2011 Sundance Film Festival
The 27th annual Sundance Film Festival took place from January 20, 2011 until January 30, 2011 in Park City, with screenings in Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. The festival opened with five screenings, one from each category in competition: Sing Your Song, The Guard, Project Nim, Shorts Program I; the New Frontier category opened with All That Is Solid Melts into Air. The closing night film was The Son of No One. There were 750 sponsors of 1,670 volunteers. Attendance was estimated at 60,000 people. 10,279 films were submitted. 3,812 feature films were submitted, including 1,943 from 1,869 internationally. From these, 118 feature films include 95 world premieres. 6,467 short films were submitted, 81 short films were selected to be screened and 12 shorts are viewable on YouTube. The festival had films from 40 first-time filmmakers. Keri Putnam, Executive Director of the Sundance Institute said, "For an artist to make it to the Festival among 10,000 submissions is an incredible achievement in his or her own right."For the second year in a row, Sundance Selects selected five films to make available nationwide through video on demand: Kaboom, Mad Bastards, These Amazing Shadows, Uncle Kent.
For a full list of films appearing at the festival, see List of films at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. 12 short films from the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and 8 "classic" shorts were available to watch online at the YouTube Screening Room. Each series is scheduled to run for 6 weeks, beginning January 6, 2011, through February 3, 2011. Launched on January 6, 2011 were shorts from past years by filmmakers with feature films at this year's festival; the short films and current films include: By Modern Measure by Matthew Lessner, The Woods Little Farm by Calvin Reeder, The Oregonian Countertransference by Madeleine Olnek, Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same Choices by Rashaad Ernesto Green, Gun Hill RoadThe January 13, 2011 launch included shorts developed at the Sundance Institute Feature Film Labs: Conversion by Nanobah Becker Pandemic 41.410806, -75.654259 by Lance Weiler Pop Foul by Moon Molson, Crazy Beats Strong Every Time Sikumi by Andrew Okpeaha MacLean, On the IceScheduled to launch in 3 parts on January 20, January 27, February 3 are short films from this year's festival: 8 Bits by Valere Amirault, Sarah Laufer, Jean Delaunay, Benjamin Mattern Andy and Zach by Nick Paley Close. by Tahir Jetter Excuse Me by Duncan Birmingham Jupiter Elicius by Kelly Sears oops by Chris Beckman Sasquatch Birth Journal 2 by David & Nathan Zellner Skateistan: To Live and Skate Kabul by Orlando von Einsiedel The High Level Bridge by Trevor Anderson The Hunter and The Swan by Emily Carmichael Xemoland by Daniel Cardenas Yelp Grand Jury Prize: Documentary - How to Die in Oregon Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic - Like Crazy World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary - Hell and Back Again World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic - Happy, Happy Audience Award: U.
S. Documentary - Buck Audience Award: U. S. Dramatic - Circumstance World Cinema Audience Award: Documentary - Senna World Cinema Audience Award: Dramatic - Kinyarwanda Best of NEXT Audience Award - to.get.her U. S. Directing Award: Documentary - Jon Foy for Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles U. S. Directing Award: Dramatic - Sean Durkin for Martha Marcy May Marlene World Cinema Directing Award: Documentary - James Marsh for Project Nim World Cinema Directing Award: Dramatic - Paddy Considine for Tyrannosaur Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award - Sam Levinson for Another Happy Day World Cinema Dramatic Screenwriting Award - Erez Kav-El for Restoration U. S. Documentary Editing Award - Matthew Hamachek and Marshall Curry for If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front World Cinema Documentary Editing Award - Goran Hugo Olsson and Hanna Lejonqvist for The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 Excellence in Cinematography Award: U. S. Documentary - Eric Strauss, Ryan Hill and Peter Hutchens for The Redemption of General Butt Naked Excellence in Cinematography Award: U.
