National Treasure (film)
National Treasure is a 2004 American adventure film produced and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It was written by Jim Kouf and the Wibberleys, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Jon Turteltaub, it is the first film in the National Treasure film series and stars Nicolas Cage, Harvey Keitel, Jon Voight, Diane Kruger, Sean Bean, Justin Bartha and Christopher Plummer. Cage plays Benjamin Franklin Gates, a historian and amateur cryptologist searching for a lost treasure of precious metals, jewelry and other artifacts, accumulated into a single massive stockpile by looters and warriors over many millennia starting in Ancient Egypt rediscovered by warriors who form themselves into the Knights Templar to protect the treasure hidden by American Freemasons during the American Revolutionary War. A coded map on the back of the Declaration of Independence points to the location of the "national treasure," but Gates is not alone in his quest. Whoever can steal the Declaration and decode it first will find the greatest treasure in history.
National Treasure was released worldwide on November 19, 2004. The film received mixed reviews from critics, but was a box office success, grossing over $347 million worldwide. A sequel, titled National Treasure: Book of Secrets, was released in December 2007. Benjamin Franklin Gates is an American historian and treasure hunter; as a child, his grandfather, John Adams Gates, told him of a story that Charles Carroll of Carrollton passed on a secret to their ancestor in 1832 of a fabled treasure taken from ancient empires throughout history, discovered by the Knights Templar and protected by the Freemasons. The treasure would be hidden in America by the Founding Fathers; the clue leading to the treasure is the phrase "The secret lies with Charlotte". While Ben is convinced by the story, his skeptical father dismisses it as nonsense. Thirty years Ben leads an expedition with Ian Howe, his friend, Riley Poole, a computer expert, to find the Charlotte, a ship lost in the Arctic, which holds the first clue to finding the national treasure.
After hard fought efforts, they find a meerschaum pipe, which has a clue in the form of a riddle, implying that the next clue is on the Declaration of Independence. When Ian suggests they steal it, Ben opposes, causing a fight to ensue, resulting in a massive fire fueled by gunpowder, the group split in two. Ian and his men escape the ship while Riley take cover just before the ship explodes. Ben and Riley return to Washington D. C. and report the potential theft of the Declaration to the FBI and Dr. Abigail Chase of the National Archives, but both dismiss their claim. Ben decides to steal the document himself from the Archives' preservation room during a gala event. Obtaining Abigail's fingerprints, Ben obtains the Declaration, but is spotted by Ian's group just as they break in to steal it. Ben tries to leave via the gift shop, but has to buy the Declaration when the clerk mistakes it for a souvenir copy. Abigail, suspecting something is astray, takes back the document. Ian kidnaps her, but Ben and Riley rescue Abigail, tricking Ian by leaving behind a souvenir copy of Declaration.
FBI Agent Sadusky begins using Ben's credit card information. Unable to return home, the trio go to Patrick Gates's house. Patrick tries to convince Ben that the treasure is a myth; the trio study the Declaration and discover an Ottendorf cipher written in invisible ink. With the help of lemon juice and some heat from the hair dryer, they find out that the hidden cypher refers to the Silence Dogood letters written by Benjamin Franklin. Patrick owned them, but donated them to the Franklin Institute. Using a school boy to acquire the letters' key words, Ben and Abigail discover a message pointing to the bell tower of Independence Hall, where the Liberty Bell once stood. Ian and his men question the school boy and pursue the new lead. Following the point on the opposite wall of the bell house where the shadow cast at 2:22 pm on the same day, Ben finds a hidden cache containing a pair of glasses with multiple colored lenses invented by Benjamin Franklin, when used to read the back of the Declaration, reveals a clue pointing to the symbol of Trinity Church, located on Wall Street and Broadway in New York City.
