The Sportsmen's Lodge is a hotel located on Ventura Boulevard in Studio City, Los Angeles, California. Operating under various names since the 1880s, the Sportsmen's Lodge is a San Fernando Valley landmark and remains a popular spot for celebrations and public events. Located in the heart of the Valley's studio district, the Sportsmen's Lodge was a popular gathering spot for cast and crew in old Hollywood, including Clark Gable, Bette Davis, John Wayne, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn; the original Sportsmen's Lodge opened in the 1880s before the movie business existed and before Studio City had its name. A history of Studio City published by the Studio City Sun describes the Lodge as an "enduring symbol of lost rural Valley life." The Sun notes that the site has had many owners since the 1880s but was "always a geographic crossroads for travelers because of its proximity to the river, the canyons, watering holes created by a natural artesian spring." In the days before freeways were built across the Valley, "all traffic passed along Ventura Boulevard’s two dirt lanes in the sparsely populated Valley, and'when people were starting to take road trips, this was an oasis at the end of the road.'"In the first half of the 20th century, the Sportsmen's Lodge was known for its trout-fishing lake where families came to catch and eat their own dinners, cooked courtesy of the lodge's restaurant.
In the 1910s, the Lodge was called "Hollywood Trout Farms" and was described as "a ramshackle collection of huts." The ponds were augmented with man-made lakes in the 1920s, fish were grown and delivered from as far as Las Vegas and San Luis Obispo. From the late 1930s until the end of World War II, it was known as "Trout Lakes"; the Sportsmen's Lodge became the place to hang out for cast and crew members working at the nearby Republic Studios. The heart of Republic Studios was its B-westerns, many western-film leads, including John Wayne, Gene Autry, Rex Allen, Roy Rogers, became stars at Republic. Movie posters signed by Hollywood cowboys who stayed there still hang on the walls of the Lodge's coffee shop; some of Hollywood's remaining silver screen cowboys still gather at the Sportsmen's Lodge for the annual Golden Boot and Silver Spur Awards. In 1945, the property was renamed the Sportsmen’s Lodge, a formal restaurant and cocktail lounge were added. Guests were given rods and bait to make dinner.
Clark Gable, Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis and John Wayne are reported to have taught their kids how to fish at the Lodge's trout ponds. According to one account, the Lodge's trout ponds "drew luminaries such as Tallulah Bankhead, Lena Horne, Bette Davis, Joan Blondell, who baited hooks with liverwurst and drank martinis as waiters served dinner on white tablecloths; when celebrities such as Clark Gable frequented the Lodge, rates were $9 for a single room and $25 for a suite. A small pier adjacent to the restaurant catered to celebrities; the pier was said to be Clark Gable's favorite fishing spot, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall were regulars. Syndicated entertainment columnist Ron Miller wrote that the "venerable" Sportsmen's Lodge was his favorite Valley hangout. Miller wrote about the old days at the Lodge when character actor Jack Elam had a luxury suite on the top floor while working on the movie "Easy Street". Miller recalled that Elam was a drinking man and "mornings were not his best time."
On one occasion, Elam walked into the Lodge's coffee shop with a bewildered look on his face. "He'd forgotten. I remember him telling the waitresses he was pretty sure it was parked,'Somewhere in the valley.'" According to Miller, one "well-seasoned" waitress coddled Elam through breakfast and assured him: "That's all right, Darlin'. We'll help you find it after breakfast. Now you'd better eat something, Jack."As the San Fernando Valley grew in the years after World War II, the urban sprawl sprung up around the Sportsmen's Lodge and its trout fishing lakes. In 1962, the modern Sportsmen's Lodge Hotel was built adjacent to the original lodge; when the hotel was built, the lakes became home to a family of swans and some of the Valley's first fine dining establishments, frequented by legendary Hollywood stars. According to the Studio City Sun, the Los Angeles Health Department ended the era of fishing at the Lodge when the 1971 San Fernando earthquake diverted the natural spring; the Sportsmen's Lodge has a long history of celebrity guests.
