Sir Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis is an English actor who holds both British and Irish citizenship. Born and raised in London, he excelled on stage at the National Youth Theatre, before being accepted at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, which he attended for three years. Despite his traditional training at the Bristol Old Vic, he is considered to be a method actor, known for his constant devotion to. He often remains completely in character for the duration of the schedules of his films. He is one of the most selective actors in the industry, having starred in only five films since 1998. Protective of his life, he rarely gives interviews and makes very few public appearances. He starred in My Beautiful Laundrette, his first critically acclaimed role and he assumed leading man status with The Unbearable Lightness of Being. He was nominated in category for In the Name of the Father. He has won four BAFTA Awards for Best Actor, three Screen Actors Guild Awards and two Golden Globe Awards, in November 2012, Time named Day-Lewis the Worlds Greatest Actor.
In June 2014, he received a knighthood at Buckingham Palace for services to drama, Day-Lewis was born in Kensington, the son of poet Cecil Day-Lewis and English actress Jill Balcon. Day-Lewiss mother was Jewish, and his maternal great-grandparents Jewish families emigrated to England from Latvia and his maternal grandfather, Sir Michael Balcon, was the head of Ealing Studios. Living in Greenwich, Day-Lewis found himself among tough South London children and he mastered the local accent and mannerisms and credits that as being his first convincing performance. Later in life, he has known to speak of himself as very much a disorderly character in his younger years, often in trouble for shoplifting. In 1968, Day-Lewiss parents, finding his behaviour to be too wild, at the school, he was introduced to his three most prominent interests, woodworking and fishing. The transfer led to his debut at the age of 14 in Sunday Bloody Sunday in which he played a vandal in an uncredited role. He described the experience as heaven, for getting paid £2 to vandalise expensive cars parked outside his local church, for a few weeks in 1972, he and his parents and sister lived at Lemmons, the north London home of Kingsley Amis and Elizabeth Jane Howard.
Cecil Day-Lewis had cancer and Howard invited the family to Lemmons as a place they could use to rest, Cecil died there in May that year. Leaving Bedales in 1975, Day-Lewiss unruly attitude had diminished and he needed to make a career choice, although he had excelled on stage at the National Youth Theatre in London, he applied for a five-year apprenticeship as a cabinet-maker, but was rejected due to lack of experience
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Donnersmarck was born in 1973 in Cologne, West Germany, into the aristocratic Roman Catholic Henckel von Donnersmarck family, and grew up in New York City, Brussels and West Berlin. He is fluent in English, French, Russian and he holds a Master of Arts degree in Philosophy and Economics at New College, and a diploma in Film Directing from the University of Television and Film of Munich. Henckel von Donnersmarck is married to Christiane Asschenfeldt, former International Executive Director of Creative Commons and they have three children and currently live in Los Angeles. In 1977, while living as a child in New York and he expected to see Doctor Dolittle but was exposed instead to the German melodrama Varieté. He cites this experience as the start of his interest in film and his first short film, broke the school record for the number of awards won by a student production. It became an international sensation, and Donnersmarck travelled the festival circuit for over a year. His next film, The Tourist, which Donnersmarck re-wrote and completed in under 11 months, was a thriller starring Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp.
The film was nominated for three Golden Globes, Best Musical or Comedy, Depp for Actor Musical or Comedy and Jolie for Actress Musical or Comedy and it won three Teen Choice Awards nominations of which it won two. The film grossed US$278.3 million at the box office. In 2007, Donnersmarck was one of 115 new members to be invited to join AMPAS, in a 2010 interview with The Guardian, director Howard Davies named Donnersmarck as the artist he most admired. René Pollesch wrote a play, LAffaire Martin, which poked fun at von Donnersmarck. According to Pollesch, the directors attended a performance and came backstage to say they liked it. After meeting him at the Davos World Economic Forum, Jay Nordlinger, writing for the National Review, described Donnersmarck as one of the most impressive people on the planet. Other honourees included Duns Scotus, William of Ockham, Erasmus of Rotterdam, Saint Thomas More, John Locke, Christopher Wren, Adam Smith, Lawrence of Arabia, Oscar Wilde and living university alumni Rupert Murdoch, Bill Clinton and Stephen Hawking.
