Rupert Alexander Lloyd Grint is an English actor and producer. He rose to prominence for his portrayal of Ron Weasley, one of the three main characters in the Harry Potter film series. Grint was cast as Ron at the age of 11, having acted only in school plays and at his local theatre group. From 2001 to 2011, he starred in all eight Harry Potter films. Beginning in 2002, Grint began to work outside of the Harry Potter franchise, playing a co-leading role in Thunderpants, he has had starring roles in Driving Lessons, a dramedy released in 2006, Cherrybomb, a drama film of limited release in 2010. Grint co-starred with Emily Blunt in Wild Target, a comedy, his first film project following the end of the Harry Potter series was the 2012 anti-war film, Into the White, in which he has a supporting role. In 2013, Grint's new film CBGB was released and he was cast in CBS's new show Super Clyde. Grint made his stage debut in Jez Butterworth's Mojo in October 2013 at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London. In 2014 he voiced the character of Josh in Postman Pat: The Movie, in 2017, he starred in and was executive producer of the television series Snatch, based on the film of the same name.
Grint was born in Harlow, England, to Nigel Grint, a dealer in racing memorabilia, Joanne Grint. Grint is the eldest of five siblings, the others being James, Georgina and Charlotte, he has stated. He attended Richard Hale School, in Hertford. While in school, Grint took an avid interest in theatre, he started performing in school productions and joined the Top Hat Stage and Screen School, a local theatre group that cast him as a fish in Noah's Ark and a donkey in another nativity play. He continued. However, Grint had never acted professionally before the Harry Potter series. At the age of 16, he left school to focus on his acting career. "I didn't like school that much," he commented. Starting in 2000, casting began for the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the best-selling novel written by author J. K. Rowling. Rowling insisted that the cast be British and assisted Susie Figgis and director Chris Columbus in casting the roles. Grint chose to audition for the role of protagonist Ron Weasley, one of Harry Potter's best friends at Hogwarts, was a fan of the book series.
Having seen a Newsround report about the open casting, he sent in a video of himself rapping about how he wished to receive the role. His attempt was successful. On 8 August 2000, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, an 11-year-old Grint were selected to play the roles of Harry, Hermione Granger, Ron, respectively. Grint is the oldest member of the trio; the release of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in 2001 was Grint's debut screen performance. Breaking records for opening-day sales and opening-weekend takings, it was the highest-grossing film of that year. With a total of US$974 million in its theatrical run, Philosopher's Stone stands as the second most commercially successful entry in the series, it was critically well-received, scoring positive reviews from critics. However, a number of critics found the adaption staying faithful to the book to be both its best and worst quality. Grint won a Satellite Award in the category of "Outstanding New Talent", a Young Artist Award for "Most Promising Young Newcomer".
A year Grint again starred as Ron in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the second instalment of the series. The film opened to positive reviews and critics enjoyed the lead actors' performances. Both Los Angeles Times and New York Magazine observed that Grint and his peers had matured between films, with the latter pointing out that Grint had become "more proficient" and said they missed "the amateurish ardour" the actor and Watson carried in Philosopher's Stone. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was released on 31 May in the UK; the film sees all three of its lead characters hover on the brink of adolescence, "and while they look braver and more capable than before, the dangers they face seem far more grave and their own vulnerability more intense." Academy Award-nominee Alfonso Cuarón took over direction for Prisoner of Azkaban which remains the lowest-grossing Harry Potter film with US$795 million in revenue. Nonetheless it was the second highest-grossing movie of 2004 behind Shrek 2.
In 2005, Grint reprised his role for the fourth film in the series – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The adaptation, unlike previous films, included more humour. In a 2005 interview with IGN, all three lead actors singled out the humour as being a reason for the film's success; this project was directed by Mike Newell. According to the actor, the director was "really loud and not afraid to swear at you, but he was cool." Goblet of Fire stands as one of the best reviewed instalments within the series, is noted for the maturity and sophistication of its characters and more complex plotline and performances of the lead actors. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the fifth film in the Harry Potter franchise, was released to cinemas in 2007. A huge financial success, Order of the Phoenix set a record worldwide opening-weekend gross of US$394 million, superseding Spider-Man 3 as the title holder; this entry was directed by a new filmmaker, David Yates, who would continue to direct all of the following movies.
