The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is a 2014 epic high fantasy action adventure film directed by Peter Jackson and written by Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro. It is the third and final installment in Peter Jackson's three-part film adaptation based on the novel The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien, following An Unexpected Journey and The Desolation of Smaug, together they act as a prequel to Jackson's The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, it was produced by New Line Cinema, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and WingNut Films, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures; the Battle of the Five Armies was released on December 11, 2014 in New Zealand, December 12, 2014 in the United Kingdom, on December 17, 2014 in the United States. It stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Lee Pace, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt; the ensemble cast features Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Orlando Bloom. The film received mixed reviews, grossed over $956 million worldwide, making it the second highest-grossing film of 2014 and the 46th-highest-grossing film of all time.
At the 87th Academy Awards, the film received a nomination for Best Sound Editing. Bilbo and the Dwarves watch from the Lonely Mountain. Bard breaks out of prison, kills Smaug with the black arrow brought to him by his son Bain. Smaug's falling body crushes the fleeing Master of Laketown and his cronies, who were escaping on a boat laden with the town's gold. Bard reluctantly becomes the new leader of the people of Laketown, with the Master's conniving servant, acting as Bard's reluctant servant, as they seek refuge in the ruins of Dale, while Legolas travels to investigate Mount Gundabad with Tauriel. Thorin, now struck with "dragon sickness" over the vast treasure in the mountain, searches obsessively for the Arkenstone, which Bilbo had found but kept hidden. Thorin, hearing that Laketown survivors have fled to Dale, orders the entrance of the Lonely Mountain sealed off. Meanwhile, Galadriel and Saruman arrive at Dol Guldur and free Gandalf, sending him to safety with Radagast, they defeat the Nazgûl and a formless Sauron himself, banishing them to the East.
Azog, marching on Erebor with his vast Orc army, sends his son Bolg to Gundabad to summon their second army. Legolas and Tauriel witness the march of Bolg's army, bolstered by giant bats. Thranduil and an Elf army arrive in Dale and form an alliance with Bard in order to reclaim a treasure once withheld from them by Thrór. Bard goes to the mountain and asks Thorin for the share of gold that he had promised the people of Laketown, but Thorin refuses. Gandalf arrives at Dale to warn Bard and Thranduil of the threat posed by Azog, but Thranduil dismisses him. Bilbo sneaks out of Erebor to hand the Arkenstone over to Thranduil and Bard so that they can trade it for the treasures they were promised and prevent a battle; when Bard's and Thranduil's armies gather at the gates of Erebor, offering to trade the Arkenstone for the promised treasures, Thorin angrily refuses to believe they have the Arkenstone until Bilbo admits giving it away and chides Thorin for letting greed cloud his judgement. Outraged by what he sees as betrayal, Thorin nearly kills Bilbo, but Gandalf appears and shames Thorin into releasing Bilbo.
Thorin's cousin Dáin arrives with his Dwarf army, a battle of Dwarves against Elves and Men ensues, until Wereworms emerge from the ground, releasing Azog's army from their tunnels. With the Orcs outnumbering Dáin's army and Bard's forces, along with Gandalf and Bilbo, join the battle, fighting the Orcs. However, a second front is opened when many Orcs and Trolls attack Dale, forcing Bard to withdraw his forces to defend the city, while Alfrid takes a bunch of gold and flees from Dale to his ultimate fate. Inside Erebor, Thorin suffers traumatic hallucinations before regaining his sanity and leading his company to join the battle, he rides towards Ravenhill with Dwalin, Fíli, Kíli to kill Azog. Meanwhile and Legolas arrive to warn the Dwarves of Bolg's approaching army. Fíli is captured, Azog kills him as Bilbo and the other Dwarves are forced to watch; as Thorin engages Azog in a fight to the death, Bolg knocks Bilbo unconscious, overpowers Tauriel and kills Kíli, who had come to her aid. Legolas battles Bolg and kills him.
