Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, known professionally as Katy Perry, is an American singer and television judge. After singing in church during her childhood, she pursued a career in gospel music as a teenager. Perry signed with Red Hill Records and released her debut studio album Katy Hudson under her birth name in 2001, commercially unsuccessful, she moved to Los Angeles the following year to venture into secular music after Red Hill ceased operations and she subsequently began working with producers Glen Ballard, Dr. Luke, Max Martin. After adopting the stage name Katy Perry and being dropped by The Island Def Jam Music Group and Columbia Records, she signed a recording contract with Capitol Records in April 2007. Perry rose to fame in 2008 with the release of her second album, a pop rock record titled One of the Boys, its singles "I Kissed a Girl" and "Hot n Cold"; the former track sparked controversy for its sapphic themes. Her third album, Teenage Dream, ventured into disco, was her first album to top the U.
S. Billboard 200, it topped the U. S. Billboard Hot 100 with the singles "California Gurls", "Teenage Dream", "Firework", "E. T.", "Last Friday Night", while "The One That Got Away" reached number three on the chart. The album became the first by a female artist to produce five number-one songs in the U. S. and the second overall after Michael Jackson's album Bad. In March 2012, she re-issued the album as Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection, which produced the songs "Part of Me" and "Wide Awake", her fourth album, was her second to peak atop the U. S. charts. It is influenced by pop and dance, she became the first artist with multiple videos to reach one billion views on Vevo with the videos for its songs "Roar" and "Dark Horse", her fifth album, delved into electropop and became her third album to reach number one in the U. S. "Chained to the Rhythm" was the most successful single from that album, breaking Spotify's record for most first-day streams for a song by a female artist. Perry has received various awards, including four Guinness World Records, five American Music Awards, a Brit Award, a Juno Award, has been included in the annual Forbes lists of highest-earning women in music from 2011–2018.
Her estimated net worth as of 2016 is $125 million. She is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 40 million albums and over 100 million records globally throughout her career. In film, she released an autobiographical documentary titled Katy Perry: Part of Me in 2012, voiced Smurfette in the 2011 film The Smurfs and its sequel in 2013. Perry began serving as a judge on American Idol in 2018. Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson was born in Santa Barbara, California, to Pentecostal pastors Mary Christine and Maurice Keith Hudson, her parents are born again Christians, each having turned to religion after a "wild youth". Perry has English, German and Portuguese ancestry. Through her mother, she is a niece of film director Frank Perry, she has a younger brother named David, a singer, an older sister, Angela. From ages 3 to 11, Perry moved across the country as her parents set up churches before settling again in Santa Barbara. Growing up, she attended religious schools and camps, including Paradise Valley Christian School in Arizona and Santa Barbara Christian School in California during her elementary years.
Her family struggled financially, sometimes using food stamps and eating from the food bank intended to feed the congregation at her parents' church. Growing up, Perry and her siblings were not allowed to eat the cereal Lucky Charms as the term "luck" reminded their mother of Lucifer, had to call deviled eggs "angeled eggs". Perry listened to gospel music, as secular music was discouraged in the family's home, she discovered popular music through CDs. While not identifying as religious, Perry has stated, "I pray all the time – for self-control, for humility." Wanting to be like Angela, Perry began singing by practicing with her sister's cassette tapes. She performed the tracks in front of their parents, who let her take vocal lessons as Angela was at the time, she began training at age 9, was incorporated into her parents' ministry, singing in church from ages 9 to 17. At 13, Perry was given her first guitar for her birthday, publicly performed songs she wrote, she tried to "be a bit like the typical Californian girl" while growing up, started rollerskating and surfing as a teenager.
