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The Empire Strikes Back

The Empire Strikes Back known as Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, is a 1980 American epic space opera film directed by Irvin Kershner and written by Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan, based on a story by George Lucas. Produced by Lucasfilm, it is the second film in the Star Wars film series and the sequel to Star Wars. Set three years after the events of the first film, the Galactic Empire, under the leadership of Darth Vader and the Emperor, pursues Luke Skywalker and the rest of the Rebel Alliance. While Vader relentlessly pursues Luke's friends—Han Solo, Princess Leia, C-3PO—Luke studies the Force under Jedi Master Yoda; the ensemble cast includes Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, David Prowse, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, Frank Oz. Following the success of Star Wars, Lucas hired Brackett to write the sequel. Lucas chose not to direct due to his obligations at Industrial Light & Magic and handling the financing, passed the duty to Kershner, his former professor.

Filmed from March to September 1979, The Empire Strikes Back faced a difficult production that included actor injuries, a set fire, fines from the Writers and Directors Guilds of America. The initial budget was $18 million, but ballooned to $33 million by the time production concluded, making it one of the most expensive films made at the time; the Empire Strikes Back premiered at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D. C. on May 17, 1980, was released in the United States on May 21, 1980. The film became the highest-grossing film of 1980. Though it was met with divided reviews, it is now regarded as the best film in the Star Wars saga and one of the greatest films made; the film has grossed over $547 million worldwide from several rereleases. Adjusted for inflation, it is the second-highest-grossing sequel of all time and the thirteenth highest-grossing film of all time in North America. In 2010, the film was selected for preservation in the United States' National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as "culturally or aesthetically significant".

The Empire Strikes Back had a significant impact on filmmaking and popular culture, being regarded as a rare example of a sequel that transcends the original. The climax, in which Vader reveals to Luke that he is his father, is cited as one of the greatest plot twists in cinematic history; the Empire Strikes Back was followed by Return of the Jedi in 1983. The two films, alongside the original Star Wars, comprise the original Star Wars trilogy. Three years after the destruction of the Death Star, the Rebel Alliance, led by Princess Leia, has set up a new base on the ice planet Hoth; the Imperial fleet, led by a merciless Darth Vader, hunts for the new Rebel base by dispatching probe droids across the galaxy. Luke Skywalker is captured by a wampa while investigating one such probe, but manages to escape from its lair using the Force and his lightsaber. Before Luke succumbs to hypothermia, the Force spirit of his deceased mentor, Obi-Wan Kenobi, instructs him to go to the swamp planet Dagobah to train under Jedi Master Yoda.

Han Solo discovers Luke and manages to keep him alive by keeping him under the body fat of his dead Tauntaun mount, the two are rescued by a search party the following morning. The probe alerts the Imperial fleet to the Rebels' location; the Empire launches a large-scale attack using AT-AT walkers to capture the base, which forces the Rebels to evacuate. Han and Leia escape with C-3PO and Chewbacca on the Millennium Falcon, but the ship's hyperdrive malfunctions, they hide in an asteroid field, where Han and Leia grow closer amidst tension and kiss. Several bounty hunters, summoned by Vader, assist in searching for the Falcon. Meanwhile, Luke travels with R2-D2 in his X-wing fighter to Dagobah, he meets a diminutive creature. Luke learns more about the Force from Yoda. After evading the Imperial fleet, Han's group travels to the floating Cloud City on the planet Bespin, governed by Han's old friend Lando Calrissian. Bounty hunter Boba Fett tracks the Falcon and, with Vader, forces Lando to hand the group over to the Empire.

Vader plans to use the group as bait to lure Luke, intending to capture him and turn him to the dark side of the Force. Luke experiences a premonition of Han and Leia in pain and, against the wishes of Yoda and Obi-Wan, abandons his training to rescue them. Intending to hold Luke in suspended animation by imprisoning him in carbonite, Vader selects Han to be frozen as an experiment. Han survives the process and is given to Fett, who plans to collect a bounty on him from Jabba the Hutt. Lando, secretly still loyal to Han, finds a way to free Leia and Chewbacca, but they are too late to stop Fett from departing with Solo, they flee the city. Meanwhile, Luke arrives and engages Vader in a lightsaber duel that leads them over the city's central air shaft. Vader severs Luke's right hand, disarming him, tempts him to embrace his anger and join the dark side. Luke accuses Vader of murdering his father. Horrified, Luke drops into the air shaft and is ejected beneath the floating city, where he hangs from an antenna.

He reaches out telepathically to Leia, who persuades Lando and Chewie to turn back. After Luke is brought aboard, they are chased by TIE fighters towards Vader on his Star Destroyer and find that the Falcon's hyperdrive has been

Billy Gilbert (footballer)

William Albert Gilbert is an English former footballer, born in Lewisham, who made more than 400 appearances in the Football League playing as a defender for Crystal Palace, Colchester United and Maidstone United. He won 11 caps for England at under-21 level. Gilbert began his career at Terry Venables' Crystal Palace, winning the FA Youth Cup twice as part of the so-called "Team of the Eighties" as well as being a key fixture in the side that won promotion to the First Division. Gilbert remained with Palace after their relegation back to the Second Division, winning the 1984 Player of the Year award in his final season at Selhurst Park. Gilbert moved to Portsmouth, spending five years at Fratton Park before moving on again to Colchester United, he spent a season at Maidstone United, before playing non-league football for Havant Town and Waterlooville. He managed Waterlooville for a time after their merger with Havant Town to form Havant & Waterlooville, he became player-manager of the merged club, leading them to the Southern League Southern Division title in his first season, before departing in 2000.