Thorin is fatally wounded in the process. The Great Eagles arrive with Radagast and Beorn to fight the newly arriving Orc army, the Orcs are defeated. Bilbo makes peace with the dying Thorin. Tauriel mourns Kili, Thranduil acknowledges their love. Legolas tells Thranduil he must leave, Thranduil advises him to seek out a Dunedain ranger in the north who goes by the name "Strider"; as Thorin's company begin settling back into Erebor, Dale begins to recover with Bard as the leader, Bilbo bids farewell to the company's remaining members and journeys home to the Shire with Gandalf. As the two part ways on the outskirts of the Shire, Gandalf admits his knowledge of Bilbo's ring and warns him that magic rings are not to be used lightly. Bilbo returns to Bag End to find his belongings being auctioned off, he finds his home pillaged. Sixty years Bilbo receives a visit from Gandalf on his 111th birthday. Additionally, Peter Jackson's and Andy Serkis's daughters made cameo appearances as girls rowing away during Smaug's attack.
Thor (Marvel Cinematic Universe)
Thor Odinson is a character portrayed by Chris Hemsworth in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film franchise, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. In the films, Thor is known as the "God of Thunder", is one of the most powerful of the Asgardians, an alien civilization with long ties to Earth, who are therefore considered by some on Earth to be gods; the Asgardians have advanced science that seems like magic to people of Earth, as shown by Thor's hammer, Mjölnir, with which can channel Thor's ability to wield lightning. After Mjölnir is destroyed in the events of Thor: Ragnarok, Thor himself helps forge Stormbreaker, an axe channeling the Bifrost, allowing him to travel across the universe at will. Thor's character has borrowed a number of characteristics and story lines from across the fifty-plus year history of the character in Marvel Comics. Unlike his comic book version, however, MCU Thor has no superhero "alter ego"; as of 2019, the character is a central figure of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, having appeared in seven films of the series.
Although the first two Thor films have been among the less well-liked films in the MCU canon, Thor: Ragnarok, with its substantial reinvention of the character, has been held up as one of the best Marvel films. Following its release, a reviewer from The Mary Sue has argued that Thor "has the best character arc of nearly every other MCU character, including costars Tony Stark and Steve Rogers". Thor debuted as a Marvel Comics superhero in the science fiction/fantasy anthology title Journey into Mystery #83, created by editor-plotter Stan Lee, scripter Larry Lieber, penciller-plotter Jack Kirby. Kirby said, "I created Thor at Marvel because I was forever enamored of legends, why I knew about Balder and Odin. I tried to update Thor and put him into a superhero costume, but he was still Thor." Lee and Kirby included Thor in The Avengers #1 as a founding member of the superhero team. A live-action television adaptation of the comic book character first appeared in the 1988 television film The Incredible Hulk Returns.
Live-action film adaptations of the character were thereafter proposed, but did not come to fruition. In the mid-2000s, Kevin Feige realized that Marvel still owned the rights to the core members of the Avengers, which included Thor. Feige, a self-professed "fanboy", envisioned creating a shared universe just as creators Stan Lee and Jack Kirby had done with their comic books in the early 1960s. Mark Protosevich, a fan of the Thor comic book, agreed to write the script in April 2006, the project moved to Paramount Pictures, after it acquired the rights from Sony. In December 2007, Protosevich described his plans for it "to be like a superhero origin story, but not one about a human gaining super powers, but of a god realizing his true potential. It's the story of an Old Testament god who becomes a New Testament god". Marvel Studios signed Matthew Vaughn to direct the film. Vaughn rewrote Protosevich's script in order to reduce the budget. Vaughn was released, in September 2008, Kenneth Branagh entered into negotiations to direct, by December 2008, Branagh confirmed that he had been hired.
He described it as "a human story right in the center of a big epic scenario." In October 2008, Daniel Craig was offered the role, but turned it down, citing his commitments to the James Bond franchise. In May 2009, Chris Hemsworth was in negotiations to portray the title role after a back-and-forth process in which the 25-year-old actor was refused early on given a second chance to read for the part. Hemsworth's brother, Liam auditioned for the role, but was passed on by Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige. Feige mentioned that the film would take place on both modern day Earth and Asgard but Thor's human host, Dr. Donald Blake, would not be included. Hemsworth stated that he gained 20 pounds for the role by eating non-stop and revealed that "It wasn't until Thor that I started lifting weights, it was all pretty new to me." Regarding his take on the character, Hemsworth said, "We just kept trying to humanize it all, keep it real. Look into all the research about the comic books that we could, but bring it back to'Who is this guy as a person, what's his relationship with people in the individual scenes?'"
