Face Off Season 2

In its second season, Syfy’s “Face Off” introduces a new crop of rising special effects make-up artists, embarking on elaborate feature challenges that will test the limits of their imaginations. They’ll be judged every week by industry veterans who have worked on such films and TV shows as The Hunger Games, Pirates of the Caribbean, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, and more. Find out more about the show, and visit the official site — the new season of “Face Off” starts tonight at 10/9c on Syfy.

Charles Addams Birthday January 7, 1912

Charles Addams

Charles Addams

Charles “Chas” Samuel Addams (January 7, 1912 – September 29, 1988) was an American cartoonist known for his particularly black humor and macabre characters. Some of the recurring characters, who became known as The Addams Family, became the basis for two live-action television series, two animated TV series, three motion pictures, and a Broadway musical. On his 100th birthday, Google displayed a Doodle celebrating his work.

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Drew cartoons with a macabre sense of humor akin to Edward Gorey but without the malice of the latter.

Macabre humor

 

Trivia

Addams was distantly related to U.S. presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams, despite the different spellings of their last names, and was a first cousin twice removed to the noted social reformer Jane Addams.

Member of Theta Chi Fraternity (Iota Chapter, Colgate University)

Biography in: “The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives”. Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 8-10. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1999.

Died behind the wheel of his Audi 4000 outside his Manhattan apartment, after suffering a fatal heart attack.

Enjoyed the works of novelist John O’Hara.

Television producer David Levy approached Addams with an offer to create a series based on his “Addams Family” cartoons (they met at the Palace Hotel lobby in New York). The Family was distinct characters but without personality, so Addams gave his characters names and more characteristics for the actors to use in portrayals. And so was born “The Addams Family” (1964).

Addams Family portrait tv series

The Addams Family tv series

He attended the Grand Central School of Art in New York City in 1931-32.

He attended the University of Pennsylvania in 1930-31. Situated on the campus is a fine-arts building named after him, in front of which is a sculpture of the silhouettes of the Addams Family.

He attended Colgate University in 1929-30.

Addams did cartoons for the Westfield High School student literary magazine “Weathervane.”.

He was fond of visiting the Presbyterian Cemetery on Mountain Avenue, New Jersey.

He was described as artistically inclined, “drawing with a happy vengeance” according to a biographer. His father encouraged this practice in him.

One friend said of him, “His sense of humor was a little different from everybody else’s.”.

As a child, his nickname was “Chill.”.

Childhood friends recall that he was “known as something of a rascal around the neighborhood” and “there was always a little group of boys at his house doing things.”

His father, Charles Huy Addams, was a piano-company executive who had studied to be an architect.

His first wife, Barbara Jean Day, was said to resemble his cartoon character Morticia Addams.

His first marriage lasted eight years.

In the divorce settlement with his second wife, Barbara Estella Barb (Lady Colyton), she was awarded copyright to some of his work.

At one point, his second wife Barbara got him to take out a $100,000 insurance policy. Addams consulted a lawyer on the sly, who later humorously wrote, “I told him the last time I had word of such a move was in a picture called Double Indemnity (1944) starring Barbara Stanwyck, which I called to his attention.” In the movie, Stanwyck’s character plotted her husband’s murder; however, no one has accused Barbara Barb Addams of attempting the same.

He married his third and final wife, Marilyn Matthews Miller in a pet cemetery.

Because of “The Addams Family” (1964), “New Yorker” editor William Shawn banned the cartoons from his magazine, regarding the show as being at odds with the sophisticated readership he wished to cultivate. The ban was lifted after Shawn’s 1987 retirement.

The Addams Family Musical

The Addams Family Musical /by Matt Hoyle

He is mentioned in Edward Eager’s fantasy novel “Knight’s Castle,” as Chas Addams (how he signed his cartoons.).

His first drawing in “New Yorker” ran on February 6 1932, and was a sketch of a window washer.

His cartoons regularly appeared in the “New Yorker”, as well as in “Collier’s Weekly” and “TV Guide.”.

During World War II, he served at the Signal Corps Photographic Center in New York, making animated training films for the Army.

Noted director Alfred Hitchcock was a friend of Addams, and owned two pieces of original Addams art. In Hitchcock’s film North by Northwest (1959), a scene pays homage to Addams: when Roger Thornhill meets Eve with Mr. Vandamm and Leonard, he comments, “The three of you together. Now that’s a picture only Charles Addams could draw.”.

In 1961, Addams received a Special Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for his body of work.

From 1985, Addams lived in Sagaponack, New York. The estate where his family lived was nicknamed “The Swamp.”.

A scholarship in his name was founded in 1991: the Charles Addams Art Scholarship.

Addams drew more than 1,300 cartoons over the course of his life.

Addams served as an escort for celebrities on social occasions; his roster includes Greta Garbo, Joan Fontaine, and Jacqueline Kennedy.

In 1946 Addams met and became friends with sci-fi writer Ray Bradbury, after meeting at “Mademoiselle” magazine. The magazine was going to publish Bradbury’s short story “Homecoming”, the first in a series of tales about the Elliotts, a family of vampires living in Illinois (for which Addams had made an illustration). Addams and Bradbury were going to collaborate on a book chronicling the Elliott Family’s complete history, with Bradbury writing and Addams illustrating, but it never happened. However, in October 2001 Bradbury’s collection of tales on the Elliot Family was published, in an anthology called “From the Dust Returned.” The book had Addams’s original 1946 illustration on its cover, along with a narrative from Bradbury and an explanation of his work with Addams.

He was nominated for the 2012 New Jersey Hall of Fame for his contributions in the General Category.

Upon his death, he was cremated and his ashes were interred at the Charles Addams Estate Grounds, Sagaponeck, Suffolk County, New York in the family pet cemetery.

 

Rick Baker Birthday December 8

 

Rick Baker

Rick Baker

Richard A. “Rick” Baker (born December 8, 1950) is an American special makeup effects artist known for his realistic creature effects.

