Andy Garcia (born Andres Arturo Menendez, 12.4.1956)
Andy Garcia is a Cuban-American film actor. Amongst his most famous performances are his roles in The Godfather: Part III, The Untouchables and When a Man Loves a Woman.
Childhood: Andy Garcia was born in Havana, Cuba, to Amelie Menéndez and René García Núñez. In Cuba, his father was an attorney as well as an avocado farmer. In America, he went on to own a fragrance business. Their family moved to the USA when Andy was five years old. He attended Miami Beach Senior High School and was raised as a Roman Catholic. Garcia started acting after taking a drama class in his senior year of high school.
Acting Career: Andy Garcia started acting at Florida International University, though he soon progressed to Hollywood. His break came when he was offered a part in the TV series Hill Street Blues. This was followed by a decent performance in The Mean Season, alongside Kurt Russell.
After watching Garcia in 8 Million Ways to Die, Brian de Palma selected him to appear in The Untouchables, along with Kevin Costner, Sean Connery and Robert de Niro. The screenplay had been adapted by David Mamet.
When Francis Ford Coppola was casting The Godfather Part III in 1989, he selected Andy Garcia to play the role of Sonny Corleone. Garcia beat a number of actors to the role and was noted for his resemblance to a young Al Pacino. The film also starred Sofia Coppola, Diane Keaton and Talia Shire. Garcia was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor for his role and his public profile received a significant boost. In 1990, Andy Garcia appeared in Internal Affairs, with Richard Gere, Laurie Metcalf and William Baldwin. Two years later, he landed the role of the good Samaritan in Hero, opposite Geena Davis and Dustin Hoffman. Then, in 1994, Andy Garcia took on another significant role in When a Man Loves a Woman, playing the husband of an alcoholic woman, alongside Meg Ryan
1995 saw Andy Garcia playing the role of Jimmy the Saint in Things to do in Denver When You're Dead. The cult crime film also starred Christopher Lloyd and Steve Buscemi. In Night Falls on Manhattan, Garcia took on the role of a crusading lawyer, opposite James Gandolfini and Richard Dreyfuss. The following year, he starred in Desperate Measures with Michael Keaton and Marcia Gay Harden.
Andy Garcia's career took another upturn at the turn of the century when he was cast in Ocean's Eleven, the hugely popular remake of the Rat Pack caper film. The original film starred Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin. The modern remake also boasted an all-star cast, including Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Matt Damon and Julia Roberts. Ocean's Eleven was followed by Ocean's Twelve and then Ocean's Thirteen, though the size of Andy Garcia's roles diminished as the franchise progressed. 2005 was the year that Andy Garcia released The Lost City, which he co-wrote, directed and also starred in, along with Bill Murray and Dustin Hoffman. The film depicted a negative view of the Cuban Revolution and Che Guevara and was received with a great deal of controversy in Latin America.
Andy Garcia starred with his daughter, Dominik Garcia-Lorido in the 2009 film City Island, which also stars Emily Mortimer.
Personal Life: Andy Garcia married María Victoria Lorido in 1982. They have four children: Dominik, Daniella, Alessandro and Andres.
Andy Garcia and Daniella Garcia-Lorido at the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Awarded to Diane Keaton. The event was held at the Dolby Theater - Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 9th June 2017
In the future, technology has been developed to control the Earth's climate; weather forecasts have never been more accurate because it's all being controlled from a massive satellite in space. Like any piece of technology, however, it can fail which is very bad news for mankind. When the satellite manages to launch a series of major disasters all over the world - including sky high tidal waves, tornadoes in their hundreds, fire vortices from the ground, violent thunderstorms, hail stones as big as boulders and deadly arctic blasts - it's all experts can do to stop the satellite from creating a geostorm; that is, a storm so powerful and expansive that it could destroy the world in a matter of hours.
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Andy Garcia was amongst the celebrities spotted at the Los Angeles Lakers game. The Charlotte Hornets defeated the Los Angeles Lakers by the final score of 105-98 at Staples Center - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 28th February 2017
Celebrities including Andy Garcia attend the Lakers game. The Utah Jazz defeated the Los Angeles Lakers by the final score of 102-100 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 28th December 2016
Anchored by the almost ridiculously engaging Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, this sci-fi movie travels through drama, comedy, romance and action as it tells a deep-space story with essentially just three characters. Directed by Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game), the film looks sleek and cool, but it's the charismatic duo at the centre that holds the attention.