About approaching Thor's fighting style, he remarked, "First, we looked at the comic books and the posturing, the way moves and fights, a lot of his power seems to be drawn up through the ground. We talked about boxers, you know, Mike Tyson low to the ground and big open chest and big shoulder swings and sort of brutal but graceful at the same time, as we shot stuff things became easier." Dakota Goyo portrays a young Thor in the first film. For The Avengers, Hemsworth said that he was able to maintain the strength he built up for Thor by increasing his food intake, consisting of chicken breasts, fish and eggs every day; when asked how much, Hemsworth said, "My body weight in protein pretty much!" He remarked that Thor's motivation "is much more of a personal one, in the sense that it's his brother, stirring things up. Whereas everyone else, it's some bad guy. It's a different approach for Thor. He's having to battle the greater good and what he should do vs. it's his little brother there... I've been frustrated with my brothers at times, or family, but I'm the only one, allowed to be angry at them.
There's a bit of that."According to Hemsworth, in Thor: The Dark World, "for Thor and Jane, there are some unanswered questions now, since he didn't stop in and catch up with her in The Avengers. Thor might have some explaining to do in
Superman is a fictional character, a superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. Created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster, the character first appeared in Action Comics #1 on April 18, 1938 which marked the rise of the Golden Age of Comic Books. Since his inception, Superman has been depicted as an hero that that originated the planet Krypton and named Kal-El; as a baby, he was sent to Earth in a small spaceship by his biological family, Jor-El and Lara, moments before Krypton was destroyed in a natural cataclysm. His ship landed in the American countryside. Clark displayed various superhuman abilities from the start as a young boy, such as incredible strength and impervious skin, his foster parents advised him to use his abilities for the benefit of humanity, he decided to fight crime as a vigilante. To protect his privacy, he changes into a colorful costume and uses the alias "Superman" when fighting crime. Clark Kent resides in the fictional American city of Metropolis in his adult life, where he works as a journalist for the Daily Planet disguising himself among the people there.
Depicted supporting characters of Superman are depicted as residing in Metropolis such as prominent love interest of Superman, Lois Lane, good friend of Superman, Jimmy Olsen, Daily Planet chief editor Perry White. He has many foes such as the genius inventor Lex Luthor, he is a friend of many other superheroes such as Batman and Wonder Woman. Although Superman was not the first superhero character, he popularized the superhero genre and defined its conventions, he remains the best selling superhero in comic books of all time and endured as one of the most lucrative franchises outside of comic books. He is regarded as the greatest superhero / comic book character of all time. Superman was created by Joe Shuster. A duo who met met in 1932 in a high school in Cleveland and bonded over their mutual love of fiction. Siegel aspired to become a writer and Shuster aspired to become an illustrator. Siegel wrote amateur science fiction stories, which he self-published a magazine called Science Fiction: The Advance Guard of Future Civilization.
His friend Shuster provided illustrations for his work. In January 1933, Siegel published a short story in his magazine titled "The Reign of the Superman"; the titular character is a vagrant named Bill Dunn, tricked by an evil scientist into consuming an experimental drug. The drug gives Dunn the powers of mind-reading, mind-control, clairvoyance, he uses these powers maliciously for profit and amusement, but the drug wears off, leaving him a powerless vagrant again. Shuster provided illustrations. Siegel and Shuster shifted with a focus on adventure and comedy, they wanted to become syndicated newspaper strip authors, so they showed their ideas to various newspaper editors. However, the newspaper editors told them. If they wanted to make a successful comic strip, it had to be something more sensational than anything else on the market; this prompted Siegel to revisit Superman as a comic strip character. Siegel modified Superman's powers to make him more sensational: Like Bill Dunn, the second prototype of Superman is given powers against his will by an unscrupulous scientist, but instead of psychic abilities, he acquires superhuman strength and bullet-proof skin.