 

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Known for his incredibly realistic creature effects

Hair pulled back in ponytail

 

Trivia

In 1981 he was the very first recipient of the Oscar for Best Make-Up for “An American Werewolf in London” when the category was first introduced. Baker appeared in Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video as the hobbling zombie whose arm falls off.

Interesting details about Baker’s career, especially his early fascination with gorillas and his work in three movies featuring them is told in the TV documentary “Gorillas: Primal Contact.”

Formed the Cinovation Studios in 1981.

He attended Northview High School, Covina California. In high school Rick made his own gorilla costume and would sometime be found swinging from the football field goal posts. He also would go to drive-in movies showing Planet of the Apes, secretly change into his ape outfit and sneak up to occupants of cars watching the movie scaring them out of their wits.

The Michael Jackson song Threatened (2001) is dedicated to him. They worked together on Thriller and Captain EO.

Baker owns a framed photo of Jack Pierce applying the finishing touches to Boris Karloff’s famous Frankenstein make-up; the photo has been doctored by Baker to appear as if Baker and Pierce are applying the make-up together.

Holds the record for the most Academy Award wins and nominations bestowed upon makeup artists. He has been nominated a total of twelve times with seven wins (An American Werewolf in London (1981), Harry and the Hendersons (1987), Ed Wood (1994), The Nutty Professor (1996), Men in Black (1997), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), The Wolfman (2010).

Baker owns a framed photo of Jack Pierce applying the finishing touches on Boris Karloff’s famous Frankenstein make-up; the photo has been doctored by Baker to appear as if Baker and Pierce are applying the make-up together.

 

Kathryn Bigelow Birthday November 27

Kathryn Bigelow

Kathryn Bigelow

Kathryn Ann Bigelow (born November 27, 1951) is an American film director. Her best-known films are the cult horror film Near Dark (1987), the surfer/bank robbery action picture Point Break (1991), the science fiction/film noir Strange Days (1995), the historical/mystery film The Weight of Water (2000) and the war drama The Hurt Locker (2008). The Hurt Locker won the 2009 Academy Award for Best Picture, won the BAFTA Award for Best Film, and was nominated for the 2010 Golden Globe Award for Best Drama.

With The Hurt Locker, Bigelow became the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director, the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing,[2] the BAFTA Award for Best Direction,[3] and the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Director.

In April 2010, Bigelow was named to the Time 100 list of most influential people of the year.

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Frequently casts Tom Sizemore

Often uses first person perspectives (Wire trip scenes in Strange Days (1995) and the chase scenes in Point Break (1991)).

 

Trivia

Member of jury at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2003

Member of the jury at the Venice Film Festival in 1998.

Was member of the dramatic jury at the Sundance Film Festival in 1990.

Received a Dallas Star award from the AFI Dallas film festival in 2009.

The American Cinematheque honored Bigelow by showing all of her films at The Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, June 5-7 2009.

From July 1st to July 13th, 2009, the Harvard Film Archive hosted a retrospective of Bigelow’s career, showing all of her films from 1982′s The Loveless (1982) to 2008′s The Hurt Locker (2008). The retrospective was titled “Take It To The Edge: The Films Of Kathryn Bigelow” and featured a Question and Answer session with Bigelow.

Ex-sister-in-law of Mike Cameron.

The 2010 Santa Barbara International Film Festival hosted ‘A Celebration of Kathryn Bigelow’, which featured a retrospective of her work.

First woman to win the Director’s Guild of America Award for directing a feature film (for The Hurt Locker (2008)).

Taught at the California Institute of the Arts.

In 2010, she became the first woman in Oscar history to win the Best Director award.

First woman to win a BAFTA Award for Best Director.

A graduate from an elite Ivy League school – Columbia University School of Arts in New York City in 1979.

Was the fourth woman to be nominated for the Directing Academy Award. The other three were: Lina Wertmüller, Jane Campion and Sofia Coppola. Bigelow ended up becoming the first woman to win the award.

Competed with ex-husband James Cameron for the Best Director Oscar in 2010. This marked the first time that (ex-)spouses were nominated alongside each other in this category. She went on to win the award.

One of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World (2010).

Kathryn Bigelow has works in the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection, including Near Dark, a 1987 feature-length film, and her personal paper archive. In summer 2011, she will be the subject of a comprehensive retrospective.

 

Boris Karloff Birthday November 23

 

Boris Karloff

Boris Karloff

 

William Henry Pratt (23 November 1887 – 2 February 1969), better known by his stage name Boris Karloff, was an English actor.

Karloff is best remembered for his roles in horror films and his portrayal of Frankenstein’s monster in Frankenstein (1931), Bride of Frankenstein (1935), and Son of Frankenstein (1939). His popularity following Frankenstein was such that for a brief time he was billed simply as “Karloff” or “Karloff the Uncanny.” His best-known non-horror role is as the Grinch, as well as the narrator, in the animated television special of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966).

 

Boris Karloff Frankenstein

Boris Karloff as Frankenstein

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His heavy eyebrows

Often played imposing sinister characters

Deep smooth voice

 

Trivia

He was the original inspiration for the first illustrations of the Incredible Hulk.

Great-nephew of Anna Leonowens.

Received a Tony nomination in 1956 for his dramatic role in ‘The Lark.’

Shares a birthday with his daughter Sara Karloff.

Considered a late bloomer in Hollywood. Frankenstein (1931) premiered when he was 44 years old.

Pictured on two of a set of five 32¢ US commemorative postage stamps, issued 30 September 1997, celebrating “Famous Movie Monsters”. He is shown on one stamp as the title character in The Mummy (1932) and on the other as the monster in Frankenstein (1931). Other actors honored in this set of stamps, and the classic monsters they portray, are Lon Chaney as The Phantom of the Opera (1925); Bela Lugosi as Dracula (1931); and Lon Chaney Jr. as The Wolf Man (1941).