Grint helped keep the material fresh. As the fame of the actor and the series continued, Gri
Denzel Hayes Washington Jr. is an American actor and producer. He has received two Golden Globe awards, one Tony Award, two Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor for the historical war drama film Glory and Best Actor for his role as corrupt detective Alonzo Harris in the crime thriller Training Day. Washington has received much critical acclaim for his film work since the 1980s, including his portrayals of real-life figures, such as South African anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko in Cry Freedom, Muslim minister and human rights activist Malcolm X in Malcolm X, boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter in The Hurricane, football coach Herman Boone in Remember the Titans and educator Melvin B. Tolson in The Great Debaters, drug kingpin Frank Lucas in American Gangster, he has been a featured actor in films produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and has been a frequent collaborator of directors Spike Lee, Antoine Fuqua, Tony Scott. In 2016, he received the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards.
In 2002, Washington made his directorial debut with the biographical film Antwone Fisher. His second directorial effort was The Great Debaters, his third film, Fences, in which he starred, was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. Washington was born in Mount Vernon, New York, on December 28, 1954, his mother, Lennis "Lynne", was a beauty parlor owner and operator born in Georgia and raised in Harlem, New York. His father, Denzel Hayes Washington Sr. was a native of Buckingham County, Virginia, an ordained Pentecostal minister, an employee of the New York City Water Department, as well as working at a local S. Klein department store. Washington attended Pennington-Grimes Elementary School in Mount Vernon until 1968; when he was 14, his parents divorced, his mother sent him to a private preparatory school: Oakland Military Academy in New Windsor, New York. Washington said, "That decision changed my life, because I wouldn't have survived in the direction I was going; the guys I was hanging out with at the time, my running buddies, have now done maybe 40 years combined in the penitentiary.
They were nice guys, but the streets got them." After Oakland, he attended Mainland High School, a public high school in Daytona Beach, from 1970 to 1971. He was interested in attending Texas Tech University: "I grew up in the Boys Club in Mount Vernon, we were the Red Raiders. So when I was in high school, I wanted to go to Texas Tech in Lubbock just because they were called the Red Raiders and their uniforms looked like ours." Washington earned a BA in Drama and Journalism from Fordham University in 1977. At Fordham, he played collegiate basketball as a guard under coach P. J. Carlesimo. After a period of indecision on which major to study and taking a semester off, Washington worked as creative arts director at an overnight summer camp: Camp Sloane YMCA in Lakeville, Connecticut, he participated in a staff talent show for the campers and a colleague suggested he try acting. Returning to Fordham that fall with a renewed purpose, Washington enrolled at the Lincoln Center campus to study acting, where he was given the title roles in Eugene O'Neill's The Emperor Jones and Shakespeare's Othello.
He attended graduate school at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, where he stayed for one year before returning to New York to begin a professional acting career. Washington spent the summer of 1976 in St. Mary's City, Maryland, in summer stock theater performing Wings of the Morning, the Maryland State play, written for him by incorporating an African-American character/narrator based loosely on the historical figure from early colonial Maryland, Mathias Da Sousa. Shortly after graduating from Fordham, Washington made his screen acting debut in the 1977 made-for-television film Wilma, his first Hollywood appearance in the 1981 film Carbon Copy, he shared a 1982 Distinguished Ensemble Performance Obie Award for playing Private First Class Melvin Peterson in the Off-Broadway Negro Ensemble Company production A Soldier's Play which premiered November 20, 1981. A major career break came when Washington starred as Dr. Phillip Chandler in NBC's television hospital drama St. Elsewhere, which ran from 1982 to 1988.
