Sara Paxton is an American actress and singer known for her role as Mari Collingwood in the horror film The Last House on the Left. She grew up in California and began acting at an early age, appearing in many minor roles in both films and television shows, before rising to fame in 2004, after playing the title role in the television series Darcy's Wild Life and Sarah Borden in Summerland. Paxton's other films include Aquamarine, Return to Halloweentown, Sydney White, Superhero Movie and The Innkeepers. In 2017, Paxton had a guest appearance in David Lynch's Twin Peaks revival series, in 2018 portrayed Donna Rice in the film The Front Runner. An only child, Paxton was born in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, the daughter of Lucia and Steve Paxton, her mother was born to a Jewish family in Monterrey and raised in Ciudad Acuña. Paxton's father is of English and Scottish descent and converted to Judaism upon marrying her mother. Both her parents are dentists. Paxton's father is distantly related to the late actor Bill Paxton.
During her childhood, Paxton put on shows and wanted to perform, sometimes dressing up in costume and coming to school as a particular character. She grew up in the San Fernando Valley, choosing to attend a public high school instead of accepting home-schooling. Paxton graduated from El Camino Real High School in June 2006. Paxton has said that attending college was "very important" to her because "it is important to expand your mind." In 2006, Paxton applied to the University of Southern California's film studies program. She has noted that she would like to major in business administration with a minor in history and to start a production company. Paxton delayed plans to attend college, because every time she lined up a class schedule she was offered another movie. In a 2009 interview with TeenHollywood, Paxton indicated that she had been accepted to several schools and attended New York University, but she made the decision not to go and had no immediate plans of attending college. Paxton has said that singing and acting "went hand in hand" during her early years, though she began working as an actress, appearing in musical theater and in television commercials at a young age.
Her first film role was a small role in Liar Liar. During the late 1990s and early 2000s, she appeared in a number of television and film roles, including a role on the soap opera Passions, regular roles on the series Greetings from Tucson and Action, a guest starring role on the Disney Channel show, Lizzie McGuire starring Hilary Duff playing an ex-president of Lizzie's school. In 2003, Paxton starred in R. L. Stine's Haunted Lighthouse, a short 3-D film attraction that still plays at several theme parks across the United States, she appeared as Lana on CSI: Miami and as Marnie Piper in Return to Halloweentown. Paxton's first major role was in the teen film Sleepover, which opened in July 2004 to negative reviews and low box office revenue. Paxton was subsequently cast in the lead role of the Discovery Kids television series, Darcy's Wild Life, playing Darcy Fields, a girl who works at a rural veterinary. Paxton received an Emmy nomination for the role in 2006. In 2005, Paxton spent three months working on the Florida-themed Aquamarine, in which she played the title character as a mermaid, opposite Emma Roberts and JoJo, whom she befriended while filming.
Paxton has said that she felt a sense of "female empowerment" while on set because "almost everyone" on set was female. The film opened on March 3, 2006 and grossed $7.5 million in its opening weekend. Reviewers of the film compared Paxton, whose inspiration is Goldie Hawn, to actress Reese Witherspoon, saying that she has an "infectious, nutty energy." Paxton recorded a song for the film's soundtrack titled "Connected", an English version of the Mexican group RBD's song Tenerte y Quererte from their 2004 album Rebelde. Paxton hosted The Secret Life of Water, the first episode of the series Planet H2O, which premiered in April 2006 on public television stations. In May of the same year, she made an appearance on the television series Pepper Dennis, playing a teen actress. Paxton, who sees herself as an "evolving actress," appeared in Return to Halloweentown, replacing Kimberly J. Brown in the fourth installment in Disney Channel's Halloweentown series; the film aired on October 20, 2006. During the summer and early fall of 2006, Paxton filmed The Party Never Stops: Diary of a Binge Drinker, a Lifetime Television film, in Vancouver Island.
