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Who is Joseph Rogan?

Who is Joseph Rogan? The entertainment and commentating world knows him as Joe Rogan  who is an American comedian, video blogger, actor, writer, martial artist, activist and color commentator for the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Early life

Rogan was born on August 11, 1967, in Newark, NJ; he lived in several cities as a child (primarily Boston) and was prone to behavioral problems until discovering Tae Kwon Do in his early teens.[1][2]

Career

Acting

In 1994, Rogan co-starred on the Fox comedy Hardball as Frank Valente, the young, ego-centric star player on a fictional professional baseball team. [3] The show was cancelled after nine episodes.
From 1995-1999, Rogan co-starred on the critically acclaimed comedy NewsRadio. He portrayed Joe Garrelli, the electrician at WNYX, a news radio station in New York City. [4][5]
In 2002, he appeared on one episode of Just Shoot Me as Chris, Maya Gallo’s boyfriend.

Martial arts

During high school, Rogan was a practitioner of Taekwondo and gained a black belt at age 15. He went on to become a four-time state champion in Massachusetts, and a U.S. Open Taekwondo champion. His record as a kickboxer is 2-1.
In 1996, Rogan began training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under the Carlson Gracie at his school in Hollywood, California. After Gracie relocated to Chicago, Rogan later began training under Jean Jacques Machado, (a cousin of the Gracie family), eventually earning his brown belt under Machado.[6] In addition, Rogan holds a brown belt in 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu under Eddie Bravo.

Commentating

Rogan began working for the UFC in 1997, making his debut interviewing fighters at UFC 12: Judgement Day in Dothan, Alabama, before eventually becoming a color commentator for the promotion.[7]

Hosting

Rogan worked on the TV series Fear Factor, as a host of the United States version of the show. He hosted from June 11, 2001 through September 12, 2006 before the show was canceled by NBC. Rogan will return as the host of Fear Factor in an upcoming rebooted edition of the show, which will air fall 2011 on NBC.[8]
In December 2009, Rogan began hosting a regular podcast with concurrent live Ustream availability.[9] Frequently co-hosted by his friend and the show’s producer Brian “Redban” Reichle, the podcast features an array of guests from the pursuits of comedy, acting and Mixed Martial Arts. Now known as The Joe Rogan Experience, the show is regularly found in the Apple iTunes top 10 most downloaded comedy, and was named one of iTunes “Best of 2010” audio podcasts in its first year. He refers to himself as a werewolf commonly on the podcast, admittedly after the Twilight series.

Personal life

Family

Jerri Rogan

On May 21, 2008, Rogan announced on the Kevin and Bean radio show in Los Angeles that his girlfriend Jessica had a baby girl, and confirmed the news on his fan forum.[10] The couple married in 2009. On episode 22 of The Joe Rogan Experience (recorded May 25, 2010), Rogan announced that “baby Rogan number two was just born the other day”.[11][12]

Religion

Although raised Roman Catholic,[13] Rogan stated in September 2010, during a guest appearance on the Alex Jones radio show, that he does not follow any organized religions because he feels it is all the work of man. Rogan also said that he is not completely opposed to the concept of a “higher power” such as a God, however views the concept of God as part of nature that exists in everything.

Psychedelics

One of the recurring themes in his stand-up comedy and life is the use and support of cannabis, psilocybin mushrooms, and DMT. Rogan supports the medical and recreational use of cannabis.[14] He has also starred in the marijuana documentary The Union: The Business Behind Getting High. He has an isolation tank in his basement.[15] Rogan was featured in the 2010 History Channel documentary, Marijuana: A Chronic History, as an advocate of legalized medical use of marijuana. He is also the presenter of the 2010 documentary, DMT: The Spirit Molecule, released in October 2010.

Controversy

Carlos Mencia

On February 10, 2007, Rogan confronted comedian Carlos Mencia on stage at the Comedy Store on Sunset, accusing him of plagiarism. Rogan posted a video of the altercation with audio and video clips from other comedians, including George Lopez, Reverend Bob Levy, Bobby Lee and Ari Shaffir, among others.[16]

Comedy recordings

  • I’m Gonna Be Dead Someday (CD) (August 22, 2000)
  • Live from the Belly of the Beast (DVD) (May 4–5, 2001)
  • Joe Rogan: Live (DVD) (September 1, 2006)
  • Shiny Happy Jihad (CD) (April 10, 2007)
  • Talking Monkeys In Space (CD & DVD) (2010) Comedy Central Records

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Who is Christopher Edward Hansen?

Who is Christopher Edward Hansen? The entertainment and new reporting world know Chris Hansen as an American television infotainment personality. He is known for his work on Dateline NBC, in particular the former segment known as To Catch a Predator, which revolved around catching potential Internet sex predators using a sting operation.

Hansen was born March 26, 1959 in Lansing, Michigan but grew up in northern Detroit suburbs of West Bloomfield and Birmingham. In an interview with the Lansing City Pulse, Hansen said that watching the FBI and police investigate the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa inspired him to become a journalist.[2] He graduated from Michigan State University College of Communication Arts and Sciences in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications.[1][

Career

Hansen became a reporter for Lansing NBC affiliate WILX in 1981 during his senior year at Michigan State University.[1][2] He then reported for WFLA in Tampa, various radio stations and newspapers in Michigan, WXYZ in Detroit, and WDIV as an investigative reporter and anchor from 1988.[1] In May 1993, Hansen joined NBC News as a correspondent for the newsmagazine Now with Tom Brokaw and Katie Couric.[1]

Dateline NBC

Hansen’s notable work for Dateline includes coverage of the Columbine massacre, the Oklahoma City terrorist attack, the Unabomber and the TWA Flight 800 disaster; as well as investigative reports on Indian child slave labor and on counterfeit prescription drug sales in China. Hansen was responsible for most of Dateline’s coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, as well as stories on terrorist groups and the operations of Al-Qaeda. He exposed how a group linked to Osama Bin Laden had tried to buy missiles and nuclear weapons components, and he also worked on an exclusive report detailing an attempted 1994 terrorist attack in France. His series on the lack of security at airports resulted in the Federal Aviation Administration opening an investigation and ultimately revising its policies.[1]

To Catch a Predator

In conjunction with the website Perverted-Justice, Hansen hosted a series of Dateline NBC reports under the title To Catch a Predator. Volunteers from Perverted-Justice impersonated teenagers online and arranged to meet with adults for sex. The meeting places were usually “sting houses”, where camera crews from NBC and sometimes police awaited the would-be pedophile.[3]
Capitalizing on the success of Hansen and his Predator investigations, Dateline NBC created three Tuesday night spin-offs of its original concept; Hansen hosted To Catch a Con Man and To Catch an I.D. Thief.[1] In March 2007, Hansen’s book, To Catch a Predator: Protecting Your Kids from Online Enemies Already in Your Home, was released in the American market.

Louis Conradt, Jr. controversy

Louis William “Bill” Conradt, Jr. was a district attorney in Texas who became inextricably linked to To Catch a Predator after he committed suicide when the Kaufman County SWAT team entered his house, with Dateline cameras recording the action.
Conradt’s death prompted criticism of the show, already attacked by some in the legal and journalistic profession for breaking down the walls between the press and the police. A year later, Rolling Stone and Esquire magazines published articles criticizing To Catch a Predator. Hansen was criticized for his predator series; among the accusations he faced was that he colluded with law enforcement authorities to conduct the stings. Hansen denied these accusations, claiming that he and law enforcement agencies conducted “parallel investigations” and that he barely talked to law enforcement during the cases. In the Esquire article, Luke Dittrich accused Hansen of deception.[4]
In September 2007, Esquire interviewed Hansen about the show and, in particular, the case of Conradt. In the interview, Hansen defended To Catch a Predator and its practices, but admitted he never saw the MySpace page that he mentioned in his own blog and on the show to incriminate Conradt.[5]
According to the Esquire interview, Murphy detective Sam Love claims that Hansen asked the Murphy Police Department to obtain a search warrant for Conradt, since Conradt had stopped communicating with the decoy.[5] Hansen denied doing so, and claimed no knowledge of anyone from NBC or Perverted-Justice making such a request. Hansen admitted to several other inconsistencies or gaps in his personal memory. He claimed that NBC cameramen were never on Conradt’s property; footage obtained by Esquire showed a cameraman on the property even before Kaufman County, Texas SWAT team members had arrived. Hansen claimed that members from Perverted-Justice were never at the scene.[5]
In June 2008, NBC settled a lawsuit with Patricia Conradt, the sister of Louis Conradt. The amount of the settlement is not public.[6] The Los Angeles Times reported that To Catch a Predator was being dropped from regular production as a result of the controversies surrounding it.[7]
State investigators subsequently found three laptops, a cell phone and several computer disks in Conradt’s home, all containing child pornography.[8]

Appearances

Hansen has appeared on such television programs as The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Adam Carolla Show, Today, Scarborough Country, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Rise Guys Morning Show, The Don and Mike Show, The Opie and Anthony Radio Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Glenn Beck Program, and Diggnation.
On January 9, 2007, Hansen appeared on the BET news series, American Gangster. The special, which was hosted by actor Ving Rhames, focused on Detroit drug lords, the Chambers Brothers gang. Hansen gave insight into the lives of the brothers based on the reporting he had done on them in the 1980s and 1990s as a reporter for ABC affiliate WXYZ (Channel 7) and NBC affiliate WDIV (Channel 4). On January 13, 2008 he attended the NBC Golden Globes Winners Special which was poorly attended by the nominees due to the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike.[9]

Awards

Hansen has received seven Emmy Awards, four Edward Murrow awards, three Clarion awards, the Overseas Press club award, an IRE, the National Press Club award, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists Award; as well as awards for excellence from the Associated Press and United Press International.

Personal life


He is married to Mary Joan Hansen; the couple has two sons. The family resides in Connecticut.[1]

 

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Who is Isabel Rosario Dawson?

Who is Isabel Rosario Dawson? The entertainment and acting world knows Rosario Dawson  as an American actress, singer, and writer. She has appeared in films such as Kids, Men in Black II, 25th Hour, Sin City, Clerks II, Rent, Death Proof, The Rundown, Eagle Eye, Alexander, Seven Pounds, Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief and Unstoppable.

Early life

Dawson was born May 9, 1979 in New York City. Her mother, Isabel Celeste, is a writer and singer of Puerto Rican and Afro-Cuban descent. Rosario’s biological father, Patrick C. Harris.[1][2] When she was eighteen, she married Greg Dawson, a construction worker, who “loved and raised Rosario as his own daughter”[1] (Dawson has stated that “He’s always been my dad”).[2] Rosario Dawson has one younger brother, Clay (b. 1983). Her parents divorced in 2006.
At the age of 26, Dawson’s mother moved the family into an abandoned building squat on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, where she and her husband gut renovated an apartment and installed the plumbing and electrical wiring for the building, creating affordable housing where their family and two children would grow up. Dawson has cited this when explaining how she learned “If you wanted something better, you had to do it yourself.”[3][4]

Career

As a child, Dawson made a brief appearance on Sesame Street. At the age of 15, she was subsequently discovered on her front porch step by photographer Larry Clark and Harmony Korine, where Harmony lauded her as being perfect for a part he had written in his screenplay that would become the controversial 1995 film Kids. She went on to star in varied roles, ranging from independent films to big budget blockbusters including Rent, He Got Game, and Men in Black II.[5][6][7][8][9]
In 1999, Dawson teamed up with Prince for the re-release of his 1980s hit “1999.”[10] The new remixed version featured the actress in an introductory voice over, offering commentary on the state of the world in the year before the new millennium.[11] The same year, she appeared in The Chemical Brothers‘ video for the song “Out of Control” from the album Surrender.[12] She is also featured on the track “She Lives In My Lap” from the second disc of the OutKast album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, in which she speaks the intro and a brief interlude towards the end. In 2001, Rosario appeared in the movie, Josie and the Pussycats

Dawson starred as “Naturelle,” the love interest of a convicted drug dealer played by Edward Norton, in the 2002 Spike Lee film drama, 25th Hour. In the 2004 Oliver Stone film Alexander, she played the bride of Alexander the Great. In the autumn of 2005, Dawson appeared on stage as Julia in the Public Theater‘s “Shakespeare in the Park” revival of Two Gentlemen of Verona.[13] It was her first appearance on stage. “That park is so beautiful,” she said of New York’s Central Park.[14]

In the film adaptation of the popular musical Rent in 2005, she played the exotic dancer Mimi Marquez, replacing the original Mimi, Daphne Rubin-Vega, who was pregnant and unable to play the part. She also appeared in the adaptation of the graphic novel Sin City, co-directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller where she played Gail, a prostitute-dominatrix. Also in that year, she appeared in a graphically violent scene in the Rob Zombie film The Devil’s Rejects. Though the scene was cut from the final film, it is available in the deleted scenes on the DVD release.
She starred as Becky in 2006’s Clerks II, and mentioned in Back to the Well, the making-of documentary, that the donkey show sequence was what made her decide to take the role. In May of the same year, Dawson, an avid comic book fan, co-created the comic book miniseries Occult Crimes Taskforce.[15] She was at the 2007 Comic-Con to promote the comic. She co-starred with former Rent alum Tracie Thoms in the Quentin Tarantino throwback movie Death Proof in 2007, part of the Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez double feature Grind House. She teamed up with friend Talia Lugacy, whom she met at the Lee Strasberg Academy, to produce and star in Descent.[16] On July 7, 2007, Dawson presented at the American leg of Live Earth.
In 2008, Dawson starred with Will Smith in Seven Pounds and in the Steven Spielberg produced Eagle Eye. Beginning in August, she starred in Gemini Division, an online-based TV series. In the computer animated series Afterworld she voiced the character Officer Delondre Baines.[17] On January 17, 2009, Dawson hosted Saturday Night Live. Later in the year, she voiced the character of Artemis in the animated Wonder Woman film.[18]
In 2009, Dawson performed in The People Speak, a documentary feature film that uses dramatic and musical performances of the letters, diaries, and speeches of everyday Americans, based on historian Howard Zinn‘s A People’s History of the United States.[19]
In 2009, Dawson also voiced the character of Velvet Von Black in Rob Zombie’s animated feature, The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto
For the Kasabian album West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum, she is featured singing on the track, “West Ryder Silver Bullet.”
In 2010, she starred in the movies Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, as Persephone, and Unstoppable, as railway yardmaster Connie.
Dawson appeared at the 2010 MTV VMAs on September 12, 2010.[20]

Personal life

jay-z

Rosario dated rapper and businessman, Jay Z, in early 2000. She claimed in an interview with the NY Daily news that the rapper took her virginity. Dawson also dated former Sex and the City star Jason Lewis for two years. They lived together in Los Angeles until they separated in November 2006.[21] In December 2008, Dawson confirmed on the The Tonight Show with Jay Leno that she had been dating an international DJ whom she met in a French cafe.

Jason Lewis

Dawson is involved with the Lower East Side Girls Club[22][23] and supports other charities such as environmental group Global Cool, the ONE Campaign, Oxfam, Amnesty International, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Stay Close.org (a poster and public service ad campaign for PFLAG where she is featured with her uncle Frank Jump),[24] International Rescue Committee, and Voto Latino,[25][25][26] and she participated in the Vagina Monologues. She is on the V-Day Board. She attended both the Democratic National Convention as well as the Republican National Convention in 2008. In October 2008, Dawson became a spokeswoman for TripAdvisor.com’s philanthropy program, More Than Footprints,[27][28] involving Conservation International, Doctors Without Borders, National Geographic Society, The Nature Conservancy, and Save The Children. Also in October 2008, she lent her voice to the RESPECT! Campaign,[29] a movement aimed at preventing domestic violence. She recorded a voice message for the Giverespect.org Web site stressing the importance of respect in helping stop domestic violence.
Dawson is a supporter of Arsenal Football Club. On February 16, 2011, before an Arsenal FC vs FC Barcelona UEFA Champions League match, Dawson wrote on her official Twitter account: “I’ll be happy with either team winning cuz I love them both but yes I’m a Gunner first & foremost sooooo #gooooArsenal.”[30]

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Kids Ruby
1997 Girls’ Night Out Girl
1998 He Got Game Lala Bonilla
Side Streets Marisol Hidalgo
1999 Light It Up Stephanie Williams
2000 Down to You Lana
King of the Jungle Veronica
2001 Josie and the Pussycats Valerie Brown
Sidewalks of New York Maria Tedesko
Trigger Happy Dee
Chelsea Walls Audrey
2002 Ash Wednesday Grace Quinonez
Men in Black II Laura Vasquez
The Adventures of Pluto Nash Dina Lake
25th Hour Naturelle Riviera
The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest Alisa
Love in the Time of Money Anna
2003 V-Day: Until the Violence Stops Herself Documentary
This Girl’s Life Martine
Shattered Glass Andy Fox
The Rundown Mariana
2004 Alexander Roxana
This Revolution Tina Santiago
2005 Sin City Gail
Little Black Dress Haley
Rent Mimi Marquez
2006 Clerks II Rebecca “Becky” Scott
A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints Laurie
2007 Grindhouse: Death Proof Abernathy Ross
Descent Maya
Robot Chicken Clara Palmer Episode: “More Blood, More Chocolate” (3.08)
2008 Explicit Ills Babo’s Mom
Eagle Eye Zoe Perez
Gemini Division Anna Diaz 30 episodes
Seven Pounds Emily Posa NAACP Image Award For Best Actress
2009 Killshot Donna
Wonder Woman Artemis Voice
The Haunted World of El Superbeasto Velvet Von Black Voice
Un-broke: What You Need To Know About Money Herself Television special
SpongeBob’s Truth or Square Herself
The People Speak Herself Documentary
2010 Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Persephone
Unstoppable Connie Hooper
2011 Zookeeper Brenda Kayes
Girl Walks Into a Bar June
Miss Representation Herself

Awards and nominations

  • 2006, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture (Rent) Nominated
  • 2004, Rising Star Award Won
  • Black Movie Awards
  • 2006, Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Rent) Nominated
  • 2006, Best Actress (Rent) Nominated
  • 2006, Best Ensemble (Rent) Nominated
  • 2006, Best Supporting Actress (Sin City) Nominated
  • 2003, Best Supporting Actress (25th Hour) Nominated
  • 2000, Best Actress (Light It Up) Nominated
  • Broadcast Film Critics
  • 2006, Best Song (Rent) “Seasons of Love” Nominated
  • 2009, Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture (Seven Pounds) Won
  • 2006, Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture (Rent) Nominated
  • 2000, Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture (Light It Up) Nominated
  • 2006, Best Kiss (Sin City) Nominated
  • 2006, Best Supporting Actress Comedy or Musical (Rent) Won
  • 2006, Gamer’s Choice: Breakthrough Performance Won
  • 2009, Best Female Actor in a Dramatic Web Series Won
  • 2001, Film – Choice Breakout Performance (Josie and the Pussycats) Nominated
  • 2010, Choice Movie Actress: Fantasy (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief) Nominated[31]

 

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Who is Christopher Ashton Kutcher?

Who is Christopher Ashton Kutcher? The entertainment and acting world knows as Ashton Kutcher, as an American actor, producer, former fashion model and comedian, best known for his portrayal of Michael Kelso in the Fox sitcom That ’70s Show. He also created, produced and hosted Punk’d, and played lead roles in the Hollywood films Dude, Where’s My Car?, Just Married, The Butterfly Effect, The Guardian, and What Happens in Vegas. He is also the producer and co-creator of the supernatural TV show Room 401 and the reality TV show Beauty and the Geek. It was announced in May 2011 that Kutcher would replace Charlie Sheen in the hit CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men.

Early life

Kutcher was born February 7, 1978 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Larry Kutcher, a factory worker, and Diane (née Finnegan), a Procter & Gamble employee.[2][3][4] Kutcher was raised in a conservative Roman Catholic family,[5] with an older sister, Tausha, and a fraternal twin, Michael, who had a heart transplant when the brothers were young children. Kutcher attended Washington High School in Cedar Rapids for his freshman year before his family moved to Homestead, Iowa, where he attended Clear Creek Amana High School. In a 2010 interview on Late Night with David Letterman, Kutcher claimed to be an all-state linebacker who averaged 15 tackles per game in high school. According to a former coach, however, Kutcher played sparingly as a wide receiver on a team that won only two games in his entire high school football career. Kutcher also appeared in school plays.[6]
Kutcher’s brother’s cardiomyopathy caused his home life to become increasingly stressful. He has stated that “I didn’t want to come home and find more bad news about my brother” and “kept myself so busy that I didn’t allow myself to feel”.[7] Kutcher admitted that during adolescence, he contemplated committing suicide. At thirteen, he attempted to jump from a Cedar Rapids hospital balcony, with his father intervening in the incident.[8] Kutcher’s home life worsened as his parents divorced when he was sixteen. During his senior year, he broke into his high school at midnight with his cousin in an attempt to steal money; he was arrested leaving the scene. Kutcher was convicted of third-degree burglary and sentenced to three years’ probation and 180 hours of community service. Kutcher stated that although the experience “straightened him out”, he lost his girlfriend and anticipated college scholarships, and he was ostracized at school and in his community.[6]
Kutcher enrolled at the University of Iowa in August 1996, where his planned major was biochemical engineering, motivated by the desire to find a cure for his brother’s heart ailment.[4] At college, Kutcher was kicked out of his apartment for being too “noisy” and “wild”.[9] Kutcher stated, “I thought I knew everything but I didn’t have a clue. I was partying, and I woke up many mornings not knowing what I had done the night before. I played way too hard. I am amazed I am not dead.”[10] To earn money for his tuition, Kutcher worked as a college summer hire in the cereal department for the General Mills plant in Cedar Rapids, and sometimes donated blood for money.[11] During his time at UI he was approached by a scout at a bar called “The Airliner” in Iowa City and was recruited to enter the “Fresh Faces of Iowa” modeling competition. After placing first, he dropped out of college and won a trip to New York City to the International Modeling and Talent Association (IMTA) Convention. Following his stay in New York City, Kutcher returned to Cedar Rapids before relocating to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting.[9]

Career

Modeling career

After participating as a modeling contestant in an IMTA competition (losing to Josh Duhamel) in 1998, Kutcher signed with the Next modeling agency in New York, appeared in ads for Calvin Klein, modeled in Paris and Milan, and appeared in a Pizza Hut commercial.

Television and film career

After some success in modeling, Kutcher moved to Los Angeles and, after his first audition, was cast as Michael Kelso in the television series That ’70s Show, which debuted in 1998 and ended in 2006. Kutcher was cast in a series of film roles; although he auditioned but was not cast for the role of Danny Walker in Pearl Harbor (2001), (role went to Josh Hartnett),[12] he starred in several comedy films, including Dude, Where’s My Car? (2000), Just Married (2003), and Guess Who (2005). He briefly appeared in the 2003 family film, Cheaper By The Dozen, playing a self-obsessed actor. His 2004 film The Butterfly Effect was an unusually dramatic role for Kutcher, playing a conflicted young man who fell in love with a girl named Kayleigh; the film received mixed to negative reviews, but was a box-office success.[6]
In 2003, Kutcher produced and starred in his own series on MTV’s Punk’d as the host. The series involved various hidden camera tricks performed on celebrities. Kutcher is also an executive producer of the reality television shows Beauty and the Geek, Adventures in Hollyhood (based around the rap group Three 6 Mafia), and The Real Wedding Crashers and the game show Opportunity Knocks. Many of his production credits, including Punk’d, come through Katalyst Films, a production company he runs with partner Jason Goldberg.[13]
Because of scheduling conflicts with the filming of The Guardian, Ashton was forced not to renew his contract for the eighth and final season of That 70s Show, although he did appear in the first four episodes of it (credited as a special guest star) and returned for the show’s series finale.[6]
Kutcher produced and starred in the 2010 action comedy, Killers, in which he played a hitman.[14]
In May 2011, Kutcher took Charlie Sheen‘s place on Two and a Half Men.[15] Kutcher’s contract, which is for one year is believed to be worth nearly $20 million.[16]

Other work

Kutcher was part of the management team for Ooma, a tech start-up launched in September 2007. Ooma is in the Voice over Internet Protocol business and Ashton’s role was as Creative Director. He was spearheading a marketing campaign and producing viral videos to promote this service. Kutcher has also created an interactive arm of Katalyst called Katalyst Media with his partner from Katalyst Films, Jason Goldberg. Their first site is the animated cartoon Blah Girls Ooma revamped its sales and marketing strategy with a new management team in the summer of 2008, replacing Ashton Kutcher as their creative director. Rich Buchanan, from Sling Media, became Ooma’s Chief Marketing Officer.
He currently advertises for Nikon cameras.