S. Dramatic - Bradford Young for Pariah World Cinema Cinematography Award: Documentary - Danfung Dennis for Hell and Back Again World Cinema Cinematography Award: Dramatic - Diego F. Jimenez for All Your Dead Ones U. S. Documentary Special Jury Prize - Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey U. S. Dramatic Special Jury Prize - Another Earth World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Prize - Position Among the Stars U. S. Dramatic Special Jury Prize for Breakout Performance - Felicity Jones for Like Crazy World Dramatic Special Jury Prizes for Breakout Performances - Peter Mullan and Olivia Colman for Tyrannosaur Jury Prize in U. S. Short Filmmaking - Brick Novax Pt 1 and 2 International Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking - Deeper Than Yesterday Honorable Mention in Short Filmmaking - Choke, The External World, The Legend of Beaver Dam, Out of Reach, Protoparticles Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize - Another Earth Sundance Institute/Mahindra Global Filmmaking Awards - Bogdan Mustata of Romania for Wolf, Ernesto Contrera of Mexico for I Dream In Another Language, Seng Tat Liew of Malaysia for In What City Does It Live?, Talya Lavie of Israel for Zero Motivation Sundance Institute/NHK Award - Cherien Dabis, director of May in the SummerThe awards for short films were announced January 25.
On January 28, 2011 the Alfred P. Sloan Prize was awarded to the film Another Earth. All of the awards were announced January 29 at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony, hosted by Tim Blake Nelson near Park City; the 23 jury members, which award prizes to films, were announced on January 17, 2011. Presenters are followed by asterisks. Helen Fisher was an
Blu-ray or Blu-ray Disc is a digital optical disc data storage format. It was designed to supersede the DVD format, is capable of storing several hours of video in high-definition and ultra high-definition resolution; the main application of Blu-ray is as a medium for video material such as feature films and for the physical distribution of video games for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One. The name "Blu-ray" refers to the blue laser used to read the disc, which allows information to be stored at a greater density than is possible with the longer-wavelength red laser used for DVDs; the plastic disc is 120 millimetres in diameter and 1.2 millimetres thick, the same size as DVDs and CDs. Conventional or pre-BD-XL Blu-ray discs contain 25 GB per layer, with dual-layer discs being the industry standard for feature-length video discs. Triple-layer discs and quadruple-layer discs are available for BD-XL re-writer drives. High-definition video may be stored on Blu-ray discs with up to 2160p resolution and at up to 60 frames per second.
DVD-Video discs were limited to a maximum resolution of 576p. Besides these hardware specifications, Blu-ray is associated with a set of multimedia formats; the BD format was developed by the Blu-ray Disc Association, a group representing makers of consumer electronics, computer hardware, motion pictures. Sony unveiled the first Blu-ray disc prototypes in October 2000, the first prototype player was released in April 2003 in Japan. Afterwards, it continued to be developed until its official release on June 20, 2006, beginning the high-definition optical disc format war, where Blu-ray Disc competed with the HD DVD format. Toshiba, the main company supporting HD DVD, conceded in February 2008, released its own Blu-ray Disc player in late 2009. According to Media Research, high-definition software sales in the United States were slower in the first two years than DVD software sales. Blu-ray faces competition from the continued sale of DVDs. Notably, as of January 2016, 44% of U. S. broadband. The information density of the DVD format was limited by the wavelength of the laser diodes used.
Following protracted development, blue laser diodes operating at 405 nanometers became available on a production basis, allowing for development of a more-dense storage format that could hold higher-definition media. Sony started two projects in collaboration with Panasonic, TDK, applying the new diodes: UDO, DVR Blue, a format of rewritable discs that would become Blu-ray Disc; the core technologies of the formats are similar. The first DVR Blue prototypes were unveiled at the CEATEC exhibition in October 2000 by Sony. A trademark for the "Blue Disc" logo was filed February 9, 2001. On February 19, 2002, the project was announced as Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray Disc Founders was founded by the nine initial members; the first consumer device arrived in stores on April 10, 2003: the Sony BDZ-S77, a US$3,800 BD-RE recorder, made available only in Japan. But there was no standard for prerecorded video, no movies were released for this player. Hollywood studios insisted that players be equipped with digital rights management before they would release movies for the new format, they wanted a new DRM system that would be more secure than the failed Content Scramble System used on DVDs.
