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Desperately Seeking Susan
DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN is a 1985 American comedy-drama film directed by Susan Seidelman and starring Rosanna Arquette
Rosanna Arquette
and Madonna . Set in New York, the plot involves the interaction between two women – a bored housewife and a bohemian drifter – linked by various announcements in the personal column of a newspaper. This was Madonna’s first major screen role and the film also provided early roles for a number of other well-known performers, such as John Turturro , Laurie Metcalf
Laurie Metcalf
, Aidan Quinn
Aidan Quinn
and Steven Wright
Steven Wright
. The New York Times named the film as one of the 10 best films of 1985
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Susan Seidelman
SUSAN SEIDELMAN (born December 11, 1952) is an American film director, producer and writer. She came to prominence in the 1980s with Smithereens , the first American independent feature to be screened in Competition at the Cannes Film Festival
Cannes Film Festival
. Her next feature Desperately Seeking Susan co-starred Madonna in her first film. She-Devil
She-Devil
co-starred Roseanne Barr
Roseanne Barr
in her first feature-film role and Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
in her first starring comedic film role. Seidelman's subsequent films mix comedy with drama, blending genres and pop-cultural references with a focus on women protagonists, particularly outsiders. She also works in television and directed the pilot episode of Sex and the City
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Craig Bolotin
CRAIG MARTIN BOLOTIN is an American screenwriter and film director. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley where he studied philosophy and penned film reviews. He’s written and rewritten numerous screenplays (several unaccredited) for such directors as Ridley Scott and Francis Ford Coppola. After moving to Los Angeles, Bolotin wrote and directed the short film Sapphire Man starring Powers Boothe, which was selected to play at the Sundance Film Festival, and won the Special
Special
Gold Jury Award at the Houston International Film Festival. His screenwriting break came with his first uncredited rewrite for the critically acclaimed Desperately Seeking Susan
Desperately Seeking Susan
, starring Rosanna Arquette and Madonna. The film was named one of the 10 best films of the year by The New York Times. Arquette was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a comedy
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Rosanna Arquette
ROSANNA LISA ARQUETTE (/roʊˈsɑːnə/ roh-SAH-nə ; born August 10, 1959) is an American actress , film director , and producer . She was nominated for an Emmy Award for her performance in the 1982 TV film The Executioner\'s Song , and won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress
Actress
in a Supporting Role for the 1985 film Desperately Seeking Susan . Her other film roles include After Hours (1985), The Big Blue (1988), Pulp Fiction
Pulp Fiction
(1994) and Crash (1996)
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Aidan Quinn
AIDAN QUINN (born March 8, 1959) is an Irish-American actor, who made his film debut in Reckless (1984). He has starred in over 50 feature films, including Desperately Seeking Susan (1985), The Mission (1986), Stakeout (1987), Avalon (1990), Benny & Joon
Benny & Joon
(1993), Legends of the Fall (1994), Frankenstein (1994), Blink (1994), Michael Collins (1996), Practical Magic
Practical Magic
(1998), Song for a Raggy Boy
Song for a Raggy Boy
(2003), and Unknown (2011). Quinn has received two Primetime Emmy Award nominations for his work in An Early Frost (1985) and Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2007). He currently plays Captain Thomas "Tommy" Gregson in the CBS
CBS
television series Elementary
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Madonna (entertainer)
MADONNA LOUISE CICCONE (/tʃɪˈkoʊni/ ; born August 16, 1958) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. A leading presence during the emergence of MTV
MTV
in the 1980s, Madonna
Madonna
is known for pushing the boundaries of lyrical content in mainstream popular music, as well as visual imagery in music videos and on stage. She has also frequently reinvented both her music and image while maintaining autonomy within the recording industry. Besides sparking controversy, her works have been praised by music critics . Referred to as the "Queen of Pop ", Madonna
Madonna
is often cited as an influence by other artists . Born and raised in Michigan
Michigan
, Madonna
Madonna
moved to New York City
New York City
in 1977 to pursue a career in modern dance
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Robert Joy
ROBERT JOY (born August 17, 1951) is a Canadian actor . He is best known for his roles as Dr. Sid Hammerback in CSI: NY , Charlie Houx in Land of the Dead , Lizard in The Hills Have Eyes , Dave in Atlantic City , and Jim in Desperately Seeking Susan
Desperately Seeking Susan
. CONTENTS * 1 Early life * 2 Career * 3 Personal life * 4 Filmography * 4.1 Film * 4.2 Television * 5 References * 6 External links EARLY LIFEJoy was born in Montreal
Montreal
, Quebec
Quebec
, Canada
Canada
and grew up in St John\'s , Newfoundland . He is the son of Flora Louise (née Pike) and Dr. Clifton Joseph Joy , a physician and politician. He attended Corpus Christi College, Oxford , on a Rhodes Scholarship and Memorial University of Newfoundland
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Thomas Newman
THOMAS MONTGOMERY NEWMAN (born October 20, 1955) is an American composer best known for his many film scores . Newman has been nominated for fourteen Academy Awards
Academy Awards
and three Golden Globes , and has won two BAFTAs , six Grammys and an Emmy Award . Newman was honored with the Richard Kirk award at the 2000 BMI Film and TV Awards. The award is given annually to a composer who has made significant contributions to film and television music
