Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are four fictional teenaged anthropomorphic turtles named after Italian Renaissance artists. They were trained by their anthropomorphic rat sensei in the art of ninjutsu. From their home in the sewers of New York City, they battle petty criminals, evil overlords, mutated creatures, alien invaders while attempting to remain hidden from society, they were created by Peter Laird. The characters originated in comic books published by Mirage Studios and expanded into cartoon series, video games and other merchandise. During the peak of the franchise's popularity in the late 1980s and early 1990s, it gained worldwide success and fame; the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles first appeared in an American comic book published by Mirage Studios in 1984 in Dover, New Hampshire. The concept arose from a humorous drawing sketched out by Eastman during a casual evening of brainstorming and bad television with Laird. Using money from a tax refund, together with a loan from Eastman's uncle, the young artists self-published a single-issue comic intended to parody four of the most popular comics of the early 1980s: Marvel Comics’ Daredevil and New Mutants, Dave Sim’s Cerebus, Frank Miller’s Ronin.
The TMNT comic book series has been published in various incarnations by various comic book companies since 1984. The Turtles started their rise to mainstream success when a licensing agent, Mark Freedman, sought out Eastman and Laird to propose wider merchandising opportunities for the franchise. In 1986, Dark Horse Miniatures produced a set of 15-mm lead figurines. In January 1987, Eastman and Laird visited the offices of Playmates Toys, a small California toy company that wanted to expand into the action-figure market. Development was undertaken by a creative team of companies and individuals: Jerry Sachs, advertising agent of Sachs-Finley Agency, brought together the animators at Murakami-Wolf-Swenson headed by Fred Wolf. Wolf and his team combined concepts and ideas with the Playmates marketing crew, headed by Karl Aaronian, vice president of sales Richard Sallis, VP of Playmates Bill Carlson. Aaronian brought on several designers and concepteur and writer John C. Schulte, worked out the simple backstory that would live on toy packaging for the entire run of the product and show.
Sachs called the high concept pitch "Green Against Brick". The sense of humor was honed with the collaboration of the Murakami-Wolf-Swenson animation firm's writers. Playmates and their team served as associate producers and contributing writers to the miniseries, first launched to sell-in the toy action figures. Phrases like "Heroes in a half shell" and many of the comical catch phrases and battle cries came from the writing and conceptualization of this creative team; as the series developed, veteran writer Jack Mendelsohn came on board as both a story editor and scriptwriter. David Wise, Michael Charles Hill, Michael Reaves wrote most of the scripts; the miniseries was repeated. Once the product started selling, the show got syndicated and picked up and backed by Group W, which funded the next round of animation; the show went network, on CBS. Accompanied by the popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1987 TV series, the subsequent action figure line, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles became a mainstream success.
At the height of the frenzy, in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Turtles' likenesses could be found on a wide range of children's merchandise, from Pez dispensers to skateboards, breakfast cereal, video games, school supplies, towels and toy shaving kits. While the animated TV series, which lasted for 10 seasons until 1996, was more light-hearted, the comic-book series continued in a much darker and grittier tone. In 1990, a live-action feature film was released, with the Turtles and Splinter being portrayed by actors in animatronic suits created by Jim Henson's Creature Shop; the independent film was successful spawning two sequels, as well as inspiring a three-dimensional animated film set in the same continuity, released in 2007 under the title TMNT. After the end of the cartoon series, a live-action series in the vein of the films was created in 1997 in conjunction with Saban Entertainment; the series was called Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation and introduced a fifth, female turtle called Venus de Milo.
However, the series was unsuccessful and was canceled after one season. The property lay dormant until 2003, when a new animated TV series entitled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles began to air on Fox Box; the series storyline stuck much closer to the original Mirage comic book series, but was still less violent. It lasted for seven seasons and 156 episodes, ending in February 2009. On October 21, 2009, it was announced that cable channel Nickelodeon had purchased all of Mirage's rights to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles property. Mirage retains the rights to publish 18 issues a year, though the future involvement of Mirage with the Turtles and the future of Mirage Studios itself is unknown. Nickelodeon developed a new CGI-animated TMNT television series and partnered with fellow Viacom company Paramount Pictures to bring a new TMNT movie to theaters; the TV show premiered on Nickelodeon on September 29, 2012. The live-action film, produced by Platinum Dunes, Nickelodeon Movies, Paramount Pictures, directed by Jonathan Liebesman, produced by Michael Bay, was released on August 8, 2014.
