Archive for March, 2008

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Heath Ledger- Thanks for the Memorys

March 31, 2008

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Now that the hysteria is over, I’d like to do my bit for a man who’s movies I Admired.

Heath Andrew Ledger (April 4, 1979 – January 22, 2008) was an Academy Award, BAFTA, Golden Globe, and SAG Award-nominated Australian-born film actor who lived in New York City. After appearing in television roles during the 1990s, Ledger developed a movie career, appearing in nearly 20 films. He starred in both critical and box-office successes, including 10 Things I Hate About You, The Patriot, Monster’s Ball, A Knight’s Tale, and Brokeback Mountain. For his portrayal of Ennis Del Mar in Brokeback Mountain, Ledger was nominated for a 2005 Oscar for “Best Actor in a Leading Role” and won awards from the British Academy and the Australian Film Institute, as well as two MTV Movie Awards.

In addition to his work as an actor and as a producer and director of music videos, Ledger also aspired to be a film director.

Ledger completed filming his role as the Joker in the forthcoming movie The Dark Knight, shortly before dying from an accidental prescription drug overdose at age 28. His last acting project was Terry Gilliam’s unfinished film The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.

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Joker Returns

March 31, 2008

There have been a few goings on in the world of The Dark Knight over the weekend. Short version: Some people who registered with the Ibelieveinharveydent.com site received a new phone call, which lead to a number of other websites. Those include ccfabg.org, a site running a smear campaign against Harvey Dent, complete with video. That also leads to josephcandoloro.com (stated to be the found of ccfabg.com).

The more interesting part is that a number of US journalists who received promotional phones from The Joker have received another call. According to one of those lucky few, who posted on Hollywood Chicago, the message was:

“Hey clown, ready to get to work? (I replied “yes”.) Ok, good. You are 1 of 17 clowns still left in the game (remember, there were 22 phones initially) I have a letter for you. Here is your secret letter… are you ready for it? Your secret letter is “L” as in “Laugh”. Can you remember that? Good. Now get to work and tell all of your goons. We’ll be in touch soon.”

How all the people with phones came to learn each others’ letters, we don’t know, but they added up to a new URL for clowntravelagency.com. There you can see a suitcase with stickers for several international cities and a date of travel of April 1, which is tomorrow. So is there something big coming tomorrow? We’ll keep you updated.

Finally, the thehahahatimes.com has updated with a new Joker-defaced version of the issue of The Gotham Times posted last week.

(knicked from Empire for all you joker fans)

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Tom Cruise-Valkyrie

March 29, 2008

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From Glitterati

The German Protestant Church has attacked Tom Cruise over his Scientology beliefs, likening the actor to the Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels.

In the film “Valkyrie,” Cruise plays World War II hero Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, the man in charge of an unsuccessful plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler.

It’s been said that the German Protestant Church is comparing Cruise to Goebbels because of his zealous and outspoken nature. A spokesman for the church, Thomas Gandow, called Scientology a “totalitarian organization” and went so far as to say Cruise was the “Goebbels of Scientology”.

Gandow also said,

“This film (Rubicon) will have the same propaganda advantages for Scientology as the 1936 Olympics had for the Nazis.”

Also Interesting are new reports that the title of the film has been changed from the original “Valkyrie” to the new “Rubicon,” however IMDB still has the film listed under the original title. It could be listed as “Rubicon” somewhere else on the site, but I couldn’t find it when I did a search for “Tom Cruise,” or “Valkyrie,” and the only films listed under the title “Rubicon” were older films. Maybe they will update the title later.

Stranger still are reports that Phillip von Schulthess, a grandson of the late Claus von Stauffenberg, will play a role in the film.  Earlier reports were that the family of von Stauffenberg were against the making of the film because Tom Cruise – who is a devout Scientologist – would be playing the lead.

My Opinion:

While I actually admit to liking Tom Cruise in some films, others leave me decidedly underwhelmed. Now I have no problems with a mans religion but recent “outbursts ” have let me to the conclusion that either Mr Cruise is a pod person or in fact totally insane. But hey you know that’s my opinion.

and once again thanks to empire for the photo’s

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Bristol International Comic Convention 2008

March 28, 2008

The Convention is getting closer, If you listen to comic fans they are starting to get the con buzz. Talking about what writers and artists they will be seeing, a chance to catch up with friends made in conventions of years past and also a chance to go and get slaughtered on the firday and saturday.

