Joan Chen is a Chinese American actress, film director and film producer. In China she performed in the 1979 film Little Flower and came to attention for her performance in the 1987 Academy Award-winning film The Last Emperor. She is known for her roles in Twin Peaks, Red Rose, White Rose, Saving Face, and The Home Song Stories, Chen Chong was born in Shanghai, to a family of pharmacologists. She and her brother, were raised during the Cultural Revolution. At the age of 14, Chen was discovered on the rifle range by Jiang Qing. Chen graduated from school a year in advance, and at the age of 17 entered the prestigious Shanghai International Studies University. Chen Chong performed alongside Tang Guoqiang in Zhang Zhengs Little Flower in 1979, Chen portrayed a pre-Maoist revolutionarys daughter, reunited with her brother, a wounded Communist soldier, learned that his doctor was her biological mother. In addition, Chen was in the 1979 film Hearts for the Motherland, the songs, I Love You and High Flies the Petrel, sung by Chens character, are perennial favorites in China.
In 1981, Chen starred in Awakening, directed by Teng Wenji, at age 20, Chen moved to the United States, where she studied filmmaking at California State University, Northridge. Her first Hollywood movie was Tai-Pan, filmed on location in China and she went on to star in Bernardo Bertoluccis The Last Emperor in 1987 and the David Lynch/Mark Frost television series Twin Peaks as Josie Packard. She starred alongside Rutger Hauer in 1989s The Blood of Heroes, written, in 1993 she co-starred in Oliver Stones Heaven & Earth. She portrayed two different characters in Clara Laws Temptation of a Monk, a princess of Tang dynasty. The award-winning film was adapted from a novel by Lilian Lee, in 1996, she was a member of the jury at the 46th Berlin International Film Festival. She directed Autumn in New York, starring Richard Gere and Winona Ryder, in the middle of the 2000s, Chen made a comeback in acting and began to work intensely, alternating between English and Chinese-language roles. In 2004, she starred in Hou Yongs family saga Jasmine Women, alongside Zhang Ziyi, in 2005, she appeared in Zhang Yangs family saga Sunflower, as a mother whose husband and son have a troubled father-son relationship over 30 years.
She portrayed a glamorous and unstable Chinese nightclub singer who struggles to survive in seventies Australia with her two children, the role earned her four awards including the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress and the Golden Horse Award for Best Actress. In 2008, she starred alongside Sam Chow in Shi Qi, directed by Joe Chow, as a rural mother of a 17-year-old in eastern Zhejiang province. The same year Joan Chen portrayed in Jia Zhangkes 24 City a factory worker once fancied because she resembled Chen herself in the 1979 film Little Flower, but who missed her chance at love
Rambo: First Blood Part II
Rambo, First Blood Part II is a 1985 American action film directed by George P. Cosmatos and starring Sylvester Stallone, who reprises his role as Vietnam veteran John Rambo. It is the sequel to the 1982 film First Blood, despite negative reviews, First Blood Part II was a major worldwide box office success, with an estimated 42 million tickets sold in the US. It has become the most recognized and memorable installment in the series, having inspired countless rip-offs, video games, the film was on the ballot for the American Film Institutes 100 Years. 100 Cheers, a list of Americas most inspiring movies, entertainment Weekly ranked the movie number 23 on its list of The Best Rock-em, Sock-em Movies of the Past 25 Years. A year into his sentence, former commando John Rambo is visited by his old commander, with the war in Vietnam over, the public has become increasingly concerned over news that a small group of US POWs have been left in enemy custody. To placate their demands for action, the US government has authorized a solo mission to confirm the reports.
As one of three men suited for such work, Rambo agrees to undertake the operation in exchange for a pardon. He is taken to meet Marshall Murdock, a government official overseeing the operation. During his insertion, Rambos parachute becomes tangled and breaks, causing him to lose most of his equipment, leaving him only his knife. He meets his contact, a young intelligence agent named Co-Bao. Reaching the camp, Rambo spots one of the prisoners tied to a cross shaped post, left to suffer from exposure, during escape, they are discovered by Vietnamese troops and attacked. When a gunboat manages to catch up, the pirates betray them out of fear, Rambo gets the POW and Co-Bao to safety, destroys the boat with an RPG-7, and kills the pirates. When Rambo calls for extraction, the helicopter is ordered to abort by Murdock, Co-Bao escapes, but Rambo and the POW are recaptured and returned to the camp. There, Rambo learns that Soviet troops are arming and training the Vietnamese and he is turned over to the local liaison, Lieutenant Colonel Podovsky and his right-hand man, Sergeant Yushin, for interrogation.