A photograph of Karloff in his Frankenstein (1931) monster makeup appears on one stamp of a sheet of 10 USA 37¢ commemorative postage stamps, issued 25 February 2003, celebrating American Filmmaking: Behind the Scenes. The stamp, which honors makeup artists, shows Jack P. Pierce and an unidentified assistant applying the monster makeup.

In contrast to the image he presented in most of his films, the private Karloff was, by every account, a quiet, bookish man off- screen. A true gentleman, he had many friends, both in and out of show business, and he was particularly fond of children. For the latter, among other things, he recorded many successful albums of children’s stories.

When told by a mutual friend that Bobby Pickett, who recorded the hit song “Monster Mash”, was a big fan of his, Karloff replied, “Tell him I enjoy his record very much.” Pickett still considers that the greatest compliment he’s ever gotten, and Karloff eventually sang the song himself on a television special.

Suffered from chronic back trouble for most of his adult life, the result of the heavy brace he had to wear as part of his Frankenstein costume. He never let it slow him up, though, and kept active to the end of his life.

He had East Indian heritage on this father’s side. This gave Karloff a dark skin tone. In several films he was cast in roles such as Arabs and American Indians.

His favorite author was Joseph Conrad. In the 1950s he was cast as Kurtz in a production of Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness” on “Playhouse 90″ (1956).

His first Broadway play was “Arsenic and Old Lace” in a role that was written for him. He played Jonathan Brewster, whose face has been changed by a disreputable plastic surgeon named Dr. Einstein so that he now looks like Boris Karloff. He also performed the role in the road company of this production.

When he traveled to England to shoot The Ghoul (1933), it was the first time in nearly 25 years that he returned to his home country and reunited with the surviving members of his family,

In the final years of his life, walking, and even just standing, became a painful ordeal. Some directors would change the script to place Karloff’s character in a wheelchair, so that he would be more comfortable.

He would mark his lines in the script. Jack Nicholson saw this and adopted the procedure himself.

1956: He was a celebrity contestant on “The $64,000 Question” (1955). The category he chose was children’s fairy tales. He won the $32,000 level and quit due to tax considerations.

Often thought of as a very large man, he was in reality a slim man of medium height. He wore huge lifts and much padding to give him the massive look as Frankenstein’s monster.

On June 30, 1912, a then-unknown Karloff had taken some time off to canoe while touring around the city of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. When he came back to the city, he returned to find his accommodation had been destroyed by a tornado that killed 28. He organized a concert that raised some much needed funds for the city.

According to daughter Sara Karloff, he had to have three major back surgeries in his lifetime.

Refused to reprise his role as the Frankenstein Monster in Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948), because he felt spoofs wouldn’t sell to the audience. He did agree to do publicity for the film and posed for pictures of himself going to see the film.

Appeared in 80 films before his breakthrough role in Frankenstein (1931).

Played cricket for Enfield Cricket Club (just north of London, England) before emigrating, and the club has his picture hanging in the pavilion.

A photo of him keeping wicket while C. Aubrey Smith was batting was included in a display in the Long Room at Lord’s cricket ground in 2004. The display was to celebrate Sussex (the oldest county side) winning the County Championship for the first time and the photo was included because Smith had been a captain of Sussex CCC.

When he died, the New York Times obituary featured a picture of Frankenstein’s monster. Unfortunately, the image was actually Glenn Strange in full makeup, not Karloff.

During the production of Frankenstein (1931) there was some concern that seven-year-old Marilyn Harris, who played Maria, the little girl thrown into the lake by the creature, would be overly frightened by the sight of Karloff in costume and make-up when it came time to shoot the scene. When the cast was assembled to travel to the location, Marilyn ran from her car directly up to Karloff, who was in full make-up and costume, took his hand and asked “May I drive with you?” Delighted, and in typical Karloff fashion, he responded, “Would you, darling?” She then rode to the location with “The Monster.”.

He celebrated his 51st birthday during the production of Son of Frankenstein (1939) and remarked that he received the best birthday present ever: the birth of his daughter Sara Karloff. He reportedly rushed from the set to the hospital in full makeup and costume.

Was one of the founding members of the Screen Actors Guild. His daughter recounts that, due to the Hollywood studio chiefs’ distrust of unions and their attempts to keep them from forming, he always carried a roll of dimes in his pocket. This was because he had to use pay phones when conducting union business, since he knew his home phone had been tapped.

Is portrayed by Jack Betts in Gods and Monsters (1998)

He is commemorated by a plaque inside St.Paul’s Church (The Actors’ Church), Covent Garden, London.

He was the biggest star to lend his voice to a sound effect. Universal added his anguished scream over the dead Ygor from Son of Frankenstein (1939) to its stock sound effects library and used it for subsequent films, including House of Frankenstein (1944) (the cry when Daniel the hunchback falls from the roof).

Raised rare Bedlington Terriers while he lived in Brentwood, CA. One day he was walking them with his four-year old daughter Sara Karloff when they broke free and they ran up to an inebriated man stumbling down the street. The drunk begged Karloff for a ride to Cedars of Lebanon Hospital, claiming he “just saw three sheep bark!” Karloff obliged.

Although he will forever be linked to Frankenstein’s Monster, Karloff actually played Frankenstein’s creation only three times–once in the original Frankenstein (1931), again in Bride of Frankenstein (1935) and finally in Son of Frankenstein (1939). He played Dr. Frankenstein only once, in Frankenstein – 1970 (1958).

His voice was the basis for future Tony the Tiger commercials by Kellogg’s.

He was Christopher Lee’s neighbor for many years.

Once did a television commercial for A-1 Steak Sauce.

Rejected by the British Army in World War 1, because of a heart murmur.

Took out his false teeth to achieve the metamorphosis in “Grip of the Strangler.”.

