Monday, 30 September 2013

Monica Bellucci Studied jurisprudence for a short time

She appeared in a black and white TV commercial for Dolce & Gabbana. The director was Giuseppe Tornatore, who also directed her in the movie Malèna (2000).

Fluent in Italian, English, French and Spanish.
Daughter-in-law of Jean-Pierre Cassel.
Made a nude calendar for the Italian magazine Max in 1998 and another one for the Italian magazine GQ in 2000.
Was originally cast as Mina Harker in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003) but had to drop out due to a scheduling conflict. The part then went to Peta Wilson.
Studied jurisprudence for a short time.
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 39, a daughter Deva Cassel on September 12, 2004. Child's father is her now estranged 2nd husband, Vincent Cassel.
She was elected the most beautiful woman in the world by French viewers on a television show "La Plus belle femme du monde" on November 8, 2004.
Also a successful fashion model represented by Elite and Storm Model Management.
Favourite poem is "A Silvia" by Giacomo Leopardi.
Has her look-alike puppet in the French show "Les guignols de l'info" (1988).
She ranked #6 in Maxim's '50 Sexiest Women' (1999).
She ranked #9 in Maxim's '100 Sexiest Women' (2002).
She ranked #1 in Askmen's 'Most Desirable Woman' (2002).
Italian citizen.
Favorite movie is A Special Day (1977) by Ettore Scola.
Her role as "Chantal Hearst" in Under Suspicion (2000) was held by Romy Schneider in the original film, Garde à vue (1981).
Owns an apartment in London, England.
Doesn't always live with her husband Vincent Cassel, for avoiding routine, the two live in separate apartments. she lives most of the time in Rome and he lives in Paris.
Bellucci is a typical surname from center Italy, it comes from the Latin word "Bellutus", and has the same root as surnames like Belluto, Belluti, Belluzzo, Belluccio, or the aristocratic surname of Belluzzi.
She speaks to her daughter Deva Cassel in Italian.
She has said in an interview that Sophia Loren and Claudia Cardinale have inspired her acting career.
Ranked as #89 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" special supplement. (2005)
Member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 2006
Supports the Italian football team.
Has a wax statue in the Grevin Museum in Paris.
Her parents are Luigi Bellucci and Maria Gustinelli.
She's an only child.
Ranked #5 on E! Entertainment Networks list of "101 Sexiest Celebrity Bodies" list of 2006.
Attended University of Perugia.
Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#35). [2007].
Her best friend is Ilaria D'Amico.
Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 45, a daughter Léonie Cassel on May 21, 2010. Child's father is her now estranged 2nd husband, Vincent Cassel.
Was four months pregnant with her daughter Léonie when she completed filming The Whistleblower (2010).
Returned to work five months after giving birth to her daughter Deva in order to begin filming How Much Do You Love Me? (2005).
Returned to work four months after giving birth to her daughter Léonie in order to begin filming The Ages of Love (2011).
Sister-in-law of Rockin' Squat.
Stepsister-in-law of Cécile Cassel.
Shares birthday with fellow actresses Deborah Kerr, Angie Dickinson, Marion Cotillard and actor Ezra Miller.
Separated from her 2nd husband of 14 years Vincent Cassel. [August 2013]


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Marion Cotillard is an ecologist