Additionally, this new Superman was a crime-fighting hero instead of a villain, because Siegel noted that comic strips with heroic protagonists tended to be more successful. In years, Siegel once recalled that this Superman wore a "bat-like" cape in some panels, but he and Shuster agreed there was no costume yet, there is none apparent in the surviving artwork. Siegel and Shuster showed this second concept of Superman to Consolidated Book Publishers, based in Chicago. In May 1933, Consolidated had published a comic book titled Detective Dan: Secret Operative 48, it contained all-original stories as opposed to reprints of newspaper strips, a novelty at the time. Siegel and Shuster put together a comic book in similar format called The Superman. A delegation from Consolidated visited Cleveland that summer on a business trip, Siegel and Shuster took the opportunity to present their work in person. Although Consolidated expressed interest, they pulled out of the comics business without offering a book deal because the sales of Detective Dan were disappointing.
Siegel believed publishers kept rejecting them because he and Shuster were young and unknown, so he looked for an established artist to replace Shuster. When Siegel told Shuster what he was doing, Shuster reacted by burning their rejected Superman comic, sparing only the cover, they continued collaborating on other projects, but for the time being Shuster was through with Superman. Siegel wrote to numerous artists; the first response came in July 1933 from Leo O'Mealia, who drew the Fu Manchu strip for the Bell Syndicate. In the script that Siegel sent O'Mealia, Superman's origin story changes: He is a "scientist-adventurer" from the far future, when humanity has evolved "super powers". Just before the Earth explodes, he escapes in a time-machine to the modern era, whereupon he begins using his super powers to fight crime. O'Mealia produced a few strips and showed them to his newspaper syndicate. Nothing of Siegel and O'Mealia's collaboration survives, except in Siegel's memoir. In June 1934, Siegel found another partner: an artist in Chicago named Russell Keaton.
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The Maze Runner (film)
The Maze Runner is a 2014 American dystopian science fiction action thriller film directed by Wes Ball, in his directorial debut, based on James Dashner's 2009 novel of the same name. The film is the first installment in The Maze Runner film series and was produced by Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen, Lee Stollman with a screenplay by Noah Oppenheim, Grant Pierce Myers, T. S. Nowlin; the film stars Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Aml Ameen, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee, Will Poulter, Patricia Clarkson. The story follows sixteen-year-old Thomas, portrayed by O'Brien, who awakens in a rusty elevator with no memory of who he is, only to learn he's been delivered to the middle of an intricate maze, along with a large number of other boys, who have been trying to find their way out of the ever-changing labyrinth — all while establishing a functioning society in what they call the Glade. Development of The Maze Runner began in January 2011 when Fox purchased the film rights to Dashner's novel with film studios Temple Hill Entertainment and TSG Entertainment.
Principal photography began in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on May 13, 2013 and concluded on July 12, 2013. The Maze Runner was released on September 2014 in the United States by 20th Century Fox. Critics considered it to be better than most young adult book-to-film adaptations; the film topped the box-office during its opening weekend with a $32.5 million debut, making it the seventh-highest grossing debut in September. The film earned over $348 million worldwide against its budget of $34 million. A sequel, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, was released on September 2015 in the United States. A third and final film, Maze Runner: The Death Cure, was released on January 26, 2018. A teenager wakes up inside an underground elevator with no memory of his identity. A group of male youths greet him in a large grassy area called the "Glade" enclosed by tall stone walls; the boys have formed a rudimentary society, with each assuming specialized tasks. Their leader, says that every boy recalls his name but not his past.
