Michael Jason Isbell is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist from Green Hill, Alabama, in Lauderdale County. He is known for his solo career, his work with the band The 400 Unit, as a former member of Drive-By Truckers for six years, from 2001 to 2007. Isbell has won four Grammy Awards. Isbell was born in Green Hill, two miles from the Alabama/Tennessee state line, the son of interior designer mother Angela Hill Barnett and house painter Mike Isbell. Isbell's mother was only 17 years old when he was born and is the subject of a song, "Children of Children". Isbell's parents divorced, he has two much younger half-siblings, Chantry Barnett and Emily Isbell. Isbell grew up in rural North Alabama, his grandparents lived on a farm down the road. His grandfather and uncle taught him to play various musical instruments, including the mandolin when he was 6 years old as it was easier for him to grip as a small child, they enjoyed gospel and the Grand Ole Opry. In high school, he played French horn.
Isbell's family would get together and play music every week, sometimes twice a week, which Isbell said has a lot to do with where he comes from and the family's focus on music. Isbell's paternal grandfather, who came from a musical family, was a Pentecostal preacher and played guitar in church. Isbell spent his childhood attending both the Pentecostal church and the stricter Church of Christ, which permitted only singing. Isbell started playing in a garage band and a country cover band when he was 14 or 15 years old with his friend, songwriter Chris Tompkins, they played at the Grand Ole Opry when Isbell was 16. Isbell attended the University of Memphis, studying creative writing, he did not graduate, still requiring one physical education credit. When Isbell was a teenager, many musicians took him under their wing, he got to know session bassist David Hood, the father of Drive-By Truckers co-founder Patterson Hood, because Hood was in the Florence, Alabama area and played around town on Friday and Saturday nights in local restaurants and bars.
By this time, Patterson Hood and his future Drive-By Truckers co-founder, Mike Cooley, were older and had moved out of town. Isbell would go watch others perform, it took a while, but once he got up the nerve to tell them he played, they'd have him sit in with them, which resulted in friendship and mentorship. Isbell submitted demos and got a publishing deal with FAME Studios of Muscle Shoals, when he was 21 years old, he worked for FAME. After working as a songwriter, in 2001 at the age of 22, Isbell joined the rock band Drive-By Truckers while they toured in support of their album Southern Rock Opera; the band operates out of Athens, where Isbell lived while with the band. Patterson Hood recalls that he met Isbell through a mutual friend from Muscle Shoals. Hood knew Shonna Tucker and invited Isbell to join Drive-by Truckers after he sat in with the group at an acoustic house party when guitarist Rob Malone didn't show up. Isbell recorded and contributed many songs to Drive-by Truckers for their next three albums, 2003's Decoration Day, 2004's The Dirty South, 2006's A Blessing and a Curse.
The title track of Decoration Day was revealed by Isbell in the 2014 Live from Lincoln Center concert to be a true story about his family members. For most of his time as a band member, Isbell was married to Shonna Tucker, who joined the band after Isbell as a bassist; the two were part of The Secret to a Happy Ending. The two divorced. On April 5, 2007, Isbell announced; the following day, Patterson Hood confirmed the break on the band's official site. In his letter to the fans, Hood described the parting of ways as "amicable" and expressed the hope that fans would continue to support Drive-By Truckers as well as Jason's solo efforts. Isbell had been with the Drive-By Truckers for six years. On June 15, 2014, Isbell teamed with Hood and Mike Cooley for a benefit at the Shoals Theater in Florence, Alabama; the sold-out acoustic performance was the first time Isbell had performed with his former bandmates since they split in 2007. In August 2015, Hood joined Isbell onstage and played a couple of Drive-By Truckers songs together in Hood's new adopted hometown of Portland, Oregon.
