gives his daughter Swan to be Johnson's bride. After the wedding, Gue goes off on his own and Johnson and Swan journey into the wilderness. Johnson finds a suitable location to build a cabin, they settle into this new home and become a family. Johnson is pressed by a troop of U. S. Army Cavalry to lead a search party to save a stranded wagon train of settlers. According to dialogue, Johnson has discussed with commanding officer Lt. Mulvey that he is reluctant to help the search party because of his need to hunt buffalo to feed his family; the soldiers ignore Johnson's advice and pressure him into leading them through a sacred Crow burial ground. While returning home by the same route, Johnson notices that the graves are now adorned with Swan's blue trinkets. Johnson sets off after the warriors who killed his family and attacks them, killing all but one, a heavy-set man who sings his death song when he realizes he cannot escape. Johnson leaves him alive and the survivor spreads the tale of the mountain man's quest for revenge throughout the region, trapping Johnson in a feud with the Crow.

The tribe sends its best warriors to kill Johnson. His legend grows and the Crow come to respect him, he meets Gue again, returns to the cabin of Caleb's mother, only to find that she has died and a new settler named Qualen and his family are living there. Nearby the Crow have built a monument to Johnson's bravery, periodically leaving trinkets and talismans as tribute. Johnson and Lapp meet for a final time, it is at this poignant meeting between student and teacher that Lapp realizes the heavy toll Johnson has taken upon himself while fighting an entire nation alone in a vast and lonesome frontier. Lapp's realization occurs when Johnson queries, "You wouldn't happen to know what month of the year it is?" Lapp replies, "No, I wouldn't, pilgrim." Johnson has a wordless encounter with Paints-His-Shirt-Red, presumed to be behind the attacks. While sitting astride their horses far apart, Johnson reaches for his rifle, but Paints-His-Shirt-Red raises his arm, open-palmed, in a gesture of peace that Johnson returns.

The film ends with the song lyrics, "And some folks say,'He's up there still.' " Robert Redford as Jeremiah Johnson Will Geer as Bear Claw Chris Lapp Stefan Gierasch as Del Gue Delle Bolton as Swan Josh Albee as Caleb Joaquín Martínez as Paints His Shirt Red Allyn Ann McLerie as the Crazy Woman Paul Benedict as Reverend Lindquist Jack Colvin as Lieutenant Mulvey Matt Clark as Qualen Richard Angarola as Chief Two-Tongues Lebreaux Charles Tyner as Robidoux In April 1968, producer Sidney Beckerman acquired the film rights to the biographical book Crow Killer: The Saga of Liver-Eating Johnson by Raymond W. Thorp Jr. and Robert Bunker. By May 1970, the rights were acquired by Warner Bros. who assigned John Milius to write a screen adaptation. Based on Crow Killer as well as Mountain Man: A Novel of Male and Female in the Early American West by Vardis Fisher, Milius first scripted what would become known as Jeremiah Johnson for $5,000. According to Milius, Edward Anhalt and David Rayfiel were brought in to work on the screenplay only for Milius to be contin