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Boston Legal

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Boston Legal is an American legal drama-comedy (dramedy) created by David E. Kelley, which originally ran on ABC from October 3, 2004 to December 8, 2008. A spin-off of the long-running series The Practice, Boston Legal followed the personal and professional exploits of a group of attorneys working at the law firm of Crane, Poole & Schmidt.

Before the show's premiere, it had a working title of Fleet Street, an allusion to the real street in Boston where the fictitious Crane, Poole & Schmidt had its offices. The working title was later modified to The Practice: Fleet Street, but this title was dropped in favor of Boston Legal before the show premiered. The real building shown as the law office is located at 500 Boylston Street, 12 minutes away from Fleet Street.

The American producers of the series also hired British writer Sir John Mortimer (creator of the UK legal franchise Rumpole of the Bailey) as a consultant for Boston Legal.

Most of the final episodes of The Practice were focused on introducing the new characters from Crane, Poole & Schmidt in preparation for Boston Legal's launch. Thus, the story of Boston Legal can be said to begin with the episode of The Practice in which Eugene Young and Jimmy Berluti of Young, Frutt & Berluti decided to fire Alan Shore without consulting Ellenor Frutt, beginning a story arc of several episodes. They give Alan a severance package of only fifteen thousand dollars, even though Alan has brought in over nine million dollars of revenue to the firm. Tara Wilson gets fired for her loyalty to Alan, and Alan goes to Crane, Poole & Schmidt to represent him in the matter, thinking he has a claim under Massachusetts law to take over Young, Frutt & Berluti. Denny Crane, senior and founding partner of Crane, Poole & Schmidt, takes an interest in the case and even argues at the resulting trial, cross-examining Young. During this period, Ellenor also has a run-in with Hannah Rose (Rebecca De Mornay), a partner at Crane, Poole & Schmidt, whom Ellenor ends up seriously injuring when they fight over Hannah's condescending remarks to Ellenor. The character of Hannah Rose was dropped prior to the Boston Legal pilot's being filmed.

The jury awards Alan the millions of dollars of revenue he brought in to Young, Frutt & Berluti but does not order the firm to rehire him, so Denny hires Alan at his firm. After Young is appointed a judge, his first case (in the final episode of The Practice) happens to be with Alan for the defense, making Young wonder if Alan judge-shopped (this opened the door for Steve Harris to guest-star on Boston Legal as a judge, although in the end no starring Practice characters made any guest appearances on Boston Legal), though many actors and actresses who guest starred in The Practice have contributed to Boston Legal, taking on roles of a different character. Examples include Rene Auberjonois, John Larroquette and Christian Clemenson. One interesting fact is that Anthony Heald, who guest starred in both shows, took on the characters of Judge Harvey Cooper in Boston Legal and of Judge Wallace Cooper in The Practice, although both are considered the same character.

The pilot was originally produced with James Spader, Lake Bell, Mark Valley, Rhona Mitra and William Shatner playing the main characters, with an expanded storyline featuring Larry Miller as Edwin Poole, and with John Michael Higgins as senior partner Jerry Austin. Monica Potter was later cast as junior partner Lori Colson. After completing several episodes, the producers felt the show needed grounding, and Rene Auberjonois was cast as senior partner Paul Lewiston, effectively replacing John Michael Higgins. Despite this, Higgins's character still appeared in the first two episodes. The pilot premiered on ABC on October 3, 2004, following the series premiere of Desperate Housewives.

On November 30, 2004, it was announced that Candice Bergen would join the cast as senior partner Shirley Schmidt. The producers had been looking to introduce the character since the fall. Lake Bell and Executive Producer Jeff Rake subsequently left the series, while Rene Auberjonois was made a main cast member.

The announcement that Boston Legal would be renewed for a second season was made on 5 April 2005. The final five episodes of the first season were initially pre-empted for seveal weeks (until 24 April 2005) in order to expose mid-season series Grey's Anatomy to a larger audience behind Desperate Housewives. Grey's Anatomy, however, was highly successful in the timeslot, and Boston Legal was pre-empted until the fall of 2005, where it would take over NYPD Blue's Tuesday timeslot for an extended season of twenty-seven episodes. Both Rhona Mitra and Monica Potter departed the series over the hiatus, while Julie Bowen was cast as Denise Bauer. Ryan Michelle Bathe and Justin Mentell were later cast as junior associates Sara Holt and Garrett Wells. A new writing staff headed by Janet Leahy took over as of episode four of the second season.

The second episode of Season 3 introduced Craig Bierko as Jeffrey Coho and Constance Zimmer as Claire Simms. In episode 3x11 Gary Anthony Williams was added to the main cast as Clarence Bell, a role he had played twice earlier in the season. Also introduced in this episode was Nia Long as Vanessa Walker, in a guest role that lasted 3 episodes. In the 15th episode of the third season, Craig Bierko left the show.

On June 4, 2007, TV Guide announced that Rene Auberjonois, Julie Bowen, Mark Valley, and Constance Zimmer would not return for the fourth season. On June 13, 2007, it was reported that actor John Larroquette would join the cast as a senior partner transferred from the New York offices of Crane, Poole & Schmidt (Note: Larroquette previously appeared on BL's forerunner The Practice as another character, a hyper-intelligent man on trial for killing his gay lover; this role earned Larroquette an Emmy Award.); and actress Tara Summers would be joining as a young associate. Also, Christian Clemenson, who appeared occasionally as Jerry Espenson, a brilliant but socially inept lawyer, would be upgraded to contract player. The possibility was left open that Rene Auberjonois, Mark Valley, Julie Bowen, and Constance Zimmer could return in guest roles. On July 2, 2007, it was reported that both Rene Auberjonois and Mark Valley would return in recurring roles; furthermore, it was announced that Taraji P. Henson would join the cast later in the fourth season, with Saffron Burrows appearing in a recurring role. It was subsequently reported that Burrows would become a full-time cast member.

