Pretty Woman is a 1990 American romantic comedy film directed by Garry Marshall, from a screenplay by J. F. Lawton; the film stars Richard Gere and Julia Roberts, features Hector Elizondo, Ralph Bellamy, Laura San Giacomo, Jason Alexander in supporting roles. The film's story centers on down-on-her-luck Hollywood sex worker Vivian Ward, hired by Edward Lewis, a wealthy businessman, to be his escort for several business and social functions, their developing relationship over the course of her week-long stay with him. Intended to be a dark cautionary tale about class and sex work in Los Angeles, the film was reconceived as a romantic comedy with a large budget, it was successful at the box office and was the third highest-grossing film of 1990. The film saw the highest number of ticket sales in the US for a romantic comedy, with Box Office Mojo listing it as the number-one romantic comedy by the highest estimated domestic tickets sold at 42,176,400 ahead of My Big Fat Greek Wedding at 41,419,500 tickets.
The film received positive reviews, with Roberts's performance being praised, for which she received a Golden Globe Award and a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. In addition, screenwriter J. F. Lawton was nominated for a BAFTA Award. High-powered businessman Edward Lewis is dumped by his girlfriend during an unpleasant phone call wherein he asked her to escort him during his business trip and she has had enough of being treated as his "beck and call girl." Edward is a corporate raider from New York, who buys companies that are in financial trouble and tears down the company piece by piece. Leaving a business party in the Hollywood Hills, he takes his lawyer's Lotus Esprit sports car, accidentally ends up on Hollywood Boulevard in the city's red-light district, where he encounters prostitute Vivian Ward; as he is having difficulties driving the car, she gets in and guides him to the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel, where he is staying. It becomes clear that Vivian knows more about the Lotus than he does, he lets her drive.
Vivian charges Lewis $20 for the ride, they separate. She goes to a bus stop, where he offers to hire her for the night; that evening going to business dinner, he gets visibly moved by her transformation brought about by the helping manager of the hotel. Edward begins seeing Vivian in a different light, he begins revealing his personal and business lives. Edward takes Vivian to a polo match in hopes of networking for his business deal, his attorney, suspects Vivian is a corporate spy, Edward tells him how they met. Phillip approaches Vivian, suggesting they do business once her work with Edward is finished. Insulted, furious that Edward has revealed their secret, Vivian wants to end the arrangement. Edward apologizes, admits to feeling jealous of a business associate to whom Vivian paid attention at the match. Vivian's straightforward personality is rubbing off on Edward, he finds himself acting in unaccustomed ways. Growing involved, Edward takes Vivian by private jet to see La Traviata at the San Francisco Opera.
Vivian is moved to tears by the story of the prostitute. Vivian breaks her "no kissing on the mouth" rule and they have sex. Edward offers to put her up in an apartment. Hurt, she refuses, says this is not the "fairy tale" she dreamed of as a child, in which a knight on a white horse rescues her. Meeting with the tycoon whose shipbuilding company he is in the process of "raiding," Edward changes his mind, his time with Vivian has shown him a different way of looking at life, he suggests working together to save the company rather than tearing it apart and selling off the pieces. Phillip, furious at losing so much money, goes to the hotel to confront Edward, but finds only Vivian. Blaming her for the change in Edward, he attempts to rape her. Edward wrestles Philip off her, punches him in the face and throws him out of the room. With his business in L. A. complete, Edward asks Vivian to stay one more night with him, but because she wants to, not because he's paying her. She refuses. Edward re-thinks his life, as he's leaving for LAX to return to New York, he instead has the hotel chauffeur detour to Vivian's apartment building, where he leaps from out the white limousine's sun roof and "rescues her," overcoming his extreme fear of heights to ascend her fire escape.