The group is chased by Ian's associates. Ben is arrested by the FBI, while Riley lose the Declaration to Ian. However, Abigail convinces Ian to help them rescue Ben in exchange for the next clue. Ian agrees, arranging a meeting at the USS Intrepid, where they help Ben evade the FBI. Ian returns the Declaration and asks for the next clue, but when Ben remains coy, Ian reveals he has kidnapped Patrick as a hostage, they go inside Trinity Church where they sit and study the back of the Declaration of Independence using the different lenses resulting in the discovery of an underground passage known as Parkington Lane but it appears to lead to a dead end lit by a lone lantern. Patrick claims it is referencing the Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, pointing Ian to the Old North Church in Boston. Ian leaves Gates trapped in the chamber to die. Patrick reveals the clue was a fake enters the treasure room using the clues they gathered on their journey, but it seems looted. After a heart to heart between Ben and Patrick, they find a notch which the meerschaum pipe fits into, opening a large chamber containing the treasure escape through a back exit.
Ben contacts Sadusky, who Ben figures to be a modern Freemason by the signet on his ring, surrendering the Declaration and the treasure's location in
Small Soldiers is a 1998 American science fiction war comedy film directed by Joe Dante and starring Kirsten Dunst and Gregory Smith. It revolves around a conflict between two factions of action figures powered by military technology, the Gorgonites and the title characters, Commando Elite; when an adolescent brings the Gorgonites to his home, he and those around him become targeted by the Commando Elite, who are programmed to eliminate the Gorgonites and their allies. Frank Langella and Tommy Lee Jones co-star as the voices of the leaders of the Gorgonites and the Commando Elite, respectively; the film received mixed reviews from critics and grossed $71.1 million on a $40 million budget. It was the last major film role of Phil Hartman and is dedicated in his memory. Top defense contractor GloboTech Industries acquires the Heartland Toy Company and as part of the move, Globotech CEO Gil Mars tells Heartland toy designers Larry Benson and Irwin Wayfair to develop actual live action toys capable of "playing back".
Mars selects Larry's soldiers, the Commando Elite, for the project and Irwin's creatures, the Gorgonites, for their enemies, with the toy line expected to hit the market in three months. Faced with such a tight deadline, Benson forgoes safety testing uses Irwin's password and chooses GloboTech's X1000 microprocessor to activate the toys. Teenager Alan Abernathy signs off for a shipment of the toys at his family's toy store without his father's consent, he and delivery driver Joe activate the leaders for each group – Archer for the Gorgonites and Chip Hazard for the Commando Elite. Alan's neighbor and love interest, Christy Fimple, buys Chip Hazard as a birthday present for her brother, Timmy. Alan returns home to discover Archer in his backpack. Alan calls the company and files a complaint; when Larry and Irwin listen to Alan's voice mail, Irwin is terrified to discover the X1000 was designed for smart munitions guidance. Meanwhile, Chip Hazard and his squad pursue Alan to his home and attempt to kill him and Archer in the kitchen.
Alan is attacked by Commando Elite Nick Nitro, whom he mortally wounds. His parents and Irene, arrive at the kitchen, having been alerted by the sounds of the scuffle there. Alan attempts to explain what is going on, but with Archer not supporting his explanation, neither of his parents believe him; the next day and Archer find the rest of the Gorgonites in a dumpster at the store. At home, Alan learns that the primary goal of the Gorgonites is to seek their homeland Gorgon, which they mistakenly believe to be in Yosemite National Park. Through tapping the Abernathys' phone line, the Commando Elite learn of Alan's interest in Christy, immobilize the Fimples' household and take Christy hostage to force Alan into surrendering the Gorgonites. Alan and Archer sneak into the Fimples' house to save Christy, but run into her Gwendy dolls, whom the Commando Elite engineered as auxiliary troops; the Gwendys subdue Alan. Archer cuts Christy loose from her bonds, together, they save Alan and destroy the Gwendys before escaping.
The Commando Elite pursue them in kit-bashed vehicles, but are destroyed in a crash. The two teenagers and Archer return to Alan's house, only to find both their families waiting for them, believing that Alan kidnapped Christy and immobilized the Fimples; this time and Irene believe Alan and Christy's account of the Gorgonites and the Commando Elite, but Phil and Marion, Christy's parents, remain skeptical. Irwin and Larry arrive and talk to Alan about his voicemail. At that moment, Chip Hazard, the only survivor of the crash, attacks the house with a new force of Commando Elites from a hijacked recall shipment by Joe and with more improvised vehicles and weapons. A battle promptly breaks out between the Commando Elite, the Gorgonites, the humans inside, resulting the house's electricity supply being cut off. Inspired by Irwin's advice to create an EMP blast, Alan heads out to force an overload of the power lines. Christy and Larry head to the Fimples' house to turn on all electronic items inside and wedge the power transformers open for a larger surge.