Well all of that holds true for me and doubly so as MR Barry Kitson has consented to doing a crafty butchers interview over a pint or two.

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Afterburn

March 27, 2008

7034.jpgMaguire will topline Afterburn, based on a recently published comic book series by Paul Ens and Scott Chitwood. The story is set on Earth after a cataclysmic solar flare, which has left half the planet scorched and anything living there mutated by radiation. On this ravaged planet we call home, a group of mercenaries make a living by extracting pricey artifacts, like the Mona Lisa and Crown Jewels, for a hefty pay day. But, this being a comic book, they have to face pirates, fellow hunters and mutated creatures along the way.

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Perhaps we can all learn off the Australians

March 27, 2008

Britain Needs A Leader Like This!

Prime Minister John Howard – Australia

Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law were told on Wednesday to get out of Australia, as the government targeted radicals in a bid to head off potential terror attacks.

Separately, Howard angered some Australian Muslims on Wednesday by saying he supported spy agencies monitoring the nation’s mosques. Quote: ‘ IMMIGRANTS, NOT AUSTRALIANS, MUST ADAPT. Take It Or Leave It. I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture. Since the terrorist attacks on ?Bali , we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Australians.’

‘ This culture has been developed over two centuries of struggles, trials and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom’

‘ We speak mainly ENGLISH, not Spanish, Lebanese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society,? learn the language!’

‘ Most Australians believe in God. This is not some Christian, right wing, political push, but a fact, because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation, and this is clearly documented. It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture.’

‘ We will accept your beliefs, and will not question why. All we ask is that you accept ours, and live in harmony and peaceful enjoyment with us.’

‘ This is OUR COUNTRY, OUR LAND, and OUR LIFESTYLE, and we will allow you every opportunity to enjoy all this. But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about Our Flag, Our Pledge, Our Christian beliefs, or Our Way of Life, I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great Australian freedom,

‘ THE RIGHT TO LEAVE’.’

‘ If you aren’t happy here then LEAVE. We didn’t force you to come here. You asked to be here. So accept the country YOU accepted.’

Maybe if we circulate this amongst ourselves,British citizens will find the backbone to start speaking and voicing the same truths.

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Iron Monger- Iron Man’s Nemesis

March 27, 2008

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New Indiana Jones Picture

March 27, 2008

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New Still from the upcoming movie (thanks to the people at empire)

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Ken Watanabe

March 26, 2008

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Born Ken Watanabe in Koide, Niigata prefecture, his mother was a school teacher and his father taught calligraphy.

After graduating from high school in 1978, Watanabe moved to Tokyo to begin his acting career, getting his big break with the Tokyo-based theater troupe En. While with the troupe, he was cast as the hero in the play Shimodani Mannencho Monogatari, under Yukio Ninagawa’s direction. The role attracted critical and popular notice.

In 1982, he made his first TV appearance in Michinaru Hanran (Unknown Rebellion), and his first appearance on TV as a samurai in Mibu no koiuta. He made his feature-film debut in 1984 with MacArthur’s Children.

Watanabe is mostly known in Japan for playing samurai, as in the 1987 Dokuganruu Masamune (One eyed dragon, Masamune) the 50-episode NHK drama for which he is now best known. He played the lead character, Matsudaira Kurō, in the television jidaigeki Gokenin Zankurō, which ran for several seasons. He has gone on to earn acclaim in such historical dramas as Oda Nobunaga, Chushingura, and the movie Bakumatsu Junjo Den.

In 1989, while filming Haruki Kadokawa’s Heaven and Earth, Watanabe was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia. He returned to acting while simultaneously undergoing chemotherapy treatments, but in 1994 suffered a relapse.

As his health improved his career picked back up. He co-starred with Koji Yakusho in the 1998 Kizuna, for which he was nominated for the Japanese Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

In 2002, he quit the En (Engeki-Shudan En) theater group where he had his start and joined the K-Dash agency. The film Sennen no Koi (Thousand-year Love, based on The Tale of Genji) earned him another Japanese Academy Award nomination.

In 2006, he finally won Best Lead Actor at the Japanese Academy Awards for his role in Memories of tomorrow (Ashita no Kioku), where he played a patient with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Watanabe was introduced to most Western audiences with the 2003 film The Last Samurai for which his performance as Katsumoto in earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

Watanabe also appeared in the 2005 films Batman Begins and Memoirs of a Geisha, where he played The Chairman. In 2006 he starred in Clint Eastwood’s film Letters from Iwo Jima. He has also filmed ads for American Express and Yakult and in 2004, he was featured in People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People edition.