Personal life

In 2003, Kutcher began dating actress Demi Moore. Moore and Kutcher married on September 24, 2005, in a private ceremony conducted by a Rabbi of the Kabbalah Center; the wedding was attended by about 150 close friends and family of the couple, including Bruce Willis, Moore’s ex-husband.[17] In October 2010, Kutcher and Moore met with co-director of the Kabbalah Center Rabbi Yehuda Berg in Israel.[18]

Kutcher has invested in an Italian restaurant, Dolce[6] (other owners include Danny Masterson and Wilmer Valderrama) and a Japanese-themed restaurant named Geisha House located in Atlanta, Los Angeles and New York.
Kutcher is a self-described fiscal conservative and social liberal.[19] He is a student of Kabbalah; his co-star, Natalie Portman, stated in 2011 that Kutcher “has taught me more about Judaism than I think I have ever learned from anyone else”.[20]
On September 17, 2008, Kutcher was named the assistant coach for the freshman football team at Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles. However, he was unable to return in 2009 because he was filming Spread.[21][22]

Twitter presence

On April 16, 2009, Kutcher (“aplusk”) became the first user of Twitter to have more than 1,000,000 followers,[23] beating CNN in the “Million followers contest”.[24][25][26] Kutcher announced via Twitter that he would be donating $100,000 to a charity to fight malaria. However, there have been several reports that Twitter manipulated the contest’s results by preventing users from “unfollowing” Kutcher or CNN.[27]

Controversy

In April, 2011 Kutcher and wife Demi Moore began a Public Service Announcement campaign claiming that “Real Men” do not engage the services of child prostitutes who are the victims of human trafficking. [28] Kutcher’s claims that 100,000 – 300,000 American children were sold in to sexual slavery were criticised by newspaper The Village Voice, who gave evidence to the contrary. [29] Kutcher reacted to the criticism of his campaign by linking Village Voice to child prostitution themselves and using Twitter to request that Village Voice advertisers including American Airlines, Disney and Domino’s Pizza withdraw their advertising from the publication. [30][31]

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1998–2006 That ’70s Show Michael Kelso 180 episodes
1999 Coming Soon Louie
2000 Down to You Jim Morrison
Reindeer Games College Kid
Dude, Where’s My Car? Jesse Montgomery III
2001 Just Shoot Me! Dean Cassidy 1 episode
Texas Rangers George Durham
2002 Grounded for Life Cousin Scott 1 episode
2003–2007 Punk’d Himself/Host
2003 Just Married Tom Leezak
My Boss’s Daughter Tom Stansfield
Cheaper by the Dozen Hank Supporting role
2004 The Butterfly Effect Evan Treborn Main role
2005 Guess Who Simon Green
A Lot Like Love Oliver Martin
Robot Chicken Various Voice
2006 Bobby Fisher
The Guardian Jake Fischer
Open Season Elliot Voice
2008 Miss Guided Beaux 1 episode
What Happens in Vegas… Jack Fuller Lead role
2009 Spread Nikki Main role
Personal Effects Walter[32] Main role
2010 Valentine’s Day Reed Bennet Main role
Killers Spencer Aimes Main role
2011 No Strings Attached Adam Franklin Main role
2011–present Two and a Half Men Main role

As a producer

Year Title Episodes Notes
2003–2007 Punk’d 69 episodes Executive producer/host
2003 My Boss’s Daughter Co-producer
2004 The Butterfly Effect Executive producer
You’ve Got a Friend 8 episodes Executive producer
2005–2008 Beauty and the Geek 48 episodes Executive producer
2007 Adventures in Hollyhood 8 episodes Executive producer
Miss Guided 7 episodes Executive producer
Game Show in My Head Executive producer
The Real Wedding Crashers 7 episodes Executive producer
Room 401 8 episodes Executive producer
2008 Pop Fiction Executive producer
2008–2009 Opportunity Knocks TV series (Executive producer)
2009 True Beauty Executive producer
The Beautiful Life 5 episodes
Spread
2005 A Lot Like Love
2010 Killers Executive producer

Awards

  • Kid’s Choice Awards
    • 2004 – Favorite Movie Actor for Just Married, My Boss’s Daughter and Cheaper by the Dozen – Nominated
    • 2004 – Favorite Television Actor for That ’70s Show and Punk’dWinner
    • 2005 – Favorite TV Actor for That ’70s Show and Punk’d – Nominated
    • 2007 – Favorite Voice in a Cartoon for Open Season – Nominated
  • People’s Choice Awards
    • 2010 – Favorite Web Celeb – Winner
  • Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award
    • 2000 – Sierra Award Best Male Newcomer for Dude, Where’s My Car? – Nominated
  • MTV Movie Awards
    • 2001 – Breakthrough Male Performance for Dude, Where’s My Car? – Nominated
    • 2011 – Best Comedic Performance for No Strings Attached – Pending
  • Teen Choice Awards
    • 2010 – Choice: Movie Actor Romantic Comedy for Valentine’s DayWinner

 

 

 

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Who is Angus Turner Jones?

Who is Angus Turner Jones? The entertainment and acting world knows Angus T. Jones as an American actor. He is best known for his role as Jake Harper in the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men (2003–present).

 

 

 

Career

Angus was born October 8, 1993 Aside from Two and a Half Men, Jones has also had supporting roles in the films See Spot Run, The Rookie, Bringing Down the House, George of the Jungle 2, and The Christmas Blessing.
Jones signed a contract guaranteeing him $7.9 million over two seasons (26 episodes), plus a $500,000 signing bonus. This amounts to $300,000 per episode of Two and a Half Men, making him the highest paid child star on television.[1][2]

Notable events

On June 7, 2008, Jones joined stars such as Dakota Fanning, Cuba Gooding Jr., Val Kilmer, and former Bringing Down the House co-star Kimberly J. Brown, to lend their support to the First Star Organization to help abused and neglected children.[3]
On August 26, 2008, Jones joined stars such as Madeline Zima, Thom Barry and Brandon Barash at the annual “Rock ‘N Roll Fantasy Camp.”[4]
On October 4, 2008, Jones was among many stars, including Miranda Cosgrove, Meaghan Jette Martin, Ray Liotta, Selena Gomez, and Shailene Woodley to attend the Variety’s Power of Youth benefit for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.[5]
In October 2009, his Two and a Half Men co-star Jon Cryer presented Jones with the award for the Rising Star of 2009 at the Big Brothers Big Sisters Rising Star Gala.[6]

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Simpatico Five-Year-Old
2001 See Spot Run James
Dinner with Friends Sammy TV movie
ER Sean Gattney Episode: “Quo Vadis?”
2002 The Rookie Hunter Morris
Bringing Down the House Georgie Sanderson
2003 Audrey’s Rain Tye Powell TV movie
George of the Jungle 2 George Jr.
2003–present Two and a Half Men Jake Harper Lead role
2005 The Christmas Blessing Charlie Bennett TV movie
2010 Hannah Montana Forever T.J. Guest star

 

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Who is Paula Julie Abdul?

Who is Paula Julie Abdul? The entertainment and acting world knows Paula Abdul as an American recording artist, dancer, choreographer, actress and television personality.
In the 1980s, Abdul rose from cheerleader for the Los Angeles Lakers to highly sought-after choreographer at the height of the music video era before scoring a string of pop music-R&B hits in the late-1980s and early-1990s. Her six number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 tie her for fifth among the female solo performers who have reached #1 there.[3] She won a Grammy for “Best Music Video – Short Form” for “Opposites Attract” and twice won the “Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography“.

American Idol

After her initial period of success, she suffered a series of setbacks in her professional and personal life, until she found renewed fame and success in the 2000s as a judge on the television series, American Idol, for eight years, before departing from the show. Abdul had moved on to another television series, CBS‘s Live to Dance, which debuted in January 2011. The series has since been canceled. Following her judging role in Live to Dance, Abdul moved to the American version of The X Factor with her former American Idol co-judge Simon Cowell which will premiere in September 2011.[4] She is said to be working on a new album.[5][6]

Early life

Abdul’s father, a Syrian Jew, was born in Aleppo, Syria, raised in Brazil, and subsequently emigrated to the United States;[7] Abdul’s mother, a Canadian Jew, is originally from Minnedosa, Manitoba, with ancestors from Russia and Ukraine,[8][9] and Abdul derives Canadian citizenship through her. She was June 19, 1962 she has a sister named Wendy, who is 7 years her senior. In 1980, she graduated from Van Nuys High School and was voted girl with the funniest laugh.

An avid dancer, Abdul was inspired towards a show business career by Gene Kelly in the classic film Singin’ in the Rain as well as Debbie Allen, Fred Astaire, and Bob Fosse.[10]
Abdul began taking dance lessons at an early age in ballet, Jazz, and Tap. She attended Van Nuys High School, where she was a cheerleader and an honor student. At 15, she received a scholarship to a dance camp near Palm Springs, and in 1978 appeared in a low-budget Independent musical film, Junior High School.
Abdul studied broadcasting at the California State University at Northridge. During her freshman year, she was selected from a pool of 700 candidates for the cheerleading squad of the Los Angeles Lakers NBA basketball team—the famed Laker Girls. Within three months, she became head choreographer. Six months later, she left the university to focus on her choreography and dancing career.

Career

1982-1986: Dance and choreography era

Abdul was discovered by The Jacksons, after a few of the band members had watched her while attending a Los Angeles Lakers game.[11] She was signed to do the choreography for the video to their single “Torture“.[12] “My only problem was how to tell the Jacksons how to dance,” Abdul later recalled. “Imagine me telling them what routines to do. I was young, I was scared. I’m not quite sure how I got through that.”[13] The success of the choreography in the video led to Abdul’s career of choreographer in music videos.[14] It was also due to the success of the video that Abdul was chosen to be the choreographer for the Jacksons’ Victory tour.[14]

Abdul choreographed videos for several singers throughout the 1980s, including many videos for Janet Jackson during her Control era. In 1995, Abdul released a dance workout video entitled Paula Abdul’s Get Up and Dance! (re-released on DVD in 2003), a fast-paced, hip-hop style workout. In 1998, she released a second video called Cardio Dance (re-released on DVD in 2000). In December 2005, Abdul launched a cheerleading/fitness/dance DVD series called Cardio Cheer, which is marketed to children and teenage girls involved with cheerleading and dance.
In film, Abdul choreographed sequences for the giant keyboard scene involving Tom Hanks’s character in Big. Further credits include Coming to America, Action Jackson, Jerry Maguire, The Running Man, American Beauty (1999 film), Can’t Buy Me Love (film), and Oliver Stone‘s, The Doors.[15] Television credits include The Tracey Ullman Show, American Music Awards, the Academy Awards, and several commercials, such as The King’s touchdown celebration, as seen in a string of popular Burger King television commercials that aired during the 2005–2006 NFL season.[15]

1987-1994: Forever Your Girl and Spellbound

In 1987, Abdul used her savings to make a singing demo. Although her voice was relatively untrained, her exceptional dancing proved marketable to the visually-oriented, MTV-driven, pop music industry. She was a tireless worker, and relied on input from her vocal coach and producers to improve her sound.
In 1988, Abdul released her pop debut album, Forever Your Girl. The album took 62 weeks to hit #1 on the Billboard 200 album sales chart—the longest an album has been on the market before hitting #1—and spent 10 weeks there.[citation needed] The album eventually became multi-platinum in the spring and summer of 1989, and it spawned five American Top Three singles, four of them #1s (three in 1989 and one in 1990): “Straight Up,” “Forever Your Girl,” “Cold Hearted,” and “Opposites Attract.” A remix album, Shut Up and Dance, was also released and reached #7 on Billboard’s album chart, becoming one of the most successful remix albums to date. The Grammy award-winning video for “Opposites Attract” featured an animated cat named MC Skat Kat.
At the 33rd Grammy Awards, Abdul won her first Grammy for Best Music Video for Opposites Attract,[16] She was also nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance For her song Straight Up but it lost to Bonnie Raitt‘s Nick Of Time.[16]
In the early 1990s, Yvette Marine, backing vocalist on Forever Your Girl, claimed that she sang “co-lead vocals” on the album and sued Paula and Virgin Records for compensation. After one month of court proceedings, Abdul and Virgin won the case.[17]
Abdul’s follow-up album, 1991’s Spellbound, contained another string of hits, and sold 7 million copies worldwide.[citation needed] The first single from Spellbound was the ballad, “Rush, Rush,” which topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for five consecutive weeks, and was noted for its music video and Rebel Without a Cause motif featuring Keanu Reeves in the James Dean role. “Promise of a New Day,” the second release from the album, also hit No. 1, and was followed by the Top 10 hit “Blowing Kisses in the Wind” and two Top 20 hits: “Vibeology” and “Will You Marry Me?.”[18] The album, Spellbound, retained much of the dance-oriented formula heard on her debut album. The track “U” was written for Paula by Prince.
Abdul promoted the album through the “Under My Spell Tour,” which was named by an MTV contest for fans. This tour was nearly cancelled due to an accident during rehearsals. The tour began on schedule and ran from October 1991 to the summer of 1992. In 1991, Abdul embraced advertising and starred in a popular Diet Coke commercial in which she danced with a digital image of her idol, a young Gene Kelly.

1995-2001: Head over Heels and a music hiatus

By 1995, Paula Abdul had recovered from her battle with the eating disorder bulimia nervosa and prepared to return to the spotlight with her new album Head over Heels. The first single off the album, “My Love Is for Real” featured a fusion of R&B and traditional Middle Eastern instruments, and was performed with Yemeni-Israeli singer Ofra Haza. Its accompanying Lawrence of Arabia-inspired music video was played in theaters across the world as a preface to the film Clueless. The single was a hit in the clubs (peaking at #1 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart), and made it to #28 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.
The second single, “Crazy Cool,” peaked at #13 on the dance charts. “Ain’t Never Gonna Give You Up” was the album’s third and final single. To date, Head over Heels has sold 3 million copies worldwide.

In January 1997, Abdul starred in the ABC television movie Touched by Evil,[19] playing a businesswoman who discovers that her boyfriend is a serial rapist.[20] Also that year, Abdul co-wrote the song “Spinning Around” with songwriter and producer Kara DioGuardi, who became a fellow judge on American Idol in 2009. “Spinning Around” was a dance-pop track intended to be the lead single on Abdul’s follow-up album to Head over Heels. But the album never materialized, and “Spinning Around” was instead given to Kylie Minogue. The song was highly successful, reaching #1 in numerous countries.
While Abdul took a break from the music industry, she remained busy behind the scenes. Abdul served as the choreographer for several film and theater productions, including the 1998 musical Reefer Madness and the cheerleading scenes in the 1999 film American Beauty (she had previously also choreographed the 1991 film The Doors). Abdul also co-produced a 2001 pilot episode of Skirts, a dramatic series that would have aired on MTV about a high-school cheerleading squad; Abdul was also set to appear as the head coach. The pilot never aired.[21]
In 2000, Abdul’s Paula Abdul: Greatest Hits CD was released by Virgin Records (with whom Abdul was already no longer affiliated). It included all her hit singles and other noteworthy tracks. The song “Bend Time Back ‘Round” had previously been heard only on the 1992 soundtrack for the hit television series Beverly Hills, 90210.

2002-2009: American Idol

In 2002, Abdul appeared as one of three judges for the reality television music competition show American Idol. Abdul, along with fellow judges Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson (joined by Kara DioGuardi in 2009) were to evaluate the talent of a large group of young amateur singers, eliminate most of them in various audition rounds, and then judge the finalists as American television viewers voted on which finalists would continue to each successive round, until all but the winner were eliminated. Abdul won praise as a sympathetic and compassionate judge. She seemed especially kind compared to fellow judge Simon Cowell, who was often blunt in his appraisals of the contestants’ performances. When she realized that Cowell’s over-the-top judging style was heartbreaking for many young contestants, Abdul was so horrified that she considered leaving the show. Although their differences often resulted in extremely heated on-air exchanges and confrontations, Cowell says he played a major role in convincing Abdul not to leave the show.[22]
While serving as a judge on “American Idol,” Abdul accepted a second assignment as reporter for Entertainment Tonight.
In March 2006, Fox announced that Abdul had signed to stay on American Idol as a judge for at least three more years. Later that year, fellow American Idol judge Simon Cowell invited her to be a guest judge at some of the early auditions for the third series of his similar UK talent show The X Factor. Abdul was present at the initial audition of the eventual winner, Leona Lewis.
The week of May 14 to May 18, 2007 (the week before the season 6 finale), Abdul broke her nose when she tried to “avoid tripping over her pet chihuahua.” She was present at the May 22 performance and the May 23 finale.
Abdul’s American Idol wardrobe often includes a number of necklaces, rings, bracelets, and earrings that she designs, and she often gives show contestants custom-designed jewelry. In 2007, Paula Abdul Jewelry launched its nationwide consumer debut on QVC, with the tagline “fashion jewelry designed with heart and soul.”[23] Paula’s first QVC appearance resulted in 15 sellouts of her first jewelry collection involving more than 34,000 pieces.[24] In an interview with the Los Angeles Times on July 18, 2009, Paula’s manager David Sonenberg told the newspaper that, “Very sadly, it does not appear that she’s going to be back on ‘Idol’.”[25] This came about as a result of stalled negotiations between Paula and the show. On August 4, 2009, after numerous contract negotiations, Abdul confirmed that she would not be returning to Idol for its ninth season.[26] The Times cited reports Abdul had been earning as much as $5 million per season and that she was reportedly seeking as much as $20 million to return.[27]
On August 18, 2009, it was reported that Abdul was negotiating to return to Idol after not taking part in season nine of Dancing with the Stars.[28] Two days later, Abdul’s manager said that there were not any talks with Fox, but they were not ruling anything out.[29]
Abdul claimed her departure from Idol was not about money, but that she had to stand on principle.[30]
On September 9, 2009 Ellen DeGeneres was confirmed as Abdul’s successor for Idol.[31]

2007-2011: Post-Idol projects

Paula Abdul’s second greatest-hits CD, Greatest Hits: Straight Up!, was released by Virgin Records on May 8, 2007. Virgin Records also released the music videos to all six of Abdul’s #1 singles to iTunes. Meanwhile, Bravo began airing the reality television series Hey Paula, which followed Abdul through her day-to-day life. The series was produced by Scott Sternberg Productions and debuted on June 28, 2007.[32] Abdul’s behavior as depicted on the show was described as ‘erratic’ by comedian Rosie O’Donnell[33] and decried by numerous fans and critics. The show aired for only one season.
In January 2008, Abdul returned to the music charts for the first time in nearly 13 years with the single “Dance Like There’s No Tomorrow,” the first track on the album Randy Jackson‘s Music Club Vol 1. The song debuted on On Air with Ryan Seacrest.,[34] and Abdul performed it during the pre-game show for Super Bowl XLII.[35] “Dance Like There’s No Tomorrow” was a modest comeback hit for Abdul, peaking at #62 on the Billboard Hot 100, #11 on iTunes and #2 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart. She also made a brief guest appearance in season 3 episode 1 of the British television Comedy-Drama Hotel Babylon, which aired in the United Kingdom on February 19, 2008.
In January 2009, Abdul hosted “RAH!,” a 90-minute cheerleading competition on MTV. “RAH!” featured five collegiate squads competing in a series of challenges with Abdul crowning one the winner.[36] In May 2009, Abdul debuted her latest song “I’m Just Here for the Music” (originally an unreleased song from Kylie Minogue‘s ninth album Body Language) on the Ryan Seacrest Radio KIIS-FM show and performed the single on the American Idol results show. “I’m Just Here for the Music reached #87 on the Billboard Hot 100,[37] becoming Abdul’s 15th song to appear on the chart.[38]
Paula Abdul has remained busy since leaving American Idol. She hosted “VH1 Divas Live” in September 2009, and opened the show by performing a medley of #1 hits, including “Straight Up”, “Cold Hearted”, “Opposites Attract”, and “Forever Your Girl.” Also on the program, Paula poked fun at her American Idol replacement Ellen DeGeneres.
In 2009 and 2010, Abdul appeared in several episodes of Lifetime Television’s hit series Drop Dead Diva, a comedy about a shallow model whose soul resurfaces in the body of a brilliant, plus-size and recently deceased attorney, Jane.[39] On the show, Abdul played herself as “Judge Paula,” a figment of Jane’s subconscious.[39]
In November 2010, Abdul launched and co-founded AuditionBooth.com, a website that allows aspiring talents to connect with casting directors, producers, and managers.[40]
Abdul kicked off 2011 by serving as lead judge, executive producer, creative partner, mentor and coach on CBS‘ new dancing competition, Live to Dance (formerly Got to Dance)[41] Abdul said that unlike American Idol, her new show is less about “competition” and more about “celebration.”[42] After its first season of seven weekly shows, it was cancelled by CBS.[43]

2011-present: The X Factor

On May 7, 2011, it was announced that Abdul would join Simon Cowell on the first season of the American version of The X Factor.[4] The judging panel will consist of Abdul, Cowell, music executive L.A. Reid and former Pussycat Dolls lead singer Nicole Scherzinger. The series will premiere in September 2011.

Personal life

Marriages and relationships

Brad Beckerman

Abdul was married to Emilio Estevez from 1992-1994.[44][45] Another short lived marriage for Paula Abdul was to clothing designer Brad Beckerman in 1996. They divorced in 1998 citing irreconcilable differences.

   

On Valentine’s Day 2006, Abdul appeared on Dr. Phil as part of a prime time special on love and relationships. She was set up on two dates and Phil McGraw gave her advice.In mid July 2007, Abdul announced that she had begun dating J.T. Torregiani,[46] a restaurant owner 12 years her junior.[47] She told Access Hollywood: “He is a good guy. Things are looking upwards. It’s looking good right now. I wasn’t even looking for someone and that’s what usually happens.[48] Paula and JT broke up in June 2008,[49] citing their hectic work schedules.

