Lake Highlands High School
Lake Highlands High School is a secondary school serving grades 10-12 located in the Lake Highlands area of northeastern Dallas, United States, primarily serving the Lake Highlands community. The school is part of the Richardson Independent School District and is located centrally within Lake Highlands near the DART Blue Line, the Lake Highlands Freshman Center houses the 9th grade students. The first graduating class of Lake Highlands High School was in 1964, the Freshman Center closed at the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year and still houses the 9th grade but is no longer a separate school. Feeder Schools, Lake Highlands Junior High School Forest Meadow Junior High School In 2002 and it was named by U. S. News & World Report as one of the best high schools in America in 2001. The school is the home of the Wildcat Band and it has accumulated many state and national honors. Under the direction of Eddie Green, the Symphonic Band made its first trip to the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in December 1971 and performed at the Honor Concert.
Later that school year, the band was selected as the Texas Music Educators Association Honor Band leading to an Honor Concert performance at the TMEA convention in February 1973, there have been repeat appearances at both venues. The band is now directed by Philip Alvarado, Rowlett High Schools former director, assisted by James Rees, the band has received Sweepstakes, which is the highest rating possible, for both marching band and concert band for several years in a row. The school is home of the Wildcat Wranglers, one of the few high school Country/Western dance teams existing in the United States, the school is the home of the Highlandettes, a Texas style Dance squad. They have performed in the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade numerous times, as well as at many Dallas Cowboys football games, Dallas Stars games, and Dallas Mavericks games. They have danced in Dublin, Ireland for the St. Patricks Day parade, in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, the school mascot is the Wildcat. The schools football team has been in the UIL regional and state playoffs numerous times, the school has won district championships in baseball over 20 times since 1964.
The school has won several district titles in boys Basketball including winning the 1967 State Championship. The school shares a stadium with L. V. Currently it is called Wildcat-Ram Stadium, a collaboration of mascots, Lake Highlands students unofficially refer to this stadium as The Boneyard. Lake Highlands and Berkner have long been rivals in football and other sports, for the annual football rivalry, both schools are playing at home in Wildcat-Ram Stadium. The 2005 and 2006 rivalry games were won by the Berkner Rams in the final minute, Lake Highlands won the 2007 rivalry game by a score of 31-24. Lake Highlands has won every game since then, the most recent being in 2015 with a score of 59-28
Andrew Dominik is a New Zealand-born Australian film director and screenwriter. He has directed the crime film Chopper, the Western drama film The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Dominik has lived in Australia since he was two years old and graduated from Melbournes Swinburne Film School in 1988. His career in began in 2000 when he directed Chopper based on notorious Australian criminal Mark Brandon Chopper Read, starring Eric Bana. Chopper received generally positive reviews, and Bana in particular was praised for his intense portrayal of Chopper. The Australian Film Institute awarded the film with Best Director, Best Actor, the film explores the peculiar relationship between Jesse James and his eventual assassin Robert Ford. Pitt was a big fan of Dominiks first feature Chopper, and had hoped to collaborate with the filmmaker in the future, especially when Pitt had the chance to work with Chopper star Eric Bana in Troy. Pitt contacted the director, and with a big star interested to lead his new film, principal shooting in Canada was completed in 2005, though The Assassinations 2006 release was delayed to a fall 2007 release, largely due to studio interference with the films editing process.
Dominik and Pitt were pulling for a less quick-paced and more contemplative cut of the film while the studio wanted less contemplation and more action. There were reportedly more than a dozen edited versions of the film at one time fighting to be the final cut, the disputes during post-production lasted for over a year before a final version was settled upon. Over an hour of scenes were deleted for the theatrical version, the film garnered two Academy Award nominations, Best Cinematography and Best Supporting Actor. Dominik reteamed with Brad Pitt in their collaboration in a thriller/dark comedy based on George V. Higgins Boston-set crime novel Cogans Trade. The film was renamed Killing Them Softly, shooting began in January 2011 and wrapped in May 2011. The film competed for the Palme dOr at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, and was released through the Weinstein Company. In 2016, Dominik completed One More Time with Feeling, a documentary about his friend Nick Cave, the film premiered at the 2016 Venice Film Festival.
