Chump Change (film)
Chump Change is a 2000 comedy film and directed by and starring Stephen Burrows. The film is based on Burrows' experiences as a screen writer. Stephen Burrows... Milwaukee Steve Tim Matheson... Simon'Sez' Simone Traci Lords... Sam Jerry Stiller... The Colonel Anne Meara... Casting Director Abe Vigoda... The Frog Clancy Brown... The Man Mary Scheer.... Agent #2 Official website Chump Change on IMDb Chump Change at Rotten Tomatoes Chump Change at AllMovie
A Bucket of Blood (1995 film)
A Bucket of Blood is a 1995 American black comedy horror film directed by Michael James McDonald. The film features Will Ferrell in his film debut, Jennifer Coolidge in only her second film role, it is a remake of A Bucket of Blood, the 1959 cult film directed by Roger Corman, who produced the remake. Both films tell the story of a nerdy busboy who turns to murder in order to create his unique sculptures; the remake, made for Showtime, was released on home video under the title The Death Artist. It has never been made available on DVD; the 1995 remake follows the original with some changes, including a contemporary setting. It was part of Roger Corman Presents on Showtime. Walter Paisley works at a cappuccino bar called the Jabberjaw. Several characters are added to the story, including an older rich couple looking for art by new talent; the screenplay by Brendan Broderick portrays the characters in a different way from Charles B. Griffith's original version. Walter is played more darkly, with a bitterness and rage that becomes apparent from the first moments on screen.
Carla is played as a thick-accented Eurotrash type with too much makeup. Maxwell Brock is more pretentious. Leonard the owner is more craven; the stoner types are played by then-unknown Will David Cross. In the scene where the fateful death of the landlady's cat occurs, Walter sees a leftover supply of plaster and a mortar kit within the partition where the cat was trapped prior to his accidentally skewering the animal, he uses that to encase the cat and his victims. The impetuous undercover cop who follows Walter and tries to bully him into a confession of being a drug mule is played to be more obnoxious than the same character played in the original by Burt Convy. So, too, is the character of Alice made to be so nasty that she begs Walter's wrath; when he convinces her to model for him, there is frontal nudity. The implied sexual tension is made more candid as Alice taunts Walter about his virginity; this enrages Walter so much that when he springs his trap on her, he doesn't strangle her so much as breaks her neck.
The sculptures he creates are less abstract than in the original film. Absent is the element of magical realism where, once the jig is up, the "ghostly" voices of Walter's victims sting his conscience and drive him to render justice unto himself by hanging; the remake ends with a "where are they now?" Photo sequence that explains that Carla was so traumatized by Walter's death that she became a mute, Maxwell attempted to imitate Walter's "final work of genius" by committing suicide—and failed, Leonard burned down his business and collected on the insurance money, Cuff and Link found success with their work and now live together as roommates. Anthony Michael Hall was cast because of his roles in the Brat Pack movies of the 1980s. ”That’s what people identify him with, for better or worse,” said associate producer Darin Spillman. ”We were remaking a 1950s film and wanted someone identified with a new generation.”"It is what it is," said Hall of the film. A Bucket of Blood on IMDb A Bucket of Blood on YouTube A Bucket Of Blood at AllMovie Joe Bob Briggs.
"The Death Artist review". Archived from the original on 2006-11-01. A Bucket of Blood at Letterbox DVD
Stop at Nothing
Stop at Nothing is the fourth album by the Maryland technical death metal band Dying Fetus. The album, like its predecessor, Destroy the Opposition, was produced by Steve Carr. Shortly after the release of Destroy the Opposition, all of the band except for John Gallagher quit. Gallagher brought in new vocalist Vince Matthews, guitarist Mike Kimball, bass guitarist Sean Beasley and drummer Eric Seyanga; the black and white part of the cover of the album is part of a photograph taken by Lewis Wickes Hine, the American sociologist and photographer, called "Power house mechanic working on steam pump". The steam pump has been shown in color while the original photo was black and white. A video was produced for the song "One Shot, One Kill". Two tracks from the album were used in Viva La Bam, "Schematics" in the second-season episode "Tree Top Casino" and "Forced Elimination" in the third-season episode "Angry Ape". All tracks written except where noted. Vince Matthews - vocals John Gallagher - guitars/vocals Mike Kimball - guitars Sean Beasley - bass guitar Erik Sayenga - drums
HBO is an American premium cable and satellite television network owned by the namesake unit Home Box Office, Inc. a division of AT&T's WarnerMedia. The program which featured on the network consists of theatrically released motion pictures and original television shows, along with made-for-cable movies and occasional comedy and concert specials. HBO is the oldest and longest continuously operating pay television service in the United States, having been in operation since November 8, 1972. In 2016, HBO had an adjusted operating income of US$1.93 billion, compared to the US$1.88 billion it accrued in 2015. HBO has 130 million subscribers worldwide as of 2016; the network provides seven 24-hour multiplex channels, including HBO Comedy, HBO Latino, HBO Signature, HBO Family. It launched the streaming service HBO Now in April 2015 and has over 2 million subscribers in the United States as of February 2017; as of July 2015, HBO's programming is available to 36,493,000 households with at least one television set in the United States, making it the second largest premium channel in the United States.