Legal issues

On December 20, 2004, Abdul was driving her Mercedes on an L.A.-area freeway when she changed lanes and hit another vehicle. The driver and passenger snapped a photograph with a cell phone camera and wrote down the license plate number of the car, which was traced to Abdul. On March 24, 2005, Abdul was fined $900 and given 24 months of informal probation after pleading no contest to misdemeanor hit-and-run driving in Los Angeles. In addition to the fines, she was ordered to pay $775 for damage to the other car.[50]

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy

In April 2005, Abdul revealed that she suffers from a rare neurological disorder called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (CRPS) that causes chronic pain.[51]

Victim of battery

On April 4, 2006, Abdul filed a report at a Hollywood police station claiming she had been a victim of battery at a private party at about 1 a.m. April 2, according to L.A.P.D. spokesman police Lt. Paul Vernon. “According to Abdul, the man at the party argued with her, grabbed her by the arm and threw her against a wall,” Vernon said. “She said she had sustained a concussion and spinal injuries.”[52]

Religion

Paula practices Judaism[53] and is proud of her heritage. She once stated, “My father is a Syrian Jew whose family immigrated to Brazil. My mother is Canadian with Jewish roots. My dream is to come to Israel for a real holiday.” In November 2006, Israeli Tourist Minister Isaac Herzog invited her to Israel, Abdul responding with a hug, adding, “I will come; you have helped me make a dream come true.”[54]

Activism

Paula is also a dog lover who raised awareness about National Guide Dog Month in May 2009 and she is teaming up with Dick Van Patten to help people with blindness to have more independence through the help of guide dogs.[55] She does not wear real fur.[56]

Controversies

Corey Clark

In May 2005, ABC‘s news magazine Primetime Live reported claims by Season 2 American Idol contestant Corey Clark that he and Abdul had an affair during that season, and that she had coached him on how to succeed in the competition. The fact that Clark came forward at a time when he was marketing a CD and trying to get a book deal was seen as suspicious by some, but Clark maintains that his career was being prejudiced because of his relationship with Abdul and that is why he came forward with the information to clear his name. For the most part, Abdul refused to comment on Clark’s allegations. Simon Cowell came to Abdul’s defense, calling Corey Clark a creep and stating “It was just somebody using her to get a lot of publicity for an appalling record, full stop.[citation needed] At the height of the debacle, Abdul appeared in a Saturday Night Live skit, making light of the situation.[57] While Fox launched an investigation, Abdul received numerous calls of support from celebrities, including Oprah Winfrey and Kelly Ripa; Barbara Walters even addressed the camera during an episode of ABC’s The View to say she was sad to be part of an operation that would report Clark’s flimsy tabloid claims under the guise of a news story. In August 2005, the Fox network confirmed that she would be returning to the show, as the investigation had found “insufficient evidence that the communications between Mr. Clark and Ms. Abdul in any way aided his performance.”[58]

Substance abuse allegations

Substance abuse allegations arose as the result of what some described as “erratic behavior”[51] by Abdul during episodes of American Idol. After reading these allegations on message boards, Abdul told People magazine in April 2005 that she suffered from chronic pain for years following a “cheerleading accident” at age 17 and was diagnosed with reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) in November 2004.[51] Abdul says she is now pain-free following treatment, including the anti-inflammatory medication Enbrel.[51]
Allegations arose again in January 2007 when videos circulated on the Internet of Abdul appearing to sway in her chair and slur her speech during a set of interviews.[59] Abdul’s publicist attributed this to fatigue and technical difficulties during the recording of the interviews.[59] It was revealed on the Bravo show Hey Paula, which had followed Abdul with a video camera prior to the interviews, that Abdul had not been sleeping, perhaps suffering from some mild form of insomnia.[citation needed]
In February 2007, Abdul told Us Weekly that she had never been drunk or used illegal drugs and called the allegations “lies.”[60]
In a March 2007 appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman, Abdul joked that her scrutinized behavior was caused by her being “abducted by aliens.”
In several interviews given in the late 2000s, Paula claimed to have been left in debilitating pain after a 1992 car accident and a 1993 plane crash that required 15 spinal surgeries and which left her dependent on pain medication for years.[61]
In May 2009, Ladies’ Home Journal posted an article on its Web site that said Abdul told them she attended the La Costa Resort and Spa the previous year to recover from physical dependence on prescription pain medications.[62] The medications, prescribed due to injuries and her RSD diagnosis, included a pain patch, nerve medication, and a muscle relaxant. According to the article, Abdul said the medications made her “get weird” at times and that she suffered from physical withdrawal symptoms during her recovery.[62]
Later that same week, though, in an interview with Detroit radio station WKQI, Abdul rejected the article’s accuracy. She told the radio station she never checked into a rehab clinic and never had a drug abuse problem.[63]

Tours

Discography

Studio Albums

 

 

 

Filmography

Film and television

Year Film[64] Role Notes
1978 Junior High School Sherry
1987 Can’t Buy Me Love Dancer Uncredited
1997 Touched By Evil Elle Collier TV Movie
1998 The Waiting Game Amy Fuentes TV Movie
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Herself 1 Episode
1999 The Wayans Bros. Sasha 1 Episode
Mr. Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Alan Freed Story Denise Walton TV Movie
Family Guy Herself 2 Episodes
2002–2009 American Idol Judge Guest Appearance Finale 2010 2003 Zoe’s Dance Moves Herself
2004 That’s So Raven Undercover Judge 1 Episode
2005 Romy and Michele: In the Beginning Herself TV Movie
Less Than Perfect Kathleen 1 Episode
Robots Watch Cameo
2006 The X Factor UK Guest Judge 3 Episodes
2007 Hey Paula Herself 7 Episodes, also Executive Producer
2009 RAH! Paula Abdul’s Cheerleading Bowl Herself Host
Brüno Herself Uncredited
2008 Hotel Babylon Herself Guest star
2009– present Drop Dead Diva Herself 4 episodes
2011 Live to Dance Judge
2011-present The X Factor (U.S.) Judge

As choreographer

Year Film Notes
1983 Private School
1986 A Smoky Mountain Christmas
1987 The Tracey Ullman Show Won 1989 Emmy Award for
Outstanding Achievement in Choreography
Can’t Buy Me Love
The Running Man
1988 Action Jackson
Big
Coming To America
1989 She’s Out of Control
Dance To Win
The Karate Kid, Part III
1990 17th American Music Awards Won 1990 Emmy Award for
Outstanding Achievement in Choreography
1991 The Doors Val Kilmer‘s choreographer
1996 Jerry Maguire
1999 American Beauty
2001 Black Knight
2002 The Master of Disguise

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Who is Rosie Alice Huntington-Whiteley?

Who is Rosie Alice Huntington-Whiteley?  The entertainment and movie world knows Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as an English model and actress, best known for modelling for Victoria’s Secret and for replacing Megan Fox as the lead female character in the film Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011), part of the Transformers film series.[4]

Early life and family

Huntington-Whiteley was born 18 April 1987 at the Freedom Fields Hospital in Plymouth, Devon, England. Her mother, Fiona, is a fitness instructor, and her father, Charles Andrew Huntington-Whiteley, is a chartered surveyor.[5] She has two younger siblings; a brother, Toby, and a sister, Florence. Her paternal great-great-grandfather was politician Sir Herbert Huntington-Whiteley, 1st Baronet; Herbert’s son, Eric, was the “black sheep” of the family, and had married Rosie’s great-grandmother, Enid Kohn, who was from a family of Polish Jews who immigrated to England in the 1870s.[6] Rosie’s paternal grandmother was the daughter of Jacob Franks, a Sussex surgeon.[7]
Huntington-Whiteley grew up in Tavistock, Devon, on a farm.[8] Growing up in Devon, she was bullied and teased at school for having a double-barrelled name, no breasts, and for her full lips (now one of her most famous assets).[9] She got voted Miss Big Mouth because she talked constantly and, after a growth spurt at the age of 13, Girl Most Likely To Become A Supermodel. Bored of her farm life, she was eager to get out and go to London.[3] In 2003, while studying at Tavistock College, she was discovered by Profile Model Management while seeking internships with several London based modelling agencies.[8] Her first gig in front of the camera was at 16, posing for a Levi‘s commercial. She spent all of her first cheque on a Ford Ka, even though she couldn’t drive, thinking it would be the one and only time she would ever get paid for modelling.[3]

Career

Victoria’s Secret and modelling (2006–present)

Since 2006, Huntington-Whiteley has modelled for American lingerie and beauty products brand Victoria’s Secret. The model made her Victoria’s Secret debut at the brand’s 2006 show in Los Angeles.[8]
She remained unknown in the fashion industry up until 2008, when she was cast by chief creative director Christopher Bailey, replacing Agyness Deyn for Burberry‘s fall/winter campaign with actor Sam Riley.[8][10][11] She got her first British Vogue cover, for the November 2008 issue, which saw her pictured alongside Eden Clark and Jourdan Dunn in a feature celebrating British models.[8] Harper’s Bazaars annual “Best Dressed List” placed her 6th on their list for the year 2008.[12] The following year, she was featured as the face of Karen Millen‘s spring/summer 2009 advertising campaign.[13] Huntington-Whiteley received an Elle Style Award for 2009’s “Model of the Year”.[14] She starred in a short film for Agent Provocateur playing a woman whose boyfriend forgets Valentine’s Day.[8] For fall/winter 2009, she modelled campaigns for Godiva and Miss Sixty.[15] In late 2009, Huntington-Whiteley officially became a Victoria’s Secret Angel,[8] modelling for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in New York city.[16]

In 2010, she was featured in the infamous Pirelli Calendar, photographed by Terry Richardson.[16][17] Huntington-Whiteley hit the runway for designers Prada in Milan and Giles Deacon in Paris.[18][19] For SS10 her advertising campaigns included Monsoon’s first underwear line, Thomas Wylde, Full Circle, and VS Online.[15][20] In March, she collaborated with VOGUE.COM to share her outfit choices daily for the Today I’m Wearing feature.[8] She appeared on the covers of the May 2010 issues of Harper’s Bazaar Russia and GQ UK.[21] She was featured on the cover of LOVE Magazine’s September issue, styled as a pinup girl.[22] For FW10 she modelled for Burberry as well as the company’s first Beauty line ad; her other advertising campaigns included Loewe, Thomas Wylde, and Leon Max.[15][23][24] Fashion photographer Rankin devoted a book entirely to her titled, Ten Times Rosie. Rankin thinks Huntington-Whitely puts diversity back into fashion, “We’ve been looking at very, very skinny, almost masculine girls for a long time. [Rosie] really is the model of the moment. She’s the actress of the moment. She’s definitely going to become something much, much bigger.”[25][26]
In March 2011, she landed her first solo British Vogue cover.[27] In May, she was voted No. 1 in Maxim Magazine’s “Hot 100” list.[28] She was also voted No.1 in FHM’s World’s Sexiest Woman 2011 poll.[29] She appeared on the covers of the UK’s July issues of Elle and GQ.[21][30]

Acting (2011–present)

In May 2010, it was announced that Huntington-Whiteley would replace Megan Fox as the female lead in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, released on 28th June 2011.[4] She had previously worked with the film’s director, Michael Bay, on a Victoria’s Secret commercial.[31] MTV Networks‘ NextMovie.com named her one of the ‘Breakout Stars to Watch for in 2011’.[32] Prior to the film’s release, she won the “Female Star of Tomorrow” award at the 2011 CinemaCon Awards.[33]

Personal life

Huntington-Whiteley dated Tyrone Wood, the youngest son of musician Ronnie Wood, from August 2007 until October 2009.[34] When the pair separated, she began a relationship with French actor Olivier Martinez, which ended after a few months in early 2010.[8][17] By April 2010, she was dating English actor Jason Statham.[8][35]

She has apartments in New York and London’s Maida Vale. As for her musical taste, she listens to The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac and Gregory Isaacs.[3]

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Transformers: Dark of the Moon Carly Spencer[36]

 

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Who is Don Lemon?



Who is Don Lemon? The news world knows Don Lemon as a reporter for CNN and news anchor on the prime-time weekend version of CNN Newsroom, based in Atlanta.[2]

Life and career

Lemon was born March 1, 1966, he  lives in Atlanta, Georgia. He received a degree in broadcast journalism from Brooklyn College and also attended Louisiana State University.[2][3]
While still in college, he became a news assistant at WNYW (TV 5 in New York City). He has also been a reporter and weekend anchor for WCAU (TV 10 in Philadelphia); anchor and investigative reporter for KTVI (TV 2 in St. Louis); and anchor for WBRC (TV 6 in Birmingham, Alabama).[2]
He became a reporter for NBC News‘ New York City operations, including working as a correspondent for Today and NBC Nightly News and an anchor on Weekend Today and MSNBC. In August 2003 he began at NBC O&O station WMAQ-TV (5 in Chicago), and was a reporter and the 5 p.m. local news co-anchor.[2]
Lemon joined CNN in September 2006.[2]

Personal life

During an on-air interview with members of Bishop Eddie Long‘s congregation on September 25, 2010, Lemon said that he was a victim of sex abuse as a child, and that it wasn’t until he was thirty that he told his mother about it.[4]
In his memoir, Transparent, released in May 2011, Lemon acknowledges publicly that he is gay[5] and discusses colorism in the black community, racism, homophobia, and the sexual abuse that he suffered as a child.[6]

Honors and awards

Lemon won an Emmy Award for a special report on the real estate market in Chicago. He told the New York Times that he’s gay. He received an Edward R. Murrow Award for his coverage of the capture of the D.C. area sniper, and a number of other awards for reports on Hurricane Katrina, and the AIDS epidemic in Africa.
Lemon was voted as one of the 150 most influential African-Americans by Ebony magazine in 2009.

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Who is David William Duchovny?

Who is David William Duchovny? The entertainment and acting world knows David Duchovny as an American actor, writer and director. He has won Golden Globe awards for his work as FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder on The X-Files and as Hank Moody on Californication.[1]

Early life

Duchovny was born August 7, 1960 in New York City, New York, the son of Margaret “Meg” (née Miller), a school administrator and teacher, and Amram Ducovny (1927–2003),[2] a writer and publicist who worked for the American Jewish Committee.[3][4][5] David’s paternal grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Russia, and his mother is a Lutheran immigrant from Scotland.[6][7][8][9] His father dropped the h in his last name to avoid the sort of mispronunciations he encountered while serving in the Army.[3]

Education

Duchovny attended Grace Church School and The Collegiate School For Boys; both are in Manhattan. He graduated from Princeton University[4] in 1982 with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. He was a member of the Charter Club, one of the university’s eating clubs. In 1982, his poetry received an honorable mention for a college prize from the Academy of American Poets. The title of his senior thesis was The Schizophrenic Critique of Pure Reason in Beckett‘s Early Novels.[10] Duchovny played a season of junior varsity basketball as a shooting guard and center field for the varsity baseball team.
He received a Master of Arts, also in English Literature, from Yale University and subsequently began work on a Ph.D. that remains unfinished.[4] The title of his uncompleted doctoral thesis was Magic and Technology in Contemporary Poetry and Prose.

Career

Duchovny appeared in an advertisement for Löwenbräu beer in 1987. He appears in two scenes in Working Girl (1988). He had a recurring role as a transvestite DEA agent on the series Twin Peaks and played the narrator/host in the long-running Showtime erotica/softcore TV series Red Shoe Diaries. In 1992, he played the role of Rollie Totheroh, in the biographic film Chaplin, directed by Richard Attenborough, and based on the life of Charlie Chaplin. In 1993, Duchovny began starring in the science fiction series The X-Files as FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder, a conspiracy theorist who believed his sister had been abducted by aliens.[4] The show emerged as a cult hit and quickly became one of The Fox Network‘s first major hits. Also in 1993, Duchovny was cast alongside Brad Pitt and Juliette Lewis, in the Dominic Sena-directed thriller, Kalifornia.

During The X-Files run, in between the fifth and sixth seasons, Duchovny co-starred alongside Gillian Anderson in a 1998 motion picture that continued the X-Files storyline, titled The X-Files: Fight the Future.[4] He remained with the series until quitting in 2001, partly because of a contract dispute that occurred after season seven finished filming.[12] Duchovny appeared in half of the season eight episodes, but did not appear in season nine until the series finale in 2002. He also provided the voice for a parody of his Fox Mulder character in an episode of The Simpsons, titled The Springfield Files.
Duchovny caused controversy when it became public that he was the primary reason for which filming of The X-Files series was moved from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Los Angeles in 1998. Many residents of Vancouver were upset with Duchovny over scripted jokes on Conan O’Brien‘s late night show about the city’s heavy rainfall; he joked, “Vancouver is a very nice place, if you like 400 inches of rainfall a day.” He also stated, “Of course, I’m tired of the rain. But if I wasn’t married to a woman that lives in L.A. I’d stay in Vancouver. It’s a lovely city.”[13] During the run of The X-Files, he also made several guest appearances in the cult TV satire The Larry Sanders Show, playing himself, but adding a strong attraction to Sanders. In the final episode of the series, he performed a parody of Sharon Stone‘s ‘flashing‘ scene from Basic Instinct and a parody of “Dr. Hannibal Lecter” being introduced to Agent “Clarice Starling” in The Silence of the Lambs.
Duchovny has guest hosted Saturday Night Live twice (May 13, 1995 and May 9, 1998). Both shows were season finales. In 2000 he starred in the feature film Return to Me, a romantic comedy/drama directed by Bonnie Hunt and co-starring Minnie Driver and Carroll O’Connor. In 2001 Duchovny played a hand model in the Ben Stiller comedy, Zoolander. He also played the role of Ira Kane in the movie Evolution alongside Seann William Scott that same year.
He appeared in a celebrity edition of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? in May 2000. He got to the $250,000 question, but answered his $500,000 question incorrectly and lost $218,000, leaving him with $32,000.
Duchovny provided the voice of Ethan Cole in the 2005 video game, Area 51, as well as that of the title character “XIII” in the 2003 video game XIII. In 2003 Duchovny starred in the 84th[14] episode of the HBO show Sex And The City. He played the role of Jeremy, Carrie Bradshaw‘s high-school ex-boyfriend, who has committed himself to a Connecticut mental health facility. In 2005 Duchovny, who had already made his directorial debut with an episode of The X-Files, wrote, directed, and appeared in the feature film House of D.[4] The film starred Anton Yelchin, Robin Williams, and Duchovny’s wife Tea Leoni in a coming-of-age tale.[4] It received mostly poor reviews[15] and little box office success.[16] Duchovny also directed an episode of Bones (Episode 211, “Judas on a Pole”) during its second season.
Duchovny currently plays Hank Moody, a troubled novelist in Showtime‘s series Californication. The portrayal landed him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Comedy or Musical in 2007.[17]

Personal life

Duchovny married actress Téa Leoni on May 6, 1997. In April 1999, Leoni gave birth to a daughter, Madelaine West Duchovny. Their second child, a son, Kyd Miller Duchovny, was born in June 2002. On October 15, 2008, Duchovny’s and Leoni’s representatives issued a statement that they had separated and had been for several months prior to this announcement.[18] On October 21, 2008, Duchovny’s lawyer said that he plans to sue the U.K.’s Daily Mail over an article it ran that claimed he had an affair with Hungarian tennis instructor Edit Pakay while still married to Leoni, a claim that Duchovny has denied.[19] On November 15, 2008, the Daily Mail printed a retraction stating that the story “is inaccurate and Ms. Pakay and Mr. Duchovny are only friends who used to play tennis occasionally”.[20] In June 2009, Duchovny and Leoni were seen together again. In interviews in September 2009, it was revealed that they had reconciled. Reps for Duchovny and Leoni confirmed to People magazine June 29th, 2011, that the couple had seperated.
Duchovny is a former vegetarian and a current pescatarian.[21]
In 1996, People magazine named him one of its 50 Most Beautiful People.[22]
On August 28, 2008, Duchovny announced that he had checked himself into a rehabilitation facility for treating sex addiction.[23]
In December 2009, Duchovny and his wife appeared together at the UNICEF Snowflake Ball and looked to be firmly back together as a couple.[24]
Duchovny has also remained close friends with his The X-Files costar Gillian Anderson, remarking that “it’s always very easy and natural to work with her.”
He also remains friends with Evolution co-star Julianne Moore, Kelly Preston and Quentin Tarantino.

Californication

Paul Ruffino, the studio executive in charge of casting The X-Files show and later Duchovny’s role model for the Hank Moody character on Californication, was very positive towards him. According to Carter, Duchovny turned out to be one of the best-read people he knew.[25] After getting the role, Duchovny thought the show wouldn’t last for long or that it wouldn’t make as much impact as it did. Executive producer Frank Spotnitz called portraying actor Duchovny “amazingly smart”. He further stated that Duchovny was behind some of the main characteristic ideas behind Mulder.[26]

Awards and nominations

Emmy Award

  • 1997 – Nominated – Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series – The Larry Sanders Show
  • 1997 – Nominated – Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series – The X-Files
  • 1998 – Nominated – Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series – The X-Files
  • 2003 – Nominated – Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series – Life with Bonnie

Golden Globe

  • 1995 – Nominated – Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama – The X-Files
  • 1996 – Winner – Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama – The X-Files
  • 1997 – Nominated – Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama – The X-Files
  • 1998 – Nominated – Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama – The X-Files
  • 2007 – Winner – Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy – Californication
  • 2008 – Nominated – Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy – Californication
  • 2009 – Nominated – Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy – Californication

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1988 Working Girl Tess’ birthday party friend
1989 New Year’s Day Billy
1990 Denial John
Bad Influence Club goer with glasses
1991 Twin Peaks DEA Agent Denise/Dennis Bryson TV series
Julia Has Two Lovers Daniel
Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead Bruce
The Rapture Randy
1992 Ruby Officer Tippit
Beethoven Brad
Baby Snatcher David Anderson TV movie
Red Shoe Diaries Jake Winters TV series (1992–1997) and movie
Venice/Venice Dylan
Chaplin Rollie Totheroh
1993 Kalifornia Brian Kessler
The X-Files FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder TV series (1993–2002)
1995 Saturday Night Live Host Episode 386, May 13, 1995
1996 Space: Above and Beyond Alvin EL 1543, a.k.a. “Handsome Alvin”
1997 The Simpsons FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder TV series (One episode: “The Springfield Files“)
Playing God Dr. Eugene Sands
1998 The X-Files: Fight the Future FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder
Saturday Night Live Host Episode 446, May 9, 1998
2000 Return to Me Bob Rueland
2001 Evolution Dr. Ira Kane
Zoolander J.P. Prewitt
2002 Full Frontal Bill/Gus
2003 Sex and the City Jeremy TV series (One episode: “Boy, Interrupted”)
2004 Connie and Carla Jeff
House of D Tom Warshaw Directorial debut, also wrote film
2005 Trust the Man Tom
2006 Pedigree Petfoods Voice-over “We’re for dogs” ad campaign
Queer Duck: the Movie Tiny Jesus
The TV Set Mike Klein
2007 Things We Lost in the Fire Brian Burke
The Secret (AKA Si j’étais toi) Dr. Benjamin Marris
Quantum Hoops Narrator
Californication Hank Moody TV series (2007–Present)
2008 The X-Files: I Want to Believe Fox Mulder
2010 The Joneses Steve Jones

 

 

 

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Who is Jill Scott?

Who is Jill Scott? The entertainment and music world knows Jill Scott as an American soul and R&B singer-songwriter, poet, and actress. In 2007, Scott made her cinematic debut in the films Hounddog (as Big Mama Thornton) and in Tyler Perry‘s feature film, Why Did I Get Married? That year, her third studio album, The Real Thing: Words and Sounds Vol. 3, was released on September 25, 2007. She has won three Grammy Awards. She also appeared in the lead role of the BBC/HBO series The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.

Early life

Scott was born April 4, 1972 grew up an only child in a North Philadelphia neighborhood, raised by her mother, Joyce Scott, and her grandmother. She indicated in an interview with Jet Magazine that she had a happy childhood and was “very much a loved child”.[1] Scott was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness[2] and attended the Philadelphia High School for Girls. After graduating, she attended Temple University while simultaneously working two jobs. She studied secondary education for three years and had planned to become a high school English teacher, but after spending time as a teacher’s aide, disillusionment with the teaching profession set in causing her to drop out of school.[3]
Prior to breaking through the music industry, Scott worked at a variety of jobs, including a number of retail positions and stints at a construction site and an ice cream parlor.[4] She remains close to her mother and grandmother who is nicknamed Blue Babe. Scott has resided in Mount Laurel Township, New Jersey and currently resides in California.[5]

Music career

 2000-2009: Words and Sounds

Scott began her performing career as a spoken word artist, appearing at live poetry readings to perform her work. She was eventually discovered by Amir “?uestlove” Thompson of The Roots. ?uestlove invited her to join the band in the studio. The collaboration resulted in a co-writing credit for Scott on the song, “You Got Me.” In 2000, Erykah Badu and The Roots won a Grammy for best rap performance by a duo or group for “You Got Me”, and Scott debuted as an artist during a Roots live show, singing as original artist/singer of the song.[6] Subsequently, Scott collaborated with Eric Benet, Will Smith, and Common, and broadened her performing experience by touring Canada in a production of the Broadway musical Rent.
Scott was the first artist signed to Steve McKeever’s ‘Hidden Beach Recordings’ label. Her debut album, Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1 was released in 2000. She experienced some notice and chart success with the single “A Long Walk”, eventually earning a Grammy nomination in early 2003 for Best Female Vocal Performance. Scott lost that award, but won a 2005 Grammy for Best Urban/Alternative R&B Performance for “Cross My Mind.” The live album, Experience: Jill Scott 826+, was released November 2001. Scott’s second full-length album, Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds Vol. 2, followed in 2004.