If she had not been an actress, she would have liked to become a singer.
She's an ecologist.
Had to learn how to sing in one month to play Marie in Pretty Things (2001).
Best friends are Cécile Cassel, Élodie Navarre and Mélanie Laurent.
Spokesperson for Greenpeace. Is also one of several actors, singers, and designers involved in "Dessins pour le climat," an album project originated by Greenpeace and Glénat, available for sale beginning April 2005 (all proceeds to go to Greenpeace).
French citizen.
Co-wrote and performed the song "La Fille De Joie" for her film Pretty Things (2001). Also performed the song "La Conne" for this film.
Has two younger brothers: Guillaume and Quentin, they are identical twins (born on 6 November 1977).
Born to Jean-Claude Cotillard, an actor and teacher, and his wife Niseema Theillaud, also actress and drama teacher.
Is a member of Greenpeace.
Moved to Paris at the age of 16.
Cousin of Laurent Cotillard.
Grew up in Orléans.
Being a huge fan of Canadian singer Hawksley Workman, she starred in two of his clips.
Companion of her Love Me If You Dare (2003) co-star Guillaume Canet since 2007.
Having won the Best Actress Oscar for La Vie en Rose (2007) on 24 February 2008, she has become the second French actress to do so. The other one is Simone Signoret for Room at the Top (1959). Claudette Colbert, who won in 1934 for It Happened One Night (1934), was French-born, but raised in the U.S.
Her brother Quentin works as a sculptor, living in San Francisco, California with his Irish-American wife Elaine O'Malley Cotillard, a former Dutch National Ballet dancer and fashion designer.
Her younger brother, Guillaume Cotillard, is a screenwriter and director.
The first leading lady to receive the best actress Oscar for a non-English speaking role since Sophia Loren in 1962 for Two Women (1960).
Is the fifth actress to win the Best Actress Oscar for portraying a female singer in a biography; the first being Luise Rainer as Anna Held in The Great Ziegfeld (1936), followed by Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl (1968), Sissy Spacek as Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner's Daughter (1980) and Reese Witherspoon as June Carter Cash in Walk the Line (2005).
Is one of six performers to win an Oscar playing a character that mostly spoke in a foreign language. The others are Sophia Loren, Robert De Niro, Roberto Benigni and Benicio Del Toro.
One of 105 people invited to join AMPAS in 2008.
First French actress to win Best Leading Actress at BAFTA Film Awards since the integration of Best British Actress and Best Foreign Actress to one category: Best Leading Actress in 2008.
The dress she wore to the Academy Awards (where she won the Best Actress Oscar) was especially designed for her by Jean-Paul Gaultier. [2008]
Was considered for the role of Hanna Schmitz in The Reader (2008) after Nicole Kidman dropped out due to pregnancy. However the part eventually went to Kate Winslet. In 2009, Cotillard presented and gave the Academy Award for Best Actress to Kate Winslet for her performance in The Reader (2008).
First artist to win a Best Actress Oscar for a performance in the French language.
Had a relationship with french actor Stéphan Guérin-Tillié for 6 years (2000-2006) and was been romantically linked to french singer Sinclair.
When she won the Best Actress Oscar for La Vie en Rose (2007) in 2008, the statuette was presented to her by former co-star in Mary (2005/I), previous winner Forest Whitaker.
Announced that she and long-time boyfriend Guillaume Canet are expecting their first child together. [10 January 2011].
Ranked #48 in a 2011 study on the favorite celebrities of French kids aged 7 to 14, who gave her a grade of 6.21 on 10. The same study ranked her as the 53rd best-known celebrity by these kids, with 33.8% of the surveyed knowing her, either by name or by picture.
Gave birth to her son Marcel Canet, with partner Guillaume Canet, in Paris (19 May 2011).
Was six months pregnant with her son Marcel when she completed filming on Contagion (2011).
Was originally set to star in Cosmopolis (2012) but was replaced by Sarah Gadon after dropping out due to her pregnancy.
Was in consideration for the role of Ryan in Gravity (2013) but Sandra Bullock was cast instead.
Returned to work one month after giving birth to her son Marcel to begin filming The Dark Knight Rises (2012).
Ranked as having one of the most "Beautiful Famous Faces" by "The Annual Independent Critics List of the 100 Most Beautiful Famous Faces From Around the World." She was ranked #2 in 2012, #7 in 2011, #12 in 2010, #15 in 2009, #4 in 2008, #3 in 2007, #8 in 2006, #17 in 2005, #35 in 2004, #20 in 2003, and #31 in 2002.
Three of her films, Chloé (1996) (TV), Love Me If You Dare (2003) and Inception (2010) have featured a song by Édith Piaf - Marion won the Academy Award for Best Actress portraying Édith in La Vie en Rose (2007).
Is one of 5 French actors to have won an Academy Award. The others in chronological order are: Claudette Colbert for It Happened One Night (1934), Simone Signoret for Room at the Top (1959), Juliette Binoche for The English Patient (1996) and Jean Dujardin for The Artist (2011/I).
Is one of 12 French actresses to have received an Academy Award nomination. The others in chronological order are: Claudette Colbert, Colette Marchand, Leslie Caron, Simone Signoret, Anouk Aimée, Isabelle Adjani, Marie-Christine Barrault, Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche, Bérénice Bejo and Emmanuelle Riva.
Is a fan of the British sitcom "Absolutely Fabulous" (1992).
Ranked #39 on Askmen's list of the Top 99 Most Desirable women for 2013.
She and Tilda Swinton are the only actors to receive a Golden Globe, SAG, BAFTA and Critics' Choice nomination for the same performance and then fail to be Oscar-nominated for it.
Her name is pronounced "mah-ree-ahn ko-tee-ar".
She is the face of french fashion house Dior since 2008 and does several ads for the Lady Dior bags.
Is a fan of the actors Kate Winslet, Will Ferrell, Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill and during an interview to Jay Leno in 2012, she said she would love to work with them in a comedy.
Filmed The Dark Knight Rises (2012) and Rust and Bone (2012) at the same time and few months after she gave birth to her son, Marcel.
Was originally set to star in The Past (2013) but was replaced by Bérénice Bejo after dropping out due to scheduling conflicts.
She was voted Harvard's Hasty Pudding Theatrical Woman of the Year in 2013.
Is a fan of David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Radiohead and Elvis Presley.
Wrote and performed the song "Lily's Body" for the fourth episode of the Lady Dior Web Documentary (2012) with the same title.
Starred in David Bowie's music video "The Next Day" alongside Gary Oldman, her co-star in The Dark Knight Rises (2012).
Shares birthday with fellow actresses Deborah Kerr, Angie Dickinson, Monica Bellucci and actor Ezra Miller.
Sings under the pseudonym Simone in Maxim Nucci's band Yodelice.
Director James Gray who directed her in The Immigrant (2013) said that Cotillard is the best actor he ever worked with.


