Icon Productions is an independent production company founded in August 1989 by actor/director Mel Gibson and Australian producing partner Bruce Davey, unlike most other independent production companies, funds most of its development and production costs, allowing it to retain creative control of its projects. Its headquarters are in Los Angeles. In 2008-2009, the company's UK operations were sold. After the acquisition of Dendy Cinemas, a separate company involved in film distribution only in Australia continued to operate as Icon Film Distribution, using the original logo and still owned by Gibson and Davey. Icon started. According to Davey: Unlike most other independents, Icon has always financed most of its development and packaging costs internally by Gibson, allowing it to retain creative control of projects through production. Felicia's Journey director Atom Egoyan praised the company's creative independence and risk-taking: Gibson has explained that the company's name was chosen because icon means "image" in Greek, that the inspiration came from a book on Russian icons in his den.
The logo's artwork features a small crop of the mother's left eye from the Theotokos of Vladimir icon, an Eastern Orthodox icon of Mary, mother of Jesus. The company produced films in the UK and Australia and distributed cinema films through its British subsidiary and its Australian subsidiary, it owned a library of over 250 film titles. After the financial success of The Passion of the Christ, there was frequent mention of the ability of Icon to function as a mini-studio. However, Bruce Davey downplayed those expectations, saying, "The last thing we want is to become a studio. We don't want to become that top heavy. We want to be passionate. We don't want to lose the magic"; the main executives at Icon were Bruce Davey and Mark Gooder. In early 2008, Icon entered the exhibition business for the first time by purchasing Dendy Cinemas, Australia's largest independent film distributor and art house cinema chain. In September 2008, Davey and Gibson started negotiations for the sale of the Icon international sales and film distribution arms along with the Majestic library.
UK operations were sold to US-based industrial group Access Industries, with former UK Film Council chairman Stewart Till as new CEO and equity holder in the business. The new company would continue to use the Icon name and would have a three-year first-look deal with Icon Productions to handle the international rights to its productions; the sale was completed in November 2009. The deal included Icon’s international sales company, the distribution operation based in the UK, the Majestic Films & Television library, but not the Los Angeles operation Icon Productions LLC, which Gibson still owned outright with Davey, who relocated to Australia, nor the Dendy Cinemas were part of the acquisition deal; as at June 2018, Gibson and Davey were still running Icon Productions LLC. The company had sued the producer of their film The Professor and the Madman for breach of contract, but on 19 June 2018, Judge Ruth Kwan of the Los Angeles County Superior Court did not allow this, saying that there was not enough evidence.
The 2008-2009 transaction did not include the Australian distribution company and cinemas, which remains as Icon Film Distribution as at February 2019. In November 2011, Icon announced it was closing its UK distribution wing, with Lionsgate said to be in talks to buy its back catalogue.. In late 2012, Icon Productions acquired the library of Producers Sales Organization from Lionsgate. In 2013, it was announced. Earlier, the unit hired Exclusive Media to represent its library, Lionsgate UK would distribute future Icon titles as a result of restructuring the company to finance and produce films and eliminate distribution. In September 2013, Icon Film Distribution UK and Icon Home Entertainment UK were purchased by investment company New Sparta. In September 2017, After a strings of box office bombs back in 2016, Icon UK was once again shut down for real. In March 2018, Icon UK was reformed to Kaleidoscope Film Distribution. Hamlet Forever Young Airborne The Man Without a Face Immortal Beloved Maverick Braveheart Dad and Dave: On Our Selection 187 Anna Karenina FairyTale: A True Story Felicia's Journey An Ideal Husband Payback Beyond Blunderdome Ordinary Decent Criminal Bless the Child Kevin & Perry Go Large The Magic Pudding The Million Dollar Hotel The Miracle Maker Thomas and the Magic Railroad What Women Want We Were Soldiers The Singing Detective Paparazzi The Passion of the Christ Romance & Cigarettes Apocalypto Black Sheep Butterfly on a Wheel Seraphim Falls The Black Balloon Dragon Hunters Hunger Infestation Mary and Max Nowhere Boy Push Triangle Buried Edge of Darkness The Way Coriolanus Get the Gringo Upside Down You're Next Postman Pat: The Movie Stonehearst Asylum Mr. Holmes The Neon Demon Th
A showgirl is a female dancer or performer in a stage entertainment show intended to showcase the performer's physical attributes by way of revealing clothing, toplessness or nudity. The term show girl is sometimes applied to a promotional model employed in trade fairs and car shows. Showgirls date back to the late 1800s in Parisian music halls and cabarets such as the Moulin Rouge, Le Lido, the Folies Bergère; the trafficking of showgirls for the purposes of prostitution was the subject of a salacious novel by the nineteenth-century French author Ludovic Halévy. The first casino on the Las Vegas Strip to employ dancing girls as a diversion between acts was the El Rancho Vegas in 1941. Showgirls were presented in Las Vegas in 1952 as the opening and closing act for Las Vegas headliners, sometimes dancing around the headliner, they were introduced at the Sands Casino for a show with Danny Thomas. In 1957 Minsky's Follies took the stage at the Desert Inn giving birth to the topless showgirl in Vegas.
