Chloë Grace Moretz
Chloë Grace Moretz is an American actress and model. She began acting at age six, with early roles in the supernatural horror film The Amityville Horror, the drama series Desperate Housewives, the supernatural horror film The Eye, the drama film The Poker House, the drama series Dirty Sexy Money, the romantic comedy film 500 Days of Summer and the children's comedy film Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Moretz' breakthrough came in 2010 with her critically acclaimed performances as Hit-Girl in the superhero film Kick-Ass and as a child vampire in the horror film Let Me In, she starred in Martin Scorsese's historical adventure film Hugo, Tim Burton's horror comedy film Dark Shadows, the satirical sitcom 30 Rock, reprised her role as Hit-Girl in Kick-Ass 2 and played Carrie White in the supernatural horror film Carrie. In 2014, Moretz starred in the award-winning drama film Clouds of Sils Maria, the teen romantic drama If I Stay and the vigilante action film The Equalizer. After starring in the mystery thriller film Dark Places, the science fiction action film The 5th Wave and the comedy film Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, Moretz announced that she was "re-assessing" her roles and choices and was dropping out of several projects, including Universal Studios' live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid.
Moretz' subsequent roles have included the drama film The Miseducation of Cameron Post, the horror film Suspiria, Neil Jordan's drama thriller film Greta, all in 2018. She will voice Wednesday Addams in upcoming animated films. Moretz' stage work includes her starring role in the original off-Broadway production of The Library at The Public Theater in New York City. Moretz was born in Atlanta and raised in Cartersville, Georgia, her mother, Teri Duke, is a nurse practitioner, her father, McCoy Moretz, is a plastic surgeon, heir to the Moretz hosiery business, bought out in 2011 for $350 million. She has four older brothers: Brandon, Trevor and Ethan, she has described her family as "very Christian". She moved to New York City in 2002 with her mother and brother Trevor, because he had been accepted into the Professional Performing Arts School, what first drew her interest in acting. Moretz would help Trevor read lines. Moretz's first acting role in Hollywood was as Violet in two episodes of the CBS series The Guardian, her first film role was as Molly in Heart of the Beholder.
It was not until her second big-screen acting role, in the 2005 remake of The Amityville Horror, that she earned greater recognition, receiving a Young Artist Award nomination. After Amityville, Moretz received several guest-starring roles on TV, as well as a small role in Big Momma's House 2, her recurring TV characters include Kiki George in Dirty Sexy Money and Sherri Maltby in Desperate Housewives. Moretz voiced the U. S. version of the animated character Darby in My Friends Pooh. Moretz co-starred as Cammie, an abused child, in The Poker House. In 2010, Moretz appeared as Hit-Girl in director Matthew Vaughn's action film Kick-Ass, based on the comic book series of the same name by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr. Moretz trained with Jackie Chan's stunt crew for three months prior to filming and did most of her own stunts while filming on location; because of her youth, there was controversy about her role in the violent film. She received widespread critical acclaim for her performance. Roger Ebert gave the film only one star, but wrote about Moretz: "Say what you will about her character, but Chloë Grace Moretz has presence and appeal."
That same year, she played Abby, a 12-year-old vampire, in Let Me In, the UK/US remake of the Swedish film Let the Right One In. In November 2010, at age 13, Moretz was called "the busiest actress in Hollywood". Moretz played Ann Sliger in the 2011 crime thriller Texas Killing Fields; that same year, she played Isabelle in Martin Scorsese's Hugo, a 3D film adaptation of The Invention of Hugo Cabret, nominated for 11 Oscars. Moretz starred in an adaptation of the novel by Andrea Portes, she appeared in the 2012 Tim Burton film Dark Shadows, a remake of the soap opera, playing the role of Carolyn Stoddard, a rebellious teenage daughter. In 2013, she reprised her role as Hit-Girl in the sequel Kick-Ass 2; the same year, she appeared in a short segment in the film Movie 43 and played the title character in Carrie, a remake of the 1976 film, directed by Kimberly Peirce. Moretz has done voice work for video games, she reprised her role as Hit-Girl for Kick-Ass: The Game, played young Lady Emily in Dishonored.
