John Burke Krasinski is an American actor and filmmaker. He is best known for his role as Jim Halpert on the NBC sitcom The Office, he served as a producer and occasional director of the series throughout its nine-season run. Educated in theatre arts at Brown University and the National Theater Institute, Krasinski is the recipient of a number of accolades, including four Primetime Emmy Award nominations and two Screen Actors Guild Awards. Time named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2018, his film credits include License to Wed, Away We Go, It's Complicated, Something Borrowed, Big Miracle, Promised Land, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. Krasinski directed and starred in the drama Brief Interviews with Hideous Men and the comedy-drama film The Hollars. In 2018, Krasinski co-wrote and starred in the critically acclaimed horror film A Quiet Place; that year, he began portraying the title character in the Amazon thriller series Jack Ryan, which he produces. He was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series at the Screen Actors Guild Awards for his role.
In addition to acting in television series and films, Krasinski has performed voice-over work in both animated and documentary films such as Monsters University and a small role in Shrek the Third. He established a production company, Sunday Night Productions, in 2013. Krasinski is married to English actress Emily Blunt, they have two daughters together. Krasinski was born at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, in the Brighton neighborhood of Boston, to Mary Clare, a nurse, Ronald Krasinski, an internist, his father is Polish-American and his mother is Irish-American. He was raised as a Roman Catholic, he grew up in a suburb west of Boston. Krasinski made his stage debut as Daddy Warbucks in a sixth-grade school production of the musical Annie. Afterwards, he co-starred in a satirical play written and cast by his future The Office co-star B. J. Novak when they were high school seniors. Krasinski and Novak graduated from Newton South High School in 1997. Before entering college, Krasinski taught English as a foreign language in Costa Rica.
From there, he went to Brown University, studying theatre arts under Lowry Marshall and John Emigh, graduated in 2001 as a playwright with the honors thesis "Contents Under Pressure". During his time at Brown, he was a member of the sketch comedy group Out of Bounds. In college, he helped coach youth basketball at the Gordon School in East Providence, Rhode Island, he attended the National Theater Institute in Waterford, Connecticut. Besides training at the National Theater Institute, he studied at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon and The Actors Center in New York City. After graduating from Brown University, Krasinski went to New York City to pursue acting, appearing in commercials and guest-starring on television shows, as well as doing readings of off-Broadway plays while working as a waiter, he starred in the play What the Eunuch Saw, written and directed by his former college classmates Emily O'Dell and Isaac Robert Hurwitz. In 2000, Krasinski interned as a scriptwriter on the show Late Night with Conan O'Brien.
Krasinski's breakthrough came when he was cast in 2004 in the NBC sitcom The Office, a remake of the successful British TV series. In the series, a mockumentary about life at a mid-sized paper supply company, he played the role of Jim Halpert, an intelligent and mild-mannered sales representative and, in seasons, co-manager of the paper distribution company Dunder Mifflin in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Krasinski and Jenna Fischer's characters served as the central love interests of the series. To prepare for his role, Krasinski visited Scranton for research and interviewed employees at actual paper companies, he shot the footage of Scranton used in the opening credits. He appeared in every episode of the series and directed several including "Sabre". For his work in the series, Krasinski earned US$100,000 per episode of the third season of The Office, four times his salary for the previous two seasons. In 2006, Krasinski co-starred in Jason Carvey's independently produced, direct-to-DVD heist comedy A New Wave with Andrew Keegan and Lacey Chabert.
