Rob Zombie

Rob Zombie first became popular as the founding member of the metal band White Zombie but also became known as a director, screenwriter, and film producer.

Zombie also pursued a solo career in music and his first attempt was with song, Hand of Death (Burn Baby Burn), which he sang with Alice Cooper. The song earned him a nomination for Best Metal Performance at the 39th Annual Grammy Awards. Then, Zombie proceeded with recording his debut solo album, Hellbilly Deluxe, which came out in the market in 1998. He disbanded White Zombie and continued his solo career with his album selling three million copies worldwide and three singles.

His next albums were The Sinister Urge (2001), which became platinum in the US, the compilation album, Past, Present, & Future (2003), Educated Horses (2006), Hellbilly Deluxe 2 (2010), Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor (2013).

Zombie was also known for directing films, including House of 1000 Corpses (2000), which was not released until 2003, The Devil’s Rejects (2005), Halloween (2007), the animated film, The Haunted World of El Superbeasto (2007), and The Lords of Salem (2012).

LIFE AND EARLY CAREER OF ROB ZOMBIE

Born as Robert Bartleh Cummings, Rob Zombie was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts on January 12, 1965 to his parents, Robert and Louise Cummings. He has a brother, Michael David Cummings, the lead singer of Powerman 5000. Zombie has always liked Alice Cooper, Steven Spielberg, Bela Lugosi, and StanLee, and he has an inclination toward horror movies. Zombie went to Haverhill High School and Parsons School of Design.

Zombie and his former girlfriend, Sean Yseult, founded the band, White Zombie. The band managed to release three Eps and two albums under the band’s own record label, Silent Explosion. Under Geffen Records, the band released another EP and their third album, which finally became a hit and sold over two million copies in the US. The band’s first single was Thunder Kiss ’65, which was also released under Geffen Records.

The band’s final album was Astro-Creep: 2000 – Songs of Love, Destruction and Other Synthetic Delusions of the Electric Head (1995), which entered the Billboard 200. Zombie directed the music videos for the band’s music, including that of More Human than Human (1995), until the disbandment of White Zombie.

Before the disbandment of White Zombie, Zombie worked with Alice Cooper on the song Hands of Death (Burn Baby Burn), which earned a nomination for Best Metal Performance at the 39th Annual Grammy Awards.

ROB ZOMBIE’S SOLO MUSIC CAREER

Before his band was dissolved, Zombie was already working on his first solo album, Hellbilly Deluxe: 13 Tales of Cadaverous Cavorting Inside the Spookshow International (1998). The album was hit, reaching the Billboard 200 and becoming Zombie’s highest selling album to date. The album led to the release of three singles and remix album, American Made Music to Strip By (1999).

Zombie also established his own record label, Zombie-A-Go-Go Records, which would be releasing albums for the bands The Bomboras and the Ghastly Ones. The label also released Zombie’s Rob Zombie Presents the Words &Music of Frankenstein (1999).

Zombie’s first directed movie should have been The Crow: 2037 but the film was never realized. Instead, Zombie would first direct the House of 1000 Corpses, which was not released until after a few years because of the film’s violent content.

Aside from his film project, Zombie’s song Superbeast, was nominated for Best Metal Performance at the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards, and the song Scum of the Earth was part of the Mission: Impossible II soundtrack.

In 2001, Zombie released his second studio album, The Sinister Urge. With the single Feel So Numb, the album was also a hit, selling over one million copies in the US.

Zombie eloped with his girlfriend, Sheri Moon, in 2012. Afterward, he finally got Lions Gate Entertainment to release the House of 1000 Corpses. The film was negatively reviewed, though it managed to gain a cult following. The soundtrack of the film hit the 53rd spot on the Billboard 200.

Zombie also released a compilation album, Past, Present, & Future, in 2003, featuring songs of White Zombie, Zombie’s songs from his solo albums, and some new material. The album was also a commercial success and sold over a million copies.

Aside from directing and making music, Zombie also created a comic book series, Spookshow International, which was released in 2003. It was followed by The Nail in 2004 and Bigfoot in 2005.

Zombie’s next movie was The Devils Rejects (2005), the sequel to the House of 1000 Corpses. The film received mixed reviews but also managed to gain a cult following. The movie was also accompanied by release of The Devils Rejects comics.

Zombie’s third album was Educated Horses (2006) and was included in the top ten of Billboard 200. Though the album received mixed reviews, the song The Lords of Salem was nominated for Best Hard Rock Performance at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards.

In 2006, Zombie released his first official greatest hits album, The Best of Rob Zombie, which was re-released as The Best of Rob Zombie: 20th Century Masters The Millennium Collection. The album was gold certified by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and hit the 166th spot on the Billboard 200.

Zombie also released a live album, Zombie Live.

ZOMBIE’S CONTINUED CAREER IN FILM

Zombie directed the remake of the horror classic, Halloween, which was a hit during its Labor Day weekend release. However, the film was negatively reviewed by most critics. The film was followed by Halloween II, which was directed and written by Zombie as well. The film was not received positively.