The boy learns. During the day, designated Runners search the Maze for an escape route, returning before nightfall when the entrance closes. No one has survived a night in the Maze. While in a competition with another boy named Gally, the boy remembers his name: Thomas; the next day, he is attacked by Ben, a Runner, stung and left delirious by a Griever – deadly techno-organic creatures that roam the Maze at night. Ben is left to die, as there is no cure for his condition. Alby and Minho, the lead Runner retrace Ben's steps inside the Maze. Minho reappears at dusk dragging Alby, stung, but they are unable to reach the closing entrance in time. Thomas runs into the Maze leaving all three trapped. Thomas lures a Griever into a closing passageway; the trio manages to survive the night. The first-ever girl arrives in the elevator, with a note saying that she is the last one to enter the Glade, she recognizes Thomas. Thomas, Frypan and Zart enter the Maze, locate the Griever corpse, remove a beeping mechanical device from inside it.
Gally claims Thomas has jeopardized the fragile peace between the youths and the Grievers and wants him punished, but Newt, the group's second-in-command, instead designates Thomas as a Runner. Minho shows Thomas a hand-constructed model of the Maze based on previous exploration; the Maze's numbered sections close in a regular sequence. Thomas realizes; the girl, has two syringes filled with an unknown substance. One is used on Alby, he recovers from the Griever sting. Minho and Thomas discover a possible exit. A laser scans the two, the exit closes. Thomas and Minho start to run away; that night, the Maze entrance does not close. A massacre ensues as the Gladers struggle to hide. Alby, Zart and several others are killed. Afterwards, Gally blames him for everything that happened. Thomas, having disconnected memory flashes since arriving, stabs himself with a severed Griever stinger in an attempt to revive his memory; the others inject him with the last anti-venom. Unconscious, he recalls that he and Teresa worked for the organization that created the Maze, W.
C. K. D.. Thomas awakens and shares this information with Newt, Minho and Teresa. Thomas reveals himself and Teresa, confessing that they worked with W. C. K. D. and studied the boys for years. Meanwhile, Gally has taken command and intends to sacrifice Thomas and Teresa to the Grievers to restore peace. However, several Gladers free them, they approach the Maze in an attempt to find an escape, while Gally and a few others refuse to leave. Fighting Grievers as they go, Jeff and several other Gladers are killed; the Gladers enter a laboratory strewn with corpses. In a video recording, a woman named Ava Paige explains that the planet has been devastated by a massive solar flare, followed by a pandemic of a deadly virus called the Flare; the teens learn. Paige is seen shooting herself on the screen. Gally appears with a gun. Having been stung by a Griever, he insists they must stay in the Maze and aims at Thomas, but is pierced through the chest by Minho's spear
Kathrin Romary Beckinsale is an English actress. After some minor television roles, she made her film debut in Much Ado About Nothing while still a student at the University of Oxford, she appeared in British costume dramas such as Prince of Jutland, Cold Comfort Farm and The Golden Bowl, in addition to various stage and radio productions. She began to seek film work in the United States in the late 1990s and, after appearing in small-scale dramas The Last Days of Disco and Brokedown Palace, she had starring roles in the war drama Pearl Harbor, the romantic comedy Serendipity and Tiptoes, she followed those with appearances in The Click. Since being cast as Selene in the Underworld film series, Beckinsale has become known for her work in action films, including Van Helsing, Whiteout and Total Recall, she continues to make appearances in smaller dramatic projects such as Snow Angels, Nothing but the Truth, Everybody's Fine. In 2016, she received critical acclaim for her performance in the period comedy film Love & Friendship.
Beckinsale was born in Chiswick or Hounslow, England. She is the only child of actors Richard Judy Loe, she has an older paternal half-sister, actress Samantha Beckinsale, but they have not had regular contact. Her father was of one quarter Burmese descent, she made her first television appearance at the age of four, in an episode of This is Your Life dedicated to her father. When she was five years old, her 31-year-old father died of a heart attack. Beckinsale was traumatised by the loss and "started expecting bad things to happen." Her widowed mother moved in with director Roy Battersby when Beckinsale was nine and she was brought up alongside his four sons and daughter. She has a close relationship with her step-father, a member of the Workers Revolutionary Party during her youth. Beckinsale helped to sell The News Line, a Trotskyist newspaper, as a little girl and has said the household phone was tapped following Battersby's blacklisting by the BBC. Family friends included Vanessa Redgrave. Beckinsale was educated at Godolphin and Latymer School, an independent school for girls in Hammersmith, West London and was involved with the Orange Tree Youth Theatre.