In 2001 he announced at a press conference that his ¥170 million (1.4 million USD, 2001) home had been repossessed and that he was heavily in debt. Watanabe had ignored his finances, leaving them entirely to his wife.

Ken is divorced from his ex-wife, Yumiko, with whom he has two children: Ann Watanabe, a 20 year-old model, and Dai, a 23 year-old actor.

On December 3, 2005, he married actress Kaho Minami.

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Almost Pythonesque

March 25, 2008

Health officials in the Philippines have issued a warning to people taking part in Easter crucifixion rituals. They have urged them to get tetanus vaccinations before they flagellate themselves and are nailed to crosses, and to practise good hygiene. On Good Friday dozens of very devout Catholics in the Philippines re-enact the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. It is something that has become a huge tourist attraction, although the Church frowns on the practice. Disinfect The health department has strongly advised penitents to check the condition of the whips they plan to use to lash their backs, the Manila Times newspaper reports.

They want people to have what they call “well maintained ” whips. In the hot and dusty atmosphere, officials warn, using unhygienic whips to make deep cuts in the body could lead to tetanus and other infections. And they advise that the nails used to fix people to crosses must be properly disinfected first. Often people soak the nails in alcohol throughout the year. Every Good Friday, in towns across the Philippines, people atone for sins or give thanks for an answered prayer by re-enacting the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Giving thanks In the northern city of San Fernando alone there will be three separate improvised Golgothas – the biblical name for the hill where Jesus was crucified. Four people there have pledged to have their feet and hands nailed to wooden crosses, while others will flog themselves while walking barefoot through villages. Sometimes people repeat the penance year after year, like the fish vendor who will be nailed to the cross for the 15th and last time on Friday to give thanks for his mother’s recovery from tuberculosis. With long hair and a beard, wearing sandals and a crown of thorns, he is tied with cloth to the cross but also has nails driven through the flesh of his hands and feet, avoiding the bones.

Imagine the scene

John Cleese as the centurion: Right then Gentlemen, Pontius has given you all a bit of a let off, all those that haven’t had their tetanus jabs hands up.

Little old jew: Well I haven’t but I just wanted to put my feet up for the weekend.

John Cleese: Oooh if it wasn’t for my repetative strain injury I’d give you a damn good lashing

One of his legionaires leans forwards and whispers something

John Cleese: Sorry, Sorry I would have if our whip had been kept in good order. Health and safety Oyvey you couldn’t make it up

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Comic Book Fans- Who we are!!

March 24, 2008

full name:Richard John Griffiths aka Necrophage aka The Crafty Butcher

age:Physically 35

occupation: British Telecoms Business Sales
first comic bought: Keith Giffens run on JLA and Captain America
favourite series of comics: That’s a tough one. There are a few titles I’m really enjoying at the moment like Walking Dead, Deus Ex Machina and Y the Last Man, Annhilation by Dan Abnett.
Favourite artist: Alex Ross, Dave Gibbons and Doug Braithwaite, Barry Kitson
favourite writer: Geoff Johns, Dan Abnett and Brian K Vaughan
most expensive comic: hmm either one of my early avengers or one of my variant green lantern covers.
what are you most looking forward to in the next 12 months:  Well In Darkest Night of course, the return of Squadron Supreme (which I am really hoping they don’t mess up) and the fifth book of the Codex Alera by Jim Butcher
what comic store do you shop at: Cardiff Fantasy in Jacobs Market.
first published work: The Crafty Butchers Website
proudest moment: Breaking the previous weeks record for visits and getting my Barry Kitson Art collection started last year in Bristol.
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Tom Cruise or Superhero Movie

March 23, 2008

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFBZ_uAbxS0

 the scary thing is that the spoof is more believable than the junk he’s spouting

http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=43186

your choice

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Stardust- DVD

March 23, 2008

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The 14 year-old in me is immensely happy that they’re now able to make really good looking fantasy movies, and that they’re all the rage, what with Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia making loads of cash at the box office. Stardust, based on a novel by Neil Gaiman, Everyone i spoke to rated this as only average. Well I have to say I spent an enjoyable afternoon watching it. It’s not a huge movie like Lord of the Rings but it is a feel good film. The plot line is your very basic fantasy quest (the hero sets out to look for a fallen star) filled with obstacles. But within that basic outline, the story is lively and imaginative. It’s simply aiming to be a lot of fun, and a charming little romance. And it succeeds wonderfully. There were a lot of big films this summer, but none of them were nearly as fun as this one. There’s a lot going on, but the story is told well and is almost entirely coherent. The Dead Princes did steal the show but it was an enjoyable romp. A lot of fun to be had here if you’re a fan of the genre.

