Jason Kent Bateman is an American actor and producer. He began acting on television in the early 1980s on Little House on the Prairie, Silver Spoons, The Hogan Family. In the 2000s, he became known for his role of Michael Bluth using deadpan comedy in the sitcom Arrested Development, for which he won a Golden Globe and a Satellite Award, he has appeared in the films Teen Wolf Too, The Break-Up, Hancock, Up in the Air, Couples Retreat, The Switch, Horrible Bosses, The Gift, Office Christmas Party and Game Night. Bateman made his directorial debut with the black comedy Bad Words, in which he starred, he starred in The Family Fang and the Netflix crime drama series Ozark. Bateman was born in Rye, New York, was 4 years old when his family moved to Salt Lake City, to California, his mother, Victoria Elizabeth, was a flight attendant for Pan Am, from Shrewsbury, United Kingdom. His father, Kent Bateman, is an American actor and director of film and television, the founder of a repertory stage in Hollywood.
His sister is Justine Bateman. He has three half-brothers. Bateman told Best Life magazine that he and his sister Justine supported their parents with the paychecks they earned from their television shows. Bateman first appeared in a cereal commercial for Golden Grahams in 1980 and began his television career on Little House on the Prairie as James Cooper, an orphaned boy who, along with his sister, is adopted by the Ingalls family. From 1982 to 1984, he was a supporting character on the television show Silver Spoons as Ricky Schroder's "bad boy" best friend Derek Taylor, he appeared in the Knight Rider third-season episode "Lost Knight" in 1984, a number of other small television roles. In 1984, in response to his popularity on Silver Spoons, the show's producers gave Bateman his own starring role as Matthew Burton on the NBC sitcom It's Your Move, from September 1984 to February 1985. In 1987, he appeared with Burt Reynolds on the men's team in the inaugural week of game show Win, Lose or Draw.
Bateman earned the status of teen idol in the mid-1980s for his television work, most notably as David Hogan on The Hogan Family. He became the Directors Guild of America's youngest-ever director when, aged 18, he helmed three episodes of The Hogan Family. After the series ended its run, he gained international recognition in the motion picture sequel Teen Wolf Too, a box office failure. In 1994, he played opposite Katharine Hepburn and Anthony Quinn in the television film This Can't Be Love. During this period, he had roles on four series — Simon, Chicago Sons, George & Leo, Some of My Best Friends—none of which lasted longer than one season, he directed an episode of Two of a Kind in 1999. In 2002, he played the frisky sibling of Thomas Jane's character in the feature film The Sweetest Thing. In 2003, Bateman was cast as Michael Bluth in the comedy series Arrested Development. Although critically acclaimed, the series never achieved high ratings and ended on February 10, 2006; the show was revived in spring 2013.
Bateman won several awards for his work on the series, including a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television Series Musical or Comedy. He was nominated in 2005 for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series. New episodes of Arrested Development have been released on Netflix with the original cast, including Bateman. Bateman performed commentary on the 2004 Democratic National Convention for The Majority Report with Arrested Development co-star David Cross, hosted NBC's Saturday Night Live on February 12, 2005. In 2006, he appeared as a guest star on the Scrubs episode "My Big Bird" as Mr. Sutton, a garbage man with a flock of vicious ostriches as pets. In 2009, Bateman became a regular voice actor for the short-lived Fox comedy series Sit Down, Shut Up, he voiced the gym teacher and only staff member who can teach. In 2010, Bateman and Arrested Development co-star Will Arnett created "DumbDumb Productions," a production company focusing on digital content, their first video was "Prom Date," the first in a series of "Dirty Shorts" for Orbit.