Perry's brother David described her as a tomboy during her adolescence. She took dancing lessons and learned how to swing, Lindy Hop, jitterbug. Perry completed her General Educational Development requirements at age 15, during her freshman year of high school, left Dos Pueblos High School to pursue a musical career, she studied Italian opera at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. Her singing caught the attention of rock artists Steve Thomas and Jennifer Knapp from Nashville, who brought her there to improve her writing skills. In Nashville, she learned how to write songs and play guitar. Perry signed with Red Hill Records and recorded her debut album, a gospel record titled Katy Hudson, released on March 6, 2001, she went on tour that year as part of Phil Joel's Strangely Normal Tour and embarked on other performances of her own in the United States. While Katy Hudson received positive reviews from critics, it was commercially unsuccessful and sold an estimated 200 copies before the label ceased operations in December.
Transitioning from gospel music to secular music, Perry started writing songs with producer Glen Ballard, moved to Lo
Jonah Hill Feldstein is an American actor, producer and comedian. Hill is known for his comedic roles in films including Superbad, Knocked Up, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek, 21 Jump Street, This Is the End, 22 Jump Street as well as his performances in Moneyball and The Wolf of Wall Street, for which he received Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor. Hill ranked 28th on Forbes magazine's ranking of world's highest-paid actors from June 2014 to June 2015, bringing in $16 million; as a screenwriter, he contributed to the stories of 21 Jump Street, 22 Jump Street, Sausage Party and Why Him?. In 2018, Hill starred in the Netflix dark comedy miniseries Maniac and made his directorial debut with the film Mid90s, from his own screenplay. Jonah Hill Feldstein was born on December 20, 1983 in Los Angeles, to Sharon Lyn, a costume designer and fashion stylist, Richard Feldstein, a tour accountant for Guns N' Roses, he has actress Beanie Feldstein. His parents were from Long Island, New York, the family vacationed in the Catskills.
He grew up in the wealthy Los Angeles neighborhood of Cheviot Hills, where he continues to live, attended the Center for Early Education, Brentwood School, Crossroads School, in Santa Monica. Hill worked at Hot Rod Skateboard Shop on Westwood Blvd in Los Angeles. After graduating from high school in 2002, Hill attended Bard College, The New School and the University of Colorado Boulder. Hill is Jewish, had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony. In college, Hill began writing his own plays and performing them in the Black and White bar in the East Village neighborhood of New York City, his plays developed a small following and helped him realize that his true desire was to act in films. Hill was befriended by Dustin Hoffman's children and Jake, who introduced Hill to their father; the elder Hoffman asked him to audition for a role in I Heart Huckabees, in which Hill made his film debut. Hill made a brief appearance in Judd Apatow's directorial debut The 40-Year-Old Virgin, which led to his appearing in the role of a virgin video game tester in the comedy Grandma's Boy and featuring in the comedies Accepted and Click, playing Adam Sandler's character's son in the latter film.
Hill was featured in a larger supporting role in the Apatow-directed Knocked Up. On television, Hill played the "RA Guy" on the first season of the Oxygen Network sitcom Campus Ladies, he guest-starred in an episode of Michael. His first leading role was in the Apatow-produced comedy Superbad. Hill starred in the film alongside Michael Cera, in roles based on the film's writers, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg; the film is cited as the film that launched the careers of the two actors. He followed it with an uncredited role as Dewey Cox's grown-up brother, Nate Cox, in Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story in December 2007, he hosted Saturday Night Live on March 2008, which featured musical guest Mariah Carey. He next starred in Judd Apatow's third directorial feature, Funny People, which starred Adam Sandler, Eric Bana and Seth Rogen, he was an associate producer of the 2009 Sacha Baron Cohen mockumentary Brüno. He guest starred on an episode of The Simpsons called "Pranks and Greens", portraying an immature man named Andy Hamilton, hailed the best prankster in Springfield Elementary School history.
He turned down a role as one of the three principal comedic actors in The Hangover so he could work with directors Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass in Cyrus. In July 2011, Hill appeared at ESPN's ESPY awards sporting a much slimmer physique, he stated. In November 2011, along with Sam Worthington and Dwight Howard, starred in commercials for the video game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, making his first appearance with his new look. In 2011, created the FX animated series Allen Gregory alongside Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul, which received negative reviews and was cancelled by Fox on January 8, 2012. In 2011, Hill starred in Bennett Miller's Moneyball alongside Brad Pitt, Philip Seymour Hoffman; the film gained favorable reviews and critics noted Hill's performance in particular a departure from his usual comedy roles. He received a Golden Globe nomination, his first nomination, for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture In late January 2012, Hill received his first Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his role in Moneyball.