Edward asks, "So what happens after he climbed up the tower and rescues her?" to which Vivian responds, "She rescues him right back." Richard Gere as Edward Lewis, a rich corporate raider and playboy from New York. Julia Roberts as Vivian Ward, an assertive freelance hooker with a heart of gold on Hollywood Boulevard. Ralph Bellamy as James Morse, owner of a troubled shipbuilding company Edward plans to take over. Jason Alexander as Phillip Stuckey, Edward's insensitive lawyer. Héctor Elizondo as Barney Thompson, the dignified but soft-hearted hotel manager. Laura San Giacomo as Kit De Luca, Vivian's wisecracking friend and roommate, who has taught her the prostitution trade. Julie Paris as Rachel, friend of Vivian and Kit. Alex Hyde-White as David Morse, James Morse's grandson, being groomed to take over the company. Amy Yasbeck as Elizabeth Stuckey, Phillip's wife. Elinor Donahue as Bridget, a friend
Robert Scott Speedman is a British-Canadian film and television actor. He is known for playing Ben Covington in the coming-of-age drama television series Felicity and Lycan–Vampire hybrid Michael Corvin in the gothic horror–action Underworld films, Barry "Baz" Blackwell in the TNT crime drama series Animal Kingdom, his other film work includes Duets, Dark Blue, XXX: State of the Union, The Strangers, Barney's Version, The Vow. Speedman was born in London, to Scottish parents Mary, a primary school teacher and champion runner, Roy Speedman, a department store buyer, his sister, died from cancer on February 8, 2016. At the age of four, he and his family moved to Ontario, he was a competitive swimmer who attended Earl Haig Secondary School's now defunct gifted athlete program. As a member of the Canadian Junior National Swim Team, Speedman placed ninth at the 1992 Olympic trials. Suffering a neck injury soon after, he was forced to leave the sport. To find a new focus outside of athletics, Speedman became interested in acting.
He went on to attend the University of York University to study his craft. Encouraged by a friend to appear on Speaker's Corner, a viewer open-forum run by Toronto's Citytv, Speedman expressed interest in auditioning for the role of Robin in the film Batman Forever, being cast in Toronto at the time. Though the appearance earned him an audition, Speedman was not cast in the role, given to Chris O'Donnell; the audition did, give Speedman the exposure he needed and he arranged an agent and began auditioning for Canadian television and film roles. Speedman's TV debut came in 1995 with the Canadian series Net Worth. After appearing in several small TV roles, Speedman decided to go to New York City to study for a short time at the Neighborhood Playhouse before dropping out and returning home to Toronto, his big break came when he got a call from an American casting agent who wanted him to audition for a new series called Felicity. Portraying brooding college student Ben Covington opposite overnight star Keri Russell as Felicity, Speedman received much acclaim on the popular series.
Soon after Felicity, Speedman began to get offers for more prominent roles while working on the series. In 2000, Speedman was given the role of Billy Hannan opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in the film Duets. After ending a four-year run on Felicity, Speedman found success in film. In 2002, he was cast in his first major starring role in a feature, portraying an inexperienced LAPD detective caught in a web of corruption, opposite Kurt Russell, in the police drama Dark Blue. Next, Speedman portrayed the husband of a terminally ill woman opposite fellow Canadian and high-school alumna Sarah Polley in the independent drama My Life Without Me. Speedman won a "Golden Wave Award" for his work on the film. In 2003, Speedman starred opposite Kate Beckinsale in the supernatural thriller Underworld. Making an impression on audiences in the stylized vampire-werewolf film, Speedman was honored with a Saturn Award in the category "Cinescape Face of the Future Award", he went on to star alongside James Marsden in the thriller The 24th Day and Ice Cube in XXX: State of the Union.
Upon the success of the first Underworld film, Speedman reprised his role as Michael Corvin in the 2006 sequel Underworld: Evolution. He appeared alongside Willem Dafoe in Wes Bentley in Weirdsville. Speedman appeared with Liv Tyler in the 2008 horror–thriller The Strangers, alongside Rachel Blanchard in Adoration, directed by Atom Egoyan. In July 2009, it was reported that Speedman was to star alongside Dustin Hoffman among others in the film adaption of Barney's Version. Pre-production began in August 2009, filming took place in Rome, New York and Canada. Speedman starred in the independent Western The Last Rites of Ransom Pride alongside Lizzy Caplan and Dwight Yoakam. Archive footage of Speedman from the previous Underworld films was used in the 2012 & 2016 sequels and Blood Wars, he had a supporting role as Jeremy in The Vow. Speedman last starred as XO Sam Kendal in the ABC military drama series Last Resort, which premiered on September 27, 2012. In June 2013, Speedman was selected to star in Ryan Murphy's HBO production called Open alongside Wes Bentley.