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Friday, 27 September 2013

Mindy Kaling was born Vera Mindy Chokalingam

Her middle name, Mindy, was taken from the TV show, "Mork & Mindy" (1978) (TV). Her mother was pregnant with her in Nigeria and that was the only American show they got there. When she met Robin Williams and told him the story, he didn't believe her.
Graduated from Dartmouth College, where she was a member of The Dog Day Players improv troupe, and where she also wrote a comic strip for the campus newspaper called 'Badly Drawn Girl'.
Graduated from Buckingham, Browne & Nichols, a private school in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1997 along with Alison Folland.
Co-wrote the acclaimed play "Matt and Ben", a comedy about Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. She played the role of Ben.
Was the first female member of "The Office" (2005) (TV) writing staff when she began there at age 24.
Is close friends with Web analyst and actor David Harris, who briefly appears in her new comic memoir "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)'.
Her mother Swati, an ob/gyn physician, once worked in the same Boston hospital with Ronald Krasinski, the internist father of her "The Office" (2005) (TV) co-star, John Krasinski.
One of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World (2013).


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Elton John isn’t actually Elton John

Elton John isn’t actually Elton John… he’s Reginald Dwight.

1979: He was the first Western rock star to perform in Israel and the USSR.

He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 1996 and awarded Knighthood of the British Empire in the 1998 Queen's New Years Honors List for his services to music and fund-raising for AIDS charities.
Grammy award winning singer.
9/5/97: Performed a new version of "Candle in the Wind", in tribute to Princess Diana at her funeral, with new lyrics specially written by Bernie Taupin.
Changed his name legally to Elton Hercules John. He chose the middle name "Hercules" not after the hero of mythology, but after the horse named Hercules on the British sitcom "Steptoe and Son" (1962).
1995: Awarded the Polar Music Prize, the Royal Swedish Academy of Music Award.
1992: Decided that all profits from his singles would be donated to AIDS charities and formed the Elton John AIDS Foundation. The foundation has become one of the world's largest nonprofit AIDS organizations.
At age 11, entered the Royal Academy of Music, but quit just before graduation to pursue a rock career.
He was twice a former Chairman of Watford Football Club.
1994: Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
He was a friend of the late rock singer Freddie Mercury and performed at the Freddie Mercury tribute concert.
Reformed drug addict, alcoholic and bulimic.
Christmas hits: "Step into Christmas" (1973) and "Cold as Christmas (In the Middle of the Year)" (1983).
Dusty Springfield sang backing vocals on his song "The Bitch is Back".
Covered the The Beatles' "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" in 1974, for the film All This and World War II (1976). John Lennon is featured in this recording, credited as "Dr. Winston O'Boogie".
His song "Philadelphia Freedom" was a tribute to tennis star Billie Jean King.
1976: Covered The Who's "Pinball Wizard", for the film Tommy (1975); in the film, he is shown performing the song while playing a pinball machine integrated with a miniature piano keyboard. To date (2010), this is the only cover of a Who song to break the top 10. As a tongue-in-cheek "revenge", on the 1991 Elton John/Bernie Taupin tribute album "Two Rooms", The Who contributed a cover of the song "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting", performed as if it were a Who composition.
His hit "Song for Guy" was a tribute to Guy Burchett, Rocket Records messenger who was killed in a motorcycle accident.
His song "Empty Garden" is a tribute to John Lennon.
Stevie Wonder played harmonica on his song "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues".
His song "Act of War" was a duet with Millie Jackson.
Sang a duet with Cliff Richard called "Slow Rivers".
Duet with Jennifer Rush: "Flames of Paradise".
Duet with Aretha Franklin: "Through the Storm".
Duet with Eric Clapton: "Runaway Train".
1991: Had a UK #1 with his live duet with George Michael, "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me".
Has played the piano since he was four years old.