In 2012, Hill co-starred with Channing Tatum in the film 21 Jump Street, the film received an 84% on Rotten Tomatoes with the consensus "A smart, affectionate satire of'80s nostalgia and teen movie tropes, 21 Jump Street offers rowdy mainstream comedy with a satisfying bite." That year he starred in the critical failure The Watch with Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn in the film. I In 2011, it was announced that Hill was in talks to appear in Quentin Tarantino's film Django Unchained. Hill had to decline a possible role due to his prior commitment to The Watch, lamenting that to act in a Tarantino movie was "the perfect next step" in his career. Hill rejoined Django Unchained, released in 2012, he was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in June 2012 along with 175 other individuals. In 2013, Hill appeared in This Is the End as himself and the biographical film The Wolf of Wall Street. Hill received his second nomination for an Academy Award for his work on the latter
Datuk Chan Kong-sang, known professionally as Jackie Chan, is a Hong Kong martial artist, film director, producer and singer. He is known for his acrobatic fighting style, comic timing, use of improvised weapons, innovative stunts, which he performs himself, in the cinematic world, he has trained in wushu or kungfu and hapkido, has been acting since the 1960s, appearing in over 150 films. Chan is one of the most recognizable and influential cinematic personalities in the world, gaining a widespread following in both the Eastern and Western hemispheres, has received stars on the Hong Kong Avenue of Stars, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, he has been referenced in various pop songs and video games. He is an operatically trained vocalist and is a Cantopop and Mandopop star, having released a number of albums and sung many of the theme songs for the films in which he has starred, he is a globally known philanthropist, has been named as one of the top 10 most charitable celebrities by Forbes magazine.
In 2004, film scholar Andrew Willis stated that Chan was "perhaps" the "most recognised star in the world". In 2015, Forbes estimated his net worth to be $350 million, as of 2016, he was the second-highest paid actor in the world. Chan was born on 7 April 1954, in Hong Kong, as Chan Kong-sang, to Charles and Lee-Lee Chan, refugees from the Chinese Civil War, his parents nicknamed him Pao-pao. His parents worked for the French ambassador in Hong Kong, Chan spent his formative years within the grounds of the consul's residence in the Victoria Peak district. Chan attended the Nah-Hwa Primary School on Hong Kong Island, where he failed his first year, after which his parents withdrew him from the school. In 1960, his father emigrated to Canberra, Australia, to work as the head cook for the American embassy, Chan was sent to the China Drama Academy, a Peking Opera School run by Master Yu Jim-yuen. Chan trained rigorously for the next decade, excelling in martial acrobatics, he became part of the Seven Little Fortunes, a performance group made up of the school's best students, gaining the stage name Yuen Lo in homage to his master.
Chan became close friends with fellow group members Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao, the three of them became known as the Three Brothers or Three Dragons. After entering the film industry, Chan along with Sammo Hung got the opportunity to train in hapkido under the grand master Jin Pal Kim, Chan attained a black belt. Jackie Chan trained in other styles of martial arts such as Karate, Judo and Jeet Kune Do. Chan joined his parents in Canberra in 1976, where he attended Dickson College and worked as a construction worker. A fellow builder named Jack took Chan under his wing, thus earning Chan the nickname of "Little Jack", shortened to "Jackie", the name Jackie Chan has stuck with him since. In the late 1990s, Chan changed his Chinese name to Fong Si-lung, since his father's original surname was Fong, he began his career by appearing in small roles at the age of five as a child actor. At age eight, he appeared with some of his fellow "Little Fortunes" in the film Big and Little Wong Tin Bar with Li Li-Hua playing his mother.