In a 2007 article on "Where the A-listers lay low," Newscorp described the Sportsmen's Lodge as "a pleasant and unpretentious establishment." General manager Steve Scheck noted, "There are always some stars who need to stay at the most expensive, fanciest places, but others just want to be comfortable and feel at home." Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn were visitors, former Beach Boy Brian Wilson likes to lounge by the Olympic pool. Other celebrities known to have stayed or hung out at the Sportsmen's Lodge include Marlon Brando, Doris Day, Gene Autry, Tim McGraw, David Lee Roth, Billy Bob Thornton, Randy Travis, Trisha Yearwood. For several years, noted salsa promoter Albert Torres operated a salsa club at the Sportsmen's Lodge, frequented by celebrities including Vanessa L. Williams and Randa Haines. During the 2000 Democratic National Convention, the delegations from the states of New Hampshire and Mississippi stayed at the Sportsmen's Lodge; the Sportsmen's Lodge remains a popular location for events and lodging.
Motion pictures and TV shows are shot around the waterfalls, lily ponds and gazebos, recording stars and their entire road crews stay. One writer recentl
Because of Winn-Dixie (film)
Because of Winn-Dixie is a 2005 American family comedy-drama film adapted from Kate DiCamillo's 2000s book of the same name, with the screenplay written by Joan Singleton, produced by Trevor Albert and directed by Wayne Wang. It was released by 20th Century Fox; the role of Winn-Dixie was played by a rare breed from France. It stars AnnaSophia Robb, Jeff Daniels, Cicely Tyson, Luke Benward, Dave Matthews, Eva Marie Saint, Courtney Jines, BJ Hopper, Nick Price, Elle Fanning, Harland Williams and John McConnell; the film premiered at the USA Film Festival on January 26, 2005 and was theatrically released on February 18, 2005. It earned $33,589,574 on a $14 million budget; because of Winn-Dixie was released on DVD and VHS in August 9, 2005, by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. 10-year-old India Opal Buloni has just moved to the fictional small town of Naomi, Florida with her father, a preacher. While in the Winn-Dixie supermarket, she encounters a scruffy Berger Picard, wreaking havoc. Opal claims that it is her dog and names it "Winn-Dixie".
Winn-Dixie becomes friends with everyone he encounters, so Opal makes some new friends in the process. She rekindles her relationship with her father, learns ten things about her mother, who abandoned them seven years ago. Opal describes the preacher as a turtle, always sticking his head into his turtle shell, never wanting to come out into the real world; this is most because of how sad he is about her mother, with whom he is still in love. One of the people Opal meets is Miss Franny Block, a kind and somewhat eccentric elder librarian, who tells her many great stories, including one involving a bear. Opal meets Gloria Dump, a blind recovering alcoholic with a tree in her backyard that has beer bottles hanging from it, she calls it a'mistake tree' and the bottles represent the ghosts of all the things she has done wrong. One day, fed up with Winn-Dixie, the landlord of the Bulonis' trailer park, Mr. Alfred, orders the preacher to get rid of the dog; the preacher calls the animal pound to take Winn-Dixie away, but Opal begs her father to keep her dog.
Unable to see his daughter this upset, the preacher tells the pound to return Winn-Dixie, claiming that he is not the same dog he called about. Opal gets a job at Gertrude's Pets and befriends a worker there, Otis, a shy ex-convict with a passion for music, she meets a young girl named Sweetie Pie Thomas, eager to get a dog like Winn-Dixie. A thunderstorm comes and Winn-Dixie, being pathologically afraid of thunderstorms, runs away. While Opal looks for him, her father wants to give up and she blames him for the loss of her mother and Winn-Dixie running away, but her father explains that he tried hard to look for her mother. He admits that he believes that she is never coming back, they go back to a party and Otis starts to sing a song on his guitar. Winn-Dixie is heard outside howling along to the song. Everyone, while singing, welcomes him back. AnnaSophia Robb as India Opal Buloni Jeff Daniels as "The Preacher", Opal's father, Mr. Buloni Cicely Tyson as Gloria Dump Luke Benward as Steven "Stevie" Dewberry Dave Matthews as Otis Eva Marie Saint as Ms. Franny Block Courtney Jines as Amanda Wilkinson BJ Hopper as Mr. Alfred Nick Price as Dunlap Dewberry Elle Fanning as Sweetie Pie Thomas Harland Williams as Policeman John McConnell Michael Jeter as Store Manager Becca Lish as Gertrude the Parrot Lyco and Scott as Winn-Dixie The movie based on the book was released in 2005.
