Charlize Theron

Feb 252017
 

Hollywood Who Is Who To Present 2017 Oscars

JENNIFER ANISTON, JASON BATEMAN, WARREN BEATTY, SOFIA BOUTELLA, MATT DAMON, FAYE DUNAWAY, MICHAEL J. FOX, RYAN GOSLING, SALMA HAYEK, TARAJI P. HENSON, DEV PATEL, SETH ROGEN, OCTAVIA SPENCER,
MERYL STREEP AND VINCE VAUGHN ANNOUNCED AS FINAL SLATE OF 89TH OSCARS® PRESENTERS

Oscar® producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd announced the final slate of presenters for the 89th Oscars® telecast. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the Oscars will air live Sunday, February 26, on the ABC Television Network. The presenters, including past Oscar winners and nominees, are Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Warren Beatty, Sofia Boutella, Matt Damon, Faye Dunaway, Michael J. Fox, Ryan Gosling, Salma Hayek, Taraji P. Henson, Dev Patel, Seth Rogen, Octavia Spencer, Meryl Streep and Vince Vaughn.

Previously announced presenters include Amy Adams, Riz Ahmed, Javier Bardem, Halle Berry, John Cho, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Dornan, Chris Evans, Gael García Bernal, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Dakota Johnson, Dwayne Johnson, Felicity Jones, Brie Larson, Shirley MacLaine, Leslie Mann, Kate McKinnon, Janelle Monáe, David Oyelowo, Mark Rylance, Hailee Steinfeld, Emma Stone, Charlize Theron and Alicia Vikander. Additionally, Sara Bareilles, John Legend, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Auli’i Cravalho, Sting and Justin Timberlake are set to perform.

Aniston’s film credits include “Office Christmas Party” (2016), “Cake” (2014), “Horrible Bosses 2” (2014), “We’re the Millers” (2013), “Horrible Bosses” (2011) and “Friends with Money” (2006). Additionally, she’s appeared in “Just Go with It” (2011), “Marley & Me” (2008) and “The Break-Up” (2006).

Bateman’s credits include the Oscar-winning film “Juno” (2007) as well as the Oscar-nominated films “Zootopia” (2016) and “Up in the Air” (2009). Other notable credits include “Office Christmas Party” (2016), “The Family Fang” (2015) and “This Is Where I Leave You” (2014). Additionally, he directed and appeared in “Bad Words” (2013).

Beatty is a producer, director, writer and actor and has received 14 Oscar nominations. Beatty won an Oscar for Directing “Reds” (1981) and the Academy’s Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 2000. He has the rare distinction of being nominated as a producer, director, writer and performer for the same film on not just one, but two occasions, for “Heaven Can Wait” (1978) and for “Reds.” Beatty’s credits also include “Rules Don’t Apply” (2016), “Bulworth” (1998), “Bugsy” (1991), “Dick Tracy” (1990), “Shampoo” (1975), “The Parallax View” (1974), “McCabe & Mrs. Miller” (1971), “Bonnie and Clyde” (1967), “Lilith” (1964) and “Splendor in the Grass” (1961).

Boutella appeared in the Oscar-nominated film “Star Trek Beyond” (2016). Additionally, her film credits include “Kingsman: The Secret Service” (2014), “Monsters: Dark Continent” (2014) and “StreetDance 2” (2012). Boutella will next appear in “Atomic Blonde” and “The Mummy.”

Damon won an Oscar for Original Screenplay (shared with Ben Affleck) and was nominated for Actor in a Leading Role for his work on “Good Will Hunting” (1997). He is nominated this year for Best Picture for “Manchester by the Sea” (2016) shared with producers Kimberly Steward, Chris Moore, Lauren Beck and Kevin J. Walsh. In addition, Damon received an Oscar nomination for Actor in a Leading Role for “The Martian” (2015) as well as an Actor in a Supporting Role nomination for “Invictus” (2009). His upcoming projects include “Downsizing” and “Suburbicon.”

Dunaway won an Oscar for Actress in a Leading Role for “Network” (1976). She’s been nominated twice before in the same category, for “Chinatown” (1974) and “Bonnie and Clyde” (1967). Dunaway’s numerous credits also include “Don Juan DeMarco” (1994), “Arizona Dream” (1993) and “Barfly” (1987), as well as the now classic films “Three Days of the Condor” (1975), “The Towering Inferno” (1974), “Little Big Man” (1970) and “The Thomas Crown Affair” (1968).

Fox’s credits include the Oscar-winning film “Back to the Future” (1985) and the Oscar-nominated features “Back to the Future Part II” (1989) and “The American President” (1995). In addition, his credits include “Bright Lights, Big City” (1988), “Teen Wolf” (1985), “Doc Hollywood” (1991), “Back to the Future Part III” (1990) and “Casualties of War” (1989).

