Fountain Valley, California
Fountain Valley is a suburban city in Orange County, California. The population was 55,313 at the 2010 census. A classic commuter town, Fountain Valley is an upper middle-class residential area; the area encompassing Fountain Valley was inhabited by the Tongva people. European settlement of the area began when Manuel Nieto was granted the land for Rancho Los Nietos, which encompassed over 300,000 acres, including present-day Fountain Valley. Control of the land was subsequently transferred to Mexico upon independence from Spain, to the United States as part of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo; the city was incorporated before which it was known as Talbert. The name of Fountain Valley refers to the high water table in the area at the time the name was chosen, the many corresponding artesian wells in the area. Early settlers constructed drainage canals to make the land usable for agriculture, which remained the dominant use of land until the 1960s, when construction of large housing tracts accelerated.
The first mayor of Fountain Valley was James Kanno, who with this appointment became one of the first Japanese-American mayors of a mainland United States city. After the Fall of Saigon in 1975, there was a large influx of Vietnamese refugees settling in Fountain Valley in the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s, forming a large percentage of Asian Americans in the city; the city is located southwest and northeast of the San Diego Freeway, which diagonally bisects the city, is surrounded by Huntington Beach on the south and west and Garden Grove on the north, Santa Ana on the northeast, Costa Mesa on the southeast. Its eastern border is the Santa Ana River. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 23.4 km2 0.14% of, water. Fountain Valley is home to Mile Square Regional Park, a 640 acres park containing two lakes, three 18-hole golf courses, playing fields, picnic shelters, a 20-acre urban-nature area planted with California native plants, a 55-acre recreation center with tennis courts, basketball courts, racquetball courts, a gymnasium, the Kingston Boys & Girls Club.
A major redevelopment of the recreation center and city-administered sports fields was completed in early 2009. Fire protection and emergency medical services are provided by two stations of the Fountain Valley Fire Department. Law enforcement is provided by the Fountain Valley Police Department. Ambulance service is provided by Care Ambulance Service; the Orange County Sanitation District's administrative offices and primary plant is located in Fountain Valley next to the Santa Ana River. The agency is the third-largest sanitation district in the western United States. Fountain Valley is home to the offices of the Municipal Water District of Orange County, a member of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and of the Orange County Water District; the Orange County Water District manages the groundwater basin in central and northern Orange County and operates the Groundwater Replenishment System, the world's largest water purification plant for groundwater recharge. Fountain Valley has two accredited major medical centers: the Fountain Valley Regional Hospital with 400 beds available, Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center with 230 beds, a medical clinic, an outpatient medical building.
The city has 18 churches, one Reform synagogue, a mosque and a public library. Fountain Valley has its own newspaper, the Fountain Valley View, operated by the Orange County Register; as a suburban city, most of Fountain Valley's residents commute to work in other urban centers. However, in recent years, the city has seen an increase in commercial jobs in the city, with the growth of a commercial center near the Santa Ana River known as the "Southpark" district. Although the economy of the area was once based on agriculture, the remaining production consists of several fields of strawberries or other small crops, which are being replaced by new office development. Efforts to bolster economic activity are evidenced by the city enacting policies to benefit small businesses, going so far as to paint a mural on the facade of a large water treatment building facing the freeway that depicts two shopping bags headlined by the words, "Shop in Fountain Valley."Fountain Valley is home to the national headquarters of Hyundai Motor America and D-Link Corporation, the global headquarters of memory chip manufacturer Kingston Technology, the corporate headquarters of Surefire, LLC, maker of military and commercial flashlights.
The Southpark commercial area is home to offices for companies such as D-Link, Starbucks and the Orange County Register. There are a limited number of light industrial companies in this area. In addition, Fountain Valley is the location for Noritz, a tankless water heater manufacturer, the main west coast offices of Ceridian, a professional employer organization; the increasing commercial growth can be evidenced by the frequent rush-hour traffic bottlenecks on the San Diego Freeway through Fountain Valley. According to the City's 2009 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are: Fountain Valley holds an annual Summerfest in June in Mile Square Regional Park; this event has a car show, rides and booths. There are three high schools, three middle schools, nine elementary schools, one K-12 school, two K-8 schools. However, some students who live in the city of Fountain Valley attend schools in other cities. Fountain Valley is home to Coastline Community College
Justin Randall Timberlake is an American singer-songwriter, actor and record producer. Born and raised in Tennessee, he appeared on the television shows Star Search and The All-New Mickey Mouse Club as a child. In the late 1990s, Timberlake rose to prominence as one of the two lead vocalists and youngest member of NSYNC, which became one of the best-selling boy bands of all time. Timberlake began to adopt a more mature image as an artist with the release of his debut solo album, the R&B-focused Justified, which yielded the successful singles "Cry Me a River" and "Rock Your Body", earned his first two Grammy Awards, his critically acclaimed second album FutureSex/LoveSounds, characterized by its diversity in music genres, debuted atop the U. S. Billboard 200 and produced the Hot 100 number-one singles "SexyBack", "My Love", "What Goes Around... Comes Around". Established as a solo artist worldwide, his first two albums both exceeded sales of 10 million copies, he continued producing records and collaborating with other artists.