In 2014, he co-starred with Julia Stiles in Lluís Quílez Sala thriller film Out of the Dark. He starred in various independent films such as Barefoot, The Captive, The Monster, he starred as Barry "Baz" Blackwell in the TNT crime drama series Animal Kingdom until the first episode of season 3. In 2018, he had a guest role on Grey's Anatomy as Dr. Nick Marsh. Scott Speedman on IMDb Scott Speedman Biography at Yahoo! Movies Scott Speedman Project
Bridget Jones's Diary (film)
Bridget Jones's Diary is a 2001 romantic comedy film directed by Sharon Maguire and written by Richard Curtis, Andrew Davies, Helen Fielding. It is based on Fielding's 1996 novel of the same name, a reinterpretation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice; the adaptation stars Renée Zellweger as Bridget, Hugh Grant as the caddish Daniel Cleaver, Colin Firth as Bridget's "true love", Mark Darcy. Production began in August 2000 and ended in November 2000, took place on location in London and the Home Counties; the film premiered on 4 April 2001 in the United Kingdom and was released to theatres on 13 April 2001 in the United Kingdom and in the United States. Bridget Jones's Diary received positive reviews and was a commercial success, grossing over $280 million worldwide. Zellweger was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the film. A sequel, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, was released in 2004, another sequel, Bridget Jones's Baby, was released in 2016. Bridget Jones is 32, accident-prone, worried about her weight.
She works at a publishing company in London where her main focus is fantasising about her boss, Daniel Cleaver. At her parents’ New Year party, she re-encounters Mark Darcy, a childhood acquaintance and the barrister son of her parents' friends. Mark finds Bridget foolish and vulgar and Bridget thinks Mark arrogant and rude, is disgusted by his novelty Christmas jumper. Overhearing Mark grumble to his mother about her attempt to set him up with "a verbally incontinent spinster who smokes like a chimney, drinks like a fish and dresses like her mother," Bridget decides to turn her life around, she begins keeping a diary to chronicle her attempts to stop smoking, lose weight, find her Mr. Right. Bridget and Daniel begin to flirt at work, ahead of an important book launch, at which Bridget bumps into Mark and his glamorous but haughty colleague Natasha. Bridget leaves with Daniel and they have dinner, despite Daniel’s notorious reputation as a womaniser. Daniel tells Bridget that he and Mark were friends until Mark slept with Daniel's fiancée, for which they now hate each other.
Bridget brings Daniel along. They spend the day before the party at a country inn where Mark and Natasha are staying. Daniel is forced to return to London for work and Bridget endures the party alone, she returns home to find Daniel en flagrante with a colleague and Bridget cuts ties with him. She lands a new job in television, when Daniel pleads with her to stay, she declares that she would "rather have a job wiping Saddam Hussein's arse." Bridget attends a friend’s long-standing dinner party, where she is the only single person, is distraught to see Mark and Natasha. Mark confesses to Bridget that, despite her faults, he likes her "just as you are," and helps Bridget achieve an exclusive TV interview in a landmark legal case. Bridget begins to develop feelings for Mark, when she disastrously attempts to cater her own birthday dinner party, he comes to her rescue. A drunken Daniel arrives, temporarily claiming Bridget's attention, Mark leaves, but returns to punch Daniel and the two fight in the street smashing through a window.
Mark knocks Daniel out. Bridget's mother, Pamela temporarily leaves Bridget's father and begins an affair with perma-tanned shopping channel presenter Julian; when the affair ends, she returns to the Jones family home with an unintentional revelation: Mark and Daniel's falling-out resulted from Daniel seducing Mark's wife, not the other way around. At the Darcys' ruby wedding anniversary party the same day, Bridget confesses her feelings for Mark, only to learn that he and Natasha have accepted jobs in New York. Bridget interrupts the toast to their pending engagement with a moving speech. Bridget's friends rally to repair her broken heart with a surprise trip to Paris, but as they are about to leave, Mark appears at Bridget's flat. Just as they are about to kiss for the first time, Bridget flees to her bedroom to change into sexier underwear. Mark peeks at her diary, finds her older unflattering opinions of him, leaves. Bridget, realising what he has read and that she might lose him again, runs outside after him in the snow in her tiger skin-print underwear, but is unable to find him.