Leonardo – The tactical, level-headed, courageous leader and devoted student of his sensei, Leonardo wears a blue mask and wields two katana. As the most conscientious of the four, he bears the burden
The NBA's Most Improved Player Award is an annual National Basketball Association award given to the player who has shown the most progress during the regular season. The winner is selected by a panel of sportswriters throughout the United States and Brazil, each of whom casts a vote for first and third place selections; each first-place vote is worth five points. The player with the highest point total, regardless of the number of first-place votes, wins the award. Since its inception, the award has been given to 31 different players. No player has won the award twice; the most recent recipient is Pascal Siakam. Boris Diaw, Kevin Love, Pascal Siakam are the only award winners to win an NBA Championship, Siakam is the only winner to win a championship in the same season as the award. Rony Seikaly, Gheorghe Mureșan, Boris Diaw, Hedo Türkoğlu, Goran Dragić, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Pascal Siakam are the only award winners born outside the United States. Only Alvin Robertson, Dana Barros, Tracy McGrady, Jermaine O'Neal, Danny Granger, Kevin Love, Paul George, Jimmy Butler, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Victor Oladipo have won the award and been selected as an NBA All-Star in the same season.
Only McGrady, O'Neal, Dragić, Antetokounmpo and Oladipo won the award and were named to the All-NBA Team in the same season. The Indiana Pacers and Orlando Magic have both seen five players win the award, the most in the NBA. Giannis Antetokounmpo is the first recipient of the award to become an NBA MVP. Tracy McGrady is the first recipient of the award to be named to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Sports portal NBA Development League Most Improved Player Award General Specific
Geoff Dugmore is a Scottish drummer, musical director and producer. He was a member of Wildlife. Educated at Kelvinside Academy in Glasgow, Dugmore started his musical career playing guitar. However, he became enamored with the drums upon seeing pictures Ringo Starr playing inside his Beatles records becoming impressed with the drum set equipment, he traded his guitar equipment with a school friend for a drum set. At the age of 13 he started making demos and sending them to record labels, played in cover bands from the age of 16. Signed to the short-lived Coma Records, at age 16 he released just one recording on the label. Dugmore signed to A&M Records, they released three albums: Vocabulary and Recurring Dreams. The band achieved much critical acclaim within the industry but broke up shortly after the release of the last album. In 1993 Dugmore and Nigel Butler produced Belouis Some's album Living Your Life His first major recording session after the Europeans was Joan Armatrading's Sleight of Hand.
Soon Dugmore was playing on albums with many major artists from around the world including on Tina Turner's Foreign Affair, Stevie Nicks' Other Side of the Mirror, Rod Stewart's single "Downtown Train", Robbie Williams' Life through a Lens, Demi Lovato's Here we Go Again and Killing Joke's Pandemonium. He has toured with many major acts worldwide and more has been recording with Richard Ashcroft and Newton Faulkner. In 2013, Dugmore produced the debut album for Little Eye. To date, Dugmore has performed on 89 Top 20 albums worldwide. Dugmore plays DW drums, Remo drumheads, Sabian cymbals, uses Vater drumsticks. Ronnie Lane Memorial Concert 1 Giant Leap Damien Saez Robert Palmer Paul Rodgers Mike Scott Killing Joke Debbie Harry Climie Fisher Thompson Twins The Waterboys Belouis Some Eikichi Yazawa Wildlife The Europeans Fine Young Cannibals Psyched Up Janis Jimmy Nail Ray Davies Tim Finn Heather Nova Johnny Hallyday Lulu CBGB’s Special with Debbie Harry, Iggy Pop, Deee-lite, Anthony Kiedis, Lou Reed 1986 Joan Armatrading, Sleight of Hand 1986 Tim Finn, Big Canoe 1989 Stevie Nicks, The Other Side of the Mirror 1989 Debbie Harry, Dumb & Blonde 1989 Tina Turner, Foreign Affair 1992 Brian May, Back to the Light 1993 Debbie Harry, Debravation 1994 Jimmy Nail, Crocodile Shoes 1995 Jimmy Nail, Big River 1997 Robbie Williams, Life Thru A Lens 1998 Heather Nova, Sire 1999 Dido, No Angel 2001 Natalie Imbruglia, White Lilies Island 2003 Mark Owen, In Your Own Time 2005 Natalie Imbruglia, Counting Down the Days 2005 Lee Ryan, Lee Ryan 2008 Will Young, Let It Go 2011 Heather Nova, 300 Days at Sea 2012 Ronan Keating, Fires 2016 Richard Ashcroft, These People 2019 Heather Nova, Pearl