The same day as Halloween II’s release, Zombie and Jesse Dayton released the album Rob Zombie Present Captain Clegg And The Night Creatures under Zombie-A-Go-Go Records.

Zombie’s next project was the animated film The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, which was released in a limited number of theaters in 2009.

ZOMBIE’S CONTINUED CAREER

Zombie continued his music career with the release of Hellbilly Deluxe 2: Noble Jackals, Penny Dreadfuls and the Systematic Dehumanization of Cool in 2010. The album received mixed to positive reviews and it also prompted Zombie’s Hellbilly Deluxe 2 World Tour.

Zombie launched Whatever Happened to Baron Von Shock? In 2010, which would be the last of his comic book series. His next project, The Lords of Salem, premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.

His second remix album, Mondo Sex Head, was launched in 2012 under Geffen Records. Zombie’s next album, Venomous Rate Regeneration Vendor was released in 2013, which also debuted at the top ten list of Billboard 200.

Zombie’s succeeding projects included the Great American Nightmare (2013) haunted attraction, which included references to his films, the video album, The Zombie Horror Picture Show (2014), and his second live album, Spookshow International: Live (2015).

Zombie’s latest album, Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser came out in April 2016. He also directed the movie 31, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

Sarah Paulson

Sarah Catharine Paulson is an American actress, who was first seen on her stage roles. She first appeared in TV in the series American Gothic (1995-1996), which was followed by Jack & Jill (1999-2001). The actress also became a part of the movies What Women Want (2000), Down with Love (2003), Path to War (2002), and The Notorious Bettie Page (2005). Her role in the series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip earned her a Golden Globe Award nomination. In 2008, she became a part of the film The Spirit.

Paulson was part of the Broadway pays The Glass Menagerie (2002) and Collected Stories (2010) and some indie films. She was the lead actress in the series Cupid (2009). Her role in Martha Marcy May Marlene in 2011 earned her a Primetime Emmy, and she was nominated for a Golden Globe because of her role in Game Change (2012). Her other films include 12 Years a Slave and Carol.

In 2011, Paulson joined the American Horror Story, and she received different roles each season. Her work on the series earned her five Primetime Emmy Awards and two Critics’ Choice Television Awards. She played the role of the real-life prosecutor Marcia Clark in American Crime Story (The People v. O.J. Simpson). Her role in the series earned her the Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Drama and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie.

PAULSON’S ORIGINS

Paulson was born on December 17, 1974 in Tampa, Florida to her parents, Catharine Gordon and Douglas Lyle Paulson II. Then, she lived in Maine and subsequently, in New York. She also became a resident of Queens, Gramercy Park, and Park Slope, Brooklyn. Paulson went to Manhattan’s High School of Performing Arts and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

PAULSON’S CAREER

After high school, Paulson went on acting right away. She had small roles in Law & Order (1994) and Friends at Last (1995) before starring in American Gothic. Then, she appeared in the TV series Jack & Jill (1999).

Her next appearances in TV involved the shows Deadwood, Nip/Tuck, Leap of Faith, and The D.A. Her stage work included roles in The Glass Menagerie, Killer Joe, Collected Stories, Talley’s Folly, and Colder Than Here. Paulson also appeared in films, including Down with Love, What Women Want, The Other Sister, Levitation, and Serenity.

Paulson was part of the series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, which earned her a nomination for the Golden Glove Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television. She was also part of the comic book adaptation of The Spirit.

Afterward, Paulson was seen in several TV series, including Cupid, Grey’s Anatomy, and Game Change.

Then, she guest-starred in some episodes of American Horror Story, after which she landed major roles in the series starting season 2. Now on its sixth season, Paulson is still part of American Horror Story, in which she currently plays the role of a reenactor playing the role of Shelby Miller.

Some her most notable roles included her portrayals in the films Mud, 12 Years a Slave, and Carol.

Christopher Walken

The Christopher Walken Film Stands The Test Of Time

Movies are proof and witnesses of the passage of time. And for a very long time, people have loyally flocked the theaters in order to take a break from the real world and be part of story, good or not, that is part of the vision of a filmmaker’s mind. As time goes by, there are those movies that never get old for most people, and they are considered as classic or timeless. The only question about such movies is whether they can stand the test of time and at the end still come out as something that is extraordinary and be able to people a great story no matter what their age are.

Stephen King is one of the most popular horror novelist all of time. His works have become very popular that a lot have been turned into movies or TV adaptations. However, a number of people do notice that adaptations of Stephen King’s work are, most of the time, not that great and usually fall very far behind than their original version. Still, there are some King adaptations that have appealed to the viewers and managed to tell a story that is a par with their version in paper.

Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining is one adaptation of King’s works that are considered by many as one of the greatest though the author himself showed great dislike for the movie. However, aside from The Shining, there are some Stephen King movies or TV series out there that are great even though they might not have achieved greatness the way that The Shining did.