Chan appeared with Li again the following year, in The Love Eterne and had a small role in King Hu's 1966 film Come Drink with Me. In 1971, after an appearance as an extra in another kung fu film, A Touch of Zen, Chan was signed to Chu Mu's Great Earth Film Company. At seventeen, he worked as a stuntman in the Bruce Lee films Fist of Fury and Enter the Dragon under the stage name Chan Yuen Lung, he received his first starring role that year in Little Tiger of Canton that had a limited release in Hong Kong in 1973. In 1975, due to the commercial failures of his early ventures into films and trouble finding stunt work, Chan starred in a comedic adult film All in the Family in which Chan appears in his first nude sex scene, it is the only film he has made to date without a single fight stunt sequence. Jackie Chan also appeared in one other sex scene, in Shinjuku Incident. In 1976, Jackie Chan received a telegram from Willie Chan, a film producer in the Hong Kong film industry, impressed with Jackie's stunt work.
Willie Chan offered him an acting role in a film directed by Lo Wei. Lo had seen Chan's performance in the John Woo film Hand of Death and planned to model him after Bruce Lee with the film New Fist of Fury, his stage name was changed to Sing Lung to emphasise his similarity to Bruce Lee, whose stage name meant "Little Dragon" in Chinese. The film was unsuccessful. Despite the film's failure, Lo Wei continued producing films with similar themes, but with little improvement at the box office. Chan's first major breakthrough was the 1978 film Snake in the Eagle's Shadow, shot while he was loaned to Seasonal Film Corporation under a two-picture deal. Director Yuen Woo-ping allowed Chan complete freedom over his stunt work; the film established the comedic kung fu genre, proved refreshing to the Hong Kong audience. The same year, Chan starred in Drunken Master, which propelled him to mainstream success. Upon Chan's return to Lo Wei's studio, Lo tried to replicate the comedic approach of Drunken Master, producing Half a Loaf of Kung Fu and Spiritual Kung Fu.
He gave Chan the opportunity to make his directorial debut in The Fearless Hyena. When Willie Chan left the company, he advised Jackie to decide for himself whether or not to stay with Lo Wei
Zachary David Alexander Efron is an American actor. He began acting professionally in the early 2000s, rose to prominence in the late 2000s for his leading role as Troy Bolton in the High School Musical franchise. During this time, he starred in the musical film Hairspray and the comedy film 17 Again, he has since appeared in the films New Year's Eve, The Lucky One, The Paperboy, Dirty Grandpa, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, The Greatest Showman and Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, Vile. Efron was born in San Luis Obispo and moved to Arroyo Grande, California, his father, David Efron, is an electrical engineer at a power station, his mother, Starla Baskett, is a secretary who worked at the same power plant. Efron has a brother and had, as he has described, a "normal childhood" in a middle-class family, his surname, "Efron", is an Ashkenazi Jewish surname, taken from a Biblical place name. He did not practice religion as a child. Efron has said that he would "flip out" if he got a "B" and not an "A" in school, as well as that he was a class clown.
His father encouraged him to begin acting. Efron subsequently appeared in theater productions at his high school, worked in the theater The Great American Melodrama and Vaudeville, began taking singing lessons, he performed in shows such as Gypsy. He was recommended to an agent in Los Angeles by Robyn Metchik. Efron was signed to the Creative Artists Agency. Efron graduated from Arroyo Grande High School in 2006 and was accepted into the University of Southern California but did not enroll, he attended Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, a community college located in Santa Maria, where he performed during the years of 2000 and 2001. Efron began acting in the early 2000s with guest roles on several television series including Firefly, ER, The Guardian. In 2004, he began appearing as a recurring character in the first season of the WB series Summerland. For the show's second season, which aired in 2005, he was promoted to the main cast, he appeared in some films, including the Lifetime television film Miracle Run, for which he earned a Young Artist Award nomination for his performance as one of two autistic twins.