For the cover of the 2011 Prospectus, Oxford University named 100 streets in Oxfords historical centre after these graduates, upper Oxpens Road was renamed in the prospectus for Florian Henckel von Donnersmark. The Lives of Others and Contemporary German Film, A Companion, Das Drehbuch - ein Drama für die Leinwand. Drehbuchanalyse am Beispiel von Florian Henckel von Donnersmarcks Das Leben der anderen, henkel von Donnersmarck, Industrielle, Oscar-Preisträger. A list of publications, including many articles Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck at the Internet Movie Database Biography, in German Films Quarterly photographs of Donnersmarck on official site Interview Archived 10 February 2007 at the Wayback Machine
Brook Busey-Maurio, better known by the pen name Diablo Cody, is an American screenwriter, author, memoirist and exotic dancer. She first became known for her candid chronicling of her year as a stripper in her The Pussy Ranch blog and in her memoir Candy Girl, A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper. She is known for creating and producing Showtimes television series United States of Tara and for writing and producing the films Jennifers Body, for the latter, she received a second nomination for the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay. Her directorial debut, was released on October 18,2013, Cody and her older brother Marc were born and raised in Lemont, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. She is the daughter of Pam and Greg Busey and her mother is of Italian descent and her father is of British ancestry. Cody was raised Catholic and attended Benet Academy, a Roman Catholic school in Lisle and she took the pen name Diablo Cody after repeatedly listening to the song El Diablo by Arcadia while passing through Cody, Wyoming.
She graduated from the University of Iowa with a media studies degree, while at the University of Iowa, she worked in the acquisitions department in the main university library. Her first jobs were doing work at a Chicago law firm. Cody began a blog called Red Secretary, detailing the exploits of a secretary living in Belarus. The events were thinly-veiled allegories for events that happened in Codys real life and her first bona fide blog appeared under the nickname Darling Girl after she had moved from Chicago to Minneapolis, Minnesota. On a whim, Cody signed up for amateur night at a Minneapolis strip club called the Skyway Lounge, having enjoyed the experience, she eventually quit her day job to become a full-time feminist stripper. Cody spent time working peep shows at Sex World, a Minneapolis adult novelty, while still stripping, Cody began writing for City Pages, an alternative Twin Cities weekly newspaper. She left City Pages just before it changed hands, and has since written for the now-defunct Jane magazine.
In December 2007, Cody began writing a column for the magazine Entertainment Weekly, at the age of 27, Cody wrote her memoir Candy Girl, A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper. The memoir began after Mason Novick, who would soon become Codys manager, showed interest in her sharp, based on the popularity The Pussy Ranch had received, he was able to secure her a publishing contract with Gotham Books. After completion of her book, Cody was encouraged by Mason Novick to write her first screenplay, within months she wrote Juno, a coming-of-age story about a teenagers unplanned pregnancy. The Jason Reitman-directed comedy stars Ellen Page and Michael Cera, in July 2007, Showtime announced that it would be producing a pilot of Codys DreamWorks television series, United States of Tara. Based on an idea by Steven Spielberg, Tara is a comedy about a mother with dissociative identity disorder, the series began filming in Spring 2008, and premiered on January 18,2009
Jonathan Stephen Ross, OBE is an English television and radio presenter, film critic, and actor best known for presenting the BBC One chat show Friday Night with Jonathan Ross during the 2000s. Ross hosted his own show on BBC Radio 2. After leaving the BBC, Ross began hosting a new show on ITV. Other regular roles have included being a regular panellist on the sports quiz They Think Its All Over. Ross began his career as a programme researcher, before débuting as a television presenter for The Last Resort with Jonathan Ross on Channel 4 in 1987. Over the next decade he had radio and television roles, many through his own production company. In 1995 he sold his stake in Channel X, and embarked on a career with the BBC. In 1999, Ross took over presenting the Film programme from Barry Norman, for the chat show, Ross won three BAFTA awards for Best Entertainment Performance, in 2004,2006 and 2007. By 2006 Ross was believed to be the BBCs highest paid star, in 2005, Ross was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to broadcasting.