1974: During one of his concerts at Madison Square Garden, John Lennon joined him on stage to perform three songs. This was part of a bet that if Lennon's song "Whatever Gets You Through the Night" went to #1, he would join Elton on stage. This proved to be Lennon's last on-stage performance.
Is the Godfather of John Lennon's son, Sean Lennon, Elizabeth Hurley's son Damian and David Beckham and Victoria Beckham's sons Brooklyn and Romeo.
Often parodied on "Saturday Night Live" (1975) by Horatio Sanz.
Started wearing glasses to copy one of his idols, Buddy Holly. After a while, his eyes adjusted to the lenses and he's worn glasses ever since.
His partner, filmmaker David Furnish, made the documentary about Elton, Elton John: Tantrums & Tiaras (1997) (TV).
Long-time collaborator, lyricist Bernie Taupin.
He has teamed up with lyricist Tim Rice on four projects. The songs for the films The Lion King (1994), The Road to El Dorado (2000) and the Broadway stage productions of "The Lion King" and "Aida".
Duets he sang with Kiki Dee are "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" and "True Love".
Is a co-owner of the chic Sunset Strip restaurant Le Dome in Hollywood.
Sang with Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder and Gladys Knight on the song "That's What Friends Are For".
1994: Re-recorded his 1976 hit "Don't Go Breaking My Heart", this time as a duet with RuPaul.
The song "You Can Make History (Young Again)" was a tribute to fashion designer Gianni Versace.
Sang the duet "Donner Pour Donner" in French with singer France Gall.
His parents, Sheila and Stanley Dwight, divorced when he was young. His mother then married Fred Farebrother, whom Elton affectionately dubbed 'Derf.'
Covered the Kiki Dee song "Sugar on the Floor".
Covered the Queen song "The Show Must Go On".
Covered the John Lennon song "Give Peace a Chance" on his four-CD boxed set "To Be Continued...".
Gave friend Rod Stewart the nickname "Phyllis".
Likes Indian food.
Duet with Luciano Pavarotti: "Live Like Horses".
2/6/04: Attended the special dinner at Sony Studios in Los Angeles to honor singer and activist Sting as MusiCares 2004's Person of the Year. The evening celebrated Sting's contribution to popular music, honored his charitable work with Amnesty International and the Rainforest Foundation. Other stars in attendance included Kylie Minogue and Dido.
Enjoys tennis.
His song "On Dark Street" features back-up vocals by Kiki Dee.
His song "All the Young Girls Love Alice" is a tribute to Alice Cooper.
Stated once in the 1970s that if he ever had a daughter, he would name her "Umbrella".
Auditioned for the lead vocalist spot in the band King Crimson but was turned down.
When Steve Winwood left the Spencer Davis Group to form Traffic, he auditioned to take Winwood's place. Unfortunately, he was turned down.
2000: Nominated for a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award (1999 season) for Best New Musical for "The Lion King" at the Lyceum Theatre.
2004: Recipient of the Kennedy Center Honours, along with Joan Sutherland, John Williams, Warren Beatty, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee.
Has epilepsy.
7/99: Had a pacemaker fitted to correct an irregular heartbeat following an episode of angina on an airplane.
1/87: Underwent laser surgery to remove nodules from his vocal chords in Australia. This followed a televised concert with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in which his voice sounded noticeably rough. In 2004 he admitted this problem had been caused by smoking too many drugs, including marijuana.
2001: Declared that "Songs from the West Coast" would be his final studio album, and thereafter he would concentrate on just live performances. In 2004, however, he released a new album, "Peachtree Road", which despite some favorable reviews flopped in every country it was released in.
1976 song "Someone Saved My Life Tonight" was about his real life suicide attempt.
He is a close friend of David Beckham, Billy Connolly and Billy Joel.
He was voted the 49th Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Artist of all time by Rolling Stone magazine.
Sang a duet with Luciano Pavarotti called "Live Like Horses".
Covered the John Lennon song "Give Peace a Chance" on his four-CD boxed set "To Be Continued...".
1/17/97: Covered the Queen song "The Show Must Go On" at the Theatre National de Chaillot in Paris, for the gala opening night of "Le Presbytere n'a rien perdu de son charme ni le jardin de son eclat", a moving work inspired by the premature deaths of Freddie Mercury and the company's principal dancer Jorge Donn.