In 2012, Bateman returned to his role of Michael Bluth for the revival of Arrested Development along with the rest of the original cast. The now-Netflix sponsored series released Season 4 on its Instant Watch website on May 26, 2013; the series was expected to continue its run as well as a potential feature film. For the new fourth season, Bateman was once again nominated for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series. Netflix confirmed that the entire cast of the show will be returning for a fifth season, premiering 29 May 2018. In 2017, Bateman returned to television as both actor and director in the Netflix drama Ozark, in which he plays a financial advisor who must relocate his family to Missouri in order to launder money for a Mexican drug cartel. Bateman's performance as Marty Byrde has drawn positive comparisons to Bryan Cranston's portrayal of Walter White in AMC's Breaking Bad. In 2004, Bateman appeared in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story as ESPN 8 commentator Pepper Brooks, in Starsky & Hutch as Kevin, Vince Vaughn's business partner.
He reunited. In 2007, he played former lawyer Rupert "Rip" Reed alongside Ben Affleck in Smokin' Aces, starred in The Kingdom, Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, Juno. In 2008, he co-starred with Will Smith and Charlize Theron in the sup
Taylor Daniel Lautner is an American actor, voice actor, model. He is known for playing Jacob Black in The Twilight Saga film series based on the novels of the same name by Stephenie Meyer. Lautner began his acting career playing bit roles in comedy series such as The Bernie Mac Show and My Wife and Kids, before having voice roles in television series like What's New, Scooby-Doo? and Danny Phantom. In 2005, he appeared in the film Cheaper by the Dozen 2 and starred in The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D, he starred in the 2011 action film Abduction. Since 2013, Lautner has starred in the BBC sitcom Cuckoo as the son of the titular main character. In 2016, he played a leading role, Dr. Cassidy Cascade, in the second season of FOX black comedy series Scream Queens; the late 2000s saw Lautner become a teen idol and sex symbol, after extensively changing his physique to keep the role of Jacob Black in further Twilight installments, generating media attention for his looks. In 2010, he was ranked second on Glamour's "The 50 Sexiest Men of 2010" list, fourth on People's "Most Amazing Bodies" list.
In the same year, Lautner was named the highest-paid teenage actor in Hollywood. Lautner was born on February 11, 1992, in Grand Rapids, the son of Deborah and Daniel Lautner, his mother works for a software development company. He has one younger sister named Makena. Raised as a Roman Catholic, Lautner has Austrian, English, German and Swiss ancestry, has stated that he has "distant" Native American ancestry through his mother, he grew up in a town near Grand Rapids. He has stated, he commented, "I just had to tell myself'I can't let this get to me. This is, and I'm going to continue doing it.'"He took his first karate class at the age of six. A year he attended the national karate tournament in Louisville, where he met Michael Chaturantabut, the founder of Xtreme Martial Arts. Chaturantabut invited Lautner to a camp he held at University of Los Angeles. Lautner trained with Chaturantabut for several years, earning his black belt by the age of eight, winning several junior world championships, he appeared in an ISKA karate event televised on ESPN in 2003, lampooned on the sports-comedy show Cheap Seats that first aired in 2006.
In junior high, Lautner—who was involved in karate and hip-hop dance—won the award for "Best Smile" and played in the school's Turkey Bowl American Football game. He went to public school in California at Valencia High School until his sophomore year. Chaturantabut, who once portrayed the Blue Ranger in Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue, suggested to Lautner that he take up acting. For a few years, the Lautners flew from Michigan to Los Angeles for auditions when his talent agency called, returned to Grand Rapids for school sometimes the same day. Lautner balanced karate and acting with being on the football and baseball teams at his school, taking up jazz and hip-hop dance. After that became tiring and his family decided to move to California for a month, to try it out, before moving to Santa Clarita, permanently in 2002. In his first months after moving to Los Angeles, Lautner appeared in small television roles, small film roles, ads and commercials. In 2001, Lautner first appeared in Shadow Fury.
He got a voice-over job in a commercial for Rugrats Go Wild. He appeared in small television roles on The Bernie Mac Show, My Wife and Kids, Summerland. Lautner earned voice-over roles in animated series such as Danny Phantom, Duck Dodgers, What's New, Scooby-Doo?. The same year, he earned his first breakout role, starring in the film, The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D. Lautner spent three months on location in Austin, Texas, to film the movie, received with negative reviews from critics, was a minor international success. However, Lautner was nominated at the 2006 Young Artist Awards for Best Performance in a Feature Film by a Leading Actor. For the film, Lautner choreographed all of his fight scenes after director Robert Rodríguez learned of his extensive martial arts training. Months he played Eliot Murtaugh in Cheaper by the Dozen 2, panned by critics, being named one of the "Worst Films of the 2000s" by Rotten Tomatoes. After returning from Canada filming the latter movie, Lautner said he realized his newfound fame, from Sharkboy and Lavagirl.
