American Graffiti is a 1973 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film directed and co-written by George Lucas starring Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Harrison Ford, Charles Martin Smith, Cindy Williams, Candy Clark, Mackenzie Phillips, Bo Hopkins, and Wolfman Jack. Suzanne Somers and Joe Spano also appear in the film.


Set in Modesto, California in 1962, the film is a study of the cruising and rock and roll cultures popular among the post–World War II baby boom generation. The film is told in a series of vignettes, telling the story of a group of teenagers and their adventures over a single night.

The genesis of American Graffiti was in Lucas‘ own teenage years in early 1960s Modesto. He was unsuccessful in pitching the concept to financiers and distributors but found favor at Universal Pictures after United Artists, 20th Century Fox, Columbia Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Warner Bros., and Paramount Pictures turned him down. Filming was initially set to take place in San Rafael, California, but the production crew was denied permission to shoot beyond a second day.


American Graffiti premiered on August 2, 1973 at the Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland and was released on August 11, 1973 in the United States. The film received widespread critical acclaim and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. Produced on a $777,000 budget, it has become one of the most profitable films of all time. Since its initial release, American Graffiti has garnered an estimated return of well over $200 million in box office gross and home video sales, not including merchandising. In 1995, the United States Library of Congress deemed the film “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry.


In early September 1962 in Modesto, California, on the last evening of summer vacation, recent high school graduates and longtime friends, Curt Henderson and Steve Bolander, meet John Milner, the drag-racing king of the town, and Terry “The Toad” Fields in the parking lot of the local Mel’s Drive-In diner. Curt and Steve are scheduled to travel the next morning to Northeastern United States to start college. Despite receiving a $2,000 scholarship from the local Moose Lodge, Curt has second thoughts about leaving Modesto. Steve gives Toad his 1958 Chevrolet Impala to watch while he’s away at college until he returns at Christmas. Steve’s girlfriend, Laurie, who is also Curt’s sister, arrives in her car. Steve suggests to Laurie, who is already glum about him going to college, that they see other people while he is away in order to “strengthen” their relationship. Though not openly upset, she is displeased with his proposal which affects their interactions the rest of the evening.


Curt accompanies Steve, last year’s high school student class president, and Laurie, the current head cheerleader, to the back-to-high-school sock hop. In one story line, Curt is desperate to find a beautiful blonde girl driving a white 1956 Ford Thunderbird that he sees en route to the dance: at a stoplight, she appears to say “I love you” before disappearing around the corner. After leaving the hop, Curt is coerced by a group of greasers (“The Pharaohs”) to participate in an initiation rite that involves hooking a chain to a police car and ripping out its back axle. The Pharaohs tell Curt that “The Blonde” is a trophy wife or prostitute, but he refuses to believe either.

Determined to get a message to the blonde girl, Curt drives to the local radio station to ask DJ Wolfman Jack, who is omnipresent on the car radios, to announce a message for the blonde girl. Inside the radio station, Curt encounters a bearded man who tells him that the voice of The Wolfman is pre-taped from afar.

The man still accepts the message from Curt to see what he could do. As he is leaving the station, Curt sees the man talking into the microphone and hears the voice of The Wolfman, and realizes the man is the actual DJ himself.


Sure enough, The Wolfman eventually reads the message on the radio for “The Blonde” to meet Curt or call him at a number which happens to be a telephone booth. Curt waits by the telephone booth and early the next morning, he is awakened by the phone ringing. It turns out to be “The Blonde” who says she knows him and maybe she would see him cruising the coming night. Curt replies probably not, intimating that he decided to go to college and will be leaving that morning.

The Toad, in Steve’s car, and John, in his yellow 1932 Ford Deuce Coupé hot rod, cruise the strip of Modesto. Toad, who is normally socially inept with girls, successfully picks up a flirtatious, and somewhat rebellious, girl named Debbie. John inadvertently picks up Carol, an annoying 12-year-old who seems fond of him. Another drag racer, the handsome and arrogant Bob Falfa, is searching out John in order to challenge him to a race.

Steve and Laurie have a series of arguments and make-ups through the evening. They finally split and, as the story lines intertwine, Bob Falfa picks up Laurie in his black 1955 Chevrolet One-Fifty Coupé. Bob finally finds John and goads him into racing. A parade of cars follow them to “Paradise Road” to watch the race. Laurie rides shotgun with Bob as Toad starts the race. As Bob begins taking a lead in the race, he loses control of the car when a front tire blows, and the car plunges into a ditch and rolls over. Steve and John leap out of their cars and rush to the wreck as a dazed Bob and Laurie stagger out of the car before it explodes. Distraught, Laurie grips Steve tightly and begs him not to leave her. He assures her that he will stay in Modesto.

At the airfield in the morning, Curt says goodbye to his parents, his sister Laurie, Steve, John and The Toad. As the plane takes off, Curt, gazing out of the window, sees the white Ford Thunderbird belonging to the mysterious blonde driving down a country road.