In the film, she plays a college student who falls victim to binge drinking. Paxton has described it as "very different" from her previous roles, has specified that she was looking for a role that would be a "challenge"; the film aired in March 2007. Paxton's next film role was in Sydney White, a college-set comedy starring Amanda Bynes and Matt Long, she next starred in Superhero Movie, a parody on superhero films which began filming in September 2007 and was released on March 28, 2008. She provided backing vocals on her co-star Drake Bell's theme song for the movie Superhero! Song. Paxton starred in the remake of The Last House on the Left, playing Mari; the film opened
Silver Pictures is an American film production company founded by Hollywood producer Joel Silver during 1980. The Silver Pictures logo called The Chip, is modeled on a block pattern that Frank Lloyd Wright designed for the exteriors of the legendary Storer House in Los Angeles. Silver has been a lifelong aficionado of Frank Lloyd Wright and has worked many of Wright's works within both Silver Pictures and Dark Castle Entertainment. All pre-Universal Pictures deal films are distributed by Warner Bros.. In 2012, Joel Silver and Warner Bros. ended their 25-year production and distribution relationship. This is due to Silver growing upset with how Warner Bros. had been handling the marketing and releasing of the films his company produced. Despite having split and Warner Bros. co-produced The Nice Guys four years later. That same year, Joel Silver and Universal Pictures struck a 5-year marketing and distribution deal, starting with the Liam Neeson action thriller Non-Stop on February 28, 2014. Universal Pictures will not be a production partner with Silver Pictures, only a distributor.
Three years after Silver finalized Silver Pictures 5-year marketing and distributing deal, the veteran producer connected with Canadian financier Daryl Katz. Founder and Chairman of the Katz Group of Companies, one of Canada's largest owned enterprises, Daryl Katz holds operations in pharmaceuticals and entertainment and real estate; the two can together to create a slate of digital projects and television. Hal Sadoff, longtime packaging and finance agent, will serve as Chief Executive Officer of Silver Pictures Entertainment. Sadoff left ICM in 2012. Before Silver's connection with Katz, Silver Pictures required studio backing to develop and fund its films. After the formation of the new partnership, Silver possessed the ability to work on projects both inside and outside the studio system. CEO Hal Sadoff and Silver still possess a longstanding relationship, having worked together on "Gothika", "Thirteen Ghosts" and "House on the Haunted Hill". Moonlight Veronica Mars Next Action Star Action The Strip
Anthony Frank Hawk is an American professional skateboarder and owner of the skateboard company Birdhouse. Hawk is well known for completing the first documented 900 and for his licensed video game titles, published by Activision, he is considered to be one of the most successful and influential pioneers of modern vertical skateboarding. In 2002, he created the "Boom Boom HuckJam", an extreme sports exhibition and tour, launched in Las Vegas. Throughout his career, Hawk has made numerous appearances in films, other media, his own series of video games, he has been involved in various philanthropic activities, including his own Tony Hawk Foundation that helps to build skateparks in underprivileged areas. In 2014, Hawk was named one of the most influential skateboarders of all time by FoxWeekly. Tony Hawk was born on May 12, 1968 in San Diego, California to Nancy and Frank Peter Rupert Hawk, was raised in San Diego; when Hawk was young, he was described as being "hyperactive", his mother says that he was "so hard on himself and expected himself to do so many things."
One time, Hawk struck out in baseball and was so distraught that he hid in a ravine and had to be "physically coaxed out" by his father. His frustration with himself was so harsh that his parents had him psychologically evaluated at school; the results were that Tony was "gifted", he tested with an intelligence quotient of 144, school advisers recommended placing him in advanced classes. Hawk attended Jean Farb Middle School from 1980 to 1981, returned for the show, Homecoming with Rick Reilly, where he set up a ramp and did a demonstration, his parents supported his skateboarding because it served as an outlet for his excessive energy, as Hawk's skills developed, he became a professional skateboarder at age fourteen. Hawk was the National Skateboard Association world champion for twelve consecutive years. On June 27, 1999, Hawk was the first skater to land a "900", a trick involving the completion of two-and-a-half mid-air revolutions on a skateboard. After completing the trick, Hawk commented, "This is the best day of my life."
In 2011, Hawk was still able to land the trick and posted a video on his Twitter account stating, "I'm 43 and I did a 900 today." On June 27, 2016, at age 48, Hawk performed what he claimed will be his final 900. In a video posted on the YouTube channel RIDE Channel, Hawk says "Spencer was there on my first one, now he was there on my last. Bye." after landing a 900. Hawk was invited to President Barack Obama's June 2009 Father's Day celebration and skated in the hallways of the nearby Old Executive Office Building, on the White House grounds; this marked the first time someone skateboarded on the White House grounds with permission from officials. In 2009, Hawk was inducted into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame at its inaugural ceremony; as of January 2012, Hawk is sponsored by Birdhouse, Lakai Footwear, Independent and Nixon. Hawk was sponsored by Theeve. Following an invitation from his former sponsor, Hawk assembled a group of vert skateboarders to perform, in 2012, the first-ever vert demonstration to have occurred in India.