Jason Isbell released his first solo album, Sirens of the Ditch, on July 10, 2007. In 2012, Isbell supported singer-songwriter Ryan Adams on his tour. Both played solo acoustic sets. On June 11, 2013, Isbell released Southeastern. Produced by Dave Cobb and featuring accompanying vocals by Kim Richey and Isbell's wife, Amanda Shires, Southeastern received overwhelmingly positive critical reviews, earning a score of 87 on Metacritic. Southeastern led to Isbell's clean sweep of the 2014 Americana Music Awards. Southeastern won Album of the Year, Isbell was named Artist of the Year, the song "Cover Me Up" was named Song of the Year. NPR rock critic Ken Tucker listed Southeastern at No. 1 on his top ten albums of 2013. Isbell's record received praise by artists like John Prine. Isbell's music video for the song "Traveling Alone" features the Jackson House, a historic home in Moulton, Alabama. In 2014, his song "Cover Me Up" was used as the weather for the Welcome to Night Vale episode "Visitor". Isbell's fifth solo record, Something More Than Free, was released on July 17, 2015, on Southeastern Records.
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Chris Sullivan (actor)
Chris Sullivan is an American actor and musician. He stars as Toby on the NBC drama This Is Us, he first gained attention for his portrayal of Tom Cleary on the Cinemax drama The Knick. He played Taserface in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Benny Hammond in Stranger Things, He has starred in single episodes of various TV series: A Gifted Man, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Americans. He played Sprit in the 2008 Sundance Film Festival nominated movie North Starr, appeared in such films as The Normal Heart and The Drop, the latter with The Knick co-star Jeremy Bobb. Much of Sullivan's early stage experience came in Chicago, where he received improv training at the iO Theater. Among his Chicago stage experiences were in the cast of Defending the Caveman at the Lakeshore Theater and the cast of The Ballad of Emmett Till at the Goodman Theatre. After appearing in the original Broadway cast of Lombardi, Sullivan joined the long-running revival of Chicago in 2011. Sullivan has done voice-over work.
He provided the voice for the camel in the popular "Hump Day" ad by the American auto insurance company GEICO Source: Chris Sullivan on IMDb
The Hollywood Reporter
The Hollywood Reporter is an American digital and print magazine, website, which focuses on the Hollywood film and entertainment industries. It was founded in 1930 as a daily trade paper, in 2010 switched to a weekly large-format print magazine with a revamped website. Headquartered in Los Angeles, THR is part of the Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group, a group of properties that includes Billboard and SpinMedia, it is owned by Valence Media, a holding company co-founded by Todd Boehly, an executive of its previous owners, Guggenheim Partners and Eldridge Industries. THR was founded in 1930 by William R. "Billy" Wilkerson as Hollywood's first daily entertainment trade newspaper. The first edition appeared on September 3, 1930 and featured Wilkerson's front-page "Tradeviews" column, which became influential; the newspaper appeared Monday to Saturday for the first 10 years, except for a brief period Monday to Friday from 1940. Wilkerson ran the THR until his death in September 1962, although his final column appeared 18 months prior.
Wilkerson's wife, Tichi Wilkerson Kassel, took over as publisher and editor-in-chief when her husband died. From the late 1930s, Wilkerson used THR to push the view that the industry was a communist stronghold. In particular, he opposed the screenplay writers' trade union, the Screen Writers Guild, which he called the "Red Beachhead." In 1946 the Guild considered creating an American Authors' Authority to hold copyright for writers, instead of ownership passing to the studios. Wilkerson devoted his "Tradeviews" column to the issue on July 29, 1946, headlined "A Vote for Joe Stalin." He went to confession before publishing it, knowing the damage it would cause, but was encouraged by the priest to go ahead with it. The column contained the first industry names, including Dalton Trumbo and Howard Koch, on what became the Hollywood blacklist, known as "Billy's list." Eight of the 11 people Wilkerson named were among the "Hollywood Ten" who were blacklisted after hearings in 1947 by the House Un-American Activities Committee.
When Wilkerson died, his THR obituary said that he had "named names and card numbers and was credited with being chiefly responsible for preventing communists from becoming entrenched in Hollywood production."In 1997, THR reporter David Robb wrote a story about the newspaper's involvement, but the editor, Robert J. Dowling, declined to run it. For the blacklist's 65th anniversary in 2012, the THR published a lengthy investigative piece about Wilkerson's role, by reporters Gary Baum and Daniel Miller; the same edition carried an apology from Wilkerson's son W. R. Wilkerson III, he wrote. On April 11, 1988, Tichi Wilkerson Kassel sold the paper to BPI Communications, owned by Affiliated Publications, for $26.7 million. Robert J. Dowling became THR president in 1988, editor-in-chief and publisher in 1991. Dowling hired Alex Ben Block as editor in 1990. Block and Teri Ritzer dampened much of the sensationalism and cronyism, prominent in the paper under the Wilkersons. In 1994, BPI Communications was sold to Verenigde Nederlandse Uitgeverijen for $220 million.