An on-screen epilogue reveals that

John is killed by a drunk driver in December 1964,

Toad is reported missing in action near An Lộc in December 1965,

Steve is an insurance agent in Modesto, California,


Curt is a writer living in Canada.


Richard Dreyfuss as Curt Henderson

Ron Howard as Steve Bolander

Paul Le Mat as John Milner

Charles Martin Smith as Terry “The Toad” Fields

Cindy Williams as Laurie Henderson

Candy Clark as Debbie Dunham

Mackenzie Phillips as Carol Morrison

Wolfman Jack as himself

Bo Hopkins as Joe Young

Manuel Padilla, Jr. as Carlos

Harrison Ford as Bob Falfa

Lynne Marie Stewart as Bobbie Tucker

Terry McGovern as Mr. Wolfe

Kathleen Quinlan as Peg

Scott Beach as Mr. Gordon

Susan Richardson as Judy

Kay Lenz as Jane

Joe Spano as Vic

Debralee Scott as Falfa’s Girl

Suzanne Somers as “The Blonde” in T-Bird

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NCIS New Orleans

NCIS: New Orleans is an American television series combining elements of the military drama and police procedural genres that premiered on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, following its parent series NCIS. The pilot was written by  Gary Glasberg. ( Gary Glasberg died the 28th September 2016  RIP) 


 The series’ executive producers are Glasberg, Mark Harmon, Jeffrey Lieber, and James Hayman. The series is set and filmed in New Orleans. It is the third member of the NCIS franchise.

On January 12, 2015, NCIS: New Orleans was renewed for a second season, that premiered on September 22, 2015.

 Daryl Mitchell and Shalita Grant, who had been recurring cast members, became series regulars.

On March 25, 2016, CBS renewed the series for a third season, which premiered on September 20, 2016.

 Zoe McLellan, who plays Agent Brody will leave “for creative reasons”, and Vanessa Ferlito will join the cast as Special Agent Tammy Gregorio, a series regular.

NCIS: New Orleans follows a fictional team of Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) agents stationed out of New Orleans, Louisiana. The NCIS office handles cases from the Mississippi River to the Texas Panhandle.

 Living and working out of his office, Special Agent Dwayne Cassius Pride (Scott Bakula) heads a team of special agents including Christopher LaSalle (Lucas Black), a former sheriff’s deputy recruited by Pride following Katrina; Tammy Gregorio (Vanessa Ferlito), a Washington FBI Agent assigned to Pride’s team at his request;

Meredith Brody (Zoe McLellan), a transfer from the NCIS Great Lakes field office, has worked as a Special Agent Afloat and is keen to leave her past behind as she moves to New Orleans; Sonja Percy (Shalita Grant), a former ATF Special Agent and LaSalle’s partner; and Patton Plame (Daryl Mitchell), a computer specialist.

They are assisted by Dr. Loretta Wade (C. C. H. Pounder), a forensic pathologist and medical examiner, and Sebastian Lund (Rob Kerkovich), a criminalist and forensic investigator assigned to the Jefferson Parish Medical Examiner’s Office.


Cast and characters

Main article: List of NCIS: New Orleans characters

Scott Bakula as Dwayne Cassius Pride, NCIS Supervisory Special Agent.

Lucas Black as Christopher LaSalle, NCIS Special Agent.

Zoe McLellan as Meredith Brody, NCIS Special Agent (seasons 1–2).

Rob Kerkovich as Sebastian Lund, forensic scientist.

CCH Pounder as Loretta Wade, medical examiner.

Shalita Grant as Sonja Percy (season 2–; recurring: season 1), NCIS Special Agent.

Daryl “Chill” Mitchell as Patton Plame (season 2–; recurring: season 1), NCIS computer specialist.

Vanessa Ferlito as Tammy Gregorio (season 3–), FBI Special Agent.








Linda Hunt aka Hetty from “N.C.I.S” (los angeles)






Linda Hunt, de son vrai nom Lydia Susanna Hunter, est une actrice américaine née le 2 avril 1945 àMorristown (New Jersey).


Lydia Susanna Hunter (born April 2, 1945), better known by her stage name Linda Hunt, is an American film, stage and television actress known for her role as Henrietta Lange in the CBS series NCIS: Los Angeles.



Elle est la fille d’Elsie Doying, professeur de piano, et de Raymond Davy Hunter, vice-président d’une compagnie pétrolière de Long Island, la Harper Fuel Oil. Elle a une sœur, Marcia.

Linda Hunt a étudié à l’université Interlochen Arts Academy. Elle a obtenu l’Oscar de la meilleure actrice dans un second rôle en 1984 pour son rôle dans L’Année de tous les dangers de Peter Weir.

Elle a servi de modèle à Brad Bird pour le personnage d’Edna E. Mode dans Les Indestructibles.

Elle est atteinte de nanisme hypophysaire (et non du syndrome de Turner comme écrit dans certains blogs), ce qui fait qu’elle a une taille (1,45 m) bien en dessous de la moyenne.






