Simone (2002 film)
Simone is a 2002 American science-fiction film written and directed by Andrew Niccol. It stars Catherine Keener, Evan Rachel Wood, Rachel Roberts, Jay Mohr and Winona Ryder; when Nicola Anders, the star of out-of-favor director Viktor Taransky's new film, refuses to finish it, Taransky is forced to find a replacement. Contractual requirements prevent using her image in the film, so he must re-shoot. Instead, Viktor experiments with a new computer program he inherits from late acquaintance Hank Aleno which allows creation of a computer-generated woman which he can animate to play the film's central character. Viktor names his virtual actor "Simone", a name derived from the computer program's title, Simulation One. Seamlessly incorporated into the film, Simone gives a fantastic performance controlled by Viktor; the film is a huge success. The studio, soon the world, ask "who is Simone?" Viktor claims that Simone is a recluse and requests her privacy be respected, but that only intensifies media demands for her to appear.
Viktor intends to reveal the secret of her non-existence after the second picture. To satisfy demand, he executes a number of progressively ambitious stunts relying on misdirection and cinematic special effects technology, it escalates to simulated remote location video live interviews. In one instance, two determined tabloid reporters discover Viktor used out-of-date stock photography as a background during an interview instead of being on that site as claimed and blackmail him into getting Simone to make a live appearance, he arranges her to perform a song at a stadium event appearing in a cloud of smoke and using flawless holographic technology. The perception of being in person is reinforced with realtime visualization on the stadium's monitors. Simone becomes more famous becoming a double winner for the Academy Award for Best Actress, tying with herself in the process. Once the pressure of serving his creation reaches a breaking point for Viktor, he decides to ruin Simone's career as an act of vengeance.
Simone's next film, I Am Pig, is her directorial debut and a tasteless treatment about zoophilia intended to disgust audiences, which not only fails to achieve the desired effect of audience alienation, but serves to foster her credibility as a risk-taking and avant-garde artist. Taransky's subsequent attempts to discredit Simone by having her drink and curse at public appearances and use politically incorrect statements backfire, when the press instead begins to see her as refreshingly honest; as a last resort, Taransky decides to dispose of Simone by using a computer virus to erase her and dumps the hard drive and floppy disks into a steamer trunk and buries it at sea announces to the press she has died of a rare virus contracted on her Goodwill Tour of the Third World. During the funeral, the police interrupt, open the coffin, find only Simone's cardboard cutout, he is shown a security camera video where he loads a large trunk on his yacht. After being charged with her murder, he admits that Simone is not a computer program.
The chest containing the computer data is brought up empty. Viktor's daughter Lainey and ex-wife Elaine enter his studio to try to help, they find Viktor's forgotten virus source disk and apply an anti-virus program to eradicate the computer virus. They revive Simone and have her appear on national television laughing while holding up a newspaper headline with her obituary, they pick up a confused Viktor. At the end and Viktor are remotely interviewed at home about their new baby. Simone decides to enter politics; the film shows. A post-credits sequence shows Viktor creating fake footage of Simone in a supermarket, which one of her pursuers sees, believing it real; the film received a mixed critical response. Based on 154 reviews collected by the film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, 51% of critics gave Simone a positive review; the site's consensus reads "The satire in S1m0ne lacks bite, the plot isn't believable enough to feel relevant." Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average out of 100 top reviews from mainstream critics, calculated an average score of 49, based on 38 reviews.
The film opened at #9 on the North American box office chart, grossing US$3,813,463 in its opening weekend. The film grossed $19,576,023 worldwide. Lars and the Real Girl The Congress Her Simone on IMDb Simone at AllMovie Simone at Rotten Tomatoes Simone at Box Office Mojo
Married... with Children
Married... with Children is an American television sitcom that aired on Fox, created by Michael G. Moye and Ron Leavitt. Broadcast from April 5, 1987 to June 9, 1997, it is the longest-lasting live-action sitcom on Fox and the first to be broadcast in the network's primetime programming slot; the show follows the suburban Chicago lives of Al Bundy, a once glorious high school football player turned hard-luck women's shoe salesman. Their neighbors are the upwardly mobile Steve Rhoades and his feminist wife Marcy, who gets remarried to Jefferson D'Arcy, a white-collar criminal who becomes her "trophy husband" and Al's sidekick. Most storylines involve Al's schemes being foiled by bad luck; the series comprises 11 seasons. Its theme song is "Love and Marriage" by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen, performed by Frank Sinatra from the 1955 television production Our Town; the first two seasons of the series were videotaped at ABC Television Center in Hollywood. From season three to season eight, the show was taped at Sunset Gower Studios in Hollywood, the remaining three seasons were taped at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City.
