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Ron Howard

Ron Howard

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American film director, producer and actor Ron Howard was born on March 1, 1954, in Duncan, Oklahoma, to actress Jean Speegle Howard and director and actor Rance Howard. His brother, Clint Howard, is also an actor.

The director attended John Burroughs High School and was a student of the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, though he failed to graduate.
In 1959, Ron debuted in movie “The Journey”. His best works as an actor include such movies as “American Graffiti” (1973), “The Shootist” (1976) and TV series “Happy Days” (1974-1984).

Howard made his directorial debut in 1977 with “Grand Theft Auto”. His other famous works include “Apollo 13” (1995), “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000), “A Beautiful Mind” (2001), “The Da Vinci Code” (2006), “Angels & Demons” (2009) and “Rush” (2013).

In 2001, Ron got an Academy Award for Best Director (for movie “A Beautiful Mind”). In 2003, he received the National Medal of Arts. And in 2013, he became an inductee of the Television Hall of Fame.

Howard is the co-chairman of Imagine Entertainment production company. At the moment, he has produced more than 40 movies and television films.

In 1975, Ron Howard married his classmate Cheryl Alley. The couple has four children: three daughters and a son. His elder daughter, Bryce Dallas Howard, became a popular actress.

An interesting fact is that Asteroid 12561 Howard is called after him.

Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey

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Matthew McConaughey was born on November 4, 1969, in Uvalde, Texas. His mother Mary Kathleen is a teacher and his father James Donald was a businessman and football player. His parents married each other three times as were twice divorced.The actor’s ancestry includes Scottish, English, Irish, Swedish and German.

He attended University of Texas at Austin College of Communication, where he got a Bachelor’s degree in Radio-Television-Film, and spent a year in Australia as an exchange student.

McConaughey started his acting career in 1991 by participating in various TV commercials. Just in a year, he got his first role in “Dazed and Confused”. His is best known to the spectators for his roles in “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” (2003), “Sahara” (2005), “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” (2009), “Magic Mike“(2012), “Dallas Buyers Club” (2013) and “Interstellar” (2014).

In 2013, Matthew McConaughey got a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Drama, an Academy Award for Best Actor, SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role and dozens of other awards for his role in “Dallas Buyers Club”. In 2014, he was named one of 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine and got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The actor is married to Brazilian model Camila Alves since 2012 though they are in relationships since 2006. Camila gave birth to Matthew’s two sons and a daughter.

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Lucas Black

Lucas Black

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Actor Lucas Black was born on November 29, 1982, in Decatur, Alabama, to office worker Jan and museum employee Larry. He as well as his siblings, Lee and Lori, were raised as Southern Baptists.

At the age of 11, Lucas played his first role in movie “The War” though he had no experience in acting at all. In 1996, after playing in “Sling Blade”, the young actor won a Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor. At the moment, Black’s most famous movies are “Crazy in Alabama” (1999), “All the Pretty Horses” (2000), “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift” (2006), “Legion” (2010). He also played in TV series “American Gothic” (1995-1996) and “NCIS: New Orleans” (2014-present).

Lucas Black was a model for Calvin Klein while studying in Alabama.

In 2010, the actor married lawyer Maggie O’Brien, who gave birth to his son and daughter. When Lucas has some free time, he likes to play basketball, football or golf.

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Famke Janssen

Famke Janssen

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Famke Janssen, a Dutch actress, director and screenwriter, was born on November 5, 1964, in Amstelveen, the Netherlands.

The actress studied economics at the University of Amsterdam before moving to the United States, where she worked as a model for Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel and Victoria’s Secret and, at the same time, attended the Columbia University.

In early 1990s, Famke retired from modelling and started to try her hand at acting. She got her first roles in “Star Trek: The Next Generation” episode and “Fathers & Sons” movie in 1992. However, her breakthrough role was the one of Xenia Onatopp, a rival of James Bond, in “GoldenEye” in 1995. The other famous movies with her participation are “The Faculty” (1998), “House on Haunted Hill” (1999), “Don’t Say a Word” (2001), “X-Men” film series, “Hide and Seek” (2005), “Taken” (2008) and its sequels. You can also see her in TV Series “Nip/Tuck” (2004-2010) and “Hemlock Grove”(2013-present).

In 2011, Janssen made her directorial debut with “Bringing Up Bobby”.

Famke Janssen was married to filmmaker Kip Williams from 1995 to 2000.

