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Jan 082017
 

Viola Davis Gets A Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame

Viola Davis’ tour de force performance – in a supporting role – in the film Doubt (2008) took movie audiences and the film industry by storm and resulted in her getting an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress nomination, Golden Globe and SAG nominations. The 2011 box-office hit The Help further cemented her position as an outstanding talent and brought her not only numerous award nominations (Academy Award for Best Actress, BAFTA and Golden Globe) but the prestigious SAG award.

The television drama How to Get Away with Murder gave Viola Davis the stage on which to showcase a fuller range of her talent. Her portrayal of the lawyer, Annalise Keating, led to not just nominations but awards. In 2015 she became the first black woman to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. In 2015 and 2016 she won Screen Actors Guild Awards for the role.

She’s currently amazing moviegoers as Rose Maxson (Denzel Washington character’s wife) in August Wilson’s drama “Fences” in a film produced by Washington. Her performance in the film takes acting on the big screen to another level: she is raw, multidimensional and profound.

This may be as good time as any to mention that Davis is a graduate of the famous Juilliard School and is as accomplished on stage as on screen. The role of Rose Maxson isn’t new to her, she played her before, in front of live audiences on Broadway. Her theatre performance earned a Tony Award in 2010. Her big screen performance is likely to earn her an Oscar.

Viola Davis isn’t a celebrity famous for being famous. She isn’t a starlet that’s risen to fame suddenly, only to fade soon after. Viola Davis built her career on a sound foundation of incredible talent, consistently high quality work, hard work and patience. She is here to stay.

During the ceremony for Viola Davis on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood Chamber President and CEO, Leron Gubler and Walk of Fame producer, Ana Martinez helped the actress unveil her star.
It’s no coincidence that the greatest actress of our time, Meryl Streep (also a Walk Of Famer) spoke during the ceremony honoring Davis. Talent can’t be measured or compared. Streep and Davis are very different. Each has unconventional beauty and unparalleled depth as an artist. They are too different to ever be compared or in competition. But they have something in common, too: both, are extra-ordinary artists: each, a star in her own right.

Viola Davis is quoted as saying: “The happily ever after comes after you’ve done the work.” She’s certainly done much of hers.

Congratulations to Ms. Viola Davis on her Star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, her professional and personal success. We are not only her fans but have plenty of respect for Ms. Davis as a person and a survivor.

Viola Davis’ star in the Motion Picture category (Star #2,596 on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame) is located in front of Marshalls Department Store at 7013 Hollywood Boulevard across the street from the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

UPDATE: Viola Davis has been nominated for the 2017 Academy Award (Oscar) in the Supporting Actress category for her performance in “Fences”. With this nomination Viola Davis breaks a record as the first African American actress to have been nominated for an Oscar THREE times! (For the first time in 2009 for “Doubt” and then in 2012 for “The Help”.) The odds are in her favor and she certainly deserves it!

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Aug 282014
 

Hollywood’s golden couple, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt fell head over heels for one another on the set of “Mr And Mrs Smith” in 2005. Their love survived Brad’s divorce from Jennifer Aniston, the arrival of Angelina Jolie’s and Brad Pitt’s three biological children and Angelina’s preventive mastectomy. If anything, it seemed to have grown stronger over time.

Hollywood’s Golden Couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Wedding

Hollywood’s Golden Couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Wedding
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On the weekend when Hollywood was preoccupied with Emmy Awards, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt tied the knot at Chateau Miraval in France. The ceremony took place on Saturday August 23rd 2014. All six of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s children participated in the wedding ceremony. The wedding was attended by family and friends of the couple.

It seems that in the wilderness of Hollywood, these two remarkable people have found each other and built a relationship that lasts. Good for them! They’re both successful and creative (they’re collaborating on several projects together as we speak); their family is strong; in short, they succeeded at creating a real-life Hollywood Happy Ending. Congratulations to the Newlyweds: may your happiness last a lifetime!

May 052014
 

cloony7George Clooney’s engagement to Amal Alamuddin is being confirmed all over the place after news of their betrothal broke over the weekend in the form of ring sightings and reports from unnamed sources.

The 36-year-old international lawyer’s firm released congratulations Monday: “The barristers and staff of Doughty Street Chambers offer their best wishes and congratulations to Ms. Amal Alamuddin … and Mr. George Clooney on their engagement to be married,” the firm said in a statement obtained by People and other outlets. Clooney’s parents got in on the action as well.

Dad Nicholas Clooney — also known as the Kentucky guy who was arrested in Washington, D.C., with the Oscar winner back in 2012 when father and son were protesting violence in the Sudan — confirmed the engagement to the New York Daily News over the phone Monday, adding, “We think Amal is a wonderful girl, and it’s wonderful news. We think it will be a great marriage.”

The Daily Mail tracked down mama Nina Clooney, who allowed that publication to “say I’m extremely happy” and echoed her husband’s opinion of Alamuddin. The fiancée-to-be was reportedly introduced to the parents about a year ago, which would pre-date romantic rumors about the couple that bubbled up last October.

The 52-year-old actor brought his Lebanon-born girlfriend and his parents all to see a White House screening of his recent flick “The Monuments Men” in February, the paper said.

Nina Clooney called Alamuddin “brilliant,” “bright” and her son’s equal on an intellectual level. “Amal’s world couldn’t be more different from the Hollywood lifestyle,” she said.