And one such story is The Dead Zone

PLOT

The adaptation of The Dead Zone tells the story of an English teacher named Johnny Smith. Smith seemed to be just like any normal human being until he was hit by a trick and was placed in a coma for five years afterward. Then, he woke up only to find out that he could see the past, present, and future of a person when he shook their hands. And everything became much complicated for him when he learned that Martin Sheen, who was running for the presidential position, had in mind to kill all people should he be elected to the seat.

THE TIMELESSNESS OF THE DEAD ZONE

The movie was directed by David Cronenberg and he did a good job with The Dead Zone considering the kind of gore and violence that are usually seen with his creations, such as Scanners and The Fly.

Moreover, The Dead Zone was a kind of movie that did not rush things. Cronenberg was patient in letting all thing fall into their proper places in the movie until they have delivered properly the different elements of the story. In addition, the movie did not directly tell to people’s face that Martin Sheen was a killer though people could tell that he was a killer on the loose. As for Christopher Walken, the man was subjected to violence, though most of the time only in his dreams. And in most cases, Walken’s suffering proved to be more disturbing than his visions.

The movie was also blessed to have included talented actors, such as Walken. His weird antics made him perfect for the role of Johnny Smith, and he really did look tortured and confused with everything that was happening around him. Moreover, Walken was very effective in showing his character’s pain in waking up a from a coma and realizing that he had lost everything, which was made worse by his unwanted gift.

The other actors, including Tom Skerritt, Brooke Adams, and Herbert Lom also gave commendable performance in The Dead Zone.

WALKEN IN THE DEAD ZONE AFTER 30 YEARS

Though Walken supposedly did some great work in The Dead Zone, it seemed that after 30 years, his performance seems to have lost its glitter. After watching the film after 30 years, one is bound to notice his undiminishing weird manners, the patterns of his speech, and other things unique to the actor, which at present, seem strangely awkward.

Though the kind of acting in previous times and today may have some differences, something is really off with the performance of the actors when the movie is watched today. Even Martin Sheen now fails to bring some life to his character.

As for the story, it seems that 1 hour and 40-minute run-time is not enough to tell everything about The Dead Zone. The flow of the story is not consistent and the scenes tend to jump from one thing to another. The transition is staggered and the first few scenes are quite anti-climactic. Looking at it, it now seems to be a great idea to just show The Dead Zone in the small screen.

Finally, The Dead Zone is basically one of King’s adaptation that adds to the pile of sub-par creations that cannot tell a story the way that The Shining and Shawshank Redemption did. Still, the movie is a classic and it involved great talents, such as Cronenberg and Walken.

Stephen King

James Patterson Scraps Release Of New Novel To Avoid Insulting King

The popular author James Patterson seemed to have prevented the publication of his new novel entitled, “The Murder of Stephen King,” fearing that such novel may not appeal to the famous horror novelist.

The said novel tells the story of an obsessed fan who is trying to track down Stephen King, who is famous for writing horror novels, such Misery, The Shining, and Carrie.

However, Patterson discovered during the run-up that there really fans who caused disturbance in the author’s home in real life.

Still, Patterson said that King did not have a hand at all with the movie.

Before Patterson the decision of not publishing the book, he emphasized that Stephen King was no way involved in the creation of the novel and he sincerely hoped that the author would appreciate his decision.

However, Patterson also released a statement, indicating that the novel, which he co-wrote with Derek Nikitas, just positively represents a fictional character and the main characters does not actually get murdered in the story.

In the end, James Patterson did not want to make Stephen King nor his family uncomfortable with his novel. And thus, his great respect for those people prompted him to forego publishing The Murder of Stephen King.

On the other hand, the center of the said unpublished novel, Stephen King, opted to not make any comments regarding the matter.

James Patterson, also a best seller author, clarified that he does not personally know Stephen King.

A comment by Stephen King on Patterson in 2009 described the latter as a successful yet “terrible” writer. Patterson perceived the comment as some kind of a “hyperbole.”

Instead of The Murder of Stephen King, Patterson is set to release a new book entitled, Taking the Titanic.

Freddy Krueger

Freddy Krueger Convinced Mark Hamill To Audition For Starwars

The release of Star Wars: A New Hope in 1977 became the turning point for the careers of Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher. However, Hamill would not have been given the role of Luke Skywalker if not for the man who played Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street horror movies.

During the Oz Comic Con in Brisbane, Robert Englund influenced Mark Hamill into auditioning for Star Wars: A New Hope without telling him that he had also auditioned for the role of Han Solo. Some fans might have already read about this in Englund’s book, Hollywood Monster.

According to an interview with Englund conducted by Forced Material, Englund thought that he had already bagged the role of the surfer in Apocalypse Now but he found out that he did not pass the audition. Then, as he was leaving, somebody told him about that there was something going on involving George Lucas. And since Englund was such a great fan of Lucas, he went on and auditioned for the role of Hans solo. However, the casting staff were looking for an older artist to play the role. He said that people only took pictures of him, which just indicated that he was just not fit for the role of Han Solo.

Then, he managed to goad Mark Hamill to audition for the Star Wars movie. He related that during that time, Mark Hamill was already a star and was shooting for a certain TV series. In addition, Hamill was always staying at his place. So, soon as he got inside his place, Englund told about George Lucas’ latest project and asked him audition. Afterward, Mark got in touch with his agent and bagged the role Luke Skywalker.