Disheartened, she is about to return home when Mark appears with a new diary for her "to make a fresh start." They kiss in the snow-covered street, Bridget remarks that "nice boys don't kiss like that," to which Mark retorts "Oh, they fucking do." Salman Rushdie and Jeffrey Archer have cameos in the film, which pokes fun at Archer's hack writer reputation. Honor Blackman has a cameo as a party guest. Christopher Kouros made an appearance as the singing Greek chef in the restaurant fight scene. Andrew Davies, screenwriter of the 1995 television adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, collaborated on the screenplays for the 2001 and 2004 Bridget Jones films, in which Crispin Bonham-Carter and Lucy Robinson appeared in minor roles; the self-referential in-joke between the projects convinced Colin Firth to accept the role of Mark Darcy, as it gave him an opportunity to ridicule and liberate himself from his Pride and Prejudice character. Working Title Films acquired the film rights of the novel in 1997.
Actresses who were considered for the role of Bridget
King Kong (2005 film)
King Kong is a 2005 epic monster adventure film co-written and directed by Peter Jackson. A remake of the 1933 film of the same name, the film stars Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, through motion capture, Andy Serkis as the title character. Set in 1933, King Kong tells the story of an ambitious filmmaker who coerces his cast and hired ship crew to travel to the mysterious Skull Island. There they encounter a legendary giant gorilla, whom they capture and take to New York City. Filming for King Kong took place in New Zealand from September 2004 to March 2005; the project's budget climbed from an initial $150 million to a then-record-breaking $207 million. It was released on December 14, 2005 in Germany and on December 14 in the United States, made an opening of $50.1 million. While it performed lower than expected, King Kong made domestic and worldwide grosses that added up to $550 million, becoming the fourth-highest-grossing film in Universal Pictures history at the time and the fifth-highest-grossing film of 2005.
It generated $100 million in DVD sales upon its home video release. The film garnered positive reviews from critics and appeared on several top ten lists for 2005, it was praised for its special effects, sense of spectacle and comparison to the 1933 original. It won three Academy Awards: Best Sound Mixing and Best Visual Effects. In 1933, during the Great Depression, New York City vaudeville actress Ann Darrow is hired by financially troubled filmmaker Carl Denham to star in a film with Herb, Carl's cameraman, Carl's soundman, Carl's assistant, actor Bruce Baxter. Ann learns Jack Driscoll, is the screenwriter; as their tramp steamer, the SS Venture, journeys to the mysterious Skull Island and Jack fall in love. The people on the ship consist of Englehorn the captain and his crew, including Hayes, a World War One veteran, Lumpy the cook, Choy the janitor, the Venture's lookout Jimmy. Captain Englehorn has second thoughts about the voyage, prompted by Lumpy and Hayes' speculation of trouble ahead.
Deep in the southern waters, the Venture receives a radio message informing Englehorn that there is a warrant for Carl's arrest due to his defiance of the studio's orders to cease production. The message instructs Englehorn to divert to Rangoon, but the ship becomes lost in fog and runs aground on the rocky shore of Skull Island. Carl and his crew explore the island and are attacked by natives, who kill Mike as well as one of the sailors. Ann screams as she is captured, a loud roar is heard beyond a wall. After this, the matriarch of the tribe targets Ann, muttering the word "Kong". Englehorn kills one of his crew break up the attack. Back on the ship, they lighten their load to float off the rocks and carry out repairs, but Jack discovers Ann has been kidnapped and another sailor has been killed; the natives offer Ann as a sacrifice to a 25 feet tall gorilla. The crew returns armed, but is too late as Kong takes Ann and flees into the jungle. Though terrified, Ann wins Kong over with juggling and dancing, begins to grasp Kong's intelligence and capacity for emotion.