From 2008 through 2012, Timberlake focused on his acting career putting his music career on hiatus. He held starring roles in the films The Social Network, Bad Teacher, Friends with Benefits, In Time. Timberlake resumed his music career in 2013 with his third and fourth albums The 20/20 Experience and The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2, exploring neo soul styles inspired by the expansive song structures of 1960s and 1970s rock; the former became the best-selling album of the year in the US with the largest sales week, spawned the top-three singles "Suit & Tie" and "Mirrors", while the latter produced the top-ten song "Not a Bad Thing". For his live performances, including the eponymous concert tour for the albums, he began performing with his band The Tennessee Kids, composed by instrumentalists and dancers. Timberlake voiced the lead character in DreamWorks Animation's Trolls, whose soundtrack includes his fifth Billboard Hot 100 chart-topping single, "Can't Stop the Feeling!". His fifth studio album Man of the Woods became his fourth number-one album in the US.
The album was supported by the two top ten singles, "Filthy" and "Say Something". Man of the Woods concluded 2018 as the sixth best-selling album of the year. Throughout his solo career, Timberlake has sold over 32 million albums and 56 million singles globally, making him one of the world's best-selling music artists. Cited as a pop icon, Timberlake is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades, including ten Grammy Awards, four Emmy Awards, three Brit Awards, nine Billboard Music Awards. According to Billboard in 2017, he is the best performing male soloist in the history of the Mainstream Top 40. Time named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2007 and 2013, his other ventures include record label Tennman Records, fashion label William Rast, the restaurants Destino and Southern Hospitality. Justin Randall Timberlake was born on January 31, 1981 in Memphis, Tennessee, to Lynn Harless and Charles Randall Timberlake, a Baptist church choir director. Timberlake grew up in a small community between Memphis and Millington.
He has two half-brothers and Stephen, from Charles' second marriage to Lisa Perry. His half-sister Laura Katherine died shortly after birth on May 12, 1997, is mentioned in his acknowledgments in the album NSYNC as "My Angel in Heaven", his family circle includes a number of musicians. Performing as a child, Timberlake sang country and gospel music: at the age of 11, he appeared on the television show Star Search, performing country songs as "Justin Randall". By that time, he began listening to rhythm and blues musicians from the 1960s and 70s, such as Al Green, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye, he had listening sessions with his father of studio albums by the Eagles and Bob Seger. In 1993 and 1994, he was a cast member in The All-New Mickey Mouse Club, where his castmates included future girlfriend and singer Britney Spears, future tourmate Christina Aguilera, future bandmate JC Chasez, future movie actors Ryan Gosling and Keri Russell. Timberlake recruited Chasez to be in an all-male singing group, organized by boy band manager Lou Pearlman, that became NSYNC.
The boy band NSYNC formed in 1995, began their career in 1996 in Europe. In 1998, the group rose to prominence in the United States with the release of their self-titled debut studio album, which sold 11 million copies and included the hit single "Tearin' Up My Heart", their second album No Strings Attached sold 2.4 million copies in the first week, included a No. 1 single, "It's Gonna Be Me". NSYNC's third album Celebrity was financially successful. Upon the completion of the Celebrity Tour, the group went into hiatus in 2002. In its lifetime, NSYNC was internationally famous and performed at the Academy Awards, the Olympics, the Super Bowl, as well as selling more than 70 million records worldwide, becoming the fifth-best selling boy band in history. In late 1999, Timberlake appeared in the Disney Channel movie Model Behavior, he played Jason Sharpe, a model who falls in love with a waitress after mistaking her for another model. It was released on March 12, 2000; the rise of his own stardom and the general decline in the popularity of boy bands led to the dissolution of NSYNC.
