Kirsten Kemp, host of the hit TLC series Property Ladder, is a veteran Realtor, real estate developer and expert property restorer and has her own successful design company. She brings her years of experience in flipping properties to the series. She provides insight on the flipping process, recommendations on flippers' projects and guidance for at-home viewers looking to take on their own fix-and-flip projects.
As a designer and interior decorator, Kirsten has a gift for blending the charm of the old with the practicality and comfort of the new. She has a creative ability to improve properties by adding the most value to them while keeping an aesthetic eye at the forefront of her economic suggestions. Her styles range from Country French and Deco to Mediterranean or streamlined modern, all with a touch of the eclectic. She is perhaps most well known for achieving a comfortable elegance in a cottage, craftsman or traditional Santa Barbara setting, but her recent contemporary designs have created quite a frenzy. She has a flair for choosing and combining delightful yet practical fabrics, leathers and wall coverings that add warmth, style and originality to every project. She puts her clients at ease, including them in the decision-making process every step of the way. She serves as a guide to help her clients with all phases of decorating, from ground-up construction and complete remodels to a simple kitchen, living room or bath update. Kirsten has consulted for several clients who just want to know how to add the most value to their property for the least amount of cost. Having grown up in Mexico City, Kirsten is bi-lingual and has a number of Spanish-speaking clients, and a crew that is ready to bring any creative vision to life.
In addition to her design talents, Kirsten has substantial acting and performing credits, having begun at the age of four to sing, dance and play flute and guitar with her parents as they performed American musical comedy and operetta throughout Mexico, Central and South America, sponsored by the US State Department. Upon moving to Los Angeles at age 13, she started a TV career with recurring roles on Head of the Class, Saved by the Bell and Evening Shade. She guest starred on a number of episodic series, including JAG, Mike Hammer, Private Eye, Mad About You, Married with Children and Providence.
She earned a B.A. from Occidental College, and is the proud mother of two lovely children.
A trained multilingual, multifaceted and experienced, professional creative powerhouse of an Actor/Director & Producer. He was born in Karachi, Pakistan and he now lives in Toronto, Canada where he went to Film School and Drama school and started his career again from scratch. Hailing from a family of Creative juggernauts (Actors and Directors-Rahat Kazmi & Sahira Kazmi, sister Nida Kazmi and Grandfather Bollywood actor Shyam) it is inherent within him. He says "It was like growing up in a warm, fuzzy and loving film school!" He lived it, loved it, imbibed it and has put it to good use since. He has been working successfully both on and off camera, in the industry in Pakistan, India, Canada & USA for 17 years in the creative fields of theater, television & film. Working on projects from conception to completion is his strong suit. Ali has a penchant for languages and can speak English, Urdu, Hindi ,Punjabi, Persian, Pashto/Dari, French(basic) and Arabic. He has amassed a portfolio, peppered with multi-layered diverse characters.
He believes that "One cannot portray life on screen if one has not lived it!" He is a marathoner, triathlete, certified scuba diver. adventurer, traveller & dreamer. He shows no signs of stopping and his journey has just begun.
Forever the performer he started his career at the age of 1 and has never looked back since. He was in a national song directed by his mother, veteran director Sahira Kazmi, called "Vattan ki mitti" loosely translated "The beloved earth of my Country." At a young age when kids want to be cowboys, doctors, engineers or astronauts, Ali always gravitated towards being an actor. He started to model, dance and Act professionally by the age of 14. Life and love brought him to Toronto, Canada and within a few short years with a lot of hard work, grit, positivity and perseverance he is now a sought after actor of stage and screen. At 1, From waving the Pakistani flag on his father's shoulders, now a doting father himself, he can now be seen waving a gun in his latest gangster flick, acclaimed director Deepa Mehta's upcoming "Beeba Boys." Set to release in TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) 2015.
Aside from acting and hosting he keeps his creative juices flowing, working as a Freelance Creative Consultant for Publicis, Maclaren McCan, Balmoral Communications Inc. and Focus Communications Inc. Host/Producer with Ary Digital Canada and TV One Canada. He started and heads the South Asian division as Director/Producer with China Syndrome Productions Inc. & Blue Ocean Ethnic Productions (a subsidiary of China syndrome productions inc.) and has produced & directed various successful Multicultural Projects, commercials, documentaries and videos for many reputed clients and organizations such as GM, United way, Brampton Multicultural Centre, Alzheimer's Society of Ontario, Nissan, Clorox,Brita,Nestle-quality street, Loblaws, Bell, rogers, Western union, Campbells, Scotiabank, TD, Marineland to name a few.
Twitter: @thealikazmi Facebook: Ali Kazmi Instagram: @supakazz
You just have to believe!Then and only then will the magic happen!
"All you need is love" - Lennon-Mcartney
"They may say i'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one" -John Lennon
"The World is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper."- WB Yeats - Viva la film, Viva la creativity
"Shakespeare said it best in 'As you like it': "All the world's a stage and all the men and women merely players; they have their exits and entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts." "In this life, it does not matter what part you play, as long as you play it well!" - Ali Kazmi
Delphine was born in Beirut on the 10th April 1932 into an intellectual Protestant family. Her Alsatian father, Henri Seyrig, was the director of the Archaeological Institute and later France's cultural attaché in New York during World War Two. Her Swiss mother, Hermine De Saussure, was an adept of Rousseau's theories, a female sailing pioneer and the niece of the universally acclaimed linguist and semiologist, Ferdinand De Saussure. Delphine also had a brother, Francis Seyrig, who would go on to become a successful composer. At the end of the war, the family relocated to Paris, although Delphine's adolescence was to be spent between her country, Greece and New York. Never a good student, she decided to quit school at age 17 to pursue a stage career. Her father gave her his approval on the condition that she would have done this with seriousness and dedication. Delphine took courses of Dramatic Arts with some illustrious teachers such as Roger Blin, Pierre Bertin and Tania Balachova. Some of her fellow students included Jean-Louis Trintignant, Michael Lonsdale, Laurent Terzieff, Bernard Fresson, Stéphane Audran, Daniel Emilfork and Antoine Vitez. Her stage debut came in 1952 in a production of Louis Ducreux's musical "L'Amour en Papier", followed by roles in "Le Jardin du Roi" (Pierre Devaux) and in Jean Giraudoux's "Tessa, la nymphe au Coeur fidèle". Stage legend Jean Dasté was the first director to offer her a couple of parts that would truly showcase her talents: Ariel in Shakespeare's "The Tempest" and Chérubin in Beaumarchais' "The Marriage of Figaro". He also had her take the title role in a production of Giraudoux's "Ondine" from Odile Versois, who had gone to England to shoot an Ealing movie. Delphine's performance was greeted with enormous critical approval. The young actress stayed in Europe for a couple years more, starring in a production of Oscar Wilde's "An Ideal Husband" in Paris, making two guest appearances in Sherlock Holmes (which was entirely shot in France) and trying to enter the TNP (People's National Theatre). She actually wasn't admitted because the poetic, melodious voice that would become her signature mark was deemed too strange. In 1956, Delphine decided to sail for America along with her husband Jack Youngerman (a painter she had married in Paris) and son Duncan.
Delphine tried to enter the Actor's studio, but, just like in the case of many of Hollywood's finest actors, she failed the admittance test. She would still spend three years as an observer (also attending Lee Strasberg's classes) and this minor mishap didn't prevent her from going on with her stage career anyway, as she did theatre work in Connecticut and appeared in an off-Broadway production of Pirandello's "Henry IV" opposite Burgess Meredith and Alida Valli. Legend wants that the show was such a flop that the producer burned down the set designs. One year later, a single meeting would change the young actress' life forever. Delphine was starring in a production of Henrik Ibsen's "An Enemy of the People" when one very day she was approached by a very enthusiast spectator. It was the great director Alain Resnais, fresh of the huge personal triumph he had scored with his masterwork, Hiroshima Mon Amour. Resnais was now trying to do a movie about the pulp magazine character Harry Dickson (an American version of Sherlock Holmes) and thought that Delphine could have played the role of the detective's nemesis, Georgette Cuvelier/The Spider. The project would never see the light of the day, but this meeting would soon lead to the genesis of an immortal cinematic partnership. Delphine's first feature film was also done the same year: it was the manifesto of the Beat Generation, the innovative Pull My Daisy. The 30 minutes film was written and narrated by Jack Kerouac and featured an almost entirely non-professional cast including poets Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso and Peter Orlovsky along with painter Larry Rivers. Delphine played Rivers' wife in this well-done and interesting curio, an appropriate starting point to a very intriguing and alternative career. In 1960 she landed the role of Cara Williams and Harry Morgan's French neighbour in a new sitcom, Pete and Gladys. Although she left the show after only three episodes, it is interesting to see her interact with the likes of Williams, Morgan and Cesar Romero, since they seem to belong to such different worlds. This was going to be the end of Delphine's journey in the States, although she would keep very fond memories of this period, stating in 1969 that she didn't consider herself "particularly French, but American in equal measure". In 1961 she would take her native France by storm.
Resnais had now been approached by writer Alain Robbe-Grillet- one of the main creators of the "Nouveau Roman" genre- to direct a movie based upon his script "L'anneé dernière". Having been awed by the recent Vertigo, Robbe-Grillet was nourishing the hope that Kim Novak could have possibly played the mysterious female protagonist of the upcoming adaptation of his novel. Luckily, Resnais had different plans. Delphine was back in France for a holiday when the director offered her the role of the enigmatic lady nicknamed A. in his latest movie, Last Year at Marienbad. Delphine accepted and finally took her rightful place in film history. The plot of the movie is apparently simple: in a baroque-looking castle, X. (Giorgio Albertazzi) tries to convince the reclusive A. that they had an affair the previous year. The movie has been interpreted in many different ways: a ghost story, a sci-fi story, an example of meta-theatre, a retelling of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, a retelling of Pygmalion and the Statue and plenty more. Resnais proved to be very partial to Delphine and didn't want her to just stand there like a motionless mannequin like the entire supporting cast did. As X. begins to instill or awake some feelings and memories into A., Delphine subtly hints at a change happening inside the character, managing to alternatively project an image of innocence and desire in a brilliant way. With her stunning, sphinx-like beauty being particularly highlighted by raven-black hair (Resnais wanted her to look like Louise Brooks in Pandora's Box) and her warm, seductive voice completing the magical charm of the character, Delphine made A. her most iconic-looking creation and got immediately welcomed to the club of the greatest actresses of France. The movie itself received the Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival and remains Resnais' masterpiece, not to mention possibly the greatest son of the French New Wave. The gothic organ music provided by Delphine's brother Francis also played an important role in the success of "Marienbad".
Like he had done a couple years before with Emmanuelle Riva, Resnais had made another invaluable gift to French cinema and one would have expected to see Delphine immediately racking a dozen film projects after "Marienbad", but for the time being she preferred to return to her first love, the theatre. She always wished to avoid the perils of celebrity and started a very turbulent relationship with reporters. She made this statement on the subject: "There is nothing to say about an actor or an actress. You just need to go and see them, that's all". She also hated the fact that, after "Marienbad", many journalists had paraphrased many of her statements in order to get meatier articles or entirely made up stories about her. Her next film project came in 1963 when she was reunited with Resnais for the superb Muriel, or The Time of Return. Wearing some makeup that made her look plainer and older, Delphine gave a first sample of her chameleon-like abilities and one of her most spectacular performances ever as Hélène Aughain, an apparently absent-minded, but actually very tragic antique shop dealer who tries to reshape her squalid present in order to get even with a past made of shame and humiliation. Providing her character with a clumsy walk and an odd behavior that looks amusing on the surface, she delegated her subtlest facial expressions to hint at Hélène's grief and sense of dissatisfaction, creating a very pathetic and moving figure in the process. This incredible achievement was awarded with a Volpi cup at Venice Film Festival. Delphine felt very proud for herself and for Resnais. "Muriel" turned out to be one of the director's most divisive works, with some people considering it his finest film and others dismissing it as a product below his standard. The movie's American reception was unfortunately disastrous: having been released in New York disguised as an "even more mysterious sequel" to Marienbad, it stayed in theaters for five days only. The same year, Delphine did a TV movie called Le troisième concerto which marked her first collaboration with Marcel Cravenne. Her performance as a pianist who's seemingly losing her mind scored big with both critics and audience and made her much more popular with the French public than two rather inaccessible movies such as "Marienbad" and "Muriel" could ever do. Delphine never considered herself a star though, stating that "a star is like a racing horse a producer can place money on" and that she wasn't anything like that. In the following years she kept doing remarkable stage work. 1964 saw her first collaboration with Samuel Beckett: she invited the great author at her place in Place Des Vosges where she rehearsed for the role of the Lover in the first French production of "Play" along with Michael Lonsdale as the Husband and Eléonore Hirt as the Wife. The three of them would then bring the show to the stage and star in a film version in 1966. Delphine would team up with Beckett on other occasions in the future and even more frequently with Lonsdale, her co-star in several films and stage productions. For two consecutive times she won the "Prix Du Syndicat de la Critique" (the most ancient and illustrious award given by French theatre critics) for Best Actress: in 1967 (1966/1967 season) for her performances in "Next Time I'll Sing to You" and "To Find Oneself" and in 1969 (1968/1969 season) for her work in L'Aide-mémoire. In 1966 she did a cameo in the surreal, Monty Pythonesque Who Are You, Polly Maggoo?, which was written and directed by William Klein (her friend of about 20 years) and starred Sami Frey, who would be her partner for her entire life after her separation from Youngerman. In 1967, she had a few exquisitely acted scenes (all shot in one day and a half) with Dirk Bogarde in Joseph Losey's excellent Accident. Her appearance as Bogarde's old flame seemed to echo and pay homage to "Marienbad", from the almost illusory touch of the whole sequence to the suggestive use of music by the great John Dankworth. Delphine totally enjoyed to work with Losey, although their relationship would drastically change by the time of their next adventure together. The same year would also see the release of the spellbinding La musica, her first filmed collaboration with Marguerite Duras. The author had always worshiped Delphine for her exceptional screen presence and for possessing the aura of a classic goddess of the Golden Age of Hollywood. She said about her: "When Delphine Seyrig moves into the camera's field, there's a flicker of Garbo and Clara Bow and we look to see if Cary Grant is at her side". She also loved her sexy voice, stating that she always sounded like "she had just sucked a sweet fruit and her mouth was still moist" and would go on to call her "the greatest actress in France and possibly in the entire world". "La Musica" isn't the most remembered Seyrig-Duras collaboration, but nevertheless occupies a special place in history as the beginning of a beautiful friendship between two artists that would become strictly associated with each other for eternity. Delphine's performance won her the "Étoile de Cristal" (the top film award given in France by the "Académie Française" between 1955 and 1975 and later replaced by the César). The actress later made a glorious Hedda Gabler for French television, although she never much enjoyed to do work for this kind of medium. She often complained about the poverty of means and little professionalism of French TV and declined on several occasions the possibility to play the role of Mme De Mortsauf in an adaptation of Balzac's "Le lys dans la vallée". In 1968 she found one of her most famous and celebrated roles in François Truffaut's latest installment of the Antoine Doinel saga, Stolen Kisses, which overall qualifies as one of her most "traditional" career choices. Delphine's new divine creature was Fabienne Tabard, the breathtakingly beautiful wife of an obnoxious shoe store owner (Michael Lonsdale) and the latest object of Antoine's attention. It is very interesting that, in the movie, Antoine reads a copy of "Le lys dans la vallée" and compares Fabienne to the novel's heroine. At one point, Delphine had almost agreed to appear in the TV production on the condition that Jean-Pierre Léaud would have played the leading male role. She later inquired with Truffaut if he knew about this by the time he had written the script, but he swore that it was just a coincidence. In 1969 she declined the leading female role in La Piscine because she didn't see anything interesting about it; this despite strong soliciting from her close friend Jean Rochefort (whom she nicknamed "Mon petit Jeannot"). At the time, it was considered almost unconceivable to decline the chance of appearing in an Alain Delon movie, but Delphine really valued the power of saying "no" and the part went to Romy Schneider instead. It consequently came of great surprise when, the same year, she accepted the role of Marie-Madeleine in William Klein's rather dated, but somewhat charming Mr. Freedom, where she played most of her scenes semi-naked. But Delphine, as usual, had her valid reasons to appear in this strong satire of American Imperialism. Klein's comic strip adaptation isn't without its enjoyable moments (like a scene where the Americans use a map to indicate the Latin dictatorships as the civilized, democratic world), but goes on for too long and suffers every time Delphine disappears from the screen. Still, it remains a must for Seyrig fans, as you'd never expect to see the most intellectual of actresses having a martial arts fight with the gigantic John Abbey and giving a performance of pure comic genius in the tradition of Kay Kendall. The same year she also had a cameo as the Prostitute in Luis Buñuel's masterful The Milky Way. Delphine read the entire script, but eventually regretted that she hadn't watched Alain Cuny playing his scene, because, in that case, she would have played her own very differently and brought the movie to full circle, something she thought she hadn't done. She promised Buñuel to do better on the next occasion they would have worked together.
In 1970, Delphine eventually agreed to appear in Le lys dans la vallée under the direction of Marcel Cravenne, although the male protagonist wasn't played by Léaud, but by Richard Leduc. It turned out to be one of the best ever adaptations of a French classic and her performance was titanic. She then played the Lilac Fairy in Jacques Demy's lovely musical Donkey Skin, which starred a rather passive Catherine Deneuve in the title role, but boosted a superlative supporting cast including Jacques Perrin, Micheline Presle, Sacha Pitoëff and Jean Marais (who sort of provided a link with Jean Cocteau's Beauty and the Beast). Despite all this profusion of talent, Delphine effortlessly stole the movie with her sassy smile, impeccable comedic timing and multi-colored wardrobe. Although she would go on to sing on future occasions, Demy preferred to have her musical number dubbed by Christiane Legrand. The following year, she won a new multitude of male admirers when she arguably played the sexiest and most memorable female vampire in film history in the underrated psychological horror Daughters of Darkness. The choice of a niche actress like Delphine to play the lesbian, Dietrichesque Countess Bathory is considered one of the main factors that sets Harry Kümel's movie apart from the coeval products made by the likes of Jesús Franco or Jean Rollin. To see another horror movie highlighted by the presence of an unforgettable female vampire in Seyrig style, one will have to wait for the similar casting of the splendid Nina Hoss in the auteur effort We Are the Night. Cravenne's Tartuffe was a delicious "Jeu à Deux" between Delphine and the immense Michel Bouquet. In 1972, Delphine would add another immortal title to her filmography, as she was cast in Luis Buñuel's surrealist masterpiece, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie. As the adulterous Simone Thévenot, always wearing a sanctimoniously polite smile, she managed to give the star turn in a flawless cast: Fernando Rey made his Rafael Acosta deliciously nasty behind his cover of unflappability, Paul Frankeur was hilariously obtuse as M.Thévenot, Jean-Pierre Cassel suitably ambiguous as M.Sénéchal, Julien Bertheau looked charmingly sinister as Mons.Dufour, Bulle Ogier got to show her formidable gifts for physical comedy as Florence and the role of Alice Sénéchal, a woman who gets annoyed at not getting coffee while a man has just confessed to have murdered his father, proved for once the perfect fit for the coldest and least emotional of actresses, Stéphane Audran. The movie won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. The next year, Delphine appeared in a couple of star-studded productions: she gave a brief, but memorably moving performance in Fred Zinnemann's The Day of the Jackal as a French woman who makes the fatal mistake of falling for Edward Fox's ruthless killer. People's memories of the movie are often associated with her scenes. She also appeared in Losey's disappointing A Doll's House opposite a badly miscast Jane Fonda as Nora. The two actresses didn't get along with the director as they both thought his vision of the story to be deeply misogynist. Many key dialogues were unskillfully butchered for the adaptation, diminishing the depth of the characters and the end result was consequently cold, although the movie has its redeeming features. The brilliant David Warner arguably remains the definitive screen Torvald and Delphine is typically impeccable in the fine role of Kristine, although one can't help but think that an accomplished Ibsenian actress like her should have played Nora in the first place. Although Losey wasn't in speaking terms with her any longer by the time the shooting ended, Delphine befriended Jane as they shared a lot of ideals and causes. Delphine Seyrig was of course a vocal feminist, although she didn't consider herself a militant: she actually believed that women should have already known their rights by then and that she didn't have to cause any consciousness raising in them. She would go on to work with more and more female directors shortly after, considering also that she had now begun to love cinema as much as theatre. In 1974 she appeared in a stage production of "La Cheuvachée sur le lac de Constance" because she dearly desired to act opposite the wonderful Jeanne Moreau, but from that moment on, most of her energies were saved for film work. She also grew more and more radical in picking up her projects: Diary of a Suicide, Say It with Flowers and The Last Word certainly qualify as some of her oddest features, not to mention the most difficult to watch. Le cri du coeur, although flawed by an inept performance by Stéphane Audran, was slightly more interesting: the director capitalized on Delphine's Marienbad image once again, casting her as a mysterious woman the crippled young protagonist gets sexually obsessed with. She made another relatively "ordinary" pick by playing villainous in Don Siegel's remarkable spy thriller The Black Windmill alongside stellar performers like Michael Caine, Donald Pleasence, John Vernon and Janet Suzman.