Scott continues to write poetry; a compilation volume of her poems, The Moments, The Minutes, The Hours, was published and released by St. Martin’s Press in April 2005.[7] In early 2007, Scott was featured on the George Benson & Al Jarreau collaboration “God Bless The Child“, which earned Scott her second Grammy award, Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance, at the 2007 Grammy Awards ceremony. Scott shared the win with Benson & Jarreau. Recently, Scott was prominently featured on hip-hop artist Lupe Fiasco‘s 2006 single “Daydreaming” which won a 2008 Grammy for Best Urban/Alternative Performance and also appeared on a new Scott collection called Collaborations on January 30, 2007.[8][9]
The Collaborations collection served as “an appetizer” for her next studio album, The Real Thing: Words and Sounds Vol. 3 released September 25, 2007.[10] A clip of the title track was released on a bonus disc from Hidden Beach Records and included with Collaborations. The lead single “Hate on Me”, gained airplay in May 2007 with a video released in mid-July. In advance of the album’s release, Hidden Beach released a 17-minute album sampler through their forums.[11] Interspersed between the dozen songs previewed on the sampler was a personal explanation from Jill for the inspiration behind some of her songs.
In 2008, Scott released her second live album, Live In Paris+, which consists of 8 songs recorded during her set list of the “Big Beautiful Tour” in Europe. The bonus DVD contains the same concert, plus some live cuts from The Real Thing: Words and Sounds Vol. 3. In the same year, “Whenever You’re Around”, a single from The Real Thing which features George Duke, was a moderate hit on urban radio.

2010-present: The Light of the Sun

Following up 2007’s Grammy nominated Gold certified album The Real Thing, Jill is currently about to release her fourth studio album titled The Light of the Sun. The album embarks Jill on a flurry of emotional poetry as both her career and personal life have skyrocketed with success in Hollywood and the birth of her first child.[12]
In an interview with HitQuarters, producer and album collaborator JR Hutson commented on Scott’s approach to the record by saying, “She’s now in charge of a lot of different things and with it comes a lot of trials and tribulations, and I think her goal is to just give people a very realistic glimpse of where she is in her life right now.”[13]
In 2011, following a recently settled, tumultuous legal battle with previous label Hidden Beach—which found her countersuing the label’s claim that she exited halfway through a six-album deal last year—Jill Scott signed a distribution deal with Warner Brothers Records. Jill plans to release her fourth studio album, The Light of the Sun, June 21, 2011.[14] Dance auditions for Jill’s buzz single from the album, “Shame”, were held in Philadelphia on March 17, 2011.[15] West Philly native Eve, who is featured on the song, will appear in the video, as will Black Thought, Mos Def, Pharaohe Monch, Peedi Crakk and Ms. Jade, says the video’s director, Devin Hampton.[16]So in Love” featuring Anthony Hamilton will be released as the first official single from the album. [17] The song debuted at number 43 on Billboards Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart, making it the highest debut of her career on that chart.
Before she releases her fourth studio album, former record label Hidden Beach Recordings is releasing a 10 song compilation entitled “Just Before Dawn: Jill Scott From the Vault, Vol. 1” She also has a cover of Bill Withers’ Lovely Day.

Other appearances and song-writing

Her live performance in 2004 with members of The Roots, which also includes a joint performance with Erykah Badu, is featured in Dave Chappelle’s 2006 concert film, Dave Chappelle’s Block Party. UK dance duo Goldtrix covered Scott’s song “It’s Love”, re-naming it “It’s Love (Trippin’)” with singer Andrea Brown taking over vocal duties. The song became a top ten hit in the UK, peaking at number six. “It’s Love (Trippin’)” was also covered by South West Beats (Featuring Claudia Patrice) in 2008. The song “Golden” is featured in a R&B themed radio station[18] in the Rockstar Games video game Grand Theft Auto IV. She recently appeared on Pharoahe Monch’s 2011 release W.A.R. (We Are Renegades). Also Jill is one of the featured artists in Kirk Franklin’s video “I Smile” released 2011.

Vocal profile

Scott is a vocalist who infused jazz, R&B, spoken word, and hip hop among other genres to create a distinct style that many refer to as neo soul. Her vocal capabilities are so rich that a reviewer on Pop Matter, referring to Scott’s vocal ability, stated ‘Scott draws on her upper register, recalling the artistry of the late “songbird” Minnie Riperton and Deniece Williams‘.[19] The same reviewer in another article stated, ‘The song evokes the artistry of Minnie Riperton as Scott sings in the upper register that makes its only appearances on Who is Jill Scott? on the teasing “I Think It’s Better” and “Show Me.”[20] Scott has “a very rare facility to hit notes in the sixth octave as displayed on songs such as ‘Gimme’ where she hits a D6 with full vibrato, and on ‘Spring Summer Feeling’ where she hits a C7 in the background”.[21]

Film and television

On the advice of her good friend, director Ozzie Jones, she began pursuing a career in acting in 2000.[22] She joined a fellowship at a theater company in Philadelphia. For two years, she took small, menial jobs in exchange for acting lessons.
In 2004, Scott expanded her resume by appearing in several episodes of season four of UPN’s Girlfriends, playing Donna, a love interest to main character, William Dent (Reggie Hayes). She also appeared in the Showtime movie Cavedwellers, starring Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick.[23]
In 2007, Scott appeared in Hounddog (as Big Mama Thornton) and in Tyler Perry‘s movie, Why Did I Get Married?
In 2008, Scott appeared as Precious Ramotswe in Anthony Minghella‘s film adaption of Alexander McCall Smith‘s series of books The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency playing a detective. Scott then filmed additional episodes for the series in Botswana in late 2008, co-funded by the BBC and HBO that were broadcast as a seven-part series on BBC1 in March 2009; and on HBO, which debuted March 29, 2009. BBC and HBO are contemplating whether to produce a second round of episodes of the series.[24]
In 2010 she voiced Storm of the Xmen on the BET series Black Panther.
On March 24, 2010, Scott guest-starred in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.[25] She reprised her role as Sheila in Why Did I Get Married Too? (2010). The movie was shot in August 2009 and received an April 2, 2010 release.[26][27]
In 2010, Scott starred in the Lifetime Movie, “Sins of the Mother”, as Nona, an alcoholic mother confronted by her estranged daughter who she neglected. At the 42nd NAACP Image Awards, Jill Scott was awarded Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special for her role in “Sins of the Mother”.[28][29]
Jill Scott will perform at BET Awards 2011 on June 26, 2011.[30]

Personal life

Lyzel Williams

Scott and longtime boyfriend Lyzel Williams, a graphic artist and DJ, married in 2001 in a private Hawaiian ceremony during a vacation. The couple dated for seven years before they wed.[31] Scott wrote and recorded the song “He Loves Me (Lyzel in E Flat)” about Williams. After six years of marriage, Scott and Williams divorced in 2007.

Lil’ John Roberts

On June 20, 2008, at a concert in New York’s Carnegie Hall, Scott shared a long on-stage kiss with her drummer, Lil’ John Roberts; the couple then told the audience that they were engaged.[32] They expected their first child on April 25, 2009[33][34] but the baby boy, Jett Hamilton Roberts, arrived five days earlier. On June 23, 2009, Scott announced that she and Roberts had broken up, with Scott breaking the news to Essence. Despite the break-up, Scott hopes for both parents to have an active part in their child’s upbringing, stating that “We definitely love our son and we are co-parenting and working on being friends. It is what it is. I have a lot of support, so I want for nothing as far as that’s concerned.”[35] During her 2010 tour with Maxwell, Scott has introduced her music band and Roberts is no longer a member. He is now a member of Mo’Nique‘s band on The Mo’Nique Show.

Charity work and advocacy

Scott has established the Blues Babe Foundation, a program founded to help young minority students pay for university expenses. The Blues Babe Foundation offers financial assistance to students between the ages of sixteen to twenty-one, and targets students residing in Philadelphia, Camden, and the greater Delaware Valley. Scott donated USD$100,000 to help start the foundation. The foundation was named after Scott’s grandmother, known as “Blue Babe”. On the foundation’s website, it defines its mission statement as one where it “seeks to provide financial support and mentoring for those students who have shown the aptitude and commitment to their education, but whose families may not have the resources to ensure completion of their undergraduate degrees”.[36]
In Spring 2003, the Blues Babe Foundation made a donation of more than $60,000 to the graduating class of the Creative Arts School in Camden, New Jersey. Any student who maintained a 3.2 GPA received a yearly stipend for the next three years that was put toward his or her college education.
At the Essence Music Festival in July 2006, Scott spoke out about how women of color are portrayed in the lyrics of rap songs, and in rap music videos. Scott criticized the content for being “dirty, inappropriate, inadequate, unhealthy, and polluted” and urged the listening audience to “demand more”.[37]
Scott was a columnist in the April issue of Essence magazine and she expressed her point of view about Black men who marry Caucasian women. In the column Scott says “We reflect on this awful past and recall that if a Black man even looked at a White woman, he would have been lynched, beaten, jailed or shot to death. These harsh truths lead to what we really feel when we see a seemingly together brother with a Caucasian woman and their children.”[38] The column has sparked controversy on the internet.

Discography

Studio albums

 
 
 

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    Who is Elizabeth Téa Pantaleoni?

    Who is Elizabeth Téa Pantaleoni?  The entertainment and acting world knows Tea Leoni as an American actress. She has starred in a wide range of films including Jurassic Park III, The Family Man, Deep Impact, Fun with Dick and Jane, Spanglish, Bad Boys and Ghost Town.

     Early life

    Leoni was born February 25, 1966 in New York City, the daughter of Emily Ann (née Patterson), a dietician and nutritionist, and Anthony Pantaleoni, a corporate lawyer of the firm Fulbright & Jaworski.[1][2] Leoni’s mother is a native of Texas, and her father is of Italian, English and Polish descent.[3][4][5] Leoni attended two private schools, Brearley School and The Putney School. She attended but did not complete studies at Sarah Lawrence College.
    Leoni’s paternal grandmother, Helenka Adamowska Pantaleoni (1900–87), was a film and stage actress who was a daughter of musicians Józef Adamowski and Antonina Szumowska-Adamowska, who, with Józef’s brother Tymoteusz Adamowski, were the Adamowski Trio.[5][6] Leoni’s paternal great-grandfather was the brother of Italian economist and politician Maffeo Pantaleoni.[5]

    Career

    In 1988, Leoni was cast as one of the stars of Angels 88, an updated version of the 1970s show Charlie’s Angels. In May 1988, Life magazine ran a story on the casting of this new series. After production delays, the show never aired. The following year, Leoni starred as “Lisa DiNapoli” in the TV daytime drama Santa Barbara.

    Leoni went on to appear in the women’s baseball film A League of Their Own in 1992. Later in the year, she starred with Corey Parker in the single-season Fox sitcom Flying Blind, playing a beautiful, eccentric, downtown-Manhattan libertine who falls in love with an ordinary Long Island college graduate. In February 1995, she appeared in the sitcom Frasier as the fiance of Sam Malone, portrayed by guest star Ted Danson, in a crossover from Cheers.
    Leoni also landed the lead role in the sitcom The Naked Truth, playing Nora Wilde, a tabloid news journalist. The show ran through 1998. In the 2000 episode of the The X-FilesHollywood A.D.” (season 7, episode 19), Leoni played an actress portraying Dana Scully in a movie under her own name.
    Leoni’s film work includes a lead role in Deep Impact, a big-budget disaster film about a comet menacing Earth; and Jurassic Park III, The Family Man, Bad Boys and You Kill Me. She starred as a film studio executive in Hollywood Ending for director Woody Allen, portraying his ex-wife, and in Spanglish as the emotionally unstable wife of Adam Sandler.
    Leoni ranked #79 on the FHM “100 Sexiest Women of 2000” list.[7]

    Personal life

    Leoni stated in the October 27, 2006 issue of Life magazine that she became a Goodwill ambassador for UNICEF partially because her paternal grandmother was the president of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF for 25 years.

    Neil Joseph Tardio, Jr

    Leoni married her first husband, Neil Joseph Tardio, Jr., a television commercial producer, on June 8, 1991, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Hope, New Jersey.[8]
    Leoni married her second husband, actor David Duchovny, on May 6, 1997, after a nine-week courtship. Their first child, daughter Madelaine West Duchovny, was born on April 24, 1999, in Southern California. Their second child, a son, Kyd Miller Duchovny, was born on June 15, 2002 in Los Angeles.
    On October 15, 2008, Leoni and Duchovny confirmed that they had been separated “for several months.” The media attributed the separation to Duchovny’s much publicized sexual addiction.[9] The couple have since publicly reconciled and are seen frequently together as a family.[10]

    Filmography

    Year Film Role Notes
    1989 Santa Barbara Lisa DiNapoli # 1169–1174
    1991 Switch Connie the Dream Girl
    1992 A League of Their Own Racine 1st Base
    1994 Wyatt Earp Sally
    The Counterfeit Contessa Gina Leonarda Nardino TV
    1995 Bad Boys Julie Mott
    1996 Flirting with Disaster Tina Kalb
    1998 There’s No Fish Food in Heaven Landeene
    1998 Deep Impact Jenny Lerner
    2000 The Family Man Kate Reynolds
    2001 Jurassic Park III Amanda Kirby
    2002 People I Know Jilli Hopper
    Hollywood Ending Ellie
    2004 Spanglish Deborah Clasky
    2005 Fun with Dick and Jane Jane Harper
    House of D Mrs. Warshaw
    2007 You Kill Me Laurel Pearson
    2008 Ghost Town Gwen
    2009 Manure Rosemary Rose
    2011 Tower Heist Gertie Fiansen

     

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    Who is Joseph Frank Pesci?

    Who is Joseph Frank Pesci ? The entertainment and movie world knows Joe Pesci as an American actor, comedian, singer and musician. Usually known for his roles as violent mobsters or lovable funnymen, Pesci has starred in a number of high profile films such as Goodfellas, Casino, Raging Bull, Once Upon a Time in America, My Cousin Vinny, JFK, Moonwalker, Home Alone, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Lethal Weapon 2, Lethal Weapon 3, and Lethal Weapon 4.
    In 1990, Pesci won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as the psychopathic mobster Tommy DeVito in Goodfellas, ten years after receiving a nomination in the same category for Raging Bull.

    Early life

    Pesci, an Italian-American, was born February 9, 1943 in Newark, New Jersey, the son of Mary, who worked part-time as a barber, and Angelo Pesci, a forklift driver for General Motors and bartender.[1][2] By the time Pesci was five years old, he was appearing in plays in New York.[2] A few years later, at age ten, he was a regular on a television variety show called Startime Kids, which also featured Connie Francis.[2] He started out working as a barber in the 1960s, following in his mother’s footsteps. He released an album entitled Little Joe Sure Can Sing, under the pseudonym “Joseph Richie,” accompanied by a band that included good friend and future fellow actor Frank Vincent.
    Pesci practiced judo all throughout his teens. He played guitar for Joey Dee and the Starliters. Other early famous members of The Starliters were Charles Neville (The Neville Brothers) and Jimmy James (Jimi Hendrix). Later on Pesci went solo under the name Joe Ritchie, but unlike the ones mentioned before, Joe Pesci was not very successful and started his acting career. He made his film debut as an extra in Dee’s film Hey, Let’s Twist!.

    Career

    His breakthrough as an actor came in 1980 when he co-starred alongside Robert De Niro who played the lead role of boxer Jake LaMotta in Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull, for which he won the BAFTA Award for Most Outstanding Newcomer to Leading Film Roles in 1981 and was nominated an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
    Subsequently, he performed with De Niro in the films Once Upon a Time in America, and Goodfellas (for which he received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, in 1990,[3]) and Casino. He also had a small role in 1993’s Bronx Tale, which De Niro directed.

    The pairing became famous enough to inspire a recurring sketch on Saturday Night Live, called, “The Joe Pesci Show“. (The real Pesci and De Niro would eventually make a surprise appearance in one episode). Pesci hosted Saturday Night Live on October 10, 1992. During the monologue, he restored a picture of Pope John Paul II, which was torn by Sinéad O’Connor on the previous broadcast. He demonstrated this by tearing up a picture of Sinéad O’Connor to which was met with a huge applause.

    Other work

    In the late 1970s, Joe teamed up with Frankie Vincent, performing in local clubs like the Arlington Lounge and other venues around Northern NJ as “Vincent and Pesci.” The comedy duo’s material was a play on Martin and Lewis and Abbott and Costello.
    In 1988, Pesci co-starred alongside pop singer Michael Jackson in the musical-fantasy film Moonwalker as the film’s antagonist Mr. Big. The film was actually a collection of short films and Pesci was featured in the fifth and final segment which was an actual full-length movie called “Smooth Criminal” which was based on Michael Jackson’s song by the same name.
    He later co-starred in the blockbuster hit Home Alone (1990), playing one of two bumbling burglars (along with good friend Daniel Stern) who attempt to rob the house of the character played by Macaulay Culkin. Two years later, he reprised his role for the sequel.
    Pesci also had roles in JFK (as David Ferrie) and the comedy My Cousin Vinny (as the title character) released in 1991 and 1992, respectively. He appeared as Leo Getz in three Lethal Weapon films.
    He had starring roles in several other films including The Super (1991), Jimmy Hollywood (1994) and With Honors (also 1994).

    Retirement from acting

    In 1998, he released an album called Vincent LaGuardia Gambini Sings Just for You which spawned the single “Wise Guy”. In 1999, Pesci announced his retirement from acting to pursue a musical career and to enjoy life away from the camera. He returned to acting when he did a cameo in De Niro’s 2006 film The Good Shepherd. He is the star in the 2010 brothel drama Love Ranch, alongside Helen Mirren.[4]
    He is one of the producers of the hit Broadway musical Jersey Boys. The musical is based on the lives of the musical group, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Pesci was present during the formation of the group as a young man and is portrayed as a character in the play.

    Personal life

    Angie Everhart  

    Pesci was married to Claudia Martha Haro from 1988 to 1992. He has a daughter, Tiffany, from this marriage. In 2008, a then 65-year-old Pesci became engaged to actress/model Angie Everhart who was 38 at the time. However, according to Angie Everhart, they were never actually engaged. They announced their breakup in April 2008. He is very good friends with Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese. He was also good friends with his My Cousin Vinny co-star Fred Gwynne and the actor and comedian George Carlin. He is an avid golf fan and player.

     Filmography

    Year Film Role Notes
    1961 Hey, Let’s Twist Dancer at the Peppermint Club uncredited
    1969 Out of It[citation needed] Michael
    1976 The Death Collector Joe Salvino
    1980 Raging Bull Joey LaMotta BAFTA Award for Best Newcomer
    National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor
    National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
    New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
    Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
    Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
    1982 Dear Mr. Wonderful Ruby Dennis
    I’m Dancing as Fast as I Can Roger
    1983 Easy Money Nicky Cerone
    1984 Once Upon a Time in America Frankie Minaldi
    Tutti dentro Corrado Parrisi
    Eureka Mayakofsky
    1987 Man on Fire David Coolidge
    1988 Moonwalker Frankie Lideo (aka Mr. Big)
    The Legendary Life of Ernest Hemingway
    1989 Lethal Weapon 2 Leo Getz
    1990 Betsy’s Wedding Oscar Henner
    Goodfellas Tommy DeVito Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
    Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
    Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
    Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
    Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
    National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor
    Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
    Home Alone Harry Lyme
    Catchfire Leo Carelli (uncredited) aka Backtrack
    1991 The Super Louie Kritski
    JFK David Ferrie
    1992 My Cousin Vinny Vincent LaGuardia Gambini American Comedy Award for Funniest Actor in a Motion Picture (Leading Role)
    Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance
    Lethal Weapon 3 Leo Getz
    The Public Eye Leon Bernstein
    Home Alone 2: Lost in New York Harry Lyme
    Tales from the Crypt Con man (Split Personality)
    1993 A Bronx Tale Carmine Cameo
    1994 Jimmy Hollywood Jimmy Alto
    With Honors Simon Wilder
    1995 Casino Nicky Santoro Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Villain
    1997 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag Tommy Big Balls
    Gone Fishin’ Joe Waters
    1998 Lethal Weapon 4 Leo Getz (Estate Agent)
    2006 The Good Shepherd Joseph Palmi Cameo
    2010 Love Ranch Charlie Botempo

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    Who is Daniel Wroughton Craig?

    Who is Daniel Wroughton Craig? The entertainment and acting world knows Daniel Craig as an English actor and film producer. His early film roles include Elizabeth, The Power of One, A Kid in King Arthur’s Court and the television episodes Sharpe’s Eagle, Zorro and The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles: Daredevils of the Desert. His breakthrough performances were in the films Layer Cake, Munich, Road to Perdition and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.

    Craig became well known internationally after he was cast as the sixth actor to portray fictional secret agent James Bond in the film series. He made his début as the character in the 2006 film, Casino Royale. He was critically acclaimed, and was nominated for a BAFTA award, for his portrayal in the film.[3] He grew into other roles in films such as Defiance, Cowboys and Aliens and the upcoming The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn.

    Early life

    Craig was born 2 March 1968 in Chester, Cheshire, England. His mother, Carol Olivia (née Williams), was an art teacher, and his father, Timothy John Wroughton Craig, was the landlord of the pubs “Ring o’ Bells” (in Frodsham) and “The Boot Inn”, and also served as a midshipman in the Merchant Navy.[4][5][6] Both of Craig’s parents were of half Welsh descent.[7] He was brought up in Liverpool and on the Wirral Peninsula,[8] and attended a primary school in Frodsham and Hoylake called Holy Trinity Primary School. He attended Hilbre High School in later years.[9] He began acting in school plays at age six.
    Craig moved to London when he was sixteen to join the National Youth Theatre after a stay at Calday.[6] He and his older sister, Lea, attended Hilbre High School and Calday Grange Grammar School in West Kirby. He played for Hoylake Rugby Club.[10] He attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama at the Barbican and graduated in 1991 after three years of study under Colin McCormack.

    Career

    Craig appeared as Joe in the Royal National Theatre‘s production of Tony Kushner‘s Angels in America in November 1993. An early starring role was as ‘Geordie’ in the BBC’s 1996 drama Our Friends in the North, with early film roles being as Angelina Jolie‘s rival and love interest in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), before appearing in Sam Mendes’s movie Road to Perdition (2002), with Tom Hanks and Paul Newman. Other leading film roles include Sword of Honour (2001), The Mother (2003) with Anne Reid, Sylvia (2003) with Gwyneth Paltrow, Layer Cake (2004) with Sienna Miller, Enduring Love (2004) with Rhys Ifans, Steven Spielberg’s Munich (2005) with Eric Bana, Infamous (2006), The Golden Compass (2007) and Defiance (2008).

    James Bond: 2005–present

    In 2005, Craig was contracted by EON Productions to portray James Bond. He stated that he “was aware of the challenges” of the James Bond franchise which he considers “a big machine” that “makes a lot of money”. He aimed at bringing more “emotional depth” to the character.[11] Being born in 1968, Craig is the first actor to portray James Bond to be born after the Bond series already started, and Ian Fleming, the novels’ writer, had died.
    Numerous actors publicly voiced their support of Craig’s casting. Most notably, four of the five actors who had previously portrayed Bond – Pierce Brosnan,[12] Timothy Dalton, Sean Connery, and Roger Moore – called his casting a good decision. Clive Owen, who had been linked to the role, also spoke in defence of Craig.[13]
    The first film, Casino Royale, premièred on 14 November 2006 and grossed a total of US$594,239,066 worldwide, which makes the film the highest grossing Bond film to date.[14] After the film was released, Craig’s performance was highly acclaimed.[15]

    As production of Casino Royale reached its conclusion, producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli announced that pre-production work had already begun on the 22nd Bond film. After several months of speculation as to the release date, Wilson and Broccoli officially announced on 20 July 2006 that the follow-up film, Quantum of Solace,[16] was to be released on 7 November 2008 and that Craig plays Bond with an option for a third film.[17] On 25 October 2007, MGM CEO Harry Sloan revealed at the Forbes Meet II Conference that Craig had signed on for four more Bond films, through to Bond 25.[18]
    In 2006, Craig was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[19]
    On 12 June 2008, Craig sliced the top of one of his fingers off while filming Quantum of Solace.[20] The accident was the latest in a string of incidents surrounding the shoot, including a fire at one of the sets in Pinewood Studios, UK; a car crash that left the stunt driver in a serious condition; and an Aston Martin skidding off the roads in heavy rains while being transported to the set in northern Italy and plunging into Lake Garda.[21]
    Craig describes his portrayal of Bond as an antihero: “The question I keep asking myself while playing the role is, ‘Am I the good guy or just a bad guy who works for the good side?’ Bond’s role, after all, is that of an assassin when you come down to it. I have never played a role in which someone’s dark side shouldn’t be explored. I don’t think it should be confusing by the end of the movie, but during the movie you should be questioning who he is.”[22] Craig also states that his favourite previous Bond actor was Sean Connery, but says, “I’d never copy somebody else. I would never do an impression of anybody else or try and improve on what they did. That would be a pointless exercise for me”.[23] His favourite Bond film is From Russia with Love.[24] On a James Bond-centric episode of The South Bank Show, Connery divulged his thoughts on Craig’s casting as Bond, whom he described as “fantastic, marvelous in the part.” When he was told that Craig had taken particular note of his performances, Connery said that he was “flattered,” and that Craig “really gets” the ‘danger element’ to Bond’s character.[25]
    On 19 April 2010, Craig’s expected third Bond film (the 23rd overall in the series) was announced to have been suspended indefinitely due to the crippling debt and uncertain future of MGM.[26] However, both Craig and Sam Mendes hoped to resume work on the film soon. The film has since resumed and Craig will return as Bond once again,[27] with the film due for release on 9 November 2012.