Tim Burton

Timothy Walter “Tim” Burton is an American director, producer, artist, writer, and animator, who is most popular for creating dark, gothic, and fantasy film, including Beetlejuice (1988), Edward Scissorhands (1990), and the animated musical The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993). Burton also created the films Ed Wood (1994), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Corpse Bride (2005), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), Dark Shadows (2012), and Frankenweenie. In addition, Burton also directed the adventure comedy Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985), the superhero films Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992), Planet of the Apes (2001), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), and Alice in Wonderland (2010).

Burton has also repeatedly worked with Johnny Depp and his former partner, Helena Bonham Carter.

TIM BURTON’S ORIGINS

Tim Burton was born in 1958 to his parents Jean and Bill Burton, in Burbank, California. When he was young, Burton was fond of creating short films in their backyard using stop motion animation techniques. He attended Burbank High School but did not excel in academic work. After finishing high school, Burton went to the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California.

BURTON’S EARLY CAREER

One of Burton’s earliest work, Stalk of the Celery Monster, caught the attention Walt Disney’s Productions’ animation division, and he was an apprenticeship. The man became an animator, storyboard artist, and concept artist, and he was part of the production of some films, including The Fox and the Hound (198), The Black Cauldron, and Tron.

In 1982, Burton created his first short film, Vincent. Vincent was screened at the Chicago Film Festival. Afterward, Burton worked on the live action Hansel and Gretel. He also worked on the live-action short film, Frankenweenie (1984). Burton was fired from Disney after finishing Frankenweenie because the company deemed his work too dark for viewing by children.

TIM BURTON’S FAMOUS WORKS

  1. BEETLEJUICE (1988)

Beetlejuice is a supernatural comedy horror film, which focuses on a young couple who are trying to deal with their death and a family who have just moved in to the couple’s home in New England. The film starred Winona Ryder, the young teenage daughter who can see ghosts, Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis, and Michael Keaton as the bio-exorcist, Beetlejuice. The film was a box-office hit and won the Academy Award for Best Makeup.

  1. EDWARD SCISSORHANDS (1990)

Burton worked with Winona Ryder and Johnny Depp in Edward Scissorhands. The film was about Edward, a human-like invention with scissors as hand, who was left alone after his creator’s death. He would then encounter the other characters, including that of Winona Ryder’s, which would initiate the adventures of Edward in the suburbia.

  1. THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (1993)

Burton was the writer and producer of The Nightmare Before Christmas. The animated musical was a box-office hit and was positively reviewed. The film would become iconic because it depicted Burton’s original style and characters.

  1. SLEEPY HOLLOW (1999)

Burton was another film that involved Johnny Depp. The film was about Ichabod Crane, a detective who was investigating the deaths of the town of Sleepy Hollow. Christina Ricci joined Depp in the film as Katrina van Tassel. Sleepy Hollow received the Academy Award for Best Art Direction and BAFTAs for Best Costume Design and Best Production Design. The film was most noted for showcasing the change in Burton’s style of creating movies.

  1. CORPSE BRIDE (2005)

The stop-motion film included the voices of Johnny Depp as Victor and Helena Bonham Carter as Emily. The film also was also famous for showing Burton’s signature style.

  1. SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET (2007)

Sweeney Todd was one of Burton’s greatest works. The film earned the National Board of Review Award for Best Director, a Golden Globe nomination for Best Director, and an Academy Award for Best Art Direction. Helene Bonham Carter’s portrayal of Mrs. Lovett earned her an Evening Standard British Film Award and Golden Globe nomination. Meanwhile, Johnny Depp received nomination for the Best Actor Oscar and won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Musical/Comedy and Best Villain in the 2008 MTV Awards. Sweeney Todd also received positive reviews from the critics.

  1. ALICE IN WONDERLAND (2010)

Basically a fantasy, Alice in Wonderland was based on the works of Lewis Carroll. The film starred Mia Wasikowska as Alice, Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen, Matt Lucas as both Tweedledee and Tweedledum, Anne Hathaway as The White Queen, Stephen Fry as the Cheshire Cat, Alan Rickman as the voice of Absolem the Caterpillar, Michael Sheen as the voice of McTwisp the White Rabbit, and Crispin Glover as the voice of the Knave of Hearts.

  1. DARK SHADOWS (2012)

An adaptation of the original gothic soap opera, Dark Shadows included Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green, Jackie Earle Haley, Bella Heathcote, Gulliver McGrath, and Chloe Grace Moretz.

  1. FRANKENWEENIE (2012)

Burton proceeded with the creation of a full-length film for his 1984 short film. Burton has a personal connection with the film, as it reflected his relationship with his dog in the past.