In 2006 he appeared in the show Love Inc. and the TV special He's Charlie Brown. Two years Lautner appeared in a lead role in the short-lived NBC drama, My Own Worst Enemy, portraying Christian Slater's son, Jack Spivey. Rolling Stone coined his early roles as either "the popular kid, jock, or bully." In 2007, filmmakers began a search for actors to portray Jacob Black, a Native American friend of lead character Bella Swan in Twilight, the first film in The Twilight Saga film series. In January 2008, an open casting call was held in Oregon. Lautner was urged by his agent to audition. At his audition, he read lines with Kristen Stewart, cast as Bella, they acted out scenes from The Twilight Saga: New Moon and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse; the film was a commercial success, earning $69 million its opening weekend, has grossed $392 million worldwide. It received mixed reviews from critics, having a "Rotten" rating with a weighted average of 5.5/10. In describing the critical consensus, it stated: "Having lost much of its bite transitioning to the big
Robert Douglas Thomas Pattinson is an English actor and musician. He started his film career by playing Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in 2005, he got the leading role of vampire Edward Cullen in the film adaptations of the Twilight novels by Stephenie Meyer, which consisted of five films between 2008 and 2012 that combined grossed over $3.3 billion in worldwide receipts. Twilight brought Pattinson worldwide fame, established him among the highest paid and most bankable actors in Hollywood. In 2010, Pattinson was named one of TIME magazine's 100 most influential people in the world, in the same year Forbes ranked him as one of the most powerful celebrities in the world in the Forbes Celebrity 100. In 2009, he portrayed Salvador Dalí in Little Ashes; that same year, a documentary film, about the actor's fame and popularity, was released. He appeared as a troubled young man in Remember Me and starred in a romantic drama, Water for Elephants, his performance as a tough, cold-hearted and calculating billionaire in David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis, earned him critical praise.
He gained further critical appreciation for his performances in David Michod's futuristic western The Rover. Pattinson started his career as a model at the age of 12. In 2013, Dior Homme signed him as the face of their Fragrances. In 2016, he became the first brand ambassador of their Menswear collection. Pattinson plays his own music, he sang songs for the 2008 independent comedy-drama film How to Be. He is a supporter of the End Child Prostitution and Trafficking campaign and Abducted Children Together, the GO Campaign, a nonprofit organization that raises awareness and funds to help orphans and vulnerable children throughout the world, he became ambassador of the latter in 2015 to help raise international awareness of it. He is a member of International Medical Corps and has promoted and shared details about cancer through PSAs to raise awareness about the disease. Pattinson was born in London, his father, imported vintage cars from the United States, his mother, worked for a modelling agency.
Pattinson has two older sisters and singer Elizabeth "Lizzy" Pattinson. Growing up in Barnes, London, he attended Tower House School until he was 12, The Harrodian School, he became involved in amateur theatre at the Barnes Theatre Company. He was cast in a small role in Guys and Dolls, he next auditioned for Thornton Wilder's Our Town, was cast as George Gibbs. He appeared in Anything Goes and Macbeth, he caught the attention of an acting agent in a production of Tess of the d'Urbervilles and began looking for professional roles. Pattinson had supporting roles in the German made-for-television film Ring of the Nibelungs in 2004, in director Mira Nair's costume drama Vanity Fair, although his scenes in the latter were deleted and only appear on the DVD version. In May 2005, he was scheduled to appear in the UK premiere of The Woman Before at the Royal Court Theatre, but was fired shortly before the opening night and was replaced by Tom Riley; that year he played Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
For this role he was named that year's "British Star of Tomorrow" by The Times and had more than once been hailed as "the next Jude Law". In 2006, Pattinson appeared in The Haunted Airman a psychological thriller, aired on BBC Four on 31 October, he earned favourable reviews; the Stage praised his performance by saying that " played the airman of the title with a perfect combination of youthful terror and world weary cynicism." On 19 February 2007, he appeared in a supporting role in a one-off television drama based on the best-selling novel by Kate Long, The Bad Mother's Handbook. In 2008, Pattinson landed the role of Edward Cullen in the film Twilight, based on Stephenie Meyer's best-selling novel of the same name. According to TV Guide, Pattinson was apprehensive about auditioning for the role, fearful that he would not be able to live up to the "perfection" expected from the character; the film turned Pattinson into a movie star overnight. Although the film received mixed reviews, critics praised his and co-star Kristen Stewart's chemistry in the film.