At Archer's command, the Gorgonites emerge and fight back against the Commando Elite. Chip Hazard flies to the top of the power line pole to stop Alan, where he battles and defeats Archer, but finds himself thrust by Alan into the power line, triggering the EMP blast, which destroys Chip Hazard along with all of the remaining Commando Elites. Mars arrives in his helicopter during the police and fire department cleanup the next day, he pays Joe, the Fimples, the Abernathys for damages, as well as buying their silence from the media, orders Larry and Irwin to prepare the Commando Elite for sale to rebels in South America. Among the craziness of the aftermath and Christy part on amicable terms, having agreed to start a relationship with each other. Alan discovers that the Gorgonites have screened themselves from the EMP blast by hiding underneath the Fimples' large satellite dish; the Abernathys bring the Gorgonites to Yosemite National Park, where Alan sends them out in a large toy boat from his father's store to find their island home of Gorgon.
The Commando Elite, excluding Jones and Dern, are voiced by cast members from the The Dirty Dozen. Dern replaced Dirty Dozen actor Richard Jaeckel, who died before shooting began. Excluding Langella and Cummings, the Gorgonites are voiced by cast members from This Is Spinal Tap. Sarah Michelle Gellar and Christina Ricci provided the voi
California State University, Fullerton
California State University, Fullerton is a public university in Fullerton, California. With a total enrollment of about 40,400, it has the largest student body out of the 23-campus California State University system, its 5,800 graduate student body is the largest in the CSU and one of the largest in all of California; as of Fall 2016, the school had 2,083 faculty. The university offers 109 degrees: 57 bachelor's degrees and 52 graduate degrees, including three doctorates. CSUF is designated as a Hispanic-serving institution and eligible to be designated as an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander serving institution; the university is nationally accredited in art, athletic training, chemistry, communicative disorders, computer science, engineering, nursing, public administration, public health, social work, teacher education and theater. Spending related to CSUF generates an impact of around $2.26 billion to the California and local economy, sustains nearly 16,000 jobs statewide. CSUF athletic teams are collectively known as the CSUF Titans.
They compete in the Big West Conference. In 1957, Orange County State College became the 12th state college in California to be authorized by the state legislature as a degree-granting institution; the following year, a site was designated for the campus to be established in northeast Fullerton. The property was purchased in 1959; this is the same year that Dr. William B. Langsdorf was appointed as founding president of the school. Classes began with 452 students in September 1959; the name of the school was changed to Orange State College in July 1962. In 1964, its name was changed to California State College at Fullerton. In June 1972, the final name change occurred and the school became California State University, Fullerton; the choice of the elephant as the university's mascot, dubbed Tuffy the Titan, dates to 1962, when the campus hosted "The First Intercollegiate Elephant Race in Human History." The May 11 event attracted 10,000 spectators, 15 pachyderm entrants, worldwide news coverage. The campus has seen two significant instances of violence with people killed.
On July 12, 1976, Edward Charles Allaway, a campus janitor with paranoid schizophrenia, shot nine people, killing seven, in the University Library on the Cal State Fullerton campus. At the time, it was the worst mass shooting in Orange County history. On October 13, 1984, Edward Cooperman, a physics professor, was shot and killed by his former student, Minh Van Lam, in McCarthy Hall; the university grew in the first decade of the 2000s. The Performing Arts Center was built in January 2006, in the summer of 2008 the newly constructed Steven G. Mihaylo Hall and the new Student Recreation Center opened. In fall 2008, the Performing Arts Center was renamed the Joseph A. W. Clayes III Performing Arts Center, in honor of a $5 million pledge made to the university by the trustees of the Joseph A. W. Clayes III Charitable Trust. Since 1963, the curriculum has expanded to include many graduate programs, including multiple doctorate degrees, as well as numerous credential and certificate programs; the campus is on the site of former citrus groves in northeast Fullerton.