It was directed by Wayne Wang. It stars AnnaSophia Robb as India Opal Buloni, Jeff Daniels as "The Preacher", Opal's father, Mr. Buloni, Cicely Tyson as Gloria Dump, Luke Benward as Steven "Stevie" Dewberry, Dave Matthews as Otis, Eva Marie Saint as Ms. Franny Block, Courtney Jines as Amanda Wilkinson, BJ Hopper as Mr. Alfred, Nick Price as Dunlap Dewberry, Elle Fanning as Sweetie Pie Thomas, Harland Williams as Policeman, John McConnell as Store Manager, Becca Lish as Gertrude the Parrot, two dogs and Scott as Winn-Dixie; the film was shot on location in Napoleonville, Louisiana, USA. To make sure both dogs got on well with AnnaSophia Robb, who played Opal, she was brought in early to get acquainted with the dogs and give them treats. By the time shooting started, they considered her a "safe" area. Winn-Dixie was played by a rare breed from France; the DVD extra "Diamond in the Ruff" shows the two principal dogs and Lyco, but producer Trevor Albert mentions at 18:00 and 40:26 in the DVD feature commentary that, in all, four dogs were used.
At 00:36 in AnnaSophia Robb's commentary "Meet Winn-Dixie" she mentions that the stunt dog Tasha jumped over the flour. The film's mouse was played by a rat; the choice was made because while a mouse would have been preferable, rats are much easier to train. Director Wayne Wang wanted to use Picardy Shepherds because he thought they looked similar to the depiction of Winn-Dixie on the book cover and would appear familiar to its readers. Dogs were brought from France when none were available in the U. S.. The film, like the book, is set in Naomi, Florida though it was filmed in Louisiana; the police car and uniform emblems depict the state of Florida rather than the state of Louisiana. The bunny that Ottis hands Opal is a Netherlands Dwarf, they only get to be between 8 inches long. The last name of Opal and her dad, Buloni, is shown on a si
Walk the Line
Walk the Line is a 2005 American biographical drama romance film directed by James Mangold. The screenplay, written by Mangold and Gill Dennis, is based on two autobiographies authored by singer-songwriter Johnny Cash—Man in Black: His Own Story in His Own Words and Cash: The Autobiography; the film follows Cash's early life, his romance with June Carter, his ascent to the country music scene. It stars Joaquin Phoenix as Cash, Reese Witherspoon as Carter, Ginnifer Goodwin as Cash’s first wife Vivian Liberto, Robert Patrick as Cash's father. Walk the Line previewed at the Telluride Film Festival on September 4, 2005, went into wide release on November 18; the film was nominated for five Oscars at the 78th Academy Awards, including Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Costume Design. The film grossed more than $186 million worldwide. In 1968, as an audience of inmates at Folsom State Prison cheer for Johnny Cash's band, he waits backstage near a table saw, reminding him of his early life. In 1944, Johnny known as J.
R. is raised on a cotton farm in Dyess, Arkansas with his brother Jack, father Ray, mother Carrie. J. R. is known for his singing of hymns. While Jack is sawing wood for a neighbor with a table saw, J. R. goes fishing until he is reprimanded by his father for wandering off. Both J. R. and Ray return home to see Jack dying after being injured by the saw in an accident. In 1950, J. R. enlists in the Air Force as Johnny Cash, is stationed in West Germany. He purchases a guitar, in 1952, finds solace in writing songs, one of which he develops as "Folsom Prison Blues". After his discharge, Cash marries his girlfriend, Vivian Liberto; the couple moves to Memphis, where Cash works as a door-to-door salesman to support his growing family. He walks past a recording studio. Cash's band auditions for the owner of Sun Records. After they play "Folsom Prison Blues", the band receives a contract, launch to stardom at the beginning of the rock and roll era; the band begins touring as the Tennessee Two. On tour, Johnny meets June Carter.
Cash begins spending more time with June, who divorces Carl Smith. After his attempt to woo June fails, Cash starts abusing drugs and alcohol. After his behavior reaches a bottom during a performance with June, they separate. Over Vivian's objections, Johnny persuades June to come out of semi-retirement, tour with him; the tour is a success. After one performance in Las Vegas and June sleep together; the next morning, she notices Johnny taking pills, doubts her choices. At that evening's concert, upset by June's apparent rejection, behaves erratically, passes out on stage. June disposes of Johnny's drugs, begins to write "Ring of Fire", describing her feelings for him and her pain at watching him descend into addiction. Returning to California, Cash travels to Mexico to purchase more drugs, is arrested. Cash's marriage to Vivian implodes. Trying to reconcile with June, Johnny purchases a large house near a lake in Hendersonville, his parents and the extended Carter family arrive for Thanksgiving, at which time Ray dismisses his son's achievements and behavior.