The New York Times called Pattinson a "capable and exotically beautiful" actor and Roger Ebert said he was "well-chosen" for the role. His other release of 2008, How to Be, was a low-budget comedy drama film written and directed by Oliver Irving, it screened at number of film festivals, earned mixed reviews from critics. Pattinson starred as Salvador Dalí in the film Little Ashes, a Spanish-British drama directed by Paul Morrison, he starred in a short film The Summer House directed by Daisy Gili. This short film re-released as a part of an anthology film titled Love & Distrust, comprising five short films following eight individuals from diverse backgrounds on their quest for true contentment, he reprised his role as Edward Cullen in the Twilight sequel The Twilight Saga: New Moon, released on 20 November 2009. The film earned a record-breaking $142,839,137 opening weekend and an overall run of $709,827,462 worldwide. Though the film received negative reviews, film critic Michael Phillips from the Chicago Tribune said that Pattinson was still "interesting to watch" despite the bad makeup.
Bill GoodyKoontz from the Arizona Republic said that "Pattinson's not in the film
Leighton Marissa Meester is an American actress, singer and model. She is best known for her starring role as the devious socialite Blair Waldorf on teen drama television series Gossip Girl on The CW, she has appeared in films such as Killer Movie, Country Strong, The Roommate, Monte Carlo, The Oranges and The Judge. Meester made her Broadway debut in Of Men, she plays the character Angie D'Amato on the ABC television sitcom Single Parents. In addition to acting, Meester has ventured into music. In 2009, she featured on Cobra Starship's "Good Girls Go Bad", which charted in the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100, released her first single "Somebody to Love" on the Universal Republic label, she released a second single "Your Love's a Drug" in 2010. Meester has recorded songs for various soundtracks, her debut album, was independently released in 2014. She has modeled, having been the face of brands such as Jimmy Choo, Herbal Essences, Vera Wang. Meester was born in Fort Texas, to Constance Lynn and Douglas Jay Meester.
Her father is a real estate broker. She has two brothers. At the time of her birth, Meester's parents were serving time in a federal prison for their involvement in a drug ring that smuggled marijuana from Jamaica to the United States. Constance was able to give birth to Leighton in a hospital and nurse her for three months in a halfway house, before returning to prison to complete her sentence, her paternal grandparents cared for Meester during this period. She has maintained that her parents gave her a normal upbringing and, despite their criminal past, has stated, "It made me realize that you can't judge anyone—especially your parents—for what they've done in their past, because people change." She grew up in Marco Island, where she participated in productions at a local playhouse. Her parents separated in 1992; when she was 11 years old and her siblings moved with their mother to New York City. She attended the Professional Children's School and began working as a model with Wilhelmina, booking a Ralph Lauren campaign shot by Bruce Weber, working with then-photographer Sofia Coppola.