It is bordered on the east by the Orange Freeway, on the west by State College Boulevard, on the north by Yorba Linda Boulevard, on the south by Nutwood Avenue. Although established in the late 1950s, much of the initial construction on campus took place in the late 1960s, under the supervision of artist and architect Howard van Heuklyn, who gave the campus a striking, futuristic architecture; this was in response to the numerous Googie buildings in the Fullerton community. The Pollak Library houses the Philip K. Dick science fiction collection. Since 1993, the campus has added the College Park Building, Steven G. Mihaylo Hall, University Hall, the Titan Student Union, the Student Recreation Center, the Nutwood Parking Structure, the State College Parking Structure, Dan Black Hall, Joseph A. W. Clayes III Performing Arts Center West, Phase III Housing, the Grand Central Art Center, Pollak Library. In order to generate power for the university and become more sustainable, the campus installed solar panels on top of a number of buildings.
The panels, which generate up to 7–8 percent of the electrical power used daily, are atop the Eastside Parking Structure, Clayes Performing Arts Center and the Kinesiology and Health Science Building. In August 2011, the university added a $143 million housing complex, which included five new residence halls, a convenience store and a 565-seat dining hall called the Gastronome; the university operates a satellite campus in Irvine, California 20 miles south of the original Fullerton location, the Grand Central Art Center in downtown Santa Ana, a Garden Grove Center. CSUF announced plans in May 2010 to buy the lot that Hope International University lies at, but this deal was cut off. CSUF announced plans in September 2010 to expand into the area south of Nutwood Avenue, to construct a project called CollegeTown, which would integrate the surrounding residential areas and retail spaces into the campus. After community opposition, the Fullerton planning commission indefinitely postponed any action on the project in February 2016.
The Desert Studies Center is a field station of the California State University located in Zzyzx, California in the Mojave Desert. The purpose of the Center is to provide opportunities to conduct research, receive instruction and experience the Mojave Desert environment. Is operated by the Ca
G-Force is a 2009 American family adventure comedy film produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films. Directed by Hoyt Yeatman and written by Cormac and Marianne Wibberley with a story by Yeatman, the film is his directorial debut, having earlier worked in the area of visual effects alongside co-founding Dream Quest Images; the film stars Zach Galifianakis, Bill Nighy, Will Arnett and it features the voices of Sam Rockwell, Tracy Morgan, Penélope Cruz, Jon Favreau, Nicolas Cage, Steve Buscemi. Sony Pictures Imageworks handled the film's visual effects. G-Force was released in the United States on July 24, 2009, it earned $292.8 million on a $150 million budget, but the critical reception was negative. The film revolves around a special team of trained secret agent animals, equipped with advanced tools that allow the mammalian members to talk to humans; the primary field team consists of guinea pigs Darwin and Juarez, star-nosed mole Speckles, housefly Mooch. The unit's leader Ben, orders an unauthorized infiltration of the residence of home electronics and appliances magnate, Leonard Saber, the owner of Saberling Industries, under FBI investigation and is working for an unseen mastermind named Mr. Yanshu.
The team is able to retrieve sensitive information about a sinister scheme, set to occur in 48 hours. However, when Ben's superior Kip Killian arrives for his evaluation, his astonishment at the team's capabilities and technology is overcome by his indignation at Ben's unauthorized mission and the fact that the downloaded intelligence appears to be useless information about Saber's coffeemakers; as a result, the government agent orders the unit shut down, the equipment seized and the animals to be used as experimental subjects to be killed. With the help of their human compatriots, Juarez, Blaster and Speckles escape with hopes of stopping Saber's scheme, but find themselves in a pet carrying case bound for a pet shop. Trapped in the store's pet rodent display case, G-Force meets Hurley, a laid-back guinea pig, Bucky, an irascible hamster, three sycophantic mice. Although Blaster and Juarez manage to get themselves sold to a family with plans to return to extract their comrades, Speckles' own attempt to escape by playing dead ends disastrously when he is thrown into and crushed in a garbage truck.