The critical aggregator website Metacritic awarded the film a score of 91, Dominik had written an adapted screenplay for The Killer Inside Me, an acclaimed noir novel by Jim Thompson, and was at one point considered to direct it, but dropped out. Michael Winterbottom eventually directed the film, jessica Chastain is in talks to play Monroe. Dominik penned a script for an American remake of the 2006 French thriller Tell No One and it is unclear if he will direct the film. In a 2008 interview, Dominik stated that he has interest in adapting Jim Thompsons Pop, cormac McCarthys Cities of the Plain is in development with James Franco starring
Ellen Grace Philpotts-Page, known professionally as Ellen Page, is a Canadian actress. Her career began with roles in Canadian television shows including Pit Pony, Trailer Park Boys, Page starred in the 2005 drama Hard Candy, for which she won the Austin Film Critics Associations Award for Best Actress. Page portrayed Kitty Pryde in the X-Men series of films and she provided the voice acting, motion capture, and likeness for the character Jodie Holmes in the video game Beyond, Two Souls. Page was born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the daughter of Martha Philpotts, a teacher, and Dennis Page and she attended the Halifax Grammar School until grade 10, spent some time at Queen Elizabeth High School, and graduated from the Shambhala School in 2005. She spent two years in Toronto, studying in the Interact Program at Vaughan Road Academy, along with close friend, growing up, Page enjoyed playing with action figures and climbing trees. Page first acted in front of the camera in 1997 at age ten in the CBC television movie Pit Pony and this led to more roles in a number of small Canadian films and television series, notably playing Treena Lahey in season two of Trailer Park Boys.
At 16, she was cast in Mouth to Mouth, an independent film shot in Europe. Page starred in the 2005 movie Hard Candy as a girl who takes a pedophile hostage. Page appeared in X-Men, The Last Stand and X-Men, Days of Future Past as Kitty Pryde, in the previous X-Men movies, the part had been used in brief cameos played by other actresses, but never as a main character. Page was nominated for the Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Scene Stealer for the role, Page portrayed the title character in the 2007 film Juno. Film critic A. O. Scott of The New York Times described her as talented and Roger Ebert said. Page was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress, Page co-starred in Smart People, which premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Shot before Juno, but released afterwards, the saw her playing overachieving daughter to Dennis Quaids college professor character. Before his death in January 2008, Heath Ledger had discussed with Page the idea of starring in his directorial debut, in 2008, she was ranked #86 on FHMs Sexiest Women in the World list, and placed at #93 for 2009.
In June 2008, Page was listed in Entertainment Weeklys future A-List stars list, Page hosted Saturday Night Live on March 1,2008. On May 3,2009, she guest starred in the episode Waverly Hills 9-0-2-1-Doh of the animated series The Simpsons as a character named Alaska Nebraska, a parody of Hannah Montana. She starred in Drew Barrymores directorial debut, Whip It, alongside Juliette Lewis, Marcia Gay Harden, Drew Barrymore, the film premiered at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival and had its wide release on October 2,2009. She featured in Michael Landers film Peacock, opposite Cillian Murphy, Susan Sarandon, Bill Pullman and Josh Lucas, in August 2009, Page began shooting the big-budget Christopher Nolan thriller Inception, alongside co-stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ken Watanabe
AMC (TV channel)
AMC is an American basic cable and satellite television channel that is owned by AMC Networks. The channels programming, similar to that of FXM, primarily consists of released films. The channels name originally stood for American Movie Classics, but since 2002 the full name has been de-emphasized as a result of a shift in its programming. As of July 2015, AMC was received by approximately 94,832,000 households in the United States that subscribe to a pay television service. In March 2015, Dish Networks Sling TV announced it would begin making AMC channels available to cord cutters, including AMC, BBC America, IFC, SundanceTV. American Movie Classics, as AMC was originally known, debuted on October 1,1984 as a premium channel, AMC was originally operated as a joint venture between Rainbow Media and cable television provider Tele-Communications Inc. During its early years, it was not uncommon for AMC to host a marathon of Marx Brothers films, in 1987, the channel began to be carried on the basic cable tiers of many cable providers.