After the meal, June's mother encourages her daughter to help Cash. He goes into detox and wakes with June. Though not married, the two begin spending most of their time with each other. Cash discovers, he proposes to Columbia Records. Despite Columbia's doubts, Cash says that he will perform, his label can use the tapes if they wish. At the Folsom Prison concert, Cash says that he has been sympathetic to prisoners, explaining that his arrest for drug possession helped him to relate to them. With this success, Cash embarks on a tour with his band. On the bus, he stops to talk with June and proposes to her. At the next concert, June says. Cash performs "Ring of Fire" on stage. After the song, Cash invites June to a duet and stops in the middle, saying he cannot sing "Jackson" any more unless June agrees to marry him. June accepts and they share a passionate embrace on stage; the film has its origins in a 1993 episode of Medicine Woman. That year, Cash was a guest star on the show, where he and June Carter became friends with Jane Seymour, the star of the show, Seymour's husband James Keach, directing the episode.
By the mid-1990s, Cash had asked Keach to make a film of his life. In 1997, the interviews had been the basis of a screenplay written by Gill Dennis, with input from Keach. Mangold and his wife, producer Cathy Konrad, developed the script for Sony, by 2001, they had a script they thought they could pitch to a studio. Sony and others turned it down; the film was in part based on two autobiographies, both of which were optioned: Man in Black and Cash: The Autobiography, though the film "burrows deep into painful territory that Mr. Cash explored."Phoenix met Cash months before hearing about the film. When Phoenix read the script, he fel
Dreamer (2005 film)
Dreamer is a 2005 American sports drama film written and directed by John Gatins in his directorial debut. The film stars Kris Kristofferson, Elisabeth Shue and Dakota Fanning, it is inspired by the true story of an injured Thoroughbred racehorse named Mariah's Storm. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 10, 2005 and was theatrically released on October 21, 2005 by DreamWorks Pictures; the film received mixed to positive reviews from critics, earned $38 million on a $32 million budget. It received a Critics' Choice Award nomination for Best Family Film. Ben, a horse trainer who takes his work seriously, neglects his precocious daughter while he pours his heart into the care of the horses that he trains. Determined to make good on her father's overdue promise, Cale prods him to take her along to work and succeeds. One morning, a horse named Soñador falls during a race, injuring herself so badly that Ben's boss, demands the horse be put down. Having Cale along, Ben instead strikes a bargain with Palmer and becomes the owner of the wounded horse.
With no job and facing foreclosure on his property, he decides to breed Soñador. Cale, having fallen in love at first sight with Soñador, begins to sneak out to the barn at night to see her, she sneaks over to see her grandfather,'Pop', Ben's dad, who loves teaching his granddaughter about horses. They go to another farm to pick out a stallion to breed with Soñador. Ben's father gives Ben some money to use to breed, Ben reluctantly takes it, but before they can breed, the vet finds out she is unable to have a foal. After, Cale hears her father tell her mother, that Soñador has ruined them because she cannot have a foal. Lily responds that Soñador is the best thing that has happened to them, alluding to the fact that Ben is spending much-needed time with Cale. Frustrated, Ben says that if Cale wasn't there the day when Soñador was hurt, he would have let her be put down. Hurt after hearing the conversation, Cale saddles Soñador. Not knowing of Cale's plan, Ben enters the barn; the door slams behind him, a startled Soñador bolts out of the barn with Cale hanging on for dear life.
Ben sets out after them. This incident begins to cement the newly forming bond between daughter, they realize that Soñador is fast and decide to race her. After the race she is claimed, Cale is angry at her father for entering the horse in a claiming race. At a parent-teacher night, Ben reads a story that Cale wrote about a king and his horse, he realizes how much their family needs Soñador, he buys her back with money from his father. Cale decides to race Soñador in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, with Manny, Ben's colleague, as the jockey, they get into the race, which they win. Kurt Russell as Benjamin "Ben" Crane Dakota Fanning as Cale Crane Kris Kristofferson as Pop Crane Elisabeth Shue as Lillian "Lilly" Crane David Morse as Everett Palmer Freddy Rodríguez as Manolin Vallarta Luis Guzmán as Balon Oded Fehr as Prince Sadir Ken Howard as William "Bill" Ford Holmes Osborne as Doc Fleming The movie is loosely inspired by the story of the mare Mariah's Storm, she was a promising filly, being pointed towards the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies in 1993 but broke her cannon bone.