    Other projects

    In 1999, Craig starred as Richard in a TV drama called Shockers: The Visitor. In 2007, he portrayed Lord Asriel in The Golden Compass, the film adaptation of Philip Pullman’s novel.[28] Eva Green, who played Bond girl Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale, also starred in the film, although she did not appear in any scenes with Craig. In a stage version of the book, Asriel had previously been played by Timothy Dalton, one of Craig’s predecessors in the role of James Bond.
    In early 2001, Craig expressed an interest in being a part of the Star Trek franchise, professing his love of the series to the World Entertainment News Network and a desire to have a “stint in the TV show or a film. It’s been a secret ambition of mine for years.”[29] On 16 March 2007, Craig made a cameo appearance as himself in a sketch with Catherine Tate who appeared in the guise of her character Elaine Figgis from The Catherine Tate Show. The sketch was made for the BBC Red Nose Day 2007 fundraising programme.[30]
    In 2008’s Defiance, he played Tuvia Bielski, a Jewish resistance fighter in the woods of Belarus during World War II who saved 1,200 people.
    The shot in Casino Royale of Craig sporting swimming trunks has often topped many sexiest male celebrity polls,[31] and in 2009 Del Monte Foods launched an ice pop molded to resemble Craig emerging from the sea.[32]
    Craig co-starred with Hugh Jackman, in a limited engagement of the play A Steady Rain, on Broadway at the Schoenfeld Theatre, which opened in previews on 10 September 2009 and closed on 6 December 2009.[33]
    Craig lent his voice and likeness as James Bond for both the Wii game GoldenEye 007, an enhanced remake of the 1997 game for the Nintendo 64, and Blood Stone, an original game for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo DS, and Microsoft Windows.
    As of August 2010, Craig has been cast as crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist in David Fincher‘s adaptation of Stieg Larsson‘s novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.[34]

    Personal life

    Fiona Loudon
    Rachel Weisz   
    Heike Makatsch,

    In 1992, Craig married Scottish actress Fiona Loudon, with whom he has a daughter, Ella. However, the marriage ended in divorce in 1994.[35] After his divorce he was in a seven-year relationship with German actress Heike Makatsch, ending in 2001. He subsequently dated film producer Satsuki Mitchell from 2004 until 2010.[36] Craig and actress Rachel Weisz began dating in December 2010.[37] Craig and Weisz married on 22 June 2011[36][38] in a private New York ceremony, with only four guests in attendance, including Craig’s 18-year-old daughter and Weisz’s four-year-old son.[39]
    In October 2008, Craig paid £4 million for an apartment near Regent’s Park, London[40] Craig is also a Liverpool F.C. supporter.[41]

    Filmography

    Film and television
    Year↓ Title↓ Role↓ Notes
    1992 The Power of One Sgt. Botha, a.k.a. The Judge
    1993 Zorro Lt Hidalgo Two episodes of a US TV series filmed in Madrid.
    1993 Sharpe’s Eagle Lt. Berry Television drama
    1995 A Kid in King Arthur’s Court Master Kane
    1996 Kiss And Tell Matt Kearney TV film
    1996 The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders James “Jemmy” Seagrave Television drama
    1996 Our Friends in the North George “Geordie” Peacock Television drama: 8 episodes
    1997 Obsession – Besessene Seelen John McHale
    1997 The Ice House D.S. Andy McLoughlin TV mystery/drama from the novel by Minette Walters
    1997 The Hunger
    1998 Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon George Dyer Edinburgh International Film Festival Award for Best British Performance
    1998 Love and Rage James Lynchehaun
    1998 Elizabeth John Ballard
    1999 The Trench Sgt. Telford Winter Nominated – British Independent Film Award for Best Actor
    1999 The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Daredevils of the Desert Schiller
    2000 Some Voices Ray British Independent Film Award for Best Actor
    2000 Hotel Splendide Ronald Blanche
    2000 I Dreamed of Africa Declan Fielding
    2001 Lara Croft: Tomb Raider Alex West
    2001 Sword of Honour Guy Crouchback
    2002 Copenhagen Werner Heisenberg Television drama (stage adaptation)
    2002 Ten Minutes Older: The Cello Cecil
    2002 Road to Perdition Connor Rooney
    2003 Sylvia Ted Hughes
    2003 The Mother Darren Nominated—British Independent Film Award for Best Actor
    Nominated—European Film Audience Award for Best Actor
    Nominated—London Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
    2004 Layer Cake XXXX Nominated—Empire Award for Best Actor
    Nominated—European Film Awards Audience Award for Best Actor also for Enduring Love
    2004 Enduring Love Joe Nominated – British Independent Film Award for Best Actor
    Nominated – European Film Awards Audience Award for Best Actor also for Layer Cake
    2005 Munich Steve
    2005 Archangel Christopher Kelso Television drama
    2005 Fateless American Soldier
    2005 The Jacket Rudy Mackenzie
    2006 Casino Royale James Bond Empire Award for Best Actor
    Evening Standard British Film Awards Award for Best Actor
    Sant Jordi Award for Best Foreign Actor
    Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
    Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actor
    2006 Renaissance Barthélémy Karas Voice role
    2006 Infamous Perry Smith Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
    2007 The Golden Compass Lord Asriel
    2007 The Invasion Ben Driscoll
    2008 Flashbacks of a Fool Joe Scot Also Executive Producer
    2008 Quantum of Solace James Bond Nominated – Empire Award for Best Actor
    2008 Defiance Tuvia Bielski
    2010 James Bond 007: Blood Stone James Bond Video game Voice-over
    2011 Cowboys & Aliens Jake Lonergan Completed
    2011 Dream House Will Attenton Post-production
    2011 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Mikael Blomkvist Post-production
    2011 The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn Red Rackham Post-production
    2012 Bond 23 James Bond Pre-production
    Satsuki Mitchell

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    Who is Raven-Symoné Christina Pearman?

    Who is Raven-Symoné Christina Pearman? The entertainment and acting world knows Raven -Symone as an American actress, singer, songwriter, comedian, dancer, television producer and model. Symone launched her successful career in 1989 after appearing in The Cosby Show as Olivia. She released her debut album, Here’s to New Dreams in 1993; the single, “That’s What Little Girls Are Made Of” charted number sixty-eight on the US Billboard Hot 100.[2]
    Symoné appeared in several successful television series, such as The Cosby Show and Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper, in the late 1980s and early 1990s. In 2003, Symone went on to star in the highly successful Disney Channel series, That’s So Raven in which Symone starred as Raven Baxter, a psychic teenager who tried her best to keep her psychic powers a secret. Symone starred in the series from 2003 until 2007. Symone’s co-stars of That’s So Raven went onto appear in the follow up, Cory In the House; however, Symone did not feature permanently, as she only appeared as a guest in one episode. During her time on That’s So Raven, Symone released her third studio album, This is My Time (2004) which was Symone’s best selling solo album to date, charting at number fifty-one on the Billboard 200.[3] In 2008, she followed up This Is My Time with the release of her fourth album, Raven-Symoné (2008), charting at number #159 on the Billboard 200.
    She transitioned to a film career, starring in several films aimed at teenage audiences, including Dr. Dolittle (1998), Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001), College Road Trip (2008), and successful television movies, including The Cheetah Girls (2003), Cheetah Girls 2 (2006), Revenge of the Bridesmaids (2010). Raven has also lent her voice to the animated series Kim Possible, for the character Monique and films such as Disney‘s Tinker Bell. Raven-Symoné also owns a “how-to” video website, Raven-Symoné Presents.[4]

    Life and career

    1985–1992: Early life and career beginnings

    Raven-Symoné was  born December 10, 1985 in Atlanta, Georgia to Lydia (née Gaulden) and Christopher B. Pearman. At age three, her family moved to Ossining, New York where she attended Park School.[5][6] As an infant, she worked for Atlanta’s Young Faces Inc. Modeling Agency and was featured in local print advertisements. At age two, she worked with Ford Models in New York City and appeared in ads for Ritz crackers, Jell-O, Fisher-Price, and Cool Whip.
    In 1989, Raven-Symoné auditioned for a part in the Bill Cosby movie, Ghost Dad. At three years old she was considered too young for the role, but Bill Cosby liked her so much that he found a part for her on his show, The Cosby Show, as his step-granddaughter Olivia. Raven-Symoné played the part of Olivia until 1992. She then appeared as the younger version of Halle Berry’s starring character, a headstrong biracial slave, in the TV movie Queen: The Story of an American Family, based on the book by Alex Haley.

    1993–2001: Here’s to New Dreams, Undeniable and film debut

    Raven-Symoné began her singing career at the age of five, when she signed with MCA Records. She spent that year and the next taking vocal lessons from Missy Elliott. Her debut album, Here’s to New Dreams, was released on June 22, 1993, which spawned two singles: “That’s What Little Girls Are Made Ofand “Raven Is the Flavor“. “That’s What Little Girls Are Made Of” reached #68 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album however was not successful, and due to low sales she was dropped from MCA Records in 1995.

    Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper.

    Within a year after The Cosby Show ended, she landed the role of Nicole Lee on the show Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper. During her time on the show, she had her first big screen role in the movie The Little Rascals, playing Stymie’s girlfriend.

    Undeniable,

    In 1996 Raven-Symoné and her father founded RayBlaze Records, in which she signed a distribution deal with Crash Records for her second album Undeniable, which was released in May 1999. The album yielded one single: a cover of Stevie Wonder‘s “With a Child’s Heart“. She was cast in the Eddie Murphy comedy Dr. Dolittle and then Dr. Dolittle 2 as Charisse Dolittle, the oldest daughter of Murphy’s character. Meanwhile, she also appeared in Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century, her first production under Disney.

    2002–2007: That’s So Raven, This Is My Time, and The Cheetah Girls

    In 2002, Raven-Symoné auditioned for a role on an up-coming series for the Disney Channel titled Absolutely Psychic, about a teenager with psychic abilities.[7] She actually auditioned for the recurring role of Chelsea Daniels, but her role was changed to the lead character Raven Baxter and the series name changed to That’s So Raven. The series debuted on January 17, 2003, becoming the Disney Channel’s highest-rated and longest-running series. It spawned a franchise including soundtracks, dolls, episode DVDs, and video games. That’s So Raven was nominated for Outstanding Children’s Program during the 2005 and 2007 Emmy Awards. The show also launched the channel’s first spin-off series, Cory in the House.

    During her time on the show, Raven-Symoné provided the voice of Danielle in Fat Albert and also as Marti in Everyone’s Hero. She made an appearance in The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (during which she sang a duet with Julie Andrews). In 2003, she starred as lead singer Galleria Garibaldi in The Cheetah Girls, a Disney Channel Original Movie about four city girls who dream of becoming superstars. The movie was the channel’s first musical and was the basis for another franchise, including dolls, video games, platinum-selling soundtracks and more.[8] In 2006, Raven-Symoné reprised the role in The Cheetah Girls 2. Raven-Symoné served as executive producer of the film.[9] The film brought in more than 8 million viewers opening night, making it (at the time) Disney Channel’s most-watched movie. The films soundtrack debuted at #5 on the Billboard Top 200 and is certified for platinum-level sales by the RIAA.

    This Is My Time,

    In early 2003, she signed a deal with Hollywood Records, a Disney-owned label. On September 21, 2004, she released her third studio album This Is My Time, which included the single “Backflip“,

    which received heavy rotation on Disney Channel, and premiered on BET via an Access Granted special. The album debuted and peaked at #51 on the Billboard 200 selling 19,000 copies in its first week of release and becoming her most successful album. Symoné released a five-track EP with Hollywood Records on January 1, 2004[10][11] prior to the release of This Is My Time, containing “Backflip”, “Bump”, “Overloved”, “What Is Love?”, and “Mystify”.[12] Released to promote the full-length album, the EP was only available in select stores and is now very rare.
    Recorded late into the production of the album, “Backflip” was the lead single official from This Is My Time. Four songs from the album were incorporated into soundtracks from Disney films: The Lion King 1½ with “Grazing in the Grass“; The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement with “This Is My Time”; Ice Princess with “Bump”; and Go Figure with “Life Is Beautiful”.
    During 2004, Raven-Symoné also recorded music for That’s So Ravens first original television soundtrack. The soundtrack debuted and peaked at #44 on the Billboard 200 and is now certified Gold by the RIAA for sales of 500,000 copies.[13]
    In support of her third studio album and That’s So Raven Too! soundtrack, which was the second soundtrack album from the series. Raven-Symoné embarked on her first headlining tour. The This Is My Time Tour kicked off on May 19, 2006 in Richmond, VA and concluded on October 21, 2006 in Columbia, SC.[14]
    In 2008, The Cheetah Girls: One World began production, however Raven-Symoné did not return for another film, citing “territorial issues” and “catfights” on the set of Cheetah Girls 2, which led to a strained friendship with the other three actors.[15] In a later interview, Adrienne Bailon, Sabrina Bryan and Kiely Williams denied the rumors, saying they all get along well.[16]

    2008–2009: College Road Trip, Raven-Symoné, and Tinker Bell

    College Road Trip

    In 2008, Raven-Symoné starred in her first leading role. The comedy College Road Trip surrounds Melanie Porter a 17-year-old college-bound girl who is eagerly looking forward to her first big step towards independence, when she plans a girls only road trip to check out prospective universities. But when her overbearing police chief father (Martin Lawrence) insists on escorting her instead in hopes to sway her decision, soon finds her dream trip has turned into a nightmare adventure full of comical misfortune and turmoil. In its opening weekend, the film grossed approximately $14,000,000 in 2,706 theaters in the United States and Canada, ranking as the #2 film at box office. It went on to gross more than $60,000,000 worldwide.[17]

    Her fourth studio album Raven-Symoné was released on April 29, 2008.[18] The album features production by Sean Garrett (Beyoncé), The JAM (Leona Lewis), Knightwritaz, and The Clutch (Timbaland, Ciara). The only single released was “Double Dutch Bus“, a cover of Frankie Smith’s 1981 funk track. The single was released to radio on February 9, while the video was released on February 18, 2008. The album debuted at #159 on Billboard’s Top 200. To promote the album she planned to headline her first all-arena tour “The Pajama Party Tour” in Spring 2008, but due to what promoters call “unforeseen difficulties” the tour was postponed until further notice.[19] Later on, Raven-Symoné confirmed that the tour would be re-scheduled and would kick off in the Summer of 2008. The tour now dubbed the Raven-Symoné: Live Tour kicked off in July 2008,[20] and continued through 2009.
    During her 2008 Summer tour, it was officially announced that after completing her 2 CD deal with Hollywood Records, she would not renew her contract with the label.
    During 2008 and 2009, Raven-Symoné provided her voice for Iridessa the light-fairy[21] in the Disney Fairies direct-to-DVD film series, Tinker Bell, Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure, and Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue. Raven-Symoné is expected to return to the franchise for the films Tinker Bell and the Mysterious Winter Woods and Tinker Bell: Race Through the Seasons. Raven also appeared in Chris Rock’s 2009 documentary Good Hair.
    In an interview with Teenmag.com, she announced that in late 2009, she would return to the studio to record her next album.[22] She said that the album will be “R&B, most definitely…..with an alternative base for the lyrics”. She said, “It’s good to go out there and spread your wings and find new talent and work with people you haven’t worked with before. I’d love to find the next Timbaland or the next someone who’s coming up and no one really knows yet. At the same time, I’d love to work with the Clutch and the J.A.M. again”.[23]

    2010–present: Revenge of the Bridesmaids, upcoming fifth studio album and State of Georgia

    In 2010, Raven-Symoné starred in an ABC Family, made-for-tv film, Revenge of the Bridesmaids. Revenge of the Bridesmaids surrounds two childhood friends who attempt to thwart the wedding of a no-good, money hungry ex-friend by going undercover as bridesmaids so that true love can prevail. The film garnered 2.5 million viewers on its premiere, making it the number 1 movie on basic cable in women 18-34, and ranked among the Top 5 programs in its time period in Total Viewers that week.[24]
    Raven-Symoné also made a guest appearance on the Disney Channel Original Series Sonny with a Chance. She portrayed the character Amber Algoode, the president of Chad Dylan Cooper’s fan club.
    She was a guest performer, along with pianist Chau-Giang Thi-Nguyen, and jazz trumpeter and pianist Arturo Sandoval, at the December 9 performance of Debbie Allen‘s new dance-theater piece, The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Proceeds from the performance, as well as from its run from December 10–11, benefited the children of the Debbie Allen Dance Academy.[25]
    In an interview in January 2011, she told to OnTheRedCarpet.com that she has filmed a pilot for ABC Family and was working on her fifth album.[26] The TriGz may be working on the project,[27] with Manny Streetz (from The TriGz) as executive producer.[28] Raven revealed to Billboard that she would like to work with Sean Garrett again and that it will be R&B with an “alternitve base for lyrics”.[29]
    Raven-Symoné is returning to television as the star of ABC Family‘s multi-camera comedy pilot State of Georgia. The project, from ABC Studios, centers on Georgia (Symoné), an exuberant and curvy performer from the south who is trying to make it big as an actress in New York City. Also cast in the pilot is Brock Cuchna (Melrose Place) as Georgia’s Southern ex-boyfriend who, still madly in love with her, comes to New York to bring her back home. The pilot was written by author Jennifer Weiner (In Her Shoes) and Jeff Greenstein (Desperate Housewives). The series premiere has been announced to air in June 2011.[30]

    Filmography

    Actress

    Film
    Year Film Role Notes
    1994 The Little Rascals Stymie’s Girlfriend
    1998 Dr. Dolittle Charisse Dolittle
    2001 Dr. Dolittle 2
    2004 The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement Princess Asana
    Fat Albert Danielle Voice
    2006 Everyone’s Hero Marti Brewster
    2008 College Road Trip Melanie Porter
    2009 Good Hair Herself
    Television Films
    Year Title Role Notes
    1999 Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century Nebula Wade Disney Channel Original Movie
    2003 The Cheetah Girls Galleria “Bubbles” Garibaldi
    Kim Possible: A Sitch in Time Monique
    2004 Zenon: Z3 Nebula Wade
    2005 Kim Possible: So the Drama Monique
    2006 For One Night Brianna McCallister Lifetime Movie
    The Cheetah Girls 2 Galleria “Bubbles” Garibaldi Disney Channel Original Movie
    2010 Revenge of the Bridesmaids Abigail “Abi” Scanlon ABC Family Original Movie
    Straight-to-DVD
    Year Title Role Notes
    2003 Kim Possible: The Secret Files Monique Voice
    2004 That’s So Raven: Supernaturally Stylish Raven Baxter
    2005 That’s So Raven: Disguise The Limit
    That’s So Raven: Raven’s House Party
    2006 That’s So Raven: Raven’s Makeover Madness
    Raven Symone: Raven’s Postcards From Spain Herself Part of The Cheetah Girls 2 “merchandise
    2008 Tinker Bell Iridessa Voice
    2009 Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure
    2010 Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue
    2011 Tinker Bell and the Mysterious Winter Woods[20]
    Television
    Year Title Role Notes
    1989-1992 The Cosby Show Olivia Kendall Main Cast; (Seasons 6–8)
    1993-1997 Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper Nicole Lee Main Cast; (Seasons 2–5)
    2002-2007 Kim Possible Monique Voice / Recurring role
    2003-2007 That’s So Raven Raven Baxter Main Role
    Television guest appearances
    Year Title Role Notes
    1989 A Different World Olivia Kendall “Forever Hold Your Peace” (episode 5, season 3)
    1990 ABC TGIF Nicole Unknown episodes
    The Muppets At Walt Disney World Young Girl
    1992 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Claudia “Vying for Attention” (episode 21, season 2)
    1993 Queen: The Story of an American Family 5-year-old Queen Uncredited
    1995 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Princess/Olive (voice)
    Goldilock (voice)
    “The Princess and the Pauper” (episode 8, season 2)
    “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” (Episode 8, Season 3)
    1996 Bill Nye the Science Guy Herself “Human Transportation” (episode 56, season 3)
    1997 Space Ghost Coast to Coast “Piledriver” (episode 18, season 4)
    2001 My Wife and Kids Charmaine “Mom’s Away (Part 1 & Part 2)” (episode 1 & 2, season 2)
    The Proud Family Stephanie “Seven Days of Kwanzaa” (episode 11, season 1)
    2004 Fillmore! Maryanne Greene (voice)
    Alexandria Quarry (voice)
    “Code Name: Electric Haircut” (episode 9, season 2)
    2004 & 2005 Disney 411 Herself 6 Episodes
    2005 Higglytown Heroes Playground Monitor (voice) “Wayne’s Ripping Adventure” (episode 14, season 1)
    2006 The Suite Life of Zack and Cody Raven Baxter That’s So Suite Life of Hannah Montana” (episode 20, season 2)
    2007 Cory in the House That’s So in the House” (episode 16, season 1)
    2008 American Dad! Katie
    Wife
    Office Spaceman” (episode 14, season 3)
    Stanny Slickers II” (episode 15, season 3)
    2010 Sonny With a Chance Amber Algoode season 2, episode 15: “That’s So Sonny”

    [edit]Producer

    Movie/Show Role[21]
    That’s So Raven Season 4 Producer
    The Cheetah Girls 2 Co-Executive Producer
    College Road Trip Executive Producer

    [edit]Discography

    [edit]Tours

    • 2006: This Is My Time Tour
    • 2008-2009: Raven-Symoné: Live Tour[22]

    [edit]See also

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    Who is Kimberly Alexis Bledel?


    Who is Kimberly Alexis Bledel? The entertainment and acting world knows Alexis Bledel as an American actress and fashion model. She is known for her roles as Rory Gilmore in the television series Gilmore Girls and Lena Kaligaris in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2.