By 1989, AMC was available to 39 million subscribers in the U. S, on December 1,1990, AMC began operating on a 24-hour-a-day schedule. Beginning in 1993, AMC presented an annual Film Preservation Festival to raise awareness of, portions of the festival were often dedicated to all-day marathons focusing on a single performer. During its fifth year in 1998, Scorsese credited the Festival for creating not only a greater awareness. In 1996, curator of the Museum of Modern Art Mary Lee Bandy called the Festival the most important public event in support of film preservation. By its tenth anniversary in 2003, the Festival had raised $2 million from the general public, the following year, Time Warner attempted to acquire at least part of Liberty Medias stake in AMC. Turner owns rights to the RKO Radio Pictures film library and licensed RKOs films to AMC in a deal that was slated to last through 2004. Under the terms of the deal, AMC would obtain the RKO titles in exclusive windows, around this time, General Electric/NBC owned a stake in AMC – which it divested in the early 2000s.
From 1996 to 1998, AMC aired its first original series, Remember WENN, the show was well received by both critics and its enthusiastic fans, but was abruptly cancelled after its fourth season following management changes at the channel. Despite a well publicized campaign to save the series, the show was not renewed for its originally scheduled fifth season. One popular AMC program was American Pop. which ran from 1998 to 2003, the majority of the films presented on AMC during the 1990s had originally been released by Paramount Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Columbia Pictures, and Universal Studios. The channel showed classic silent films
Art School Confidential (film)
Art School Confidential is a 2006 comedy-drama film directed by Terry Zwigoff, loosely based on the comic of the same name by Daniel Clowes. The film is Zwigoffs second collaboration with Clowes, the first being 2001s Ghost World, the cast includes Max Minghella, Sophia Myles, John Malkovich, Jim Broadbent, Matt Keeslar, Ethan Suplee, Joel Moore, Nick Swardson, Adam Scott, and Anjelica Huston. The film was shot at the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles and at Pasadena City College in Pasadena. Otis Foundation Professor Gary Garaths worked as a consultant on the film, starting from childhood attempts at illustration, young Jerome pursues his true obsession to art school. Jerome enrolls in Strathmore, an urban college and his roommates are aspiring filmmaker Vince and closeted-gay fashion major Matthew. Jerome looks for love amongst the coeds, but is turned off by all, before falling in love with the art model. In his art classes, he forms a friendship with perennial loser, who guides him through the scene and introduces him to a failed artist, Jimmy.
As Jerome learns how the art world really works, he finds that he must adapt his vision to the reality that confronts him, the community has been wracked by a serial killer, the Strathmore Strangler, who has confounded the police. As Jerome slowly loses his idealism at art school, he himself in competition with a strange newcomer, Jonah. In a wild attempt to win an art competition, Jerome asks for. Jerome leaves a lit cigarette in Jimmys apartment by accident, setting a fire and burning up the apartment and Jimmy. The police arrest Jerome as the Strangler, Audrey realizes that her love is Jerome and that she was stupid to be in love with Jonah. Jeromes paintings, especially one of Audrey, become prized by collectors, Vince scores a hit with his documentary of the Strangler called My Roommate. In prison, Jerome continues to paint and sells his works at high prices, not caring that people think he is the killer, at the end and Jerome share a kiss through the protective glass. Was really negatively received both at the box office and critically, I didnt think it was so bad.
At least compared to all that shit out there, anyway. It was certainly just as good as any film in the marketplace, and Im not saying its a great film. Im just saying its better than most of the dreck, Art School Confidential received mixed feedback from critics
Frank is a 2014 comedy-drama film directed by Lenny Abrahamson, produced by David Barron, Ed Guiney and Stevie Lee and written by Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan. It stars Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Scoot McNairy, the film premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. It was released theatrically in Ireland on 9 May 2014 and on DVD and it was released in cinemas in the United Kingdom on 9 May 2014. Jon Burroughs, a songwriter, lives a mundane life working in an office. Jon dreams of being a brilliant songwriter one day, but believes his uneventful, one day Jon witnesses a man trying to drown himself while walking along the beach of his town. As the man is taken away to the hospital, Jon talks to Don, who explains the man was a keyboardist in an experimental band, Don laments that the band cannot play its gig that night. Jon mentions that he plays keyboards and is invited to play with them, Jon goes along and meets the rest of the band, Baraque and Frank, the band leader who wears a papier-mâché mask.
