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Ashley Benson (born 18.12.1989)
Ashley Benson is an American actress best known for her role as Abigail Deveraux in the soap opera 'Days of our Lives'.
Childhood: Ashley Benson was born in Anaheim, California. Her parents are Shannon and Jeff Benson. She was dancing since the age of four and also enjoys singing in choirs and musicals. She landed a modelling contract with The Ford Modeling Agency when she was 8 having appeared in several dance catalogues.
Acting career: Ashley Benson appeared in the soap 'Days of our Lives' between 2004 and 2007. In 2004, she made her film debut in '13 Going on 30', which starred Jennifer Garner, and landed her first lead role in 2007's 'Bring It On: In It to Win It' alongside Cassie Scerbo. In 2008, she was in TV drama movie 'Fab Five: The Texas Cheerleader Scandal' which was based on a true story, opposite Jenna Dewan. She was also in the comedy 'Bart Got a Room' with William H. Macy. Between 2009 and 2010 she starred in the short-running TV series 'Eastwick' alongside Rebecca Romijn, which was based on the 1987 film 'The Witches of Eastwick' In 2009, she also began appearing in the series 'Pretty Little Liars' as It girl Hanna Marin. She stars alongside Lucy Hale and Shay Mitchell. In 2010, she appeared in TV movie 'Christmas Cupid' opposite Christina Milian and Chad Michael Murray. 2012 saw her in the movie 'Spring Breakers' with Selena Gomez and James Franco which won a 69th Venice International Film Festival award.
Personal life: Ashley Benson started dated Ryan Good in 2011, but confirmed in 2013 that they had split.
You'd be surprised how many famous movie stars debuted in 'Days Of Our Lives'.
American soap opera 'Days Of Our Lives' mark their 50th anniversary this year, with the show having aired on NBC (and SOAPnet before then) with a massive 12,708 episodes as of October 30th 2015. It's subsequently one of the longest running series in television history, with the first episode having aired on November 8th 1965.
Thus, people have been coming and going from the show for a long time, and if you look back through the soap's history, you'll find a few famous names that you would never have heard of during the 'Days of Our Lives' period of their careers. Either this was the show that kickstarted their careers, or it was an addition to their ever-expanding acting resume.
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Back in the eighties, NASA sent a time capsule up into space to connect with possible life forces on other planets. But when neighbouring aliens discover a feed of classic arcade games such as Pac Man, Donkey Kong, Galaga, Centipede and Space Invaders, they interpret it is a threat of war. Fearing for the safety of their planet, they send pixelated monsters in the shape of beloved video game characters to Earth to destroy mankind, and the only people who can stop it are record-breaking gamers Sam Brenner, Will Cooper, Ludlow Lamonsoff and Eddie "The Fire Blaster" Plant. Lt. Col. Violet Van Patten is also on the team, providing a set of creative weapons to defeat the characters. But can this group of gaming experts really stop Pac Man eating up the city?
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In 1982, Earth created a time capsule of popular culture from the era, and sent it into space in order to establish contact with extra-terrestrial life. Somehow, an ancient race of alien lifeforms that have never had any other contact with mankind did not understand the meaning of the 'message'. They especially take offence to the inclusion of 'Pac Man' and 'Donkey Kong', and assemble an army of pixelated, murderous 1980s video game characters and send them back to Earth to destroy the humans. With the world on the brink of destruction by a giant 'Pac Man', mankind has just one hope: a hodgepodge collection of retro gamers, using their old techniques to defeat the greatest video game boss of all time.
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The 'Pretty Little Liars' star recently opened up about how her rather shy demeanour can often be mistaken for rudeness, especially from first impressions.
When They First Meet Although Ashley Benson is very convincing when she plays the outspoken and outgoing 'Pretty Little Liars' character Hanna Marin, in real life the 25-year-old actress can be rather shy and is a self-confessed introvert.
Benson says people think she is a "bitch" when they first meet her
While speaking with Wonderland magazine, Benson revealed she often gives an awful first impression, but she isn't intentionally rude, the blonde beauty just takes longer than usual to open up to people.
Ashley Benson - Celebrities arrive on the Big Knockout Boxing red carpet at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in the Mandalay Bay resort and Casino in Las Vegas - Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Saturday 16th August 2014
Arthouse filmmaker Harmony Korine (Mister Lonely) comes dangerously close to making a mainstream movie with this blackly comical thriller. While the film is often very funny, and constantly challenges our preconceptions by veering in directions we don't expect, it's also an intriguing exploration of America's hedonistic subculture.
Gomez and Hudgens also crush their Disney princess images as Faith and Candy, who decide they want to go to Florida for spring break with their pals Brit and Cotty (Benson and Korine). But they've spent all their cash on drugs, so they rob a restaurant and head to the beach. After indulging in a series of raucous parties, they end up in jail and are bailed out by a sleazy rapper-gangster who calls himself Alien (Franco). He takes them under his wing, getting them involved in his war with a dangerous cross-town rival (Mane).
The film is shot in lurid colours, with the girls wearing little more than fluorescent bikinis, sometimes accompanied with pink balaclavas. And the score by Skrillex and Cliff Martinez is visceral and hugely atmospheric, adding unexpected texture to the way Korine explores physicality, drugs and violence. It's also quite deliberate that, apart from the religiously minded Faith, these young women kind of blur together anonymously, like all the other bikini babes at the various beer-chugging, arms-in-the-air parties.
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Spring Breakers opens in theaters this weekend and there might be more to this teenage romp than we can see at first glance.
Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers is a big deal this… well, this spring break.
And ok, it may be mostly because of the semi-naked girls gracing the landscape throughout the whole flick, but still, Spring Breakers isn’t without its merits, if you take it for what it is. The popping color palette and at times seizure-inducing editing might put some more serious movie-goers of this, but it certainly does a lot to entice the target audience – which, for this visual romp would be bored teens and twenty-somethings. But don’t be fooled – beyond the bikinis and hot pink tones, Spring Breakers, which premiered last week at SXSW does have some substance as well. Ok, a little substance. But still.
Firstly, let’s talk about Disney actresses playing girls gone wild. Well, it’s fun and, let’s be honest – it’s a much healthier way for ladies like Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez to break out of the Disney mould than, say leaking nude pictures online. And, to be fair, Gomez does show remarkable depth of character – well, as much as the Spring Breakers script will allow anyway.
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Selena Gomez talked about the challenges and the rewards of acting in Spring Breakers - a definite change of pace from her clean-cut Disney career.
This has, of course, been a huge transition for the former Disney girl – from Disney channel to R-rated flicks is certainly a big jump to make. However, in an interview with MTV, Selena commented that she enjoyed the chance to break out of her mould and experiment as an actress: "It wasn't necessarily about the reaction as it was just for me wanting to do something that was creatively challenging for me, because acting is everything to me," she said. "And it's the reason why I'm here." Gomez also mentioned that she appreciated the chance to work with indie director Corine, as his style was exactly in the direction she was planning to take with her career. Interestingly enough though, it was apparently Selena’s mom, who gave her the final push to star in the R-rated flick: "Well, my mom is actually a big Harmony Korine fan, and we got the script through my agency," she told MTV News during a chat at South by Southwest. "I read it, I watched all of his movies with my mom and [watched] interviews, and I wanted to be a part of it."
Selena Gomez stars in Spring Breakers alongside Vaness Hudgens and Ashley Benson.
Spring Breakers premiered at the SXSW Festival on Sunday.
Harmony Korine's new movie 'Spring Breakers' premiered at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas, on Sunday (March 10, 2013) with its stars Selena Gomez, James Franco and Ashley Benson turning out for the screening. The movie follows four friends, (Benson, Gomez, Rachel Korine and Vanessa Hudgens) as they rob a bank to pay for their spring break trip, though get thrown in jail before being bailed out by a drug dealer, played by Franco.
The movie premiered at the Austin Convention Center, with Gomez showing off an elegant looking Cushine et Ochs frock. The dress featured cut-out detailing at the shoulders and across the midriff - Gomez certainly showed her ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber what he was missing. The sexual and violent themes in 'Spring Breakers' are certainly a departure from Gomez's usual Disney movies, though speaking to FlavorWire at SXSW, director Korine said he isn't too concerned with analysis of his films. "It's funny for me to listen to it," he said, adding, "But I don't really have that much to do with that part of things, I don't have a relationship with that type of analysis. I usually make the movies, and I put them together, and I put them out into the world and then I just go home and cut off as much as possible from all that."
Spring Breakers runs this week at SXSW and opens Friday (March 15, 2013) on limited release. The movie receives a nationwide opening on March 22. Watch the Spring Breakers below.
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New R rated comedy-drama starring Ashley Benson has caused a stir due to the actress appearing on the cover of Seventeen magazine aimed at adolescent girls.
Ashley Benson is co-starring in a new movie alongside Selena Gomez and James Franco called Spring Breakers. It's a raunchy comedy-drama filled with sex and drugs, including a threesome scene between the characters played by Benson, Gomez and Franco. With such salacious material as the focus of the film why is she promoting it in teen magazine 'Seventeen' which is predominantly aimed at those aged 12 and upwards? That is the question being asked by some people.
Speaking to Fox411 body image expert Sarah Maria said: "It is not just inappropriate for Benson to be on the cover of Seventeen, it is ludicrous. The girls reading Seventeen are 13 and 14 years old, and they are learning about an actress whose most recent film includes a threesome sex scene? That is awful."
"We all came from a Disney background, and this was different from anything we've done. But we wanted to prove that we're not just girls who play happy parts," Benson explained in her interview with the magazine according to the Daily Mail. "It was such a crazy experience and it was character-building. I'm so proud of all of us. I'm really, really excited for everybody to see it."
You've got to get out of the Disney castle some time, and there's no use sneaking out the back door. As Britney Spears did before her (in a school girls uniform, singing 'hit me baby, one more time'), Selena Gomez has bust right outta there with seemingly no holds barred, as she opts for Spring Breakers to be her first major non-Disney pursuit. New posters for the movie see her clad in a tiny blue bikini, an image which is a far cry from the innocence of her Disney days.
It's not just the poster image that wont be accessible for Gomez's young fans, the premise of the movie is for a distinctly older audience as well. Gomez plays one of four best friends who live together at college. Without enough money to go on vacation, they rob a restaurant to fund their trip to Florida. When they get there they're arrested on drugs charges, but a drug dealer (James Franco) bails them out. His help doesn't come for free though and he expects them to pay him back one way or another.
Another poster in the series features Franco who is almost unrecognisable, with cornrows, tattoos, shades and a gun shoved in his jeans. Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, and Rachel Korine also star. Directed by film maker Harmony Korine, who is best known for Kids and Mister Lonely. Spring Breakers is set for release March 8th. (Huffington Post)
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Date of birth
18th December, 1989
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