Maintained an apartment in New York’s The Dakota apartment house.

Never legally changed his name to Boris Karloff. He always signed contracts and documents as “William Henry Pratt AKA Boris Karloff”.

The mad scientist character in the Bugs Bunny short Water, Water Every Hare (1952) is patterned after Boris right down to his slight lisp and heavy eyebrows.

Both of Karloff’s parents died when he was still a child.

He was the youngest of eight sons.

He was raised by his older brothers and a stepsister.

His siblings pushed him toward a career in government service, but he turned to acting instead.

In his book, Mark of the Werewolf, novelist Jeffrey Sackett has a character named William Henry Pratt. The character’s description fits Karloff perfectly.

Karlff was one of the twelve original founders of the Screen Actor’s Guild and held SAG #9.

Karloff got the role in “The Criminal Code,” a breakthrough role for him because he was broke. He couldn’t go to the Masquers because he couldn’t pay his dues and couldn’t afford his second choice, a cup of coffee, so he went to Actors’ Equity, where he learned that there was casting for the part.

Almost 25 years after his death, he appeared in archive footage taken from Bride of Frankenstein (1935) in the opening credits of “Weird Science” (1994). The same is true of Ernest Thesiger.

 

 

Terry Gilliam Birthday November 22

 

Terry Gilliam

Terry Gilliam

 

Terrence Vance “Terry” Gilliam (born 22 November 1940) is an American-born British screenwriter, film director, animator, actor and member of the Monty Python comedy troupe. Gilliam is also known for directing several films, including Brazil (1985), The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988), The Fisher King (1991), and 12 Monkeys (1995). The only “Python” not born in Britain, he took British citizenship in 1968.

 

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Was first known for the bizarre animation sequences in “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” (1969) using cutout pictures and photographs.

Heroes in his films often dream of a woman who they have not yet met, but will meet during the course of the film. In the dream, the woman’s face is obscured.

Often features people/animals bursting through walls or ceilings

Often begins and ends his films with the same shot

Heavy use of wide angle lenses

[Television monitors] They were in Brazil (1985), Twelve Monkeys (1995), The Fisher King (1991), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) and Time Bandits (1981).

Dutch tilt shots

Frequently casts Jonathan Pryce, Katherine Helmond,Michael Palin, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Robin Williams, Johnny Depp, Jeff Bridges, Christopher Plummer, Peter Stormare and Tom Waits.

 

Trivia

Founding editor of and principal contributor to campus humor magazine, “Fang”, at Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA in the early 1960s.

He started to direct “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” in 2001 (in Spain) with Johnny Depp, Vanessa Paradis and Jean Rochefort but the shooting was unfortunately stopped a couple of days after it started because of Jean Rochefort’s health problems (he couldn’t ride a horse any more). But Terry Gilliam said that he won’t give up and that he will try again later because he dreams about making this movie!

During the filming of Brazil (1985) he became so stressed that he temporarily lost the use of his legs, which only returned to normal several weeks later.

Has taken British citizenship.

Father of Amy Gilliam, Holly DuBois Gilliam and Harry Gilliam.

J.K. Rowling, creator of the “Harry Potter” book series, originally wanted Gilliam to direct Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001), but Warner Brothers studios wanted a more family friendly film and eventually settled for Chris Columbus.

Turned down the opportunity to direct Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), Enemy Mine (1985), and Forrest Gump (1994) and Alien: Resurrection (1997).

Has been off and on to write and direct a movie adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’s graphic novel “Watchmen.” Gilliam has said he attempted to write an accurate screenplay but it would be unfilmable, but he would consider directing it if it were made into 10 or 12-part cable television series.

Was slated to direct an adaptation of the novel “Good Omens” by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. The project languished in development for three years before finally being abandoned.

Directed a series of TV ads for Nike in 2001. They were part of The Scorpion Knockout Campaign, which featured some of the best soccer players on the globe. That campaign went to win a Cannes award in 2002, in the category of Best TV Campaign.

Also turned down directing Braveheart (1995), when briefly solicited by Mel Gibson to direct an abandoned film version of Charles Dickens’s “A Tale of Two Cities”.

Member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 2001.

Raised in Los Angeles.

He did not originally intend to cast Sean Connery as King Agamemnon in Time Bandits (1981), he merely wrote in the screenplay that when Agamemnon took off his helmet that he looked “exactly like Sean Connery.” To Gilliam’s surprise, the script found its way into Connery’s hands and Connery subsequently expressed interest in doing the film.

Born in Minnesota, he is the only non-British member of the Monty Python comedy troupe

The Fisher King (1991) was the first film that he directed in which he was not involved in writing the screenplay.

He and John Cleese are the only members of ‘Monty Python’ to be nominated for Oscars. Coincidentally, they were both for Best Original Screenplay, Gilliam for Brazil (1985) and Cleese for A Fish Called Wanda (1988). Both screenplays did not win their Oscars, and both films featured Michael Palin.

Gave up his US citizenship in January 2006. [source: Haaretz interview, Feb. 2006].

Was offered the chance to direct Troy (2004). He stopped reading the script 5 pages in and declined the offer.

Is a fan of science fiction author _Philip K. Dick_.

Member of the comedy group “Monty Python” along with John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Eric Idle and Graham Chapman. Gilliam also created the animations.

Four of his films are in the Criterion Collection – Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), The Fisher King (1991), Brazil (1985), and Time Bandits (1981).

As of 2010, has directed three actors in Oscar-nominated roles; Brad Pitt (Twelve Monkeys (1995)), Robin Williams, and Mercedes Ruehl (The Fisher King (1991)). Ruehl won her Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.

 

Demi Moore Birthday November 11

Demi Moore

Demi Moore

Demi Guynes Kutcher born November 11, 1962 (as Demi Gene Guynes), known professionally as Demi Moore, is an American actress. After minor roles in film and a role in the soap opera General Hospital, Moore established her career in films such as St. Elmo’s Fire (1985), and in the early 1990s, became one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood with her successes in Ghost (1990), A Few Good Men (1992), Indecent Proposal (1993), and Disclosure (1994).