Meanwhile, Mooch manages to return to Ben to tell him where his mammalian agents are, but Darwin escapes with Hurley before he can arrive to collect them. While Blaster and Juarez escape their new owners to return to Ben, he and his assistant Marcie discover that the discredited intel has a destructive computer function that hid the scheme. At this time and Hurley make their own way to their superior. En route, Darwin sees a Saberling coffee maker and decides to investigate it, but his examination of the machine makes it come alive as a dangerous fighting robot that he and Hurley are able to defeat by making it run right into the path of an oncoming SUV. Darwin and Hurley transport the wreckage to Ben using a skateboard. However, upon arrival, Ben confesses the shattering information that they are not special genetically enhanced animals as told, but ordinary ones Ben took in and trained for the team. However, Hurley lifts them from their despair by reminding the team of the astounding feats he has seen them do and the fact that they made themselves extraordinary on their own.
Emboldened but with little time to stop the scheme, Ben provides the field team with the means to infiltrate the Saber residence and plant a virus in the computer mainframe. FBI agents are ordered by Killian to capture the animals dead or alive, forcing the team to elude them with an extended pursuit thanks to a high speed vehicle designed for them called the Rapid Deployment Vehicle and Mooch acting as their camera in the air. During the chase, one FBI SUV gets trapped by moving trucks, while another SUV crashes into a travel trailer, the last one gets caught in the middle of a fireworks display, though none of the agents are harmed. After the team infiltrates Saber's mainframe, they encounter a bomb trap but they manage to avoid it because of their size. Meanwhile, Hurley notices a Saberling microwave oven, which attacks. In an appliance store, all of the machines transform into killing machines and begin combining with each other; the microwave tries to kill the 3 guinea pigs. The team take on the monster until it is destroyed by the bomb trap, the resulting battle separates the group, leaving only Darwin and Mooch to take the mainframe down.
At the same time, Leonard Saber is shocked to discover that his appliances have become killing machines, expecting them to be able to communicate with each other. Meanwhile, Killian leads his men to take advantage of this obvious pretext to openly move against the industrialist thinking that he was the mastermind and interrogate him in the command truck. Ben and Marcie arrive at the scene and they watch Darwin trying to infiltrate the mainframe and shut it down; when Darwin reaches the mainframe, he finds out that Speckles, who faked his death and somehow obtained another pair of glasses after his origin
Treasure Planet is a 2002 American animated science fiction action adventure film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures on November 27, 2002. It is the 43rd Disney animated feature film; the film is a science fiction adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's adventure novel Treasure Island and was the first film to be released in regular and IMAX theaters. The film employs a novel technique of hand-drawn 2D traditional animation set atop 3D computer animation; the film was co-written, co-produced and directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, who had pitched the concept for the film at the same time that they pitched another Disney animated feature, The Little Mermaid. Treasure Planet features the voices of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Brian Murray, David Hyde Pierce, Martin Short, Roscoe Lee Browne, Emma Thompson, Laurie Metcalf, Patrick McGoohan; the musical score was composed by James Newton Howard, while the songs were written and performed by John Rzeznik. Despite positive critical reception, the film bombed in the United States box office, costing $140 million to create while earning $38 million in the United States and Canada and just shy of $110 million worldwide.
It was nominated for the 2002 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. On the planet Montressor, a young Jim Hawkins is enchanted by stories of the legendary pirate Captain Nathaniel Flint and his ability to appear from nowhere, raid passing ships, disappear in order to hide the loot on the mysterious "Treasure Planet". Twelve years having been abandoned by his father when he was still young, Jim has grown into an aloof and isolated troublemaker, he reluctantly helps his mother Sarah run the family's Benbow Inn, derives amusement from "Alponian solar cruising", skysurfing atop a rocket-powered sailboard. One day, a spaceship crashes near the inn; the dying pilot, Billy Bones, gives Jim a sphere and tells him to "beware the cyborg". After this, a gang of pirates burn the inn. Jim, his mother, their dog-like friend Dr. Delbert Doppler flee. At Doppler's study, Jim finds that the sphere is a holographic projector containing a star map that leads to the location of Treasure Planet. Doppler commissions.
