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
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
The Greatest Game Ever Played
The Greatest Game Ever Played is a 2005 biographical sports film based on the early life of golf champion Francis Ouimet. The film was directed by Bill Paxton, was his last film as a director. Shia LaBeouf plays the role of Ouimet; the film's screenplay was adapted by Mark Frost from his book, The Greatest Game Ever Played: Harry Vardon, Francis Ouimet, the Birth of Modern Golf. It was shot in Montreal, Canada, with the Kanawaki Golf Club, in Kahnawake, the site of the golf sequences. Set in 1913, the film is about Francis Ouimet, the first amateur to win the U. S. Open. Amateur golf in that era was a sport only for the wealthy, Ouimet came from an immigrant family, part of the working class. Ouimet watches an exhibition by legendary British golf pro Harry Vardon as a 7-year-old boy, becomes interested in golf, he begins as a caddie at The Country Club, a posh enclave located across the street from his home in suburban Brookline, while making friends with the other caddies. He works on his own golf game at every chance, accumulates his own set of clubs.
Francis practices putting at night in his room. He wins the Massachusetts Schoolboy Championship. One day, a Club member, Mr. Hastings, asks Ouimet to play with him over The Country Club course, where caddies have no access of their own, he shoots a fine round of 81 despite a 9 on one hole, his talent and good manners earn admirers and interest. With the help of Mr. Hastings and the Club Caddiemaster, Francis gets a chance to play in an upcoming tournament, the U. S. Amateur, the local qualifying for, to be held at the same Country Club course. However, his father Arthur tells his son to quit golf and get a "real job". Ouimet needs $50 for the entry fee, so agrees to get a real job and never play golf again if he could not qualify. On the 18th, Francis faces a three-foot putt that would secure him a spot in the championship, but he looks over and his father is watching. Ouimet is distracted and falls one stroke short of qualifying for the championship proper. With much jeer from the rich folk, now 20, fulfills his promise to his dad and works at a sporting goods shop, while continuing to live at home.
After some time with his golf forgotten, Ouimet is still at the bottom of the working class. But one day, the president of the United States Golf Association enters the store and invites him to play in the upcoming U. S. Open. After some maneuvering and consideration from his employer, Ouimet secures entry, his father informs Ouimet that he must find his own place to live after the tournament and Ouimet agrees to this arrangement. However, his mother has been supportive of his golf from the start, she admonishes Ouimet's father for not recognizing Ouimet's talent and that he now has a chance to demonstrate it in an important tournament. Ouimet competes in the 1913 U. S. Open that takes place at The Country Club in Brookline, the familiar course located across the street from his home; the favorites are British champions Vardon and Ted Ray, who are accompanied by the snobbish Lord Northcliffe, the reigning U. S. Open champion, John McDermott. Northcliffe looks to see that either Vardon or Ray wins the Open, to affirm British dominance over the Americans in golf, to prove that only gentlemen were able champions.
Ouimet competes with Eddie Lowery, who skips school to caddie for Ouimet. After the first two rounds and Ray have a comfortable lead, with McDermott unable to keep up. After some initial struggles, Ouimet rallies back and ends up tying with Vardon and Ray at the end of the fourth round, meaning that the three of them would compete in an 18-hole playoff to determine the champion; the night before, Northcliffe mocks Ouimet's social status to Vardon, who came from humble beginnings himself, Vardon tells Northcliffe that he is going to try to win only for his own pride, not Britain's and that if Ouimet wins, it will be because of his own skill, not his background. The playoff round commences, with all three competitors keeping it close until the final holes, where Ray fades out, Ouimet ahead of Vardon by a stroke going into the final hole. Vardon finishes with a par. Seeing him become nervous before the final putt, Eddie calms him down, Ouimet is able to make the putt and win the U. S. Open; as the crowd carries him and Eddie on their shoulders, they start to hand him money.