He was one of only a few African-American actors to appear on the series for its entire six-year run. He appeared in several television, motion picture and stage roles, such as the films A Soldier's Story, Hard Lessons and Power. In 1987, he starred as South African anti-apartheid political activist Steven Biko in Richard Attenborough's Cry Freedom, for which he received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. In 1989, Washington won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of a defiant, self-possessed ex-slave soldier in the film Glory; that same year, he appeared in the film The Mighty Quinn. In 1990, Washington starred as Bleek Gilliam in the Spike Lee film Mo' Better Blues. In 1991, he starred as Demetrius Williams in the romantic drama Mississippi Masala. Washington was reunited with Lee to play one of his most critically acclaimed roles, the title character of 1992's Malcolm X, his performance as the black nationalist leader earned him another nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor.
That year, he established the production company Mundy Lane Entertainment. The next year, he played the lawyer of a gay man with AIDS in th
Kristen Jaymes Stewart is an American actress and director. She is the recipient of several accolades, including a César Award, making her the first American woman to win it, her films have grossed over $4.3 billion worldwide, she was the highest-paid actress in the world in 2010 and 2012. Born in Los Angeles to parents who worked in show business, Stewart began her career as a child actor in 1999, she gained notice in 2002 for playing Jodie Foster's daughter in the thriller Panic Room, which garnered her a Young Artist Award nomination for Best Leading Actress in a Feature Film. She subsequently starred in Speak, Catch That Kid, Zathura: A Space Adventure, Into the Wild. In 2010, she was awarded the BAFTA Rising Star Award. Stewart went on to gain wide recognition for playing Bella Swan in The Twilight Saga film series, which collectively grossed over $3.3 billion worldwide. Her work in the series established her as one of the highest-paid actresses in the world. Following a role in the fantasy film Snow White and the Huntsman, Stewart eschewed parts in big-budget films in favour of independent productions.
She starred in the dramas Camp X-Ray and Still Alice, the science fiction romance Equals. In 2015, she received critical acclaim for her role opposite Juliette Binoche in Olivier Assayas's French film Clouds of Sils Maria, for which she won the César Award for Best Supporting Actress. Stewart reunited with Assayas the following year in the supernatural thriller for her critically acclaimed role in Personal Shopper and made her directorial debut with the 2017 short film Come Swim. Stewart was raised in Los Angeles. Both of her parents work in the entertainment industry, her father, John Stewart, is a stage manager and television producer who has worked for Fox and on the Comedy Central show @midnight. Her mother, Jules Mann-Stewart, is from Maroochydore, Australia, she is a script supervisor and has directed a film, the 2012 prison drama K-11. She has an older brother, Cameron B. Stewart, two adopted brothers and Taylor. Stewart attended local schools until the seventh grade; as she became more involved in acting, she continued her education by correspondence until completing high school.
As she grew up with a family who worked behind the camera, Stewart thought she would become a screenwriter/director, but never considered being an actor. She recalled, "I never wanted to be the center of attention—I wasn't that'I want to be famous, I want to be an actor' kid. I never sought out acting. I'd write my name on everything."She began acting at 8, after an agent saw her perform in her elementary school's Christmas play. After auditioning for a year, Stewart gained her first role with a small, nonspeaking part in the Disney Channel TV-movie The Thirteenth Year, her next film was The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, where she played the "ring toss girl". She appeared in the independent film The Safety of Objects, as the tomboy daughter of a troubled single mother. Stewart played a tomboy, diabetic daughter of a divorced mother in the film Panic Room, she was nominated for a Young Artist Award for her performance. After Panic Room's success, Stewart was cast in another thriller, Cold Creek Manor, playing the daughter of characters played by Dennis Quaid and Sharon Stone.