On July 19, 2007, Boston Legal was nominated for six Emmy awards, including Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series (James Spader), Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (William Shatner), and its first nomination for Best Drama Series. On 14 September 2007, James Spader won the Emmy for his role as the lead character in the show, whilst nominations were lost for William Shatner and Christian Clemenson in their roles for Supporting and Guest Actors, respectively. Also, the show itself lost as Best Drama Series to The Sopranos.

On 13 May 2008 ABC announced that Boston Legal would return for a fifth (and final) season in the fall. Saffron Burrows did not return as a series regular, having joined the cast of My Own Worst Enemy. The final season consisted of 13 episodes to bring it over the "100" episode mark, setting it up for a successful syndication run. There was speculation that Boston Legal might receive an additional episode-order if the show had another strong showing in the Emmy Awards and produced solid ratings in its new Fall time slot. The season began airing on September 22, 2008.

On June 18 and June 20, 2008 it was reported that Gary Anthony Williams and Taraji P. Henson would not return for the fifth season as Clarence Bell and Whitney Rome, respectively.

On July 17, 2008, Boston Legal was nominated for a series-high seven Emmy nominations, including for Best Drama Series for a second year in a row. Spader, Bergen and Shatner were also nominated for their respective roles.

Boston Legal began airing in reruns on ION Television in September 2008. And in most markets, episodes began airing in off-network syndication (ironically in anticipation of the last episodes, to bring it to just over 100), on the weekend of September 28-29, 2008.

Boston Legal's series finale aired on Monday, 8 December 2008 on the ABC Television Network at 9:00PM Eastern/8:00PM Central. It was a two-hour episode. The finale saw the firm sold to new Chinese interests because of Crane, Poole & Schmidt's poor financial position. The new owners were not accepted by Shirley Schmidt, Carl Sack, or Jerry Espenson, who voted against the acquisition along with 3 other partners. Denny Crane insulted the new owners by shooting them with a paintball gun. The acrimony engendered by the name partner's actions led the Chinese to begin plans for downsizing and replacing the litigation division of the firm. It was announced that all of the show's leading characters would be fired as of 1 January 2009. This led to a typically eloquent, but ultimately ill-received, showdown on the part of Alan Shore, wherein he turned the tables on the new owners, attempting to preemptively fire them. Though his argument was not taken in the light he'd intended, it did prompt an offer from the Chinese owners to rehire all the cast members, though Shirley muses that likely they will be let go over a longer period of time. Also, Denny's earlier actions led to his name being removed from the firm which was renamed to Chang, Poole & Schmidt.

In an interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Dec 7th, David E. Kelly said that it was in fact ABC's decision to end Boston Legal. He also stated that executives did not want to commit to a fifth season, so he had to fight to bring it back for a short season of 13 episodes.

Many actors in the series were Star Trek alumni: William Shatner, John Larroquette, René Auberjonois, Henry Gibson, Scott Bakula, Ron Canada, Elizabeth Dennehy, Patrick Fabian, Gary Anthony Williams (video game), Mark L. Taylor, Colby French, Steven Culp, Pamela Adlon, Ivar Brogger, Thomas F. Wilson, Lamont Thompson, Gregg Daniel, Miriam Flynn, Mark Moses, Paul Dooley, Dan Gilvezan, Tony Todd, April Grace, Michael Bofshever, Jim Jansen, Billy Mayo, Stephen Lee, Lawrence Pressman, Michael G. Hagerty, Michael Ensign, Ron Ostrow, Ed Begley Jr., Christopher Neiman, Matthew Kaminsky, Zach Grenier, Ann Cusack, Dakin Matthews, Mark Chait, Michelle Forbes, Clyde Kusatsu, Annie Wersching, Ellen Bry, Armin Shimmerman, Ethan Phillips, Jeri Ryan, Dennis Cockrum, Robert Foxworth, David Burke, Ray Proscia, Don McManus, Lorna Raver, Jennifer Parsons, Ken Land, Andrew Prine, Matt Malloy, Daniel Roebuck, Fran Bennett, Joanna Cassidy, Corbin Bernsen, and Patti Yasutake.

Several actors in the series were also Seinfeld alumni: James Spader, Candice Bergen, Constance Zimmer, Michelle Forbes, Armin Shimmerman, Robert Wagner, Larry Miller, Richard Fancy, Brenda Strong, Debra Mooney, Wayne Wilderson, Michael G. Hagerty, Stephen Tobolowsky, Kevin Dunn, Veanne Cox, Megan Mullally, and Corbin Bernsen.

It was one of ABC's most influential shows because of the audience it drew. According to Nielsen Media Research, Boston Legal drew the richest viewing audience on television, based on the concentration of high-income viewers in its young adult audience (Adult 18–49 index w/$100k+ annual income).

Seasonal rankings (based on average total viewers per episode) of Boston Legal on ABC.

Note: Each U.S. network television season starts in late September and ends in late May, which coincides with the completion of May sweeps. All times mentioned in this section were in the Eastern and Pacific time zones.

On February 9, 2006, tvshowsondvd.com announced that Fox Home Entertainment was releasing Boston Legal Season 1 on DVD on May 23, 2006. It is the first David E. Kelley show that FOX has released on DVD in the United States (though Ally McBeal has been released on DVD in other countries). The season one box set had five discs while the season two and three sets had seven discs.

Note: Some of the Season 1 DVDs, provided by select offline retailers, included a promotional DVD featuring the episodes from The Practice that introduced Alan Shore and the firm of Crane, Poole & Schmidt. This was only included in the very early sales of the DVD as a promotion.

In episode 4x16, Jerry announces, "During the strike, I fell in love." Katie asks, "What strike?" Jerry responds, "It doesn't matter, the point is . . " This episode aired on 15 April 2008, shortly after the conclusion of the 2007-2008 Writers Guild of America strike, which had prevented the showing of BL for over two months.