In 2007, he co-starred with Anna Faris and Danny Masterson as Brevin in Gregg Araki's independent stoner comedy Smiley Face. Reviews were positive for the film; that year, he starred in the romantic comedy License to Wed with Mandy Moore and Robin Williams. Despite negative critical reception of the film, it emerged as a commercial success. Krasinski guest-starred in a number of television series including Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Without a Trace, Ed, American Dad! and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. He co-starred in films including Kinsey, Duane Hopwood, The Holiday and Shrek the Third, For Your Consideration and Dreamgirls. In 2008, Krasinski appeared alongside Renée Zellweger and George Clooney in the latter's directorial venture Leatherheads, a period comedy about the early years of professional American football, he portrayed Carter "the Bullet" Rutherford, Princeton University's college football star and a decorated hero of the First World War. MTV.com praised his acting, describing him as "an actor who's able to project both boyish warmth and intellectual concern" while stating that he "manages the considerable feat of holding the screen opposite Clooney without melting in the heat of his trademark movie-star mega-wattage."In 2009, Krasinski made his directorial debut in the comedy-drama film Brief Interviews with Hideous Men.
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Times Square is a major commercial intersection, tourist destination, entertainment center and neighborhood in the Midtown Manhattan section of New York City at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue. It stretches from West 42nd to West 47th Streets. Brightly adorned with billboards and advertisements, Times Square is sometimes referred to as "The Crossroads of the World", "The Center of the Universe", "the heart of The Great White Way", "the heart of the world". One of the world's busiest pedestrian areas, it is the hub of the Broadway Theater District and a major center of the world's entertainment industry. Times Square is one of the world's most visited tourist attractions, drawing an estimated 50 million visitors annually. 330,000 people pass through Times Square daily, many of them tourists, while over 460,000 pedestrians walk through Times Square on its busiest days. Known as Longacre Square, Times Square was renamed in 1904 after The New York Times moved its headquarters to the newly erected Times Building – now One Times Square – the site of the annual New Year's Eve ball drop which began on December 31, 1907, continues today, attracting over a million visitors to Times Square every year.
Times Square functions as a town square, but is not geometrically a square. Broadway runs diagonally, crossing through the horizontal and vertical street grid of Manhattan laid down by the Commissioners' Plan of 1811, that intersection creates the "bowtie" shape of Times Square; the southern triangle of Times Square has no specific name, but the northern triangle is called Father Duffy Square. It was dedicated in 1937 to Chaplain Francis P. Duffy of New York City's U. S. 69th Infantry Regiment and is the site of a memorial to him, along with a statue of George M. Cohan, as well as the TKTS reduced-price ticket booth run by the Theatre Development Fund. Since 2008, the booth has been backed by a red, triangular set of bleacher-like stairs, used by people to sit, talk and take photographs; when Manhattan Island was first settled by the Dutch, three small streams united near what is now 10th Avenue and 40th Street. These three streams formed the "Great Kill". From there the Great Kill wound through the low-lying Reed Valley, known for fish and waterfowl and emptied into a deep bay in the Hudson River at the present 42nd Street.
The name was retained in a tiny hamlet, Great Kill, that became a center for carriage-making, as the upland to the south and east became known as Longacre. Before and after the American Revolution, the area belonged to John Morin Scott, a general of the New York militia, in which he served under George Washington. Scott's manor house was at what is 43rd Street, surrounded by countryside used for farming and breeding horses. In the first half of the 19th century, it became one of the prized possessions of John Jacob Astor, who made a second fortune selling off lots to hotels and other real estate concerns as the city spread uptown. By 1872, the area had become the center of New York's horse carriage industry; the locality had not been given a name, city authorities called it Longacre Square after Long Acre in London, where the horse and carriage trade was centered in that city. William Henry Vanderbilt ran the American Horse Exchange there. In 1910 it became the Winter Garden Theatre; as more profitable commerce and industrialization of Lower Manhattan pushed homes and prostitution northward from the Tenderloin District, Long Acre Square became nicknamed the Thieves Lair for its rollicking reputation as a low entertainment district.
