Amy Adams (born 20.8.1974)
Amy Adams is an American actress, born in Italy. Her breakthrough role came with 2005's Junebug, for which she won an Academy Award.
Childhood: Amy Adams was born to Kathryn and Richard Adams in the Vicenza area of Italy. She is the fourth of seven siblings raised as Mormons. Richard Adams was a US serviceman and the family was stationed in Italy when Amy was born. They eventually settled in Castle Rock in Colorado when Amy was around eight years old.
Whilst she attended County Douglas High School, Amy Adams sang in the school choir as well as training at a local dance company. When she graduated from high school, Amy moved to Atlanta with her mother where she pursued musical theatre, as she did not feel that she was talented enough to become a professional dancer.
Amy's first full-time job was working for the restaurant chain Hooters, something that the press mentioned often, early on in her acting career.
Acting Career: Amy landed professional dancing jobs at Boulder's Dinner Theatre and Country Dinner Playhouse. She was spotted by Michael Brindisi, a dinner theatre director. Brindisi then offered her work with Chanhassen Dinner Theatres. She worked for the company in Minnesota for three years but was forced to take time off work when she pulled a muscle.
During her time off, Amy Adams auditioned for Drop Dead Gorgeous, landing her first film role. Her colleague in the film, Kirstie Alley, convinced Amy that she should move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film.
Although Amy does not have fond memories of her first year in LA, she found work relatively quickly, in Manchester Prep, the Fox Network spin-off of the film Cruel Intentions.
Amy Adams was then cast in a number of low budget films, such as Psycho Beach Party (which also starred Six Feet Under's Lauren Ambrose) as well as landing a number of bit-parts in TV series such as Smallville, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Charmed.
Amy was then cast in 2002's Catch Me If You Can. The film was directed by Steven Spielberg and starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks. Catch Me If You Can told the true story of the con-artist Frank Abagnale Jr. Although the film was a success, it failed to be the springboard to success that Adams had hoped, though working with that caliber of actors gave her a great deal of confidence.
In 2004, Amy Adams was cast in The Last Run. She also voiced characters on the popular cartoon series King of The Hill. She briefly appeared in Dr. Vegas, playing Alice Doherty, but following a dispute over her contract, she was fired.
Adams was cast alongside Dermot Mulroney and Jack Davenport in The Wedding Date, though the film failed to attract attention.
Amy Adams' breakthrough role came in 2005 with the release of Junebug. Adams was cast as Ashley Johnston, a young pregnant woman and the film was shot on a small budget in North Carolina. Adams won the Special Jury Prize at that year's Sundance Festival for her performance as well as being nominated for an Academy Award.
Her performance in Junebug led to a number of roles on high profile films such as Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, the comedy vehicle for Will Ferrell, also starring Sacha Baron Cohen.
Adams also played Katy in the US version of The Office, the British comedy series masterminded by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant.
In 2007, Adams starred in Disney's Enchanted, which also starred James Marsden, Susan Sarandon and Patrick Dempsey.
Adams went on to work with Tom Hanks again in Charlie Wilson's War. The film also starred Julia Roberts and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Adams next film was another independent, named Sunshine Clearing. It received mixed reviews at the 2008 Sundance Festival.
In 2008, Adams starred in Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day, opposite Frances McDormand. This was followed by a role in Doubt, again working with Philip Seymour Hoffman, as well as Meryl Streep.
2009 saw Adams star as Amelia Earhart in Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian. The film also starred Ben Stiller.
Personal Life: Amy Adams became engaged to her partner, Darren Le Gallo in April 2008.
Jake Gyllenhaal has signed on to star in a film adaptation of Jo Nesbo's The Son.
Directed by Denis Villeneuve, whom the actor previously worked with on 2013's Enemy, the film is set to tell the story of Sonny Lofthus, once a promising wrestler, whose life enters a downward spiral when his police officer father commits suicide. After spending 12 years in prison, Sonny escapes when he learns the truth of his father’s death and begins hunting down the people responsible for his wrongful sentence.
The film will be made by Jake's production company Nine Stories in partnership with Bold Films, with Riva Marker and Michel Litvak producing. Gary Michael Walters will executive produce with Niclas Salomonsson as well as input from the noted Scandinavian author Jo Nesbo.