  1. OTHER WORKS BY TIM BURTON

  • Pee-wee’s Big Adventure

  • Batman (1989)

  • Batman Returns (1992)

  • Cabin Boy (1994, as producer)

  • Ed Wood (1994)

  • Batman Forever

  • James and the Giant Peach (1996)

  • Mars Attacks! (1996)

  • Superman Lives

  • Planet of the Apes (2001)

  • Big Fish (2003)

  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

  • 9 (2009, as producer)

  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012, as co-producer)

  • Big Eyes (2014)

  • Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016, as producer)

  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

Milla Jovovich

Milla Jovovich Say’s She Has Made Her Last Resident Evil Film

It seems that Milla Jovovich has made her goodbyes with the set of Resident Evil.

During the Chanel No. 5 5 L’EAU Dinner in West Hollywood, the model actress shared some of her thought regarding the latest addition and the final installment in the Resident Evil franchise.

Though Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is already the sixth in the series, Milla still had a bit of an experience shooting the movie.

Shooting the last Resident Evil installment was a bit more special since the actress was able to work with her daughter, and of course, there was a new baby on during the shoot. In fact, Jovovich thought that the whole production period was just your typical family affair.

In April 2015, Milla Jovovich and her husband Paul W.S. Anderson (the director of The Final Chapter) had their second daughter, Dashiel Edan. Then the following September, they started shooting the film. The involvement of the family in the film does not stop with mom and dad because their eldest daughter, Ever, would be playing the Red Queen.

A proud mom, Jovovich boasts her daughter’s love for acting and her incredible work in the movie. As a mother, she greatly thinks that her daughter has become more professional during the set, but the young lady also got to enjoy being on the set. Jovovich’s joy did not stop with Ever’s inclusion in the movie, as she also had the time to dote on the latest addition to their family. She recalled having to be nursing the baby while still being covered in blood and with some zombies walking around the set. What made it more fun was some zombies would approach her and comment on how cute her baby is.

It has already been 15 years since Jovovich took on the role of Alice, but it seems that the actress is not quite ready to bid goodbye to her famous character yet.

However, Jovovich thinks that she’s already on her way. The film has just wrapped up the production, and they are already starting with doing some press. Thus, she thinks that eventually she will realize that her journey as Alice has stopped after a few years. And the actress admits that she will Alice and everything about the Resident Evil movie franchise.

On the other hand, Jovovich’s next role would be very far from Alice’s character.

Her next movie will be based on a true story. It tells about the side of the reports who were trying to tell people the real score after the 9/11 attack. In the movie, Jovovic will play the wife of one of the reporters. As a matter of fact, she got in touch in with the real-life counterpart of her character. She felt overwhelmed for being able to portray a character who is still alive, and she felt like she’s doing justice to her role. The actress hopes that she will be able to represent the woman’s character and be able to show the audience who she really is.

For the meantime, people should just enjoy watching Alice go back to the Raccoon City and slay some monsters.

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is slated to come out in theaters in January 27, 2017.

Vera Farmiga

Vera Ann Farmiga is an American actress, producer, and director, who began acting on Broadway in the play Taking Side (1996). Her first TV series was Roar (1997(, and her first movie was Return to Paradise (1998). She is a psydo scream queen after staring in The Conjuring franchise, Joshua and Orphan.

The actress breakout role was in the film Down to the Bone (2004). Afterward, she was seen in various films, including The Manchurian Candidate (2004), The Departed (2006), The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008), and Nothing But the Truth (2008). Farmiga’s performance in Up in the Air (2009) was highly praised, which also earned her a nomination for the Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award, and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actress.

The other movies which starred Farmiga included Orphan (2009), Source Code (2011), and Safe House (2012). The actress also directed the film Higher Ground (2011). Farmiga also played the paranormal investigator Lorraine Warren in The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2.

Farmiga was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for her role in Bates Motel.

EARLY LIFE OF VERA FARMIGA

Farmiga originated from Clifton, New Jersey. Her parent, both Ukrainian-born, are Lubomyra and Michael Farmiga. Her first language was Ukrainian. The actress attended St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic School in Newark, New Jersey and graduated high school in the Hunterdon Central Regional High School. After discovering her penchant for acting, Farmiga studied performing arts at Syracuse University.

Farmiga has six siblings, Victor, Stephan, Nadia, Alexander, Laryssa, and Taisa, and her grandparents emigrated to the US when her mother was still a baby.

ACTING CAREER OF VERA FARMIGA

Farmiga’s first acting stint on stage included her role as Miranda in the American Conservatory Theater’s production of The Tempest. She was also a member of The Barrow Group. Her Broadway debut was in the play Taking Sides (1996). Afterward, she became a part of the Hallmark Hall of Fame TV film, Rose Hill, taking the role of Emily Elliot.

The actress also had a role in the Fox TV series Roar and a guest starring role in Law & Order. Farmiga continued appearing in TV series, movies, and in stage. She was seen in the movie Return to Paradise in 199e followed by Autumn in New York in 2000.

The actress was also part of the movie The Opportunists, which came out the same year as Autumn in New York. Her next role was in the box-office hit 15 Minutes. The movie was followed by her appearance in Dust at the Venice Film Festival in 2001. Farmiga was also a part of the TV series UC: Undercover and the TV film Snow White: The Fairest of Them All.