This tendency became more prevalent in the final season with several references to the end of the series, including Jerry discussing a potential spinoff. In a lawsuit brought on by Catherine (Betty White) concerning the dearth of television programming for the elderly, Carl Sack points out that there is only one show on television that features a cast largely over the age of 50. He stops short of referring to the show by name (though he obviously means Boston Legal) and motions directly at the camera saying, "The wall," referring to the fact that revealing the show's identity would break the fourth wall.

Another example is when in the teaser Christian Clemenson tells Schmidt that he has a song that keeps going through his head. It is revealed to be the show's theme song and, most notably, when in the second episode of the third season, William Shatner's character observes that two new cast members would surely have been introduced in the previous episode, before welcoming them explicitly to "Boston Legal".

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a 2008 American drama film, inspired by the 1921 short story of the same name written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The film was directed by David Fincher, written by Eric Roth and Robin Swicord, and stars Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. The film was released in the United States on December 25, 2008.

The film received thirteen Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor for Pitt, and Best Supporting Actress for Taraji P. Henson. It won three Oscars for Art Direction, Makeup, and Visual Effects, and has tied the record for the most nominated film not to win the Academy Award for Best Picture with The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.

The elderly Daisy (Cate Blanchett) is on her deathbed with her daughter Caroline (Julia Ormond) in a New Orleans hospital as Hurricane Katrina approaches in August 2005. Daisy tells the story of a blind clockmaker named Gateau (Elias Koteas), who was commissioned to create a clock to hang in the New Orleans train station. After receiving news of his son's death in World War I, he continued work on his clock, but intentionally designed it to run backward, in the hope that it would bring back those who died in the war. After her cryptic story, Daisy asks Caroline to read aloud from a diary containing photographs and postcards written by Benjamin Button (Brad Pitt). Caroline begins to read as the story transitions to Benjamin's narration.

On November 11, 1918, just as the people of New Orleans are celebrating the end of World War I, a baby boy is born with the appearance and physical maladies of an elderly man. The mother of the baby dies shortly after giving birth, and the father, Thomas Button, takes the baby and abandons him on the porch of a nursing home. Queenie (Taraji P. Henson) and Tizzy (Mahershalalhashbaz Ali), a couple who work at the nursing home, find the baby. Queenie, who is unable to conceive, decides to take the baby in as her own, against Tizzy's wishes. She names the baby Benjamin.

Over the course of the story, Benjamin begins to biologically grow younger. In 1930, while still appearing to be in his seventies, he meets a young girl named Daisy (Elle Fanning), whose grandmother lives in the nursing home. The children play together and listen to Daisy's grandmother read from a storybook.

A few years later, Benjamin goes to work on a tugboat on the docks of New Orleans for Captain Mike (Jared Harris). In their free time, the captain takes him to brothels and bars. For the first time, Benjamin meets Thomas Button, who does not reveal that he is Benjamin's father. Later, Benjamin leaves New Orleans with the tugboat crew for a long-term work engagement; Daisy asks him to send her postcards from his travels, which Benjamin does.

During a stay in Russia, Benjamin meets a British woman named Elizabeth Abbott (Tilda Swinton) and falls in love with her; Daisy is visibly hurt to receive this news via postcard. Elizabeth is already married, but she has an affair with Benjamin. The fling ends the day after the Pearl Harbor attack, when Elizabeth abruptly departs.

Benjamin gets caught up in World War II when Captain Mike's boat and crew are enlisted by the United States Navy. After engaging a German U-boat in battle, Captain Mike and most of the sailors perish. After this, Benjamin, after seeing a hummingbird, sees death in a different way, as opposed to the retirement home where death seemed more natural.

In 1945, Benjamin returns to New Orleans, and learns that Daisy has become a successful dancer in New York City. When he travels there to meet Daisy at a performance, he finds Daisy has fallen in love with a fellow dancer, and tries to accept that their lives have separated.

Benjamin again meets Thomas Button, who is dying. Thomas reveals to Benjamin that he is his father and bequeaths all of his assets to Benjamin, including the house and the family button-making business. Benjamin eventually makes peace with his father before the elder Button dies.

Daisy's dance career is ended by a car accident in Paris. When Benjamin goes to see her, Daisy is amazed at his youthful appearance, but frustrated at her own injuries, she turns him away by telling Benjamin to stay out of her life.

In 1962, Daisy returns to New Orleans and meets Benjamin again. Now the same physical age, they fall in love and move in together. They experience the 1960s together, in large part blissfully but increasingly aware of Benjamin growing younger while Daisy grows older.

Daisy gives birth to a girl, Caroline. Benjamin, believing he cannot be a father to his daughter due to his reverse aging, and not wanting to burden Daisy with having to raise two children, sells his belongings, and leaves the proceeds to Daisy and Caroline. He leaves them both and travels the world.

Reading this account in the hospital room of 2005, Caroline learns that Benjamin is her father. She is upset that Daisy took such a long time to inform her of this, but finds that Benjamin sent her a postcard from everywhere for each of her birthdays expressing his love for his daughter.

In 1980, Benjamin, now looking like a young man, returns to meet Daisy in her dance studio. The aging Daisy is now married to Robert Williams, a kind man who supports her well, to Benjamin's relief. Daisy introduces Benjamin to Robert and the 12-year-old Caroline as a long-time family friend. Daisy and Benjamin then meet privately in Benjamin's hotel where they share their passion for each other, but they mutually realize that Daisy has become too old for Benjamin.

Benjamin departs again and continues to grow younger. One day Daisy receives a phone call from social workers. They inform her that they found Benjamin - now a young pre-teen just hitting puberty - living in a condemned building, and that they called her because they saw her name all over his diary. The social workers believe that he has dementia as he sometimes forgets that he had just eaten and cannot remember Daisy or much of his past. Daisy moves into the nursing home where Benjamin grew up and takes care of him as he becomes a confused 5-year-old boy with a growing temper.

In 2002, Mr. Gateau's old clock is removed from the train station. Shortly afterward, in the spring of 2003, the now-physically infant, 85-year-old Benjamin dies in Daisy's arms. At the moment before Benjamin dies, Daisy claims to have seen in his eyes that he still remembered her.