Englehorn organizes a rescue party, led by Jack. Carl's crew, Choy. Jimmy, several other sailors come along, they kill a Ferrucutus ferrus. The rescue party is caught in the middle of a pack of Venatosaurus saevidicus and the herd of Brontosaurus they are hunting, five people are killed, including cameraman Herb; the rest of the rescue party come across a swamp where two others leave the group. The rest cross the swamp on rafts, only to be attacked by "Scorpio-pedes", as well by a "Piranhadon", which devours three sailors; the rescue party is making their way across a fallen log over a ravine. Five crewmen, including Hayes and Choy, are killed after being thrown off the log, the rest of the crew ride the log down the ravine and land in a pit. Preston however, doesn't fall down as he is able to cling to a vine from the falling log. Kong rescues her from three Vastatosaurus rex. Kong takes her to his lair in the mountains; the remaining rescue party find the pit to be full of giant insects. Lumpy is killed by the maggot-like Carnictics sordicus while two others are killed by spider-like creatures.
Englehorn and the two crewmen return, saving Jack, Jimmy and Preston. As Jack continues searching for Ann, Carl decides to capture Kong. Jack goes to Kong's lair, provoking a swarm of flying Terapusmordax; as Kong fights the swarm and Jack escape. They arrive at the wall with Kong pursuing them, Ann becomes distraught by what Carl plans to do. Kong bursts through the gate and attempts to get her back, killing several sailors, but is subdued when Carl knocks him out with chloroform. In New York City, Carl presents "Kong, the Eighth Wonder of the World" on Broadway, starring Baxter and an imprisoned Kong. Ann is played by an anonymous chorus girl. Kong becomes agitated at the camera's flashes, angry when he realizes the girl on stage is not Ann. After breaking free from his chrome-steel chains, he wrecks the theater and chases Jack and attempts to search for Ann as well. Kong knocks Jack out by stopping his car and flipping it encounters Ann again, able to calm him. Kong and Ann share a moment on a frozen pond in Central Park until the U.
S. Army attacks. Kong climbs with Ann onto the top of the Empire State Building, where he fights off six F8C-5 Helldiver Navy planes, downing three. Kong is mortally wounded by the planes' gunfire, gazes at Ann for the last time before dying and f
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
My Big Fat Greek Wedding is a 2002 independent romantic comedy film directed by Joel Zwick and written by Nia Vardalos, who stars in the film as Fotoula "Toula" Portokalos, a middle class Greek American woman who falls in love with non-Greek upper middle class White Anglo-Saxon Protestant Ian Miller. The film received positive reviews from critics and, at the 75th Academy Awards, it was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. A sleeper hit, the film became the highest-grossing romantic comedy of all time, grossed $241.4 million in North America, despite never reaching number one at the box office during its release. It was the highest-grossing film to accomplish this feat for 14 years until the animated film Sing grossed $268 million in 2016; the film spawned a franchise, which inspired the short-lived 2003 TV series My Big Fat Greek Life and a film sequel titled My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, was released on March 25, 2016. Fotoula "Toula" Portokalos is her family's black sheep.
Her staunchly proud Greek immigrant parents and Maria, raised their daughters to follow their cultural traditions of marriage and motherhood. Her older sister Athena met her family's expectations by marrying young to another Greek and becoming, in Toula's words, "a Greek baby-breeding machine". Toula, however, is 30 years old and still lives with her parents, she works at Dancing Zorba's, her family's restaurant in Chicago. She longs for an independent life away from her intrusive family. Frumpy and cynical, she fears. One day at the restaurant, Toula notices a handsome young customer—Ian Miller, a high school teacher, she tries to speak to him, only to embarrass herself with her social awkwardness. Ian is bewildered by her behavior, Toula figures she's lost her chance to get to know him. In a small step towards independence, Toula wants to take computer classes at a local community college; when Toula approaches her father Gus about the classes, he forbids it, thinking she wants to leave her family.
He insists she's "smart enough for a girl" and it is too dangerous for her to be out in the city alone. After some crafty persuasion by his wife, Gus reluctantly permits Toula to attend classes; as her classes progress, Toula gains self-confidence. She trades her thick glasses for contact lenses and her baggy, drab clothes for flattering, colorful outfits, she learns to apply makeup. With her new computer skills and polished image, Toula asks her mother and her Aunt Voula to convince Gus that Toula should work at Voula's travel agency instead of the restaurant. Toula thrives in her new job, one day she sees Ian walking by the travel agency, he notices Toula, not recognizing that she is the same woman who tried to talk to him at Dancing Zorba's. Despite Toula's lingering shyness, they begin dating; when Ian realizes Toula was the woman at the restaurant, Toula is sure. Instead, he loves her more for who she is, they become a couple; because Ian is not Greek, Toula keeps the relationship secret from her family, but her parents find out when a family friend sees them kissing in a parking lot.