The series was produced by Embassy Communications during its first season and half of its second season and the remaining seasons by ELP Communications under the studio Columbia Pictures Television. In 2008, the show placed number 94 on Entertainment Weekly's "New TV Classics" list. Al Bundy —the misanthropic head of the Bundy household, he attempts to relive his high-school Big Man On Campus days, when he was the "All State Fullback". His most noted achievement was having scored four touchdowns in a single game for Polk High, his favorite things in life are the local nudie bar, his collection of BigUns magazine, his television, his Dodge car with 1 million mi on the odometer, a television show called Psycho Dad. Despite his family's contempt for him, his for them, Al is always ready to defend Bundy honor, he is fiercely protective of daughter Kelly, his "little girl" who had a boyfriend Al did not beat up. Peggy Bundy —Al's wife, always on his case about money and refuses to clean or cook, she is a lazy, big-haired redhead who spends most of her time parked in front of the TV watching talk shows such as Oprah or robbing Al blind to go shopping.
Her careless spending on things like clothes and going to male strip clubs have run Al into debt on numerous occasions. A recurring joke in the series is Al's regret of having married Peggy in the first place. Peggy's best friend is Marcy, with whom she conspires against Al, her family is a stereotypical backwoods clan of degenerates whom she forces the other Bundys to endure her morbidly obese mother, whom Al finds intolerable. Kelly Bundy —the Bundys' firstborn, her stupidity manifests in many ways, from forgetting ideas on the spot to mispronouncing or misspelling simple words. Like her mother, she is quick to steal Al's money for expensive things, her favorite hobby is belittling her lonely and sexless brother, though she stands up for him against anyone outside the family aside from her circle of friends, who never miss an opportunity to take a swipe at Bud either individually or collectively. Bud Bundy —the younger Bundy offspring, the most intelligent family member, his awkwardness and preoccupation with sex leads to inevitable failures with women.
To improve his success with girls, Bud uses his alternate persona, "Grandmaster B", a bad-boy rapper from New York City. When using the "Grandmaster B" persona, Bud wears dark sunglasses and a backward Los Angeles Raiders hat, his mistreatment at the hands of Kelly is returned in kind, making jokes at her expense regarding her promiscuity and stupidity, tricking her into mixing up TV shows with novels. Marcy Rhoades D'Arcy —the Bundys' next-door neighbor, she is just as chauvinistic as Al and the founder and leader of an anti-man support group called "FANG". Despite her political correctness and structured life, Marcy harbors a dark, somewhat sexually deviant side, which comes up when she reminisces over events in her past. Al is repulsed by Marcy and belittles her, likening her to a chicken, mockingly confusing her for an adolescent male. At the outset of the show, Marcy is married to Steve Rhoades. After Steve is written off the show during the fourth season, he is replaced by Jefferson D'Arcy.
Steve Rhoades is Marcy's first husband, a nerdy banker, dragged into Al's schemes, such as going to strip clubs, chasing after girls, watching sports when Marcy disapproves, reading pornogra
The Bronx is the northernmost of the five boroughs of New York City, in the U. S. state of New York. It is south of Westchester County. Since 1914, the borough has had the same boundaries as Bronx County, the third-most densely populated county in the United States; the Bronx has a land area of 42 square miles and a population of 1,471,160 in 2017. Of the five boroughs, it has the fourth-largest area, fourth-highest population, third-highest population density, it is the only borough predominantly on the U. S. mainland. The Bronx is divided by the Bronx River into a hillier section in the west, a flatter eastern section. East and west street names are divided by Jerome Avenue—the continuation of Manhattan's Fifth Avenue; the West Bronx was annexed to New York City in 1874, the areas east of the Bronx River in 1895. Bronx County was separated from New York County in 1914. About a quarter of the Bronx's area is open space, including Woodlawn Cemetery, Van Cortlandt Park, Pelham Bay Park, the New York Botanical Garden, the Bronx Zoo in the borough's north and center.