The ship is commanded by the feline Captain Amelia along with her stone-skinned and disciplined first mate, Mr. Arrow; the crew is a motley bunch, secretly led by the half-robot cook John Silver, whom Jim suspects is the cyborg he was warned about. Jim is sent down to work in the galley, where he is supervised by Silver and his shape-shifting pet, Morph. Despite Jim's mistrust of Silver, they soon form a tenuous father-son relationship. During the voyage, the ship encounters a supernova. Jim, while securing lifelines of all crew members, saves Silver from falling just in time; the supernova devolves into a black hole and Mr. Arrow is shortly sucked into it; the burst of shock waves and maximum engine power enable Amelia to pilot the ship to safety. Amelia mourns the loss of Arrow, suspects Jim of failing to secure the lifelines, while in fact Arrow's line was cut by a ruthless insectoid crew member named Scroop; as the ship reaches Treasure Planet, Jim overhears the crew and soon discovers they are indeed pirates led by Silver, a mutiny erupts.
Jim, Doppler and Morph abandon the ship, but Morph has left the map behind. Thinking Jim hesitates, allowing them to escape; the fugitives are shot down during their escape. While exploring Treasure Planet's forests, the fugitives meet B. E. N. an abandoned robot, who has lost his primary memory and invites them to his place for shelter. The pirates corner the group there. E. N. and Morph return to the ship in an attempt to recover the map. Scroop attacks them but gets drifted into space, they obtain the map, but upon returning they are caught by Silver, who captured Doppler and Amelia. Silver forces Jim to use the map, directing them to a portal that opens on any location in the universe, which Jim realizes is how Flint conducted his raids, they open the portal to the center of Treasure Planet, discovering that the planet is a space station built eons ago that Flint commandeered to stow his treasure. As the pirates prepare to collect the loot, Jim finds the skeletal remains of Flint, holding the missing component to B.
E. N.'s cognitive computer. He reinserts it, B. E. N. Recalls that Flint had rigged the planet to explode upon the treasure's discovery; the planet soon begins to fall apart. Not wanting to go empty-handed, Silver attempts to escape on a boat loaded with treasure, but lets it go to save Jim; the survivors escape to the ship. Jim rigs a makeshift rocket-powered sailboard, rides ahead of the ship towards the portal. At the last moment, Jim sets the portal to Montressor Spaceport, both he and the crew safely clear the destruction. Jim finds, he allows him to go, Silver asks him to keep Morph, as well as providing him some part of the treasure to rebuild the Benbow Inn, believing Jim will "rattle the stars". Amelia offers Jim a recommendation to Interstellar Academy before he returns to the spaceport to reunite with his mother. Sometime a party is hosted at the rebuilt inn. Jim sees an image of Silver in the clouds. Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Jim Hawkins, a teenage adolescent pining for adventure. Austin Majors as Young Jim Hawkins David Hyde Pierce as Dr. Delbert Doppler, an anthropomorphic dog and astronome
Joseph James Dante Jr. is an American film director, producer and actor. His films—notably Gremlins —often mix fantastical storylines with comedic elements. Dante's films include Piranha, The Howling, Innerspace, The'Burbs, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Small Soldiers, Looney Tunes: Back in Action, his work for television and cable includes immigration satire The Second Civil War and episodes of anthology series Masters of Horror and Amazing Stories, as well as Hawaii Five-0. Dante grew up in nearby Livingston, his father, Joseph James Dante, was a professional golfer, though Dante was more interested in becoming a cartoonist. Dante began his film career working for legendary, low-budget producer Roger Corman, who provided similar opportunities to future directors Francis Ford Coppola and James Cameron, he made The Movie Orgy in 1968. He worked as an editor on Grand Theft Auto after co-directing Hollywood Boulevard with Allan Arkush, his next feature film, Roger Corman-produced Piranha, was released in 1978.