She was twice a winner of the WH Smith Young Writers Award for both poetry. She has described herself as a "late bloomer": "All of my friends were kissing boys and drinking cider way before me. I found it depressing that we weren't making camp fires and everyone was doing stuff like that." "I loathed being a young girl." She had a nervous breakdown and developed anorexia at the age of 15 and underwent Freudian psychoanalysis for four years. Beckinsale read French and Russian literature at New College and was described by a contemporary, journalist Victoria Coren Mitchell, as "whip-clever nuts, charming", she became friends with Roy Kinnear's daughter Kirsty. She was involved with the Oxford University Dramatic Society, most notably being directed by fellow student Tom Hooper in a production of A View from the Bridge at the Oxford Playhouse; as a Modern Languages student, she was required to spend her third year abroad, studied in Paris. She decided to quit university to concentrate on her burgeoning acting career: "It was getting to the point where I wasn't enjoying either thing enough because both were high pressure."
Beckinsale decided at a young age she wanted to be an actress: "I grew up immersed in film. My family were in the business. I realised that my parents seemed to have much more fun in their work than any of my friends' parents." She was inspired by the performances of Jeanne Moreau. She made her television debut in 1991 with a small part in an ITV adaptation of P. D. James' Devices and Desires; that year, she appeared as a young woman engaging in a forbidden affair with a Nazi officer in the Hallmark film One Against the Wind. In 1992 she starred alongside Christopher Eccleston in Rachel's Dream, a 30‑minute Channel 4 short, in 1993, she appeared in the pilot of the ITV detective series, Anna Lee, starring Imogen Stubbs. In 1993, Beckinsale landed the role of Hero in Kenneth Branagh's big-screen adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing, it was filmed in Tuscany, during a summer holiday from Oxford University. She attended the film's Cannes Film Festival premiere and remembered it as an overwhelming experience.
"Nobody told me I could bring a friend!" "I had Doc Martens boots on, I think I put the flower from the breakfast tray in my hair." Peter Travers of Rolling Stone was won over by her "lovely" performance while Vincent Canby of The New York Times noted that she and Robert Sean Leonard "look right and behave with a certain naive sincerity, although they seem numb with surprise at hearing the complex locutions they speak." The film earned over $22 million at the box office. She made three other films while at university. In 1994, she appeared as Christian Bale's love interest in Prince of Jutland, a film based on the Danish legend which inspired Shakespeare's Hamlet, starred in the murder mystery Uncovered. In 1995, while studying in Paris, she filmed the French language Marie-Louise Ou La Permission. Shortly after leaving Oxford University in 1995, Beckinsale starred in Cold Comfort Farm as Flora Poste, a newly orphaned 1930s socialite sent to live with distant family members in rural England; the John Schlesinger-directed film was an adaptation of Stella Gibbons's novel and featured Joanna Lumley, Eileen Atkins, Ian McKellen, Rufus Sewell and Stephen Fry.
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Kristen Jaymes Stewart is an American actress and director. She is the recipient of several accolades, including a César Award, making her the first American woman to win it, her films have grossed over $4.3 billion worldwide, she was the highest-paid actress in the world in 2010 and 2012. Born in Los Angeles to parents who worked in show business, Stewart began her career as a child actor in 1999, she gained notice in 2002 for playing Jodie Foster's daughter in the thriller Panic Room, which garnered her a Young Artist Award nomination for Best Leading Actress in a Feature Film. She subsequently starred in Speak, Catch That Kid, Zathura: A Space Adventure, Into the Wild. In 2010, she was awarded the BAFTA Rising Star Award. Stewart went on to gain wide recognition for playing Bella Swan in The Twilight Saga film series, which collectively grossed over $3.3 billion worldwide. Her work in the series established her as one of the highest-paid actresses in the world. Following a role in the fantasy film Snow White and the Huntsman, Stewart eschewed parts in big-budget films in favour of independent productions.