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Sacrilege- Neil Marshalls Horror Western

March 23, 2008

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As Rogue Pictures prepares to release Neil Marshall’s “Doomsday” on Friday, the Focus Features genre arm has made a deal for the writer-director’s follow-up, “Sacrilege,” a horror film to be set in the Old West. This movie is set in the gold rush period, It’s going to be dark and gritty period horrorMarshall, who wrote and directed “Dog Soldiers” and “The Descent” as well as “Doomsday,” grew up in England watching oaters and horror films in equal measure and dreamed of combining the genres. Marshall declined to disclose much detail on “Sacrilege,” but the picture will draw on themes of isolation and paranoia and such influences as “The Thing.”

“This is ‘Unforgiven’ by way of H.P. Lovecraft, with that grim, gritty setting and a horror element nobody has seen before,” Marshall said.

He added that he’d begin writing immediately.

“I’ve always got a few irons in the fire, but this has long been an ambition of mine,” Marshall said.

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Straight from shock till you drop

March 23, 2008

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In just a little over a month, powerhouse writing-directing team Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (Game) begin shooting a sequel to their pumped-up, kinetic actioner Crank. Following that, it’s Jonah Hex, the DC comics western steeped in the supernatural (original announcement).

“I think it’s the best script we’ve written,” Taylor told me during a late-night soiree in Hollywood thrown in anticipation of Pathology, a film he co-penned with Neveldine. Warner Bros. apparently loves the script and understands the tone the pair have brought to this tale of true grit and blood – and if you’ve seen Crank and Pathology, you know all bets are off and you’re in for a unpredictable, f’ed-up ride.

Asked if there was any concern over comparisons between the upcoming “Hex” and Neil Marshall’s recently announced horror western Sacrilege, Taylor expresses no worries. “I’m not sure what that film’s going to be like, but ours is less horror.” Still, he promises, it’s going to be plenty twisted.

Thanks to the people over at :

http://www.shocktillyoudrop.com

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Last Argument Of Kings

March 22, 2008

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 What can i say now that the series is over. Give us another book please Joe. The characters are flawed but human all the less. Without giving too much away. The Bloody Nine is a fantastic tragic character. Jezal Dan Luthar starts off arrogant and a character you hate but you grow to love him and feel genuine sorrow for him when his courage is not truly rewarded. And Glokta ah one of my all time favourite characters in a long time.

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Demon’s Regret

March 22, 2008

dr01solicit.jpgFirst time for Brown/Torres/Golden Team-up in tale of Evil vs. EvilAtlanta–Take some fallen angels, a bit of fire and brimstone, a disgruntled immortal, a plan to out-deceive the Great Deceiver himself; throw in a slew of Michael Golden covers; and you’ve got the upcoming, highly anticipated mini-series Demon’s Regret nailed on a spike.Germinating in the brain of writer Mitch Brown for over two years, the plot ofDemon’s Regret tags along with the 1/3 of the fallen angels who decide to follow Lucifer in rebellion and war with Archangel Michael. But what happens to those angels that choose the path of evil rather than good? No pathway to salvation, no way of turning back once the dye is cast?!And, what happens if one of those fallen angels–demons–regrets his decision?The story focuses on

one such angel, Asmodeus, who, although he can never give up his demon status, chooses to assist with the commission of lesser evil to stop greater wrongs as an expression of his anger toward Lucifer. He has done so throughout history….as the reader will soon discover!But what transpires if/when the boss discovers the ruse?With shrewd dialogue and story structure from Brown, the interior art is provided by talented creator Wilfredo Torres, who made his first foray into comics on Terminus Media’s series ofEvolution books. After being selected as a Top Ten finalist on Comic Book Resources–CB13, Wilfredo went on to work for Mark Waid on Boom! Studio’s limited series, Salem: Queen of Thorns.  His fine line work is an inspired choice to take us into the underworld and beyond.Cover duties go to comics mastermind Michael Golden, who, with recent work on Iron Man, Exiles, Heroes for Hire, Wonder Woman, Wolverine, and G.I. Joe, seems a perfect choice to bring some devilish dealings to the Demon’s Regret frontage. Touted for his groundbreaking work on The ‘Nam, Micronauts, Dr. Strange, Batman, and Nightwing, recent art projects on Golden include such titles as Modern Masters–Michael Golden; Modern Masters: In the Studio with Michael Golden DVDExcess The Art of Michael Golden, (going into a second printing), and the upcoming Creator Chronicles: Michael Golden Sketch Cover DVD.Published by Digital Webbing,

