Orson Welles once called her the most exciting woman in the world. Kitt began her career in 1943 and appeared in the 1945 original Broadway theatre production of the musical Carib Song, in the early 1950s, she had six US Top 30 hits, including Uska Dara and I Want to be Evil. Her other notable include the UK Top 10 hit Under the Bridges of Paris, Just an Old Fashioned Girl. She starred in 1967 as Catwoman, in the third and final season of the television series Batman, in 1968, her career in America suffered after she made anti-war statements at a White House luncheon. Ten years later, she made a return to Broadway in the 1978 original production of the musical Timbuktu. for which she received the first of her two Tony Award nominations. Her second was for the 2000 original production of the musical The Wild Party, Kitt wrote three autobiographies—Thursdays Child, Alone with Me and Im Still Here, Confessions of a Sex Kitten. She played Lady Eloise in 1992 film Boomerang, starring Eddie Murphy, Kitt found a new generation of fans through her roles in the Disney films The Emperors New Groove, in which she voiced the villainous Yzma, and Holes.
She reprised the role as Yzma in the direct-to-video sequel Kronks New Groove and her work on the latter earned her two Daytime Emmy Awards. She posthumously won a third Emmy in 2010 for her guest performance on Wonder Pets, Kitt was born Eartha Mae Keith on a cotton plantation near the small town of North, in Orangeburg County, South Carolina on January 17,1927. Her mother Annie Mae Keith was of Cherokee and African descent, though it remains unconfirmed, it has been widely reported that her father was of German descent and that Kitt was conceived by rape. She had no knowledge of her father, except that his surname was Keith, newspaper obituaries state that her white father was a poor cotton farmer. In an August 2013 biography, British journalist John Williams claimed that Kitts father was a white man, Kitts daughter Kitt Shapiro has questioned the accuracy of the claim. Kitt was raised by Annie Mae Keith, changed to Annie Mae Riley, a black woman whom the girl believed to be her mother. When she was eight, Annie Mae went to live with a black man and she was sent to live in New York City with Mamie Keitt, where she attended the Metropolitan Vocational High School.
Kitt began her career as a member of the Katherine Dunham Company in 1943, Kitts unique style was enhanced as she became fluent in French during her years performing in Europe. She spoke four languages and sang in seven, which she demonstrated in many of the live recordings of her cabaret performances. In 1950, Orson Welles gave Kitt her first starring role as Helen of Troy in his staging of Dr. Faustus. A few years later, she was cast in the revue New Faces of 1952, introducing Monotonous and Bal, Petit Bal, two songs with which she is still identified
Denice D. Lewis
Denice D. Lewis is an American fashion model, abstract artist, photographer and socialite. Following her modeling career, Lewis returned to America to further study visual arts in Hollywood including photography, fine art painting and she appeared as an actor in several films, including End of Days with Arnold Schwarzenegger, and television shows such as Red Shoe Diaries. After taking a break from life, she now works as a creative entrepreneur. As a model she was represented by agencies including Wilhelmina, Models 1, Ford. She is represented by Impression Entertainment Group in Los Angeles and she appeared on a number of magazine covers, including Tatler and Town & Country. Alongside appearances in videos such as Kiss and Tell by Brian Ferry, Slow Rivers by Elton John and Cliff Richard. She landed various parts in episodes of the TV shows Red Shoe Diaries, Burkes Law, Silk Stalkings and she appeared in films, including H. P. Lovecraft’s Necronomicon, Book of the Dead as the wife, Ed Wood’s I Woke Up Early the Day I Died.
She was married to the late Al Seckel, Denice D. Lewis at the Internet Movie Database Denice Lewis Studios Website http, //denicelewisstudios. com
Ronald N. Ron Perlman is an American actor and voice actor. His mother, was an employee, and his father, Bertram Bert Perlman, was a jazz drummer. Perlman said in 1988, It was not a bad childhood, I was terribly overweight as a young kid, and it was sort of a low self image. He cited this experience as one thing that attracts him to roles where he portrays these sorts of deformed people who are very endearing, Perlman is of Hungarian Jewish and Polish Jewish descent. His parents are Jewish, and he had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony, Perlman attended George Washington High School and Lehman College in 1971, which did not have a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre available at that time. He has said that he and his father were close and that it was his father, after seeing Perlman in a college production of Guys and Dolls. Perlman said, So, he gave me permission to be an actor, Perlman attended the University of Minnesota, where he graduated with a masters degree in theater arts in 1973. Perlman started his career as a actor, appearing in various productions.