These open spaces are situated on land deliberately reserved in the late 19th century as urban development progressed north and east from Manhattan. The name "Bronx" originated with Jonas Bronck, who established the first settlement in the area as part of the New Netherland colony in 1639; the native Lenape were displaced after 1643 by settlers. In the 19th and 20th centuries, the Bronx received many immigrant and migrant groups as it was transformed into an urban community, first from various European countries and from the Caribbean region, as well as African American migrants from the southern United States; this cultural mix has made the Bronx a wellspring of hip hop and rock. The Bronx contains the poorest congressional district in the United States, the 15th, but its wide diversity includes affluent, upper-income, middle-income neighborhoods such as Riverdale, Spuyten Duyvil, Pelham Bay, Pelham Gardens, Morris Park, Country Club; the Bronx the South Bronx, saw a sharp decline in population, livable housing, the quality of life in the late 1960s and the 1970s, culminating in a wave of arson.
Since the communities have shown significant redevelopment starting in the late 1980s before picking up pace from the 1990s until today. The Bronx was called Rananchqua by the native Siwanoy band of Lenape, while other Native Americans knew the Bronx as Keskeskeck, it was divided by the Aquahung River. The origin of the person of Jonas Bronck is contested; some sources claim he was a Swedish born emigrant from Komstad, Norra Ljunga parish in Småland, who arrived in New Netherland during the spring of 1639. Bronck became the first recorded European settler in the area now known as the Bronx and built a farm named "Emmanus" close to what today is the corner of Willis Avenue and 132nd Street in Mott Haven, he leased land from the Dutch West India Company on the neck of the mainland north of the Dutch settlement in Harlem, bought additional tracts from the local tribes. He accumulated 500 acres between the Harlem River and the Aquahung, which became known as Bronck's River or the Bronx. Dutch and English settlers referred to the area as Bronck's Land.
The American poet William Bronk was a descendant of Pieter Bronck, either Jonas Bronck's son or his younger brother. The Bronx is referred to with the definite article as "The Bronx", both and colloquially; the County of Bronx does not place "The" before "Bronx" in formal references, unlike the coextensive Borough of the Bronx, nor does the United States Postal Service in its database of Bronx addresses. The region was named after the Bronx River and first appeared in the "Annexed District of The Bronx" created in 1874 out of part of Westchester County, it was continued in the "Borough of The Bronx", which included a larger annexation from Westchester County in 1898. The use of the definite article is attributed to the style of referring to rivers. Another explanation for the use of the definite article in the borough's name stems from the phrase "visiting the Broncks", referring to the settler's family; the capitalization of the borough's name is sometimes disputed. The definite article is lowercase in place names except in official references.
The definite article is capitalized at the beginning of a sentence or in any other situation when a lowercase word would be capitalized. However, some people and groups refer to the borough with a capital letter at all times, such as Lloyd Ultan, a historian for The Bronx County Historical Society, the Great and Glorious Grand Army of The Bronx, a Bronx-based organization; these people say. In particular, the Great and Glorious Grand Army of The Bronx is leading efforts to make the city refer to the borough with an uppercase definite article in all uses, comparing the lowercase article in the Bronx's name to "not capitalizing the's' in'Staten Island.'" European colonization of the Bronx began in 1639. The Bronx was part of Westchester County, but it was ceded to New York County in two major parts before it became Bronx County; the area was part of the Lenape's Lenapehoking territory inhabited by Siwanoy of the Wappinger Confederacy. Over
Anthony M. LaPaglia is an Australian actor, he played the role of Joe in the coming-of-age comedy Empire Records and John in the film Autumn In New York, as well as FBI agent Jack Malone on the American television series Without a Trace, for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama. He appeared in eight episodes of Frasier as Daphne Moon's alcoholic brother Simon. LaPaglia starred in the Australian films Looking for Alibrandi, Holding the Man and Balibo. For the latter two films he won AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in 2001 and 2009. LaPaglia was born in Adelaide, South Australia, the son of Maria Johannes, a secretary and model, Gedio "Eddie" LaPaglia, an auto mechanic and car dealer. LaPaglia's mother was Dutch, his father emigrated from Bovalino, Italy, at the age of eighteen, his younger brother, Jonathan LaPaglia, is an actor, his other brother, Michael, is a car wholesaler in Los Angeles. LaPaglia attended Norwood High School. LaPaglia was working in Adelaide as a shoe salesman for Florsheim shoes in the early 1980s.