Gosling received an Oscar nomination for Actor in a Leading Role for “La La Land” (2016) and “Half Nelson” (2006). He also appeared in the Oscar-winning film “The Big Short” (2015) as well as the Oscar-nominated films “Drive” (2011), “The Ides of March” (2011), “Blue Valentine” (2010) and “Lars and the Real Girl” (2007). Gosling’s credits also include “Crazy, Stupid, Love” (2011) and “The Notebook” (2004). He will next appear in “Blade Runner 2049.”

Hayek received an Oscar nomination for Actress in a Leading Role for “Frida” (2002). In addition, her credits include “Septembers of Shiraz” (2015), “Tale of Tales” (2015), “Savages” (2012) and “From Dusk Till Dawn” (1996). Upcoming projects for Hayek include “Beatriz at Dinner,” “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” and “How to Be a Latin Lover.”

Henson received an Oscar nomination for Actress in a Supporting Role for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (2008). Her feature credits include the Oscar-winning film “Hustle & Flow” (2005) and the Oscar-nominated “Hidden Figures” (2016). Additional credits include “Think Like a Man Too” (2014), “Top Five” (2014), “Think Like a Man” (2012), “Larry Crowne” (2011), “Date Night” (2010), “The Karate Kid” (2010) and “Four Brothers” (2005).

Patel received an Oscar nomination for Actor in a Supporting Role for “Lion” (2016). Additionally, his credits include the Oscar-winning film “Slumdog Millionaire” (2008), “Chappie” (2015), “The Man Who Knew Infinity” (2015), “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” (2015) and “The Road Within” (2014). Patel will next appear in “Hotel Mumbai.”

Rogen’s film credits include the Oscar-nominated “Steve Jobs” (2015). Additionally he’s appeared in “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising” (2016), “Sausage Party” (2016), “Neighbors” (2014), “The Interview” (2014), “50/50” (2011), “The Green Hornet” (2011), “Kung Fu Panda 2” (2011), “Kung Fu Panda” (2008) and “Knocked Up” (2007). Rogen will next appear in “The Masterpiece.”

Spencer won an Oscar for Actress in a Supporting Role for “The Help” (2011) and is nominated for Actress in a Supporting Role for “Hidden Figures” (2016). She also lent her voice to the Oscar-nominated film “Zootopia” (2016). Spencer’s film credits also include “Allegiant” (2016), “Bad Santa 2” (2016), “Fathers & Daughters” (2015), “Insurgent” (2015), “Black or White” (2014), “Fruitvale Station” (2013), “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” (2013) and “Snowpiercer” (2013). Spencer’s upcoming films include “Gifted,” “The Shape of Water,” “Small Town Crime” and “The Shack.”

Streep received an Oscar nomination for Actress in a Leading Role for “Florence Foster Jenkins” (2016), her 20th nomination. She has won in this category previously for “The Iron Lady” (2011) and “Sophie’s Choice” (1982). In addition, Streep earned an Oscar for Actress in a Supporting Role for “Kramer vs. Kramer” (1979). In addition, she has earned acting nominations for “Into the Woods” (2014), “August: Osage County” (2013), “Julie and Julia” (2009), “Doubt” (2008), “The Devil Wears Prada” (2006), “Adaptation” (2002), “Music of the Heart” (1999), “One True Thing” (1998), “The Bridges of Madison County” (1995), “Postcards from the Edge” (1990), “A Cry in the Dark” (1988), “Ironweed” (1987), “Out of Africa” (1985), “Silkwood” (1983), “The French Lieutenant’s Woman” (1981) and “The Deer Hunter” (1978).

Vaughn appears in the Oscar-nominated film “Hacksaw Ridge” (2016). Additionally, his credits include the Oscar-nominated feature “Into the Wild” (2007), “Delivery Man” (2013), “The Internship” (2013), “The Break-Up” (2006), “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” (2005), “Old School” (2003), “Wedding Crashers” (2005) and “Swingers” (1996). Vaughn will next appear in “Brawl in Cellblock 99.”

The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be broadcast live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars, produced by De Luca and Todd and hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, also will be televised in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide. Additionally, “The Oscars: All Access” live stream from the red carpet and backstage will begin at 7 p.m. EST/4 p.m. PST on Oscar.com.

 

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Jan 242017
 
2017 Women's March in Los Angeles

2017 Women’s March in Los Angeles

US Celebrity Blog would be amiss if it didn’t acknowledge celebrities who have shown their true colors during the recent Women’s Marches in Washington D.C. and throughout the United States.