Farmiga’s first starring role was in the movie Love in the Time of Money, which first aired at the Sundance Film Festival in 2002. It was followed by the stage play Under the Blue Sky, which premiered at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. After the play, Farmiga became part of the comedy movie Dummy in 2003. However, her breakout role turned out to be that of Irene Morrison in the indie film Down to the Bone, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004. She was nominated for the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress and the Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead.

In the field of TV series, Farmiga appeared in HBO’s Iron Jawed Angels and in the American adaptation of Touching Evil, playing the role of Detective Susan Branca. Afterward, she played a supporting role in the critically acclaimed The Manchurian Candidate. Afterward, Farmiga was seen again in film Neverwas, which was first seen at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2005.

Farmiga is known for creating short films for her auditions. This led to an invitation by Martin Scorsese for a chemistry read with Leonardo DiCaprio. The actress bagged the role of the police psychiatrist Dr. Madolyn Madden in The Departed, which turned out to be a box-office hit worldwide. Her performance in the movie earned Farmiga nomination for the Empire Award for Best Newcomer and shared the nomination for Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

The actress starred in another thriller, Running Scared, in 2006. That same year, Farmiga was seen in the film Breaking and Entering, playing the role of an Eastern European prostitute. The movie was followed by her role in the Korean-American romantic drama, Never Forever, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2008. She also appeared in the movies Joshua (2007) and Quid Pro Quo (2008). Farmiga was praised for her role in Quid Pro Quo, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

In 2008, Farmiga was seen in the critically acclaimed The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, and her role in the movie earned her the British Independent Film Award for Best Actress. She would play afterward the role of a CIA operative in Nothing But the Truth, and her role led to her nomination for the Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Farmiga was seen next in the box-office hit thriller, Orphan, in 2009. The film received mixed reviews but the actress’ performance was praised. Afterward, she appeared in A Heavenly Vintage (2009), which was first screened at the Toronto International Film Festival.

In 2009, Farmiga received recognition again for her role in the comedy-drama, Up in the Air. The film was box-office hit and was critically acclaimed. Her role in the film earned Farmiga several nominations, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress, and Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Supporting Actress. In 2010, the actress was inducted into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Farmiga next played the role of Julie in Henry’s Crime (2009). The surrealist romantic comedy received mixed reviews but Farmiga’s performance was praised. Afterward, she became part of the sci-fi action thriller, Source Code, which was first screened at South by Southwest in 2011.

The first film that Farmiga directed was Higher Ground, in which she also played a role. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011 and was positively reviewed by critics.

Farmiga’s next film was Goats followed by her role as a CIA operative in Safe House (2012).

In 2013, Farmiga took on the role of Norma Louise Bates in the TV series, Bates Motel. The role earned her a Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television and nominations for the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series, Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Drama Series, Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, and the TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Drama.

Farmiga then played the role of Lorraine Warren in the box-office hit The Conjuring (2013), and she was nominated for the MTV Movie Award for Best Scared-As-Shit-Performance. She appeared again in the sequel entitle The Conjuring 2 (2016).

In 2013, Farmiga starred with her sister Taissa in At Middleton, which premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival. She was also seen in the movie Closer to the Moon (2015) and The Judge (2014).

Farmiga’s succeeding films included Special Correspondents (April 2016), Burn Your Maps (September 2016), The Escape (October 2016), as well as Boundaries and The Commuter, which are set to release sometime in the future.

Jennifer Jason Leigh

Amityville: The Awakening

Jennifer Jason Leigh is an American actress, writer, producer, and director. She first became popular with her film, Fast Time at Ridgemont High in 1982. Her roles in the movies Miami Blues and Last Exit to Brooklyn were also widely acclaimed. She was also noted for roles in Ron Howard’s Backdraft and Single White Female.

She appeared in Short Cuts in 1993, followed by the Coen brothers’ The Hudsucker Proxy. Leigh portrayed the role of Dorothy Parker in Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994), which earned her a Golden Globe nomination. She was part of Georgia (1995), a film written by her mother, Barbara Turner. Aside from being an actress, Leigh experienced directing when she co-directed the film The Anniversary Party in 2001.

Her next movie was Margot at the Wedding (2007), which was directed by her then-husband Noah Baumbach. She was praised for voicing Lisa in Anomalisa and for portraying Daisy Domergue in Quentin Tarantino’s Hateful Eight. Her role in Hateful Eight earned her another Golden Globe nomination and nominations for Critic’s Choices, BAFTA, and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She also appeared in the TV shows, such as the Road to Perdition (2002) and Weeds.

Leigh also performed on stage and became part of Abigail’s Party, which earned a Drama Desk award.

EARLY LIFE OF JENNIFER JASON LEIGH

Leigh’s was born in Hollywood, California to her parents, Victor Morrow and Barbara Turner. She has an older sister, Carrie Ann Morrow and half-sister Mina Badie.

