Insights from the Cinematic World: Actors /Directors

Dominic Cooper

Dominic Edward Cooper (born 2 June 1978) is an English actor. He has worked in TV, film, theatre and radio, in productions including Mamma Mia!, The Duchess, and The History Boys. Cooper was born and brought up in Greenwich, London, the son of Julia (née Heron), a nursery school teacher, and Brian Cooper, an auctioneer.

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Eva Mendes appeared nude in an ad for Calvin Klein's Secret Obsession perfume. The ad was banned from airing in the United States

Eva Mendes

Eva Mendes (born March 5, 1974) is an American actress and model. She began acting in the late 1990s, and after a series of minor roles and performances in several smaller films. Eva Mendes was born in Miami, Florida, to Cuban parents, and was raised in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendale by her mother after her parents’ divorce;

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Todd Phillips also wrote and directed the 2004 film Starsky & Hutch starring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson, as well as the 2006 film School for Scoundrels, starring Billy Bob Thornton and Jon Heder.

Todd Phillips

Todd Phillips (born December 20, 1970) is an American screenwriter and film director. He is best known for directing the comedy films Road Trip, Old School, The Hangover, and Due Date. Phillips was born in Brooklyn, New York, and attended New York University Film School, but dropped out in order to focus on completing his first film, the feature-length documentary Hated: GG Allin and the Murder Junkies, about the life and death of punk rocker GG Allin.

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At 19, Sam Worthington worked as a bricklayer when he auditioned for the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) and was accepted with scholarship

Sam Worthington

Samuel Henry J. “Sam” Worthington (born 2 August 1976) is an Australian actor. After almost a decade of roles in Australian TV shows and films, Worthington gained Hollywood’s attention by playing the role of Marcus Wright in Terminator Salvation (2009), the lead role as Jake Sully in the James Cameron-directed film Avatar (2009)

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Penélope Cruz gave birth to her first child, son Leo Encinas Bardem, on January 22, 2011 at the Cedars Sinai Hospital, Los Angeles, California

Penélope Cruz

Penélope Cruz Sánchez (born April 28, 1974) is a Spanish actress. Signed by an agent at age 15, she made her acting debut at 16 on television. Initially, Cruz had no ambition to be an actress and focused on dance. When Cruz was a teenager, she began having an interest in acting after seeing the film Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! by Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar.

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On the concept of the afterlife, Natalie Portman has said, "I don't believe in that. I believe this is it, and I believe it's the best way to live."

Natalie Portman

Natalie Hershlag, better known by her stage name Natalie Portman, is an actress with dual American and Israeli citizenship. Her first role was as an orphan taken in by a hitman in the 1994 French action film Léon.

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On December 8, 2009, Tyler's mother, Willie Maxine Perry, died at the age of 64, following an illness. As of 2011, Perry remains unmarried

Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry (born Emmitt Perry, Jr.; September 13, 1969) is an American actor, director, playwright, screenwriter, producer, author, and songwriter. Perry wrote and produced many stage plays in the South during the 1990s and early 2000s.

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Taye Diggs narrated the ESPN Films documentary The Fab Five about University of Michigan basketball players Chris Webber, Juwan Howard, Jalen Rose, Jimmy King, and Ray Jackson.

Taye Diggs

Scott Leo “Taye” Diggs (born January 2, 1971) is an American theatre, film and television actor. His nickname, Taye, comes from the playful pronunciation of Scotty as “Scottay”. Taye Diggs was born in Newark, New Jersey but grew up in Rochester, New York

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In 2011, she landed her first solo Vogue cover for UK's March issue. In May 2011, she was voted Number 1 in Maxim Magazine "Hot 100" list.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Rosie Alice Huntington-Whiteley (born 18 April 1987) is a British model and actress, best known for modelling for Victoria’s Secret and for replacing Megan Fox as the lead female character in the film Transformers: Dark of the Moon, part of the Transformers franchise.

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Angela Bassett est une embassadrice pour l'UNICEF aux Etats-Unis

Angela Bassett

Angela Evelyn Bassett (born August 16, 1958) is an American actress. She has become well-known for her biographical film roles portraying real life women in African American culture, including singer Tina Turner in the motion picture What’s Love Got to Do with It, as well as Betty Shabazz in the films Malcolm X

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Martin Campbell is considered one of the U.K.'s top directors by the mid 1980s, he directed the highly praised British telefilm

Martin Campbell

Martin Campbell is a film director. Campbell was born in Hastings, New Zealand, he moved to London where he began his career as a cameraman. Campbell’s first Hollywood movie was Criminal Law and he went on to direct Defenseless and No Escape

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