This was followed by a long-running The Lido de Paris at the Stardust Casino. The Gold Diggers films, including The Gold Diggers, Gold Diggers of Broadway, Gold Diggers of 1933, Gold Diggers of 1935, Gold Diggers of 1937, Gold Diggers in Paris Bolero, a 1934 film in which American burlesque dancer Sally Rand played a carnival showgirl and performed a fan dance The Golddiggers, a troupe that performed on The Dean Martin Show beginning in 1968 Showgirls, a 1995 movie directed by Paul Verhoeven and starring Elizabeth Berkley Guys and Dolls, a 1950 Broadway production, depicts a Miss Adelaide as the main character's fiancée, a singer and showgirl in various musical numbers. Kylie Minogue was inspired by different types of showgirls and named and styled her Showgirl: The Greatest Hits Tour and Showgirl: The Homecoming Tour concerts after them. Showgirl themes can be seen at many corners through Minogue's entire career. Several showgirl cars are seen at the Dinoco booth during the animated film Cars.
Aldis Alexander Basil Hodge is an American actor, best known for his portrayal of Alec Hardison on the TNT series Leverage, MC Ren in the 2015 biopic Straight Outta Compton, Levi Jackson in the 2016 film Hidden Figures, as Noah in the WGN America series Underground. Hodge was born on September 1986, in Onslow County, North Carolina. Both of his parents, Aldis Basil Hodge and Yolette Evangeline Richardson, served in the U. S. Marine Corps. Hodge's mother is from Florida, while his father is from Dominica. Aldis is the younger brother of actor Edwin Hodge. Hodge played both the clarinet and the violin as a child, but as an adult, his focus is on the violin. In addition to acting, Hodge designs watches and paints. In 2007, Hodge was awarded the role of Alec Hardison on the day of his 21st birthday. In 2010, he received a Saturn Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in Television for this role on Leverage, he is one of two actors to portray two different roles in two different Die Hard films, the other being Anthony Peck.
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CinemaScore is a market research firm based in Las Vegas. It surveys film audiences to rate their viewing experiences with letter grades, reports the results, forecasts box office receipts based on the data. Ed Mintz founded CinemaScore in 1979 after disliking The Cheap Detective despite being a fan of Neil Simon, hearing another disappointed attendee wanting to hear the opinions of ordinary people instead of critics. A Yom Kippur donation card with tabs inspired the survey cards given to audience members; the company conducts surveys to audiences who have seen a film in theaters, asking them to rate the film and specifying what drew them to the film. Its results are published in Entertainment Weekly. CinemaScore conducts surveys to determine audience interest in renting films on video, breaking the demographic down by age and sex and passing along information to video companies such as Fox Video Corporation. CinemaScore pollster Dede Gilmore reported the trend in 1993, "Most movies get a B-plus.
I think. They have high expectations. They're more lenient with their grades, but as do it more and more, they get to be stronger critics". In 1993, films that were graded with an A included Scent of a Woman, A Few Good Men and Falling Down. Films graded with a B included Untamed Heart. A C-grade film for the year was Body of Evidence. CinemaScore at first reported its findings to consumers, including a newspaper column and a radio show. After 20th Century Fox approached the company in 1989, it began selling the data to studios instead. A website was launched by CinemaScore in 1999, after three years' delay in which the president sought sponsorship from magazines and video companies. Brad Peppard was president of CinemaScore Online from 1999 to 2002; the website included a database of the audiences' reactions to them. Prior to the launch, CinemaScore results had been published in Las Vegas Review-Journal and Reno Gazette-Journal. CinemaScore's expansion to the Internet included a weekly email subscription for cinephiles to keep up with reports of audience reactions.