On October 4, 2004, the name "Blu-ray Disc Founders" was changed to the Blu-ray Disc Association, 20th Century Fox joined the BDA's Board of Directors. The Blu-ray Disc physical specifications were completed in 2004. In January 2005, TDK announced that they had now developed an ultra-hard yet thin polymer coating for Blu-ray discs. Cartridges used for scratch protection, were no longer necessary and were scrapped; the BD-ROM specifications were finalized in early 2006. AACS LA, a consortium founded in 2004, had been developing the DRM platform that could be used to securely distribute movies to consumers. However, the final AACS standard was delayed, delayed again when an important member of the Blu-ray Disc group voiced concerns. At the request of the initial hardware manufacturers, including Toshiba and Samsung, an interim standard was published that did not include some features, such as managed copy; the first BD-ROM players were shipped in mid-June 2006, though HD DVD players beat them to market by a few months.
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Zachary John Quinto is an American actor and film producer. He is known for his roles as Sylar on the science fiction drama series Heroes, Spock in the reboot Star Trek and its sequels Star Trek Into Darkness and Star Trek Beyond, as well as his Emmy nominated performance in American Horror Story: Asylum, his other film roles include Margin Call, What's Your Number?, Hitman: Agent 47, Hotel Artemis. He appeared in smaller roles on television series such as So NoTORIous, The Slap, 24, on stage in Angels in America. Quinto was born in Pittsburgh, grew up in the suburb of Green Tree, Pennsylvania, he attended Jude Catholic School. His mother, Margaret J. "Margo", worked at an investment firm and at a magistrate's office. His father, Joseph John "Joe" Quinto, a barber, died of cancer. Quinto and his brother, were subsequently raised by their mother, he grew up Catholic. His father was of Italian descent. Quinto graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1995, where he participated in its musicals and won the Gene Kelly Award for Best Supporting Actor, attended Carnegie Mellon University's School of Drama, from which he graduated in 1999.
Quinto first appeared on television in the short-lived television series The Others, appeared as a guest star on shows including CSI, Touched by an Angel, Six Feet Under, Lizzie McGuire, L. A. Dragnet. In 2003, during the theatrical run of Endgame by Samuel Beckett, directed by Kristina Lloyd at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles playing the role of Clov, he landed a recurring role as computer expert Adam Kaufman on the Fox series 24. In 2006, Quinto played the role of Sasan: the haughty, bisexual Iranian-American best friend of Tori Spelling on her VH1 series So NoTORIous; that year, he joined the cast of Heroes as Gabriel Gray, better known as the serial killer Sylar. He worked on the series until its cancellation in 2010 after four seasons, his casting as a young Spock in the J. J. Abrams-directed reboot of the Star Trek film franchise was announced at the 2007 Comic-Con. Speaking alongside Leonard Nimoy at a press conference to promote the first new Star Trek film, Quinto revealed that Nimoy had been given casting approval over who would play the role of the young Spock.
"For me Leonard's involvement was only liberating, frankly," says Quinto. "I knew that he had approval over the actor that would play young Spock, so when I got the role I knew from the beginning it was with his blessing." In a September 2008 interview, Abrams said of Quinto's performance as Spock: "Zachary brought a gravity and an incredible sense of humor, a wonderful combination because Spock's character is deceivingly complicated. The revelation for me watching the movie, when I got to watch the whole thing after working on sequences, was that he is extraordinary, he was doing things I didn't realize while we were shooting – these amazing things to track his story." Quinto made references to Star Trek's historical record for diversity and inclusiveness in its casting and storylines, said that he hoped the looming election of Barack Obama would build that dynamic towards the film's May 2009 release date. After Star Trek, he appeared in the comedy short Boutonniere, it "...was a movie written and directed by my former landlady and friend.