Efron's career reached a turning point with the teen musical television film High School Musical, which premiered on the Disney Channel in January 2006. The film, described as a modern adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, saw Efron playing the male lead Troy Bolton, a high school basketball player who feels conflicted when he finds himself interested in participating in the school musical with Gabriella Montez, a girl from the scholastic decathlon team; the film, which starred Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, Corbin Bleu, Monique Coleman in pivotal roles, became a major success and helped Efron gain recognition among teenage audiences. The film's soundtrack was certified quadruple platinum by the RIAA, making it one of the best-selling albums of the year in the United States. Efron's singing talents were disputed when it was revealed that his voice had been blended with Drew Seeley's on the soundtrack, but Efron clarified that the songs were written before he was cast and therefore did not suit his more baritone vocal range.
In his subsequent musical films, Efron did his own singing. Efron was next seen playing the role of Link Larkin in the musical comedy film Hairspray, based on the 2002 Broadway musical of the same name; the film became a major commercial and critical success upon its release in July 2007. That year, he was seen reprising his role of Troy Bolton in High School Musical 2, which aired on the Disney Channel in August 2007. Efron reprised his role of Troy Bolton in High School Musical 3: Senior Year, the first film in the High School Musical franchise to receive a theatrical release; the film became a major blockbuster at the box office, received mixed to positive reviews from critics. He followed this with the commercially successful comedy 17 Again about a 37-year-old man, transformed into his 17-year-old self after a chance accident. Efron's next release was Richard Linklater's period drama Me and Orson Welles, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2008 and received a wide release in late 2009.
The film earned positive reviews from critics. He next played the title role in the supernatural romantic drama Charlie St. Cloud, which became a moderate success at the box office despite receiving negative reviews from critics. Efron next appeared as a part of the large ensemble cast in Garry Marshall's New Year's Eve, which depicted a series of holiday vignettes of different groups of characters; the film received unanimously negative reviews from critics, but became a major success at the box office. He played a supporting role in the critically successful Liberal Arts, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2012 and received a limited release that year, he starred alongside Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey, David Oyelowo, John Cusack in The Paperboy, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2012 and received a wider release that year. The film received mixed to negative reviews from critics. After lending his voice to the commercially successful c
Vanessa Anne Hudgens is an American actress and singer. After making her feature film debut in Thirteen, Hudgens rose to prominence portraying Gabriella Montez in the High School Musical film series, which brought her significant mainstream success; the success of the first film led to Hudgens' acquiring a recording contract with Hollywood Records, with whom she released two studio albums, V and Identified. Since the release of her studio albums and the High School Musical franchise, Hudgens has focused on her acting career, she has appeared in the films Bandslam, Sucker Punch, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Spring Breakers, Machete Kills, The Princess Switch. She has played the title role in the Broadway musical Gigi in 2015, she has had a role in two of Fox's live musical productions: Rizzo in Grease: Live in 2016, Maureen Johnson in Rent: Live in 2019. Hudgens was born in Salinas and lived with her parents along the West Coast, from Oregon to Southern California, her mother, held a succession of office jobs, her father, Gregory Hudgens, was a firefighter.
She has a younger sister, Stella Hudgens, an actress. She was raised as a Roman Catholic, her father, was of Irish and Native American descent, her mother, a native of Manila, Philippines, is of Filipino descent. All of her grandparents were musicians. Starting in 1998, Hudgens performed in musical theater as a singer, appeared in local productions of Carousel, The Wizard of Oz, The King and I, The Music Man, Cinderella, among others. Two years after her career in stage plays and musicals, she started auditioning for commercials and television shows, her family moved to Los Angeles after she won a role in a television commercial, her acting career started at the age of 15, she attended Orange County High School of the Arts, followed by homeschooling with tutors. Hudgens had her first acting role in an episode of the sitcom Still Standing, in which she portrayed Tiffany. Following her appearance on the series, she guest starred in an episode of the series Robbery Homicide Division, airing on CBS in 2002.