In 1999, CinemaScore was rating 140 films a year, including 98–99% of major studio releases. For each film, employees polled 400–500 moviegoers in three of CinemaScore's 15 sites, which included the cities Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Diego, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Atlanta, Tampa and Coral Springs. In the summer of 2002, CinemaScore reported that the season had the biggest collective grade since 1995. In the summer of 2000, 25 out of 32 films received either an B grade. Twenty-six of the summer of 2001's 30 films got similar grades, while 32 of the summer of 2002's 34 films got similar grades, the latter being the highest ratio in a decade. Since July 2014, CinemaScore reports its results on Twitter, from January 16, 2016, it began with Collateral Beauty to use for each of them an image with the movie poster on the left and the grade obtained on the right. Only films that open in more than 1,500 screens are polled and reported on CinemaScore's website and social media; the distributor of a film that opens in fewer screens can optionally contract with CinemaScore for a private survey, whose result would be disclosed only to the client.
CinemaScore describes itself as "the industry leader in measuring movie appeal". Thirty-five to 45 teams of CinemaScore representatives are present in 25 large cities across North America; each Friday, representatives in five randomly chosen cities give opening-day audiences a small survey card. The card asks for age, gender, a grade for the film, whether they would rent or buy the film on DVD or Blu-ray, why they chose the film. CinemaScore receives about 400 cards per film. An overall grade of A+ and F is calculated as the average of the grades given by responders. In this case, grades other than F are qualified with minus or neither; the ratings are divided by age groups. Film studios and other subscribers receive the data at about 11 p.m. Pacific Time. CinemaScore publishes letter grades to the public on social media and, although the detailed data is proprietary, the grades become shared in the media and the industry. Subsequent advertisements for ranked films cite their CinemaScore grades.
As opening-night audiences are more enthusiastic about a film than ordinary patrons, a C grade from them is - according to the Los Angeles Times - "bad news, the equivalent of a failing grade". According to Ed Mintz, "A’s are good, B’s are shaky, C’s are terrible. D’s and F’s, they shouldn’t have made the movie, or they promoted it funny and the absolute wrong crowd got into it". Horror films score lower. CinemaScore's Harold Mintz said that "An F in a horror film is equivalent to a B- in a comedy". An A+ grade from CinemaScore for a film predicts a successful box office. From 1982 to August 2011, only 52 films received the top grade, including seven Academy Award for Best Picture winners. From 2000 to February 2018, there were 44 movies with A+; as of April 5, 2018, 77 films have received A+. From 2004 to 2014, those rated A+ and A had multiples of 4.8 and 3.6 while C-rated films' total revenue was 2.5 times their opening weekend. Ed Mintz cited Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Cruise as the "two stars, it doesn’t matter how bad the film is, they can pull up".
(DiCaprio's Shutter Island had a 3.1 revenue multiple despite a C+ grade, Cruise's Vanilla Sky had a 4 multiple with a
Logan Wade Lerman is an American actor, known for playing the title role in the fantasy-adventure Percy Jackson films. He appeared in commercials in the mid-1990s, before starring in the series Jack & Bobby and the movies The Butterfly Effect and Hoot. Lerman gained further recognition for his roles in the western 3:10 to Yuma, the thriller The Number 23, the comedy Meet Bill, 2009's Gamer and My One and Only, he subsequently played d'Artagnan in 2011's The Three Musketeers, starred in the coming-of-age dramas The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Vanishing of Sidney Hall, had major roles in the 2014 films Noah and Fury. Lerman was born in California, his mother, works as his manager, his father, Larry Lerman, is a businessman and orthotist. He has two elder siblings named Lucas. Lerman is Jewish, had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony, his grandparents were born in four different countries. Logan's paternal grandfather, Max Lerman, was born in Berlin, Germany, in 1927, to a Polish Jewish family. Logan's paternal grandmother, was born in Mexico City, Mexico, to Russian Jewish parents.