We all know that it takes a lot to become recognized as an artist, but the rewards of this recognition can come with both, fame and fortune. Not every artist – or a celebrity – uses fame well. (Some turn it into notoriety.) But there is a huge group of entertainment industry’s rich and famous that has made us proud to be their fans during the Women’s Marches in the United States on Saturday January 21st 2017. All of them deserve to be acknowledged and thanked for supporting what’s right for us, our Country and its future.

There is no way to list all of the participating celebrities so excuse us please if we didn’t give you proper credit. Among the celebrities who stood up for American values are:

Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman, Blake Lively, Alicia Keys, Vanessa Hudgens, Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande, Mandy Moore, Jane Fonda, Chrissy Teigen, John Legend, Emma Watson, Drew Barrymore, Amy Schumer, Ashley Judd, Felicity Huffman, Idina Menzel, Zendaya, Gillian Anderson, Helen Mirren, America Ferrera, Katy Perry, Scarlett Johansson, Cher, Jessica Chastain, Katie Holmes, Rihanna, Jamie Lee Curtis, Whoopi Goldberg, Yoko Ono, Cynthia Nixon, Rosie Perez, Mindy Kaling, Bella Thorne, Uzo Aduba, Emily Ratajkowski, Elizabeth Gillies, Amber Tamblyn, Janet Mock, Lena Dunham, Melissa Harris-Perry, Diane Guerrero, David Beckman, Charlie Brotman, Suki Waterhouse, Sir Ian McKellan, Rita Ora and others. (That’s not counting Chelsea Handler, Maria Bello and Charlize Theron who led a march in Sundance, Utah.)

There are some celebrities who have done their part in advance (think Meryl Streep!) and some who couldn’t participate due to other commitments but have nevertheless expressed their support (i.e. Bruce Springsteen and Kim Kardashian).

In addition to the entertainment industry’s celebrities there were real-life legends standing up for what’s right. Some of them were: Angela Davis, Gloria Steinem and Michael Moore. All of them made us proud to be American!

US Celebrity Blog thanks each and every celebrity who publicly took a stand for our values: women rights, human rights, social justice, immigrant rights, affordable healthcare, LGBT and transgender rights and many other issues dear to us which are threatened by the new administration.

We, the Americans who understand what’s at stake sincerely appreciate your support. The rest of us – I’m referring to the prodigal children, of course! – will thank you too: sooner or later.

 

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Feb 072013
 

OSCAR® WINNER CHARLIZE THERON, CHANNING TATUM,
JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT AND DANIEL RADCLIFFE
TO MAKE SPECIAL APPEARANCES ON THE OSCARS®OSCAR WINNER CHARLIZE THERON CHANNING TATUM JOSEPH GORDON LEVITT DANIEL RADCLIFFE TO MAKE SPECIAL APPEARANCES ON THE OSCARS

The Oscars will feature special appearances by Academy Award® winner Charlize Theron, Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Daniel Radcliffe at the upcoming Awards ceremony.

“We are quite excited to have Charlize, Chan, Joe and Dan join us on the show,” said telecast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. “We are happy to feature them as special guests in our production.”

This will be Gordon-Levitt, Radcliffe and Tatum’s first time appearing on the Oscar show.

Theron won an Oscar for her leading role in “Monster” and received her second nomination for her leading role in “North Country” (2005).  Theron starred in 2012’s “Prometheus” and “Snow White and the Huntsman.”

Tatum, who starred in five films of 2012, including “Magic Mike,” “21 Jump Street” and “The Vow,” will next be seen in “Side Effects,” due out this week, and “White House Down,” due out this Summer.

Gordon-Levitt had a very busy year, with roles in “Dark Knight Rises,” “Looper” and the Best Picture nominee “Lincoln.”  He most recently starred in “Don Jon’s Addiction,” which he also wrote and directed, and which premiered at Sundance last month.

Radcliffe starred as the title character in the “Harry Potter” series, which is the highest grossing film series of all time.  In 2012 he starred in “The Woman in Black,” and this year will be seen in “Kill Your Darlings,” “Horns” and “The F Word.”

Theron, Tatum, Gordon-Levitt and Radcliffe join a stellar list of previously announced Oscar presenters including “The Avengers” cast members Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo; returning 2011 Oscar winners Jean Dujardin, Christopher Plummer, Octavia Spencer and Meryl Streep;  co-stars Mark Wahlberg and Ted;  and, musical performers including Adele, Norah Jones and Barbra Streisand.