She recovered and won some graded stakes races. She finished ninth, she was owned by Thunderhead Farms and trained by the father and son team of Don Von Hemel and Donnie K. Von Hemel, she is now known for being the dam of Giant's Causeway. In the movie, when Cale and Ben go to Ashford Stud to check out the studs, the stallions they are naming, such as Fusaichi Pegasus, Giant's Causeway, Mariah's Storm and Grand Slam, are real horses who stand at Ashford. However, the actual stallions were not used in filming. Stand-ins were placed in their stalls instead. In the scene where Sonya is considered for the Breeder's Cup, Prince Sadir says that his horse "Rapid Cat is sired by Storm Cat, the best sire in the world." Coincidentally, Mariah's Storm was bred to Storm Cat. While doing research in Kentucky, the director/writer came upon a vet who told him about a racehorse who miraculously made a comeback after a serious injury, he loosely based the script on this story. Before being picked up by DreamWorks, the script was presented to Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros, but both declined.
Director John Gatins was told that if he could get Dakota Fanning in the lead role his movie would get a green-light. He went to see Fanning's agent and got the young actress to sign on; the role of Cale Crane was written for a boy, the role was changed so that Dakota Fanning could play it. The first script, sent to Fanning had the word "boy" in the character description. To produce the soundtrack, an advance showing of this film was shown to a number of recording artists, who were asked to submit ideas for theme songs. Bethany Dillon's song. After the movie, Kurt Russell bought Dakota Fanning a real Palomino horse; the film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 10, 2005 and released theatrically on October 21, 2005 by DreamWorks Pictures. It was released on VHS and DVD on March 21, 2006. Dreamer received mixed to positive reviews from critics. On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a ratin
Maureen Dragone was an American journalist and author. She was one of the longest-standing members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association which presents the annual Golden Globe Awards. In 1978 she founded the Young Artist Association. Dragone was born Maureen Laing in Arizona, she moved to North Hollywood, Los Angeles with her parents at the age of 10 and attended North Hollywood High School. Her father, Canadian World War I veteran, Captain Alfred Benson Laing, was a builder and writer for trade journals, her mother, Nora Laing, was an entertainment correspondent for numerous international publications and co-founder of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Discussions regarding the formation of the HFPA, which presented the first annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony in 1944, are said to have taken place at the dining room table in her childhood home. Dragone wrote for numerous international newspapers and magazines and was said to have interviewed hundreds of celebrities throughout the course of her career.
She was a member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for more than 50 years and was regarded as the "recognized historian" of the HFPA. In 2005, Dragone authored the book Who Makes the Golden Globes Go Around? which chronicled the history of the HFPA and its annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony. Prior to her death in 2013, she was the only living HFPA member to have attended all 70 Golden Globes ceremonies and was bestowed with an honorary "lifetime membership" to the association. In 1978, Dragone founded the Youth in Film Association, which presents Hollywood's annual Young Artist Awards to recognize and honor outstanding contributions of child stars working within the entertainment industry who might otherwise be overlooked for other industry awards when judged alongside their adult counterparts; the association sponsors the Young Artist Foundation which grants scholarships to young performers who may be physically and/or financially challenged, enabling them to attend a performing arts school of their choice.
