An accomplished and striking performer, Academy Award® nominee Casey Affleck has established himself as a powerful leading man with performances in multiple upcoming projects. Affleck will next be seen starring opposite Michelle Williams in Manchester by the Sea. The film tells the story of an uncle (Affleck) who is forced to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy's father dies...
“ Actors: Casey Affleck – The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Gone Baby Gone ” - dan_dassow
Emily Olivia Leah Blunt is a British actress known for her roles in The Young Victoria
and The Devil Wears Prada
. Blunt was born on February 23, 1983, in Roehampton, South West London, England, the second of four children in the family of Joanna Mackie
, a former actress and teacher, and Oliver Simon Peter Blunt...
“ Actors: Emily Blunt – Sunshine Cleaning, The Devil Wears Prada ” - dan_dassow
Canadian actor Michael Cera was born in Brampton, Ontario, to parents who worked for Xerox. His mother, Linda, who is from Quebec, has English, Irish, Scottish, and Dutch ancestry, and his father, Luigi Cera, is Sicilian. Michael is the middle child between two sisters. He was educated at Conestoga Public School...
“ Actors: Michael Cera – Juno, Superbad ” - dan_dassow
Actress Viola Davis was born on her grandmother's farm, at the then-Singleton Plantation in St. Matthews, South Carolina. When she was two months old her family moved to Central Falls, Rhode Island, where her father, Dan Davis, worked as a horse groomer and trainer. Her mother, Mary Alice (Logan), a maid and factory worker...
“ Actors: Viola Davis – Doubt, State of Play ” - dan_dassow
Known for his breakthrough starring role on Freaks and Geeks
, James Franco was born in Palo Alto, California on April 19, 1978. His mother, Betsy Franco
, is Jewish, and his father, Douglas Eugene "Doug" Franco, was of Portuguese and Swedish descent, and ran a Silicon Valley business. James's mother, a writer, has occasionally acted...
“ Actors: James Franco – Milk, Spider-Man ” - dan_dassow
Brendan Gleeson was born in Dublin, Ireland, to Pat and Frank Gleeson. From a very young age, he loved to learn, especially reading classical text in and outside the classroom. He took great attention to Irish play writers such as Samuel Beckett
, which eventually led to him performing in his high school play production of "Waiting for Godot"...
“ Actors: Brendan Gleeson – In Bruges, Mission: Impossible II ” - dan_dassow
Anne Jacqueline Hathaway was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Kate McCauley Hathaway
, an actress, and Gerald T. Hathaway
, a lawyer, both originally from Philadelphia. She is of mostly Irish descent, along with English, German, and French. Her first major role came in the short-lived television series Get Real
“ Actors: Anne Hathaway – Rachel Getting Married, The Princess Diaries ” - dan_dassow
“ Actors: Taraji P. Henson – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Hustle & Flow ” - dan_dassow
Emile Davenport Hirsch was born in Palms, California, to Margaret Esther (Davenport), a teacher and visual artist, and David M. Hirsch, an entrepreneur and producer. He grew up in Los Angeles and Santa Fe, New Mexico, and having been introduced to acting while still at school, he got his first acting job on TV at the age of 11 in an episode of Kindred: The Embraced
“ Actors: Emile Hirsch – Into the Wild, Lords of Dogtown ” - dan_dassow
Hugh Michael Jackman is an Australian actor, singer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer and producer. Jackman has won international recognition for his roles in major films, notably as superhero, period, and romance characters. He is best known for his long-running role as Wolverine in the X-Men film series...
“ Actors: Hugh Jackman – X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Prestige ” - dan_dassow
“ Actors: Melissa Leo – Frozen River, 21 Grams ” - dan_dassow
“ Actors: Jane Lynch – Role Models, The 40 Year-Old Virgin ” - dan_dassow
“ Actors: Eddie Marsan – Happy-Go-Lucky, The Illusionist ” - dan_dassow
McAvoy was born on 21 April 1979 in Glasgow, Scotland, to Elizabeth (née Johnstone), a nurse, and James McAvoy senior, a bus driver. He was raised on a housing estate in Drumchapel, Glasgow by his maternal grandparents (James, a butcher, and Mary) after his parents divorced when James was 7. He went to St Thomas Aquinas Secondary in Jordanhill...