Inspired by Steven Spielberg's Jaws, the film was written by John Sayles. Dante invited Sayles to rewrite the script for werewolf tale The Howling, loosely based on the novel by Gary Brandner. Dante directed episodes of cult television series Police Squad!, before Steven Spielberg invited him to join the directing team on anthology movie Twilight Zone: The Movie. Dante's segment,'It's a Good Life', featured cartoon-style special effects, revolved around a woman who is'adopted' by an omnipotent boy. Gremlins proved one of Dante's biggest hits to date. Combining horror and comedy elements, the film revolves around Billy Peltzer, given a strange creature he calls Gizmo as a pet. After Billy fails to follow the rules for looking after Gizmo, the creature spawns other creatures, which transform into destructive monsters who begin rampaging through the local town. Six years passed before Dante directed the more anarchic Gremlins 2: The New Batch, set this time in a New York high rise. Aside from the Gremlins films, Dante worked with producer Steven Spielberg on comedy adventure Innerspace, in which Dennis Quaid's character is miniaturised and injected inside a human body.
His 1985 boys meet alien tale Explorers marked the film debuts of actors River Phoenix and Ethan Hawke. Dante would work with Tom Hanks on The'Burbs, a black comedy in which Hanks' character deals with nightmare neighbours. In 1993 Dante directed Matinee. Set during the 1960s, the film pays homage to the showmen who made and promoted them. Matinee has a 91 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. In his review for the Chicago Reader, Jonathan Rosenbaum wrote, "At the same time that Dante has a field day brutally satirizing our desire to scare ourselves and others, he re-creates early-60s clichés with a relish and a feeling for detail that come close to love". USA Today reviewer Mike Clark wrote "Part spoof, part nostalgia trip and part primer in exploitation-pic ballyhoo, Matinee is a sweetly resonant little movie-lovers' movie". Dante was creative consultant on short-lived fantasy series Eerie and directed five episodes, he played himself in the series finale. In 1995–1996 he worked on The Phantom; when he was removed from the film, he chose screen credit rather than pay.
Dante directed Looney Tunes: Back in Action. A box office bomb, the film received mixed reviews. In 2007, Dante launched the web series Trailers From Hell, which provides commentary by directors and screenwriters on trailers for classic and cult movies, he is a contributor to the website. Dante's 2009 film The Hole received positive reviews, was awarded the Premio Persol at the 2009 Venice Film Festival; the new award was for the "3-D feature deemed the most creative among those produced globally between September 2008 and August 2009."With Roger Corman producing, Dante directed the interactive web series Splatter for Netflix. The series stars Corey Feldman as a rock star seeking revenge on those. In November 2011 it was announced that Dante would direct a thriller called "Air Disturbance" starring Robert Englund and Dylan Walsh. Various projects Dante is involved in are struggling with funding for years, among them the anthology film "Paris, I'll kill you", the werewolf feature "Monster Love", the Roger Corman biopic "The Man with Kaleidoscope Eyes".
In 2014, Dante made Burying the Ex, a horror comedy about a young man whose controlling girlfriend dies in a freak accident but when he tries to move on with his life along with his new partner he discovers that his now undead Ex has come back. The film stars Ashley Greene, it was selected to be screened out of competition at the 71st Venice International Film Festival, was released in 2015. As of 2015, he is a member of the board of advisers for the Hollywood Horror Museum. Dante served as executive producer on the independent feature length thriller Dark, starring Whitney Able and Alexandra Breckenridge, directed by Nick Basile; the film is set in New York City during the 2003 blackout. The film was released by Screen Media Films on June 7, 2016. Dante developed a stock company of actors. Dick Miller, for example, has been in all of Dante's feature films and most of his television work, while Belinda Balaski, Archie Hahn, Robert Picardo come in at close second and fourth, with one l
The Road to El Dorado
The Road to El Dorado is a 2000 American animated adventure-musical film produced by DreamWorks Animation. It was directed by Don Paul; the film stars Kevin Kline, Kenneth Branagh, Rosie Perez, Armand Assante, Edward James Olmos. The soundtrack features songs by Elton John and Tim Rice, as well as composers Hans Zimmer and John Powell; the film follows two con artists. After washing ashore in the New World, they use the map to lead them to the city of El Dorado, where its inhabitants mistake them for gods. Released on March 31, 2000, The Road to El Dorado grossed $76.4 million worldwide on a $95 million budget. In 1519 Spain, two con artists and Tulio, win a map to the legendary City of Gold, El Dorado, in a rigged dice gamble, which this time they win fairly. After their con is exposed, the two evade the guards and hide inside barrels, which are loaded into one of the ships to be led by conquistador Hernán Cortés for the New World. During the voyage, they are caught as stowaways and imprisoned, but break free and take a rowboat with the help of Cortés's horse, Altivo.