The spacecraft Avalon is on a 120-year journey from Earth to a distant homestead planet, where its 5,000 hibernating passengers will wake up to start a new life. But only 30 years into the trip, one pod opens by mistake. And James (Pratt) realises that he's come out of suspended animation 90 years too soon. His only company is a robotic barman (Sheen), so in a moment of weakness he wakes up another passenger, Aurora (Lawrence). As they begin to settle in for their long, lonely life together, the ship begins misbehaving, waking up a crew member (Laurence Fishburne) who works with James and Aurora to figure out why all of this is happening. And they'll need to work quickly if they hope to save the lives of the sleeping passengers.
Basically, the film is like a mash-up of Titanic and Gravity. The Avalon is a super-whizzy cruiseliner, and Tyldum finds all kinds of visually stunning settings in its various areas, from the vast shopping mall at the centre to a windowed swimming pool and a few gasp-inducing spacewalks. There's also a riff on the disparity between poor passengers like mechanic James in steerage and the wealthy ones like writer Aurora. Plus a hint of an idea in the corporate conglomerate that's making a fortune from this ambitious project. But these deeper themes remain well under the surface, as the attention focuses squarely on the journey James and Aurora are taking. This may leave the movie feeling rather thin and superficial, but it's also deeply involving.
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It's been more than 30 years since the Ghostbusters first hit the big screen with a then-original mix of comedy and supernatural action. Intriguingly, this new film is neither a sequel nor a remake; it's a reboot of the franchise, which loosely adapts the original 1984 premise to all-new characters. Thankfully, the screenplay is smart and funny, and the cast is flat-out hilarious.
It opens as university professor Erin (Kristen Wiig) sees her hopes for tenure evaporate when a book she wrote years ago with her childhood pal Abby (Melissa McCarthy) resurfaces, affirming their belief in ghosts. So Erin seeks out Abby, and discovers that she's still researching the supernatural, now with the sharp-witted gadget maker Jillian (Kate McKinnon). With spirit sightings on the rise in New York, the three decide to launch a ghost-busting business, joined by city expert Patty (Leslie Jones) and bimbo receptionist Kevin (Chris Hemsworth). But the apparitions popping up around the city are getting increasingly malevolent, and it's clear that an apocalypse is brewing.
The basic plot is lifted from the original movie, which is referenced in virtually every scene. Most of this is rather distracting, because a more original storyline would have been a lot more involving and the in-jokes will be lost on younger audiences. But it's fun to see the original cast members turn up here and there in random cameos.
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Kill the Messenger follows the real life story of Journalist Gary Webb (Jeremy Renner), as he stumbles upon the story of a lifetime. When Webb hears that the US government was aware of the exportation of drugs to America, he begins following up the story. This, in turn, leads him to uncover a conspiracy where the CIA imported vast amounts of cocaine to sell in the US in order to raise money for the Nicaraguan Contras rebel army. Webb is then faced with the option to leave the story alone, or continue his investigation and put his career, family and own life at risk.
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A pair of best pals are at the point where they are contemplating why nothing in their lives seems to have turned out right so far. To take their mind off their money issues, however, they decide to attend a life-changing costume party - dressed as cops. Everyone seems to assume that they really are law enforcers and they decide to abuse their position by executing their 'power' over party-goers for various minor issues. Hooked on their so-called status, they decide to purchase an old police car despite the risk of being sent to jail for several years for impersonating officers of the law. They are soon favoured by the neighbourhood for their laid-back attitude, but as their fame starts to spiral out of control, they find themselves caught up in the real life criminal underworld with no easy way out.
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After the snappy, clever 2011 original, this sequel feels rather lazy by comparison: it's still visually colourful and sometimes witty, but the overcrowded story is all over the place, mixing wacky slapstick and corny satire with a political message. And none of this is edgy enough to make it memorable, except perhaps the addition of one new character, a deranged poisonous frog with delusions of romance, voiced by the riotously operatic Kristin Chenoweth.