After Block left, former Variety film editor, Anita Busch, became editor between 1999 and 2001. Busch was credited with making the paper competitive with Variety. Tony Uphoff assumed the publisher position in November 2005. In March 2006, a private equity consortium led by Blackstone and KKR, both with ties to the conservative movement in the United States, acquired THR along with the other assets of VNU, it joined those publications with AdWeek and A. C. Nielsen to form The Nielsen Company. In December 2009, Prometheus Global Media, a newly formed company formed by Pluribus Capital Management and Guggenheim Partners, chaired by Jimmy Finkelstein, CEO of News Communications, parent of political journal The Hill, acquired THR from Nielsen Business Media, it pledged to grow the company. Richard Beckman of Condé Nast, was appointed as CEO. In 2010, Beckman purchased THR from Guggenheim Partners and Pluribus Capital, recruited Janice Min, the former editor-in-chief of Us Weekly, to "eviscerate" the existing daily trade paper and reinvent it as a glossy, large-format weekly magazine.
The Hollywood Reporter relaunched with a weekly print edition and a revamped website that enabled it to break news. Eight months after its initial report, The New York Times took note of the many scoops THR had generated, adding that the new glossy format seemed to be succeeding with its "rarefied demographic", stating, "They managed to change the subject by going weekly... The large photos, lush paper stock and great design are a kind of narcotic here."By February 2013, the Times returned to THR, filing a report on a party for Academy Award nominees the magazine had hosted at the Los Angeles restaurant Spago. Noting the crowd of top celebrities in attendance, the Times alluded to the fact that many Hollywood insiders were now referring to THR as "the new Vanity Fair". Ad sales since Min's hiring were up more than 50%, while traffic to the magazine's website had grown by 800%. Since January 2014, The Hollywood Reporter has been led by co-presidents Janice John Amato. John Kilcullen replaced Uphoff in October 2006, as publisher of Billboard.
Kilcullen was a defendant in Billboard's infamous "dildo" lawsuit, in which he was accused of race discrimination and sexual harassment. VNU settled the suit on the courthouse steps. Kilcullen "exited" Nielsen in February 2008 "to pursue his passion as an entrepreneur." Matthew King, vice president for content and audience, editorial director Howard Burns, executive editor Peter Pryor left the paper in a wave of layoffs in December 2006.
Logan Marshall-Green is an American actor. He is known for his roles in the television series 24, The O. C. Traveler, Dark Blue and Quarry, as well as his roles in the films Prometheus, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Upgrade. Marshall-Green was born in South Carolina, to teacher parents, he was raised by his mother, Lowry Marshall, in Cranston, Rhode Island, while she taught theatre at Brown University. He has a twin brother named Taylor, they both attended Barrington High School in the early 1990s. He did his undergraduate studies at the University of Tennessee, where he wrote for the school newspaper, The Daily Beacon, as an entertainment writer covering the bar and theater scene, he attended the National Theater Institute in Waterford and went on to earn his Master's in Fine Arts from New York University's Graduate Acting Program at the Tisch School of the Arts. Marshall-Green appeared in both Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in 2003 and Law & Order in 2004, before landing recurring roles on Fox's The O.
C. and 24. Marshall-Green received a Drama Desk Award for his performance in Neil LaBute's play The Distance from Here in 2004. In 2005 he performed in three separate productions: in June he played an anthropomorphic shark in Adam Bock's Swimming in the Shallows. In 2007, he was cast as the villainous Edmund in the Public Theater production of King Lear starring Kevin Kline in the title role and directed by James Lapine. In 2005, Marshall-Green appeared in the film Alchemy; that same year he appeared in the Miramax film The Great Raid. Marshall-Green portrayed Tyler Fog in the 2007 ABC series Traveler, he appeared as Paco in the 2007 film Across the Universe. He featured as Dean Bendis, an undercover police officer, in a black ops group of the LAPD headed by Dylan McDermott in the TNT series Dark Blue, he played a young rookie cop the 2010 criminal drama Brooklyn's Finest directed by Antoine Fuqua, had a lead role in the horror film Devil. He appeared in the 2012 Ridley Scott film Prometheus as a crew member aboard Prometheus.