He asked to be transferred to the US and continued working there whilst studying acting as he was rejected by the prestigious Sydney drama school NIDA. LaPaglia first began his venture into dramatic art in his late teens, when he enrolled in an acting course at the South Australian Castings Agency in Adelaide; the two-and-half-year course was to be supplemented with a further three months, which would have included a "boot camp" and a trial listing with SA Castings. After completing one-and-a-half years of the course, LaPaglia left Adelaide for Los Angeles. LaPaglia's earliest credit was a 1985 part in an episode of the television series Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories, his first feature film was Cold Steel in 1987, followed that same year by the title role of Frank Nitti in the telemovie Nitti: The Enforcer. LaPaglia had a supporting role as a mobster in the minor hit Betsy's Wedding, he starred alongside Danny Aiello and Lainie Kazan in 29th Street, a fact-based comedy/bio-pic, as the first New York State Lottery winner, Frank Pesce, Jr.
This was followed by roles in the vampire/Mafia story Innocent Blood, the comedy thriller So I Married an Axe Murderer, the legal thriller The Client, the comedy Empire Records in 1995. That same year, LaPaglia appeared in the role of Jimmy Wyler, lead character in the TV series Murder One, during its second and final season. During 1997–98, LaPaglia appeared in a Broadway production of Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge with the Roundabout Theatre Company and received a Tony Award for his portrayal of the protagonist, Eddie Carbone. LaPaglia played Tito Merelli in Ken Ludwig's Lend Me a Tenor on Broadway. Before A View From the Bridge opened, LaPaglia was sent a script for the pilot of The Sopranos and met its creator, David Chase, to discuss the role of protagonist Tony Soprano. However, various factors, including his Broadway role, prevented LaPaglia obtaining the role. "'The Sopranos' thing didn't work out... and of course it did work out because the right person ended up with the role.
You can't imagine that show without James Gandolfini." LaPaglia did, however play an actor in a Sopranos-style TV show-within-a-film, in the comedy movie Analyze That. Spike Lee cast LaPaglia as a New York police detective in Summer of Sam. During 2000–04, LaPaglia appeared in eight episodes of the sitcom Frasier, including the finale, playing Daphne Moon's brother Simon; the role won him an Emmy Award for "Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series". LaPaglia made his debut in an Australian production opposite Hugo Weaving in The Custodian; the following year he appeared in the romantic comedy Paperback Romance with Gia Carides, whom he married. He continued to live in Los Angeles, returning - from about 2000 - for roles in major Australian films such as Looking for Alibrandi, The Bank, Happy Feet, $9.99, Balibo and Happy Feet Two. In 2002, LaPaglia co-starred as a fire captain opposite Sigourney Weaver in The Guys, a film about New York firemen who died in the World Trade Center, he played the role onstage, rotating with Bill Murray and others.
"We did it as a tribute to the men," said LaPaglia. "I've been so lucky to do it. But I can't watch the video. It's too painful." He played fictional Australian actor Anthony Bella in the comedy movie Analyze That, but was uncredited in his role. In addition to playing the central character in Without a Trace during 2002–09, LaPaglia co-wrote an episode entitled "Deep Water". In 2009, LaPaglia played the part of Roger East, a real-life Australian journalist, in the political thriller Balibo, about the killing in 1975 of five Australian journalists by the Indonesian Army in the town of Balibo, East Timor; the opening scene depicts East's own summary execution, during the Indonesian invasion. In October 2011 it was announced that LaPaglia would join the cast of Quentin Tarantino's new film Django Unchained, in which he would portray an Australian character once again. However, he left the project, calling the production "out of control."In February 18, 2012, it was announced that LaPaglia would star in the ABC drama pilot Americana.
The show was not picked up. It was announced in May 2013 that LaPaglia signed on in the feature adaptation of Step
Less than Perfect
Less Than Perfect is an American sitcom created by Terri Minsky and starring Sara Rue and Sherri Shepherd which aired on ABC from October 1, 2002 to June 6, 2006. It follows Claude, who works at a television network named GNB, as well as her friends and colleagues; the show centers on Claude, who works at a television network called GNB. Though at first a temp who fills in on other assignments, in the pilot Claude is hired by anchor Will Butler as his assistant. Comedians Andy Dick, Will Sasso, Sherri Shepherd play her co-workers and friends, while Zachary Levi and Andrea Parker play her rivals at work. Patrick Warburton joined the cast in Season 2, playing a news anchor who dates Parker's character while trying to climb the ladder at GNB. Much was made at the time of the show's premiere about the central character of the show being a "full figured" woman, that the title correlated to Claude being "Less Than Perfect." Over the course of the series, Rue lost 30 pounds. She lost a total of 50 pounds.