2003 saw Hudgens making her theatrical debut in the 2003 drama film Thirteen, in which she had the supporting role of Noel. The film, which revolved around teenager Tracy trying to fit in and getting caught up in the wrong crowd, was somewhat of a commercial success, grossing $10 million worldwide. Despite its minor commercial success, the film received positive critical reviews, it has an 82% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, USA Today called Thirteen the most "powerful of all recent wayward-youth sagas". Hudgens subsequently landed a role in the 2004 science fiction-adventure film Thunderbirds, based on the television series of the same name. Hudgens portrayed the character of Tin-tin; the film was a commercial failure and was criticized for "abandoning the original concepts". In 2005, Hudgens was cast as Gabriella Montez, one of the lead roles in the Disney Channel Original Movie High School Musical; the film saw Hudgens portraying the new girl at high school who falls for the captain of the basketball team.
The two reveal a passion for singing, audition for the school play together. Hudgens starred alongside Zac Efron and Ashley Tisdale in the film, the former of which she was partnered up with during the auditioning process due to their "chemistry"; the film, released on January 20, 2006, was both a commercial success. High School Musical was Disney Channel's most watched film that year with 7.7 million viewers in its premiere broadcast in the US, until August's premiere of The Cheetah Girls 2, which achieved 8.1 million viewers. In the UK, it received 789,000 viewers for its premiere, making it the second most watched program for the Disney Channel of 2006. On December 29, 2006, it became the first Disney Channel Original Movie to be broadcast on the BBC. For the film, Hudgens recorded numerous songs; the song "Breaking Free", a duet with Zac Efron, went on to become Hudgens' only Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 to date, when it peaked at number 4 on the chart. The song reached number 9 in the UK, her highest chart entry in the country.
Following the success of the film, Hudgens began work on her debut album. The project revealed to be titled V, was released on September 26, 2006; the album sold 34,000 copies in its first week of release, debuted at number 24 on the Billboard 200 chart in the United States. In February 2007, the album was certified gold by the RIAA; as of August 2009, the album has sold 570,000 copies in the U. S, it was preceded by two singles, "Come Back to Me" and "Say OK", both of which were successful in numerous countries. Both singles received heavy promotion on Disney Channel, with the music videos for both premiering on the channel. In 2007, work on the second film in the High School Musical series began, Hudgens was confirmed to be returning for the sequel. High School Musical 2 was released on August 17, 2007; the premiere was seen by a total of over 17.2 million viewers in the U. S., 10 million more than its predecessor, making it the highest-rated Disney Channel Movie of all time. Disney Channel aired a weekly program called Road to High School Musical 2, beginning on June 8, 2007, leading up to the premiere of High School Musical 2 in August.
The show offered viewers a behind-the-scenes look into the production of the movie. The world premiere of the opening number "What Time Is It" was on Radio Disney May 25, 2007, "You Are The Music In Me" premiered on July 13, 2007; the film was well recei
Jessica Claire Timberlake is an American actress, model and singer. Biel began her career as a vocalist appearing in musical productions until she was cast as Mary Camden in the family drama series 7th Heaven, for which she achieved recognition; the series is the longest-running series that aired on The WB channel and the longest-running family drama in television history. In 1997, she won the Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actress for her role in Ulee's Gold, she is known for her role as Erin Hardesty in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Biel has since starred in many films, including The Rules of Attraction, Blade: Trinity, The Illusionist, The A-Team, Total Recall. In 2017, she was the executive producer of and starred in USA Network's limited drama series The Sinner, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film and a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie.
Jessica Claire Biel was born on March 3, 1982, in Ely, Minnesota, to Kimberly, a homemaker and spiritual healer, Jonathan Biel, a business consultant and General Electric worker. Her paternal great-grandfather was the son of Hungarian-Jewish immigrants, which she discovered on the show Who Do You Think You Are?. Her younger brother, Justin and runs the eco-accessory line BARE. Biel's family moved during her childhood, living in Texas and Woodstock, before settling in Boulder, Colorado. While growing up, Biel played soccer and trained as a gymnast. From 2000 to 2002, she attended Tufts University in Massachusetts. Biel trained to be a vocalist. At age nine, she appeared in several musical productions in her hometown, playing lead roles in productions such as The Sound of Music and Beauty and the Beast. At age eleven, Biel participated in a competition sponsored by the International Modeling and Talent Association in Los Angeles where she acquired an agent and professional talent manager, she began modeling for print advertisements, appeared in commercials for products such as Dulux Paint and Pringles.