JENNIFER JASON LEIGH’s CAREER

Leigh did her first acting stint when she was nine in the film Death of a Stranger (The Execution) (1973), in which she received a nonspeaking role. Then, she attended workshops until she bagged a role in the film The Young Runaways (1978). She also appeared in the TV series Baretta and The Waltons. Leigh played the role of an anorexic teenager in The Best Little Girl in the World. Her first big screen film was Eyes of a Stranger (1981), in which she played the role of a blind, deaf, and mute rape victim. Then came the movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982). Her other early appearances were in the movies Flesh + Blood (1985), The Hitcher (1986), and Heart of Midnight (1989).

Leigh made a mark with her roles in the film Last Exit to Brooklyn, in which she received the New York Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress and the Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress. Then she received her first mainstream Hollywood in Backdraft, which was followed by Rush (1991). Her movie Single White Female (1992) was surprisingly a big hit and earned her the MTV Movie Award for Best Villain and a nomination for Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress.

The actress was also a part of the Stephen King adaptation, Dolores Clairborne, where she starred alongside Kathy Bates. Her role of Saddie Fool in Georgie was widely praised. She was awarded with the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress and Best Actress from the Montreal World Film and a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award for her role.

Leigh also appeared in indie productions, including Short Cuts (1993) and Kansas City (1996). She collaborated with the Coen brother in The Hudsucker Proxy (1994). Her role in Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994) earned her a nomination for Golden Globe Award and the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress, the Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress, and Fort Lauderdale Film Critics Best Actress Award. Her next appearance was in 1997 in Washington Square followed the TV film The Love Letter. She also appeared in David Cronenberg’s eXistenZ (1999).

In the 2000s, Leigh became part of the Road to Perdition (2002), In the Cut (2003), and The Machinist (2004). She received a Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for her role in Childstar in 2005. Afterward, she landed roles in Palindromes (2004) and The Jacket (2005). Her next films were Margot at the Wedding and Greenberg. Leigh also appeared in the TV series Weeds and Revenge. She received honors for her contributions in the independent cinema at the Telluride Film Festival (1993) and from the Film Society of Lincoln Center (2002). Her film work was also featured by the American Cinematheque in 2001.

Leigh’s Role in Tarantino’s Hateful Eight earned her nominations for the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture, BAFTA for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, and Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Leigh also appeared in several Broadway productions, including Cabaret, Proof, The Glass Menagerie, Man of Destiny, The Shadow Box, Picnic, Sunshine, Abigail’s Party, and House of Blue Leaves revival.

The actress co-wrote and co-directed the indie film The Anniversary Party. She and her co-writer Alan Cumming received a citation for Excellence in Filmmaking from the National Board Review and a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature and Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay.

She is set to start in the new Amityville: The Awakening film to be released Jan 6, 2017

Wes Craven

Wes Craven Biggest Film Disaster Cursed

Cursed is a new werewolf film created by Wes Craven. However, because of its oddity and disastrous production behind-the-scenes, the film sparks a new interest among the viewers. The initial production was such a disaster that the whole film was shot entirely including the individual sections. Well, it seems that no one would believe such story once they see the werewolf in the story. Not only does the werewolf looks bad, Cursed is basically lame, boring, and tends to be funny in some ways.

The plot of the movie is pretty basic. It starts with somebody famous being killed. In this case, the famous person was killed by a car who was serving while trying to avoid hitting an animal. The car was driven by Ellie (Christina Ricci) and Jimmy (Jesse Eisenberg). The two then got out of the vehicle to try helping the person in the car that the hit. However, they were scratched by a werewolf who has already eaten the passenger of the overturned car.

Afterward, the two began experiencing strange things. Jimmy gained extra strength and confidence, which helped winning over the girl that he liked.

Ellie also sensed that something strange was happening to her, especially when she’s at work. These strange happenings eventually got in between her and her boyfriend (Joshua Jackson).

The things that happened to the eventually got worse, and they realized that they must find the werewolf and kill it. However, the audience would be baffled since there could only be three suspects in the movie. Moreover, the film proves to be not that scary or thrilling at all. In fact, it does not boast of excitement or anything.

Given the definition of the horror film, a lot of people would wonder why the movie is considered as a horror flick. The characters are more concerned with their relationships among other things. Though the movie feels somewhat the movie Scream, the characters in Scream were interesting to watch. However, in Cursed, the characters are not that special and every bit of a dull. The film was said to be a character-driven horror film. Yet, including such type of characters was the film’s biggest mistake.

The actors also could not seem to find their right place in the film, especially Christina Ricci, who delivered what can only be described as an awkward performance.

And the acting gets worse when she is next to Joshua Jackson.

Basically, the two do not show any chemistry. In the case of Eisenberg, well his performance is also not that sparkly.

Writing Cursed seems to be the last straw for Kevin Williamson, after successfully writing Scream, the man certainly did a great job of sabotaging his career.

As for the werewolf, there isn’t much too say about the effects but bad. The CGI was bad and even the costume fails to bring on the werewolf spirit.

In short, it is a wrong move to show the movie. Moreover, it is beyond saving. Though the film started with a good idea, something really messed during its production.

Jessica Lange

Jessica Phyllis Lange is highly praised American actress known for her various works in film, theater, and television. She received several awards in her career, including two Academy Awards, a Tony Award, three Emmy Awards, five Golden Globe Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and three Dorian Awards. The actress also became a part of Entertainment Weekly’s 25 Greatest Actresses of the ‘90s. Her latest achievement is the Triple Crown of Acting, which she received in 2016.