The following year, Delphine had two first rate roles in The Garden That Tilts and in Liliane de Kermadec's Aloïse (where her younger self was played, quite fittingly, by an already prodigious Isabelle Huppert). But 1975 wasn't over for Delphine as the thespian would round off the year with two of her most amazing achievements. The Seyrig/Duras team did finally spring into action again with the memorable India Song, another movie which lived and died entirely on Delphine's intense face. Laure Adler wrote these pertinent words in her biography of Duras: "In India Song we see nothing of Calcutta, all we see is a woman dancing in the drawing room of the French embassy and that is enough, for Delphine fills the screen". Coming next was what many people consider the actress' most monumental personal achievement: Jeanne Dielman, 23 Commerce Quay, 1080 Brussels. It has become a common saying that, when you have a great interest in an actor, you could watch him/her reading the phone book. Seyrig fans can experiment it almost literally in Chantal Akerman's three hour minimalist masterpiece, which meticulously follows the daily routine of widowed housewife Jeanne. Akerman chose Delphine "because she brought with her all the roles of mythical woman that she played until now. The woman in Marienbad, The woman in India Song". The movie can be considered a filmed example of "Nouveau Roman": every moment of Jeanne's day is presented almost real-time -from the act of peeling potatoes or washing dishes- and every gesture has a precise meaning, like Jeanne's incapacity of putting her life together being expressed by her inability of making a decent coffee or put buttons back on a shirt. The movie is also of course a feminist declaration: Jeanne regularly resorts to prostitution to make a living, which (according to Akerman) symbolizes that, even after the death of her husband, she's still dependant of him and always needs to have a male figure enter her life in his place. Her declaration of independence is expressed at the end of the movie through the murder of one of her clients. Delphine's approach to the role was as natural as possible and she completely disappeared into it, giving a hypnotic performance that keeps the viewer glued to his chair and prevents him to feel the sense of boredom every actress short of extraordinary would have induced. It's considered one of the greatest examples of acting ever recorded by a camera and possibly the definitive testament to Delphine's abilities. By now she was being referred as France's greatest actress with the same frequency Michel Piccoli was called the greatest actor. 1976 saw the the Césars replacing the "Étoiles de Cristal" and Delphine was nominated for "India Song", but she lost to Romy Schneider for her work in L'important c'est d'aimer by Andrzej Zulawski. The same year also saw her getting behind the camera as she directed Scum Manifesto, a short where she read the Valerie Solanas text by the same name. She also starred in Duras' new version of "India Song", Son nom de Venise dans Calcutta désert (where the setting was changed to the desert) and headlined the cast of Mario Monicelli's Caro Michele. In 1977 she traveled to the UK to shoot an episode of BBC Play of the Month. She stated her great admiration for British TV as opposed to French TV, congratulating BBC for its higher production values and for its major respect for the material it used to produce. Thinking retrospectively about the whole thing, these sentiments seem rather misplaced, since BBC erased tons of programs from existence in order to make room in the storage and for other reasons, but fortunately "The Ambassadors" wasn't part of the slaughter. Like Henry James's story, the cast featured some veritable cultural ambassadors as three different nations offered one of their most talented thespians ever: Paul Scofield represented England, Lee Remick represented United States and Delphine represented France as Madame De Vionnet. Baxter, Vera Baxter marked her final and most forgettable film collaboration with Duras. In Faces of Love, she played the drug-addicted ex-wife of a director (a typically outstanding Jean-Louis Trintignant) who summons her along with two other actresses to shoot a film version of "The Three Sisters". She was again nominated for a César, but the sentimentality factor played in favor of Simone Signoret's performance in Moshé Mizrahi's award-friendly Madame Rosa, which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film two months later. Mizrahi later cast both actresses in his subsequent feature, I Sent a Letter to My Love, also starring Jean Rochefort. This bittersweet feature proved much better than the director's previous work: Signoret and Rochefort gave great performances, but, once again, Delphine was best in show as a naive, hare-brained woman so much different from her usual characters and gave another confirmation of her phenomenal range. She was nominated for another César in the supporting actress category, but lost to Nathalie Baye for Every Man for Himself. It's ironic that, despite being considered the nation's top actress by so many people, Delphine never won a César. One theory is that she had alienated many voters (particularly the older ones) by often dismissing 50's French cinema and regularly comparing French actors unfavorably to American ones, just like many New Wave authors (Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Chabrol, Éric Rohmer, Jacques Rivette) had done back in the days when they worked as critics for the "Cahiérs Du Cinema" and none of them ever won a César either (or at least not a competitive one). This along with having made many enemies because of her vocally feminist attitude of course. She once stated herself that many people in France probably disliked her because she was always saying what she thought.
In the 80's, Delphine appeared in three stage plays that were later filmed: La Bête dans la Jungle (a Duras adaptation of the Henry James novel), "Letters Home" (about the poet Sylvia Plath) and "Sarah et le cri de la langouste" (where she played the legendary Sarah Bernhardt). She scored a particular success with the latter and won the "Prix Du Syndicat de la Critique" for a record third time, more than any other actress (Michel Bouquet is her male counterpart with three Best Actor wins). In 1981, she directed a feminist documentary, Sois belle et tais-toi, where she interviewed many actresses, including her friend Jane Fonda, about their role (sometimes purely decorative) in the male-dominated film industry. In 1982 she co-founded the Simone De Beauvoir audiovisual centre along with Carole Roussopoulos and Ioana Wieder. A final collaboration with Chantal Akerman, the innovative musical Golden Eighties, allowed her to do what she couldn't do in "Peau d'âne" and give a very moving rendition of a beautiful song. Avant-garde German director Ulrike Ottinger provided Delphine with some unforgettable and appropriately weird roles in three of her features: multiple characters in Freak Orlando, the only female incarnation of Dr.Mabuse in Dorian Gray im Spiegel der Boulevardpresse (opposite Veruschka von Lehndorff, playing the title role 'en travesti') and Lady Windermere in Johanna D'Arc of Mongolia. She gave a final, stunning TV performance in Une saison de feuilles as an actress suffering from Alzheimer's disease and won a 7 d'or (a French Emmy) for it. Her mature turn as a woman who's reaching the end of the line looks particularly poignant now, as it has the bitter taste of a tear-eyed farewell. A woman of extraordinary courage, Delphine had been secretly battling lung cancer (she had always been a chain smoker) for a few years, but, because of her supreme professionalism, she had never neglected a work commitment because of that. Only her closest friends knew. It became evident that there was no hope left when, in September 1990, she had do withdraw her participation from a production of Peter Shaffer's "Lettice and Lovage" with Jean-Louis Barrault and Madeleine Renaud's theatre company. One month later she tragically lost her battle with cancer and died in hospital, leaving an unbridgeable void in the acting world and in the lives of many. Tributes flew in torrents, with Jean-Claude Brialy hosting a particularly touching memorial where Jeanne Moreau read some very heartfelt phrases come from the pen of Marguerite Duras to honour the memory of her muse. In the decade following Delphine's death, many of her features unfortunately didn't prove to have much staying power -being so unique and destined to a very selected and elitist audience- and plenty of people began to forget about the actress. Delphine's good friend, director Jacqueline Veuve, thought this unacceptable and she saw to do something about it, shooting a documentary called Delphine Seyrig, portrait d'une comète, which premiered at Locarno film festival. This partially helped to renew the actress' cult and to expand it to several other followers. Similar retrospectives at the Modern Art Museum in New York and at the La Rochelle Film Festival hopefully served the same purpose as well. One can also hope that the French Academy (Académie des arts et techniques du cinéma) would start to make amends for past sins by awarding Delphine a posthumous César: since the immortal Jean Gabin received one in 1987, who could possibly make a likelier pair with him?
Kevin Tancharoen is a dynamic director with two upcoming MTV series he directed, co-created, and co-executive produced, Twentyfourseven, executive produced by Ken Mok premiering December 6th, and Dancelife, executive produced by Jennifer Lopez. These, along with his other current gig directing the dance sequences for the upcoming The Pussycat Dolls project on The CW, represent just the latest in a long list of impressive credits for the 22-year-old that include directing Britney Spears' "Onyx Hotel" tour, choreographing her "Me Against the Music" video, remixing projects for Christina Aguilera, Jessica Simpson, and Tyrese Gibson, making creative contributions to Britney Spears' "Dream Within a Dream Tour" and *NSYNC's "Pop Odyssey Tour," and even directing Michael Jackson's 45th birthday celebration.
His double-fisted success at MTV started when Tancharoen showed his agent at ICM a seven-minute presentation he shot, edited, directed and co-wrote with his sister for a show concept digging deep into the behind-the-scenes lives of dancers. ICM saw a hit in the making and attached another ICM client to executive produce, Jennifer Lopez, who was herself a former dancer. MTV loved the project and Tancharoen found himself on board to direct his first television series, Dancelife. He was only 20 years old at the time.
In the six-month period while the details of the full project were being worked out, Tancharoen approached a club promoter acquaintance of his and arranged to tag along with him and his group of young Hollywood hopefuls with a camera that included aspiring actors, musicians, and filmmakers as they hung together and pursued their dreams.
Tancharoen produced a nine-minute presentation from this footage for a series called Twentyfourseven, featuring seven of the characters. This time ICM attached Ken Mok of television's America's Next Top Model and the film Invincible to executive produce. MTV ordered a pilot based on the presentation and then went ahead with a full season order. The series is scheduled to premiere on Dec. 6, as part of MTV's prized "10 Spot" programming block. In the meantime, he has been brought on board to direct the dance sequences in the upcoming The Pussycat Dolls television series for The CW.
His skyrocketing career as a director is built upon his experiences as a dancer, choreographer, editor, producer, and writer. Tancharoen's fascination with Hollywood began at age 4 when he first started seeing movies with his parents. By age 6, his parents were allowing him to join them at R-rated moves, and in 6th grade, he was writing class papers about Robert C. Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino.
Even at that young age, he focused on the creative and technical aspects of filmmaking, enjoying the "making of" and "behind the scenes" featurettes as much as the actual films. This led him to explore the creation of special effects, enrolling in a creature mold-making class side by side with people twice his age. His next step was to get a computer initially to dabble in digital effects but instead, surrounded by aspiring musicians, found himself drawn to shooting and editing their music videos.
Tancharoen also had a passion for dance. His older sister was in a group on the Motown label, and he would often come along and sit in the back of her rehearsals and dance classes, mimicking the moves he saw. His mom noticed his aptitude and enrolled him in dance classes as well.
When he was 12, he enrolled in a dance class taught by 13-year-old wonder-kid Wade Robson, who invited him into his dance company after just the first class. Tancharoen used this opportunity to delve deeper into the technical aspects of dance and quickly morphed into a choreographer.
While providing technical assistance to top musical acts including *NSYNC on their "Pop Odyssey" tour, Tancharoen also found himself making creative contributions as well while simultaneously landing opportunities to undertake remixing projects for the likes of Christina Aguilera, Jessica Simpson, and Tyrese Gibson for various live performances and television specials. He set up a production company, Labwork Entertainment, with his sister, to provide a one stop shop for his growing roster of projects.
When assisting on Britney Spears' "Dream Within a Dream Tour," Tancharoen was also called upon to contribute to the video segments for the big stage screens. Those contributions caught the attention of the concert producer, who asked him to create the video segment for the closing credits.
Tancharoen, who was in the habit of saying "yes" when asked if he could handle something, agreed and with a laptop and a stack of "how to" books pulled it together in the short 6 weeks before the launch of the tour.
His aptitude earned him an invitation to choreograph Britney Spears in her "Me Against the Music" video with Madonna, which led to an American Choreography Award nomination. Next, she asked him to remix three of her songs for a medley Spears would perform on a television special for the launch of the NFL season.
After that project, Tancharoen presented Spears with a fully fleshed out vision for Spears' upcoming "Onyx Hotel" tour which he approached like a movie pitch with a 90-page script, storyboards, costume and prop ideas, and concepts for the on-stage video screen segments. She brought him on to direct the tour. She also tapped his talent as artistic director for her In the Zone television special on ABC.
His next undertaking was directing The JammX Kids, an imaginative DVD project aimed at inspiring kids to become more active through dancing by learning the latest dance moves, for TV veterans Andrew Adelson and Merv Adelson's new venture, Lightforce Entertainment, in 2004.
It was a feature story about Tancharoen's work on this project in Los Angeles Magazine that caught the attention of ICM, who signed him for representation and opened the door to his current MTV projects.
Despite all of this success at such a young age, Tancharoen, still remains a remarkably focused and grounded person. A straight arrow who is admittedly "more in love with the work than the lifestyle," he currently lives in Los Angeles.
With more than 25 years of experience, renowned dog behavior expert and New York Times best-selling author Cesar Millan is one of the most sought-after authorities in the field of dog behavior and rehabilitation. In March 2014, Millan brings his unmatched canine abilities to communities terrorized by unruly hounds in Nat Geo WILD's new series "Cesar 911."
During his nine-season run as host of the hit series "Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan," he rehabilitated hundreds of aggressive, scared, lazy, compulsive and jealous dogs, as well as the families that were usually in the dark about how their own behavior contributed to their dogs' quirky traits.
Millan has grown into a pop culture phenomenon, including flattering parodies on "South Park" and "Saturday Night Live"; references on popular shows including "Jeopardy!" and "The Colbert Report"; and appearances on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," "The Today Show," "The View," and "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart."
Millan has been recognized with numerous awards throughout his career, including Emmy nominations in 2006, 2007 and 2009 for Outstanding Reality Program. He continues to be recognized and awarded by rescue and animal welfare organizations for his commitment to the betterment of animals and their relationships with people around the world. Millan's Dog Psychology Center in the Santa Clarita Valley stretches over 43 acres and includes a sheep herding area, swimming pool, agility course and hiking trails. It serves as the home base for his expanding slate of dog behavior and training courses and clinics, "Training Cesar's Way."
In addition to executive producing "Cesar 911," Millan has co-authored six books, including "Cesar Millan's Short Guide to a Happy Dog" (now available in paperback). He has also generated numerous instructional DVDs, and hosts a popular series of live training seminars, "Cesar Live," where attendees learn how to apply his extensive knowledge of dog psychology and rehabilitation techniques. In 2007, Cesar officially launched the Cesar Millan Foundation, "a national, nonprofit organization designed to aid and support the rescue, rehabilitation, and placement of abused and abandoned dogs."
Millan has more than 20 years of experience with canines. His unique talent with dogs first developed on his grandfather's farm in Mexico. In 1994, he came to the attention of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, who began referring him to other celebrities and friends. Other celebrity clients include Howie Mandel, Patti LaBelle, Vin Diesel, Nicolas Cage, Scarlett Johannson, Hilary Duff, Daisy Fuentes, Annie Potts, "Downtown" Julie Brown, and movie directors Ridley Scott and Michael Bay.
Millan was born in Culiacán, Mexico. He lives in Southern California and is the proud father of two sons, Andre and Calvin.
Joe Dallesandro's still hangin' . . . after battles with drug addiction and alcohol, brushes with the law, three broken marriages and numerous love affairs, plus the suicide of his only sibling Bob. One of the most beautifully photographed wild guys to come out of the Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey "Factory" era, the slight and slightly androgynous Dallesandro became an improbable pioneer of the male sexual revolution and the first film actor to be glorified as a nude sex symbol. The Morrissey/Warhol movies were known for their bizarre, amateur standing, yet Joe and his completely uninhibited, walk-on-the-wild-side demeanor managed to hold an entire underground audience captive. Joe's dangerous street mentality and raw erotic power became a definitive turn-on to both gay and straight audiences and his fame eventually filtered somewhat into the mainstream.
Born humbly as Joseph Angelo D'Alessandro III in Pensacola (located on Florida's panhandle) on New Year's Eve in 1948, his parents, Joe II and Thelma, were teenagers when Joe was born; his father was a Navy man stationed there and his mother had a wild streak of her own. Joe (then age 5) and younger brother Robert were placed into a New York adoption facility after Thelma was given a five-year prison sentence for auto theft and the father decided he was unable to care for them alone. Brought up in a series of foster homes, Joe became notorious for his delinquent behavior at school -- which was often ignited by his short stature and even shorter temper. Frequent runaways, he and his brother eventually returned to live with their grandparents but Joe quickly drifted towards a life of crime (thievery, burglary, etc.) via his association with street gangs.
At 15 "Little Joe" was caught stealing a car and sentenced to a juvenile rehab facility in New York's Catskill Mountains. During this time he started his famous "Little Joe" tattoo body markings. He escaped from the facility and lived a nomadic life in Mexico for a time before returning to the US (Los Angeles), where he gained unexpected acceptance in the California gay scene. The wanderlust teen found it profitable to exploit his sulky good looks and smoothly-muscled physique by posing nude for various photographers in the mid-'60s. Sometimes billed as "Joe Catano", Dallesandro hit many of the underground studios in both California and New York, working most notably for Robert Henry Mizer, who founded the Athletic Model Guild (AMG), and Bruce Bellas, aka Bruce of Los Angeles. A little magazine called Physique Pictorial, which was passed off as a bodybuilding publication, was, in truth, geared heavily toward its gay subscribers. Many were clients of Mizer, who photographed thousands of buff young men (some even out-of-work military servicemen) in various stages of undress from 1945-1993. Joe became Mizer's most famous model and can be seen featured in Thom Fitzgerald's docudrama Beefcake, which chronicles the Mizer AMG era.
Back in New York during the summer of 1967, the 18-year-old, while visiting a friend in Greenwich Village, was invited to sit in and watch Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey shooting an impromptu marathon movie in Warhol's building apartment. Morrissey's camera quickly found its way toward the ambivalent, good-looking Joe and the rest is history. Joe wound up shooting a wrestling scene with another guy clad only in his underwear. A year later that 23-minute footage found its way into The Loves of Ondine, an 86-minute mishmosh of Warhol's eccentric ideas. Joe's image in his jockey shorts was used for the primary ads in The Village Voice. The movie, which featured his extended improvised wrestling scene, was reviewed by Variety and Joe himself, surprisingly, received raves for his charismatic good looks and natural acting ability, and was touted as a possible legit performer.
Young Dallesandro instead became Morrissey's protégé. Although Joe displayed beefcake appeal in Warhol's Lonesome Cowboys, which was investigated by the FBI for rumors of an on-screen rape, and San Diego Surf, the only Warhol feature film never released, it was Morrissey's film trilogy that led to Joe's subsequent idol worship. The first, Flesh, placed Joe front-and-center as a male hustler á la Midnight Cowboy. Intended for female and gay audiences, Joe hit counterculture fame as the first actor to offer extensive full-frontal nudity and the movie also managed to filter successfully out to mainstream audiences.
Morrissey's second feature, Trash, was anointed a "masterpiece" and "best film of the year" by none other than Rolling Stone magazine. In it Little Joe plays a heroin junkie living in New York squalor with girlfriend Holly Woodlawn (Warhol's well-known transvestite actress). The last of Morrissey's trilogy, Heat takes place in the vicinity of L.A.'s Sunset Boulevard with a long, pony-tailed Joe as a cold-hearted ex-child star who beds down everyone, including seamy "Midnight Cowboy" actress Sylvia Miles and her lesbian daughter, in order to resuscitate his long-dormant career. This attention led to Joe's making the cover of Rolling Stone in April 1971. He was also photographed by some of the top celebrity photographers of the time, including Francesco Scavullo, and Richard Avedon. Singer/songwriter Lou Reed utilized Little Joe's identity in his pop hit "Walk on the Wild Side". In Europe Morrisey's films were praised even more, while Dallesandro was placed on an erotic pedestal.
Acting pay was practically non-existent so Dallesandro, now a husband (to wife Leslie, who was the daughter of one of his dad's girlfriends) and father (their son Michael), received "Factory" pay by answering phones, checking in and checking out film prints, acting as a projectionist, handling security and even running the building's elevator. Morrissey's hot trilogy was followed by the European cult films Flesh for Frankenstein and Blood for Dracula, both eclectic X-rated blood spillers and ultimate cult items.
Tired of being just a gear in the Factory machinery, Joe stayed on in Europe after filming the two 1974 gorefests and decided to see if his Warhol Superstar status could trigger foreign box-office career a la the recently transported Clint Eastwood and Charles Bronson. Joe made 18 feature films overseas throughout the rest of the 1970s. They were a mixture of styles: the sex-farce One Woman's Lover; the gritty, grimy crime yarn The Climber ["The Climber"]; _Louis Malle's adult version of Alice in Wonderland, Black Moon; La marge ["The Streetwalker"] co-starring softcore erotica star Sylvia Kristel; the sexually taunting Madness as a car thief-turned hostage taker; Jacques Rivette's surrealistic Merry-Go-Round; Nocturnal Uproar ["Nocturnal Uproar"] as a self-absorbed actor; and Queen Lear, a Franco-Swiss co-production in which he plays a bisexual.
The best of Joe's European films, and his personal favorite, is the sexually-charged Je t'aime moi non plus ["I Love You, I Don't"], Serge Gainsbourg's film wherein he plays a gay garbage truck driver who has the hots for a very boyish café waitress Jane Birkin (Gainsbourg's wife at the time).
Returning to the States in 1980, Joe's work became more erratic than erotic, but some of his roles have earned a bit of attention. More noteworthy was his gangster Lucky Luciano in Francis Ford Coppola"s The Cotton Club; another gangster in the Bruce Willis starrer Sunset; his religious zealot in John Waters' mainstream Cry-Baby; his psychotic paratrooper in Private War; his trailer park scum who lusts after 'Drew Barrymore' in Guncrazy; his sleazy photographer in _L.A. Without A Map (1998)_, and his brain-damaged hit man in Steven Soderbergh's The Limey. On TV he made standard guest appearances on such popular shows as Miami Vice, Wiseguy and Matlock.
The Teddy Award, an honor recognizing those filmmakers and artists who have contributed to the further acceptance of LGBT lifestyles, culture, and artistic vision, was awarded to Joe in February of 2009. A biography, "Little Joe: Superstar" by Michael Ferguson was released earlier in 2001 and a filmed documentary, Little Joe, has been released with Joe serving as writer and producer. The thrice-married and divorced actor has two sons, Michael and Joe, Jr. Glimpsed here and there these days, he later managed a hotel in the Hollywood area.