Less Than Perfect debuted in a Tuesday evening time-slot and received steady ratings for its first two seasons. When the series was moved in its third season to a Friday-night time-slot, ratings began to fall and the show was considered to be in danger of cancellation. TVGuide.com featured the show on a list of "Endangered Series." Ratings in the coveted 18–49 demographic were high enough, the show was near the threshold for number of episodes needed for syndication, so a limited fourth season of 13 episodes was ordered. After a long hiatus from ABC's schedule, the show returned as a late-season replacement for ABC with its fourth-season premiere on Tuesday, April 18, 2006 at 9:30 p.m. Despite the pickup, the future of the series was not assured. Cast member Zachary Levi stated many cast members were ready to move on, series lead Sara Rue had filmed a pilot for CBS starring as a woman who runs a toy company with her brother in the comedy Play Nice. ABC confirmed on May 2006 that the fourth season would be its last.
ABC showed only part of the fourth season as scheduled. After five of the 13 episodes aired, ABC ceased broadcasting the show, with the last episode broadcast on June 6, 2006. However, those episodes which were not broadcast in the US have been shown in other countries; the show joined Lifetime Television's lineup on June 2009 in syndication. The network aired all 81 episodes, including the eight Season 4 episodes not broadcast in the US, but as of 2010, it was no longer on Lifetime's schedule. As of April 2012, Less Than Perfect is part of the lineup of new Canadian network ABC Spark. Sara Rue as Claudia "Claude" Casey, a sweet and hard-working executive assistant, she is bright with her con-artist frenemy, Lydia. She is seen in all episodes of the show. Sherri Shepherd as Ramona Platt, a coworker of Owen and good friend of Claude, she is sometimes bossy with her coworkers. Andrea Parker as Lydia Weston, one of Claude's "frenemies", she is shallow and professionally ambitious. She has a relationship with Jeb Denton.
Zachary Levi as Kipp Steadman, Claude's other frenemy who becomes Jeb Denton's assistant. He is shown to be snobby as Lydia. Andy Dick as Owen Kronsky, an offbeat and sometimes clumsy office supply manager with GNB. Eric Roberts as Will Butler, a national newsanchor at GNB with several ex-wives. Claude serves as his assistant. Will Sasso as Carl Monari, he works at GNB as the cafeteria manager. Patrick Warburton as Jeb Denton, the boyfriend of Claude's biggest enemy, Lydia. He's a energetic, funny and greedy news anchor climbing the ladder at GNB, his favorite food is Crab Cakes. He never refers to Kipp by name, but as "Secretary." Josh Braaten as Charlie, Claude's boyfriend from the travel department. William Ragsdale as Mitch Calgrove, a producer at GNB who Claude dates John Eric Bentley as an assistant director who becomes a director George Wyner as Alan Turnbach, head of GNB news French Stewart as Gene Schmidtline, an employee at GNB Jenny McCarthy as Dani, Will's on-and-off girlfriend Diana-Maria Riva as Vivian, Carl's ex-girlfriend Jonna Tamases as Irene, a co-worker at GNB who offers Claude a job Valerie Harper as Judith, Owen's mom Joanna Kerns as Judy, Owen's other mom Michael Boatman as Ted Elliot, a director who employs Claude Michael Angarano as George Denton, Jeb's son Nicole Sullivan as Deirdre Bishop, Owen's love interest Martin Mull as Mr Buddy Casey, Claude's dad Cindy Williams as Mrs Joan Casey, Claude's mom Joanna Cassidy as Norma Trista Rehn as Herself Richard Ruccolo as Bobby Casey, Claude's brother Barry Bostwick as Max Damarius Randee Heller as Mrs. Ross Gordon Clapp as Detective Martin Pamela Anderson as Vicki Devorski Bill Walton as Himself Lesley Ann Warren as Diane Steadman, Kipp's mom Brooke Burke as Nurse Benson James Belushi as sandwich vendor E
Night Court is an American television sitcom that aired on NBC from January 4, 1984, to May 31, 1992. The setting was the night shift of a Manhattan municipal court, Criminal Court Part 2, presided over by a young, unorthodox judge, Harold T. "Harry" Stone. The series was created by comedy writer Reinhold Weege, who had worked on Barney Miller in the 1970s and early 1980s; the following cast members appeared in the opening credits: The judge: Harry Anderson as Judge Harold "Harry" T. Stone, a young, baby-faced, good-humored jurist and amateur magician whose parents were former mental patients, he was young for a new judge, being only 34 when he took the bench at Criminal Court Part 2. He explained that he got his assignment because the outgoing mayor made a huge number of appointments on his last day, Harry was the only person on the judges' list, home and was able to receive the call and accept his nomination, he loved old movies, was vocal in his disdain for modern music, idolized actress Jean Harlow and crooner Mel Tormé, both of whose photographs adorned Stone's chambers.