She was nominated again for a Young Artist Award for her performance. About this time in her career, she started homeschooling because of her irregular schedule. Stewart's first starring role was at age 14 in the children's action-comedy Catch That Kid, opposite Max Thieriot and Corbin Bleu; that year Stewart played the role of Lila in the thriller, Undertow. Stewart starred in the Lifetime/Showtime television film Speak, based on the novel by the same name by Laurie Halse Anderson. Stewart, 13 at the time of filming, played a high school freshman, Melinda Sordino, who after being raped nearly stops speaking, her performance was praised, with The New York Times stating "Ms. Stewart creates a convincing character full of pain and turmoil."Stewart appeared in the fantasy-adventure film Zathura: A Space Adventure, playing the role of Lisa Budwing, the irresponsible older sister of two little boys. During their playing a board game, they turn their house into a spacecraft hurtling uncontrollably in outer space.
The film was praised by critics. Her character is immobilized during most of the film; the next year, she played the character Maya in Fierce People, directed by Griffin Dunne. After that film, she received the lead role of Jess Solomon in the supernatural thriller film The Messengers. Stewart appeared as teenager Lucy Hardwicke in In the Land of Women, a romantic drama starring Meg Ryan and Adam Brody; the film, as well as Stewart's performance, received mixed reviews. That same year, Stewart had a small role in the Sean Penn-directed adaptation Into the Wild. For her portrayal of Tracy – a teenage singer who has a crush on young adventurer Christopher McCandless – Stewart received mixed reviews. While Salon.com considered her work a "sturdy, sensitive performance", the Chicago Tribune noted that she did "vividly well with a sketch of a role", Variety's critic Dennis Harvey said, "It's unclear whether Stewart means to be playing hippie-chick Tracy as vapid, or whether it just comes off that way."
The film received Screen Actors Guild nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. After Into the Wild, Stewart had a cameo appearance in Jumper and appeared in What Just
The Dark Knight (film)
The Dark Knight is a 2008 superhero film directed, co-produced, co-written by Christopher Nolan. Based on the DC Comics character Batman, the film is the second installment of Nolan's The Dark Knight Trilogy and a sequel to 2005's Batman Begins, starring an ensemble cast including Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Morgan Freeman. In the film, Bruce Wayne / Batman, Police Lieutenant James Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent form an alliance to dismantle organized crime in Gotham City, but are menaced by an anarchistic mastermind known as the Joker, who seeks to undermine Batman's influence and turn the city to chaos. Nolan's inspiration for the film was the Joker's comic book debut in 1940, the 1988 graphic novel The Killing Joke, the 1996 series The Long Halloween, which retold Two-Face's origin; the "Dark Knight" nickname was first applied to Batman in Batman #1, in a story written by Bill Finger. The Dark Knight was filmed in Chicago, as well as in several other locations in the United States, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong.
Nolan used IMAX 70 mm film cameras to film some sequences, including the Joker's first appearance in the film. Warner Bros. created a viral marketing campaign for The Dark Knight, developing promotional websites and trailers highlighting screenshots of Ledger as the Joker. Ledger died on January 22, 2008, some months after the completed filming and six months before the film's release from a toxic combination of prescription drugs, leading to intense attention from the press and movie-going public. A co-production of the United States and the United Kingdom, The Dark Knight was released on July 18, 2008 in the United States and on July 25, 2008 in the United Kingdom. Film critics considered it one of the best films of its decade and one of the best superhero films of all time; the Dark Knight appeared on 287 critics' top ten lists, more than any other film of 2008 with the exception of WALL-E, more critics named The Dark Knight the best film released that year. With over $1 billion in revenue worldwide, it became the highest-grossing film of 2008 and is the 38th highest-grossing film of all time, unadjusted for inflation.
The film received eight Academy Award nominations. In 2016 it was voted 33rd among 100 films considered the best of the 21st century by 117 film critics from around the world; the Dark Knight Rises, the final film in the trilogy, was released on July 20, 2012. A gang of criminals rob a Gotham City mob bank, murdering each other for a higher share of the money until only the Joker remains, who escapes with the money. Batman, District Attorney Harvey Dent and Lieutenant Jim Gordon form an alliance to rid Gotham City of organized crime. Bruce Wayne believes that with Dent as Gotham's protector, he can retire from being Batman and lead a normal life with Rachel Dawes – though she and Dent are dating. Mob bosses Sal Maroni and the Chechen hold a videoconference with their corrupt accountant, who has taken their funds for safekeeping and fled to Hong Kong; the Joker interrupts the meeting to warn them that Batman is unhindered by the law, offers to kill him in exchange for half of their money. The mob bosses disagree, Gambol places a bounty on the Joker.