Chanel, an American actress has successfully navigated the acting and modeling industry over the past decade. Descriptions of Chanel are as varied as the roles she plays. A ball of energy with captivating eyes in a pretty blonde package. She's a chameleon with strength, vulnerability, and great comedic timing in equal amounts. She shines in the lighter, bubbly types and specializes in darker material, playing edgy and troubled young women as well. Ryan's first movie appearance was in the independent film "Waiting for the Rocket". When she auditioned for the film "George Wallace" legendary director John Frankenheimer offered her the part on the spot, working with veteran actors Gary Sinise and Mare Winningham. Next she landed the role of one of the Felon Cheerleaders in the Universal film BASEkeball, from the creators of South Park and director David Zucker. Her improv training with the Ground- lings and ACME Comedy Theater helped her garner a guest starring role opposite Bill Murray in the pilot "The Sweet Spot". During the early years of her career, Chanel's main focus was modeling. In 2011, she shifted her attention from modeling to acting full time. Her recent acting roles include Jonas Akerlund's "Small Apartments" with James Caan and Billy Crystal; "Dorothy and the Witches of Oz", starring Sean Astin, Christopher Lloyd and Lance Henrickson; "Skum Rocks" with Alice Cooper and "Bad Kids Go To Hell" with Judd Nelson and Ben Browder, based on the best-selling comic book. She appears as "Fantazia" in the cult classic follow-up "Hobgoblins 2" from director Rick Sloan and is next featured in, the soon-to-be-released horror film, "Alice D.", where she plays horror icon Kane Hodder's evil sidekick "Isabel"; Creature Feature "Dead Sea" alongside scream queen Devanny Pinn; and the upcoming drama "Bigger Than The Beatles" as Candice Bergen. Next, she is starring in two independent films; horror film "Circus of the Dead" alongside genre legend Bill Oberst Jr., the psychological thriller "House on Rodeo Gulch". Always striving for more from her career, the progression to producer was only natural. She is currently in development on her feature film producing debut: "Crimson Saints", where she brings her extensive experience, knowledge of public relations/marketing/branding and her vast rolodex to the project. Chanel has studied with some of L.A.'s most respected and renowned acting coaches including Margie Haber (Master Class), Aaron Speiser, Lesly Kahn, John Rosenfeld and Scott Seditas. Her affinity for accents and extensive dialect coaching from the "Master of Voices", Bob Corff, has helped her perfect numerous accents, from British to Southern. She's proficient with handguns, automatic rifles and shotguns, as well as hand to hand combat including knife and firearm disarmament. To date, Chanel has appeared in over 30 national commercials including Pepsi, Saturn, Volkswagen, Del Taco, Wet & Wild Cosmetics, Audi, Coca-Cola, and VISA. You have seen her in campaigns for Anheuser Busch, Burke Williams Spas, Edward Jones Investments, Harley Davidson Swimwear, Harrah's Casino's and Miller Beer, as well as in fashion shows for Fredrick's of Hollywood. Named one of the "Sexiest Women on the Planet" by magazines from four continents, her face and body have graced magazines across the globe, including Esquire, GQ, Maxim, FHM and Playboy. In 2004, Chanel created her "Chanel" Swimsuit Calendar; garnishing awards year after year and becoming a seasoned producer of photography and editorial layouts. Her shoots appear regularly on magazine covers and editorials around the world; in publications such as FHM, DT, NUTS, Men's Edge, People, Ralph, etc. Her clients range from fashion designers, models and actors, feature film campaigns and image consultancy. An avid animal lover, activist and "rescuer", Chanel shares her home with two "adoptees"; a cat named Ruby Tuesday and a border collie named Lucky. A portion of the proceeds from her numerous autograph appearances, go to support animal charities each year.
|Lori A. Depp
When Lori was about eight years old, she started to cut the hair off her dolls and draw make-up on them with pens. By the time she was eleven she was drawing eyes on pieces of paper with eyeliner and eye shadow, the lips she drew were drawn with lipstick, and the cheeks were rouge. She was just thirteen when she walked into a small make-up boutique on Collins Avenue, in Miami Beach. The sales lady did Lori's make up and that's when she learned the difference between enhancing your features as opposed to exaggerating them.
At fourteen, Lori's biggest influences were musicians, groupies, models, drag queens, actors and actresses and most of all Make-up artist Way Bandy. Lori has said that she has David Bowie and his remarkable chameleon-like expertise to thank for pointing her in a direction that allowed her to explore a less traditional future. Most of the kids Lori knew in school were going to become Doctors or Lawyers. But not Lori, at the age of sixteen she had rainbow streaks in her hair, shaved off eyebrows, and a lot of unconventional articles of clothing that she wasn't afraid to wear...in public. She was considered "a freak" among her peers, but the ability to be creative far outweighed fitting in with the kids at school so, in the late 70's, when Lori was nineteen, she moved to New York City. There, she was surrounded by some really talented, (and not so talented) inspiring people; people that pushed the envelope and aspired to do everything out of the ordinary. Lori lived at The Chelsea Hotel during the "infamous Sid and Nancy days." It was a mecca of diversity and artistry. It was, to say the least, "epically educational."
Prior to becoming a professional make-up artist, Lori's real passion was the music business. In the 1980's, when she was just about twenty one, she moved to Los Angeles where she had a lot of friends in the music industry. These friends were able to open doors to the possibilities of realizing Lori's dream and to take what she'd learned about recording to the next level. Lori's ultimate goal in life was to become a record producer, but as fate would have it a target shooting mishap left her partially deaf in her left ear and it was painfully clear that any chance of fulfilling that dream was over.
Lori was lucky enough to have something that she loved doing to fall back on once the music business endeavor didn't work out. For Lori, doing make-up was equal (in a creative sense) to making records. It was something artistic, something she was good at, and much less difficult to break into because women were welcomed in this industry unlike the male dominated music business.
Lori's career as a professional make-up artist began with the help of her very good (and very talented) friends, Adam Ant and Christina Applegate. Thanks to them she was able to move quickly from amateur to professional. Christina (Applegate) gave Lori her very first professional make-up kit, as well as giving her her first jobs within the Television community. Adam (Ant) gave Lori the opportunity to work on her first film and her first play. Another key element in transitioning from amateur to professional came with jobs from up and coming photographers who put their subjects in Lori's hands. Without these wonderful, talented people, Lori would not have the long list of clients or jobs that she considers herself to fortunate enough to have had.
Mike Mills was born in 1966, Berkeley, California. He graduated from Cooper Union, 1989.
He works as a filmmaker, graphic designer and artist. As a filmmaker, Mike has completed a number of music videos, commercials, short films, documentaries, and the feature film Thumbsucker. Architecture of Reassurance, a short film he wrote and directed, was in the 1999 Sundance Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Oberhausen short film festival, and The New York Museum of Modern Art's New Directors New Films. Paperboys, documents the daily life of six boys in rural Minnesota. Deformer documents the life of the world-famous skateboarder Ed Templeton, was featured in the Edinburgh and Rotterdam International film festivals, and Air: Eating, Sleeping, Waiting and Playing, a tour documentary of the French band Air and their audiences is available on DVD. The connected documentaries "Hair Shoes Love and Honesty" (1998) and "Not How Or When Or Why But Yes" (2004) have been presented at The Alleged gallery, the Mu Museum, and Res Fest Internationally. Other works include a short film documenting the music theory of jazz composer Ornette Coleman, as well as several short films for Marc Jacobs.
In 1996 Mike co-founded The Directors Bureau with Roman Coppola, a multidisciplinary production company that also represents Geoff McFetteridge, Shynola, Sofia Coppola and Mark Borthwick. His commercial work includes international campaigns for clients such as Levis, Gap, Volkswagen, Adidas and Nike. Mike has directed many music videos for bands such as Air, Pulp, Everything but the Girl, Les Rythem Digitales, Moby, Yoko Ono, and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. "The Directors Series" will distribute a retrospective DVD of his videos and short works. In 2005 Mike retired from the Bureau and from directing advertisements. Mike's first feature film, Thumbsucker, which he adapted from the novel by Walter Kirn, won acting awards at the 2005 Sundance film festival, the Berlin International film festival, and Mike received the 2005 Guardian New Directors award at the Edinburgh International film festival. As a graphic artist, Mills has designed CD covers for bands such as Sonic Youth, The Beastie Boys, Boss Hog, Buffalo Daughter and others. Until 1998, Mike created all the graphics for X-girl, Kim Gordon and Daisy Von Furth's clothing company. Mike has designed scarves and fabrics for Marc Jacobs, skateboards for Subliminal, Supreme, and Stereo, and he has designed books such as "Hyper Ballad" and "Baby Generation" featuring the photographs of Takashi Homma.
In 1996 Mo Wax records released a 12" album filled with posters and other graphic items created by Mike entitled "A Visual Sampler: Posters by Mike Mills". This one-of-a-kind release was accompanied by a touring exhibition in the summer and fall of '96 in New York City at the Andrea Rosen Gallery, The Adam Bray Gallery in London, as well as galleries in Tokyo and Sydney. In 2003 Mike stopped working for clients and began his own graphic line "Humans" (www.humans.jp) which includes fabrics, shirts, posters and ribbons. Based in Tokyo, Humans has been exhibited at clothing stores and galleries such as Nieves in Zurich, Trip in Milan and Cow Books in Tokyo. Mills work was included in the Cooper Hewitt Museum's, 2003 National Design Triennial. Other gallery exhibits include: 1996 solo exhibit, "Help" at The Alleged Gallery, New York. 1997 "Teenage Objects" at Gallery Collette in Paris. 1998 solo exhibit "Hair, Shoes, Love and Honesty" at the Alleged Gallery, New York. 2001 solo exhibit, "What Will You Do Now That You Know It's The End". 2004, solo exhibit, "Not How Or When or Why, But Yes" at the MU Gallery in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. 2004 Group show, "Beautiful Losers" Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati, and the Yerba Buena Center for Arts, San Francisco.
Born William Henry III is an American entrepreneur, business mogul, investor, philanthropist, and widely known as one of the most richest and influential people in the world. William Henry III was born to attorney, William Henry II and teacher, Mary Maxwell Gates in Seattle, Washington, USA.
Bill Gates as a child was very competitive, curious, and depth thinker. His parents decided to enroll him in the private preparation school, Lakeside School. Gates soon excelled at Lakeside, where he made himself oriented to a wide variety of subject ranging from Math, Science, English Literature and even becoming a superb Drama student. Bill Gates surrounded by historical events at a young age was inspired. In 1969, Apollo 11 took men to the moon, this involved huge computers, and which cost billions of research dollars to function and operate. A computer during that era, was very genuine to have. However, Lakeside had gotten a deal with the city of Seattle and received, this became Bill Gates first encounter toward a computer.
Bill Gates would spend hours,upon hours at the computer room at the high-school, and he eventually met a man named,Paul Allen whom shared the same interests as Bill Gates. Bill Gates in 1973 graduated, Lakeside and was accepted by the prestigious University Of Harvard. Gates during his years at Harvard University never had a definite career plan, for some time he thought of pursuing a career in law for the admiration he had with politics, but his true craze was staying up all day and night with the computer. Bill Gates met Steve Ballmer whom would soon join Gates in his venture to start his own company, Microsoft. This all started when Paul Allen, Bill's former school mate moved to Boston from Seattle for a job. Paul Allen picked up a magazine at Harvard Square which read, "World's First Minicomputer Kit To Rival Commercial Models" to Bill Gates and Paul Allen this was the moment they had been waiting for, the dawn of personal computer had begun. Ed Roberts who ran this phenomenal product was looking for someone to do further programming to it. Bill Gates and Allen Paul soon took on this task and this partnership with Ed Roberts eventually led to the first product made by Microsoft the Altair BASIC. "Microsoft" was created in 1976 Altair BASIC was an programming language which ran on the MITS Altair 8800. Gates due to the success of Altair BASIC decided to drop out of Harvard and never returned to complete his studies. Microsoft was located in Albuquerque from 1976 to 1979. In 1979 they relocated their location to Bellevue Washington on January,1,1979.
Microsoft began to expand and specialize in languages such as Basic,Cobol,Fortan,and Pascal. With this expansion and Microsoft having hit the one million dollar profit margin mark, it was a matter of time until a big-shot computer creative company came knocking at their door. That company was IBM. The partnership IBM and Microsoft developed was a pivotal role which defined technology, to what it has become today. It established what Gates had predicted, every home in America would have one computer per household. IBM wanted an operating system for their new line of personal computers. Bill Gates bought an operating system in which he renamed, MS-DOS for IBM. He received profit from IBM for every MS-DOS product made, as IBM didn't own the licensing fee, and Gates refused to give it to them.
The partnership with Bill Gates and Paul Allen soon ended, due to Paul being diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease. Their partnership would be seen as one which defined the technology field world-wide. This made Gates the sole-man in the Microsoft empire. In 1985, Microsoft had generated 140 million dollars in sales in just that year alone.
In 1986, Bill Gates introduced Microsoft Windows it would be come one of the most used operating systems in history, and one of the most advanced. Apple around this time, came up with an ingenious software, Gates advised them to have a copyright, however Apple was more focused on selling computers, this prompted Gates to take advantage of an open opportunity. At the age of 31, Gates became a billionaire owning 45% of his stock.
Bill Gates always had insecurities, even if he at such a peak. IBM soon to separate from MS-DOS with the success of their sales, decided to create their own operating system which it licensed from Microsoft called Dos2. OS2 eventually failed as Gates decided to invest his name and the entire future of Microsoft to advancing the Windows operating system, even if it meant losing IBM as a client. He came out with Windows 3.0 which turned out be a best market seller. Microsoft was soon becoming a monopoly, and Gates started receiving the reputation of being ruthless,and unfair. Gates was accused for practicing unfair marketing practices, and a case with the Department Of Justice Division Anti Trust Department was opened. Microsoft would receive royalty fee because of a "per-processor" license Microsoft had which stated, for each computer a microprocessor is sold; a royalty payment must be made. Regardless, if it was a Microsoft operating system or not. Operating Equipment Manufacturers saw this as unfair, this would lead him further to be a monopoly, which no software company liked. Apple had no way of competing, IBM had no way of competing, it was Microsoft receiving these royalty fees even for a non-Microsoft Operating System which most manufactures thought was most unfair. Microsoft agreed to stop charging the fees and the Department Of Justice dropped the case.
Bill Gates's mother died shortly after their marriage of breast cancer. Bill Gates because of the influence his mother had on him, created philanthropic organizations that fought certain causes, and was pursuing the interests his mother had. In 1995, Windows 95 was introduced, Bill Gates at this time slowed down on his work with Microsoft as he became a family man, welcoming his first daughter he had with his wife, Melinda French. Netscape came out with a browser which allowed you to access the world of internet. This was a realm, Microsoft had yet to embark. Netscape sales soared through the roof, while Microsoft was behind. Microsoft then promptly released the web-browser Explorer. With the success of Explorer Gates had yet to know he would be receiving a nation-wide law-suit which would cost Microsoft millions. Gates was charged with practicing unlawful conduct, and running a illegal monopoly in 1998. An anti-trust suit along with president Bill Clinton's Justice Department filed a anti-trust suit which would be seen as the most severe lawsuit's related to the technology field. Bill Gates to save his company stepped down from Microsoft as the CEO and allowed Steve Balmer to be CEO. Bill Gates was the Chairman.
Bill Gates changed the way the world operates,functions, Gates made life easier for humans to live in. To get tasks done within seconds at a time, creating several multitasking software programs. Bill Gates will forever be remembered as a business man, philanthropist, and investor. Bill Gates with multiple products unleashed with his company Microsoft, allowed the technology field to expand and become more competitive,always setting the stakes much higher, and presented a field with endless surprises.
Chris Santos was born in Long island, New York. He began modeling and acting at 12 years old. His first acting job was in Rob Weiss's AMONGST FRIENDS. At the age of 16 he booked a Versace campaign in Italy. After the job he stayed in Europe for one year. Chris returned the following year to finish High school after which he traveled all over American and Europe, doing campaigns for Calvin Klein and many others. At the age of 19 Chris took up a part time job as a personal trainer in NYC. He found he has a real passion for it and spent the next ten years doing just that.
Chris is one of five child that all moved to California. So after ten years in NY he decided to move closer to his family in Los Angeles. After a short time in LA he was contacted by his old client and friend David Levien who had just finished writing THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE with Steven Soderbergh. One of the leads of the film was a personal trainer, so David set up a meeting for Chris and Steven to meet. Subsequently leading to Chris starting in the film with Sacha Grey. Chris Has gone on to work with many great people including Betty White.
Chris continues to live in LA working and studying with most of LA's top coaches including Ivana Chubbuck, Lesly Kahn and Margie Haber.
Lena is an independent producer who secures finances for films with known talent attached.
A Screen Actors Guild member since 1991, Lena Banks worked on over 125 projects and turned to production and helping scriptwriters in 1993. From beginners to professionals she's Hollywood's Best Kept Secret - a key Gatekeeper for some of the biggest names in Hollywood. The privacy of her clients and their projects is of the utmost importance.
She holds a BA degree in Political Science from Florida Atlantic University and attended classes at UCLA. She worked in Senator Ted Kennedy's office in Washington D.C. before she moved to Hollywood in January 1991.
A premonition came true when she was chosen to play the Federation President's Assistant on Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, which then landed her three years on Star Trek: The Next Generation as a Starfleet Engineer. Being part of the Star Trek 'family' has been an honor and opened many doors.
On all the film and TV projects she worked on she devoured every single detail of the industry. She drove a stunt car in Terminator where she studied James Cameron's every move. On the Ed Wood and Batman Returns sets she studied every facet of Tim Burton's unique directing style and Johnny Depp's brilliant performance. On Reservoir Dogs she learned from Quentin Tarantino. The list of those she learned from is extensive. She talked with and learned from the greats like Jack Lemmon, Harrison Ford, Danny DiVito, Christopher Walken, Don Ameche, Jack Nicholson, Nicholas Meyer, William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, Tippy Hedren, Judd Apatow, Russell T. Davies, Bruce Willis, Jim Carey, Stephen Hawking (while on Star Trek), to only name a few.
Lena turned to freelancing her scriptwriter's services in 1995. She brings first hand insight to her teaching as a Lee Strasberg Institute trained actress as well.
Her close association with Aaron Spelling's brilliance as a writer and TV show creator is unsurpassed.
For quantum creativity she provides services as The Hollywood Muse.
A classy, smart-looking, spectacularly beautiful African-American actress who broke racial barriers in 1970s Hollywood but suffered greatly in her private life years after her TV glory days, award-winning actress Gail Fisher was born on August 18, 1935, in Orange, New Jersey, the youngest of five children. Her father, a carpenter, died when she was only two years old and the family was destitute, living in the slums ("Potters Crossing") with their widowed mother Ona Fisher. Gail was a cheerleader as a teen and found some joy performing a leading role in one of her Metuchen High School plays in Metuchen, New Jersey. Beauty pageants became a source of pride during this period, earning distinction on the beauty-pageant circuit and becoming the first African-American semifinalist in the New Jersey State Fair beauty contest. A multiple pageant winner, among her titles were "Miss Transit," "Miss Black New Jersey" and "Miss Press Photographer."
Thanks to a contest sponsored by Coca-Cola, Gail won the chance to study acting at New York's American Academy of Arts for two years. She trained under Lee Strasberg for a time and subsequently became a member (the first African-American accepted) of the Repertory Theater at Lincoln Center, where she worked with Elia Kazan and Herbert Blau. The young serene beauty also worked as a model at the time and even worked in a factory to pay bills. In 1964 she married John Levy (1912-2012), a bassist and pioneer jazz talent manager whose clients included some of the jazz world's biggest names (Nancy Wilson, Joe Williams, Cannonball Adderley, Betty Carter, Freddie Hubbard, Herbie Hancock, Abbey Lincoln, Shirley Horn, Les McCann, Wes Montgomery). He also managed Gail's acting career. John and Gail, who was his second wife, had two children, Samara and Jole.
In 1965, teacher Herbert Blau cast Gail in a classical stage production of "Danton's Death" in 1965. Gail also understudied Ruby Dee in "Purlie Victorious" on Broadway and toured with a production of "A Raisin in the Sun". The 25-year-old broke into TV years earlier in 1959, appearing in the syndicated program "Play of the Week" entitled "Simply Heavenly," a musical starring Mel Stewart and Claudia McNeil, and also played a singer in the series "The Defenders" and a judge on daytime's "General Hospital". During the early part of the 1960s, she made history when she appeared in a nationally televised commercial for All laundry detergent and became the first black performer to be given dialogue.
The crime series Mannix starring Mike Connors was revamped in its second season due to mediocre ratings and Gail was added to the mix as Peggy Fair, Mannix's widowed secretary whose murdered husband, a cop, was a friend to the detective and who was now raising their small son alone. Sometimes Peggy would go undercover as a housekeeper or prostitute to help him solve crimes. The public immediately took to the dusky-voiced actress and the ratings soared. Any slight hint of romance between the Peggy Fair and Joe Mannix characters was never acted upon as CBS (who initially was hesitant in hiring a black woman in this role), or any other network for that matter, would not allow an interracial romance. Gail went on to win an Emmy (the first black actress to do so -- besting Susan Saint James of "McMillan and Wife" and Barbara Anderson of "Ironside") and two Golden Globe trophies (the first black actress to win this award) in the process. In between she made amiable guest appearances on such popular TV series as "My Three Sons," "Love, American Style" and "Room 222."
Once "Mannix" was canceled in 1975, however, acting offers slowed down considerably and chaos rose beneath her usually calm and controlled exterior. Not in keeping with her public image, she flew into a series of marriages and divorces and developed a major drug problem. She made tabloid headlines in 1978 when she was busted for possession of marijuana and cocaine and for using an illegal phone device. She entered rehab and eventually recovered but her career was irreparably damaged. Sporadic acting roles came in such series as "Medical Center," "Fantasy Island," "Knight Rider" and "Hotel," and the TV-movie Donor and the Grade "Z" crime film Mankillers co-starring Edd Byrnes, but they were very few and far between. Fisher was married at least twice and had two daughters, Samara and Jole, from her marriage to John Levy, which ended in divorce in 1972 during the run of "Mannix". She briefly married second husband Robert A. Walker the following year.
Gail's battle with drug addiction contributed to her health decline. A diabetic as well, she was later diagnosed with emphysema. Gail died of renal failure in Los Angeles in 2000 at age aged 65 and was cremated. Unnoticed and forgotten, news of her death did not surface until four months later. Survived by brother Herbert and sister Ona, another brother, Clifton, died of heart failure twelve hours after Gail's passing. Gail was such a class act on TV and it is inconceivable that she could fall from grace as hard as she did...but she did.
Professionally, Shannon is an On Camera host/spokesperson,voice talent, actress, Pro Figure/Fitness model and athlete. She has worked alongside some corporate giants namely: Global TV, Toyota, Zales, OLN, TTN, The Shopping Channel, Beyond Fitness Magazine and TMN. Shannon is a graduate of the world renowned Second City Training Center in Toronto Canada, home of SNL's John Candy, Gilda Radner and Martin Short. She has a busy off-camera schedule with a variety of projects ranging from commercial advertising, corporate presentations and a comprehensive range of industrial productions. Actively competing as an athlete in the world Pro Figure and Fitness arenas, Shannon keeps her six foot frame in peak condition. She is a strong supporter of fitness for kids and provides both consultations and motivational talks to both young and more mature audiences. Her dedication to health and fitness is a big part of her success and she enthusiastically encourages everyone she meets to pursue a stronger and more healthy existence. Shannon Leroux has traveled the globe sharing her passion for positive thinking, health and fitness. A Figure Champion, Fitness Model and Mother of two, you may recognize her appearances in countless publications and from her Television clients such as Toyota, The Shopping Channel, The Outdoor Life Network, Star TV, TNT, Global TV and Second City. Shannon has worked with several leading corporations including SC Johnson & Company, Oxygen Magazine, Inside Fitness, Maximum Fitness, Nature Valley and more. Shannon is honoured to be considered the "First Call Hosting Talent" of Canada.