Upon learning of Rambos mission from intercepted missives, Podovsky demands that Rambo broadcast a message disavowing the POWs, meanwhile, Co infiltrates the camp disguised as a prostitute and comes to the hut in which Rambo is held captive. Rambo at first refuses to cooperate, but relents when the lives are threatened. Instead of reading the comments, Rambo directly threatens Murdock. He subdues the Russians with Cos help and escapes into the jungle and they kiss, and Rambo agrees to take Co back to the United States
Howard the Duck (film)
Howard the Duck is a 1986 American science-fiction comedy film directed by Willard Huyck and starring Chip Zien, Lea Thompson, Jeffrey Jones, and Tim Robbins. Although several TV adaptations of Marvel characters had aired during the preceding 21 years, Lucas proposed adapting the surrealist comic book following the production of American Graffiti. Following multiple production difficulties and mixed response to test screenings, Howard the Duck was released in theaters on August 1,1986, upon its release, the film was a major critical and commercial failure. It was nominated for seven Razzie awards, and made about $15 million domestically compared to its $30 million budget, despite the criticism, it has gained a cult following among fans of the comic-book series. 27-year-old Howard the Duck lives on Duckworld, a similar to Earth. Upon arriving, Howard encounters a woman being attacked by thugs and he defeats them using a unique style of martial arts. After the thugs flee, the woman herself as Beverly Switzler.
The following day, Beverly takes Howard to Phil Blumbertt, a scientist who Beverly hopes can help Howard return to his world, after Phil is revealed to be only a janitor, Howard resigns himself to life on Earth and rejects Beverlys aid. He soon applies for a job as a janitor at a local romance spa, Howard soon quits and rejoins Beverly, who plays in a band called Cherry Bomb. At the club where Cherry Bomb is performing, Howard comes across their manager, a fight breaks out, in which Howard is victorious. Howard rejoins Beverly backstage after the performance and accompanies her back to her apartment. They theorize that Howard can be sent back to his world through a reversal of this same process, upon their arrival at the laboratory, the laser spectroscope malfunctions when it is activated, raising the possibility of something else being transported to Earth. At this point, Dr. Walter Jenning is possessed by a form from a distant region of space. When they visit a diner, the creature itself as a Dark Overlord of the Universe and demonstrates its developing mental powers by destroying table utensils.
A fight ensues when a group of truckers in the diner begins to insult Howard, Howard is captured and is almost killed by the diner chef, but the Dark Overlord destroys the diner and escapes with Beverly. Howard locates Phil, who is arrested for his presence at the laboratory with no security clearance, after they escape, they discover an ultralight aircraft, which they use to search for the Dark Overlord and Beverly. At the laboratory, the Dark Overlord ties Beverly down to a metal bed and Phil arrive and apparently destroy the Dark Overlord with an experimental neutron disintegrator. However, the creature has only been forced out of Jennings body, the Dark Overlord reveals its true form at this point
Jaws 3-D is a 1983 American horror thriller film directed by Joe Alves and starring Dennis Quaid, Bess Armstrong, Lea Thompson, and Louis Gossett, Jr. It is the sequel to Steven Spielbergs Jaws and the third installment in the Jaws franchise. The film follows the Brody children from the films at SeaWorld. As the park prepares for opening, a great white shark infiltrates the park from the sea. Once the shark is captured, it becomes apparent that it was a second, much larger shark who entered the park, that was the real culprit. The film is notable for making use of 3D film during the revived interest in the technology in the 1980s, amongst other films such as Friday the 13th Part III. Cinema audiences could wear disposable cardboard polarized 3D glasses to create the illusion that elements penetrate the screen, several shots and sequences were designed to utilise the effect, such as the sharks destruction. Since 3D was ineffective in home viewing until the advent of 3D televisions in the late 2000s, Jaws 3-D received negative reviews and was followed by Jaws, The Revenge in 1987.
While following a team of water skiers, a great white shark enters SeaWorld Orlando through its closing gates. Meanwhile, Florida announces the opening of the new underwater tunnels. Kathryn Kay Morgan, the senior marine biologist, and her assistants notice the resident dolphins are afraid of leaving their pen. Shelby Overman, a mechanic, dives into the water to repair and he is attacked by the shark and killed, leaving only his severed right arm. Later that night, two men sneak into the park and go underwater to steal coral they intend to sell, the next day and Michael Brody are informed of Overmans disappearance. They go down in a submarine to look for his body, the dolphins rescue Kay and Mike but the shark escapes back into the park. The news of the shark is disbelieved by Calvin Bouchard, the manager, though it excites his hunter friend, Phillip FitzRoyce. Kay protests and suggests capturing and keeping the shark alive in captivity, the shark is successfully captured and Kay and her staff nurse it to health.
