A Big Apple native born October 30, 1959, LaGravense grew up in Brooklyn and studied acting at New York University’s experimental theater department at the Tisch School of Arts. As a student, he explored his skills with dialogue and formed a New York based comedy group, for which he also wrote sketches. His sketch material led to an offer by former Saturday Night Live writer Neil Levy, to co-write the script for the 1989 release, Rude Awakening. He wrote (and sold) his first piece of writing for the off Broadway musical revue, My Name is Alice directed by Joan Michlin Silver. Mr. LaGravenese began his solo screenwriting career with his original screenplay The Fisher King, directed by Terry Gilliam. The film went on to earn five Academy Award nominations, including Best Screenplay, winning Best Supporting Actress for Mercedes Ruehl. Mr. LaGravenese directed his original screenplay for the critically acclaimed Living Out Loud starring Danny DeVito, Holly Hunter and Queen Latifah. He joined other directors for the omnibus Paris J'taime with stars Fanny Ardent and Bob Hoskins. In 1995, LaGravenese gained additional acclaim with his screenplays for his popular adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's A Little Princess. Set during World War I, this film focuses on a young girl who is demoted to a life of servitude in a New York City boarding school by the headmistress after receiving news that her father was killed in combat. Loosely based upon the novel A Little Princess, this
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In the excerpt from Richard Restak, he talked about how the plasticity of our brain is changing the way we do things toay. The human brain is changing everyday and there is no way anyone can stop it. Richard Restak, an expert on the brain, talks about how the plasticity of our brains is changing constantly. He believes that this change is negatively hindering our ability to focus and produce a single task. The rewiring of our brains is forcing us as humans to make many changes to our everyday lives, and the main change it is causing us is that in order to function we need to multitask. Multitasking is the new thing today; everyone wants to be able to do as many things as
Steven Spielberg used classic linear storytelling in his movies, the narrative in most of his movies were Plot driven and very effective. He is a storyteller always mindful of holding his audience. Steven Spielberg is one of the greatest directors of today. He is master in taking stories and incidents from the past and and rejuvinating them with his own potential.
The story of Tiana in the movie The Princess and the Frog is one of Disney’s more progressive princess movies in that it moved away from the typical, cookie cutter princess story in which the woman needs saving from the handsome and charming prince. The movie is the story of Tiana, a young, African-American woman of low socioeconomic status, who lives in New Orleans. The movie centers around Tiana’s dream of owning her own restaurant named Tiana’s Palace and how she gets to her happily ever after of owning her restaurant. Though progressive the movie still contains similar traits to other Disney princess movies. The Princess and the Frog exhibits traits of Feminist theories throughout Tiana’s journey in building her restaurant while the movie still undermines the oppression of women. Moreover, in her journey aspects of Karl Marxist’s commodity theory arises when Tiana interacts with other characters in the movie.
The film, Mrs. Miniver, is a 1942 American romantic war drama film based on the 1940 novel of the same name. Mrs. Miniver portrays life in England during the Second World War. The film shows how the life of an unassuming British housewife in rural England is touched by World War II. She sees her eldest son go to war, finds herself confronting a German pilot who has parachuted into her idyllic village while her husband is participating in the Dunkirk evacuation, and loses her daughter-in-law as a causality.
On November 16 1885, 41 year-old Metis father Louis David Riel passed away at 8:00am(CTZ) .After a long battle in court, he was sentenced to execution for treason which led him to be hung in Regina, Saskatchewan.
“Robert Smalls was an enslaved African American who, during and after the American Civil War, gained freedom and became a ship’s pilot, sea-captain, and politician.” (Wikipedia). People wonder whether Wikipedia is actually a reliable source or not. Others just assume it is because there is a lot of information about the topic they looked up. The Wikipedia article on Robert Smalls is one example of explaining whether it is a reliable source of information or not, and why. Also, this research helps understand what exactly is a reliable source of information.
Young children often hear many fairy tales growing up, one of the most famous is the tale of a princess kissing a frog to magically transform the frog into a prince so that they could live happily ever after. In 2009, Walt Disney and Pixar Films released The Princess and the Frog which portrays different aspects of Louisiana’s history during the 1920s. The film tells the story for a young ambitious chef, Tiana, and her struggles to follow her dreams due to her race, her sex, and the time period.
Originally adapted into play-form and performed numerous times by The American Place Theater, Fox Searchlight picked up the book in 2008 and produced it into a movie. Starring well known celebrities such as Dakota Fanning, Queen Latifah, and Alicia Keys, the People’s Choice Awards and NAACP awarded the movie Best Picture and Best Movie, respectfully.
During Latimer's second year of studies, the Civil War broke out and Latimer left VMI to serve the Southern Confederacy. He first served as cadet drillmaster for the Richmond Hampden Artillery during the spring and summer of 1861. In the fall, he was commissioned as a first lieutenant and saw action with Maj. Gen. Richard S. Ewell's division in the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1862. After distinguishing himself with his battery at such battles as First Winchester and Cedar Mountain, Latimer was promoted to command of the battalion that had previously belonged to A. R. Courtney. After commanding the battalion at Fredericksburg in December 1862, Latimer was promoted to major in March 1863. Ewell referred to him as the "Young Napoleon", but his
The letter which Johannes received from Karolina had been written shortly after their arrival in Cincinnati, Ohio where they were staying with her cousin’s family. They had met him, his wife and son at the wharf when their ship docked in New York City from Antwerp. The family had been excited to see familiar faces in the crowds waiting for the ship. After meeting with the New York City authorities and receiving permission to leave their ship, the family encountered several adventures in New York City even meeting several former countrymen from Baden and other New York City’s prominent citizens.
Hedy Lamarr was born Hedwig Maria Eva Kiesler in Vienna, Austria on November 9, 1914 to Emil and Gertrud Kiesler. According to several sources Hedy was extremely spoiled by her father as he doted on her constantly and encouraged her love of scientific exploration, conversely her mother Gertrud was reportedly much sterner with Hedy. According to Hedy and her family, Hedy’s goal was always to be an actress so it was no surprise to her contemporaries when she dropped out of school to join the theater. It’s important to note that the theater was a well-respected well-attended media outlet in Vienna at that time, the culture of Vienna was accepting and often based on the philosophy and biases expressed
Richard Avedon was born on May 15, 1923. Richard was born in New York City. His mom Anna Avedon was a dress manufacture and his dad owned a clothing store. As a boy Avedon was very interested in fashion, mainly taking pictures of clothes in his dad’s clothing store. When Richard was twelve he joined a group called the YMHA a camera club. Avedon went to Dewitt Clinton High School in New York City. During Avedon’s senior year, in 1941 he was given the title “ Poet Laureate of New York City High Schools “. Avedon went to Columbia University after high school but later he dropped out of the university to be a Merchant Marine during World War II. When Avedon left the Merchant Marine, He went to the New School for Social Research in New York
Cramped in a small Los Angeles office, Walt Disney drew a few larger than life cartoons. After Disney’s big hit Alice Comedies and cartoons of Mickey and the gang, he moved his office to Burbank, California. There, Walt and his brother, Roy, came up with their most famous movies such as Cinderella, Snow White, and Alice in Wonderland. Now with two American amusement parks, three international parks, multiple cruise lines, multiple resorts, over five hundred films, and over thirty academy award, it’s hard to not heard of Disney. Every boy or girl has at least seen or heard of Disney movies. It’s such a big part of society today that it becomes influential in a kid’s childhood. This project will look at the underlying effect of the Disney princess phenomenon and how it shapes a young girls’ perspective of herself and how she’s “supposed” to be.