Moore took her professional name from her first husband, musician Freddy Moore, and is the mother of three daughters from her marriage to actor Bruce Willis. She has been married to actor Ashton Kutcher since 2005.

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Husky voice

 

Trivia

Hired 3 cameramen to videotape the birth of her first child.

Bruce and Demi announce they are ending their marriage of eleven years. No reasons given. [24 June 1998]

Chosen by People (USA) magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world. [1996]

Has three daughters with Bruce Willis: Rumer Willis (b. 1988), Scout LaRue Willis (1991) and Tallulah Belle Willis (1994).

Was once engaged to Emilio Estevez.

She posed nude while seven months pregnant with daughter Scout LaRue Willis for a 1991 ‘Vanity Fair’ magazine cover. In August 1992, she again posed nude for ‘Vanity Fair’, this time wearing body paint that resembled a man’s suit.

Stripped on “Late Show with David Letterman” (1993), allegedly to disprove rumors that she’s too fat for her new movie Striptease (1996).

Owns a production company: “Moving Pictures”.

She appeared in John Parr’s “St. Elmo’s Fire (Man In Motion)” music video.

Listed as one of twelve “Promising New Actors of 1986″ in John Willis’s Screen World, Vol. 38.

In order to play a coke addict, Jules, in St. Elmo’s Fire (1985), she had to sign a contract stipulating that she would stop her own alcohol and drug abuse, an agreement that caused her life to turn around.

Was one of three finalists for the lead in Flashdance (1983). No one could decide between the three, so a group of about 50 men was brought into a room, shown the three audition tapes and asked who they would want to sleep with the most. Jennifer Beals won by a landslide.

Was replaced by Sandra Bullock for the lead in While You Were Sleeping (1995).

Operations on her left eye during childhood caused her to wear a patch.

First actress to reach 10 million dollar salary mark.

Aunt of actors Cooper Guynes and Oliver Guynes.

Demi’s real father, Charles Harmon, abandoned the family before she was born, which is why she didn’t share his last name on her birth certificate.

Measurements: 32A-24-33 (young model 1980), 32C-24-33 (after implants in 1996), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine).

Continues to receive royalty checks for songs she wrote before becoming an actress.

Was spoofed in the video game Leisure Suit Larry 7: Love for Sail! (1996) (VG) as a hypersexual version of herself called “Dewmi (pronounced “Do Me”) Moore”.

First job was as a bill collector.

Voted #22 on VH1′s Hottest Hotties.

Though born in New Mexico, she spent much of her childhood in Eastern Pennsylvania.

Supporter of Arsenal Football Club, and attends home games whenever she is in London.

She quit school at 16 and started working as a pin-up girl.

According to an article in the now defunct Buzz magazine, she was so demanding when it came to perks and fringe benefits, her nickname around Hollywood studio executives was “Gimme Moore”.

Was one of the nine original members of the 1980s “brat pack”, along with Judd Nelson, Mare Winningham, Anthony Michael Hall, Andrew McCarthy, Rob Lowe, Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez and Ally Sheedy.

The only Brat Packer to become a huge and long-lasting movie star after the Brat Pack era ended.

Along with Pia Zadora, Madonna, Pauly Shore and Sylvester Stallone, one of the few people who have “won” back to back awards at the Razzies in successive years. She “won” Worst Actress of 1997 for her performances in the films The Juror (1996) and Striptease (1996), then again the next year she “won” Worst Actress for her role in G.I. Jane (1997).

Her wedding with Ashton Kutcher was attended by about 100 guests. Among them were ex-husband Bruce Willis, their three daughters, Ashton’s best friend and co-star from “That ’70s Show” (1998), Wilmer Valderrama, and Demi’s close friend Lucy Liu.

Auditioned for (and won) the role of Jackie Templeton on “General Hospital” (1963) after producers put out a casting call for a “Margot Kidder/Karen Allen” type actress (both of whom were top box office stars at the time).

Her left eye is green and her right eye is hazel.

Married Bruce Willis at the Golden Nugget Hotel in Las Vegas.

Little Richard presided over her wedding to Bruce Willis and Ally Sheedy was one of the bridesmaids.

Attended (but did not graduate from) Fairfax High School in Los Angeles with actor/producer Byron Allen.

Is part Cherokee.

Lived next door to Nastassja Kinski when moving to Los Angeles to pursue acting.

Her professional first name “Demi” (short for her birth name Demetria) is pronounced “deh-ME”, not “DEM-ee”, with emphasis on the second syllable just as in “Demetria”.

Mother died from cancer at the age of 54.

Older stepsister of Morgan Guynes.

Named Demetria after a shampoo that her mother saw in a magazine.

Her mother was only 19 when she had her.

In 1996, became the highest-paid actress in Hollywood, getting $12.5m for Striptease (1996).

Thanked by Blink 182 in the liner notes of their album “Enema of the State”.

Credited along with actor Daniel Morton for saving a woman’s life through Twitter.

Campaigned for the part of Mona Lisa Vitoe in My Cousin Vinny (1992) as she wanted to reinvent herself. However she lost out to Marisa Tomei, who went on to win the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance.

Auditioned for the role of Luisa Contini in Nine (2009), but Marion Cotillard was cast in the part instead.

Was in consideration for the role of Katherine Clifton in The English Patient (1996) but Kristin Scott Thomas, who went on to receive a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her performance, was cast instead.

Lives in Los Angeles, California and Hailey, Idaho.

Along with Gerard Butler, Ben Stiller, Susan Sarandon and director Paul Haggis, she visited a camp for internally displaced persons managed by Sean Penn and his Jenkins-Penn Humanitarian Relief Organization in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. [April 2010]

The controversial Vanity Fair magazine cover of Moore – nude and pregnant – was photographed by Annie Leibovitz (August 1991).