The Joker kills Gambol, taking over his gang. The mob decides to take the Joker up on his offer. Batman finds Lau in Hong Kong and brings him back to Gotham to testify, allowing Dent to apprehend the entire mob; the Joker threatens to kill people unless Batman reveals his identity, starts by murdering Police Commissioner Gillian B. Loeb and the judge presiding over the mob trial; the Joker tries to kill Mayor Anthony Garcia, but Gordon sacrifices himself to stop the assassination. Dent kidnaps one of Joker’s henchmen and threatens him with a deadly game of heads or tails using Dent's lucky coin. Dent learns. Bruce decides to reveal his secret identity to prevent more deaths. Before he can, Dent falsely announces that he is Batman. Dent is taken into protective custody. Batman comes to Dent's rescue and Gordon, who faked his death, apprehends the Joker, securing a promotion to Commissioner. Rachel and Dent are escorted away by detectives on Maroni's payroll. Batman interrogates the Joker, who reveals that they have been trapped in separate locations rigged with explosives and that Batman must choose one to save.
Batman races to save Rachel. Batman realizes that the Joker has sent him to Dent's location instead. Both buildings explode, disfiguring Dent; the Joker escapes with Lau. The Joker kills Lau and the Chechen. Coleman Reese, an accountant at Wayne Enterprises, deduces that Bruce is Batman and threatens to publicize the information. Not wanting Reese's revelation to interfere with his plans, the Joker threatens to destroy a hospital unless Reese is killed within an hour. All hospitals are evacuated and Gordon travels to secure Reese; the Joker, disguised as a hospital nurse, discovers Dent's ward and hands him a gun, convincing him to
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is a 2009 American science fiction action film directed by Michael Bay and based on the Transformers toy line. It is the sequel to 2007's Transformers, as well as the second installment in the live-action Transformers film series. Taking place two years after its predecessor, the plot revolves around Sam Witwicky, caught in the war between two factions of alien robots, the Autobots, led by Optimus Prime and the Decepticons, led by Megatron. Sam is having strange visions of Cybertronian symbols, being hunted by the Decepticons under the orders of an ancient Decepticon named The Fallen, who seeks to get revenge on Earth by finding and activating a machine that would provide the Decepticons with an energon source, destroying the Sun and all life on Earth in the process. Returning Transformers include Optimus Prime, Ironhide, Megatron and Scorponok. With deadlines jeopardized by possible strikes by the Directors Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild, Bay managed to finish the production on time with the help of previsualization and a scriptment by his writers David Marconi, Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, series newcomer Ehren Kruger.
Shooting took place from May to September 2008, with locations in Egypt, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, California, as well as air bases in New Mexico and Arizona. This was the last film in the series to star Megan Fox, was the last film in the series to be co-produced by DreamWorks Pictures, leaving Paramount Pictures as the sole distributor of its future films, starting with Dark of the Moon. Revenge of the Fallen premiered on June 8, 2009 in Tokyo and was released on June 24, 2009 in the United States. Critical reception was negative, the film is considered inferior to the first film. Critics panned the film's script, characters and runtime while some positive mentions were given to the effects, action and Peter Cullen's performance. Metacritic said the film received "generally unfavorable reviews"; the film won three Golden Raspberry Awards at the 30th Golden Raspberry Awards ceremony and became the highest-grossing film to win the Worst Picture award. The film surpassed its predecessor at the box office, grossing a total of $402.1 million in the US and Canada and $434.2 million in other territories, for a total of $836.3 million worldwide.