When asked in October 2012 why she tends to gravitate towards playing darker, troubled characters, Moretz responded that she has such a happy family life, finds it challenging to play characters who are different. From March 25 through April 27, 2014, Moretz made her Off-Broadway debut in The Library, directed by Steven Soderbergh. Moretz played the protagonist, Mia, in the adaptation of Gayle Forman's If I Stay; the story follows a 17-year-old classical musician as she deals with the aftermath of a catastrophic car accident involving her family and has an out-of-body experience. Critical response to the film was mixed. Moretz subsequently starred as Cassie Sullivan in The 5th Wave, an adaptation of the best-selling novel by Rick Yancey; the film was released in January 2016. Hannah Minghella of Sony Pictures said Moretz "embodies the heart and determination that make Cassie such a compelling character." In April 2016, M
David Benjamin Wain is an American comedian, writer and director. He is most known for directing the feature films Role Models and for both creating the Wet Hot American Summer franchise and directing the feature film Wet Hot American Summer, the Netflix series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp and Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later, he is known for his work on the sketch comedy series The State. Wain is a founding member of comedy group Stella, along with Michael Showalter and Michael Ian Black and starring in the Stella shorts and the Stella TV series. Wain was born to a Jewish family in Shaker Heights, the son of Nina and Norman Wain; as a young man, Wain went to a summer camp in Canaan, Maine, on which Wet Hot American Summer was loosely based. In 1988 while attending NYU film school, Wain became a founding member of the sketch comedy group The New Group; this group would come to be known as The State, in 1993 he and his fellow members created and starred in The State, a sketch show that lasted 26 episodes on MTV.
After The State ended, he, Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter formed the comedy trio Stella. Wain's first feature film, Wet Hot American Summer, was an absurdist summer camp comedy starring Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Molly Shannon, Paul Rudd, Christopher Meloni, Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, Ken Marino and Elizabeth Banks. Wain directed the film, co-wrote and co-produced it with Showalter, who plays a lead role, his second feature film The Ten, starring Winona Ryder and Paul Rudd had a short theatrical run and was released on DVD on January 15, 2008. Wain's third feature, Role Models, starring Paul Rudd, Seann William Scott, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jane Lynch and Elizabeth Banks, was his first released film. Released in theaters on November 7, 2008, the film received positive reviews from critics and fans alike, as well as earning $19 million on its opening weekend. Wain starred in a web series titled Wainy Days on the website My Damn Channel, which ran for five seasons and ended in January 2012.
The series follows a fictionalized version of Wain through his everyday life as he tries to romance numerous women and discusses his problems with his friends at the sweatshop where he works. Elizabeth Banks, Jonah Hill, Jason Sudeikis, Rob Corddry, Thomas Lennon, Josh Charles, Paul Rudd, Michael Ian Black, various other Stella, The State and Wet Hot American Summer alumni have all guest-starred in various episodes; the recurring cast included A. D. Miles, Matt Ballard and Zandy Hartig, instrumental in the creation of the series; as one third of the comedy troupe Stella, Wain has co-hosted the long running nightclub show in New York City, toured the United States and made a series of shorts with the group, help create a 2005 series on Comedy Central based on their routines. Wain is featured as the voice of The Warden in the animated series Superjail!. He was a featured commentator in the I Love the 70s series, I Love the 90s Part Deux series, the weekly VH1 show Best Week Ever.. With The State, Wain co-wrote the book State by State with The State.