Had knee surgery [February 2011].

Remains friends with Daniel Morton since helping save a woman’s life on Twitter together.

 

Leonardo DiCaprio Birthday November 11

Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio born November 11, 1974) is an American actor and film producer. He has received many awards, including a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his performance in The Aviator (2004), and has been nominated by the Academy Awards, Screen Actors Guild and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, DiCaprio started his career by appearing in television commercials prior to landing recurring roles in TV series such as the soap opera Santa Barbara and the sitcom Growing Pains in the early 1990s. He made his film debut in the comedic sci-fi horror film Critters 3 (1991) and received first notable critical praise for his performance in This Boy’s Life (1993). DiCaprio obtained recognition for his subsequent work in supporting roles in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993) and Marvin’s Room (1996), as well as leading roles in The Basketball Diaries (1995) and Romeo + Juliet (1996), before achieving international fame in James Cameron’s Titanic (1997).

Since the 2000s, DiCaprio has been nominated for awards for his work in such films as Catch Me If You Can (2002), Gangs of New York (2002), The Aviator (2004), Blood Diamond (2006), The Departed (2006), and Revolutionary Road (2008). His latest films Shutter Island (2010) and Inception (2010) rank among the biggest commercial successes of his career. DiCaprio owns a production company named Appian Way Productions, whose productions include the films Gardener of Eden (2007) and Orphan (2009).

 

A committed environmentalist, DiCaprio has received praise from environmental groups for his activism.

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Often appears in the films of Martin Scorsese

Plays conflicted, tortured-by-their-own-demons characters, who need to deal with their past

Often plays hard edged anti-heroes

Intense emotional acting style

Often stars in period films or plays real-life individuals

Frequently plays men who have suffered a loss or trauma

 

Trivia

While filming The Beach (2000/I) off the coast of Thailand, Leonardo and others were swept off a camera boat by strong winds and waves. No one was injured. [16 April 1999]

His first publicity spot was about MILK.

Sues Playgirl magazine over plans to publish pictures –including full frontal nudity — of himself. [March 1998]

Ranked #75 in Empire (UK) magazine’s “The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time” list. [October 1997]

Chosen by People Magazine as one of the “50 Most Beautiful People in the World.” [1997]

Was considering starring in a movie about actor James Dean but turned down the role because he felt he wasn’t experienced enough to do the film. [1996]

Screen tested for the part of Robin in Batman Forever (1995).

Chosen by People Magazine as one of the “50 Most Beautiful People in the World.” [1998]

Attended John Marshall High School in Los Angeles, California.

Younger stepbrother of Adam Farrar.

He and his family funded a state-of-the-art computer center at the Los Feliz branch of the Los Angeles Public Library, which was rebuilt after the 1994 Northridge earthquake.

A Manhattan appeals court decided to go ahead with a $45 million lawsuit against DiCaprio by actor and screenwriter Roger Wilson for allegedly encouraging his friends in a street fight with Wilson over advances DiCaprio’s friends made toward Wilson’s girlfriend, Elizabeth Berkley. [2000]

At age 10, his agent advised him to change his name to a more American- friendly Lenny Williams. Needless to say, he did not follow that advice.

Was initially set to star as Alan Jensen in Harvard Man (2001), but the film’s low budget could not afford to pay his salary, so he dropped out and Adrian Grenier took the lead.

Was set to star in American Psycho (2000) but had to drop it due to scheduling conflicts. Christian Bale took the part instead.

In January 1999, his lawyers filed an application to allow DiCaprio to copyright his own name.

Attended Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies before attending Marshall High

Attended Seeds Elementary School at UCLA where he took summer courses in performance art

Ranked #42 in Premiere’s 2003 annual Power 100 List. Had ranked #74 in 2002 and #60 in 2001.

Ranked #6 in Star TV’s “Top 10 Box Office Stars of the 1990s” (2003).

Childhood friends with Tobey Maguire and the late Christopher Pettiet.

When his camera went missing, he offered a substantial reward of many thousands of pounds for its return. [November 2003]

Was once attached to star in American Psycho (2000) and was reputedly offered over $20 million for the role.

Openly supported John Kerry in the 2004 election. He went around 11 states and gave 20 speeches about the environment and how the Bush Administration has damaged it.

Was offered the role of the porn star Dirk Diggler in Boogie Nights (1997) at around the same time as he was offered his role in Titanic (1997). The Dirk Diggler role eventually went to Mark Wahlberg.

Mentioned in an interview with Katie Couric that while filming The Aviator (2004), it brought back his own obsessive-compulsive disorder that he had as a child. (December 23, 2004).

He is an environmental conservationist and often advocates and supports natural causes.

Considered for the role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man in Spider-Man (2002).

Filed police charges after being attacked with a bottle by a Canadian ex-model while leaving a private party in June 2005. Although the wound was very close to his jugular vein, it was not expected to delay production on his latest movie.

Won the role of Rimbaud in Total Eclipse (1995) after the death of actor River Phoenix in 1993.

Robert De Niro and Jack Nicholson are his favorite actors.

He can speak a little German.

Was considered for the role of Anakin Skywalker for Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002). But the role went to Hayden Christensen instead.

He and Jason Robards received Oscar-nominations for portraying Howard Hughes. Robards played Hughes in Melvin and Howard (1980) and Leonardo played him in The Aviator (2004)

Was originally cast in The Good Shepherd (2006).

Very good friends with actress Kate Winslet and Vincent Gallo.

He once said that playing Arnie in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993) was “the most fun I’ve ever had”.

Appeared in the television series “Parenthood” (1990), in the role originally played by Joaquin Phoenix. In the original film, Phoenix’s grandfather is played by Jason Robards, who, like DiCaprio, has played Howard Hughes.