“ Actors: James McAvoy – Atonement, The Last King of Scotland ” - dan_dassow
A talented actor, comedian and writer, Seth Rogen has come a long way from doing stand-up comedy as a teen. Rogen was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, to Sandy (Belogus), a social worker, and Mark Rogen, who worked for non-profits. His father is American-born and his mother is Canadian. He is of Russian Jewish descent...
“ Actors: Seth Rogen – Monsters vs. Aliens, Knocked Up ” - dan_dassow
Paul Stephen Rudd was born in Passaic, New Jersey. His parents, Michael and Gloria, both from Jewish families, were born in the U.K. He has one sister, Julie, who is three years younger than he is. Paul traveled with his family during his early years, because of his father's airline job at TWA. His family eventually settled in Overland Park...
“ Actors: Paul Rudd – I Love You, Man, Knocked Up ” - dan_dassow
“ Actors: Amy Ryan – Changeling, Gone Baby Gone ” - dan_dassow
Michael Corbett Shannon was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, the son of Geraldine Hine, a lawyer, and Donald Sutherlin Shannon, an accounting professor at DePaul University. His grandfather was entomologist Raymond Corbett Shannon. Shannon began his professional stage career in Chicago. His first acting role was in "Winterset" at the Illinois Theatre Center...
“ Actors: Michael Shannon – Revolutionary Road, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead ” - dan_dassow
A small-town girl born and raised in rural Kalispell, Montana, Michelle Williams is the daughter of Carla Ingrid (Swenson), a homemaker, and Larry Richard Williams, a commodity trader and author. Her ancestry is Norwegian, as well as German, English, Swedish, Swiss-German, Danish, Welsh, and Scottish...
“ Actors: Michelle Williams – Wendy and Lucy, Brokeback Mountain ” - dan_dassow
Quite possibly the most underrated and underexposed actor of his caliber and generation, Jeffrey Wright's undeniable talent and ability to successfully bring to life any role he undertakes is on a par with the most praised and revered A-list actors in the business. Born and raised in Washington DC, Wright graduated from the prestigious Amherst college in 1987...
“ Actors: Jeffrey Wright – Quantum of Solace, W. ” - dan_dassow
“ Animators: J.J. Blumenkranz – Monster House, The Polar Express ” - dan_dassow
“ Animators: Konstantin Bronzit – Lavatory-Lovestory, The Cat and the Fox ” - dan_dassow
“ Animators: Kendal Cronkhite – Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Antz ” - dan_dassow
“ Animators: Rodolphe Guenoden – Kung Fu Panda, Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas ” - dan_dassow
“ Animators: Byron Howard – Bolt, Lilo & Stitch ” - dan_dassow
“ Animators: Kunio Kato – La Maison en Petits Cubes ” - dan_dassow
Douglas Sweetland is an American animator/director, he grew up watching Disney films and classic Saturday morning cartoons. As a child, Doug drew cartoons for the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts for several years. After graduating high school in 1992, Doug opted to attend California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and pursue his lifelong love and passion for animation...