    Early life

    Bledel was born September 16, 1981 in Houston, Texas. Her mother, Nanette (née Dozier), is Mexican, and her father, Martin Bledel, is an Argentine of Danish descent.[1][2][3] She has a younger brother. Her first language is Spanish, and she did not learn English until she began school.[4] Bledel’s mother encouraged her to try community theater when she was a child to overcome her shyness.[5] She attended Catholic St. Agnes Academy in Houston. Bledel also attended Baptist and Lutheran school.[6]
    As a child, Bledel appeared in local productions of Our Town and The Wizard of Oz. She was scouted at a local shopping mall and given work as a fashion model. She went to Page Parkes Center for Modeling and Acting and attended NYU‘s Tisch School of the Arts for one year.[7]

    Career

    Bledel made her TV debut on The WB series Gilmore Girls in 2000. She portrayed Rory Gilmore, the daughter of single mother Lorelai Gilmore. Initially, Rory was a high school student living with her mother, but later moved on to college at Yale University, where she, among other things, worked as the editor of the Yale Daily News. She made her film debut in Tuck Everlasting, released in 2002, though she had worked as an extra in the 1998 film Rushmore.[8]
    She appeared as the main character in the music video for Less Than Jake’s “She’s Gonna Break Soon”, lead single from their 2003 album Anthem. In 2005, she starred in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants based on the book by Ann Brashares. She played Lena Kaligaris, an artist on a journey with her three best friends, linked over the summer by a pair of “magical” jeans.
    In 2005, Bledel portrayed Becky, a prostitute, in the movie Sin City. “She’s a very professional prostitute. She carries a gun and she kicks ass,” said Bledel of Becky.[9]
    In 2006, Bledel starred in I’m Reed Fish as Reed Fish’s fiance. Bledel reprised her role of Lena Kaligaris from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants in the film’s sequel, released in August 2008. Bledel next starred in Post Grad, which opened on August 21, 2009, alongside Jane Lynch, Michael Keaton, and Carol Burnett.
    In 2009, Bledel starred opposite Scott Porter in the film The Good Guy, which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival April 26, 2009. In this, Porter plays a Wall Street businessman whose life begins to fall apart when he helps out a new salesman. Bledel played Beth, Porter’s girlfriend. She was also a guest star on the two-hour series finale of ER, playing new intern Dr. Julia Wise.[10]
    In May 2009, Bledel returned to the modeling world, signing a contract with the modeling division of IMG.[7]
    In 2010, Bledel appeared in the historical drama The Conspirator directed by Robert Redford. She plays the wife of Frederick Aiken (James McAvoy), the lawyer who defended Mary Surratt, the first woman to be hanged in the United States, played by Robin Wright. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and is expected to hit theaters in spring 2011.[11]
    Also in 2010, Bledel completed work as the lead actress in the independent Canadian film The Kate Logan Affair. The film was presented at Montreal’s Festival du Nouveau Cinéma 2010.[12][13]

    Future work

    She has recently been cast in a new movie entitled The Letters, which is anticipated to be released in 2011. The Letters is a drama / thriller film by director Todd Fjelsted and is currently in pre-production.[citation needed]
    It has also been announced that Bledel will be joining the cast of Love, Loss, and What I Wore, a hit Off Broadway show written by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron. She is scheduled to perform in early 2011.[14]

    Personal life

    She dated her Gilmore Girls co-star Milo Ventimiglia for three and a half years, beginning around December 2002, before separating sometime before July 2006.[15]b
    In an appearance on Late Show with David Letterman on May 25, 2007 she revealed that she plays soccer recreationally, on a team called “The Hustlers”.[16] 

    Filmography

    Film
    Year Film Role Notes
    1998 Rushmore Student Uncredited extra
    2002 Tuck Everlasting Winifred Foster
    2004 Bride and Prejudice Georgie Darcy
    DysEnchanted Goldilocks Short Film
    2005 The Orphan King Dylan
    Sin City Becky
    The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Lena Kaligaris
    2006 I’m Reed Fish Kate Peterson
    Life is Short Charlotte Short Film
    2008 The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 Lena Kaligaris
    2009 The Good Guy Beth Vest
    Post Grad Ryden Malby
    The Ballad of G.I Joe Lady Jaye Short Film
    2010 The Conspirator Sarah Weston Premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival 2010
    Girl Walks Into a Bar Exotic dancer Major Motion Picture Created Specifically for Web Distribution [17]
    The Kate Logan Affair Kate Logan Scheduled for the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma 2010
    2011 Violet & Daisy Violet in development [18]
    Sleepaway Camp Reunion Becky in-production
    The Letters Janet Treadway in development
    Television
    Year Title Role Notes
    2000 Gilmore Girls Rory Gilmore 2000-2007 (153 episodes)
    2009 ER Julia Wise Episode: “And in the End…

    Awards and other recognitions

    Nominations

    Awards

    • 2001: Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Drama Series: Leading Young Actress. Gilmore Girls.
    • 2002: Family Television Award for Actress for Gilmore Girls.
    • 2005: Teen Choice Award for Choice It Girl.
    • 2005: Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress Comedy for Gilmore Girls.
    • 2006: Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress Comedy for Gilmore Girls.

    Other recognitions

    • In 2002, Bledel was voted one of Teen Peoples “25 Hottest Stars Under 25”.
    • She was ranked #87 on the Maxim Hot 100 Women of 2005.[19]
    • In 2010, Bledel was named one of Us Magazines “25 Most Stylish New Yorkers”.[20]

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    Who is Franklin Caliendo?

    Who is Franklin  Caliendo? The entertainment and comedy world knows Frank Caliendo  as an American comedian and impressionist, best known for his work on the Fox Network television series MADtv, and has been the in-house prognosticator for Fox NFL Sunday. In 2007 and 2008, he performed his impersonations on his own show, Frank TV, which aired on TBS. He is known for his impressions of Charles Barkley, NFL color commentator John Madden, sportscaster Jim Rome, comedian Robin Williams, actor William Shatner, and United States Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, and for his frequent appearances on The Bob & Tom Show. He has performed as many as 120 impressions. He currently has a show in Las Vegas.

    Biography

    Early life and career

    Caliendo was born January 19, 1974 in Chicago, Illinois, and was raised in Waukesha, Wisconsin, where he attended Waukesha South High School. He is of Italian ancestry.[2] After graduation from University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, Caliendo began performing stand-up comedy, taking a job as a master of ceremonies at a local comedy club. Within a year he was headlining. He made his network series debut on the 2000-2001 sketch comedy series Hype. He gained significant national exposure on the comedy series MADtv.
    Caliendo has performed stand-up on such series as cable‘s Premium Blend, The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, The View, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and Late Night with Conan O’Brien.
    His signature ‘John Madden‘ impression is frequently seen on Fox NFL Sunday, The Best Damn Sports Show Period and Mohr Sports. Caliendo has also appeared on Comedy Central‘s Comedy Central Presents, as well as many radio shows, including the WDVE Morning Show with Jim Krenn and Randy Bauman in Pittsburgh PA, The Dan Le Batard Show, The Junkies, Bob & Sheri, The Bob & Tom Show, Mike and Mike in the Morning, Opie and Anthony, The Don and Mike Show, Rise Guys, Bubba the Love Sponge, The John Boy and Billy Big Show, The Howard Stern Show, Mike and the Mad Dog, Elliot in the Morning, The Sports Inferno, The Rick and Bubba Show, The Roe Conn Show, Preston and Steve, The Glenn Beck Program, and Holmberg’s Morning Sickness, and Lamont & Tonelli on 107.7 The Bone in San Francisco.

    Frank TV

    For two short seasons, Caliendo starred on Frank TV, his own sketch show on the TBS that began airing in November 2007. Frank was its host and performed in sketches in full makeup as characters he impersonated. Frank joked that he “wanted the show to be called The Chappelle Show [ sic ], but the lawyers wouldn’t allow it,” referring to the publicity he would likely receive from naming his show after another popular comedian.
    In early 2008, TBS announced that they ordered eight more episodes, which ran later that year.[3] The show ended after the fifteenth episode, which aired on December 23, 2008.

    MADtv

    Caliendo officially joined the cast of MADtv in 2001 as a repertory performer, for the seventh season, and as MADtv’s equivalent to Saturday Night Live’s Darrell Hammond. In 2002, Caliendo replaced Will Sasso as the impersonator of George W. Bush, but he won audience members over with an offbeat impersonation of former Fox sports announcer John Madden and also many other Fox personalities. Both became some of the cast member’s most popular impressions on MADtv, and were featured quite prominently during his tenure. Frank also did the announcing for the best of scenes on the MADtv season 1 DVD, and the announcing for the Season 2 DVD release which was cancelled due to poor sales of the first season DVD.
    In August 2006, Caliendo announced he would not return to MADtv for its 2006-2007 season.

    Fox NFL Sunday

    On November 5, 2000, Caliendo appeared on Fox NFL Sunday, as a guest to comedian Jimmy Kimmel. He performed his increasingly noteworthy John Madden impression and was well-received. He returned again the same season on January 7 during the playoffs.
    In 2001 and 2002, Caliendo returned as a semi-regular guest on Fox NFL Sunday. He frequently appeared impersonating Madden or occasionally as pundit Jim Rome during some of Kimmel’s prognostication skits. At times he appeared live in the studio with the main hosts.
    In 2003, Kimmel departed the program, and Caliendo was named his permanent replacement. As the prognosticator for the NFL on Fox, he gives his predictions (“Cold Hard Picks”) for the day’s NFL games. Typically these come during a skit (usually a one-man skit), where he does one of his famous impersonations. For example, for the first week’s Fox NFL Sunday of the 2006 NFL season, he impersonated James Brown, who left the show in the off-season to join The NFL Today on CBS. He also imitates the cast of Fox NFL Sunday on occasion, most frequently Terry Bradshaw.

    The Comebacks

    Caliendo appeared in the 2007 film The Comebacks. He impersonates John Madden and Al Michaels in the championship game between the Comebacks and The Unbeatables. His Character is “Chip Imitation”.

    White House Correspondent’s Dinner

    Caliendo’s impression of President George W. Bush earned him an invitation to perform during the 2007 annual White House Correspondents Dinner.

    The Comedy Festival Presents: Funniest Movies of the Year 2008

    During The Comedy Festival Caliendo hosted a special called The Comedy Festival Presents: Funniest Movies of the Year 2008 where, from Caesars Palace, Caliendo introduced the top ten list for funniest films of 2008 based on an Internet poll.

    Television and film appearances

    Year Title Role Notes
    2008 The Comedy Festival Presents: Funniest Movies of the Year 2008 Himself/Host
    Fox NFL Sunday Various 2000-present
    2007 The Comebacks Chip Imitation
    The 2007 White House Correspondents Dinner Himself
    Frank TV Host: Various 2007-2008
    Frank Caliendo; All Over the Place Himself
    2005 Mind of Mencia George W. Bush Voice Only
    2004 Comedy Central Presents Himself
    National Lampoon Live: New Faces – Volumes 1 & 2 Himself/host
    Wisconsin Born & Bred: The Entertainers Himself
    2001 MADtv Himself-Various Appeared in 117 Episodes (2001-2006)
    Late Friday Himself
    2000 Hype Himself-Various

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    Who is Keanu Charles Reeves?

    Who is Keanu Charles Reeves? The entertainment and acting world know Keanu Reeves as a Canadian actor. Reeves is perhaps best known for his roles in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Speed, Point Break and the science fiction-action trilogy The Matrix. He has worked under major directors, such as Stephen Frears (in the 1988 period drama Dangerous Liaisons); Gus Van Sant (in the 1991 independent film My Own Private Idaho, also written by Van Sant); and Bernardo Bertolucci (in the 1993 film Little Buddha). Referencing his 1991 film releases, The New York Times critic Janet Maslin praised Reeves’ versatility, saying that he “displays considerable discipline and range. He moves easily between the buttoned-down demeanour that suits a police procedural story and the loose-jointed manner of his comic roles.”[1]
    In addition to his film roles, Reeves has also performed in theatre. His performance in the title role in a Manitoba Theatre Centre production of Hamlet was praised by Roger Lewis, the Sunday Times, who declared Reeves “…one of the top three Hamlets I have seen, for a simple reason: he is Hamlet.” On January 31, 2005, Reeves received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. A 2006 ET online survey placed him in the “Top Ten of America’s Favorite Stars”.

    Early life

    Reeves was born September 2, 1964 in Beirut, Lebanon, the son of Patricia Bond (née Taylor), a costume designer/performer, and Samuel Nowlin Reeves, Jr., a geologist.[2] Reeves’ mother is English, and his father is a Hawaiian-born American of English, Irish, Portuguese, Hawaiian, and Chinese descent.[3][4] Reeves’s mother was working in Beirut when she met his father. Reeves’ father worked as an unskilled laborer and earned his GED while imprisoned in Hawaii for selling heroin at Hilo International Airport.[5] He abandoned his wife and family when Reeves was three years old, and Reeves does not currently have any relationship with him.[5]
    Reeves moved around the world frequently as a child and he lived with various stepfathers. After his parents divorced in 1966, his mother became a costume designer and moved the family to Australia and then to New York City. There she met and married Paul Aaron, a Broadway and Hollywood director. The couple moved to Toronto; they divorced in 1971. Reeves’ mother married Robert Miller, a rock promoter, in 1976; the couple divorced in 1980. She subsequently married her fourth husband, Jack Bond, a hairdresser, a marriage that broke up in 1994. Grandparents and nannies babysat Reeves and his sisters, and Reeves grew up primarily in Toronto. Within a span of five years, he attended four different high schools, including the Etobicoke School of the Arts, from which he was later expelled. Reeves stated he was expelled “…because I was greasy and running around a lot. I was just a little too rambunctious and shot my mouth off once too often. I was not generally the most well-oiled machine in the school. I was just getting in their way, I guess.”
    Reeves excelled more in hockey than in academics, as his educational development was challenged by dyslexia. He was a successful goalie at one of his high schools (De La Salle College “Oaklands”). His team nicknamed him “The Wall,” and voted him MVP. While Reeves dreamed of becoming an Olympic hockey player for Canada, an injury ended his hopes for a hockey career. After leaving De La Salle College, he attended an anarchistic free school (Avondale Alternative), which allowed him to obtain an education while working as an actor; he later dropped out, never obtaining his high school diploma.
    In January 2011, on the BBC program ‘The One Show‘, he spoke of his English ancestry, via his mother, mentioning his happy watching of ‘The Two Ronnies‘ comedy show amongst others when younger, and how his mother imparted English manners that he still has today.

    Career

    1980s

    Reeves began his acting career at the age of nine, appearing in a theater production of Damn Yankees. At 15, he played Mercutio in a stage production of Romeo and Juliet at the Leah Posluns Theatre. Reeves made his screen acting debut in a CBC Television comedy series entitled Hangin’ In. Throughout the early 1980s, he appeared in commercials (including one for Coca-Cola), short films including the NFB drama One Step Away[6] and stage work such as Brad Fraser‘s cult hit Wolfboy in Toronto. In 1984, he was a correspondent for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation TV youth program Going Great.[7]
    Reeves’ first studio movie appearance was in the Rob Lowe ice hockey film Youngblood, in which he played a Québécois goalie. Shortly after the movie’s release, Reeves drove to Los Angeles in his 1969 Volvo. His ex-stepfather Paul Aaron, a stage and television director, had convinced Erwin Stoff to be Reeves’ manager and agent before he even arrived in Los Angeles. Stoff has remained Reeves’ manager, and has coproduced many of his films. After a few minor roles, Reeves received a more sizable role in the 1986 drama film River’s Edge, which depicted how a murder affected a group of teens. Following this film’s critical success, he spent the late 1980s appearing in a number of movies aimed at teenage audiences, including Permanent Record, and the unexpectedly successful 1989 comedy, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, which, along with its 1991 sequel, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, typecast Reeves as a spaced-out teen. Much of his portrayal in the press and much of the response to his acting in the early 1990s still mentioned his portrayal of the airheaded Ted.

    1990s

    During the early 1990s, Reeves started to break out of his teen-film period. He appeared in high-budget action films like Point Break, for which he won MTV’s “Most Desirable Male” award in 1992. He was also involved in various lower-budget independent films, including the well-received 1991 film, My Own Private Idaho with his close friend, the late River Phoenix. In 1994, Reeves’ career reached a new high as a result of his starring role in the action film Speed. His casting in the film was controversial since, except for Point Break, he was primarily known for comedies and indie dramas. He had never been the sole headliner on a film. The summer action film had a fairly large budget and was helmed by novice cinematographer-turned-director Jan de Bont. The unexpected international success of the film made Reeves and co-star Sandra Bullock into A-List stars.
    Reeves’ career choices after Speed were eclectic: despite his successes, Reeves continued to accept supporting roles and appear in experimental films. He scored a hit with a romantic lead role in A Walk in the Clouds. He made news by refusing to take part in Speed 2: Cruise Control and choosing to play the title role in a 1995 Manitoba Theatre Centre production of Hamlet in Winnipeg, Manitoba.[8] Roger Lewis, the Sunday Times critic, wrote, “He quite embodied the innocence, the splendid fury, the animal grace of the leaps and bounds, the emotional violence, that form the Prince of Denmark…He is one of the top three Hamlets I have seen, for a simple reason: he *is* Hamlet.”[9]

    Reeves’ other choices after A Walk in the Clouds, however, failed with critics and audiences. Big-budget films such as the sci-fi action film Johnny Mnemonic and the action-thriller Chain Reaction were critically panned and failed at the box office, while indie films like Feeling Minnesota were also critical failures. Reeves started to climb out of his career low after starring in the horror/drama The Devil’s Advocate alongside Al Pacino and Charlize Theron. Reeves deferred his salary for The Devil’s Advocate so that Pacino would be cast, as he would do later for the less successful The Replacements, guaranteeing the casting of Gene Hackman. The Devil’s Advocate did well at the box office, received good reviews, and proved that Reeves could play a grown-up with a career, although many critics felt that his poor performance detracted from an otherwise enjoyable movie. The 1999 science fiction-action hit The Matrix, a film in which Reeves had a starring role, was a box office success and attracted positive reviews.

    2000s

    In between the first Matrix film and its sequels, Reeves received positive reviews for his portrayal of an abusive husband in The Gift. Aside from The Gift, Reeves appeared in several films that received mostly negative reviews and unimpressive box office grosses, including The Watcher, Sweet November and The Replacements. However, the two Matrix sequels, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, Something’s Gotta Give, and the 2005 horror-action film, Constantine, proved to be box office successes and brought Reeves back into the public spotlight.
    His appearance in the 2006 film, A Scanner Darkly, based on the dystopian science fiction novel by Philip K. Dick, received favorable reviews, and The Lake House, his romantic outing with Sandra Bullock, did not do well at the box office. He went on to play the lead character in two 2008 films, Street Kings and The Day the Earth Stood Still. In February 2009 The Private Life of Pippa Lee was presented at Berlinale.[citation needed]

    2010s

    Reeves started filming the surrealist romantic comedy Henry’s Crime in December 2009, with filming set to wrap in early 2010. After this he will be starting work as producer and star on the science-fiction space drama Passengers, written by Jon Spaihts.[10]
    In January 2009, it was revealed that Reeves will star in the live-action film adaptation of the anime series Cowboy Bebop,[11][12] slated for release in 2011. Other upcoming projects include the samurai film 47 Ronin, Chef – story by Reeves and written by Steven Knight, and a modern retelling of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, scripted by Justin Haythe and titled Jekyll. Nicolas Winding Refn is in negotiations to direct and was later replaced by Dennis Iliadis and produced by Universal Pictures.[13]
    In April 2011 Reeves confirmed that a third installment of the Bill & Ted movie series was underway.[14]

    Personal life and other interests

    For nearly a decade following his initial rise to stardom, Reeves preferred to live in rental houses and hotels. He was a long-term resident of the Chateau Marmont. Reeves bought his first house in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles around 2003. He also has an apartment on Central Park West in New York City.
    He is a U.S. citizen through his American father, and also holds Canadian citizenship by naturalization; he grew up as a Canadian and identifies as such. Due to April 2003 changes in the law, he is entitled to British citizenship through his English mother.

    Jennifer Syme

    Reeves has never married.[15] In December 1999, his girlfriend Jennifer Syme gave birth to a stillborn daughter, Ava Archer Syme-Reeves. Syme died in 2001, a sole driver involved in an automobile wreck, while partying in Los Angeles.[16]
    Reeves was sued unsuccessfully in 2008 in Los Angeles Superior Court for $711,974[17] by paparazzo Alison Silva for allegedly hitting and injuring him with his Porsche after visiting a relative at a Los Angeles medical facility.[18][19] The paparazzo’s lawsuit took a year and a half to make it to trial, during which time Silva continued to attack Reeves and demand payment. At the trial, all 12 jurors rejected the suit needing only an hour of deliberation to reach their verdict. With the lawsuit rejected, Reeves was cleared of all the charges.[20]
    In 2010, photos of a sad-looking Keanu Reeves eating a sandwich while alone led to the spread of the “Keanu is Sad/Sad Keanu” Internet meme and the declaration of June 15 as “Unofficial Cheer-up Keanu Day” by a Facebook fanpage.[21]

    Music

    Reeves played bass guitar in the grunge band Dogstar during the 1990s. In the 2000s, he performed with the band Becky.

    Filmography

    Filmography

    Year Film Role Notes
    1985 Letting Go Stereo Teen #1
    One Step Away Ron Petrie
    1986 Youngblood Heaver
    Flying Tommy Wernicke
    Young Again Mike Riley, age 17
    Under the Influence Eddie Talbot
    Act of Vengeance Buddy Martin
    River’s Edge Matt
    Brotherhood of Justice Derek
    Babes in Toyland Jack
    1988 Permanent Record Chris Townsend
    The Prince of Pennsylvania Rupert Marshetta
    The Night Before Winston Connelly
    Dangerous Liaisons Le Chevalier Raphael Danceny
    1989 Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure Ted “Theodore” Logan
    Parenthood Tod Higgins
    1990 I Love You to Death Marlon James
    Tune in Tomorrow Martin Loader
    1991 Point Break FBI Special Agent John ‘Johnny’ Utah
    Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey Ted “Theodore” Logan/Evil Ted
    My Own Private Idaho Scott Favor
    Providence Eric
    1992 Bram Stoker’s Dracula Jonathan Harker
    1993 Much Ado About Nothing Don John
    Little Buddha Prince Siddhartha/Lord Buddha
    Poetic Justice Homeless Man (Uncredited)
    Freaked Ortiz the Dog Boy (Uncredited)
    Even Cowgirls Get the Blues Julian Gitche
    1994 Speed Officer Jack Traven
    1995 Johnny Mnemonic Johnny
    A Walk in the Clouds Sgt. Paul Sutton
    1996 Chain Reaction Eddie Kasalivich
    Feeling Minnesota Jjaks Clayton
    1997 The Last Time I Committed Suicide Harry
    The Devil’s Advocate Kevin Lomax
    1999 The Matrix Thomas Anderson/Neo Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Actor
    Me and Will Himself
    2000 The Replacements Shane Falco
    The Watcher David Allen Griffin
    The Gift Donnie Barksdale
    2001 Sweet November Nelson Moss
    Hardball Conor O’Neill
    2003 The Matrix Reloaded Thomas Anderson/Neo
    The Animatrix Thomas Anderson/Neo
    The Matrix Revolutions Thomas Anderson/Neo
    Something’s Gotta Give Dr. Julian Mercer
    2005 Constantine John Constantine
    Thumbsucker Perry Lyman
    Ellie Parker Himself
    2006 The Lake House Alex Wyler
    A Scanner Darkly Bob Arctor
    2008 Street Kings Detective Tom Ludlow
    The Day the Earth Stood Still Klaatu
    2009 The Private Lives of Pippa Lee Chris Nadeau
    2010 Passengers Jim Preston
    Cartagena Character Unknown
    2011 Jekyll Dr. Jekyll
    Cowboy Bebop Spike Spiegel[10][11]
    Hanuman Ram[19]

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    Who is Jonathan Favreau?

    Who is Jonathan Favreau? The entertainment and acting world knows Jon Favreau as an American actor, screenwriter and film director.  He is best known for appearing in films including Rudy, I Love You, Man; Swingers and Couples Retreat, as well as directing such films as Elf, Iron Man, Iron Man 2, and Cowboys & Aliens. He is also known for playing the role of Pete Becker, Monica Geller‘s boyfriend during season three of the television sitcom Friends.

    Early life

    Favreau was born in Flushing, New York, the son of Madeleine, an elementary school teacher who died of leukemia in 1979, and Charles Favreau, a special education teacher.[1] Favreau’s mother was Jewish and his father is a Catholic of Italian and distant French-Canadian ancestry.[2][3][4] He graduated from the Bronx High School of Science in 1984 and attended Queens College from 1984 to 1987, before dropping out.[5] He briefly worked for Bear Stearns on Wall Street before returning to Queens College for a semester in early 1988. He dropped out of college for good (a few credits shy of completing his degree),[6] and in the summer of 1988, moved to Chicago to pursue a career in comedy. He performed at several Chicago improvisational theaters, including the ImprovOlympic and the Improv Institute.