Roger Yuan's career in the film industry has seen him wear many hats. As a martial arts fight trainer, action coordinator, actor, writer and producer, he has gained much acclaim. Having worked in US, UK, Hong Kong, China, Thailand and Indian "Bollywood" and Vietnam productions, he has cultivated a global appeal
Roger has amassed a wide repertoire of expertise in various martial arts styles and unique physical training regimens and has trained the likes of Michelle Pfeiffer for Catwoman in Batman Returns, Rene Russo, John Cusack, Michael Madsen, Henry Cavill, Immortals, Jason Flemyng and Jennifer Lawrence for X Men:First Class, Keanu Reeves for 47 Ronin and Daniel Craig for Skyfall.
Country singing star Tim McGraw is a recent client enlisting Roger to get him in shape for his 2012 "Brothers of the Sun Summer Tour".
Roger has choreographed action for films such as Son of The Pink Panther, Death Becomes Her, Ella Enchanted, Black Dynamite, X Men: first Class, 47 Ronin and the 50th anniversary 007 film, Skyfall, Once Upon a Time in Vietnam, and Warcraft.
Roger's acting debut came in Red Corner with Richard Gere. As an actor that does his own stunts, He won the respect of Hong Kong action luminaries Jackie Chan, Yuen Biao (Shanghai Noon), Sammo Hung, jet Li (Once Upon a Time in China and America), and Chow Yun Fat (Bulletproof Monk). And action directors Dee Dee Ku, Dion Lam, Hung Yan Yan and Steven Ching su Tung.
Roger has also shaped comedic roles with action, he has lead roles in Warner Bros. Chandni Chowk to China, and sony's Black Dynamite. 2015 will see Roger in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: the Green Destiny, playing Iron Crow, which director and action legend Master Yuen Woo Ping personally chose Roger for this lead role.
Steve Monroe is a veteran actor, known from over 150 film, television, and commercial roles. Additionally, Monroe is a practicing psychotherapist and has treated clients of all ages, exhibiting a wide spectrum of diagnoses. Monroe specializes in treating entertainment professionals and others in recovery from addictions. Moreover, Monroe enjoys performing stand-up in clubs in and around Los Angeles. From serial killer, Jordy Raines in "The Following," to the perverted Frank Tobin in "Miss Congeniality," and the pizza-eating, country bumpkin opposite the exploding mosquito in the world-famous Tabasco ad (#5 World's Funniest Commercials of All Time), Monroe has worked with luminaries ranging from Clint Eastwood (on three films) to Jack Lemmon and George C. Scott. Steven Alan Monroe was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He has lived and worked all over North America and New Zealand. Steve's father is a well-known pathologist, and his mother raised him and his three siblings. Steve attended Duke University for three years. In 1993, following the death of his best friend, Alex, he transferred to Occidental College. Here, Steve earned Bachelors' degrees in both Russian Language and Theatre Arts. In 2010, Steve completed his Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Monroe has enjoyed the privilege of working with such esteemed directors as Clint Eastwood, Robert Zemekis, Tom Shadyac, Jay Roach, Todd Phillips, Don Petrie Jr. and his father, the late Dan Petrie. Offscreen, Steve continues his practice as a psychotherapist (stevenmonroe.net), is an avid tennis player, recording artist, guitar player, and achieved advanced level studies with the celebrated improvisation troupe, the Groundlings.
Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Barbara entered the film industry as an actress. While working as a Production Assistant at Warner Bros. Studios and a Special Assistant coordinating events for Jerry Buss, owner of The Staples Center and Los Angeles Lakers, she found early acting success in television. Her early credits include 'Married With Children', 'Dallas', 'Falcon Crest', and 'Better Days'. She also appeared as a series regular on CBS' 'In the Heat of the Night' as Deputy Christina Surillo. During an orchestrated driving sequence on 'Heat' in 1995, she participated in her first stunt performance. She quickly became in demand for stunt work as the first Hispanic stunt Woman ever in Hollywood and one of only five women of color at the time in the industry started landing coveted assignments as the personal stunt double for Halle Berry, Vanessa Williams, and Kristen Wilson. Her work as a stunt player includes 'Eraser', 'Last Action Hero', 'Surrogates', 'Dan in Real Life', 'Rich Man's Wife', 'Bulletproof', 'Jingle All The Way', 'Game Plan', 'Dance with Me' and many others. Barbara has performed as an artist in both "Prince" and "Michael Jackson" Music Videos. In 1986, she was a Cheerleader for the Los Angeles Raiders. In 2008, at a friend's request, Barbara entered the nationally accredited American Queen Pageant system. Pulling on her experience as one of the 10 finalist in the 1988 Miss Puerto Rico Universe Pageant, Barbara won the title of Mrs. Rhode Island American Queen and was later crowned the national 2008 Mrs. American Queen. Soon after her reign, she founded Barbara Lee's Lifetime LLC, an event planning company designed to offer clients fabulous events that last a lifetime, which has led her to be involved with many non-profit organizations and her philanthropic calling. Involved as a Board Member for The Genesis Center, and PLAFF (Providence Latin American Film Festival) and fundraising for many other causes is one of her favorite pastimes! With years of high profile industry contacts still in-tact, Barbara became a partner in a production company, and then decided to create her own. With one project already in re-writes with a prominent LA production company, an award winning short film in festivals and industry interest in several others, Barbara's new venture is off to a successful start as her passion has brought her back to film making as a film producer. Mother of three, Taylor (17), Teresa (15) and Billy (14) and married next May 20 years to her supportive husband, Harvey E Lee Jr., she lives in Cranston RI.
A child star in such classics as Randolph Scott's Return of the Bad Men and the Loretta Young / William Holden / Robert Mitchum film Rachel and the Stranger, was born in Los Angeles California on December 18, 1936, to Jeanie Ellen Dickson and John William Gray, aka Bill Gray. Bill Gray was a business manager for many celebrities in the motion picture industry. Young Gary's career began as a result of two of his Dad's clients - Bert Wheeler (of Wheeler and Woolsey fame) and Jack Benny both telling Bill, "You ought to put Gary in pictures", and that is exactly what happened. Gary was signed to Screen Children's Guild and was registered at Central Casting. At the age of three-and-a-half, Gary Gray made his film debut in A Woman's Face with Joan Crawford. Following quickly with Sun Valley Serenade as a war orphan, publicity stated that Gray was going to be placed under contract to Harry "Pop" Sherman, and be featured in the next Hopalong Cassidy western. Although this never materialized (Sherman and Cassidy soon left Paramount and went over to United Artists), Gary did continue to appear in a wide range of pictures. His big break came when he landed the role of Young Johnny in RKO's all-star big-budget western Return of the Bad Men. Before this smash hit was released, Gary beat Bobby Driscoll to the part of Young Davey in the frontier epic, Rachel and the Stranger.
In 1950, he played the son of Nancy Reagan and James Whitmore in the classic, The Next Voice You Hear.... His performance in that film led to a term contract at Metro, where he starred with the original Lassie in the Technicolor The Painted Hills. After completing the latter, he spent more of this time attending public school. He graduated from Van Nuys High in the San Fernando Valley, where he lettered in varsity diving and gymnastics. He then attended Valley College, majoring in theater arts. Throughout the fifties Gary continued to work doing mainly television - guesting on many popular series. Gary always loved Westerns and owned horses. Returning to features, Gary appeared in the Universal-International color western Wild Heritage. He made his last film, the cult western Terror at Black Falls with House Peters Jr. and Peter Mamakos.
In 1960, Gary started a swimming pool maintenance and repair business. On January 28, 1961, Gary married Jean Charlene Bean. They had four daughters and 19 grandchildren. For the last twenty-five years of his thirty-eight years in the swimming pool industry, he worked for two of the major international manufacturers of swimming pool equipment as territory, regional, and national sales manager. Gary was a sought-after speaker and educator for the "National Spa and Pool Institute" as well as by the "Independent Pool and Spa Service Association." Gary retired from the swimming pool industry in July, 1999. Gary collected tapes of his movies and television programs, as well as stills, posters, and lobby cards from his career. He enjoyed time with his grandchildren, and on the golf course. Beginning in the mid-90s, Gary was a frequent guest at film festivals throughout the United States. He enjoyed visiting with his fans, and relating many interesting stories from his lengthy career. He died of cancer in 2006.
Forrest Landis was born in Palm Beach, Florida in August of 1994 and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was discovered at the age of 4 in Chicago by a talent scout. By age 5 he was already modeling in New York City for clients such as Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, and Target.
By age six he was doing commercials for McDonalds, Kraft, General Mills Cereal, MasterCard, and Spongebob Squarepants to name a select few. In 2003, his family decided to make the move from Indianapolis to Los Angeles for Forrest to focus on auditions.
Luck came his way within five weeks of their arrival as he landed the role of Mark Baker in the 20th Century Fox family blockbuster Cheaper By the Dozen starring Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt. Soon after his debut in Cheaper by the Dozen, Forrest worked with such talent as Jodie Foster in the Disney / Imagine Entertainment production Flightplan, and with Kate Hudson in the Universal Pictures production The Skeleton Key.
In spring of 2005, Forrest was asked to reprise his role as Mark Baker in Cheaper by the Dozen 2, again working beside Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt as well as Eugene Levy. Shortly after wrapping on Cheaper by the Dozen 2, Forrest landed his first leading role in Doubting Thomas working beside such people as AnnaSophia Robb, Lea Thompson, D.L. Hughley, and Rider Strong.
Not only has Forrest had an extensive film career in his short time in the business he has also done guest starring roles on such T.V. shows as ER in which Cynthia Nixon played his mother and the critically-acclaimed, award winning Showtime series Weeds.
Forrest currently resides in Los Angeles. When he is not working or going to school he enjoys skateboarding with his friends.
Jasson is the son of a bull rider and cancan girl who were married on an ice castle in the Yukon territories. Growing up Jasson excelled as a hockey player and drummer, playing in multiple touring bands. After graduating from the school of Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa, Jasson started a personal training business where, soon after, he fell into film and TV through one of his clients, who was an agent.
For many years Jasson explored the industry on a part time basis while running his personal training business. In 2012 he decided to make a go of it and headed to NYC. Since arriving in New York, Jasson Finney has appeared in several acclaimed television series, such as "Gotham," (2014) "Zero Hour," (2013) and recently filmed "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" and "Daredevil" both slated to air in 2015. He also appeared in the independent films "My Brother's Keeper,(2015) and "Happy Baby" (2014).
Previously Jasson has appeared in many feature films such as "Source Code,"(2011) with Vera Farminga "Gothika," (2003) starring Halle Berry and Penelope Cruz as well as "Timeline." (2003) with Paul Walker. He also did TV shows such as "Being Human"(2012) and "Blue Mountain State" (2010). Jasson is perhaps best known for his role as "Sonny" in the made for TV movie "Nicky Deuce" (2013) working opposite James Gandolfini, Steven Schrippa, Michael Imperioli and Tony Sirico.
In 2013 Jasson has also appeared on stage in the off Broadway show "Gym Shorts". Most recently he is involved in a number of independent start up projects and is also writing and producing his own short films and pilots such as "What's Cooking Grandma" where Jasson seeks out the best cooking grandmas in America and "Take Back Your Life" helping people regain their fitness and ultimately, their life.
Heidi Powell is the co-host of ABC's hit show, Extreme Weight Loss, working side by side with her husband, Chris Powell, to carry out their vision of transforming lives from the inside out. Heidi has been the matriarch and tour de force for the often-struggling participants, serving as their daily fitness coach, voice of reason and biggest cheerleader. Season 4 premiered on May 27, 2014.
Heidi is the co-author of Choose More Lose More, for Life by Chris Powell, which was released last May and immediately soared to New York Times Best Seller list. The book offers readers four different carb cycles, and twenty new workouts called Nine-Minute Missions that pack maximum results into minimum time.
Last summer, Heidi welcomed America into her home on the ABC.com web series, "Meet the Powell Pack". Each episode followed the Powells as they managed hectic schedules, weeks away from home and the difficult balance between work and family life. The Powells will begin filming Season 2 this summer.
While simultaneously filming and coaching private clients and participants from Extreme Weight Loss, Heidi travels the country with Chris for speaking engagements and television appearances on such shows as Good Morning America and The Dr. Oz Show, sharing vital tips and innovative solutions, transforming lives along the way.
Heidi writes a very successful blog, where her daily posts include workout tips, recipes, as well as advice on parenting, marriage and how to balance it all. She has contributed articles to the "Huffington Post", as well as "Women's Health", "Self" and "Shape" magazines.
Heidi has more than a decade of experience as a personal trainer, and holds both ACE and Crossfit certifications. As a coach, mother of four, and manager of their family business, Heidi brings a whole new perspective and level of compassion to the Powell's approach, helping others overcome many of life's challenges to create effective, long-lasting success. When not traveling, she resides in Phoenix with Chris and their four children.
Dean is an actor and coach for performers in Film + TV. Some of his clients include Nina Dobrev (Vampire Diaries), Miley Cyrus (Hannah Montana), Devon Bostick (Diary of a Wimpy Kid), FeFe Dobson (Home Again), Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (The Bold and the Beautiful) and Daytime Emmy winner Brittany Allen (All My Children).
Dean also serves as a screen test advisor, pre-production and on-set acting coach for various networks and feature film production companies including Discovery, NBC, Showtime, Shaftesbury, Global, Paramount and Alliance Atlantis. Dean's collaboration, in this capacity, has not only influenced the critical acclaim of many stars, but his direction has also served as the basis for casting and the subsequent development of national and international talent.
Dean has been a permanent resident of the US since 2010, residing in both New York and Los Angeles. Native to Canada, Dean's ancestry includes roots in Ireland, Scotland and England. In 1992, with an early passion for law and politics, Dean began following in the footsteps of family members and renegade politicians Edward Henry Carson (9 February 1854, Dublin, Ireland - 22 October 1935, Kent, England), often known as Sir Edward Carson or Lord Carson, a barrister, judge and politician from Ireland, and Edward Carson (Eddie) Sargent (April 11, 1915 - January 28, 1998), a Canadian politician. Sargent served in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1963 to 1987, as a member of the Liberal Party. In 1993, 1 year after acceptance and studies at Queen's University, Kingston, Dean's pursuit of law gave way to a growing passion for the performing arts. Dean graduated from Queen's University with degree(s) in Theater Arts (BAH) 1996 and Education (Bed) 1997. Dean's passion and commitment for the arts and education began in 1996 after directing a production of West Side Story at the Grand Theater, in Kingston. It was through directing, that Dean correlated his skill-sets with teaching. Dean laid the first foundation blocks of what today is known as Armstrong Acting Studios in 1997; originally Players Workshops, later Dean Armstrong Acting Studio. In 2011, AAS reached the status of one of Canada's largest independent film + television training studios with over 10,000 actors as graduates and ongoing students. Dean entered into the world of professional acting in his late 20's; making his impact on an international audience only 2 short years after his graduation. 2000 marked Dean's Showtime (2000-2005) and Broadway (2000-2002) simultaneous debut(s) in the US, denoting his diversity and marketability as both a screen and stage actor. "Dean Armstrong, giving the best performance in the series!" - The Washington Post, an article entitled "Queer as Folk, A Firecracker of a Season Finale" In 2003, after a year hiatus from Broadway's RENT, Dean returned to the stage starring as Jonathan Larson in the Canadian Premiere of TICK, TICK, BOOM! From 2004 onward, failing vocal chords and a shift into screen studies and practice prevented Dean from returning to the world of Musical Theater; although considered and a finalist for title roles in the Mirvish productions of We Will Rock You and Rock of Ages in Toronto, Canada. 2005-2009 Were hibernating years for Dean; spent behind the scenes building what today is known as Armstrong Acting Studios. It was during this time, that Dean logged hundreds of episodes as well as feature credits as a screen-test advisor, preproduction and on-set acting coach. Dean's work includes collaboration with Showtime, Disney, Paramount Pictures, Alliance/Atlantis, Discovery Channel, Impossible Pictures, Global and CTV. Highlights include his work alongside Jeremy Podeswa on Fugitive Pieces and Annmarie Morais on How She Move. Dean's own production company, Appulse Films, was founded in 2009 as a continued commitment to bridging the gap between education and the industry. The production company holds a mandate to create, facilitate and extend opportunities to actors and crew alike in film + television. The company's first film entitled Verona (The Short), directed by Laurie Lynd, was shot in the fall of '09. Dean continues to be active and groundbreaking as an artist in film and TV. As an instructor, he continues to look after private clients as well as to guest lecture at various schools, programs, workshops and venues across the US and Canada. Dean's daughter, Ryan Kiera Armstrong, daughter of Dr. Berta Bacic, was born in New York City on March 10, 2010.
Elise Robertson is a multi-faceted storyteller with experience directing and appearing in projects in a range of media. Born in Pittsburgh, PA, she graduated from Northwestern University's theatre department where she studied directing, acting and literary adaptation, and minored in fine art. She has gone on to work extensively in all of these disciplines, and brings her varied skills to her work in any media.
She directed the feature-length dark thriller Donner Pass, which had a wide digital distribution in 2012 and aired on Showtime. In 2015, Elise was recognized as a notable Woman in Horror by Horror Society.
She's also directed extensively in the LA theatre scene. A few especially memorable productions were her Garland Award-nominated 2008 revival of The Women and her world premiere comedy Sister Cities that traveled to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where it garnered multiple 5 star reviews. Prior to moving to LA, Elise worked extensively in the Bay Area. She directed and executive produced the PBS series American Storytellers, featuring dramatic adaptations of famous American short stories, for which she earned numerous awards, including a Cine-Golden Eagle for Ralph Ellison's King of the Bingo Game. She also helmed the PBS children's series Adventures With Kanga-Roddy, a multi-camera show featuring actors, puppets and full-sized suited characters, for which she won a Northern California Directing Emmy.
Elise began her career in the film industry as a character painter on Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, and went on to do scenic work on numerous features. She was Art Department Supervisor on ABC's Bump in the Night and ran her own model and character shop with clients ranging from Will Vinton Studios to Sony and Atari.
As a working actor for the past fourteen years, she has appeared in dozens of TV shows, films and commercials; American Sniper, Arrested Development, The Mentalist, Sons of Anarchy, Six Feet Under to name just a few.
Transitioning into new media, Elise recently directed a comedy web series Nick Mom entitled The Wisdom of Children in 2014. She's also created a slew of sketch comedy offerings for her youtube channel MomMayhem, including The Sex Negotiators, The PTA Rap, The Literal Police, and the series Mommy Tell Me A Story which won Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Actress at LA Webfest 2014.
She is also the mother of two amazing girls, Stella and Sadie, for whom she recently wrote her debut novel The Hatching Stone. A fantasy story for mid-grade readers, The Hatching Stone won the Echo Park Novel Writing Competition in 2014.
Actor, audition coach, on-set acting coach, and teacher, as well as a guest teacher and lecturer around the world, Matthew has a wide roster of clients.
Working at acting schools and studios since 1996, Matthew has developed a distinct and comprehensive technique and a professional philosophy that has evolved into what is now known as the Actor's Foundry. Matthew's emphasis on self-knowledge as the springboard to ego-less acting and its conduit to clear story telling has earned him a loyal roster of working actors. His emphasis on collaboration over conflict and community over competitiveness has built a foundation for those actors in the all-encompassing professional facility known as the Actor's Foundry.
Matthew's thoughts and opinions are found in his essays which have evolved from his pre-class talks, dubbed "sermons" by his students. The essays have achieved fame and life across the web.
Born in Montreal, Matthew began a career in politics, but switched to the arts as a writing assistant to the award-winning American playwright Frederick Douglas Ward. Matthew's arts education continued at New York's prestigious Neighborhood Playhouse Theater School from 1991 to 1995. After the two year intensive training, Matthew was hired by the National Theater of the Performing Arts and toured the United States twice. Two years of working with regional theaters landed him in Seattle playing Hamlet at the Washington Shakespeare Festival. He has continued working extensively as an actor in theatre on stages across North America.
Film and television features include Thirteen Ghosts, Romeo Must Die, The House Next Door, The Watchmen, Downloading Nancy, Destination Infestation, The Last Trimester, Vivid Dreams, Tornado Warning, Judicial Indiscretion opposite Anne Archer. His numerous television guest spots include recent television appearances on Reaper, Smallville, Supernatural, Tru Calling, Stargate, Stargate: Atlantis, The 4400, Reunion and a recurring character on the Canadian series Godiva's. Matthew's comedic and improv skills served him well as the Neanderthal Man in Night At The Museum and Night At The Museum 2: Battle For The Smithsonian with Ben Stiller and Robin Williams.
Promoting what he calls "Professional Creativity", Matthew is often involved in his clients self-created projects as director, producer, sponsor, and coach. In this capacity, he has directed several made for the Web episodics, short films, plays, stage presentations, and scene nights.He has directed many successful theatre productions in New York, Los Angeles, and Vancouver.
Nicola Collins was born in London, England, where, as a teenager, she began fashion modeling and traveling the world for clients such as Vogue, Elle & Stella McCartney. It was during this time that critically acclaimed director Guy Ritchie approached Nicola and her twin sister Teena to appear in his film, Snatch. Despite her success in front of the lens, Nicola's truest passion is with what happens behind it. She has always had a camera close by since the age of 14 and has shot magazines, album covers and she has her first photography exhibition in London 2009. It is this love of imagery, combined with an intense passion for film that inspired her to become a filmmaker. She directed, shot & wrote her first feature film The End (2008), which has won 5 awards including the Harrell Award for "best newcomer director" and has been nominated for another 5 awards at film festivals worldwide. The End was also presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art in 2008. She lives in Los Angeles with her twin sister.