In 2008, the actress became a Goodwill Ambassador for Integrity for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Famke is also a vegetarian and fights for animal rights.

An interesting fact is that Janssen is a fan of Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep.

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Chris Hemsworth

Chris Hemsworth

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Australian actor Chris Hemsworth was born on August 11, 1983, in Melbourne. His father Craig is a social services counsellor and his mother Leonie is a teacher of English. His brothers Luke and Liam are also actors. He combines English, German, Irish and Scottish descent.

His first recurring role was in “Guinevere Jones” TV series. He became a well-known actor after starring in TV series “Home and Away” (2004-2007). In order to proceed with his acting career, Chris moved to the United States in 2009 together with his brother Liam.

Chris Hemsworth got a world recognition after playing Marvel Comics superhero Thor in movie “Thor” (2011). In order to play this character, the actor gained 20 pounds of muscle. His other famous roles include the ones in “Star Trek” (2009), “The Avengers” (2012) and its sequel, “Snow White and the Huntsman” (2012), “Rush” (2013) and “Blackhat” (2015).

In 2010, the actor married actress Elsa Pataky. They have daughter India Rose and twin sons, Tristan and Sasha.

Chris was chosen by People magazine as the Sexiest Man Alive in 2014. He also got to Glamour magazine’s list of “50 Sexiest Men” of 2013. Hemsworth won such awards as Teen Choice, People’s Choice and MTV Movie Awards for his roles of Thor and Huntsman.
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Adam Sandler

Adam Sandler

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Adam Sandler was born on September 9, 1966, in Brooklyn, New York, to school teacher Judy and electrician Stanley Sandler. Both Adam’s parents are Jewish and have roots in Russia.

Being a schoolboy, Adam noticed that he had a talent to make people laugh. Sandler studied at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and, at the same time, performed at clubs and campuses.

The actor played his first role in “The Cosby Show” in 1987-1988. In 1989, he debuted in feature film “Going Overboard”. At the beginning of his career, Adam often performed at comedy clubs. In 1990, he was noticed by comedian Dennis Miller, who helped him to become a writer and later a player in Saturday Night Live Show. In 1995, Sandler stars in “Billy Madison” comedy. The other well-known movies, starring the actor are “The Wedding Singer” (1998), “Big Daddy” (1999), “50 First Dates” (2004), “Click” (2006), “You Don’t Mess with the Zohan” (2008) and “Grown Ups” (2010).

Adam Sandler has his own production company, called “Happy Madison Productions”. The name of the company is the combination of titles of Adam’s first movies “Billy Madison” and “Happy Gilmore”. The company has produced almost all Sandler’s movies since 1999.

The actor is married to actress Jacqueline Samantha Titone since 2003, who converted to Judaism before their wedding. The couple has two daughters, Sadie and Sunny.

Adam loves animals. His first dog was a bulldog, called Meatball, who was a best man at his wedding. However, the dog died in 2004 and Adam bought one more dog and named it Matzoball.

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Mystery/Sci-Fi

Director:   Brad Bird
Description:   When a girl, who is eager to pass through new adventures, gets a mysterious object, which opens the access to the parallel reality, she has to turn to Frank, a cynical and genius inventor. Casey has to persuade Frank to tell her the secret about that mysterious place and make him return to the place, where he has been expelled from.

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Action / Adventure / Sci-Fi

IMDb rating: 8.1
Director:   James Gunn
Stars:   Raed Abbas, Habib Anibaba, Dave Bautista, Stephen Blackehart, Enzo Cilenti, Bradley Cooper, Benicio Del Toro, Vin Diesel, Sean Gunn, Gregg Henry, Pete Buzzsaw Holland, Djimon Hounsou, Ralph Ineson, Lloyd Kaufman, Matthew David McCarthy, Serhat Metin, Lee Pace, Marcus Payne, Rafael Pereira-Edwards, Chris Pratt, Tom Proctor, John C. Reilly, Michael Rooker, Julian Seager, Peter Serafinowicz, Spencer Wilding, Joanna Chamberlain, Glenn Close, Karen Gillan, Laura Haddock, Joelle Koissi, Melia Kreiling, Ophelia Lovibond, Zoe Saldana, Leila Wong
Description:   Peter Quillen is a brave traveler who finds a mysterious artifact, the owner of which is the powerful and ruthless villain Ronan who wants to capture the universe. Peter is at the center of the intergalactic hunting where the victim is himself…