Reshmi Menon is an Indian actress who predominantly appears in Tamil films. In 2008, Menon was pursuing Visual Communication at Women's Christian College, Chennai, a course she enrolled in because she "loved the media", she accompanied her friend to the auditions for the Prakash Raj production, Inidhu Inidhu, was offered the lead role. She shot for the film while still studying, had to skip classes at WCC to work in the film. Reshmi was one of several newcomers to make their acting debuts in Inidhu Inidhu. A remake of the Telugu film Happy Days, it had her reprising the role played by Tamannaah. Critics were divided on her performance. While The Hindu felt that she was a "cute find", Sify's critic said that she "sticks out like a sore thumb". Sekhar Kammula, the director of the original film, stated that he forgot Tamannaah and could only see Reshmi, when he saw the remake. Reshmi acted in the independent film Om Obama directed by Janaki Vishwanathan; the film remains unreleased. In 2011, she had her second release, Theneer Viduthi, the directorial debut of music director S. S. Kumaran.
Reshmi played a "talkative girl" alongside her Inidhu Inidhu co-star Adith Arun. The film, a rural comedy set in Bodinayakkanur, received mixed reviews, her next release, the comedy-thriller Burma, came three years later. It received favorable reviews and her performance was well received, although critics felt that her role was insubstantial, her latest films include the fantasy thriller Urumeen, Kirumi, a "drama with elements of a psychological thriller", Natpathigaram 79, a tale of friendship directed by Ravichandran and the romance flick Hyderabad Love Story, her maiden Telugu venture. Menon got engaged to Bobby Simha in November 2015, they married in April 2016, their daughter, was born on 2 May 2017. Reshmi Menon on IMDb
74 Cygni is a visual binary star system in the northern constellation Cygnus, located around 249 light years distant from the Sun. It is visible to the naked eye as a faint, white-hued star with a combined apparent visual magnitude of 5.04. The pair orbit each other with a period of 1.57 years and an eccentricity of 0.5. The system is a source of X-ray emission, most coming from the secondary component; the primary component is an A-type main-sequence star with a stellar classification of A3 Vn. The'n' suffix indicates "nebulous" absorption lines due to rapid rotation, with the star having a projected rotational velocity of 201 km/s; the high rate of spin is giving the star an oblate shape with an equatorial bulge, 8% larger than the polar radius. The star has 1.68 times the mass of the Sun and is radiating 36 times the Sun's luminosity from its photosphere at an effective temperature of about 7,859 K
Zeke is an American hardcore punk band from Seattle, Washington formed in 1992. They are known for their fast, energetic guitar sound. Zeke mixes this with strong influences from hard rock, blues rock, are compared to Motörhead. Zeke has released six full-length studio albums, their first single, "West Seattle Acid Party", came out in 1992. They are signed to Relapse Records, they are featured in several soundtracks from video games such as the song "Death Alley" was on Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4, the song "Long Train Runnin'" appeared on Tony Hawk's Underground 2, "Kill the King" appeared on Tony Hawk's Project 8. Zeke appeared on the Project Gotham Racing 3 soundtrack. Zeke released a digital EP entitled Lords of the Highway in 2007, it includes the tracks "Lords of the Highway", "Kings and Queens" and "Hay Bailer", as well as a cover of GG Allin's "Die When You Die". Zeke recorded Hellbender in 2017; the new lineup contains guitarist, vocalist and co-founder Blind Marky Felchtone, guitarist Kyle Whitefoot, original bassist Kurt Kolfelt, drummer Dayne Porras.
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