Luscious, busty, and shapely brunette stunner Christina Marie Leardini was born on January 22, 1969 in St. Petersburg, Florida. She's of Saudi descent; her mother was born in America and her father was a Saudi doctor. Using the alias Christina Herbert, the deliciously tall (5'8") and long-legged beauty first started modeling for "Playboy" in various "Book of Lingerie" newsstand special editions in the late 80s. Leardini was the Playmate of the Month in the April, 1991 issue of the famous men's magazine. She subsequently appeared in numerous "Playboy" videos and continued to pose for a slew of newsstand special editions for about five years. Christina has small parts in the films "Dream Trap" and "Anarchy TV." Moreover, Leardini not only was a regular featured model in the magazine "Swimwear Illustrated," but also has modeled for such clients as JC Penney and the Venus clothing line.
Harold Pinter, the 2005 Nobel Laureate for Literature, was born October 10, 1930, in London's working-class Hackney district to Hyman and Frances Pinter, Eastern European Jews who had immigrated to the United Kingdom from Portugal. Hyman (known as "Jack") was a tailor specializing in women's clothing and Frances was a homemaker. The Pinters, whose families hailed from Odessa and Poland in the Russian Empire, were part of a wave of Jewish emigration to the UK at the turn of the last century. It was a community that revered learning and culture. The Pinter family was close, and young Harold was traumatized when, at the outbreak of World War II, he was evacuated from London to Cornwall with other London children for a year to avoid becoming casualties of German aerial bombing.
Pinter has said that his encounter with anti-Semitism while growing up was the fuse that ignited the organic process leading him to becoming a playwright. As the Nobel Prize citation attests, Pinter developed into the greatest English dramatist of the post-World War II era. The young Pinter studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the Central School of Speech and Drama. In 1950 he published several poems and began working as a professional actor. Under the stage name David Baron, he toured the Republic of Ireland with Anew McMaster's Shakespearean repertory company in 1951-52. Significantly for Pinter's future, 1951 not only marked the debut of his career as a professional actor but also marked the first performance of future Nobel Literature Laureate Samuel Beckett's absurdist masterpiece "Waiting for Godot." He next appeared with Sir Donald Wolfit's theatrical company at the King's Theatre, Hammersmith, for the 1953- 54 season before becoming a player with various provincial repertory companies, including the Birmingham Rep, until he gave himself over full-time to playwriting in 1959.
Two significant events that would change Great Britain forever occurred during his apprenticeship in provincial rep: (1) the Suez Crisis of 1955 that shattered the UK's pretensions to empire in a post-colonial world and doomed the imperial generations represented by Prime Minister Anthony Eden and his mentor Winston Churchill, and (2) the 1956 premiere of John Osborne's play "Look Back in Anger." The shattering of the United Kingdom's complacency over imperialism meant that many successful people of Pinter's generation, who normally would have become Tories upon achieving some modicum of success, were disillusioned and drifted towards Labour and the left. No longer would a working- class person, if he so chose, have to be ashamed or stymied if \eschewing becoming middle-class or bourgeois. Osborne's play was the seminal work of the "kitchen-sink" school of drama that would dominate English theater for a decade, in which working-class life and struggles were dramatized. The hegemony of this school of theater was such that for the first time, a working-class or provincial accent became something treasured, something to be proud of, as the former world was set firmly upon its head. Even the great Laurence Olivier turned his back on the commercial theater to assay Osbourne's Archie Rice, a down-at-the-heels music hall performer, in "The Entertainer" (1957).
The kitchen-sink drama was a movement that Pinter would not be a part of, though it did open the doors for working-class writers who, unlike the working class-born Noël Coward, had no interest in becoming bourgeois. The other major element in the cultural milieu that forged Pinter was the Cold War, the absurdity of facing doomsday everyday under the threat of The Bomb (the USSR had acquired the means to produce a bomb through its atomic spy ring and exploded its first A-bomb in 1949, thus ending the US monopoly on nuclear weapons and making the Korean war, the suppression of an East Berlin uprising and the squashing of the Hungarian Revolution practical, if not possible). The Cold War gave legitimacy to the rise of the police state, not in totalitarian countries but in the use of police-state tactics in the western industrial democracies. To quote American poet' Charles Bukowski', this was an era marked by "War All The Time," not between two superpower behemoths but in everyday human relations, poisoned as they were by the Cold War climate of absurdity, paranoia and imminent holocaust.
In 1953 the accused "atomic spies" Julius Rosenberg and Ethel Rosenberg were executed in the United States when President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the man who had overseen the liberation of Europe as Supreme Allied Commander fighting the Nazi totalitarian menace, had refused clemency for even Ethel, the mother of two small boys. It was a domestic drama -- a woman's loyalty to her husband, her loss of not only her life but the Issac-like evocative sacrifice of any normal life for her two children when Eisenhower-Jehovah refused to stay the executioner's hand -- that had combined with the felicities of affairs of state and world power politics. The question of whether they were guilty or innocent--not proven beyond a doubt in 1951, when they had been convicted in a trial that was compared by many to the Stalinist show-trials that had occurred in the Soviet Union and still occurred in the satellite countries of the Warsaw Pact after World War II - gave rise to an overwhelming fundamental question: What is real? Reality, as Hannah Arendt had put it in "The Human Condition," is socially defined; that is a given. But how about when that reality no longer makes sense, when the individual cannot partake of the consensus demanded of him in the 1950s, whether conservative, middle-class, haute bourgeoisie or radical left as dictated by some flaming Red party boss - a person struggling with his own life? How does he answer the question: What is real? It is a question that Pinter took upon himself to answer, and answered by showing us there is no answer. In this quest, a genius arrived on the world stage in the form of a player who decided to craft his own words, for himself and his post-Holocaust, pre-Holocaust audience. When life stops making sense, as it did in the 1940s when the global war against fascism left 50 million dead and the modern industrial state was tasked with the exigencies of mass- murder, and as it did in the 1950s when, under the aegis of combating another totalitarian system a domestic fascism in kind if not degree arose in the Anglo-Saxon countries with their great gravital pull towards conformity within a shell of consumerism, it still behooves a human being to try to understand the human condition.
In 1957 Bristol University staged Pinter's first play "The Room." He had told a friend who worked in Bristol University's drama department an idea he had for a play. The friend was so enamored of the idea that he commissioned the work, with the proviso that a script be ready within a week. Though he didn't believe he could meet his friend's demands, Pinter wrote the one-act play in four days. "The Room" had all the hallmarks of what would become known as "Pinteresque," in that it had a mundane situation that gradually filled with menace and mystery through the author's deliberate omission of an explanation or motivation for the action on stage. It is ironic perhaps that an actor would rid his script of motivation as "motivation" is the Holy Grail of inwardly-directed actors such as those tutored in "The Method" in America, but it was emblematic of the times that stated motivations frequently masked other, starker, more id-like drives in people or in nation-states that were beyond human comprehension in terms of being rational. Modern society had become irrational, and motivations post-Freud could be understood as a manifestation of Thanatos, the Death Instinct. Imminent violence and power plays would become other leitmotifs of Pinter's oeuvre.
Pinter wrote a second one-act play in 1957, "The Dumb Waiter," an absurdist drama concerning two hit men employed by a secret organization to kill an unknown victim. It was with this play that Pinter added an element of black comedy, mostly through his brilliant use of dialog, which not only elucidated the killers' growing anxiety but underscored the very absurdity of their situation. The play would not be performed until 1960, after the staging of his first two full-length plays, one a flop, and one a hit. His first full-length play, "The Birthday Party," debuted at the Arts Theatre in Cambridge in 1958. In the play the apathetic Stanley, the denizen of a dilapidated boarding house, is visited by two men. The audience never learns their motivation, but knows that Stanley is terrified of them. They organize a birthday party for Stanley, who insists that it is not his birthday. Pinter is following in the footsteps of the great absurdist Samuel Beckett in that he steadfastly refuses to give clear motivations to his characters, or rational explanations for the sake of his audience (Pinter and Beckett became friends). The play, now considered a masterpiece, flopped on its initial London run after being savaged by critics. It was revived after Pinter's second full-length play, 1960's "The Caretaker," established him as a major force in the English-language theater.
His early plays were rooted in the absurdism that became the major theatrical paradigm on the European stage in the third quarter of the 20th century, after the horrors of the war and the Holocaust. The early plays that made his reputation such as "The Homecoming" (1964) and his middle-period work such as "No Man's Land" (1976) have been called "comedies of menace." Typically, they use what at first seems like an innocent situation and develop it into an absurd and threatening environment through actions that usually are inexplicable to the audience and sometimes even to the other characters in the play. A Pinter drama is dark and claustrophobic. His language is full of menacing pauses. The lives of Pinter's characters usually are revealed to be stunted by guilt and horror. The duality and absurdity of Pinter's theatrical world-view gave rise to the adjective "Pinteresque," which took its place next to "Kafkaesque," a product of the horrors of the first quarter of the century (Pinter would write the screenplay for an adaption of Franz Kafka's "The Trial".)
Beginning in the 1960s, Pinter further enhanced his reputation as a writer with his screenplays, particular his work with Joseph Losey in The Servant and Accident (Losey planned an adaptation of Marcel Proust's "Le Temps Retrouve" and commissioned Pinter to write the screenplay. The film was never made by Losey, but Pinter's screenplay was subsequently published to great acclaim). His later screenplays, including his last produced work with Losey, The Go-Between, are, ironically, noted for their clarity. He was twice nominated for the Academy Award as a screenwriter, for his adaptation of John Fowles' labyrinthine novel into the film The French Lieutenant's Woman and for Betrayal, his adaptation of his own play. Such was the respect that Pinter was held that Elia Kazan, one of the great film directors, complained in his autobiography "A Life" (1988) that The Last Tycoon producer Sam Spiegel had such reverence for Pinter that he would not let Kazan change his script.
After the great plays of his early and mid-period, Pinter became more overtly political. His later plays, which generally are shorter than the plays from the period in which he made his reputation, typically address political subjects and often are allegories on oppression. In the late 1970s Pinter became more outspoken on political issues and is decidedly of the left. He is passionately committed to human rights and is not shy about bringing examples of oppression from client states sponsored by the Anglo-Saxon democracies to the public's attention. In 2002 Pinter experienced what he described as a "personal nightmare" when he had to undergo chemotherapy to treat a case of cancer of the esophagus. The ordeal, which has been ongoing for three years, triggered a personal metamorphosis in the man. "I've been through the valley of the shadow of death," Pinter explained about his quickening. "While in many respects I have certain characteristics that I had, I'm also a very changed man."
In early 2005 Pinter declared in a radio interview that he was retiring as a dramatist in favor of writing poetry: "I think I've stopped writing plays now, but I haven't stopped writing poems. I've written 29 plays. Isn't that enough?" Pinter has become an outspoken critic of war. He was a bitter critic of the US-led intervention against Slobodan Milosevic's Serbia during President Bill Clinton's administration and an even harsher critic of the US-led war in Iraq. The fiercely anti- war Pinter has accused President George W. Bush of being a "mass-murderer" and has called British Prime Minister Tony Blair a "deluded idiot" for supporting US foreign policy. Pinter claimed immediately after the 9/11 attacks on New York City and the Pentagon that they were a requited revenge for the destruction wrought on Afghanistan and Iraq by US imperialism and its anti-Taliban policies and sanctions on Iraq. He has publicly denounced the retaliatory U.S. invasion of Afghanistan and the unprovoked 2003 invasion of Iraq. Pinter likens the Bush administration and Bush's America to Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany, claiming the US is bent on world hegemony. Controversially, he has declared that the only difference between Nazi Germany and the Stalinist Soviet Union is that the US is more hypocritical and has better public relations.
One cannot fault Pinter, in the political ring, for being inconsistent or for jumping on a bandwagon. The man, as well as the artist, is a person that sticks to his convictions. The award of the Nobel Prize for Literature to Pinter just after he celebrated his 75th birthday was completely unexpected by pundits handicapping the award. Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk and Syrian poet Adonis were considered the front-runners, as European writers recently had dominated the award (Pinter's Nobel Prize makes it nine out of ten times in the past ten years that a European writer has won, and the second time in the past five years an English writer has banged the gong), and it was felt the Academy would recognize a writer from another continent, particularly one from Asia Minor. Thus, the award can be seen as a not-so-veiled criticism of the United States in general and President George W. Bush in particular by the Swedish Academy. Because of Pinter's renouncing of the form of which he was a master and his anointment of himself as a poet, in light of his volume of poetry, "War" (2003) that denounces the Iraq War frequently in vulgar, raw and unrythmic poetry that poses no threat to William Butler Yeats or W.H. Auden or Robert Frost or Stevens, one must consider that the Swedish Academy was giving the world's highest prize for literature at least in part to a poet whose latest work was fiercely anti-American and anti-imperialist.
Despite being highly controversial, Pinter -- who was appointed a Commander of the British Empire in 1966 (one step down from a knighthood, an honor he subsequently turned down) -- was named a Companion of Honour in 2002, an honor that does not carry a title. In addition to writing poetry, acting and directing in the theater, Pinter serves as the chairman of the Gaieties Cricket Club, an affiliate of he Club Cricket Conference. He also is active in the Cuba Solidarity Campaign, an organization that supports Fidel Castro, who remains the #1 bugaboo of the United States after Islamic terrorists, just slightly ahead of fellow hemispheric boogeyman Hugo Chávez, a recent arriviste on the world stage. He also is a member of the International Committee to Defend Slobodan Milosevic, an organization that appeals for the freedom of Slobodan Milosevic on the grounds that NATO's war against Milosevic's Yugoslavia was unjustified under international law.
You may know Melissa Prophet as an actress in Goodfellas and Casino . Growing up in the music business Father, Singer Johnny Prophet. She was a natural. She launched her career working for three years on Kojak with actor Telly Savalas. The former Miss California , Miss Hollywood and runner up in Miss USA Miss World pageant worked as an actress until she decided the other side of the camera was her strongest suit. She joined Ashser/Krost Management in 1987 . As a film and television manager. Then joined Guber/Peters with Jeff Wald Entertainment . In 1990 Prophet formed Baumgarten/Prophet Entertainment with Craig Baumgarten. A Production and management company.
Throughout Prophet has represented very successfully many highly acclaimed actors. Academy Award winner Joe Pesci "Goodfellas" , Emmy award winner Kim Delaney "NYPD Blue". Frank Vincent Emmy award winner "Sopranos" Casino and Goodfellas . Lynda Carter WonderWomen, Golden Globe winner" War And Rememberance" Barry Bostwick Spin City , Colleen Camp American Hustle, Peter Greene Pulp Fiction, Usual Suspects, Illeana Douglas, Bruce Davidson, Peter Dobson" Marrying Man" ," Forest Gump", Marlo Thomas" Friends" Emmy Winner, Cynthia Geary "Northern Exposure" Emmy nominee, Brian Whimmer "China Beach", Erika Eleniak Baywatch ," Under Seige". To name a few.
Prophet Produced with Baumgarten many film and television movie projects. And was Associate Producer on Robert Evans and Francis Ford Copolla's Cotton Club.
Prophet " Melissa Prophet Management " continues to work with select clients in management and consulting for Legendary Paramount Studio Executive Robert Evans of Godfather , Chinatown , Kid Stays in the Picture.
Prophet is Executive Director of Development of The Robert Evans Company, Paramount Pictures.
David Lodge's extensive credits and sound files speak for themselves. David in this 2015 and 2016 season, is honored to be working on Disney' Jr.'s new animated hit show : Goldie & Bear. Surrounded by a fantastic production team and an excellent cast-- David voices five distinctly different and funny regularly occurring characters. Goldie & Bear is touched by Disney Magic. It is charming, beautifully rendered, wacky and fun animated series. Incredible voice talent, backed by a brilliant production team-great stories and CGI -- have elevated this show from mere animation to art... with lasting appeal for all ages.
David can be heard voicing Kelsey Grammer on Family Guy, Otto the Octopus on national StarKist Tuna television commercials, Rhett-10 year old Race Car Driver and 80 year old Gammy Gam on Team Hot Wheels on Netflix, guest star Evil Monster on WB's Justice League, Tenderheart on Adventures in Care-A-Lot on demand.
David is known for voicing over 167 different characters for Blizzard! on World of Warcraft , Diablo! and Starcraft. David has voiced hundreds of characters on video games. David is also famous for his portrayal of Jiraiya on Naruto. Vast credits have given David a world-wide fan base.
David's work ethic and philosophy is to help produce commercial and artistic entertainment of substance-worthy of note. David has a long list of Commercials, Trailers, Promos, and Narration work as well! He was recently nominated Best Actor for his on-camera work in new movie: Omega Man. Soon a comic book and a TV series... Look for the pilot on You Tube.
Hire David with confidence. David promotes good will. He's a working pro.
David realizes that he is only as good as his next job. In this age of hyper-self promotion, David's real job is to be of service. His mission is solve a casting need. It's all about making clients comfortable and super satisfied. With humor, wide vocal ability, and creative contribution-he is one less thing you need to worry about.
As a busy Hollywood voice-actor, Townsend Coleman is perhaps one of the most recognizable voices on TV. For 16 years, he was the voice of NBC's "Must See TV" and "Comedy Night Done Right" primetime comedy promos, including hits from Seinfeld and Frasier to 30 Rock and The Office, as well as the promos for "The Tonight Show" starring Jay Leno (then Conan), "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (then Jimmy Fallon), "Last Call with Carson Daly" and "Saturday Night Live". He currently voices the daily on-air promos for the long-running "Live with Kelly and Michael" and radio spots for "Judge Judy", in addition to regularly voicing primetime promos for ABC Family, The Hub, and now, ABC-TV.
But the character behind the voice really came to life in 1985, when Coleman, having just moved to Los Angeles from Cleveland, Ohio, auditioned for and got a part on the animated hit, "Inspector Gadget". As the voice of Corporal Capeman, Gadget's bumbling assistant, he embarked on an entirely new career, providing the voices for some of the most memorable characters in cartoons and commercials. In addition to thwarting evil as the voice of "The Tick", Fox Kids' hit animated series, he has provided the voices for many popular cartoon characters, including Michaelangelo, Rat King, and Usagi Yojimbo on the original, long-running cartoon series, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles". He also voiced Waldo on "Where's Waldo?", Gobo, Architect, and Wrench on NBC's animated "Fraggle Rock", Scott/Teen Wolf on "Teen Wolf", Scratch on "Spacecats", the voice of Wayne Gretzky on "Prostars", Riot on "Jem and the Holograms", Dragonflyer on "Glofriends", Rewind on the 80's "Transformers", and 20 years later, Sentinel Prime on "Transformers: Animated" for Cartoon Network.
In addition to his active animation career, Coleman has also been the voice behind numerous national TV ad campaigns for clients such as Home Depot, Kellogg's Frosted Flakes, Mattel Hot Wheels, Sunny Delight, Colgate, Jenny Craig, Blockbuster Video, Greyhound, AT&T, Eggo Waffles, Taco Bell and the voice of "Spot", the precocious red 7-Up dot... even a few "Keebler elves" and "Raid bugs".
Born in New York City in 1954, Coleman spent his childhood in Denver, Colorado and Cleveland, Ohio. After studying architecture and theater at the University of Colorado in Boulder, he returned home to Ohio to pursue a radio career. Ten years as a disc jockey at various Cleveland radio stations led to numerous commercial and voiceover jobs. He appeared as host of the nationally syndicated TV series "The Dance Show" prior to moving his family to LA in 1984 to take advantage of career opportunities on the west coast. Coleman's primary career focus was acting in TV and film, but soon changed, as he foresaw a more lucrative career specializing in the field of voiceovers. Having performed in numerous theatrical and musical productions back in Cleveland, the fall of 2013 saw Townsend re-ignite his passion for theatre after a 30 year hiatus by performing the role of Uncle Sid in Eugene O'Neill's 'Ah, Wilderness!' at The Actors Co-op in Hollywood.
Dan Southworth is an accomplished actor with wide experience in feature films, television shows, motion capture, voice over, and commercials. Power Ranger fans know him as Eric Myers, the Quantum Ranger from Power Rangers Time Force. Mortal Kombat fans enjoyed his portrayal of Kenshi in the popular web series Mortal Kombat Legacy 2.
Dan's popularity among anime fans follows his voice and motion capture role as Vergil in the best-selling video game Devil May Cry 3. Devil May Cry 3.5 was later released so that fans could experience the game as Dan's character. Video gamers have continued to enjoy his work in the games Killzone -Shadow Fall, Battlefield 4, Ninja Gaiden 3, Dark Souls 2, and Resident Evil to name a few of the many motion capture projects he has performed in.
Dan helped design, execute, and perform action sequences for commercial clients Time Warner, Sony, Discover card and McDonald's among others and has extended this talent to feature films like The Scorpion King, The Rundown, and Terrance Malick's The New World. He also took part in James Cameron's early visualizations of Avatar, and developed action for Neill Blomkamp's Halo 3 Full Combat web sequences. For the role of Shiro in the film Hunted, Dan performs in some of the most innovative action design to date.
Aside from notable television roles in the shows Revolution, Martial Law, Charmed and V.I.P., Dan has also delivered well-received comedic performances in Film Antic's productions Sauce, Last Supper, the comedy series Sketchy, and as Vince Stallen, horrible boss, in Entry Level along with various comedic characters in Disney Channel's hit sitcom, Kickin' It.