As she feared, Gus is angry because Ian is not an ethnic Greek—referring to Ian as a "Xeno"—and both Gus and Maria tell Toula to end the relationship. Toula insists, her parents try to dissuade her by bringing various Greek bachelors home to meet her, all to no avail. When Ian proposes to Toula, she accepts, but Gus is upset that Ian did not ask him for permission to date Toula, let alone marry her. Ian tries to adapt to the family's Greek mannerisms. Ian and Toula cannot marry in the Greek Orthodox Church unless Ian converts, Toula is worried the wedding will be a fiasco, she suggests to Ian. He refuses, saying if it's that important to her family to marry in their religion he will be baptized Greek Orthodox. Ian's willingness to do this encourages Gus and Maria to accept Ian into the family; as Toula feared, her numerous well-meaning female relatives take over much of the wedding plans, while the men keep testing Ian. Her cousin Nikki selects tacky bridesmaids dresses without Toula's permission.
Other cousins trick Ian into saying inappropriate things in Greek. When Toula invites Ian's quiet, reserved parents to meet her parents at their home, she insists that it be a simple dinner with just the six of them. Toula and Ian arrive to find all of Toula's extended family at the dinner, where they dance and drink for hours. Ian's parents are shocked by the family's rambunctiousness. On the wedding day, Toula is nervous and surrounded by relatives, but the traditional Greek wedding goes perfectly. At the reception, Gus gives a speech his parents as family, he presents the newlyweds with a deed to a house. Both Ian and Toula are touched by Gus's generosity. Following the reception and Ian leave for a honeymoon in Greece, both appreciating the craziness of their Greek family. An epilogue shows the couple's life six years later. Toula got pregnant "a minute later" after their honeymoon with their daughter Paris; as Ian and Toula are walking Paris from their house to Greek school, Paris asks why she has to go to Greek school.
Toula replies that she had to go to Greek school as a child, so Paris will too. But she assures her; as they walk, it is revealed. My Big Fat Greek Wedding started as a one-woman play written by and starring Vardalos, performed for six weeks at the Hudson Backstage Theatre in L
Napoleon Dynamite is a 2004 American comedy film produced by Jeremy Coon, Chris Wyatt, Sean Covel and Jory Weitz, written by Jared and Jerusha Hess and directed by Jared Hess. The film stars Jon Heder in the role of the title character, for which he was paid $1,000. After the film's runaway success, Heder re-negotiated his compensation and received a cut of the profits; the film was Jared Hess' first full-length feature and is adapted from his earlier short film, Peluca. Napoleon Dynamite was acquired at the Sundance Film Festival by Fox Searchlight Pictures and Paramount Pictures, in association with MTV Films, it was filmed in and near Franklin County, Idaho in the summer of 2003. It debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2004; the film's total worldwide gross revenue was $46,118,097. The film has since developed a cult following. Napoleon Dynamite is a awkward 16-year-old boy from Preston, who lives with his grandmother, Carlinda Dynamite, his older brother, Kipling Ronald "Kip" Dynamite.
Kip, 32, is unemployed and boasts of spending hours on Internet chat rooms with his girlfriends and aspiring to be a cage fighter. Napoleon daydreams his way through school, doodling ligers and fantasy creatures and reluctantly deals with the various bullies who torment him the obnoxious sports jock, Don. Napoleon likes to make up stories about himself and his outlandish "skills" while having a sullen and aloof personality. Napoleon's grandmother breaks her coccyx in a quad-bike accident and asks their Uncle Rico to look after the boys while she recovers. Rico, a middle-aged and flirtatious steak-loving former athlete who lives in a campervan, treats Napoleon like a child, he uses the visiting opportunity to team up with Kip in a get-rich-quick scheme to sell items door-to-door. Kip wants money to visit his Internet girlfriend LaFawnduh, while Rico believes riches will help him get over his failed dreams of NFL stardom and his recent breakup with his girlfriend. Napoleon becomes friends with two students at his school: Deb, a shy girl who runs various small businesses to raise money for college, Pedro, a bold yet calm transfer student from Juarez, Mexico.