While in India, the group visited Mahatma Gandhi's house, the skateboarders were greeted by a excited young audience and the 540-degree maneuver was executed during the skateboarding demonstration—the Indian trip was published on Hawk's RIDE YouTube channel on February 4, 2013. All contest results are covered in Thrasher Magazine and can be checked at the Thrasher Magazine Archives. Only first places were counted. Boom Boom HuckJamIn 2002, Hawk started a show tour, featuring freestyle motocross, BMX, it started in Las Vegas and on to 31 cities around the U. S. and to Six Flags amusement parks. Video game series A video game series based on his skateboarding, with the title Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, debuted in 1999. Since the series has spawned 18 titles so far, including ten main series titles, four spin-offs, four repackages. Hawk's role in the series was usurped by customizable player characters in installments, but he has remained a prominent character. In the fifth game in the series, Underground, he is a minor non-player character whom the player meets in Tampa and skates against.
Impressed with the player's skills, Hawk grants them entry into a skate competition. He appears in Moscow to teach them the "360 Varial Heelflip Lien" move. Hawk and other skaters are playable near the end of the game when they skate in a promotional video for the player's skate team, in all gameplay modes except the story mode, he appeared as a kid in the Backyard Sports series Backyard Skateboarding. Amusement park ridesA series of amusement park rides known as Tony Hawk's Big Spin were built in three Six Flags parks in 2007 and 2008; the ride was billed as the "Tony Hawk experience" and was designed to have the look and feel of a giant red-and-black skatepark. It offered a full "extreme sports" experience, with monitors in the queue lines displaying highlights of the history of action sports and a large spinning Tony Hawk figure crowning the ride. In 2010 Six Flags cancelled its license and the rides were renamed to Pandemonium; the ride at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom was moved to Six Flags Mexico in 2012 to make way for a new ride known as Superman: Ultimate Flight.
Additionally, a water park ride called Tony Hawk's Halfpipe was opened at Six Flags America in Bowie, Maryland. RIDE ChannelIn January 2012, Hawk launched RIDE Channel. In the welcome video, Hawk explained:... I'm proud to announce the launch of our new YouTube channel—it's called "RIDE." I've teamed up wi
Joel Silver is an American film producer, most well known for action films including the Lethal Weapon series, The Matrix trilogy, the first two Die Hard films and the first two Predator films. Some of his best-known films include 48 Hrs. Commando, Jumpin' Jack Flash, Demolition Man, Romeo Must Die, Cradle 2 the Grave, V for Vendetta, Sherlock Holmes, he produced the critically acclaimed mystera drama Veronica Mars. He is co-founder of Dark Castle Entertainment. Silver was born and raised in South Orange, New Jersey, the son of a writer and a public relations executive, his family is Jewish. He attended Columbia High School in New Jersey. During his time there, Buzzy Hellring and Jonny Hines created the rules for what he called "Ultimate Frisbee." He was inducted into the USA Ultimate Hall of Fame as a result of this. He finished his undergraduate studies at the New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Silver began his career at Lawrence Gordon Productions, where he became president of motion pictures for the company.
He earned his first screen credit as the associate producer on The Warriors and, with Gordon, produced 48 Hrs. Streets of Fire, Brewster's Millions. In 1985, he formed Silver Pictures and produced successful action films such as Commando, the Lethal Weapon franchise, the first two films of the Die Hard series, as well as the first two films of the Predator series and The Matrix franchise of action films. Silver appears on-screen at the beginning of Who Framed Roger Rabbit as Raoul J. Raoul, the director of the animated short Something's Cookin. Silver directed "Split Personality", an episode of the HBO horror anthology Tales from the Crypt, he runs two production companies, Silver Pictures, Dark Castle Entertainment, co-owned by Robert Zemeckis. Silver is known for his eccentric temper, which has led to characters based on him appearing in movies such as Grand Canyon, True Romance and I'll Do Anything; the character of Les Grossman in the movie Tropic Thunder, is a parody of Silver. On July 10, 1999, Silver married Karyn Fields.