Annaud revealed that when he contacted Perlman to ask him about playing Salvatore in The Name of the Rose and this earned him a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series in 1989. He went on to roles in many films and television series throughout the 1980s and 1990s as well as the 2000s. His appearances in television series include Highlander, The Series, The Outer Limits, The Magnificent Seven, and Hand of God and he played his first leading film role in 1995, when he played One in Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caros French-language The City of Lost Children. In 2003, Perlman starred in a commercial for Stella Artois beer and this commercial, which was called Devils Island, won a Silver Award at the 2003 British Advertising Awards. He got another leading role in 2004 when he played the title role in the comic book adaptation Hellboy. Perlman reprised his role as Hellboy in the straight to DVD animated features Hellboy, Sword of Storms and Hellboy and Iron as well as Hellboy II, The Golden Army, released on July 11,2008.
In 2008, Perlman joined the cast of the TV show Sons of Anarchy on FX playing Clay Morrow, Perlman is known for playing roles that require extensive make-up, some to the point where his entire body is covered or his face requires full facial prosthetics. Moreau where he plays a half man/half animal, Star Trek, Nemesis in which he is the Reman viceroy. He even gave his Beauty and The Beast co-star Armin Shimerman advice when Shimerman was going to be in full-facial prosthetics guest-starring as a Ferengi on Star Trek, The Next Generation. Perlman has a career as a voice actor in addition to his onscreen acting, having portrayed characters in numerous video games
Ritter appeared in hundreds of films and television shows/episodes combined, including It, Problem Child, Problem Child 2, and Bad Santa in 2003. Don Knotts called Ritter the greatest physical comedian on the planet, Ritter died from an aortic dissection on September 11,2003. His death occurred shortly after the production of an episode for the season of 8 Simple Rules. Ritter was born at the Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Ritter had a birth defect known as a coloboma in his right eye. His father, Tex Ritter, was a singing cowboy/matinee star and he has an older brother, Thomas Matthews Tom. Ritter attended Hollywood High School, where he was student body president and he went on to the University of Southern California and majored in psychology with plans to have a career in politics. He changed his major to theater arts and attended the USC School of Dramatic Arts after the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. while still in college, Ritter traveled to the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and West Germany to perform in plays.
After his graduation from USC in 1970, his first TV acting experience was a revolutionary in the TV series, Dan August, starring Burt Reynolds. Ritter made his debut in the 1971 Disney film The Barefoot Executive. He made guest appearances on the television series Hawaii Five-O, M*A*S*H and he had a recurring role as the Reverend Matthew Fordwick on the drama series The Waltons from October 1972 to December 1976. Since he was not a weekly cast member, he had time to other roles, which he did until December 1976. In 1978, Ritter played Ringo Starrs manager on the TV special Ringo, in 1982, Ritter provided the voice of Peter Dickinson in Flight of Dragons. Ritter became a name playing struggling culinary student Jack Tripper with two female roommates. Ritter co-starred opposite Joyce DeWitt and Suzanne Somers, Somers left due to a dispute in 1981. Jenilee Harrison and Priscilla Barnes filled Somerss role, much of the comedy centered around Jacks pretending to be gay to keep the old-fashioned landlords appeased over the seemingly sordid living arrangements.