Calvin, desperate to start the money rolling in immediately, orders it moved to an exhibit, reviewing the body, Kay realizes that the shark that killed him is the first sharks mother, and that it must be inside the park. She is able to convince Calvin about this newest development when the shark herself shows up at the window of the underwater cafe
Mr. T is an American actor and retired professional wrestler known for his roles as B. A. Baracus in the 1980s television series The A-Team and as boxer Clubber Lang in the 1982 film Rocky III. Mr. T is known for his distinctive African Mandinka warrior hairstyle, his gold jewelry, in 2006 he starred in I Pity the Fool, a reality show shown on TV Land. The title of the show comes from the catchphrase used by his character, Clubber Lang. Tureaud was born in Chicago, the youngest son in a family with twelve children and his father, Nathaniel Tureaud, Sr. was a minister. While growing up, Tureaud regularly witnessed murder and other crimes, Tureaud attended Dunbar Vocational High School, where he played football and studied martial arts. While at Dunbar he became the wrestling champion two years in a row. He won a scholarship to Prairie View A&M University, where he majored in mathematics. He enlisted in the United States Army and served in the Military Police Corps. m, when a shocked major superseded the sergeants orders.
After his discharge, he tried out for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League, Tureaud next worked as a bouncer. It was at time that he created the persona of Mr. T. His wearing of gold chains and other jewelry was the result of customers losing the items or leaving them behind at the night club after a fight. A banned customer, or one reluctant to risk a confrontation by going back inside, along with controlling the violence as a doorman, Tureaud was mainly hired to keep out drug dealers and users. During his bouncing days, Tureaud was in over 200 fights and was sued a number of times, I have been in and out of the courts as a result of my beating up somebody. He eventually parlayed his job as a bouncer into a career as a bodyguard that lasted almost ten years, during these years he protected, among others, sixteen prostitutes, nine welfare recipients, five preachers, eight bankers, ten school teachers, and four store owners. As his reputation improved, however, he was contracted to guard, among others, seven clothes designers, five models, seven judges, three politicians, six athletes and forty-two millionaires.
With his reputation as Mr. Tureaud was once anonymously offered $75,000 to assassinate a target and received in the mail a file of the hit and an advance of $5,000 and he offered me $75,000 to kill his friend. The last envelope and letter contained a round-trip airline ticket, first class, plus there was $5,000 wrapped in a little package and hundred dollar bills. I tell you the honest truth, when I saw that money I didnt believe it was real, Mr. T. Tureaud states that he tried to warn the victim, but it was too late and the man died in a car accident
Luciano Pavarotti, Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI was an Italian operatic tenor who crossed over into popular music, eventually becoming one of the most commercially successful tenors of all time. As one of the Three Tenors, Pavarotti became well known for his televised concerts, Pavarotti was noted for his charity work on behalf of refugees and the Red Cross, amongst others. He died from cancer on 6 September 2007. Luciano Pavarotti was born in 1935 on the outskirts of Modena in Northern Italy, the son of Fernando Pavarotti, a baker and amateur tenor, and Adele Venturi, a cigar factory worker. Although he spoke fondly of his childhood, the family had little money, according to Pavarotti, his father had a fine tenor voice but rejected the possibility of a singing career because of nervousness. World War II forced the family out of the city in 1943, for the following year they rented a single room from a farmer in the neighbouring countryside, where the young Pavarotti developed an interest in farming.
After abandoning the dream of becoming a goalkeeper, Pavarotti spent seven years in vocal training. Pavarottis earliest musical influences were his fathers recordings, most of them featuring the popular tenors of the day – Beniamino Gigli, Giovanni Martinelli, Tito Schipa, at around the age of nine he began singing with his father in a small local church choir. He was interested in pursuing a career as a football goalkeeper. He subsequently taught in a school for two years but finally allowed his interest in music to win out. Recognising the risk involved, his father gave his consent only reluctantly, Pavarotti began the serious study of music in 1954 at the age of 19 with Arrigo Pola, a respected teacher and professional tenor in Modena who offered to teach him without remuneration. According to conductor Richard Bonynge, Pavarotti never learned to read music and he said that this was the most important experience of his life, and that it inspired him to become a professional singer. At about this time Pavarotti first met Adua Veroni, like Pavarotti, Freni was destined to operatic greatness, they were to share the stage many times and make memorable recordings together.