He portrayed Will in Karyn Kusama's 2015 horror-thriller The Invitation. In 2018, Marshall-Green starred as the lead in Leigh Whannell and Blumhouse's science fiction body horror film Upgrade, his directorial debut drama film was Adopt a Highway, starring Ethan Hawke and Betty Gabriel, produced by Jason Blum through Blumhouse Productions. Marshall-Green married actress Diane Gaeta on December 12, 2012; the couple has a son. Marshall-Green is a stepfather to his wife's daughter, whose father was actor Johnny Lewis. Gaeta filed for divorce from Marshall-Green on April 5, 2019, citing Marshall-Green's infidelity as cause for the separation. Logan Marshall-Green on IMDb Logan Marshall-Green at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
Jason Ferus Blum is an American film producer, both the founder and CEO of eponymous company Blumhouse Productions. He won the 2014 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie for producing The Normal Heart, has received three nominations for the Academy Award for Best Picture for producing Whiplash, Get Out, BlacKkKlansman. Blum was born in Los Angeles, the son of Shirley and Irving Blum, his mother was an art professor and his father was an independent art dealer and director of the Ferus Gallery. His father was Jewish, his mother was married to museum director Walter Hopps. Blum worked for Bob and Harvey Weinstein as an executive producer and as an independent producer for Warner Bros, he was working as a producing director at Ethan Hawke's Malaparte theater company. Blum is a 1991 graduate of Vassar College, he obtained financing for his first film as producer and Screaming, after receiving a letter from family acquaintance, entertainer Steve Martin, who endorsed the script. Blum attached the letter to copies of the script he sent around to Hollywood executives.
In 2000, he founded Blumhouse Productions, which specializes in producing micro-budget movies that give directors full creative control over the projects. Some of the films produced by Blum have been profitable, including horror film Paranormal Activity, made for $15,000 and earned nearly $200 million. NPR's Planet Money did a special podcast about. Blum produced Insidious, The Purge, Creep, all of which had successful sequels. In 2014, he served as an executive producer on the television film The Normal Heart, which went on to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie, produced the feature films Whiplash and Get Out, both of which earned him nominations for the Academy Award for Best Picture. In 2018, Blum said in an interview that the reason no woman had directed one of his horror films was that "there are not a lot of female directors and less who are inclined to do horror". After much criticism on social media, in which lists of such directors were circulated, he apologized for what he called his "dumb comments".
On July 14, 2012, Blum married journalist Lauren A. E. Schuker in Los Angeles in a Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness ceremony. Blumhouse Productions Jason Blum on IMDb Interview with Blum
Ethan Green Hawke is an American actor and director. He has been nominated for four Academy Awards and a Tony Award. Hawke has directed three feature films, three Off-Broadway plays, a documentary, he has written three novels. He made his film debut with the 1985 science fiction feature Explorers, before making a breakthrough appearance in the 1989 drama Dead Poets Society, he appeared in various films before taking a role in the 1994 Generation X drama Reality Bites, for which he received critical praise. Hawke starred alongside Julie Delpy in Richard Linklater's Before trilogy: Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight, all of which received critical acclaim. Hawke has been nominated twice for both the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Hawke was further honored with SAG Award nominations for both films, as well as BAFTA Award and Golden Globe Award nominations for the latter, his other films include the science fiction drama Gattaca, the contemporary adaptation of Hamlet, the action thriller Assault on Precinct 13, the crime drama Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, the horror film Sinister.