Meester booked commercials for Tamagotchi and Clearasil, modeled for Limited Too alongside Amanda Seyfried. At age 14, she relocated to Los Angeles and attended Hollywood and Beverly Hills High Schools. Meester transferred to a small private school and graduated a year earlier than normal. Meester made her acting debut in 1999 as a murder victim's friend, Alyssa Turner, on an episode of Law & Order. Following this, she made her film debut in Hangman's Curse, based on the bestselling book by Frank Peretti, she had a series regular role in Tarzan. A recurring role in Entourage as Justine Chapin and Veronica Mars as Carrie Bishop followed in 2004 and 2005. Meester booked guest roles in the series Crossing Jordan, 8 Simple Rules, 7th Heaven and 24, she was cast as series regular in Surface as Savannah Barnett. In 2006, Meester appeared in two films and Inside, she guest starred in an episode of Numbers and appeared in two episodes of House as Ali Johnson, a teenager who has a crush on Gregory House.
She had guest roles on CSI: Miami and Shark, portrayed the female lead in the horror film Drive-Thru, for which she recorded the song "Inside the Black". Meester was cast as identical twin sisters Kayla and Kelly Rhodes in the ABC crime-drama series Secrets of a Small Town, but the network decided not to forward the series. In 2007, Meester was cast in The CW's teen drama series Gossip Girl as Blair Waldorf, based on the book series of the same name by Cecily von Ziegesar, she first auditioned for the role of Serena van der Woodsen, but told the producers that she could better play Blair. However, it was important that Serena was blonde and Blair was brunette, so Meester dyed her hair brown for the role, her performance was the most critically acclaimed of the show, with Blair being cited as the series' breakout character. She garnered media attention for her wardrobe on the show; the series ended after 120 episodes. Meester starred in the television film The Haunting of Sorority Row, had a role in the ensemble comedy-drama film Remember the Daze.
In 2008, she appeared in the horror-thriller film Killer Movie and reprised her role in Entourage singing with Tony Bennett in the episode. That same year, she was a spokesperson for Sunsilk's Life Can't Wait campaign to motivate women to pursue their dreams, collaborated with Safe Horizon to raise awareness about domestic violence. Early in 2009, Meester partnered with Reebok to model their new Top Down sneakers. Apart from Gossip Girl, Meester worked with co-star Ed Westwick in a Nikon Coolpix series camera advertisement, both were the faces of the Korean clothing line ASK Enquired. In April 2009, she released the song "Birthday" featuring duo Awesome New Republic. A version without her vocals was included on their Rational Geographic Vol. I album; that month, Meester signed a recording contract with Universal Republic. Meester provided vocals on Cobra Starship's song "Good Girls Go Bad", which peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100. In July, "Body Control" surfaced on the internet. Meester's first official single, "Somebody to Love", featuring R&B singer Robin Thicke, was released for airplay on October 13, 2009, became available for digital download on October 14, 2009.
She recorded a cover of the song "Christmas" for the compilation album A Very Special Christ
Black Swan (film)
Black Swan is a 2010 American psychological horror film directed by Darren Aronofsky. The screenplay was written by Mark Heyman, John McLaughlin, Andres Heinz, based on an original story by Heinz; the film stars Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, Mila Kunis, Barbara Hershey, Winona Ryder. The plot revolves around a production of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake ballet by the prestigious New York City Ballet company; the production requires a ballerina to play the innocent and fragile White Swan, for which the committed dancer Nina is a perfect fit, as well as the dark and sensual Black Swan, which are qualities better embodied by the new arrival Lily. Nina is overwhelmed by a feeling of immense pressure when she finds herself competing for the part, causing her to lose her tenuous grip on reality and descend into a living nightmare. Described as a psychological horror film, Black Swan can be interpreted as a metaphor for achieving artistic perfection, with all the psychological and physical challenges one might encounter, i.e. "the film can be perceived as a poetic metaphor for the birth of an artist, that is, as a visual representation of Nina's psychic odyssey toward achieving artistic perfection and of the price to be paid for it."Aronofsky conceived the premise by connecting his viewings of a production of Swan Lake with an unrealized screenplay about understudies and the notion of being haunted by a double, similar to the folklore surrounding doppelgängers.