Ross has been involved in throughout his broadcasting career. As a result, in 2008 he wrote a work titled Why Do I Say These Things. Detailing some of his life experiences, Ross has been married to the author and broadcaster Jane Goldman since 1988, they have three children. Ross and Goldman have together established the production company Hotsauce TV. Ross is known as a fan and collector of comic books and memorabilia. Ross is known for his voice, flamboyant style of dress, light-hearted banter. Their mother put all of her children forward for roles in television advertisements, Ross first appeared in a television advertisement for the breakfast cereal Kelloggs Rice Krispies in 1970, when he was 10 years old. He appeared in an ad for the laundry detergent Persil, Ross was educated at Norlington School for Boys, a comprehensive school and at Leyton County High School for Boys, a comprehensive school. He studied Modern European History at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies in London, Ross began his adult career as a researcher on the Channel 4 show Loose Talk
This Is England
This Is England is a 2006 British drama film written and directed by Shane Meadows. The story centres on young skinheads in England in 1983, the films title is a direct reference to a scene where the character Combo explains his nationalist views using the phrase this is England during his speech. In 1983, 12-year-old Shaun gets into a fight at school with a boy named Harvey after he makes a joke about his father. On his way home, Shaun comes across a gang of skinheads led by Woody. They accept Shaun as a member, and he finds a big brother in Woody, while developing a romance with Michelle, known as Smell, Combo, an older skinhead, returns to the group after a prison sentence, accompanied by a knife-wielding moustachioed man called Banjo. A charismatic but unstable individual with sociopathic tendencies, Combo expresses English nationalist and racist views and this leads the group to split, with young Shaun, the belligerent Pukey, and Gadget, who feels bullied by Woody for his weight, choosing Combo over Woodys apolitical gang.
Shaun finds a figure in Combo, who in turn is impressed by. Shaun goes with Combos group to a National Front meeting, after Pukey expresses doubt over their racist and nationalistic politics, Combo throws him out of his group and sends him back to Woody. The gang engages in bigoted antagonism of, among others, shopkeeper Mr. Sandhu, Combo becomes depressed after Lol, Woodys girlfriend, rejects him when he admits that he has loved her since they had sex years before. To console himself, Combo buys cannabis from Milky, the only black skinhead in Woodys gang, Combo enters a frenzied state and brutally beats Milky unconscious, Banjo holds down Shaun, and Meggy watches them on in horror. After defending Milky, Combo angrily throws Shaun out of his flat, when Banjo attempts to hit Milky as well, Combo violently beats him and evicts him and Meggy from the apartment. Horrified at the realisation of what he has done, Combo weeps over Milkys body and Combo take Milky to a nearby hospital. Shaun is shown walking near the beach and throwing his St Georges Flag, the opening fight was filmed at Wilsthorpe Business and Enterprise College, a secondary school in Derbyshire.
Additional scenes such as the docks were filmed in Turgooses home town of Grimsby, Turgoose was 13 at the time of filming. Turgoose had never acted before, had banned from his school play for bad behaviour. The film was dedicated to Turgooses mother, who died of cancer on 29 December 2005, while she never saw the film, the film is set in an unidentified town in the Midlands. Although much of the film was shot on location in Nottingham, a number of feature the towns docks. Similarly, the dialects of the characters are drawn from a wide geographical area
There Will Be Blood
There Will Be Blood is a 2007 American epic historical drama film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Dano. The film was inspired by Upton Sinclairs novel Oil and it tells the story of a silver miner-turned-oilman on a ruthless quest for wealth during Southern Californias oil boom of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Kevin J. OConnor, Ciarán Hinds, and Dillon Freasier are featured in the film, There Will Be Blood received significant critical praise, with the performance of Day-Lewis as Daniel Plainview receiving widespread acclaim. Other qualities of the film, such as its cinematography, direction and it premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival, where it won the Silver Bear Award for Best Director and a Special Artistic Contribution Award for Jonny Greenwoods score. Day-Lewis won Oscar, BAFTA, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, NYFCC and IFTA Best Actor awards for his performance, the film was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, winning Best Actor for Day-Lewis and Best Cinematography for Robert Elswit.