In the 2005 hospital room, the hurricane raging outside downs the electrical system. As Caroline briefly leaves the room, Daisy passes away, her wish of seeing Benjamin again seemingly answered by a hummingbird hovering outside the storm-drenched windows. Against the sounds of the city's emergency sirens and reports of breached levees, the backwards clock is shown in a basement, still working, as floodwaters envelope the storage room where it is kept.

As early as summer 1994, Maryland Film Office chief Jack Gerbes was approached with the possibility of a film adaptation of the 1921 short story "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" by F. Scott Fitzgerald, which takes place in Baltimore. In October 1998, screenwriter Robin Swicord wrote for director Ron Howard an adapted screenplay of the short story, a project which would potentially star actor John Travolta. In May 2000, Paramount Pictures hired screenwriter Jim Taylor to adapt a screenplay from the short story. The studio also attached director Spike Jonze to helm the project. Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman had also written a draft of the adapted screenplay at one point. In June 2003, director Gary Ross entered final negotiations to helm the project based on a new draft penned by screenwriter Eric Roth. In May 2004, Warner Bros. Pictures and Paramount Pictures joined to co-finance the project, with Paramount Pictures marketing the film in foreign territories and Warner Bros. handling domestic distribution (those were eventually switched). In the same month, director David Fincher entered negotiations to replace Ross in directing the film. In July 2005, Fincher negotiated a deal with the studios to direct Benjamin Button and Zodiac back-to-back, with Zodiac being produced first.

In May 2005, actors Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett entered negotiations to star in the film as Benjamin Button and Daisy, respectively. In September 2006, actors Tilda Swinton, Jason Flemyng, and Taraji P. Henson entered negotiations to be cast into the film. The following October, with production yet to begin, actress Julia Ormond was cast as Daisy's daughter, to whom Blanchett's character tells the story of her love affair with Benjamin Button.

For Benjamin Button, New Orleans, Louisiana and the surrounding area was chosen as the filming location for the story to take advantage of the state's production incentives, and shooting was slated to begin in October 2006. Filming of Benjamin Button began on November 6, 2006 in New Orleans. In January 2007, Blanchett joined the shoot. Fincher praised the ease of accessibility to rural and urban sets in New Orleans and said that the recovery from Hurricane Katrina did not serve as an atypical hindrance to production. In March 2007, filming moved to Los Angeles for two more months of filming. Principal photography was targeted to last a total of 150 days. Additional time was needed in post-production to create the visual effects for the metamorphosis of Brad Pitt's character to the infant stage. The director used a camera system called Contour, developed by Steve Perlman, to capture facial deformation data from live action performances. Overall production was finished in September 2007. The movie props were donated to the victims of Hurricane Katrina in the 9th Ward of New Orleans.

The score to The Curious Case of Benjamin Button was written by French composer Alexandre Desplat, who recorded his score with an 87-piece ensemble of the Hollywood Studio Symphony at the Sony Scoring Stage. The film's first trailer featured the "Aquarium" movement of Camille Saint-Saëns' The Carnival of the Animals (previously adapted by WB for a television special starring two of that studio's most popular cartoon characters, Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck). The choir singing in the trailer is Libera, a group of boys from South London. The international trailer contains the song "A Moment of Greatness" by Immediate Music. One of the TV spots contains the song "My Body is a Cage" by Arcade Fire. Some TV spots use the song "The Return", which is part of APM Music's Liquid Cinema Collection "Cinematic Emotions & Drama". There are also songs in the film shared with O Brother, Where Art Thou?, including "Didn't Leave Nobody But the Baby" and "I'll Fly Away", from a different recording. The piano piece that Benjamin learns and which is reprised at the end of the film is Bethena: A Concert Waltz by Scott Joplin.

Benjamin and Daisy watch The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show singing "Twist and shout".

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button was originally slated for theatrical release in May 2008, but it was pushed back to November 26, 2008. The release date was moved again to December 25, 2008 in the United States, January 16, 2009, in Mexico, February 5, 2009, in the United Kingdom, February 13, 2009, in Italy and March 6, 2009 in South Africa.

On its opening day, the film opened in the number two position behind Marley & Me, in North America with $11,871,831 in 2,988 theaters with a $3,973 average. However, during its opening weekend, the film dropped to the third position behind Marley & Me and Bedtime Stories with $26,853,816 in 2,988 theaters with an $8,987 average. As of February 10, 2009 the film has grossed $124,194,000 at the domestic box office, foreign box office stands at $119,100,000 with a total gross of $241,645,000.

The film has received generally positive reviews. As of January 24, 2009, the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 72% of critics gave the film positive reviews based on 169 reviews, with 77% of selected "Top Critics" giving the film positive reviews. According to Metacritic, the film received an average score of 70 based on 36 reviews. Yahoo! Movies reported the film received a B+ average score from critical consensus.

The film appeared on many critics' top ten lists of the best films of 2008. According to Movie City News, the film has appeared on 79 different top ten lists out of 286 different critics lists surveyed, the 6th most mentioned on a top ten list of the films released in 2008. According to CriticsTop10, the film appeared on over 136 film critics top ten lists, with 12 number one mentions, and was also ranked 6th of the year in terms of appearances on critics' top ten lists.

In January 2009, an Italian writer named Adriana Pichini filed legal papers contending that the film appeared to have been based on a story that she wrote in 1994, entitled "Il ritorno di Arthur all'innocenza" (Arthur's Return to Innocence). The case will be examined by an Italian judge to see whether or not the situation merits further inquiry.

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Matthew Henson

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Matthew Alexander Henson (August 6, 1866 – March 9, 1955) was an American explorer and associate of Robert Peary during various expeditions, the most famous being a 1909 expedition which claimed to be the first to reach the Geographic North Pole.

Matthew Henson was born on a farm in Charles County, Maryland on August 6, 1866. He was still a child when his parents Lemuel and Caroline died, and at the age of twelve he went to sea as a cabin boy on a merchant ship. He sailed around the world for the next several years, educating himself and becoming a skilled navigator.