Aronofsky cites Fyodor Dostoyevsky's The Double as another inspiration for the film. The director considered Black Swan a companion piece to his 2008 film The Wrestler, with both films involving demanding performances for different kinds of art, he and Portman first discussed the project in 2000, after a brief attachment to Universal Studios, Black Swan was produced in New York City in 2009 by Fox Searchlight Pictures. Portman and Kunis trained in ballet for several months prior to filming, notable figures from the ballet world helped with film production to shape the ballet presentation; the film premiered as the opening film for the 67th Venice International Film Festival on September 1, 2010. It had a limited release in the United States starting December 3, 2010 and opened in wide release on December 17; the film upon release was a commercial success. Critics praised Portman's performance and Aronofsky's direction, while the film grossed over $329 million worldwide, it received five nominations at the 83rd Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing and winning Best Actress.
Nina Sayers is a 28-year-old dancer in a New York City ballet company, preparing to open its new season with Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. With prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre being forced into retirement, artistic director Thomas Leroy announces he is looking for a new dancer to portray the dual role of the innocent White Swan and the sensual Black Swan. Nina auditions for the role and gives a flawless performance as the White Swan, but fails to embody the Black Swan; the following day, Nina asks Thomas to reconsider choosing her to play the role. When he forcibly kisses her, she bites him before running out of his office; that day, Nina sees the cast list and discovers, much to her surprise and that of her overprotective mother Erica, she will be portraying the lead. At a gala celebrating the new season, an intoxicated Beth confronts Nina, accusing her of sleeping with Thomas to get the role; the following day, Nina discovers that Beth was hit by a car while walking in the street and Thomas believes she did it on purpose.
During rehearsals, Thomas tells Nina to observe new dancer Lily, whom he describes as possessing an uninhibited quality that Nina lacks. Nina falls victim to several hallucinations of a doppelgänger following her wherever she goes and finds unexplained scratch marks on her back. One night, Nina accepts Lily's invitation to dinner despite Erica's objections. Over dinner, Lily offers Nina an ecstasy capsule to help her relax. Nina turns it down, but accepts a drink laced with ecstasy powder; the two return to Nina's apartment late. After fighting with her mother, Nina has sex with Lily; the following morning, Nina realizes she is late for the dress rehearsal. Upon arriving at Lincoln Center, she finds Lily dancing as the Black Swan and confronts her about their night together; when Lily doesn't recall, Nina realizes. After learning that Thomas has made Lily her alternative, Nina's hallucinations grow stronger to the point where Erica tries to prevent her from performing on opening night. Nina forces her way out of the apartment and arrives at Lincoln Center only to discover that Lily is set to take over.
She confronts Thomas. During the end of the play's second act, Nina becomes distracted by a hallucination, causing her partner to drop her, she finds Lily preparing to play the Black Swan. When Lily transforms into Nina's doppelgänger, the two engage in a fight that ends with Nina stabbing the doppelgänger with a shard of glass, only to reveal that it had been Lily, stabbed, she hides the corpse and returns to the stage, where she loses herself and gives a flawless performance as the Black Swan. Nina receives a standing ovation from the audience and, after surprising Thomas with a passionate kiss, returns to her dressing room. While changing, Nina hears a knock at the door and opens it to find Lily alive and congratulating her. Realizing the fight never occurred, yet the mirror is still broken, that she had stabbed herself, Nina quiet
Selena Marie Gomez is an American singer and producer. After appearing on the children's television series Barney & Friends, she received wider recognition for her portrayal of Alex Russo on the Disney Channel television series Wizards of Waverly Place, which aired for four seasons from 2007 until 2012. With her former band Selena Gomez & the Scene, she attained the top-ten albums Kiss & Tell, A Year Without Rain and When the Sun Goes Down on the US Billboard 200; as a solo artist, Gomez has released the two number-one albums Stars Revival. She has earned seven top-ten entries on the US Billboard Hot 100: "Come & Get It", "The Heart Wants What It Wants", "Good for You" with ASAP Rocky, "Same Old Love", "Hands to Myself", "We Don't Talk Anymore" and "It Ain't Me" with Kygo. In 2017, Billboard reported that Gomez has sold over 7 million albums and 22 million singles worldwide. Gomez's acting credits include starring roles in the films Another Cinderella Story, Princess Protection Program, Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie and Beezus, Monte Carlo, Spring Breakers and The Fundamentals of Caring.