In her film debut, Biel played the character Regrettal, a lead role in the ambitious musical film titled It's a Digital World and directed by Paul Greenberg. At age 14, after auditioning for several television pilots, Biel was cast as Mary Camden, the second oldest child in the family drama 7th Heaven. Biel landed her first feature film role as Peter Fonda's granddaughter in the critically acclaimed drama Ulee's Gold, released in 1997, her performance earned her a Young Artist Award. In spring 1998, during a break from filming 7th Heaven, she co-starred in I'll Be Home for Christmas with Jonathan Taylor Thomas as the girlfriend of Thomas' character; when she was 17 years old she posed for a risque photo shoot that appeared in the March 2000 issue of Gear. Producers of 7th Heaven were outraged, brought legal action against Gear, she expressed regret for doing it, claiming she had been used and that she had been shown different pictures than what were published. In 2001, Biel played the love interest of Freddie Prinze, Jr. in the baseball-themed film Summer Catch.
In 2002, she starred as promiscuous college student, Lara, in the ensemble film The Rules of Attraction, an adaptation of the Bret Easton Ellis novel. The movie received mixed reviews, became a box office hit, has since gained a cult following. Biel was cast in her first top-billing role in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Although the film met with negative reviews, it was a commercial success, scoring the number-one spot in its opening week and going on to earn more than $80 million in the U. S. In 2003, Biel began work on the third installment of Blade: Trinity. Despite negative reviews, Trinity was a box office hit. After finishing it in 2004, she headed to Australia to shoot the action-thriller Stealth. Biel appeared in the 2004 film Cellular, played a supporting role, Ellen, in the romantic comedy Elizabethtown, starred in the indie film London. In 2005, Esquire named her the "Sexiest Woman Alive" in a six-part series, with each month revealing a different body part and clue to the woman's identity.
In 2006 Biel played a turn-of-the-century duchess in the period piece The Illusionist, co-starring Edward Norton and Paul Giamatti. While her casting was met with a mixed response, her performance was praised. James Berardinelli of Reelviews called her the "film's real acting revelation", while Todd McCarthy of Variety wrote, "Handily employing a refined English accent where the others lay on a light Austrian veneer, Biel is stunning enough to fight to the death over." Biel played an Iraq War veteran in the 2006 film Home of the Brave, a drama about soldiers struggling to readjust to society after facing the hardships of war. In Next Biel starred alongside Julianne Moore, she appeared in the summer comedy I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, co-starring Adam Sandler and Kevin James. In late 2007 Biel signed on to play a stripper in Powder Blue, alongside Forest Whitaker, Ray Liotta and Patrick Swayze. In 2007 Stuff magazine's named her No. 1 on their "100 Sexiest Women". At the start of 2008 Biel shot an adaptation of the play by Noël Coward.
Like the play, the film is set in the 1920s and Biel plays young widow Larita, who impulsively marries John Whittaker in France and must face her disapproving in-laws on returning to England. The film premiered in September 2008 at the Toronto International Film Festival
Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr. known professionally as Snoop Dogg, is an American rapper, record producer, television personality and actor. His music career began in 1992 when he was discovered by Dr. Dre and featured on Dre's solo debut, "Deep Cover", on Dre's solo debut album, The Chronic, he has since sold over 35 million albums worldwide. Snoop's debut album, produced by Dr. Dre, was released in 1993 by Death Row Records. Bolstered by excitement driven by Snoop's featuring on The Chronic, the album debuted at number one on both the Billboard 200 and Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. Selling a million copies in the first week of its release, Doggystyle became certified quadruple platinum in 1994 and spawned several hit singles, including "What's My Name?" and "Gin & Juice". In 1994 Snoop released a soundtrack on Death Row Records for the short film Murder Was the Case, starring himself, his second album, Tha Doggfather debuted at number one on both charts, with "Snoop's Upside Ya Head" as the lead single.