Henson met Commander Robert E. Peary in November 1887 and joined him on an expedition to Nicaragua. Impressed with Henson’s seamanship, Peary recruited him as a colleague. For years they made many trips together, including Arctic voyages in which Henson traded with the Inuit and mastered their language, built sleds, and trained dog teams. In 1909, Peary mounted his eighth attempt to reach the North Pole, selecting Henson to be one of the team of six who would make the final run to the Pole. Before the goal was reached, Peary could no longer continue on foot and rode in a dog sled. Various accounts say he was ill, exhausted, or had frozen toes. In any case, he sent Henson on ahead as a scout. In a newspaper interview Henson said: “I was in the lead that had overshot the mark a couple of miles. We went back then and I could see that my footprints were the first at the spot.” Henson then proceeded to plant the American flag.

Although Admiral Peary received many honors, Henson was largely ignored and spent most of the next thirty years working as a clerk in a federal customs house in New York. But in 1944 Congress awarded him a duplicate of the silver medal given to Peary. Presidents Truman and Eisenhower both honored him before he died in 1955.

In 1912 Matthew Henson wrote the book A Negro Explorer at the North Pole about his arctic exploration. Later, in 1947 he collaborated with Bradley Robinson on his biography Dark Companion. The 1912 book, along with an abortive lecture tour, enraged Peary who had always considered Henson no more than a servant and saw the attempts at publicity as a breach of faith.

In 1961 an honorary plaque was installed to mark his Maryland birthplace.

Henson married Lucy Ross in 1906.

During their expeditions, both Henson and Peary fathered children with Inuit women, two of whom were brought to the attention of the American public by S. Allen Counter, who met them on a Greenland expedition.

With an Inuit woman named Akatingwah, Matthew Henson fathered his only child, a son named Anauakaq. After 1909 Henson never saw Akatingwah or his son again, though he did receive updates about them from other explorers for a time. Anauakaq, who died in 1987, arrived in the United States with Kali Peary, Robert Peary's son, on May 29, 1987, to visit his father's family and grave site. Anaukaq and his wife, Aviaq, had five sons who, in turn, had many children of their own who still reside in Greenland.

The "discovery" of Anauakaq and Kali and their meeting with their Henson and Peary relatives were documented in a book and documentary entitled North Pole Legacy: Black, White and Eskimo.

Matthew Henson is also a relative of actress Taraji P. Henson ("The Division", Hustle & Flow). and Annapolis, Maryland native and film Director Stanley V. Henson, Jr. who recently worked with Bill Cosby and Dick Gregory on "Sow your dreams" which includes an appearance by Taraji P. Henson.

The Explorers Club, under its "polar" President Vilhjalmur Stefansson, invited Henson to join its ranks in 1937. Eleven years later the Club reconsidered Henson's membership and instead awarded Henson its highest rank of Honorary Member, an honor reserved for no more than 20 living members at a time.

On May 28, 1986, the United States Postal Service issued a 22 cent postage stamp in honor of Henson and Peary; they were previously honored in 1959, but not by name.

On April 6, 1988 Henson was reinterred in Arlington National Cemetery near Peary's monument. Many members from his American family and his Inuit family (Anauakaq's children) were in attendance.

In October 1996, the United States Navy commissioned USNS Henson, a Pathfinder class Oceanographic Survey Ship, in honor of Matthew Henson.

On November 28, 2000, the National Geographic Society awarded the Hubbard Medal to Matthew A. Henson posthumously. Dr. S. Allen Counter petitioned the National Geographic Society for many years to present its most prestigious medal to Henson. He attended the ceremony with Audrey Mebane, Henson's 74-year-old great-niece. The medal was presented at the newly named Matthew A. Henson Earth Conservation Center (MAHECC) in Washington, D.C., and accompanied a scholarship given in Henson's name by NGS.

The Matthew Henson Earth Conservation Center in Washington, D.C. is named for him, as are Matthew Henson State Park in Aspen Hill, Maryland, Matthew Henson Middle School in Pomonkey, Maryland, and Matthew Henson Elementary School in Palmer Park, Maryland. Matthew Henson lived for a time in the landmark Dunbar Apartments in Harlem, in New York City.

In 2002, scholar Molefi Kete Asante listed Matthew Henson on his list of 100 Greatest African Americans.

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Something New (film)

Something New is a 2006 romance film, written by Kriss Turner and directed by Sanaa Hamri. This film stars Sanaa Lathan and Simon Baker. This film is rated PG-13 by MPAA for sexual references.

This romantic comedy addresses interracial relationships, corporate professionalism, traditional family values, and traditional African-American social customs, such as the cotillion in the final scene.

As of February 12, 2006, the film grossed a total of 11.5 million dollars in the domestic Box Office according to Boxofficemojo.com website.

Kenya McQueen (Sanaa Lathan) is a successful, single African-American woman, whose life has become all work and no play because of her competitive job as a CPA. Her obsessive compulsive desire for perfection and control exhibits itself in the bland, colorless furnishings ("like a hotel") in her new home, and in what her friends call "The List," the attributes she wants in her IBM or "ideal black man." Urged to "let go and let flow," Kenya later accepts a blind date set up by her co-worker Leah Cahan (Katharine Towne) , who is in the process of planning the kind of wedding that Kenya often dreams about. At Magic Johnson's Starbucks, Kenya rudely turns down the date, Brian Kelly (Simon Baker), a handsome and free-spirited white landscape architect, when she sees that he is not at all what she expected.