The public defenders: Gail Strickland as public defender Sheila Gardner. Paula Kelly as Liz Williams Ellen Foley as Billie Young, a public defender and potential romantic interest for Stone during Season 2. Markie Post as Christine Sullivan, her first appearance on the show was an early second-season episode. The character was somewhat naïve, she was the primary romantic interest for Stone and a regular target for Dan Fielding's lechery throughout the series' run. She had various Princess Diana memorabilia collections such as a set of porcelain thimbles; the prosecutor: John Larroquette as Reinhold Daniel Fielding Elmore, who used the name Daniel R. "Dan" Fielding, a sex-obsessed narcissistic prosecutor who would do anything to get a woman to sleep with him. It was hinted, he was the source of many witty and sometimes cruel remarks regarding every other character, although he showed compassion. When his homeless lackey Phil died, the ever-greedy Dan was excited to discover that Phil was in fact wealthy and expected to be the beneficiary of his millions, only to learn that Phil's will put Dan in charge of the Phil Foundation, tasked to give away Phil's entire fortune to worthy causes.
Dan revealed near the end of the third-season episode #22 "Hurricane" that his real first name was Reinhold, that he began using the name Dan out of embarrassment when he started school. The other characters did not discover Dan's true name until the fifth-season episode "Dan, The Walking Time Bomb", it was earlier discovered, in the second-season episode "Dan's Parents", from Dan's parents Daddy-Bob and Mucette, that he began using the last name Fielding when he went to college because he thought it sounded better for a lawyer and because he was embarrassed of his impoverished childhood. During the eighth season, it was revealed that he had a successful younger sister named Donna whose morals and life goals were similar to his own; the bailiffs: Richard Moll as Nostradamus "Bull" Shannon, a dim-witted hulk of a figure, patient and childlike. He was fiercely protective of Harry. Bull was known for his catchphrase, "Ooo-kay", clapping a hand loudly to his forehead when he realized he had made a mistake.
Moll had shaved his head for the role. The producers loved Moll kept his head shaven for the entire run of the series. Female bailiffs: Selma Diamond as Selma Hacker, a chain-smoking older bailiff. In one episode she admitted to having had as many as six husbands. Diamond died of cancer shortly after Season 2, the character's death was acknowledged on a subsequent episode. Florence Halop as Florence "Flo" Kleiner, Selma's replacement, she loved motorcycles and heavy metal music. Halop died shortly after season 3 of cancer like Diamond. In the opening episode of season 4, Harry Stone acknowledged that Florence Kleiner had died. Marsha Warfield as Rosalind "Roz" Russell, the third bailiff, a tall, tough, no-nonsense African-American woman, she projected a fearsome image. Sharp-tongued, in time she became close to her coworkers. Warfield stayed on the show for the rest of its run; the court clerks: Karen Austin as Lana Wagner. The original romantic interest for Harry Stone. Although Austin was asked to leave the show after ten episodes, she was seen in the opening credits of all 13 first-season episodes.