The band plays strange discordant music while Frank sings nonsensical lyrics, Jon picks up the swing of things and begins to play along with the group, until Clara breaks her theremin and storms offstage ending the concert. Back at home Jon returns to his life, but remains enraptured by his experience on stage. While at work Jon receives a call from Don, who tells him Frank wants him to play with the band again, Jon readily accepts, believing this to be another gig, so he accompanies them to Ireland. Jon quickly discovers the band isnt playing a gig, but rather are recording their first album in a cabin for the next year. Undeterred, Jon decides to leave his job and stay with the band, Don bonds with Jon, and tells him that he first met Frank when they were in a mental institution together. As the months progress it is apparent that the band is mentally unstable, as they spend their time recording bendy straw noises and reinventing music notation. A family of vacationers arrive at the cabin believing it to be empty, Frank somehow convinces the family to leave, and Jon volunteers to use his inheritance nest egg to fund the recording of the album.
Throughout the year Jon secretly records the band and posts updates on Twitter, one evening Jon talks to Frank, and tells him that he writes songs, promising to play them for Frank one day. Clara comes in and tells Jon to play one right now, Jon tries to get out of the situation, but cannot, and ultimately embarrasses himself in front of the band. Clara is very antipathic towards Jon, and continually torments him for being mediocre, Don explains to Jon that he wanted to be a songwriter too, and just like Jon lacked talent and was terrible. He plays a song for Jon, who compliments it, despite it being very depressing and awful
Narcos is an American crime web television series created and produced by Chris Brancato, Carlo Bernard, and Doug Miro. Season 1, comprising 10 episodes, originally aired on August 28,2015, the series was renewed for a second season, which premiered on September 2,2016 with 10 episodes. On September 6,2016, Netflix renewed the series for a third, Season 1 chronicles the life of Pablo Escobar from the late 1970s, when he first began manufacturing cocaine, to July 1992. The show chronicles the events that happened in Colombia during this period. It is told through the perspective of Steve Murphy, an American DEA agent working in Colombia, the series depicts how Escobar first became involved in the cocaine trade in Colombia. Soon enough, Pablo develops larger labs and more extensive distribution routes into the USA to supply growing demand, Murphy is partnered with Javier Peña. The purpose of Murphys task force is to work with the Colombian authorities to put an end to the flow of cocaine into the United States and it ends when Escobar escapes La Catedral prison.
Season 2 is a continuation of where Season 1 ended, some soldiers find Escobar and his entourage right outside the perimeter of La Catedral, but are too petrified by Escobar to make an arrest. At the embassy the US sends a new ambassador who brings the CIA into play, in the beginning, there is little change for Escobar, as he still has the loyalty of his cartel. However, this starts to slip as Escobar needs to use a lot of time, at the beginning Escobar easily adapts to his new life, giving money to the community while ruthlessly killing those who tried to grab his empire. The Colombian police and Escobar engage in battles, resulting in high tension. The Cali cartel forms an alliance with Judy Moncada and Don Berna. Agent Peña starts working with Los Pepes, who kill Valeria, after La Quica and Blackie are caught, Escobar goes on the run with Limon. Pablo and Limon hide in a safehouse where he celebrates his 44th birthday, when Pablo tries to make contact with his family, the DEA and military track him down via radio triangulation and corner Pablo on the rooftops.
Pablo is hit twice in the shootout, and though he might survive his injuries. Tata goes to the Cali Cartel for their help in leaving the country, Peña returns to the U. S. and is asked to provide intel against the Cali Cartel. Jones as CIA Officer – a CIA officer, on Murphys task force Patrick St. W, bush in 1992, replacing Noonan Luis Gnecco as Mateo Moreno or Cockroach – the Chilean chemist who first introduced Escobar to cocaine trafficking A. J. There is a magical realism was born in Colombia
Killing Them Softly
Killing Them Softly is a 2012 American neo-noir crime film directed by Andrew Dominik and starring Brad Pitt, based on the 1974 novel Cogans Trade by George V. Higgins. On May 22,2012, the film premiered in competition for the Palme dOr at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, receiving positive early reviews. The film is about three small-time crooks who rob a Mob-protected illegal gambling operation, which prompts the Mob to send in two hitmen and Mickey to deal with the perpetrators. In the fall of 2008, during both the American financial crisis and the election campaign, an older man named Johnny Squirrel Amato plans to rob an illegal poker game. He enlists two younger men to do the robbery, Frankie, a business associate, and Russell. Markie Trattman, the proprietor of the ring, is revealed to have previously orchestrated an inside job by paying two men to rob his own illegal poker room. He holds up under questioning by the hitman Dillon, though he openly admits his involvement to various criminals who laugh it off.