Soon, the two meet again at Leah's wedding shower, and though Brian isn’t what she pictures for herself, Kenya hires Brian to landscape her unkempt backyard garden. Over time, the employer-employee relationship develops into friendship, and then love. Through Brian, she starts to feel comfortable about not only transforming her backyard and her living environment, but herself as well. However, Kenya can’t shake off her reservations about their romance. The opinions of her girlfriends Cheryl (Wendy Raquel Robinson), Nedra (Taraji P. Henson), and Suzette (Golden Brooks), of her affluent parents, and of her womanizing younger brother Nelson (Donald Faison) begin to have a deleterious effect on how she views her relationship with Brian and inevitably, their differences pull them apart. It's Nelson who then hurriedly pushes Kenya into the arms of a more acceptable suitor, tax lawyer Mark Harper (Blair Underwood), his law school mentor who has just relocated to Los Angeles. Mark would please Joyce, their social-climbing mother (Alfre Woodard); however, her physician father, Edmond (Earl Billings) senses a difference in how his daughter interacts with the two men. Everything Kenya thought she wanted is challenged, and nothing Mark does seems to make her feel as alive as when she was with Brian. When the dissonance that she’s created in her mind finally overwhelms her, Kenya chooses to go after Brian, no longer allowing her controlling nature and social norms to dictate the matters of her heart.

It is worth noting that, even though Kenya finds the "ideal black man" that she claims to have always wanted (Blair Underwood's character), she still chooses the white man over him in the end. This is contradictory to the message that interracial relationships are primarily the result of the so-called "shortage" of suitable black men which is discussed at the beginning of the film.

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Baby Boy (film)

Baby Boy is a 2001 urban drama film written, produced, and directed by John Singleton. It has been considered a sequel of sorts to Singleton's earlier, more famous work, Boyz N the Hood.

An immature young adult named Jody (Tyrese Gibson) lives with his mother Juanita (Adrienne-Joi Johnson) in South Central Los Angeles. He spends most of his time with his unemployed thug best friend Sweetpea (Omar Gooding) and does not seem interested in becoming a responsible adult. However, he is forced to mature as a result of a number of situations, particularly his mother's new boyfriend, an ex-con named Melvin (Ving Rhames) moving into her house and his children - one with his girlfriend Yvette (Taraji P. Henson) and another with a girl named Peanut. Eventually, Yvette's gangster ex-boyfriend Rodney (Snoop Dogg), is released from prison and returns to the neighborhood to challenge Jody, attempting to kill him in a drive-by shooting. Jody and Sweetpea confront Rodney and as he attempts to escape, Jody shoots him in the ankle. Sweetpea urges Jody to kill Rodney, but he refuses, at which point Sweetpea kills Rodney himself. After the death of Rodney, Jody finally moves out of his mom's house and in with Yvette. Jody has now become a mature man realizing that his mom can't take care of herself along with Melvin and he has a family that he needs to take care of.

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Smokin' Aces

Smokin' Aces is a 2007 action film, written and directed by Joe Carnahan, set in Lake Tahoe, and primarily shot at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa (renamed the "Nomad Casino" in the film). It marks Carnahan's third feature, following Blood, Guts, Bullets and Octane and Narc. It stars Ryan Reynolds and Jeremy Piven as the leads, with Piven as a Las Vegas magician turned mafia informant and Reynolds as the FBI agent assigned to protect him. It is the feature film debut of both R&B artist Alicia Keys and rapper Common. A straight-to-DVD prequel has been announced with Carnahan executive producing.

The film opens with Agents Messner (Ryan Reynolds) and Carruthers (Ray Liotta) staking out crime lord Primo Sparazza's estate. Sparazza, one of the leading members of the Mafia, has become bedridden with various medical ailments, including a heart condition. Monitoring a telephone call between Sparazza's underbosses Sidney K. Serna and Victor "Baby Buzz" Padiche, they learn that Sparazza has put out a $1 million hit on Buddy "Aces" Israel (Jeremy Piven), a Las Vegas performer. He also wants Israel's heart brought to him before he dies.

Buddy "Aces" Israel is a noted Las Vegas performer, who could regularly sell out the MGM Grand's main room. As a result of his popularity, Israel had become friends with Primo Sparazza and other Mafiosi in Las Vegas. Sparazza gave Israel his first big break onstage, brought him up through the ranks of the mob, and as a result, Israel became the unofficial mascot for the Vegas mob. Israel started to believe his own press and buying into the hype. He decided to showcase his showbiz power and parlay it into a life of crime, starting and setting up his own criminal scores. Israel slowly amassed the loyalties of Sparazza's top men, with the idea of replacing Sparazza. What Israel succeeds in doing is splitting up the Sparazza crime family into dual factions. Sparazza on one side, Israel on the other. The infighting that followed drew the attention of the federal government, resulting in sixteen concurrent criminal probes on the Sparazza family, with Israel being the target of virtually every one. Given his intimate knowledge of the inner workings of the mob, the FBI is willing to offer Israel immunity from prosecution and entry into the United States Federal Witness Protection Program if Israel turns states evidence.

Israel has currently jumped bail on his lawyer and has secreted himself in the Nomad Casino penthouse suite, located in Lake Tahoe. Messner and Carruthers are informed by FBI Deputy Director Locke (Andy Garcia) that the FBI is currently in negotiation with Israel's agent/attorney, Morris Mecklen (Curtis Armstrong), for Israel's surrender to the FBI and to provide subsequent testimony against the Vegas mob. With the word of the $1 million bounty on Israel's head, Locke informs the two agents that an assortment of degenerate psychopaths and assassins will be seeking to collect. Locke wants Messner and Carruthers in Lake Tahoe ready to take Israel into FBI custody as soon as a deal is reached with Mecklen and Israel.

Meanwhile, bail bondsman Jack Dupree (Ben Affleck) tells the story of Israel to his partners, "Pistol" Pete Deeks (Peter Berg) and Hollis Elmore (Martin Henderson) and prepares them to bring Israel back for jumping his bail. Hitwomen Sharice Watters (Taraji P. Henson) and Georgia Sykes (Alicia Keys) are hired by Padiche (David Proval) to kill Israel. Torture expert and mercenary Pasquale Acosta (Nestor Carbonell), the psychotic neo-Nazi Tremor Brothers (Chris Pine, Kevin Durand and Maury Sterling) and deadly master of disguise Lazlo Soot (Tommy Flanagan) also join in the hunt for Israel.