Logan's maternal grandfather was a Polish Jewish immigrant, Logan's maternal grandmother was born in Los Angeles to a Jewish immigrant family. On his mother's side, he is a relative, by marriage, of twin singers Jaron Lowenstein. Lerman has stated that he is a "black sheep" in his household because he is an actor, while most of his relatives work in the medical profession, his family owns and operates the orthotics and prosthetics company Lerman & Son, founded by his great-grandfather, Jacob Lerman, in 1915. Lerman is a self-described "film geek", has said that he is "shaped by movies", that he is a "creative person", he has expressed an interest in being involved in "everything that goes into making a film", including wanting to write and direct. His favorite directors include Paul Thomas Anderson, Stanley Kubrick, David Fincher and Peter Bogdanovich, he has cited American Beauty, Defending Your Life and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind as being among his favorite films. Lerman has described himself as "reserved and quiet", "a homebody", "not a big fan of sports".
He attended Beverly Hills High School. In 2010, he applied to study creative writing at New York University, but has postponed his attendance. Lerman had a passion for movies from a young age, though he started acting "just for fun" and "to do something to get out of school", he began auditioning for roles in the late 1990s, first appeared in commercials. He made his film debut in 2000's The Patriot, playing William Martin, one of the children of Mel Gibson's character; the same year, he appeared in another Mel Gibson film, What Women Want, playing Gibson's character as a child. In 2001's Riding in Cars with Boys, he played the son of Drew Barrymore's character. Lerman has stated that while appearing in his earliest roles as a child, he did not have "any conscious awareness of what I was doing or what was going on" and "didn't have a good experience". In 2003, Lerman played nine-year-old Luke Chandler in the CBS made-for-television film A Painted House, based on the early life of author John Grisham and set in Black Oak, Arkansas in the early 1950s.
A Painted House was filmed in Lepanto and Clarksdale, Mississippi, in 2002. A review in the Boston Globe described Lerman as a "promising newcomer", with the Telegraph-Herald commenting on the character having been "quietly and played". For the role, he was nominated for the Young Artist Award for Best Performance by a Leading Young Actor in a television production, tied with Calum Worthy for the win, he next appeared in the 2004 thriller film The Butterfly Effect, portraying a seven-year-old version of Ashton Kutcher's character, Evan Treborn. DigitallyOBSESSED's reviewer described Lerman as "definitely a child actor to watch". Lerman so" in the early 2000s, when he was ten, he made a "conscious decision" to embrace acting as a profession when he was twelve, having developed an interest in the film making process. In 2004, he was cast in the television series Jack & Bobby, playing one of the title roles, Robert "Bobby" McCallister, a 12-year-old "extremely bright social misfit" in Missouri, destined to become President of the United States as an adult.
The show ran on The WB Television Network during the 2004–2005 season, receiving some positive reviews but low ratings, was subsequently canceled. Lerman was nominated for another Young Artist Award for his performance, tying with Jack DeSena for the win. Lerman has stated that he "started taking things seriously" about his career after appearing on the show; the Boston Herald's reviewer mentioned that Lerman's performance had a "blend of vulnerability and strength," while Entertainment Weekly's reviewer had noted that "Lerman lends Bobby a bedraggled optimism". Continuing his film work, Lerman had his first starring role in a motion picture, playing Roy Eberhardt in the children's adventure Hoot. Lerman stated that the film's message is "that you can be any age and make a difference". Hoot began filming in July 2005 in South Florida, opened on May 5, 2006, won him a third Young Artist Award, this time for Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actor; the Washington Post's reviewer commented that "Lerman shows some life as Roy", though his role was "an anomaly in a sea of insipidity", while the San Francisco Chronicle's reviewer disliked Lerman's performan
Taraji P. Henson
Taraji Penda Henson is an American actress and author. She studied acting at Howard University and began her Hollywood career in guest roles on several television shows before making her breakthrough in Baby Boy, she received praise for her performances as a sex-worker in Hustle & Flow, for which she received a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture nomination. In 2010 she appeared in the action comedy Date Night, co-starred in the remake of The Karate Kid. Henson has had an extensive and successful career in television, including series such as The Division, Boston Legal and Eli Stone. In 2011, she starred in the Lifetime Television film Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story, which brought her a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie. From 2011 to 2013, she co-starred as Detective Jocelyn Carter in the CBS drama Person of Interest, for which she won an NAACP Image Award, she starred in the ensemble films Think Like its 2014 sequel.
