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Banlieue 13

Film (2004; vt District 13, 2006). EuropaCorp presents a co-production in association with TF1 Films Production with the participation of Canal+. Directed by Pierre Morel. Written by Luc Besson and Bibi Naceri. Cast includes David Belle, François Chattot, Tony D'Amario, Samir Guesmi, Bibi Naceri, Patrick Olivier, Cyril Raffaelli, Dany Verissimo and Nicolas Woirion. Colour. 84 minutes. / A free-runner and an undercover policeman foil a government plot to set off a neutron Weapon in a ...

Noll, Arthur Howard

(1855-1930) US author of In Quest of Aztec Treasure (1911) with Bourdon Wilson, a Lost World tale set in Mexico; he also wrote A Short History of Mexico (1890), and other studies of that land. [JC]

von Däniken, Erich

(1935-    ) Swiss author of a series of purportedly nonfiction books, beginning with Erinnerungen an die Zukunft (1968; trans Michael Heron as Chariots of the Gods? 1969), which, based on a mass of often suspect and internally inconsistent data, argues that the Earth was visited by at least one Alien spacefaring race before and at the dawn of historical time; thus, for example, the Great Pyramid (a Cryogenic chamber) and the Easter Island statues (images of the visiting ...

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Film (2004). Focus Features presents an Anonymous Content production in association with This is That. Directed by Michel Gondry. Written by Charlie Kaufman; story by Kaufman, Gondry, & Pierre Bismuth. Cast includes Jim Carrey, Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Wilkinson, Kate Winslet and Elijah Wood. 108 minutes. Colour. / Joel Barish (Carrey) character discovers that his girlfriend Clementine Kruczynski (Winslet) has had her memories of him erased by a company offering a targeted ...

Faculty, The

Film (1998). Dimension Films presents a Los Hooligans production. Directed by Robert Rodriguez. Written by Bruce Kimmel, David Wechter and Kevin Williamson. Cast includes Jordana Brewster, Clea DuVall, Laura Harris, Josh Hartnett, Shawn Hatosy, Piper Laurie, Bebe Neuwirth, Robert Patrick and Elijah Wood. 104 minutes. Colour. / Students foil an Invasion of cephalopod-specific parasites centred on their high school faculty in contemporary Ohio. The Aliens first co-opt football coach Joe ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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