The album was certified double platinum in 1997. After leaving Death Row Records, Snoop signed with No Limit Records, where he recorded his next three albums, Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told, No Limit Top Dogg, Tha Last Meal. Snoop signed with Priority/Capitol/EMI Records in 2002, where he released Paid tha Cost to Be da Boss, he signed with Geffen Records in 2004 for his next three albums, R&G: The Masterpiece, Tha Blue Carpet Treatment, Ego Trippin'. Malice'n Wonderland, Doggumentary were released on Priority. Snoop Dogg has starred in motion pictures and hosted several television shows, including Doggy Fizzle Televizzle, Snoop Dogg's Father Hood, Dogg After Dark, he coaches a youth football league and high school football team. In September 2009 Snoop was hired by EMI as the chairman of a reactivated Priority Records. In 2012, after a trip to Jamaica, Snoop announced a conversion to Rastafarianism and a new alias, Snoop Lion; as Snoop Lion he released a reggae album, a documentary film of the same name, about his Jamaican experience, in early 2013.
His 13th studio album, was released in May 2015 and marked a return of the Snoop Dogg name. His 14th solo studio album, was released in July 2016. Snoop has 17 Grammy nominations without a win. In March 2016, the night before WrestleMania 32 in Arlington, Texas, he was inducted into the celebrity wing of the WWE Hall of Fame, having made several appearances for the company, including as Master of Ceremonies during a match at WrestleMania XXIV. In 2018, he released Bible of Love. On November 19, 2018, Snoop Dogg was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr. was born in Long Beach, the second of three sons. He was named after Calvin Cordozar Broadus Sr.. His mother is Beverly Broadus, his father, Vernell Varnado, was a Vietnam veteran and mail carrier, absent from his life. As a boy, Broadus's parents nicknamed him "Snoopy" because of his appearance and love of the cartoon character from Peanuts, but addressed him as Calvin at home, his mother and stepfather divorced in 1975.
When he was young, Broadus began singing and playing piano at Golgotha Trinity Baptist Church. In sixth grade, he began rapping. Broadus's father left the family. A DNA test read by George Lopez on Lopez Tonight revealed Broadus to be of 71% African, 23% Native American, 6% European descent; as a teenager, Broadus ran into trouble with the law. He was a member of the Rollin' 20 Crips gang in the Eastside area of Long Beach, although he stated in 1993 that he never joined a gang. Shortly after graduating from high school, he was arrested for possession of cocaine, for the next three years was in and out of jail or prison. With his cousins Nate Dogg and Lil' ½ Dead and friend Warren G, Snoop recorded homemade tapes as a group called 213, named after the Long Beach area code. One of his early solo freestyles over En Vogue's "Hold On" made it to a mixtape, heard by influential producer Dr. Dre, who called to invite him to an audition. Former N. W. A associate The D. O. C. Taught him how to structure his lyrics and separate the thematics into verses and chorus.
When he began recording, Broadus took the stage name Snoop Doggy Dogg. Dr. Dre began working with Snoop Dogg, first on the theme song of the 1992 film Deep Cover, on Dr. Dre's debut solo album The Chronic with the other members of his former starting group, Tha Dogg Pound; the huge success of Snoop Dogg's debut Doggystyle was because of this intense exposure. Fueling the ascendance of West Coast G-funk hip hop, the singles "Who Am I?" and "Gin and Juice" reached the top ten most-played songs in the United States, the album stayed on the Billboard charts for several months. Gangsta rap became the center of arguments about censorship and labeling, with Snoop Dogg used as an example of violent and misogynistic musicians. Unlike much of the harder-edged gangsta rap artists, Snoop Dogg seemed to show his softer side, according to music journalist Chuck Philips. Rolling Stone music critic Touré asserted that Snoop had a soft vocal delivery compared to other rappers: "Snoop's vocal style is part of what distinguishes him: where many rappers scream, figuratively and he speaks softly."
Doggystyle, much like The Chronic, featured a host of rappers signed to or affiliated with the Death Row label including Daz Dillinger, Nate Dogg, others. A short film about Snoop Dogg'