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Water for Elephants (film)

Water for Elephants is a 2011 American romantic drama film directed by Francis Lawrence and written by Richard LaGravenese, based on Sara Gruen's 2006 novel of the same name. It stars Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson, Christoph Waltz; the film was released in the United States on April 22, 2011. It grossed $117 million worldwide. Charlie O'Brien, Circus Vargas' owner, encounters an elderly man named Jacob Jankowski, separated from his nursing home group; the two strike up a conversation and Jacob reveals he had a career in the circus business and was present during one of the most infamous circus disasters of all time, equal in seriousness to the 1944 Hartford circus fire and the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus wreck. Jankowski tells his story to O'Brien, starting in 1931 when he was a 23-year-old veterinary medicine student at Cornell University. During his final exam, he is informed, his father has left huge debts, the bank was foreclosing on Jacob's home. Feeling there is no point in returning to school, having no home to go to, he jumps onto a passing train where he meets a kind old man named Camel.

Jacob discovers that he jumped on the Benzini Bros. circus train. He sees a beautiful young woman named Marlena Rosenbluth, meets August, the circus's ringmaster, head animal trainer, Marlena's husband. Jacob reveals he studied veterinary science and August hires Jacob as a vet for the circus animals after Jacob tells August that Silver has laminitis. August instructs Jacob to keep him performing as long as possible, but Jacob cannot bear to see Silver's suffering and takes it upon himself to tell Marlena and shoots Silver. August is furious with Jacob's decision to euthanize Silver against orders. To show Jacob, boss, he threatens to throw him off the moving train — telling him that an animal's suffering is nothing compared to a man's, that Jacob must carry out all of August's future orders if he wishes to keep his job. August procures Rosie the elephant as Silver's replacement, he invites Jacob to his car for dinner and cocktails with Marlena. Jacob watches the married couple flirt and dance in front of him, but it becomes clear that their relationship is complicated because August is possessive and rough with Marlena.

In the next few weeks, August becomes frustrated. August is brutal with Rosie. After a brutal beating that August gave to Rosie when she ran away after fleeing from the event and dropping Marlena, Jacob realizes that the elephant only understands Polish commands. After that, Rosie performs beautifully and the circus enjoys a short period of success. While working together to train Rosie and Marlena fall in love. After August discovers this, he cruelly taunts the two to a point where he forced the two of them to kiss in front of him. Marlena discovers that August plans to throw Jacob from the train and they run away together, hiding in a local hotel. Soon after consummating their relationship, they are ambushed by August's henchmen who drag Marlena away and beat up Jacob. Jacob returns to the circus to find Marlena. Marlena tells Jacob that his friends Camel were thrown from the train and killed. Several circus employees have become fed up with August's murderous cruelty and unleash their revenge by unlocking all the animals' cages while the big top tent is jam-packed with an audience enjoying Marlena and Rosie's performance.

Jacob attempts to find Marlena in the chaos. Marlena tries to save Jacob from being beaten by August, but this causes the latter to turn his fury on her. August attempts to kill Marlena by choking her while Jacob fights with one of August's henchmen, who defeats him. Wade and Grady, two of Jacob's best friends and one of the circus workers save Jacob, who sees Rosie hit August on the back of the head with an iron stake, killing him; as a result, Benzini Bros. is shut down, no one is charged with releasing the animals. Back in the present, Jacob explains to O'Brien in flashbacks that he returned to Cornell and finished his degree, he and Marlena took several horses and Rosie, got jobs with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Jacob worked as a veterinarian and she continued to perform with Rosie, they had children and kept Rosie until her death. He took on a job as a vet at the Albany Zoo and after more children and many happy years together Marlena died. O'Brien asks Jacob to work as the ticket taker, to which Jacob agrees.