In addition to its U. S. subscriber base, HBO distributes content in at least 151 countries, with 130 million subscribers worldwide. HBO subscribers pay for an extra tier of service that includes other cable- and satellite-exclusive channels before paying for the channel itself. However, a regulation imposed by the Federal Communications Commission requires that cable providers allow subscribers to get just "limited" basic cable and premium services such as HBO, without subscribing to expanded service. Cable providers can require the use of a converter box—usually digital—in order to receive HBO. HBO provides its content through digital media. HBO maintains near-ubiquitous distribution in hotels across the United States through agreements with DirecTV, Echostar, SONIFI Solutions, Satellite Management Services, Inc. Telerent Leasing Corporation, Total Media Concepts and World Cinema as well as cable providers that maintain hospitality service arrangements with individual hotels and local franchises of national hotel/motel chains.
Since June 2018, through a content partnership with Enseo, HBO Go is distributed to some Marriott International hotels around the U. S.. Many HBO programs have been syndicated to other networks and broadcast television stations, a number of HBO-produced series and films have been released on DVD. Since HBO's more successful series air on over-the-air broadcasters in other countries, HBO's programming has the potential of being exposed to a higher percentage of the population of those countries compared to the United States; because of the cost of HBO, many Americans only view HBO programs through DVDs or in basic cable or broadcast syndication—months or years after these programs have first aired on the network—and with editing for both content and to allow advertising, although several series have filmed alternate "clean" scenes intended for syndication runs. In 1965, Charles Dolan—who had done pioneering work in the commercial use of cables and had developed Teleguide, a closed-circuit tourist information television system distributed to hotels in the New York metropolitan area—won a franchise to build a cable television system in the Lower Manhattan section of New York City.
The new system, which Dolan named "Sterling Information Services", became the first urban underground cable televisi
The Big Jump
The Big Jump is a science fiction novel by American writer Leigh Brackett, centered on the first manned expedition to Barnard's Star. The novel was first published in the February 1953 issue of Space Stories, its first book publication was in the early Ace Double D-103 with Philip K. Dick's first novel, Solar Lottery; the novel begins with the entire Solar System waiting for the news of the first successful interstellar expedition to Barnard's Star, a mission named "The Big Jump". However, only one crewman, returns, half-dead and with a body so changed he's human; the protagonist Comyn attempts to uncover the truth about the Big Jump and his missing friend, crewman Paul Rogers. Comyn speaks with Ballantyne and gains valuable information about a planet around the star and what the crew had found there. In an attempt to rescue Rogers, he meets the Cochrane family. Comyn claims to know detailed information about the Star, leading the Cochrane family to build another starship, they send Comyn out to rescue the other crew members but Comyn suspects that one of his crew is planning to murder him...
Joachim Boaz, in the SF Mistressworks blog, wrote that the brevity of novel prevented substantial character development and criticized the simplicity of the plot but praised Brackett's prose, "adept at creating haunting sequences, poignant images, genuine excitement." He concluded that the novel was "a solid pulp sci-fi adventure with a few delightful poetic moments."The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction described it as "efficient but seem somewhat routine when set beside Brackett's best single pure-sf work, The Long Tomorrow."
Spy Hard is a 1996 American spy comedy film parody starring Leslie Nielsen and Nicollette Sheridan, parodying James Bond movies and other action films. The introduction to the movie is sung by comedy artist "Weird Al" Yankovic, it was the first film to be written by Aaron Seltzer. The film's title is a pun of Die Hard; the film was produced by Doug Draizin and Jeffrey Konvitz. The film was released by Buena Vista Pictures on May 24, 1996, receiving negative reviews from critics. While many praised Nielsen's acting and its humor, most found the script and its direction disappointing; the film grossed $26 million against a production budget of $18 million. Secret agent WD-40 Dick Steele has his work cut out for him. Along with the mysterious and lovely Veronique Ukrinsky, Agent 3.14, he must rescue the kidnapped Barbara Dahl and stop the evil genius, a General named Rancor, from seizing control of the entire world. Rancor no longer has arms. However, he can "arm" himself by attaching robotic limbs with various weapons attached.
Steele is talked out of retirement by an old friend, agent Steven Bishop, given his new assignment by The Director, testing out a variety of elaborate disguises. At headquarters, Steele encounters an old agency nemesis, Norm Coleman, flirts with the Director's adoring secretary, referred to as Miss Cheevus. On the job, Steele is assisted by an agent named Kabul, who gives him rides in a never-ending variety of specially designed cars, they seek help from McLuckey, a blond child left home alone, good at fending off intruders. Steele resists the temptations of a dangerous woman, but he does work closely with Agent 3.14, whose father, Professor Ukrinsky, is being held captive by Rancor. Everything comes to an explosive conclusion at the General's remote fortress, where Steele rescues both Barbara Dahl and Miss Cheevus and launches a disarmed Rancor into outer space, saving mankind. Leslie Nielsen as Dick Steele, WD-40 Nicollette Sheridan as Veronique Ukrinsky, Agent 3.14 Charles Durning as The Director Marcia Gay Harden as Miss Cheevus Barry Bostwick as Norm Coleman John Ales as Kabul Andy Griffith as General Rancor Elya Baskin as Professor Ukrinsky Mason Gamble as McCluckey Carlos Lauchu as Slice Stephanie Romanov as Victoria and Barbara Dahl Joyce Brothers as Steele's Tag Team Member Ray Charles as Bus Driver Hulk Hogan as Dick's tag-team partner Roger Clinton as Agent Clinton Robert Culp as Businessman Fabio Lanzoni as Himself Robert Guillaume as Steven Bishop Pat Morita as Brian the Waiter Talisa Soto as Desiree More Mr. T as a helicopter pilot Alex Trebek as Agency Tape Recorder Taylor Negron as Painter Clyde Kusatsu as Noggin Curtis Armstrong as Pastry chef Tina Arning as Dancer #1 William Barillaro as Blind Driver Michael Berryman as the man with the oxygen mask Downtown Julie Brown as Cigarette Girl Stephen Burrows as Agent Burrows Keith Campbell as Thug #2 Carl Ciarfalio as Thug #1 Brad Grunberg as Postal Worker Wayne Cotter as Male Dancer Rick Cramer as Heimlich, Rancor Terrorist Eddie Deezen as Rancor guard that gets spit on Joey Dente as Goombah, Dead Wise Guy Paul Eliopoulos as Agent #1 Andrew Christian English as Paratrooper Johnny G as Agent #2 Loren & Ginger Janes as couple in elevator Michael Lee Gogin as Short Rancor guard Bruce Gray as The President John Kassir as Rancor guard at intercom Sally Stevens as Vocal conductor/singer Thuy Trang as a Hawaiian-dressed waitress "Weird Al" Yankovic as Himself in title sequence Larry Walsh as Musician Rawle D. Lewis as Boatman #1 Angela Visser as Georgeous Blonde "Weird Al" Yankovic sings the title song and directed the title sequence.
It is a parody of title sequences from the James Bond films designed by Maurice Binder 1965's Thunderball, complete with multiple colored backgrounds, silhouetted figures, women dancing with guns, "wavy" text. Additionally, an urban legend states that during the recording of the theme to Thunderball, Tom Jones held the song's final note long enough to pass out. Yankovic holds it so long. Yankovic had planned to loop the note to the required length, but in the studio, he discovered he was able to hold the note long enough that no looping was required; the sequence was included on "Weird Al" Yankovic: The Ultimate Video Collection, for legal reasons, all credits and titles had to be taken out, excluding that of the film and of Yankovic himself. The film opened at #3 with $10,448,420 behind Mission: Impossible's opening weekend and Twister's third, it grossed $26,960,191 at the box office. Reviews of Spy Hard were negative; the film received a "rotten" rating of 8% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 40 reviews and a 3.5/10 rating.