Ouimet refuses only accepting one bill from his now proud father. In the clubhouse, Vardon congratulates Ouimet and suggests that they should play a friendly round together in the future. Ouimet and Eddie walk home, carrying the U. S. Open trophy; the movie shows a dramatic finish in the playoff, with Ouimet sinking a putt on the 18th hole to win the Championship by a single stroke. In reality, Ouimet finished birdie-par on 17 and 18 to Vardon's bogey-double bogey to end the playoff five strokes clear of Vardon and six ahead of Ray; the movie shows the playoff as being in fair weather, moves the rain to the third round. In the movie the historical 17th hole plays as a "dog leg right" when in fact at Brookline Country Club is played as a "dog leg left". Shia LaBeouf as Francis Ouimet Stephen Dillane as Harry Vardon Peter Firth as Lord Northcliffe Elias Koteas as Arthur Ouimet Luke Askew as Alec Campbell Josh Flitter as Eddie LoweryPeyton List as Sarah Wallis Marnie McPhail as Mary Ouimet Len Cariou as Stedman Comstock Michael Sinelnikoff as Lord Bullock Stephen Marcus as Ted Ray Max Kasch as Freddie Wallis Mike'Nug' Nahrgang as Baritone Walter Massey
Q'orianka Waira Qoiana Kilcher is an American actress and activist. She performed as Pocahontas in the 2005 film The New World, Kaʻiulani in Princess Kaiulani. Kilcher was born in Baden-Württemberg, West Germany, her name Q'orianka means "Golden Eagle" in Quechua. Her father is of Quechua-Huachipaeri descent from Peru, her mother, Saskia Kilcher, is a human rights activist of Swiss-German descent, born in Alaska and raised in Switzerland. Q'orianka has two brothers, Kainoa Kilcher and Xihuaru Kilcher, who both work as actors and stunt performers. Kilcher's maternal grandfather was Ray "Pirate" Genet, a Swiss-born mountaineer who immigrated to America, her first-cousin once removed is Grammy-nominated singer Jewel. The founding patriarch of their family in Alaska, Yule Kilcher, was a member of the Alaska Senate and delegate to the Alaskan constitutional conference, from Switzerland; when Kilcher was two years old and her mother moved to Kapaʻa, where her brother Kainoa was born. Her father, from whom she is estranged, was absent for much of her life.
Growing up in Hawaii, Kilcher was inspired by the local culture and started hula dancing at the age of five. She trained in Tahitian dance and West African, as well as ballet, hip hop and modern dance. In 1997, Kilcher won Ballet Hawaii's Young Choreographer Award at age seven, she was selected to compete at the international Tahitian Dance Competition in San Jose, California in 1996 and 1997. She performed in over fifty professional dance performances island wide; as member of the Waikiki Singers, she was chosen to be the Soprano Soloist, performing Schubert's Mass in G and Amahl and the Night Visitors by Gian Carlo Menotti. At the age of six years, Kilcher was the first child to study classical voice at the University of Hawaii with Laurance Paxton, she studied Drama with Bill Ogilvie at the Diamond Head Theater. At six years, her mother booked her at venues as featured singer and opening act to some of Hawaii's greats, such as Willie K. among others. In 1999, her mother moved the family to California.
Kilcher started to showcase her talent busking on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. At the age of nine, Kilcher was cast as Choire, she was 12 when she received a full scholarship to the Musician's Institute in Hollywood, where she studied vocal performance, music theory and song-writing. She is an accomplished Blackbelt in Wushu, Kung Fu and a Stunt performer and has trained at the National Wushu Training Center and Impact Stunts. At 14, Q'orianka portrayed, her performance was critically acclaimed and won her the National Board of Review's best breakthrough performance of 2006, the 2006 Alma Award for best Latin American actress in a feature film, numerous other award nominations. The film was released in December 2005 to mixed reviews; the film was a critical success, receiving several positive reviews and award nominations, but it was shown in only 811 theatres worldwide. It yielded a low box office gross. In the summer of 2006, Kilcher began filming the independent film The Power of Few, which she produced through her own production company, Entertainment On-Q.
She played the title role in the feature film Princess Kaiulani. The film, about the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy, was released in May 2010 to negative reviews. However, Kilcher received positive feedback for her role, with Roger Ebert writing that "she evokes great depth and sympathy in her role and seems to have created Kaiulani from the inside out."In 2009, Kilcher performed in The People Speak, a documentary feature film that uses dramatic and musical performances of the letters and speeches of common people in the U. S. based on historian Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the United States". In 2010, Kilcher played Pinti in the family drama Shouting Secrets; the film won Best Film at the 36th American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco and got Kilcher a nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Kilcher portrayed Kerrianne Larkin, daughter of Chibs Telford and Fiona Larkin, in the television series Sons of Anarchy. In 2011, Kilcher played Tiger Lily in Neverland, a version of the Peter Pan story that aired on the Syfy Channel.
In 2013, Kilcher portrayed Rayen in Running Deer, an award-winning short film produced and directed by Brent Ryan Green through Toy Gun Films. Kilcher has made a commitment to environmental activism, she speaks on behalf of causes to achieve what she regards as environmental justice and basic human rights. Traveling to speak at youth events and universities, Kilcher has been a featured keynote speaker for organizations such as Amnesty International, the International Forum on Globalization, Amazon Watch IFIP and the United Nations panel discussions titled "Indigenous Peoples: Human Rights and Development with Identity," in collaboration with the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, she lends her celebrity and energy as spokeswoman and supporter to several international and national NGOs and organizations such as Youth Ambassador Amnesty International, AIDESEP, Interethnic Association for the Development of the Peruvian Rainforest Federations, the Community School for the Arts foundation and Thursdays Child Turning The Tides, Save Americas Forests, IDEM and is a spokesperson for the American Literacy Campaign.