In a statement announcing the project on Thursday (26May16), Riva said the team was looking forward to translating the "provocative" narrative onto the big screen.
Continue reading: Jake Gyllenhaal To Star In Crime Thriller The Son
Jodie Foster has little interest in weighing in on the gender pay dispute in Hollywood, because the core issue is about financial inequality across the world.
The former child star-turned-filmmaker acknowledges that there is a wage imbalance in the movie industry, but instead of concerning herself about how many millions actresses are missing out on, she wants the focus to shift to the wider picture to zero in on how to help women all over the globe.
"In terms of pay, it's hard for me to get interested in millionaires worried about who gets paid more," she told Entertainment Weekly reporter Nicole Sperling during a recent SiriusXM Town Hall broadcast.
"I'm just so grateful to be an actor, and I know lots of actors feel that way, that it's hard for us to complain because we're artists, and unfortunately we're artists in a marketplace, and the marketplace pays what the marketplace demands, so we need to change the marketplace."
Continue reading: Jodie Foster Wants Gender Pay Gap Focus To Shift Away From Hollywood
Charlize Theron has urged her fellow actresses to demand equal pay in Hollywood after she successfully renegotiated her The Huntsman: Winter's War salary.
The Oscar winner took action after the Sony Pictures hacking scandal in 2014 revealed leading ladies Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams were paid significantly less than their male co-stars on American Hustle.
At the time, Charlize had signed on to reprise her role as Evil Queen Ravenna in a prequel to 2012's Snow White and the Huntsman, and last year (15), it was revealed she had decided to address the gender pay gap herself by asking studio bosses at Universal Pictures to bring her salary in line with that of her male counterpart, Chris Hemsworth.
The new deal was reportedly worth $10 million (£7 million), and Charlize insists all she wanted was for film executives to treat their lead actors as equals.
Continue reading: Charlize Theron Wants To Inspire Women To Fight For Equal Pay
Jeremy Renner doesn't want his little girl to become famous just because her "jackass" father is.
While promoting his upcoming sci-fi drama Story of Your Life at CinemaCon on Thursday (14Apr16), the actor took time to gush about daughter Ava, whom he shares with ex-wife Sonni Pacheco. Jeremy, 45, talked openly about his three-year-old and described fatherhood as "the most important thing" in his life.
The actor recently posted a photo of himself and Ava in his trailer on the set of Wind River, a thriller he is shooting with Elizabeth Olsen, but the fiercely private star only revealed a little of the child's face.
"I still don't expose my baby's face, just to protect her or anyone in my family (who's) a minor," he told E! News. "I just think that's not my decision to make. You know what I mean? You don't need to be world famous just because your jackass dad is."
Continue reading: Jeremy Renner Protects Daughter From Limelight
Ben Affleck has penned a stand-alone Batman film script based on his take of the character.
The 43-year-old actor, who portrays the caped crusader for the first time in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, is contracted to do at least two Justice League movies and his script is reportedly set to be considered for one of those films.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, WME-IMG co-CEOs Ari Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell, whose agency represents Ben, reveal how many movies the two-time Oscar winner has currently signed up for when it comes to DC's Caped Crusader.
"He's contracted to do at least Justice League One and Two, so at least three times wearing the cape," Patrick said, adding, "There's a script that he's written that is a really cool (Batman) idea, so that's out there as an option."
Continue reading: Ben Affleck Has Written Batman Film Script
Actress Amy Adams wanted to get married under a tree after watching Forrest Gump.
The Man of Steel star and artist Darren Le Gallo wed in May, 2015 after becoming engaged in 2008, and Amy explains it was important to her to set the ceremony under a tree, because she loved the significance of the nature nuptials in the classic film.
"I wanted to get married under a tree," she told Live! with Kelly and Michael on Friday (25Mar16). "That was important to me. I put my guests on hay bales and we all sat in a semi-circle and did the ceremony under a tree.
"I fell in love with the idea of a tree watching Forrest Gump. Jenny (character played by Robin Wright) and Forrest had their tree."
Continue reading: Amy Adams' Wedding Setting Inspired By Forrest Gump Movie
Amy Adams had a hard time keeping a straight face watching Ben Affleck walk around in his clunky Batman suit on the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice set.