She starred in the dramas Camp X-Ray and Still Alice, the science fiction romance Equals. In 2015, she received critical acclaim for her role opposite Juliette Binoche in Olivier Assayas's French film Clouds of Sils Maria, for which she won the César Award for Best Supporting Actress. Stewart reunited with Assayas the following year in the supernatural thriller for her critically acclaimed role in Personal Shopper and made her directorial debut with the 2017 short film Come Swim. Stewart was raised in Los Angeles. Both of her parents work in the entertainment industry, her father, John Stewart, is a stage manager and television producer who has worked for Fox and on the Comedy Central show @midnight. Her mother, Jules Mann-Stewart, is from Maroochydore, Australia, she is a script supervisor and has directed a film, the 2012 prison drama K-11. She has an older brother, Cameron B. Stewart, two adopted brothers and Taylor. Stewart attended local schools until the seventh grade; as she became more involved in acting, she continued her education by correspondence until completing high school.
As she grew up with a family who worked behind the camera, Stewart thought she would become a screenwriter/director, but never considered being an actor. She recalled, "I never wanted to be the center of attention—I wasn't that'I want to be famous, I want to be an actor' kid. I never sought out acting. I'd write my name on everything."She began acting at 8, after an agent saw her perform in her elementary school's Christmas play. After auditioning for a year, Stewart gained her first role with a small, nonspeaking part in the Disney Channel TV-movie The Thirteenth Year, her next film was The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, where she played the "ring toss girl". She appeared in the independent film The Safety of Objects, as the tomboy daughter of a troubled single mother. Stewart played a tomboy, diabetic daughter of a divorced mother in the film Panic Room, she was nominated for a Young Artist Award for her performance. After Panic Room's success, Stewart was cast in another thriller, Cold Creek Manor, playing the daughter of characters played by Dennis Quaid and Sharon Stone.
She was nominated again for a Young Artist Award for her performance. About this time in her career, she started homeschooling because of her irregular schedule. Stewart's first starring role was at age 14 in the children's action-comedy Catch That Kid, opposite Max Thieriot and Corbin Bleu; that year Stewart played the role of Lila in the thriller, Undertow. Stewart starred in the Lifetime/Showtime television film Speak, based on the novel by the same name by Laurie Halse Anderson. Stewart, 13 at the time of filming, played a high school freshman, Melinda Sordino, who after being raped nearly stops speaking, her performance was praised, with The New York Times stating "Ms. Stewart creates a convincing character full of pain and turmoil."Stewart appeared in the fantasy-adventure film Zathura: A Space Adventure, playing the role of Lisa Budwing, the irresponsible older sister of two little boys. During their playing a board game, they turn their house into a spacecraft hurtling uncontrollably in outer space.
The film was praised by critics. Her character is immobilized during most of the film; the next year, she played the character Maya in Fierce People, directed by Griffin Dunne. After that film, she received the lead role of Jess Solomon in the supernatural thriller film The Messengers. Stewart appeared as teenager Lucy Hardwicke in In the Land of Women, a romantic drama starring Meg Ryan and Adam Brody; the film, as well as Stewart's performance, received mixed reviews. That same year, Stewart had a small role in the Sean Penn-directed adaptation Into the Wild. For her portrayal of Tracy – a teenage singer who has a crush on young adventurer Christopher McCandless – Stewart received mixed reviews. While Salon.com considered her work a "sturdy, sensitive performance", the Chicago Tribune noted that she did "vividly well with a sketch of a role", Variety's critic Dennis Harvey said, "It's unclear whether Stewart means to be playing hippie-chick Tracy as vapid, or whether it just comes off that way."
The film received Screen Actors Guild nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. After Into the Wild, Stewart had a cameo appearance in Jumper and appeared in What Just
Channing Matthew Tatum is an American actor and singer. Tatum made his film debut in the drama film Coach Carter, his breakthrough role was in the 2006 dance film Step Up. He is known for his portrayal of the character Duke in the 2009 action film G. I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and its 2013 sequel G. I. Joe: Retaliation. Although both G. I. Joe films received negative reviews from critics, they were commercially successful, grossing more than $300 million each at the box office. Tatum is known for his leading role in Magic Mike, its sequel, Magic Mike XXL which he produced, he appeared in romantic films such as The Vow. His other films include She's the Man, The Dilemma, White House Down, the drama Foxcatcher, The Hateful Eight, Caesar!, Logan Lucky. Tatum was born in Cullman, the son of Kay Tatum, an airline worker, Glenn Tatum, who worked in construction, he has a sister named Paige. He is of English ancestry, his family moved to Mississippi area when he was six. He grew up in the bayous near the Pascagoula River.