Preparations begin for the high school dance. Pedro is rebuffed, he asks Deb, who gladly accepts. Pedro encourages an upset Napoleon to find a date for himself, he picks an attractive and popular classmate, from the school yearbook; as a gift, he draws an unintentionally bad picture of her and delivers it to Trisha's mother, one of Rico's customers. Rico tells embarrassing stories about Napoleon to evoke sympathy from Trisha's mother, who buys his wares and forces Trisha to reluctantly accept Napoleon's invitation. Trisha appears at the dance with Napoleon but soon abandons him, causing Deb to dance with Napoleon out of pity. Inspired by an election poster at the dance, Pedro decides to run for class president, pitting him against Summer; the two candidates' factions hand out trinkets to students to attract voters. To increase their respect by demonstrating "skills", Napoleon and Pedro enter a Future Farmers of America competition, grading milk and cow udders, they do well and win medals. Incidentally, Napoleon visits a thrift store and buys an instructional dance VHS called D-Qwon's Dance Grooves, becoming a skillful dancer.
Kip's girlfriend LaFawnduh arrives from Detroit and gives him an urban makeover, outfitting him in hip-hop regalia. Seeing that he dances, LaFawnduh gives Napoleon a mixtape. Rico's ongoing sales scheme causes friction with Napoleon as he continues to spread embarrassing rumors about him to prospective customers. Rico tries to sell Deb a breast-enhancement product, claiming it was Napoleon's suggestion, which causes her to break off their friendship, his scheme ends after his sales pitch to the wife of the town's martial arts instructor, goes awry: Rex assaults Rico after unexpectedly arriving during his demonstration of the breast-enhancement product. Summer gives a speech before the student body on election day, presents a dance skit to "Larger than Life" by the Backstreet Boys with a school club. A despondent Pedro gives an unimpressive speech after discovering he is required to perform a skit. To save Pedro's campaign, Napoleon gives the sound engineer LaFawnduh's mixtape and spontaneously performs an elaborate dance routine to "Canned Heat" by Jamiroquai.
Napoleon's routine receives a standing ovation from stunning Summer and her boyfriend Don. The film concludes with Pedro becoming the class president, Kip and LaFawnduh leaving on a bus for Michigan, Rico reuniting with his estranged girlfriend, Grandma returning from the hospital, Napoleon and Deb reconciling and playing tetherball. In a post-credits scene, Kip and LaFawnduh are married in an outdoor ceremony in Preston. Napoleon, absent for the vows, arrives riding a horse, claiming that it is a "wild honeymoon stallion" that he has tamed himself. Kip flicks LaFawnduh's garter as a keepsake towards Napoleon and Rico before he and LaFawnduh ride off across the fields. Jon Heder as Napoleon Dynamite Efren Ramirez as Pedro Sánchez Tina Majorino as Deborah "Deb" Bradshaw Aaron Ruell as Kipling "Kip" Dynamite Jon Gries as Rico Dynamite Haylie Duff as Summer Wheatley Emily Kennard as Trisha Jenner Shondrella Avery as LaFawnduh Lucas Sandy Martin as Grandma Carlinda Dynamite Diedrich Bader as Rex Trevor Snarr as Don Ellen Dubin as Aunt Ilene Jon Heder and Jared Hess were both students at the film program at Brigham Young University in 2002 and decided to collaborate on a class project.
The duo produced a 9-minute short film shot on black-and-white 16mm film entitled Peluca, about a nerdy high school stu
Tara Leigh Patrick, better known by her stage name Carmen Electra, is an American glamour model, television personality and dancer. She began her career as a singer after moving to Minneapolis, where she met Prince, who produced her debut record, she relocated to Los Angeles, California, to pursue a career as an actress, gaining notoriety for her role as Lani McKenzie on the television series Baywatch. She made her film debut in the horror comedy American Vampire, has had roles in multiple parody films, including Scary Movie, Date Movie, Epic Movie, Meet the Spartans, Disaster Movie. Electra has appeared as a model in Playboy magazine, worked as a dancer with the Pussycat Dolls. Carmen Electra was born Tara Leigh Patrick on April 20, 1972 in Sharonville, Ohio, to Harry Patrick, a guitarist and entertainer, his wife Patricia, a singer; the youngest of six children, Electra attended Ann Weigel Elementary School and studied dance under Gloria J. Simpson at Dance Artists studio in Western Hills until age nine, when she enrolled in the School for Creative and Performing Arts, a magnet arts school in the Cincinnati Public School District.
