Zoe Saldana-Perego is an American actress and dancer. Following her performances with the theater group Faces, Saldana made her screen debut in a 1999 episode of Law & Order. Saldana's film career began a year with Center Stage, where she played a struggling ballet dancer. In 2002, Zoe Saldana played the love interest of Nick Cannon in Drumline, a successful movie highlighting the popular marching bands of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Saldana's breakthrough came in 2009 with her first of multiple appearances as Nyota Uhura in the Star Trek film series and her first appearance as Neytiri in the Avatar film series, she portrays Gamora in multiple films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, beginning with Guardians of the Galaxy. Saldana was born in New Jersey, her father, Aridio Saldaña, was Dominican, while Asalia Nazario, is Puerto Rican. She was christened reflecting both her parents' surnames. Saldana has Lebanese and Haitian roots. With regard to her racial identity, Saldana stated, "There's no one way to be black.
I'm black the way I know how to be." She spent the majority of her early childhood growing up in New York. She was raised speaking English and Spanish, she has two sisters and Mariel. Their father died in a car crash when Zoe was 9 years old, their mother subsequently moved with the children to the Dominican Republic. Saldana discovered her love of dance in the Dominican Republic and enrolled in the ECOS Espacio de Danza Academy, she told Vanity Fair that she quit ballet because she did not "have the feet" and had too much pride and ambition to just be in the corps de ballet. The family returned to New York after her sophomore year in high school. In 1995, she began performing with the Faces theater group in Brooklyn, which put on plays geared toward providing positive messages for teens via themes dealing with issues such as substance abuse and adolescent sexuality. Concurrently, she performed with the New York Youth Theater, her previous dance training, her acting experience, helped her land her first film role, playing talented and headstrong ballet student Eva Rodriguez in Center Stage.
Saldana was still a member of Faces when she gained exposure in an episode of Law & Order which first aired in 1999. Saldana's first film role was in Center Stage, directed by Nicholas Hytner, about a group of young dancers from various backgrounds who enroll at the fictitious American Ballet Academy in New York City, she appeared in the Britney Spears vehicle Crossroads. The film became somewhat of a box office success; the same year, Saldana starred in the comedy-drama Drumline, alongside Nick Cannon, met with favorable reviews. In Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, she played Anamaria, a female pirate who signs up to join Will Turner and Mr. Gibbs for a chance to confront Jack Sparrow for stealing her ship; as to why she never appeared in any further films in the franchise, Saldana revealed that she quit acting following "disrespectful treatment" on set of the film. She appeared in The Terminal as Dolores Torres, an immigration officer and Star Trek fan, a role that would help Saldana when she came to appear in the Star Trek reboot.
In 2004, she made appearances in Haven and Temptation, both of which had little to no box office success. In 2005, Saldana appeared in Constellation, Guess Who with Ashton Kutcher, Dirty Deeds, she starred in the romantic comedy-dramas Premium and After Sex. The same year, Saldana starred in Blackout, a television film set in New York City during the Northeast Blackout of 2003; the film premiered at the 2007 Zurich Film Festival and debuted on BET in 2008. Saldana had a small role as Angie Jones in the action thriller Vantage Point. Saldana appeared in two roles in 2009, she played Nyota Uhura in Star Trek. The film's director J. J. Abrams asked Saldana to play the role because he had seen and liked her previous work. Saldana had never seen the original series, though she had played a Trekkie in The Terminal, but agreed to play the role after Abrams complimented her, she met with Nichelle Nichols, who explained to her how she had created Uhura's background and named the character. Saldana's mother was a Star Trek fan and sent her voicemails during filming, giving advice on the role.
Steven Spielberg taught her the Vulcan salute five years earlier when he directed her in The Terminal. Star Trek was a box office success grossing $385.7 million. Saldana's second high-profile film in 2009 was James Cameron's Avatar, in which she played the alien hunter Neytiri. Avatar was well-received by critics, accumulating an approval rating of 83% on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, it grossed $2.7 billion worldwide to become the highest-grossing film of all time, as well as in the United States and Canada. It became the first film to gross more than $2 billion worldwide; the film won all ten at the 36th Saturn Awards ceremony. Saldana's Saturn Award for Best Actress win. In 2010, Saldana performed in The Losers as a native Bolivian woman. For the role, she was required to gain weight, as she was expected to carry weapons around for eight hours a day. In 2010, she appeared in Takers, Death a
Edward John David Redmayne is an English actor and model. Redmayne began his professional acting career as a youth in West End theatre, before making his screen debut in 1998 with guest television appearances, his first film roles came in 2006 with Like Minds and The Good Shepherd, he went on to play supporting roles in several films. On stage, Redmayne starred in the productions of Red from 2009 to 2010 and Richard II from 2011 to 2012; the former won him the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play. His film breakthrough came with the roles of Colin Clark in the biographical drama My Week with Marilyn and Marius Pontmercy in Tom Hooper's musical Les Misérables. In 2014, Redmayne portrayed Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, winning the Academy Award for Best Actor; the following year, he played Lili Elbe, in Hooper's The Danish Girl, for which he received a second Oscar nomination. In 2016, he began starring as Newt Scamander in the Fantastic Beasts film series. Redmayne was born on 6 January 1982 in the London borough of Westminster.
His mother, runs a relocation business, his father, Richard Redmayne, is a businessman in corporate finance. His paternal great-grandfather was a civil and mining engineer, he has an older brother, a younger brother, an older half-brother and half-sister. From the age of 10, Redmayne attended Jackie Palmer Stage School, where he found his love for acting and singing, alongside fellow star James Corden, he attended Eaton House, Colet Court, Eton College, where he was in the same year as Prince William. He went on to read History of Art at Trinity College, from where he graduated with 2:1 Honours in 2003. Despite being colourblind, Redmayne wrote his dissertation on Yves Klein's signature colour, International Klein Blue. Prior to becoming a full-time actor, Redmayne modeled for Burberry in 2008 with Alex Pettyfer, in 2012 with Cara Delevigne. In the September 2012 issue of Vanity Fair, he was featured on its annual International Best Dressed List. In 2015, he was named number one in GQ's 50 best dressed British men.
Redmayne made his professional stage debut as Viola in Twelfth Night, for Shakespeare's Globe at the Middle Temple Hall in 2002. He won the award for Outstanding Newcomer at the 50th Evening Standard Theatre Awards in 2004, for his performance in Edward Albee's The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?, the award for Best Newcomer at the Critics' Circle Theatre Awards in 2005. Stage credits include Now or Later by Christopher Shinn at the Royal Court Theatre; the show ran from 3 September to 1 November 2008. In 2009, Redmayne appeared in John Logan's new play Red at the Donmar Warehouse in London, for which he won the 2010 Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, he reprised his role in Red at the John Golden Theatre on Broadway, in a 15-week run from 11 March to 27 June 2010, won the 2010 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play. He portrayed King Richard II in Richard II directed by Michael Grandage, at the Donmar Warehouse from 6 December 2011 to 4 February 2012. Redmayne was cast in his first feature film Like Minds after being spotted by casting director Lucy Bevan performing in a play called Goats.
Redmayne has appeared in films such as The Good Shepherd, Savage Grace, Powder Blue, The Other Boleyn Girl, Glorious 39, Hick. He starred as Osmund in Christopher Smith's supernatural gothic chiller film Black Death, his 2008 Sundance drama film The Yellow Handkerchief was released on 26 February 2010 by Samuel Goldwyn Films. In 2011 he starred as filmmaker Colin Clark in the drama film My Week with Marilyn, he took on the role of Marius Pontmercy for the 2012 musical film Les Misérables. In 2014, he starred as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, a role for which he won the Academy Award, BAFTA, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor, depicting the debilitating challenges of ALS. In early 2015, Redmayne appeared in the Wachowski siblings' film, Jupiter Ascending as Balem Abrasax; the film was panned, including his performance, for which he won the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor in the same year that he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for The Danish Girl.
Redmayne guest starred as Ryan the tank engine in Thomas & Friends movie special Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure. Redmayne made his screen debut in 1998 in an episode of Animal Ark, his television credits include the BBC miniseries Tess of the d'Urbervilles, the miniseries The Pillars of the Earth, the two-part miniseries Birdsong. Redmayne presented the 2015 documentary War Art with Eddie Redmayne, made as part of the ITV's Perspectives programme. Redmayne starred in the biographical drama The Danish Girl, directed by Academy Award-winning director Tom Hooper. In the film, released in the United Kingdom on 1 January 2016, Redmayne portrayed transgender pioneer Lili Elbe, a casting, the subject of some controversy from the transgender community. However, Redmayne's performance was met with critical acclaim, in January 2016, he earned his second nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor in consecutive years. In 2016, Redmayne starred as Newt Scamander in the film adaptation of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first of a series within the Wizarding World of the Harry Potter film series, with a screenplay by J. K. Rowling.
In 2018, Redmayne starred in the stop-motion animated film Early Man, reprised his role as Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Redmayne married Hannah Bagshawe on 15 December 2014, they have a daughter born in 2016 and a son born in 2018. Redmayne was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2015 B
The United States of America known as the United States or America, is a country composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles, the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is smaller than the entire continent of Europe's 3.9 million square miles. With a population of over 327 million people, the U. S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D. C. and the largest city by population is New York City. Forty-eight states and the capital's federal district are contiguous in North America between Canada and Mexico; the State of Alaska is in the northwest corner of North America, bordered by Canada to the east and across the Bering Strait from Russia to the west. The State of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific Ocean; the U. S. territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, stretching across nine official time zones. The diverse geography and wildlife of the United States make it one of the world's 17 megadiverse countries.
Paleo-Indians migrated from Siberia to the North American mainland at least 12,000 years ago. European colonization began in the 16th century; the United States emerged from the thirteen British colonies established along the East Coast. Numerous disputes between Great Britain and the colonies following the French and Indian War led to the American Revolution, which began in 1775, the subsequent Declaration of Independence in 1776; the war ended in 1783 with the United States becoming the first country to gain independence from a European power. The current constitution was adopted in 1788, with the first ten amendments, collectively named the Bill of Rights, being ratified in 1791 to guarantee many fundamental civil liberties; the United States embarked on a vigorous expansion across North America throughout the 19th century, acquiring new territories, displacing Native American tribes, admitting new states until it spanned the continent by 1848. During the second half of the 19th century, the Civil War led to the abolition of slavery.
By the end of the century, the United States had extended into the Pacific Ocean, its economy, driven in large part by the Industrial Revolution, began to soar. The Spanish–American War and World War I confirmed the country's status as a global military power; the United States emerged from World War II as a global superpower, the first country to develop nuclear weapons, the only country to use them in warfare, a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. Sweeping civil rights legislation, notably the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Fair Housing Act of 1968, outlawed discrimination based on race or color. During the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union competed in the Space Race, culminating with the 1969 U. S. Moon landing; the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 left the United States as the world's sole superpower. The United States is the world's oldest surviving federation, it is a representative democracy.
The United States is a founding member of the United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Organization of American States, other international organizations. The United States is a developed country, with the world's largest economy by nominal GDP and second-largest economy by PPP, accounting for a quarter of global GDP; the U. S. economy is post-industrial, characterized by the dominance of services and knowledge-based activities, although the manufacturing sector remains the second-largest in the world. The United States is the world's largest importer and the second largest exporter of goods, by value. Although its population is only 4.3% of the world total, the U. S. holds 31% of the total wealth in the world, the largest share of global wealth concentrated in a single country. Despite wide income and wealth disparities, the United States continues to rank high in measures of socioeconomic performance, including average wage, human development, per capita GDP, worker productivity.
The United States is the foremost military power in the world, making up a third of global military spending, is a leading political and scientific force internationally. In 1507, the German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller produced a world map on which he named the lands of the Western Hemisphere America in honor of the Italian explorer and cartographer Amerigo Vespucci; the first documentary evidence of the phrase "United States of America" is from a letter dated January 2, 1776, written by Stephen Moylan, Esq. to George Washington's aide-de-camp and Muster-Master General of the Continental Army, Lt. Col. Joseph Reed. Moylan expressed his wish to go "with full and ample powers from the United States of America to Spain" to seek assistance in the revolutionary war effort; the first known publication of the phrase "United States of America" was in an anonymous essay in The Virginia Gazette newspaper in Williamsburg, Virginia, on April 6, 1776. The second draft of the Articles of Confederation, prepared by John Dickinson and completed by June 17, 1776, at the latest, declared "The name of this Confederation shall be the'United States of America'".
The final version of the Articles sent to the states for ratification in late 1777 contains the sentence "The Stile of this Confederacy shall be'The United States of America'". In June 1776, Thomas Jefferson wrote the phrase "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" in all capitalized letters in the headline of his "original Rough draught" of the Declaration of Independence; this draft of the document did not surface unti
Paul William Walker IV was an American actor best known for his role as Brian O'Conner in The Fast and the Furious franchise. Walker first gained prominence in 1999 with roles in the teen films She's All That and Varsity Blues. In 2001, he gained international fame for his role in the street racing action film The Fast and the Furious, a role he reprised in five of the next six installments, but died in 2013 in the middle of filming Furious 7. Walker began his career guest-starring on TV shows such as The Young and the Restless and Touched by an Angel, he starred in films such as Joy Ride, Into the Blue, Eight Below, Running Scared. He appeared in the National Geographic series Expedition Great White and in ads for Davidoff Cool Water cologne, he founded the disaster-relief charity Reach Out Worldwide in response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Walker died on November 30, 2013, at the age of 40 as a passenger in a single-car crash alongside friend and driver Roger Rodas. Walker was working on three films at the time of his death which were released posthumously: Hours, Brick Mansions, Furious 7.
The Wiz Khalifa song "See You Again", featuring Charlie Puth, was commissioned for the Furious 7 soundtrack as a tribute to Walker. It was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Original Song in 2015 and was the number-one song in the United States for 12 weeks. Walker was born in Glendale and was the son of Cheryl, a fashion model, Paul William Walker III, a sewer contractor and boxer, a two-time Golden Gloves champion. Paul's paternal grandfather had a boxing career as "'Irish' Billy Walker". Paul's ancestry was English, with some German and Irish. One of his grandfathers raced factory cars for Ford in the 1960s; the oldest of five siblings, Walker was raised in the Sunland community of Los Angeles and attended high school in the San Fernando Valley, graduating from Sun Valley's Village Christian School in 1991. He was raised as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After high school, Walker attended several community colleges in Southern California, majoring in marine biology.
Walker began his small screen career as a toddler, when he starred in a television commercial for Pampers. He began modeling at the age of two and began working on television shows in 1985, with roles in shows such as Highway to Heaven, Who's the Boss?, The Young and the Restless, Touched by an Angel. That year he starred in a commercial for Showbiz Pizza. Walker's film career began with the horror/comedy film Monster in the Closet. In 1987 he appeared in a low budget cyborg action film, with Robert Ginty, he and his sister Ashlie were contestants on a 1988 episode of the game show I'm Telling!. In 1993 he played Brandon Collins on the CBS soap opera the Restless, he and his co-star Heather Tom, who played Victoria Newman, were nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress in a soap opera at the Youth in Film Awards. In 1998, Walker made his feature film debut in the comedy Meet the Deedles, which gained him fame; this subsequently led to supporting roles in the movies Pleasantville, Varsity Blues, She's All That, The Skulls.
In 2001, Walker's breakthrough role arrived when he starred opposite actor Vin Diesel in the successful action film The Fast and the Furious, the first film in the franchise. The film established Walker as a notable film star and leading man and led to his reprise of the role in the 2003 sequel 2 Fast 2 Furious, he continued his career with leading roles in films such as Joy Ride and Into the Blue. He had a supporting role in Clint Eastwood's adaptation of Flags of Our Fathers. Walker starred in the crime thriller Running Scared and Walt Disney Pictures' Eight Below, both released in 2006. Eight Below garnered critical-acclaim and opened in first place at the box office, grossing over US$20 million during its first weekend. During the filming of Running Scared, director Wayne Kramer stated that " is that guy on some level" when comparing Walker with his character in the movie, Joey Gazelle. Kramer continued on to say that he "loved working with because as a director he's supportive of my vision of what the film is.
And better, he's game for it."Walker starred in the independent film The Lazarus Project, released on DVD on October 21, 2008. He subsequently returned to The Fast and the Furious franchise, reprising his role in Fast & Furious, released on April 3, 2009. Walker appeared in the crime drama Takers, which began filming in September 2008 and was released in August 2010; the Coty Prestige fragrance brand Davidoff Cool Water for Men announced in January 2011 that Walker was going to be the new face of the brand as of July 2011. He reprised his role in the fifth installment of The Fast and the Furious series, Fast Five, again in Fast & Furious 6. For this film, he won the 2014 MTV Movie Award with Vin Diesel, he was part of an ensemble cast in Wayne Kramer's Pawn Shop Chronicles, Walker's last film released before his death. Shortly after his death, the Hurricane Katrina based film Hours, which he had completed earlier in 2013, was released on December 13, 2013, he had completed the action film Brick Mansions, a remake of the French film District 13, released in April 2014.
At the time of his death, Walker had been filming Furious 7, slated for release in July 2014. The film was completed by using his brothers Caleb and Cody as
Melissa Ann McCarthy is an American actress, writer and fashion designer. She is the recipient of several accolades, including two Primetime Emmy Awards and has received nominations for two Academy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards. McCarthy was named by Time as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2016, she has featured multiple times in annual rankings of the highest-paid actresses in the world. McCarthy began appearing in television and films in the late 1990s, first gained recognition for her role as Sookie St. James in the television series Gilmore Girls, she played Dena in the ABC sitcom Samantha Who?, before starring as Molly Flynn in the CBS sitcom Mike & Molly, for which she won the 2011 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. In 2011, she gained critical acclaim for her performance in the comedy film Bridesmaids, receiving a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. McCarthy went on to star in several commercially successful comedy films, including Identity Thief, The Heat, Tammy and The Boss.
Her appearances as a host on Saturday Night Live led to a win for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series in 2017. She expanded into dramatic roles by portraying Lee Israel in the biographical drama Can You Ever Forgive Me?, for which she received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. McCarthy and her husband Ben Falcone are the founders of the production company On the Day, under which they have collaborated on several comedy films. In 2015, she launched her own clothing line for plus-sized women, named Melissa McCarthy Seven7, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. McCarthy was born in Illinois to Sandra and Michael McCarthy, she is a cousin of actress and model Jenny McCarthy and professional basketball player Joanne McCarthy. McCarthy was raised on a farm in a large Catholic family, her father is of Irish descent, while her mother is of English and Irish ancestry. Some of her forebears were from County Cork, she graduated from St. Francis Academy in Illinois.
Her career started with stand-up comedy in Los Angeles, in New York City. McCarthy is an alumna of The Groundlings, an improvisational and sketch comedy troupe based in Los Angeles, California. McCarthy made her first television appearance in an episode of the NBC comedy series Jenny, opposite her cousin Jenny McCarthy, she made her feature film debut in a minor role in the 1999 comedy Go, had roles in the movies Drowning Mona, Disney's The Kid, Charlie's Angels, The Third Wheel and The Life of David Gale. She worked in three episodes of Kim Possible, voicing DNAmy. In 2000, McCarthy was cast as Sookie St. James, the upbeat and klutzy best friend of Lorelai Gilmore, on The WB television series Gilmore Girls. Throughout the series, Sookie is cheerleader. On April 7, 2016, McCarthy announced on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that she would be returning for the show's revival, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, on Netflix; the latter was released November 25, 2016 and McCarthy appears in one of its four episodes.
In 2007, she starred opposite Ryan Reynolds in the science fantasy psychological thriller The Nines and directed by John August. She starred in the independent comedies The Captain, Just Add Water, Pretty Ugly People. In 2007, McCarthy starred as Dena Stevens on the ABC sitcom Samantha Who?. McCarthy played Samantha's awkward childhood best friend, whom Samantha hasn't seen since seventh grade; when Samantha wakes from her coma, Dena convinces Samantha. While Andrea forces her to reveal the truth, Samantha still remains friends with Dena, she guest starred on Private Practice. In 2010, McCarthy played supporting roles in films Life as We Know It. On September 20, 2010, McCarthy was cast in a leading role on the CBS sitcom Molly. In 2011, McCarthy had a breakout performance in the comedy movie Bridesmaids alongside Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper. McCarthy received an Academy Award nomination for her performance. In fall 2011, after achieving fame from Bridesmaids, she received her first Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her role on Mike & Molly.
In June 2011, she hosted the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards. McCarthy had supporting roles in This Is 40, the spinoff to Judd Apatow's film Knocked Up, The Hangover Part III, she was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in June 2012 along with 175 others. McCarthy hosted Saturday Night Live on October 1, 2011, on April 6, 2013, on February 1, 2014, on February 13, 2016, on May 12, 2017, she was nominated five times for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her appearances on the television show from 2011–2017, winning in 2017. In 2013, McCarthy co-starred in the crime comedy Identity Thief with Jason Bateman. Identity Thief opened at #1 at the box office, grossed $174 million worldwide despite negative reviews. In his negative review of the film, film critic Rex Reed controversially made several references to McCarthy's weight, referring to her as "obese" and using pejorative terms to refer to her weight. Reed's comments attracted wide criticism from the industry at large.
Film critic Richard Roeper said, "This just smacks of mean-spirited name-calling in lieu of genuine criticism." In a column for The Huffington Post, Candy Spelling likened Reed's review to bullying. In 2013, M
The Climb (song)
"The Climb" is a song performed by American singer Miley Cyrus, for the 2009 film Hannah Montana: The Movie. The song was written by Jessi Alexander and Jon Mabe, produced by John Shanks, it was released on March 5, 2009, as the lead single of the film's soundtrack by Walt Disney Records, is included as a bonus track on the international release of The Time of Our Lives. The song is a power ballad with lyrics that describe life as a rewarding journey, it is styled as a country pop ballad, was Cyrus' first solo song to be released to country radio. The instrumentation includes piano and violins; the song received a nomination for the Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television, or Other Visual Media at the 52nd Grammy Awards. However, the song was withdrawn from consideration by Walt Disney Records because it had not been written for a movie as the category's eligibility rules required; the song became a top-10 single on charts in Australia, Canada and the United States. In the United States, it peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 and became the eighth-best selling digital single of 2009.
Five months after its release, the single was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. The song's accompanying music video was directed by Matthew Rolston, depicts scenes of Cyrus climbing a mountain or singing, intercut with clips of Hannah Montana: The Movie. Cyrus promoted the song with several live performances; the first, at the Kids Inaugural: "We Are the Future" event on January 19, 2009, was the first time the song had been publicly heard. Cyrus performed the song as the closing number of her Wonder World Tour; the song was performed during the Gypsy Heart Tour. "The Climb" has been covered by several artists and was the most popular choice of song among auditioners for the ninth season of the American singing contest, American Idol, with Hollie Cavanagh performing it in the top six of the 11th season. Simon Cowell, creator of the British television talent show The X Factor, chose "The Climb" to be the debut single of the winner of the competition's sixth series.
Winner Joe McElderry's cover, released on December 14, 2009 by Syco Music, was produced by Quiz & Larossi and topped the Irish Singles Chart and the UK Singles Chart. On Saturday, March 24, 2018, Miley performed “The Climb” at the March for Our Lives in Washington, DC. "The Climb" was not intentionally written for the 2009 musical film Hannah Montana: The Movie. Co-writer Jessi Alexander conceived the song's melody while driving to the home of songwriting partner Jon Mabe. Once she arrived and she developed a song about overcoming life's obstacles inspired by their personal struggles in the music industry. Alexander referred to the process as a form of "therapy" and recalled, "I was just driving to work one day. It's just a typical day, nothing special about that day, and I just had this melody in my head. And I couldn't get to my co-writer Jon Mabe or my guitar fast enough because I just wanted to play what I was hearing. And, you know, we just kinda put it down pretty fast and didn't think anything about it.
The lyrics kinda started to come, I think for both of us. My co-writer was a songplugger, just turned songwriter, I'd had record deals and ups and downs in the music business. I think for both of us, we just came from a place of, you know,'it's not a race'." The song they created was written in the third person. Alexander described the original song as "more spiritual" than the version, released, said it contained lines about prayer. However, she claimed she knew it was suitable for the Walt Disney Company. Before reaching Cyrus, the song had been rejected by several country artists, it was picked up by Peter Chelsom, director of Hannah Montana: The Movie, who gave it to Cyrus to record for the film. Chelsom found what would become "The Climb" while visiting Nashville, during a quest to find 11 new songs for the movie. After hearing Alexander's music, Chelsom asked her to submit songs for consideration. Alexander gave it to him. Several weeks Chelsom called to say, "the song was gonna be an integral part of the movie".
However, he wanted Mabe and Alexander to rework some of the song's content and to change the song from third person to first person. Alexander felt the changes amounted to a "substantial amount of the song" and commented, "For me, when you change something from third person to first person, it can change the whole meaning of a line." Mabe and she "wrestl over taking words out" and how much they could change while maintaining the song's integrity. After a number of drafts and Alexander created a version they felt was "perfect for the movie". Upon receiving the final draft, filmmakers told the songwriters, "This is perfect for Miley, it’s gonna change her life, gonna change your life." Chelsom commented that the song "turned up" the film's music level by tapping into Cyrus's newfound vocal range. As with the other songs featured in Hannah Montana: The Movie, the song is "tightly woven into the fabric of the story and the characters". In the film, Cyrus plays Miley Stewart, a character with a secret double life as superstar Hannah Montana.
Keeping this secret causes trouble between Miley and many of the other characters in the film, leaves Miley confused and contrite. She expresses her emotions by writing "The Climb". According to film producer Alfred Gough, "The song is her journey, the lessons she's learned in the movie. It's an epic power ballad that encapsulates Miley's journey and the message of the film.""The Climb" was chosen as the lead single from the soundtrack due to its
Liam Hemsworth is an Australian actor. He played the roles of Josh Taylor in the soap opera Neighbours and Marcus in the children's television series The Elephant Princess. In American films, Hemsworth starred as Will Blakelee in The Last Song, as Gale Hawthorne in The Hunger Games film series, as Jake Morrison in Independence Day: Resurgence. Hemsworth's older brothers and Chris, are actors. Hemsworth was born in Melbourne, Australia, to Leonie, an English teacher, Craig Hemsworth, a social-services counsellor, he has two older brothers, Chris Hemsworth and Luke Hemsworth, who are actors. His maternal grandfather is a Dutch immigrant, his other ancestry is English, Irish and German. Hemsworth has said that though there is competition for jobs among them, it is friendly: "We are brothers and we are always competitive, but it is a good thing, it pushes us and we are always happy whenever someone books something."When Hemsworth was in year 8, he and his family relocated to Phillip Island, a small Australian island southeast of Melbourne.
Hemsworth says. In March 2009, Hemsworth moved to the United States to pursue his career there, he and his brother Chris first stayed in the guest house of Chris's manager, William Ward, before renting their own Los Angeles apartment. Prior to becoming an actor, Hemsworth laid floors for six months, he began to consider following his elder brothers' footsteps in high school by participating in school plays. Hemsworth retained an agent, he attended his first audition at the age of sixteen and began his career in 2007 with guest appearances on the shows Home and Away and McLeod's Daughters. The week of 8 July 2007, Hemsworth began filming episodes for Neighbours, an Australian soap opera his brother Luke had starred in. Hemsworth's character, Josh Taylor, was a recurring character from 2007 to 2008. In the show, Josh was an athletic paraplegic who supported and began a relationship with character Bridget Parker after she was paralysed down one side of her body in a car crash. In 2008, Hemsworth began acting on the children's television show The Elephant Princess, playing "Marcus", the lead guitarist of the protagonist's band.
Hemsworth had roles in the television series Satisfaction and starred in the British film Triangle. He made a brief appearance as an MIT student in the film Knowing. In 2009, Hemsworth was selected to act opposite Sylvester Stallone in Stallone's 2010 film, The Expendables, but his character was written out of the script. Hemsworth's brother, told Movieline that just a few hours after Hemsworth learned he would not appear in The Expendables, director Kenneth Branagh called to ask him to test for the lead role in the 2011 film Thor. Hemsworth moved to the States in March 2009 for screen tests. Though he lost the role to Chris in May, Disney announced the same week that Hemsworth had landed the part of Will Blakelee in the 2010 drama The Last Song, based on the Nicholas Sparks novel by the same name. Hemsworth plays the love interest of Miley Cyrus's character in the film. Nikki Finke reported that Hemsworth had been in Los Angeles for just three weeks and had not yet found an agent when he was cast.
Hemsworth next appeared in the music video for Cyrus' "When I Look at You", recorded on 16 August 2009. In September 2009, Hemsworth appeared at a dinner event to promote Foxtel, an Australian pay television company. In March 2010, Details magazine selected Hemsworth as one of their predictions for "The Next Generation of Hollywood's Leading Men"; that month, it was announced that Hemsworth was in negotiations to star in Arabian Nights, a 3D action film that will be directed by Chuck Russell for Inferno Entertainment. It was confirmed that he will be starring in the movie, he has reportedly been offered the lead role in Northern Lights after Taylor Lautner withdrew from the David Ellison-financed project. Hemsworth was the Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice Awards 2010 host, he and Miley Cyrus won the "Fave Kiss" category. Hemsworth starred in the music video for "Colder Weather" by the Zac Brown Band. On 4 April 2011, Lionsgate announced Hemsworth to be one of the leads, Gale Hawthorne, in The Hunger Games, released in 2012.
In June 2011, he became attached to war drama Love and Honor which stars Aimee Teegarden and Teresa Palmer. In 2013, Hemsworth appeared in Empire State, with Emma Roberts, Paranoia, co-starring Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman and Amber Heard, he reprised his role, Gale Hawthorne, in three sequels to The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, released in November 2013, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, released in November 2014, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, released in November 2015. On 11 June 2012, Los Angeles-based non-profit organization Australians in Film announced that Hemsworth would be honoured at an exclusive benefit dinner on 27 June 2012 in Hollywood. Hemsworth attended the invitation only event, held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Century City, with his fiancée Miley Cyrus, it was their first public appearance together as an engaged couple. In 2015, Hemsworth portrayed the love interest of Kate Winslet's character in the Australian literary adaptation The Dressmaker, filmed in Victoria in the summer of 2014.
Hemsworth starred in director Roland Emmerich's 2016 film Independence Day: Resurgence. In 2019, he played. While filming The Last Song in June 2009, Hemsworth began a relationship with his co-star Miley Cyrus. After a three year on-again, off-again relationship, the couple a