He has appeared in such movies as The Baxter, Keeping the Role Models. Wain's fourth feature film, was released on February 24, 2012, it stars Paul Rudd, Malin Akerman and Alan Alda. Wain directed the film, from a screenplay he wrote with Ken Marino, has a cameo in the film as a TV weatherman, his fifth feature They Came Together was released in June 2014. The cast includes Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Ed Helms, Cobie Smulders, Max Greenfield, Christopher Meloni. Wain and Showalter co-wrote the eight-episode Netflix prequel Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp based on the 2001 film with the entire cast of the original film returning; the series premiered on July 31, 2015, was more well received by critics. He returned to co-write and direct another Netflix sequel Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later, which premiered in 2017. Wain lives in Los Angeles, he has two sons and is divorced from Zandy Hartig, an actress turned mom blogger. Official website David Wain on IMDb Wainy Days series
Kanye Omari West is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer and fashion designer. His musical career has been marked by dramatic changes in styles, incorporating an eclectic range of influences including soul, baroque pop, indie rock, synth-pop and gospel. Over the course of his career, West has been responsible for cultural movements and progressions within mainstream hip hop and popular music at large. Born in Atlanta and raised in Chicago, West first became known as a producer for Roc-A-Fella Records in the early 2000s, producing hit singles for recording artists such as Jay-Z, Ludacris and Alicia Keys. Intent on pursuing a solo career as a rapper, West released his debut album The College Dropout in 2004 to widespread critical and commercial success, founded the record label GOOD Music, he went on to experiment with a variety of musical genres on subsequent acclaimed studio albums, including Late Registration and the polarizing but influential 808s & Heartbreak. He released his fifth album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy in 2010 to further rave reviews, has since succeeded it with Yeezus, The Life of Pablo and Ye, as well as full-length collaborations Watch the Throne and Kids See Ghosts with Jay-Z and Kid Cudi respectively.
West's outspoken views and life outside of music have received significant media attention. He has been a frequent source of controversy for his conduct at award shows, on social media, in other public settings, as well as his comments on the music and fashion industries, U. S. politics, race. His marriage to television personality Kim Kardashian has been a source of substantial media attention; as a fashion designer, he has collaborated with Nike, Louis Vuitton, A. P. C. on both clothing and footwear, have most prominently resulted in the Yeezy collaboration with Adidas beginning in 2013. He is the founder and head of the creative content company DONDA. West is among the most critically acclaimed musicians of the 21st century and one of the best-selling music artists of all time with over 135 million records sold worldwide, he has won a total of 21 Grammy Awards, making him one of the most awarded artists of all time and the most Grammy-awarded artist of his generation. Three of his albums have been included and ranked on Rolling Stone's 2012 update of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" list and he ties with Bob Dylan for having topped the annual Pazz & Jop critic poll the most number of times with four number-one albums each.
Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2005 and 2015. Kanye Omari West was born on June 1977, in Atlanta, Georgia. After his parents divorced when he was three years old he moved with his mother to Chicago, Illinois, his father, Ray West, is a former Black Panther and was one of the first black photojournalists at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Ray West was a Christian counselor, in 2006, opened the Good Water Store and Café in Lexington Park, Maryland with startup capital from his son. West's mother, Dr. Donda C. West, was a professor of English at Clark Atlanta University, the Chair of the English Department at Chicago State University, before retiring to serve as his manager. West was raised in a middle-class background, attending Polaris High School in suburban Oak Lawn, after living in Chicago. At the age of 10, West moved with his mother to Nanjing, where she was teaching at Nanjing University as part of an exchange program. According to his mother, West was the only foreigner in his class, but settled in well and picked up the language, although he has since forgotten most of it.
When asked about his grades in high school, West replied, "I got B's. And I'm not frontin'."West demonstrated an affinity for the arts at an early age. His mother recalled that she first took notice of West's passion for drawing and music when he was in the third grade. West started rapping in the third grade and began making musical compositions in the seventh grade selling them to other artists. At age thirteen, West wrote a rap song called "Green Eggs and Ham" and persuaded his mother to pay for time in a recording studio. Accompanying him to the studio and despite discovering it being "a little basement studio" where a microphone hung from the ceiling by a wire clothes hanger, West's mother nonetheless supported and encouraged him. West crossed paths with producer/DJ No I. D. with whom he formed a close friendship. No I. D. soon became West's mentor, it was from him that West learned how to sample and program beats after he received his first sampler at age 15. After graduating from high school, West received a scholarship to attend Chicago's American Academy of Art in 1997 and began taking painting classes, but shortly after transferred to Chicago State University to study English.