Silver is well known as an aficionado of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. In 1984, he bought the Wright-designed Storer House in Hollywood and made considerable investments to restore it to the original condition; the Storer House's squarish relief ornament became the company logo of Silver Pictures. Silver sold it in 2002 for $2.9 million. In 1986, he purchased the long-neglected C. Leigh Stevens Auldbrass Plantation in Yemassee, South Carolina, has been restoring it since then. Both restorations have been managed and supervised by the architect Eric Lloyd Wright, Frank Lloyd Wright's grandson. Mr. Silver owns the 1941 Lincoln Continental once customized to Frank Lloyd Wright's design. In August 19, 2015, Silver's 28-year-old assistant Carmel Musgrove drowned in a lagoon while attending a celebration with Silver in Bora Bora, on the occasion of the marriage between Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux. In August 2017, Musgrove's family sued Silver and his assistant Martin Herold, arguing the latter had provided her with cocaine, which contributed to her death, together with alcohol consumption and exhaustion from work.
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David Russell Leisure is an American actor best known for his role as Charley Dietz in the sitcom Empty Nest from 1988 to 1995 and fictional automotive "pitch man" Joe Isuzu in a series of North American television commercials for Isuzu from 1986 to 1990, again from 1999 to 2001. Leisure attended Grossmont High School in La Mesa, California, he went on to attend Grossmont College in El Cajon and to San Diego State University. Among his smaller roles, Leisure appeared as the "First Krishna" in the 1980 film Airplane!. He voiced The Castle in Fox's 1992 Halloween special Count DeClues' Mystery Castle. In the 1993 edition of Circus of the Stars, the "Mystery Clown" who performed tricks in between acts near the end of the show removed his makeup to reveal himself as David Leisure. In 1999, he made a brief but memorable appearance in 10 Things I Hate About You as a high school soccer coach and detention monitor. More falling back on his "Joe Isuzu" shtick, Leisure has been acting as a fictional and disreputable insurance lawyer in a series of commercials for various American personal-injury law firms.
In different markets, different firms have licensed the footage and add in their own spokespeople and names. For much of the first quarter of 2009, Leisure appeared as Roger Wilkes on the CBS daytime drama The Young and the Restless; as of July 2010, he is in a recurring role as Salem District Attorney Charles Woods on Days of Our Lives. Leisure provided the voice of Metus on the animated feature BIONICLE: The Legend Reborn. Additional television credits include Sabrina the Teenage Witch, One on One, V. I. P. Diagnosis: Murder, The Parent'Hood, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show, For Your Love, Caroline in the City, The Wayans Bros. Touched by an Angel, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, The Golden Girls, Married... with Children, ALF, 227, T. J. Hooker, The Equalizer, Falcon Crest, Sledge Hammer!, The Brady Bunch Movie. Airplane! - First Krishna Airplane II: The Sequel - Religious Zealot Say Yes - Police Sergeant You Can't Hurry Love - Peter Newcomb The Brady Bunch Movie - Jason Nowhere - Egg and Ducky's Dad Hollywood Safari - Troy Fallout - Colegrove 10 Things I Hate About You - Mr. Chapin 3 Strikes - District Attorney Behind the Seams - Milos Breneschov Downward Angel - Charles Elvis Has Left the Building - Hole-in-the-Head Elvis Welcome to September - Elliott Faydo Dancing on a Dry Salt Lake - Benny David Leisure on IMDb David Leisure at AllMovie
Hooker with a heart of gold
The hooker with a heart of gold is a stock character involving a courtesan or prostitute with a hidden integrity and kindness. The character, traditionally female, is an example of irony: an immoral woman who demonstrates virtues absent in woman morally correct for the role; this character is a pivotal, but peripheral, character in literature and motion pictures giving key advice or serving as a go-between. She is sometimes established in contrast to another female character, morally correct but frigid or otherwise unyielding. Hookers with hearts of gold are sometimes reluctant prostitutes due to either desperation or coercion from a pimp. Or her prostitution may reflect an overall lust for life, as in Ilya in Never on Sunday; the stereotype might owe something of a debt to certain traditions surrounding the Biblical figures of Mary Magdalene and Rahab, or to the ancient Indian theatrical tradition of Sanskrit drama where Śudraka's play Mṛcchakatika featured a nagarvadhu with a heart of gold named Vasantasena.
But this stock character is pervasive enough in various myths and cultures in the form of a tragic story of the concubine who falls in love with her patron/client or, alternatively and poor lover. Therefore, this might be considered not just an archetype but fairly universal, somewhat indicative of various societies' complex ideas about sexual decency and moral character. A variation on the theme, the dancer with a heart of gold, is a tamer version of the character; the fictitious courtesan Chandramukhi in Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay's acclaimed Bengali novel Devdas has been adapted into film numerous times, most notably into Hindi in 1955 and 2002 with the character-role of "Chandramukhi" being played by actresses Vyjayanthimala and Madhuri Dixit, respectively. Chandramukhi here fulfils Devdas' desire of feeling loved, betrayed by Parvati. In opera and musical theater, a hooker with a heart of gold is most portrayed by a mezzo-soprano, she is portrayed in a tragic light and dies a tragic death.