The series spent several seasons near the top of the TV ratings in the U. S. before ending in 1984, a year-long spin-off Threes a Crowd ensued, as the Jack Tripper character has a live-in girlfriend and runs his own bistro. The original series has been continuously in reruns and is available on DVD. During the run of Threes Company, Ritter appeared in the films Hero at Large, Hooperman was Ritters first regular television role after Threes Company
Rotten Tomatoes is an American review aggregator website for film and television. The company was launched in August 1998 by Senh Duong and since January 2010 has been owned by Flixster, in February 2016, Rotten Tomatoes and its parent site Flixster were sold to Comcasts Fandango. Warner Bros. retained a minority stake in the merged entities, since 2007, the websites editor-in-chief has been Matt Atchity. The name, Rotten Tomatoes, derives from the practice of audiences throwing rotten tomatoes when disapproving of a stage performance. From early 2008 to September 2010, Current Television aired the weekly The Rotten Tomatoes Show, featuring hosts, a shorter segment was incorporated into the weekly show, InfoMania, which ended in 2011. In September 2013, the website introduced TV Zone, a section for reviewing scripted TV shows, Rotten Tomatoes was launched on August 12,1998, as a spare-time project by Senh Duong. His goal in creating Rotten Tomatoes was to create a site where people can get access to reviews from a variety of critics in the U. S.
As a fan of Jackie Chans, Duong was inspired to create the website after collecting all the reviews of Chans movies as they were being published in the United States, the first movie whose reviews were featured on Rotten Tomatoes was Your Friends & Neighbors. The website was an success, receiving mentions by Netscape, Yahoo. and USA Today within the first week of its launch. They officially launched it on April 1,2000, in June 2004, IGN Entertainment acquired rottentomatoes. com for an undisclosed sum. In September 2005, IGN was bought by News Corps Fox Interactive Media, in January 2010, IGN sold the website to Flixster. The combined reach of both companies is 30 million unique visitors a month across all different platforms, according to the companies, in May 2011, Flixster was acquired by Warner Bros. In early 2009, Current Television launched the version of the web review site. It was hosted by Brett Erlich and Ellen Fox and written by Mark Ganek, the show aired every Thursday at 10,30 EST on the Current TV network.
The last episode aired on September 16,2010 and it returned as a much shorter segment of InfoMania, a satirical news show that ended in 2011. By late 2009, the website was designed to enable Rotten Tomatoes users to create, one group, The Golden Oyster Awards, accepted votes of members for different awards, as if in parallel to the better-known Oscars or Golden Globes. When Flixster bought the company, they disbanded the groups, announcing, in the meantime, please use the Forums to continue your conversations about your favorite movie topics. As of February 2011, new community features have been added, for example, users can no longer sort films by fresh ratings from rotten ratings, and vice versa
Cort was born in New Rochelle, New York, and grew up in Rye, New York. His father, Joseph Parker Cox, was a bandleader and pianist, as well as a World War II veteran and his mother, Alma Mary, was a reporter and a merchant, who worked in MGM studios. Cort has four younger sisters and one older brother. His parents ran a business in downtown Rye from the 1950s until the mid-1980s. Most of Corts adolescence was spent caring for his sisters and father, his father had multiple sclerosis and he engaged in reading and painting. As a teenager he was a portrait painting prodigy and began taking acting lessons. He was educated in Catholic schools and graduated from Iona Preparatory School in New Rochelle in 1966, Cox was discovered in a revue by director Robert Altman, who subsequently cast him in two of his movies, MASH and Brewster McCloud, in which he played the title role. Cort next went on to his most famous role, as the suicide-obsessed Harold, in Harold, though the film was not particularly successful at the time of its release, it gained international cult status and now is acclaimed as an American film classic.
On Broadway, Cort appeared in the short-lived 1972 play Wise Child by Simon Gray, Cort was invited to live with the famous comedian Groucho Marx in his Bel-Air mansion, and was present at Marxs death in 1977. In 1979, Cort nearly died in a car accident on the Hollywood Freeway where he collided with a car blocking a lane into which he was turning. He broke an arm and a leg and sustained a concussion and his face was severely lacerated and his lower lip nearly severed. Years of plastic surgery, substantial hospital bills, a lost court case, in 1989 he directed the Hôtel de Paris episode of the second series of the ZDF German television documentary series Hotels, about famous hotels around the world. Cort has since appeared in a number of film, stage and TV roles, Endgame, He Who Gets Slapped, Sledge Hammer. The Chocolate War, The Big Empty, Theodore Rex, But Im A Cheerleader, The Twilight Zone, The Secret Diary of Sigmund Freud, Cort lent his voice to the computer in the movie Electric Dreams.