James Berardinelli of ReelViews wrote: "Director Rick Friedberg has crafted a dreadfully unfunny comedy that takes Naked Gun-like sketches and rehashes them without a whit of style or energy.... For movie-after-movie, Leslie Nielsen has milked this same personality, it's starting to wear thin; as affable as the actor is, there's just nothing left in this caricature. However, while Spy Hard might have worked better with, Roger Moore in the title role, Nielsen's performance is only a small part of a massively-flawed production. Hard is the operative word here, because at just eighty-one minutes, this movie is unbelievably difficult t
Seinfeld is an American television sitcom that ran for nine seasons on NBC, from 1989 to 1998. It was created by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, with the latter starring as a fictionalized version of himself. Set predominantly in an apartment building in Manhattan's Upper West Side in New York City, the show features a handful of Jerry's friends and acquaintances, including best friend George Costanza and former girlfriend Elaine Benes, neighbor across the hall Cosmo Kramer, it is described as being "a show about nothing", as many of its episodes are about the minutiae of daily life. Seinfeld was produced by Castle Rock Entertainment. In syndication, the series has been distributed by Columbia TriStar Television Distribution and since 2002, Sony Pictures Television, it was written by David and Seinfeld with script writers who included Larry Charles, Peter Mehlman, Gregg Kavet, Carol Leifer, David Mandel, Jeff Schaffer, Steve Koren, Jennifer Crittenden, Tom Gammill, Max Pross, Dan O'Keefe, Charlie Rubin, Marjorie Gross, Alec Berg, Elaine Pope, Spike Feresten.
A favorite among critics, the series led the Nielsen ratings in seasons six and nine, finished among the top two every year from 1994 to 1998. Seinfeld is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential sitcoms of all-time, it has been ranked among the best television shows of all time in publications such as Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, TV Guide. The show's most renowned episodes include "The Chinese Restaurant", "The Parking Garage", "The Contest". In 2013, the Writers Guild of America voted it the No. 2 Best Written TV Series of All Time. E! named the series the "Number 1 reason the'90s ruled", quotes from numerous episodes have become catchphrases in popular culture. Main Jerry Seinfeld – Jerry is a "minor celeb" stand-up comedian, depicted as "the voice of reason" amidst the general insanity generated by the people in his world; the in-show character is a mild germaphobe and neat freak, as well as an avid Superman, New York Mets and breakfast cereal fan. Jerry's apartment is the center of a focus of the show.
Elaine Benes – Elaine is Jerry's ex-girlfriend and friend. She is attractive and genial, while being humorous and impulsive, she sometimes has a tendency to be too honest with people, which gets her into trouble. She gets caught up in her boyfriends' quirks, eccentric employers' unusual behaviors and idiosyncrasies, the maladjustment of total strangers, she tends to make poor choices in men she chooses to date and is overly reactive. First she works at Pendant Publishing with Mr. Lippman, is hired as a personal assistant for Mr. Pitt, works for the J. Peterman catalogue as a glorified assistant. Elaine is popularly described as an amalgamation of David's and Seinfeld's girlfriends during their early days in New York as struggling comedians. Cosmo Kramer – Kramer is Jerry's lovable rogue neighbor, his trademarks include his humorous upright pompadour hairstyle, vintage clothes, energetic sliding bursts through Jerry's apartment door. Kramer was based on a neighbor of David's during his amateur comedic years in Manhattan.
At times, he appears naïve, ignorant, at other times, intelligent and well-read. This is seen in his success with employers, he has been described as a "hipster doofus". Although he never holds a steady job, he is short of money and invents wacky schemes that work at first eventually fail. Kramer is longtime friends with Newman, they work well together despite their differences. George Costanza – George is Jerry's best friend, has been since high school, he is miserly, dishonest and envious of others' achievements. He is depicted as a loser, perpetually insecure about his capabilities, he complains and lies about his profession and everything else, which creates trouble for him later. He uses the alias Art Vandelay when lying or concocting a cover story. Despite these shortcomings, George has a sense of loyalty to his friends and success in dating women and secures a successful career as Assistant to the Traveling Secretary for the New York Yankees. Recurring Many characters have made multiple appearances, like Jerry's nemesis Newman and his Uncle Leo.
In addition to recurring characters, Seinfeld features numerous celebrities who appear as themselves or girlfriends, boyfriends and other acquaintances. Many actors who made guest appearances became household names in their careers, or were well known. Many Seinfeld episodes are based on the writers' real-life experiences, with the experiences reinterpreted for the characters' storylines. For example, George's storyline, "The Revenge", is based on Larry David's experience at Saturday Night Live. "The Contest" is based on David's experiences. "The Smelly Car" storyline is based on Peter Mehlman's lawyer friend, who could not get a bad smell out of his car. "The Strike" is based on Dan O'Keefe's dad. Other stories take on a variety of turns. "The Chinese Restaurant" consists of George and Elaine waiting for a table throughout the entire episode. "The Boyfriend", revolving around Keith Hernandez, extends through 2 episodes. "The Betrayal" is famous for using reverse chronology, was inspired by a similar plot devic