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Edward Lachman
EDWARD LACHMAN, A.S.C. (born March 31, 1948) is an American cinematographer and director. Lachman is mostly associated with the American independent film movement, and has served as director of photography on films by Todd Haynes (including _ Far From Heaven _ in 2002, which earned Lachman an Academy Award
Academy Award
nomination ), Ulrich Seidl , Wim Wenders , Steven Soderbergh and Paul Schrader . His other work includes Werner Herzog 's _La Soufrière _ (1977), _Desperately Seeking Susan _ (1985), Sofia Coppola 's directorial debut, _The Virgin Suicides _ (1999), Robert Altman 's last picture _A Prairie Home Companion _ (2006), and Todd Solondz 's _Life During Wartime _ (2009). He is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers . In 1989, Lachman co-directed a segment of the anthology film _ Imagining America _
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Andrew Mondshein
ANDREW STEVEN MONDSHEIN (born February 28, 1957) is an American film editor with more than 25 film credits. He was widely recognized for his editing of the film The Sixth Sense ( M. Night Shyamalan , 1999); he was nominated for the Academy Award , the BAFTA Award , the ACE Eddie , and he won the Satellite Award . CONTENTS * 1 Life and career * 2 Filmography * 3 References * 4 External links LIFE AND CAREERMondshein grew up on the east coast of the United States, and received a bachelor\'s degree from the University of Florida . His first credits are as an assistant editor on two 1982 films directed by Sidney Lumet , Deathtrap and The Verdict . He went on to edit five of Lumet's films between 1984 and 1992. Mondshein was among the first film editors to adopt electronic techniques (on the film Power (Lumet-1986))
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Orion Pictures
ORION PICTURES CORPORATION is an American motion picture producer and distributor that produced and released films from 1978 until 1999, and was also involved in television production and syndication throughout the 1980s until the early 1990s. It was formed in 1978 as a joint venture between Warner Bros. and three former top-level executives of United Artists . Although it was never a large motion picture producer, Orion achieved a comparatively high reputation for Hollywood quality. Woody Allen , James Cameron , Jonathan Demme , Oliver Stone , and several other prominent directors worked with Orion during its most successful years from 1978 to 1992. Of the films distributed by Orion, four won Academy Awards for Best Picture : _Amadeus _ (1984), _Platoon _ (1986), _ Dances with Wolves _ (1990), and _The Silence of the Lambs _ (1991)
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Comedy-drama
COMEDY-DRAMA, occasionally known as DRAMEDY (portmanteau of words DRAMa and comEDY), is a subgenre in contemporary forms of TRAGICOMEDY , especially in television, that combines elements of comedy and drama. HISTORYThe advent of radio drama , cinema , and in particular television created greater pressure in marketing to clearly define a product as either comedy or drama. While in live theatre the difference became less and less significant, in mass media comedy and drama were clearly divided. Comedies were expected to keep a consistently light tone and not challenge the viewer by introducing more serious content. By the early 1960s, television companies commonly presented half-hour-long "comedy" series or hour-long "dramas"
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John Turturro
JOHN MICHAEL TURTURRO (Italian pronunciation: ; born February 28, 1957) is an Italian -American actor, writer and filmmaker known for his roles in the films Do the Right Thing (1989), Miller\'s Crossing (1990), Barton Fink (1991), Quiz Show (1994), The Big Lebowski (1998), O Brother, Where Art Thou?
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
(2000) and four entries in the Transformers film series , most recently The Last Knight (2017). He has appeared in over sixty films and has worked frequently with the Coen brothers , Adam Sandler and Spike Lee
Spike Lee
. An Emmy Award winner, Turturro has also been nominated for four Screen Actors Guild Awards and two Golden Globe Awards
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Laurie Metcalf
LAURA ELIZABETH "LAURIE" METCALF (born June 16, 1955) is an American actress. Metcalf began her career with the Steppenwolf Theater Company and frequently works in Chicago theater , including the 1983 revival of Balm in Gilead . In 1988, Metcalf was cast as Jackie Harris on the ABC sitcom Roseanne , a role she played until 1997. She won three Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (1992-1994), and well as was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards . A ten-time Emmy Award nominee, Metcalf' television credits include 3rd Rock from the Sun , The Norm Show , Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
, and The Big Bang Theory
The Big Bang Theory
. From 2013 to 2015 she played a leading role of Dr
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Steven Wright
STEVEN ALEXANDER WRIGHT (born December 6, 1955) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and an Oscar -winning film producer. He is known for his distinctly lethargic voice and slow, deadpan delivery of ironic , philosophical , and sometimes nonsense jokes , paraprosdokians , non sequiturs , anti-humor , and one-liners with contrived situations. Wright was ranked as the twenty-third greatest comedian by Comedy Central in a list of the 100 greatest stand-up comics. He was awarded the Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Live Action Short Film
Film
for his 1988 short film The Appointments of Dennis Jennings
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The New York Times
_THE NEW YORK TIMES_ (sometimes abbreviated _NYT_ and _THE TIMES_) is an American daily newspaper , founded and continuously published in New York City