He soon realized that his busy class schedule was detrimental to his musical work, at 20 he dropped out of college to pursue his musical dreams. This action displeased his mother, a professor at the university, she commented, "It was drummed into my head that college is the ticket to a good life... but some career goals don't require college. For Kanye to make an album called College Dropout it was more about having the guts to embrace who you are, rather than following the path society has carved out for you." Kanye West began his early production career in the mid-1990s, creating beats for burgeoning local artists developing a style that involved speeding up vocal samples from classic soul records. His first official production credits came at the age of nineteen
Year One (film)
Year One is a 2009 American adventure comedy film directed by Harold Ramis, produced by Judd Apatow. The film stars Michael Cera; the film was released in North America on June 19, 2009 by Columbia Pictures, where it received negative reviews from critics and underperformed at the box office. The film would be Ramis's last as an actor and director before his death in 2014. Zed is a hunter and Oh is a gatherer. After being informed that Zed ate from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, the shaman and Marlak banish him from the tribe. After Zed burns down the village by accident, Oh decides to go with Zed on his journey to discover all the world has to offer. Along the way, they encounter Abel. Cain kills Abel with a boulder in an act of rage and informs Zed and Oh that they must escape with him or else he will be accused of killing Abel. Afterwards, Zed and Oh find that the girls they want to "lay with", Maya and Eema, from their former tribe have been captured and are being sold into slavery.
They try to buy the girls' freedom. While being taken to a village by the owner with all the other slaves from their tribe, Sodomites attack and take the slaves prisoner, though Zed and Oh escape and hide in the desert, watching the Sodomites; the next morning, Oh discover that the Sodomites have left with the slaves. They head off to save the slaves, they find Abraham about to kill his son Isaac. Zed stops them. Abraham tells them about the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. Zed and Oh head off for Sodom; as they arrive in Sodom, they are captured. Cain, now a Sodomite soldier, saves them from being sodomized, calling them "his brothers." The two recalled that they were sold by Cain as Cain apologizes and offers them food. While being given a tour of the city by Cain, Zed and Oh are offered by Cain to become guards. Shortly after they become guards and are patrolling the city they see the princess Inanna, fasting because she feels guilty that most of the city is starving; that night, at a party, Zed is invited by the princess to talk with her.
Inside the palace, Zed sees Maya and Eema serving as slaves, while Oh is forced to follow the effeminate high priest around the palace. Zed meets Princess Inanna and she asks him to enter the Holy of Holies and tell her what it is like, thinking that Zed is the "Chosen One." Inside the temple, Zed encounters Oh, hiding from the high priest. There, they get into a heated argument and are imprisoned for going inside the temple; the two are sentenced to be stoned to death but Zed convinces the Sodomites to have mercy, so they are instead sentenced to hard labor until they die from work. The king announces that he will be sacrificing his daughter and two virgins as a gift to the gods. Zed interrupts the ceremony, claiming he is the "Chosen One." A riot starts, Oh saves Abraham arrives with the Hebrews to overthrow the king. Oh and Eema lay with each other inside the palace, which not only consummates their relationship, but means that Eema cannot be sacrificed, they come out to help Zed fight the soldiers.