On the November 8,2007 episode of Ugly Betty, Cort made a guest appearance as the priest officiating at Wilhelmina Slaters ill-fated wedding, in 2010, he guest-starred on Criminal Minds in the episode Mosley Lane. Cort played an elderly pedophile Roger Roycewood, who along with his wife, in 2012, he appeared as the artist Gleeko in the episode Exit Wound the Gift Shop in the second season of Eagleheart. Corts voice can be heard as The King in the English-language version of The Little Prince, the film premiered out of competition at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and won the César Award for Best Animated Film in February 2016. It will become available to U. S. audiences through Netflix in 2016, notes Sources Venice Magazine article, May 2005
Carel Struycken is a Dutch film and stage actor. He is best known for playing the Giant in Twin Peaks, Mr. Homn in Star Trek, The Next Generation, and Lurch in the films The Addams Family, Addams Family Values, and Addams Family Reunion. Because he is 2.13 m tall, he often plays character, Struycken was born in The Hague, Netherlands. When he was four years old, his family moved to Curaçao, there, at age 15, he composed several Caribbean waltzes. At 16, he returned to his country, where he finished secondary school. He graduated from the program at the film school in Amsterdam. After that, he spent a year at the American Film Institute, struyckens height is due to acromegaly. Struycken played Terak in the 1985 TV movie Ewoks, The Battle for Endor, Struycken appeared as Fidel in the 1987 film The Witches of Eastwick. That same year, he appeared as Mr. Homn in Haven, an episode of the television series Star Trek, The Next Generation, in 1991, he starred as Lurch in the feature film The Addams Family.
He reprised the role in the 1993 sequel, Addams Family Values, Carel Struycken is married to an American woman and has two children. He lives in the Los Angeles area and his brother Peter Struycken is a noted Dutch artist, who has won the 2012 Heineken Prize for Arts of the Royal Netherlands Academy for Sciences. Struycken is an avid photographer and he maintains a website devoted to his spherical panoramas and shares a photography blog with Josh Korwin. Elsewhere, Season 6 episode Fairytale Theater, as The Giant Twin Peaks, as The Giant Star Trek, The Next Generation, by Korn Carel Struycken, Leaning Toward the Paleolithic, by Christopher Nyerges, The Backwoodsman Magazine, July/August 2013, Vol.34 No. 4, published by Backwoodsman Magazine, Texas, pages 26–27 Carel Struycken Website Carel Struycken at the Internet Movie Database Carel Struycken at AllMovie
Nathalie Kay Tippi Hedren is an American actress, animal rights activist and former fashion model. She received world recognition for her work in two of his films, the suspense-thriller The Birds in 1963, for which she won a Golden Globe, and the psychological drama Marnie in 1964. Her strong commitment to animal rescue began in 1969 while she was shooting two films in Africa and was introduced to the plight of African lions, in an attempt to raise awareness for wildlife, she spent nearly eleven years bringing Roar to the screen. Hedren has traveled worldwide to set up relief programs following earthquakes, hurricanes and she was instrumental in the development of Vietnamese-American nail salons in the United States. Hedren was born on January 19,1930, in New Ulm, Minnesota, to Bernard Carl, for much of her career, Hedrens year of birth was reported as 1935. In 2004, she acknowledged that she was born in 1930. Her paternal grandparents were Swedish immigrants, while her maternal ancestry is German and Norwegian and her father ran a small general store in the town of Lafayette and gave her the nickname Tippi.