Demon’s Regret is a unique anti-hero tale that fits in nicely with Digital Webbing’s themed books such as “Bloodrayne” and “Bleeders,” while also reminding us of some other anti-heroes in the comics lexicon who too sometimes use evil to combat evil… Unlike the guy with the skull on his chest and the AK47, however, Asmodeus has no choice.Come along for the riveting ride!“Demon’s Regret” can be ordered from the Digital Webbing section of the Diamond catalogue, or directly from their website at: http://www.digitalwebbing.com  For information on interviews with the creators contact: evaink@aol.com
 

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Ray Parks is Snake Eyes

March 22, 2008

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Ray Parks (above) is playing snake eyes in the upcoming GI Joe Movie.

“He’s the world’s greatest ninja, but he’s also next-generation. He’s not afraid to use a sword one second, and a split-second later he’s pulling out his Glock. His chief nemesis is arguably the world’s other great ninja, Storm Shadow. The two grew up together, were blood brothers and now are mortal enemies”.

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Comic Book Fans- Who we are!!

March 21, 2008
tn1.jpgfull name:Stuart ‘Danger’ Tipples
age:Physically? 32… Mentally? 15
occupation: By day: Corporate sales whore! By night: Drawing monkey!
favourite comic character:
first comic bought: Probably one of the Marvel UK titles, or an Eagle when I was like 4 or 5… But 1st comic I physically went out and bought with my own pocket money would’ve been 2000AD circa late 600’s
favourite series of comics: That’s a tough one. There are a few titles I’m really enjoying at the moment like Walking Dead, Deus Ex Machina and Y the Last Man, but there are also quite a few oldies and classics that still resonate with me like Zenith, Garth Ennis era Hellblazer but I think I would have to say my favourite is Pete Milligan and Ducan Fegredos Enigma. I’m not a huge fan of Capes and Tights titles, so the Enigma was one of those Vertigo titles that just instantly appealed to me and Fegredo’s art is just fantastic in it! So animated and exciting, admittedly there is quite a visable learning curve taking place in it, but none the less, Fegredo’s characters are expressive and very real looking.
Favourite artist: Tricky again… There are a lot of artists I admire and respect from my position of trying to be an comic book artist proffessionally myself, Sean Phillips, Brendan McCarthy, Steve Yeowel, Ashley Woods, Duncan Fegredo (obviously) and Mike Mignola. But if I had to pick a favourite?… Jock. Like Fegredo he draws expressive, animated and very stylish characters. He also has a fantastic eye for design and composition.
favourite writer: Brian K. Vaughan and Warren Ellis.
most expensive comic: Don’t really think I have anything that expensive or collectable. I don’t really buy monthly titles anymore (space issues) I tend to wait for the trades to be released.
what are you most looking forward to in the next 12 months: It’s blatant self promotion, but I’m going to say it anyway! I cannot wait to see the 1st issue of The Magpye out there and on the shelves! It’ll be my first monthly book, all my previous published books have been graphic novels or one offs.
what comic store do you shop at: I don’t really, I do most my comic/graphic novel shopping online – but if I do, it’s usually The Comic Guru or Forbidden Planet in Cardiff.
average spend monthly: Trades not monthly books… maybe £20-£30 a month.
first published work: That was probably MWM 1 by Openbook Press/Smash Comics – I think you can still pick up copies of that version on amazon.com, but my first work that I would say was properly published i.e. available in books shops around the world, was my version of The Raven, for the graphic novel Nevermore for Selfmade Hero publishing.
proudest moment: You mean other than winning Subuteo under 16 division 2 league?! Watching a complete stranger picking up MWM 0 that had no marketing, no advertising or any sort of advance warning on the world and actually parting with their hard earned money for it at Bristol back in 2004.
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Edward Norton

March 21, 2008

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Norton was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and grew up in Columbia, Maryland. His mother, Robin (née Rouse), an English teacher, died of a brain tumor in 1997; his father, Edward James Norton, Sr., is an environmental lawyer and conservation advocate working in Asia, as well as a former federal prosecutor under the Carter administration. His maternal grandfather was the developer James W. Rouse (also see The Rouse Company), who designed the city of Columbia, Maryland (where Norton grew up), helped develop Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, Norfolk’s Waterside Festival Marketplace, and Boston’s Quincy Market, as well as co-founded the Enterprise Foundation with Norton’s maternal step grandmother, Patricia. Norton has two younger siblings; his sister, Molly, and his brother, Jim, with whom he has collaborated professionally.