The crowd kills all the leaders and proclaims Zed as the Leader being the "Chosen One". Zed turns this down, letting Inanna rule, instead becomes an explorer with Maya and sodomites and the people of sodom and the tribe have found peace. Oh becomes the leader of the village; the two head their separate ways. Jack Black as Zed, son of Zero Michael Cera as Oh, son of Ooh Olivia Wilde as Princess Inanna June Diane Raphael as Maya David Cross as Cain Gabriel Sunday as Seth Paul Rudd as Abel Juno Temple as Eema, daughter of Zero and sister of Zed Matthew J. Willig as Marlak Horatio Sanz as Enmebaragesi Oliver Platt as High Priest Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Isaac Eden Riegel as Lilith Hank Azaria as Abraham Bill Hader as The Shaman Vinnie Jones as Sargon Harold Ramis as Adam Rhoda Griffis as Eve Xander Berkeley as The King Gia Carides as The Queen Paul Scheer as Bricklayer David Pasquesi as Prime Minister Kyle Gass as Zaftig the Eunuch Marshall Manesh as Slave Trader Bryan Massey as New Guard The score to Year One was composed by Theodore Shapiro, who recorded his score with contemporary band elements, a 75-piece ensemble of the Hollywood Studio Symphony at the Sony Scoring Stage.
A commercial for the film aired during Super Bowl XLIII. The film received negative reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes summarized the consensus as: "Year One is a poorly executed, slapdash comedy in which the talent both in front of and behind the camera never seem to be on the same page," reporting that 15% of critics gave positive reviews based on 167 reviews with an average score of 3.9/10. According to another review aggreatator, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 top reviews from mainstream critics, the film has an average score of 34% based on 28 reviews. Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune gave the film a "fair-good" review of 2.5/4 stars stating that "Year One won't join his list of essential comedies, the ones Ramis helped create as writer, performer or combination thereof." Claudia Puig of USA Today gave the film 2/4 stars complaining that the film "is scattershot and silly, squandering its potential by relying on juvenile bawdy humor". Roger Ebert of t
Improvisational theatre called improvisation or improv, is the form of theatre comedy, in which most or all of what is performed is unplanned or unscripted: created spontaneously by the performers. In its purest form, the dialogue, action and characters are created collaboratively by the players as the improvisation unfolds in present time, without use of an prepared, written script. Improvisational theatre exists in performance as a range of styles of improvisational comedy as well as some non-comedic theatrical performances, it is sometimes used in film and television, both to develop characters and scripts and as part of the final product. Improvisational techniques are used extensively in drama programs to train actors for stage and television and can be an important part of the rehearsal process. However, the skills and processes of improvisation are used outside the context of performing arts - Applied Improvisation, it is used in classrooms as an educational tool and in businesses as a way to develop communication skills, creative problem solving, supportive team-work abilities that are used by improvisational, ensemble players.
It is sometimes used in psychotherapy as a tool to gain insight into a person's thoughts and relationships. The earliest well documented use of improvisational theatre in Western history is found in the Atellan Farce of 391 BC. From the 16th to the 18th centuries, commedia dell'arte performers improvised based on a broad outline in the streets of Italy. In the 1890s, theatrical theorists and directors such as the Russian Konstantin Stanislavski and the French Jacques Copeau, founders of two major streams of acting theory, both utilized improvisation in acting training and rehearsal. Modern theatrical improvisation games began as drama exercises for children, which were a staple of drama education in the early 20th century thanks in part to the progressive education movement initiated by John Dewey in 1916; some people credit American Dudley Riggs as the first vaudevillian to use audience suggestions to create improvised sketches on stage. Improvisation exercises were developed further by Viola Spolin in the 1940s, 50s, 60s, codified in her book Improvisation For The Theater, the first book that gave specific techniques for learning to do and teach improvisational theater.
In the 1970s in Canada, British playwright and director Keith Johnstone wrote Impro: Improvisation and the Theatre, a book outlining his ideas on improvisation, invented Theatresports, which has become a staple of modern improvisational comedy and is the inspiration for the popular television show Whose Line Is It Anyway? Spolin influenced the first generation of modern American improvisers at The Compass Players in Chicago, which led to The Second City, her son, Paul Sills, along with David Shepherd, started The Compass Players. Following the demise of the Compass Players, Paul Sills began The Second City, they were the first organized troupes in Chicago, the modern Chicago improvisational comedy movement grew from their success. Many of the current "rules" of comedic improv were first formalized in Chicago in the late 1950s and early 1960s among The Compass Players troupe, directed by Paul Sills. From most accounts, David Shepherd provided the philosophical vision of the Compass Players, while Elaine May was central to the development of the premises for its improvisations.