Band member Lance Bass was critical of Timberlake's actions in his memoir Out of Sync. By 2002, when the group went on a hiatus and members were following individual projects, he partnered with Pharrell Williams of the produc
Evan Rachel Wood
Evan Rachel Wood is an American actress and musician. She began acting in the 1990s, appearing in several television series, including American Gothic and Once and Again. Wood made her debut as a leading film actress at the age of eleven in Digging to China and garnered acclaim for her Golden Globe-nominated role as the troubled teenager Tracy Freeland in the teen drama film Thirteen. Wood continued acting in independent films, including Pretty Persuasion, Down in the Valley, Running with Scissors, in the big studio production Across the Universe. Since 2008, Wood has appeared in more mainstream films, including The Wrestler, Whatever Works and The Ides of March, she returned to television, playing the supporting role of Queen Sophie-Anne on True Blood from 2009 to 2011 and playing the daughter of Mildred Pierce in the HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce, for which she was nominated for the Golden Globe and Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She played the sentient android Dolores Abernathy in the HBO series Westworld, for which she won a Critics' Choice Award and earned Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominations.
Wood was born in North Carolina. Her mother, Sara Lynn Moore, is an actress and acting coach, Jewish, her father, Ira David Wood III, is a locally prominent actor, theater director, playwright. Wood's brother, Ira David Wood IV, is an actor, her paternal aunt, Carol Winstead Wood, was a Hollywood production designer. Wood and her brothers were involved in Theatre in the Park while growing up, including an appearance by her in the 1987 production of her father's musical comedy adaptation of A Christmas Carol when she was just a few months old. Subsequently, she played the Ghost of Christmas Past in several productions at the theater, she starred as Helen Keller alongside her mother in a production of The Miracle Worker, under her father's direction. Wood's parents separated in 1996, divorced, Wood moved with her mother to her mother's native Los Angeles County, California. Wood attended Cary Elementary, a public school in Cary, North Carolina, she was subsequently home-schooled and received her high school diploma at age 15.
She was awarded a black belt in taekwondo. Wood began her career appearing in several made-for-television films from 1994 onward playing an occasional role in the television series American Gothic. After a one-season role on the television drama Profiler, Wood was cast in the supporting role of Jessie Sammler on the television show Once and Again. Wood's first major screen role was in the low-budget 1998 film Digging to China, which starred Kevin Bacon and Mary Stuart Masterson; the film won the Children's Jury Award at the Chicago International Children's Film Festival. Wood remembers the role as being hard, but notes that it "eventually led to her decision that acting is something she might never want to stop doing." She had a role in Practical Magic, a fantasy film directed by Griffin Dunne, starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman, that same year. Wood made her teenage debut as a leading film actress in 2002's Little Secrets, directed by Blair Treu, where she played aspiring 14-year-old concert violinist Emily Lindstrom.
For that role, she was nominated for Best Leading Young Actress at the Young Artist Awards. That same year, Wood played a supporting role in the Andrew Niccol-directed science fiction satirical drama film, which starred Al Pacino. Wood's breakthrough movie role followed with the 2003 film Thirteen, she played the role of Tracy Louise Freeland, one of two young teens who sink into a downward spiral of hard drugs and petty crime. Her performance was nominated for a Golden Globe Award as Best Actress - Drama and for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress. During the time of Thirteen's release, Vanity Fair named Wood as one of the It Girls of Hollywood, she appeared, along with the other actresses, on the magazine's July 2003 cover. A supporting role opposite Cate Blanchett and Tommy Lee Jones in Ron Howard's The Missing, in which she played the kidnapped daughter, Lilly Gilkeson, followed the same year, as well as a role in the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation episode "Got Murder?". In 2005, Wood appeared in the Mike Binder-directed The Upside of Anger, opposite Kevin Costner and Joan Allen, a well-reviewed film in which Wood played Lavender "Popeye" Wolfmeyer, one of four sisters dealing with their father's absence.