After making her film debut playing Mrs. Oxheart in Popeye (1980), Hunt portrayed the male character Billy Kwan, her breakthrough performance, in The Year of Living Dangerously (1982). Her role as Billy Kwan earned her an Academy Award, an Australian Film Institute Award, a Golden Globe nomination and various other awards.

She has had great success in films such as The Bostonians (1984), Dune (1984), Silverado (1985), Eleni (1985), Waiting for the Moon (1987), She-Devil (1989), Kindergarten Cop (1990), If Looks Could Kill (1991), Rain Without Thunder (1992), Twenty Bucks (1993), Younger and Younger (1993), Prêt-à-Porter (1994), Pocahontas (1995), The Relic (1997), Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World (1998), Dragonfly (2002), Yours Mine and Ours (2005) and Stranger Than Fiction (2006).

Hunt has also had a successful television career. She played Rose in the television movie Basements (1987) and narrated in the television movie The New Chimpanzees. She guest starred on Hallmark Hall of Fame in both 1978 and 1987, Space Rangers in 1993, Carnivale in both 2003 and 2005, Without a Trace in 2008, The Unit in 2008 and Nip Tuck in 2009. From 1997 to 2002, Hunt played the recurring role of Judge Zoey Hiller on The Practice. She currently portrays Henrietta ‘Hetty’ Lange on the CBS television series NCIS  Los Angeles, a role she has held since the 2009 debut, for which she has received two Teen Choice Awards. She is also the narrator in the God of War video game franchise.

Hunt was born in Morristown, New Jersey, and raised in Westport, Connecticut. She is one of the two daughters of Raymond Davy Hunter, vice president of Harper Fuel Oil on Long Island, and Elsie Doying Hunter, a piano teacher who taught at the Westport School of Music and accompanied the Saugatuck Congregational Church choir. Hunt attended the Interlochen Arts Academy and the Goodman School of Drama in Chicago (now part of DePaul University)





Hunt’s film debut in 1980 was in Robert Altman’s musical comedy Popeye. Two years later, she co-starred as Billy Kwan in The Year of Living Dangerously, Peter Weir’s film adaptation of the novel of the same name.

For her role as the male Chinese-Australian photographer Billy Kwan, Hunt won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1983, becoming the first person to win an Oscar for playing a character of the opposite sex.

In addition, the character was Asian and had the condition of dwarfism. In her screen test, Hunt wore a hairpiece, a fake moustache, and “paste-on pieces above her eyes to appear Oriental”.

To accomplish the role during production, Hunt shortened “her hair and dyed it black, wore padding around her waist, shaved her eyebrows, and carried something in her shirt pocket.” In her 1986 interview with the Bomb magazine, Hunt remarked that Billy Kwan “is supra-personal with layers of sexual ambiguity.”

Hunt also played a nurse in She-Devil (1989) and the austere school principal opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in Kindergarten Cop in 1990.


Also a well known stage actress, Hunt has received two Obie awards and a Tony Award nomination for her theatre work.

She created the role of Aunt Dan in Wallace Shawn’s play Aunt Dan and Lemon. She portrayed Sister Aloysius in the Pasadena Playhouse production of John Patrick Shanley’s play Doubt.

She was praised for her performance as the title character in Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children.

Hunt also appeared as Pope Joan in Caryl Churchill’s “Top Girls” when London’s Royal Court Theatre’s production was staged at the Public Theater in New York. In an interview with writer Craig Gholson and actor Vincent Caristi, Hunt discusses her experience acting in theatre, “Acting onstage is like an explosion each night.

And what comes in at you all the time as you are trying to  create something which is a tremendous act of organization and concentration.”.


Her television appearances include recurring roles as Judge Zoey Hiller on David E. Kelley’s series The Practice and as Dr. Claire Bryson on Without a Trace. She has narrated several installments of The American Experience on PBS.

She now plays the role of an operations manager and supervisor on the CBS fall show NCIS: Los Angeles with Chris O’Donnell, LL Cool J, Daniela Ruah, Eric Christian Olsen and Barrett Foa.




Voice work

Hunt has a rich, resonant voice, which she has used in numerous documentaries, cartoons, and commercials. She is the on-air host for City Arts & Lectures, a radio program recorded by KQED public radio at the Nourse Theater in San Francisco.

Hunt interviews celebrated writers, artists and thinkers addressing contemporary ideas and values, often discussing the creative process.

Hunt was chosen by Walt Disney Feature Animation to lend her enigmatic speaking and singing voice to Grandmother Willow in the animated musical film Pocahontas and its direct-to-video sequel Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World.

Her voice work includes also the character of “Management” in Carnivàle, and the titan Gaia, who serves as the Narrator in the God of War series of video games.

She narrated the introductory film at the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., and has also been heard in various commercials of the late 1990s for Tylenol.

Hunt narrated the PBS Nature special entitled “Christmas in Yellowstone”. She also narrated the National Geographic documentary The Great Indian Railway.


ncis Hetty










Ziva David, la star sur NCIS: Rôle joué par “Cote de Pablo”

Nous la retrouvons dans la peau d’une chanteuse sexy

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