It was the fourth-highest-grossing film of 2009, 32nd domestically and fourth-highest of the year worldwide. With over 11 million home media sales in 2009, it was the top-selling film of the year in the United States, it was followed by Dark of the Moon in 2011, Age of Extinction in 2014, The Last Knight in 2017. In 17,000 B. C. the Seven Primes travel across the universe to create Energon with star-absorbing machines called Sun Harvesters, which destroy stars in order to collect their raw material. One of them defies the rule to never to destroy a planet with life by establishing a Sun Harvester on Earth, earning him the name "The Fallen"; the Fallen is confronted by the other Primes, who imprison him before he can harvest the Sun using the Matrix of Leadership. The rest of the Primes sacrifice themselves to hide the Matrix in an unknown location. In the present, two years after the events of the first film, the Autobots and the U. S. military have formed the Non-biological Extraterrestrial Species Treaty, a classified international task force used to eliminate the surviving Decepticons.
In Shanghai, the Autobots intercept two Decepticons and Sideways. Sideways is killed by the Autobot Sideswipe, while Optimus Prime kills Demolisher, but not before he warns them of the Fallen's return. At NEST's secure headquarters in Diego Garcia, National Security Adviser Theodore Galloway concludes that since Megatron's corpse is at the bottom of the Laurentian Abyss and the last-known AllSpark shard is secured in the base, the Decepticons must still be on Earth to hunt the Autobots; the Decepticon Soundwave hacks into a military satellite, overhears this information, sends Ravage to retrieve the shard. Meanwhile, Sam Witwicky is preparing to attend college, leaving his girlfriend Mikaela Banes and guardian Bumblebee behind, he finds a smaller AllSpark picks it up, causing him to see Cybertronian symbols. As a side effect, the shard's energy brings various kitchen appliances to life, who attack Sam and his family. After Bumblebee kills the living appliances, Sam gives the shard to Mikaela, who captures the Decepticon Wheelie when he attempts to steal it.
The Constructicons resurrect Megatron by brutally ripping apart the Constructicon Scrapmetal to provide parts, as well as using the stolen shard. Megatron travels to one of Saturn's moons, where he reunites with his second in command and his master, the Fallen, who orders him to capture Sam alive and kill Optimus, as he is the only Transformer who can defeat the Fallen. After killing Alice, a Decepticon Pretender disguised as a college student, Sam and his college roommate, Leo are captured by the Decepticon Grindor and taken to an abandoned factory. Megatron reveals that the symbols in Sam's mind will lead the Decepticons to a new Energon source before Optimus and Bumblebee arrive to rescue the trio. Optimus engages Megatron and Grindor, killing the latter in the process. After the battle, Megatron kills Optimus by impaling him through the chest from behind, destroying his spark; the other Autobots attack the Decepticons, forcing Megatron and Starscream to retreat. The Decepticons launch devastating simultaneous attacks around the world, destroying ships in the Second Fleet and damaging Paris.
Megan Denise Fox is an American actress and model. She began her acting career in 2001, with several minor television and film roles, played a regular role on the Hope & Faith television sitcom. In 2004, she made her film debut with a role in the teen comedy Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen. In 2007, she co-starred as Mikaela Banes, the love interest of Shia LaBeouf's character, in the blockbuster action film Transformers, which became her breakout role. Fox reprised her role in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. In 2009, she starred in the black comedy horror film Jennifer's Body. In 2014, Fox starred as April O'Neil in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, reprised the role in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. Fox is considered a sex symbol and has appeared in magazines such as Maxim, Rolling Stone, FHM. Megan Fox was born on May 16, 1986 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, to parents Gloria Darlene and Franklin Thomas Fox, she spent her early childhood in nearby Rockwood. Fox's father, a parole officer, her mother divorced when Fox was three years old.