From 1981 to 1985, along with his brother, he attended Pasquaney, a camp in Hebron New Hampshire. There he won the acting cup in 1984 and later returned to the camp’s council for two years, directing theater. He continues to visit this camp and maintains close connections with it.

Norton graduated from Wilde Lake High School in 1987. He attended Yale University, where he gained experience in university theater productions. He acted alongside fellow Yale students Ron Livingston and Paul Giamatti. He graduated in 1991 with a BA in History. Following graduation, Norton worked in Osaka, Japan, consulting for his grandfather’s company, Enterprise Foundation. He also appeared in an ESL textbook, Only in America, used by Nova, a major English language school.

Edward Norton moved to New York City and began his acting career in Off-Broadway theater. Moving into film, Norton played a series of dark, grotesque characters, quickly launching him into the spotlight, beginning with 1996’s Primal Fear. In the film, he took on the role of Aaron Stampler, a deeply disturbed young man accused of a brutal murder, for which he won a Golden Globe and an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. In 1998, his portrayal of a reformed neo-Nazi in American History X earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor and his role as a card shark pitted him opposite Matt Damon in 1998’s poker-playing hit Rounders. He packed on 30 pounds (15 kg) of muscle for his role in American History X but did not maintain the physique after production. One of his more widely known roles is his performance in the adaptation of the cult novel Fight Club by director David Fincher, which co-starred Brad Pitt and Helena Bonham Carter, has been credited as a factor in expanding Norton’s fan base.

In 2002, he starred as FBI profiler Will Graham in Brett Ratner’s Red Dragon and in Spike Lee’s 25th Hour, as a drug dealer living his last night before going to prison. While Red Dragon received mixed reviews, it was commercially successful. 25th Hour was praised by critics, particularly for its examination of a post 9-11 New York City, but failed to break even.

He played himself in a cameo role in the experimental comedy show Stella, and won critical acclaim for his role as the leper king of Jerusalem in Kingdom of Heaven. In 2006, he starred in the independent movie The Illusionist, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and later became a sleeper hit when it went on general release.

Norton has also done uncredited script work on some of the films he has appeared in, specifically Frida and The Score. In 2000, he made his debut as a director with Keeping the Faith. He will also direct his film adaptation of the novel Motherless Brooklyn.

On April 16, 2007, it was confirmed that Norton will play the role of Bruce Banner in the upcoming movie adaptation of the Incredible Hulk, to be released in 2008.

Norton is generally known for his reluctance to embrace his celebrity status, and has said, “If I ever have to stop taking the subway, I’m gonna have a heart attack.”[ Norton has stated in interviews that he is a fan of the Baltimore Orioles. He was involved in many of Cal Ripken Jr.’s retirement activities in 2001 when Norton was asked to be a part of Ripken’s biography for MLB. He attended Ripken’s ceremony at the Hall of Fame in July 2007.

Norton has a private pilot license and discussed his flight training when interviewed on an episode of The Late Show with David Letterman.

Norton has been a strong supporter of Eliot Spitzer, who was elected governor of New York in 2006. He has introduced Spitzer at several campaign events and also rode on his campaign bus. Norton is a member of the trustees of the Enterprise Foundation, a non-profit developer of affordable housing. He is also well-known for his support for environmental causes and renewable energy projects, such as BP’s Solar Neighbors program. He has also put time and money toward social activist causes, including improving the quality of living in low-income communities.

Norton dated Courtney Love from 1996 to 1999, and actress Salma Hayek between 1999 and 2003. He had broken engagements with both women. Norton is 6 feet (1.8 m) tall, according to his interview on “The Daily Show.”

As of 2008, his partner is Shauna Robertson, producer of Knocked Up and the 40 Year Old Virgin. They started dating in the Fall of 2006.