Oscars for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, February 24, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center, and will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane live on the ABC Television Network.  The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide. For more information go to Oscar.com or download the official Oscars app.
ABOUT CRAIG ZADAN AND NEIL MERON
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are producers of critically acclaimed and award-winning feature films, television movies, series, and Broadway productions.  Their feature films include The Bucket List, Footloose, Hairspray, and Chicago, which won six Academy Awards including one for “Best Picture.”  For television, they’ve produced films of “Steel Magnolias,” “Life with Judy Garland,” and “A Raisin in the Sun,” among many others and the series “Smash” and “Drop Dead Diva.”  They recently returned to their roots in live theater by producing Broadway revivals of the Tony-winning “Promises, Promises” and the Tony-winning 50th Anniversary revival of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”

Aug 152012
 
Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron
Photo by John Shearer – © WireImage.com – Image courtesy WireImage.com

The story of Charlize Theron has its tragic moments but it is – without a doubt – inspiring.

Charlize was born and grew up on a farm in South Africa. She was an only child. Both of her parents were of European descent. Charlize was named after her father, Charles. Charles was an abusive alcoholic. During one of his drunken rages he attacked Charlize’s mother who shot him to death in self-defense. She was acquitted. Charlize Theron’s bond with her mother continues to be strong, with her mother being her strongest supporter.

Charlize view of the tragedy that took place when she was a child? In Theron’s own words:
“I don’t believe in charmed lives. I think that tragedy is part of the lesson you learn to lift yourself up, to pick yourself up and to move on.”

It was Charlize’s mom who realized that Charlize’s remarkable beauty requires wider exposure than South Africa could offer. Shortly after winning in a local modeling contest at the age of 16, Charlize went to Europe where she begun her modeling career. (She tried her talent at ballet as well but a knee injury put an end to her dancing ambition.) Still, Theron wasn’t happy as a model and set her sights on Hollywood.

Upon arrival in Hollywood (with a one –way ticket no less!) she approached most Hollywood agents looking for a way into the movie industry. No one took an interest in her. She run out of money shortly after and when a check from her mother arrived, the bank put a hold on it. As luck would have it, her outburst at the bank attracted the attention of a Hollywood agent. (Apparently, one she didn’t contact before.) He helped her under the condition that she improves her English and learn American accent. Charlize obliged. This was the beginning of Charlize Theron’s Hollywood career. Only two years later her actual climb to the top was underway.

In 1996 she played Helga in 2 Days in the Valley; her performance led to the role of Tina (That Thing You Do!). Starting in 1997 richer roles seem to have been falling in Theron’s lap:

  • 1997 Trial and Error
  • 1997 The Devil’s Advocate
  • 1997 The Devil’s Advocate
  • 1998 Celebrity
  • 1999 The Yards
  • 1998 Mighty Joe Young
  • 1999 The Astronaut’s Wife
  • 1999 The Cider House Rules
  • 2000 Reindeer Games
  • 2000 Men of Honor
  • 2000 The Legend of Bagger Vance
  • 2001 Sweet November
  • 2001 15 Minutes
  • 2001 The Curse of the Jade Scorpion
  • 2002 Trapped
  • 2002 Waking Up in Reno
  • 2003 The Italian Job

It was however her non-glamorous role in Monster (she had to gain a lot of weight for the role) in which she portrayed a real-life prostitute who became a serial killer that’s proven her acting talent, resulted in an avalanche of glowing reviews and culminated in an Academy Award, the official recognition of her peers.


 

Since then Charliz Theron starred in several notable films such as (this is not a complete list):

  • 2004 Head in the Clouds
  • 2004 The Life and Death of Peter Sellers
  • 2005 Arrested Development (starred as Rita in the TV series)
  • 2005 Æon Flux
  • 2005 North Country
  • 2007 Battle in Seattle
  • 2007 In the Valley of Elah
  • 2008 The Burning Plain
  • 2008 Hancock
  • 2008 Sleepwalking
  • 2009 The Road
  • 2011 Young Adult
  • 2012 Prometheus

Most recently, she portrayed Ravenna in Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) opposite Kristen Stewart as Snow White.

In her personal life, Charlize Theron wasn’t quite as lucky. Her relationship with Irish actor Stuart Townsend, didn’t survive the test of time. So what’s a gorgeous woman in her thirties to do when she’s ready for a family of her own? Charliz had the answer: she became a mother of an adopted baby. More power to her, after all she’s earned her success, fame and fortune and it’s up to her when and with whom to share it.
Here is an interesting – and actually out of context – quote by Charliz Theron:
I think women are way more conflicted than men, and I think we come from a society that’s very comfortable with the Madonna-whore complex, you know. We’re either really good hookers or really good mothers.

Charlize is a lady not afraid to MAKE her own luck! Congratulations on your motherhood Charlize: US Celebrity Blog wishes you many more blessings in your professional and personal future!

Charlize Theron is classically beautiful, graceful, powerful and wise. (“If you wouldn’t wear your dog, please don’t wear any fur.”) Here’s a movie star worth looking up to!