Charles Robinson as Macintosh "Mac" Robinson, a Vietnam War veteran. Easy-going and pragmatic, he was the most "normal" character, he had a good sense of humor having the last laugh at Dan, was a loyal friend to his coworkers. He always wore a cardigan, plaid shirt, knit tie. By the end of the series, he left his job to pursue his dream of going to film school and becoming a director. Mike Finneran as Art Fensterman, a bumbling "fix-it man" attached to the courthouse, his attempts to fix the courthouse disrupted Harry's proceedings in the courtroom
SpongeBob SquarePants is an American animated television series created by marine science educator and animator Stephen Hillenburg for Nickelodeon. The series chronicles the adventures and endeavors of the title character and his various friends in the fictional underwater city of Bikini Bottom; the series' popularity has made it a media franchise, as well as the highest rated series to air on Nickelodeon, the most distributed property of MTV Networks. As of late 2017, the media franchise has generated $13 billion in merchandising revenue for Nickelodeon. Many of the ideas for the series originated in an unpublished educational comic book titled The Intertidal Zone, which Hillenburg created in 1989, he began developing SpongeBob SquarePants into a television series in 1996 upon the cancellation of Rocko's Modern Life, turned to Tom Kenny, who had worked with him on that series, to voice the title character. SpongeBob was going to be named SpongeBoy, the series was to be called SpongeBoy Ahoy!, but both of these were changed, as the name was trademarked.
Nickelodeon held a preview for the series in the United States on May 1, 1999, following the television airing of the 1999 Kids' Choice Awards. The series premiered on July 17, 1999, it has received worldwide critical acclaim since its premiere and gained enormous popularity by its second season. A feature film, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, was released in theaters on November 19, 2004, a sequel was released on February 6, 2015. In 2018, the series began airing its twelfth season; the series has won a variety of awards, including six Annie Awards, eight Golden Reel Awards, four Emmy Awards, 16 Kids' Choice Awards, two BAFTA Children's Awards. Despite its widespread popularity, the series has been involved in several public controversies, including one centered on speculation over SpongeBob's intended sexual orientation. In 2011, a newly described species of fungus, Spongiforma squarepantsii, was named after the cartoon's title character. A Broadway musical based on the series opened in 2017 to critical acclaim.
On February 14, 2019, it was announced. The series takes place in the benthic underwater city of Bikini Bottom, located in the Pacific Ocean beneath the real-life coral reef known as Bikini Atoll. In 2015, Tom Kenny confirmed that the fictitious city was named after Bikini Atoll, but denied an Internet fan theory that connected the series' characters to actual nuclear testing that occurred in the atoll; the citizens are multicolored fish who live in buildings made from ship funnels and use "boatmobiles," amalgamations of cars and boats, as a mode of transportation. Recurring locations within Bikini Bottom include the neighboring houses of SpongeBob and Squidward; when the SpongeBob crew began production on the series' pilot episode, they were tasked with designing the stock locations where "the show would return to again and again, in which most of the action would take place, such as the Krusty Krab and SpongeBob's pineapple house". The idea for the series was "to keep everything nautical", so the crew used a great amount of rope, wooden planks, ships' wheels, anchors and rivets in creating the show's setting.
Transitions between scenes are marked by bubbles filling up the screen, accompanied by the sound of water rushing. The series features "sky flowers" as a main setting material, they first have since become a common feature throughout the series. When series background designer Kenny Pittenger was asked what they were, he answered, "They function as clouds in a way, but since the show takes place underwater, they aren't clouds; because of the tiki influence on the show, the background painters use a lot of pattern." Pittenger said that the sky flowers were meant to "evoke the look of a flower-print Hawaiian shirt". The series revolves around an ensemble cast of his aquatic friends. SpongeBob SquarePants is an energetic and optimistic sea sponge who physically resembles a rectangular kitchen sponge, he lives in a submerged pineapple with his pet snail Gary. SpongeBob has a childlike enthusiasm for life, which carries over to his job as a fry cook at a fast food restaurant called the Krusty Krab, his greatest goal in life is to receive a license to drive a boatmobile.
His favorite pastimes include "jellyfishing," which involves catching jellyfish with a net in a manner similar to butterfly catching, blowing soap bubbles into elaborate shapes. Living two houses down from SpongeBob is his best friend Patrick Star, a dim-witted yet friendly pink starfish who resides under a rock. Despite his mental setbacks, Patrick still sees himself as intelligent. Squidward Tentacles, SpongeBob's next-door neighbor and co-worker at the Krusty Krab, is an arrogant and ill-tempered octopus who lives in an Easter Island moai, he enjoys playing the clarinet and painting self-portraits, but hates his job as a cashier and dislikes living between SpongeBob and Patrick, due to their childish nature. The owner of the Krusty Krab is a miserly red crab named Mr. Krabs who talks like a sailor and runs his restaurant as if it were a pirate ship. Mr. Krabs is a single parent with one teenage daughter, a sperm whale named Pearl, to whom he wants to pass down his riches. Pearl does not want to continue the family business and would rather spend her time