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Lee Child Collection: Killing Floor, Die Trying, Tripwire (Jack Reacher Series)
KILLING FLOOR (Director: Michael Page) - "I was eating eggs and drinking coffee. I was in a booth, at a window, reading somebody's abandoned newspaper. Outside, the rain had stopped but the glass was still pebbled with bright drops. I saw the police cruisers pull into the gravel lot. They were moving fast and crunched to a stop. Light bars flashing and popping. Doors burst open, policemen jumped out. Two from each car, weapons ready. Two revolvers, two shotguns. This was heavy stuff. One revolver and one shotgun ran to the back. One of each rushed the door. I just sat and watched them. I knew who was in the diner. A cook in back. Two waitresses. Two old men. And me. This operation was for me. I had been in town less than half an hour." - From the opening of this searing tale of honor and revenge where Jack Reacher, a former military cop, hunts down his brother's killers. DIE TRYING (Director: Michael Page) - In a Chicago suburb, a dentist is met in his office parking lot by three men and ordered into the trunk of his Lexus. On a downtown sidewalk, Jack Reacher and an unknown woman are abducted in broad daylight by two men - practiced and confident - who stop them at gunpoint and hustle them into the same sedan. Then Reacher and the woman are switched into a second vehicle and hauled away, leaving the dentist bound and gagged inside his car with the woman's abandoned possessions, two gallons of gasoline…and a burning match. TRIPWIRE (Director: Laura Grafton, Engineer: Jeremy Spanos) - Jack Reacher is settling into lazy Key West when his life is interrupted by a stranger who comes looking for him. When the stranger turns up beaten to death in the Old Town cemetery - fingertips removed - Reacher knows whomever the man was working for is not a friend. Reacher follows the trail to New York.82% (6)
Jack Palance (1919 - 2006) Actor who epitomised the hard-man cowboy in such films as Shane and City Slickers JACK PALANCE was first nominated for an Oscar in 1953 as Joan Crawford’s scheming husband in the film noir Sudden Fear. He secured a second nomination the following year as the villain in Shane, regarded by many as the best western ever. The gaunt, skull-faced actor went on to play hard men in a string of westerns and he set an Oscar record for the longest gap between first nomination and first win when he finally collected the award for best supporting actor for the comedy City Slickers in 1992, in which he had some fun with his screen persona as a wheezy, tough, old cowboy. He was 73 by the time of the ceremony and seemed unsure what to say, so he dropped to the floor and did a series of one-handed push-ups instead, to prove he was in better health than his character Curly Washburn, who dies in the film. The episode provided Oscar host and City Slickers co-star Billy Crystal with the material for a running gag that he kept going all night. At one point he suggested Palance was away bungee-jumping off the Hollywood sign. In a curious footnote to his win, Palance became the centre of an enduring Oscar myth the following year when it was widely rumoured that he read out the wrong name, either by accident or design, when presenting the award for best supporting actress. It was one of the biggest upsets in Oscar history when Marisa Tomei (My Cousin Vinny) beat Vanessa Redgrave (Howards End), and it was suggested that it was too embarrassing for the Academy to correct. Palance was born in 1919 in the Pennsylvania town of Lattimer Mines. His surname was Palahnuik, though there are several variations on the spelling. His given forenames were apparently Walter and Vladimir. In his early films he was Walter Jack Palance, before finally becoming plain Jack Palance. His father worked in the local coal mines and his parents were immigrants from Ukraine. Palance was fiercely proud of his roots, though he continually had to disabuse people of the notion he was Russian. He refused an award at a Russian film event in Los Angeles in 2004 and he and his wife, Elaine, walked out. “I think that Russian film is interesting, but I have nothing to do with Russia or Russian film. My parents were born in Ukraine: I’m Ukrainian. I’m not Russian. So, excuse me, but I don’t belong here,” he said. A genuinely tough individual, he worked briefly in the mines and boxed professionally. But he was no slouch intellectually either. He went to the University of North Carolina on a sports scholarship and studied Journalism at Stanford University on the GI Bill, after serving in the US Air Force during the Second World War. At Stanford he also pursued his interest in acting. After he became a star, it was widely reported his unusual features were the result of plastic surgery following a terrible plane crash — his eyes were narrow, his nose wide and his skin looked as if it had been stretched a little too tightly across his face. But Palance set the record straight in 1984 when he told an interviewer the story was a studio invention. “One flack created the legend that I