“ Animators: Doug Sweetland – Presto, The Incredibles ” - dan_dassow
“ Animators: Chris Williams – Bolt, Chicken Little ” - dan_dassow
“ Art Directors: Andrew Ackland-Snow – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Notting Hill ” - dan_dassow
“ At-Large: Matthew D. Loeb
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/matthew-d-loeb ” - dan_dassow
“ At-Large: Redmond Morris
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redmond_Morris,_4th_Baron_Killanin ” - dan_dassow
“ Casting Directors: Bernie Telsey – Sex and the City, Across the Universe ” - dan_dassow
“ Casting Directors: Bernie Telsey – Sex and the City, Across the Universe ” - dan_dassow
“ Cinematographers: Russ T. Alsobrook – Paul Blart Mall Cop, Forgetting Sarah Marshall ” - dan_dassow
“ Cinematographers: Anthony Dod Mantle – Slumdog Millionaire, The Last King of Scotland ” - dan_dassow
“ Cinematographers: Henner Hofmann – Ave Maria, La Leyenda de una Mascara (The Legend of the Mask) ” - dan_dassow
“ Cinematographers: Claudio Miranda – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Failure to Launch ” - dan_dassow
“ Cinematographers: Rodney Taylor – Save Me, Wired to Win: Surviving the Tour de France ” - dan_dassow
“ Cinematographers: Mandy Walker – Australia, Shattered Glass ” - dan_dassow
“ Costume Designers: Deborah Hopper – Changeling, Million Dollar Baby ” - dan_dassow
“ Costume Designers: Louise Mingenbach – The Hangover, Superman Returns ” - dan_dassow
“ Costume Designers: Michael O’Connor – The Duchess, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day ” - dan_dassow
“ Costume Designers: Michael Wilkinson – Watchmen, Babel ” - dan_dassow
“ Directors: Rachid Bouchareb – Days of Glory, Dust of Life ” - dan_dassow
“ Directors: Danny Boyle – Slumdog Millionaire, Sunshine ” - dan_dassow
“ Directors: David Frankel – Marley & Me, The Devil Wears Prada ” - dan_dassow
Talented film critic-turned-director who burst onto the scene in late 2000 with his hotly debated political thriller The Contender
. That film launched Lurie into the spot of filmmakers-to-watch and stood out amongst a year's worth of mindless and politically empty films. Born in Israel, Lurie spent his childhood living in Connecticut and Hawaii...
“ Directors: Rod Lurie – Nothing but the Truth, The Contender ” - dan_dassow
“ Directors: Thomas McCarthy – The Visitor, The Station Agent ” - dan_dassow
Perry was born and raised in New Orleans, to Willie Maxine (Campbell) and Emmitt Perry, Sr. His mother was a church-goer and took Perry along with her once a week. His father was a carpenter and they had a very strained and abusive relationship, which led Perry to suffer from depression as a teenager...
“ Directors: Tyler Perry – Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns, Madea’s Family Reunion ” - dan_dassow
“ Directors: Henry Selick – Coraline, Monkeybone ” - dan_dassow
“ Documentary: William Gazecki – Crop Circles: Quest for Truth, Waco: The Rules of Engagement ” - dan_dassow
“ Documentary: Rachel Grady – Jesus Camp, The Boys of Baraka ” - dan_dassow
“ Documentary: Rory Kennedy – Ghosts of Abu Ghraib, A Boy’s Life ” - dan_dassow
“ Documentary: Scott Hamilton Kennedy – The Garden, OT: Our Town ” - dan_dassow
“ Documentary: James Marsh – Man on Wire, Wisconsin Death Trip ” - dan_dassow
“ Documentary: Megan Mylan – Smile Pinki, Lost Boys of Sudan ” - dan_dassow
Doug Pray is best known as a director of feature documentary films about American subcultures and maverick individuals. He has also directed short films and documentary-style commercials for a wide range of major clients and causes. The youngest of four boys, Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and grew up in Madison...
“ Documentary: Doug Pray – Surfwise, Scratch ” - dan_dassow
“ Executives: Daniel D.A. Battsek ” - dan_dassow
“ Executives: Steve Beeks ” - dan_dassow
“ Executives: Graham W. Burke ” - dan_dassow
“ Executives: Joe Drake ” - dan_dassow
“ Executives: Erik Feig ” - dan_dassow
“ Executives: Paul Hanneman ” - dan_dassow
“ Executives: Donald P. Harris ” - dan_dassow
“ Executives: Claudia Lewis ” - dan_dassow
“ Film Editors: Roger Barton – Speed Racer, Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith ” - dan_dassow
“ Film Editors: Hank Corwin – What Just Happened, The New World ” - dan_dassow
“ Film Editors: Chris Dickens – Slumdog Millionaire, Shaun of the Dead ” - dan_dassow
“ Film Editors: Elliot Graham – Milk, Superman Returns ” - dan_dassow
“ Film Editors: Kathryn Himoff – Appaloosa, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants ” - dan_dassow
“ Film Editors: Leo Trombetta – Little Children, Northfork ” - dan_dassow
“ Film Editors: Brent White – Step Brothers, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby ” - dan_dassow
“ Film Editors: Pam Wise – Then She Found Me, Transamerica ” - dan_dassow
“ Live Action Short Films: Reto Caffi – Auf der Strecke (On the Line), Leos Freunde ” - dan_dassow
“ Live Action Short Films: Jochen Alexander Freydank – Spielzeugland (Toyland), Dienst (Duty) ” - dan_dassow
Carter founded Shorts International in 2000. Coming from a background in both investment banking and law, Carter has made Shorts International the world's leading short movie entertainment company, functioning as distributor, broadcaster and producer. Carter has extensive experience in short movie production and short movie entertainment...