When she was four, she moved with her parents to Minneapolis, as a teenager, Hedren took part in department store fashion shows. Her parents relocated to California while she was a school student. On reaching her 20th birthday, she bought a ticket to New York City where she joined the Eileen Ford Agency, within the year she made her unofficial film debut as an uncredited extra in the musical comedy The Petty Girl. In interviews she refers to The Birds, her first credited role, although she received several film offers during that time, Hedren had no interest in acting as she knew it was very difficult to succeed. She had a successful modeling career during the 1950s and early 1960s, appearing on the covers of Life, The Saturday Evening Post, McCalls. In 1961, after seven years of marriage to the actor Peter Griffith, Hedren divorced and returned to California with her daughter, Melanie Griffith, I thought I could continue my career as it had been in New York. I thought everything would be just fine, and it wasn’t, so I thought, well, I don’t type, what shall I do.
On October 13,1961, she received a call from an agent who told her a producer was interested in working with her. When she was told it was Alfred Hitchcock who, while he was watching The Today Show, saw her in a commercial for a drink called Sego. During their first meeting, the two talked about everything except the role he was considering her for, Hedren was convinced for several weeks it was for his television series, Alfred Hitchcock Presents. Hitchcock said, I was not primarily concerned with how she looked in person, Most important was her appearance on the screen, and I liked that immediately
Andrew Thomas McCarthy is an American actor, travel writer and television director. McCarthy was born in Westfield, New Jersey and his mother worked for a newspaper and his father was involved in investments and stocks. McCarthy moved to Bernardsville, New Jersey, as a teenager and he attended the towns public school, Bernards High School, for part of a year. McCarthy gained recognition in Hollywood during the 1980s and his boy-next-door looks continually had him placed as the sincere and kind leading man. His breakout role was in the 1983 theatrical film Class and he starred in the 1987 box office hits and Less Than Zero, a theatrical adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis popular novel. In 1985 McCarthy starred with Donald Sutherland and Kevin Dillon in Heaven Help Us playing Michael Dunn, in 1985, McCarthy made his Broadway debut in The Boys of Winter. He quickly returned to Hollywood in 1988 to star in films, such as Fresh Horses. He had another hit with the 1989 comedy film Weekend at Bernies and he returned to Broadway theatre to star in Side Man, McCarthys version of the play won a Tony Award for Best Play in 1999.
In 2003 McCarthy was set to guest star in two episodes of Law & Order, Criminal Intent, due to bad relations with actor Vincent DOnofrio, series creator Dick Wolf decided against it. Wolf stated, Mr. McCarthy engaged in fractious behavior from the moment he walked on the set. McCarthy fired back in a statement of his own saying, I was fired because I refused to allow an actor to threaten me with physical violence, bully me. Despite this incident, he guest starred in an episode of Law & Order, in 2004, he played Dr. Hook in Stephen Kings Kingdom Hospital. He appeared in five episodes of the now-cancelled NBC television series E-Ring, in 2008, he starred in the NBC television series Lipstick Jungle as a billionaire, but was eventually cancelled, and had a minor role in The Spiderwick Chronicles. He is ranked #40 on VH1s 100 Greatest Teen Stars of all-time list, McCarthy recently directed several episodes of the hit CW television series, Gossip Girl, including Touch of Eva in the fourth season. In 2010 and 2011 he appeared in the hit USA show White Collar and he returned to the series in the next season to direct the episode Neighborhood Watch.
In 2015, he directed 3 episodes in season 2 of the NBC hit television show The Blacklist starring James Spader & Megan Boone, in 2016, he starred in the short-lived ABC drama The Family. McCarthy has become a writer, and is currently an Editor at Large at National Geographic Traveler magazine. In 2010, McCarthy was escorted out of a church in Lalibela, Ethiopia
Tara Donna Reid is an American actress. She is known for playing Vicky in the films American Pie, American Pie 2, in 2013, she starred as April Wexler in the television film Sharknado, and went on to reprise the role in four sequels. Reid made her debut in A Return to Salems Lot in 1987. Her other film appearances include The Big Lebowski, Urban Legend, Dr. T & the Women and the Pussycats, Van Wilder, My Bosss Daughter, and Alone in the Dark. She had her own reality show on the E. network called Taradise in 2005. Tara Donna Reid was born and raised in Wyckoff, New Jersey and her father worked on Wall Street. She attended Professional Childrens School, in Manhattan, along with fellow actors Christina Ricci, Jerry OConnell, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Reid has twin younger siblings and Patrick, and another brother, Tom. Reid began acting at age six, becoming a regular on the game show Childs Play, as a teenager, she was on Saved by the Bell, The New Class. After moving to Hollywood in 1997, Reid transitioned to movies, though the film disappointed at the box office, grossing only $17 million in the US, it has gone on to become a cult favorite.