Her character narrated the film. Wood's next two starring roles were in dark independent films. In the 2005 Grand Jury Prize Sundance Film Festival nominee Pretty Persuasion, a black comedy/satirical focusing on themes of sexual harassment and discrimination in schools and attitudes about women in media and society, Wood played Kimberly Joyce, a manipulative, sexually active high-schooler. One critic commented, "Wood does flip cynicism with such precise, easy rhythms and with such obvious pleasure in naughtiness that she's impossible to hate."In Down in the Valley, directed by David Jacobson, Wood's character, falls in love with an older man, a cowboy, at odds with modern society. Of her performance, it was written that "Wood conveys every bit of the adamant certainty and aching vulnerability inherent in late adolescence." Wood has commented on her choice of sexually themed roles, saying that she is not aiming for the "shock factor" in her film choices. In 2005, Wood starred in the music videos for Bright Ey
Roar (U.S. TV series)
Roar is an American fantasy adventure television series created by Shaun Cassidy and Ron Koslow. The series aired on the Fox network from July 14 until September 1, 1997, it is set in the year 400 AD, following a young Irish man, Conor, as he sets out to rid his land of the invading Romans, but in order to accomplish this, he must first unite the Celtic clans. The series starred Vera Farmiga, Lisa Zane, John Saint Ryan, Sebastian Roché. Roar was cancelled after 8 episodes due to low ratings, the final 5 episodes were not broadcast by the network until 2000. Roar chronicles the life of Conor, a 20-year-old orphaned prince who must rise above tragedy to lead his people to freedom. Conor takes on a band of ragtag allies that include a teenage apprentice magician, their primary struggle is against Longinus, a supernatural creature whose true essence is that of a 400-year-old Roman centurion ready to do the bidding of evil Queen Diana, an emissary of the Romans. In this fight for freedom, what is most important for Conor and his people is the Roar – the roar of the land, the roar of the people – a voice that echoes through every living creature and is the power of life.
The show was created by Shaun Cassidy on the heels of the success of the syndicated programs Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess. However, Roar was not well received in the United States and lasted for only one season. One of the major villains in the program was Longinus, played by Sebastian Roché, an immortal cursed by God for interfering with his plans. By Christian tradition, Longinus was the centurion who stabbed Jesus Christ with his spear during the Crucifixion; this spear, the Spear of Destiny, was the only weapon that could release Longinus from his curse. The show mixed Christian mythology, Celtic mythology and smatterings of history. While the original airing of the show in North America did not broadcast all of the episodes, when syndicated to Australia and the UK, all episodes were aired. Roar: The Complete Series was released on DVD on September 19, 2006; the 3-disc set includes all thirteen episodes. The following year, Fox created Young Hercules, which starred Ryan Gosling.
Heath Ledger as Conor Lisa Zane as Queen Diana Sebastian Roché as Gaius Cassius Longinus Vera Farmiga as Catlin John Saint Ryan as Fergus Alonzo Greer as Tully Michael Roughan as The Slavemaster Melissa George as Molly Carl Snell as Glas Keri Russell as Claire Daniel Gecic as King Derek Peter McCauley as Culann / Brach Ray Richmond, a television critic for Variety, gave the series a lukewarm review, "Even 1,500 years ago, it turns out that the Celtics were in need of a decent shooting guard and a big man in the middle. At least, that's what we're told in this adventure drama set in 5th century Europe that follows a ragtag band of Celtic warriors and their bloody battles with a group of nasty, oppressive Romans. Think of the Carringtons vs. the Colbys with a lot more leather... and fewer showers. Roar boasts impeccable period detail, yet unlike the divertingly cheesy Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, this summertime spectacle takes itself seriously – a mistake when your chief female evildoer has a taste for bathing in cow dung."
Hal Boedeker for the Orlando Sentinel gave a positive review, writing, "The young stars are attractive, the action flags, the show is a rare fresh offering on broadcast television this summer. It is more rousing than many new hour series this fall." Two books were written based on the Roar universe. Published in 1998 and written by Sean Kiernan, Roar: A Novel gives a backstory leading up to the pilot episode, Roar: The Cauldron tells the story of Conor's quest to find the legendary Cauldron. Roar on IMDb Roar at TV.com
The Mickey Mouse Club
The Mickey Mouse Club is an American variety television show that aired intermittently from 1955 to 1996 and returned in 2017 to social media. Created by Walt Disney and produced by Walt Disney Productions, the program was first televised for four seasons, from 1955 to 1959, by ABC; this original run featured a regular but ever-changing cast of teen performers. ABC broadcast reruns weekday afternoons during the 1958–1959 season, airing right after American Bandstand; the show was revived three times after its initial 1955–1959 run on ABC, first from 1977–1979 for first-run syndication as The New Mickey Mouse Club from 1989–1996 as The All-New Mickey Mouse Club airing on cable television's The Disney Channel, again in 2017 with the moniker Club Mickey Mouse airing on internet social media. Mickey Mouse himself appeared in every show, not only in vintage cartoons made for theatrical release, but in opening and closing segments made for the show. In both the vintage cartoons and new animated segments, Mickey was voiced by his creator Walt Disney.