Crystal PalaceFootball League Second Division Winner: 1978–79 FA Youth Cup Winner: 1976–77, 1977–78PortsmouthFootball League Second Division Runner-up: 1986–87 PFA Team of the Year: 1984–85 Crystal Palace Player of the Year: 1984 Billy Gilbert at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database

Rick Langford

James Rick Langford is an American retired professional baseball pitcher who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball from 1976 through 1986. He has served as a coach for the Toronto Blue Jays in MLB and for their farm teams in Minor League Baseball. Langford grew up in Virginia, he attended Varina High School. He signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates as a free agent in 1973, he made his MLB debut with the Pirates in 1976. Before the 1977 season, the Pirates traded Langford, Tony Armas, Doug Bair, Dave Giusti, Doc Medich and Mitchell Page to the Oakland Athletics for Phil Garner, Chris Batton, Tommy Helms. In a streak that began on May 23, 1980, Langford pitched 22 consecutive complete games; the streak ended on September 17. He pitched consecutive complete games in his next three starts. Langford led the American League in complete games and innings pitched that year, won a career high 19 games for the Athletics. In 1983, Langford was hit by a line drive in his elbow and tore a muscle in the elbow when trying to play through the injury.

He had a 4–19 win-loss record from the 1983 through 1986 seasons. He attempted a comeback to baseball in 1988, pitching for the Columbus Clippers, a minor league baseball affiliate of the New York Yankees; the Yankees did not promote him to the major leagues, he retired after the season. Langford joined the Toronto Blue Jays organization in 1996 as a pitching coach in the minor leagues, he served as a major league pitching coach in 2002. After the 2008 season, the Blue Jays named Langford their roving minor league pitching instructor; the Blue Jays named Langford their major league bullpen coach for the 2010 season. After the 2010 season, he became the Blue Jays' pitching rehab coordinator, he became the pitching coach for the Syracuse Chiefs of the Class AAA International League. Langford lives in Florida with an art teacher, they have two children: Jamie, an elementary school teacher, Travis, a lieutenant in the United States Air Force. Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference

Édouard de Pomiane

Édouard Alexandre de Pomiane, sometimes Édouard Pozerski was a French scientist, radio broadcaster and food writer. His parents emigrated from Poland in 1863 after the January Uprising, changed their name from Pozerski to de Pomiane, became French citizens. De Pomiane worked as a physician at the Institut Pasteur in Paris, where he gave Félix d'Herelle a place to work on bacteriophages, his best known works that have been translated into English are Cooking in Ten Minutes and Cooking with Pomiane. His writing was remarkable in its time for its directness and for his general disdain for upper-class elaborate French cuisine, he travelled and quite a few of his recipes are from abroad. His recipes take pains to demystify cooking by explaining the chemical processes at work. La Cuisine en dix minutes, ou l'Adaptation au rythme moderne ISBN 0-571-13599-4 Also translated as Cooking in ten minutes: The adaptation to the rhythm of our time ISBN 978-1-897959-61-9 Cooking with Pomiane ISBN 0-340-59937-5"Vingt Plats Qui Donnent Goutte"IMG_7221.jpeg 1935 edition.

Works by Édouard de Pomiane at Open Library Biography and picture


Zurbano is a village in the municipality of Arrazua-Ubarrundia, Álava, Basque Country, Spain. It lies on the northeastern rural outskirts of 6.5 km from the centre. As of 2002 it had a population of 153, it contains a collection of palace-houses dating from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries that once belonged to prominent families such as Basterra, Isunza Otalora or Iriarte. Among these the most notable is the Palacio Rural Zurbano, a declared monument. Other people's palaces are the Palacio Otalora-Guevara, the Ortiz de Zárate and the Casa palacio de Otazu; the church of St. Stephen dates from the fifteenth century. Cereal farming is the traditional local economic activity. There is a bar-restaurant in Zurbano. Celebrations are held the first weekend of September in honor of San Esteban

Mach 6 (album)

Mach 6 is the sixth studio album by MC Solaar. It was released in Europe in 2003 and in the United States on June 6, 2006. "Introspection" – 1:05 "La Vie est belle" – 3:53 "Hijo de Africa" – 3:23 "T’inquiète" – 0:33 "T’inquiète" – 4:02 "Guerilla" – 3:48 "Jumelles" – 3:46 "Jardin d’Éden" – 2:47 "Au pays de Gandhi" – 3:32 "J’connais mon rôle" – 3:22 "Cash Money" – 4:00 "Today Is a Good Day" – 3:13 "Souvenir" – 2:51 "Sauvez le monde" – 5:16 "Bling Bling" – 3:17 "Ça me hante" – 7:45 All Music Guide to Mach 6