During his years of study, Pavarotti held part-time jobs in order to sustain himself – first as an elementary school teacher. The first six years of study resulted in only a few recitals, all in small towns, when a nodule developed on his vocal cords, causing a disastrous concert in Ferrara, he decided to give up singing. Pavarotti attributed his immediate improvement to the psychological release connected with this decision, Pavarotti began his career as a tenor in smaller regional Italian opera houses, making his debut as Rodolfo in La bohème at the Teatro Municipale in Reggio Emilia in April 1961. He made his first international appearance in La traviata in Belgrade, very early in his career, on 23 February 1963, he debuted at the Vienna State Opera in the same role. In March and April 1963 Vienna saw Pavarotti again as Rodolfo, while generally successful, Pavarottis early roles did not immediately propel him into the stardom that he would enjoy
Mommie Dearest (film)
Mommie Dearest is a 1981 American biographical melodrama film which depicts the childhood of Christina Crawford and how she was abused as a little girl by her adoptive mother, actress Joan Crawford. Starring Faye Dunaway, Mara Hobel, and Diana Scarwid, the film was directed by Frank Perry. The story was adapted for the screen by Robert Getchell, Tracy Hotchner, Frank Perry, the executive producers were Christinas husband, David Koontz, and Terrence ONeill, Dunaways then-boyfriend and soon-to-be husband. The film was distributed by Paramount Pictures, the one of the Big 8 film studios for which Crawford had never appeared in a feature film. The film was a success, grossing $39 million worldwide from a $5 million budget. Despite negative reviews from critics for its over-the-top performances and poor dialogue. Joan Crawford is an actress and compulsively clean housekeeper who tries to control the lives of those around her as tightly as she controls herself. When Helga, a new maid, thinks she has Joans living room in spotless condition, Joan finds one minor detail that she overlooked, Joan is in a relationship with Hollywood lawyer Gregg Savitt, but her career is in a bit of a downswing.
Despite desperately wanting a baby, she is unable to get pregnant, when she is denied an application for adoption, she enlists Greggs help to secure a baby. Joan adopts a girl whom she names Christina, and a boy, Joan sometimes lavishes Christina with attention and luxuries such as an extravagant birthday party, but enforces a very stern code of denial and discipline. When Christina is showered with gifts, Joan allows her to only one she likes best that she can keep. As Christina rebels against her mother, confrontations ensue, Joan overtakes Christina in a swimming-pool race and laughs at the child. Joan becomes enraged when Christina reacts with anger and locks her in the pool house, Joan discovers Christina wearing her makeup and imitating her. Joan resents Greggs allegiance to studio boss Louis B. Mayer, Joan guzzles down glasses of vodka and throws a drink in Greggs face after he tells her she is getting old. A physical altercation ensues and Gregg breaks up with Joan, the next day, Joan cuts Gregg out of the family photos.
Enraged, she screams at the girl, waking her up in horror, yanks dresses from Christinas closet, throwing them all over the girls room, Joan wrecks the bathroom as well. Christopher offers to help but Christina tells him to return to his own bed as she fears Joan will kill her if she finds out, Joan sends Christina to the Chadwick School. Years later, when a teenage Christina is caught in a position with a boy
The Legend of the Lone Ranger
The Legend of the Lone Ranger is a 1981 American western film that was directed by William A. Fraker and starred Klinton Spilsbury, Michael Horse and Christopher Lloyd. It is based on the story of The Lone Ranger, a Western character created by George W. Trendle, the film was a huge commercial failure, and Spilsbury has never appeared in any films since. The outlaw Butch Cavendish ambushes a party of Texas Rangers, killing all except John Reid who is rescued by his old childhood Comanche friend, when he recovers from his wounds, he dedicates his life to fighting the crime that Cavendish represents. To this end, John becomes the great masked western hero, with the help of Tonto, the pair go to rescue President Grant when Cavendish takes him hostage. Custer Many attempts had been made to create a Lone Ranger movie that would appeal to an audience, including making Tonto an equal partner. In the movie, Tonto teaches the hero how to shoot and is responsible for training Silver. Moreover, Tonto speaks whole sentences, while in the radio, in another change to established canon, Reid is not an actual Texas Ranger but a civilian observer who survives Cavendishs massacre.
This film was shot in New Mexico and California, two of the movies four screenwriters, Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts, had previously created the hit TV series Charlies Angels, they had worked together on another hit series, Mannix. According to Larry McMurtry, novelist George MacDonald Fraser had written an excellent script for the film, Klinton Spilsburys dialogue was overdubbed for the entire movie by actor James Keach. Also, he did not want audiences to believe that the aging Moore would reprise his role as the Lone Ranger, the producers obtained a court injunction barring Moore from appearing in public with his trademark black mask. He was permitted to sign autographs as The Masked Man. This move proved to be a public relations disaster, Moore responded by changing his costume slightly and replacing the mask with similar-looking wraparound sunglasses, and by cross-litigating against Wrather. He eventually won his suit and was able to resume his appearances in costume, the film was released to massive negative publicity fueled by the above controversy in 1981, and did poorly, grossing a mere $12 million against its $18 million budget.
Lew Grade, who invested in the movie, had managed to sell it to TV for $7.5 million, meanwhile, TV Guide proclaimed, This film is so inept its almost camp. The mistake was not dispensing with the legend in ten minutes and getting on with the much earlier on. A line of action created by the toy company Gabriel in 1982 which included Buffalo Bill Cody, Butch Cavendish, George Custer, The Lone Ranger. Also released by Gabriel were the horses Silver and Smoke