At the centre again are the rare blue macaws Blu and Jewel (Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway), who now have three feisty kids at their bird sanctuary in Rio de Janeiro. Then their human keepers Tulio and Linda (Rodrigo Santoro and Leslie Mann) spot another blue macaw deep in the Amazon, so Blu and Jewel fly off to investigate with their children and buddies (including Will.i.am and Jamie Foxx). Sure enough, this turns out to be Jewel's long-lost family, overseen by her father (Andy Garcia) and guarded by her heartthrob ex Roberto (Bruno Mars). But there's an evil logger threatening the rainforest, and Blu's old nemesis Nigel the cockatoo (Jemaine Clement) is out for revenge.
After the oddly flat prologue in Rio, the film kicks up a gear when it arrives in the jungle, where the imagery becomes far more dense and colourful, leading to some wonderfully outrageous musical numbers and raucous action sequences. The level of detail is impressive, as is the range of creatures thrown into the story. But the script never quite rises to this level of invention, once again simplistically putting the city-bird Blu in an alien natural environment, with added in-laws and ex-boyfriends. Much more fun is Nigel's interaction with his poison-frog sidekick, even if his subplot never builds any steam.
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At Middleton's simple story and star performances leave most critics satisified ahead of its limited US release.
Andy Garcia and Vera Farmiga star in AdamRodgers' romantic comedyAt Middleton, as two seemingly opposite people who bond while accompanying their children on a university campus tour. The pair end up breaking away from the pack to reminisce together about their own college days.
Andy Garcia and Vera Farmiga in At Middleton
The film is perhaps best described by Stephen Harbour in The Hollywood Reporter who calls it a “modern-day Brief Encounter.” He goes on to praise the stars saying it “benefits from sparkling dialogue and splendid acting.” Yes most critics agree that the somewhat simple film owes a lot to Garcia and Farmiga’s performances. Marshall Fine from Hollywood and Fine called it “a small film with big feelings, built around a pair of engaging performances", and added, "it's absolutely worth tracking down.”
Blu and Jewel believe that they are two of a kind as the only full grown blue macaws in existence as they make their home in a cosy Brazilian bird sanctuary with their fast-growing offspring. With Jewel developing itchy feet (or should that be talons?) and the 'babies' desperate to learn more about the world and their kind, the arrival of news of another flock of their kind deep in the Amazon rainforest sends Jewel reeling with excitement at the thought of vacating to the wild. Blu is less fond of the idea, now being comfortably accustomed to their artificial city lifestyle, but goes along on the adventure for the sake of Jewel. As they arrive in the jungle with their friends, they meet Jewel's formidable father and some old friends - and if that's not enough for Blu to worry about, Nigel the evil Sulphur-crested Cockatoo has also taken to the wild with revenge on his mind. But Nigel might not be the only thing to fear in the unpredictable Amazon wilderness.
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Tommy and Rosie are a young couple living in New York who are madly in love with one another - mad enough that they begin to pull off the most dangerous heists possible in order to make enough money to start a life together after their stints in prison. While Rosie attempts to make an honest living as a debt collector, Tommy is hell-bent on revenge after watching his father get beaten to a pulp by the Mafia when he was just a child. He follows a court trial of mobster Sammy 'The Bull' Gravano whose information in court about his recent exploits present Tommy with an idea to rob the gang's No-Guns social club with Rosie as the getaway driver. After getting away with it without a hit contract, they continue to rob the mob before discovering an important piece of inside information that could permanently bring down the world's most formidable criminals.
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It seems you can take a kid out of college but you can't take college out of a kid as two discontented parents find themselves struggling to behave themselves as they take their respective 18-year-old children to visit their new college campus Middleton. George and Edith are total opposites who find themselves completely uninterested in each other's quirks initially; George is a serious, suit-wearing heart surgeon desperately worried about the academic future of his overly chilled out son, while Edith embarrasses her hard-working daughter with her laidback attitude and never being too afraid to speak her mind. When the parents find themselves separated from the campus tour, they actually start enjoying each other's company and slowly but surely begin to fall in love as they help each other come to terms with the complications of parenthood.
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Date of birth
12th April, 1956
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