She called up and said,'Would you do me a favor and be in my short film?'" In 2008, Quinto joined with Neal Dodson to form Before the Door Pictures. The company produced projects in film, new media, published two graphic novels in a deal with comic book publisher Archaia Entertainment: they published a graphic novel called Mr. Murder is Dead, created by writer Victor Quinaz followed by LUCID: A Matthew Dee Adventure written by writer/actor Michael McMillian. Quinto starred in several comedy shorts, he played a strangely lovable kidnapper in "Hostage: A Love Story", written by the comedy duo HoltandSteele, for Before the Door Pictures and www. FunnyOrDie.com. He played a prospective dog adopter in "Dog Eat Dog", written and directed by Sian Heder, premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2012. Quinto has kept up his theatre experience, which includes roles in a variety of productions, including classics such as Samuel Beckett's Endgame at the Los Angeles Odyssey Theatres in 2003, Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing at the Los Angeles Shakespeare Festival and Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow at the Old Globe Theatre.
From October 2010 to February 2011, Quinto played the lead role of Louis Ironson in an Off-Broadway revival of Tony Kushner's Angels in America at the Signature Theatre, New York City. For this role, Quinto received the Theatreworld Outstanding Debut Performance award. In 2013, Quinto played the role of Tom Wingfield in the American Repertory Theatre's production of The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, he was in the Broadway reprisal of the production, in 2014. In February 2016, Zachary appeared in the New York premiere of MCC Theater's Smokefall. In 2010, Quinto's company Before the Door Pictures produced Margin Call, an independent film about the financial crisis. Quinto played the role of Peter Sullivan in the film, in a cast that included Jeremy Irons, Kevin Spacey, Stanley Tucci, Penn Badgley and Demi Moore. Margin Call premiered in January 2011 at the Sundance Film Festival. Margin Call received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay, by J. C. Chandor. Quinto was an executive producer for Chandor's next film All Is Lost with Robert Redford as the
Aasif Hakim Mandviwala, known professionally as Aasif Mandvi, is a British-American actor and comedian. He began appearing as an occasional contributing correspondent on The Daily Show on August 9, 2006. On March 12, 2007, he was promoted to a regular correspondent, he is the lead actor, co-writer and producer of the web series Halal in the Family, which premiered on Funny or Die in 2015, an actor, writer and co-producer of the HBO comedy series The Brink. Mandvi is the author of the book No Land's Man. Mandvi was born in Bombay, India, to a Dawoodi Bohra Muslim family, his family moved to England, when he was a year old, in the West Yorkshire city of Bradford, where his father, had come to work in textiles research at Bradford University, ran a corner shop, while his mother, was a nurse. Although Mandvi identifies himself as a "working-class kid from Bradford", he attended the independent Woodhouse Grove School, his father grew frustrated with Margaret Thatcher's Britain and moved his family to Tampa, Florida when Mandvi was 16.