    Career

    While in Chicago, Favreau landed his first film role alongside Sean Astin as the pudgy tutor D-Bob in the classic sleeper hit Rudy (1993). Favreau met Vince Vaughn—who played a small role in this film—during shooting. The next year, he appeared in the college film PCU alongside Jeremy Piven, and also stepped into the world of television in the 1994 episode of Seinfeld titled “The Fire” as Eric the Clown. He then moved to Los Angeles, where he made his breakthrough in 1996 as an actor-screenwriter with the film Swingers, which was Vaughn’s breakthrough role as the glib and extremely confident Trent Walker, a perfect foil to Favreau’s heartbroken Mike Peters. In 1997 he appeared on the popular TV sitcom Friends portraying Pete Becker, whom Monica dates for several episodes, and who competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
    He rejoined Piven in 1998 as part of Very Bad Things (1998). In 1999 he starred in the TV movie Rocky Marciano, based on the life of the only undefeated world heavyweight champion in the world. He later appeared in Love & Sex (2000), co-starring Famke Janssen. Favreau got some screen time as lawyer Foggy Nelson in the 2003 movie Daredevil (2003) (considerably more in the Director’s Cut version). In 2003 he also starred in The Big Empty, directed by Steve Anderson. His character was John Person, an out of work actor given a strange mission to deliver a blue suitcase to a man named Cowboy in the desert. Earlier, Favreau appeared in 2000’s The Replacements as maniacal linebacker Daniel Bateman. He was a guest-director for an episode of the college dramedy Undeclared in 2001.
    In 2000, he played himself in a Sopranos episode as a Hollywood director who feigns interest in developing mob associate Christopher Moltisanti‘s execrable screenplay in order to collect material for his own screenplay.

    Vince Vaughn

    In 2001, he made his (film) directorial debut with another self-penned screenplay, Made. Made once again teamed him up with his Swingers co-star Vince Vaughn. In the fall of 2003, he scored his first financial success as a director of the hit comedy Elf starring Will Ferrell and James Caan. Also in 2003, Favreau had a small part in Something’s Gotta Give (a film starring Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson); Favreau played Leo, Harry Sanborn’s (Nicholson) personal assistant, who visited Harry in the hospital. In 2005, Favreau directed the film adaptation of Zathura. Never to turn his back on acting, Favreau still makes regular appearances in film and television. He recently reunited with friend Vince Vaughn in the much-hyped hit romantic comedy The Break-Up and appeared in My Name Is Earl as a reprehensible fast food manager. Favreau also made a guest appearance in Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Show.
    Also in 2005, Jon appeared as a guest judge and executive representative of Sony corporation in week five of NBC primetime reality TV business show, The Apprentice. He was called upon to judge the efforts of the show’s two teams of contestants, who were assigned the task of designing and building a float to publicise his 2005 Sony Pictures movie, Zathura.

    Favreau also has a TV series called Dinner for Five which airs on the cable TV channel IFC. On April 28, 2006, it was announced that Favreau was signed to direct the long awaited Iron Man movie.[7] Released on May 2, 2008, the film was a huge critical[8] and commercial[9] success, solidifying Favreau’s reputation as a director. Favreau was the third director attached to John Carter of Mars, the film adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs‘ swashbuckling space hero. Robert Rodriguez and Kerry Conran were previously attached within the last two years. Mark Protosevich and Ehren Kruger have both written drafts. The Marshal in Revelation has been in development since Swingers was released. It’s a western about a Hasidic gunslinger. At one time both Favreau and Vince Vaughn were to co-direct. Neanderthals is a CG animated film that Favreau will write and produce. Johnny Zero will cover the birth of the hot rod movement following World War II. Favreau will write and direct. Iron Man was the first Marvel-produced movie under their alliance with Paramount, and Favreau served as the director and an executive producer. He recently told MTV that he would like to be at the helm of an Avengers film. During early scenes in Iron Man Favreau appears as Tony Stark’s loyal friend, and driver, Happy Hogan. He also wrote a mini-series for Marvel Knights titled Iron Man: Viva Las Vegas, that started in September 2008,[10] and directed the sequel Iron Man 2.
    Favreau co-starred in 2009’s Couples Retreat, a comedy chronicling four couples who partake in therapy sessions at a tropical island resort, which he also wrote. The film saw him reunited with co-star Vince Vaughn, and Kristin Davis played his wife.[11] On June 22, 2009, it was announced that Favreau will provide the voice of a bear in Kevin James’ The Zookeeper.
    He also plays the voice-role of Mandalorian Pre Vizsla in the series Star Wars: The Clone Wars in various episodes.

    Personal life

    Favreau married Joya Tillem on November 24, 2000. The couple have three children, a son, Max, born July 25, 2001, and two daughters, Madeleine, born April 2003, and Brighton Rose, born August 2006. Joya Tillem is the niece of KGO (AM) lawyer/talk show host Len Tillem.[12]
    Favreau also plays on the World Poker Tour in the Hollywood Home games for the Cancer Care charity.
    Favreau also plays on the World Poker Tour in the Hollywood Home games for the Cancer Care charity. He is also very close friends with Vince Vaughan.

    Favreau credits Dungeons & Dragons with giving him “…a really strong background in imagination, storytelling, understanding how to create tone and a sense of balance.”[13]
    Favreau frequently Tweets during his day, which included updates from rehearsals[14] of Iron Man 2.

    Filmography

    Director

    Year Title
    2001 Made
    2003 Elf
    2005 Zathura
    2008 Iron Man
    2010 Iron Man 2
    2011 Cowboys & Aliens

    Actor

    Jon Favreau’s filmography
    Year Film Role Notes
    1992 Hoffa Uncredited role
    1993 Rudy D-Bob
    1994 Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle
    Seinfeld
    PCU
    Elmer Rice
    Eric the Clown
    Gutter
    1 Episode
    1995 Batman Forever Assistant
    1996 Swingers Mike Peters
    1997 Friends Pete Becker 6 Episodes
    1998 Very Bad Things
    Deep Impact
    Kyle Fisher
    Dr. Gus Partenza
    1999 Rocky Marciano Rocky Marciano
    2000 Love & Sex
    The Replacements
    Adam Levy
    Daniel “Danny” Bateman
    2001 Made
    The Sopranos
    Bobby Ricigliano
    Himself
    2003 Elf
    Something’s Gotta Give
    Daredevil
    The Big Empty
    Doctor
    Leo
    Franklin “Foggy” Nelson
    John Person
    2004 The King of Queens
    Wimbledon
    Sean McGee
    Ron Roth
    2006 The Break-Up
    Open Season
    Monk
    Johnny O
    Reilly
    Dr. Oliver Bloom
    Voice only
    Season 4, episode Mr. Monk Goes to the Dentist
    2008 Iron Man
    Four Christmases
    Happy Hogan
    Denver McVie
    2009 I Love You Man
    G-Force
    Couples Retreat
    Barry
    Hurley the Guinea Pig
    Joey
    Voice only
    2010 Iron Man 2
    The Zookeeper
    Star Wars: The Clone Wars
    Happy Hogan
    TBA (Voice only)
    Pre Vizsla (Voice Only)
    Various episodes

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    Who is Brooke Langton?

    Who is Brooke Langton? The entertainment and acting world knows Brooke Langton as an American actress?

    Personal life

    Langton was born 27 November 1970 in Arizona to geologist Jackson Langton and his wife, a surgical nurse. Her maternal grandfather, Stephen Cummings, was a World War II pilot and her aunt Sally Spalding is a script supervisor. Langton was raised in Illinois and Texas and attended San Diego State University. She was a model working primarily in Japan before her acting career.

    Career

    Langton’s first major role was on the television series Melrose Place, playing Samantha Reilly Campbell. After Melrose Place, she starred in The Net, a television drama based on the 1995 film of the same name. Langton portrayed the character Angela Bennett, the character played by Sandra Bullock in the film.
    She also appeared alongside Keanu Reeves and Gene Hackman in the 2000 film The Replacements, and had a brief role in the 1996 indie film Swingers as Nikki. In addition to these films, she has starred in a number of smaller films like Partner(s) with Jay Harrington and Julie Bowen, Playing Mona Lisa with Alicia Witt, and Kiss the Bride with Alyssa Milano. Her most recent film role was in the film Primeval, which was released in January 2007, as well as an appearance in the video for the song “(You Want to) Make a Memory” by Bon Jovi. Her role as the wife of Kyle Chandler‘s character in the film The Kingdom, released in September 2007, wound up being edited out.
    Langton had a recurring role on Friday Night Lights. The actress also co-starred as Charlie Crews’ lawyer, Constance Griffiths, on NBC’s show, Life, which premiered September 2007. She was in 11 episodes, spanning the pilot to the 14th episode.

    Relationships

    Carl Hagmier  

    Over the years, Langton has dated a number of well-known celebrities including actors George Clooney, David Chokachi, and golfer Tiger Woods. She is currently married to internet executive Carl Hagmier[1].

    Filmography

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    Who is Christina Rene Hendricks?

    Who is Christina Rene Hendricks? The entertainment and acting world knows Christina Hendricks as an American actress known for her role as Joan Holloway in the AMC cable television series Mad Men, and as Saffron in Fox’s short-lived series Firefly. Hendricks was named “the sexiest woman in the world” in 2010 in a poll of female readers taken by Esquire magazine.[1]

    Early years

    Hendricks was born May 3, 1975 in Knoxville, Tennessee, and raised in Twin Falls, Idaho, from third through eighth grade. She holds dual British and American nationality, as her father is British.[2] While in Twin Falls, she began her acting career with Junior Musical Playhouse Company, with roles in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Grease.In 1989, her family moved to Fairfax, Virginia, where Hendricks appeared in several Fairfax High School plays and local community theater.

    Career

    Hendricks has made a number of guest television appearances, starting as a regular in the series Beggars and Choosers. Since then, she has starred in the series The Big Time and The Court, opposite Sally Field and Craig Bierko, as well as the legal drama Kevin Hill. She has also had recurring roles in ER and Firefly and guest-starred in episodes of Angel, Miss Match, Tru Calling, Presidio Med, Without a Trace, and Las Vegas. Hendricks starred opposite Kip Pardue in South of Pico. La Cucina, an award-winning indie film, premiered on Showtime in December 2009 and stars Hendricks as a sexy writer opposite Joaquim de Almeida. She has appeared in four episodes of the NBC TV show Life in the recurring role of Olivia, detective Charlie Crews‘ soon-to-be stepmother and Ted Earley’s love interest. She also starred in music videos for “The Ghost Inside” by Broken Bells, and Everclear’s “One Hit Wonder”.[citation needed]
    Her best-known role is that of Joan Holloway on the award winning AMC series Mad Men. Hendricks’ character is the office manager of advertising agency Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce (SCDP), providing mentoring to a group of women who must deal with the come-ons and callousness of professional advertising executives.
    She is set to appear in a new action-thriller directed by Nicolas Winding Refn called Drive alongside Carey Mulligan and Ryan Gosling.[3]

    Personal life

    Geoffrey Arend

    Hendricks is known for her buxom physique and red hair, although she is a natural blonde and began coloring her hair red at the age of ten.[4][5]
    On October 11, 2009, Hendricks married actor Geoffrey Arend.[6]
    In July 2010, Hendricks’ hourglass figure was highlighted as a positive influence for women by UK Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone, who said “Christina Hendricks is absolutely fabulous…We need more of these role models. There is such a sensation when there is a curvy role model. It shouldn’t be so unusual.”[7] Hendricks commented in September 2010 that the media is too focused on women’s bodies and not their actual talents, “I was working my butt off on the show [Mad Men] and then all anyone was talking about was my body.”[8]
    Esquire magazine named her “the sexiest woman in the world” in 2010 in a poll of female readers.[1]

    Awards and nominations

    Filmography

    Year↓ Title↓ Role↓ Notes
    1999 Sorority Fawn
    1999 Undressed Rhiannon TV series
    2000 Angel Bar Maid Episode: “The Prodigal
    2000–2001 Beggars and Choosers Kelly Kramer 19 episodes
    2001 Thieves Sunday Episode: “Casino”
    2002 ER Joyce Westlake 4 episodes
    2002 Court, TheThe Court Betsy Tyler TV series
    2002 Big Time, TheThe Big Time Audrey Drummond TV movie
    2002 Firefly Saffron Episode: “Our Mrs. Reynolds
    2003 Firefly Saffron / Bridget / Yolanda Episode: “Trash
    2003 Miss Match Sarah Episode: “The Price of Love”
    2003 Hunger Point Frannie Hunter TV movie
    2003 Presidio Med Claire Episode: “Suffer Unto Me the Children…”
    2004 Tru Calling Alyssa Episode: “Murder in the Morgue
    2004–2005 Kevin Hill Nicolette Raye 22 episodes
    2005 Cold Case Esther ‘Legs’ Davis Episode: “Colors
    2006 Jake in Progress Tanya 3 episodes
    2006 Las Vegas Connie Episode: “Chaos Theory
    2006 Without a Trace Rachel Gibson Episode: “Check Your Head
    2007 La Cucina Lily
    2007 South of Pico Angela
    2007 Notes from the Underbelly Holly Episode: “First Night Out”
    2007–2008 Life Olivia Canton 4 episodes
    2007–present Mad Men Joan Holloway 52+ episodes
    2010 Family Tree, TheThe Family Tree Alicia
    2010 Leonie Catherine
    2010 Life as We Know It Alison Novack
    2011 All Star Superman Lois Lane (voice) Video
    2011 Detachment Ms. Madison Post-production
    2011 Drive Blanche Post-production
    2011 Don’t Know How She Does It, II Don’t Know How She Does It TBA Pre-production

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    Who is Sarah Jane Morris?

    Who is Sarah Jane Morris? The entertainment and acting world knows Sarah Jane Morris as an American actress. She plays Julia Walker on Brothers & Sisters and formerly had a recurring role on Felicity.

    Personal life

    Morris was born April 12, 1977 in Memphis, Tennessee, the daughter of Walker Morris, a commercial airline pilot, and Janie Morris, a social worker, the youngest of four siblings, she graduated from the private all-girls’ Hutchison School in Memphis. She attended Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas, where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma,[1] and where she met her future husband, Ned Brower (they married on February 19, 2005). They have a son, Emmett Andrew Brower (born January 24, 2010).[2]

    Career

    Morris moved to Los Angeles after college to pursue an acting career and immediately found work on such network television series as Boston Public, Undeclared and Ed.

    Filmography

    Film
    Year Film Role Other notes
    2000 Coyote Ugly Girl at the Surprise Party
    2005 Underclassman Jamie Uncredited Role
    2007 Look Courtney
    2008 Seven Pounds Susan
    2009 Seeds Vivian Short film
    2010 6 Month Rule Beth post-production
    Television
    Year Title Role Notes
    2001 Boston Public Sally Barnes Episode: Chapter Fifteen
    Episode: Chapter Nineteen
    Murder in Small Town X Abigail ‘Abby’ Flint Unknown episodes
    Dark Angel X6/Ralph Episode: Bag ‘Em
    Undeclared Jana Episode: Rush and Pledge
    Episode: Hell Week
    Undressed Paula Unknown episodes
    2001–2002 Felicity Zoe Webb 8 episodes
    2002 First Monday Brittany Kant Episode: Age of Consent
    2003 Ed Stacie Episode: The Decision
    2005 Cold Case Amy Lind (1999) Episode: Start-Up
    2006 Windfall Zoe Reida 4 episodes
    2006–2009 Brothers & Sisters Julia Walker 65 episodes
    2008 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Marla Reynolds Episode: Kissinger
    2009 Ghost Whisperer Caroline Mayhew Episode: Head Over Heels
    2011 NCIS Special Agent Erica Jane Barrett Five Episodes

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    Who is Léo Gordon Laporte?

    Who is Léo Gordon Laporte? [1] The entertainment and tech world knows Leo Laporte as the Tech Guy who is an American technology broadcaster, author, and entrepreneur. A native of Providence, Rhode Island, he now lives in Petaluma, California with his wife Jennifer and two children, Abby and Henry.[2]

    Background

    Laporte was born November 29, 1956 in Manhattan, New York City. He studied Chinese History under Jonathan Spence at Yale University before dropping out in his junior year to pursue his career in radio broadcasting,[3] where his early radio names were Dave Allen and Dan Hayes.[4] He began his association with computers with his first home PC, an Atari 400.[5] He operated one of the first Macintosh-only bulletin board systems, MacQueue, from 1985 to 1988.[6] Leo is also an ordained minister in the Universal Life Church. [7]

    Television and radio

    Laporte has created, hosted, and contributed to a number of technology-related broadcasting projects. He created and co-hosted Dvorak On Computers in January 1991 (co-hosted with computer pundit John Dvorak), and hosted Laporte On Computers on KGO Radio and KSFO in San Francisco. In addition, Laporte also hosted Internet! on PBS, and The Personal Computing Show on CNBC. In 1997 he earned an Emmy Award for his work on MSNBC’s The Site, a daily Monday through Saturday hour-long newsmagazine he helped create and appeared on in the role of a computer-generated character named Dev Null.
    In 1998, he created and co-hosted The Screen Savers and the original version of Call for Help on the cable and satellite network ZDTV (later TechTV). Laporte left The Screen Savers in 2004, and then later left the network following a dispute with TechTV’s then-outgoing owner, Vulcan Ventures, over stock ownership and the cancellation of Call for Help. His contract ended on March 31, and his absence from The Screen Savers on April 1 was originally believed to be an April Fool’s Day joke.
    Laporte has also pursued acting, playing Uncle Charlie in the movie Phoenix Rising.[8]
    Laporte was the host of the daily television show The Lab with Leo Laporte, recorded in Vancouver, Canada. The program had formerly been known as Call for Help when it was recorded in the U.S. and Toronto. The series aired on G4techTV Canada, on the HOW TO Channel in Australia, on several of Canada’s Citytv affiliates, and on Google Video some weeks after initial broadcast. On March 6, 2008, Laporte confirmed on net@nite #46 that The Lab with Leo Laporte had been canceled by Rogers Communications. The HOW TO Channel refused to air the remaining episodes after it was announced the show had been canceled.[9][10]
    He also hosts a weekend technology-oriented talk radio program show titled Leo Laporte: The Tech Guy. The show, once an exclusive to KFI AM 640 (Los Angeles), is now syndicated on nearly 100 North American radio stations through Premiere Radio Networks, and on XM Satellite Radio. Laporte appears semi-regularly on Showbiz Tonight,[11] Live with Regis and Kelly,[12] World News Now, and briefly with Bill Handel on Friday mornings on KFI. He has also been a guest technology expert on numerous talk radio programs in local markets across the U.S. and Canada.

    Books

    Laporte has authored a number of technology-oriented books such as 101 Computer Answers You Need to Know, Leo Laporte’s 2005 Gadget Guide, Leo Laporte’s Guide to TiVo, Leo Laporte’s Guide to Mac OS X Tiger and Leo Laporte’s PC Help Desk. Laporte has also published a yearly series of technology almanacs: Leo Laporte’s Technology Almanac and Poor Leo’s Computer Almanac. Laporte’s latest and last book is Leo Laporte’s 2006 Technology Almanac.
    Throughout his career, he has contributed to a number of periodicals such as BYTE, InfoWorld, and MacUser. Laporte announced in October, 2006 that he will not renew his contract with Que Publishing and has retired from publishing his long series of books. He said, “Writing books is hard work and, love-starved groupies aside, the compensations are scant. I’ll put my energies into something I love to do, talking for a living.”[13]
    In 2008, Laporte did the voice narration for the fable The True History of Little Golden-hood by Andrew Lang which was made available through Audible.

    Netcasting

    Laporte currently owns and operates a netcast network, TWiT.tv. The name is derived from the network’s award winning, flagship podcast This WEEK in TECH, or TWiT, which is hosted by Laporte along with a rotating panel of guests usually made up of several other former TechTV employees. This show remains one of the most popular podcasts on iTunes and other podcast subscription services, as evidenced by winning an award at the November 2005 Podcasting Expo in California for the year’s best podcast and by its over 280,000 weekly downloads.
    Laporte prefers to call his shows “netcasts,” saying “I’ve never liked the word podcast. It causes confusion … people have told me that they can’t listen to my shows because they ‘don’t own an iPod’ … I propose the word ‘netcast.’ It’s a little clearer that these are broadcasts over the Internet. It’s catchy and even kind of a pun.”[14] With the addition of TWiT.tv’s live video feed, the shows are no longer audio-only.
    Some of his other “netcasts” include Security Now! with Steve Gibson, MacBreak and MacBreak Weekly, both hosted in a fashion similar to TWiT, The Daily Giz Wiz with Dick DeBartolo, Munchcast with Cammy Blackstone, Windows Weekly with Paul Thurrott, FLOSS Weekly, net@night with Amber MacArthur, Roz Rows The Pacific, and TWiG (This Week in Google) with Jeff Jarvis and Gina Trapani.

    Recent Publicized Events

    On March 14th 2010, Leo Laporte made the World Record for the longest live-streamed Crowd-Surf, which he performed during a live episode of Diggnation at the SXSW Interactive event in Austin Texas while broadcasting a TWiT LIVE “behind the scenes”. The streamed video can be viewed on Youtube and third-person views are online as well[15][16].
    Then in May 2010 Leo created some controversy by deleting his Facebook account live on the air.[17][18][19][20]

    TWiT Live

    Leo now hosts an online tech-oriented videostream TWiT Live.[21] It is currently broadcast through 2 BitGravity streams, as well as an audio only stream, a Justin.tv channel and a Ustream channel which are all live every day from about 2-7 PM EST, excluding Monday and Friday. A complete, official programming schedule can be found on Google Calendar.
    On July 11, 2008 he did a special 24 hour show about the release of the iPhone 3G. It received 500,733 views, with a peak of over 100,000 concurrent viewers.[22]
    The TWiT network’s broadcast content was added in November 2009 as a free channel on the new Roku streaming media device and can also be viewed with many internet enabled televisions.
    On January 27, 2010 Laporte hosted over 180,000 concurrent viewers as he provided in-depth coverage including live video and audio feeds from Apple’s January 27th Event, where Apple’s iPad was first revealed by Steve Jobs.
    On March 13, 2010 Laporte hosted a live stream from SXSW 2010 where he joined the cast of Diggnation on-stage and performed the world’s longest live streamed crowd surf, as recognized by the URDB.

    Books

    101 Computer Answers You Need to Know

    Leo Laporte’s 2005 Gadget Guide

     

    Leo Laporte’s Guide to TiVo

    Leo Laporte’s Guide to Mac OS X Tiger

    Leo Laporte’s PC Help Desk

    Leo Laporte’s Technology Almanac and Poor Leo’s Computer Almanac.

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    Who is Jay Chou?

    Who is Jay Chou?  The entertainment and acting world know Jay Chou as a Taiwanese musician, singer-songwriter, music and film producer, actor and director who has won the World Music Award four times. He is well-known for composing all his own songs and songs for other singers. In 1998 he was discovered in a talent contest where he displayed his piano and song-writing skills. Over the next two years, he was hired to compose for popular Mandarin singers. Although he was trained in classical music, Chou combines Chinese and Western music styles to produce songs that fuse R&B, rock and pop genres, covering issues such as domestic violence, war, and urbanization.
    In 2000, Chou released his first album, titled Jay, under the record company Alfa Music. Since then he has released one album per year except in 2009, selling several million copies each. His music has gained recognition throughout Asia, most notably in regions such as Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and in overseas Asian communities, winning more than 20 awards each year. He has sold more than 28 million albums worldwide up to 2010.[3] He debuted his acting career in Initial D (2005), for which he won Best Newcomer Actor in both the Hong Kong Film Awards and the Golden Horse Awards, and was nominated for Best Supporting Actor by Hong Kong Film Awards for his role in Curse of the Golden Flower (2006). He produced the theme song for the film Ocean Heaven starring Jet Li. His career now extends into directing and running his own record company JVR Music.