They reach an unknown shore at the edge of South America where Miguel begins to recognize landmarks from the map, leading them to a totem marker near a waterfall that Tulio believes is a dead end. As they prepare to leave, they encounter a native woman, being chased by guards; when the guards see Tulio and Miguel riding Altivo as depicted on the totem, they escort them and Chel to a secret entrance behind the falls, into El Dorado. They are brought to the city's elders, kindhearted Chief Tannabok and wicked high priest Tzekel-Kan; the pair are given luxurious quarters, along with the charge of Chel. Chel recognizes that the two are conning the people but promises to remain quiet if they take her with them when they leave the city; the two are showered with gifts of gold from Tannabok but disapprove of Tzekel-Kan attempting to sacrifice a civilian as the gods' ritual. Tulio instructs Tannabok to build them a boat so that they can leave the city with all the gifts they have been given. During the three days this will take, Miguel explores the city, Chel gets romantically close to Tulio.
Miguel comes to appreciate the peaceful life the citizens seem to enjoy and speaks to Tannabok about delaying the construction of the boat. When Tzekel-Kan sees Miguel playing a ball game with children, he insists the gods demonstrate their powers against the city's best players in the same game. Tulio and Miguel are outmatched, but Chel is able to substitute the ball with an armadillo, allowing them to win. Miguel spares the ritual of sacrificing the losing team and chastises Tzekel-Kan, much to the crowd's approval. Tzekel-Kan notices Miguel received a small cut and realizes the two are not gods, because gods do not bleed. Tzekel-Kan conjures a giant stone jaguar to chase them through the city. Tulio and Miguel outwit the jaguar, causing it and Tzekel-Kan to fall into a giant whirlpool, thought by the natives to be the entrance to Xibalba, the spirit world. Tzekel-Kan surfaces in the jungle, where he encounters Cortés and his men. Thinking Cortés is a god, he offers to lead them to El Dorado.
With the boat completed, Miguel says. As Tulio and Chel board the boat, they realize Cortés is close. Knowing what will happen if Cortés discovers the city, Tulio suggests using the boat to ram rock pillars under the waterfall and block the main entrance to the city; the plan succeeds with the citizens pulling over a statue in the boat's wake to give it enough speed. As the statue starts to fall too Tulio has difficulty in preparing the boat's sail. Giving up on staying in the city and Altivo jump onto the boat to unfurl the sails, assuring the boat clears the statue in time; the group crashes against the pillars, causing a cave-in but losing all their gifts in the process. They hide near the totem just as Tzekel-Kan arrive; when they find the entrance blocked, Cortés brands Tzekel-Kan a liar and takes him prisoner as they leave. Tulio and Miguel, though disappointed they lost the gold, head in a different direction for a new adventure with Chel. Kevin Kline as Tulio, one of the con artists who pretend to be gods so they can get gold.
He is the strategic planner becoming anxious and overthinking things. Kenneth Branagh as Miguel, one of the con artists who pretend to be gods so they can get gold, he is more easygoing than his con-parter Tulio. Rosie Perez as Chel, a beautiful native woman from El Dorado who discovers Tulio and Miguel's con and decides to play along in an effort to get out from El Dorado. Armand Assante as Tzekel-Kan, the fanatically vicious high priest who has a religious fixation for human sacrifices. Edward James Olmos as Chief Tannabok, the kind chief of El Dorado who believes that Tulio and Miguel are gods, though he at one point implies that he has figured out Miguel is not a god, though only after Miguel demonstrates kindness to his people. Jim Cummings as Hernán Cortés, the merciless and ambitious conquistador leader of the expedition to find the empires of the New World, he voices the cook on Cortes's ship, a warrior who gets stepped on Tzekel Kan's stone jaguar, the native who warns Chief Tannabok about Cortés.
Frank Welker as Altivo, Cortés' horse who befriends Tulio and Miguel. Tobin Bell as Zaragoza, a sailor on the voyage to the New World of El Dorado and the original