After graduating from the University of South Florida with a degree in Theatre, Mandvi worked as a performer at Disney-MGM Studios at Walt Disney World Resort. He moved to New York City, where he began appearing in off-Broadway productions. During this time, he was active in Indian, he won an Obie Award for his critically acclaimed one-man show Sakina's Restaurant. On Broadway, Mandvi appeared as Ali Hakim in the 2002 production of Oklahoma! Directed by Trevor Nunn, he appeared in the play Homebody/Kabul by Tony Kushner. He portrayed Fritz Haber in the off-Broadway play Einstein's Gift. Mandvi played Melchior in On the Razzle by Tom Stoppard at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and appeared in the docudrama Guantanamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom at the Culture Project. In 2012 Mandvi starred in Disgraced at Lincoln Center's Claire Tow Theater, he played the lead role of Amir, a Pakistani American lawyer struggling with his identity and Islam in the drama by Ayad Akhtar. The play went on to win the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Mandvi was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for his role. Mandvi made his television debut as a doorman at the Miami Biltmore Hotel in the episode "Line of Fire" of the series Miami Vice, he has since appeared in numerous television shows including ER, The Sopranos and the City, CSI, Oz, Ed, The Bedford Diaries, Sleeper Cell and various editions of Law & Order, including Criminal Intent, Special Victims Unit and Trial by Jury. He was the book reader for audio editions of Salman Rushdie's Shalimar the Clown and V. S. Naipaul's Magic Seeds. In 2011 he appeared in Taco Bell commercials. In 2006, Mandvi auditioned for The Daily Show, he was hired and appeared on the show the same day. Mandvi became a regular correspondent in 2007, he appears in segments satirizing and commenting on Islamic, Middle-Eastern, South-Asian-related issues with such titles as "Senior Asian Correspondent," "Senior Middle East Correspondent," "Senior Foreign Looking Correspondent," and "Senior Muslim Correspondent." In 2013, Mandvi was cast in a recurring role on Us & Them.
In October 2013, during a segment on The Daily Show, Mandvi's interview with Don Yelton led to Yelton's resignation from the North Carolina Republican Party office. In November 2014, he appeared on The Dan Patrick Show. On the show, he revealed the story from his book No Land's Man where his father moved his family to the U. S. because the U. S. has brunch. Beginning in June 2015, Mandvi portrayed Rafiq Massoud in the HBO comedy series The Brink. Mandvi serves as a writer and co-producer on the series. In April 2015, Mandvi appeared on Person of Interest as Sulaiman Khan, the CEO of a software security firm. In 2016, Mandvi joined the climate change documentary show Years of Living Dangerously as one of its celebrity correspondents. In 2017, Mandvi guest-starred in two episodes of the first season of the Netflix series A Series of Unfortunate Events as Montgomery "Uncle Monty" Montgomery, a herpetologist and distant relative of the Baudelaire children, he returned to the role for one episode during season two.
Mandvi played minor roles in the films The Siege and Die Hard with a Vengeance as well as the title role in Merchant Ivory Productions' film The Mystic Masseur. He had a major supporting role in the independent film American Chai, playing the lead character's roommate, "Engineering Sam." He played the doctor who diagnosed Paul Vitti's panic attacks in Analyze This, had a role as Mr. Aziz of "Joe's Pizza" in Spider-Man 2, he was in commercials by Domino's Pizza and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. He played the tone deaf doorman Khan in Music and Lyrics. Mandvi played a dentist alongside Ricky Gervais in the 2008 romantic comedy Ghost Town, as well as office employee Bob Spaulding in The Proposal, starring Sandra Bullock. Today's Special, which Mandvi co-wrote with Jonathan Bines, premiered at the London Film Festival in October 2009 and New York's Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council Film Festival on November 11, 2009, he appeared in It's Kind of a Funny Story, a coming-of-age film written and directed by Anna Boden with Ryan Fleck, adapted from the 2006 novel by Ned Vizzini.
He co-starred as a Guantanamo captive in the film The Response, a script based on the transcripts of Combatant Status Review Tribunals convened in Guantanamo in 2004. In M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender he played a major role as Commander Zhao. Mandvi played the role of Mr. Chetty in the 2013 comedy The Internship, which starred Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson and portrayed Ash Vasudevan in the 2014 film Million Dol
Ashley Williams (actress)
Ashley Williams Dodson known professionally as Ashley Williams is an American actress. She is best known for starring in the television series The Jim Gaffigan Show on TV Land and in the NBC series Good Morning Miami. Over the many years of its run, Williams played fan favorite Victoria on the hit CBS series How I Met Your Mother opposite Josh Radnor, she has starred in more than a dozen different television pilots over the years and done over 150 episodes of television in addition to television movies for The Hallmark Channel, Lifetime Television, ABC Family. She's worked in studio and independent films, regional theater, Off-Broadway, on Broadway. Williams is a certified birth doula. Williams was born in Westchester County, New York, the daughter of Linda Barbara, a fundraiser for The Michael J. Fox Foundation, Gurney Williams III, a freelance health and science writer, she is the younger sister of actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley and is sister-in-law to country music star Brad Paisley. Williams attended Rye High School in New York.