The first official theater-based Mickey Mouse Club began on January 11, 1930, at the Fox Dome Theater in Ocean Park, with 60 theaters hosting clubs by March 31. The Club released its first issue of the Official Bulletin of the Mickey Mouse Club on April 15, 1930. By 1932, the club had 1 million members, in 1933 its first British club opened at Darlington’s Arcade Cinema. In 1935, Disney began to phase out the club; the Mickey Mouse Club was hosted by Jimmie Dodd, a songwriter and the Head Mouseketeer, who provided leadership both on and off screen. In addition to his other contributions, he provided short segments encouraging young viewers to make the right moral choices; these little homilies became known as "Doddisms". Roy Williams, a staff artist at Disney appeared in the show as the Big Mouseketeer. Roy suggested the Mickey and Minnie Mouse ears worn by the cast members, which he helped create, along with Chuck Keehne, Hal Adelquist, Bill Walsh; the main cast members were called Mouseketeers, they performed in a variety of musical and dance numbers, as well as some informational segments.
The most popular of the Mouseketeers constituted the so-called Red Team, who were kept under contract for the entire run of the show, included: Sharon Baird Bobby Burgess Lonnie Burr Tommy Cole Annette Funicello Darlene Gillespie Cubby O'Brien Karen Pendleton Doreen TraceyOther Mouseketeers who were Red Team members but not on the show for all three seasons included: Cheryl Holdridge Nancy Abbate Johnny Crawford Dennis Day Mike Smith Jay-Jay Solari Don Underhill The remaining Mouseketeers, consisting of the White or Blue Teams, were Don Agrati, Sherry Alberoni, Billie Jean Beanblossom, Eileen Diamond, Dickie Dodd, Mary Espinosa, Bonnie Lynn Fields, Judy Harriet, Linda Hughes, Dallas Johann, John Lee Johann, Bonni Lou Kern, Charlie Laney, Larry Larsen, Paul Petersen, Lynn Ready, Mickey Rooney Jr. Tim Rooney, Mary Sartori, Bronson Scott, Margene Storey, Ronnie Steiner, Mark Sutherland. Larry Larsen, on only for the 1956–57 season, was the oldest Mouseketeer, being born in 1939, Bronson Scott, on only the 1955–56 season, was the youngest Mouseketeer, being born in July 1947.
Among the thousands who auditioned but did not make the cut were future vocalist/songwriter Paul Williams and future actress Candice Bergen. The 39 Mouseketeers and the seasons in which they were featured: Notes: Cole and Day were Blue Team members, but were drafted to the Red Team in the first season. Johann and the Rooney brothers were all fired early in the first season. Dallas' brother John Lee replaced him, while Dodd and Steiner were hired as replacements for the Rooney brothers. For the show's fourth season, only a small amount of new footage was filmed, was intermixed with material from previous seasons, it is believed that only six of the Mouseketeers—Funicello, Tracey, Pendleton, O'Brien—were called back for the filming of new material, while Cole and Baird were used for some publicity material. Jimmie Dodd Roy Williams Bob Amsberry Other notable non-Mouseketeer performers appeared in various dramatic segments: Tim Considine Tommy Kirk Roberta Shore David Stollery Judy Nugent Kevin Corcoran, a.k.a.