Working with the National Endowment For the Arts on their "The Big Read" ca
Zathura: A Space Adventure
Zathura: A Space Adventure is a 2005 American science fiction adventure film directed by Jon Favreau and loosely based on the illustrated book Zathura by Chris Van Allsburg, author of Jumanji. The film stars Jonah Bobo, Dax Shepard, Kristen Stewart and Tim Robbins; the story revolves around brothers Walter and Danny Budwing, who play a mysterious board game they find in the basement of their house. The game teleports Walter and their older sister Lisa into outer space where they encounter an astronaut, who mentors the siblings on survival and finishing the game so they can return home; the film was shot in Los Angeles and Culver City and was released on November 11, 2005 by Columbia Pictures. Unlike the book, the film mentions no Jumanji events; the film was marketed as a spiritual successor with variations of the tagline, "A new adventure from the world of Jumanji". Despite positive reviews from critics, the film was a box office flop. Walter and his younger brother Danny do not get along with each other or their cantankerous older sister, Lisa.
While their divorced father is away at work and Lisa, whom he left in charge, is napping, Danny discovers an old space-themed board game called "Zathura" in the basement. He convinces Walter to play the game with him, the goal of, to become the first player to reach the final space on the board; each turn, a player turns a key and presses a button, causing the board to move the player's piece a random number of spaces and spit out an event card. When Danny's first turn causes a meteor shower inside the living room and Danny realize playing the game has altered reality; the boys discover. Lisa, unaware of the situation, wakes up and begins preparing for her date that evening, but is frozen stiff when another card turns the bathroom into a cryonic chamber. Walter concludes the only way to end the return everything to normal is to win the game; as they continue to play and Danny must overcome the dangers presented by the game cards, including the appearance of a defective robot, passing too close to a Sun-like planet and an attack on the house by a race of reptilian aliens called Zorgons.
Another of Danny's turns produces an astronaut, who methodically eliminates the house's heat sources. He tells Walter to blow out the pilot light on the furnace, but Walter does not blow it out, out of fear of getting attacked by the robot; the astronaut lures the Zorgons' ship away by ejecting the boys' father's couch after setting it on fire. Walter asks the astronaut to leave. Growing agitated, Walter accuses Danny of cheating by moving his piece prematurely. On Walter's next turn, he receives a card that allows him to make a wish resulting in another falling out between the boys; the astronaut warns Walter not to make a wish out of anger. Fearing the worst, he is relieved to discover that Walter wished for an autographed football, he explains that he and his brother had played the game fifteen years before, he wished his brother had never existed, causing him to be stuck in the game without a second player. Lisa awakens from her stasis, still oblivious to the situation, turns up the heat; this causes the Zorgons to anchor their ships to the house.
Lisa discovers their predicament, the four hide upstairs, but realize they left the game behind. The astronaut uses the house's dumbwaiter to lower Danny to retrieve the game. Danny is seen by the Zorgons. Walter uses a "Reprogram" card he drew earlier to fix the malfunctioning robot, who attacks the Zorgons instead, the aliens retreat. Walter receives another wish card; the astronaut reveals he is Walter, commends his younger self for making a better choice than he did fifteen years ago of his timeline, the astronaut and the alternate Danny merge with their counterparts as the future changes. The Zorgons return to the house with a large fleet, intent on destroying it. Danny makes a final move, landing on Zathura, wins, creating a black hole that sucks up the Zorgon fleet and the house; the siblings awaken in the house as it was before the brothers started the game, just as their father arrives home. Their bond renewed, they promise to each other to not tell anyone about the game and their adventure.
After they leave with their mother, Danny's bicycle, orbiting their house, falls from the sky. Josh Hutcherson as Walter Budwing Dax Shepard as Adult Walter / The Astronaut Jonah Bobo as Danny Budwing Kristen Stewart as Lisa Budwing Tim Robbins as Mr. Budwing John Alexander as Robot Frank Oz as the voice of Robot Derek Mears as Lead Zorgon Douglas Tait as Head Zorgon Jeff Wolfe as Master Zorgon Adam Wills as Captain Zorgon Director Jon Favreau preferred to use practical effects instead of Computer generated imagery in the film, he said, "it's so fun to shoot real spaceships or have a real robot running around on the set, or real Zorgons built by Stan Winston. It gives the actors young actors, so much to work off of". Dax Shepard, who plays the astronaut, said he would not have been interested in doing the film if the effects had been CGI-based. Actor Kristen Stewart enjoyed the on-set effects, saying, "When we harpooned walls and ripped them out, w
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
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