On a budget of $38 million, filming began on May 20, 2010 in Los Angeles, Fillmore in California. The filming wrapped up on August 4, 2010; this is the second time Witherspoon and Pattinson have costarred together as they had filmed a deleted scene from 2004's Vanity Fair in which he was her estranged son. Reshoots for the film were scheduled for mid January 2011; the stampede scenes were digitally composed. In the film Water for Elephants the elephant Rosie, who Tai portrays, is abused. A spokesperson from the AHA assured people that all scenes of abuse in the film were the work of special effects and CGI, that the moaning and crying sounds that Tai is seen making on film were audio tracks, were not made by Tai. Controversy erupted, regarding concerns Tai was mistreated prior to filming. A video released by the Animal Defenders International in 2011 shows footage of Tai allegedly

John Buchanan Robinson

John Buchanan Robinson was an American politician from Pennsylvania who served as a Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for Delaware County from 1884 to 1888, the Pennsylvania State Senate for the 9th district from 1889 to 1892 and the U. S. House of Representatives for Pennsylvania's 6th congressional district from 1891 to 1897. John Buchanan Robinson was born in Allegheny City and was the grandson of the politician and militia general William Robinson, Jr, he attended private schools in Pittsburgh, entered the University of Pittsburgh and finished at Amherst College. He enlisted in the Union Army in 1864, however the Robinson family had two sons at the front in the Civil War and used the influence of his grandfather William Robinson, Jr. to have John released from service against his wishes. As compensation, he was appointed a cadet at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland by Congressman Thomas Williams and graduated in 1868, he circumnavigated the globe on the USS Colorado.

He was a member of the second U. S. party to become audience before the Emperor of Japan. In 1873, Robinson returned to the U. S. and served on the USS Michigan on the Great Lakes. He served on the USS Juniata when it sailed to Santiago de Cuba to demand the release of American citizens seized on the Virignius by Spanish authorities, he moved to Delaware County, Pennsylvania. He studied law under John G. Johnson and was admitted to the Philadelphia bar in 1876. In 1878, Robinson moved to Media and was admitted to the Delaware County bar, he was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. He worked as editor of the Delaware County Gazette in 1881 and 1882, as a newspaper correspondent and owner of the Media Ledger. Robinson served as a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the Delaware County district in 1884 and 1886 and to the Pennsylvania State Senate for the 9th district from 1889 to 1892. Robinson was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-second, Fifty-third, Fifty-fourth Congresses.

He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1896. He served as president of the League of Republican Clubs of Pennsylvania from 1891 to 1897, he was a member of the Board of Visitors to the United States Naval Academy in 1893. Robinson was a delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1892, 1896, 1908. In 1900, Robinson was appointed by President McKinley as United States marshal for the eastern district of Pennsylvania, he was reappointed in 1905 again in 1912 by President Taft. Robinson served until 1913. In 1874, Robinson married Elizabeth Waddington in St. Louis and together they had seven children. Elizabeth was a granddaughter of Charles Gilpin, the Mayor of Philadelphia from 1850 to 1854; the couple met during summer vacations in Pennsylvania. Robinson was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the American Protestant Association, Knights of Pythias, Order of Chosen Friends, Knights of the Golden Eagle, Improved Order of Red Men, Independent Order of Mechanics and the Bradbury Post No. 149 Grand Army of the Republic.

Robinson died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is interred at the Allegheny Cemetery in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Robinson, John B. Midshipman to Congress. Printed in Media, Pennsylvania, 1916

Dawn of the East

Dawn of the East is a lost 1921 American silent drama film directed by Edward H. Griffith and written by E. Lloyd Sheldon; the film stars Alice Brady, Kenneth Harlan, Michio Itō, America Chedister, Betty Carpenter, Harriet Ross. The film was released by Paramount Pictures; as described in a film magazine, Russian Countess Natalya is stranded in Peking, is forced to dance in a public hall to support an invalid sister. She is lured into marriage to a Chinese man through political intrigue, but escapes as she believes the ceremony was not completed and goes to America, where she becomes engaged to an American diplomat, her persecutors follow her. Alice Brady as Countess Natalya Kenneth Harlan as Roger Strong Michio Itō as Sotan America Chedister as Mariya Betty Carpenter as Sonya Harriet Ross as Mrs. Strong Sam Kim as Wu Ting Frank Honda as Liang H. Takemi as Kwan Patricio Reyes as Chang Dawn of the East on IMDb Synopsis at AllMovie