Moochie J. Pat O'Malley Sammy Ogg Alvy Moore Julius Sumner Miller as "Professor Wonderful"These non-Mouseketeers appeared in numerous original serials filmed for the series, only some of which have appeared in reruns. Certain Mouseketeers were featured in some of the serials Annette Funicello and Darlene Gillespie. Major serials included: Spin and Marty The Hardy Boys Corky and White Shadow, starring Darlene Gillespie Walt Disney Presents: Annette, starring Annette Funicello Adventure in Dairyland, featuring Funicello and Sammy Ogg, introducing Kevin Corcoran as Moochie Jiminy Cricket educational serials (four animated serials educating kids on vari
Felicity (TV series)
Felicity is an American drama television series created by J. J. Abrams and Matt Reeves and produced by Touchstone Television and Imagine Television for The WB. Brian Grazer and Ron Howard were executive producers through Imagine Entertainment; the series revolves around the fictional college experiences of the title character, Felicity Porter, as she attends the "University of New York", across the country from her home in Palo Alto, California. The show ran for four seasons from September 29, 1998, to May 22, 2002, with each season corresponding to the traditional American university divisions of freshman, sophomore and senior years. In 2007, Felicity was one of Time magazine's "All-Time 100 Best TV Shows." AOL TV named Felicity one of the "Best School Shows of All Time." In June 2010, Entertainment Weekly named Felicity Porter one of the "100 Greatest Characters of the Last 20 Years". The series opens at Felicity's high school graduation, where she asks Ben Covington, a classmate on whom she has a crush, to sign her yearbook.
Moved by his comment that he wished they had gotten to know each other further, she changes her education plans deciding to follow Ben to New York rather than attend Stanford University as a pre-med student. Felicity's overbearing parents, concerned about Felicity's rash decision, come to New York to try to persuade her to return home and "get back on track". Felicity has second thoughts about her decision, but soon realizes that she came not only to follow Ben, but to discover her true inner self. While Felicity works to sort out her emotions, she continues the basic motions of student life and moves into her dorm. There, she meets the resident advisor Noel Crane; the two develop a romantic relationship, the love triangle among Felicity and Noel forms the basic dramatic conflicts in the show throughout the series. A number of other characters play large roles in Felicity's life, her roommate for the first two years is Meghan Rotundi, a goth Wiccan who casts spells on Felicity and others. Julie Emrick is one of Felicity's best friends, as is Elena Tyler, who takes classes with Felicity.
Felicity has male friends, including Sean Blumberg, always trying to produce new off-kilter inventions, Javier Clemente Quintata, who manages the Dean & DeLuca where Felicity works for most of her college career. A recurring episode opener of the show is a stark camera shot of Felicity sitting in a dormitory room or apartment holding a tape recorder, recalling events in order to make a cassette tape to send to an old friend named Sally Reardon; this provides a method for Felicity to narrate an entire episode. At the end of episodes like this, Felicity is shown to be listening to a tape that Sally has sent in reply. Characters are listed by appearance on the show. Felicity was filmed in part in New York City, is set at the fictional University of New York, based on New York University. Like NYU, UNY is located in Greenwich Village near Washington Square Park, the school is an important part of the show. Although like other universities, NYU welcomes being mentioned in film or on television as free product placement, the university refused permission for the show to use its name, stating that "he negatives kind of outweighed the positives."
In 1999, a publicly hyped young writer for the show, Riley Weston, was disclosed as a fraud for claiming to be much younger than she was. At the age of 32, she began marketing herself to television studios as a recent high school graduate, passing off her husband as her older brother, she was soon hired by the WB Network as a writer for Felicity. Hailed as a child prodigy and "wunderkind", she was featured on Entertainment Weekly's October 1998 list of the "100 Most Creative People in Entertainment", which described her as an up-and-coming 19-year-old. Shortly thereafter, she was offered a six-figure screenwriting deal with Disney, her real identity and age were exposed. Soon afterward, her contract with WB expired and was not renewed, her deal with Disney fell through. In the summer of 1999, after filming the first season, Felicity star Russell—known for what The New York Times described as "hat glorious head of voluminous golden backlit hair"—sent the show's producers a photo wearing a short-haired wig.
They panicked before learning that it was a joke but suggested to the actress that a new hairstyle would be appropriate. After being shifted from Tuesday nights at 9:00 PM Eastern to Sunday nights at 8:00 PM Eastern for the 1999–2000 season, the ratings for Felicity declined immediately; this decline occurred before the hair-style change, but the hair-style change became conflated by some of the public and by some of the popular press and network executives with this earlier event and thus incorrectly blamed the earlier ratings drop on the new hairstyle. After the negative reaction Russell rejected wearing a wig while her hair grew back. Although storytelling and time-slot changes had created a ratings decline, a network executive said WB actors' future hair changes would "be given more thought at the network than it would have". In 2010, TV Guide Network listed the hairstyle change at No. 19 on their list of "25 Biggest TV Blunders," with several commentators arguing that it was the reason that the ratings of the show dropped.