1991: Had a UK #1 hit with his live duet with George Michael, "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me".
Came up with the name Elton John from Soft Machine saxophone player Elton Dean and Long John Baldry.
One of his all-time favorite singers is Country Music Hall-Of-Fame legend "Gentleman" Jim Reeves (1923-1964). Reportedly he once considered recording Reeves' mega-hit (on both Pop and Country Charts) "He'll Have To Go" (1960), but decided he couldn't possibly top Reeves' version.
Registered his civil partnership with long-term partner David Furnish at Windsor Town Hall on December 21, 2005, the first day that civil unions were legal in England and Wales. The ceremony was performed by Registrar Clair Williams, who also presided over the union between Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles.
1991: Winner of the Brit Award for British Male Solo Artist.
1986: Winner of the British Phonographic Industry award for Outstanding Contribution.
2002: Presented (along with musical partner Bernie Taupin) with the Music Industry Trusts' Award for his outstanding contribution to the British music industry.
As of March 2006, he has 10 godchildren.
Estimated in 2006 to have sold 250 million albums during his career.
In the Independent of Sunday 2006 Pink List - a list of the most influential gay men and women - he came no. 2, down from no. 1.
1995: Winner of the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution. Having previously won the award in 1986, he became the first person to win the award twice as a solo artist, a record which still stands in 2008.
His 1994 album "The Lion King" sold 15 million copies in the United States.
Sang a song with Tupac Shakur called "Ghetto Gospel".
Helped compose the single 'I Don't Like Dancin' with The Scissor Sisters.
2004: Winner of the Q Classic Songwriter Award.
Is one of the few artists such as Madonna and Kylie Minogue with #1 hits in both '80s, '90s and '00s.
Started piano lessons at age four, and showed promise as a musician at an early age.
Sang in his first and only concert in Puerto Rico in the Coliseo Jose Miguel Agrelot on April 28th 2007.
1992: Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Plays Yamaha concert grand pianos. Yamaha have also produced the Elton John Limited Edition Signature Series Red Piano, based on his Vegas show, The Red Piano.
Names The Beatles as a major musical inspiration and became friends with all the members of the band.
Ranked #17 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Rock & Roll.
In 2007, Forbes Magazine reported his earnings to be approximately $53 million for the year.
Raised $2.5m for Hillary Rodham Clinton's US presidential campaign with a concert at New York's Radio City Music Hall.
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6915 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
Won Broadway's Tony Award for Best Musical "Billy Elliot" for which he composed the music and Lee Hall wrote the Book and Lyrics.
Won a Tony for Original Musical Score in 2000 alongside Tim Rice for their work on "Aida". He was also nominated in the same category in 1998 for the musical version of The Lion King (1994) (alongside Tim Rice, Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymor and Hans Zimmer) and in 2009 for the musical version of Billy Elliot (2000) alongside Lee Hall.
Collaborated with Kiki Dee at Cherokee Studios for a duet "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" in 1976. "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" was also his first No. 1 single in the UK, topping the chart for six weeks in mid 1976. It also became his sixth No. 1 single in the US, topping the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks.
The Sunday Times List estimated his net worth at $287 million. [2009]
He has had at least one charted Billboard hit every year from 1970-2009.
Lives in London, United Kingdom, Nice, France and Atlanta, Georgia.
Merited a position in Time magazine's - The 100 Most Influential People in the World ("Artists" category) - with an homage penned by Stephen Daldry. [May 10, 2010]
His son, Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John, with partner David Furnish, was born via surrogate on 25 December 2010.
A guest at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert.
Elton and his partner David Furnish welcomed their second son Elijah Joseph Daniel on Friday January 11, 2013.
When he was still a session musician, Elton played piano on British band The Hollies' 1969 smash hit, "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother", for which he was paid £12.