Lange was first a part-time model for Wilhelmina modelling agency before she was discovered by the producer Dino De Laurentiis. Her first professional acting stint was in the 1976 remake of King Kong, which landed her her first Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year. In 1982, she received to Oscar nominations, and her role in Tootsie won her a second Golden Globe Award and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She was also nominated in the Best Actress category of the Academy Awards because of her role in Frances. In 1994, Lange received the Academy Award for Best Actress for the movie Blue Sky.

Lange’s next award would be in 2010, when she won a Primetime Emmy Award for her role in HBO’s Grey Gardens. Afterward, she was given her first Screen Actors Guild Award, fifth Golden Globe Award, and additional Emmy Awards for her roles in the horror anthology series, American Horror Story.

In theater, the actress earned her first Tony Award for Best Performance by Leading Actress in a Play in 2016, and it was followed by an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play and a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play, thanks to her unparalleled performance in Long Day’s Journey into Night.

Aside from acting, Lange is also busy with other things. She delved in photography and managed to publish her works. She was also a foster parent, and a present she is the Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF. Her advocacy is mainly involved in HIV/AIDS in the Democratic Republic of Congo and in Russia.

Lange originated from Cloquet, Minnesota. Her family consisted of his father, who worked as a teacher and traveling salesman, her mother, and her siblings, Ann, Jane, and George. Her family’s roots can be traced back in Germany, the Netherlands, and Finland. Her childhood required them to move a lot before they finally settled down in Minnesota, where she graduated from Cloquet High School.

Lange was a scholar in art and photography at the University of Minnesota. She met at the school the Spanish photographer, Paco Grande, whom she eventually married in 1971. The actress quit school, with the aim of living a bohemian lifestyle. She ended up traveling with her husband through the US and Mexico. The two drifted apart when they started living in Paris. In Paris, Lange studied mime theatre and became a dance for the Opera-Cornique.

She then became a model for Wilhelmina, and while modelling in New York, got discovered and earned her role in the remake of King Kong.

Kate Beckinsale

Kathrin Romary “Kate” Beckinsale is an English actress who debuted in the movie Much Ado About Nothing (1993). Afterward, she was seen in various British costume dramas, including Prince of Jutland, Cold Comfort Farm, Emma, and The Golden Bowl. She tried pursuing her acting career in the US and was included in small scale dramas like The Last Days of Disco and Brokedown Palace. The year 2001 was a huge year for her because she starred in to great movies, Pearl Harbor and Serendipity. She would be seen next in the movies, The Aviator and Click.

Beckinsale’s talents in action films was first glimpsed in the Underworld film series, followed by her other movies, such as Van Helsing, Whiteout, Contraband, and Total Recall. She was played roles in smaller dramatic projects, including Snow Angels, Nothing but the Truth, and Everybody’s Fine. She was widely praised for her role in the movie Love & Friendship.

Beckinsale has always wanted to be an actress and her first TV appearance was in the ITV adaptation of P.D. James’ Devices and Desires. It would be followed by a role in the series Anna Lee, and Hero role in Much Ado About Nothing. Her next movie projects were Prince of Jutland, Uncovered, and Cold Comfort Farm. Beckinsale was also seen in Haunted and she debuted in the state in The Seagull at Theatre Royal Bath. She also appeared in other plays including Sweetheart at the Royal Court Theatre and Clocks and Whistles at the Bush Theatre.

After appearing in the TV series Emma, Beckinsale became part of the hit comedy movie Shooting Fish.

Beckinsale’s career in Hollywoord started with The Last Days of Disco, in which her performance earned a London Critics’ Circle Film Award. Then, she became part of Through the Looking-Glass and Brokedown Palace. In 2000, Beckinsale was seen again in the movie The Golden Bowl.

However, it was not until a year later that Beckinsale would become insanely famous because of her appearance in Pearl Harbor. Beckinsale also gained popularity with her role in the romantic comedy Serendipity.

In 2003, Beckinsale showed her skills in making action films with Underworld. Her next action flick was Van Helsing. In 2004, the actress appeared in The Aviator and reprised her role as Selene in Underworld: Evolution. She starred with Adam Sandler in the comedy movie Click in 2006.

After working in the big screen, Beckinsale did small-scale projects including Snow Angels, Vacancy, Winged Creatures, and Nothing but the Truth.

Afterward, she went back to the big screen with Whiteout and a cameo appearance in Underworld: Rise of the Lycans. Her next movie was Everybody’s Fine, which failed to make profit.

In 2012, Beckinsale was seen again in the movie Contraband followed by Underworld: Awakening. Beckinsale was also a part of Total Recall and the legal thriller The Trials of Cate McCall. She was also part of the Stonehearst Asylum, The Face of an Angel, and Absolutely Anything.

Beckinsale’s latest film was Love & Friendship, and she is a part of the upcoming movies The Disappointments Room and Underworld: Blood Wars.