The haircut incident went on to become a popular culture reference within other television shows, both comedic and dramatic. In the 30 Rock episode "The Bubble," Jenna discusses how to get her hair cut and says, "B
Ryan Thomas Gosling is a Canadian actor and musician. He began his career as a child star on the Disney Channel's The Mickey Mouse Club, went on to appear in other family entertainment programs, including Are You Afraid of the Dark? and Goosebumps. His first starring film role was as a Jewish neo-Nazi in The Believer, he went on to star in several independent films, including Murder by Numbers, The Slaughter Rule, The United States of Leland. Gosling gained wider recognition in 2004 with a leading role in the commercially successful romance The Notebook. For playing a drug-addicted teacher in Half Nelson, he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor, he next played a inept loner in Lars and the Real Girl. After a three-year acting hiatus, Gosling starred in the marital drama Blue Valentine. Gosling co-starred in three mainstream films in 2011, the romantic comedy Crazy, Love, the political drama The Ides of March, the crime thriller Drive, his directorial debut, Lost River, was released to poor reviews in 2014.
Greater success came to Gosling when he starred in several critically acclaimed films, including the financial satire The Big Short, the romantic musical La La Land, for which he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, received a second Oscar nomination. Further acclaim followed with the science fiction the biopic First Man. Gosling's band, Dead Man's Bones, released their self-titled debut album and toured North America in 2009, he is a co-owner of a Moroccan restaurant in Beverly Hills, California. Gosling is a supporter of PETA, Invisible Children, the Enough Project and has traveled to Chad and eastern Congo to raise awareness about conflicts in the regions. Gosling has been involved in peace promotion efforts in Africa for over a decade, he has been in a relationship with actress Eva Mendes since 2011, they have two daughters. Ryan Thomas Gosling was born in London, the son of Thomas Ray Gosling, a travelling salesman for a paper mill, Donna, a secretary.
Both of his parents are of part French-Canadian descent, along with some German, English and Irish. Gosling's parents were Mormons, Gosling has said that the religion influenced every aspect of their lives. However, he said he "never could identify with." Because of his father's work, they "moved around a lot" and Gosling lived in both Cornwall and Burlington, Ontario. His parents divorced when he was 13, he and his older sister Mandi lived with their mother, an experience Gosling has credited with programming him "to think like a girl". Gosling was educated at Gladstone Public School, Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School and Lester B. Pearson High School; as a child, he was inspired to become an actor. He "hated" being a child, was bullied in elementary school and had no friends until he was "14 or 15". In grade one, having been influenced by the action film First Blood, he took steak knives to school and threw them at other children during recess; this incident led to a suspension. He was unable to read and was evaluated for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, but was not diagnosed with it and, contrary to false reports, never took medication.
His mother homeschooled him for a year. Gosling has said that homeschooling gave him "a sense of autonomy that I've never lost". Gosling performed in front of audiences from an early age, encouraged by his sister being a performer, he and his sister sang together at weddings. Performing boosted his self-confidence, he developed an idiosyncratic accent because, as a child, he thought having a Canadian accent did not sound "tough". He began to model his accent on that of Marlon Brando, he dropped out of high school at the age of 17 to focus on his acting career. In 1993, at the age of 12, Gosling attended an open audition in Montreal for a revival of Disney Channel's The Mickey Mouse Club, he was moved to Orlando, Florida. He appeared on-screen infrequently. Nonetheless, he has described the job as the greatest two years of his life. Fellow cast members included Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera. Gosling has credited the experience with instilling in them "this great sense of focus."
He became close friends with Timberlake and they lived together for six months during the second year of the show. Timberlake's mother became Gosling's legal guardian after his mother returned to Canada for work reasons. Gosling has said that though he and Timberlake are no longer in touch, they are still supportive of each other. Following the show's cancellation in 1995, Gosling returned to Canada, where he continued to appear in family entertainment television series, including Are You Afraid of the Dark? and Goosebumps, starred in Breaker High as Sean Hanlon. At the age of 18, he moved to New Zealand to film the Fox Kids adventure series Young Hercules as the title character. In 2002, he told the Vancouver Sun that he enjoyed working on the show, but began to care too much about the series, so it was no longer fun for him, he wanted to spend more time sitting with and devising a character as well as play a variety of roles, so he chose to enter film and not accept any more television work.
At the age of nineteen, Gosling decided to move into "serious acting". He