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14-year-old Nolan Gould is a member of high IQ society Mensa

Brother of Aidan Gould

In an interview with Jimmy Kimmel on his late night show, Ariel Winter said that she is the oldest of the kids in the show, which she is age wise being born in January 1998 and Nolan in October but Nolan is two grades ahead of Ariel.
Nolan was named an "Entertainer of the Year" for the year 2010 by Entertainment Weekly Magazine.
Chosen as one of the Entertainers of the Year for 2011 by Entertainment Weekly.
During an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show at age 13, he announced that he has an IQ of 150 and is a member of Mensa.
Began acting and modeling at 3 years old, following his brother, Aidan, into the business.
Has studied with acting teachers Patrick Malone and Lisa Picotte in order to improve his craft.


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Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Vin Diesel’s name is an anagram of “I END LIVES.”

Shaves his head

Muscular physique
Deep voice
Big, lanky boots

He worked as a bouncer in New York at the famous nightclubs Tunnel (which has since closed) and Mars.
Has a fraternal twin brother, Paul Vincent, who is a film editor.
Has an Italian Mastiff named "Roman".
Has a younger sister, Samantha and a younger brother in addition to his fraternal twin, Paul.
Ranked #46 in Premiere's 2003 annual Power 100 List. Had ranked #95 in 2002.
Is an admitted fan of "Dungeons and Dragons", and, according to an interview on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (1993) that he played for 24 years.
Was offered the role of Matt Murdock/Daredevil in Daredevil (2003) that eventually went to Ben Affleck.
Vin's mother has Scottish, English, and German ancestry, while Vin's biological father's identity and background are not publicly known. Vin has described himself as "definitely a person of color", and has stated that he is also of part Italian ancestry, as well as "a lot of stuff". He was raised by his Caucasian mother and African-American step-father.
Producing partner with George Zakk. Their company is called One Race Productions.
Wrote an original screenplay titled "Doormen" (based on his experiences as a bouncer) as a follow-up to Strays (1997), his directorial debut. However, his acting career exploded and his plans to direct the film fell by the wayside. The concept eventually developed into the Fox Digital Entertainment web series 'The Ropes (TV series)', which Diesel created and produced.
During his teens, he performed breakdancing in an instructional video on the subject.
Credits the book "Feature Filmmaking at Used Car Prices" by Rick Schmidt as the one resource above all upon which he built his career. This book, according to Diesel, gave him the tools, knowledge, and most importantly, the inspiration to develop his short film Multi-Facial (1995), which he wrote, produced, directed and starred in.
He was cast opposite Ben Affleck in Reindeer Games (2000), but left the production shortly after filming began over concerns with the quality of Ehren Kruger's screenplay and creative differences with director John Frankenheimer.
Revolution Studios wanted him for the title role in Hellboy (2004), but director Guillermo del Toro thought that Ron Perlman was the perfect choice for the role, and would not direct the movie if he was not cast.
Was listed as a potential nominee on both the 2003 and 2004 Razzie Award nominating ballots. He was listed as a suggestion for the Worst Actor category on the 2003 ballot for his performances in the films Knockaround Guys (2001) and xXx (2002). And was listed as a suggestion again on the nominating ballot in the Worst Actor category the next year for his role in A Man Apart (2003). He did not receive either nomination. The following year though, he finally received his first Razzie nomination for Worst Actor in the film The Chronicles of Riddick (2004). However, he did not "win".
Is the cousin of rapper/producer Kwame "The Boy Genius". Kwame says if you watch his old videos, you'll see Vin in a few of them.
Once worked as a telemarketer, selling light bulbs.
In addition to being considered for the role of Hellboy in 2004, he was also considered for the part of Abe Sapien.
He gained 35 pounds so he could portray Fat Jackie in Find Me Guilty (2006).
Attended Hunter College and got his jump start by Steven Spielberg just like fellow actors Sam Feuer and Edward Burns.
He and his girlfriend, Paloma Jiménez, welcomed their first child, a girl, on April 2, 2008.
Started the video game company Tigon Studios in 2002. They in turn worked on the movie based game The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay (2004) (VG). Tigon Studios is now working on more next gen games as well as having a hand in all Vin Diesel-based games.
Revealed that the daughter he welcomed in April 2008, is named Hania Riley. [September 2008].
Wrote a three-page letter to director Steven Spielberg expressing his admiration for his work, particularly Schindler's List (1993). Spielberg was impressed with the heartfelt prose, prompting him to invite Diesel into the star-studded cast of Saving Private Ryan (1998).
Lives in Los Angeles, California.
Is close with Fast and Furious cast mates Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, and Michelle Rodriguez.
Vin revealed in several interviews that he has remained extremely close to friend and Fast and Furious costar Michelle Rodriguez. His children even refer to her as their aunt.
Traded a cameo in 'The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift' for the rights to the Riddick character from Pitch Black and 'The Chronicles of Riddick'.