There Will Be Blood is now regarded as one of the greatest films of the 2000s. In 1898, Daniel Plainview, a prospector in New Mexico, in the process of dynamiting the lode, he falls from a broken rung of the tunnel ladder and breaks his leg. He saves a silver sample, climbs out of the mine, in 1902, he discovers oil near Los Angeles and establishes a small drilling company. Following the death of a worker in an accident, Daniel adopts the orphaned son. The boy, named H. W. becomes his business partner. In 1911, Daniel is approached by Paul Sunday, who tells him of an oil deposit under his familys property in Little Boston, Daniel attempts to buy the farm at a bargain price. However, Pauls twin brother and pastor of a church, is aware of his plan. Eli demands $10,000 and states that it is for the church, an agreement is made and Daniel goes on to acquire all the available land in the area, except for one holdout, William Bandy. Oil production begins, but an on-site accident kills a worker, Eli blames the disasters on the well not being properly blessed.
When Eli demands the $5,000 Daniel still owes his family, Daniel beats, at the dinner table, Eli berates his father for trusting Daniel. A man arrives at Daniels doorstep, claiming to be his half-brother, Daniel hires Henry to work for him, and the two grow closer. H. W. sets fire to their house, intending for it to kill Henry, angered by his sons behavior, Daniel sends him away to a school for the deaf in San Francisco, and leaves him on the train by himself. While reminiscing about his childhood, Daniel becomes suspicious of Henry, Henry confesses that he was a friend of the real Henry, who died from tuberculosis
Paul Thomas Anderson
Paul Thomas Anderson known as P. T. Interested in film-making since a young age, Anderson was encouraged by his father to become a filmmaker, in 1993, he wrote and directed a short film titled Cigarettes & Coffee on a budget of $20,000. After he attended the Sundance Institute, Anderson had a deal with Rysher Entertainment to direct his first feature film, Anderson received critical and commercial success for his film Boogie Nights, set during the Golden Age of Porn in the 1970s and 1980s. His third feature, takes place over a day in the San Fernando Valley, following the interconnected lives of several characters in search of happiness. It received strongly positive reviews despite struggling at the box office, in 2002, the romantic comedy-drama Punch-Drunk Love, Andersons fourth feature, was released to generally favorable reviews. The epic drama There Will Be Blood, set in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, released after a five-year absence, it garnered wide acclaim from critics. Andersons sixth film, the drama The Master, was released to critical acclaim and his seventh film, the crime comedy-drama Inherent Vice, based on the novel of the same name by Thomas Pynchon, was released in 2014, to general acclaim.
His eighth film, Junun, is a documentary about the making of an album of the same name, Anderson has been nominated for six Academy Awards over the course of his career, while his works have earned a further fourteen Academy Award nominations for cast and crew. There Will Be Blood has been named by critics as the best film of the 2000s. It ranked, along with The Master and Inherent Vice, Anderson was born June 26,1970, in Studio City, California, to Edwina and Ernie Anderson. Ernie was an actor who was 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, and had a relationship with his mother but was close with his father. Anderson attended a number of schools, including Buckley in Sherman Oaks, John Thomas Dye School, Campbell Hall School, Cushing Academy, Anderson was involved in filmmaking at a young age and never really had an alternative plan to directing films. He made his first movie when he was eight years old and he started using 8 mm film but realized that video was easier.
He began writing in adolescence, and 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 school at Montclair Prep using money he earned cleaning cages at a pet store. Feeling that the material shown to him at film school turned the experience into homework or a chore, the film was screened at the 1993 Sundance Festival Shorts Program. He decided to expand the film into a film and was subsequently invited to the 1994 Sundance Feature Film Program
Royal Opera House
The Royal Opera House is an opera house and major performing arts venue in Covent Garden, central London. The large building is referred to as simply Covent Garden. It is the home of The Royal Opera, The Royal Ballet, originally called the Theatre Royal, it served primarily as a playhouse for the first hundred years of its history. In 1734, the first ballet was presented, a year later, Handels first season of operas began. Many of his operas and oratorios were written for Covent Garden and had their premieres there. The current building is the theatre on the site following disastrous fires in 1808 and 1856. The façade and auditorium date from 1858, the main auditorium seats 2,256 people, making it the third largest in London, and consists of four tiers of boxes and balconies and the amphitheatre gallery. The proscenium is 12.20 m wide and 14.80 m high, the main auditorium is a Grade I listed building. The letters patent remained in the possession of the patentees heirs until the 19th century, in 1728, John Rich, actor-manager of the Dukes Company at Lincolns Inn Fields Theatre, commissioned The Beggars Opera from John Gay.