Mike Nichols, Ted Flicker, Del Close were her most frequent collaborators in this regard. When The Second City opened its doors on December 16, 1959, directed by Paul Sills, his mother Viola Spolin began training new improvisers through a series of classes and exercises which became the cornerstone of modern improv training. By the mid-1960s, Viola Spolin's classes were handed over to her protégé, Jo Forsberg, who further developed Spolin's methods into a one-year course, which became The Players Workshop, the first official school of improvisation in the USA. During this time, Forsberg trained many of the performers who went on to star on The Second City stage. Many of the original cast of Saturday Night Live came from The Second City, the franchise has produced such comedy stars as Mike Myers, Tina Fey, Bob Odenkirk, Amy Sedaris, Stephen Colbert, Eugene Levy, Jack McBrayer, Steve Carell, Chris Farley, Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi. Keith Johnstone's group The Theatre Machine, which originated in London, was touring Europe.
This work gave birth to Theatresports, at first secretly in Johnstone's workshops, in public when he moved to Canada. Toronto has been home to a rich improv tradition. In 1984, Dick Chudnow founded ComedySportz in Milwaukee, WI. Expansion began with the addition of ComedySportz-Madison, in 1985; the first Comedy League of America National Tournament was held in 1988, with 10 teams participating. The league boasts a roster of 29 international cities. In San Francisco, The Committee theater was active in North Beach during the 1960s, it was founded by Alan Myerson and his wife Jessica. When The Committee disbanded in 1972, three major companies were formed: The Pitchell Players, The Wing, Improvisation Inc; the only company that continued to perform Close's Harold was the latter one. Its two former members, Michael Bossier and John Elk, formed Spaghetti Jam in San Francisco's Old Spaghetti Factory in 1976, where shortform improv and Harolds were performed through 1983. Stand-up comedians performing down the street at the Intersection for the Arts would drop by and sit in.
In 1979, Elk brought shortform to England, teaching workshops at Jacksons Lane Theatre, he was the first American to perform at The Comedy Store, above
How to Train Your Dragon (film)
How to Train Your Dragon is a 2010 American computer-animated action fantasy film loosely based on the 2003 book of the same name by British author Cressida Cowell, produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures. The film was directed by Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois from a screenplay by Will Davies, DeBlois, stars the voices of Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T. J. Miller, Kristen Wiig; the story takes place in a mythical Viking world where a young Viking teenager named Hiccup aspires to follow his tribe's tradition of becoming a dragon slayer. After capturing his first dragon, with his chance at last of gaining the tribe's acceptance, he finds that he no longer wants to kill the dragon and instead befriends it; the film was released March 26, 2010, was a critical and commercial success, earning praise from film critics and audiences and earning nearly $500 million worldwide. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Score at the 83rd Academy Awards, but lost to Toy Story 3 and The Social Network, respectively.
The movie won ten Annie Awards, including Best Animated Feature. Two sequels, How to Train Your Dragon 2 and How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, were released on June 13, 2014, February 22, 2019, respectively. Much like their predecessor, both sequels were praised and became box office successes; the film's success has inspired other merchandise, including a video game and a television series. The Viking village of Berk, located on a remote island, is attacked by dragons, which take livestock and damage property. Hiccup, the awkward fifteen-year-old son of the village chieftain, Stoick the Vast, is deemed too scrawny and weak to fight the dragons, so he instead creates mechanical devices under his apprenticeship with Gobber, the village blacksmith, though Hiccup's inventions backfire. During one attack, Hiccup uses a bolas launcher to shoot down a Night Fury, a dangerous and rare dragon of which little is known, but no one believes him, so he searches for the fallen dragon on his own.