Her mother remarried, Fox and her sister were raised by her mother and her stepfather, Tony Tonachio. She was raised "very Pentecostal", but attended Catholic school for 12 years, she said that the two were "very strict" and that she was not allowed to have a boyfriend or invite friends to her house. She lived with her mother. Fox began her training in dance and drama in Kingston, Tennessee, she attended a dance class at the community center there and was involved in Kingston Elementary School's chorus and the Kingston Clippers swim team. At age 10, after moving to St. Petersburg, Fox continued her training; when she was 13 years old, Fox began modeling after winning several awards at the 1999 American Modeling and Talent Convention in Hilton Head, South Carolina. At age 17, she tested out of school via correspondence in order to move to California. Fox spoke about her time in school, stating that in middle school she was bullied and had to eat lunch in the bathroom to avoid being "pelted with ketchup packets".
She said that the problem was not her looks, but that she had "always gotten along better with boys" and that "rubbed some people the wrong way". Fox said that she was never popular in high school, that "everyone hated me, I was a total outcast, my friends were always guys, I have a aggressive personality, girls didn't like me for that. I've had only one great girlfriend my whole life". In the same interview, she mentions that she hated school and has "never been a big believer in formal education" and that "the education I was getting seemed irrelevant. So, I was sort of checked out on that part of it". At 15, Fox made her acting debut in the 2001 film Holiday in the Sun, as spoiled heiress Brianna Wallace and rival of Alex Stewart, released direct-to-DVD on November 20, 2001. In the next several years, she guest-starred on What I Like About You and Two and a Half Men, as well as being an uncredited extra in Bad Boys II. In 2004, she made her film debut in Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen co-starring opposite Lindsay Lohan, playing the supporting role of Carla Santini, a rival of Lola.
Fox was cast in a regular role on the ABC sitcom Hope & Faith, in which she portrayed Sydney Shanowski, replacing Nicole Paggi. Fox appeared in seasons 2 to 3, until the show was cancelled by ABC in May 2006. In 2007, Fox won the lead female role of Mikaela Banes in the 2007 live-action film Transformers, based on the toy and cartoon saga of the same name. Fox played the love interest of Shia LaBeouf's character Sam Witwicky. Fox was nominated for an MTV Movie Award in the category of "Breakthrough Performance", was nominated for three Teen Choice Awards, she had signed on for two more Transformers sequels, reprising her role as Mikaela in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. There was some controversy surrounding Fox's appearance while filming the sequel when Michael Bay, the film's director, ordered the actress to gain 10 pounds; the film was released worldwide on June 24, 2009. Fox was to star in the third installment, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, but was not included because of her statements comparing working under director Bay to working for Hitler.
Bay said in June 2009 that Fox was fired on orders of executive producer Steven Spielberg, a claim Spielberg challenged. In 2009, Fox had her first lead role since the Transformers series. In April 2009, she began filming Jonah Hex, in which she portrayed Leila, a gun-wielding beauty and Jonah Hex's love interest; the film was released on June 18, 2010. Despite receiving top billing, Fox described her role in the film as being a cameo. Jonah Hex was a critical and commercial failure in the U. S. with its international distribution cancelled after its poor performance. The film was named the "worst picture of the year" by the Houston Film Critics Society. Fox starred alongside Mickey Rourke in Passion Play; the film's poor reception at the Toronto Film festival led to its conventional theatrical distribution being bypassed for a direct-to-video release, with only two screens showing the film to fulfill contractual obligations. Mickey Rourke remarked. Another terrible movie." Fox was the voice of the Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins in the Naya Legend of the Golden Dolphins, a 3D documentary film.
The story is told by a cast including Kate Winslet, Ellen Page, Gerard Butler, James Franco, Julian Lennon, Diego Luna, Cheech Marin, Whoopi Goldberg, Isabella Rosse
Bradley Charles Cooper is an American actor and filmmaker. He has been nominated for many awards, including seven Academy Awards and a Tony Award, has won a Grammy Award and a BAFTA Award. Cooper appeared in Forbes Celebrity 100 on two occasions and Time's list of 100 most influential people in the world in 2015, his films have grossed $7.8 billion worldwide and he was named one of the world's highest-paid actors for three years. Cooper enrolled in the MFA program at the Actors Studio at The New School in New York City in 2000, his career began in 1999 with a guest role in the City. He made his film debut two years in the comedy Wet Hot American Summer, he first gained recognition as Will Tippin in the spy-action television show Alias, achieved minor success with a supporting part in the comedy film Wedding Crashers. His breakthrough role came in 2009 with The Hangover, a critically and commercially successful comedy, which spawned two sequels in 2011 and 2013. Cooper's portrayal of a struggling writer in the thriller Limitless and a rookie police officer in the crime drama The Place Beyond the Pines drew praise from critics.