In May 2001 she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre. Williams married independent film producer Neal Dodson on May 29, 2011, they have two sons: Odie Sal Dodson. In the summer of 2016, Williams suffered a miscarriage, she partnered with the Human Development Project to speak publicly about the experience, in hopes of reducing the stigma of miscarriage and encouraging more women to talk about it. Williams made her big-screen acting debut in a non-speaking role in the 1993 drama Indian Summer, which featured her sister Kimberly, she spent from 1994 to 1996 playing teenage Danielle Andropoulos on the soap opera As the World Turns. Williams starred in Miami. Since she has appeared in episodes of Psych, How I Met Your Mother, multiple episodes of E-Ring, multiple episodes of Huff, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, multiple episodes of Side Order of Life, The Mentalist, Monk, C. S. I. Royal Pains, multiple episodes of Saving Grace, Love Bites, The Protector, The Mentalist, Retired at 35, multiple episodes of Warehouse 13.
Williams had a guest-starring role on American Dreams, playing singer Sandie Shaw and performing Shaw's 1964 hit " Always Something There to Remind Me" on American Bandstand. In 2006, she starred in the Off Broadway play Burleigh Grime$ and appeared as Victoria, a cupcake baker, on six episodes of the television series How I Met Your Mother. In 2010, she starred in the made-for-TV Lifetime movies, Patricia Cornwell's The Front and At Risk, which premiered on the channel on April 17, 2010, she won an on-line straw poll conducted by the How I Met Your Mother production staff as to which ex-girlfriend of Ted Mosby, the show's main character, is the fans' favorite. Her character, won 128 to 117 over Robin Scherbatsky, with a smattering of votes for other candidates. In 2011 and 2012, she played the role of Claire in a film adaptation of Something Borrowed opposite Kate Hudson, John Krasinski, her college roommate Ginnifer Goodwin, she reprised her role as Victoria on How I Met Your Mother, she made her Broadway debut in John Grisham's A Time To Kill playing law student Ellen Roarke, on September 28, 2013, with the opening night on October 20, 2013.
She had worked at the Williamstown Theater Festival, worked as the understudy for both Rachel Weisz and Gretchen Mol opposite Paul Rudd in the world premiere Off-Broadway production of Neil LaBute's play The Shape of Things. She performed both lead female roles multiple times during the run. In 2015 and 2016, Williams starred as a fictionalized version of comedian Jim Gaffigan's real life wife in The Jim Gaffigan Show on Comedy central, a sitcom about a couple raising their five young children in a two-bedroom New York City apartment which starred Michael Ian Black and Adam Goldberg
Penn Dayton Badgley is an American actor and musician. He is best known for his role as Dan Humphrey on The CW's series Gossip Girl and as Joe Goldberg in the Netflix thriller series You. Badgley has starred in a number of films, including John Tucker Must Die, The Stepfather, Easy A, Margin Call, Greetings from Tim Buckley, he is the lead singer for Brooklyn-based indie band MOTHXR. Their studio album Centerfold was released in 2016. Badgley was born in Baltimore, the son of Lynne Murphy and Duff Badgley, who worked as a newspaper reporter and a carpenter, his parents divorced when he was 12. Badgley split his childhood years between Woodlake and Seattle, Washington, he attended Woolridge Elementary, where his mother became PTA president before he transferred to St. Christopher's School, he enjoyed playing youth soccer. He attended Charles Wright Academy in Tacoma and was involved with the Seattle Children's Theatre, he soon began doing voice-overs for children's radio stations. At age 11, Badgley began pursuing an acting career.
