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The Last Detail

The Last Detail is a 1973 American comedy-drama film directed by Hal Ashby and starring Jack Nicholson, Otis Young, Randy Quaid, Clifton James, Michael Moriarty and Carol Kane. The screenplay was written by Robert Towne, based on a 1969 novel of the same name by Darryl Ponicsan, it was released on December 12, 1973. The film became known for its frequent use of profanity, was nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Actor in a Supporting Role and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium; the date is Saturday, December 15, 1973 and Navy Lifers Signalman First Class Billy "Badass" Buddusky and Gunner's Mate First Class Richard "Mule" Mulhall are awaiting orders in Norfolk, Virginia. They are assigned a shore patrol detail escorting 18-year old Seaman Larry Meadows to Portsmouth Naval Prison near Kittery, Maine. Meadows has been court-martialed, dishonorably discharged, sentenced eight years in the brig for stealing $40 from a charity fund run by the wife of a senior officer.

Buddusky and Mulhall are given one week to escort Meadows to the brig, if they fail to complete the task on time or let Meadows go free, they will be kicked out of the Navy and lose all benefits and pay. Despite their initial resentment of the detail, realizing that their prisoner is a kleptomaniac who steals compulsively, the two men begin to like Meadows as they escort him on a train ride through the wintry northeastern states. Billy and Mule decide to show him a good time before delivering him to the authorities. With several days to spare before they are due in Portsmouth, the trio make stops along their route to provide bon-voyage adventures for Meadows. In Washington, DC, they go to a diner and order burgers and milkshakes. Next they go to a bar, but they are denied drinks at a bar, as Meadows looks like he could be underage and cannot provide ID. Instead they get drunk in the parking lot, they buy whiskey and cigars and bring them to the hotel room. They stay up all night watching TV, playing cards and charades, telling stories, looking at magazines.

In Camden, New Jersey they seek out Meadows' mother, only to find her away for the day and the house a pigsty, cluttered with empty whiskey bottles. They take him ice skating at Rockefeller Center in New York City and they go bar hopping, they encounter a group of Nichiren Buddhists chanting away in an apartment building, the Buddhists teach Meadows how to pray. Meadows pronounces his several days with Mule to be the best of his whole life; when they arrive in Portsmouth, Meadows has a final request – a picnic. The senior sailors attempt a frigid barbecue in the snow. Meadows bolts in a last-ditch effort to run away, but slips on the ice and falls. Buddusky and Mulhall arrive, Buddusky loses his temper and beats Meadows up. After regaining control, Buddusky apologizes to Meadows, crying, tosses him a tissue. Buddusky and Mulhall take Meadows to prison, where he is taken away and marched off to be processed without a word. Buddusky had worried about brutality awaiting Meadows at the hands of the Marine guards, but the young duty officer at the prison, berates Buddusky and Mulhall for beating Meadows.

The duty officer asks if Meadows had tried to fight, which they deny. The Marine notices that their orders were never signed by the master-at-arms in Norfolk, says that they have not left that station; the angry young Marine officer relents when Mulhall and Buddusky ask to speak to the XO. With the detail complete, the pair stride away from the prison complaining about the duty officer's incompetence because after the rebuke he forgot to keep his copy of the paperwork. Both hope. Producer Gerry Ayres had bought the rights to Darryl Ponicsan's novel in 1969. After returning from the set of Drive, He Said, Robert Towne began adapting the novel; the screenwriter tailored the script for close friends Jack Rupert Crosse. In adapting the novel, Towne removed Buddusky's "closet intellectualism and his beautiful wife"; the screenwriter changed the ending so that Buddusky lives instead of dying as he does in the book. Ayres convinced Columbia Pictures to produce the film based on his consultant's credit on Bonnie & Clyde but had difficulty getting it made because of the studio's concern about the bad language in Towne's script.

Peter Guber recalls, "The first seven minutes, there were 342'fucks'". The head of Columbia asked Towne to reduce the number of curse words to which the writer responded, "This is the way people talk when they're powerless to act. Towne refused to tone down the language and the project remained in limbo until Nicholson, by a bankable star, got involved. Ayres sent the script to Robert Altman and Hal Ashby. Ayres remembers, "I thought that this was a picture that required a skewed perspective, that's what Hal had". Ashby was coming off the disappointing commercial and critical failure of Harold and Maude and was in pre-production on Three Cornered Circle at MGM when Jack Nicholson told him about The Last Detail, his upcoming film at Columbia; the director had been sent the script in the fall of 1971, with a reader's report calling it "lengthy and unimaginative", but he found it appealing. He wanted to do it but it conflicted with his schedule for Three Cornered Circle. Ashby pulled out of his deal with MGM, Nicholson suggested that they team up on Last Detail.

Columbia did not like Ashby because he had a reputation of distrusting autho

Cape Nansen

Cape Nansen is a headland in the Greenland Sea, east Greenland, Sermersooq municipality. This cape is named after Fridtjof Nansen. Cape Nansen is an important geographical landmark. Cape Nansen is located to the northeast of the mouth of the Nansen Fjord in an indented area of the eastern Greenland coast where there is a succession of headlands with active glaciers in between; the cape lies 15 km to the east-northeast of the mighty Cape J. A. D. Jensen on Sokongen IslandThis headland has been defined by the International Hydrographic Organization as the Southwest limit of the Greenland Sea, a line joining Cape Nansen with Straumnes, the NW point of Iceland. Cape Nansen, Greenland

38th International Emmy Awards

The 38th International Emmy Awards took place on November 22, 2010, at the Hilton Hotel in New York City, United States, was hosted by actor Jason Priestley. 39 programs of 15 country competed in 10 categories in the 38th International Emmy Awards: Argentina, Denmark, Israel, Mexico, Romania, South Africa, South Korea, Philippines and the UK. The nominees were selected over six months by a composite panel of 700 judges representing 50 countries; the British led, like last year, most of the International Emmys, which awards the programs made for television outside the United States. Helena Bonham Carter was awarded as best actress for her role as Enid Blyton in Enid. Bob Hoskins won the best actor award for his role in The Street, awarded in turn, as best drama series; the United Kingdom won the best children's program awards and best miniseries or TV movie, with Small Island. Portugal won his first Emmy for the telenovela Meu Amor; the best comedy award went to an Israeli production. Romania won in the category of Arts Programming with The World According to Ion B. and South Korea won for the first time in the documentary category with Mom and the Red Bean Cake.

In addition to the presentation of the International Emmy Awards for programming, the Academy paid tribute Lorne Michaels with the International Emmy Directorate Award, Simon Cowell with the International Emmy Founders Award. The following individuals, listed in order of appearance, presented awards. By country United Kingdom — 8 Brazil — 5By networkBBC — 6 Rede Globo — 5 By country United Kingdom — 6By networkBBC — 5 International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Official website 38TH INTERNATIONAL EMMY® AWARDS NOMINEES ANNOUNCED INTERNATIONAL EMMY AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED