Wesley Wales Anderson is an American filmmaker. His films are known for their distinctive visual and narrative styles. Anderson is regarded by many as a modern-day example of the auteur, he has received consistent praise from critics for his work, three of his films—The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom, The Grand Budapest Hotel—appeared in BBC's 2016 poll of the greatest films since 2000. Anderson was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for The Royal Tenenbaums in 2001, Moonrise Kingdom in 2012 and The Grand Budapest Hotel in 2014, as well as the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature for Fantastic Mr. Fox in 2009, he received his first Academy Award nomination for Best Director and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for The Grand Budapest Hotel in 2014. He received the BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay in 2015, he runs production company American Empirical Pictures, which he founded in 1998. Anderson won the Silver Bear for Best Director for the stop-motion animated film Isle of Dogs in 2018.
Wesley Wales Anderson was born on May 1969, in Houston, Texas. He is the son of Texas Ann, a realtor and archaeologist, Melver Leonard Anderson, who worked in advertising and public relations, he is the second of three boys. His elder brother, Mel, is a physician, his younger brother, Eric Chase Anderson, is a writer and artist whose paintings and designs have appeared in several of Anderson's films, such as The Royal Tenenbaums. Anderson is of Norwegian ancestry, he graduated from St. John's School in Houston in 1987, which he used as a prominent location throughout Rushmore; as a child, Anderson made silent films on his father's Super 8 camera, starring his brothers and friends, although his first ambition was to be a writer. Anderson attended college while working part-time as a cinema projectionist, he graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in philosophy in 1990, where he met future frequent collaborator Owen Wilson. Anderson's first film was Bottle Rocket, based on a short film that he made with Luke and Owen Wilson.
It was a crime caper about a group of young Texans aspiring to achieve major heists. It was performed poorly at the box office. Anderson's next film was Rushmore, a quirky comedy about a high school student's crush on an elementary school teacher starring Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman, it was a critical success. Murray has since appeared in every Anderson film to date. In 2000, filmmaker Martin Scorsese praised Bottle Rushmore; the Royal Tenenbaums was Anderson's next comedy-drama film, about a successful artistic New York City family and its ostracized patriarch. It represented his greatest success until Moonrise Kingdom in 2012, earning more than $50 million in domestic box office receipts; the Royal Tenenbaums was nominated for an Academy Award and ranked by an Empire poll as the 159th greatest film made. Anderson's next feature was The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou about a Jacques Cousteau-esque documentary filmmaker played by Bill Murray, it serves as a classic example of Anderson's style, but its critical reception was less favorable than his previous films, its box office did not match the heights of The Royal Tenenbaums.
In September 2006, Steely Dan's Walter Becker and Donald Fagen released a tongue-in-cheek "letter of intervention" for Anderson's artistic "malaise" following the disappointing commercial and critical reception of The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, proclaiming themselves to be fans of "World Cinema" and of Anderson in particular. They offered Anderson their soundtrack services for his The Darjeeling Limited, including lyrics for a title track; the Darjeeling Limited was about three distant brothers traveling together on a train in India. It reflected the more dramatic tone of The Royal Tenenbaums but faced criticisms similar to The Life Aquatic. Anderson has acknowledged that he went to India to film the movie as a tribute to Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray, whose "films have inspired all my other movies in different ways"; the film starred Anderson staples Jason Schwartzman and Owen Wilson in addition to Adrien Brody, the script was co-written by Anderson and Roman Coppola. In 2008, Anderson was hired to write the screenplay of the American adaptation of My Best Friend, a French film, for producer Brian Grazer.
Anderson's stop motion animation adaptation of the Roald Dahl book Fantastic Mr Fox was released in 2009. The film was praised and nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, although not earning much more than its production budget. Following the critical success of Fantastic Mr. Fox, Anderson made Moonrise Kingdom which opened at the Cannes Film Festival 2012; the film was emblematic of Anderson's style, was a financial success, earned Anderson another Academy Award nomination for his screenplay. Anderson's next film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, starred Ralph Fiennes, Jude Law, F. Murray Abraham, Saoirse Ronan, along with several of his regular collaborators including Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, it is set in the 1930s and follows the adventures of M. Gustave, the hotel's concierge, making "a marvelous mockery of history, turning its horrors into a series of graceful jokes and mischievous gestures", according to The New York Times; the film represented one of Anderson's greatest critical and commercial successes, grossing nearly $175 million worldwide and earning dozens of award nominations, including nine Oscar nominations with four wins.
These nominations included his firs
Paul Thomas Anderson
Paul Thomas Anderson referred to as P. T. Anderson or PTA, is an American filmmaker, his films have been nominated for 25 Academy Awards, winning three for cast and crew. An alumnus of the Sundance Institute, Anderson directed his first feature film, Hard Eight, in 1996, he achieved critical and commercial success with Boogie Nights, set during the Golden Age of Porn. His 2007 film There Will Be Blood, about an oil prospector during the Southern California oil boom, is cited as one of the best films of the 2000s. Anderson's other notable films include Magnolia, Punch-Drunk Love, The Master, Inherent Vice, Phantom Thread. Anderson was born on June 26, 1970, in Studio City, Los Angeles, to Edwina and Ernie Anderson. Ernie was an actor, the voice of ABC and a Cleveland television late-night horror movie host known as "Ghoulardi". Anderson grew up in the San Fernando Valley, he is third youngest of nine children, had a troubled relationship with his mother but was close with his father, who encouraged him to become a writer or director.
Anderson attended a number of schools, including Buckley in Sherman Oaks, John Thomas Dye School, Campbell Hall School, Cushing Academy, Montclair Prep. Anderson was involved in filmmaking from a young age and never had an alternative plan to directing films, he made his first film when he was eight years old and started making movies on a Betamax video camera that his dad bought in 1982 when he was 12 years old. He started using 8 mm film but realized that video was easier, he began writing in adolescence, at 17 years old he began experimenting with a Bolex sixteen millimeter camera. After years of experimenting with "standard fare", he wrote and filmed his first real production as a senior in high school at Montclair Prep using money he earned cleaning cages at a pet store; the film was a 30-minute mockumentary shot on video called The Dirk Diggler Story, about a pornography star. Anderson attended Santa Monica College before enrolling and spending two semesters as an English major at Emerson College where he was taught by David Foster Wallace, only two days at New York University before he began his career as a production assistant on television films, music videos and game shows in Los Angeles and New York City.
Feeling that the material shown to him at film school turned the experience into "homework or a chore", Anderson decided to make a 20-minute film that would be his "college". For $20,000, made up of gambling winnings, his girlfriend's credit card, money his father set aside for him for college, Anderson made Cigarettes & Coffee, a short film connecting multiple story lines with a twenty-dollar bill; the film was screened at the 1993 Sundance Festival Shorts Program. He decided to expand the film into a feature-length film and was subsequently invited to the 1994 Sundance Feature Film Program. At the Sundance Feature Film Program, Michael Caton-Jones served as Anderson's mentor. While at the Sundance Feature Film Program, Anderson had a deal with Rysher Entertainment to direct his first full-length feature, retitled Hard Eight. Upon completion of the film, Rysher re-edited it. Anderson, who still had the workprint of his original cut, submitted the film to the 1996 Cannes Film Festival, where it was accepted and screened in the Un Certain Regard section.
Anderson managed to get his version released but only after he retitled the film, raised the $200,000 necessary to finish it. Reilly contributed the funding; the version, released was Anderson's and the acclaim from the film launched his career. The story concerns Sydney Brown, an experienced gambler who takes John Finnegan under his wing, while John becomes romantically involved with a troubled waitress; the film featured Philip Seymour Hoffman as an arrogant gambler, beginning a five-film collaboration between the pair. In his review of the film, Chicago Sun-Times critic Roger Ebert wrote, "Movies like Hard Eight remind me of what original, compelling characters the movies can sometimes give us."Anderson began working on the script for his next feature film during his troubles with Hard Eight, completing the script in 1995. The result was Anderson's breakout for the drama film Boogie Nights, based on his short film The Dirk Diggler Story and is set in the Golden Age of Porn; the film follows a nightclub dishwasher who becomes a popular pornographic actor under his stage name Dirk Diggler.
The script was noticed by New Line Cinema's president, Michael De Luca, who felt "totally gaga" reading it. It was released on October 10, 1997 and was a critical and commercial success; the film revived the career of Burt Reynolds, provided breakout roles for Wahlberg and Julianne Moore. After the film's production, Reynolds refused to star in Anderson's third film Magnolia. At the 70th Academy Awards, the film was nominated for three Academy Awards, including for Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Screenplay. After the success of Boogie Nights, New Line told Anderson that he could do whatever he wanted for his next film and granted him creative control. Though Anderson wanted to make a film, "intimate and small-scale", the script "kept blossoming"; the resulting film was the ensemble piece Magnolia, which tells the sto
Lucy (2014 film)
Lucy is a 2014 English-language French science fiction action film written and directed by Luc Besson and produced by his wife Virginie Besson-Silla for his company EuropaCorp. The film was shot in Taipei and New York City, it stars Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Choi Min-sik, Amr Waked. Johansson portrays the titular character, a woman who gains psychokinetic abilities when a nootropic drug is absorbed into her bloodstream; the film was released on July 25, 2014, became a box office success, grossing more than $463 million, 11 times the budget of $40 million. It received positive, but polarizing, critical reviews. Although praise was given for its themes and Johansson's performance, a number of critics found the plot nonsensical its focus on the ten percent of the brain myth and resulting abilities. Lucy is a 25-year-old American woman studying in Taipei, Taiwan, she is tricked into working as a drug mule by her new boyfriend Richard, whose employer, Mr. Jang, is a Korean mob boss and drug lord.
Lucy delivers a briefcase to Mr. Jang containing paperwork, but it contains four packets of CPH4, a valuable synthetic drug. After seeing Richard shot and killed, she is captured and a bag of the drug is forcibly sewn into her abdomen and that of three other drug mules who will transport the drug for sale in Europe. While Lucy is in captivity, one of her captors kicks her in the stomach, breaking the bag and releasing a large quantity of the drug into her system; as a result, she begins acquiring enhanced physical and mental capabilities, such as telepathy, mental time travel, the ability not to feel pain. Her personality changes into a more ruthless and emotionless one, she kills off her escapes. Lucy travels to the nearby Tri-Service General Hospital to get the bag of drugs removed from her abdomen; the bag is removed and Lucy is told by the operating doctor that natural CPH4 is a volatile substance produced in minute quantities by pregnant women during their sixth week of pregnancy to provide fetuses with the energy to develop.
Lucy is fortunate to have survived with such a large amount introduced into her body. Sensing her growing physical and mental abilities, Lucy returns to Mr. Jang's hotel, kills his bodyguards, assaults Mr. Jang, telepathically extracts the locations of the three remaining drug mules from his brain. At her apartment, Lucy begins researching her condition and contacts well-known scientist and Professor Samuel Norman whose research may be the key to saving her. After Lucy speaks with Professor Norman and provides proof of her developed abilities, she flies to Paris and contacts a local police captain, Pierre Del Rio, to help her find the remaining three packets of the drug. During the plane ride, she starts to disintegrate as her cells destabilize from consuming a sip of champagne, which made her body inhospitable for cellular reproduction. Only by consuming more CPH4 is she able to hold off her total disintegration, her powers continue to grow, leaving her able to telepathically incapacitate armed police and members from the Korean drug gang.
With the help of Del Rio, Lucy hurries to meet Professor Norman. Alongside Professor Norman and his colleagues, she agrees to share everything she now knows after Professor Norman points out that the main point of life is to pass on knowledge, something for which she now possesses an infinite capacity. Jang and the mob want the drug and a gunfight ensues with the French police. In the professor's lab, Lucy discusses the nature of time and life and how people's humanity distorts their perceptions, she tells the scientists and of existence. At her urging, she is intravenously injected with the contents of all three remaining bags of CPH4, her body begins to change into a bizarre black substance which behaves like nanites, spreading over computers and other electronic objects in the lab, as she transforms these into an unconventionally shaped, next-generation supercomputer that will contain all of her enhanced knowledge of the universe. She begins a spacetime journey into the past reaching the oldest discovered ancestor of mankind, implied to be Lucy.
She touches fingertips with her goes all the way to the beginning of time and witnesses the Big Bang. Meanwhile, back in the lab, after an M136 AT4 anti-tank weapon destroys the door, Jang enters and points a gun at Lucy's head from behind, he shoots, but in the instant before the bullet strikes, Lucy reaches 100% of her cerebral capacity and disappears, moving into the spacetime continuum. Only her clothes, Louboutin shoes, the black supercomputer are left behind. Del Rio fatally shoots Jang. Professor Norman takes a star-filled black highly advanced, flash drive offered by the advanced supercomputer, after which the computer disintegrates. Del Rio asks Professor Norman where Lucy is after which Del Rio's cell phone sounds and he sees a text message: "I am everywhere." With an overhead shot, Lucy's voice is heard stating "Life was given to us a billion years ago. Now you know what to do with it." Scarlett Johansson as Lucy Miller, an unwilling drug mule, accidentally dosed with a drug that activates a myriad of pre-encoded genetic conscious capabilities:The role of Lucy called for "an actress who could be believable as vulnerable, as well as superpowered, when her exposure to an illicit substance inadvertently makes her acquire incredible skills."
Impressed by Johansson's discipline, Besson considered her for the role, stating that she was precise and professional, he "enjoyed the way she talked about the film." He said, "She was excited for the right reason, which wa
Under the Skin (2013 film)
Under the Skin is a 2013 science fiction film directed and co-written by Jonathan Glazer, loosely based on the 2000 novel by Michel Faber. It stars Scarlett Johansson as an otherworldly woman; the film premiered at Telluride Film Festival on 29 August 2013. It was released in the UK on 14 March 2014 and the United States on 4 April 2014. Glazer developed Under the Skin for over a decade. Most characters were played by non-actors, many scenes were filmed with hidden cameras. With a total worldwide gross of £5.2 million, Under the Skin was a box office failure. It received positive reviews for Johansson's performance, Glazer's direction, Mica Levi's score, it was named one of 2014's best films by several publications. It ranks 61st on the BBC's 100 Greatest Films of the 21st Century list. In Glasgow, a motorcyclist retrieves an inert young woman from the roadside and places her in the back of a van, where a naked woman dons her clothes. After buying clothes and make-up at a shopping centre, the woman drives the van around Scotland, picking up men.
She lures a man into a dilapidated house. As he undresses, following the woman into a void, he is submerged in a liquid abyss. At a beach, the woman attempts to pick up a swimmer, but is interrupted by the cries of a drowning couple; the swimmer rescues the husband, but the husband rushes back into the water to save his wife and both drown. As the swimmer lies exhausted on the beach, the woman strikes his head with a rock, drags him to the van, drives away, ignoring the couple's distraught baby; that night, the motorcyclist retrieves the swimmer's belongings, ignoring the baby, still on the beach. The woman picks up another man. At the house, he is submerged in the liquid. Suspended beneath the surface, he sees the swimmer floating naked beside him, alive but bloated and immobile; when he reaches to touch him, the swimmer's body collapses and a red mass empties through a trough. The next day, the woman receives, she listens to a radio report about the missing family from the beach. The woman seduces a lonely man with facial disfigurement but lets him leave after examining herself in a mirror.
The motorcyclist intercepts the man and bundles him into a car sets out in pursuit of the woman with three other motorcyclists. In the Scottish Highlands, the woman abandons the van in the fog, she attempts to eat cake, but retches and spits it out. At a bus stop, she meets a man. At his house, he prepares a meal for her and they watch television. Alone in her room, she examines her body in a mirror, they visit a ruined castle, where the man helps her down some steps. At his house, they kiss and begin to have sex. Wandering in a forest, the woman meets a commercial logger and shelters in a bothy, she awakes to find the logger molesting her. She runs into the wilderness but he catches and attempts to rape her; as the woman extricates herself from her skin, the man burns her alive. Elsewhere, the motorcyclist stands on a mountaintop, either aware of the woman's death or oblivious. Director Jonathan Glazer decided to adapt Michel Faber's novel Under the Skin after finishing his debut film Sexy Beast, but work did not begin until he had finished his second film, Birth.
Glazer's producer James Wilson sent him a script that adapted the novel. But I still wanted to make the book a film."Glazer and co-writer Milo Addica replaced by Walter Campbell, spent several years writing and rewriting the story. They conceived an elaborate high-budget film, produced a script about two aliens disguised as husband-and-wife farmers. Brad Pitt was cast as the husband. Glazer decided to make a film that represented an alien perspective of the human world and focused only on the female character, he and Campbell deleted every scene in their script that did not involve her and deleted the elaborate special effects sequences, a process Glazer likened to "a big, extravagant rock band turning into PJ Harvey". The film removes the character names. Whereas the novel is explicit that the main character is an alien processing humans for meat, the film is more ambiguous. Glazer shot commercials while the film was in pre-production, which he used to "sketch" ideas and test equipment. Under the Skin was jointly financed by Film4 Productions, the British Film Institute, Scottish Screen, Silver Reel, FilmNation Entertainment.
Glazer secured final backing after cutting the elaborate special effects scenes from the script. Gemma Arterton, Eva Green, January Jones, Abbie Cornish and Olivia Wilde were considered for the lead. In 2015, Arterton stated that she had been Glazer's first choice but the film had needed a bigger star to get funding; the role went to Scarlett Johansson, who remained committed to the project for four years before it reached completion. Johansson was well known for her roles in blockbuster films such as the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise. Glazer said: "It made a great deal of sense to
Inherent Vice (film)
Inherent Vice is a 2014 American neo-noir film directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, adapted from the novel of the same name by Thomas Pynchon. The cast includes Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Eric Roberts, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio del Toro, Jena Malone, Joanna Newsom, Jeannie Berlin, Maya Rudolph, Michael K. Williams and Martin Short; the film follows Larry "Doc" Sportello, a stoner hippie and private investigator in 1970, embroiled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld while investigating three cases interrelated by the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend and her wealthy boyfriend. Anderson's adaptation of Inherent Vice had been in development since 2010, it is Anderson's second collaboration with Phoenix, following The Master, involves a number of his other recurring collaborators, including producers Daniel Lupi and JoAnne Sellar, cinematographer Robert Elswit, editor Leslie Jones, composer Jonny Greenwood. Inherent Vice premiered at the New York Film Festival on October 4, 2014, began a limited theatrical release in the United States on December 12, 2014.
Critical reception was divided. The film was nominated for a number of awards, including two Academy Awards and a Best Actor Golden Globe Award for Phoenix; the National Board of Review named it one of the ten best films of the year. Some critics have said. In 2016, it was voted the 75th best film since 2000 in an international critics' poll. In 1970, Shasta Fay Hepworth visits the beach house of her ex-boyfriend, Larry "Doc" Sportello, a private investigator and hippie in Gordita Beach, Los Angeles County. Shasta tells him about her new lover, Michael Z. "Mickey" Wolfmann, a wealthy real estate developer. She asks Doc to help prevent Mickey's wife and her lover from having Mickey abducted and committed to an insane asylum. Doc meets with a member of the Black Guerrilla Family. Khalil hires Doc to find Glen Charlock, a member of the Aryan Brotherhood he met in jail, who now owes him money and is one of Wolfmann's bodyguards. Doc visits Mickey's Channel View Estates project and enters the only business in the developing strip mall, a massage parlor, where he meets an employee, Jade.
Doc searches the premises for Charlock. He surrounded by policemen. Doc is interrogated by Det. Christian F. "Bigfoot" Bjornsen of the LAPD, learns that Wolfmann has disappeared. He is helped by his attorney, Sauncho Smilax, who arranges for his release by the LAPD. Doc is hired by former heroin addict Hope Harlingen, looking for her missing husband, Coy, she was told that Coy was dead, but she believes he is alive due to a large deposit to her bank account. Coy seeks out Doc and says he is hiding at a house in Topanga Canyon. In a second meeting, he reveals he is a police informant and fears for his life, only wanting to return to his wife and daughter. Jade leaves a message for Doc, apologizing for setting him up with the police and telling him to "beware the Golden Fang." He meets her in an alley, where she explains that the Golden Fang is an international drug smuggling operation. Doc talks to Sauncho, who gives him information about a suspicious boat called the "Golden Fang" and tells him that, the last time the ship sailed, it was with Shasta on board.
Thanks to a postcard from her, Doc finds a large building shaped like a golden fang and meets dentist Dr. Rudy Blatnoyd. Bigfoot calls tells him that Blatnoyd has just been found dead with fang bites in his neck. Bigfoot decides to help Doc about Coy and tells him to search for Puck Beaverton in Chryskylodon, an asylum run by a cult connected to the Golden Fang. There, Doc finds Mickey, being watched by the FBI. Mickey tells Doc he felt guilty for the negativity his real-estate business has caused and wants to give away his money, he appears to be a happy member of the cult. When Doc returns home to his beach house, he is greeted by Shasta, who has returned and is indifferent to the trouble her disappearance has caused, she confesses that she was brought along as inherent vice. She and Doc have sex. Penny, an assistant district attorney with whom Doc was having a fling, provides him with confidential files from which he learns that the loan shark Adrian Prussia is paid by the police department to kill people for them and that one of his victims was Bigfoot's former partner.
Prussia is tied to the Golden Fang and Doc learns that Glen Charlock was involved with a deal, how he ended up dead. Doc visits Adrian, noticing his obsession with baseball bats, but is abducted and drugged by his partner Puck, he manages killing both Puck and Adrian. Bigfoot appears and rescues him, but after being driven home by Bigfoot, Doc learns that he has been set up: Bigfoot has planted heroin in his car. Doc arranges for the drugs to be returned to the Golden Fang in exchange for Coy's freedom. Doc and Shasta ride in a car going to an unknown destination, it was first reported in December 2010. Anderson adapted the entire 384-page novel sentence by sentence which made it easier for him to cut down the script than the novel. By February 2011, Anderson had written a first draft and was more than halfway done with a second draft; the first draft was written without a narrator but the character of Sortilège was turned into the voice of the narrato
Julianne Moore is an American actress and children's author. Prolific in film since the early 1990s, she is known for her portrayals of troubled women in both independent and Hollywood films, has received many accolades, including the Academy Award for Best Actress. After studying theatre at Boston University, Moore began her career with a series of television roles. From 1985 to 1988, she was a regular in the soap opera As the World Turns, earning a Daytime Emmy Award for her performance, her film debut was in Tales from the Darkside: The Movie, she continued to play small roles for the next four years, including in the thriller The Hand That Rocks the Cradle. Moore first received critical attention with Robert Altman's Short Cuts, successive performances in Vanya on 42nd Street and Safe continued this acclaim. Starring roles in the blockbusters Nine Months and The Lost World: Jurassic Park established her as a leading lady in Hollywood. Moore received considerable recognition in the late 1990s and early 2000s, earning Oscar nominations for Boogie Nights, The End of the Affair, Far from Heaven and The Hours.
In the first of these, she played a 1970s pornographic actress, while the other three featured her as an unhappy, mid-20th century housewife. She had success with the films The Big Lebowski, Hannibal, Children of Men, A Single Man, The Kids Are All Right, Crazy, Stupid and won several awards for her portrayal of Sarah Palin in the television film Game Change. Moore went on to give an Academy Award-winning performance as an Alzheimer's patient in Still Alice and was named Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival for Maps to the Stars, she appeared in the final two films of The Hunger Games series and starred in the spy film Kingsman: The Golden Circle. In addition to acting, Moore has written a series of children's books about a character named "Freckleface Strawberry", she is married to director Bart Freundlich. Moore was born Julie Anne Smith on December 3, 1960, at the Fort Bragg army installation in North Carolina, the oldest of 3 siblings, her father, Peter Moore Smith, a paratrooper in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, attained the rank of colonel and became a military judge.
Her Scottish mother, was a psychologist and social worker from Greenock, who emigrated to the United States in 1951 with her family. Moore has a younger sister, Valerie Smith, a younger brother, the novelist Peter Moore Smith; as Moore is half-Scottish, she claimed British citizenship in 2011 to honor her deceased mother. Moore moved around the United States as a child, due to her father's occupation, she was close to her family as a result, but has said she never had the feeling of coming from one particular place. The family lived in multiple locations, including Alabama, Texas, Nebraska, New York, Virginia, Moore attended nine different schools; the constant relocating made her an insecure child, she struggled to establish friendships. Despite these difficulties, Moore remarked that an itinerant lifestyle was beneficial to her future career: "When you move around a lot, you learn that behavior is mutable. I would change, depending on where I was... It teaches you to watch, to reinvent, that character can change."When Moore was 16, the family moved from Falls Church, where Moore had been attending J.
E. B. Stuart High School, to Frankfurt, where she attended Frankfurt American High School, she was clever and studious, a self-proclaimed "good girl", she planned to become a doctor. She had never considered performing, or attended the theatre, but she was an avid reader and it was this hobby that led her to begin acting at the school, she appeared in several plays, including Tartuffe and Medea, with the encouragement of her English teacher, she chose to pursue a theatrical career. Moore's parents supported her decision, but asked that she train at university to provide the added security of a college degree, she was accepted to Boston University and graduated with a BFA in Theatre in 1983. Moore moved to New York City after graduating, worked as a waitress. After registering her stage name with Actors' Equity, she began her career in 1985 with off-Broadway theatre, her first screen role came in an episode of the soap opera The Edge of Night. Her break came the following year. Playing the dual roles of half-sisters Frannie and Sabrina Hughes, she found this intensive work to be an important learning experience, she said of it fondly: "I gained confidence and learned to take responsibility."
Moore performed on the show until 1988, when she won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Ingenue in a Drama Series. Before leaving As the World Turns, she had a role in the 1987 CBS miniseries I'll Take Manhattan. Once she had finished the soap opera, she turned to the stage to play Ophelia in a Guthrie Theater production of Hamlet opposite Željko Ivanek; the actress returned intermittently to television over the next three years, appearing in the TV movies Money, Murder, The Last to Go, Cast a Deadly Spell. In 1990, Moore began working with stage director Andre Gregory on a workshop theatre production of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya. Described by Moore as "one of the most fundamentally important acting experiences I had", the group spent four years exploring the text and giving intimate performances to friends. In 1990, Moore made her cinematic debut as a mummy's victim in Tales from the Darksid
Mr. Turner is a 2014 biographical drama film based on the last 25 years of the life of painter J. M. W. Turner. Written and directed by Mike Leigh, the film stars Timothy Spall in the title role, with Dorothy Atkinson, Paul Jesson, Marion Bailey, Lesley Manville, Martin Savage, it premiered in competition for the Palme d'Or at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, where Spall won the award for Best Actor and Dick Pope received a special jury prize for the film's cinematography. The film was critically acclaimed and received four nominations each at the 87th Academy Awards and 68th British Academy Film Awards. Describing Turner as "a great artist: a radical, revolutionary painter", writer/director Leigh explained, "I felt there was scope for a film examining the tension between this mortal, flawed individual, the epic work, the spiritual way he had of distilling the world"; the film depicts the last quarter-century of the British painter J. M. W. Turner's life. Profoundly affected by the death of his father, loved by his housekeeper, Hannah Danby, whom he takes for granted and uses sexually, he forms a close and loving relationship with a seaside landlady, Mrs. Booth, with whom he lives incognito in Chelsea, where he dies.
Turner travels, stays with the country aristocracy, visits a brothel, is a popular if anarchic member of the Royal Academy of Arts, has himself strapped to the mast of a ship so that he can paint a snowstorm, is both celebrated and reviled by the public and by royalty. Mr. Turner was filmed in several locations around the UK. Margate was not used to represent Turner's Margate, but the production visited Kent to shoot a couple of scenes. HMS Gannet in the Historic Dockyard Chatham was used in the scene where Turner has himself strapped to the mast of a sailing ship during a storm. Stangate Creek doubled as the Thames when Turner and his friends are rowed along the Thames and discuss HMS Victory toast HMS Temeraire. Mr. Turner had its premiere at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, where it competed for the Palme d'Or, with Spall winning Best Actor and Dick Pope winning the Vulcan Award. Entertainment One released the film in the United Kingdom on 31 October 2014. Sony Pictures Classics handled the United States distribution, with a release date of 19 December 2014.
It was screened in the Special Presentations section of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. The film was leaked by the hacker group "Guardians of Peace" onto peer-to-peer file sharing websites on 27 November 2014, more than three weeks ahead of its intended U. S. theatrical release, as part of the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack. Along with it came Fury and three other unreleased Sony Pictures films. Within three days of the initial leak, an estimated 63,379 unique IPs had downloaded Mr. Turner. Mr. Turner received wide praise from critics. Spall's performance was lauded, along with Pope's cinematography. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a "Certified Fresh" rating of 97%, based on 183 reviews, with an average score of 8.4/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Led by a masterful performance from Timothy Spall and brilliantly directed by Mike Leigh, Mr. Turner is a superior Hollywood biopic." On Metacritic, the film has a score of 94 out of 100 based on 44 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".
Critic Katie Kilkenny of The Atlantic called it "a gorgeous, important film". Observer critic Mark Kermode described the film as a "portrait of a man wrestling light with his hands as if it were a physical element: tangible, corporeal". Slate reviewer Dana Stevens wrote, "Writing about Mr. Turner a few weeks after seeing it, I feel a craving to be again immersed in its world, rich with colors, and, it sometimes seems, smells"; the consonance between the film and its subject was addressed by Sir Nicholas Serota, director of the Tate Galleries in England: “Mike Leigh and Timothy Spall’s great achievement is showing us how the artist approached the physical business of painting. But they convey the spirit of a man whose reputation as a curmudgeon is unwarranted, given his passionate interest in people and the world around him. There is a great humanitarian streak in Turner and Mike Leigh has found a way of capturing this on film, as he has done so before.”Matt Zoller Seitz of RogerEbert.com gave the film three and a half out of four stars, writing that like Leigh's 1999 film Topsy-Turvy, about the creation of Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera The Mikado, " understands creative people on every conceivable level, translates that understanding with a deftness seen outside of astute documentaries about creative people.
To watch it is to feel as though you're a part of its world... experiencing tiny fluctuations in received wisdom and sudden changes of artistic direction that can only be sensed by professionals who are plugged into their art form, in command of their talents." Official Website Mr. Turner on IMDb Mr. Turner at AllMovie Mr. Turner at Metacritic Mr. Turner at Box Office Mojo Mr. Turner at Rotten Tomatoes