Insights from the Cinematic World: Actors /Directors

Favreau credits the role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons with giving him "...a really strong background in imagination, storytelling, understanding how to create tone and a sense of balance."

Jon Favreau

John Favreau was born in Flushing, Queens, New York, the son of Madeleine, an elementary school teacher who died of leukemia in 1979, and Charles Favreau, a special education teacher. His mother was Jewish and his father is a Catholic of Italian and distant French-Canadian ancestry. Favreau attended Hebrew school.

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Franco has been published several times in magazines and through his own books and is currently teaching college courses at UCLA, USC and CAL ARTS and acting classes at STUDIO 4.

James Franco

James Franco was born in Palo Alto, California. His mother, Betsy Lou (née Verne), is a writer and actress, and his father, Douglas Eugene “Doug” Franco (d. 2011), ran a Silicon Valley business. The two met as students at Stanford University. James Franco’s father was of Portuguese (Madeiran) and Swedish descent. Franco’s mother is Jewish, a descendant of immigrants from Russia.

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Jason Bateman is a fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers

Jason Bateman

Jason Kent Bateman (born January 14, 1969) is an American television and film actor. Bateman was born in Rye, New York. His mother, Victoria Elizabeth, was a former flight attendant for Pan Am, and his father, Kent Bateman, is an actor, film and television writer/director, and founder of a repertory stage in Hollywood. His mother was from the United Kingdom, born in Shrewsbury, Shropshire.

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January 2011 Ed Gass-Donnelly was selected as one of the top ten film makers to watch

Ed Gass-Donnelly

Ed Gass-Donnelly (born August 17, 1977 in Toronto, Ontario) is an award-winning Canadian film director, screenwriter and producer. His work often explores themes of death, colliding worlds and the darker sides of human nature. His characters are every-day people who are put in extraordinary situations and left to fend for themselves.

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Exploring work behind the camera, as well, Kirsten Dunst made her directorial debut with the short film Welcome, starring Winona Ryder, which screened at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival

Kirsten Dunst

Kirsten Caroline Dunst (born April 30, 1982) is an American actress, singer and model. Kirsten Dunst got her showbiz start at the age of three, when she began filming television commercials. With more than 50 commercials under her belt, she made the jump to the big screen in 1989 in Woody Allen’s New York Stories.

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In January 2012,Anthony Hopkins released an album of classical music, entitled Composer, performed by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra released by Decca.

Anthony Hopkins

Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins, CBE best known as Anthony Hopkins, is a Welsh actor of film, stage, and television, and a composer. Considered to be one of the greatest living actors, Hopkins is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs.

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Daniel Craig

Daniel Wroughton Craig (born 2 March 1968) is an English actor best known for playing British secret agent James Bond since 2006. Daniel Craig was born in West Cheshire Hospital. His mother, Carol Olivia (née Williams), was an art teacher. Both of Daniel Craig’s parents were of half Welsh descent.

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