The gift of provoking laughter came early to Larry Gelbart and has never deserted him. His distinguished career as a writer of comedy reads like a history of the art over the last 40 years. His writing credits date back to the Golden Age of radio, thanks in part to his father. The elder Gelbart was a barber in Beverly Hills who made it a point to tell his clients, such as Danny Thomas, what a funny 15-year-old son he had. As a result of his father's being his unofficial agent, Larry became a professional comedy writer before finishing high school. Shortly after being signed by the William Morris Agency, he joined the writing staff of "Duffy's Tavern," working for the man generally considered to be the hardest taskmaster in radio, Ed Gardner. "Seventy writers went through the mill while I was there," recalls Gelbart. "I was lucky because I was young and everybody wanted me to make good. They were all my godfathers." Gelbart left "Duffy's Tavern," to write for the "Joan Davis Show." While doing that he was called into the Army. He served with Armed Forces Radio Service for one year and 11 days, but it was a most productive period. He wrote for the Army's "Command Performance," while continuing to write for Joan Davis and Jack Paar, who was then a summer replacement for Jack Benny. He then went on to write for Jack Carson and Bob Hope, both on radio and television, and he also contributed to the Red Buttons TV show. In 1953 he joined the staff of TV's Your Show of Shows, writing skits for Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca in company with such fellow master wits as Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner and Neil Simon. For that series Gelbart won the Sylvania Award and two Emmy Awards. In the 1960s he began writing for the theater. He wrote "My L.A." and "The Conquering Hero," and with Burt Shevelove tried his hand at rewriting Plautus. The result was "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," a smash Broadway musical comedy starring Zero Mostel that earned Gelbart and Shevelove a 1962 Tony Award. When "Forum" moved to London, Gelbart and his family went with it. During his nine-year stay there, he wrote the comedy film The Wrong Box, a play called "Jump," some spaghetti westerns for Clint Eastwood and several television scripts. Gelbart came back to Los Angeles to write the television series M*A*S*H He was responsible for 97 segments of that show, one of television's most literate and entertaining efforts. Four years later he again dipped into the classics and transformed Ben Johnson's "Volpone" into a Broadway success, "Sly Fox," directed by Arthur Penn and starring George C. Scott. Gelbart's screen credits include The Notorious Landlady, Not with My Wife, You Don't!, Oh, God!, Neighbors, Movie Movie (directed by Stanley Donen) and Tootsie, which earned him an Academy Award nomination and best screenplay honors from the New York, Los Angeles and National Film Critics organization.
James Pax was educated in New York University with a degree in business and later studied film production/directing in University of Southern California. He lived and worked around the globe in cities like Italy, Japan, US, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Paris and China.
His vast talent as a young singer took him to South America during his teens to perform on TV as being the first Asian singer making it South America. His other interests such as ballet training with Jeoffrey Ballet and his adamant training as a professional Kung Fu artists has give him the foundation to be a fine actor that can take up almost any parts from Shakespeare to Sam Shepard's plays to Jacky Chain movies. In his early 20s he started working as a model and actor in US and Europe for top fashion designer like Armani, making him the first Chinese model to appear on Milan runway in the early 1990.
Upon his graduation from New York University with a degree in international business, he worked one year on Wall Street as a stock analyst and then decided to continue his acting career in New York on off-Broadway stage plays and soon after moved on to Hollywood to do early Hollywood produced Chinese action movie like "Big Trouble in Little China" with Kurt Russell, Year of Dragon with John Lone. Through his years of working in Hollywood, he quest-starred in numerous TV series and did TV movies with James Wood in 'In love and War" and feature movies with Charles Bronson in Kinjite, Donald Sutherland in Bethune, and as a series regular on a hot TV series called "Nasty boys" in 1990,
In early 1992, he decided to venture back to Asia and started acting in Hong Kong, and Japan movie industry. When he passed his thirties he becomes the first Chinese model to be used for a cigarette campaign in Europe for Philip Morris, and West cigarette. In 1992, he decided to go back to USC to complete his study in Film and production management. He then ran a production house and ad agency that serves clients such as Rio casino and MGM in Las Vegas.
James has lived in Beijing China since 2001 and has established his own advertising and production company in China. He strives to produce high quality of feature movies, and TV series and commercials for his clients.
One of his great achievements in China in 2005 is that he starred in the series called "I want to really fall in love. The Chinese version of Sex and the city, which also became one of the most talked about series in China because of the daring content about woman chasing after men and the in depth discussion about women's need for men between the four modern Chinese women. A break through from the usual government propaganda related subjects that most series dwelled on.
in 2006, James starred in the compelling tale of the "First Emperor" Chin Shi Huang di, who build the great wall and also the terra-cotta warriors. The show was aired on January 29th on Discovery USA and gained high ratings. Critics from the Hollywood Reporter to the New York Times praised Pax for his dramatic portrayal of the emperor. The First emperor of China was also aired on Channel 4 UK and received high praises from the British press for his portrayal of emperor Chin as King Lear - a Shakespearean tragic character.
His most recent TV work "Shanghai Solution", the Chinese version of Schindler's List, aired on CCTV8 on August 2005. The series became the highest Rated drama series on CCTV Channel 8 and James is the producer and the star. It is a 30-episode mega series based on a true historical facts about the 30,000 Jews who fled to China in the 1940s and the Nazi General Meizinger whose "Final Solution" plan was to bring them into a concentration camp with the help of the Japanese Imperial Army.
James has published a book in China called "A bowl of fish" which is a poignant story about a 20 year old young actress who become an instant star and lost it all in a matter of 16 months. A slice of life in the modern China that reflects the reality of the ever-growing capitalist society in big cities like Shanghai. The movie version is looking to get made in 2007.
David Vadim was born in Ukraine and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He grew up competing in sanctioned no-rules fighting and eventually transitioned to boxing. He wrote about his experiences in the ring in a series of short stories. His story Boredom was adapted to the stage, which led to David developing a deep interest in theatre, performing Off-Broadway and soon getting discovered for his portrayal of the poet Arthur Rimbaud.
David's screen career began with the role of Sasha in James Gray's 1994 film Little Odessa, starring Tim Roth, Edward Furlong, Maximilian Schell, and Vanessa Redgrave. Since then David has worked with such internationally acclaimed directors as Ridley Scott, Wolfgang Peterson, Ron Howard, and Martin Scorsese, co-starring in box office hits Air Force One, G.I. Jane, Ransom, as well as Holy Rollers, Brooklyn Babylon, Side Streets, Punisher: War Zone, The Briefcase, Little New York and Path To 911, among others. Also David's portrayal of the corrupt Detective Montini in Steven Seagal's Exit Wounds brought him wide international recognition.
In addition to guest starring on Law and Order, Third Watch, Street Time, Law & Order: Trial by Jury, Fringe, Blue Bloods, The Blacklist, Person Of Interest, and Daredevil, David had a recurring role in Denis Leary's Rescue Me - playing the lovable Paulie, a mentally disabled young man "adopted" by the fire house crew. More recently David portrayed General Nikolai Timoshev in Gavin O'Connor's pilot episode of The Americans, FX's cold war hit. In 2014 David landed the role of SVR Resident Gennady Isakov in George Nolfi's spy drama Allegiance on NBC, co-starring Hope Davis, Scott Cohen and Breaking Bad's Giancarlo Esposito. David recently recurred on Madam Secretary as the Ukrainian Foreign Minister Luka Melnik and is currently working on Martin Scorsese's Vinyl for HBO, playing Hilly Crystal, the creator of the iconic NYC club CBGB.
Whether on set, consulting the famed LaGuardia School of Performing Arts on his acting technique, or working with top managers and agents, David is dedicated to helping his clients reach their specific needs.
Billy Hufsey is an internationally renowned performer who has been one of the few to maintain a highly successful career in multiple facets of the entertainment industry over four decades. He has masterfully embraced the art of re-invention and ceaselessly strives to achieve his goals and dreams every day. Within the last year alone Billy Hufsey maintained successful coaching businesses in both Las Vegas and Los Angeles, starred in the Lifetime network reality docu-series "Raising Asia", released two original singles one of which ("The Lover in Me") finished the year two weeks in a row charting at #7 on the A/C Hot 200, released a new motivational/auto-biographical book called "Living the Dream" and headlined a live variety show on the Las Vegas strip at Planet Hollywood.
After five years of being a primary star on the immensely successful, and culturally groundbreaking NBC show "Fame," which won two Golden Globes and nine Primetime Emmys, Billy Hufsey starred for four years on the Soap Opera, "Days of our Lives." As a live performer, Billy has thrilled thousands at sold-out concerts here and abroad and has starred in multiple Broadway shows. Billy has also performed with legendary artists such as Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Carol Burnett, and Janet Jackson just to name a few.
As a Performance Coach (acting, vocals, public speaking and stand-up) and Personal Manager, through Billy Hufsey Management, Billy has trained, mentored and guided many of today's stars throughout various avenues of the complex world of the entertainment industry. To date, Billy has coached clients in booking over 250 different roles on television and film projects.
As an extension of his highly successful mentoring and coaching programs, Billy Hufsey is taking the message of his book, "Living the Dream" on the road through public speaking engagements. He shares his personal experiences of overcoming obstacles (health, homelessness), maintaining a positive mental attitude (through insurmountable adversity) while being open to the art of reinventing himself to achieve continued success. Through sharing his Seven Key Principles for Success as outlined in his book, Billy Hufsey is on a mission to inspire others to Live the Dream that he once lived. And still lives today.
Benj Thall began his career as a young actor, starring as Peter Burnford in Disney's Homeward Bound:The Incredible Journey 1 & 2. He guest starred in TV shows and films including Cheers, The Prime Gig, and Harry and the Hendersons before studying filmmaking at the USC School of Cinema & Television.
Upon graduation he worked as a set lighting technician and gaffer on independent films and television shows. Transitioning to his initial career as an editor, Benj found a home in the world of movie marketing. Winning numerous award for his creative direction and editing of movie trailers. He excels at creating emotional stories and impactful moments in a small time frame. With work on over one hundred campaigns including Tron, Mission Impossible 4, Harry Potter, Watchmen, and Whale Rider Benj has worked with virtually every Studio. In 2009 he established his own advertising agency and production company Evolver Creative, with a client roster that includes NBCUniversal, Warner Brothers, National Geographic and Disney. Evolver Creative recently completed a documentary for Universal Studios and Steven Spielberg on the 1975 classic film Jaws.
Benj also balances his time as writer and director. He has been hired to created commercials, music videos and films. His award winning short film Penny played at over 25 films festivals, including the Cannes Film Festival during its run. Recently he created and directed the 20 episode television series Amazing Animals for National Geographic Kids which has been featured on their channel as well as Roku, Rovio's Angry Birds ToonsTV and FoxMundo. In 2014 Benj was commissioned to write and develop the feature film based on the popular book series Mysteries in our National Parks for National Geographic.
For over 10 years Benj has donated his time to the "Young Storytellers Foundation" which mentors at risk youth in the Los Angeles public school system.
|Tawny Amber Young
Luscious and voluptuous brunette knockout Tawny Amber Young was born and raised in Orange County, California. She started modeling at age 13, and was a cheerleader in high school. Among the clients Young has worked as a spokesperson for are Mann's Chinese Theatre, San Mateo Hot Import Nights, Medieval Times, Buick Golf Classic, Street Fury Import Cars, Boot City and Diamond Bar Honda. She has modeled for such clients as TeaseUm.com, Valet Girls, Sports Cellar.com, Estudio 2, and Hustler Bar and Grill. She's featured in the 2003 and 2005 "Cougars and Kittens" calendars. Young appears as a dancer in the music video for "Promise" by Eve 6 and has worked as a go-go dancer for holiday parties held at the Playboy mansion. She was featured as herself on four episodes of the reality TV series Rock of Love with Bret Michaels. In addition, she has also appeared on the reality TV programs Blind Date, The 5th Wheel, The Girls Next Door and Meet My Folks Young not only has small parts in the movies National Lampoon's Gold Diggers, Stone & Ed and Street Warrior but also more sizable roles in the films Nude Nuns with Big Guns, Cut! and Dog Fight!.03
Stacy has been working in fashion for 14 years, beginning her career at Vogue magazine as a fashion assistant and later returning to Conde Nast as the senior fashion editor at Mademoiselle. She has styled fashion photos for such editorial publications as Italian D, Nylon and Contents.
Over the last two years, Stacy has worked with numerous advertising clients such as Wonderbra, Covergirl, Target and Levi's.
He was born in the back of a Chevy station wagon being driven by this late father one starry night in September blazing across a desolate West Texas highway trying to find any town with a hospital for his mother to give birth to Danny. Unable to, his dad took command just as he'd done for four consecutive years of war in the Pacific Theater in World War II, and Danny was delivered while his mother held a flashlight on herself for his dad to see . Since then he has been in the spotlight for much of his life. When he was five years old he knew he wanted to be an actor in movies. On Saturday mornings beginning at the age of seven his mother put him on a Continental Trailways Bus (being driven by "Red") from the small South Central Texas town where is lived bound for Houston to study with a later known national authority in children's theater, the late Jeannine Wagner. She taught at the original and famous Alley Theater. His life until graduating from college revolved around theater. When he was ten, having seen James Cagney in Man of a Thousand Faces, he knew his goal was to become a character actor in movies. With the idea and support of his fifth-grade teacher, at the age of ten he was offered the opportunity to study theater in the summers at Southwest Texas University in San Marcos, Texas. He was the youngest student ever admitted to the university's summer theater program. He attended every summer for six years. At 16 he accepted the opportunity to direct at the university. He selected "Hello Out There" by William Sayoran. Graduate students at the university and high school drama teachers attending summer theater courses at the university from across Texas were the other directors. He remained very active in speech and theater in high school, winning numerous local, regional and state competitions in public speaking, debate and theater as an actor. When a junior in high school he was scouted by the theater department at the University of Texas and offered a full scholarship there in drama. Instead, he entered Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, to work with famed theater director Paul Baker. However he graduated from Emerson College in Boston. Danny did not act in his first film or television project until he had graduated from law school, became a felony prosecutor in the district attorney's office in Corpus Christi, Texas, and later an Assistant US Attorney and was already in private practice in Houston, Texas. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney he pioneered the federal criminal prosecutions of film piracy (criminal copyright infringement) in the United States Fifth Circuit, worked with the U.S. Congress to raise the criminal penalty for copyright infringement from a misdemeanor to a felony, is responsible for originating and initiating the anti-piracy warning appearing at the beginning of all commercial videotapes and DVDs and trying the largest film piracy case then to date to a jury verdict where the defendant received federal prison time ; United States of America vs. Ralph Smith. Those achievements earned him the John Marshall Award from the U.S. Department of Justice. A story on the film piracy case was a "60 Minutes" segment titled "Who Stole Superman" A short biography of Danny's career as a lawyer, including his service as an immigration judge in Atlanta, Georgia, is published in the 1985/1986 edition of "Who's Who in American Law".
What motivated Danny back into theater and later to pursue a second career in film and television as an actor was the realization, after his dad died at age 61, that life can be truly short, and he should try to achieve his unrealized life-long ambition. He returned to the stage. His theater work resulted in an offer of a co-star role in his first television movie The Return of Desperado starring Robert Foxworth and Billy Dee Williams, on NBC. Danny still makes his home in Houston, Texas and works all over North America, including Canada. He also maintains international visibility as an award-winning and published stills photographer. He was once awarded the Kodak International Photography Award for his work in black and white, and was once named Texas Photographer of the Year by Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX. He has numerous book and magazine credits. In 2009 he created "Operation Grateful" , a photo project in which he shoots family photographic portraits for free and sends them to those family members serving as military personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2007 Danny founded the non-profit organization Carolyn's Hope, in memory of his late mother. The mission of that not-for-profit organization is to educate the public and law enforcement on identifying, exposing and combating domestic elder abuse, neglect, and the financial exploitation of vulnerable elderly people. His most recent theatrical stage work was in 2008 in a play directed by Richard Benjamin at the Falcon Theater in Burbank, California where he co-starred with Ed Asner, Paula Prentiss, and Laine Kazan in "A Step Out of Time". He is in private practice in Houston, Texas as a criminal defense lawyer representing juvenile clients charged with criminal offenses.
|Sarah Grant Brendecke
Buxom and shapely 5'3" redhead stunner Sarah Grant Brendecke was born in Boulder, Colorado. Brendecke attended the University of Colorado in Boulder and earned a B.A. from the University of Southern California School of Theatre in May, 2006. Sarah has not only acted in various films and TV shows, but also has worked in playhouses throughout the country that include the prestigious Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, California. Moreover, Brendecke has appeared in TV commercials for such clients as Sanyo, X-Box 360, US Jaclean, and The Credit Union of Washington. She was featured in a pictorial for the magazine Maxim in 2007.
Jesse Dylan created and leads Wondros, a production company that tells the stories of the most innovative organizations and individuals. By translating their ideas and projects, he makes known how they are helping change the world. The aim of his work is to inspire passion, engage and motivate people to take action. He works across the globe on a wide range of projects from health and science, to justice and human rights to education.
His clients include: Clinton Global Initiative, Council of Foreign Relations, IBM, MIT Media Lab, One, the Open Society Foundations, Sundance, TED and the X prize. In addition to global, his company Wondros has commercial and music video divisions as well as 5D, a design studio that creates immersive experiences across media platforms to explore the future of storytelling and works with such clients as Intel and Boeing.
Award winning work includes: "Yes We Can," which captured an Emmy, and "Lonely Boy," by the Black Keys, that won the 2012 MVPA Best Alternative Video Award.
In addition, Jesse Dylan has directed feature films, documentaries, music videos, and ads. He is behind some of the most successful campaigns in commercial television, print, and interactive advertising; he has created acclaimed commercials for clients including Nike, Nintendo, Motorola, American Express, Major League Baseball, the NFL, and MTV.
Richard Schenkman writes, directs and produces feature films, among other things. His first film was The Pompatus of Love, which he wrote with Jon Cryer and Adam Oliensis. A festival favorite, it enjoyed a successful theatrical release in 1995. He then directed the action/drama October 22 for Nu Image/Millennium Films, and followed that with Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God... Be Back by Five, his second collaboration with Cryer. It won numerous awards on the festival circuit, was theatrically released and successfully acquired by Blockbuster Video as an exclusive rental title. Later he and Cryer set up the sitcom pilot "Us and Them" at 20th Century Fox TV, and a romantic comedy dance musical at VH1. Schenkman wrote VH1's pilot for an original animated Elvis series, and crafted commercials and promos, most notably two award winning Mill Valley Film Festival trailers. He- also directed episodes of 'Dick Wolf''s Arrest & Trial and wrote dialogue for EA's 007 Racing Playstation game.
Next he wrote and directed VH1's original movie A Diva's Christmas Carol, which was a holiday ratings blockbuster and continues to air annually. When his daughter was born, he decided to take a multi-year break from filmmaking to concentrate on raising her. He did, however, teach a Master Class for the Rhode Island International Film Festival, on whose advisory board he serves, and guest-lectured at both USC and Cal Arts. He also created "Drama Queen", an NBC sitcom for Vanessa Williams, and completed several new spec screenplays with Jon Cryer. One of these, "Cosmodrome", will soon be a graphic novel from Oni Press.
Two new feature films he directed were released in 2007: And Then Came Love, a romantic-comedy starring Vanessa Williams and Eartha Kitt, and the cult phenomenon Jerome Bixby's The Man from Earth, based on the final screenplay by the legendary science-fiction author, which has won many awards and is ranked on IMDB as one of the top sci-fi films of all time. He also served as a guest faculty member of the L.A. Film School, teaching comedy directing, and taught commercial production at Columbia College in Hollywood. He has been writing several popular IOS platform games for TinyCo, and his most recent feature, the historical/horror mashup Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies, was released in 2012. In 2010 he published his first novel for children, "The Girl From Atlantis". In 2012 he wrote new new children's books: "BelleRose" and "The Empress's New Shoes."
Prior to his feature-film career, Schenkman spent more than a decade in the corporate media world. He was one of the original staffers at MTV: Music Television, creating distinctive and award-winning promos, network IDs, show wraps, news segments, marketing videos and documentary programs. After five years there, he established his own successful production company, produced and directed music videos, fashion videos, commercials and on-air promos for many clients including Swatch Watch, MTV, Honda Scooters, Pepsi Cola, Showtime, Lifetime, and perhaps most notably his Clio-winning national commercials for the children's cable TV network, Nickelodeon. During this period he also worked as a segment producer/director on Don Ohlmeyer's NBC news magazine Fast Copy, produced and directed the multi-camera SPIN New Music Concert and created openings and segments for such other series and specials as "Fashion America", Showtime's "Funniest Person in America", "The MTV Video Music Awards" and "The Rolling Stone Reader's Poll Awards".
In 1990 he was brought to Los Angeles by Playboy Enterprises to revamp the total on-air look of its cable network, from ten-second IDs to hour-long series. He ultimately served as VP of Production, overseeing dozens of projects. Additionally, he personally created over 30 hours of original programming for cable, home video and international syndication, including "The Club", an original comedy series he co-wrote, produced and directed, as well as many other short- and long-form comedic and dramatic programs, several documentaries, two pilots and "Late Night", an extremely successful magazine-format lifestyle series that was rated #1 in Italy and Germany.
Janyse Jaud (actress, singer/songwriter, and dancer) is an exciting and versatile talent, and has been featured in a prolific spectrum of media, from television to film, animation and music, to anime and video games.
Raised on a farm in Kelowna, British Columbia and of Icelandic and French descent, Janyse started performing in theatre, music and classical ballet productions at the age of five. She wrote her first song at the age of nine and her influences are an amalgam of different artists and genres.
The inspirational messages of her lyrics were taken from her own first hand experience after being in a car accident.
Janyse's acting talent has been honed under the guidance of Ivana Chubbuck, coach also to Oscar winners Halle Berry and Charlize Theron. She has appeared on-camera in television and film, danced professionally as a jazz dancer, and performed in countless musical theatre productions. Janyse is also one of the top cartoon voiceover artists, working with clients such as Marvel Comics, The Cartoon Network, Disney, and narrating the Emmy award-winning series "Adoption Stories".
Through her work in animation, Janyse met children through the Make-A-Wish Foundation and became inspired to create a children's CD to help kids, titled "The Magic Of Think".
Janyse has received awards for her songwriting from the prestigious Hollywood Music in Media Awards, Independent Music Awards, Hollywood Music Awards and the Toronto Exclusive Magazine Awards. She has several of her songs placed in Film and Television, including works starring Pamela Anderson, Dean Cain, Chad Allen, Sally Pressman and more.
In terms of her outlook and her life experience itself, it's more than obvious that Janyse has stayed on her mission - to inspire people.
Jordan is a cover girl and businesswoman who recently became a commercial spokeswoman for online German consumer electronics giant Redcoon. She set a record by appearing on the cover of Britain's Zoo magazine six times. She landed her first role in an independent film.
Born and raised in a small town near Luxembourg, Jordan's first professional experience was an apprenticeship as a hotel manager-but feeling uninspired, she switched gears and entered the modeling world behind the scenes as a beautician and make-up artist, first with a large French company and later on her own. The international sensation sparked by Sebastian's photos of her prompted them to create Jordan's multi-faceted website early in 2010-which served to increase her popularity and global intrigue. Once she realized that most of her fans and potential clients were located in the U.S., she decided to move to the States, where she secured her first major modeling job for Haute Shop LA and signed her first significant contract.