The first theater on the square, the Olympia, was built by cigar manufacturer and impresario Oscar Hammerstein I. According to Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898, "By the early 1890s this once sparsely settled stretch of Broadway was ablaze with electric light and thronged by crowds of middle- and upper-class theatre and cafe patrons." In 1904, New York Times publisher Adolph S. Ochs moved the newspaper's operations to a new skyscraper on 42nd Street at Longacre Square, on the site of the former Pabst Hotel, which had existed on the site for less than a decade since it opened in November 1899. Ochs persuaded Mayor George B. McClellan Jr. to construct a subway station there, the area was renamed "Times Square" on April 8, 1904. Just three weeks the first electrified advertisement appeared on the side of a bank at the corner of 46th Street and Broadway; the north end became Duffy Square, the former Horse Exchange became the Winter Garden Theatre, constructed in 1911. The New York Times moved to more spacious offices one block west of the square in 1913 and sold the building in 1961.
The old Times Building was named the Allied Chemical Building in 1963. Now known as One Times Square, it is famed for the Times Square Ball drop on its roof every New Year's Eve. In 1913, the Lincoln Highway Association, headed by entrepreneur Carl G. Fisher, chose the intersection of 42nd Street and Broadway to be the Eastern Terminus of the Lincoln Highway; this was the first road across the United States, which spanned 3,389 miles coast-to-coast through 13 states to its western terminus in Lincoln Park in San Francisco, California. Times Square grew after World War I, it became a cultural hub full of theatres, music halls, upscale hotels. Times Square became New York's agora, a place to gather to await great tidings and to celebrate them, whether a World Series or a presidential election. Advertising grew in the 1920s, growing
Mastodon is an American heavy metal band from Atlanta, formed in 2000. The group is composed of Troy Sanders, Brent Hinds, Bill Kelliher, Brann Dailor. Mastodon has released seven studio albums, as well as a number of other releases; the band's 2002 debut album, garnered significant critical acclaim for its unique sound. Mastodon's second full-length release, Leviathan, is a concept album based on the novel Moby-Dick by Herman Melville. Three magazines awarded the record Album of the Year in 2004: Revolver, Kerrang! and Terrorizer. The song "Colony of Birchmen" from the band's third album, Blood Mountain, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 2007. Blood Mountain was followed in 2009 by Crack the Skye, in 2011 by The Hunter, which debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard 200 chart and achieved major commercial success in the United States. The Hunter features the song "Curl of the Burl", nominated for a Grammy for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance in 2012. Mastodon's 2014 album, Once More'Round the Sun, peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 chart and features the band's third Grammy-nominated song, "High Road".
The band's seventh album, Emperor of Sand, was released on March 31, 2017, features the band's most commercially successful song to date, "Show Yourself", which peaked at No. 4 on the US Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart in June 2017. The followup single, "Steambreather", peaked at number 18 on the same chart in October 2017; the album's opening track, "Sultan's Curse", earned the band their first Grammy award. Emperor of Sand was the band's first album to receive a Grammy nomination, it was nominated for Best Rock Album. Mastodon was formed on January 13, 2000, after drummer Brann Dailor and guitarist Bill Kelliher moved to Atlanta from Victor, New York, met bassist/singer Troy Sanders and guitarist/singer Brent Hinds at a High on Fire show, they discovered they had a mutual appreciation of sludge metal bands Melvins and Neurosis, heavy metal legends Iron Maiden, 1970s hard-rockers Thin Lizzy, shortly thereafter formed Mastodon. In an interview in 2009, Kelliher revealed that the first time Hinds attended a practice with the band, he "showed up so wasted he couldn't play".
The band recorded a demo in 2000. Saner left the band for personal reasons after just a couple of months. After recording a four-song demo and a 7-inch picture disc through Reptilian Records, Mastodon landed a record deal with Relapse Records in 2001. Mastodon released the EP Lifesblood in 2001, its first full-length album, Remission, in 2002, with the singles "March of the Fire Ants" and "Crusher/Destroyer". On each of Mastodon's first three full-length albums the last track was an instrumental composition with a title that related to the Elephant Man; the band's second full-length album, was released in 2004. It is a concept album loosely based on Herman Melville's novel Moby-Dick; the band received critical acclaim for Leviathan and the record was named album of the year by Kerrang! and Terrorizer. "Blood and Thunder," which featured Clutch vocalist Neil Fallon, was chosen as one of the most important recordings of the decade by National Public Radio in November 2009, that the entire album epitomizes " a phenomenal decade for metal".