In 2015 she began starring as Cookie Lyon in the Fox drama series Empire, for which she became the first African-American woman to win a Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series. She won a Golden Globe Award. In 2016, Time named Henson one of the 100 most influential people in the world; that year, she released a New York Times best selling autobiography titled Around the Way Girl. That year, she was praised for her starring role as Katherine Johnson in the critically acclaimed drama film Hidden Figures, for which she won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. Henson was born September 11, 1970 in Southeast Washington, D. C. the daughter of Bernice, a corporate manager at Woodward & Lothrop, Boris Lawrence Henson, a janitor and metal fabricator. She has two younger siblings and April, she has spoken of the influence of her maternal grandmother, Patsy Ballard, who accompanied her at the Academy Awards the year she was nominated.
Her first and middle names are of Swahili origin: Penda. According to a mitochondrial DNA analysis, her matrilineal lineage can be traced to the Masa people of Cameroon, she has said that North Pole explorer Matthew Henson was "the brother of my great-great-grandfather."Henson graduated from Oxon Hill High School in Oxon Hill, Maryland, in 1988. She attended North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, where she intended to study electrical engineering, before transferring to Howard University to study drama. To pay for college, she worked mornings as a secretary at The Pentagon and evenings as a singing-dancing waitress on a dinner-cruise ship, the Spirit of Washington. Henson received her SAG membership card in the early 1990s for doing 3 roles as a background performer, her first prominent role was in the 2001 comedy-drama film Baby Boy, where she portrayed Yvette, alongside singer Tyrese Gibson. In 2005, Henson was in the independent film Hustle & Flow as Shug, the love interest of Terrence Howard, who portrayed the male lead DJay.
As detailed below, she made her singing debut in the film, nominated for two Academy awards and won one. In 2008 she appeared with Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, where she played Queenie, Benjamin's mother, for which she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. In an interview with Lauren Viera of the Chicago Tribune, she noted that "Queenie is the embodiment of unconditional love." Henson acted in two Tyler Perry films, The Family That Preys in 2008 and I Can Do Bad All By Myself in 2009. In 2010 she appeared in the remake of The Karate Kid with Jaden Smith. Though it did not receive a majority of positive reviews, the film was a commercial success. In 2011 Henson starred as Tiffany Rubin in the Lifetime Movie Network film Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story, it was based on true events in the life of a New York woman whose son, was abducted by his biological father to South Korea. Her portrayal of Rubin received positive reviews and earned her several award nominations, including a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie.
In 2012, Henson was in the large ensemble cast film Think Like A Man, based on Steve Harvey's 2009 book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man. She reprised the role in the film's sequel, Think Like a Man Too, released in June 2014. In 2016, Henson starred in the film Hidden Figures, a major box-office success nominated for numerous awards, including three Oscars and two Golden Globes, it won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. In January 2018, she starred in Sony Screen Gems's thriller-drama film Proud Mary, as a hit woman whose life is turned around when she meets a young boy who awakens the maternal instinct she never knew she had. In March she starred in the film Tyler Perry's Acrimony as a faithful wife who, after tiring of standing by her husband, is enraged when she believes herself betrayed. In November, she voiced the character Yesss in Disney's Ralph Breaks the Internet, a sequel to the studio's Wreck-It Ralph. In February 2019, Henson starred in What Men Want as a female sports agent, looked down
Helen Elizabeth Hunt is an American actress and screenwriter. She rose to fame portraying Jamie Buchman in the sitcom Mad About You, for which she won three Golden Globe Awards and four Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Hunt won the Academy Award for Best Actress for starring as Carol Connelly in the romantic comedy As Good as It Gets, while her portrayal of Cheryl Cohen-Greene in The Sessions, garnered her an additional Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress, her other notable films are Twister, Cast Away, What Women Want, Pay It Forward, Soul Surfer and The Miracle Season. Hunt made her directorial film debut with Then She Found Me, has since directed the film Ride and episodes of such television series as House of Lies, This Is Us, Feud: Bette and Joan and American Housewife. Helen Hunt was born in California, her mother, Jane Elizabeth, worked as a photographer, her father, Gordon Hunt, was a film and stage director and acting coach. Her uncle, Peter H. Hunt, is a director.