Reid found her first taste of mainstream success when she portrayed the role of the virginal Vickie in American Pie. The film marked her first film to reach #1 at the box office, in 2001, she reprised the role in American Pie 2, which opened to $45 million and grossed over $145 million in the US, almost 50% more than its predecessor. Reid did not return for American Wedding, but did reprise the character in the theatrical film in the series. Following the success of American Pie 2, Reid starred in a number of commercial and critical misfires including Josie and she starred as the youngest daughter of a Texas gynecologist in Robert Altmans Dr. T & the Women, alongside Richard Gere. She returned to the screen as a recurring character on the NBC sitcom, Scrubs. In 2005, she co-starred in infamous German filmmaker Uwe Bolls Alone in the Dark with Christian Slater and her mispronunciation of Newfoundland became a popular internet catchphrase. The film was panned by critics and Reid received a Razzie Award nomination for Worst Actress, Reid signed on to host the E.
s Wild On Tara Reid, a program that showcased high-society vacations and hot spots. The show premiered on August 10,2005, but it was canceled in September, with Ted Harbert, networks president, saying it was incredibly difficult to produce with someone well-known. In January 2007, Reid filmed a commercial with Daniel Conn for Dodo, between 2007 and 2008, she starred in a number of direct-to-video films, including 7-10 Split/Strike, If I Had Known I Was a Genius, and Clean Break/Unnatural Causes
Stock footage, and similarly, archive footage, library pictures, and file footage is film or video footage that can be used again in other films. Stock footage is beneficial to filmmakers as it saves shooting new material, a single piece of stock footage is called a stock shot or a library shot. Stock footage may have appeared in previous productions but may be outtakes or footage shot for previous productions, examples of stock footage which might be utilized are moving images of cities and landmarks, wildlife in their natural environments, and historical footage. Suppliers of stock footage may be either Rights Managed or royalty-free, many websites offer direct downloads of clips in various formats. Stock footage companies began to emerge in the mid-1980s, offering clips mastered on Betacam SP, VHS, stock footage can be used to integrate news footage or notable figures into a film. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, and John Lennon, news programs use film footage from their libraries when more recent images are not available.
Such usage is often labeled on-screen with an indication that the footage being shown is file footage and movies series often recycle footage taken from previous installments. That kept production costs down as models and explosions were expensive to create, some series, particularly those made for children, such as Power Rangers or Teletubbies, reuse footage that is shown in many episodes. Meant for an audience, the approach increases viewers familiarity between shows. This introduces problems such as the requirement to, for example, wear the same clothing, when cleverly filmed it is possible to avoid many of these problems. Many broadcast shows use stock-footage clips as establishing shots of a particular city, stock footage is often used in commercials when there is not enough money or time for production. More often than not these commercials are political or issue-oriented in nature, sometimes it can be used to composite moving images which create the illusion of having on-camera performers appear to be on location. B-roll is another term for stock footage and is used in reference to film making.
Stock footage that appears on television screens or monitors shown in movies or television shows is referred to as playback, the playback footage of a hurricane featured in Disneys Smart House came from the vaults of the same San Diego firm. One of the most common uses of stock footage is in documentaries, several films that would otherwise be completely lost have surviving footage due to the film being used a stock footage. For example, The Cat Creeps has some preserved in the movie Boo. If not for the use of footage, these films would be lost entirely. Stock Footage are used in live reality TV Shows such as Im a Celebrity, most of the stock footage used in that show is footage that is related to jungle creatures and insects