After booking her first appearance on U.S. television on the WGN Morning News, she began scoring more TV appearances and photo shoots for various magazines and web pages. At the end of 2010, Jordan won the contest for the racing sport seat production company COBRA and became their spokes model-a position she held till recently. She later won second place on the Top 100 Internet Model Newcomer of the Year list after being nominated by Break Media.
Expanding her scope in 2011, Jordan's popularity increased and she reached thousands of fans in Facebook. She started traveling and producing multiple photo shoots for her web-page and magazines worldwide, including Blueprint in the U.S. and others in Sweden, Denmark and Germany. She received international recognition when she appeared in ZOO Magazine; her six cover appearances have helped make her one of the worlds most popular glamour models. Building her following further in Europe, she signed an exclusive contract with German TV production company and began working on several television show concepts for the European market. During a TV production for a German magazine she was caught by the paparazzi of TMZ and was featured on the next day's show.
While gearing up to launch her JOCA brand in the U.S., she broke through further in Germany early in 2012, airing a reality pilot in June; being featured on the cover and interviewing and filming at the editor's desk at the newspaper BILD; and doing her first cover shoot for German magazine TV Digital; and making many talk show appearances on shows such as NachtCafe. Jordan was also featured for one week on the German morning show Sat 1 as a celebrity trainee; she did street interviewing as well as hosting.
Just a few short years after making a global stir with her first published images in BILD-a major newspaper in her home country of Germany, with a daily readership of 12 million-the glamour, lingerie and swimsuit model and savvy entrepreneurial businesswoman has over seven million hits on Google and is wrapped up in a whirlwind of exciting activities, appearances and products as 2013 approaches. 26-year-old Jordan recently signed a contract to be the "brand ambassador" and spokeswoman for German-based online electronic wholesaler Redcoon throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and shot her first commercial for the company.
In October, she did her first major layout in a North American men's magazine. Her appearance in Maxim Mexico expands a burgeoning career as a cover girl, which includes being the first German model to appear on the cover of Great Britain's popular weekly ZOO Magazine (she's now up to six times!) and earlier this year shooting in Australia for her first cover and centerfold in ZOO Weekly Australia. Excited about offering the very first Jordan Carver Calendar for 2013 in the "Shop" section of her website, the buxom, down to earth blonde is now translating her love of yoga practice to Yoga For Beginners, a visually compelling new instructional video featuring her teaching poses, stretches and movements on a beautiful, rocky shore in Mallorca, Spain.
In Germany, the distribution of her DVD will be handled by Universal The new age and world music influenced soundtrack to Yoga For Beginners, composed by Sascha Ende, is currently available on iTunes.
Jordan will appear on the WGN Morning News in Chicago to demonstrate moves from her yoga DVD with morning news anchor Paul Konrad.
Another way Jordan is doing that is by expanding into the world of film. This past July, she landed her first role in the independent feature _Who Killed Johnny? (2013)_ which was shot in Hollywood and directed by Yangzom Brauen, a well-known actress in Switzerland. The film is set for Swiss release in early 2013. Jordan sees this part as an important step in her breakthrough into TV and movies.
Bernadette Lafont was born at the Protestant Health Home of Nîmes in Gard, the only child of a pharmacist and a housewife from the Cévennes. Her mother always wanted a boy to name Bernard and, once she gave birth to a girl, she enjoyed to hold this against all the catholics she knew as the proof that their God either was blind or didn't exist. Often dressed as a boy and nicknamed Bernard, Bernadette nevertheless had a great relationship with her parents. Having spent part of her childhood in Saint-Geniès-de-Malgoirès, she returned to Nîmes where she took ballet lessons at the local Opera House. She proved to be a gifted student and she did three little tours and about twenty galas there. An extroverted girl with a fervent imagination, she used to spend her holidays at the Cévennes family mansion playing dress-up with her friend Annie, along whom she used to pretend to be an actress from an imaginary West End Club, working in Italian cinema: doing this started to win her a lot of male attention. She also began to develop a passion for film from an early age, adopting Brigitte Bardot and Marina Vlady as role models.
On the summer of 1955, the "Arènes" of Nîmes hosted a Festival of Dramatic Arts for the second time: 40 actors came from Paris while 50 regional aspiring thespians and 30 dancing students were recruited on the place. The main attraction was a production of "La Tragédie des Albigeois", a new play which featured music by Georges Delerue and starred, in the leading roles, the acclaimed stage veteran Jean Deschamps and a talented young actor called Jean-Louis Trintignant, who would go a long way from there. The play also offered bit parts to future directing genius Maurice Pialat, Trintignant's then wife Colette Dacheville (the future Stéphane Audran), and the skilled Gérard Blain, who, by then, had already appeared in a handful of movies, although usually in uncredited roles. Having seen Gérard on his way to a rehearsal at the "Arènes", Bernadette was immediately won over by his "bad boy" charm and decided to walk around the place (which had ironically been the spot of her parents' first encounter) to catch his attention: she did. Already separated from wife Estelle Blain, Gérard immediately developed a great interest in Bernadette, stating that he was willing to bring her to Paris to introduce her to certain people at the Opera House and stating how glad he was that she didn't have any interest in pursuing an acting career, something he regarded, in a woman's case, as a road to perdition. After she finished her studies, Bernadette's parents gave her permission to marry Gérard and she did so in 1957.
Blain found his first relevant film role in Julien Duvivier's brilliant thriller Deadlier Than the Male and Bernadette spent a lot of time with him on the movie's set, something that made her fascination with cinema grow even bigger. The film opened to positive reviews and was also lauded (quite an oddity for a Duvivier feature) by the ruthless "Cahiers du Cinéma" critics, including the young François Truffaut, who called Blain "the French James Dean". Gérard decided to give the critic a phone call to thank him for the kind words and, after the two had a couple lunches together, Truffaut ended up making him a work offer. It's always been very hard for film critics to point at a specific work as the undisputed start of the French New Wave: for many people it's Agnès Varda's La Pointe Courte , but the director herself never wanted to be bestowed this honor and prefers to be considered a godmother to the movement. Others think that the roots of this new school of cinema can be found in the early shorts of Jacques Rivette, Jean-Luc Godard and Truffaut. The latter's The Mischief Makers is certainly one of the most significant of these ground-breaking works and happens to be the project for which Blain was recruited. Truffaut wanted to shoot the short in Nîmes and, with the exception of Gérard, he hired only non-professional actors: this included several local children and, of course, Bernadette. The mini-feature is centered around two lovers, Gérard (Blain) and Bernadette Jouve (Lafont), who are spied on by a group of children and are separated forever once he leaves for a mountain excursion from which he will never return. The character of Bernadette, a head-turner who becomes a great object of attention wherever she goes, was very much based on the real-life Lafont, just like her relationship with her beau Gérard (who has to leave Nîmes for three months, promising to marry her at his return) was very much reminiscent of her engagement to Blain. The two actors stayed at the house of Bernadette's parents for the entire shooting of the short. She chose to act in bare feet the whole time to make a homage to Ava Gardner in The Barefoot Contessa and, at the same time, a favour to Blain, not exactly a man of exceptional height. When he had married Bernadette, Gérard had sworn to himself that his new wife would have never stolen the spotlight from him like Estella had previously done: unfortunately for his plans, he was soon going to be sorely disappointed. Truffaut managed to get the best out of the young actress through rather unorthodox methods at times (like threatening to slap her hadn't she cried convincingly), but they established a great chemistry in the end and he taught her not to look at someone like Bardot as a source of inspiration, since the big star didn't possess any gift Bernadette should have been jealous of. "Les Mistons" turned out to be a little gem which already contained all the best elements of the great director's cinema. During the shooting, Bernadette got to know many other key figures of the upcoming French New Wave, including Rivette, Paul Gégauff and Claude Chabrol. The latter had already asked her to appear in his debut feature film by the time Truffaut had proposed her to star in "Les Mistons": she had accepted both offers simultaneously and, once the shooting of the short movie was over, she immediately embarked on another adventure.
Chabrol's atmospheric Le Beau Serge is now officially considered the movie that kickstarted the French New Wave: it was shot in Sardent, where the director had spent many of his childhood years. The main cast was formed by Bernadette, Gérard and another young actor called Jean-Claude Brialy, who would soon become a cornerstone of French cinema in general and an assiduous presence in New Wave movies in particular. The movie takes place in a community of drunkards and is centered around the relationship between the rebellious Serge (Blain) and his better balanced friend François (Brialy). Bernadette got the juicy role of Serge's slutty sister-in-law and lover, Marie. This role of a very impudent and provocative woman of slightly vulgar charms allowed her to introduce the French audience to a new female image that was very much different from the ones usually found in the cinema of the period and worked as a prototype to the unforgettable gallery of "bad girl" types her cinematic work will forever be strictly associated to. The movie was very much praised along with the great performances of its actors. Bernadette was immediately featured on the cover of a recent edition of "The Cahiers du Cinéma" along with Brialy. Her rise in popularity had predictably an immediate negative impact on her relationship with Blain. The two male stars of "Le Beau Serge" were paired again in Chabrol's subsequent feature, the least interesting Les Cousins, but, this time, the leading female role was given to an absolutely unremarkable Juliette Mayniel. Bernadette started to grow more and more bored as Gérard was away from home to shoot the movie and even tried to contact him on the set asking for a divorce.
Bernadette teamed up again with Chabrol in the director's third released feature , Leda, which didn't work as well as a thriller rather than as an ironic spoof on the clichés of the genre and actor piece. The film's acting laurels go undoubtedly to Bernadette as a saucy waitress, Jean-Paul Belmondo as a cheeky young man with an alcohol problem and the glorious Madeleine Robinson (rightly awarded with a Volpi Cup at Venice Film Festival) as a troubled wife and mother. By the end of the year, Bernadette had eventually divorced from Blain and gotten into a relationship with a Hungarian sculptor she had known on her 20th birthday, Diourka Medveczky. 1960 was a turning point for her, as the work she did helped cementing her status as the female face of the New Wave. L'eau à la bouche was the first and most famous feature of Jacques Doniol-Valcroze, another critic of the Cahiers who wanted to follow the same path of his colleagues turned directors and decided to call Bernadette after seeing "Le Beau Serge". The superb Les Bonnes Femmes was Chabrol's fourth movie and remains one of his masterworks. The film follows four girls (Bernadette, Stéphane Audran, Clotilde Joano and Lucile Saint-Simon) who are bored with their lives and waiting for a positive change to arrive, whether it's the coming of true love or the fulfillment of a dream. With many scenes set in the shop where the four characters work (a surreal place where time seems to have stopped), Chabrol was able to create something that seemed to come out of Sartre, managing to perfectly spread to the viewer the sense of loneliness and boredom weighing down the girls, seemingly trapped in the antechamber of hell. One of the film's strongest assets were three performances: tragic actress Joano gave a delicate and poetic portrayal of the ill-fated Jacqueline, Italian veteran Ave Ninchi added a lot of authority to her Madame Louise and, of course, Bernadette did the usual splendid job lending her energetic screen persona to Jane, the obvious haywire of the group, but, at the same time, a character more vulnerable and less gutsy than her usual creations. The movie allowed the actress to stretch her range and gave her a lot of good memories, such as pushing journalists on a swimming pool (which is at the heart of a key scene) along with Stéphane, somehow managing to galvanize the normally extremely shy girl. To appear in the movie, Bernadette had to decline the role of prostitute Clarisse (eventually played by Michèle Mercier) in Truffaut's masterpiece Shoot the Piano Player, but it was a worthy sacrifice. The same year she gave birth to her first daughter with her now husband Diourka, the future actress Élisabeth Lafont, in the same health house where she was born. Bernadette's next collaboration with Chabrol was the remarkable Wise Guys, where she got her most memorable role so far as Ambroisine, a girl who gets recruited by Jean-Claude Brialy's Ronald to create trouble in an old-fashioned environment with her modern, liberated persona, but eventually becomes impossible for him to control because of her mean-spirited nature. Her anarchic side was used to full potential for the first time, something that lead to one of the best portrayals of dark lady in a New Wave movie. But, like the other characters in the film weren't ready for a new type of woman such as Ambroisine, the movie-goers of the period seemed unwilling to fall for the charms of this revolutionary type of woman Bernadette was bringing to the screen and "Les godelureaux" was a box office flop, just like "Les Bonnes Femmes" had been. The latter, now regarded as one of Chabrol's best, was also a critical disaster, although Bernadette got positive reviews for her performance. Watched today, it's clear that both movies outclass several entries from the director's most celebrated noir cycle from the late 60's to the early 70's. But considering the tepid impact that her movies used to have with the big public, Bernadette was seen just as a half-star and icon of niche cinema exclusively and her agent used to have much trouble in finding her roles at the time. Producer Carlo Ponti once offered her to come to Italy to do some movies: now that his wife Sophia Loren was moving to Hollywood (not exactly to electrifying results), he thought there was a void in Italian cinema that needed to be filled by a feisty, curvaceous actress. This proposal lead to nothing. A project with Godard never saw the light of the day. Rivette never bothered to answer a letter by Bernadette where she had asked him to cast her in his debut feature film, Paris Belongs to Us. She was offered her ticket to major stardom with Jacques Demy's Lola, but she had to decline the title role in the movie because she was pregnant with her second child, David. The part eventually went to the limited Anouk Aimée, who gave the best acting she could ever be capable of, but it goes without saying that, had Bernadette played the part, she would have elevated the movie to entirely new levels.
The 60s, for most of the time, didn't prove to be a very happy decade for Bernadette as she got to face both a personal and professional crisis. Immediately after "Les Godelureaux", her talents were wasted in several obscure movies and shorts. In 1962 she appeared in And Satan Calls the Turns, which boosted a high-profile cast, but was scripted by Roger Vadim, something that predictably sealed the movie's fate. Although officially directed by one-shot filmmaker Grisha Dabat, the film contained all the worst elements of Vadim's cinema and Bernadette was given such a thankless role that not even she could elevate it. One year later she was without an agent and took a break from acting, also to give birth to her third daughter, the future actress Pauline Lafont. The passion between her and Diourka had cooled down by now and the main reason they stayed together for a few years more was their common love for cinema: he was indeed planning to make his directorial debut. For the time being, they tried to make it work by opting for an open marriage where both enjoyed plenty of extra-conjugal affairs. Bernadette's friends Truffaut and Chabrol couldn't really come to her rescue either. The first sent her a letter which read: "You chose life. I chose cinema. I don' think our paths will ever cross again". The second was now engaged to Audran and was soon to enter a second phase of his career, one where he regularly did films whose central female characters weren't witty, animated provincial girls, but frozen, humourless bourgeoisie ladies that were tailor-made for Stéphane. In 1964, Bernadette had a rather unhappy "rentrée" with Male Hunt , a very disappointing comedy made by the talented Édouard Molinaro on an utterly unfunny script by Michel Audiard. Her role as a prostitute was hardly one minute long, but she had little money and a ton of debts at the time, so she had to accept everything she was offered. During the decade, she found work in a few more resonant projects such as Louis Malle's The Thief of Paris, Costa-Gavras's Compartiment tueurs and Jean Aurel's Lamiel, but she was given very indifferent roles in all of them. Once again, going after unusual projects by new, alternative auteurs was the decisive factor that helped her putting her career back on track. In Diourka's remarkable first work, the short Marie et le curé, she shined as a provocative young woman who seduces a priest to nefarious consequences for both. Shortly after, she appeared in the silent movie Le révélateur, which was directed by her love interest of the time, Philippe Garrel, and co-starred Laurent Terzieff, opposite whom she had always dearly desired to act. The film was shot in Spain and Bernadette helped funding it thanks to a loan from Chabrol. At around the same time, she also shot the "conjoined" shorts Prologue and Piège, which were written and directed by Jacques Baratier and co-starred the great Bulle Ogier. Having seen Bulle in her most acclaimed film role in Rivette's titanic achievement L'amour fou, Bernadette had been astonished by the actress' monstrous amount of talent and was a bit scared by the thought of having to cross blades with her. As two thieves locked in a mysterious house by a vampiresque entity, the two actresses went on to gave a great lesson in metaphysical acting. Closer to an example of visual arts or Noh theatre than a cinematic work, Barratier's double short may feel too extreme even to some New Wave purists, but is nevertheless a fascinating watch and a must-see for the fans of the two ladies, equally impressive in the acting department and perfectly suited to create the needed physical contrast, with the taller brunette adding an earthy element and the petite blonde providing an ethereal quality. Bernadette and Bulle developed a beautiful friendship which lead to several other collaborations. In 1969, Diourka made his first feature film, Paul. Jean-Pierre Léaud, a cult actor if there ever was one, had loved the Hungarian sculptor's previous shorts and sent him a letter asking to work with him, so that he would add another unique title to his genial filmography. He so earned the honour to play title character in Diourka's (only) film, as a little bourgeois who escapes from his family, joins a group of sages and meets temptation in Bernadette's form. None of these works really gave the actress a major popularity boost, however. Unlike fellow female standouts of the New Wave such as Ogier, Edith Scob, Delphine Seyrig, Jeanne Moreau and Emmanuelle Riva, Bernadette didn't have theatrical roots, but this didn't prevent her from appearing in stage productions of Turgenev's "A Month in the Country" and Picasso's surrealist play "Le désir attrapé par la queue" in this period. The official start of her career renaissance came, however, at the end of the decade with Nelly Kaplan's A Very Curious Girl, a retelling of sorts of Michelet's "La Sorcière". Conceived as a monument to her talents, the transgressive movie stars Bernadette as Marie, a village girl who becomes a prostitute to settle a score with society (winning male and female hearts alike) and eventually gets revenge on all her men clients. The vendetta bit had been inspired by an off-screen feud between director Kaplan (an angry feminist) and actor Michael Constantin, who had refused to recite the line 'they were very happy and didn't have children" because he was a family man and opted for a more prudish "they were very happy and had children" instead. Bernadette's fearless performance had such a huge impact that, after the film's release, she got offers to star in porn features along with obscene proposals from the more misguided moviegoers. Once again, the public had proved not to have understood what kind of woman she represented, but auteur cinema was now going to welcome her back to a fuller extent.
The 70's were definitely a more successful decade for Bernadette. She was still seen as an alternative actress and was hardly ever offered traditional roles in conventional movies, but she didn't care about it, since she felt more at home in unique experiments such as La ville-bidon, Valparaiso, Valparaiso or Sex-Power. Moshé Mizrahi's feminist dramedy Sophie's Ways offered her one of her best parts as the rebellious wife of an excellent Michel Duchaussoy in one of his least charming roles. Jean Renoir himself was knocked out by her performance. In 1971, Bernadette finally got to work with Rivette for the first time in the director's epic Out 1, originally conceived as an 8 part mini-series to sell to French TV. The movie is centered around 12 main characters that work as pieces of an intricate puzzle and Bernadette was teamed up with several acting heavyweights such as Michael Lonsdale, Françoise Fabian, Juliet Berto and her former co-stars Léaud and Ogier. She played the role of Lonsdale's ex-girlfriend, a writer he tries to recruit for his mysterious dancing group. The actress, unlike other cast members, wasn't used to Rivette's working method, which involved little explanations and a lot of room for improvisation. Since it took her a lot of time to adapt to this style, she was reproached by the director, who harshly accused her of having chosen not to do anything, therefore hurting her feelings. Eventually these words helped Bernadette to find a way to incorporate her "handicap" into the character, imagining that Marie was experimenting writer's block like she had found herself unable to act. A scene where she and Léaud kept just staring at each other because they didn't know what to say was kept by Rivette because he liked the authentic feeling about it. Eventually French TV never bought "Out 1". Rivette also cut it down to 4 hours in the form of Out 1: Spectre, but both versions were hardly released outside of festival circuits. One year later, Bernadette got to play her best remembered and most iconic role: Camille Bliss in Truffaut's underrated black comedy A Gorgeous Girl Like Me. As a girl who's released from prison so that she can be analyzed by a student of criminology, the actress got to play a role that exemplified her career (being 'one of a kind') and felt like the summation and sublimation of all the naughty ladies she had played before: of coarse manners and vulgar laughter, indomitable, unstoppable, irreverent, incandescent and more of a destructive force that she had ever been in any of her previous movies, including "Marie et le Curé" , "La fiancée du pirate" and "Les godelureaux". Her performance won her the "Triomphe du Cinéma Français" and was stellarly received in the US, with "Newsweek" and the "New York Magazine" giving it such phenomenal praise that a French journalist wrote this comment: "Bernadette Lafont, historical monument to the U.S.A.". After bringing the female type she so often personified to its definitive cinematic form, Bernadette gradually started her image makeover. The first example was in Jean Eustache's supreme masterpiece The Mother and the Whore, where she would have been the logical choice to play the title "whore" Veronika, but was actually given the touching role of the title "mother" Marie. Eustache, another former critic of the Cahiers had known her for about ten years and given her the script in 1971. After reading a couple pages she had been immediately won over and realized how much she desired to do it. The director's towering 4 hour achievement is centered around a love triangle formed of Eustache's screen alter-ego Alexandre (Léaud in his very best performance), slutty nurse Veronika (non-professional actress Françoise Lebrun, whose angelic appearance provided the perfect contrast with the nature of the character) and Bernadette's Marie, Alexandre's patient girlfriend who enjoys a very open relationship with him. Managing to convey an entire era in the characters' long, sublime dialogues, Eustache easily made one of the greatest and most significant movies of the French New Wave. Bernadette's portrayal of Marie showed a vibrant, affecting sensitivity that she had hardly done before, giving further demonstration of her talent and versatility. The film was shown in competition at the 1973 Cannes film festival, where it predictably got a mixed reception: some, including Jury President Ingrid Bergman, hated it, while others worshiped it as the future of cinema. In the end, Eustache was given the Grand Prize of the Jury. The same year, Bernadette also appeared in Nadine Trintignant's Défense de savoir, which was no great shakes, but also starred two of the nation's top actors, Jean-Louis Trintignant and Michel Bouquet, both of which she greatly admired. She teamed up with the two again, respectively in The Probability Factor and Vincent mit l'âne dans un pré (et s'en vint dans l'autre). She was particularly entertaining in the second as an eccentric rich lady, proving that she could be also very convincing at playing very chic and sophisticated characters. The movie ends on a high note with the actress giving an unforgettable, sexy laugh. Daughters Élisabeth and Pauline were also given roles in the movie. The final great role Bernadette played in this period was in Rivette's misunderstood masterpiece Noroît: Giulia, daughter of the Sun. Centred, like many of the director's works, on the dichotomy between light and shadow and day and night, the movie sees Geraldine Chaplin's Morag ending up on a mysterious island ruled by an Amazon-like society where males are either enslaved or, like in her brother's case, murdered. A great revenge tale not without its 'steampunk' element, the film is certainly highlighted by the transforming performance of Bernadette as a ruthless, modern day Pirate queen, cutting one of her female minions' throat with one of the most frighteningly icy expressions ever recorded by a camera and eventually facing Chaplin in a climatic knife duel on the ramparts. Unfortunately, Rivette's previous feature Duelle (une quarantaine) had been so unsuccessful that "Noroît " wasn't even released and, to this day, it remains the director's least popular work, which means that many people aren't familiar with Bernadette's sinister, against type performance, which ranks with her very best and is undoubtedly one of the great villainous turns in New Wave cinema. By 1978 there had been another change of muse in Chabrol's movies, as an astounding 24 years old Isabelle Huppert headlined the cast of one of his best works, Violette, the first of a series of successful collaborations which included the director's number one masterpiece, La Cérémonie. Bernadette was given a brief, but memorable cameo as Violette's cellmate. This 1969-1978 period easily represents the zenith of her career. After that, it was a bit difficult for her to deal with the changing times.