As of 2013, the Young Artist Awards and the Young Artist Foundation scholarship fund are still presented annually. Dragone lived in North Hollywood, Los Angeles for the majority of her life and was married to Michael Dragone until his death in 1986, she had two children. She had three grandchildren. In 1987, Dragone became the companion of Dan Kitchel, whom she would remain with for the next 25 years, until her death in 2013. In one of her final statements, Dragone was quoted as saying, "I did everything that I wanted to do, did it my way." Dragone died on February 2013 at a hospice in Los Angeles following a brief illness. After her death, a statement was posted on the HFPA's Golden Globes website, which read, "She will be missed, was loved by so many people." The Young Artist Association that she founded announced its plans to feature a memorial tribute at the 34th Annual Young Artist Awards ceremony in her honor. Young Artist Awards official website
26th Young Artist Awards
The 26th Young Artist Awards ceremony, presented by the Young Artist Association, honored excellence of young performers under the age of 21 in the fields of film and television for the year 2004, took place on April 30, 2005 at the Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City, Los Angeles, California. Established in 1978 by long-standing Hollywood Foreign Press Association member, Maureen Dragone, the Young Artist Association was the first organization to establish an awards ceremony set to recognize and award the contributions of performers under the age of 21 in the fields of film, television and music. ★ Bold indicates the winner in each category. ★ Jamie Bell - Undertow - MGM/UA Liam Aiken - Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events - Paramount/DreamWorks Rory Culkin - Mean Creek - Paramount Classics Freddie Highmore - Finding Neverland - Miramax Bobby Preston - Motocross Kids - Tag Ent. ★ Emmy Rossum - The Phantom of the Opera - Warner Bros. Emily Browning - Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events - Paramount/DreamWorks Dakota Fanning - Man on Fire - 20th Century Fox Carly Schroeder - Mean Creek - Paramount Classics Alexa Vega - Sleepover - MGM ★ Devon Alan - Undertow - MGM/UA Cameron Bright - Birth - New Line Cinema Hunter Gomez - National Treasure - Disney Malcolm David Kelley - You Got Served - Sony Pictures C. J. Sanders - Ray - Universal ★ Kallie Flynn Childress - Sleepover - MGM Shelbie Bruce - Spanglish - Columbia Hannah Pilkes - The Woodsman - Newmarket Films Sarah Steele - Spanglish - Columbia Kristen Stewart - Undertow - MGM/UA ★ Luke Spill - Finding Neverland - Miramax Ian Hyland - Spanglish - Columbia ★ Raquel Castro - Jersey Girl - Miramax Kara and Shelby Hoffman - Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events - Paramount/DreamWorks ★ Finding Neverland - Miramax Freddie Highmore, Joe Prospero, Nick Roud and Luke SpillMotocross Kids - Tag EntertainmentJosh Hutcherson, Bobby Preston, Alexa Nikolas and Wayne DalglishSleepover - MGMSara Paxton, Mika Boorem, Sean Faris, Scout Taylor-Compton, Kallie Flynn Childress, Brie Larson, Evan Peters, Hunter Parrish, Douglas Smith, Katija Pevec, Eileen April Boylan and Ryan Slattery ★ Yannick van de Velde - In Oranje Katie Boland - Some Things That Stay Marc Donato - The Blue Butterfly Jean-Baptiste Maunier - Les Choristes Andrea Rossi - Le Chavi di Casa Yūya Yagira - Nobody Knows ★ Madison Ford - Swan Dive - Voyager Films Will Bell - 17 Inch Cobras - Independent Jillian Clare - Chasing Daylight - AFI Jason Dolley - Chasing Daylight - AFI Megan McKinnon - Samantha's Art - Independent Hailey Anne Nelson - 17 Inch Cobras - Independent ★ Cody Arens - Plainsong - CBS Dan Byrd -'Salem's Lot - TNT David Dorfman - A Wrinkle in Time - ABC Dominic Scott Kay - Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus - Hallmark Anton Yelchin - Jack - Showtime ★ Danielle Panabaker - Searching for David's Heart - ABC Family April Mullen - Cavedweller - Showtime Keke Palmer - The Wool Cap - Hallmark Hayden Panettiere - Tiger Cruise - Disney Channel AnnaSophia Robb - Samantha: An American Girl Holiday - WB Shailene Woodley - A Place Called Home - Hallmark ★ Joseph Marrese - Lives of the Saints - CTV Alexander Conti - When Angels Come to Town - CBS Zac Efron - Miracle Run - Lifetime Brock Everitt-Elwick - The Lost Prince - PBS Mick Hazen - Plainsong - CBS Daniel Williams - The Lost Prince - PBS ★ Olivia Ballantyne - Samantha: An American Girl Holiday WB Genevieve Buechner - Family Sins - CTV Bianca Collins - Tiger Cruise - Disney Channel Dani Goldman - The Kids Who Saved Summer - Showtime Miriam McDonald - She's Too Young - Lifetime ★ Jack DeSena - All That - Nickelodeon ★ Logan Lerman - Jack & Bobby - WB Tyler Hoechlin - 7th Heaven - WB Jamie Johnston - Wild Card - Lifetime Malcolm David Kelley - Lost - ABC Jesse McCartney - Summerland - WB Romeo Miller - Romeo!