In addition, a Royal Charter had created a fruit and vegetable market in the area, at its opening on 7 December 1732, Rich was carried by his actors in processional triumph into the theatre for its opening production of William Congreves The Way of the World. Despite the frequent interchangeability between the Covent Garden and Drury Lane companies, competition was intense, often presenting the plays at the same time. Rich introduced pantomime to the repertoire, himself performing and a tradition of seasonal pantomime continued at the modern theatre, in 1734, Covent Garden presented its first ballet, Pygmalion. Marie Sallé discarded tradition and her corset and danced in diaphanous robes, george Frideric Handel was named musical director of the company, at Lincolns Inn Fields, in 1719, but his first season of opera, at Covent Garden, was not presented until 1734. His first opera was Il pastor fido followed by Ariodante, the première of Alcina, there was a royal performance of Messiah in 1743, which was a success and began a tradition of Lenten oratorio performances.
From 1735 until his death in 1759 he gave regular seasons there and he bequeathed his organ to John Rich, and it was placed in a prominent position on the stage, but was among many valuable items lost in a fire that destroyed the theatre on 20 September 1808. In 1792 the architect Henry Holland rebuilt the auditorium, within the shell of the building but deeper and wider than the old auditorium. Rebuilding began in December 1808, and the second Theatre Royal, the Old Price Riots lasted over two months, and the management was finally forced to accede to the audiences demands. During this time, entertainments were varied and ballet were presented, kemble engaged a variety of acts, including the child performer Master Betty, the great clown Joseph Grimaldi made his name at Covent Garden
Katherine Matilda Tilda Swinton is a British actress, performance artist and fashion muse, known for her roles in independent and Hollywood films. She is the recipient of two BAFTA Awards, one BIFA Award, an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and has received three nominations for a Golden Globe Award. She began her career in films directed by Derek Jarman, starting with Caravaggio, followed by The Last of England, War Requiem, Swinton won the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival for her performance as Isabella of France in Edward II. She next starred in Sally Potters Orlando, and was nominated for the European Film Award for Best Actress, Swinton was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for her performance in The Deep End. She followed this with appearances in Vanilla Sky, Young Adam and she starred in the crime drama Julia, I Am Love, and the psychological thriller We Need to Talk About Kevin. Swinton starred in the romantic fantasy drama, Only Lovers Left Alive. She is known for her performances as the White Witch in the Chronicles of Narnia series, Swinton won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance as lawyer Karen Crowder in Michael Clayton.
In 2005, Swinton was given the Richard Harris Award by the British Independent Film Awards in recognition of her contributions to the British film industry, in 2013 she was given a special tribute by the Museum of Modern Art. Swinton was born in London, the daughter of Judith Balfour and her father is a retired major general in the British Army, and was Lord Lieutenant of Berwickshire from 1989 to 2000. Her paternal great-grandfather was a Scottish politician and herald, George Swinton, the Swinton family is an ancient Anglo-Scots family that can trace its lineage to the Middle Ages. The family is one of three families that can trace their unbroken land ownership and lineage to before the Norman Conquest. Swinton attended three independent schools, Queens Gate School in London, the West Heath Girls School and Fettes College for a brief period, West Heath was an expensive boarding school where she was a classmate and friend of Princess Diana. Children need their parents and the parents can provide.
Swinton went to volunteer in Kenya during a break from college with a charity called Project Trust. In 1983, Swinton graduated from New Hall at the University of Cambridge with a degree in Social and Political Sciences, while at Cambridge, she joined the Communist Party, she joined the Scottish Socialist Party. It was in college that Swinton began performing on stage, Swinton joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1984, appearing in Measure for Measure. She worked with the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh, starring in Mann ist Mann by Manfred Karge in 1987, on television, she appeared as Julia in the 1986 mini-series Zastrozzi, A Romance based on the Gothic novel by Percy Bysshe Shelley. Her first film was Caravaggio in 1986, directed by Derek Jarman, Swinton played the title role in Orlando, Sally Potters film version of the novel by Virginia Woolf