Tatum has discussed having dealt with attention deficit disorder and dyslexia while growing up, which affected his ability to do well in school. Growing up, Tatum played football, track and performing martial arts; as a child, he practiced wuzuquan kung fu. Tatum spent most of his teenage years in the Tampa area, attended Gaither High School, his parents wanted more effort and gave him the option of selecting a private high school or attending a military school. He attended Glenville State College in Glenville, West Virginia on a football scholarship, but dropped out, he started working odd jobs. Us Weekly reported that around this time Tatum left his job as a roofer and began working as a stripper at a local nightclub, under the name "Chan Crawford". In 2010, he told an Australian newspaper that he wanted to make a movie about his experiences as a stripper; that idea led to the movie Magic Mike. Tatum moved to Miami. In 2000, Tatum was first cast as a dancer in Ricky Martin's "She Bangs" music video, after an audition in Orlando, Florida.
His experience in the fashion industry began as a model working for noted clients such as Armani and Abercrombie & Fitch. He soon moved into television commercials, landing national spots for Mountain Dew and Pepsi in 2002, he subsequently signed with Page 305, a modeling agency in Miami. He was cast by Al David for Vogue magazine and soon after appeared in campaigns for Abercrombie & Fitch, Dolce & Gabbana, American Eagle Outfitters, Emporio Armani, he was picked as one of Tear Sheet magazine's "50 Most Beautiful Faces" of October 2001. Tatum signed with Ford Models in New York City. In 2006, Tatum starred in She's The Man opposite Amanda Bynes, named the greatest modern Shakespearean remake by Business Insider; that year, Tatum starred opposite his now wife Jenna Dewan in Step Up, his breakout role. Although it was panned, it has earned $115 million worldwide. In 2008, Tatum co-starred in director Kimberly Peirce's film Stop-Loss, about soldiers returning home from the Iraq War, in director Stuart Townsend's film Battle in Seattle, about the 1999 protest of the World Trade Organization meeting in Seattle.
Tatum played in the short film The Trap, directed by Rita Wilson. Tatum and Dito Montiel, who worked together on A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, reteamed on the action drama Fighting for Rogue Pictures. Tatum starred as Sean McArthur, a young man who scrapes up a living scalping tickets in New York City. Tatum next appeared in writer/director/producer Michael Mann's 2009 crime drama Public Enemies, playing the 1930s American gangster Pretty Boy Floyd; the same year, Tatum starred as Duke in G. I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Paramount Pictures' live-action film based on the popular Hasbro action figures, he was reluctant to take the role as he feared the movie would glorify war. He played a soldier in a film based on the popular Nicholas Sparks bestseller, he stated that he had accepted the role to learn from director Lasse Hallström because he had never studied at an acting school. In an interview with Details magazine, published in early 2012, Tatum said he wants to produce all the films he stars in, "I don't want to be in any more movies that I don't produce.
Unless it's with one of the 10 directors that I want to work with, I don't have any interest in not being on the ground floor of creating it." He, his wife Jenna Dewan, their production partner Reid Carolin signed a two-year production deal in 2010 with Relativity Media for any movies they may develop during that time. In 2012, Tatum appeared in four films, he co-starred in Steven Soderbergh's action-thriller Haywire, The Vow with Rachel McAdams, 21 Jump Street with Jonah Hill. He starred in Magic Mike, a film about his eight-month experience as a male stripper in Florida; the film was directed by Steven Soderbergh, was co-produced by Tatum and Soderbergh, starred Tatum as Mike. He is a featured performer at a Tampa, male strip club who takes a younger