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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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