There, she was an older classmate of Nick Lachey, with whom she appeared in a production of Peter Pan. Electra, who told People Magazine in 1997 that she'd "wanted to dance on Broadway," graduated from Princeton High School in Sharonville in 1990, having transferred there from SCPA two years prior. Additionally, Electra graduated from Barbizon Modeling and Acting School in Cincinnati. Electra is of Dutch, English and Irish descent, was close to her family, she said of her mother, "My mom was my rock," and described her older sister Debbie as being "like a second mother to me". After Debbie moved to Illinois, Electra said, she was my best friend, in my life 24/7 whether I wanted her there or not." Electra started her professional career in 1990 as a dancer at Kings Island in Mason, Ohio, in the show "It's Magic", one of the more popular shows in the park's history. In 1991, she moved to Minneapolis, where she met singer and songwriter Prince. Soon after, Electra signed a recording contract with Prince's Paisley Park Records and began a short-lived singing career.
During her time at Paisley Park Records, she became known as Carmen Electra. In 1995, Electra started appearing in television shows. In May 1996, she was featured in a nude pictorial in the first of several; this exposure led to higher profile television appearances, including Baywatch and MTV's Singled Out. She returned to Baywatch for the 2003 reunion movie, Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding. Electra was featured in Playboy four more times: June 1997, December 2000, April 2003, the January 2009 anniversary issue, she was on the cover of the last three of these issues. In 1997, Electra appeared in the films American Good Burger. In 1997, Electra modeled for the covers of the comic books Razor and the Ladies of London Night by London Night Studios. Electra appeared in commercials for Maxim Men's Hair Color products. In 2006, Electra signed on as the spokesmodel for Ritz Camera Centers, appearing in their television and print ads with CEO David Ritz, she is featured in some video spoofs of lonelygirl15. That same year she appeared as the face and spokesperson for Max Factor cosmetics in their television and print ads.
In 2007, Electra became a published author with the release of her book. She is the oldest cover girl in the publication history of FHM Magazine. In 1999, she appeared in the Bloodhound Gang's music video of "The Inevitable Return of the Great White Dope"; that same year she appeared in the film The Mating Habits of the Earthbound Human. Electra's 2000s feature film appearances include the horror film Scary Movie. In 2004, she appeared in the remake of the 1970s TV show Starsky & Hutch, for which she won an MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss, her subsequent films during that decade include Cheaper by the Dozen 2. In 2002, an extinct species of fly was named Carmenelectra shechisme in honor of Electra's "splendid somal structure". In 2004, Electra appeared as characters in the video game Def Jam: Fight for New York and as one of the celebrity challenges in the video game ESPN NFL 2K5. In 2005, she appeared in an episode of House, in which she portrayed herself as an injured golfer and an injured farmer, playing out House's fantasy.
That same year, she joined the voice cast of the animated series Tripping the Rift, replacing Gina Gershon as the voice of the sexy android "Six". In 2005, she began the Naked Women's Wrestling League, acting as the commissioner for the professional wrestling promotion. In late 2006, Electra was featured in commercials by Taco Bell. Electra appeared as a guest judge on So You Think You Can Dance Season 8 on July 6, 2011, she appeared along with regular series judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy and fellow guest judge Travis Wall. In 2012, Electra joined Britain's Got Talent as a guest judge for the auditions staged in London, she acted as a replacement for Amanda Holden, absent due to complications following child birth. In August 1998, Electra's mother died of brain cancer, two weeks her older sister, died of a heart attack. During this time, Electra had been dating NBA star Dennis Rodman, she and Rodman wed in November 1998 at Little Chapel of the Flowers in Nevada. Nine days Rodman filed for annulment, claiming he was of