Leviathan ranked second in a list by Metal Hammer of the best albums of 2004. The band went on tour in support of the album, playing throughout North America and Europe in The Unholy Alliance tour along with Slayer and Lamb of God and on with Slipknot."Iron Tusk", the fifth track on the album, can be found on the soundtrack of the skateboarding video game Tony Hawk's American Wasteland and in 2K Sports video game NHL 2K9. "Blood and Thunder" is featured in the video games Need for Speed: Most Wanted, Project Gotham Racing 3, Saints Row. "Blood and Thunder" was added as a playable track on all instruments in Guitar Hero: Metallica and was featured in Japanese music games Drummania V2 and Guitarfreaks V2. It has been released as downloadable content for Rock Band 3, with Pro Guitar support available at extra cost. Leviathan was followed by the 2006 release of Call of the Mastodon, a remastered collection of the band's first nine songs, a DVD of interviews and concert footage called The Workhorse Chronicles that includes material from the band's early days as a five-piece.
The band has stated that "Call of the Mastodon" is their third studio album though the album is a compilation album. These two releases were the band's last for Relapse Records, as they would go on to sign with Warner Bros. Mastodon recorded a cover version of Metallica's "Orion" for a 2006 Kerrang! Tribute album marking the twentieth anniversary of the release of Master of Puppets, their third studio album, Blood Mountain, was released on September 12, 2006, followed by a tour to support the album along with Tool in Europe and Slayer in Australia and New Zealand. The Mars Volta frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala lent his vocals to the track "Siberian Divide". Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme contributed vocals for the song "Colony of Birchmen"; the band performed the song "Colony of Birchmen" on NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien on November 1, their first appearance on network television, to a viewing audience of around 2.4 million people. This song was featured in the video games Saints Row 2 and Rock Band 2.
The band's first single off Blood Mountain, "Capillarian Crest," was ranked number 27 in Rolling Stone Magazine's Top 100 Songs of 2006. The album itself was ranked 9th in the magazine's best albums of the year chart; the UK's Metal Hammer voted it the best album of 2006 in its end of year critic
Robert Anderson Huebel is an American actor and writer best known for his sketch comedy work on the MTV series Human Giant and for his role of Dr. Owen Maestro on the Adult Swim series Childrens Hospital, he stars as Len Novak on the Amazon series Transparent. Huebel was born in Alexandria, the son of Louisa and Jared Huebel, he attended Annandale High School in Annandale, Virginia before attending Clemson University in South Carolina where he studied Marketing in hopes of working in advertising. He moved to New York and began studying improv comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. Huebel first began improvising when he was 27 by taking classes at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City, his early work was as a sketch actor on shows such as Late Night with Conan O'Brien and Upright Citizens Brigade. He was nominated for an Emmy award for his work as a producer for Michael Moore's Bravo series The Awful Truth, he worked as a segment producer on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
Huebel was a panelist on the VH1 series Best Week Ever, part of the NetZero "Candidate Zero" campaign during the 2004 election. He was known for the "Inconsiderate Cell Phone Man" character, shown at movie theatres before showtime, he appeared on the HBO television series Curb Your Enthusiasm, as well as Fox's Arrested Development. The comedy partner of Rob Riggle, the duo have worked with the improvisational comedy troupe Respecto Montalban and at the Upright Citizens Brigade. Huebel and Riggle performed a comedy bit in the documentary Super High Me. Among their best known work at UCB was their long-running two-man show Kung-Fu Grip, showcased at the 2004 HBO Comedy Arts Festival. Huebel was in the movie Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story, as Sam Brown with Corddry and Riggle. Huebel and fellow comedians Aziz Ansari and Paul Scheer are writers and executive producers in the MTV sketch comedy show Human Giant; some of Huebel's characters from the show include Samir from "The Shutterbugs" and T.