He finds the dragon in the forest, tangled in his net, but cannot bring himself to kill it, instead sets it free. Stoick assembles a fleet to find the dragons' nest, enters Hiccup in a dragon-fighting class taught by Gobber, to train while he is away. Hiccup returns to the forest and finds the Night Fury still there, unable to fly because Hiccup's bolas tore off half of its tail fin. Hiccup befriends the dragon, giving it the name'Toothless'. Feeling guilty for crippling Toothless, Hiccup designs a harness rig and a prosthetic fin that allow the dragon to fly with Hiccup controlling the prosthetic. Hiccup learns about dragon behavior as he works with Toothless, is able to nonviolently subdue all the captive dragons during training, earning him the admiration of his peers, but causing Astrid, a tough Viking girl on whom Hiccup has a crush, to become suspicious of his behavior. Meanwhile, Stoick's fleet arrives home unsuccessful, though Stoick is cheered by Hiccup's unexpected success in dragon training.
Hiccup is judged the winner of his training class, must kill a dragon for his final exam. He is discovered by Astrid in the forest. Hiccup takes Astrid for a flight to demonstrate; when Astrid reminds Hiccup of the exam, Toothless unexpectedly takes the pair to the dragons' nest, where they discover a gargantuan dragon named the Red Death, which eats the smaller dragons unless they bring it live food. Astrid wishes to tell the village about their discovery, but Hiccup advises against it to protect Toothless. Back at the village the next day, Hiccup faces a captive Monstrous Nightmare dragon in his final exam. Instead of killing it, however, he subdues it in an attempt to prove; when Stoick inadvertently angers the dragon into attacking, Toothless arrives to protect Hiccup, but is captured by the Vikings in the process. Hiccup accidentally reveals to Stoick. After the Vikings have left, Hiccup is devastated, but Astrid prompts him to come to the realization that he spared Toothless out of compassion and empathy, not weakness.
Hiccup regains his confidence to go after Toothless and save him. The Viking attackers locate and break open the dragon's nest, causing most of the dragons to fly out, but awakening the Red Death, which soon overwhelms the Vikings. Hiccup and their fellow pupils fly in, riding Berk's captive training dragons, providing cover fire, distracting the Red Death while Hiccup frees Toothless. Hiccup drowns while doing so, but Stoick saves them both, reconciling with his son. Toothless and Hiccup destroy the Red Death by puncturing its wing membranes and tricking the beast into making a plunge from which it cannot pull up. Hiccup is injured in the fight. Hiccup awakens back on Berk, finding that Gobber has fashioned him a prosthesis, he is now admired by his village Astrid, who kisses him. Berk begins a new era, with dragons living in harmony. Jay Baruchel as Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, the awkward son of Stoick the Vast. Gerard Butler as Stoick the Vast, the chieftain of Berk and Hiccup's father. Craig Ferguson as Gobber the Belch, Berk's blacksmith, a close friend of Stoick's and teacher of the tribe's young dragon-training recruits.
America Ferrera as Astrid Hofferson, Hiccup's fellow student in dragon training and his crush
Superbad is a 2007 American coming-of-age teen comedy film directed by Greg Mottola and produced by Judd Apatow. The film stars Jonah Hill and Michael Cera as Seth and Evan, two teenagers about to graduate high school. Before graduating, the boys want to party and lose their virginity, however their plan proves harder than expected. Written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the script began development when they were 13 years old, was loosely based on their experience in Grade 12 in Vancouver during the 1990s. Rogen was initially intended to play Seth, but due to age and physical size this was changed, Hill went on to portray Seth, while Rogen portrayed the irresponsible Officer Michaels, opposite former Saturday Night Live star Bill Hader as Officer Slater; the film received favorable reviews, with critics praising the dialogue and the chemistry between the two leads. The film proved financially successful, grossing $169 million on a $20 million budget. Seth and Evan are two high school seniors.