She voices the character of Mavis in the Hotel Transylvania film franchise. Outside of entertainment, Gomez released her own clothing line through Kmart in 2010 and a self-titled fragrance in 2013. In 2017, she released a limited-edition collection of handbags called "Selena Grace" that she designed in collaboration with the luxury brand Coach, Inc, she has worked with various charitable organizations for years and became a UNICEF ambassador at the age of seventeen. Gomez was the most followed Instagram user in the world before being surpassed by athlete Cristiano Ronaldo in late October 2018. Gomez has earned numerous awards throughout her career, including an ALMA Award, an American Music Award, an MTV Video Music Award, a People's Choice Award, two Billboard Women in Music Awards, eighteen Teen Choice Awards. Selena Marie Gomez was born in Grand Prairie, Texas on July 22, 1992, to Ricardo Joel Gomez and former stage actress Amanda Dawn "Mandy" Cornett. Gomez was named after Tejano singer and actress Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, who died in 1995.
Her father is of Mexican descent while her mother, adopted, has some Italian ancestry. Regarding her Hispanic heritage, Gomez has stated, "My family does have Quinceañeras, we go to the communion church. We do everything that's Catholic, but we don't have anything traditional except go to the park and have barbecues on Sundays after church." Gomez's parents divorced when she was five years old, she remained with her mother. Selena has two younger half-sisters: Gracie Elliot Teefey through Amanda and her second husband Brian Teefey, Victoria "Tori" Gomez through Ricardo and his wife Sara Gomez, she earned her high-school diploma through homeschooling in May 2010. When Gomez was born, her mother was sixteen years old; the family had financial troubles during Gomez's childhood, with her mother struggling to provide for the pair. At one point, Gomez recalled, they had to search for quarters just to get gas for their car, her mother recalled that the two would walk to their local dollar store to purchase spaghetti for dinner.
Gomez stated, "I was frustrated that my parents weren't together, never saw the light at the end of the tunnel where my mom was working hard to provide a better life for me. I'm terrified of what I would have become if I'd stayed." She added that " was strong around me. Having me at 16 had to have been a big responsibility, she gave up everything for me, had three jobs, supported me, sacrificed her life for me." Gomez had a close relationship with her grandparents as a child, appeared in various pageants growing up. Her grandparents took care of her while her parents finished their schooling, the pair went as far as stating that they "raised her" up until she found success in the entertainment industry. Gomez first gained an interest in pursuing a career in the entertainment industry watching her mother prepare for stage productions, she began auditioning for various roles, meeting Demi Lovato during an audition for Barney & Friends. Both Gomez and Lovato were selected to appear on the series in 2002, with Gomez portraying the character of Gianna.
The show was her first experience in acting, with Gomez recalling, "I was shy when I was little I didn't know what'camera right' was. I didn't know. I learned everything from Barney." Gomez appeared in thirteen episodes of the show between 2002 and 2004, though the show's producers released her as she was getting "too old" for the series. While working on the series, Gomez had a cameo role in the film Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over and the made-for-television film Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial by Fire. Gomez made a guest appearance in a 2006 episode of the Disney series The Suite Life of Cody. Gomez was given a recurring role on the popular Disney Channel series Hannah Montana in 2007, portraying pop star Mikayla. During this time, Gomez filmed pilot episodes for two potential Disney Channel series, she auditioned for a role in the Disney series Wizards of Waverly Place winning the lead role of Alex Russo. Upon receiving the role and her mother moved to Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. Wizards of Waverly Place saw Gomez portraying a teenage girl in a family of wizards who own a restaurant in New York.
