Aaron Johnson (born 13.06.1990)
Aaron Johnson is an English actor best known for appearing in 'Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging', 'The Illusionist', 'Nowhere Boy', 'Kick-Ass' and 'Anna Karenina'.
Childhood: Aaron Johnson was born in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England. His mother is a housewife and his father is a civil engineer.
Acting career: Aaron Johnson started acting when he was six and his childhood roles include the part of Macduff's son in Rufus Sewell's theatre show 'Macbeth' in 1999 and a part in Arthur Miller's play 'All My Sons' in 2000. Among his TV appearances are in 2004 BBC movie 'Feather Boy', ITV1's 'Talk To Me' and 'Nearly Famous' in 2007. Some of his first film work includes the role of a young Charlie Chaplin in 2003's 'Shanghai Knights' and the young version of the title character in 'The Illusionist' in 2006 for which he learned to do several magic tricks. Before moving on to major Hollywood flicks, he also had the part of Prosper in the film adaptation of 'The Thief Lord' in 2006 and of Robbie in 'Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging' in 2008. He won an Empire Award for Best Newcomer as the role of John Lennon in 2009's 'Nowhere Boy' which was directed by Sam Taylor-Wood who he subsequently married. In 2010, he appeared in 'Kick-Ass' which earned him six award nominations and he replaced Orlando Bloom in the movie 'Albert Nobbs'. In 2011, he made an appearance in R.E.M's music video 'Uberlin' and in 2012 he played Count Vronsky in 'Anna Karenina'. 2012 also saw him in Oliver Stone's 'Savages' alongside Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Salma Hayek, and John Travolta. In 2013, he will appear in sequel 'Kick-Ass 2'.
Personal life: Aaron Johnson is married to 'Nowhere Boy' director Sam Taylor-Wood who is 23 years his senior. They met on the set of the movie in 2009 and tied the knot in 2012 after having two daughters, Wylda Raem and Romy Hero.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Sam Taylor-Johnson - The Museum Of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles Annual Gala Presented By Louis Vuitton at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 30th May 2015
Sam Taylor-Johnson and Aaron Taylor-Johnson - 2015 MOCA Gala presented by Louis Vuitton at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 30th May 2015
Jill Nicolini, Jamie Chung, Rob Thomas, Marisol Thomas, Donna Karan, Paul Haggis, Julie Henderson, Tom Arnold, Tara Subkoff, Nigel Barker, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, 50cent, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Paul Bettany, Jennifer Connelley, Cobie Smulders, Elizabeth Olsen and Rachel Roy. - A variety of stars were snapped as the Cinema Society & Audi hosted a special screening of Marvel's latest movie 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' The screening was held at the SVA Theater in New York City, New York, United States - Tuesday 28th April 2015
Aaron Taylor-Johnson and wife - A variety of stars were snapped as the Cinema Society & Audi hosted a special screening of Marvel's latest movie 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' The screening was held at the SVA Theater in New York City, New York, United States - Wednesday 29th April 2015
Marvel fans will love the action mayhem in this Avengers sequel, but everyone else will vividly feel the fatigue that has descended over this franchise. After the bright spark of originality in last summer's Guardians of the Galaxy, we're back to the same tired formula involving terrific actors battling for screen time in between gratuitous, brutal action sequences that are so digitally animated that they're technically cartoons.
The film opens in the middle of the action as Captain America (Chris Evans) leads Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye (Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner) to recapture an Asgardian sceptre. Tony then discovers that the sceptre could be useful for Ultron, his artificial intelligence project to create a global peacekeeping force. But this goes badly wrong as Ultron (James Spader) springs to life and decides instead to obliterate humanity to make space for his population of smart machines. So the team races from America to Africa, Korea and Eastern Europe, facing off against Ultron and his super-powered twin cohorts Pietro and Wanda (Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen), who of course defect to the Avengers. They also get help from a human-computer entity called The Vision (Paul Bettany).
Yes, there are a lot of characters in this film, and writer-director Joss Whedon is exceptionally good at giving each of them something to do, both dramatically and in the thick of the action. These brief moments of humour and emotional depth are what make the movie enjoyable, giving the solid actors some meaty material to play with.
Continue reading: Avengers: Age of Ultron Review
A passer-by had spotted the deactivated M16 assault rifle on a desk inside the director’s London home.
Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson’s London home was raided by police on Thursday evening (August 28th), after a passer by spotted a machine gun lying on a desk near a window. The director and her husband, Godzilla star Aaron Taylor-Johnson, have said they were given the deactivated M16 assault rifle 'as part of an art project'.
The couple's London home was raided after a passer-by spotted the gun
A spokeswoman for the couple confirmed to the BBC that police had been called to their London home after a passer-by reported a firearm on the premises.
With controversy surrounding the Kick-Ass 1 and 2, is Kick-Ass 3 a good idea?
The Kick-Ass ultra-violence superhero series has been confused with controversy and praise, criticism and box office success since the release of its first film in 2010. Based on the comic book of the same name created by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr., the Kick-Ass series tells the story of an ordinary teenager, Dave Lizewski, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who sets out to become a real-life superhero called Kick-Ass.
The Kick-Ass series follows DIY superhero schoolkids, Hit-Girl (second from left) and Kick-Ass (second from right)
Just like all other comic book film adaptations out at the moment, the series wants to continue: but is Kick-Ass 3 a good idea?
Continue reading: Is Kick-Ass 3 A Kick Ass Idea?
Good news giant lizard fans- Godzilla 2 is officially going to happen.