     Life and career

    Jay Chou was born 18 January 1979 and grew up in Linkou, Taipei County, Taiwan.[4] Both his parents were secondary school teachers: his mother, Ye Hui Mei , taught fine arts, while his father, Zhou Yao Zhong , was a biomedical researcher. His mother noticed his sensitivity to music and took him to piano lessons at the age of three.[4] During his childhood, he was fascinated with capturing sounds and songs with his tape recorder, which he carried everywhere with him. In the third grade, he became interested in music theory and also started cello lessons. He is an only child and loved to play piano, imitate TV actors, and perform magic tricks. His favorite composer was, and still is to this day, Chopin. His parents divorced when he was 13, which caused him to become reclusive and introverted. Although he had friends, he often preferred to be alone, listening to music, contemplating and daydreaming. At Tamkang Senior High School, he majored in piano and minored in cello. He showed talent for improvisation, became fond of pop music and began to write songs.[5][6]
    Chou graduated from high school with inadequate grades for university, so he prepared for military service, which was compulsory for all Taiwanese men at the age of 18. However, a sports injury triggered by an unexplainable and severe back pain eventually led to the diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis, a hereditary spine inflammation disease; as a result, he was exempted from conscription.[7][8] Meanwhile, he found himself a job as a waiter. Without his knowing, his friend had entered both their names in a talent show called Super New Talent King. Chou played the piano accompaniment for his friend, whose singing was described as “lousy”. Although they did not win, the show’s host Jacky Wu—an influential character in Taiwan’s entertainment business—happened to glance at Chou’s music score and was impressed with its complexity. Wu hired him as a contract composer and paired him with the novice lyricist Vincent Fang.[6]

    Over the next two years he wrote songs for Mandarin pop artists, and also learned recording and sound mixing; his dedication was apparent as he even slept in the music studio. Wu’s music studio was later sold to Alfa Music, and the new manager Yang Jun Rong asked him to release his own album. Chou already had an arsenal of songs he wrote for others but had been rejected, so among those he chose 10 for his debut CD Jay that was released in 2000. The album established his reputation as a musically gifted singer-songwriter whose style is a fusion of R&B, rap, classical music, and yet distinctly Chinese. His fame spread quickly in Chinese-speaking regions including countries throughout Southeast Asia.[9][10][11] Since 2000, Chou has released one album per year, except the year 2009, each selling several million copies, and has been recognized with hundreds of awards.[12] In 2003, he was the cover story of Time magazine (Asia version),[6] acknowledging his influence on popular culture. He has held four world tours, “The One” (2002), “Incomparable” (2004), “Jay Chou The World Tours” (2007–2008) and “The Era” (2010–2011) performing in cities such as Taipei, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Las Vegas, Toronto and Vancouver. Unlike most singers, Chou has an enormous amount of creative control over his music.[6] He is not only the songwriter but also the producer on all of his albums; since 2005 he is also the music director and also directs his own music videos.

    Music

    Musical style

    Chou’s compositions are loosely categorized as pop music. While many of his works fall into contemporary R&B, rap, and rock genres, the term “Chou Style” has been popularized to describe his trademark cross-cultural music and his insistence on singing with relaxed enunciation. Taipei Times once described the meaning of “Chou Style”: “In what has become the archetypal Chou style, Taiwan’s favorite son blends pop, rap, blues and a smorgasbord of esthetic elements of world music to create his dream-like never-never land …”[15]

    He regularly fuses traditional Chinese instruments and styles with R&B or rock to form a new genre called “Zhongguo feng” which literally means “Chinese Style Music“,[a] some of which are written in the Pentatonic Scale as opposed to the more common seven-note scale (Diatonic Scale) to accentuate an oriental style. Besides his own culture, he also incorporated Spanish guitar in “Red Imitation” , American techno/electronica in “Herbalist’s Manual” , rap with subtle classical music undertones in “Reverse Scales” , and Bossanova style in “Rosemary” , to name a few. Sound effects from everyday life are frequently woven into his music, such as bouncing ping pong balls, touch tone phone dialing, helicopter blades, dripping rain, and radio static noise (concrete music).[b]
    His formal musical training is evident by the use of classical textures in his compositions. For example, counterpoint was used in “Perfection”  and “Sorry” , while polyphony can be found in “The Wound That Ends War”  and “Twilight’s Chapter Seven”.
    Chou’s albums have been noted for the lack of change compared to his earlier works, yet he firmly stated that he will not alter his style: “They say I’ve been standing still … but this is the music I want, and I don’t see what I want by moving ahead.”[16] To demonstrate his point, he named his 2006 album Still Fantasy after his 2001 album Fantasy. His use of relaxed enunciation has been criticized as “mumbling”[17] which he also insisted will not change;[18] however, recently he has adopted clearer pronunciation for certain songs, particularly more traditional Chinese style songs, such as “Faraway”  which features Fei Yu-ching and “Chrysanthemum Terrace” .[19]

    Lyrics

    Chou is more often a singer-composer than a lyricist. Several “regulars” write the lyrics for most of his music, but the content and style is unified with his own personality and image, covering a diverse range of topics and ideas. Vincent Fang accounts for more than half of the lyrics in his albums, helping to establish an important element in Chou’s music: the use of meaningful, imagery- and emotionally-rich lyrics, sometimes written in the form of ancient Chinese poetry with reference to Chinese history or folklore.[c] In addition to writing romantic hits,[d] he also touches on war, the Bible, sports, and martial arts.[e] Vivian Hsu is a singer herself and has helped with Chou’s earlier hits,[f] while Huang Jun Lang  is noted for his work surrounding unusual themes (such as a detective story and chess game).[g]
    Chou himself has written lyrics for many ballads,[h] but has also discussed societal ills such as drug addiction in “Coward”  and loss of the rural countryside to urbanization in “Terrace fields” . Domestic violence discussed in “Dad, I am back” received a great deal of commotion since he was the first to bring up this taboo subject in Sanscript music,[20] which helped solidify his status as a pioneer and a unique pop singer capable of approaching serious issues. In the songs “Maternal grandmother”  and “Listen to Mother”, he voiced his high regard for family values. He addressed personal issues about his failure to enter university in “Split” , his resentment towards the paparazzi in “Besieged From All Sides” , and highlighted the importance of individuality in “Popular Imitation” . “Rice Fragrance” , a song from his 9th album Capricorn encourages people not to give up their dreams even when facing difficulties in life.

    Collaborations

    Chou began as a songwriter for other singers and continued this area of work even after he debuted his own career in singing. He has composed frequently for Jolin Tsai, Landy Wen, and occasionally for other Taiwanese singers such as Coco Lee, S.H.E, Vivian Hsu, Leehom Wang, Will Liu, Valen Hsu, and Hong Kong pop stars Edmond Leung, Gigi Leung, Jordan Chan, Edison Chen, Karen Mok, Leo Ku, Eason Chan, and Joey Yung, as well as a one-time collaboration with Howard Su. He has also written for singers outside of his generation—over one dozen songs for his mentor Jacky Wu, later also for Taiwanese singer Jody Chiang, and Hong Kong singers Jacky Cheung, Andy Lau, Aaron Kwok, and Kenny Bee.[21][22][23][24]
    He initiated the band Nan Quan Mama in 2004, selecting band members and overseeing their album production. The group has been noted for sounding too similar to their mentor;[25] as a result, Chou has reduced his involvement in the band,[26] but continues to help increase their exposure to mass audiences by inviting them as guests performers for his own concerts and music videos.[27][28][29][30]

    Patty Hou,

    He has performed live duets with Landy Wen,[28] Jolin Tsai,[31] and former girlfriend news anchor Patty Hou,[32] but only two studio recordings of duets have been formally placed in his own albums: “Coral Sea”  in 2005 with Lara Veronin (of Nan Quan Mama)[33] and “Faraway”  in 2006 features Fei Yu-Ching, who began his career in the 1970s.[34] Besides working with singers, Chou’s longest-running collaboration is with lyricist Vincent Fang, as they both started their careers in the music field in 1998. The compilation album Partners featured 12 songs, each consisting of Chou’s musical and Fang’s lyrical compositions.[35] Fang has written the words to more than 40 of Chou’s songs, was the chief editor of Chou’s book Grandeur de D Major , and is now Chou’s business partner (together with Chou’s manager JR Yang) for the record company JVR Music.[36][37] Jay Chou was also featured in Cindy Yen‘s song “Sand Painting” released in October 2009. Jay Chou collaborates with Kobe Bryant on “The Heaven and Earth Challenge” in order to “promote youth creativity, as well as an upcoming slam-dunk competition in China.” The song was released at a press conference before the NBA All-Star Game on 20 February 2011.[38]

    World tours

    Jay held his first series of five solo concerts, titled Fantasy Concert , with the first stop on 11 January 2001 at Taoyuan Arena, Taiwan. Followed by two shows at the Hong Kong Coliseum, one in Malaysia and ended in Singapore on 10 February 2002. His second concert tour, The One Concert commenced on 28 September 2002 at Taipei Municipal Stadium, followed by 11 stops and ended at Shenzhen Stadium, China on 3 January 2004.
    Two more series of world tours followed: Incomparable Concert  in 2004 and Jay Chou 2007 World Tours , with stops in cities such as Taipei, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Las Vegas, Toronto and Vancouver. In 2010, to celebrate Jay’s 10 year career in the entertainment industry, he embarked on his fifth series of concert tour titled, New Era World Tour, with the first stop of three concerts from 11 to 13 June 2010 at Taipei Arena, followed by 24 stops ending in Malaysia on 5 March 2011.

    World tours/Live (DVD) album releases

    Other works

    Movie career

    Chou formally entered the film industry in 2005 with the release of the movie Initial D . He has since acted in three other movies, directed one film and more than a dozen music videos. Chou, who once said “I live because of music”,[39] ventured into movies because he felt the need for a new challenge. As fans have grown concerned that movies will compromise his music career, Chou has repeatedly reassured that movies are a source of inspiration and not a distraction; at the same time, he realizes the need to balance both careers and maintain his place in the music field to garner the continued support of fans.[40][41][42][43]

     Acting

    Entry into acting was an unexpected move for Chou.[41] His high school English teacher thought he was capable of very few facial expressions,[6] and the director of Hidden Track (2003, a movie in which Chou had a cameo role) said that his strong individualistic personality will not make him a good actor.[44] In 2005, Chou’s first role as the lead actor in Initial D served two purposes: to launch his acting debut, and to increase his exposure to Japanese audiences.[45] This film is based on the Japanese comic Initial D, where Chou played Takumi Fujiwara, a gifted touge racer who is quiet and rarely shows expression. Some reviewers criticized his bland acting[46] while others felt he performed naturally, but only because the character’s personality closely mirrored his own.[47][48] His performance in Initial D won him Best Newcomer Actor in Golden Horse Awards and Hong Kong Film Awards.[49][50] Chou’s second film was Curse of the Golden Flower (2006). As a supporting character, he drew much of the attention of Chinese reporters; Chou’s involvement in this movie was announced in its own press conference,[51] separate from the meeting held for Chow Yun-fat, Gong Li, and the other actors. Chou portrayed Prince Jai, the ambitious second eldest prince and general of the Imperial army whose personality epitomizes Xiao , the Chinese virtue of filial piety. In this internationally-released film, North American audiences saw Chou for the first time. According to Chinese movie critics, comments about his acting ranged from “lacks complexity”[52] to “acceptable,”[53][54] but was critically praised by Western reviewers.[55][56][57][58][59] His performance in Curse of the Golden Flower was nominated Best Supporting Actor in the Hong Kong Film Awards.[60] In the 2008 film Kung Fu Dunk, Chou portrayed a kung fu student and dunking prodigy, and the film earned over ¥100 million (US$14.7 million).[61] Chou portrayed Kato in The Green Hornet, directed by Michel Gondry and released in January 2011, after Hong Kong actor Stephen Chow withdrew from the project, the film grossed over $228 million worldwide.[62] MTV Networks‘ NextMovie.com named him one of the ‘Breakout Stars to Watch for in 2011’.[63]

    Directing

    Chou’s acquired his first directing experience in 2004 through music videos. He initially experimented with a song by the group Nan Quan Mama titled “Home”  where he was involved throughout the entire process from research to editing. After learning the difficulties of being a director, he refused to direct again even at the request of his record company.[64] However, his interest resurfaced again as he directed music videos for 4 of the 12 songs in own album November’s Chopin in 2005,[65] and later television advertisements.[66][67] By 2006, he had taken responsibility for the storyboard, directing, and editing of music videos for all his songs.[40] It is unclear how the public appraises his work, since music videos are rarely the subject of critical review; however, director Zhang Yimou said that Chou’s directing abilities may surpass his own in the future, after viewing several of Chou’s music videos.[51][68]
    In February 2007, Chou finally directed his first movie Secret. The story he wrote is based loosely on his relationship with a high school girlfriend, with a plot focused on music, love, and family.[69] He stars as the lead actor of the film with Kwai Lun-Mei‎ as the female lead, and Hong Kong veteran actor Anthony Wong as Chou’s father. Despite previous experience in filming music videos, Chou admits that movies are more challenging due to storyline and time constraints.[69] This movie was released in July 2007.[70]
    In 2005, Jay Chou played the male lead in Initial D, but according to reports, he will be back to direct the sequel, while Andrew Lau, who was a co-director of the first Initial D, will take on the role of the producer.[71]

    Book: Grandeur de D Major

    Chou published his first book titled Grandeur de D Major  on November 25, 2004.[k] This 200-page book features a prologue written by his family, friends, and co-workers; the main section is a compilation of his personal attitudes, philosophies, and recollections of childhood experiences along with pictures from his music videos, many of which have never been released; and lastly, a list of the artist’s major awards, musical and lyrical compositions, and discography. For the usually low-profile singer, this book revealed his personality and convictions that has served as the basis of his musical and public image. He demonstrated a strong appreciation of family values with an especially deep connection with his mother and maternal grandmother. His confidence and dedication towards music is evident as he dedicated 2 out of 7 chapters to music: the current state of the industry, his composition methodology, and the importance of individualism to his success in music. This pride is contrasted against his modesty and self-assessed naivety about many aspects in life, particularly regarding relationships and marriage.

    Endorsements

    Chou has been a spokesperson for popular brands such as Pepsi (2002–2007), Panasonic (2001–2005), Motorola (since 2006), M-Zone/China Mobile (since 2003), Levi’s (2004–2005), Deerhui (sporting goods, since 2003), and Metersbonwe Group (casual wear, since 2003), Colgate (2004–2005), popular computer game Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos (2002), science and nature magazine National Geographic (2005).[72][73] To maximize the celebrity branding effect, advertisements are nearly always linked to his music and TV commercials are occasionally directed by him.[66][67] He acted as the tourism ambassador for Malaysia in 2003.[74][75] Recently[when?], Jay is promoting Sprite with Angela Chang. In the commercial, he can be seen performing magic tricks. He also did a Sprite commercial with Kobe Bryant.

    Accolades

    From the launch of his music career in 2000, Jay Chou has won more than 350 singer, singer-songwriter, and producer awards in Asia.[12] The highly coveted Golden Melody Awards in Taiwan[j] awarded “Best Album” for his debut CD Jay (2000) in 2001, and five awards (including “Best Album”, “Best Composer”, and “Best Producer”) in the following year for the album Fantasy (2001). However, failure to win “Best Album” for three consecutive years has left him disheartened with award ceremonies. Although he continues to win more than 20 awards per year from various organizations in Asia, Chou has stated he will rely more on album sales as an indicator of his music’s quality and popularity.[76] In 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008, he was awarded Best-Selling Artist in China by World Music Awards for the albums Common Jasmin Orange, Still Fantasy and On the Run.[77]

    Media and public relations

    Public image

    Despite living under continual media scrutiny, Chou’s public image has changed little over the years as he emphasizes individuality as his “personal philosophy”.[6][78] In his music, this is also evident as he fuses Chinese and Western styles and explores topics unconventional for a pop singer, which have been described as “authentic” and “revolutionary”.[6][10][11] The media describes a hard-working[79] perfectionist[6] with clear self-direction[80] who is occasionally regarded as competitive[81] and a “control freak”.[6] There is a misunderstanding about his nickname “Chairman Chou” , used by both the press and fans to underscore his domineering personality and impact on Asian music,[82] but also points at his musical talent.[20][79] Yet the origin of this nickname emerges from his fever of collecting antiques as the word comes from “antique” in Chinese . Outside of music, Chou is reported as shy, quiet,[80][83] modest, and views filial piety as “the most important thing“.[84] In-line with his aim to present a positive image,[16] he is a non-smoker, non-drinker, and does not go to nightclubs.[85] Government officials and educators in Asia have awarded him for his exemplary behaviour,[86] designated him a spokesperson in the youth-empowerment project “Young Voice” in 2005 and an anti-depression campaign in 2007,[87][88] His lyrics for two songs[i] has been incorporated into the school syllabus to inspire motivational and filial attitudes.[89][90][91][92] In November 2007, Chou was criticized for attending the funeral of Taiwanese gang leader Chen Chi-li to console Chen’s son Baron Chen, whom Chou met while filming Kung Fu Dunk.[93][94][95]

    Response to the news media and paparazzi

    As with other stars, Chou has expressed a strong dislike of the paparazzi. In the early years of his career, unwanted attention by the media was usually dealt with by avoidance. In-line with his quiet nature, he frequently wore baseball caps and hoods while lowering his head and evading eye contact during interviews.[83] In recent years however, he has been less passive about the invasion of his privacy. To discourage the paparazzi from taking unsolicited pictures, Chou is known to photograph the paparazzi that follow him.[96] He openly calls the paparazzi “dogs” and tabloids “dog magazines”, as shown in his lyrics for “Besieged From All Sides”. The media have also accused Chou of evading compulsory military service[97] by feigning to suffer from ankylosing spondylitis. Later that year he was acquitted after providing the relevant medical records and letters from the army confirming a lawful exemption from draft dated before the start of his music career.[98]
    Despite constant harassment and stalking by the media, he does acknowledge that not all media attention is unwelcome.[99] Coverage by international journals and news agencies such as Time,[6] The Guardian,[100] and Reuters[78] help ascertain his influence on mainstream culture. An editorial written by Kerry Brown of Chatham House named Chou as one of the 50 most influential figures in China, one of only three singers on a list dominated by politicians and corporate owners.[101] At the end of 2009, he was included on JWT’s annual list of 100 Things to Watch in 2010.[102]

    Fanbase

    It is difficult to estimate the size and global spread of Chou’s fanbase. Jay’s fanbase originated and grew extensively in China. The Chinese-speaking populations of Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Mainland China make up a significant percentage of Chou’s fans. Despite rampant piracy issues in this region of Asia, particularly in China, every album Chou has released so far has surpassed 2 million sales. According to Baidu, the most popular internet search engine in China, Chou is the number one searched male artist in 2002, 05, 06 and 07.[103][104][105][106]
    In Hong Kong, he has been the best-selling Mandarin artist for the past 4 years.[107] According to a 2004 survey in five Chinese urban centers for children ages 9 to 14, 1 in 6 named Chou as their favorite idol;[108] he was also reported as the favorite singer of youths aged 8 to 25 in a study conducted in seven Asian countries (2006).[109] He has a solid fanbase throughout Southeast Asia, including Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Vietnam.[109] In Singapore, Chou was the second most searched celebrity behind Britney Spears in the music category.[110]
    Currently, Chou remains largely unknown outside of Asia, except in cities with large Chinese immigrant populations such as Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver, Toronto, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. He has held concerts in major venues such as the Acer Arena (Sydney – 3 July 2009), HP Pavilion at San Jose (San Jose – 31 December 2010), Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena (Los Angeles – 8 January 2011), MGM Grand (Las Vegas—25 December 2002), Rogers Arena (Vancouver – 23 December 2010),[6] Shrine Auditorium (Los Angeles—18 December 2004),[111] Galen Center (Los Angeles—24 December 2007) and the Air Canada Centre (Toronto – 18 December 2008). His intention to increase his prominence in the Western world beyond Chinese audiences is clear. In 2006, Chou composed and sang the theme song for Fearless, a movie released in major theatres in most English-speaking countries,[112] though the impact to his fame has been minimal. His role in Curse of the Golden Flower (limited release) marks his acting debut in North America. Despite having a supporting but important role in the story’s plot, the North American version of the official posters only featured a view of his back, greatly contrasting the Asian versions where his face and name were clear and placed between the leading actor and actress. Although Chou is still far from being well-known to English audiences, this movie has brought him international exposure. Chou gained further exposure to western audiences in his starring role as crimefighter Kato in January 2011’s The Green Hornet.
    Chou has won the Favorite Male Artist of the 20th Golden Melody Awards in Taiwan. He did not attend the event to collect the award because he was on tour in China at the time.

    Filmography

    Films

    Year Title Role
    2003 Hidden Track “Himself”
    2005 Initial D Takumi Fujiwara
    2006 Curse of the Golden Flower “Prince Jai – Yuan Jie”
    2007 Secret “Jay – Ye Xiang Lun – ”
    Director
    Producer
    Original story author
    2008 Kung Fu Dunk “Fang Shi Jie – Fong Sai Kit – “
    2009 The Treasure Hunter “Lead actor [113] – Qiao Fei”
    2010 True Legend “God of Wushu” / “Drunken God”
    2011 The Green Hornet Kato” (First Hollywood Film)
    Secret 2[114] “Jay – Ye Xiang Lun –”
    Director
    Viral Factor Lead actor
    2012 Initial D 2[115] Takumi Fujiwara
    Director

    Television series

    Year Title Role
    2010 Pandamen “Detective Leo Lee”[116]
    Director
    Mr.J Channel “Himself – Host”[117]

     

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    Jack Richardson, Canadian record producer (The Guess Who) died he was , 81

    Jack Richardson, CM was a Juno Award-nominated Canadian record producer and Order of Canada recipient died he was , 81. He is perhaps best known for producing the biggest hit records from The Guess Who from 1969 to 1975. He was an educator at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario in the Music Industry Arts program, as well as at the Harris Institute for the Arts in Toronto, Ontario in the Producing and Engineering Program (PEP). The Juno Award for “Producer of the Year” has been named in Richardson’s honour since 2002.

    (23 July 1929  – 13 May 2011)

    Biography

    Richardson was born in Toronto, Ontario, and had early musical training playing in various school bands. By 1949 he was playing professionally in “The Westernaires” [1] who had a regular radio program. In 1958 he was working as an account executive for McCann-Erickson,[1] a firm that produced a regular television program and in the mid 1960s Richardson and three others from this firm decided to form their own production company, Nimbus 9. Initially, audio recording was only one aspect of Nimbus 9, which was formed to provide multi-media production to their clients. Within a brief period of time, however, audio recording became the single focus of operations.
    In 1968, Richardson approached the Canadian branch of the Coca-Cola company with an idea to produce and market a long-playing album through a type of bottle-cap reimbursement scheme. On one side of the release were The Guess Who, and on the flip-side, a group from Ottawa, Ontario called The Staccatos (later to become the Five Man Electrical Band). Both of these groups were already well known within Canada: The Guess Who were featured as the house band on the weekly CBC TV show Let’s Go and had ten top 40 hits in Canada between 1965 and 1967, while The Staccatos had reached the Canadian top 40 twice in that same period of time. The split album the two groups recorded, A Wild Pair, could only be obtained by sending ten Coca-Cola bottle cap liners and $1 (for shipping expenses) to Coca-Cola. Guess Who guitarist Randy Bachman estimates that the album sold enough units to qualify for gold record status in Canada; however, no certification figures are available as the LP was not distributed through normal retail channels.
    After the success of A Wild Pair, Richardson mortgaged his own home to obtain funds to produce a full-length record with The Guess Who.[1] He took the group to Phil Ramone‘s A&R Recording studio in New York, and produced the classic 1968 Wheatfield Soul album, which spawned a massive international hit “These Eyes“.
    Richardson and The Guess Who had many more hits in the next few years (including the US and Canadian #1 single “American Woman“), and as Richardson’s reputation as a producer grew, so did his list of famous clients. From the early 1970s on, Richardson produced some of the biggest selling records of the era: Alice Cooper Love It to Death, The Irish Rovers‘ #1 hit “Wasn’t That A Party”, Bob Seger‘s “Night Moves“, Badfinger, Moxy, Poco, Max Webster and many others. This was in addition to the hits he was producing for The Guess Who, who were for a time (1970) the best selling rock group in the world.
    From 1984 to 86, Richardson was the music producer for the television show, “Party With The Rovers” (The Irish Rovers) for Global TV in association with Ulster TV in Ireland.
    Later, Richardson decided on another career change and became a Professor in the Music Industry Arts (MIA) program at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario, until he retired from teaching in 2007.
    The non-profit Jack Richardson Music Awards, started in 2005, are named in his honour and given to up-and-coming musical acts and artists from London in a variety of categories.
    Jack Richardson is the father of noted music producer Garth Richardson (Rage Against the Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers)

    Selected discography

    Among Richardson’s producer credits are the following:

     

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