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Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Danica McKeller is a Mathematician

Danica McKeller is a Mathematician and has a theorem named after her: McKellar–Winn theorem.

Older sister of Crystal McKellar, whom she considers her best friend.

Graduated summa cum laude from UCLA with a BS in mathematics in June 1998.

Had a 1998 paper published in Britain's "Journal of Physics A: Mathematics & General" with UCLA professor Lincoln Chayes and student Brandy Winn that provided a mathematical proof for a theorem dealing with magnetism in two dimensions. Her Erdos number is, at most, four; her Bacon number, by comparison, is two.
Is fluent in French.

Was a member of the Alpha Chi chapter of Alpha Delta Pi sorority at UCLA.

Attended Jason Marsden's nuptials, October 2004.

She is of Scottish and Portuguese descent.

Celebrity Judge for UCLA Spring Sing 2005.

Played the role of "Catherine" in a San Diego production of David Auburn's play "Proof". Catherine is an unlikely mathematical genius who writes a groundbreaking proof at a very young age; McKellar is also an unlikely mathematical genius (she was the only undergraduate invited to speak at Rutgers University's biannual Statistical Mechanics) who wrote a proof at a very young age.

Daughter of Mahaila McKellar and Christopher McKellar.
Stepsister of Christopher McKellar Jr. and Connor McKellar.

"World News with Diane Sawyer" (1953) named her "Person of the Week" for her book, "Math Doesn't Suck".

Did all her own dancing and lifts in "21 and a Wakeup" with partner Jamie Bayard, of "So You Think You Can Dance" (2005) fame.

Is now a two-time New York Times bestselling author with books "Kiss My Math" (2008) and "Math Doesn't Suck" (2007).

One of the few people to have both an Erdös number (the number of scientific-paper authors it takes to connect herself to the Hungarian mathematician Paul Erdös) AND a Bacon number (the the degree of separation between her and American actor Kevin Bacon). Many scientists and mathematicians have an Erdös number, and a great many actors have a Bacon number, but relatively few people have both.

Gave birth to her 1st child at age 35, a son Draco Verta on September 7, 2010. Child's father is her estranged husband, Mike Verta.

Filed for divorce from Mike Verta, her husband of three years. [June 4, 2012]
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