Another classic example of the "Tart with a heart" character is the character of Nancy in Charles Dickens' novel Oliver Twist and the stage musical derived from it, Oliver!. In television history, the "tart with a heart" has become an important archetype in serial drama and soap opera in Britain. During the 1960s, the character of Elsie Tanner in British series Coronation Street set the mold for future characters such as Bet Lynch, Kat Slater, Stacey Slater and Dawn Swann. Characters of this nature are depicted as having tragic lives, but put on a front when in public to create the illusion of happiness. More than not, these female characters are vital to their respective shows, become some of the biggest stars in British Television; the hooker with a heart of gold is a prominent character in many American western movies. In The Usual Suspects, detective Dave Kujan says to Roger "Verbal" Kint: "... so don't sell me the hooker with a heart of gold." The story of Rahab in the Bible's Book of Joshua is considered by some the earliest example of this character type.
In Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata, the courtesan Violetta Valery turns to love when she meets Alfredo and subsequently sells all of her possessions to support them. She is persuaded to leave him by Alfredo's father Giorgio Germont in order to keep the family's nobility from falling, she is coping with tuberculosis and keeps this a secret, leaving Alfredo who comes after her. In Fyodor Dostoevsky's novel Crime and Punishment, protagonist Rodion Raskolnikov is persuaded to confess to murder by the prostitute Sonya Semyonovna Marmeladova, who exhibits characteristics of the archetype throughout the novel. Bertolt Brecht's play The Good Person of Szechwan features a textbook example in the form of the young Shen Te, rewarded by the gods at the beginning of the play upon demonstrating courtesy when nobody else does, after which she relinquishes whoredom and acquires a tobacco shop—though to ill avail; the Marlene Dietrich role "Shanghai Lily" in the 1932 Pre-Code Shanghai Express Two Shirley MacLaine roles—Ginny Moorhead in 1958's Some Came Running and Irma la Douce in 1963's Irma la Douce The "hooker with a heart of gold" appears as "Cabiria" in the 1957 film Nights of Cabiria.
The character appears in modern action films as "Chris" in the 1967 action film Point Blank, as "Rosie" in the 1999 re-make Payback and as "Donna Quintano" in Shoot'Em Up. In modern comedy films, Jamie Lee Curtis's role in Trading Places has been called an example of this archetype, the 1990 film Pretty Woman is the most recognizable modern depiction of the'hooker with a heart of gold'; the character "V", played by Melanie Griffith in the movie Milk Money could be considered an example of this type or role. Moulin Rouge! is another modern-day film, in which the main character is a courtesan named Satine who does end up having a heart and falling in love, but dies of tuberculosis during one of her performances and never gets to be with the one she loves. In the 1970 successful Pakistani film, Rani played the virtuous prostitute "Anjuman"; the ro
Scott Richard Wolf is an American actor. He is known for the television series Party of Five as Bailey Salinger, as Jake Hartman in Everwood and Chad Decker in V. Wolf was born in Boston, Massachusetts, his mother, Susan, is retired, his father, Steven Wolf, is a health care executive. Wolf was raised in a Reform Jewish family, he grew up in West Orange, New Jersey, graduated in 1986 from West Orange High School. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in finance, he became a Brother of the Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity. His cousin is Josh Wolf. Wolf was engaged to Alyssa Milano in 1993. In 2002, he began dating Kelley Marie Limp, an alumna of MTV's The Real World: New Orleans, after meeting her through mutual friend Joel Goldman in New York City, they married on May 2004, before temporarily living in Santa Monica, California. They have three children, sons born in February 2009, November 2012, a daughter born 2014, the family resides in Park City, Utah. Wolf is known for his role as Bailey Salinger on Party of Five.
On both Everwood and the short-lived The Nine, he portrayed a doctor, he portrayed Dr. Scott Clemmens on NBC's The Night Shift, he made guest appearances as himself on Kids Inc.. His sole Broadway theatre credit to date is Side Man, he has made a few brief appearances on Voltron: Legendary Defender, as Rax, a Balmeran. Scott Wolf on IMDb Scott Wolf cast bio on The WB