C. Everwood from "Clell Tickle", he guest starred in the 30 Rock episode "MILF Island", as Holly's boyfriend A. J. in three episodes of The Office. He played the role of ` Tevin' in the 2009 comedy I Love Man, he co-starred with Rob Corddry in Childrens Hospital. Huebel continues to perform at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles, he co-hosts the live sketch show "Crash Test" with Paul Scheer twice a month, as well as hosting "The Shit Show", in which he gathers comedian friends and other well-known performers to present the worst scenes in films and commercials that they have done. Huebel has written and starred in various filmed sketches for the HBO sketch comedy program Funny or Die Presents. In November 2010, Huebel performed stand-up on The Benson Interruption on Comedy Central. Huebel appeared in the films The Other Guys, Life as We Know It, Little Fockers, Despicable Me, The Descendants. In February 2011, Huebel was cast as a lead in the Fox sitcom pilot Family Album and in May he guest starred on ABC's sitcom, Modern Family as Glen Whipple in the episode "The One That Got Away".
He appeared as a semi-regular castmember on Amazon Studios's Transparent, playing Len Novak. Huebel appears on the comedy podcast Comedy Bang! Bang! along with starring in his own podcast series on the Earwolf network, Mike Detective. He appeared in Horrible Bosses 2 and Barely Lethal. Huebel is married. Official website Rob Huebel on IMDb Rob Huebel on Twitter
The National (band)
The National is an American rock band from Cincinnati, formed in 1999. The band consists of Matt Berninger, Aaron Dessner, Bryce Dessner, Scott Devendorf and Bryan Devendorf. Founded by Berninger, Aaron Dessner, Scott and Bryan Devendorf, The National released their self-titled debut album, The National, on Brassland Records, an independent record label founded by Dessner and his twin brother, Bryce Dessner. Bryce, who had assisted in recording the album, soon joined the band, participating as a full member in the recording of its follow-up, Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers. Leaving behind their day jobs, the National signed with Beggars Banquet Records and released their third studio album, Alligator, to widespread critical acclaim; the band's fourth and fifth studio albums and High Violet, increased their exposure significantly. In 2013, the band released its sixth studio album, Trouble Will Find Me, nominated for Best Alternative Music Album at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. In 2017 the band released the album Sleep Well Beast, which won the Grammy award for Best Alternative Music Album at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.
Their eighth studio album, I Am Easy to Find, is scheduled for release on May 17, 2019. Four of the band's albums were included on NME's 2013 list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Matt Berninger and Scott Devendorf met in 1991 while attending the University of Cincinnati's DAAP college of graphic design program, where they met Mike Brewer, Casey Reas and Jeff Salem. Together, the five of them formed the lo-fi garage band Nancy, named after Berninger's mother, aspiring to sound like Pavement; the band was together for five years, released one album, Ruther 3429, on Wife Records before breaking up after Berninger, Devendorf and Salem moved to Brooklyn. Bryan and Aaron were childhood friends who played in several bands together over the years; when their last effort, Project Nim, broke up in 1998, they joined Matt and Scott in Brooklyn via the Devendorf relationship. When the band was formed in 1999, it was called "The National", although the domain name of the band's website is americanmary.com because, according to Matt Berninger, "t's a song off our first record.