By the end of the 70's, most of the New Wave auteurs had moved on to more conventional projects and French cinema was entering a far less creative phase. Bernadette's desire to constantly challenge herself and look for different, ground-breaking projects often lead her to be part of totally unremarkable movies. Her nadir was probably represented by her two collaborations with Michel Caputo, arguably the worst French director to ever work with name actors (before he exclusively moved on to do porn under several aliases): Qu'il est joli garçon l'assassin de papa and Si ma gueule vous plaît..., two supposed comic works that would make Michel Audiard's comedies look like Bringing Up Baby in comparison. But, although the modern viewer can hardly believe the existence of such detrimental works, they actually weren't unusual products of their time, but clear evidence of a scary change of taste on the public's part. Actresses like Bernadette, who used to mainly work for an audience of intellectuals, had to struggle hard to keep afloat after this change of tide and, in the early 80's, she had to lend her talents to a dozen of movies that weren't worth it. The Lee Marvin vehicle Dog Day was the second occasion she found herself working with a mega-star in an international production since her cameo opposite the legendary Kirk Douglas in Dick Clement's Swinging London abomination Catch Me a Spy. Although she was given a bit more to do this time around, this title didn't add anything to her filmography either. Luckily, this wasn't the case of Claude Miller's An Impudent Girl a.k.a. "Impudent Girl". It's very ironic -and certainly not coincidental - that a movie going by this title and starring a 14 years old Charlotte Gainsbourg as a gutsy rebel would also feature Bernadette, who had, by all means, every maternity right on this type of character which had grown more and more diffused on the French screen thanks to her work. But the film had a much different flavour from the actress' vehicles from the 60's-70's: Gainsbourg's stubborn but ultimately good-hearted Charlotte is actually nothing like "Les Godelureaux"'s Ambroisine or "Une belle fille comme moi"'s Camille Bliss and Bernadette's Léone, the new love interest of Charlotte's father and mother of an asthmatic girl, is a very likable and moving character. Having moved on to more accessible projects, Bernadette naturally started to receive more award consideration as well, and her sweet, beautiful performance in Miller's movie was honored with a Best Supporting Actress César, one of the best and most inspired choices ever in the category. Her next project was Inspecteur Lavardin, the second and best movie centered around Jean Poiret's unconventional police inspector and her first collaboration with Chabrol since "Violette". Wearing the most recurring name of the director's heroines, Hélène, she also dyed her hair blond for the first time on his wishes, so that she would have taken a step further in changing her screen persona. She liked the idea and would keep blond hair for the rest of her life. She worked with Chabrol for a seventh (and last) time only one year later in one of the director's most gothic-like works, the underrated Masques, which stars the great Philippe Noiret as a villainous TV presenter worthy of the pen of Ann Radcliffe, Christian Legagneur, who keeps an innocent Anne Brochet imprisoned in his imposing manor and wishes to kill her to get his hands on her fortune. The juicy role of Legagneur's masseuse won Bernadette a second nomination for the Supporting Actress César.
In 1988, Bernadette's life was sadly affected by a horrible personal tragedy. In August, she was spending a holiday in the Cévennes family mansion, La Serre du Pomaret, along with son David, daughter Pauline and painter Pierre De Chevilly, her new life mate. On the 11th day of the month, Pauline left the house early in the morning to have a long walk to lose weight. By midday she hadn't come back yet. The family began to worry and David started to look for her. Bernadette was unfortunately committed to appear in a TV show in Nice and she left with her heart in her throat, hoping that, in the mean time, David or Pierre would have found Pauline. That wasn't to be. The family lived many weeks in a state of anguish, using the TV show "Avis de Recherche" to diffuse some photos of Pauline in the hope that someone could have shed some light on the mystery. There were several false reports from people who claimed to have seen her and Bernadette kept fooling herself for a long time, wanting to believe that the quest would have been greeted with success. Tragically, on the 21st November, Pauline's body was found in a ravine. Her death was officially called a hiking accident, although its circumstances are still mysterious to this day and some people considered the suicide theory. Bernadette dealt with her devastating grief by throwing herself into her job: always an extremely prolific actress, she got to work more and more and, as a result, she added a lot of unremarkable titles to her resume. She would still find a few good parts in the following decades.
Between 1990 and 2013, the actress added over 70 titles to her film and TV resume. Her talents were rather wasted in Raoul Ruiz's uneven Genealogies of a Crime and in Pascal Bonitzer's delightfully cynical Nothing About Robert. She shined much more as an alcoholic mother in Personne ne m'aime (where she teamed up with Ogier and Léaud once more), a former teacher who almost ends up abducting her grandchildren in Stolen Holidays, an antique shop dealer who still has a great ascendancy over younger men in Bazar and a family matriarch in the comedy I Do opposite Alain Chabat and successor Gainsbourg. Her performance in this movie won her a third nomination for the Best Supporting Actress César. Her massive body of TV work from this period was highlighted by her performances in La très excellente et divertissante histoire de François Rabelais and La femme du boulanger. She also did more stage work than ever in the 2000s. Starting from 2010, she was again employed for a few projects that had a bigger impact. First she borrowed her wonderful, husky voice to a treacherous nanny in the lovely animated feature A Cat in Paris, which was Oscar-nominated. This nasty lady role felt like a homage to the characters that had made her famous. The following year, Bernadette and fellow New Wave legend Emmanuelle Riva were unfortunately the latest victims of Julie Delpy's game of playing director, as they were cast in the actress' catastrophic vanity project Skylab. Delpy's latest directorial feature contained all the typical elements that she thinks are enough to make a movie: a seemingly endless family reunion, characters talking about hot hair around a table and a few off-colour gags here and there. The two glorious veterans, sadistically mortified by the granny look they had to sport, did the best they could with the material they were given, but it was just too little to begin with and, consequently, they can't possibly be considered a real redeeming factor of the terribly written, lacklusterly directed and otherwise insipidly acted film. In 2012, Bernadette got her best role in years as the title character in Jérôme Enrico's black comedy Paulette. Enrico's pensioner version of Breaking Bad sees Bernadette's Paulette, a penniless, xenophobic widow, finding herself in a Walter White type of situation as she gets into drug dealing to make a living and begins to smuggle hashish right under the nose of her son-in-law, a coloured cop. The actress was immediately won over by the script, finding it modern and socially significant and decided to give a strong characterization to her character. Getting inspiration from Charles Chaplin's heroes and Giulietta Masina's performance in La Strada, she provided Paulette with a clown side which came complete with a funny walk and her leading turn proved absolutely irresistible. The film opened to positive reviews and got more visibility outside France than Bernadette's latest vehicles and many were foreseeing another career renaissance for her. Sadly, it wasn't to be.
In early July 2013, Bernadette was on her way to her family mansion in Saint-André-de-Valborgne (Gard) when she was the victim of a stroke. Forced to stay in Grau-du-Roi for a while, she had a second one on the 22nd and was quickly moved to the University Hospital centre of Nîmes, where she tragically died three days later. Her funeral took place at the Protestant temple of Saint-André-de-Valborgne on the 29th. Her passing was a cause of great grief for an enormous number of people, as she had gradually become a huge favourite of the French audience and a cornerstone of their cinema, and her colleagues had always adored her on both a professional and personal level. The admiration she had earned through the years had been repeatedly proved by several career tributes, including an Honorary César, the title of Officer of the French Legion of Honour and medals from the "National Order of Merit" and the "Order of Arts and Letters".
Bernadette's legacy could never be extinguished, but, in addition to everything she had already bequeathed to cinema, she graced the silver screen for a last time even after her death through her final completed movie, Sylvain Chomet's Attila Marcel. The movie, recently showed at Toronto film festival and released in French theatres, was greeted with positive reviews where big kudos were reserved to Bernadette's portrayal of the eccentric adoptive aunt of Guillaume Gouix's protagonist. With the film's upcoming release in many more countries, plenty of others will have the bitter honour to see her eventually taking leave. Since the 25th October 2013, the Municipal Theatre of Nîmes has been renamed the Bernadette Lafont Theatre to honour the memory of the great actress. A once unforeseeable and absolutely logical reaching point for the barefoot girl biking in the city's streets in "Les Mistons".
Jessie Pavelka was born on September 26, 1982 in Corpus Christi, Texas. Both of his parents are still living in Texas -- his mother, in Corpus Christi, and father, in Denton. The 6' 0" fitness model studied at Calallen High School. Jessie has always been involved in athletics from an early age. His mother took him to the track since he was in the fourth grade and he also played a lot of football in high school.
When he turned 19, he attended the University of North Texas, with intentions to play football and study business. However, after 16 years of devotion to the sport, he decided to focus on finding another passion. Leaving behind something he'd done for so long was life changing, but from that, he managed to put more effort into fitness and health and learning more about that. While he was studying at UNT, he enjoyed going to Lake Lewisville on the weekends when the sun was out.
At UNT, he got certified as a trainer. Initially, the whole trainer idea was supposed to be a temporary job for him. As it turns out, the right thing he'd been looking for was to help people get healthy. His first big break in the industry was when he met Ed Conners. Ed approached him and encouraged him to do something with his physique, noting that Jessie had something more in himself. That was the point the Texas native decided to dedicate his life to fitness and health.
At 21-years-old, he decided to move to California to pursue fitness. Jessie then started to compete in bodybuilding and got himself involved in fitness modeling. In his first bodybuilding competition, he came in fourth. After moving to Los Angeles, he continued bodybuilding and modeling. He also started a personal training business with Australian Fitness Star, David Rylah. Both David and him started out their own personal training business for bariatric patients. They worked with a doctor who would refer his patients to them. Finding out what he shouldn't be doing helped Jessie let people know what they should be doing.
Initially, when Jessie came out to California for the first time, bodybuilding was his life although he didn't consider himself leading a healthy lifestyle at the time. When he had enough of that, his girlfriend at the time and him decided to move back to Texas and he became a super attendant for a commercial construction company. Because he hated his job, Jessie thought it would be a wise idea for him to move back to his hometown and do some soul searching.
July 7, 2007, proved to be an important day in Jessie's life. he woke up and had a spiritual experience. The hunky trainer told himself that moving back to California would be the right decision to make but he had to do it the right way. On that same day, he wrote a five and a ten year plan, and 2 months later, he headed back out again and ended up in Long Beach. His first job after that was as a personal trainer for an eminent financial figure. Jessie traveled with him, mostly dealing with that client's diet and training.
By October 2008, Jessie has appeared in numerous fitness magazines, three of them being the cover model. Soon after that, his agent, Gar Lester, called him and persuaded him to audition as a host for a reality show, Diet Tribe. At first, he was wary of reality TV, but he liked Diet Tribe's concept and he also knew the impact the show could have on the audience. He did the audition for the show, and while thinking about how badly he needed something to take him to next step in his career, the producers of the show called him. He went back to them, wrote up a diet and exercise program and ended up training a lady from the production company together with another female trainer. Before Jessie knew it, he learned that the producers enjoyed everything he did and they immediately decided to sign him on.
The first series of DietTribe started airing on January 5, 2009 on Lifetime and on its first night, the show got number one ratings. A second series has been airing since October 2, 2009. Jessie's previous TV experience also included a starring role in Friday Night Lights and Rita Rocks. In October 2008, he announced to Rob Riches from LA Muscle that he was going to appear in a comedy web series, The Rise and Fall of Tuck Johnson, as Peter Porker.
Aside from Jessie's top notch physique, he's also got a few tattoos to boast about. His first tattoo is a Japanese symbol for inner power and strength. He got it when he was almost turning eighteen. Shortly after that, he got the cross on his right arm that he drew himself. On his stomach, he's also got a tattoo that says 'Fear No Man' in Japanese. He also has another tattoo on his side that says 'For My Brother' in cursive writing, which he got for his best friend. There is also a tattoo on his wrist which is the alpha and the omega symbol. He got that tattoo because of a necklace his mother gave him with the same symbol. On Jessie's left ring finger, there is also a cross ring which he got while he was in a relationship with a previous girlfriend. Finally, he also has two tribal angel wings on his back, mostly for symbolic reasons.
According to a recent interview he did, Jessie told the press that he got married to Sitara Hewitt, a Canadian actress, whom he met through a mutual friend. The couple tied the knot on September 18, 2009. Not many people know this, but Jessie and the new star of The Bachelor, Jake Pavelka, are distant cousins. Although these two have never met, Jessie's dad mentioned that he met Jake's dad, but growing up, Jessie never got the chance to know Jake. Even so, Jessie truly supports the fact that Jake is going to be on The Bachelor. He also hopes that Jake does a good job and finds love.
At 27-year-old, Jessie is already making himself a household name by being one of Hollywood's top fitness experts. With all the success he has now as well as his humble attitude, we're pretty sure that Jessie is going to sail through his career in the coming years.
Phedon Papamichael, an award winning Cinematographer, was born in Athens, Greece and moved with his family to Germany, where in 1982 he completed his education in Fine Arts, in Munich. Working as a photojournalist brought Phedon to NYC in 1983, where he started crossing over into cinematography.
His first short film, the 35mm black & white SPUD, earned him the Award for Best Cinematography at the Cork Film Festival in Ireland. Following a call from John Cassavetes, his cousin and later collaborator, Phedon moved to Los Angeles. While continuing to work on short and experimental films, he began his feature career as a Director of Photography for Roger Corman, for whom he photographed seven films within two years.
Phedon now counts over 40 feature films to his credit as Director of Photography, including the early block-busters While You Were Sleeping starring Sandra Bullock and Cool Runnings, as well as Phenomenon, starring John Travolta, all directed by Jon Turteltaub.
His credits include many critically acclaimed films, such as Unstrung Heroes (Un Certain Regard, Cannes 1995), directed by Diane Keaton, and Unhook the Stars, starring Gena Rowlands and directed by Nick Cassavetes.
The Million Dollar Hotel, directed by Wim Wenders, was chosen as the Opening Film of the 2000 Berlin Film Festival and won the Grand Jury Prize, the Silver Bear, as well as the Golden Camera. The European co-production, 27 Missing Kisses, directed by Oscar nominated filmmaker Nana Djordjadze, premiered at Directors Fortnight in Cannes 2000. It garnered the Grand Prix Award at the 2000 New York/Avignon Film Festival, the Audience Award at the 2000 Montpellier Film Festival, as well as the Kodak Vision Award for Best Cinematography. In 2000 both films received a Camerimage nomination, for Best Cinematography.
In 2001 Phedon shot Moonlight Mile (Berlinale, 2003), directed by Brad Silberling, starring Dustin Hoffman, Susan Sarandon and Holly Hunter. It was followed by Identity, directed by James Mangold, and the Oscar-nominated Sideways, directed by Alexander Payne.
His credits continued with The Weatherman, directed by Gore Verbinski, starring Nicolas Cage and Michael Caine and Walk the Line, again directed by Mangold and starring Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon.
Phedon shot the Academy Award nominated western 3:10 to Yuma, directed by James Mangold, starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale, and the blockbuster Pursuit of Happyness. In 2008 he photographed Oliver Stone's W. and then re-teamed again with James Mangold on Knight and Day, starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, which shot all over the world.
He shot two of the most award-winning films of 2011: Alexander Payne's The Descendants and The Ides of March, directed by George Clooney. This is 40, directed by Judd Apatow was released in 2012 and won Comedy of the Year from the Hollywood Film Festival.
For his gorgeous B&W lensing on the highly acclaimed Nebraska, which received 6 Academy Award nominations and was directed by Alexander Payne, Phedon received an Oscar nomination, a BAFTA nomination and an ASC nomination amongst other honors. His latest film is The Monuments Men, a period film directed by George Clooney, and starring Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Cate Blanchett and Jean Dujardin which was shot in Germany and England.
In addition to his feature work, Phedon has shot and/or directed over 100 commercials for such clients as Nespresso, BMW, Audi, and Nextel.
On the music video side, his work includes The Ground Beneath Her Feet, Eelectrical Storm, directed by Anton Corbijn.
Papamichael's work also includes several forays into television. He received an ASC Award Nomination for Best Cinematography for Oliver Stone's innovative mini-series Wild Palms, as well as his second ASC Award Nomination for Best Cinematography for the Francis Ford Coppola-produced pilot White Dwarf.
Phedon resides in Los Angeles and Athens, Greece and speaks fluent English, German, French and Greek. He holds German, Greek and U.S. citizenship.
Tom Ardavany has acted in and directed numerous films and plays. Ardavany was awarded "Best Director" for the Pulitzer Prize winning play "Short Eyes," written by Miguel Pinero. Tom has two features in post production, "Eden's Mountain" (shot in Wyoming) & "Pot Luck People," starring Josh Holloway. Tom Ardavany, a charismatic, spiritual soul with a talent for teaching, developed the Ardavany Approach over 15 years of practicing as an actor, director, and teacher. Ardavany teaches "The Ardavany Approach" to actors, writers, directors, and other creative individuals at his beachfront studio in Venice, CA and in San Diego. He has led 5 of his acting clients on to win two Golden Globe and three Emmy awards. His clients have included Josh Holloway (ABC's Lost), Rudy Reyes (HBO's "Generation Kill"), and Matt Gerald (Avatar).
Producer, Director, 2X Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Awards honored Voice Actor, Voice Match Specialist, Songwriter, Music Producer, Entrepreneur, Poet and Philanthropist, Lex Lang is one of Hollywood's most versatile creative personalities.
During College Lex performed stand-up comedy and did impersonations across the country at famous venues such as The Comedy Store, Dr. Giggles, The NFL Cub, Anderson's Fifth Estate and The Improv, where he performed regularly with comedians Jim Carey, Richard Belzer, and David Spade.
Lex also performed with the Royal London Shakespeare Theatre Company in the Summer stock performance of "Two Gentlemen Of Verona" under the direction of John Houseman.
Lex eventually moved back to Hollywood, California to study music at The Musician's Institute and to continue his acting career. He is proficient at playing the Guitar, Bass, Piano, and has written over 200 songs in multiple genres. Lex loves to play Poker and enjoys spending time with his wife Sandy Fox, and their four dogs and one cat.
As a Voice Director for Live Action, Animation, and Video games, Lex has directed voice actors on numerous productions for clients including Cartoon Network, EWAM, Sony, Codemasters, Bang Zoom Entertainment, Technicolor, PCB productions, HBO and Warner Brothers.
As a voice actor he can be heard on networks across the country doing promos, trailers, announcing major live specials, and doing sound a-likes for celebrities. He also plays a variety of voices on the animated shows Avengers Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Batman Brave and the Bold, Avatar the Last Airbender, The Regular Show, Curious George, Naruto, and more...
In 2013 he was made the voice of "The Guy's Choice Awards" on Spike TV and is the Voice for UFC promos on Fox.
He is the co-founder of The Love Planet Foundation since 1999. He is an advocate for the environment and promotes green living, positive thinking, children's education and planet preservation. He is also an animal lover, he has 4 dogs and one cat, and he is an avid STAR WARS fan. Over 150 viewings of Episode IV alone!
Lex and his wife Sandy Fox are founders of H2Om Water with Intention,since 2006 an Award winning natural spring in an Eco-friendly container, which encourages you to harness the power of your positive thoughts! Just "think it while you drink it"®.
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Movie: Star Wars
Favorite Food: Mom's
Favorite Quote: When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.
John F. Kennedy Center For Performing Arts Excellence In Acting Award
Outstanding Actor Award from The American College Theatre Festival
2X Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Awards honored Voice Actor
Stephen Levinson is an American film and television producer. He is the recipient of two Producer's Guild of America Awards, a BAFTA Award, two Peabody Awards, and a Golden Globe Award.
He is the owner and principal of Leverage, a talent management and production company, through which he has executive produced the acclaimed HBO television series Entourage, In Treatment, How To Make It In America, and Boardwalk Empire.
Mr. Levinson grew up in Manhasset Hills, New York, and earned his bachelor's degree from Tulane University. He moved to Los Angeles in 1991 to begin a career in entertainment, having previously worked as an accountant and founder of his own clothing company.
He started his carrier in Hollywood at InterTalent (later UTA).
He founded Leverage in 1996 to assist a select group of accomplished artists further their careers. As Leverage clients found increasing success, Mr. Levinson was able to develop the production side of the company, which took off in 2004 with the premiere of Entourage. The show was partly inspired by the real life of Mr. Levinson's longtime friend, client, and business partner Mark Wahlberg.
Mr. Levinson is also the owner and creator of WhoRepresents.com, an Internet database of talent representatives in the fields of film, television, music, pro sports and other media. Launched in 2000, WhoRepresents.com is now one of the most popular services of its kind, used by professionals in all areas of media and entertainment. In 2010, Mr. Levinson launched TheQuickList.net, a site custom-designed for viewing, creating and sharing casting ideas online.