The series became a hit fo
James Eugene Carrey is a Canadian-American actor, impressionist, musician, artist and cartoonist. He is known for his energetic slapstick performances. Carrey first gained recognition in America in 1990 after landing a recurring role in the sketch comedy television series In Living Color, his first leading roles in motion pictures came with Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and Dumber, The Mask, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, as well portraying the Riddler in Batman Forever and a lead role in Liar Liar. He gained attention starring in serious roles in The Truman Show and Man on the Moon, with each garnering him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. In the 2000s, he gained further notice for his portrayal of the Grinch in How the Grinch Stole Christmas and for the comedy Me, Myself & Irene, as well as Bruce Almighty, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind for which he was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, Fun with Dick and Jane, Yes Man, Horton Hears a Who! and A Christmas Carol.
In the 2010s, he starred in Mr. Popper's Penguins, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, Kick-Ass 2, reprised his role as Lloyd Christmas in Dumb and Dumber To. Since 2018, he has portrayed Jeff Piccirillo in the Showtime series Kidding. Carrey was born in the Toronto suburb of Newmarket, Canada, to Kathleen, a homemaker, Percy Carrey, a musician and accountant, he was raised a Roman Catholic and has three older siblings: John and Rita. His mother was of French and Scottish descent and his father was of French-Canadian ancestry. At age 10, Carrey wrote a letter to Carol Burnett of the Carol Burnett Show pointing out that he was a master of impressions and should be considered for a role on the show. Carrey lived in Scarborough, North York and Burlington, Ontario for eight years, attended Aldershot High School. In a Hamilton Spectator interview, Carrey said, "If my career in show business hadn't panned out I would be working today in Hamilton, Ontario, at the Dofasco steel mill." When looking across the Burlington Bay toward Hamilton, he could see the mills and thought, "Those were where the great jobs were."
While Carrey was struggling to obtain work and make a name for himself, his father tried to help the young comedian put together a stage act, driving him to Toronto to debut at comedy club Yuk Yuk's. Carrey's impersonations bombed and this gave him doubts about his capabilities as a professional entertainer, his family's financial struggles made it difficult. The family's financial problems were resolved and they moved into a new home. With more domestic stability, Carrey returned to the stage with a more polished act. In a short period of time, he went from open-mic nights to regular paid shows, building his reputation in the process. A reviewer in the Toronto Star raved that Carrey was "a genuine star coming to life". Carrey was soon noticed by comedian Rodney Dangerfield, who signed the young comic to open his tour performances. Dangerfield brought Carrey to Las Vegas. However, Carrey soon decided to move to Hollywood, where he began performing at The Comedy Store and, in 1982, appeared on the televised stand-up show An Evening at the Improv.
The following year, he debuted his act on The Tonight Show. Despite his increasing popularity as a stand-up comic, Carrey turned his attention to the film and television industries, auditioning to be a cast member for the 1980–81 season of NBC's Saturday Night Live. Carrey was not selected for the position, although he hosted the show in May 1996, January 2011, October 2014. In 1984, Carrey was in the short-lived sitcom The Duck Factory. From 1990 to 1994, Carrey was a regular cast member of the ensemble comedy television series In Living Color. Carrey played the lead roles in Ace Ventura: The Mask and Dumb and Dumber. Dumb and Dumber was a commercial success, grossing over $270 million worldwide, He received his first Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor for his work in The Mask. Carrey portrayed the Batman villain The Riddler in the Joel Schumacher-directed superhero film Batman Forever; the film was a box office success. He reprised his role as Ace Ventura in Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, released in 1995.
Like the original film, it poorly received by critics. It was a huge box-office success, earning $212 million worldwide in addition to breaking records, with a $40 million opening weekend. Carrey earned $20 million for The Cable Guy. Directed by Ben Stiller, the film was a satirical black comedy, in which Carrey played a lonely, menacing cable TV installer who infiltrates the life of one of his customers; the role was a departure from the "hapless, overconfident" characters he had been known for. However, it did not fare well with most critics, many reacting to Carrey's change of tone from previous films. Carrey starred in the music video of the film's closing song, "Leave Me Alone" by Jerry Cantrell. Despite the reviews, The Cable Guy grossed $102 million worldwide, he soon bounced back with the critically acclaimed comedy Liar Liar, playing Fletcher Reede, an unethical lawyer render