Her maternal grandmother, Dorothy Fries, was a voice coach. Hunt's paternal grandmother was from a German Jewish family, while Hunt's other grandparents were of English descent, with a Methodist religious background; when she was three, Hunt's family moved to New York City, where her father directed theatre and Hunt attended plays as a child several times a week. Hunt studied ballet, attended UCLA. Hunt began working as a child actress in the 1970s, her early roles included an appearance as Murray Slaughter's daughter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, alongside Lindsay Wagner in an episode of The Bionic Woman, an appearance in an episode of Ark II called "Omega", a regular role in the television series The Swiss Family Robinson. She appeared as a marijuana-smoking classmate on an episode of The Facts of Life. In 1982, Hunt played a young woman who, while on PCP, jumps out of a second-story window, in a made-for-television film called Desperate Lives, she was cast on the ABC sitcom It Takes Two, which lasted only one season.
In 1983, she starred in Bill: On His Own, with Mickey Rooney and played Tami Maida in the fact-based production Quarterback Princess. She had a recurring role on St. Elsewhere as Clancy Williams, the girlfriend of Dr. Jack "Boomer" Morrison, had a notable guest appearance as a cancer-stricken mother-to-be in a two-part episode of Highway to Heaven. By the mid and late 1980s, Hunt had begun appearing in studio films aimed at a teenage audience, her first major film role was that of a punk rock girl in the sci-fi film Trancers. She played the friend of an army brat in the comedy Girls Just Want to Have Fun, with Sarah Jessica Parker and Shannen Doherty, appeared as the daughter of a woman on the verge of divorce in Francis Ford Coppola's Peggy Sue Got Married, alongside Kathleen Turner. In 1987, Hunt starred with Matthew Broderick in Project X, as a graduate student assigned to care for chimpanzees used in a secret Air Force project. In 1988, she appeared in Stealing Home, as Hope Wyatt, the sister of Billy Wyatt, played by Mark Harmon and a cast featuring Jodie Foster and Harold Ramis.
Next of Kin featured her as the pregnant wife of a respectable lawman, opposite Patrick Swayze and Liam Neeson. In 1990, Hunt appeared with Tracey Ullman and Morgan Freeman in a Wild West version of The Taming of the Shrew, at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. In 1991, Hunt starred in Trancers II, the direct-to-video sequel to Trancers, played the lead female role in the sitcom My Life and Times, which only aired for 6 episodes, she appeared in “Into the Badlands” with Bruce Dern, Mariel Hemingway and Dylan McDermott. In 1992, she would appear in the drama The Waterdance as a married woman having an affair with a writer. Trancers III, the second sequel of the Trancers series, was among her five film releases in 1992. Hunt came to prominence in North America with the successful sitcom Mad About You, in which she starred opposite Paul Reiser, as a public relations specialist and one half of a couple in NYC, she went on to win Emmy Awards for her performances in 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999. For the show's final season and Hunt received $1 million per episode.
She directed several episodes of Mad including the series finale. In 1995, Hunt played the wife of an ex-con living in Queens, alongside Nicolas Cage, in Kiss of Death, a loosely based remake of the 1947 film noir classic of the same name. In the disaster action film Twister, Hunt starred with Bill Paxton as storm chasers researching tornadoes. Both actors were temporarily blinded by bright electronic lamps halfway through filming, needed hepatitis shots after shooting in a unsanitary ditch. Twister was the second-highest-grossing film of 1996 domestically, with an estimated 54,688,100 tickets sold in the US, it made US$494.5 million around the globe. Hunt went on to win the Academy Award for Best Actress in the romantic comedy As Good as It Gets, in which she took on the role of a waitress and single mother who finds herself falling in love with a misanthropic obsessive-compulsive romance novelist, played by Jack Nicholson. Hunt and Nicholson got along well during the filming, they c