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Joshua Ryan Hutcherson is an American actor and producer. Hutcherson began his acting career in the early 2000s and appeared in several commercials and minor film and television roles before landing his first major role in 2002 in the pilot episode of House Blend, his first film role was in Miracle Dogs on Animal Planet, followed by a motion-capture performance in The Polar Express and a voice-acting role in Howl's Moving Castle. Hutcherson's other early film appearances include Little Manhattan and Zathura: A Space Adventure, RV, Bridge to Terabithia, Journey to the Center of the Earth, The Kids Are All Right. In 2011, he landed the leading role of Peeta Mellark in the box office record-setting film series The Hunger Games, released annually from 2012 to 2015, for which he won three MTV Movie Awards and a People's Choice Award. During the same period he played a lead role in Journey 2: The Mysterious Island and a voice role in the animated film Epic. Throughout his career, Hutcherson has expressed an interest in producing.
He has served as an executive producer in Detention, The Forger and Escobar: Paradise Lost, while playing a lead role in each film. He is heavily involved in the gay–straight alliance chapter called "Straight But Not Narrow". Born in Union, Kentucky, on October 12, 1992, Hutcherson is the elder son of Michelle, a former Delta Air Lines employee who now assists with Josh's career, Chris Hutcherson, an analyst for the United States Environmental Protection Agency, his parents, who were born and raised in Kentucky, met in high school in Dry Ridge. He has Connor. Hutcherson's interest in acting developed as a child despite his parents' concerns about the profession. According to the actor himself, he had "loved the entertainment industry" from the age of four, his father said that his son was compelled to perform for people from a young age, possessing a personality that attracted people's attention. His mother said that he "bugged us so much" into becoming an actor, but believed it was a phase he was going through and would grow out of.
Aged eight, Hutcherson went through the yellow pages and contacted an acting agency. In January 2002, he and his mother met acting coach Bob Luke, who travelled from New York City to Kentucky to meet them. Luke advised them to begin auditioning Hutcherson for TV pilots. At the time, his only acting experience had been in a Kroger television commercial and a Vacation Bible School training film. For three years and his mother lived in Los Angeles' Oakwood apartments, a housing community that accommodates young child actors and their families. Most of Hutcherson's childhood was spent on film sets rather than in a classroom, he attended New Haven Elementary School in Union until he began his career at the age of nine, after which he began homeschooling, with his mother as his teacher. He returned to Kentucky to attend Ryle High School for one semester. Hutcherson played on the high school's soccer team and has been a keen sports enthusiast since displaying a passion for football and tennis. At the age of 13, he participated in a triathlon.
He said of his schooling experiences, "I know it's something kids have to deal with every single day but getting up at the same time every day and having to listen to teachers talk about things I could learn so much more on my own, I hated it." After moving to Hollywood in 2002, Hutcherson appeared in various television commercials. He landed his first major acting role as Nicky Harper in the 2002 pilot episode of House Blend, followed by minor roles in an episode of ER and the pilot episode of Becoming Glen; the following year, he played leading role Charlie Logan in the television film Miracle Dogs, released on Animal Planet. The film, Hutcherson's first, received a 79 percent approval rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes; that year, he starred opposite Peter Falk and Tim Daly in the television film, Wilder Days, playing Falk's grandson who accompanies him on a turbulent road trip. Daly was impressed with the young Hutcherson. He's a good actor, he's smart and confident in himself." Hutcherson's next role was as a boy dressed as Robin in his first feature film appearance, the well-reviewed independent film American Splendor, which won the grand jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
His character in 2004's fantasy film The Polar Express, young Hero Boy, was created by motion-capture of his facial expressions and body movements. The film received mixed reviews from critics. In the animated fantasy film Howl's Moving Castle, he voiced the character of Markl, working alongside two other lead characters Christian Bale and Billy Crystal. All of his dialogue for the film was recorded in about eight consecutive hours. In 2005, Hutcherson appeared in several Hollywood films while trying to establish himself in the industry, he portrayed the minor role of Bucky Weston in the comedy Screaming. In 2005's Little Manhattan, he had a lead role alongside Connor. Stella Papamichael of the BBC approved of his performance, saying that "Hutcherson's delivery is spot-on, showing a keen instinct for self-effacing humor that would make Woody Allen feel that bit more inadequate", but Variety columnist Brian Lowry felt that Hutcherson "might have looked cute on the page, but with his Linus voice the language and tone feel natural."
He next appeared in a lead role in Jon Favreau's Zathura: A Space Adventure, which he enjoyed filming owing to the number of special effects and stunts he was involved wit