Beetlejuice is a 1988 American comedy horror fantasy film directed by Tim Burton, produced by The Geffen Film Company and distributed by Warner Bros. The plot revolves around a recently dead young couple who become ghosts haunting their former home, a quaint and quiet house on a hill overlooking the fictional town of Winter Rivers located in Connecticut. When a family of metropolitan yuppies from New York City move into the house, the ghosts seek the help of an obnoxious, devious and mischievous "bio-exorcist" named Betelgeuse from the underworld in order to scare the new living inhabitants away permanently. Beetlejuice stars Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Winona Ryder, Catherine O'Hara, Jeffrey Jones, Sylvia Sidney and Michael Keaton as the titular Betelgeuse (the film's title being a phonetic spelling of the character's name). After the success of Pee- wee's Big Adventure, Burton was sent several scripts and became disheartened by their lack of imagination and originality. When he was sent Michael McDowell's original script for Beetlejuice, Burton agreed to direct, although Larry Wilson and Warren Skaaren were hired to rewrite it.
Godiva Blue thinks she controls the world she has created for her daughter Dylan and herself in a neglected corner of North Florida. While her fellow college activists have become Reagan-era yuppies, Godiva-an elementary-school janitor who is also an avant-garde artist and avowed nonconformist-staunchly refuses to compromise her ideals. Then one day she glances at the wanted posters hanging in her local post office and recognizes the face of a man she hasn't seen since 1969: Dylan's father. Shaken, Godiva grabs the poster and takes it home. When 15-year-old Dylan, already secretly chafing against her mother's out-sized personality, finds the photograph, the discovery rocks the very foundation of their relationship. Fueled by simmering adolescent resentment, Dylan sets out across America to look for the father she's never known. Left behind and powerless to protect her daughter, Godiva must finally confront the choices she made long ago. By turns funny, scary and reflective, Playing Botticelli follows Godiva and Dylan deep into the uncharted territories of their hearts as they seek that elusive balance between autonomy and family love? About the Author Jack-of-all writing trades Liza Nelson has been an essayist, editor, journalist, columnist, dramaturge, poet and novelist. Her writing has appeared in a wide range of publications from the underground paper The Great Speckled Bird to Ploughshares to The N.Y. Times. Her blog aliceinmemoryland.com deals with her experiences Alzheimer's and marriage. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize for her poetry and a James Beard Award for her food writing in A Book of Feasts. Years ago she reluctantly moved to a Georgia cattle farm that she's grown to love although it no longer raises anything but mosquitoes, wild flowers and the occasional tomato.
Alex Perry´s lyrical exploration of the new Africa came about after a spell in jail, visits to numerous wars and, eventually, his resignation as a news correspondent. But this is no tale of African woe. Taking the Great Rift Valley - the geological fault that will eventually tear Africa in two - as his central metaphor, Perry explores the split between a resurgent Africa and a world at odds with its rise. Africa has long been misunderstood - and abused - by outsiders. Perry travelled the continent for most of a decade, meeting with entrepreneurs and warlords, professors and cocaine smugglers, presidents and jihadis. He uncovers a place that is defiantly rising from centuries of oppression to become an economic and political titan: where cash is becoming a thing of the past, where astronomers are unlocking the origin of life and where, twenty-five years after Live Aid, Ethiopia´s first yuppies are traders on an electronic food exchange. But as Africa finally wins the substance of its freedom, it must confront three last false prophets - Islamists, dictators and aid workers - who would keep it in its bonds. Beautifully written, intimately reported, and sure to spark debate, THE RIFT passionately argues that a changing Africa revolutionises our ideas of it, and of ourselves.
It's really not hard to keep your dignity and sign to a major label.... Most people don't have any dignity in the first place. - Kurt Cobain The dark and dusty high school gymnasium seemed like a weird place for a musical revolution. The cheerleaders look like mannequins, and the bleacher bums look like they haven't taken a bath in years. A janitor looks like he's adding to the mess instead of cleaning it up. As the music starts slowly, the crowd is still asleep. But as the tempo and volume of the music gradually increase until the chorus is unleashed at full force, the crowd transforms into a head-banging mob full of crowd surfers. In the middle of it all is Kurt Cobain, the dirty blond who could have been mistaken for one of the crowd if he wasn't holding a guitar. The song and the music video both end in full-throated chaos as the frontman for Nirvana and the crowd start ripping up the gym. Cobain later noted that he tried to model the song after one The Pixies might have done, but "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and its accompanying music video ushered in rock's "grunge" movement at the start of the 1990s. The song, ironically named after a deodorant, captured the culture in its entirety. A reaction to the likes of the previous decade's yuppies and acts like M.C. Hammer, grunge became a sound and culture for angst-ridden teens and the disaffected youth who were proud to be plain. Combining punk, metal, and hard rock, the grunge sound emanated out of Seattle from groups like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and Alice in Chains, giving the young decade its trademark sound. Whether these groups intended for it or not, grunge became the most popular music of the decade, and the look and sound both became trendy fads. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rhiannon Angell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/034723/bk_acx0_034723_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Der aus 7107 Inseln bestehende Staat ist das ideale Land für Asien-Einsteiger. Wer die 'Sicherheit' der Touristenenklaven hinter sich lassen kann, den erwartet hier eine ungewöhnliche und interessante, wenn auch nicht immer harmonische Mischung aus Orient und Okzident, ein aufregendes Land voller Gegensätze, voller Träume und Alpträume. Dieses Buch führt durch Welten, die verschiedener nicht sein könnten: Während in der Metropole Manila das Betonzeitalter wuchert, gehen in den tropischen Regenwäldern immer noch nomadisierende Stämme auf die Jagd. Während in Fischerdörfern und Bergsiedlungen das Leben vom Rhythmus der Gezeiten und vom Wechsel zwischen Aussaat und Ernte bestimmt wird, brausen in den weltoffenen Grossstädten des Landes Yuppies in teueren Importautos von Party zu Party. Dennoch stehen die Philippinen dem Westen nahe wie kein anderes Land in Asien. Beeindruckend aber ist die faszinierende Mischung aus aufrichtiger Gastfreundschaft, liebenswürdiger Höflichkeit und asiatischer Sensibilität. Mehr noch als grandiose Landschaftskulissen bleiben Begegnungen mit Filipinos im Gedächtnis haften.
Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie were among the most successful acts of the alternative comedy show Saturday Live/Friday Night Live and after a Christmas pilot in 1987, the BBC commissioned a series in 1989.Fry and Laurie explored a seemingly inexhaustible list of subjects with a delicious turn of phrase and elaborate wordplay. The hilarity-included regular acts such as not so super spy Tony Mercheson and his boss Control, yuppies, John and Peter, as well as the concluding cocktail recipe to the accompaniment of Mr Music with plenty of Vox Pops.With four brilliant series of great satire, comic genius and an hilarious use of language, Fry and Laurie are definitely at the top of the comedy tree.Special Features:None Listed.
Einst trieben sie einen dicklichen Knaben mit Hohn und Spott in den tragischen Unfalltod. Nun, fünfzehn Jahre später, erhalten acht Beteiligte von damals Einladungen zur großen Wiedersehensfeier in ein einem abgelegenen Waldhaus. Ohne Verdacht zu schöpfen, eilen die mittlerweile zu respektablen Yuppies, Familienmenschen oder Vollverlierern gereiften jungen Leute erwartungsfroh herbei, nur im grimmen Tann von den Dämonen der Vergangenheit mit dem Beil gescheitelt zu werden.
Eine Mitfahrgelegenheit in ein anderes Leben suchte Langzeit-Single Alona, als sie den geschiedenen Mark traf, der gerade eine Trattoria eröffnet hat und phantastisch kocht. Doch die Idylle mit Häuschen und Garten und zwei kleinen Kindern auf dem Lande hat ihre Schönheitsfehler, genauso wie die der anderen Paare in &#8250;Eden&#8249;, diesem Paradies alternder Yuppies vor den Toren von Tel Aviv.
Taking the Great Rift Valley - the geological fault that will eventually tear Africa in two - as his central metaphor, Alex Perry explores the split between a resurgent Africa and a world at odds with its rise. Africa has long been misunderstood - and abused - by outsiders. Perry travelled the continent for most of a decade, meeting with entrepreneurs and warlords, professors and cocaine smugglers, presidents and jihadis, among many others. Opening with a devastating investigation into a largely unreported war crime in Somalia in 2011, he finds Africa at a moment of furious self-assertion. This is a remade continent, defiantly rising from centuries of oppression to become an economic and political titan: where cash is becoming a thing of the past, where astronomers are unlocking the origin of life and where, twenty-five years after Live Aid, Ethiopia's first yuppies are traders on an electronic food exchange. Yet, as Africa finally wins the substance of its freedom, it must confront the three last false prophets of Islamists, dictators and aid workers, who would keep it in its bonds.
Racine Avenue is going upscale — bad news for hand-to-mouth residents like V. I. Warshawski. As tax bills skyrocket, newcomers pressure old inhabitants into fixing up their homes or moving out. To the yuppies on the block the worst eyesore belongs to old Hattie Frizell, whose yard is “returning to native prairie, complete with hubcaps.” Their block club wants her and her five dogs gone.V. I. and Hattie have a relationship of sorts: one of those five dogs gave V. I.’s dog Peppy an unwelcome litter. When Hattie slips in her bath and is rushed unconscious to the hospital, V. I. feels compelled to get involved. But neighboring lawyer Todd Pichea and his wife, Chrissie, act swiftly to get the courts to make them Hattie’s legal guardians. V. I. returns from a business trip to find they’ve put the old woman’s dogs to sleep. Furious, V. I. starts poking around in the Picheas’ affairs, hoping to turn up something scandalous enough to make them lose their guardianship. Hattie isn’t the detective’s only worry. When her downstairs neighbor’s oldest friend disappears, Mr. Contreras persuades V. I. to investigate. As she probes both problems, V. I. uncovers a scandal linking one of Chicago’s oldest industrial families to union fraud and a politically connected bank. Her investigation takes her into the depths of the steamy Sanitary Canal and brings her eyeball-to-eyeball with her ex-husband, Dick Yarborough. When her dear friend Lotty Herschel and her own lawyer turn against her, V. I. is left alone to struggle with the most serious case of her career. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Susan Ericksen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/004357/bk_brll_004357_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.