“ Live Action Short Films: F. Carter Pilcher – The Dreaming, Bitter ” - dan_dassow
“ Makeup and Hairstylists: Howard Berger – Seven Pounds, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe ” - dan_dassow
Mike Elizalde was born in Mazatlan Sinaloa, Mexico in 1960 and immigrated to the United States with his parents when he was five years old. Mike first became interested in monsters and creature effects as a young child watching films like Frankenstein and The Creature From the Black Lagoon. With the invaluable information outlined in Lee Baygan's book...
“ Makeup and Hairstylists: Mike Elizalde – Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Fantastic Four: Rise of The Silver Surfer ” - dan_dassow
“ Makeup and Hairstylists: Louis Lazzara – Race to Witch Mountain, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines ” - dan_dassow
“ Makeup and Hairstylists: Gerald Quist – Tropic Thunder, The Santa Claus 3: The Escape Clause ” - dan_dassow
“ Music: Jeff Danna – Lakeview Terrace, Fracture ” - dan_dassow
“ Music: Andrew Dorfman – Baby Mama, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist ” - dan_dassow
Peter Gabriel was educated at Charterhouse School, Surrey, England. He was the lead singer of leading progressive rock band Genesis
from its inception until he left in 1975 for a successful solo career as a singer-songwriter, soundtrack composer and innovator in visual presentation of music...
“ Music: Peter Gabriel – WALL-E, Philadelphia ” - dan_dassow
“ Music: Clint Mansell – The Wrestler, The Fountain ” - dan_dassow
Allah Rakha Rahman was born A.S. Dileep Kumar on January 6, 1966, in Madras (now Chennai), India, to a musically affluent family. Dileep started learning the piano at the age of 4, and at the age of 9, his father passed away. Since the pressure of supporting his family fell on him, he joined Ilaiyaraaja
's troupe as a keyboard player at the age of 11...
“ Music: A.R. Rahman – Slumdog Millionaire, Elizabeth: The Golden Age ” - dan_dassow
“ Producers: Mark Ciardi – The Game Plan, The Rookie ” - dan_dassow
“ Producers: Christian Colson – Slumdog Millionaire, The Descent ” - dan_dassow
“ Producers: Gordon Gray – Invincible, Miracle ” - dan_dassow
“ Producers: Broderick Johnson – One Missed Call; P.S. I Love You ” - dan_dassow
“ Producers: Cathy Konrad – 3:10 to Yuma, Walk the Line ” - dan_dassow
“ Producers: Andrew Kosove – Racing Stripes, Dude, Where’s My Car? ” - dan_dassow
“ Producers: James Lassiter – Hancock, Lakeview Terrace ” - dan_dassow
“ Producers: Russell Smith – Juno, The Libertine ” - dan_dassow
Paula Wagner has worked in the top ranks of the entertainment industry as a talent agent, film producer, and studio executive. She develops and produces film, theatre, and television projects through her production company Chestnut Ridge Productions (CRP). Wagner began her career as an agent at Creative Artists Agency where she spent 15 years representing some of some of Hollywood's top actors...
“ Producers: Paula Wagner – Mission: Impossible III, Mission: Impossible ” - dan_dassow
“ Production Designers: Donald Graham Burt – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Zodiac ” - dan_dassow
“ Production Designers: Michael Carlin – The Duchess, In Bruges ” - dan_dassow
“ Production Designers: Jane Ann Stewart – The Savages, Sideways ” - dan_dassow
“ Production Designers: Kevin Thompson – Duplicity, Michael Clayton ” - dan_dassow
“ Public Relations: Michael D. Camp ” - dan_dassow
“ Public Relations: Marc Cohen
http://brain.lafilm.edu/?p=5776 ” - dan_dassow