The two are about to go off to different colleges. After Seth is paired with Jules during home economics class, she invites him to a party at her house that night, their friend Fogell reveals his plans to obtain a fake ID, so Seth promises to buy alcohol for Jules' party with money she gives him. Evan runs into his crush Becca and he offers to get her some vodka for the party. Fogell's fake ID has only one name, "McLovin." Despite the slim chance of success, Fogell makes the buy, but is knocked out at the last second by a robber. When police officers Slater and Michaels arrive and Evan believe that Fogell is being arrested. In fact and Michaels are giving Fogell a ride to the party. Seth is hit by a car being driven by a man who promises to take them to another party in exchange for them not telling the police. Seth and Evan decide to use this opportunity to get alcohol. Meanwhile and Michaels take Fogell on a ride-along and bond with him. Despite being on duty, they start drinking, using their sirens improperly, shooting their firearms at a stop sign.
At the party, Seth fills detergent bottles from the basement with alcohol he finds in the fridge and dances with a drunk woman, while Evan is made to sing by some men high on cocaine. About to leave, Seth is confronted by the host for dancing with his fiancée. A brawl ensues; the fiancée calls the police, while Evan escape. Evan and Seth argue, Seth is once again hit by a car - the police cruiser driven by Slater and Michaels, they plan to arrest Seth and Evan, but when Fogell comes out of the car, Evan makes a run for it, while Seth and Fogell escape with the alcohol. All three make their way to Jules' party. At the party, Seth's stories of the night make him popular and Becca wants to have sex with Evan, but he respects her too much to do it while she is so drunk that she throws up in bed. Meanwhile, Fogell goes upstairs to have sex with her. Seth drunkenly attempts to kiss Jules, but she turns him down because she neither drinks nor wants Seth while he is drunk. Seth believes he has ruined any chance of a relationship with Jules, passes out, accidentally headbutting her, leaving her with a black eye.
Slater and Michaels bust the party. Seth carries an intoxicated Evan away from the party. Slater interrupts Nicola, who runs off. Slater is angry at Fogell for ditching them, but Michaels points out they have just "cock-blocked" him, they apologize and reveal they knew all along that Fogell was not 25, they played along. To make it up to him, they pretend to arrest Fogell to make him look "bad-ass", they resume their bonding destroying their car with a Molotov cocktail while Fogell shoots it with Slater's firearm. The next morning and Evan go to the mall and run into Jules and Becca, the men pair off with the women. Seth takes Jules to buy concealer for her bruise, while Evan and Becca leave to buy a new comforter to replace the one that Becca ruined from being sick; the film was written by Rogen during their teen years. It is loosely based on their own experience as seniors in Vancouver in the late 1990s, hence the character names Seth and Evan. According to an interview at an event panel in 2009, Fogell was a real friend of Rogen and Goldberg.
Rogen was slated to play Hill's character Seth, but due to his physical size and age, he played one of the police officers. The film took over seven years to complete from early scripting in 2000 and filming in 2006/2007; the film was shot in Los Angeles. The high school is the exterior of El Segundo High School; the mall scenes were shot at the old Fox Hills Mall in California. Other notable filming locations include the convenience store at the beginning of the film in Culver City, the liquor store where "McLovin" gets IDed in Glendale and the bar where the cops take McLovin for a drink is neighboring Los Angeles International Airport; the scene where McLovin and the cops do donuts in the cop car was filmed in a parking lot on the California State University, Northridge campus. Mintz-Plasse was only 17 at the time of filming Superbad, as a result, his mother was required to be present on set during his sex scene. Superbad opened at number one at the United States box office, grossing US$33,052,411 in its weekend from 2,948 theaters for an average of US$11,212 per theater.
The film stayed at #1 the second week, grossing US$18,044,369. The film grossed US$121.5 million in the United States and Canada and US$48.4 million in other countries, for a total of US$169.9 million worldwide. Compared