All posts tagged: Actor

10 Facts About Tom Hanks On His Birthday

Is there anyone out there who doesn’t love Tom Hanks? Who doesn’t think he’s an amazing actor? Who doesn’t believe he seems like a kind, fun, and humble guy? I hope not, because that’s a world I don’t want to live in. In honor of his birthday, here are ten facts about the cool guy we all wish we knew personally, Mr. Tom Hanks: 1. Tom Hanks is known for often playing ordinary characters in extraordinary situations. 2. His favorite films are 2001: A Space Odyssey, Fargo, Elephant, and Boogie Nights. 3. He is the most represented actor on the AFI 100 Most Inspiring Movies Of All Time list with four films including Forrest Gump (#37), Philadelphia (#20), Apollo 13 (#12), and Saving Private Ryan (#10). 4. He is the second actor to win back to back Oscars for Best Actor for Philadelphia in 1993 and Forrest Gump in 1994. 5. He once worked as a hotel bellman at a spot frequented by celebrities. A few of the celebrities whose bags he carried included Sidney Poitier, Bill Withers, and Cher. 6. He has played the love interest of Meg Ryan’s character in three films: Sleepless …

10 Facts About Larry David

In honor of Larry David’s 67th birthday, here are 10 facts about the hilarious comedian/writer/producer: 1. Larry David was born Lawrence Gene David on July 2, 1947 in Brooklyn, New York. 2. He graduated from The University of Maryland with a degree in history. 3. He was the inspiration for the character George Costanza from Seinfeld, which he co-created with Jerry Seinfeld. 4. Before his career took off he worked as a limousine driver, store clerk, TV repairmen, and bra salesman. 5. He always carries a pad of paper and a pencil with him so he can record his ideas. 6. The term “Larry David moment” refers to an extremely awkward social situation, which is a constant theme in David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm. 7. He often uses articles of clothing as plot devices. 8. Many of the stories in Seinfeld are based on things that actually happened in his life. 9. He did not start performing stand up until he was in his thirties. 10. In 1975 he was a writer on Saturday Night Live for just one season, and only one of the sketches he …

Further Proof That Lupita Nyong’o Is The Coolest Person Ever

When I saw 12 Years a Slave last winter I was immediately mesmerized by Lupita Nyong’o. What a performance! I loved Steve McQueen’s film so much that I saw it in theaters twice, which is a lot for a film that’s so unbelievably horrific and dismal. At both viewings I thought to myself: “who is this woman?”  How can an actor already be iconic after less than one year in the public eye? I’m not sure, but there’s no doubt that she already is. Lupita Nyong’o graced this month’s cover of Vogue and in this video produced by the posh fashion magazine she proves once again that she’s the coolest girl ever.

Artists On Art

“Art is either plagiarism or revolution.” – Paul Gauguin “Good art provides people with a vocabulary about things they can’t articulate.” – Mos Def “I think an artist’s responsibility is more complex than people realize.” – Jodie Foster “Every artist was first an amateur.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson “True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.”- Albert Einstein “I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t, say any other way – things I had no words for.”- Georgia O’Keeffe “A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession.”- Albert Camus “I’ve been called many names like perfectionist, difficult and obsessive. I think it takes obsession, takes searching for the details for any artist to be good.”- Barbra Streisand “I don’t think there’s any artist of any value who doesn’t doubt what they’re doing.”- Francis Ford Coppola “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”- Ansel Adams “Find a beautiful piece of art. If you fall in love with van Gogh or Matisse or John Oliver Killens, or if you fall in love with …

Endearing & Entertaining Oscar Acceptance Speeches

With Academy Award nomination announcements less than two months away, and Oscar movie season in full swing, I thought it would be timely to revisit some of the most endearing and entertaining acceptance speeches:   1. Cuba Gooding Jr. (Best Supporting Actor, Jerry Maguire)   2. Sandra Bullock (Best Actress, The Blind Side) (Starts at 8:50)   3. Adrien Brody (Best Actor, The Pianist)    4. Matt Damon & Ben Affleck (Best Original Screenplay, Good Will Hunting)   5. Kate Winslet (Best Actress, The Reader) (Starts at 6:35)   6. John Wayne (Best Actor, True Grit) (Starts at 1:00)   7. Jennifer Hudson (Best Supporting Actress, Dreamgirls) (Starts at 1:35)   8. Three 6 Mafia (Best Original Song, Hustle & Flow) (Starts at 1:00)   9. Dustin Lance Black (Best Original Screenplay, Milk)   10. Halle Berry (Best Actress, Monster’s Ball)   11. Michael Caine (Best Supporting Actor, The Cider House Rules) (Starts at 2:40)   12. Steven Soderbergh (Best Director, Traffic) (Starts at 1:00)   13. Charlize Theron (Best Actress, Monster) (Starts at 1:50)   14.  Robin Williams (Best Supporting Actor, Good Will Hunting) (Starts at 1:25)   …

‘Short Term 12’ – A Must See Film

Short Term 12 is a devastatingly beautiful examination of vulnerability and hardship. Written and directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, the film stars Brie Larson, John Gallagher Jr., and Kaitlyn Dever. Grace (Larson) is a supervisor at a facility for at-risk teens. She is strong and insistent, yet flexible and nurturing. Her long-time boyfriend and co-worker, Mason (Gallagher Jr.), is equally as compassionate and resilient. Each teen at the facility has their own troubling story and their own ways of coping. Marcus, played by Keith Stanfield, deals with his emotions by writing and rapping, while Jayden (Dever) writes stories and draws. As the film progresses it becomes clear that Grace has many problems of her own, and her way of coping is to help others. Amazingly written and wonderfully acted, Short Term 12 exemplifies how a stellar cast and intriguing story can create something that’s truly one of a kind. I could review Short Term 12 in-depth, and go on and on about why I love it. But instead I ask that you see it for yourself. It’s really that …