While at the Nomad Hotel and Casino in Lake Tahoe with his bodyguards Ivy (Common), Hugo (Joel Edgerton) and Beanie (Christopher Holley), Buddy Israel is living a life of prostitutes and cocaine, protected by the Nomad's own armed security. Carruthers and Messner are at a bar in Vegas where they are talking about Primo Sparazza and joking about Israel's problems. At the same time, they are unaware that the hitmen and bounty hunters are descending on the hotel, each intent on collecting Israel. Pasquale Acosta disguises himself as an FBI agent and asks to speak with the Nomad security supervisor. Georgia Sykes plans to pose as one of Israel's prostitutes and kill him when she is let inside the penthouse while Sharice Watters covers her with a 50 cal. M107 Long Range Sniper Rifle at the hotel across the street. Jack Dupree explains his plan to Deeks and Elmore to sneak into the Nomad using Nomad security uniforms while at a rest stop overlooking Lake Tahoe. Dupree's plan is cut short when the Tremor Brothers looking for another car happen upon them and gun Dupree, Deeks and Elmore down. After discovering the bail bond paperwork in Dupree's pocket, the Tremors dump the three into the lake and, recognizing the usefulness of Dupree's Nomad security uniforms, take the uniforms.

Lazlo Soot has already gotten inside the basement of the Nomad, killing several janitors and Israel's butler. Soot has planned to replace the butler to get close to Israel to make the hit, but as he tries to mimic the butler's voice, Hugo comes to the door. Soot kills Hugo and decides to disguise himself as Hugo, rather than the butler. The news of the death of Dupree travels fast and Messner is ordered to go to the murder scene to examine the bodies while Carruthers goes to the hotel to take Israel into custody. Acosta has talked to the head of Nomad Security (Matthew Fox) who claims the penthouse level is under construction, confirming Acosta's suspicions as to where Israel is hiding. Acosta kills the head of Security and takes his uniform. Meanwhile in one of the Nomad's hotel hallways, Sykes waits by the elevator. In the penthouse, Mecklen tells Buddy on the phone that Locke wants him to sell out everybody to the FBI. Desperate to save his own skin, he agrees. Ivy has overheard the entire conversation with Mecklin and prepares to confront Israel over it.

Hollis emerges from Lake Tahoe deeply sick with three missing fingers. After wandering through the woods half dead, he finds an old remote cabin inhabited by an ADHD-afflicted boy and his grandmother. They take him in to treat his wounds, although their strange behavior bewilders him, mostly due to the fact that the troubled boy sees him as his nemesis. He begins looking through their things and finds the grandmother's late husband's gun and tells her he'll borrow it.

Carruthers arrives at the hotel and asks for a guard to take him upstairs to the penthouse. He is pointed in the direction of Acosta in disguise and the two head upstairs together. While in the elevator Carruthers begins to suspect the guard is not who he claims to be. Once the tension grows, the two draw on each other with Carruthers being stabbed before the two engage in a gunfight in an elevator with predictable results. Lazlo Soot arrives upstairs disguised as Hugo and murders Beanie. Ivy confronts Israel about the phone call with Mecklen. After denying it, Israel admits his betrayal and claims he did it because he is simply more important than his friends are to the FBI. Ivy prepares to kill him for giving up his friends, only to be thwarted when Buddy flicks a card, cutting his eye. While he starts firing blindly, Soot and Israel take cover and the security team breaks in to stop Ivy, who is blamed for Beanie's death and restrained. Israel breaks down while Soot starts unpacking surgical tools unnoticed. Outside of the room, the guards find the elevators unresponsive and begin to worry.

In Los Angeles, Locke is given an aged memo. After reading the memo Locke backs out on Israel's deal and orders no one to inform Messner or Carruthers. Messner arrives at the hotel with other agents. After he is told that there is a man claiming to be an FBI agent, Messner begins searching for Carruthers. The Tremors, who are successful in their attempt to enter the Nomad with Dupree's uniforms, find themselves stuck in the elevators when they were locked down by Messner. The Tremors use a mobile generator to jump start their elevator to reach the penthouse. Upstairs, Georgia disagrees with Sharice's idea to leave since things seem to be getting too dangerous, having noticed the FBI presence. Georgia opens the elevator doors to find the unconscious and dying Carruthers and Acosta. She checks their pockets and finds that they are both FBI agents, to which Sharice says that one of them must be Lazlo Soot (whom they were warned of earlier). Since no one knows what he looks like, Georgia is in a dilemma, planning to kill whichever she thinks is the fake. Messner hears her over Carruthers' earpiece and sets up a position around her elevator.

In the penthouse, smoke comes from the elevator and Nomad security draws their guns. Soon the doors open and the Tremors rush out screaming, armed with an arsenal of weapons. As the Tremors begin to eliminate Nomad security, Mecklin informs Israel that the deal is off and Israel spirals down into a suicide attempt, but passes out from a heart attack before he can pull the trigger.

Downstairs, Sykes tells Watters that she is trapped in the elevator with the FBI waiting outside. Watters responds by firing on Messner and the agents, who start firing rapidly out of the windows. After Sykes and Messner exchange fire, Pasquale Acosta shoots her and is in turn shot three more times by the now conscious Carruthers before he can kill her. Sykes loses contact with Watters now that her radio was shot and Messner becomes distraught when Carruthers dies. Watters is convinced due to the lack of response from Sykes that she is dead. Enraged by the loss of her partner, she continues to fire on the FBI team. Sykes manages to get away in the elevator and heads upstairs where the Tremors have eliminated the entire Nomad security team. Ivy grabs a gun, killing both Lester and Jeeves Tremor, with Darwin Tremor remaining. Once Sykes arrives, she finds Darwin getting ready to kill Ivy with a machete. She draws her gun on Darwin and collapses in Ivy's arms, letting Darwin escape. Ivy and Sykes make their escape down the stairwell as Locke and other agents arrive.