In 2018 he garnered critical acclaim for his performance as a protestant minister in Paul Schrader's drama First Reformed receiving numerous accolades including New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor and nominations at the Independent Spirit Awards and Critics' Choice Awards. In addition to his film work, Hawke has appeared in many theater productions, he made his Broadway debut in 1992 in Anton Chekhov's The Seagull, was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play in 2007 for his performance in Tom Stoppard's The Coast of Utopia. In 2010, Hawke directed Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind, for which he received a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Director of a Play. Hawke was born in Austin, Texas, to Leslie, a charity worker, James Hawke, an insurance actuary. Hawke's parents were high school sweethearts in Fort Worth and married young, when Hawke's mother was 17. Hawke was born a year later. Hawke's parents were students at the University of Texas at Austin at the time of his birth, separated and divorced in 1974.
After the separation, Hawke was raised by his mother. The two relocated several times, before settling in New York City, where Hawke attended the Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn Heights. Hawke's mother remarried when he was 10 and the family moved to West Windsor Township, New Jersey, where Hawke attended West Windsor Plainsboro High School, he transferred to the Hun School of Princeton, a secondary boarding school, from which he graduated in 1988. In high school, Hawke aspired to be a writer, but developed an interest in acting, he made his stage debut at age 13, in a production at The McCarter Theatre of George Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan, appearances in West Windsor-Plainsboro High School productions of Meet Me in St. Louis and You Can't Take It with You followed. At the Hun School he took acting classes at the McCarter Theatre on the Princeton campus, after high school graduation he studied acting at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh dropping out after he was cast in Dead Poets Society.
He enrolled in New York University's English program for two years, but dropped out to pursue other acting roles. Hawke obtained his mother's permission to attend his first casting call at the age of 14, secured his first film role in Joe Dante's Explorers, in which he played an alien-obsessed schoolboy alongside River Phoenix; the film was met with favorable reviews but had poor box office results, a failure which Hawke has admitted caused him to quit acting for a brief period after the film's release. Hawke described the disappointment as difficult to bear at such a young age, adding "I would never recommend that a kid act."In 1989, Hawke made his breakthrough appearance in Peter Weir's Dead Poets Society, playing one of the students taught by Robin Williams's inspirational English teacher. The Variety reviewer noted "Hawke, as the painfully shy Todd, gives a haunting performance." The film received considerable acclaim, winning the BAFTA Award for Best Film and an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture.
With revenue of $235 million worldwide, it remains Hawke's most commercially successful picture to date. Hawke described the opportunities he was offered as a result of the film's success as critical to his decision to continue acting: "I didn't want to be an actor and I went back to college, but the success was so monumental that I was getting offers to be in such interesting movies and be in such interesting places, it seemed silly to pursue anything else." While filming Dead Poets Society he auditioned for what would be his next film appearance, 1989's comedy drama Dad, where he played Ted Danson's son and Jack Lemmon's grandson. Hawke's next film, 1991's White Fang, brought his first leading role; the film, an adaptation of Jack London's novel of the same name, featured Hawke as Jack Conroy, a Yukon gold hunter who befriends a wolfdog. According to The Oregonian, "Hawke does a good job as young Jack... He makes Jack's passion for White Fang real and keeps it from being ridiculous or overly sentimental."
He appeared in Keith Gordon's A Midnight Clear, a well-received war film based on William Wharton's novel of the same name. In the survival drama Alive, adapted from Piers Paul Read's 1974 book, Hawke portrayed Nando Pa
Nate Mooney is an American actor best known for his recurring role as Ryan McPoyle on the FX comedy series It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Mooney was born in the United States and attended Franklin High School in Franklin, graduating in 1990, he received his BS in Aerospace Engineering. He appeared on various television series, including Breakout Kings, Grey's Anatomy, Nip/Tuck and others, he played the role of Lurvy in the film Charlotte's Web. Mooney gained his popularity by playing the role of Ryan McPoyle, the creepy brother of Liam McPoyle and Margaret McPoyle, on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Ryan is a comedic dimwit and is rebuked for making dumb comments to his brother, such as offering to split a large sum of money fifty-fifty-fifty to accommodate three people, he has a small part in one episode of Breaking Bad's third season as an arms dealer betrayed by the cousins attempting to murder Hank. Tuesday, November 1, 2016. Nate was the first contestant on @Midnight, in third place and didn't leave the stage after a joke, to not have the red light put on him.
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