had been blown up in an air crash during the war, and my face had to be put back together by way of plastic surgery,” he said. “If it is a ‘bionic face,’ why didn’t they do a better job of it? The only plastic surgery I’ve ever had in my life was a ten-minute operation to open my nasal passages because my nose had been broken during my career as a heavyweight boxer.” Palance got his break on Broadway when he took over from Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire in 1949, but it is another urban myth that he engineered the opening by sparring with Brando and breaking his nose. The story is true in all but one detail — Brando’s opponent was a stagehand, not Palance. The play’s director Elia Kazan promptly provided Palance with his first film role as well, that of a plague-carrying criminal in the memorable thriller Panic in the Streets (1950). It was an auspicious debut, followed by a starring role alongside Richard Widmark in the war film Halls of Montezuma (1951). In Sudden Fear he played an actor who is turned down for a part by Joan Crawford, but subsequently courts and marries her. His ex-girlfriend reappears on the scene and the film develops into a deadly game of cat and mouse. In the mytho-poetic Shane Palance helped to refine the image of the taciturn, cold-hearted gunman, hired by a cattle baron, to force honest Van Heflin off his land, before meeting his match when he faces off against Alan Ladd in a classic showdown. Palance was nervous of horses, hence his slow, deliberate action in mounting, which seemed to add even more menace to the character. Although he seemed perfect as tough, often exotic villains, and played Attila the Hun in Sign of the Pagan (1954), Palance showed a more sensitive side as the officer in the war film Attack! (1Jack Daniel's Tour 38
No flash photography allowed in the barrel house. The barrels are placed on these racks from floor to ceiling and rotated throughout the aging process. There is no set time for aging. The tasters decide when a barrel of whiskey is properly aged.
Follow the clues to mystery, adventure and thrills as Season One of the The Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mysteries comes to DVD for the first time ever! Teen sensations Shaun Cassidy, Parker Stevenson and Pamela Sue Martin star as brave super-sleuths in 14 spooky episodes loaded with spellbinding action and smash-hit pop songs, including Shaun Cassidy’s #1 hit "Da Doo Ron Ron." Inspired by the hugely popular books and with an amazing lineup of guest stars, including Jamie Lee Curtis, Mark Harmon, Bob Crane, Rick Nelson and more, it’s no surprise that The Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mysteries is an open-and-shut case for fun!Related topics:
The Hardy Boys Mysteries and The Nancy Drew Mysteries began in 1977 as separate series alternating in the same time slot on ABC. Early the following year, the casts combined, and in the fall of 1978 the Nancy Drew thread was dropped and The Hardy Boys Mysteries continued on alone. This Season One boxed set captures the twin-series idea at its most ambitious, with adolescent brothers Frank and Joe Hardy, created by author Franklin W. Dixon, sleuthing for clues one week and Carolyn Keene's Nancy Drew investigating crimes the next.
Actually, as fans of the books know, Dixon and Keene were both pen names used by Edward Stratemeyer when he created those characters in 1927. Just as the young detectives have been updated in print every so often to accommodate successive generations of readers, so too did the TV show present Joe (Shaun Cassidy, brother of David Cassidy of The Partridge Family), Frank (Parker Stevenson), and Nancy (Pamela Sue Martin) as thoroughly 1970s kids. The boys are outfitted with motorcycles, Joe enjoys a retro-pop singing career, and Nancy has a certain freedom of movement only the hippest of dads in a permissive age would allow. Hardy Boys finds the always-amicable siblings following in the footsteps of their father, Fenton (Edmund Gilbert), a private detective, as they untangle capers that take them from haunted houses to Hawaii. The Hardy episodes make for brisk, family viewing, much better than the bubblegum reputation that built up, undeservedly, around the series. Slightly less interesting are the Nancy Drew programs (despite a more entertaining supporting cast), but only because the heroine is less focused and distractingly man-crazy, and the storylines are less exotic. An emphasis on the supernatural and science-fiction themes lends a Scooby-Doo vibe to several programs in both series, though the best stories are the ones with straightforward, meat-and-potatoes detective work. Among the directors on either series are Jack Arnold (The Creature from the Black Lagoon), Winrich Kolbe (Star Trek: The Next Generation), and actors Vince Edwards and Stuart Margolin. --Tom Keogh
The Hardy Boys Mysteries and The Nancy Drew Mysteries Trivia
• Jamie Lee Curtis and Robert Englund, who played the biker couple Mary and Gar in an episode of this series, started acting in horror films during this era.
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