Squirrel anticipates that the Mafia will automatically blame Markie for the heist and Russell, though obviously amateurs, do the holdup and leave with the money. However, Driver, an emissary for the Mob, discusses the recent robbery with an acquaintance of Dillon, although Jackie understands Markie was uninvolved in the recent heist, he believes Markie should be murdered in order to restore the mobsters confidence in the local illegal gambling scene. Upon completing the crime, Russell travels to Florida to sell the dogs, while in Florida, he inadvertently informs a man named Kenny Gill of his involvement in the heist while trying to recruit him as a drug dealer. Kenny informs Jackie, who deduces that Russell, Jackie carries out the hit on Markie himself, killing him in his car, but brings in another older hitman, Mickey Fallon, who is on parole in New York, to kill Squirrel. Mickey postpones going through with his hit, instead indulging in drunkenness. During conversation with Jackie, Mickey reveals that he has violated his parole and it becomes clear to Jackie that the respected hitman has lost his nerve and ability to do his job.
Jackie eventually decides to out the hit on Squirrel himself. He convinces Driver to arrange Mickeys arrest before the job has been completed, Russell is arrested on a drug possession charge and deported, Jackie confronts Frankie and convinces him to trade Squirrels whereabouts for his life. Jackie has Frankie drive him to Squirrel, upon reaching Squirrels apartment complex, after confirming Squirrel is dead, Jackie has Frankie drive him to get his car several hours away. Frankie becomes very nervous and begins speeding, unable to get Frankie to slow down, Jackie takes over driving. Once they arrive at the garage, Jackie shoots Frankie in the head without warning
FX (TV channel)
FX is an American basic cable and satellite television channel launched on June 1,1994, based in Los Angeles and owned by 21st Century Fox through FX Networks, LLC. FXs programming primarily includes original drama and comedy series, and reruns of theatrical films, as of July 2015, FX is available to approximately 94,006,000 pay television households in the United States. In addition to the flagship U. S. network, the FX name is licensed to a number of related pay television channels in various countries around the world, FX, originally stylized as fX, launched on June 1,1994. Broadcasting from an apartment in Manhattans Flatiron District, fX was one of the first forays into large-scale interactive television. FX had two taglines during this period, TV Made Fresh Daily and The Worlds First Living Television Network, the live shows were each mostly focused on one broad topic. Shows included Personal fX, The Pet Department, Under Scrutiny with Jane Wallace, other notable fX personalities included Karyn Bryant and Orlando Jones, who were panelists on Sound fX.
The channel prided itself on its interactivity with viewers, FX, in 1994, was an early adopter of the internet, embracing e-mail and the World Wide Web as methods of feedback. Select viewers were allowed to spend a day at the apartment, the first incarnation of fX was not available on Time Warner Cable, one of the major cable systems in New York City, where its programming originated. TWC would not carry the channel until September 2001, the live shows gradually disappeared one by one until only Personal fX remained. Breakfast Time was moved to the Fox network and renamed Fox After Breakfast in mid-1996 and it underwent several format changes, but never found a substantial audience and was canceled less than a year later. By the time that all programming was dropped, the channel focused entirely on its classic television shows until its relaunch in mid-1997. Personal fX remained on the refocused FX until May 1,1998, FX vacated the apartment in the summer of 1998 and the channels operations were streamlined with the other Fox-owned cable channels.
In early 1997, fX was relaunched as FX, Fox Gone Cable, during the first few years after its relaunch, FX was known for little else than airing reruns of such Fox shows as The X-Files and Married. With Children, as well as 20th Century Fox-produced shows such as M*A*S*H, the channel added Major League Baseball games to its lineup at that time, and eventually expanded its sports programming to include NASCAR races in 2001. In the summer of 1998, FX debuted three original series, Bobcats Big Ass Show, Instant Comedy with the Groundlings and Penn & Tellers Sin City Spectacular, all three series were cancelled the following year. Soon after its relaunch, the Fox Gone Cable tagline was dropped, by 1999, new original programs were added with the debut of shows such as Son of the Beach and The X Show. Beginning in 2002, the channel emerged as a force in original cable programming, gaining both acclaim and notoriety for edgy dramas. That year, FX debuted the police drama The Shield, which became a breakout hit, both shows were lauded by critics, and achieved equal success with viewers