Wonder how that last bit is playing with George’s former flames, who include onetime pro wrestler Stacy Keibler, model Elisabetta Canalis and a string of actresses.

Before working for her British law firm, Alamuddin was at a New York firm where her clients included Enron and Arthur Anderson, according to Forbes, which has gone into detail on her involvement in international law. At Doughty Street, clients have included WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and she also advised former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan when he was working as a U.N.-Arab League envoy to Syria.

Christie D’Zurilla / http://www.latimes.com

Apr 072014
 

Mickey Rooney Legendary Actor Dies At 93Legendary Actor Mickey Rooney Dead at 93 Rooney Shot to Fame as Andy Hardy and Appeared in More Than 200 Films

A short actor with a long career, Mickey Rooney was the biggest box-office draw in Hollywood in 1939 and spent the next 70 years trying with varying success to make his way back to that pinnacle. Los Angeles Police confirmed that Mr. Rooney died Sunday at 93 years old, the Associated Press reported. He appeared in more than 200 films and was nominated for four Oscars. He started in the silent era and appeared in every decade until the 2010s, a career of nearly unequaled length heightened by the fact that he started in show business as a toddler vaudevillian.
Legendary star Mickey Rooney has died at age 93; George Strait wins entertainer of the year at the Academy of Country Music Awards; Malaysia bans Biblical epic “Noah.”

Mr. Rooney was popular in Mickey McGuire shorts where he starred as a street-wise Irish kid, starting when he was just 7. He shot to fame as Andy Hardy, a frenetic teenager who, the Academy Award committee said in his special juvenile Oscar citation, brought to the screen “the spirit and personification of youth.”

It was 1939, the same year that Mr. Rooney starred opposite Judy Garland in “Babes in Arms,” the first of their “let’s put on a show” teamings and the top-grossing film of the year. Other notables from the period include “Boys Town,” “National Velvet” and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”

Mr. Rooney’s depictions of sanitized youth flagged as he and the nation moved on after World War II, and it seemed he was destined for the kind of child-star reputation of a Jackie Coogan or Shirley Temple. But he returned in the 1950s as a TV star, continuing his movie career with smallish parts.

He continued acting, working dinner theater at times, in ensuing decades until 1980, when he unexpectedly won the best actor Tony in his Broadway debut in the burlesque musical “Sugar Babies.”

He had by then had eight marriages, including a brief one to Ava Gardner and another to a former Miss Muscle Beach who later died in a murder-suicide with her lover. He had become a born-again Christian. He had lived through bankruptcy, drug dependency and even playing Mr. Yunioshi in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”
“I am what most people would call a survivor,” he said at the time.
Born in Brooklyn, he was Joe Yule Jr., son of a vaudevillian actor and a dancer. On stage nearly from the time he could walk, he appeared in a tuxedo as “Sonny Yule” and sang tear-jerking songs from the stage to his mother.

His parents divorced when he was 5, and his mother moved to Hollywood, where he starred as Mickey McGuire, then Andy Hardy. Along the way he changed his name to Mickey Rooney and was soon the toast of moviegoers coast to coast.

Appearing as he did in an era when blackface was common, it is perhaps not surprising that his appeal may be hard to understand today. Mr. Rooney himself wrote in a memoir, “I was a gnomish prodigy—half-human, half-goblin, man-child, child-man—as wise in the ways of comedy as Wallace Beery and twice as cute.” A Wall Street Journal critic once opined, “Any picture with Mickey Rooney is bound to be more funny than otherwise.”

Mr. Rooney took numerous character roles in films and guest TV spots after “Sugar Babies” closed on Broadway. He was in several sequels to “The Black Stallion,” a 1979 film for which he was nominated for a best supporting actor Oscar.
Into his late 80s Mr. Rooney maintained a busy schedule, performing live shows with his eighth wife, Jan Chamberlin, singing songs from old movies and telling stories.

Written by Stephen Miller for The Wall Street Journal

Apr 272013
 
Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp / Anything L.A.

Johnny Depp(John Christopher “Johnny” Depp II born June 9, 1963) is an American actor, film producer, and musician. He has won the Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild award for Best Actor. Depp rose to prominence on the 1980s television series 21 Jump Street, becoming a teen idol. Dissatisfied with that status, Depp turned to film for more challenging roles; he played the title character of the acclaimed Edward Scissorhands (1990) and later found box office success in films such as Sleepy Hollow (1999), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Alice in Wonderland (2010), Rango (2011) and the Pirates of the Caribbean film series (2003–present). He has collaborated with director and friend Tim Burton in eight films; the most recent being Dark Shadows (2012).

Depp has gained acclaim for his portrayals of such people as Ed Wood in Ed Wood, Joseph D. Pistone in Donnie Brasco, Hunter S. Thompson in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, George Jung in Blow, and the bank robber John Dillinger in Michael Mann’s Public Enemies. Films featuring Depp have grossed over $3.1 billion at the United States box office and over $7.6 billion worldwide. He has been nominated for top awards many times, winning the Best Actor Awards from the Golden Globes for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and from the Screen Actors Guild for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. He also has garnered a sex symbol status in American cinema, being twice named as the “Sexiest Man Alive” by People magazine in 2003 and 2009. He has been listed in the 2012 Guinness Book of World Records as the highest paid actor, with $75 million.

Aug 152012
 
Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron
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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!