The Man of Steel star reprises her role as Lois Lane, opposite Ben, in the superhero film, in which the 43-year-old has to wear a heavily-armored suit while preparing to fight his rival Superman - Amy's onscreen love interest.
Amy reveals the suit Ben wore may have looked actor-friendly, but it was anything but.
"It really took a team of people to help him move at times," she told Live! with Kelly and Michael on Friday (25Mar16). "So if he's starting to walk backwards and he stumbles he kind of looks like the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz and so I feel really bad when we are in these serious sequences and he's doing stuff and all of a sudden I'm in my head (singing), 'I could while away the hours...' (from Wizard of Oz song If I Only Had a Heart)
Continue reading: Amy Adams: 'Ben Affleck Looked Like Tin Man Walking In Batman Suit'
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice stars Henry Cavill and Amy Adams have defended the film after its critical mauling.
The superhero blockbuster is expected to top the U.S. and U.K. box office chart after its Friday (25Mar16) release, but has received disappointing reviews, earning a woeful 30 percent score on review aggregation site Rottentomatoes.com.
On being told of the negative response to the film Henry says he believes fans will defy the critics and send a message to those who had slammed the film in print.
"What is really going to matter, I believe, is what the audience says," the Superman actor tells Yahoo! Movies. "Because they're the ones who are buying tickets, they're the ones who want to see more of this kind of story or not and so the audience's voice is loudest and after this weekend the audience, at least partly, will have spoken."
Continue reading: Henry Cavill Leads Batman V Superman Stars In Defence Of Film
Amy Adams was left completely naked in the bath in the latest Superman movie after her modesty patches came off.
The American Hustle actress plays Superman's girlfriend Lois Lane in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and in one scene Henry Cavill's superhero, as his journalist alter ego Clark Kent, walks into the bathroom while Lois is having a bubble bath, apparently naked.
Many actors wear flesh-coloured garments to protect their modesty during 'nude' scenes, but Amy's patches failed to remain stuck to her after they got wet in the bath water.
"I am completely naked in the tub but they actually put me in unflattering stick-on modesty garments that came off in the bath!" she tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton. "You're trying to do a scene and there's a little Band-Aid floating around."
Continue reading: Amy Adams' Modesty Patches Fell Off In Bath Scene
After 2013's beefy Man of Steel, director Zack Snyder goes even bigger and darker with this sequel, cross-pollenating Clark Kent's story with flashbacks to the origins of Bruce Wayne and his Dark Knight alter-ego. The problem is that the film is so big and loud that it can't help but feel bloated, especially since so much of what's on screen feels rather vacuous. But it looks amazing and is relentlessly gripping.
After a Bat-origin prologue, the story kicks off with the climactic battle from Man of Steel as seen from the perspective of Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck), watching his city being destroyed by Superman (Henry Cavill). This further fuels the rage that began when his parents were murdered. And that fire is stoked by the mischievous millionaire Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg). Meanwhile, Superman/Clark is struggling with how the world is revering him as a god, which is straining his relationship with intrepid reporter Lois (Amy Adams). As these very different vigilante heros head toward a climactic confrontation, Luthor is up to something seriously nefarious. And the ensuing chaos brings another hero into the open, Wonder Woman Diana Prince (Gal Gadot).
While the various plot threads are fascinating, and Snyder maintains a snappy pace, the overall story centres on the fact that Affleck's prickly, bitter Bruce is easily manipulated into doing terrible things, which makes him rather unlikeable. And Cavill's fundamentally good Clark isn't much easier to identify with. Both are also oddly constrained by their costumes and bulked-up physicalities, which leave them unable to move properly. This allows the side characters to steal the show: Adams adds emotion and passion, Eisenberg provides the nutty nastiness, Irons is hilariously cynical as Bruce's butler Alfred, and Fishburne is all bluster as Lois' editor. But in the end, the film belongs to the gorgeous, clear-headed Gadot, instantly making her stand-alone movie the most anticipated superhero project on the horizon.
Continue reading: Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice Review
Amy Adams - The European Premiere of 'Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice' held at the Odeon and Empire Leicester Square - Arrivals at Empire Leicester Square - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 22nd March 2016
Date of birth
20th August, 1974
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