He purchased a 104-acre island off the coast of Belize in 2005 and plans to develop a resort with renewable energy sources. Purchase price for the island, Blackadore Caye, was estimated to be $1.75 million.

Good friends with Lukas Haas, Mark Wahlberg and Kevin Connolly.

In 2006 in “The Independent”, he named his ten favorite movies as: Bicycle Thieves (1948), Taxi Driver (1976), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), 8½ (1963), The Third Man (1949), Yojimbo (1961), Sunset Blvd. (1950), The Shining (1980) and East of Eden (1955).

Was cast in the lead role in Baz Luhrmann’s doomed Alexander The Great-project.

In his childhood, he and his mother lived in poor neighborhoods in Los Angeles which he describes as “Ghettos of Hollywood”.

Early in his career he appeared as a contestant on a game show called “Fun House” where stunts were performed – his involved trying to catch fish in a small pool with only his teeth.

Attended the same high school as Bo Barrett, Heidi Fleiss, Anne-Marie Johnson, and Julie Newmar.

Turned down Michael Pitt’s role in The Dreamers (2003) because he felt he was too old to play a twenty-year-old student.

Was trained by renowned Hollywood Gun Coach Thell Reed, who has also trained such actors as: Brad Pitt, Val Kilmer, Edward Norton, Russell Crowe, Ben Foster and Girard Swan.

Has once said his favorite female performance is Gena Rowlands’ Mabel Longhetti in A Woman Under the Influence (1974).

Has said his two favorite performances are Robert De Niro’s Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver (1976) and James Dean’s Cal Trask in East of Eden (1955).

Martin Scorsese is his favorite director.

Named #36 on Empire Magazine’s 100 Sexiest Movie Stars. (2007).

His German grandmother died at the age of 93 in August 2008.

Has a Dutch song about him called “Ik ben verliefd op Leonardo DiCaprio/I’m in love with Leonardo DiCaprio” by Flemish girl band K3 (Kathleen Aerts, Karen Damen and Kristel Verbeke).

His father, George DiCaprio, is of German and Italian descent and is an underground writer, editor and distributor of comic books. His mother, Irmelin DiCaprio, is of German and Russian descent and a former legal secretary.

In 1994, he became the seventh youngest actor ever to be nominated for an Academy Award for best supporting actor at the age of 19 years. He was nominated for his performance in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993).

When he was a child, his favorite films were Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971), Watership Down (1978) and Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971).

Thanked by Blink 182 in the liner notes of their album “Enema of the State”.

Ranked #8 on VH1′s 40 Hottest Hotties of the ’90s.

In May 2009, DiCaprio, along with Kate Winslet and director James Cameron, publicly pledged to support the financial future of the last living Titanic survivor, Millvina Dean, after it was reported that she had been forced to sell her mementos to pay for nursing home bills.

Bought Kate Winslet an inscribed gold ring, after they finished filming Revolutionary Road (2008) together. The inscription, however, Winslet keeps a secret.

Campaigned for the role of John Dillinger in Public Enemies (2009), but Johnny Depp was cast in the part instead.

He stated in a Rolling Stone interview that in his younger years his mother took him to Germany about 10 times to visit his grandmother.

Quentin Tarantino considered casting Leo as SS Colonel Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds (2009), but he eventually chose Christoph Waltz to play the role instead.

Purchased a unit in Manhattan’s new, eco-friendly Riverhouse development in Battery Park, paying $3,665,700. Other real estate holdings include: A 1765-square-foot house on Carbon Beach in Malibu that he purchased in 1998 for $1.6 million. A 2633-square-foot house in the Malibu Colony that he purchased in 2002 for exactly $6 million. A 4551-square-foot house in the Bird Streets area of Los Angeles’ Hollywood Hills that he bought in late 1999 for $2,515,000. A 3980-square-foot house in the Bird Streets area of Los Angeles’ Hollywood Hills (next door to the one mentioned above) that he purchased in the summer of 2003 for $3,780,000. A two-bedroom, 2374-square-foot contemporary-style oceanfront house in Malibu, California that he paid $6.350 million for in 2007. And in Las Vegas, he spent $1.5 million for two adjacent two-bedroom units at Las Vegas’s Panorama Towers in 2004. [2008]

His favorite actress of all time is Meryl Streep.

Has been in a relationship with Bar Refaeli twice. They began a relationship in December 2005, but separated in October 2007. However they later reconciled in December 2007, only to separate again in May 2011.

As a board member with World Wildlife Fund (WWF), he has traveled to such places as Bhutan, Nepal, and Russia.

While attempting to travel to St. Petersburg, Russia to attend the International Tiger Conservation Forum as a guest of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), but he was held up not once, but twice by flights. The first, Delta Flight 30, which departed from JFK bound for Moscow, was forced to make an emergency landing back at JFK shortly after takeoff due to engine flame out and malfunction, later his replacement flight had to make an unscheduled landing in Helsinki, Finland to refuel due to strong winds over the Atlantic ocean that used up the plane’s fuel. Prime Minister of Russia, Vladimir Putin, who hosted the event, acknowledged that a lesser man, “could have read it as a sign – that it was not worth going,” but instead Leo, who’s late grandparents were Russian, made it to the summit and gained Putin’s respect. The summit’s aim is to double wild tiger populations worldwide from 3,500 to 7,000 by 2022. While in St. Petersburg, DiCaprio committed $1 million to WWF for urgent tiger conservation efforts through his Fund at the California Community Foundation. [November 2010]

Appeared twice on the cover of GQ magazine: December ’06 and December ’08.

Won the 2010 ‘Do Something’ Award for his Haiti relief efforts and the TV show “Greensburg”.

Has worked with numerous acclaimed directors: Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Ridley Scott, James Cameron, Christopher Nolan, Sam Mendes, Danny Boyle, Baz Luhrmann, Lasse Hallström, Sam Raimi and Edward Zwick.

Kate Winslet considers him the best actor of his generation.