Cooper found greater success with the romantic comedy Silver Linings Playbook, the black comedy American Hustle, the war biopic American Sniper, which he produced. For his work in these films, he was nominated for four Academy Awards, becoming the tenth actor to receive an Oscar nomination in three consecutive years. In 2014, he portrayed Joseph Merrick in a Broadway revival of The Elephant Man, garnering a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play; that year, he began voicing Rocket Raccoon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In 2018, Cooper produced and directed his first film with the musical romance A Star Is Born, in which he starred, for which he gained three more Oscar nominations, he contributed to its US Billboard 200 number one soundtrack. Its lead single "Shallow" earned him a Grammy Award. Cooper was married to actress Jennifer Esposito from 2006 to 2007, he has been in a relationship with Russian model Irina Shayk since 2015, with whom he has a daughter. He supports several organizations.
Cooper was born on January 5, 1975, in Philadelphia, grew up in the nearby communities of Jenkintown and Rydal. His mother, worked for the local NBC affiliate, his father, Charles Cooper, worked as a stockbroker for Merrill Lynch. Cooper's father was of Irish descent, he has an older sister and was raised as a Roman Catholic. He had cholesteatoma in his ear soon after his birth, punctured his eardrum when he started diving at an early age. Describing himself as a child, Cooper has said: "I never lived the life of'Oh, you're so good-looking'. People thought I was a girl when I was little, because I looked like a girl—maybe because my mother would keep my hair long", he excelled at basketball, enjoyed cooking: "I used to have buddies come over after kindergarten and I'd cook them food. I prided myself in taking whatever was in the fridge and turning it into lasagna." He wanted to attend a military academy and move to Japan to become a ninja. At an early age, his father introduced him to films like The Elephant Man, which inspired him to be an actor.
Cooper says that his parents were apprehensive of his career choice, but they changed their perceptions when they saw Cooper play the part of Joseph Merrick in an excerpt from the play The Elephant Man. While attending Germantown Academy, he worked at the Philadelphia Daily News, he says that in school he was neither "the smartest person" nor "the coolest kid" and "really didn't have anything going on!" After graduating from the academy in 1993, Cooper studied at Villanova University for a year before transferring to Georgetown University. Cooper graduated with honors from the latter with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1997, he acted with Nomadic Theatre. Cooper became fluent in French at Georgetown and spent six months as an exchange student in Aix-en-Provence, France. In his television debut and the City in 1999, he made a brief appearance opposite Sarah Jessica Parker. Cooper served as a presenter in the travel-adventure series Globe Trekker, which took him to such places as Peru and Croatia.
Cooper had been interested in a career in diplomacy when he auditioned for the master class graduate degree at the Actors Studio and was selected by James Lipton. In 2000, he received a Master of Fine Arts degree in acting from the Actors Studio Drama School at The New School in New York City. There, he trained with the coach Elizabeth Kemp of whom he says: "I was never able to relax in my life before her." She advised him on many of his films. While studying in New York City, Cooper worked as a doorman at the Morgans Hotel, interacted with Robert de Niro and Sean Penn in question-and-answer master class sessions, which were featured episodes of Inside the Actors Studio. Cooper's cinematic debut came in the ensemble comedy Wet Hot American Summer, a film that takes place at a fictional summer camp in 1981, he played a counselor and the love interest of Michael Ian Black's character. Although the film was critically and commercially unsuccessful, it has developed a cult status over the years. Cooper reprised the role in the film's prequel Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, an eight-episode Netflix series.
In the television series Alias, Cooper achieved some success with the role of Will Tippin, a local reporter for a newspaper and the