We never thought of changing the name, although we should have." Several of the members continued to work day jobs, including being involved in New York's dot-com boom, while performing free Sunday night shows at Lower East Side venue Luna Lounge. Their first album The National was released in 2001 on Brassland Records, a label founded by band members Aaron and Bryce Dessner, along with their friend Alec Hanley Bemis; when reviewing the album, Jason MacNeil of No Depression wrote, "... The National has created nearly a dozen picture-perfect Americana bar-soaked gems with its debut album. From the opening notes of'Beautiful Head', the delicate line between polished roots-oriented pop and alt-country has been walked so deliberately with the payoff so favorable." The National's second album Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers, released in 2003, was the band's first collaboration with record producers, Paul Heck and Peter Katis, who would also produce the band's critically acclaimed albums and Boxer. After the release of the album, renowned DJ Bernard Lenoir invited them to perform on his Black Sessions twice on France Inter.
Publications such as Uncut and the Chicago Tribune named it an album of the year. In 2004, they released the Cherry Tree EP; the EP featured "All the Wine," a song. The release of the EP garnered further success and landed them on a successful tour with The Walkmen. In the same year, the band quit their day jobs and signed to a new label, Beggars Banquet Records, because the process of running their own label was becoming "too complicated", their first album on Beggars Banquet, was released in 2005. The album was met with much critical acclaim and featured in "Album of the Year" charts in the Los Angeles Times, Insound and many other publications; the album allowed. NME and Pitchfork Media ranked Alligator as a top album of the 2000s. Alligator brought the band increased attendance at concerts, including sold-out shows at The Troubadour in Los Angeles and Webster Hall in New York, they played at numerous festivals including the 2006 Pitchfork Music Festival and Leeds Festivals and more. Alligator went on to sell over 200,000 copies worldwide.
Their fourth album, was released on May 22, 2007, received widespread critical praise. The album features contributions including Sufjan Stevens and Doveman, it was voted as the No. 2 best album of the year by Stereogum.com and the No. 1 album of the year by Paste. The song "Slow Show" from Boxer was featured on the NBC series Chuck and Parenthood, as well as on The CW's One Tree Hill in its fifth season; the song "Start a War" was featured on the international science fiction series Defying Gravity, ABC's Brothers and Sisters, Fox's House, NBC's Parenthood, NBC's Friday Night Lights, Lionsgate film Warrior. The track "Fake Empire" was featured in the Season 2 Premiere of the HBO series Hung and on the third episode of season 2 of NBC's Chuck and in the pilot episode of Southland. An instrumental version of the song was featured in Barack Obama's campaign video "Signs of Hope and Change" during his 2008 United States presidential campaign, the song was played at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
On September 26, 2007, the band performed "Apartment Story" on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. In the summer of 2008, along with Modest Mouse, they opened for R. E. M. on the promotional tou
Michael Austin Cera is a Canadian actor, singer and musician. He started his career as a child actor, portraying a young Chuck Barris in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, he is known for his role as George Michael Bluth on the sitcom Arrested Development and for his film roles as Evan in Superbad, as Paulie Bleeker in Juno, as Scott Pilgrim in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, as a fictional version of himself in This Is the End, as the voice of Dick Grayson / Robin in The Lego Batman Movie. Cera made his Broadway debut in the 2014 production of Kenneth Lonergan's. For his performance in the 2018 production of Lonergan's Lobby Hero, Cera was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play. In addition to acting, Cera is a musician, having released his debut album True That in 2014. Cera has acted as the touring bassist for indie rock supergroup Mister Heavenly. Cera was born in Ontario, he is Luigi Cera, a technician. His father is Sicilian, his mother has Irish, Dutch and English ancestry.
His parents both worked for Xerox. Cera has an older sister, a younger sister, Molly, he became interested in acting after viewing Ghostbusters when sick with the chicken pox at the age of three. He idolized Bill Murray, he took improvisation classes. Cera attended Conestoga Public School, Robert H. Lagerquist Senior Public School and Heart Lake Secondary School until grade nine, but completed school online through grade 12, his first role was an unpaid appearance in a Tim Hortons summer camp commercial. That appearance landed him a position in a Pillsbury commercial in which he poked the Pillsbury Doughboy, his first role with lines, he found not being cast in commercials after auditioning "really disheartening" but, in 1999, Cera was cast as Larrabe Hicks in the Canadian children's show I Was a Sixth Grade Alien, which ran for two seasons. That year, he appeared in the television films What Katy Did and Switching Goals starring the Olsen twins. Cera made his theatrical film debut in the science fiction film Frequency as the son of Noah Emmerich's character.