 

 

Ennio Morricone Birthday November 10

Ennio Morricone

Ennio Morricone

Ennio Morricone, Grand Officer OMRI, (born November 10, 1928) is an Italian composer and conductor.

For over half a century he has composed music for more than 400 motion pictures including some award-winning film scores as well as several symphonic and choral pieces. He wrote the characteristic film scores of Leone’s Spaghetti Westerns A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965), The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) and Once Upon a Time in the West (1968). In the 80s and 90s, Morricone composed the considerable scores for Leone’s Once Upon a Time in America (1984), Joffé’s The Mission (1986), De Palma’s The Untouchables (1987), Zeffirelli’s Hamlet (1990), and Tornatore’s Cinema Paradiso (1988) and The Legend of 1900 (1998).

Morricone composed for science fiction and horror films such as Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977), Orca (1977), John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982), Wolf (1994), and Mission to Mars (2000).

His more recent compositions include the scores for Malèna (2000), Fateless (2005), and Baaria – La porta del vento (2009).

Morricone has received two Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes, five BAFTAs during 1979–1992, seven David di Donatello, eight Nastro d’Argento, and the Polar Music Prize in 2010. In 2007, he received the Academy Honorary Award “for his magnificent and multifaceted contributions to the art of film music”.[1] The composer also has been nominated for five Oscars in the category of Best Original Score during 1979–2001, but has never won competitively.

 

Trade Mark

Frequently uses female voices as instruments blended with his lush orchestrations

 

Trivia

Father of Marco, Alessandra, Andrea Morricone and Giovanni Morricone.

Heavy-metal band Metallica starts their shows with Morricone’s instrumental “The Ecstasy Of Gold” (from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)) before appearing on stage.

It’s been felt by some that he was deprived of a possible Academy Award when the U.S. distributor of Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in America (1984) failed to file the paperwork so the score could be considered for nomination. This score is still regarded as one of his best.

Member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1984

Refuses to move to Hollywood despite being offered a villa by a studio.

Studied at the Conservatory of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia.

Member of the jury at the Venice Film Festival in 1992.

Has worked with director Sergio Leone in numerous films, in fact, it was Leone’s trademark to work with Morricone.

Supporter of the Italian center-left Democratic Party (PD) led by Walter Veltroni.

After more than 40 years of working with Clint Eastwood, Morricone’s speech was translated from Italian to English by him at the 2007 Oscars.

Frequently uses Edda Dell’Orso to provide haunting wordless vocals on his film scores.

He composed the official theme for the Argentina ’78 World Cup.

Co-wrote “It couldn’t happen here” with the British pop duo Pet Shop Boys for their 1987 album “Actually”.

 

 

Ryan Reynolds Birthday October 23

Ryan Reynolds

Ryan Reynolds

 

Ryan Rodney Reynolds (born October 23, 1976) is a Canadian actor. He is known for his roles in National Lampoon’s Van Wilder, Waiting…, The Amityville Horror, Just Friends, Definitely, Maybe, The Proposal, Buried, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and Green Lantern. His television roles include Michael “Berg” Bergen on ABC’s Two Guys and a Girl.

Trade Mark

Has appeared in several superhero/comic book adaptations

Trivia

Has a fear of flying since he once went skydiving and parachute failed to open at the first attempt.

Failed his high school drama class

Used to work in a grocery store

Ryan Reynolds shirtless

Ryan Reynolds

Attended Kwantlen College for a few months before leaving to pursue his acting career

Is the youngest of four brothers. Two of his three elder brothers are policemen.

Received a Youth in Film Award nomination for best actor for his work on Nickelodeon’s “Fifteen” (1990) (aka “Fifteen”).

Accompanied musician Alanis Morissette to the 2003 Canadian Juno Music Awards.

In early 2001, he met actress Rachael Leigh Cook and the two immediately hit it off. However, Rachael had to fly to Britain shortly after to film Blow Dry (2001). Ryan ended up surprising her, pulling out of his filming schedule, and following her all the way to London. It was a success and they ended up dating for a year.

Became engaged to his girlfriend of two years, Canadian singer Alanis Morissette in June 2004. They announced the engagement was off in June of 2006.

Has expressed great interest in portraying the DC Comics character the Flash, should Warner Bros. ever decide to do a film adaptation of the comic book.

ryan reynolds and amityville horror

Ryan Reynolds

On an episode of “The Outer Limits” (1995), he played a ghost trapped in a haunted house. Ironically, in The Amityville Horror (2005), he plays a living man trapped in a haunted house.

Was offered the role of “Xander” in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (1997).

Loves traveling.

He was traveling in Indonesia with his former fiancée, Alanis Morissette, when the tsunami struck. They were uninjured since they were staying on the opposite end of the island from where the tsunami hit.

Ryan alleges he is friends with Paul Anka and meets with him once in a while.

His favorite city is Amsterdam.

Engaged to Scarlett Johansson [May 5, 2008].

In 2002, he badly injured his back jumping from a bridge in Zurich, Switzerland.

Is a big fan of the Green Bay Packers.

Loves riding motorcycles.

Married fiancée Scarlett Johansson in a private Canadian ceremony on September 27, 2008.

Lives in Beverly Hills, California.

In November 2008, he ran in the New York City Marathon on behalf of the Michael J. Fox Foundation. His father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1995.

ryan reynolds x-men: origins wolverine

Ryan Reynolds

Was named the “Sexiest Man Alive” by ‘People’ Magazine in 2010. This was during the same time that his wife, Scarlett Johansson was named as “Babe of the Year” by ‘GQ’ Magazine.

Former brother-in-law of Vanessa Johansson, Hunter Johansson, Adrian Johansson and Christian Johansson.

Former son-in-law of Karsten Johansson and Melanie Sloan.

Gained 25 pounds of muscle for his role as “Hannibal King” in Blade: Trinity (2004).

 

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