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Scored her first role at the age of 20 after being spotted on Hollywood Boulevard. Her first film role was 2 Days in The Valley and since then she hasn't looked back starring films like North Country and In The Valley of Elah. She won an Academy Award for her role in the 2003 movie Monster.
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Photo: Universal Pictures After seeing the first trailer I knew I was going to enjoy Role Models, I just knew it. When Bobb'e J. Thompson as Ronnie looks at Paul Rudd and says, "You white... then you Ben Affleck," it just killed me. Also in the film he refers to him as "Reindeer Games" and "Daredevil" and it is a joke that never gets old. That, however, is just a sampling of what this film has to offer when it comes to comedy and it is the comedic timing this film has and its ability to bump up just against the edge of over-the-top that makes it a hit. The film is centered on a pair of Minotaur Energy Drink salesmen, Danny and Wheeler (Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott). Their sales pitch is drink Minotaur and stay off drugs. »
- Brad Brevet
Variety and the majority of the other movie sites running this story all seem to solely be focusing on Ben Affleck's involvement in Mike Judge's Extract, but quite frankly I was enamored enough with Affleck's Gone Baby Gone that I now know I don't want to see ol' Ben in front of the camera as much as I want to see him behind it, at least not as much anymore, but a Judge comedy may get him back to those good ol' Kevin Smith days. His work on Good Will Hunting with Matt Damon was phenomenal, his directing on Gone Baby Gone was kick ass, and as an actor I will always remember him solely from Chasing Amy, Dogma, Mallrats and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. A lot of people rag on Affleck for films like Reindeer Games and Daredevil, but his contributions to the film world »
- Brad Brevet
Photo: Universal Pictures The trailer for the film that was once previously titled Little Big Men has hit the Internet and is now titled Role Models. The film centers on two energy drink reps (Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott) who are forced to do community service The flick is from Universal and hits theaters on November 14, and this trailer is sure to get you interested especially when the little kid named Ronnie (Bobb'e J. Thompson) says to Paul Rudd, "Wassup Reindeer Games?" Rudd replies, "I am not Ben Affleck." Ronnie retorts, "You white, then you Ben Affleck... Let's go." Hilarious! Christopher Mintz-Plasse is also in the film, better known as Superbad's McLovin... You can watch it in Flash just below or in high definition right here. We also have four new stills from the film. »
- Brad Brevet
Musician Isaac Hayes has died. He was 65.
Hayes passed away on Sunday morning at a Memphis, Tennessee hospital. The cause of death has yet to be confirmed.
According to reports, the songwriter was rushed to Baptist East Hospital after receiving a call from Hayes' wife who found him lying near a treadmill in their home.
Police at The Shelby County Sheriff's Office are investigating the star's death, but do not believe foul play was a factor.
Born in 1942 in Covington, Tennessee, Hayes was raised by his maternal grandparents, who moved the family to Memphis when he was six.
Hayes' early ambitions of becoming a doctor were redirected when he won a talent contest in ninth grade, singing Nat King Cole's Looking Back.
A self-taught musician, he was hired in 1964 by Tennessee-based Stax Records as a backup pianist, working as a session musician for music greats including Otis Redding. He then paved his way to stardom with the release of his album Hot Buttered Soul in 1969.
Hayes' chart-topping singles also include Hold On, I'm Coming and Soul Man.
In the early 1970s, Hayes continued to forge a path for disco and urban-contemporary music, making way for legendary singers like Barry White.
In a 1999 interview reflecting on his career he said of his influence: "I knew nothing about the business, or trends and things like that. I think it was a matter of timing. I didn't know what was unfolding."
Hayes enjoyed success as a radio show host in New York City from 1996 to 2002, and later in Memphis.
His distinctive voice can also be heard as part of Nickelodeon's "Nick at Nite" programme and in scenes from his role as Chef during a stint on animated TV show South Park. »
He’s been a part of some of the most critically acclaimed movies (Saving Private Ryan) and popular television shows (“Miami Vice,” “Law & Order”) of the past 30 years. But for Dennis Farina, the notion of making a living as an actor was not the first one that occurred to this son of blue-collar Chicago; his first career was as a beat cop in the City of Broad Shoulders. It was only after meeting director Michael Mann through a mutual friend that the actor best known for his wiseguy roles (Midnight Run, Get Shorty) and the occasional unorthodox ladies’ man (Sidewalks of New York, “Empire Falls”) landed his first role in the 1981 thriller, Thief. While Mann helped launch his career, Farina has gone on to work with a number of other strong auteur directors, including Steven Soderbergh (Out of Sight), Guy Ritchie (Snatch) and John Frankenheimer (Reindeer Games). »
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