Cera appeared in the films Steal This Movie! and Ultimate G's: Zac's Flying Dream in 2000, the latter of which featured Cera in his first leading role and was presented in IMAX theaters. Cera appeared in several television films in 2001 including My Louisiana Sky and The Familiar Stranger and began voicing Josh Spitz in the animated series Braceface, continuing to do so until 2004. In 2002, Cera played the young Chuck Barris in the George Clooney-directed film Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, he provided the voice for Brother Bear – an anthropomorphic bear – in the 2003 The Berenstain Bears animated series, which aired for three seasons. Following a role in the critically panned unaired Fox pilot The Grubbs in 2002, Cera auditioned for a part in another Fox sitcom, Arrested Development, which began airing in November 2003; the show follows the wealthy and dysfunctional Bluth family, with Cera playing George Michael Bluth, the teenage son of Jason Bateman's character, Michael Bluth. After three seasons, Fox canceled the series in 2006 due to low viewership despite critical acclaim.
In 2006, he created and starred in a parody of Impossible is Nothing, a video résumé created by Aleksey Vayner. Cera and his Arrested Development co-star Alia Shawkat guest starred as a pair of college students in the teen noir drama Veronica Mars in the episode "The Rapes of Graff" in 2006. Along with best friend Clark Duke, Cera wrote and starred in a series of short videos released on their website; the idea came from Duke, enrolled at Loyola Marymount University and did it for his film school studies. In 2007, they signed a deal with CBS Television to write, produce and act in a short-form comedy series entitled Clark and Michael; the show featured guest stars such as David Cross, Andy Richter and Patton Oswalt, was distributed via CBS's internet channel, CBS Innertube. In May 2007, Cera appeared in a staged comedy video that shows him being fired from the lead role of the film Knocked Up after belittling and arguing with its director Judd Apatow, in a scene that mocks the David O. Russell blow up on the set of I Heart Huckabees.
Cera starred in the Apatow-produced teen comedy Superbad alongside Jonah Hill. Their characters in the film – two virgin teenagers about to graduate from high school whose party plans go awry – were based on its writers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Superbad was released in cinemas in August 2007. Cera's performance was met with critical acclaim, with The Atlantic opining that the film "belongs to Michael Cera" for capturing "teenage sexual abashment as indelibly as he did in the role of George Michael", while The New York Times felt he was "excellent" and CNN praised Cera and Hill for playing "off each other beautifully". In November 2007, Cera hosted an untelevised live staged version of Saturday Night Live, not broadcast due to the then-ongoing 2007 Writers Guild of America Strike. In his second film of 2007, Cera co-starred in Juno as Paulie Bleeker, a teenager who impregnates his long-time school friend Juno. For Superbad and Juno, Cera won Breakthrough Artist in the Austin Film Critics Association Awards 2007 and was included in Entertainment Weekly's 30 Under 30 list in February 2008.
Cera starred alongside Kat Dennings in the romantic comedy-drama Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, in whic
Fereydun Robert "Fred" Armisen is an American actor, writer and musician best known as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 2002 until 2013. Armisen has portrayed characters in comedy films, including EuroTrip and Cop Out. With his comedy partner Carrie Brownstein, Armisen is the co-creator and co-star of the IFC sketch comedy series Portlandia. Armisen founded ThunderAnt.com, a website that features the comedy sketches created with Brownstein, is the bandleader and frequent drummer for the Late Night with Seth Meyers house band, The 8G Band. For his work on Portlandia, Armisen was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 2014, he has won two Peabody Awards, one in 2008 as part of the Saturday Night Live political satire cast and one in 2011 for Portlandia. Armisen was born on December 1966, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, he moved with his family to New York as a baby and lived in Brazil in his youth.