The success of the franchise reboot Godzilla earlier this year has led to Legendary Pictures greenlighting a sequel, and they have announced a release date of June 8th 2018. In July at San Diego Comic-Con Legendary also announced that the sequel would feature Godzilla's fellow giant beastie friends, Rodan (a dinosaur), Ghidorah (a dragon) and Mothra (erm, a moth)
Bryan Cranston and Aaron Taylor-Wood in Godzilla
After over a decade in arrested development, Godzilla was released in May of this year, and was a hit amongst critics and punters. Featuring Bryan Cranston alongside young actors Aaron Taylor-Wood and Elizabeth Olsen (who will both be appearing next in Marvel's Avengers 2: Age of Ultron) the film was set in present day America, Hawaii and Japan and Godzilla appeared as a secret the US government had been hiding for sixty years- a conspiracy theorist's dream, or nightmare, depending on how you look at it.
Continue reading: Godzilla 2 Is Happening, Set for 2018 Release
Sorry, Marvel nerds, no Dr. Strange news for you. But here's a bunch of other stuff!
No one is surprised that Marvel had big things prepared for their Comic-Con panel, after all it’s the biggest industry event of the year. Those, who missed out on a seat in Hall H, however, won’t have to wait long for the recaps and news leaks to start pouring in, not including (unfortunately) the long awaited announcement of the actor cast to play Dr. Strange in the upcoming film, HitFix reports.
RDJ won't be the (only) star of the show this time.
The panel, which featured the longest superhero lineup of any event ever (we’re guessing here) included Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Paul Bettany (Vision), James Spader, who will be introduced as Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron and Josh Brolin, who was announced as the voice of Thanos. And breathe.
It was inevitable really: everybody loves a good monster.
Silence the doubters! Godzilla has smashed its way to the top of the box office, having earned a monstrous $93.2m on its first weekend. Gareth Edwards' gloomy new take on the popular Japanese tale of a radioactive monster put fellow opener Million Dollar Arm in the dark, leaving the Jon Hamm Disney sports drama a token $10.5 million.
'Godzilla' Stormed Its Way To Box Office No.1 This Weekend With A $93 Million Opening.
Meanwhile, the Zac Efron-starring comedy Neighbors was pushed down to second in its second week with nearly $26 million in takings - a figure far shy of Godzilla's monster haul - whilst the superhero action sequel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, clung on to the top three with a confident third week figure of $16.8 million.
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Godzilla has barley finished trampling America’s box offices and the gargantuan daikaiju is still to wreak havoc over in China and Japan – a huge market, especially given the origins of the franchise. But Warner Bros. and Legendary are already thinking about what a sequel could do, and they obviously think it could do plenty as one is in the works.
Gareth Edwards’ effort, which sees Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanbe, Juliette Binoche and Bryan Cranston head a stellar cast, has already made $200m worldwide making it 2014’s biggest opener so far. Sure, ‘X-Men Days of Future Past’ and ‘Transformers: Extinction’ will likely ensure ‘Godzilla’ doesn’t finish the year with that mantle, but it’s an encouraging start for a film that was, for a while mentioned with apprehension.
Continue reading: Should Legendary and Warner Bros. Make a Godzilla Sequel? [Poll]
The monster movie of the century? Box office stats point to "yes".
It isn’t a surprise that Godzilla is doing well at the box office, but the amount it’s earned over the weekend tops all initial estimates. With $93 million made over the three-day period, it’s safe to call this the first blockbuster of the summer season.
The critics weren't particularly impressed by Godzilla, but that din't stop it from having a killer opening weekend.
Continue reading: "Godzilla" Breaks The Box Office. Also Everything Else
New Godzilla and X-men movies premiere in both America and Britain, just before the Cannes Film Festival opens with Grace of Monaco. Eastwood directs Cooper on set in Los Angeles. And The Rover, Snowpiercer, The Riot Club and Disney's live-action Cinderella drop new trailers...
The stars of both Godzilla and X-men: Days of Future Past turned out for a pair of big premieres over the past week. Godzilla, starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen and Bryan Cranston, had its world premiere in Los Angeles, while X-men: Days of Future Past, starring Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, bowed in New York. Then both casts travelled to London for European premieres a few days later. Check out our 'Godzilla' Premiere at Dolby Theatre - Arrivals photos, watch the video of Hugh Jackman sporting a bandaged nose At 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past' World Premiere or watch the video of James Mcavoy and Patrick Stewart re-uniting at the 'X-men: Days Of Future Past' World Premiere.
But there was an even bigger film event this week in France, as the Cannes Film Festival kicked off with Nicole Kidman's new movie Grace of Monaco. The film received savage reviews from the critics, but Kidman brought real glamour to opening night. And the critics had far more praise for Mike Leigh's new film Mr. Turner, which stars Timothy Spall. Browse photos from the 67th Cannes Film Festival - Grace de Monaco - Photocall the 'Mr Turner' - Photocall or watch the trailer for Mike Leigh's Mr Turner.
Gareth Edwards movie 'Godzilla' is a critical success.
It was 1954 when Gojira first hit the big screen in Ishiro Honda's now iconic monster movie, made as a reply to the USA dropping two atom-bombs on Japan less than a decade earlier. But American audiences never saw that aspect of the movie, since the film was drastically re-edited two years later to remove all references to the war while adding American star Raymond Burr. The creature's name also morphed into Godzilla.
And the franchise has been resilient ever since, with literally hundreds of movies, short films and TV shows continuing or retelling the story. In most of them, Godzilla is battling other monsters like Mothra, King Kong or of course Mechagodzilla. One of the monster's most classic appearances is in the 1969 short Bambi Meets Godzilla. And the original 1954 Japanese movie was finally released worldwide in 2005.
Continue reading: Gareth Edwards Reboots The King of Monsters, 'Godzilla'
Date of birth
13th June, 1990