He sought a singing career during this time, recorded a pop single in 1998. At the age of 14, Badgley completed his California High School Proficiency Exam and began attending Santa Monica College, he was accepted to the University of Southern California, where he deferred admission due to contractual obligations, but later enrolled at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, for two years. Badgley's first credit was voice work for the video games Mario Golf 64 and Mario Tennis 64 in 1999 and 2000, his first screen acting credit was on an episode of Will & Grace and he subsequently appeared on shows such as Daddio, The Brothers García, What I Like About You. His first noticeable role was as Phillip Chancellor IV on the soap opera The Young and the Restless, from 2000 to 2001, he was nominated for a 2001 Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Daytime Series for his work. In 2002, he starred in The WB's comedy-drama series Do Over as Joel Larsen, a 34-year-old man who gets a second chance to get his life right, thanks to a freakish accident that catapults him back to 1980, as a 14-year-old.
Badgley went on to star in two other WB series: The Bedford Diaries. Badgley's first major film credit was 2006's John Tucker Must Die, playing the role of Scott Tucker. In its opening weekend, the film grossed a total of $14.3 million, ranking third in the US box office results for that weekend. Badgley appeared in Drive-Thru, co-starring future castmate Leighton Meester. In 2007, Badgley was cast in The CW's teen drama series Gossip Girl as Dan Humphrey, based on the book series of the same name by Cecily von Ziegesar, he turned down the role, but accepted after the producers struggled finding someone to fill the role. In 2009, he starred in thriller film The Stepfather, a remake of the 1987 film, as the stepson of the serial killer. Badgley played Todd, the romantic interest of main character Olive, in the 2010 teen romantic comedy Easy A. In 2011, he was named one of People's "25 Beauties at 25" and BuddyTV ranked him number 75 on its "TV's 100 Sexiest Men of 2011" list, he appeared in the financial thriller drama Margin Call.
In late June of that year, Badgley would portray Jeff Buckley in Greetings from Tim Buckley. The movie follows the journey Jeff Buckley took in grappling with the legacy of his late musician father, leading up to and culminating with his legendary 1991 performance of his father's songs. For the role, Badgley said he took vocal lessons. Badgley joined the cast of Parts per Billion in December 2012, opposite Alexis Bledel and Teresa Palmer; the film was released in 2014. Badgley joined the cast of the 2013 adaptation of Cymbeline as the orphan Posthumus. In early 2014, Badgley and bandmates released a song titled "Easy" on SoundCloud under the name M O T H E R. Months the band changed the spelling to MOTHXR, citing a cease-and-desist from another band with a similar name. In 2015, the band signed with the labels Kitsuné and Washington Square Music, the New York City-based subdivision of the Razor & Tie label; the band has supported acts such as Streets of Laredo, San Cisco, Sir Sly, Har Mar Superstar, The Neighbourhood, Miami Horror.
Their debut album, was released February 26, 2016. Badgley had a recurring role in NBC's 2015 miniseries The Slap, based upon the Australian series of the same name, he had a minor role in Adam Green's Aladdin and starred in Lifetime's former television adaptation of You as Joe Goldberg, which premiered on September 9, 2018. On December 3, 2018, it was announced that You would move to Netflix as a "Netflix Original" title, ahead of the premiere of the second season. During the 2008 United States presidential election, Badgley expressed his support for Barack Obama over John McCain. Badgley and Blake Lively appeared in a pro-Barack Obama commercial, as part of MoveOn's Youth Vote program; the commercial, directed by Doug Liman, aired during Gossip Girl on The CW, MTV, Comedy Central. In March 2010, the American Red Cross announced Penn Badgley as a member in National Celebrity Cabinet, a group of celebrity supporters who promote Red Cross services. A "huge soccer fan", Badgley joined forces with Brad Pitt to bring the FIFA World Cup to the United States in 2018 or 2022.
Badgley is a friend of Baltimore activist DeRay McKesson, whom he met during the Occupy Wall Street movement, considers himself an ally of the Black L