He was raised in Valley Stream, New York, where he was a high school classmate of fellow SNL alumnus Jim Breuer. His mother, schoolteacher Hildegardt, is a Venezuelan immigrant, born in San Fernando de Apure and has family from San Rafael de Atamaica, Apure, his father, Fereydun Herbert "Fred" Armisen, who worked for IBM, was born in Soltau, Lower Saxony, Germany, to a German mother and Korean-born father, Pak Yeong-In. For much of his life, Fred had incorrectly thought his paternal grandfather to have been Japanese. Pak was a prominent dancer and choreographer known as Masami Ehara, pen name Masami Kuni or birth name Bak Yeong-in. Masami studied aesthetics in Tokyo Imperial University and became a professional dancer before moving to Germany, he worked for Joseph Goebbels' Propaganda Ministry in Nazi Germany as a spy for Japan. Pak Yeong-In's family were members of the Korean aristocracy, who could verifiably trace their lineage back to the 1600s. Armisen attended the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan before dropping out to begin a career as a rock drummer.
He has mentioned watching the bands The Clash and Devo perform on television and wanting to be a performer since he was a child. In 1984, Armisen played drums in a local band along with his high school friends in Valley Stream, New York, but the group soon ended. In 1988, he moved to Chicago to play drums for the punk rock band Trenchmouth, in the 1990s, he played background drums with Blue Man Group. Armisen played drums on three tracks for Les Savy Fav's 2007 album Let's Stay Friends, as well as tracks for Matthew Sweet's 2011 album Modern Art and Wandering Lucy's 2015 album Leap Year. Armisen is the bandleader and frequent drummer of the 8G Band, the house band for Late Night with Seth Meyers, as of February 24, 2014. While not playing with the band Trenchmouth, Armisen's interests switched to acting. In a January 2006 interview, he said, "I wanted to be on TV somehow. For some reason, I always thought. I just wanted to do something with performing that would lead me there."Armisen's subsequent television work, such as some "memorable Andy Kaufman–esque appearances" on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, as well as work for Crank Yankers and Adult Swim, led to a role in 2002 as a featured player in the cast of Saturday Night Live.
In the 2004 season, he was promoted to repertory cast member status. Armisen has landed several minor yet memorable roles that were defined by an interviewer as "feral foreigners" in comedy films such as Eurotrip, Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Deck the Halls, The Ex, The Promotion, The Rocker, Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny and Confessions of a Shopaholic. Armisen stars in the IFC sketch series Portlandia alongside Carrie Brownstein, he and fellow Saturday Night Live alums Bill Hader and Seth Meyers write and star in the IFC mockumentary series Documentary Now! Fred participates in Sister City, the fifth episode of the second season of "Parks and Recreation", aired by NBC in the United States in 2009. Fred is Raúl Alejandro Bastilla Pedro de Veloso of Morana, heads with other officials of the Parks Department of Boraqua, to sister city of Pawnee in Venezuela, visit Leslie and Tom of the Parks Department of Pawnee; the Venezuelan intern Jhonny falls in love with April, who convinces him that she is feared and powerful.
Leslie takes them to a public meeting to show them democracy in action, but all the angry citizens ask Leslie a lot of questions. Raúl asks; when Raúl tells Leslie that they live in Venezuela as kings and they do not respond to anyone, she bursts with rage, insulting their uniforms and Hugo Chávez. The episode ends with an online video from April, who tells them that she and Donna are on vacation with Jhonny in his Venezuelan palace, protected by armed guards. In the Cartoon Network series The Looney Tunes Show, Armisen voices Speedy Gonzales. Armisen, along with Carrie Brownstein, appeared on the Simpsons episode "The Day the Earth Stood Cool", in which they play The Simpsons' new neighbors, who encourage everyone to be cool like them. Armisen's