Darwin escapes the Nomad posing as an FBI agent, having changed clothes with a dead or injured FBI agent in the elevator. The FBI arrives in the penthouse and interrupts Soot from proceeding with his plans on Israel. In the stairwell, Ivy and Sykes begin to grow attracted to each other, but the scarred Messner arrives and engages in a standoff with Sykes and Ivy. After she tells him that she didn't kill Carruthers or wanted to kill anyone else, he lets them go. Messner reaches the penthouse and asks Locke to explain what happened, but is interrupted by Soot who wounds a guard and quickly flees, disguised as the butler. Ivy carries Sykes outside, the living Acosta is carried out on a stretcher and Soot leaves disguised as a security guard. Watters sees Sykes alive, but is corned by FBI agents and is presumably killed. Meanwhile, Darwin is robbed of his car and shot to death in the parking lot by a waiting Hollis.

Messner arrives at the hospital where the now comatose Israel was taken and finds Locke. Messner puts a gun to Locke's back and orders him to tell why they were not informed to leave the mission when the agency backed out on Israel's deal. Locke leads Messner into a hospital room where Israel and Primo Sparazza are inside, comatose and bed to bed. It is revealed that they are father and son. Sparazza had had an affair with a Vegas showgirl in the sixties who gave birth to Israel. Messner is told that Sparazza wanting Israel's heart was not for a vendetta but for a transplant, which the FBI is setting up. The Swede is actually a head of cardiology who will make the transplant. The real contract was put out for Soot, who was hired to control the situation so they could bring out Israel safely. Messner doesn't understand why they would kill Israel to keep Sparazza alive though. To which Locke gives Messner the memo he received earlier.

It revealed that FBI agent Freeman Heller, after heavy plastic surgery, went undercover to infiltrate the mob using the name Primo Sparazza in the 40's. The FBI then faked Freeman Heller's death, saying Primo Sparazza had killed him. When the FBI believed Heller had gone rogue, and had actually switched sides to the mob, the FBI sent someone to kill him. Heller survived the assassination attempt and, enraged that he was betrayed by the FBI when he had in fact not turned, continued to live his life as Primo Sparazza (where he later had a child - Buddy Israel - with a showgirl). Primo Sparazza's previous identity as FBI agent Freeman Heller is buried in a FBI coverup.

Now, Heller/Sparazza has made a new deal with the FBI: Israel's heart for all of information he has on the Mafia. Messner doesn't care, as he is furious over Carruthers and the other deaths and believes that even if they saved Sparazza, his info may not be valid. Locke threatens to fire him after an outburst, but instead orders him to forget about the mission and leave. Messner agrees and Locke leaves the room. Messner stands for a moment before he tearfully walks into Israel and Sparazza's room. He locks the door behind him and takes a seat in between the beds. He proceeds to pull the plugs on their life support systems, and quietly lays down his gun, ammo and badge.

Seconds later, Locke, the Swede and many of the agents are desperately trying to break in and stop him. Messner continues to sit in disbelief as Buddy Israel and Primo Sparazza die.

According to Box Office Mojo, the movie grossed $14,638,755 on its opening weekend (2,218 theaters, averaging $6,599 per theater). The movie grossed a total of $35,662,731 at the domestic market, and $18,878,474 overseas (outside the U.S), making a total worldwide gross of $54,541,205. With a budget of approximately 17 million dollars, the movie is considered a moderate financial success. The movie received poor reviews, scoring a 26% on Rotten Tomatoes.

On July 17, 2007, director Joe Carnahan announced via his website that a second Smokin' Aces film was in the works and production had just been greenlit by Universal Studios. Carnahan also mentioned that the film will be a prequel to the original and will go straight to DVD. It will be called Smokin' Aces: Blowback. It has been speculated that the prequel will prominently involve the Tremor Brothers and Brian Bloom's character. Carnahan has himself mentioned the idea in interviews, but is yet to confirm.

An alternate ending can be seen on the DVD, called the "Cowboy Ending". The scene takes place directly after Locke informs Messner of the FBI's real intentions surrounding Sparazza and Israel, but rather than pulling the life support cords of Israel and Sparazza as he does in the used ending, he instead draws his weapon and empties his pistol into them.

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Taraji P. Henson

Taraji Penda Henson (born September 11, 1970) is an Academy Award-nominated American actress. She is best known for her roles as Yvette in Baby Boy (2001), Shug in Hustle and Flow (2005) and Queenie in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008).

Henson attended Oxon Hill High School in Oxon Hill, Maryland. She first attended NC A&T, where she started a major in Electrical Engineering. She later transferred to Howard University. She worked two jobs—in the morning as a secretary at the Pentagon and in the night as a singing and dancing waitress on a dinner cruise ship- The Spirit of Washington- to pay for Howard University. She graduated with a degree in Theater Arts. Her son Marcel was born in 1995. Marcel is Taraji’s son with ex-boyfriend William Lamar Johnson, who died in 2004. Taraji's father died in 2006.

Henson has also been a cast member on several television shows, including Lifetime Television's The Division and ABC's Boston Legal for one season. Her recurring appearances in television include the character Angela Scott on the ABC television show "Eli Stone" in December 2008. She has guest-starred on several television shows, such as The WB show Smart Guy playing the role of Monique (1997–1998), the Fox Television show House in 2005 and the CBS Television show CSI in 2006.

Henson made her singing debut in Hustle & Flow; she provided the vocals for the Three 6 Mafia track "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp". The song won an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2006, giving Three 6 the distinction of becoming the first Black hip-hop act to win in the category. Henson performed the song at the Oscars on March 5, 2006 with the group.

Henson has made several appearances on music videos. Henson appeared in the rapper Common's music video called "Testify" in 2005 as the wife of a soon to be convicted murderer. On December 5, 2008, Jamie Foxx premiered his new music video "Just Like Me" on TBS featuring T.I. and Henson, the latter engaging Foxx in a series of "anything you can do, I can do better" style events.

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